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Maryland school district outlaws hugging, homemade food, pushing kids on swings (St Marys County)
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/19/2013 | Eric Owens

Posted on 03/19/2013 5:26:13 PM PDT by markomalley

The public education system in Maryland has officially gone off the deep end.

The Old Line State — where kids have been suspended for making guns with their fingers and with toaster pastries — now boasts a school district that prohibits hugging and homemade food in public elementary schools for anyone except a parent’s own children.

Parents must also register to enter the playground and they can’t push anyone except their own kids on the swings.

The Enterprise, a member of Southern Maryland Newspapers, has the story.

Officials with St. Mary’s County Public Schools say the new rules are necessary to provide a generally safe environment.

A committee composed of parents and elementary school principals created the regulations after a handful of meetings last year. Other new rules include a ban on ad-hoc parent-teacher conferences. The distribution of birthday invitations on school grounds is also now verboten.

“We’re not violating anybody’s rights,” Superintendent Michael Martirano told The Enterprise.

“We think it’s the right balance between safety and parental involvement,” Kelly Hall, a school district official, explained to The Enterprise.

“At the same time, parents were expressing some concerns,” Hall added.

“It is sad that it needs to be done for the safety of our children,” parent Sherry Whittles told The Enterprise. Whittles added that she agrees with the new rules.

“I think this is horrible,” school board member Cathy Allen opined to The Enterprise. “Elements of this are going to decrease parent involvement.”

For whatever reason, Maryland has been ground zero for school districts propounding goofy laws lately. Until now, though, those laws seem to have been limited to restricting things that represent guns but aren’t actually anything like real guns.

At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, a six-year-old boy was suspended for making the universal kid sign for a gun, pointing at another student and saying “pow.” (RELATED: Pow! You’re suspended, kid)

A second-grader in Baltimore was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun. (RELATED: Second-grader suspended for breakfast pastry)

In response to the infamous breakfast pastry incident, a Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or eating things — that aren’t actually anything like real guns. (RELATED: ‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland)


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KEYWORDS: bullystate; maryland; marylandschools; nohugging; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 03/19/2013 5:26:13 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

But I’ll bet their introduction to sodomy and birth control will not suffer.


2 posted on 03/19/2013 5:29:27 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: markomalley

St Killjoy’s Pubic Screw-holes....

And they wonder why homeschooling is on the rise.....


3 posted on 03/19/2013 5:29:27 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: markomalley

theez peeple last not less than 2 minutes in my kid daze when we sharpened sticks in the rough concrete sidewalks in 2nd grade to make shore our sticks were sharp enuf when we tooked on those 3rd graders.


4 posted on 03/19/2013 5:29:49 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: markomalley
What really kills me, is that this level of sovietized regulation used to be enforced with guns, dogs and barbed wire. Now we have it by our own Land-of-the-Free democratic processes.

Such as they are.

The free choice of totalitarian control, down to the tiniest minutiae of daily life.

I don' t even have a proper word for it.

5 posted on 03/19/2013 5:31:18 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He turn to you His countenance and give you peace.)
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To: markomalley
Just put them all in a plastic bubble until they can pay taxes, then steal their earnings, rape, gut and kill them.

Sheesh!

6 posted on 03/19/2013 5:31:20 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: markomalley

Glad I grew up back in the 50s, back before all this PC crap. Kids were allowed to enjoy themselves and have fun.


7 posted on 03/19/2013 5:32:16 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

C. S. Lewis coined it pretty well. See my FR homepage for the quotation.


8 posted on 03/19/2013 5:33:28 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
'S ok. There are still Americans that pee in their back yard when they want to.

The nation isn't lost because of a few **** ***** in the east coast.

/johnny

9 posted on 03/19/2013 5:34:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bigheadfred
Aren't you that famous racist?

/johnny

10 posted on 03/19/2013 5:35:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: markomalley

My grandkids are in Colorado, I just found out they have to wear helmets in PE. When they play anything involving a ball it is a Nurf ball, they are NOT allowed to run at recess, they can play tag but must just walk and only use one finger to tag the other person on the shoulder only.
I am pleased to say, when they were telling me this they were laughing so hard because of how stupid the school was.

(Oh, and they can not stand Mickey obama because they said the lunches are so bad, they hardly ever eat them (no they must buy lunch))

I loath teachers unions and all that entails......we must get kids in home schools and the feds out of our lives.


11 posted on 03/19/2013 5:35:24 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I don' t even have a proper word for it.

It's more of a phrase. "Tyranny of the majority." or "Mob rule." will do.

12 posted on 03/19/2013 5:35:50 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: markomalley

That’s the result of having a marxist in the governor’s house and his minions running the state legislature.

I left Baltimore in 1966 and never lived there again. We had sane and competent teachers, principles and school administrators.

Today the insane rule.


13 posted on 03/19/2013 5:35:58 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: JRandomFreeper

there is great wisdom in a man that finds culture in the bottom of his yogurt cup


14 posted on 03/19/2013 5:43:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: markomalley

i think it would send an awesome message if people just stopped sending kids to public schools altogether. just knock all this pc, anti-boy, anti-competition, anti-thinking, zero tolerance bullcrap off. if nobody went, they’d have nobody to wreck.

imagine a usa without any public schools. we’d be so, so much better off, on the whole.


15 posted on 03/19/2013 5:44:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Lurker

Thanks. Usually either Lewis or Chesterton nails it.


16 posted on 03/19/2013 5:47:12 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He turn to you His countenance and give you peace.)
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To: bigheadfred
Heck... I've got cheese and a compost pile. I've got lots of culture.

/johnny

17 posted on 03/19/2013 5:48:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Secret Agent Man
i think it would send an awesome message if people just stopped sending kids to public schools altogether. just knock all this pc, anti-boy, anti-competition, anti-thinking, zero tolerance bullcrap off. if nobody went, they’d have nobody to wreck. imagine a usa without any public schools. we’d be so, so much better off, on the whole.

This is the correct answer. And we'd all be better off.

It always amazes me that people who went to school advocate school. Its value is very limited.

18 posted on 03/19/2013 5:52:08 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: GraceG

St Mary’s County was very remote and rural until fairly recently when the US Navy transferred thousands of its personnel from Northern VA to the Patuxent Naval Air base.

That influx would dramatically affect the county’s demographic, but I’d never have suspected the change would be in this direction. A few decades ago St Mary’s seemed heavily populated with genuine Amish farmers.


19 posted on 03/19/2013 5:52:44 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: JRandomFreeper
compost pile

is that you not to step on any totes or barge in

20 posted on 03/19/2013 6:00:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: svcw
My grandkids are in Colorado, I just found out they have to wear helmets in PE. When they play anything involving a ball it is a Nurf ball, they are NOT allowed to run at recess, they can play tag but must just walk and only use one finger to tag the other person on the shoulder only.

These educational brueaucrats who won't allow kids to be active at recess are probably scratching their heads and wondering why childhood obesity is such a problem.

21 posted on 03/19/2013 6:00:52 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Oh how I miss the sound of that red dodge ball as it bounced off the head of some poor soul fool enough to pick up one of the loose balls the coach would randomly throw in.

Punch and kickball in the school yard. The after school fight behind the 5 and dime. Ringalevio at night with 50 neighborhood kids, dirt bombs and itchy balls optional.

The bicycle daredevils who set up the ramps and tried to jump garbage cans, at least once a month a limb was broken, or stitches required. Every sport played on concrete, no helmets lest you be called Mary.

We climbed trees, fell out of them and the emergency room at the local hospital knew all the local kids by name. The trauma doctor that coached my baseball team told me to rub dirt on it after a nasty slide ripped my leg open. Then he called me Mary.

In the winter we played sled derby on the snow covered hills, someone always getting cut up or maneuvered into a tree. We went from neighborhood to neighborhood to play football and hockey against other teams.

A broken finger was fixed with hockey tape and an ice cream stick. A bloody nose was stopped by shoving something up your nose, Stitches during games was done by the dad who was the medic while in Korea. (usually my dad)

That’s what being a kid was about.


22 posted on 03/19/2013 6:01:37 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
i think it would send an awesome message if people just stopped sending kids to public schools altogether

you can. they'll still keep (and raise) your property taxes

23 posted on 03/19/2013 6:08:09 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EDINVA
St Mary’s County was very remote and rural until fairly recently when the US Navy transferred thousands of its personnel from Northern VA to the Patuxent Naval Air base.

That influx would dramatically affect the county’s demographic, but I’d never have suspected the change would be in this direction. A few decades ago St Mary’s seemed heavily populated with genuine Amish farmers.

Tourist brochures touting St. Mary's County's fruit stands, mom-and-pop eateries, and St.Mary's City, where colonial life is re-enacted make the area look like a bastion of traditional American culture, not wacky political correctness.

24 posted on 03/19/2013 6:11:33 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: TurboZamboni

if eeveryone would pull them they’d have to lower the school prop tax part, they wouldn’t be able to justify current expenses. buildings would close,’besold, teachers would not be teaching, and let go.


25 posted on 03/19/2013 6:15:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: markomalley

Maryland is one ****ed up state. Its excessive over-regulation rivals that of California.


26 posted on 03/19/2013 6:23:02 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sometimes I wish I were a guy so I could whip it out and take a leak when I really have to go and there are no bathrooms in the area (Such as a particular stretch of Interstate 75 to Tampa).


27 posted on 03/19/2013 6:28:28 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I remember dodgeball....

The kids were ruthless,lol. Head-hunting galore.


28 posted on 03/19/2013 6:29:54 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: markomalley

just imagine the horror if a pastry-shaper were swinging on a swing with a gun-shaped , home-made chicken finger!


29 posted on 03/19/2013 6:35:28 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EDINVA
A few decades ago St Mary’s seemed heavily populated with genuine Amish farmers.

oh that, can't speak for everywhere but in PA, the libs just love to escape the city (read: those yutes and the schools they go to) and move out into the country.

Telling their lib friends how they live out in Amish country and how peaceful it is but driving like lunatics behind the horse and buggy that has the nerve to be in front of them. They get them selves nice and dug in like tics in the local affairs and they next thing you know, having a bonfire is banned.

As is their cancerous way, they move into a new area and proceed to recreate the ruinous cr@phole that they fled.

30 posted on 03/19/2013 6:35:51 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Fiji Hill

That was how I knew it, but haven’t been down there in @ 20 years, well before the Navy move.
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31 posted on 03/19/2013 6:38:37 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Secret Agent Man

They’d have a new crisis of underfunded pensions and the former teachers would be hired to guard the empty building to make sure copper thieves don’t burn it down.

for the children.


32 posted on 03/19/2013 6:52:21 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Fiji Hill

Well, Michelle’s North Korean starvation lunch is supposed to cure that so now kids should be allowed to run at recess if they don’t pass out first.


33 posted on 03/19/2013 7:29:23 PM PDT by goldi
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To: markomalley

Retiring overseas is looking more appealing by the day! Idiocy in the U.S. has become mainstream normal.


34 posted on 03/19/2013 7:31:49 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
That’s what being a kid was about.

Thoroughly enjoyed your memories of a time when boys were taught young how to be men. Reminds me of my childhood when me and my dad were fishing at the bay shore. Someone else casting got a triple-hook caught in some poor kid's leg. My. dad pulled out his pocket knife, sterilized the blade over his zippo lighter and then dug the hook out of the kid's leg. Kid grimmaced but didn't cry.

35 posted on 03/19/2013 7:34:56 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Move to Idaho, there ain’t no trees here by me (you could pee behind) but good chance a man with just a smidge of right would make his give it block the wind.


36 posted on 03/19/2013 8:49:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: GraceG

ping


37 posted on 03/19/2013 9:26:23 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

i keft baltimore and the freak state after college when i joined the army in ‘74 and never moved back nor do i want to. family there so the occassional visit. unfortunatley colorado is turning into commierado, the freak state of the west.


38 posted on 03/19/2013 9:39:52 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: markomalley

“The distribution of birthday invitations on school grounds is also now verboten.”

I’m betting this one has less to do with “safety” and more to do with the other equally obnoxious trend of “mandatory inclusion”. I dealt with this first-hand in grad school, of all places.

I was informed that we couldn’t have a Christmas, - er, excuse me - “Holiday” office party unless we sent invitations to every department in the building. Otherwise, someone might feel left out.

I’ll lay better than even money that the Maryland schools are taking a similar line, and won’t allow birthday invites on school grounds because it excludes other (i.e. the not invited) students or some such.


39 posted on 03/19/2013 11:05:58 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bacon: the candy of the meat world!)
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To: JRandomFreeper; POWERSBOOTHEFAN

There are still Americans that pee in their back yard when they want to.


Its a guy thing....


40 posted on 03/19/2013 11:13:57 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (If You do not enforce the Bill of Rights; WHO will? ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS....It is the Law.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

if eeveryone would pull them they’d have to lower the school prop tax part, they wouldn’t be able to justify current expenses. buildings would close,’besold, teachers would not be teaching, and let go.


I’m not the first to say “Pocket your taxes and feed the hogs”.
John Lott?


41 posted on 03/19/2013 11:15:00 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. (Its the Law))
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To: JRandomFreeper

‘S ok. There are still Americans that pee in their back yard when they want to.
= = = = = = = = = = =
‘They’ wouldn’t if she would quit yelling about tracking on the freshly washed floor...

Geeeeeeeeez... You can’t please some people even if you hang ‘em with a new rope......


42 posted on 03/19/2013 11:50:00 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: markomalley

Seems these fools go out of their way to OUT-IDIOT each other.

And you will more than likely find that the most that go to the next PTA meeting (or school board) will be on board with this foolishness.

Like they ‘used’ to say.
If you really want something outlandish, make it as stupid and off the wall as possible because the only ones that will show up to vote for it are the idiots that ‘love’ the idea, and those that don’t like it think it is too dumb to pass.

My ex would fit (or does) right in with these fools.
At gsons Baseball games she has been known to make such prolific statements as “why do they slide or let them dive for the ball, they might get hurt”.
To offset her I proudly (and loudly) proclaim -especially to my grandsons (3B/SS)
“Dive for EVERY ball, you may get lucky and make a great play, if nothing else chances are you will keep it from going into the outfield, and at the very least, EVERYBODY will say you are always hustling - because you are”


43 posted on 03/20/2013 12:01:41 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: Sirius Lee

Tyranny of the minority is more like it!


44 posted on 03/20/2013 5:32:30 AM PDT by ABN 505
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To: ScottinVA

east coast VS west coast.

just like rappers. yo’ , represent,dawg.


45 posted on 03/20/2013 9:31:49 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: JRandomFreeper
The nation isn't lost because of a few **** ***** in the east coast.

True, but it is another step in that direction.

46 posted on 03/20/2013 9:44:00 AM PDT by mtg
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To: markomalley
prohibits hugging and homemade food in public elementary schools for anyone except a parent’s own children

This bites, but fortunately hasn't made ts way to MontCo yet. My autistic kindergartener gets hugs from her teachers/paraeducators as rewards for staying on task -- it would really set her regular classroom assimilation back several steps if that motivator was taken away from her.

47 posted on 03/20/2013 9:47:32 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: markomalley; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ..

Heaven forbid you should push another parent’s kid on a swing. He might get cooties or something.

I’d really like to know the actual reasons for these regulations, other than the “it’s for the children” meme.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


48 posted on 03/20/2013 1:12:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Almost forgot . . .

People’s Republik of Maryland Nanny State PING!


49 posted on 03/20/2013 1:13:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re going to put the kids in a gelatin medium hook them up to life support tubes and plug their heads into a Progressive main frame computer. Red pill or blue pill?


50 posted on 03/20/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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