T’was the Night before Christmas, 2012

A short history, because I love origins and I love the truth.

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                       Clement Clarke Moore (1799 – 1863)

The poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore who came from a prominent family, his father, was Benjamin Moore, the Bishop of New York who was known for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington.

The tradition of reading “Twas the night before Christmas” poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.

The poem, also known as; “A Visit from St. Nicholas” as it was titled in 1822. Is now a standard and beloved tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.

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The poem has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story (Poem) ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or eight tiny reindeers!

Clement Moore, the author of the poem “Twas the night before Christmas,” ..was a (reticent) man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem.

According to Webster: “ret·i·cent,” (in context) Inclined to keep one’s thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself.

The condition of publication was that the author of “Twas the Night before Christmas” was to remain anonymous.

According to Webster: “a·non·y·mous,” (in context) An unknown or unacknowledged person.

The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.

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Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

By

Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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According to Webster: “pro·fun·di·ty,” Great depth; wisdom; Depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning; Something profound.

T’was the Week before Christmas, 2012

Conference of Mayors: Announcing..

Hunger and Homelessness Continue to Surge Under Obama

Newsmax.com

Thursday, 20 Dec. 2012

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Across the United States, the number of hungry and homeless people is growing, and budget fights at the federal level are threatening the aid many need to survive, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said on Thursday.

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Amidst the holiday season of family feasts and corporate dinners, the mayors released a report that found requests for emergency food assistance rose in 21 out of the 25 cities it surveyed in 2012 and remained at the same level in three.

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More than half the cities said homelessness increased.

“This report is a stark reminder of the long-lasting impact the recession has had on many of our citizens,” Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, said in a statement. “Families, who once lived in middle class homes, now find themselves without a roof over their heads, needing multiple social services for the first time in their lives.”

The 25 cities are of varying size and wealth in all regions of the country. They included Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Chicago, a.k.a. ..the “Windy City,” ..as well as the city where our current president, ..”Barack Hussein Obama,” ..hung his hat, ..before winning the White House.

A great guy, (at least in the eyes of the free lunch bunch) as for those of us, who are actually in touch with our “Common Sense,” ..not so much!

And yes, I fully understand that I will be receiving comments on my (free lunch bunch) comment. That’s the price I pay for providing the truth, ..which is a lot less “expensive” than the price the homeless in America pay for providing free lunches for the gentleman below.

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Among those seeking emergency food, 51 percent were in families and 37 percent were employed.

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Nearly 1 in 6 – 17 percent – were elderly and 8.5 percent were homeless, according to the survey.

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Nearly all of the cities reported a rise in the number of people seeking emergency food for the first time.

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“In Philadelphia, I see people who are hungry and in need of shelter on a daily basis and explaining to them that Congress is cutting funding for the help they need is not acceptable,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in a statement.

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 I’ll Drink to that!

The impending fiscal cliff has people with lower and middle incomes worried government funds for safety net programs will drop just as emergency unemployment benefits end.

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress are negotiating on how to avert tax increases and spending cuts due to take effect at the beginning of 2013.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are pressing to cut $16 billion from food stamps as they hammer out an overdue farm bill.

The ‘07- ‘09 recession exponentially increased poverty and unemployment, while enrollment for food stamps, which help cover grocery costs, soared.

As economic recovery takes hold, the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.7 percent from a peak of 10 percent. Still, the country’s poverty rate remains at 15 percent and a record 47.7 million people use food stamps.

Meeting the demand has been hard, and many places had to portion out aid in 2012, the survey found.

In 95 percent of the cities surveyed, food pantries cut the amount of food each person received and soup kitchens reduced meal sizes.

In almost all the cities, pantries capped people’s monthly visits as well. More than half the cities said homeless families with children were denied shelter in 2012.

The hunger problem is likely to get worse next year. Three-fourths of the cities expect the need for food to rise. No city expects a decrease.

Sixty percent of the cities surveyed expect an increase in the number of families without shelter and 56 percent anticipate a rise in homeless individuals.

More than half the cities say there will not be enough shelters available.

LIKE ADDING WATER TO A FLOOD 

The survey confirms what many soup kitchens, pantries and other charities have been saying throughout 2012.

“We are always at capacity. If you are in a flood and someone says more water is coming you might not be able to tell because you are already in a flood,” said George Jones, chief executive officer of Bread for the City in Washington, this fall about a rise in the number of people seeking help.

In the survey, Washington said the Capital Area Food Bank, an umbrella organization for assistance groups in Washington, is reaching two-thirds of those at risk of hunger.

Officials at the food bank said calls to its hotline jumped 25 percent last year and it also opened a new warehouse in June to double its capacity and keep up with rising hunger.

For the first time they are coordinating help at a military base, sending a truck to serve about 250 families at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

Michael Blue, a 62-year-old part-time bus driver in Washington, gets help from Bread for the City. He says work is so sporadic that he has to scrounge for cash to pay rent and utilities. But his $13,300 annual income tops the government’s poverty threshold, disqualifying him from some welfare programs. He receives about $200 a month in food stamps.

“They tell me that I don’t qualify for help, but anybody who makes $13,000 or even $20,000 a year these days cannot survive,” Blue said.

Between jobs he jots down telephone numbers from tour buses headed to Washington’s monuments, then calls to see if they need drivers. He cannot recall the last time he had a full-time job.

“I am being priced out of existence,” he said. (Source, Newsmax.com). 

Return, …pending?

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Walmart, vs Target?

According to Webster: “com·merce,” The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale.

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Walmart, is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world’s third largest public corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012. It is also the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world. Walmart remains a family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family who own a 48 percent stake in Walmart. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, incorporated on October 31, 1969, and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972.

It is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, it generated 51 percent of its US$258 billion sales in the U.S. from grocery business. It also owns and operates the Sam’s Club retail warehouses in North America.

Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names. The company operates under the Walmart name in the United States, including the 50 states and Puerto Rico. It operates in Mexico as Walmex, in the United Kingdom as Asda, in Japan as Seiyu, and in India as Best Price. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. Walmart’s investments outside North America have had mixed results: its operations in the United Kingdom, South America and China are highly successful, whereas ventures in Germany and South Korea were unsuccessful. (Source, Wikipedia).

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Target, is an American retailing company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, behind Walmart. The company is ranked at number 38 on the Fortune 500 as of 2012 and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Its bullseye trademark is licensed to Wesfarmers, owners of the separate Target Australia chain which is unrelated to Target Corporation.

The company was founded in 1902 in Minneapolis as the Dayton Dry Goods Company, though its first Target store was opened in 1962 in nearby Roseville, Minnesota.

Target grew and eventually became the largest division of Dayton Hudson Corporation, culminating in the company being renamed as Target Corporation in August 2000. On January 13, 2011, Target announced its expansion into Canada. Target will operate 100 to 150 stores in Canada by 2013, through its purchase of leaseholds from the Canadian chain Zellers. (Source, Wikipedia).

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Question: Borrowing (a “great” line from Slim Pickens) ..from the movie “Blazing Saddles, ..“where in the wide, wide world of sports,”..does it leave us little People?

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How much is enough?

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mom and pop stores rest in peac

Although I appreciate the prices at Walmart and Target as much as anyone, the reasoning side of my brain still can’t accept the concept that Walmart and Target’s buying and selling practices are good for the future of mankind.

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Question: Where does one go from being a stepping stone?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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I’ll Bet You Don’t Know..

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With a circle of friends numbering well beyond two, ..I get a lot of email. Of course with that said, as anyone who owns a computer and exchanges emails, ..with anyone? Friends or foe, ..knows. (the truth) ..”as everyone knows,” ..the “cyber mailman” ..delivers twenty times as much ..(junk mail) ..as worthwhile, ..and/or, ..interesting reading.

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..just because something is interesting, ..is not necessarily credentials that what you are reading is..

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Some time ago I got an email from a good friend who lives on the West Coast, (name withheld for privacy). The email I received from my friend was extremely interesting, ..so interesting in fact, ..that I put it in the back of my mind to do a blog on it one day, ..to share the interesting stories, ..with my interested readers.

Then two days ago, I received the same email, ..in a slightly different format from another friend who resides on the East Coast. Which of course was the inspiration for writing what I am writing this morning.

Of course, since I learned years and years before I ever thought about writing a blog, that if I was going to put my name on something, I needed to do due diligence to assure myself that what I was sharing was..

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The email in Question; ..entitled: …

“WHY DID MR. ROGERS WEAR A SWEATER?”

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According to the, ..both (interesting and entertaining) emails, and/or, (forwards) ..Mr. Rogers, a.k.a. ..(Fred Rogers) ..wore his sweater to cover up numerous military and artful tattoos that he acquired as a Navy seal in one version, ..and an ex-Marine sniper in the other.

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Fred Rogers, and/or, Mr. Rogers never served in the military.

Concerning Bob Keeshan, a.k.a. “Capt. kangaroo,” ..and Lee Marvin, ..being war buddies?

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Both Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan, a.k.a. “Capt. Kangaroo,” did serve in the Marine Corps.

Lee Marvin served in the South Pacific and he was actually wounded (shot in the butt), ..in Siapan, ..not at Iwo Jima, ..as the circulating emails, ..and/or, ..(forwards) suggest.

Concerning Bob Keeshan’s service, Lee Marvin had already been (shot in the butt) and shipped back to the United States with a Purple Heart by the time Bob Keeshan entered basic training, ..neither was awarded the Navy Cross.

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Concerning Johnny Carson and his interview with Lee Marvin? 

It never happened! 

Have a great day, I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Today is my 25th Wedding Anniversary..

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Thank You

 

I’ll be back tomorrow

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Children are not Stupid..

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Accordingly, as adults I believe that it is our responsibility to stop lying to “our” children, ..especially in times concerning traumatic events and uncertainty.

Yes, ..the world we live in is a violent place. With that said; I would also like to say that the world is a “wonderful place” where sanity and compassion are still in the majority.

When I was a child, ..maybe three or four years old, I had a personal problem with my parents closing my bedroom door at night when my light was off, ..because I had two “older” brothers who (assured me) that there were monsters, ..both under my bed, ..and in my closet.

A reality and a fear that gripped me to my core until I had a conversation with my grandfather about the monsters that resided in my closet, ..and under my bed.

My parents, as parents do, took an evening for themselves, (a good thing). As parents, especially responsible devoted parents, (as my parents were) ..deserved (their time), ..as much, ..if not more? ..than non-parents.

At bedtime, my grandfather, ..who was at the time, ..dutifully (grandchildren) sitting, ..tucked me, ..turned out my light and then proceeded to close my door when I blurted out; “Mom leaves my door open.” Believing of course that since my grandfather wasn’t familiar with our family’s routine, ..he wouldn’t know that I was “fibbing.”

You’re absolutely right, ..we Homo sapiens begin lying pretty much around the same time we learn to walk and talk. So for most of us, by the time we’re adults, ..lying, ..and/or (fibbing) is as natural as breathing.

Who knows? Lying may even be in our DNA.

Instead of ignoring me and closing my door, my grandfather turned my light back on and looked at me with an identifiable directness that let me know that he was there to help.

He immediately returned to my bedside, took me by the hand and led me to my closet, ..where he exposed the fact that there were no monsters to be seen. Of course, ..since it was my belief that the monsters were only in the closet after the lights were turned out, ..I responded with; “You can’t see monsters with the lights are on.”

Accordingly, my grandfather sent me to the light switch by my door, where I was instructed to place it in the off position. Which of course, ..since I was standing near enough to my door to escape into the light in the hallway, ..I followed my grandfather’s instructions, ..and turned out my light.

At which point, my grandfather, after waiting an (appropriate) moment, ..stalwartly declared; “I don’t see any monsters.”

To which of course I responded with an uncertain; “They’re probably under my bed?”

My grandfather then went to my bed and knelt in a manner as to allow himself to view beneath my bed and again had me turn out my light, ..and again my grandfather declared; “I don’t see any monsters.”

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 Because there were no Monsters.

My grandfather had told me the truth. My brothers had lied to me, they were the monsters. Not literally, ..albeit since literal is indistinguishable by most four-year-olds, the monsters had been real to me until my grandfather set me straight.

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John 8.32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

If you are an adult, truly concerned about children, whether a child that survived the Sandy Hook atrocity, or a child simply afraid of the dark? Stop filling children’s heads with fantasy and misinformation…

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..or they could grow up to commit atrocities

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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The power of Stupid..

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  Nuclear weapon detonation.

A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission or a combination of fission and fusion. Both reactions release vast quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter.

The first fission (“atomic”) bomb test released the same amount of energy as approximately 20,000 tons of TNT.

The first thermonuclear (“hydrogen”) bomb test released the same amount of energy as approximately 10,000,000 tons of TNT.

A modern thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg) can produce an explosive force comparable to the detonation of more than 1.2 million tons (1.1 million tonnes) of TNT.

Thus, even a small nuclear device no larger than traditional bombs can devastate an entire city by blast, fire and radiation.

Nuclear weapons are considered weapons of mass destruction, and their use and control have been a major focus of international relations policy since their debut. (Source Wikipedia).

Not particularly “comforting” information, ..albeit since fewer and fewer members of each succeeding generation, ..in what we “Homo sapiens” refer to as the; (modern world), actually understand the threat to their lives and the ground they walk on…

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama – President of the United States.

..and/or an individual who became so enraged that he used his office, ..and/or, “Bully Pulpit” ..to (publicly chastise) ..a Cincinnati police officer, ..stating (in no uncertain terms) that the “Police Officer” behaved (stupidly) when responding to a call to investigate a possible burglary, ..because the officer was white, and the individual being investigated, was black.

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Question: Does America really need such an emotionally unstable individual with access to nuclear weapons?

In my opinion: Absolutely not !

Nor does America (need) ..a privately owned, ..(for-profit) Corporation, registered in the state of Delaware – under the (auspices) of the Federal Reserve Bank.

According to Webster: “aus·pi·ces,”  (Plural of auspex.) An “augur” of ancient Rome, especially one who interpreted omens derived from the observation of birds.

According to Webster: “aus·pex,” pl. aus·pi·ces, An augur of ancient Rome, especially one who interpreted omens derived from the observation of birds.

[Latin. See AUSPICE.]

According to Webster: “aus·pice,” 1. Protection or support; patronage. 2. A sign indicative of future prospects; an omen: Auspices for the venture seemed favorable. 3. Observation of and divination from the actions of birds.

According to Webster: “au·gur,” 1. One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens. 2. A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.

According to Webster: “sooth·say·er,” One who claims to be able to foretell events or predict the future; a seer.

As always, although I readily confess that I cannot speak for another, (in my considered opinion,) I believe that America’s current financial decline, (if investigated thoroughly) by a group of reasonable common sense Homo sapiens, we the people of this great nation, and/or, America, would not be concerned with robbing Peter to pay Paul, ..if the individuals currently controlling our currency didn’t take their counsel from a…

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..soothsayers,

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..and/or ..a birdwatcher.

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 The U.S. Constitution. 

ARTICLE ONE, SECTION EIGHT, CLAUSE FIVE…

..of the United States Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof and of any foreign coins.

But that is not currently the case.

The United   States Government (does not currently) have power to print money, control its value, or distribute it.

That (power) belongs to a private corporation registered in the State of Delaware – the Federal Reserve Bank.
The Federal Reserve Act, ..was signed, (unconstitutionally) into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

The premise used by President Wilson and his financial advisors for the establishment of the Federal Reserve System was to “supplant the dictatorship of the private banking institutions” and “to stabilize the inflexibility of national bank note supplies”.

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A question, (for those of you without your heads buried in the sand)…

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In 2010, ..we, “We the People,” ..of the United   States, (the taxpayers) ..paid the (unconstitutional) “Federal Reserve Banking System,” (predominantly owned and controlled by the Rothschild family and the Bank of England), ..$286,000, 000,000 billion dollars in interest, ..on our “own” money.

WHY?

Ignorance, ..and/or, ..Stupidity! 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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