Dear KAG: 20200804 Open Thread

Cover image: Transom, Dining room, Laurelton Hall, Long Island, New York, leaded glass, c. 1915, Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, currently owned by The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.

Quick note: for today, please address all issues with DA BIN and such to Wolf. Thanks.

And now for some fear porn instructions. How to be afraid…it’s an art.

This popped into my feed at just the right time. Yep, music is a universal language.

And a reminder to take the pledge:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

And now for the nitty gritty of the Q Tree 5 minute, stand up, Tuesday morning meeting version of the Daily Thread.

Ahem.

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 with anyone who happens to still be hanging out there.

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.

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From SUNDAY’s Mass readings. The Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 55, verses 1-3.

Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
Come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread;
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.

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

455 thoughts on “Dear KAG: 20200804 Open Thread

  1. Today I am testifying in the Senate Judiciary Committee on “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.” The hearing will be held at 2:30 and will be broadcast on C-Span. My testimony is now posted. https://t.co/R1qrtA94LW

    — Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 4, 2020

    here is his overview listed in the tweet:

    The protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd have served to focus the nation on the transcendent issues of racial discrimination and police misconduct. It is an important moment, as we deal with the continuing scourge of racism, to achieve the promise of equal opportunity and equal treatment in our country. We cannot let this moment pass for a national dialogue on racial justice.

    That dialogue, however, is increasingly turning into a diatribe on our campuses, on our streets, and in our media. We are losing this opportunity to reach a consensus because of rising violence and intolerance for opposing views. If we are to come together as a nation, we have to be able to speak to one another freely and without fear. That is not occurring due to the campaigns of intimidation and retaliation against those with dissenting views.

    Recently, the federal government arrested George Washington University student Jason Charter as the alleged “ringleader” who led efforts to topple statues in Washington, D.C., including the nearly successful effort to destroy the historic Andrew Jackson statue near the White House. Charter has been an active Antifa member on our campus for years, and, after his arrest, reportedly proclaimed “The Movement is winning.”

    He is right. A visit to virtually any college or university will expose that success. In my three decades of teaching, I have never seen the level of fear and intimidation that we have today on our campuses. Many professors are afraid to voice dissenting views of the current protests or other issues out of fear that they could be accused of racism or even physically attacked. Some professors have indeed been assaulted or required police protection after voicing opposing views. To put it simply, Antifa and these other extremist groups are winning, and few people seem to be taking notice.

    They are winning because universities are now effectively blocking conservative or opposing speakers to avoid violent clashes.

    They are winning because the media and politicians downplay such violence to avoid criticism.

    They are winning because local officials are ordering police to stand down or prosecutors to drop charges to avoid further conflict.

    They are winning because free speech itself is being viewed as a destabilizing factor in our schools and society.

    Antifa has achieved its anti-free speech agenda to a degree that even longtime critics never imagined possible. It only took inaction from our government and silence from our citizens.

    I would like to briefly describe the agenda of Antifa and its history of violence in our country, including how recent violence fits into its militant philosophy. I would then like to suggest ways for the federal government to fill a vacuum left from the inaction of local and academic leaders in dealing with attacks on the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. It is by no means an easy task since government enforcement itself can also chill free speech and free association rights. However, threats against free speech have reached a critical mass, from our schools to our streets. We can either act or remain passive pedestrians to what inevitably comes next.

    Liked by 13 people

  2. Craig “Sawman” Sawyer 🇺🇸
    @CraigRSawyer

    Hogg is an errand boy of subversion. Thumbs down
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    .
    Here are those screencaps of the Hogg tweets:


    .
    Description:

    There are two tweets from young Democrat nozzle, David Hogg.

    In one tweet…he talks about how TikTok is spyware of the Chinese government, which is guilty of atrocities and human rights abuses…and says “Cancel TikTok”.

    In the other tweet from four months later…he implies that Pres Trump is banning it because he is afraid of teenagers voting him out…and that it is a main platform for teenagers to communicate.

    Liked by 14 people

    1. Julian’s Rum Tumbler glass Retweeted
      Major Patriot@MajorPatriot
      ·
      13h
      After it’s announced Twitter is under Federal investigation for misusing emails and phone numbers, their platform goes haywire.

      Liked by 11 people

    2. Erin, Rebunked Conspiracy Theorist@SniggihNire
      ·
      13h
      Replying to @MajorPatriot As a database administrator, I can tell you it’s very disruptive to an online platform when you hurriedly purge massive amounts of evidence. I mean, data. Eyes

      Liked by 13 people

  3. I E T ∞
    @MrBOTUS_520

    Is this a joke.
    .

    .
    No, it’s not a joke.

    Satanists are required to make a public showing of it, it’s part of the deal when they sell their souls to satan.

    Description:

    Steven King tweeted out a picture of a terrified child being held by two adults in creepy Rabbit costumes.
    The text reads:
    Mars needs children.

    ………….

    Here is a Thread Reader of a thread that was done about Stephen King’s tweet and what it could mean:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1290500743720443907.html

    …………..

    Pedos frequently use animal costumes to dress up in when they molest children.
    That way they can come back later and ‘comfort’ their victims, without the victims knowing it was them.

    They apparently like to use Rabbit costumes.
    Probably because the symbolism appeals to their twisted minds.

    The pedos like to take pictures of the terrified children, while being held by their costumed predators.

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    A day of reckoning is coming for these monsters.
    😠🤬
    They will be punished for what they’ve done!

    Liked by 18 people

      1. Yep.
        That Thread Reader goes into why King used “Mars” and what it refers to.

        Basically = conquest, animal urges.

        Also, ‘going to Mars’ is used as slang for getting high, getting a fix.

        So he’s saying that he needs a ‘fix’ of children.
        😔😠

        Liked by 11 people

        1. Thank you, Miss Wheatie, for translating to the essence. I just can’t read a lot of detail on child abuse like this any more. Just too much to take, though I know it exists.

          Liked by 2 people

  4. We had an interesting happening in SH. Covid hit 50 more ne cases over the weekend.
    Two 6130 Hercules big transport planes landed on our Portsmouth Airport. That is a big deal they flew very low.
    I am wondering what were they dropping off? They could have been Air Force or Air Guard.

    My short get away was interesting and renewing. Funny when away from all electronic tinker toys one can see clearly and that is refreshing.

    I observed two couples speaking at a dinner table that they are voting for Trump. They were not shy about it.
    Some of my friends the regulars were not shy either and no one wants to buy Chinese crap.

    There was a mask rule that was very bearable. We needed a mask to enter the building then could take it off after seated in the restaurant . The mask thing was respectable but very loose requirement.
    No mask walking outside. I had no problem with the mask rule because it was not restrictive.
    We opted not to have the room serviced so not to have people in the room.

    My dogs were at their spa kennel on the Farm were they were trained. The owner told me she was diagnosed with vitamin D poisoning. She will retire in October.
    The covid has taken its toll on even dog kennels and dog trainers because no one goes anywhere and no one has their dogs trained.
    The effect of this Chinese virus will be felt long after it is under control. People who built their businesses of all kind
    will be out of business for ever.
    Glad to be back home is still the best place and good to see all is well at the QTree 🙂

    Liked by 18 people

    1. Sorry when I wrote this there were no posts of the pedo stuff.

      The perversion of sexual predators has to stop.
      We go after rapists and killers why not go after the pedo sex offenders with same energy?
      Where are the mothers of those kids? I believe it is the mother who is the protector of innocent life.
      In the animal kingdom again it is the female. I know someone had to kill me to get to my kids when they were young.
      Sometimes children are scared to sit on Santa’s lap or Easter Bunny. I never understood to force a child. I have seen kids scream and parents wanted that photo regardless.

      Liked by 11 people

  5. Mike
    @Doranimated

    Protestors on their way to harass the Seattle police chief ⁦@carmenbest at her home, encountered locals who were not in the mood to host protests in their neighborhood.

    Protestor: “We are peaceful! You pointed a gun at my face!”

    Resident: “That’s why you are peaceful.”
    .

    .
    Double thumbs up for those residents who stood their ground.
    😏👍👍

    Liked by 19 people

    1. The comments are great. Some Jail House Lawyer said the road wan’t posted yadyadya and got SHUT DOWN!

      How the heck does he KNOW the road is not posted?

      For NC they use this:

      Saw this and laughed. It is SOOOooo appropriate now.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Trump for the WIN over BIG-TECH MEDIA POWER

    Watch for POTUS to impose a Federal CERTIFICATION FEE on TikTok for Deal-Initialization and Monthly Monitoring to cover
    • User Data Security,
    • Free-Speech &
    • Election-Influence Compliance!

    [Art of the Deal as a “preferred substitute” for a Federal cut of the Price that TikTok’s CCP Owners receive] 😎

    Imagine extending the process to ALL Tech Companies to avoid Lawsuits over
    • Compromised User IDs & Personal Data
    • Defamation &
    • Election-Interference. 😱

    Liked by 17 people

  7. Liked by 14 people

    1. Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

      Big Pharma is taking ads against me because I am MASSIVELY lowering your drug prices, which is obviously not good for them. Medicare premiums will also be going down. I am the first President to take them on. Don’t fall for their false ads. Biden plan is for very big increases!

      10:01 AM · Aug 4, 2020·

      Liked by 11 people

  8. Revelation 7:17
    17 For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

    It is getting difficult to find hymns by se samonte most of them have been censored … 😐🤚😔☹️💔 ..

    … nuts …

    Liked by 7 people

  9. I E T ∞@MrBOTUS_520
    ·
    2h
    Interdasting. Pushing it right at DC?
    Quote Tweet

    Collision symbol Dan p Collision symbolBooksCheering megaphoneTelescopeHourglass with flowing sand
    @DanPeacock12

    · 3h
    They fed the tropical storm from inland with charged particles! This Is How they control the weather guys. Please take a stand on #weaponizedweather

    Liked by 7 people

  10. This is so sad. Especially since I have a feeling it will never come back.

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    Radio City Christmas Spectacular canceled for first time ever, the latest casualty of COVID-19

    Ho ho … oh no!

    The annual Christmas season appearance of The Rockettes in Radio City became the latest casualty of COVID-19, with officials announcing the beloved holiday celebration was canceled for the first time in its 87-year existence.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-radio-city-christmas-spectacular-canceled-20200804-lsnvoq646fbfdczjcfatlgitu4-story.html

    Liked by 7 people

  11. Local radio was talking about this with the police this morning. – https://stopdefunding.com/.. They have over 150,000 signatures so far, and it is apparently throwing the stupid Seattle city council for a loop.
    He’s now saying they (police) are having a thank you rally this Sunday.

    Liked by 9 people

        1. Reports at Jack Poso’s TL says fireworks stored in warehouse the cause…

          vid clips of destruction, etc.

          *https://twitter.com/jackposobiec?lang=en

          Liked by 1 person

              1. The Library

                This is EXACTLY what i was thinking the moment i heard about the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

                https://twitter.com/DeAnna4Congress/status/1290685150171455488
                Twitter

                DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸
                My source in Beirut just told me to absolutely not believe the narrative that there was a random fireworks explosion. Also said this has to do with a bombing of a weapons shipment from Hezbollah. Not sure if this is accurate, just reporting what my source…

                149views
                Harold Wren
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                12:35

                Liked by 1 person

        2. Jordan Sather@Jordan_Sather_
          ·
          43m
          Here’s the official story.
          Quote Tweet

          Ragıp Soylu@ragipsoylu

          · 54m
          BREAKING — The Beirut explosion caused by highly explosive sodium nitrate confiscated from a ship more than a year ago and were placed in one of the warehouses located in the port — Sources to LBCI
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          Show this thread

          Jordan Sather@Jordan_Sather_
          ·
          54m

          Non-nuclear ordinances can still produce mushrooms clouds if the bomb is big enough, so we don’t know what exactly went boom in Beirut this morning from the initial videos… although I highly doubt “fireworks” could’ve caused that. Definitely looks like something MIL grade.
          Show this thread

          Liked by 2 people

    1. Guessing, initially a fire which cooked off ordnance.

      Cause, sloppy storage facility, improper handling… An assist from IDF. OR, ALL the above.

      Wholly ignorant location for ordnance of any sort to be stored. It’s Lebanon, ME, not surprised,

      Liked by 2 people

  12. wow! company that did a small part of the wall accused of smuggling! hope they inspect the wall for secure anchorings, etc and make sure that the job they did was not compromised!!
    FTA
    Agents observed the driver jump into the Rio Grande and swim to Mexico. Back at the F-250, agents apprehended five people who were observed loading the truck. All were found to be in the United States illegally, according to law enforcement sources.

    The vehicle was reportedly registered to CMF Leasing in Fort Worth, Texas. Identifying decals on the truck promoted Southwest Valley Constructors (SWVC), a firm holding a contract to build a border wall system.

    The investigation also found that the driver was identified as a resident of Roma who worked for SWVC, according to Border Patrol agents.

    Law enforcement sources also revealed to Breitbart Texas that the driver has a history for prior smuggling activity—details that would have been visible on a criminal background check.

    On May 28, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), awarded a contract to construct approximately three miles of new bollard wall system on federally owned land within the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

    https://www.breitbart.com/border/2020/08/04/exclusive-border-wall-construction-crew-caught-smuggling-from-mexico-in-texas/

    Liked by 8 people

  13. Senate Cloakroom@SenateCloakroom
    ·
    30m
    Confirmed, 79-16: Executive Calendar #711 Mark Wesley Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

    Liked by 6 people

      1. Interesting reply tweets:

        Richard Arbois Jr
        @RichardArboisJr
        ·
        11h
        Replying to
        @Sokrates_17

        @JMP11121
        and
        @MrBOTUS_520
        I remember when he signed the EO to put the Fed Res under the Treasury, and NOT one single complaint from a Democrat in office.

        ….

        Mavalynn
        @Mavalynn2
        ·
        9h
        Replying to
        @Sokrates_17
        and
        @MrBOTUS_520
        The Federal Reserve website ends in (.gov) and is no longer (.org) the change happened back in Feb 9f this year.

        Liked by 2 people

  14. Chad Pergram@ChadPergram
    ·
    2h
    McConnell on Pelosi/Schumer negotiations w/admin: The script is the same. “We had a pleasant conversation. But we don’t feel like making a deal. Maybe tomorrow.” Here’s the problem. Every day the Dem Ldrs repeat the same act here..they’re letting down..people who need our help

    Chad Pergram@ChadPergram
    ·
    2h
    McConnell on Pelosi & marijuana provisions in Hse coronavirus bill: She said with respect to the virus, marijuana is quote “a therapy that is proven successful.” You can’t make this up. I hope she shared her breakthrough with Dr. Fauci

    Liked by 7 people

    1. Actually for once she is somewhat truthful but it is not ‘marijuana’ it is NON-druggie high parts of the plant (Hemp)

      And it could be used to treat the cytokine storm.

      Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

      .
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      Cannabinoids and multiple sclerosis

      The three main cell types that are involved in demyelination of the nerve fibers and axons in the CNS include activated T-cells, microglia and astrocytes. In activated T-cells, treatment with WIN 55,212-12, AEA and JWH-015 has been shown to inhibit cytokine production, infiltration of cells into the spinal cord and in vitro recall response to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein by T-cells. Cannabinoids also inhibit the antigen presenting abilities of microglia by downregulating MHCII expression, costimulatory molecule CD40 expression, as well as cytokine secretion. Astrocytes, the major cell population in the brain, are also affected, as cannabinoid binding to the receptors leads to inhibition of inflammatory molecules, such as nitric oxide, cytokines and chemokines. In addition, anandamide binding leads to secretion of neural growth factor secretion and protection of the neurons in the CNS….

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Cari Kelemen Retweeted
    Secretary David Bernhardt@SecBernhardt

    The Great American Outdoors Act will ensure our national parks & public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come. This would have NEVER been possible without @realDonaldTrump’s leadership! #GAOA

    Liked by 11 people

  16. Following Memo covers Texas only

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-extension-use-national-guard-respond-covid-19-facilitate-economic-recovery-texas/

    Following Memo is general for all (excluding Texas) whereby Federal portion of expense at 100% is terminated at August 21, 2020.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-extension-use-national-guard-respond-covid-19-facilitate-economic-recovery/

    Following Memo covers Texas only

    …”Sec. 2. Termination and Extension. The 100 percent Federal cost share for the State’s use of National Guard forces for the State of Florida shall extend to, and shall be available for orders of any length authorizing duty through December 31, 2020. Such orders include duty necessary to comply with health protection protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health and Human Services or other health protection measures agreed to by the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.”

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-extension-use-national-guard-respond-covid-19-facilitate-economic-recovery-florida/

    All of the above Memorandum were issued yesterday, August 3, 2020

    Liked by 6 people

  17. Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate

    Issued on: August 3, 2020

    WITHDRAWALS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Michael P. O’Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2019. (Reappointment), which was sent to the Senate on March 18, 2020.

    Anthony J. Tata, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, vice John C. Rood, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on June 11, 2020.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/two-withdrawals-sent-senate/

    Liked by 6 people

  18. PepeDluxe Retweeted
    Richard Grenell@RichardGrenell
    ·
    4h
    So many U.S. Senators romanticize Voice of America while failing to understand it is not performing what it was designed to do.

    It needs a gut reform.

    It’s currently a waste of taxpayer dollars.
    @VOANews
    Quote Tweet

    The Washington Times@WashTimes

    · 4h
    Foreign nationals from countries such as China and Iran were granted security clearances by the U.S. government agency in charge of broadcasting, jeopardizing national security. #TWTFrontPage
    https://washingtontimes.com/news/2020/aug/4/chinese-iranian-employees-vetting-at-us-broadcaste/

    Liked by 8 people

  19. Some are connecting the Beirut explosion to this, “the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) finally issued the indictments of four individuals accused of having been involved in the plotting and execution of the assassination of Lebanese PM, Rafic Hariri, in February 2005” link below. Also one vid person said that was the normal area for car bombs not that, that was a car bomb. Likely some sort of industrial sabotage in the port area though.

    https://www.fpri.org/article/2011/08/hezbollah-on-trial-lebanese-reactions-to-the-un-special-tribunals-indictments/

    Liked by 5 people

  20. via Ace of Spades

    The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition
    —CBD

    “We mock (for many good reasons) the “trans” movement in America. The idea that the immutable programming in each of our 30,000,000,000,000 cells (3×1013) can be changed with hormone injections and some surgery is just…nuts!

    con’t at link http://ace.mu.nu/archives/389418.php

    Liked by 8 people

  21. I E T ∞@MrBOTUS_520
    ·
    2h
    THIS
    Quote Tweet

    DawsonSField@DawsonSField

    · 3h
    Replying to @Jean28387727 @CDBeee and 4 others
    Trump has been feeding mobsters to the FBI since the 1970s, he’s not worried about Putin’s lackeys.

    Wait until you figure out that all of the Trump ‘crimes’ were FBI stings & you wasted 5 years of Resistance investigating him for conducting covert operations for the US govt.

    Liked by 5 people

  22. Here’s a [virus] monkey wrench for y’all:

    Title 2 U.S.C. §27.
    Change of place of meeting

    Whenever Congress is about to convene, and from the prevalence of contagious sickness, or the existence of other circumstances, it would, in the opinion of the President, be hazardous to the lives or health of the members to meet at the seat of Government, the President is authorized, by proclamation, to convene Congress at such other place as he may judge proper.

    ///////////
    As best as I can tell, this has been on the books since 1794.

    Liked by 7 people

  23. A former neighbor who moved away made a special effort to call me this morning to tell me that NPR was doing a program about 11 am on Q. I couldn’t tune in and I’m wondering if anyone here heard it. Since NPR is a leftist organization I can only imagine the slant, but it would be interesting to hear what was presented about this “conspiracy theory” phenomenon that has the media in such a dither trying to deny.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. I’m always amused by the technique where they claim that “Conspiracy Theory A” believes in seven false things — two of which are ridiculous and don’t belong to that group, two were briefly considered — but ultimately rejected — by that group, one of which is just a bizarre slur that has nothing to do with anything, and two things are things we know to be true.

      Liked by 2 people

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