Thursday July 6th – 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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81 Responses to Thursday July 6th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s Cursday Treepers! Give you puppies a pat for me.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Sayit2016 says:

    Every morning when I wake up the first thought that hits my brain is what amazing thing will President Trump do today.. I am very much looking forward to him speaking in Poland… Mostly because I know whatever he says liberals will have a cow over just to add to the herd…

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Lucille says:

    Happy Cursday….

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  5. Harry Lime says:

    A beautiful close up for the holiday week!

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  6. nwtex says:

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  7. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    When the first light of sun – Bless you.
    When the long day is done – Bless you.
    In your smiles and your tears – Bless you.
    Through each day of your years – Bless you.

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  8. Garrison Hall says:

    I probably should have put this up on the 4th but some things just need to germinate for awhile. I’ve been thinking about the meaning of militias of late. Actually, I’ve been thinking pretty hard about the meaning of militias and their relationship to the founding of our nation. Especially after the heroic stand by private citizens at Bundy Ranch, progressives and the hard left have tried hard to make the idea of American militias a form of deviant behavior when, in fact, they have always played a critical role in preserving American freedom and liberty.

    When you think about it, a militia is simply a logical extension of the fundamental idea behind the 2nd amendment—bearing arms is a fundamental right, not so we can go hunting, but so that every citizen has access to the personal power to defend ourselves and, when needed, to oppose governmental tyranny. For progressives and leftists—really anybody who sees governmental domination and coercive control of individuals (environmentalists come to mind) as essential to “governing”—this is a terrifying idea.

    In 1780, however, at the height of the Revolution, a band of Americans banded together to confront a tyranny that threatened them. These were mostly Scots-Irish “over mountain” men, who found themselves directly threatened by a brutal British army that was quite clearly coming for them. There was no one else to help so they turned to themselves, forming their own militia to defeat British regulars commanded by a famous officer at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

    “From Gilbert Town, an aggravated Patrick Ferguson sent a message to the elusive Overmountain Men: “If you do not desist your opposition to the British Arms, I shall march this army over the mountains, hang your leaders, and lay waste your country with fire and sword.”

    Upon receiving Ferguson’s threat to march into his community, terrorize his neighbors, and destroy their homes, Isaac Shelby wasted no time. He saddled his horse and rode hurriedly forty miles to the home of John Sevier, another prominent militia leader in the overmountain region. After lengthy consideration, the militia leaders decided it would be best if they crossed the mountains on their own terms and defeated Ferguson on the east side of the mountains. Thus did Patrick Ferguson, the would-be hunter, become the hunted.”

    The history of this battle is a very worthwhile read. If you have time, here’s a particularly good history of what happened so long ago. When you read this think, too, of what happened at Bundy Ranch.

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  9. usnveteran says:

    July 5, 2017
    ‘For 2018 And 2020, Rebranding WTF … No, Really’:
    [The Obama Foundation is working on a start up for citizenship, it is an on going project for the 21st century. This project has a global objective and will include being a digital citizen.]

    July 5, 2017
    ‘Dual Citizenship And The Strange Case Of The Election Of BHO’:

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  10. smiley says:


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  11. dogsmaw says:

    Just in case you missed it/Just want to watch it again 🙂


    S2017 Ep1: A Capitol Fourth (2017)
    1:27:03Video duration: 1:27:03 Aired: 07/04/17 Expires: 07/18/17Rating: E Video has closed captioning.

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  12. smiley says:

    Blue Salutation


    Mixed Media : gold & silver leaf, resin, oil

    Eric Zener ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ Photo Realism ~ Figurative


    much more here…

    very cool

    a master of Photo Realism

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    • smiley says:

      article gives brief explanation of his mixed media process for that awesome painting..

      Liked by 1 person

    • dbethd says:

      Wow I thought that was a photo.

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    • andeclain says:

      Smiley, I am very grateful for the art lessons you give us every day, even though I have been known to grumble about some of the works, but today I am stunned. dbethd says a bit of some of what I want to say, but is that really a painting, mixed media, whatever? It is amazing!

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      • smiley says:

        hi andeclain…glad you like it…my mistake, up there…he did not use “oil” in this piece (oil paint)…he uses a process ( according to the article posted) involving resin and gold/silver leaf, as well as “photo transfer”, building up layers, and also lithographic ink.

        tremendous skill there, obviously.

        and planning…and his own photographs, like almost all professional Photo Realists…they do not simply copy something from someone else’s photograph which anybody with any drawing/painting skills can do….they use the whole visual process from start to finish, composing the whole idea with the photo with the intention of the final piece.

        it looks like a photo because it is Photo Realism, with artistic manipulation & flare…taking it beyond photography, into fine art.

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  13. Dora says:

    Julian Alden Weir – Upland Pasture (1905)

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ Infidels!

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  15. duchess01 says:


    Psalms 37:4 — “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

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  17. duchess01 says:

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

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  18. Dora says:

    A Disturbing Portrait of the Present-Day American Left

    I’ve argued in previous columns that at bottom the problem of the left is a lack of integrity and that it’s hard to find a prominent leftist who truly exhibits integrity­at least in his assessments of politics and public affairs. I’ve also mentioned the obvious inconsistencies in the positions taken by the left, and the persistent pattern of the left of avoiding debate by simply demonizing its opponents. I’ve also said that the left is primarily responsible for the perhaps unparalleled polarization of current American politics. The reason is its unbending attachment to ideology. What would a fuller picture of the left look like and how is it put on display in current controversies?

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  19. Lucille says:

    Probably wouldn’t be too “diplomatically correct” but I wish President Trump would throw this stat in Angela’s face….

    Germany: Hundreds of jihadis arrived among the refugees, 24,000 jihadis active in the country
    July 5, 2017 2:21 PM By Robert Spencer

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  20. Dora says:

    This didn’t get enough coverage.

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  21. Dora says:


  22. duchess01 says:

    THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017
    The Delusion of Self Righteousness


  23. smiley says:

    Tropical Depression Four forming, might be a “concern” this month…

    it’s name will be Don.

    maybe it’ll drain the swamp.

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  24. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

    This week we honor the United States Secret Service 152nd Anniversary. Thank you to our canine heroes –

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  25. Concerned Virginian says:

    Well, TCH family, here’s the latest on the “rallies” to be held in Charlottesville on Saturday, July 8, AND the counterpoise to them all: today has a couple of articles. One about David Duke urging “followers” of the KKK to attend that rally. Another about the competing rallies that the city and other entities have set up.
    AND, the counterpoise, that I posted about a week or so ago:
    In Lee Park (the one that the local vice-mayor, Wes Bellamy, tried to have the General Robert E. Lee statute removed from but can’t according to Virginia law), “Tennessee” and his fiancee, Sarah, homeless and living in a tent in Lee Park, will be married. Local talk show host Joe Thomas is Best Man. A local citizen donated the funds for the wedding rings and the marriage license. Another local citizen is donating the food and beverages for the wedding feast. I think “Tennessee” has been offered a job.

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  26. John Denney says:

    Does anyone else remember Jack Ruby saying, “The conspiracy, you would not believe.”

    My web searches do not find that quote.


  27. Troublemaker10 says:

    Teen Vogue Writer Who Joked About Trump Dying, Now Cites Bible As ‘False News’

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  28. MK Wood says:

    Amazing. Model Boeing 777 made from manilla folders. Extreme detail and movable parts.


  29. 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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  30. We had too move the Treehouse Bar too A Super-secret Location, during Pres. Trumps visit @ the G-20…
    #PassWord, #MAPGA- Poland 😉
    Bar is open..

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