Dear KAG: 20200212 Open Thread

Mornin’ y’all. This morning, well….

Due to the sheer number of BOOMs in the last two weeks, it’s time to bring out the big guns.

And…a picture I took at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois, a few years back. The bird’s name is/was Liberty and he was recovering from having been hit by a car near Alton, Illinois, not far from the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

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  1. No food fights.
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Ridiculing the other side, on the other hand…well….

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From today’s Gospel According to St. Mark, Chapter 7:

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd
his disciples questioned him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are even you likewise without understanding?
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.)
“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”

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

Given the rodent discussion earlier in the week, I’m leaving this one here for one more look.

460 thoughts on “Dear KAG: 20200212 Open Thread

  1. Leave it to a Democrat to take half of someone’s money. Then brag about it.

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  2. POLITICS

    Judge rejects secret request for new trial by Roger Stone as Trump hints at possible pardon

    PUBLISHED WED, FEB 12 20203:22 PM ESTUPDATED 4 HOURS AGO
    Dan Mangan
    @_DANMANGAN
    Kevin Breuninger
    @KEVINWILLIAMB

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/12/trump-says-roger-stone-treated-very-badly-mum-on-pardon.html

    KEY POINTS

    A judge rejected Roger Stone’s previously secret request for a new criminal trial, according to a newly unsealed court filing.

    President Donald Trump said that his friend Stone was treated “very badly” by prosecutors, who the president claimed “ought to go back to school and learn.”

    But Trump would not say whether he was considering a pardon for Stone, the longtime Republican operative.

    Stone was convicted last fall of lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election and witness tampering.

    ______________________

    He will not need a new trial – when the poop hits the fan – imho

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  3. Project Veritas

    Derry, NH: Today’s new video shows a New Hampshire election official, Beth Hunter, telling potential voters that voting for Democrats is wise, going against New Hampshire electioneering laws. The Deputy Election Moderator, Tina Gifford, admits that “not everyone attended training” when it comes to poll station officials.

    BUSTED: NH Primary Elections Official Breaks Election Law “I Think Voting Any Democrat is Wise”

    Some of the key findings of today’s video:

    * Beth Hunter, New Hampshire Election Official: “I Think Voting Any Democrat is Wise”; “I Don’t Watch a Lot of TV Because I was Campaigning – I was Keeping Up on it…Whoever is Nominated I’m Going to be Campaigning for Them.”

    * Tina Gifford, New Hampshire Election Deputy Moderator: “We’ve Had Training, But Not Everyone Attended Training. A Lot of the Volunteers Didn’t Attend Training.”

    * Beth Hunter, “Almost in Tears” When President Trump Awarded Rush Limbaugh the Medal of Freedom During the State of the Union Address; “This Can’t be Happening.”

    * Confronted by James O’Keefe, Beth Hunter Claims She Shouldn’t Have Talked About Rush Limbaugh; States She is Not Familiar with New Hampshire Laws Against Electioneering; Claims She Did Not Know She was Breaking the Law.

    Project Veritas Team

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    1. I thought ignorance of the law was no excuse. Also, common sense — hello — says that you can’t advise people on how to vote. Also, experience in actual voting shows that you can’t do that. Maybe it’s time to make an example of some of these people.

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  4. I seem to be back to only being able to comment at the bottom of the page, so just saying hello to all. I may be able to respond to someone commenting to me, but not sure–meaning in my area at bottom of the page. I have not tried that today. Anyway, have a great evening. I think whatever is wrong may be related to what happend to ChurchMouse.

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      1. Hi, TheseTruths. Commenting again from my personal area at bottom of page. While I’m writing, I’ll just say I appreciate so much of what you post, very thoughtful comments.

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        1. My replies (including this one) have always been at the bottom of pages. The only hint that I’m in the thread is that it says, “Leave a Reply to singularzoe”, so I’m always careful to verify that before I type my reply.

          The post right above the reply I’m typing is ozzytrumpster 01:15, which this has nothing to do with.

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      1. Sorry to hear that, Kea. Pretty sick of it, too. I did wonder once if it was old computer couldn’t deal with posts with many comment pages, but it’s happened on posts with only a few comments. so that theory kind of went out the window.

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  5. AFA on the ERA:

    Tell Congress to vote NO on Equal Rights Amendment resolution

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Dear Michael,

    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on a resolution, H.J.Res.79, to remove the June 30, 1982 deadline for state legislatures to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Obviously, the deadline has expired, but this isn’t preventing members of Congress, primarily Democrats, from attempting to remove the deadline and advance pro-abortion and pro-transgender rights enshrined in the ERA.

    Pro-abortion activist group NARAL Pro-Choice America supports the ERA resolution stating, “With its ratification, the ERA would reinforce the constitutional right to abortion by clarifying that the sexes have equal rights, which would require judges to strike down anti-abortion laws because they violate both the constitutional right to privacy and sexual equality.”

    Contact and urge your member of Congress to vote no on the ERA resolution.

    The ERA was a proposed constitutional amendment introduced and passed by the House (1971) and the Senate (1972). Originally, the ERA would have to be ratified by 38 state legislatures prior to the original deadline of March 22, 1979. But proponents of the ERA realized it would not be ratified by the necessary 38 state legislatures by that deadline.

    Therefore, pro-ERA advocates pressured Congress in 1978 to extend the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982. Now, the House is wanting to pass H.J.Res.79 to extend the deadline, again.

    If the House passes the resolution, it will face a near certain death in the Senate. That’s not the only hurdle congressional Democrats are facing in their attempt to remove the current 1982 deadline. First, there’s the legal challenge. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel issued the following opinion on January 6, 2020:

    The ERA Resolution has expired and is no longer pending before the States. Even if one or more state legislatures were to ratify the 1972 proposal, that action would not complete the ratification of the amendment, and the ERA’s adoption could not be certified under 1 U.S.C. § 106b. In addition, we conclude that when Congress uses a proposing clause to impose a deadline on the States’ ratification of a proposed constitutional amendment, that deadline is binding and Congress may not revive the proposal after the deadline’s expiration.

    The other challenge would be in the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal on the court and a supporter of the ERA, recently indicated the clock has run out on ratifying the ERA. In reference to the state of Virginia’s recent vote to ratify the ERA, Ginsburg said, “I would like to see a new beginning. I’d like it to start over. There’s too much controversy about late comers.” She then referred to Virginia’s move coming “long after the deadline passed.” Justice Ginsburg’s comments follow and bolster the DOJ opinion against changing the ERA deadline.

    Regardless of the hurdles the ERA will face, it’s important you contact and urge your representative to vote against removing the deadline for ratifying the ERA.

    Sincerely,

    Rob Chambers, Vice-President
    AFA Action

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    1. MichaelH, surprised I was able to respond normally to this. Glad as this is extremely important. Thank you for posting it, and may I suggest you post it again tomorrow early in the day on the daily thread in case some do not see it this evening? Many do not realize how dangerous the ERA is. Some are too young to know its history or the hidden agenda behind it.

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  6. Question for Daughn’s hubby,,, Do we have to wait until Stone appeals his conviction, which would have to be after sentence is pronounced by the Judge, who appears to be crooked, to get a mistrial declared – tainted juror on his jury?

    @rising_serpent
    Roger Stone juror who supports four resigned prosecutors has a long history of anti-Trump tweets and Facebook posts.Tomeka Hart was also a 2012 Democratic candidate who ran for the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee. She just deleted her Facebook..

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      1. I’m wondering if a complaint can be filed with a higher court – to force Judge Berman to recuse, and a mistrial declared. If the Judge was unaware, then it was a deliberate effort to deceive the Court. The prosecutors would have known every little detail about every juror on that jury. Stone’s defense did not serve him well in that regard. If the Judge is as dirty as she appears to be – they all participated in a conspiracy to railroad an associate of the President of the United States.

        The Judiciary cannot be above the Law either…

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      2. More, and there’s also a picture of her with Donna Brazille, but I can’t find it right now. Passed through my twitter feed. Apparently, someone tried to sound the alarm a few months ago about her. I think the Judge is dirty, dirty with the way she treated Stone. Stone’s lawyer tried to get her stricken from the jury, Judge denied the request. Judge intentionally tainting the jury.

        I want to see some of the FBI/DOJ foul actors woken up and marched out in their pj’s by a SWAT team at 0500 in the morning.

        Yossi Gestetner
        @YossiGestetner
        HELLO?

        HELLO??

        H-E-L-L-O???

        One of the jurors on the Roger Stone show trial is the wife of an official who still works at the DOJ division that took down Stone!

        The Obama-appointed judge Amy Jackson says this is

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  7. Fox reporting Hope Hicks returning to WH as Senior Counselor to POTUS. 👏👏👏

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