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Strange Country Ep 173: War on Christmas

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Release Date: 12/24/2020

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You better deck the halls with boughs of barbed wire because we are in the midst of war, dash hounds. Trees are being maligned as "holiday trees" and to-go cups are strangely under-decorated to the point where Jesus doesn't even want to attend his own party. And he can't!! Because Dr. Fauci forbids it. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk about the never-ending war on Christmas led by the Falafel General Bill O'Reilly and his army of Fox Newhounds.

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