Wednesday, August 30, 2006



There will be no Mike Malloy program today - or any day - on Air America Radio as we have been terminated. We are told its a financial decision.

We are as shocked as you are, especially since as recently as last Tuesday we were told we had the go-ahead to announce our return to NY airwaves and that our contract was "on the way."

We are told its a financial decision.

More details to follow as we hear them ourselves.

Larry Johnson, please run for office as a Democrat

Larry responding to Rummy's recent insane screed:

You want to call the majority of Americans "appeasers," as you did in your speech yesterday at the American Legion National Convention?

Here are a couple names for you. You're a jingo. Worse, you're a fucking loser.

You loser: You've lost your precious war in Iraq. You've lost the trust of the American people including a great many Republicans (particularly patriotic conservatives). You've lost the confidence of other nations around the world.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Bob Marley-Jammin

why aren't any of the big name bloggers covering this?

Republican Brian Bilbray was sworn into Congress just seven days after a special election against Democrat Francine Busby – before all ballots were counted and a full 16 days before the election was certified. On Friday, attorneys David King and Jim Chapin (representing Bilbray and San Diego Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas) argued that a lawsuit brought by two voters should be dismissed because only Congress has the power to seat or unseat its members. (See previous RAW STORY coverage of this case.)

This is f'kng pathetic, it's bad enough that the MSM ignores it, but why do the mainstream bloggers ignore it?
Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man (Live)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Speaker of the House cheats

Clearly, the swift swearing in did not end the election in the 50th Congressional District, and it did not render everything, including the certification of results weeks later, nugatory and without “jurisdiction.” If this swearing in had this effect, then in the course of dismissing this case the Court would be bound to conclude that the certification of the results after the swearing in of Bilbray was without force and effect, without jurisdiction, and in contravention of principles of federalism, as Defendants argue. That conclusion, however, requires either an absurdity, or the conclusion that our Congressional election was canceled by decision of the Speaker of the House, before all the votes were fully counted, and well before certification.
CSNY Freedom Of Speech Tour 2006


"Our strategy can be summed up this way: As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down" - G.W. Bush
Looters Descend on Iraqi Camp After British Soldiers Pull Out
Everything movable is taken and the rest is burned before security forces can secure it. Some taunt the guards, saying, 'Shoot me!'
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
August 26, 2006

BAGHDAD — Looters ravaged a former British base near the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday, a day after the remaining troops abruptly pulled out in what followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr hailed a victory over the "occupiers."

The scene at Camp Abu Naji was one of devastation, witnesses said, as the pillagers, some hoisting photos of Sadr, roamed the base that once hosted the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and, more recently, the Queen's Royal Hussars. The base had been home to about 1,200 British troops who patrolled southeastern Iraq.

"Everything that could be carried was taken," said an Iraqi army major in Amarah, who asked not to be named because of the security situation in the city of 300,000 nearly 200 miles southeast of Baghdad.

Items taken included furniture, generators, wooden doors, corrugated metal roofs and just about anything else that could be resold, the major said.

The British plan had been to turn the camp over to Iraqi authorities, but several Iraqi officials told reporters that the sudden withdrawal Thursday took them by surprise. Iraqi forces didn't have enough time to secure the facility before the looters swooped in, Iraqi officials said.

Confronted by Iraqi troops, the Iraqi major said, some looters continued to ransack the base, taunting the security men by saying, "Shoot me!" They then burned what remained of the facility, which had been an Iraqi army camp before the British moved in after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Cmdr. Jane Allen, a British military spokeswoman in Baghdad, attributed the pillaging to poor residents seeking items for resale, and not to political motivations.

"The prospect of gaining access to equipment … is likely to have been too much to resist," Allen's statement said.

In a statement this month, the camp commander, Lt. Col. David Labouchere, said the move would be completed "by mid-September."

It was unclear Friday why the British apparently had advanced their departure date, but supporters of Sadr, whose militia forces have frequently clashed with the British, said the troops had been chased out.

The camp had suffered numerous mortar strikes in recent days, attacks widely believed linked to Sadr's Al Mahdi militia. His allies are a powerful political force in Amarah, long a strategic gateway to neighboring Iran, and other parts of southern Iraq, where most residents are Shiites.

Wild celebrations broke out among Sadr supporters as word of the British pullout spread.

"The Sadr movement rejects the occupation and its presence," said Sheik Aba Dar, a Sadr advocate in Amarah.

British authorities have described the pullout as having two aims: turning over regional security to British-trained Iraqi forces and repositioning troops to counter the weapons-smuggling threat from Iran. British border patrols once based at the camp will spread out to the deserts and marshes of Maysan province, of which Amarah is the capital, authorities said.

"I have been asked to assist … in clamping down on smugglers," Labouchere said in the statement announcing the camp shutdown. "The very best way I can help is to concentrate my efforts on the border."

U.S. officials have expressed increasing concern that anti-U.S. Shiite militias have been receiving arms and bomb-making material from Iran, a Shiite-dominated nation that has close links to the major Shiite political parties holding political power in Iraq. Shiite militias are prime suspects in the epidemic of death-squad killings that have ravaged Iraq.

For a short period after the British forces arrived, southern Iraq was considered a haven, even as the Sunni Arab-led insurgency raged in the central, western and northern stretches of the county. In the south, British troops patrolled in shorts, set aside their flak jackets and sipped tea with the residents.

But the sense of stability soon crumbled as British forces ran into increasing resentment from Shiite tribes, militias and assorted other power brokers. In one of the most stunning incidents, six British soldiers were killed during an attack in June 2003 in the town of Majar Kabir, near Amarah.

Today, the once-calm southern port of Basra, Iraq's second most populous city, has become a hot bed of violence and intrigue featuring rival political factions, oil-smuggling gangs and religious militias. British forces have struggled to help restore order in Basra and elsewhere in the south.

Raheem Salman of The Times' Baghdad Bureau and a special correspondent in Basra contributed to this report.

had enough?

Soldiers' families question Rumsfeld on deployment
"In five or 10 or 15 years, you'll all be able to look back and appreciate the importance of what's being done and the value of what's being done," he told the crowd.


"I think it was a show," said Jennifer Davis, the wife of one soldier in Iraq. She declined to give her husband's name.


Rumsfeld's visit to Fairbanks lured curious onlookers, one of whom yelled to the defense secretary to "get us out of Iraq."

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Nothing Compares 2 U

it's the incompetence.....

"Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people." –President Bush, Sept. 6, 2005

KATRINA | ONE YEAR LATER: A city in ruins, then and today

August 26, 2006

NEW ORLEANS -- This is New Orleans a year later:

Fewer than half the city's hospitals are open.

More than 85 million gallons of drinking water are leaking into the ground each day.

Mangled cars, mounds of debris and broken traffic lights mar a city with half the population that lived there Aug. 29, 2005 -- the day Hurricane Katrina struck.

Thousands of homes stand deserted.

"Everybody that goes down there says the same thing: 'My God, it's just so empty, so devastating,' " Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, said recently. "The most important thing the federal government could have done is to just come to terms with how bad it was, to come to terms more quickly with the magnitude of it, and respond appropriately."

Less than half of the $110 billion in federal money that President George W. Bush pledged to rebuild the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina has been spent. Much of that money went to immediate relief efforts. The rest has been subject to bureaucratic delays, political wrangling and, in some cases, mismanagement and fraud.

Manufactured homes bought by the government last year can't be sent into the worst-hit areas of Louisiana and Mississippi because of rules that don't allow their use in floodplains.

The first major U.S. grants for the most basic need -- rebuilding houses -- won't trickle down to New Orleans residents until late September at the earliest. Congress didn't approve the funds until June, and Louisiana then hired a contractor.

A long way to go

In New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward there are few signs of life. The streets serve as a graveyard for crumpled cars tossed around by floodwaters after a nearby levee broke. Signs offering house-gutting services dot the main road through the ward. Off the avenue are abandoned houses, which Landrieu said are increasingly being taken over by gangs and drug dealers.

Recovery has been painstaking.

Mail service is spotty, garbage pickup uncertain. A curfew is in effect in certain areas, and the National Guard patrols the streets.

Each month, the mayor's office releases a situation report on services that residents in other cities take for granted: whether 911 calls will be answered, whether water is drinkable, whether traffic lights are working.

In the Lakeview and New Orleans East neighborhoods, and in nearby St. Bernard Parish, a few people are living in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers.

While some have rebuilt, public services are sporadic; debris remains in the streets and inside the windowless houses still covered with flood grime. On one, the now-departed residents have written a message to neighbors left behind: "Best of Luck."

"What recovery?" asked Derek Guth, 46, a city native who's living in a FEMA trailer parked outside his home in New Orleans East. "The streets speak for themselves. It's a year later. They don't even have the traffic lights fixed."

Donald Powell, the federal government's person in charge of reconstruction, countered: "Hindsight is always very beneficial. The recovery is progressing. The port is open. Energy is back. Schools are opening as we speak. Taking into consideration the amount of devastation, I think it's pretty remarkable where we find ourselves today. I wish it would go much faster, but some of this just takes time."

Seventy percent of the debris has been picked up since Katrina, Powell said.

Nothing but uncertainty

The United States has paid out national flood-insurance claims of $17.6 billion for hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. In June, Congress approved $19.8 billion more for home rebuilding and other needs, including $4.2 billion in grants for Louisiana. Everyone agrees the home-building funds will be critical for the recovery.

Even so, many people in New Orleans are fighting with private insurers and are uncertain about future coverage. And homeowners don't know whether their neighbors will come back, utilities will work consistently or even what types of buildings will be allowed in their area. After his re-election in May, Mayor Ray Nagin said decisions about individual neighborhoods would be "the community's call."

The water and sewage system is in desperate shape. With more than two-thirds of the water pumped into the pipes leaking into the ground, sinkholes are becoming more common.

"Katrina tore back the facade of the Mardi Gras-look of the city and exposed the fact that we had been allowing the city to deteriorate for years," said C.B. Forgotston, 61, a government critic and consultant who moved to Hammond, La., after selling his ruined Lakeview home.

Crime, always a problem in New Orleans, has gotten worse in recent months, and the city is reeling from a reduced police force and legal facilities. Nagin has called in National Guard troops and asked for help from neighboring communities. Landrieu asked the U.S. Justice Department to step in after a rash of murders.

A disaster like no other

Norman Francis, chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, says the magnitude of the Katrina floods was unlike anything ever handled in the United States.

"When you say we're behind, compared to what?" asked Francis, who lost his home. "When else did this happen?"

Of the $110 billion allocated by Congress and the administration to help victims of last year's three hurricanes, $86 billion has been obligated in signed contracts or sent to the states, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget. At least $44 billion has been spent.

The money that has been spent was mainly split between flood-insurance payments and the FEMA disaster-relief fund, which has doled out more than $21 billion.

FEMA faced the toughest early challenge in the disaster in providing housing and money for thousands of displaced people. The results were riddled with mismanagement, the Government Accountability Office said in a June report.

The agency's accomplishments are underappreciated, spokesman Aaron Walker said. "Many of the people don't realize or recognize the amount of work that FEMA has poured into New Orleans," he said. "We have debris crews working seven days a week, 12- to 16-hour days on debris removal from the Lower 9th Ward alone."

"I have no doubt that New Orleans will recover as a better city than it was pre-Katrina," said Tulane University President Scott Cowen, 60, who helped draft a plan to rebuild the city's public schools. "I just think the process is probably going to take longer and be more painful than it probably should have been."

McClatchy News Service contributed to this report.

Didn't Bush put Rove in charge of the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast?

Saturday, August 19, 2006

even Lieberman thinks Lieberman should hang it up

From, "In praise of Public Life: The Honor And Purpose Of Political Science" by Joseph I. Lieberman and Michael D'orso

Where the concept of careerism truly becomes an issue, it seems to me, is around the question of purpose. It is important, of course, to understand a person's purpose for choosing to enter political life. In almost every case I know of, as a person begins his political career, those intentions are honorable and sincere. But they don't always stay that way. Once people enter this life, they become vulnerable to a host of pressures and forces that can skew their purposes, sometimes without their awareness. It is these forces-Partisanship, special interest groups, the need for money, the demands of campaigning, the power of the media-that can twist a politician's priorities and make keeping one's seat become more important than what one does while sitting in it. That is when the voters should, and usually do, vote the wayward politician out of office, because that's the way the system cleanses and corrects itself.

Time to go Joe.

it's pretty much official now....

Crazy leftists proven right again:

G.O.P. Deserts One of Its Own for Lieberman

Published: August 19, 2006

Facing Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s independent candidacy, Republican officials at the state and national level have made the extraordinary decision to abandon their official candidate, and some are actively working to help Mr. Lieberman win in November.

- link

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

All Along The Watchtower - Live at The Isle of Wight
Wall Of Voodoo 4

Monday, August 14, 2006

republican healthcare


Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare
his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some
tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His
medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal
fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised. All
but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical
plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for
paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is
safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to
regulate the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe
reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each
ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby
liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body
and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a
deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some
environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries
from polluting our air.

He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to
work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation
fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public
transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay,
medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some
lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working
standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer
doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the
job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or
unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should
lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It's noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some
bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some
godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous
bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his
below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal
decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was
educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at
his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His
car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating
liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood
home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by
Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make
rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some
big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and
demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives
on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking,
cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe
wouldn't have to. Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and
turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals
are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the
beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit
Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our
lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should
take care of themselves, just like I have."

(recv'd as an email)

this is good


Dear Democratic Party:

Hi. I am a voter. Remember me? I'm not so sure you do. You haven't been answering my calls. Or any of my friends' calls either. In fact, to be honest, I sense a real breakdown in communication between you and us voters. It's almost as if there are two Democratic Parties: one for voters and one for office-holders.

It's a sad state of affairs, I know, especially when you consider there are so many more Democratic voters than there are Democrats in office. But it's what I wanted to write to you about today. I still think we can fix this.

You've been real quiet lately. Quiet in that sad sort of a way that lets me know you're thinking about something, but you don't want to say what it is. Maybe it has something to do with the other guys in your office. You know, the ones who say that if you stand up for something, it means you're an extremist and that you hate America. Maybe you've started to believe it. I hope not.

I really hope that, even though they barely outnumber you in that building, you haven't forgotten the millions of people who think they're wrong. Because, there's more of us than there were before. In fact, we outnumber them now.

Which brings me to what happened in Connecticut last week. Yeah, about that...some of you guys seem kind of upset. I'm sorry about that. Not sorry about Lieberman losing, we did that on purpose. I'm sorry it upset you. That was the opposite of what we wanted to do. We wanted to get you guys motivated. Because we are motivated, and, well, you're not.

For the Democrats (by that I mean both you, the ones in office, and us, the voters), this should be our year. The voters are ready for some serious change in this country, but you're still acting like it's December of 2004. You're still licking your wounds, scratching your heads, and staring at the ass that got handed to you with a look of stunned confusion.

It's not a good sign of the state of affairs when a majority of us voters would rather choose the unknown than the status quo. It's even worse when the powers that be can't see the writing on the wall and decide to stick with status quo; a lack of definition, a dejected acceptance of irrelevance compared to the other guy.

"Democrats: We're Not Republicans" failed as a party slogan in 2004. It isn't going to work this year either (in part because the new Republican slogan is "I'm Not One of Those Republicans").

So about this Lamont thing. It wasn't a triumph of the blogging community. It wasn't a slap in the face to Lieberman and only Lieberman. It was us voters standing up, going to the windows, sticking our heads out and yelling, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!" - read it all

Sunday, August 13, 2006

my newspaper gets it

From today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Editorial: What we know / A deadly airline plot and failed Bush policies

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There is much that we don't know about the plot uncovered last week to blow up 10 airliners over the Atlantic, flying between Great Britain and the United States.

We don't know the hour it would have happened.

We don't know what the human toll would have been.

We don't know the economic fallout that would have followed, not just for the airlines but for other businesses shaken by a security catastrophe.

We don't know the full reach of the terrorist tentacles and where they lead from the suspects in custody.

These and other unknowns will become fleshed out in the weeks ahead as investigators piece together the facts and clues from a dastardly plan that could have rivaled, if not surpassed, the devastation of 9/11 five years ago.

Till then, however, there are some things we do know.

We know that the war in Iraq is not a "war on terror."

We know that the loss of 2,600 good Americans, the injuries of 19,000 others and the wartime expense of $320 billion have been a tragic waste.

We know that because of the cost of Iraq, measures that might truly enhance homeland security, like technology that would spot sinister liquids at airport checkpoints, are hardly affordable.

We know that while the president has cut taxes for the rich, at a time when he says all Americans must do their part, U.S. borders are porous, cargo ships are vulnerable and sophisticated identity scanners remain a fantasy.

Yes, there is much that we don't know. What we do know, based on the foiled plot against U.S.-bound aircraft, is that five years of policies by George W. Bush and the Republicans who control Congress have made the country no more secure and its people no more safe. It is time for a change.

Wow.....nothing more to add......a copy of this needs to be sent to every democrat officeholder in DC.

so now we're insurgents?

This Times article about the Lamont win refers to insurgents or insurgency 15 times - doesn't take long for the Republican framing to take hold with the liberal media, now does it?

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Grand Funk in Ohio 1970
Neil Young - Like a Hurricane

Lieberman makes Buzzflash's GOP Hypocrite of the Week

The hits keep coming..

Welcome back to the GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

What could be more hypocritical than a losing political candidate, in a tactless concession speech, accusing the winner of "partisan polarizing," as the defeated office holder seeks to split the Democratic Party by running as an Independent?

Well, it is hard to be more hypocritical than Joe Lieberman has increasingly been over 18 years as a Senator who has become increasingly self-righteous and estranged from voters and reality.

Joe Lieberman was the first Democrat to denounce Bill Clinton on the Senate Floor for a sexual indiscretion. But as George W. Bush has led this nation into failure after failure on national security and repeated violations of the Constitution, Lieberman has been the biggest Democratic booster of the man.

In short, Lieberman has confused his support for failure and a fantasy Bushevik worldview with his assertion of religious piety that he believes makes him unassailably righteous and honest. And Lieberman is so full of himself that he named his ad hoc Independent Party, the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Sirota nails Brooks

Take, for instance, New York Times columnist David Brooks's piece yesterday - it is arguably the most brazen admission of elite disdain for democracy that has ever been printed in a major American newspaper. Before you dismiss that as hyperbole, read the third line of Brooks' piece:

"Polarized primary voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics."

Yes, you read that correctly: According to one of the most prominent columnists in America, "voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics." Sure, he tries to couch his statement by targeting "polarized primary voters" (because, of course, in the world of David Brooks - a chickenhawk who avoided military service himself but aggressively pushed the Iraq War - the 60 percent of Americans who are now "polarized" in opposition to the war should have their voting rights immediately revoked). But his underlying message is, again, right there in black and white: "Voters shouldn't be allowed to define the choices in American politics." - Link

I wonder if Jim Lehrer will ask Brooks about his anti-democratic leanings the next time he's on, "The News Hour."

keep the pressure on

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Please join me in asking your Senators to call on Harry Reid to strip Joseph Lieberman of all committee assignments. Lieberman no longer represents Democratic values, only his own narcissistic political career. It's time for the Democratic Party to stop listening to Joseph Lieberman, if they themselves are listening to their own constituents at all.

This special action page sends only to your Democratic Senators, if any, plus Harry Reid.

Let's just keep flooding congress with messages to get Joe out of this race.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Attention - Attention - Mainstream Americans Taking Back Their Country - Oh the Horror!

First it was Dean, now it's Lamont. Better throw Whitman, Beinhart and the rest of the cowards..... crying towels, because I'm sure the tears are flowing and it's only going to get worse for them.

Wow, what a trip ....just got back last night. We won! Talk about a morale booster (do you think they'll start listening to us now?) The last 5 days are a blur, I worked with and met some of the most incredible in Connecticut.

Bob from Virginia, Pat(?) from Alabama (sorry if I got your name wrong, I'm terrible with names), Revdeb and Griffin (FDL'ers), Richard from Detriot, Jerry from NYC, Pablo from Connecticut, the lady who drove from Ohio (sorry, like I said I'm terrible with names) and all the other great volunteers. It was a pleasure working with them and the dedicated staff at Lamont HQ , Megan, Gus, Rose Marie, and all the rest...what an organized and hard working team.

I also got to meet a few rock stars..... Matt Stoller, Lindsay Beyerstein, Matt Browner Hamlin, and the King (Duncan) and Queen (Jane) of the Blogofacists. Didn't meet, but saw Chris Bowers, TREx, and a slew of other bloggers, in the blogger suite at the Sheradan. I was in there during Loserman's 'so called' concession speech, now that was entertaining.

I met Ned Lamont and his wife Anne, what genuine and down to earth people. Ned's going make us proud as a US Senator. Saw Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton at the big shindig. Ned's acceptance speech was nothing but class (the complete opposite of Joe's).

I even made one of the local papers.

There's no stopping us now, it's going to get ugly, and they're going to get vicious, but the tide is turning. This win sure felt good.

Brought back a few pics:

On the way....Lockhaven, PA

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Mereden waterfowl

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Ned at HQ

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Ferry at New London

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Worker Bees

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Joe Must Go

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Blogger central

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Ned accepting

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On the way home - had to stop at the Yuengling Brewery, in Pottsville, PA. (anyone that drinks Yeungling will understand)

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