Open Thread, Thursday 1 January 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

O Father in Heaven, We ask you to bless all here this New Year! O Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ, bless us with Your Grace, Strength and Courage. Let your Peace and Love be over all here. O Holy Spirit, may your Truth and Wisdom guide those here along their way in this valley of the shadow of death. Father, shine Your Light upon our paths, guiding all here to Yourself. In the Name of Jesus Christ and through the intercession of His Holy Mother Mary, we humbly ask of You, this request. Amen.


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8 Responses to Open Thread, Thursday 1 January 2015 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. A Most Blessed New Year To All.
    GFC & Family

    • Knight4GFC says:

      I second that. I wish a most blessed New Year to all of you 4GFC’ers. I especially wish a happy New Year to Barn, Freedom, GFC, Grunt, Red Pill, Pistol Pete, Shalini, Solaratov, Texan, Bob, ZMalfoy, and to all of your families! God bless each and every one of you! 🙂

      • Amen, Knight! To you and GFC and all your family on the big island, as well. Happy new year to all you mention, as well as the other visitors, like Coyote, ZurichMike, Tessa50, AnnieOakley, Harvey, Hoot, Wraith, ConservativeWife, Chana, Aussie and French Reader!

  2. barnslayer says:

    Happy New Year to you and your families!

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot, keep your eye on the Grand Old Flag

  3. barnslayer says:

    (By William Billings)

    Let tyrants shake their iron rods,
    And Slav’ry clank her galling chains.
    We fear them not, we trust in God.
    New England’s God forever reigns.

    Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton, too,
    With Prescott and Cornwallis joined,
    Together plot our overthrow,
    In one infernal league combined.

    When God inspired us for the fight,
    Their ranks were broke, their lines were forced,
    Their ships were shattered in our sight,
    Or swiftly driven from our coast.

    The foe comes on with haughty stride,
    Our troops advance with martial noise;
    Their vet’rans flee before our youth,
    And gen’rals yield to beardless boys.

    What grateful off’ring shall we bring,
    What shall we render to the Lord?
    Loud hallelujahs let us sing,
    And praise his name on ev’ry chord!

  4. barnslayer says:

    I found this picture on a blog. It was taken at the Fort Bragg 82nd Abn Div Museum, NC

  5. freedom1781 says:

    Happy New Year to all! I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2015!

  6. solaratov says:

    Charlie Hebdo; Viva la Resistance…
    Posted on January 8, 2015 by doriangrey1

    Since World War I the French have managed to earn themselves quiet the reputation for cowardice. Yet, despite that reputation being largely accurate, and well earned, it has never been 100 percent accurate. More importantly, is the profound distinction where it could not be further from the truth. Charlie Hebdo is a brutally offensive equal opportunity satirically offensive newspaper, I doubt that anyone who has ever heard of Charlie Hebdo would claim otherwise.

    Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier as well as Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski, and French economist Bernard Maris did something besides being murdered Wednesday, unlike the majority of their countrymen, they proved that they belonged to a very special breed of Frenchmen. Durning WWII, after the French government had surrendered to the Nazi’s, France gave birth to one of the bravest most courageous group of people the world has ever seen. Charlie Hebdo’s staff proved that the spirit of those who were the French Resistance has not yet died in France.

    The men and women who were the French Resistance were not just outnumbered and out gunned by the Nazi’s. They knew for a fact that there was no chance of victory for them, that only death awaited them for their efforts. Even knowing this, they made the conscience choice to fight Nazi occupation forces. Like their spiritual brethren in the ghettos of Warsaw, their decision was one of pure unbridled and unmatched courage. They would not go quietly into that good night, they would rage against the fading light.

    Stephane Charbonnier eloquently and prophetically said that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knee’s. The French Resistance were never a large segment of the French population, though few in numbers the light that showed from their actions was seen around the world. Many have in the hours since the massacre at Charlie Hebdo disgraced themselves by suggesting that somehow Charlie Hebdo deserved to die. Others have claimed that all Charlie Hebdo had to do to avoid dying was not insult Islam. In short, they have all claimed that it is better to live on ones knee’s than to die on their feet.

    Stephane Charbonnier and his courageous staff were the new French Resistance, they were that indomitable spirit of courage that refused to bow down in fear to homicidal lunatics or tyrants. They were that less than 1 percent of Frenchmen whose light shined so brightly that is could be seen all around the world. Stephane Charbonnier and his staff deserve to be added to the role of the French Resistance, for they were it’s modern day spirit. Charlie Hebdo has reminded us all that the greatest courage is often found in the darkest of places. It is easy to be brave when their is no danger, it’s not so easy when evil is at your door breaking the locks and battering the door off it’s hinges.

    Viva la Resistance, Viva la Charlie Hebdo… Je Suis Charlie…

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