Undoing Bears Ears

As one of his last authoritarian acts as despot-in-chief, Barack Obama created Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, seizing nearly 1 1/2 million acres in state land under the auspices of the 1906 Antiquities Act. Under that law, the former president managed to put more lands under stricter federal control than any of his predecessors.
As Nicolas Loris, writing at the Daily Signal, points out ~

The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, was intended to prevent the looting of archaeological and Native American structures and objects, and it gave the federal government an expeditious path to do so.
Unsurprisingly, its use has evolved into a federal power tool for making land grabs that cater to special interests, rather than welcoming input from local affected parties, such as the outdoor tourist industry, Native American tribes, or simply the people living in the community.


Those who lobbied for the national monument designation for Bears Ears were the usual radical earth-firsters and non-locals. Their motive: grab the land and prevent access to those who have responsibly managed it for generations; Native Americans and other residents. Last September Susie Philemon, an Aneth Navajo, fought back tears as she expressed her opposition to Obama’s designation…

… underscoring the fact that they (the Navajo) have strong incentives, both economic and spiritual, to protect and preserve the land.
She stressed that “[t]here are people that still graze there, they reside there, and they make that place their livelihood and you cannot just take that away.”


As usual when pushing their autocratic agenda, progressives have misrepresented the motives of the national monument opponents. Suzette Morris, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in White Mesa, Utah, calls out ‘false narratives’ used by enviro groups to push Bears Ears Monument ~

The initial reasons for a Bears Ears National Monument have always been about “tribal co-management,” yet the end results are far from ringing true. If you believed the rhetoric coming from special-interest groups, you’d actually think the Bears Ears Commission actually has the same level of authority as the United States Department of Interior in managing the Bears Ears National Monument […]
In fact the very language for the proclamation simply implies that the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service would give a Native American voice on land management within Bears Ears National Monument a rather monotonous, “dully noted.”

Furthermore, a large chunk of the lands within the designated area had already been restricted from development before Obama grabbed it.


Utah’s Senator Mike Lee has published more than a dozen videos of San Juan Country residents who want the monument designation rescinded – or the area significantly reduced. Eva Workman is one of these articulate spokespeople ~


So now the good news – President Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, after visiting Bears Ears last month and meeting with locals has recommended that the monument’s boundaries be shrunk ~

SALT LAKE CITY ~ June 12, 2017 ~
In a memo to President Donald Trump, the Interior Secretary recommends reducing the boundaries of the 1.35 million acre monument in southeastern Utah, but also giving Native American tribes “co-management” authority over it.
“The recommendations were not made in a bubble in Washington, D.C. These recommendations were made after extensive, exhaustive, on-the-ground listening and learning sessions,” Zinke told reporters in a conference call. […]


(Utah Governor) Gary Herbert was also happy with the recommendation.
“This interim report is an important first step toward re-establishing sound land management practices for one of the most special areas in the world. Throughout this process Secretary Zinke has demonstrated the utmost respect for local and tribal input. I encourage the president to take this recommendation seriously, and I applaud the ​secretary for his balanced and responsible proposal,” the governor said in a prepared statement.
But some locals in San Juan County who have been pushing for rescinding the monument said they could live with Zinke’s recommendation to shrink it.


This appears to be an excellent first step in rolling back decades of federal overreach and abuse of the Antiquities Act. Let’s hope Trump follows through on his secretary’s recommendations.

Greedy Obama grabbing more Utah land

Various articles on Bears Ears at Free Range Report (An honest, responsible source of information for rural Western news and issues)
Federal Officials Target 27 National Monuments for Review

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GA06 – the Left loses another one

Yesterday’s Georgia’s special election was a teachable moment for our friends on the Left (not that they’re exactly “teachable”). The contest, held to replace Republican Rep. Tom Price who left to serve as President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary, was in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
ossoff-handelJohn Daniel Davidson at The Federalist offers a fitting post-mortem on the race ~

In the most expensive U.S. House race in history, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel Tuesday night in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. The outcome of the race—Handel won 53 percent to Ossoff’s 47 percent, a much larger margin than predicted—should remind Democrats of the last time they flooded an election with out-of-state cash: Wendy Davis’s infamous run for Texas governor in 2014.
There were two main angles to the story of this race: money and Trump. Ossoff spent $25 million in a race that was largely billed as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency, with Ossoff predictably styled as a symbol of the anti-Trump “resistance.”
But it turned out to be more of a referendum on the Democratic Party, which should know that huge amounts of funding from outside donors and the Democratic National Committee doesn’t guarantee a win. It should also know that voters don’t really like being told what to think, especially not by people who don’t live in their state.



While polls leading up to the election had Ossoff winning by nearly 5% points, the actual results echoed Trump’s upset victory last November. (And it was nearly as gloat-worthy :) )
Planned Parenthood donation to Ossoff’s campaign? … $730,000
DNC ad buy on black radio? … $150,000
Percentage of out-of-state donations? … 86%
Total spent by Ossoff on his campaign? … A record-breaking $40 million

Dejected looks on the faces of CNN talking heads?


Dem Jon Ossoff Reportedly Spent $40M in Georgia Election — Now He’s Complaining About Money in Politics
Republican who fought Planned Parenthood wins Georgia special Congressional election
Hollywood Melts Down After Ossoff Loss: ‘Grouphug, Get In’

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When responsible parenting becomes abuse – and vice versa

Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

~ Isaiah 5:20 ~


As I mentioned last week, our neighbors to the north have now criminalized godly parenting ~ Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes ~

Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services.
It adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors to be considered “in the best interests of the child.”
At the same time, it deletes the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child as a factor to be considered, and mandates child protection services consider only the child’s own “creed” or “religion” when assessing the best interests of the child.


Essentially this means that if your 7 year-old daughter wants to be a boy like her older brother, and you explain to her that God created her to be female and that’s just as wonderful, the government can yank her out of your home. And maybe her brother too.
Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before this lunacy spreads to the U.S., because it seems younger Americans have been indoctrinated to the point where they too believe gender is something one can change like hair styles ~ Nearly 50% of Millennials Fine with Feds Taking Kids from Parents Who Don’t Support Transitioning ~

(S)hould the government “remove children from homes where the parents refuse to provide resources for gender transition?”
Fully 18 percent of the 1,402 respondents answered yes; another 27 percent said they were unsure. Among female respondents, a majority stated that children should either be removed from the home (21 percent), or they were unsure (33 percent). A whopping 60 percent of Clinton voters felt the same way; just seven percent of those who voted for Trump said yes, and 15 percent said they were unsure. Among self-described liberals, 47 percent said they were either in favor of government removal (10 percent) or unsure about it (37 percent).

Meanwhile – in our upside down culture – this isn’t child abuse ➡ LGBT community celebrates a 8-year-old drag queen ~

The bawdy, homosexuality-infused world of female impersonators is celebrating an eight-year-old Montreal boy who performs as a “drag queen” under the stage name “Lactatia.” But pro-family critics say his parents and all adults who encourage the boy to participate in the lewd shows are guilty of “child abuse.”[…]
In a “Best Kept Montreal” video (now approaching 700,000 views), Del Rio jokes about giving the boy “a shot” (of liquor) and calls him a “bitch,” applying the typical drag putdown-vernacular to the child. After “Lactatia” picks another drag queen as his favorite, Del Rio says, “Even though I’m not your favorite, you’re my [f—k-n’] favorite.”[…]
He gives an impromptu act for the camera, imitating the campy style of adult homosexual “drag queens” as he says, “I think that anyone can do what they want in life. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. … If you want to be a drag queen and your parents don’t let you, you need new parents.” The words “YOU NEED NEW PARENTS” in capital letters appear on the screen as he talks.[…]
“We are witnessing the LGBTQ+ community embrace child abuse by cultivating mental illness by promoting ‘drag’ in a child. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know this will eventually lead to sexual play,” said Stephen Black, an ex-“gay” and childhood sexual abuse victim himself who is now a Christian family man and the executive director of First Stone Ministries, based in Oklahoma City.


God help us – If you want to be a drag queen and your parents don’t let you, you need new parents ! We really have surpassed Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Today we are seeing — truly, right before our eyes — a moral decline like we have never witnessed, a demented mindset that calls evil good, and good evil. The Bible predicted these days would come and we are surely in them,” Black told LifeSiteNews.

And it’s only getting worse ~ Trans Is Mainstreaming Vampires And Twerking Second-Graders
Gay Media Promotes 8-Year-Old Drag Queen

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The wrong kind of “transparency”

Government activity is supposed to be transparent to we-the-people. Our (legal) activities are NOT supposed to be transparent to government; that only enables tyranny. Liberty requires anonymity ~


Video from Prager Uninversity

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On the vital importance of fathers

This is re-post from June 2014. If anything, it’s even more relevant today…

dadnkidsWere you were fortunate to have a father who cared enough to stick around to raise you? Consider yourself blessed. Dads are vital to a child’s healthy emotional and psychological development. Sadly, as this article from Lee Culpepper at the American Thinker points out, it’s the country’s dearth of fathers that’s largely responsible for a myriad of social ills ~

Statistics about fatherless children reveal plenty concerning the chaos the news media pretend not to notice almost every time stories involving bona fide juvenile delinquents appear. Of the youths in prison, 85 percent are from fatherless homes. Children without fathers account for 63 percent of youth suicides, 70 percent of teenage pregnancies, 80 percent of rapists with displaced anger, 85 percent of children with behavioral problems, and 71 percent of high school dropouts.
Liberals, with their undaunted ability to ignore these ugly realities, blame society and phantom privileges for the deplorable statistics that coincide irrefutably with the rise of their counterproductive dogmas. Welfare, anti-Christianity, no-fault divorce, government-school monopoly, and Dr. Spock discipline have done nothing but eliminate personal responsibility and accountability from our society.
It is almost common knowledge that 72 percent of black children now grow up in homes without a father. Furthermore, despite the incredibly low graduation standards public schools have today, nearly 50 percent of black males drop out of school. Of course, black children are not alone in the disaster liberals have created by replacing a father’s hard-earned income, unconditional love, and stern discipline with government handouts, bleeding-heart psychobabble, and a child’s deep self-reflection.

Instead of encouraging two moms for Billy, instead of making dads the butt of every other sit-com joke, instead of ignoring reality… we need to recognize the critical role that fathers play in a healthy family – and a healthy society – and #BringBackOurFathers

Celebrate Father’s Day, Not Parent Day

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Oh My Soul

Powerful words of comfort and sustenance from Casting Crowns ~

(Sorry, the little pop-ups are annoying. Just “x” ’em out)

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Saturday Shorts – 6-17-17


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

If gays are so tolerant, why are they disrupting an Ex-‘gay’ conference? ~ “Coexistence?” Not so much ~

“(R)everse intolerance” is on display again this weekend in San Diego, with as many as 1,000 pro-LGBTQ protesters expected to converge on a Christian ex-“gay” conference designed to help and uplift men and woman seeking to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
The stated goal of at least some of the protesters is to disrupt the Restored Hope Network (RHN) conference, representing the largest coalition of ex-homosexual ministries in the world […]
“They [Restored Hope] are not welcome in this city,” said a gay rights activist organizing the protest, adopting the neo-totalitarian talking points of a movement so steeped in “gay pride” that it cannot tolerate dissent, or merely engage its foes with civility.

Proof That James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee ~ John Hinderaker, writing at Power Line blog, details Comey’s deceitful behavior ~

James Comey says there is a pattern to his dealings with presidents: he is an honest man who only needed to create memos to document his conversations with Donald Trump, because Trump is untruthful. But that isn’t the real pattern. The real pattern is that Comey is a snake in the grass who creates tendentious, self-serving memos that can later be used to cover his own rear end or to discredit presidents, but only if they are Republicans.


Trump Attorney on WaPo Report: ‘The Leak of This Information Is a Crime’ ~ Jay Sekulow talked to Fox News’s Sean Hannity last Wednesday night ~

“If this is true that five individuals inside of the United States government, whether it was the FBI or the Special Counsel’s office — wherever it came from — leaked information about the president of the United States to the Washington Post, information about a supposed investigation, that is a crime,” Sekulow (told Hannity) […]
“We can say it’s outrageous, we can say it’s irresponsible. The leak of this information is a crime. And I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat — it doesn’t matter. Why in the world would we allow, in the United States of America, for information like this to be released?”

Because the Left doesn’t care about truth or the rule of law anymore. They’re playing an unscrupulous game of “Get Trump” at all costs.

Government Owes Taxpayers Billions for Wasted Russia Investigation ~ This ongoing “collusion” farce is costing us plenty
Study finds surprising number of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows ~ :roll: This explains a lot ~

The study found 48% of respondents weren’t sure where chocolate milk came from. Seven percent thought chocolate milk only comes from brown cows.
That adds up to about 16.4 million people, more than the population of Ohio.

CNN’s CEO on Funding Trump-Killing Play: ‘Not Going to Drop Our Support’ ~ I’m sure the “Communist News Network” would have been equally enthusiastic about a dramatic production depicting the mock assassination of Barack Obama ~

While Bank of America and Delta Airlines have pulled funding, CNN is digging in, refusing to abandon the brutal, Trump-killing play.

Perpetual Adolescence: When Coming of Age Doesn’t Come ~ The Peter Pan syndrome has infected an entire generation ~

Many youth are neither growing up nor assuming responsibility. America is facing a coming-of-age crisis that leaves young people ill-equipped to survive in a highly unstable world.
One in three of those between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents. Some 30 percent of all college students drop out after their first year. A recent test of college seniors found that one-third could not make cohesive arguments, think critically, or evaluate the quality of data.

Gong With the Wind: Olivia de Havilland, 100, becomes oldest ever Dame ~ Always a class act :)

Dame Olivia hit gold early in her career, with a role alongside Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939).
The actress, then 23, picked up her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Melanie Hamilton, sister-in-law of protagonist Scarlett O’Hara played by Miss Leigh. She was also celebrated for her work with Errol Flynn on films including The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) and The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938), with the pair hailed as a perfect on-screen match.

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The next new frontier: “Tranimals”

When they told this guy to be all he could be – he decided to go with a hippo ~
hippo-boyThis Doctoral Student Identifies As A Hippopotamus ‘Tranimal,’ Says It Makes Him Feel ‘Sexy’ ~

In an article published in a peer-reviewed academic journal, a PhD student at the University of Arizona claims he identifies as a hippopotamus. Yes, you read it right. A hippopotamus […]
I guess the ever-growing list of 58+ human-based gender identities just isn’t inclusive enough to escape the realm of pure bigotry and discrimination against “tranimals.” That’s why Florentin Felix Morin argues in the Journal of Theoretical Humanities that his hippo identity allows him to defy traditional gender norms and break free of the constraints that “govern human bodies.”
“This article explores the formation of a tranimal hippopotamus alter-ego,” he writes in the paper’s abstract. “Confronting transgender with transpecies, the author claims that his hippopotamus ‘identity’ allowed him to (verbally) escape, all at once, several sets of categorization that govern human bodies (‘gender,’ ‘sexuality,’ ‘age’).”
“I discovered that another self was available for me: being a hippo means that I don’t have to be a boy or a girl, a child or an adult, normal or strange. It means that my smile becomes a hippo smile, and the way that I carry my body, a hippo walk. It brings me freedom, space, and a thrilling sense of possibility.”

Read more HERE.
As “thrilling” as Florentin finds his escapist delusion, this is just another tragic example of Western society’s continued break with reality; of our rejection of the beauty, majesty and order of God’s amazing creation.


“If you call a tail a leg, then how many legs does a cow have?
Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”
~ Abraham Lincoln ~

University of Arizona denies ‘official’ relationship with trans-hippo visiting scholar

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world…

Venezuela again. (By the way, a “gun-free zone”) ~
Venezuela Supreme Court Burns; ABC, CBS, NBC Snooze ~

The media seem allergic to reporting on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. On June 12, protesters set fire to the country’s supreme court, after it “voted to reject a motion that would prevent Mr. Maduro from rewriting the country’s constitution,” according to The Telegraph. Yet, the morning and evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC failed to mention this major incident even once.
In addition to this incident, Reuters reported on June 15 that a prominent opposition leader in Venezuela was arrested, put on a military plane on May 3, and “has not been seen since.” This also has not, as of yet, been reported on by the networks.

Death count rises in Venezuelan protests
Venezuela, the world’s deadliest country
Venezuela protesters set fire to Supreme Court building as crisis deepens ~

This is the twelfth week of upset in the country, as protesters demand the resignation of president Nicolas Maduro and call for elections […]
Fanned by anger at triple-digit inflation along with shortages of food and medicine, protests have grown smaller but more violent over the past two months, with at least 67 killed and thousands injured.

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Progressive agitation yields bloody harvest

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

~ Galatians 6:7

kathyGriffinHow much anger, hate and vitriol does it take from the progressive Left until someone gets hurt? How many Hollywood celebrities have to hold up bloody heads representing Donald Trump before one of their minions go ballistic? How often do they get to rage like deranged manics –

“[O]r pick up a baseball bat and take out every f*cking republican and independent I see #f*cktrump, #f*cktheGOP, #f*ckstraightwhiteamerica and “#f*ckyourprivilege.”
~ Lea DeLaria (“Orange is the New Black” star) last November

– until some psychotic acolyte takes them literally?
Well now we know don’t we?!

A gunman believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injuring four others before U.S. Capitol Police took down the rifle-wielding assailant.


In an eerily prescient article published this morning before the attack, Al Perrotta (writing at The Stream) describes the latest, “creative” production from New York-based Public Theater, a re-make of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” in which the title character has been replaced with a Donald Trump look-a-like – and subjected to the same gory death. How entertaining! (CNN’s Fareed Zakaria calls it a “masterpiece.” 😯 )
The play just opened last night ~

As Fox News noted, Trump finds himself “brutally stabbed to death by women and minorities.” That’s playing to the pent-up rage of a Manhattan crowd. Or as the Times euphemistically put it, “preaching to the choir.” David Marcus of The Federalist wonders if “Eustis and his collaborators thought New York City’s left-leaning audiences of Shakespeare in the Park would get a kick out of seeing Trump stabbed to death onstage by angry black people.” (He hopes this isn’t the case.)

Breitbart recounts 15 incidents celebrity incitement of violence against Republicans – especially against Trump – within the past two years. You no doubt recall a few of these esteemed personalities, gracing us with their disgusting antics ~

• Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
• Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face”
• Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to F*ck Paul Ryan to Death”
• David Simon: “Pick Up a G*ddamn Brick” if Trump Fires Robert Mueller
• Marilyn Manson Kills ‘Trump’ in Music Video
• Kathy Griffin ‘Beheads’ Trump in Graphic Photo

Charming aren’t they? So much for the civil society. They’re turning our fellow citizens into mind-numbed savages.
Perrotta sums things up nicely ~

If the world is a stage, what kind of players are we when we envision and mimic the violent demise of our democratically leader? What spirit do we invite? What responsibility do we bear? “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Radicals Shooting Congressmen: This Is How You Get the Spanish Civil War ~ Excellent analysis from John Zmirak
THE ‘RESISTANCE’ GOES LIVE-FIRE ~ Ann Coulter comments on today’s senseless attack ~

In CNN’s most fevered dreams about a violent uprising of Trump supporters, they never could have conceived of the level of actual violence being perpetrated by Americans who refuse to accept Trump’s win. (See Hate Map) […]
There is more media coverage for conservatives’ “microaggressions” toward powerful minorities -– such as using the wrong pronoun — than there is for liberals’ physical attacks on conservatives, including macings, concussions and hospitalizations […]
The fake news insists that Trump’s White House is in “chaos.” No, the country is in chaos. But just like Kathy Griffin and her Trump decapitation performance art — the perpetrators turn around in doe-eyed innocence and blame Trump.

THE PRICE OF RAGE Angry political rhetoric fuels deadly hate as congressman remains critical ~

“When liberal leftists support the assassination of President Trump on stage what do you expect to happen?” ~ Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

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Can we finally get some climate candor?


Now that the Left isn’t running the show in Washington, is it actually possible that we could finally see some honest science in the climate change debate? Maybe. ➡ EPA Chief Backs Approach to Science That Could Upend Global Warming ‘Consensus’
Talking with Breitbart’s Joel Pollak on Monday ~

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt reignited a long simmering debate over a method of scientific inquiry that could upset the supposed “consensus” on man-made global warming, (saying that he) supported a “red team-blue team” set up to test climate science. Pruitt was inspired by an oped by theoretical physicist Steven Koonin, but others have been pushing this idea as well.

Imagine that! A real debate ~

Red teams would challenge blue teams on global warming hypotheses on “what do we know, what don’t we know, and what risk does it pose to health, the United States, and the world,” Pruitt told Breitbart.

Of course the science settlers are dismissive of this common sense, straightforward approach ~

Consensus scientists say the red team setup could manipulate public understanding of the science, giving a false impression of uncertainty and delay action on global warming. Skeptics, like (climate scientist John) Christy, say the other side is afraid the method will expose the weakness of the supposed “consensus” on global warming.
“My own analysis concerning 102 climate model runs is as clear as it can be — the theory has failed the simplest of scientific tests,” Christy said. “None of the august scientific societies crunched through the huge volumes of model output and observational data to perform such tests.”
“In the normative scientific method, when our theory fails, we are supposed to go back and modify or reject the theory and test again,” Christy said. “In this modern way of doing science, as best I can tell, the proponents of a failed theory simply yell louder, schedule marches on Washington, and attempt to quash any dissent.” […]
“Claiming that the truth has already been determined regarding ‘climate change,’ and thus Red Teams are not needed, is an argument made by someone who has not examined the theory,” he said.

“If truth is what we are all after, why would any scientific organization object to an independent look at the claims of the climate establishment?” Christy told The Daily Caller News Foundation.




Injecting honesty into the climate debate? Using the traditional scientific method? What an old-fashioned notion! Let’s try some! Here’s the incomparable Bill Whittle on Bill Nye; The Science Lie ~



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Ontario embraces homo-fascism

Unbelievable ~

Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes

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