February 3rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #745

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771 Responses to February 3rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #745

  1. NJF says:

    Not sure if posted. Very well done. About 15 minutes.

    Liked by 9 people

  2. Dora says:

    How many super bowl parties and get togethers are they going to spoil with their nonsense?


    Maroon 5 front man hints Superbowl show will be hip-hop kneeling fest. Fox News offers alternative for halftime.

    Proud, flag-loving patriots who hate seeing the American flag be disrespected may have no other option but to tune out of the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show.

    The show has been mired in controversy because of a concerted effort by radical far-left activists to stop any artist from performing at the event. To them, any performance would be a slap in the face to unemployed former NFL quarterback and continued race-baiting agitator Colin Kaepernick.


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  3. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Great way to put it. The supposedly intellectual and science-based Dems once more are idiots.

    Liked by 7 people

    • trishinsouthernillinois says:

      Science for pro-science Dems:

      Liquid takes the path of least resistance.
      Now, replace the word ‘liquid’ with ‘Invaders’.


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  4. kyblue says:

    Kevin McCullough opinions about the Northam truth telling and the subsequent media pretending Northam never spoke. The media is doing one of the things it does best. Suppress…


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  5. WeThePeople2016 says:


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  6. covfefe999 says:

    I’m watching the film Snowden and they just showed a clip of Clapper lying to Congress at a hearing, stating that the communications of Americans are not collected. Freaking liar.

    In March 2013, months before Snowden provided the Guardian and the Washington Post with voluminous NSA data documenting sweeping domestic and international communications dragnets, Clapper had a public colloquy with Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the intelligence committee. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/james-clapper-resigns-director-national-intelligence

    There’s a video clip in that article:

    Wyden: Does the NSA collect ANY type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?

    Clapper: No sir.

    Wyden: It does not.

    Clapper: Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Later still, his lawyer, Robert Litt, would deny that Clapper lied and said the director simply forgot. Litt would also say that Clapper finds open intelligence-committee hearings, a requirement of congressional oversight, as annoying as folding fitted sheets, citing a distinctive turn of phrase used by his boss.

      Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, called on Clapper to resign for lying to Congress. It was not the first such call: GOP senator Lindsey Graham wanted Clapper’s resignation in 2011 after Clapper forecast that the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi would “prevail” over his opposition.

      But Obama stuck by his appointee

      Of course he did. Because it was advantageous. Clapper didn’t resign until Nov 17 2016. How convenient, he lasted through the 2016 election.

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      • Hsssssss says:

        I guess Clapper needed the 2 weeks after the election to delete all of the illegal search activity he was responsible for – seems like I remember he even admitted it


      • covfefe999 says:

        What happened to those journalists who worked with Snowden to get the shocking info out to the public? Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill. They worked for the Guardian and Washington Post! Why have neither of these media outlets pursued the curious case of the FISA warrant against Carter Page which would have netted all of Trump’s communications too???


  7. Troublemaker10 says:

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  8. bofh says:

    “Wittingly.” Clapper seems to think that it means something like “As if we’d ever tell you the truth about it”.

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  9. JX says:

    Divide and conquer:

    1. Keep people poor by telling them it’s someone else’s fault. Give them free stuff, take away the drive to succeed.
    2. Make sure there’s an underclass of people who don’t speak English. Call racist the notion that they should speak English.
    3. Declare walls immoral while promulgating laws that make enforcement of law against the law. Protect the criminal and prosecute the innocent.
    4. Declare illegal immigration is necessary because our population is declining while making very late stage abortion legal.
    5. Replace meritocracy and competence with ‘diversity’
    6. Ensure that politicians say incredibly stupid, dumb and implausible stuff. People believe stuff said by authority figures.
    7. Make wearing hijab a matter of pride in congress and MAGA hats a matter of shame on streets.
    8. Legalize drugs, make guns illegal, say no human being is illegal while legalizing abortion of completely formed babies.
    9. Call alt-right anybody who writes a thread describing the exact modus operandi of the left. Repeat daily till desired effect achieved.

    twitter ‏@rising_serpent

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Can I fix #1? It should read: “take away the ABILITY to succeed.” As soon as the handout takers start working jobs that pay enough for them to get ahead, all of the free stuff is taken away from them and then they struggle.

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    • vikingmom says:

      “2. Make sure there’s an underclass of people who don’t speak English. Call racist the notion that they should speak English.”

      ^^^THIS is huge!

      My husband is a first generation American. His parents and two older siblings came here, legally, in 1958 and they ALL had to learn English…no ESL in the schools, had to pass the Driver’s test in English to get a license, no social services offered (or expected), especially in their native tongue. They kept their culture BUT also became a part of the fabric of their new country! All the kids graduated from high school, got good jobs and become proud, contributing members of society. Thus far, five of the seven grandkids are college graduates and include a doctor, a teacher, and a police officer.

      Fast forward 30 years – another family I know that also immigrated, but did it illegally…the grandparents never learned a word of English, they all lived in the projects, a couple of the kids graduated from high school but most of them dropped out, half the grandkids have spent time in prison, a couple have been deported, they spent most of their lives here only associating with those who spoke their language and they never contributed to anything other than an ever increasing government bureaucracy whose only purpose in life is to keep them right where they were at, dependent and easily manipulated!

      But I’m called a racist because I want to see everyone who comes here learn the language and the culture and be part of the solution rather than add to the problems?

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        This isn’t about race. My husband’s family is “brown” but came here legally (with literally just the shirts on their back) learned English, worked multiple jobs, went back to school to earn degrees while working, children learned English and went to college, etc.

        People from all countries, ethnicities, color of skin come here legally, retain family traditions and yet assimilate. Those who come illegally &/or don’t assimilate do do via choice. America does offer opportunity to all….Equally!

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        • vikingmom says:

          Exactly!! Those who come here to CONTRIBUTE usually do very well – those who come here to TAKE usually do just that…


        • G. Combs says:

          Three of my four grand parents came here. Two at age 16, the third was from Syria. ALL learned English and became citizens.

          Both of my grandads died very young. One in WWI. ALL of their children got college educations. Grandma on Dad’s side raised five kids as a young widow in Harlem with the youngest barely in school. ALL of the grandkids and great grandkids are college educated in the hard sciences or engineering.

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        • boogywstew says:

          Love your story! I’m 2nd generation American and I’ll never understand the problem with celebrating your ancestors’ culture AND the culture of America. My loyalties are first and foremost with my United States but I jump at the chance to experience other cuisines and cultures and that, there, is also part of the American experience. I guess I’m a culture whore?

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      This is the Democrat Party platform for 2020. They’ll lie about what they want but this list is IT.
      Here’s the ironic thing: if they think they’ll be “top dogs” if they get their way (GOD FORBID), they’re wrong: the real paymasters will ensure that they go the way of the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks once Lenin got power.


  10. linda4298 says:

    BREAKING: Pentagon will deploy approximately 3,750 additional US forces to provide more support at southwest border – CNN

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  11. FofBW says:

    So Sad!!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Agent Doss…YOU’RE LIFE YOU GAVE WILL NOT BE IN VAIN. There are people who are standing with our President.

      Our Prayers go out to you’re family and friends but most of all the rest of the Border Patrol Agents.

      My God take you into His arms and comfort the weeping…

      Hand Salute to you Agent Doss!!!

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  12. paulraven1 says:

    Here’s how I would have answered the Face the Nation hack’s question about the CBS poll on Trump’s poor rating on racial relations.

    “If it is a CBS poll, why should I take it seriously? Secondly, I’m not sure I understand what it means. Please explain.”

    As to the hack’s interjection that Nancy Pelosi has offered him $1 billion for border security:

    “are you advocating I should accept that?” When she blusters some response, say “do you understand what percentage that is of the funds required to seal the border?”

    Turn the questions around. Interrogate them.

    As for the question about Barron playing football: “I’ve never thought about it. He plays soccer, he loves soccer.” End it there.

    They can go to hell with their questions.

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  13. bakocarl says:

    Department of Homeland Security – Walls Work
    Release Date: December 12, 2018.


    DHS is committed to building a wall at our southern border and building a wall quickly. Under this President, we are building a new wall for the first time in a decade that is 30-feet high to prevent illegal entry and drug smuggling.

    FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built a border wall that high.

    Once funding was provided, DHS began construction of a border wall quickly, in some locations in as little as nine months from funding to building – a process that commonly takes two years or more in other parts of Government. By the end of FY 2019, DHS expects to have construction completed or underway for more than 120 miles in the areas it’s most needed by the U.S. Border Patrol. The pace of construction has picked up as initial limiting factors like land acquisition and funding have been addressed.

    The El Centro Sector built approximately two miles of 30′ steel bollard wall west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. The contract was awarded in November 2017, construction started in February 2018 and was completed in October 2018.

    In FY 2017 Congress provided DHS $292 million to build 40 miles of a steel bollard wall in the San Diego, El Centro and El Paso Sectors – Border Patrol’s highest priority locations – in place of an outdated and operationally ineffective barrier. DHS received its FY17 funding for border wall construction in May 2017. DHS awarded the first contract against that funding in November 2017 and began construction three months later in February 2018. As of November 21, 2018, CBP has constructed more than 31 of the 40 miles with the remaining 9 miles scheduled for completion by early 2019.
    •El Centro Project (2.25 miles): Completed.
    •El Paso Project (20 miles): Completed
    •San Diego Primary Project (14 miles): Completion in May 2019.
    •El Paso Project (4 miles): Construction started in September.

    The El Centro Sector built approximately two miles of 30′ steel bollard wall west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. The contract was awarded in November 2017, construction started in February 2018 and was completed in October 2018.

    How effective is this new border wall? On Sunday, when a violent mob of 1,000 people stormed our Southern border, we found the newly constructed portions of the wall to be very effective. In the area of the breach, a group of people tore a hole in the old landing mat fence constructed decades ago and pushed across the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded to the area ultimately dispersed the crowd, which had become assaultive, and apprehended several individuals. All of the individuals were either apprehended or retreated into Mexico. That evening, the fence was repaired. There were no breaches along the newly constructed border wall areas.

    In FY18, Congress provided $1.375B for border wall construction which equates to approximately 84 miles of border wall in multiple locations across the Southwest border, including:
    •$251M for a secondary border wall in the San Diego Sector
    •$445M to construct a new levee wall system in the Rio Grande Valley Sector
    •$196M to construct a new steel bollard wall system in Rio Grande Valley Sector
    •$445M for a primary pedestrian wall in San Diego, El Centro, Yuma and Tucson Sectors

    What’s next? When combined with the funds provided in FY 2017 and FY 2018, if funded at $5B in FY 2019 DHS expects to construct more than 330 miles of border wall in the U.S. Border Patrol’s highest priority locations across the Southwest border.

    DHS is positioned to construct 215 miles of Border Patrol’s highest priority border wall miles including:
    •~5 miles in San Diego Sector in California
    •~14 miles in El Centro Sector in California
    •~27 miles in Yuma Sector in Arizona
    •~9 miles in El Paso Sector in New Mexico
    •~55 miles in Laredo Sector in Texas
    •~104 miles in Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas

    The Bottom Line: Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens from crossing our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the state, local, tribal, and federal level. For example, when we installed a border wall in the Yuma Sector, we have seen border apprehensions decrease by 90 percent. In San Diego, we saw on Sunday that dilapidated, decades-old barriers are not sufficient for today’s threat and need to be removed so new – up to 30 foot wall sections can be completed.


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  14. simicharmed says:

    I use an OTA antenna –

    Excited to watch the first half of the Superbowl!
    Excited to turn OFF the TV during halftime.
    Excited to watch the second half of the Superbowl.
    Excited to turn OFF the TV after the game is over.

    I hope it’s a great game!

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    • Judith says:

      What’s an OTA antenna? Do tell! I thought everything went digital / fiber optic and antennaes became obsolete.

      Liked by 1 person

      • simicharmed says:

        Over The Air, (“free” transmission, like AM/FM radio) The prior Analog TV signals are no more…they are history,

        OTA TV was (10 or so years ago), reallocated by the FCC to digital transmission.

        It’s now digital signal via antennae. The picture quality is the same versus cable/satellite. You receive the typical Fake-News MSM channels and other independent-type stations.

        The channel lineup depends on location. I have about a 20+ channel mixture of Fake News broadcasters (NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS), their affiliates and their Fake News and local stuff….

        However – I have the ON/OFF switch, the Remote Control….and the logic to know the difference….etcetera…

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      • Bert Darrell says:

        Adding to simicharmed’s reply:

        OTA Antennas sell for about $20 and come ready to connect to your TV or can be cheaply improvised (search the web for how to …). You can hang them on a wall or tape them to a window and move them around the room until you get optimal reception.

        Depending on your location and distance from emission sites you can view some 10-40 channels, including the fake news local channels, all in full digital format (actually better that cable TV quality because there is no loss due to signal compression and decompression at set-top cable reception boxes.

        I don’t watch TV but used to, years ago, and know first-hand that OTA antennas are great. No more outrageous cable bills and no more garbage to view.

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      • piper567 says:

        great company…antennas for WiFi, SW, and TV in addition to radio.


    • boogywstew says:

      The real beauty of what you’re doing is screwing the NFL! Their ratings take a dive because they have no way of knowing what you’re watching and they can’t claim your viewership to gain additional advertising dollars. They know what you’re watching when you use cable or satellite.


  15. jessbarnesphd says:

    Has anyone one seen this ridiculous Axios story about POTUS leaked schedule??

    Big expose here: https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-private-schedules-leak-executive-time-34e67fbb-3af6-48df-aefb-52e02c334255.html

    Give it a once over, it’s so RIDICULOUS…. OMG Trump has “UNSTRUCTURED” Executive time nearly every single day accounting for (GASP) 60% of his office time!!!!!!

    But wait, they even include a “Why it Matter’s” section to drill home that this crap is “UNPRECEDENTED VISIBILITY”… (shakes head).

    Don’t miss this incredibly insightful expose with passages like:
    “But Trump, who often wakes before 6 a.m., is never in the Oval during those hours, according to six sources with direct knowledge. Instead, he spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers.”

    They even do MATH, adding up all the “unstructured” time that Trump has accumulated since the midterm election!

    I don’t even know what I would have done without this, and hey get Mueller on this STAT, because it is so obviously part and parcel to the whole you-cant-be-an-effective-president-without-years-and-years-of-government-experience under your belt on how to waste time effectively with endless meetings and letting UniParty stooges and lobbyists blow smoke up yr behind ALL DAY LONG.

    THANK GOD these narrative engineers have identified why POTUS has failed so miserably in improving the job market, and in general MAGA-ing… because we ALL know Obama was on the golf course.., ah excuse me… in the Oval Office every second of the day and THATS why he was such an effective leader and the USA was in such tip top economic shape when he left office.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      He probably spends his morning in the private residence area because there are traitors all over the rest of the White House tracking his every move and reporting it to the Dem propaganda media. 🙂

      Liked by 3 people

      • G. Combs says:

        I was thinking the same thing.

        Note this point:
        “….he spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers….”

        HOW do they KNOW this???
        WHAT PAPERS are actually being read?
        DOCUMENTS maybe??

        We also have zero idea if there is a SCIF in the White House ‘residence’ for the President’s use.


    • Hsssssss says:

      Let us get the Obama leisure thing corrected: if he was not on the golf course, he was playing basketball with Sec. Srv. during a daily pickup game, and then in Hawaii several times a year at an ultra expensive resort and then having huge celeb filled parties at the WH when not watching NBA games or filling out his March Madness brackets…and on and on – oh and checking on whomever they were spying on that week


  16. Tseg says:

    Just watched Coke commercial ahead of Superbowl. Make me vomit… politically correct “A Coke is A Coke, is A Coke, no matter who you are or wherever you go”. Of course this is completely fake advertising for their political “we are the world” agenda/narrative. Every region of the world has different concentration of Coke syrup precisely because different cultures and ethnicities are different and Coke Cola has studied this and addresses the differences, they don’t deny there are differences when it come to them making money. A Mexico City Coke is much sweeter than a US Coke, for instance. WHY DOES THE LEFT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FAKE???????

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Because nobody would vote for the way they are real.

      Liked by 4 people

    • dutzie60 says:

      Mexico cokes use real sugar. Does coke still use corn syrup in American cokes?


      • Bendix says:

        Last I checked, but they are starting to offer some with sugar, and also I believe I saw a sugar/stevia mix.
        Speaking of fake, the MSM constantly warns of the dangers of drinking “sugared beverages” but soda doesn’t contain sugar, that’s the problem.
        I’ve noticed the HFCS is being removed from many, many foods due to consumer demand, but the MSM still won’t name it as being the sweetener in the drinks the tell us to avoid.


    • iswhatitis says:

      Off-topic, but speaking of Mexican Coke: I have long purchased Mexican Coke from local grocers that carry it. I preferred it because it was made with cane sugar and no HFCS. Tasted like “real Coke” to me – like what I drank as a kid.

      Just earlier this week, I went to purchase some – and I noticed it no longer had cane sugar. Instead it had Sucrose.

      Yech! I won’t buy that. I’ll monitor it a bit to see if that was a fluke or not. But if it’s going to be Sucrose from now on (or, basically, anything other than cane sugar), then no more Mexican Coke for me.


  17. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Because nobody would vote for the way they are real.

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  18. snarkybeach says:

    Gladys Knight sang her heart out on the Star Spangled Banner. Not sure who the two girls that sang America the Beautiful were, but it was excellent as well.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Perot Conservative says:

    ICE on Sunday arrested Atlanta rapper 21 Savage, alleging that he is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa, according to media reports.

    He’s been here illegally since 2005!

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  20. ForGodandCountry says:




    The book relates that in the weeks following the March 2012 arguments, Roberts voted with the conservative bloc to strike down the individual mandate, finding Congress had exceeded its power under the commerce clause by compelling people to buy insurance.

    Roberts elected to keep the majority opinion for himself — one of the few formal powers of the chief justice is the duty to assign opinions.

    As time progressed, Roberts grew uneasy and sought a third way. Initially, he hoped Justice Anthony Kennedy — the vaunted swing justice who had negotiated compromise decisions in seminal cases before — would be amenable to such negotiations. Whatever his reputation, Kennedy was not a moderate but an idiosyncratic ideologue, and he was convinced the ACA was unconstitutional.

    Thereafter, the chief reached terms with the Court’s two moderate liberals, Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. The trio brokered a deal in which the Supreme Court would uphold the individual mandate as a legitimate exercise of Congress’s taxing power (but not the commerce power) while striking down the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

    That account corresponds with contemporary reporting from CBS News. Though the high court’s work is closely held and nearly impenetrable to reporters, CBS relayed that same record of events using two unnamed sources.

    Those sources also say Kennedy furiously lobbied Roberts, in the waning weeks of the term, in a desperate bid to return him to the conservative fold.

    As that effort failed, the conservative justices abandoned Roberts to his own devices and refused to join even those portions of his opinion that they agreed with.

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  21. youme says:

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  22. wyntre says:

    Great Super Bowl anthems.

    1 – Gladys Knight and The Star Spangled Banner

    2 – Chloe and Halle – America the Beautiful

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  23. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called an urgent meeting with his top level staff Sunday evening, including with his Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax………………………..

    Liked by 3 people

  24. WeThePeople2016 says:

    No stay. The LT. Gov. is worse than you. Ugh – wr can’t win in VA.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. George Hicks says:

    I was expecting a disastrous half time show with lots of political garbage.
    It wasn’t bad, Maroon 5 (never heard of them before) behaved themselves and I have to say it was nice to see a band playing musical instruments instead of some talentless hack lip synching while prancing back and forth with a bunch of dancers behind them.
    All-in-all not bad and a smart move by this band to just go out and play their music and relish this opportunity!

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  26. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • Robert Smith says:

      This slow drip, drip, drip of revelations is maddening but they are being exposed. But will he/anyone pay the price? The story continues..


  27. Troublemaker10 says:

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  28. Joe says:

    I’m telling you maybe the greatest meme EVER:


  29. Robert Smith says:

    Problems that solve themselves.

    Well, the Rams don’t have to worry about visiting President Trump. The Rams can try turning down a Trump visit next year. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Marygrace Powers says:

    HELL YA BRADY/PATRIOTS ❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  31. sunnydaze says:

    Scott’s back after a weeks suspension from Twitter for speaking out against Illegals.


  32. WeThePeople2016 says:


  33. boogywstew says:

    The Lord has smote the evil LA Rams for announcing before the Super Bowl that they would NOT go to the White House if they won. NOW … it’s a moot insult!

    Liked by 2 people

  34. sunnydaze says:

    Hear! Hear!

    Liked by 2 people

  35. sunnydaze says:

    I like the last sentence here, a lot.

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  36. sunnydaze says:


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    • sunnydaze says:

      Dr. describes 2nd trimester abortion.


    • OMG!
      How Evil and this should be spread all over the USA and taught in every high school health class MANDATORY prior to eligibility for graduation.

      This is no small feat; this is mutilation; it is abhorrent behavior by the Mother, Doctor, Nurse and any other participant.

      Just because it is declared LEGAL by the Government does not make it Moral or Right!
      This is absolutely disgusting!!!

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  37. sunnydaze says:

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