The Bath Salts Caucus

Love him or hate him, Grayson can turn a phrase:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Monday mocked the 67 House Republicans who voted against disaster relief funds for the victims of Hurricane Sanday.

“It’s the same 67 over and over again,” he noted on The Stephanie Miller Show. “It’s the bath salts caucus, the people that would rather eat your face than cut taxes on the rich.”

The bill provided $9.7 billion for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last year. The 67 Republicans who voted against the bill objected to it because the funds were not paid for with cuts to over government programs.

So true. I’m glad he is back in the House chucking grenades.

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  1. 1
    Sad_Dem says:

    Wouldn’t they rather eat your face than raise taxes on the rich?

  2. 2
    Culture of Truth says:

    “It’s the bath salts caucus, the people that would rather eat your face than cut taxes on the rich.”

    He means raise taxes on the rich, unless face eating is replacing the capitol hill bean soup

  3. 3
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    cut taxes on the rich AND eat your face

  4. 4
    lee says:

    Wouldn’t that be raise taxes on the rich?

  5. 5
    dr. bloor says:

    Wait, what? Why would someone want to raise faces on the rich?

  6. 6
    Todd says:

    If asshole is going to play cute, he needs to get his metaphors straight. I’ve got no use for the stupid fucker.

  7. 7
    JoyfulA says:

    An 80-something relative gave me bath salts for Christmas? Should I turn it in to the police?

  8. 8
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Democrats should probably never shut up about Republicans describing disaster relief as pork.

  9. 9
    Mike in NC says:

    AKA Cantor’s Caucus

  10. 10
    cathyx says:

    What does eat your face mean?

  11. 11
    Ted & Hellen says:

    Why would a progressive or liberal hate Alan Grayson?

  12. 12
    Dave says:


    Stop being emo.

  13. 13
    cathyx says:

    @Ted & Hellen: He probably said something mean about Obama.

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    AndoChronic says:

    I haven’t been following this closely, but isn’t their idea to stop the government from subsidizing those who cannot be covered for flood insurance? I do have mixed feelings about this. Should we always allow to rebuild in areas insurance companies won’t even touch, but what about the heritage of those areas?

  16. 16
    Michael S says:

    I know you like combativeness, but Grayson is an idiot and a jerk. He’s counterproductive to everything we support.

  17. 17
    Marc says:

    Ah, looks like Grayson is determined to talk his way out of another House seat. One more GOPer after 2014.

    But: AA+ Bonds: yeah, exactly. Why are Democrats letting Christie and Peter King have all the fun?

  18. 18
    some guy says:

    Grayson rocks. Glad he’s back in the House throwing rocks at the idjits

  19. 19
    skippy says:

    Welcome back Alan. we missed you.

  20. 20
    Culture of Truth says:

    I haven’t been following this closely either, but I think their idea is punish the blue states.

  21. 21
    BGinCHI says:

    Grayson is going to get creamed by the Zombie Lobby.

  22. 22
    burnspbesq says:

    Same old Grayson. Shoot off mouth, then engage brain.

    He’s an ass, but he’s our ass, and we love him.

  23. 23
    Face says:

    His comments on face-eating seems especially offensive to me

  24. 24
    LanceThruster says:

    How many Grayson grenades could a Grayson grenade chucker chuck if a Grayson grenade chucker could chuck grenades?

  25. 25

    Is Grayson our Chris Christie?

  26. 26
    lonesomerobot says:

    Since the category here is “Teabagger stupidity” I’m offering this awesome Craigslist post:

    Do you have a liberal neighbor? Does your neighbor have any pro-democrat, pro-abortion/Obama stickers on their vehicles? Post their address on here as a non-gun owner so the criminals will target their home. If you see any crimes happening at their home then dont call the police.

    If you are scared to post their info on here then send me their address & i will have someone go by, take a picture of their pro-democrat sign/bumper sticker & house and then i will post the picture & their address on here as an unarmed household, so if any criminals want to hit a household that doesnt own weapons then that would be one they can target. Especially those rich democrats. Criminals need to target them. The average democrat in clarke county doesnt have shit worth taking. But the rich ones do. Professors, lawyers & business owners

  27. 27
    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I heard that this morning on the “Face the Grayson” segment of the Stephanie Miller Show.

    How many Balloon Juicers listen to Stephanie Miller in the morning? I need someone to listen to between Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes.

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    Hmm any criminal making the assumption that just because someone is a democrat that they will automatically be unarmed is going to end up as a dead criminal.

  29. 29
    polyorchnid octopunch says:

    @lonesomerobot: It’s already been flagged for removal. I hope someone had the foresight to screenshot that shiznet.

  30. 30
    lonesomerobot says:

    Yes, I flagged and got a screenshot. I know I’m one of at least 3 who have flagged it.

  31. 31
    Anne Laurie says:


    An 80-something relative gave me bath salts for Christmas?

    I’m amazed s/he could find them. Now that the evile druggie metaphor has seized the media’s imagination, a lot of cosmetic companies have stopped producing scented tub-related products. Unfortunately for those of us whose relatives preferred salts to bubbles…

  32. 32
    lonesomerobot says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Yea, that’s what I was thinking.

    Another really stupid part of that post is the “pro-abortion” stickers part. Where does one obtain an “I love abortion” sticker? Or maybe a t-shirt?

  33. 33
    Violet says:

    Who is Elliott Abrams? He was on NPR saying Hagel has to prove he isn’t an anti-Semite.

  34. 34
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @cathyx: The thing about folks like him who frequently engage in red-meat rhetoric is that they eventually get around to saying something genuinely stupid because they have trouble applying a filter to what’s appropriate. In Grayson’s case, I seem to recall he likened someone to a whore. Things like that do not exactly burnish such folks’ credibility.

    That was something I used to like about Anthony Weiner. He could make pointed pronouncements, but seemed to have been smart enough not to cross a line. That is, until he discovered his cell phone had a camera…

  35. 35
    BGinCHI says:

    @lonesomerobot: Probably Raven.

  36. 36
    BGinCHI says:

    @Violet: Reagan era war criminal and grifter.

    Also, asshole.

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    ruemara says:

    I wish Grayson was more effective, well, as effective as the progressive tongue bath caucus believes he is. However, I’d rather he held his seat than a republican. At least I know he and I would agree on what to do most of the time, instead of being insane and right wing.

  38. 38
    Djur says:

    @Violet: He was a major figure in Iran-Contra and was appointed by Dubya as “senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations”. A neocon crook of the highest order.

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    Raven says:

    @lonesomerobot: That’s my town!

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    Dave says:


    He’s a House backbencher; what else would you like him to do?

  41. 41
    Todd says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Why would a progressive or liberal hate Alan Grayson?

    Fuck off.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford: Bastids killed Seattle’s lefty talk station, KPTK. Switched it to sports talk on Jan 2. I understand this occurred in four other markets as well, and that there could be a lawsuit.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @Anne Laurie: It isn’t that I’d prefer bath salts over bubble bath; I don’t even have a bathtub, just a couple of walk-in showers.

    Come to think of it, when I had bathtubs, I never used either bath salts or bubble bath.

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    jl says:

    Am coming down with totally awesome case of flu, so foggy enough to have guessed that 67 / 435 is 27 percent. But some computer number calculating machine tells me I am full of shit.

    But, 67 / 241 (seats in GOP caucus)is 27.8 percent!

    Coincidence? How would I know? I can barely think right now.

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    cathyx says:

    @Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn: They did that in Portland too. And the ratings had been good too.

  46. 46
    Raven says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Because they are whiny little bitches?

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    jl says:

    @jl: Dammit, I think I mixed up old and new Congress. Hell with it, too flued up to think strait (straight?) Eff it. I am out of here for a few days, too miserable to follow the horrible news of horrible GOP people in the House.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @jl: Take care. I hear this winter’s strain is a real shit kicker.

    Lots of Gatorade!

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    I have to break in here with a warning:
    Do not get arrested for Drunk in Public in Menifee, California. I was yesterday, after partying with an old friend. While I was planting my face on the hood of the Ford Victoria black and white and having the bracelets put on I figured that it would mean a night in a nice city jail.
    I was taken to a Riverside County Sheriff’s substation where they relieved me of my shoes and socks and put the shackles on hand and foot. Then they probed my beautiful young body for contraband.
    After a brief meditation in the rain, I was put into the plastic back seat of another Ford Victoria and transported to county jail.
    There, I was put into a cell whose amenities included a concrete floor, tiled walls, a stainless steel toilet with a built-in water fountain on top and a guy who was whining continuously about how the cops had got it all wrong. No bunk, no bench, no blanket, no smoking. Crap.
    The whiner was finally taken away after he told everyone who passed our cell that he had diabetes and that he’d go south if he didn’t get his meds and soon. Never saw him after that.
    My next cellmate was better. He was a young speed freak from Perris, CA, who had been banged up for ostentatious behavior and possession. He was about the same age as my son and he couldn’t stop moving. At one point he decided to clean up our cell with his t-shirt. Fortunately, I was able to dissuade him from that project and then to get some sleep on
    the floor of our cell.
    Anyhow, all’s well that ends well – right? They cut me loose around ten at night (No charges), in another fine rain, in the middle of God Know’s Where. My cellmate was released when I was. He had tried calling his brother who was not in the mood to show up.
    There we were, standing in the rain on the steps of the county nick, each clutching a little plastic bag with our stuff in it. Then a cab, driven by a young man from Israel flashed its lights. I strolled over, followed by my now ex-cellmate and discovered that the cab was available for hire but only for green money. I asked the driver to turn on the meter and then wait while I had a smoke. He too lit up, as did my ex-cellmate (He bummed a smoke from the cabbie), along with me, and we all had a nice ciggie in the fine but persistent rain while the meter in the cab spun up towards infinity.
    Next stop was a bank where I used my card to pull out two hundred buck’s worth of twenties. The cab fair back to where I’d left my car was worth four of them. I gave the driver the balance of them to take cellmate back to his family’s home in Perris and provide a tip.
    Me? I watched the cab drive off in the rain. Then I got into the car, fired it up, and drove around God Know’s Elsewhere until I blundered on to a Motel 6 conveniently located next to the 215 freeway. I’ve taken three showers in the intervening time and I still have that jail stink on me.
    So, if you’re considering screwing up in Riverside County, don’t. Those people are harsh, even when you’ve been nicked enough times to keep your face pointed at the wall and your mouth full of “Yes sir”.

  50. 50
    Raven says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Wasn’t shit compared to the brig was it?

  51. 51
    Djur says:

    @Ted & Hellen: He’s been a guest on the Alex Jones program, which is pretty fucking terrible for an elected official.

  52. 52
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    They have Marine brig chasers who run you around and “Drop and gimme fifty!” at intervals in order to have you serve as an example to others. They are those Marines who are too fucking antisocial for war.

  53. 53
    Raven says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: My cousin was one after his tour in 65-66. I’ll always remember that scene in “The Last Detail” when they dragged Quaid up the stairs. Jack knew.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Violet: I was listening to that streaming on my iPad, and I wanted to pitch the tablet across the office.

    Just discovered, thank you Google, that he is related to Midge Decter and Norman Podhoretz. Thanksgiving dinners in that family must be a laff riot.

  55. 55
    piratedan says:

    @burnspbesq: well he’s no Louie Gohmert or Virginia Foxx, but I can forgive a less than elegant turn of the phrase now and then.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Michael S:

    I know you like combativeness, but Grayson is an idiot and a jerk. He’s counterproductive to everything we support.

    How so, specifically?

    And who’s “we?”

  57. 57
    Ted & Hellen says:


    Fuck off.

    No. YOU fuck off, you fucking fucker.

  58. 58
    Ted & Hellen says:


    Because they are whiny little bitches?

    No, Raven, that’s just your woman-hating, gay-hating, insecure in his sexuality, dry drunk self projecting again.

  59. 59
    Raven says:

    @Ted & Hellen: You’re so fucking stupid you don’t even know when I agree with you, punk.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    If your cousin was stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, or aboard the USS Lexington or the USS Intrepid around that time then we’ve probably met.

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    bemused says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:

    I listen to Stephanie and Randi. I get torn between Thom Hartmann and Randi, their shows air at the same time. Easy choice when either has a fill-in host. I do record Hartmann from Free Speech TV channel on Dish so sometimes I’ll listen to the previous day’s show. It’s just annoying to forward through the adv. spots.

  62. 62
    Ted & Hellen says:


    You’re so fucking stupid you don’t even know when I agree with you, punk.

    Wrong. I know you agreed with me.

    It’s just that the epithets you used still suck.

  63. 63
    Raven says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: I think he was at Norfolk. 1/26 and 1/4 in the Hill Fights and first battle of Khe Sahn.

  64. 64
    Raven says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Yea moron, and “suck” is just peachy. Go back to your finger painting.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    I became a bit of an item after I rolled my CO’s car in the aftermath of a squadron party.

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    magurakurin says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    you know what, fuck you. I know a lot of people don’t get it, but sobriety is a serious thing. Tossing around terms like “dry drunk” is bullshit. I have 25 years sobriety, asshole. You can call me a “dry drunk” too if you want. But I ain’t drinking, and I’m willing to bet I’ve done more in this life than you have as a result of my getting sober.

    So let’s have a drink together. A cup of joe for me, and a nice big cup of “shut the fuck up” for you.

  67. 67
    Raven says:

    @magurakurin: Don’t let the little douche get to ya. He or she doesn’t bother me one bit. I had people tell me 20 years ago that if I didn’t do AA I wasn’t really sober. There’s all kinds of people that would like to derail. Don’t mean a goddamn thing.

  68. 68
    magurakurin says:

    That’s really who made that term, isn’t it? The AA folks. I’m for whatever works, but I never went to AA either. And it sure as shit didn’t work for my Dad. The booze killed him when he was 60 and he tried AA for 20 years.

    I know that little fucker doesn’t bother you, but sometimes I just get riled up about shit. But I don’t take it to heart either in the end. Like you say, don’t mean a goddamn thing.

  69. 69
    Raven says:

    @magurakurin: I’m with you all the way. FIDO

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    S. Holland says:

    Welcome back Alan!! We need his ‘mouth’!!

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    Joey Giraud says:

    Alan Greyson is one of the smartest guys in Congress, even if he’s not your politically savvy Villager type.

    Stupid people love to call smarter people “stupid.” It’s like they’re too stupid to understand what smart is.

  72. 72
    Ryan C says:

    So is anyone going to mention the fact that the “face eating” guy being on bath salts was actuallt a misreported media myth?

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Go back to your finger painting.

    I have moved up to finger painting yet. I can’t get it to work well on the velvet.

    As you know, I was referring to your usual sexist and homophobic based insults.

    Also too, blow me.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Piss off, self righteous douche.

    13 years here, so cry your river to someone else and eat me.

    You don’t know the history of Raven’s and my sobriety/AA discussion, so you know, fuck yourself.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    I had people tell me 20 years ago that if I didn’t do AA I wasn’t really sober.

    Except that I never said that. YOU brought up AA and 12 steps programs yourself when I pointed out that you seemed a tad…grumpy and, I don’t know…viciously hateful.

    I believe how someone gets and stays sober is their business and more power to them, but if ALL they do is stop drinking, they’ve treated the symptom and are living with the disease.

    But I understand that’s good enough for you. Doesn’t mean I respect it.

  76. 76
    mapaghimagsik says:

    I’m reading this thread at the bar, drinking a tall, cold one. Does that make me a bad person?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    I gave my wife some bath salt tablets that are about 3 inches round and an inch high. I told her that if she wanted to get high she had to use them like a suppository, ala Futurama gravity pills.

    She looked at me like I was nuts, then I explained it to her.

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    Lol says:

    Grayson’s mouth is what cost him his seat before so it’s sad the lesson hasn’t sunk in. Before he started running his mouth, he had no one running against him for 2010. Once he decided he liked the limelight, challengers (and money to back them up) started moving into the district to run against him.

    It’s one thing to be snarky from a safe seat but doing it from a swing district is counterproductive to progressive goals.

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    Ted & Hellen says:



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    Ted & Hellen says:


    It’s one thing to be snarky from a safe seat but doing it from a swing district is counterproductive to progressive goals.

    Oh Jesus.

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    Ronzoni Rigatoni says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Frankly, I don’t live in Grayson’s district, but he and our local guy are the only ones I sent any monthly bux to last election (can’t afford much, but something is better than nothing). Grayson is the best in the House, and I also can’t understand why any so-called “progressive” would hate him. Idiots on my side? Nah-h-h…Trollish behavior, y’ask me.

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    Foregone Conclusion says:

    He got 60+% of the vote this time round, with the reputation he has and no doubt with a pile of outside Republican money against him. He might actually be a good fit for his district – a fierce economic populist. I don’t think he’s exactly Speaker material, and he might not actually be all that bright, but he fulfils a vital function: attack dog. Every party needs a few.

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    jefft452 says:

    @Lol: “Grayson’s mouth is what cost him his seat before…”

    And what cost all those blue dogs their seats in 2010?

    “…but doing it from a swing district…”

    Not a swing district, its safe republican, as was the district he won in 2008, as was the one Kathy Hochul won in 2011

    Voters knew about Grayson’s mouth, yet they sent him back to Congress 2 years after he lost a heavily republican district in a republican wave year

    Do you think we’ll see Hochul back in Congress in 2 years? I don’t

    PS, I liked Hochul enough, she was no Blance Lincon or Harold Ford – but the fact remains, the too extreme loudmouth has a better track record of turning red to blue then the sensible moderate does

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    e.a.f. says:

    so he didn’t get his way & the people who got flooded & had their lives disrupted have to suffer. What is wrong with this picture? Its this the same group of Republicans who just love those ear marks & won’t pass bills unless their pals get some sort of tax break as an ear mark.

    the people in N.J. & N.Y., who lost their homes do not deserve to be treated like this by the sanctamonous 67 republicans. It would be entertaining to see how much pork barrelling these 67 were involved in over the past 10 yrs. How many subsidies did they vote for which benefited big corportions. the republicans seem just fine with bailing out banks & auto manufacturers. However, when ordinary taxpayers, who through no fault of their own, loose their homes, well its all about being fiscally responsible.

    These republicans think nothing of spending billions on wars in foregin countries, think nothing of sending billions to countries which don’t even like the U.S.A. but need a few dollars so people can rebuild their homes, no way. People might want to think seriously about getting rid of those Republicans. Remember the next catastrophy could happen to you.

    People have been living in these areas for years. The insurance companies may not have wanted to insure them but the local governments kept issuing building permits & taking the tax dollars. What would these 67 Republicans like the city of New York to do? Move perhaps!

    These 67 Republicans are good candidates to send to some Central American country which does not believe in supporting their citizens. Leave those 67 Republicans there, with $10. each & see how well they do. Then they can come back to their jobs in the U.S.A. after a yr. there. I would suggest most of the 67 would not survive a week without the things they consider “necessary” for their personal existance.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @magurakurin: My brother, dry these 27 years, tried AA for awhile and decided that it made no sense to hang around people obsessing about alcohol if you wanted to quit drinking. Just walk away and live your life instead.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Marc: exactly. Chris Christie got your home rebuilt kind of makes it look like those democrats who are miffed about this couldn’t care…

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    CalD says:

    I miss John Cole. Balloon Juice mostly sucks these days.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    tried AA for awhile and decided that it made no sense to hang around people obsessing about alcohol if you wanted to quit drinking.

    There are thousands of different AA meetings and groups every single day. Each one has its own personality and a few of them suck, though I always get something useful out of every meeting I’ve been to. Anyone, whether in AA or out, who is sober but “obsessing,” is doing it wrong. I’m for whatever works, but find there is a LOT more to living a sober life than just not drinking.

    Just walk away and live your life instead.

    Ummm…if it was really that easy for most people, no one would ever waste their life drunk or die of alcoholism. Instead, millions do the former and thousands do the latter, every single day.

    That said, if it’s working for your brother, good for him and I’m glad.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Hi DougJ

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    xian says:

    @lonesomerobot: “Every child a wanted child.”

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    xian says:

    @magurakurin: the irony is lost on our pet troll that he wants to police others’ language for any perceived insulting intent and has zero self-awareness about his own vituperation.

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    xian says:

    @Ted & Hellen: “13 years here”

    It’s done wonders for your personality.

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