Sunday January 1st 2017 – 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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99 Responses to Sunday January 1st 2017 – Open Thread

  1. Fake Nametag says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

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  2. Dommy says:

    He is Lord.
    He is Lord.
    He is risen from the dead and
    He is Lord.
    Every knee shall bow
    Every tongue confess that

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    God bless us all in 2017…

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  4. G-d&Country says:

    God bless America, land that I love
    Stand beside her and guide her
    Through the night with the light from above
    From the mountains to the prairies
    To the oceans white with foam
    God bless America, my home sweet home
    God bless America, my home sweet home
    by Irving Berlin

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  5. Happy New Year, to everyone! It looks like hopefully, we will have such a winning year, it will make up for the past annus horribilus ! I probably spelled that wrong, but guess what? I’m too happy to care!

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

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  7. FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

    I have grown apple trees and planted them in out-of-the-way places off and on for years. It’s fun. You should try it. You do have to “fool” the seeds into thinking they’ve gone through winter, so after you eat an apple you can save the seeds and keep them in the fridge. The guy in this video said he put them in the freezer for a week, in addition to a couple months in the fridge, but I don’t think freezing is necessary. Now is a great time to get started on this – eat some apples, save seeds in the fridge and by early spring you’ll be ready to germinate them and plant them in pots. You can do the same thing with pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines or whatever.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      This is so neat. I will have to show my DH because he loves to grow things from seeds.

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      • You will end up with crabapples and not the variety you actually bought…..growers graft onto a crabapple root because they are hardier and make it through extreme weather shifts better than, let’s say, a granny smith apple’s root system.

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      • allhail2 says:

        Know what you mean.😎

        I went on a mission trip to Brazil (Amazon River boat trip) several years back. Kept several pits in a ziplock bag from fruit I ate straight from the forrest. Closed bag created its own moisture. Got them home and in pots, one survived. My defective cat kept sleeping in the pots. Transferred the survivor to the ground 2 years ago, doing great, 10-12 ft tall. Fun reminder of a good trip.

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        • piper567 says:

          Your seeds from the forest are species seeds, not hybrids…so, you do indeed get the same thing you ate…Not so with most stuff we buy in our markets.
          If you can, go to an old orchard, a U-Pick, that grows something you like. If owners have had the trees for generations, you are likely to get species seed…
          You wil probably not get brears from apple seeds, What Luck !, but hybrids only occasionally produce clones, and then it is by accident…or odds.
          The root stock will affect the fruit, but in an old orchard, they did not depend on such…they did exactly what the video shows…only it was true seed, not what is commonly called F1, first generation hybrid. Most produce is at least F1, mostly due to breeding for insect and disease resistance.


        • justfactsplz says:

          That is so cool. You were lucky to get through customs with the seeds.


    • annieoakley says:

      What a great idea. I used to buy a big pack of wildflower seeds and spread them around just to see if they would thrive again.

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  8. joshua says:


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  9. kinthenorthwest says:

    2017 The Year America Will Be Blessed and Great Again
    ❤ ❤ Happy Blessed 2017 All My Treeper Family ❤ ❤

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
    Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Judge Pirro – Barack Obama, Your Nothing But A ‘Closet Muslim’

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  12. F.D.R. in Hell says:


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  13. hugofitch1 says:

    Nothing like a full on lunatic thread from DU to bring out the chuckles.

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  14. Lanna says:

    Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a bright future for America!

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  15. Harry Lime says:

    Universities are in deep intellectual and moral decline. This gender nonsense is insane. I’ve been watching some videos with Dr. Jordan Peterson who seems to be a lone voice of reason at the University of Toronto (although I’m sure there are others). Here he squares off against a total moonbat professor that teaches gender studies from the same institution. Oddly enough there is also an intelligent and reasonable transgender person who agrees with Dr. Peterson’s point of view. There are a bunch videos on youtube with Jordan Peterson concerning speech legislation that are pretty entertaining but also, sadly, quite revealing in how demented our culture has become.

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! And Happy New Year!

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  17. Marian says:

    Mary, Mother of God, Council of Ephesus 431.

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  18. lastinillinois says:

    We lost a great musician a couple weeks ago.

    Known well around Chicago specifically, “Barrelhouse Chuck” was also known nationally and internationally, having played with many of the blues greats.

    A couple links, first of some of his music, and then of a benefit concert coming up next monday (Jan 9), in case you happen to be in the chicago area and would like to see a very affordable show with a tremendous amount of blues talent.

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  19. Dora says:

    In case anyone is interested in some nice, relaxing music this afternoon, try this. Hubby and I watch this performance every year. It’s wonderful. This year there will be a new conductor to lead the orchestra. I know he will do well.


    Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra New Year’s Concert 2017

    On 1 January 2017, Gustavo Dudamel will become the youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous New Year’s Concert.

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    Today begins a new year. Your grandmother and I used to drive from Georgia to Oklahoma to spend the holidays with family when your dad was younger. When we returned from one trip apparently a New Years celebration must have gotten out of hand. As we pulled the car into the driveway at night the grass looked different. A bottle rocket was in the yard and all the grass was burned. The next morning the neighbors told us they had to call the fire department out to put out the fire, burned the back yard and front but they kept it away from the house. Pretty lucky because most of the back is a pine forest. Not terribly interesting just a cautionary tale about fireworks.

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  22. dalethorn says:

    There’s a radical group called The Peace Report that’s organizing on Facebook now, with a fiery orator who states a few good things, but appears to be fronting for a socialist/Communist revolution. They’re attracting a lot of attention and ensnaring some well-meaning people. FYI.


  23. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  24. Dora says:

    Pre-Raphaelite Princess of Star Wars

    When Time magazine asked George Lucas about the unusual hairstyle he created for Star Wars character Princess Leia, he answered:

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  25. allhail2 says:

    Dad coming by house today after church for lunch. We got him a 16 x 24 print of “The Forgotten Man” which didn’t get here until after Christmas. I can’t remember a time when I was this happy about giving a gift, especially with the backdrop of Trump’s election.

    We were talking shop about a week before Christmas, and asked him if he had ever seen it. He had not, so I pulled it up on a tablet for him to look at. He spent nearly an hour identifying and talking about many of the Presidents all throughout history, and absolutely loved that Reagan was painted by the founders. He and my mom went to many of Reagan’s first inaugural events. Until Trump came along, he was thoroughly disgusted with what was happening to the country since Reagan.

    What to get your 73 year old dad who seemingly has everything? Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      How lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      That reminds me of the present we bought my dad when he was older, late 80’s. It was a silly cactus that would dance and play a Mexican song when you walked by it. I thought it was funny, but he would laugh and probably throw it away eventually. He loved it. He made sure everybody walked close to it to make it dance. LOL He still had it when he died.

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  26. allhail2 says:

    Went with wife to jewelry store yesterday to have some of her earrings cleaned and inspected. Sign in case next to some beautiful rings read “right hand rings.” Huh?

    I asked the lady behind the counter if those were meant as cocktail rings. She said yes. She went on to say that so many idiot millennial, yuppie types had no idea what a cocktail ring was for so they had to dumb down the sign for them. We had a laugh and exchanged a few more snarky “shorthand” comments that we both understood very well. I had a MAGA hat on. She’s my new favorite mall person.

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  27. Rural NC says:

    We Southerners have a New Year’s Day tradition: Cook black-eyed peas (for coins) and collards (for dollars.) I know…reaction is “Uh-Wee/Never”…LOL! I learned the national reaction about collards from Gordan Ramsey’s cooking competition show (even though he liked them). However….they are fantastic.

    During cooking they do permeate the kitchen with a strong smell, so take your electric skillet outside, place some water in the bottom, add a layer of collards (if not prone to salt, sprinkle some on top), let the layer cook awhile, and add layers with added water/salt as needed. The “ole timey” Southerners (the Great Southern cooks; I love them!) add fat back and cook on the stove.

    Well…we’ll take all the help we can financially, so I’m cooking these today and hope for a windfall (LOL!)!! I believe it will be ok if you cook these during this week so you can be “wealthy” in the new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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    • I love the smell of greens cooking! We eat all kinds of greens everyday. Collards do take longer to cook, than other greens but are well worth the time. Black-eyed peas are the best!
      I always load up the beans and greens with garlic and fat from smoked hocks, bacon, ham, or olive oil.
      My Mom was French, my Dad was English; greens were a part of our daily diet, growing up North on a big farm with a big family. Every Spring, Mom would dig dandelions and spend the day, washing, rinsing and picking grass out of tubs full to feed 9 of us at suppertime. Rarely does this happen in our country anymore but it is well worth the effort.

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  28. bluesky says:

    I just experienced the BEST sermon in my life at church this morning and it was completely scriptural. A fellow church member dressed as the Apostle Paul recited the letter to the Galatians as a “sermon’ with inflections and passion. It was wonderful to read along and listen.

    Scripture only. Think of what God could achieve if churches went to preaching scripture only

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  29. Dora says:

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  30. bessie2003 says:

    This website has named The Conservative Treehouse as the Best Blog of the Year.

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  31. 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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