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August 29, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (8/29/17)

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(The ONT's maritime office. Don't we wish.)


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. Sir Winston Churchill


Quote II

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter. W. Somerset Maugham


Quote III

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.
Samuel Johnson


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Labyrinthine Lalapalooza

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We live in Stupid Times.

Fraud calls out fraud. Fake calls out fake. Left eats left.


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Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Explains how the U.S.A. can get out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Here it is. It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement. There is no need to wait for the next certification deadline in October. Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity.

I offer the paper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible. Although he was once kind enough to tell me "come in and see me any time," those days are now over.

If the president is never to see this option, so be it. But let it never be said that the option didn't exist.

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ICYMI, Mark Steyn's latest observations. The mood music of Mohammed.

No, sir. It shows us how easily a once civilized people get used to pure evil - at first declining to notice it, to let it catch your eye, and then accommodating it and incubating it. You'll be surprised how quickly such an attitude becomes universally understood, so that the few who insist on noticing, on not accommodating it become the real problem. See no evil, hear no cries of the victims, speak no forbidden thought of the motivations behind today's terror attack, and tomorrow's, and the day after...

So female shoppers in Finland get stabbed by murderous Muslims, and Buckingham Palace is in lockdown because of a man from Luton. Lie back and think of a lost England - and a lost Europe.


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A dead human body and a dead bear. What's the connection? The curious case of Pablo Eskobear-The Cocaine Bear.

On September 11, 1985 an elderly Kentucky man named Fred Myers awoke to find a dead man lying on his driveway. If this wasn’t odd enough, the deceased individual was wearing a bulletproof vest, Gucci loafers, night vision goggles, a large satchel, and a parachute. When the police arrived and investigated further, they found he also had on his person two handguns, a couple of knives, $4,500 in cash, ropes, and food.

So what was in the satchel? About $15 million worth of cocaine…..........

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About three months after Thornton’s demise, Cocaine Bear was discovered dead in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia- the same forest where Thornton’s plane (a Cessna 404 which he’d put on autopilot and leapt out of) had crashed. The 175lb black bear was found surrounded by 40 empty packages that had been torn open, all of which contained traces of cocaine.

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The alarmrists will use Hurricane Harvey and Houston flooding for their global warming angle. But the Houston flooding is Not a sign of climate change.

There have been many flood disasters in the Houston area, even dating to the mid-1800s when the population was very low. In December of 1935 a massive flood occurred in the downtown area as the water level height measured at Buffalo Bayou in Houston topped out at 54.4 feet.

History.


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The malcontents on the Cleveland Browns are not worthy to hold the jock strap of Jim Brown.

Later that week, in an interview, Jim Brown said that players should keep their profession and their activism separate. Football players are paid well, and they should respect their country when they are on-camera or in a game, representing their employer, Brown said:

“If you’re a football player, play football. If you’re gonna be a real activist, use your money, use your notoriety.”

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Minimum wage. The fight for $15.00 Oops. The fight for $7.70. St. Louis, MO minimum wage goes down. The ONT guesses they shouldn't have attempted to supersede State Law.

So did St. Louis know what they were doing? Were they itching for a show down with the state?


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From an illegal drug to a FDA approved drug, Ecstasy is now approved for PTSD.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy, is a “breakthrough therapy” in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thanks to this designation, the drug could have a faster path to pharmaceutical approval.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) announced the FDA’s ruling last week, revealing that they can now move forward on two of their upcoming “Phase 3” trials. The goal of these trials is to determine how effectively the drug can be used to treat those suffering from PTSD. The trials will include 200 to 300 participants, and the first trial will begin to accept subjects in 2018.

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A heart warming story. Is there hope for California?

From our friend, CaliGirl.

I'd like to share this story with everyone on the ONT. I see how everyone thinks CA is lost. This is my area. We are proud Americans. (I still say we are Bakersfield west.).

This story fills me with pride, we are not all lost here.

The ONT hopes so, but......we aren't holding our breath.


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UPDATE: Story about Maxine Waters has been pulled.


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There is a war against free speech and the right to assemble. It is time to fight it.

The authorities are not going to do it. The choice is simple. Either we have a First Amendment. Or we don’t. If mobs of violent leftists with the complicity of leftist authorities can shut down any protest or speaker they don’t like, then we no longer have a Bill of Rights. All that’s left is leftist tyranny.

In the sixties, Governor Reagan sent in the National Guard to stop the violence at Berkeley. Governor Brown won’t do it. It’s up to President Trump to act.

And there’s precedent.


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The ONT Musical Interlude


August 29, 1958, Born on this day, Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter, The Jackson Five, The Jacksons, and solo. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. The music videos for 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', and Thriller are credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. His 1982 album Thriller, is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson died on 25th June 2009 at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010. via thisdayinmusic.com



August 29, 2009, The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson's death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the "primary drugs responsible for Jackson's death", but four further drugs were also found. via thisdayinmusic.com

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August 29, 1977, Three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result, his remains would be later moved to Graceland. via thisdayinmusic.com


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Ivanka Trump, under attack by despicable "Americans". Hate can't take a break.

Ivanka Trump took the innocuous step of tweeting her support for first responders and the brave heroes who took action during Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, but she found out that even such noble sentiments will be condemned in the currently fractious political environment.


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Science anyone? Sure! Why not?!?!?!


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OK 'Ettes, you can skip this link, for guys only. Four magic words that all women love. Gavin McInnes and a NSFW lesson.

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This course should not only be taught in college but in high school as well. Hell grade school as well.

A cohort within the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents is attempting to introduce a “civic literacy” requirement to teach students about the Constitution and “civil discourse.”

According to The Daily Camera, five regents gathered during the board’s University Affairs Committee meeting to discuss the possible addition, which, if approved, would become a requirement in the university’s core curriculum.

"How can you debate free speech if you don’t know much about the constitution?" Tweet This

Notably, of the five backing the initiative, at least two are registered Democrats, including Regent Steve Ludwig, who told The Camera that he’s convinced many graduates do not have the civic literacy that ought be expected of them.

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Can you pass this smell test?

Each of our senses gives us a unique view of our world. Our visual system detects parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, revealing movement, brightness and color, but also a smile or a tear. Our auditory system registers changes in pressure, but also allows us to hear the crash of ocean waves or the smoky contralto of Billie Holiday. To appreciate the flavor of food and drink, recognize the perfume of the first spring flowers or detect the danger of a gas leak, we rely upon our olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste) systems.

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Some British kings died in embarrassing ways. Such nobility. Not.

4. King James II of Scotland: This Scottish king was killed by his own cannon, which he decided to stand close to and fire to impress his lady love. He completely underestimated the power of the cannon; his thigh was cut in half and he bled out immediately.

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Everything you wanted to know about Chuck Norris and the internet meme.

Like most memes, Chuck Norris Facts were a happy accident. Another actor—not Chuck Norris—was the impetus, Ian Spector, the godfather of the Norris facts, told the Daily Dot.

“Believe it or not, the site began in 2005 with Vin Diesel Facts,” he said over email.

In 2005, The Pacifier, a film in which Diesel played an Elite Navy SEAL tasked with caring for children, became a box office success, grossing over $200 million in U.S. movie theaters. Spector frequented the forums on SomethingAwful.com and became engrossed with a conversation about the country’s love/hate relationship with the bald action bro.

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One by one, Trump continues to lose staff. The resignation letter of Dr. Sebastian Gorka.

Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices finally to be heard.

Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will “Make America Great Again,” have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week.

The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of “radical Islam” or “radical Islamic terrorism” proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.


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Urinating on candy in a store would normally get a Genius Award nomination. But let's hear it for the State of Ohio and their judicial system. Genius Award Winner.

Court records do not indicate why Burks (seen above) allegedly relieved himself on merchandise in the store (which has public restrooms).

Burks’s rap sheet includes prior arrests for burglary; assault; forgery; heroin trafficking; domestic violence; menacing; and disorderly conduct.


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Not everyone out there is a jerk. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.


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