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Inside the Secret Service
The Atlantic ^ | March 2011 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 02/11/2011 7:22:23 AM PST by EnjoyingLife

The Presidential Protective Detail is the holiest of holies. Everything stops for the presidential motorcade . . . The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was not so understanding. His motorcade was arriving at the Sheraton Hotel while a “POTUS Freeze” was in place. The Secret Service agent in charge of Erdogan’s detail asked him to wait until Obama’s motorcade had departed, but the Turkish prime minister did not heed the advice. He opened the door to his car, and armed Turkish agents began exiting the other vehicles in the motorcade. “Don’t do that!” the American detail leader shouted. But Erdogan’s entourage nonetheless approached Obama’s departure tent. An agent in the Presidential Protective Detail, having no idea who these foreign guys with guns were, yelled into his handheld mike, “Crash it! Crash the tent!” Within moments, a dozen agents were out of their cars in full sprint, guns drawn, and the Turks were forcibly detained.

The incident was over within 20 seconds, but the Turkish delegation was mightily offended. It canceled several events in New York, while the Secret Service and the State Department apologized and tried to smooth hurt egos. Although agents had done exactly what they were supposed to do, the service initiated a full review, and procedures were altered to ensure that presidential motorcades didn’t intersect with waiting dignitaries in the future.

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1 posted on 02/11/2011 7:22:29 AM PST by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

‘An agent in the Presidential Protective Detail, having no idea who these foreign guys with guns were, yelled into his handheld mike, “Crash it! Crash the tent!”’

LOL, guess they get briefed at the same place Panetta does.


2 posted on 02/11/2011 7:27:04 AM PST by 556x45
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To: EnjoyingLife

0bama’s keystone kops routine.


3 posted on 02/11/2011 7:27:18 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Obama wouldn’t last 10 minutes without the SS protecting him.


4 posted on 02/11/2011 7:27:25 AM PST by thethirddegree (Islam is a vile, barbaric, perverted, depraved,seditious cult invented by a murdering pedophile)
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To: EnjoyingLife

I don’t understand what the problem was. Obama would have simply bowed before Erdogan and everything would have been over...


5 posted on 02/11/2011 7:29:47 AM PST by PhilosopherStone1000 (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2649877/posts)
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To: EnjoyingLife

The Turks are lucky that their heads are still attached to their bodies.


6 posted on 02/11/2011 7:32:02 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: thethirddegree

Obama doesn’t need the secret service, he’s a community organizer.


7 posted on 02/11/2011 7:33:31 AM PST by Jonty30
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To: EnjoyingLife

Good thing the turks didnt have a dog with them/s


8 posted on 02/11/2011 7:37:06 AM PST by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: EnjoyingLife; maica
IIRC President Reagan was exiting a hotel by a side entrance when he was shot. It seems like zer0 uses the front entrance, probably shutting it down for quite some time, every time he goes out, which is a lot considering date nights, basketball games, etc.

One of the many small factors that added up to GWB winning in 2000 was his use of the smallest possible airport when he was campaigning. Algore used to shut down the highway for hours between his "home" in Tennessee and the airport, infuriating lots of Tennessee voters. In general, conservatives are far more considerate of others than liberals, especially limousine liberals.

9 posted on 02/11/2011 7:43:49 AM PST by Freee-dame
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To: EnjoyingLife

Just finished reading “The Kennedy Detail”..great book..


10 posted on 02/11/2011 8:04:39 AM PST by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: Jonty30

The secret servise is happily suporting treason, as it seems.


11 posted on 02/11/2011 8:10:12 AM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sara)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Well...

You just wrecked any chance of productivity this morning.

Fantastic article, thanks for sharing it!


12 posted on 02/11/2011 8:12:27 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: trumandogz

And that would have been the end of the absolutely critical Incirlik Airbase in Turkey.


13 posted on 02/11/2011 8:16:56 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ken5050

A book about abject failure?


14 posted on 02/11/2011 8:19:37 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Waco

The secret service is doing what it is supposed to be doing, protecting the president, even if that president is a disputed one.

But look on the bright side, if the courts do side with the constitution on his eligibility to be president, the same secret service will just as happily detain him for running for president illegally.


15 posted on 02/11/2011 8:19:45 AM PST by Jonty30
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To: EnjoyingLife; Fantasywriter; warsaw44; ColdOne; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; GQuagmire; ...
Ping to Obama Ruination of the Secret Service.

We have a very serious problem now with the Secret Service and the Presidential protective detail. They see themselves personally loyal to Oama to the exclusion of the Constitution. This is a typical fascist evolution. In Raliegh North Carolina during the campaign , residents were demonstrating against Obama whose cavalcade of vehicles sped through Raliegh in 2007 with his presidential candidate SS prtectivedetail. Reports said that the detail reaction to ordinary citizen peaceful protest lining the streets of downtown Raleigh was to brandish their fully automatic weapons out the lowered windows of their black SUVs, with the tailgate to the last SUV in trail lowered with a belt fed weapon extended out over the tail gate. This was done to cow the political opponents Obama had in Raleigh.This was among the first incidents of continuing SS gross misconduct.

This apparently has become Presidential Protective Detail standard procedure:

OBAMA SECRET SERVICE Pulls Guns On Conservative Tea Party Protesters In Bristol

The SS regularly cows local police departments when the president comes visiting and treats the police as an enemy of the president. This photo was taken in the summer of 2010, after Obama had dinner at a local Chicago Restaurant, in July I believe. Notice the SS agents hand and what it is doing.

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I am very much afraid that the SS is not the usual SS.It has become an extension of the presidents fascist arm, and it is designed to cow the US public and Obama's political opponents. The SS now pursues Obama's political agenda, beyond doing its job of protecting the president.For that reason the SS should be highly suspect in any investigation it performs on members of the US public.The SS is now a liberal fascist organ, which has a very thuggish , unAmerican composition and activity. History shows us that other fascists like Obama have accomplished very much the same thing. Obama should be exposed and ridiculed for traducing what was a special and sometimes heroic service to every president.Now they are just another cadre of political thugs IMHO.We have come a long way from the days when a Washington blue suit cop took a bullet for the president, as in Reagan's case when Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan.Cops are now not trusted by the SS.

As in this Turkish incident, the SS is continuously used as a political arm of the Obama administration used to cow those whom the president wishes to cow. This is typical of any fascist political leader.Obama is no different.This thread article is just spin, to keep people from knowing the truth.

Its really amazing how paranoid the Secret Service details are.

They are briefed, IMHO, that there will be a public backlash to Obama’s purposeful policy to disintegrate American society.

They are on edge.Their masters are paranoid.

It is a sign that the Obama Juntas policies are indeed being purposefully expected to make Americans violent.

Joe Bidens security detail has run over people in it is disregard for public safety. One citizen died.

It is clear that Obama does not support the 1st amendment rights of all Americans, or our right to freely assemble. That's fairly clear in the behavior of the Secret Service presidential protection detail.It is misconduct which sometimes rises to the level of gross misconduct. The subject Secret Service agents are not loyal to our constitution. They are loyal only to Obama.And they are a tragedy waiting to happen.One day they may very well open fire on crowds of innocent Americans.

16 posted on 02/11/2011 8:24:03 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7

You need to switch to decaf.


17 posted on 02/11/2011 8:30:20 AM PST by GQuagmire (Hey now!)
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To: GQuagmire

Or valium.


18 posted on 02/11/2011 8:34:08 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Who needs Secret Service protection when you have Joe Biden?


19 posted on 02/11/2011 8:40:29 AM PST by Spruce
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To: Candor7

Let’s contrast Hussein’s attitude towards Americans protesting his regime, and Egyptians protesting their regime.

Hussein supports the egyptians in their protests, and ignores, ridicules and threatens Americans who protest the forcing of socialism upon America.

He is for muslims and thugs,and against Americans.

Maybe he should be the new head of the egyptian government.

If WE protest, will HE step down? Not in a billion years. Yet that is just what he wanted Mubarack to do, step down due to protests. Rules for me and not for thee, eh Hussein? We did protest in great numbers against DeathCare and other things, and were ignored by a gov’t that does not represent us as they are sworn to do.

I remember at the time it happened the story Candor7 wrote about, where Hussein’s security brandished weapons at sign holders on his driving route. Let’s see if he gives up such power when he is voted out. He might prefer to stay in our White House until dragged out.


20 posted on 02/11/2011 8:47:13 AM PST by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Bookmarking for future reading...


21 posted on 02/11/2011 9:00:22 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

I remember when President Bush came to Colorado Springs a few years ago, he was some to come in during the day but instead, he flew in the night before late so as not to disrupt people doing things during the day. He sowed some class and consideration to those he was visiting unlike this buffoon who went out of his way to inconvenience people !


22 posted on 02/11/2011 9:05:46 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: thethirddegree
Obama wouldn’t last 10 minutes without the SS protecting him.

I would like to post something in response to that but don't think the attention it might draw would be worth it.

23 posted on 02/11/2011 9:06:02 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: Candor7

Hmmm....I seem to remember the SS confiscating cameras from people when Michelle and the first daughters were walking down a public street in Manhattan.

And also at Martha’s Vineyard a few summer ago, when the SS was confiscating cell phones and cameras from citizens who were snapping pictures of “The One.”


24 posted on 02/11/2011 9:14:35 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan......A Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: GQuagmire

LOL..You need too quaf to deswitch.

The evidence too much for you?

Egypt has a river, wonderfully seductive..DeNile.


25 posted on 02/11/2011 9:24:41 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Candor7
Its really amazing how paranoid the Secret Service details are.

That's their job. Grow up or stay home and turn off the TV.

A large segment of Americans won't be cowed. And if the SS opens fire on American citizens in groups, there are those who WILL fire back.

27 posted on 02/11/2011 9:26:28 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: Candor7


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

28 posted on 02/11/2011 9:41:20 AM PST by The Comedian ("Cry flummox and let loose the camels of war." - Truth29)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

You write:

Hmmm....I seem to remember the SS confiscating cameras from people when Michelle and the first daughters were walking down a public street in Manhattan.

And also at Martha’s Vineyard a few summer ago, when the SS was confiscating cell phones and cameras from citizens who were snapping pictures of “The One.”

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Yes, what you read or saw is true. The SS is sometimes instructed that the presidents family must not have its privacy invaded when they are public figures, appearing in public.

Again loyalty to Obama , not to the constitution.

You could easily assemble a litany of SS protective detail misconduct, fromm interfering with citizen constitutional rights, running over pedestrians, to citizen investigative harassment for free speech remarks made in the media which criticize Obama ( the recent wrestler/fighter who called Obama out to duke it out, on television, in jest received an SS visit.). The SS have a new erroneous duty to protect Obamas”image” not just his person. This is far beyond what their traditional duties are, and that violates the constitutional liberty rights of Americans.

What would you expect? Obama is a genuine liberal fascist of the first order. Few can even face the fact.He fits perfectly into the historical definition as a fascist, as many have noted,

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html

But fewer still know what to look for in the fascist manifestation of Obama Regime’s staff comduct,the conduct of Obamas “institutions” and still fewer are willing to face that comduct ,once seen.

Still some of us can, and do. Perhaps we can serve as canaries in the coal mine cage.Obama has just begun his destruction of America, and as his time grows short, he will accelerate his destructive agenda.His thugs will beocme more readily perceived as a consequence.

As the MSM covers for Obama, and his disguise grows more sophisticated, it is even more crucual that people are aprised of Obama’s evolution into a deeper kind of fascism.
Americans should ridicule it, and hastily send Obama packing at the earliest opportunity.That is the duty of a free people, reardless of what political pursuasion each might hold.


29 posted on 02/11/2011 9:49:16 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Hi bloody sam! When was the last time the SS pointed a drive by gun at you for just standing in the sidewalk?

Thats not their job pal. Not at all.

Those guns are not supposed to come out until it is reprted that weapons are drawn by others.

Until that changes, I have no intention to be within gun range of the pretender who resides in the White Hut, nor do millions of other Americans who are in the know about this issue.I will avoid him and his SS presidential detail like the plague it is.


30 posted on 02/11/2011 9:56:49 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Spruce
Who needs Secret Service protection when you have Joe Biden?

"Jamie, no man in England will kill me, for it would make you King."

A jibe that Charles II is supposed to have directed at his younger brother James, the Duke of York (later James II).

31 posted on 02/11/2011 10:15:38 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: Candor7
Thats not their job pal. Not at all.

Greetings!

No it isn't. You are correct.

However, being paranoid is their job. That's what I said.

32 posted on 02/11/2011 10:33:07 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: thefactor; GQuagmire; Candor7

Or maybe you two need to splash some cold water on your faces and wake up.


33 posted on 02/11/2011 11:28:56 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Candor7

Interesting posts on this thread. Thanks.


34 posted on 02/11/2011 11:35:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: The Comedian

2nd pic? Unloading the First Lady from Air Force one?


35 posted on 02/11/2011 11:44:28 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas
It was a "journalist" who wasn't shown sufficient deference, apparently.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

36 posted on 02/11/2011 11:50:18 AM PST by The Comedian ("Cry flummox and let loose the camels of war." - Truth29)
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To: The Comedian

It looked like the correct amount of deference to me, but I’m just a layman.


37 posted on 02/11/2011 11:53:33 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Agreed, but in this case the paranoia has political ends, not just protection. Acting on paranoia is when mistakes happen, and so the SS is not what it used to be. When paranoia was used as a principle of perception, prpearation and awareness, not activity of misconduct as we have seen the SS did not interfere with the constitutional rights of Americans.


38 posted on 02/11/2011 11:55:01 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Spruce

I’d prefer Biden to this evil bastard.


39 posted on 02/11/2011 12:00:11 PM PST by unkus
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To: Candor7

The SS pointing weapons out the rear of the motorcade SUV is and has been standard operating procedure for a long time. I’ve personally seen it twice with Zero’s motorcade in Chicago. Have also seen it with both Clinton and Bush motorcades.

Your description of photo of the SS agent in Chicago with the weapon in hand is not accurate. If you enlarge the photo, you can see that the weapon is in the cop’s holster as the SS agent is walking by.


40 posted on 02/11/2011 12:16:41 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Waco

“The secret servise is happily suporting treason, as it seems.”

No, they are dutifully doing the job they swore an oath to do without regard to the politics of the situation. Bear in mind that they do not serve the President, they serve the United States.


41 posted on 02/11/2011 1:13:05 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Velveeta

“The SS pointing weapons out the rear of the motorcade SUV is and has been standard operating procedure for a long time. I’ve personally seen it twice with Zero’s motorcade in Chicago.”

I’d cut them some slack. Keeping your guns at the ready when driving around in Chicago is just common sense.


42 posted on 02/11/2011 1:19:17 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: The Comedian

I am with Beck on praying for the Secret Service to keep the president safe.


43 posted on 02/11/2011 1:32:49 PM PST by GraceG
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To: MeganC

I agree Megan. My point was the SS is just doing their job.


44 posted on 02/11/2011 2:36:21 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: GraceG
I am with Beck on praying for the Secret Service to keep the president safe.

Me too. I hope George W. Bush, America's last legitimate President, lives a long, safe, and happy life.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

45 posted on 02/11/2011 3:24:16 PM PST by The Comedian ("Cry flummox and let loose the camels of war." - Truth29)
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To: Velveeta

I know. My point is that Chicago is pretty dangerous even for people driving around with a truckload of machine guns.


46 posted on 02/11/2011 3:53:57 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Velveeta

The SS Officer is blocking access to the LEOs weapon until Obama has passed by.

Get much security ed? Let this be lesson 1.


47 posted on 02/11/2011 5:34:39 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: unkus
I’d prefer Biden to this evil bastard.

Me too. At least Biden is a capitalist.

48 posted on 02/11/2011 5:48:48 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tyrants flourish only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.)
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To: Candor7

Sorry Candor, you’re wrong on this one.

The SS officer was just naturally swinging his arms as he walked by. You can see on this pic, which was taken one or two steps after your posted pic, that the SS offier is not blocking access to LEOs weapon - just walking by:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_2b_SPCr78uQ/TFqXFlRh17I/AAAAAAAARxE/KNMFPGyx3U4/s1600/potus+ge.jpg


49 posted on 02/11/2011 9:18:54 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Candor7

Thar SS guy in that picture is a total prick. He always has a pissed off face. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that he is an a$$hole.


50 posted on 02/11/2011 11:01:49 PM PST by mojitojoe (In itÂ’s 1400 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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