Friday, October 16, 2015


The artist calls this piece
The Void
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75 comments:

  1. What does that term mean to you?

    The place (including ideas) untouched by God's love and God's mercy.

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  2. What does that term mean to you?

    Dancing quarks and gluons.

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  3. Not sure if this would classify as a void, but it is apparently an unbridgeable gap that exists between the citizens of the United States. And it's a gap that that exists along the political divide. How is it possible that the biggest issues in an individual's life are a personal identity that is based upon some politician? Unfortunately today most politicians corrupted by the system and their political party because to rise in the political realm of either political party requires every politician to accept their proper recognition that as an individual they don't matter—they are just a small cog in a large machine that will continue onward "progressing" to some ill defined ultimate end that any honest human being would be utterly and totally revolted by.

    So what you get are politicians who sell their soul becoming a fraudulent shell of a human being unable to take a strong and moral stand on the complex issues transpiring in the world today. They are able to follow a script and read it from a teleprompter but when it comes down to reality they are apt to spew some ridiculous nonsense about visiting all 57 states during the grueling political campaign.

    So is it possible politically that all political choices presented are deeply flawed and dishonest? And what would happen to politician who strayed? They'd be crucified by the media to denigrate their ideas and finally if that wasn't effective, the final ultimate solution: Termination with Extreme Prejudice.

    Too many elected Presidents have been dealt this card for it to be isolated incident committed by some deranged or disgruntled individual acting alone. A fringe lunatic would not be able to commit such an exaggerated atrocity of an American President, especially since it's not a one-off political act anymore but there may well be something much larger and more sinister afoot and taking place right before our very eyes—sometimes even in broad daylight at high noon.

    One thing we can be certain about is that no politician today will stray off the straight and narrow path that is "acceptable". No discussion of American Foreign Policy and a foreign policy that has been followed by every Secretary of State that has occupied that position at least since the time of Woodrow Wilson being "placed" into the Presidency.

    What about The Federal Reserve? Seems every second word that is uttered today in the media is "THE FED". Can a free market exist when the most fundamental determining factor in any economic system is interest rates. And that total market can be manipulated by the body that is in complete control of the currency of the nation. If one is for freedom and and free choice as most conservatives at least uphold as being a fundamental plank in their ideas, there should at least be a recognition that this game is rigged and will stay that way ... unless or until some movement expands enough to expose the lies and hypocritical posturing that passes today as "political debate".

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    1. The "problem" one faces in exposing the "lies and hypocritical posturing" that lie at the foundation of out political system is that whilst doing so, one is required to substitute a new system of "lies and political posturing" to replace it. And since the "Fed" currently lies outside the reach of our "political system", no changes generated by our democracy will likely affect it, lest it be used to "usurp" it. And even if that were possible, those "behind the fed" already have a Plan B for replacing the dollar as the world's reserve currency. As a nation, we would have to "swear off world trade" entirely.

      Me, I have other delusions to worry about. ;)

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  4. Why should the Federal Reserve lie "outside the reach" of the political system?

    The issuance of the currency was something that the Founding Fathers like Jefferson, Franklin, Paine and Madison absolutely stated should remain in the hands of the federal government. They felt so strongly about it that they created an amendment to the Constitution just to make sure there was no ambiguity about it.

    Could the Federal government move to reclaim that power? And why should the power of issuing the currency—out of thin air—be handed over to a group of conniving thieves that made sure the people of the country would be unable to escape from paying for this fraudulent thievery by creating an Income Tax, which may, too, be just as unconstitutional?

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  5. The primary justification for an independent Federal Reserve is the need to insulate it from short-term political pressures. Without a degree of autonomy, the Fed could be influenced by election-focused politicians into enacting an excessively expansionary monetary policy to lower unemployment in the short-term. This could lead to high inflation and fail to control unemployment over the long-term.

    Advocates of autonomy argue that an independent Fed will better address long-term economic objectives. Independence can also make it easier to execute policies that are politically unpopular but serve a greater public interest.


    Could the Federal government move to reclaim that power?

    In 1913, they couldn't just issue money "out of thin air"... that ability didn't materialize until "later":

    On 15 August 1971, the United States unilaterally terminated convertibility of the US dollar to gold, effectively bringing the Bretton Woods system to an end and rendering the dollar a fiat currency.[2] This action, referred to as the Nixon shock, created the situation in which the United States dollar became a reserve currency used by many states. At the same time, many fixed currencies (such as the pound sterling, for example), also became free-floating.

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    1. Scott Draves????

      It's a fractal Picture created with Apophysis software.

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    2. You can make a lot of cool stuff with the software.

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    3. Thersites,
      I searched Wiki.

      Wiki has everything!

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  7. The Void is that guy who steals your pizza... no, wait...

    Scientists are beginning wonder how much void there actually is. Apparently there's a lot of stuff out there. Something's causing the universe to keep on expanding, and it seems possible that a whole lot of teeny tiny stuff buzzing around the universe may be the answer. Nature may abhor a vacuum, a void, more than we think!

    But then there's the House Speakership, so maybe voids are more common than we think.

    I read if Paul Ryan doesn't run, there is no clear alternative. That's amazing. Almost 250 GOP Representatives, and no one but Ryan even comes to mind. I have to admit, I can't think of anyone, and I'm many, many years a C-Span junkie. Among the Dems, a half-dozen pop up in my head instantly. Among the GOP? Only Ryan. That's not good.

    The GOP has gone so far off the rails, they can't see the track anymore. When I try to think of a Speaker, I'm left with only one. When I try to think of a crazy character? The list just goes on and on and on. The conservative movement in this country is a shamble, and it's wrecking havoc on itself.

    JMJ

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    1. ...and I thought that "The Void" might represent the hole in Barack Obama's heart...where his Patriotism was supposed to go.

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    2. stomp, snort, and gruntOctober 16, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      ... and it is quite possible that hole in the GOP where reason used to reside.

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    3. Right/true opinion beats poor reason seven days a week.

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    4. stomp, snort, and gruntOctober 17, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      Opinion can be considered right/true only when supported by facts. Reason is valid conclusions drawn from and supported by facts.

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    5. After reading Jersey' posts, there are even more reasons to Remember that when you vote. Think about a party that would put up a Hillary Clinton, a sick, ugly, and a aged corrupt liar who shows disdain for the Constitution, our military, and the rule of law.

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    6. Reason and validity are separable qualities. There are "good" reasons and "bad" reasons, true reasons and false ones. Whereas right/true opinion will aways be valid, so long as you hold to it. :)

      Too much reliance upon "reason" is not "wisdom".

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    7. To have either a love or a hate opinion to Hillary Clinton is to be either a personal acquaintance and/or an idiot.

      JMJ

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    8. To know her is to hate her... :)

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    10. "No one ever when broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." - The Sage of Baltimore

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    11. Notice the long list of popular Republicans to fill the void!

      JMJ

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    12. Anyone who claims to hate Thersites automatically categorizes himself as mentally defective.

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    13. ...or an Agamemnon lover, which in itself is a form of mental defect!

      Thanks, FT. ;)

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  8. "Something's causing the universe to keep on expanding"

    It keeps buying new stuff and having more kids!

    Have a great weekend, Jersey, ya hopelessly liberal mug!

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    1. You must have watched Waylon's video. ;)

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    1. Indeed! and BOTH parties share the blame. One for instigating suicidal policies, the other for going along with them in order not to appear "disagreeable."

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  10. My Question To The Entire Blogging World Is........... Does ANYONE Really Give A Rat’s Ass About The Winner of Nikon's Small World Photomicrography?

    I really think that I can live out the rest of MY life not knowing and not caring about it for one Friggen iota.

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  11. stomp, snort, and gruntOctober 17, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Ya gotta at least acknowledge that the pictures were pretty amazing. Unless one is color blind or lacks in curiosity.

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  12. stomp, snort, and gruntOctober 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Agreed. You don't.

    Soooo; your real point is?

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  13. This country owes its very existence to progressives. Conservatives wants to remain British citizens. skud, you should be thanking progressives, not critizing them.

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    1. Are you sure that today's "progressives" don't want to be like the British and move away from what modern conservatives who succeeded in becoming un-British now wish to preserve? The rolling stone gathers no moss. Not even the "good" kind.

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  14. ________ Provide, Provide ________
     
    The witch that came (the withered hag)
    To wash the steps with pail and rag,
    Was once the beauty Abishag,

    The picture pride of Hollywood.
    Too many fall from great and good
    For you to doubt the likelihood.

    Die early and avoid the fate.
    Or if predestined to die late,
    Make up your mind to die in state.

    Make the whole stock exchange your own!
    If need be occupy a throne,
    Where nobody can call you crone.

    Some have relied on what they knew;
    Others on simply being true.
    What worked for them might work for you.

    No memory of having starred
    Atones for later disregard,
    Or keeps the end from being hard.

    Better to go down dignified
    With boughten friendship at your side
    Than none at all. Provide, provide!

    ~ Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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  15. What the Baggers hear is exactly what they write on their blogs, pasting boilerplate crap they read on far right wing news sites.They don't have the intellect to form their own ideas, so they steal them from other places or they steal other people's names and avatars -- the sort of tactics used by underdeveloped minds.You can find these illiterates every day on certain blogs. Maher's writers must do their research on those blogs because the people who comment there are as unintentionally hilarious as the nuts who Maher mocks on his show. Also Donald Trump is a loud-mouth cretin who'll never be president even if the typical illiterate Bagger keeps telling himself that will happen.Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. It's a shame that you obviously occupied Wall Street instead of a University classroom. Your time would have been much better spent in the latter. :)

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  16. Seriously - Kudos to Shaw and all the others like her sush as Ducky, Jersey, and Dave Miller for going after the anti-science and creationist nuts within the Republican party.
    We can not just sit here at our computers and read that garbage without a qualifying reply.
    Just don't sit by and allow those lies to get any credibility .

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    1. Speaking of anti-Science, what do you think of tll those abortion supporters who don't think that requiring abortion clinics to be affiliated with a regional hospital is a good idea?

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    2. 99.5% all sane, right-thinking people believe with certainty that you are a moron.

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  17. That's probably the dumbest thing that's ever been posted on these blogs.. No wonder they call you a PIG'S LIVER!

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  18. What the Baggers hear is exactly what they write on their blogs, pasting boilerplate crap they read on far right wing news sites.They don't have the intellect to form their own ideas, so they steal them from other places or they steal other people's names and avatars -- the sort of tactics used by underdeveloped minds.You can find these illiterates every day on certain blogs. Maher's writers must do their research on those blogs because the people who comment there are as unintentionally hilarious as the nuts who Maher mocks on his show. Also Donald Trump is a loud-mouth cretin who'll never be president even if the typical illiterate Bagger keeps telling himself that will happen.
    Like just because they "heard it on Fox" or "got it from Rush" or "saw it on Glenn's chalkboard", they therefore they think that is History!
    Or if Fox "News" tells everybody that they are really fair and balanced, the believe that stupidity. Which shows just how out of touch they are with reality.. Is Rush Limbaugh not fat? not racist? not sexist? Does a Bear crap in the Woods?
    Breaking News: President Obama's secret Muslim ties have finally been uncovered.
    5 were plaid Ties, 10 were striped Ties, and another 10 were solid red Ties, that he wears with his blue suit....

    Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. Speaking of laughs... ya gotta love Democrat's candidates.

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    2. That's quite a skill ya got there, Radical Pig, to be able to blather on that long without saying anything substantive!

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  19. My mind kept going back to the fact that I watched the Democrat debate on CNN last week ... To be honest, I’m not totally sure why I watched it. Clearly, a person must have some serious psychological issues if they elect to spend an evening with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton , and the rest of that dumb looking Gerratric bunch. It’s like choosing to be mentally water boarded for two and a half hours. Only a troubled person, or another progressive idiot would willingly subject himself to such torment. I’ll be making an appointment with a therapist later today.

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  20. that democratic love fest was a fares, it was designed to have Bernie the commie and Hillary the lying, currpted slob slap each other on their backs while all the others didn't say say diddlely squat. They should have a . format where each candidate gets the same amount of time? So many of the bottom feeders get a fair shot!

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  21. They’ll find me soon
    I know they will
    I need to be alone.
    Their nattering demands are shrill,
    They chill me to the bone.
    The thumping, bawling whining drone ––
    Persistent raucous blast ––
    Seeks each secret hiding place ––
    Shatters every caste.
    They’ll find me soon,
    I know they will,
    But till they do I’ll fight ––
    Eccentric –– lost ––
    But steeled against ––
    The Realm of Endless Night.


    ~ FreeThinke (1982)

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    1. FT,
      That bit of verse sums up the political blogosphere.

      Blogging causes heartburn.

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    2. I was actually thinking of the ubiquitous presence of Rock 'n Roll and C&W and other forms of musical garbage blasting at us in public places wherever we go. We can't even shop for GROCERIES in peace anymore without being assaulted by "the thumping, bumping, howling bawling whining drone." Shopping becomes TORTURE under these circumstances. I gave up going to shopping malls because of this.

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    3. Anti-Noise Pollution has been a dominant theme with me:


      ________ THE BOOMBOX ________

      Nestled in a quiet glad so still
      One could hear a fluttering sparrow’s wing,
      Immersed in prayerful thought, I’d like to kill that
      Squawking, howling, growling, thumping thing
      Engrossing –– eating up –– my sacred space,
      Projecting Social Cancer at my head.
      Overtaking prayer it chokes like mace.
      Like mace it stings then stuns. My mind, well-fed,
      Leaps to battle the Invading Force,
      Usurping all my rights to meditate.
      The minions of the militantly coarse
      Idolize the fiends who violate
      Our right to think and feel from deep within
      Negating all that’s good with fearful din.


      ~ FreeThinke, The Sandpiper

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    4. ___ TO PROMOTE INNER PEACE ___

      Divorce yourself from everything that's "pop"
      Visualize a cabin in the pines
      Close by a silver lake or sparkling stream
      Detached from every aspect of the grid.
      Chop wood, fetch water so you may survive
      Eating fresh caught fish or game you kill
      Along with berries, nuts, and tasty leaves.
      Carry with you a supply of books
      Writing paper and a clutch of pens
      Allow yourself an oil lamp for the night
      Embrace austerity, and get to know
      Yourself, and only what may be essential
      To survival in the coming winter months.
      Emulating Thoreau may provide
      The antidote to hellish modern life.


      ~ FreeThinke

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    5. Sour sybillant cynics hissing the the void
      Transforming all the human into the humanoid.

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    6. Slip, Slide, and DiveOctober 19, 2015 at 10:26 AM

      Profound!

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  22. I measure every Grief I meet
    With narrow, probing, eyes –– 
    I wonder if It weighs like Mine –– 
    Or has an Easier size.

    I wonder if They bore it long ––
    Or did it just begin –– 
    I could not tell the Date of Mine ––
    It feels so old a pain –– 

    I wonder if it hurts to live –– 
    And if They have to try –– 
    And whether –– could They choose between –– 
    It would not be –– to die –– 

    I note that Some –– gone patient long –– 
    At length, renew their smile –– 
    An imitation of a Light
    That has so little Oil –– 

    I wonder if when Years have piled –– 
    Some Thousands –– on the Harm –– 
    That hurt them early –– such a lapse
    Could give them any Balm ––

    Or would they go on aching still
    Through Centuries of Nerve –– 
    Enlightened to a larger Pain –– 
    In Contrast with the Love ––

    The Grieved –– are many –– I am told ––
    There is the various Cause –– 
    Death –– is but one ––  and comes but once ––
    And only nails the eyes ––

    There’s Grief of Want –– and grief of Cold  –– 
    A sort they call “Despair” –– 
    There’s Banishment from native Eyes ––
    In sight of Native Air –– 

    And though I may not guess the kind –– 
    Correctly –– yet to me
    A piercing Comfort it affords
    In passing Calvary –– 

    To note the fashions –– of the Cross –– 
    And how they’re mostly worn ––
    Still fascinated to presume
    That Some –– are like my own ––


    

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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  23. I have to say this; I believe that Democrats, Libtards, Progrogives, or whatever you want to call them, are the most disgustingly ignorant, gullible and all around STUPID people in the world. Especially this Progressive blog authors

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  24. As for Donald Trump, I like him. I don’t know if I’d vote for him as president, but I like him. And compared to a Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or even Barack Obama, he would be MY choice By a long shot.

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  25. Don't believe what you read on Progressive blogsOctober 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Our Muslim-In-Chief Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. will accept an additional 10,000 Syrian (so-called) ‘refugees’ during the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. This would increase the total number of refugees entering the United States in 2016 up to 75,000.

    CNN is reporting that Secretary of State John ‘Lurch’ Kerry actually wants to raise the 75,000 number to more than 100,000! What are these morons thinking? Don’t they see what is going on in Europe and all over the world? Unbelievable.

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    1. Lu Lu's back in townOctober 19, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      Kind of like .......oh well forget it, I don't want FT to ban me.

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  26. Only 15 months to go, and Obama will finally get the boot in his ass. At least we will have a Republican president elected next year. And just remember Obama's quote from last November in the elections..."Just remember, I may not be on the ballot, but my policies are". Yep, and the voters remembered that at the polls, and took the majorities in every category. And when we do it again in 2016 at the polls, all the illegals will be evicted from this great country. All the Muslims will be watched and on their best behavior. So, to all the liberals...enjoy the diminishing power you have for the next 15 months...because every dog has his day...and yours has come (6 1/2 years ago) and will be gone in 15 months. Then we can finally get some real leadership back in office.

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  27. Michael HornblowerOctober 19, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Michelle Obama has been very classy that all Americans should be proud of, and so was Mao Tse-tung.

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  28. How can snyone let alone vote for but support Hillary Vlinton That Two-faced, corrupt, greedy, above the law swindler. She'll do and say anything to hold onto power.

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  29. There is no doubt, if Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were anyone else, they would already be in jail for their crimes.

    Instead, Hillary is running for President, and she is ruthless. Beyond being an incompetent Secretary of State during the terrorist attack in Benghazi, she has decades of scandals that younger voters weren’t even alive to see.

    Of course, you know how Hillary clearly discarded the Freedom of Information Act and federal government requirements through the former secretary of state’s use of a private email account for all her official business and then dumping half of her email. Just last week, senior State Department Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Hillary’s email use was “not acceptable”: “I think the message is loud and clear that that is not acceptable.”

    And yet, mainstream media and liberal progressives gave her another free pass.

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  30. Information you can useOctober 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    It would be interesting if Biden announces on Wednesday. If he gets in then Obama may green light the FBI to move in and get her on anything, including false testimony to the committee. I doubt that Obama wants Hillary to be president and he would be ready to sacrifice her. Otherwise, they are hoping that the Biden announcement media cycle will overwhelm the news coverage of Hillary's testimony and no one will care.

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  31. The only thing that will come from it will be indignant statements from the woman for the purpose of painting herself as a 'victim'. They will be played over and over on all the morning shows and into the Sunday shows. Regardless of any facts, she will be judged innocent by the media talking heads and the dopes will still say she identifies with them and line up to vote for her. In spite of the clear evidence that she didn't give two effs about even her 'good friend' Ambassador Stevens....Sickening

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    1. Obama wants to confiscate our Guns, How about we just send the secret service on a vacation and have him live like the rest of us with no armed security?

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    2. stomp, snort, and gruntOctober 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Nothing in tha above comment but fluff and stuff. Have not been able to find anything from any credible source to substantiate the claim.

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  32. You're welcome aboard my little conservative bastion slash crazy train, ska my blog.. Please feel free to post any pro-soldier, pro-life or pro-gun or any other comments or posts you may find worthy on my page. Especially pro-life, & please enjoy the ride & NEVER give up. NEVER surrender, NEVER retreat, NEVER back down. GOD BLESS!

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