Saturday January 18th – 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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130 Responses to Saturday January 18th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    It’s Caturday! 🐱

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  2. DanDeplorable says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. dorothea says:

    My son lives in Richmond, a block down the street from the State Capitol. I am worried about him being there this weekend. Please pray for the safety of everyone.

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    I’m posting this piece to honor our friends, compatriots, who are gathering in Richmond to defend our 2nd Amendment rights against the unconstitutional coercive gun-control “reforms” of Virginia’s progressive elected politicians. 2nd Amendment supporters who want to defend our constitutional rights are already being demonized by the New York Times and Virginia’s progressive governor and politicians as “extremists” and “white supremacists”. Antifa—paid thugs organized and supporeted with George Soros money—have announced its intention to show up.

    I would never attempt to speak for everyone here but the fight to protect our 2nd Amendment is vital to the preservation of our liberty and freedom. Their are forces of evil arrayed against our people. I wish them well.

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday, Treepers!

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  8. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Paul Tells Others About His Gospel

    It is true that now there is but one gospel and God’s anathema is pronounced upon any who would presume to proclaim any other (Gal.1:8,9), but those who suppose that Paul proclaimed the same good news which the twelve before him had proclaimed, should carefully read Galatians 2:1-9.

    The twelve had been proclaiming our Lord’s kingdom rights in “the gospel of the kingdom”. The kingdom having been rejected, however, God raised up Paul to proclaim “the Gospel of the Grace of God” (Acts 20:24). In Galatians 1:11,12, this apostle declares:

    “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

    This is only one of many passages in which he declares that he was commissioned to proclaim a special message by the glorified Lord Himself (Eph.3:1-4; Rom.16:25; etc.).

    Now in Galatians 2:2, the apostle states: “I went up by revelation[God sent him] and communicated unto them [the apostles and elders at Jerusalem] that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles….” But was he not merely checking to make sure that he and they were preaching the same good news? No, for he goes on to say: “But [I went] privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain”.

    Verses 7 and 9 then go on to tell how “they saw” and “perceived” the grace that had been given to Paul, so that they publicly and officially gave him “the right hands of fellowship”, acknowledging him as the apostle of grace, sent to the world with a message of grace:

    “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom.3:24).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

    4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
    7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

    Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
    2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
    3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
    4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

    Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
    26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

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    • TMonroe says:

      “The twelve had been proclaiming our Lord’s kingdom rights in “the gospel of the kingdom”. The kingdom having been rejected, however, God raised up Paul to proclaim “the Gospel of the Grace of God” (Acts 20:24).”

      It is noteworthy that Paul’s message in the synagogue in Acts 13 so closely parallels Peter’s in Acts 2-5, as both were focused on an audience with common frames of reference regarding the promises to Israel, including the Messiah.

      Looking at Acts 17:18, we see that Paul, well into his ministry, “was proclaiming the gospel of Jesus and the resurrection.” This was amongst Gentiles in Athens, which was widely considered the center of thought and philosophy at the time. When Paul spoke to them, the resurrection message was combined with the proclamation that repentance was needed, as God had appointed/chosen a man to judge (cf. Acts 17:30-31), which corresponds to the Kingdom message preached by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:2), Jesus (Matt. 4:17), and the apostles (Acts 2:38, 3:19).

      When Paul addressed the Ephesian church leaders, he spoke of his his ministry there amongst mainly Gentiles preaching the kingdom of God (Acts 20:25), as well as “earnestly testifying both to the Jewish and to Greeks repentance in God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).

      Note that when Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner, that “… it came to pass after three days, he called together those being leaders of the Jews” (cf. Acts 28:17). The reply came from these leaders who hadn’t heard about Paul’s situation that they wanted hear about “this sect” (Christians/the Way) this sect, as they’d heard that it was “spoken against everywhere”.

      So what did Paul share with them?

      Acts 28:23 “Then having appointed him a day, many came to him to the lodging, to whom he expounded from morning to evening, fully testifying to the kingdom of God and persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.”

      After Paul got the response he often did when first speaking to diaspora Jews in Gentile lands (some persuaded, others unbelieving), Paul let them know as he had elsewhere previously throughout his ministry (Acts 13:46, 18:6) that “this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles” (cf. Acts 28:28).

      Again, what did Paul share in the subsequent two years with all that came to the house were he was kept?

      Acts 28:30-31
      “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”

      Just as with Peter, Paul proclaimed the aspects of the gospel that were appropriate for each audience in the post-ascension, pre-temple time, while the believers were learning “that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Eph. 3:6).

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      • TMonroe says:

        “Verses 7 and 9 then go on to tell how “they saw” and “perceived” the grace that had been given to Paul, so that they publicly and officially gave him “the right hands of fellowship”, acknowledging him as the apostle of grace, sent to the world with a message of grace: “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom.3:24).”

        Did Paul differentiate himself singularly as what the writer termed ‘the apostle of grace’ in direct contrast to the other apostles? While we don’t see that title specified in Scripture, we do see Paul call himself an “apostle of Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Cor. 1:1, 2 Cor. 1:1, Eph. 1:1, Col. 1:1, 1 Tim. 1:1, 2 Tim 1:1, Titus 1:1) repeatedly as an introduction (as does Peter in the first of each of his epistles). It is noteworthy that Paul numbers himself as but one of the “apostles of Christ” (cf. 1 Thes. 2:6, also Eph. 3:5, Gal. 1:17-19).

        Though the gospel message included the cross and the resurrection from the start of the post-ascension ministries (Acts 2:23-24), there were going to be population-specific focuses. For the Jews who received this message first, it initially centered on fulfilled prophecies and promises made to “our fathers” as both Peter did (Acts 2-5) and Paul did (Acts 13, cf. Acts 18, 28) and including the cross was part of preached to the Jews first.

        Verse 8 informs verse 7. Peter’s personal connection with Jesus during Christ’s earthly ministry was an asset to the group often seeking witnesses to signs, and Paul’s reason-laden approach was a strength to the Greek-dominated culture. Nevertheless, while Peter and Paul preached with diverse emphases from Jerusalem to Mars Hill to Rome, there was unity in the essentials of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 15:11, Eph. 2:8-10) undergirding each declaration of the gospel in their post-ascension ministries.

        Paul’s approach to preaching the gospel (Gr. euangelion) ‘to all’ — including those Jews and those under the Law — encapsulated this focus:

        “What then is my reward? That in preaching the gospel, I should offer the gospel free of charge, so as not to use up my right in the gospel. For being free from all, I myself became servant to all, so that I might win the more. And to the Jews I became like a Jew, so that I might win the Jews. To those under the Law, as under the Law (myself not being under the Law) so that I might win those under the Law. To those outside the Law, as outside the Law (not being outside the law of God, but under the law of Christ) so that I might win those outside the Law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all these things to all, so that by all means I might save some. Now I do all things on account of the gospel, that I might become a fellow partaker with it” (1 Cor. 9:18-23).

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  9. A2 says:

    I am posting this on the open thread. If you wish to know more about the real China have a read.

    It is a translation of a report by a journalist who travelled with Chinese truckers plying their routes. If you are interested, you will learn more about China, than headline news.

    Well worth a read this weekend.

    ‘ On the Road with a Chinese Trucker’
    No. 37
    Jan 17
    Happy new year from Chinarrative!

    We usher in the new decade with an in-depth look at the human face of China’s booming transportation industry. Southern People Weekly reporter Huang Jian embedded himself with three truckers over the span of 10 days, crisscrossing southern and central China in an epic 2,500-kilometer journey. This is a translation of his recent report, a poignant portrait of the physical and mental toll of long-haul trucking.‘

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  10. Lucille says:


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  11. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  12. citizen817 says:

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    • Bob says:

      Another cool good guy with a gun assisting an officer in peril.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      What kind of slime shoots an officer trying to help an accident victim?

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      • Pale rider says:

        Probably not the case but, do people remember when firefighters were called to locations then shot at?


        • auscitizenmom says:



        • mandy says:

          I remember ambulances being shot at by Nawlins residents post Katrina. It’s been at least 10 years ago that I read about home care nurses in Chicago who were having to hire PERSONAL BODY GUARDS so they could get to patients (who reside in … slimy … parts of that illustrious city). In Jacksonville, Fl, there was a time when the fire dept had to have police escorts in order to go into certain parts of town. Food deliveries into those areas had long since ceased – and IIRC, there was one point where US Mail delivery had to be stopped, too. (That would have been….let me see …. around 20 years ago!)


      • Janie M. says:

        Bet it was somebody with an arrest(s) record and a grudge, auscitizenmom. SOBs. 😡💩

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

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  14. Dora says:

    Please hurry with the food. I’m hungry!

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  15. Texian says:

    [final excerpts.. then I’ll wrap it up..]

    Houston.. Forever..

    This way of life was not normal..

    It was measured in intensity..

    And I remember it all.. in High Fidelity..


    It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention her..

    Big city life.. nightclubs.. we were young and on our own.. making the most of it.. and we didn’t want all of this to end..

    We were blazing our own trails.. living fast.. making our way through life all alone in the big city.. she was a club regular.. but she wasn’t easy..

    On some nights after I had gotten back we would spot each other through the crowd.. and would share a gentle smile.. it meant everything was ok..

    Once in a blue moon we would spend some time together.. we were each others anchor when we needed it.. but we both understood it would never work out.. or so I had thought..

    Under the lunar blue we would engage in pillow talk as the depth of our existence matured.. trying to discover the meaning of it all.. life seemed so fragile when viewed from the deep dark depths of night..

    We had a lot of questions.. but not a lot of answers.. we were not in control of this thing called life.. and we didn’t want all of this to end..

    We closed our eyes and held on tight as we hurtled through the dark side of the moon..

    Some years later, after the era had passed, our paths crossed again.. she was not formally married, but was living with somebody..

    I didn’t particularly like him.. she could do better.. I guess I was just being a little partial though.. she was one of mine.. I loved them all..

    I wasn’t licentious.. quite the opposite actually.. it was just the lifestyle.. my profession made extended relationships difficult..

    Strange though.. through all the people I had met during those years.. I had never run across any of them again – except for her.. it must be in the stars.. there must be a reason..

    ..and there was..

    On those deep dark nights we shared together back then.. there was one thing we both could eventually fall asleep on..

    and the only thing that stood the test of time..

    ..Love is forever..

    Memoirs of an Oilfield Diver
    The Epic Archive

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  16. nimrodman says:

    Centuries-old painting from the Far East reveals similarity to a popular modern theme:

    (happy Caturday, y’all !)

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  17. Dora says:

    Wow! That’s something!

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  18. Dora says:

    More Church Intrigue.


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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
    Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. Dora says:

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  24. just stevie says:


    “Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.” John xx. 28

    “Give Me to drink.” How many of us are set upon Jesus Christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying Him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last limit, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” – that means a life of unsullied, uncompromising and unbribed devotion to the Lord Jesus, a satisfaction to Him wherever He places us.

    Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?

    Oswald Chambers
    January 18th Devotional

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    • mark says:

      Thanks stevie. Somehow I feel relieved, calm in my waiting/calling, reenergized. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in his battlings! I will place that in the back of my mind to contemplate today and the rest of my days.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Ask the ‘cafeteria ladies’ how much food the kids eat versus toss, or gets tossed as they won’t pick it, under these guidelines? When we have parents/grandparents day where we have lunch with the kids we’ve seen a lot of Michelle’s Mess just tossed into the cans. The kids come to lunch as it’s a social period but much of the food’s wasted as they don’t recognize/like it.

      The government can argue nutrition until they’re blue in the face but if the kids won’t eat it it’s no better than junk. I guess the Obamanauts could have guards stand over the kids threatening them with punishment if they don’t gulp the swill but other than that the reality is the whole ‘nutritious school lunch’ crap is…crap and I don’t see it changing.

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  25. Boots says:

    Good audio sermon. 74 mins.

    The Christian And The World (Part 8)
    Friend of World, Enemy of God
    John W. Ritenbaugh
    Sermon; #330; 74 minutes
    Given 14-Mar-98
    Description: (hide)

    Having anxiety, foreboding and fretting about physical provisions (food, clothing, and shelter), and being distracted or distressed about the future (Matthew 6:34), demonstrates a gross lack of faith and is totally unworthy of our relationship with God. If our children showed the same lack of trust in us, we would feel hurt and angry. Using the greater to the lesser argument, we should realize that if God has provided us with a body and has called us, He will sustain us if we, taking normal precautions and foresight, commit our lives to His service (Psalm 37:5-6), involving Him in every aspect of our lives through unceasing prayer and obedience.


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  27. David Mitchell says:

    Mark Steyn is brilliant…deserves an hour of prime time TV somewhere. Here is an article he wrote after attending a Trump rally in Burlington VT in Jan 2016.

    I grew up in VT and went to college in Burlington in the early 70s—don’t even recognize it, or the rest of VT now. The flatlanders from MA/CT/NY all moved northward and took over.

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  28. @ChicagoBri says:

    Chiraq: Murders continue unabated.

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  29. mopar2016 says:

    I don’t expect Englewood to change any time soon Bri.
    Same with the South and West sides.
    The city keeps getting worse every day.

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    • @ChicagoBri says:

      Chicago has to stop turning a blind eye, pretending it’s not “our” problem. If we are Christians, these are our brothers and sisters, and enough is enough.

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    • Janie M. says:

      mopar, wasn’t there a “memorial” party they had at someone’s house after attending a wake of one of their peeps and shootings ensued? There were only wounds but no one was killed. Never ends.


  30. Dora says:

    Oh come on! That’s not Haggis! Bobby Burns wouldn’t touch that fake stuff!


  31. Lucille says:

    Me and my cats meet a wild fox. Real life Disney moment!

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  32. Linda K. says:

    Fox is thinking of dinner.


  33. Janie M. says:

    It’s 13 degrees here, the temps. will drop further and the roads aren’t in good shape. My son just returned from Walgreen’s and said the freezer and refrigerated sections are wiped out of stock. He was told by one of their employees that people are in a panic and stocking up on food items. He did manage to get a half gallon of milk, we usually buy a gallon. Ahhh well, it’s winter – it arrives every year. 😀


  34. Mnt.Mama says:

    Hello all you wonderful Treepers! I’ve lurked here since just before the 2016 elections and just now have the nerve to swap howdys. I’ve learned so much here and this site keeps me relatively same amidst the craziness.

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  35. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

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

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

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

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

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

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  36. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. 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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  37. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the perfection of the first man, Adam, on:

    1. His closeness to God.
    2. His God-given strength, wisdom and beauty.
    3. The voluntary submission of all natural powers to the sinless Adam.
    [before the Fall]

    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 – January 5th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  38. mandy says:

    Tonight we’re watching “Love at First Bite” from 1979. Really funny stuff. The copy that is available on YT (linked below) does not include the original disco dance scene music (which was “I love the nightlife.”). Anyway, what a delightful little comedy…so if you need to laugh…it stars George Hamilton, Susan Saint. James, and Arte Johnson….


  39. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Irish election fast approaching and the diminutive Varadkar actually defends political video making fun of his opposition. Set to theme from Benny Hill.


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