Dear KAG: 20200709 Open Thread

Just in case you missed it on yesterday’s open thread, and in honor of our very own PatFrederick dealing with a Karen live and in person, here’s the PSA of the year:

Seriously, how do you top that one.

Okay, so since Q has been silent for a few days (watch, between the time I type this and when this post publishes, something will surface) it’s on to mood music.

This one comes to mind, too.

For those of you experiencing unseasonably cool summer weather, please, let us know if we can come visit without quarantining ourselves first…and how would the governor of your state know if we did….

Don’t answer that.

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As usual, this is the daily thread, the place to put all information that needs to be out there – Q drops, Q drop decodes, potential riot information, rumors about MAGA rallies starting up again, news flashes, WuFlu updates (is that still a thing?), satire, memes, and of course cute animal videos.

In the meantime, the short and sweet version of “THE RULES” is here borrowed from Tuesday:

Guidelines for posting and discussion on this site were outlined by our host, WolfM00n. Please, review them from time to time.

The discourse on this site is to be CIVIL – no name calling, baiting, or threatening others here is allowed. Those who are so inclined may visit Wolf’s other sanctuary, the U-Tree, to slog it out.

This site is a celebration of the natural rights endowed to humans by our Creator as well as those enshrined in the Bill of Rights adopted in the founding documents of the United States of America. Within the limits of law, how we exercise these rights is part of the freedom of our discussion.

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.

Since it is almost the weekend, the reminders are in place to not swing from the chandeliers, wash your hands and face, marinate the ribs, and be nice to the liberals whether they deserve it or not. Making your bed, OTOH, is optional.

Why do I get the feeling this could actually happen?

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MT 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your wordsC
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.”

Time to be a rebel and #TakeOffTheMask!

624 thoughts on “Dear KAG: 20200709 Open Thread

      1. These are the questions that we need to be asking.

        I put up one yesterday about noticing that we’re social distancing at the same measurement as we bury the dead, and the SJW crowd was like “mask it or casket.” And then one chimed in with, now it’s ten feet. And I came back with, that’s what it was before all this.

        I’ve been questioning the distance thing for a while.

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  1. It’s going to be a great Thursday DP. Thanks for the nice start… The gal in the mask PSA cracked me up. Shared on a gun blog. Also the gun store meme 🙂

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    1. “Seriously, how do you top that one?” -DP

      If there is a better one I’d like to see it. Easily wins my vote for now, though. Bubbly, fun, common sense, full of truth, faith, and smiles. And no fear! The perfect response to the incredible ugliness from “the others”. 😁👍

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  2. DP — I was reacting to hearing an old familiar tune, and it just hit me that you’re in the heart of ragtime. Is there any sign left of Tom Turpin’s Rosebud Saloon?

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    1. I put an answer on yesterday’s thread.

      Sadly, that was on Market Street, as I understand it, on a section that was redeveloped when the highway came in.

      Scott Joplin’s house, OTOH, is a landmark. We do take some pride in being the home of Rag, however short its lifespan was in the larger scheme of things.

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      1. Tom Turpin’s grave is in St. L, but Joplin’s grave is in NY. I went back and found your comments yesterday — it’s a sad bit of history lost to time.

        From a perceptual viewpoint, it’s weird how I blanked on the difference between St. L of Joplin’s time (1905?) and today. I’ve flipped by things a zillion times and never connected them. Have you been to Joplin’s house? Is it a nice museum? Were I ever to spend time in St. L, ragtime would be on my mind whether or not it was practical.

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        1. When it came to putting in U.S. highways and the interstate system, the federal government was not sentimental about history or respectful of continuity. STL got carved up, and several neighborhoods still haven’t recovered.

          The Scott Joplin House.

          https://mostateparks.com/park/scott-joplin-house-state-historic-site

          It’s a pretty typical representation of a two family house from that period. And VERY well maintained for that part of town, which has gotten rougher than it used to be. I haven’t been, but then in decades of living here, I’ve only been up in the Arch twice, and one of those times was my first grade field trip.

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    1. Yes, only took 9.5hrs. Lots of pain so she’s sleeping. Hope to talk to her tomorrow. Maybe come home Saturday🤞 She’s not gonna die from cancer because of WuFlu quarantine! She got around Abbott’s hospital shutdown by using state of art surgery center connected to hotel where the Dr’s nurses check on her constantly. Pretty smart little cookie (caterpillar?😊), she always finds a way to get stuff done. 🥰Thanks for checking Coothie!🤗🤗

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  3. Our governor here in Utah is announcing his decision tomorrow on mandatory mask wearing for the state. He has resisted thus far, but is under extreme pressure from different organizations to violate the constitution and make us slaves to the Covid. I called his office twice – friends and family have called also. I will keep you posted as to whether or not we join comrades in California or remain a free state. So far, 201 deaths in Utah with 87 of those belonging to care facilities. Of the 387,760 C19 tests conducted so far, only 7% were positive, yet the SLC Chamber insists we need to mask up. It’s all smoke and mirrors….And yes, the lovely lady with the PSA announcement is AMAZING!!! Thanks for posting that, DP!

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    1. I’ve been thinking about DeWine’s Ohio mask policy, where he’s basically making cities and counties responsible for whether masks are mandated by how low they get their numbers. If they keep the numbers high, they get the masks they seem to want. If the numbers are low, no masks.

      Not only was this very “Trump Doctrine”, and smart politics, but I think it’s basically giving people what they want. Deep Blue Virus Zones get their masks. Red Freedom Zones don’t.

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        1. Word is the pressure on him is now enormous from our side.

          And people are simply ignoring the mandate, which is not a good look when one’s own supporters are doing that.

          I know Q says we’re watching a movie, but this is getting ridiculous.

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        2. 20 cases? Ridiculous!

          Abbott set the limit too low, and the net too wide. So did DeWine, but not as bad as Abbott.

          I like the judge thing for escaping counties, but it’s useless with Dem judges. That’s why allowing city governments to escape counties is the best, to free red suburbs from blue city-overwhelmed counties.

          If DeWine had allowed CITIES within COUNTIES to escape from bad counties if their results were good, THEN it would have been a near-complete defanging of Brennan masks.

          Live and learn!

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      1. I visited my optometrist for new glasses he did not wear a mask and I did not have to wear a mask. The staff was loose wearing the mask and took them off when speaking. We have no rules wearing a mask where I live people do as they like.
        I really do not care if someone wears a mask or not it is not an issue for me.
        De Wine has been OK through this virus fiasco.

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        1. I went for an eye test a few days ago.

          Only 3 customers are allowed at a time. They ensure this by keeping the door locked. They have installed a doorbell.

          While I waited outside (good weather, fortunately), I read a notice they posted about alcohol washes that self-combust in the heat when left in a car. ‘Several vehicles have already caught fire.’

          Once inside, I couldn’t go up to the desk, but had to stand two metres away from it to a) make an appointment and b) pay on the day. The woman behind the counter was v. happy when I produced a contactless card.

          I had to wear a mask, the charge for which was tacked on to my final bill. My optician wore a mask.

          The drinks machines were off limits.

          I stood while waiting for my exam, although they invited me to have a seat.

          On my way out afterwards, the woman behind the desk said to me, ‘Thank you. Welcome to the new normal.’ She smiled.

          I said, ‘I doubt these arrangements will be in place next year at this time.’

          She stopped smiling.

          Oddly, the neighbouring opticians doesn’t have regulations like this. They just ask that you call for an appointment. They also deliver your specs to your home.

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              1. I had to go through the same when I had a haircut. I did take my mask off just so the hair cutter could see if both sides of my hair had the same length. I participated in the kabuki because I did not want them to be shut down.

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        2. I tested myself with a thin “social” (fashion) mask and an oximeter, and I discovered that (1) I compensate by breathing deeper, and (2) my oxygen levels stay healthy. My CO2 levels are probably going wacky slowly, due to long, deep breathing, but I can’t claim hypoxia with that [useless] mask.

          Sometimes I just wear my oximeter instead of a mask, if I venture into blue zones – people get it – but if possible, I just social-distance and “surface distance” instead. Part of the reason is that I now enjoy not getting colds and sniffles, which are nasty with my bad lungs. Yeah, maybe I’m turning into Howard Hughes, but it works – I enjoy the disease-free life now.

          I may just turn into a bit of a hermit. Internet’s all the socializing I need. 😉

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          1. Wolf great news that your breathing is better.
            After I had my bout with cover it took a long time fo me to feel somewhat normal. I had tired issues but all the green tea and vitamins and healthy eating I have come through.

            Being a hermit is not all that bad I enjoy it and have more time to be creative and reflective.

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      2. Good thoughts, Wolf. We got the verdict today – no state wide mask mandate except for Salt Lake and Summit Counties, but ALL CHILDREN ages K – 12 MUST wear masks while on school property. So, we take the least vulnerable and penalize them the most. Makes lots of sense, doesn’t it. I swear, I have never been more convinced in my life that politicians are some of the dumbest people I know…..

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    2. Yesterday I hand delivered a folder to our mayor’s office with a cover letter, two articles from doctors plus a more lengthy article from several medical references with links regarding why masks are not the answer to COVID. I underlined the salient facts in yellow to make it easier.
      I requested that all City Council members be given copies and required to sign off they had done their homework and read the materials before any discussion and/or action regarding mandatory masks. I emphasized, as our representatives, we expect them to do their research and not treat the issue as a political one based on peer pressure and simply do what they see other groups doing.
      DH said, my efforts will probably be ignored and the folder will go into the waste basket without ever being read by any City Council, and it might be true, but at least I tried and couldn’t live with myself if I hadn’t given it my best effort.

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      1. Follow up! I just received an email from one of the newest Council members stating that she read all the materials I delivered yesterday and totally agrees with them. She further stated that decisions such as this need to be made with facts not fear and the information I provided confirms that.
        Needless to say, I am delighted at least one Council member took the time to do her homework and delighted she reached out to me in response.
        Makes the effort worthwhile! Doing a happy dance here.

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      2. My Gosh, Tegan – That is an impressive amount of effort. If even one of your city council members takes the time to read your research, it will have been worth it. I am so impressed! I need to be more aggressive in my efforts – thanks for the ideas…

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  4. CDC admits COVID-19 ‘positive result’ just means you’ve previously contracted the “common cold”
    https://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/cdc-admits-covid-19-positive-result-just-means-youve-previously-contracted-the-common-cold/270529

    “A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses), such as the one that causes the common cold.”

    “You may test positive for antibodies even if you have never had symptoms of COVID-19. This can happen if you had an infection without symptoms, which is called an asymptomatic infection.”

    http://CDC.gov

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    1. Translation: “Here at the CDC, anyone with any brains has long-since retired and bagged a government pension. You’re left with a bunch of half-wits and ideologues that wouldn’t know a global pandemic from an innocent bunny rabbit.”

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        1. When I did my student teaching in a high school to get a teaching certificate (in a school with an overwhelming college acceptance rate), I very quickly came to that same conclusion. Basically, it was the unambitious, the mediocre, hanging in for the benefits teachers that remained. (Gross generalization, I know, and apologies to the truly dedicated ones that loved to educate.)

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    2. Michael pointed out that vaccines for non-lethal illnesses are not prioritized. I think that is because vaccines can be lethal and you don’t want a cure that’s worse than the disease.

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        1. I read on Gab last night that a number of states have written mandatory vaxx laws under the cover of the violence recently. That needs follow-up as the states listed were not the ones I expected.

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    3. “A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses), such as the one that causes the common cold.”

      “You may test positive for antibodies even if you have never had symptoms of COVID-19. This can happen if you had an infection without symptoms, which is called an asymptomatic infection.”

      https://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/cdc-admits-covid-19-positive-result-just-means-youve-previously-contracted-the-common-cold

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        1. Just sent this to the editor of our local newspaper…Of course, doesn’t fit their narrative so it, too, will be deleted and they will continue their daily headlines about all the new “cases” in our county.
          Unfortunately, our city name is also the county name , which happens to be the largest county in the state. So, daily headlines do not make a distinction between the two and makes it appear all the cases are in our town rather than throughout the county.
          Agenda-driven journalism at its finest.

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      2. such as the one that causes the common cold.”

        Nitnoid: someone could read this and conclude that common colds in general are caused by corona virus. (It doesn’t strictly speaking actually say that, but most people will read it that way.)

        My understanding is that 15% of common colds are some sort of coronavirus. The other 85% are from rhinoviruses.

        Not to be confused with Mitt Romney.

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    4. Yes and 1 person with multiple positives counts as multiple cases. My county is trying to freak everyone out bigly. Overwhelming majority are under 35 and NOT COOPERATIVE with contact tracers, and I mean total refusal. People are learning.

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            1. Every time the phone OS is updated it will be automatically turned back on. So you get the benefits of 2.4 GHz radiation (same frequency as your microwave oven) without even knowing it.

              If you want the resource of being able to call, but not the hassle of being tracked you can turn off phone, seal in an aluminum foil pouch, and then place on a very bouncy platform in your vehicle. The foil is because “off” doesn’t always mean OFF. The bouncy platform is because internal gyroscope like mechanisms try to estimate your position even when all radios are off. I don’t know if the bouncy platform would work, but it seems like an interesting tactic. The foil certainly works when the on/off button is just a suggestion for some phones.

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              1. We don’t have a microwave, either. Not since the new cabinets were put in.

                I have to have the phone on all the time due to family drama, but would do the foil trick if we still had a land line. I could not get the other people in this house to understand that we just needed to change the phone number, not rip the thing out.

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              2. You can do an incoming internet phone line for very little money and filter spam calls with a service such as callcentric.com (the one I use). If you aren’t particular about the incoming number, it’s $2.95/month for the incoming, plus about $5/mo for 911 (required). Outgoing service can be by the minute or bulk.

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    5. Here is the actual page at the CDC, with the paragraph beginning “What do your results mean?”

      I wanted to be sure I could find it, before I forward this information to anyone 👍

      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html

      FWIW, the author of the ‘fromthetrenchesreport’ apparently believes Trump is IN on the scam, as opposed to allowing the scam to play itself out, in order to expose the traitors.

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      1. Much appreciate as I was about to look so I could post.

        I will post a picture of page and the link. Always try to back up what I say on social media with a link to original sources just in case someone wants to open their mind and learn

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  5. Seeking clarification:
    There is a test for COVID-19 to see if you have WuFlu, and there is a different test to see if you have antibodies, right? It looks to me as if the quoted material from the CDC refers to the antibody test, not the COVID-19 test. But the point is that you can test positive for WuFlu antibodies when you have had a cold and not necessarily WuFlu.

    So this statement — “CDC admits COVID-19 ‘positive result’ just means you’ve previously contracted the “’common cold’” — refers just to the antibody test, not the WuFlu test? And we can’t say that if you test positive for WuFlu, you might have just had a cold instead. But we can say that if you take an antibody test and get a positive result, that might just be because you had a cold at some point — if I’m understanding correctly. It’s all a little 😳.

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      1. Good question!

        So much conflicting info out there. It is not clear that they have kept the PCR testing data separate from any other type of testing. PCR only looks for fragments of the coronavirus DNA. That could lead to what is described above. People falsely positive because the fragments found were from a different coronavirus.

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        1. Seen reports of them mixing the tests together to drive up numbers. Most websites say Total Tests. Our county website differentiates totals between the 2 types. But when officials and media discuss, they don’t distinguish, which is misleading. Just like hospitalizations. They’re sensationalizing high numbers for hospital and ICU beds, but they neglect to say what percentage is COVID vs NON. COVID % is low. Majority of beds are taken by people who put off treatment due to shutdowns. They also don’t tell you that hospitals like to run 80-90% full, that’s how they make money. Take away the election, take away Government reimbursement, maybe then we could get honest data?

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      2. I was hasty.

        Rereading the CDC statements, they are talking about anti-body testing, not PCR testing. I guess they both have the same problem. Not specific enough to be able to tell difference between the bad, evil plague version and the common cold version of the virus.

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        1. This is so bogus. It is really turning out that I was right – this is simply WEAK CORONA NUMBER 5 being added to the other four. It’s even so much like the old ones, that IMMUNITY was provided for many people (and maybe especially children) by the old ones (i.e., “no immunity” was a LIE). And now DETECTION is interfered with by the old ones.

          Oh, this was SUCH A SCAM.

          Note also that one of the antibody tests back in March and April claimed to ONLY detect COVID-19 – it got ZERO false positives from pre-COVID-19 blood samples. WHY are we not using that one? IMO, it’s because it was a small company, and not big pharma. This is actually potentially a huge scandal. That test was GOOD. Why are we not using it? Did CDC and FDA intentionally pick big money fail tests, rather than small money working tests? Is TESTING messed up like REMDESIVIR being picked over HCQ?

          Oh, this is RICH.

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    1. Because the FDA and CDC clusterfarked the original testing so badly (according to the dictates of their CCP masters), VSGPOTUSDJT had to throw it wide open to privately developed testing regimens. EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS ITS OWN ERROR PROFILE. So you really need to know what brand of test was administered, what type of test it was, and what potential errors it might report……for every test.

      Things could be worse, we could be stuck with the CDC, which is still trying to find its b***hole with both hands.

      The media agglomerates all of this into a “threatening number” *hiss* and says we should keep panicking. At this point, it’s all BS and propaganda and — if you ever trusted the MSM, it’s time to have your head examined.

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      1. Underappreciated comment in re to error file. I thought somethi g similar at 9ne point, but considering how fubar or malicious it all is they comingle all of the data and probably arent keeping good records.

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  6. This was a post on /pol/ a couple days ago by a supposed whistle blower. I’m sure we know who he’s talking about, if true. Take it for what it’s worth.

    “One of the SCOTUS fags is in the Epstein tapes that were recovered yesterday. I’m sure you can guess which one.

    The shocking part is the canary is telling the feds a certain nation state has been blackmailing this gentleman since prior to his nomination to SCOTUS.

    What does this mean? This justice was hand picked at the highest levels specifically because he was being controlled via blackmail. A sheep in wolf’s clothing appearing to be which he is not.

    Cat is out of the bag… or I should say almost. “

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      1. This was the first thing that popped into my mind when first read about the “fall.”

        Alternate scenario: Maybe he got tangled up in the woods with another famous “woods walker”…you know the one with all the friends and acquaintances who have suddenly died…

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    1. Hasn’t the whole planet known, for YEARS now, that Roberts is compromised because he illegally adopted his children from Ireland?

      I think even my 15 year old nephew knows, and he doesn’t pay any attention to politics at all.

      Pretty sure even Mr. Bill knows.

      And he’s just a play-doh puppet from the 1970s…

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      1. Hope the justice in this case is swift but not as painful as the disposition of the creative rights lawsuit concerning Mr. Bill 😮 😮 😮 OH, NO, Mr. BILL! 😮 😮 😮 (OK, painful, but not by the same methods, though the Klintoons would not be averse to it, no doubt)…

        From https://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/11/10/Oooooooh-noooo-Judge-Sluggo-cuts-up-Mr-Bill/2964374216400

        When the parties agreed to work out a settlement, Duplantier ended the open hearing with a theatrical flourish. He moved as if to strike the clay man with his gavel in a parody of the television misadventures of ‘Mr. Bill,’ but was stopped by his clerk.

        Duplantier then took a pair of scissors and cut the clay man into pieces, giving the head to DeGeneres, the torso to Williams and a foot to Derickson.

        The attorneys returned to their respective offices to draw up the settlement agreement, which was to be returned to Duplantier.

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        1. “Nobody cares about the adoption.”

          ____________

          HE cares about the adoption, which is why it works as leverage against him, which is why he’s compromised — one that we know of. Maybe it was the first compromise, maybe one of many.

          If the “chief justice” of the United States of America is a scofflaw who is willing to ignore the Law in order to satisfy his own desires — even when he doesn’t have to, it’s not like Ireland is the only place from which to adopt a child — then what does that say about his fidelity to the Law, or duty, or honor, or anything else having to do with justice?

          ………………………..
          “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10, KJV)
          ………………………..

          I would love to be wrong about Roberts, but his actions are beyond credible explanation, and he doesn’t even try.

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    2. Might as well add that Roberts got the position after Chief Justice Rehnquist suddenly died at home, which I always found suspicious. The history books now claim Rehnquist had long-term health issues, but I remember his death came as a surprise.

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  7. My water heater igniter died and of course I didnt realize it until kiddo’s bath time. Chilly baths for us but glad its summer! My water heater is about 5 weeks shy of 6 years old. Is this common now? No more 10 year or 12 year wster heaters? I think parts might still be on warranty.

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    1. I just did a research dive into this topic last year when my 13 yr old water heater failed. I could have taken it apart, cleaned it up, replaced a cheap part and hoped it would last longer. Almost did that.

      Newer water heaters are notorious for failures as they now have “smarts” in them for “energy saving.” I decided (since I didn’t plan to move house in the coming years) to pay full price for a very good plumbing company to take the risk of a “install fail” because they can take it back to the wholesale supplier and get a replacement easier than I can. I asked a friend in the business what brand they have the least trouble with and that’s what I bought. Came with a 5 year warranty. You could pay more for a 10 year warranty, but it’s the same unit. Just longer coverage.

      https://hvactraining101.com/water-heaters/bradford-white/

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      1. Thats what I thought. Bummer. The plumber who installed did a good job and put the install date etc on it but he’s left the area. I have to call the new plumber tomorrow am. I just hope the parts are covered and get them quick.

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        1. Similar problem yesterday when the microwave didn’t heat. Ours is a GE Advantium, not just a microwave…it also cooks with high intensity lights…and horrendously expensive…but I love and use it constantly, this is my second one after leaving the first one in the previous house. Sure would hate to replace it if it is even manufactured any longer. Repairman coming NEXT Thursday…have my doubts he’s ever worked on one of these.
          Hoping for the best outcome but bracing for a big decision to make. Meanwhile, will start doing my homework. Sigh

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          1. We ditched our microwave oven years ago. Mostly over health concerns about the inflammatory effects of denatured protiens after zapping with 2.4 GHz waves.

            A convection style large countertop “toaster” oven has it’s old spot on the counter. We cook more on the stove top and the foods taste better sauteed or simmered. 🙂

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      2. When our water heater broke almost 25 years ago a friend who worked for the electric company suggested to rent one from the electric company for very little per month. They installed a big heater never broke. They will install a new one if it breaks and I have no hassle.
        I like flash heater they have in Germany a small unit in the bathroom and kitchen. I have one in the kitchen makes boiling water in a sap for tea.

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    2. If that’s really what it is, it’s just a part and should be replaced. The one everybody misses (because nobody stays in their houses that long) is that there is a long metal “anode” rod that should replaced every 10 years or so if you want your water heater to live forever. That said, the anode costs about 15% of the cost of the water heater…..

      We got a new water heater for other reasons about 15 years ago, and about 5 years ago I lost interest in maintaining this place in favor of relocation. But if you’re at about 8 years since the water heater was changed in a place you expect to be a couple of decades more, change the anode.

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      1. I looked through the manual and saw that. Going to have the sediment drained out too. I got the igniter to light, then waited about 30 seconds, when I turned the heater up it went poof and died. At least I watched it and the little indicator flashed long enough for me to see it.

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        1. Igniters eventually wear down, and, depending on the design (and materials) can be adjusted or the parts replaced. Our old gas furnace was pushing 30 years on, before the green-mandated replacement made us get a new one. In those 30 years, we had the igniter(s) replaced about four times. The last time, the semi-clueless repair guy put in ones that were too long, and they melted a bit, then shorted out (which popped the internal fuse, but the repair guy had to cover that).

          The only thing that might be an issue is (at least over here) with gas appliances, the utility has to “bless” the repair, as it were. Probably the insurance companies taking their cut. So only “approved” maintainers can swap out parts “in the line of fire”, so to speak… (yeah, I know, appliance Karens)…

          If you have the model number, mfg. date, and S/N, you can probably look up the service manual, and then the part number of the igniter, then find a price, etc. for it. Then at least you have some bargaining infos when dealing with repair folks…

          10 years is a long time for an anode (and getting one out that old will be a pain). Depends on how hard your water is, or if you have a water softener upstream of your water heater. Good luck! Six years isn’t that old… I remember AO Smith used to have 5, 10, and 15 (maybe 20-) year models, Glass-lined, too…

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            1. They make flexible (and ultra-flexible) ones for that case (or the tank can be drained, pipes disconnected, whole thing leaned over, rod replaced, re-assemble, etc.). Generally a good idea to drain off water every so often, to check – flakes, debris, etc. This outfit has a selection, no idea if prices are good: https://www.plumbingsupply.com/anoderods.html

              Interesting, too, are the different materials that can be used, and the usage cases – e.g. odor or adding magnesium (or zinc) to the water… or even an extra rod on the outlet port…

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      2. If the water heater is easily accessed (not in attic), draining a bit is simple. Run a hose from water heater to driveway or wherever safe for hot water to flow.

        Annually I drain mine for 45 – 60 seconds. Hope is it flushes much of the sediment away.

        Have changed anode on travel trailer. Will look into anode in home water heater.

        The things we discuss and learn here.

        🙂

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    3. Is it a tankless water heater?

      I haven’t had any experience with the tankless heaters, but 6 years seems like a really short lifespan for either type.

      Sorry you’re without hot water…that’s a bummer.

      We had to resort to boiling big pans of water on the stove, then trundling them to the bath tub, when our water heater went out.
      Not fun.

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      1. The thing about tankless water heaters is that they need something like 200K BTU gas piping (or some ungodly number of Amps) to work. This is different enough from your regular system that you’d notice.

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        1. Yes, we looked into the tankless type water heaters when our 25 yr old tank heater went out…
          And the reviews on them were not very good.

          So we got another tank heater.
          Heheh.

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        2. I have 2 Rinnai Gas tankless water heaters. (Electrics aren’t good imo).
          LOVE them! Endless Hot water. Only works when you need it. Does not have a tank full of water that needs to be constantly heated (Energy efficient). Uses a 3/4″ Gas line for hookup. needs flushed out once a year (If you want it to last). I will never go back to the “Tanks”.

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    4. If you are planning to move house in next couple years, a repair is probably the least expensive, but will still be pricey unless you DIY. My new water heater really is saving me money and never seems to run out of hot water. But it was a big chunk of cash all at once.

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    5. My last water heater lasted slightly more than six years, but my area also has a severe hard water problem that probably reduced its lifespan. Hope you’re able to get the whole thing resolved quickly and cheaply.

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      1. You all are making me paranoid. Our hot water heater, gas with no electronics, is 25+ years old. So are the furnace and AC units (both are Trane).

        Just the thought of trying to get to the hot water heater right now…I need to clean out more of the basement.

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        1. Some people do get a real long lifespan on the older hot water heaters. 30 years is not uncommon.

          A few years back I had a HVAC guy that was good at gas furnace servicing take apart my 1960s furnace innards and clean out all the rust flakes and such. Three years ago I had all the old rigid metal duct work replaced with better insulated flex tube ducts. The house heats up so much faster in the winter now. Sometimes older is better.

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    6. OK – saw all the posts on water heaters. Going to disagree on the tankless posts. Best move we ever made. But only do it with gas – not electric. Electric does not work near as well and has more repair issues. We bought the high efficiency largest Rheem version. Takes up far less space than a tank. The noise when it fires up is like the noise when your tank version fires up. You open the faucet for hot and it may take a couple seconds longer to get hot water, but not much. It uses the same natural gas piping as the rest of the house uses. What you have to make sure of is your gas meter is sized large enough capacity to handle all of your uses at the same time. That is not on you, that is on your gas supplier to provide. They want the use of their gas, so they will provide a larger one if necessary. We are running a gas furnace, gas fireplace logs, and a gas grill on ours in addition to the tankless.

      They are pricey on the cost, but well worth it. Including a lot of piping installed, an exterior exhaust fan (not needed in many situations), and the largest product it cost around $2300. The installers will install an intake/exhaust pipe to the outside in addition to the gas line and water lines. Our unit is located in our mechanical room in the interior of the house. Once a year or so you check the water supply filter to make sure there is no gunk in it and that the gas cylinder is providing blue gas through a small window in the unit. If it is firing yellow or orange it needs cleaning, so you call your HVAC contractor or installer in to take care of it like you would a furnace. In our 5 years of using it we have not needed a service call. I check the water supply filter annually and it is always clean and easy to do – 5 minutes tops. The gas is firing blue – no issues. There is an electronic control that turns the unit on or off as well as sets the temperature. That’s it.

      Over time the unit pays for itself with gas bill savings and you would be amazed at how it cuts your bill subject to how much hot water you use and the tank size. Some utilities even provide credits for converting. The peace of mind of not having water tank leaks and needing maintenance/repairs/clean up while you are away from home is immeasurable. Always go with a size larger than you think you need. It will heat the water quicker and the extra cost is nominal. When there are multiple users of hot water going at the same time you want to have enough capacity to handle it.

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      1. So you dont think putting in two would be better? Id been told say 1 for upstairs 1 for appliances? 1 big one seems easier. We will have to see if it gets the that point. We dont have sola . And everyone who does switches to electric. I have gas appliances and dont want electric.

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        1. Gas tankless is the way to go. I have 2. One near the laundry and kitchen and the other near the master bathroom. almost instant hot water this way. (no need for the water to make a long run) also if one does go down, we still have the other until repairs are made.

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          1. I think we will do that when its time.
            So my heater AO Smith had a bunch of recalls on them bc the heater gas screens were defective, prob made in China, and allowed gas to accumulate and cause explosion. Apparently my installer made a claim against my water heater and after charging my install full price got money from the manufacturer which voided my warranty. He no longer has a license! Thank God I had my receipt so they had to honor my warranty. Took 3 different customer reps and the 3rd said this specific WH wasnt on the recall but was doing the exact same thing and under 6 yrs old. They paid for the repair and part. The gas screen had 2 huge holes in it.

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      1. He says he’s resigning, but the reality is that he would have been passed over for promotion at least two times and is now forced out. His 21 years indicates that’s exactly what happened.

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  8. A few words on Kanye West’s announcement to run for President.

    Did you notice he was mildly critical of PDJT (after all, he has to state some reason he is running at the same time POTUS is)…

    …but he ATTACKED democrats and Joe Biden?

    And what is the MSM going to do about him splitting off black voters from Biden without making themselves look racist…

    …an accusation West leveled against the democrats in his announcement? Think he won’t fire the same charge at the dem PR dogs?

    Think of the power of this soon-to-be released bombshell…

    “Joe Biden isn’t the only racist who thinks he gets to determine who is black and who isn’t. His vocal supporters in the media think they get to determine that, too, and they are just as racist as he is.”

    Rinse, repeat. Over and over…for the next 4 1/2 months.

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    1. Holy Crap!

      Did The Don just bash cheatin’ Biden with the “splitter” strategy?!?

      Karmic come-uppance!!!!

      No kidding I’m going to need more popcorn

      LOTS MORE

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  9. Good segment from Tucker’s Wednesday night show.

    He flays Tom Friedman and the Dems who are trying to hide Biden until the election.
    Then he goes on to how the Left is trying to eliminate Free Speech.

    “When they can tell you what you can say…what they’re really telling you is what you’re allowed to believe.”

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  10. Article:

    If BLM Can Destroy Stuff That Offends Them, Why Can’t Everyone Else?

    https://www.toddstarnes.com/crime/if-blm-can-destroy-stuff-that-offends-them-why-cant-everyone-else/

    …………..From the article:

    Apparently not everyone in the country has the right to be offended.

    Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday called out the recent hate crime charges that were leveled at a white couple for painting over a Black Lives Matter mural while looters and anarchists across the U.S. have burned police cars, toppled statues and evicted police from precincts without similar charges.

    “If Black Lives Matter can destroy statues they deem to be offensive, why can’t the average American destroy Black Lives Matter slogans they find offensive?” he asked.

    [Tweet from Tod Starnes featured within the article:]

    https://twitter.com/toddstarnes/status/1280893226661134337

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    1. Yes it *is*….it is Election Interference.

      Dems have dropped all pretense and are now brazenly doing their Election Tampering out in the open.
      😠🤬

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  11. It’s fun to watch the Left eat their own. 😄

    Article:

    Socialist Seattle councilwoman to Jeff Bezos: ‘We are coming for you and your rotten system’

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/amazon-jeff-bezos-seattle-payroll-tax-kshama-sawant

    …………..From the article:

    After the Seattle City Council approved a payroll tax on the city’s largest employers this week, one of the councilmembers appeared to threaten locally headquartered e-commerce giant Amazon.

    In a video posted on Twitter, a woman who has been identified as Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would be defeated if he tried to oppose what has become known as the “Amazon tax.”

    “We are coming for you and your rotten system,” Sawant said. “We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism — this police state. We cannot and will not stop until we overthrow it and replace it with a world based instead on solidarity, genuine democracy and equality — a socialist world.”

    [Tweet showing Sawant ranting in a video:]

    https://twitter.com/realchrisrufo/status/1280578930060128256

    Christopher F. Rufo
    @realchrisrufo
    ·
    After passing the “Amazon Tax,” Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant went on this unhinged rant.

    She threatens to seize control of the Fortune 500 and overthrow the “racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism.”

    If you oppose her? “We are coming for you.”

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      1. Jennifer Rubin, as well. Notice how it seems to be the females that are unable to handle what’s happening and are exhibiting extreme mental illness. Maybe, as a female, I’m just aware of it more but it’s been rather surprising to me.
        Guess I’ve stereotyped women as the rock in the family unit, able to deal with all the issues of children, managing households, finding time to contribute to their communities, involved in their children’s schools, often dealing with family older generation situations…all making them stable and grounded….not screaming obscenities in police faces and marching around with silly pink hats or black masks and setting businesses on fire.

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        1. too much pressure to BE EVERYTHING! have the career–take care of the children, the home, the husband…look 30 @ 50…always competing, always outdoing–it’s tiring being the Queen of the World.
          I used to say this at work many, many times…just cuz I make it LOOK easy, doesn’t mean it is.

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    1. Just as Musk can move Tesla HQ out of CA and move production out of CA, Bezos can easily move his e business out of WA.

      Plenty of states will gladly offer tax incentives to Bezos. Yea, Bezos is a shithead, but he won’t allow Seattle or WA to financially abuse his company. Nor should he.

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    1. I posted a picture of the 3D rendering of the corpus in the Shroud of Turin, and my mother’s SJW, former Jesuit, lives in the DC area cousin came back with, “He looks to white to be a Semite.”

      It’s a plaster cast of the figure and the face wasn’t visible. HELLO.

      Oh, this is driving me nuts.

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  12. The latest psy-op is random paintball gun attacks. Local news and social media are reporting paintball gun attacks from around my county. A quick internet search reveals that this is happening in other parts of the country.

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  13. Love the header pic, DePat!
    🥰👍
    Nice work on all your threads this week…and thank you for doing them!

    Wolf isn’t paying you enough.
    😄

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  14. Maureen O’Connell
    @MaureenShilaly

    Italian restaurant owner who racked up $10k in fines for violating shutdown vows: ‘We ain’t paying crap’

    https://bizpacreview.com/2020/07/08/italian-restaurant-owner-who-racked-up-10k-in-fines-for-violating-shutdown-vows-we-aint-paying-crap-944496

    via @BIZPACReview
    The governor has NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to shut them down! DEFY THESE TYRANTS!!!

    https://twitter.com/MaureenShilaly/status/1280961339335286784


    .
    ………….From the article:

    The co-owner of an Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania that has already accumulated more than $10,000 in fines for remaining open in defiance of a coronavirus shutdown order says he isn’t going to pay “crap.”

    “Some rob you with a gun, while others rob you with a pen,” Michael Mangano, co-owner of the Taste of Sicily restaurant in Palmyra, Pa., told PennLive. “We ain’t paying crap.”

    The restaurant has been reopened in defiance of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s ongoing shutdown order due to COVID-19.

    Specifically, the restaurant owners are allowing patrons to eat in the establishment’s dining room, which is a violation of Wolf’s order. In-house dining is not permitted until the state moves to the “green” reopening phase, which has not yet happened.

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    1. we’re in northcentral PA and have been in the green phase for over a month. there are no guidelines as yet for what comes after green–previously known as normal. restaurants can only be half full and masks must be worn. this is to keep us in fear.

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    1. Well, isn’t that interesting.

      There was a BIG discussion on twitter earlier in the week about the voice used for the text during the fireworks at Mount Rushmore. I have a thing for recognizing voices. My mother and I just do. Well, I listened to the video of the voice over at the monument, and one of JFK, Jr…it was the same voice. It was. When it was taped is the question. It could have been something done in the 90s, but I doubt it.

      There are so many things about the plane crash that are just not kosher. One, it supposedly happened at night, so there are no witnesses. There are no leaked photographs, just documents which can be faked. The narrative is the bodies were cremated and the ashes scattered at sea. But, and here’s where the tell is, the ashes were put in TIFFANY BLUE boxes.

      There’s some code or symbol about Tiffany blue. At JFK’s funeral, Jr. and Caroline were dressed in Tiffany blue. The picture frame Melania Trump gave to Michelle Obama was from Tiffany and in a Tiffany Blue box. President Trump named one of his daughters Tiffany. Tiffany just keeps coming up, and I can’t find anything on the surface of the jewelers, or the glass artist to indicate why this might be.

      All the way around, if it turns out that the JFK Jr. plane crash was the start of the plan rolling, when they started putting personnel in place and recruiting help, and it was faked to get the enemy to think they were in the cat bird seats….

      Oh, this is getting to be a great show.

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      1. Good stuff.

        The Anons did a lot of research about JFK, Jr., too, with pictures of him and his girlfriend — and comparisons to pics of a guy that has been seen at Rallies.
        It was all on 8chan, though, before it was shut down.

        Here’s something that is interesting…
        They opened a restaurant at Tiffany’s, called the Blue Box Caffe…in November 2017:

        .
        November 2017…isn’t that when Q started posting?

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      2. So many things to think about and to politically act on …
        JFK Jr. is not really a place to spend our time, is it?
        match the voices to the video … exact match … not a place to spend tim when so many more effective ways to spend our time.

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            1. True. But I can believe he faked his death for a good reason. Word from CDAN is that James Dean’s death was faked because he hated Hollywood and the fame, and he died last year in a car accident in a remote part of Canada.

              It is possible.

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      3. Wow… I got to take a moment to take this in.

        “Touch your nose if JFK, Jr. is alive.”— and he really did that.

        In other words he knows they were after him. Have he and Trump been working together.

        Wow….if this is true wow.

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      4. There was a BIG discussion on twitter earlier in the week about the voice used for the text during the fireworks at Mount Rushmore—- You know had it been a recording from JFK Jr. you think trump or someone would have said something like that but didn’t? Makes you wonder some more.

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  15. James Woods
    @RealJamesWoods
    ·
    8h
    New teeth, anothe facelift, Vodka afternoon glow… She’s running!

    there’s a video of Hillary blathering on about something…but man has she had work done. James is right…looks like new teeth, facelift and tons of make up…I won’t post the video…but if you like scary movies, go to James’ twitter.

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        1. If she’s seated you only see her face +………. if she were even standing, you would see she’s much thinner than hil de beast ever was…

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              1. this raccoon is not interested in the bait in the trap–he wants the dirt on the flower pots, so we will be moving that incentive down to the basement. there’s no more flowers in them anyway…hopefully that will discourage this guy and he will move on.
                HUGS back to you dear lady!!

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  16. Martin Geddes@martingeddes
    ·
    14h
    “As a ritual object, the mask was used on various occasions in the lives of primitive people, such as when they wanted to communicate with demons, propitiate nature, or secure success in war or during a hunt.”

    https://cinergie.unibo.it/article/view/7338/7313#:~:text=Stanley%20Kubrick%20used%20the%20mask,space%20of%20his%20unrestrained%20action

    https://twitter.com/Sonshyne8/status/1280976348920635392

    Martin Geddes Retweeted
    Sonshyne@Sonshyne8
    ·
    15h
    Replying to
    @martingeddes
    Exact same. This is the hill I’m willing to die on.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. H/T F.D.R. IN HELL

    Watch this 17-minute video before your “Command & Control” superiors remove it from the Internet. It will give you confidence to resume your normal life.

    Breaking down Covid-19 by Dr. Kelly Victory

    Liked by 9 people

    1. This is EXCELLENT! please send to everyone you know…especially those so afraid of not wearing masks. 17 minutes of rational discussion of the myths of the virus…especially including the very sheep-like 6’ “social distancing” (came from a 14 year old’s science fair project! Shades of the expertise of Greta.)

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  18. H/T GARRISON HALL

    Justyna Sobczak: Preludes I, VIII, XXIV – Manuel Maria Ponce

    Happy Cursday! Pitbulls are outsider dogs, unfairly prejudiced against because of the bad behaviors of their underclass owners. Their tragic fault is that they love to much and become too devoted to their humans—even when their humans teach them to do bad things. For this reason I love to find Pittie rescue stories where these dogs love and loyalty is reciprocated by the people in their lives. They are really wonderful dogs, given half a chance. This story has a very happy ending.

    #thedodo #animals #dog

    Bonded Pitties Who Lost Their Dad Are A Package Deal | The
    Dodo Adopt Me!

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  19. H/T LUCILLE

    China’s massive floods affecting 26 provinces, cities, and 10 million people
    The Epoch Times – July 8, 2020

    CHINA
    China’s massive floods affecting 26 provinces, cities, and 10 million
    people

    A tremendous performance…

    Stjepan Hauser and Lana Trotovsek – “Pasacaglia” (George Frideric Handel – Johan Halvorsen) at the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, October 2017.

    HAUSER & Lana Trotovsek – Passacaglia (Handel – Halvorsen)

    The theme is from the final movement of Handel’s “Harpsichord Suite in G Minor” which Halvorsen expanded.

    Liked by 4 people

  20. H/T DUCHESS

    #charliedaniels #charliedanielsband #cdb
    The Charlie Daniels Band – Simple Man (Official Video)

    H/T FEISTY HAYSEED

    Charlie Daniels – Late 70’s – Long Haired Country Boy

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  21. H/T DORA

    I happen to be reading a biography of RLS and when I came across this portrait, I found it fascinating.

    ===

    Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife
    Painting by John Singer Sargent 1892

    robert-louis-stevenson-and-his-wife-1885.jpg

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  22. tsk, tsk, tsk…one of the requirements of DACA recipients is that they OBEY THE LAW…
    FTA
    YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector agents arrested a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient from California and apprehended multiple illegal aliens during a human smuggling event Monday night.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m., when Border Patrol agents assigned to Dome Valley conducted a vehicle stop on a 2019 Dodge Charger along Interstate 8. Agents determined the female driver was a DACA recipient and the front seat passenger was illegally present in the United States. Two additional illegal aliens were discovered hiding in the trunk.

    The 21-year-old DACA recipient, whose status had expired, was residing in San Bernardino, California. The smuggled subjects were all male Mexican citizens and ranged in age from 28-52 years old.

    All were processed for immigration violations.

    https://breaking911.com/border-patrol-arrests-daca-recipient-for-human-smuggling/

    Liked by 7 people

  23. https://twitter.com/tracybeanz/status/1280983840333406208

    Tracy Beanz@tracybeanz
    ·
    15h
    Indivisible is a leftist activist group behind the theft of the Charleston election from Katie Arrington. They are national and they operate everywhere. You probably haven’t heard of them. Now you have.
    Quote Tweet

    Indivisible Midlands
    @IndivisibleSC_2
    · 17h
    Replying to @henrymcmaster
    We must have a response to the pandemic that doesn’t throw our schools under the bus. #3 in the world doesn’t get to open schools safely in a month!

    https://twitter.com/CoreysDigs/status/1281120510726848513

    Corey Lynn – Corey’s Digs@CoreysDigs
    ·
    6h
    Replying to@tracybeanz
    I sure have. I warned about them in my report in Feb 2019. They & others are partnered with Hillary’s illegally run ‘Onward Together’ created by Perkins Coie. BIG scandal.

    #DigIt! “Onward Together” Inside Hillary’s Latest Political Tax Scandal –
    “Onward Together” Inside Hillary’s Latest Political Tax Scandal | coreysdigs.com
    Hillary Clinton is operating Onward Together under the guise of Perkins Coie, while evading taxes, in a HUGE Political Tax Scandal with a Democrat agenda.
    coreysdigs.com

    Liked by 9 people

  24. From May 21…
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged Thursday that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country’s testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests.

    “According to reports, several states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas and Florida, have also been combining the results of the two tests.
    The combining of the tests could lead to the skewing of the overall positivity rate of the test, a measurement that is one of the benchmarks used in the reopening guidelines released by the White House and CDC.”

    https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/499085-cdc-acknowledges-mixing-up-coronavirus-testing-data?amp

    I checked CDC website, they’re still reporting one lump sum total tests number.🙄🙄

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  25. https://twitter.com/ZaidJilani/status/1280588591622762497

    Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart’s Army! Retweeted

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani

    Ever read George Orwell’s essay “The Freedom of the Press”? It was intended as an introduction to Animal Farm. In it, he described his biggest fear as self-censorship rather than censorship from government.

    The Chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of … any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face. … The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary./i>

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani
    ·
    Jul 7
    Replying to @ZaidJilani

    Basically, Orwell feared groupthink much more than he feared government censorship in the West. He suggested that the press swings between one orthodoxy to another, making everyone worse off

    The Freedom of the Press | The Orwell Foundation
    This material remains under copyright and is reproduced by kind permission of the Orwell Estate and Penguin Books. This book was first thought of, so far as the central idea goes, in 1937, but was…
    orwellfoundation.com

    https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/the-freedom-of-the-press/

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    In my lifetime I can think of several moral panics and orthodoxies that have come and gone and can’t think of any time anything would’ve been worse if there was even just 10% more dissent in those moments (child kidnappings mania, satanic panic, crime, 9/11, racial moral panic)

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    You just need a few people there to disconfirm biases and poke holes, identify blind spots, when even that doesn’t exist you get really bad public policy and paranoia

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    I’m a free speech absolutist or whatever but this goes beyond just supporting free speech as a right. It’s important to have big debates about stuff in order for everyone to see their blind spots and get policy right. No one has a monopoly on the truth, that’s arrogance.

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    The mayor of Seattle let 4 people get shot and several kids die because apparently no one in her inner circle tapped her on the shoulder and even had the idea that allowing a lawless anarchy zone was a bad idea?

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    On the flip side, basically everybody in Washington, D.C. doesn’t tell the truth about what they think about the US-Israel relationship because they’re scared of taboos (probably much more scared than they should be, in 2020 Americans are fine criticizing Israel).

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    This results in policy where the US never even discusses putting conditions on military aid to Israel let alone cutting it back, when if you asked members of congress this privately probably a majority would agree it’s a wise move.

    Zaid Jilani@ZaidJilani Jul 7

    And if your side is winning any political debate, and you’re happy people don’t speak against you just due to fear, do you really feel great about that? You’re not persuading anyone, you’re ruling the same way as any bully is.

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  26. If I say what’s on my mind, I’ll have to wash my mouth out with soap.

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    Vandals cut down flagpole at 9/11 memorial for fallen firefighters

    WASHINGTONVILLE – Village police are asking the public for help in finding the vandals who cut down a flagpole at the center of a 9/11 memorial that honors five firefighters from the area who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

    https://www.recordonline.com/story/news/local/2020/07/08/vandals-cut-down-flagpole-9-11-memorial-washingtonville/5399647002/

    Liked by 5 people

    1. And later they melted the lead to make musket balls. 😀

      Social Justice Warriors: It’s okay to do this when you’ve declared war, forming a new country, and putting your own and your loved ones’ lives on the line to do it. It’s not okay when you live in a free society that abides by the rule of law and you’re just trying to erase history. Big mistake.

      Liked by 4 people

      1. Yep.

        By tearing down statues they are declaring themselves to be a revolution against the Constitutional Republic, whether they admit it or not.

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  27. HILARIOUS: Conservative Mama Puts Together Outstanding Video of What It Will Be Like to Teach While Following CDC Guidelines

    By Joe Hoft
    Published July 8, 2020 at 8:52pm

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/hilarious-conservative-mama-puts-together-outstanding-video-will-like-teach-following-cdc-guidelines/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

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