Wednesday July 4th – 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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190 Responses to Wednesday July 4th – Open Thread

  1. Dora says:

    Be careful out there on the road. 🙂

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    • Slim Shady says:

      Rhinos are such magnificent animals. It’s a shame they’ve been slaughtered to near extinction over foolishness (trophy hunting and illegal horn trade).

      Liked by 1 person

      • piper567 says:

        I was exiled in San Diego many moons ago, and spent quite a bit of time at Wild Animal Park.
        Back then, the White Rhinos were doing so well at successfully reproducing, the San Diego Zoological Association, which supervised the 2000 acre Park, was having trouble finding homes for all of the offspring.
        So, if these magnificent bests are left alone, in proper habitat, they seem to be fine.
        Pity ab man’s greed and stupidity.

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      • millwright says:

        SS: Rhinos problems are poachers feeding the horn trade, not legitimate trophy hunters . Far better you ( and anyone else of similar feelings ) target the oil sheiks and their sycophants for supporting this trade ! Legitimately harvest animals are used – hide, meat, hoof and horn – to both feed and return to the communities where rhinos exist cash and creating a respect within them for what the existence of these animals can bring ! When every man’s hand is turned against them illegal poachers face an uphill battle . As any professional hunter and game manager will attest, poaching is the greatest threat to Africa’s game .


  2. Cisco says:

    Just because.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
    I don’t recall a expiration date.
    Still to this day folks, but that’s probably just me.?

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  3. Ausonius says:

    If you do not know “The Fourth of July” by American composer Charles Ives, well…get ready for some wild fun! (Part of the premise is that a “battle of the bands” takes place as they march through a New England town square):

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  4. jessetmims says:

    I just ran across this archived list of actions taken by Obama; many of which, fit into the category of ‘last minute’ type and issued immediately before Trump was sworn in as president; including, Executive Orders, Presidential Memoranda, and Proclamations (Scroll down a bit)…

    I don’t have time to check out everything on the list; but, did notice the following entry titled “Executive Order — Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice.” See

    Much, if not most of what is there may have already been rescinded by President Trump; but, some of it may offer some insight as to what Obama tried to do to screw up things for the unwanted incoming administration.

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  5. Dora says:

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  6. duchess01 says:

    4th of July Pets in America

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    • smiley says:

      HOT diggity dogs & cats ! 😀

      only in America.

      thanks little duchess…have a wonderful holiday ❤

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    • Slim Shady says:

      This is so awesome. I’m now inspired to hook up my dog for next year and strut her around Brooklyn (NY, of course) in patriotic gear. I’ve got a female, 3-year old Welsh Terrier named Millie who is so awesome. I’m so proud of her. She is so tough and so spirited, yet kind and caring, like America.
      Dogs are so awesome. I’ll shout out my respect to cat lovers, but dogs are my thing. They are such a gift to human-kind; a gift from God.

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  7. smiley says:

    hippy dippy weathergirl here…

    2 day/5 day Tropical Weather Outlook…2 systems to keep eyes on…esp the one down south..

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  8. Katherine McCoun says:

    Not having TV, not being a football fan (esp. now), I had not seen this before. Despite its association, it is a fantastic presentation!

    Watching some patriotic videos as we eat scrambled eggs with fried onions and fried chopped hot dogs (organic, a very rare treat!) … how is that for a fun, holiday, all American breakfast?!
    In a few minutes on our way to our small town Independence Day parade. Already shedding tears of love for my country watching these videos.

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    • piper567 says:

      This story, and the reality of the Flag being held up by the bodies of men was just so touching…tears in my eyes…
      thank you so much for posting this…we cannot allow the Marxists to ruin this great Country which holds such hope for s many.
      Every patriot should be required to watch this. video.


  9. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Lawyer for anti-Trump FIB agent Peter Strzok said yesterday that his client may or may not testify before Congress again next week. At this point guessing they will ignore the subpoena to appear in an open setting.


    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Congress Should Stop the Drama and Take Action to Force Justice to Comply With Subpoenas – by Bob Barr

      “….And what did the Republicans get for all the fire and fury? Thus far, apparently nothing. But this has become standard fare for the kabuki into which modern congressional oversight has transmogrified. It’s become achingly predictable – a committee ask for documents, which the administration either refuses to provide or does so only partially and after much delay, the Committee then shakes its fist, subpoenas the materials, holds a hearing, and then…each side goes back to its corner and the matter is largely forgotten or overtaken by other events; or the process starts over again.

      Savvy administration witnesses called to the mat at a congressional hearing know that if they show up, withstand a few hours of pressure as Members use their time (in five-minute chunks) to deliver their carefully crafted soundbites (“Whatever you got, finish it the hell up…”), the witness can then wipe their brow and return to their office, secure in the knowledge there will be little, if any, real follow up action taken by the committee or its members (beyond an occasional letter)……

      ……It needn’t be that way. There actually are tools available to the Congress with which the body could force the Executive Branch to be actually and legally responsive to the Congress; if, that is, the Congress cared to use those tools. That is a big, big “if,” and it implies that Members Congress actually understand the tools and have the commitment (read, “backbone”) to use them. …”

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      • millwright says:

        DI : The fault in your reasoning lies with relying upon Congress . As many there have reason(s) to thwart not only the Trump Administration, but any serious investigation into covert ( and overt ) actions within the ” alphabets ” aka the FBI and the DOJ to name but two.


  10. Dora says:

    WATCH: Police Blow Up Shed Full Of Fireworks In Parking Lot

    The demonstration on Long Island Tuesday was meant to highlight the dangers of fireworks. Check out the video inside the story.


  11. getfitnow says:

    FTA – In October 2017, Newman’s Own Foundation (NOF), the nonprofit founded by the screen legend, announced they were committing $6.7 million in grants to veterans organizations.
    Bob Forrester, President and CEO of NOF, told Fox News it’s a decision his beloved friend would have applauded.
    NOF launched 35 years ago, in 1982, when Newman decided to sell his homemade salad dressing and donate 100 percent of the profits to charity. Forrester revealed the organization recently reached a milestone of $500 million in donations, helping thousands of charities for people in need.

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  12. Dora says:

    This is so stupid, so childish and so ridiculous that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!


    Indiana church protests Trump’s immigration policies by holding Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ‘ICE detention’

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    • Bendix says:

      There is an awful lot of misunderstanding of this issue among church people.
      If they want to stay out of politics, fine, but then they should at least entertain the notion that this may be a political issue, and therefore they are out of their depth, before protesting.


  13. jbrickley says:

    Returned last night from a work trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Those people are really nuts! Had to listen to a weirdo go on and on about his bizarre worldviews and politics while nodding and carefully injecting logical counterpoints without fully revealing my views. He was talking about California succeeding from the United States. I said, good luck getting water, power, or fossil fuels. The US would pull out its military forces, blockade your ports, cut off your water and power imports. Negate your passports and revoke your citizenship. Total trade embargo. Not to mention the 38% of the population that would side with the USA even in your cities. Then add in the 59%+ in the more remote rural areas where people are actually armed. Then he said they would split from the Rockies west and anything east of the Rockies is nothing. The guy is a real piece of work. It’s OK though, my company bought his company and he’s the network security architect guy for a 50 person company. He’s worked all over for decades and he’s well traveled. He’s about to receive a rude awakening when he butts heads with the enterprise IT people. He’s technically savvy and we have a bazillion technical things in common but he’s a lunatic. I don’t get how these techies can be so logical and proper when it comes to technology but go completely emotional on politics. He talks nonstop and drifts from technical into politics at every opportunity. I predict they will lay him off sooner rather than later. Again he’s brilliant but he’s eccentric and a huge Leftist. Apply logic daily in his job but there’s a real disconnect with reality when it comes to his worldviews and politics. I do not get it. I went out to get them onboard with my employer and cover the technical bases. HR was there to get them the rest of the way. California is a fantastic enormous state but its occupants are absolutely insane. I absolutely loved all the signs and labels on everything the State of California has deemed harmful to your health. SFO has a Yoga room and an indoor doggie (pet) restroom. No, I flew into SFO, rented a car and drove 33 miles across the bay so I didn’t get to experience the SF homeless mentally ill drug addicts, Moscone Center, didn’t need to consult the human excrement map, etc. I didn’t even frequent the tourist stuff in San Fransicko. Glad to be back on the east coast, well except for July humidity, I was really enjoying the Bay Area weather, sunglasses are mandatory.

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    • Bendix says:

      Just think, they are pushing America’s children, as early as high school, to focus on ‘STEM’ studies.
      Then you get a partially educated person who thinks he’s very smart.
      Liberal arts are a good idea. Someone has to know history and culture.
      I really don’t understand it, the west coast liberals think they lead the country in their concern for humanity, but the way they treat the vulnerable mentally ill is sinful.
      Patrick Kennedy (Ted’s son) and Nancy Pelosi gave themselves accolades for passing yet another mental health parity type health care bill, but that was complete BS.
      It’s worse than it was 50 years ago.


  14. MAJA says:

    I haven’t seen this anywhere, zines aide shoved to the floor by on of Brocks operatives last week, just arrested.


  15. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    PC today? 👿

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  16. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Best Barbecue Recipes for the Fourth of July

    A kosher BBQ maven’s Texas Dry Rub and Amar’e Stoudemire’s Short Ribs

    “This article was originally published on July 3, 2014:

    Independence Day is upon us, and while it’s not a Jewish holiday, it does have a ‘they tried to rule us, we won our independence, let’s eat’ vibe to it. In the spirit of freedom, and grilling—which is, after all, the official Fourth of July pastime—here are two of our favorite barbecue recipes from Tablet‘s archives….”

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  17. Slim Shady says:

    I’ll try to keep this brief, as this is my introduction to the CTH community.

    I’m new to the ConservativeTreeHouse. Beginning with my first visit about two months ago, I have found myself visiting daily, multiple times per day. I consider myself a well-read, intelligent person, both of history and current events, and I am more or less a political news junkie. I read a good deal and try to gather as many facts as possible, and then determine my own analysis based on those facts and my significant life history.

    The most important point I’d like to make: I’M BLOWN AWAY BY THE SOPHISTICATION OF THE COMMENTARY HERE. I don’t know exactly who Sundance is, but he/she is obviously of extremely high IQ, seems to have a great deal of knowledge and source-based information, and is clear-thinking and analytical. Equally amazing to me is the level of commentary. I ask myself, “Who are these incredibly bright and knowledgeable people who have gathered here.” This commentary is like no other: everybody is smart, respectful, complimentary, and there’s no riff-raff (I guess there must be a good filtering system to keep out the undesirables).

    Like most conservatives, I’m a very busy hard-working man, “pulling my own weight,” and then some. However, going forward, I’m going to try to contribute, when so inspired and when I feel I have something additional to offer ( which may not happen very often because so much ground gets covered by others).

    I’m very happy that I can come to a website where there are a lot of conservative people who have so much good information, superior analysis and opinion. This website has the feel of the gatherings and discussions of the Founders of our Republic, as they gathered in taverns and homes (I imagine) and deliberated over conservative ideals, ideas and strategies. I love it.

    I’ll close with this: Thanks to all for the intellectual stimulation, particularly Sundance. By the way, who IS Sundance? Perhaps someone can tell me; perhaps Sundance himself (or herself).

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    • thinkthinkthink says:

      Welcome Slim Shady, the branches here are populated with some amazing Patriots.

      And that “filtering system” is named “Ad Rem.” Ad Rem is a person and truly a wonderful contributor as well. 😉

      Liked by 4 people

    • Pat Frederick says:

      I am not the official Welcome Wagon, but since I am here…grab a tree branch and settle in…welcome…
      please abide by the commenting rules and join in!
      as to who Sundance is? I haven’t a clue–but he or she is amazing…no doubt about that!

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    • piper567 says:

      Slim, to some extent, many of us have had similar experiences to yours.
      Neither am I the Official Welcome Wagon, but its always nice to have a new Treeper onboard who appreciates sundance’s exceptionally well researched and insightful contributions.
      Its kind of a running commentary here, that we recognize which pundit, tweeter, or show host reads and understands sundance.
      He is acknowledged by the best, as being The Best.
      And, remarkable, he seems to be more than a year ahead of any developing curve.
      The more one reads the Archives, the more impressed one becomes.

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    • amwick says:

      SD is the disinfectant that shines on the swamp. SD is the helping hand in the storm,cutting fallen trees, SD is the generator that traveled about FL when it was so desperately needed. SD may be a consortium of brilliant minds, he may be a single person on a keyboard. Whatever he is, wherever he is, … I hope he stays safe….
      Welcome Mr. Shady, I very much enjoyed your opening post…

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    • dogsmaw says:

      I’ve seen him!!! He’s the main misfit that carries a donkey and an elephant around by their collar and makes sure Everybody Knows

      we aint a kiddin and if i member right he resides here:

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    • millwright says:

      Welcome aboard SS ! We’re an eclectic bunch of birds TBS, but we’re also pretty gregarious !


  18. Dora says:

    OMG! My stomach hurts.


    Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut ate 74 dang hot dogs good lord

    All you need to know about this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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  19. Bendix says:

    I heard a nice prayer for President Trump, in church last evening.
    He is frequently prayed for, prayers to guide him and keep him safe, but this proyer was different.
    An elderly woman prayed for him as a person, that he may hold up under all the attacks on him and his family.
    What a nice thing to pray for, our president’s personal well-being.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Bud Klatsch says:

      Nice, regrettably, in my church such a prayer request would be met with scornful glances. I have tried to make such requests in the past.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lucille says:

        Bud, perhaps finding a way to share these verses with members of your congregation would be a way of bringing them around, explaining that the Scripture is quite clear on what God wishes us to do (no matter how difficult)….

        1 Timothy 2:1-3 (The Message version)
        Simple Faith and Plain Truth
        The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

        If you prefer a different Bible translation, go to and type in I Timothy 2:1-3

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  20. Lucille says:

    Thank you to our men and women who are presently serving our nation in the military around the world….

    INCREDIBLE Pilot Cooperation Flying With The USAF Thunderbirds
    F-16 Fighting Falcon Cockpit View

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    • millwright says:

      What’s really mind-blowing is these pilots fly this routine without G-Suits ! Lots of aerobatic pilots pull more “Gs ” but not for the length of time these pilots do !


  21. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Some consider “the March King” John Philip Sousa to be America’s greatest composer. Definitely in the Top 3 and his songs are especially appropriate this time of year.

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  22. Dora says:


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  23. Lucille says:

    STATUE OF LIBERTY EVACUATED BECAUSE SOME FOOL FEMALE CLIMBED THE PEDESTAL…up to no good obviously….;-liberty-island-evacuated/3705327/


  24. nikkichico7 says:

    Almighty God,

    We come to honor you this day. We come to acknowledge that you are the only one who can rightly lead and guide our country.

    Lord, we lift up prayer for our country.

    We ask that you would bless our country with your wisdom, your love, and your compassion. May we be a people who are pursuing you and your plans for us – individually and corporately.

    Lord, we lift up prayer for our leaders.

    Lord, we ask for blessings on our leaders. May these servants who are in positions of authority take that responsibility seriously and do their very best each day. May they realize their need for you and for your direction. May they hear your voice as they make their decisions, and may they follow your guidance. May they have a passion for people, for truth, and for righteousness.

    Lord, we lift up prayer for our troops.

    Lord, we ask for blessings on our service men and women. We ask protection for all our men and women in uniform both here and around the world. We are grateful for their service and their dedication to keeping our nation safe. We pray that you would keep them safe.

    We thank you for our blessings of life and liberty. May our country continually show love and honor to you. May our dedication to you cause us to reach out to all the other nations and people groups with a strong desire for peace and harmony to be displayed whenever possible.

    We ask all these things in the name of your beloved son, Jesus Christ.


    Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –
    Also consider visiting our other patriotic prayer pages:


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  25. nwtex says:

    I have no words.

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  26. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Walk Away puts hilly in danger of Onward Alone

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  27. 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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  28. Donna in Oregon says:

    4. Ask God to raise up the leaders He wants in office, and to bring down the leaders He doesn’t want in office.
    The Bible tells us specifically that it is one of God’s jobs to promote certain people, according to His choosing, and to bring others down. Psalm 75:6-7 says, “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”

    Also, Daniel 2:20-21 says, “Daniel answered and said: ‘Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

    Therefore, when you pray, ask God to raise up and bless every leader who suits His purposes for our nation–and to bring down every leader who does not.

    According to 1 Timothy 2, we should always pray for all leaders–even for those leaders who lead unrighteously. It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We should always ask God to save and have mercy on individual leaders.

    However, the Bible specifically says that bringing down unrighteous government is just as important to God as raising up righteous government. Therefore, we should pray both sides of this Scripture. “God, raise up righteous leaders, and remove those leaders from their offices who work against You, in Jesus’ name.”

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  29. dogsmaw says:

    2018 A Capitol Fourth | Full Broadcast | PBS

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  30. nwtex says:

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  32. nwtex says:

    They all need t o back off!!

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  35. nwtex says:

    Aha! The lady sings. Who knew.

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  36. duchess01 says:

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018
    Wake Up America Again This Fourth of July With The Gospel of Jesus Christ

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  37. David says:

    My American brothers and sisters, Happy Independence Day!!!
    I am sharing here a very happy song for a happy day, a song about “we are all a family”.
    It’s a huge project in Israel that gets thousands of people to sing together from all ages, ethnicities and religions.They just travel the country and get people to sing together. Enjoy!

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