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Obama’s incredible small business gaffe just won’t go away
The New York Amsterdam News ^ | August 5, 2012 | Richard Carter

Posted on 08/04/2012 11:01:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

“Do you think not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?…”—Robert Redford, “Three Days of the Condor” (1975)

In the long, undistinguished annals of big-time gaffes in American politics, Barack Hussein Obama’s recent shot at small businesspeople ranks near the top. Indeed, this astonishing verbal blunder has taken on a life of its own.

As a result, three weeks after the president’s ill-advised comments during a July 13 campaign speech in Roanoke, Va., much of America is still talking about his unseemly words. And they are still hard to believe. To wit:

“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that—somebody else made that happen.” Ugh!

What’s the best way to describe what Obama said? Here’s what some pundits are calling it: “botch,” “blunder,” “bungle,” “delusional,” “faux pas,” “fumble,” “gaffe,” “goof,” “loopy,” “misstep,” “stumble” and, quite simply, that he put his foot in his mouth big-time.

In effect, Obama dissed America’s business community in general, and small businesspeople in particular. It’s unconscionable that a president of the United States would do this. His words were stunning and simply unbelievable. And they continue to resonate.

What could Obama have been thinking? Some have speculated that it was due to “going off teleprompter”—that is, speaking off the cuff without reading from the multiple teleprompters that always surround him. Doing so is not his strong suit. Others say this president is simply anti-free market business.

If the former was the case—perhaps surprisingly to his worshippers—Obama is in for a tough time in the upcoming presidential debates against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. American political debates are a contact sport and spontaneous.

If it was the latter, Obama truly is out of his depth as president. Doesn’t he understand that the nation’s economy was built by the blood, sweat and tears of hard-working businesspeople—small as well as large? His fixation with the federal government as a panacea is, quite frankly, an embarrassment and reeks of socialism.

Here’s how Romney responded to Obama’s blunder: “To say something like that is not just foolishness, it’s insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America. I don’t think the president, by his comments, understands what makes America a unique nation. If you attack success, you’ll see what we’ve seen over the past few years—less success. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a president of the United States.”

In the same vein, Romney took Obama to task for failing to meet with his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for the last six months. And the explanation by the president’s press secretary, Jay Carney? “He’s got a lot on his plate.” Huh? Can you believe it?

Predictably, Obama’s loopy small business gaffe, which has strongly galvanized Republicans, is reflected in many pointed letters to the editor in big-city newspapers. The writers leave no doubt as to their negative feelings. Following are some excerpts:

“Would the late, great Sylvia Woods, the ‘Queen of Soul Food,’ have agreed with President Obama that someone else made her tremendous success happen?”

“Of all of Obama’s rhetoric in the White House, his attack on the very notion of creativity has been the most destructive, by far. If he had said this in 2008, he would have been unelectable.”

“Beyond the small business community, which suffered a direct insult, Obama has just told each and every American that they cannot expect to succeed without him. I think that comes as a shock to even his most fervent followers.”

“According to Obama’s philosophy, no one builds anything. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller and the rest of the great entrepreneurs in history are merely leeching off the efforts of others.”

“By letting his view slip out, Obama displays a lack of faith in our economic system, diligence and people.”

These sentiments express very clearly why Obama’s classic gaffe could be what millions of Americans will remember in the voting booth on Nov. 6. Prior to the election, his inexplicable diss of small businesspeople may also become a focal point of the three presidential debates in October.

A concrete result of Obama’s small business comments is reflected in a new Gallup poll released July 26. In it, his approval rating among business owners dropped from 59 percent to 35 percent. Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen tracking poll has Romney leading Obama overall by six points—49 percent to 43 percent.

Finally, Obama’s intemperate remarks of July 13 were exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. America is a working-class nation whose citizens don’t like anyone telling them they didn’t make it on their own. That’s because most small businesspeople did.

Bottom line: It’s clear the land is rife with political unrest among independents—such as this writer—and Republicans. If you’re a Democrat, you’d better hope Obama gets his act together or, indeed, he’ll be a one-term president. And that’s the name of that tune.

The author


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: business; economy; obama; roanoke; romney; virginia

1 posted on 08/04/2012 11:01:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a find 2nd Div! A shocker to see that article from that newspaper.

Other freepers may not realize but the Amsterdam News is NYC’s black newspaper. I think that generally it is very far left.

I’m just gobsmacked that they would even publish this. Not that is it not a good article, it’s very good and true.

LOL, I can’t believe the writer talks about Obama’s “worshipers”. Amazing!


2 posted on 08/04/2012 11:07:52 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

This whole “gay marriage”/Chick-fil-A/you didn’t build that fiasco may have turned just enough blacks, Hispanics and low-information voters against Mr. Obama to decide the race. Team Obama is so insulated in the faculty lounge and Chicago machine that they seemingly forgot that more blacks attend church than any other demographic and that Prop 8 was defeated by the people who showed up to pull the lever for BHO, not Mormons or white evangelicals.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 11:13:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not a gaffe! It’s a way of life (for him). It is because of how he was raised and who he is... He is an accident of history!


4 posted on 08/04/2012 11:14:17 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the latest tracking poll from Rasmussen says Romney up by 2 points not 6 as the author states and that’s before all the media propoganda of Obama getting credit for Friday’s job creation numbers kicks in.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 11:28:44 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I made a patriotic video in response to Obama’s misguided arrogant blunder.

http://youtu.be/OkQ386mWyPA


6 posted on 08/04/2012 11:32:08 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 08/04/2012 11:35:43 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

LOL, that’s awful. A great use of a great shot of those two.

Sigh, I have some sympathy for Barack, that Michelle seems like a tough dame to deal with. He does seem like he’s a good dad. I’m pretty sure his daughters must worship the ground he walks on. Which is OK for them.

I hope they grow up to be not communists. Not sure how that could happen with their background, but I hope they escape the mental prison of the Left.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 11:46:40 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink


9 posted on 08/05/2012 12:09:53 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If America were a car, the "Check President" light would be on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t see what was so strange about that statement? He’s just paraphrasing a passage the Manifesto. Hee hee.


10 posted on 08/05/2012 12:14:16 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: grundle

Obama back: Ewww. I had to pull down my underwear and do unspeakable things to have them. All you did was lie there.


11 posted on 08/05/2012 12:20:37 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: jocon307

Very easy. They worship the ground he walks on now. But puberty is coming. Nyah hah ha.


12 posted on 08/05/2012 12:25:41 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It was not a gaffe, it was a statement of leftist philosophy. Elizabeth Warren recently said basically the same thing. This is what they believe, this dodge is at the heart of their twisted morality.

If "you didn't build that" then you don't deserve the profits, and leftists feel better about themselves when they confiscate and redistribute those profits. It's just a lie to make theft seem moral.

13 posted on 08/05/2012 12:58:45 AM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

“The conditions of bourgeois society are too narrow to comprise the wealth created by them.
And how does the bourgeoisie get over these crises? On the one hand, by enforced
destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and
by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones. That is to say, by paving the way for
more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises
are prevented.
The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned
against the bourgeoisie itself.
But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also
called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons — the modern working class —
the proletarians.
In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e., capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the
proletariat, the modern working class, developed — a class of laborers, who live only so long
as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labor increases capital. “


14 posted on 08/05/2012 1:12:25 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: jocon307

>> I’m just gobsmacked that they would even publish this.

Very interesting all things considered.


15 posted on 08/05/2012 1:18:25 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: jocon307

“I hope they grow up to be not communists. Not sure how that could happen with their background, but I hope they escape the mental prison of the Left.”

Stalin’s daughters?


16 posted on 08/05/2012 1:54:14 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: jocon307

“I hope they grow up to be not communists. Not sure how that could happen with their background, but I hope they escape the mental prison of the Left.”

Stalin’s daughters?


17 posted on 08/05/2012 1:54:25 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: TChad
It was not a gaffe, it was a statement of leftist philosophy.

That's exactly right. Here in Colorado, television is unwatchable with the political ads (as if the regular programming doesn't make it that way). But Saturday, Governor Hickenlooper had an ad about a state website that supposedly "helps" small business. They are scrambling to muddy a clear statement of belief.

He said that people who need help in building their small business can log in and get help (if you are a "vibrant minority," of course).

What angers me is not so much that they "feel" the way they do, although that is horrible, but that they have the temerity to lie and say they don't "feel" that way. ("Feeling" substitutes for "thinking" with liberals.)

18 posted on 08/05/2012 2:24:38 AM PDT by jammer
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To: Eleutheria5

I cant wait for the debate when Obama says, I did not say that you Didnt Build that Business,I was Talking about roads and bridges! Then Romney turns to him and says,There you go again, thinking you are smarter than everyone else,there are a Lot of smart People out there in America and they are Smart enough to Know what you Really said,and you may Believe it,but its not the American way. American PEOPLE CREATE JOBS NOT GOVERNMENT!


19 posted on 08/05/2012 3:15:45 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not a gaffe, nor is it a blunder. It’s how Obama and his ilk really think.

This is why Obama must always be tethered to a teleprompter.


20 posted on 08/05/2012 4:14:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Richard Carter nails it.


21 posted on 08/05/2012 4:27:27 AM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: jocon307
He does seem like he’s a good dad. A narcissist, by definition, can't possibly be a good dad, just the opposite. I think that's why his entire family, except for the little one, looks so miserable.
22 posted on 08/05/2012 4:29:24 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another Joe the Plumber moment for the AnnointedIdiot - one that will haunt him for some time.


23 posted on 08/05/2012 4:43:10 AM PDT by cranked
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you begin to see articles in the New York Amsterdam News ( a Black, Liberal Newspaper) such as the one penned by Richard Carter, you begine to see erosion in Black American support for Barack Hussein Obama. Fact is: Obama has really done zilch for American Blacks. They are, as a group, in the worst economic, education and opportunity situation they have ever been in. The family unit is in shambles with single parent families, out-of-wedlock children, failed schools and failed economics and massive unemployment. At least some Black Americans begin to get it. Obama is not their friend, he is not their ally, shucks, other then his skin, heis not one of them. He is actually, their worst enemy!!!

I, for one, hope and pray they come to their senses, for at the moment, they are just adrift at sea with no compass to guide them. If Obama is re-elected, they will still be adrift at sea, with no compass, but.......they will also be out of food and water to exist!!! Go figure!!! They need both a leader/leaders and culture change, big time!!!


24 posted on 08/05/2012 5:10:04 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s gaffe was the closest you’ll ever hear Dear Leader state he hates capitalism and free-enterprise. You’re never going to hear him condemn it outright, but we can read between the lines. Does anyone with half a brain think even Carter or Clinton would make such an outrageous statement? Only a real socialist, like Obama, would make a Freudian slip like that.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 5:15:47 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: radpolis

Great work
Says it all


26 posted on 08/05/2012 5:17:58 AM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the long, undistinguished annals of big-time gaffes in American politics, Barack Hussein Obama’s recent shot at small businesspeople ranks near the top. Indeed, this astonishing verbal blunder has taken on a life of its own.

It wasn’t just the words he said, there was also that unmistakably unpresidential, childish, snotty, mocking tone. When people heart that his meaning is clear. Obozo sorta’ shot himself in the foot with TWO barrels.


27 posted on 08/05/2012 5:24:00 AM PDT by TalBlack
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

-——What’s the best way to describe what Obama said-——

Core belief....


28 posted on 08/05/2012 5:26:03 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, Richard Carter: you think you’re smart? There’s a lotta smart people out there! You think you wrote an insightful column? A whole lotta people write insightful columns.

You missed the important question: just where would you be without roads and bridges?


29 posted on 08/05/2012 5:27:23 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: cranked

“Another Joe the Plumber moment for the AnnointedIdiot - one that will haunt him for some time.”

Let’s hope it haunts him all the way back to Kenya. Maybe he can get elected to something there, and then some rebels can do what they do best...


30 posted on 08/05/2012 5:30:23 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What’s the best way to describe what Obama said? Here’s what some pundits are calling it: “botch,” “blunder,” “bungle,” “delusional,” “faux pas,” “fumble,” “gaffe,” “goof,” “loopy,” “misstep,” “stumble” and, quite simply, that he put his foot in his mouth big-time”

Methinks “honest” to be the correct word.


31 posted on 08/05/2012 6:11:06 AM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot, thankfully.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What’s the best way to describe what Obama said?”

The truth, as his perverted, socialist-loving, “mind” sees it.


32 posted on 08/05/2012 6:32:55 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: radpolis
good stuff...
33 posted on 08/05/2012 6:38:33 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Eleutheria5

“But puberty is coming.”

Good point! Now I really DO feel bad for Obama and Michelle too.

Teenage girls, oy veh! I was one and I had one. They can be tough.


34 posted on 08/05/2012 6:43:46 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big names in business close wallets to Obama this time
By Paul Merrion August 06, 2012

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120804/ISSUE01/308049973/big-names-in-business-close-wallets-to-obama-this-time#ixzz22gBmrTXV
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35 posted on 08/05/2012 6:51:21 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some Americans get on “the roads & Bridges” to go to the beach. Others head to their Farms, Warehouses, Research Facilities, Offices...


36 posted on 08/05/2012 6:56:05 AM PDT by 4Liberty (Some get on the 'roads & Bridges' to go to the beach. Others head to their labs, offices, farms. . .)
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>>> Some have speculated that it was due to “going off teleprompter”— ... Others say this president is simply anti-free market business. <<<

The author writes this as though these points are mutually exclusive. They're not.

This president says moronic things when he goes off 'prompter AND he is anti-free market business.

'nuff said.

37 posted on 08/05/2012 8:05:14 AM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“By letting his view slip out, Obama displays a lack of faith in our economic system, diligence and people.”


“By letting his view slip out...”

A basic summation of his “view” was that he believes powerful, big government is the root from which all prosperity flows.

Whoever made this quote is saying “By accidentally showing his true beliefs, Obama displays a lack of faith in our economic system, diligence and people”


38 posted on 08/05/2012 8:05:43 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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I think 0bama's 'You didn't build that' and another recent major gaffe of his: 'The private sector is doing fine' reinforce each other.

Taken together, they tell you that he doesn't have a clue how the economy works, and if he did, he wouldn't care to help the private sector anyway.

So, 0bama's using his bully pulpit to get his shots in against the American people. In November, it's time for the American people to get their shots in against him.

39 posted on 08/05/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boy, you Obama-haters just can’t be satisfied. First you say that the so-called magnificent orator has never said anything memorable, just recycled pap.

And now when he says something memorable, you castigate him for it!


40 posted on 08/05/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT by Colinsky
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is one of the best summaries of the cause and results of Obozo’s revealing “you didn’t build that” comment. Thanks for posting it.


41 posted on 08/05/2012 11:54:19 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Little stalin slips up.


42 posted on 08/05/2012 12:04:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And it’s not going to go away. We won’t let it.


43 posted on 08/05/2012 2:37:42 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


44 posted on 08/05/2012 4:28:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Yeah, he might only get 96% instead of 99% of the black vote.

They are completely owned...


45 posted on 08/05/2012 6:56:08 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

The Leftist agenda is like poison to the black community. Particularly where the Left has mostly destroyed the 2 parent black family - that’s like cutting lifelines for success in society to black children who then grow up in a dependency culture.


46 posted on 08/05/2012 8:07:43 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: jocon307

Don’t even get me started on teenage girls.


47 posted on 08/06/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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