Merle ……

I had a couple of conversations with some fellow citizens, recently.  They seemed to thing this Sony thing was NBD.  I tried to explain that it wasn’t about a movie, but, rather, they were just told what they couldn’t watch by some group of scumbags, and threatened them with violence if they dared to watch the film.  They responded with the notion that they might actually carry through with their threats!!!! 

I’ve never been so ashamed of fellow Americans.  I don’t mind people seeing things differently, but, I cannot cotton cowardice.  We’re Americans you bastards!!!!!

 

Squirrelly SOBs!!!

And, then, there’s this from Merle …..

Stop rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell!!!!  Stand up for the Flag and the Liberty bell!!!!

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Sigh ….. Time For This To Stop ….. Time For It To Be Legalized

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Slippery slope?  Can of worms?  …… Yes, yes, and more yeses. 

Neighboring States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

The Attorneys General of two neighboring states, Nebraska and Oklahoma, are suing Colorado in order to have their marijuana legalization policy declared unconstitutional.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement that Colorado’s policy has “injured Oklahoma’s ability to enforce our policies against marijuana.” Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning held a news conference, as the Associated Press reported:

“This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state,” Bruning said at a news conference in Lincoln. “While Colorado reaps millions from the sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost.”

In a policy statement last year, the U.S. Justice Department noted it doesn’t have the resources to police all violations of federal marijuana law. It laid out eight federal law enforcement priorities that states need to protect if they want to authorize “marijuana-related conduct.” They include keeping marijuana in-state — something Oklahoma and Nebraska says Colorado has failed to do.

That last part is important. President Obama’s Department of Justice has refused to enforce federal drug laws in allowing Colorado’s legalization to go forward. They’ve effectively said that they won’t follow the laws laid out by Congress when a state effectively tries to nullify those laws.

The Colorado Attorney General declared that he thought the suit has no merit but, if the provision about keeping the drug in-state is to be taken seriously, there might be something to be concerned about. As USA Today reported:

In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years.

A 400% increase in drug crimes might be considered a big deal.

I wanted to, and, at some point in time in the future will do so, make a lengthy, thought provoking, post about this issue.  Today, isn’t that day.  Still, …….

Look, it’s time for this to stop.  Personally, I believe legalizing pot will be a net loss for America.  I believe the evils outweigh the good.  But, I also believe my beliefs take a back seat to other people’s personal liberties, even if I am correct …. and I almost always am.  ;)

Throughout my life, I’ve known many potheads.  Heck, I’ve tried the stuff.  It really doesn’t do much for me.  But, then, I’m a beer drinker.  Some potheads seem to simply lose their ability to think properly.  Others, I have, and continue to have some very meaningful and thought provoking discussions.  As most other things, it doesn’t effect all people in the same manner. 

I’ve a cousin who has been a pothead for as long as I can remember.  I always thought he had a very strange perspective on things, and I still do.  However, he makes a clear distinction between “green dope” and “white dope”.  He despises “white dope”.  When discussing “white dope”, he means both legal and illegal white dope.  I tend to agree with him. 

I have first hand experience with both forms of “white dope”.  I suffered through a period with a blown disc in my lower back and a few failed procedures to fix the problem.  After each failure, more and stronger white dope was freely available to me.  To be sure, and I will avow, I was in pain every waking and every sleeping moment.  I couldn’t lay, sit, nor stand, for prolong periods of time.  This, of course, meant I could not work.  What a miserable wretch I was. 

Today, I still can’t sleep for prolonged periods of time.  My back won’t allow it.  And, I wake up in pain every day.  It’s good though.  Every morning I wake I’m reminded that I’m alive!!!! 

My point is, we’re already mostly a nation of dopers.  I threw the stuff away, one day, when I realized I was just going to be in pain, but, I might as well be functional while I was in it.  I know there are many more people who would not, and do not do the same thing. 

This nation is marching headlong into socialized medicine.  But, even if it doesn’t get there, the white dope is still more easily accessible, more harmful, and more costly, and in many cases more addictive.  In the mean time, users of the green dope are imprisoned while the users of the white dope are handed pensions. —– except for those of us who refuse such pensions.  I’m not trying to say I’m exceptional in any way, but, I am saying more people would take the low rent pensions and the perpetual white dope connection than rejecting them.  We’ve tens of millions doing exactly that, taking a disability payment with the perpetual white dope, today. 

Sending someone to prison over some pot, doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Marijuana isn’t the fight.  Let it go, fight the fights we can win.  Fight the fights which are right to fight. 

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Obama Reveals New Reason Why We Shouldn’t Build The Keystone Pipeline!!!!! —– It Might Help Canadians!!!!!

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Well, we see who his friends are. 

Obama says Keystone pipeline mostly helps Canadian oil companies, not Americans

WASHINGTON –  President Obama on Friday downplayed the potential benefits of the Keystone pipeline, claiming it would not lower gas prices much for Americans — but instead would boost Canadian oil companies.

Obama, who was speaking at a year-end news conference, said the controversial pipeline was not “a magic formula to what ails the U.S. economy” and added that it’s “hard to see on paper where exactly they’re getting that information from.” 

The president often downplays the economic benefits of the project, but appeared to be putting new emphasis Friday on claims that it would disproportionately help Canada. He said it would be “not even a nominal benefit for U.S. consumers.”

A spokesman for developer TransCanada fired back in a statement late Friday, noting the project would support thousands of U.S. jobs and describing it as mutually beneficial. 

“The Keystone system is about helping our Canadian and American customers — which includes leading U.S. oil producers and refiners — get a safe, secure and reliable supply of crude oils they need to create products we all need — gasoline, diesel, aviation fuels and many other products we use and consume here in North America,” spokesman Shawn Howard said. “After being approved, Keystone XL will employ thousands of skilled American pipeline industry workers in the United States.”

He also said there are no plans to export this oil overseas.

Obama spoke ahead of a new congressional session where majority Republicans are expected to push the pipeline as a first order of business. 

Earlier this week, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Keystone pipeline would be the first bill taken up in the new GOP-controlled Senate, setting up a potentially contentious showdown with the Obama administration as well as environmental activists who have championed against the pipeline.

The $8 billion oil pipeline would run from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has become a symbol of divisions over the country’s energy and environmental policy.

Republicans and other supporters say the project would create jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on oil from the Middle East.

The 1,179-mile project is proposed to go from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. TransCanada filed its first permit application with the State Department in September 2008.

The Republican-led House has repeatedly passed legislation approving the pipeline. But the bills have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Last month, a bill fell one vote short of advancing in the Senate.

In a recent Fox News poll, nearly seven voters in 10 support building the Keystone XL Pipeline (68 percent). That included just over half of Democrats (53 percent), two-thirds of independents (69 percent) and almost all Republicans (85 percent). 

Overall support for the pipeline has held steady over the last couple years: it was 70 percent in 2013 and 67 percent in 2012, according to the Fox News poll.

When asked by a reporter on Friday if Congress would force his hand on the issue, Obama replied, “I’ll see what they do. Take that up in the new year.”

Let me break this down to the learning impaired.  Essentially, Canadian companies want to give the US workers 8 billion dollars.  After the $8 billion is spent in upgrading our pipeline infrastructure.  It will ensure additional employment at our refineries.  Heck, we might even entertain building an additional refinery or two. 

As pointed out in the article, this oil wouldn’t come from a bunch of lunatics hell bent on destroying the US.  It would come from Canadians —- our friends —- our allies.  Indeed, many of them are part of our extended families!!!!!!!!! 

What president Zero is telling the world is that he much more identifies with the lunatics in the Mid-East than he does with our historic friends and family.  Heck, there’s a lot of people in the US who regard Canada (at least the English speaking part) as America North.

Again, for the learning disabled, let me help explain even further.  This project is good for the environment!!!!  The oil will be extracted from Canada.  This isn’t even a question.  The current price of oil may slow the extraction, for now, but, it will be extracted.  The only questions are how it will be moved and where will it be moved to.  Currently, the oil is being moved by rail —- which drives up the costs, and increases the risks of spills and train wrecks.  This has already cost humanity several lives. 

Further, as stated above, this upgrades the US pipeline system.  Again, this decreases the chances of spills and lowers the amount of leakage onto the ground.  

For the lunatics who still believe CO2 has some inexplicable power over our temperatures, the pipeline would decrease CO2 emissions, as well as other more realistically harmful emissions. 

But, today, all of these arguments have taken a back seat to the idiotic, treacherous uttering of Zero. 

 

Our friends, the people who fight, and die alongside Americans …. a place where many Americans now call home …. a place where many Americans have come from, want to give the US billions of dollars.  Yes, this effort will also help Canadian companies.  So what?   It helps us, it helps them.  That’s what friends do for each other. Does it help Canadians more?  Perhaps.  But, it also helps the US.  We’re going to cut off our nose to spite our face?

The unity of interests between the US and Canada are inextricable. 

I would go on, but, from here, I’ve only curses to write.  I’ll only say this to the f’tards who voted for Zero.  You voted him in.  You idiots need to get that bastard out.  It will be a horrible disservice to the world if Zero is allowed to fulfill his term.  If he is allowed to fulfill his term, it will validate all of his treachery. 

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Gems 2014 — December 19 Scripture Selection: Revelation 10

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

December 19 Scripture Selection: Revelation 10

Food for Thought: Rev. 10:1-6

It is believed that the description of the “strong angel” in verse one is either that of the Lord Jesus Himself (see Rev. 1:13-15; 4:3) or of His representative. It makes sense that the One Who created “heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it (vs. 6)” would also be the One to direct the events that would bring the world to an end. Jesus is the Creator of time. And He is the One Who can start it and stop it.

That’s why all our attention should be on Him. Nothing else in this world can even come close to the level of His majesty, greatness, power, and authority. In addition, in contrast to the conditions experienced by rebellious man and events described in these chapters in Revelation, nothing compares to the Age of Grace and Love apportioned by Him that we find ourselves in now. How blessed we are to call Him Lord during the time in which we live! When the Lord makes that call for there to be no more delay in time (vs. 6; the Old King James it says, “time shall be no more), the prophecies reviewed and spoken again (vs. 10, 11) will mostly be to confront the people with the ample warnings that they had and justify the actions to come.

We might as well acknowledge Jesus as Lord now and avoid those horrid consequences of the future. Even the prophets of the Old Testament urged this, as exemplified in Isaiah 45:22-24 : “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, ‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.’ To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him.” Similarly, Romans 14:10c-12 says, “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” Eventually, every knee will bow before Him and have to concede that only He is worthy. Thankfully, for those of us who have received His love and sacrifice, the time before the Creator and King will be one of great rejoicing and not of shame.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

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Rubio Calls Out Obama For Babbling A Myth About Cuba —– US Tried To Colonize Cuba <—- MYTH!!!

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Any student of history would know this myth is entirely false. 

Rubio: Obama is Using a Talking Point of The Castro Regime

Last night Senator Marco Rubio, whose parents fled just before Castro’s brutal regime takeover, made an appearance on Fox News to discuss President Obama’s plans to normalize the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Rubio specifically addressed comments made by Obama yesterday that the United States has tried to “colonize” Cuba, pointing out that statement is propaganda used directly by Dictator Raul Castro himself. 

“I don’t know what he’s talking about, the United States tried to colonize Cuba? I don’t know of anyone who seriously believes that. That’s a talking point of the Castro regime. In fact, that was a term that Raul Castro used today in his address to the Cuban people, that this is walking away from the era of colonialism. I have no idea what he [Obama] is talking about when he says something like that. It’s an outrageous statement,” Rubio said. “When it comes to Cuba in specific is that I think this president believes that much of what’s happened between these two countries is the fault of the United States and I think that has led him to make many of these decisions.”

“It’s a very simple equation, you have a government that controls every aspect of society. You have a military, you saw Raul Castro today wearing his military uniform, they have a military that basically controls the island and every aspect of it. The more money comes in from the United States, to their economy, the more money will line their pockets. Very little of it will trickle down to the Cuban people,” Rubio continued. “It is one ridiculous statement after the other that this President made during this announcement.”

It is a ludicrous assertion. 

The fact of the matter is, the US won Cuba from Spain in the Spanish-American war.  We quickly granted Cuba independence 4 years later.

Let me run that down for the thick-headed.  We had already owned Cuba.  We (the US) are the ones who gave Cuba freedom.  Sadly, Cubans rejected freedom and embraced totalitarianism.  The freedom loving Cubans came to the US, or died in Cuba. 

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Cartoon Of The Day!!!!!

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Of Course, Criminals Want Immunity!!!! Green Climate Fund Wants Global Immunity From Prosecution!!!!

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$10 billion UN-linked climate change fund wants immunity from prosecution

This is, of course, nothing new with the climate lunatics.  The IPCC has sought the very same immunity.

The Green Climate Fund, (GCF) a United Nations-affiliated piggy-bank  intended to finance climate change projects around the world, is determined to win sweeping U.N.-style immunities from prosecutions for its global operations–even though  the U.S., its biggest contributor, opposes the idea, and the U.N. itself says its own diplomatic immunities can’t cover the outfit.

The immunities issue could well spark even deeper opposition from Republican lawmakers in next year’s Congress to the Obama Administration’s aggressive climate change policies–which include a recent $3 billion pledge to the Fund. 

“We would definitely be opposed to any extension of immunity to the Fund,” said a senior aide to Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who will chair the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works starting in January.

“What do they need protection from?” he asked. “In essence, they are doing business development projects. If you look at the way millions of people do transactions across national borders, they do it without immunity and very successfully.”

Apparently undeterred, fund officials told Fox News that they are now trying to hammer out “bilateral agreement templates” that could be laboriously negotiated with each country where it operates—a total that could eventually reach the great majority of  the U.N.’s 193 members.

The Fund has already negotiated one agreement of immunity—with its new host country, South Korea, as a condition of moving its headquarters there last year. …..

Read more at the link. 

I’ve never known a non-criminal in need of immunity for their actions.  There should never be a blanket immunity for any one, or any group.  What they’re asking for is license for criminality. 

We already know these lunatics are misanthropists of the worst kind.  And, most of the backers of the climate nutters are criminals of the worst kind.  From forced sterilization to burning people alive in their homes, climate lunatics have already committed countless crimes against humanity.  They don’t need immunity, they need prosecuted to the fullest extent of every law enforcement agency around the world. 

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Shock News!!!! Vermont Can’t Afford Socialized Health Care!!!! —– And Neither Can The Rest Of US

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From Fox, we get this ….

Vermont’s giving up on single-payer health care over ballooning costs

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is canceling his dream plan to create a single-payer health system in the state, he announced Wednesday.

“I am not going to undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state by pushing prematurely for single payer when it is not the right time for Vermont,” Shumlin said in a statement Wednesday. “In my judgment, now is not the right time to ask our legislature to take the step of passing a financing plan for Green Mountain Care.”

The problem is, of course, how to pay for it. Even while plans were moving forward for a 2017 launch of the single-payer system, to be called Green Mountain Care, Shumlin had held off on releasing a plan for how to pay for the system, waiting until his announcement Wednesday.

Tax hikes required to pay for the system would include a 11.5 percent payroll tax as well as an additional income tax ranging all the way up to 9.5 percent. Shumlin admitted that in the current climate, such a precipitous hike would be disastrous for Vermont’s economy.

“Pushing for single payer health care when the time isn’t right and it might hurt our economy would not be good for Vermont and it would not be good for true health care reform,” Shumlin said. “It could set back for years all of our hard work toward the important goal of universal, publicly-financed health care for all.”

Shumlin’s office released a slideshow with more details about financing for the plan which fell through. The state had been anticipating $267 million in federal funding to revamp its system, courtesy of a 2013 Obamacare waiver — but the current estimate has fallen to $106 million. Vermont also overestimated by $150 million in federal Medicaid funding.

But beyond federal funding, the report also admits that the single-payer system won’t save money as Vermont officials had planned. While both previous reports on Green Mountain Care had assumed “hundreds of millions of dollars” in savings in the very first year of operation, Shumlin’s office is now admitting that’s “not practical to achieve.”

“State government and providers need to partner to bend cost curve over time,” the report concluded. And the state admitted that while it would need to “ease the transition” for Vermont’s businesses, it would be “extremely expensive” to do so.

Shumlin also cited slow economic recovery in Vermont as reason to delay, and hopes to try again in the future. But its failure, especially on economic grounds, is a resounding defeat for single-payer advocates.

Mind you, Vermont is a very small leftist state, with a small population.  Even with hundreds of $ millions from the Federal government they still couldn’t make it work.  How much would it cost if all the states tried socialized medicine?

As to achieving any savings ….. ever, it’s simply a fantasy. 

I actually have a fairly unique experience in this.  During the course of my life, I lived under socialized medicine, and worked in socialized medicine.  There is no cost savings.

As a youth, I was an “Army brat”.  Health care was given to dependents of military personnel, as well as the member of the military. (Insurance was given to people not near or on a military base.)  As a soldier-medic, most of the time, I worked in a hospital setting.  For about 2 1/2 years, I worked in a pediatric clinic in the hospital.

At every opportunity, when the cost is already paid, any time a person believes they have a malady of some sort, they go to the free medicine.  While we did see and treat some very sick people, we also saw people who were not sick.  Hypochondrias more common than actual sick people.  What I saw occur was the overworking of some fine doctors and medical staff.  Unfortunately, because of the workload, (due to the “free” medical care) some things would get missed and people suffered and died because of it. 

Think the visits to the ER will decrease when people have free healthcare?  Phhfffttt!!!!  IT’S A LIE!!!! 

When it’s free, they don’t care!  They had to go shopping first, and shopped later than what they thought, so they’d missed their appointment (which was double booked to begin with).  NBD, they just stopped by the ER to see if the ER doc could do something about little Johnny’s sniffles.  I’m not exaggerating in the least.  

I once took a call (I’d answer the phones when the receptionist couldn’t keep up with phones) where the mom stated she “thinks Johnny has a cold” and wanted her diagnosis confirmed by a doctor.  He had sneezed several times that day.  When I explained there still was no cure for the cold, she went ballistic.  Her husband was a high ranking officer on base.  She hung up on me.  Long story short, the head of the clinic (Dr., Major, former enlisted Army Ranger), came out of his office 10 minutes later, triple booked himself for his last appointment, and told me he needed to “speak” to me after his last appointment was done.  I never got the dressing down he had intended for me.   Ten hours into our day, we found a very sick infant.  Deathly sick.  I was to draw as much blood as I could for a CBC, some Chems, and other diagnostic blood draws …… phlebotomists would come to me when they couldn’t get a “stick”.  

You’ve never lived until you’re dead dog tired, you’re in a room with a screaming infant, a crying mother, and a dad scared, angry, and certain you’re sadistically poking his deathly ill child.  I couldn’t get the blood.  The only person I ever knew better than me at drawing blood?  The head of the clinic.  We ended up having to do a scalp draw.  I still drink over that day. 

Socialized medicine, where the sick can die a hundred more different ways. 

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Gems 2014 — December 18 Scripture Selection: Revelation 9

December 18 Scripture Selection: Revelation 9

Food for Thought: Rev. 9:1

There is a saying that the one with the keys is the one with the true power and authority. So true! Jesus told His disciples that He would give them the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever they would bind on earth by faith would be bound in heaven and whatever was loosed on earth by faith would be loosed in heaven because of the revelation of the truth of the authority of Jesus Christ (Mat. 16:19). Keys give access or hold things back. The one who holds the key can decide that.

Just as there are keys to the kingdom of heaven, there is also a key to the bottomless pit (vs. 1), and to Hades and Death, as well, as evidenced in Revelation 1:18 where Jesus says, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” This should be very encouraging to us believers. Romans 6:9 assures us, “knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.” In fact, Jesus, “Having disarmed principalities and powers (evil spiritual powers), He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (through His death and resurrection) (Col. 2:15).” Having life in Him protects us from the final judgment that awaits those who oppose Righteousness.

Jesus Christ is the One with the ultimate authority. He is the One Who is calling to every man, woman, and child, those “who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads (vs. 4),” to call on Him, repent (unlike the stiff-necked, obstinate ones mentioned in verses 20 and 21), and be saved while there is still time. The consequences of refusing His offer are horrendous and permanent.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Idiots Running To Put Their Chains Back On!!!!!

Again, this is something I don’t understand.

There are people in this Twitchy post, who were unequivocally told/ordered not to watch a film by threats of violence by the people who told them not to watch it.  And, then, they run to defend the people who just told them they couldn’t watch the movie. 

Ignorance, we can fight and fix.  Against stupid, we seem to be powerless.

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What better example of American arrogance and White privilege than a comedy about killing a LIVING head of state?

3:37 PM – 17 Dec 2014 Manhattan, NY, United States

She’s just one …. there are a few documented in this Twitchy post.  How many more are out there like her?  Millions?

You people can put the chains on yourself all you wish.  That’s your choice.  Advocating the loss of freedom for others?  Well, you cross a line.  Sure, hate on the film if you wish.  But, I know you’ve never seen it.  But, too attach this, somehow, to racism, while entirely ignoring the fact that you’re kowtowing to the demands of your new masters (because you are doing exactly what you were told to do), is beyond the pale.  Get off and get out.  You’re spitting on the blood and sweat of our forefathers, yours and mine, both.  You disgust me beyond the point of revulsion.

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