2020·07·04 KMAG Daily Thread

Guest Author, Thomas Jefferson et. al.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

My comments

A lot of us like to highlight the following:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Declaration of Independence

I even have a hat, which has on it the Betsy Ross flag, and those words are incused onto the stripes. Very politically incorrect! And not coincidentally, very historically correct.

But as much as I like those words, to me, that’s not the most important part of the Declaration.

It’s not just that we have rights. That alone doesn’t justify replacing one government with another. And explaining why our Founders were doing that was the point of the document.

For that you need to understand what a government is for. And that is explained in the very next “self evident” truth. (Yes, the list of “self evident” truths continues after the commonly quoted part, there are more of them.)

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Declaration of Independence

If this is the proper purpose of a government, and indeed it is, then it follows that a government that no longer does so–say, one that steps on people’s necks for the benefit of others–has failed in its only legitimate purpose and should be replaced. And indeed, that’s the very next, and last, “self evident” truth.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness

Declaration of Independence.

The document then goes on to make it clear that this should be done with great caution, and when all other options are exhausted. Then it goes on to argue that, indeed, all other options had been exhausted, so it was now time to go that route. (It’s all very neatly laid out in a logical progression, which is why it isn’t a “ramble” in the way that some of my less-carefully-crafted posts are.)

The Declaration does not mention violent overthrow, but it was clear just from looking around, during those early summer days of 1776, that the rampant, over-reaching government they were complaining about was prepared to fight to maintain its authority and its alleged “right” to be what it was. And if King George was willing to do that, then he was certainly not going to be happy to be told, “not only should you not do those things, you shouldn’t do anything here at all.”

The replacement government would, indeed, contain many mechanisms to contain it, and mechanisms to peacefully reform it, because the Founders really didn’t like having to go to war to protect their rights, even if they recognized the necessity. They did what they could to avoid it being necessary ever again.

(A monarchy claiming divine sanction cannot be reformed from within; it must either come to the realization it has no divine sanction, or undergo some other change of conscience, or be forced to reform from the outside, or be destroyed. That second-to-last one is problematic, since the monarchy is left in a position to try to regain what it had lost, and it will want to do so.)

But let’s get back to the “self evident” truths (see, this is a ramble, but I’ll get there eventually). They are, in summation, an exposition of the enlightenment-era theory of rights and government. God made us in such a way that rights are a part of our nature; governments should protect those rights, not interfere with them. If a government does interfere with the rights, it’s violating the rights it is supposed to be protecting, therefore it’s not a proper government and its victims have the right to alter or abolish it.

I can certainly get along with those who argue this way (assuming that they have a proper notion of “rights,” a rather involved subject which the Declaration doesn’t take up, no doubt due to space limitations).

But there are a couple of things that stand out to me.

I’ve been putting “self evident” in scare quotes. That’s because it’s quite clear, based on prior history, that these truths are anything but self-evident. Many, maybe even most, people don’t believe them. And the Founders were certainly aware of that, they didn’t say, “These truths are self-evident,” but rather that “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” They were self-evident to them. But not to many others.

Indeed, if the truths were self-evident, we’d never have to rise up against government, because the government would restrain itself as a matter of due course. The events of July 4, 1776 (and the war that was ongoing on that date) would have been unnecessary and this would just be another early summer day here in North America, a proud Commonwealth country.

Of course there’s another issue, too. How does one know God wanted people to have these rights? That’s the starting assumption with the Founders’ theory of rights. The Christians and Deists both believed God wants us to have rights, and that was why we have them to begin with. But it is a pretty specific statement, involving two highly abstract concepts (rights and God), and therefore it’s one which ought not to be taken as axiomatic.

So, how do you know God wants you to have these rights? Have you examined this? Now, I’m the village atheist here, so my response to the question is that it’s a non-sequitur, but most of you reading this aren’t atheists, so I actually ask in all earnest whether you have examined this issue. Because I really hope you have an answer for it that satisfies you even if it cannot satisfy me.

It’s an important point for you to be clear on, because from what I have seen, many of those who believe there is a God do not have an answer for it and thus do not believe rights come from God. In other words, they come to the same end conclusion an atheist does (“rights do not come from God”), even if for a very different reason.

So wouldn’t it be useful to have some argument for rights that gets to the correct conclusion in some totally different way? To use on both of these groups of people? Even if there weren’t a single atheist on Earth, and even if everyone on earth were Christian, it’d be a good thing to be able to prove inalienable rights exist, without referencing God.

Why? Because so much of Leftism is based on the perspective that since rights don’t come from God, they don’t actually exist. Or at the very least, they’re just a societal convention or “construct” that we simply implement through our government. It serves the Left, therefore, to put forth the notion that if rights don’t come from God, then they don’t really exist in any meaningful sense since a right granted by government can clearly be alienated at the government’s whim. So it’s not really a right.

It’s actually a false choice. Rights can exist, even if they do not come from God. But the Left just loves it when people fail to see that it’s a false choice; it delivers many Christians and almost every atheist into their camp. And anyone on our side who insists that those are the only two alternatives is therefore actually helping the Left. Because people are much more likely to align their politics with their religious convictions, than to change their religious convictions to match their politics. So if you browbeat someone into accepting that there are only two choices: 1) adopt my religion or a similar one or 2) stop believing there is such a thing as rights…they’ll usually pick number 2. Now I know that you’d much rather they pick door number 1, but realistically, by setting their desire for rights to exist against their deepest convictions, you’re much more likely to goad them into picking door number 2.

So I hope I’ve convinced you of the political utility of a non-religiously-based argument for the existence of rights, even if you yourself have no need of it.

And if you do a bit of logical deduction, you’ll realize that I believe there is one. Because A) I can’t possibly believe the religious argument and B) I’m here even so, not going off helping to demolish statues.

So what is this non-religious argument? Well…it’s long. I’m actually going to point you to an article by Craig Biddle of the Objective Standard. In that article, he summarizes Ayn Rand’s theory of rights. But he doesn’t just do that, he has to discuss her theory of morality before he can cover rights, because, it turns out, rights aren’t a political concept, but a moral/ethical one! (Rand uses those two words interchangeably, which drives the Left nuts.) That’s why a theory of politics can’t deny them, because they exist before you even start talking about politics.

“Wait,” you say, “you can’t have morals without God!” Well, wrong, but thank you for helping the Left by trying to herd all non-believers their way.

Understanding what rights are needed for, gives you a proper definition of rights (rather than a short list of examples), and you then have to tools to assess whether some alleged right really is one.

Like I said, it gets long. But here it is. Go down about a third of the way to the section titled “Ayn Rand’s Observation-Based Morality.” https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2011/08/ayn-rand-theory-rights/

Not everyone will agree with this (Ayn Rand’s morality is hard for some to stomach, largely because she deliberately uses words with some bad connotations to describe it), nor will everyone or agree it’s the best possible defense of “rights” but, the point is, it can be done. You do not have to buy into the Left’s assertion that anyone (believer or non-believer) who does not believe God grants rights has no logical alternative but to become a Leftist, an assertion that serves the Left, not us.

A Reminder Of Today’s Issues.

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American People...Our campaign represents a true existential threat, like they’ve never seen before.

Then-Candidate Donald J. Trump

Lawyer Appeasement Section

OK now for the fine print.

This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Political correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines,  here, with an addendum on 20191110.

We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.

And remember Wheatie’s Rules:

1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. The gun is always loaded.
4a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
5. Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
6. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
7. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.

(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)

Coin of The Day

I could point you to the Bicentennial quarter, half dollar and dollar for this. And you can fairly readily obtain proofs of these coins for a fairly low price. (They don’t turn up in circulation. Even the quarter is under-represented in circulation once one corrects for its age and its mintage; people apparently keep them when they get them.)

Naah, time for something completely different.

1794 silver dollar, the first to be minted by the United States under our Constitution.

Once the Mint had hired bonded officers, it was able to start producing silver and gold coinage, starting in 1794. A small number of these coins 1758 of them to be exact, called the “Flowing Hair Dollar” was produced in 1794, a much larger number, 160,295 in 1795. (In 1796 the portrait of Liberty was changed greatly, and the eagle was changed more subtly.) Today, best estimates are that about 4,000 to 7,500 of them still exist, with maybe 150-250 in uncirculated condition. Even the rattiest uncirculated example is going to cost around $60,000; in Extra Fine condition, it drops to a mere $12,000. But those are prices for a 1795, not a 1794. For a 1794, expect to pay an even million dollars for a ratty uncirculated coin, and $300,000 for an extra fine.

The most ever paid for a rare coin was $10,000,000, and it was for a 1794 dollar (named the “Contursi Specimen” after one of its former owners) that, under detailed examination has to be one of the first made, probably the first one made of those that still survive. (We know this because the dies that stamp out the coins themselves degrade with use; one can tell the difference between coins struck from fresh dies versus ones from dies that were getting tired, and if you’re really good at that sort of thing, you can tell new from almost, almost new, and so on.)

The Contursi Specimen 1794 dollar. Is this the very first dollar the US Mint ever made?

The coin has a silver plug (you can see part of its outline below the eagle’s beak), possibly to bring the silver content up to standard, but it also has “adjustment marks” (file marks across the surface, you can see them at 2 and 8-10 o’clock on the obverse, and 5-8 o’clock on the reverse) used to reduce the weight of the coin. Many claim that that coin was the very first US dollar made, and their argument is strong but (to me) not really conclusive. In any case a company named Legend Numismatics won the thing in an auction for over $7 million and then asked to have their bid increased to ten million. Just for bragging rights! (Legend, by the way, is a table worth stopping by at coin shows–they have absolutely killer, high grade stuff. [Just try not to drool.] I really want to go through their dumpster someday; their rejects would look fantastic in my collection. Come to think of it, I did get a coin in one of their auctions, once; it was definitely not one of their finer offerings.)

Standard disclaimer: Neither this, nor any other coin I show here, is one I own. In some cases I own a similar coin, but by no means all or even most of them. I certainly couldn’t afford to even think about paying ten million dollars for any coin.

Obligatory PSA/Reminder

Just one more thing, my standard Public Service Announcement. We don’t want to forget this!!!

I hope this guy isn’t rotting in the laogai somewhere!

中国是个混蛋 !!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!


580 thoughts on “2020·07·04 KMAG Daily Thread

  1. https://twitter.com/1776Stonewall/status/1279255068743733249

    Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart’s Army! Retweeted
    Stonewall Jackson@1776Stonewall
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    Trump has found his 2020 message. What he’s saying at Mt. Rushmore is perfect. He’s running to save America from Anti Americans who are erasing our history, our culture, burning flags, want to get rid of anthem. This fell right in his lap. The left handed him this winning message

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    1. Being openly anti-American rather than claiming to just be offering constructive criticism, as they have in the past.

      There are three kinds of biographies: a hagiography where the subject can do no wrong, an objective biography that does depict the person’s faults as well as his strengths, and a smear job.

      Moving from a biography of a person, to a history of a country, the same distinction applies.

      The left has been smearing America while pretending that all they were doing was avoiding writing a hagiography.

      The smear is now so blatant, that no longer can ANYONE believe their claimed intent, and it’s not a good look for them.

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  2. Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart’s Army! Retweeted
    thebradfordfile™@thebradfordfile
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    If you think Democrats are pissed off about Trump’s speech–wait until they see his statue.

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    1. That would be the statue with a hundred ordinary Americans standing behind him, all with two fingers (one on each hand) raised at the people that Trump’s statue is confronting with that one particular angry scowl.

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            1. Generally I don’t, because fixing all typos is onerous and an absolute waste of resources – particularly when the mind “reads over” almost all errors without confusion or distortion of meaning. 99% of typos fall into that category – the correction is unnecessary, and the hidden redundency and comtext in langauge exploited by human auto-correct does its job.

              However, if I read over something and the meaning is not immediately clear to me, and the thought is worthy of reading correctly the first time, THEN I may just correct it. But I make no promises in this regard, because I don’t see everything anyway.

              Flexibility! Trump taught me to value it MOAR!!! 😀

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  3. A New Yorker! How about that? 🙂

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    Mount Who? How Did This Famous Park Get Its Name?

    According to the park’s website,

    Mount Rushmore is named after a New York City attorney. Charles E. Rushmore was sent out to this area in 1884 to check legal titles on properties. On his way back to Pine Camp he asked Bill Challis [a local resident and guide] the name of this mountain. Bill replied, “Never had a name but from now on we’ll call it Rushmore.”

    https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2009/06/mount-who-how-did-famous-park-get-its-name

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  4. Bill Mitchell@mitchellvii
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    The far left is putting Pelosi and the Democrats in a bind by attacking our National Icons like Mt. Rushmore.

    If Pelosi remains silent she gives approval to hatred of America. If she condemns them, she risks the mob turning against her.

    God knows what he is doing.

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    1. IMO, Pelosi has long left any sense of decency and moral values and panders to the radical left at this point. At this point it’s all about her perceived power (not really understanding by caving to the radicals she’s forfeited any power she once had.).
      Money is not her goal…she’s raped the system for almost 40 years and has no need to make that her focus. She apparently loves the spotlight, her weekly press conferences, Being able to take down portraits of past Congressional leaders, walking in front of her fellow sheep to lead the way over the cliff.
      History will not be kind to Nancy.

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  5. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-building-rebuilding-monuments-american-heroes/

    Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

    Issued on: July 3, 2020

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens. In 1784, the legislature of Virginia commissioned the earliest statue of George Washington, a “monument of affection and gratitude” to a man who “unit[ed] to the endowment[s] of the Hero the virtues of the Patriot” and gave to the world “an Immortal Example of true Glory.” I Res. H. Del. (June 24, 1784). In our public parks and plazas, we have erected statues of great Americans who, through acts of wisdom and daring, built and preserved for us a republic of ordered liberty.

    These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation. These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes. In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come. To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

    To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed. Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down. Among others, monuments to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, Ulysses S. Grant, leaders of the abolitionist movement, the first all-volunteer African-American regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, and American soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars have been vandalized, destroyed, or removed.

    These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn. My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory. In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.

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    1. Sec. 2. Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes. (a) There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force). The Task Force shall be chaired by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), and shall include the following additional members:

      (i) the Administrator of General Services (Administrator);

      (ii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA);

      (iii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH);

      (iv) the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); and

      (v) any officers or employees of any executive department or agency (agency) designated by the President or the Secretary.

      (b) The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support as may be necessary for the performance and functions of the Task Force. The Secretary shall designate an official of the Department of the Interior to serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force, responsible for coordinating its day-to-day activities.

      (c) The Chairpersons of the NEA and NEH and the Chairman of the ACHP shall establish cross-department initiatives within the NEA, NEH, and ACHP, respectively, to advance the purposes of the Task Force and this order and to coordinate relevant agency operations with the Task Force.

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      1. I would honestly make sure that copies of statues are kept somewhere safe…so that in the future the statue can be redone.

        In many cases a destroyed statue will have to be redone from photographs, or worse yet some “modern artist” will have to create it from scratch (retch!)

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          1. I am also thinking of going out there and documenting, as well as possible, any current statue that the (insert that highly profane phrase I used earlier) haven’t gone after yet, and doing that quickly. Even good photographs from all angles (not just the front) would be better than nothing; if someone can figure out a way to make a cast of the statue or key parts of it in situ so much the better.

            “You tore down that statue of Polk? Oh, well, there’ll be an exact duplicate of it standing in a couple of months, as well as long after you’ve finished your prison sentence!”

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        1. Steve, there is a Town in E Oregon, named Joseph, which is a center for contemporary bronze Foundries.
          There are many Artists who livee and work there, producing monumental bronze castings in the traditional mode…So, there IS hope.

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        2. Most of the statues in question are bronze casts. So, the casts themselves would need to be preserved under lock and key. We have a pair of statues in my muni that are kind of the signature of the place, and since the municipality still owns the casts, we’re on set at least #2 since they are concrete.

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            1. Interesting read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jackson_Palmer
              William Jackson Palmer (September 18, 1836 – March 13, 1909) was an American civil engineer, veteran of the Civil War, industrialist, and philanthropist.[1] During the American Civil War, he was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General and received a Medal of Honor for his actions. Much more, includes a rather pretty wife too.

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      2. “Building and rebuilding. I hope they restore the monuments that have been taken down. I don’t know the legalities of it or whether it’s a matter for the states and local jurisdictions, for some of them. But we can’t let the Left get a foothold on destroying our history and heritage in this way.

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        1. Do not quote me.

          But I think if the monuments are on PUBLIC PROPERTY …

          AND

          The Town, City, State… Gets FEDERAL FUNDS…

          The statue GOES BACK IN PLACE. Although it is not specifically stated as such — YET.

          Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence

          …..My Administration will not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces. State and local public officials’ abdication of their law enforcement responsibilities in deference to this violent assault must end….
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          (e) It is the policy of the United States, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to withhold Federal support from State and local law enforcement agencies that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism. Unwillingness to enforce State and local laws in the face of attacks on our history, whether because of sympathy for the extremists behind this violence or some other improper reason, casts doubt on the management of these law enforcement agencies. These law enforcement agencies are not appropriate candidates for limited Federal funds that support State and local police.
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          Sec. 4. Limiting Federal Grants for Jurisdictions and Law Enforcement Agencies that Permit the Desecration of Monuments, Memorials, or Statues. The heads of all executive departments and agencies shall examine their respective grant programs and apply the policies established by sections 2(d) and (e) of this order to all such programs to the extent that such application is both appropriate and consistent with applicable law….

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    2. Sec. 3. National Garden of American Heroes. (a) It shall be the policy of the United States to establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden).

      (b) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Task Force shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that proposes options for the creation of the National Garden, including potential locations for the site. In identifying options, the Task Force shall:

      (i) strive to open the National Garden expeditiously;

      (ii) evaluate the feasibility of creating the National Garden through a variety of potential avenues, including existing agency authorities and appropriations; and

      (iii) consider the availability of authority to encourage and accept the donation or loan of statues by States, localities, civic organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals, for display at the National Garden.

      (c) In addition to the requirements of subsection 3(b) of this order, the proposed options for the National Garden should adhere to the criteria described in subsections (c)(i) through (c)(vi) of this section.

      (i) The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

      (ii) The National Garden should be opened for public access prior to the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

      (iii) Statues should depict historically significant Americans, as that term is defined in section 7 of this order, who have contributed positively to America throughout our history. Examples include: the Founding Fathers, those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad, heroes of the United States Armed Forces, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Presidential Medal of Freedom, scientists and inventors, entrepreneurs, civil rights leaders, missionaries and religious leaders, pioneers and explorers, police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty, labor leaders, advocates for the poor and disadvantaged, opponents of national socialism or international socialism, former Presidents of the United States and other elected officials, judges and justices, astronauts, authors, intellectuals, artists, and teachers. None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying.

      (iv) All statues in the National Garden should be lifelike or realistic representations of the persons they depict, not abstract or modernist representations.

      (v) The National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history. The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.

      (vi) As part of its civic education mission, the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public.

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      1. Nice! Perfectly done. Of course more can be added to the list; it had better be a BIG park. I like (vi), it dovetails with my suggestion to retain copies of statues from here on out. Retain multiple copies, and send all but one of them on tour!

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      2. Thank God there won’t be any statues looking like they were executed by HENRY MOORE, who made a fortune making “statues” that look like shapeless things created by 4-year-olds out of PlayDoh.

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        1. Modern “Art,” a blight on the world. Those people have taken the “ine” out of Fine Art.

          I found FDR’s memorial to be ridiculous (even aside from its subject matter). MLK’s was edgy but OK; I could get used to it.

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          1. Modern “Art,” was specifically advanced by the COMMUNISTS to be a PsyOps.

            Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals

            Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963

            20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

            21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

            22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

            23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

            24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

            25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

            26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

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      3. Thank you for posting the text of the EO.

        “the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public.”
        Yes! That way, the federal government will have jurisdiction over statues all over the U.S. that can’t be desecrated without serious consequences. Statues will be displayed periodically to highlight portions of our history. Their being temporarily displayed will bring attention to them as displays change. Brilliant.

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      4. “(v) The National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history. The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.”

        This kind of describes Northern Virginia and western Maryland. There’s A LOT of American historical sites around there. It would just be one more.

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    3. ec. 4. Commissioning of New Statues and Works of Art. (a) The Task Force shall examine the appropriations authority of the agencies represented on it in light of the purpose and policy of this order. Based on its examination of relevant authorities, the Task Force shall make recommendations for the use of these agencies’ appropriations.

      (b) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law and the other provisions of this order, Task Force agencies that are authorized to provide for the commissioning of statues or monuments shall, in expending funds, give priority to projects involving the commissioning of publicly accessible statues of persons meeting the criteria described in section 3(b)(iii) of this order, with particular preference for statues of the Founding Fathers, former Presidents of the United States, leading abolitionists, and individuals involved in the discovery of America.

      (c) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, these agencies shall prioritize projects that will result in the installation of a statue as described in subsection (b) of this section in a community where a statue depicting a historically significant American was removed or destroyed in conjunction with the events described in section 1 of this order.

      (d) After consulting with the Task Force, the Administrator of General Services shall promptly revise and thereafter operate the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Art in Architecture (AIA) Policies and Procedures, GSA Acquisition Letter V-10-01, and Part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, to prioritize the commission of works of art that portray historically significant Americans or events of American historical significance or illustrate the ideals upon which our Nation was founded. Priority should be given to public-facing monuments to former Presidents of the United States and to individuals and events relating to the discovery of America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery. Such works of art should be designed to be appreciated by the general public and by those who use and interact with Federal buildings. Priority should be given to this policy above other policies contained in part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and revisions made pursuant to this subsection shall be made to supersede any regulatory provisions of AIA that may conflict with or otherwise impede advancing the purposes of this subsection.

      (e) When a statue or work of art commissioned pursuant to this section is meant to depict a historically significant American, the statue or work of art shall be a lifelike or realistic representation of that person, not an abstract or modernist representation.

      Sec. 5. Educational Programming. The Chairperson of the NEH shall prioritize the allocation of funding to programs and projects that educate Americans about the founding documents and founding ideals of the United States, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with applicable law, including section 956 of title 20, United States Code. The founding documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. The founding ideals include equality under the law, respect for inalienable individual rights, and representative self-government. Within 90 days of the conclusion of each Fiscal Year from 2021 through 2026, the Chairperson shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that identifies funding allocated to programs and projects pursuant to this section.

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        1. On Second Thought…

          Maybe we SHOULD build a statue of that pusbag, so we WON’T forget. (Just make it very attractive to pigeons.)

          That’s the whole point of history, isn’t it?

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          1. Yes. And if/when *things happen*, the statue would be a reminder. That is the case with all the statues. They are reminders of both good and bad.

            But the EO says “opponents of national socialism or international socialism.” O doesn’t qualify unless someone turns a blind eye to his “fundamental transformation” of America.

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            1. Yeah, I realized after I wrote this that I was unclear. I wasn’t thinking that he should be in the new park, but rather elsewhere.

              Possibly at the bottom of the tanks for water reclamation, except that wouldn’t be visible enough.

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    4. Sec. 6. Protection of National Garden and Statues Commissioned Pursuant to this Order. The Attorney General shall apply section 3 of Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), with respect to violations of Federal law regarding the National Garden and all statues commissioned pursuant to this order.

      Sec. 7. Definition. The term “historically significant American” means an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history. The phrase also includes public figures such as Christopher Columbus, Junipero Serra, and the Marquis de La Fayette, who lived prior to or during the American Revolution and were not American citizens, but who made substantive historical contributions to the discovery, development, or independence of the future United States.

      Sec. 8. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

      (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

      (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

      (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

      (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

      DONALD J. TRUMP

      THE WHITE HOUSE,
      July 3, 2020.

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      1. Remember how there was a competition for the design of the Vietnam War Memorial? The results were creative and powerful.
        Wouldn’t it be great to once again open this new park concept to a similar competition? Think of the interest and enthusiasm it would generate…an opportunity to express a sense of American history and patriotism.
        I have my own preliminary ideas, as I’m sure many of you do. Do you create something entirely new from an empty piece of land…or, incorporate a beautiful existing national park, with infrastructure already in place, to accommodate clusters of the historic figures? The possibilities are endless and exciting to think about and SOMETHING WE, THE PEOPLE, NEED right now! Let us be a part of it.
        Whoever came up with the idea (and I personally wouldn’t be surprised if it was FLOTUS)…it was brilliant as well as timely.

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    1. Wow. At 1:19 or so, on the right-hand side, you can see “Pearly Kings”, which I would expect to see in an English Music Hall context. Didn’t know we had them in America. (And the distaff version are called “Pearly Queens”)…

      Great musical. How I hope and pray the GOD restores our nation, returns it to its founding principles, and that America is again “like a Cittee on a Hill”…

      HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, everyone!!!

      And special props to Aubergine who brought Mount Rushmore to the QTree!

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    1. My first thoughts about the NFL caving to the radicals…why have any “nick names” at all? Problem solved…that way wasps, lizards, fish and anteaters escape the horror of being called racist.
      What is wrong with simply…Cleveland team, Washington team, etc. The radical left have ruined the NFL, NBA, women’s soccer anyway…their goal all along…so just let the athletes show their anti-American behavior, diss our national flag, wear their “social Justice” slogans …and play to a totally empty stadium…and drastically reduced salaries. Americans seems to have adjusted quite well to not having professional team sports in their lives. An it might very well be the same for college team sports.
      Let them forfeit their supposed love of the sport and the opportunity to make salaries most only dream about and live on the glories of their political statements…which, unfortunately for them do not pay the bills (or the tattoos.)

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        1. Who needs it, honestly? Just the circuses part of “bread and circuses.”

          Even when I was a fan, I wasn’t the sort of person who could just sit down in front of a football game and enjoy it; I was interested in rooting for My Team. If it was the St. Houston Jackwagons playing the Guadalacaca Guano Gatherers I could have cared less and not wanted to watch a whole game (including all the damn commercials) on the off chance that ONE spectacular play that would remembered after the season was over, might happen.

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              1. Uh, oh, that IS a problem. And just to be completely inclusive we need yellow and brown socks too!

                Time for full blown SJW panic!!! Check your privilege, run out the door and topple some statues!!!

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            1. How about the Philly Cheesesteaks?

              Or the Chicago Deep Dish?

              The Albuquerque Chile Rellenos?

              The Seattle Snowflakes?

              The Oakland Traitors?
              (YEP. I’m still mad that they moved. The first time…..)…..

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          1. Steve, I can not even STAND watching horse shows!

            Rodeos? Yes that is exciting because you never know what will happen and the ‘mutton busting’ is hilarious

            (No participation trophies for these kids.)

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      1. I have been thinking all the changing of names is to take our eyes off the price Nov. 3, 2020.
        People are so emotionally invested in sports in names that our energy can easily spent on things that are not important to the future of our country.
        Sports can be rebuilt maybe with more patriotic people who love America and names can always be new.
        Maybe it it easy for me to say since watching sports are not essential to my life. I do however respect people who are invested in it.
        I guess what I am trying to say at times one can get off track and mentally exert one self on things that do not define the future.

        By the way today three people came to my house taking a survey for POTUS. Husband said “they had trump tee shirts on and MEGA hat.” They were in their early thirties one man two women.
        They said “they were from Trump’s reelection team.
        I am surprised since the Town I live in is traditionally democrat. My husband told me he saw many Trump signs when he was out mainly on pick up trucks.
        Happy Fourth of July 🙂

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    2. Since the Redskins are no longer in Washington, we can take Washington out of the name. Fed Ex Field is in Landover, MD. We could rename them the Maryland Blue Crabs. The training facility is in Ashburn VA which is know for a pub, how about the Virginia Pub Drunkards. HeHe

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        1. I like that even better. Covers both states and leaves Washington out of it. Give the DC swamp that Pelosi wants to make a state back to Maryland where it came from.

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          1. I agree with that. And there is precedent; Alexandria VA was part of DC once, but the Virginia side was given back to Virginia.

            Of course we’d have to repeal the amendment that gives DC three electoral votes, but… I’d want to draw a line around the Mall, and all those federal office buildings near it, as big as possible without including any residential areas other than 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. The line should not include any pseudopods running down the middle of streets just to bring in an office building two blocks away, but otherwise, make it as big as possible.

            You’ll now have a place no one lives in other than POTUS, his family, and various homeless. POTUS’s real residence is in an actual state. So DC would now have NO permanent population and no residents to whine about being taxed without being represented (when in fact they live off taxes, giving them a vote would be a conflict of interest).

            Give the residential neighborhoods (some good, some quite appalling) back to Maryland.

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            1. Thank you, now if we can only get President Trump to agree. Oh, and there will be no need for the Redskins to be any part of Washington. Win/win.

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              1. President Trump, two thirds of both houses of the US Congress, and 3/4s of the states.

                Can’t do it and leave the 23rd Amendment in place.

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    1. He would have to go on the right side, not the left side. Seriously. If you’ve ever been to the park, you may have noticed that Washington’s head can be seen from the viewer’s left, in profile. (The route I took, there was a turnout where you could see just Washington’s profile, before you got to the main viewing area). The rocks you see to his left are well back of him.

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          1. Yes. (I saw an earlier version of that where the eyebrows were clearly Washington’s eyebrows copied over there; this one is a better rendering of PDJT.)

            Jefferson, by the way, seems to have his head tilted back a bit relative to the others, he’s looking up at the sky rather than towards the horizon. I vaguely remember (meaning “I wouldn’t be surprised [nor displeased] to be corrected on this”) reading once that they actually found a flaw in the rock that forced them to do that.

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      1. You know – I wondered about the same thing – the picture shows Trump ‘in the air’ not really part of the group – so what would you suggest they do, Stevie? Can Trump ever be included here?

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  6. WOO HOO!!!

    I just got the warning that I have used 75 percent of my data for this billing cycle.

    Why is that cause for celebration?

    Because I am 90%, not 60%, of my way through the cycle, on the calendar. I’ll actually end the month with a surplus!!

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    1. What?? I thought I had done that!!

      No wait, you said the URL, not the title. All I got was the title; I didn’t realize that on an (at the time) unpublished post the URL wouldn’t change to go with it.

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      1. Yup! I discovered along the way that the WP system will only change URLs automatically along with title changes at some stages of the game, but not after a certain point.

        Interestingly, however, I’ve never had a problem with changing URLs on the day of publication, and I’ve done it routinely. BUT always nice to hear back if others experience some kind of problem.

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  7. ALWAYS REMEMBER – The USA defeated the British TWICE – Revolution and War of 1812!

    The British even burned our brand new White House!!!

    We rebuilt it all even better than before!

    AND we saved their bacon TWICE – WW I AND WW II!!!

    In honor of the Brave Soldiers of the War of 1812!!!

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    1. And in one of those ironies… the war was already over when this battle was fought. Slow communications (i.e., any comms before the telegraph) prevented Andrew Jackson from learning of this.

      This takes nothing away from him or anyone in his command, of course.

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  8. BrunoBarking@Bruno062418
    ·
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    I heard one of the native leaders. He was NOT protesting. He was SUPPORTING our President .

    Said his people have Served In the military with honor, they are Pro military, pro 2A , pro constitution and pro states rights !!
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    montana wildHeart suitFolded handsFlag of United StatesHundred points symbol@montanawild1

    · 14h

    @JuliansRum
    I am the daughter of a Chippewa Chief, tribes are there we are on the side of the road like we agreed.
    We are here because we are proud of our land proud of our president proud of what Independence day represents. We do not know the others, they are causeing trouble. twitter.com/JuliansRum/sta…

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  9. Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) Tweeted:
    Stop business & NOT protests?

    I press Dr. Christina Ghaly from L.A.’s Health Dept. She says it’s a constitutional issue.

    Q “It is your interpretation of the 1st Amendment there is not a way to restrict the protests in the way you’re restricting industries?”

    A “That’s correct” https://t.co/f0tw71cRcO

    .https://twitter.com/Elex_Michaelson/status/1279292251676409857?s=20

    Ohhh this makes so much more sense now. Coordnation by cronyism.

    Michelle Sanford 🇺🇸 (@mwsanford) Tweeted:
    @Elex_Michaelson She’s gotta tow the line. Her husband works for Newsom. He’s the Secretary of HHS for CA appointed by Newsom.

    .https://twitter.com/mwsanford/status/1279295489754595329?s=20

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    1. Couldn’t I open my business in protest of the order to keep businesses closed?

      Couldn’t I refuse to wear a mask in protest of the order to wear masks?

      Etc.?

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      1. The DEMONicRAT party have already made it apparent that they are the party of Satan. Having “thrown” GOD off of their platform, thereby inviting the Devil in, they persist in fomenting hate and violence, baby killing (and dismembering, and probably sacrifice, as well), and attacks on all forms of worship and worshippers.

        Not content to let a Satanic Black Magick Illuminised Witch to be their “standard bearer”, they are now using every opportunity, person, and means to attack GOD and HIS people.

        So great is their pride, and deep is their sin and evil. Just like Herod, and, indeed, Satan, before they were cast down…..

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  10. Shoot, I just realized I forgot to tell y’all another super-cool thing that happened to me yesterday at Rushmore. The guy in line in front of us getting in was one of the people who runs thedonald.win! You know, the site everybody from Reddit had migrated to even before they shut down The Donald there.

    He gave us Pepe the Frog with Donald Trump hair stickers from the site and everything! I think he may be a disabled vet, as he had a prosthetic leg. His wife and kids were with him, and they ended up sitting next to us too. His wife was a trooper. She was visibly pregnant, and it must have been 95 degrees in the stands for six hours, until the sun went down. Their two adorable children were so well-behaved you wouldn’t believe it. They were probably 4 and 7, and did awesome for EIGHT HOURS. I was seriously impressed. Just a beautiful family.

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  11. https://twitter.com/JohnBWellsCTM/status/1279036203451416576

    BrunoBarking Retweeted
    John B Wells 11:11@JohnBWellsCTM
    ·
    Jul 3
    BREAKING:

    The #WorldHealthOrganization made a complete U turn and said that #coronavirus patients doesn’t need to be isolated or quarantined. No #SocialDistancing and it cannot even transmit from one patient to another. *See the video.*
    #coronascam

    H/T BakoCarl (he posted this on yesterday’s Daily Thread, along with other important info)

    https://wqth.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/dear-kmag-20200703-open-topic-bypassing-twitters-slow-plugin-oann-apps-retirement-for-non-elite-is-a-product-of-freedom/comment-page-3/#comment-539502

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    1. Please Please Please Please Please

      Someone lock Merde-Kuh, NewScum, Cuomonist, Pritzker(?) and the other KARENtologists in a room and play that OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again until they get it!!!!!!!

      Hmmm. On second thought, just leave them there…

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  12. https://twitter.com/USAttyHanna/status/1279104800685199360

    US Attorney L.A. Retweeted
    US Attorney Nick Hanna@USAttyHanna
    ·
    22h
    “This case targets a key player in a large, transnational conspiracy who was living an opulent lifestyle in another country …. As this case demonstrates, my office will continue to hold such criminals accountable, no matter where they live.”
    Quote Tweet

    US Attorney L.A.@USAO_LosAngeles

    · 23h
    Federal prosecutors in L.A. charge Dubai resident who flaunted his extravagant lifestyle on social media in a wide-ranging conspiracy to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams.

    https://justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/nigerian-national-brought-us-face-charges-conspiring-launder-hundreds-millions-dollars

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  13. https://twitter.com/NDILnews/status/1279086237328998404

    Justice Department Retweeted
    U.S. Attorney’s Office (NDIL)@NDILnews
    ·
    23h
    Nigerian National Expelled From the United Arab Emirates to Face Cyber Fraud Charge in Chicago; Complaint Alleges Tens of Millions in Actual or Attempted Losses
    @FBIChicago

    @TheJusticeDept
    Nigerian National Expelled From the United Arab Emirates to Face
    Nigerian National Expelled From the United Arab Emirates to Face Cyber Fraud Charge in Chicago

    justice.gov https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/pr/nigerian-national-expelled-united-arab-emirates-face-cyber-fraud-charge-chicago

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  14. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/23-defendants-arrested-three-large-federal-drug-conspiracy-and-firearms-charges-horry

    U.S. Attorney SC@USAO_SC
    ·
    Jun 30
    Replying to @USAO_SC

    “With today’s arrests, in the last six weeks alone this office has charged more than 50 individuals for major drug trafficking crimes or serious firearms offenses,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy

    [Note from phoenix, ‘Carolina Girl’: McCoy was recently confirmed by Senate ——— on June 18, 2020!]

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  15. Re FLOTUS’ DRESS LAST NIGHT

    (I commented I thought it was a statement against Domestic Terrorists)

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    https://twitter.com/8Revolt/status/1279431044316442624

    8% Revolt Flag of United States@8Revolt
    President @realDonaldTrump just retweeted this.

    A sign for anons to dig?

    Who is Alexander McQueen?

    #QAnon #WWG1WGA
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    FLOTUS Report@MELANIAJTRUMP
    · 14h
    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Marine One. Melania looks STUNNING in Alexander McQueen
    #IndependenceDay

    https://twitter.com/8Revolt/status/1279431899094700033

    8% Revolt Flag of United States@8Revolt
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    Replying to @8Revolt
    Hmm…

    https://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/kate-spades-death-is-eerily-similar-to-those-of-alexander-mcqueen-and-lwren-scott/

    Alexander McQueen. The symbolism of this pic is obvious.

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    phoenix/”skipping through the thread”

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    8% Revolt Flag of United States
    @8Revolt
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    McQueen was close friends with Daphne Guinness, who is Rachel Chandler’s sister in law.
    Daphne Guinness on her friend Alexander McQueen’s tragic death: ‘I do feel slightly abandoned.’
    For most of the last decade, Daphne Guinness – muse, model, heiress, film producer, philanthropist – has, in one way or another, continued putting on an extraordinary and accomplished show of…
    telegraph.co.uk
    8% Revolt Flag of United States
    @8Revolt
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    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – a film featuring adrenochrome. The cover art for the film looks eerily similar to this spot on the McQueen dress

    https://twitter.com/8Revolt/status/1279442727437062144

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      1. It had occurred to me that the designs on the dress looked as if they had been drawn by children. I never would have guessed victims of sexual abuse. It looks as if those kinds of prosecutions are ramping up.

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        1. phoenix, thanks for the link…unreal thread.
          Anyone who doesn’t think the President and Melania are aware of the endless rabbit holes of this domestic and international swamp/cesspool is delusional.
          Egads, there were one or two more “suicides” herein connected.
          nasty sh!t !
          Melania is an apex troll.

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  16. In the height of the BLM rising mania – Mark Levin closed his show with this song…. I just happened to be leaving the grocery store at rush hour and played it at top volume with the windows down in my minivan all the way home – as a prayer for our country!

    The words are truly what we need…..

    Please Dear Heavenly Father – “Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood…”

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    1. O beautiful for spacious skies,
      For amber waves of grain,
      For purple mountain majesties
      Above the fruited plain!
      America! America!
      God shed His grace on thee
      And crown thy good with brotherhood
      From sea to shining sea!

      O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
      Whose stern, impassioned stress
      A thoroughfare for freedom beat
      Across the wilderness!
      America! America!
      God mend thine every flaw,
      Confirm thy soul in self-control,
      Thy liberty in law!

      O beautiful for heroes proved
      In liberating strife,
      Who more than self their country loved
      And mercy more than life!
      America! America!
      May God thy gold refine,
      Till all success be nobleness,
      And every gain divine!

      O beautiful for patriot dream
      That sees beyond the years
      Thine alabaster cities gleam
      Undimmed by human tears!
      America! America!
      God shed His grace on thee
      And crown thy good with brotherhood
      From sea to shining sea!

      AMEN!!!

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      1. AMEN!

        Back in the dim reaches of history when I was in grade school, we had to learn this by memory (and try to sing it too 🙂 ).

        I doubt today’s students learn (or even know about it) at all. Sad.

        What the Founding Fathers and their families went through would send today’s snowflakes into the weeds, cowering for help from their mommy and daddy… Maybe that’s why the left doesn’t want to hear about the sacrifices and patriotism of our Country’s Founders…

        A Happy and Blessed Fourth of July, everyone!!!!!

        Maybe there should be an American History Month, since it seems that everyone else has their own “month”…

        [And for the gender nazis, it could be called “American Heritage Month”. That way we get HIS and HER…]….

        [Never mind the fact that the root of “history” has no idea of gender/sex at all…..]

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  17. Protesters briefly block eastbound lanes of I-64 chanting ‘whose streets our streets’

    https://www.kmov.com/news/protesters-briefly-block-eastbound-lanes-of-i-64-chanting-whose-streets-our-streets/article_6179d71e-bd94-11ea-adbd-1f8b3130214f.html

    First off these are not Protesters. Second ‘whose streets our streets’ kids you’ve never paid taxes in your life.
    Funny ‘whose streets our streets’ no its the taxpayers streets and gov streets not yours.
    And yet they keep letting them block it because why not

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    1. Maryland and Euclid is about two blocks from where the McCloskeys live.

      Those particular streets are not private, either. They belong to the city.

      Little brats. If they’re actually from here, I doubt they grew up in that part of town. Possible, but, really?

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  18. A suggestion for the National Heroes Garden….the Native American code talkers without whom we might not have won WWII.

    And then, I liked the lizard suggestion for the Washington Redskins but now I understand that this might offend lizard lovers everywhere and not just our own beloved Steve…so I thought an appropriate suggestion might be Washington Yellow Bellies.

    But perhaps colors are offensive. 🤔.

    Washington Weasels?

    But weasels everywhere would be outraged….

    So maybe Washington Pod Persons?

    However, “persons“ might offend those who Identify as plants….

    Washington Whatevers! Best one I can print.
    😁

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      1. That has great appeal especially ince there are already emojis available for them. They could affectionally be known as the Washington Poopyheads.

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    1. The Code Talkers is a great idea. Pres. Trump mentioned the Tuskegee Airmen last night, WWII African American and Caribbean-born pilots.

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  19. l E T 17@Inevitable_ET
    ·
    3h
    https://dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8489563/Armenian-league-suspended-amid-match-fixing-scandal-FIVE-teams-disqualified.html

    Coming to the US soon

    All pro sports are “fixed” except maybe hockey.

    Armenian league suspended amid huge match-fixing scandal
    About 45 people, including club owners, players and coaches, have been handed life bans and another 13 were banned for different periods for being involved in manipulation of matches.
    dailymail.co.uk

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          1. Thought you were probably cooking and grilling, DP.
            My leftovers (“very creative”….Ahem) casserole is ready for the oven…the extent of our big Fourth feast.
            We had dinner outside on the patio at our golf club last night, with friends, so that was our celebration.

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  20. https://x22report.com/mission-operators-active-music-helps-ds-take-down-law-and-order-episode-2214/

    Excerpt from audio above:

    Trump and the patriots are now saving the taxpayers money, they have cut the White House staff for a savings of 23 million dollars. The unemployment number have gone down again to 11.1%. Confidence and hope are now returning, which means the people will push the economy completely online. Mortgage apps are rising dramatically. Congress is looking to change small business supply chains and Mnuchin is looking at more stimulus. The [DS]/MSM are busy pushing their agenda, meanwhile the patriots are now moving forward with their mission. They are now rounding up those who are involved in treason, sedition and crimes against humanity. The patriots are in control, arrests are now happening, law and order will be restored.

    https://x22report.com/did-you-hear-the-canon-the-hot-summer-is-here-evil-is-being-exposed-episode-2215/

    Excerpt from audio above:

    The stock market is holding steady, the NASDAQ has now hit its 23rd record close of the year. The patriots have the control. The economy is going to do something like we never seen before, its going to take off. The [CB] time is now coming to an end, the clock is ticking down and there is nothing that can stop this. The [DS]/MSM propaganda is now falling apart. HCQ has gone through the trials and it shows that it cures the virus. The MSM has been telling us that it would kill people and it turns out that was wrong. Evil about to be exposed by the patriots and the [DS]/MSM cannot do anything about it, once people see the truth it will be impossible for the [DS]/MSM to put them back to sleep, everything is about to change, it’s going to be a hot summer.

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  21. https://twitter.com/DrSamuelGregg/status/1279443788751126528….

    Mark Bauerlein
    @mark_bauerlein
    · 2h
    The inability of Republicans to defend America is a direct result of the right giving the humanities up to the left in the 70s and going all in on law and economics.

    Samuel Gregg
    @DrSamuelGregg
    This. Is. True. The right conceded culture to the left, and, in the end, culture – not economics – determines everything else. It’s ironic that Marxists – the ultimate materialists – understand this better than most. Win the culture, you eventually win everything else.
    Quote Tweet

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  22. A THREAD …. of those individuals whom the “weaver” (of the thread) proposes will be charge with treason/sedition

    I can’t get to the beginning of it, the things sooooooooooooo long! Remove the *

    *https://twitter.com/WarNuse/status/1202026280792862720

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  23. Amazing!

    ===

    RUSSIA SAYS ‘YES’ TO TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE, BELIEF IN GOD

    MOSCOW (ChurchMilitant.com) – Voters in Russia have approved constitutional amendments to ban same-sex “marriage” and to declare “a belief in God” a core national value.

    Russia’s Central Election Commission reported 78% of voters across the world’s largest country supported changing the constitution. Just over 21% voted against. Turnout was recorded at 65%.

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/russia-says-yes-to-traditional-marriage-belief-in-god

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  24. MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) Tweeted:
    Happy Fourth. Please stay home and avoid gatherings with others. And don’t forget your face covering.

    That’s it. That’s the tweet.

    .https://twitter.com/MayorOfLA/status/1279447984170622979?s=20

    Todd Ξ Herman (@toddeherman) Tweeted:
    @MayorOfLA @Researchagain This is a picture of an LA protest from July 2nd.

    Everything about your party’s diktats reek of capricious tyranny.

    Singing in churches banned
    Yelling in the streets is fine

    I know this is Ideological Demoralization at play, I will not be demoralized, “Mayor.” https://t.co/xYtu2gZVyq

    .https://twitter.com/toddeherman/status/1279452141111799808?s=20

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  25. https://twitter.com/Mareq16/status/1279431602196688897

    MaReQGlowing starGlowing starGlowing star
    @Mareq16
    ·
    4h
    https://winterwatch.net/2020/07/the-ghislaine-maxwell-deception/

    The Ghislaine Maxwell Deception
    The Ghislaine Maxwell Deception
    Ghislaine “Jizz” Maxwell is the CEO of a multi-decade kompromat operation. Are we to actually accept that she has hidden out without protection on an estate in remote Bradford, New Hamp…
    winterwatch.net

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This MaReQ is a qanon… but I’m less than impressed with the above… esp. winterwatch.net

      Wishing I had not posted… my apologies………….

      Liked by 2 people

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