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  • published flaworks in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-03-06 10:35:25 -0500

    Prosperity is blooming in the Sunshine State

    "With job growth projected to outpace the entire nation, things are going exceedingly well for Florida."

    First, the state ended the unemployment bonus last May, months ahead of schedule. Shortly after, unemployment costs in the state dropped 86%. Since then, the state has regained 92.1% of the jobs it initially lost in the early days of the pandemic.

    Nationwide, 1 out of 5 workers require the government's permission to do his or her job.

    Licensing laws vary across states and even across localities. They are often duplicative and sometimes even directly conflict with each other. To solve this issue, Florida now prohibits localities from adding additional licensing requirements, allowing entrepreneurs to put that "open for business" sign up in the window sooner rather than later.

    Job training programs are not always work-centric. They are often inefficient, forcing job seekers to fill out redundant paperwork and creating administrative problems. Florida is working to ensure job training programs aren’t wasting taxpayer dollars and creating more bureaucracy. 

    To make sure the programs are working, the state will be tracking transitions out of welfare programs based on metrics such as participant completion, job attainment, and wages.

    All of these commonsense solutions passed by the legislature will serve Floridians by getting the government out of the way of economic growth, removing barriers to work, and encouraging more Floridians to start businesses in the state. MORE

    Throwing nuthin' but strikes .. Reelect Governor DeSantis


  • published President Trump @ CPAC 2022 in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-26 11:56:03 -0500

    President Trump says it plainly: "We’ll be doing it again a third time."

    All Trump-Endorsed Candidates Win Texas Primaries on Tuesday.

    In a statement to the former president on Wednesday (3/2/2022) Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced that Trump went 12-0 in his Texas primary endorsements.

    “I am proud to tell you that every candidate I asked you to endorse won or is solidly in first place going into a runoff. You were 12-0 with your Texas endorsements last night from my list of recommendations,” said Patrick.

    “Your key endorsement of strong conservative candidates, who believe in the MAGA policies, who worked hard every day for months was a winning combination over their opponents.” MORE

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    “They’re going to find out the hard way starting on November 8 .. and then again, even more so, in Nov. 2024. We did it twice, and we’ll do it again. We’ll be doing it again a third time." 

    More

    Full Speech

    “2022 will be the year that millions of everyday citizens will stand up to the left-wing fascists.” 


  • published CPAC2022 in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-25 09:25:21 -0500

    “I can tell you there’s one fellow that just hates Florida and his name is Joe Biden.”

    FULL SPEECH: Governor Ron DeSantis addresses CPAC 2022

    The Best 21 Minutes of your day -- Watch

    “We protected people’s rights, we protected people’s jobs, and made sure every kid in the state of Florida had an opportunity to go to school in person. Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State ... Had Florida not led the way, this country could look like Canada or Australia. We sometimes take freedom for granted, you should not do that after the last two years.”


  • published Nowhine in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-22 07:06:46 -0500

    “We’re not complaining about it anymore ... Republicans are taking over elections nationwide."

    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gave a dire warning to Democrats about the upcoming midterm elections in November.

    "We’re taking action, and that action is we’re taking over school boards .. we’re taking over the Republican Party through the precinct committee strategy .. we’re taking over all the elections.

    Bannon spoke directly about the 2020 presidential election; “We’re not complaining about it anymore. Remember, no whining and no tears in the War Room."  More

    Photo of Donald J. TrumpDonald J. Trump - February 27th, 2022

    The “Precinct Strategy” is enlisting America First Patriots to their local County Republican Party committees, positions which are too often left vacant.

    If members of our Great movement start getting involved (that means YOU becoming a precinct committeeman/woman for your voting precinct), we can take back our great Country from the ground up.

    The Precinct Strategy, as explained by Dan Schultz at www.PrecinctStrategy.com, is a great way to restore our Republic by transforming our Party from currently at less than half-strength at the precinct level into a full-strength, Get Out The Vote powerhouse—as it should be.

    You can represent your community on the Republican Executive Committee as a precinct committeeman or precinct committeewoman. There are no membership dues and the only requirements are the following:

    * You must be a registered Republican (for the last 12 months)

    * You must be registered at the precinct you wish to represent

    * You must complete and sign two different forms: A State Loyalty Oath that is filed with the Supervisor of Elections and a Party Loyalty Oath that is filed with the Republican Party of Florida.

    The Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

    *New member orientation from 5:00-6pm 

    Sign in & Social hour, 6-7 pm

    Meeting begins 7 pm

    *Contact RECVC Membership & Orientation Chairman 

    Tom Taaffe  

    (386) 410-9408   [email protected] 


  • published Rush22 in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-17 08:30:13 -0500

    “Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

    Rush Limbaugh died a year ago today, on February 17, 2021. It seems a fitting occasion to remember, in good humor, philosophic levity, and political gravity some of the highlights of his remarkable American life.

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    Rush was serious about politics, and what enabled him to be as serious as he should be, was his understanding that there were things more important than politics.

    Good politics established the conditions for higher things: for freedom of thought, freedom of religion, the flourishing of art, music, literature; the happiness of husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and children in families; the joy of sports of all kinds and of watching sports with friends and rooting for one’s team. Rush’s seriousness, good humor, and joy were direct products of his understanding and appreciation of the freedom to pursue happiness that good politics makes possible.      

    This is precisely why every pious liberal is miserable and spreads his liberal misery wherever he goes: because for the pious liberal there is nothing beyond politics. Everything is about power and is reducible to power. As the world has seen with shocking clarity these past two years, the pious liberal will not rest until he controls your every thought, word, and deed.

    As Rush said on the air frequently, he wasn’t concerned about what happened to the Republican Party or even to conservatives. He was concerned with what was happening to the country. His conservatism was defending the freedom, interests, and sovereignty of the American people, and he saw that the greatest challenge to doing this was the liberal identity politics of what was once called political correctness and came to be called 'wokeness'.  

    “What is it that sets us apart? There is one answer, and it is found in the Declaration of Independence. We are all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Because of this, America became the greatest nation in human history.”       

    “We are in a battle for the kind of country this is going to be. We’re not in a battle over who is going to win every four years. The battle we are in is literally about will this remain the United States of America as founded.” 


  • published NYPosted in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-15 10:01:13 -0500

    Russiagate was a hoax .. a political hit job .. a true “war on democracy”... and a criminal conspiracy.

    Washington Post, New York Times should give back their Pulitzers for Russia-Trump ‘reporting’


  • published waltz in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-08 08:39:15 -0500

    “American companies are drunk on Chinese dollars"

    Rep. Mike Waltz is blasting NBC for refusing to broadcast an ad critical of China during the 2022 Winter Olympic games in Beijing. “NBC refused to air my Olympics ad with @EnesFreedom unless we censor U.S. corporate logos of the Genocide Games sponsors,” Waltz tweeted, sharing the 30-second ad-footage. "We won’t let them silence us. Here’s the ad that NBC and the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t want you to see."

    WATCH

    In the ad, Waltz calls out the Chinese government for its genocide and slave labor. It also shows several U.S. corporations and logo, including Visa, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Nike, Intel, and AirBnB that he said "are drunk on Chinese dollars" profiting by entangling themselves "with Communist dictators." The six companies shown in the ad are part of the Olympic Partner Programme, and considered the "the highest level of Olympic sponsorship" by the International Olympic Committee.

    “The world’s greatest athletic showcase, but just outside the show: rape, genocide, slave labor,” Waltz said in the ad. “American companies are drunk on Chinese dollars, entangled with communist dictators committing atrocities and propping up these genocide games staged by the Chinese Communist Party.”


  • published It's happening in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-05 15:53:47 -0500

    It's Happening: Canada's 'Freedom Convoy' now includes American Patriots

    Yesterday, GoFundMe announced that they would not give the $10 million to the freedom-fighting Canadian truckers that was raised for them on the GoFundMe fundraising platform.

    The backlash against the crowdfunding company was fast, massive and direct.  Facing legal action, U.S. state lawsuits and massive charge-back fees from outraged donors contesting refunds through their banks and credit cards, GoFundMe had an overnight change in positiondonor funds will not be redirected but refunded automatically in 7-10 days.

    GoFundMe has destroyed their business model.  That is the scale of self-destruction chosen by the organization as an outcome of their political decision to freeze and redirect donor contributions of the Freedom Convoy protest. 

    That said, GoFundMe justified their decision based on a definition of the Ottawa Freedom Convoy protest as an unlawful “occupation”.  However, the same GoFundMe supported the Seattle “occupation” in 2020 known as CHAZ/CHOP.  

    American readers might wonder why conservative Canadian government officials and various State Premiers are not taking legal action. Within the answer to that inquiry, we realize the structural issue of the Conservative Party in Canada.  They are controlled opposition who actually support leftist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


    Read it all 


  • published mules in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-02-01 10:01:41 -0500

    "The way our votes were taken away is a disgrace to our Nation"

    A new movie from Dinesh D’Souza promises to expose an illegal ballot harvesting conspiracy, complete with never-before-seen video footage showing over 2,000 paid “mules” anonymously stuffing ballot dropboxes while wearing gloves and disguises.

    President Trump has issued a statement regarding the release of the trailer for 2000 Mules:

    "Highly respected Dinesh D’Souza, working together with Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, just released a trailer to their new movie, '2,000 Mules'.. that shows the world exactly how the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen.

    WATCH Movie Trailer (1:34)

    Related: Wisconsin Judge Rules Ballot Drop Boxes Used in 2020

    The movie exposes the lies of the Democrats, RINOs, and Fake News who say it was the “most secure election in history.” It was, perhaps, the least secure in history. The ballot box was stuffed, and stuffed like never before—and it’s all on video.

    Ballots were trafficked and sold in a massive operation in each Swing State. The evidence is so damning, what will the cowards who sat and did nothing about the stolen election say now?

    The way our votes were taken away is a disgrace to our Nation. It must be fixed."

     


  • published Movingon in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-30 09:17:41 -0500

    President Trump Calls Upon MAGA Army to Support Canadian Truckers

    : "The line of polite big-rig drivers crossing Canada in protest over the maple leaf mandate Marxism imposed by the ridiculous Justin Trudeau is a welcome sign of the workin’ class revolt to come. The workin’ class is going to revolt here in America, and I can’t wait. It’s a matter of both time and extent. In November, it will revolt at the ballot box again. But if that is stolen from them again, if the releases of protest and electoral impact are totally foreclosed to them, the revolt will manifest in other ways. The elite will deserve the whirlwind it reaps."

    Read it all - By Kurt Schlichter 

    During his remarks in Texas, President Trump gave a shout out to the patriotic Canadian truckers and the Freedom Convoy. - Rumble Link

    “The Canadian Truckers, you’ve been reading about it, who are resisting, bravely, these lawless mandates and doing more to defend American freedom than our own leaders by far.  We want those great Canadian truckers to know that we are with them all the way; they’ve really shown something.”   ~ President Donald Trump

    READ MORE


  • published NYC in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-29 06:51:35 -0500

    NYC Cops: Enough is Enough

    Officers in the thousands packed the boulevard, from curb to curb for blocks — respectfully silent, or as silent as such numbers can be, but eloquently making it clear that for this one day, on this one occasion, they had had enough of being scapegoats for a society lately lacking the self-respect to resist both its criminals and those politicians who protect them 

    A grieving sea of Blue lines 5th Avenue say — enough! 

    Cop lives mattered outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral where thousands gathered to honor the sacrifice of NYPD Officer Jason Rivera — murdered at 22 in service to a too-often-ungrateful city. Perhaps not since America welcomed its victorious legions home from Europe in 1945 have New York’s streets seen a uniformed presence quite like the blue wall that stood tall .. Read More @ nypost.com 

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    February 1, 2022 - Officer Wilbert Mora will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.

    Officer Wilbert Mora will be buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.


  • published scotus22 in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-27 08:16:05 -0500

    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will now move to SCOTUS .. as planned.

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of the current court term, setting up the final step to elevate DC Appeals Court Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. This is exactly what was planned from the appointment of Merrick Garland to U.S. Attorney General. [GO DEEP]

    As reported by CTH in March 2021 – "Merrick Garland was confirmed Attorney General to open his seat in the DC Appeals Court for Kentanji Brown Jackson. KBJ’s appointment to that specific court needed Senate confirmation. 

    In June 2021, KBJ was confirmed [GO DEEP] with a vote of 53-47.  Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lindsey Graham voted with Democrats to support KBJ to the circuit court. 

    Once Senate confirmed, we anticipate (almost to a certainty) that replacement (KBJ) will be elevated to a Supreme Court nomination to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, now 82-years-old. 

    The Senate will have no political ammunition to block or not confirm the radical SCOTUS pick, because she will have been confirmed months before. As a standalone nomination for SCOTUS she would be a radical pick; Justice Brown Jackson is a known activist in the DC District Court; however, with this maneuver she could get through nomination easier and then sit on the highest court for thirty years."

    More…@ 


  • published failure in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-25 08:41:19 -0500

    "The Biden misadministration is the hot stove of politics"

    For the ones who are dumb, they’ll keep putting their palms on the burners and being surprised when they smell singed hand ... “I voted for Biden and someone broke into my car, plus I caught COVID though I quadruple mask and quintuple vaxx, and then I got drafted to go fight to protect Hunter’s investments in Ukraine! How did this happen?" - By Kurt Schlichter

    Noted dead white guy Samuel Johnson, who believed that there are only two genders, once observed, “Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” It’s an apt analogy here, both because it evokes the fact that the Democrats have gone all-in on the side of the criminals as the crime rate rockets up, and also because it demonstrates just how intractably stupid the Democrats are. They ride in the little cart heading toward their November 8th date with the electoral noose, but their minds are not concentrated on that. Instead they are concentrated on fake insurrections and telling us how CRT is not taught in schools yet must absolutely continue to be taught in schools. 

    The Democrats always fail, always. They hate normal Americans, they screw up the economy, they coddle criminals. When you give these morons authority, they will mess everything up. Name a functioning institution in our society that works even adequately. There is no competently-run institution left in America. Academia is broke. The military is broke. And what’s the one thing our institutions have in common? They are run by the left, and the Democrats are the party of the left.

    We want socialism destroyed. Not tamed, not moderated .. crushed. Wiped out. Nuked from orbit, because that is the only way to be sure. When we are done, we want the Democrat Party terrified of even hinting at support for anything remotely like the socialism. This is a matter of either us and freedom winning, or us acquiescing to a jack-booted, lib-fascist future forever. We choose freedom.

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    Kurt Schlichter was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a retired Army Infantry colonel with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. As an Army officer, he commanded a cavalry recon squadron, and served in Desert Storm and Kosovo. MORE

    Election Year 2022 .VOLUNTEER HERE


  • published RFK.JR in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-24 09:50:11 -0500

    The Democrat Party will now hate a Kennedy.

    Bobby Kennedy Jr. Gives Historic Speech at Lincoln Memorial for 'March Against Vaccine Mandates and Medical Tyranny'Click on image

    "We love the United States Constitution.  And we have witnessed over the past 20 months a coup d'état against democracy and the demolition, a controlled demolition of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  And starting with the censorship. 

    James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson all said the same thing, we put freedom of speech in the first amendment because all of the other rights that we were trying to protect relied on that right.

    The minute they hand you that vaccine passport every right that you have is transformed into a privilege, contingent upon your obedience to arbitrary government dictates."


  • published AZ in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-17 08:02:30 -0500

    "I ran twice and we won twice."

    Saturday Jan. 15: Speaking in front of a sea of supporters gathered at the Country Thunder festival grounds in Florence, Arizona, President Trump delivered what sounded like his first stump speech of a possible 2024 campaign.

    Trump looked ahead to 2024 as well as this year's midterm elections - he predicted that "a great red wave is going to begin right here in Arizona" and vowed that "this is the year we take back the House, this is the year we take back the Senate" MORE

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    Here in Volusia County, we need Poll Watchers so we too can help assure the integrity of the vote. We have a huge job in November making sure our great Governor DeSantis is re-elected and we will again need your help. 
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    WINNING STARTS HERE

    If you have any questions, please call or email me.

    Tom Coriale 

    Vice Chairman Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County (RECVC)

    [email protected] (or) [email protected]

    386-304-2968


  • published Legislature in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-10 07:23:35 -0500

    Volusia/Flagler send 'The Magnificent 7' to Tallahassee.

    Seven lawmakers representing Volusia and Flagler counties are headed to Tallahassee on Tuesday to consider bills, hammer out a budget and shape state government over the next year. The four representatives and three senators representing the area are all Republicans.

    Rep. Paul Renner*and Rep. Tom Leek, representing Volusia Co, are in high-ranking leadership roles. They will have a significant hand in what moves through the House. (*Renner will succeed current Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls after the 2022 legislative session)

    Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, who represents a district spanning DeLand and mainland Daytona Beach, is proposing to address a problem homeowners and home sellers are having with getting timely septic-system inspections.

    "Right now there is a backlog of inspections, either because of manpower or COVID, so why not cut red tape by allowing a private provider to be hired at the cost of the homeowner?"

    Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, introduced legislation banning abortions when physicians can hear what Barnaby terms a "fetal heartbeat," usually around 6 weeks. Texas enacted a similar law last year. 

    It's a fight Barnaby and other abortion opponents are primed to have as the U.S. Supreme Court reconsiders the 1973 Roe v. Wade precedent legalizing abortions.  

    "I've been pro-life all of my political career and as an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, That's my stand and That's where I stand." 

    Senators pitch sweeping, pro-business changes

    Sen. Tom Wright, of New Smyrna Beach, represents southeast Volusia as well as northern Brevard County — the Space Coast.

    He has proposed the bill with perhaps the snappiest title, the "Zero G, Zero Fee" act, which would exempt certain spaceport users from fees or charges while transporting a space vehicle or equipment.

    Sen. Travis Hutson, of St. Augustine, has proposed a way to support businesses who've been harmed by local or county ordinances.

    "We've seen local governments who want to ban sunscreen (for environmental purposes), or communities attempt to stop cruise ships from docking, or when a city dramatically reduces hours when a bar can operate."

    Sen. Jason Brodeur, who represents Seminole County and a chunk of southwest Volusia, filed 34 bills as of Thursday, proposing, among other things:

    • requiring a state inventory of critical wetlands
    • barring foreign nationals from making political contributions
    • establishing "education recovery scholarship accounts" to help children who missed 10 or more days of public school
    By Mark Harper - Read More @ The Daytona Beach News-Journal

  • published ron1.6 in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2022-01-06 15:23:57 -0500

    "They are gonna take this .. and smear anyone who has ever supported Donald Trump"

    In typical leftist form the J6 events are now being compared to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2021, terrorist attacks by the Biden administration.   However, before the day’s insufferable events began, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was asked his opinion of what would take place.  DeSantis rightly noted this is Christmas Day for the DC system; they have been preparing for this day for almost a year.  WATCH:

    MORE - January 6, 2022 | Sundance


  • published DeSantis Escalates in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2021-12-11 13:14:17 -0500

    DeSantis escalates fight against "Biden Administration's massive human-smuggling operation."

    Governor Ron DeSantis has announced six legislative proposals that would drastically crackdown on illegal immigration into Florida.

    DeSantis made the move after his administration discovered that Joe Biden’s federal agencies have flown at least 70 privately funded flights full of border crossers and UACs (Unaccompanied Alien Children) into the state of Florida — often in the middle of the night. More

    Any of these contractors that are facilitating Biden’s illegal policies by bringing people into Florida, oftentimes flying in at two o’clock in the morning with no notice to the State, anyone who is doing that forfeits the ability to have contracts with State and local government in the State of Florida.

    Unfortunately, we had somebody brought in from Biden that murdered somebody in Jacksonville just a few weeks ago, and so we’re very concerned about it, and we want to say this is not the right decision to be making, to be facilitating, which is basically an illegal human smuggling operation." Watch

    The measures are significant as they are the first in the nation seeking to effectively outlaw many of the business practices carried out by corporate-funded NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) who are contracted by the federal government to resettle hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens across the United States every year.

    The six proposals would:

    1. Ban state and local agencies from doing business with or providing benefits to any private-sector business or NGO that helps facilitate illegal immigration to Florida.

    2. Ban state agencies from renewing state contracts with transportation companies, such as airlines and bus services, that facilitate illegal immigration to Florida.

    3. Require private-sector businesses and NGOs, who facilitate illegal immigration to Florida, to provide compensation to the state of Florida to cover all costs that fall on taxpayers.

    4. Mandate county and local jails, as well as courts, to collect immigration status data at the time of a suspect’s arrest and conviction. The information would be reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    5. Ban Florida officials from providing any discretionary benefits to illegal aliens while state agencies and hospitals will be required to annually report taxpayer-funded expenses for illegal aliens.

    6. Add the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as an enforcer of E-Verify.

    In addition to the six proposals, DeSantis announced an emergency order that bans the issuance or renewal of all state licenses to provide services to Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) who are resettled across Florida. The order is effective immediately. MORE

    Spokeswoman Christina Pushaw; “We hope this action will serve as a deterrent to the Biden Administration’s massive human-smuggling operation, while protecting Florida’s most vulnerable kids. Governor DeSantis will continue to use his lawful authority to stand up for Floridians in the face of the Biden Administration’s dereliction of its duty to enforce our country’s immigration laws.”

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  • published wisc in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2021-11-30 09:13:57 -0500

    "All these media lies - All about pursuing partisan narratives"

    Referencing the Waukesha massacre, Gov. DeSantis slams corporate media for spinning false narratives. 

    WATCH

    Governor DeSantis Blasts Biased Media

    “This was an intentional act. And it seems like for corporate press, they’re more apt to characterize a parent who goes to a school board meeting to protest bad policies as a domestic terrorist, than somebody who intentionally rams an SUV into crowd of innocent people.”

    WATCH - From Christina Pushaw Nov 29, 2021

    . Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com
    Gov. Ron DeSantis is the only governor with the balls to talk about Waukesha and say it like it is. 

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  • published Hanukkah in VOLUSIA GOP FRONT PAGE 2021-11-28 18:30:10 -0500

    Happy Hanukkah 2021

    Hanukkah 2021 begins at sundown on Sunday, November 28.

    Hanukkah, or the Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. In 167 BCE, the Jews of Judea rose up in revolt against the oppression of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes. 

    Antiochus went so far as to desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem by installing images of Zeus on its holy platforms and altars. This was meant to be more than a defilement of Israel’s religious ethos, but a pulverizing of its very national identity as well, since the Temple was the religious and civic symbol of Jewish nationhood.

    The military leader of the first phase of the revolt was Judah the Maccabee. In the autumn of 164, Judah and his followers were able to capture the Temple in Jerusalem. They cleansed it and rededicated it to Israel’s God. 

    This event was observed in an eight-day celebration. 

    Like Passover, Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates the liberation from oppression. It also provides a strong argument in favor of freedom of worship and religion.

    In spite of the human action that is commemorated, never far from the surface is the theology that the liberation was possible only thanks to the miraculous support of the Divine. Read More


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