Sunday April 23rd – 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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107 Responses to Sunday April 23rd – Open Thread

  1. Trumpstumper says:

    Lord, thank You for this day,
    For Sundance,
    For our President,
    And for the United States of America.

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  2. SteveInCO says:

    Shakespeare’s birthday, 453 years old if I’m not mistaken,

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Garrison Hall says:

    In my youth, Saturday mornings were magical because I could listen to back to back radio dramas which easily transported me on fanciful adventures that were unimaginable in my rustic surroundings. Curled up in a huge, well huge for me, overstuffed chair the best part of my morning began with “Sky King” who’s adventures always seemed to involve flying somewhere exotic in his airplane. And then there was “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” who with his faithful dog, King, never failed to right dastardly wrongs and restore order in a disordered world. Each program began with this stirring music which for the longest time I only knew as “The Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon Theme”. As I grew older and better educated, I realized that this wonderfully lyrical music was not, in fact, written for a radio show. But who composed it and what was written for? For more years than I care to admit I pestered musicians, professors, conductors, classical music disc-jockeys—really, anybody I felt ought to know—about the origins of this piece. Over and over I whistled and hummed the “Theme From Sergeant Preston” until one night on my local classical FM station, there it was. In minutes the mystery was solved. The Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon theme from so many years ago was in fact the Overture from the comic opera “Donna Diana” by an romantic-era Austro- Hungarian army bandmaster named Emil von Reznicek. The only popular piece he ever composed, someone with exquisite good taste selected this obscure but hauntingly beautiful music as the introduction to a radio drama that long ago captivated the imagination of a 8 year-old red-neck kid.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Garrison, we listened to the same programs. Did you listen to the Buster Brown Show? If so, remember Froggy the Gremlin? How about all the stories about: the Indian mahout boy and his elephant (Teelah?); the Aran nomad boy and his horse (Sheik?)… Do you remember listening to Straight Arrow?
      I was all excited, too, when I first heard that Reznicek overture and recognized it as the Sgt. Preston theme. And, of course, the definition of a “highbrow ” back in the sixties was “someone who can hear the William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger.”
      Thanks for the memories. Radio drama rocks!


  4. citizen817 says:

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    • Millwright says:

      There are also reports the lady in the center of this was growing somewhat strident in being permitted her own way. Not to say the cabin attendant had any justification for his actions. And the ramp supervisor seems “asleep at the switch” as well. Over two decades of very frequent air travel I’ve had a couple of incidents myself. Mostly they stemmed from passengers desiring to put their very heavy trash over my head. A quick call to the cabin crew and – in one egregious incident the ramp agent and finally the aircraft captain – usually got the issue resolved fairly quickly.

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  5. Millwright says:

    Seems few have been paying attention to our sun. A huge surface eruption ( aka sunspot) sent a wave of high-energy particles toward earth. Many have long advocated “hardening” of our power grid system against this natural and man-made ( EMP ) threat. Recent electrical outages randomly across the nation ought to give us pause . Are we seeing a small sample of what could prove to be a very real SHTF disaster ?

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  6. citizen817 says:

    NASA Honors Legendary Astronaut John Glenn By Sending His Name into Space One Last Time

    In memory of the late astronaut, a supply ship bearing his name arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. According to ABC News, the S.S. John Glenn left Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday carrying 7,700 pounds of supplies for astronauts on the ISS.

    According to Orbital ATK, a contractor working with NASA, a banner bearing the image of Glenn is displayed inside the ship’s cargo module.

    “We’re very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn,” said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

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  7. Howie says:

    What’s mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

    Liked by 4 people

    • justfactsplz says:

      I live on a dirt road and I like it that way. A day in the country is indeed worth a month in the city.

      Liked by 10 people

    • itswoot says:

      I lived in a county that was sued by a downstate resident who had built an “up north” vacation home on a rural dirt road, then sued the county to force them into paving it. It seems that the road gravel was damaging the paint on his car, plus the dust and mud was an aggravation. He lost in court.

      Best song I know of that extols the virtues of rural living and dirt roads.

      Yes, the hill that I live on is steep
      And the road’s full of ruts
      And the people who live in the flatlands
      Think we folks are nuts

      But the ruts in my road and the curves
      Keep the tourists at bay
      And it’s lonesome and peaceful
      And you know I like it that way…

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      End of the grassy humped road/Lives-in-an-SUV-commercial crew represent!

      Thanks for the Paul Harvey link. 🙂


  8. citizen817 says:

    “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin,” ”Happy Days” star Ron Howard tweeted Saturday. “I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens.”

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    • usnveteran says:

      Wow. She was so young. Do you know what was the cause of death?

      Liked by 1 person

        • citizen817 says:

          Living in a trailer park


        • usnveteran says:

          citizen817 ~
          Thank you for the update.
          Oh my dear God. How very, very sad. I guess I just don’t understand how/why the TV stars have fallen to such a menace of drugs and/or poverty with other celebs around them … they seem to have ‘had it all’ then they ‘lost it all’.
          I pray for her to rest in peace.

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          • Janie M. says:

            usnvet, we have learned over the decades that Hollywood’s deep dark secret is the pervasiveness of pedophilia. There have been a few actors who were child stars and they’ve revealed the belly of the beast. I suspect some have compensated for the abuse they suffered, either at the hands of the Hollywood producers/heads and ambition, greed and/or naivety of their parent(s) by turning to illicit drugs which have been widely available for decades.

            Some succumbed, displaying erratic behavior as they aged, didn’t survive and ODed. Yes, I know there is a genetic overlay for drug abuse and mental illness which compounds the problem. This is even apparent in our non-celebrity population.

            According to a Chi. Trib. article from last night, before Erin was 10 years old, she was acting in TV and movies. “She had nearly a decade’s worth of experience when she was cast in 1974 in “Happy Days” as Joanie Cunningham…” I am not definitively saying that the problems I mentioned above contributed to her demise but you never know.

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  9. citizen817 says:

    Dramatic footage captures a deadly firefight between American mercenaries and Somali pirates as they try to hijack a cargo ship

    Somali pirates tried to hijack a cargo ship attacking the vessel in speedboat

    Attack thought to have happened in 2012 but reemerged after hijacking in March

    Dramatic footage of a private security team engaging in a fire fight with Somali pirates trying to hijack a cargo ship has emerged online.

    A speedboat can be seen hurtling towards the vessel as a private security contractor wielding a sub-machine gun begins to take aim.

    The footage, uploaded on April 20, and is believed to have taken place in the Indian ocean in 2012. 

    It has come to prominence again following an attack on an oil tanker in March. 

    Last month pirates hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia in the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Need larger caliber guns to sink the nasty pirate ship.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      The pirate attack was poorly coordinated. That will probably change and you’ll see attacks from 6-7 boats all approaching from different angles with the intent of overwhelming the armed guards. I think we’ll next see pirates approaching at night, using larger craft mounted with machine-guns. The goal will be to overwhelm the 3-4 guards armed with M-16’s. I think we’ll soon start seeing guarded ships carrying 7.62 and .50 cal machine guns as the pirate war escalates. There’s just too much money at stake for them to quit.


  10. Wisconsam says:

    All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

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  11. Beverly says:

    Here is the glorious overture from “The King of Kings,” MGM motion picture, 1961, when they still knew how to do it: Miklos Rozsa.

    Happy Son Day!

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  12. Janie M. says:

    It’s Sunday and this is my favorite song about this day of the week by Morrissey:

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    • Janie M. says:

      Explanation given in an interview regarding the “greased tea” Morrissey mentions in his song: “Share some greased tea with me.”

      His brief answer: “‘Greased-tea,’ actually. Tea in a cup that hasn’t quite been washed so therefore has a slight film across the top. Nasty.”

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  13. Dora says:

    Edward Gay (1837-1928) was an Irish-born American landscape painter. His family came to America during the Potato Famine of 1848.

    View of Long Island Sound near Pelham Manor (1868)

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    • boogywstew says:

      Wow … you learn stuff at the Conservative Treehouse without even trying!!! I grew up on Long Island’s North Shore, Northport to be exact, and I must now see what else Gay has done! Thank you “Dora”!

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. smiley says:

    Wind Swept Pine Tree And Cloud


    (no date)

    Billy Solitario ~ American (New Orleans) ~ Contemporary/ Landscapes

    more work here….

    cool guy 🙂

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
    Matthew 17:20 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      God Will Guide

      There was a time when I didn’t know
      Which way to turn or how far to go.
      But then I looked deep into God’s Word
      And read some things that I’d never heard.

      I read of straight paths and armor to wear,
      The need to be still and the power of prayer,
      To do justice and to love mercy
      And walk with God, ever so humbly.

      To love my God with my mind and my heart,
      And loving my neighbors is doing my part;
      To acknowledge God in all that I do,
      Any task at hand, He’ll see me through.

      To be patient and kind, humble, not proud,
      And worship my God in silence or aloud;
      Knowing that His love for me will not cease
      Fills me with joy and calms me with peace.

      I’m still not certain of which way to turn,
      But reading God’s Word, I surely did learn
      To turn to God each and every day,
      And have faith in Him to guide my way.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, Carl! and – when what we are facing appears to be impossible – God reminds us of the mustard seed – how Faith can move mountains – and provide a solution we could not have imagined – God Bless You!


  17. duchess01 says:

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

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  18. Dora says:

    Melania always looks beautiful.


    What’s So Wrong with Melania Trump Dressing Like a Lady?

    As columnist Vanessa Friedman goes on to explain, such a wardrobe choice bucks recent fashion choices by first ladies at the Easter Egg Roll:

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Yeah, I guess the real problem is putting Melania’s picture in that beautiful dress up next to the previous so-called first lady in her dowdy looking outfit.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. duchess01 says:

    23 APR 2017 – 7:23AM
    Media blackout ahead of French election


  20. Dora says:

    For those who still have doubts. That’s not me.


    Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ


  21. freewillnc says:

    Praying for France and Le Pen. God help them.

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  22. zephyrbreeze says:

    Start Where You Stand
    Berton Braley

    Start where you stand and never mind the past,
    The past won’t help you in beginning new,
    If you have left it all behind at last
    Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
    This is another chapter in the book,
    This is another race that you have planned,
    Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
    Start where you stand.

    The world won’t care about your old defeats
    If you can start anew and win success,
    The future is your time, and time is fleet
    And there is much of work and strain and stress;
    Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
    Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
    The future is for him who does and dares,
    Start where you stand.

    Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
    To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
    Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
    And leave the past to ancient history;
    What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
    And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
    Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
    Start where you stand.

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  23. cycle1 says:

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Marine Le Pen: “They kill our children, murder our policemen and slaughter our priests. Wake up!”
    BY IWB · PUBLISHED APRIL 21, 2017 · UPDATED APRIL 22, 2017

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  25. cycle1 says:

    Lord Jesus, nothing can match your great mercy. Please show mercy on France by ensuring the election of Madame Le Pen.

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  26. Remington says:

    We’ve been seeing so much of antifa of late…the wackos from kalifornia, etc….Here’s a little clip how they handle them in Alabama….ENJOY

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  27. Dora says:

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  28. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    I never have been a big believer in the public school system as a parent. They have been infiltrated with government BS and some questionable adults, especially in their administrators.

    When your dad was young he participated in a lot of academic competitions. One time there was a public speaking competition (10 year old competitors), the subject was whatever the participants chose and they were permitted 3×5 note cards. All the folks used their note cards to deliver their speeches. Your dad did not. He winged it from memory and delivered a solid performance making eye contact with the judges in back and the parents and kids in the front. He finished runner up. As we exited we went to the judges table to thank them. The lone judge asked to see your dad’s hands. He laughed and said that even though he graded out the highest for content and delivery the lady judges, school principals, swore he was cheating by having his notes written on his hands. So they awarded first place to the boy who had well known name recognition and a politically connected family. That’s life.

    This same boy competed against your dad at all levels. From different little league all star teams through high school athletic teams. Main rivals they would be on tv touting the benefits of their school usually over the other. Him and his dad were very nice people. When they were seniors they both made all state football teams on the field and academically. We all were invited to the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl for a presentation to decide who would be awarded a college scholarship from among Georgia high schoolers. A resume of your achievements had to be submitted which included community service and volunteer activities. This sort of thing aggravates me to no end. Charitable service is not something to be done for recognition or to enhance your resume. Your dad had things he wanted to include and I said no. Because of the organizations involved it seemed in violation of the spirit of giving. They lost to a guy that went to your mom’s high school around Atlanta. This guy made Tim Tebow look like a sinner. He even included stuff from the Philippines! I was disgusted by the works he included to make himself look good. Part of it is the system that wants you to crow about service you do for others, which should be done for reasons that don’t accrue to your benefit, while at the same time mandating that you do it. Oftentimes to meet graduation requirements. The whole thing has been manipulated by academia. Oh well at least while we at the pregame dinner I got to use the public urinal with Coach Tubberville when he was at Auburn. He was a bigger man than I was. I was still shaking my head about the situation.

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  29. cycle1 says:

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  30. gamecock123 says:

    I don’t mean to post inappropiately if I am, I just really could use all they prayers I can get. Actually my whole family, especially my sister. She was diagnosed with cancerous brain tumor on 04/14/2017 after CT scan, MRI and finally a biopsy. It is inoperable and incurable. She had plenty of symptoms put off going to a doctor for awhile because she didnt have any insurance. Ive never seen a tumor as aggresive as this one. Its glioblastama. In the time we found out she has lost feeling in her left side and most of if not all short term memory. Anyways, the CTH is were I spend most my free time and know there are treepers here that are prayer warriors. Thank you.

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    • I will pray for your sister and your family. I had colon cancer and the Lord soared me and I am cancer free. However I get from my doctor Poly MVA intravenous treatment ..This kills every cancer cell if I happened to have any. Check out on the internet about Poly MVA .NMD or ND doctors in your area may be able to slow down the tumor for your sister.


    • Southpaw says:



    • Ddanna says:

      I will add your sister and your family to my prayers. May God bless you all.


  31. Donna in Oregon says:

    Today on the NASA channel we watched/learned how to make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich in space. Same stuff, different realm.

    My favorite realm on Sundays is here. Prayer is talking to God, mediation is listening. I get to meditate on God’s word in the prayers, scripture, and reverence. Thanks Treepers 🙂

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  32. 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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  33. cheryl says:

    I am particularly bummed out that some woman has come out of the woodwork and accused Sean Hannity of sexual harassment. It will not end until all the conservatives are gone.

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