General Discussion, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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  1. texan59 says:

    Halfway there already. Nobody’s been injured in all the donnybrookin’ goin’ on yet. That’s a good thing. Let’s take it to the libs the last half of the week. Coffee up, and keep movin’ forward.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    NOLA TV and what passes for city government are all up in arms over the number of opiate deaths in the city. Seems the dead doper’s numbers are exceeding the numbers of shooting deaths…guuuuun violllllence versus poor, innocent people accidentally going tango uniform from overdosing.
    Aside from the whiners trying to make ODing look like a crime sgainst a victim they totally ignore the crimes the junkies commit to get that dope money. They show ‘innocent’ college students, housewives, businessmen…all the far edges of the bell curve and ignore the huge majority of the garbage in between that Mr and Ms Suburbia wouldn’t want to see even from the safety of an armored safari bus.
    Media and pols have been ignoring the huge drug problem in NOLA since we first came to the city, they consider it a victory in the War on Drugs when junkies start dying from a new drug. Then again, there are many of us with strong suspicions that some well-placed folks in the city are more than passive observers of the drug sales scene. Junkies were keeling over from heroin ODs in the early 2000s too and that drew scant attention, suddenly it’s a major social concern right up there with bad breath and hairy legs.
    Note that the reporters never ask cops who work the streets what thry think about junkie ODs…probably because we were all ‘given’ our opinions and they know what they’ll be. We regularly saw junkies who were familiar to us, who knew how to game the system, who’d been in rehab more times than we’d been to Disneyland. We see junkis the city’s arrested, the EMTs had resuscitated numetous times and they were as bad as ever, Reporters don’t talk with them, they hilite the one-in-a-thousand who kicks the habit….for a while, ad of saving one for avperiod justifies all of the junkie-related desth and misery from the poppy fields to your doorstep.
    I’m all for withdrawing all support after one attempt to rehab them, they go back to the horse then let ’em wink out in some alley, there are better places to spend the money. Yet another reason I’d never be elected in a major city.

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  3. Col.(R) Ken says:

    It’s 06:10 EST. Up and At Em’!!!!!!! Going to Hotties restaurant for Blueberry Pancakes………

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! ๐Ÿ˜Ž |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (โ€œStellarsโ€) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1961 Chรขteau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretรคr FREISTAAT DANZIG! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! ๐Ÿ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! ๐Ÿ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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  6. Menagerie says:

    A good Lenten reflection today from Bishop Barron I’d like to share.

    Friends, in todayโ€™s Gospel we see Jesus as the judge who shows mercy and love. It is hard to read any two pages of the Bibleโ€”Old Testament or Newโ€”and not find the language of divine judgment.

    Think of judgment as a sort of light, which reveals both the positive and the negative. Beautiful things look even more beautiful when the light shines on them; ugly things look even uglier when they come into the light. When the divine light shines, when judgment takes place, something like real love is unleashed. Someone might avoid seeing the doctor for years, fearful that he will uncover something diseased or deadly. But how much better it is for you, even when the doctor pronounces a harsh โ€œjudgmentโ€ on your physical condition!

    And this is why judgment is the proper activity of a king. It is not the exercise of arbitrary power, but rather an exercise of real love.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I think of the drug addicts czar talks about in light of this teaching. It is neither loving nor merciful to deny the causes and results of their addictions and to leave them free to destroy not only their own lives, but other people as well.

      Society today mistakes mercy with weakness and denial. If I am lost in sin, who is more merciful to me, the person who speaks plainly the truth to me, or the one who excuses my actions and gives me platitudes?

      Justice is not incompatible with mercy.

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      • amwick says:

        So how many chances should a junkie get?? Justice, mercy, rehab, arrests, trials, it all costs money… someone has to make a call,,, and I think that is what Czar was describing.

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        • Menagerie says:

          And I just agreed with him.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Go and clean out a drug house with the cops. We’d take volunteers, bust a drug house and board it up. We’d make beer bets on how long until the first volunteer puked…press who came with would never come inside. The floors would be littered with used beedles, invariably diabetic rigs, and rotted goid, filthy mattresses and garbage would be everywhere. Urine and feces would be in toilets, sinks and on the floir, accompanied by lots of vomit, nonebofbthe places would have running water.
            It was mostly political theater, we’d board the pkaces up and the junkies would fond some way to cut thru the floor or walls to get back in. News would show us boatding up one or two on a weekend, not mentioning that there were literally thousands of abandoned spaces citywide. It made the residents feel easier in their demial process and made itnlook like something was actually being done to blunt the epidemic.

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          • amwick says:

            Menagerie,,, I didn’t mean like that,,, I was genuinely curious. Sorry for coming across too blunt..

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        • czarowniczy says:

          The apologists don’t give you the whole story. Over 60% of these heroin junkies are concurrently on othet drugs, usually two more. Look at your communities’ STD and heroin abuse stats and see the correlation. Look at how many robberies, burglaries, muggings and thefts in your community are committed by junkies to get drug money…oh, your community doesn’t publish that….wonder why?
          If you live in a major city and your kids walk to/home from school do you know if they walk thru a drug market at any point? Surprise…..
          Look at the Hollyork crowd, drug abuse is a sacrament. We drool over their every move, suffer with and for them as they go thru multiple rehab sessions that cost more than the houses most folks live in. Their addiction is the price they pay for entertaining us…if we can’t condemn them how can we condemn that wretch nodding off in the alley?

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        My brother was an alcoholic. His employer had sent him to rehab several times, I believe. But, he didn’t quit until he had a spell feeling drunk and seeing things one morning when he had had nothing to drink and took himself to the ER. At that point, he was ready to quit. So, he admitted himself. He and another man came out of that program with 10 or 15 other people. They were the only ones who stayed dry from that group.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Relapse rates run better than 60% though the rehab industry plays with the numbers so the taxpayers footing most of it don’t fall,over in a faint.
        I don’t see the mission of society as having to soend endless time and resources on trying to save druggies from their own bad behaviors. They made a voluntary decision to consume an illegal substance even after being confronted for years by various sources not only tellingbthen ‘no’ but clearly outlining the repercussions. Their decisions, regardless of the excuses tendered, are even worse voluntary decisions as they clearly know the downsides of drugs now.
        Folks wanna try and nurse these injured lambs, fine, open those FEMA camps and shovel ’em in. They can stay there until it’s 110% sure they are no longer a danger to society, and they are a true danger.

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  8. stella says:

    I received this video today in my email from Center For Medical Progress. You probably know them as the organization that filmed and exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal baby harvesting practices.

    Partial text of the email:

    We’re dropping a shocking new undercover video this morning from never-before-released footage of a top-level Planned Parenthood trade show.

    Watch a longtime Planned Parenthood abortionist explain that if a baby is born with signs of life in a late-term abortion, “the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room”:

    You can read the full press release here. [http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/2017/03/planned-parenthood-abortionist-pay-attention-to-whos-in-the-room-to-deal-with-infants-born-alive/]

    Late yesterday evening, Planned Parenthood’s political cronies in the California Attorney General’s office filed bogus charges against me, alleging that our undercover videotapes recorded “confidential” communications. There is NOTHING “confidential” about the crimes against women, infants, and families that Planned Parenthood routinely commits.

    It’s no surprise Planned Parenthood’s latest desperate move comes as we are releasing a damning new video, and while our movement is closer than ever before to terminating this monster abortion factory’s taxpayer subsidies.

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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  10. stella says:

    I heard from Michellc this morning. She is fine, but so busy that she is falling into bed at 8:00 pm every night. There’s a lot going on in her world.

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  11. lovely says:

    Beautiful picture Stella, Lily of the Valley is my favorite flower ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • stella says:

      I love it too; it is my birth flower. Smells so beautiful!

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      • lovely says:

        I love their fragrance too! We had loads of them at our cottage, maybe a 10″ by 20″ area just full of their beauty. My mom still has them at her home and a few still grow at the cottage.

        My best friend who lived in year round very near our cottage had a doll house that her dad had built for her and when our moms took us into town we would buy licorice gummy bears, I only remember them having the black ones not all the colors we have today. Anyhow we would pick Lily of the Vally flowers and use them to decorate the doll house and have the bears live there. We used the flowers themselves as hats for the bears and bowls when we played Goldilocks and the Three Bears ๐Ÿ™‚

        Good memories.

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        • stella says:

          Cute and fun memory!

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I lived in a four-plex apt with a family next door. They had two kids, probably 2 and 3.

          I did a bad, subversive thing. It was years ago.

          Parents were out of the room.

          I smiled, I took a gummi bear and licked it’s back.

          Then I stuck it to the wall. They laughed! Of course they did!

          I came back a few days later and the mom was really frustrated at why the kiddos were sticking gummi bears to the walls, and how the heck they figured that out.

          I’m a bad person.

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  12. lovely says:

    Next time you hear that an AR-15 is not a self defense weapon;

    Homeownerโ€™s son kills three would-be burglars with AR-15

    http://nypost.com/2017/03/28/homeowners-son-kills-three-would-be-burglars-with-ar-15/

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I can’t think of a weapon that isn’t a self-defense weapon.

      Fat Man and Little Boy were self-defense weapons.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I was watching a program reporting on this tonite. They made it sound as if some kid with an M-16 had hosed down three high school kids who were out on a prank. The way they explained the chronology the 23 year old killed two in the kitchen and, ‘while barricaded in his bedroom’ shot and killed the third. Lotta yak about this being in ‘Oklahona’ where they have a ‘make my day law’ (they played Eatwood clip too) that allows you to shoot someone in your home. They briefly and quickly mentioned the thugs were armed with a knife and brass knuckles then jumped over to the young girl who’d driven them there and planned the robbery (specifically not calling it a hone invasion) a being charged sith murder.

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  13. stella says:

    SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOTS FIRED OUTSIDE US CAPITOL

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/29/driver-tried-to-hit-capitol-police-officers-officials-say.html

    A police car-chase has ended with a suspect trying to hit Capitol Police and other vehicles — as well as officers — near Capitol Hill.

    The suspect is now in custody.

    The incident began at about 9:30 a.m. when police began chasing a vehicle near the Library of Congress and ended about a half-mile away when the vehicle was stopped by a road barricade and police fired shots.

    It remains unclear why police started following the car and whether the suspect was hit by gunfire.

    The suspect reportedly hit a police cruiser and several other vehicles.

    The chase went past the Rayburn House Office Building, on Independence Avenue and occurred during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the height of Washingtonโ€™s tourist season.

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  14. Wooly Phlox says:

    Gorgeous picture, Stella.

    Mornin’, folks!

    I told Joshua that Pongโ„ข was my gateway drug. That was for console gaming.

    For PC gaming, my gateway drug was Crowther’s Adventure on an old Zenith/Heathkit in the fifth grade. 8″ floppy. You actually had to type “boot” and some other operands when you turned it on.

    http://rickadams.org/adventure/a_history.html

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  15. lovely says:

    My Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has said that healthcare reform is on the back burner until September when the premiums for Obama Care are going to spike again. Some of the members of the Freedom Caucus have already capitulated according to Sensenbrenner.

    President Trump hangs Ryan, finds out who is going to obstruct POTUSโ€™s agenda and sets up a scenario where anyone who votes against a repeal, reform, replace health bill in September is going to be blamed for the crippling ObamaCare premiums and lose all credibility because as apathetic as most Americans are when the government starts demanding so much money from them that they literally are choosing between health care/fines and paying the mortgage and feeding their families even the most sleepy of heads will have to take notice.

    Genius.

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  16. The Tundra PA says:

    Good morning/afternoon, dear friends. I’m even later to the party than usual today because I gave myself the luxurious gift of sleeping in as long as I felt like. Because..ta-da!…today is my birthday! Not just any birthday, today I turn 65 and am officially an Old Lady. It sounds so much older than it feels! I know, 65 is the new 50; but even 50 sounds older than I feel, which is more like 43. Where did all those years go? Apparently it never stops, as my dad–who turns 88 this year–says he doesn’t feel a day over 65. Dear hubby is taking me out for dinner tonight to our favorite restaurant, Louie’s, which is a taxidermist’s delight and a shocker to visiting vegetarians. The walls are full of stuffed Alaskan fauna, and our favorite table is right below a giant moose head. Prime rib, here we come. I’ve thought about asking them if I can take a photo of their kitchen to show Wooley, because it is so small and the volume of food they turn out is truly impressive (as is the quality). I’ve taken the day off (as March 29th is third in line only to Christmas and Easter in my book) and plan to spend the day reading and visiting with friends. Hope y’all’s is wonderful too!

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    Here’s your WTFO and spit-take of the day all in one. Remember, California alsomis hiring Holder to be its DC legal mouth so it looks like they’ll both be in the business of murdering children…the Reno Principle.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/28/two-activists-who-filmed-undercover-videos-of-planned-parenthood-charged-with-15-felonies/?utm_term=.50960e3ec83b&wpisrc=nl_most-draw16&wpmm=1

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I read this this morning.

      So, apparently, ABC and the rest of the networks are allowed to do this.

      Just not us. Got it.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      http://ace.mu.nu/archives/369065.php

      …California caselaw has limited the law against unconsented recording of a conversation to situations in which the target could have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and has specifically ruled it did not apply in situations like the one we find here (strangers meeting in a public place with no expectation the other party will keep their conversations private, discussing business in a manner they’d discuss business with with any other potential business partner).

      But if you’re pro-life? Well then. Now the state is coming after you with everything it has.

      This cannot go on much longer. When you are this blatant about telling people that they will not have the protections of the law, that some favored groups are permitted to break what is supposedly “the law” while “the law” will be used vindictively against the state’s enemies, then there is no “law” at all, and people will very soon stop acting as if there is.

      When the state declares large swathes of people to be Enemies of the State, they also simultaneously make the state the Enemy of the People.

      What cannot go on, will not.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’m sure the state knew this, it’s the motivation behind the act more than the filings themselves thst bother me. Looks more like a shot across the activist’s bow, a threat to ruin them financially if they interfere with the state or Federal murderous agenda.
        The state/State can file charges by having the prosecutor parse the law to the State’s favor and then have the defendant pay thru the nose defending himself. The State can file motions, delay by moving dates, harass by issuing subpoenas and/ or warrants…there are dozens of ways to keep the clock running and the defendant’s bank account and life draining.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      I am SO ashamed of my state…..

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  18. patternpuzzler says:

    Behind, behind… seems like I’m always behind some days!

    This Day in (Mostly) American History: March 29
    1638 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans) The Dutch first settled Delaware in 1631, although all of the original settlers were killed in a disagreement with local Indians. Seven years later, the Swedes set up a colony and trading post at Fort Christina in the northern part of Delaware. Today, Fort Christina is called Wilmington.

    1804 Thousands of Whites massacred in Haiti

    1806 Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road,
    the first major improved highway in the United States built by the federal government. Built between 1811 and 1837, the 620-mile (1,000 km) road connected the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and was a main transport path to the West for thousands of settlers. When rebuilt in the 1830s, it became the second U.S. road surfaced with the macadam process pioneered by Scotsman John Loudon McAdam.[2]

    1847 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico
    1848 Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam. It stopped flowing on the American side when In June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.

    1852 Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day
    1865 Appomattox campaign begins. On this day in 1865, the final campaign of the Civil War begins in Virginia when Union troop sunder General Ulysses S. Grant move against the Confederate trenches around Petersburg. General Robert E. Leeโ€™s outnumbered Rebels were soon forced to evacuate the city and begin a desperate race west.

    1867 Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial
    1932 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan’s New York interview program
    1936 10,000 watch the 200-inch mirror blank passing through Indianapolis – Again, the mirror that would be installed in the Hale Telescope, Mt. Palomar.
    1936 Nazi propaganda claims 99% of Germans voted for Nazi candidates
    1940 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
    1943 Meat( 784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI’s), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II

    1945 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years

    1949 Turkey recognizes Israel
    1951 The Mad Bomber strikes in New York. Crime
    On this day in 1951, a homemade device explodes at Grand Central Station in New York City, startling commuters but injuring no one. In the next few months, five more bombs were found at landmark sites around New York, including the public library. Authorities realized that this new wave of terrorist acts was the work of the Mad Bomber.
    New Yorkโ€™s first experience with the so-called Mad Bomber was on November 16, 1940, when a pipe bomb was left in the Edison building with a note that read, โ€œCon Edison crooks, this is for you.โ€ More bombs were recovered in 1941, each more powerful than the last, until the Mad Bomber sent a note in December stating, โ€œI will make no more bomb units for the duration of the war.โ€ He went on to say that Con Edison, New Yorkโ€™s electric utility company, would be brought to justice in due time. After the war, he would bomb again three times. He was a disgruntled ex Con Edison employee, who believed he was treated unfairly after an injury in 1931.

    1951 “King & I” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances
    1951 23rd Academy Awards: “All About Eve”, Judy Holliday and Josรฉ Ferrer win
    1951 Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage and sentenced to death
    1959 “Some Like It Hot”, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released
    1961 After a 4ยฝ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria
    1962 Jack Paar’s final appearance on the “Tonight Show”
    1966 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
    1968 Students seize building at Bowie State College
    1971 1st Lt William L Calley Jr found guilty in My Lai (Vietnam) massacre
    1971 Development of a serum hepatitis vaccine for children announced
    1973 [Vietnam] US troops leave Vietnam, 9 yrs after Tonkin Resolution. Under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords signed on January 27, 1973, the last U.S. troops depart South Vietnam, ending nearly 10 years of U.S. military presence in that country. The U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam headquarters was disestablished. Only a Defense Attache Office and a few Marine guards at the Saigon American Embassy remained, although roughly 8,500 U.S. civilians stayed on as technical advisers to the South Vietnamese. Also on this day: As part of the Accords, Hanoi releases the last 67 of its acknowledged American prisoners of war, bringing the total number released to 591.

    1974 Mariner 10 visits Mercury. The unmanned U.S. space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury, sending back close-up images of a celestial body usually obscured because of its proximity to the sun.
    Mariner 10 had visited the planet Venus eight weeks before but only for the purpose of using Venusโ€™ gravity to whip it toward the closest planet to the sun. In three flybys of Mercury between 1974 and 1975, the NASA spacecraft took detailed images of the planet and succeeded in mapping about 35 percent of its heavily cratered, moonlike surface.

    1974 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi’an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard tomb of China’s 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang

    1976 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students. The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre)[3][4][5] was the shooting of unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, by members of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970. Twenty-nine guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.Some of the students who were shot had been protesting the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of 4 million students, and the event further affected public opinion, at an already socially contentious time, over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War. Wikipedia for more: http://tinyurl.com/768ukal

    1976 48th Academy Awards: “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher win
    1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1982 54th Academy Awards: “Chariots of Fire”, Henry Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win
    1986 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
    1988 US Congress discontinues aid to Nicaraguan contras
    1989 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
    1989 61st Academy Awards: “Rainman”, Dustin Hoffman & Jodie Foster win
    1989 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: Cocktail wins
    1989 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering
    1992 12th Golden Raspberry Awards: Hudson Hawk wins
    1993 65th Academy Awards: “Unforgiven”, Al Pacino & Emma Thompson win

    1993 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for work for AIDs causes at 65th Academy Awards

    1994 Serbs & Croats sign a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia
    1995 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Chicago IL on WCKG 105.9 FM
    1996 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men

    1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 – above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

    2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.

    2004 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants
    2009 White House ousts GM chief President Obama expanded the government’s role yesterday when his administration asked General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to step down. Obama has rejected GM’s and Chrysler’s restructuring plans. The president has also suggested the prospect of a “prepackaged bankruptcy” for the car companies. [NPR: http://tinyurl.com/kkz56vb%5D

    2010 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.

    2013 10 people are killed and 31 are injured by a blast outside the US consulate in Pakistan
    2013 UN regulation of international arms trade is blocked by North Korea, Iran, and Syria

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    • Thanks for posting, patternpuzzler!

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        I always enjoy reading these because of the brain food and reading political events I can sometimes laugh at – I’m so glad you guys enjoy them too!

        If I ever don’t because I can’t, I’ll just pick up the day or two later!

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      1982 54th Academy Awards: โ€œChariots of Fireโ€, Henry Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win

      I remember watching that ceremony. Couldn’t believe it when “Chariots of Fire” won Best Movie. I cried. I love that movie.

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        I don’t believe I’ve ever seen “Chariots of Fire” all the way through – will look for it. It won over “On Golden Pond” which starred Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. Jane Fonda bought the rights so her father could play the lead and is said to have because the screenplay very much followed the relationship between her and her father.

        OGP – one of my all time favorites – is a truly incredible movie about those months/years just before we die in old age, such as memory loss and ill health, but even more of intergenerational love and relationships – it’s quite the celebration of life. Now that I’m crying I’ll have to go watch it again…

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I’ve never seen either film, and have always been told I should.

          Same with A River Runs Through It.

          I don’t watch movies much. Only really good ones. Which means I watch a movie once every five years or so. But there are so many, many old ones that I should see.

          The last good modern film I saw was Interstellar. That one had me verklempt.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Now I have the song in my head. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Almost as iconic as Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger.

        Champion-training music. Love it!

        Here’s my latest favorite champion anthem.

        The whole concert is phenomenal, but it’s Bonamassa, so of course it is.

        This is the opening to Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

        England just quit the EU for good. So fitting to have champion-training music today.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Vangelis! Electronic music pioneer!

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      1974 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xiโ€™an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard tomb of Chinaโ€™s 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang

      Amazing discovery. It turned out to be a whole lot more than just the 8,000 figures. And they are all individually unique castings.

      https://infogalactic.com/info/Terracotta_Army

      700,000 craftsmen worked on this project.

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Thanks, of course, for your response and link to it! Yes, they are truly incredible both in workmanship and scope! Last I knew the archeologist were still exposing them. It’s (to me) one of those wonders of the world, along with the carved Buddhas and other geological treasures in the middle east, many of which the evil ISIS and their ilk have completely destroyed.

        I can’t imagine myself casting a terracotta pot let alone a single of those Chinese castings in their perfection of realism!

        Another archeological find that is incredible to me is Turkey’s Gobeckli Tepe. It is believed to be one of mankind’s earliest temples. Too long to tell you about here, but if you’re interested:

        National Geographic: http://tinyurl.com/3h5dgfh

        Archeology Archive:
        http://tinyurl.com/jc8yuyc

        Unesco:
        http://tinyurl.com/lzfa6w9

        And Google images, just because the pictures are better…
        http://tinyurl.com/lv4w2h4

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Kudos on your mastery of Tinyurl, Puzz.

          That and “a + href=” are becoming arcane. This should not be.

          I used to know how to make text flash with HTML. No more. It’s gone away from me.

          3 / 4 time.

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          • patternpuzzler says:

            Yeah, I really miss the ability to use the little left of my simple coding, and WordPress is a dragon of a different color these days!

            Tinyurl is pretty simple, Wooly. I cheat, lol! I use Chrome and have an extension that’s on the menu bar. I highlight the URL, hit the icon for the extension, and boom – there’s my tinyurl.

            When I use Firefox, I use the site http://www.tinyurl.com. It’s easy to copy the long url from your page and paste it, click the button and voila! the tinyurl appears.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          They are still exposing them, and finding more each year. It’s astounding.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          The Banyan Buddhas destroyed by Al Q didn’t really sadden me much. It awoke me, sure. I wondered how long the pyramids and Cheops and the City of the Dead would last after I saw that. And when those too fall to Islam, I probably won’t be saddened much, either.

          They took Solomon’s Temple Mount.

          They took the Hagia Sophia.

          And much more.

          I don’t really mind all that much when they destroy other religions’ idols and icons.

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  19. jeans2nd says:

    Possibly a new toy for Gen Kelly, among others. Currently at Tuscon/huachuca. Pretty plane. Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone…road trip time…

    Yet Another Version of the U.S. Army’s New Spy Plane Appears in Arizona
    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8752/yet-another-version-of-the-u-s-armys-new-spy-plane-appears-in-arizona

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Professional weather-whiners are wringing their hands over this being one of the warmest winters ever. As I walk around the Green Zone I see candles on my long leaf pines well over a foot long and my white oaks are all leafed out with a good foot of growth on the ends of the branches – in all a bumper crop year for our trees.

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    • John Denney says:

      Warm weather, sunshine, and lots of CO2 makes plants just sop it up and grow like crazy.

      It’s a beautiful thing.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Like I’ve posted a number of times, early in the Clinton administration the USDA had a research station in Maryland that was doing research on CO2 in global warming. They’d sealed of a chunk of marshland with transparent covering and added extra CO2 to imitate the increases from people breathing and living and watched the process. What they found was that evetything grew faster and bigger, paralleling the inconvenient truth that fruits and veggies also produced more and bigger crops underbthe same circumstances. Never did hear anything more about him and his work, he just might be floating out somewhere in tne Gulf Stream.

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        • John Denney says:

          Yeah, I did an experiment when I was about eight, planting a couple navy beans in two mason jars, screwing on the rubber sealed lids, and observing and comparing their growth. The only difference between the two was that before sealing one, I stuck a birthday candle in it and lit it, which turned all the oxygen into CO2. The bean in that one easily grew twice as fast as the other.

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  21. lovely says:

    Did anyone else see the Warner/Burr Presser? It was a real smoke and mirrors show with a lot of obfuscation thrown in for good measure.

    Sen Mark Warren assured us small scared Americans that the Russians were not only here but that they are still coming and they showed an extreme positive bias toward Donald Trump especially in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

    Warrens was asked if he personally saw any evidence of coordination between POTUS or his team with Russia after his answer was;

    1) I sure wish President Trump would release his tax forms like all other presidents have done.

    2) The Russians tried to weaken America.

    3) What if the Russians interfere in the upcoming European elections.

    4) We are investigating in the โ€œSpirit of the American Peopleโ€ who are saying what is going on here?

    5) We are looking for the right documents that support the footnotes of conclusions that others came to but right now we donโ€™t even know the right questions to ask. (Read: There ainโ€™t nothinโ€™ there)

    6) 1000โ€™s of Russian made pro-Trump posts to make it look like he had more support from Americans than he really did have. << This is a paraphrase but it is the heart of what was said.

    7) It was in Russiaโ€™s best self interest to have a โ€œPresident Trump.โ€

    8) We want to see what was cut and thrown on the floor.

    9) The Russians used social media to promote the idea that Hillary was sick or that Hillary took money from this person or that person, in other words the Russianโ€™s promoted propaganda/fake news to get Hillary ๐Ÿ˜œ.

    So the short answer is NO that have found absolutely no collusion between Team Trump and the Russians but they are going to search though stuff to see if they can cobble some BS together. I think he referred to it as โ€œSeeing what was left on the cutting floor.โ€

    And Burr chimed in a few times to say things like;

    1) I voted for Trump but I will not let that get in the way of a fair investigation.

    2) All the rumors reported in the press are not true.

    3) I have seen no evidence of the White house interfering with our investigation. If we see any evidence of them trying to cut us off youโ€™ll hear from us.

    4) The DOJ has not blocked our investigation.

    5) We werenโ€™t hired to conduct a witch hunt we were hired to conduct an investigation.

    6) We donโ€™t know who the Russians will turn their character assignation on next ๐Ÿค”.

    And the benevolent Warner said I have confidence in Richard Burr ๐Ÿ™„.

    At least neither one said that Putin hates Clinton.

    Amazing times. Folks. Amazing times.

    Good grief.

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    • stella says:

      I’m glad I didn’t, after reading your account, and another account on FB. I have reached my Dem bs limit for the day.

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      • lovely says:

        Smart lady. It was really that bad. The press asked accusatory questions about Trump to help Warner along.

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        • stella says:

          Since you brought it up, here is a question asked by a FB friend who also watched:

          I have a question re the press conference this morning with Burr and Warner.

          Unless I did not hear them right they stated their “staffs” are currently reviewing all the evidence. I thought when it came to the Gang of 8 only the Gang of 8 members alone can view the top intelligence – which is why they are Gang of 8 members [and why Nunes was allowed to go to the West Wing to a secure facility to view some confidential information].

          If my understanding of th role of the Gof8 is correct – how is it their staff and not Burr and Warner the only people reviewing the info – if even the other elected senators [and congressmen] are not high enough security to see these documents, – why lowly staff? Especially in light of what we know about the “IT contractors” in congress who [it appears] did some snooping that was not allowed of confidential documents.

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          • lovely says:

            That is what I understood also. They have hired a load of people to rifle through thousands of pages of intelligence to make sure that the elusive unicorn was not left on the cutting floor.

            One example of how blatant the lies were and how biased the investigation and the results are going to be is that Warner said that Russia manipulated Google to give more positive results for Trump and negative results for Clinton. A demonstrably false lie in the Google results measure alone.

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        • I tried to watch it but I got too annoyed, so I read the CTH post instead. The steady drip drip drip of the uniparty’s daily lies and obfuscation hurt my brain.

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      • amwick says:

        Just as an aside, a humorous interjection, if I may. We were just settling down our first night at the cabin, for some reason I was watching Lou Dobbs, IN REAL TIME! Anyway, I listened and listened and I could swear he was calling Dems “Dims”, honest to goodness. Maybe my ears were on crooked. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lovely says:

      *Assassination

      ๐Ÿ˜

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  22. Wooly Phlox says:

    The White House just got prettier. WAY prettier. Yeah, probably smarter, too, for any lurking feminists. I would play chess with her, but I wouldn’t bet on me.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I’d play chess with her, if only for the lesson, and so that I could brag, “I played chess with Ivanka Trump, and lost.”

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      “Wooly, the board is down there.”

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Every male Democrat operative, including MSM, in the White House, who isn’t either gay, trans, asexual, or a furry — which I estimate may be a good 35% of them — is now going to be henceforth completely distracted from their work.

      Brilliant move, Donald!

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    • amwick says:

      So, what is in this for our President? Loyalty, which is obvious, but more than that, I see honesty. She will not bs her dad, ever. That is a rare thing in the swamp, so good on both of them. This coming from someone with a huge dislike of nepotism.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        He just permanently distracted thirty five percent (maybe) of Democrat males in the White House on any given day. That’s genius.

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  23. Wooly Phlox says:

    This is not an Onion article.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3203473/senator-john-mccain-king-jong-un-north-korea-war-crazy-fat-kid/

    I have neither the time nor the crayons to Fisk this article.

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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  25. Wooly Phlox says:

    The Who’s Daltrey Only Finds Fault With Trump’s Haircut.

    Ask me if we should be tired of winning.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
      Take a bow for the new revolution
      Smile and grin at the change all around
      Pick up my guitar and play
      Just like yesterday
      Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
      We don’t get fooled again

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  26. Wooly Phlox says:

    I wonder what the heck is going on in South Haven?

    I’ve been hearing sirens for the last 45 minutes. Still.

    Booting up RadioReference scanners. I’ve never heard anything like this.

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  27. auscitizenmom says:

    Well, lookee here. Our favorite ignorant, illiterate, lying, racist lawyer has been written about by Michelle Malkin. How about that. I mean, the man ( I assume he is a man) can’t even speak fluid English.
    “Malkin: Benjamin Crump: TV’s Rising Fake News Star”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/malkin-benjamin-crump-tvs-rising-fake-news-star

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