Leapin’ Lizards … It’s Snarky Snippets!

When I get upset, I stutter, even if I am only talking to myself.  This evening, I was annoyed by something and though I was only muttering while I typed (pounded) a response (rant) to the comment that annoyed me, I kept trying to say (growl) “he is a criminal” but it kept coming out “crimical” (actually, it was more like ‘cr-cr-crim-crim-ic-crimical).  Finally, I gave up, finished beating the keyboard and sat back, perused the product of my fury, and it was then that I thought … perhaps I have invented a new word!  Crimical … a combination of ‘criminal’ + ‘comical’ … crimical!  What do you guys think?  Gee … I hope Merriam and Webster don’t start calling me day and night, and that the New York Times don’t come pounding on my door!  I don’t want to be famous … really … I don’t.

And now that I’ve shared that with you … I have just a little bit of snarky buildup in the recesses of my mind that I must find an outlet for.


Conspiracy Theories abound …

Remember back in March when I wrote about a kid named Jacob Wohl, a scammer and conspiracy theorist who had been banned from both Twitter and the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)?  Well, this young punk teamed up with another conspiracy theorist by the name of Jack Burkman, and they thought it would be cute to make up something to discredit democratic candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.  They recruited a young man named Hunter Kelly to claim that Mayor Buttigieg had sexually assaulted him.  They made a really bad video, grainy images with the sounds of traffic and planes flying over, in the driveway of Burkman’s home.

burkman-wohlHowever, whether Kelly’s conscience got the better of him, or he was just left with a bad taste from his association with the two buffoons, he came clean shortly thereafter and said that none of it was true, that they had coerced him to play a role.  Last year, Burkman and Wohl tried essentially the same type of smear campaign against Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  That one didn’t work either.

Isn’t it interesting that the republicans need to resort to this type of thing rather than simply rely on a solid political platform?  Speaks volumes, I think.


A different sort of republican senator?

Hats off to Senator Richard Burr, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and a republican from North Carolina.  Several days ago, Burr and democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia issued a subpoena for Don Trump, Jr. to testify before the committee.  This was around the time that Mitch McConnell said the investigations were over and that everyone should just go home and forget about the Mueller report.

Junior

Junior

Burr and Warner want to question Junior about his role in the infamous Trump Tower meeting where he, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer and others in an attempt to purchase “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in order to help the Trump campaign.  I’ve never quite understood how this is not collusion, but to the point, apparently Burr believes that Junior may have told a few fibs (like father, like son?) the first time he testified to the committee and wants him to come back to clarify some things.

Apparently, Burr’s fellow republicans in the Senate are aghast at his actions and are aligning themselves with poor li’l Junior.  I mean, after all, this investigation is just so damn inconvenient for them.  Here they are, working diligently to rip off the people of this nation, and along comes one of their own trying to {gasp} do the right thing for the nation!  A few of his compadres are standing with him, but most are being obnoxious, as republicans seem to enjoy being.  Burr is remaining firm, however, and it will be interesting to see if Junior’s papá invokes executive privilege on this one, too.


Just some little African-American kids …

You heard about the three children, ages 5, 4, and 1 year old who were shot by police in Hugo, Oklahoma, right?  What?  Sure you did … it was widely reported in … um … the local Fox affiliate KXII News, and … in Ebony magazine.  No, no … you won’t find it in the New York Times or The Washington Post … I mean, it was only three kids, after all.  Actually, in fairness, it was in the Post … 4 full sentences, a week after the incident, buried so deep that I did not see it.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …

From the pieces I can pick up, the two plainclothes officers, Billy Jenkins and Chad Allen, saw a man who they believed to be the suspect in a pizza shop burglary earlier in April.  They spotted the suspect, 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith, in his vehicle, preparing to back out of a parking spot at a grocery store, with four children in the vehicle.  They approached him, guns drawn, and later claimed that he attempted to run them over, although eyewitness accounts tell an altogether different story.  As he backed out, he did clip one of the officers with his vehicle, causing a minor injury.

kidsIt is unclear whether Smith realized the two men were police officers, since they were in plain clothes.  It is unclear whether the officers realized there were children in the vehicle. It is unclear and irrelevant why the children were with Smith at the time.  It is indisputably clear that three of the four children were shot.

The children’s mom, Olivia Hill:

“My 4-year-old daughter was shot in the head, and she has a bullet in her brain, and my 5-year-old has a skull fracture. My 1-year-old baby has gunshot wounds on her face. My 2-year-old wasn’t touched with any bullets.”


And now, I am done venting and can settle in to a bigger project I have started.  Have a great Friday, my friends!

77 thoughts on “Leapin’ Lizards … It’s Snarky Snippets!

  1. I heard about the story where those poor children got shot and my blood is boiling hearing more of the details. Shame on those cops and I hope people have enough sense to charge them with armed assault and attempted murder of children. What is up with Oklahoma with these things? You have Black Wall Street, rapist cops like Daniel Holtzclaw, Timothy McVeigh, and that killer Betty Shelby.

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    • Yes, my blood boiled also … this is happening altogether too frequently, and I suspect there is still more to this one than meets the eye. It isn’t only Oklahoma … it’s happening all over the nation. Look at Colorado … Columbine back in 1999, then another school shooting just a few days ago very close to Littleton, where the Columbine shootings took place. Parkland Florida last year. It is nearly an epidemic, but one with multiple causes, none of which are being addressed in any serious manner. Sigh.

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      • Definitely. I know it’s a nationwide issue, but I just used Oklahoma as an example. Very good point about that other Colorado school shooting that happened not long after the 20th anniversary of Columbine. It’s a shame that no one is addressing these situations or punishing those school shooters hard enough. What does that say about our society when mass murderers are treated better than unarmed Black people who never killed anybody?

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        • It says that, as a society, we are moving backward rather than forward, and that bigotry in all its ugly forms is increasing. Bigotry and the hatred for “other” will destroy this nation from within if we let it. Sigh.

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            • Very true. The number of ‘enemies’ has increased, as Trump has declared Latinos to be murderers and rapists, and Muslims to be terrorists. The lily-white Christian evangelicals believe every word he utters and are scared to death of becoming … GASP … the minority!!! Sigh. Where does it end? Or, perhaps the better question is … Does it end?

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                • where is the precise quote where he said that muslims were terrorists? I remember the quote about mexicans but even then he did not say that all of them were rapists and murderers. He said that they weren’t sending their best and it was dumb for him to say “some of them are good people” because the truth is, like other populations, most of them are good people.

                  This is the problem I have with the media, they take everything out of context like the quote about ms13 gang members. He said that they were animals not immigrants yet the media, and I’m sure a lot of bloggers hooked on to the sentence and changed it to fit their narrative.

                  Show me the speech or press conference where he explicitly said that muslims are terrorists and I’ll happily admit that I’m incorrect on the issue.

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                  • You mean like when he talked about the Muslim ban even before he was elected? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETz4JWDfXqc. He’s not going to vet any violent people who look like him. You have to factor in dog whistle words, too. It’s not just about the words, but the actions. Keep in mind this is the same person who said there were good people on “both sides” which made him defend those animals at Charlottesville. That’s saying nothing about him doing nothing about all these mass shooters and school shooters running around.

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                    • yeah, the charlotesville deal was horible. I heard that video you sent and when I heard him say that thousands of people have the same thoughts as this savage, I was like really? I couldn’t sww what image he was pointing to since I’m blind but this dude just needs to stop talking.

                      Thank you for sending me that link.

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                    • Very much so. I couldn’t stand the obvious double standards with how reacts to some criminals compared to others. It was a semi-close up, but it’s hard to tell what he was pointing to, to be fair, but that’s irrelevant.

                      You’re welcome.

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                    • You did great! I always appreciate it when somebody jumps in and helps with answers, for I am usually overwhelmed and spend 12-14 hours most days working on this blog. I love it, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

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                    • ospreyshire, what kind of music do you write? You may have seen me reference my music here and there. My undergraduate degree is in English and I originally wanted to be a novelist but found that I put sounds together much better than words.

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                    • I do ambient, solo piano, and other subgenres of ambient.

                      https://scottlawlor.bandcamp.com/

                      I have a special going on until the middle of June, half off anything using code spring2019 at checkout.

                      Ospreyshire I’ll check out your site. Thanks for the link.

                      Jill, if this reply isn’t appropriate for the blog, feel free to delete it. I know that sometimes replies can stray a bit from the topic at hand.

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                    • FOUR!!! My goodness … I can barely stay on top of one blog! My hat is off to you … I checked out one of your blogs, and I think I followed it … I meant to, at any rate. You are busier than I, and I barely find time to breathe some days. My hat is off to you!

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                    • 2 of them are on hiatus at the moment, but I do have four. I saw that you checked out my main one which is mainly for my poetry and music. I also have ones for obscure film reviews, my fiction, and video projects.

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                    • I will check out the others when I can … time is one of those things I have little enough of these days! I see that you and Scott Lawlor connected on the music interest … he does some good work!

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                    • Ahhh … I’m not a fan of Pink Floyd, but I’m looking forward to your new project anyway! And I did mean what I said … you seem to just have the music inside you … it’s natural and beautiful.

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                    • Hey Jill, I saw this thread and thought you’d be interested in reading it.

                      If it’s easier for me to post all of her tweets in text, I can do that.

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                    • Thanks Scott!!! I was able to read it just fine on Twitter, so no need to convert to text. Sigh. She says what we all feel, I think. But, the reality is that those who promise to do something are trying, but as long as there is a republican majority in the Senate and a boot-licker over the Department of “Justice”, their hands are nearly tied. And quite frankly, I see almost no way that the democrats are likely to gain a majority in the senate in next year’s elections either. Thanks for sharing that … she should write a blog!

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                    • You have a good week too.

                      By the way, that interview about whether or not we should extinguish the homosapiens, that was nutty. They must not be teaching much of any substance in school these days.

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                    • Oh, I know! I was aghast at some of the utterly ignorant responses! I think I knew what homo sapiens was by at least 3rd grade! Just what the heck ARE they teaching in schools these days?

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                    • I saw that interview on the news the other day at work! I couldn’t believe that all those people didn’t know what homo sapiens were. My jaw dropped when I saw their responses. Seriously, what ARE they teaching in schools? I would really hate to sound like the only Disney villain to plagiarize an anime antagonist from the 60s, but I would feel like I was surrounded by idiots if I was in that space.

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                    • It is jaw-dropping and also frightening to think these people … hold jobs, maybe even government jobs, maybe even with the IRS and they are the ones reviewing your taxes! I went to a store a few years back, paid for a few groceries with a $100 bill. The cash register that tells the amount of change to give was down, and the cashier could not figure out how much change I should get. So, she called the manager, and HE could not figure it out, so he went back to his office, got his calculator, and finally figured it out. Do we just teach kids how to use a calculator and a computer, and not how to actually solve problems anymore? I cringe …

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  2. I must say that I like that word ‘crimical’ and would advise you to expeditiously copyright it or something, because I may abscond with it right now! It sure fits many of the idiotic things that Trump says and does, that is those that are not downright horrendous. Like his comment yesterday at an impromptu press conference : “The Mueller report came out…that’s the Bible.” I direct you to CNN Politics “The Point with Chris Cillizza” from last evening, May 9th, titled : “You’ll never believe what Trump said about the Mueller Report today.” I won’t spoil it by telling what Chris’s Point is at the end! Speaking of idiots, Burkman and Wohl are quite the pair of them, but dangerously idiotic. While I did read about Senator Burr and applaud him, I did not know about this horrific police shooting that injured three innocent children. As you say, they are not considered worth the newsprint or airtime…undeniably wrong! Thank-you!

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    • Being that I am not a selfish person, you must feel free to use crimical any time it pleases you! Next on my agenda for tonight, once I finish responding to comments and chatting with my favourite readers like you, is to check out the Chris Cillizza piece. I get daily emails from him, but rarely have time to do more than skim them, but I will make it a point to read this one! Yes, the tragedy of these children makes me wonder how many other similar incidents have taken place that I’ve missed? I only happened to see this one as it was a sidebar on another article I was reading in Ebony. Sigh.

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  3. I had to laugh my ass off when you said that republicans are the party who use smear tactics since they don’t have ideas of their own to fight with so thanks for making my exercise routine a little easier. We all know that the democrats pull this stupid crap all of the time especially regarding sexual assault alligations. Now I’m not a fan of Jacob and his crew, I think they are reprehensible but I find it totally hipocritical that people reporting on current events continue to refuse to be fair about the issues and call out their own side when they are in the wrong. Everything is the fault of those mean evil spirited capitalist republicans and though their policies are responsible for some of this mess, don’t advocate or place no blame on the democrats who have just as much of a part in all the woes and social ills as the republicans do.
    Case and point below.
    https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/missouri-democrat-caught-spreading-fake-news-to-discredit-pro-life-representative/

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  4. Jill, “crimical” is good word for actions of the man in the White House. I saw yesterday him misconstrue yet again who pays for tariffs. He said others are getting it wrong, but Reuters corrected his assertion yet again. Importers pay the tariiffs and then pass them along to customers. A few months ago, an economist said Trump may be confused with China buying up treasury bills and notes.

    Kudos to Senator Burr. I left a message thanking him for his political courage. We have a President who is a clear and present danger to our democracy in my view, yet far too many GOP legislators have sold there soul and are all in to support a regal-minded man.

    I agree with the many comments on the horrible Oklahoma shootings. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith … I’m glad you liked my new word! Yes, it applies well to Trump, but it’s maybe too cute of a word for him. His ignorance regarding several things is concerning. First, as you mention, his ignorance regarding how tariffs work and who really pays the price. Second, I am becoming VERY concerned with his taunting Iran … it’s almost as if he’s hoping to goad them into starting something. Is it simple ignorance, is it a power play, or … ???

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      • Jill, even today he is still tweeting about China paying the tariffs. Larry Kudlow, his economic advisor, is contradicting the President today on this point. It puts an advisor in a bind, when he knows he cannot repeat an obvious untruth. Keith

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        • Yes, I heard him going on about it … and I suppose you notice what the market did today? I wonder what he’ll have to say about that? That surprises me from Kudlow, for I thought of him as just another boot-licker. Thumbs up to him on this one, anyway.

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  5. Hello Jill. I am at a loss. I just have no words to express how careless and stupid those police officers were. Think of how scared a black man with children would be to see two white men rushing his car, maybe with guns out. I would have been scared and I am white. I would have run over them if need be to get to safety. I can not understand how these officers are not mortified enough by the knowledge their actions harmed these kids permanently to resign. Be well. Hugs

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    • They did, according to eyewitnesses, have their weapons drawn, and it is still unclear whether they identified themselves as police or not. There’s something more to this, perhaps, than meets the eye, for it took the police department a week of being questioned by local news channels, to even release the names of the officers. And funny, isn’t it, that the car was traveling at a low rate of speed, yet they missed hitting the man and instead shot three children. And, as David said, why didn’t they aim to shoot the tires out? Or call ahead for help? It’s just fishy to me. And sad, for those children will never forget this, and one of them is likely to have permanent brain damage. 😥

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  6. Crimical is a gem of a word given the stupidity of some of today’s criminals.

    Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman deserve prison for what they did or attempted to do.

    My hat is off to Senator Richard Burr who shows us what a senators job is despite Political Party. I hope a lot more Republicans come out to support him and his Democrat colleague.

    I’m sorry it’s become so commonplace for children to be shot that papers no longer report it. Did none of the policeman consider shooting the tyres first to prevent him getting anywhere, or even the engine?That might have prevented the incident from happening at all.

    Cwtch

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    • Thanks! I’m glad you liked my new word … it does seem apropos of some, doesn’t it? Sadly, in this country Wohl and Burkman will be said to only be exercising their “right to free speech”. Sometimes that right is carried a bit too far, in my opinion.

      Burr is popular among his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle, so while some are openly criticizing him, many are keeping quiet, for they are unwilling to criticize. It is good to see some bipartisan cooperation in this whole mess … there has been little enough of it.

      I haven’t a clue what went through the policemen’s mind, but whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t common sense. You’re right … they could have shot the tires out, they could have jumped in their car and given chase, they could have called to other units, but no … instead they shot into the vehicle, missed the man they were supposedly shooting at, and shot three kids. They are, I believe I read, on PAID administrative leave. It took the police department a full week to even release their names.

      Cwtch

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  7. Three black children shot by police in Oklahoma? Doesn’t that happen every day in America? Police officers blithering eminent danger at first glance of scary black citizens? Innocent children collateral damage, law enforcement lauded for protecting the community from big bad black men?
    Mine is a mixed race family. The moment we cross the border into America, my husband stops being a Canadian lawyer, our children stop being valued, intelligent, respected individuals, we become the focus of scrutiny and suspicion. It’s disgusting, predictable and utterly depressing. You couldn’t pay us to visit America again.

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    • That is a terrible thing, both for your family and all people of colour. What is wrong with the US? The country is becoming the most distasteful country on the planet. I can’t think of anyone I know, who would want to go to live there.

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      • America is a scary place for those who don’t conform to racial/religious stereotypes. As a white Canadian woman it never occurred to me the day would come when my husband had “the talk” with our teenage boys. The talk goes something like this – suspend everything you know about justice and understand the colour of your skin separates you from those around you. It’s not your fault, all that matters is your safety. Don’t talk back, speak when spoken to, keep hands out of pockets, no sudden movement, we’ll talk about it later – that’s how a mixed race Canadian family crosses the U.S. border. Correction, used to cross the border. These days we expand our horizons far beyond America. Sigh.

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        • Good choice, Notes. I am a mixed-race Canadian, part -European, part-aboriginal. But because of my appearance, I suffer from a different kind of racism than most. As a child I looked like what I am, but as I grew up my skin turned white, tanned but white, and people think I am white. They feel compelled to confess to me their true feelings about non-white people. Some of the things they tell me are just horrible. Black, brown, red, yellow or creamy, they tell me what they believe deep down. Then, when I have listened to them, I get up to go and tell them, “Oh, by the way, I’m Metis,” they suddenly hate me for not shutting them up, as if it were my fault they poured out their hatred to me. But do they apologize, or get embarrassed? No, they get angry. How dare I lead them on! The amount of racism I have heard in my life, without people thinking they are being racist because they are talking to another white man, it’s incredible! True colours!

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        • I have a close African-American friend who used to live next door, and he had the same talk with his own son after several incidents where young, unarmed black men were pulled over for something as simple as a broken tail light or going slightly over the speed limit, and were shot without any cause. We are moving backward in terms of civil rights in this country, and half the nation seem not to care.

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    • It happens far too often, for sure. It often seems that the police are trained to “shoot first and ask questions later.

      I don’t blame you one bit for staying out of the U.S. … if I had the wherewithal, I would leave here and not look back.

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      • U.S. police have pulled over my husband for no apparent reason, when asked to produce identification he presents his drivers licence and Law Society membership card. The moment they realize he’s a Lawyer it’s sorry sir, can I help you with directions, have a safe trip. It’s ridiculous!

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        • It is indeed ridiculous. I wrote a while back about a black lawyer who had just finished presenting a case, and police stopped him in the courthouse as he left the courtroom, insisted he present his credentials, and detained him for questioning for over an hour about why he was in the courthouse! Racism is alive and well in the U.S. 😥

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          • When our daughter was about 6 months old we stopped at a mall in Great Falls, Montana to buy diapers.Within minutes shoppers were pointing at us, making snide remarks under their breath and stopping to scowl with intensity in our direction. WTF! My husband and I looked at each other, affirmed imperative to retreat without exchanging a word and got out of their as quickly as possible.Yikes.
            Shortly after 9/11 my husband participated in a political blog. Long story short he was befriended by a seemingly like minded individual who lived in Seattle. (a few hours drive from our home in Vancouver ) Online “friend” enthusiastically “groomed” my husband to visit him in Seattle. They made plans to meet at his home outside Seattle. Just before their scheduled meeting my husband mentioned a gut feeling something wasn’t right. My husband enlisted his arsenal of private investigators to find out who this man was. OMG and holy crap! Online “friend” knew my husband was black – online friend not only loathed blacks, he’d spent a total of 13 years in federal prison on 2 counts. First – convicted of attempted murder for running down a black child riding a bike with his car. It gets better – plotting to assassinate MLK! WTF!!!

            Sigh.

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            • HOLY COW!!! I’m so glad your husband’s instincts kicked in and he did some investigating! That is so scary! And what’s even scarier is knowing that there are more just like that man … who knows how many more? I will never understand it, but by now I know that the attitudes aren’t likely to disappear from the human species. Sigh.

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