SERVICE: Stop crime one bike at a time

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/will-you-help-us-stop-online-bike-theft.html

Will You Help Us Stop Online Bike Theft?
Alex A. Kecskes
September 26, 2014
3:10 pm
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We’re witnessing the power that a small, but targeted local petition can have over the war against bike theft. Please join our petition: Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings.

$400 Million in Bicycles Stolen Annually

That’s a lot of bicycles from owners who, in some cases, invested heavily in their two wheels and depend on them to get around. In the U.S., only 18 percent of bicycle thieves are ever arrested. One reason is that victim and thief rarely know each other. Another reason is that bicycle theft is largely a crime of stealth, one that goes unnoticed or unchallenged. Then there’s the problem of proof of ownership — most owners simply can’t provide enough details to help investigators locate a missing bike. Even if the bike is recovered, detained suspects are often released due to the proof-of-ownership problem. This is why so few recovered bicycles are ever returned to their owners. When thieves steal bikes, they often sell them to get rid of the evidence and cash in on the crime.

How Thieves Sell Stolen Bikes

The Internet has been a huge tool for bicycle thieves. Criminals waste no time putting stolen bikes on online eBay and Craigslist to sell them and rarely get caught or punished. Once a bike’s serial numbers are removed, thieves can unload a stolen bike to an unwitting consumer with very low risk. It’s too difficult to identify a bicycle in an online listing (even with a photo) to prove ownership or to get law enforcement to act. Unlike motor vehicles (where standardized VIN numbers, mandatory licensing and required incident reporting can help locate and ID a stolen car, van or truck), bicycle registration is not widespread, making ownership difficult to establish. There is one crucial thing we can do to help stop bicycle theft: no serial number, no sale.

Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/686/977/588/?TAP=1319

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SORTWARE: IOS8 HEALTH is lame

The IOS8 upgrade carries a “HEALTH” app to the first screen.

(Even if I didn’t want it. At least “TIPS” went on the last page.)

It’s OBVIOUSLY a placeholder.

The select an emergency contact feature doesn’t work. 

And it does NOT have a provenance, versioning, or linkage to other “health” data sources.

Not Apple’s best work.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Suspect confesses to crime and gets aaay

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/23/suspect-charged-with-abduction-in-case-of-missing-uva-student/

Suspect Charged With Abduction in Case of Missing UVa Student
Sep. 23, 2014 7:26pm Oliver Darcy

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Police are looking for Matthew, who was last seen Saturday when he stopped by the police station to ask for a lawyer. Police say he sped away afterward, losing officers who had him under surveillance.

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Of course, have you heard the ineptitude of the cops!

It’s reported that he admitted buying the girl drinks.

That’s a felony and they had him cold!

Book ‘em Dano.

And, people continue to believe that a truly free market couldn’t come up with a better “service”.

Argh!

Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And here’s an example.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Lapdog media conceals Gooferment bad behavior

http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/victims-families-speak-out-against-obama-networks-dont-care

Victims’ Families Speak Out Against Obama, Networks Don’t Care
Published: 9/18/2014 9:45 AM ET
By Geoffrey Dickens
Deputy Research Director

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The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on September 11, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.

So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been devoted to helping these families tell their shocking stories of a White House that let them down and even intimidated them? Just three (CBS 2, ABC 1, NBC 0).

However, in the summer of 2005 when anti-Iraq war mom Cindy Sheehan camped out in front of George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch the networks flooded their evening and morning shows with 100 stories (ABC 37, NBC 33, CBS 30) in the first month (August 9 through September 9) of coverage alone.

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The Gooferment gets away with bad behavior because the Media is “in bed with the D’s”.

Argh!

How much more obvious can it be?

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LIBERTY: Robin Hood’s spirit is alive in New Hampshire

http://freekeene.com/2014/09/19/robin-hooding-to-be-featured-in-upcoming-documentary/

Robin Hooding To Be Featured in Upcoming Documentary

by Ian Freeman | Sep 19, 2014

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If the purpose is to ration scarce parking spaces, and NOT merely “revenue generation” AKA THEFT, then why give parking tickets when there are spaces available?

If the “enforcement runs at a loss” is true, then why do it at all. 

(I have the same problem in Seaside Heights. It’s all about money!)

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture

http://www.cato.org/blog/california-gives-inspectors-new-power-menaces-more-unlicensed-contractors-jail

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 11:36AM
State Inspectors Get Run Of California Worksites—At Business Groups’ Behest
By WALTER OLSON

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How could the California legislature have unanimously (as it did) passed a measure curtailing property rights by giving more state inspectors access to places of labor against owners’ will? Simple: it was framed as a pro-business measure. Among its backers were the sponsoring Contractors State License Board and such groups as the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Association, the electrical contractors, the landscape contractors, the plumbing and heating contractors, and so forth. 

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Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture!

It’s all about reducing competition.

That’s the first rule of Crony Capitalism: payoff the politicians and bureaucrats and keep competition out of the marketplace. 

Argh!

Maybe it’s just me.

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FUN: Proof of death

Once again, I’m asked for Our Girl’s certificate.

I guess I am becoming immune to it.

It’s I guess my own fault because I didn’t insist on folks to ack their change of registration. 

Poor POA, she gets to clean up all this nonsense.

A fellow alum passed yesterday so I am feeling the “cold breath”!

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SECESSION: Scotland screwed up

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/19/us-usa-secession-exclusive-idUSKBN0HE19U20140919

Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
By Scott Malone
BOSTON Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:41am EDT 

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(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

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Interesting.

Haven’t seen any analysis of why the vote failed.

Just from casual browsing, the “secessionists” didn’t have a plan or reasonable answers.

For example, just what I read and thought of:

* Money

No one addressed what currency they would use. The secessionists could have just said “free market” (e.g., USD$, Euro, UK pound, gold / silver). Imagine the vigor of the market that would evolve. If they adopted an “honest money”, imagine that they could displace the Swiss as the “store of value”.

* Defense

They could have said we’ll be like the Swiss. MYOB. Not much offensive “defense” needed.

* Debt

They could have offered to take a per capita share of the UK debt with them.

Did I miss anything?

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RANT: Identify theft foiled by lying to innocent questions

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/09/dont-get-identity-stolen-heres.html?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-get-identity-stolen-heres

Don’t Get Your Identity Stolen – Here’s How
by Daniel Wesley on September 12, 2014 in How To, Lifehacks

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1. Trolling social media: Social media is a great way to connect with friends and share information about your life, but a talented scammer knows how to sift through your basic information to find answers to security questions for your financial websites.

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I’ve ranted about secondary security questions (i.e., redundant authentication) before:

http://wp.me/pg9z-2Jh

where my favorite book might be “4zm7#ut47″ on one site and “ut47#vj4a” on another.

Same as Mother’s Maiden Name:

http://wp.me/pg9z-2kQ

 “dpdes5 mkkey9″.

So why do people still do it?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Plea Bargains”

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/offering-plea-bargains-is-actually-a-horrible-government-practice/

Offering “Plea Bargains” Is Actually a Horrible Government Practice
By Robert Murphy on September 5, 2014

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To warm you up to my view–which may at first seem odd–consider this quotation I found from a legal website: “Plea bargains are extraordinarily common in the American legal system, accounting for roughly 90% of all criminal cases. Many countries, however, do not allow plea bargains, considering them unethical and immoral.” Isn’t that interesting? By the end of this post, you’ll understand why this typical U.S. practice is considered a miscarriage of justice in many other parts of the world.

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And excellent argument AGAINST any form of plea bargain!

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/sunlights-strange-effect-on-suicide-rates.html

Sunlight’s Strange Effect on Suicide Rates
September 13, 20143:00 pm

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is now responsible for more than 39,000 deaths per year, and is preventable. In fact, most people who consider suicide do not actually attempt the act.

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Of course, suicide is a much more complicated issue than a single study about sunlight can cover. If someone you know is considering suicide, take it seriously and help them seek the professional help they need. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Hopefully everyone is listening for signals that this might happen.

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MEMORIES: Ev’s last aunt laid to rest

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Sad!

What can I say.

Losing the threads that bind me to Our Girl. Bummer day!

From the Aunt Kay’s grave, you can see the 9/11 memorial at the cemetery.

At last, Aunt Kay is with Uncle Willie again.

[For those that have asked, she was 92.]

Requiescat In Pacem

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SERVICE: Google Wallet and Google Mail

https://www.google.com/get/googletips/card/sending-money-to-your-friends-and-family-is-as-easy-as-sending-an-email/detail/

Sending money to your friends and family is as easy as sending an email.  

This ties in Google Wallet to your Google Mail.

I recommend wallet as an easy and free / cheap way to transfer money around.

Recently, I cleared an advance in Iowa by a quick transfer from my phone.

Pretty neat.

The recipient was impressed.

Laugh. I just hate owing anyone anything. And love to play with technology. I think I’ll be using it more.

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ECONOMICS: 15$ minimum wage

http://www.tpnn.com/2014/09/08/did-the-fast-food-minimum-wage-strike-just-backfire/

 

Did the Fast Food Minimum Wage Strike Just Backfire?
September 8, 2014
By Matthew Burke

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TPNN radio host Tim Constantine of The Capitol Hill Show reports that the fast-food strikers have just shot themselves in the foot…big time.

“This company called Momentum Machines, has built a robot that could change the fast food industry forever,” announced Constantine. “The robot can slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places that slice onto your burger, so you get the freshest burger possible.” he reported following the Astroturf strikes organized by big labor unions and not necessarily even the workers of businesses like Burger King and McDonald’s.

“The robot is more consistent, more sanitary, and complains less, than your average worker,” Constantine explained.

“Here’s the kicker,” revealed Constantine: “The robot can produce 360 hamburgers per hour,” which equates to approximately one burger every ten seconds, much faster and efficiently than any human could.

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From an economic point of view, it’s a no brainer. 

Robot Burgger Makers are cheaper than “Human Resources”.

I’ve told the tale of AT&T and the Elevator Operators. http://wp.me/pg9z-2Eb

Those ladies were casualties of the Federal Minimum Wage diktat. I know one who never had the skills to get another job. Wonder who else that happened to?

Cui Bono?

So let’s look behind the scene as to why this ASTROTURF group is campaigning.

Clearly, the minimum wage burger flippers will be out of a job faster than you can say: “You want fries with that?”

Big Labor knows that a rise in the minimum wage will directly escalate the Union wage scale. And bureaucrats know that the Gooferment pay scales will all rise to “compete”. Big Unions knows bigger paychecks means bigger Union dues.

So once again, we find the roots of the “minimum wage problem”.

Now dare I say this is a racial or “Social Justice” issue. Not for it, but against it. What is the Black Youth Unemployment rate? Will increasing the minimum wage decrease that? Not likely! And, how is it justice to put people on the dole. 

Talk about “moral hazard”? It’s not even close. 

Argh!

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SOFTWARE: recommending CHROME REMOTE DESKTOP

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-remote-desktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp/related?hl=en

Chrome Remote Desktop

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Access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet.
Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.

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As always, “TPIR” (http://www.priceisright.com/), and YMMV!

But I like it.

I’m recommending it.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Zero the corporate tax rate

https://secure.downsizedc.org/blog/your-penny-toward-a-whopper

September 11, 2014
Your Penny Toward a Whopper
By James Wilson

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I’m angered that Burger King has fled to Canada as a tax shelter. But I’m not angered at Burger King, which has only done what it thinks is best for its shareholders. I am, rather, angered at YOU. It isn’t Burger King that created the HIGHEST CORPORATE INCOME TAX in the world. YOU did that. And I DO NOT CONSENT!

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“Corporations are merely tax collectors; not taxpayers. They merely pass their costs along.” Lawrence Alan “Larry” Kudlow is an American economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. August 26, 2014 0830 on WMAL Mornings on the Mall Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor

Essentially, taxing corporations hides the tax load on individuals. That’s one of the purposes of Big Gooferment is conceal how much tax we individuals are really paying. IF we knew, then the tax revolts would really start.

Add to that, the OTHER taxes that corporations pay (e.g., gas; utility; FICA for employees; “real estate”) also get passed along in their products. So when I go to the supermarket and buy a can of beans, I can’t tell how much of the price is cost of the beans, the cost to put the beans in the can, the cost of getting the can on the shelf, and the taxes paid along the way. It’s incalculable. And you politicians just love it that way.

Also, there is a another hidden layer of taxes buried in that can of beans, all of the costs of capital investment have taxes hidden in. Campbells buys a new machine to put beans in the can; how much in taxes is buried in that cost? Don’t forget the gas tax for the truck that delivered it. All buried.

Even worse is that the result of corporate taxes fall on the poor because they have spend to survive, those on fixed income who should be getting a break, families who have to spend, and the illegals who don’t get the full benefit of the taxes they are paying.

Bottom line: Only “real people” pay taxes.

My bottom line: I believe folks would be in revolt if they really knew how much in taxes they are paying.

Zero the corporate taxes. Cut the size of government.

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TINFOILHAT: Forensic Mysteries / Robin Williams

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/jack-d-douglas/concealed-homicide/

The Forensic Mysteries of Robin Williams’s Death
By Jack D. Douglas
September 4, 2014

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He had decades of alcohol and drug problems, severe anxiety and depression for decades [like many great comedians], many family problems, recent open  heart surgery, early Parkinson’s, depression over those, drugs and professionals for such problems, and was an obvious suicide threat, as all family probably knew to keep them watching for any serious problems he might have.

He supposedly did not take any of the drugs he could have  used for a peaceful exit, he slept alone, he supposedly was left alone in his room in a wing of the house where no one could hear his body thrashing around and falling to the floor upon his hanging death, no one checked on him for about sixteen hours, his wife left home without checking on  him, late in the morning his business manager [?] called, got no answer and went over to check on him and found his body.

Is this negligent suicide? Forgetfulness suicide? Concealed homicide? Or simply suicide by a man so despairing and angry at himself that he chose a very painful way to kill himself rather than take a mere bodkin close at hand?

I don’t know the answers and certainly do not impugn anyone’s public statements, but I know that any serious forensic investigation would ask about all of that and far more.

How alone can a world famous comedian be when he is in grave peril in many ways?

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Another possibility? Euthanasia.

I think the author brings up a very good question. Why was he SO alone?

Having had my spouse die on me, I know that I came up with a long list of stuff I’d done differently. That may not have made any difference at all.

One factor that the author overlooks is “money trouble” or “his perception of money trouble”. That could be a factor.

I knew one fellow who suicided because he was feeling technology obsolesce. He was a great guy to work for and his value to the organization wasn’t his understanding of some type of technology. Argh!

Guess we will never know.

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TINFOILHAT: Bush 41’S WWII Escape From Death

http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/09/02/an-enduring-mystery-about-bush-41s-wwii-escape-from-death/

An Enduring Mystery About Bush 41’S WWII Escape From Death
Print This Post Print This Post By Russ Baker on Sep 2, 2014

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The enveloping fog extends even to Poppy Bush’s most sterling political symbol: his record as a war hero. On September 2, 1944, the plane he was piloting was hit by Japanese fire during a bombing run over Chichi Jima, a small island in the Pacific. Bush successfully parachuted to the ocean surface, where he was rescued. His two crew members perished.

A documentary film about the rescue was aired as part of a 1984 Republican Convention tribute to Vice President Bush. And on September 2, 1984, forty years to the day of his doomed bombing mission, a ceremony was held at the Norfolk Naval Station, complete with a Navy band and an encomium from Navy Secretary John Lehman. Bush’s war service, Lehman declared, was the beginning of a career “which went on to mark some of the most remarkable achievements in the annals of American politics.”

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I’d heard this many moons ago.

It’s interesting that the “truth” always emerges.

Over time, one expects that “reports” will change. The human memory is very fallible.

I’ve read about experiments that demonstrate humans don’t remember squat. Throw in stress and they are worth even less.

That’s why video is so dispositive.

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INTERESTING: Football helmet

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/helmet-could-change-football

The Helmet That Could Change Football
It’s flexible, but it can really take a beating.
By David Cassilo Posted 09.04.2014 at 1:30 pm

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Data Collection

Sensors in the helmet collect data on impact force, linear or rotational acceleration, and location. If the hit put the player at risk of a concussion, the information is sent to a handheld device that alerts the trainer on the sidelines.

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Sounds like “we” are getting serious about solving this problem.

The computer should be smart enough to rule a player “ineligible” in any level game.

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RANT: On hold — updated

I just spent an hour on hold with AT&T.

Reminds me of an quote from The Big Bang Theory. #TBBT

Sheldon said something like: “I once spent an hour on hold with Customer Support at Hewitt Packard just to complain about their Customer Service.”

Argh!

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Conclusion: 4 hours and 3 minutes.

I must be <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> nuts!!!!

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POLITICAL: No R should mention the word “impeachment”

http://brooklyngopradio.blogspot.com/2014/09/has-brooklyns-anti-obama-graffiti.html

Has Brooklyn’s Anti-Obama Graffiti Writer Gone Too Far?

So today during work, I get a call from my family about – of all things – how more Anti-Obama / Anti-Dem graffiti keeps popping up all over our Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. You may have seen my prior posts here and here about…

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Unfortunately, someone doesn’t realize the political realities of life.

Impeachment is the tool of the MINORITY party to remove a President that will hurt the party in the mid-term elections. Example, Nixon’s resignation.

No R should mention the word “impeachment” unless there is an R in the White House. (IMHO)

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