Help Allison if you can

This is my friend Annie’s girlfriend, Allison. This is her gofundme page. This is 100% legit, and they are good people. Annie has helped me out designing graphics and doing a bunch of editing for me for free just because she’s awesome. So you can consider a donation to Allison a donation to

I am a disabled transgender woman who is just starting out on my transition, and looking for some help with it….The dysphoria and depression that have haunted me nearly my entire life have significantly lessened since I began my transition

After 28 years of lying to myself and the world about who I am, I am finally embracing it instead. My facial hair is one of the last things standing in the way of being able to present fully female. It would mean the world to me to be able to look people proudly in the face instead of trying to hide mine.

The kindness and support I’ve received since I have embraced my true self have been incredible. I am relying on that kindness again here.

Please help out if you can, and if you have cool friends please share this on the social media of your choice.

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Comply or Die

Dash cam video

Watch the cop (Betty Shelby) on the right

0:15 Terence Crutcher hands up
0:16 DJ on radio: “James Hetfield” as Crutcher turns toward car with hands still up
0:17 POP of gunfire – Betty Shelby recoils – plume of smoke – Crutcher’s hands go down
0:18 Crutcher wobbles, more cops rush in
0:29 Crutcher collapses
0:34 “Shots fired!”




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We Must Destroy the Fossil Fuel Industry

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota is on the front lines of a war for the existence of the human species.

In April, the tribe and its allies set up Sacred Stone Camp in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline stretches 1,172 miles from northwestern North Dakota to south-central Illinois. It has the potential of carrying 570,000 barrels of oil a day. It crosses the pristine waters of the northern part of the Missouri River, and the the already depleting Ogallala Aquifer, which provides 30% of groundwater used in irrigation in the United States, as well as drinking water for millions of people.

The company building the pipeline, Dakota Access, LLC, is owned by Energy Transfer Partners, a giant conglomerate of fossil fuel interests ruled by Kelcy Warren, a Texas fossil fuel billionaire.

While many Americans have been subject to the comforting lies of the psychotic fossil fuel industry, the Standing Rock Sioux are among those of us who understand that burning fossil fuels threatens the habitability of the climate. They understand that oil spills threaten to contaminate the water. And the Standing Rock Sioux sure as hell understand that the authorities, from local police forces to federal agencies, are there to protect big business interests, and not the public.

That is, unless the public raises enough hell to force them to do otherwise.

On Friday, September 2nd, the Standing Rock Sioux filed papers in federal court disclosing the locations of burial grounds and sacred sites on or near the pathway of the pipeline construction. A day later, Saturday September 3rd, Energy Transfer Partners halted work in the location they were working, drove bulldozers over to where the burial sites were, and proceeded to destroy them. This is outlined in the Democracy Now report, corroborated in a Facebook video by Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigineous Environmental Network.

“They stopped construction, and hopscotched over all this land to drop the machinery in and plowed through the last two miles, right through that cultural site. On purpose. They purposely went through that site, plowed through those grave sites. Because they wanted to get there before state officials could come out and do an official survey to tell them to stop.

This obviously angered the crowd at Sacred Rock Camp who then confronted the workers. They were met with attack dogs from a possibly unlicensed company called Frost Kennels from near Akron Ohio. Dogs were released into the crowd and encouraged to bite the demonstrators.

The local police force, Morton County Sheriff’s Department, was reportedly not on the scene, but put out a press release simply re-stating the company’s claims, and not taking into consideration the Democracy Now! video or the claims of the demonstrators on the ground. The AP took this as gospel and repeated the false narrative that protestors (who call themselves “water protectors”) suddenly attacked Frost Kennels for no reason, with not one word about what happened in the video: unrestrained, poorly trained attack dogs encouraged to bite people, pepper spray being deployed.

Saturday’s clash, on the anniversary of the White Stone Hill Massacre of 1863 that happened in the same area, is an arrogant American tradition in how authorities deal with peaceful protests. Protestors are provoked by authorities, protestors retaliate, then the retaliation is presented as irrational violence out of nowhere.

As Naomi Klein points out in her book This Changes Everything, indigenous people are on the front lines of the fight against oil extractors all over the world. In Klein’s Yes Magazine interview with indigenous activist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Simpson links extraction to historical theft of indigenous resources by Europeans:

Colonialism and capitalism are based on extracting and assimilating…extracting is stealing—it is taking without consent, without thought, care or even knowledge of the impacts that extraction has on the other living things in that environment. That’s always been a part of colonialism and conquest. Colonialism has always extracted the indigenous—extraction of indigenous knowledge, indigenous women, indigenous peoples.

Waiting for Our First Quake-nado

That same Saturday when mercenaries attacked Native Americans with dogs and chemicals, I woke up at 7am to my bed vibrating. I knew what it was. I held my hands up for some reason. I was in that pocket between sleep and awake where you’re melancholy and demented every morning.

“What’s that?”

“It’s an earthquake,” Redhead replied.

“Earthquake,” I said with my hands held up like a street preacher.  It rumbled and rumbled, the longest one I’d felt since being in DC in 2011 when the National Mall grounds turned to jello just as I stepped on the outer ring of the Washington Monument.

Redhead and I live in Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the fairgrounds operated by the Cherokee Nation. We’re close to residing directly in the shadow of Tulsa’s iconic Golden Driller, a 75 foot tall oil-worker with no dick and balls.


Tulsa was built on oil. And the oil industry remains the economic driver in this town. Low gas prices are great at the pump, but shitty for the local economy.

Since 2009, Oklahoma has been fracking, and in the process poisoning billions of gallons of water which then has to be injected in disposal wells. This is in addition to the wastewater from oil wells. With the massive increase in wastewater injection, comes a massive increase in seismic activity. In 2015, the same year Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law preventing localities from banning frackingOklahoma recorded 907 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or greater. Before 2009, Oklahoma had fewer than two such quakes yearly.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, who oversees oil and gas extraction, has been ordering wells shut down since 2015. Sandridge Energy made news for refusing to shut down their wells in January 2016. Following Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude quake, the Commission ordered 35 more wells shut down adjacent to the epicenter in Pawnee, OK.

In an ironic and metaphorical twist, the largest oil storage hub in North America in Cushing, OK is now threatened by the increase in the strength of earthquakes. If that doesn’t wake these bastards up to the destructive nature of their pillaging, nothing will.

Half Measures

Here in Tulsa, smart young city councilmen and entrepreneurs are trying to combat the ravages of capitalism by diversifying the local economy. Like my native Pittsburgh, a city once destroyed by dependence on a single industry controlled by greedy scum, Tulsa is attempting to make its downtown a destination area for tourists, drinkers, music-lovers, foodies, and the coveted Young Urban Professional who will pay top dollar for a newly built loft or an old broken down house their parents have money to renovate.

Which of course will, in turn, as in other cities from New York to San Francisco, drive up the cost of rent and push out all the non-yuppie culture that made the neighborhoods great places to be in the first place.

And the cycle of colonialism and plunder continues… And this is why we need not to build new forms of the old system, to but destroy this system entirely.

With the Paris Agreement, many nations have finally decided to agree to cut down on carbon admissions. Science said, years ago, that we have to keep post-industrial warming levels to under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Politicians said, okay, we’ll fuck off for a few years and not agree on anything and keep our public stupid so the money can keep on rolling in from the fossil fuel industry. Then finally, this week, all these psychopaths decided to sign the Paris Agreement, which, according to science, is seriously and gravely inadequate.

From a Nature abstract published in June “Paris Agreement climate proposals need a boost to keep warming well below 2 °C”:

The Paris climate agreement aims at holding global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to “pursue efforts” to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To accomplish this, countries have submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) outlining their post-2020 climate action. …The INDCs collectively lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to where current policies stand, but still imply a median warming of 2.6–3.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. More can be achieved…both in ambition and scope. Substantial enhancement or over-delivery on current INDCs by additional national, sub-national and non-state actions is required to maintain a reasonable chance of meeting the target of keeping warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Non-state actions. I like that one. Scientists have to be careful with language, but I don’t. That means sharpen your pitchforks and fire up your torches.

This Means War

Bold, courageous, arrest/injury-risking direct action like the Standing Rock Sioux are taking in North Dakota should be happening everywhere fossil fuels are extracted. And it takes lots of people organizing and forming nonviolent warfare strategies. Sign me up, show me where the meeting is! (seriously, if you are part of an environmental justice group in Tulsa, contact me, let me know when the next meeting is).

But ultimately, we need to seize government from the hands of big business interests, or half measures like the Paris Agreement will continue to be taken by Corporate Democrats, and zero-measures will be taken by the Republican fossil fuel industry whores who currently run the Sooner State.  We desperately need more representation of the public interest in our current government if we are to topple the fossil fuel empires.

A government of the people needs to take control of the oil industry, to flip the current arrangement on its head. And then implement a long term plan for shifting, much faster than any corporate-sponsored government or Paris Agreement would allow, to a 100% renewable economy.

Ideally, the day after the government-of-the-people takeover, all fossil fuel profits would go to renewable infrastructure rebuilding. All those working in the actual production and sale of fossil fuels would keep their jobs. Workers would be guaranteed new jobs in the vast renewable energy infrastructure as fossil fuel production is gradually phased out.

All the oil barons, the CEOs, COOs, and other unnecessary executives would be fired and their salaries applied to infrastructure building. Also they would be given a lifetime supply of sardines and contaminated water and locked in a coal mine while their assets are seized. Ideally.

The infrastructure will consist of a new electric grid set up like the internet. Just like the internet consists of millions of computers producing and uploading content for all to download, the new electric grid will consist of millions of structures (buildings, houses, solar and wind farms) producing and uploading energy for all to download.

Power, in both a literal and political sense, will no longer come from a centralized source that extracts, hoards, and doles it out. Power will be created by each of us for the benefit of all of us.

And that, my friends, spells the end of a hierarchical society, and the re-emerging of a truly cooperative, egalitarian one. And that’s how human beings have survived for 95% of our time as a species, and that’s how we’ll continue on.

“Everyone must choose to walk with the water of life, or the weapon of destruction.”

Black Elk, Oglala Lakota (Sioux) (1863-1950)


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Five Facts About Gene Wilder Because He Just Died and I’m Making $2 on This Article Writing For a Content Mill

1. Gene Wilder acted in movies

That’s right. Gene Wilder, God rest his soul, acted in movies. Some of the movies were very entertaining. People would go to see them. A lot of the time they would laugh. Other times, cry. Other times, they would have other emotions.

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2. Gene Wilder acted in movies with other famous actors you might happen to be Googling at the moment

Gene Wilder acted with other actors including Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Woody Allen, Burt Reynolds, John Carrandine, Tony Randall, and Peter Boyle. They acted with him, too.

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3. Anecdote about a time Gene Wilder did something weird backstage

Gene Wilder wasn’t just the type of guy to go backstage and stare at a wall. He did other things, like have fun. You should be getting really excited about how glamorous and fancy Hollywood is. This is an anecdote about this one time where he did something weird backstage, that may or may not have involved his being sexually deviant or on substances.

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4. Gene Wilder was nice to a fan

Here’s another anecdote about a time Gene Wilder was nice to a fan. “I’ll never forget that time when Gene Wilder was nice to me,” said the fan.

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5. Here’s a video of a late night talk show host talking about how great Gene Wilder was back when he was alive

This is a late night talk show host, hosting the late night talk show he hosts. He met Gene Wilder once, and Gene Wilder was nice to him. Gene Wilder either gave the late night talk show host very good advice, or better yet, helped his career in some way.

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Diply Shits on the Legacy of Mr. Rogers with Ad-Vomit

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Here’s An Article about a Bad Phone Pic of Famous People by Somebody Who Calls Herself a “Culture Editor”


Sloover wrote this piece of shit and has the nerve to put a bio underneath it like he’s some kind of real writer.

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Five People Who Are Blocking Me on Twitter Who I’ve Never Interacted With, Much Less Heard Of

I’m a frustrating person to interact with online at times. In my leisure time, I often go on the Facebook pages of local news channels and troll low-information right-wing racist dipshit commenters. It’s fun. Oh, don’t look down on it. Like you don’t watch the Kardashians or whatever. I don’t watch junk TV. Trolling dipshits is my watching the Kardashians.

I understand the term “trolling” has a negative connotation. But it’s just a baiting technique, like trolling for fish. It can be used for good or evil. It can be used to mess with obnoxious politicians, and it can be used to harass Leslie Jones because you don’t want girls to dress up as Ghostbusters because you’re mad you’ve never seen a naked lady in real life (bye bye alt-righties. Thought I was gonna be on your side didn’t you?). Trolling can be used to make your friends laugh by baiting Trump voters, or it can be used to become the GOP candidate for President of the United States.

Anyone who does a job that requires an audience, is trolling for that audience, in a sense. All semi-famous to famous people are trolls. Some do it very eloquently and artistically, and some blog for Gawker.

So, if I am ripping on someone, and they block me, I get it. I’m frustrating. I’m a left wing guy with his balls flopping all over the place, looking at butts. I drink a lot and sometimes say words like cunt when I’m describing cunts like Rick Santorum and pussy when I’m describing cowardice (bye bye alt-lefties). I’m not “being edgy” like some goofy right wing comic trying to get a rise outta dem libtards. I’m speaking how I’ve always spoken, in a language people around me most of my life have been comfortable with, and there are millions of us in multiple countries who speak this way, and are good, decent people. I don’t overly use vulgarity like a rich girl blogger trying to be funny about her experience being fat on a plane.

But I am trying to use vulgarity less. Not for you, but for me. In fact, anyone who has reprimanded me about my use of certain terms has only delayed me my refrain from uttering them with my whore mouth. If a control freak wants to lay eggshells for me to walk on, they will be broken. And placed in compost, because I’m an environmentalist. Who calls oil company CEOs cunts.

Perhaps you’re not surprised when I tell you that in using Twitter, occasionally I find that people I have never had any interaction with are blocking me. For example, I am following  a debate, and one side of the debate is invisible. I click on the account that’s being replied to.  I discover that I’m being blocked by someone I’ve never heard of, or someone I have heard of but have never so much as commented on their articles, emailed, Facebooked, IMed, @’ed, nor contacted by phone, telegram, carrier pigeon, nor smoke signal. Nor have I so much as mentioned their name anywhere on the internet, no matter how dark the dungeon.

I would have liked to think I was some kind of notorious online badboy (could it get any lamer?). However that fantasy has evaporated. Apparently, this is a quite common experience. Most of the people being blocked by creepy random D-list celebs don’t seem to be the kind of person who would shoot you a dick pic instead of a hello on a dating site. In fact, from what i can tell, an equal number of men and women end up on block lists. And, I assume, men are more likely to do the harassing.

I have discovered that I most certainly am on a Twitter block list called The Block Bot. Probably because I tweeted the word cunt once or twice. Oh well, what the fuck do I care? It’s just… weird.

Another reason I imagine I made it on The Block Bot is I follow two intellectual right wingers: Jim Goad and Karen Straughan. I also used to watch William F Buckley. Do you understand that you can engage in ideas and not agree with them? And you can engage with people you don’t agree with? You can live with a registered Republican and not be shot to death for voting for Bernie Sanders? That’s called peaceful coexistance. And loading people onto a lame-ass block list because of simply engaging with someone you disagree with is anti-intellectual.

Let’s look at five Twits who have blocked me. None of whom I have a serious problem with, other than it being a slightly obnoxious thing to do, especially if you’re a writer who needs readers like me. In fact, most of these people from what I can tell are liberal bloggers. So to click on there accounts and see that I’m blocked, it’s strikes me as obnoxious.

It reminds me of a scene in Louie. Louie has a crazy old lady neighbor who likes to drop her clothes in front of him and then yell at him that he’s a pervert for looking. Aren’t those types of people lovely?

Well I didn’t GIVE A FUCK IN THE FIRST PLACE! All of these people are semi-famous, and you get the sense with actions like this, they’d like to feel more famous. Is blocking potential readers really the way to go about it?

You can run your Twitter handle through this to see if you’re helping semi-famous people feel more famous by pretending Twitter users who say “cunt” are out to steal their souls.

Here are five people blocking me who I’ve never interacted with or even mentioned once before this article:

1. Amanda Marcotte


A feminist blogger who writes for either Slate or Salon. One of those S blogs that liberal yuppies read. I’ve read three of her articles, and from what I recall she’s a very good writer, if not a bit obnoxious and seems to enjoy baiting her political opponents. From what I remember, I had agreed with two of the articles 100%, and one of the articles I partially agreed with. In one piece I remember she took down Chris Hedges for his stance on pornography, which is where I also part ways with Hedges. The last one I read last week, loved the article, then saw that it was by the lady who blocked me. I did not comment on any of her articles. Never followed or interacted with her on Twitter. Usually when I start to follow a writer, I’ll like most of their stuff, but there will be something that irks me about them that draws me in. Something that bothers me that I have to figure out about them.  I started reading Chomsky like that. But Chomsky didn’t block me. Because that was before the internet. Oh well.


2. Arthur Chu


Fuckin guy was on Jeopardy. Seems like kind of a prick. But I’ve never uttered his name aloud, let alone typed it on the internet before 20 seconds ago. Maybe I was watching Jeopardy with Redhead, and I said, “Guy seems like kind of a prick”.  I have no idea what else he does with his life. I wish him well. I bet Ken Jennings wouldn’t block me. Because Ken Jennings is a fucking bad ass who could kick my ass if I trolled him.


3. Shaun King


This was disappointing. The rest of them can fuck off, but this guy seems cool. I hadn’t heard of Shaun King before I was following a story around Twitter and found that he was blocking me. Then I see some of his articles being shared on Facebook, related to Black Lives Matter, an organization which I’ve not only not had anything negative to say about, but engaged in two civil disobedience actions with back in Pittsburgh. He seems like a good writer. And he looks like a regular guy too, not some yuppie trying to write about the working class. I’ll probably still read him.


4. Lexi Alexander 


No clue. Actress?


5. Steve Shives


HAHAHAHA who the fuck is this guy? I found him on the Twitter search I linked to above. Someone had a poll, Are You Blocked By Steve Shives? I check, and I am! What went wrong between us?

He looks like a guy who runs a craft brewery. I bet his wife is nice and smart and goes to the farmers’ market every week. Steve would probably ask when my band is playing, but then not make it because his kid got sick, and then think to apologize about it next time I saw him. I wanna be friends with this guy. But now he seems like a douche because he’s blocking me for no reason. Come on Shives! I bet his college buddies call him Shives.

Maybe I was kicked out of growler hours at his small batch brewery.  I better not go with the 10% imperial IPA using locally grown hops next time. Stick with your standard 6% SAL (Shives American Lager). Shives I know you’re getting ready for Oktoberfest, so don’t let it stress you, alright buddy? Water under the bridge.

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My buddy George O’Neal on his experience in Philly at the 2000 GOP convention

We could really only tell time by the shift change of the guards. At some point the next day we were each given a moldy bread cheese sandwich. At the end of day two the water to the cells was shut off because the plumbing couldn’t handle the stress of that many bodies needing to flush, so with it the drinking water went as well.

At several points corrections officers came into our cell, “hogtied” us, which means zip tie handcuffing right wrist to left ankle and vice versa, and then slapped or beat our boisterous cellmate, who as a union organizer had a flair for being loud and abrasive. Many incidents that took place in that jail I would have only believed happened in Turkish prison movies, but this was in this century in America, in a major city.

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Guest Column: “I’ll Tell Ya Why the Olympics Ain’t Nothin’ But a Big Unpatriotic Porno Flick”

by Guest Columnist Maddy Judgeton, Midwestern Mommyblogger

Maddy Judgeton, Midwestern Mommyblogger

Maddy Judgeton, Midwestern Mommyblogger

People ask me all the time, “Maddy, why are you so patriotic and modest?” I’ll tell ya why. Because I love America so much that I never forget to make empty symbolic gestures every time I see a flag and I dress appropriately while projecting my insecurities on younger women especially if they have the nerve to accomplish something.

Did ya see that Olympics? I mean good lord! It’s a cesspool of immoral, unpatriotic activity. A green diving poll of cess!

I’ll tell ya what’s wrong with the Olympics. And if ya don’t agree with this, oh go in the corner and cry about it because I didn’t give ya a PC participation medal! Maybe next time DO THE RESEARCH. And I’ll block any trolls who disagree. Quit bullying! If ya don’t have anything nice to say then shut up and quit hoggin’ my free speech blog!

1. All the female athletes’ butts are hangin’ out right in front of Jesus

I tell ya! The filth! It’s bad enough Jesus statue in Rio has to look at Carnival every year from way up high on that zika infested mountain. Now He has to look at beach volleyball wedgies and gymnastic wedgies and diving wedgies and jumpin’-in-the-dirt butts. Back in my day athletes wore long shorts. I blame the gays like Richard Simmons for infecting young athletic minds on TV. Now all the kids think stuffin’ spandex up in yer coo-coo is the norm!

And they’re handing out CONDOMS to all these Olympians. See? It’s not just for show! I tell ya and I don’t lie! Premarital sex, can you imagine? My Dear Hubby and I have only had sex three times, to procreate Aiden, Hayden, and Jaiden. In the missionary position, the only sexual position the Lord approves of. Hubby has never even seen my butt, let alone the whole world. I told him on our wedding night. No doggy! He acted all butt-hurt. Ha!

Hubby and all men are such perverts. I caught him watching the Olympics the other day, women’s gymnastics! I totally dumped all his beer out! Ha! I told him.

You know who you don’t catch wearing wedgie trunks up her ass? Hope Solo. She wears pants, is prone to acting like an asshole speaking her mind, assaulting minors standing up for herself, and xenophobically expressing unfounded fears about traveling to other countries based on overblown media reports, which proves she’s a Good American.

2.This has nothing to do with race, but that black girl didn’t smile enough or put her hand over her heart when America song came on

I tell ya! In today’s PC culture, kids these days think they’re entitled to work really hard to become one of the world’s top athletes, represent their country in the Olympics, win a gold medal, and then just have everybody on Twitter be okay with it if they didn’t smile enough or put their hands over their hearts. I tell ya! Were you frowning because you didn’t get a participation trophy that you’re used to in this PC culture of today?

You know who you don’t see frowning? Michael Phelps. If he did frown I’m sure he would have been bullied on Twitter and in the media for it…and that didn’t happen. And it has nothing to do with race. DO THE RESEARCH!


3. Brazil built a Pentagram under the Olympics

I tell ya! Look at this picture! Just look!


photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters



Oh that’s just plumb snickety fantastic! I remember the burnouts back in high school who used to smoke the pot in the bathroom wore shirts with the word “Slayer” and that same pentagram on it. I’m sure they all died of pot overdoses and are “burning one” in hell right now. Ha!

Another great view for Rio Jesus to go with all the butts. That means everybody who stepped foot in the Olympic park is now going to hell, unless they’re Americans. Don’t believe me? DO THE RESEARCH!

4. American swimmers got robbed at a gas station, then Brazil stopped them from coming back to America

I tell ya! Those poor boys had a gun put to their head and everything . I know because they said it, and why would an American lie about anything! Then Brazil has the nerve to pull them off a plane?? We should nuke them.

They are charging those innocent American swimmers of vandalism and saying the whole robbing thing was made up. Well I guess they’ll be caning them or whatever they do in Third World countries.

Even if they just vandalized a gas station, so what? Americans can act however they want when we grace people of lower countries with our presence. Everyone looks up to us and is happy to see us anyway, because we’re richer than them. DO THE RESEARCH!



The opinions expressed by Maddy Judgeton are not the opinions of Sloover or


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