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 2016             The truth will set you free 
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Farewell to Nancy Reagan, a Friend and Patriot
Peggy Noonan
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 The Frontrunner's Foreign Policy 
Just last week, Donald slump-Trump mused about his national security team of one, saying of his foreign policy advisers, "My primary consultant is myself." So it was helpful on two occasions Monday to see him delve deeper into what a slump-Trump administration's foreign policy would look like.
          First, in a prepared speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, he declared one key aspect: "[My] number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. I'm a deal-maker, and let me tell you this deal is catastrophic for America, for Israel, and for the whole of the Middle East. Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world and we will work to dismantle that reach, believe me. Believe me." Why should we believe him? "I've studied this issue in great detail," he said. "I would say far greater than anyone."
          Second (though before the speech), slump-Trump met with The Washington Post's editorial board. Unlike his off-the-record meeting with The New York Times on immigration, this meeting is public record. A few cuts:
          "I don't think we should be nation-building anymore. I think it's proven not to work. ... You know we have $19 trillion in debt. ... I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they'd be blown up. And we'd build another one and it would get blown up. And we would rebuild it three times and yet we can't build a school in Brooklyn. We have no money for education because we can't build in our own country. At what point do you say, 'Hey, we have to take care of ourselves'? ... NATO was set up when we were a richer country. ... NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we're protecting Europe with NATO, but we're spending a lot of money. ... I think NATO as a concept is good, but it's not as good as it was when it first evolved. ... I would knock the hell out of ISIS in some form. I'd rather not do it with our troops."
          slump-Trump certainly represents a growing sentiment in the country after Afghanistan and Iraq. So two points: First, defense spending doesn't drive that $19 trillion in debt; major entitlements do. Yet slump-Trump says those are off the table in terms of saving money. Second, the attack in Brussels — Belgium is a NATO country — made the timing of slump-Trump's comments particularly unfortunate. He's certainly not an orthodox Republican, but that's also exactly what drives his support.  -The Patriot Post
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 nObama Goes to Cuba for His Own  Legacy   There hasn't been a sitting U.S. president on Cuban soil since 1928, but Barack nObama kept his promise to go to Cuba in the latest step toward normalizing relations with the island's Communist regime. While nObama seeks primarily to build his legacy, the ramifications of this visit will contribute to it in a way he doesn't intend.
          The trip didn't get off to a good start, either. When nObama disembarked Air Force One at Jose Marti International Airport, Cuban President Raul Castro was not there to greet him, even though the communist thug routinely greets foreign dignitaries at the airport.
          The imagery likewise is terrible. Investor's Business Daily ponders, "As a sycophantic media rolls out the adoring photos and flattering words, it's hard to say what will prove most embarrassing: the picture of President nObama posing in front of a communist cement wall emblazoned with a pop-art depiction of the murderous — and racist — 'revolutionary' Che Guevara, a man who sought to set off a nuclear bomb against the U.S. in the early 1960s? Or the photo of 84-year-old Cuban communist dictator Raul Castro diabolically leering as he lifts the limp wrist of President nObama while he giggles like an unwitting teenager?"
          nObama's trip to Cuba is part of realizing his foreign policy vision, and he hopes that his visit to the brutal regime will "encourage generational evolution." Surely, the Cuban people are hoping for the same, but as long as they live under the brutal rule of the Castro regime there will be little that the minister of hope can change. And nothing nObama has done actually weakened that regime; on the contrary, he has legitimized it.
          One of the topics for conversation with Castro was freedom of speech and assembly. So it speaks volumes that just hours before nObama arrived, the Cuban police broke up a larger than normal crowd of political dissidents known as the Ladies in White and hauled many of them off to detention facilities. That would be the same Ladies in White nObama promised in a March 10 letter to meet.
          Castro effectively denied even holding political prisoners: "Give me a list and I'll release them," he said, adding, "If we have those political prisoners they will be released before tonight ends." They weren't released, and nObama remained silent.
          Worse, on Monday nObama lamely accepted Castro's criticism of the U.S. on human rights: "I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels where we're falling short because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well." Does nObama mean to imply that he's falling short on jailing dissidents here in America?
          As for free speech for members of the Cuban opposition, The Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia O'Grady predicted, "The regime will turn out plenty of compliant Cubans who will tell reporters that the embargo is the source of Cuban poverty." It's all political theater.
          O'Grady further noted, "Yet even if there is a U.S nod to the opposition, there also will be a wink, as the president poses with the dictator along with members of the Colombian terrorist group FARC — invited by Mr. nObama — at a baseball game and pushes for U.S. policies that will finance the totalitarian apparatus. The big lie will be that by legalizing commercial and banking relations with Cuba, the U.S. will empower the Cuban people. The opposite is true."
          In other words, given the backdrop of people with whom nObama will pose, who does he really side with — the Cuban people or the Cuban dictators? The question answers itself.
          As for the embargo, the idea of opening up business with Cuba along with lifting the embargo on trade is a complete reversal of U.S. policy for the last 50 years. This isn't to say the policy has been entirely effective — the Castros are, after all, still in power. Some say nObama's move in a different direction could open the Caribbean island to Liberty via free trade, especially as the young generation learns the value of capitalism.
          Then again, Europe, Latin America, Canada and Asia have been trading with Cuba for decades to no avail.
          nObama claims his visit will reduce tensions between the U.S. and Cuba and bring about change in the region. Given that the Castros are ideological kindred spirits with nObama, however, it's doubtful that the Cuban people will benefit from nObama's display. Recall that nObama's mentor was avowed Communist Frank Marshall Davis, and it's very possible that nObama's desire to renew relations with Cuba will make things worse instead of better for those under Castro's iron fist.
          How so? Consider that if American money starts flowing into the Cuban economy, the Castro regime will undoubtedly use the funds to further solidify its power over the Cuban people. Funding dictators and coddling up to them, whether directly or indirectly, rarely works out well for the advancement of freedom.
          Does anyone really think that nObama is visiting Cuba to help that nation set a path toward freedom? Given his administration's relentless assault on Liberty in our own country, it may be delusional to think so.  -The Patriot Post
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Our Forgotten Statesman
Dr. Walter E. Williams
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{theacru.org} ~ George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington’s Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison... Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source of his greatness. There would have been an entirely different America without Madison’s enormous input and foresight at the contentious 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. There were 55 delegates to the convention. Like Madison, some had a formal college education, while others did not. From Madison’s notes about the quality of the debates and discourse, one could not tell who was college-educated and who was not. Their ages ranged from 26 (Jonathan Dayton) to 81 (Benjamin Franklin), with the average age being 42. Alexander Hamilton was a key figure at the convention. He called for a president for life with total veto power over the legislature. Most other delegates, led by Madison along with John Adams, wanted a republic; none wanted a democracy. Madison, who would become known as the “Father of the Constitution,” argued that in a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual.” Delegate Edmund Randolph agreed, saying, “In tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” Adams added: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Eleven years earlier, Madison had helped to develop the Virginia Constitution, and it was his Virginia Plan that served as the basis for debate in the development of the U.S. Constitution. Madison, along with Hamilton, argued for a strong but limited central government that could unify the country.        http://www.theacru.org/our-forgotten-statesman/
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Move over Europe: Muslims 'raping U.S. women'
LEO HOHMANN
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{wnd.com} ~ East Lansing police said in late February they were investigating two drivers who allegedly made unwelcome sexual advances toward female MSU students, the Free Press reported... Multiple women complained of inappropriate touching. The news comes just days after another Uber driver in California – Omar Mahmoud Mousa, 52, of Anaheim – was charged with raping a woman at an Anaheim motel, as WND reported. Police said they suspect Mousa likely has other victims, and they are asking the public to come forward with information. One of the more horrific cases happened in Connecticut and involved an Iraqi refugee.  Investigators say they responded to Yale-New Haven Hospital on Jan. 31 for a report by an alleged victim of sexual assault. The woman had left a New Haven bar and walked to a parking area designated for Uber and taxi drivers, according to police. http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/uber-big-problem-muslims-raping-u-s-wome...
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Sheriffs rip nObama silence on murdered police, say he backs 'those that kill us'
PAUL BEDARD
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{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ Despite a 300 percent surge in the shooting deaths of police this year, President nObama has done little to signal his regret, leading law enforcement to charge that he is condoning the slayings... "He has a microphone in his face almost every moment he's awake, and has unprecedented access to the media. He could certainly take a moment to acknowledge these events and give us the same support he provides those that attack and kill us," Carroll County, Md., Sheriff James T. DeWees told Secrets. Since DeWees wrote an open letter to nObama on Facebook urging attention, 14 more police have been killed, six by gunfire, and the president has still hasn't addressed the issue, prompting the sheriff to add: "I also speak for thousands of police officers throughout the country that feel the White House has forgotten about them; a White House that remains silent about the uptick in deaths which ultimately gives them the perception that it's condoned; and for them perception is reality!" http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sheriffs-rip-obama-silence-on-mur...
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Iran-backed Shia militia says it will fight US Marines deployed to Iraq
Robert Spencer
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{jihadwatch.org} ~ An Iranian-backed militia said on Monday it said it would treat US Marines deployed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State group as forces of occupation and “deal” with the foreign troops... Washington said on Sunday that a detachment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit was in Iraq, bolstering efforts by the United States and a coalition of allies against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). “If the US administration doesn’t withdraw its forces immediately, we will deal with them as forces of occupation,” the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia said on its TV channel, al-Ahd.        http://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/03/iran-backed-shia-militia-says-it-...
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slump-Trump Says Israel ‘Can Pay’ for Own Defense Needs
Brent Scher
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{freebeacon.com} ~ Ahead of his speech at the pro-Israel AIPAC conference on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald slump-Trump said at a press conference that Israel “can pay and they can pay big” to defend itself without receiving U.S. foreign aid... slump-Trump held the press conference in the atrium of his still-under-construction slump-Trump International Hotel, and though he had come directly from a closed-door meeting with congressional Republicans, his initial comments were focused solely on how luxurious his hotel would be once it was completed and how it would be covered in “beautiful marble from different parts of the world.” slump-Trump, standing behind a “slump-Trump Hotels” lectern, was surprised that the first question asked was not on the hotel but rather about who joined him at his secretive meeting with Republican insiders on Capitol Hill. http://freebeacon.com/politics/donald-trump-says-israel-can-pay-for...
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Rabbis, Activists Ditch slump-Trump 
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Adam Kredo
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{freebeacon.com} ~ A delegation of some 100 rabbis staged a walkout from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening to protest Republican presidential frontrunner Donald slump-Trump as part of an effort to boycott what they describe as the candidate’s “message of hate,” according to protest organizers... While activists from the far left crowded outside of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference to deride slump-Trump as a “racist,” a more unlikely group of AIPAC loyalists used the opportunity to stage a walkout from the event hall as slump-Trump walked onto the stage. The group, comprised of several hundred rabbis and pro-Israel advocates, said that while they do not support anti-Zionist groups such as Code Pink, which staged an array of events outside the forum to mock slump-Trump, they still wanted to voice their displeasure with the candidate in a public fashion.        http://freebeacon.com/politics/rabbis-activists-ditch-trump-at-aipa...
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The Feckless Mismanagement Of John Brennan, CIA’s Captain Unreality
Fred Fleitz
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{aim.org} ~ Hotels.com has an amusing TV character called “Captain Obvious” who makes humorous commercials by saying clearly obvious things... The CIA has a director who is the exact opposite – a “Captain Un-Reality” – who constantly makes absurd claims contrary to facts and common sense. During an National Public Radio interview last month, for example, CIA Director John Brennan made what may be the most bizarre statement ever by an U.S. intelligence official: “We don’t steal secrets,” he said. “Everything we do is consistent with U.S. law. We uncover, we discover, we reveal, we obtain, we elicit, we solicit.” This was a ridiculous statement. Although the CIA is required to comply with U.S. law, one of its core missions is stealing secrets abroad through a variety of means that blatantly violate the laws of other nations. This is the nature of intelligence collection.        http://www.aim.org/guest-column/the-feckless-mismanagement-of-john-...
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Terrorists Have 
'No Resolvable Grievances,' 
Just Seek 'Our Utter Destruction'
Bridget Johnson
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{pjmedia.com} ~ Speaking by satellite feed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that "the chain of attacks from Paris to San Bernardino to Istanbul to the Ivory Coast and now to Brussels... and the daily attacks in Israel, this is one continuous assault on all of us." "In all these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It's not as if we could offer them Brussels or Istanbul or California or even the West Bank. That won't satisfy their grievances because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination. Their basic demand is that we should simply disappear," Netanyahu said. "Well, my friends, that's not going to happen." Netanyahu's address to the group was scheduled long before twin blasts hit Zaventem airport in Brussels, followed by another explosion an hour later at Maelbeek metro station.       https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2016/03/22/netanyahu-terroris...
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Allen West “If I were president...
Allen B. West
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{allenbwest.com} ~ When an American, James Foley, is brutally beheaded by ISIS — nObama goes to play golf after a lackluster prepared statement. When 14 Americans were killed and 21 wounded by an Islamic jihadist couple — he responds with more gun control... When five Marines and Sailors are gunned down at a Naval Reserve Facility in Chattanooga, how many days passed before flags flew at half-staff? As a matter of fact, President nObama went to New York City for a Broadway play instead of going to Chattanooga. So it should be no surprise that today, when ISIS carries out a deadly attack in Brussels, nObama heads to a baseball game with his new commie pals in Cuba. Yet Christians get lectures about not getting up on their “high horses” at the National Prayer breakfast. And we’re told the future does not belong to those who ” slander the prophet of Islam” — which we all know was a false narrative created to mask the truth about the abandonment and subsequent murder of four Americans at the hands of Islamic terrorists. And even on stage with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in what President nObama thought was an “off mic” moment, he states, “tell Vladimir I will have more flexibility after reelection” – a far cry from Reagan telling Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” So off nObama goes to Cuba to make nice with Raul Castro — you know, another historic moment for that presidential library. Sure, there are folks comparing this to Richard Nixon and his China visit. But does anyone think Richard Nixon would have taken some “smack” from the Chinese about the country he led?        http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/03/if-i-were-president-heres-exactly...
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Little Sisters of the Poor Case Heads
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Elizabeth Slattery
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{dailysignal.com} ~ The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in a group of cases challenging the nObamacare requirement that nonprofit employers offer their employees health care coverage that includes Plan B, ella, and other potentially life-ending drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization... The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include the Little Sisters of the Poor; Priests for Life; East Texas Baptist University; Southern Nazarene University; Geneva College; the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.; and other religious charities. Notably, the government is imposing its mandate on groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, who care for the elderly poor, but is exempting large corporations like Exxon and Pepsi Co.    http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/21/little-sisters-of-the-poor-case-h...
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Farewell to Nancy Reagan, a Friend and Patriot
Peggy Noonan
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{peggynoonan.com} ~ The door has closed forever, said a friend, on a particular part of the past. Or to be more precise, first-person access to the Reagan era through one of its two most important figures has now, with the death of Nancy Reagan, ended. The era itself will never end—it is part of the history of our nation and yielded up its last unambiguously successful president. The spirit of that age: exuberant, expansive. “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
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Here we could do comparisons to the current moment, but let’s not. Instead, a mere and affectionate remembrance of the lady we lost.
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Stipulated: There was no him without her. He couldn’t have launched or sustained his great project if she hadn’t made him her project. He was thinking about the failure of the latest Soviet five-year plan, and making note of the new statistics on HUD spending. She was thinking about people and their agendas. If you served him well you were in; if not don’t let the door hit you. She was protective. Or, as she would put it, she was looking after her man. Her protectiveness was a patriotic act.
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As first lady she was glamorous, meticulous. Everything had to be just so. There was a touching, old-fashioned sense that she wanted whichever visiting king or potentate to see America knows how to do it up right. She believed in fun, too. In the Reagan White House you could smoke, drink and dance, after the more subdued, abstemious Carter years. It was no place for puritans.
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Her personality was wry, teasing, loyal, warm and fun. She was my darling friend.
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In her last five or so years I visited her at the house on St. Cloud Road, in Bel Air, with her beloved longtime friend Robert Higdon. We would sit with her in her sunny bedroom with the peach-colored headboard and the exercise bicycle and the bed tables full of silver framed pictures—she and Ronnie dancing at the state dinner, Ronnie in his last years kissing her on the cheek.
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We’d talk about nothing, everything. She had a big laugh, a soft chuckle and a gift for listening. She really heard you, picked up nuance, noted what was unsaid. She took a great and protective interest in the lives of her friends and family, noticed when things seemed off, didn’t avoid troublesome areas but brought them up. That was part of how she showed her care, “bringing it up.”
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Gore Vidal said of John F. Kennedy that when he died a whole world of gossip went with him. Nancy loved gossip too, though we didn’t call it gossip but History of Humans. I would save up things going on in New York—who was seeing whom, who was on top of the world, who looked great, who needed a call. Half the time, she’d nod and say, “I heard that”—she had some network—and tell me more than I knew. The other half she’d say: “Really? I think we need to hear more.”
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She wasn’t judging or prissy but amused and fascinated. She thought personal disasters a part of life, triumphs welcome good news, human mischief to be expected. She had come of age in a Hollywood where everyone was kind of a big colorful mess. They were rich and famous, sure, but at the end of the day everyone was making it through on a smile and a shoeshine. She liked the comedy of it all.
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In her later years she spent a lot of time remembering the past, and sharing it. She watched cable news and was nothing if not current, and her observations of political figures were acute and occasionally piercing. But she took increasing enjoyment in thinking back to the time so-and-so came to the White House, the time they went to Geneva . . .
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Afterward I thought: She’s telling herself that it really happened.
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No one is the same size as history, no one’s that big. For a half-century history washed over her, and I think when it was over she looked back, or saw the pictures on the bedside—“There we were, dancing at the state dinner”—and thought of those days, “My God. A king was on line one. Ronnie was meeting with the Soviet premier down the hall. . . . That all happened. It couldn’t have happened, it is too big. But it happened.” I think she was, as she looked back, awed by her own life. And of course she had reason to be awed.
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Here are two stories, one of steely Nancy and one of Nancy the somewhat mystical.
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Steely Nancy: Some years ago we were talking about a Washington friend who was going through a crisis. Some of her struggles had become public, which only compounded her woes. Nancy Reagan got a steely look. You can’t be embarrassed, she said. Everyone in Washington has lost something, everyone’s been embarrassed by a story in the press or humiliated by a public firing or loss of stature. “It is a city of the humiliated,” she said. And she told me to give our friend some advice that was also an order: Get up off the mat.
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Nancy the mystic, if that is the right word: In the house on St. Cloud Road you could feel Ronald Reagan all around you. The knickknacks, the pictures, the big Norman Rockwell portrait as you came in—it was a house about him. His office still had his desk and his things on it.
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She wanted it that way. The love affair that became the great marriage that became the great partnership was never far from her thoughts. She missed him till the day she died.
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One day at dusk in November 2013 we were talking quietly as I held her hand at her bedside. She began to talk about Ronnie and how even now he was ever-present to her. Then: “I didn’t believe in the afterlife. I never believed in it, but things have happened since Ronnie died. He visits me.”
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“You mean you dream of him,” I said.
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She got a quizzical look.
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“I don’t know if it is dreams or what. It sounds funny or crazy, sometimes I wake up at night and he’s in bed next to me and I see him.” Once, she said, she woke in the middle of the night and looked over at the big beige stuffed chair at the bottom of the bed to the left. “You look cold,” she said to him, and went to the closet for a blanket. She draped it over him and went back to bed. The next morning she awoke and looked over at the chair. The blanket, she said, was still there, but moved to the side as if someone had pushed it when he left.
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She could not, she said, explain this. Whatever it was, love, she felt, did not just disappear.
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“I now believe in the afterlife,” she said.
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Rest in peace Nancy Davis Reagan, darling girl, elegant lady, tough little patriot.
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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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