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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:07 PM

John Bolton Praises Obama’s Drone Program As ‘Sensible’ And ‘Consistent’ Extension Of Bush-Era

Appearing on Fox’s Happening Now this morning, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton took to defending President Obama‘s program of targeted assassinations of Americans abroad, calling it what it is: an extension of Bush-era policies.

“It seems to me that the approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Bolton told host Jenna Lee. “And I think it is entirely sensible. Whether it is foreign citizens who are involved with Al Qaeda or American citizens, we are in a war. They have attacked us. We have a congressional authorization to use military force in response. And that’s what’s at stake here.”
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/john-bolton-praises-obamas-drone-program-as-sensible-and-consistent-extension-of-bush-era-policies/

This HAS to be an awful policy.

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Reply John Bolton Praises Obama’s Drone Program As ‘Sensible’ And ‘Consistent’ Extension Of Bush-Era (Original post)
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 OP
G_j Feb 2013 #1
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #4
Catherina Feb 2013 #32
ProSense Feb 2013 #2
Autumn Feb 2013 #3
mwrguy Feb 2013 #5
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #6
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #8
woo me with science Feb 2013 #11
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #50
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #53
Kolesar Feb 2013 #54
tama Feb 2013 #63
leftstreet Feb 2013 #16
tama Feb 2013 #65
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #7
madokie Feb 2013 #9
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #10
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #55
woo me with science Feb 2013 #12
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #27
green for victory Feb 2013 #62
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #13
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #14
ProSense Feb 2013 #15
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #17
ProSense Feb 2013 #19
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #20
Fuddnik Feb 2013 #44
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #18
ProSense Feb 2013 #21
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #26
ProSense Feb 2013 #28
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #30
ProSense Feb 2013 #33
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #35
Fuddnik Feb 2013 #45
theaocp Feb 2013 #47
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #51
ProSense Feb 2013 #52
Marr Feb 2013 #70
pansypoo53219 Feb 2013 #22
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #24
gholtron Feb 2013 #34
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #36
gholtron Feb 2013 #37
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #38
gholtron Feb 2013 #39
kath Feb 2013 #67
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #68
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #58
gholtron Feb 2013 #60
Fuddnik Feb 2013 #46
Kolesar Feb 2013 #56
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #66
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #57
Earth_First Feb 2013 #23
Vincardog Feb 2013 #25
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2013 #29
Arcanetrance Feb 2013 #31
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #40
grahamhgreen Feb 2013 #41
Rosa Luxemburg Feb 2013 #42
mamayo Feb 2013 #43
Smilo Feb 2013 #48
santamargarita Feb 2013 #49
DearHeart Feb 2013 #59
LittleBlue Feb 2013 #61
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #64
Melinda Feb 2013 #69

Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:09 PM

1. another voice of reason

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Response to G_j (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:11 PM

4. His argument is straight from the pages of DU. n/t.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:02 PM

32. +1 n/t

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:10 PM

2. Rove did too, and so did...

Boehner Onboard With Revealed Obama Drone Memo

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday said he agrees with his Republican colleague Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on the use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens who are believed to be senior al-Qaeda members. In a statement Tuesday, Rogers defended the use of the strikes, arguing that the government has the authority and obligation to protect itself from terrorist threats.

During a press conference Wednesday, Boehner said he agreed with Rogers' statement. "That's all," he said.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/boehner-onboard-with-revealed-obama-drone-memo

That should take this issue off the impeachment table.



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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:11 PM

3. Well there's another maggot heard from

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:11 PM

5. Bolton is right for once

Stopped clock, etc...

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:12 PM

6. This is what a third Bush term looks like.

Cosmetic changes aside.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:16 PM

8. yep

Heritage Foundation Healthcare Plan
No Wall Street Prosecution
Escalation in Afghanistan
Executing the Bush-negotiated withdrawal from Iraq
NDAA Indefinite Detention

and

Assassination of US Citizens abroad with no judicial review.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:23 PM

11. Wow, wouldn't those have made great campaign posters?

Can you say "Corporate Trojan Horse"?

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:43 PM

50. I've voted Democratic in every election since McGovern ran in 1972 and I've never

 

felt worse about it. Obama is the biggest disappointment in my political life, on many many levels.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #50)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:50 PM

53. Greatest political bait & switch of ALL TIME. n/t

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #53)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:33 PM

54. Executing the Bush-negotiated withdrawal from Iraq

LOL

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #53)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:34 PM

63. Donkey and carrot

 

meet liberating self-realization

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:35 PM

16. It's more like Bush Sr's 7th term

Bush
Clinton
Bush Jr
Obama

You could probably make the case it's Sr's 9th or 10th term

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:37 PM

65. "Representation" pretty much died

 

when people didn't follow Carter when he spoke truth from his heart, and chose the Hollywood Ray Gun.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:13 PM

7. I'm sold on it now! Gotta love John Bolton!

BLEAGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:18 PM

9. Who gives a fuck what that cretin thinks

I won't make a decision on anything on what john bolton thinks

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Response to madokie (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:22 PM

10. He's the Dick Morris of Foreign Policy..

So it's good indicator that what Obama is doing is illegal.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:34 PM

55. You could have omitted "Morris."

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:27 PM

12. Just wait 'til the Sunday shows this week.

The propaganda has only just begun.

Perhaps Monsanto will help by adding a powerful anti-emetic to our "Citizen Chow."

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:55 PM

27. I "love" watching Monsanto commercials on MSNBC.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:58 PM

62. >>"Perhaps Monsanto will help by adding a powerful anti-emetic to our "Citizen Chow."

 



+8billion

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:30 PM

13. Now, there's an endorsement that should warm the heart of every loyal Democrat.

 

Another victory for bipartisanship and forward looking sensibility.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:33 PM

14. "Hey maybe we judged Bolton too harshly..."

I can hear it now

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:33 PM

15. I posted

a statement by Russ Feingold and it's being viewed as a plot to silence people.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022319856

Wonder what they think is your goal?





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Response to ProSense (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:37 PM

17. Not a plot

just another hollow stoop in a seemingly endless series of stoops.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:40 PM

19. Oh damn,

I guess I'll just stop posting. Why bother if you aren't going to agree with my posts?



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Response to ProSense (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:42 PM

20. Thank you!

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:13 PM

44. ZING!!!! Duzy material.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:39 PM

18. What if we looked at every post you made about John Bolton from 2001-Present?

Would this be the first time you agreed with him? That doesn't say anything to you?

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:42 PM

21. Who said

"Would this be the first time you agreed with him? That doesn't say anything to you?"

...I "agreed with him"? I think he's a despicable cretin and, like most Republicans, an opportunistic asshole.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:53 PM

26. Do you agree or disagree with John Bolton's position on Obama's Drone Policy? n/t

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #26)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:55 PM

28. I disagree because

he's a manipulative asshole who is searching for justification and validation of Bush.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:59 PM

30. So you're NOT in favor of Obama's Drone policy OR...

you're embarrassed you're fighting alongside John Bolton in your effort to defend Obama?

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #30)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:07 PM

33. Your attempt

"So you're NOT in favor of Obama's Drone policy OR...you're embarrassed you're fighting alongside John Bolton in your effort to defend Obama?"

...at "gotcha" is a fail. Here's Bolton:

“It seems to me that the approach that the Obama administration is following is consistent with and really derived from the Bush administration approach to the War on Terror,” Bolton told host Jenna Lee.

Utter bullshit. What the hell does that mean ("consistent with and really derived")? Bush didn't issue a justification for shit. His statements and those coming from his administration were lies. I watched a number of hearings where Bolton and Rice lied their asses off.

If Bush's policy was coherent he wouldn't have let bin Laden escape, wouldn't have launched a bullshit illegal war in Iraq and wouldn't have resorted to torture.

I'd be "embarrassed" latching onto Bolton's statement to prove a point.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #33)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:11 PM

35. So you AGREE with John Bolton but not for the same reason?

There's no need for all the extraneous text.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #35)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:15 PM

45. Well, at least they didn't drag out Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist!

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #45)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:17 PM

47. now THAT'S funny! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Reply #33)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:46 PM

51. So you're the Grand Inquisitor? I think he's allowed an opinion without your approval.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #51)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:48 PM

52. Oh, am I allowed my opinion?

These little bandwagon sessions are seriously hilarious.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:41 PM

70. That is not disagreeing. That's disliking a person with whom you are in agreement.

You support the Obama Administration's position on drone strikes. You agree with John Bolton. It isn't complex.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:42 PM

22. really? how many soldiers would be alive, uninjured if bush had droned sadaam?

tho, maybe sadaam was to high on the totem pole to be droned. geneva convention.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:50 PM

24. My problem is the lack of oversight.

Where's the due process? No one is arguing that you can't go after bad people. The faceless "informed senior official" should demonstrate to a judge that someone is deserving of DEATH.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:08 PM

34. We are at war with Al Qaeda

There is no oversight. President Obama did not start this. The President was given this power to kill the enemy, Al Qaeda and its members which included the two ex Americans, by Congress.

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/09/4004/

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Response to gholtron (Reply #34)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:18 PM

36. Listen to our President's response to your statement



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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #36)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:26 PM

37. ok I listened.

Where are we violating the rights? I guess I don't understand your reply. Please don't keep me ignorant.

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Response to gholtron (Reply #37)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:28 PM

38. If I still have to explain it your condition is incurable. n/t

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #38)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:31 PM

39. Well so be it then.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #36)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:56 PM

67. Wow. What a fucking hypocrite he is. When did he make that speech?

I take it that was during the Boosh mis-administration. Oh, wait - that means it must have been *Candidate* Obama speaking, not President Obama. Two entirely different entities...

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Response to kath (Reply #67)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:28 PM

68. August 1, 2007 according to the details below the video.

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Response to gholtron (Reply #34)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:37 PM

58. You mean the CIA-created erstwhile mujahideen?

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #58)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:53 PM

60. Yep that's the one.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:17 PM

46. My problem is a lack of a required formal declaration of war.

In fact, the Administration has redeifined the definition of war to render it moot.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:34 PM

56. Are you obtuse, or just poorly read?

"No one is arguing that you can't go after bad people. "

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #56)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:26 PM

66. Please elaborate. n/t

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:36 PM

57. And exactly why ought Bush to have committed that particular WAR CRIME????

Unbelievable.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:43 PM

23. Well there you have it. nt

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:52 PM

25. I agree it is the "‘Sensible’ And ‘Consistent’ Extension Of " an Illegal unconstitutional power

Grab. The "War on Terrah" is the legal equivalent to the "War on Drugs".

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:56 PM

29. Drones of a feather....

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:01 PM

31. I think I was happier when these people were criticizing the president all the time.

The fact that they agree and support this shows exactly where this policy belongs

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:36 PM

40. "Bolton SMASH!"

 

Never gets old.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:42 PM

41. We have become the enemy.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:01 PM

42. Seems like an expensive way of taking a terrorist out?

sniffer dogs would do and a few hit men.

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:04 PM

43. this just proves

how bad the whole idea of drones can be if this bag of slime likes it

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:33 PM

48. If this doesn't scare you

............

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:34 PM

49. Then it has to suck!

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:44 PM

59. When ROVE AND BOLTON start PRAISING what Obama is doing, you KNOW

that this is WRONG!!! God, this really makes me nauseus Democrat or Republican president...this is wrong!

For those who think that this is ok, ask yourselves, would you be alright with drone programs if China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, or any other nation or group of people started sending drones over here, bombing us (whether in retaliation or just because they can), right here on our soil??? I'm not ok with that, and that is exactly what will come from this if we don't stop this shit now! We've already seen "blowback" because of our other policies and actions, do we want to see this happen??

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:56 PM

61. I didn't realize how sensible John Bolton was

All this time I thought he was a right-wing shill, now I see he supports the president and became sensible. Wonder if he liked Michelle's wonderful dress?

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:36 PM

64. That's a sign right there that this policy is bad

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:32 PM

69. I just fell down another rabbit hole...

And the crowd went wild.

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