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May 01, 2020

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Melinda

Michael Cohen's early release has been rescinded.

James D.

Ext, that Smithfield story is terrifying.

The sale should never have been permitted. As an American citizen, Pope should never have for a millisecond considered it. And the company should be seized by the government and auctioned back to an American owner, and to hell with international law or Wall Street or the complaints of the CCP.

If that makes me like Hugo Chavez, so be it. Better that then allowing an enemy government to have control over a huge element of our nation’s food supply.

Old Lurker

Boy is Mitt Romney an a'hoe:

"Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, proposed a pay raise for essential workers on Friday who are braving the front lines of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The temporary bonus, known as "Patriot Pay," would amount to an increase of $12 per hour in May, June, and July, according to a Senate press release.

One-quarter of the bonus would be paid by employers, while the remaining three-quarters would be paid out by the federal government. The measure would be funded by a refundable payroll tax credit.

“Health care professionals, grocery store workers, food processors, and many others—the unsung patriots on the frontline of this pandemic—every day risk their safety for the health and well-being of our country, and they deserve our unwavering support,” Romney said. “Patriot Pay is a way for us to reward our essential workers as they continue to keep Americans safe, healthy, and fed.”

The bonus would apply to essential employees making less than $50,000 annually."

Threadkiller

“Patriot Pay”.

Nice commie ring to it.

PDinDetroit

The bonus would apply to essential employees making less than $50,000 annually.

Yes, earning $50,001 makes one less of a Patriot. Or less able to ruled over. Or some such nonsense.

henry

Gee Mutt. Everybody else is not paid at all. Go sniff some sacred underwear and leave the American people alone.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Virtue Signalling Ass hoe.

Pinandpuller

Apropos of a conversation on another network, this guy named Henry Pratt is credited, in English anyway, of coining the term “racism”. Well not too long ago a Black guy went into a Henry Pratt plant he was getting fired from and killed five White people. He is said to have remarked that he wanted to kill all those Em Effers.

It really makes you think 🤔.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

or #metoo Ass hoe.. not getting any credit for 'doing something' and trying to out Pres the Pres.

Old Lurker

Steph "Virtue Signalling WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY Ass hoe."

Better?

Tom R

https://twitter.com/erictrump/status/1256300257694101515?s=21

Extraneus

that Smithfield story is terrifying.

It's interesting that Stabenow (D) opposed the sale and Roberts (R) supported it. I wonder if that was a common split at the time. I didn't think there were any China hawks in the Dem party, but she was obviously one.

Jane

I lived. Came home t o a call thatKiwi was dying, so all hands on deck to save her. v9 she snoring next to me but her legs still arent working right.). Surgery went well. CAnt see. Supposed to. Be he face down for 2 days so see youlater alligators.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Better?

Much...

James D.

One-quarter of the bonus would be paid by employers, while the remaining three-quarters would be paid out by the federal government. The measure would be funded by a refundable payroll tax credit.

And if a business can’t afford their 1/4 share of the Patriot Pat bonus, because they’re bringing in less revenue and having to pay huge unexpected costs for enhanced cleaning and other covid-19 related costs, what happens to them?

I always think I can’t despise Romney any more, and then he goes and opens his mouth.

Old Lurker

Take care, Jane.

Extraneus

Glad it went well Jane.

henry

Jane, prayers for both you and Kiwi!

James D.

Actually, I can guess what happens to business that can’t Afford Mitt’s Patriot Pay bonus. They’re forced to go under and one of Mitt’s spawn at Bane Capital can swoop in, buy the formerly profitable business for pennies on the dollar and strip it for parts.

Old Lurker

Tru dat, James.

Plus do you know how hard it is to take away a raise when the time is up? And every time there is a mini wave in the future, does it come back? How do the other employees on the scale fit in?

Fricken nightmare for a boss.

Jack Lillywhite

Does anyone know the story behind each of the recipients at today’s WH presentations by Trump? The first guy looked like was wearing a postal uniform.

MissMarple2

https://t.co/EyDbvD3UnX

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2020
MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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Senator Shelley Moore Capito (@CapitoforWV) is doing a tremendous job for the great people of West Virginia! She strongly defends our Second Amendment, Supports our Veterans and is Strong on Life and the Border....

....Together we will Fight for Small Businesses and Protect American Energy workers! Shelley has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

Tom R

MM @ 5:18

In light of the Tara Reade scandal, Gallup is going to have to resort to a record breaking oversample of Democrats to prevent Trump from reaching 50%.

James D.

I’m sure Mitt is well aware of that, OL, and for him I’m sure it’s a feature rather than a bug.

I’m sure that’s why it’s set up as an hourly raise rather than a one time bonus. All the better to cripple and bankrupt those inconvenient small businesses.

Old Lurker

Ah, change. Who needs dem old fashioned values now that we have all these new genders:

"Americans are getting married at the lowest rate ever recorded, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, with the lead author for the report calling the moment “historic.”

The U.S. marriage rate fell 6 percent in 2018 to only 6.5 new unions formed for every 1,000 people, the lowest number since the government began keeping data in 1867. The number is nearly 10 points lower than the peak rate during World War II, with 1946 (the first post-war year) having the record-high of 16.4 marriages per 1,000 people. Marriage rates steadily declined from 1982 to 2009, before steadying and slightly increasing in 2014."

Jack Lillywhite

Don’t know about you but whenever I see one of those frontal face close up photos of Biden, there is nothing there. It is a vacant stare. Almost rheumy in a way. This will not end well for the Dems no matter what they do.

MissMarple2

This picture goes with the Gallup survey story. Note the minority supporter and the guy holding the banner with the meme which came from a Twitter supporter:

Extraneus

When everyone gets back to work, the "essential" workers will no longer be the only ones working. Meanwhile, companies like Walmart have already given bonuses and raises to their people.

And btw, Mitt seems to think we won't return to normalcy until after the "Patriot Pay" ends in July?

Meanwhile, have there been any reports of grocery workers dropping like flies? I was just out shopping today and they all looked happy and carefree.

PDinDetroit

Jane, please take care and spend the time lying down like the doctors ordered.

My FIL had a tear in the cornea and had to lie face down for quite a while after surgery. He almost caused himself worse trouble by not lying face down, but he got lucky and then did EXACTLY what the doctors ordered.

MissMarple2

Jack,

I totally agree about those Biden close-ups! Nothing there. I think the dems KNOW that he is an empty shell and are just using him as filler until the ringer is brought in.

Threadkiller

For House and Senate hearing junkies, who have been deprived the hours of sanctimonious jabbering thanks to Chinese Bat and Ham Samich Virus, here is the Smithfield hearing that Ext’s article mentioned:

https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/hearings/smithfield-and-beyond_examining-foreign-purchases-of-american-food-companies

henry

Re Mutt and the stickiness of a raise. Don’t short change Ivanka and the stickiness of FFCRA government reimbursed paid family coronavirus leave. I despise that daddy’s girl more every day.

Threadkiller

Glad you are home, Jane.

Old Lurker

u b right about that, Henry.

MissMarple2

Jane,

Prayers for your patience and comfort through the face-down time!

When I had knee surgery 10 years ago, I had to lie flat on my back, which was NOT comfortable for me, and I about went nuts! I hope your patience is better than mine was!

PDinDetroit

Ex - there was a passing story on NBC local station here about grocery workers getting sick with COVID-19, but no follow-up. I don't expect any follow-up either as it doesn't fit the narrative. It's OK to go get food from the grocery store but don't go anywhere else or YOU'LL DIE.

KevlarKid

Ext: thanks for the deets on Pope and the S'field deal.

About a month ago i had an exchange with S'field because a press piece they put out seemed like a snow job given what i knew about the deal back in 2013.

Here is S'field's reply to me (#1) and mine back (#2):


#1 #1 #1

Smithfield Foods is a U.S. company that provides more than 40,000 American jobs and partners with thousands of American farmers. The company was founded in Smithfield, Virginia, in 1936 and was acquired by Hong Kong-based WH Group in 2013.

 

WH Group is a publicly traded company with shareholders around the world. Anyone anywhere can purchase shares of WH Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code 00288. In fact, WH Group’s shareholders include many large U.S.-based financial institutions. It is not a Chinese state-owned enterprise and does not undertake commercial activities on behalf of the Chinese government.


For more information, please visit www.smithfieldfoods.com/madeinusa.


Keira Lombardo
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Compliance
p: (757) 365-3050 c: (757) 323-5025

e: klombardo@smithfield.com

200 Commerce St.
Smithfield, VA 23430

smithfieldfoods.com

#2 #2 #2

Thank-you for your courteous reply.


Like any publically traded company there are stockholders worldwide.  However, the controlling interest at 33.2% is Beijing-based CDH Industries. The next highest percentage is JP Morgan at 5.2%.


With $100B under management it would be a naive stretch for me to pose the null hypothesis "Xi's government has no influence on CDH deal making and global strategies."


A sample excerpt illustrates a common valid perception passed on to me from a former Beijing bureau chief of a major US newspaper (LA Times):


"Until recently, such a statement would have been laughed out of court. No longer. Nor would Washington have contemplated the policy of “decoupling” the US and Chinese economies – shorthand for the administration’s commitment, through taxes, tariffs and other punitive measures, to disentangle its companies and their technologies from China’s supply chains.

The relationship between the party and private sector companies is, up to a point, flexible – certainly more so than with state companies. The party doesn’t habitually micromanage their day-to-day operations. The firms are largely still in charge of their basic business decisions. But pressure from party committees to have a seat at the table."


Sincerely,

Blah blah

MissMarple2


CBC News
@CBCNews

BREAKING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a ban on some 1,500 models of military-grade "assault-style" weapons in Canada, a ban that is effective immediately.
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Good. Now we can invade.

Threadkiller

They can’t promote that story until the food bank scams are perfected, PD. Once they have the system down for everyone to go get their predetermined box-o-supplies, courtesy of the government, they will unleash holy hell on private grocery stores.

clarice

Two days isn't that bad, Jane. I was afraid it would be longer--Great. Sorry to hear about kiwi--hope this passes quickly and she recovers again and quickly.

henry

Miss M. That will stop my duck hunting expeditions to The Pas. Can’t take my meat shotgun past the border with those regs.

clarice

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/01/coronavirus-newsom-says-california-is-days-not-weeks-away-from-easing-restrictions.html?__source=sharebar%7Cfacebook&par=sharebar&fbclid=IwAR3ekr_joL-MXbDKd_KaW4m0hxhlOJSiN3tyDIauNV-NvtN07VaQ3EyVQwM

Gov Knowslittle must be getting a chapped backside from the growing rebellion.

Captain Hate

Good luck to Jane and Kiwi!

Anyone here wish you could time travel and undo your vote for Mutt?

lyle

Hang in there, Jane.

henry

Clarice, Huntington Beach residents are happy to increase the chafing.

https://twitter.com/sultanknish/status/1256328492104298497?s=21

lyle

Anyone here wish you could time travel and undo your vote for Mutt?

::raises hand::

sbwaters

Jane, we are concerned about you and Kiwi.

If you are reading this, please go back and lie down!

Extraneus

Great link, TK. At the bottom was a link to a transcript of the hearing. I didn't read every word, but almost none of them were in favor of this transaction. How the hell did it get approved?

Threadkiller

Newsome has gotten far more than he expected from this “crisis.” Any act of benevolence from him is at his own discretion. A true rebellion would return things to as they were. All Newsome is facing is a bunch of clowns that want to skate and surf, and he will be re-elected as a hero for providing these rubes with table scraps and having them believe this is the “New Normal 7 Course Meal.”

MissMarple2

henry,

I wonder how much crap Trudeau is getting from hunting resort owners. The Michigan governor seems to be unaware of the money tourism brigs in, as my friend who was planning on going to Mackinac this summer with her kids and grandkids told me when she cancelled their reservations.

I tell you, if I owned one of those resorts and had voted democrat/liberal, I would NOT vote the same way again. (Of course, I came to that conclusion back in the Jimmy Carter Era.)

henry

Hmmmm

@geoffrbennett

WaPo: White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel, committee spokesman says

https://twitter.com/geoffrbennett/status/1256331754308202497?s=21

clarice

https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-crisis-amid-new-yorks-unused-hospital-beds-and-entilators-critics-point-to-waste-and-mismanagement?fbclid=IwAR0QPH8aSiV2M3GKCWWKA2ZLkjCpzjjBe_Np5Du0g5LffdI5oN1b3FHWdKU

lyle

Dear You Know The Thing :

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/05/01/wtaf-new-hampshire-democratic-rep-tries-deleting-graphic-explanation-for-why-he-doesnt-believe-tara-reade-but-we-got-it/

Yer not gonna believe this.

Jack Lillywhite

We are with you Jane and Kiwi. BTW, who is taking care of Kiwi?

Is Trudeau nuts? I thought most Cannucks were just Wisconsin an Minnesota types who lived further north? Even Newfies own lots of guns.

Threadkiller

At the beginning, Ext, Thad Cochran mused as to whether or not the Senate actually wields any power over such a transaction to which Pope claims that he doesn’t have the same size brain as the elected mouthpieces on the dais, so he wouldn’t begin to speculate.

I didn’t see any actual answer. The hearing was a dog and pony show so the voters would hear convincing sound bites when an election call for them.

henry

Miss M, good question. Talked to my neighbor earlier (he caught me by my mailbox). He was psyched to go fishing in Canada next month. I asked if the border was open. We also talked about duck hunting up north. Lots of outdoorsmen love to visit Canada. Trudeau ain’t helping. My guess the neighbor will be pheasant hunting in N Dak instead.

Captain Hate

::raises hand::

*fistbump*

Threadkiller

All political theater aside, Stabenow really seemed nervous about selling out to China.

GUS

Went to PIGG LES WIGG last night. They had a sign in the planter in front that mentioned that they were heroes. HEROES.

So, me HOP SING, me no buy SMIFFIEWED HAM flum you no mow-a. Me desplise Amelican Helos.

Extraneus

Apparently the CIFUS or whatever the committee was called has complete authority. All 16 agency reps and the chairman, Jack Lew, were under Obama at the time.

henry

More detail on the Huntington Beach thing.

https://www.foxla.com/news/crowd-fails-to-social-distance-while-protesting-in-huntington-beach-over-pandemic-restrictions

Last time I was in Huntington Beach (1990?), I remember driving golf balls off my friend’s roof through new construction onto Hunting Blvd (beach block). The local cops reasonably ignored our wearing golf spikes in the tiled entryway as we declared no idea what they were responding to.

Crowded town, but good people.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

joan, back thread you posted about challenges while posting images.
If you can get my email from someone, I can help!
I love posting images, they help me find the place where I left off when I do catch-up.
I will happily show you how, or you can email me images and I can post them for you.

I know that DrJ has my email.
I gave it to henry to add to some JOM list but it was years ago, and GUS as well, though he may or may not have saved it.

GUS

At times like these PINK PUSSIES, like TRUDEAU are dangerous. Children should not be in charge of countries.

MissMarple2

Retweeted by President Trump. Video at the link.

FDNY members show their appreciation for 100 @FEMA National Ambulance Contract units as they deploy back home after 30 days spent serving on the front lines in the city's response to COVID-19. Read more: https://t.co/EZ7BLCE31C pic.twitter.com/vTXsodXWYO

— FDNY (@FDNY) April 30, 2020
Extraneus

CFIUS Overview

The members of CFIUS include the heads of the following departments and offices:

Department of the Treasury (chair)
Department of Justice
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of State
Department of Energy
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Office of Science & Technology Policy

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Mel: "no wonder they keep trying to steer moar and moar cash back to the states, cities" (for corruption, money laundering, ...)

Yes, but also recall what happened to the money allocated to aid recovery in the Great Recession.
It was at first SUPPOSED to go to shovel-ready jobs performed by burly men.
But that got derailed (no money for icky MEN) and the money was rerouted to pay women in offices of state and local government. Insty did a fairly complete job of covering that.

It's not unlike 1984 in that regard. The Inner Party only cares about itself. But, as necessary from time to time, scraps are thrown to the Outer Party.

But never to the Proles.

Captain Hate

Urine tinged chronicles

The allegation is that the attorneys worked the deal out and did NOT inform Flynn. You pole-vault right over that fact in your analysis, then rely on a conversation that takes place only in your imagination, something I see as unfortunate if not disingenuous to some degree.

That’s a truly stupid allegation, if that’s the allegation, since it would perforce have zero to do with Flynn’s actions. In any even, if you’re calling me disingenuous you are going to get banned. So that was your last comment. Hope it was worth it.

Andy McCarthy’s analysis of the same facts is grounded in reality and seems far more compelling to me.

Great. That means you’re an unthinking partisan, so your analysis won’t be missed here. Bye!

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/1/2020 @ 12:12 pm

As to the “they weren’t out to fire him” aspect of your argument, I would respectfully point out that the notes that were released overtly stated that getting Flynn fired was one of the possible goals of the interview. Another possible goal was to get him to lie.

Nope. As I will show in my second post. Which you won’t be commenting on, but you will be welcome to read.

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/1/2020 @ 12:12 pm

Reading Jonathan K. Smith’s past comments confirms my banning decision and only makes me wonder why I didn’t do it before.

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/1/2020 @ 12:15 pm

henry

@maciverwisc

*BREAKING NEWS* The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to take up the GOP lawsuit against DHS' Secretary-Designee Palm. They will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, May 5.

Another Bob

“Stabenow really seemed nervous about selling out to China.”

Union jobs?

Captain Hate

And MOAR

Patterico and any others defending the treatment of Flynn has willfully ignored other aspects of this case.

I don’t answer people who talk to me like that. I see that you’re very exercised about this case, based on a partisan, selective, and distorted view of the facts — but you are on very thin ice addressing me that way. Last warning, whembly.

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/1/2020 @ 12:28 pm

I am going to suggest some reading for anyone asking me questions about this case. No more questions from pro-Flynn people until you promise me you have read both of these documents.

link

link

I’m not going to discuss this further with aggressively uninformed people. I have better things to do with my time.

Patterico (115b1f) — 5/1/2020 @ 12:30 pm

If whembly has an iota of self respect he'll tell the loon to fuck off.

Threadkiller

LOL, CH!

Ban Hammering Since 2016

Extraneus

I would bet that Obama directed CFUIS to approve the deal. He didn't have to tell them personally, just get the word out that he was in favor. The agencies are very obedient to Dem presidents.

MissMarple2

thebradfordfile™
@thebradfordfile
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Barack Obama personally "warned" President Trump about General Michael Flynn. When Trump didn't take his advice, James Comey took care of Obama's problem. This is bigger than watergate, and the media is still giving Obama a pass.
It's un-freaking-believable.
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Not for me, as I have believed these people are not only anti-American but absolutely evil for a long time.

Threadkiller

Union jobs?

It gets a slight mention, AB, so I would think that was a concern. But there was something not quite the normal script of these blowhard hearings. Almost as if the Senators were really hoping the witnesses could scuttle the whole thing.

GUS

He should CONTACT, PATRICK FREY, at the L.A.COUNTY court house.
Tell Patty Frey SUG says hi!!!

GUS

JimNorCal, I still have your e-mail.

GUS

CFUIS Rhymes with URANIUM to RUSSIA. Who delivered the sample???

Extraneus

Should I post "Please ban me if you haven't already, you fucking dork"?

henry

Just thank him for expunging you’re parking tickets and ask where to mail the check.

Jane

I can sit face down too which makes it possible to look at my iPad. Lying face down is absurd. I doubt I will get an hour of sleep tonite. Kiwi is here. Someone wii come by tonite to take her out around 10.

Clarice, yes I am lucky except on the days it is happening. Hope it works.

Extraneus

The Patterico stuff is funny, CH. Who would care about getting banned from that site? Does he really have groupies?

Rocco

Charlie Baker says if you're running early in the morning you don't have to wear a mask, what a guy!

https://www.wbjournal.com/article/bakers-new-mask-mandate-applies-statewide

Capt'n, I was his biggest supporter out here and regret it immensely.

Jane, how many fingers am I holding up? Prayers for you and Kiwi.

Threadkiller

Does he really have groupies?. If you dabble in Seinfeld reruns, his groupies are real life Elaine stalkers. They make crafts from TV Guides and lifelike Patterico mannequins to diddle.

Extraneus
Chairwoman STABENOW. Thank you very much. I think this has been a very important and very thoughtful hearing and very informative. I appreciate everyone being here today. VerDate Nov 24 2008 08:31 Sep 15, 2014 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 6633 Sfmt 6633 C:\USERS\MW42035\DESKTOP\DOCS\87565.TXT MICAH 31 We have a number of issues that have been raised and I think, from my perspective I remain concerned about the adequacy of our government’s review process for these acquisitions of our food supply. I really believe this is a precedent-setting case. I am concerned when Dr. Haley talks about more waiting in the wings to come which just says to me that we need to be thoughtful on behalf of American consumers and producers in the broader economy to make sure that we are looking at the adequacy of the review process and what is in the best interest of our country. I want to remind the members that we are going to be with the Treasury Department, we are going to be going across the hall now to meet with those that are involved with this review process and we will have questions for them as well. Any additional questions for the record should be submitted to the Committee Clerk by five business days from today, that is 5 p.m. on Wednesday July 17. This is important. I hope that we will continue to see a strong, robust pork industry in America and that I have no doubt that our standards will remain high in this country, and we certainly want all the right things to happen. But I think there are legitimate issues here about what this is all about and the long-term implications for what will happen to the industry. Thank you very much for joining us. [Whereupon, at 4:06 p.m., the Committee was adjourned.]
henry

Hi Jane! Hope you get some sleep the next two days. Is Kiwi any better?

GUS

I got banned by the little girl a long long long time ago. He's pathetic. He's a glorified meter maid.

henry

I got banned in one post A while back. My life is now complete.

Extraneus
I think there are legitimate issues here about what this is all about
Narciso

I was banned twice, once because i pointed out some carp from mike woolf.

peter

Jane, glad you are doing well.

Captain Hate

Ext,

When LGF hit peak insanity I just ignored it because fat boy Chuckles never claimed to be a conservative so it wasn't like dealing with a lying dumbass. The loon's remaining butt swabs have to be under 10 in number so he's coming close to talking to himself all the time.

At the beginning of the Pandemic he was whining about how he and his sisters had planned on taking their crone mother to Italy. How sweet would it have been to have that clown posse stuck in Pandemic Central World Headquarters? Somehow it would've been Drumpf's fault in his addled mind.

Jack Lillywhite

Patterico is a prosecutor?

Do defense attorney's in LA need to watch his Pontifications? I wonder if they do and use it against him. He is what I would call a "perfect asshole".

What was that goofy blog that started out on revealing the Bush memo was typed on an old typewriter? He reminds me of the mindless jerk and his audience.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Is happyfeet still posting over there? Or is he banned for like the 43rd time? Drama queens are so tedious. Both HF and Patterico.

Jack Lillywhite

Thanks, Cap. LGF. What a waste of broadband. If I was in California and saw him on bike I would make certain I stuck a stick in his wheels. A complete, registered and certified asshole.

Narciso

Which was so had he didnt bring it up from the second book.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

What was that goofy blog that started out on revealing the Bush memo was typed on an old typewriter? He reminds me of the mindless jerk and his audience.

Little Green Footballs, Jack.

Proudly banned from there, too. He was Nucking Futz...

Porchlight

Hang in there Jane and Kiwi. Kiwi, get better soon, your mistress needs you.

And do mind the doc's instructions, Jane. Just not worth the potential consequences.

Captain Hate

Rocco,

Mistakes, I've had a few...

Narciso

Happy feet is a performance act like andy kauffman,

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