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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:28 AM

Just heard on the radio station that Merle Haggard has passed away...(edited)

Last edited Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:36 PM - Edit history (1)

He was hospitalized tuesday night in Macon, Ga with pneumonia. R.I.P., Mr Haggard

It seems that the radio station got this wrong, even though they said they just confirmed that he had passed on. If it isn't true that he passed on, let's all wish a full and speedy recovery for Merle Haggard.

Peace,

Ghost




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Reply Just heard on the radio station that Merle Haggard has passed away...(edited) (Original post)
Ghost in the Machine Jan 2012 OP
jberryhill Jan 2012 #1
Webster Green Jan 2012 #5
jberryhill Jan 2012 #8
Brother Buzz Jan 2012 #19
jberryhill Jan 2012 #31
Tx4obama Jan 2012 #13
snooper2 Jan 2012 #17
Uncle Joe Jan 2012 #42
XemaSab Jan 2012 #2
RZM Jan 2012 #3
joshcryer Jan 2012 #4
Norrin Radd Jan 2012 #6
FLyellowdog Jan 2012 #7
Tx4obama Jan 2012 #9
yellowcanine Jan 2012 #25
jberryhill Jan 2012 #32
Lasher Jan 2012 #10
Tx4obama Jan 2012 #11
CreekDog Jan 2012 #28
cbdo2007 Jan 2012 #30
mfcorey1 Jan 2012 #12
era veteran Jan 2012 #14
onenote Jan 2012 #15
Bake Jan 2012 #16
Brother Buzz Jan 2012 #18
bemildred Jan 2012 #20
CreekDog Jan 2012 #21
jberryhill Jan 2012 #47
smokey nj Jan 2012 #50
jberryhill Jan 2012 #52
CreekDog Jan 2012 #22
jberryhill Jan 2012 #33
WI_DEM Jan 2012 #34
jberryhill Jan 2012 #35
CreekDog Jan 2012 #41
zappaman Jan 2012 #43
jberryhill Jan 2012 #45
Ghost in the Machine Jan 2012 #53
Ghost in the Machine Jan 2012 #37
CreekDog Jan 2012 #39
zappaman Jan 2012 #40
jberryhill Jan 2012 #46
zappaman Jan 2012 #48
jberryhill Jan 2012 #49
MrScorpio Jan 2012 #23
CreekDog Jan 2012 #24
tawadi Jan 2012 #27
jberryhill Jan 2012 #38
tawadi Jan 2012 #26
WI_DEM Jan 2012 #29
jberryhill Jan 2012 #36
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CreekDog Jan 2012 #56
EFerrari Jan 2012 #59
Still Blue in PDX Jan 2012 #64
Manifestor_of_Light Jan 2012 #44
spanone Jan 2012 #51
Dr. Strange Jan 2012 #54
CreekDog Jan 2012 #57
KamaAina Jan 2012 #61
taterguy Jan 2012 #55
jberryhill Jan 2012 #58
KamaAina Jan 2012 #60
alphafemale Jan 2012 #62
CreekDog Jan 2012 #63

Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:36 AM

1. We don't smoke marijuana in Muscogee...



"We don't let our hair get shaggy,
like the hippies out in San Francisco do."

I can still remember thinking that if Muskogee was going to be immortalized in song, then I would have preferred something more relevant to Creek culture than redneck culture.

Still, a catchy tune, and an American classic.

And you have my permission to like Lynyrd Skynyrd too, and no, I do not want the inaugural DU3 "Sweet Home Alabama" flamefest.

on edit: Hi Ghost!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:45 AM

5. Merle was a good guy.

I know for a fact that he changed his tune on pot. He mellowed over the years for sure.

I did sound for him in the 70s a few times. He got along just fine with us hippies.

RIP Merle!

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:55 AM

8. I can never tell if the song is ironic or what

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:18 AM

19. What's ironic was Merle's signature song was actually written from his fathers perspective, not his.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:39 PM

31. That's the problem with ballads


The ballad is performed from the perspective of a character telling the story or whatever, and the impulse is to attribute that perspective to the artist.

Kind of like how I used to hate actors who played characters I hate.

Then I realized - those are really good actors to make me hate their character.

Nobody ever said Jerry Garcia snorted coke and operated steam locomotives.

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:32 AM

13. He still IS a good guy. There are NO reports anywhere about his death! n/t

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:58 AM

17. You know he did a fat line of coke after playing this gig right?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:11 PM

42. I like Merle Haggard but I hate that song, if they had smoked Marijuana in Muskogee not to mention

the rest of Oklahoma, the certifiably insane (global warming is a conspiracy) Inhofe may never have come to power.

Lynryd Skynryd's music is most liberal and progressive, especially from a Southern Band.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:37 AM

2. Oh dear

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:39 AM

3. RIP

 

Always liked him. He was who he was and proud of it. You can't hate on that.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:40 AM

4. A truly sad day. :(



RIP Merle

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:53 AM

7. So sad. nt

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:07 AM

9. There is NOTHING anywhere so far about him passing away.


Not on The AP, not on Twitter.

What radio station was it that you heard the news?

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:23 AM

25. The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated - Mark Twain

Origin

Mark Twain quotation after hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal.

Mistaken publications of obituaries aren't as rare as you might expect. A recent example is of Dave Swarbrick, the British folk/rock violinist, who was killed off mistakenly by the Daily Telegraph in April 1999 when they reported that his visit to hospital in Coventry had resulted in his death. He did at least get the opportunity to read a rather favourable account of his life, not something we all get to do, and to deliver the gag "It's not the first time I have died in Coventry".

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/368850.html

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:41 PM

32. Okay, well just lock the thread until he's dead


And then unlock it.

Simple.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:10 AM

10. My band did a couple of his songs.

The warden led a prisoner down the hallway to his doom.
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:17 AM

11. I think perhaps the radio station you listen to was perhaps wrong.


Maybe the word 'rumor' should be added to the subject line of the OP until there is a news article link that confirms it.
The OP here is over 30 minutes old and there is absolutely NOTHING anywhere about his death,
only news about him being in the hospital

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:50 AM

28. I alerted on this post but 3 jurors can't seem to find anything wrong with saying he's dead

when he's alive.

just can't seem to find anything, oh, "insensitive", "inappropriate", or beneath "community standards".

dude the rules don't say anything about not being allowed to post about left handed rabbit stompers so I guess we have to leave it up.


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At Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:15 AM you sent an alert on the following post:

Just heard on the radio station that Merle Haggard has passed away...

REASON FOR ALERT:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)

YOUR COMMENTS:

Merle Haggard is not dead and the OP posted it and carelessly didn't bother to fix it later on to correct it.

JURY RESULTS

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:23 AM, and voted 3-3 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Is being wrong a reason to hide a post? A reply can easily show that the singer is not dead.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Sometimes we hear things reported on the news and they turn out to be untrue.

It wasn't disruptive.. the person heard it early this morning is more than likely at work and can't respond.

I checked and he's still not dead.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: I assume the OP isn't aware of his mistake.
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT and said: Ugh. I hate that this was the given reason, but I cannot verify that Merle Haggard is dead, only in hospital. If the OP won't edit for correction, then the post should be hidden.
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT and said: I am voting to hide it but isn't this the responsibility of the forum moderator? Just asking...
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: I don't know whether he's dead or alive but being INCORRECT is not the same thing as being "disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate." This is abuse of the jury system, IMO.

Thank you.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #28)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:30 PM

30. BWAAHAHAHAHA - This jury system is apparently the most ridiculous thing ever.

Posting a celebrity is dead who is still alive isn't "disruptive" or "over the top"??? Looks like DU's got some problems.

hahahahahahahahah

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:25 AM

12. Try this from the Macon News

http://www.macon.com/2012/01/19/1868989/haggard-expected-to-remain-in.html

Haggard is expected to remain hospitalized in Macon for a couple of days to recover from pneumonia, his publicist said Wednesday.

Haggard, 74, wasn’t able to perform Tuesday night at the City Auditorium and was reportedly being treated in the Georgia Heart Center of The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/01/19/1868989/haggard-expected-to-remain-in.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 08:12 AM

14. I'll change that flat tire Merle. RIP

Lots of juke boxes are crying today.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 08:22 AM

15. Has anyone found confirmation of this story?

Still not showing up anywhere that I can find.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:52 AM

16. NO!!! Please let this be just a rumor!

Any confirmation yet?

Bake

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:09 AM

18. Two diverse, but good people from Bakersfield

Merle Haggard and Earl Warren...


Merle Haggard was the real deal.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

20. One of the best. RIP. nt

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:13 AM

21. Please don't Abe Vigoda Merle Haggard

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:09 PM

47. Is he dead yet?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #47)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:22 PM

50. Abe's still kicking.

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Response to smokey nj (Reply #50)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:27 PM

52. Cage Match: Merle Haggard v. Abe Vigoda


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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:20 AM

22. If you post that somebody has died --they should actually BE DEAD, if not, CORRECT YOUR POST

And posting that he's dead and not being bothered to correct that post seems pretty disrespectful and careless.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:42 PM

33. He posted "I heard on a radio station"


The OP may be a correct report of what was heard.

The OP does not assert that Mr. Haggard is actually dead.

It reports what the poster heard on the radio.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #33)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:43 PM

34. still shouldn't they correct it?

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #34)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:49 PM

35. Are you suggesting he didn't hear it on the radio?


Everybody keeps saying they heard Obama is going to abolish social security and medicare, and I don't see anyone chasing after corrections on that.

So, Merle will survive this thread, with any luck.

Or were you suggesting the poster should go kill Merle Haggard, in order to correct the situation relative to the OP?

There's always more than one solution to a problem, you know.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #33)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:10 PM

41. take off the lawyer hat and read the post

he's basically posting that someone died (who didn't).

he's now back in the thread to say that he's not fixing it and to go (pound sand) call the radio station (which he said he would provide -but didn't).

the OP doesn't give a sh*t.

legally actionable? no. but that's not the standard. the standard is that if you post something that's a big deal (someone dying is) and it's wrong, you correct it. that's what an adult does.

but some people here feel that to actually hit that edit button and say, "whoa, what i posted, even though i heard it from someone else, turned out to be wrong --or looks to be wrong...sorry" would cause them to get attacked by bats and zombies and suffer horrible, painful maladies as a result.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #41)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:12 PM

43. Only a wuss would apologize or even acknowledge a mistake. n/t

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #41)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:07 PM

45. Awww... you don't know Ghost

He's a cantankerous and stubborn SOB from the hills of Tennessee, but he's good people.

The sun will still rise in the east.

If you want him to "correct the post", he just might go hunt down Merle Haggard to make it so.

That's how Ghost is.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #45)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:27 PM

53. Thank you, Mr Berryhill

Hope all is well with you and yours...

I only posted what I heard on on a radio station as I was flipping thru stations. They said it was *confirmed*. Hell, I didn't even know he was sick.. or even still alive, for that matter. I remember listening to him as a kid, because that's who/what my parents listened to.

If the station was wrong, I apologize for repeating their erroneous reporting....


Peace,

Ghost

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:03 PM

37. I heard it on a Chattanooga country music station just a few minutes before I posted this....

I was flipping thru stations, and don't normally listen to country, but the station said they had just confirmed that he had died. I went to bed right after posting, and have been busy today. If I can remember what station it was, I'll give you their info and you can call them and harrass them about it, ok? I hope you didn't stay up all night due to a stressful OCD outbreak over this!

Peace,

Ghost

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Reply #37)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:06 PM

39. and you washed your hands of the matter

you don't really care if you're right.

hey, it's no skin off your back.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #39)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:08 PM

40. yeah, so what if you said a guy was dead who wasn't.

and if people got bummed cuz they like the guy, well, so what?
why not post some other false items while you're at it cuz so what?


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Response to zappaman (Reply #40)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:08 PM

46. I thought i was dead once

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #46)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:10 PM

48. stop trolling my sub-thread. Thanks. nt

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Response to zappaman (Reply #48)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:12 PM

49. Fine


Just tell me exactly what you were doing before you were dead, and what happened afterwards.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:21 AM

23. Get well soon, Merle

A true American legend.

\Edited

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:22 AM

24. No don't...Not dead.

jeez, does anybody read any of the replies or actual news anymore?

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #24)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:45 AM

27. Oh. So it is not true?

I tend to respond to an OP then read the other replies after. If he is still recovering in the hospital then I hope he gets well soon!

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Response to tawadi (Reply #27)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:03 PM

38. It is pre-true

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:57 AM

29. all I see on internet is he is hospitalized with pneumonia, not that he has died, maybe...

you should change the title of your thread?

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:50 PM

36. He's only MOSTLY dead...


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Response to jberryhill (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:23 PM

56. !

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #56)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:17 PM

59. . . .

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #36)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:16 PM

64. Ha ha ha ha!

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:18 PM

44. Kinky Friedman's answer to Okie from Muskogee:

Asshole from El Paso:

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 05:23 PM

51. google shows no signs of his passing

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:18 PM

54. He was in a plane with Mel Gibson.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #54)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:29 PM

57. The OP is like an incompetent Grim Reaper

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #57)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 PM

61. Or Death from Family Guy

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:19 PM

55. Rest in Peace, Merle, I'll miss you

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Response to taterguy (Reply #55)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:15 PM

58. Apparently this was a mis-stated or mis-heard radio blip

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:17 PM

60. I guess he can jam with Jon Bon Jovi now

who was also falsely reported to be dead. (sigh of relief)

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:42 PM

62. And there is a Rosa's Cantina in the west Texas town of El Paso.

?zz=1

Been there. Got the the T-Shirt.

Awesome folk inside.

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 10:15 AM

63. good on you for the correction

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