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The Caliphate Restored
Frontpage ^ | 7/2/2014 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 07/02/2014 2:31:04 AM PDT by markomalley

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has declared itself a caliphate, renamed The Islamic State, and named its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph, and demanded that all Muslims worldwide pledge allegiance to him. Al-Baghdadi has called upon all Muslims to relocate to his caliphate to wage war against non-Muslims. Many have ridiculed and denigrated this declaration; few have realized its implications.

The restoration of the caliphate has for decades been the central goal of jihad groups worldwide. The caliphate (khilafa) was from the beginnings of Islam until the early twentieth century, at least among Sunnis (who constitute eighty-five to ninety percent of Muslims worldwide), the center of the supranational unity of the global Muslim community (umma). The caliph, who was theoretically chosen from among the most pious and capable men of the community, was considered to be the political, military and religious successor of Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim community. He ruled according to the dictates of the Sharia (Islamic law), implementing Allah’s decrees of justice on earth.

The caliphate was abolished by the secular Turkish government in 1924. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 partly as a reaction to the end of the caliphate, and from the beginning a central part of its program has been the need to work toward restoring it and then recovering lands that had been lost to Islam. Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna explained:

We want the Islamic flag to be hoisted once again on high, fluttering in the wind, in all those lands that have had the good fortune to harbor Islam for a certain period of time and where the muzzein’s call sounded in the takbirs and the tahlis. Then fate decreed that the light of Islam be extinguished in these lands that returned to unbelief. Thus Andalusia, Sicily, the Balkans, the Italian coast, as well as the islands of the Mediterranean, are all of them Muslim Mediterranean colonies and they must return to the Islamic fold. The Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea must once again become Muslim seas, as they once were.

The kind of government that would then be established would not be a pluralistic democracy by any stretch of the imagination. Hamza Tzortzis of the Britain-based Islamic Education and Research Academy has stated this plainly:

We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom. We see under the Khilafa [caliphate], when people used to engage in a positive way, this idea of freedom was redundant, it was unnecessary, because the society understood under the education system of the Khilafa state, and under the political framework of Islam, that people must engage with each other in a positive and productive way to produce results.

The desired results, obviously, have nothing to do with freedom as it is understood in Western societies. Abu Mohammad al-Julani, leader of the Syrian jihad group Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), has expressed a desire to establish a caliphate in Syria, explaining: “Being Muslims, we do not believe in political parties or parliamentary elections, but rather in an Islamic regime based on the Shura (advisory council) and which implements justice … Our heading towards the establishment of Islamic law is jihad in Allah’s way.”

Ahmad ‘Issa, commander of another Syrian jihad group, the Suqur Al-Sham Brigades, interviewed on Al Jazeera network on June 12, 2013, joined Barack Obama in praising Islam’s imperative for justice, which he said the caliphate had always manifested: “We have been providing the minorities with their rights ever since the establishment of the state of Islam, since the beginning of the Caliphate in the days of the Prophet Muhammad, and in the days of the Righteous Caliphs, and to this day. Throughout history, nobody has suffered injustice under the state of Islam – the state of truth and justice.” Nobody!

However, his idea of justice did not involve non-Muslims having the right to equal participation in the nation’s political life. “Islam,” he said, “must be the single source of authority of the state…We demand that the president and parliament speaker be Sunni Muslims, and that the state’s sole source of authority be Islam.” He said that his group would “not accept” a Christian as the head of the Syrian state. And this would not be a democracy, but a state ruled by Islamic law: “We are talking about a state of justice and truth. We want the people to be ruled by an infallible law – the law of Allah. We do not want people to be ruled by man-made laws….”

On June 21, 2013, Al Jazeera aired a speech of Professor Mohammed Malkawi, the founder of the Chicago-based organization Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) America, which is dedicated to non-violent implementation of Sharia in the U.S. and around the world. The speech illuminated the Islamic supremacist perspective on the abolition of the caliphate and the necessity for its restoration. Malkawi blamed non-Muslims for Islam’s decline and the fall of the caliphate: “After Islam had reached the peak of glory and the Muslims were masters of the world, there came a time when the infidels conspired against the Muslims, who were in a deep slumber. Britain conspired against them, along with Arab and Turkish collaborators and traitors, and ended the Islamic Caliphate and its glory.”

This was, he said, a great tragedy, for also like Barack Obama, Malkawi believed that a state based on Islamic law embodied justice: “Ever since the Caliphate was destroyed, the world has lost an exemplar of justice, a model for humanity in its entirety. Since then, the world has been held hostage by wolves, who do not respect the honor of a man or a believer. Two world wars cost the lives of over 70 million people, yet they accuse us of terrorism. They killed over 70 million people, and dropped atomic bombs on Japan, yet they level accusations against us.”

In contrast, Malkawi said, “We demand a state ruled by the Koran,” and led the crowd in chanting that phrase. Another speaker added: “We reject secularist rule. We reject the rule of Satan.”

Malkawi asserted that the U.S., and Barack Obama in particular, had made people “terrified of the word ‘caliphate.’” He continued:

They say to you: “You can say anything except that you want Islamic law.” For them, Islamic law is something unimaginably harsh. For them, Islamic law prevents usury. It prevents them from exploiting the peoples. Islamic law and the caliphate bring about the rule of justice, which will make all those rulers face piles of garbage— for garbage is all that they are worth.

This is not really why people think Islamic law is harsh. People think Islamic law is harsh because of the stonings, the amputations, the institutionalized oppression of women and non-Muslims, the denial of the freedom of speech, the death penalty for apostasy, and so much more. But as far as Malkawi is concerned, those things and the other elements of Sharia are what constitute justice.

All these other rulers are dwarfs— from Obama, the master of the White House, to the rulers of those palaces in the lands of the Muslims. They are all dwarfed by the Islamic caliphate and law, and that is why they try to make us scared of it. They scare the Muslims. They say to the rebels in Syria: “Do not demand a caliphate out loud, because the US will deny you equipment and aid.” They say to the Egyptian people: “Do not demand to instate Islamic law, because America will not be happy about that.”

They say that the caliphate makes the infidels angry. Don’t we want to make the infidels angry? Isn’t this Islam?

Let America and Britain hate the caliphate. Let Britain, America, and the entire West go to hell, because the caliphate is coming, Allah willing.

And now it is here, although it is by no means clear, of course, that The Islamic State will be viable or long-lasting. If it is, however, the world could soon be engulfed in a much larger conflict with Islamic jihadists even than it has been since 9/11. For in Islamic law, only the caliph is authorized – and indeed, has the responsibility – to declare offensive jihad against non-Muslim states. In his absence, all jihad must be defensive only, which is why Islamic jihadists retail laundry lists of grievances when explaining and justifying their actions: without these grievances and a caliph, they have to cast all their actions as responses to Infidel atrocities. With a caliph, however, that obligation will be gone. And the bloodshed in that event could make the world situation since 9/11, with its 20,000 jihad attacks worldwide, seem like a harmless bit of “interfaith dialogue.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: albaghdadi; caliphate; isil; isis; robertspencer; rop; sharia; sharialaw

1 posted on 07/02/2014 2:31:05 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Dinesh D’Souza’s first movie closed with his prediction that Obama’s goal was to reestablish a caliphate by 2016.

For this, he was criminally prosecuted.

2 posted on 07/02/2014 2:37:06 AM PDT by Jacquerie (America 2017 - The tyrant may be gone, but the tyranny will remain.)
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To: Jacquerie

I predict the charges will be dismissed.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 2:43:38 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Jacquerie

And we can expect the kenyan arab to congratulate albaghdadi sometime later this morning ... and it’s only wednesday ... and congress will name a special day of prayer today ... and I am so pissed.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 2:43:51 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Biggirl

IIRC, he pleaded guilty and sentencing will be this September.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 2:45:09 AM PDT by Jacquerie (America 2017 - The tyrant may be gone, but the tyranny will remain.)
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To: Jacquerie

Thank-you for the update.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 2:49:41 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Jacquerie

Also we have excellent websites such the site of this original story, Jihadwatch,Pamela Geller,Daniel Pipes, Brigette Gabrial, etc., that will get the truth out.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 2:52:31 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley

From what I understand, while alarming, ISIL was a bit premature in declaring their caliphate. There are several large (some larger than ISIL, though probably not as wealthy) groups that oppose ISIL. Some hold strongly antithetical views. At this point I think it’s just as likely that the caliphate declaration will end up kicking off a major sectarian conflict, rather than launching an islamic-backed pogrom against the “unbelievers”.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 3:04:41 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: Biggirl

D’Souza was charged with violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate. Yes he confirmed he did this. However, how many Democrats are doing the same thing and everybody knows it, and no charges are ever brought against them?


9 posted on 07/02/2014 3:06:17 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: ImNotLying

There was a Democrat who came from NC whose wife I believed had died from cancer and he was charged, but it was minor charges. It is early morning and I am trying to drink enough coffee to wake me up. Can you please help me out on this one. Thank-you.

PS: Correct me if I am wrong. Thank-you.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 3:10:45 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ImNotLying

That describes corruption.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 3:17:44 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Biggirl

He already pled out


12 posted on 07/02/2014 3:19:02 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Little Pig

“From what I understand, while alarming, ISIL was a bit premature in declaring their caliphate. “

Agree. Looking at this as an amateur tactician, it appears that ISIS, now ISIL, has executed an opportunity lost, much the same as Hitler did when his panders were rolling up the French and Brits then paused to rest and resupply allowing them to escape off the beaches of Dunkirk. Fortunately, for the Iraq government and it’s military, ISIS did much the same by stopping outside of Baghdad when they had the Iraq military knocked back in their heels. Big mistake not punching on to the presidential palace and declaring Baghdad as theirs. Just saying my amateur historical take :)


13 posted on 07/02/2014 3:30:41 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Jacquerie

i’ve said the same thing for a while.

0bama wants muslims at the big boy table on the global stage

if they can reignite the ottoman empire, and iran gets a few dozen bombs, then it’ll be the US, EU, Russia, China and ottoman empire II

0bama IS a domestic enemy... people are just in disbelief and cannot see it


14 posted on 07/02/2014 3:44:27 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Biggirl

The dishonorable Senator to whom you refer was John Edwards. A disgraced ambulance chasing lawyer and sleazebag who had an affair and fathered a child with another woman while his wife was dying from cancer.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 3:51:05 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: ImNotLying

Thank-you!


16 posted on 07/02/2014 4:04:44 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley

It would be wonderful if all muslims answered his call and relocated to the new caliphate, or whatever it is. That would cleanse the rest of the world, and gather them up into one place. Very convenient for whatever needs to be done.


17 posted on 07/02/2014 4:11:37 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: markomalley; All

Can anyone explain the difference ( if there is one) between the caliph and the mahdi?...Why didn’t Al-Baghdadi proclaim himself the Mahdi?


18 posted on 07/02/2014 4:13:17 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: markomalley
Go get 'em, fellahs...y'all know what they do to gays, yes? Have at it.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 4:31:27 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ken5050

The Caliph is the head of state of the Caliphate.
The Mahdi is the Redeemer of Islam.

It’s sort of the difference between the Pope and Jesus.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 4:39:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: markomalley

Have we already covered this? Its new to me,not too surprised however.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/20/the-u-s-trained-terrorist-group-isis-in-2012/

“The U.S. will for decades be reaping the whirlwind of its incompetent and insanely stupid ‘divide and conquer’ plan in the Muslim World.” Jack D. Douglas, former sociologist at the University of California
…by Jonas E. Alexis

jewish_zionists_and_iraq_warTrouble is still brewing in Iraq, and the neoconservatives are once again on the front line saying that we ought to “liberate” the country by sending more troops and attacking the Frankensteinian terrorist monster (ISIS) they themselves had helped create. Saddam, those neoconservatives told us, was the new Hitler on the block and had to go.[1]
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ERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.

In February 2012, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.

That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts.

Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/officials-u-s-trained-isis-at-secret-base-in-jordan/#M5Rki297VJ0rkC50.99


21 posted on 07/02/2014 4:41:05 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: ken5050

If you haven’t seen this video, it explains a lot about what is taking place regarding Islam, the Caliphate and the Mahdi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY20IFaWlsQ&feature=youtu.be

Also, Walid Shoebat’s site has an article up about why Al-Baghdadi can’t be the Mahdi or at least would not be the best “fit”. http://shoebat.com/2014/06/30/emerging-caliph-iraq-antichrist/


22 posted on 07/02/2014 4:46:19 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: Lake Living

Thanks for the links..


23 posted on 07/02/2014 6:09:04 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ClearCase_guy

OK..thanks..got it....but then, doesn’t the Mahdi have to come BEFORE the Caliph?..after all...there’s no Pope before Jesus..


24 posted on 07/02/2014 6:10:08 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

I believe the Mahdi is like the Second Coming. The Caliph minds the store, so to speak, and then the Mahdi comes and ushers in a glorious age when all the infidels get their heads cut off. Or something.

The Caliphate was in place until about 1922 or 24. It started back in the 7th century and had its ups and downs. The Ottoman Emperor was a separate office and ended at about the same time. But I believe a distinction needs to be made between a more secular power (like the Ottoman Empire or a resurgent Persian Empire) and a more religious power base such as as the Caliphate.

Of course, Islam muddies things by not making a sharp distinction between political and religious matters — for them it’s kind of the same thing.

So, I believe there can be overlap between the concepts, but with the declaration of a new Caliphate, Muslims are trying to unify believers as best they can, while not necessarily trying to breakdown the divisions between Arab nation states and forming a unified political front. Doing both simultaneously would be very hard indeed.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: markomalley

Before ISIS gets a grand victory, they will have to deal with Russian Pilots and now Iranian pilots flying the Su-25 Frogfoot planes.

It is a safe bet that none of Obozo’s ROE’s for our warriors in danger will apply to the Russian and Iranian pilots. Their orders will be simple, kill the Isis serial killers.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174935/posts

Exclusive: Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq
The Daily Beast ^ | 07/01/14 | Josh Rogin

Russia may not have boots on the ground in Iraq—yet. But it will have them in the sky; Russian pilots could be flying over Iraq within days. While the Obama administration struggles to speed up delivery of U.S. military assistance to the government of Iraq, Vladimir Putin has already delivered not only fighter jets but also the pilots needed to fly them, diplomatic sources told The Daily Beast.

On Monday, Russian television trumpeted the arrival of the first five of 12 promised Sukhoi Su-25 combat fighter jets to the Iraqi government, saying it had also sent “trainers” to help the Iraqis use them. Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen, the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, told The New York Times the fighter jets would enter the battle against ISIS within a few days, after which the Russian trainers would leave Iraq. He said Iraq had plenty of pilots with “long experience” flying the Su-25. The Russian ambassador to Iraq also said Russian pilots would not fly missions inside Iraq.

Perhaps. But diplomatic sources told The Daily Beast that Russian pilots will fly the planes due to a lack of Iraqi pilots with the proper training. Neither Russia nor Iraq as explained how the Iraqi air force could possibly have pilots trained and ready to fly the Russian fighters. The Su-25 planes were used in the Iraq-Iran war but have not been employed in Iraq since at least 2002, when Iraq’s military was controlled by the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein.

The news below, indicates that Iran has deployed its 7 SU 25’s to Iraq.

These planes will be flown by Iranian Pilots and serviced by Iranians

http://theaviationist.com/2014/07/01/iranian-su-25-iraq/

By David Cenciotti

Seven Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes operated by the Iranian Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have arrived at Baghdad to join the war against ISIS militants.

On Jul. 1, all the seven operational Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes operated by the Pasdaran (informal name of the IRGC – the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) have completed their deployment to Imam Ali Airbase where they will join the ex-Russian Air Force Su-25s already delivered to Iraq in the air war against ISIS (Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).


26 posted on 07/02/2014 8:38:21 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the Sunni Won-Doer, will not divert $'s from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: markomalley

BTTT!


27 posted on 07/02/2014 12:48:49 PM PDT by Pagey (HELL is The 2nd Term of a POTUS who uses the terms “social justice” and “fair distribution".)
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To: markomalley

Thank, BO, for your part in re-establishing the caliphate.

We do so appreciate your hard work towards this goal that you hold so near and dear.

/s

The terrorists won the war on terror.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 4:38:17 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: snoringbear; Little Pig

SB —> ISIS could not have taken Baghdad. Not because of the Iraqi army, rather because of the Shia militia


29 posted on 07/02/2014 11:18:59 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: sten
Remember that the Ottoman Empire was always fighting with Iran.

Also the Arabs did not like it that the Turks ruled over them and that's going to be exacerbated now. So there will be a 3 way tussle: Sunni Arabs v/s Sunni Turks v/s Irani groups (Persians, Kurds, Baluchis etc) + Shia groups (Twelvers like the Iraqi Shia Arabs or fivers like Ismailis or other groups like the Alevis)

I don't know where non-Sunni and non-Shia groups like the Ibadis (Oman) or Druze will play

30 posted on 07/03/2014 1:06:46 AM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Cronos

“SB —> ISIS could not have taken Baghdad. Not because of the Iraqi army, rather because of the Shia militia”

Perhaps. That is indeed the current wisdom - as presented by the folks who said “who’a, we didn’t see that coming”, lol :)


31 posted on 07/03/2014 2:22:07 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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