NFL Week 12 Predictions And Recap Of Thursday!

Well, the NFL season marches on, as does my futility in predicting the winners and losers.  In past seasons, I was typically at about 75% or so, this year, (I’d have to go back and tally for the actual ratio) I’m guessing I’m at about 60% or so. 

Let’s see how I do this week will fewer games to pick from!


(4-6-0) Rams

(8-2-0) Bengals  Well, these two teams, especially the Rams, are part of the reason why I’m not picking as well as I typically do.  The Rams is a team which beat the Seahawks and the Cardinals, and went toe-to-toe with the Vikings.  But, they got blown out by the Bears and lost to the lowly Ravens.  The Bengals have lost their last two including a loss to the Cards in a fantastic game, but, they also lost to the Texans.  Still, I expect the Bengals to return to form and start making a run into the playoffs.  The Rams are still a good QB away from being a contender.


(4-6-0) Raiders  The Raiders are another reason I’m not picking well.  I’m 2-7 picking the Raider games.  (I didn’t pick on the first week of the season).  So, take this pick with a grain of salt, but, I really don’t see them losing to the Titans. 

(2-8-0) Titans


(5-5-0) Giants  Who is going to be the best of the worst division in the NFL?  Who cares!  It’s the worst division in the NFL!  But, I think the Giants are the better team of these two.

(4-6-0) Redskins


(7-3-0) Vikings  Well, the Vikes are coming off of a hard lost to the Pack, but, the Falcons are in a free fall.  After a 5-0 start, the Falcons have gone 1-4.  The Vikings should be able to right their ship in this game.

(6-4-0) Falcons


(5-5-0) Bills

(5-5-0) Chiefs  This should be a great game to watch and it has huge playoff implications.  KC is 4-1 over their last five while the Bills are 2-3.  But, my impression is that the Bills have played a tougher schedule.  This is exactly the type of game which you have an Alex Smith for.  I picking KC.


(4-6-0) Saints

(5-5-0) Texans  Uhmm ……. I’ve no idea of which sort of team either of these teams will show up as.  I can easily see this game going either way.  If Brees can escape the pass rush without being pressured too much, it will be a long day for the Texans.  But, I don’t think that’s going to happen, so, I’m going with the Texans.


(5-5-0) Buccaneers

(5-5-0) Colts  This is an interesting game.  The two teams are almost there, but, not quite.  I wrote this last week and nothing has occurred to change my opinion, Hasselbeck is the better QB in Indy, he’s 3-0 as a starter on a 5-5 team.  I think he’ll be 4-0 after today.


(4-6-0) Dolphins  This is my upset pick of the day.  The Dolphins are much improved over the first part of the season (which isn’t saying much) while the Jets can’t seem to get it going.  The Jets are 2-4 over the last 6 games and none of their wins come from a winning team. 

(5-5-0) Jets 


(2-8-0) Chargers

(4-6-0) Jaguars  The Chargers are one of my biggest surprises this year.  I can’t believe how bad they are.  The Jags still aren’t a very good team, but, they’re improving.  The Chargers are not. 


(8-2-0) Cardinals  It wasn’t too long ago this game would be great to watch.  It won’t be today.  It will be nice to see a dynamic duo playing on the same field, once again.  Bolding and Fitzgerald were a great one-two punch at WR.  Now, Fitzgerald is the possession receiver and Boldin is the only one worth a darn in SF. 

(3-7-0) 49ers


(6-4-0) Steelers

(5-5-0) Seahawks  This is sort of an “upset” pick, but, not much of one.  While Seattle has an unimpressive 3-2 record at home, their losses at home came at the hands of the undefeated Panthers and a very strong Cardinal team.  Both games were decided by less than a TD.  I wouldn’t put the Steelers in the same class as Carolina nor the Cards.  I think Seattle will get them today.


(10-0-0) Patriots  I would have loved to watch this game with a healthy Manning.  I don’t know that any of us will ever have an opportunity to do so ever again.  Still, it should be a good game to watch with the D of Denver against the Pats offense.  But, Brady should get this one, too. 

(8-2-0) Broncos


(3-7-0) Ravens  The old Browns vs the new Browns.  …… who cares?

(2-8-0) Browns


 (4-7-0) Eagles 14

 (4-7-0) Lions 45  The Eagles demonstrated the overall weakness of the NFC East.  What’s with the Lions pretending to be a real NFL team?


 (11-0-0) Panthers 33  Well, that was beyond ugly.  I find it strange that people are now saying the season is over for the Cowboys based on their loss to the Panthers.  With, or without Romo, they were going to lose to the Panthers.  Romo is out for the season, and Cassel doesn’t inspire hope, but, let’s get real.  The Giants are 5-5 atop the NFC East.  It isn’t a given that the Giants can even get past the Redskins, today.  And, they have Minn and the Panthers remaining on the schedule.  The rest of the games are tossups or only marginally in favor of the Giants.  I can easily see the Giants finishing 7-9.  One day, the Cowboys will find a QB other than Romo who can win in the Cowboy uniform.  And, it only takes one to get the team believing.  No, I’m not saying the ‘boys will or even probably will, they probably won’t, but, it isn’t over by any stretch in the NFC East.

 (3-8-0) Cowboys 14


 (5-6-0) Bears 17  What is suddenly wrong with the Pack?  Sure, the Bears aren’t a terrible team, but, they’re not that good, either. 

 (7-4-0) Packers 13


Well, that’s the way I see it, what do you think?

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Gems 2015 — November 29 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 31-32

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 29 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 31-32

Food for Thought: Ez. 32:22-30

There is one thing common in this passage regarding Assyria (found in modern-day Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt), Elam (in southern Iran), Meshech and Tubal (believed by many scholars to be in Asia Minor, Turkey), Edom (Southern Jordan), and the Sindonians (Phoenicians of Lebanon, located between Tyre and Beirut): As examples of the depths to which mankind can sink, God holds them responsible for the terror they caused “in the land of the living.” As Romans 3:13-18 puts it, “’Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘The poison of asps is under their lips’; ‘Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’”

Their fate is entirely contrary to that of the peace-makers. Jesus says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” He adds in Matthew 5:43-45, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” The apostle Paul adds in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

The ones who seek to do this are truly sons and daughters of God, having His nature of love within them and His Spirit to give them the strength and ability to do so. God’s sons and daughters cannot hate (a word directly associated with murder) and are corrected of any ill feelings in the spirit, always headed toward peace, living the life of Jesus—a stark contrast to the way of the ones described in Romans 3 who live in darkness. (See Col. 3:13; I John 2:9, 3:15, 4:20.)

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Gems 2015 — November 28 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 29-30

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 28 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 29-30

Food for Thought: Ez. 30:16b

Well, for today we are going to allow ourselves the luxury of a play on words, though it is not much of a stretch. The place referred to in Ezekiel as Sin is ancient Pelusium, a part of Egypt, and the prophecy regarding it was, “Sin shall have great pain…” which turned out to be true in every sense of the word sin.

The Lord’s complaint against the territory of Egypt was its idolatry and “arrogant strength (vs. 6, 13, 18).” In effect, that describes most people who refuse to submit wholly to God, and the results are eventually the same for them as they were for the inhabitants of Sin (Pelusium). “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov. 16:25).” The Bible says that sin for a time is pleasureful, but eventually produces great harm. It’s not God striking at the sinner to punish him; rather, it is the consequence and cause of sin itself. James 1:14-15 reveals the process that leads to such a bad end: “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

Rebellion sends people away from the Lord and His perfect design and rejects the true life that He offers. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (See also Prov. 11:19.) We were all headed for the same fate as the inhabitants of Sin, and deservedly so, but Jesus changed our destiny when we received His gift of life. Now, any time we face a temptation to sin, the Lord provides us a way out (I Cor. 10:13) to avoid the harmful effects and has even made provision for forgiveness by the blood of Jesus if the event of a fall. Now, instead of living in Sin, we live in the Kingdom of God where the future is much brighter.

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Gems 2015 — November 27 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 27-28

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 27 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 27-28

Food for Thought: Ez. 28:2-10; 14-17

A warning to any man, nation, or angelical being: your refusal to acknowledge and submit to the One true God and your attempt to exalt yourself to His level will lead to your demise. Lucifer did it, the prince of Tyre did it, and men continue to do it today. Somehow, they claim credit for their splendor, strength, wisdom, and might, as if they created themselves. But as history has shown, such haughtiness will not go without consequences for long. Eventually the reality of God’s supremacy and how far beneath Him the rebellious are is revealed, and it is done most publicly.

Lucifer was the first to experience the consequence of daring to place himself at the level of God. Isaiah 14:12-17 gives the account of what happened (confirmed by Jesus in Luke 10:18):

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’”

Notice the similarity of the fate of the being, whether referring to the prince/king of Tyre or the nation itself, or to mankind, or to the angelic being (or any combination of them, allegorically) found in Ezekiel 28:14-17:

“You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. ‘By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.’”

Unfortunately, such a haughty attitude will be (is) quite prevalent in these last days, just as prophesied in II Timothy 3:1-5. Men have replaced God with themselves, and do everything they can to honor and please themselves, with countless missed opportunities to attribute glory and honor to the One Who is truly worthy of it. And in so doing, they have deceived themselves and live empty, superficial lives. Ironically, those who realize the error of their ways and humble themselves before God find themselves lifted up as His sons and daughters with all the benefits and authority that comes with it. And those who do not, unavoidably find themselves taken down to a miserable fate.

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Happy Thanksgiving —- Open Thread!


Give thanks for all things.  Most of us have so much to be thankful for it’s impossible to list all of the blessings bestowed upon us. 


My best,


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Gems 2015 — November 26 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 25-26

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 26 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 25-26

Food for Thought: Ez. 26:2-6

Tyrus did what most people would do at the sight of the downfall of a competitor: rejoice and seek financial gain from it. When Jerusalem fell, Tyrus said, “Aha! she is broken, broken to pieces, that was the gates of the people, to whom there was a great resort and where there was a general rendezvous of all nations, some upon one account and some upon another, and I shall get by it; all the wealth, power, and interest, which Jerusalem had, it is hoped, shall be turned to Tyre, and so now that she is laid waste I shall be replenished.” To the world, there would be nothing wrong with that. It seems natural to see how tragic circumstances could be turned to their benefit and be glad about it. But God doesn’t see things that way, especially when they involve His chosen people.

The attitude of Tyrus was wrong for many reasons. First, though Israel was being disciplined for her horrid behavior, it did not mean that God stopped loving her. So for others to rejoice at her demise was offensive to Him. Second, the motive behind Tyrus’ attitude was covetousness and greed, a characteristic of the world’s system which is diabolically contrary to God’s way Who desires that people trust Him for provision instead of wishing harm to come to others in order to accumulate their wealth (see Eph. 5:33). And third, such an attitude is devoid of love and compassion and also contrary to God’s way of being (see Luke 6:27, 35).

Proverbs 24:17 says, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” In this world, there will be people who pit themselves against the righteous and will fall as consequence of their actions, but we should take no pleasure in that. They are human beings made in God’s image who will suffer severely if they do not repent. They, like us, are in need of a Savior and in need of someone who will extend a hand of mercy and grace, just as we needed it—something of much more importance than our increase in ill-gotten wealth. They are people whom God loves every bit as much as He loves us, and He takes no pleasure in seeing them suffer.

Making plans to raise oneself up on the ruins of others and rejoicing in someone else’s demise completely disregards God’s love for mankind, and that is at the root of the problem. So in our dealings with people today, let us be reminded of the nature of God within us and guard ourselves from the natural reactions, and choose, instead, that of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Then, He will prosper us, but it will be His way, and not man’s.

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Gems 2015 — November 25 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 23-24

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 25 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 23-24

Food for Thought: Ez. 23:40-45

We know from the Word that we should not judge people. It is not our place to judge, and besides, if we were honest, there are plenty of things people could judge us about, too. So it is best to be glad for the mercy and grace that God has bestowed on us and apply the same grace and mercy to others. However, there will be a time when the Lord will put us, His righteous chosen ones, in the position to judge as we are seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 2:6).

The Lord calls all who have been made clean by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus righteous and saints (II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 1:2), made one with and in Him (John 17:23, 26), which is what qualifies us to one day judge. Specifically, the righteous will judge the world and the angels. As I Corinthians 6:2-3 says, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? …”

Until then, the Lord tells us in I Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” And Acts 17:30-31 says, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Being one with Him, we will be participants—not just spectators—on that day. Until then, our role is one of mercy and grace.

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More BRICS News!!!!


Yep!  The economic juggernaut threatening the US Dollar!

South Africa narrowly avoids entering a recession

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A government data agency says South Africa narrowly avoided recession after the economy grew by less than 1 percent.

On Tuesday, Statistics South Africa released a statement saying South Africa’s economy grew by 0.7 percent, improving from a 1.3 percent contraction in the previous quarter. The government agency said South Africa would have been in recession had the economy shrunk for a second consecutive quarter.

Statistics South Africa attributed the recovery to growth in seven out of ten of South Africa’s main industries, such as manufacturing and the financial sector.

The agency, though, said some of the country’s key industries are in recession. Agriculture, affected by drought, shrank by 12.6 percent. Mining activity fell by 9.8 percent while the electricity, gas and water supply sector decreased by 8 percent.

Some may see this as a poke in the eye/victory dance over the BRICS futility and impotence.  And, in a way, it is.  I’ve called this from the start and continue to call it what it is, a fantasy. 

Each nation, individually, have their own challenges which they will not overcome anytime in the near future.  Socialism and totalitarianism (similar but not the same) will not supplant free enterprise. 

Of the BRICS nations, only India is firmly moving in the right direction.  But, their direction puts them in direct competition, not with the US, but, with China.  China is slowly moving in the right direction, but, only in fits and starts.  Unless something drastically changes, before they get to where they need to be, something very drastic will happen.  The state will not willingly relinquish control in favor of free enterprise.  Unless power is forcefully wrested from the state, the state will quash free enterprise ….. always.  Russia suffers from the Stockholm syndrome.  So long have they been held captive, they don’t know any other way.  They love their tyrants and control freaks because they don’t know, and are afraid of, the exhilarating notion of freedom!  Brazil?  What can one say about her?  Let history judge and prognosticate.  She’s Latin.  There’s nothing more you need to know.  BTW, Portugal has moved, in a most decided manner, to the left.  Expect riots for one reason or another. 

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Shock Of The Day!!!!!! USA Today Get’s It Right!!!!!!!!!


Well, color me flabbergasted!!!!  A soon to be fired writer for USA Today actually knew something and slapped the LSM in defense of Ben Carson!!!! 

So, on CSPAN, the other day, Ben Carson said, Thomas Jefferson “tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies.” ……  Because the left is full of first order (non)thinkers, the LSM pounced at the imagined faux pas.  I would go on to explain, but, I can’t do it better than the USA Today writer editor, David Mastio.


Oops! Carson’s not actually wrong about Jefferson: David Mastio

Ha, ha, ha. Boy, that Ben Carson sure made a fool of himself on C-Span the other day. He said Thomas Jefferson “tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies.”

Critics pounced. Jefferson didn’t craft our Constitution, they said. He was on the other side of the Atlantic acting as the U.S. minister in France at the time of the Constitutional Convention. As Politico put it: Jefferson crafted the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

What a dope that Carson guy is. How did he ever get to be a surgeon? I’m laughing so hard, I gotta wipe tears from my eyes.

Except, wait a minute, hmmmm, here’s an interesting historical footnote to the Constitutional Convention. At the time, an early version of email was available. It was the social media of its day, called “letters.” Important people, say, the U.S. minister in France, could give pieces of paper to ship captains who’d take them by boat all the way to Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, other important people would read words scratched onto the paper and respond in kind with a “reply.”

In this fashion, early Americans could discuss important matters like constitutions and other government stuff ministers would care about. This was called “correspondence.”

Guess who was writing these letter thingies? Thomas Jefferson.

And do you know who was replying? George Washington and James Madison, among the most important framers of our Constitution.

So here’s the crazy thing: Jefferson, Madison, Washington and others were discussing how the U.S. Constitution should be written.

After the Constitution Convention was over, Jefferson had this other idea called a “Bill of Rights,” which you might have heard is a part of the Constitution. Jefferson sorta played a key role in all that First Amendment, Second Amendment stuff. If you don’t believe me, go ask the American Civil Liberties Union, which is big on rights like free speech and freedom of religion.

Saith the ACLU: “The American Bill of Rights, inspired by Jefferson and drafted by James Madison, was adopted, and in 1791 the Constitution’s first 10 amendments became the law of the land.”

The ACLU even quotes Jefferson’s argument: “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.”

To get the basics of Jefferson’s role in the creation of the Bill of Rights, which are, as I mentioned, a pretty important part of the Constitution, all you have to do is read the Spark Notes version. Or you can get it in easy Q&A format from the U.S. Archives.

All that laughing I did at Carson’s expense? I take it back. I guess he sorta did know what he was talking about, after all.

As Breitbart points out, any imbecile who studied US history would know the huge influence Thomas Jefferson had on the framing of our US Constitution.  Most of the educated left knows this.  This is why we see this, today ….

Students Want Statue of ‘Incestuous Rapist’ And ‘Racist’ Thomas Jefferson Removed

You see, they have to destroy the Bill of Rights.  Regardless if the attacks are incongruent, they are and will continue to be, constant attacks on our liberties and freedoms. 

h/t Breitbart

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Turkey, Russia, And NATO


Well, as we all know by now, Turkey shot down a Russian jet.  Where the Russian jet was at the time is disputed. 

At this moment, I really don’t have much to say about this, but, I realize some would want me to chime in (mostly readers who don’t regularly comment).  Most of the commentators have already formed a thought and are familiar with the reality of the situation.  But, many are not, so, I’ll just try to interject some reality.

First, let’s start by saying Turkey is a part of NATO.  NATO is a cold-war holdover which really serves no purpose today.  It was formed to counter the Soviet Union’s military aggression in Europe.  There is no Soviet Union today, and while many would perceive some of Russia’s initiatives as “aggression”, they have not threaten Europe proper with military or physical aggression (depending on one’s view of the roil in the Ukraine).  To my knowledge, Turkey was never seriously threatened even when there was a Soviet Union.  They joined NATO as a vehicle to gain protection from more nearby neighbors. 

Continuing with some reality, and this is probably most important to note, Turkey isn’t fighting ISIS.  Let me repeat this for emphasis ……. Turkey is not fighting ISIS!  Turkey reluctantly allows the US to fly missions against ISIS from their soil, but, Turkey isn’t fighting ISIS.  Turkey is fighting the Kurds.  The Kurds are fighting ISIS.  The US is fighting ISIS, but, only because of the huge outcry of the people of the US.  Recall the months and months of inaction and silence by president Zero in the face of the atrocities committed by ISIS.  Turkey does want Assad removed from Syria, as does president Zero.  Russia likes Assad.  Zero is upset with Putin because Russia also attacks people Zero deems as “moderate rebels”.  Which is fascinating because it’s a bit of an oxymoron.  There is no such thing as a “moderate rebel”.  I am unaware of any pro-US group fighting Assad other than the groups the US refuses to arm. 

Those are the facts.

Was the Russian jet in Turkey air-space?  Probably.  The Russians have been ignoring air-space for some time now.  Should Turkey have shot down the jet?  No, that was incredibly stupid, and a fool’s bet.  There was nothing to gain and much to lose over this action. 

Turkey is like that little mouthy guy at the bar who came in with a few big friends.  If Turkey wasn’t part of NATO would they have shot down the Russian jet?  Not a chance in hell.  What our “friend” Ergy doesn’t understand is that there is no appetite for a war with Russia.  Not in Europe, not among the people of the US.  We’ve no reason to defend Turkey.  At one time, Turkey was a progressive nation with a Muslim majority.  It is quickly turning to an Islamic state, itself.  It is a primary conduit to the European invasion.  They’ve nothing to offer us in return for their protection.   

What will Putin do?  I’ve no idea.  Probably nothing ….. overtly, right now.  But, Putin will respond in time.   Still, he’s a bit of a hothead, so it could be that he responds forcefully very soon.  I think he’s smarter than that, but, one never knows. 

Did I just write about post admonishing entering in multi-lateral treaties?  Well, yes, yes, I did.  This is another great reason why a nation should not do such things.  If Russia responds, we are obligated, by treaty, to defend Turkey, as are the rest of the members of NATO.  If we do not defend Turkey (in response to imagined Russian aggression) then we demonstrate our treaties and words are worth nothing (which they are). 

For right now, all I have to say is that it is well past time to disband NATO.  If the Europeans wish a military alliance, let them do it through the EU.  The US (and Canada) needs no part of it.  If certain states of Europe wish to ally with Russia, so what?  Let them.  For instance, if Portugal wishes to ally with Russia, it doesn’t harm the interests of the US one whit.  Neither does it strengthen Russia.  Europe, as the EU, is a failing and a flailing entity.  Anyone allowing themselves to be attached to Europe, in its present state, is simply tying an albatross around their neck.  Turkey, is, in many respects, part of Europe and every bit a part of the albatross.     

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