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Ex-congressman arrested in Zimbabwe (Mel Reynolds)
The Hill ^ | February 18, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad

Posted on 02/18/2014 5:57:46 AM PST by Second Amendment First

Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) has been arrested in Zimbabwe by immigration officers, according to multiple reports.

News outlet AllAfrica reports Reynolds was arrested on Monday on charges of violating immigration laws by carrying expired travel documents and possessing pornographic material.

"He has been picked up. Investigations are still underway and revealing information will jeopardize investigations that are underway," Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Francis Mabika told AllAfrica.

Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995 after being charged with 12 counts of statutory rape, solicitation of child porn and obstruction of justice.

The former congressman arrived to Zimbabwe in November, and was given a two-week visa, which was renewed and expired on Dec. 10. He has since remained in the country illegally, the report says.

A source told AllAfrica that Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and 2,000 nude photos in his hotel room.

AllAfrica spoke to Reynolds as he was being detained. He said he wasn’t sure if he had broken any immigration laws.

"I misplaced my passport but I found it implying that I am not certain if I breached immigration laws against this country.

"I am sure I will find out about that. They denied me my passport so that I can contact the United States Embassy which is a violation of international laws," Reynolds said.

The report says he also racked up bills totaling $24,500 at two hotels in the area, and hadn’t paid for them.

Reynolds served in Congress from 1993 to 1995. Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) succeeded him.


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1 posted on 02/18/2014 5:57:46 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Racial profiling?


2 posted on 02/18/2014 5:58:37 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Second Amendment First

Wow. When you cannot pay your Zimbabwe hotel bill, you are broke.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 5:59:37 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Second Amendment First

Just like Melissa Harris Perry says, they arrest the black man.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 5:59:41 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Went back to Africa and even they didn’t want him.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 6:00:21 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

The one who in into 15 year-olds? This is too good. O will find a way to get him out but the Great One’s stance on Gay marriage will complicate things.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 6:00:33 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Is he representing the start of a back to Africa movement?


7 posted on 02/18/2014 6:01:00 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Second Amendment First

LOL! There’s a whole lot of defense excuses he could have used here that he won’t be able to use over there. Welcome to the real world Melvin!


8 posted on 02/18/2014 6:04:16 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Dr. Sivana

$24,500 in Zimbawbwe that is what? about 20 cents?


9 posted on 02/18/2014 6:08:16 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Oh, those DIMs. Always good for a few laughs.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 6:09:38 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Second Amendment First

Wait...

Countries can arrest people who are in their country illegally?


11 posted on 02/18/2014 6:10:15 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Second Amendment First
Wow. This is unbelievable. Mind-boggling. I almost can't believe what I'm reading.

They actually identify Reynolds as a DemocRAT in the first sentence.

I need to sit. I'm getting the vapors.

12 posted on 02/18/2014 6:10:48 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Second Amendment First

No party affiliation mentioned? I gots to know!


13 posted on 02/18/2014 6:13:41 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Second Amendment First

If we get lucky, they will keep him.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 6:14:03 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: sickoflibs

Is this the Congressthing who blamed the “white press” for all his problems? Nothing like that in Zimbabwe I’ll bet.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 6:14:45 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Texas Eagle

Good heavens you’re right.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 6:14:51 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Former Rep. Mel Reynolds tries to reclaim old job in Congress

Former Rep. Mel Reynolds, who was convicted of state and federal charges during the 1990s, says he'll run in the special election caused by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation. (Chris Walker / November 28, 2012)

17 posted on 02/18/2014 6:15:51 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Sexual perverts never change their ways.


18 posted on 02/18/2014 6:15:58 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Second Amendment First
Reynolds served in Congress from 1993 to 1995. Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) succeeded him.

A such a good job he did of it, too...............I suppose he's going to Zimbabwe just a soon as he gets out of prison..................

19 posted on 02/18/2014 6:16:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Second Amendment First

Anther piece of trash democrat child molester..goes to Africa to pray on little girls there..

he was convicted in CHICAGO and ordered to move from his home because it was to close to a school.

President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence in 2001.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2005/02/07/Former-Ill-congressman-ordered-to-move/UPI-39681107793982/#ixzz2tgQlyHDI


20 posted on 02/18/2014 6:19:38 AM PST by PLD
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To: Red Badger

See #17
Redemption, rinse, run again.
The Chicago way.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 6:19:53 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: FlingWingFlyer

hilarious


22 posted on 02/18/2014 6:22:51 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Second Amendment First
This scumbag hasn't changed his spots. Remember this from 1995?

Heard eventually approached police who taped phone conversations in which Reynolds asked her to photograph the breasts and genitalia of “Theresa,” an imaginary 15-year-old girl Heard invented as bait. Reynolds asked Heard to arrange a three-way encounter with “Theresa.” When Heard told the legislator that “Theresa” was a Catholic school girl, Reynolds replied: “Did I win the Lotto?” . . . . Reynolds was convicted of soliciting child pornography, criminal sexual assault.

23 posted on 02/18/2014 6:25:08 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: All
NBCCHICAGO.COM: Opinion: Mel Reynolds's Horniness Opened Door For Obama
By Edward McClelland | Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012

Mel Reynolds served in Congress from 1993-95 before resigning.

EXCERPT Mel Reynolds announced he will try to regain the Congressional seat he gave up in 1995, but he has a better chance of winning the Lotto than he does of getting back to Washington, D.C. If it hadn’t been for Reynolds’s lust for teenage flesh, Barack Obama might not be president today -- a sex scandal created the opening Barack Obama needed to get into politics.

Reynolds, then a second-term congressman was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old he’d met during his 1992 run for Congress. Reynolds had spotted the girl while driving around the district and pulled over to chat, even though he was supposed to be politicking and she was too young to vote. Soon after, she joined his campaign as volunteer and mistress. Two years later, the girl confessed to the affair to her next-door neighbor, who happened to be a Chicago police officer.

The state’s attorney set up a phone-sex sting. While sitting in a prosecutor’s office, the girl called Reynolds and told him she couldn’t make their tryst because she had to babysit. “What you gonna wear?” Reynolds prompted. “Well, my peach underwear, like you told me to. I was hoping we could do something really special but I see that’s not going to happen, I guess.” “I was definitely gonna f---,” Reynolds said. “Right in my office. I was gonna masturbate too.”

At the panting congressman’s urging, the girl spun a story of sex with a lesbian lover. When Reynolds asked if the other woman would be willing to do a threesome, the girl said no – but she knew a 15-year-old girl who might. A 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl. “Did I win the Lotto?” Reynolds exclaimed.

There was no 15-year-old schoolgirl. But this declaration of a married congressman’s lust for teenagers turned into a catchphrase. Jay Leno joked about it on The Tonight Show. The case was so salacious it made headlines in Chicago for more than a year. Reynolds won re-election in his heavily Democratic district, but, by 1995, he was facing a trial that threatened to cost him his seat in Congress.

Reynolds protested that he was guilty only of phone sex and erotic fantasies, but, as his trial approached, State Sen. Alice Palmer announced she would run against Reynolds in the primary......this was Obama’s chance. He decided he wanted to run for the seat.

.....by the time Obama met Palmer, Mel Reynolds had been convicted, imprisoned, and resigned his seat in Congress. Palmer was no longer running in the March 1996 primary. She was running in a special election.... Palmer assured Obama she was all in. It was going to be Congress or bust. Obama won Palmer’s senate seat, and the rest is history -- history that began with a horny congressman.

Ward Room blogger Edward McClelland’s Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President will be available on Kindle for $9.99. Tracing Obama’s career in Chicago from his arrival as a community organizer to his election to the U.S. Senate, Young Mr. Obama tells the story of how a callow, presumptuous young man became a master politician, and of why only Chicago could have produced our first black president.

SOURCE http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mel-Reynoldss-Horniness-Opened-Door-For-Obamas-Political-Career-181194681.html

24 posted on 02/18/2014 6:28:04 AM PST by Liz
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To: PLD
"President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence in 2001."

Another consequence from the past, present and ongoing Hillary/Billary criminal enterprise.

Leni

25 posted on 02/18/2014 6:31:25 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: PLD
From Zimbabwe http://www.herald.co.zw/former-us-congressman-arrested/

Former US Congressman arrested

February 18, 2014 Local News
Former US Congressman Melvin Jay Reynolds (in cap) after he was arrested by immigration officials and CID officers  at Bronte Garden Hotel in Harare yesterday. — (Picture By Justin Mutenda)

Former US Congressman Melvin Jay Reynolds (in cap) after he was arrested by immigration officials and CID officers at Bronte Garden Hotel in Harare yesterday. — (Picture By Justin Mutenda)

Farai Kuvirimirwa Herald Reporter
Former United States Congressman for Chicago Melvin Jay Reynolds, who came into Zimbabwe last year purporting to be a middleman for foreign investors in the tourism industry, was yesterday arrested for violating immigration laws and possessing pornographic material. He had also accumulated bills worth US$24 500 at two hotels which he was yet to pay.
Reynolds, who was convicted on 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography before he resigned from his seat in the USA was picked up by police detectives and immigration officials at Bronte Garden Hotel.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba had said police officers on the ground did not arrest someone like him.

Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Francis Mabika differed and confirmed the incident, saying he will avail more information surrounding the issue today.

“He has been picked up. Investigations are still underway and revealing information will jeopardise investigations that are underway,” he said.

According to his former aide identified as Sunny, Reynolds was in possession of pornographic material he shot on different occasions while in the company of a model (name supplied) and several girls in his hotel rooms.

“His travel documents were not up to date and he used to bring beautiful women at different times. He employed five of us including a personal assistant and a driver.

“He currently has unpaid hotel bills of more than US$24 500 accrued at two local hotels,” he said.
Another closely placed source said Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and a further 2 000 nude pictures while he was in the company of at least 10 women including famous models.

“Reynolds entered Zimbabwe via Plumtree Border Post on November 13, where he was given a 14 day visa. The visa was later renewed and expired again on December 10 and he has been in the country illegally all along.

“He conducted the acts in the hotel rooms when he was guarded by four personal aides that were on his payroll,” he said.
When The Herald arrived at the hotel at around 1pm, Reynolds was being escorted to a vehicle and was demanding his mobile phone and the laptop from the officials.

“It’s the way it is and I have been in this country 17 times where I have done a lot of work for the people including the fight against sanctions.

“I misplaced my passport but I found it implying that I am not certain if I breached immigration laws against this country.
“I am sure I will find out about that. They denied me my passport so that I can contact the United States Embassy which is a violation of international laws,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds said he was not expecting the treatment after bringing several investors in the country.
He recently hogged the limelight after he was connected to the construction of the US$145 million five-star Hilton Hotel and office complex along Samora Machel Avenue in Eastlea which was scheduled to begin in April this year.
The project was expected to be completed in late 2016.

He toured the construction site back then in the company of Government ministers Walter Mzembi, Webster Shamu and Ignatius Chombo, and businessman Mr Farai Jere.

According to American newspapers, Reynolds resigned from a Congress post he held for two years in 1995, in his homeland after he was convicted of statutory rape, bank fraud, obstruction of justice and having sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer.

He was sentenced to five years in prison before he was further given an additional sentence of 78 months in federal prison for 15 unrelated counts of bank fraud and lying to investigators.

He served all of his first sentence, and served 42 months in prison for the later charges before former US president Bill Clinton commuted the sentence for bank fraud in 2001.

Reynolds was released from prison and served the remaining time in a halfway house and was hired by Jesse Jackson’’s Rainbow/Push Coalition to decrease the number of young blacks going to prison.

Halfway houses are meant for reintegration of persons who have been recently released from jail.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 6:31:25 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

And he’ll most likely win........................sad and pitiful.................


27 posted on 02/18/2014 6:33:58 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Second Amendment First

Maybe the justice system in Zimbabwe will do what the justice system in the United States did not do—give this pervert free food and lodging for about 40 years.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 6:40:49 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Second Amendment First
This is not former congressman Mel Reynolds (D-IL) on the right. Picture is just to illustrate what hopefully will happen to him.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 6:41:46 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Red Badger

No he lost to Robin Kelly last year.


30 posted on 02/18/2014 6:44:03 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

The sad part is.. this perv could run for president and get half the vote, so long as he’s a (D).


31 posted on 02/18/2014 6:45:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Second Amendment First

August 1995: Reynolds guilty of child pornography, obstruction, sexual abuse, sexual assault

Chicago Tribune

Good for Zimbabwe keep the POS there!


32 posted on 02/18/2014 6:54:12 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: Second Amendment First
Do a search on this guy and laugh at the results. He has been hooked to good old Jesse Jackass, and Clinton gave him a "get out of jail free card."

This moron was actually planning on running for JJ Jr's congressional seat and this after almost a dozen convictions that involved minors and sex. The Democraps do tend to run their brightest and finest.

I think we just found Obama's long lost downunder brother.

33 posted on 02/18/2014 7:02:31 AM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: Second Amendment First

Wasn’t he one of bill clinton’s spiritual mentors?


34 posted on 02/18/2014 7:05:01 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: elcid1970

No....it was Congressthing Gus Savage, also of Chicago, who refused to be interviewed by “the white media”.

Zimbabwe is probably the worst of the worst places usually known as “third world s***holes”. Wonder why Mel Reynolds was drawn there, anyway?


35 posted on 02/18/2014 7:10:57 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Second Amendment First

Then there is hope.........not much, but some........................


36 posted on 02/18/2014 7:13:54 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: elcid1970

They only arrested him because he was black.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 7:15:40 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: mass55th

Don’t they still stone pedophiles in some of these places?


38 posted on 02/18/2014 7:23:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Second Amendment First
ahh..yes. He's really "hit-the-jackpot", wonder what is the sentence is for these charges?
oppss, i forgot USA A.G. (Fuhrer) Eric Holder, shall come to Reynold's rescue.
Question is, can Holder play the race card in this instance? ..has the "card" been canceled?
Will Holden just try to explain "cultural differences".. shall Reynolds just sit "twirling" in the wind.
Does this country, have a luxury prison or just the common everyday prisons..a four-tier system.
I'm sure Reynolds shall find, he'll have lots of fun/new (Islamic :) friends.

39 posted on 02/18/2014 7:31:12 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Second Amendment First

Mel needs to get with it. If he were gay, the elite liberals of the world would unite to spring him from the oppressive African regime’s homophobic clutches. /s


40 posted on 02/18/2014 8:00:47 AM PST by csvset
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To: Second Amendment First

They mentioned his party affiliation in the first line???


41 posted on 02/18/2014 8:15:40 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Second Amendment First
B T T T ! ! ! ©

42 posted on 02/18/2014 8:58:31 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The “back to prison” movement.

No wonder Holder wants felons to vote.


43 posted on 02/18/2014 9:00:39 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Second Amendment First

linking up some threads


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3124338/posts
Former Democratic congressman arrested in Zimbabwe after making porno films
DAILY MAIL ^ | 02/18/2014 | AVID MARTOSKO

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:11:03 AM by GilGil

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3124350/posts
Former congressman Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe (possession of pornography)
Yahoo! News ^ | 2/18/14 | Reuters

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:48:27 AM by NormsRevenge


44 posted on 02/18/2014 9:03:02 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: 2banana

Amnesty for Mel! NOW!


45 posted on 02/18/2014 9:27:46 AM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Illinois sure is a top breeding ground for pushing and electing the lowest of the lowlife liars, right up until today. These individuals should have been kept far, far from any government job. And look who commuted his sentence when he went to jail in the U.S..

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-mel-reynolds-arrested-20140218,0,2131790.story


46 posted on 02/18/2014 11:41:36 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

...with Obama being pushed onto the Illinois candidate scene just after this jerk steps off stage.


47 posted on 02/18/2014 11:46:57 AM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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