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DEMS HAVE ‘WEAPONIZED’ IMPEACHMENT: GUEST COLUMN BY DEREK HUNTER

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 16, 2019) — When THE PLANET or anyone other analyst speaks of democracy’s erosion, we refer to a process of cheapening a political and governmental system going back generations and assuming its virulent beginning with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

FDR instituted a version of the presidency that elevated it to a form of, what exactly? Constitutional “monarchy” sans king? Secular “divine right?” Autocracy? Dictatorship? Each president since has in some form or another built on Roosevelt’s work.  FDR did not “save” the country from The Great Depression. WWII did that. His lean toward socialism made sacrosanct Big Brother Government, who would protect us from cradle to grave. Today we would no more question government programs such as Social Security or the ruinous taxation of entrepreneurial success than we would protest technocracy by going 360-Amish and swearing off computers. Try that in 2019.

The imperial presidency in turn drove similar movements in the federal legislative and judicial branches. It would take anything from a monograph at least to a multi-volume tome to explore this fascinating and lamentable demise of “democracy” — and please spare us lectures on the difference between theoretical “republicanism” and “democracy.” These branches of government now turn exclusively on majority-party power. When the GOP had sway, they impeached President Bill Clinton for lying about a blow job and robbed Democrat Al Gore of a presidency. Democrats have been returning the favor with interest, most lately via the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

This disintegration of governmental America has left us with a political life keynoted by hostility and a cheapening of how we got about public discourse. Sadly, it has filtered down to the local level. Somewhere along the way, the nation’s highest office on all levels of government — the office of Private Citizen, has been cheapened and devalued worse than 1923 Weimar Reichmarks.

With that preface, THE PLANET presents a guest column by colleague Derrick Hunter. In this piece, Hunter discusses the Trump impeachment with an eye on “The Cheapening Effect.”

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Impeachment Has Been ‘Weaponized’

By DEREK HALL

It was one of the longest telegraphed punches in political history, but that doesn’t make it any less of a cheap shot. Just 19 minutes after he took the oath of office, at 12:19 on January 20th, 2017, the Washington Post ran a piece entitled, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” Donald Trump finished his inauguration address at 12:18.

From that moment forward, Democrats have been working toward what they’ll likely achieve this week: voting articles of impeachment out of the House of Representatives, branding an asterisk next to Donald J. Trump’s name in the history books.

They’ve never accepted the results of the 2016 election. They’d not only measured the drapes in the Oval Office, Democrats had visions of new liberal Supreme Court Justices dancing in their heads for a year. Those dirty, smelly Americans living between their superiors on the coasts ruined their plans, and this is part of the payback.

In their wrath, Democrats have cheapened the important power of Congress to remove a truly lawless executive from a just, but rarely exercised occurrence to the equivalent of a vote of “no confidence” in a parliamentary government.

Now that impeachment has been weaponized over dislike of the person occupying the office, why wouldn’t the opposition party impeach any president in the future over anything? Democrats have been unbound by facts, evidence, and even reality in their Ahab-esque pursuit of President Trump. As soon as the articles of impeachment are adopted by the House, any stigma that would be attached to an electoral-strategy based impeachment is gone. Republicans would be foolish to unilaterally disarm and surrender the tactic in the future.

The cheapening of Congressional impeachment power is just the latest in a series of actions Democrats have taken to water-down once-powerful, and meaningful, charges and institutions. And each one, each “victory” for the left, damages the country further.

Being called a “racist” used to carry weight; it was not tossed around lightly. When someone or something was called racist, it was met with a seriousness by the public, unless and until it was disproven. In that, the left saw opportunity.

Al Sharpton pioneered calling everything racist and Jesse Jackson perfected the art of the shakedown. Both positioned themselves, with the help of fellow travelers in the media, not only as accusers but absolvers as well. Forgiveness was only a donation check and symbolic gesture away. Both “Reverends” were afforded fabulously wealthy lifestyles, having their humiliations and shortcomings glossed over or ignored by the press, and Sharpton ended up with a cable “news” show. They also served, at different times, as rings Democratic candidates had to kiss if they wanted their party’s presidential nomination, with Al currently filling that seat.

But each false charge, while tightening their grip on power and fattening their wallets, helped drown out real charges and hurt real victims. A real cry for justice gets lost in a chorus of opportunists.

Take “racist” and replace it with whatever alternative “ist” or “phobe” word you like; lather, rinse, repeat.

I’d like to think we reached a crescendo with the rash of fake hate crimes claimed after Trump’s victory, but liberals have not slowed down one bit. Nor will they. Ever. Unless, maybe, they’re held to their own standards; forced to live the way they’re forcing on everyone else.

Unfortunately, for the country, Democrats have taken us to a dark place. By cheapening impeachment to the point that it is nothing more than an electoral strategy, when it is needed – and no nation is perfect, it likely will be needed again – it will go over like the twelfth time “wolf” was cried and a president who should be removed from office for the sake of the republic will survive.

There is nothing Democrats won’t do to win next year. Remember that feeling you had on November 9, 2016, about 2:30 am, when the media could no longer pretend Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin were “too close to call” and they had to admit Donald Trump was President-elect? Remember the looks on the faces of those Democrats, both elected and masquerading as journalists; the shock and horror? They want revenge for that; for failing them, for defying them.

Nothing short of a major outbreak of conscience or love of country is going to stop Democrats from taking the country down this destructive path, and everything they’ve done during the Trump administration shows they’re immune.

Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the massesFollow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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We thank Hunter for his piece. THE PLANET hopes it will help stimulate a vigorous debate on a vital public issue.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

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The school committee

So many raises approved by the committee. Yon is the leader of education in Pittsfield Ma.Yon Tyer White Caccamo. Jason Mccandless….Joseph Curtis….Kristian Behnke have required without their consent that 350 students through no choice of their own have to live 8 hours s day in their developmental years from age 5 till 12 in a building built on a toxic swamp called GEs former chemical dump.Mr. Marchetti has access to all information on that dump side. Councilor Moon and Caccamo want to be a green clean city.These kids need Councilor Moon.Maybe she can be the new voice on Toxic Schools.Mr Marchetti knows whats in that dump….Mayor Tyer please move the Schools Administration center to Allendale school.This is councilor Moons white elephant. The more she speaks on any subject the more we see her Toxic Allendale School.

Pat
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Pat

If the United States goes dark, the rest of the world will quickly follow. This path we are going down will lead to nothing good. I was in a local restaurant recently being forced to listen to a man in his 70’s exclaiming loudly that President Trump is going down. It’s only a matter of time. They are going to get him he says. He was totally uncaring about whether other people in the restaurant felt the way he did and I was sorely tempted to start talking equally as loud about what a great job President Trump is doing, but decided to not sink to that level. I saw him leaving the restaurant, a relief to many of us, and he had a very expensive vehicle so not a poor man. It reminded me that it’s often the wealthy people on the left,… Read more »

Dung righter
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Dung righter

You should have roughed him up Pat. Trump will pay for a lawyer.

Shakes
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Shakes

Should have put that uppity liberal in his place.

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The school committee

It would be of great interest to say the number 1 reason you voted for Trump and did he deliver?

Pat
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Pat

JOBS…and, you betcha, he delivered.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

just ask the folks in Youngstown

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The school committee

WE continue a 10 year run of adding jobs.Thanks to Obama

Levitan
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Levitan

You failed to finish that sentence that would say, ‘Thanks to Obama leaving office.

TFTFY

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CC The Maze Sun

“You might not feel it now
But when the pain cuts through
You’re going to know and how
The sweat is going to fill your head
When it becomes too much
You’ll shout aloud

But you’ll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle“

a fan
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a fan

The guest column is suited to its venue.

Shakes
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Shakes

Interesting, my comment was deleted for pointing out this is not a guest column, but rather a reprint of some racist all over right wing fanatic sites. Maybe snowflake is a better blog title than Planet.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Or that my comment vanished as well for pointing out that Dan says he offers both sides a chance so we can expect him to have an opposing viewpoint column from the far left.

Shakes
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Shakes

I mean, this white nationalist nonsense is left compared to Upstate NY.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I hope Trump is impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives and convicted by the U.S. Senate! Down with Trump! Trump is similar to Hitler. Trump had neo-nazi’s work for his campaign and administration, such as Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller. Trump called the neo-nazi’s at the Charlottesville, Virginia hate gathering “very fine people”. Just thinking about it all makes my stomach turn.

Pat
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Pat

The plan of the far left Progressives for this country is just like Nazi Germany where voices are silenced who do not follow the agenda, government has total control over the people, and certain groups of people are demonized because of their color, in this case white people. There is no real justice system because certain people who are protected by the media and their supporters can get away with anything. The far left is allowing so many cities to descend into crime and chaos because of their policies of looking the other way on certain crimes. This chaos will only spread if they win in 2020 since they will then turn to the American people and say look at all the chaos in this country (which they helped to create) we need to do a total transformation of America with ourselves in charge… Read more »

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

In Nazi Germany, the people mindlessly followed a racist egomaniac. There is no difference here for you Trumpazis.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

See: Hillary Democrats

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The school committee

Pat you dont see in the way that the Party did not see in Germany. The party is alive and in power in America.

Shakes
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Shakes

I had the pleasure of meeting Rashida Tlaib last Friday. Her message was equality. No industry taking advantage of the poor and downtrodden. Great energy from a remarkable woman leader.

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The school committee

What Trump supporters dont understand is Trump.His ego tells him last spring that he wins in 2020 if he can get something on the former respected vice president. He stops military support of the ukraine as people die and Russia maneuvers to squeeze a desperate newly elected President to announce a investigation into Biden.This is America a not so great example anymore with a crooked leader who feels this is OK in his America. As Trump supporters continue to look for another reason to let New Yorks manipulator of the media off the hook .Why are they letting him off the hook?Because he said so…..I wish Trump supporters would be honest and just say out loud this is our version of America being great…..Bye Bye America Lied

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

The United States Constitution indicates that in the event of impeachment, senators are to act in an impartial, unbiased fashion while reviewing the evidence. Moscow Mitch has indicated he supports no evidence and will “…coordinate directly with the White House.” Hmm. McConnell doesn’t sound impartial and unbiased. Plus, his wife really works for Trump. Isn’t McConnell a Republican and not a Democrat? Lindsay Graham has said he doesn’t need to see evidence, his mind is made up, and has been working directly with Trump on impeachment. That’s certainly not unbiased. Oh, and by the way, Graham’s a Republican too. So, please let’s not fill our feedbags with this right wing baloney. Because when the shoe is on the other foot – and let’s go examine the Clinton impeachment – Republicans, notably the two referenced herein, sang a totally different tune. But it’s Democrats destroying… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

The Democrats have been saying they are going to impeach Trump since even before he was elected. Is that unbiased?!?

James
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James

I just want people to follow the goddamn law. Is that so much to ask in this country and county?

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

THANK YOU! 100% agree. One thing though – term limits for everybody.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

It looks like somebody is changing the laws. And getting a lot of help from people who took an oath to uphold the constitution. Ted Cruz professes to be a constitutionalist. Is that hilarious or what? He looks like he want to be on the Adams family.

James
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James

What about a DA who took an oath to uphold the law then didn’t at Simon’sRock? How do you put out a press release citing all the examples of evidence that an attack never occurred, then cite insufficient evidence and refusal to cooperate as reasons to close the case?

Shakes
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Shakes

This is serious stuff, it was an OATH after all.

Aerin
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Aerin

I think you know the answer is Harrington’s office can’t win a case without a confession, James.

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Police Report

The racism of the left Rashida Tlaib Blames Black Nationalist’s Jersey City Killing Spree on ‘White Supremacy’ Mairead McArdle National ReviewDecember 12, 2019, 12:22 PM EST Democratic Representative Rashida Tlai on Wednesday blamed “white supremacy” for Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Jersey City perpetrated by a couple with suspected ties to a black supremacist group. “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” the Michigan Democrat wrote in a since-deleted tweet addressing the shooting. Tlaib deleted her tweet later on Thursday. The foolishness of Clarance Fanto Fanto wrote a piece about bomb threats and racism and Facebook reports of violence at monument mountain. He asks that we believe the administration over reports from parents. No thank you. Many know that the ongoing racism and violence and monument mountain and the BHRSD has been covered up for years. They bury it under claims that the students deserve privacy,… Read more »

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Please give the administrators credit for some things. The first thing they’re taught when the begin their careers outside of the classroom is to,,”Cover your butts at all times” This they do very well.

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

My god you speak perfect BS! Typical sit on the side lines and bitch bitch bitch about everything never attending a meeting never involved in anything besides the tin foil hat club etc. Tis the season stop always being such a miserable grinch.

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The school committee

Senator lying Linda Graham has chosen his side of Trumps civil war.He chose the side with all the guns. Trump never wants to face the Southern District Court of New York….so he wont be leaving for any reason. How does this not make Russia Great Again.

Sandoz Klawz
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Sandoz Klawz

Here is a list of people who should either retire,resign or stay resigned simply because they don’t do the job or are just past their agendas …..Yawn,Stooge,BeHinds,,Tiered,Rotund P,Carmen Ghia,Amused Searsucka and Tucka,Clara Mount,Kliff littul,Roofy,Bert O,Stainly,Kuff L, Porch Pirates,duh Beagle,Bloviate,

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I’m not sure many people understand how this works.
At the bottom of your post, as you are typing, it says:
“This comment form is under antispam protection“

Depending on your post history, the content in your post, and what seems to be random anti spam protection algorithm, your post will show up to you to confirm the posting (and may disappear on refresh) as it awaits moderation.

Sometimes your post will show up to everyone public ally immediately, in very rare cases will actual posts be deleted or redacted. It’s been this way forever, it’s nothing new.

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The school committee

If Jason Mccandless went before the City Council and advocated to remove 350 students from learning on top of GEs toxic chemical landfill it would be closed as ac school building.He cant ignore the issue any longer..Allendale must be closed once and for all.Its up to Mccandless and all he has to do is say the word and the kids will go to a healthier location.

Dyna Leads
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Dyna Leads

Everybody wants to rule the world.

kltpzyxm
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The impeachment is weaponized because the President is not above but is equal to the law. So he has the equal right to not answer subpenas from congress and he has an equal right to hold back aid from Ukrane to get information against his political rivels. Trump has good relation’s with Russia and he support’s Russia in it’s war with Ukrane so is his perogative to try to get help from Ukrane to help him win the next election.

Winginutz
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Winginutz

Tell Stooge his show stinks when you see him. No one that I know listens to him on t b r. The show is to political and slow for radio.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Maybe he’ll learn how to use the cameras

Winginutz
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Winginutz

T be is playing country music now?

Klaipeda Bird
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Klaipeda Bird

Years ago there was a law put in against disc jockeys and pay for play on the radio. Stooge is playing on t b r a local artist who is a for profit musician. This joker doesn’t realize nor does the station that he is violating f c c laws on just that. Now the station is doing underwriting and accepting donations to keep the format running? I’m sure there are certain entities out there that would be concerned with the fact the School is the license holderalso, or was.

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The school committee

In the end Republcan Senators will be overwhelmed with the responsibility of the trial.The evidence will show what most of us see and the trial will have to show history that the Senate took it serious.

Charles Trzcinka
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Charles Trzcinka

Derek Hall needs to read a little economics. FDR’s programs were important in lifting the country out of a depression caused by restrictive monetary policy ,trade restrictions and world-wide economic collapse. WWII was the biggest and most effective “social” program that finished the job. Before Social Security, a disproportionate share of the elderly were poor; before the various work programs the unemployment rate was around 20%; before the TVA much of the south was not electrified. The Hoover Dam is a real achievement that is stunning even today. (I love visiting the Valley of Fire and then the Dam). Unlike much of Europe, the Roosevelt administration didn’t nationalize anything. The laws establishing the Securities and Exchange Commission were a testament to private property. (I can write a long essay on how). Of course, there were plenty of mistakes-trying to cram more judges into the… Read more »

Shakes
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Shakes

The only qualifications for the “guest column”ist, which to me implies some sort of personal, direct invitation with an acceptance and offered editorial unique to the Snowflake, is that he posts regularly curated drivel on a pay-for-clicks borderline white nationalist website townhall.com. He also claims to be a founder of the Daily Caller website that has such Pulitzer winning work as dubbing fart noises into congressional testimony. (I find fart noises amusing, but hardly substantiate credible patriotic expertise)

SallySays
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SallySays

Sir, Dan is the one criticizing or commenting on FDR as his lead in to Hall, who never mentions FDR

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Derek Hall never mentions FDR. Dan does.

Charles Trzcinka
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Charles Trzcinka

Yes, I misread it. So my comments are directed at Dan. Just after I posted them, I listened to speech by Milton Friedman who made exactly Dan’s points on social security. But I still think we can see the poverty rate of elderly fall because savings are hard and so insuring against running out of money (“longevity risk”).

Charles Trzcinka
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Charles Trzcinka

Yeah, I misread it, then just after, I listened to a Milton Friedman lecture making the same points as Dan about social security. But I still think FDR was far less of a socialist tyrant than other leaders around the world at the time.

SallySays
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SallySays

Sir, it was an easy misread and by the way I agree that FDR was great for America except I think he knew damn well the japs were gonna hit Pearl Harbor and he let it happen to get us into WWII

James
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James

POLICE REPORT: This case is interesting. It looks like they had a confession then decided to go to trial. Why would that be? It looks like he also took the stand. What was he, determined to be found guilty? “Miller testified that the woman’s injuries were the result of a slip and fall, a freak accident and punching herself in the face at least five times with a closed fist.” https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/pittsfield-man-guilty-of-aggravated-rape-kidnapping-charges-in-march-2019-assault,592648

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They had a confession, DNA, prior history, and a boatload of other evidence including witnesses and circumstantial evidence. They tried pleading it but the numbers weren’t there.
They then decided to go to trial because it would be a slam dunk for ADA Tesoniero. They specifically gave it to a woman for a “win for women”. They couldn’t give it to DA Andrea Harrington even though it was an easy case because she doesn’t know how to try cases yet.

Tom Betit
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Tom Betit

Police report
Previous administration was trying to sweep another sexual assault case under rug. Explained prior rap sheet.
A high school law student could of prosecuted this case. Federal law clearly states victims must agree to plea agreements, that’s what got Epstein & Acosta in trouble.

JohnnyRocket
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JohnnyRocket

Wow, the way some of you Planeteers are carrying on I thought Hall’s price would be a racist, white supremacy screed. After just finishing reading it I must say I found it to be well reasoned, articulate, and well written. I like an author who calls it line he sees it. Sharpton and Jackson are frauds and the author’s exactly right; the democrats are crying wolf again and should be ashamed. Had the shoe been of the other foot and the deep state investigated Obama’s campaign, the progressive wing nuts would be screaming for justice and want Comeys head on a silver platter. Instead he makes the rounds on fake news tv.

Shakes
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Shakes

Well reasoned? There is not a single fact in this fiction.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Not true. Everything in his piece is a proven fact except one – that the dems measured the drapes in the White House

Balancing Baddy
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Balancing Baddy

This years plowing is really bad. Do you need photos?

Delphoon Bafflala
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Delphoon Bafflala

Ton of accidents today. What’s going on? Ricardo.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Not much that’s what, Maybe tomorrow I’ll get a plow job.

Police Report
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Police Report

Another “woman of color”, another fabrication, another waste of taxpayer money and police resources, another “get out of jail free card”.

https://nypost.com/2019/12/17/karol-sanchez-staged-her-own-kidnapping-police-sources/

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The teen believed to have been kidnapped and dragged into a car in front of her mom in the Bronx admitted to cops Tuesday that she staged the whole incident, according to law enforcement sources.

SallySays
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SallySays

Perhaps Al Sharpton can be her representative ala Twana Brawley.

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The political destruction of Hillary Clinton was done by the Republican party before she ran for office. Please tell me it didnt happen.Trump commits a crime as President for which there will be an impeachment trial. Hillary was destroyed for her advocacy of national healthcare…..Conservatives hated Hillary so much they got her before she started.Poor poor Don Trump

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