Monday April 10th – 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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135 Responses to Monday April 10th – Open Thread

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Playing God has serious consequences. Stop this child abuse.

    Hannah is a Girl. Doctors Finally Treat Her Like One.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      This is child abuse. Children are being taught things that are so wrong in school about this. Parents who encourage this or encourage their child to be gender neutral are abusing these precious gifts of God.

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      • amwick says:

        I saw an article, maybe two weeks ago about a father and teenage kid doing trans thing together! Not sure who was going which way, but I couldn’t believe it.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          That could really mess the teenager up with such an unbalanced home life. Let them become adults before they have to make adult decisions.


  2. The Daily mail has a very biased article full of lies about PDJT and golf. The comment section has been trolled to the max too. Looks like a concerted effort. Makes me boiling mad after putting up with the goofer in chief for 7 years. ARRGGGHHHHH

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  3. leebelieu says:

    Good morning and goodnight Treefolk. Seeing an old online stomping grounds overrun has me down, not this site, but the other place is definitely NeverTrump in tone. SAD. MAGA you beautiful patriots!

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  4. WSB says:

    For those of you who were not able to attend church yesterday, I just wanted to share a special Palm Sunday with all of you from West Point!

    The Cadet Chapel is one of the most extraordinary places on earth! A lovely service, with most volunteering by the cadets. Many prayers were made for the Coptic Christian victims in Egypt, and for all military currently in or lost from service.

    Note, the chapel is currently under a deep cleaning, so you can see the progress being made.

    One highlight of the service was listening to a bible verse read by and the honor of shaking hands with Lt. General Robert Caslen, Jr., Superintendent of West Point.

    So thrilled to attend on such a beautiful day at West Point. And may God bless every person who either has, is and will serve in USA military forces.

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    • MTeresa says:

      Thank you for sharing that WSB

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    • Ziiggii says:

      were you at service WSB?

      West Point chapel is awesome looking, never been in there! The Naval Academy’s chapel is likewise a stunning place to worship in as well.

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      • WSB says:

        Yes, we go there pretty often. They call it a Chapel, however, it’s pretty large. Largest chapel pipe organ in the world. At the bottom of the arch on the exterior shot is the balcony that looks over the Hudson. This is the highest point of the academy.

        I have been to the Naval Academy Chapel. Truly a beautiful experience! Like being in a smaller version of St. Paul’s in London. English Baroque. The West Point chapel, Gothic Revival. Both chapels were dedicated within two years of each other!

        Always nice to have a peek into beautiful buildings such as these two!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      How Wonderful! That chapel is really beautiful. When my son was attending Annapolis, he insisted we come for the Halloween program in the Chapel. It is an experience I will never forget.

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  7. Sylvia Avery says:

    THANK YOU, treepers! So many of you took the time and energy to try to explain to me why I couldn’t “like” comments so I went to work playing with your suggestions. I was finally able to make it work so I “liked” all of your comments just so I could practice! What I have learned is I have a lot to learn about Word Press. But this was something that had me really stumped, annoyed, and frustrated and I am so pleased to have a solution. Basically, I have to log in to WP separately and then I can like comments directly from my WP account, rather than just come here and do it (if that makes any sense at all). Anyway, you were all so patient and kind and I really appreciate it!

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  8. smiley says:



    (no date)

    Marlin Rotach ~ American ~ Contemporary Realism/watercolor

    for more of his masterful watercolors, have a look here…

    and navigate thru his site there, to view his other, non-floral work.


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  9. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
    Mark 14:38 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      As Christians, we know the greatest commands,
      “Love our God with all our heart, soul and mind”
      And then “Love your neighbor as yourself”
      Follow these commands to be loving and kind.

      To fully love is impossible to do,
      Our innate nature is not in this way.
      We understand what is right in God’s sight,
      But that’s not what we do, day after day.

      Those who Christ loves, He’s sure to rebuke,
      And those He rebukes, He counsels and calms.
      Once he has shown us that we were wrong,
      He holds us close in His loving arms.

      How can we live with this weakness of ours?
      Our spirit is ready, but our flesh is weak.
      To avoid temptation, watch and pray,
      For God has the strength that we all seek.

      When our souls are weary with our failures,
      To renew our strength, we hope in the Lord.
      He’ll stand by us, no matter our troubles,
      And see us home safe to our final reward.

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  10. duchess01 says:

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

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    • citizen817 says:

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      • Lucille says:

        A blessed Passover to our Jewish Treepers….


        Passover is very important to the thousands of Jewish troops serving in our military, but also there are a growing number of Christians who recognize Passover along with Easter.

        Passover is the celebration of the deliverance of the Jews out of slavery in Egypt. Moses was instructed by God to demand that the Pharaoh release the Jews from slavery, and when Pharaoh refused, God brought down ten plagues upon the Egyptians.

        The last and most terrible of the plagues was the killing of the first-born sons. On the night of Passover, the Israelites were told to sacrifice a lamb and paint doorposts of their homes with the blood so that the Angel of Death would “pass over” those homes. The next morning only the sons of the Israelites survived.

        Today, many Christians recognize the importance of the Jewish Passover story. In fact, according to the Gospels of Mark, Mathew, and Luke, The Last Supper was held on Passover, while the Gospel of John states that Jesus Christ held The Last Supper on the night before Passover.

        The closeness of Passover and Easter reflects the close ties between Christians and Jews serving in the U.S. Armed Services today.

        (Copy from Move America Forward)

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  11. Dora says:

    Reginald Marsh – “Subway, 14th Street,” (1930)

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  12. smiley says:

    Pesach Sameach, Jewish friends ❤ 🙂

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  13. smiley says:

    on this day in history, April 10, 1912, the British line, RMS Titanic, set sail from Southampton, England…

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. Lburg says:

    I know. Dating myself. Don’t care~!


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  16. Lburg says:

    Sorry Ad Rem…..will make it less visible next time. (arg.)


  17. duchess01 says:

    Texas Wins Victory for Farmers Against BLM
    April 9, 2017 MJA

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Scholar Says It’s Time To Fix The Education System And Launch A Commission On American Exceptionalism [VIDEO]
    April 9, 2017 MJA

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  19. Dora says:

    Bill Clinton seems to love talking about his grandchildren.

    Former President Bill Clinton has been spending some time with former President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara in Houston.

    In a tweet on Sunday, Clinton said they “caught up about kids, grandkids, old times and new times. And socks.”


  20. Ever see a dog tilt his head when try to exolain something to him ……?


  21. Dora says:

    You all have me thinking of old records now. 🙂

    Hubby and I recently watched an 8 part series about the Old West produced by Robert Redford. I love history and I really enjoyed it. When we got to the episode where William Tecumseh Sherman came up with the idea of killing all the buffalo and starving the tribes to death, I had to wonder, once again, why so many people look up to this man as a hero.

    Watching this series reminded me of Buffy St Marie who – during my hippie days – was one of my favorite singers.

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    • piper567 says:

      Thankyou Dora, ^^^, for the Buffy St Marie…she was a favorite of mine also…she told the truth in a time when we were beginning to understand.
      That she was “given” a recording contract is amazing.
      What a voice, and such passion.

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    • Lucille says:

      Dora, did the filmmakers indicate where they got their info re the “Sherman/bison” revelation? Did you perceive any particular bias on their part?

      Unless they presented new information located in the last couple of years, there was no official U.S. governmental policy re killing the bison. Research I did in the past revealed there are no such Presidential edicts, verbalizations or “executive orders” in the voluminous files on the Indian wars.

      Sherman’s war policy was harsh. Recall his actions during the Civil War. Few war policies of the time deviated from that. He was, after all, the general who coined the phrase, “War is hell” as he marched to the sea. Obviously, war is not black and white but contains many shades. This much is sure, however, the Indian wars were complicated and certainly that’s the case with the bison depopulation.

      Revealing/repenting of past mistakes and sins is necessary in order for them not to easily occur again. To what political purpose of the filmmakers is the question.


  22. Ziiggii says:

    So seems some have been contemplating the Syrian airstrike in some different context late last week and over the weekend….

    It’s been a rough week for the Obama Doctrine. First, Assad unleashed a chemical weapons attack in a stark reminder of Obama’s failure to remove Syria’s weapons stockpile. Then, President Trump promptly responded with airstrikes, following through on the red line that his predecessor backed down from.

    Now, a stray remark from National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is raising uncomfortable new questions.

    “[…] And then there were also measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is a storage of sarin gas,…”

    If this strike was arranged to avoid hitting sarin storage facilities, the question arises: did the Obama Administration know that such depots still existed after its “historic” deal that supposedly removed all Syria’s chemical weapons?

    I raised this issue last week – seemed some missed that sneaky little point the General made during the new conference. But this piece gives a few more pieces to the puzzle that shows that the Obama Administration knew that the Syrians and Russians may have been less than honest about getting rid of ALL the CW stockpile.


    In Congressional testimony last February, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged “gaps and inconsistencies in Syria’s declaration,” validating reports that Syria was still hiding banned chemicals at undisclosed locations. And on its way out the door in January of this year, the Obama Treasury quietly introduced new sanctions against Syrian officials involved in chemical warfare. Buried in the language sanctioning a particular official was a telling admission: “As of 2016, Abbas has continued operating at locations in Syria associated with chemical warfare-related missions.”

    from DNI Clapper’s statements to the Senate Armed Services Committee (McCain’s committee):

    We assess that Syria has not declared all the elements of its chemical weapons program to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Despite the creation of a specialized team and months of work by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to address gaps and inconsistencies in Syria’s declaration, numerous issues remain unresolved. Moreover, we continue to judge that the Syrian regime has used chemicals as a means of warfare since accession to the CWC in 2013. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission has concluded that chlorine had been used on Syrian opposition forces in multiple incidents in 2014 and 2015. Helicopters —which only the Syrian regime possesses— were used in several of these attacks. We assess that nonstate actors in the region are also using chemicals as a means of warfare. The OPCW investigation into an alleged ISIL attack in Syria in August led it to conclude that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard. We continue to track numerous allegations of ISIL’s use of chemicals in attacks in Iraq and Syria, suggesting that attacks might be widespread.

    AND here is the US Dept of Treasury statement from January 2016 re: sanctions against several specific Syrian Military officials. They list 18 officials by name as being part of the Syrian gov’t and taking part in past CW use/claims.

    In reports issued in August and October 2016, the JIM [Joint Investigative Mechanism] – established by the UN Security Council to investigate incidents of already-confirmed chemical weapon attacks – found that the Syrian government, specifically the Syrian Arab Air Force, was responsible for three chlorine gas attacks in Talmenes on April 21, 2014, and in Qmenas and Sarmin on March 16, 2015. In response to the reports’ findings, OFAC [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] is for the first time sanctioning Syrian military officials in connection with the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.

    At the bottom of the Treasury press release is another link which lists all 18 officials by name and their rank/position in Syrian military leadership.

    Interesting to note that there are several Obama Executive Orders that are referenced in the Treasury sanctions: 13582, 13572, 13573, 13382. The latter one related to sanctions set forth by the State Department against Bayan Bitar, the Managing Director of Organization for Technological Industries (OTI). OTI is a subsidiary of the Syrian Ministry of Defense that assists in the production of chemical weapons.

    This would appear to point to Trump using the airstrikes as a ‘warning’ to both sides (Syria and ISIS) to stop it’s use of CW – regardless of who was at fault in last weeks CW attack.

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    • Ziiggii says:


      Mikhail Voskresensky, а Russian reporter for Russian RIA Novosti news agency, who published photos of Shayrat air base after the U.S. missile strike, captured container units for Soviet-developed KMGU munitions dispenser for small-size load. Such container units are often used to transport not only cluster explosive fragmentation, but also chemical munitions. Similar containers were captured on the photos filming the process of chemical munitions destruction by the Russian military at Pochep chemical weapons destruction facility (Bryansk Oblast, Russia), where container units with the toxic substance GD (soman) got into the shot [1], [2].

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      • Ziiggii says:

        some are saying that these particular containers held cluster bomb munitions not CW.

        although this may not prove that CW’s were there, but it does raise a flag since these same type of containers ARE used to store CW – thus it is within the possibility that CW empties were/are hidden among these containers on base.

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        • smiley says:

          GREAT research, on your part…as always.

          much appreciated, esp after trying to fight one’s way thru all the heated opinionated opining opinions on certain other threads.

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          • Ziiggii says:

            Loved to see what our Col. Ken may know about this ‘Col. Lang’ and if he is indeed reliable. He claims to be ex-DIA and continued his DIA work after retirement as a civilian contractor…. to be honest not sure that is even possible – I haven’t heard of it at least.

            Former DIA Colonel: “US strikes on Syria based on a lie”

            Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened.

            1) The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.
            2) The United States was fully briefed on the fact that there was a target in Idlib that the Russians believes was a weapons/explosives depot for Islamic rebels.
            3) The Syrian Air Force hit the target with conventional weapons. All involved expected to see a massive secondary explosion. That did not happen. Instead, smoke, chemical smoke, began billowing from the site. It turns out that the Islamic rebels used that site to store chemicals, not sarin, that were deadly. The chemicals included organic phosphates and chlorine and they followed the wind and killed civilians.
            4) There was a strong wind blowing that day and the cloud was driven to a nearby village and caused casualties.
            5) We know it was not sarin. How? Very simple. The so-called “first responders” handled the victims without gloves. If this had been sarin they would have died. Sarin on the skin will kill you. How do I know? I went through “Live Agent” training at Fort McClellan in Alabama.

            There are members of the U.S. military who were aware this strike would occur and it was recorded. There is a film record. At least the Defense Intelligence Agency knows that this was not a chemical weapon attack. In fact, Syrian military chemical weapons were destroyed with the help of Russia.


            This Col Lang states that Trump will be impeached for this airstrike as soon as all the facts are known. We’ll see I guess – Col. Lang’s doesn’t completely add up since the DIA would NOT feed the President false intel since they seem to be on his side to fight the Deep State. Furthermore, based on several reports the decision to take action, was at least partly, based on other countries intel.

            The impeachment claim does seem to be something to watch for since we already have Fargas (DoD) stating that impeachment would be coming soon after the Inauguration. Also, we know that the Deep State has been trying every trick in the book to ‘create’ a narrative that would support impeachment proceedings. Optics is everything right now and the buck stops with POTUS. Even if he was fed a bogus IC report from the black hats, he has the only authority as CiC to decide on action. Only he can take responsibility on that action; he can not transfer that responsibility to the black hats.

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            • smiley says:

              talk about “ill winds”…..!!

              def need more info on Col Lang and where he gets his info.

              every step, every decision, every comment PDJT makes is fraught with enuff intrigue to make the Medicis look like girl scouts, by comparison.

              EVERYbody bears watching, at this point…almost everybody.

              dangerous times.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Add this: “Ben Rhodes: Assad Gave Up ‘All’ Chemical Weapons; Tony Blinken: ‘We Always Knew’ Some Remained”

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        • dbethd says:

          Uhh is there a translation? 🙂

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      • louiswinthorpe217 says:

        Looks photoshopped


  23. Dora says:

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  25. duchess01 says:

    Poland to Muslims: ” Here, Jesus is our King so get out ”

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  26. The Tundra PA says:

    This morning I received an email from a guy I went to grammar school with back in the early 60s. He is a strong conservative, and has had an article publish at Front Page Mag on leftism and political correctness. I thought it was quite good and wanted to share it here with all y’all:
    The comments are good too.

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  27. Dora says:

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  28. smiley says:

    obama ( and wife) have left or are leaving Tahiti…

    article doesn’t say where they’re headed next butt….

    “Upon his return, the former president is expected to resume a somewhat more active schedule…”

    and then off again !

    …to a “charity dinner” in Scotland, May 26.

    wonder how that memoir is going…?

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  29. Lburg says:

    Just.Wow. This excerpt was an eye opener.

    Regarding fundraising:

    “The higher your role in the House leadership, the higher the price tag:
    Deputy Whip $2.5 million
    Conference Chair $5 million
    Whip $5 million
    Majority Leader $10 million
    Speaker $20 million

    “….Committee assignments, then, are less about qualifications than they are about cash—or, to put it another way, cash is the chief qualification you need. Aside from his outstanding policy credentials, House Speaker Paul Ryan is certainly well qualified for his position— he raised more than $50 million in 2016.”


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Oh yeah, this was all documented in a book, (I’ll have to go look in my Freedom Library for the name) when Boehner was Speaker. (It helped us to convince Boehner to retire early!!Some retirement, he’s a lobbyist, with a taxpayer funded office at the Capital building!)


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Okay, I’m back Lburg. The book I was specifically speaking of is:
        “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets” 2013 – by Peter Schweizer


  30. 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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  31. Sepp says:

    This year the Orthodox Church’s traditional Calendar for Palm Sunday, Holy and Great Week, and Pascha (Easter) coincides with the civil or commercial calendar. (Next year – because of the Pashalion’s calulations – there will be a separation in time between Orthodox and other Christians.) Services are held each day and/or evening and the faithful in traditional churches stand during services.

    Today is Great Monday and the theme is to commemorate the blessed Joseph the All-Comely (the son of Jacob the Patriarch), who is interpreted as a type or foreshadowing of Christ. In addition, the fig tree cursed and withered by the Lord is commemorated.

    The theological aspects are more profound than I am able to share, but the Synaxaria of the Triodion (an explanation) by Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos is available online in PDF format.


  32. mondaymorningcoffeeorg says:

    Yes. The Lord truly reigns


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