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What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Kevin Cramer

Posted on 12/07/2016 2:25:44 PM PST by KeyLargo

What the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Really About

The standoff isn’t about tribal rights or water, but a White House that ignores the rule of law.

Kevin Cramer

A little more than two weeks ago, during a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a public bridge in southern North Dakota. That was simply the latest manifestation of the “prayerful” and “peaceful” protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Escalating tensions were temporarily defused Sunday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the direction of the Obama administration, announced it would refuse to grant the final permit needed to complete the $3.8 billion project. The pipeline, which runs nearly 1,200 miles from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to Illinois, is nearly complete except for a small section where it needs to pass under the Missouri River. Denying the permit for that construction only punts the issue to next month—to a new president who won’t thumb his nose at the rule of law.

Like many North Dakotans, I’ve had to endure preaching about the pipeline from the press, environmental activists, musicians and politicians in other states. More often than not, these sermons are informed by little more than a Facebook post. At the risk of spoiling the protesters’ narrative, I’d like to bring us back to ground truth.

• This isn’t about tribal rights or protecting cultural resources. The pipeline does not cross any land owned by the Standing Rock Sioux. The land under discussion belongs to private owners and the federal government. To suggest that the Standing Rock tribe has the legal ability to block the pipeline is to turn America’s property rights upside down.

• Two federal courts have rejected claims that the tribe wasn’t consulted....

(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: activists; climatechange; dakota; democrats; economy; enviros; law; nativeamericans; obama; pipeline; politicians; statesrights
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Excellent explanation regarding the politics of the protest.

Google the headline to read.

"So what is the pipeline dispute really about? Political expediency in a White House that does not see itself as being bound by the rule of law. The Obama administration has decided to build a political legacy rather than lead the country. It is facilitating an illegal occupation that has grown wildly out of control. That the economy depends on a consistent and predictable permitting regime seems never to have crossed the president’s mind."

1 posted on 12/07/2016 2:25:44 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

But let a bunch of Militia types try something similar in Oregon and in comes the FBI tactical units.


2 posted on 12/07/2016 2:28:21 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("need to buck up and endure just as much winning as we possibly can." -BeauBo)
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To: KeyLargo
Wampum? 💵🔌🏹🤑
3 posted on 12/07/2016 2:28:57 PM PST by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)
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To: KeyLargo

Imagine if the rancher would have used an ied.

You know how they were spun even without this.

These people are spun as saints.

It is brutally sickening.


4 posted on 12/07/2016 2:29:59 PM PST by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: KeyLargo

Exactly the point I have been making.

No rule of law for Obama. He does not, and never has cared about such things.

His whole life has been about disrupting and defeating the rule of law.


5 posted on 12/07/2016 2:30:41 PM PST by marktwain
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To: KeyLargo

Just an FYI, Native Americans DO NOT live in tepees. They’re not that hardy nor that stupid.


6 posted on 12/07/2016 2:36:48 PM PST by upsdriver (I support Sarah Palin.)
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To: rktman

Uhm, wrong tribe Joe.....

7 posted on 12/07/2016 2:36:48 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I don’t know what is worst, the communist left or just ignorant. This pipeline is needed and poses no problem to the Indians or the rotten core of communists Democrat ignorant.


8 posted on 12/07/2016 2:37:01 PM PST by Logical me
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To: KeyLargo

Don’t we still have those Hotchkiss guns in storage somewhere?


9 posted on 12/07/2016 2:37:14 PM PST by DesertRhino (November 8, America's Brexit!!!)
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To: KeyLargo

It’s about....if you give us money, we won’t object so much..Indians have done this since the beginning...


10 posted on 12/07/2016 2:39:23 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: KeyLargo

I used to be able to Google search my way into WSJ articles, but it hasn’t worked the last couple of times. Is there something I’m missing?


11 posted on 12/07/2016 2:39:59 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: KeyLargo

He’ll let President Trump do the dirty and hard work to enforce the rule of law and then he’ll stand on the sidelines and harp at Trump if things get nasty. Lawless freak.


12 posted on 12/07/2016 2:40:22 PM PST by Lent
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To: upsdriver
"Just an FYI, Native Americans DO NOT live in tepees. They’re not that hardy nor that stupid."

Yes, we know...

13 posted on 12/07/2016 2:43:10 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

These protestors have been bussed in by Buffet and Soros. They are not locals....and are paid $15.00 an hour to protest. The underground pipeline will be far safer than rail or road transport, and Buffet has the contract for rail transport.


14 posted on 12/07/2016 2:44:54 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (,)
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To: Sacajaweau

Great article here:

Native American reservations: America’s failed Socialist experiment

Posted by ReaganGirl in Economy, Native Americans, Socialism

September 19, 2016
Native American Reservations: “Socialist Archipelago”

Andrei Znamenski
Mises Institute Daily

Imagine a country that has a corrupt authoritarian government. In that country no one knows about checks and balances or an independent court system. Private property is not recognized in that country either. Neither can one buy or sell land. And businesses are reluctant to bring investments into this country. Those who have jobs usually work for the public sector. Those who don’t have jobs subsist on entitlements that provide basic food. At the same time, this country sports a free health care system and free access to education. Can you guess what country it is? It could be the former Soviet Union, Cuba, or any other socialist country of the past.

Yet, I want to assure you that such a country exists right here in the United States. And its name is Indian Country. Indian Country is a generic metaphor that writers and scholars use to refer to the archipelago of 310 Native American reservations, which occupy 2 percent of the U.S. soil. Scattered all over the United States, these sheltered land enclaves are held in trust by the federal government. So legally, many of these land enclaves are a federal property. So there you cannot freely buy and sell land or use it as collateral. On top of this, since the Indian tribes are wards of the federal government, one cannot sue them for breach of contract. Indian reservations are communally used by Indian groups and subsidized by the BIA (the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior) with a current annual budget of about $3 billion dollars. Besides being a major financial resource that sustains the reservation system, BIA’s goal is also to safeguard indigenous communities, or, in other words, to make sure that they would never fail when dealing with the “outside” society. People in the government and many Native American leaders naÏvely believe that it is good for the well-being of the Indians to be segregated and sheltered from the rest of American society.

This peculiar trust status of Indian Country, where private property rights are insecure, scares away businesses and investors.1 They consider these forbidden grounds high risk areas. So, in Indian Country, we have an extreme case of what Robert Higgs famously labeled “regime uncertainty” that retards economic development.2 In fact, this “regime uncertainty” borders on socialism. James Watt, Secretary of the Interior in the first Reagan administration, was the first to publicly state this. In 1983, he said (and then dearly paid for this), “If you want an example of the failure of socialism, don’t go to Russia, come to America and go to the Indian reservations.”3...

Read at:

http://reagangirl.com/native-american-reservations-americas-failed-socialist-experiment/


15 posted on 12/07/2016 2:46:49 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: upsdriver

You’re so right. Can you imagine why they would be in a building made of skin/cloth, and have to sit on the FROZEN ground; Lunacy .. and they’re not stupid.


16 posted on 12/07/2016 2:49:14 PM PST by CyberAnt (Peace through Strength)
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To: upsdriver

But there are a number of American Indians who do know how to put up a lodge and looking at the way those lodges are put together is just painful. The skin is slack, which means they didn’t ‘diamond’ cut the poles to keep them from turning once planted in the ground (or didn’t put the bows out in the first place), the smoke flaps aren’t oriented right for conditions, there’s disrepair which should have long ago been fixed...

There are some American Indians who do live year round in lodges - they do so for a number of reasons (most often, because they make money from doing it.)

But ghads, all I see in that picture are a bunch of college ‘Native American Activist’ teepees which have zero clue how to deal with their tents. Hell, call them what they are, death traps.


17 posted on 12/07/2016 2:51:09 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Wish they would come to Phoenix and protest the expansion of the 202 freeway!


18 posted on 12/07/2016 2:51:09 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: KeyLargo

I won’t be long before a Trump-led DoJ and FBI puts an end to this shenanigan and gets the pipeline built.


19 posted on 12/07/2016 2:51:09 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: KeyLargo

They ignored the part about it being about money (the Indians are mad they can’t fleece the white man because it goes around the reservation).


20 posted on 12/07/2016 2:52:13 PM PST by reaganaut (Yes I am female, yes I love guns, yes I carry and yes I reload and handload my own ammo.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Bingo


21 posted on 12/07/2016 2:52:47 PM PST by reaganaut (Yes I am female, yes I love guns, yes I carry and yes I reload and handload my own ammo.)
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To: RayChuang88

the point of the freezing is to give trump a black eye early on

It will be very interesting to see how he makes a deal to get the project moving again


22 posted on 12/07/2016 2:54:05 PM PST by Thibodeaux (Exile Barack, Exile the Wookie, Exile Malia, Exile Shasha)
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To: KeyLargo

I delivered on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. I can attest that I never saw a sight like that. For the most part, they are good and decent people in spite of the federal government’s efforts to destroy them via handouts.


23 posted on 12/07/2016 2:54:09 PM PST by upsdriver (I support Sarah Palin.)
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To: KeyLargo

I grew up in Palm Springs - our Indians were pilars of the community, wealthy (once allowed gambling), upstanding, and supported our HS mascot being the Indians (huge boosters of the HS). They also vote Republican.

Then I moved to South Dakota to run the family farm (which goes up to near Standing Rock). And the Indians here are like the Illegals in CA, except they shun anyone who wants to actually succeed. The reservations here are horrible because they want it that way. And if you don’t vote lib (as the chief tells you) you are kicked off and on your own. I know one nice gay Indian guy who when he first left the Rez acted like he was going to get killed by them. Now he has some more confidence and is starting to act as normal as can be expected.


24 posted on 12/07/2016 2:56:34 PM PST by reaganaut (Yes I am female, yes I love guns, yes I carry and yes I reload and handload my own ammo.)
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To: reaganaut

“There is no doubt that Native American communities have historically suffered at the hands of the federal government. But to litigate that history on the back of a legally permitted river crossing is absurd. The Obama administration should enforce the law, release the easement and conclude this dangerous standoff.”

Mr. Cramer, a Republican, represents North Dakota in the U.S. House. As a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission (2003-12) he helped site the original Keystone Pipeline completed in 2010.


25 posted on 12/07/2016 2:57:10 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Excellent. Thank you for posting.


26 posted on 12/07/2016 2:57:34 PM PST by dware (I love waking up in a world with President-elect Trump!)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

I hope they are going to declare the $15/hr on their taxes....


27 posted on 12/07/2016 2:59:23 PM PST by Shady (We WON the Battle, Now let's WIN THE WAR!!!!)
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To: KeyLargo

The snow covered encampment looks cold. Perhaps we should be nice and send some blankets their way.


28 posted on 12/07/2016 2:59:30 PM PST by dware (I love waking up in a world with President-elect Trump!)
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To: KeyLargo
Don't understand why the pipe around the Lake. We use it for drinking. 3-4 Govt Agencies suggested it but the Arny Engineers didn't not agree. So all of the sitting Bullsh*t wouldn't be on the news. I thought they liked the Indians - feather.
29 posted on 12/07/2016 3:00:18 PM PST by keving (We get the government to vote)
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To: Rushmore Rocks
"These protestors have been bussed in by Buffet and Soros. They are not locals....and are paid $15.00 an hour to protest."
30 posted on 12/07/2016 3:00:32 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: keving
The Sopranos Columbus Day episode:
31 posted on 12/07/2016 3:09:04 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: upsdriver

===I delivered on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. I can attest that I never saw a sight like that. For the most part, they are good and decent people in spite of the federal government’s efforts to destroy them via handouts.===

So true, I have lived in the 4 corners almost 50yrs and as the reservation pics show is that the ‘rez’ is the death spiral to tribes. All handouts, no work. Truly native ghettos by fed and tribal govts by design. The Navajos, a LOT of them refuse to live on the rez and move off, are employed, buy houses, go to school, incorporate into the rest of the surrounding population. You can’t ask for a harder working and prouder population than the rez native that has escaped the hellholes made for them.


32 posted on 12/07/2016 3:09:27 PM PST by redcatcherb412
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To: redcatcherb412

Grew up in NM.

Amen to your comment.


33 posted on 12/07/2016 3:15:59 PM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: KeyLargo

What it’s about is Warren Buffett’s trains.


34 posted on 12/07/2016 3:19:26 PM PST by arthurus (Mrs Clinton is The Great Conniver.)
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To: KeyLargo

It’s time to close down the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service..

They are Americans of Chinese descent.

What if we had 320 German Sovereign Nations inside our borders?


35 posted on 12/07/2016 3:22:19 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MNJohnnie

“But let a bunch of Militia types try something similar in Oregon and in comes the FBI tactical units.”

Yes, and here’s hoping that Atty General Sessions will have some internal “short arm inspections” to try and find out what really happened in Oregon (and in Bunkerville, NV with the Bundys as well). Personally, I think some prosecutions of public officials and LEOs is warranted.


36 posted on 12/07/2016 3:22:39 PM PST by vette6387
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To: KeyLargo

He evidently doesn’t know the difference between Indians who ride horses, and those who ride elephants! As him to take the press out to look at America’s huge elephant herds!


37 posted on 12/07/2016 3:24:41 PM PST by vette6387
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True that it passes to the north of the actual reservation land. But I think their argument
is about it coming thru other land that they consider to be unceded Sioux land and wasn't
granted to the USA. JMO. Orginally plans had it going to the North of Bismark but was
rerouted South. How and why the change I don't know.

38 posted on 12/07/2016 3:25:52 PM PST by deport
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To: dware

“The snow covered encampment looks cold. Perhaps we should be nice and send some blankets their way.”

It will be a wee bit cool there soon.

So we all hope that they paid protestors will be nice and comfy in their fake Tee-Pees...

The Latest: Dangerous wind chills to follow ND blizzard

Updated 22 hrs ago


39 posted on 12/07/2016 3:27:58 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

My husband’s wood products company got a government contract to build and deliver 100 wooden doors to the Pine Ridge “Rez” for their homes. We delivered and our crew installed them. We went back two weeks later to check on progress.
Most of the doors were shattered and their homes were in tatters. I’m sure that many of them are wonderful and really want to improve their lives. But, in my experience, most are alcoholics, and abusive to their wives and children. It really saddens me


40 posted on 12/07/2016 3:31:56 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks (,)
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To: arthurus

“What it’s about is Warren Buffett’s trains.”

“As a result of the fracking revolution and shale oil boom, oil train shipments have increased, particularly on a railroad shipping oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation owned by billionaire and friend of Obama, Warren Buffett.

So too have the risks of oil train derailments, fires, and explosions that damage the environment and risk human lives. One of a series of such incidents occurred in Illinois early last March when two cars of a 105-car derailed oil train operated by Buffet’s BNSF Railroad and carrying oil from North Dakota caught fire and sent flames and smoke into the skies over Galena, Illinois, a small town of 3,300 people.

In July of 2013, a 72-car oil train carrying North Dakota crude, a train similar to those criss-crossing the United States, derailed near the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, erupting in a series of explosions, killing 13. It could happen here, and unless more pipelines are built, likely will.

As Investor’s Business Daily has noted, pipelines are much safer than railroads, yet President Obama and the Democrats are loathe to permit their construction. Pipelines carrying Bakken oil would link up to a completed Keystone XL pipeline, creating American jobs and protecting American lives:”

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/11/dakota_pipeline_opponents_speak_with_forked_tongue.html


41 posted on 12/07/2016 3:34:42 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Pictured: Group of near-do-well tribal pawns doing what comes natural; used by tribal ruling families to get more money and stuff for themselves from ignorant blue-eyes who fall for the tribal political hokum.


42 posted on 12/07/2016 3:41:07 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: dware
Third Freight Train Derails (Second Owned By Buffett) Days After Obama Kills Keystone Pipeline

by Tyler Durden Nov 9, 2015

43 posted on 12/07/2016 3:52:57 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: deport

The south route was always plan A. The north plan B. The graph is a lie.


44 posted on 12/07/2016 3:59:28 PM PST by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marilyn vos Savant)
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To: upsdriver
I live on a Rez.....

Everyone I know...is doing pretty well.

45 posted on 12/07/2016 4:03:52 PM PST by Osage Orange (Cover up after cover up...OUR GOVERNMENT is OUT OF CONTROL)
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To: KeyLargo

Marked to read.


46 posted on 12/07/2016 4:47:57 PM PST by BurrOh (All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. ~Orwell)
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To: redcatcherb412

As a child in Farmington NM, dad often did not have money to let us go to the Allan Theater, so he would load us in the car, go to a bar just south of main, and let us watch the drunk Navajos get arrested.

When I lived there as an adult in 1973-1977, the Navajos were still getting rip roaring drunk. Every Sunday morning there were empty bottles of whiskey in the park on Main street. They had their own room at the Copper Penny. Dizzy Land was my hang out.


47 posted on 12/07/2016 4:52:03 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Conan: To crush your enemies, and to hear the lamentations of their women)
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To: Osage Orange

Any of the tribes in Oklahoma protest any local pipelines? I’ve never heard of it. Maybe it is because some of the tribes have oceans of OIL under them and are doing well.

Ever heard of the Oklahoma tribes protest against the building of lakes in the area? Cemeteries are moved so the lakes can be built. No one I know has ever used the “sacred Indian Burial Ground” scam to stop progress.


48 posted on 12/07/2016 4:58:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Conan: To crush your enemies, and to hear the lamentations of their women)
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To: reaganaut
They ignored the part about it being about money (the Indians are mad they can’t fleece the white man because it goes around the reservation).

Casinos are much easier way to rip off whitey. Another insanity sanctioned by the Federal Government. One casino was built in Kalifornia that had a single tribe member.

49 posted on 12/07/2016 5:22:21 PM PST by itsahoot (Three words I don't want to hear, Comprehensive Immigration Reform.)
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To: KeyLargo
But to litigate that history on the back of a legally permitted river crossing is absurd. The Obama administration should enforce the law, release the easement and conclude this dangerous standoff.”

ObamaIllegally blocks a legal contractual obligation and they complain about Trump strong arming Carrier. Oh well.

50 posted on 12/07/2016 5:27:29 PM PST by itsahoot (Three words I don't want to hear, Comprehensive Immigration Reform.)
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