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Chevron struck another blow in its campaign to undermine a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment it faces in Ecuador. Under tremendous pressure from the oil company, Patton Boggs, the powerful Washington law firm that once vowed to assure the enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment, instead withdrew today from the case.

In an extraordinary concession, Patton Boggs said it regretted its prior involvement in a lawsuit against Chevron (CVX), a legal action deemed by a federal judge in New York to have evolved into an extortion scheme aimed at the San Ramon (Calif.) oil company. Patton Boggs also agreed to provide Chevron with supportive documents and testimony and to pay the company $15 million as a tangible symbol of its abasement.

Ain’t that just swell?

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152 replies
  1. 1
    Joel says:

    Wait, what?

  2. 2
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Who is the new front pager?

  3. 3
    Mart says:

    I do not think you are allowed to beat the “man” anymore at any level of America’s courts. If you occasionally do, it will soon be overturned.

  4. 4
    NotMax says:

    Eliciting sympathy for a “powerful Washington law firm?”

    That dog won’t hunt.

  5. 5
    Morzer says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Still the same old mean, salty, cantankerous, foul, angry ogre he’s always been.

  6. 6
    NotMax says:

    @Morzer

    The Iron Twinkie – tough on the outside, soft in the center.

  7. 7
    Howard Beale IV says:

    If you think shafting the Ecuadorian citizens is the only outcome that’s just…..

  8. 8
    Bob In Portland says:

    Luckily, I’m sure the future fracking in Ukraine won’t harm the water quality. That’s Chevron too, right?

  9. 9
    PsiFighter37 says:

    That’s kind of pathetic, but from reading the article, it sounds like the law firm itself is struggling to not go under, so they decided to sell out for the quick cash.

    Not surprising, but disheartening nonetheless.

  10. 10
    Brian R. says:

    Urge to kill …. RISING.

  11. 11
    ShadeTail says:

    No, not *just* in America. It would be easier to take if that were the case. Then, at least, it would be isolated here.

  12. 12
    Pogonip says:

    Did Elmo ever find anyone to take the 3kittens?

    Also, I believe that in 50 years our descendants will live under something akin to feudalism, only with corporations filling the role of lords. What do you all foresee in 50 years?

  13. 13
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    You think it’s going to take 50 years? I’d say we are effectively there already.

  14. 14
    Violet says:

    @Pogonip: Hunger Games or something like it.

  15. 15
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Pogonip:

    What do you all foresee in 50 years?

    A dictatorship of the proletariat, obviously.

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    NotMax says:

    @Pogonip

    Senility.

  17. 17
    burnspbesq says:

    There is nobody in this litigation that isn’t dirty. Chevron did contaminate a good chunk of Ecuador during the time that it operated there. However, the judgment that Patton Boggs was trying to enforce in the US has been found to have been the product of an elaborate fraud on the Ecuadoran courts, perpetrated by an avaricious American lawyer.

    Patton Boggs failed to do its homework before signing on as co-counsel with Danziger, and it picked a fight with a company that only knows how to fight one way (all-out).

    Sucks that Chevron is apparently going to walk without paying for the damage they caused, but when you shoot at the king, don’t miss. If anyone is at fault here (and this is admittedly 20/20 hindsight), it’s the Ecuadoran government, for not requiring Chevron to escrow money to pay for clean-up. Maybe their guest Julian Assange can help them hack into Chevron’s treasury system and steal enough money to pay for it.

  18. 18
    Cassidy says:

    @Pogonip: Violence. Lots of avoidable violence.

  19. 19
    Elmo says:

    @Pogonip:

    Not yet, thanks for asking. If you know anyone…

  20. 20
    Scott Alloway says:

    Used to call them Patton, Boggs and Blowjob in the 90s. They represented an industry I wrote about in that era for a trade pub. Interviewed one of their mucky-mucks at the time. Held my nose. No longer write for the trade pub.

  21. 21

    @Pogonip: In 50 years it will be a combo platter of awful Kevin Costner films. A mash-up of Waterworld and the Postman. So much drinking of urine.

  22. 22
    shelley says:

    It’s ‘abasement?’

    Jesus, why don’t they just drag them out and have them flogged?

  23. 23
    Roger Moore says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    So much drinking of urine.

    Bear Grylls can hardly wait.

  24. 24
    burnspbesq says:

    @shelley:

    Jesus, why don’t they just drag them out and have them flogged?

    You can buy a lot of Republican state legislators with $15 million.

  25. 25
    Poopyman says:

    I won’t know what to think of this judgement until I hear Freddie de B’s opinion.

  26. 26
    efgoldman says:

    @Pogonip:

    What do you all foresee in 50 years?

    Well, I’ll either be 120 years old or dead.

  27. 27
    Baud says:

    @Pogonip:

    Moar blogospheric navel gazing.

  28. 28
    efgoldman says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    Luckily, I’m sure the future fracking in Ukraine won’t harm the water quality.

    Hey, it might absorb some of the radioactivity.

  29. 29
    efgoldman says:

    What do you all foresee in 50 years?

    Kids will have WiFi ComcastWarnerizon chips implanted at birth, and we’ll still have the slowest and most expensive internet in the civilized world.

  30. 30
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    In fifty years I’m not sure where I’ll be but I won’t smell too good.

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    dp says:

    The irony, if I’m not mistaken, is that the suit was originally filed in the US, and Chevron demanded that it be heard in Ecuador. They won, and then somebody unexpectedly outbid them for the Ecuadorean legal system. Of course, they can’t be outbid for the US legal system, so there.

  32. 32
    BBA says:

    @Pogonip: Housing bubbles and foreign wars distract us from a hollowed-out economy. President George P.D.Q. Bush will stay the course, because the next six months will be critical. Democrats win 73% of the House vote but only get 5 seats thanks to voter suppression and gerrymandering. There are nine vacancies on the Supreme Court as the Senate is still filibustering Obama’s nomination to Scalia’s seat.

    What can I say, I’m an incurable optimist.

  33. 33
    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    I have to side with burns on this one. If you want to blame someone for Chevron getting away scot free, blame the Ecuadorian government in the mid-1990s that signed an agreement that released Chevron from all claims in exchange for $40 million. It also appears that a lot of the damage occurred after the government had purchased all of Chevron’s interest in the operations.

    I have no doubt that they engaged in all sorts of shenanigans while they were operating the oil fields but as a legal matter the case against Chevron is ridiculously tainted. Patton Boggs made a huge mistake in associating itself with the sort of sleazy operator that gives plaintiffs’ attorneys a bad name and $15 million was the price to escape their bad judgment.

    No one comes out of this looking good but I have a hard time seeing THIS PARTICULAR element of the outcome as being terribly unjust.

  34. 34

    @Elmo: Do you have pictures? I could put it up on my blog with a caption.

  35. 35
    Pogonip says:

    @Elmo: Sorry, I’m a long way from Delmarva. I can root for you from here and that’s about it.

  36. 36
    Bob In Portland says:

    @efgoldman: The coup government wants to build more nuclear reactors, too.

  37. 37
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: Well, not really, because at the moment it’s still possible, if difficult, to escape their grip.

  38. 38
    Elmo says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    My wife’s Facebook page does. Not sure how to get them from there to here.

  39. 39
    Elmo says:

    @Pogonip:

    Rooting is good. Thanks!

  40. 40
    Pogonip says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Ah-ha! Progress! Pictures of adorable kittens! Elmo’s halfway home already!

  41. 41
    Pogonip says:

    @Elmo: Rooting is good, pictures are better. And they are cute. You’ll get a taker.

  42. 42
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: And that’s when he’s in a good mood.

  43. 43
    eemom says:

    eedad used to work at PB.

    Also too, thread needz moar Freddie.

  44. 44
    Scott says:

    @Pogonip: Go watch Continuum if you want to imagine a world where corporations run everything. Good show!

  45. 45
    Baud says:

    @eemom:

    I know! I’ve missed all the FDB threads. All the good snark has already been taken.

  46. 46
    RareSanity says:

    @burnspbesq:

    I refuse to let your…probably accurate analysis of this case, dissuade me from the joke I had planned to write after reading the original post.

    Now, where was I? Oh yeah…

    This sounds similar to that time where that guy got in the face with a shotgun, then had to apologize to the asshole that did it.

  47. 47
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Elmo:

    If you or the missus could email pics to Anne Laurie (email in the sidebar), I’m sure she’ll front-page them.

    And be prepared for one of them to break out of the pack (pride?) and win you over. That’s how we ended up with three cats despite our firm conviction that we should only have two at a time — Charlotte decided she wanted to stay.

  48. 48
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: He recently posted a synopsis of his political views. Not going to link; if you want to continue the carnage, you can easily find it.

  49. 49
    Poopyman says:

    @Baud: Me too! Everybody is probably snarked out. Gonna be a dull evening.

    (Who am I kidding? All of my evenings are dull.)

  50. 50
    RareSanity says:

    @Poopyman:

    I’ll be online playing some Grand Theft Auto V in about 40-45 minutes, you want in?

    Never a dull day on the mean (virtual) streets of Los Santos!

  51. 51
    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Nah. I’m lazy. Don’t like to leave the boat for my snark.

  52. 52
    Pogonip says:

    @Poopyman: Mine, too. Isn’t it great? I have lived in interesting times. Dullness is underrated. (Ask the citizens of Westeros!)

  53. 53
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @Pogonip:

    What do you all foresee in 50 years?

    Collapse. As in maybe 50 million people alive on the North American continent, at a Victorian level of technology if they’re lucky.

  54. 54
    Baud says:

    @Poopyman:

    Mine too!

  55. 55
    Gus says:

    @Pogonip: On my good days, I think Mad Max style hellscape. On my bad days, I think The Road, only with no humans left.

  56. 56
    Elmo says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Good idea. Thanks!
    And i think we are already doomed to keep the first two. In addition to the six dogs, twelve chickens, and innumerable fish in several tanks. My wife is bugfuck nuts. In a good way.

  57. 57
    Pogonip says:

    @Phoenician in a time of Romans: At the rate antibiotic resistance is growing, the big depopulation may happen much sooner than 50 years down the road!

  58. 58
    ulee says:

    @Poopyman: It won’t be totally dull. Cole is overdue to be injured.

  59. 59
    Pogonip says:

    @Baud: We are the few, the proud, the boring!

    The…zzzzzzz….

  60. 60
    Pogonip says:

    @ulee: What did he do, tackle Steve’s dingleberries again?

  61. 61
    Poopyman says:

    @ulee: Is Wednesday mopping day?

  62. 62
    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Was this the popularized synopsis in 40 volumes, or the 60 volume magnum opus with the additional 10 volumes of detailed commentary from Megan McArdle?

  63. 63
    ulee says:

    I’m 48. I’ll reach for the mail, twist and bend a little, then feel something wrong. Great. I’m injured again. While getting the mail. Goddamnit.

  64. 64
    Poopyman says:

    You know, for a snarling mass of vitriolic, objectively vicious jackals, we’re a pretty sedate group.

    BTW, was there a particular Freddie-ism that caused Cole to adopt the new middle name?

  65. 65
    Morzer says:

    @Poopyman:

    Freddie had denounced his critics as McCarthyite in a recent roar of murine rage directed at the commenters on LGM.

  66. 66
    Cassidy says:

    And only in Russia

  67. 67
  68. 68
    Morzer says:

    @Poopyman:

    I thought Wednesday was The Mysterious Play For The Mustard day.

  69. 69
    Baud says:

    @Poopyman:

    You know, for a snarling mass of vitriolic, objectively vicious jackals, we’re a pretty sedate group.

    I blame Obama.

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  71. 71
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: No, it is quite short. Full of good hopes and decent goals. Lovely abstract utopian thinking that few on the left would find less than laudable. I am reminded of this.

  72. 72
    Pogonip says:

    @Poopyman: One can only hope.

  73. 73
    A Ghost To Most says:

    @NotMax:

    That’s a big Twinkie.

    /Winston Zeddemore

  74. 74
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: I skimmed through it. I think he was trying to say the blog was a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    Snarling jackals, we have competition! Let’s step up our game! HODOR!!!!

    Also, ELMO HAS KITTENS!

  75. 75
    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    In a spirit of objective despicability (or do I mean despicabiliciousness?) I dragged myself over to the dwelling of M. le Cardinal de Boer and was pleasantly surprised to find the document both readable and, in its views, rather more laudable than I might have expected. It is, as you observe, rather unlikely to find any means of being put into effect, but if Freddie had written like this more often he would have made rather more friends than he has. He would do himself a great deal of good if he stopped trying to get into poutrage food fights with the world and began showing this saner, less aggressively self-pitying aspect of his worldview.

  76. 76
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    A Muppet has had kittens? Unnatural! I blame Obama and gay marriage!

  77. 77
    ulee says:

    It has been discovered that a number of commenters here are rabid. Do not approach or engage them. We are working to contain the situation.

  78. 78
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: No, the mama cat HAD the kittens, but Elmo now HAS the kittens but would like not to HAVE the kittens.

  79. 79
    raven says:

    Jesus, I hope all this bullshit about this clown is over when I get back from the beach Sunday.

  80. 80
    Poopyman says:

    @Pogonip: HODOR! KITTENS!
    @Morzer: MURINE! My eyes itch.

    Sorry. I was over at imdb reading Brick Tamland quotes. I think I’m infected.

  81. 81
    Pogonip says:

    @ulee: Why would you want to do that? We’re more fun uncontained.

  82. 82
    Baud says:

    @raven:

    Keep dreaming!

    ETA: And have fun at the beach!

  83. 83
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: There isn’t much of a market for people making generally decent points about universal guaranteed income and the like. And, as you said, while I disagree with him on the question of whether Obama is worthy of support despite disagreements with some aspects of his policies, Freddie lays out the reasoning behind his decision fairly well. I think that that guy is the one Cole was trying to bring on board here, not the humorless, thin skinned prig who also posts under the FdB moniker.

  84. 84
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    Elmo stole the kittens?! Arrest that sexual deviant Muppet immediately! Get John McCain on a talkshow to give his view on how we are all momma cats now! Benghazi!!!

  85. 85
    Pogonip says:

    @Poopyman: Hodor had kittens?

    I hope George R. R. Martin doesn’t kill them.

    For the night is dark, and full of kittens…

  86. 86
    ulee says:

    @Pogonip: Please report to the nearest containment center. You will not be harmed.

  87. 87
    raven says:

    @Baud: Thanks, I’m fired up!

  88. 88
    Pogonip says:

    @ulee: Darn right. Villago and I are gonna burn that fothermucker down.

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    Poopyman says:

    @Pogonip:

    For the night is dark, and full of kittens…

    In Elmo’s house, for sure. At Chez Poopy, the night is dark and full of whiny middle-aged cats. Not the same thing.

  90. 90
    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I think he will make a market by posting essays like his “confession of faith” much more rapidly than he will by behaving like a jilted teenager towards any and all people whom he thinks might have stolen his Precious from him. I think the most recent essay was much better stylistically, less pretentious, clearer, more likable – and it was credible as a first draft of the sort of thing you could see published in a magazine.

  91. 91
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: Why would Elmo steal kittens, when the night is already full of them?

  92. 92
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    In Doorn, we do not hurt baby girl keettens. Though they do miaow with a strangely Frenchified accent.

  93. 93
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    Who knows why Muppets do anything? Besides, Hodor!!! Benghazi!!!

  94. 94
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: They probably saw “The Aristocats.”

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    RareSanity says:

    @raven:

    Can’t wait to see to see the pictures…and don’t worry, there will be another squirrel to draw everyone’s attention by Sunday.

    I’m sure Sullivan is probably getting jealous of all the attention he’s not getting, so he’ll make sure to poke Cole pretty soon.

  96. 96
    Morzer says:

    @RareSanity:

    John Cole will eat Sully’s liver with some French mustard and a fine craft beer.

  97. 97
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    @efgoldman: Well, I’ll only be 110! [\Obrother]

  98. 98
    Baud says:

    @raven:

    And ready to go!

  99. 99
    Pogonip says:

    @Morzer: Only with the fine beer. Nobody ever found the mustard.

  100. 100
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: Cole has already been comprimised. A pastrami sandwich and a beer was all it took to turn him. Please report to the nearest containment center.

  101. 101
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    Are you sure you know how that pastrami was made? Did you note the unusually dark coloration?

  102. 102
    Morzer says:

    @Pogonip:

    I am betting Cole will pull the mustard out of his ass. He’s got the means and the motive.

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    raven says:

    @RareSanity: I won $500 on the NCAA’s in a calcutta where I had American and they were the biggest loser in the first round. That brought me 5% of the pot so I earmarked it for fishing. I booked a trip out of St Simons that would never had considered without the windfall.

  104. 104
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: Please report to the nearest containment center. If you do not comply, you will be visited by Eddie Munster (aka Paul Ryan). This is your last warning.

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    eemom says:

    @Morzer:

    I dragged myself over to the dwelling of M. le Cardinal de Boer

    Though generally not a boat-getter-outter-of myself, I did as well. And I must confess that, while the convoluted and generally insufferable smuggery of his prose failed to the budge the needle on my contemptometer…..the little photo and CV sort of did.

    He’s what — 31? Just a baby.

    What can I say? I’z a MOTHER, and a weepy perimenopausal one at that.

  106. 106
    RareSanity says:

    @Morzer:

    Don’t forget the mixed field greens! No iceberg lettuce in his salads…no siree bob…if it doesn’t have radicchio he wants no part of it.

    @raven:

    Sweet!

    Have a ball…the next drama, whatever it may be, will be waiting for you when you get back.

  107. 107
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    Silence, thou cudlip-fondler! I ONLY report to FEMA-Acorn camps, so there!

  108. 108
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @raven: Hope it works out better for the boat trip than your RI visit.

  109. 109
    Morzer says:

    @eemom:

    Most of his prose is simply flatulently bad, but his most recent piece about what he believes in was much better. Why that was, I don’t know.

  110. 110
    Elmo says:

    You guys are hilarious. HODOR!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @RareSanity:

    I refuse to let your…probably accurate analysis of this case, dissuade me from the joke I had planned to write after reading the original post.

    I would never want to be responsible for the death of a good joke.

  112. 112
    ulee says:

    Please report any correspondences or contact with John Cole, aka Lily, aka Rosie, aka Steve, aka Shawn. This individual is considered extremely dangerous and has an unconfirmed number of rabid followers. Do not approach or engage. Repeat, do not approach or engage.

  113. 113
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    So, out of curiosity, who died and made you the Public Health Officer for the intertoobz?

  114. 114
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: Just doing my job. I’m not a hero, just a public servant.

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    eemom says:

    @Morzer:

    Well, again putting on my mommy-hat, could be because the recent shitstorm motivated him to try harder.

  116. 116
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    Well, that’s kind of the question right there, isn’t it? How did you get to be our particular “public servant”?

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    Morzer says:

    @eemom:

    That would fit with my theory that the beatings should continue until content improves.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: It hasn’t before. Again, I think his wish list is nice and there isn’t much that I would argue against (I am far more of an internationalist than he seems to be) as aspirational goals, but, damn, is it naive as a real world marching list.

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    ulee says:

    @Morzer: Morzer? 13 East Wallisponaski Road, Caribou Maine? Please report to your nearest re-education center.

  120. 120
    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It’s always worth specifying means of reaching your goals along with those goals themselves. If you can’t coherently specify the means, it’s generally worth rethinking your goals.

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    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    I’ll forward your notification to the person in question, just as soon as you produce your badge and identify yourself.

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    ulee says:

    fucking a…please report..Is this thing on?

  123. 123
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: I don’t need no stinkin badge. I need your name, social security number, and your bank routing number. Then you’ll be free to go.

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    the Conster says:

    @eemom:

    This link from 2010 about Freddie from an earlier thread – if about me – would have made me so ashamed I would have thrown away the internet and gone into hiding somewhere. But then I have self-awareness and am able to feel ashamed, and would self-correct way before that blog post had to be written. Freddie is not just young, he’s just a completely self-absorbed unself-aware whiny bore who is apparently determined to stay that way, so is unteachable. So, now he’s a laughingstock and will die with a stupid hat on. Sucks to be Freddie.

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    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    I am sorry, but Commissar Fucking A is busy. Leave your name, number and bank details and you will be contacted if you have sufficient ameros in your account to pay for the cost of the call.

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    ulee says:

    Just sign those SaveAmerica checks over to Ulee. That’s with a capital U, then lee. As in General Lee.

  127. 127
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    I’m sorry, Ulee. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

  128. 128
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: Then Steve gets it. Come here you fucking cat, come on you……………….mrrrrrwowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, sssshh, sssshwrrrrr, myrrrrrrrrrrrrrowwww…….alright, alright..calm down. I need to go.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @the Conster: That thing was so stunningly well done.

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    ulee says:

    I’m pretty fucking scratched to hell. I’m all fucking fucked up here. What the….mmmmrrreewwwwowwww, arrrrrrewwww, meeewrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrragh….

  131. 131
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

  132. 132
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: “No means no.”

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    ulee says:

    I think I’m in some sort of closet. It’s hard to tell, Very dark. So thirsty…..so thirsty….

  134. 134
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

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    ulee says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Ommy, go make another sandwich.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ulee: Sorry, Dave, I cannot do that.

  137. 137
    ulee says:

    @Morzer: oh, well. Just trying to have fun.

  138. 138
    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    Without your space helmet, Ulee? You’re going to find that rather difficult.

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    ulee says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Is that like What’s the Frequency, Dave? Don’t know who Dave is. Talk to your therapist about it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ulee: Also too, I am more of a pâté and toast guy.

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    ulee says:

    @Morzer: You cannot really be this nice, Morzer.

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    Morzer says:

    @ulee:

    Thank you for a very enjoyable game.

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    First, they came for the pâté and toast guys, and I did not speak out, because I was not a pâté and toast guy….

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer:

    William Roper: So, now you give pâté and toast the benefit of law!

    Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after pâté and toast?

    William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

    Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and pâté and toast turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give pâté and toast benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

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    ulee says:

    Steve for president. I endorse…whimperrr…Steve….for president.

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    ulee says:

    The way I saw it, everyone takes a beating sometime.
    –Henry Hill

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Sir Thomas More: I should in fairness add that my taste in pâté and toast is reputedly deplorable.
    King Henry VIII: Your taste in pâté and toast is excellent. It exactly coincides with my own!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer:

    King Henry VIII: [shouting angrily] I have no pâté and toast! Catherine’s not pâté and toast! No priest can make her so! They that say she is pâté and toast are not only liars, but traitors! Yes, traitors that I will not brook now! Treachery… treachery… treachery I will not brook! It maddens me! It is a deadly canker in the body politic, and I will have it out!

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Narrator: Thomas More’s head was stuck on pâté and toast for a month, then his daughter, Margaret, removed it and kept it till her pâté and toast. Cromwell was beheaded for pâté and toast five years after More. The archbishop was burned at the pâté and toast. The Duke of Norfolk should have been executed for pâté and toast, but the king died of pâté and toast the night before. Richard Rich became chancellor of England and died in his pâté and toast.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: Are we now going for Stoppardesque absurdity?

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, we seem to have clapped a stopper over ulee’s capers, so we can probably rest content on our laurels for the nonce.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: Deal.

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