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By Request…

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This image was requested by our own Mother Load. She’s right. It’s a touching tribute to our fallen warriors on Memorial Day – even a day late.

The picture was taken at the National Cemetery at Fort Snelling, Minnesota by amateur photographer Frank Glick. He determined whose grave stone the eagle was perched on, contacted the family of the deceased.

Amateur photographer Frank Glick snapped this photo on his way to work one day. A friend of his suggested that he contact any living relatives of the soldier the eagle had landed upon.

The grave belonged to Maurice Ruch, and his widow was “delighted to receive a copy of the eagle watching over her beloved husband.”

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Salon: “The U.S. military is a national security threat”

“America’s armed forces are a massive drain on resources that could otherwise strengthen the country”

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The whole article is based on a flawed, far-left, premise:

The current conception of national security is far too limited. As violent deaths from war and terrorism decline, the greater threat to Americans is their failing infrastructure, costly healthcare system and incoherent environmental policy. The Obama White House has warned on numerous occasions that climate change and shoddy infrastructure are a deep threat to American national security.”

The writer would prefer to believe that international threats to the continental United States are declining, therefore we should dramaitically reduce our defense department and spend the money saved on left-wing dreams. Nowhere is there any discussion about reducing taxes or what he would propose to do about things like Islamic terrorism.

Read the rest at Salon

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Charles Murray’s Radical Idea: Insuring Against The Bureaucracy

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In his book, ‘By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission’, he envisions a fund, he calls it the ‘Madison Fund’, which individuals pay premiums into. The function of the fund is to challenge, in the courts, actions of the bureaucracy that are unconstitutional. He says 90% of regulations are unconstitutional and that there are thousands of regulations that can and should be challenged.

Thus, he writes, supporters of liberty should try to effect change through carefully chosen but broadly adopted acts of civil disobedience against publicly unpopular regulations. Some examples that come to my mind: people could become part-time Uber drivers, or cash businesses could routinely make deposits of $9,999, or parents could include cupcakes in their schoolchildren’s packed lunches.

Of course, public officials will try to punish the participants. But that’s good, Murray argues, for two reasons: First, it’ll consume a lot of the regulators’ surprisingly scarce resources in order to punish even a small percentage of the participants. Second, it opens the way for challenging the regulations in court–where, in recent years, they’ve had trouble surviving judicial scrutiny.

To fund those challenges and financially protect participants, he proposes the participants create a legal defense and compensation fund prior to any disobedience. In essence, the fund would be an insurer with a muscular legal wing, reducing regulatory violations to mere insurable events.”

Read more at Cato.org

Joy Pullman, writing for The Federalist, notes that Murray’s style of civil disobedience is already taking hold. There is also video at her article, including an interview of Murray by an approving John Stossel.

She gives several examples of how parents, students, and others are ignoring new regulations.

Murray proposes only disobeying regulations and laws in instances where that disobedience does no harm to others. He gives examples.

I am ordering his book.

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The Designated Marksman And His Rifle

All branches of our military that field infantry men use ‘Designated Marksmen’. Many of our readers and writers know about this already but some, like me, are just becoming familiar with it. Perhaps those to whom it’s old hat can check my work here and tell us what I may have missed.

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There is a bit of confusion about the difference between Designated Marksmen and Snipers. A designated marksman is usually assigned to an infantry squad so they are often called SDM’s. They travel with the squad and are expected to provide accurate fire during engagements and also to take part in house clearing and other squad actions. Snipers serve different functions. They don’t travel with squads, they can engage targets much farther away, and they often use bolt-action rifles. The Designated Marksman rifle is usually built on a semi-auto action.

From Designated Marksman.net there is this:

1. The designated marksman (DM) or squad designated marksman (SDM) is a military marksman role in an infantry squad. The term sniper was used in Soviet doctrine although the soldiers using the Dragunov SVD were the first to use a specifically designed designated marksman’s rifle. The analogous role in the Israeli army is sharpshooter.

The DM’s role is to supply rapid accurate fire on enemy targets at ranges up to 500 meters (550 yd) with a semi-automatic rifle equipped with a telescopic sight. Like snipers, DMs are trained in quick and precise shooting, but unlike the more specialized “true” sniper, they are also attached to an infantry fireteam and intended to lay down accurate rapid fire at valuable targets as needed, thus extending the reach of the Fireteam.

2. A designated marksman rifle (DMR) is the weapon used by soldiers in the designated marksman (DM) role. The DM’s role fills the gap between a regular infantryman and a sniper (typically being deployed at ranges of 250–500 metres or 270–550 yards) and DMRs have been developed with this middle ground in mind. Generally speaking, a DMR is chambered in a caliber of at least 7.62mm or larger giving a greater chance of stopping the threat at longer distances.

3. In the US Marine Corps (from about.com): “Only a select few Marines are chosen by their command to be designated marksmen. Marines who maintain a high first-class physical fitness test score, a high rifle qualification score, and show potential to excel as a marksman, are chosen. During preparatory training, Marines are selected to become designated marksmen and receive a month-long school at 4th MEB (AT) Headquarters in Camp Lejeune, N.C.”

Arms:

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The DMR can be one of many rifles. Accurized M-14 rifles are often used as are AR-10 and AR-15 rifles. Most are fielded in full power calibers like the 7.62×51 but here is an essay written by an experienced SDM. He says the 5,56 round can be quite effective. It all depends on the ammunition being fired.

Fortunately, there are better options out there. I used Mk 262 mod 0, which hs now been superceded by Mk 262 mod 1. This ammunition is manufactured by Black Hills Ammunition and fires a 77 gr. open tip boat tail Sierra Match King bullet at 2783 fps from an 18″ barrel. This load is effective for hits out to 800 meters in combat conditions. A civilian version is offered by Black Hills that is safe to fire from .223 chambered rifles. It averages a little slower than the military version. Hornady manufactures a 75 gr. TAP cartridge that provides similar terminal performance. Both Mk 262 and Hornady TAP cartridges begin fragmenting at about 3″.”

Here is a nice discussion of DMR’s from around the world:

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The Shootout In Waco Smells Of Fish

The owner of the restaurant next door has flied a lawsuit against the Twin Peaks restaurant as a result of the shootings. He says in the suit, “… thousands of rounds of bullets” were fired. He says that his restaurant has multiple bullet holes. He also says that four cars in his parking lot each have multiple bullet holes.”

Whether ‘Thousands’ of rounds were fired or if it was a hundred or two, that many rounds did not come from handguns concealed on the bodies of the bikers. Rather, it is more likely that they came from the M-16’s the police carried.

Why is the police department refusing to show some of the video from security cameras?

Allegedly, the police were armed with full-auto rifles.

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At least 22 police officers were already present at the scene to monitor a meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents.

New statements by Sgt Swanton reveal that fourteen members of the Waco police department opened fire. All fourteen have been placed on administrative leave. The police affidavit indicates that at least four of the fatalities were killed by police.

Security video shows most of the 200+ bikers were fleeing for their lives.

Video shows zero shots were fired inside the restaurant.

Video shows only one biker fire only one round from the restaurant’s patio.

The officers present included a full uniformed SWAT team with fully automatic assault rifles and an MRAP.

The police affidavit says a fight broke out in the parking lot involving as few as six people. This fight escalated to shooting. Police have not explained how a fight involving as few as six people led to over twenty people being shot, nine fatally.

Sgt Swanton says there is more video that the press has not been allowed to see.

68% of the 170 people arrested have ZERO criminal records in Texas.”

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I Wonder How They Figured That Out

“Iran adviser says US has ‘no will’ to fight Islamic State”

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Sec Def Carter said the Iraqis have no will to fight IS. Neither do American military leaders. Iran knows this. They will continue to take advantage of our reluctance.

TEHRAN, Iran — The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.

The comments by Gen. c the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before.

It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries amid negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program.”

 Carter: Iraqis showed no will to fight during Islamic State takeover of Ramadi


Carter: Iraqis showed no will to fight during Islamic State takeover of Ramadi

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“UNPOPULAR OPINION: I’m a Lefty With a Gun”

“Here’s the dirty little truth about guns: shooting them is fun.”

Doesn’t sound too dirty to me.

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This is published in xoJane:

When my fellow blue dots found out I owned a gun, they were shocked. Gape-mouthed and stunned to speechlessness, they usually recovered with, “What are you thinking?” or, “How could you?!”

How could I? Here’s how: I lived alone in a sweet 1905 cottage in a historic section of east Dallas, with original heart pine on the floors and exposed shipboard walls. The first vacation I took after I bought it, someone entered uninvited and stole my new drill, my cheap DVD player, and my expensive tequila. The next three unwanted advances cost me three different laptops and over 100 CDs. And those were just the physical costs.”

This is a well-reasoned article. The writer convinced me of her sincerity. After having her house broken into several times, and trying things to deter burglars, unsuccessfully, she bought a gun.

The gun became my sleep-aid. Each night, I would take it from its locked case, load it with six beautiful brassy bullets, and rest it on my nightstand, where I could reach it without opening my eyes.”

Hat tip to The Blaze

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Boeing Announces Aimed EMP Weapon

The source calls this weapon ‘Amazing’ and ‘Slightly terrifying’. That probably covers it.

BOEING'S "CHAMP" (COUNTER-ELECTRONICS HIGH-POWERED MICROWAVE ADVANCED MISSILE PROJECT) IS A ONE-MISSILE, FLYING BLACKOUT. IMAGE SOURCE: BOEING

BOEING’S “CHAMP” (COUNTER-ELECTRONICS HIGH-POWERED MICROWAVE ADVANCED MISSILE PROJECT) IS A ONE-MISSILE, FLYING BLACKOUT. IMAGE SOURCE: BOEING

The weapon in question: Boeing’s “CHAMP,” short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It’s essentially the old nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon that we used to worry so much about — but without the nuclear part. CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people).

What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets. This would permit, for example, taking down radar defenses in a hostile state, while saving the electrical grid that supports the civilian population. In a 2012 test flight in Utah, a single CHAMP was reported to have blacked out seven separate targets in succession, in one single mission.”

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“Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous w/$150 Billion Dollars”

I think President Obama is out of touch with reality.

Said to be the smartest man in the world

Said to be the smartest man in the world

The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.

One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion.”

"Stupid Is as Stupid does"

“Stupid Is as Stupid does”

Within a space of several minutes, Obama has argued that…

1. Sanctions work against Iran

2. Sanctions don’t work against Iran

3. It doesn’t matter how much money Iran has because it will spend it on weapons anyway

4. If Iran gets more money, it will spend it on the economy instead of weapons

This is Obama’s insane Iran argument in a nutshell. There’s no central premise except that he promises it will work and then contradicts himself more times than a drunk trying to solve a crossword puzzle.”

Read it all at Front Page Mag

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Rename The NSA

NSA stands for ‘National Security Agency’. Their website says their goal is this:

The NSA/CSS core missions are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information.”

Today we have a couple of stories that illustrate that the NSA has strayed from its goals. First there is this. It looks like NSA has been tasked with feel-good efforts to get Americans to recycle. Meet ‘Dunk':

As foolish as that is, we can double down. We know the NSA has been collecting electronic data within the United States. So far they haven’t caused too much trouble – that we know of – but other federal agencies have been targeting Conservative and religious groups. What reason does NSA have for spying on Americans?

Now, from the Times of Israel, comes this story. “IS claims it is ‘infinitely’ closer to nuking US”.

The article has a picture of Pakistani missiles but the text of the story says that the plan is much simpler. The Islamic State, sometimes called ISIS, has been using a captured British newsman to spread their messages.

British reporter John Cantlie

British reporter John Cantlie

Cantlie has been held captive by the Islamic State for over two years and has been used as a mouthpiece for the organization in a series of propaganda films published online titled “Lend Me Your Ears.”

Last week’s article, titled “The Perfect Storm,” suggested a “hypothetical” situation in which IS would transport the nuclear weapon to Libya, then across the Atlantic and covertly into the United States through a smuggling tunnel under the border with Mexico.”

Isn’t this the kind of thing the NSA should be protecting us from? Instead they are spying on Americans and pushing recycling. Perhaps they should be renamed. What do you think? Instead of NSA maybe they should be called the PCA… ‘Politically Correct Agency’.

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Ahem…

Is this legal?

“The Long History Between The Clintons And The Sultan Of Brunei (Including $58,000 In Jewelry To Hillary While Sec Of State)”

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Also, from the Free Beacon,

The government of Brunei contributed between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2002, which said that the donation went toward the construction of the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas.

Clinton would return to Brunei that same year—this time without his daughter.

Clinton was picked up at a Japanese naval base by Jeffrey Epstein and his private Boeing 727—known to many as either “the orgy jet” or “Lolita Express”—and flown to Brunei to visit with Sultan Bolkiah, according to flight records.”

Image is from Weasel Zippers

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Fun With Propane And Golf Balls

I gotta try this:

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“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”: Forrest Gump

“US Pressing Israel to Lose Its Nukes”

All the while the State Department has been negotiating an agreement allowing Iran to continue developing nuclear weapons. It’s plain to see where the Obama administration’s priorities lie. Actually, ‘Plain to see’ isn’t the best way to describe them. ‘Blatantly obvious’ is probably a better term to describe the disdain that Obama has for Israel. And ‘Disdain’ is probably not the best word either. ‘Hatred’ may be more accurate.

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Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman visited Israel, spoke to diplomats about making Middle East nuke-free.

Assistant US Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, recently visited Israel and held talks with senior Foreign Ministry officials, about the possibility of making the Middle East nuclear-free.

Washington seeks to advance the idea after reaching agreement with Russia about the matter.

The State Department confirmed Countryman’s visit and sources in the US Administration said that Israeli agreement to the idea would be a catalyst for bringing additional countries into discussions on the matter.”

Read it all at Israel National News

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Tinfoil Or True?

I have seen this in several places. Does anyone have any information? I have read that at least four of the dead were killed by police.

The bloody incident at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant was not a “biker shootout.” At present there is no evidence that any of the nine victims were killed by fellow bikers, rather than being “taken out” by the scores of police — including snipers — who had effectively turned the parking lot into a kill zone.”

Found it here

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Red Meat: Here Is The Video Of Ted Cruz Dealing With Questions Of Gay Rights

A couple of days ago we reported on how Senator Cruz handled ‘Gotcha’ questions from a reporter about gay rights. At that time we did not have the video to include in the post. Here it is.

Masterful.

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Sen. Tom Cotton: “Knowing What We Know Now…

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Heh. Sock it to ’em, Senator.

Knowing what we know now, I absolutely would have sent the Pacific Fleet out of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 4 to intercept the Japanese Fleet,” Cotton told the Washington Examiner during an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “I say that to highlight how foolish the question is. You don’t get to live life in reverse. What a leader has to do is make a decision, at the moment of decision, based on the best information he has. George Bush did that in 2002 and 2003 and he was supported by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden and John Kerry and every western country’s intelligence agency.”

Read the rest at the Washington Examiner

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WaPo: “Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in (Unreported) additional payments

The hits just keep coming. Hillary Clinton has no record of positive accomplishment to run on. She does, however, have a complete record of lying and cheating. She is not qualified to run for any political position in the land. She represents exactly what the American people hate about politicians.

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Logo from iOTW

The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups.

The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.”

Read the rest at The Washington Post

Update: “Judicial Watch Prez: The Question Is Whether or Not Hillary Clinton Stays Out of Jail (VIDEO)”

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Read it at Gateway Pundit

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Rhymes With Barf

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Doing her best impression of Baghdad Bob, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf gave the Iraqi army props following the fall of Ramadi.

Never mind that Iraqi forces cut and ran, surrendering the city to Islamic State militants.

“The Iraqi security forces have held their lines on the outside of the city,” Harf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday.”

Leaving all the goodies for ISIS.

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Read the rest at Biz Pac Review

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Not To Be Outdone By Kim Jung Un…

… Who killed a man with an anti-aircraft gun, Islamic State executes a man with a rocket propelled grenade:

Video: Islamic State In Syria Executes Man Using Rocket Propelled Grenade…

I won’t post the video. The article is here.

They must be awfully flush with weapons now since they took over the US supplied ones left by Iraqi soldiers in Ramadi. Otherwise something like this doesn’t make sense.

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What Does This Image Say?

This is Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in Baltimore. She is the one who filed charges against six police officers after the death of Freddy Gray. Here she is reacting to a motion by the officer’s defense team to either drop the charges against them or to get Mosby to recuse herself. I’d say she is going to fight that motion.

Is this what is known as a 'Microaggression'?

Is this what is known as a ‘Microaggression’?

Read the rest at Legal Insurrection, the writer makes the point that Mosby has mistaken the ‘Stop’ performed on Mr. Gray, when officers found his knife with an ‘Arrest’. He was not ‘Arrested’ until officers discovered the knife during the ‘Stop’. Mosby’s office issued this: “Mr. Gray was arrested before the officers knew he possessed a knife.”, which is untrue.

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Lesson: How To Identify A Weak Candidate

“She’s not perfect but without her we’ll get Scott Walker.” At least this Democrat is honest.

Pitiful, really. I predict a low turnout among Democrats in 2016.

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“You ‘Must be Made’ to Obey”

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You might enjoy this:

The time of which many of us have long warned is no longer on the horizon. The left’s full-on assault against freedom, most especially religious freedom, is at hand.”

While actions speak louder than words, words often predict future actions. Secular progressives’ words and actions rarely align. This is because the pseudo-utopian, wholly dystopian perch from which they view the world is so detached from reality that, from a cultural and public policy standpoint, they must disguise their intended actions in flowery and euphemistic language, or face near universal rejection.”

Quite insightful, this is from the site, Oregon Magazine. Here is a bit more:

Even so, it’s during those rare moments of candor that our cultural Marxist friends’ rhetoric actually aligns with their intended actions. In other words, every so often, and usually by accident, they tell the truth.

Take this recent declaration by President Obama at Georgetown University. He was discussing his contempt for conservative news media in general and Fox News in particular:

“[W]e’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues,” he said.

How Kim Jong-un of him. In sum: Goal 1) Control thought by, Goal 2) Controlling the media.”

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Cruz Shows GOP Candidates How It Is Done

Here is a subject that the left uses to bash Conservatives: Gay rights – because everyone knows Republicans hate gays. They are quite aggressive about it, too. Senator Cruz has turned their questions around on them. He’s made them address issues they don’t want to. It’s high time someone did.

“Cruz to Sex-‘Obsessed’ Media: Let’s Talk About Islamic State’s War on Gays “ISIS is executing homosexuals—you want to talk about gay rights?”

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After a string of questions on his opinion on same-sex marriage and gay rights, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) called out the left and the leftist media (particularly MSNBC) for “obsess[ing]” over opinions on sexuality while “ISIS is executing homosexuals.”

CRUZ: Is there something about the left—and I am going to put the media in this category—that is obsessed with sex? ISIS is executing homosexuals—you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals—that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

More at Truth Revolt

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A First: Dan Joseph Interviews Hillary

Heh.

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