General Discussion, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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  1. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

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


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  2. Lucille says:

    I could definitely live here…but without the fringe on the couch…something very bookish is about to happen…

    I’d love to have built-in bookshelves like this…

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Where is the stone fireplace? Coffee pot dripping my favorite coffee, Black Rifle Coffee…. Big over sized couch………

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      • czarowniczy says:

        And the cat knocking things from the shelves to the floor…

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      • Lucille says:

        Speaking of fireplaces…. Coming from a small farming/dairy community I’d never been in a wealthy person’s home. A number of families of our acquaintance had relatively nice furniture but it was the Montgomery Ward variety and certainly not from high-end makers or designers.

        After moving to Los Angeles and starting to work in the film industry, I began to date an older actor who was quite amused on occasion at my naivete. He liked showing me around and getting my reaction to things. I always tried to keep it muted, of course. Not a good move to let others see how impressed you are.

        One evening my friend invited me to join him at a scheduled meeting with a producer to discuss a project they were planning, to be held at the producer’s Beverly Hills home. Walking in the house, I tried not to gape at the two-floor high round entry way with a beautiful table in the center, a huge bouquet of flowers sitting on it. LOL!

        We were invited into the den where a suede couch seemed to be taking up almost a whole wall, served wine, batted the breeze a few minutes, and then the producer’s wife invited me into another part of the room (yes, it was that big) by the fireplace so the guys could discuss their project for a short time. I don’t recall what she and I discussed, but she was very nice to me.

        I do remember that the room had a lived-in quality and wasn’t for show…it was just the way they lived…with nice paintings, beautiful woods, comfy pillows to lean on, AND that fireplace with andirons and hearth accessories which you would have loved, Colonel.

        Right now I’m ready to break out in Streisand’s “The Way We Were.” LOL!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I love that place. If somebody gave it to me furnished, I would even leave the fringe on the couch. I would paint that brown wall a light tan.


  3. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  4. Morning Everyone!
    Here is today’s Escher -Tropea Calabria 1931

    and our “fadeaway girl” – This one by Coles Phillips. I wanted to include this one especially because of the “making of a militant” story in 1914!

    and lastly is this funny one. It sort of went with the spirit of Escher drawings 🙂

    I’m also posting a fadeaway dog on Doggity day ;-o

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  5. Hi Stella. Wondering why my 2 comments are in moderation, & pictures did not appear? Thanks 🙂

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  6. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Wednesday, June 20th:
    · Meeting with Members of Congress
    · Lunch with the Vice President and the Secretary of State
    · Travel to Duluth, MN
    · Roundtable discussion on protecting American workers
    · Make America Great Again Rally
    · Travel to Washington, D.C.

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  7. lovely says:

    Have a beautiful day folks 🙂 !

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    • I don’t even know how to play marbles. Or tiddlywinks. Or jacks. No clue. I think with jacks you have to bounce the ball, and pick up as many of those little metal things as you can before the ball hits the ground again, but I’m not sure.

      At 47, I feel young looking at this picture.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        My BFF had her 2 yr old grandson stay with her. He wanted to play dominoes. So she set them up to play. And, he wanted to know what she was doing because that wasn’t the way to do it. So she had him set it up. He built a little tower and then knocked it down. That’s the way he played with his father.

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      • lovely says:

        I don’t know how to play marbles, jacks or tiddlywinks either.

        I think with jacks you have to bounce the ball, and pick up as many of those little metal things as you can before the ball hits the ground again, but I’m not sure.

        I think you’re right about that 🙂 .

        Love the concentration on the marble boy’s face.


    • Old photos are so fun! Have a great day, lovely!

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  8. Via AoSHQ:

    When it happened I figured it was either blacks or females, or both, responsible, and that we would find out the truth in due time. And yep… I was right. Some people are suited to certain occupations, and some are not. Sad fact, but true. Affirmative action is never a good thing.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I agree. I was always concerned that the services would lower the standards for women and that is exactly what they have done in every service, even though they have denied it.

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    • stella says:

      I doubt that ALL women are unsuited to this particular occupation.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        The are not. But, unfortunately they have changed the rules to let smaller, weaker types in. Even a 5’6″ man is usually stronger than a 5’6″ woman. I have always said I don’t have a problem as long as they can pass the same exact tests that men have to pass.

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        • Lucille says:

          “Yes” to your last sentence. I really do not want females in the infantry, though. If citizens are called upon to defend the nation within the borders, then, yes, every man and woman to the barriers…it’s to the death. But in foreign-land ground combat, no. I’ll see if I can articulate why.

          Something is lost between males and females if a soldier, sailor, etc. has to treat everyone equally, with no natural protectiveness shown which seems to be inherent in males toward females. We’ve already attacked men enough in our society, having called them “patriarchal” when they are just following their sweet natural tendencies which are necessary in order to properly take care of females and their children who are more vulnerable. And the cries of “mansplaining” and “manspreading” are a symptom of a sick society.

          The attitude today is to jettison these valued good instincts in favor of women gaining equality with men ON EVERY LEVEL. IMO, we are not equal. We are complementary. Under the law, and as far as our political rights go, we are equal. The physical differences and body functions, alone, which need to be taken care of are certainly not equal.

          Why should men have to turn off their instincts toward women when they are in the military but yet if they have a hard time turning them back on when dealing with civilians be looked at askance. If a man sees a woman fall, is not his natural instinct to help her up? You wouldn’t do that in combat because a person should be able to carry his own load and take care of himself in that regard. Men don’t have a spigot to turn instincts off and then turn on. If the military has to train that natural inclination out of a man, then something of importance goes missing.

          While studies show women generally can endure more bodily pain than men, women are obviously the physically weaker of the two. In ground combat, why have any weak links? If a person, male or female, cannot easily carry around 100+ lbs. of equipment while marching through rough terrain in full combat uniform, then it’s an office job for him.

          Hopefully, you get the general gist of what I’m trying to say.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I totally get the gist. And, I don’t really disagree with you. And, I thought you explained it very well.


          • Col.(R) Ken says:

            Just read the accident report of the USS Kennedy, in that 7 sailors died due the the fact, unqualified LT’s manned the Combat Action Center, and damage control.

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          • John Denney says:

            I like how the Kurds do it. The Peshmerga (fighters) have all female units, under the command of a female officer. They are completely segregated from men during training and battle, except for the commanding officer coordinating with commanding officers of male units.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        That reminds me. When my ex was on a diesel sub, there was a guy who was around 5’4″ tall. He could not stand watch when they were on the surface because the watch had to carry a rifle and when he slung it over his shoulder the way they were supposed to, it touched the deck. He was too short to be on the sub IMO.

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  9. stella says:

    Looks like the President will sign an EO on family separation if Congress doesn’t pass immigration legislation. He will then immediately be sued for violating the 9th Circuit Court ruling re Flores vs Reno. Forcing that will put the other side in the position of ripping children from their families, so it may be a good thing.

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  10. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    “Three weeks ago, we were being lectured about constitutional law by a 17-year old kid with a high school diploma. Two weeks ago, we were being lectured about integrity by a porn star who breached her non-disclosure agreement by disclosing its subject. This week, we’re being lectured about the sanctity of illegal immigrants’ nuclear families by the same people who systematically set out to destroy the nuclear family in America. I’ll say this for liberals: they’re bendy.”

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  11. stella says:

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  12. Lucille says:

    From Judicial Watch…

    Cash Smuggled to Terrorists in Middle East from U.S. Airport that Gave Somali Muslims Security Tours
    JUNE 19, 2018


  13. stella says:

    Excellent post on Facebook:

    Excellent post by one Jim Jones:

    This [the family separation at the border thing] is a purposeful media circus being stage-managed by Hollywood. Not sure if everyone’s heard but the DNC Chair is now meeting regularly with a group of directors, writers, and producers (20 to 30 in total) to script and manage media and leverage the skills of Hollywood. Seems to be working well. Schumer has decided to oppose all long-term immigration reform that includes secure borders. He says he is planning to oppose any bill in order to “keep the spotlight on Trump.”

    So the cries of the children will be leveraged. One must ask just where the politics end and the loving begins.

    One has to take the incongruities in Democratic policy into account. I am pro-choice, but let’s be quite clear: the left has a logically impossible set of beliefs that can’t coexist.

    Democrats have wrecked the inner cities and most of the schools, and the black voter is being abused. We have our own kids who are citizens and would LOVE to hear that they might get free college and the nicer accommodation — not to mention status — that the left wants to offer to those who cross our borders illegally and violate the law.

    This “Hurricane Kidtrina” travesty is political and it allows the left a massive deflection from the actual news. This ISN’T new — the kid pics were under Obama in 2014 and the left said nothing.

    Trump just signed an executive order and we will see what it says.

    The media’s greatest power is the power to ignore. Given that the separation policy is not new, it is the media’s focus for a reason. Planned and staged based on the upcoming midterms and dreams of a blue wave.

    Kidtrina is an operation. Like “Crossfire Hurricane” but a bit less official. FBI not involved (as far as we know).

    The media circus allows the Democrats and the media (same thing, mostly) to ignore much. They are ignoring the on-going exposure of Obama Administration corruption taking place in Congress. The amazing revelations by the DOJ IG on the Hill were ignored. “But the children…”

    They ignore WHY the refugees are at our border: the utter failure of leftist banana republics. Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Cuba, and the rest. Every one.

    The media is happy to enter U. S.-based facilities to report on crying children. NOT eager to report from Managua or Caracas or the middle of Mexico. Because those crying (and dead) children are not crying about Trump being a meanie. They’re being destroyed by leftism. It is just a matter of how far along the road to ruin their countries are.

    The media aren’t reporting that Daniel Ortega has made himself President for Life, appointed his wife as VP, and ordered the entire Nicaraguan middle class to exit Nicaragua immediately. They aren’t reporting that teenaged boys fighting back, armed only with slingshots, are being murdered by Ortega’s military.

    In Venezuela the people have 24,000% inflation and a month’s wage at the nationalized and ruined state oil industry buys ONE chicken. If they can find one to buy. The people have finished eating their dogs and cats and have eaten the armadillos and flamingos and moved on to rats. The popular socialism extolled by Bernie is now unmentioned. Venezuela is collapsed. Children are starving by the thousands due to popular socialism. Is the media covering those crying and dying children? Hell no. You won’t have anyone from CNN and MS-NBC or the others reporting live from Caracas or Managua or San Salvador. Too dangerous, and can’t blame Trump.

    Thousands of kids disappear on the journey across Mexico to the U. S. border. They are never heard from again. Raped and murdered, taken by child sex traffickers, who knows? But gone. Where’s that reporting? Why do girls 9 and older get fitted with birth control before leaving for the U. S.? Because they are likely to be raped multiple times on the trip.

    And at home too, the media fails.

    The kids crying in Chicago today are of no interest to Democrats. There are widows and fatherless kids to whom a converted Wal-Mart and three squares a day looks pretty damn good. Remember 9 dead and 46 wounded just this weekend in Chicago, where poor black kids attend schools ruined by Democrats and live in a war zone? Done in by illegal guns in cities where guns are illegal and Democrats have hereditary control. Do we hear about the deaths? No. And we won’t, unless a white cop is the perp.

    On this alleged love of children, as soon as the left is done screaming at Trump for yet another fiasco passed down to him, they write a check to PP. Busy exterminating kids. Have to keep those rates up, terminating 60% of black pregnancies in every major city in the country year in and year out.

    Lord, what a pack of useless hypocritical Bolsheviks the Democratic Party and their media organs have become.

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    Things to do when you are bored.
    I justvreceived a call from one of the Indian boiler rooms where an operator who could barely speak English starts telling me that “there a case file agains you by IRS in US of America Court”. So I asked him about the case – he tells me I need to give him my name…zeep choad…an azdress. I give him a phony name, phony address (actually the address of the old ATF office) and zeep. He never did ask for the city but were he to put in the street address it wouldn’t match the zeep. He says the line weel go blunk (he went to the Peter Sellars School of Foreign Accents) – and theline goes blunk.
    About 20 seconds he comes back and says he has my case file in front of him and I’ve been charged with not paying my income taxes. (I avoided the veye dialect as his pronunciation was tortuous and I don’t even want to try and replicate it. I spent a good five minutes trying to get him to read his script coherently.
    About now he’s probably smiling that he’s got it out and I understand, so I throw some poop into the game. I ask him for the IRS case/file number so I can have the accountant who does my taxes call the regional IRS office in NOLA. Dead silence…
    After a break someone else comes on, accent just slightly better, and starts rapidfire spitting out how “you will be arrested with a warrant and I weel see you sat your front door as the FBI takes you to jail. I weel see you agin in Federal Court room where we will take your house and put you and your family in jail!” OK, the accent did give him away though the spiel did sound like something a frazzled IRS agent anxious to take off early on a Federal Friday might say.
    I let the phone go silent for a minute – nothing from their end but the sounds of dozens of phone clerks making phony calls to other targets. Then I tell him that I’m an ex-cop, I’ve worked with the IRS and know his scam is phoney as hell. He tries to recover, telling me in his best ‘Peter Sellars doing Ghandi’ accent, that he has my information and the police will be at my door soon! I tell him that all of the information I gave him was phony and he used phony information to ‘call up my case’. I hung up ass he assured me the poleece weel be at my door in the morning to uhress me!.
    I ate up about ten minutes of his time, ten minutes he didn’t make any money, ten minutes the boiler room just threw out the window. I was sitting on the patio anyway, cool drink in hand, with not much else to do so all in all, nut wasteed thyme.

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  15. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’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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  16. auscitizenmom says:

    My friend and I went to see the Incredibles 2. It was pretty good. Very funny.

    After the movie, we went to Mission BBQ for lunch. It was so good. She had the brisket and baked beans, and I had turkey, slaw, and french fries. It was all so good. The french fries rival McDonalds’. No, they are better. And, I loved the slaw. It was a little sweet and the dressing was light. All very good. Oh, and when they found out it was our first time there, they gave us a coupon for a free sandwich the next time we go in. 🙂

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  17. Lucille says:

    “Russian meddling” was completely unimportant to them…


    Probably most of us think there’s little the Russians could have done that would be worse or more damaging to our republic than what American citizens working at the DOJ and FBI did.

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