Tuesday December 20th – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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114 Responses to Tuesday December 20th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. joshua says:


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  4. usnveteran says:

    UN’s Agenda 2030 Is Every Totalitarian’s Dream – By Alex Newman:
    ‘Donald Trump: “The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom. It’s not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it isn’t a friend to Israel.” …’

    The United States Proclamation Declares The United Nations As Sovereign:


  5. Lucille says:

    Check your walls, basements and attics, Treepers. You never know if that piece of art you’re not too enthusiastic about displaying could turn out to be a treasure….

    Antiques Roadshow Top Finds: Édouard Cortès Oil Painting

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  6. MaryfromMarin says:

    Today’s gem, from WRSA:

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  7. kevin says:

    Escape from Post War North Koreah


  8. andi lee says:

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  9. kltk1 says:

    JFK, protected by the Secret Service. Ronald Reagan, protected by the Secret Service. Donald Trump is an outsider that just won a stunning, populist revolt, election. What do these three gentleman have in common? Two sought, and one is actively looking, to make real change. Washington doesn’t like, or want, change. You think PEDJT might wanna double down on his security? Even at his own expense. Sometimes leftists really think no one should learn anything from history. This article is ridiculous.


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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I heard this morning what he plans to do and I support it wholeheartedly. He would be very smart to, since he doesn’t know who he can trust for certain.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Millwright says:

      Another radical new concept for Beltway crowd from PEDJT; trust has to be earned ! Considering the changing nature of the federal government over the past couple of decades, I’m in agreement with Mr. Trump’s decision at this point.

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  10. Lucille says:

    How the Democrats became a party of the Left.
    December 19, 2016 – Frontpagemag.com



  11. MaryfromMarin says:


    This could have been a major tragedy:

    Austria: Wannabe Jihadi Shouts ‘Allah’ With Koran In Hand And Storms Stage of Nursery School Kindergarten Play


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  12. smiley says:

    Cranberries and Light

    watercolor and drybrush on paper

    ca 1966

    Andrew Wyeth

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  13. smiley says:

    Santa delivering presents to orphans at the Children’s Aid and Adoption Society, London, 1931.

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  14. Dora says:

    Woman In The Park (1919) Ion Theodorescu-Sion.

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  15. TheLast Democrat says:

    Looking back on this Turkey ambassador assassination story – I saw the news as soon as the story was reported, but this did not strike me: it is very strange that the journalist recorded the event so well, and does not seem to be panicked or anything, despite seemingly being in great danger. It is not too hard to suspect that the filming may have been planned.


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  16. Dora says:

    This is amazing. It goes to show that one should always be on guard against the vicious snake.

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    • Anton says:

      Snakes are not vicious, despite PE Trump’s favorite (crummy) poem. They’re actually quite wonderful. They’ve gotten a bad rap, largely from religious mythology. Venomous snakes don’t make good pets, but they don’t bite out of meanness: They bite for food or for self-defense. They’re like literal incarnations of Second Amendment principles.


  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m.20hyper.jpg

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”
    Psalms 11:7 (KJV)

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  19. Leslie Ingersoll says:

    I just wanted to introduce myself to you all. I’ve been reading the Conservative Tree House for quite awhile now and have donated too! I adore the CTH and all of you! Thank you for all that you write & post! I am a Michigan resident, and a proud supporter of DJT & Mike Pence. I am a christian, a business owner, a wife of 33 years, a mother and a grandmother. I absolutely love the CTH, and feel right at home here. Sundance is the best, and has the most amazing insight! 2017 is the start of something epic…..America is back and we are in the front seat! God bless us all and Merry Christmas!

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    • duchess01 says:

      Welcome to the family, Leslie! God bless you abundantly for your kind words and sentiments!

      Liked by 1 person

    • aredtailblog says:


      And thanks to Jill’s recount shenanigans in your state, I’ve learned more about election recounts than I’ve learned in a public school.

      Merry Christmas and may we have fewer shenigans into January.

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      • Leslie Ingersoll says:

        I think come January, we will begin to see positive change for our Country and our State/s! I plan to keep fighting the good fight and supporting this new administration! Lead on DJT and MAGA🇺🇸

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        • Anita says:

          What area in Michigan? Wayne County here. I know, concrete democrat jungle. Hope like heck to be a central Michigan resident in the next 12 months.


          • Leslie Ingersoll says:

            I’m in Oakland county, our county voted slightly more for Hildebeast…..but not me or mine, we all voted for Trump/Pence.
            Now that Granholm and Kwame are in the rear view mirror, & Schuete and his team are getting into the Flint water crisis & arrests being made, Michigan has some good momentum forward. Fingers crossed, as you know what they say, “all politics are local”!


            • Anita says:

              Right! Good riddance Granholm and Kwame, and don’t forget Monica Conyers. Could her husband please just go away already? I’m SW of the airport, but there are still about 20000 residents too many for me, lol. I counted 16 Trump votes from my family alone. Welcome to the Treehouse.


  20. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
    Christmas is not Pagan or “Holiday”



    • georgiafl says:

      No it is not – and the Nativity of our Lord actually occurred on December 25 – serious scholarship proves.

      See this wonderful series by Alan Haley, The Anglican Curmudgeon, a conservative Christian Harvard trained lawyer (yes at least one does exist).

      This is good stuff and well worth the time – trust me!

      He also wrote one of my favorite essays, Debasing the Currency of Truth (about the birth of spin and truthiness and talking points during the Clinton administration)

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Treepers!

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      • duchess01 says:

        Thanks, georgiafl! God Bless You abundantly for sharing! Hugs!

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      • andi lee says:

        Georgia, I was so excited when I read this posting as I am so drawn to learning biblical truths revealed in research discovery, archeology digs & scientific findings. Thank you for posting.

        With that said, and digging in right away, right off the bat I am perplexed by finding in the first paragraph “my friend”, referencing fellow attorney, Rick Larson, who sent Mr. Haley his well researched dvd, as noted, and even linked the The Star of Bethlehem dvd of Mr. Larson’s complete research findings and the discovery of the past mathematical error of Herod’s death noted in historical Judeo writings of one surviving manuscript. (Mr. Larson’s video was posted on Sunday’s 4th Advent thread -amazing work and all credit should be appropriately given credit where credit due.) “Curmudgeon”, indeed!

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        • georgiafl says:

          Small world!


        • georgiafl says:

          It’s been a long time since I read the series…. and admittedly, I’ve been absorbed with national political issues to the detriment of Bible Study. I don’t know how much work is Mr. Haley’s and how much is other scholars. Haley is an amateur theologian/philosopher and a full time lawyer and sometimes chancellor. And a vintner, as I recall.


    • Rudy Bowen says:

      This is something that’s been on my mind recently. My best friend from college decided (with influence from his more religious wife, I think) to stop celebrating Christmas at all because of it’s pagan origins (imo) in part. It is a blend of all of the above, and the church that he and his wife joined just sort of round filed the whole shebang a couple of years ago, even ceasing to send Christmas cards. I found out when we next talked, as we regularly do although he’s in North Carolina and I am in Seattle. It all seems like a moot point to me, as I find all of Christmas, the pagan and the specifically Christian parts to be part of whole that makes it what it is. I love all of it, and I am sort of an agnostic, albeit a very spiritual one. The debate of whether or not paganism is part of Christmas, what was real or not, how much is solstice festival and how much the celebration of Christ’s birthday is very moot to me, and I am very annoyed that some, like my friend, would discard part of it in an inane attempt to ‘purify’ it down to it’s basic meaning. Christmas is wonderful, ALL of it.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, Rudy! To each his/her own!


      • facebkwallflower says:

        Been there done that road your friend travels down. And guess what? Came full circle back to the whole shebang and appreciate it more than ever. Traditions are a very important part of family life and it was not good to erase all the traditions for our children, our family, in the name of purity.

        Having been there, I suggest you still send a Christmas card every year. It does keep the heart connected and beckons one “back home”.


  21. georgiafl says:

    “Remember not the sins of our youth” from Psalm 25…..and this praise song came to mind this morning:

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  22. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
    Nation Destroyer Obama



  23. i dare anyone to find something that will compare to this completely over the top brain crushing ridiculous act of pure insanity that this chick and her husband got themselves into.



  24. Polish Rifle says:

    Dateline: South Bend, Indiana

    U.S. District Court Judge could sentence BLM thug to 15 years in federal prison for making Facebook terrorist threats:


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  25. IfThenElse says:

    Excerpt from this month’s newsletter,
    (Don’t miss the epilogue)
    “Missing Evidence is Out There
    Evolution-deniers are quick to point out that
    nobody has ever seen a flying reindeer, despite
    the fact that many children have stayed up late on
    Christmas Eve to try to catch a glimpse of one.
    But that just proves Santa’s reindeer are very
    stealthy. They see you before you see them, so
    they can hide before you spot them. They
    evolved the ability to avoid detection, which is
    further proof of how highly evolved they are.
    It is true, nobody has ever found a fossil of a
    reindeer with wings—but that doesn’t mean there
    aren’t any fossils. The fossil record is very
    incomplete. Not only that, hardly anybody digs for
    fossils at the North Pole. There are probably
    thousands—no, more likely millions—of
    undiscovered flying reindeer fossils yet to be
    discovered. We just need more money for
    research to find them! “


  26. SouthCentralPA says:

    The People’s Sheriff, Sheriff Clarke of Milwaukee, is guest-hosting Glenn Beck again today, if you’d like a breath of sanity this AM …

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  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    Mornin Treeps.

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    • thefirstab says:

      Thanks for posting that, Pam. I discovered this group several years ago, and am a Yuuuge fan!
      There was a Pentatonix Christmas special last week. on a suspect network — I was thrilled they actually sang CHristmas songs about the true meaning of the season, in keeping with their faith. They are awesome!


  28. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

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  29. jackphatz says:

    If this is allowed to happen, then there is no reason to ever have insurance. This entire situation is horrific. This young girl was taunted and abused by the students and the school unmercifully. but, this posting is about the insurance company, Allstate, not wanting to possibly payout on a policy of one of the minors involved.

    Insurer sues family named in Emilie Olsen lawsuit

    You can click on a link to read the lawsuit, what a heartbreaker. I hope the parents win against all the people involved.


  30. Lucille says:

    “11 of the Best Foods to Eat During Chemotherapy” – By Brooke Nelson

    These healing foods may help minimize chemo side effects, though it’s always a smart idea to personalize your diet with a doctor during chemo.



  31. Notmeagain says:

    Can this be for real? It seems so… out there. Like the very CGI Rudy talks about. If it is Rudy.


    • Anita says:

      WTH? Need to start spreading this and see what we can come up with.


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Go to the potential source. If somebody can find me a legitimate address, or email contact for Rudy’s consulting firm, I will write him and ask.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I don’t know, will have to do further research.

      BUT, I’ve been researching D.C. for 11 years now. All kinds of leaders in government, and the entire apparatus, one thing I will say is during all these years, from one rabbit-hole to the next, the mention of pedophilia, whether being considered a participant, or stating that the subject I was looking at was not involved in pedophilia has been thrown into the mix , A LOT, with lots of different people.

      IOW, I have suspected there is indeed a pedophilia ring of some sort, in DC with people working in “our protected class.” I was not shocked with the potential revelations of “pizza gate.”

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      • Notmeagain says:

        I wouldn’t be either–I’m just sort of sad to think how many people are going to be a disappointment. And that being even tainted by turning a blind eye would be what kept Rudy out of the administration.

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      • andeclain says:

        Mama, there was the Franklin affair of a few years back. In the UK there have been rumours of politicians involved in pedophilia for years, although convictions are rare, leading to accusations of police being involved in cover ups. Here’s a clip from a BBC documentary about how Parliament works where a whip alludes to being willing to cover it up as it gives the powers that be a handle to control the offender:


  32. OK, if you’re the photographer who finds them-self in this situation, do you hit-the-deck, put your hands up, or keep shooting?

    AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici continued working. Brave.



  33. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:


  34. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  35. Sunshine says:

    Interesting tidbit: Patriot One Technologies adds former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge to advisory board.

    Patriot One said Monday that the move is aimed at helping Patriot One’s NForce Threat Detection systems become implemented in public venues globally.

    Patriot One’s technology is cognitive microwave radar technology that can be used to scan a person as they enter a building, either covertly or overtly, and detect whether they’re carrying a concealed weapon such as a gun, knife or bomb.



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