April 16th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #87

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449 Responses to April 16th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #87

  1. youme says:

    Everything, everywhere is racist:

    The Guardian: Robots are Racist
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/13/ai-programs-exhibit-racist-and-sexist-biases-research-reveals

    Slate: Baseball Is Racisthttp://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2017/04/seventy_years_after_jackie_robinson_mlb_is_still_a_white_man_s_sport.html

    Aeon: Internal Organs Are Racist
    https://aeon.co/ideas/the-brain-heart-dialogue-shows-racism-hijacks-perception

    U. of Toronto: Babies are Racist
    https://phys.org/news/2017-04-infants-racial-bias-members.html

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  2. Wiggyky says:

    Happy Easter to President Trump, his family, Sundance, Moderators and all the faithful Treepers. May we all endure through this horrible Swamp and come out on the clean end of Paradise.

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  3. JohnP says:

    This one was easy peasy to disprove. These are the results of a coalition strike on Raqqah. ISIS says we bombed a neighborhood.

    I went to Google maps and it’s a fuel depot and shopping mall. This is real precision bombing.

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  4. Howie says:

    The Berkeley Police have been ordered to stand down in the face of the violent leftist goons. They should be issued shovels, to lean on, while the leftists rampage and terrorize the people. They are really shovel ready.

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    • Southern Son says:

      Sunshine is Comin’ for the Communist!
      If they are wearin’ the Black Uniform, they are the Communist.
      Police would arrest you in most any other city, for carrying a club, to a Public Assembly.
      Probable Cause…

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    • In AZ says:

      The Department of Justice has a REAL case of police misconduct in California.

      Instead of Obama targeting innocent police over fake racist charges, there is proof the California police are in dereliction of duty, not upholding the laws and oaths they swore.

      These Commie scum politicians and police must be prosecuted, lose their jobs and pensions. They have no conscious, no morals or ethics, no pride. They are souless Commie hack scum.

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      • Ken Lawson says:

        I don’t think it would be appropriate to charge the police force since they were following orders to stand down. The leadership of that police department should be charged for giving the orders to stand down. And, if a solid legal case can be made, charge the politicians behind them, too.

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        • Howie says:

          Maybe hammocks and Pina Colada would be good while the leftist riots ensue?

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        • bertdilbert says:

          California politicians are funded and work for the unions. Which is why you have union style thuggery. Sessions should go after the root cause.

          When city cops are handcuffed from doing their job, send in mass ICE agents and do mass removals. Hit them back legally. Cities with bad politicians have a lot of low hanging fruit. They are going to be corrupt in other ways.

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        • gil says:

          Thanks for saying that. As a LEO family, please do not blame us all. many would like to be out there taking care of business, but if supervisors are stating you cannot, then you cannot. Unfortunately, politicians, lawyers, politically motivated cops and their politically promoted lackeys are making bad decisions. Cops gain weight due to stress, having to sit in the car for hours at a time(writing on MDC, making work calls, etc), having to sit at a desk and write hours worth of reports and fill extensive forms out(which frequently have to be redone because honestly some cops write in text language, spanglish, and poor grammar), and a lot of cops go out to eat on duty instead of packing a lunch. It really irks me to see people who have never taken a ride along or who dont know a decent cop ready to criticize when cops want to do their jobs, just like ICE and border patrol have wanted to do theirs.
          Get rid of the politicians in the captain, chief, sheriff, lieutenant, positions and replace them with people who earn those positions with merit and you all will see A HUGE MARKED DIFFERENCE in police work.

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          • In AZ says:

            Thank you Gil. You are correct.
            I do support law enforcement. It is the elected politicians, the elected Sheriff’s, those you said.

            Unfortunately, a son of my mother is working to become a police officer and he is an Obama / Clinton brain dead follower and hates Trump.
            He finally quit speaking to me after my mother’s funeral.

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            • Gil says:

              That is horrid. He will change when he is actually a cop. Or he may be rolled up during his probation. Either way that is not typical of cops or good family behavior. So sorry.

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              • dekester says:

                I have to chip in here. I have inside experience on this subject.
                Upper management Policing like many other facets of government have become leftist bastions.

                Management is all about the P.C. Culture and C.Y.A.

                This is because the politicians have corrupted the police forces. Look at your head law enforcement guy Holder, then the liar female that followed him.

                Law suits against politicians and police brass is the only way..look too at what happened to your Baltimore six officers. That was evil..what was the Mayors name Mosley?

                Thank you…the rank and file are usually first class..not their bosses though.

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          • Cheezus says:

            Thank you Gil. I did a ride along on a LA Harbor Patrol boat. I praised those Deputies so many times for the crap they had to take, all with a smile and a yes sir, no sir. I would not be able to take that daily. Thanks to all the LEOs and their families!

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          • LKA in LA says:

            Thank you Gil for keeping your area safe. My dad was a policeman so I know what you are going through and why. My dad has passed but I like to attend the Blue Mass to pay tribute. Please remember there are citizens out there who are in awe of your willingness to run to the danger and not away.

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          • glypenblog says:

            Thank you Gil. This is like patients getting mad at nurses because we have to follow orders from the docs. IMO most cops want to do their jobs.

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        • In AZ says:

          Good points. But I do wonder how many police officers agree with the orders.

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          • jonvil says:

            If they are willing to live there and to work under those conditions (standing down), probably the large majority

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          • Those I know in the armed services and police learn not to question orders even if they do disagree. Some outsiders see that as a flaw, but it’s the operational basis for a functioning chain of command. These are crisis situation workers. There’s no time to question everything. You do as you are told. Responsibility lies with those in charge.

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          • dekester says:

            Very few…I know.
            However dismissal, law suits and even criminal charges will result in disobeying orders.

            Again look at my post above about the Baltimore six.

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        • World War II period excuse “I was only following orders.” I don’t think that went over well then. I think law enforcement takes an oath and to disregard that might be a wee problem.

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          • False equivalency. The excuse (from Nazis during the Nuremberg trials) was given as a defense for committing mass murder, and no one in the police force was ordered to do that.

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            • The Stanley Milgram Experiment was created to explain some of the concentration camp-horrors of the World War II, where Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Slavs and other enemies of the state were slaughtered by Nazis.

              Do as you’re told! Many war-criminals claimed they were merely following orders and could not be held responsible for their actions, in the trials following World War II.

              Were the Germans in fact evil and cold-hearted, or is this a group phenomenon which could happen to anyone, given the right conditions?

              This brings up the issues of values and beliefs. One steeped in a “situational ethics” environment will experience cognitive dissonance in making the choice but can allay that by selecting the required value (doing my job) that relates to the authority in that environment (supervisor, police, interrogator, terrorist, family under threat, etc.) Thus they can absolve themselves of any personal responsibility. It is not really me.

              However one steeped in a fixed standards and ethics environment will have a higher degree of cognitive dissonance where the requirements of the standard are superior to the “doing the job.” Some at this stage will “pop a cork.”

              Although there are many internet pages of this study, the one below is from Berkley, that bastion of right wing though / sarc

              https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wwu/psychology/compliance.shtml

              It only takes a short look around to see this playing out everyday with our politicians, bosses, peers, people in authority.

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      • Is the California Antifa & Government Complicity a PERFECT basis for FISA surveillance of ALL parties involved from local to state level, expanding to ALL who are networking, organizing and funding?

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Some of us can remember when Berkeley rioted in 1969.
      California had a real governor back then. Reagan didn’t play their game, he took control.

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    • pochas94 says:

      The closer we get to Utopia, the more roving bands of out-of-control thugs.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        And now the Koch brothers are helping illegals to get a drivers license.
        Why do people call the koch brothers “conservative”?
        I’m not seeing it.
        http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-news/3544599/posts

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        • Sandra-VA says:

          They are not Conservatives – they are Libertarian.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            And for some reason that I don’t know, Libertarians support or at least don’t oppose illegal immigration. I’ve never looked into why that is, I just have observed that seems to be the case from the Libertarians I have heard speak on the subject. SMH.

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            • SteveInCO says:

              Libertarians believe peaceful people should be free to cross borders to take jobs. Any ban on doing so is (in their minds) an abuse of government power and a law that should just be ignored, like we might be inclined to ignore stupid gun control laws. (Actually they mostly agree with us on the stupid gun control.)

              When one argues the immigrants will just go on welfare, then the response is “get rid of welfare” (if only!) or at the very least, mandate they aren’t eligible (again, if only! given judges will declare it a human right). When one argues that our schools paid for by taxpayer money are catering to them, they argue schools shouldn’t be government run. As for illegals committing crimes, they should be punished the same as anyone else (and they’re liable to complain that “violent” criminal aliens are an overblown problem (you racist)). Finally, their answer to complaints about undercutting American workers is that clearly Americans demand too much money and/or government regs make it too expensive to hire people over the table, so the regs should be gotten rid of.

              To my mind they make a strong case that we should allow more immigration–AFTER, not before, we make the changes that they insist we should make–getting rid of welfare, privatizing education, getting rid of job-killing labor laws, etc.

              I have tried on many occasions to point out that keeping out violent leeches or disease carriers would still be legitimate. Most of the time they agree with me, but they don’t understand that this means there would STILL be such a crime as “illegal entry to the United States” (or some equivalent phrasing), and that we would STILL want robust border security.

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            • joninmd22 says:

              The libertarian party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the democrat party. They only exist to scare true believers that a theocracy will come if the republicans win and skim votes away from republican candidates.

              It’s just another fraud party. Once libertarians realize it they can reform it to be a real opposition party in the place of the socialist democrats.

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        • barton2016 says:

          Rush Limbaugh’s heroes.

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      • NickD says:

        I saw a commenter on another blog post: “Communism. Just one more genocide until Utopia”

        Great rhetoric, IMO

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    • peace says:

      Can’t they be sued for condoning violence by their inaction? There needs to be some legal action taken against these “so-called” law enforcement people; otherwise, conservatives will get unequal tx under the law.

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      • Joe Knuckles says:

        It’s a civil rights violation for the police to not protect one side.

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        • youme says:

          The police do not have a duty to protect:
          “The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

          The decision, with an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia and dissents from Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, overturned a ruling by a federal appeals court in Colorado.”

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      • LoveofUSA says:

        The good news about all of this is that this all is now being exposed, and WeThePeople are getting sharper about how Deep State/Globalists/Uni Party operates. Each day we are getting better at understanding corruption at all levels and connecting more dots.

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      • psadie says:

        The folks at this rally who were injured need to “personally” sue the police dept. and the individual policemen then watch things change fast.

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      • Cutoff federal funding to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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    • Dogstar_K9 says:

      Until such time Patriots are willing to spill blood, the antifas and blackmasks will consider themselves to be the victors. Hat pins are nasty little sons of bitches and easy to hide. Sting deep, demask and photograph. Spread those pix far and wide on social media. Who knows, maybe the Boss will be one of us.

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      • mariner says:

        I’ve never seen a zip gun, but I’ve heard they’re easy to make and easily concealable.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        Don’t spill blood. The victims should sue. So should the justice dept. This is true denial of civil rights.

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      • Tejas Rob says:

        >Until such time Patriots are willing to spill blood, the antifas and blackmasks will consider themselves to be the victors

        You need to be a member of The_Donald over at reddit. If you were, you’d know the antifa got their behinds kicked yesterday and Trump supporters ruled the day. It was glorious, there was video, live streams and photos all over T_D.

        The_Donald will help restore your faith in the younger generation of this country.

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        • Wiggyky says:

          I wonder how those policemen would feel if, when they go home, find their family lying in the streets beaten to a pulp? Think it would make a difference in their attitude toward their Police Chief?

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    • H.R. says:

      That photo of the Officers standing around? I can’t possibly imagine they are doing absolutely nothing.

      “I’ve got $50 over here on the Trump crowd! Any takers? Who’s backing Antifa?”

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    • Abster says:

      If I were a taxpayer I would be livid. Get dressed, go to office, do nothing, reap the rewards. Even worse, they stand around, watch violent assaults and turn a blind eye.

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    • Chuck Roast says:

      That is exactly the way California highway crews look. They did, however , get some new trucks that sleep six.

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    • Wiggyky says:

      President Trump says he supports Police 100%. I suggest he should have a chat with this Police Chief and make him an offer he can’t refuse. There was no excuse for this other than the Chief is a Communist Traitor and should be held accountable.

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    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      Where are the donuts and coffee? That is the only reason they show up..

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  5. What’s the most feasible solution to the NORK problem, if no one takes out Kim Jong-un?

    Slow strangulation with an economic blockade … no countries to export to or import from?

    … with the Treasury Department to sanction those who attempt trade?

    … and the aircraft carrier group to physically enforce it if necessary (disabled rudder/props)?

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    • Would disabling a single cargo shop drive the risk high enough to end trade with the NORKS?

      [Like President Trump convinced the world that we’re serious / unpredictable with a single MOAB and the Syrian Missile Barrage … without using ground troops]

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      • bertdilbert says:

        You meant cargo ship right? That would be civilian. All ships are insured for liability. If money is loaned against the ship, it will have full coverage like an auto loan. It may also be insured against income loss.

        Of course you could buy a ship ready for the graving dock. Have some arms dealer sell some form of banned weapon to Kim and ship it in. Except you turn it into a MOAB. Mother Of All Boats.

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        • Turn one Cargo Ship bound to/from NORK into a floating dock.

          Insurance rates for Cargo Shipping involving NORK will skyrocket where available at all.

          Shippers will be unwilling to put their goods at risk.

          This would be a great opener.

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    • pochas94 says:

      No way around it. Kim has got to go. Then we can, with China, remove sanctions as that becomes possible.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      Stop deliveries of all of fat boy’s favorite foods… like CHEESE.

      The people are starving already, so they won’ be affected.

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  6. LM says:

    Thoughts on Berkeley:

    Much of higher education is now higher indoctrination. For years, the political social justice movement has been a tool of the left and employed to their great advantage on our campuses.

    Children are rightfully taught that inclusion and diversity are a virtue from the time they enter preschool. Yet the Left has coopted this good thing and corrupted it for its own purposes.
    It raises every diverse element of its power base to the level of a persecuted minority which must be given special privleges (and funding) and access to power in order to make things right.

    Therefore educational funding, access to good jobs and promotions, and thus control of national agendas are given to groups based on skin color, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. This is and solidifies power…and it divides us.

    Privileged access to money and control are not relinquished easily, and the Left is not generally hampered by a moral code which would assist them in doing this.

    In fact, the left does not even fund most of its social programs (think social control). They take the money for their “causes” from us. But they are taking something more. They are taking our kids through this program of indoctrination.

    The newest persecuted group which must be given special access to jobs, education, and power is Islam. Remember Obama’s response to Isis and Islamic terrorism was just this. He lectured us about it.

    This all part of why uninformed, ignorant people–who have been taught to value inclusion and diversity and who abhor slavery–march and take part in events like “We are all Muslims”.

    One great answer is the truth. I always invite anyone from the left I engage in discussion with to research the Islamic faith for themselves and see what is the basis for the infighting, what is stealth jihad, what is Sharia, Takiyyah, and what are they supposed to do about those of us who do not convert. It might also be a good idea for them to research Islam and slavery.

    Another answer for us, I think, is to focus on the gains we have made in righting things through the miraculous presidency if Donald Trump. We can dwell on and emphasize the great things he has done and wants to do, instead of hyperfocusing on any imperfections we might identify in his conduct.

    If, after the first 100 days, there is still something left for him to accomplish, then the answer would be to roll up our sleeves and get on board and help him. We can, for instance, focus on getting the right people elected to office starting in 2018.

    We can keep telling him what is important to us that he can do, has done, and feel that he can do better.

    Some of us should run for office ourselves. If nothing else it will be a learning experience, and as such it will be a great instructor in the things that really matter and that bind us together…..like humility.
    ❤️

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    • kathyca says:

      “Children are rightfully taught that inclusion and diversity are a virtue from the time they enter preschool.”

      Looks like you’ve been indoctrinated a little bit yourself there, LM. Inclusion and diversity are most definitely not inherently good things.. Virtue in inclusion depends on who is being included and what they are being included in. And there is absolutely no intrinsic value in diversity for it’s own sake.

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      • bigsy says:

        Inclusion and diversity were always part of Americana.

        Immigrants have always had their own neighborhoods and have been sought out and cherished by other ethnic groups who may enjoy their specialties and traditions.

        The difference was, those immigrants also reciprocated inclusion and diversity by learning English and melting into the American culture.

        The problem isn’t those persons practicing inclusion and diversity, the problem is those persons taking advantage of the good will of tolerant people by attaining positions of power through subterfuge while not intending to relinquish their ideology in order to blend in with American culture.

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        • kathyca says:

          I.can’t.even — go ahead, tout the “diversity and inclusion” bs. Immigrant groups have always been ostracized in the US to one extent or another, until they ASSIMILATED and proved their worth. Italians, Irish, Chinese, and on and on.

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          • bigsy says:

            until they ASSIMILATED…

            That’s what I thought I said.

            by learning English and melting into the American culture

            Thanks for concurring.

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            • kathyca says:

              That’s not at all what you said. But that will speak for itself. Btw, just my opinion, but that whole “thanks for concurring” thing is really lame. I see it a lot, but mostly not here.

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            • singingsoul says:

              bigsy says: “until they ASSIMILATED…

              That’s what I thought I said.

              by learning English and melting into the American culture”
              _____________________________________
              Only after the first generation immigrants are truly accepted specially if the first generation
              marry a born American. I speak from experience. I am assimilated but my husband is first generation our children are truly accepted because we made great effort to Americanize them. They married generational Americans who are not keen of immigrants.
              Immigrants no matter how much one is assimilated one is not truly accepted. Maybe if one comes here as a child it is different.
              My granddaughter living on the East Coast comes more in contact with first generation of immigrants and some of her friends have German grandmothers. Her friends are multicultural and family is from around the world.
              In the Midwest it is different specially in a small town. I am not complaining just face reality. I am glad I am happy within myself and contend always looking from the outside in.
              I was an refugee in Germany and an outsider all my life.
              The joy is my dogs do not care.:)

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      • mimbler says:

        Exactly. When I hear the mindless mantra of diversity is good, I always ask “Why?” I rarely get an answer.

        Most successful civilizations have been homogeneous. Even socialism can work to some extent with a homogeneous society as in Sweden. Now that it is no longer homogeneous, though, socialism if failing there.

        Also, lack of a common language seems to doom countries to strife and failure.

        America used to work because of a wide spread Judeo-Christian philosophy, and the homogeneous part being achieved by assimilation.

        Now that the country is being taught to value diversity, we are being balkanized into various “tribes” with a lessening of the common love of country,
        Mike

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        • The Boss says:

          diversity sucks.

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          • LoveofUSA says:

            Diversity is fake–nothing good comes out of it anymore.
            Other cultures have no intention of adapting, only to control.

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            • singingsoul says:

              merica always had diversity, NYC China Town, Little Italy , St. Louis German section , Boston Irish and so on. Most immigrants cluster in communities and build a church. Here where I live is St Marie’s German Catholic church, The Irish Catholic church. German Lutheran church many farmers belong too and there were three Presbyterian churches Scottish decent and a German Evangelical church.
              People who came here always congregated together and it was mostly the first generation that changed.
              People have forgotten their ancestors where they lived and where they are from. My husband grew up in NYC and people came from around the world. The kids where is friends . He went with them to Catholic church and Synagogues even though he was Lutheran. He learned English on the street so did other kids. He had a rich childhood.

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      • Bob says:

        Diverse societies do not survive. That is a historical fact. Name one?

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        • kathyca says:

          I don’t think you meant to address that to me?

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        • I know of several easy to recall historical examples, Bob. The Roman Empire was extremely diverse, and it worked well for many centuries. Prior to that, Alexander’s empire was also diverse, and might have continued had he not died young. During the Middle Ages, the relative tolerance toward diverse cultures (compared to Christian monarchies of the time) benefitted the rapid spread of Islam. Many European kingdoms during the Renaissance and after were culturally diverse. Elizabeth I of England reigned over a kingdom with diverse languages and cultures for decades, and Queen Victoria’s empire was even more so.

          No society survives forever, but it isn’t because of homogeneity or diversity. The quality of leadership, plus outside factors like famine and disease, have more of a deterministic effect.

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    • Sedanka says:

      I’m glad you’re engaging the left in discussions, because somebody needs to pick up the slack after I quit trying to have civil discussions with liberals about anything.

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  7. Katherine McCoun says:

    Excited about the news that someone credible is running against Maxine Waters. I am very encouraged when I look at the census data for the CA 43rd district. Minority yes, but Much higher hispanic than African American so demographics might be favorable to the challenger.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/fantastic-latino-trump-supporter-run-maxine-waters/
    https://www.census.gov/mycd/

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    • LoveofUSA says:

      This district is a rough neighborhood, but Navarro understands this.
      I pray he wins and helps to clean up this district. Voter Fraud is still a problem. Grrr..

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  8. ZeroHedge has turned into an antiTrump platform but they still put out some news. Here the most recent

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-16/us-cyber-attack-sabotaged-kims-missile-launch-former-british-foreign-secretary-claim

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    • LoveofUSA says:

      People love to assume (or claim) this or that and turn their assumptions into facts (or fake facts).
      I’ll stand by our President who had no comment to share.

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  9. Joe Knuckles says:

    Berkeley is now “Riot-town, USA” and needs to be branded as such.
    New slogans for the city council to consider:
    “Come for the protest, stay for the riot. We will not allow our police to spoil your fun”
    “Come and see our violent wannabe communists at work”
    “No reasoning or debate allowed within our city limits”

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  10. ALEX says:

    Must read again by Sharyl Attkisson…..She has put together a tidy timeline of all the spying by Obama administration starting with IRS in May 2010. This is a handy primer, especially the fact it gives a real feel for what we know went on with these Unethical/criminal partisans
    https://sharylattkisson.com/obama-era-surveillance-timeline/

    I liked this example from article:

    September 21, 2010:

    Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.

    “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.

    The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”

    “The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.

    John Brennan, former CIA Director and Homeland Security Adviser

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  13. Martin says:

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    • Joyful Noise says:

      Donald Trump is an amazing multi-tasker, who plans and builds strategy. He also has a wonderful temperament that is remarkably patient. Our dear President has great talent and “balance.”

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    • bertdilbert says:

      North Korea does not have delivery capability to use a missile to hit the US with a nuke. But he can still use a ship or suicide bomber. The economic effects of that would likely affect the Chinese economy in a large way. China would be blamed for doing nothing.

      The most likely target of the US will always be NYC. I understand there is considerable Chinese investment there from Chinese billionaires.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      You BET that President Trump is playing the Communist Chinese government like a grand piano.
      So, in response to the above, I just couldn’t resist this:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxO9k531sMU
      Vladimir Horowitz plays his version of “The Stars and Stripes Forever”
      Unbelievable tour de force.
      Just like President Trump!

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      • jrapdx says:

        YouTube says “This video is unavailable”. Is there another link?

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        • Concerned Virginian says:

          Just pulled the Horowitz youtube performance up, it worked for me.
          If the link still doesn’t work for you, try a “The Stars and Stripes played on the piano” search on youtube. There are couple of Horowitz himself playing and more with other pianists playing his version.

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  14. Joyful Noise says:

    You are right Knuckles, Berkeley is “Riot-town USA.” Yesterday, looked as though there were a bunch of people coming together to bust heads. I still think there is a story to this somewhere. Berkeley’s police chiefs have not been without controversy. The previous police chief, Michael Meehan resigned last September after he faced criticism for two incidents in 2012. Here’s a quote from an Associated Press article on September 22, 2016, “He once assigned officers to track down his son’s stolen iPhone in what critics called preferential treatment. He also sent a sergeant to a reporter’s home after midnight to demand changes to a story.” His replacement, Andrew Greenwood, was appointed on April 4th. He was a former Captain of the Investigation Division of the Berkeley police department executive command staff and was born and raised there. Here’s a quote from him: “The fundamental piece of our work is trust,” Greenwood said. “Police are not the military. Their role is to prevent crime and disorder. … The public has to support what they are doing.” Okay, so yesterday was not anything like his words here. The people of Berkeley need to speak up and hold him accountable. Or…maybe a courtroom needs to hold the city accountable with a fat law suit. I just hope this stops before someone gets killed.

    I figured out videos, but not how to post pics yet (apologize ahead of time if it doesn’t work…)
    Police Chief pic:

    Sources:
    http://www.dailycal.org/2017/04/10/film-force-andrew-greenwood-berkeleys-newest-police-chief/
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6117338-181/berkeley-police-chief-resigns-after

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  15. jupitercomm says:

    What’s the word on the Sunday talks? Don’t mean to be lazy, I never have TV on this early. I haven’t heard anything but the line up might be useful in the current situation. I know Maria on FBN had Dr Gorka & POTUS, among others. Jack Posobiec said to expect McMaster on more than one show.

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  16. fred says:

    there is a site called nothievesallowed that has tons of archives of these same rotten antifa anrchists and their friends in action from Oakland to ferguson….Facial recognition can work well to take the leaders down….Anyone who wants to review domestic terror guys they have the videos from all the riots in the last 5 years……..The guys name is Kevin and was a leo I think….

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  17. Bert Darrell says:

    Was the pro-Trump rally in Berkeley a fake one? Why else would PDJT write “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”

    In Communist Berkeley a violent reaction by Antifa thugs was guaranteed from the get go. Was the rally a set up paid for by Soros-like political financiers to “provoke” the thugs?

    If so, was the thugs’ purpose to intimidate true supporters so they would fear attending bona-fide Trump rallies?

    Hopefully, SD can clarify. His sources much more solid than my imagination.

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    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      Just my opinion, 50% self promotion of some media folks (Lauren Southern, Vaughn Neville, Brittany Pettibone, & Kyle Chapman) and 50% a reaction to the actual attack on Free Speech on many campus’ (Milo, Heather MacDonald, etc).

      Note as well the flyer for the event never mentions President Trump, yes several folks were sporting Trump swag….but it was not an explicit Pro Trump Rally.

      I don’t like this kind of violence in the streets, but at least many of the anti Leftist attendees came prepared wearing helmets. Frankly I am surprised it did not get more out of hand considering the (lack of) response from the Berkeley PD.

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      • Bert Darrell says:

        JustSome: thanks for your personal input. At least, I’m not the only one who’s puzzled by the Berkeley events. I know that, if I wanted to organize a trump-supporting event, I wouldn’t choose Commie-Berkeley as the venue. Hopefully, more details will emerge in the next few days. We know, at list, that PDJT did not promote it.
        PS: an act in defense of free speech in Commie-Berkeley is an oxymoron.

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        • Cheezus says:

          We had a pre Berkely self defense session with a Phillipino martial arts instructor. We were only taught defense, mental attitude and breathing. All were taught to respond to attack, not start the attack. It’s hard being Trump supporters in California. Unfortunately these events bring out those that are only looking for a fight. This started with the Milo event and will probably continue until they allow free speech in Berkeley.

          We held a Trump beach clean up in Santa Cruz before the election and while we got some stares, only nice things were said. My how things change when you lose an election Big league!

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    • teekay says:

      Pretty sure PDJT was referring to the so-called Trump Tax Rally, i.e. anti-Trump rallies about disclosing his taxes. Search that phrase and you’ll get lots of hits.

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  18. missmarple2 says:

    Corryn Mobley
    🇺🇸‏ @Corrynmb 58m58 minutes ago

    President Trump attended Easter service w/ his family at the same church that @POTUS & @FLOTUS were married at in 2005. 🌷 #HappyEaster

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  19. Dora says:

    UPDATES: Trump attends Easter service at Palm Beach church

    The president came to pray.

    But nothing about Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach is that simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/updates-trump-attends-easter-service-palm-beach-church/7EdEsia0F5NBvGugSUKMfN/

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  20. MaineCoon says:

    President Trump Motorcade Easter Sunday Mar-A-Lago

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  21. wyntre says:

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. mar says:

    I just realized Michael Morell (Benghazi liar) and James Stavridis both work here. Both have been critical of POTUS. I have a bad feeling about these 2. I wonder if they could be “leakers.” I am starting to think Stavridis just may be.
    Does anyone know more about them?
    🗣️📲🗣️
    https://bgsdc.com/our-team/

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  24. rumpole2 says:

    MOAB REALLY cheap as chips!

    The US’s Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb does not cost $314 million, or $US16 million, but $US170,000 a unit, the US Air Force told Business Insider on Friday.
    […]Many outlets, from The New York Times to Business Insider, inaccurately stated the cost of the MOAB as being in the millions. Business Insider’s article has since been corrected to reflect this information.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/real-cost-of-moab-mother-of-all-bombs-170-000-2017-4

    Cost/effect analysis (dead savages per dollar) suggests to me that the US can’t afford to NOT drop a lot more 🙂

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  25. President Donald Trump is planning a Tuesday visit to Kenosha’s headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., his first visit to the state since taking office.

    That’s according to Rep. Tod Ohnstad , whose Wisconsin Assembly district includes the Snap-on facility.

    Ohnstad said Sunday he’s heard that Snap-on employees have been notified of the planned presidential visit.

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  26. farmhand1927 recommended a book about a week ago “Drain The Swamp – How Washington Corruption Is Worse Than You Think” by Ken Buck a CO rep. It details the indoctrination freshmen congressmen go through upon their arrival in DC. I’m only through the first 3 chapters but I highly recommend it for your reading list.

    Caution, don’t read before bedtime or after a big meal.

    Thank You Farmhand1927🐿 – even a BlindSquirrel find a nut once in awhile

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  27. Weeper says:

    Dear Treepers –

    Hi! Forgive the length of the post, this can’t be said in 3 sentences.

    I’m new to posting online, but have been reading here, for over a year. I want to say THANK YOU, to all of you, for helping to educate me. I appreciate all of the POVs, analysis, humor, and yes, even the drama. I’ve been laughing, crying, praying, and cheering right along with you from the silent section. I don’t, however, own any pearls, nor will I clutch them. Keep up the good work.

    As Sundance so appropriately puts it “A funny thing happened”……when a certain man came down an escalator. I’m a “left leaning” independent, and from that day on, I was supporting a Republican for President. Reading at a site called “Conservative” anything was WAY out of my wheel house, but once I spent some time here, I became more comfortable. I don’t share all of your ideological views, nor do I agree with everything you say, but I don’t come here to argue with you….I come here for REFUGE, for what we have in common…..MAGA!

    This probably belongs in one of the threads last week, but frankly, that environment was a bit too hostile for me. Things have calmed some, but this message and the underlying theme driving it still exists. I feel that I should speak up. Call it a voice from the shadows. I don’t think I’m alone, so I’m waving to others staying quiet, and speaking for all of us. It is VERY noisy in the silent section. Hubby of 33+ years, is not a Trump fan. He still watches/reads MSM. We live in “fill in the blank land” with each days new talking points. Trump is a______(insert adjective), Trump is being controlled by_____(insert name), Trump will be gone by_______(insert date). I smile, nod, grab my headphones and iPad, and come to my branch here. I’m working on him, but it’s a slow process. You “pick your battles”, and waging one with him over whether PDJT is actually a_______(insert NBC word of the day) isn’t worth it. My daughter (a single mom Trump supporter) calls to tell me my 10 year old grandson is upset. He has to watch the news for current events at school and he thinks his political hero (PDJT) is going to start WWIII. As much as we would like to, some of us just can’t turn it off and ignore it completely. Until the MSM decides do their job, to report the news objectively (re: Sundance’s brilliant Friday night post on China is a perfect example), and stop playing fill in the blanks with the American people regarding our President, we have our work cut out for us. Someday, we’ll all be able to cheer from our living rooms. We won’t say I told you so, we won’t have to. Our loved ones will “get it”…finally, and we’ll MAGA together. Until then, we wait, patiently. The SILENT majority.

    I voted for PDJT because he was not a politician. He selected his own cabinet, and has surrounded himself with people he trusts to advise him. GWB promised “Compassionate Conservatism”, we got 2 wars we’re still fighting and more spending than “a grandma @ Christmas”. BHO promised “Hope and Change”, and we’re still Hoping for anything to Change. Now we have MAGA, and after less than 100 days, I’m not giving up. There’s still a ways to go on this journey. He told us that he was doing this for us. “A funny thing happened”…….I BELIEVE him.

    A Blessed Easter to All! Thanks for listening. Back to my branch!

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    • missmarple2 says:

      What a lovely post! People like you (former democrats fed up) are precisely why we won. We couldn’t have done it without you guyus, so thank you very much!

      Some things President Trump does will be more conservative than you would like, and some things he does might be a little more liberal than I am used to.

      However, I know he loves this country and wants the best for all of her citizens, and that is enough for me.

      There has been too much wheeling and dealing, influence peddling, etc. around all branches of government including the White House. His cabinet is stellar and I believe they are going to turn this country around.

      So welcome and thank you!

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    • Trumppin says:

      So glad you spoke out! I am a very right leaning conservative independent but in my youth i was a regan dem (raised by democrats) so it’s good to know there are current “regan dems” here willing to come to the middle ground town square and share a branch – PLEASE DON’T BE SILENT on your branch 🙂
      Have a blessed Easter!

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    • mysticrose80 says:

      Welcome and a happy Easter to you as well. Your post is truly inspiring, especially as it relates to our challenges with loved ones. Currently, the only other Trump supporter and I are currently not seeing eye to eye regarding Syria, so I’m kinda solo for now. Keeping faith that she will get it. Your optimistic post is refreshing 🙂.

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    • Fabulous post! Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us here at CTH. You are doing as our president does. He doesn’t isolate people with different ideologies and keep them away from him rather he tries to pull them in to work with them; hopefully to let them see the better way.

      I believe on top of so many other things that sadden our president, seeing the “great division” in our country, at the rallies, at the protests, and most of all in Congress; we are split down the middle. I believe he has many great dreams and one of them is to bring our country back together. He pulls people with different ideas towards as he’s doing with the president of China. I believe he’s a very brilliant man guided by God and he works for unity. It is Unity that is our strength not diversity!

      You are engaged in your family life in a very similar way. We have to try to help people who have been so programmed through the education system, the mainstream media, etc. The liberal lie has been pounded into their heads and ears for decades, we have to help them to see the truth!
      May God bless you and your family. Happy Easter!

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Weeper, thanks for sharing your story. We have all followed different paths to get here. This Treehouse has been a Refuge for me, too. God bless you and Happy Easter.

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    • Weeper says:

      Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, and the Likes. Whew!! This isn’t so bad. No one has called me a “blind loyalist” yet…so I guess I’m OK 😉 PDJT sure has a lot of us examining, and coming out of, our comfort zones, for one reason or another. The sooner we stop labeling each other, the better. There is no “ism” in MAGA! It’s Make America Great Again. I take that to mean ALL of America, not just the red or blue part, the conservative or liberal part, the Rep or Dem part, the rich or poor part. You can choose to help or to whine, but we’re doing it regardless. We can live for the day, when we ALL benefit, and they thank us. It can’t come soon enough.

      Liked by 2 people

  28. jupitercomm says:

    This right up Sundance’s alley

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      Anyone thinking that a country with a muslim majority could be a stable democracy should check-in at the asylum. General Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who fought for years to make a secular country out of Turkey and was largely responsible for the progress made by his country in the 20th century, must be spinning in his grave. Turkey has gone back to dictatorship status, where the president can issue laws and decide when elections are to be held. Thus, the dictatorship-batting average for muslim countries has reached 1.000, again.

      https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-536c93964e3fbb25657661c9282891bf-c

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      • Concerned Virginian says:

        Correct. Look now for Erdogan to accelerate the removal/banning of the religious and secular reforms that Kemal Ataturk fought so hard to establish. Watch for the harem to return, for women to lose any equality in Turkish society and laws, and for the population in general to get dragged steadily back to about the 7th Century—except for the wealthy and well-connected, of course.

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    • Bouchart says:

      If Obama had a sultan he’d look like Erdogan.

      Liked by 3 people

    • eagle1965 says:

      This is so sad! My husband and I were on a cruise in 2009 and spent two days in Instanbul. Many tourists were there. We only saw 2 women in full burkas. It’s a shame this country has become so radical. As a Christian, I was in awe while in Kusadasi (Ephesus). It was so crowded with American and European tourists. So sad this is happening.

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  29. Martin says:

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  30. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/members-international-child-exploitation-conspiracy-plead-guilty

    JUSTICE NEWS
    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Members of International Child Exploitation Conspiracy Plead Guilty

    A Wichita, Kansas man and a Chicopee, Massachusetts man pleaded guilty today to production of child pornography for their participation in a group of individuals who operated two websites for the purpose of coercing and enticing minors as young as eight years old to engage in sexually explicit conduct on web camera.

    Allan Cortez, 34, and Edward Parson, 46, were charged on April 4, 2016, and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia. Sentencing for Cortez is set for July 21, 2017, and sentencing for Parson is set for July 14, 2017.
    In addition to Parson and Cortez, 10 other group members have been convicted and sentenced as follows:

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  31. MK Wood says:

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  32. kp3ace says:

    Has anyone heard of Mark Blythe, a British political scientist from Scotland, and seen a YouTube video called “global Trumpism”?

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