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As sequestration nears, federal workers brace for furloughs, vent anger at politicians
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | February 28, 2013 | By Lindsay Wise

Posted on 02/28/2013 9:54:37 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

WASHINGTON — As a single dad with seven kids living at home, Bill Blevins is used to pinching every penny.

The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing hasn’t had a cost-of-living pay raise in more than two years, even as his rent and insurance premiums went up. Now he and other federal workers in Washington and across the country are bracing for possible unpaid furloughs as part of an $85 billion reduction in federal spending. Known as sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to kick in unless Congress and the White House can reach a compromise by Friday.

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“I am a registered Republican. However, I blame the Republican Party for this,” said Gregory Russell, a 48-year-old federal firefighter at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Russell calculates he’d lose about $1,200 a month – about 20 percent of his pay – if he gets furloughed. . .

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Firefighter Gregory Russell (mentioned above) claims to be a "registered Republican" yet in 2008 he gave $500 to Democratic candidates including $250 to Obama. He also donated more than $1,200 in 2008 to his union's PAC. Some Republican.

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Stevensville&st=MD&last=Russell&first=Gregory

1 posted on 02/28/2013 9:54:48 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

yep, some “Republican”. Crazy how the MSM finds spokespeople for our side who aren’t on our side.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 9:56:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This guy has been breathing too much smoke inhalation. If he is a Republican(which I seriously doubt), then he’s a moron for not blaming Obama since he proposed the sequester.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 10:05:29 PM PST by princeofdarkness (The GOP is the present version of 1940 France and it will only get worse.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I have one comment for these poor Guvm’nt workers, Welcome to the world the rest of us live in! Costs going up! No wage increase! Oh No! At least these A-holes have a job, what about the hundreds of thousands of Americans driven out of work by our Supreme Moron? What are they supposed to do? Oh wait that’s right I forgot, Madam Puulosee says that unemployment checks are the best way to kick start the economy. I wish someone would kick start all these career politicians the hell out of office and into the unemployment lines so they could help instead of F-ing up the country.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 10:05:29 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Marxist propagandist McClatchy stock down from $75 bucks a share in 2005 to right about $2.50 today.

No doubt they expect the communists running DC to steal more of our cash and give them some to keep them out of bankruptcy.

Pathetic.

5 posted on 02/28/2013 10:05:59 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Mastador1

6 posted on 02/28/2013 10:08:01 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: GeronL
Imagine that they found a Republican who donated to Democrats and Obama and blames the sequestration that Obama authored on republicans amazing.
7 posted on 02/28/2013 10:08:16 PM PST by funfan
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To: Brad from Tennessee
My heart bleeds for them...

I do have a question though. If every department of every agency is making draconian cuts we're going to end up cutting WAY more than the $85 billion sequestered. Each agency acts like they have to come up with the entire amount on their own without notifying the Secretary or pResident. Once all the crying is over this might just work out fine.

8 posted on 02/28/2013 10:08:53 PM PST by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Good comment from the article:

I have NO sympathy for "single dad with seven kids living at home", Federal worker Bill Blevins who "hasn’t had a cost-of-living pay raise in more than two years". What Bill DOESN'T tell you is that before that, in 2009, when millions of Americans lost their jobs, he got a 10% salary INCREASE from Obama - which he has not lost a dime from since. A pay increase that is being paid by CHINA - since it went straight into Obama's $7 trillion personal increase to the national debt. So BOO FREAKIN' HOO, Billy boy. Go cry somewhere else.

9 posted on 02/28/2013 10:09:43 PM PST by montag813
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To: Rome2000

Yeah, that’s what my parents escaped from Europe to get away from, and now my Mother is so disgusted with our government she says maybe it would be better if they had stayed.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 10:11:35 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The House has passed a budget every year since 2010.

Obama has proposed a budget every year since elected. The House voted his budget down with zero approving votes from either party.

The Senate has not proposed a budget under Harry Reid. 5 years or something.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 10:13:36 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Let me get this straight, We are paying a fire fighter at the U.S. Naval Academy $72,000 per year PLUS Benefits. OK. When was the last time he fought a fire he didn’t have a hand in starting?

I think we could possibly allow the Annapolis Fire Department handle the campus if their is a fire. How about we simply close that department all together.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 10:14:00 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Sequestration nears?!”

Oh no. It is here. The money ran out at Midnight. Ta Taa!


13 posted on 02/28/2013 10:16:30 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Federal employees are blaming the Republicans. So what! 99% of them vote for the Dems in every election anyway.

It’s long overdue for the Mandarin class to pony up their share of Obama’s “shared sacrifice.”


14 posted on 02/28/2013 10:24:29 PM PST by kevao (.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Working link to political contributions of Gregory Russell:

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Stevensville&st=MD&last=Russell&first=Gregory


15 posted on 02/28/2013 10:27:58 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: kevao

Let them blame republicans!

I know I blame republican office holders for a bunch of failures.

Glad the liberals can now partake of the offerings.


16 posted on 02/28/2013 10:39:01 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Awww. Poor things. Millions of people are out of work or under employed working PT and they have the nerve to complain.


17 posted on 02/28/2013 10:50:56 PM PST by matt04
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To: Jim from C-Town
That was a pretty jaw dropping stat for me too. A $1,200 a month pay decrease represented a loss of 20% of his income? He's making $6K a month for being a firefighter?!

He still has a job, has free health care for him and his entire family, and he's still making $4,800 a month?

What planet do these government employees live on? Maybe they should talk to their friends in the private sector to get an idea of what REAL economic misery looks like under Obama.

Government employees are like a cargo cult.

18 posted on 02/28/2013 10:56:03 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“U.S. Naval Academy”

From the old documentaries I recall that EVERY sailor was also a firefighter. Seems to me they could have their own crew with weekly/daily drills, etc.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 11:00:24 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Oh, no!

The poor government workers busily sucking away at the public teat will have to share in the pain their employers have created.

Oh, the huge manatee.


20 posted on 02/28/2013 11:03:40 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Brad from Tennessee
“I am a registered Republican. However, I blame the Republican Party for this,” said (who cares?)

I'm calling liar on this. Okay, stupid is a genuine possibility, too.

21 posted on 02/28/2013 11:15:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Nice work!
BUMP for great freeping, and for exposing not only a liar but a complicit, lying reporter as well.
Lindsay Wise, huh? What a scumbag.


22 posted on 02/28/2013 11:17:38 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Yep, no one ever says “I’m a Dumbocrat and I’m mad at the president.”


23 posted on 02/28/2013 11:21:59 PM PST by tiki
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To: Southack

I’m sure thousands if not 170 million are already being evicted as we speak.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 11:26:30 PM PST by tiki
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I wonder how many of Obama’s SEIU buddies are going to lose their jobs because of the sequester? No wonder Obama is distancing himself from this plan, even though the plan originally came from his White House.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 11:31:22 PM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing hasn’t had a cost-of-living pay raise in more than two years,

My heart bleeds.

26 posted on 02/28/2013 11:54:35 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

To the people in the article.
Welcome to OBAMAVILLE.

I have been struggling since that bastard took office in 09

Vacation Pay? Cost of living RAISES? WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Cry me an F’n river!

BARF!


27 posted on 03/01/2013 12:11:22 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: VeniVidiVici

I wanna slap that BITCH!

He just wouldn’t understand why...


28 posted on 03/01/2013 12:15:22 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Lancey Howard
In the Newsmeat list of contributions Greg Russell's 2008 contribution to KRATOVIL, FRANK M MR. JR (D) lists Russell as a “US Gov’t/Union Officer.”

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Stevensville&st=MD&last=Russell&first=Gregory

29 posted on 03/01/2013 12:25:25 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Heh, a "union officer".
That explains why Greg Russell is such a smooth liar.

I still wonder about the complicity of the reporter. Isn't it an amazing coincidence that she stumbled upon this guy to interview for her story? Yeah. An amazing coincidence. That's what it was.

30 posted on 03/01/2013 12:35:26 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

I still wonder about the complicity of the reporter. Isn’t it an amazing coincidence that she stumbled upon this guy to interview for her story? Yeah. An amazing coincidence. That’s what it was
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Oh Ye of Little Faith.

I suppose you don’t believe it when something happens in the Mid East, CNN will go out to the middle of ‘No Mans Land’, knock on a tent flap and get to interview someone who speaks flawless Kings English.
While in this country we have got some from his Village working 7/11’s, driving cabs etc and they hardly know their OWN language.

Coinkydink? I think not...Well, maybe but haven’t seen them ‘miss’ yet.


31 posted on 03/01/2013 12:40:55 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The politicians aren’t cutting their own paychecks. But they expect federal workers to work for free. People can only take only so much stress in this Obaconomy.


32 posted on 03/01/2013 1:11:46 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing”

Now there’s a Dept. we just can’t live without.


33 posted on 03/01/2013 2:33:48 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Thanks for that info, I emailed to the writer with the link.
Not that it will do any good.


34 posted on 03/01/2013 2:49:26 AM PST by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: Jim from C-Town
“Let me get this straight, We are paying a fire fighter at the U.S. Naval Academy $72,000 per year PLUS Benefits. OK. When was the last time he fought a fire he didn’t have a hand in starting?”

Man this guy is a piker. In NJ a 48 year old firefighter would prbably be a retired FF with a 72K a year pension plus medical benefits for life. If he wasn’t retired he would be earning somewhere between 100k - 150k a year plus benefits plus OT. Cops comepnsation packages are similar.

It’s good that the state (and municipalities & counties) spend so much money on bloated salaries and benefits. This way they have absolutely no money left to fix the infrastructure when the state gets ravaged by a tropical storm. Money well spent.

Any questions on why that pathetic state is broke?

35 posted on 03/01/2013 3:03:32 AM PST by saneright
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To: GunRunner

has free health care for him and his entire family,

You are clearly the biggest liar I have ever seen. You and Obama along with Romney are EXACTLY the same. You spout BS that you have no idea what you are talking about and act like it is true. If you want to lie about the guy, at least make it more believable than Maxine Waters over the top nonsense.


36 posted on 03/01/2013 3:05:44 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: GeronL
yep, some “Republican”. Crazy how the MSM finds spokespeople for our side who aren’t on our side.

The guy's a "Republican" in the People's Republic of Maryland, which is THE epitome of a One-Party (Democrat) Machine State.

I'd guess he's a registered Republican for the sole reason of being able to vote for the worst possible candidate in GOP primaries. Like how a lot of Conservatives were registering Dem in 2008 for Operation Chaos.
37 posted on 03/01/2013 3:28:30 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Registered Republican? This guy??

http://www.iaff121.org/

IAFF Local F121 - Representing Federal Fire Fighters in MD, VA & DC

...

Greg Russell, President


38 posted on 03/01/2013 3:39:31 AM PST by maggief
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To: GunRunner
...free health care for him and his entire family...

Not true. Federal employees do contribute to their health care, roughly 1/3 of the total cost, while Uncle Sugar pays the other 2/3. Still a great deal for them, though.

39 posted on 03/01/2013 3:41:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Some of the comments on this board make me want to think about leaving the Republican party permanently.

Yesterday, a single mom I know who is a GS-05 called me up. Look up that pay - it isn't much. She has a child with severe medical issues. Her husband abandoned her and the child several years ago. There is very little money in her home due to all her medical and other expenses (if you think insurance covers everything, dream on).

She works for the Dept of Defense. She doesn't accept any handouts. She doesn't take Food Stamps. She doesn't have an ObamaPhone. She pays her taxes (Federal, State, local, and property). Yet, on this board and all over the country, people like her are vilified. She is vilified by the same people who have no problem cashing their own entitlement check, or taking their own government healthcare, or being employed a lucrative government contract.

She will take a 20% cut, yet she still has to make her payments for her insurance, car repairs on her 15 year old car, and a mortgage for a small house in a marginal area.

She broke down in tears at the end of the conversation and asked me to pray for her.

For anyone out there who is still a Christian (not too many left on this board it seems), please pray for Beth.

When I hear Hannity talk about this as being a "2% cut" I want to scream. It is not a 2% cut for the Dept of Defense. ">It is a 13% cut. This cut is not being shared. 2/3rds of all spending encompassing Entitlements are EXEMPT from Sequestration. Any out there who didn't fail 4th grade math?

Congress and the President will do just fine, thank you.

I am disgusted by the behavior of our own government, and the comments by some on this board. You hurl accusations at the noble. Many of these people who are about to get screwed are not "the takers." They are hard working Americans who are doing their best for a noble agency that is Constitutional.

God help us all.

40 posted on 03/01/2013 3:47:40 AM PST by SkyPilot
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My wife was in line for the bus at Ft. Fumble (the Pentagon) and the people in civies were approached and asked about how they will deal with the sequester.. It was someone with a White House jacket on with the credentials hanging on a lanyard. Since they have to announce themselves if they’re with the media she and her busmates assumed it was someone from the regime trolling for victims.

Oh, and the sun has come up so Obama and the democrats must be pissed.


41 posted on 03/01/2013 3:56:03 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: SkyPilot
If you cant cut $80 Billion form $2.5 Trillion then nothing can be cut.

So if we cave on this then it is over. This is war and 0'bastard is corrupt to the core. Deal with it.

42 posted on 03/01/2013 3:57:19 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SkyPilot

you do realize that is is only a 2% cut of all spending and it’s the president and his regime who decided where the cuts would come from. Carville even said that they cut where it would hurt the most people so they could get the most mileage from it. The democrats are punishing your friend, not freepers.
We feel bad for these people but the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the prezzy. The folks here are just tired of being beat-up every few days while there is a class of people in our country that seem to get away unscathed. The federal government has to be cut and the prezzy decided to take it out on the only area he wants to cut, defense and border security.
We will be praying for those that are less fortunate.


43 posted on 03/01/2013 4:06:11 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: napscoordinator

Precisely. We do our side no good when we make stuff up. Stick to facts:they’re damning enough.

tC


44 posted on 03/01/2013 4:12:40 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Isn’t it interesting that you can find this ‘republican’ is a phony put-up job with a little internet sleuthing, but the MSM can’t be bothered to check. I suppose because it serves their interest; which is being the propaganda arm for leftists.


45 posted on 03/01/2013 4:13:34 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: SkyPilot

Nice description. Did she vote? Do you happen to know who she voted for?
If it was Obama, I have no sympathy. If not, I am very sorry for her.


46 posted on 03/01/2013 4:30:37 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Sure, he's a registered Republican. I've been a registered Democrat since I was old enough to vote. I thought it would be clever to vote for really stupid people in the Dem primaries. I've never ever voted Dem in a real election. But it sure is tons of fun messing with the Dem pollsters and campaign fundraisers! That's all this guy Gregory Russell is doing.

He's fakin' it for the attention and the media whores can't get enough. After all, there is nothing sweeter for a lib than blaming their messes on a Republican!


47 posted on 03/01/2013 4:33:20 AM PST by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

to quote officer john mclane ( of the die hard series )....

“Welcome to the party pal”..


48 posted on 03/01/2013 4:41:11 AM PST by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

uh, I guess that is Marylands version of a “Republican”?
Probably voted for lilMarty O’Malley too

Maybe the furlough will reduce his policial contributions to rat politicians so he can continue to feed his kids hot dogs


49 posted on 03/01/2013 4:42:52 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Given that most Federal workers are involved in anti tenth amendment activities, I can’t feel too sorry for them.


50 posted on 03/01/2013 4:45:14 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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