44 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-12-18

  1. The next Clinton scandal…..

    will also be ignored by the press.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-biggest-hillary-clinton-scandal-no-ones-talking-about/article/2645361

    “You’ve heard of Benghazi and Uranium One. But more than a year after Hillary Clinton’s resounding loss to President Trump, she must now grapple with a new scandal: An ongoing Federal Election Commission investigation into an alleged $84 million money laundering scheme orchestrated by the Hillary Victory Fund — the $500 million joint fundraising committee between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic state parties.

    Based on former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s public comments, a memo by former Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook, and months of reviewing FEC reports, the Committee to Defend the President has filed an FEC complaint accusing the Democratic establishment of using state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder money to Clinton’s campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, “papered” them through state parties en route to DNC and then the Clinton campaign.

    In reality, the fund either never transferred $84 million to state parties, sending the funds straight to the DNC, or it made the transfers without state parties having actual control of the money. In either case, the fund violated campaign finance laws in precisely the way the Supreme Court deemed illegal in its 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. And that’s only the tip of allegations in this particular iceberg.

    If and when the allegations are confirmed by the FEC, Clinton’s $84 million money laundering scheme will go down as the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.

    Of course, the New York Times has not devoted a single drop of ink to the $84 million scandal. While MSNBC’s lack of coverage is hardly surprising, CNN’s radio silence is deafening and once again contradicts the network’s self-described nonpartisanship. Even the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, the only mainstream reporter to cover the scandal, acknowledged “most coverage of the FEC complaint had appeared in conservative media” before he covered it.”

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  2. Oh look. Another fraud exposed.

    So much for her “expert” opinion.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/10/psych-prof-who-called-trump-mentally-impaired-may-not-have-a-license-to-practice/

    “The Yale University psychology professor who called President Trump “mentally impaired” appears to lack a valid license to practice psychiatry in her home state of Connecticut.

    The professor, Bandy Lee, made the headlines over the past few days when she made a diagnosis of the president as suffering from a “mental impairment” that would disqualify him from the highest office in the land.

    Following Lee’s comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Tuesday warning members of its profession to refrain from making public diagnoses of public figures like Trump without a proper medical exam.”
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    “The professor, who has met with lawmakers in Capitol Hill to talk about the issue, is now facing scrutiny amid allegations that she is not licensed to practice psychology in Connecticut.

    Campus Reform reports that state records indicate that Lee’s “physician/surgeon” license expired some three years ago — on May 31, 2015 — and that her application for reinstatement has been pending ever since. The publication was able to produce Lee’s license details to back up the claim.

    In addition to her pending physician’s license, the professor’s “controlled substance registration for practitioner” license is also lapsed, having expired last February. In other words, Lee is not legally able to prescribe medication as a medical practitioner.

    Lee responded to Campus Reform’s inquiries, stating simply: “I only need one license.” She did not clarify precisely what license she has, or in which state she is registered.”
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    She probably means her driver’s license. 🙂

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  3. Now will Republican’s follow suit by inviting Juanita Broderick and the others on Bill Clinton’s list of victims to attend as well? Since Dems will be wearing black, the R’s could wear blue, in honor of Monica’s blue dress.

    “Cuz you know, politicizing this issue is just what we need and will help for sure…. 🙄

    I have to say. I think I agree with Pelosi on this one.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/democrats-invite-sex-misconduct-victims-trump-s-state-union-n836656

    Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker who has been a prominent voice on sexual misconduct.

    “Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests,” said an aide to Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, who is a leader of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in the House. The aide asked not to be identified.

    Two Democratic congresswomen told NBC News Thursday that there had been discussion about bringing women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct to the nationally televised address but that the idea was scuttled.

    “That was killed,” one of the congresswomen said, declining to say who put the kibosh on it.

    But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has pressured Frankel not to hold mock hearings with Trump accusers, suggested Thursday that she doesn’t support anything that smacks of politicizing the issue and risks turning off Republican lawmakers who are inclined to legislate with Democrats on sexual misconduct.

    “It’s not all about Donald Trump,” Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol. “I don’t think that that would be helpful in terms of what we need to do for the American people.””

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  4. Dreher should not try to make this out to be an insult to Christians. The President’s comments about economically disadvantaged countries were crass and hurtful to be sure, but not racist as many are claiming. The point is, we don’t want to increase immigration from poor or troubled countries at a time when we ourselves seem to be destabilized somewhat. Those are the countries we typically send aid or missionaries to do the work of building up the infrastructure there and to spread the gospel.

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  5. Via Drudge:
    In George Orwell’s 1984, the oppressive rulers of Oceania use devices called telescreens to closely monitor and repress citizens. Now Facebook looks set to follow in the Party’s footsteps by putting its own firm’s microphones and cameras into people’s homes. The social network is planning to release its first ever piece of consumer hardware which will be called Portal and cost a whopping $499 (£368), a website called Cheddar has claimed. The device will feature a 15inch screen, a wide-angle camera with facial recognition and microphones to allow voice control. It’s expected to use facial recognition to allow people to log into their accounts without having to type in passwords and will be dedicated to video chat. The gadget has been designed by a shadowy Facebook department called Building 8 that’s also working on mind-reading technology.

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/11/facebook-portal-gadget-will-put-microphones-cameras-ordinary-peoples-homes-7221722/?ito=cbshare

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

    If you have Amazon’s Alexia, you already have this.
    “Alexia tells you what you want to know, but she also knows what you are doing.

    Soon she will know what you are thinking.
    Wait for it.

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  6. Debra, Trump’s remarks were not an “insult to Christians”. They were an embarrassment to the United States and to those prominent Christians such as Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress and Little Jerry Falwell who have loudly supported Trump. If they don’t condemn Trump’s remarks and distance themselves from him, they will go down in flames with him.

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  7. Where is Zuma? What is Zuma? What went wrong with Zuma?

    The Pentagon is not saying anything about the fate of the military payload, code-named “Zuma,” that was launched this week and may have crashed soon after, and neither is anyone else.
    “I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch,” said Dana White, chief Pentagon spokesperson when questioned about the unexplained mystery Thursday, four days after the satellite did or did not go into orbit, or more likely ended up falling back to Earth and plunging into the ocean.

    A reporter for Bloomberg, who was among the first to report that something had gone awry with Sunday’s launch, was aghast that Pentagon briefers were refusing to give even the barest details about the highly-classified mission.

    “I’m sorry. This is a billion-dollar satellite. It’s been four days. Was it a success or a failure?” pressed Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio. “And what’s the fate of the satellite?”

    “I’m done. We’re not going to be able to give you any more information,” replied Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of operations for the Joint Staff.

    It has been decades since I worked with this stuff and I have no idea of what’s going on.
    But I’m happy to know that something is going on.
    And a satellite failure is not as serious as they are making it to be.
    That is not uncommon.
    I’m sorry that something happened to Zuma
    But I’m glad to know we have Zuma.
    Whatever that is.

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  8. Chas,

    You went to moderation because you had 3 links in your post.

    I freed it up, and it’s posted. Now go sit somewhere and think about what you’ve done. 🙂

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  9. Ricky,

    I posted this at the end of yesterdays thread. This is my response to your latest (and the left’s) outrage du jour.
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    Yawn.

    Sorry, I seem to be fresh out of outrage for the day. 🙄

    And what’s worse, calling their countries crap holes, which, well, some of them kinda are……..

    Or stealing the money that was supposed to make them less crappy and reduce their need to come here, for your own personal gain, and causing continued suffering, as the Clinton’s did in Haiti?

    I’m thinking B., but I’m not looking for something new and petty to be mad about and bash Trump with…… so your mileage may vary.

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  10. Mia Love is no leftist. She is a conservative Republican. She is simply looking for a shred of decency from the President of her country.

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  11. We have reached the point where the consciences of many Trumpkins no longer function. No matter how vile or vulgar or stupid are Trump’s comments, the Cult remains fully committed. The young, the educated and many women are watching. In November, comes the reckoning. In November 2020, comes the mother of all reckonings.

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  12. Trump’s words weren’t presidential–they seldom are–and they indicate an unsophisticated view of the world, but AJ’s right. Let’s see what policies Trump advocates that do real damage to countries like Haiti–does anyone have any big examples there? Then compare them to what the damage the Clintons did to Haiti, and did wholly apart from any political office they held.

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  13. No Ricky, Mia’s not a leftist.

    But she is yet another out of touch Republican desperately seeking media attention, desperate to be liked by people who don’t even like her at all. She, like you and many others, are worried more about whether the press likes them, decorum, and other such traditional niceties than the real matters at hand.

    You fail to realize that the average Joe doesn’t give a rats butt about that. They have bigger worries, real life ones that Trump addresses and speaks plainly about while you guys hand wring over language and tone. Angry people tend to cuss and be plain spoken. They’ve been silent for decorum’s sake for decades, and it’s gotten them run over. Trump is their voice now. But you, the establishment, and Mia still aren’t listening.

    The rules have changed, sorry dude. The angry majority of Republican voters hijacked your party. And we’re gonna drive it like we stole it. 🙂 Time to get with the program, or go the way of the dinosaur.

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  14. The angry, bitter, foul-mouthed Trumpkins have hijacked the Republican Party. We fully understand that. Some days that phenomenon is very comical. Yesterday and today, it is simply very sad. The Trumpian Republican Party will not survive for long. It will be reformed or it will die and be replaced by a more libertarian substitute that appeals to the young and the educated.

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  15. OK, enough with the drama queen act. 🙂

    Perhaps you should take a seat, before the vapors overcome you ma’am. 🙄

    The majority of the foul mouth talk has come from the left. I’ve rarely heard Trumpkins as you call us, do so. Any comment section bares this fact out. 🙂

    Are we angry? Yes on that one. We’re tired of the spineless pansies running the party who buckle under and abandon our so-called values at nearly every opportunity. We’re angry because the people we elected to represent us, don’t. So yeah, you got me there.

    Bitter? Oh heavens no! More like….. freed. It’s actually quite liberating, and I’m enjoying it so. 🙂

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  16. Rickyweaver, can you demonstrate some of the ways the Republican party *was* good, effective, and virtuous before Trump, but now that Trump is president, those ways no longer obtain? What am I missing?

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  17. I’m almost hoping that neither the Obamas nor the Trumps get an invite to the upcoming royal wedding. It would serve the U.S. right.

    Historians say many nations don’t last much longer than 200-300 years. So there, we’re probably right on schedule to implode. It was good while it lasted.

    And with that, I’m heading back to the State of Denial. Good luck with it all, guys. I don’t even have the heart to watch it anymore. Not this week, anyway.

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  18. SolarP, Compare the Republican Governors (excluding the one in Missouri) to the foul Trump. Compare the other 2016 Republican presidential candidates to the moronic Trump. Compare Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the deranged Trump.

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  19. So do we believe the World Champion Liar Trump or the other people in the room? That includes the moron’s own staff who last night tried to defend the statements rather than deny he had made them.

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  20. RickyW, I’m not asking to compare virtues of specific people, but the Republican party. What accomplishments was it achieving before Trump that we will be missing out on now that Trump is president?

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  21. Trump can be quite foul mouthed I think, and crass. If people like Falwell, Graham, and Jeffress are in the habit of covering for bad behavior, then they should stop doing so now. However, I don’t think they have any real responsibility to condemn him, other than to quietly point out that the language he’s using is not appropriate for Christians. What Trump’s detractors want to see is full-throated denunciation. They want it loud and they want it often. I would not be inclined to give it too them. It just feeds the drama cycle.

    The Trump presidency has highlighted the pitfalls of churches, ministries or groups walking too closely with the secular scepters of power. It’s heady, but you can also be badly burned. Obviously we want good Christian men and women to be elected, and we want to support them when they are; but when the spotlight is turned on these ministries, you want to see Jesus or some aspect of Him. I realize it’s difficult for that to happen if the only spotlights being used are hunters looking to entrap big game for their own purposes. We have to learn to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. We must remember that those instructions were not given to the world, they were given to followers of Jesus. And He never said it would be a cake-walk, on the contrary, He said it wouldn’t be (paraphrasing of course). ;–)

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  22. Like I said. They just refuse to get the message. This crap no longer works.

    And so much for Ricky’s “So do we believe the World Champion Liar Trump or the other people in the room?”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/01/media-response-to-alleged-trump-shthole-comments-are-why-everyone-hates-the-media/

    “During immigration legislation negotiations, Trump singled out Haiti, El Salvador, and a handful of African countries, describing them as “@#$%$#@@#,” or so claimed the Washington Post.

    Their bombshell intel came from people who were not in the meeting but later briefed on the contents of said meeting, making their source on par with a game of telephone.

    The remarks as reported didn’t pass the smell test, but that didn’t stop the press from losing their minds and going into full-blown outrage mode.

    CNN couldn’t get enough and almost seemed to enjoy the opportnity to say “#$%@” on air:

    Politicians denounced Trump, Anderson Cooper cried, and no one thought to ask whether or not Trump actually said was the WaPo accused him of saying. Because in the age of confirmation bias as a substitution for facts, why bother?

    Meanwhile, the rest of us are sitting at home wondering why any of this is so difficult to comprehend.”
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    Why bother indeed.

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  23. Like I said, some parties may not want to hear what Trump is saying, regardless of the foul language he may or may not have used. It’s the message they hate, the delivery is irrelevant. And like it or not, a large portion of America agrees with him. What he’s saying rings true.

    https://spectator.org/importing-the-s-hole/

    “A quote attributed to President Trump horrifies our snowflake intellectuals, but accurately reflects the sentiments of much of America.

    The Post article isn’t exactly the finest example of American journalism, identifying as its source no one actually in the room to confirm what Trump supposedly said but instead naming two anonymous people who were “briefed on the meeting.”

    Those anonymous second-hand sources claimed that the offending statement came amid a discussion over a proposal to eliminate the diversity visa lottery program and use the 50,000 visas per year tied up in it to offer protection to “vulnerable populations” living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status. Trump became irritated at this, according to the Post, and asked about Haitians, and when the conversation turned to Africa Trump supposedly said, “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” and suggested that maybe instead America should be taking in more people from Norway — whose prime minister visited the White House the day before.

    The White House didn’t really deny the Post story despite its rather sketchy sourcing. White House spokesman Raj Shah instead defended Trump’s policy position, saying in a statement that “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.… Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

    The Post reported that the Senators attempting to come to a DACA solution, most prominently Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin (whose track record indicates a lack of reliability where it comes to good faith in negotiations) and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham (no more need be said) were upset over, upon arriving at the meeting, being joined by immigration hard-liners Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), among others. Durbin and Graham thought they’d have the president more or less to themselves. And when the meeting devolved into disagreement, with Trump showing no interest in a DACA deal, it’s pretty obvious someone on one or both of their staffs rushed to the Post to offer up a juicy second-hand Trump quote which might or might not have been reported in proper context.

    But so what if it was?

    Is there any question Haiti is a s***hole? Who’s offended by that? If it wasn’t a s***hole it wouldn’t be one of the most prominent recipients of American charity aid on Planet Earth. And it isn’t like this country has ignored Haiti — we’ve been trying to lift it out of s***hole status for more than a century, with absolutely no result whatever. In 1910, President William Howard Taft granted Haiti a large loan in hopes that Haiti could pay off its staggering international debt and therefore achieve a larger measure of independence from Europe. The result? Haiti defaulted and U.S. tax dollars were poured into a bottomless pit. In 1915, following the assassination of Haitian president Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, President Woodrow Wilson sent in the U.S. Marines to help establish order there — and the American military presence in Haiti didn’t end until 1934. Yet so little was America able to influence the Haitians that Haiti is the only country in North America where baseball — a national pastime in the Dominican Republic next door — isn’t played by the population.

    There is no poorer country in the Western Hemisphere than Haiti, though given time Communist Venezuela might well change that.

    And no, it’s not racist to note Haiti is a s***hole. While Trump was having his supposed outburst his administration was removing Temporary Protected Status from some 200,000 Salvadorans, most of whom are not black people, who had entered the country illegally. Why would he do that? Perhaps because on balance, mass immigration from El Salvador isn’t such a great idea. Know what you get when you take in an unlimited number of illegal Salvadorans? You get MS-13, which is a Salvadoran street gang spreading its vicious tentacles into every Hispanic community in America in the precise way the Italian mafia achieved a chokehold into the Italian community in this country a century ago.

    Apparently, repeating the errors of the past makes you a racist. Of course it does. And you’re especially racist if you note that the modern American Left’s patron saint Saul Alinsky learned the tactics of “community organization” passed down to today’s neo-Communist radicals from the Italian mafia in Chicago. Even more so if you wonder whether Alinsky’s ideological disciples don’t secretly want to repeat that collaboration in order to organize America’s Hispanic community into a monolithic Democrat vote, which would explain the jeers and “fact-checking” pieces hurled at Trump when his Justice Department declared war on MS-13 last year.”

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  24. Oh, the ship has sailed on realistically expecting an American president to set a good example for kids. I’d rather explain a crude Martin Luther over a bizarro Mormon (I repeat myself) any day. I’ve had to explain to my kids that a presidents like Barack Obama can give evidence of being a decent family man while at the same time stumping for killing half-born babies. Sad, but true.

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  25. SolarP, We have no crude Martin Luther. Our people have chosen a crude Moe Howard. As a six year old, I was banned from watching The Three Stooges because I started acting like Moe. Modern kids are now being banned from watching the news.

    My wife: Moe’s hair was as strange as Trump’s.

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  26. RickyW, I sure know we don’t have a Martin Luther, which is a bummer. No way I’m equating him and Trump. I’m saying a president using the S word isn’t the end of the world. Abortion is, though! At least for some kids, like millions of them and counting (no thanks to Republicans). Too bad abortion isn’t banned, though.

    Modern kids are banned from watching the news because Trump was quoted as saying the S word? That’s weird. Who ever would have guessed presidents cursed?

    Do we all know what happens in an abortion? What would you rather your kid see: a news story where a curse word the president was quoted as saying wasn’t bleeped out, or the picture of an aborted 3 month old fetus?

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  27. A Democrat (Durbin) and a Republican (Graham), who were in the meeting, confirmed that The World’s Biggest Liar did in fact lie when he denied uttering the racist obscenities.

    SolarP, Back to a question you asked this morning: Since 1980, the Republican Party has been the strongest political opponent of abortion and the Democrat Party has been the strongest proponent of abortion. All of the limits on abortion at the state level have been passed by Republicans. If Roe v Wade is ever to be overturned, it will be because Republicans appointed enough conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

    The destruction of the Republican Party by the election of the ignorant, vicious and deranged Trump is going to be a huge boon in the long run to pro-abortion Democrats who will rule Washington for a long time after 2020 as Republicans struggle to escape the lingering stink of Trump.

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  28. I don’t deny Trump spoke the obscenity. What’s the “direct quote” we need to censor for our kids?

    I don’t think there’s anything for the Republican party to be proud about regarding abortion. It’s not hard to finish first ahead of Democrats in that category. It’s too bad Republicans have accommodated abortion for so many years. Now pro-choice voters feel comfortable voting for so many R candidates.

    Ignorant, vicious, deranged stink. Republicans beat Trump to all that stuff way before this election.

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  29. SolarP, Every single limitation on abortion that has been passed in the various states in the last 25 years has been drafted by a member of what party and passed by members of what party? The Libertarians? The Socialists? The Prohibitionists? No! It has been the Republicans, and the abortionists hate the Republican Party for that reason.

    I have been hard on the Bushes and Congressional Republicans since 1988. However, the triumph of Trump helps explain their actions. Many Trumpkins are not conservatives. Many don’t understand healthcare, the free enterprise system, free trade or even the operation of our form of government. With that huge group in our midst, it is no wonder that Republicans have been backsliding ever since 1988.

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  30. Rick W (why are you rickyweaver sometimes and Rick Weaver others?), I agree it’s only Republicans who’ve done those things. I’m saying they haven’t done nearly enough when they had opportunity. R appointed SC justices have been disappointing (and too bad Reagan appointee Kennedy authored the majority opinion in Obergefell; maybe if Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor had been on the court at the time, she could have talked some sense into him!).

    I agree with your second paragraph. We didn’t all of a sudden get Trump. But voting for a Mormon guy isn’t going to help things. The Bible tells me so.

    For the record, I shared this article on my facebook page:

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/my-immigrant-family/

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