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Tom Bauerle: “Andrew Cuomo is a mentally ill, vindictive little man, and he employs cowards.”
The Buffalo News ^ | 1/12/2014 | City & Region

Posted on 01/12/2014 9:06:21 AM PST by mikrofon

Amherst police responded to a 911 call early Wednesday morning at the Williamsville home of WBEN talk show host Tom Bauerle, who told officers he was under surveillance by operatives of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the situation.

Two police sources, who did not want to be identified because Amherst officials have not released reports on the incident, said officers took a licensed, loaded, semi-automatic handgun from Bauerle when they encountered him in his backyard as he claimed a suspicious person was spying on him. The two sources also said the radio host personally summoned police and then consented to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation later that day at Erie County Medical Center after police contacted Crisis Services about their concerns.

No charges have been filed against Bauerle. He did not return phone calls that began Friday and continued Saturday. WBEN managers, after repeated requests for comment that began Thursday night, said Saturday they had no comment.

But officers and neighbors told The Buffalo News they have become concerned about Bauerle’s behavior.

“He’s out there searching his yard with a loaded gun,” one law enforcement official said. From a police standpoint, “that is a cause for concern.”

Three neighbors said a neighborhood meeting was held last Sunday so that Bauerle could talk about his fears about surveillance around his home, but they described his fears about the surveillance as “quirky” and “made you scratch your head.”

Bauerle’s fears and suspicions about surveillance occur at a time when he has been on the air, criticizing the governor for sponsoring the new gun control laws in New York State and accusing Cuomo of seeking retribution.

“Do not underestimate the venom of Andrew Cuomo and his minions,” Bauerle said on his radio show Dec. 31. “He will attempt to destroy anyone who gets in his way.”

Amherst police have been dispatched to Bauerle’s home numerous times in recent weeks, two police sources said. One source counted 13 times since Nov. 18.

Though police confiscated the handgun he was carrying on Wednesday, Bauerle objected to a police request that he turn over any other guns he owns, two police sources said. Instead, he agreed to put his other weapons in the hands of his attorney.

While Amherst police officials have refused so far to release a report on the Wednesday incident, Town Attorney Thomas E. Jones did confirm it exists.

Bauerle, 50, was absent from the airwaves on Wednesday and Thursday, when he regularly hosts a talk show from 3 to 7 p.m. But he returned on Friday afternoon and explained his absence stemmed from hitting a “physical wall of exhaustion.”

“I’ve been very, very exhausted lately,” he said on WBEN Friday. “There have been a number of things I’ve had to deal with healthwise. I honestly had to catch up on sleep and get my head in the game.

“I was just exhausted,” he added.

The Buffalo News began making inquiries with WBEN on Thursday, seeking to learn if station management had any concerns about Bauerle. The News continued those phone calls to the station on Friday and Saturday, but received no call back until after 4 p.m. Saturday.

At that time, The News informed Operations Manager Tim Wenger and Kevin Geary, director of corporate communications for WBEN’s parent Entercom Communications, about the content of this story, including concerns expressed by police and neighbors about Bauerle. The News asked whether the station executives had any concerns about Bauerle and inquired why the first hour of Bauerle’s show from Dec. 30, which was extremely critical of Cuomo, was not on its website.

Geary declined to comment for this story.

Meanwhile, one law enforcement source identified James D. Tresmond of Hamburg as Bauerle’s attorney, but Tresmond also did not return several calls seeking comment.

Officials of the Cuomo administration offered no comment, either.

The News filed a Freedom of Information request with the Amherst Police Department on Friday, seeking its report on the Wednesday incident after police officials denied its release. The News then contacted Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, who referred questions to Jones, the town attorney.

Jones acknowledged receiving the police report The News was seeking and said he usually favors disclosure of such documents, but was not ready to release the report until early this week.

“We need time to take a look at it because of some sensitivities,” Jones said.

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Wednesday incident

During the height of the blizzard descending upon Amherst and Western New York early Wednesday, Bauerle called 911 at about 2:50 a.m. to report the suspicious person, according to two police sources in a position to know Amherst police investigations. Officers responded but found no one in the vicinity.

After an officer told Bauerle that he could not find any footprints in the snow – which would have indicated someone had been walking through his backyard – Bauerle told the officer that government operatives have special shoes that leave no prints in the snow, one of the law enforcement officials said.

At one point on Wednesday morning, Bauerle pointed at a tree and told an officer that the tree was a human being, the one source said. The officer, according to the police source, hit the tree with his night stick to show Bauerle that it was not a human being.

Crisis Services officials were called because police wanted to make sure Bauerle was not a danger to himself or anyone else, the police source said.

Bauerle’s brother, Dick Bauerle, told The News Friday he had no inkling that his brother has had any incidents at his home prompting involvement with Amherst police. He said he was unaware that police were called to his brother’s home last week.

He said he spoke to Tom Bauerle on the telephone around 7 p.m. Thursday, and said his brother told him he would be back on the job Friday afternoon.

Tom Bauerle told him on the phone that he caught “a little touch of the flu” during the blizzard and explained that the flu was the reason he had missed his afternoon radio shift on Thursday, Dick Bauerle said.

“What you’re telling me comes as a great surprise to me, as far as I know,” said Dick Bauerle, who sells advertising for the same media group that employs his brother. “I heard him on the blizzard coverage and he was brilliant.”

The News contacted the Amherst Police Department Thursday night, and an officer confirmed that officers were summoned to Bauerle’s home and that he consented to the evaluation.

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Earlier incidents

While two police sources said that Amherst officers have been called to Bauerle’s residence several times in recent weeks, one of those sources said his neighbors placed most of the calls.

“He has been having delusions that someone is watching him, conducting surveillance on him,” one police source said. “He has cameras around his house.”

Officers who responded to the calls have repeatedly checked the neighborhood and told Bauerle they found no evidence of anyone conducting surveillance on him, police sources said.

The radio host told officers that he believes he is being watched “by operatives for Gov. Cuomo” because of his repeated criticisms of the SAFE Act, law enforcement sources said.

The News interviewed three neighbors along Bauerle’s street on Saturday who said they were aware of police visits to Bauerle’s home. They talked on the condition of anonymity because they like Bauerle, get along with him and do not want to damage their relations with him.

But they also said they have become concerned about him after he sent them several emails warning of what he considered intrusion into his property. They said they convened a neighborhood meeting last Sunday night that took place over approximately 45 minutes to allow him to air his concerns.

“The underlying theme was his concerns that people were watching him or coming into the neighborhood,” one neighbor said. “We just gave him a forum to say what was happening and what we could do to help.

“But he said it was about Gov. Cuomo,” the neighbor added.

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Bauerle’s fear of Cuomo

During a broadcast Dec. 30, Bauerle criticized Cuomo and said some people considered him “a threat to the Cuomo administration.”

“Andrew Cuomo is a mentally ill, vindictive little man, and he employs cowards,” Bauerle said.

Bauerle claimed on his show that people were watching him at his home and, in an effort to protect himself, he had hired experts in surveillance and combat to protect him. Bauerle estimated that those watching him had spent $40,000 per day in their effort. And while Bauerle was unclear as to who is conducting the surveillance, he seemed convinced that it was a result of his opposition to the NY SAFE Act.

“Most disturbing, I am kind of afraid they’re trying to get me to shoot one of them so they can say: ‘See, guns are bad. See, this is why we have the SAFE Act,’ ” Bauerle said.

While audios of previous afternoon shows of Bauerle can be found on the station’s website, the first hour of Dec. 30 show that includes these fears and criticisms is not on the site.

The News, however, was able to obtain a copy. The station managers were asked why that hour was not on the site, but did not respond.

Bauerle has been a strong advocate of gun rights and an opponent of Cuomo’s SAFE Act. He promoted on the air and participated in an anti-SAFE Act rally outside the Capitol in Albany last year.

Also according to WBEN’s website, Bauerle is a University at Buffalo alumnus who joined WGR radio after graduation and began hosting for WBEN in 2002.

The site said he focuses on the “War on Terror and national security,” among other issues, and is “known as a tough interviewer with eclectic interests and a rambunctious sense of humor.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; andrewcuomo; buffalo; newyorkstate; righttobeararms
Libertarian talk-show host & long-time gun owner Tom Bauerle has been in the forefront of 2A advocacy in N.Y. State and specifically in the Buffalo area. Along with his daily radio platform, he has lent his voice against the SAFE Act at a number of well-attended rallies in Albany under the auspices of SCOPE, and is definitely NO friend of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He has been very public on his show recently, detailing these developments to purportedly head off the accusations of his "instability" being implied by Media reports.

Mr. Bauerle came to national attention in early 2000 for a frank, hard-hitting and unflattering interview with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.

1 posted on 01/12/2014 9:06:21 AM PST by mikrofon
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To: mikrofon
“He’s out there searching his yard with a loaded gun,” one law enforcement official said. From a police standpoint, “that is a cause for concern.”

Yeah? Why?
2 posted on 01/12/2014 9:14:09 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: mikrofon
and then consented to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation

Ooops. Bad move Tom. There go your gun permits.

3 posted on 01/12/2014 9:16:54 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: mikrofon
Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that no one is out to get you. The question isn't if you are paranoid. That question is are you paranoid enough.
4 posted on 01/12/2014 9:20:58 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: mikrofon

A bit paranoid, and unwise response even if true.
I do quite a bit of “street” photography, and I have been accosted and accused a few times of spying and surveillance. San Francisco is full of unstable people, so its not too surprising to get this sometimes, but it can happen anywhere.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 9:22:31 AM PST by buwaya
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To: mikrofon
Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

I really don't see much here, but this looks like it could be a set up. It may be nut jobs that don't like his views and have nothing to do with Cuomo.

Who knows, but I wouldn't be surprised if next we hear he committed “suicide”.

6 posted on 01/12/2014 9:23:24 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: mikrofon
“He’s out there searching his yard with a loaded gun,” one law enforcement official said. From a police standpoint, “that is a cause for concern.”

And yet the responding officers went into his yard with loaded guns. From a citizen's standpoint, that is a cause for concern.

So, why didn't any of the police officers report to a local psychiatric clinic for voluntary observation?

7 posted on 01/12/2014 9:25:53 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
“Government operatives have special shoes that leave no tracks in the snow.”
???Sounds like Tom needs to take a couple weeks off and get some rest.
8 posted on 01/12/2014 9:31:27 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mikrofon

From ‘America’s 1st Freedom’ NRA magazine, March 2013 issue (page 8).

Standing Guard (column)
by Wayne LaPierre
NRA exec VP

“National Conversation” Is One-Sided

‘If that last part of the “conversation” sounds unhinged, try this from the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who was the gun control majordomo in the Bill Clinton White House:

“Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option.”


9 posted on 01/12/2014 9:32:03 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Per #3; Now that he’s permanently defenseless the ‘State’ is safe to abuse his privacy and other rights to their hearts content.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 9:32:10 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: fella

This is why ‘crazy’ people should be allowed to own firearms.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 9:34:44 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Cuomo should be MORE vindictive. If he wasn’t such a wimp, he would have gotten rid of the Clintons before they ever got on the Clampett truck and headed towards New York State.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 9:46:23 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: mikrofon
and then consented to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation

Does Husseincare cover that?

13 posted on 01/12/2014 9:54:22 AM PST by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: mikrofon

As big a thug as I think Andrew is, I doubt anyone was out in that blizzard at 2AM in the morning doing his dirty work.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 10:01:47 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK

He could not ‘satisfy’ his wife(lol).


15 posted on 01/12/2014 10:15:37 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: mikrofon

Even when you have a Psychotic episode you can be correct: “ “Andrew Cuomo is a mentally ill, vindictive little man, and he employs cowards.””


16 posted on 01/12/2014 10:26:27 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: andyk

“He’s out there searching his yard with a loaded gun,”

Because his wife hid the fly swatter.....

Let’s pretend for a minute that he had a legitimate concern for his safety.

Why would you investigate WITHOUT A LOADED WEAPON??????


17 posted on 01/12/2014 10:42:19 AM PST by G Larry
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To: mikrofon

If a tyrannical government was watching an innocent victim because he was publicly taking on a fascist agenda of that government... and if the citizen were to make a big public display that this tyrannical government was indeed watching him... that government might just want to make that citizen look like a nut... and in doing so they paint all gun rights activists as “nutters”.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 10:47:07 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: andyk

Because he thinks the government has special shoes that don’t leave tracks in the snow and that trees are people?


19 posted on 01/12/2014 10:48:45 AM PST by stormer
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To: mikrofon
After an officer told Bauerle that he could not find any footprints in the snow – which would have indicated someone had been walking through his backyard – Bauerle told the officer that government operatives have special shoes that leave no prints in the snow, one of the law enforcement officials said.

At one point on Wednesday morning, Bauerle pointed at a tree and told an officer that the tree was a human being, the one source said. The officer, according to the police source, hit the tree with his night stick to show Bauerle that it was not a human being.

Looks like he is living in another dimension.

20 posted on 01/12/2014 10:50:19 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Farmer Dean

Did Tom say it... or did some faceless, nameless “democrat union police officer that is beholden to cuomo and the machine” say it?


21 posted on 01/12/2014 10:51:24 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: mikrofon

wait a minute, Cuomo is the pro-abortion guy right? He’s the one that needs psychiatric evaluation.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 10:52:31 AM PST by isom35
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To: mikrofon
Delusions, paranoia, exaggerated mistrust and suspicions of others....each and all are symptoms of early dementia or other mental health issues, particularly when acted out in public.

Leni

23 posted on 01/12/2014 10:54:38 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: stormer

That has nothing to do with what the cop said. My point was that it’s really pathetic how law enforcement no longer has to justify anything with facts or reason. The law gets squishier and squishier every day.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 11:16:28 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: G Larry

Lol...exactly right. What should he be out there with? Spit balls?


25 posted on 01/12/2014 11:21:10 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: mikrofon

Wow, this guy has a gun on his own property and was in his own yard, “searching”.

This journalist is a pro at destroying reputation, this could happen to anyone.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 11:26:49 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mount Athos

>This journalist is a pro at destroying reputation, this could happen to anyone.>

Exactly!


27 posted on 01/12/2014 11:30:20 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: MinuteGal

That could very well be the case, but I’d defer to a proper medical evaluation over a Media anal exam ... Bauerle had also dealt with that rare cardiac condition within the past year (Brugada Syndrome) — who knows what stresses & aftereffects resulted from this. Just last month, a dear friend passed away from rapid dementia, to a large extent precipitated by her reaction to anesthetic during minor heart surgery less than 3 years ago.

The fact that such an outspoken public opponent of A.C. & his policies is getting such ink from a known Leftist rag also seems too “convenient” ...


28 posted on 01/12/2014 11:59:45 AM PST by mikrofon (Founders BUMP)
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To: mikrofon; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; flaglady47
Given the sensationalist proclivities of the media, I would tend to agree with you regarding a " media anal exam" being worthless.

And if it were only one or two incidents involving the man, I would have skeptical tendencies, also.

However, the reports of odd, sometimes scary behavior and incidents over a period of weeks are on the police blotter, not made up by the media.

Also, there's generally NOT a called neighborhood meeting about someone who is deeply affecting the folks' sense of security...unless it was extremely warranted.

The talk host even admits to "hitting a wall", and extreme exhaustion, which many high-performance folks have also at times....but they don't run around doing what this guy was doing...and babbling about his paranoic fears to others, including his neighbors, the police and his radio audience.

I merely described him having a number of the symptoms associated with various mental issues.....but my personal opinion is that where there's smoke there's fire....and the poor guy needs some diagnosis, help and understanding, fast.

Leni

29 posted on 01/12/2014 12:26:58 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
and then consented to a voluntary psychiatric evaluation

it's not like he had a choice. Either consent or they would go the involuntary route.

I have no doubt that Princess Andrew and his minions have been harassing Bauerle. I'd bet they have been following him, spying on him, tapping his phones. in a slow process to shut him down and shit him up.

And this latest incident certainly will speed up his implosion as Cuomo wants. I don't trust the Amherst Police on this.

30 posted on 01/12/2014 1:01:24 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: MinuteGal; All

I truly hope he gets help if he needs it... The tech is pretty well-developed, but I’d probably be a basket case if having a pacemaker was critical in keeping me going, not to mention the more typical “mid-life” concerns at his age.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the major broadcast schedule change last year from an established AM shift to a longer late-afternoon stint is taking a toll; it certainly does seem to be affecting his participation in rally activities, which pleases the anti-2A crowd in Albany.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 1:01:43 PM PST by mikrofon (Mental Health BUMP)
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To: mikrofon

Liberalism IS a mental disease!


32 posted on 01/12/2014 1:49:43 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert

Looks like Tom is delusional.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 1:59:30 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: mikrofon

Was this guy on drugs of some sort? A “bit of the flu “? He wasn’t hitting the cough syrup too hard was he? Calling the cops umpteen times too. Not a good sign.


34 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:12 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

He is more Libertarian than conservative, and an avowed “supporter” of marijuana & personal drug use in general ... it doesn’t bolster his position a lot here.

The big-picture view as this story unfolds is to see how it’s seized upon by those advocating further restrictions on our rights, and not let a special case dictate policy.


35 posted on 01/12/2014 3:00:29 PM PST by mikrofon (2A Bump)
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To: mikrofon

It will interesting to see what becomes of this. It sounds like he was having some sort of issue. Hope he gets the help he needs.


36 posted on 01/12/2014 3:25:46 PM PST by csvset
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To: mikrofon

“Andrew Cuomo is a mentally ill, vindictive little man, and he employs cowards.”

Unlike Dear Leader, who is tall.


37 posted on 01/12/2014 5:52:19 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: mikrofon

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maple spy for Cuomo
And the oaks stalk Bauerle


38 posted on 01/13/2014 2:14:07 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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