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2024: NBC’s Martha Raddatz visited Pennsylvania and interviewed people who voted for Biden in 2020. None of them could name a single thing they liked about Biden in terms of policy, while many expressed concerns about his age.  

CATHOLIC: At the Easter Vigil service held in every Catholic church after sundown on Holy Saturday, a large decorated candle is lit for the first time. Called the Paschal candle, it will burn during all liturgical celebrations from Easter through Pentecost Sunday, then again during Baptisms and funerals for the remainder of the year. Depending on how highly decorated they are, Paschal Candles cost anywhere from $100 to $500 each.

DETRANS: [7:58] – Daisy Strongin was so convinced about her transgender identity that she had a double mastectomy at age 20. Just one year later, she realized it was all a mistake.

DISABLED: [2:49] – This is worth watching.

IRS: People continue the national migration from blue to red states.

SATANCON: CLICK [:15] to see a Holy Bible shredded during the opening ceremony at the annual gathering of Satanists which met in Boston over the weekend. They also tore up a Thin Blue Line flag. Attendees submitted themselves to Satan chanting “Hail Satan”, worshiped the transgender deity Baphomet, and listened to multiple transgender keynote speakers talk about ‘Reclaiming the Trans Body.’

TRANS-ABLED: [7:55] – First it was legalized abortion. Then it was physician-assisted suicide. Then it was sterilizing and mutilating “gender affirming treatments.” Now it’s people deliberately disabling themselves. Satan is laughing.

TUCKER: It will be interesting to see who is right – cartoonist Gary Varvel or Politico’s senior media writer who says Tucker himself is a nonentity whose exit will make no difference to Fox News.

Finding a Carlson substitute will be as easy for Fox as it was finding an O’Reilly substitute. There’s always an understudy or two at Fox who has learned the art of demagoguery — how to pander to the stolen election liars, incite white nationalists and make long-distance love to Vladimir Putin. Ensconced in the 8 p.m. slot that was Carlson’s and O’Reilly’s before that, the new host will succeed enough to imagine having become a star, too, until the light dims and the Murdoch’s network births yet another star. “ – Jack Shafer

VOLTAIRE: In 1765, Voltaire wrote, “Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde, est en droit de vous rendre injuste.” A fairly literal translation is, “Certainly, whoever is entitled to surrender you to absurdity is entitled to surrender you to injustice.” In 1960, Norman L Torrey translated it to “Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”

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