Presidential failure in photos

The following depiction of a failure in leadership was cross-posted at Hughes for America. The photos and accompanying captions came from Yahoo! News:

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President Bush holds up a birthday cake for Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., upon his arrival at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Az., Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. McCain turned 69 Monday. Bush is traveling and will attend 'conversations' with experts and the elderly in El Mirage, Ariz., and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in an effort to sell older Americans on the value of a prescription drug benefit that begins next year for Medicare patients. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Evelyn Turner cries alongside the body of her common-law husband, Xavier Bowie, after he died in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bowie and Turner had decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina when they could not find a way to leave the city. Bowie, who had lung cancer, died when he ran out of oxygen Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/ABC News, Martha Raddatz)

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Elvin Duckworth, left, Jonathan Harvey, center, and Leonard Harvey paddle a row boat through a flooded street in their Gulfport, Miss, neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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U.S. President George W. Bush smiles during a town hall-style meeting at a retirement community where he talked about Medicare prescription-drug benefits for senior citizens in El Mirage, Arizona August 29, 2005. Bush on Monday urged skeptical senior citizens to sign up for a new Medicare prescription drug benefit program, touting a choice of plans with monthly premiums as low as $20. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell

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David Diaz looks at the area where he and his brother used to live in the Sadler Apartments on the waterfront in Biloxi, Mississippi, August 29, 2005. The pile of rubble and empty foundations are what is left of 30 or more apartments. REUTERS/Mark Wallheiser

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Makes you cry...

It is sad; it kind of makes me cry. I used to be mad at this administration, about the direction of the country, about the people who would vote for Bush, but now, I think I'll concentrate on showing Republicans how to be real Christians and real patriots. Pray for those in LA, MS and AL. Peace.
 
by AmericanWomanPatriot 2005-08-31 06:09AM | 0 recs
Because there is no election
Bush doesn't care!  Remember the hurricane in Florida just before the election?  Bush couldn't get in enough pictures with those voters in Florida. Now he doesn't give a shit.  He probably feels that he is president and he can do what he wants-golf, guitars, and talks about Iraq.  He is not dealing with reality.  What ceo would run away from a tragedy that invoved his/her employees?  This is exactly what he is doing---running away from dealing with tragedy.
by Marie Smith 2005-08-31 06:19AM | 0 recs
He fancies himself a hereditary monarch
I blame the people for not wiping that smirk off his face. Bush, after all, has every reason to smirk: It's good to be king!
by Paul Goodman 2005-08-31 07:44AM | 0 recs
Re: He fancies himself a hereditary monarch
I'm tired of seein W smile during times of duress in this country.  Remember, when he's smiling, he's lying!!
by keywestpiano 2005-09-08 01:06PM | 0 recs
Has anyone pondered this???
The Bush family owns interests in oil companies.  Perhaps Bush's delay was in a hope that oil production would be interrupted for a short time, making prices go up.  He just forgot that there were people down there where is oil refineries were.  Or maybe he didn't care, after all, most of those folks didn't have cars to fill up with his precious gas.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a government that was truly "For the people?
by keywestpiano 2005-09-08 01:10PM | 0 recs
All Smiles...
...until he realizes that it will take well over $1000.00 per Katrina refugee per month to facilitate food, health, shelter, sanitation, and general welfare.  

That will be at least $1.5 Billion a month that will go to basic services in refugee camps and shelters outside of New Orleans.  

Over 1.2 million Katrina refugees.  Perhaps $16-20 Billion over the next 12 months to provide basic services for United States citizens.    

Of course, most Katrina refugees are the poorest of the poor in this country.  If you've ever been to New Orleans (outside the French Quarter), you understand.  Lord forbid if such complete and irreversible destruction ever happened in a predominately Caucasian demographic.      

We work hard to recruit and enlist our less fortunate to fight and die for our country. Yet we hesitate to provide basic and dignified services for our least fortunate.  

But at least McCain got a cake, and Bush a new guitar.  So why should we be so upset?

by Bill Felmlee 2005-08-31 07:14AM | 0 recs
Callous Conservatism
These are genuine Memorex Moments of Callous Conservatism in action.

There has never been a President with less compassion for his fellow Americans.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-08-31 07:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Callous Conservatism
Instead of "Of the people, by the people and for the people"  We are dealing with "Of the Bush's, by the Bush's and for the Bush's croney's"

Did anyone see the video of a citizen telling Cheney to "Go fuck himself"?? and not just once, but twice

by keywestpiano 2005-09-08 01:17PM | 0 recs
The Daily Word from the RWNM
The memo is out. Liberals and Democrats are blaming Bush for Hurricane Katrina.

Expect variations on this theme for the rest of the week.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-08-31 07:26AM | 0 recs
Who cares?
I no longer care about what Bush does or doesn't do. The people who voted him in can now reap the whirlwind of their stupidity. I'm not going to rescue them.
by Paul Goodman 2005-08-31 07:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Who cares?
Suffering is suffering

The people of New Orleans did not vote for Bush but voted heavily for Kerry (151,000 to 41,000).  The people in Louisiana who voted for Bush were in the outlying districts.

The people Bush is partying with all have white skin.  The people shown in the pictures suffering from Katrina all have dark skin.  I want to say something really catty but will refrain.

The lesson of Bush II is that public opinion only matters during the month or two of either congressional and/or [residential elections.  And he believes that can be manipulated.  

by David Kowalski 2005-08-31 08:01AM | 0 recs
Re: The Daily Word from the RWNM
Who is saying this? Which networks (besides Fox)? How bout the newspapers?

I can't believe Bush is going to get a pass on this too. God, what I wouldn't give for the conservatives to be right and for there to actually be a liberal media.

by LiberalFromPA 2005-08-31 04:33PM | 0 recs
Re: The Daily Word from the RWNM
I just heard a reference to it on the Stephani Miller show this morning. It's the same story we have heard for so long on so many issues.  

The focus for a day or two, perhaps the rest of the week will be on relief efforts. Then the RWNM will fall into it's usual practice of shifting responsibility from Bush and discounting any criticism.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-08-31 06:24PM | 0 recs
How it'll go down
Right. And when the liberal blogospher starts going crazy about this (like we did with Jeff Gannon or the DSM), the MSM will finally relent and start asking some questions.

Of course it will go something like this:

Timid Journalist A will ask Timid Journalist B if perhaps the federal gov't or Bush admin could be responsible for this. Timid Journalist B will respond that no one could have predicted this. End of segment.

Timid Journalist A will bring on Aggressive Wingut A. Timid Journalist A will ask the same question, and Aggressive Wingnut A will assert that anyone saying that is ridiculous, that no one could have predicted or prevented this, and to say so is politicizing the debate, and that the only reason it's being said is because the Democrats don't stand for anything, and then will accuse Timid Journalist A of being sympathetic to the Democrats, at which point Timid Journalist A will tuck his/her tail between his/her legs and back off.

Finally, Joe Klein will weigh in with an essay in Time where he spends a couple of paragraphs talking about the horrible devestation, a couple more talking about how BushCo. might have been able to prevent it, and that questions should be asked about what mistakes were made -- and then spend most of the rest of the essay attacking  Democrats/liberals for politicizing this tragedy, ending with a paragrpah about the horrible devestation and learning from "our" (BushCo's) mistakes.

Note that a Real Liberal will never be a part of these proceedings.

by LiberalFromPA 2005-09-01 05:20AM | 0 recs
Re: How it'll go down
Wow! Did you get on the RWNM memo distribution list?
by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 07:05AM | 0 recs
Meanwhile, Gov. Blanco prays with Archbishop
From the WWLTV web site, Democratic Gov. Blanco and the Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans prayed together for the city:

8:41 A.M. - Gov. Blanco and Archbishop Hughes lead the State O.E.P. in prayer. "We look to (God) for our care," Hughes said. The Governor said monumental work lay ahead, and that a "higher power" was needed.

by MichiganDemocrat 2005-08-31 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Meanwhile, Gov. Blanco prays with Archbishop
As i mentioned in my diary, she is to share some of the blame. Nice woman, who is just not strong enough to lead.
by Pravin 2005-09-01 07:00AM | 0 recs
Is That a G Chord ?
I havn't picked up a guitar in a while but it looks as if Bush is attempting to play an open G chord - except that he is one fret to far up the neck.
by steviemo 2005-08-31 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Is That a G Chord ?
That's right, I just tried it on my guitar - sounds awful.
by Populism2008 2005-08-31 11:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Is That a G Chord ?
I don't know about the guitar that he is currently holding, but many country or blues musicians tune their guitars down a half step. If the guitar given to the President is in this tuning then that indeed would be a mighty fine sounding G chord. Which would be a good start to his wailing away at the the great standard, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen." However I believe that this would be a performance that is mostly forced and contrived as Papa Bush has  done his best to insure that Junior doesn't really have any trouble during his life. Must be nice to have a house to sleep in, medicine when you are sick and enough money to buy yourself an election or two.
by N8K99 2005-09-03 02:11PM | 0 recs
posted it
Thanks!
by goplies 2005-08-31 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Vitter
Gee, you're interested in your own diary? Good for you.
by craverguy 2005-08-31 01:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Vitter
No, perhaps I didn't respond to your Vitter diary because I don't give two shits about him or your opinion of him.
by craverguy 2005-08-31 01:13PM | 0 recs
Re: What ever happened to Claire McCaskill?
Wow, you impressed yourself with your own writing? Good show! That must have been a tough sell!
by craverguy 2005-08-31 01:07PM | 0 recs
Re: What ever happened to Claire McCaskill?
Don't expect any. I don't hand out accolades, or anything else, to people who spam other people's diaries.
by craverguy 2005-08-31 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Vitter
What state is Sen. Vitter from? Never heard of him, so I wasn't interested. I'll swing by for grins.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-08-31 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Vitter
He's the newly-elected Republican senator from Louisiana.
by craverguy 2005-08-31 01:11PM | 0 recs
How did Bush get ready for Katrina?
First, he made a lame statement on Saturday.  
We cannot stress enough the dangers this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities. ... We'll do everything in our power to help the people and the communities affected by this storm."

My gosh, anyone half-heeding the meteorology reports knew this was going to be A BIG ONE. Bush should have been working with the governors and mayors to give a shout on media at people to "Get out now!" If he had used his voice effectively, doubtlessly it would have saved lives.

And how did Bush prepare for the looming catastrophe and "do everything in [his] power" to help the people? Did he mobilize resources to help evacuate people. No, he made a self-serving PR trip instead.

On Sunday while Katrina was just hours away from landfall, he flew to Arizona Bush to Arizona and California promoting new Medicare prescription-drug benefits for senior citizens.

My gosh, this is like August 2000 all over again...only worse. Back then, Bush was given the infamous memo warning of Al Queda operations in the U.S. and we know he didn't do squat.  

Now we are in August 2005 and the worse natural disaster in modern U.S. history was looming on the horizon, posing not only to kill people but severely disrupt a vital portion of the national shipping and petroleum industries. And Bush again did nothing other than speak a lame script that was bereft of a tone of actual urgency.  

Of course he couldn't turn the storm away but why wasn't he helping to mobilize federal resources and the Army BEFORE storm hit rather than wait three days afterward?

If Bush were a farmer, all of his horses would be gone far from the barn before he'd ever react. If Bush were a CEO in charge of a corporation, the company would be falling into bankruptcy before he would decide to cancel his vacation or a golf outing to react.

He has NO concept of leadership.  

You may criticize me for taking 20/20 hindsight but folks, Bush is supposed to lead not react. If Katrina was an rogue airplane loaded with a bomb irreversibly heading for the levees of New Orleans, would Bush have interrupted his schedule to do some aftermath planning? You betcha (and he would have crowed about it). Yet in his own words, Katrina was a predicted to be a Cat 5 hurricane and he apparently did nothing.  What was he thinking?

by sawgrass727 2005-08-31 01:31PM | 0 recs
Forget leading, Bush didn't even react well
It took him two days to even come up with a decent response.
by Pravin 2005-09-01 06:57AM | 0 recs
two "oops"
(1) The quoted statement above included my own words. I added the preamble about Katrina being hours away from landfall ... "[w]hile Bush travels to Arizona and California promoting new Medicare prescription-drug benefits for senior citizens."

(2) Meant to include a link to a photo relevant to the trip and the text itself. Can't figure out the html for inserting linked image so here's a link to the image instead.

U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave at the airport in Waco, Texas, August 29, 2005

by sawgrass727 2005-08-31 01:55PM | 0 recs
This could have been prevented
In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent.
by outraged 2005-08-31 05:52PM | 0 recs
Re: This could have been prevented
do you have a link for that?
by goplies 2005-08-31 05:58PM | 0 recs
Re: This could have been prevented
Scott Shields covered it, Bush's Ignorance:

Bunch goes on to cite a number of articles in various publications that lay out a story about project funding that is, in retrospect, horrifying. As of early 2004, the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection project was "about 20% incomplete due to lack of funds." The administration's 2005 budget underfunded the project by roughly $16 million. Last summer, with debts mounting on the project, the Army Corps of Engineers requested and received about $2.25 million from a local Louisiana levee agency (which had to be covered by a local property tax hike). This spring, the Bush administration proposed "the steepest reduction in hurricane- and flood-control funding for New Orleans in history." SELA's budget was slashed by over two-thirds. In late September, just after Hurricane Ivan, SELA sought to at least get more money for studies regarding hurricane preparedness. New Orleans' Times-Picayune pointed out the reason that the money was unavailable: "the cost of the Iraq war forced the Bush administration to order the New Orleans district office not to begin any new studies, and the 2005 budget no longer includes the needed money, he said."

The destruction could not have been prevented, but the failure of judgment and priorities is clear. It looks like we'll get a good lesson in how hurrican preparedness plans are deficient.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-08-31 06:30PM | 0 recs
glib rightwing idiots
Whenever we point out these problems, a favorite response of the right wingers is 'oh now Bush is supposed to prevent hurricanes?".

No you idiots, Bush is supposed to prevent confusion and inadequate marshalling of resources to alleviate suffering in the affected areas.

by Pravin 2005-09-01 06:58AM | 0 recs
Welcome to the reality based community Howdy
You will have a better chance of your comments staying up if you learn a few simple house rules. In addition to rigorous maturity requirements, we also have reality based requirements for factual assertions.

Gosh, according to Robert Kennedy Jr., the hurricane IS the president's fault.  And the Governor of Mississippi, too.

I'm sure you can easily provide links to the quotes by Robert Kennedy and

Hearsay manipulation by propagandists like James "DOW 36,000" Glassman do not meet the laugh test. Glassman's opinions at Tech Central are rarely worth the paper they are not printed on.

It helps to know the name of the Governor of Mississippi if you wish to quote him. Allow me to assist. When did Mississippi, Governor Haley Barbour blame Bush for causing Hurrican Katrina?

I have a whole diary on Bush's Mismangement of FEMA that covers an article written last year.

Discussion of flood zone policy is a matter for another diary, but nice try at dodging the issue. Since you are a newbie, allow me to share the secrets of scoop technology. You create a link by putting brackets [   ] around the text description of your link followed by a space and the url.

Happy trolling.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 07:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Welcome to the reality based community Howdy
One last chance to provide a link. We don't make statements and then expect other members of the community to go chase them down.

One more time.

(1.) Put a space between the title of the link and the url.

(2.) Put brackets [   ] on either end.

You don't set the standards or make the rules. Follow the community consensus or quit whining when your comments disappear.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Welcome to the reality based community Howdy
If you had ever been to a neighborhood pool hall, you would know that you don't put your money on the table until you play a few games to learn the house rules.

Rule 1: Newbies don't get to make the rules.

Rule 2: Newbies don't get to interpret the rules.

We would have had fun with you in the good old days Howdy.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Welcome to the reality based community Howdy
Well, here's what your link says:

Barbour, who had served as RNC Chair and Bush campaign strategist, was now representing the president's major donors from the fossil fuel industry who had enlisted him to map a Bush energy policy that would be friendly to their interests. His credentials ensured the new administration's attention.

Is that the same Haley Barbour who is Governor of Mississippi?

It looks like the family values crowd is having some difficulty deciding who to blame for Hurricane Katrina:

In 1998, Republican icon Pat Robertson warned that hurricanes were likely to hit communities that offended God. Perhaps it was Barbour's memo that caused Katrina, at the last moment, to spare New Orleans and save its worst flailings for the Mississippi coast.

I must have missed the part about Kennedy.  I'm a little bit slow on the uptake and a pretty poor reader. Maybe you could point it out to me.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: glib rightwing idiots
I read Robert Kennedys's remarks and I am not ready to back him up on the global warming being responsible for this specific disaster remark. Then again, I don't know for sure if he is wrong. Either way, you won't see me defending him on that remark.

I am willing to criticize Blanco. I don't see any republicans ready to criticize Bush. Look at Bush's actions in the last 7 days and tell me if he truly gave this the most urgency. Whether you think Sheehan is a kook or not, Bush wasted time playing spin games with her , doing other political stuff, when he should have made, at the time, upcoming hurricane his major priority(do you think an average American feels better that he dies in a hurricane compared to a terrorist bombing).

As far as the levy repair or something similar not being part of the plan until 2006 or later, are we saying that a hurricane striking a year earlier takes Bush off the hook? The fact is he wasnt going to do anything about it even if he had more time.  

And if the US should spend that much money rebuilding New Orleans? I don't think so. But it is a historic city and lots more money have been spent on other useless reclamation projects. I personally thin the money going for the Iraq war and reconstruction firms is a money pit.

by Pravin 2005-09-01 07:57AM | 0 recs
Re: glib comments requiring modification
Scoop technology can help clarify comments.

If you bracket the comments you are quoting in slash marks:

 / text here  /

they will be italicized. If you leave a space between the text and the slash mark on either end it won't work.

When you refer to a previous diary, please wrap the title and url in brackets  [     ].

When you add brackets to this:

Is Blanco good enough? http://pravin.mydd.com/story/2005/9/1/21115/68677#comment_top

It becomes this:

Is Blanco good enough?

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 09:27AM | 0 recs
Re: glib comments requiring modification
You're welcome. Always glad assist with education and the dissemination of factual information.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 10:49AM | 0 recs
CNN was weather control central
Only four days? His reaction to Katrina was slower than his response to 9/11. Maybe in addition to reading Salt he was re-reading My Pet Goat.

Bush dropped the ball as usual. This is the most incompetent administration in American history. The Teapot Dome Scandal was a tempest in a tea pot compared to Enron,  Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and whole sorry saga documented in The Torture Papers.

Pat Buchanan is calling for Bush's impeachment. There are at least four legitimate impeacheable offenses in addition to immigration that Bush could be tried on:

Lying to Congress about WMD to take the country to war

Abu Ghraib

Gitmo

Possible involvement of his highest advisors in CIA outing

Are you kidding me? We have never had an administration as corrupt from top to bottom as this one. Not even close.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 10:47AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN was weather control central
I didn't say 7 days and I don't speak for others. This is actually the 5th day since the FEMA experts in the Bush administration should have been preparing for a national emergency response.

If you have a question about "7 days" you should ask whoever said "7 days".

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: CNN was weather control central
You'll have to ask Pat Buchanan, but I suspect Pat is speaking his own mind and his own conscience.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: glib comments requiring modification
A real president would'nt let 10,000 people die he would be there less than a minute after the storm left he would have sent public transit to get people out of there before and after. But our President is a fool and a man who thinks of Blacks as 3/5ths a person. Also he's Response took longer than the Response to the tsunami and that was over what 5,000 miles away? LA is in our back yard!!!!! funny how he came to my state FL a day later during 2004 when there was an election heh.
by Liberal 2005-09-05 10:23AM | 0 recs
Rigorous maturity standards at MyDD
It depends on whether or not you can meet the rigorous maturity standards we enforce at MyDD. When you fall below the maturity level of your peanut gallery, expect your comments to vanish.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 07:18AM | 0 recs
If you'd like to try
some honest debate or critical thinking, you'll have a better chance. Stumbling around going "duh, Kerry would have stopped the hurricane, duh!" is neither.

In the meantime, be aware that the comments you can't see still exist, and appear to be pure wiseassitude, devoid of content.

by catastrophile 2005-09-01 10:40AM | 0 recs
Neither of those
says anything like "this wouldn't have happened if Kerry were President" . . . and if you'd spent a little more time here, you'd know that there aren't many big Kerry fans here anyway.

Now, that Bush is completely disinterested in protecting America against actual (as opposed to invented) threats, that sentiment is everywhere. Why don't you address that instead of whatever it is you think you're addressing?

by catastrophile 2005-09-01 11:33AM | 0 recs
I read every diary.
I use this page to browse and find where I left off, then move forward through the diaries to the present.

But you know what? Your constant self-promotion is annoying me to the point where I'm going to make sure not to recommend any of your diaries.

If you think you have something really relevant to say, say it. This $#!+ is getting really obnoxious.

by catastrophile 2005-09-01 11:45AM | 0 recs
You've written 11 diaries,
and 42 comments have been posted to them. That's an average of nearly 4 comments per diary. WTF do you want?
by catastrophile 2005-09-01 12:03PM | 0 recs
You've also garnered
7 recommendations across those 11 diaries, which ain't bad. But now you are quite literally going from diary to diary posting "Me! Me! ME! What about me?!"

Please, seek help.

by catastrophile 2005-09-01 12:10PM | 0 recs
Actually,
it's called "MISCHARACTERIZING."

And it's the opposite of "honest debate."

Get it?

by catastrophile 2005-09-01 11:46AM | 0 recs
Yeah,
if you refer to either of those as an assertion that Bush caused the hurricane, or that Kerry would have prevented it, you are mischaracterizing them.
by catastrophile 2005-09-01 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Neither of those
It's called talking out of the side of your neck where I come from Howdy.

You can't say I haven't tried to be helpful, but you are determined to violate community norms.

Been nice knowing you. You won't be around much longer.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 11:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Rigorous maturity standards at MyDD
It was an attempt to communicate with you on your level. It was obviously a failed attempt.

I should have known better than to try and communicate with trolls. My bad.

Bye-bye Howdy.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-09-01 11:53AM | 0 recs

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