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Hackers take over gov't website to avenge Swartz
CBS ^ | 1/26/13

Posted on 01/26/2013 7:19:03 AM PST by Altura Ct.

The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed."

The message read in part:

Citizens of the world, Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the "discretion" or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain."

The hackers say they've infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.

Family and friends of Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, say he killed himself after he was hounded by federal prosecutors.


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1 posted on 01/26/2013 7:19:10 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Wow,,the computer may be mightier than the government sword and the media butt-licking pen. Interesting. Waiting for Feinstein to demand a ban on all personal computers with confiscation to follow. Talk about damage. I’m kind of rooting for Anonymous here.


2 posted on 01/26/2013 7:22:23 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Altura Ct.
Excerpt from Anonymous statement:

Citizens of the world, Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the "discretion" or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain."

3 posted on 01/26/2013 7:23:03 AM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: austinaero

Count me in as someone who supports the hell out of this. I’m not sure I have much in common with Mr Swartz or his buddies but this sure has my vote.


4 posted on 01/26/2013 7:27:51 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Dear hackers,

Dig, dig, dig, and expose the Obamsdork quota baby’s sordid faked past.

I, and millions of others, will support and reward you.

You are our only hope given that our press now is an appendage of his butt.


5 posted on 01/26/2013 7:31:08 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Altura Ct.

Oh, gee, that’s such a terrible thing to do to the government. NOT!
Swartz was, imho, set up to be an example (as described by the EPA official). Unfortunately, he suffered from depression (alledgely) and it appears the Feds did not get the compliance theatrics they had hoped.
Anonymous is too far right (as in anarchist) for me, but sometimes enemy of my enemy yada yada yada.
Daylight is the best disinfectant.


6 posted on 01/26/2013 7:33:07 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: austinaero
I’m kind of rooting for Anonymous here.

You are not alone.

7 posted on 01/26/2013 7:33:55 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: Altura Ct.

Can’t argue with anything here.


8 posted on 01/26/2013 7:34:43 AM PST by kdot
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To: Altura Ct.

I’m starting to dig these anarchists....


9 posted on 01/26/2013 7:35:15 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Altura Ct.

I especially like this: “The hackers say they’ve infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public. “

Aw yahhhhh!


10 posted on 01/26/2013 7:36:35 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Altura Ct.
Thank you, Anonymous.

I personally feel so helpless against the power that can control my every movement, and de-facto alters my mind ..

(If we have to think defensively, we are no longer free to act as free men ... as a man thinketh, so is he)

Though I've never considered the computer as a weapon, I'm sure glad SOMEone has ... and DOES.

Thank you.

Go 'head, grab my number and call me

11 posted on 01/26/2013 7:36:47 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Altura Ct.

I wonder if they can corrupt the firearms database.


12 posted on 01/26/2013 7:37:23 AM PST by jimbobfoster
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To: Altura Ct.

Some folks on both sides said OWS and theTea Party had more in common than they realized. Let Anonymous take this path and the Tea Party can raise popular resistance to the gun grab, starting with Cuomo in NY.


13 posted on 01/26/2013 7:40:39 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Altura Ct.
Time for FReepers to use some critical thinking skills.

(1) Swartz was an adult. He decided to commit suicide on his own. That is on him and no one else.

(2) Whether he broke the law for what he believed was some higher good or not, he broke the law. Whether or not the people he stole property from had second thoughts about pressing charges is immaterial. We are supposed to be a nation of laws.

(3) Anonymous are not altruists in their self-congratulatory campaign - Swartz was closely aligned with them and his death means that he will no longer be able to give the government evidence about the crimes they have committed. Lionizing Swartz as a martyr is good propaganda for them.

(4) Swartz was not a martyr. Martyrs courageously submit to death at the hands of others rather than compromise their faith. People who kill themselves out of fear and emotional instability are not martyrs. They are just sad.

14 posted on 01/26/2013 7:44:40 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

+1
Not only that, on #2, he videotaped himself breaking the law and bragged about it.


15 posted on 01/26/2013 7:50:13 AM PST by mnehring
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To: wideawake
We are supposed to be a nation of laws.

You were doing quite well until that line...

16 posted on 01/26/2013 7:54:43 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: wideawake
This can be an excellent case to see where people's core beliefs are.

Do you support our current tyrannical government?
Do you think that all laws are good laws and must always be obeyed?
Do you think citizens sometimes have the right to challenge their government masters?

I support this hack of the US government 100%.
I see that you wish to support the political establishment.

17 posted on 01/26/2013 8:01:16 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: wideawake
when the government and politicians and LEO's start obeying the law, so will i...
18 posted on 01/26/2013 8:01:25 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Altura Ct.
Wow! That is astounding to hear such truth, spoken so plainly, from that source, and to "the world"!!!

Until I got to this:

The hackers say they've infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.

Is that the one stream media mouthpiece CBS saying that or is 'Anonymous' saying that, because if you mean what you say, why threaten?

Do! Or do not. There is no "threaten".

You know the players and can see the board. If you know history and you know human nature, you can see where this is going. Again.

Time for cyber space super heroes with the power: knowledge. You know what they say, "With great power..."

So...do 'they' help our watch to become the ones who finally live up to those ideals?

Or do they fold and just cash in like everyone else? I guess we'll see.

19 posted on 01/26/2013 8:10:03 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: wideawake

Personally, I wish I had the computer skills to help them.

Our government has enacted enough laws in such a way that everyone is a criminal if they so desire. They enforce the laws at their whims, and the penalties are used to intimidate.

When I see equal enforcement and equal sentencing again, I will believe we are a nation of laws. Right now, we are a nation of petty tyrants.


20 posted on 01/26/2013 8:10:23 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Da Coyote

Bump.


21 posted on 01/26/2013 8:10:39 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

That line comes from the Founders of this nation. Why did they not do well?


22 posted on 01/26/2013 8:11:09 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

The entity that he ‘stole” from was the MIT/Harvard’s STOR system where federal grants to MD’s/phD’s undergrads? have been given federal monies to make their ‘discoveries’. If you are a student at MIT or Harvard, you get to access this information for “free” and the author’s recieve no remuneration from their published articles BUT if you are outside this university system and want to access it, you must pay big bucks. I think it’s $23.00 or so for each article and the authors receive NO Remuneration so Swartz was not interfering with a copyright infringement. Our young genius felt it wrong to exclude this information from all people especially since the researchers were not getting paid. Yes he stole surrepticiously BUT Harvard/MIT pulled back their lawsuit on him and he RETURNED all the documents that he had taken to the universities. But the unjust Department of Justice wanted to make him an example and threatened to imprison him for 35 years and fine him a million dollars. He was 26 years old. I am a 73 year old Conservative woman and I can certainly see how this threat from the ever powerful attorney general would put a person over the top. Especially an altruistic one that he was. I like Annonomous’ statement too-brillant.


23 posted on 01/26/2013 8:11:37 AM PST by Cordio
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To: wideawake

We are no longer a nation of laws when our government picks and chooses which ones to enforce, immigration laws come to mind, an illegal alien has more rights in the eyes of the government than its’ own natural born citizens, they are wrong, go Anonymous, the video they released is very honest, reign our leaders in, they are out of control!


24 posted on 01/26/2013 8:12:40 AM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: wideawake

Legally, it had not been established he had broken the law. He was charged with the crime. No trial, verdict or sentence had been determined as of yet. Gotta be careful here,,please


25 posted on 01/26/2013 8:14:45 AM PST by austinaero
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To: wideawake

We are supposed to be a nation of laws.

A government that expects the citizens to obey the laws, but believes itself exempt from them is no longer a “nation of laws.


26 posted on 01/26/2013 8:41:30 AM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Da Coyote
They just need to get a hold of some of the DNC's old photocopiers. Concentrate on ones from the Chicago area and the Hawaiian government.

Never Trust a Photocopier


27 posted on 01/26/2013 8:52:04 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: austinaero

Maybe, he just didn’t contribute enough of his wealth to the DNC extortionist. That is what got Microsoft in trouble during the great extortionist Bill Clinton’s reign.


28 posted on 01/26/2013 8:54:53 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: wideawake

When they pass the law that says you must turn in your guns, I expect you to be the first in line. And when they question you about ownership by the rest of your family and friends, I expect you’ll turn them in also because if you break the law for what you believe is some higher good or not, you will have broken the law. We are supposed to be a nation of laws.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 8:55:44 AM PST by Leonard210 (Viva Perot)
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To: Altura Ct.

More power to you anonymous!!!!!! go after Obama.Biden..Schumer.Cumo,Bloomberg,Pelosi,Reid,all of them....freakin Feinstein....You have alot of people behind you...


30 posted on 01/26/2013 8:58:23 AM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd ,you get no further than the crowd!")
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To: Altura Ct.

More power to you anonymous!!!!!! go after Obama.Biden..Schumer.Cumo,Bloomberg,Pelosi,Reid,all of them....freakin Feinstein....You have alot of people behind you...


31 posted on 01/26/2013 8:58:36 AM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd ,you get no further than the crowd!")
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To: Leonard210

Well said!


32 posted on 01/26/2013 9:00:39 AM PST by TBall
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To: GBA
Do! Or do not. There is no "threaten".

Because it is the threat of release not the release itself that is the source of their power. They have made a list of demands for reform of the judicial system and have threatened release if those reforms aren't forthcoming. So this is essentially a blackmail attempt. Not that I necessarily have a problem with it.

33 posted on 01/26/2013 9:19:11 AM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: xkaydet65

The part about the resistance has already begun:

For conservative commentary:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2982108/posts


34 posted on 01/26/2013 9:19:34 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: KevinB
Agreed, but consider the players. It would be interesting to know what was being used as a threat and what the shelf life of said threat might be.

Is that a finger in your pocket or something I should be afraid of?

35 posted on 01/26/2013 9:31:34 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Wow. Very disturbing.

Not only on the face of what CBS is reporting, but also (now putting on my tinfoil hat) WHY is CBS choosing to report it now? Will it be a move to lay the groundwork for legislation to begin gaining micro-managing regulations /control over ALL copy machines?
(OK- taking off tinfoil hat)


36 posted on 01/26/2013 9:33:07 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: GBA

Yeah, I agree that perhaps they should dribble some of it out to show they’ve got the goods. I’ve read their statement and they are making heavily redacted items available to the media to prove they’ve actually got the stuff.


37 posted on 01/26/2013 9:34:48 AM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: Altura Ct.
We were supposed to be a nation of laws, and what happened? Does your Congresscritter have to obey the laws he passes? Does he or she have to obey any law? Heck, when she does break one he can claim, as a Kennedy once did, that he was on the way to Congress at 2AM, while, say, murdering his spouse.
38 posted on 01/26/2013 9:41:30 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: KevinB
Yeah, I agree that perhaps they should dribble some of it out to show they’ve got the goods.

Perhaps you're right, but I think we've moved a couple of light years beyond "dribble" and that dam needs to break wide open.

Getting back to the ideals they rightly use to justify their actions and remind us to uphold, it's time to trust that we'll find the right path once truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us G-d, is known and understood by all of us, instead of being dribbled out and used to support some other story and/or used against us.

39 posted on 01/26/2013 9:56:22 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Swartz was not a sympathetic character if you read his blog (I don’t know if it’s still up), and he should have fought, and had he been a Conservative, I believe he would have, but as a moonbat he must have believed deeply in the goodness of government, especially the government of the finally arrived moonbat messiah, still the Feds, represented by a “wise Latina”, one Carmen Ortiz, Fed prosecutor, overplayed their hand, and that’s to put it lightly. In fact, they hounded him, unwilling to negotiate with his attorney in good faith. That’s one reason to support these hackers, no matter what soundasleep says.


40 posted on 01/26/2013 10:06:43 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Da Coyote
"Dear hackers, Dig, dig, dig, and expose the Obamsdork quota baby’s sordid faked past."

Maybe they can finally discover who hired Craig Livingstone.

41 posted on 01/26/2013 10:10:40 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: austinaero

“I’m kind of rooting for Anonymous here.”

I’m more than kind of rooting for Anonymous. “We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” or prosecutors.” With that quote there, Anonymous has made some very significant points. Come on, Anonymous, publish the confidential material mentioned and embarass this administration. Get it out in the open, let the public know what it is. This administration needs to be brought to its knees.


42 posted on 01/26/2013 10:13:55 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: Altura Ct.

Another slow news day at CBS.


43 posted on 01/26/2013 10:35:09 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: wideawake

Yes wideawake, we are ‘supposed’ to be a nation of laws.
However, the reality that I will be charged/fined/taxed for lack of health insurance that I am commanded to obey, and ALL of congress is exempt, I wonder what law that falls under.


44 posted on 01/26/2013 10:51:00 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: Altura Ct.
We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain."

Family and friends of Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, say he killed himself after he was hounded by federal prosecutors.

Did Holder and friends think the white boy was gettin' kinda uppity?

45 posted on 01/26/2013 11:22:06 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?..freeper Red Badger Let's try Criminal control - Fr:MadMax)
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To: xkaydet65
Some folks on both sides said OWS and theTea Party had more in common than they realized.

No one on our side said that - it was a liberal lie from the start.

Maybe a few of their whore trolls - 'paid to lie' bunch - said it - but I NEVER heard it from a conservative.

46 posted on 01/26/2013 11:28:30 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?..freeper Red Badger Let's try Criminal control - Fr:MadMax)
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To: xkaydet65
Some folks on both sides said OWS and the Tea Party had more in common than they realized.

There are basically two types of folks on the left. The brainwashed dupes who actually believe what the DINO leaders such as Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein state and those that understand the nature of the RINO/DINO Oligarchical game. Those that took the blue pill and those that took the red pill. Some people understand the nature of the Matrix. And some people do not.

We have the same two basic groups of people on the right. Those who support RINO's no matter what the cost (Bloomberg, McCain, Romney) and those that realize supporting RINO's is supporting the corrupt enemies of democracy.

The Occupier Movement was a movement from the brainwashed leftists. They railed against corporations without realizing the crony corps can only do what they do because of crony politicians. Now the hard core awake left and the hard core awake right united under the Clinton years for a brief time during the corrupt war to free Islamic Kosovo from the Orthodox Serbians.

Waking the brainwashed masses on the left side of any issue is going to be very difficult to accomplish. Take for example the crony Global Warming issue. Trying to awaken them from that issue has been very difficult. We hard core realists on the right tried to tell them. They did not listen. Putin tried to tell them. They did not listen. The President of the Czech Republic tried to tell them. They did not listen. Russian hackers tried to tell them. They did not listen. We shall see where this Justicegate will lead. If their goal is to awaken the brainwashed leftists, they will fall far short of their goal. But it does not look like that will be their goal now. Perhaps they have come to realize that, for most of the population, ignorance is bliss.

47 posted on 01/26/2013 11:28:51 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Leonard210

When you make it personal, you are out of ideas.


48 posted on 01/26/2013 12:11:43 PM PST by wideawake
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To: austinaero

The internet can be turned off. It will be interesting to see the response of the sheeple if the current junta were to take this step.


49 posted on 01/26/2013 12:18:11 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: wideawake

I made it about law. You flippantly quoted John Adams as if that ends all discussion.

It is difficult for me to believe that people who are supposed to be “conservative” and fawning followers of the founders can take a statement like “we are a nation of laws” and turn it into something so trite and banal that it is in fact dangerous.

We are a nation of men who make laws. We are a nation of men who design agencies to make laws in their stead. We are a nation that is so awash in laws that it has been proposed that on any given day you and I are in violation of several city, state or federal laws.

So what do you, dear wideawake, propose we do in NYC when we catch some street vendor selling a big Pepsi? 3 years? 5 years? Being a nation of laws, I propose that we mete out justice by the ounce. One year for every ounce over 8. I further propose that the state hire and train a team of Pepsi Police to monitor and enforce compliance with the Pepsi Laws. I also propose that a commission of men and women from the various agencies be established to consider necessary steps to enact a constitutional amendment banning the sale in any state of any beverage that exceeds 8 ounces. We are supposed to be a nation of laws.

Answer the door, Monsieur Javert is calling.


50 posted on 01/26/2013 12:31:02 PM PST by Leonard210 (Viva Perot)
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