Tuesday February 25th – 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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79 Responses to Tuesday February 25th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    Here’s another recording from Pepe’s Giuliani concerto set. This time we get to here him and his wonderful Miguel Rodriguez guitar—“La Wonderful”—with the full chamber orchestra.

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    It’s Your Attitude

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Many people fear that they will never reach heaven. Some try not to think about it, while others struggle to “be good,” hoping that they will finally “make it.” Very few, comparatively, are sure of heaven.

    The real pity is that so few understand what it is that keeps people out of heaven. If you are confused about this, just remember that according to Scripture, it is not one’s sins that keep him out of heaven, but his attitude.

    God has made full provision for our sins. “Christ died for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3) and “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

    But God has made no provision for a self-righteous attitude. He gave the Law “that every mouth may be stopped and that all the world may be brought in guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19). Thus He does not want you to keep saying things in your own defense. In fact, before you can know God as your Savior, you must recognize Him as your Judge, righteously condemning you as a sinner.

    Often, when capital crimes are involved, the defendant’s attorney will tell him: “It will be to your advantage to plead guilty and to throw yourself on the mercy of the court.” This is especially true of us as sinners in the sight of a holy God. If we will only plead guilty and cast ourselves upon His mercy we will find Him more than gracious, for He has already paid the penalty for our sins Himself.

    Yes, unsaved friend, it will be to your eternal advantage to plead guilty before God and to cast yourself upon His mercy, “for the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD” (Rom. 6:23).


    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  7. Lucille says:

    This is dachshund puppy ‘Tank’ the firstborn.
    Loulou & Friends – Published on Feb 24, 2020

    More about Tank. * Tank is not his real name. We call him Tank because he walks through everything like a tank truck when it comes to food. * He was the biggest but the 2nd big boy caught up with him and also has a longer body. * He is very sweet and loves to cuddle. * His weight is 1200 grams / 2.64lbs.

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  8. Dora says:

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    • auscitizenmom says:


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    • Pale rider says:

      You want to see an angry beast pop out of its hole?? If everyone stopped paying taxes until this was stopped and people punished.
      We have fed this demon too long, it needs to die or go back to hell where it came from. It’s ancient and someone listened to its lies now we all pay. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities, powers and rulers of spiritual darkness against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” eph 6:12

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  10. Dora says:

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”
    1 Peter 1:8 (KJV)

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  12. Dora says:

    Archaeologists discover ancient 3,200-year-old Canaanite temple complete with bronze statues of ‘smiting gods’ in biblical Israeli city destroyed by Joshua


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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. Dora says:

    Enough is enough! Greek islanders vow to stop new invader camps

    LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Protest groups on three eastern Greek islands have begun setting up blockades aimed at stopping the government from building new migrant detention centers.

    The groups on Lesbos, Chios, and Samos have received broad support on the islands including from municipal authorities and farming associations.


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    • mandy says:

      Didn’t they just recently have elections over there? Voted AGAINST the ‘far right Greek nationalists’ who wanted to stop the invasion, IIRC – but I could be wrong about that; I admit I’ve not been keeping up with the politics as much lately!

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  15. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:
  16. just stevie says:


    “Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Cor. xii. 15

    Natural love expects some return, but Paul says – I do not care whether you love me or not, I am willing to destitute myself completely, not merely for your sakes, but that I may get you to God. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” Paul’s idea of service is exactly along that line – I do not care with what extravagance I spend myself, and I will do it gladly. It was a joyful thing to Paul.

    The ecclesiastical idea of a servant of God is not Jesus Christ’s idea. His idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of other men. Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists. He says that in His Kingdom he that is greatest shall be the servant of all. The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples’ feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men but count everything in the estimate of God. Paul delighted to spend himself out for God’s interests in other people, and he did not care what it cost. We come in with our economical notions – “Suppose God wants me to go there – what about the salary? What about the climate? How shall I be looked after? A man must consider these things.” All that is an indication that we are serving God with a reserve. The apostle Paul had no reserve. Paul focuses Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint in his life, viz.: not one who proclaims the Gospel merely, but one who becomes broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for other lives.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 25th Devotional

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  17. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  18. amwick says:

    Meming in the twitterverse is a hobby. My account is reply deboosted, it is a kind of shadow banning, but I don’t let it stop me..

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  19. theasdgamer says:

    Does anyone have a link to a site that discusses the composition of the democrat base?


  20. OhNoYouDont says:

    “If we look to the answer, as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent to that has ever been done before…”

    “Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes — they just don’t know where to look. The sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with it’s row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses or stars of David, they add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom…”

    “As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it, we will not surrender for it now or ever.”

    “We are Americans.”

    – Excerpts of the First Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan (1/20/1981)

    The above text is the opening theme of conservative radio talker Bob Frantz who broadcasts from 9 AM to 11 AM weekdays.

    The above text is from an abbreviated rendition of this 3 minute, 31 second video.


  21. mandy says:

    As we hear about rapidly spreading covid-19 cases in Muslim areas, recall that part of their prayer ritual includes pre-prayer bathing in common fountains/pools before entering the mosque. Here’s a short vid which demonstrates the routine for Shia men, with English subtitles:

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  22. czarowniczy says:

    Interesting little aside regarding the Saudi student that shot up a Pensacola NAS classroom and killed those Navy personnel. Seems that foreign military used a ‘loophole’ that allowed military holders of state hunting and fishing licences who were not state residents to buy firearms. Resident aliens in the US can buy weapons and as the Saudis were here on military duty with visas they were considered resident aliens.

    Seems there were no limitations of foreign resident aliens buying firearms here and the DoD was not about to irritate the foreign troops by stepping in and cutting off the Saudi shooter’s access to firearms through blocking the loopholes. Now as US military, unless on official duty requiring them to do so, are not allowed to carry weapons on base and if they live on base they must have them stored in an armory. Now the Saudis may have been living off base but even then why is the Department of the Navy saying they won’t be allowed to carry them on base? It may just be a linguistic thing but DoN is usually more careful about its wording.

    Left unstated is ‘what about the Departments of the Air Force and Army’? Do they already have ‘on-base weapons policies’ for foreign troops or will they be forthcoming after the work out the PC elements? They don’t have the same sense of urgency as Navy does since they haven’t had foreign trainees killing US military on the bases playing home to them. Then again DC could just solve this whole embarrassing episode by banning ALL gun sales period – no guns, no problems.

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  23. John F KELLEHER says:

    I have a question. I hope the good smart people here can help. In a number of states that are dem controlled (especially new dem majorities) the same series of laws are being passed or at least introduced. Gun control is only one area. There are bills on a lot more. The electoral college, budgets, drivers license for illegals, taxes and redistricting to name a few. It seems like a coordinated effort by state governments to do as much damage at the local level as possible. So my question is: Who is pulling the strings? Follow the money?

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    • Lanna says:

      Definitely follow the money. Here’s an excerpt from The Blueprint on how they turned CO blue: https://www.denverpost.com/2010/04/08/how-the-dems-won-colorado/

      They ignored policy differences and concentrated on getting a majority in both state houses using campaign financing law loophole on 527 nonprofits. Then once they had a majority they did the typical wheeling and dealing, if one dem legislator had a bill for gun control he made deals with others to support it in return for his support of their pet cause, say drivers licenses for illegals or lowering the voting age. The dems do have common causes, so a lot of their legislation would get passed anyway once they had a majority.
      One dem legislator was recalled (Colorado Springs, a conservative area) because of supporting a gun control law that caused a gun magazine manufacturer to relocate out of the state. But mostly their plan has been very successful and Jared Polis is now governor. Didn’t help that our state was overrun by people from states like CA, who’d voted democrat all their lives..

      Here’s a list with short bios of major money people who are working on turning other states blue: https://prospect.org/power/meet-billionaires-backing-team-blue-megaphone-money-can-buy/

      And here’s a short article on Rocky Mountain Heist, a documentary by Michelle Malkin and Citizens United: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/documentary-film-colorado-democrats/2014/10/21/id/602244/


    • JTR says:

      I’m proud to say our little rural county of Habersham, GA became the first county in GA to become a sanctuary for the 2nd. amendment! I think there are a few other counties doing the same thing, but we were first! Thank you, Habersham Co. for a job well done!


  24. citizen817 says:

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  25. loubanya says:

    Looks like Reddit is moving to neuter The_Donald. Many moderators removed and warnings sent to users for upvoting “offensive” content. Not sure how many people here spend time there but I figured I spread the word.

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  26. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Here’s a short half hour report just released from Millie Weaver at InfoWars regarding the DeepState’s undermining of the Trump Administration. It includes some very interesting tidbits not previously discussed here at the Treehouse. Worth viewing before it gets deleted by Utube.

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  27. bessie2003 says:

    This looks to be a pretty good website for updated numbers, information by country, on the Covid-19 infection rate, those recovered, or not. Found it in a comment from the Watts Up With That website:



  28. trapper says:

    Shortwave (HAM) radio numbers stations? In answer to Sundance’s twitter question. If one’s compatriots know the time and the frequency and the code key, you can leak/ disclose whatever secrets you want and no one knows what you are doing. Anyone can get a cheap radio to listen. You only need a license if you broadcast, which means they were transmitting information.




  29. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as an ascetic:

    1. How He fasted, not to bridle His pure body, but to give us an example.
    2. How He fasted for my sake.
    3. How I must fast for the sake of my salvation and of His love.

    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 – February 12th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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    • Sepp says:

      This is especially pertinent because the Great Lent in the Orthodox Church begins next Monday.

      This current week follows the Sunday of the Dread Judgement, or Meat-fare Sunday, so all foods are permitted except for meat.

      During Great Lent the typical, standard practice is to abstain from meat, eggs, dairy, and fish throughout.

      This link is to an extensive collection of articles on the practice of fasting in the Orthodox Church.


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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. thatgreatnorthernguy says:

    Just heard on the radio that Senate Minority Schumer was in Montana this week to try arm- twisting our lame duck Governor Steve Bullock into running against Senator Steve Daines (R). Given that our other Senator, the illustrious Jon ” Scourge of Golden Corral” Tester, already works for him like a sock puppet, this smacks of desperation. Bullock has said in the past “no” to running, but keep your eyes peeled….


  33. CC says:

    I was just at O’l Remus’ site, The Woodpile Report…..he mentioned that his wife is terminally ill. His comment implied that there is not much time left.

    Am asking Treepers for prayers for Remus and his wife. Since one cannot email him, I thought this was an appropriate place to bring this to mind.

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