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“My son screamed for his mother for what seemed like an eternity”
Reason ^ | May 20, 2012 | Mike Riggs

Posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:52 AM PDT by Altariel

At 5:30 a.m. on May 10, armed men broke into the bedroom of Kirk Kyle Farrar’s 12 year-old daughter and shook her awake. The men led her downstairs at gunpoint and forced her to lie on the floor next to her mother and father, with her hands behind her head. Another armed man took Farrar’s two-year-old son from his crib, and would not let his parents hold him. “My son screamed for his mother for what seemed like an eternity,” Farrar wrote in an email to friends, obtained by Reason. “I will never forget the hopeless feeling of not being able to comfort my son or daughter.”

The armed men who broke into Farrar’s home were officers with the Meridian, Idaho, Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. They were executing a federal warrant for Farrar’s arrest for the crime of selling bongs.

Farrar’s wasn’t the only family traumatized that morning. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Idaho National Guard, and four Idaho police departments raided the homes of 13 other headshop owners and employees on May 10. All of the headshops had their inventory seized. One shop lost more than $80,000 worth of merchandise (bongs and pipes marketed as “tobacco water pipes”). Another headshop owner had his and and his employees' vehicles seized.

The investigation into these 13 shops and their employees (two of which are still at large) for selling drug paraphernalia was led by U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson, a Barack Obama appointee. Nine of the shops were also accused of selling "spice," a synthetic alternative to the prohibited and significantly safer drug marijuana.

In his email, Farrar denies selling spice. "Piece of Mind Boise has never carried these products EVER! We made a commitment from the start not to carry it because we believe it is dangerous and not being used in a legal fashion."

He also notes that his cousin, "[who] has never previously committed a crime and has absolutely no criminal record," has been charged with "with 4 Federal felony charges stemming from selling tobacco products."

“The open sale of drug paraphernalia promotes unlawful drug use and helps drug traffickers thrive,” Olson said at a press conference on May 10. “These indictments show federal, state and local law enforcement partners will attack drug trafficking on all fronts.”

During a speech at the Center for American Progress earlier this month, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said that the law enforcement-only approach to America's drug problem was not "humane, compassionate" or "realistic." He also said that the Obama administration does not believe it can "arrest its way out of the drug problem."

Reason spoke to one headshop owner. At his attorney’s behest, this owner declined to go on the record, but did say that local police had been aware of the store’s existence and sales of glass pipes for years, but had never threatened charges or discouraged the business from operating. The owner believes that the raids came at the behest of federal law enforcement officials.

According to the Idaho Statesman, “the DEA, Idaho National Guard, IRS and the U.S. Marshals and Attorney’s offices worked on the case,” which the agencies built over the course of an entire year.

As if more evidence were needed that President Obama's drug war looks a lot like George W. Bush's: The charges against Farrar and the other Idaho headshop owners are reminiscent of the federal prosecution of actor Tommy Chong under Bush's DOJ. Chong was convicted in 2003 for distributing paraphernalia through his company Nice Dreams Enterprises. Chong was fined $20,000, and made to forfeit his domain name, all of his inventory, and $103,514 in cash.


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KEYWORDS: bongs; dea; donutwatch; drugs; idaho; idahonationalguard; illegaldrugs; irs; usmarshals; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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Pointing weapons at 12 year old girls and terrifying two-year-old boys.

Do you feel safer?

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Full Title: A Report From Obama’s “Humane” Drug War: “My son screamed for his mother for what seemed like an eternity”

1 posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:56 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel
This comment sums it up:

Acting like a barbarian is not difficult if you dehumanize the people you abuse.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 7:35:54 AM PDT by microgood
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To: Altariel
The Police State blossoms in the land of the free...

Mike

3 posted on 05/21/2012 7:36:26 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Altariel

The perps probably forgot to pay their protection money (campaign contributions).

Meanwhile, Corzine remains free as a bird.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 7:37:30 AM PDT by darth
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To: Altariel

At best, in a just world every single police officer and DEA official would be thrown in jail for the rest of their lives for violation of constitutional rights.

At worst, in a just world, I can’t say because the admins at FR are fraidy cats and would delete it and ban me.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 7:38:09 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (A conservative voting for Romney is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders)
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To: Altariel

Why would ANY parent of children under 18 be STUPID enough to get involved in the drug trade, even legally selling the paraphernalia?


6 posted on 05/21/2012 7:40:40 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Altariel

Apparently a “water pipe” is OK, but a “bong” has a little hole in the body to let in air when you uncover it. One is legal, the other gets guns pointed at you.

In CA there are many, many stores selling pipes and other paraphernalia to support “medical marijuana”.


7 posted on 05/21/2012 7:41:21 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Altariel

These over zealous freaks need to be at our southern border arresting the the drug dealers and pushers. That way the feds wouldn’t need to worry about these types of shops that cater to users.


8 posted on 05/21/2012 7:42:04 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Altariel

Amateur thugs. I’ve done more than my share of armed raids (Iraq), and I never separated young children from their parents. There’s no point to it at all. If you’re really concerned about weapons, do a quick pat-down and you’re done.


9 posted on 05/21/2012 7:43:04 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Altariel

On the plus side, they didn’t shoot the family dog.

Hussein’s showing us what a right-winger he is.

Gas prices mysteriously drop 20 cents, unemployment is “steady” or “decreasing”, and Hussein is a small-government man.

Now he’s going after “drug dealers”.

Wendy is GUILTY, even from a far-away low-res photo.


10 posted on 05/21/2012 7:43:21 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Altariel

ok...folks may recognize that I am NOT a supporter of MJ legalization, BUT!

This is ridiculous!

This is evidence of complete ATF laziness, as no true investigation is required, and no real counter-threat exists.

Go after the drug cartels and the hard drug SUPPLIERS!
Get off of you dead butts and do some real work!


11 posted on 05/21/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Altariel

Cold War 1945 to 1991- 46 years
Drug War 1972-2012- 40 years and still going strong.

The Drug War has caused more challenges to Constitution than any other source. It MUST stop.

It is far better to allow adults to make adult decisions that to continue with the tens of thousands dead or maimed yearly, through violence, in this nation and others.

I don’t think the government really knows how to stop the drug war because it employs so many....


12 posted on 05/21/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: darth

The Government = The Mafia


13 posted on 05/21/2012 7:44:53 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Altariel

Tens-of-thousands-of-tons of pot and coke coming thru Mexico every month, and the JBT Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, US Attorney’s Office, the Idaho National Guard, and four Idaho police departments, are raiding/terrorizing local “head shop” employees’ families?

This must be the 4,000th-5,000th article I’ve read about this unending, diversionary, budget-justifying BS.

I have a lot of respect of LEOs and Firemen, right behind the US Military, but these JBT ass-clowns aren’t worthy of a warm bucket of my spit.


14 posted on 05/21/2012 7:45:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: treetopsandroofs
A Barack Obama appointee...


15 posted on 05/21/2012 7:46:29 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: cloudmountain

Why would any government worshipper suppose that terrorizing young children is justified by the activities of one or both the parents?

Remember: if you are EVER even ACCUSED of any illegal activity, the same can be done to your children, or your nephews and nieces, or your grandchildren, if they are with you.


16 posted on 05/21/2012 7:46:57 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: MichaelP

Selective law enforcement against white people and real life practice for when the TSA is mobilized and armed and they come looking for your guns. The goons who worked these raid will be platoon leaders.

The entire government needs overhauling and keelhauling and rolled back to a manageable sized monster.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 7:47:35 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: G Larry

Hussein needed to show how he’s tough on drugs, without actually interrupting or interfering with his biggest supporters’ businesses.


18 posted on 05/21/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Surrounded_too

This.

Imagine your kids, your nephews or nieces, or your grandkids at the barrel of the local/state/federal law enforcements weapons, when they charge into your home to take your constitutionally permitted firearms.

If we allow them to get away with it now, it will be done again, and again.

What’s the next step. “get your screaming toddler under control, or I’ll shoot him?”


19 posted on 05/21/2012 7:51:20 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

“the Idaho National Guard,”

WTF were they doing there?

Remember a RINO, Richard Milhous Nixon started the war on drugs. Another one of his dumb political moves, like price controls. The problem this one is destroying the Constitution because it give he police a chance to form a Police State.


20 posted on 05/21/2012 7:51:19 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: formosa

“These over zealous freaks need to be at our southern border arresting the the drug dealers and pushers.”

No, then they might actually get shot at by someone that really wants to kill them.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 7:52:58 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Altariel

Rhetorical Question: What the hell is going on?


22 posted on 05/21/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: Altariel

True enough. I stand corrected.


23 posted on 05/21/2012 7:58:03 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: A Strict Constructionist

“WTF were they doing there?”

Indeed.

Doesn’t the Governor activate the NG?

Yes, unless the Feds activate it....

http://science.howstuffworks.com/national-guard.htm

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is a Republican.

Bet Hussein’s handlers are already hard at work rewriting this story.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 7:58:12 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

When did Dean Graziosi become a U.S. Attorney?


25 posted on 05/21/2012 8:01:33 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: sauropod

“Bipartisanship” in action....

What is Butch Otter saying about this?

Butch was a Reagan appointee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Otter

See how Reaganesque Hussein is?


26 posted on 05/21/2012 8:01:38 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Altariel

Thankfully the family did not have a poodle or it would have been shot in front of the children


27 posted on 05/21/2012 8:04:11 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Altariel

Are we going to see a Geospatial Department mockup of the family compound and an action timeline to support Hussein’s gutsy call?


28 posted on 05/21/2012 8:04:23 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs
On the plus side, they didn’t shoot the family dog.

There is no way that family had a dog.. It definitely would have been shot by the officers.
29 posted on 05/21/2012 8:08:29 AM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: treetopsandroofs

She looks like a dyke if ever there was one! Nothing or no one is more vicious & evil than so-called liberals who also happen to be homo or lezzie.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 8:12:39 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: DivineMomentsOfTruth

Would they have reported shooting the dog?

This raid was to make Hussein look good.

How closely did he work with the Republican governor?

Is there an official Hussein press release yet, or does he get to joke about this at a party for the police Wednesday Night?


31 posted on 05/21/2012 8:12:51 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Altariel

Per our Constitution and history an Amendment is required to have a federal prohibition. There exist no Amendment authorizing the federal government to have another prohibition. The Federal Government’s Drug Prohibition is illegal and should be rejected by every American.


32 posted on 05/21/2012 8:14:03 AM PDT by Mechanicos (Vote NOT-ROMNEY ; Take it to the Convention and do it over!)
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To: Altariel

Obama’s storm troopers are getting a workout. No one is safe.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 8:15:09 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Altariel

Take all of your pro-drug hippie anti-police friends back to the DU and enjoy anarchy there.


34 posted on 05/21/2012 8:19:30 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Mechanicos

Exactly. How is it that we required the Volstead Act for alcohol prohibition, but not something similar for MJ? Completely absurd.

These agents in this case are nothing but JBTs. There is no justification whatsoever to carry out normal arrests in this way. They should be named and shunned in their communities, if nothing else.


35 posted on 05/21/2012 8:20:18 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Dutchboy88

Wear your chains lightly.


36 posted on 05/21/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Dutchboy88

Thank you for verifying that you supporting pointing loaded weapons at tired, frightened children.

The police head of the government hydra thanks you for your support in feeding the beast! Don’t worry, after it devours them, it will come for you, in turn.


37 posted on 05/21/2012 8:22:06 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

The local news didn’t mention that the police raided homes, and that the National Guard and DEA were involved. The local reports simply sounded like the shops themselves were raided.

The fact the military was used makes me very very angry.


38 posted on 05/21/2012 8:24:18 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

It is the path of least resistance.

The feds won’t take on the heavily armed narco gangs in our country, but they will go nuts on a head shop guy.

Better not tear the tag off my mattress.


39 posted on 05/21/2012 8:25:43 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: Domandred

“The local news didn’t mention that the police raided homes, and that the National Guard and DEA were involved. The local reports simply sounded like the shops themselves were raided.

The fact the military was used makes me very very angry.

Naturally not, that would make the government hydra look unsympathetic.

We can’t have it commonly reported that children were threatened with death.

It might cause people to rethink whether the “cure” was worse than the disease.


40 posted on 05/21/2012 8:25:55 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Apparently the logic is that if a pipe is not available, a drug user will quit.

Sure


41 posted on 05/21/2012 8:26:31 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: cloudmountain
Why would ANY parent of children under 18 be STUPID enough to get involved in the drug trade, even legally selling the paraphernalia?

They know the risk going in when they operate on the fringes. The mindset of people today is even if they break the laws ultimately they will get a slap on the hands at worst....which is generally quite true.

As for their children....well it's apparent were they serious about their welfare they would not be involved with such a "business" in the first place.

42 posted on 05/21/2012 8:27:28 AM PDT by caww
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To: Altariel

Ah, those compassionate Democrat DOJ's.

43 posted on 05/21/2012 8:30:12 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: caww
1. They know the risk going in when they operate on the fringes. The mindset of people today is even if they break the laws ultimately they will get a slap on the hands at worst....which is generally quite true.
As for their children....well it's apparent were they serious about their welfare they would not be involved with such a "business" in the first place.

1. True.
2. True again.

44 posted on 05/21/2012 8:31:44 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Altariel

Kid will have nightmares and PTSD for the rest of his life, presaging a life of substance abuse and fear of authority. Nice work, DOJ.

BTW, what are the chances these head shop owners are Republicans?


45 posted on 05/21/2012 8:32:23 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: formosa

That’s kind of simplistic thinking. The more they interdict, the higher they drive up the price of the product that does make it through, which just increases the incentive to find new ways of getting it across the border. Not to mention the steadily increasing domestic crop that doesn’t have to cross the border.

As long as people demand the product, and a profit can be made supplying it, it will get through. That’s just basic economics.


46 posted on 05/21/2012 8:35:22 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: FreedomPoster

“but not something similar for MJ?”

Originally, cannabis was not banned, but they put a 200/oz tax on it. Which in 1934 or whenever, was most of a year’s pay.

Since it was not banned per se, no need to amend the Constitution. The “tax” issue morphed into a ban.


47 posted on 05/21/2012 8:39:11 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: caww

Of course, the ends justify the means, don’t they? And if one of the weapons “accidentally” discharged, killing one of the children, well, you’d justify that too, wouldn’t you?

The State must be defended! No atrocity is too great when the State is conducting the Business of the Punishment of Criminals, Comrade!


48 posted on 05/21/2012 8:41:11 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DBrow

Back in the day, I saw college kids clearing a bong three feet long. Their poor lungs!


49 posted on 05/21/2012 8:41:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ConservaTexan

The caption at the photo at the article said it was Wendy J. Olson.

http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/20/a-report-from-obamas-humane-drug-war-my

Here’s your babe independently confirmed:

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1132&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbnid=Rdrus2zTcNO2aM:&imgrefurl=http://www.justice.gov/usao/id/meetattorney.html&docid=oGu9jVi-cAU0XM&imgurl=http://www.justice.gov/usao/id/images/wolsonofficial.jpg&w=200&h=300&ei=W2K6T4blHIGC2AXs57XXCQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=388&sig=108306833938050979212&page=1&tbnh=140&tbnw=93&start=0&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:75&tx=56&ty=69


50 posted on 05/21/2012 8:42:42 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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