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A BIG Pair

26 August 2014, 10:06 am. Comments Off. Filed under Borders, Feckless Weasels, Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder, Moonbats & Other Animals.

Mexican president calls for immigration reform

Mexico’s president spoke of the need for U.S. immigration reform on a two-day visit to immigrant-friendly California, saying those who reject diversity and inclusion will ultimately be proven wrong.

“We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday. “This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society.”

Oh yeah….dude’s got one serious set of cajones, alright!  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  Sure, we need immigration reform….right after that border down south is locked tighter than a pirate’s treasure chest.  We NEED to stop the invasion, that Mexico is aiding, before we talk about people who have lived here for so many years, and been productive members of society.  There are quite a few, y’know.

I’m getting pretty sick of people coming here, telling US how to run the show, and that includes those invaders.  How dare they?  Do you know what happens to people who sneak into Mexico illegally?  They sure aren’t treated to “free health care, or an education for their kids”!  They go to prison.  And their prisons aren’t anything like our overly humane prisons!  Ask Sgt Tahmooressi, who has been left to rot by our own State Department. Why? Because the Mexicans are more important than Americans, that’s why!

Pena Nieto was welcomed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who played up his immigration credentials in a speech that highlighted the close cultural and historical ties they share across borders.

“It wasn’t very long ago that the governor of California was outlawing driver’s licenses for people who were undocumented from Mexico,” Brown said. “That’s not the law anymore.”

Brown signed a bill into law last year that will enable immigrants to get driver’s licenses next year. He said he got the message after a visit to a Monterey artichoke field where the workers yelled “licencia, licencia.”

Jerry Brown, aka Governor Moonbeam, speaks volumes about the California voters.  I know there are some people trying their best to make some major changes in that state, to bring it back to reality, but when you see them electing people like Brown and Pelosi, and a few others, you start to question….is there something in the water?  Or perhaps the wine?  NO!  These people broke the law.

You don’t reward criminals, you punish them.  At least that’s what I was always taught.  However, with recent events, I question if the law means a damn thing anymore.  Well, if an American breaks the law, especially a WHITE American, books will be thrown.  We don’t get away with the dog ate my tax returns, but there sure are a lot of others who do, on a regular basis.  “What difference does it make!”?  To patriotic Americans, it makes a HUGE difference.  If we have to follow the law, the government should set the example, and follow it as well, and that include punishing invaders.  We have a war going on at our southern border, and the current resident is playing golf, or fund raising.  We have terrorists, murdering people around the world, most likely sneaking across our border, and the current resident it out playing golf, and fund raising.

Our country is in danger, from many directions, and one of our governors welcomes a head of state that encourages breaking out laws.  Sorry dude!  Yep, you’ve got a big set alright, but Americans….REAL Americans, have bigger ones!

no_mas

Speak The Truth….Face Arrest

2 July 2014, 7:43 am. 2 Comments. Filed under 1st Amendment, Crime, Illegals, Obama Administration, Opinion.

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest
by Todd Starnes

A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps.

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

Read on…

By The Numbers

31 March 2014, 9:22 am. Comments Off. Filed under Crime, Feckless Weasels, Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder, Obama Administration, Opinion.

Well, it seems we are right, they are wrong…once again. The numbers don’t lie. Facts are a funny thing, you can do your best to make them SOUND different, but what they actually are tells a completely different story. The claim that this administration has done more to remove criminal invaders than previous administration is based on a number. They don’t give you ALL the numbers. Below the fold is DHS’ own document (hit ‘full screen’), but this little chart seriously caught my eye:

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Non-detained: The illegal alien in question didn’t commit a serious crime and was released the same day.

Note the word illegal. That is the crime. However, apparently the government doesn’t consider it a crime to invade our home anymore, and releases more than they detain. Also note the part about the illegal not committing a “serious crime”. It doesn’t say the criminal invader didn’t commit a crime, just not a serious one. Well, just what do they call ‘serious’? I guess they don’t consider sneaking in the back door of your home, using your resources, and trashing the place not ‘serious’. I do, but hey…that’s just me!

Read on…

Well, Isn’t That Special!

Administration announces another delay in ObamaCare employer mandate

The Obama administration announced another delay Monday in the requirement on businesses to provide health coverage, giving some employers a reprieve next year while phasing in the mandate for others.

The administration had already delayed the implementation of the so-called employer mandate by a year, presumably pushing the requirements off until 2015. In a bow to business, though, Treasury Department officials announced Monday that the administration would not enforce the rules across the board next year.

Instead, the administration will let employers with 50 to 99 employees off the hook in 2015. They’ll be required to report on how many workers are covered but will have until 2016 before facing a penalty for failing to cover employees.

Employers with 100 or more workers will be required to provide health insurance to full-time staff. However, the new rules will only require them to cover 70 percent of workers next year; and then 95 percent the following year.

Ok, let me get this straight….they claim that once Obama signed that gawd awful, job and people killing bill, it was the law of the land.  So, just how can he turn around and say, “Oh…I was just joshin’ ya….it’s not really a law, and if it is, I can change it any time I want!”

I’m not going to put the whole blame on that un-Constitutional POTUS.  I’m going to put a large chunk of the blame on Congress because they refuse to stand up to this tyrant.  Yes…TYRANT!  Either Congress does its job, or we will end up doing it for them.  They won’t like the results!

Mall Shooter

26 January 2014, 12:45 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Crime.

Gunman identified in Maryland mall shooting

Maryland police have identified the man who fatally shot two people at a mall in suburban Baltimore before killing himself as a 19-year-old who lived roughly 20 miles away in the same town as one of his victims.

The fact that this animal lived so close to the young lady he shot is mighty suspicious. I have a theory, but I’ll wait until more facts come out.

Darion Marcus Aguilar of the 4700 block of Hollywood Road in College Park arrived at the Mall at Columbia by cab about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, or roughly an hour before he fired six-to-eight shots from a Mausberg 12-gauge shotgun he bought from an unidentified source in Montgomery County in December, police said.

Now, I don’t mean to drag the 2nd Amendment into this discussion, but if you notice the part about ‘an unidentified source’, you know full well the administration, along with the insane anti freedom yahoos!

Authorities said they are still trying to figure out what prompted Aguilar’s rampage, but said one of his two victims also lived in College Park, the town where the gunman apparently lived with his mother. McMahon didn’t know if Aguilar was a student at the University of Maryland, which is located in College Park.

It does seem rather odd that they haven’t determined whether or not the animal was a student.  Wouldn’t some official at the school, or perhaps other students, come forward?  Two dead people is a big deal!

“We have not been able to verify any type of relationship between him and either of his victims…that is an open question,” said Howard County Police Police Chief William J. McMahon during a Sunday press conference. “We just don’t know that and we’re working to find that out now.”

The word “stalker” comes to mind.

McMahon said that Aguilar had a considerable amount of ammunition remaining when he killed himself, along with a backpack containing “homemade” improvised explosive devices consisting of gun powder and household items.

It’s quite disturbing that he had such devises on him. I’m grateful he was unable to set any of them off. The devastation would have been horrendous!

Read the rest here. Although 2 people lost their lives, and several more were injured, I’m grateful that more people were not harmed.  Pray for the families!

A Few Items

I’ve gotten to the point where I hate reading the news, or watch it on the idjit box.  The world has gone totally insane, and I don’t want it to drag me along with it!  Sadly, news is an addiction, and I will watch it, and read it, and, of course, get royally pissed off once again.

I hear D’Bama blathered his BS again.  The Mr asked me if I wanted to watch it on the TV.  Thank goodness I knew he was kidding.  He KNOWS better.  I am tired of the lies spewed.  Obamacare, which has nothing to do with care, and all about Obama, aka Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is also not about care, and is damn sure not affordable.  Oh, it might help the very few, but those who actually work for a living, have, or had, insurance through their jobs, the cost can be astronomical.  There are a LOT of folks out there with stories of their shock.  Most states will see a substantial increase in the cost of insurance through Obamacare.  Why would anyone with an ounce of common sense want to give up all their personal information, and have to pay through the nose to have coverage?  It makes no sense.  The Rs say the battle to defund isn’t over.  We shall see.  It’s a shame Obama is so arrogant, he refuses to see the HUGE flaws in his plan, and is incapable of saying it was a BIG mistake to force people to buy something they don’t want.  I don’t give a flip what the SCOTUS says, it is unconstitutional.  And they are NOT the last word!  States have the right to nullify any unconstitutional laws.  Just ask P/H! If only we had some leadership within the states that had cajones! sigh…

Once again, there was a blatantly racist attack on two whites by a gang of blacks, and once again, the media is silent.  Do you ever wonder why this is happening?  If a white gang attack a black person, it would lead in the nightly news, but when it’s the opposite, they are mostly silent.  This has become almost an every day occurrence, yet the media apparently doesn’t see it as news.  Well, many DO believe it is newsworthy, and chide the media for their duplicity. When is the so called POTUS going to speak out, as he did about the Gates arrest, when he stated the police “acted stupidly”, or when he stated that if he had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon Martin. About that Martin thing…yeah… likely his son would be like him….a criminal in the making.

Do you ever wonder just how stupid people come to be? I blame the public education, so called institution of higher learning, and the lame stream media. Anyone who believes their lives would be so improved under an Nazi-style Orwelian police state is sadly mistaken! Apparently, they don’t teach REAL history anymore, and these fools would condemn themselves, and their fellows citizens, to repeat all the hell that previous nations have endured.  Do they not know what Mao Tse-Tung did in China?  Have they not heard of the Holocaust?  No Pol Pot lessons in their classes?  It’s a long list, and they would choose death over freedom?  I do not understand such a mindset, and I don’t want to!

Here’s one for ya:


But here’s a bright spot you won’t hear about in the anti Israel slanted news!  But if you see any news about the refugees from Syria and see purple bags, you’ll know where they came from, even though no one will actually say it!

Ok, that’s about all the garbage I can handle for the moment.  The new meds are playing havoc with me.  Oh yippee… I get to be semi drunk without ever drinking.  :?  Hopefully, it’s just a matter of adjusting to them, and I’ll be right as rain in no time!  But I ain’t holding my breath.  Heh!

ALL Parents….PAY ATTENTION!!

26 September 2013, 1:49 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Crime, Opinion.

HAD To Copy & Paste!

An Open Letter To Parents In Rensselaer County

What planet do you live on?

Last week, word got out that your children had broken into a home in Stephentown and threw a party. More than 300 of them partied and drunkenly smashed windows, urinated on the floors, stood on tables, punched holes in the ceiling and stole a statue that was part of a memorial for the owner’s stillborn grandson. Oh, it gets better. Before, during and after the party, they tweeted about it and posted pictures of themselves engaged in this behavior.

Way to go.

The house is owned by former NFL player Brian Holloway. It is his second residence, paid for in part by his Super Bowl bonus. He lives in Florida and the Stephentown house is on the market. He watched this unfold online while at his home in Florida. Instead of demanding the arrest of your kids, he instead created a website, www.helpmesave300.com where he reposted their photos, identified the people involved, and called for ways to reach out to young people and show them that there are better ways to spend their time than drinking, drugs and vandalism.

He is a better person than I would have been in that position. It takes class and compassion to see beyond the urine stained carpets, broken windows, damaged walls and blatant disrespect to reach out to your kids. He even offered to welcome these derelicts back to his house for a picnic, where they would work together to make repairs and clean up the mess they left behind. I don’t know that the rest of us would have been able to react the same way.

And one kid showed up. One, out of the 300 teens who were there.

Instead of dragging your kids back to apologize and clean up the mess, you lashed out at Brian Holloway, threatened to firebomb his house, and are now planning to sue him. For what? For identifying your kids online. Well guess what? Your little Johnny did that himself the minute he tweeted that iPhone photo standing on the dining room table, holding a red solo cup filled with beer.

Look, I don’t blame you for what your kids did. Heck, I don’t even really blame them. Teens will be teens, and they do stupid things sometimes. We’ve all been there. It’s not fair to judge parents on the mistakes their kids make. It is how you handle that behavior afterwards that reflects on you as a parent.

Instead of sitting little Johnny down and reminding him that what he did is not acceptable and then dragging him by the collar to apologize to Mr. Holloway, you chose instead to harass and threaten the victim. Let’s not forget here, your child victimized this man by destroying his home. How dare you respond with anything other than regret, embarrassment, and a sincere apology instead of righteous indignation, threats of violence and lawsuits.

Parents like you are responsible for an entire generation that expects the world handed to them, because you have given it to them all along. Instead of teaching your kids to work hard and earn things, you give a trophy to every kid in youth sports and then hand them an iPhone in middle school. You are the parents screaming through the fence at the Little League umpire instead of teaching good sportsmanship. You are the ones criticizing the teacher instead of realizing they just want to help your child learn.

Can you please just step back and look at what you are doing to your kids? This is the generation that will grow up to lead our country and make decisions regarding our lives. I hope none of them are YOUR children.

-Kelly

I’m guessing Kelly is one of the hosts of the show?

NOTE:  The link, which was named, but wasn’t actually linked to the site, I added.  Just trying to help Kelly out here.  :D

Personal comment:  I can’t imagine a parent being so blatantly irresponsible, but then, I guess I’m of a different generation.  You know, the generation that believes in personal responsibility!  I wonder how many of those parents are registered Democrats? 

Evil Has Become The Norm

20 September 2013, 12:09 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Crime, Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder, Opinion, Politics.

It’s getting harder and harder to post anything.  Why?  Because of people like that professor in Kansas.

A professor in the University of Kansas journalism department has tweeted that he would prefer to see the sons and daughters of National Rifle Association officials the targets the next time a crazed gunman attacks innocent people.

It was in response to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday that David Guth posted on his Twitter account: “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God d— you.”

This is why you send your kids to college?  What kind of person would wish death to children…of anyone?  A liberal!

And then there’s this:

Liberals work hard to sow discord between black and white Americans, encourage divisiveness and discord at every turn, and regularly attribute run-of-the-mill political disagreements to racism. People like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Toure, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Eric Dyson, Tavis Smiley, and Ben Jealous make a living convincing black Americans that whites hate them and it’s time they were called out on all of the lives they destroy in the process.

Sowing the seeds of hatred!  Years of work to dissolve the divide between races, and these jackwagons come along and tear down all the work that’s been done by so many.  Congratulations.  I hope you are proud of yourselves.  “All men are created equal.”  What you do with the opportunities available is up to the individual.

Then there is more insanity coming out of Chicago, which, by the way, has passed the largest city in the country in the most murders category, and has now been crowned the murder capital of the country!

A 3-year-old boy who was among 13 people wounded in a late-night attack on a southwest Chicago park was alert when he arrived at the hospital and was apparently doing well, his family and friends said early Friday.

The attack late Thursday in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood left three victims, including the boy, in critical condition. The others were reportedly in serious or fair condition.

How’s that ‘gun control’ working out for ya, eh Rahm?  Morons!  That’s what they are….M-O-R-O-N-S!!!!  Do they not understand that criminals will always find a way?  If law abiding citizens can’t defend themselves from insane thugs, then the criminals win, and the public loses…..lives.  A ‘gun free zone’ is an invitation for slaughter!

If you need proof of the insanity of liberals, just check out a California dimwit communications chair’s comments!

Allan Brauer, the communications chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, wished death on the children of a Ted Cruz speechwriter today.

Tell me there isn’t something seriously WRONG with these people.  Evil is a word that comes to mind!

And still, the evil is evident in the actions of vandals!

Members of St. Mary’s Malaga are in disbelief after vandals smashed the heads off of statues of Virgin Mary and Jesus.In all, nine statues were damaged including three statues that are about five-feet-tall – Sacred Heart of Jesus, Virgin Mary, and Our Lady of Fatima.

Not being Catholic, I don’t understand the need for such statues, but for some spawn of Satan to destroy symbols of faith speaks volumes about what has become of our society.

These are just a few examples of what has brought me to this point.  These are not isolated incidents.  This has become the norm is today’s U.S. of A.  I’m not sure if I even want to continue this blog.  I am trying very hard not to hate.  I try to pray for those who have brought us to this new low.  I do know, I will never give up my ‘fight’, whether it is on this site, or through other venues.

I constantly ask myself how we ever let it go so far, but sadly, I know the answer.  WE have turned away from our Creator, and replaced him with false idols….”free stuff’, video games, talent shows, fake reality TV, obnoxious children in tiaras, etc.

Government is NOT going to ‘take care of us’.  It’s beyond sad that so many consider such an entity as their savior.

This is NOT How I Wanted My Day To Start!

16 September 2013, 9:05 am. 1 Comment. Filed under Crime.

evil

Story. I am watching the news, and honestly, I detest the speculation. Give me facts!

Another Baby Murdered

2 September 2013, 9:00 am. Comments Off. Filed under Crime.

1-year-old boy dies after being shot on Brooklyn street

A 1-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Sunday evening in Brooklyn.

MyFoxNY.com reports the boy, identified as Antiq Hennis, was in a stroller crossing Livonia Avenue with his parents in the Brownsville section of the borough when shots were fired shortly before 7:30 p.m. Antiq was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A witness told the New York Post that “three to four shots” were fired. The paper reported that police were looking into the possibility that the boy’s father, Anthony Hennis, was the intended target of the gunfire. A police source told the Post that the elder Hennis had a record of more than 20 arrests in New York and Pennsylvania, for offenses including narcotics, weapons possession, assault, and car theft and driving violations.

First, I wonder, with so many arrests, how this father was still on the streets at all.  He’s gotten his life together?  Good.  But that still doesn’t explain why he wasn’t behind bars.  Second, I don’t care what he had done in the past, there is NO reason to fire any shots at ANYONE, especially when there are children around.  The thug culture has no regard for life, and IT must be eradicated!

America Grieves Too

21 August 2013, 11:06 am. Comments Off. Filed under Crime.

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Contrary to what the world might think of us, we have not become so desensitized to violence that we are incapable of feeling outrage and sorrow at the senseless death of another young person. Perhaps those in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or other large cities are so use to hearing of another kid gunned down for no apparent reason, but those of us in the rest of the country still have enough heart left to shed honest tears.

The trash:

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15 have been charged with first-degree murder over the fatal shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.

Because they have given their names, I’m going on the assumption they will be charged as adults, and the death penalty will be on the table.  Do I believe they should get it?  Oh hell yeah!  In prison, they would become ‘heroes’ to the rest of the garbage.  Dead, they’ll just be worm food, which is all the deserve.

Oh, let’s not forget the mental midget’s 2 cent tweet:

asswipe

No, you feckless weasel!  America doesn’t have a gun crisis!  America has a societal crisis, caused by jackwagons, aka libtards, like you.  And just when is this assflake going to go back to the U.K.?  Oh, that’s right…they don’t want him either.

There is a culture in this country that has sprung up over the last 30 years or so, that I honestly, do not understand.  The blatant disregard for life is appalling.  Perhaps, it shouldn’t be so surprising that our young people value life so little when their parents fight to make sure a ‘woman’s right to choose’ murder for her own child is so rampant.  It’s not just the youth who put no value on life, it’s the so called adults, and ‘leaders’ who value it even less.

With all due respect the former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, remove the plank from your own eye.  Perhaps with the rise of violent crime in your own country, Americans should do the boycotting?  No.  Neither should boycott the other, and such a statement proves the lack of forethought of such a statement.

I pray the family of young Chris will not condemn an entire country for the actions of 3 brutal thugs.  We value our friends down under.  May God be with you in this most difficult time.

Ann on O’Donnell’s Ignorance

8 August 2013, 4:31 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

Bill O’Reilly Is Smarter Than Lawrence O’Donnell
by Ann Coulter

After attacking Bill O’Reilly’s history last week, I’ll defend his sociology this week. On Monday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell ridiculed Fox News’ O’Reilly for saying that single motherhood is responsible for the the high black crime rate.

O’Reilly said, quite correctly: “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family. Right now, about 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock. That drives poverty. And the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised. And it has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents.”

O’Donnell mocked O’Reilly, saying that “the struggles of black America have nothing to do with slavery in Bill O’Reilly’s very narrow and uneducated mind.” He then droned on about some paper Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote about slavery.

Take that, Bill O’Reilly!

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Get A Grip!

So, little Trayvon isn’t quite the sweet ‘kid’ the media and race baiters (but I repeat myself) make him out to be, eh?

I’d like to make a few serious suggestions:

Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson need to find other means of employment, as do the majority of the media.

You morons stopping traffic, destroying property, and making a general nuisance of yourselves need to get ALL the facts before going off on a tangent, instead of listening to the biggest idiots in the world.

The useless sons of bitches in the Department of Justice better take a long, hard look in the mirror before spouting crap about poor Trayvon’s ‘civil rights’, since your track record, to put it bluntly….SUCKS!

Two families have been forever changed, and not a ONE of you jackwagons, raising a ruckus, know either one. Now, sit down, shut up, and stop making fools of yourselves! Where’s your outrage over the 11,000+ blacks who have been murdered….by other blacks….since the night of the shooting, eh?? No where, that’s where. Why? Because y’all really do NOT give a damn, THAT’S why!  

H/T:  SB

Crazy Dude…Crazy Judge…

19 June 2013, 7:55 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Crime, Massive Stupidity.

Man Accused Of Threatening To Murder, Burn Sen. Cruz

A Houston man is accused of threatening to kidnap, murder and burn U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his father and also to “blow up” the sun if he wasn’t paid $3 million.

Kidnap, murder and burn a U.S. senator. Pay $3MIL or the sun goes poof. Got it. Sounds fairly crazy, doesn’t it. Wanna know what’s even MORE crazy?

Nick Gates was being held Tuesday in the Harris County jail on a $10,000 bond. He’s charged with making a terroristic threat.

$10K bond? Now THAT is insane!!!!  So, all he has to do is come up with a grand to get out of the pokey?  It’s quite obvious the guy is a nutbar, but I’m thinking the judge who set the bond is right there with him.  OR…he/she is a Democrat.  :?

Bob – Jimmy Hoffa Found? Who Cares?!!!!!

19 June 2013, 6:16 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion, Politics, video.

Well, I sure as blazes don’t give a flying flip. The dude is dead. He was murdered. This is not news, nor is it worth OUR money. Then again, he might be living high off the hog, with union dues, on some private South Pacific island. Seriously, does ANYBODY care??