13 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-22-21

  1. The last guy tried his best to fulfill his promises and stay within the law.

    Biden?

    Not so much. And the media plays dumb, as usual.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/559247-bidens-bad-run-is-he-doing-worse-in-the-courts-than-trump

    “President Biden repeatedly framed his campaign and his administration as defending “the rule of law” after what he and others portrayed as the lawless reign of President Trump. The image of Biden as restoring the Justice Department back into the good graces of the law and the courts is reinforced regularly in the media.

    What is not being as fully reported is that Biden actually has racked up a litany of notable court losses that may now exceed those of his predecessor in his first six months. Indeed, the Biden administration has been found to have violated the Constitution in a surprising array of cases in a surprisingly short period of time.

    Across the country, trial courts have been finding constitutional violations by the Biden administration in areas ranging from immigration to the environment to pandemic relief. The administration actually began with the same court record as the Trump administration, which lost an early challenge to its travel ban. (The Supreme Court later upheld the core elements of the travel ban and rejected the general claims raised against it.) Biden also lost a critical immigration fight when a federal court enjoined his 100-day moratorium on deportations. In a 105-page opinion, the court found that the administration omitted “any rational explanation grounded in the facts reviewed and the factors considered” and left only “an arbitrary and capricious choice” of the president in this early immigration order. Sound familiar? It should: That was the same argument used against Trump.

    In Wisconsin, a federal court stopped Biden’s controversial $4 billion race-based federal relief program for farmers after finding that he was engaging in systemic racial discrimination. The court found that “the only consideration in determining whether a farmer or rancher’s loans should be completely forgiven is the person’s race or national origin.” As such, farmers were found to be “experiencing discrimination at the hands of their government.”

    A court in Texas found that the Biden administration engaged in systemic discrimination to implement COVID-19 relief for American restaurants by giving preference to women, minorities and “socially and economically disadvantaged” people.

    In Louisiana, a federal court enjoined the administration from carrying out its halting of gas and oil leases, finding that Biden’s unilateral action violated the separation of powers under the Constitution.

    In Washington, D.C., a federal judge found that the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by imposing a federal eviction moratorium to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The court rejected the administration’s sweeping claims of pandemic authority, a view taken by other (but not all) courts in a dispute that could go to the Supreme Court.

    This week, a federal judge in Florida ruled against the administration and held that the CDC cannot dictate rules for cruise ships. The court found the administration is again exceeding its constitutional authority.

    These rulings against the Biden administration came in the same areas covered extensively by the media during the Trump administration, including findings of constitutional violations and discriminatory practices. When early rulings were issued against Trump, legal and media experts declared that a war on the rule of law existed, if not the onset of tyranny. However, the media has given light coverage to Biden’s legal losses.”

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  2. Why isn’t the media reporting on this story?!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/american-survives-ccp-detention-and-torture_3865948.html

    Here is an additional comment from the man (in the article) who was detained and tortured:

    “Hey there everyone…Steven Schaerer here…the American that was detained.
    Happy to provide some context…I moved to China right after graduating from college in the San Francisco Bay Area at the ripe young age of 22.
    Nope, I had no idea what I was walking into…and I explain how blissfully ignorant I was at that age in the book.
    I was young and hungry to travel and see the world and happened to land on China.
    The climate was very different back in 2011 which was not too long after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, so there was a sense of an “accepting and tolerant” China that was welcoming of foreigners.
    That changed drastically over the years that I was there as the CCP gradually rolled out it’s Social Credit System…which started targeting foreigners too.
    The harsh reality is you don’t expect this to happen if you’re following the laws and foreign expats like myself have no visibility to the harsh realities of CCP detention when you’re just living and working a normal life.
    The sad reality is plenty of American expats still live and work and in Beijing (as well as foreign expats from around the world) and have no idea that they are sitting on a ticking time bomb that can go off for any reason at any second.
    If you have any doubts about that, go ask the two political prisoners “The Michaels” from Canada that are currently detained in China.
    People routinely go into the country like I did, with good intentions and a simple hope to see the world and experience something new without realizing what can go wrong.
    I’m lucky to be alive and I work tirelessly every single day to warn the world…to help empower future Americans to not make the same mistake that I made.
    If you know anyone living and working in China…this can happen to them at any time, for any reason, and yes…it is likely that they are entirely unaware.
    The political climate between the US and China in 2011 was vastly different than 2016…when I was detained, which is vastly different from how it is today.
    Thanks for your time and God bless!”

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  3. “The undying myth of GOP ‘obstructionism’”

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/20/the-undying-myth-of-gop-obstructionism/

    “The media have spent the Joe Biden presidency thus far pressuring moderate Democrats to join the left’s efforts to destroy the filibuster. One way they do this is by cobbling together revisionist histories that cast Republicans as uniquely obstructionist and undemocratic.

    CNN’s White House correspondent John Harwood lays out that history in broad strokes: “For Clinton’s 1993 deficit-reduction plan: 0 Republican votes. For Obama’s 2010 national health-care plan: 0 Republican votes. For Biden’s 2021 COVID-relief plan: 0 Republican votes. The modern GOP response to Democratic governance is total resistance.”

    What he fails to mention is that under President Bill Clinton, the GOP, often in significant numbers, voted for a slew of big policy reforms: 16 Senate Republicans voted for the Family and Medical Leave Act; a telecommunications reform passed 81-18; the welfare-reform compromise passed 78-21; the Brady Act gun-control bill only passed because of Republican support; the North American Free Trade Agreement passed 73-26; Biden’s crime bill passed 95-4.

    In those days, parties would bend over backward to compromise. This was often the case during the George W. Bush years, as well. The Patriot Act was a bipartisan bill. No Child Left Behind, co-written by liberal “lion” Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed 87-10.

    It was the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 that frayed the political order in ways from which we haven’t recovered. For the first time in contemporary history, a political party unilaterally crammed through a national reform without any buy-in from half the nation.

    Harwood is also right that Biden’s 2021 COVID-relief plan garnered zero GOP votes. Yet he again seems to have forgotten that Democrats filibustered and blocked Republican coronavirus-relief bills dozens of times. You know how many Democrats voted for President Donald Trump’s tax-reform bill? Zero. Democrats filibustered Sen. Tim Scott’s criminal-justice reform. They used the filibuster to block funding of Trump’s border wall. They blocked Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

    Perhaps Harwood is unaware that Trump faced more procedural delays in his four years in office than any president in history — more than all other presidents in history combined, in fact. According to a Politico analysis, Clinton faced 15 filibusters by the Senate in his two terms. Obama faced 175 in eight years. Trump faced more than 300 in only four.

    Many liberals attempt to circumvent this prickly reality by pre-writing history: “Is there any doubt that the GOP would end the filibuster for good — in a heartbeat —if it served their purposes?” asked ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran. Indeed, there is great doubt, considering that Trump had publicly pressed Sen. Mitch McConnell to blow up the legislative filibuster on numerous occasions, and the then-Senate majority leader refused.”

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  4. Oppose CRT?

    You’re smarter than these clowns.

    But note how they treat their opposition. Think about that. A school board and teachers union thinking parents are the enemy.

    “RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”

    Documents obtained by Legal Insurrection Foundation reveal that Rhode Island School Superintendents Association was working with “our union friends” to modify public records laws, while demonizing parents like Nicole Solas who sought records of Critical Race and Gender teaching.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/ri-school-superintendents-group-we-all-know-many-of-our-citizens-live-in-a-separate-news-reality-with-fox-newsmax-and-their-ilk/

    “The South Kingstown, Rhode Island, School Committee triggered a national controversy when it threatened to sue local mother Nicole Solas, who has a child enrolled in kindergarten for the fall, alleging Solas was serving too many public information requests regarding Critical Race and Gender efforts in the schools.

    What started out as a controversy over an individual mother seeking information blossomed into a larger issue which has revealed efforts by school superintendents to fight back against parents allegedly associated with “right wing” groups, particularly Parents Defending Education (PDE).

    Legal Insurrection Foundation has learned that the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association (RISSA) is spearheading an effort to alter the RI Access to Public Records Act (APRA), using highly charged partisan political messaging among its members. RISSA has enlisted the help of friendly legislators and unions in a behind-the-scenes effort that denigrates “many of our citizens [who] live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk.””

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  5. And now those same officials are trying an end around on open records requests, which even the ACLU says is a bad idea.

    “CRT Battlefront: Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Plan To Limit Public Records Requests Runs Into Possible ACLU Roadblock

    RI ACLU Director Steven Brown: “we have expressed our opposition to the only version of an amendment I have seen, and we would not support a bill that simply gave the Attorney General blanket authority to make such a determination””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/crt-battlefront-rhode-island-school-superintendents-plan-to-limit-public-records-requests-runs-into-possible-aclu-roadblock/

    “I recently posted about a behind-the-scenes effort by the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association (RISSA), together with unions and friendly legislators, to curtail public rights under the RI Access to Public Records Act (APRA), in reaction to voluminous public records requests filed by South Kingstown mom Nicole Solas seeking information about Critical Race and Gender teaching in school.

    The effort, revealed in documents obtained by the Legal Insurrection Foundation pursuant to APRA (ironically!), was punctuated with crude demonization of “right wing” groups and parents. See that post for details and screenshots, RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”:

    … this no longer is only about Solas. It’s about how politics, and dislike of “right wing” parents and groups, has entered into the conversation among school superintendents, legislators, and others. Conservatives frequently claim the educational bureaucracy is hostile to them, and these documents seem to reflect that….

    Parents opposing the obsessive racialization of their children’s education don’t have law firms on retainer, 8-figure budgets, lobbyists, “union friends,” leglistators on speed dial, public relations firms, or friendly local media. What they have is a collective feeling that education has gone very wrong, that the best interests of the children and the nation are not being served, and that much takes place in secret.

    Information and transparency are the true battlefields. Public records requests level the playing field just a little bit for parents, which is why the attacks on public records requests are so intense.

    RISSA circulated draft legislative language that would give public agencies, including school districts, the right to declare requests excessive and require the Attorney General’s Office to resolve the dispute. This would create substantial delay, and would divest the public of the presumptive right to public records.”

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  6. “3D bioprinting can help end organ transplant waitlists — if the FDA stops delaying”

    https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/18/3d-bioprinting-organ-transplant-waitlists-fda-delay/

    “Right now, more than 100,000 Americans are waiting for organ transplants. Due to a lack of available kidneys, livers, hearts, and lungs, at least 17 of them die each day.

    Using 3D bioprinting to create new organs — and personalize them for recipients — could prevent these tragic deaths. Yet inaction at the Food and Drug Administration is impeding the rollout of this technology. Regulators have not yet come up with a framework for reviewing and approving these lab-grown organs. Until they do, Americans awaiting organ transplants will continue to suffer.

    These people already face long odds. A willing donor must die or, in the case of kidney transplants, a living donor must agree to a major procedure. Donors’ organs need to match the potential recipients’ blood types and body sizes. Because many organs can only be preserved for hours, potential recipients need to stay near hospitals so they can undergo transplantation at a moment’s notice. And the organ must be delivered on time to the recipient.

    No wonder so many people languish for years on transplant wait lists.

    And for those lucky enough to secure an organ transplant, there’s no guarantee of success. By one estimate, around half of new organs are rejected by recipients’ bodies within 10 to 12 years.

    3D bioprinting can help overcome these challenges.

    The process involves printing human tissue layer by layer using cells that are genetically identical to those of the recipient. Scientists harvest these cells from a transplant recipient and grow them in the lab. They then use a 3D printer to arrange those cells to create the tissue the patient needs.

    This technology looks more promising by the day. Fifteen years ago, Anthony Atala and his team at Wake Forest University made history by successfully transplanting a lab-grown human bladder into a patient.

    A new documentary called “They Say It Can’t Be Done” highlights the real-world impact of this technology. The film features Luke Massella, one of the first people to receive a lab-grown human bladder. Atala’s invention allowed Massella to have a high school sports career, graduate, and attend college instead of remaining on dialysis for the rest of his life.

    More recently, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to bioprint full-scale components of the human heart. Last month, a team at Lund University in Sweden announced a new “bioink” that can be used to print lung tissue.

    Scientists are eager to turn this cutting-edge research into tangible, widely available solutions. But they are running into regulatory barriers at the FDA.

    The FDA was established to handle mass-market products like drugs and medical devices that can be evaluated through a systematic process of clinical trials. Its statutory framework and traditional approach don’t mesh neatly with a technology as unprecedented as 3D bioprinting.

    Determining the safety and efficacy of 3D printed organs requires a different approach than the FDA is used to. Instead of being mass-produced therapies, bioprinted organs are one-of-a-kind creations, tailor-made for each patient. This fact alone warrants new standards, procedures, and guidelines.”

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  7. Resist we must……

    “‘Tip of the spear’: Texas governor leads revolt against Biden

    With a focus on immigration and border security, GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is covering his right flank and carving out a distinct lane in the 2024 presidential sweepstakes.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/21/texas-abbott-immigration-biden-resistance-495172

    “In the span of a week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed bills restricting the teaching of critical race theory and allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license. He’s preparing to order state lawmakers back into a special session to pass legislation restricting voting access, a GOP priority. And in the most pugilistic affront to President Joe Biden’s White House yet, he announced Texas will build its own border wall.

    Less than six months into Biden’s presidency, Texas conservatives are in revolt against the new administration. And Abbott, the often overshadowed governor of the nation’s biggest red state, is emerging as an unlikely leader of the Biden resistance.

    “We are the tip of the spear, we are on the front of the battle lines, no question,” said James Dickey, the former chair of the Texas Republican Party. “With the federal government entirely abdicating their responsibility, that leaves us on the border needing to take up the fight, and Governor Abbott is clearly doing that.”

    In part, raising the Texas flag is a return to form for Abbott, who made a political career out of suing the Obama administration. As state attorney general, his posture toward Washington was so hostile that he said of his job in 2013, “I go into the office in the morning. I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home.”

    But in restoring Texas to its place as Washington’s chief antagonist, Abbott is also doing something more revealing: Facing criticism from Republican activists for the mask mandate and business restrictions he imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, he is covering his right flank, while re-elevating immigration and border security — a major concern to Republican base voters — as a national issue. Just as important, he is carving out a distinct lane in the GOP’s presidential sweepstakes at a time when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is beginning to rise in stature among the party grassroots.”

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  8. The FBI loves them some entrapment.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2021/06/21/that-loudmouth-troublemaker-is-an-fbi-snitch-n2591233

    “Back in the day, the meetings of the Communist Party and the KKK were distinguished by two things – first, how similar what was being said was to today’s Democrat Party dogma, and second, that half the people in the audience (and on-stage) were working for the FBI. But chasing commies and hood-wearing Dems is out of fashion, and things like figuring out the motive behind a guy who drools over Maddow and comes to a softball diamond with a rifle and a list of Republicans is too hard. Today, you are the target because you oppose the regime, and you are a target because you are law-abiding, and honest, and at some level you still cannot imagine your own government has you in its sights merely for trying to work for political change.

    But it does.

    Today, it’s open season on the *dministration’s political opponents instead of on actual criminals, so there’s about a 100% chance that the foam-mouthed idiot who just showed up to your conservative meeting or online in your chat thread talking about doing some damn fool thing has a junior G-man – actually, today it’s probably a junior G-nonbinary – on his speed dial. Those unfashionable trespassers involved in the minor fracas on Capitol Hill – libs, save your toobinesque insurrection fantasies for someone who wasn’t in the middle of a real one, incidentally one fueled by your garbage Dem icon Maxine Waters – undoubtedly included a significant number of dudes working for the feds. Oh, the regime’s licensed media is denying it now, but like all the other big stories that got walked-back later – remember the tinkle tape, the Russian bounties, and the pangolin-slandering Wuhan lab thing? – we’ll eventually find out the truth about what the DoJ knew (everything) and when it knew it (all along).

    And for those huffy bureaucrat defenders who insist our glorious premier investigative agency would never stoop to framing people, I give you “FBI Agent Kujtim Sadiku [who] admitted last week in an ongoing trial in Knoxville that federal agents:

    Falsely accused former UTK associate professor Dr. Anming Hu of being a Chinese spy.

    Falsely implicated him as an operative for the Chinese military in meetings with Hu’s bosses

    Used false information to put Hu on the federal no-fly list.

    Spurred U.S. customs agents to seize Hu’s computer and phone and spread word throughout the international research community that Hu was poison.

    Used false information to justify putting a team of agents to spy on Hu and his son, a freshman at UTK, for nearly two years.

    Used false information to press Hu to become a spy for the U.S. government.”

    So, if you think those very special agents wouldn’t gin up and encourage a conspiracy to commit some crime in order to hook-up a bunch of knuckle-dragging Jesus people who like Trump and think that men can’t magically change into women by wanting to, think again. Here’s a good rule of thumb – assume anyone pushing conservatives to do something illegal, immoral, or just plain stupid in a chat room, at a meeting, in a bar, is probably working with the feds to set us up. And the proper response is “Beat it, narc.”

    Take the five dingbats who supposedly – because you can trust nothing coming out of the FBI’s PR department – wanted to kidnap Stepford Governor Gretchen Whitmer for some reason. Shockingly, two of the five appear to have been FBI plants – what’s shocking is that the other three weren’t. MSNBCNN went bonkers over this ridiculous nonsense back when it first happened and the FBI is taking a bow for stopping this perilous plot that its own people were apparently plotting. I guess when actual mass murderers keep mass murdering, yet time after time the FBI knew about the nuts beforehand, you kind of need anything like a victory you can get. Retchin’ Gretchen was in more danger from air sickness on that donor’s jet that whisked her off to sunny, sane DeSantisland than from a quintet of misfits with a direct line back to the FBI HQ.

    Understand that no one advocating violence – specifically that you go commit violence – is your friend. Such a person is either crazy, or stupid, or a snitch setting you up. Always reject them. Tell them to get the hell out. And do it loudly and clearly so the dudes sitting outside in the Ford Econoline van can get a nice crisp recording of you demanding they buzz off.”

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  9. Unintended consequences.

    “Fire departments struggle with battery fires in electric cars”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/06/21/fire-departments-struggle-with-battery-fires-in-electric-cars-n398026

    “We have been lectured repeatedly about how electric vehicles are the way of the future and will be required to save the planet. Funding for recharging stations and related equipement was included in the Democrats’ infrastructure bill, assuming it ever even comes up for a vote. The state of California is so confident that electric cars will solve all of our problems that they are banning the construction of new gas stations in a few years.

    But all is not well in electric car land. The nation’s firefighters are now banding together in an attempt to develop training for how to handle the resultant fire when one of these Teslas or other electric cars gets into a high-speed crash and bursts into flames. The problem is that despite not having a tank full of gasoline, electric cars burn longer and more fiercely than automobiles with internal combustion engines. That leads to significant challenges and dangers for first responders. One of them who was interviewed for a report on the subject from NBC news described the cars as being like on of those trick birthday candles that you can never blow out.

    It’s the kind of blaze that veteran Chief Palmer Buck of The Woodlands Township Fire Department in suburban Houston compared to “a trick birthday candle.”

    On April 17, when firefighters responded to a 911 call at around 9:30 p.m., they came upon a Tesla Model S that had crashed, killing two people, and was now on fire. They extinguished it, but then a small flare shot out of the bottom of the charred hulk. Firefighters quickly put out those flames. Not long after, the car reignited for a third time.

    “What the heck? How do we make this stop?’” Buck asked his team.

    We covered that Tesla fire in Texas back when it first happened. A large part of the discussion had to do with whether or not self-driving vehicles are really ready for prime time, but the issue with the fire was also a matter of significant concern. And according to NBC, with new models of electric vehicles being rolled out all the time, there are more of these burning electric vehicles showing up than we’re probably hearing about in major news outlets. This has first responders concerned.

    So just how bad was the Tesla fire mentioned in the article? Eight firefighters spend seven hours battling the recurring blaze. They used up 28,000 gallons of water, which is more than the department normally uses in an entire month. By comparison, the study notes that the average vehicular fire involving gas-powered vehicles generally uses less than 300 gallons of water and can be extinguished rapidly.

    The cause of all this fire and frenzy is the gigantic battery system used in these vehicles. Damaged banks of lithium-ion batteries contain a lot of residual energy and can keep driving up the temperature (and reigniting everything around them) for many hours. There is currently no official training for how to deal with these fires. Tesla’s own first responder’s guide only advises firefighters to “use lots of water.”

    Fire hazards aren’t the only concerns being raised over these batteries. Even the New York Times identified massive numbers of lithium-ion batteries as being an environmental catastrophe in the making. All of the mining required to obtain the lithium and zinc needed to manufacture them has environmentalists up in arms. And then there is the question of how you plan to dispose of all of these toxic batteries once their useful life has expired? Portions of them can be recycled, but not nearly all of the parts and materials.”

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  10. The Biden Crime Family is at it again.

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  11. We knew this 18 months ago — but it was deliberately squashed by the msm and Big Pharma to push their globalist agenda.

    Doctors are actually losing their malpractice insurance for prescribing Ivermectin, a medicine that has been around for a very long time and won the Nobel prize as an essential medicine.

    This is mass collusion by the FDA, WHO, CDC, and governments around the world to keep simple, effective drug treatments from reaching the populations of the world. As a result, we’ve lost millions and millions of lives…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/new-study-links-ivermectin-to-large-reductions-in-covid-19-deaths_3867278.html

    “The use of the antiparasitic drug ivermectin could lead to “large reductions” in COVID-19 deaths and may have a “significant impact” on the pandemic globally, according to a recent pre-print review based on peer-reviewed studies.

    For the study (pdf), published June 17 in the American Journal of Therapeutics, a group of scientists reviewed the clinical trial use of ivermectin, which has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, in 24 randomized controlled trials involving just more than 3,400 participants. The researchers sought to assess the efficacy of ivermectin in reducing infection or mortality in people with COVID-19 or at high risk of getting it.

    Using multiple methods of sequential analysis, the researchers concluded with a moderate level of confidence that the drug reduced the risk of death in COVID-19 patients by an average of 62 percent, at a 95 percent confidence interval of 0.19–0.79, in a sample of 2,438 patients.

    Among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the risk of death was found to be 2.3 percent among those treated with the drug, compared to 7.8 percent for those who weren’t, according to the review.”

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  12. The comments about burning a flag should disqualify the Olympic athalete. Why allow someone who hates the country to represent the country?

    If a college needs separate graduation ceremonies, how will these students fare in the real world? How we are degenerating!

    Yay for the parents waking up to the garbage being taught to their children. There are many young people who do give me hope yet for our country. Of course, it is real revival that is needed. And a Great Awakening.

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