Friday November 22nd – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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85 Responses to Friday November 22nd – Open Thread

  1. Patience says:

    May the leftists’ lemonade turn to lemons
    May their thirst never be quenched

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Garrison Hall says:

    Billy Gibbons channels John Lee Hooker . . . Turn it up!

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Lucille says:

    160th SOAR “Night Stalkers don’t quit!”
    MILITARY CHANNEL – November 21, 2019
    The United States Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), abbreviated as 160th SOAR

    Liked by 5 people

    • De Oppresso Liber says:

      Night Stalkers are without doubt unequaled in their prowess, ability, and courage in special ops aviation; they saved my ass more than once!

      However, the United States Navy is starting a full blown MUTINY!!! Secretary of the Navy Spencer has publicly DEFIED President Trump, and has said Chief Gallagher WILL face a professional review board to rescind his SEAL Trident and kick him out of the Teams, despite the president’s public order to NOT do that.



  4. Lucille says:

    Democrats Lie to Women
    One America News Network – Published on Nov 21, 2019

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      There is just no getting around it; democrats are the party of death and destruction.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Lucille says:

        When you look at the agenda of the 1950-60s Communist Party USA, you’ll find the Dem party of today has fulfilled most if not all of CPUSA’s desires.

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        • the5thranchhand says:

          Yes, that is true.


        • yy4u says:

          We watched the beginning of Dr. Zhivago last night. The Demorats eerily remind me of the Russian Bolsheviks — only 100 years more evolved. No need for Gulags when you have Facebook gulags, no need for revolution when you can institute a paper coup, no need to control the press when the press is on your side to begin with. Income inequality, the right to housing, health care, etc. It’s all in the scene when Zhivago returns home after the war to find the Bolsheviks have taken over his house and assigned him and his family to one room (which they later confiscated because it was too much space for four people). If you haven’t watched it in a long time, rent it and see what happens when the class warriors take over a country.


    • mopar2016 says:

      Your typical democrat politician sees it different.


  5. Garrison Hall says:

    And remember this great scene from St. Elsewhere?

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  6. Laurie Walker says:

    One good thing about the democrat platform, is that the trillions they want for Americans, will deplete the East Asian, Middle Eastern, African, South American and European piggy bank. But, I don’t think they’re serious.


  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Only Going Through the Motions

    Throughout much of the Old Testament, God’s people, the nation of Israel, had a very shallow, distant walk with the Lord. Even though given the unique privilege of having God’s written Word available, the Lord told the prophet Amos, “they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept His commandments” (Amos 2:4). This did not mean they completely ignored the Scriptures. In some cases, they simply neglected the Word. Often they only went through the motions of having it read to them without internalizing the truths of God and allowing it to change their daily lives. In other cases, after time in a distant, meaningless walk with the Lord, they completely abandoned the sacred Scriptures to worship false gods made by the hands of men.

    Israel still had priests, but when God’s true prophets came with a message too close to home, they responded with words such as, “prophesy not again any more” (Amos 7:13). Resistance, even anger and violence, was a frequent response. Yet, in many cases, they still worshipped the Lord, but only in a halfhearted way that the Lord would simply not accept. Therefore, God’s message to them was, “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer Me burnt offerings…I will not accept them…Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols” (Amos 5:21-23). Even worship toward the Lord can be meaningless, or worthless, to the Lord. This is so when worship is offered with a cold heart, only going through the motions, and without seeking to be continually transformed into the person God wants His child to become (Rom. 12:1-2).

    Why would the Lord not accept their worship? It boils down to the explanation recorded in both Isaiah and Matthew: “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me” (Matt. 15:8; Isa. 29:13). Simply going through the motions of worshipping the Lord is not enough. He desires that we come to Him in sincerity, with biblical truth being paramount, allowing His Word to transform our lives, and desiring a daily walk that knows Him in a real, close, and meaningful way.

    Believer, don’t settle for just going through the motions of worship. Come to the Lord with a genuine desire to know Him intimately, be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29), and do His will. Then, and only then, will your worship of the Lord be truly pleasing to the One who gave His life for you.

    By Pastor John Fredericksen

    Amos 2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:

    Amos 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

    Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
    22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
    23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

    Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

    Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

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  9. dogsmaw says:

    America – A Horse with No Name

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      dogsmaw, had never heard this song. It’s a great tune,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thank you for sharing.


    • Pale rider says:

      Sometimes it’s best to forget ones name, huh? “In the desert you can’t remember your name cause there ain’t no one for to give you no fame.”
      Grew up with ‘America’ always liked them.

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  10. Good Evening & Good Morning Patriots..
    Again My sincere apologies I’ve not been commenting or writing/typing very much..
    For those of you, whom haven’t heard or know..
    Hospice/DSS/Social Services has moved the Misses father, My FIL, into Our home recently..
    Unable to take care of Himself, Diaged with a type of * Adenocarcinoma* or Gastric Cancer..
    A Massive tumor in His abdominal area(s)..
    It is Stage 4….
    Remember We just Lost the Misses Mom back last Spring..
    The Misses,, She isn’t taking all this very well…
    Especially after all We went through over this past summer/Fall with Moving, etc etc..
    (Lordy We still have things We haven’t “unpacked” YET)..
    We are eternally Grateful for the Help & donations provided in getting & Helping US to be renting this Home We are in..
    With thoughts coming from the FIL, no telling WHERE,,, He would be at this point, at Least He is with, I mean HERE, with immediate FAMILY..
    So I’m setting here, kinda in the Dark…

    I have the Night Shift for a few hours as the Misses gets some rest
    Hospice is supposed to bring us some kinda *baby Monitor* type set-up so We don’t have to be up all night, If “Pa-Pa” gets up during the night needing something or go to the bathroom..
    FYI.. Medicare ONLY provided 5, yes 5 “Chemo” treatment(s).

    IMOP this was NOT intended to “cure Him” NOR was Surgery, a option..
    This coulda been “caught” and STOPPED Months ago, as I took Him too Doctor visit(s) etc, I’m the Taxi in our Family.. ..
    Meaning I’ve noticed, (I’m NO Dummy), that Mis-Steps were intentionally conducted or outright ignored.. On His condition going back to When His Wife Passed away.. Last Spring..

    Several Folks have said this too Me what I’m about to say..
    Again IMOP..
    This is OUR Future under *Obama Care * or Medicare for ALL..
    Give you pain pills,, While waiting for you too Die..
    unless you have a Gold-Plated health care plan like John McCain
    OR RGB..

    Yes, this is a long winded post.. I apologize..
    If moving/finding a home and wondering how We were going to pay for everything wasn’t enough..
    Words cannot express How,, I’m, I mean WE BOTH are feeling these past few months, even (going back to last Spring)..
    I’m going too sound selfish at this point
    Sometimes I feel like GOD is testing US BOTH & OUR Marriage..
    being the ONLY driver in the household, (ME)..
    Having the opportunity to get back working, making monies going & doing something that I LOVE..
    Commercial Shell fishing that is gone by the wayside ATM..
    Being disabled I’m allowed to make XXXX.XX dollars monthly, too try to be “somewhat self sufficient”.. By that getting off EBT & paying My bills..
    Again sometimes I Know GOD is testing Me..
    I proceeded to go out at Daybreak to get oysters, to pay the light bill..
    Got about a mile up too the oyster grounds, and…..
    The outboard motor just quit .. dead in the water I was…
    (It’s a 18 horsepower Johnson motor & johnboat, that point/condensers/magneto’s, a 1972 model givin to Me, there’s $$$ I cannot afford to fix.. though that’s yet not here nor there).
    A couple of “commercial guys”, donated it too me after moving here, knowing what I want too do..
    Knowing I got “access” to a oyster lease to work..

    Leaving Me stranded on a outgoing tide, headed out into the Ocean,, (In a 14′ john boat )…
    Happenstance, A older gentle man came along,, toted Me back to the opposite side of the ICW where-as I could load the boat trailer & get back to where I could get back to the house..

    Getting back to the house..
    Angie, (the Misses), is freaking out..
    I had too rush, “Pa-Pa” too the ER,,
    He had developed Fluid build-up on His Lungs that needed to be drained..
    We really cannot call 911 or Emergency Services here because of the “Lay of the Land” AND being in the Shadow(s) of several cell phone Towers, (Crazy isn’t it? )
    Not unless We can get about a 1/8th mile up the road too get “signal”..
    Again My apologies for this long winded post..
    Though I DO KNOW this,,
    Yes, We are stressed & worried..
    The Misses & I cannot control the outcome..
    All WE can do Is try our best to see things through..
    As GOD sees fit..
    A few PRAYERS could be used for Pa-Pa & us..
    TGIF to one & all here..

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    • benzy says:

      Bless you, Crossthread.. and your wife and especially your Father-in-law. Being a caregiver myself, I can relate to the ongoing stresses and limitation to the “rest” of life which it places.. and also to the joys (odd maybe to say that) it can bring for the bonding and help you can bring to someone else. The Lord may be “testing” you (and me), but he is also teaching us at the same time. A lesson which neither of us chose or wanted, but one which tells us a great deal about ourself and others as well. I believe the Lord won’t give you a test before he has already given you the “answers” as well. We just have to recognize them. My thoughts and prayers go to you, your wife and father-in-law.

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      • Bakokitty says:

        Benzy, your word have touched my heart with encouragement that “ these things, and days too will pass.” I also this year have found myself a complete caregiver to my now disabled aging husband. It is harder than I imagined ( as a once professional caregiver in acute care) . This is a totally different experience, when I worked in acute care hospital, I realized now how difficult it was for those families who cared for their loved ones. You see we got to go home at the end of the day, we had days off, we had respite from the care of the sick, or injured.
        I too will look for the answers I my have not seen that are there before me. I add to my prayers for Crossthread42 too.

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    • Just CC says:

      Hey 42
      God bless you all my friend and brother in Christ, please keep the faith and surely know that our Lord has you all in HIS hands and will take care of you , just remember His plan is not our plan…love ya my brother ,be strong ,for what its worth I am with you….much love

      just up the road in Benson nc

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    • just stevie says:

      Know that you have people upholding you in prayer for the Lord to empower you to handle your present difficulties by His Grace, Power and Strength! It seems we go from fire to fire at times without any let up, but even in the fiery furnace, Jesus will stand with us. He will never leave or forsake us, but in the meantime we remember to take hold of the hem of His garment and trust that He will carry us through. Praying God’s comfort and grace to envelope you and smooth your way! Blessings!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’ve still got you both in my prayers.

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    • Bakokitty says:

      Dear Crossthread42, I as read your post, my heart goes out to you and you wife and PaPa. Your daily travails, the ever seemingly daily testing, the worry, and I know the fatigue bring tears. The never ending need to fix the things, that almost seem to break and fail daily wears you down to the nub. I add to my prayers that God will lift you both up,and carry those weights of responsibility, and give you rest when you lay your head down .
      I truly know how you feel, I have had a year and 3 months of a similar experience as my hubby was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, fell, shattered his complete shoulder, the recovery was long and difficult. He will never have the ability to use his dominant right arm like before. As he will be 80 in a few weeks, he is doing the best that can be hoped, but his memory and ability to think seems to be failing. I am his only caretaker, our two kids live too far away to be of help in our daily needs and moving is not something we can do. I am a not so young very tired senior too.
      I totally understand the “ God is “testing me” . Yes he may well be, but we must trust that he will lead us onto a true path to him. It feelsvdaunting sometimes.
      So I will include you in my prayer for strength, peace, patience in our daily trials.
      With love in a Christ …..Bkitty

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    • TreeClimber says:

      I was thinking about you yesterday… I’m glad to hear y’all at least have a place… is there any way we can help materially? I know awhile ago you had a GoFundMe going, is that still a thing?

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    • Patience says:

      Crossthread42, Thank you……….
      Your words are such a reminder … a reality … of the simplicities, and the complications of every day; of every-day-people.

      May you and your Misses experience, catch –and keep
      some tiny bits of ‘magic’ –that no words could ever express; even to eachother (but silently forever know) in the midst of your many daily hardships, during this extremely difficult and sad time in your lives.

      I pray, now, that all pain & discomfort are numbed to Pa-Pa. And that a pleasure –though invisible to all others– fills him with comfort … and the feelings and memories of the best ones had throughout his life. –Even some he now has from both of your devotion and care given to him now.

      Be well……

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  11. Gary Lacey says:

    The Republicans are going to pull off the biggest double cross in history,
    they’ll make it appear that just enough Republicans cross over and vote with the Democrats.

    I pray that isn’t the case…..but then again, these are Republicans, Lee, Collins, Murkowskey, Romney, Burr, Wagner, Blunt, Cornyn, Rubio, these nine are the most scurvy of the lot.
    need six more?

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  12. Pale rider says:

    Benjamin gate love their stuff.

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  13. Pointman says:

    Last day to make your nomination for prat of the year 2019. The current top 5 nominees are, St. Greta (9), Adam “s**thead” Schiff (9), John “objectionable” Bercow (7), David “national treasure” Attenborough (6) and AOC.

    Nominate here



  14. David says:

    My American friends, I am posting here a song by two of the more famous singers in Israel (Ishay Ribo and Omer Adam) performing together. I usually make sure you get translated material but this one is good enough to stand alone . Music sometimes exceeds words. It’s called “My Heart” (Halev Sheli) it’s about a broken heart and how only he (God) heals it. Enjoy.

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      This song is a beautiful way to start Shabbat, (as it is just now sundown on Friday where I live.) So, many blessings and shalom to you David, for sharing with everyone.
      (Is halev sheli, literality, ‘the heart of me’? Thank you.


  15. Dora says:

    Flowers, Italy by Joseph Stella (1931).

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
    Psalms 37:4 (KJV)

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  17. Dora says:

    “Allegedly”. Imagine your name going down in history as a presidential assassin when you didn’t do it?

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  19. just stevie says:


    “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. x. 31

    Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; they are as much of God as the profound. It is not your devotion to God that makes you refuse to be shallow, but your wish to impress other people with the fact that you are not shallow, which is a sure sign that you are a spiritual prig. Be careful of the production of contempt in yourself, it always comes along this line, and causes you to go about as a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than you are. Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby.

    To be shallow is not a sign of being wicked, nor is shallowness a sign that there are no deeps: the ocean has a shore. The shallow amenities of life, eating and drinking, walking and talking, are all ordained by God. These are the things in which Our Lord lived. He lived in them as the Son of God, and He said that “the disciple is not above his Master.”

    Our safeguard is in the shallow things. We have to live the surface common-sense life in a common-sense way; when the deeper things come, God gives them to us apart from the shallow concerns. Never show the deeps to anyone but God. We are so abominably serious, so desperately interested in our own characters, that we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.

    Determinedly take no one seriously but God, and the first person you find you have to leave severely alone as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 22nd Devotional


  20. Dora says:

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!


  22. Dora says:

    This is cool. 🙂

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  23. Cynthia says:

    What would the Pilgrims be famous for if they were alive today. . .? (Answer in a subsequent post.)


  24. Spurwing Plover says:

    A typical liberals they reject god and they demand we all abide by their narrow minded ideas they need a little reminder of a superior powers other then their zodiac sign

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  25. Cynthia says:

    Their age! 😏 Happy Friday, Treepers!

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  26. TheLastDemocrat says:

    New topic:
    “Ghost gun” is the new boogeyman. And, the definition of a “ghost gun” is not that it takes “clips,” or is black, but that it shows up in your mailbox and you simply “assemble” this.

    What is being discussed is when you make or complete your lower, and complete the gun. May people know this.

    Generally, fed law is that you can build for yourself and you do not have to register and get serial number; but if you wanted to sell ,you would need to get a serial number on the gun.

    This is for a chunk of metal that you turn into a “gun.” An Ar15 obviously has many parts, and the part denoted as “gun” is the “lower.” So, you can buy and assemble all of the parts, and make your own “lower,” and never have to register it; if you buy a lower, it will come with SN and you need to pass NICS and buy thru FFL to buy it. But anyone is free to buy a chunk of aluminum. Then, with drill press and a bit of skill you form the lower yourself. Fed has said the lower can be partially completed; it can be “80%” complete, which still leaves some work for you to do. This is more than “assemble.”

    The rhetoric may shift to implicate “ghost guns” as uncontrollable, so I guess they may argue a ban will be needed. Instead of mental health care, etc.


    ABC story: “There was initial confusion over the suspect having a “ghost rifle,” which is assembled from gun parts and doesn’t have a serial number, after tweets from Undersheriff Tim Murakami. The undersheriff later said the recovered “ghost rifle” was in reference to a separate incident.”

    NBC: “Villanueva told KABC that gun kits, which involve a weapon 80 percent already completed, with the remaining 20 percent to be assembled at home, are legal to buy, but they can allow people to escape registering them. “That is very dangerous,” the sheriff said.”

    NBC study link and then ABC story link


  27. YY4U says:

    Didn’t know where else to post this. Apparently Barr has signed on to “Epstein killed himself”. So, dear Treepers, since we’re supposed to believe anything, I have a bridge to sell any of you who might be in the market for a way across the Hudson River.

    It wasn’t that somebody offed Epstein to protect a lot of other somebodies that bothered me so much; it was the in your face way they did it. And now our attorney general is telling us to move on. There’s no there there. Frightening.

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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the appearing of an angel to Paul by night in a storm (Acts 27):

    1. How an angel of God appeared to Paul at night and told him not to fear, for he would be saved, and all that were with him.
    2. How Paul related this to the men in the ship, and greatly encouraged them.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today – November 9th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.


  29. lilbirdee12’s prayer:

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

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

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

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

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

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  30. A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  31. De Oppresso Liber says:


    Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has PUBLICLY DEFIED the orders of President Trump, and stated that DESPITE the president’s orders, CPO Gallagher WILL face a review board to have his SEAL Trident taken away, and be kicked off the Teams.


    This is simply unreal…..I never, ever even imagined this could happen. President Trump needs to crush their damn testicles and make a severe example out of these treasonous bastards. I’m so pissed off I cannot think straight right now.


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