Wednesday October 30th – 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. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    A Clear Conscience

    With the knowledge of good and evil man came into the possession of conscience. A sense of blameworthiness smote him when he committed, or even contemplated committing, evil. This has been so ever since. The Bible tells us that even the most ungodly and benighted heathen “show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another” (Rom. 2:15).

    It is true that man’s conscience can be violated so often that it becomes calloused or, as St. Paul puts it: “seared with a hot iron” (I Tim. 4:2), but events or incidents can take place which suddenly awaken the conscience and make it sensitive again. Many a person has indulged in “the pleasures of sin” more and more freely until, suddenly, his sin has found him out and his conscience has caught up with him to condemn him day and night and make life itself unbearable.

    The Bible teaches that all men outside of Christ are, to some degree, troubled by guilty consciences and certainly most are “through fear of death… all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb. 2:15). But it also teaches that “Christ died for our sins” so that, our penalty having been paid, we might be delivered from a guilty conscience.

    The works and ceremonies of the Mosaic Law could never accomplish this, but sincere and intelligent believers in Christ, having been “once purged,” have “no more conscience of sins” (Heb. 9:14; 10:1,2). They are, to be sure, conscious of their sins, but they are no longer tortured by a forever-condemning conscience, for they know that the penalty for all their sins, from the cradle to the coffin, was fully met by Christ at Calvary.

    This is not to imply that even a sincere believer may not be troubled about offending the One who paid for his sins, but he knows that the judgment for these sins is past. Thus he earnestly seeks, like Paul, “to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward man” (Acts 24:16).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/a-clear-conscience/

    Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

    1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

    Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

    Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
    2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

    Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

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    • Hammersada says:

      Well said and well presented. As a would-be devout and serious Catholic I find your response (or contribution) to re quite simply spot on. I think that the ‘Image of God’ in which were Created is intimately tied to rational self-awareness and an innate sense of responsibility for what we do with that image – which is our own precious self in action.

      I pray regularly that this realization will come – silently creeping in on little cat feet – to our many self-righteous and self-appointed supposed ‘Betters’ who fancy themselves our rightful Masters. They would then in righteous and rightful humility abjure their sins in public (i.e., before both God and man), suffer willingly the burden of justice (tempered as may be appropriate with mercy), and then go and sin no more.

      Alas, pray as I might, I fear that many of them are willingly enthralled to the Devil and now literally cannot do so. That dismal ‘karma’ would then be the result of their own choice – which God permits because he created us to be free. He did not, however, create us to be vain, foolish, and full of our own self regard – that is a choice we make or decline ourselves, as exemplified by Our Lord in His temptation.

      Hammersdad

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Incomparable Willie . . .

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Bullies . . . I was a skinny little kid, quiet, likable, but kind of a loner, who attracted the attention of school bullies. This could be the start of one of those confessionals about how getting picked on ruined my public school years and caused a lifetime of personal grief. But, in actuality, that wasn’t true at all. Although I surely looked vulnerable to kids looking for someone to torment, what they didn’t know is that I was a Scots-Irish red-neck kid who knew how to fight. My father had taught me a code: never start a fight but if one comes your way always be prepared to finish it. Being a kid, I didn’t realize at the time just how different that kind of upbringing was to many, in not most, of my peers. In later years as I became educated, I realized just how self empowering those early lessons were. I’ve never liked bullies and, sometimes to the amazement of friends and colleagues, I have never been fearful of confronting them. Once a red-neck, always a red-neck.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Never let them see you coming.

      That doesn’t mean sneak or sucker punch them.
      It means never let on that you’re going to kick their azz if they pick the fight.
      it gives men the honest chance to first show you who they really are.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Back when “Lonesome Dove” was popular, I used to illustrate points by asking my students what Woodrow Call would do to solve social problems. That always got a good laugh. It was also a good lesson about personal empowerment.

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  5. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

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  6. Lucille says:

    One-Legged Man Has Used His Disability to Put Together the Best Halloween Costumes Ever
    https://www.air.tv/watch?v=lvHFinMQTlCMJqQ1J60FDg

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    New York City is solving its homeless problem by giving them a one-way ticket, 12 month’s rent, letting them pick a destination and…vamos!

    The ‘city’ of Metairie discovered that when, for reasons undisclosed, some homeless in the city fessed up to it. When officials contacted NYC they unapologetically admitted to it, saying they’d done nothing wrong and have doing it for a long time. They’re just helping people relocate to areas where they should be able to find jobs and afford to live. Seeing as how they admit to moving folks to as far away as Hawaii that statement doesn’t quite ring true.

    The NYC folks do not say anything to the receiving cities, no info on the new residents’ criminal, drug, alcohol or mental problems, it’s a stealth relocation. Their problems have now rolled down hill to become yours, roll out that welcome wagon and welcome your new neighbors.

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    • John Post says:

      czar:

      I used to live in Grand Junction, Colorado.
      Every year, in the fall and early winter, we would get an influx of homeless people from Salt Lake City (on the bus). I was told that SLC used Greyhound to (temporarily) solve their homeless problem. (the city bought them a bus ticket)
      This was particularly evident during the time they were hosting the Olympics. THANKS MITT THE SHIT
      He was SCUM even back then!
      My suggestion was that Grand Junction should buy them tickets to Aspen or Vail where the could be homeless like ‘kings’. GJ never took my suggestion seriously because they made money busting them for pot!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I used to live in and was employed by a large city north of Salt Lake City way beck when the drug thing was still newish. The city management didn’t want to admit that drugs existed, never mind were sold, inside of its borders, that was stuff done in those big immoral cities, not ours. ‘Rumor’ was that the city, rather than try and imprison low-level dealers, and let the residents know it couldn’t really stop the business, would give them the choice of jail or a bus ticket. ‘Greyhound Justice’.

        I was long gone by the time SLC lurched into the 20th century with the Olympics but I still had friends there who’d tell me about the attempts to clean up by relocating undesirables and ignoring the gangs and major drug distribution networks setting up in the valley. We’d moved to NOLA in the very early 80s when news broke here of a major drug network that ran between SLC and NOLA. Guess the Wasatch Front Governments ran outta bus tickets.

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  8. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • willthesuevi says:

      Like Mr. Pratt! Really heartening to see Hollywood stars as patriots again. Not many but several are starting to push back.

      Ballsy to put your entire livelihood at risk, when you don’t have too.

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  9. Dora says:

    Maximilien Luce “The Good Samaritan”, 1896.

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
    Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

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  11. Dora says:

    Oh no! As if there is not enough traffic already!

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  12. @ChicagoBri says:

    We can do better!: “ AT&T Loses 1.4 Million TV Customers in Third Quarter”
    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/10/28/att-loses-1-4-million-tv-customers-in-third-quarter/

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. just stevie says:

    FAITH

    “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Heb. xi. 6

    Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, it is revelation sense, and it reaches the shores where common sense fails. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. “We know that all things work together for good,” then no matter what happens, the alchemy of God’s providence transfigures the ideal faith into actual reality. Faith always works on the personal line, the whole purpose of God being to see that the ideal faith is made real in His children.

    For every detail of the common-sense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first – Lord, Thou hast said so and so (e.g., Matthew vi. 33), it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word. To turn head faith into a personal possession is a fight ALWAYS, not sometimes. God brings us into circumstances in order to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make its object real. Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we cannot have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say – “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

    Oswald Chambers
    October 30th Devotional

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  15. Midnite says:

    You have to watch this Devin Nunes’s interview where he talks about Objective Medusa.

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  16. Dora says:

    Wow!

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    • Lucille says:

      Quebec is on its way toward proposing secession again. This time it just may work. The provincial economy is the best in Canada. There are rumblings in Alberta, too. We may see the break-up of Canada in our lifetimes.

      Basically what they’ve received from Trudeau is a “democratic” dictatorship…and not so benign at that. They’ve virtually had no say-so in the “refugee” immigrant matter. Too bad Canadians couldn’t have given Justin the drubbing he so deserved and thrown his party totally out on its ear.

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  17. willthesuevi says:

    Here is an open thread thought. Sometimes I have to remind myself just how far those of us on the right have come.

    Before I put out these stats I want to say I usually vote Republican, because more often they reflect my values. Not always – I vote for the person and have voted for several right leaning Democrats as well.

    What drew me to the CTH was the “About” page linked above. It spoke to me and welcomed me home. With that in mind:

    From 1935 to 1997 Republicans only held the Senate for 10 years. 10 years out of 62. Same period Republicans only held the house for 4 years. 4 years out of 62.

    During this same time Republicans held both chambers 4 years. FOUR years. FOUR out of SIXTY TWO!

    Think about that for a moment.

    From 1997 to 2021 Republicans held and will still hold the Senate for 16 of 24 years. Republicans have held the House for 20 of the last 24 years. BOTH chambers for 12 of 24 years!!!

    What an astounding turn around. No wonder the left has pulled out all the stops. No doubt we are in a fight for the Republic like we haven’t seen in 158 years. It is because we are winning. Take the narrative away from the left at every chance.

    If this is amazing you ought to see the stats on State, County, Parish, and local races. Even better!

    I will not even get into the advances and re-affirmation of the 2nd amendment we have seen the last 50 years but, if possible, it is even more revealing.

    We need to act like winners. We are winners. Real winners, not participation trophy winners.
    Act like winners especially when it is darkest, because we are winning. Keep our eye on the ball, and more importantly keep our congress-critters eyes on the ball.

    This is a slow, maddening, slog thru the mud in winter. Mighty Casey ain’t going to hit that home run and anything easy has no lasting value.

    May God Bless the Treehouse and all the Treepers, but also those who are coming back into the fold. Welcome and educate our prodigal sons and daughters.

    Have a wonderful day, all.

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  18. Cisco says:

    A little help please.
    I deleted the bookmark for the crawdadhole(?)
    on my pc.
    I’ve tried to find it on the web but I keep getting restaurants.
    Any one know the proper search.
    👍Thanks

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  19. Elle says:

    I was reading the story of Moses and for the first time noticed the story in a new light. First God hardened Pharoah’s heart. Weird. But had he just let them go, the people of his kingdom would have wanted their slaves back. Even if God destroyed the army in the Red Sea, the Egyptians would have still wanted their slaves back and the Israelites would never have been safe. So instead God made it so that the Egyptian people WANTED pharaoh to let the slaves go. Get them the &$(@ out. The Egyptian people, with their kingdom in ruins, realized God was in charge. Resistance was futile.

    It reminds me of what is happening today. The democrats and corrupt globalists, like Pharoah, won’t quit and are completely and 100% destroying themselves in the process.

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  20. Lucille says:


    Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

    37 Haunted Hotels Around the World You Should Definitely Stay At
    by CAITLIN MORTON – October 23, 2019
    https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/haunted-hotels-around-the-world?utm_source

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. Lucille says:

    Dr. Turley is ever the optimist…I sincerely hope he’s correct…

    Nationalist Right Lega Party TRIUMPHS over Italian Leftist Stronghold!!!
    Dr. Steve Turley – Published on Oct 29, 2019

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  23. dogsmaw says:

    Any Day Now – Ronnie Milsap

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  24. Lucille says:

    “Has the FBI Opened an Investigation Into Ilhan Omar?”
    Posted: Oct 30, 2019 1:40 PM by Katie Pavlich
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/10/30/has-the-fbi-opened-an-investigation-into-ilhan-omar-n2555614

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  25. dogsmaw says:

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wonderful vision of Saint Stephen, the archdeacon and protomartyr (Acts 7):
    1. How Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked and saw the heavens open.
    2. How he said “Lo, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (v. 56).
    3. How the Jews stoned him.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today – October 17th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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