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B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

Posted on May 15th, 2015 at 9:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. RIP Blues Boy King, We will miss you.

The Apocalyptic Cars Of Mad Max: Fury Road

Posted on May 14th, 2015 at 21:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Mattel – are you listening??!! What a cool Hot Wheels series these would make!! Shut up and take my money!

  2. lol…you’re a sick but brilliant person, Mark!

Google’s New Campus: Architects Ingels, Heatherwick’s Moon Shot

Posted on May 14th, 2015 at 20:02 by John Sinteur in category: Google

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The vision outlined in these documents, an application for a major expansion of the Googleplex, its campus, is mind-boggling. The proposed design, developed by the European architectural firms of Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio, does away with doors. It abandons thousands of years of conventional thinking about walls. And stairs. And roofs. Google and its imaginative co-founder and chief executive, Larry Page, essentially want to take 60 acres of land adjacent to the headquarters near the San Francisco Bay, in an area called North Bayshore, and turn it into a titanic human terrarium.

Abandoning thousands of years of conventional wisdom about buildings because you wrote a good search engine once 15 years ago sounds like a good plan to me.


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College Student to Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Posted on May 14th, 2015 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Mr. Bush replied: “We respectfully disagree. We have a disagreement. When we left Iraq, security had been arranged, Al Qaeda had been taken out. There was a fragile system that could have been brought up to eliminate the sectarian violence.

”He added: “And we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress. The result was the opposite occurred. Immediately, that void was filled.”

He concluded: “Look, you can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because American pulled back.”Mr. Bush turned away. The conversation was over.

Now watch this drive.


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  1. What a F’d_up country. Dynasties on both sides competing with whack jobs and demagogs.

  2. @Mykolas: Not quite as f’d up as Iraq though.

Anti-Gay Missouri GOP House Speaker Caught Sexting With Intern

Posted on May 14th, 2015 at 10:08 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Kansas City Star today reported that the speaker of the Missouri House, Republican John Diehl, sent several sexually charged text messages to a female college freshman who was working as an intern in the state legislature. Diehl, who is married, has championed the Religious Right’s anti-gay agenda in the state house, and has in turn been praised by state conservative groups for his “moral leadership.”

Earlier this year, Diehl and the president pro-tempore of the state Senate filed an amicus brief in defense of the state’s anti-gay-marriage amendment, leading the Missouri Family Policy Council, the state affiliate of the Family Research Council, to praise the speaker “for demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri.” The state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention thanked him for “fighting to defend biblical marriage.”


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  1. Ah, another HIC – Hypocrite In Charge!

  2. He might be heterosexual? I’m shocked!

Aral Balkan: Beyond The Camera Panopticon

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 18:17 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


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Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel.

Speaking out against apartheid is now hate speech, oh the irony it burns.


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  1. It won’t be long before criticizing the government is against the law. I guess it’s always been if you consider all the tools they have to attack critics. Look at what’s happening to Warren.

Watching the Watchers: Building a Sousveillance State

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 16:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

[Warning: The YouTube link shows highly classified materials; by viewing it you may be committing a crime in your jurisdiction.]


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Inside the Mind Control Methods ISIS Use to Recruit British Teenagers

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 11:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

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What’s your own experience of indoctrination tactics?

When I was in the Moonies I was a major recruiter and indoctrinator. The model that we were taught was the four-part model: people are either thinkers, feelers, doers or believers. And so, as you’re talking to this prospective convert, you want to analyse them. Because if they’re a thinker, you’re going to want to talk very intellectually and engage them in a very abstract way. If they’re feelers, you want them to feel like they’re loved and they’re a part of a community, and it’s very emotion-driven. If they’re very justice-orientated, it’s about saving lives, it’s about protecting children, it’s about fighting the evil and enemies that are repressing our people. Or if they’re believers – then God has chosen you. At a certain time in your life, depending on the context and who you’re hanging out with, one of those four angles can find a way into you.

Right – so using what you’ve learnt about them to customise your manipulation?

It’s an incremental progression. If you can control those four components I’ve just mentioned, you can re-shape someone’s identity. This new identity is now dependent and obedient. And in the case of Islamist cults, they will literally change your name – kind of baptise you into this new identity. The indoctrinated don’t think they’re following human beings, they think they’re following the divine.

 


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The First Pedophile-Enabling Catholic Bishop Finally Goes Down

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 11:26 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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I think we’re going to need a wooden stake.

 


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  1. I don’t know if the prosecutor had the option, but Finn should have been charged with a felony, tagged as a sexual predator for enabling such behavior in his subordinates, and spent a good 10 years in stir… All else considered, the Pope should excommunicate Finn. He is a disgrace to the Catholic faith!

  2. The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, was charged with concealing sex abuse back in March as well
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/03/17/archbishop-adelaide-charged-concealing-sex-abuse

  3. I don’t know which is worse. Muslims killing innocents so they can get 72 virgins in heaven or catholic priests buggering 72 virgin altar boys.

Pastor Brags About Escaping Car Accident Unharmed… Even Though Wife Has Spinal Fractures & Needs Neck Brace

Posted on May 12th, 2015 at 10:08 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Last week, evangelist Dr. Phil Kidd and his wife got in a really awful car accident. I’m happy to say they’re both going to be okay (even if the car is totaled). What’s really fascinating, though, is how they’re talking about it.

 

 

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Maybe Phil’s giant ego functioned as an additional airbag.


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  1. She sounds like a lovely person married to a pig. I didn’t know that this was allowed in the U.S.

Mobile phone evolution

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 19:44 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 15:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad. He offered to tell the CIA where to find bin Laden in return for the reward that Washington had offered in 2001. Walk-ins are assumed by the CIA to be unreliable, and the response from the agency’s headquarters was to fly in a polygraph team. The walk-in passed the test. ‘So now we’ve got a lead on bin Laden living in a compound in Abbottabad, but how do we really know who it is?’ was the CIA’s worry at the time, the retired senior US intelligence official told me.

 


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  1. No real surprises there. The administration lied about it? Who’da thunk it?! Made for good macho swaggering for a little while.

Georgia Principal Blames ‘Devil’ For Racist Remarks

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A Georgia principal catching hell over racist comments she made at a graduation ceremony offered one explanation: The devil made her do it.

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“Look who’s leaving—all the black people.”

 

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This is where “Biblical Morality” falls flat on its face. It allows believers who do wrong to point the finger at an Imaginary Enemy, which leaves them with nothing on their conscience except for “being weak” and “giving Satan a foothold” in their lives at that moment. After that, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump to praying for forgiveness, saying “Amen,” and then declaring to the world that nobody else can judge them since God has forgiven them.

It’s the Ultimate Weasel, and it gets used – and excused – all of the time. Believers never question such behavior, and those who do are accused of being divisive sheep in the fold. It’s why every single disgraced televangelist who has skulked out of the limelight has returned to “the ministry” at some point. Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Bob Larson, Mike Warnke, and even old Ted Haggard have all returned like dogs to their own vomit, to quote a particularly colorful Bible verse.


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  1. Honest your honor, I didn’t rob that jewelery shop – the Devil did it. He was just using me!

    Want a nice latte? That will be $5+ thanks!

  2. @Spaceman: Latte? The devil’s tipple!

Picture Perfect

Posted on May 11th, 2015 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Last great regions of pristine wilderness from Asia to Amazon under threat from massive road-building projects, scientist warns

Posted on May 10th, 2015 at 18:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“The example I often cite is the first road to be built in the Amazon, which originally linked the city of Belem with Brasilia , the national capital,” he said. “It began as a razor-thin cut through the forest, but today has grown into a 400km-wide slash of forest destruction across the eastern Amazon.“Because of such realities, the only real solution for limiting road impacts is to ‘avoid the first cut’ – keep roads out of wilderness areas, protected areas, and the remnants of rare ecosystems,” he added.

 


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NFL Teams Paid To Thank Troops at Games

Posted on May 10th, 2015 at 8:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Those salutes to American servicemen and women we all watch on the Jumbotron during halftime of NFL games? Turns out they are paid promotions costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

 


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I wonder how many times he had to reload..

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership suggests Obama has no sense of irony

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Obama administration has been taking the heat, but it’s okay, because they have a plan. In order to convince a sceptical public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a secret corporate power grab that will send US jobs overseas and lead to internet censorship, President Obama will be giving a speech today at the headquarters of Nike, a company associated with offshoring American jobs.

Nike’s CEO, Phil Knight, who’s now worth a cool $23 billion, says his company has been “working closely with the US government” to get the TPP deal passed.

Today, when President Obama speaks at Nike HQ, there will be a protest outside. The protesters on the security perimeter won’t have access to the TPP text, or to the millions of dollars that companies are spending to lobby for Fast Tracking the global deal, but at least they’ll have an intact sense of irony, which is more than I can say for our nation’s president.

 


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  1. And how does Hillary stand on this issue? Let me guess, she’s for it! We are so screwed!

Mothers Day

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Election 2015

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 11:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

In the UK you’re voting for a representative of your constituency, so being the second or third party is a lot of constituencies will give you a lot of votes, but not get you the representation. As a result, it’s perfectly normal when UKIP gets 12.6 percent of the votes and only one seat, and the Scottish National Party with 4.7 percent of the votes get 56.

[the results:]


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  1. Yes, that is true.

    Every election people remark on how disproportionate the balance of the parties is, compared to the total vote. The UK now has a government voted for by a third of actual voters, since only 66% of those eligible to vote bothered to vote it’s closer to 25% of the electorate as a whole. Democracy in action. Registering to vote puts you in the firing line for local taxes, hence poorer people don’t register.

    You will find little appetite for reform of the system. The referendum on the UK voting system failed to garner much support. I’m guessing that’s because the first past the post system favours the two main parties and they have little motive to promote such reform. The media barons in control of the press (or their hired lackeys) present electoral reform as subversive to effective government, so it was no surprise that the referendum chose the least favourable option of all the alternative proportional systems, presumably to confuse the voters. That’s why the UK is stuck in the 19th century, electorally speaking.

  2. Same in Canada. The only good thing is mostly it produces majority governments that don’t need to pander to small extremist parties (e.g. Israel).

    However those same majority governments have almost unchecked total power to do whatever they like. (e.g. Tony Blair, Stephen Harper).

    No-one with the power to do so has much interest in changing these systems, for obvious reasons. And not voting is not an option either:

    http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.ca/2015/04/not-voting-pitifully-ineffective-protest.html

  3. God save the Queen. Everyone gets a royal screwing.

Texas House votes to keep daylight savings

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 10:37 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A Texas House push to exclude the state from observing daylight saving time has collapsed amid concerns that doing so would make residents choose between going to church and watching the Dallas Cowboys.

 


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Congress literally doesn’t care what you think

Posted on May 9th, 2015 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Combine this with the wealth distribution in the US (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vttbhl_kDoo), and you know where this is going.

The Corninthian Scam: Education For Suckers

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 23:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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You can read a long way into this saga before encountering the word “education.” Which I guess is the basic point. Well, that and the poor college kids who fell for the scam and who now find themselves slammed with debt-slavery for the privilege of having been defrauded. But it is a window into a dynamic that is growing into some terrifying power. The American corporate business model is fundamentally, grotesquely corrupt. It has been that way for long enough for the corrupt philosophy to leach into the political system, which was quickly followed by the same corrupt practices, ensconced and enobled now in Founders marble. And that is how everything in our politics came to rest in a fetid footlocker in the abandoned Enron company gym. The idea of a commons, or the idea of a self-governing political commonwealth dedicated to controlling all forms of corruption in the name of a greater good, is simply converted in all of its elements into commodities to be bought and sold, and based on the fundamentally grotesquely corrupt principle we have allowed to flourish in our financial and economic systems.


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  1. Corporate America at it’s finest. Why were indictments handed down on the corrupt Baltimore cops? Was it because justice prevailed (and it hasn’t yet), or is it because Baltimore was burning the banks and insurance companies’ property.

  2. Blimey! Mr. P. is so vexed he can hardly type straight! Corinthian as in Ancient Greek temple of larnin’

    There is a related company in Canada recently closed down by the Ontario Government who is having to pay to get the victims back into other for-profit “business academies”.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/03/11/ontario-to-provide-76m-to-help-former-everest-college-students.html

Why NASA Called The Northwest Indian College Space Center

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 20:04 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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The joke was funny because this was just a tiny, two-year college, with no engineering program. Getting into space was the last thing on the minds of these students; they were just trying to escape poverty. Next thing they knew, NASA was calling them up.

 


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Relying on Product Reviews? Knowing How a Company Treats Its Customers Is Just as Valuable

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 19:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Product reviews are broken. They are great at telling you about the speed of a computer or the brightness of a screen. But there’s a big gaping hole in evaluations of most products, from phones to computers to televisions.

The product evaluations neglect to mention the quality of a company’s customer service, which becomes the most important factor of all when problems or questions related to the product come up.

I learned this lesson from a bizarre experience with a Samsung oven that I bought last year.

 


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The War on Drugs Is Over (If You Want It)

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 19:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Want to end the war on drugs? Lobby your local police department. They’ve quietly had the power to end the whole thing this entire time—and some are doing just that.

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“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”

– John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

“[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks” Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”


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Bosch Fawstin, Muhammad art contest winner, to be added to Southern Poverty Law Center hate list

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim who won the Muhammad cartoon contest at the Texas free speech event attacked by two gunmen Sunday, will soon be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups.

 

This is the cartoon:

 

bosch-fawstin

 

In order for that cartoon to be anti-Muslim, you have tacitly accept that violence is intrinsic to Islam while simultaneously saying it’s off-limits to criticism.

They should probably add the security guard to that list as well for preventing the attackers from murdering all the contestants.


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  1. I do like the wee Hitler mustache!

Surprisingly, Lawsuit Against ‘All Homosexuals’ Summarily Dismissed

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 11:03 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Here, the plaintiff does not set forth any factual or legal basis for a federal claim under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States. Even construing the complaint liberally, it does not contain allegations reasonably suggesting federal question jurisdiction exists in this matter. Nor can the plaintiff plausibly allege that her citizenship is different from the citizenship of each defendant. And she has not asked for any money damages, much less enough to satisfy the amount-in-controversy requirement of 28 U.S.C. § 1332. Therefore, the Court finds subject-matter jurisdiction is not proper in this action pursuant to either 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 or 1332.

[..]The Court will not give the plaintiff an opportunity to amend her complaint in this matter because it is obvious that amendment would be futile. Even liberally construed, the plaintiff does not set forth any discernible claim for relief over which this Court has jurisdiction. This Court is not the place to seek opinions regarding theological matters; this particular forum is closed and the case will be dismissed.

 


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  1. Well that’s saved us all a lot of time.

  2. So, basically the judge (bless his heart) told this person “You are an idiot. Stop wasting the court’s time and the people’s money!”. Yeah, I go for that!

Florida congressman flipped shares in IPO despite US law

Posted on May 8th, 2015 at 9:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public offering, despite a federal law that generally prohibits members of Congress from participating in IPOs.Republican Rep. Curt Clawson, who gave the tea party’s response to the president’s State of the Union address earlier this year, earned less than $700 profit on the sale of less than $15,000 in shares of SolarEdge Technologies Inc. of Fremont, California, according to financial records and Clawson’s spokesman, David James.And James says the trade on March 26 was lawful. “We feel like every requirement of the law was met,” he said Thursday.Despite the small stakes, however, the trade may test a provision of a 2012 law, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. Known as the Stock Act, it was intended to prevent members of Congress and legislative employees from using inside information or profiting in unseemly ways. One provision bans lawmakers and staff members from buying stock during initial offerings unless the same opportunity is “available to members of the public generally.”

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In a little-noticed brief filed last summer, lawyers for the House of Representatives claimed that an SEC investigation of congressional insider trading should be blocked on principle, because lawmakers and their staff are constitutionally protected from such inquiries given the nature of their work. The legal team led by Kerry W. Kircher, who was appointed House General Counsel by Speaker John Boehner in 2011, claimed that the insider trading probe violated the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch.


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  1. Isn’t that convenient?

  2. The Boner (I meant Boehner) Gang of crooks at work – ripping off the American people at every opportunity!


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