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nRkiSt Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 06:17 AM
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Obama invades, sends 46 warships & 7000 Marines to Costa Rica
I've had enough of this asshole. Somebody who calls themself a Democrat please explain this to me.

http://welcomebacktopottersville.blogspot.com /


"At first, I thought this was a spoof. It sounds like something out of a Peter Sellers or John Candy comedy or something out of The Onion: United States Invades Costa Rica. After all, no mainstream media outlet has covered this story since it broke on July 3rd. And if our corporate mainstream media haven't covered it, then it never happened.

But, no. About a week and a half ago, the Costa Rican government actually invited us to invade and occupy their country to do battle with drug traffickers. So President Obama, despite being stretched paper-thin in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and where ever else he's sent us, said, "OK."

We now have, I shit you not, 46 US naval warships and 7000 Marines off Costa Rica. Yeah, this is a booty call, alright, but not necessarily the kind of Costa Rican booty depicted in the lead picture.

OK, on three: Slap both sides of your face Macauley Culkin-style with both hands in mock alarm when I tell you we're really there for... oil. And we're not just advocating for any oil company but George W. Bush's old employer, Harken Energy.

You all remember Harken Energy, don't you? Sure you do, or you should. That was the third energy company that inexplicably hired George W. Bush, installed him on their board of directors despite having pulled an Exxon Valdez on two other oil companies (Arbusto and Spectrum 7) before getting rescued by Daddy's wealthy buddies time after time. Bush then refused to file stock disclosure forms with the SEC in time and committed insider trading to enrich himself to the tune of over $600,000 by selling off his own stock holdings, money that provided him with the venture capital to buy himself into a minor ownership with the Texas Rangers organization.

So, are we up to speed, boys and girls? Good. Because it gets better. A lot better.

You probably don't remember that Harken Energy wanted to drill for oil off Costa Rica's shore before the Costa Rican government told them to go Cheney themselves. Undeterred, Harken then sued Costa Rica for $57,000,000,000 before being told once again to go Cheney themselves by a high Costa Rican court (Since, once again, no MSM outlet ever covered the lawsuit or bothered to archive it, I can't link to one to validate this fact but it is a matter of public record).

While masquerading as the 43rd president, Bush even went to Costa Rica with the intention of pimping for Harken Energy and to ask the government to reconsider. "No way, Jorge, now get the fuck out", they told him. Still undeterred, the World Bank then got involved and set up a panel composed entirely of corporate attorneys to decide any retroactive merit to Harken's claim.

Costa Rica essentially gave up their sovereignty with the American-generated CAFTA agreement under Bush so essentially their country's leaders inviting us to invade their country (which has a Coast Guard but no army, by the way, further making the necessity of almost 50 warships and 7000 Marines all the more inexplicable) is virtually a formality. What CAFTA essentially does, and we've seen this with other oil companies in Ecuador and elsewhere, is give oil companies and other corporations the right to take the local City Hall to court for lost revenue but on a national scale, when the peasants rebel and tell them no.

Usually, they win since they have the legal firepower, the people get poorer, the nation's natural resources get sucked dry and the local ecosystem gets fucked up while the indigenous peasants die of cancer and other oil-related diseases while oil companies like Chevron get to plausibly deny they had anything to do with abnormally spiking mortality rates and incidents of cancer.

Now Obama wants to do the same thing to Costa Rica only under the guise of "fighting drug trafficking." Uh huh. And, uh, you know, while we're in the neighborhood...

Venezuela also happens to be in Costa Rica's neighborhood. That's the country led by that evil commie Hugo Chavez that sells Citgo gas here in the States and was just a few weeks ago praised by the United Nations for actually fighting drug trafficking.

Chavez has been reviled by both the Bush and Obama administrations for threatening US oil companies with talk of nationalizing Venezuela's oil industry. Let's take a short trip down Memory Lane, shall we, and take stock of other nations we'd invaded and whose governments we'd smashed after they nationalized their oil industry:

Iran in 1953.
Iraq in 2003.

Hmm.

Now, it could be suggested that if we were serious about winning the war on drugs, we could send those same warships to Mexico or Colombia, where the shit comes from. But that would mean actually putting the real drug lords and not just their drug mules in Costa Rica behind bars and who knows how many US politicians they have in their pockets.

But invading and occupying Costa Rica a la Grenada makes perfect sense when you superimpose a Bush-era template over this and realize that Costa Rica has no military to speak of and that their cash-strapped politicians and our cash-bloated politicians are on the same oil-spattered page. And Costa Rica's government doesn't give a fuck if Harken pulls a BP and turns their pristine white beaches and the lungs of the natives black. Obama doesn't give a fuck if he weakens national security by dispatching a huge chunk of our navy and the Marine Corps to a nation that has no army. And the Grand Oleaginous Party won't call Obama on weakening our national security because he's protecting the free market system that has made a wasteland of our country, Central America and South America."

posted by jurassicpork at 1:02 PM on Jul 11, 2010
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:09 AM
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piratefish08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:14 AM
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Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:17 AM by piratefish08
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:14 AM
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3. From the Mexican border to the tip of South America no one is surprised
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:18 AM by lunatica
Unfortunately this is pretty standard operating for the US and the only people who don't know about it are the North Americans. Obama is just following our international policy set down during the Mexican American war in 1846. All in the name of National Interest and National Security no doubt.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:22 AM
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4. Why is there nothing in the news on this?
I just googled Costa Rica. There's 3 articles that mention Obama. 2 are opinion pieces rather than reporting. 1 is a rightwing screed on healthcare. That's it. Unless I can be shown that this is actually happening, I have to assume at this point that this is another case of faked news like the story that had Obama destroying the Deepwater Horizon rig while trying to attack a North Korean sub. I.e. misinformation bullshit.
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nRkiSt Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:38 AM
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10. If you hit the link to the site where this was posted
you will find links to the stories.

"Legislators Appeal To Constitutional Court To Stop U.S Warships From Entering Costa Rican Waters

The decision authorizing the patrol of Costa Rican waters by U.S. warships is being contested by a group of legislators, headed by Gloria Bejarano, who filed an action of unconstitutionality with the Sala Constitucional (Costa Rica's constitutional court)."

http://www.insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2010/july/09/c...

"The legislators believe the authorization that was voted on and granted last week for the entry of 46 naval warships, 200 helicopters, war planes and 7.000 Marines as confirmed by the president of the Legislative Assembly, Gerardo Villanueva, violates Costa Rica's Political Constitution.

Villanueva confirmed that there are errors in the authorization, explaining that the co-operation agreement between the United States and Costa Rica signed 11 years ago was never published in La Gaceta.

The legislators argue in their filing that since the decree was never published it is null and void and in addition was for a 10 year period and would have expired in 2009.

Villanueva, however, argues that the agreement does not have an expiry date and the publication of the decree can be made any time.

The agreement signed in 2009 establishes a joint patrol of Costa Rican waters by the United States and Costa Rican Coast Guards.

Last week the United States, as is customary and required under the agreement, filed for authorization of the U.S. warships and personnel, that would be under the control of the Costa Rican Coast Guard, to enter Costa Rican waters to combat drug trafficking in the country and the region.
"

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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:42 AM
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11. SO the costa rican legislature & president authorized the US warships to be there.
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:43 AM by Statistical
Somehow that means Obama is INVADING another country.
Like if I invite you into my house I can then have you arrested for home invasion.

Really? I mean there are REAL things Obama has done I don't like without resorting to making shit up.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:58 AM
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19. This time is different. For instance, we had been using the coast guard,
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:58 AM by mmonk
not war ships.
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burnsei sensei Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:06 AM
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24. I doubt it's an invasion.
But it is a stretch of military might.
We should have refused to send them. We have too many commitments around the world as it is.
We have a huge deficit, impoverished people, much suffering and an unstable economy.
This is a stupid course of action taken by an admin that thinks it's still in the old days.

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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:48 AM
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16. Nope, not good enough, sorry.
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:49 AM by EstimatedProphet
There is one story linked there. That's all.

The article talks about 46 warships and 7,000 troops. That's a substantial troop deployment. I can't buy that being done with just a slight ripple in the media. Grenada wasn't that big.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:56 AM
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18. Here's a bit more, compiled by Alternet
Posted by Foreign Policy in Focus Focal Points at 4:53 am
July 9, 2010

Costa Ricas Love-Hate Relationship With US Military

The Costa Rican Congress recently voted to open its country to 46 U.S. warships (with their attendant helicopters and planes) and 7,000 U.S. Marines from July through the end of the year. The U.S. militarys stated mission is to interdict drug dealers and arm merchants, as well as expedite humanitarian missions. (Thanks to Sean Paul Kelley of the Agonist for bringing this to our attention.)

The Tico Times reports:

What seemed like normal protocol seeking the approval of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly for another group of Marines, with their support ships and planes, to monitor the countrys coastline for signs of drug traffickers erupted into protests and angry comments as some Costa Ricans complained that their countrys sovereignty was being trampled upon.

Insidecostarica.com reports:

Costa Ricas opposition the permission as illegal and in violation of national sovereignty. Luis Fishman . . . presidential candidate in the past elections, said the legislative approval was like handing over a blank cheque.

The Tico Times again:

The response caught the U.S. Embassy . . . by surprise. We are not sure why there is this uproar, U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew said, explaining that the request is the same one that has been submitted each year for the last 10 years under a bilateral agreement between the two countries.


http://blogs.alternet.org/russwellen/2010/07/09/costa-r...
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:04 AM
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Ah.
OK, thanks for the link. Now it's beginning to make more sense. Here's why:

The response caught the U.S. Embassy . . . by surprise. We are not sure why there is this uproar, U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew said, explaining that the request is the same one that has been submitted each year for the last 10 years under a bilateral agreement between the two countries.

In other words, this is not an invasion. This is an ongoing 10 year old program that has begun again this year, only this year there's more local resistance than there has been in the past. This situation is vastly different from the "invasion" that the first article talked about, and is being ignored by the media because (at least until word gets around that there's local opposition, if then) it's old news.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:11 AM
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26. Yes, and no.
First, I object to the way this story was brought to this forum by the OP.

Second, in the past, it looks like the Coast Guard and not the Navy have been the forces that were the subjects of the agreement. It looks like someone somewhere in our government decided to improve on that and as a result, there is a controversy now in Costa Rica.

But that's what it looks like to me. Still waiting for more info.
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:16 AM
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31. This makes sense.
The US Marines seems extremely inappropriate, in terms of symbolism and in terms of overreaction.

However, Costa Rica does have a problem with drug traffickers--as does all of Central America, which connects Mexico to Colombia. Costa Rica doesn't have the power to legalize drugs worldwide and end the stupid war on drugs, so they get stuck with the violence and criminal element coming through.

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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:04 AM
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21. So the US HASN'T ACTUALLY DONE ANYTING.
The Costa Rican legislature opened Costa Rican waters to US warships and troops. Obama hasn't even accepted their invitation and the OP is saying Obama is INVADING another country.

The response caught the U.S. Embassy . . . by surprise. We are not sure why there is this uproar, U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew said, explaining that the request is the same one that has been submitted each year for the last 10 years under a bilateral agreement between the two countries.

:rofl: Only on DU.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:12 AM
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27. Right. Only on DU can anyone take a statement by the State Department
as transparent fact without the slightest bit of skepticism. :)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:46 AM
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14. It's made quite a stir in Costa Rica. The story was being reported there
Edited on Mon Jul-12-10 07:46 AM by EFerrari
last week, iirc.
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tiny elvis Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:47 AM
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15. nRkiSt links to a blog which links to an article
insidecostarica.com
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:54 AM
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17. I am not buying a blog link to a blog link as news just yet
I want some independent verification first.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:23 AM
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5. the OP title is a flat out lie
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:35 AM
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7. Do you have proof that this is a "lie"? Or are you just stating your opinion?
While I have heard nothing of this in the news, it doesn't really surprise me that new military actions would take a back seat to the prognosticating octopus in the MSM. Please share with us how you know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the OP is incorrect, or lying, as you claim. I actually hope you are right, so do us all a favor and put our minds at ease by giving us links to the simple facts upon which you base your accusation of lying against the OP.
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:38 AM
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9. It rests upon what verb you choose to use.
The poster you answered does not like the word, "invade".

But the facts are all correct.

Let's call it a "sojourn".

Is that better?

We "sojourned" to Costa Rica with 7,000 troops and 46 warships.

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=U.S.%20forces%20Costa%20...
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:10 AM
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25. So will the Costa Rican Government be funding the US costs for this "sojurn"
or will it be picked up by US taxpayers? If the latter, then I would think that accusing the OP of "lying" warrants an apology.
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:13 AM
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29. No, invasions are what Germany did to Poland.
Moreover, the conspiracy theory about this being about oil has zero proof.

The diarist lied.

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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:14 AM
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30. You obviously don't know what an invasion is.
Hint: it's not done by request.

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:25 AM
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32. The proof is in the body of the lame post itself.
The gov't of Costa Rica INVITED the U.S. In case you don't grasp the meanings of the words invasion and invite, I refer you to any dictionary.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:31 AM
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6. Perhaps....

what you think a Democrat ought to be and what the Democratic Party hierarchy knows itself to be are two different things.

That said, the dropping of the mask has been rather abrupt, shocking it's getting to be, even to one who had no expectations.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:36 AM
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8. Raw Story has something on it as well.
Anger in Costa Rica over deal to invite 46 US warships

Opposition leaders in Costa Rica are up in arms over an agreement between the country and the United States that reportedly allows 46 US warships and 7,000 US Marines to enter the country as part of an anti-drug effort.

-snip-

A committee of the People's Movement political party said the deal turns Costa Rica into a "US protectorate" and brings the country into "a new phase of military occupation," according to the Costa Rican newspaper El Pais.

Here
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:44 AM
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12. unrec for dishonesty. n/t
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 07:44 AM
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13. Ah, we've found our new banana republic in CA
fabulous. *Sigh*

Add one more thing to teach in January.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:00 AM
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20. invasion? President's an asshole? welcome to du?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:05 AM
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23. Not a great start to a Monday morning, is it?
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burnsei sensei Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:04 AM
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22. The neo-colonialism of the
Gilded Age strikes again.
Roosevelt Corollary anyone?
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:12 AM
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28. Unrec'd for lying and peddling junk conspiracy theory.
1) Not an invasion;

2) Not a freaking ounce of evidence it has anything to do with oil. Just speculation and some good old fashioned Obamahatred.

Too bad, because the story about the Marines being there and the local reaction is worth discussion. But not in the crap form presented here.
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 08:27 AM
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33. Locking.
Feel free to repost sans "asshole" or any other ad hom directed towards the President.

Puglover DU Moderator
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