Dear KAG: 20191016 Open Thread

In honor of the 103rd anniversary of eugenicist Margaret Sanger opening a “family planning” clinic, sold to the world as a supposed kind act to ease women’s burdens, today’s open thread is dedicated to men.

Time for the morning routine.

HGTV has nothing on Home Improvement.

And…of course, who can forget the most classic of the classic radio ads ever put together. (Please, listen as time allows.)

Time for some theme music. Today’s feature is the reluctant hero.

Ah, that gets the blood going.

Okay, so here’s the deal. This is the open thread. This is where we all come to get the news that other Q tree inhabitants think is worth knowing and sharing. Please, post links to any “news” stories quoted, and ask for help if you are stumped as to how to do that. We’re a friendly lot. Someone will be with you shortly, and there is no reason to have to press one for English.

Free speech, and the open exchange and hashing out of ideas is not only allowed, but encouraged. If we all don’t use it, we’re going to lose it. A little incivility goes a long way, though.

Don’t make Wolf resort to this.

Enough fawning over the guys. Too much more and it’s going to go to their heads. Time to get the day started.

And now for some house keeping:

There are a few rules here in the branches of the Q Tree. Our host, Wolfm00n, outlined them in a post on New Years Day. Please, review these rules from time to time. You know, like when cooling down after a beer is thrown on you.

Fellow tree dweller Wheatie gave us some good reminders on the basics of civility in political discourse:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.

Steve suggests – to be accurate – no shooting at the nuclear weapons, but to be safe about it, don’t event point firearms toward them. I, Deplorable Patriot, bossy chick that I am, request no teasing the animals, pets and wildlife alike.

Teasing and trolling the lefties and their bastions, on the other hand is a moral imperative.

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In the eternal fight against the forces of evil and darkness, unceasing prayer is always needed.

Today’s Lectionary reminds us that we on Earth don’t necessarily have the last word:


ROM 2:1-11

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

As always, prayers for the fight against that which seeks to enslave us are welcome.

And now, on to the day’s news…..

683 thoughts on “Dear KAG: 20191016 Open Thread

    1. T3 – Outstanding!!!!!

      President Trump truly believes everyone has the ability to live to their full potential. He is an amazing motivator & example of #NeverEverQuit

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    1. Blumenthal’s article, originally posted in his own, The Gray Zone, was where I spent most of extra time yesterday. The links are a treasure trove.
      We added all of these to the big timeline.
      Glad that Zerohedge picked it up.

      Goes to Wolfie’s razor threads….. they’re not stupid. They know all the background. They’re intentionally evil and playing dumb. It’s horrible. They overthrew Ukraine, and then looted it, using our taxpayer dollars.

      If we shipped Joe Biden back to Ukraine, they would put him in jail. He’s a hated man in Ukraine.

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      1. Biden being hated in Ukraine is even better than I thought. It means they’ll be interested in making sure POTUS/DOJ know all of his corruption. And that will get out there. Biden’s candidacy isn’t the issue, what would be delicious is exposing the threads leading not only to Obama, but Soros, the Deep State, the globalists, etc.

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    1. from the article…

      Trump issued the veto in the middle of the clown show Democrat debate Tuesday night.

      “In short, the situation on our southern border remains a national emergency, and our Armed Forces are still needed to help confront it,” Trump’s message to the Senate said.

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said the Senate will vote on President Trump’s veto later this week, however neither chamber of Congress has the votes to override Trump’s veto.

      Senators last month voted 54-41 on a resolution to end the emergency declaration which would allow Trump to divert funds from the Pentagon to build a border wall.

      11 Republican Senators voted with the Democrats to end the emergency declaration:

      Senators Lamar Alexander (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Pat Toomey (PA) and Roger Wicker (MS) voted to end the president’s emergency declaration on Wednesday likely prompting a veto showdown.

      The President declared a national emergency back in February and vetoed a prior resolution passed by the Senate to kill his declaration.

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      1. …. enter the traitors ..

        Senators Lamar Alexander (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Pat Toomey (PA) and Roger Wicker (MS) ….

        …. S P I T …… 💦💦💦

        … they are stains ..

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  1. Hilarious, DP. 🤣🎃🥰

    You hit a home run with Tool Time Tim and HOT Heidi. (‘er I mean Al)

    Haven’t heard the Bud stuff before – listened for a bit and will listen to it for breakfast.

    You Rock !

    #ILoveRealMen

    #ILoveWomenWhoLoveRealMen

    #EverSeenWolfieInAKilt ??? 🐺 aaaaawwwwoooooooooo 💞💞🐺🐺🐺

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    1. Those Bud Light ads were a staple in these parts for YEARS. Then InBev bought out A-B, and POOF, they were gone. They were hilarious. I mean Mr. Taco salad inventor. Congratulations on a 10,000 calorie salad. Is it healthy? Of course it is. It’s a salad.

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  2. It has certainly been a day of alarums and excursions…..and I filed my taxes. My mental scheduler flagged me back on the 9th (The Fiancee’s birthday), but there were things…..last night, I got the computer to finally behave and give me what I wanted.

    Then, this morning, I find out that the pdf output from the tax program inexplicably wanted legal-sized paper. Looked fine on screen, bollixed the printer. I suppose I should be happy it didn’t demand A4.

    Once I had that straightened out, got everything printed, signed, enveloped, and addressed, I toddled off to the Post Office, where I was asked if my mail contained anything incendiary, dangerous, toxic, or noxious. That set me back a bit…..I hesitantly replied, “well, they’re tax returns…..” To which the clerk replied, “oh, only dangerous to your wallet.”

    I checked into the news a couple of times today…..each time seemed like a completely different year. Hunter Biden speaks!!!! Then a complete quash of what Hunter Biden said. Betrayed Kurds!!!! Then a complete embargo on what’s happening in Syria. ‘Peach-foty-fie!!!! Then Nanzi comes on and says, “we really don’t need to do this like we’re going anywhere with it. Our intent is only to smear dirt.”

    It’s been a visit to the circus…..but not to the enjoyable intended presentation. More like backstage where the lady on trapeze is having an affair with Ukraine — oh, sorry, I meant the lion tamer. Topping it off with a 12-person Dem debate freakshow just made it complete.

    But, I’ve got to say…….things are moving at the speed of Trump!

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  3. Because Katie Hopkins is too funny and I’ve had a little Gluehwein

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  4. I don’t understand what the Dems think they’re accomplishing. They have to have a plan in mind. They’re not allowing Repubs in the room, and of course Repubs aren’t allowed to question witnesses, so they have no idea what is being said in the hearings. Neither does the public. So what do the Dems plan to do with the testimony? Leak parts they think would be damaging to Pres. Trump? Try to get public opinion on their side? Get enough “trumped up” evidence that they can eventually hold an impeachment vote?

    But I don’t think they want an impeachment trial in the Senate that would involve top lawyers and discovery, so I don’t think they want real impeachment. So what are they going to do with a bunch of secret testimony?

    It’s Russiagate and Kavanaugh all over again. I don’t see what the end game is for Dems, unless it’s going to be obstruction of justice for not cooperating with the sham proceedings. Then what? Wouldn’t they still have to take an impeachment vote on that?

    Maybe they think this is working for them in the public’s view. I can’t imagine that being the case.

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    1. well i think it’s too early to release much of the trumped up evidence…they’ll keep the “juicier” crap to reveal closer to the election…wasn’t that their plan for 2016 but finding the Weiner laptop and reopening the Hillary investigation threw that timetable out the window.
      They’re devious, but they rely on the same stupid plans over and over, so I expect we will find out what was in the testimonies closer to election time when they think they can use it to muck up POTUS’S reelection…the fools.

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    2. No, there isn’t any obstruction as there isn’t any official investigation. No doubt they’re planning on leaking out of context phrases and parsing of words.

      I’d like to see the Executive Branch send in US Marshals to arrest these characters for sedition, treason, perjury, manufacturing evidence, taking monies under false pretenses – our taxpayer money is paying for these corrupt Congress critters to do this!

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    1. Pres. Trump is driving them crazy. It’s a tribute to him that they can think of nothing else. He stands in the way of everything they want to do. He needs our prayers. They do, as well, but he needs protection.

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  5. So, as a weird sort of PSA because I’m about to do a transcontinental voyage and need to armor-up the computers I’ll be using along the way, I’m going to just drop some ruminations regarding internet security in insecure environments.

    If you go to Barnes & Noble with a laptop and use their free wi-fi, you are exposing yourself to a lot of mischief. (And I’m not dogging B&N here — any “free internet” may do this).

    First is from Barnes & Noble itself. They will almost certainly log your MAC address, which is burned into your wireless interface. If they sell this information to, for instance, Nordstrom, Nordstrom will likely know that your device surfed the internet at B&N and was in a Nordstrom 10 minutes later. MAC addresses look like “bc:30:5b:cb:XX:c6” — the XX is to obscure this computer’s MAC address. The first three groups identify the manufacturer of your network interface — Raspberry Pi wired interfaces, for instance, all start with “b8:27:eb”. The good news is that most modern network interfaces have a burned-in MAC address, but their driver can allow the use of another. Myself, I like using MAC addresses that indicate DEC or Data General equipment, because it’s extremely unlikely that anyone else will wheel an operating VAX 11/780 into a B&N while you’re doing so.

    Second is from DNS. When you connect to a network, your computer (via DHCP) asks, “how can I fit-in here?”. The reply is, “you can call yourself 192.168.5.127; when you want to connect to the internet, you can access it at 192.168.5.0; if you want to find anyone on the internet, you can ask at 8.8.8.8”. Here’s the thing — NEVER USE THE DNS GIVEN BY DHCP. [8.8.8.8 happens to be run by Google. They’ll spy on you but will give you actual DNS results.] The router that connects you can just as easily give you “6.6.6.6” which might just link to a cyberattack network that will give you bogus results. Even if they don’t send you somewhere malicious in that way, every router will give you an address that collects and logs your requests, and sells them — “this guy looks at ebay 42 times around 7:00pm every evening.”

    Third is MITM — which stands for “Man In The Middle”. One of the more common attacks on internet security is to set up a MITM. You try to access a website, and evil website says “fine”, then contacts the website on your behalf and says, “hi!”. Good website responds with, “show all this good stuff” to evil website — evil website shows all the good stuff to user. User asks to log in — evil website asks good website to log in. Good website asks evil website, “what’s your login and password?” And so on. MITM can become very devastating very rapidly.

    The solution to many of these issues is to use a VPN. Once a VPN is established, you have a secure encrypted channel to some other computer outside of your computer. Because this other computer has a different network interface, this blocks many MAC tracking schemes. Because you can use the VPN’s DNS, you won’t be retargeted to bogus DNS. And with a secure link to your VPN provider, local MITM becomes impossible.

    *Yawn* More ruminations later……

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    1. Wow, CT! I wish I understood what you just posted, ’cause it seemed really good! I think I’ll just leave my computer at home if I go anywhere. Either that, or take you with me…..

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      1. Here’s the thing — ask me specific questions.

        I’ll answer you, and you’ll gain better understanding…..and I’ll get better at explaining things so that questions are less necessary.

        As a bonus, I’ll talk about YET ANOTHER SECURITY PROBLEM with public wi-fi. If you are at XYZ company, which provides wi-fi with a beacon saying “XYZ”, it is essentially trivial to perform a MITM attack on everyone sitting next to you. All it takes is someone using a directional antenna to point to the “real” XYZ signal, and a general antenna to offer wi-fi as XYZ. All computers attempting to connect with XYZ will choose the stronger signal, which — since you are literally feet away — will be you. You can escape your own trap with the directional antenna.

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          1. If you use a personal hotspot, you’re shifting your trust from the wi-fi provider to your phone system. This can be an improvement in some ways — local wi-fi is likely to sell your info to other businesses……but a disimprovement in others — it is well-known that phone companies leak information to “law enforcement” and government in general in bulk.

            I would advise the use of a commercial VPN provider — I use NordVPN, but there are many others. And I can’t really endorse them because I personally cannot do a security audit on them. But they tend to say the right things.

            With a VPN, your stuff is encrypted on your computer and transmitted to the VPN provider, who decrypts it and uses it in the greater internet, thus cutting both the local wi-fi and phone systems out of the loop. Assuming that the VPN provider is providing fair value for the money you pay them (and isn’t that always a question?), you can then shift focus to other concerns.

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      2. …..and, as I noted, I’m “thinking out loud” as to how to stay safe on a 3600 mile trip across the US with those items most precious to me — the things my maternal grandfather made in wood shop in junior high; family photos; the binocs my paternal grandfather used on the mesas of western Colorado….

        If I execute this perfectly, nobody here will notice more than I mention, my banking will work clearly and securely all along the way, and there will be no disruptions to my email. If I bungle something, I may have to deal with another identity theft problem (like I had in 2015) while I have no fixed abode. And my credit cards may stop working while I’m on the road.

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        1. Safe travels, physical and ten his.

          Fumbling tech wise here in the Philippines. Tech knowledge and skills, rudimentary. Spoiled up my Philippine cell and tablet. Did not realize I was logged in on old, screen name.

          Went along merrily li,ing and posting under old s seen name. Finally realized my fopa of sorts.

          Would like to pin it on jet lag…

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          1. We all start with nothing. If you but ask, I will try to explain from where you are to where I am. Be also aware that there are many who can explain further. One of the wonders of this era is that you are able to communicate with true experts.

            Several years ago, I called-up Edward Altman. I was working for a CPA firm and we had a client that might…..or might not….be going bankrupt. Altman had published an influential academic paper on the subject — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altman_Z-score — and I was attempting to document a “go / no-go” decision on that point.

            I should first establish that Professor Altman was a perfect gentleman, very helpful, extremely informative, and just a super-nice guy…….but seemed genuinely horrified that his academic paper might have real-world consequences. Of course, it had been used that way in the accounting profession for several years, but I had the misfortune of evaluating a “corner-case” and contacted him about clarifications. I actually feel bad about the pain I must have caused him when I let him know that companies lived or died depending on his paper.

            One of the things about living in Silicon Valley since the ’80s is that you have casual contacts with people.

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            1. I have sent an email to Dr. Altman to let him know this post existed, in case he might wish to read it and comment.

              It’s unlikely that he would…….but he’s one of the “good guys” IMHO. If I’m going to say something about him, it’s only fair to let him know about it.

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    2. Thank you for a truly EPIC post 😉 Great minds – I like to use sun4u MACs myself! But a VAX is a true troll. And 4.2.2.2 FTW. Though I don’t trust “free WiFi” any further than I can throw it. VPN is a necessity if you use it. And you say you have a Pineapple – you mean like some kind of fruit?

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      1. Supposedly 1.1.1.1 won’t track your DNS requests, to which I say — pull the other one. When I get settled in NC, one project that I’m looking at is rotating DNS. First, you tell everything on your network to send DNS requests to one place — a raspberry pi works fine. You can have it cache, so if one computer in your network wants to get to the q tree, and another computer asks within five minutes, it’ll just give the same response. For “fresh” DNS queries, you have a list of DNS servers and send the actual DNS request to a randomly selected one. Then you send a half dozen bogus DNS requests to six of the others. Considering how many DNS requests can come off a single webpage, that should make fingerprinting through DNS pretty interesting…..

        There are all sorts of MAC addresses available — as long as you don’t accidentally use something likely to still be in service (or have a graceful recovery plan when you tangle the network).

        There are currently three models of Raspberry Pi that I strongly recommend — the Pi Zero WH ($14), the Pi 4 Model B – 1G ($35), and the Pi 4 Model B – 4G ($55). These are stocked at Adafruit in the US, distributed by Newark/Element 14 in the US, and stocked by PiMoroni in the UK (in pounds) — I have purchased from all three. With these three little beasties, putting together sophisticated networks is like playing with legos or Erector sets. You can do things like run two different “secure” networks in your home……and have a printserver that works off of both. I tend to use Ubuntu ‘Mate’ for that sort of thing rather than Raspbian.

        Any Pi 4 can host a Kali image, for your pentesting pleasure — or just mapping the various wireless networks in use around your location. There’s a kit for coupling a pi with a Li-ion battery, so you can take your investigations on the road — it’s only a bit larger than a pack of cigarettes.

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  6. On a completely different tack……I used to have a great link to explain all the trappings of a Scottish kilt and how it’s meant to be worn……but such is the chaos in my household, I am currently unable to find it.

    On a related front, when I visited Fiji, I could have gotten a custom-tailored full dress sulu, with jacket, for about $145. I wish I had (even though I wouldn’t fit into it now). It’s similar, without the dagger, stockings, sporran, pins, and footwear ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fiji_palace_guard.jpg ).

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  7. Dep, the man’s bathroom is MAGAnificent.
    Love it!!!!!!
    And Indiana Jones puts us all in the mood to take off to the great unknown, looking for adventure.
    Feel good thread!!!!!!!
    Thank you!

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  9. After crawling around in the Ukraine yesterday, with people who reported from Ukraine, I’ve reached the conclusion that the USA overthrew a country.
    After stints in Miami and South America, I’m unusually cynical when it comes to third world politics.
    Feel like I was the naive kid who just got the wake up call.
    Our officials were ruthless.
    If it was a competition against China and Russia for strategic goals, I could have played along. The world is an ugly place…. I get it. Been there, done that. I’m no kid.
    But that wasn’t it.
    AFTER the Obama officials “won”, the Biden team made the situation worse, much worse. The myriad of Obama officials was worse still.
    If we’re the good guys, the Americans, why didn’t our officials act honorably? It would have been so easy to do the right thing…., set Ukraine back on a prosperous path…… but time after time they had a choice and failed.

    The USA owes Ukraine an apology. We should ship the Bidens and the Obama officials, all the Hillary clan, back to Ukraine for trial as nothing less than war criminals. What they did was awful. And without a doubt, they KNOW what they did. No more pleading ignorance. It’s sheer personal greed. No altruism whatsoever. No higher calling for duty to country or service at all.
    Disgusted with the Obama admin.
    The Ukrainian people have ever reason to loathe the USA and it’s a horrible waste of resources and good will.

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      1. And how about Egypt and the Muslim B’hood fiasco. That’s on the very same cabal’s shoulders.

        Daughn – all that you researched and compiled is hugely important. I am spinning my wheels to figure out how we can get it to a greater audience – ie someone who has a megaphone!

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      1. Don’ get me wrong, we’ve seen it before.
        Bu this one, was particularly nasty and unnecessary – especially what they did AFTER the overthrow.

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  10. Gibberish…that’s the language that comes to my mind…

    FTA
    inesh D’Souza called out Michelle Obama, calling her final thesis from Princeton University “illiterate and incoherent.”

    His comments came after the former First Lady made an appearance in London as a stop on her book tour for her new memoir titled, “Becoming”.

    Mrs. Obama was speaking with Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when she made the claim, “I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of.”

    D’Souza posted on social media, “Anyone who has read Michelle’s college thesis – a document so illiterate and incoherent that it was written, as Christopher Hitchens put it, in “no known language” – will chuckle heartily at this one.

    Below are a few excerpts from Michelle Obama’s college thesis:

    As a result of this greater sense of comfort felt by respondents with groups with whom they have spent more time, more respondents will be interested in benefiting these particular groups in comparison to others. Thus, the variable measuring time spent with Blacks or Whites will also influence the dependent variable measured by the respondents’ motivation to benefit various social groups. (Robinson, 19)

    As we have seen, the findings discussed in the previous paragraphs seem to support the hypothesis that respondents who were increasing the time spent with Blacks were becoming more attached to the Black community during the Pre-to-Prin period both in their individual interactions and in their political ideologies about Black and White relations on a community level. Respondents who were increasing time spent with Blacks were also becoming interested in positively contributing to the Black community. (Robinson, 42)

    However, with the increasing integration of Blacks into the mainstream society, many “integrated Blacks” have lost touch with the Black culture in their attempts to become adjusted and comfortable in their new culture — the White culture. Some of these Blacks are no longer able to enjoy the qualities which make Black culture so unique or are unable to openly share their culture with other Blacks because they have become so far removed from these experiences and, in some instances, ashamed of them as a result of their integration. (Robinson, 54)
    Seventy-one percent of the respondents reported being in careers that have made them upwardly mobile from their parents’ socio-economic class, while none of the respondents reported being downwardly mobile from their parents’ socioeconomic class , and only 17% of the respondents reported remaining even with their parents’ socio-economic class; 12% did not know yet how they were moving (see table 10).

    With respect to belief in God, it appears that their general belief in some kind of God was relatively high. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said they definitely believe in God, while only 6% reported that they do not believe in God; 24% are uncomfortable with the word “God” but believe in a transcendent force; and 9% either do not know or are uncertain. Seventy-one percent of the respondents believe God influences their own lives, but only 43% of the respondents believe that God influences the way society is organized (Robinson, 35)

    I think after reading through some of this mind-numbing nonsense, you can begin to understand D’Souza’s point.

    https://tediummedia.com/dinesh-dsouza-calls-out-michelle-obama-says-what-few-dare-to-say/

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  11. Andrew Jackson’s Bank Veto Speech, last four paragraphs:

    “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society–the farmers, mechanics, and laborers–who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. In the act before me there seems to be a wide and unnecessary departure from these just principles.

    Nor is our Government to be maintained or our Union preserved by invasions of the rights and powers of the several States. In thus attempting to make our General Government strong we make it weak. Its true strength consists in leaving individuals and States as much as possible to themselves–in making itself felt, not in its power, but in its beneficence; not in its control, but in its protection; not in binding the States more closely to the center, but leaving each to move unobstructed in its proper orbit.

    Experience should teach us wisdom. Most of the difficulties our Government now encounters and most of the dangers which impend over our Union have sprung from an abandonment of the legitimate objects of Government by our national legislation, and the adoption of such principles as are embodied in this act. Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protection and equal benefits, but have besought us to make them richer by act of Congress. By attempting to gratify their desires we have in the results of our legislation arrayed section against section, interest against interest, and man against man, in a fearful commotion which threatens to shake the foundations of our Union. It is time to pause in our career to review our principles, and if possible revive that devoted patriotism and spirit of compromise which distinguished the sages of the Revolution and the fathers of our Union. If we can not at once, in justice to interests vested under improvident legislation, make our Government what it ought to be, we can at least take a stand against all new grants of monopolies and exclusive privileges, against any prostitution of our Government to the advancement of the few at the expense of the many, and in favor of compromise and gradual reform in our code of laws and system of political economy.

    I have now done my duty to my country. If sustained by my fellow-citizens, I shall be grateful and happy; if not, I shall find in the motives which impel me ample grounds for contentment and peace. In the difficulties which surround us and the dangers which threaten our institutions there is cause for neither dismay nor alarm. For relief and deliverance let us firmly rely on that kind Providence which I am sure watches with peculiar care over the destinies of our Republic, and on the intelligence and wisdom of our countrymen. Through His abundant goodness and their patriotic devotion our liberty and Union will be preserved.”

    It should be noted that Andrew Jackson’s grave does not reference his two terms as President. It merely says,

    “GENERAL
    ANDREW JACKSON
    Born March 15, 1767,
    Died June 8, 1845”

    If there was ever a more blatant FU toward the national government, it’d be hard to find.

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    1. but are you really surprised? he’s the most socialist candidate they got running–and if he wins the nomination, he might pick AOC herself to be his running mate…easy step into power for her puppet masters

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    2. Suspicious Cat thinks that someone is using the squad to deploy toxicity toward Bernie and knock him out of the race. TPTB still dont want Bernie.

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  12. Day 1000 of Trump Adm. !!!!!!!!

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  13. Remember when Mad Maxine said:

    “First we have to get him down in the polls, then we impeach!”

    I think that’s what they are trying to do with this Fake Impeachment show.

    It fits with CNN’s Jeff Zucker’s orders to stay on the impeachment story, pushing it every day.
    They want to program people into thinking that it’s real…and that Pres Trump has done something wrong, something that warrants him being impeached.

    They are desperate to get Pres Trump’s approval numbers down.

    Even though they have their fake polls showing that his approval numbers are not very high…I think they know that’s not true…and the majority of people Like Pres Trump.

    That’s why Nasty Nan is not going to bring it up for a vote.
    She knows that an impeachment vote would fail.

    So their media operatives are going to continue to Lie, Lie and Lie some more…to try to erode our President’s popularity.
    😕😠🤬

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    1. Yes, but Take Heart, after 3 yrs of nonstop hatred, and the drip, drip, drip of the Mueller Investigation, and dud Report – they DID NOT succeed in getting his numbers down. Anything they do now is actually cementing his support and bringing new folks in.

      Re: Cementing his support – people who weren’t sure but voted for him anyway, and folks who might have voted GOP, but stayed home or voted “other” – those are votes I’m sure that are going to come in for POTUS in 2020. Those votes, and the newly awakened Democrats who are walking away.

      The malignant media can lie 24/7, but the reality? The Democrats are NOT gaining one vote from what they’re doing. I believe that’s a good way to look at everything going down.

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      1. Oh, I heartily agree, LadyP!
        It will boomerang on them…because more and more people are seeing through the Dems’ lies and bullshit.

        I hope I didn’t sound like an Eeyore…because I didn’t intend to be a downer.

        Just offering up an explanation for why the Dems and their media operatives are doing these kamikaze suicide runs now.

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        1. Oh, no. You didn’t. You’re right to point out what they’ve been trying to do… I was thinking about soemting crossing my reading yesterday – where one of the networks went into 2016 split districts (Michigan) – half went Hillary, and half Trump, and they did interviews. The folks can’t even put up signs anymore – but I blame the hatred Obama sowed in our political discourse for that happening – it used to be we could laugh and you could vote Dem, and I’d vote GOP, and nobody cared, because either candidate winning didn’t mean the end of our good lives here in America. Obama brought in the potential end.

          Anyway, there was 1 voter who said she’d voted for POTUS in 2016, and wasn’t going to vote for him again because there has been “so much craziness” surrounding him. I told hubby it really bothered me how stupid some voters were! The Dems pushing chaos around POTUS 24/7 does get to the low-information voter. But I also believe that the #Walkaway voters will make up for people like that woman.

          Heck, the Moody’s model has POTUS winning more “swing states. He even has Virginia in there!

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        2. Wheatie, this just crossed my twitter feed, and is example of your valid concern. The only problem I see is that “We ain’t seen nothing yet!” The 2020 election season is going to be brutal – and I can’t stand it as we’ve already seen it. But soldier on we must. I’m hoping that AG Barr and his crew get busy and take the wind out of the sails on some of these characters.

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          1. We put on OUR big girl panties long ago!

            On a side note, my 10 year old granddaughter tells me the kids in her class speak negatively about our POTUS, so I gave her some basic ammo to fire back at them: lowest unemployment for blacks and hispanics in history, lowest overall unemployment in over 40 years; 2 SCOTUS judges & 100’s of Federal judges.

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    2. Well said. And it’s the only thing they have left.

      Every time I start to feel down, I look at what is happening with President Trump’s rallies. Tens of thousands of people spending an entire day on their feet, much in the outside elements, for the chance to see and hear him for 90 mins. The demoncrats have NOTHING that comes close to that enthusiasm.

      Then I remember the republican BLOWOUT that just occurred in Louisiana, (hard to do because the presstitutes BURIED the story), and hear Q in my head saying “you are watching a movie”.

      I’m trusting the Plan because we’re starting to see the results play out.

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    1. The Shakers were a very interesting Protestant sect. Great music, and lifestyle. We still see their talents in furniture known as “Shaker Style” – too bad they didn’t believe in procreation, they died out once no one new joined their movement.

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      1. Interesting is an understatement. Mother Ann’s teachings on procreation made a lot of sense to many people at that point and time in history. There was a strong attraction to its unusual procreative ethics in part as a counter to some of the cultural abuses at the time. However the Shakers were clearly problematic and unsustainable – I believe they serve as a warning from history about the dangers of tampering with God’s plan for marriage and the marrital union even with the best of intentions.

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          1. It reminded me of Kris Kringle’s cane leaned up against the stairs in “Miracle on 34th Street”…
            (after they “found” the house that Susan wanted, with directions that Kris Kringle gave them)…

            Wow. Almost time to watch that again (the 1947 version)…

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            1. I love that movie … going to see Santa was a big deal. You had already circled what you wanted in the Sears Christmas Catalog and semi-discretely folded the corners of the IMPORTANT pages all the while believing Nd hoping … maybe this time. The movie The Christmas Story epitomized a kids hope …

              The time is fast approaching when the thanksgiving scene in the move will be played out in home across the country …
              😜🤚

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    1. The people in HK are fierce. Very adept at responding immediately to the comments dujour on their situation. NBA players arent heroes for playingva game well, just like foosball players. Red pills are free flowing!

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    1. Connected to your post of Techno’s thread, this is worth reading from OT. Many are riffing off SD’s thorough article on what just happened. There are some insightful comments as well.
      SD has good bullet points in the post – asking the right questions. Ms Powell is AWESOME and may almost single-handed bring down the entire corrupt Mueller Gestapo Thug Gang. Think: Weissmann et al.

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/10/15/wait-what-doj-has-possession-of-joseph-mifsud-cell-phones-blackberries/

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      1. Thanks Lady P., I don’t understand why Flynn didn’t have a decent defense to start with… why did he have that Leftist squad? The entire Special Counsel was handled by Weismann, imho… who should have been disbarred long ago. Lots of citizen journalists have taken the entire Mueller ‘thang’ apart, including Sundance… Thanks for the heads up on SD’s post. Agree with all your points.

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        1. PR, I don’t know why Flynn didn’t have good defense either. Was he snookered? Did he always know he’d have to get rid of them? It’s one of the puzzle pieces not yet in place. But I’m delighted with Ms. Powell, who I believe will be one of the names history remembers for helping take down the Deep State. Schumer’s words have haunted us for some time, “Intel officials ‘have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Those words reveal a powerful entity – greater than POTUS, Congress, and even the Judiciary. The three branches of government who are supposed to govern this country. It looks like the Intelligence people have been running Ops for decades… we know they’ve destabilized or overthrown foreign country governments, but they’ve been active here too.

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            1. Pretty much what was running through my mind as I read this discussion – Q said Flynn took a fall for us, didn’t he? Was it an op by the good guys from the gitgo? *sigh* Way too convoluted for me to understand.

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        1. I remember one time……mind you, this is one time in 50+ years…..one time, I was in a market, and the couple (with kids) ahead of me in line was checking out. They had sacks of rice, dried beans, flour, and corn meal. An economy-sized bottle of vegetable oil. Gallons of milk. Blocks of cheese. Whole chickens. Bell peppers and onions.

          NOTHING with a brand name, no frivolities, no sweets or cartoon characters…..they were set up for arroz con pollo, frijoles, making their own tortillas, chicken burritos…..and they paid for it all with food stamps. Their family was going to survive and thrive THROUGH THEIR OWN INDUSTRY from raw materials provided from our nation’s bounty. I had never before and have never since been so proud of our food stamp system……because it’s normally used to purchase massively processed branded junk.

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    1. That was last week and we’re already back in the 70’s.

      The sad part is trees, bushes, and critters don’t adapt well to a 70 degree drop in a day, so we’re already seeing the damage to pine trees, perennials, etc.

      Global Warming would be welcomed!

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      1. That’s true, but he could have done both (some folks can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time). I have followed his judicial confirmations, and he has done well, BUT he was slow out of the gate with those, and there were periods in the last 18 months esp. during crisis at the border, that he tried using those apptms as leverage against POTUS. Alzheimers may be moving in on me, but I haven’t forgotten those times. And while I’m ranting, Mitch uses “voice vote” when he chooses, and a number of ambassadors could have been confirmed in that manner. Just my 2 cents. Mitch looks out for Mitch, not so much the Country.

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        1. Don’t forget, Q told us that the majority in the Senate before the midterms was on paper. In reality, they had to get Flake and one other person out before having control. Once the judiciary is packed, they can really start moving in the second term.

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        2. yes, he’s up for reelection? using the reelect me and I will make SURE impeachment goes no where in the Senate…
          yet Fitton of Judicial Watch says the Senate is under no constitutional requirement to take up impeachment…I am no expert, but ya gotta wonder about the games being played…

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  15. Heh, was gonna point out this below, before I listened to DPs clip which was one of the original ads…oh,well 😉 still interesting for those that didnt know I suppose.

    A little worthless trivia on those “Real men of Genius” ads…They originally aired starting in 1998 with a different slogan/catch phrase….”Real American Heroes”.

    After 9/11 they changed it to Real Men of Genius”. Fairly obvious why they changed it given the heroic nature of police, fire and emergency workers on that day, making light of the term Hero would of been poor marketing indeed.

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  17. This is worth a read, from OT article of last night. It’s going to be a hot topic today. Did I mention that Sidney Powell is one of my favorite people – a heroine for us women! She might be the one to take down Mueller and his Gestapo Gang. Might even take out the CIA/FBI at the same time.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/10/15/wait-what-doj-has-possession-of-joseph-mifsud-cell-phones-blackberries/

    Astute comments in the post, but this one is good from Italy.

    cheekymeeky says:
    October 16, 2019 at 7:22 am
    There are a couple of reporters in Italy doing a decent job in covering this story.

    “Lawyer Powell had already asked in September “any information, including records or 302s , about the presence and involvement of Joseph Mifsud in involving or reporting the presence of Mr. Flynn and Mifsud himself at the Russia Today dinner held in Moscow on 17 December 2015 ″. This is the dinner for the ten years of the magazine, during which Flynn met Russian President Putin. The photograph portraying them at the same table was fundamental to argue that the former general was a Russian agent and, therefore, to feed the narrative of the collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.

    But what are the documents called 302 ? These are reports in which FBI agents summarize the content of the talks they had with their informants and “non-primary agents”. Which would mean, if there were 302 reports with Mifsud of that dinner, that the FBI had questioned the Maltese professor of Link Campus since at least 2015 and, therefore, he already knew exactly then who he was, even before he met in Rome then advisor of the Trump Campaign George Papadopoulos (March 2016). From the request of the lawyer Powell we learn that Mifsud would also have been present at that dinner and, therefore, his role in the Russiagate would be backdated to December 2015 compared to the first meeting with Papadopoulos.

    The two phones used by Mifsud could contain evidence that exonerates Flynn, according to his lawyer, demonstrating that it was framed, or in any case “material relevant to the defense, with particular regard to the OCONUS lures ( Outside Contiguous US lures , ed) and to the agents that Western intelligence used against him probably as early as 2014 to organize – unbeknownst to him – ‘connections’ with some Russians they would later use against him in their false accusations. Telephones that were used by Mr. Joseph Mifsud, “Lawyer Powell writes in the petition presented Tuesday.

    “If we determine that they contain information that is detectable or that is relevant to the conviction, we will provide it to you,” the Justice Department responded.

    The existence of 302 of talks with Mifsud and two of his telephones in the hands of the Department of Justice are important for the defense of Flynn because they show that the information of the Maltese professor ended up at the FBI, at the DOJ, while they claimed he was an agent Russian. Former FBI director James Comey called Mifsud a “Russian agent”, while in his report the special prosecutor Mueller merely presented him as a person with Russian ties and contacts. If during the whole Russiagate investigation these elements were not shown, then, it was because we wanted to avoid that it turned out that it was, instead, a “provocative agent” and that these “agents” had been employed against Flynn already in 2014.”

    https://www.atlanticoquotidiano.it/rubriche/speciale-italygate-10-il-dipartimento-di-giustizia-usa-ha-due-telefoni-di-mifsud-e-la-difesa-del-generale-flynn-chiede-di-averli/

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    1. excerpt from one of Brian Cate’s THREADS (you can find same FACTS in THREADS of numerous researchers (Dr. Quigley, Jeff writing in Epoch News, etc.)

      “… Mike Gaeta = Professor Joseph Mifsud’s FBI handler in Rome.

      Where Mifsud’s been hiding out for 2 years ever since his name went public.
      Despite some people like CNN’s .@AshaRangappa_ desperately clinging to the hoax narrative that Maltese Mifsud is some kinda Russian agent, he was actually working for the FBI when he sought to entrap Trump campaign adviser .@GeorgePapa19.

      CNN should fire her and hire me. 😏
      Mifsud had an official FBI handler and everything.

      So when Horowitz’s report goes public, the Gaeta and Pientka sections are going to make some very fascinating reading.”

      https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1121517347494297601.html

      Anytime you read Mifsud is a Russian agent, it’s a blankety blank LIE… Mifsud was a US agent, who also worked with the UK.

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    1. Mmm…I think this is a long time in the making.

      Among the pantheon of my grandparents’ siblings and their spouses, there was one aunt and her husband who stand out as being part of a movement that slowly took root. I don’t know when or how they met and married, but those two were athiests, members of the Hemlock Society, and bookworms. Both were smart in the business sense, but moral grounding beyond love for family…not really there as I understand it. They did not have children, and were not big on sacrifice. Religion was a opiate for the masses and all that.

      And these people came of age before WWII.

      All of this was underground in a societal sense for at least 100 years now. It infected intellectuals, mostly, who were willing to be flexible with morals. And they read. A lot. I mean a lot. Material that is now considered “great literature” produced specifically to foster social change.

      Yes, these people are out of the mainstream. But, they’ve been led to believe this stuff by the echo chamber that created it for the use of the people higher up on the totem poles of life.

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  18. Even though the ChiComs are trying to block reports of what is going on in Hong Kong…the truth is still getting out.

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  19. Even better than Jamie Fraser in a kilt……!!!!

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/President-Donald-Trump-Cardboard-Stand-Up-6ft/155841493

    I may have to get one of these to put in my garage!

    Why the garage?

    Well, political signs are forbidden by the HOA in my neighborhood, so I have my Trump yard sign in my garage standing casually in the potting soil container and my Women for Trump signs are stapled on the back wall of the garage, and of course, my Trump Pence Bumper Sticker on my minivan. The garage is closed most of the time, except when I’m working in the yard. A life size Donald Trump would be the icing on the cake!!!

    US Flags are permitted – so I put out a US flag on sunny days and lots of flags on Memorial Day, 4th of July, D Day, etc. – and Election Day!

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    1. Same here GA/FL 🤓. Garage is my Trump showcase. I have car window flags & magnetic bumper stickers for driving car so I can put on/ take off, depending on where I will be parked 🙄

      Flag flies every day, weather permitting. 🇺🇸

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      1. I also put my bumper stickers and flags on magnets so I won’t mess them up when washing the car and can remove if in a politically dangerous location! Leftists are violent and have often vandalized Trump autos.

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  20. Earthquake for you GAFL.

    “A strong and shallow earthquake has struck the southern Philippines.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.4 quake that hit Wednesday evening was centered about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Columbio in the Mindanao region. It had a depth of only 14 kilometers (8 miles). Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.

    There was no immediate word on casualties or damage from the quake.”

    https://ktla.com/2019/10/16/magnitude-6-4-earthquake-strikes-southern-philippines/

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  21. I realize the size of nypd is massive, but it seems the number of suicides is excessive.

    “An off-duty NYPD sergeant shot and killed himself inside his Queens home on Tuesday, the 10th NYPD officer to take his own life this year, law enforcement sources said.

    The 33-year-old victim, identified by sources as Officer Linhong Li, shot himself in the head in the house he shared with his wife near Union Turnpike and 178th Street in Utopia, the sources said.

    His wife found him in a pool of blood when she walked into the house at about 8 p.m., according to police sources.

    Li, a probationary officer, joined the NYPD in 2012 where he was assigned to the 24th precinct on the Upper West Side. Prior to completing the academy, Li was a member of the NYPD Cadet Corps.

    Before his time with the NYPD, Li served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour in Iraq.

    The sergeant’s self-inflicted death is the latest in a number of NYPD suicides in 2019.”

    https://nypost.com/2019/10/15/off-duty-nypd-sergeant-kills-himself-in-queens-home/

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