Sunday December 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 โ€ 

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94 Responses to Sunday December 10th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May the Christ Child light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be found wherever you may roam. May peace and gladness bless your little corner of the world, And may the Christmas season bring the best to you and yours.

    Liked by 13 people

  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Treepers . . .

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Beautiful rendition of our National Anthem performed by the combined West Point & Naval Academy glee club choir before Saturday’s annual ARMY-NAVY game. Even in the bitter cold and blowing snowfall they were pitch perfect. Bravo and M A G A.

    To all the NFL players who kneeled or sat down once… or ten times during pre-game ceremonies this year, good riddance. RIP ~ NFL.

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  5. Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

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  6. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Merry CHRISTmas Treepers

    O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
    It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
    Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
    Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
    O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
    O night, O holy night, O night divine!
    O night, O holy night, O night divine!

    Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
    With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
    O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
    Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
    The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
    In all our trials born to be our friends.
    He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
    Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
    Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

    Truly He taught us to love one another,
    His law is love and His gospel is peace.
    Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
    And in his name all oppression shall cease.
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
    With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
    Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
    His power and glory ever more proclaim!
    His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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  7. When I’ve read comments about decentralizing government offices to other parts of the country here on this site, I thought you all were just dreaming. But now I see this…

    “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a Montanan, is aiming to move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation out of Washington as soon as logistically possible. Western politicians like Sen. Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) are cheering him on.

    “Ninety-nine percent of the nearly 250 million acres of land managed by BLM is west of the Mississippi River, and having the decision makers present in the communities they impact in Colorado or across the region will lead to better results,” Gardner wrote in an email.He wants the bureau headquartered in his state, and Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, has joined Gardner’s lobbying campaign.”

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    • “I wonder if Halper has ever looked at what happens when a headquarters is moved. It happens all the time in the private sector. The impact cannot be measured by numbers alone.

      “The open secret of such moves is that they offer the chance to weed out the staff. In the federal government, where bureaucrats are insulated, the only way to get rid of someone can be a transfer to someplace completely undesirable from a personal standpoint.

      “And here’s a little secret Halper should know, since he is such an expert on government bureaucracies: D.C. is full of couples who both work for the federal government. That means that if an agency moves to, say, Pueblo, Colorado[i], if the couple want to stay together and move, they are going to have a find a job for the other spouse in Pueblo, where federal jobs might be much scarcer than in D.C.

      “Or they can decide to avoid upending their lives and those of other family members and simply leave the HQ operation and try to find something new in D.C.”

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  8. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    And for all our Air Force fans and veterans a little Christmas cheer from the USAF Band and choir, flashmob style at the Air & Space Museum in DC.

    Liked by 6 people

  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. Donna in Oregon says:

    There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
    โ€” Ralph H. Blum

    Liked by 9 people

  11. nimrodman says:

    Japan needs to tighten up those sword-show loopholes, I reckon:

    3 dead after samurai sword attack at Tokyo shrine

    (apologies for the irreverence, it truly is a tragedy; but there’s a certain parallelism that’s hard to let go by unremarked)


  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 7 people

    • amwick says:

      Morning Ms. Weed. Cold here, which is better than snow etc at our mountain cabin. Phones and power are out, we think.
      Travelling some more today, away from wifi and other distractions. So the world can turn, but not with me!
      Btw, saw an amazing sight driving about. Truck tires that were at least 20ft tall, and 6 ft. Wide. Real truck tires being delivered by other huge trucks, just astounding.
      *waves from Fl.*

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Amwick! Have fun!!


      • allhail2 says:

        Weโ€™re chilling at home this weekend in cool Sanford, FL. Weโ€™re suppossed to be at NC cabin this weekend. Work delays prevented that. Mrs and kids were not happy when they heard how much snow they missed. Weโ€™ll watch the weather and try again, maybe a white Christmas is in store. Only a 9 hour run for us.
        If you are talking about the tires that are standing up and sticking out of the top of the trailer, we see those, too. And yes, they are YUGE! I think they are made in SC, I think.
        Happy and safe travels๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day
    โ€œThen spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.โ€
    John 8:12 (KJV)

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  14. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 7 people

  15. Mariposa323 says:

    Dear Mr President , please watch this video . While I support the govt of Israel to have their wall , it is making life impossible for the last remaining Christians in Bethlehem to survive . How can we turn a blind eye as the last of the ancient Christian communities in the Holy Land are becoming extinct . Without native Christian populations remaining the prospect of peace is dim :


  16. itswoot says:

    This somewhat obscure contemporary Christian song from the 1996 album “Speak” is reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s music. Said one reviewer, “The best song Pink Floyd never released!”.

    If you are pressed for time, the guitar solo from 4:00 to 6:30 is the best part.

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  17. duchess01 says:

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017
    What is TRUTH and REALITY?


  18. NYGuy54 says:

    Have a peaceful day everyone

    Liked by 6 people

  19. duchess01 says:

    Defending National Sovereignty From The NWO

    Posted by James HallDate: December 09, 2017

    Liked by 2 people

  20. duchess01 says:

    Home Free – Crazy Life (LEGO Video)


  21. Minnie says:

    I donโ€™t know why and I canโ€™t say how but this wee little thought has been running in my head all day.

    Irrespective of the fact that the entire house of cards escapade could take years and years if placed in the Court system, what if the MOTHER of all takedowns is to occur this month?

    Again, donโ€™t know how, but my faith in OUR President grows daily.

    He has repeatly stated that we will say โ€œMerry Christmasโ€again and I have been hearing it significantly on a local level.


  22. Lucille says:

    “Elevated Christmas threat to Americans from returning Islamic State jihadis”
    December 10, 2017 10:24 AM by Christine Douglass-Williams


  23. Lucille says:

    God have mercy upon all those around the world who are imprisoned or persecuted because of their belief in Christ. It’s often easy to mouth the words “Don’t be fearful. God will provide”, when we have not experienced personally what these men and women do on a daily basis.

    Years ago German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was imprisoned by the Nazis, wrote these words from the depths of his being…

    WHO AM I?

    Who am I? They often tell me
    I stepped from my cellโ€™s confinement
    Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,
    Like a Squire from his country house.

    Who am I? They often tell me
    I used to speak to my warders
    Freely and friendly and clearly,
    As thought it were mine to command.

    Who am I? They also tell me
    I bore the days of misfortune
    Equably, smilingly, proudly,
    like one accustomed to win.

    Am I then really that which other men tell of?
    Or am I only what I myself know of myself?
    Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
    Struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat,
    Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,
    Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,
    Tossing in expectations of great events,
    Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
    Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,
    Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all.

    Who am I? This or the Other?
    Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
    Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
    And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling?
    Or is something within me still like a beaten army
    Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

    Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
    Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!

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    • WhistlingPast says:

      Few of us have any idea what our dear brethren undergo daily for being faithful to Christ.
      Prayers indeed for their strengthened faith and soon freedom!

      Liked by 3 people

  24. psdstu says:

    Not politically correct….. but one of my favorite Christmas songs……enjoy!

    Liked by 2 people

  25. wheatietoo says:

    Poor little kitty…I wanted to reach out and give it a helping hand.
    Puppy wanted to help too!

    Liked by 6 people

  26. nikkichico7 says:

    I have a question, is WordPress ok? I saw something about a virus or malware so I dropped off for a bit.

    I know I should add Adblock plus, it wouldnโ€™t mess up and iPad would it?

    (Iโ€™m a stranger in tech paradise …. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ)


  27. booger71 says:

    To my fellow Treepers and Deplorables:

    My father (98 years old) left to be with the Lord last night passing in his sleep. He was a fellow Deploprable who loved what our President was accomplishing. I am not looking for sympathy, He lived a long life and he told me last week he was ready to go. He was a WW2 Army soldier with the 12 Artillery Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Divison, and landed on Omaha Beach on D Day +1. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge by an artillery shell that blew him off a telephone pole and spent 6 months in the hospital in England. He was my hero and a great force in my life. I will miss him.

    One great gift he gave me was that when my Mom died 15 years ago, he went and planned and paid for his own funeral. I urge all fellow Treepers to do the same. It mad my day much easier today

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      You have my condolences. I lost my father who was in the Navy thru WWII and lived a long, full life after with my mother, about 9 years ago. I still miss him. He had his funeral arranged when my mother died, too. That made it easier on me.

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    • Lucille says:

      Sincere condolences to you and your family. Your advice is definitely to be heeded.

      I handled everything for both my parents from notifying all family both in the U.S. and other countries, then all their personal business contacts, mortuary and churches through to writing the Order of Service for their memorial services. I was more than willing to do it. They were both such good parents and loved by everyone who knew them. But it was very hard. As much as can be done for oneself should be done while we are still able to think and plan.

      God bless you as He blesses your wonderful memories of your dear father.

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      • piper567 says:

        booger, this is a timely reminder…thanks for bringing the topic up.
        I did this several yrs ago…pd for plot, coffin, etc. What peace of mind this brings.
        I have a little card I carry around, and no matter where I die, the folks at the facility will come after me and take care of everything according to my wishes.
        And, having everything signed off and notarized by whatever State you live in is very nice for those left behind.
        You don’t have to be rich to do this…I made payments for quite a while: v reasonable.


    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      My heartful prayer is with you.

      Thank You for the reminder of settling the funeral plans. Thankfully my mom has settled her affairs before she went into assist living, Her birthday is next week and she’s very close to your dad’s age.

      May the Lord be with you and your family over the holidays.


  28. 4sure says:

    This is a powerful sermon and so appropriate for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  29. 4sure says:

    And I love this song. My favorite and no one sings it better and I have listened to just about every one who sings it. lol.

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  30. ray76 says:

    Some high-income business owners could face marginal tax rates exceeding 100% under the Senateโ€™s tax bill


  31. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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.

    And, Lord, if it is your will, we pray that Judge Roy Moore will win his bid for the Senate.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  32. Lucille says:

    โ€œModerateโ€ imam Suhaib Webb and atheist Islamic apologist CJ Werleman say the U.S. is โ€œgreatest source of evil in the world todayโ€
    December 7, 2017 by Robert Spencer

    Liked by 1 person

    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Robert Spencer for Homeland Security chief assistant on Islamist infiltration
      and Judge Jeanine for Swamp Drainage czar!


    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Despite his service to our country and what he went through, Gilbert is humble and gracious for the support from the town.

      When told he deserved it after his service he said, โ€œWell I donโ€™t know about that.โ€

      Liked by 1 person

      • auscitizenmom says:

        My father served in the Navy in WWII. I heard him say once that he wasn’t a veteran. I didn’t understand it. My mother told me it was because he was never in any of the fighting and didn’t think he deserved to be called a war vet. He always told stories about serving on a tuna boat. They were mostly funny stories. What I didn’t know until after his death, was that most of the tuna boats were sunk. So, he was in danger even if he wasn’t in the fighting.

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  33. Mia C says:

    I’m so tired of women. The Me Too Witch Hunt is just the worst of what women can be. Shrill, maniacal, lying, out for attention, trying to get everyone’s emotions and sympathy focused on them, and working in wolf packs to take down famous men.
    –The lying harpees out for Trump and MeAgain Kelly won’t affect one thing.
    –But now some harpee is complaining Larry King touched her butt in 2005.
    –I’m sick of these broads.
    –There are actual kids getting raped or groomed for pedophilia EVERY day in Hollyweird. THAT is what we should be focused on. Protecting all the kids who are in danger.
    –But a bunch of jackals are sucking up the oxygen with their hyena Campaign of Terror.
    –Sorry to say, it’s making me hate women.
    –Imagine if men were going after high profile women in wolf packs, destroying their careers. Getting them kicked out of office. Like if Oprah, Ellen, Rosie O’Donnell and Elena Kagan were all destroyed. And half of it was over minor gropes.
    –And yeah, I’m a woman. But I hate hyena mobs of all kinds. Hyena mob vigilante justice is scary as PHUUUUUUUUCK.


  34. Mia C says:

    About these accusers…..I honestly now think
    1) If it wasn’t a phuucking crime, don’t bother me with your story
    2) If it happened any period of time ago and the person you’re accusing can’t defend themself,it should NOT be in a newspaper
    3) If you didn’t report it to somebody at the time, don’t go to a lying media hack now.
    –Like Dustin Hoffman’s latest accuser. Sure, she has a photo and he was probably really being a sketchy dog. But you worked for the same employer. Go report it and get the behavior stopped.
    –This whole thing… this CRAZE to take people down is really too much.
    –Damn feeding frenzy. Swarming, crazed sharks looking for fat, juicy swimmers.


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