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Archive for August, 2013

REHAB: The Uncle Sam Way

Here’s my version of “REHAB” by Amy Winehouse…

wineouseThey’re trying to make US go to Syria, I say, “No, no, no”
Yes, it’s not Iraq, but when we come back you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time but Uncle Sam thinks It’s fine
If he makes us go to Syria, I won’t go, go, go

I’d rather be at home with t’economy
I ain’t got seventy days
‘Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
I can’t learn from other forays!

Didn’t get a lot in Kuwait
so I think we’d better wait…

Rebels say “Why do you think you’re here?”
Brits say, “I got no idea
If I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my cred
Let’s find alternatives instead”

He said, “I just think you’re playing cop”
This me, “Yeah baby, and Europe”
Trying to make me go to Syria, I say, “No, no, no”
In Afghanistan, but when I come back you’ll know, know, know


I don’t ever wanna bomb again
I just, ooh, I just need a coalition
I’m not gonna spend ten weeks
Wasting my ammunition

And it’s not just my pride
It’s just that the economy is fried

Trying to make me go to Syria, I say, “No, no, no”


Remember Kuwait? The oil rich nation America rushed to save from Iraq?

Read this – part of an article from British newspaper, The Guardian, dated 2008 (around time when US economy started sinking) :

Oil prices have so swollen Kuwait’s national coffers that the petroleum-rich state is to invest $132bn (£66bn) on its ambitious “Silk City” at the head of the Gulf, it emerged yesterday.

The extraordinary scale of the metropolis – a 1,001-metre skyscraper, wildlife reserves, and homes for 700,000 people – is matched by a plan to also build an international rail network linking it to Damascus, Baghdad, Iran and China.

Inspired by Dubai’s spectacular growth, the Madinat al-Hareer, or Silk City, is intended to create a trading future and a diversified economy in a city which would become a crossroads of the Arab world.

“We are not dreamers at all when we talk about investing $132bn,” insisted Sami Alfaraj, president of the Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies and an adviser to the Gulf Cooperation Council, a group of six mostly oil-rich Gulf states.

Indeed – and we rushed to save them…

Like we now want to rush and save Syria.

Can somebody ask Kuwait to save Detroit?

Can somebody ask Kuwait to save Syria?

Photos: Google Images

Damned If We Do SYRIA – Damned If We Don’t!

 painI WANT…I’m trying to say…(pain)

What I mean is, (sigh)

er, I ..

(Oh boy, this is soo hard!)

Hmmph…am, I…er
Ok, ok, I’ll whisper it:

I support John Boehner on this one.

That was rough…

John Boehner:

John Boehner:

I doubt I’ll ever have occasion to say something positive about the Republican House Speaker again!

America should NOT get involved in Syria. (If we wanted to act, we SHOULD HAVE GONE IN LONG before this.) Or at least, WAIT on the intelligence. BE SURE the rebels are NOT conning us to enter that conflict!

We too had a bloody Civil War (1861-1865). Humans were fighting to keep other humans as slaves. For this: 600-thousand soldiers died and much of the South’s infrastructure was destroyed!

The remarkable thing about the U.S. Civil War? Foreign powers DID NOT intervene


U.S Civil War: 1861-1865. 60,000 people died!

Yes, sometimes the scenes are horrific and can’t bear watching…

But think what you’d see if TV could capture LIVE images of the Civil War.

America: Be prepared for the consequences if you/we go into Syria. There are always consequences – but we tend NOT to expect any! We act … then RE-act to the consequences …

We always expect the victims to accept our air strikes and give us a medal for it!

America please RETIRE – find new cops to police the world! Send our cops to Detroit, instead…


Wildfires: California 2013

The cost of just those airstrikes can:

Put Detroit BACK on its feet?

Supply personnel and equipment to fight those wildfires in the West that are destroying homes and lives?


Could buy a dream home for me – and you-and you…?

Could provide scholarships for thousands of American kids?

Could provide healthcare for an entire state for one year – or longer?


Could fix many of our crumbling roads/bridges?

Yet we’ll NOT hesitate to blow money/resources on air strikes in Syria – an act that may only add fire to the gasoline that is the Middle east – with NO guarantee of a positive outcome. 

That matters little though.sttig

It’s not about prudence, it’s about saber-rattling.

And when it comes to er, sabers…we think we have the biggest of them all. 

We FORGET the King of Sabers, Mr Saber-Toothed Tiger sent herds of mammoths stampeding. But today it is EXTINCT!

Damned If We Do SYRIA – Damned If We Don’t!

I say: DON’T!

Photos: Google Images

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013


Caribbean Carnival: BOSTON 2013 – Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester 8/24/2013. Yes republicans – immigrants! Now Just because there is nothing like this in Kentucky…

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Carnival is a joyous period of celebration…observed around the world. It usually occurs during the weeks leading up to the Christian celebration of Lent – the 6 weeks before Easter (Forty Days of Lent). Carnival is a giant street party featuring live music, bands, costume parades and people dancing in the street called “Jump Up”.

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Our modern Carnival is thought to be based on ancient festivals: Greek – Bacchanalia and Roman – Saturnalia…which were absorbed by the Catholic Church in Rome and spread around the world through religion…

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In the Caribbean, it was a time for slaves to take to the streets and the costumes, music and characters portrayed are strongly influenced by Africa.

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Most of the islands have Carnival celebrations, (held in February). The oldest/biggest in the English speaking Caribbean are in Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica. Barbados started a similar celebration called Crop Over (referring to the end of their sugar cane harvest) which has since grown. Further south, in Brazil, is the largest and most famous of them all: The Rio Carnival!

There’s also a huge Caribbean carnival in London’s Notting Hill, England!

Quality may not be good enough for full screen because I didn’t use professional-quality equipment…and the sound gets distorted when the trucks pass because the speakers are so powerful and I was too close…but the important thing is: you will get the idea…

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video

Caribbean Carnival: Boston 2013 – Video 

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PS: In the Caribbean we have all races: White, black, Indians and Chinese (from India and Asia who were brought in as plantation workers/slaves), Native Peoples, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, English…

We are ALL Caribbean. There are no Spanish-West Indian or African Caribbean. JUST Caribbean!!!

See spectacular Notting Hill Carnival courtesy Mail Online – Police dancing too!!!

Republican: American Workers are Dope Addicts

Have you heard?

One Republican congressman, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) says – quote:

Rep Joyce

David Joyce: Represents Ohio’s 14th congressional district

According to an online news story, Joyce says that’s because “they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs.”

OMG!!! Illegal immigrants have SO much to answer for!

Businesses CANNOT find 3 MILLION people to HIRE? WHERE, oh where are the illegal immigrants hiding?

Why? Because as Republicans claim, Illegal Immigrants are taking ALL the jobs from American workers – and now you’re telling me…


American workers – forget it. Don’t want dope addicts like you on the job!

NO, wait – a REPUBLICAN is telling me…

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) is TELLING America that there are JOBS that Americans CANNOT fill (for whatever reason) but according to HIM: “because they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs”…

Said the night wind, I mean…unbelieving immigrant…to the little lamb…er, republican senator… “Do you hear what I hear…?”

Rep Joyce – HAVE YOU BEEN LYING TO US all this time – when you and your GOP colleagues BLAMED illegal immigrants for “taking” American jobs…decimating the middle class…?


NOT doped out – you won’t! Hey, according to Joyce (not me!)

Don’t know WHERE he gets his facts from…but…

OH dear, dear me!

And the Truth shall set Illegal Immigrants free…

Hey, John Boehner, apparently the two of you come from a different Ohio – (he’s probably from Ohio, Canada a la Ted Cruz maybe?) No, I don’t mean Ontario! Ohio, Canada or Ohio, Hawaii…


King – Calls Hispanics kids: drug mules…

Republicans have about insulted every ethnic/minority that they can:

Poor black people, poor white people, homosexuals, blacks, Jews, Hispanics – especially Hispanics, women, single mothers, Asians, the tax-dodging 48%, immigrants…you name it.

Joyce’s fellow Republican Steve King calls Hispanic immigrants: drug mules

Now Joyce finds an end point for these drugs…

Next week, another Republican will disclose who are the drug kinpins raking in the money.  Can’t wait…


Next target to insult Angels!

Yep. Watch Republicans go after Angels for lazing about in Heaven ALL day while allowing us sinners to run amok on Earth…!!!

(Using Angles as a metaphor only!)

Photos: Google Images

Cruzing: To the Primary via Canada?

I foresee very interesting times indeed – now that Texas senator and presidential hopeful? Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate…


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I thought I’d forgotten my Geography, so I looked up Canada – and I found out it is the 51st State…

I did NOT know that…did you?

Don’t worry – that might change soon.

Yep. Seems Senate Republicans, led by Senator Cruz, from Texas…er, I mean Canada, tried to sneak a provision into the Immigration Reform Bill now before the House. Cruz wants Canada to hold the first Republican Primary and House Republicans are fighting the idea…


Whom will you vote for? Cruz the Canadian…? Quebec is supporting him…

That’s why they’re really holding up the Immigration Bill – it’s not because they’re racist or anti-immigrant or because they fear immigrant voting power or immigrants pushing the majority/minority proverbial ax waiting to fall!

The answer is obvious: Republicans just don’t want Senator Cruz to run for President…because they prefer Marco Rubio!


Cruz’s birth certificate is real – I suppose…

So Boehner’s hands are tied! It’s too soon for him to show favorites for 2016, but he can’t exactly alienate Cruz either – so he’s stalling on the Immigration Bill…

Rand Paul, who also wants to run for president, urged Cruz to push for the primary in Canada, naturally, because Paul knows Cruz, the Canadian will really go down well in the Heartland.


Or Cruz the Texan? NO support from Quebec…

Cruz released a copy of his birth certificate over the Aug 17, 2013 weekend. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada in December 1970. An expert in Canadian law told one newspaper, Cruz IS a Canadian.

Conservatives now say: The child of a U.S. citizen is considered by most constitutional commentators to be eligible for the presidency, regardless of where they were born…UNLESS of course you are Barack Obama.

Meantime, Democrats are furiously researching if Canada is indeed a legal part of the union – and if it could stand a legal challenge from Hawaii, which is now losing it’s last state to be added to the Union status – and is NOT pleased, at all!


Hawaii – NOW officially part of British Columbia. Yep, Obama is CANADIAN too…or IS he?

Birthers, who NOW believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, British Columbia – are flocking to Canada to support Cruz…

Donald Trump says he always knew Canada was part of the union…and from the very beginning that’s why he sent people there to uncover Cruz’s…er, Obama’s parentage. Trump says he knows the Democrats will try to say Cruz is not eligible to run for president, so he’s paying an illegal immigrant a million dollars to marry Cruz so Cruz can get his papers…just in case. To be sure…

(NO, no – The potential wife is an Hispanic person who was BORN in Arizona but to Trump they’re ALL illegal, anyway…)


Kenya – hotbed of Presidential Conspiracy!

Meantime, one of President Obama’s relatives in Kenya is telling the others:

“I know we should have put Canada on the birth certificate instead of Hawaii, but no, YOU had to INSIST on Hawaii because you were too cheap to pay the money the Canadians  were asking for. You went with Hawaii because the guy in the birth certificate office in Hawaii only wanted somewhere to stay in Kansas. Now see…I told you!”

So if you’re born in Canada are you:

  • MORE American and eligible to run for president than a person born in Hawaii?
  • Less eligible?
  • Just as eligible?


    …We’re ALL from Africa. Except for Republicans who came from Mt. Olympus!

  • NOT eligible?
  • What is eligible?
  • Don’t care – not a Birther?
  • DO CARE – payback for Obama?

As for me, I’m just going to sit back and see how Republicans play this one.

Darn! But don’t I love the saying: What goes around – never around…or down..or up!

Er, I don’t mean Mitt Romney…

Nor do I see an issue…

‘Cause Cruz is not going to be president in 2016. Nor Rand Paul or Marco Rubio…


Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but Pierre Trudeau is filing papers as we speak…to run for 2016.

Don’t know who Pierre Trudeau IS? 

Aren’t you an American?

And he’s NOT dead. Who told you such a lie…must be Republicans!!!

Detroit vs Egypt/Afghanistan: Where is the Outrage?

If you’ve been following me for a while – you know I’m a news junkie…

So when I heard this story on the CBS Evening news, my ears perked up!



It concerns the Abrams M1A1 tank – made in America – and the centerpiece of U.S. aid to Egypt.

We give Egypt a billion dollars in aid per year…


But if you try to give Detroit IN AMERICA a few hundred million dollars, Republicans will cry blue murder! So Detroit and American citizens living there are stagnating.

You will hear about mismanagement in Detroit…and waste etc. blah blah…

But do you hear about mismanagement in Afghanistan detailed in a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report was sent to Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, (April 2013).






Online Article



100 Billion From US Taxpayers So Far…


Debt/Unfunded Liabilities

$1.28 Billion.

$20 Billion. Owes More Than 100, 000 Creditors

GDP per capita

$33 Billion

Highest Per-Capita Income  In USA, 1960


 Due To Infrastructure Projects – Roads, Bridges, Irrigation Facilities, Retaining Walls, Micro Hydro Plants, Nearly 483,000 People (Skilled, Unskilled) Have Gained Jobs/ Improved Economic Conditions

296, 000 In 1950; Today  27, 000. Between 2000-2010, 48-% Of Jobs Lost


Detroit Houses Cost $500 Or Less

Abandoned Homes


Building Density

1/3 Vacant Or Derelict


28% (Age 15+)

48% Illiterate


35% (2008)

Less Than Half Employed Over 16


36% Afghans

60-Percent Of Kids


31 Million (2010). 3% Projected Growth 2010-2015

4th Largest US City. Population Fell By 63-% In Past 60 Yrs


Opium (Used To Make Heroin) – World’s Largest Producer. Funds Taliban

Casinos 11-Million A Month

Hazardous Waste Sites

70 Sites In Detroit

Street Lights

40% Don’t Work


1/3 Running. (Some Have Logged More Than 250, 000 Miles)


2/3 rds Closed


Grew From 50,000 -120,000 since 2002

Detroit Police Cut By 405

Respond Time For Police Call

About An Hour (58 Minutes)

Police Stations

Closed To Public 16 Hours A Day

Violent Crime

5 X  Higher Than National Average

Murder Rate

11 X  Higher Than National Average

Crime Solving

Less Than 10%


State Dept: Visit Afghanistan At Your Own Risk

Detroit Police: Enter Detroit At Your Own Risk



According to SIGAR’s 2-year bipartisan report, Contracting with the Enemy:

  • More than 80 percent of taxpayer-funded Defense Department contracts were vulnerable to direct funding of terrorists, including the Taliban.
  • $5 million was paid to contractors affiliated with the Taliban. (Afghanistan’s GDP per capita: $1,000 in 2011).

SIGAR’s July 2013 report says: The Defense Department is moving forward with a $771.8 million purchase of aircraft the Afghan National Army cannot operate or maintain. Anything Detroit needs?

A 2012 Associated Press report found that the Taliban could be using U.S. tax dollars to kill American soldiers. The U.S. military estimates that up to $360 million ended up in the hands of Taliban and criminal elements in Afghanistan over the past decade.


ONE billion dollars. Afghanistan got 100 of these!

SIGAR says when security for aid workers is figured in, the total amount of nonmilitary funds Washington has appropriated since 2002 “is approximately $100 billion”—more than the US has ever spent to rebuild a country. That estimate came out in July. Since then, Congress has appropriated another $16.5 billion for “reconstruction.”

Meantime, those new schools America is building for Afghan kids: The UN says The Taliban have attacked, bombed, or blown up hundreds of them—more than one hundred just last year. Do I hear Republicans at the Capitol squabbling over NO Child/Every Child Left Behind, Headstart and school choice vouchers?


Taliban militants blew up this school in Afghanistan’s northwestern Faryab province, Qaisar district.2011

 Did you even KNOW about this SIGAR report? Outrage? NONE! You heard anything?

Healthcare for Americans…too expensive!!! If you want the US government to pay for your healthcare, go to Afghanistan…’cause Republicans are not going to care about wasted money…OVER THERE!!!

Back to Egypt, where the billion dollars in aid Congress approves for that country does not go directly to Cairo. According to CBS news, it goes to places like Archbald, PA.

131 people working at The General Dynamics factory there are earning VERY GOOD wages…on your dime! The factory makes parts for the Abrams tank…and workers are filling an order for 125 tank kits for the Egyptian Army…so it can shoot at more of it’s people, hopefully without the tank!


The mayor says those jobs are “extremely important” to the community…and describes them as: “some of the best jobs we have in the community…the kinds of jobs that sustain communities and families.”


According to CBS news, there are 44 companies in Pennsylvania alone involved in making the tank. Other factories in Ohio and Michigan are helping out.

The lone voice in the wilderness…(no, NOT in Egypt’s Sinai Desert, but in the Outrage wilderness) is NOT Paul Ryan or fiscal king of Fiscality, Rand Paul.


Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg calls the M1A1 Tank a weapon for show, not a weapon that the Egyptian military under any conceivable scenario is going to use in the immediate, near or even the distant future.”

Show or real – that tank is keeping Americans in Ohio and Pennsylvania living middle class lifestyles…and if you tell this bastion of Republicanism (Ohio 12 Republicans-4 Democrats in the House. PA 13 Republicans-5 Democrats)  that we need to cut waste, they reply:

“It impacts every community.”

They want the government to cut waste, cut spending everywhere else but in their back yard. Keep those fantasy, middle class lifestyle providing jobs that are subsidized by taxpayers – but cut food stamps for the poor, because tax payers should NOT, in fact CANNOT – continue to carry this burden!

A Senate panel voted May 2012 to authorize $631.4 billion in defense spending for the 2013 fiscal year…

CBS says they tried to speak with plant workers and General Dynamics but got nowhere…

This from Wiki:

The U.S. Army is planning to close the Lima Army Tank Plant from 2013 to 2016 in an effort to save over $1 billion; it would be reopened in 2017 to upgrade existing tanks. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), which operates the factory, opposed the closure, arguing that suspension of operations would increase long-term costs and reduce flexibility.

Specifically, GDLS estimates that closing the plant would cost $380 million and restarting production would cost $1.3 billion. If passed, a bill in the U.S. Senate from the first session of the 112th Congress would allocate $272 million in funds toward the plant to allow it to continue regular operations through 2013.

See what happens…to the plant, to Detroit, to programs for the poor when Congress returns from its recess in September and Tea Party Republicans TRY (are they still planning this)? to close the government over waste!!!

The Alex Rodriguez Situation…

We are such hypocrites here in Boston (a city that I love and owe my living and allegiance to)!


Alex Rodriguez: Don’t turn him into anything other than a well-paid athlete who hits a ball!

For a presumed hot bed of Liberalism, you’d think we’d be less head-in-the-sand) in thinking that poor Alex Rodriguez is the ONLY guy among the hundreds of Major League baseball (MLB) athletes who takes or has ever taken steroids.

Oh yes: Crucify A-Rod so you can feel better about the aging athletes whom YOU like (and I like too) who suddenly have a SECOND LIFE in baseball.

If it makes YOU (my fellow) Boston Red Sox fans feel better – go ahead and dump the inner unease you feel at the exploits of your bat-slinging heroes on A-rod. (I had tickets to the Saturday game: 8/17.)

I don’t get the outrage over athletes using steroids – except that :

a) It give them a distinct advantage over other athletes who do not take steroids or some other form of doping (assuming there are any)!

b) It’s a form of cheating

c) Steroids are a banned substance.

Aside from that – it’s THEIR bodies they are choosing to abuse…and they know better. Athletes are not sounding outraged. You hear just one or two athletes denouncing steroid use/doping. The majority are silent. Why?


Speak UP about steroid use in sports…

Why are athletes around the nation NOT coming out publicly to denounce the use of steroids? How many since the A-Rod story broke over the past week are decrying doping?

Yet we, the ones who like to hear that “crack” of home runs — display a cacophony of MORAL outrage when OTHER teams athletes are caught in steroids scandals…BUT STAY SILENT OR MAKE EXCUSES WHEN THE FINGERS POINT TO OUR OWN!

We really, really believe that NOBODY on any of our major teams: Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins are doing any bad things at all. No steroids, no gambling, no spousal abuse, no drinking, no cheating. NADA. Just little angels! Only the other guys have clay feet…and let us drum them out of town…

Even if we were to see signs that look like something may not be adding up – we add up anyway and get a number that does not make sense – yet we force it to make sense…because hey, it’s OUR guys.

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Now I am NOT saying that our athletes are taking steroids – or not taking steroids. I don’t have any proof either way – and if you do, come forth…

What I’m saying is that it’s folly to believe that all our teams are squeaky clean…and condemn everybody else for being dirty. We’ve had athletes who left our teams and then suddenly we start hearing their names being linked with steroids. Naturally, that started after they left our teams.

Seems to be some unknown, X-factor associated with playing in Boston that keeps everybody clean – until they leave the city!


Fenway Park, Boston

As for that hit on A-Rod. What are we glorifying that for?

Do we understand that this is just a game? That Alex Rodriguez may be arrogant (but so was George Bush) and a womanizer (like some of our presidents whom we love) and taking steroids (it’s HIS body) and playing for the opposing team – but he’s never done anything to us personally?

Yet we revel in his downfall, glory that someone hit him with a ball (that hurts) and wish him ill…

This is not the kind of sportsmanship Boston should be known for. We should not do it…

Is it OK for a Yankees pitcher to do the same thing? If I was the Yankees, I’d NOT retaliate. I’d show Boston that: with all your universities and history/culture – I’m rising above your level.


Don’t support you on this one, Ryan Dempster


Sox/Yankees Fenway game (8/18/2013) featuring Demster’s infamous “hit” on A-Rod.

But I guess they will likely hit someone too – ’cause that is what sports has boiled down to these days, like everything else: a divide.

I enjoy rivalries, but I enjoy friendly rivalries. Republicans and Democrats tearing apart, Yankees and Red Sox tearing apart. What next?

Fellas – it’s a game…

If A-rod is a jerk – he’s NOT the only athlete in the big leagues who is a jerk. You are there to play against him, not to friend him on Facebook. You pitch, he bats. End of story. You are not the judge/jury of his life…neither has anyone appointed you to be!

The media loves to push this violence and bad behavior – it’s all on TV today. ..and one Lead in went like this: “our reporter (person’s name) was there for all the fun

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One day when the ball will be aimed at you, I hope it will be fun too…

And thank you Jack Williams (CBS local WBZ-TV) for saying he thinks it was “stupid” to hit A-rod. Bravo!

It was Beyond Stupid…

Best line goes to Yankees manager, Joe Girardi:

“Lives have changed by getting hit by pitches…you can’t just start taking pot shots because you disagree with the way the system is set up…whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system?”

Yep – for others,  but NOT for us. We’re still not guilty after the court says we are. Others? Guilty BEFORE the court or tribunal/whatever says they are…

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