Tuesday January 3rd – 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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128 Responses to Tuesday January 3rd – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Excellent article, definitely worth reading:

    Our Responsibility to Criticize Islam [by William Kirkpatrick]


    Liked by 8 people

  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    They obviously don’t need access to toilets any more. Time to remove that privilege…

    Migrants Setting Blood, Faeces ‘Traps’ for Prison Staff


    Liked by 5 people

  5. Lucille says:

    Judge Stops Obama’s Order Forcing Christians to Fund Abortion as a Means of Stopping “Sex Discrimination”
    by Wesley Smith – January 2, 2017


    Liked by 13 people

  6. nimrodman says:

    Nice rallying call here:

    DELINGPOLE: Rules for Righties — a War-Winning Manifesto for 2017

    Liked by 7 people

  7. Lucille says:

    “Miserere Mei Deus” by The Sixteen

    YT Description: “This piece is Psalm 51, but first set to music by Allegri around 1630. It is one of the finest and most popular examples of renaissance polyphony. It is often heard in Churches of the apostolic Christian tradition on Ash Wednesday, immediately following Shrove (or pancake) Tuesday, marking Christ’s return to Jerusalem. Beautifully performed here by The Sixteen, listen out for the simplicity, humility and reverence.”

    Liked by 8 people

  8. FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

    Newz you can trust! Presented by Channel 2’s own award-winning anchor babe:

    Mi So Dum

    Liked by 5 people

  9. smiley says:

    this is fishy…sounding more & more like a witch-hunt scheme to oust PM Netanyahu..

    AG Formally Confirms Netanyahu Is Under Investigation, Details Cases Already Closed

    Jan 3, 2017


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  10. smiley says:

    Late Winter Afternoon


    ca 1908

    Lowell Birge Harrison

    American (1854-1929)– Impressionism, Tonalist


    (nice terry cloth winter sky)

    Liked by 11 people

  11. mg says:

    elite republicans and their families should feel the scorn of conservatives, they have betrayed us for money and print. these parasites are 100x worse than democrats. pathological liars in your own nest is sick. a sturdy oak branch and hemp rope will cure the hacks faults.

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  12. Dora says:

    Guy Wiggins – Lower Fifth Avenue at Night (1920)

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  13. Dora says:

    These are pretty.


    2017: Year of the Rooster

    Ruan Hailin, a craftsman from Jiangsu Province, used paint brush to draw roosters on chicken eggs to welcome the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year, which will falls on January 28 this year.



  14. georgiafl says:

    Trump is President-elect! Such a relief! This song came to mind this morning:

    Liked by 6 people

  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
    Psalms 30:5 (KJV)

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m. 2017.jpg

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  17. hugofitch1 says:


  18. andeclain says:

    A nice story from a couple of days ago. Two police officers bought shoes for a homeless man:


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  19. georgiafl says:

    This is an experiment – trying to post a painting I did of my daughter when she was 4 years old.

    Liked by 10 people

  20. georgiafl says:

    Here is a painting of the lake where I grew up and swam with the gators – in a driftwood frame from an old shipwreck, that we found washed up on the beach.

    Liked by 6 people

    • georgiafl says:

      There was a huge gator we called ‘Old Trusty’ who would cruise by slowly every evening about the same time. We would be safely sitting on the pier by then, sunburned and exhausted from swimming all day. I could swim across the lake without using my hands, just kicking. Some of the big boys could swim under water almost a quarter mile without coming up for a breath. We wuz tough and fearless in those days!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Southern Son says:

      It looks like Ocean Pond gf.
      I swam a purty good bit there in 60’s.
      But mostly at Twin Lakes.
      Do you remember Stricklands?

      Liked by 2 people

  21. georgiafl says:

    One last painting – St. George Island FL – The Plantation before it was developed. Now there are 3 story homes along this shoreline. A big storm took away many of the dunes and the lighthouse on Little St. George the other side of the cut through to Apalachicola Bay.

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  22. Bob Thoms says:

    More Winning = Ford cancels it’s planned $1 billion plant in Mexico. Will re-build / expansion in Flat Rock, Michigan.

    MAGA !

    Matt Schlapp on FBN refuses to give Trump his due on this issue.

    Liked by 4 people

  23. Dora says:

    I thought I’d post this for no reason other than that it’s beautiful.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. andeclain says:

    I’m not sure if this should go on the other thread, up to you mods, but it is very amusing:

    Liked by 5 people

  25. Jimmy Jack says:

    I see Megyn Kelly has left Fox for NBC. I hope their ratings reflect the true caliber of her “work”.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. PC says:

    Have not posted in a while so Happy New Year to all my fellow Treepers.
    I see that Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC.
    I view that as a net positive for Fox News.


  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    Afternoon Treeps.

    HA! Let the pearl-clutching begin…….Trump Administration is asking DHS for Border and Enforcement, complete financial and other data……! WHUT?! (that was supposed to be a campaign promise..wink-wink!)

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  28. BigMamaTEA says:

    .New hashtag for those on twitter….courtesy Trump = #DTS
    (drain the swamp)

    …….President-elect Donald Trump blasted House Republicans Tuesday for attempting to weaken their own independent ethics watchdog, saying they have a lot of bigger things to focus on.

    “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it ….. may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!” he said via Twitter………


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  29. Janie May says:

    I’m not a person to whom asking for help comes easily but I am at a point where I need some outside assistance.

    For several years I have had a burden on my heart to engage the totally naive about politics….and the longer this goes on the more guilty I feel for not doing it sooner.

    But I am NOT a website creating type of person – I just don’t know how to do it. I have spent the money to set up a website via Bluehost and done several other things to make it happen, but I’m just stuck I’m lost and I don’t know how to move forward. I would like to find someone who knows about these things willing to be a resource to help me get this project off the ground.

    We all have different talents and maybe someone on here has the knowledge and the desire to help me. If you are interested email me at celticmoxie at gmail dot com

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  30. BigMamaTEA says:

    MORE Trump Affect

    GOP drops plan to overhaul ethics rules after Trump trashes it


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  31. Rudy Bowen says:

    It’s not that there is a new sheriff in town week after next so much as there is a sheriff in town week after next after eight years without one…

    Liked by 2 people

  32. usnveteran says:

    Illegal Aliens Getting Preference Over American Citizens – by Dave Jolly:
    (Cutting Veterans’ Benefits to pay for illegal aliens’ welfare?)
    “I’m hoping that President-elect Donald Trump will take a harder and stronger stand on illegal aliens and strip them of all the ill-gotten rights and privileges given them by Obama’s liberal minions. The I hope [he] deports every one of them back to their home country.” …


  33. nimrodman says:

    Europe is burning and who do they consider a problem? Their version of deplorables, so-called “neo-Nazis” (basically, anyone who disagrees with unrestrained muzzie immigration).

    France Claims ‘No Incident’ After 1,000 Cars Torched on New Year’s Eve

    “French authorities have been accused of a cover-up after claiming New Year’s Eve “went off without any major incident” despite more than 1,000 cars being torched in arson attacks.”

    Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve

    “There was uproar in Germany last month when St Reinold’s Church was occupied by identitarians in protest against the Islamisation of Germany. The demonstration was denounced as a “clear provocation by neo-Nazis” by Dortmund pastor Friedrich Stiller.

    “Dortmund’s ‘Special Commissioner for Tolerance and Democracy’ demanded more taxpayers’ money be put towards “Comeback”, the city’s ‘neo-Nazi deradicalisation programme’ in the wake of the protest.”

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  34. Lucille says:

    Zo’s humorous take on the Jarrett claim….

    “The Zo Loft : Valerie Jarrett Claims Obama Is Scandal Free” by Alfonzo Rachel

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  35. nwtex says:



  36. nwtex says:

    A no thinker. Arnold simply doesn’t have the Trump “thing”. Truth be told no one does.

    TV Ratings: ‘New Celebrity Apprentice’ Opens Weak, Falls to ‘The Bachelor’
    January 3, 2017

    “The New Celebrity Apprentice” — same format, same executive producer, new host — bowed Monday night. It faced some stiffer competition: namely, the start of the latest edition of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and an instant classic Rose Bowl on ESPN that stretched nearly an hour beyond its projected end time. All the same, “Celebrity Apprentice” opened poorly, with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and just 4.93 million viewers in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. That was down more than 43% from the last premiere in 2015.


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    • ruralnc says:

      Thanks, nwtex, for this update and info as I didn’t know the show had begun. After reading your post, I checked HULU and the show is available there, which I’ll watch this week. Without the Trumps I anticipate my viewing will cease after Episode 1 as it won’t be the same. I don’t wish ill will on anyone, but…it will be ok with me, a huge fan since the beginning, if the show doesn’t make it. No one can replace DJT (except Mike Pence in 8 years) and expect the endeavor to be a success. If this happens, I hope instead of justifying the demise as “something else” (i.e., the contestants were weak/unmotivated, etc.), the media will reveal that it was DJT that kept the show interesting for around the past 12 or so years. We’ll wait and see!


      • nwtex says:

        You’re welcome ruralnc 😉 I turned it off after a very few minutes, then later went back for a minute or two. IMO it won’t complete the run. I don’t even think that Arnold (OR anyone in the cast) expects it will be successful.

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      • F.D.R. in Hell says:

        “Celebrities”… Where? Who? Get some A-List celebs and then try again. Oy!

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  37. aredtailblog says:

    What do you guys think of ScottTrade for market share matters? I’ve been recommended that for portfolio building by family and wanted some confirmation that were reliable/not up to political shenanigans.


  38. Charlotte says:

    I wonder if this is true? If so we dodged YUGE bullet–Obama nearly started WW3 on Halloween when he threatened the Russians re DNC hacking



  39. kittycat77 says:

    Can anyone get into Drudge?


  40. 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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