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Posted on Jul 14, 2010
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed that he had surgery last week to have a pump implanted in his heart. Cheney has survived five heart attacks. Implantation of the device, known as a “bridge to transplant,” points to serious medical trouble, Reuters reports.

Reuters:

LVADs help maintain the pumping ability of a heart that cannot work effectively on its own. They are usually implanted only in patients with severe heart failure and are nicknamed a “bridge to transplant,” according to the American Heart Association.

Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition that develops as the heart loses its ability to pump properly and gradually enlarges.

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By samosamo, July 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

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By PSmith, July 16 at 4:33 am #
MORE CHENEY NEWS

‘Cheney joins the living dead. Only a head shot will stop him
now.’ - The Exiled -”“”
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I don’t know, I think, and here I would give the poor sucker
cheney duped into a hunting ‘accident’, a chance of placing a
broadheaded arrow into to old dickies’ chest(3 chances) at 15
yards to see if the old dick could pull it out before he expired. It
would be vastly more humane that what dick the shit has done
to more than a million people the world over; include little w,
ricerroni, rumdrunkfeld, kkkrove, and just the whole goddamn
administration along with the 5 federalist judges that appointed
w & dick to the presidency in 2000.

I am aware that the only sweet available to our ancestors was
honey and it was available everyday so insulin did not have a
chance to work its insidious effects from consumption of insulin
inducing foods.

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By radson, July 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

Rico

First of all you basically answered the question of
imperialism by your own accord .Secondly I was never
conflating Dick with Stalin and the other members of
his league .If I were to group Dick with others of his coterie ,Tony Blair ,Madelaine Albright and W would definately fall within this group of dubious
characters.Your last question of basically who killed who is like stating whether Hitler actually
placed the zyklon b tablets in the chambers.

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By rico, suave, July 16, 2010 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

radson:

The following post states no facts or opinions:

I missed your definition of “imperialism” in your reply. Can you show how many people Cheney personally had ordered killed, a la Stalin or Mao, or Pol Pot?

The previous post gives no hint of ideological bent.

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By SemiFrost, July 16, 2010 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

Nah, we didn’t even get that right.  Screwed the oil pooch, too.

“Iraq is abandoning the United States in favor of closer ties with Iran,” observed Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation.

“The clearest sign of the lack of U.S. influence in Iraq is that oil contracts, once seen as a great prize for the U.S. occupiers of Iraq … have gone not to U.S. firms but to rival firms from China, Russia and other Asian and European companies.”

Plenty of other sources on this, but this one was most convenient: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2010/07/15/Iraqs-oil-boom-could-tempt-Iran/UPI-68901279207956/

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By diamond, July 16, 2010 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

What are you talking about stormboy? Cheney gave a speech in London in the nineties in which he flatly stated that America would have to get control of the world’s resources to remain a superpower. He included the helpful information that since 2/3 of the world’s oil was in the Middle East this was ‘the ultimate prize’ his words not mine. And have you not noticed that America and the corporations now have control of the oil and America has established 100 permanent military bases in Iraq and a US embassy which for size and vulgarity rivals any of Saddam’s palaces? Cheney was suckered into nothing: he suckered the congress and the American public and he was poring over Iraq’s oil maps in February 2001 and already discussing who they would replace Saddam with. Iraq has not been handed over to Iran: Iraq is now an American colony with a puppet government, just the way Dick and Sanyo and Microsoft and the oil corporations always planned. Cheney’s a despicable creature but don’t worry: all that money he’s spent his miserable life accumulating won’t fit in his coffin and they have a different currency in hell. He epitomises what Shakespeare wrote about Julius Caesar, ‘The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.’ There won’t be much to inter with his bones, though.

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By SemiFrost, July 16, 2010 at 1:57 am Link to this comment

Dude, I think that’s his real outfit.

Hate?  Why hate the guy who turned the MMS into a scumpit of oil industry prostitutes, thereby allowing the rig operators to write their own inspection reports (in pencil), take a pass on a $500,000 acoustical switch that likely would have sealed the thing, no backup relief wells in advance (as required by Canada and other nations)... 11 workers murdered (by negligence), the Gulf is decimated, entire species are threatened, countless marine fish and mammals murdered (by negligence), ecosystem wrecked for our lifetime, a fishing industry and the fish, gone, the beaches (along which I grew up) toxified…

Only statement Cheney has on the matter is, of course, it’s OB’s fault, for the slow response.

Oh, then there’s that whole thing about fraudulent wars, tens (or hundreds) of thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghanistan civilians blown to red dust, thousands of our troops dead, tens of thousand maimed for life, tens of thousands mentally marred for life, whole sections of our nation turning into third world waste zones while we foot the trillion dollar bill for pointless counterproductive aggression and “nation building”, Iraq is gifted to Iran, now stronger than ever… and (screw you if you are deluded enough to think otherwise) that scumbag was at the center of it all.

Who could hate a guy like that?

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By radson, July 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

Rico

Thanks for your reply ,now the ‘your ’ as in cows is perhaps somewhat ill founded don’t you think .As far as character and assinations go ,good old Dickhead has quite the bragging rights and the legacy to go with it.Is he comparable to the world renown despicable ones is worthy of a discusssion ,regardless whether he is American or not,but in the end it was his choice.

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By rico, suave, July 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

radson:

What is “Dick’s point of view”? And please define “imperialism” for me. Then I’ll try to answer.

If by “imperialism” you mean cultural influence, then I guess the US is imperialist. But then again so is every country to some degree, like Mexico for instance.

If you mean militarily, then I guess Iraq and Afghanistan qualify. For now. But no responsible person, not even Dick Cheney I hope, believes we should stay there indefinitely. As for our military presence in Europe, Japan and Korea, those countries are free to ask us to leave any time. They don’t. Why?

If you mean economic influence, then the US is imperialist. But so is the rest of the world. Germany has a BMW plant in South Carolina. Japan builds cars all over the US. I buy coffee from Sumatra and Kenya. Is Kenya “imperialist”?

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By rico, suave, July 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

radson:

“Nevertheless is it your inquisitiveness that prompts controversy.”

Thank you! I’ve succeeded. The trouble with truthdig and all other highly ideological websites, right or left is the near unanimous viewpoints expressed. They’re all huge echo chambers of self-reinforcement and mutual admiration. When anyone, like myself, dares to question the sacredness of your cows, he’s buried in calumny and character assassination.

Do you really think any responsible commentator will liken Dick Cheney to Stalin or Pol Pot? This isn’t discourse, this is hyperventilation and hysteria.

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By samosamo, July 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

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By PSmith, July 15 at 3:20 am

Whatever in world does vegan have to do with dick?

However did humans ever get to this age of extreme amounts of
obesity when we evolved as carnivores? Or does top of the food
chain mean humans know how to stalk and kill all those wild
vegetables to properly feed themselves.

The research definitely doesn’t support the extreme health and
athleticism that is touted so much in the infotainment
commericalization of the vegetables.

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By Steve E, July 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

Yes, I stand corrected regarding my loathing and adverse remarks towards the
honorable Dick Cheney and will now head straight and direct to my nearest
confessional booth forthwith. Thanks for inducing that awful guilt feeling onto me
and injecting some righteous guidance. I too will rethink my unclean thoughts
regarding Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, all the Bushs, Mel Gibson and their ilk. Your my
saviour Rico. See you in church.

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By radson, July 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

Rico
Are you saying that you don’t subscribe to dicks point of view and all the humanitarian exploits that he has promulgated during his tenure. Imperialism is what maintains the Wests lifestyle and I am sure that you’re aware of it .Nevertheless is it your inquisitiveness that prompts controversy.

cheers

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By rico, suave, July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

radson,

Please find one quote of mine anywhere where I advocate or even mildly support “imperialism”, whatever that means these days.

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By radson, July 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

Nemesis 2010
I concur with your post ,rico aka rfidler loves imperialism, its kind of his raison d’etre and a brasseur de merde.

cheers

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By nemesis2010, July 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

By rico, suave, July 15 at 12:20 pm

”Just read all the posts here. And all this time I thought that the wacko conservative right had a corner on the hate market.”

Would you have mankind mourn the death of Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, and Pol Pot? Would you have us dance in the street at outbreaks of Black Plague, polio and small pox?

How can one not experience an overwhelming sense of joie de vivre? The demise of evil is something to be celebrated… not mourned.

If you feel a need to express compassion why not express compassion to all those multiple millions of lives negatively affected by his life’s work?

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By Richard_Ralph_Roehl, July 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Hatred? Sometimes hatred is righteous when it’s directed toward evil! And Dick (Darth) Cheney, probably one of the most evil people to walk this wounded Earth, was the real president; Bush the Lessor was nothing more than a dry drunk $ociopath… $ucking hard-on Daddy’s $ilver $poon!

May Dick (Darth) Cheney suffer the Reagan KKKarma… meaning a slow and painful death, his brain rotting in his skull… while fudge (packed into his crack) stews into maggots!

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By Grousefeather, July 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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“I’ll continue to be patiently waiting.”

Satan

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By Jimnp72, July 15, 2010 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

I dont know what all the fuss is about. He is just a normal republican that has
done normal things that republicans do all the time, and he has been at it since
the Nixon White House.

Yes, his daughter is filled with hatred and lies, another typical republican. a good
presidential candidate for them. maybe she can run with Sara.

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By rico, suave, July 15, 2010 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

Hammond:

Cheney was the VP of the US, one of the least consequential positions in our government. Blame Bush, or Karl Rove, or Colin Powell, or Wolfowitz.

What kind of “justice” will be served by wishing him dead? How is your sentiment more justified or morally elevated than that of right wing wackos who wish Muslims dead for 9/11?

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By Hammond Eggs, July 15, 2010 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

By rico, suave, July 15 at 12:20 pm #

Just read all the posts here. And all this time I thought that the wacko conservative right had a corner on the hate market.

Cheney is responsible for the deaths of tens or hundreds of thousands of people, all of whom died for nothing.  The majority probably died terrified and in agony.  It’s not hatred you’re hearing here but a cry for justice which will never be answered.  When Cheney is gone from this earth, it will most definitely be cause to celebrate.  “Hell is other people”, Jean-Paul Sartre once said.  Cheney is most definitely those other people.

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By rico, suave, July 15, 2010 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Just read all the posts here. And all this time I thought that the wacko conservative right had a corner on the hate market.

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By samosamo, July 15, 2010 at 6:46 am Link to this comment

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“”“By Steve E, July 15 at 12:19 am #
Oh by the way, I also got bounced from Huff Post permanently
for butting heads
with Obama apologists. Write the truth and your outa there.”“”
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I would rather read the ‘national inquirer’ than go to huff and
puff post.

Heartening(pun intended) that the dick may soon get what he
has so long ago and so many times deserved but always
managed to avoid by us, the taxpayer, fixing his medical
problems and keeping him alive. I hope his just dessert is
forthwith coming asap, but do not under estimate the daughter
or the mother, both are just as full of NASTY as the dick was.
Could be that the daughter would have a better chance of
becoming president than the palin thing.

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By SemiFrost, July 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Belaboring the Huff’nPuff Mo issue, as a for-the-hell-of-it some-time-to-kill experiment, tried reposting my below abrasive (but true) commentary, took about 90 seconds for “Moderator” to reject.

Instead you’ve got about 300 of these:

“Richard Bruce Cheney is a patriot and an American hero.”

“Godspeed Mr Cheney, get well soon.”

“You and yours remain in our thoughts. Hopefully you will have a full recovery.”

But at least they let this one through:

“I think the moderators are working overtime on this one.”

Got that right.

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By Stormboy6722, July 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

I’d like to see general public understanding that Cheney started the war in Iraq because he was suckered by Akmed Chalabi into believing the people would greet US soldiers with flowers and grant the US permanent military bases and ownership of oil fields. Instead we sacrificed many lives and social and environmental devastation and two trillion dollars to hand Iraq over to Iran.

And I’d like to see his crimes prosecuted before he dies, although after would do as well.

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By Steve E, July 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

Oh by the way, I also got bounced from Huff Post permanently for butting heads
with Obama apologists. Write the truth and your outa there.

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By Steve E, July 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

The proof will be in the final pudding. When this very sick individual finally croaks
they will try to cover up his years of decadence and debauchery that has been
perpetrated on the world and especially the American People and the Nation with
full media coverage of his funeral and the fairy tale history rewrite of his existence
and so called accomplishments.  We will actually see how much power this man
wielded even after death through pressure from big oil and corporate power to
sanitize his footsteps through life. The banner will read about the passing of a
“Great American”. Actually I hope many will finally come forward after his death
and “spill the beans” on this disgrace of a mankind. May he rot in hell.

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By SemiFrost, July 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Noticed the same at Huff’nPuff Mo comments - with a WTF?  Was not aware that they censored what they consider *uncivil.*  First thing that struck me, seeing all that sympathy for his family (Liz?!) crap was: *No wonder our side is losing.  What a bunch of freakin’ dandelions.*

Sometimes it takes *hate* get the job done.  (Just ask the GOP.)

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By TheHandyman, July 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

It is so refreshing to come here and see people posting what they really think of this piece of pond scum. Over on Huffpo everyone is commenting about how civil everyone is and wishing the DICK gets well. Little do they know that Huffpo has become such a slave to the advertising dollar that what they don’t censor they have all these sophomoric moderators willing to flag anyone and any comment that they think might get them a worthless badge. They are an American representation of the Hitler Youth movement.

Dick Cheney will surely someday be recognized for the worthless human that he was. He has contributed nothing worth while his entire life to the furthering of civilization or the enrichment of mankind. If ever someone could be called a representative of Satan, if there were such a thing, it would be Cheney!

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By espaz, July 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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i have heard that dick chaney had a procedure that replaced the L ventricle of his heart with some sort of mechanical device.  i have never seen such a device.  this fact would not mean a rat’s ass except for the fact that i x ray people for a living.  chest x rays are the most common x ray exam performed.  in ten years i have never seen an artificial L ventricle.  i"m sure your average man will never get an artificial L ventricle.  i have heard that our politicians receive health care that could be considered be provided by, by our taxes.  hence, “public health care”. i don’t know if this is true or not.  i want to also say that i cannot believe how little attention is being devoted to the disaster unfolding in the gulf of mexico.  there should be AT LEAST as much attention being paid to this disaster as there was during the twin towers incident!  I WANT FOOTAGE GODDAMINT!!  24 FN 7!  any how…..  let’s all pray for dick chaney’s recovery, shall we.  good night folks>

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By Sky, July 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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Karma is a funny thing….

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By SemiFrost, July 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

How will the main media play it when this malevolent specimen of misfired mankind finally has the unintentional decency to kick off?

How will the news anchors read the will to those of us he leaves behind?  How will they rundown the roster of those legacy goodies produced at the undisclosed location?

We will own them for a lifetime, those particular effects, fashioned by him in the course of achieving insurmountable damage during an eight-year corporatist reign of dysfunction, destruction and degeneracy.

Instinctively disliked by about 25 percent of the US public, with about another 50 percent (including those who actually pay attention) essentially detesting the man, setting aside and disregarding Fox, will the other cables and networks be able to play it sufficiently straight as they placidly propagandize with false positives his character and career?

Will the vested anchors spiel through clinched teeth as they oblige their masters, kicking-off the rewrite?

Yes, they will.

Expect to read and hear the occasional mealy-mouthed qualifier: “Although some would say he was a controversial figure; at times combative and occasionally divisive, none can deny that Richard Bruce Cheney was…”

In the main, that’s about as strong as it will get. The script is already in place, and has been for years.  They’ll just polish up the final draft then regurgitate the pre-approved plot points, summarizing and sanitizing the wretched life story of this corrupt corporatist puppet; this incompetent ideologue; this degenerate sociopath; this proud war criminal; this despicable human being.

WHEREAS, Of Dick Cheney, it can be simply said: The world would be a better place were he never born.

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By Richard_Ralph_Roehl, July 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

Dick Cheney has a heart?

Everyday… I curse the evil EX-PRESIDENT and his dry drunk $ociopathic sidekick (Bush the Lessor) for what they have done to us. Satan would have treated us better.

Drop dead you bastard! Drop dead!

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By squeaky jones, July 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
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Is it possible that Tricky Dick is a Cyborg? Most of the times Tricky Dick is at secret locations getting his wiring re-worked; however, they can not fix that crooked face as of yet. Does Tricky Dick dream of electric sleep?

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By tman, July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

There should be a new national holiday declared when the man dies.

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By radson, July 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

So Dick what are you going to do with all your prestige and Money ;are you going to hoard it and instruct the handlers to have you mummified along with your cash .In the tomb of Corporate greed where
your Legacy will live on ,and continue to poison the children ,or do you have a heart ,a troubled one at that.

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By UreKismet, July 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

It would be good to imagine karma may be about to catch up with the war criminal, and normally rich people such as cheney have ways of avoiding health consequences, but if amerikans stay vigilant and focussed, they should be able to ensure cheney doesn’t pull any of the ‘usual’ stunts.
At any one time 3000 amerikans are waiting for a heart transplant while approx 2000 hearts are available for transplant each year.

Many factors come into consideration when deciding who gets what so it is vital that the media is told by their users that people have an interest in ensuring cheney waits his turn.  The man is so old that he wouldn’t be considered for a transplant in some countries because the transplanted organ would likely outlive the rest of the patient.  The heart would be given to someone who would use all of it’s life giving potential.  In addition the odds of complication are greater. 
Cheney would undoubtedly love to check into a base hospital in Japan or the Philippines and have a new heart ordered up like a pizza from China where death row prisoners are tissue typed and executed according to the need to harvest their body parts, but he will also be concerned about the ‘look’ that would create.  Not to mention difficulties from even more protesting citizens the next time he went on tour spruiking murder, mayhem, and torture for his buddies in the military industry.

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By Hammond Eggs, July 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Cheney is a coward.  You can bet he’s in an awful, agonizing cold sweat right now, staring death in the face.  You can say that he probably has conventional religious beliefs which offer him some solace.  Maybe.  But he is fundamentally a brutal piece of trash and that part of his nature is whispering to him right now.  “Better wonder what Hell is gonna look like.”

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By ixlnxs, July 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!

Dick Cheney goes in for heart surgery right after George Steinbrenner died from a heart attack?!?!?!?

Zombie Cheney is collecting evil ody parts so he can become super evil Zombie Cheney.

THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!!

End Zombie Neocon Syndrome.

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By diamond, July 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Give him a Muslim heart. Might be the start of a whole new mindset. That is if anyone can locate a mind.

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