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    I have some friends and family who supported President Trump from early on in the process. From time to time they will ask me when I will admit that I was wrong about him. "If Trump does x... If Trump gets y... If Trump supports a policy that results in z... will you admit that you were wrong?" My answer is always "no", because I wasn't wrong. To be clear, I could be wrong in practical application, but that isn't what an election is about. Elections are about theory and speculation and, generally speaking about judging records. Trump had no record to speak of, and his history of stances on issues was all over the map. I opposed his candidacy for several major reasons, all of which are proven valid in this single issue we now refer to as the "travel ban". Here were my reasons.

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  • Fraudulent Rant by Judge Jeanine

    Fraudulent Rant by Judge Jeanine

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  • Wake The Hell Up, GOP!

    Wake The Hell Up, GOP!

    It's not cute anymore, Republicans. The President of the United States is completely detached from reality, and you can't fix that. You can't cover it up, you can't explain it away, and let me make this as clear as I possibly can for you. You cannot possibly undo the damage you are doing to the party brand by trying to pretend this man is anything other than completely unhinged. I'm watching Sean Hannity borrow guests from the Alex Jones show in an attempt to bolster Trump's conspiratorial claims. I'm seeing relatively mainstream conservatives make themselves look like the crazed fringes of the paranoid right wing. Don't believe me? Look at this.

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Auburn's Championship And NFL Playoff Picks

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Auburn TigersIf you are wondering why I care about a National Championship game that did not involve my Miami Hurricanes, I can give you two good reasons. First, my girl is an Auburn fan, so I was pulling for them there. I'll explain that further in a minute. Second, I hate Nick Saban, so as an extension of that emotion I must also hate the Alabama Crimson Tide. This hatred was easy to pick up. After all, you're looking at a team named after a phytoplankton with an elephant for a mascot. They are also represented by a roll of toilet paper followed by a bottle of laundry soap. I hate laundry, and I'm not a big fan of human excrement either. Thus, everything came together quite nicely to make me an (almost) Auburn fan.

Now, back to my girl. Typically, I will not become the fan of a team simply because someone I am in a relationship with likes them. In fact, it is the exact opposite. I, after all, am a man. And as a man, I am a bigger sports fan than a woman. Hence, she is required to dump her team for mine, and I will then actively route against her former team just to make sure there is no negative reaction that would signify dissension in the ranks. But the lovely Ramona isn't a typical girl, so she is not treated typically, so I have allowed her Tigers into the fold, and I will deal with the conflict of interest whenever a match-up with my Hurricanes arises.

But as for now, all is good in the Parry house. So congratulations to the Auburn Tigers on their National Championship, congrats to Ramona on her team, and may the misery be felt for the entire year in Bama nation as they hear "Defending Champs" attached to their hated rival's name. Yes, victory is sweet. I'm sure Bama made it to a bowl of some sort this year, so they probably understand where I am coming from. I doubt it was a significant one, but it was probably still a bowl game. Perhaps they got to match up against Danville Area Community College in the Malt-O-Meal bowl or something. Perhaps they even won the Marshmallow Matey's Trophy or whatever the heck they give out. I'm sure it will look nice in the trophy case over there at the second best school in Alabama. Now, on to the NFL.

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

First, let me say that the Ravens seem to have cleaned up their act quite a bit since the departure of Brian Billick. My disgust for them isn't nearly what it used to be, and they have a pretty impressive team this year. Impressive enough to go on the road and take out a rested Steelers team? Probably not. But it should be a close game and a good defensive battle. But in the end, I have to believe that the black and gold are up to the challenge. Pittsburgh 20 Baltimore 16.

Green Bay @ Atlanta

Yes, I was shocked that the Packers upset the Eagles. But I was even more shocked to hear how many "experts" are now calling them the team to beat. Seriously? What changed? The short answer would be the running game. Impressive job against Philadelphia. Yet they still needed 2 missed field goals by a 6 time all pro kicker to win the game. Props for the past, but reality for the future please? Atlanta is good, and they are at home. Green Bay will give them a run, but they will fall short. Atlanta 35 Green Bay 27.

Seattle @ Chicago

I know the Seabiscuits just took out the Aint's, but Chicago's defense will not be nearly as bad as New Orleans was on Saturday. In fact, most Powder Puff defenses won't be nearly as bad as the Saint's. I would love to pick the Hawks in this one, just for the potential irony of an NFC Championship game in Seattle, but reality is still ruling the day here. I know that Seattle beat the Bears earlier this year, but this lightning won't strike twice. Chicago 41 Seattle 13.

New York @ New England

I tossed this one around in my head a good bit. I was looking for a reason to pick the Jets, and I couldn't find it. I don't think that New England is a lock like many do, but they do have the home field advantage. Also, they do know how to win. That having been said, this Patriot's defense isn't nearly as good as many give it credit for. And their running hyphen back not only has a stupid name, but he is on the down side of average. Look for New England to struggle trying to run, and the Jets to struggle to shut Brady down. But in the end, I did find my one reason to pick the Jets. It's not a fair week if you don't pick at least one upset, right? New York 29 New England 24.

As always, you can feel free to bet on my picks the same way I feel free not to. This is for entertainment purposes only, but it is entertaining when I get hate mail from someone who lost on my picks.

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