Ignorance is bliss

until you die from it, or you kill others because of it.

Every one of the past 59 days reveal a dissection of the American mindset that expands further with each new proclamation of 45 and his S.S. Two Stephens (Bannon and Miller) both present cruel and devious minds that seek to shock American liberalism into oblivion. The child king gleefully enriches himself and his children while signing executive orders drawn up by his white supremacist, nationalist S.S.

While the majority of us suffer from daily fits of rage coupled with a tightened stomach filled with distress, there exist a minority who swoon at his every action seeing only a protector in him. Even when they hear the words that will destroy what they have, they cannot comprehend any true meaning, but rather blurt out repeated right-wing marketing memes from Sean Hannity, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News, and Infowars. Just take a look at the hyperlinked infowars site. I could only stomach summoning one for your displeasure. Look at the headlines and see what the people who are cloaked in their incomprehensible bliss take for real news while deluding themselves that mainstream journalism and science is fake.

This type of disdain for reality will not sustain itself, but by the time those who need the hand of government the most wake up from their hallucinations, everything will be gone. We take for granted the clean air that we breathe that just a few decades ago before the EPA started to regulate industrial expulsions caused a brown, toxic haze in many of our cities. Besides the poor residents of Flint, Michigan, most of us have access to unpolluted water that feeds the food we grow and quenches our thirst. This is because it has been at the forefront of regulatory action by the EPA since 1972 when the Clean Water Act became law.

“As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The 1972 amendments: Established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. Gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.”

This is America of the 1970’s.    1970's Toxic America

Are we going to sit and watch while the ignorant who blissfully reject this abject truth allow it come to pass? This is insanity multiplied by the power of 10. As long as the brand name associated with 45 continues in global promotion, he nor his family give a damn about the toxic mess they will leave behind. With the S.S. in the Whitehouse, we cannot wait for 2018 with the hope that democracy prevails.

 

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Sound Healing (It’s different than you might expect.)

Yesterday I was awoken from a nap by the sound of a man grunting loudly as if he was charging up a hill in battle and running a bayonet through someone. It was timed in intervals and showed no signs of stopping. I was annoyed, but turned it into something creative as I grabbed my handy Zoom H4N recorder and headed across the street. I pushed record on my way there so that I could capture the sound for a future student project whereby one needed loud and painful grunts to sound design a war scene. As I approached, I discovered that the grunts were coming from the tennis courts!

I stood by the chain-link fence with my recorder out and the players stopped to stare at me wondering, I’m sure, what on earth I was doing. So, I introduced myself and told them that I teach audio at CCSF in the BEMA department and I wanted the sound of the grunting for a future television or film project for my students. They both laughed aloud when they heard that I had likened them to shouts on a battlefield. Unfortunately, they were wrapping up but they did one more round just for me.  These grunts were 50% of what I had heard previously, but they still worked for my recording.

This is what I captured! I call it Sound Healing because I turned my annoyance into something positive and I’m sure that the grunter finds his shouts healing for himself. I mean, who doesn’t wake up every morning in this Brave New World of 45 and his tribe and not want to swat a ball around and grunt loudly?

Inner Game of Tennis     Inner Game of Tennis SHOUT

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Of Interest: 45’s Fascist Agenda

From the NewsMax website via a link to an article to entertain a subscription from new readers:

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Top talker Rush Limbaugh is urging YOU to get the #1 bestseller since Trump was inaugurated.

It’s called Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America by David Horowitz.

The media is not out to just stop Trump. They want to destroy him.

So argues David Horowitz in Big Agenda. David is one of America’s leading conservative thinkers and a mentor to Trump’s top advisers.

He says the war between Trump and the progressive left has just started.

In fact, in Big Agenda he reveals that Obama is already planning a “government-in-exile” to undermine Trump every step of the way.

Horowitz warns that the enraged Democrats will never accept defeat.

They will lie, cheat and steal to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. They have already started!

Now Rush and other leading conservatives are urging you to arm yourself with Big Agenda.

Rush calls it a “winning agenda” and the only “road map” you need in the days ahead.

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Dinesh D’Souza:

Dinesh D’Souza
“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”
In his timely and provocative new book, Big Agenda, David Horowitz reveals Trump’s winning battle plan for his first 100 days and beyond.

“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”

It has been hammered out behind closed doors, with little media attention.

But David has the inside scoop.

In Big Agenda Horowitz shows how Trump will defeat the left’s destructive agenda and rollback Obama’s nightmare policies of Obamacare, massive regulations – even his war on God!

But it won’t be easy, Horowitz says.

“The election battle may be over, but many more battles lie ahead for President Trump and conservatives,” Horowitz writes.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz says it’s time to take the gloves off. It’s time to go for the jugular. It’s time to beat the Democrats once and for all.

And Donald Trump is the president to do it.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz unveils the left’s true nature, their hidden methods and motivations, and the dirty, underhanded tricks they use to advance their goal of total control over our lives.

Horowitz also reveals Trump’s secret plan and his winning strategies to thump the liberals in his first 100 days.

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover in Big Agenda:

The fatal flaw running through the GOP that has allowed Obama’s socialist agenda to flourish. Trump won’t make their mistake! See page 7.
Trump’s plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ abroad — putting China in its place, Iran on notice and backing friends like Israel.
Trump’s coming war with ISIS and how it will change the Mid-East forever.
Sticks and stones! Why the Republicans fold all the time and how Trump will turn the tables on the media. Page 11.
How “socialist” Democrats are mainstreaming into America. What you must watch out for . . . on page 28.
Trump’s plan to end the racial divide and Democratic ownership of the Black vote — he really has a plan. Why the left applauds this. The grim details start on page 50.
The 9 words Obama removed from the Oath of Allegiance to the United States (it’s bad) — and why Trump will fix it soon. Read about it on page 57.
The end of the public unions! This is a key cornerstone of Trump’s plan — and it will create a political revolution in America.
Why the Iran deal is bad for America . . . and the completely legal strategy Trump will use to restore America’s sovereignty. See page 56.
The Achilles’ heel of the Democrats and how Trump will use his “New Deal” to exploit it. The Democrats may never win another presidential election. Details on page 86.
The one theme that can unite America: Trump’s 3-step strategy to end the Democrats’ assault on American values. You must read page 141.
The 7 actions Donald Trump will take in his first 100 days to protect American workers (he’s already started!) Find out on page 154.
The 20 executive orders President Trump will sign in his first 100 days to decimate Obama’s illegal governance through fiat. Page 158.
Education overall: Trump’s new plan to make America great again through our classrooms — and end student indoctrination!
And so much more!
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Top talker Rush Limbaugh is urging YOU to get the #1 bestseller since Trump was inaugurated.

It’s called Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America by David Horowitz.

The media is not out to just stop Trump. They want to destroy him.

So argues David Horowitz in Big Agenda. David is one of America’s leading conservative thinkers and a mentor to Trump’s top advisers.

He says the war between Trump and the progressive left has just started.

In fact, in Big Agenda he reveals that Obama is already planning a “government-in-exile” to undermine Trump every step of the way.

Horowitz warns that the enraged Democrats will never accept defeat.

They will lie, cheat and steal to delegitimize Trump’s presidency. They have already started!

Now Rush and other leading conservatives are urging you to arm yourself with Big Agenda.

Rush calls it a “winning agenda” and the only “road map” you need in the days ahead.

Rush, Coulter LOVE This Book!
Rush Limbaugh:

Rush Limbaugh
“David Horowitz provides a road map for a winning agenda — and Donald Trump and his team should embrace!”
Ann Coulter:

Ann Coulter
“Every conservative should arm themselves with this brilliant battle plan for beating them back and winning the war.”
Dinesh D’Souza:

Dinesh D’Souza
“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”
In his timely and provocative new book, Big Agenda, David Horowitz reveals Trump’s winning battle plan for his first 100 days and beyond.

“David Horowitz lays out a Trump agenda for restoring the country and (an added bonus) sinking the ship of the left once and for all.”

It has been hammered out behind closed doors, with little media attention.

But David has the inside scoop.

In Big Agenda Horowitz shows how Trump will defeat the left’s destructive agenda and rollback Obama’s nightmare policies of Obamacare, massive regulations – even his war on God!

But it won’t be easy, Horowitz says.

“The election battle may be over, but many more battles lie ahead for President Trump and conservatives,” Horowitz writes.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz says it’s time to take the gloves off. It’s time to go for the jugular. It’s time to beat the Democrats once and for all.

And Donald Trump is the president to do it.

In Big Agenda, Horowitz unveils the left’s true nature, their hidden methods and motivations, and the dirty, underhanded tricks they use to advance their goal of total control over our lives.

Horowitz also reveals Trump’s secret plan and his winning strategies to thump the liberals in his first 100 days.

Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover in Big Agenda:

The fatal flaw running through the GOP that has allowed Obama’s socialist agenda to flourish. Trump won’t make their mistake! See page 7.
Trump’s plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ abroad — putting China in its place, Iran on notice and backing friends like Israel.
Trump’s coming war with ISIS and how it will change the Mid-East forever.
Sticks and stones! Why the Republicans fold all the time and how Trump will turn the tables on the media. Page 11.
How “socialist” Democrats are mainstreaming into America. What you must watch out for . . . on page 28.
Trump’s plan to end the racial divide and Democratic ownership of the Black vote — he really has a plan. Why the left applauds this. The grim details start on page 50.
The 9 words Obama removed from the Oath of Allegiance to the United States (it’s bad) — and why Trump will fix it soon. Read about it on page 57.
The end of the public unions! This is a key cornerstone of Trump’s plan — and it will create a political revolution in America.
Why the Iran deal is bad for America . . . and the completely legal strategy Trump will use to restore America’s sovereignty. See page 56.
The Achilles’ heel of the Democrats and how Trump will use his “New Deal” to exploit it. The Democrats may never win another presidential election. Details on page 86.
The one theme that can unite America: Trump’s 3-step strategy to end the Democrats’ assault on American values. You must read page 141.
The 7 actions Donald Trump will take in his first 100 days to protect American workers (he’s already started!) Find out on page 154.
The 20 executive orders President Trump will sign in his first 100 days to decimate Obama’s illegal governance through fiat. Page 158.
Education overall: Trump’s new plan to make America great again through our classrooms — and end student indoctrination!
And so much more!
Get Big Agenda With FREE Offer!

Get 3 Incredible Bonus Items Worth $67 FREE!

David Horowitz’s Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America is available on Amazon and at bookstores everywhere
It retails for almost $27.

But you can get it free with 3 great bonuses when you subscribe to Newsmax magazine for just $9.95.

That’s a savings of $30 off the regular price for one of America’s most popular magazines.

Donald Trump even says “I love Newsmax” — and we think you will too!

In the months ahead, you’ll want to stay on top of Trump’s Big Agenda as it unfolds from a news source you can trust.

Because you know the mainstream media will distort and attack every decision of the new Trump administration.

Newsmax magazine is one of America’s largest independent monthlies. The New York Times calls Newsmax “a potent force” and Forbes magazine says it’s a “news powerhouse.

With Newsmax magazine, you’ll get the unvarnished truth you deserve.

For instance, Newsmax was one of the only magazines to cover how Trump could beat Hillary . . . to warn of the rise of a Godless America that’s putting Christians in the crosshairs . . . to report on the new immigration crisis at the border . . . and other current and controversial issues important to conservatives, but ignored by the leftist media.

And no one will cover the Trump administration with more honesty and accuracy than Newsmax.

Each month Newsmax magazine features special commentaries from George Will, Michael Reagan, Ben Stein, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, David Limbaugh, Christopher Ruddy, and many others.

Plus enjoy the latest dispatches from the world of science and technology . . . healthy living . . . managing and investing your money . . . the best books to read . . . and so much more.

Dr. Ben Carson, best-selling author and commentator, tells America: “Each month I look for Newsmax magazine to give me the news I can’t get elsewhere, you should too.”

So order today while this incredible offer still stands, and get these incredible gifts . . .

Bonus Gift #1: David Horowitz’s Big Agenda — Value of $27, FREE
This book offers the first details of President Trump’s secret plan to rollback Barack Obama’s leftist agenda — and to make America great again.

Big Agenda will show you how Trump can defeat the angry left once and for all. It’s the first book written covering the first 100 days of the new Trump presidency . . . and a must-read for every American concerned about the future of our country.

Get your copy first — and share with friends and family. You can help Trump change America forever!

Bonus Gift #2: Special Digital Report: Trump’s First 100 Days — Value $5, FREE
Donald Trump, in the greatest upset in modern political history, rewrote the rules of American politics. His new job as president is challenging — revive the economy for America’s middle class and working families, restore America’s sovereignty by shoring up her borders and dealing with foreign threats grown bold over the past eight years. To do that, he will have to take on Washington’s entrenched, establishment of bureaucrats, politicos and special interests. What campaign promises can he keep . . . and which ones may be in peril?

With Trump facing one of the shortest honeymoon periods of any president and the media eager to savage him, just how much can he accomplish to make America great again? Find out in this special report.

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President Trump faces a dangerous global dis-order which flourished in the last eight years of Obama’s appeasement policy. Trump will have to deal with a turbulent Middle East, a power-hungry China, a belligerent Russia, a crazy North Korea, a brutal Syrian civil war, ISIS, and the growing threat of cyberattacks. What will the Trump New World Order look like?

Discover if Trump’s pragmatic business approach will work on the world stage as new and dangerous hotspots erupt nearly every day. In this in-depth special report, international security, intelligence and policy experts reveal the extent of these very real threats and the realistic approach Trump will take in his foreign policy.

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The Trumpashianization of America

Behold the myriad ways to ponder how we arrived at this particular time of commercialization in America. Corporations have capitalized on merchandizing, marketing, profit-making, and commodifying everything: Hollywood, Disneyland, sports, toys, food, cigarettes, booze, (add your list here), and people.

Take a look at a few web pages that I culled together for us. This one contains a lecture with zero visual appeal, but makes several points to keep in mind. Go ahead and  skim it. You’ll still ingest the information. 

Americans find ourselves with this particular President after witnessing a decade of a splashy family laid before us via every medium possible to showcase their nothing-in-particularness save for the fact that they were/are wealthy. We have commodified people to the point where after ingesting billions of bytes of product placement through rigorous ad campaigns, we elected an inhumane product. What else can you say about the Trump name but that it’s a brand. That’s what the family calls it and they have placed their own value on it. Trump claimed on his financial disclosure statement in 2015 that he was worth “MORE THAN TEN BILLION DOLLARS” and valued his brand alone at $3.3B. But is there a human in that body somewhere?

Kardashians are a family obsessed with fame and money. Check out this bizarre story on how and why they became famous. It’s interesting to note how people continued to watch them even as they showed no particular talent for anything other than having money. Trump and his boys are obsessed with fame and money. What’s worse is that Daddy has a narcissist complex in need of a regular diet of applause.

Here’s a telling article from 2015 that begins: “Donald Trump is to me the American version of Vladimir Putin,” says Jerome Tuccille, the best-selling author of the very first biography—1985’s Trump—of the billionaire developer. Between his bullying rhetorical style, barely contained xenophobia, and scurrilous comments about Mexican immigrants, Tuccille says Trump “is appealing to the worst elements in our society.”  Indeed!

I am aware that this is not solely an American quandary. Take the Swedish YouTube star “PewDiePie” who does nothing more than play video games as the camera rolls. By the summer of 2015, he was earning millions with over 9 billion viewers. The world is far more obsessed with his earnings than he is, mind you, but this tells us something about the human craving to watch people with money.

Every day, America witnesses a “billionaire” President with his billionaire cabinet topple agencies, exploit the law, lie, cheat, bend rules, and deregulate important safeguards for the average American citizen.  To quote my friend David from an FB post he made today: “This new administration has set about undoing every good thing government has done for us, one vile rescission after another. And they do it with a righteous glee that sickens me. They do it with logic that is not logic, using facts that are not facts. And they’re cheered on by people who are likely to be among their worst victims.

It’s hellish.”

 

commodification (image borrowed from http://www.socialist.ca/node/2453)

 

 

 

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Joke On Us: We Are Paying For This Horror Show.

Every morning that I wake up to another day, I try to NOT look at the global news outlets. It’s not just the U.S. news outlets paying attention to 45 and his bastion of billionaires, it’s the entire world. While the real President Bannon pens the the new Executive Orders signed by the Toddler-In-Chief who doesn’t bother to read them, the rest of his billionaire cabinet busy themselves with the deconstruction of our government agencies and his “press team” spin tales to keep us busy Googling reality.

Guess who pays for his entire family security as two hole themselves up in New York, two fly around the globe for Trump business to increase the Trump brand bottom line, 45 and company head to Mar-a-Lago (the wrongly-named and should be shamed: “the Southern White House”) every weekend?  Yes, we do. The American taxpayer coughs up hundreds of thousands of dollars per WEEK for this egregious misuse of office. 

Who pays the most taxes and who doesn’t pay their fair share? Check this Pew Research link. Most of us do not “…employ battalions of tax lawyers to find ways to reduce their tax bills, from running income through subsidiaries in low-tax foreign countries to moving overseas entirely, in what’s known as a corporate inversion.”

As our country becomes dismantled and unhinged, rights and regulations tossed into the sea, wars waged against the free press, and a pretend national security threat from anyone outside of those already living here;  the billionaire cabinet works swiftly to ensure that 45’s first 100-days mark a complete overturn of the U.S. Government and we are paying for it.

What are we going to do about it this April 18th? Does anyone out there want to see 45’s Tax Returns???

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While we struggle to keep up, billionaires are buying up escape hatches the world over.

Super Rich Buying Land

Tech Billionaires Building Boltholes in New Zealand

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“A Screaming Comes Across The Sky”

This wonderful collection of words in the post title was not penned by me nor comes from my brain other than the receptacle of memory as that of the words of author Thomas Pynchon‘s in his novel titled “Gravity’s Rainbow“.  How did I cough this up from my memory banks?  Well, it took a little shaking from a wonderful company who create all sorts of interesting small posters for the cerebral types:  Pop Chart Lab have a number of notable posters and ready-to-frame delights of various bits of our culture and intellect, including those of our taste buds too!

Caught in a crossfire of a dark new landscape of dystrumpian proportions meets sweet little songbirds across the street in the park after weeks of rain. This is my way of saying that every moment of every day is “up/down, turn around, inside out, and round and round.” Every week I swear this will be the one where I stop buying alcohol to keep at home, but then more disturbing news has me queueing up at the local grocer with my produce, some protein, and a bottle of clear liquid aimed to quell my quivering soul.

One thing that helps me every Sunday is the wonderful Brain Pickings Weekly interestingness digest that I find in my Inbox with such inspiring treats as this one: “The Writing of Silent Spring: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power.” This is a very timely read, indeed, since the book changed public policy to create a new mindset and the beginning of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Another topic for today’s blog post: Education and the gentle mindset needed to reach students in a diverse Community College.

“Just like Pagliacci did, I’ll try to keep my sadness hid…”  Remember that lyric?  That’s the every day working life of an educator these days over the past 20-months since a hate-spewing despot began his ascent to the highest office.  Most teachers love our jobs (Lord knows we don’t do it for the monetary reward.) and are enthralled to make a world of knowledge and thoughts come alive inside of our students, many of whom come to us from underserved populations. Some are homeless, some are Veterans, Second-Chancers, first in their families to go to college, foreign born looking for a place in America, all sitting together in the same classrooms as others who may be there with one or more degrees who are life-long learners or skill builders.  Growing up for many of the underserved populations hasn’t had the ease of a mom and/or dad who may have the time to focus more devotion and attention to their children.  This is where one of our tasks comes into play as we are here to make everyone feel special, complete, and ready for the day’s learning, the weekly tasks, the movement and growth inside their minds and hearts to progress. 

What this means for us as we grapple with changing events via a government spewing “alternative facts” = lies on a daily basis along with fear-mongering presidential orders that impede positivity, is that we must put all of that aside the minute we arrive to campus in order to provide a safe haven for those who worry about their future. This poses an epic task to those of us who are deeply involved in the work to save our country from a man-child recklessly pursuing a wanton act of destruction to the U.S. government as we have known it for half of a century. He’s not alone as he has a ruthless heathen in Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist with a seat at the National Security Council and a GOP who endeavors  to curry favor with the king. Their bizarre pursuit of power over us vassals with no true governance for the people is astounding. But we must push our vehemence and resistance aside while we are with our students because we have other important benchmarks to uphold for them to pursue even knowing that our fight against the new regime is ultimately for our students–the very humans seeking a new path in life.

Interesting tidbit about the immigrant “Frederick Trump (born Friedrich Trump; March 14, 1869 – May 27, 1918) was a German American businessman. Born in Kallstadt, in the Kingdom of Bavaria (now in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany), he emigrated to the United States at the age of 16.”  Donald’s grandfather came to America to find prosperity. Now, Grandson Donald der Führer runs the place. Take the “Who Said It Quiz?” here.

As for Trumplethinskin: “There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made – at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery. ” ― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

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Tillerson, the Rouble Rebound, and So Much MORE

A picture is all you need.  Here are three:

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You see, several years back, Exxon and Rosneft entered the joint venture in 2012 to develop offshore reserves in the Arctic Kara Sea and the Black Sea, as well as onshore assets in Siberia. The following year, they advanced their strategic alliance by adding seven more blocks in the Chukchi, Laptev and Kara seas.

Sanctions against Russia in 2014 put that deal on ice until now. Tillerson is about to become the latest in Trump picks for his cabinet in the position of Secretary of State as Republicans McCain, Graham, and Rubio cave on their objection to Tillerson’s ties with Putin.

And this just happened hours ago: THE Russian ROUBLE Rallies! (breaking news: https://www.ft.com/)

Meanwhile, President TrumpleThinSkin decries his inauguration numbers with “alternative facts”and signs an order to defund International Planned Parenthood with a roomful of men watching, while also continuing to eradicate more of Obama’s work as he ends the block on Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and pulls out of the TPP, and freezes federal hiring.

Trump signs.jpeg It’s the same Celebrity Apprentice face. See, it’s not hard for a reality TV, business conman to look presidential, because he’s got these guys behind him pulling the strings: Trump Bannon.jpg

See  the look on Steve Bannon’s cruel face?

Speaking of Bannon, have you heard about the laugh Track used in Trump’s first meeting with the C.I.A. on Monday?  Yes, that was his own audience he brought to clap and cheer him on having us believe that the C.I.A. staff in attendance were all cheers and laughter at his inglorious speech to them. Bannon, anyone? He just hired someone to troll Paul Ryan now too.

It’s going to be a long 100 days…

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