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Chick-fil-A Leaps Into Controversy
The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 2, 2012

Posted on 08/02/2012 7:29:29 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Edited on 08/02/2012 8:11:00 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

After all the shouting, tweeting and protesting is over, the fried-chicken empire of Chick-fil-A will be just fine. Sales at the company, which recently leapt into the debate over gay marriage, may even get a lift in the near term.


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1 posted on 08/02/2012 7:29:34 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

“a business that has misjudged its bigger audience. “

Pray tell who, exactly, is this “bigger audience”?


2 posted on 08/02/2012 7:36:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1290 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: MinorityRepublican
It isn't often that a company chief tells the public it is "arrogant" and "inviting God's judgment" for supporting something controversial, such as gay marriage.

The "public" has voted down gay "marriage" every single time it's been put to a vote.

The scoreboard is something like 37-zip.

Since the author of this piece, John Bussey, writes from Washington DC, he thinks that's "controversial."

3 posted on 08/02/2012 7:36:56 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: null and void

Beats me. I thought they where judging their audience just fine.

The 1%er’s (the gay/lesbo/libs) that won’t eat there probably wouldn’t have before the flap anyways.


4 posted on 08/02/2012 7:38:38 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Written by a moron.


5 posted on 08/02/2012 7:41:04 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Chick will see a large surge in consumers in the short term, and a small surge in the long term. There is a large enough percentage of people who’ve never been to a Chick-Fil-A who will patronize them from here on to overshadow the loss of consumers engaged in a permanent boycott. It’s a win/win for Chick.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 7:41:33 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: MinorityRepublican

Friend told me today, she went there and tried to eat. The wait in line was an hour and a half. The parking lot was full, they had cops directing traffic. And this was in Indiana.


7 posted on 08/02/2012 7:44:30 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

I had never heard of this franchise. If I ever encounter one in my travels though, I will immediately stop and buy a chicken sandwich with waffle fries.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 7:46:10 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Chick-fil-A, at a minimum, is a business that has misjudged its bigger audience.

Dream on. Chic Fil A appealed to the majority. This issue is a financial gold mine!

Gee, does anyone think the homosexual kiss in ( which will gross out any normal person who may wonder in and make them a new Chic Fil A traditional marriage supporter) is going to be anywhere near as massive?

The freaks will assemble, and the normal people will be laughing their butts off at the kinky freak show. It'll be like the Jerry Springer show - Live. Every kind of weirdo will be there.

The homos think people go to see their parades to support them. They have no idea people go because the freak show is free. Circuses used to make people pay for that stuff.

9 posted on 08/02/2012 7:48:17 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Steely Tom
Since the author of this piece, John Bussey, writes from Washington DC, he thinks that's "controversial."

The attitude reminds me of the first fried chicken tycoon, Colonel Sanders.

After his chain hit 600 units (huge at the time), he was featured on "What's My Line?", set in NYC with all NYC panelists (e.g. Arlene Frances).

They got to look at what must be today the 4th or 5th most recognizeable man in the United Sattes today, and they didn't have a clue. They asked questions like "Are you involved in the legitimate theatre?" Their world ends at the boundary with the Bronx.

Little has changed. L.A. doesn't need NFL football, and good chicken joints don't need big eastern cities.
10 posted on 08/02/2012 7:48:35 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Can I make an observation, about this article in particular and media coverage in general?

Chick Fill A did not leap into the gay marriage controversy. They did not seek this out. Their owners are devout Christians. One of those owners gave an interview with a Baptist magazine. Somehow this interview made its way into the MSM, where the liberals went into their outrage routine. The owners did not launch a campaign against same-sex marriage.

The point is, the liberals picked this fight with Chick Fill A. Don’t you see what is happening? The liberals decided to pick this fight, to damage this company, and to teach a lesson to others, as to what would happen to them if they get on the wrong side of the liberal homosexual mafia.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 7:53:31 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: MinorityRepublican

Over at the dumpster they are all echoing each other that in the long run, they will lose out.

Conveniently glossing over the fact that homo marriage has been defeated everywhere it has come up for a vote.

They got the orders to climb Mount Nikita and now, like Yamamoto supposedly said, “they have awoken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

Having homo marriage become part of the rat platform is just gravy.


12 posted on 08/02/2012 7:57:28 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
It isn't often that a company chief tells the public

He wasn't telling the 'public', he was being interviewed by a Baptist newspaper.

A member of the gaystopo saw it, and now they won't rest until the man is prosecuted for his personal beliefs.

It's just the way they are.

13 posted on 08/02/2012 7:58:21 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’d take the WSJ seriously if they would have been right about anything in the last ten years. Seems they are little more than NY Times knockoff.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 8:03:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The liberals decided to pick this fight, to damage this company, and to teach a lesson to others, as to what would happen to them if they get on the wrong side of the liberal homosexual mafia.

And Chic Fil A was well rewarded for speaking up. Their honesty was nothing short of blessed.

This should embolden any company that wants to side with the majority. It's one of the best advertising campaigns "never created" by a companies PR department.

16 posted on 08/02/2012 8:04:09 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: MinorityRepublican
It is strange that this article neglects to mention when this controversy caught fire. That was when the mayors of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York criticized Chick-Fil-A and some stated that they would be prohibited from opening in their cities. That reeks of governmental prohibition of free speech and (dare I say it) fascism. Sure they tried to backtrack on their statements (probably when the cities' lawyers mentioned potential liability on 14th amendment equal protection violations), but by then it was way too late.

Also, Rahm, everyone knows that Chicago values refers to city officials demanding bribes to do their jobs and gunfights in the streets like some third-world city.

17 posted on 08/02/2012 8:05:43 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“For the average consumer, let alone the average Chick-fil-A consumer, this kind of thing goes right over their heads.”

Guess he didn’t see the pictures of how heavily patronized CFA was all across the country. What a clueless and condescending comment. Compare contrast- CFA/ JCPenny stock drop.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 8:06:40 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

What color is the sky on this guy’s planet? He must have missed yesterday’s big show of support, which, along with everything else, probably brought in new customers who hadn’t tried it before and just did so to show support for the 1st Ad or the owner’s principles, and may come back in the future. It’s hard to buy advertising this good.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 8:06:47 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: MinorityRepublican
It isn't often that a company chief tells the public it is "arrogant"...

Yeah, that is usually leftist, suck up to the intellectual elite, lame stream newspapers with "the customer is always wrong" attitude, and cratering circulation numbers, that do this.

20 posted on 08/02/2012 8:12:20 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
L.A. doesn't need NFL football,

I think the NFL owners love the fact that LA doesn't have a team. With the threat to move to LA, all of them can get new stadiums from the tax paying chumps. On the other hand, once a team moves to LA then the threat of the remaining teams moving to Portland, Oregon (largest metropolitan area without a team in easy driving range) just won't scare a stadium out of the current teams' cities.

21 posted on 08/02/2012 8:13:11 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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22 posted on 08/02/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Chick-fil-A did not leap into anything. It was dragged into a controversy of others’ invention.


23 posted on 08/02/2012 8:14:01 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Dear Dilbert, you couldn’t be more spot on! And the majority knows it.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 8:15:27 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JediJones
Eat Mor Libruls

Ick! Nasty and very bitter. Also probably suffering from human spongiform encephalopathy.

25 posted on 08/02/2012 8:17:32 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

“Chick will see a large surge in consumers in the short term, and a small surge in the long term.”

Well put and on the money, I think.


26 posted on 08/02/2012 8:26:15 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Battle Axe

I heard a report on the radio that the franchise in Racine was packed from opening to closing. A caller on local talk radio said that he couldn’t get in at lunch, so he took his family there for supper around 7:30 pm. The line was around the mall and out the door.

Mall security told him that he probably wouldn’t make it into the resturant before Mall closing, but he elected to wait in line anyway. He said everyone in line was jovial and friendly. One person went to a pizza place next door and bought slices of pizza for some of the customers waiting in line.

Chick-fil-a managers came out with free cookies for those waiting in line, but Mall Security wouldn’t let them pass them out. At the end, the people who couldn’t get in the restaurant to eat took up a collection and donated money.

When the 9 pm closing was announced and the doors shut, those still waiting in line applauded and cheered Chick-fil-a. The talk show host was flabbergasted. He said he’d hever heard of such a reaction in all the years he’d tried to get people to attend meetings, etc.


27 posted on 08/02/2012 8:28:42 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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I’m thinking ahead on where this could go.... I understand the pervs want to hold a kiss-in day at the Chick-fil-A chain. One assumes that they better be paying customers or they have no business being there. Perhaps on the day the pervs pick for their grand event, the rest of us could all go there, swamp the restaurants dwarfing them by sheer numbers and crowd them right out!
28 posted on 08/02/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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29 posted on 08/02/2012 8:34:58 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

The chain probably won’t be a big hit in Northeast and Pacific Northwest so expansion into those places are unlikely.


30 posted on 08/02/2012 8:36:11 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Battle Axe

We stopped tonight at 9:30 p.m. to grab a late dinner after a long day of meetings. The parking lot was full, inside the restaurant was full and both drive-thru lanes were jammed. Wonder if they are people who are left over from yesterday.

I was actually having a bad case of Peach Shake withdrawal and needed a “fix”. Young lady at the drive-thru window said they were “so out of everything ice cream”. There were two very large trucks there with more supplies. So happy for them.


31 posted on 08/02/2012 8:42:09 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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Well I went there tonight! Good chicken!

I did not even know what this place was about (Chick-fil-A) until a week ago... But from now on, when I want fast food, I will go there!...

Somehow, the sandwich and the potatoes tasted especially good... :)

32 posted on 08/02/2012 8:47:37 PM PDT by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Jeff Bezos donated a considerable amount to pro-gay marriage groups last week.

1. Any calls for boycotts?

2. Any ‘controversy’ for a CEO entering a political matter?

3. Any protests?

Nothing. Barely a blip on the MSM radar because he supported the cause they support.

The goal here was to reframe the entire argument so that anyone for traditional marriage — 90%+ of the country — is now intolerant /extreme / hate speech / in danger of losing business or reputation.

Push the debate far to the left and create a new center line.

From “Do what you want in private and leave the rest of us alone” to “indoctrinate your children, use whatever bathrooms they want, marry and have all rights that implies, and anyone speaking against them is arrested.”


33 posted on 08/02/2012 8:50:28 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: concerned about politics
This should embolden any company that wants to side with the majority. It's one of the best advertising campaigns "never created" by a companies PR department.

There are so many scriptures that this whole episode reminds me of..... Romans 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.... Deuteronomy 6:10-12 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

34 posted on 08/02/2012 8:50:46 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: MinorityRepublican

“We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore” This is much deeper than a discussion of free speech, homosexual rights, or supporting a company’s right to conduct business as they see fit.

What we are witnessing here is the beginning of the end of a fundamental shift in the common mans ability to express his distain for the Liberal ruling elite who for years have tired to shape and guide public opinion towards their twisted views.

Average Americans have so many more avenues to absorb true knowledge and factual evidence of what is happening in today’s world. We see the decline in values, the wickedness around us, the propaganda forced on us and our children and finally we are tired and ready to something about it. The TEA Party was born of this awareness.

What the question is now for patriots and common sense Americans is how far we will go to right the wrongs a hundred years of progressive liberalism has caused in the country’s slide to communism.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Our Fore Fathers deserve our very best, whatever that is.


35 posted on 08/02/2012 8:55:28 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (conservatism is a lifestyle)
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To: concerned about politics

So far the Gaystapo has managed to:

Show two faggies liplocking & giving the finger outside a CF-A (fag poster childs already)

Send some gay creep in to berate a Chick Fil-A employee and get his sorry @ss fired (hope U like ramen 7 days a week loser)

Get some lib to block the drive-up with his car & get arrested

Tomorrow’s Gay Highwater Mark Day. It’s all downhill after that. So tired of these drama queens.

Or should we call it Hetero Liberation Day!

“The Cluck Heard Round the World”


36 posted on 08/02/2012 9:04:58 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: null and void

And, “may even get a lift in the near term.”

I’d say that having to close your doors early `cause you ran out of food is an uplifting sign for a restaurant.

The Wall Street Urinal. One micron to the right of Newsweek.


37 posted on 08/02/2012 9:10:25 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: MinorityRepublican
Sales at the company ... may even get a lift in the near term.

Maybe. Ya think?


38 posted on 08/02/2012 9:37:56 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Correct. If they had just released statements calling on people to “boycott” the chain for Mr. Cathy’s beliefs this would not have turned into what it was. What they did was not only attack his beliefs, but they attacked his very right to believe them by threatening to take actions to prevent his business from being able to do business and using the power of government to do so. That’s when the battle lines got drawn. This was an attack not only on beliefs but on the right to even have the beliefs. And the people responded.


39 posted on 08/02/2012 9:41:05 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: MinorityRepublican

This sorry article is a reminder that while the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is conservative, the rest of the paper is not.


40 posted on 08/02/2012 9:42:48 PM PDT by TChad
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To: ElPatriota
Somehow, the sandwich and the potatoes tasted especially good... :)

IT TASTES LIKE LIBERTY!

41 posted on 08/02/2012 9:59:15 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The liberal, globalist corporate CEO’s have been sticking their fingers in the American middle class’ eyes with their radical social and political agenda.

It’s true that elitist liberals will all gang up against the moral guy in American business, but it might turn out the limo-liberals get their hats handed to them as they have in the past. They should not be involved in unpopular, fringe causes like promoting gay marriage, sluthood and gay sex. They are even sexualizing children.

As odd as it sounds to this limo liberal at the WSJ to hear a business man speak about God’s moral authority, it is even wierder to see coproate CEO’s promoting anal and child sex around the globe. It’s abusive, filthy and unhealthy behavior and mentalities.


42 posted on 08/02/2012 10:13:26 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: MinorityRepublican

it is “arrogant” and “inviting God’s judgment” for supporting something controversial, such as gay marriage.

Mr Cathy did nothing of the kind. This crap is coming from the WSJ? I don’t know how their franchises do businesswise elsewhere, but around here they are packed every day of the week. They have a very good product and that drives their customer base


43 posted on 08/02/2012 10:25:13 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Rio

If you don’t see one on the street, they are in just about any mall food court


44 posted on 08/02/2012 10:28:38 PM PDT by Figment
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To: P-Marlowe

Indeed! :)


45 posted on 08/02/2012 10:31:40 PM PDT by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Little has changed. L.A. doesn’t need NFL football, and good chicken joints don’t need big eastern cities.

Best observation I’ve seen today


46 posted on 08/02/2012 10:35:02 PM PDT by Figment
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To: KarlInOhio

Hey Karl, where do you think the Browns will be going?


47 posted on 08/02/2012 10:41:52 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Talisker

*bump*


48 posted on 08/02/2012 10:44:46 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: utahagen

“Chick will see a large surge in consumers in the short term, and a small surge in the long term.”

CFA just got vaulted into the big time. The family has always been wise about expansion, don’t over do it. No foreign franchises for instance. They will do well as people who never ate there sample their product.


49 posted on 08/02/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT by Figment
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To: hecticskeptic

The queer kiss in is Friday the third. I’ll be going there to buy,because the queers won’t be. I’ll have some fun if there are any freaks there. Nothing hateful, but fun


50 posted on 08/02/2012 10:53:30 PM PDT by Figment
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