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As New York is buried by snow…

…join me in a trip down the memory hole.


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Trump: States cannot be trusted with federal lands

Trump argues that federal lands should not be transferred to state control because states cannot be trusted to maintain the lands.

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Only the Leviathan can keep things great. Don’t trust your state, only trust the national government.

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National Review vs Donald Trump

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It’s war.

Thursday at a press conference in Las Vegas, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump reacted to a compilation from National Review that opposed his bid for the GOP president nod.

“The National Review is a dying dying paper,” Trump said. “It’s circulation is way down. Not very many people read him anymore. People don’t even think about The National Review. I guess they want to get a little publicity. But that’s a dying paper. I got to tell you, it’s pretty much a dead paper.”

Back when I was a young man, there was no wild world of webs or Fox News and the liberal media dominated all. Frankly, it was hard to tell that there was a diversity of public opinion. Walter Cronkite told you how it was and that was that. It was settled.

Then, when I was about 17, I discovered National Review magazine and I discovered that there was a whole universe of conservative and libertarian thought that I hadn’t known existed. It opened my eyes to a whole new world. MadBrad will be amused to hear that I had a stack of copies of National Review in the barracks at Fort Bragg.

Those of you who have known me on this forum will not be surprised by this. My political views have been heavily influenced by National Review’s editorial positioning that, I think, can be defined as libertarianism, traditionalism and anticommunism. These are National Review values and they are my values.

William F Buckley, the founder of NR, wasn’t willing to accept those he considered unworthy of conservatism. He denounced Ayn Rand, the John Birch Society and George Wallace as anti-theist, racist and/or antisemitic. These are not conservative values. These are not part of the conservative ethos.

I believe America rejected conservatism in the 1960s and 1970s because of it was tied to anti-theism, racism and/or antisemitism. Instead, we ended up with the radical social experimentation of the left. It has been disastrous.

In order for conservatism to prevail, we must be able to critique and attack the dominate liberal orthodoxy but do so analytically and with intellectual vigor. Donald Trump is incapable of this. He is not interested in this.

Again, my values are those of National Review: libertarianism, traditionalism and anticommunism. If we are forced to take sides, I stand with the values I share the editorial position of National Review and reject the know nothing, anti-conservative demagoguery of Donald Trump.

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Washington DC is paralyzed

This seems very metaphorical to me. The Leviathan brought to its knees by an inch of snow.

WASHINGTON (WJZ)—The D.C. Metro area got a nasty taste of what’s to come this weekend.

Chaos on the roads with just an inch of snow last night.

If Wednesday night is any indication of what we’ll see this weekend, then you need to start planning ahead and avoid being outside at all costs.

On Wednesday traffic at a standstill for miles.

After sitting for more than 5 hours some chose to ditch their cars and walk home instead.

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It’s not easy being Preezy…

Well, he doesn’t make anything he does look easy, that’s for sure. Everything he does turns into a giant flustercuck

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Rubio responds to an atheist in Iowa

Regardless how you feel about Marco Rubio, I predict you will feel a little better about him if you watch this.

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I know this was supposed to make me feel better about Trump…

…but it actually makes me feel worse about Palin. I’d say this ranks right up there with her judgement of the political viability of her 2008 running mate.

Former vice-presidential nominee and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin made her first foray into the 2016 presidential race Tuesday by announcing she is endorsing Donald Trump.

“I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America,” Palin said in a statement from the Trump campaign announcing the endorsement.

She later appeared alongside Trump at a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa

“You’re putting relationships on the line for this country because you’re willing to make America great again,” she said at the rally. “I am here because like you, I know it’s now or never.”

Oh, and Iowa’s Republican Governor, Terry Branstad, says Iowans shouldn’t vote for Ted Cruz because he doesn’t support the ethanol-global warming-corn-subsidy-boondoggle.

If this thing comes down to Trump vs Sanders… Damn. Life imitates art and by art I mean Archie and Jughead.

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The biggest gun grabber lie so far

Here is Hillary Clinton…


You can sue toy makers if their toys do something that they were not intended to do. You can sue if they explode, easily break into sharp pieces or turn out to be poison. You cannot sue the makers of Tinker Toys because they can be used to make a windmill.

Under current law, you can sue a gun maker if a gun he sells explodes in your hand, goes off on its own or throws burning powder in the shooter’s face. Gun makers, like other manufacturers, have no immunity from liability for making flawed products.

You cannot, however, sue a gun maker because a gun did exactly what it was designed to do. Just as Tinker Toys are made so that children can make windmills, guns are made to fire projectiles. You cannot sue a maker of a gun because the gun fired a projectile.

Hillary Clinton wants to change that. She wants the law to allow gun manufacturers to be sued because a firearm did exactly what it was designed, sold and intended to do. She wants the manufacturers of a legal, perfectly engineered and perfectly operating product to be liable when it performs as expected but is used improperly.

This is the equivalent of imposing liability on the maker of a screwdriver because someone used one to stab someone, making GM liable because someone purposely drove a perfectly functioning Chevy Malibu into a crowd or imposing liability on a paper mill because the paper it made was used to publish a libel in the New York Times.

In fact, it is more similar to that last example than the others. The right to keep and bear arms is, like the freedom of the press, a constitutional right. To allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers for liability for the illegal use of a legal, constitutionally protected device is very much like the example I gave regarding the New York Times.

If these lawsuits are allowed to go forward, it would make sense for victims of libel to be allowed to sue, not only the person who made the libelous statement, but the maker of the printing press, the manufacturer of the paper, the maker of the web servers where it was shared, the makers of all the web enabled devices where it was read and the makers of the televisions and radios where it was broadcast. In fact, why not sue the manufacturers of the trucks that delivered the papers, the company that provided the fuel that powered them as well as the maker of the electricity that powered the electric devices? After all, they were used and operated properly – as in the case of the gun – to commit an illegal act. They are all liable.

Of course in this world, there are no rights at all. It is absurd and arbitrary. One suspects that would be fine with the likes of Hillary Clinton.

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Bernie Sanders goes after Wikipedia too

The Revo got a DMCA takedown notice from Sanders’ layers about a week ago. Now Wikipedia has received one as well. The difference? Wikipedia was just published his logo unchanged. You know, giving it free publicity. You’d think he would be okay with that, right? Nope.

First off, as Boing Boing points out: not only is this response from Bernie Sanders almost certainly an incorrect interpretation of copyright law, it is absolutely nonsensical as a political ploy. Political campaigns WANT their logos to be plastered on every available surface, everywhere, for all time. When I first saw the title of the article in email, I assumed that Boing Boing was going to tell me how the Sanders campaign was caught adding stuff to Sanders’ Wikipedia page… possibly even, I don’t know, plastering the whole thing with Sanders’ campaign logo? Imagine my surprise when it turns out that they wanted to keep the logos away from people’s eyeballs.

Seriously, it is a measure of how awful Hillary Clinton is as a candidate that she’s more or less tied with this guy. Or, arguably, losing to him.

Second: since when do Commies – oh, I’m sorry: “Democratic socialists” – care about copyright, anyway? It all belongs to the People, right? Bernie Sanders supports public financing of elections, yes? So why does he suddenly think that he has the right to dictate what other people do with that logo? Ownership is theft, man. Bernie Sanders shouldn’t act so blatantly privileged, you know what I mean?

What a clown show. Sheesh.

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Who will reign in the new Imperial Presidency?

Remember this from 2008?

Obama was going end the practice of “going around Congress” that Bush had in engaged. How did that turn out? Here are some examples of Obama taking executive overreach to new extremes.

Going to war in Libya in blatant violation of the War Powers Resolution, and in defiance of the legal advice of the president’s own lawyers, based on the ridiculous theory that bombing the heck out of Libya did not constitute “hostilities” under the law

Appointing so-called policy czars to high-level positions to avoid constitutionally-required confirmation hearings

Modifying, delaying, and ignoring various provisions of Obamacare in violation of the law itself

Attacking private citizens for engaging in constitutionally protected speech

Issuing draconian regulations regarding sexual assault on campus not through formal, lawful regulation but through an informal, and unreviewable, “dear colleague” letter

Ignoring 100 years of legal rulings and the plain text of the Constitution and trying to get a vote in Congress for the D.C. delegate

Trying to enact massive immigration reform via an executive order demanding that the Department of Homeland Security both refuse to enforce existing immigration law, and provide work permits to millions of people residing in the U.S. illegally

Imposing common core standards on the states via administrative fiat

Ignoring bankruptcy law and arranging Chrysler’s bankruptcy to benefit labor unions at the expense of bondholders

Trying to strip churches and other religious bodies of their constitutional right to choose their clergy free from government involvement.

This isn’t surprising. Candidates usually disparage executive power before they are elected only to embrace it when in power. Still, Obama has taken presidential power to an unprecedented extreme. We now have an imperial presidency with the balance of powers at risk of becoming completely irrelevant.

All of the GOP candidates decry this concentration of power in the presidency but they are human. Once a Republican president has the power, it may not seem so troubling to him. He may no longer feel the same burning desire to reign in the power of the Federal Government and return it to its constitutional roles.

So ask yourself this: Among the two lead candidates for the GOP nomination – Trump and Cruz – which is more likely to reign in the new imperial executive overreach returning the constitutional balance of power and… which is more likely to embrace it, use it and expand it?

Discuss.

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Evidently our sailors were captured by Babe Winkelman

That is the Iranian boat on the left and the US boat on the right. There were two US boats of that size. Maybe there is more than meets the eye, but it does not appear that overwhelming Iranian force was applied.

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Let’s review.

Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces

I. I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

II. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

III. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

IV. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

V. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause

VI. I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

I am not sure where we stand on all of this. I don’t necessarily blame the sailors but what exactly is military policy today? If the above Code of Conduct is still in effect, item II seems have been ignored. The following seems to be a violation of item V as well. What’s up with this?

Of course that is trivial compared to the United States Secretary of State actually thanking the Iranians for capturing members of the United States Military.

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I hope there is more to this than is evident but, at first look, it would appear that the neutering of the US Military continues apace.

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Breaking: Obama’s pacification of Iran

Sure, let’s give them hundreds of billions of dollars and nuclear technology. What could go wrong?

The crew of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said.

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Jihad in Philly last night

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Another day, another case of a violent Muslim engaging in sudden jihad.

The man caught in surveillance footage ambushing a Philadelphia officer in a squad car, shooting him multiple times, claimed he acted “in the name of Islam,” police said at a news conference Friday.
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The suspect’s gun had been stolen from police in 2013, Commissioner Richard Ross said.

The suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer, told homicide investigators he “pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah, and that is the reason he was called upon to do this,” Captain James Clark revealed

Mr. President: Notice the effect of background checks on the possession of the weapon.

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On Copyright Protections, the Revo and Bernie Sanders

For the record, I support copyright law and copyright protections. If you make a movie, write a song or a book, take a photograph or create a work of art, you should have exclusive rights to what you created. If you created it, you own it. It is private property and nobody should be able to steal that property from you.

Political parody, however, is different. Bernie Sanders isn’t in the business of private property with his campaign materials. He is in the business of trying to gain political power over you and over me. His campaign materials aren’t an enterprise that are reserved for his personal benefit like, say, a book he writes might be. His political campaign materials are part of public discourse around whether or not all of us want to hire him to manage public affairs.

If you cannot make fair use under the First Amendment of the imagery of a political campaign to oppose it or satirize it, our ability to engage in speech about government policy is severely curtailed. Speech regarding public policy is, for certain, the most sacred speech under the First Amendment and should, therefore, be the most broadly protected.

I could fight Sanders’ copyright claim under Fair Use law and, I think, win. It would cost me more time and money than I have to expend right now, however. Not that it matters. I think we have a win here anyway.

We have demonstrated well that the socialist candidate who disparages private property and who calls for the seizing of the wealth of millions of Americans greedily protects what he believes is his… even when the law clearly says it isn’t. In other words, he is a hypocrite of the highest order.

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Bernie wants to bern down the Revo

Bernie Sanders, “the man of the people”, sent some high powered attorneys from Seattle after the Real Revo today.

Notamobster made a Bern it Down with Bernie poster last summer and they claimed that, since it has a photo of Bernie Sanders on it, it represents copyright infringement. They demanded the entire site be brought down and threatened a lawsuit. Since we are nonprofit, the hosting company was able to give us a chance to remove it.

Of course there is Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. SCOTUS held that copyright protection is pretty damned weak for parody, even if it is commercial in nature. Political parody has even less protection.

In a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice David H. Souter, the Court held that a parody’s commercial character is only one element to be weighed in a fair use enquiry and that insufficient consideration was given to the nature of parody in weighing the degree of copying. The Court found that the Court of Appeals erred in applying the presumption that the commercial nature of the parody rendered it presumptively unfair, as no such evidentiary presumption was available to address either the character and purpose of the use or the market harm. Justice Souter wrote that the appellate court “erred in holding that 2 Live Crew had necessarily copied excessively from the Orbison original, considering the parodic purpose of the use.” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy filed a concurring opinion.

Now some of you are going to say I should fight this. But folks, I have neither the time nor the funds to fight this battle. I removed the poster. This is how a lot of heavyweights get their way. They just hit us with threats of a lawsuit and we fold. Sorry, I don’t have another choice right now.

But now you know a little more about the nature of Bernie Sanders, don’t you?

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403 Forbidden

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I have no idea what that was. I was able to FTP into the site so I knew the WordPress install and MySQL database were good. I put in a trouble ticket with the host company but they seemed stumped too.

Well, we are back. Let’s hope it sticks.

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AP Fact Check: Obama’s gun orders worthless

Had they been in effect all along, not a single mass shooting would have been prevented.

The gun control measures a tearful President Barack Obama announced Tuesday would not have prevented the slaughters of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, or 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California.

Obama’s executive action expands mandatory background checks to gun shows, flea markets and online sales, adds more than 230 examiners and staff to help process them and calls on states to submit accurate and updated criminal history data.

Those measures are seen as crucial to stemming gun suicides — the cause of two-thirds of gun deaths — by blocking immediate access to weapons. But, an Associated Press review shows, they would have had no impact in keeping weapons from the hands of suspects in several of the deadliest recent mass shootings that have spurred calls for tighter gun control.

The shooters at Sandy Hook and San Bernardino used weapons bought by others, shielding them from background checks. In other cases, the shooters legally bought guns.

The executive orders represent a big fat nothing for public safety, a new legal gray area for sellers of firearms and another drip in the drip, drip, drip of regulations that erode our liberties.

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Remember 1979?

I dunno why. Just feeling nostalgic.

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More below the fold…

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BC vs BC

What’s the difference? That is a question that needs to be asked over and over.


More importantly, it must be repeated again and again that Hillary Clinton was the enforcer behind putting down Bill Clinton’s “bimbo erutopns”. She coined the term “vast right wing conspiracy” in an attempt to discredit the recreational sexual predation that Bill Cosby her husband practiced. It was Hillary who was reported to have said “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.” It was Hillary who called Bill’s alleged victims “sluts” and “whores”.

It needs to be said. There is a whole generation of voters who don’t even remember the first BC and the woman who enabled his sexual predatory behavior.

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Regarding that mosque arson on Christmas…

A mosque in Houston was set ablaze on Christmas. Here are some tweets.



Ahem… Guess again.


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Practice Gratitude in the New Year

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

You cannot simultaneously feel gratitude and not feel happiness. Expressing gratitude for what you have in this life is to let go of covetousness and fear. Gratitude is a soft pillow at night and a clear sky in day. We have so much in this world and to be truly grateful for that great abundance is to experience joyous contentment. If the only prayer you ever uttered was “thank you”, it would be enough. When we are grateful we are able to see the blessings in our lives without fear and without worry. Gratitude is the key to a life well lived.

The opposite of gratitude is, of course, ingratitude. It is angry thanklessness. It is a endless feeling of being wronged or cheated. It is the burning sense that that you are owed. Ingratitude makes a person feel like a victim. It cultivates self-pity and demands revenge. It is impossible to indulge in a victim mentality and feel happiness. To be a victim is to feel helpless and to refuse to accept responsibility for one’s life. It is a miserable existence.

This is the existence of the left. The message of the left is that you are a victim. You are a victim of history and injustices of the past. You are victim of corporations and the “rigged economy”. You are a victim of the rich, racism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamiphobia, sexism, the Christian right, micro-aggression, climate change, the gun culture, the rape culture, cultural appropriation, student loans, the police, the minimum wage, free speech, the shrinking middle class, gentrification and a thousand other perceived injustices. The left is a philosophy predicated on being a victim. Leftists believe they have nothing for which to be grateful.

Just as gratitude is the recipe for a happy life, ingratitude is the foundation of a rotten life. Ingratitude is poison to the soul. Ingratitude is black misery. This is what leftism offers its adherents: Misery.

So practice gratitude. Be thankful the glass is half full. Be thankful that thorn bushes have roses. Celebrate all of your blessings. Thank God Almighty for the day He has given you. And be happy. Happiness is the antithesis of leftism.

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Peace on Earth

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Well, it takes one to know one…

Obama accuses Trump of being a demagogue who exploits the fears of working class people.

Demographic changes and economic stresses, including “flatlining” wages and incomes, have meant that “particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck,” Mr. Obama said in the interview with National Public Radio.

“You combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear — some of it justified, but just misdirected,” the president added. “I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.”

In other news, the pot said the kettle is black.

Obama also played the race card.

“If you are referring to specific strains in the Republican Party that suggest that somehow I’m different, I’m Muslim, I’m disloyal to the country, etc. — which unfortunately is pretty far out there, and gets some traction in certain pockets of the Republican Party, and that have been articulated by some of their elected officials — what I’d say there is that that’s probably pretty specific to me, and who I am and my background,” Mr. Obama told Steve Inskeep, the host of “Morning Edition” on NPR. “In some ways, I may represent change that worries them.”

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For the love of God, this is real…

Over at Vox they are actually making the argument that humans should intervene in interactions between predator and prey animals in the wild to make them more humane. Seriously.

Many wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation without relief. For example, the pain of animals that fall prey to predators like Cecil is especially horrific. Gulls peck out and eat the eyes of baby seals, leaving the blinded pups to die so they can feast on their remains. A shrew will paralyze his prey with venom so he can eat the helpless animal alive, bit by bit, for days.

The natural suffering of wild animals is real and breathtaking in its enormity, but incredibly little is being done to reduce it. Although many organizations work to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, few focus on the well-being of individual animals. And despite more people taking notice of the torment wild animals endure at the hands of humans who hunt and poach them, little thought has gone into the question of how to help wild animals avoid natural agonies.

Not. The. Onion.

I am telling you, every time I think the moonbats have reached the limits of lunacy, they prove me wrong.

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I am a stranger in a strange land…

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Here we have the autocratic leader of Russia, a former KGB agent and a textbook modern fascist, complimenting the leading GOP contender for the party’s nomination for president. The candidate responds favorably to the words of praise.

Seriously. I don’t recognize this country anymore.

Donald Trump said on Thursday it was a “great honor” to be complimented by “highly respected” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond,” the GOP presidential front-runner told supporters at a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

“I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect,” he added.

Putin lavished high praise on the billionaire businessman on Thursday during an annual news conference with reporters.

I gotta tell you, the 21st century isn’t shaping up the way I thought it would.

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