Saturday January 28th – 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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121 Responses to Saturday January 28th – Open Thread

  1. benzy says:

    A new day has dawned… literally for each of us and practically for our nation. The changes are clear and obvious and even those who do not want to see them will feel their impact. A very good Saturday to all of the denizens of the treehouse!

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    If you listen to Willie Nelson’s playing you’ll hear a lot of licks that were clearly influenced by Jango.

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  3. Alex Stewart says:

    Looks like Katica may have made another significant discovery:

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Another good ‘un . . .

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  5. Lucille says:

    “I Carry A Gun” – Ultimate 2nd Amendment Gun Control Video

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  6. nimrodman says:

    Caturday !
    Leopard’s a cat, right?

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  7. MaryfromMarin says:

    The feline contingent returning in triumph from Friday’s March for Life:

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  8. Rudy Bowen says:

    Proud pussy cats. The real deal!

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

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  10. TheLastDemocrat says:

    It’s about to be Saturday morning, and the place smells of sawdust and glue and paint.

    I look at my boy’s face. I see me at that age, and I go back in time.

    Many of you simply do not have experiences like this. Dad meets the Creeping Marxism of the 1970s.

    The occasion – The Present: We are about to get into yet another Pinewood Derby with the Cub Scouts. I have tackled a few Pinewood Derbies now. Weight, wheels, axles, style. Got it. This will be the last, as we will finally move on to Boy Scouts by the next Pinewood Derby.

    The paint is drying and we are contemplating weigh-in. Me, I am trying to figure out how and where I am needed to volunteer to make it all work while giving my son the precious, individual father-son experience that is precious beyond gold.

    I can’t simply decide to not volunteer. The other Dads know me. They have seen me run weigh-in and run the timing, calculating the winners. I have rescued the deformed car that would not make it down the track because the kid was at quite a handicap with mom only – with no Dad in attendance to trouble-shoot at the well-stocked make-shift work bench at the rear of the elementary school auditorium. While I am looking at the other Dads to pull off this event, they are looking at me. We are looking at each other. Total Stone Soup.

    I know too much. They know too much about me. I cannot claim that work calls me away from this Friday evening set-up, or the running of the event tomorrow. Of course, there is always some inscrutible problem on Friday night as we set up and test. Of course, somehow, we figure it out and know we can run the timing software and gear tomorrow, and so can finally go home.

    I get home, and look at my boy, and his car. Always his, but our car.

    My memory? –My Dad was swept up by the progressive thinking of the 70s. I heard about Cub Scouts, and so asked, and we did Cub Scouts – for one year. The Progs do not like anything smacking of order and ritual, of militarism, hierarchy, establishment, or obeisance. Cub Scouts disapated. Disappeared. Looking back, it is possible they might have asked us to never show our faces again, after that year…

    My Dad did know politics, and local activism. He got himself appointed to Pack Leader. He is plenty nice enough, and well-spoken. Good management and organizational skills. Enthusiasm.

    He wanted to erase all traces of militarism – he wanted to do away with uniforms. –For weeks, he told me my school behavior had to be good enough for me to get the neckerchief to go with the rest of my uniform. –Sears had the Cub Scout section (those of you of a certain age will remember the Sears Cub Scout section), and my Mom worked in the mall – but I never had the neckerchief. Hat, shirt, Tiger patch, Boy Scout book identifying the different types of tools and noting the difference between the sloop and the dinghy, but no neckerchief.

    I don’t think he felt camaraderie with the other Dads, and so maybe we missed out on many discussions. After all we were not Baptist, or even Protestant – much less Catholic, like the extended family.

    In the end, somehow all of this added up to this: we did not know that there was a weight limit in Pinewood Derby. So, we did not realize that if you did make a car, however beautiful, it would be nowhere near competitive because it would weigh far less than everyone else’s car.

    I remember the car’s beauty. The particular shade of blue we painted it. In my memory, it remains beautiful in its shimmery medium blue.

    Because the other Dads were humble enough, and normal enough, and not so bent on social change, to hear that the Pinewood Derby car weight limit was 5 ounces, and how to get close to that by adding weights to at least be competitive, I made my car, with my Dad’s help, but we never added weights like everyone else did. Beautiful but slow.

    I can’t tell you how remote, how far away in time, but real, the memory remains. It was fun. I was with my Dad. I did not really care that my car was obviously slower than every other car – it was all totally new that the whole experience was itself enough. But to some degree I did care – I was puzzled about how everyone else could be “close,” with me a huge second behind them in a 5-second race.

    Looking back, I now know all too well. In the 1970s, the Marxists had gotten their advance forces deployed – their ideas – anti-military, anti-nationalism, anti-militarism, hope, peace, and so on – deployed. In a way that normal people, with God-fearing parents, would entertain the new messages.

    A few years ago, in the 2010s, I said in conversation to my Dad, “Those communists…” –And he abruptly said, “There are no Communists in America!” –He was keeping the faith – and still accepting the “red-baiting,” “McCarthyism” memes. They have been so successful.

    At least I know what is going on so I can inform my kids. Not all of their memories will be peachy picture perfect. But at least they will not be testimony to the history of the roll-out of the surreptitious family-hating and nation-hating philosophy of the Communists.

    I will fail again tomorrow. We will not win. But we will be part of a God-fearing, nation-loving community. Because we Dads discuss the event, we will have done the several things you do to be competitive, and my son’s car will be somewhere in the middle of the pack, all of us will secretly hope to pop out ahead, and we will all be glad for the kid, and his Dad, that do come out ahead.

    And we will be happy, and will have fun, and will have memories and relationships.

    It is not about being normal for the sake of being normal. It is about not tearing apart normal in the hopes of ushering in a fantasy world someone has sold to you with vague promises, and you buying the fantasy so much that those around you suffer the fantasy. Here in the real world, we will be happy, and will have fun, and will have memories and relationships.

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    • Southern Son says:

      I hear ya lastdemocrat.
      Mc Carthy was Right!
      And I wish My Dad had tried harder to teach me Americanism.
      But We Will do what We can.
      And that has to be enough.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      My dad knew what was going on politically and talked about from the 1960’s on, but no one wanted to listen – and told him so. Eventually he stopped talking about it to everyone but me because I would listen. I think a few who fought in WW2 did not want to think of anymore bad stuff or feeling that they had fought in vain, although most who actually fought we knew agreed with him. The younger adults who did not fight had a good life, and had become soft, and just did not want hear anything bad. It was almost a much, much milder version of the hysteria seen today from the “everyone gets a prize group”. Success through strength and sacrifice, the good life, weakness, then decay – how often have we seen this throughout history. My dad would say “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations” , but now there are trust funds so the weak still have their money and power, instead of going back to reality, and this makes them even more spoiled and weak.


    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Well, just to follow up: we got a second place trophy, and placed first in one heat. So, everybody is happy. A bunch of us dads pitched in to make it all run smoothly. Nice.


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

    I would like to see a pin about the size of a 1/2 dollar with that lion licking his paw with The letters TRUMP in gold over the top.

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  13. No Agenda says:

    What are the chances of President Trump ending DACA? I know He said something about a decision in the next four weeks. 🙂

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

    Ok, ok, ok, it’s Caturday. I hear you… 👿

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  15. JC says:

    Posted Henri parts 1 & 2 coupla weeks ago. Here are parts 3 & 4:

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Thanks a million for Henri, JC. It is so funny and so very French! I forwarded it to a friend last time, and she sent it on to hrr daughter (who is fluent in French). They have watched them all. It even revived my long ago high school French (a bit).

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  16. nwtex says:

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  17. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  18. Dora says:

    Henriette Ronner-Knip 1878

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  19. Southern Son says:


    It’s Caterday…Where’s MaDoNnA?


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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
    Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Like 🙂 Your prayer is a quick reminder everyday to Thank God, so thank you.

      I have not attempted signing into WordPress yet. Since I only comment at the Treehouse, I do not know the advantage. At first I had clicked to get email responses,but then there were way too many on the busier threads, so I no longer do that and try to just stay on shorter comment threads and come back to check on if anyone responded to a comment I made, and read new comments. Does WordPress allow you to see comments that are only responses to the comments you made? I don’t want to seem rude by ignoring a comment that would have been missed if I am in a rush and can’t read all new comments. I have read through WordPress and can’t seem to find this.

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      • duchess01 says:

        WordPress provides e-mail notification if someone made a comment on your post – that is all I know – when you come onto a thread, WordPress notifies you in the upper right hand corner who ‘liked’ your comment and/or who responded to your comment as well – hope that answers your question – just click on the ‘bell’ – to open your responses – 🙂


      • When you are signed into WordPress, there is a notification icon to the right of your tiny profile picture in the black WordPress bar that stays at the very top of the browser when you are on a WordPress site. This notification icon will tell you about any likes or comments on your posts/comments. I don’t get email responses because as you say, there are just too many.


  23. duchess01 says:

    March for Life rallies in Washington, sensing victory within reach

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Long Island Village Police Save Woman From Committing Suicide On Facebook Live
    BREAKING: Officers from across the country were able to track the woman down, and village cops saved her life.
    By Alex Costello (Patch Staff) – January 27, 2017 5:34 pm ET

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  25. BakoCarl says:

    The Little Seed

    God dropped a little seed down to the ground
    And bounced it across a hard rocky path
    To rest where the soil was loose, moist and deep
    In a hole sized right to hide from the birds.
    God made sunshine to warm the fertile ground
    And brought some clouds with light rain falling down.
    God gave all things the little seed could use
    And then God said to the little seed “Grow.”
    The little seed split with a small green sprout
    And tiny roots weaved through the rich ground
    To where God placed nutrients to be found.
    As the small plant grew, God sent out some leaves
    To gather fresh air for the plant to breathe.
    As the time passed, the plant grew very tall,
    Sending out more roots and leaves, big and small.
    God said “Produce fruit” and the plant grew buds,
    Then flowers, pollinated by His bees.
    A small green fruit formed within each flower
    That grew large and ripe as God met its needs.

    The little seed could have been you or me
    As God formed us and provided our needs,
    And shaped us, as clay, into the right form.
    He gave us His Spirit so that we grew
    And learned from His Word to follow His will.
    He gave us His good gifts that we can use
    To grow in His grace and produce His fruit,
    And say thanks to Him while on bended knee,
    “You did it all. All the glory is Yours.”

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  26. duchess01 says:

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  27. JoeS says:

    IS anyone having a problem with Twitter?

    On each tweet in Twitter, for me, the “three dots” icon is missing which means that I have no ability to access “more options” with tweets.

    Is anyone else having this issue?


  28. duchess01 says:

    March for Life President: The Only Number I Care About Is The 58 Million Babies Killed By Abortion



    Please “FREEP” this petition… High School administrators producing anti-Trump videos to indoctrinate and intimidate students… disgusting!


  30. duchess01 says:


    [1/27/17] In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, President Donald Trump says persecuted Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States. “We are going to help them,” President Trump tells CBN News. “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States?


  31. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

    FYI – Very insightful and good reading.

    More Gaining – More Winning!

    From Ace of Spades:

    How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom [Warden]

    There’s a frustrating game that the left plays with conservatives. It’s an Alinksy tactic called, “Make them live up to their values.” Now, living up to one’s values isn’t a bad thing, but setting high standards ultimately means that you’ll sometimes fall short.

    The left loves to exploit these shortcomings–every Christian who falls short of perfection is a hypocrite; the social values candidate you voted for just got arrested for drunk driving. Haha, everything you believe and advocate is now discredited.

    They got away with it for years, waving away the lies, hypocrisy, indiscretions, and criminal behavior from their own politicians while beating the right mercilessly with the missteps of their own. It’s effective because the right always maintains a baseline of integrity not displayed by the left, as evidenced by comparing what happens to Republican politicians when they’re caught in criminal behavior with what happens to Democrats. Republican voters and politicians reluctantly dump the malefactor while Democrats defend their guy and launch an offensive against those who demand accountability.

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  32. waltherppk says:

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  33. NJF says:

    I know most of our Treepers will get this Bigly.

    I’ve always been saddened by our how youth have be robbed of their autonomy.

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

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  35. Usapatriot88 says:

    Hi Sundance,
    Thank you for all you have done over past 2+ years as a guiding light for us. With deepest appreciation and faith for the blessings to come back to you a thousandfold.
    Our Pastor in our nondenominational Christian church wrote a book recently on The Lord’s Prayer that I believe would be a tremendous blessing to you. The name is: BRING GOD’S KINGDOM TO EARTH: THE DISCIPLES PRAYER (by Gary Hargrave). I would send you a copy if you would want, or you can order on Amazon. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  36. Rip Tide says:

    I just saw this today from a friend. It is a beautiful testimony to right for life. Have your Kleenex ready.


    • frogstamper says:

      “The silent holocaust.”
      The best and truest description of abortion.
      Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on these innocents.
      I will post this video on Facebook. I know and understand why people hate Facebook.
      For me – it is my mission field.

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      • frogstamper says:

        I want to add something.
        It is an awful thing to be told you were a mistake.
        We are all chosen children of the living God.
        If you choose “God’s Right,” you will never be wrong. He WILL make a way.
        And always remember that “in our weakness, He IS strong.” 2 Corinathians 12:9-11

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  37. G-d&Country says:

    I am putting this here rather than the political thread because it is about hateful culture and bullying, not President Trump’s political actions. Please share this.
    Comedian Behind Barron Trump Play Is a Sick Psycho Trump Hater
    Kristinn Taylor Jan 27th, 2017 11:33 pm 166 Comments
    The Twitter timeline of Shannon Noll, the comedian behind the new Chicago political comedy play targeting First Son Barron Trump, “Barron Trump Up Past Bedtime”, is littered with hatred of President Donald Trump and includes potential assassination comments and a retweet that names ten-year-old Barron performing a crude sexual act.

    I thought presidential children, especially when only 10 years old, were off-limits. What if it was done about one of Obama’s kids???
    Share this many & give this the shaming it deserves.

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  38. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

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  39. maga2004 says:

    I just wanted to thank Sundance for all the hard work he and others put into CTH to help make this Trump victory possible. I know it sure helped me with my sanity, and several of my friends that I kept abreast of the postings here have thanked me for sharing with them. It helped them keep the faith in the dark days before the glorious Dawn.

    Sundance, it is incredible to imagine the influence your little outpost in the Conservative Wilderness has been this election cycle. God used you and your research in a might way for His glory!

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  40. I just read this excerpt which proves beyond a doubt that the People lead by President Donald J. Trump will prevail. Also a Bible verse that makes me smile follows “because the People regard President Trump as their leader”.
    “Political decisions, however, are not made by economists, but by public opinion, that is, the general public. The majority determines what should happen. This is true of all systems of government. Even absolute kings and dictators must govern in accordance with the demands of public opinion. With the awareness that men like J.M. Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Harold Laski, and Albert Einstein could not comprehend the problems of economics, must not the attempt to guide the masses in the proper direction be considered hopeless?”
    “But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.” Matt 21:26

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  41. nimrodman says:

    Hate to follow that with a clearly less-reverent post …

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  42. 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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  43. Ddanna says:


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  44. paulgilpin says:

    i don’t think steve bannon is who he claims to be.
    it doesn’t matter if he’s now wearing suits & ties.
    put a “patriots” hoodie and a headset on him and let’s find out who he really is.


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