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International weapons experts leave Syria, U.S. prepares attack
Reuters US Edition ^ | | Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35am EDT | Erika Solomon

Posted on 08/31/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT by sockmonkey

U.N. experts investigating a poison gas attack in Syria left the country on Saturday, paving the way for the United States to lead military strikes to punish President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States, which has five cruise-missile equipped destroyers in the region, was planning "limited, narrow" military action to punish Assad for an attack that Washington said killed 1,429 people.

"We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," Obama said on Friday after Washington unveiled an intelligence assessment concluding Assad's forces were to blame for the attack.

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Qassim Saadeddine, a former Syrian army colonel and spokesman for the rebels' Supreme Military Council, said rebel groups had been sent a military plan of action.

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Some of the most successful rebel groups are fiercely anti-Western Sunni Islamists allied to al Qaeda, and the West is wary of arming the opposition for fear of weapons reaching them.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: littlebrotherdidit; maheralassad; obamaswar; obamasyriaattack; syria; syriachemicalweapons
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The comments are interesting..Nobody supports going to war over Obama's bruised ego.

Some of the most successful rebel groups are fiercely anti-Western Sunni Islamists allied to al Qaeda, and the West is wary of arming the opposition for fear of weapons reaching them.

Say what? We've been arming them, AFAIK.

1 posted on 08/31/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

story come out this morning that the ‘attack’ was really the rebels mishandling the weapon

i guess 0bama needs to push the time table before that story gets traction


2 posted on 08/31/2013 8:21:47 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sockmonkey

We don’t know if this gas was military grade or home cooked.
We don’t know how it was delivered.

Stop the insanity!


3 posted on 08/31/2013 8:23:18 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: sockmonkey

4 posted on 08/31/2013 8:24:13 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: sockmonkey

If this happens lets see if congress has the guts to pursue impeachment, there is much more than this to pile on.

What do you think...

Yes they will...

No they won’t...


5 posted on 08/31/2013 8:26:12 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: sockmonkey

“Obama’s bruised ego”

And that’s what this is all about.

Following the news reports, Obama was very clearly leaning against the war.

But when the Russians compared him with a monkey playing with a grenade everything changed.

I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll attack Syria. That’s what any narcissist would do.


6 posted on 08/31/2013 8:26:43 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: sockmonkey

our government is twisted and wrong in this. Assad did not do it, the al queeerda did


7 posted on 08/31/2013 8:27:49 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: sockmonkey
VIDEO: BIDEN THREATENING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT IF HE LAUNCHES AN ATTACK WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY

Obama: ‘President Does Not Have Power Under Constitution to Unilaterally Authorize a Military Attack’
8 posted on 08/31/2013 8:29:44 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: yldstrk

muslims killing muslims. Leave them alone.


9 posted on 08/31/2013 8:30:14 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: sockmonkey

Haven’t heard Hillary’s position yet. Very important to get her on the record before the attack.

Beyond disappointed in the House and the House leadership. Whether they support a strike or not, they should be screaming from the rooftops about Obama’s refusal to seek Congress’ permission first. There is no excuse.


10 posted on 08/31/2013 8:32:13 AM PDT by PAR
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To: sockmonkey

The consortium of international bankers that run the Western Allies wants it DAMN GOLD back, and nothing will stop them.

They went after Ghadaffi with cruise missiles because their GOLD (the real stuff, not the tungsten filled crap that has been spread around the world by countries like China) was in the Libyan National Bank, safe from prying eyes and robbery.

However, after they decided to bomb the heck out of Ghadaffi’s convoys, he moved the gold to a safer location. Somewhere that the US Military could not enter. Somewhere where it was protected by a large military.

In payment for Ghadaffi rehiding the GOLD, they shoved him out in the street to be butt-raped and killed. This is a fact.

Well.... guess where that GOLD is ?

Yes, it’s in Syria, and the FED RES will waste as mamy Cruise Missiles, kill as many innocent Syrians, and sacrifice as many US soldiers as it takes to get the GOLD BACK.

Once one understands that this is all about THE MONEY, then one will understand why Obama is ignoring other allies (who have backed out due to it becoming too obvious) and threats from Iran, Iraq, Russia, etc.

Obama has been given his orders and he will lead the charge or he will end up like Breitbart, Hastings, Wheeler, etc.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 8:34:11 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: sockmonkey

“We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale,” . . .

So, we’ll send in missiles at random and blow up women, children and innocent civilians on a terrible scale, in “retaliation.” Never mind that the rebels almost certainly did it.

That’s the only logical response, especially since Obama and his pals supplied the poison gas to the rebels in the first place.

Kind of like Clinton bombing the TV station in Belgrade, because they were broadcasting uncomfortable truths about what he was doing to civilians there.


12 posted on 08/31/2013 8:35:04 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“Obama’s bruised ego”

And that’s what this is all about.

Following the news reports, Obama was very clearly leaning against the war.

But when the Russians compared him with a monkey playing with a grenade everything changed.


Some on the right have their hands dirty too. They (chickenhawk Hannity, for one) kept on and kept on mocking him for being a wuss for drawing a line in the sand and then not doing anything when it was crossed. So now bammy is going to go all macho to prove how tough he is, and the result is going to be a disaster.


13 posted on 08/31/2013 8:36:02 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: PoloSec

“lets see if congress has the guts to pursue impeachment”

I’ll save you the suspense.

There will be no talk of impeachment as long as Boehner is there. He will bend over and appropriate all the funding that Obama needs to pursue this war. He’s a spineless coward who’s been in hiding for weeks so he doesn’t have to take a position on this war.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 8:36:26 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion
And that’s what this is all about.

No it's not. It's about the PURE GOLD BARS that the consortium of International Bankers (the FEDRES) who loan money to the US, England, France, etc. had hidden in Libyan in the Libyan National Bank, and which Ghadaffi had removed and hidded in Syria.

Once you understand that this is the motive, Obama's actions all make sense.

15 posted on 08/31/2013 8:36:43 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Impeachment ?

The are too coward to even vote on Syria, much less impeachment.
BTW, what is preventing Waldo Boehner from conducting a press conference to ask to slow things down? Nothing.

Where in the world is Waldo Boehner?


16 posted on 08/31/2013 8:37:13 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: sockmonkey

Well, I guess we know now where Iraq’s WMD’s were transported to. Hmmm. Think the left and the media might want to explore this further. Hardly.


17 posted on 08/31/2013 8:37:25 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Has anyone started a thread on when he attacks.

I will go with 8:17 PM EST. tonight.


18 posted on 08/31/2013 8:39:03 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Iron Munro

Is that Valerie Jarrett?

Is she supposed to be black? The lips make me think it’s Mick Jagger, but he’s a lot older. If she is an African-American, then I’m surprised because she’s several shades whiter than me!

Maybe I should put myself down as African-American. Then when I vote, the democrats would only get to 96.9999% of the black vote!


19 posted on 08/31/2013 8:39:14 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: sockmonkey

“Washington says it need not wait for the inspectors to report, since it is already certain poison gas was used and convinced Assad’s forces were behind it. The inspectors mandate is to determine if chemicals were used, not who used them.”

In other words, they do NOT know who did it.


20 posted on 08/31/2013 8:39:19 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: tennmountainman

As Led Zeppelin said, “Ooh, it makes me wonder...”


21 posted on 08/31/2013 8:41:15 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

ValJ (nee Valerie Bowman) was born in Iran.


22 posted on 08/31/2013 8:41:22 AM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: tennmountainman

Putin is out there today on Drudge personally basically telling Mr. Nobel Peace Prize Obama he’d better watch his effing step or he’ll eff him up.....you can’t get any clearer than that diplomatically.


23 posted on 08/31/2013 8:41:41 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gadsden1st

If rumors of B1 bombers leaving Kansas last night around 10:30 pm are true, my guess (with input of a knowledgeable FReeper) is around 4:30-5:00 this evening.

God protect our military! They are being ‘lead’ by the most sinister and corrupt CIC in American history.


24 posted on 08/31/2013 8:42:59 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: PAR

Hilldabeast is staying clear of this so that she is pristine come her coronation in 2016. Also heard the rebels or thier cohorts did this to blame assad with bozos blessing. This is a dilberate action caused by this regime to start the fuse


25 posted on 08/31/2013 8:43:29 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Gadsden1st

Arab capitals are balking. I say no strike tonight!

Where is the evidence?
Was this gas military grade or home cooked?
How was it delivered? Intentionally or by home cooked accident?


26 posted on 08/31/2013 8:45:23 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: sockmonkey
paving the way for the United States to lead military strikes

And who, exactly are we leading? Interesting how Reuters continually ignores the facts and pushes the WH line.
27 posted on 08/31/2013 8:48:20 AM PDT by keat
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To: nascarnation

Ok. Bowman doesn’t sound Persian to me. Was she born to American parents?


28 posted on 08/31/2013 8:49:54 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: penelopesire

I wonder what ‘retaliatory’ attacks on US soil poshitus is planning in response.


29 posted on 08/31/2013 8:50:33 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: sockmonkey

Egyptian Christian Leader: ‘Shame on Obama’

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2013/August/Egyptian-Christian-Leader-Shame-on-Obama/


30 posted on 08/31/2013 8:52:33 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Alas Babylon!

I believe both parents were Americans.
And probably devout commies....


31 posted on 08/31/2013 8:55:37 AM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: PAR
Beyond disappointed in the House and the House leadership. Whether they support a strike or not, they should be screaming from the rooftops about Obama’s refusal to seek Congress’ permission first. There is no excuse.

Surrender monkey Boner has already talked with the clown and probably said that he has no objection with clown's actions.

Obama briefs Boehner on Syria

So you see the clown will tell his LIV that he has complied with the Constitution and existing laws. IF they don't buy into that excuse he will say "I am not waging a WAR, only limited air strikes"
32 posted on 08/31/2013 8:57:49 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: sockmonkey
Britain has also backed action but was forced to pull out of the coalition after Prime Minister David Cameron unexpectedly lost a vote over it in parliament on Thursday, straining London's "special relationship" with Washington

Daniel 7:4 shows the eagle's wings being plucked out of the lion.

All my life I have been preached too and studied many versions of the last days and have had many preachers claim this event or that event...never before have I seen so many prophecies seemingly be fulfilled before my very eyes.

Oddly I am not dismayed at the prospect of 0bama's actions for I believe it is all happening on God's timing now. There are princes and principalities, angels and demons, seals, and trumpets to be sounded.

I have long said America has to be removed from the world stage in order for the endtimes to be fulfilled. This is happening. 0bama's strike will have catastrophic consequences as predicted in Daniel 8. It will bring the collapse of the US and the beginning of sorrows will rev-up for 2300 days. But if you want to be really startled read verses 18-25. if that is not a description of Obama... ?

But...as dark as some of this may seem I believe America is the only country on earth that can turn aside and back to God to do God's will. Why do I think such craziness...election 2016. The prophecy says ...he shall be broken, but by no human hand...an election? America needs a good hard lesson in order to turn her heart back to God.

Written way back in 2000...something to think through and study very carefully... The Prophetic Future of the United States

33 posted on 08/31/2013 8:58:19 AM PDT by EBH (Is Damascus on the Eve of Destruction? Isaiah 17)
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To: yldstrk
Assad did not do it, the al queeerda did

I am reading (except not in any US sources) that the al nusra front is responsible.

34 posted on 08/31/2013 9:00:12 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Ok. Bowman doesn’t sound Persian to me. Was she born to American parents?

One from Chicago , the other from Washington DC

35 posted on 08/31/2013 9:00:26 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: ronnie raygun

In my opinion, your assessment is correct. What remains to be seen is what Russia and China will do.


36 posted on 08/31/2013 9:02:32 AM PDT by sport
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To: Alas Babylon!

I thought that WAS Mick Jagger at first..!


37 posted on 08/31/2013 9:03:12 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The GOP, the ultimate battered wife? Or willing co-conspirators?)
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To: sockmonkey
Syria is the closest thing we have on our planet, to a black hole.

Going close to it will suck you in.  Of course Obama being the supreme leader, doesn't have to worry about the frailties of mortal men.

We should take a pass on this one.  That being the case, Obama will go in.


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08/29/2013: LINK  LINK to regular sized version of Ramirez's latest, and an archive of his political cartoons.

In this political cartoon, Ramirez presents, "I have a dream."



ONE HUNDRED PRECENT OF THE FREEPATHON GOAL HAS BEEN MET.  Thanks FReepers!
...this is a general all purpose message, and should not be seen as targeting any individual I am responding to...

38 posted on 08/31/2013 9:04:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: PoloSec
What do you think...

Yes they will...

No they won’t...

Obama could declare Congress in permanent recess and they still would do nothing...............

39 posted on 08/31/2013 9:05:38 AM PDT by varon ( cum tyrannis para bellum)
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To: Cheerio

Boener never does as long as he gets to get ahead of Matthews in line to service Obama.


40 posted on 08/31/2013 9:06:11 AM PDT by sport
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To: dowcaet
Well, I guess we know now where Iraq’s WMD’s were transported to. Hmmm. Think the left and the media might want to explore this further. Hardly.

We knew that at the time Iraq send trucks after trucks across their border to Syria. He was ditching the weapons.

41 posted on 08/31/2013 9:07:56 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Obama has every nation on the planet laughing at us all.
Paper tiger playing golf.
42 posted on 08/31/2013 9:11:35 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: sockmonkey

the ONLY way to “punish” Assad personally is to make it personal- kill his child as (supposedy)he killed others

is barry ready to do that

nah I guess he’ll use our million dollar missiles to break up a palace or something-

oooh, barry bringing a knife to a gun fight

let the arab mocking commence in 4-3-2-1


43 posted on 08/31/2013 9:11:55 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Maybe I should put myself down as African-American.

I still have no idea WTH that is. Like the invented White Hispanic.

44 posted on 08/31/2013 9:13:59 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: kitkat

No, in other words “what difference does it make?” Obama has his mind made up regardless. It could have been Chlorox and sudsy ammonia for all he cares.


45 posted on 08/31/2013 9:14:47 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: penelopesire

in time for the evening news to catch the fireworks show

ooh, look what a big brave president we have

so resolute

why by next week no tyrant will DARE to use CW again

they can just go back to rape squads, firing squads, IEDs, shredding, stoning, acid tubs, starvation, freezing peasants to death, and gulags for the whole family


46 posted on 08/31/2013 9:15:54 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf
Does anybody remember the cries from the left about Bush targeting Leaders
of other nations for drone assassinations?
47 posted on 08/31/2013 9:16:01 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: DoughtyOne

Syria has top line Air Defense from Russia.... Anything other than UCAV’s and or Other stand off weapons like cruise missiles and yer gonna have some new POW’s for Syria to parade around ....unless of course Al Queada snags em first, beheads them and say Assad did it ...... Just like they did this chemical attack.

Assad is a dictator. He ain’t stupid enough to use chemicals . An act that would bring such as we see now down on him. But if the brotherhood can’t win they they would use it on the sheeple to get such force to bear on Assad from outside nations.

What this is about is letting the Islamic Brotherhood validate Obamas aid in the form of the officers and enlisted American military .....that same Islamic Brotherhood foundation trying to put Americans in their graves everywhere else around the globe.

I know I’m preaching to the choir here but Obama is aiding the enemy of this nation. Congress is just as guilty if they let him get away with this.

Praying for our troops safety.... Stay safe !


48 posted on 08/31/2013 9:20:13 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Is that Valerie Jarrett? Is she supposed to be black? The lips make me think it’s Mick Jagger, but he’s a lot older. If she is an African-American, then I’m surprised because she’s several shades whiter than me!

Supposedly Jarrett is mixed race.
Her mother had three white and one black grandparents, and her father was black.

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran where she lived until she was five.
Her parents were both wealthy American citizens.
Her grandfather and mother had close ties to extreme leftist radicals.


49 posted on 08/31/2013 9:22:03 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: Squantos

I agree with your thoughts here.

Thanks Squantos.


50 posted on 08/31/2013 9:23:46 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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