School Supplies

 When I was a child, no, not quite all the way back to the Flintstones era, but close, August was back-to-school month.  To me, that was an exciting time!  The promise of a new school year, seeing old friends again, wondering about my teacher.

As soon as I learned to sew, I was in charge of making my back-to-school clothes.  There was a man who came to the neighborhood driving a paneled van full of “dress-length” fabrics.  (How Little House, right?) He arrived early summer, so we had plenty of time to make some skirts, tops or dresses.

But in August, the entire family went to Kmart!  We all got new sneakers or shoes (whichever we needed).  But then it was off to the really exciting aisle—the stationery supplies!!  Oh my! Standing in that aisle, pencils and pens, erasers and markers on one side and all the notebooks, tablets and paper on the other!  I was in heaven!  The possibilities!! I picked up a spiral notebook, imagining all I could write in it!

While my mom helped my sister and I load up on what we’d need—3 ring binders, paper, spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, some report covers, a glue stick—my dad kept my younger brother busy.  We clutched our treasures and dutifully placed them on the cashier’s conveyor.  My brother struggled to put his new box of crayons on the belt too— no one was left out!  And the cashier gave us each our own bag!

As we got older, we would need to buy slide rules and calculators, and the accursed gym suits!  Boys were lucky, their gym period only required shorts and a T-shirt, but girls?  We were ruled by the whims of the gym teacher.  Since I had an older sister, I already saw the gym suit she had to wear.  It wasn’t bad: a navy-blue crisp cotton all in one suit that snapped up the front, and was slightly gathered at the waist.

I thought that was what I would have to wear…no such luck!  I got the new gym teacher—younger, definitely, but one who demanded comfort over style.  So off we went to the local sporting goods store to try on and purchase one.  Oh my goodness!  It was hideous!  It had navy-blue and white HORIZONTAL stripes, elastic waist and a stupid short back neckline zipper.  Not a single girl in my class liked the uniform.

Fast forward…a few years…(let’s leave it at that…lol)  …school shopping is completely different!  My granddaughter doesn’t have to wear a gym suit. A T-shirt and shorts are acceptable. She still needs a few pencils, but since cursive is no longer taught in school, she needs no pens or spiral notebooks.  She did need folders—to keep all her “handouts” together.  If she wanted to take extra notes, she would do it on the handouts or on the Chromebook she was “given” from the school district to take notes and do assignments.  She would be required to turn the Chromebook back into the school when she graduates.  She brings a water bottle with her every day and she is REQUIRED to have a backpack. 

*By the way, before I typed this into wordpress, I wrote it out longhand…in a spiral notebook! Grandma is still “old school”…LOL

175 thoughts on “School Supplies

  1. EXCERPT: “Nearly 30 self-described civil rights and health groups have written a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it to combat “dietary racism” by including soy milk as an alternative to cow milk in its National School Lunch Program.

    The letter claims that “fluid milk” from cows, which the USDA considers a vital component of “wholesome meals,” is not a viable option for many black, Hispanic, and Native American school children who experience lactose intolerance at much higher rates than whites.

    “If Black lives matter, so does our health and nutrition, but the National School Lunch Program has consistently failed children of color,” said Milton Mills, a Washington, D.C., urgent care physician. “Either schoolchildren drink the milk they’re given and suffer in class while they’re trying to learn, or they go without a nutritionally significant portion of their meal.”

    The group Switch4Good, which signed the letter and with which Mills is affiliated, calls privileging cow milk over soy milk an example of “dietary racism.” On its website, Switch4Good claims that anywhere from 70 to 95% of minority students are lactose intolerant, compared to just 15% of whites. Therefore, by focusing only on cow milk and ignoring the alternatives, “the lactose-persistent white majority is making nutritional decisions for the entire population without taking into account the harmful effects dairy has on BIPOC communities. This is dietary racism.”

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  2. EXCERPT: “A prospective study in Thailand conducted during the country’s national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for adolescents showed what one physician described as a “stunning” association between myocarditis and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

    The preprint, accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, involved 314 participants ages 13-18 who were healthy and without abnormal symptoms after receiving their first vaccine dose.

    Participants with a history of cardiomyopathy, tuberculous pericarditis or constrictive pericarditis and severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine were excluded from the study. Although the study included 314 adolescents, 13 were excluded from the findings as they were “lost to follow-up.” Of the 301 remaining participants, 202 (67.1%) were male.

    Researchers found that 18% of the 301 teens analyzed had an abnormal electrocardiogram, or EKG after receiving their second dose of Pfizer, 3.5% of males developed myopericarditis or subclinical myocarditis, two were hospitalized and one was admitted to the ICU for heart problems. Cardiovascular adverse events observed during the study included tachycardia (7.64%), shortness of breath (6.64%), palpitation (4.32%), chest pain (4.32%) and hypertension (3.99%).

    Fifty-four adolescents had abnormal electrocardiograms after vaccination, three patients had minimal pericardial effusion with findings compatible with subacute myopericarditis and six patients experienced mitral valve prolapse.

    Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, myocarditis can result from infections, but “more commonly the myocarditis is a result of the body’s immune reaction to the initial heart damage.” Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart that can cause sharp chest pain and other symptoms.” According to the study, the most common symptom was chest pain, followed by chest discomfort, fever and headache.

    Three patients between the ages of 13 and 18 reported chest pain and biomarkers were evaluated. All three reported the symptoms within 24-48 hours of receiving the second dose of Pfizer. Four patients had no symptoms but had elevated biomarkers. All patients were male and had abnormal electrocardiograms, particularly sinus tachycardia. The clinical course was mild in all cases.

    The majority of the participants (257/301 or 85.38%) had no underlying diseases prior to being vaccinated.”

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  3. EXCERPT: “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is promoting “Enhanced Border Security Agreements” by offering access to the department’s vast biometric databanks to foreign states that agree to reciprocate, according to a July 22 Statewatch report.

    A DHS document, “DHS International Biometric Information Sharing (IBIS) Program,” is effectively a “sales pitch” to potential “foreign partners,” Statewatch said. According to the document, the IBIS Program provides “a scalable, reliable, and rapid bilateral biometric and biographic information sharing capability to support border security and immigration vetting.”

    Biometric technologies work by identifying unique features in the biological traits of a person and comparing them with stored information to see if a person is who they say they are. According to DHS, these traits — which could be physical, such as a fingerprint or iris pattern, or behavioral, such as voice patterns — are used for “automated recognition” of individuals. Some human rights and civil liberties advocates raised concerns about the collection of people’s biometric information by the DHS, foreign governments and corporations.

    “It’s not just the surveillance and the buying and selling of your data that is worrisome,“ John Whitehead, a civil liberties attorney and author told The Defender. “The ramifications of a government — any government — having this much unregulated, unaccountable power to target, track, round up and detain its citizens is beyond chilling,” he said. The soaring use of biometric technologies is about money and profits, Whitehead said.


    “We have been reduced to data bits and economic units to be bought, bartered and sold to the highest bidder by the government and corporate America. This creepy new era of government/corporate spying — in which we’re being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted — makes the NSA’s [U.S. National Security Agency] surveillance appear almost antiquated in comparison.”

    The extensive surveillance of U.S. citizens — first revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, and the subject of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — still operates with no judicial and limited congressional oversight, according to a June 2021 report in The Washington Post.”

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  4. EXCERPT: “When I was growing up in the Rust Belt, there was a phrase people would use to describe an unusually vicious or cold-blooded kid in the neighborhood (and there were a few). “He’d just as soon kill you as look at you,” they would say.

    I thought of that phrase when a graph went around recently on left-leaning social media comparing life expectancy and healthcare costs in the U.S. with those in other industrialized countries. It went viral, even though the information it contained has been widely discussed for years. That’s the power of a well-crafted image.

    Why are our costs so much higher and our healthcare outcomes so much worse? There are a number of reasons, but the most important one is: our health financing system is sociopathic. That’s not hyperbole. Ours is a system that would, quite literally, “just as soon kill you as look at you.”

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  5. Entire Article @ EmeraldRobinson:

    “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value.” — Thomas Paine, 1776

    Everybody that I know — at least in conservative circles — has suffered their own personal moment of crisis after the stolen 2020 election when they first said to themselves: “Maybe the United States is no longer a republic. Maybe our country will never recover. Maybe it’s over.”

    You know what I mean.

    My own moment came when I got a phone call from a former national security advisor to President Trump who told me: “If we don’t get our corrupt voting systems fixed by the November midterms then America is basically over. It’s finished.”

    Now the man I was talking with is a great patriot and an optimist — and God bless him for it — and even he thinks that we have only three more months to save this country. I don’t mean to indulge in despair of course— but let me tell you: the hour is very late. And it is much much much later than the vast majority of so-called conservative pundits and cable news anchors can even imagine.

    No, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy is not coming to save you. No, Tim Scott is not really angry about the raid on Trump’s estate. He just endorsed Lisa Murkowski in Alaska after all — which should be the end of his dumb career in politics.

    No, Mitch McConnell is not going to help you stop the Biden regime. He’s too busy helping them to stop them.

    In fact, the disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) made a stronger statement against the FBI’s raid than Mitch McConnell could manage — but the Biden regime just forced Cuomo out of office (for daring to think he could beat Biden/Harris in the 2024 primary) while the Senate Minority Leader (R-KY) is still doing business with the tyrants.

    It’s now perfectly obvious that the primary role of the FBI and the DOJ is to interfere in domestic politics in favor of the Democrat Party. They do so regularly and without repercussions. News that the FBI had an informer planted inside Mar-a-Lago before its third-world raid on a former president means that Christopher Wray’s agency has now spied on President Trump continuously for seven years.

    Our national security state was illegally wiretapping the Trump campaign in 2016; framing Gen. Michael Flynn and planting spies inside the White House in 2017; running the Russia Hoax and the phony Mueller Probe in 2018; aiding and abetting the first impeachment of President Trump in 2019; and helping to steal the election for Joe Biden in 2020. Nobody has been held accountable for conspiring against a sitting president — except the absurd wrist-slap given to FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith — and this tells you all that you need to know about the current state of our “democracy.”

    Please spare me the happy talk too about the “red wave” that’s coming in the midterms. The GOP establishment keeps telling you that 2022 looks great for Republicans as Democrats prepare to run the 2020 election playbook again in swing states — by signing contracts with the same electronic voting machine companies.

    You should have noticed that something was very wrong when Southwest Airlines employees did more for freedom than the entire GOP leadership — by going on strike against vaccine mandates last year. (As Jordan Schachtel noted: “Pfizer currently has 92 lobbyists in Washington. Johnson & Johnson has 67. Merck has 53. Gilead has 46. Natural immunity has zero.”) For two years, Republicans were basically in a foot-race with Democrats to see which side could whore themselves the most for Big Pharma.

    You should have noticed already that the GOP didn’t call for the removal of Attorney General Merrick Garland after he directed the FBI to investigate angry parents as “domestic terrorists.” You should have noticed a long time ago that the GOP tried to impeach Donald Trump twice — and Joe Biden never. Stop kidding yourself. Stop appealing for help from the same politicians who brought our nation to its knees in the first place. Stop being so naive.

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” — a great president once reminded us — and the generation that is watching it disappear is ours.”

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  6. dropping down here…we’re back…
    what a crock of bullshit.
    hubby had his appointment about his pacemaker. for the last 3 years, they’ve been telling him his battery had 8.5 years left before it needed to be replaced. today they say–you’ve got 4 years!!!! it seems their “algorythm” (spelling?) was wrong…

    and yeah we got another $300 tv–hubby is still talking with tcl to get a refund on the old one since the warranty is still good


  7. copied from wolf’s

    bflyjesusgrl 🍊 😎ULTRA MAGA😎Online
    August 11, 2022 15:36


    Donald J. Trump


    I continue to ask, what happened to the 33 Million pages of documents taken to Chicago by President Obama? The Fake News Media refuses to talk about that. They want it CANCELED!


    Aug 11, 2022, 14:17

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      August 11, 2022 2:37 pm


      What happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama? He refused to give them back! What is going on? This act was strongly at odds with NARA. Will they be breaking into Obama’s “mansion” in Martha’s Vineyard?

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  8. NEW: Palm Beach County Sheriff tells @JudicialWatch it has no records about Biden FBI’s political raid on Trump home.

    — Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 11, 2022

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  9. weasel boy’s transcript…it’s a bunch of bullshit and lies

    Here are his remarks in full:

    Good afternoon. Since I became attorney general, I have made clear that the Department of Justice will speak through its court filings and its work.

    Just now, the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to a court approved search that the FBI conducted earlier this week. That search was a premises located in Florida, belonging to the former president. The department did not make any public statements on the day of the search.

    The former president publicly confirmed the search that evening, as is his right. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was on site during the search.

    The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause. The property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner. The department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former president’s public confirmation with the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter.

    Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor. Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing.

    All Americans are entitled to the even handed application of the law, to due process of the law, and to the presumption of innocence. Much of our work is by necessity conducted out of the public eye. We do that to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans and to protect the integrity of our investigations.

    Federal law, long standing department rules and our ethical obligations prevent me from providing further details as to the basis of the search at this time. There are however, certain points I want you to know.

    First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.

    Third, let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked.

    The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants. Every day, they protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them.

    This is all I can say right now. More information will be made available in the appropriate way and at the appropriate time. Thank you.

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  10. so the archives treats erbody the same, huh? yeah, not so much
    The New York Post’s James Bovard recently chronicled the numerous flagrant violations of the Public Records Act by the Obama administration, including now-president Joe Biden himself.

    Obama White House lawyers repeatedly invoked the Presidential Records Act to “delay the release of thousands of pages of records from President Bill Clinton’s White House,” Politico reported. At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama trucked 30 million pages of his administration’s records to Chicago, promising to digitize them and eventually put them online — a move that outraged historians.

    More than five years after Obama’s presidency ended, the National Archives webpage reveals that zero pages have been digitized and disclosed. People can file requests via the Freedom of Information Act (a law Obama helped wreck) to access Obama records, but responses from presidential libraries can be delayed for years, even more than a decade, if the information is classified.

    Similarly, President Joe Biden double-crossed Americans on disclosing records from his 36-year Senate career. In 2011, Biden donated 1,875 boxes of documents from his Senate days to the University of Delaware, which received federal subsidies to curate the collection while it was locked up. Biden and the university library promised to unseal the records “two years after Biden retires from public office.” But the library announced just before Biden launched his presidential campaign that secrecy would continue until two years after Biden “retires from public life.”

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    1. I’ve gotta say it again – this is just tooo in-your-face wrong and blatant…..I mean, really? Seriously??
      Ludicrous!!! So many blatant violations of these document provisions by literally everyone at some point in history……nothing about any of this makes any fricking sense!!!!

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      1. it has NEVER been a raid thing–always negotiate–with the presidents at least.

        the theory i believe in, was when they were there in June–they asked to see the storage locker–the president complied–they were there by themselves–I think they planted evidence THEN…and the raid was to “find” what they planted.

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  11. EXCERPT: “According to PJMedia’s Stacey Lennox: ‘According to a new poll from Convention of States and Trafalgar Group, the majority of Independents, 53.9%, believe Trump’s political enemies are behind the FBI Raid. They join 76.7% of Republicans who hold the same view. The two groups are also aligned on enthusiasm to vote based on the FBI raid. The spectacle increased the motivation to vote for 83.3% of Republicans and 71.7% of Independents.

    Nearly three-quarters of Trump-Deranged Democrats believe the raid was the impartial justice system at work. The raid did not create as much enthusiasm to vote among Democrats, with only 55.2% saying it made a difference.

    “Independent and Republican voters are united in their outrage about this unprecedented and tragic event in American history. It’s clear to voters that the FBI raid is designed to punish the primary political enemy of the regime in power,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States. “This gestapo-style injustice has created a voting surge that is so significant, the polling doesn’t even begin to reflect what is coming from grassroots voters in November.”
    [ Note from me: Beware of Mark Meckler – connections to Van Jones and Soros]
    “It’s got to be bad for them out there, with voters on to them. As Abraham Lincoln supposedly said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    We’ve reached that last stage now as some low-level magistrate with a skeevy past linked to Jeffrey Epstein can sign off on an FBI raid of the president’s personal residence, opening the gate for anyone to raid any president any time, which will become the standard. It’s not justice by any means. It’s Hugo Chávez–style thugcraft, dictatorship in democracy’s clothing, and the public knows it.

    That’s got to be unsettling for anyone who up until now thought the U.S. was above that. The obvious reflection of it is there in the polls. But don’t expect Joe Biden, a mean, vindictive, vicious, senile old man who’s controlled by malevolent creatures such as Susan Rice, Jill Biden, and Ron Klain to take any responsibility for it. He’s Basement Joe, and he likes to hide.

    Having a lot of corruption and illegality all over his own record, Biden knows that the only way to stop Trump is to jail him first. He doesn’t care if he sets the entire legal system on fire to do it. But it’s backfiring badly. All this jump-the-shark raid is doing is making the public despise him more. He must be confident he can steal the next election just as he did the last one for such a result with the public to be disregarded.

    Or else it was ignorance, living in a swamp bubble and not knowing a thing about how foolable the voters really are. There is some evidence for that, too. According to Hot Air’s John Sexton: ‘The story also says the raid was intentionally timed to occur when Trump would not be there. Apparently the FBI thought this would lower the profile of the raid. But the DOJ source admits this didn’t work as planned. His explanation here is basically we’re not politically corrupt just dumb.’

    Whatever it was, the Biden administration has set itself on fire with the lighter fuel they had intended to use to set the justice system on fire. One can only hope this reaction is the result:

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  12. Entire Article by Ted Noel @ AT: “I’ve written twice that Donald Trump should not be the next Republican nominee for President (here and here). I intended to write a counterpoint essay extolling Donald Trump as a devil’s advocate’s exercise. But with Inspector Javert Wray signing off on the raid at Trump’s Florida residence, no doubt enthusiastically approved by Grand Inquisitor Torquemada Garland, this has lost its academic flavor. Rather, I rise to praise Donald Trump as the necessary candidate for the Republican Party to oppose whatever infernal chimera Acheron will deliver up as The Donald’s hapless opponent.

    In case you’re wondering, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore. It’s time to bury the “Democrat” Party. And Donald Trump is the right undertaker. Let’s start with the justification (i.e., excuse) for the raid.

    Supposedly, President Trump improperly took with him various documents that were classified or subject to the Federal Records Act. This would make him guilty of violating 18 U.S.C. § 2071. This would then make him ineligible to run in 2024. But that’s a pipe dream. 18 U.S.C. § 2071 does not apply to the Presidency. The paper I just cited was written to answer Republican vapors about disqualifying Hillary Clinton in the email scandal. But we’re not done.

    President Trump, as the ultimate classification authority, has the unquestionable authority to declassify anything he wants to declassify. If he says it’s no longer a secret, nobody can question it. And, as the President, he doesn’t have to file any papers with anyone to do it.

    The supposedly confidential papers stolen from Trump’s safe are not subject to the Federal Records Act because they are copies of papers that exist in other places. And by definition, if the President removes them from the White House to another place, they are no longer classified. His action, taken before the new occupant was sworn in, was completely lawful. The act of removing them from a SCIF (Secure Compartmented Information Facility, e.g. the White House) by the only person lawfully empowered to do so, is not subject to prosecution. But the insane Left will use it as a way to declare him unfit.

    We’ve already seen this movie, so let’s consider the facts. Maggie Haberman is claiming that Trump tore up and flushed notes down a toilet. She even has a photo in her upcoming book. The fact that every hit job like that has been proven false indicates how seriously (Not!) we should consider her allegations. But the more important issue is that even if that photo was somehow taken in the White House, we have no evidence that it’s not PhotoShopped or a document subject to the Federal Records Act. The White House has multiple shredders, so disposing of scratched notes would be via shredder, not the toilet. So Haberman is asking us to believe three impossible things before breakfast.

    Ultimately, we must consider why the Left is so obsessed with Donald Trump. It’s certainly not because he violated any laws. Just for comparison, while a small sliver of the Right still actively pushes for Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted, here we’re seeing the entire Democrat party in full cry. These Baskervilles have only a single target, without whom they have nothing to distract a tortured public from the destruction they are wreaking. And that distraction is the only hope they have of winning this fall’s election. If they can stir enough fear, votes may swing their way.

    The raid on Mar-a-Lago is the act of a set of political actors who have no regard for the law, and who serve the god of big government. They pray daily that they will be seated in positions of power where they can prove their self-importance to their deity. None of them have the slightest concern for real Americans who actually work to provide for their families after the demigods in DC have extracted their pound (or three) of flesh. Why else would doubling the size of the IRS be on their now-fulfilled short-term wish list?

    Returning to the Donald, my greatest complaint against him has been that he didn’t choose the correct staff. But having been burned, he’s now prepared to deal with the Swamp. The much bandied-about Schedule F rule would likely be his first move. Roughly 50,000 federal employees with policy-making authority would be reclassified into Schedule F, making them “at-will” employees. Because they have actively opposed Trump at every turn, he might fire them en masse, draining the Swamp in a single blow.

    This would certainly be met with lawsuits, but all those run up against the first sentence of Article II of the Constitution. “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” Put bluntly, that means he doesn’t even need Schedule F, but Schedule F would make things cleaner. And the Civil Service Act notwithstanding, all those procedures that make it almost impossible to fire anyone are unconstitutional. We don’t need Donald Trump to implement Schedule F. Ron DeSantis could do it just as easily. But there is one thing only Donald Trump can do.

    Donald Trump’s re-election can restore faith in America. We’ve all seen how high-sounding words tossed off by the Left as if they mean something are simply sociopaths lying about their plans to create Gulag America. They have a two-tier justice system in which the privileged are given a pass for things that cause mere mortals to lose life and liberty. Many are rotting in solitary confinement without the benefit of trial for the simple act of walking into the Capitol building after police waved them in. The list of evil perversions of justice is too long for this missive.

    Donald Trump’s re-election would say that the Left has lost in a way that no other candidate can say. Their litany of lies has been rejected by We the People. Our champion, warts and all, will not be defeated. And We the People will not allow the cult of the elite to destroy the American Dream. We still believe that we have the right to bust our butts to make a better life and not have it stolen by the government.

    Now get out of our way!”

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  14. Entire Article @ AT: “Within hours of the FBI having raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Trump’s Truth Social account posted a video that’s absolutely magnificent. It’s also manifestly a campaign video. I’m betting it was prepared for a formal announcement from Trump that he was running, but it was apparent to everyone that it needed to be published immediately.

    Why is the video magnificent? Because in words that are elegant, articulate, and powerful, Trump diagnoses the myriad and incredibly damaging political wrongs the Biden administration has committed against America. As Trump speaks, black-and-white photos and videos provide graphic evidence of the harm we’ve suffered because of Biden’s policies.

    But then, after two thirds of the video have passed, when you’re feeling deep despair, Trump turns around and says that America, no matter how low it’s been brought, can turn around. That greatness is built into America and her people. The implication, although he doesn’t say so, is that the man who will guide this American renaissance is Donald Trump himself. If that’s not a campaign video, I don’t know what is:

    So the big question after watching this video is whether Trump should run. We have two essays running today arguing that Trump should indeed run: (1) Donald Trump Must Be The 2024 Republican Nominee, by Ted Noel, and (2) History is calling Donald Trump, by M.B. Mathews. If you haven’t yet read them, I highly recommend that you do so.

    I side with those authors. At this point, the only antidote to what’s been going on is Donald Trump. The American people must push back against the Democrats, the Deep State, the NeverTrumps, the RINOs, and the media. Pushing back doesn’t mean that we say, “Well, heck, they’ll never let Trump run, so let’s choose Candidate X.” That’s giving in, no matter how good Candidate X is. Pushing back means making them lose at every level — and Trump’s winning means they’re losing with agonizing defeat.

    Also, as Ted Noel points out, Trump will come into office loaded for bear. That’s exactly what needs to be done.

    Trump tried to be nice in 2016 by ignoring Hillary’s myriad unquestioned crimes. In that regard, Trump was following America’s political norms: an incoming presidential administration does not use the criminal justice system against the outgoing administration. That policy ensures peaceful transitions, and there’s also an element of “in four or eight years, that could be me.”

    The Democrats have exploded those norms. They’ve brought in new, dishonest rules, and those new rules mean that it’s time to put game theory into play. As I understand it, game theory says that, when your opponent changes the rules by cheating, you don’t slink away, and you definitely don’t continue to play the gentleman. Instead, you hit them back, not twice as hard, but 30 times as hard with their own new rules. Then, when they’re lying on the ground, beaten and bloodied, you can negotiate new, fair rules with them (including a return to the old, fair rules). Can you think of anyone better than Trump at the game of “hit them back 30 times as hard”?

    We’re in a brave new era, and Trump’s temperament, unbound by norms and civility, is needed to restore us to our wonderful old era of a constitutional government. I am a huge Ron DeSantis fan and like him more each day. I want him to continue to prove himself in Florida and guide other governors across America. And I hope to see him run…in 2028. I might not have said that two days ago, but times have changed, and this is Trump’s moment.

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  15. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


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    1. oh yeah…we bought another one.
      best buy where we bought the tv would fix it–but it would cost 199 to LOOK at it…not including parts…
      we bought a new one for $300 and hubby is continuing to harass tcl to issue us a refund….

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