Thursday April 18th – 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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  1. DanDeplorable says:

    Thursday . . .


    “Our Redemption . . .”

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The God of All Comfort

    (An excerpt from Revelation Volume 3 by Paul M. Sadler)

    “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Cor. 1:3,4).

    Whatever trials and sorrows you may encounter in life, God wants you to know that He is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. But exactly how does the Lord comfort us in our time of need? He does so in unique ways in this administration of Grace.

    It is comforting to know that, because we have a personal relationship with Christ, we can speak with our heavenly Father about all the things that are on our hearts. Prayer is communication with God. It’s the channel through which the finite has access to the infinite. Having been accepted in God’s beloved Son, we have access to talk with God at any time. Moreover, when we meditate on the Scriptures, God often comforts us through His written Word.

    Oftentimes, the Lord consoles us by bringing someone into our lives to encourage us. Many times it is a believer who has experienced the same adversity that we are facing. The world can be unmerciful in its attacks when we faithfully stand for the truth. This accounts for some of the sufferings we endure for the cause of Christ.

    Then there are those occasions when we are comforted by the arrival of good news. Perhaps it takes the form of diagnostic tests that come back negative, or an answer to prayer.

    It is also comforting to know that the Lord’s people are keeping us before the throne of Grace in our hour of need. It’s reassuring to realize that we do not need to bear our burdens alone.

    When finally we are delivered from our affliction, whatever form it may take, we are given a very special ministry by God. We are now in the position to comfort those who are hurting. The Lord doesn’t comfort us merely to be comfortable, but that we might also comfort others. Having passed through affliction ourselves, we are able to relate better to what someone else is facing.

    I remember making a hospital visit when one of the brethren from our local assembly stopped by. During the course of the conversation, he shared how, years earlier, he had had the same surgery that the one we were visiting was going to have. Almost immediately he had the patient’s undivided attention. Nothing I would’ve said could have ministered more effectively than the testimony of that dear brother in Christ.

    Consider for a moment the greatness of God. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things in heaven and earth. When we peer into the night sky, we see His handiwork; the heavens are immense and reflect His glory (Psa. 19:1). The galaxies of stars that dot the heavens, He created and gave each of them a name. Such power and knowledge, as David said, is beyond our comprehension (Psa. 139:1-6; 147:5). But this same God, who is above all, has taken a personal interest in you and me (Psa. 8:4). That’s grace!

    Like the weaver who weaves a beautiful tapestry, God is methodically creating for the Church today an image of His divine purpose. Because we are currently on the wrong side of eternity, things can be difficult to understand. But soon all things will be made clear when we are caught up into the glory of His presence and see the finished tapestry of His grace

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

    Psalm 19:1 <> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

    Psalm 139:1 <> O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
    2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
    3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
    4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
    5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

    Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

    Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

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  3. citizen817 says:

    Happy Cursday!

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  4. citizen817 says:

    Another Cursday…

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    • amwick says:

      Ty, that was very touching…

      I remember a video about a dog that lived near a school, and he watched the children buying snacks. He would pick up a leaf and bring it to the counter to buy his own snack. It was the sweetest thing… and they always had a doggie biscuit for him to “buy”…

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    Here’s another take on the Notre Dame fire:

    Let’s see how the French spin the fire in light of the experience of the restorers, the controls in place and the ‘2 starting points’ concept.


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  9. carterzest says:

    Preparing myself for #TheBigUgly, T-0 days.

    What strength, fortitude and sheer persistence have brought us to is the doorway to all things RIGHT. We’ve seen the prophetic daily play by play of SD….the trolls…..the “go deep” links that amplify our cold anger. It has been a real sh!tshow and I thank God for finding this Palace of Truth that we call “The Last Refuge”.

    Have a moment with yourself…allow the emotions to surface…soak it in…. this is our reality. We know the wrongs inside and out…

    To quote an Arby’s commercial, “ WE HAVE THE MEAT 🥩 “

    Prayers to ALL WARRIORS. This too shall pass..



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    • Talking to my sister today about TCTH, I said, you know, CTH is a comfort station.

      When you think about it, it really is. It’s not a “safe space.” Conservatives don’t need safe places like precious snowflakes and warped progs. But we do need comfort sometimes and we get that here engaging each other, engaging SD’s phenomenal postings, heck, there’s even a prayer request thread here for Treepers in need. You talk about a comfort station.

      I just love this place and its people dwelling in their branches of various interests.

      Shalom everybody!

      PS: Some of us Treepers in any number of states could use a little prayer tonight, tomorrow and the next day to keep us safe from the nasty, vicious incoming a la Ma Nature. In OK, we’re pretty used to it being in tornado ally, but still, all it takes is one bad boy twister….

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Angelle Staria…..Are You in OK also?

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        • Hey BigMama…

          Good to hear from you.

          Yes, in the middle if the alley.

          We escaped the bullet that looked pretty bad heading our way last night.

          I wrote out a storm prayer years ago because of all the horrific weather I’ve seen over the years. I keep that prayer on my sofa and pick it up and pray it, sometimes a day or so before encroaching storms get to our doorsteps. I have neighbors who tell me they depend on me praying that prayer.

          I kid them and tell them I might have to start charging them 50 cents more per year. Get a good laugh, but they know I am seriously trusting God to protect us.

          Genuine prayer is a powerful thing.

          Thanks so much for stopping in and caring.

          Shalom and God’s best for you and yours always.


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  11. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Cursday, Treepers! Sometimes it’s a good thing when seemingly big things turn into small things.

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  12. rrick says:

    In honor of the president who will OWN the ‘splody heads tomorrow…

    Be sure not to miss the drum solo…

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    • Jeff says:

      Think about it.
      Three guys in their early 20’s, their debut album, first time the world has heard them.
      This is what they chose to spring upon us.
      And look what happened with their career after this album.
      Must’ve done something right.


  13. George says:

    Remember the picture of Obama’s staff outside in the Rose Garden the day after Election 2016? They all looked so scared. Now we know why!

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  14. andyocoregon says:

    Wonder what will come out about Joe Biden if and when he declares?

    Here’s a small sample. Money and influence can buy your way out of almost any crime it seems.
    This is two years old, but noteworthy now.

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  15. George says:

    Sorry I meant to post the previous comment someplace else.

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  16. Lucille says:

    Cursdays of the Past…

    Proud little girl and her Staffordshire Terrier

    Pit bulls…

    Large Jack Russell Terrier…

    At the beach…

    Bath time…

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  17. andyocoregon says:

    Yuma is under attack by Foreign Invaders and has declared an Emergency.

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    • wodiej says:

      The countries these people come from are going to have to be made to begin being accountable for their citizens. This is unacceptable and inhumane. The US cannot take care of the world.

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  18. Blue Ridge Mts. Va says:

    BREAKING: New Jersey Man Arrested Trying to Enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral with 2 Gasoline Cans — HE LIED TO POLICE

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    • andyocoregon says:

      They’d better provide some good security at all Catholic churches and cathedrals especially during this Holy Week. Lots of nutjobs out there.

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      • Dave says:

        Think about this too: Gas stations are very rare in Midtown Manhattan. The same goes for finding an empty parking space. So, how does one get full gas cans to St. Patrick’s Cathedral? Easy. You walk them from your van that you parked around the corner after driving from a distant gas station! This better not be a case of authorities claiming, “We just can’t figure out a motive!” Also, I own several gas cans which I fill during each hurricane season to run my generator in case we lose power. All of them do not leak! The cans carried by the suspect leaked gas as he was turned back by the church’s security men. Something’s wrong there! If the cans weren’t properly capped, not only would they be leaking a flammable liquid, they’d be leaking EXPLOSIVE fumes! Church burning/vandalizing acts are part of a worldwide trend that mostly go unreported in the corporate media, unless they are so obvious like Notre Dame. The globalists want to destroy Judaism and Christianity, because it conflicts with their atheistic, totalitarian plans. That’s why the muzzies and their sympathizers always get a free pass!

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  19. Thank you Menagerie on your beautiful post on Holy Thursday. Wishing all treepers a blessed Triduum.

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  20. Liberty One says:

    Sundance:THANK YOU for showing that BEAUTIFUL video and the attendant post. In these corrupt and sadly evil times, we all can believe that God WILL win this battle, as HE is the TRUTH, THE WAY and the Light. A Blessed and Happy Easter to all.

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    • amwick says:

      If you look closely there is a byline for Holy Thursday… It was Menagarie who provided the video and the write up.. She contributes now and then, and it is always very special.
      With the hurricane that we are facing politically, it is soooo important to have roots in the spiritual sense,,, an anchor ( in a sense)
      Have a Blessed Easter, you and your loved ones..

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  21. Lucille says:

    Question: “What was the significance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples?”

    Answer: Jesus washing the feet of the disciples (John 13:1–17) occurred in the upper room, during the Last Supper and has significance in three ways. For Jesus, it was the display of His humility and His servanthood. For the disciples, the washing of their feet was in direct contrast to their heart attitudes at that time. For us, washing feet is symbolic of our role in the body of Christ.

    …when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He told them (and us), “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). As His followers, we are to emulate Him, serving one another in lowliness of heart and mind, seeking to build one another up in humility and love. When we seek the preeminence, we displease the Lord who promised that true greatness in His kingdom is attained by those with a servant’s heart (Mark 9:35; 10:44). When we have that servant’s heart, the Lord promised, we will be greatly blessed (John 13:17). (

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  22. Christopher A Wright says:

    The perfect prayer. Those who promote prayer can be trusted. While I pray all day,often your website and prayer is my first.

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  23. WSB says:

    For everyone who understands the importance of April 18th in ’75….

    The Cadet Prayer

    O God, our Father, Thou Searcher of human hearts, help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth. May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural.

    Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretence ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy. Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life. Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service. Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Country. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all.


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    • My ancestor, Orringh Stoddard, who became a Captain from the Massachusetts line, signed up to defend this land April 19, 1775 which makes me speculate that he actually heard Paul Revere’s call to arms!

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      • WSB says:

        Phenomenal. The Stoddard name is iconic. Do you still have any family in the area? Love that place…we used to walk the entire battle scene and Revere’s ride.

        My family is from the Fenner line and fought in the lower Saucon Valley, PA. Hard fought all.

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        • Stoddard is my maiden name & our branch was only in Massachusetts for that one generation as far as I know. Orringh eventually moved his family to Broome County, NY & his descendants from my side eventually moved to Michigan while it was still pretty much the frontier. Although I’ve done A Lot of genealogical research I haven’t looked into collateral lines that far back.

          Orringh’s Stoddard’s ancestors came from England roughly 1640 & were first in Watertown, MA & then founded Wethersfield, CT & later helped found Litchfield, CT.

          A few years back on an East Coast trip we stopped in Stockbridge, Berkshire Co, MA since that was the county that Orringh mustered out from. We ended up practically travelling the reverse path of our ancestors inadvertently on our travels between MI, NY, MA, & ME. What fun!

          Do you also have Stoddard ancestors? Why do you say “iconic” for the Stoddard name?
          My immigrant Stoddard ancestor, John Stoddard, was married to Mary Foote & her parents were Nathaniel Foote & Elizabeth Deming. Both Mary & Elizabeth had 2nd &/or 3rd marriages to men who were pretty high up in Colonial America.

          Genealogy has pushed me to look a bit deeper into our history. My husband has ancestors who fought for the British during the American Revolution. They were basically run or burned out of the U. S. following the Revolutionary War & settled in Canada where they were styled United Empire Loyalists. Several generations later they moved across the St. Clair River from Canada to Michigan & one of them became a “robber baron” of the mid-late 1800’s & actually has places named after him or his kids in several states. His name was James John (JJ) Hagerman. He wrote some fascinating memoirs that detail so many of his experiences in a much freer age in our land. You can read those memoirs from here:

          There’s more info on JJ here:

          Best Regards & God Bless!

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          • piper567 says:

            Interesting doings, Valerie.
            Thanks for telling us these tales.
            My family are late arrivers; Mother’s Mom came though Ellis Island.
            But she has an abiding interest (even at 94!), and so I am always interested in hearing the history of families…particularly those who fought in our Revolutionary War!

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            • Have you guys looked up your mom’s family info at the Ellis Island site? I’ve found my husband’s ancestors’ travels there but never yet someone immigrating…

              My grandma’s grandparents came from England, Ireland, &/or Scotland in the mid-late 1800’s but not through Ellis Island, that I know of. Her maiden name was Thompson so that’s a bit rough to look for, but not as challenging as Smith!


              Let me know if you find anything because the hunt is almost as fun as bagging the quarry! Blessings

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            • WSB says:

              piper, so glad you have an interest in the Revolutionary War. It was truly a miracle of history. As is the US! My mother made sure we little ones were engrossed in the history and our ancestors’ participation in it.

              Nice to hear that your youthful Mom has an interest. My family just attended a picnic last year of the Fenner family farm and mill in PA. We never had done anything like it ever before. Was so interesting to learn of the different branches of this family, and the most beautiful grist mill with most of the original workings intact!

              As your next generations will do the same recounting of family stories!

              My taller half’s family came through Ellis early on from Austria. Where did you family come from?


              • piper567 says:

                WSB, when I was growing up, we went to annual Family reunions in Illinois…a BIG Deal, as we lived in CA…and those gatherings were where everyone filled in info re marriages, births and deaths on everyone’s records. My Mother was in hog-heaven!
                These gatherings were huge, and a great deal of fun each Summer; we were taught to revere these records…the only way at the time to keep track.
                I have two dedicated Cousins, now in St. Louis, who are in the process of acquiring Mother’s records and photos. They are closest to the bulk of the family, and keen on such. so grateful for their interest.
                One of my Uncles by marriage traded seeds with a man from Sweden on the way to USA, and I still have descendants of that seed…best Bush Green Beans Evah!
                some really interesting stories!!

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                • WSB says:

                  Fantastic! Some great areas in that state! Reunions can start out very awkward…nice that your cousins are carrying your Mom’s vision forward!

                  I still remember family reunions where the men would drink Schlitz and talk about WWII and Korea, and Vietnam (I must have been about 5 otpr 6 but remember it well)!


          • WSB says:

            Valerie, wonderful history! Thank you for the links.

            I am currently in the Hudson Valley NY, so I am near and familiar with Broome County and Stockbridge, MA. Both about an hour and a half away.

            Coming from MA, the Stoddard name was well known.

            I have only one Aide du Camp for Lafayette in the roster on my family’s other side…Reber is the name. But a strong independent streak of pastors and engineers for whatever reason!

            Best regards! Happy Easter!

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  27. nwtex says:

    The most intense photos I’ve seen. Breathtaking.

    Views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before, after, and during blaze

    I find it interesting that the camera just happened to capture 3 birds flying above the blaze.

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  28. nwtex says:

    Sweet story-

    Boy leaves beloved bear behind, Hawaii hotel sends it on adventures
    January 11, 2019

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    • amwick says:

      I glanced quickly at the pic, while my browser was popping open tweets and stuff, I thought it was a small white dog.. for Cursday… What a sweet story… the hotel was so funny… and considerate…

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  29. nwtex says:

    Freedom OSpeech
    ‏ @4FreedomOSpeech
    23 Sep 2018

    List of things to never be in Democrat world:

    – a 17yo boy

    – a white male – a conservative female

    – a pro-life female

    – a black conservative

    – a Hispanic conservative

    – a legal immigrant

    – a person who believes in only 2 genders

    – an elected official who puts America first.

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  30. nwtex says:

    What?! Best not let a.cortez and her anti- American crew hear ’bout this.

    Bill requires schools to conduct Pledge of Allegiance
    Apr 17 2019


    The House of Representatives voted 101-0 Wednesday for the bill that would require all K-12 public schools to conduct the pledge each morning

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  31. nwtex says:

    Idiotic! Anything for sales, eh. Shameful.

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    • Dave says:

      If the CBD increases hunger cravings like regular pot does, I predict lots more mellow obese customers who can’t get enough of these burgers!


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  34. Dora says:

    El Greco – The Last Supper, 1568

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  36. Dora says:

    Maybe this is becoming a new fad. Go around burning up cathedrals. Actually, this guy seemed like he wanted to get caught. Maybe he needed the attention.

    I’m surprised he didn’t get picked up walking down the avenue with those gas cans and lighters. But, this is New York.


    Man in custody after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with gas cans, lighters

    A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.

    Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey entered the historic Midtown church about 8 p.m. with the flammable paraphernalia, but was quickly intercepted by church security, law enforcement sources said.

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  38. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  39. DanDeplorable says:


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  40. frank field says:

    Today I’m praying a small group of people will expose the full, unredacted Anthony Wiener laptop.

    Grace to you Treepers!

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