July 16th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #178

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964 Responses to July 16th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #178

  1. M33 says:

    It occurs to me here is the KEY difference between the left and the rest of us:

    If Hillary had won, we would hate her, but still love America.

    Trump wins, they hate him, and very shortly hate America and everything it stands for (despite being so-called “Constitution-lovers” pre-election).


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  2. budmc says:

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  3. georgiafl says:

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  4. rashamon says:

    Interesting. More and more search sites refuse to connect me to those previously available. Our information flow is slowly being closed up much like frogs in boiling water.

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    • WSB says:

      I noticed on Duck Duck Go yesterday when seeking out Madelaine Albright’s disastrous decisions when at State, I had to go to page two or three to find anything negative. Everything in front of those pages was all positive, reading like a resume.

      Many search engines are now in collusion with the left. Does anyone have a source that offers more unbiased results?

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  5. JRD says:

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  6. georgiafl says:

    The US Navy has a new Destroyer – the USS John Finn – named after Pearl Harbor hero and Medal of Honor recipient.

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  7. fleporeblog says:

    The CBO is delaying the release of their score on the latest repeal and replace bill till Tuesday.


    From the article linked above:

    A new Congressional Budget Office estimate for the bill that was expected on Monday has also been delayed, Republicans said. It could come as early as Tuesday.

    McConnell revised the bill after intense negotiations last week in an attempt to win more votes. He included a divisive amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow the sale of cheap health care plans that lacked Obamacare consumer protections as long as Obamacare-compliant plans were still sold by insurers.

    Some Republicans doubted that the CBO would have time to analyze the complex amendment before a vote this week; the delay may give the nonpartisan budget-crunchers time to figure out how the proposal would affect premiums and insurance coverage. The amendment also may have to be redrafted to clarify whether it would siphon money off the bill’s insurance stability fund, which could further delay its CBO score.

    On “Fox News Sunday,” Michael Needham, president of the conservative Heritage Action for America, estimated there are 20 votes at most for full repeal of Obamacare.

    “The Republican Party wasn’t serious about repealing,” Needham said.

    The ABC/WAPO poll is all about the CBO score that will be released later this week! The CBO score is going to flip the talking points after the Cruz amendment shows what it will do to premiums for 95% of Americans that don’t want to purchase Obamacare.

    Folks notice that our Democrat Susan Collins from Maine (sarc) and Rand Paul were out and about today to say this bill is the worst thing since sliced bread. Keep in mind these 2 morons are arguing on opposite ends of the ledger. Collins love Obamacare while Paul wants a repeal only bill because he hates it. They both are on record saying they are a NO vote. There is nothing that will change their minds.

    ABC/WAPO put out their poll showing the President’s approval rating at 36%. That same poll said 2 to 1 voters want Obamacare to stay! That same poll had a +12 Democrats to Republicans polled. That was done to keep folks from seeing the real approval number which is above 50% but more importantly push this false narrative that 66% of Americans want to keep Obamacare.

    Here is the reason for their fear in a nutshell! The CBO is going to release their report most likely Tuesday. We know the CBO is full of sh..t. However, that report is going to kill their narrative. It will show that the Cruz amendment would kick in immediately to drive premiums down by 30% to 60%+ depending on the policy someone chooses. It might even say that policies will be priced back to pre-Obamacare rates.

    That effects 95% of Americans that don’t get their healthcare from their employers. Those folks will be screaming that they want this bill approved IMMEDIATELY starting on Wednesday. The Moderates that are crying about the funding source they want used for Medicaid will look silly because the majority of constituents fall into the 95% bucket. This will become their worse nightmare.

    Below you can read what the 5 Morons want to see happen:

    Dean Heller and the other 4 moderates {Portman (OH), Capito (WV), Hoeven (ND) and Murkowski (AK)} are saying that they can’t ask for a procedural vote until the Medicaid funding mechanism is more favorable for states then what is being proposed.

    The House bill called for growing funding by consumer price index for medical care (CPI-M), generally a figure between 2% and 5% each year. The Senate’s bill, meanwhile would grow the figure initially by CPI-M before switching to the CPI for all goods (CPI-U)— a significantly lower level of growth — in 2025.

    The switch from CPI-M to CPI-U would mean far more restrictive growth for Medicaid funding. The 5 amigos want the CPI-M to remain in place after 2025.

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    • essential liberties says:

      Hey Flep! Thanks for always putting together these awesome updates! One part stuck out to me:

      “On “Fox News Sunday,” Michael Needham, president of the conservative Heritage Action for America, estimated there are 20 votes at most for full repeal of Obamacare.

      “The Republican Party wasn’t serious about repealing,” Needham said.”

      I think this right here supports to your other posts about the R’s gaining ground in 18. People will likely look at the candidates and say the same thing: you were NEVER serious about this. Then they will go look for someone who IS serious about REPEALING Obama care, or at least finishing the job of burning and burying it.

      Who will they turn to? I think most definitely NOT a D, because who got us into this damn mess in the first place? Oh sure, lets go full on single payer socialist healthcare, THAT will be better… No! They’ll say Fine, I’ll go find an R who WILL kill Ocare once and for all. And that person will likely work more with President Trump, so win-win!

      Heck, a new R could only work with PDJT slightly more than the outgoing guy and it woould still be an improvement at this point, so long as we have real MAGA people thrown into the mix as well.

      The big question will be, are people engaged enough to get involved at the primary levels and get the job done?

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    • TPW says:

      Wow so the Obama care silver plan for 2 age 55-60 $1870 per month with $5000 per person deductible will go down to $900 per month…..I guess we should be thrilled right?

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  8. wheatietoo says:

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  9. Martin says:

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  10. M33 says:


    What comes out of people on Twitter comments to Trump’s tweets is positively toxic!

    I knew I shouldn’t have looked, but man…
    What a sad, unhappy, vile, angry bunch of people CONVINCED that Trump and everyone in his administration is about to be expelled or impeached.

    Good Grief!

    I pray they find other things to do that will actually make them happy.

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  11. wheatietoo says:

    I don’t remember ever seeing tweets like this from Obama’s cabinet members:

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  13. georgiafl says:

    Our President and First Lady got out of France in the nick of time:

    Muslims are a public nuisance and danger.

    It was just a year ago that the muslim in a truck ran over and murdered so many people in Nice, France.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      I watched a video last week about how the French Police rounded up all the muslim immigrants that were sleeping in the streets…and moved them into gymnasiums and warehouses…in advance of Pres Trump’s visit.

      So I guess they let them out?
      Or maybe they broke loose.

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  14. Martin says:

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  16. georgiafl says:

    What Trump supporter told the RNC in response to fund raising letter:

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  17. wheatietoo says:

    An NGO…using the so-called ‘refugees’ like an army?
    This was their plan all along.

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  18. Raven says:

    Tomorrow all the hubbub having to do with the man who attacked me last fall comes to an end. I give my Victim’s Impact Statement first thing tomorrow morning, and it will be the first and only time I get a chance to say anything in court concerning what happened. God willing, by 10 am I will be done with court hearings and that chapter of working for Donald J. Trump will be over.

    My “fight” for President Trump will continue.

    After asking your advice about Victim Impact Statements, and reading through the websites given concerning what should and should not be included, and what can and cannot be said, I decided to write a statement about who I am and what the events of that day meant to me — a suggestion I thought best described the “why” in my case.

    Thank you to everyone who helped me along this process — to everyone who prayed for me or offered words of support.

    One last thing — because we are so new to this area I had no idea who the man that attacked me was and had no desire to go on a witch-hunt to find out. Yesterday I was told by two long time residents that the man who attacked me has a reputation in our small town for being totally bonkers. Both people said he needs to be locked up before he seriously hurts someone.

    Below is the statement I plan on reading in court tomorrow. I removed all the names for privacy.

    “Two years ago my husband, xxx, and I moved from the city of xxx to just outside the city of xxx. At that time we knew little about xxx or her people, but felt confident that as quiet, law abiding citizens we would fit in well – anywhere.

    At the same time we moved to xxx I came to the realization that I would no longer be active in politics – something I had done my entire life – partly because I was in a new BPOU, but more importantly because I was tired of all the politicians – Republicans and Democrats – doing not one thing but making themselves rich in Washington, D.C.

    Then a candidate stepped forward who had never been a politician, but who in his announcement to run for the Presidency said everything that I, my family and friends had been saying for years, and on that day I decided to dive deep into politics once again.

    Over the last 2 years I made hundreds of political phone calls and was hung-up on many times. I walked many miles over snow banks and through slush, going house-to-house, knocking on doors and introducing myself, only to have people laugh at me, cuss at me, and slam their door in my face.

    Due to a bumper sticker on the back window of my minivan I have been given the finger many times while driving, and I watched as one man took both hands off his steering wheel just so he could give me the finger with both hands – while his truck continued to speed down the highway.

    While riding on political floats in small town parades people yelled profanities at me, church members turned up their noses and rolled their eyes at me, and a local pastor with a doctorate in theology told me I was going to hell solely because of who I voted for during the last election.

    Members of my own political party lied about me in an effort to try and stop me from becoming a National Alternate for my candidate in Cleveland, Ohio, but I joyfully attended the Republican National Convention for that candidate even as threats of violence grew.

    I have been laughed at by family and friends, Christian brothers and sisters, Republicans and Democrats alike. I lost friends who could not abide the fact I had a different political opinion than theirs, and was asked to leave the church I had attended for years after questioning the Pastor’s decision to bash one particular Presidential candidate – from the pulpit – three weeks before the election.

    Over the last 2 years I was refused basic human decency by people who seemed to scream the loudest that they were being refused basic human decency.

    I was threatened with being fondled by the defendant, someone I do not know.

    I was threatened many times with being raped by the defendant, someone I had never seen before he attacked our group.

    I was threatened with being murdered – many times over – by the defendant for the sole reason I was putting up political yard signs.

    I listened as the defendant screamed over and over again that he was going to assassinate Donald Trump, all the while noticing his aggressive mannerisms intensify.

    Over the last 2 years I did not break any laws, I did not give anyone the finger and I treated all people with dignity. I used my constitutional rights of freedom of speech and assembly only to be attacked for doing so.

    The states attorney, wanting to help the defendant, told me on the phone before the last hearing that Mr. xxx was very sorry for what he had done and wanted to apologize to me for his actions. But as Mr. xxx pled guilty to a felony charge in this courtroom last month the words his attorney used to question the events of that day insinuated that somehow I was to blame for xxx’s criminal behavior – that I had created some sort of “atmosphere” in “being politically active” and by doing so had caused the “confrontation.”

    A third party witness – totally unknown to me – contacted the police later the night of the attack and told them that unprovoked xxx pointed and yelled at me, approached me in an aggressive manner and screamed, “You’re going to die!” Three witnesses said they are sure that if xxx had a weapon that day someone would have suffered great bodily harm.

    There was no “confrontation” as the defendant’s attorney implied; I was the victim of unprovoked horrific threats made by xxx on October 28, 2016, and the victim of misplaced blame by Mr. xxx and his attorney on June 14, 2017.

    Blaming the victim for his crime showed me the only thing Mr. xxx is sorry for is the fact he got caught.

    Your Honor, even though Mr. xxx’s actions that day told me he thinks my life is of no value, I know xxx’s life is of great value. I ask this court to show leniency towards xxx, a man with passionate political views, who due to his own poor choices may find it punishment enough that while on probation for the next five years he will be unable to vote.”

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Wow. Raven. I didn’t know your story. I’m nearly speechless over all you went through. Thank you for doing all of that.

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      • Raven says:

        I started writing about all the stuff I went through and now only remember the “highlights.” I’m pretty sure I lost all four of the tires on my minivan due to the bumper sticker, but saying something I cannot prove wouldn’t be good. Losing all four relatively new tires to puncture holes (one on the side) seemed a little questionable at best.

        Now I am the county Republican Chair, and better able to keep an eye on the happenings within the swamp from the underside.

        Best part of all — President Donald J. Trump and his love for America and her people.

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        • rashamon says:

          Raven, what a strong person you are! Talk about taking a bad deal and turning into a lesson for us all. Stay strong and keep us aware of the best roads to making a difference locally as well as beyond. Good stuff happens locally and expands!

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          All I can say is thank you for your service. It is people like you that made it happen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

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        • ginaswo says:

          God bless Raven
          God never leaves your side and we are all with you

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        • Katherine McCoun says:

          We got a nail hole in the side of our several months old tires too. I asked his such a thing happens and they just looked at me puzzled. Car has been keyed twice. It’s old and those aren’t the only scratches. The Trump bumper stickers WILL remain.

          That is nothing in comparison to what you have gone through. Thank you for paying such a significant price to volunteer for President Trump and your fellow citizens. Glad it will be behind you as of tomorrow. Best of luck and thank you for help to MAGA!


    • Landslide says:

      Wow, Raven. YOU have been through so much! I will say a prayer for your court appearance. Be sure and let us know how it goes.

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      • Landslide says:

        Also, meant to say those pastors are pathetic—especially the one who told you you were going to hell due to who you voted for! Glad you are away from that nonsense and hope you find a great church where people can love each other and agree to disagree. (Of course, if a pastor is teaching contrary to what the Bible teaches, then shake the dust off and move on down the road.) Blessings to you.

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        • Raven says:

          Thank you, Landslide, for your prayers and words of encouragement.

          Will be heading out of town right after the hearing tomorrow morning, but should be back tomorrow night and will let you know what happens then.

          Thank you again!

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    • NoeliCannoli says:

      You have allies here, Raven.

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    • Bree says:

      God bless you and give you strength.

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    • M. Mueller says:

      Raven, it is because of people like you that our country has a chance to survive. Thank you.

      Ask the Holy Spirit to cover you tomorrow morning and you will do fine. This whole thing is truly a fight against evil. Mark Taylor, in his prophecies, says that God is looking for warriors. Seems He found one in you.

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      • Raven says:

        Dear M.Mueller,

        I stand here, at this place on the internet, among nothing but fighters who have worked in support of President Trump, and I am humbled by the things they do — the things you do.

        It is with a glad heart I have this place to share my struggles, and have people who encourage me — people who give me courage.

        My dear husband started out on this journey with me. He had never been involved with my political endeavors, but he was so thrilled with Donald Trump’s candidacy that he dove into the fray with me. He went so far in the process as to become a Delegate to our state convention. At that point he saw how brutal the process is, how dirty even local politics can be, and became so angry over all the stupid in-fighting that he had to walk away before sinning in his anger.

        He was with me installing yard signs when the guy started screaming at me. He was ready to pulverize the man when God, in His great providence, had a police squad car slowly drive by so we could wave them down.

        My husband has not accompanied me to any of the hearings, fearful of his own emotions through everything that has happened. I know it tears him up when I head out alone, but he knows that God is with us both, no matter the outcome.

        Oh to be a warrior for the Lord, may it be so for all of us, for His glory, in Jesus Name.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          You are truly an inspiration, Raven.

          Thank you for your courage…I am humbled by your strength and awesome fortitude, in enduring all the wrongs that have been done to you.

          May God bless you and your wonderful husband.
          I am thankful to have you both fighting on our behalf, and on behalf of our President.

          You make us proud.
          I shall strive to live up to the example you’ve set.
          Again, thank you.

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          • Raven says:

            Wheatietoo —

            You do not know the strength I have absorbed from you all these months, but it has been you, and so many others here that if I start to list them now I know I will leave others out that have given me courage — cold anger — to go on.

            And the prayers, whenever I asked, you would always answer the call. You and our brothers and sisters in Christ would stand in the gap for me. How humbling is that? If you could see the tears in my eyes this moment you would know.

            I am so grateful for you, and thankful for the example you have shown me. Thank you, Wheatietoo.

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    • Rebcalintx says:

      Raven, what you experienced is horrible. You certainly are a strong person to endure this & I applaud you for having conviction, integrity & courage in the face of such hatred & opposition. Thank you for sharing & being our friendly treepers. God blessing on you tomorrow & always.

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      • Raven says:

        “…in the face of such hatred & opposition.”

        It is a sad thing to say, but the worst hate and opposition I faced was from “fellow” Republicans. The man who attacked me did it to my face.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Raven god bless you! Your a better person than I am. Please let us know what the outcome is. That person better be thankful that you are a special person with a forgiving heart! I wish our President knew about your story.

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      • Raven says:

        On a minus freezing day I stood outside for over 8 hours to attend a Donald Trump rally.

        After the event, on his way out, Donald Trump autographed many items. I was towards the end of the pack and two people back, but I so wanted his autograph that I started pondering what to say that would be different from the rest and might draw his attention my way. All I heard was people yelling, “Donald!”, “Donald!” or “Mr. Trump!”, “Mr. Trump!” I did not hear one person say the “magic” word — please — so when Donald Trump got close enough I yelled, “Please Donald, Can I have your autograph?” and he immediately came over to where I was.

        He reached for the shirt I was holding up and as I handed it to him I said, “I work for you”, to which he gave me a questioning look and I added, “And you will never fire me!”, which made him smile.

        After signing my t-shirt he handed it back and asked me, “How are things going?” I was shocked to say the least that he was asking me about his campaign and quickly answered, “They are going very well!” Then he asked, “And how are we doing?”

        How are “we” doing? “We”? I was thrilled to be considered a part of Donald Trump’s “team” and replied, “YOU are doing great!”

        At that point Donald Trump reached out, grabbed my hand and squeezed it. I could see in his eyes that he truly appreciated my simple words of encouragement, and then he continued on.

        Me? I turned 12 years old again, thinking I might never wash my hand!

        I am a drop in the ocean of all the people who have been touched by Donald Trump, and my story is one of thousands — millions — of people who are thankful beyond words that he took on everyone to restore our republic, and MAGA.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      That rustling sound you hear is from every bird here at the Treehouse flapping their wings toward you to send STRENGTH and GOOD ENERGY to you.

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      • Raven says:

        What a lovely word picture, Concerned Virginian!

        One of my favorite songs is “This is my Father’s World,” and within that song are two of my favorite lines that read, “In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.”

        I will think of rustling sounds tomorrow morning and be thankful for all of them and every bird here at the Treehouse!

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        • Steele81 says:

          I remember your posts. I will be praying for you tomorrow


        • Ladyliberty11 says:

          Raven, when you testify tomorrow, look to Jesus for your inspiration. Millions of us were laughed at, spat upon, cursed and threatened for supporting our President. We lost friends abd more, but God was with us and we prevailed. Be proud of what you have done; this is the second Revolutionary War. Like our forefathers, we chose liberty over all. And God heard our prayers.


        • Ladyliberty11 says:

          Raven, when you testify tomorrow, look to Jesus for your inspiration. Millions of us were laughed at, spat upon, cursed and threatened for supporting our President. We lost friends abd more, but God was with us and we prevailed. Be proud of what you have done; this is the second Revolutionary War. Like our forefathers, we chose liberty over all. And God heard our prayers.


    • JAS says:

      WOW! I had no idea! God bless and God Speed.


  19. Donna in Oregon says:

    Here are some definitions that might be helpful to the Swamp and their MSM posse.


    beat (someone or something) by saying or doing something better.
    “taste trumps most if not all other factors when consumers choose food products”
    synonyms: outshine, outclass, upstage, put in the shade, eclipse, surpass, outdo, outperform;

    Urban Dictionary

    1. To have superior power over.
    2. To surpass or outdo.
    3. When a person says “trump,” you are required to do whatever you just claimed you would do, no matter how exaggerated it was. If you don’t do it, you get a spartan kick to the chest.

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  20. wheatietoo says:

    This is so cute.

    I am so glad we have a President who supports our LEO’s.

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  21. SeekerOfTruth says:

    Real people skip all nothing burgers. MSM must be starving with their daily diet of nothing burgers. I like mine 1/2 pound beef rare, double cheeses, lots of hot barbecue sauce. Sounds like the Clinton burger to me. Or Obama burger just as filling and spicy.

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  22. kathyca says:

    More about that kid beaten to death in Greece. The one I thought was fishy since it was at a very touristy location where that kind of thing doesn’t usually happen.. Gee, imagine my surprise upon learning that 7 of the 9 animals involved were Serbian. They beat the kid to death in just 20 seconds. There’s a video from the bar’s security camera at the link.


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  23. psadie says:

    I am soooo tired of the Russia thing and the news in general that I have turned to watching some current movies. Tonight I watched THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE a WWII movie that was truly moving about the human spirit in Warsaw, Poland just before the Nazis invaded. This country truly dodged a bullet by electing President Trump…thank you God so much!!!

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  24. wheatietoo says:

    James Woods is really pulling no punches these days.
    I love it.

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  25. wheatietoo says:

    Good stuff from Mark Steyn.

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  26. wheatietoo says:

    Precious cargo.

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  27. wheatietoo says:

    FLOTUS fashion update.
    She wore a lovely lace-trimmed frock today…see picture at the link.

    Sorry, I don’t know how to post an Instagram photo.

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  28. WSB says:

    Today is the anniversary of the murder od Czar Nicholas, Alexandra and their family.


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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Leave it to the Canadians to get something wrong.
      Today is the 99th anniversary of the massacre of the last Czar and his family by the Bolsheviks then in charge, not the Communists.

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  29. nkmommy says:

    ABC News: Christians Who Defend Religious Liberty are ‘Hate Group’

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    • wheatietoo says:

      And Disney owns ABC…we should never forget this.

      I have long thought that Disney has become anti-American, and seeks to subvert our families with the subtle left-leaning propaganda that pervades everything they do.

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  30. wheatietoo says:

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  31. wheatietoo says:

    Something else we don’t hear much about in the media.
    But then…that may not be a bad thing; it’s best not to keep your enemies well informed about your nation’s readiness.

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