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Congress doesn't work for us
The Thanks Project ^ | 3/21/14 | Steve Berman

Posted on 03/21/2014 5:04:32 AM PDT by lifeofgrace

The United States Congress does not work for us.

As in you and me.

I have come to this somber conclusion after reading enough articles, blogs, facts, and budget numbers to make an actuary cross-eyed.

And I feel more at peace now because I can say “wow, that explains a lot. That explains everything.”

I won’t inflict blindness on you by citing every possible statistic here.

Here’s a few:

⁃ Starting Congressional Base Salary $174,000 ⁃ Average First Year Attorney Salary - Washington DC: $160,000 ⁃ Total Congressional Pay + Expenses (not including office expenditures): $233,000,000 ⁃ Estimated Total Campaign Funding in 2014: $1,049,000,000

The amount spent on Congress includes expenses and benefits for active members (not including pensions and other fringe benefits that can’t easily be tracked).

It costs 4 times the amount the government spends on Congress to elect them to office every 2 years (6 years for Senate).

The parties have a $74 million war chest, after raising $364 million in 2013. The Super PACs raised an additional $141 million so far.

Common sense rule: you work for who pays you.

(Excerpt) Read more at thanks-project.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
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I would post the whole article but it's too long...so for the excerpt police, I did try.
1 posted on 03/21/2014 5:04:32 AM PDT by lifeofgrace
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To: lifeofgrace

Are you laboring under the misconception that FReepers are attention challenged?

The article at you Blog is only a couple of paragraphs longer than what you posted. If you’d just quit hitting that “excerpt” button, it would fit just fine.


2 posted on 03/21/2014 5:12:13 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

My guess is that a light bulb went off in the guy’s head when he saw one of the new Hotels.com Captain Obvious commercials. Somebody might tell this wizard to go shave the beard that grew while he was still asleep.


3 posted on 03/21/2014 5:17:43 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: lifeofgrace

Mom’s calling.

Your PB & J is ready


4 posted on 03/21/2014 5:26:16 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: shibumi

When the system comes back and says “it won’t post because it’s too long” am I supposed to edit it down to size?


5 posted on 03/21/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT by lifeofgrace (Follow me on Twitter @lifeofgrace224)
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To: maine yankee

I guess I have to consider the audience here...you guys are more educated so I will stop posting anything elementary here.

I might even stop posting here, period given the hostility.


6 posted on 03/21/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT by lifeofgrace (Follow me on Twitter @lifeofgrace224)
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To: lifeofgrace
When the system comes back and says “it won’t post because it’s too long” am I supposed to edit it down to size?

Leave the excerpt button alone and that won't happen.

I might even stop posting here, period given the hostility.

Posting your material is never met with hostility, other than that to objectionable philosophies.

Excerpting your blog to get hits is often met with extreme hostility by some folks here.

I've never understood it. Best just not to excerpt I guess.

7 posted on 03/21/2014 12:11:27 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: lifeofgrace

Great article.

How about posting the excerpt then continue the rest of it in your first post.
Just make a note about it that fact at the end of the excerpt.

Don’t get mad, just follow the guidelines.

If people like the article they will still click on the blog link.
I do it all the time.

There are reasons for the rule and the boss makes them.
“Ours is not to ask the reasons why”.

You should just cut and paste it and try again.


8 posted on 03/21/2014 12:27:24 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: humblegunner

Hostile?
Heck, your being nice today.


9 posted on 03/21/2014 12:34:47 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: right way right
Heck, your being nice today.

It'll pass.

10 posted on 03/21/2014 12:38:33 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: lifeofgrace
"When the system comes back and says “it won’t post because it’s too long” am I supposed to edit it down to size?"

That message will only appear if you:

A - Try to post from a restricted source. (Your blog is not one of those.)

B - Check the box that says "This is an excerpt" before you post.

Stop checking the "excerpt" box and everything will be fine.

No one is complaining about you content. We are complaining about the *lack* of your content in your posts here.

11 posted on 03/21/2014 1:26:01 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: lifeofgrace
Congress doesn't work for us

The United States Congress does not work for us.

Us, as in you and me.

I have come to this somber conclusion after reading enough articles, blogs, facts, and budget numbers to make an actuary cross-eyed.

And I feel more at peace now because I can say “wow, that explains a lot.  That explains everything.”

I won’t inflict blindness on you by citing every possible statistic here (I do have support for all of these, but not published here).

Here’s a few:

The amount spent on Congress includes expenses and benefits for active members (not including pensions and other fringe benefits that can’t easily be tracked).

It costs 4 times the amount the government spends on Congress to elect them to office every 2 years (6 years for Senate).

The parties have a $74 million war chest, after raising $364 million in 2013.  The Super PACs raised an additional $141 million so far.

Common sense rule:  you work for who pays you.

Politicians get to keep the money they raise, it’s cash.  The campaign finance rules have enough loopholes you can drive a Brinks truck through (and they do!).  A billion dollars will run through the hands of these politicians in the 2014 election cycle.  This is money raised by PACs, their own organizations, but really, mostly, and under the control of, the political parties.

There’s such a web of cronies who work for the parties, for their own PACs and consultancies and committees and campaigns, that Sherlock Holmes might not be able to sort through.  But one thing remains true:  follow the money, and you find the bosses.

Our Congress works for the parties

The Democratic and Republican parties are the bosses of Congress.  They control the money that keeps these people elected.  The movers and shakers are with the parties.  The front-men and women are in Congress, doing their bidding.

Not our bidding.

They throw us bones, call us “constituents”, play for our votes.

But they don’t work for us.

This is seen in practice.  Try to run for Congress.  Join the local party.  Go to all the meetings.  Work for the party, help get out the vote.  Do your part.

When you announce you are going to run, and start raising money, you’ll get a phone call.   They’ll tell you where their money is going.  Probably not to you.  They’ll recommend that you don’t run, why split the party, why rock the boat?  Back the guy or gal we’re backing.  If you don’t, then expect nothing from us.  Zero.  And without us, you can’t win, that’s what they’ll say.

And most of the time, the great majority of the time, it’s true.

There’s a great potential for tyranny when the officials we elect to represent us in our national legislature don’t, in fact, represent us.

A radical solution

Allow me to suggest a solution.  No, it’s not to dismantle the parties.  No, it’s not revolution, although it might seem like one.

It’s very simple.

Pay Congress what they should be making in Washington D.C., in the job we, the people, have hired them to do.  Then severely limit the power of the parties to funnel all that cash.

Members of Congress and Senators make between $174,000 to $225,000 per year.  That’s about what a third-year non-partner lawyer makes in Washington D.C.  Partners in law firms and senior attorneys make upwards of $300,000 to $1.2 million (or more).  Let’s increase Congressional pay to $500,000 to $750,000 for leadership.  Let’s increase their expense accounts to $300,000 per member, and let them spend it on travel, clothing, whatever they need to do their jobs.

Then let’s limit the amount that can be spent on campaigns.  It currently costs $1.6 million to run for Congress.  That’s ridiculous.  It costs over $10 million to run for Senate.  Preposterous.  A complete waste of money, and a sinkhole fraught with corruption.

How about $500,000 maximum for a House race, and $4 million for Senate?  And the Super PACs can raise whatever they want (the Supreme Court took care of that).  But if they can’t spend it in direct support of any candidate, their role would be limited to attack ads, and agenda-setting.

The goal is simple:  attract people to Congress because it’s a job to be done, to serve the people who elect them, and compensate them for that.

We need to correct the grievous imbalance in money and start to disassemble the web of cronyism and corruption in election funding.

How it can be done

The only sane way to do it is to find candidates to run in districts where the parties have less control, where they are not putting a lot of money in, and get those candidates into office.  Candidates who are committed to working for us, and willing to take up this effort, session by session.

Yes, the parties will resist, but if this is possible at all, it has to start with us, the people.

I am worried that it might be too late though.  We might be past the point of regaining control.  We might be where England is, where the parties control a “slate” and if you don’t toe the line, they run you in a district where you are guaranteed to lose.

But it’s possible that we can succeed.

At least it’s a dream, and dreams are powerful things.



at 4:34 AM
12 posted on 03/21/2014 5:37:06 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: humblegunner

Don’t worry about this guy.....He is an Exert Nazi.

I am monitoring him


13 posted on 03/24/2014 4:31:19 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: Jayster
Don’t worry about this guy.

I won't.

He is an Exert Nazi.

Exert is blessed!

I am monitoring him

This is series.

14 posted on 03/24/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Watching you......


15 posted on 03/24/2014 4:43:29 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: humblegunner
Hmmmm.... And why would you put that in your profile? Me thinks you are a troll and I will be exposing you as such.
17 posted on 03/24/2014 5:04:12 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: humblegunner

Uh-oh. I think he’s onto you.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 5:05:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jayster; humblegunner; TheOldLady; Billthedrill; 50mm; Larry Lucido; Servant of the Cross; ...
"Don’t worry about this guy.....He is an Exert Nazi.

I am monitoring him"

Just though you folks should all know.

It appears there is a new sheriff - er - "monitor" in town.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 6:32:00 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Bingo......I am watching the watchers.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 6:42:41 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: shibumi

21 posted on 03/24/2014 6:51:22 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Jayster

22 posted on 03/24/2014 6:52:28 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

23 posted on 03/24/2014 7:00:26 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: shibumi
Who are some of your nominations for 'Monitors/Watchers' Hall of Fame?

I nominate Gladys Kravitz of Bewitched ......


24 posted on 03/24/2014 7:00:57 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

"Got yer name down in me book!"


25 posted on 03/24/2014 7:10:42 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jayster

Was there even a vote? How did you get elected “Watchers” watcher?

There are going to be some upset folks (left out of the nomination), over this.


26 posted on 03/24/2014 7:16:51 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Some things do not require a vote.


27 posted on 03/24/2014 7:25:02 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: shibumi
Nominations for Hall of Fame "Watchers" songs .......

I'll Be Watching You ....

28 posted on 03/24/2014 7:26:20 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Der Kommissar's in Town!
29 posted on 03/24/2014 7:28:40 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jayster; shibumi

ruh-roh.

I feel another song coming one.

eye is exert DJ.

30 posted on 03/24/2014 7:47:40 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: shibumi

you iz exert 2


31 posted on 03/24/2014 7:51:28 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: BlueDragon

32 posted on 03/24/2014 7:59:52 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: Jayster
There is no need to show us your supporters.

We know they can't legally vote.

33 posted on 03/24/2014 8:06:00 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: BlueDragon

Get used to me.

I will be around for a while


34 posted on 03/24/2014 9:16:46 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: Lazamataz; Darksheare; Vendome; Jayster
Laz, Darks, Vendome - I though you folks should meet "Jayster." Someone you should know.

Jayster says "Get used to me. I will be around for a while"

Jayster, you see, has appointed himself "Watcher of Watchers." (Posting History)

That is, he's monitoring those who monitor Blog Pimps in general and humblegunner specifically.

I'd stick around for more of the introductory festivities, but The BLattingOG is calling. It's way past his dinner time.

35 posted on 03/24/2014 9:58:43 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Jayster

How long is "a while"?

I've seen them come, and seen them go.

Interestingly enough, more than few in this last year or so have been zotted sometime after getting seriously crosswise with myself. I admit to having purposely set one guy up, and the most recent zottee-- I had made reply towards for reasons of highlighting -- "hey everbuddy look at this guy".

The next day, he just kept on pitching a fit, and got the ol' ZOT-ola, sad as it may have been, for that person does have feelings, and many of us here do hope he'll be able to get the victory over them, and learn how to not be bothered too overly much when encountering disagreement.

He'd been around for years...was a little stiff, not exactly dumb perhaps, but interpersonal skill-set "challenged" so thusly dense, shall we say(?) That doesn't make the guy into being a bad guy thru-and thru, but it did make him frequently be a pain-in-the-forum. So good-byes were made...

Of course this getting on little old "me's" bad side, doesn't exactly equate to universal zot, either (ha! at times I wish it were)...but you pays your money, and you takes your chances, bub. I might be one of the bellwethers around here ('cept I still have a pair). Get me ringing my bell...and some folks will be hearing it. Danger, danger Dr. Smith (lol).

Now if you would prefer to listen to reason, as in give some acknowledgement to those having made complaint against yourself (which promoted counter-grievance within yourself, which grievance you have dragged from one thread to another-- which is frowned upon) as they equally give many or most all others --- who do much as you did; which is to have needlessly excerpted from their own blogs (or personal writings) --- before then just going on doing whatever/however blows your skirts up the most, you might get more respect, provided if you can do it with a smile, instead of a defensive "I'm-a gonna' getchu!" internet tough-guy routine. Nobody wants to hear that [expletive deleted].

Until then, whatever. I'm not all that impressed. Or scared, either.

Whatcha' gonna do, boy? Complain to a moderator? You can do that...but this place is expected to be more than not self-moderating, while pansy-pants whining complaints just irritate the management (usually).

Those who cannot moderate themselves --- can get the heave-ho. Some who can't --- in numerous example can stick around for 'a while' irritating folks, as much or more than helping out in the overall cause. In regards to some individuals, it can go on for years before enough is enough.

There are MANY OTHERS here who have seen them come and go too, which could bear witness to what I'm here telling you.

I've been around on this forum since '97 or '98 (at the latest) at those earlier times under a different name (but one I'd just a soon not divulge to you -- for as of this writing, I owe you next to nothing).

Like I said, I've seen them come and go...but I'm still standing, eh? I even have a few friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, and have had the pleasure to get to know through written correspondence a great many of people here who it would my own pleasure to share whatever fire I had with...with some of those being even persons who I've had come tear into me very personally (rhetorically, of course) for some reason or another...but I need not go trudging up those small mountains naming names, for I know who they are --and whatever offense they gave me way back when --- is forgiven now, and we never need mention it further.

It can be that simple.

36 posted on 03/24/2014 10:17:34 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: lifeofgrace

bump


37 posted on 03/24/2014 10:37:02 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Re-elect nobody)
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To: Jayster

You are so banned.


38 posted on 03/24/2014 10:39:45 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: BlueDragon

I am in your head


39 posted on 03/24/2014 10:56:43 PM PDT by Jayster
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To: lifeofgrace

Fine by me.

If you want help posting in full,let me know...


40 posted on 03/24/2014 11:29:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Jayster; humblegunner

I’ll never understand how banned accounts continue to post....

Tra la la la....

That’s Redneck speak....


41 posted on 03/24/2014 11:32:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: BlueDragon; Jayster; shibumi

I was thinking “In the Ghetto”....


42 posted on 03/24/2014 11:34:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: BlueDragon

WTF?

A tome?

LOL


43 posted on 03/24/2014 11:36:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Jayster

No, for you mistake kindness for weakness...in order to flatter yourself.

The converse is more true. I've got your number, and you know it -- it drives you mad, doesn't it? ...it's to laugh.

What are you going to do when facing real world political battle? Get mad at them? That's what they want you to do, so you'll self-destruct.

I had provided some similar background for FR culture/tribe attitudes to more than one of those who then was zotted, but in the instance of one individual, due to his own pride (I think) he couldn't take the advice. You seem even worse off than that one, which means you're cruising for a bruising, as the saying goes...

Think of this forum as being "good for your training" (hehhehheh).

Here you go;
Psalm 138:6

which James touches upon in his own letter, listed as chapter 4, verse 6

There were those who really did despise the one who was known here as 'Alaska Wolf' more than I disliked the fellow, for I could see he was trying "a little" -- which I mention by name now as one of the zottees, though I hadn't consciously thought much of that one directly, just previous to my last writing to you.

I wrote to him, very much the same as I wrote to yourself (but not on subject of "bloginess") --- for I had in mind two others who I tried to warn, one just the other day who I did needle a bit, possibly helping push him over the edge...and one from some months ago now, from the "religion" forum (who I admittedly set up for a zot) with that particular sub-forum, too often being somewhat as;


44 posted on 03/24/2014 11:42:29 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: Vendome
A ghetto tome? I'm-a gonna be famous?
45 posted on 03/24/2014 11:45:20 PM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: BlueDragon

I was thinking of JayGhetto...


46 posted on 03/25/2014 12:33:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome
...and his momma cried...
47 posted on 03/25/2014 12:54:17 AM PDT by BlueDragon (You can observe a lot just by watching. Yogi Berra)
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To: BlueDragon

Wistfully, for his failure to launch...


48 posted on 03/25/2014 1:03:02 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Jayster; shibumi; humblegunner; Billthedrill; 50mm; Servant of the Cross

Ah, a petit dictator, arrogant, “superior,” self-proclaimed, and unelected.

Just what we FReepers need to whip us into shape that will please you, Mawstah!

Swaggering n00bs are a rich source of entertainment for FReepers and certain Kitties around these parts.

So welcome to Free Republic.

And you may have misspelled “shyster” there kiddo.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 2:46:43 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
"Swaggering n00bs are a rich source of entertainment...

So far I'm getting my popcorn's worth.

50 posted on 03/25/2014 2:53:38 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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