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ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, we believers set aside extra time for repentance, fasting, reflection on Christ’s life.

The ashes that Catholics receive on their foreheads come from the burned, blessed palms of the previous Palm Sunday. The Vatican published guidelines for distributing ashes during the pandemic. Some churches are going with drive through to limit exposure.

CATHOLIC: “What he is doing now is usurping the role of the bishops and confusing people.” – Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS

CUOMO: On Monday, New York’s Democratic governor unapologetically doubled down on blaming “toxic politics” for the decisions that he and his administration made that first killed thousands of elderly nursing home patients and then tried to cover it up.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin wrote, “A second Emmy would not be good enough for that performance. Only an Oscar will do. After all, it takes an uncommon actor to pretend to be telling the truth and nothing but the truth when you are telling everything but the truth.”

Cuomo’s fellow Democrats are so underwhelmed by the whole thing that one of them wrote to the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences requesting they rescind Cuomo’s Emmy.

Queens Councilman Robert Holden wrote, “The Academy awarded Governor Cuomo ‘in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world’. We now know that his TV appearances and clout were used to mislead the public regarding how their loved ones died.”

IMPEACHMENT: On Sunday, Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD) declared the failed impeachment of former President Donald Trump a “dramatic success.” He also said he believed it was the “most bipartisan impeachment in history.”

Two Democratic presidents have been impeached and acquitted once each, while one Republican president has been impeached and acquitted twice. In all four cases, all of the Democrats voted party line. It was only Republicans who crossed party lines, appearing to have possibly listened to the evidence and voted their consciences, rather than voting as the party dictated.

Of the four trials, the one that was both most historic and most bipartisan was that of Democrat Andrew Johnson.

First of all, it occurred while he was still in office. Trump’s second impeachment was clearly aimed not at removing a criminal from the White House, but at preventing him from running for a second term in 2024.

Second, Johnson was tried on eleven charges, while Trump was tried on only one.

Third, the vote to acquit Johnson was just one short of the 2/3 needed to remove him from office. Trump’s vote was ten short.

And fourth, Johnson had ten of the 45 Republicans cross party lines. Trump had only six of the 50 Republicans do so.

KAMALA LIES: Jerknalists and so-called “fact checkers” are letting VFAUXTUS get away with repeating the much debunked fabrication that Trump left no vaccine stockpile or national strategy or plan for vaccinations.

Under Trump, the vaccine was created and approved faster than almost anyone thought was possible. And while they were in the process, Trump’s Operation Warp Speed had vaccine manufacturers geared up to be ready to begin distribution the minute the FDA gave its approval.

On January 22, Bloomberg’s leftie news rag reported that the Trump administration had recently hit its goal for a million vaccinations a day. And Anthony Fauci has admitted that there was already a plan in place before FAUXTUS took office.

LARRY ELDER: Election irregularities, the narrow margin in the 2020 presidential count, and lack of voter trust in the process [12:33]. N.b., this is worth watching, even if you’ve been paying attention. As an extra, at the end, Elder plays a recording of a Los Angeles city councilman who was unable to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

MEDIA COMEUPPANCE: Trump’s impeachment lawyer did an awesome job rebutting this idiotic jerknalist’s bias [2:00].

MEDIA MALPRACTICE: On January 8, the New York Times published a story stating as fact that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was beaten to death during the January 6 riot by a Trump supporter wielding a fire extinguisher. The story was repeated frequently by other media sources and appears to be generally believed by those who have been paying attention.

But the story was just a rumor, based on anonymous sources who were not in law enforcement. And now the fishwrap of record has published a retraction that will no doubt be widely ignored by those same media sources that pushed it in the first place.

On February 4, it was revealed by medical experts that Sicknick did not die of blunt force trauma. In fact, there is apparently so little evidence Sicknick was physically injured at all that the cause of death is still under investigation.

On CSI, toxicology results come back at lightning speed, but according to board-certified toxicologist, Alan Hall, MD, some of the tests take days, weeks, and even months. So it seems likely the cause will become apparent when these kinds of test results come back.

NATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE: Death panels are real in the UK, where all healthcare is “free.” Of course, it isn’t really free; everybody pays for it with high taxes. But not everyone benefits from it.

The Royal Mencap Society, a charity based in the United Kingdom that works with people who have learning disabilities, has reported that their constituency has faced shocking discrimination in and obstacles to accessing healthcare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had cuts made to their social care support and inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices put on their files.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Father Pedro Opeka, a Catholic missionary priest, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of work in Madagascar with the poorest of the poor who live on the site of a garbage dump. Father Opeka has founded villages, schools, food banks, and even a hospital to serve the poor.

Given the kind of people the committee has seen fit to reward in recent years, his chances are slim to none, which is a shame, since the money prize would actually go to people who really need it.

PARLER: It’s back! “Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue,” says Mark Meckler, Interim CEO at Parler

Parler was first launched in August 2018, but was taken offline by Amazon on January 10. Parler officials say their new platform is built on robust, sustainable, independent technology, that it isback online for current users this week, but will be ready to sign up new users by next week.

PERSECUTION: Trump’s impeachment lawyer, Michael van der Veen, has been targeted for punishment by the Left. His family has been terrorized. His life has been threatened. His home has been vandalized. And his business has been invaded. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Pelosi et al. to condemn this politically motivated violence.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY: Biden’s lackluster Presidents’ Day call for unity got ratio’d big time. [1:30] – CLICK https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1361401104244875268 [2:12] to see Trump celebrated in West Palm Beach.

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