Sunday April 9th – Open Thread

Our 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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125 Responses to Sunday April 9th – Open Thread

  1. WSB says:

    Blessings to all for Palm Sunday!

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. aredtailblog says:

    In the midst of this week’s excitement, I’ve also had my birthday pass by, (turned 27 on the 5th of April). Had to work on that day though, so birthday will be celebrated with folks Sunday afternoon).

    Hoping good news keeps coming, particularly regarding the would-be shooter.

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  4. Guest says:

    Go to church, the community needs your presence in the pew.

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  5. Donna in Oregon says:

    Night Vigil
    (Ancient Christian Prayer)

    Watch thou, dear Lord,
    with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
    and give thine angels charge over those who sleep.
    Tend thy sick ones, Lord
    Rest thy weary ones.
    Bless thy dying ones.
    Soothe thy suffering ones.
    Pity thine afflicted ones.
    Shield thy joyous ones.
    And all, for thy love’s sake.

    Saint Augustine of Hippo
    (4th Century, North Africa)

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    • justfactsplz says:

      That really spoke to me this night. It is beautiful. I guess it’s morning now though.

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    • Lucille says:

      Donna, thank you for posting this heartfelt prayer from the exquisite mind of St. Augustine.

      His writings are full of so many sayings to assist us in our daily lives. This is one: “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.”

      Thank You, Lord, for touching hearts, minds and lives. Thank You for creating us. Thank You for enabling us to give our consent to be saved.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:


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  6. deepesq says:

    Happy Palm Sunday to all!!

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  7. Sepp says:

    On this day, the Sunday of Palms, the Orthodox Church celebrates the radiant and glorious Feast of the Entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. (It is March 27th on the traditional Church Calendar.)

    With this day the Triodion, the Great Fast or Lent, ends and the Holy and Great Week will begin on Monday.

    The time has passed quickly. Have I taken to heart the Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian?

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  8. citizen817 says:

    On 4 April 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery named Berners-Lee the recipient of the 2016 Turing Award “for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale”.

    Often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing,” the award comes with a $1 million prize provided by Google.

    “I’m humbled to receive the namesake award of a computing pioneer who showed that what a programmer could do with a computer is limited only by the programmer themselves,” says Berners-Lee, the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering at MIT. “It is an honor to receive an award like the Turing that has been bestowed to some of the most brilliant minds in the world.”

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  9. Sylvia Avery says:

    Hi everyone. I have lurked here for years and recently started posting a couple weeks ago. I have a question. To post here, I went to Word Press and opened an account, a free account. But I am unable to hit the like button and have it register. I keep seeing other people say they are having that problem, but the answer given is always “you need to have a Word Press account.” Is the answer actually that I need to have one of the Word Press accounts that you pay for in order to use this function, or am I just really dim and not grasping some fundamental about this system? Thanks!

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    • dilonsfo says:

      No…you don’t have to have a “pay” account. I wish I had an answer for your like button problem but I don’t. I have a free word press account and I have never had that problem. I hope someone else sees your post and can help you. Glad to see you have come out of the dark and will be sharing your thoughts with the rest of us.

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    • WSB says:

      Sylvia, so nice to see your cheerful moniker here. I have not had that issue with a free WP account. Sometimes the page is slow to load for me, and the star takes a bit of time to change.

      You should be able to press or click the star both on CTH pages and on your WP account page where you can also read replies.

      Try signing out of WP and signing back in. They may also have support on the site you can contact.

      Best of luck and nice to see your posts!

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    • Hello! I have had all manner of weirdness happen while on his site and via WordPress from time to time. I am about the furthest you can be from tech savvy. Sometimes I pout, go make a cup of coffee and return and whatever it was that was messing me is magically fixed! Sometimes log out and hen sign back in. Sometimes I post photos and videos and they work; other times not. I do not get it but you are not alone. Keep poking around your wordpress account, check settings, log off then on and prayers that you will sort it all out 🙂

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    • amwick says:

      Look on the very upper right of the website (CTH) do you see a white box with “write”, a little avi, and a bell? These are signs that you are currently signed in… Sometimes, depending on what I am messing with (browser issues blah blah blah) I get signed out of wordpress, without realizing it. Also, do you have some kind of ad or script blocker? I tried using something called Ghostery for a long time… These programs can prevent you from being able to do a like…

      Good luck, and don’t give up!

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    • itswoot says:

      “But I am unable to hit the like button and have it register.”

      I found out that it makes a big difference where you sign in to your WordPress account. Rather than sign in while at the Conservative Tree House, try going directly to the WordPress website. Doing that keeps you signed in for multiple long term revisits to TCTH and being able to “like” comments each time you want to.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      On my Mac laptop, when I sign in to WordPress, I usually do so by ‘liking’ a post (link under the article).

      Then I have to refresh the page in order to ‘like’ a comment by clicking on the blue star under the comment – then the star will turn yellow.

      Often I sign in to WordPress by commenting, giving my email address and password when prompted.

      Those are the only ways I sign in to WordPress, except in the rare instances I visit another WP blog.

      To make CTH work well for my computer, I have to frequently delete/clean out cookies and files. Surfing around the web, visiting blogs and websites puts lots of cookies/files that interfere with speed of CTH opening, changing pages, creates problems typing comments, and many other frustrations.

      CTH also has a little bell and your avatar up in the upper right side in the black bar where you can click and read replies and likes to your posts.

      Took me over a year to discover that. (blush)

      Welcome to CTH! :8-)

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    • shadowcole says:

      I had that problem too, what seemed to fix it was when I went to comment I had to re-load the page and then it would let me comment and like comments. I don’t know why this is.

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    • Reload the current CTH page you are on after you have signed into wordpress. It will bring up three icons in the upper right corner and you should be good to go, hopefully it will enable you to like. It took me awhile to figure it out.

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    • dogsmaw says:

      I decided to explore WordPress a bit, and I came upon this link for Safari users to clear your cache…hope it will help some of you.

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    • nhgardengram says:

      Sylvia, I have the same problem. I hit the reply button, then select WordPress as my means of communication, then log on to wordpress, and cancel the reply if I only want to do a “like”. From that point on, I’m ok.

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    • Wiggyky says:

      After I signed in on the WordPress Log in page, I went to CTH and refreshed the page and there it all was. You should see a bar at the top of the page that has, on the left, My Site and Reader. On the right side should be your gravatar and a bell. When you see a red dot on the bell it means someone has replied to you. Click the bell to read it.

      Hope that helps.

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    • No you don’t need a paid WordPress account. It could be your browser settings that don’t register your likes. I’ve had that problem on other devices.

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  10. Wisconsam says:

    All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name


  11. Dora says:

    Alexey Korzukhin – In a Monastic Hotel (1882)

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    • Lburg says:

      Dora, thanks for this lovely painting. Fabric is so difficult to capture, and there’s plenty of it here.

      I’m sure Mr. Korzukhin had no idea that 100+ years later, the nun standing in the center of the painting would look as if she was checking her smart phone. (Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it! Ack!)

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. BG2 says:

    Hmmm…….you may have no interest in Economics but some long dead Economist has a rancid interest in you.


  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
    John 5:24 (KJV)

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  15. duchess01 says:

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  16. duchess01 says:

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

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    • dogsmaw says:

      Foundation of the World

      King James Version (KJV)
      John – Chapter 17

      Jhn 17:1-5
      ¶ These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

      Jhn 17:6-8
      ¶ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

      Jhn 17:9-19
      ¶ I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Jhn 17:20-23
      ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Jhn 17:24-26
      ¶ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, dogsmaw!

        1 John 4:4
        “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

        King James Version (KJV)

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  18. cycle1 says:

    This is graphic bloodshed, but shows the severity of the attacks in Egypt:


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  23. Niagara Frontier says:

    Taking time out to enjoy the simple wonder of God’s creation can lower the blood pressure. At least it does that for me.

    I get great pleasure watching a pair of American Bald Eagles raise their two young ones via Live POV WebCam in Hanover PA. Maybe some of you will too.

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  24. Dora says:

    Dear Lord Bless His Soul

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  25. Sharon Moe says:

    “Obama’s headlong support for the Iran nuclear deal and his pursuit more generally of a concert system with Moscow and Tehran have encouraged the rise of a Russian-Iranian military alliance dedicated to diminishing the United States and its allies.”


  26. In AZ says:

    Tim Hawkins ———— The Government Can

    Tim Hawkins sings about what the government does to us. Funny and so true.


  27. roy1982blog says:

    So I tried flipping through as many morning shows as I coul (SotU, This Week-ABC, MTP, and FOX Sunday), and in the 60 minutes if time they had, they spent most of it on Syria. Mostly the ‘politics’ of the strike. ALL shows spent a segment on this friction between Bannon and Kushner and the “instability” within the WH, and maybe 60-90 seconds of Supreme Court.

    What was noticeable was the complete ABSENCE of N. Korea, China visit, Sweden terror attack, and bombing in Egypt.

    My point is that politics/political consequences of one event are more important than reporting the news. This IMO is how the average citizen is completely oblivious to real issues.

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    • In AZ says:

      Yep. Three days ago National Review (I think Jonah Goldberg wrote the article ) did a hit piece on President Trump and emphasized the Bannon – Kushner battle, no organization within the Trump Administration, chaos, and other garbage.
      And people believe it


    • georgiafl says:

      Our news agencies have been as perverted to perfidy, political propaganda as our intelligence agencies.

      Obama used every agency of government as a political weapon.

      May he stay away from our shores until he dies and his memory be forever cursed.

      Continually updated list of Obama’s unconstitutional actions and abuses of power:

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    • The Sunday morning shows you listed are there specifically TO discuss the PAST week’s events, roy, with scheduled guests and panels booked because of their expertise on those topics. If they don’t spend time on breaking stories, it isn’t a failure. It’s intentional. Outside of those shows, the news outlets go back to covering news as it happens.


  28. roy1982blog says:

    So tell me how North Korea publicly stating they will fire nukes at the US… and the US now sending a Navy fleet to the Korean Peninsula gets ABSOLUTELY ZERO press on Sunday shows? But every show dedicated time to this inner fighting between Bannon and the rest of the staff.

    Can we officially deem the major news press just reality television and general entertainment?

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    • Sean Supsky says:

      Disinformation to the citizens in order to create a scenario the, in their theory, will prove to be a thorn in President Trump’s side.

      AKA Undermining President Trump and his administration.

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    • Bruce says:

      “Can we officially deem the major news press just reality television and general entertainment?”

      They are paid political operatives. They deliberately ignore reality and brainwash you while you are robbed by the puppet masters. If you subscribe to cable or satellite, you financially support this filth and vermin.

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    • Asked and answered above. The naval movements toward North Korea is a developing story, and it’s being well-covered outside the Sunday morning shows – which are op-ed discussions by design, not news broadcasts per se. (You do know the difference between an opinion column in the newspaper, and a news article…I hope. This is the TV version of that difference.)


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Around here….they have been anointed “Swamp Media”

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  29. georgiafl says:

    Islam – horror upon horror since 632:

    ISIS executes 33 in Syria

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  30. Tazz2293 says:

    I hope it is okay to post this here.

    For you golf fans who are watching the Masters this weekend.

    CBS will air Arnie’s last interview from the Butler Cabin today at 1 PM. From what I remember hearing this was Arnie’s last interview that took place at Augusta National in 2016.

    While I dislike CBS and am watching the Masters streaming from I may just tune in to watch.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I should think it is perfectly fine to post this here. I have no interest in golf, but a lot of people do. 🙂


  31. Mike says:

    I think I am spotting a trend. It intersects with the rise of Trump and Nationalism, but is it’s own thing. I think we are entering a Renaissance of sorts. In some case, old good forms that were abandoned are being resurrected. In other cases, something new. Other cases, a blend of old and new. The blend of the old and new – things rooted in ancient forms, but with new high tech applications, seems to be the sweet spot. Call it “traditional futurism.”

    It’s happening because of this thing I am communicating on now, the “Internet.”

    It’s something that happening across all domains. Business, politics, music, culture, sports, health, etc In it’s own way, it’s killing leftism one cut at a time. Leftism was never rooted in anything time tested, old and reliable in the first place. In the second, this Renaissance makes leftist look old, state, boring and screechy. The things about this Renaissance is, you become a player, instead of just a spectator.

    Example.I play WW2 submarine simulations. Some good stock games have been modded up into things that are breathtaking. Anyone can get into adding their own mods if they are so inclined. I have made a few very simple ones. Learning how to change scripts and combine other people’s mods into new ones. Other people are creating whole new games from scratch.

    This was developed and crowd funded by a two man team out of Sweden. At first glance, the graphic and game play look top shelf. Yet, here I am, sitting in flyover country, and I can see and play this game. There are virtually countless examples, depending on your own interest, but I assume you know what I mean.

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    • Mike says:

      Another example: Want to watch a short, graphically excellent, indie martial arts movie, but with a solid message? Watch this. These things are a little rough around the edges, but that, IMO, gives it extra charm.

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  32. Janie M. says:

    This made me happy. Wonder if he is going to be adopted by his LEO handler.

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  33. litenmaus says:

    After starting in 73 major tournaments and never winning…Sergio Garcia, made his 74th attempt.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Masters Tournament winner – Sergio Garcia.

    Moral of the Story….never, ever give up on your dreams.

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  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 and their families 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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