Dear KAG: 20201224 Christmas Dance Party Open Thread

Let’s get this party started.

General rule of thumb, if Kevin Shipp is saying something, believe the opposite.

https://twitter.com/Kevin_Shipp/status/1341890565328269313

Lin Wood, on the other hand, is worth hearing out.

https://twitter.com/LLinWood/status/1341964483409940482

The president as well.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1341948764068704256

In the meantime, remember in this battle, not everyone is who he or she seems to be.

At this point, the surface only tells part of the story.

Wait…hold the phone…isn’t this supposed to be a party?

Some nostalgia is in order.

Recipes for all your favorite holiday goodies and beverages are welcome in the comments.

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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, riot information, news flashes, Chy-na flu updates, fashionable mask photos, 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…okay wrapped chocolate miniatures are fair game
  2. No running with scissors, we’re going to need them to cut wrapping paper
  3. If you bring snacks, be sure they are made with bacon

Auntie DePat’s requests as we are all, ahem, adults, not uncivilized pygmies:

If you see something has not been posted, do us all a favor, and post it. Please, do not complain that it has not been done yet.

Please, check the CURRENT page, at least, of posts for the item you have to bring to the tree. It may well have been posted previously. Twinsing can’t usually be helped, but for Q-Treepers pressed for time, all efforts to keep the current page, at least, repeat free will prevent additional comments that call for the scroll wheel.

The scroll wheel on your mouse can be your friend. As mature adults, please use it here in the same manner you would in avoiding online porn.

Thank you so much for any and all attention to such details. It is GREATLY appreciated by more than one party here.

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LUKE 1:67-79

67And his father Zechari’ah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, 68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, 69and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; 72to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant, 73the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. 76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, 78through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Prayers for the nation, the salvation of humanity, and all of us here as well as our families are welcome.

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bakocarl

For Zoe –

A Singular Christmas

Waiting for Christmas to appear
Santa Claus and his eight reindeer
Christmastime is special each year
Good will fills the atmosphere

Memories of past Christmas cheer
Memories that seem ever clear
Memories that bring families near
Memories of all that I hold dear

Riding to the lot, picking our tree
And a big wreath for others to see
Some pine needles catch in my hair
Fir, pine and spruce smell everywhere

Making cookies for the big day
All from scratch, the old-fashioned way
Butter and vanilla sure smell good
All mixed and stirred as they should

At the last minute, wrapping a few
Crinkly paper and curly bows, too
The sound of carols in the air
All spreading their joy everywhere

Open one present Christmas Eve
Hoping this day will never leave
Last quiet crackles from the warm fire
And so, at last, we must retire

Up in the morning, oh, the smell
Fresh brewed coffee, lets me sit a spell
Bacon in the pan, sizzling, too
French toast and syrup, mmmm, thank you!

Clunk, from the pots, clank from the pans
Clink from the dishes – busy, busy hands
With the promise of feast when done
Ohh, how I dream of the pies to come

Thumps from car doors, more family’s here
Stamping snow off shoes with cheer
More rustling presents under the tree
Maybe for you, and maybe for me

Crunchy, grainy or soft puffy fluff
Christmas snow – I can’t get enough
Outside in the cold, lie right down
And make snow angels on the ground

Now, that scrunch of a vacuum lid
Roasted nut smells that can’t be hid
Cold cider gurgles from a jug
Hot spiced tea scents from heavy mugs

Chairs scrape the floor, then hitch up close
Ahh, the smell of our Christmas roast
We thank God for food and His Son
For His life and the victory won

Tender roast, with mashers piled high
Gravy all over, and then the pies
Hot apple and cherry with ice cream, too
For sure, I ate enough for two

We passed out presents all around
The laughter and the joyful sounds
Make the room fill up with cheer
To honor Christmas every year

Then like in Scrooge, a little game
Blind Man’s Buff, it’s always the same
Turn ‘em around, just give ‘em a spin
It’s so easy and I always win

Chatting with Wolf’s peeps on Q Tree
And Marica, too, she’s special to me
Wishing them all lots of Christmas cheer
And all my love throughout the year

Hearing that story yet once again
The Angel, the journey, no room at the inn
The Angel host, shepherds, and manger scene
Joseph and Mary, so calm and serene

These sounds and smells brighten my days
And tastes and touches, in many ways
A different world is all around me
Affecting my life to a great degree

If you haven’t guessed, well, I’m blind
It’s just my eyes, though, not my mind
These are things that I can’t see
That make my Christmas dear to me

And one fine day that’s yet to come
As we await God’s loving Son
As lightning flashes east to west
We, His children, will be more blest

And with the shout, then we will rise
I’ll see it all with my new eyes
I’ll meet my Savior in the air
And see His face ever in His care
_  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  

A very merry Christmas to Zoe,
To Wolf and the QTreep crew,
And Christmas cheer to Marica
And Marica’s Minions, too.

Wolf Moon

So Wolf read the poem
And read it again
And once more with feeling
He shouted AMEN!  😃    🎄      🎁  

smiley2

psst…

Very Merry Christmas To You & Yours, Wolf…🐺💟

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Wolf Moon

LOL!!! I love it! 

Merry Christmas!!! 😀 😎

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kinthenorthwest

Amen Amen Amen–
I’m learning to grab the tissue before reading..
Like Wolfie I have to read twice, but its because when tears in ones eyes it is hard to read.
Bak you have done so many awesome poems thank you !!  💓 

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wheatietoo

Thank you, Carl!
Beautifully said.
 😌  🙏 

A very Merry Christmas to you, as well.
 🎄  💖  🕯  🎄 

grandmaintexas

Merry Christmas, Bako Carl. You are the resident sage and poet here.

Thank you and God bless you.

Wolf Moon

Merry Christmas!  🎄 

jamcooker

Hoping the shingles “victim” feels better. That’s not fun.

cthulhu

Shingles of any flavor isn’t pleasant. OTOH, it probably could be worse — one member of our engines club (known as “Dr. Bob” and an actual MD) got shingles in his eye.

cthulhu

On this day, I will spare you the full Tylenol rant. [Oddly enough, there is no codeine rant.] Use as little as possible, try to find a replacement, and dispose of any remainder quickly after the necessity ends. Acetaminophen is likely the most dangerous medication in your house as long as it is there.

Valerie Curren

I’m curious about this acetaminophen info. My son w/ the liver transplant is supposed to use it for pain as he’s not supposed to use ibuprophen. He already takes a baby aspirin daily for heart issues & other meds…

cthulhu

*rolls eyes* Right…..

I’m not sure that it’s still true today, but for a couple of decades acetaminophen held the record for the OTC medication with the smallest gap between clinical dose (where it does something) and LD-50 (where it kills 50% of those taking this dosage). This has led many to suspect that “the fix was in” when it was approved.

It has been the #1 or #2 cause of acute liver failure in the US every year since its introduction — and the same for the UK. When pharmacists commit suicide, they tend to use acetaminophen rather than anything on their side of the counter — it is an extremely certain method (though not particularly pleasant).

Pharma has mostly laughed this off — and included it in a wide variety of places you wouldn’t necessarily look for it. For instance, Midol Complete has 500 mg per caplet; liquid Nyquil has 650 mg per 30 ml dose. Over 600 common medications contain acetaminophen. Someone with a headache and menstrual cramps, who thinks she is coming down with a head cold could easily pop 1650 mg at once.

Further, alcohol can dramatically increase the damage that acetaminophen can do. Our friend in the previous paragraph who has a couple of cocktails could be reeeeaaaaal close to the danger zone (body mass also has something to do with the toxicity, so if she’s on a diet…..).

Having had a liver transplant, I suspect your son isn’t a casual drinker. You have probably discussed most of the OTC in your home with his liver docs. If his docs say acetaminophen in the circumstances he’s in, I’m sure he’s fine. But it is NOT safe to be thrown around with gay abandon amongst the general population, who may be drinking, or may have forgotten that they just took their previous dose 20 minutes earlier. The #1 in last year’s causes of acute liver failure proves it.

If you look in your home medicine cabinet, it is very likely to be the medication with the highest body count over the previous 12 months. It’s deadly. And it’s hiding in tiny print on so many bottles you do not want to read when you’re feeling unwell.

Myself, I don’t allow it in my house. It’s impossible to double-dose when there isn’t any.

Sorry, DP….I tried to just stay with the short and friendly version.

Valerie Curren

I appreciate this info very much. & no we haven’t discussed All the OTC stuff w/ the transplant docs. For a cough he can take guaifenesin & there is one for cold/sinus, I forget which one but I wrote down detailed notes from poison control & rubberbanded them around the boxes for reference.

He barely ever gets other OTC than A & G. & he pretty much hates alcohol so will only drink a sip or two in a few months.

Thanks for your thorough explanation.

I used to insist on the package insert from the pharmacists & read & highlighted everything before letting him take another new med. But with his liver rejection situation this summer so many “new” (probably mostly/all the same meds as after the transplant in 2013) meds that they (re) started in the hospital that wasn’t really an option, especially w/ all the CV restrictions that kept me from being bedside round the clock as they’d promised before I took him in.

When I was with him virtually every time they were bringing his meds there was something wrong w/ his usual meds that needed my intervention & advocacy–sigh…

Thanks for this info & taking the time…

Merry Christmas!

cthulhu

You’re very welcome. I strongly believe that everyone should be more informed about this, but also don’t want to burden people with the full rant lest I sound like more of a nut than I actually am.

And, BTW, certain flavors of Mucinex contain acetaminophen. Seriously, it’s like the glasses in “They Live” [ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096256/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl#synopsis ] — once you start seeing it, you see it everywhere.

Valerie Curren

Amazing. almost like “they” are actively trying to undermine our health or something!

When you’re Way More Informed on any topic you can run the risk of Sounding like a “nut” but the uninformed are in the position of actually Being a Nut if they don’t listen & learn!!!

cthulhu

Please, there is a party — we should mingle with other people and enjoy the convivial atmosphere. You really don’t want to have me do my “food pyramid causes diabetes” rant.

Ask me some other day.

Merry Christmas!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Gail Combs

<i>”…You really don’t want to have me do my “food pyramid causes diabetes” rant….”</i>

It probably echoes mine. 🤣  

cthulhu

We can do it together in stereo…..after Christmas.

Gail Combs

  :wpds_grin: 

Valerie Curren

I never was a good mingler 🙂

Merry Christmas to you & yours & God Bless!!!

grandmaintexas

Very grateful for this information. We are a strict aspirin when needed household but do have some mucinex hanging around.

TakeBackOurRepublic

Thanks for the acetaminophen warning. We have some locked away in emergency reserve that are laced with codeine prescribed after a surgical procedure. I will be throwing those out.

Gail Combs

Almost lost a friend to acute liver failure from acetaminophen.

cthulhu

Your friend is very, very, very, very, very, very lucky. Detectable liver damage to irreversible liver failure is a window the size of the eye of a needle with that poison.

Like I said, it’s what pharmacists use when they want to make sure (I recall one case where the pharmacist killed his wife and her lover and wanted to be sure he was never on trial for murder).

Gail Combs

His sister was told to hope a plane because they did not expect him to live. So yeah it was THAT CLOSE.

cthulhu

Oh, BTW, the baby aspirin daily for heart issues is really great, and I tried to put myself on the same regimen. (Aspirin was originally discovered in willow-bark extract, so it’s a synthesized “herbal”).

Was about a week before I seriously regretted it.

If you are prone to gout, your system is too close to its tipping point for uric acid to be flushed out of the bloodstream via the kidneys. You go just over the line, and you have an attack — where it crystallizes in your joints (the crystals are shaped like needles). Aspirin, even baby aspirin, moves you a smidge in the bad direction.

If you can go without an attack for many months, maybe a year or two, but have an attack right after starting baby aspirin….it really motivates you to NOT DO THAT.

Valerie Curren

Yikes, that sounds intense!

My son has a “heavily trabeculated left ventricle” in his heart. On the Echo it looks like fingers of tissue are protruding into the chamber. As the heart beats these fingers also have a rhythm but not as frequent as the heart beat.

Sometimes these fingers appear to close & potentially trap blood for an extra heartbeat or so. The aspirin is to reduce the clotting factor a bit to hopefully prevent any type of clotting from occurring during those strange villa like movements inside his heart.

He’s a tad overdue for his pediatric cardiology (congenital heart defects/birth defects are followed by peds cardiology, regardless of the patient’s age–a Very Different Animal than adult-onset heart disease) visit & we’ve been somewhat waiting for things to settle down to some degree of sanity here in Michigan. This is probably the longest he’s gone between visits since his second heart surgery 20 years ago, when he was 4 1/2…

cthulhu

I’m seeing https://www.cardiomyopathy.org/left-ventricular-noncompaction/intro and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noncompaction_cardiomyopathy at first impression for this. Is this the right direction? It seems like a lot of names for things in this area have changed in the 80’s and 90’s.

Valerie Curren

I’ll have to read that stuff after some sleep for I’m fading out & it’s a couple of big days here…

Thanks for sharing, & the diagram in the 1st one looks like it could be possibly similar, especially since they used the word trabeculations. Seeing it in action on the echocardiogram was pretty interesting…

cthulhu

BTW, shingles in the eye basically laid him out for about 7 weeks in indescribable pain (can’t smear cortisone on your retina) where he couldn’t see anything out of that eye. For a guy who’s been retired for a while, you can just imagine.

Ozzytrumpster

Now THAT requires antivirals

cthulhu

Dr. Bob was in the biz, and we’re talking literally blocks from Stanford, and he’s highly connected. I’m sure he got the best care available. And it STILL massively sucked.

Chris

Merry Christmas DP !
Merry Christmas Treeps !

patfrederick

Merry Christmas Chris!

scott467

“If it’s any indication of the insanity in this house and family in the last year, the one stalwart member has shingles. It’s not me.”

____________

Couch Commando?

😁

wheatietoo

DePat…I highly recommend Tea Tree Oil for shingles.

My daughter came down with a bout of shingles, which is rare for someone in their twenties.
Doctor gave her pain pills and told her to use cortisone cream.
It didn’t help.
The shingles were spreading.

I did some research and found that Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil give shingles victims relief.
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As you may know…Tea Tree Oil is an anti-viral and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender Oil has soothing properties, which also gives relief.

The Tea Tree Oil worked great for her!
Together with the Lavender, it eased her pain and the shingles stopped spreading.

I put each one in little spray bottles, so she could use them without touching the painful blisters.

A lavender-oatmeal bath soak also helped:

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Hope your shingles patient gets better real soon.
 😔  Shingles are no fun.

grandmaintexas

Great tips. Thank you.

patfrederick

Merry Christmas DePat!

TakeBackOurRepublic

Tagamet is an antiviral that can be used to treat herpes and shingles. Here’s an article published by Life Extension. https://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2001/3/report_tagamet
Merry Christmas!

pgroup2

Lemme just drop the obligatory ‘bah humbug’ here, in case I nod off early.

ForGodandCountry

Ha!

You may be an undigested bit of beef, or…or a blot of mustard, a…a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!
-Scrooge

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smiley2

reindeer : would you like some fruitcake ???

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santa : no !! and stop calling me fruitcake .

🍷

Gail Combs

The Fruitcake is for Breakfast! Along with the fresh dates and Orange Juice.
(My once a year indulgence. Other wise I watch my carbs except for rice.)

smiley2

bah humbug to the fruitcake…

sorreeee

lol

just can’t do fruitcake.

Merry Christmas, Gail ! 💟

smiley2

Bad Cat hates Fruitcake …

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🐱

wheatietoo

Haaa. 😄 

Well they’re not all bad, Smiley.
Some fruitcakes are actually quite good.
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Rum chocolate cherry fruitcake is especially good:
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Made with Cherry Rum…Yum!
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smiley2

oh yes…those you posted look yummy & fabulous…

I’m referring to the things called “fruitcake” that we find at drug stores, crammed with all that artificial technicolor “fruit”…mint green “cherries”…wrapped nicely in red cellophane for $6.99.

we had one in our family that got passed around year after year, still in original cellophane but Christmas wrapped as a GAG Gift….to an unsuspecting person in the family each Christmas, then that person passed it on the next year…

had a gruesome jar of pickled pigs feet that was given one year to a Dr in the family by one of his patients (ugh)…and that also got giftwrapped and joined the fruitcake as another GAG gift.

what a laff riot my family was, right ??

sheesh

wheatietoo

Haaa.😄

Yikes…pigs feet!
I don’t think I could ever be hungry enough to try those.

And yeah, those commercial grade fruitcakes are dreadful.
I hear they make good doorstops, though.
😆

smiley2

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Merry Christmas, wheatie ! 🌟

wheatietoo

Thank you, Smiley!
{{{{Smiley}}}} *hugs*

And a very Merry Christmas to you too!
 😘  🎄  🎅  🎆 

Gail Combs

Hey, what about the chicken feet the local gas & grill sells…

And yes they have pigs feet too.   :wpds_envy: 

GA/FL

We had a rubber chicken in a box full of feathers that was a perpetual gag gift – until someone (maybe a new family member) was not willing to laugh any more.

smiley2

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Merry Christmas, GA/FL !

another GAG idea : a beautifully wrapped Christmas box, open it, and inside is a card that says “Gift Not Included ! ”

goes over well.

GA/FL

Hahahah!!!!! Fun!!

bflyjesusgrl

Smiley is MY FREN! 🥰🥰
Fruitcake, ICKY DO 🤮
Merry Christmas!😍🎄🎄

smiley2

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Merry Christmas, kiddo !

duchess01

Beautifully Perfect for Butterfly, Smiley!!!

Wolf Moon

ERMAHGERD OK IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE AND HERE’S WHERE I’M AT
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pgroup2

Nobody has gotten a better Christmas gift.

Wolf Moon

Love it!

Ozzytrumpster

They fucking need to. Otherwise they’d be extinct

SteveInCO

Aussies, on the other hand, must have really really good glue on the soles of their shoes, or they’d fall off the Earth. 😀

para59r

Unless your one of these three.

Jordan
@Jord_45
15h

This family went through hell for you… God Bless them.
https://twitter.com/Jord_45/status/1341749353338134534?s=20

Close in picture of Barron, Donald and Melania Trump walking somewhere in the dark. Donald and Melania are holding hands. Donald in his dark trench coat looks a bit worn but holding up well. Melania seems a bit frayed but also holding up well and stunning as usual in white blouse, grey sweater with thick white arrow barbs pointed up. Seems though it’s Barron who really stands out in this picture. Taller than his father by several inches now, he seems to have filled out also (that’s new). He’s looking right into the camera in this photo, no smile, but seems quite comfortable and self assured. I don’t think his father ever had a photo looking this good, but that’s IMQ.

Has no idea who Jordan is but this has 61.7K views and numbers were still climbing as I wrote.

para59r

Didn’t see Melania’s white leather boots until I posted. Wow! very high, up to the knee I’d guess, high heeled as are most of her shoes and boots and very white.

Wolf Moon

Yes! They walked into the fire to save this nation, and now it’s OUR TURN!!!

Gail Combs

WOW! Barron must be close to 6’6″ by now. Looks like he is going to be taller than Eric.

cthulhu

I’m sure that Eric and Don, jr. know more about running businesses, hotels and casinos, and developing land…..but Barron likely has some Kwisatch Haderach stuff going on in his noggin when it comes to DC.

scott467

That must be an older picture, he’s more like 6’14” by now.

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Ozzytrumpster

I dissent. It’s 14’6” at least

smiley2

👌

SteveInCO

6’8″ is the critical height. Above that you need to duck going through most residential doorways.

ForGodandCountry

Yep. That’s pretty damn cool. Must be about 10 below.

But the cat is dope fo ‘sho!

scott467

“But the cat is dope fo ‘sho!”

_________

Easy on the pilot lingo, we’re not all aviators here.

Valerie Curren

I was about to call on Barbara Billingsley to translate jive 😉

scott467

😁

scott467

That must be one really full leopard… 😂🤣😂

Gail Combs

From the size of that herd in the background, I expect he eats very well.

SteveInCO

I was actually surprised to see that they do live in Mongolia. I had thought their range was limited to the Himalayas and immediately surrounding areas (like the Tien Shan).

Wolf Moon

A movie about the New World Order, available as a free video. Let’s see if this posts. From GAB.

https://odysee.com/@Juan-Sumoradis:d/GRAY-STATE—THE-RISE-(FULL-MOVIE):d?r=DqNvYhsRtwcHCD7hXnnWRZPNJdF6uWgK

https://gab.com/BrianBoro/posts/105433424072108799

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jamcooker

Both links work for me!

Wolf Moon

I just changed the second one into an embedding!

jamcooker

Our Christmas eve is definitely different this year – DH has a PT appointment in the late afternoon, a “first” for him as all the others have been at home. Our oldest had already scheduled dinner with us for that evening, not anything fancy however. So, what to do? Hot dogs and tater tots! LOL I know we’ve NEVER done anything like that before…… Both men like hot dogs and tater tots, but I don’t think I’ve ever served them in the same meal!!! SonIL apparently thinks this is a good combo…..

You know what though, I’m actually okay with this all, it’s a big step forward for DH and I know we probably won’t be home until 5 or maybe later, and he’ll be tired.

Wolf Moon

Happy to hear your DH is progressing – that’s real Christmas cheer! And I would steal that dinner combo (two things I love), except we’re committed to savory leftovers!  😉  [Actually, some really good *expensive* leftovers AND some nice fresh stuff, too!]

Hot dogs are a real pleasure. Five Guys hot dogs are really amazing. But we have some even better places. CLASSIFIED.  😅 

jamcooker

Our left overs will be after boxing day….. It’s looking like it might be Italian themed food this year!

anonymoushorse

Throw in onion rings as well and I’d call it haute cuisine!

Gail Combs

NOW your talking!

Have you ever had a blooming onion?
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grandmaintexas

Addictive. I had to slap my own hand away the last time I was sharing one.

Aubergine

I want to make the bacon-wrapped onion rings shown up above! Man, that looks awesome!

cthulhu

Woohoo!!! Check out all the sparkling lights and festive decor!!!

kinthenorthwest

So very very beautiful Deplorable.
In January I end up regret putting up a tree and decorations all over, because it seems to take forever to put them away.
Can’t imagine how much time it takes to put up those decorations, much less take them down..

kinthenorthwest

Is it just me or does it seem to go up easier and faster then it come down,

cthulhu

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!

scott467

Griswolds?

Wolf Moon

That Seth Holehouse video is completely awesome.

kinthenorthwest

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Wolf Moon

Hey, those are AWESOME!!! 😀

kinthenorthwest

TY

cthulhu

Did you get the one with the door plaque and the hat? It got subbed-out pretty quickly.

ForGodandCountry

A Marine Christmas Poem

”Merry Christmas, My Friend”

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.
I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.

About this poem:

http://www.gospelweb.net/Christmas/marinechristmaspoem.htm

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jamcooker

TY, sharing with son, former Marine.

ForGodandCountry

All proper respects to a marine’s mother…you should know…

There is no such thing as a “former” marine. Once one EARNS the privilege and honor of wearing the Globe and Anchor, one is always and forever a marine…

…unless it is taken away via dishonorable discharge, that is.

Once a marine, ALWAYS a marine.

Semper Fidelis – “Always faithful”

To the Republic, the Corp, and their fellow marines (and they to him).

Only the SpecOps community has bonds that compare.

jamcooker

Very true. I’ve been told not to say ex- marine, but former is to indicate that they are not currently in service.

His current job is an outcome of that philosophy. He chose it as a way to support active duty peeps. I couldn’t be prouder of his achievements.

ForGodandCountry

Nice! Sounds very much like a son to be proud of.

I humbly and respectfully suggest you simply say “my son, a marine.” And if you feel it necessary, you can always add “who is no longer on active duty.”

$.02

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GA/FL

Yes – and some Marines, Delta Force and other Special Ops (not currently officially enlisted) are still on duty, defending the USA as circumstances call.

Twitter – @1st_praetorian

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jamcooker

I might confine my baking to one pie, mincemeat cake, and one batch of cookies. Just one batch of cookies – my children will never believe it! Looks like we’re going to do some Italian style cooking, chicken parm and stuffed shells. There will probably be some traditional sides mixed in though.

Wolf Moon

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jamcooker

LOL

Wolf Moon

I was looking for “MMMMMMMMMM” but this said it without words!

jamcooker

It also shows the TOO MUCH aspect of which I am guilty. But it only happens once a year!!!!!

Wolf Moon

Only a few more day of holidays! 😉

ForGodandCountry

You shut your dirty little mouth. 🤡😜

Tis the time of unlimited and guilt-free feasting, snacking, and desserts! Starts on Thanksgiving and ends Jan. 1.

Still lots of time left!

Think I’ll have some more ice cream.

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SteveInCO

Be careful not to blow the max takeoff weight on the aircraft.

Anything less than that is allowed.

cthulhu

As an aside, for chicky parm and other recipes where you apply bread crumbs and fry….

Prep the chicken, egg it, and wrap with paper-thin prosciutto….then egg it again and do the crumbs. First had that at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney (California) and my brain said, “I need to remember this.”

Wolf Moon

Watching GabTV on TV!

Wolf Moon

Does not play for me here (on this qtree page) with Brave or Dissenter!

rayzorback

Doesn’t work with Chrome either.

piper567

Even hen you click on the gab icon?
hmmm…

rayzorback

If I click the Gab icon….. it goes to Gab (and works there)

Linda

I think this is going to happen. All the right people are terrified.

Wolf Moon

Exactly. Dominion sends thousands to prison. THOUSANDS.

cthulhu

Dominion calls into question the legitimacy of every one of those sleazeball scumsuckers elected in a Dominion election. And if they won because someone paid Dominion for them to win, it taints the legitimacy of every act they ever performed in that office.

Wolf Moon

It’s the “too big to jail them all” crime. People will deny, deny, deny.

cthulhu

I vaguely recall something from some movie or TV show……”kill them all; God will know his own.”

Maybe everyone elected in a Dominion election should go to Guantanamo until we’re certain they’re not crooked.

Wolf Moon

Seems like a plan!  😃 

scott467

It’s the “too big to jail them all” crime.”

__________

Then we just need bigger prisons.

We can do that.

We don’t even need a reason 👍

Valerie Curren

Escape From New York provides a pretty good template. Lock DeBlasio/Wilhelm & the Cuomo’s in there & blow all the bridges & tunnels. Drop in new inmates by parachute along w/ occasional supplies & let nature take its course!

Gail Combs

Just herd them all into Long Island and blow the bridge and any boats.

Actually I prefer Kiska Island.

WIKI:

Kiska (Aleut: Qisxa, Russian: Кыска) is an island in the Rat Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.It is about 22 miles (35 km) long and varies in width from 1.5 to 6 miles (2.4 to 9.7 km).It is part of Aleutian Islands Wilderness and as such, special permissions are required to visit it. The island has no permanent population.

Nicely placed in the middle of the ocean…
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Valerie Curren

I think they could see (mother) Russia from there so they might feel right at home!

scott467

I was thinking something more like St-Laurent-du-Maroni, the prison in the penal colony in French Guiana, featured in the movie Papillon.

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Stick your head out the hole, Hussein. You too, Hitlery. Nancy, if you want to eat, stick your head out of the hole. Brennan, you in there? Stick your head out of the hole or we send in the extraction team.

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Valerie Curren

Yikes, looks Very Apropos!

Ozzytrumpster

More gallows. Simples

cthulhu

SSSSSSsssssshhhhhh! Focus groups say that “misplaced during prisoner transfers” is much more popular…..

Gail Combs

And WELL FED SHARKS…

Gail Combs

“….A Carlsbad, Calif., construction firm has been awarded a $23 million to $27 million contract to do work on the infrastructure of a pop-up tent city site that could, in the event of a migrant crisis, hold up to 30,000 people intercepted at sea not far from Guantanamo’s lone functioning airfield….”

Funny that is right near GITMO where in 2018 “…The Pentagon’s plans to expand the “expeditionary legal complex”…”

Not to mention “a 150-prisoner jail, with campus, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state for troops and airmen accused of crimes….”

Not to mention the original 800 prisoner capacity (or more) of GITMO. So that is 31,000 prisoners we KNOW about.  😋 

scott467

“Dominion sends thousands to prison. THOUSANDS.”

___________

I hear thousands, do I hear ten thousand?

“10,000”

I hear ten thousand, do we have twenty?

“20,000 here.”

Ladies and gentlemen we have twenty thousand, do I hear thirty?

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Gail Combs

Tough to find out exactly how many prison beds at GITMO.

2018/03/28 Military (DOT) Com– When it Comes to Guantanamo, Trump is Truly the Builder in Chief

….a new 848-troop barracks across the street from the McDonald’s and commissary to consolidate enlisted prison staff under one roof….

….Congress did not fund a new $69 million prison for the 15 high-value detainees at Guantanamo, called Camp 7. It does however devote $66 million to a 150-prisoner jail, with campus, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state for troops and airmen accused of crimes….

…Separately, the Pentagon has three other major building projects approved or underway in 2018:

 ….it found $14 million to expand the Top Secret trailer park portion of the war court complex at Camp Justice — called the Expeditionary Legal Complex — and accommodate more prefabricated office space and secure work stations.

— A Carlsbad, Calif., construction firm has been awarded a $23 million to $27 million contract to do work on the infrastructure of a pop-up tent city site that could, in the event of a migrant crisis, hold up to 30,000 people intercepted at sea not far from Guantanamo’s lone functioning airfield. The U.S. military has spent millions of dollars since 2007 building the site on the leeward side of the base for the Department of Homeland Security because the original infrastructure was taken over by the Detention Center Zone for war-on-terror prisoners….

Money for the $14 million war court expansion was drawn from earlier U.S. military construction projects that came in under budget.

For example, in 2015 Congress budgeted $11.8 million to build a new health clinic for some two dozen Guantanamo prisoners in a former cellblock at the Camp 5 prison….

The original Expeditionary Legal Complex was built in 2007 and cost $12 million, using mobilized engineers to construct it.

It has the Pentagon’s Top Secret eavesdrop-proof war court chamber for former CIA captives, where the public hears proceedings on a 40-second delay. The expansion phase does not provide for a second courtroom sought by the chief judge, just secure office spaces. It is more expensive because this time the Pentagon is hiring outside contractors to pave, put in utilities hookups, build more security fences and add perimeter lights.

Separately, the Pentagon is spending $235,156 on six prefab legal meeting rooms inside the Detention Center Zone for lawyers to meet with captives, ostensibly with confidentiality, after a microphone was found in a meeting room especially set up for the alleged USS Cole bomber, a former CIA captive, to meet with his lawyers in 2014.

…Guantánamo today has 40 prisoners and a staff of 1,800 troops and civilians. With the maximum-security Camp 5 prison just reopened, after a cellblock was remade into a clinic and mental health ward, the detention center can now take in another 40 men….

Only 80 People??? but 1800 troops?

 February 1, 2018 — Inside Defence (dot) com — Pentagon to expand GITMO after Trump orders it remain open

The Defense Department intends to transfer $14 million in existing funds to expand the controversial U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a new document released by the Pentagon comptroller’s office….

The Pentagon’s plans to expand the “expeditionary legal complex” is detailed in a reprogramming document notifying Congress of the funding shift. It was signed Jan. 19 by Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist.

“The project expansion will include a secure compound with utilities connectivity for the positioning of required prefabricated structures, construction of security fencing, perimeter lighting, vehicle gates, pedestrian gates, pavement, electrical and utility connections,” according to the document.

In a justification portion of the document, DOD states the “current trial support facilities are incapable of handling the large number of personnel on the capital defense and prosecution teams and do not provide secure evidence storage.”

The $14 million is being reprogrammed for the expansion as it is a “strategically critical time-sensitive expansion project” required to support prosecution and defense teams.

Today, the facility houses 41 prisoners, down from a high of nearly 800,…

So AT LEAST 800 beds PLUS NEW TRIAL FACILITIES… HMMMmmmm…

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pgroup2

Hmmmmm indeed. Sounds like far too many military peeps for the number of slimeballs in custody.

Wolf Moon

Arrest them all and let Sidney sort them out! 😀

grandmaintexas

Christmas wishes. 🙏

ForGodandCountry

Sidney Powell with the power of DOJ subpoena and a grand jury??

Oh be still my heart!! ❤️

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scott467

Has there ever been a special counsel in the entire history of unordinary counsels that ever accomplished anything resembling justice?

Isn’t a functioning DoJ more than adequate to issue subpoenas and convene grand juries?

And if the DoJ is not functioning, then shouldn’t that problem be addressed first?

Seems like that would eliminate the need for one of those fancy counsels.

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Gail Combs

BUT think of Sidney’s MASSIVE ‘Dislike’ for the lawyers like Andrew Weissman. Also Client – Attorney privilege went out the window with the searching of Mike Cohen’s office.

patfrederick

if Sidney is named Special Council…”covid” will suicide many, many layers of underlings…

scott467

“BUT think of Sidney’s MASSIVE ‘Dislike’ for the lawyers like Andrew Weissman. ”

___________

Why not make Sidney Powell the Attorney General, and let her bring the full force and power of the entire DoJ down on these scumbags, instead of a ‘special counsel’ with limited budget and resources?

If the DoJ doesn’t actually do anything it’s supposed to do, then let’s just close it.

SteveInCO

I recall Giuliani stating that if he only had the power of a prosecutor he could bring this stuff to trial right now. And that was the big Giuiliani/Powell press conference early on in this whole rigamarole.

scott467

“The corporate media is really worried about Sidney Powell being named special counsel. That tells you everything you need to know.”

____________

Not quite everything…

For example, how do you know ‘corporate media’ is really worried?

That would be good to know… 😁

Cuppa Covfefe

Bright shining star of optimism…

scott467

I’m very optimistic, there is not even a tiny chance that Trump, a yuuuuge patriot, is going to commit an act of High Treason by turning the government over to a Chinese Communist Party pupped regime (and organized crime family).

We’re always being told that the enemy is ‘panicking’ or ‘really worried’ or ‘frightened’, etc.

How is anybody verifying that?

Or is that just goofy feel-good propaganda?

Inquiring minds want to know! 😁

scott467

“The corporate media is really worried about Sidney Powell being named special counsel. That tells you everything you need to know.”

_____________

I need to know more, Emerald…

You’re not the gatekeeper of what I need to know!

😁

Wolf Moon

FYI – seems that some group has set up blogs to target QAnon followers on Gab – possibly (IMO) to gather IP data on QAnon accounts.
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Wolf Moon

More experiments with Gab TV – trying a different block:

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Wolf Moon

This works for me (meaning plays here) on Dissenter!

ForGodandCountry

No modern Christmas would be compete without the Griswolds!

patfrederick

right after Die Hard…it’s the first Christmas movie we watch every season…

provides the perfect description of DC too
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Valerie Curren
scott467

Probably just wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas 😁

cthulhu

Oh, yeah — I’m sure that’s it. 😉

Valerie Curren

That’s the ticket

Valerie Curren

SCOTUS to here Trump’s PA case

Wolf Moon

BOOM!!!

I mean BQQM!!!

Valerie Curren

hear–oops 🙂

scott467

Let me guess… they were all wearing Lucy masks when they agreed to hear the lawsuit?

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😁

Valerie Curren

I’m laughing but it’s not Really very funny grrr

Gail Combs

Yeah, sounds like a last ditch effort to say ‘Nothing to see here’
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rayzorback

Charlie is a dumb mass……
I told him years ago:
“Kick the bitch in the head next time” !!!

para59r

Appears this might refer to the case being docketed. Meanwhile nothing in the news.

Valerie Curren

& Scott reminded us of Lucy & the football, for perspective…

Valerie Curren

Encouraging messages

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1341948611131822083

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1341948764068704256

this last one if fyi, I didn’t watch it yet

https://twitter.com/intheMatrixxx/status/1341949001848016896

God Bless ALL Q Treepers & Merry Christmas

Jesus is Lord

Valerie Curren

In reference to the 1st 2 videos above, I believe

scott467

If ever a Rubicon was begging to be crossed… this one’s it…

😁

SteveInCO

Look, bigass suspension bridges for your convenience…

Valerie Curren

a squirrel gif for these times 🙂

Valerie Curren

Love the President too, of course

Valerie Curren

Lin’s view, hope & peace in the Lord

https://twitter.com/LLinWood/status/1341967640957513728

& steely eyed resolve & passionate pursuit of Truth!

scott467

“& steely eyed resolve & passionate pursuit of Truth!”

____________

And steely firearms… stainless, blued, parkerized, nickel-plated, or otherwise 👍😁

Valerie Curren

So glad you’re on the side of the good guys!!!

Valerie Curren

is Wisconsin going to rightfully be called for Trump now?

https://twitter.com/PilkentonShenna/status/1341980731543859201

Valerie Curren
Valerie Curren

Congress trying to do the IMF’s dirty work?

https://twitter.com/LynnFynn3/status/1341613116266860545

scott467

Well, it’s very unfortunate that bankers are bribing the leadership of every nation on the planet.

And it appears there is only one sure way to handle it.

Unless there are any good bankers who come forward PDQ to identify all the bad bankers, what choice do we (humanity) have, besides kill all the bankers?

I mean, it’s the only way to be sure…

cthulhu

We could follow the example of Iceland.

After the big financial meltdown of 2008, bankers everywhere demanded bailouts. The US, the UK, the EU paid.

Iceland, however, has had experience with paying the Danegeld. Their response was slightly different.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iceland-has-jailed-26-bankers-why-won-t-we-a6735411.html

Valerie Curren

1st let’s kill all the (fill in the blank) so many choices…Shakespearian, I think 🙂

Aubergine

Like Santa, I’m making a list….

SteveInCO

Lawyers, bankers, politicians, bureaucrats, lying crapweasel salesmen…

Valerie Curren

yes, an all purpose clause fitting for the deep state!

Valerie Curren

mask “mandate”

cthulhu

While I applaud the sentiment, I’ll feel more certain of the result when a certain Governor Half-Whitmer is enjoying an extended Caribbean vacation.

Valerie Curren

Absolutely! Are you a prisoner of Jack-booted Witchmer too? She gets about the same level of fawning/clueless press coverage at her propaganda fests as does Bye-Done!

cthulhu

No, I have been inflicted with Governor Random Nuisance.

All I can say is that if a couple of glowing strangers tell me to get as far as possible from the San Francisco Bay area and not look back, I do not intend to be a pillar of salt.

Valerie Curren

LOL!

One of my old roommates lived in Riverside & I went there w/ her on a couple of college breaks. She was always proud of being “an hour from anything” ocean, mountains, snow, Disneyland 🙂

Gail Combs

So?

I can say the same for the Piedmont of NC except for the Disenyland option. However we have
Love Valley Wild West Town
THE SWAMP PARK
XTREME PARK ADVENTURES
Gem Mining

and many more.

LIST of 21 PLACES IN NORTH CAROLINA TO TAKE YOUR KIDS BEFORE THEY GROW UP

I think I am going to have to borrow a neighbor’s kid and visit some of these places. 😊 

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cthulhu

And you can develop more. In SoCal, you’d be doing “studies” for a decade or two.

Valerie Curren

Sweet! Sounds like potentially very special times, especially post CV lockdown & commies destroying the world as we know it!

Valerie Curren

Gitmo for grinchy Gretch?

scott467

“RT if you’re NOT going to comply with @JoeBiden‘s 100 day mask mandate.”

___________

I don’t comply with anyone’s mask mandate now

Why would I make an exception for Pedo Joe?

Valerie Curren

Yup!

Aubergine

Amen, brother!

Although, I may not have much choice on my jaunt to DC. Gotta pee sometime, and some places just won’t let you in. It’s too cold for a tree this time of year!

I am just going to imagine myself as a 007-type infiltrator into enemy territory, and behave accordingly.

SteveInCO

Rest stops…if they are clean. A big IF.

Aubergine

I like big truck stops better. More people, better lighting, food and drink available.

Valerie Curren
Valerie Curren

Flynn’s B-day near our Savior’s…hmmm

smiley2

her first Live radio performance…

the one and only Judy Garland….1944…

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 🎄🌴💞🎶🔔

Christmas Blessings from me to all of you…

love, smiley 🐱

patfrederick

Merry Christmas Smiley!!

smiley2

thanks, pat !

and A Merry Merry Christmas & Holiday Season to you and yours, as well. 💋

Valerie Curren

Does this mean a big announcement?

eilert

Maggie should be used to these early calls by now, especially the 4am Mockingbird ones.

Valerie Curren

LOL

Cuppa Covfefe

Re: 4AM calls, 😀
“Wake up Maggie I think I got something to say to you”…..


patfrederick

trigger the rod stewart earworm!

grandmaintexas

LOL. Good one. 😄

SteveInCO