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A good rant - the left

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Very true observation - goes a long way to explain their actions.
From Cold Fury:

Who’s laughing now?
Trump and his supporters have all the fun.

Mike's link goes to an article about President Trump's Pennsylvania rally and how much fun people had there. He then goes on to talk about the happiness and joy of the liberals:

Leftists are dour, miserable wretches. They hate their country. They hate their countrymen. They hate freedom. They hate guns. They hate cops. They hate having to live under a Constitution that, however badly it’s been weakened, is yet functional enough to provide some small protection against their ability to rule over We The Inferior absolutely.

They hate prosperity. They hate the internal combustion engine. They hate air conditioning, and the coal-fired power plants that provide reliable electric power to run it. They hate the Big Agriculture complex that feeds an entire planet. They hate music that has anything resembling a coherent, pleasant melody. They hate individuality, noncomformity, and independent thought. They hate Big Macs, or any food that actually tastes good. They hate heterosexuals. They hate normal, happy, traditional families. They hate freedom of speech, and of religion.

The list goes on and on, but perhaps even more than all of that, they hate that so many of us remain perfectly free to reject them, to denounce them, to mock them, and to refuse to join them in their lifelong immersion in pure, abject frustration and despair, like all Good People should.

Correct on all counts - each and every one. They are miserable in their lives and only seek to drag the rest of us down to their level. Mike offers these wise words:

Hey, laughter ain’t just the best medicine; it’s the best revenge, too.

So true - laughing all the way to the ballot box.

A great story about her - from a student of hers. From First Things:

Over the past week, scores of articles have been published on various aspects of Amy Coney Barrett’s character—her fitness as a judicial nominee, her acumen as a scholar, and her unapologetic commitment to the Catholic faith. But long before I had reason to consider any of these qualities, I thought of Judge Barrett simply as an answer to my prayers.

I arrived at Notre Dame in 2013. Like any new law student, my head swirled with hopes, thoughts, dreams, and fears. But unlike many other students, I also needed to singlehandedly ensure that I had access to the tools and technologies necessary for me to succeed as a completely blind person.

Unfortunately, things got off to a bumpy start. The assistive technology purchased by the university, which would have allowed me to compete on equal footing with my sighted peers, did not arrive on time. And, in keeping with Murphy’s law, my personal laptop immediately broke, leaving me overnight with no reliable way to access my texts, take notes, or otherwise keep pace in class. I needed help, and I needed it fast.

For that help, I turned to then-professor Barrett. Although I had known her for only two weeks, I felt confident that this poised, articulate woman would not dismiss my concerns and would counsel me on how to get the university to procure the needed assistive technology as quickly as possible.

But she did not merely help me to readjust the burden on my own shoulders; she took it from me and carried it herself. I will never forget the moment when she looked at me from across her desk and said, coolly and matter-of-factly, “Laura, this is not your problem anymore. It’s mine.”

To many, this might seem like an insignificant gesture. After all, how hard could it be for a law professor to send a few follow-up emails and make a few phone calls? But as a person with a disability, as someone who is accustomed to the oftentimes solo and always thankless task of self-advocacy, I was caught off guard. Her unsolicited words were balm to my soul. The rarity of the offer was enough to impress me, but the sincerity and conviction with which she spoke indicated that she would not let me down. She proved, as I knew she would, to be a woman of her word.

More at the site - an amazing story - looking forward to Justice Comey's tenure on the bench.  Laura closed with this:

I went on to succeed that semester and, by God’s grace, to become the first blind woman to clerk on the Supreme Court. The warmth and compassion that Judge Barrett has shown me on so many occasions flow from the same wellspring of faith for which she is now so excoriated. The ease with which she donates her time and energy to serving others comes from years of loving the Lord with her entire heart, mind, and strength, and loving her neighbor as herself. And for a young, disabled woman like me struggling to find my footing and place in this world, that faith has made all the difference. 

This is freedom and equality; not the nattering of the "woke" crowd.  This is class and grace and wisdom - something sorely lacking these days.  Tip of the hat to Don Surber for the link.

And I'll close with this

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From Instapundit:


The picture at the top is ACB's family - some nice looking kids.

A bit of history - promises

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From Kaching - Vanderleun's tumblr page:


A close call - 36 years ago

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From Chris Lynch:

The Man Who Saved the World
On this day 36-years ago Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov may have single-handedly saved the world from global thermonuclear war.

The link goes to an amazing tale of heroism and courage.

Apple - tree

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Talking about children of idiots/crazy people - the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Exhibit one:


Those eyes...

Summed up in one image:


The Autumn People

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Gerard posts this wonderful meditation from Ray Bradbury at American Digest:


“For some, autumn comes early, stays late through life… For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir in their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eyes? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles - breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”
— Ray Bradbury

Bradbury is an American Treasure. This was from: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Words of wisdom

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Happy Hobbit Day

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Hobbit Day - from the entry at Infogalactic:

Hobbit Day
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22nd, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

My only complaint with the Infogalactic entry is this: "two fictional characters" fictional??? Seriously???

Now this will be fun - a little list

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From the London Daily Mail:

Names of EVERY passenger to have flown on Jeffrey Epstein's aircraft 'to be revealed "sparking panic among the pedophile's wealthy friends"'
Jeffrey Epstein's flight logs on his aircraft, including his 'Lolita Express' jet, have been subpoenaed, sparking fear among the rich and famous who partied with the pedophile.

The Attorney General in the US Virgin Islands, where the billionaire had a home and is said to have carried out many of his horrific crimes, has demanded to see the logs which document the passengers on his aircraft.

And of course, this will be leaked in 3... 2... 1...

Don't play with the big dogs if you don't want to get bit. There are always unintended consequences to every action.

A stopped clock - Andrew Sullivan

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He may be a loony liberal but he certainly hit it out of the park today - from his website: The Weekly Dish:

We Are All Algorithms Now
I’ve never felt this way about an election before. For my entire adult life, campaigns could be exhilarating, tedious, crowded with incident or laden with foreboding, but you always felt that, at some point, there would be a resolution. The votes would be counted; the exit polls parsed; a decision made; and both sides would respect it.

And this kinda jumped out at me:

Remind yourself that hefty chunks of our society still insist that Covid19 is a hoax, perpetrated for the sake of social control. Re-read Richard Hofstadter. Remember how vast numbers of white liberals drastically shifted their view of America — almost overnight — from a flawed but vibrant multiracial democracy to a version of apartheid South Africa because of a single video of a brutal arrest and murder. This week, I watched videos of people literally burning Harry Potter books, like latter-day Nazis, in the cause of transgender liberation. It’s safe to say, I think, that many of these people have lost their minds — just by staying online. And they not only think they’re perfectly sane; they think they’re heroes.

And online is increasingly where people live. My average screen time this past week was close to ten hours a day. Yes, a lot of that is work-related. But the idea that I have any real conscious life outside this virtual portal is delusional. And if you live in such a madhouse all the time, you will become mad. You don’t go down a rabbit-hole; your mind increasingly is the rabbit hole — rewired that way by algorithmic practice. And you cannot get out, unless you fight the algorithms to a draw, or manage to exert superhuman discipline and end social media use altogether.

But the thing about algorithms and artificial intelligence is that they don’t rest, they have no human flaws, they exploit every weakness we have, and have already taken over. This is not a future dystopia in which some kind of AI robot takes power and kills us all. It is a dystopia already here — burrowed into our minds, literally disabling the basic mental tools required for democracy to work at all.

If you watch video after video of excessive police force against suspects, for example, and your viewing habits are then reinforced by algorithms so you see no countervailing examples, your view about the prevalence of such excessive force will change, regardless of objective reality. A new study shows how this happens.

That certainly describes the cognative Gestalt manifesting these days. Stopped clock? Here.

Black Lives Matter - an interesting look

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From a comment made at Eaton Rapids Joe's blog:

I read the demands of BLM and I shake my head. Not because they are ludicrous or that there aren't real injustices perpetrated by society over time to blacks. I shake my head because BLM has an opportunity to make change happen. BLM is going to squander this opportunity with violence and silly demands that have no way of being fulfilled and no acknowledgment that things have to change in that community, along with societal change. Another year will pass and nothing meaningful will have come from all this chaos.

So true - they are wasting a golden opportunity. Bitter Little Marxists indeed.

From David Hines' twitter account:

Riding out the fire

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Ho. Li. Crap. Quite the story from Oregon - from Portland station KGW:

Detroit Dam operator rides out massive Oregon wildfires inside dam, keeping it safe
Forty five miles east of Salem along Highway 22, the Detroit Dam, in the Cascade Mountains, holds back some of the North Santiam River. It forms Detroit Lake and controls the amount of water flowing into the river and the valley below.

The dam is run by plant operators who carefully adjust the computers and machines that run turbines in the massive structure and control the water output.

Mike Pomeroy is one of those operators. On the afternoon of Labor Day, he reported to the dam’s control room, called the powerhouse. It's housed in a smaller building near the base of the dam. All alone, Pomeroy was about to begin one of the longest shifts of his life.

Over the first several hours, it seemed like a routine shift. Pomeroy drove back and forth the three miles from the Detroit Dam to the Big Cliff Dam downstream, checking on gauges and making adjustments.

He knew there was a fire in the area.

He locked himself in the dam monitoring the various functions for several days until the fire had burned out. Quite the story to tell the grandkids. Talk about having a pair of brass ones.

Heh - first Sandmann, now Dershowitz

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From Law & Crime:

Alan Dershowitz Files $300 Million Lawsuit Against CNN for Portraying Him as an ‘Intellectual Who Had Lost His Mind’
Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against CNN, claiming the cable news network, together with their hosts and panelists, intentionally created a false narrative about what the famed criminal defense attorney argued while defending the president during impeachment proceedings earlier this year.

Dershowitz’s allegations stem from news coverage of his argument about the kind of quid pro quos a sitting president may engage in while office—provided that the exchange is done with the intent of winning re-election in the public interest and not in violation of some law. While his theory was widely panned by attorneys and legal experts across the media, Dershowitz claimed that CNN intentionally omitted portions of his argument to make it appear as though he was arguing “the exact opposite of what he said.”

And the gist of the suit:

In his lawsuit, Dershowitz claims that CNN only aired him saying the latter sentence to promulgate “a one-sided and false narrative that Professor Dershowitz believes and argued that as long as the President believes his reelection is in the public interest, that he could do anything at all – including illegal acts – and be immune from impeachment.”

“The very notion of that was preposterous and foolish on its face, and that was the point: to falsely paint Professor Dershowitz as a constitutional scholar and intellectual who had lost his mind,” the lawsuit said. “With that branding, Professor Dershowitz’s sound and meritorious arguments would then be drowned under a sea of repeated lies.”

CNN is losing a lot of money these days. First, it had to pay (as well as the Washington Post) an undisclosed sum to Covington High School student Nicholas Sandmann. And now this - there is no way they can argue their way out of this. It was direct manipulation of the video to change the slant of Dershowitz' words. Must follow the narrative.

Great quote from 1965 - prescient

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Found at Grouchy Old Cripple:

Newsman (sic) have a very short attention span. It is a prerequisite in the business. That is why the news accounts of almost everything makes sense to all ages up to the age of twelve. If one wishes to enjoy newspapers, it is wise to halt all intellectual development right up to that age. The schools are doing their level best to achieve this goal. For the first time in history it is possible to earn doctorates in obscure professional techniques without upsetting the standard of a twelve-year-old basic intellect.
––Travis McGee from A Deadly Shade of Gold published in 1965.

Verily, for I have no fucks to give

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For my field is bare:


An understandable confusion

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From My Penseive:


Today - Patriot Day

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From The Whitehouse:

Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2020
In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment. As the bells toll, we call by name those who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York, New York; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In cities and towns across our great country, we stand in solidarity to remember the victims and mourn their stolen hopes and dreams.

On a day that began as ordinary as any other, terrorists carrying out a sadistic plan murdered thousands of our fellow compatriots. With shock and disbelief, we watched our first responders, encumbered by heavy equipment and hindered by debris and smoke, rush with conviction and courage into the void to rescue those in despair. With pride and sorrow, we felt the tremendous bravery of those aboard Flight 93, who summoned the courage to charge the terrorists in a counterattack that saved countless American lives. As the day closed, America steadied its resolve to hold accountable those who had attacked us and to ensure it would never happen again.

Some good words remembering a horrible day. I will living in Seattle and was waiting for the bus to take me downtown to work. At work, we stumbled through our day watching the news on the internet. The actions of that day provided the final push to open my eyes and see the world as a conservative instead of a liberal. I had been living in a liberal cocoon for all of my life but these actions proved to me that the ideas and assumptions in my head were fundamentally wrong. Started this blog two years later - in part as a way to articulate my thoughts. It has been an interesting and enlightening journey.

Satire? You decide

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From America's Newspaper of Record - the Babylon Bee:

U-Haul Introduces Armored War Rigs For Californians Trying To Flee State's Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland


To help meet the demand of millions of people desperately trying to escape the dark, ravaged wasteland of California, U-Haul is introducing a new product in its moving van line-up: the War Rig. These weaponized, armored moving vehicles will ensure you and your belongings stay safe during the long and perilous journey out of the state.

"We knew it was time to introduce some more serious vehicles to our fleet," said local U-Haul franchise owner Glax Destroyer, who manages 12 locations in Southern California. "We brought in the War Rig to supplement our completely depleted fleet of moving vans. With everyone leaving in droves, we don't have much left. We're pretty much salvaging old trucks from the junkyard and then adding armor plating and mounted weapons."

Sources confirm that each War Rig will comfortably seat a traditionally-sized California family of one person. They boast a fuel economy of 6 miles per gallon of guzzoline, which the U-Haul location will provide.

"I live! I die! I live again!" cried one patriarch as he led his family through the desert and toward Arizona in one of the new U-Haul War Rigs. "Witness me!"

Mr. Destroyer encourages customers to come early to secure their rigs before his power goes out and everything bursts into flames.

Somewhere, the ghost of Marvin Heemeyer is smiling.

Some history - 87 years ago

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From The History Place:

The Gestapo is Born
Although the Gestapo is generally associated with SS Leader Heinrich Himmler, it was actually founded by Hermann Göring in April 1933.

Upon becoming Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler had appointed Göring as Minister of the Interior for the State of Prussia, Germany's biggest and most important state, which controlled two thirds of the country, including the capital, Berlin, and the big industrial centers. As Minister of the Interior, Göring thereby had control of the police.

The first thing he did was to prohibit regular uniformed police from interfering with Nazi Brownshirts out in the streets. This meant that innocent German citizens had no one to turn to as they were being beaten up by rowdy young storm troopers drunk with their newfound power and quite often drunk on beer. These young Nazi toughs took full advantage of police leniency to loot shops at will and terrorize Jews or anyone else unfortunate enough to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We are at this point right now. Next up?

Next, Göring purged the Berlin police department of politically unreliable cops and had 50,000 storm troopers sworn in as special police auxiliaries (Hilfspolizei). Now the storm troopers had actual power of arrest and they relished its use. Jails were soon overflowing with people taken into "protective custody" resulting in the need for large outside prison camps, the birth of the concentration camp system.

Having compromised the uniformed divisions, Göring next turned his attention to the plain-clothes police. On April 26, 1933, a decree was issued creating the Secret Police Office (Geheime Polizei Amt) which quickly became known as the GPA. But this abbreviation was far too similar to the GPU abbreviation used by the Soviet Political Police in Russia. Thus, the name was changed to Secret State Police (Geheime Staats Polizei). The actual term 'Gestapo' was supposedly created by a Berlin postal official who wanted a name that would fit on a regulation-sized postal rubber stamp. Gestapo was derived from seven letters within the full name Geheime Staats Polizei. Unknowingly, the postal official had invented one of the most notorious names in history.

Vote like your life depends on it - it does.

An excellent website - been around since 1996: The History Place

Well crap - RIP Diana Rigg

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From the Beeb:

Dame Diana Rigg: Avengers, Bond and Game of Thrones actress dies at 82
Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82.

Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said she died of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.

"She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession," she added.

Quite the actress and a wonderful person.

Had the major hots for her growing up - Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers.

Heh - education

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Black culture - Malcom X

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Great quote - very very relevant in today's "culture"


The full essay is here - well worth reading: The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man Very smart man. He was a Republican and a Conservative.

Fake news - a meme

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Fake news in the news:


Life in Chicago

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A shithole city - from the Chicago ABC affiliate:

Chicago violence: 51 shot, 10 fatally in Labor Day weekend shootings
Weekend violence continued to claim victims across Chicago over the long holiday weekend.

Fifty-one people were shot, 10 fatally, across Chicago over the weekend from 6 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Monday, including an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot Monday while riding in a SUV on the South Side, according to Chicago police.

Black on black violence doesn't get any media attention. Black people murdered more black men, women and children in one weekend than the entire last year of white police officers. Black Lives Matter? How about cleaning up your own house and THEN start bullying the rest of us.

Year to date for Chicago?

Shot & Killed: 495
Shot & Wounded: 2414
Total Shot: 2909
Total Homicides: 541

Chicago is a Democrat-run shithole city.
Change my mind.

I resemble that remark

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Reading the riot act

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Christian Walker is the son of football legend Herschel Walker - he has a few words to say about Black Lives Matter

A very epic three minutes, thirty eight seconds.


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Heh - so true:


My Give A Damn's Busted

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Someone sent this in an email to Gerard at American Digest:

I never cared.
I never cared if you were “gay” or whatever acronym you chose to call yourself until you started shoving it down my throat.

I never cared what color you were, if you were a good human until you started blaming me for your problems.

I never cared about your political affiliation until you started to condemn me for mine.

I never cared where you were from in this great Republic until you began condemning people based on where they were born and the history that makes them who they are.

I have never cared if you were well off or poor because I’ve been both. Until you started calling me names for working hard and bettering myself.

I’ve never cared if your beliefs are different than mine. Until you said my beliefs are wrong.

I’ve never cared if you don’t like guns until you tried to take my guns away.

Now. I care.

I’ve given all the tolerance I have to give.

This is no longer my problem. It’s your problem.

You can still fix it It’s not too late.

But it will be soon.

I’m a very patient person at times. But I’m out of patience.

There are literally Millions of people just like me that are sick of your Anti-American crap!

We have had enough!

America is the greatest country on earth and if you don’t like America then you can leave. We are done caring about your misguided feelings.

You shouldn’t have the right to enjoy American freedoms if you are trying to take that right away from other Americans.

Please pass on if you CARE!

So true - they are doing this to themselves and the Democrat party owns it all. We are living inside their heads 24/7 rent free and it pisses them off. Drives them into stupidity. Off the cliff.

Title? This cute song from Jo Dee Messina

Countering Bitter Little Marxists

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In Beverly Hills - pure brilliance:

From here:

On AUG 22, 2020, a violent #BlackLivesMatter mob swarmed the Trump Unity Bridge in Beverly Hills. The Trump Unity Bridge responded to #BLM with a DANCE OFF to their unifying theme song MAGA / YMCA! 

BLM = darkness, chaos
MAGA = love, light, joy
It is that simple.

Things that make you go Hmmmm...

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From Rose McGowan's twitter:

She always struck me as an entitled Hollywood leftist with Trump Derangement Syndrome but this is interesting.
C _ _ is probably the CAA - Creative Artist's Agency, a major Hollywood behind-the-scenes power-player.

We are living in a song

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From Wierd Dave at Ace of Spades:


Billy Joel - Piano Man (live)

A two-fer

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A six minute education from J.P. Sears:

Now that will leave a mark - Bill Barr

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From an interview with Wolf Blitzer:

Journalism - a great mini-rant

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Just go here and read - perfect comparison at Eaton Rapids Joe


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Absolutely - Loving America

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