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July 14, 2020

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/14/20)

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

The great nations of the world would do well to remember that in the modern age even their own fates are not wholly in their hands. Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse? It is not only the small and the weak who must scrupulously observe their obligations to the United Nations and to each other. Unless the smaller nations are accorded their proper voice in the settlement of the world's problems, unless the equality which Africa and Asia have struggled to attain is reflected in expanded membership in the institutions which make up the United Nations, confidence will come just that much harder. Unless the rights of the least of men are as assiduously protected as those of the greatest, the seeds of confidence will fall on barren soil.Emperor Haile Selassie


Quote II

"“What I see is if the election goes to Biden then there is a good chance that the Democrats will then control all two branches of Congress and the White House in the kinds of things that they are proposing, that can well mean in the point of no return.”Thomas Sowell


Quote III

The Jews survived the Blood Libel. But America may not survive the American Libel. While the first Libel led to the death of many Jews, the present Libel may lead to the death of a civilization. Indeed, the least oppressive ever created.” Dennis Prager


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Now, Jeff ride off into the sunset. Spend time with your family. Go away, once and for all.

BREAKING: Tommy Tuberville WINS Alabama Senate runoff race against Jeff Sessions

Tommy Tuberville has won the Alabama Senate runoff race against Jeff Sessions and he did it by a large margin:


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Meet Karen the Educator. She's lucky her victim didn't fix her nose for her.

A woman who claimed to be a teacher assaulted a man and spat in his face when he took his mask off while exiting a Costco store in Illinois, police said.

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Lean on Me - Bill Withers Our new national anthem?


Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on


Our national anthem a pickup song? FFS.


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Here is a novel idea. You don't need the government to confiscate your income and/or wealth. You can freely give it all to the government on your own.


A group of 83 of the world’s richest people have called on governments to permanently increase taxes on them and other members of the wealthy elite to help pay for the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

The super-rich members, including Ben and Jerry’s ice cream co-founder Jerry Greenfield and Disney heir Abigail Disney, called on “our governments to raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently”.

On the other hand, give it to them...Hard

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It's all fun and games. Until you piss off the wrong dude.


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Chicago's mayor continues to:
[ ] A. Subject herself to ridicule
[ ] B. Commits cultural appropriation
[X] C. All of the above.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot left many “speechless” with a bizarre announcement that she was deploying a “cowboy” to get an accurate count for the U.S. Census.

The Democrat mayor left many scratching their heads after a video message that defied the left’s politically correct talking points, as she compared herself Monday to the mayor of Gotham City in Batman and sent out the “Census Cowboy” to communities in an effort to get residents to fill out their 2020 Census forms.


I don't think this is what Thin Lizzy had in mind. But.......That's just me.


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RIP Remus and The Woodpile Report.

UPDATE 2: FROM THE COMMENTS BY woodpilereport.comx
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In an effort to dispel all the wild rumors I offer this advance notice of a forthcoming announcement at woodpilereport.com.

It is taking some time to get to as there are more important things for us to do in the immediate but it will be posted soon.

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The Woodpile Report will no longer be updated.

His family regrets to announce that Ol’ Remus recently met his demise.

In accordance with his desire for anonymity as author of The Woodpile Report his identity as well as details about his life will not be provided.

An archive here {at woodpilereport.com} of available past issues is pending.

Stay away from crowds.

H/T to all for the kind comments in your blogs, pages and comments.


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Your lost luggage? No, it didn't end up in some black hole. (Don Lemon jokes are not off limits.) It probably ended up in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Imagine this: An airline loses your checked bag. After an extensive search, customer support comes up empty-handed. They compensate you and life goes on.

But life goes on for your suitcase, too. Written off as “unclaimed,” it sits in a musty collection depot for 3 months. Eventually, the airline sells it — along with hundreds of other lost suitcases and cargo shipments — to a private company, sight unseen.

The new owner cracks the lock, sifts through your former possessions, and marks them for sale.

A few days later, a retired mechanic named Charlie buys your grandfather’s watch for $150. A 19-year-old line cook acquires your Beats headphones. And a nurse from Florida becomes the proud new owner of the scarf your mom knitted you for Christmas.

This is the bizarre secondary market for lost luggage.

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Yes, I'm breaking the cardinal sin of 'No Math On The ONT'. But does this government provided number (suspect to begin with) warrant the shut down of all aspects of our society?

"The July 10 update is based on data received by CDC through June 29, 2020″; the 0.65% is the probability of dying once infected. As always, take these with a grain of salt. Among other things,

Many uncertainties remain. For example, current estimates of Infection Fatality Ratios do not account for time-varying changes in hospital capacity (e.g., in bed capacity, ventilator capacity, or workforce capacity) or for differences in rates of underlying health conditions that may contribute to a higher frequency of severe illness in congregate and community settings. A nursing home, for example, may have a high incidence of infection (due to close contacts among many individuals) and severe disease (due to a high rate of underlying conditions) that does not reflect the frequency or severity of disease in the broader population of older adults.

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Fishermen have a bad reputation when it comes to "telling the truth". This is one fish story captured for all to see.

The great white shark circling the fishing boat
The result was breathtaking, with footage showing the beast’s jaw wide open and baring its razor-sharp teeth.

“There was a couple of times it got too close, I tried to give him a poke with the GoPro and couldn't budge him at all so yeah, very heavy, very strong,” Lee said.

The shark’s persistent attacks forced the brothers to pull up their anchor and sail away, but the remnants of the rampage were there for all to see.


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Awesome and powerful! The force of water.

Don't be afraid to click. Would I steer you wrong? Never mind. Just go ahead.


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If we stop basic human nature. We can free hospital beds for victims of the Kung flu.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals have more beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Confronted by surging hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, South Africa is also reinstating a night curfew to reduce traffic accidents and made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public.

Ramaphosa said that top health officials warn of impending shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen as South Africa reaches a peak of COVID-19 cases, expected between the end of July and September.

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The ONT Musical Interlude


Born on this day:14 Jul 1912
Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma. Folk singer and songwriter, famous for his ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’ and protest songs in the 1930’s and 1940’s. His work was a major influence on the young Bob Dylan, providing inspiration and mentorship. Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. Guthrie died of complications resulting from Huntingdon’s disease on October 3rd 1967. via thisdayinmusic.com


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On this day: 14 Jul 1989
At The Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarist's broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed 'Louie Louie' for 30 minutes. via thisdayinmusic.com


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Oblivious and a Genius Award Winner.

A woman was too busy getting 'stoned' in a Derbyshire street to notice the police approaching to arrest her

A woman who was 'too busy getting stoned' on drugs and playing on her phone failed to notice police were closing in to arrest her.

Police were out on patrol in School Street, Church Gresley, when they spotted the woman and what she was up to. But she had not seen them even though officers had been watching her for a while, said a spokesman.

She was so oblivious she carried on taking cannabis, they said, even as they approached. She was arrested and the drugs seized.

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One of the funniest cartoonists is back. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

Quirky comic institution The Far Side has very quietly returned as a full color irregular online series. Nerds, cows, bears, cavemen, Boy Scouts, old ladies, and aliens are back to the old drawing board, which creator Gary Larson notes is now digitized:

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