Orwell Would Be Proud: US Media Admits Divine Right To Decide What Public Needs To Know

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Yesterday afternoon, I happened to read a seemingly innocuous enough article in Time by Justin Lynch titled: Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State. The article covered the usual bases. Such as the fact the Obama Administration is the least transparent ever, how it has attacked whistleblowers and journalists more than all other Presidents combined, and how citizen journalists pose a threat to the corrupt and dying status quo. All things that we already know.

One of the people quoted in the article is Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, Thom Shanker, who proudly noted “his employer has implemented rigorous standards to balance the security risks of reporting classified information with the public’s right to know.”

While this guy’s assumption that bureaucrats and media personalities posses this divine right to decide what the public “has a right to know,” is extremely disturbing in its own right, what it really masks is a deep seated opinion of his own superiority compared to the unwashed masses. This seems to really come out in the extraordinarily disturbing final paragraph of the article:

The government really needs to get its message out to the American people, and it knows that the best way to do that is by using the American news media, said Shanker. The relationship between the government and the media is like a marriage; it is a dysfunctional marriage to be sure, but we stay together for the kids.

That right there is why this country is in such deep shit. We have mediocre, control-freak bureaucrats in the mainstream media and government who see themselves as our parents. That we are little children who need to be told what to do. Sure, he may try to spin this as if he was talking about their respective employees, but we all know that’s not true. These people must be peacefully removed from all positions of power as soon as possible.

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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:33 | 4952494 TeamDepends
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It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are well and truly fucked.  Anybody have a plan?  Forget that, has anyone seen the Exit?

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:34 | 4952503 InjectTheVenom
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FOR THE KIDS ! !    lol

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:35 | 4952508 JohnnyBriefcase
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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:52 | 4952564 Future Jim
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"These people must be peacefully removed from all positions of power as soon as possible."

Do they remove us from our homes peacefully?

Do they take our children peacefully?

Try not paying taxes and see what happens.

They are trying to provoke armed conflict with the people.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:01 | 4952591 Liberal
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I trust the government to run my life. I trust the government to educate and raise my kids. I trust the government to tell me what to think, what to believe, what to hate and what matters in my life. I trust the government to tell me when I'm sick, healthy and when I should die. That's why I'm paying the government, isn't it? Umm, I mean, that's why YOU are paying the government (on behalf of me and all of us public employees as well...Thank you taxpayers!).

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:11 | 4952636 Latina Lover
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This is how media operates in a fascist society. Feel familiar?

Joseph Goebbels quotes  “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” “Think of the press as a great keyboard
on which the government can play.” “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”


Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:14 | 4952653 Pladizow
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Mike Kreiger: waaaaaaa

Uncle Sam: Shut up and eat your peas

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:54 | 4952781 Save_America1st
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They sure didn't "remove" Michael Hastings peacefully, did they?  They blew his ass sky high.  If there are people in the military, government, or media who are found to be conspiring against the public, lying, witholding, etc. then fuck 'em.  Remove them with extreme predjudice.  They most certainly do it to the regular "folks" all the time with impunity.  The line between us and them is too great at this point...it's not a thin red line...it's the fucking Grand Canyon of disagreement.  I doubt anything peaceful is going to come of all this at this point, because we (the good guys) do try to be peaceful but will defend ourselves with force if/whenever necessary.  But they (the bad guys), only preach peace but conspire to kill every last one of us.  We're going to have to come to that realization when the shit hits the fan and then get downright ruthless with all of them, because at that point it will be all or nothing.  Either they're wiped out or we're wiped out.  There won't be any comprimising between us until a massively one-sided victory is realized.  Like us against the Japanese.  They must be forced to 100% capitulate or it's no fucking deal. 

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:34 | 4953061 benb
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Let's not forget Andrew Breitbart... Who on the night before he was to expose the Obama Administration for running a pay off operation through Holder's law firm allowing any Wall Street criminal with a sack of cash immunity from federal prosecution got his ass NDAA'd.

BTW -The Wall Street Journal is a CIA propaganda rag run by thieves and traitors.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:39 | 4953087 Future Jim
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Thanks. How can we verify that was the big thing Breitbart was about to expose?

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:58 | 4953112 TahoeBilly2012
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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 18:15 | 4953406 benb
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He made the announcement at a conservative media dinner about two weeks before he was murdered stating the date he was to release info and that it would bring down the Puppet Soetoro administration. He got wacked the night before the stated release date.The Holder law firm angle was later reported on the Alex Jones show.

There's probably a bunch of other reasons Breitbart was assassinated as well. Here's one link. There's a lot of other decent Youtube links on the right side of the page as well with other people's takes -


The point is the guy is just one in a lengthening line of American citizens being murdered to stifle dissent.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 20:51 | 4953934 insanelysane
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The hacker that was about to show how to hack a pacemaker was "found dead" in his 30s.  No explanation ever.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:40 | 4954099 eclectic syncretist
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These assholes distract us with bullshit like the offensiveness of a fish called a "jewfish".


Mon, 07/14/2014 - 06:27 | 4954232 jaxville
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 The Wall Street Journal, like any mainstain media organization; is run by the chosen. 

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:18 | 4952659 lordylord
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It is easy for these people to claim a divine right when they think the State is God.

Was also not surprised to see a "for the children" argument.  Ugh.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:22 | 4952680 CuttingEdge
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Fuck "peacefully" removed from power.

Roll those guillotines.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:52 | 4952790 Dick Buttkiss
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Guillotines will be fine at some point, but no need violence otherwise.  As I posted elsewhere a little while ago:

What the naysayers on ZH and many if not most libertarians don't understand is that "virtual and digital currencies can challenge the sovereignty of states":


That's right, Bitcoin and altcoins stand to be the most disruptive technology since the nation-state came of age in the 13th century, having not only signed its death warrant but that of the global banking cartel and thus banking as we know it.  And those who live for this glorious day, as any libertarian worthy of the name must, will therefore do well to understand what Bitcoin is, how it works, and why, in a matter of a few short years, it is going to empower humanity as never before:


Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:09 | 4953017 CH1
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Yeah, but using Bitcoin doesn't make me sound like a hard-ass!


Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:57 | 4953130 TahoeBilly2012
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Exactly, revolutions need blood, heros and heriones....let's do it old school!

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 16:16 | 4953179 espirit
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Glubb stated in "The Fate of Empires" that the final "Age of Decadence" has a few steps to be checked off yet.

Tick Tock Bitchez.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:14 | 4953246 Dick Buttkiss
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So be a dumb-ass in order to sound like a hard-ass.

Spoken like a lower primate.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:11 | 4957751 TheReplacement
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Suppose it is outlawed, death penalty and all.  Then suppose some agency comes along and figures out a way to monitor the internet 24/7 and track down anyone using unauthorized currencies.  This story was written 2,000 years ago or so.  It doesn't end well for bitcoiners or anyone else and that really is the logical conclusion.  Hell, even if they can't track you down, they can pay people who use bitcoin (let them live longer) if they just help catch people on the other end of the transactions.  If it is important they will find a way to get you.  Playing run and hide does not work and never has. 

Your passive-aggressivism is showing.  Undertanding that, I am not insulted.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:34 | 4954256 jaxville
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Too long and too slow.  Too much time for them to do too much damage and too much more human misery.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:58 | 4952800 Pairadimes
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Isn't moral nihilism wonderful? It's so...........liberal.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:37 | 4953339 NihilistZero
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Nihilism challenges the perspective that anything can have universal value.  What's right for you isn't right for someone else an cannot be made so.  I.E. I may find you pooping in your girlfriends mouth disgusting but it isn't inherently "wrong".

Nihilism has little to do with the power mad maniacs of TPTB.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:26 | 4954035 Cliff Claven Cheers
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Yes it is inherently wrong. Poop was never meant for a mouth, hence the exit location at the opposite end of the entrance. BTW shit is full of bacteria that can make you sick. Is common sense dead?

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:01 | 4954177 NihilistZero
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No it isn't.  It's inherrently unhealthy, but that doesn't make it wrong.  We weren't meant to jump out of planes.  Does that make skydiving wrong?

This is where the bullshit rule of law fails to justify itself.  It's not about protecting rights.  It's about the legitimized use of force by one group against another.  Usually for the benefit of a seperate oligarchy that rules above all the others.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:20 | 4957777 TheReplacement
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Not all law.  Look up viking age Icelandic law and consider the times and superstitions.  Their way was actually a very good law to live under if you did not cause harm to others.  Harming others is inherently wrong.  Involving malice/intent makes it criminal.  It's very simple to understand.

So I kind of disagree with the entire agrument.  It isn't about nihilism at all and, honestly, nihilism is a bs concept.  The problem with our rule of law is that it is complicated and requires a third party to interpret, enforce, and, strangely, create.  It is about who owns the law.  Then the people did.  Today the lawyers, police, and government own it. 

They are causing harm to us.  A lot of it is intentional.  That makes it criminal.  Are we to play hide and seek with the devil by using bitcoin or do we uphold the law as we all agree it should be?  If not us, who?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:47 | 4954617 Duffy Duck
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"There are no moral phenomena at all, only a moral interpretation of phenomena"  [Nietzsche]

It's moral universalism that makes no coherent sense.

Ah, but you'll say - "murder" is wrong - across space and time


When is it murder?  There's always an interpretation...

'It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.' [Voltaire]


Moral universalism simply declares deviation from a norm immoral.  It at no time "proves" immorality per se - merely enforces its interpretation of "the moral."



Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:53 | 4954622 All Risk No Reward
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Convincing people that a square is a circle isn't profitable, but cvonvincing people that neurotaoxic waste is good for their teeth with not good evidence to support it, well, now that's turning a multi-billion dollar cost center to a billion dollar profit center.

What's another name for a Muppet?  Debt Money Tyrant neurotxoic waste filter!  No wonder they think we are way down on the evolutionary scale and work killing off slowly!


CDC says fluoride has no evidence of benefit for infants

Link to webpage with link to actual CDC response:

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children (correlated with brain damage)

The bottom line is the establishment has the obligation to prove this chit is not toxic and that its benefits outweigh the risks...  and if you are so naive as to think they can, ask you doctor or your dentist...  I did and a retired doctor lied to me and my dentist (whom I really like, BTW) simply avoids the topic with me.

So and so [Debt Money Tyrant financed] organization says it is so doesn't make it so...  and how can they know if they can't produce the research?

Any parrot can repeat what someone told them in Rockefeller Medicine school.  I don't care what anyone can repeat, I care about what they can PROVE!

BTW, it is easy to dupe the entire medical establishment...  The Wall Street Journal claims one rogue guy duped the entire establishment for half a century on the idea that saturated fats were unhealthy...

The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease
Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade

...and, yeah, the establishment ultimately blames anyone who was suckered by the cellular inflammation (and Big Pharma, Big Insurance and Big Medical profit) promoting deception...

Wake up to your personal responsibility, people!


h/t SuperRay

“…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

—Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X[1]

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:16 | 4952643 El Oregonian
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Between the twits in the media, and the twats running the White house. I'd pretty much twust none of these tywants...-Elmer Fudd (y)

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 14:07 | 4952816 SuperRay
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This seems like a good spot for the big lie:


“…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

—Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X[1]


"Expert liars" - in other words, all the media...

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:30 | 4952715 Eyeroller
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I'm 'paying the government' because I am terrified of what would happen to me if I refused to pay taxes.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:10 | 4953022 CH1
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That's the only reason anyone pays, and it's properly called terrorism.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:33 | 4957808 TheReplacement
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I smell a killer bumpersticker.


Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:56 | 4952594 knukles
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"The press is the fourth branch of government."
Not exact quote, but John Kerry stated something to that exact effect at a Rotary luncheon many years ago in a Boston suburb.
I'm not gonna take the time to look it up, but oh yeah, no shit

Propaganda by any other name

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:31 | 4952717 Future Jim
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The media play a central and critical role in causing what is wrong with the people.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 02:00 | 4954628 All Risk No Reward
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Actually, the private supranational debt money / banking cartel sits perched above the nation states.

All the entities they finance ultimately report to them...  the borrower is SERVANT to the private supranation debt money / banking cartel lenders.

The government, the media, the mega banks, the mega corporations, the mega schooling / research institutions, the mega religions... anythiing big and powerful is in one of three states:

1. Subject to the supranational Debt Money Tyrants.

2. Under attack to become subject to the Debt Money Tyrants.

3. On a list to be attacked to become subject to the Debt Money Tyrants.

Only a small percentage on ZH understand this Rosetta Stone level truth.

Not one in 10,000 fully comprehend this set up in society.


The Money Power Seeks to Create a World System of Financial Control in Private Hands Able to Dominate Every Nation on Earth

In addition to these pragmatic goals, the powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank, in the hands of men like Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, Benjamin Strong of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Charles Rist of the Bank of France, and Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank, sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.
~Professor Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope (Bill Clinton mentor, CFR historian)

Debt Money Tyranny

Poverty - Debt is not a Choice

How to be a Crook

Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire

Debunking Money - The Way the World Really Works


The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline | James Perloff


Don't forget to make sure you have a robust intellectual self-defense mechanism in this empire of lies...

The Trivium Method - Gene Odening (entire) - what you should have been taught in school but weren't

Trivium Resources - TragedyandHope.com

Trivium Binder

The Lost (Hidden!) Tools of Learning

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:44 | 4955162 MontgomeryScott
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Kudos for linking Richard Andrew Grove's website. I found him by listening to his interview with Jack Blood.

8th Estate.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:31 | 4952718 Eyeroller
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The IRS is the fourth branch of government.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:31 | 4953321 tvdog
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Indeed, the IRS is a law unto itself. It already essentially told Congress to piss off. Now it is under court orders from 2 different judges to explain under oath where the "missing" Lerner emails went (emails that the IRS was legally required to retain). It would be true to form if the IRS simply told those judges to piss off too.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 20:53 | 4953940 insanelysane
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I thought all Americans were equal and afforded equal protection under the laws but the progressive tax where one American pays a different penalty under the law is somehow Constitutional.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 02:03 | 4954629 All Risk No Reward
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Suckah!  Seriously, we live in the Empire of Lies and most people rather like it that way given the reaction I observe when I tell people the truth about Debt Money Tyranny and the criminals who run it.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:17 | 4952664 TVP
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Sure, they are definitely attempting to start an armed conflict/ civil war.


Only one minor problem with that plan.  When a third of the country has become morbidly obese (that means fat as fuck, if you didn't know), a third has been out of work for 12+ months, and the other third spend 60 hours a week being someone's bitch in order to survive.  


^ Does this look like the demographics of a population ready to jump up and engage in armed conflict?


It's all a moot point anyway, because the revolution taking place will be an internal and intellectual one, not an external and violent one.   

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:40 | 4952740 Lore
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Re: "the revolution taking place will be an internal and intellectual one, not an external and violent one."

You forgot to put "/sarc" at the end of that statement. Without it, people might think you're serious and write you off as incredibly naive.

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:32 | 4953327 tvdog
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What happens when the people working 60+ hours still can't make enough to live on?

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 13:24 | 4952694 RafterManFMJ
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Dat Zimmerman yo!

The MSM Railroaded the man, faked / transposed 911 phone calls... Didn't show pictures showing obvious damage to his head ... Always showed po po Trabeyon's 4th grade photo ... Ignored obvious problems with the timeline / storyline from his girlfriend...

And his ... Parents? His sire and dam, perhaps, hit the Nigger lottery with large lawsuit settlements.

Who paid them? Why, you did! See, you continue to support - voluntarily, I might add - the MSM, the papers, the sporting events where a Glove of Blue rams up your daughters ass. You must like it, I'm assuming, else why would you give your money and your time?

Maybe your just a sad combination of a coward, and a moron. A Moward? Coron?

Say, do you know who Channon Christian and Chris Newsom were? If not, why not? Discuss.

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