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HBO Yanks Bush Head 'Game of Thrones' Episode, Halts DVD Shipments
Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 15, 2012 | Lesley Goldberg

Posted on 06/16/2012 4:31:09 AM PDT by SMGFan

HBO is continuing to do damage control after producers confirmed that a model of President George W. Bush's severed head appeared in the season one finale of Game of Thrones. The premium cable network has pulled the 10th episode of the drama from rotation on digital platforms -- including HBO Go and iTunes -- and halted all future shipments of its best-selling Season 1 DVD set, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; hbo; hollywood

1 posted on 06/16/2012 4:31:18 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Ok, I guess I dont really get this. Was this really on screen for THAT long for people to really care THIS much?


2 posted on 06/16/2012 4:35:32 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: SMGFan

For the management...I suspect they knew nothing and this has cost them well over a million to destroy the current collection of DVDs in the warehouse. For the guy down in the production staff who knew the inside story from day one....he’s probably grinning about this.


3 posted on 06/16/2012 4:36:10 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: VanDeKoik

they may fear some of us are becoming activists and might finally cancel HBO or those related. “Follow the money trail”?


4 posted on 06/16/2012 4:40:45 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Just imagine if it had been Obama’s head. I agree that it should never have been done.


5 posted on 06/16/2012 4:42:51 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: SMGFan

Just imagine if it had been Obama’s head. I agree that it should never have been done.


6 posted on 06/16/2012 4:44:13 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: pepsionice

Yeah, some smart ass liberals thought it would be cute to know that they had the power to decapitate W. Whoever it was, their heads should roll...


7 posted on 06/16/2012 4:44:13 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: VanDeKoik

No, their were multiple heads on spikes, very gory. There was no way one could tell it was him. The producers pointed it out in an interview.


8 posted on 06/16/2012 4:47:36 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: VanDeKoik

Since it’s the principle of the matter (for me), I don’t care how long it was on screen. I hope this creates a major annoyance for HBO. (I don’t care how far down the totem pole the problem originated.)

I am SICK of the blatant hypocrisy from the liberals.


9 posted on 06/16/2012 4:49:29 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: VanDeKoik

Yes,it IS a big deal.
Just as the “sniper crosshairs” picture of Bush a few years ago.

only HBO is actually doing something to correct the disgusting situation for which I applaud them.


10 posted on 06/16/2012 4:50:50 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Clara Lou

it was an inside joke. sort of an “Easter Egg”?


11 posted on 06/16/2012 4:55:10 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

“”they may fear some of us are becoming activists and might finally cancel HBO or those related. “Follow the money trail”?””

Too late, I did that years ago.


12 posted on 06/16/2012 4:55:26 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: VanDeKoik

A competent PR person would have said the following:

“All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

Instead, HBO is saying “you got us, we hate Bush.”

There has to be much more to the story than they’re letting on. Someone has to have the feeling that this isn’t going to go away unless they go to extremes in making good and apologizing. Can’t someone just check into rehab?


13 posted on 06/16/2012 4:56:42 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: SMGFan

It wasn’t an inside joke after the jokesters bragged about it.


14 posted on 06/16/2012 4:58:27 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: VanDeKoik

My Cable Co had an HBO preview last weekend. I marathoned S1 and S2 of Thrones.

I didn’t even notice the GWB head. I recall several on spikes, but none, other than the main character who got beheaded, was showing that close or distinctive.

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Since HBO is going to this extensive of an effort, apparently the inclusion was intended to be GWB’s head.

Thus, the inclusion was not done in a vacuum. It had to be designed, created, propped, and videoed. That would indicate that several people would need to have been involved.

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Much ado about over-sensitivity by some immature people involved in the development and production of the scene.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 5:01:55 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: pepsionice
For the guy down in the production staff who knew the inside story from day one....he’s probably grinning about this.

The producers now apologize, but I'll bet that they were initially snickering at what they got away with.

16 posted on 06/16/2012 5:07:26 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Ole Okie
The producers now apologize, but I'll bet that they were initially snickering at what they got away with.

When they get the invoice for the clean up of this mess, it might wipe the snickers off their faces.
17 posted on 06/16/2012 5:19:34 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SMGFan

Now maybe they can explain the fat...bumbling...drunk ..idiot that was carrying a shield that was unmistakeably an american flag...im the first episode this season.....it jumped off the screen it was so obvious....was in a tournemant scene...


18 posted on 06/16/2012 5:22:53 AM PDT by bike800
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To: TomGuy

George R. R. Martin (the author of the books) was rabidly anti-Bush. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was his idea of a joke.


19 posted on 06/16/2012 5:54:39 AM PDT by jtonn
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To: SMGFan

HBO is a rabid leflt-wing outfit. Who do they think they’re kidding? They personally endorse this, but have to pretend it’s offensive because it offended so many viewers.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: SMGFan

No way would I waste my cash on a network with Bill Maher.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 6:22:02 AM PDT by radioone
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To: SMGFan

One of my sons was interested in “Game of Thrones,” so we requested a disc from Netflix. Watched one episode and sent it back. This is not something I ever want to see, although the son can watch it, if he cares to, when he’s moved away from home.


22 posted on 06/16/2012 6:38:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: pepsionice

That guy on the production staff is also probably plan in to get rich selling all the copies of the suddenly deleted DVD he’s kept. It’s a lot like having many copes of a misprinted postage stamp that’s suddenly discovered.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 6:41:33 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: SMGFan

“It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.”

Yeah, right. Replicas of Bush’s head are in everybody’s prop box... /s


24 posted on 06/16/2012 6:53:52 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: SMGFan

Hollywood haters... Don’t give ‘em a dime.


25 posted on 06/16/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: SMGFan

We’re sorry... we got caught...


26 posted on 06/16/2012 7:03:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: VanDeKoik

No, I watched it. Never would have guessed it was a GWB head fake. There were a bunch of heads. This is really stupid. To yank the sake of that episode is a bit over the top.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 7:09:36 AM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: SMGFan

I love it - this is costing HBO real money. I would cancel my subscription... if I had one!


28 posted on 06/16/2012 7:15:23 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Tax-chick

I am an avid reader....a friend suggested these books. I checked out the first one and the language and topic was foul....I didnt even finish the first chapter.


29 posted on 06/16/2012 7:25:33 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Clara Lou; VanDeKoik
Since it’s the principle of the matter (for me), I don’t care how long it was on screen. I hope this creates a major annoyance for HBO. (I don’t care how far down the totem pole the problem originated.)

What does it matter how long it was on screen. Anyone with enough technical skill to rip a DVD could extract all the still images and make them available online.

30 posted on 06/16/2012 7:38:34 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: VanDeKoik
Was this really on screen for THAT long for people to really care THIS much?

No,it wasn't. I have both seasons on DVD. I watched the episode (Sansa is forced to look at her Father and nanny's heads on spikes by King Joffrey)You wouldn't have seen at all even knowing it's there. Only by slowing it down frame by frame will you get a glimpse, maybe.

People need to get a life and get over it. This is stupid. The show is one of the very best HBO has ever done (Second only to Rome)

31 posted on 06/16/2012 7:56:48 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: SMGFan

It was the producers that made sure everyone knew whose head they were using,I don’t think anyone really did a “gotcha” beforehand.Why the Media so utterly hated this former President is fairly clear that they wanted everyone to know was also fairly clear.


32 posted on 06/16/2012 7:59:42 AM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: SMGFan

Now this is just getting retarded, they’re gonna George Lucas a head that nobody freaking noticed for over a year?! That’s dumb. I might have to go buy the unmodified set just to make sure I get the real thing.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 8:03:08 AM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: VanDeKoik

No, nobody even noticed until somebody paid attention to the commentary track. This whole thing is a stink over nothing.


34 posted on 06/16/2012 8:05:03 AM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: Clara Lou
I hope this creates a major annoyance for HBO

Bill Maher. That's all you need to know about how HBO can shield themselves from viewers who are disgusted with some of their content.

35 posted on 06/16/2012 8:12:21 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: jtonn
George R. R. Martin (the author of the books) was rabidly anti-Bush.

Typical hippie all the way down the lesbian type sandals that he wears. But he had enough talent to garner a huge fan base for the first 3 books.

36 posted on 06/16/2012 8:16:30 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Paleo Conservative

It matters because that’s the determination of intent. If it’s just there so quick nobody notices for over a year there probably wasn’t any intent. If they focused on it long enough for everybody to figure it out when the episode first aired there’s intent. This was the former, they used heads they had in storage, happens all the time. Yeah the Bush head was probably made by a makeup guy with rude intent, but then it wound up in a closet somewhere until some director said “I need more heads”, and there it is. I think of it like the Shatner mask in Halloween, John Carpenter wasn’t sending any message, the mask was handy and with some mods gave the look they wanted.


37 posted on 06/16/2012 8:21:16 AM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: VanDeKoik
Ok, I guess I dont really get this. Was this really on screen for THAT long for people to really care THIS much?

Oh, yes. This is far, far worse than anything that Obama has done.

There aren't enough legitimate things to be outraged about these days, you see, for the TV-addict crowd.


BEHEADED BUSH: EVOLVING 'GAME OF THRONES' EXCUSES FAIL SMELL TEST
 
06/14/2012 8:04:29 PM PDT · by Eva · 26 replies
Breitbart TV ^ | 61/13/12 | John Nolte
The producers behind HBO's "Game of Thrones" would've been better off had they simple said what is likely the truth, that they hate George W. Bush and impaled his prosthetic head on a pole for the kind of childish shits and giggles the Secret Service might want to look into. Instead, they offer absurd explanations that, in my opinion, only prove what sniveling weasals (sic) they really are:
 

'Game of Thrones' apologizes for severed George Bush head (Another load of crap "apology")
 
06/14/2012 5:19:36 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
ABC 30 KFSN ^ | 6/14/2012 | staff
HBO and producers of "Game of Thrones" apologized Thursday for a scene that depicted former President George W. Bush's severed head on a spike. The scene first aired last year and was repeated on a DVD release in March. But in a particularly bad piece of timing for HBO, stories about it spread online this week, when the network premiered a documentary on Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush. Bush's head was one of several on spikes in a scene where King Joffrey reveals to his fiancé the severed head of her father, who he had judged disloyal. The...
 

HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' parades President George W. Bush’s decapitated head on a stick
 
06/14/2012 9:30:41 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
Fox News ^ | 6/24/21
HBO did not respond to our request for comment, but as outrage mounted Wednesday, they released a statement saying they were "deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste." HBO also said the scene would be removed from future DVD pressings.
 

HBO apologizes for putting George W. Bush's head on stake in 'Game of Thrones'
 
06/14/2012 8:38:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
NY Post ^ | 6/14/12
LOS ANGELES -- HBO has apologized for using a model head of former President George W. Bush in a grisly decapitation scene for its hit drama "Game of Thrones." The tenth episode of the first season of "Game of Thrones," now out on DVD, features the younger Bush's head on a stake. Commentary on the DVD notes that his head appears in a "couple of beheading scenes." The show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated that George W. Bush's was used as physical inspiration to create a head for a scene in which King Joffrey shows Sansa Stark her...
 

HBO Apologizes for Bush Head in ‘Game of Thrones’ DVD
 
06/14/2012 6:38:18 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
NY Times ^ | 14 June 2012 | David Itzkoff
HBO has apologized for a scene in its hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” that showed the decapitated head of former President George W. Bush on a pike and said the scene will be removed from future DVD releases, the Web site io9.com reported. ... “The last head on the left is George Bush,” the producers say in the audio commentary. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”
 

Video: The obligatory “‘Game of Thrones’ puts George W. Bush’s head on a pike” post
 
06/14/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
Hotair ^ | 06/14/2012 | AllahPundit
Via Mediaite. The producers say it’s not political and that they used him just because they happened to have a spare Bush head lying around (what?), but Gothamist wants so badly to believe that it's a Gesture Of Defiance towards our deposed Hitler that I almost hope for their sake that it's deliberate.The perfunctory denial: HBO responded to CBSNewYork.com’s request for comment on Wednesday night, offering the following statement from Benioff and Weiss:“What happened was this: we use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch,...
 

Fury as HBO's Game of Thrones shows President George W. Bush's decapitated head impaled on a STAKE
 
06/13/2012 8:37:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 42 replies
dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/13/12 | Emily Anne Epstein
Politicians are calling for a boycott of HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones after the creator's 'despicable' decision to include former President George W. Bush's severed head in several scenes. In the tenth episode of the first season, Mr Bush's decapitated head is seen impaled on a wooden spike, covered in filthy long hair and slathered in dirt. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who noted the appearance in the series' DVD commentary, insist it wasn't a political statement - just a prop. But the image has provoked outrage among some Republican politicians.
 

Fury as HBO's Game of Thrones shows President George W. Bush's decapitated head impaled on a STAKE
 
06/13/2012 4:05:48 PM PDT · by Third Person · 76 replies
Daily Mail UK ^ | June 13, 2012 | Emily Ann Epstein
Politicians are calling for a boycott of HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones because of the creator's 'despicable' decision to include former President George W. Bush's severed head in several scenes. In the tenth episode of the first season, Mr Bush's decapitated head is barely recognizable impaled on a wooden spike, covered in filthy long hair and slathered in dirt. But show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who noted the appearance in the series' DVD commentary, insist it wasn't a political statement - just a prop. The finale of the first season of Game of Thrones, Fire and Blood,...
 

38 posted on 06/16/2012 8:27:55 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: VanDeKoik
Yeah it was. If Jesse Jackson's head had been used, the friggin' liberals at HBO would be fired. Hollywood movies and TV shows function as hate advertisements against us and our children. Hollywood hates conservatives. They hate our parents, our values our churches. But they also want our money - and that's why they're pulling this DVD - liberal elite haters realized they've gone too far...

Remember their reaction to a 'bulls-eye' on a Palin map? Or the smallest of slights to a gay person? But for us? The most extreme hate is always right below the surface...

39 posted on 06/16/2012 8:29:51 AM PDT by GOPJ (The doting court eunuchs of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: EmilyGeiger

I haven’t read anything by the author. Thanks for the recommendation *not to* - saves me returning whatever it was to the library.


40 posted on 06/16/2012 8:49:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: Halls
"No, I watched it. Never would have guessed it was a GWB head fake. There were a bunch of heads. This is really stupid. To yank the sake of that episode is a bit over the top."

When I first heard about this, I was reminded of all those animated Disney features where some lowly animator took some ..ahem.."liberties" with a scene. They do it just to see if they can get away with it. Show producers going public in an effort to create 'buzz' is stupid. HBO might be lefty, but it's a business.

41 posted on 06/16/2012 9:17:04 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: GOPJ
The most extreme hate is always right below the surface ...

And every now and then it surfaces, like Jaws's dorsal fin. These are aliens, not people like us. I don't hate any left-wing politicians ... I just want them to be voted out of office and go live in Kenya or somewhere, not bothering me. But these people truly wish harm to President Bush, even though he never did anything to them, and even though he's not president any more.

This is just a small incident, but it's a salutary reminder of just what kind of people our opponents are.

42 posted on 06/16/2012 9:24:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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We’re sorry... we got caught...

So when do we get to see the head(s) of the individual(s) that cost HBO all this cash and embarrassment? Around their water cooler they are being hoisted on shoulders, that's why.

43 posted on 06/16/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: SMGFan

You know, if you think about it, they actually complimented GWB. Presumably, he was one of the Stark guards or servants who got butchered by the Lannisters. And now Robb is seeking to avenge his death.


44 posted on 06/16/2012 2:48:59 PM PDT by Meshakhad (THE KING IN THE NORTH!)
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To: Halls

I’ll bet you think advertising doesn’t work on YOU...and that subliminal ads should be legal - who can see the stuff anyhow, right?


45 posted on 06/16/2012 5:07:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (The doting court eunuchs of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: VanDeKoik

I’ll bet you think advertising doesn’t work on YOU...and that subliminal ads should be legal - who can see the stuff anyhow, right?


46 posted on 06/16/2012 5:09:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (The doting court eunuchs of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: GOPJ

Anyways.....settle down.


47 posted on 06/16/2012 6:29:58 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Roses0508
no matter what, Dubya was a good person, a good man and still is....

I hope HBO has to pay a huge penalty for this in many ways...

like whoever said, if this was obammey, Lord, we'd have 24/7 diatribes and marches..

48 posted on 06/17/2012 7:32:05 PM PDT by cherry
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