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THE COSTLY VIRTUE OF It’s a Wonderful Life: Excerpt –

It’s a Wonderful Life … calls us to lives of virtue as well as lives of civic duty. It says, essentially, that a life of personal virtue should lead to a life of civic virtue as well. For the Christian, this should cause us to stop and ponder: how does our personal virtue impact our communities for good, or our lack of virtue impact it for ill? … God can use one person at the bridge to turn back encroaching darkness. And that’s what makes a life well-lived one that’s truly wonderful.”

According to a sexpert, Democrats don’t want to have sex anymore, because Trump is president.
Meanwhile, eeeevil Republicans are having great sex, because we are titillated by Trump’s presidency.

BORDER: The House and Senate passed a border security spending bill that President Trump said he would sign. It provides only $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barriers on the southern border with restrictions on where it can be built.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY: President Trump declared a national emergency and says he will reallocate money from different federal agencies in order to provide $8 billion for barriers on the southern border.

Heh. He asked for five plus billion. Democrats “won” the shutdown etc. … and now he’s going to have nine plus billion to build with. ::snork::

Foreign Policy dot com says there may be as much as $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding that he could tap. Wouldn’t that be sa-weeeeeeeeeeeeeet?!

THE LAW’S ON HIS SIDE: “President Trump will have the law on his side when he uses the power of his office to secure the U.S. border with Mexico,” writes former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joseph DiGenova in the New York Daily News.

The current political reality in Washington ensures that the crisis on our southern border will continue to go unresolved unless the executive branch steps in. Fortunately, both the Constitution and the Congress have placed the authority to do so firmly with the President of the United States.”

[Emphasis by CtH.]

58 NATIONAL EMERGENCIES DECLARED: There are 31 still in effect.

  1. Carter declared two. One remains in effect.
  2. Reagan declared six, all of which have ended.
  3. G.H.W. Bush declared four, all of which have ended.
  4. Clinton declared 17. Six remain in effect.
  5. G.W. Bush declared 12. Ten remain in effect.
  6. Obama declared 13. Eleven remain in effect.
  7. So far, Trump has declared three. All three are in effect.

Precedent

IS THE U.S. EXTRA-EVIL ON IMMIGRATION? – You’d think so listening to Democrats.

But Mexican law dictates that the Department of the Interior deny foreigners entry into Mexico if they might disrupt the “domestic demographic equilibrium.”

In Mexico (and in other Latin American countries), nearly 90% of asylum requests are denied.

Mexican law dictates that immigrants be deported if they are determined to be detrimental to “economic or national interests.”

In 2015 and 2016, Mexico deported roughly twice as many Central Americans as the we did.

AG TO REPLACE SESSIONS: William Barr was confirmed as United States attorney general on Thursday by a 54-45 vote in the Senate. Barr’s nomination was challenged by Democrats who said he was unfit due to being a practicing Catholic and member of the Knights of Columbus. Barr previously served as attorney general under President George H. W. Bush from November of 1991 until January of 1993. His first confirmation in 1991 was approved by unanimous voice vote. This time around, his nomination Barr’s nomination advanced out of committee on a 12-10 party-line vote. The Senate vote was nearly party line, with one Republican voting against and three Democrats voting for. The Independents voted with the Democrats.

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WANNABE COUP D’ETAT: Now fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CBS News that, after President Trump decided in May 2017 to fire then FBI Director James B. Comey, he and Comey discussed ways to get Trump removed from office with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top officials at the DOJ.

McCabe also said that, after Trump fired Comey, he ordered officials to open an obstruction of justice case to see if President Trump was acting as an agent on behalf of Russia.

Today, McCabe’s lawyer issued a statement saying his remarks were “taken out of context and misrepresented.”

But both of his revelations have been reported by the media in the past. The New York Times reported that DAG Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to help oust Trump and CNN reported that McCabe opened an obstruction case before Mueller was appointed.

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FLOTUS’ VALENTINE: No matter where she is, Melania Trump goes out of her way to visit with sick kids. On Thursday, she brought Valentine’s Day cards to young patients being treated at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and spent the afternoon making Valentine’s Day arts and crafts with about a dozen children and their siblings.

SMOLLET UPDATE: Alleged “mugged by MAGA hat haters” victim, Jussie Smollett has retained the high-profile, Chicago defense attorney Michael Monico. Monico also represents Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen; he is considered one of the best defense lawyers in the country.

Query: If Smollett is the victim, why does he need a defense attorney?

THERE ARE FIVE TASTES: When I was growing up, we were taught that the human tongue has taste receptors for four tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, and salt. But scientists have now identified a fifth receptor that recognizes a taste called “umami” (oo-MAH-mee). Also described as “savory”, it can be described as a pleasant “brothy” or “meaty” taste with a long-lasting, mouthwatering and coating sensation over the tongue. By itself, umami is not palatable, but it makes a great variety of foods pleasant.

Many humans’ first encounter with it is breast milk, which contains roughly the same amount of umami as broths. Umami is also present in fish, shellfish, cured meats, mushrooms, vegetables (e.g., ripe tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, spinach, celery, etc.) or green tea, hydrolysed vegetable protein, and fermented and aged products involving bacterial or yeast cultures, such as cheeses, shrimp pastes, fish sauce, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, and yeast extracts such as Vegemite and Marmite.

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