Tuesday July 16th – 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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78 Responses to Tuesday July 16th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    Part 1 of 6

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    • DanDeplorable says:

      Tomorrow, God willing: Believers need to understand…

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    • John Denney says:

      And yet we are members of “We the People”, and can fully support unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, and other Rights the Lord granted to all.

      Does not, “Thou shalt not kill”, mean that people have a Right to Life?
      Does not, “Thou shalt not steal”, mean that people have a Right to Property?

      Since, “We the People”, are the rightful rulers of this country, aren’t we also, “ministers of God”?

      “But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” – Romans 13:4b


    • Psalm1391316 says:

      Thank you for this post.


  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Understandest Thou What Thou Readest?

    This was the question Philip asked of the Ethiopian prince as he sat reading from Isaiah’s prophecy (Acts 8:30), and it is a question which we should continually keep asking ourselves as we read the Holy Scriptures.
    There are always those among God’s people who do not much care whether or not they understand what they read, if only it warms their hearts! To them the Bible is little more than a fetish. Taking only those Scriptures which appeal to them, and leaving the rest, they actually feel themselves quite spiritual and often talk about believing the Bible whether they understand it or not!
    But such “spirituality” is far from genuine, and such “faith” is blind and superstitious at best.
    While it is true that the Bible teaches many truths which we believe, although they are beyond our comprehension (such as its opening verse!), yet how can we believe what the Bible says unless we understand what it says? God would have us understand what we read and believe it intelligently. Indeed, true faith will want to know and understand more and more of God’s Word. One who does not care whether or not he understands what God has said is not interested in knowing what God has said at all. His faith is based on his own will rather than on God’s Word, for regardless of the meaning of Scripture, he will take any passage that suits his fancy and use it as he wishes.
    How great an emphasis God Himself puts upon the importance of understanding His Word! On one occasion, when our Lord saw the multitudes, He “was moved with compassion toward them because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34).
    And now that the secret of God’s great plan has been made known, how much more reason there is to study the Scriptures with a view to understanding them! How Paul, by the Spirit, emphasizes this as he writes of his prayers for the saints:

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

    Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

    Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
    18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,


    • John Denney says:

      “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; ” – Proverbs 4:5a

      “but let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the eretz: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:24, HNV

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    • Lucille says:

      A refresher course in…
      Answer: The Babylonians named the days after the five planetary bodies known to them (Tuesday through Saturday) and after the Sun and Moon (Sunday and Monday). This custom was later adopted by the Romans. Emperor Constantine established the seven-day week in the Roman calendar in 321 and designated Sunday and Monday as the first two days of the week.

      The other weekday names in English are derived from Anglo-Saxon names for gods in Teutonic mythology. Tuesday comes from Tiu, or Tiw, the Anglo-Saxon name for Tyr, the Norse god of war. Tyr was one of the sons of Odin, or Woden, the supreme deity after whom Wednesday is named. Similarly, Thursday originates from Thor, the god of thunder. Friday is derived from Frigga, the wife of Odin, representing love and beauty.

      Saturday comes from Saturn, the ancient Roman god of fun and feasting.

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      • ms Idaho says:

        Years ago I found a poem called Monday is Blue. It gave a color to each day.
        It went something like this
        Monday is blue – sometimes turning to purple after 5 or 5:30 as the case might be
        Tuesday is (I don’t remember)
        Wednesday is Green
        Thursday is (I don’t remember)
        Friday is BLACK – All day! It does not change color at any time
        Saturday is Red. A bright red. A swinging red. Wonderful red Saturday
        Sunday is White. A white only Sunday can Be.

        Of course, I did not save it. I have tried to find the poem online with no luck – Maybe one of you good folks knows the missing parts? Or, of course, we cold make up our own???


    • RyderLee says:

      🌻Happy Week , Lucille !🌹


      • Lucille says:

        Thanks, RyderLee! No reason why this week can’t be wonderful. The political turmoil brought about by America-haters doesn’t have to affect us or keep us from being good and generous human beings who seek truth, are happy and full of the joy of God.

        “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8


  3. Lucille says:

    Intermezzo from CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, an opera by Pietro Mascagni
    The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Braqzil’s Roberta Sa is one of my favorite performers. The fact that I don’t speak her language doesn’t really matter because she’s so good it’s still easy to get caught up in her performances. After watching a few of her videos I realized that she was following the basic business model established by Linda Ronstadt and wisely used by other talented female performers. Ronstadt, who knew she was good, surrounded herself with side-men (The Eagles before they were Eagles) who were the very best in the business. Although Roberta Sa was young and just starting out, she nonetheless followed Linda Ronstadt model. Her musicians are clearly the absolute best. I chose this video in part because it shows her 6ft tall drummer dancing a seriously cool Samba while she sings.

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    • RyderLee says:

      LOL , Flame ! Seems like she’d need a Brain First to :
      1) *Know* she only had 20 cents !
      2) *Know* How Much 25 cents is !
      3) *Know* How to Drive to go through a *Drive-Thru* !

      I think we are Safe in thinking she’ll Never get a Brain Installed 😂😀😄


    • Pale rider says:

      Her response would be better if it read “I only have a quarter”.


      • F.D.R. in Hell says:

        There’s an old joke about two hunters who are deep in the woods and one of them has to take a dump. He tells his buddy he hasn’t any TP. The other hunter says, “Use a dollar.” He goes off behind some trees and comes back with poop all over his hands. His pal says, “Hey, what happened? Didn’t you use a dollar?” The guys says, “All I had were two quarters, a dime and a nickel.”

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      • RyderLee says:

        Pale , LOL 😄

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  5. Lucille says:

    Joe Biden Announces New Plan to Force Americans to Fund Abortions Up to Birth
    Posted by Micaiah Bilger – July 15, 2019

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  6. GSparrow says:

    Challenging the “progressive squad,” even if they were unnamed, was a laudable effort by P Trump given the vitriol they spew against the nation, border services, Jews etc. But POTUS has an unlimited number of presidential issues to choose from for his day’s tasks. His #1 goal is re-election in 2020 IMO, for the good of the nation. Why should he have to take on challenges like this and then be criticized by his own turncoat GOP including Willard, Tim Scott, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and 15 others. It’s not too much for POTUS to expect the House Republicans to speak out themselves against their fellow anti Semite/Communist/anti CBP members rather than him always taking the heat for “an unforced error” Tweet as Ingraham called it.

    Ilhan Omar is not the only unappreciative person involved. Trump was also scolded for his tweets against anti Semitism by several (liberal) Jewish organizations incl. The Simon Wiesenthal Center: “Every American came from somewhere. Time for everyone in #Washington DC to drop the identity politics #racism,” and The American Jewish Committee, “Surely we can have policy debates in this country without resorting to potshots at our opponents’ identities or origins.”

    The worst was the The Anti-Defamation League that condemned President Trump’s, “…racist tweets. As Jews, we are all too familiar with this kind of divisive prejudice,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “While ADL has publicly disagreed with these congresswomen on some issues, the president is echoing the racist talking points of white nationalists and cynically using the Jewish people and the state of Israel as a shield to double down on his remarks…”

    The Jewish population in Europe and other parts of the world are in decline and fleeing persecution seems to be the only alternative in countries where even harsh but factual criticism of Islamic radicals is illegal and organizations similar to the ADL don’t fight back enough. If some American Jews are not worried at all about the election of anti Semitic Congresswomen in the House of Reps and what might follow in the future why should Trump take on the battle alone for them? He might want to rethink his methods and priorities–or not!

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      There is no real comparison between the anti-United States proclamations of representative Omar and the America-first statements of the president. Most sane people know exactly what Trump meant and they are not inclined to get their history lessons from someone who wears a vacuum cleaner bag on her head. By the way, Congress needs to enforce its 200 year old rule against members wearing headgear in the building. When the Republicans take the gavel in 2021 they should do it … if the Minnesota congresswoman is still in office that is.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Somebody needed to call them out.

      It shows the country, it shows the world, just how spineless the Democrat Party is; they know they are being taken over by communists and aren’t even willing to stand up and fight for their political party speaks volumes of how spineless they are when it comes to nations such as Iran or China.

      I am proud our President is willing to fight for even the Democrat Party!

      Speaks volumes as to the core of his character and the depth of love he has for his country to be willing to fight for those who continually condemn even him.

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  7. Dora says:

    Super Happy Dolphins

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  8. Jacaranda11816 says:

    All your most pressing questions about hummingbirds — answered! Such amazing creatures:

    Liked by 5 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      I love hummingbirds.

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    • ms Idaho says:

      Wonderful to watch – thank you. We once had Rufus hummers. We had 3 feeders not too far apart. It was really fun to watch the pugnacious male defend all 3 from all comers. I suspect that part of the vertical ‘sword play’ helps the young birds develop their wings for migration – no proof, just my guess.

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  9. CountryDoc says:

    I just want to check in and let people know that my sweet mother died on July 5th. I am back to work now. Mom was a patriot and well read on U.S. and world history. . We thought alike in many ways politically. Somehow the importance of these issues is diminished. I know they are not. Pray for me, my sister, my dad, and her grandchildren and the many who lost “the best real mom they ever had” when she passed.

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    • Dora says:

      My prayers are with you and your family as you go through this terribly sad period of time.

      May your Mother Rest in Peace.

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    • Cisco says:



    • Just CC says:

      God bless you all ,
      but mostly God bless your mother
      and all mother’s the world over

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    • Sobriquet4 says:



    • Praying for you Doc…May the God of Peace and Rest wash over you today, like fog rolls in on the coast.


    • Sending thoughts of sympathy and condolences to ease your heartache. Can’t begin to imagine the loss of a parent, especially one who you describe so glowingly. She sounds as though she was a friend as well, and that would make the loss even more difficult.

      I hope you both were able to enjoy just a bit of Independence Day together. God Bless her soul, and may he bless you and strengthen you during this time of bereavement. Prayers of compassion for your family, who remain here on Earth; and hope that in time you all will be able to remember her with light and happiness, and not the heavy sadness that new loss brings. Kindest thoughts; your presence was missed here at TCTH.

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    • Lucille says:

      CountryDoc, so sorry to read of your mother’s death. My sincere condolences. May the God of All Comfort bring you and your extended family peace.

      Liked by 1 person

    • RyderLee says:

      CountryDoc , Prayers for Your Mother and You and Your Family .
      Let Your Wonderful Memories of Your Mother be Your Comfort .
      God Bless .


    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers for you and your entire family coming from every branch of our Treehouse. Keep a close eye on your dad….if he’s anything like my dad was, this will be a particularly difficult time for him.

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      • CountryDoc says:

        Thanks Ad Rem. I know such a personal message is not the purpose of this site, and I appreciate the support. I have a very close supportive family and professional network, but the Treehouse community has become part of my spiritual bedrock, and a source of validation, hope, inspiration, faith, and energy. Prayers.

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  10. Chgonana539 says:

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep you and yours in my prayers. Life is not the same without your mother.


  11. Dora says:

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
    1 Corinthians 3:9 (KJV)

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Run to Him

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  14. hoosier1476 says:

    Just found this gem on Youtube. I didn’t know that the Piano Guys played at Trump’s Inauguration Ball, but they did.


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  15. P says:

    Top 10 Signs of the Last Days
    July 13, 2019


    For those wanting deeper studies:

    And for those who want solid information regarding the earthquakes taking place:

    Have a blessed day everyone!


  16. bessie2003 says:

    I know, am also missing BigMamaTEA.
    Not even on Caturday.
    Hope, and pray, that all is well.


    • RyderLee says:

      Bessie , I didn’t want to pry , but I read here everyday and haven’t seen her at all .
      I’m praying also , that she is just on Vacation and I might have
      missed her saying so . After days went by and I didn’t see any postings
      from her , I felt compelled to ask .
      She is a Stellar Member of the Treehouse , for Sure !
      Thank you for Hanging with me , Bessie 😊
      Hopefully someone can help us with this .

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  17. ms Idaho says:

    Your ‘ChewsDay’ treat – Key Lime cheesecake – a wonderful summer refresher – http://www.jjconsulting.net/Images/PDF%20Recipes/CheesecakeKeyLime.pdf


  18. If the DOJ does not move soon to vindicate PDJT by indicting the Deep State “coup” players; fire and charge the FBI leakers and illegal gift recipients and indict and charge the unmaskers in the previous administration – the RATs and RINOs in the so called Republican Senate will encourage the House to impeach so they can convict – – – so DC life get backs to normal.


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

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  20. GH15 says:

    A Prayer for the King (and for President Trump where applicable)

    Psalm 72
    God, give the king your good judgment
    and the king’s son your ·goodness [righteousness].
    2 Help him judge your people ·fairly [rightly]
    and decide what is ·right [just] for the poor.
    3 Let there be ·peace [or prosperity] on the mountains
    and ·goodness [righteousness] on the hills for the people.
    4 Help him be ·fair [just] to the poor
    and ·save [give victory to] the ·needy [or children of the needy]
    and ·punish [crush] those who ·hurt [oppress; exploit] them.

    5 May they ·respect [fear] you as long as the sun
    and as long as the moon, throughout the generations.
    6 Let him ·be [L come down] like rain on the mown grass,
    like showers that water the earth.
    7 Let ·goodness [righteousness] ·be plentiful [bloom forth] while he lives.
    Let ·peace [or prosperity] continue ·as long as there is a [L until there is no] moon.

    8 ·Let his kingdom go [L May he have dominion/rule] from sea to sea,
    and from the ·Euphrates River [L river] to the ends of the earth.
    9 Let the people of the ·desert [wilderness] ·bow down to [cringe/cower before] him,
    and make his enemies lick the dust.
    10 Let the kings of Tarshish [48:7] and the ·faraway lands [L islands]
    bring him ·gifts [tribute].
    Let the kings of Sheba [C an unknown location, perhaps present-day Yemen, Eritrea, or Ethiopia; see 1 Kin. 10:1–13] and Seba [C either in southern Egypt or further south; Gen. 10:7; Is. 43:3; 45:14]
    bring their ·presents [tribute] to him.
    11 Let all kings ·bow down [bend the knee] to him
    and all nations serve him [Ps. 2].

    12 He will ·help [protect] the poor when they cry out
    and the needy when no one else will help.
    13 He will ·be kind to [take pity on] the poor and the needy,
    and he will ·save their lives [give victory to the needy].
    14 He will ·save [redeem] them from ·cruel people who try to hurt them [L violence and oppression],
    because their ·lives [L blood] are precious to ·him [L his eyes].

    15 Long live the king!
    Let him receive gold from Sheba [v. 10].
    Let people always pray for him
    and ·bless [praise] him all day long.
    16 Let ·the fields grow plenty of grain [L there be much grain in the land/earth]
    and ·the hills be covered with crops [L let there be abundance on the top of the mountains; or let it wave on the top of the mountains].
    ·Let the land be as fertile as Lebanon [L May its fruit be like that of Lebanon],
    and let the cities grow like the grass in a field.
    17 Let ·the king be famous [L his name/fame be] forever;
    let ·him be remembered as long as the sun shines [L his name/fame continue as long as the sun].
    Let the nations be ·blessed [praised] because of him,
    and may they all ·bless [praise] him [Gen. 12:3].

    18 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does such ·miracles [wonderful things].
    19 Praise his glorious name forever.
    Let his glory [C manifest presence] fill the whole world.

    Amen and amen.


  21. Lucille says:

    “Genetic study reveals metabolic origins of anorexia”
    by King’s College London – July 15, 2019


  22. SwampRatTerrier says:


    Former Lover Exposes Eric Schmidt

    JANE DOE: I decided to contact your group after a friend of mine sent me a recent exposé on Mark Zuckerberg that you did. I thought it was timely, honest, and was pertinent to the crisis we are in concerning Eric Schmidt’s total sell out to China through advanced technology stolen from Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and other digital platforms that have come to aggressively control all Chinese. I believe Eric’s evil program, Dragonfly, has already been implemented in America.

    I am calling him out for his lies and his complete control by the Chinese Communist Party. Eric has lied so much lately and has admitted that he created the Social Credit System now ruling China for a ruthless totalitarian government that has Eric controlled and manipulated by President Xi Jinping and his central committee. In May of this year, Eric said that he also bifurcated the Internet for China so that there will soon be two different Internets – one controlled by America and one by China. These things are immoral and wrong and must be stopped.

    PATRIOT: Those are very big accusations and assertions that you have made. Frankly, why should we believe your story? How do you know these things about Eric?

    JANE DOE: I have known Eric since his days at Bell Laboratory when he wrongfully got credit for the rewrite of Lex, lexical analyzers. I was working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at that time and took an interest in this opportunist. I liked his spunk and guts and no small amount of looking after number one. When Eric went on to Sun Microsystems and again gleaned the credit for projects he didn’t create, I decided to find out what made him tick…….



    • Robert Smith says:

      That was great. Eric Schmidt always seemed to me not to fit the google culture at all, but it’s what Wall Street demanded to give a “sure” hand on the company.


  23. Robert Smith says:

    There might be some actors with TDS or anti-American tendencies here – it is Hollywood after all.

    But there is going to be a WHOLE lot of America Whoop-@ss in this movie:

    Some real American characters get it done here.

    Ford v. Ferrari

    On another subject, coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing I noticed that Trump replaced the NASA manned missions director a couple of weeks ago. Tangled in bureaucracy.


  24. GTOGUY says:

    Since this is an open thread, I thought I would mention an article I just read from Tracy Beanz new website. Apparently, the Seth Rich lawsuit has just been updated and Ty Clevinger is representing Ed Butowski. It mentions the latest evidence that has just come out regarding the Crowdstrike report of the DNC servers, and the fact that the Judge in the Muh Russia case just shut down Mueller’s case against the Russian Bots. Here is a link to the latest court filings:

    Cheers !

    KAG 2020


  25. 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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  26. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  27. Robert Smith says:


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