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Bruce Willis transcript on Rita Cosby (Way to go, Bruce!!)
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Posted on 11/11/2005 12:21:59 PM PST by Uncledave

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BRUCE WILLIS TELLS RITA COSBY HE WILL OFFER $1 MILLION TO ANY CIVILIAN WHO TURNS IN OSAMA BIN LADEN, AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI OR ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI Secaucus, NJ - November 11, 2005 -- In an interview that aired last night on MSNBC's "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct" (9 p.m. ET), actor Bruce Willis told Cosby he would offer one million dollars to any civilian who would turn in Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Willis talks to Cosby about his support for embedded blogger Michael Yon, and the actor says he is in talks about a possible film about the Deuce Four, the soldiers Yon is embedded with in Iraq. Following is the complete transcript of the interview. "Rita Cosby: Live and Direct" airs weeknights from 9 - 10 p.m. ET. Angie Dorr is the executive producer. ******** COSBY: Getting stories out of Iraq is not easy. Bruce Willis found that out firsthand when he went over to visit U.S. troops serving in Armed Forces.
Tonight, we are rejoined by an independent blogger who is bringing back some amazing pictures and stories from Iraq, Michael Yon. And also again with us is actor Bruce Willis, who is back with us on the phone.
It's great to have both of you here. You know, Bruce, I want to start with you. Last night, we talked a little bit about what's happening over in Iraq. You said the media isn't covering the full story. What are we missing?
BRUCE WILLIS, ACTOR: I am baffled to understand why the things that I saw happening in Iraq, really good things happening in Iraq, are not being reported on. Michael has been over there, was embedded with the members of the Deuce Four, you know, the battalion that actually won the battle for Mosul, that -- Michael, correct me if I'm wrong -- these are the guys who allowed the election to take place, the election that happened just, you know, a couple months ago, to take place, which is, you know, just a monumental thing. And it's not being reported on.
COSBY: You know, Bruce, you know, let's face it. A lot of celebrities have not been over there. A lot of folks in Hollywood have been very critical of what's happening in the war. Do you think, if a lot of your colleagues in Hollywood went over there, saw it for themselves, they'd have a different opinion?
WILLIS: I absolutely think that. I think we live in a global world. And I think that -- I think America is just too isolationist. And a lot of big choices are being made. You know, to say this is not our fight, when this is the same fight that this country fought 60 years ago and the entire world fought 60 years ago, for the same kind of terrorism, the same kind of thing.
This is not a new war. This is not a new kind of fighting. This is the same fight. And it's back. And it's time for it to stop.
COSBY: You know, we've seen some of these amazing pictures that we're showing here. You know, Michael, there's a photo I want to show of a soldier and a baby girl, in particular. Here it is. Why is this photo so meaningful, Michael?
MICHAEL YON, EMBEDDED BLOGGER: Well, I shot that photo on a day when a suicide or homicide car bomber ran into one of our Stryker vehicles, injured a couple of our soldiers, and, unfortunately, there were a lot of children who had crowded around to wave at our people. And the attackers had every opportunity to just wait a couple of blocks and attack our guys later, without the children being around, but instead chose to attack straight through the children. And Major Bieger, who is in the photo, found the little girl -- her name is Farah -- and decided he wanted to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible. And so he picked her up, wrapped her in a blanket, and loaded her into one of our vehicles and started to take her to the hospital as fast as possible. And unfortunately, little Farah died en route. We went back to that neighborhood the next day, and the people there actually welcomed us with open arms. They welcomed us into their homes. We got into a firefight there again the next day. And the people in that part of the city began to give us more and more information about the terrorists until it got to the point where -- it's very dangerous to be a terrorist now in Mosul, because...

COSBY: You know, it's incredible to hear these stories, Michael. I mean, it's amazing what you went through firsthand. And, you know, Bruce, you know, as you're hearing these stories from Michael, I understand why your jaw just dropped when you saw these pictures. Are you thinking, maybe at some point, you know, playing a role with the Deuce Four? Is that something maybe you'd consider?
WILLIS: We are talking about that right now. But it's not really about the film. It's about these guys. It's about these guys who do what they are asked to do for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom. And it's not just for this country. It's for the world. It is time for terrorism to stop. And the United States is the country that can stop it. And that's what they're doing over there. And there is -- I have no idea why this country is not getting the information that Michael Yon has, you know, access to, is, you know, showing people. It's just not getting out, and it's baffling.
COSBY: You know, Bruce, in 2003, you admirably offered $1 million for the capture of Saddam. I have to ask you, because just last night we had on our show so many of those pictures, those horrific pictures of what happened in Jordan. And right now, we've got three thorns in our side. We've got Zawahiri, of course, who is Osama bin Laden`s right-hand guy. You've got Osama bin Laden himself. And then you've got al-Zarqawi, the Iraqi who everyone believes is behind the mastermind of the attack, just those horrible attacks on three hotels just last night. Are you prepared even right now to maybe offer $1 million for one of them?
WILLIS: Well, that was a conversation I was having with members of the military. I've since been told that military men and women cannot accept any reward for the job that they're doing. It was more about my passion for trying to stop Saddam Hussein.
COSBY: Would you offer that if somebody else, let's say a civilian, is willing to turn one of them in and finally put this to an end?
WILLIS: Yes, I would. Yes, I would. I want to live in a world, and so do the Iraqi people want to live in a world, where they can move from their homes to the market and not have to fear being killed. And, I mean, doesn't everybody want that? Who doesn't want that?
COSBY: You bet. And, Michael, I'm going to give you just a few seconds. What are you most proud of? I mean, your pictures just really show the heart and soul there. YON: I'd actually like to say something about Bruce Willis. He's one of the men who has had the courageous to stand behind the troops. And the troops absolutely respect and love Bruce Willis. He came out to the Deuce Four redeployment ball in Seattle. And I wonder if he realizes just how much they appreciated that. And it's just so good to see a man of his stature throwing his entire weight behind our people who are in harm's way.
COSBY: It's terrific.
WILLIS: Thank you so much, Michael.
COSBY: And hats off to both of you guys, not just Bruce. And, Bruce, thank you so much for being with us. And, Michael, keep up the great work you're doing. Those pictures are amazing. And please come back, both of you, anytime. Thank you.
WILLIS: Thanks very much. Keep it up, Mike.
YON: Thanks, Bruce.
WILLIS: OK, buddy.
COSBY: Thank you guys very much.
YON: Bye, Rita.
COSBY: Thank you.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: binladen; bounty; brucewillis; hollywoodright; manhunt; obl
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1 posted on 11/11/2005 12:22:00 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Maybe this is what split Bruce and Demi apart...good job, Bruce.


2 posted on 11/11/2005 12:25:41 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Howard Dean would declare DNC victory after winning a game of rock/paper/scissors.)
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To: Uncledave
We love you Bruce!


3 posted on 11/11/2005 12:26:07 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: Uncledave

Time for me to invest in the "Die Hard" DVD box set...


4 posted on 11/11/2005 12:27:59 PM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: Uncledave

Willis could start a 401(c)3 foundation to do the same thing, and I'd happily contribute.

We'd have a great deal more than $1 million to assume the capture of these demons.

Swift Boat Vets proves that it can work.


5 posted on 11/11/2005 12:28:18 PM PST by angkor
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To: Uncledave

Good stuff. Thanks for posting the transcript.


6 posted on 11/11/2005 12:28:27 PM PST by NautiNurse
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To: Uncledave

Didn't Willis make this offer a long time ago? Seems like I've heard it before.


7 posted on 11/11/2005 12:30:20 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Uncledave

Outstanding.


8 posted on 11/11/2005 12:30:31 PM PST by Roberts
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To: Uncledave

Bruce Willis is an A**hole! He bought out a ski resort near the Mt. Home, ID Air Force base. The resort offered the local military personnel and their families to ski free of charge one day without anyone else allowed on the mountain. When Bruce Willis bought the resort he cancelled the "Annual Military Day" and basically shut it down to anyone but his closest friends.


9 posted on 11/11/2005 12:32:28 PM PST by waiyu
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To: Uncledave
And Major Bieger, who is in the photo, found the little girl -- her name is Farah -- and decided he wanted to get her to the hospital as quickly as possible. And so he picked her up, wrapped her in a blanket, and loaded her into one of our vehicles and started to take her to the hospital as fast as possible. And unfortunately, little Farah died en route.

We went back to that neighborhood the next day, and the people there actually welcomed us with open arms

10 posted on 11/11/2005 12:33:13 PM PST by Zechariah11
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To: Uncledave

Willis for President!


11 posted on 11/11/2005 12:34:58 PM PST by peacebaby (I'm not overwhelmed! I'm just the right amount of whelmed.)
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To: HolgerDansk

I have it. Great movies!


12 posted on 11/11/2005 12:38:18 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: Uncledave
Awesome!
13 posted on 11/11/2005 12:38:36 PM PST by lormand (Close the border...the US/California border.)
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To: waiyu

Do you know the name? How long ago? I can't think of a ski resort near Mountain Home.


14 posted on 11/11/2005 12:39:29 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

That is a VERY good picture of Mr. Willis.


15 posted on 11/11/2005 12:40:08 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Christian4Bush

Please, go to his website/forum, and register. Let everyone know, including Bruce because he does take an active role there as well, how grateful we are and how much we appreciate his efforts.

http://www.brucewillis.com/fans/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi

Thanks

:O)

P


16 posted on 11/11/2005 12:41:29 PM PST by papasmurf (How can I be guilty of lying about a non-crime???)
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To: StarCMC

Ping.


17 posted on 11/11/2005 12:43:22 PM PST by Radix (Wishful Thinking: A Tag Line Field which actually contains enough places to complete a serious thou)
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To: waiyu
I'd be willing to wager-you have no inkling at all, of his monetary and personal support for the military.

I'd really like a link or newspaper story to substantiate that comment.
18 posted on 11/11/2005 12:44:06 PM PST by papasmurf (How can I be guilty of lying about a non-crime???)
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To: waiyu

Bruce Willis is a staunch Republican and lover of the U.S. Military. I hope you enjoy lonely places because that is where you are about to stand on this thread.

Take a time out in the corner and come back and make some sense.


19 posted on 11/11/2005 12:45:53 PM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: waiyu

Everybody's a critic... even when you do something good, they'll bitch about something you didn't do.

What a country :~D


20 posted on 11/11/2005 12:46:35 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: ozzymandus

Part of it is old news... the part that is new is that he agreed to extend it to those who would turn in "Zawahiri, of course, who is Osama bin Laden`s right-hand guy. You've got Osama bin Laden himself. And then you've got al-Zarqawi"... Evidently he's willing to extend the offer to the capture of those three.


21 posted on 11/11/2005 12:51:22 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Uncledave
WILLIS: Yes, I would. Yes, I would. I want to live in a world, and so do the Iraqi people want to live in a world, where they can move from their homes to the market and not have to fear being killed. And, I mean, doesn't everybody want that? Who doesn't want that?
22 posted on 11/11/2005 12:51:40 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Uncledave

Great post, Uncledave. It isn't often we find someone in Hollywood who actually has a brain and isn't afraid to use it.

Thank you, Bruce Willis! Our troops and our President need more people like you who are willing to stand up and speak out for truth.


23 posted on 11/11/2005 12:52:29 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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Alright Bruce! Must be tough being a real man in Hollywood these days...


24 posted on 11/11/2005 12:53:03 PM PST by Zeddicus
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To: waiyu

Not accurate about the ski resort thing, seems Bruce Willis owns property near the resort, a quick google seach found this:

"Today, celebrities like Bruce Willis own property near Sun Valley and enjoy its quiet hospitality. The uncrowded conditions are a result of the secluded location, and the resort staff emphasizes customer service. Sun Valley offers elegance and the best accommodations, but it is also very relaxing and family-oriented. The services and meticulous maintenance at the resort qualify Sun Valley as the "Disneyland of ski resorts." The consensus is that although Sun Valley is hard to reach it is well worth the effort.

Check out Bruce Willis' club The Mint in Hailey (11 miles south of Ketchum), which offers dancing and occasional singing by Bruce Willis."


25 posted on 11/11/2005 12:53:14 PM PST by PLM
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To: Uncledave

Thanks.


26 posted on 11/11/2005 12:53:25 PM PST by Kay
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To: Uncledave

Wonderful!!


27 posted on 11/11/2005 12:58:52 PM PST by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: waiyu
When Bruce Willis bought the resort he cancelled the "Annual Military Day" and basically shut it down to anyone but his closest friends

Does the word "liability" mean anything to you?

28 posted on 11/11/2005 1:00:24 PM PST by lewislynn (Fairtax facts = lies, dreams, hope, wishful thinking and conjecture.)
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To: papasmurf
The name of the resort is Soldier Mt. I am looking for a newspaper article to back myself up, but I do know that it happened because my father-in-law and mother-in-law both work on Mt. Home AFB. My father-in-law served there during his term in the Air Force. I have asked several of the people in that area about the resort(mainly because I love to ski myself) and I got the same speech from everyone. Bruce would come to the base and ask for free flights and special privileges, but when it came time for the Annual Military Day he said it was canceled til he decided otherwise.
29 posted on 11/11/2005 1:11:29 PM PST by waiyu
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To: lewislynn

Did ya think that maybe he could have had them sign a waiver to take care of that not even occur to you?


30 posted on 11/11/2005 1:12:39 PM PST by waiyu
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To: PLM
The name of the resort is Soldier Mt. A quick Google search found this!!
31 posted on 11/11/2005 1:14:39 PM PST by waiyu
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To: MarkeyD

The name is Soldier Mt., its about 45 miles outside of Mt. Home.


32 posted on 11/11/2005 1:16:36 PM PST by waiyu
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To: waiyu

How dare Bruce Willis use his own property in his own way. We need another regulation or too to make these fat-cats share. To each according to his need....../sarc


33 posted on 11/11/2005 1:21:26 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: Uncledave

I've like the guy ever since he was in "Moonlighting." You could tell he was just a regular guy who just happened to make it in show biz. A real American!


34 posted on 11/11/2005 1:22:06 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: Uncledave

Bruce for President
UUUrrrraaaaHHHH


35 posted on 11/11/2005 1:24:35 PM PST by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: waiyu

I'm guessing the ski resort was sold off because it wasn't profitable, otherwise it would likely still be opperating as a commercial business instead of being a private park for Willis and his friends.

Blaming him for canceling "Annual Military Day" is childish unless he puropsefully bought the resort to bar access to it to the military.

I haven't seen anything that shows me that he's anti-military.

I didn't buy you free passes to a resort either, does that make me an A**hole too?


36 posted on 11/11/2005 1:24:44 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: waiyu
Looks like Soldier Mountain is open for business and gives special pricing to the military.

Soldier Mountain Pricing
37 posted on 11/11/2005 1:26:28 PM PST by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: MarkeyD

Only 50%???? The cheap ba$tard!!!!


38 posted on 11/11/2005 1:29:11 PM PST by evolved_rage
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To: Uncledave
What drives me crazy about this transcripit is the way Rita just glossed right over the fact that these "good news" reports are ignored in the MSM.

Can at least one "journalist" acknowledge that this war coverage is a disgrace, and raise a bit of hell about it?

Of course, it would help if more than a dozen people see it, so maybe MSNBC isn't the best venue for said outrage :)

39 posted on 11/11/2005 1:29:18 PM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: Uncledave; wardaddy; BigSkyFreeper

Bruce Willis BTTT


40 posted on 11/11/2005 1:30:36 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: lawnguy

ping


41 posted on 11/11/2005 1:34:26 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Uncledave

Thanks for posting this. I just read it. Bruce Willis is one of the very, very few true patriots in Hollywood. It would be a great day to see him writing out a check for someone turning in one of those slime.


42 posted on 11/11/2005 1:43:50 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Uncledave
Rita appeared to be stunned at what all Bruce had to say. Even further stunned by the implication of if the Hollyweird types would go and see the troops they'd stop being the DUmmies that they are.
43 posted on 11/11/2005 1:46:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Uncledave
"When we get Osama, we gonna get some hard, pipe-hitting ni**as and get medieval on his a$$"


44 posted on 11/11/2005 1:49:20 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: MarkeyD

Seems like there is a puny little resort near the whistle stop of Fairfield...I think. Not much of a "resort" as I recall, but could be wrong.


45 posted on 11/11/2005 1:50:20 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Uncledave

Yippe Kai Yay, Mofo Libs!


46 posted on 11/11/2005 1:58:41 PM PST by LS
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To: HolgerDansk
"Welcome to the party, pal!"

"Die Hard" is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I especially like the scene where Powell is singing "Oh the weather outside is frightful, duh dum, duh dum, delightful". I laugh out loud every time!

47 posted on 11/11/2005 2:10:12 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: angkor
"Willis could start a 401(c)3 foundation to do the same thing, and I'd happily contribute."

Me, too. That's an outstanding idea. Maybe we could match the $1M and make it 2.

48 posted on 11/11/2005 2:12:04 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: manwiththehands
Best line out of that whole movie is by the good Seargant:

"Why donch' you wake up and smell what you shovelin'!"

49 posted on 11/11/2005 2:13:38 PM PST by mattdono ("Crush the RATs and RINOs, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" - Arnie)
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To: lewislynn
When Bruce Willis bought the resort he cancelled the "Annual Military Day" and basically shut it down to anyone but his closest friends

Does the word "liability" mean anything to you?

Nailed it. Even if this story is true the last thing Bruce Willis wants is to be sued by some drunk GI who breaks his leg getting off the ski lift.

50 posted on 11/11/2005 2:22:13 PM PST by manwiththehands
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