General Discussion, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Trump gets the electoral votes, all we need is the January 6th rubber stamp and it’s on!

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

    -2.5 Β°F

    Baby, it’s cold outside.

    Time for another log…

    Liked by 7 people

  3. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Feeling parched,
    low dew point is
    equal to dry air.

    Perhaps some
    hot chocolate.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    I LOVE this (found on WRSA):

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    ANFSCD…

    This could have been a major tragedy:

    Austria: Wannabe Jihadi Shouts β€˜Allah’ With Koran In Hand And Storms Stage of Nursery School Kindergarten Play

    https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/austria-wannabe-jihadi-shouts-allah-with-koran-in-hand-and-storms-stage-of-nursery-school-kindergarten-play/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      As the Aussies have had most of their gun ownership rights interdicted it well could have indeed. Try that around here, especially as Mississippi has passed a law legalizing concealed carry in church.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Only in postmodern Germany could folks believe some swarthy gent jumping up on the stage, waving a Koran and yelling “Allah”, was part of a nativity play. Where was it being held, ‘Sprockets’ and Dieter was directing?

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        • MaryfromMarin says:

          This makes my blood run cold. Schools are so vulnerable…and it is VERY hard to “educate” this age group about possible dangers (it’s difficult enough to do fire drills and earthquake drills). I occasionally have nightmares about similar scenarios to the above, and wake up wondering what in the world I would be able to do to protect them.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            In Germany the parents have turned over full control of their children to the school, it used to take a few years for German teachers hired by the UD DoD overseas school system to adjust to an American classroom. Of course that was back when the US parents stil gave a flying whatever, you know, back in the Dark Ages.

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    • lovely says:

      There are places in WI that he would have been carried away in a bodybag. I don’t know how many parents here would have waited to see what the guy had in his backpack or what his intentions were once he stormed the stage with little children on it. Simple truth.

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  6. derk says:

    Good morning Stella, all,
    Where is everyone? Love the picture, once again, beautiful colors.
    Ok, this is my youngest as we were walking San Francisco Sunday. Yep, she is “special”.

    [video src="http://vid1070.photobucket.com/albums/u486/derksutton/IMG_2957_zpsb6cx9dpp.mp4" /]

    You all are not my only source for comedic relief, got a couple fell off the tree.
    Have a great day out there!

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    • derk says:

      Dang, didn’t work.

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    • derk says:

      Ok, video I tried to post was of my daughter. We were walking to get some pizza in SF, she saw a street sign ahead and hurriedly had FSIL video her. She then threw herself on the ground on the sidewalk at the base of it. He then panned up to the street sign, FELL
      It was hilarious, as one niece deadpanned, “She fell.” I looked at traffic passing by and people were howling, as was my daughter. Yes, special she is.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Oh, so it was on purpose. πŸ™‚

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Ahhhh….SF pizza. Fair trade, cruelty and gluten free, locally sourced from sustainable green no-till farms with low carbon footprints, organic components from non-GMO crops. Now where was that BK?

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        • derk says:

          Actually, we all had Chicago style deep dish pizza. excellent. My oldest daughter did have a marvelous gluten free thin crust concoction, she has just been diagnose as being allergic to wheat, along with eggs. No Bueno.
          Our traditional breakfast for dinner on Christmas eve with the kids took a hit, going to have to make some adjustments.
          Been feeding her eggs all her life too, just 3 weeks ago when she was last up. But she has had a terrible rash and is always with cold like symptoms, so, addios huevos!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Adios huevos…sounds like my first divorce….anyway…..

            I’m not the poster child for SF, all of my Frisco-based experiences revolve around being there on Vietnam rotations in ’67, ’68 and the early 70s when my work took me to the Presidio in the early 70s. City Chamber rarely calls me as a reference.

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            • derk says:

              Well, you have my respect for serving, even if it wasn’t an actual choice. I cannot even imagine. Have heard and read only.
              Just talked with a fellow the other day about it. He seemed pretty normal and well adjusted, not many tat I’ve met are.
              I missed by about 4 years. One of m best friends back then didn’t. Next time I saw him, he didn’t even recall me. Whacked out on something. Sad.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I volunteered, they paid me, what’s done is done so we’re all even.

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                • derk says:

                  And here I thought you were bright. =D

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    I was set to be drafted. The AF recruiter used to crawl over the partition tween his and the Army’s spaces, dig into the Army files and get the names of guys ready to get their draft call. He’d call some of them, tell ’em to come by and explain the benefits of getting 9-to-5 AF day vice a life as a grunt. I ran the numbers and went blue versus green. Wasn’t until later when the AF and I had a falling out and I walked across the street to the Army.

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                  • derk says:

                    Ok, I stand corrected, once again! =D
                    You are bright after all, dare I say,
                    Stellar!
                    Have a good night Czar, I’m off to bed

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                  • derk says:

                    Well, back in my younger days, was a wild street kid, so I eventually headed down to the Navy recruiter and signed up.
                    Have high IQ, took their tests and they opened the book for me, said to take my pick of anything. Chose Advanced Electrical Engineering, and sub duty. Always loved the ocean, and thought being under would be even better. 4 years of schooling to start with.

                    The not so smart part of decided to go out with the boys the night before going in, and per usual, got into a fight at the bar.
                    Showed up next morning with a busted up hand, and was told they don’t take broken things. I turned around and headed out the door, never returned.

                    Seems you truly are a bit brighter!

                    Btw, my youngest brother did go in, on subs, for 24 years. Retired now, second career while having all the perks of the Navy.
                    Now he was smart, then again, only a half brother. Different father.

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! I found the perfect stocking stuffer for those speshul relatives that we ALL have….. let the gloating continue!!! πŸ˜€

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  8. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (bailey irish cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas Donuts

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    • MTeresa says:

      Morning Menagerie! We moved at the beginning of the month. Not especially my first choice of time of the year to move……………but I digress. Between moving and Christmas, it can feel like constantly being on a treadmill; working hard but not really getting anywhere. Our son & DIL needed us to watch our grandkids on Saturday and I pondered, How will I get everything done that I “need” to? My husband wisely said, “Maybe this is God’s way of telling you to slow down and spend some time with the kids?” It turned out to be the nicest day. Some of the things that “needed” to be done eventually did get done and the things that didn’t, well, they never matter that much anyway. The children have their memories of a special day with grandparents and it all worked out.

      Letting go of our expectations is the perfect message.

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      • Menagerie says:

        We forget that so much during the holidays. We so often choose what matters little over the most important things.

        This year I have reduced the buying of presents and drafted help. I’m more and more inclined toward less presents, less work, more reflection and joy. Unfortunately, I’m not there yet.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’ve found that, when the kids are young, duct tape works quite well; usually find ’em right where ya left ’em.

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  9. amwick says:

    I had a major decoration malfunction here at the cottage. That cute gingerbread house, from a kit, started losing pieces. The gumdrops fell off, one by one, and then the roof just slid down the side. Somehow the icing glue dried up so much it just wasn’t holding. Luckily, I was able to dig out the leftover icing from the kitchen trashcan, and make repairs. (It was in a sealed bag) Good as new!

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  10. lovely says:

    Question for you knowledgeable computer people. Why is it that my computer may get warm but on some sites it gets hot ( just above the keyboard and on the bottom, not all over) . I thought it was maybe because I had a lot of windows open so I tried various things and the heat seems to be specific to certain sites even if they are the only window open.

    Thanks for any clues πŸ™‚

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  11. Cetera says:

    Another Russian ambassador shot and killed yesterday, hours after the assassination in Turkey:
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-diplomat-found-dead-gunshot-9488602

    Russia will be going to war against someone, soon.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Hm, part of ValJar’s plans?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      A Russian hi-ranking diplomat shot while in in his Moscow flat is a whole nuther thang. The hammer and sickle in the ministry’s door, after some 25 years, makes me think that the old ways are still in favor. Wouldn’t be surprised to find that he was involved in something on his post that didn’t sit well with the big guys.

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      • I am with you on this, Czar.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Smells like some prisoner being walked down a hallway in the old Lubyanka building when someone steps out from a doorway and puts a bullet into the back of his head…

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          • Too many books or Russian movies? I hadn’t had the honor of walking down Lubyanka hallway, but I walked it in the infamous Bebel 4. We called it the tallest building in Odessa because from there you could see Siberia. I share your prognosis.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              We had more than one defector tell us that one of the main ways of doing a calm execution was the doorway scenario. It could also work in the benefit of the jailers as most in-the-know prisoners were aware of itvand every time they were removed from their cells the fear factor would ratchet up.

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              • Oh, I know, I am just constantly surprised by the depth of your knowledge.

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              • Cetera says:

                I’m not going to disagree with you or your analysis and expertise. However, there are likely enough cards now in the deck or in Putin’s hand that he can do just about anything he wants to with these.

                Obama flat out said there would be a public response to punish Russia for interfering with the elections. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/12/15/obama-says-we-will-retaliate-against-russia-for-election-hacking/?utm_term=.a67721ce1190

                β€œI think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections . . . we need to take action,” the president said. β€œAnd we will β€” at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”

                Obama is BFFs with Erdogan, supported him after the failed coup. The Turkish shooter was employed by Turkey in a security/law enforcement role. He was conveniently shot by other security forces after the assassination.

                Turkey is a NATO country. Another ambassador is killed in Russia. Russia starts making noises about the U.S./NATO being involved. It is very, very easy to establish enough connections to make it a Turk/NATO/Obama conspiracy, and that meshes right in with Russia’s history with Turkey.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  My response here was in reference to the Russian diplomat found shot dead in his Moscow apartment hours after the one in Turkey. I was musing over his possibly getting whacked by the Russian government over his perhaps getting his beak into the drug business while he was posted in Peru.
                  As for Turkey, they’ve wanted to be an EU member for decades but Germany’s blocked their admission. Russia tried to lure them away with promises of a bigger cut of the lucrative petro transshipment business and eight nuke reactors but they didn’t jump. Obama’s cuddling up may just have been his advisors telling him to do so to keep Turkey on our side.
                  Turkey serves to block the Russian’s Black Sea fleet from the Med, flank Russia on the Black Sea, makes a great base not only in the Mideast but to stroke Russia if needed and, as Turkey has the largest modern military in the Mideast, it serves as a check to things happening there we don’t want to happen there. NATO is starting to heavily scale back its involvement in events, especially when they concern Russia as Russia supplies a huge amount of Europe’s gas and oil as well as pays some NATO countries a lot of money to ship petro products over their lands and through their ports. EU countries start getting feisty with Russia and Russia threatens to start turning off the gas valves…
                  I think Russia’s blaming anyone it can right now, just trying to get a good pro-Russian spin on this so as not to,lose face. I think blaming England at first was a backdoor way of telling Obama they think he might have a finger in it and not try to capitalize on this. Russia is no less face-conscious or paranoid than it was under the Soviet regime, that distrust of anything foreign is almost a genetic trait.

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                • nyetneetot says:

                  I would seriously take anything and everything in the Western press with a grain of salt. There is a lot more going on in the world than the AP feed shows.

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      • derk says:

        Off topic, but after reading your review the other day, went and saw Rogue One last night.
        Was going to pass after the last one, so thank you! Enjoyed it beginning to end.

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    • joshua says:

      Putin is not a chicken.

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  12. Good morning, uh, afternoon, Stella and everybody! Beautiful photo, Stella!

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    Hey there, ZM, youse guys pickin’ on the local mosques? At least local officials aren’t calling it terrorism.

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    Berlin police have released the suspect arrested ladt night in the Christmas market traffic incident. Seems they don’t have enough evidence to hold him. They are still looking for suspect(s), I’m betting non-Moslem suspect(s) preferred. In a related bulletin Berlin police say they may be closing in on suspects in the Reichstag’s burning.

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  15. John Denney says:

    Saw a Facebook post of a DailyKos article kvetching about Texas cutting Medicaid to kids, and how one of the legislators is a Christian and isn’t that just rank hypocrisy.

    Yeah, it’s all about “separation of Church and State” until they want our money, then it becomes our Christian duty to cough up the funds to give to the State for the children, the poor, the immigrants, the oppressed, . . .

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  16. ImpeachEmAll says:

    As World Leaders Condemn Berlin Attack,
    Russian Ambassador Assassination, Obama Golfs

    http://www.infowars.com/as-world-leaders-condemn-berlin-attack-russian-ambassador-assassination-obama-plays-golf/

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  17. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    Anybody know what happened to Tucker Carlson Tonight? It isn’t on and tonight.

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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    What a great story about a real hero………of the feminine persuasion. No snowflake this girl.
    “Heroic Female IDF Fighter Fights Off 23 Terrorists After Being Wounded in Ambush
    Take that, Beyonce. Here’s a real feminist.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/heroic-female-idf-fighter-fights-23-terrorists-after-being-wounded-ambush

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    Looks like Trump is making the jobs happen already.
    “Japanese Business Titan Making Good on Vow to Trump to Create 50,000 U.S. Jobs
    Making America Great Again.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/japanese-business-titan-making-good-vow-trump-create-50000-us-jobs

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  21. ImpeachEmAll says:

    These socialists thought they were having the last laugh.

    Instead, they are now suffering from foot in mouth;
    as the light of truth has brightly shown upon them.

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