Wednesday July 1st – 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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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Bible Test

    A Bible test was sprung recently on five classes of college-bound 11th and 12th graders in an American public school.

    Some thought Sodom and Gomorrah were lovers; that the Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luther and John; that Eve was created from an apple; and that the stories which Jesus told were called parodies.

    Eighty to ninety percent of the students could not complete the most familiar quotations from Scripture.

    The teacher, Thayer S. Warshaw, was understandably upset and rightly asked: “Is the student to study mythology and Shakespeare and not the Bible? Is it important for him to learn what it means when a man is called an Adonis or a Romeo, yet unimportant for him to be able to tell a Jonah from a Judas?”

    This writer’s heart is with that teacher and all who are awake enough to see that the Bible is disappearing more and more from American life. How can we expect anything but juvenile delinquency, the rapid general rise in the crime rate, the growing divorce rate, increasing dishonesty at every level of business and social life — how can we expect anything but these conditions when the Bible is flaunted and despised? This departure from the Word of God is bound to get us deeper and deeper into trouble.

    But whatever the conditions about you, you may have the joy and peace and light that comes from that Blessed Book. The Bible tells us frankly that “all have sinned” (Rom.3:23) and that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom.6:23) since a just God must deal with sin. Ah, but it tells us also that “Christ died for our sins” (ICor.15:3), and that the believer may have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”(Rom.5:1).

    Read the Bible, especially the Epistles of Paul, who was raised up to proclaim “the gospel [good news] of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). You will never cease to thank God for having given your attention to this wonderful Book.

    To the Reader:

    Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:

    “It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles.”

    To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you’ll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/bible-test/

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

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

    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:

    Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Read the Bible, especially the Epistles of Paul, who was raised up to proclaim “the gospel [good news] of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

      In what is believed to be his final epistle, Paul reminded Timothy of the value of abiding in things such as “the sacred writings” known by Timothy from childhood (cf. 2 Timothy 3:14-15). Near the end of his ministry, Paul affirms their “being able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.

      It is notable that Paul then spoke of doctrine — variously translated as teaching or instruction (Gr. didaskalian, cf. Romans 15:4, Titus 2:10). Paul again pointed not to himself alone, but beyond his own words to further writings where salvation as well as instruction / doctrine and more can be found:

      “Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for instruction (Gr. didaskalian), for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, having been fully equipped toward every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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    • Moe Grimm says:

      +1. How many here carefully research what your kids, for those Blessed with them, are getting in school/s? Here’s a start easier than math aka mafs being rayciss™… check to see if their HS history text is “American Pageant” or “By the People: A History of the United States”. If it is you have a problem that needs post haste intervention. It’s for you to find out why.

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

    Tony “The Worm” Fauci is the self-appointed leader of the Medical Mafia…

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/30/anthony-fauci-warns-pig-bound-virus-in-china-could-cause-another-pandemic/

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  6. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

    Have a blessed day!

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  7. Lucille says:


    I Started A Conservative Gun Fight

    Every once in a while, a column stirs up some chaos. Last week we talked about guns, both in hypothetical terms about why we need them to ensure our freedom and in practical terms about which ones to use. I got a lot of input. Well, suffice it to say that people agree with me about the need for every armed, able-bodied citizen to pack some freedom heat. Sure, Townhall VIP is probably just a bit of a self-selecting demographic, but the sheer number of folks arming up for the first time – or increasing their already substantial armories – was a true testament to the effect of the Great Awokening that the leftist cold war has sparked among Normal Americans.

    There are a lot more not-yet-cold, dead hands out there these days.

    – Kurt Schlichter, Townhall.com – July 1, 2020

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

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  11. andy says:

    🙂

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  12. mac says:

    I just saw an article in a newspaper asking if it was time to not play the National Anthem at sporting events. This article was inspired by some women’s professional soccer league having both teams kneel for the anthem and only the coaches stand with hand over heart.

    The whole damned thing makes me utterly disgusted. It should be–because it IS one–considered a great privilege to go to a major league facility, dress in a professional uniform, play a game you love in front of appreciative fans, and be remunerated with a salary MUCH higher than you could earn doing anything else.

    Obviously, however, it isn’t considered to be such by the people who play these games professionally. While that level of ingratitude absolutely astounds me, they certainly do not have to stand for the Anthem. That’s their privilege. However, turn about is fair play. I don’t have to watch them or do anything that contributes toward their financial well-being. That’s MY privilege, and I fully expect to make use of it even more than I already have.

    I used to be a huge NBA fan. Stopped watching in 1998 and haven’t seen a game since. I used to be a big NFL fan. Stopped having any interest about the same time. Used to be an MLB fan. Stopped after the last strike. Used to be interested in college football. Interest is almost gone, as is interest in college basketball. I have clearly informed my alma mater in writing that the first player who “takes a knee” for the Anthem will cost them both my annual season ticket fees and my annual contribution, in addition to causing a will change that cuts them completely out of it.

    Seeing as how the university administration seems to get more “woke” every year, I suspect I have only one or two more years remaining in the lifespan of my university booster club membership. I already told my graduate school that Hell would freeze over before they ever received another nickel from me. It didn’t seem to bother them much. Count me as just one more of the many multi-degreed persons in this country alienated to the point we couldn’t care less about the impending collapse of higher education in the U.S. They can all go bankrupt. They administrators and faculty deserve to be unemployed, and they have no one to blame but the people they see in their mirrors every morning. They did it to themselves.

    We have so many greatly privileged people in this country who don’t feel the slightest bit of gratitude toward the nation that makes their privilege so possible. This is symptomatic of what may well be a fatal national disease. We are NOT united in this country and I strongly doubt we ever will be again. My knowledge of history tells me that countries with the tremendous levels of antipathy that we have between different groups do not remain one country. They fracture, with lots of bloodshed and destruction, and one side emerges supreme. If that happens, and I think it highly likely, I hope we get a General Francisco Franco rather than a Josef Stalin. As a nation, we have been too damned ungrateful for the incredible number of blessings we have received in the past to deserve anything like the original Founding Fathers to come our way again.

    So help me, I am almost embarrassed to ask God to help our poor, sad, stupid, wasteful and ungrateful country.

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    • Pale rider says:

      That’s pretty much it, ungrateful. If they don’t desire it then they have no gratitude for it.
      When healthcare is a right or roads or food, cell phones then there is no gratitude.
      We older ones remember that, even freedom you fight for.
      On the flip side, it isn’t their ‘right’ to receive our taxes. Ever think about that?
      We have allowed this to fester too long.

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  13. rrick says:

    In light of recent events, the partner museums are unsure of when they can reopen the doors to their galleries. Therefore, the American Society of Marine Artists has placed the entire catalog of their 18th National Exhibition on pdf. Enjoy!

    Click to access Optimized18thCatalog.pdf

    However, the Exhibition will not end until September of next year (2021) so it may be possible to view in person. Here is a list of museums for viewing.

    https://americansocietyofmarineartists.com/18th-National

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  14. Paige Cohen says:

    Host of AGT is being crucified by BLM over this tweet.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Of course he is being attacked by BLM types. He is attacking them and the core of their beliefs and program, or should I say pogram?

      Left always misuses words in their attempt to deceive. Take good words and twist and distort them to hide their evil purposes.

      Multiculturalism is wonderful, and diversity is the spice of life. But in their mouths these things mean suppression and subjugation of whites and western cultures.

      BLM isn’t morphing. It’s showing its true self. And those who have believed their lies are starting to glimpse the evil within.

      Thanks for showing that there is pushback. We needs lot more of it. And by the racist nature of BLM, the pushback needs to come from the black community.

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      • mandy says:

        “Multiculturalism is wonderful, and diversity is the spice of life.”

        I sure as heck don’t agree!

        Multiculturalism is the return to Babel which is anti God.

        And diversity is our destruction. Remember “E Pluribus Unum?” ONE because we’re supposed to be AMERICANS, not a bunch of America hating hyphenated masses.

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  17. Dora says:

    Wow! This is amazing!

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  20. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    U.S. Embassy building in Moscow used as giant screen proclaiming the constitutional changes as shedding U.S. tentacles from the nineties. From Monday. https://meduza.io/en/feature/2020/06/30/2020-it-will-be-ours

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  21. Dora says:

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

    This is certainly a strange year.

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

    “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust…”
    Psalms 56:4 (KJV)

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  23. So….
    Toledo.
    Can we look at this as a warmup for say,
    oh I don’t know,
    DC in the last part of October this year ?

    🙂

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  24. Shrike says:

    Here’s the latest from the Harp Twins

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    • I’ve never seen anyone perform with a harp that could be carried. I thought they were all so big that they had to stand on the floor with the musician seated behind them.

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      • Shrike says:

        I can’t remember exactly what those harps weigh but it was a little less than I thought. Still they must get pretty heavy pretty quickly. They have lighter harps too, also stand-up electric-acoustic and full grand harps. 4 types in total. They have a channel on youtube and have covered many different types of music as well as their own compositions.

        I saw them perform live once several years ago and were great fun. They dedicated their cover of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell to a former teacher who discouraged their career path.

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        • They did an AC/DC cover? LOL I have to look for that!

          I’m always astonished by people with that sort of Right-Brain Creativity and artistic imagination. I, myself, have none and am forever condemned to painting my walls with “Eggshell” and my ceiling with (you probably guessed) Ceiling White.

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    • “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free! While God is marching on.”

      God and Country were inseparable the way I was taught.

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    • Tornorosa says:

      Exceling at what they love doing

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  25. MIKE says:

    FYI… Chris Plante just announced That neverTrumper Ed Henry is gone from Faux news.
    Fired for ‘willful sexual misconduct in the workplace’ or something.
    Never cared for him when I was watching back in the day.

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  26. just stevie says:

    THE INEVITABLE PENALTY

    “Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew v. 26

    There is no heaven with a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; He will not allow you to escape for one moment from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He urged you to come to judgment right away when He convicted you, but you did not; the inevitable process began to work and now you are in prison, and you will only get out when you have paid the uttermost farthing. “Is this a God of mercy and love?” you say. Seen from God’s side, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure and spotless and undefiled; but He wants you to recognize the disposition you were showing – the disposition of your right to yourself. The moment you are willing that God should alter your disposition, His recreating forces will begin to work. The moment you realize God’s purpose, which is to get you rightly related to Himself and then to your fellow men, He will tax the last limit of the universe to help you take the right road. Decide it now – “Yes, Lord, I WILL write that letter tonight”; “I WILL be reconciled to that man now.”

    These messages of Jesus Christ are for the will and the conscience, not for the head. If you dispute the Sermon on the Mount with your head, you will blunt the appeal to your heart.

    “I wonder why I don’t go on with God?” Are you paying your debts from God’s standpoint? Do NOW what you will have to do some day. Every moral call has an “ought” behind it.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 1st Devotional

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  27. AT LAST!

    The madness in Seattle is coming to an END.

    CHOP is being chopped and thd occupiers who refuse to leave are being arrested! The City Councilwoman who abetted vandalism by the rioters is being investigated for HER ROLE in this debacle. LOCK HER UP!

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-police-chop-protest-durkan

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  28. another face in the crowd says:

    “We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect,” the Walmart spokesperson stated.

    Yet Walmart will stop selling items with the phrase “all lives matter”…
    talk about trying to have it both ways……. if the phrase “all lives matter” can be turned into a ‘racist’ phrase then words no longer have meaning….

    So that is where we are at, saying “all lives matter” is offensive…. think about that for a moment….

    I can only infer that anyone that would find the term “all lives matter” offensive, must feel that some lives do matter more than others and equality is not their true goal.

    communism loves to redefine terms and societal norms.

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    • mandy says:

      “So that is where we are at, saying “all lives matter” is offensive…. think about that for a moment….”

      We’ve been here for a few years already…what you’re seeing is the result of “conservative cowering.”

      How many ‘conservatives’ were appalled! by those “It’s okay to be white” posters? Those ‘conservatives’ sided with the left to condemn them.

      Anyone and everyone who attempted to speak out for white interests has been called a Nazi racist and been roundly condemned – and not *just* by the left but also by WHITE “CONSERVATIVE” REPUBLICANS.

      Conservatives have engaged in this method of PUNCHING TO THEIR RIGHT for years now – and the result is what you see today: a massively strengthened left which has subsumed into itself all the wussy white “conservatives.”

      The liberal never, ever punches to his left. That is a successful strategy. Conservatives – for DECADES – have cowered in the corner, afraid of being called a Nazi racist. The hot mess that the US is today is the result of all that “conservative cowering.”

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  29. deeperinfo says:

    What / Who is Censored?

    Just saw a crazy ad on Youtube: Smokepurpp Chopstix. Anybody know how and able to capture it on video?

    You and I are not permitted to write the word they use under penalty of violent attack and then jail for hate crime. Glorifying sexual violence against women.

    If Sundance, or you, or I put up such a video we would be mobbed and cancelled.

    How ironic: popped up while watching Timcast IRL, “LIberal Says They’re voting for Trump, Facebook DELETES Video??!”

    Totalitarians censor knowledge and truth with false “facts” to be “believed” (or else).

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  30. Dora says:

    75 and still pretty!

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  31. Ploni says:

    Can anyone tell me why suddenly my browser shows the Treehouse Web site with all the marginal content and not the one (mobile?) that I’ve been used to?

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  32. mandy says:

    Harvard. lol…

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  33. Jimmy R says:

    Burgess Owens was on Limbaugh just now. He’s right that the problem is Marxism.

    It has infected American society. Marxism is a social disease.

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  34. mandy says:

    Judge’s Son Admits to 35 Counts of Trafficking Child Porn Involving Infants, Gets NO JAIL

    “John Paul Doerr III, 34, pleaded guilty to exploiting children through possessing and distributing a massive amount of child pornography — some of which involved infants. He was facing upwards of 250 years in a cage for the whopping 45 felony counts against him.

    However, Doerr happens to be the son of Butler County’s top judge, Thomas Doerr. So, instead of going to jail for the rest of his life, as he should have, Doerr will not go to jail at all. Instead this child predator was sentenced to five years probation, six months house arrest and 15 years on the Megan’s Law registry. According to the sentencing judge, Timothy Creany, the house arrest will be lifted if Doerr gets a job.”

    https://dcdirtylaundry.com/judges-son-admits-to-35-counts-of-trafficking-child-porn-involving-infants-gets-no-jail/

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  35. Moe Grimm says:

    Out of respect for Sundance admonition to place comments where they belong I have today a PSA for those who were missing Western Rifle Shooters Assoc. which was shut by “wordpress” as was Chateau Heartiste last year. WSRA is back, still hard hitting, though a bit more tame (not cucked) as was needed for certain reasons. Still not for everybody. Now as: https://westernrifleshooters.us/

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  36. Ad rem says:

    HAPPY CANADA DAY TO OUR CANADIAN TREEPERS!

    July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada’s original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867. The holiday was previously called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire.

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  37. Lucille says:

    Jul 1 at 9:16am
    Hong Kong Now — China has taken over:

    Am monitoring multiple screens watching live feeds and chatting with many people including journalists.

    This flag is now being shown on the streets –RIGHT NOW at this moment — as the new law just passed hours ago. This was one of those “pass the law then we show you the law” situations. The law was not revealed until it was passed.

    So the law was just passed –three years to life in prison for protesting. Read: Disappeared and organ harvested.

    Many people are fighting on the streets at this moment. Within the past minutes more arrests. This sign is being waved today.

    This is saying in clear language that peacefully protesting can cost your life.

    STAND WITH HONG KONG!
    FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!

    – Michael Yon – https://www.patreon.com/posts/38828554
    The above was emailed at 6:30 AM PDT.

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    • mandy says:

      Alternative view. Snips follow, emphasis is my own addition, link at bottom for full article.

      “After the U.S. instigated riots in Hong Kong last year the central government of China saw a necessity to intervene. ”

      “The new law, which was put into effect today, is banning secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security. Its 66 articles also ban support in any form for such acts. The offenses are punishable in several degrees up to life in prison. The law includes guarantees for human rights and due legal process.”

      “The new law has already shown results. Several of the U.S. supported student organizations which led the ‘pro democracy’ clashes last year have shut down days before the law was put into force.”

      “The U.S. had financed some of the protester groups through the CIA aligned National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Technology Fund. If the U.S. wants to continue instigating unrest in Hong Kong it must now move those programs to the CIA and distribute the money secretly. The OTF funds for Hong Kong have already been frozen.

      https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/new-law-liberates-hong-kong-from-us-interference.html

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      • Lucille says:

        How does the “alternative view” deviate from the official Chinese communist view?

        President Trump put a real crimp in the Chinese agenda. The Wuhan was just a small part of the retaliation. The Chinese communist dictatorship is fomenting/funding terror and unrest around the globe. “Liberating Hong Kong” is hardly their goal.

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        • mandy says:

          I don’t see how we’ve crimped the Chinese agenda? BRI continues on … slowed in some places by the virus, but marching forward nonetheless. Last time I read about their plans, it struck me that it totally ignores the US. The Chinese are rendering the US impotent through the BRI.

          I don’t see how the US can stop that agenda, because we can’t exactly stop the rest of the world from making agreements/building infrastructure/cutting deals, etc etc etc. I’m sure some want us to go to WAR! WAR! WAR! because some are just bloodthirsty demons…

          Hong Kong is China’s territory, is it not? Not up to us to dictate what China does with its own territory, same as it’s not up to China to dictate what we do with our territory.

          I am not a supporter of the CIA/deep state fomenting unrest in other nations. We should not have done it in Ukraine, we should not have done it in Hong Kong, and we should not be putting up with the deep state fomenting revolution inside the US today (all because they hate President Trump so much).

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Tornorosa says:

    Fora anyone who had a family member or loved one who served overseas

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  41. grandmotherpatriot says:

    Good morning Treepers. It’s another beautiful day. My garden is flourishing and I am grateful. Heading out to Shawnee National Park as I rented a cabin. Hiking , zip lining , swimming holes , BBQ’s and family fun. I love America and thank god everyday for my life.

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