A Few Simple Tips for a Healthier 2017

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I never figured myself for a health guru, especially back when I was a fat 255 lbs. Yet, today, I get asked all the time: what I do; how I do it; what works; what I recommend, etc. I like to be helpful, so here are some answers.

This week finds me four workouts into the year. I took off about 3.5 weeks – off just before Christmas through New Years by design, the rest by happenstance. The break was needed and worked wonders. Now I’ve hit the gym Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and today – a bit sore but it’s a good sore. Great things…

Here’s a few things you can do (not going overly into details, sorry):

In General

Sleep more and better. I have always struggled with the “better” part myself.

Breath better, slower and fuller.

Drink more water.

Stretch – before a workout, after a workout and, especially when you think you need it.

Stop worrying.

Stop associating with negative people, things, places, and habits.

Remember that “health” carries over to all facets of life. It’s not just pumping iron and eating granola. Think your day job is killing you? It might be. Prepare to change everything you have to.

Set a regular schedule. Decide on the kind of fitness or health you want and work towards it.

Cut out useless or damaging activities (i.e. TV).

Take it easy, pace yourself.

Don’t take it too easy.

If you have a legitimate, pre-existing condition, see a health professional before making any major changes. They’ll still recommend changes, just the right ones. If you’re a lazy slob, prepare to stop making excuses.

Exercises

Assess your fitness state and level. There are calculators for this. If in doubt, consult a doctor or a trainer.

Find a gym, home gym, park, or other place where you enjoy working out. Then do it.

Lift weights – no less than thrice per week, no more than five times per week (unless you become an athlete training for something – could happen).

Regulate your weight schedule.

Mix it up: everything works, nothing works for long. Change as needed.

Work in the cardio. I box, walk, hike, and do a kind of stumbling run.

Mix up the cardio too. Avoid boredom. Challenge yourself.

Find a way, almost any way, to make the exercise fun. Most times, it will be that in and of itself. Or it should be.

Monitor your progress. Make adjustments as needed. Set goals.

Rest when you need to – but not for too long. Rest can easily turn into idle sloth. This (and boredom) is why people give up on resolutions between right now and February.

If in pain, take a pill. Try to do without medications as much as you can. The body heals well all on its own.

Diet

Drink more water. I say this twice for a reason. More water, less other fluids.

2,000 calories per day – that’s the “average”. Use a calculator to tweak your intake as everyone is different. Count them daily.

Eat for fuel, not for feel.

Kill the: white flour, white sugar, most other sugar, starchy carbs, bread, “bad” fats, processed foods, fast food, and junk food. Just stop. This, by itself, will work wonders.

No: soft drinks, energy drinks (see below), cookies, cake, ice cream, etc. Stop indulging the sugar cravings and they will go away. Treat yourself every once in a while.

Lay off the alcohol. I say “lay off” not “quit”.

Eat a healthy amount of healthy fat. Fat is energy, it does not necessarily turn into body fat. Sugar and starch do.

Eat more fiber.

Eat more protein.

There are calculators for all this eating.

Eat more fruits and green veggies as part of a balanced diet.

Consider a vitamin or other health supplement. There are many and with many claims. Do your research.

Drink more water. Seriously, this and the sleep might be the most important part of the “program”.

If you need a “stimulant”, look no further than plain, old, black coffee.

If you think you need hormone replacement or HGH or something, you might. Consult a GOOD doctor before trying any of this stuff. I’m neither for nor against any of it, per se.

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Slim it, trim it, join the yachting set, hug girls.

There you go. These things are so simple they practically explain themselves. It’s the starting and sticking with it that’s a little hard. Make it a month or so and you’ll be on autopilot. Fall off? You might. Then, just start again. Don’t give up and don’t give in.

Happy, healthy 2017!

The $10,000,000,000,000,000,000 Rock in Space

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I think that’s $10,000 Quadrillion.

I was going to write something about the arrest of Noor Salman. Noor Salman, widow of the June, 2016, Orlando terrorist attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested today in connection with the attack. Make of that what you will.

Then I saw, read about rather, the rock. It’s an asteroid named Psyche. And NASA is setting out to explore it.

The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold.

Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the lead scientist on the NASA mission and the director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, told Canada’s Global News: ““Even if we could grab a big metal piece and drag it back here … what would you do?

“Could you kind of sit on it and hide it and control the global resource — kind of like diamonds are controlled corporately — and protect your market?

“What if you decided you were going to bring it back and you were just going to solve the metal resource problems of humankind for all time?”

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Arizona State University.

So, why did I pick the one story over the other? Several reasons: First, I hate terrorism. At the same time I do not trust the government. You can kinda see the issues there if you look. And it’s old news. Important maybe, but dated – and I’m tired of that story. We’re sure to keep suffering fresh terrorism at any rate.

Most importantly, Noor and Omar are the past. They represent the same violent, idiocy that has plagued mankind since the days of the caveman. The asteroid represents the future. I know the thing has been around for a long time but it still points a way forward for humanity.

I do not buy the “crash the world economy” headlines – hyperbole and mere extreme example. Getting there will take 13 years and then what? As the story implies there isn’t much we could do with all that metal. Yet.

But we will need it sooner or later. Either from that giant rock or from another source.

No reason to bring it all back to earth either.

Sure, I’ll bet there are a few banksters who would love to corner the market on asteroid metals and crush the rest of us. To hell with them. They can join Omar in the dustbin. Their schemes have been and ever will be useless.

There is, however, a more worthy use of such abundant heavenly materials. Yesterday I wrote a review about the movie Passengers. The film involved the ever-so-attractive Jennifer Lawrence and some joker stranded on a big spaceship for a 120-year interstellar voyage.

That big ship was made of something. And the something had to come from somewhere. Yes, right now, we build our little ships from Earthly materials. But such a large vessel would have to be constructed in space. That means moving large amounts of material up there. And that material has other uses on this planet.

Fortunately, the Lord has given us Psyche and other giant mineral depositories along with the sketchy know-how to reach them. Eventually we could tow a big rock into intermediate orbit, say between us and the moon. Then we could set up a mining operation and an adjacent spaceship factory.

It’s cozy, if difficult. But we will do it someday – probably in the next 200 years or so. We can also expect to find gases and nuclear materials for propulsion out there too. Some day we will build and operate the big ships on big missions. And, as in the movie, they will be private property.

NASA is doing the groundwork, now, similar to Ferdinand and Isabella’s financing of Columbus. As the oceans are, today, the realm of free enterprise and private affairs, so space will be later.

When? No idea. But it is kind of cool to think about. In fact, it rocks… Get it? Rocks? Rock in space… eh….

The End of Obamacare?

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There’s no doubt the ACA is finished. It’s bankrupt; it doesn’t work; its killing coverage; the coverage afforded is basically unusable; doctor’s are fleeing; insurance companies are abandoning entire states; and, of course, it’s found nowhere in the Constitution outside the overactive imagination of John Roberts (not that that one matters). The question is how will it go out. And what will take it’s place?

President-elect Trump dropped some hints as to his coming answers:

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

In addition to his replacement plan for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, Trump said he will target pharmaceutical companies over drug prices.

“They’re politically protected, but not anymore,” he said of pharmaceutical companies.

One wonders how “insurance for everybody” will be paid for. Trump is likely to face a greater fight from his own party than from the opposition. The Democrats should technically be okay so long as continued coverage for the “poor” is promised (no-one cares about delivery, it’s the thought that counts in D.C.). And the GOP has murmured about changing the law but keeping those dreadful taxes – even as they contemplate mind-blowing debt increases in the near years to come.

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NBC News.

Another huge problem will be the insurance industry and the medical community. They will not go away quietly. And they will join forces with the big-pharma racket. Nothing about repealing or replacing this monster will be easy. But change has to come. Barring massive, massive subsidies, the program as is, is finished.

Fred Reed recently mused on the fact that the much-maligned, socialist single-payer system found in some other countries is preferable to what we have now. And he’s right. Single-payer would cost less overall and would likely deliver much better results. But, recall that delivery doesn’t matter in D.C. Due to the stigma, the potential loss of control and profits for the insurance cabal, etc., and the lingering collective remembrance of freedom, socialized medicine is not going to happen in America. No time soon, at least.

The Austrian, the anarchist, and the capitalist in me fully believes that a completely unregulated, free-market system is by far the best alternative. It’s one we used to have and is still found in a few small places around the world. It worked – too well for the government and their corporate handlers. It will never return.

So “free” medicine, the best solution, and socialized medicine, a distant second-best, are off the table. That leaves things in between them and what we have now. And what we have now is the worst possible in the developed world. It’s really little better than no care at all in many cases. In some cases, it’s actually worse.

What we’re probably going to end up with is a compromise. Something dead in the middle that will last a few years or decades and then need another massive overhaul. I wish Trump (and all of us) well but I remain optimistically pessimistic.

As is, I’ll try to stay healthy and avoid any contact with any medical system. That’s what I recommend for everybody.

Help Wanted: perrinlovett.net Requires a Washington Correspondent ASAP

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Well. It’s more of an unpaid internship really. Style the title as you will; the unpaid part is certain. But I’m going to need someone in D.C. possibly as soon as next week.

Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be invited to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.

Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday that due to “off the chart” interest in the new administration, the president-elect was considering moving briefings from the James S Brady press briefing room, which has been used by presidents to address the media since 1970, to a venue with a greater capacity.

A report published by Esquire magazine on Saturday indicated the venue could be inside the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House.

“I know change is difficult sometimes,” Spicer told Fox News. “But sometimes change can actually be better.”

Spicer argued the proposal would mean “you can involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility”. He suggested that this would mean outlets that are not traditionally part of the White House press corps would be able to ask questions during presidential press briefings.

There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media,” Spicer said, “but to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.”

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Yes, more democratic. More bloggers. Carlos Slim has his blog’s reps there. Why can’t I have mine? More then, here, for you, from there.

I may have to make the first few trips myself. GoFundMe page for that coming soon…

If you’re serious about this unique employment opportunity, then I’m serious about the unpaid thing. Otherwise my H.R. protocols are much like Fox News – legs and all that. Apply in the comments section below. Only independently wealthy, free/anarchist-thinking, cigar-loving, gun-toting, hot, single women between the ages of 19 and 27 will be considered. Looks and attitude count more than degree or professional pedigree. I discriminate … but do not pay… No money…

Passengers: A Review of Sorts

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Putting aside the weightier matters for the evening, I thought I would reminisce about a recent evening at the theater. As it happened, the honor fell to me to escort my daughter and several of her friends to see a movie. The movie was Passengers.

Most of the films I see are with and for my daughter. Any time with her is quality time. But every once in a while I get surprised and independently enjoy the show itself. Actually, I’ll admit she has pretty good tastes. You’ll recall my happy viewing last year of Zootopia.

Anyhow we all went over to the big, nice mall, home to the big, nice AMC theater. It’s the big, nice mall down the street from the even bigger, nicer mall (more on that one at a later date). Arriving early allowed for malling around for about two hours. That, for me, consisted of repeatedly moving from one promenade bench to another. I heard much about “Instagram”…

It was a 7:30ish showtime for Passengers. I love my daughter and I think her friends are swell but I fully expected to nap through this one. I obligatorily sat several seats away. That’s what the cool dad’s do: it gives space but allows for vigilance. It also affords a nap if necessary. In this case, it was not.

I actually liked this movie.

Set in the indeterminate but not-too-distant future, the movie finds the lovely Jennifer Lawrence, some guy I don’t know, and about 5,000 other passengers asleep on a 120-year voyage to a new planet.

As you may have heard elsewhere, the plot revolves around Lawrence and that guy waking up too early. Way too early. I’m not going to give away the whys and hows but they end up with 90 years on their hands. Luckily they’re on a pretty cool luxury ship where everything is automated.

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She’s a bit more … realistic than say a vessel from Star Wars or Star Trek. One gets the impression this thing might really fly in the not-too-distant but indeterminate future. Power comes from fusion, routed to an ion drive. Technically, possible stuff. It also features a ritzy bar manned by a British robot.

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It’s part love story and part science fiction thriller. As for the first part: what would you do, stranded on a huge spaceship for 90 years with Jennifer Lawrence? Yep. The thriller bit is a little more complicated. The whole thing is complicated really. Though I thought it was all well inter-woven.

The ship has some major issues. And our heroes, being the only people awake, have to deal with them. A member of the crew also comes to for a short period but isn’t a major character – critically important, it seems, but he dies due to the overall deteriorating condition of the ship.

There’s a bit of an ethical dilemma as well. Initially it seems downright criminal in nature. However, as seen by the end of the story, it turns out poetically fated to have happened and is the one thing that prevents catastrophe.

After many twists and turns, Lawrence and the dude wind up with an unexpected but creatively happy ending.

So it is that I recommend this movie: part reverse-Titanic in space, part reverse-Rip Van Winkle (also in space), and part … some other space-based romance action stuff. There’s even a little comedy thrown in too. I think you’ll like it. I suppose it would make an ideal date movie. Also a good movie for the middle school girls in your life. Then again, it was even a good movie for a curmudgeonly chaperon.

Jennifer Lawrence is hot.

You’re welcome.

At Least Someone at the Church is Taking Notice

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Western civilization predates Christianity, true. However, 1,700 years of influence made a considerable impression. Until the immediate post-modern era, Europe and Christendom were synonymous. That is rapidly changing. And one Italian Bishop is alarmed.

Everyone in Italy and the rest of Europe will “soon be Muslim” because of the country’s “stupidity”, a prominent Italian archbishop has said.

Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, said that Islam will soon become Europe’s main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.

Speaking to Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, the archbishop said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that are proper of paganism.

“All of this moral and religious decadence favours Islam.”

“We have a weak Christian faith,” he added. “The Church nowadays does not work well and seminaries are empty.

“Parishes are the only thing still standing. We need a true Christian life. All this paves the way to Islam. In addition to this, they have children and we do not. We are in full decline.”

The archbishop added that the problem is not just Muslim immigration. The number of Eastern Europeans arriving over the past few years has also hit the quality of life for native Italians, he said.

“We help without delay those coming from outside and we forget many poor and old Italians who are eating from the trash,” the archbishop said. “We need policies that take care of Italians first: our young people and the unemployed.

“I am a protester. If I were not a priest, I’d be out there demonstrating in the squares. What is the point of so many migrants that instead of thanking for the food we give them, they just throw it, spend hours with their cell phones and even organise riots?”

He even criticised the Catholic Church for giving money to migrants.

“Giving money to migrants wandering around town is not only wrong, but morally harmful because we encourage their behaviour and they get used to that, not mentioning the fact that we already feed them.

“I think sometimes this creates a beggars’ network. I remember that my father went to work very hard as a migrant in Australia so I could go to seminary. So he has experienced in his own skin the discomfort of poverty and the noble virtue of gratitude.”

I think 10 years is a little too alarmist. It’s looking more like 30 – 50, by the demographics. Still, that is alarming enough. Especially considering that the recent invaders categorically denounce Christianity, western civilization, and everything that goes with them. Utter incompatibility.

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That the Church – and I’ve mentioned this more than a few times – actively supports its own extermination is unconscionable. I’m glad someone in a position of authority sees it the same way. I also look for Monsignor Liberati (an appropriate name!) to be put out to pasture for his heretical outlook. He already sports the “Emeritus” title. Is full (forced) retirement too far away?

And things keep on changing. There is a huge and growing opposition to the Islamic and non-Western invasion. Politically, the phenomenon has run it’s course. I look for a reversal (or a war) in the coming decade. As Vox Day noted, 2017 will be the year when the natives begin to push back violently against their hateful attackers. It has already begun.

Of course, the real problem is with the Christians, not the Muslims. As Liberati notes, they have failed to live as they should and are now reaping the rewards. A century of idiotic, fratricidal war and socialism/secularism does that. Hopefully the 21st century will see a reversal, a revival, and a reconstitution of Christendom.

If not, we’re looking at another dark age. It won’t matter whether it’s a steeple or a minaret, the town will be in ruins. At least some are aware.

More Laws, Less Justice (Example 3,785,933,501)

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Cicero was correct: the more laws, the less justice. The U.S. has total law, complete legislation of everything. Does that mean we have no justice at all? Martin Armstrong thinks so.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California has upheld the criminal conviction of Robert Kahre, the man who tried to circumvent the IRS by paying his employees in gold coin. He relied on the face value of the gold coins being below the legal threshold that triggers withholding taxes. A $20 gold coin is legal tender for only $20 — not its gold value. Gold was never demonetized. From a strict construction perspective, Kahre was correct and should not have been charged legally. However, the IRS interprets the value of the gold, not the legal tender value. The Court held that Kahre didn’t do his duty to serve as a tax collector for the United States, for which you, as an employer, are not paid. Kahre is currently serving a 15-year sentence.

You must understand that you are dancing with the devil. There is absolutely NO RULE OF LAW whatsoever and all your constitutional rights are fictional. Your liberty and human rights are in the hands of every petty government officer because they get to do whatever they desire and it has become your burden to go to court to PROVE you have any human rights. This is what happens in all republics. Whenever you have a political class, they always exert their power against the people. There is ABSOLUTELY NO HISTORICAL EXCEPTION!

A couple of things. First, Armstrong is half right: there is a rule of law: total rule under complete legislation of everything. Second, those rights are a fiction. Every once in a while a citizen wins but it is almost always a fluke. The Soviet show trials had a better acquittal ratio. Tried to redress a grievance lately?? Lastly, Kahre was stupid (brave but stupid) to try this. It’s the government’s game and they’ll change the rules when they want to. Simple as that.

This evening I did my initial and incomplete estimations for my 2016 tax returns. I’m not feeling charitable towards the cabal on the Potomac. Wouldn’t it be grand if weasels like Paul Ryan stopped crying for 11 illegal alien criminals for a second and considered a little relief for 200,000,000 oppressed citizen taxpayers?

I’ll stop now…

Deport Congress … Now

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Republicans have long had a unique use and calling in politics – to cave in and go along to get along – no matter the subject. Now, they can add to their useless reputations the nuance of stabbing Americans in the back as hard as their feeble, bloated arms might allow.

Donald Trump got elected last year in part because Americans are sick of their borders being overrun by law-breakers. They want some semblance of the old country back. They want illegals removed. Candidate Trump said he got it. President-elect Trump may still get it. Paul Ryan, who would lose a popularity contest to D.C. sewer rats, will never get it.

Congressional Republicans are working with the Trump transition team on a solution for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained temporary protections and work permits from President Obama. While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised to undo those protections, putting the immigrants at risk of deportation, although he said last month he hoped to “work something out” to help them.

Ryan didn’t detail what Congress and Mr. Trump would do about the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But when questioned on a CNN town hall by a woman who identified herself as a DACA recipient with a young daughter, Ryan told her he did not want to see her deported.

“I can see you love your daughter, you are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future is here,” Ryan said.

“What we have to do is find a way to make sure that you can get right with the law, and we’ve got to do this in a good way so that the rug doesn’t get pulled out from under you and your family gets separated.”

Host Jake Tapper pointed out that Mr. Trump, during the campaign, promised a “deportation force” to round up the more than 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. Ryan dismissed that idea.

“I’m here to tell you in Congress, it’s not happening.”

Instead, Ryan said Mr. Trump has asked lawmakers to focus on two priorities with respect to illegal immigration: securing the border and deporting immigrants who are violent, repeat criminals.

House GOP lawmakers and aides have also said recently they’re working on how to pay for border security to make good on Mr. Trump’s promise of building a wall on the border with Mexico, although at least initially taxpayers would foot the bill – not Mexico, as Mr. Trump promised.

DACA has extended work permits and temporary deportation relief to more than 700,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as youths since its creation in 2012. Mr. Trump has said it and other Obama executive actions are unconstitutional, since they involved going around Congress, a position Ryan repeated Thursday.

DACA permits need to be renewed every two years, so Mr. Trump could cancel out the program over time by ordering agencies to stop processing new applications and renewals. There is high anxiety in immigrant communities about what he will do.

“We have to figure out how to have a humane solution to this very legitimate, sincere problem and respect the rule of law,” Ryan said.

Why build a wall at this point? Why secure the borders? Why even have laws or a play-pretend facade of a nation? Based on the foregoing, the only reason I can come up with is to give jobs to the otherwise unemployable like Ryan.

This is the legacy of the package of total lies known as the Immigration Act of 1965. It’s in the spirit of the GOP/Reagan betrayals of 1986. The former was not going to change anything. The latter was a one-time, never-gonna-happen-again solution (a cave-in). Yet here we are in 2017 facing more lies and more caving. And back-stabbing.

I ask my Republican-voting friends, how can you support this gang of liars and thieves? Dear Democrat friends, please do not smirk; “your” team is right beside and behind the GOP traitors.

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Speaker Ryan startled (like a cockroach) when someone turned on the lights. Chip Somodevilla / Getty.

Fine. I offer a “humane solution to this very legitimate, sincere problem”: deport Congress. The Dreamers, the criminals, the terrorists, and the welfarians can stay. Just give us 535 deportations. Deport Congress. All of them. Now. January 20th will be fine. Where? Anywhere that isn’t the U.S. I suppose the open ocean or Antarctica might do. Space, possibly.

Trump could accomplish this with a single Executive Order and a battalion of Marines. And there is legal precedent for it: see the strange case of Clement L. Vallandigham (D-Ohio).

They just have to go. Pick any illegal alien and you’ve automatically found someone more American that any of our Congressional trash. It’s really time to take it out.