Arkansas rushes to murder potentially innocent men using the death penalty, What's in the News with stories on Saudia Arabia women's rights, the TSA, IRS, strippers and Backwordz, and a Statists Gonna State on CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Julian Assange.

WHAT'S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

[1:15]

My former home state of Arkansas has been making waves in the news lately by rushing death row inmates to the death penalty chamber because of some expiring drugs, including two people who could potentially be innocent of the crimes they are accused of and several others who suffer.

The state of Arkansas hasn't carried out an execution in over a decade. So why the sudden, blood-crazed rush to carry out as many as possible? For one reason: the supply of drugs they use to carry out state-sanctioned murder are about to expire. What the actual fuck? The rush of executions is so that the state can use up all of its lethal injection drugs before they go as sour as an old carton of milk.

This is essentially state-sanctioned murder, because, one of those men executed was Ledell Lee. There is DNA evidence in his case, hair found at the crime scene, which the state has refused to test. A judge ruled that the DNA, which could have exonerated him, should never be tested.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

[22:44]

In seriously, what the actual fuck news, the United Nations has elected Saudia Arabia to sit on the Woman's Rights Commission for the term from 2018 – 2022. I guess it could be worse. They could have put the Westboro Baptist Church on the Gay Rights Commission.

In other human rights abuses news, the Transportation and Safety Administration says it's allowed to investigate inside your underwear and you should just accept it.

In legalized theft news, the IRS deliberately targeted innocents for civil forfeiture program that stole millions from Americans.

In more stolen money news, a Palm Beach County employee has been pocketing the licensing fees paid by strippers for years. 

And in returning some stolen money news, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states have no right to keep money based on overturned convictions. 

In liberty music news, the band BackWordz, led by Being Libertarian's Eric July, hit #2 on the Heatseekers Album chart, a chart dedicated to new and upcoming bands with their new album Veracity. They also snagged the #1 spot for Alternative New Artist, the #5 spot on the Hard Rock chart, the #11 spot on Rock chart, and the #14 spot for a band on an Independent label.

STATISTS GONNA STATE

[33:35]

The hypocrisy of the left, and in particular the media, is disgusting. Back in February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the “enemy of the people,” the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump's CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But, since Pompeo wasn't specifically targeting the mainstream media, but instead was talking about WikiLeaks, the media swallowed it. It was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike much the way that many are willing to overlook or even sanction free speech repression if the targeted ideas or speakers are sufficiently unpopular.

Let's be honest, the media is against WikiLeaks primarily because they are getting a lot of attention as a non-mainstream media source, and the media is threatened by it. When we have groups like WikiLeaks and other alternative sources for our news, this cuts into the bottom line of the old guard media, and they are terrified, as they should be.

While we're talking about Assange, it came out last week that the Justice Department is ready to file arrest charges against him, and potentially other members of the WikiLeaks team. 

 

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TEASER INTRO

Arkansas rushes to murder potentially innocent men using the death penalty, What's in the News with stories on Saudia Arabia women's rights, the TSA, IRS, strippers and Backwordz, and a Statists Gonna State on CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Julian Assange.

INTRO

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the state that is the home of Horace Greely, the founder of the New York Tribune, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode sixty, Arkansas Death Penalty, and it's Friday, April 28th, 2017, when there have already been more than 376 people killed by police this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

Yep, this episode is a couple of days late. Sorry for that, guys. My folks were in town visiting from Arkansas and I chose to spend the few hours it would have taken me to do this show with them instead, and push this episode back a couple of days. I hope you understand.

My former home state of Arkansas has been making waves in the news lately by rushing death row inmates to the chamber because of some expiring drugs, including two people who could potentially be innocent of the crimes they are accused of and several others who suffer.

The state of Arkansas hasn’t carried out an execution in over a decade. So why the sudden, blood-crazed rush to carry out as many as possible? For one reason: the supply of drugs they use to carry out state-sanctioned murder are about to expire. What the actual fuck? The rush of executions is so that the state can use up all of its lethal injection drugs before they go as sour as an old carton of milk.

This is essentially state-sanctioned murder, because, one of those men executed was Ledell Lee. There is DNA evidence in his case, hair found at the crime scene, which the state has refused to test. A judge ruled that the DNA, which could have exonerated him, should never be tested.

Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, had this to say in an article he wrote on Medium.com:

Keep in mind that in the history of the state of Arkansas, no one on death row has ever been exonerated. Local politicians maintain they have never made a mistake, that the system is infallible, and that they have never sentenced an innocent man to die. I know this is false, because for 18 years I sat on Arkansas’ death row and waited on the state to murder me for something I didn’t do. Even after DNA testing was completed in my case, which excluded me from the crime scene, I sat on death row for two more years as the state wrestled endlessly to cover it up and kill me.

I have a history with Damien. I knew him before he was accused of these acts. I didn't know him well, but we spoke on many occasions at the skating rink in West Memphis. We were friendly with each other but never hung out together. I also knew one of the boys who was murdered. He played tee-ball for my mother's youth organization a couple of years prior to his death. I helped umpire games he played in and sold him candy and other junk from the concession stand. This event was a tragedy for the area, but especially for the families of those murdered and those falsely accused and convicted.

Damien also says in the article:

The mindset behind these rapid fire executions should scare all Americans. But perhaps one of the scariest parts, for me, is knowing I could have been the ninth man on the state’s death list.

Most people take a stance on the death penalty based on things they’ve read in the newspaper, saw on television, or by swallowing the hubris spewed by politicians eager to scare you into voting for them. Mine is not. My views on the death penalty are based on the fact that I spent over 18 years looking at the system from the inside, waiting for the state to murder me for a crime I did not commit. While awaiting execution at the hands of the state, I grew to know these men — the eight Hutchinson is rushing to kill — on a personal, face-to-face basis. They were my companions on a journey through hell.

I was going to go into a rant here about why the death penalty is a horrendous thing, but I remembered that I just had that discussion on another podcast I'm a part of called Freecoast Freecast. So, I decided to just replay our discussion on this topic from a few weeks ago. This panel of sorts is moderated by Mike Vine. The others being interrogated by Mike are Nick Boyle and Matt Carano. This runs about 1 minutes or so, but I think you'll enjoy it. Here we go:

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The plea deal I spoke about that the West Memphis 3 took in this case to get out of prison to save their lives was called an Alford Plea. The name of it escaped me at the time, but Damien Echols also talked about that plea in this Medium article. He said:

"In the end, rather than take my chances in a legal system that was as rotten as a bad tooth, I took an Alford Plea. An Alford Plea is a paradox — it means you get to maintain your innocence, even as you accept a guilty plea. It makes no sense to anyone capable of logical thinking, and the only reason it exists is so the state can’t be held accountable for sentencing an innocent person to death. Part of this plea deal was that I could never sue the state of Arkansas for what they had done to me. Why would I take such a deal? Because I knew that if I didn’t, I’d eventually be right where Ledell Lee is now — looking into the face of death, despite having evidence that would have gained us exoneration in a less corrupt forum.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In seriously, what the actual fuck news, the United Nations has elected Saudia Arabia to sit on the Woman's Rights Commission for the term from 2018 - 2022. I guess it could be worse. They could have put the Westboro Baptist Church on the Gay Rights Commission.

The Women's Rights Commissions is the UN agency that is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch called Saudia Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” and the executive director of UN Watch said, "Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief. It’s absurd and morally reprehensible. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,”

Let's be clear, women have almost NO rights in Saudia Arabia. The World Economic Forum's 2016 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Saudi Arabia 141 out of 144 countries for gender parity, down from 134 out of 145 in 2015. Now, I don't believe gender parity is necessarily something to strive for either, and that's a topic for another day, but this goes to show how badly women are treated in the country.

All women in Saudi Arabia, regardless of age, are required to have a male guardian, who has the power to make critical decisions on their female charge's behalf, including travel abroad, marriage, work and access to health care.

In restaurants, banks and other public places in Saudi Arabia, women are required to enter and exit through special doors. Since the public sphere of life is the domain of men, women are expected to veil outside the secluded areas of their homes. Companies traditionally have been expected to create all-female areas if they hire women. Public transportation is segregated. Public places such as beaches and amusement parks are also segregated, sometimes by time, so that men and women attend at different hours. In 2008 Khamisa Mohammad Sawadi, a 75-year-old woman, was sentenced to 40 lashes and imprisonment for allowing a man to deliver bread to her directly in her home.

Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has no written ban on women driving, but Saudi law requires citizens to use a locally issued license while in the country. Such licenses are not issued to women, thus making it effectively illegal for women to drive. In July 2011 a woman from Jeddah was sentenced to ten lashes by whip for driving a car. In contrast to this punishment, activists pointed out that the maximum penalty for a traffic violation was a fine. Previously when women were found driving they would normally be questioned and forced to sign a pledge stating they will never drive again.

In some cases, victims of sexual assault are punished for khalwa, being alone with an unrelated male, prior to the assault. In one rape case, an 18-year-old victim of kidnapping and gang rape was sentenced by a Saudi court to six months in prison and 90 lashes. The judge ruled she violated laws on segregation of the sexes, as she was in an unrelated man's car at the time of the attack.

And Saudia Arabia is one of the top allies of the US government, primarily because they are rich in oil, a substance the US government needs. As long as the US needs Saudia Arabia, the US will ignore their abuses of basic human rights.

In other human rights abuses news, the Transportation and Safety Administration says it's allowed to investigate inside your underwear and you should just accept it.

Evelyn Harris, a 65-year-old retiree who was flying out of Washington, D.C., this past January committed the terrible terrorism crime known as wearing a pantyliner. Harris went through the body scanner and thought she was free to proceed to her flight. A TSA agent thought otherwise.

“I started to ask if I had done something wrong or if this was ‘random,’ but before I could get a second word out, the TSA agent yelled at me,” Harris told The Washington Post in an interview. “She grabbed my throat hard, causing me to choke and cough. She yelled at me for coughing.”

“She then put her hands inside my bra and panties and groped my private parts with the front, not the back, of her gloved hand. Afterward, I worried that I may have been infected if she had groped someone else without changing gloves,” Harris added. “Her attitude was so threatening and hostile, that I was afraid to look at her face and name plate.”

She filed a complaint, of course, and the TSA gave two shits. The Post detailed the TSA response:

[T]he pat-down was legit, the investigator said. Intimate apparel has been a source of concern ever since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to bring down a plane on Christmas Day 2009 by detonating a bomb hidden in his underwear.

The investigator told Harris, she said, that “his own wife carried a panty liner with her and put it on after security, as this is something that could trigger a search.” Indeed, turns out all sorts of feminine hygiene products could be grounds for a search, according to the TSA.

So essentially the hygiene needs of a lady are all the TSA needs to legally molest you, and if you don't like it, don't wear them. This is an absolute disgrace and yet another reason the TSA should cease to exist.

In legalized theft news, the IRS deliberately targeted innocents for civil forfeiture program that stole millions from Americans.

Banks have to report deposits of $10,000 or more to the IRS, so some people "structure" their transactions as a string of sub-$10K payments that escape the regulatory requirement. Structuring is also illegal, and the IRS has the power to seize funds that the agency believes were part of a structuring scheme, under the discredited "civil forfeiture" process through which an inanimate object is sued for being the proceeds of a crime, and then the owner of that object has to prove that the object is "innocent."

The Treasury Inspector General released a report this month that reveals that the IRS deliberately targeted people they knew were not engaged in structuring for millions of dollars' worth of seizures, such that 91% of seizures were made in error, taking money away from people engaged in lawful activity.

This makes perfect sense of course. Depositing $10,000 or more was an inherently suspicious act, but so was depositing $10,000 or less. In other words, anything you do is suspicious. We talked about similar issues last episode with the reclining car seat being suspicious.

Robert Everett Johnson, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, said, “Today’s report confirms that the IRS used civil forfeiture to seize millions of dollars from innocent business owners. The IRS’s own internal watchdog found that the IRS had a practice of seizing entire bank accounts based on nothing more than a pattern of under-$10,000 cash deposits."

In more stolen money news, a Palm Beach County employee has been pocketing the licensing fees paid by strippers for years.

Anita Pedemey, 54, who had been employed with Palm Beach County for more than 20 years, is the culprit. Since 2013, Pedemy was an administrative assistant with the county Public Safety Department. According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Palm Beach County, Pedemy "diverted" at least $28,875 (and possibly an additional $3,305) from county coffers between October 2013 and mid-November 2016. The money came from both adult-entertainer fees—approximately 70 percent of which were paid in cash—and court-ordered payments intended for a crime Victims Services Fund.

Instead of doing the right thing and removing the licensing requirements, the county now will only allow the fees to be paid in credit cards and money orders.

As Reason magazine said:

Demanding strippers be licensed in the first place is a problem, though. There's no legitimate public-safety or consumer-protection element to the requirement—strip club patrons don't care if the woman wriggling on their laps is properly permitted. Government officials have portrayed the measure as a means to stop human trafficking and the exploitation of minors, but that's ludicrous; anyone willing to force someone else into sex or labor and circumvent much more serious rules with regard to age limits isn't going to suddenly take pause over an occupational licensing rule they'll have to skirt. The only ones truly affected are sex workers and adult-business owners. Not only does the regulation drive up their costs (and close off legal dancing to those just passing through town), it gives Palm Beach regulators a database of anyone who's ever taken their clothes off for money locally—leaving these records open to FOIA requests or hackers—and gives cops a pretense to check clubs at random to make sure there aren't any unlicensed dancers. Those found to be dancing without a license can be arrested on a misdemeanor criminal charge.

And in returning some stolen money news, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states have no right to keep money based on overturned convictions.

This week the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado has no right to keep fines, fees, court costs, and restitution it extracts from criminal defendants whose convictions are later reversed. By forcing people to prove their innocence before they can get back property that is rightly theirs, the Court said, Colorado has been violating the 14th Amendment's guarantee of due process. The Institute for Justice, which filed a brief in the case emphasizing that the presumption of innocence is an essential aspect of due process, makes a compelling argument that civil asset forfeiture routinely violates that principle.

The parallels with civil asset forfeiture are pretty clear. In both cases, the government takes someone's property based on allegations of criminal activity, and in both cases the owners are forced to prove their innocence if they want to get their property back.

Nelson v. Colorado "upholds the fundamental principle that Americans are entitled to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise," says Institute for Justice attorney Robert Everett Johnson. "The Court expressly rejected Colorado's argument that the 'presumption of innocence applies only at criminal trials,' explaining that the government 'may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.' Unfortunately, civil forfeiture laws turn the presumption of innocence on its head. Using civil forfeiture, law enforcement seizes billions of dollars in cash and other property every year based only on suspicion of a crime. Property owners are then required to prove their own innocence to get that property back."

In liberty music news, the band BackWordz, led by Being Libertarian's Eric July, hit #2 on the Heatseekers Album chart, a chart dedicated to new and upcoming bands with their new album Veracity. They also snagged the #1 spot for Alternative New Artist, the #5 spot on the Hard Rock chart, the #11 spot on Rock chart, and the #14 spot for a band on an Independent label.

In the Top 200 chart – the main current chart that ranks the top 200 albums in the US – BackWordz hit #68, an impressive feat for a band with a libertarian and anarcho-capitalist message. In terms of digital versus physical numbers for the album, BackWordz ranked at #43 overall digital, and #124 overall physical.

With tracks and lyrics that are so laden with a libertarian message, Veracity is a key opportunity to spread the message of liberty into the mainstream. The album has a clear libertarian message and doesn’t back down; with track titles like “Praxeology,” “Statism,” “Self-Ownership,” and “Democracy Sucks,” as well as lyrics that discuss all facets of libertarianism and constantly critiques a society based on statism, Veracity doesn’t shy away from trying to convey libertarian and anarcho-capitalist themes.

This is an absolute success for getting the libertarian message into the mainstream eye. And, more importantly, the music is just incredible. I'm listening to it as I write this and have been listening to it quite a lot since it came out. My iTunes says I've listened to it 22 times so far.

Veracity is available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and Google; physical bundles can be purchased on the band’s MerchNow page. Check them out at backwordzmusic.com. That's B-A-C-K-W-O-R-D-Z music.com.

STATISTS GONNA STATE

The hypocrisy of the left, and in particular the media, is disgusting. Back in February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the “enemy of the people,” the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But, since Pompeo wasn't specifically targeting the mainstream media, but instead was talking about WikiLeaks, the media swallowed it. It was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike – much the way that many are willing to overlook or even sanction free speech repression if the targeted ideas or speakers are sufficiently unpopular.

Let's be honest, the media is against WikiLeaks primarily because they are getting a lot of attention as a non-mainstream media source, and the media is threatened by it. When we have groups like WikiLeaks and other alternative sources for our news, this cuts into the bottom line of the old guard media, and they are terrified, as they should be.

Decreeing (with no evidence) that WikiLeaks is “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia” a belief that has become gospel in establishment Democratic Party circles – Pompeo proclaimed that “we have to recognize that we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” He also argued that while WikiLeaks “pretended that America’s First Amendment freedoms shield them from justice,” but: “they may have believed that, but they are wrong.”

He then issued this remarkable threat: “To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for. It ends now.” At no point did Pompeo specify what steps the CIA intended to take to ensure that the “space” to publish secrets “ends now.” But, this is completely chilling language. Will the CIA be shutting down websites, arbitrarily deciding what information you should have access to?

When asked how he was going to accomplish this, Pompeo said:

A little less Constitutional law and a lot more of a philosophical understanding. Julian Assange has no First Amendment privileges. He is not a U.S. citizen. What I was speaking to is an understanding that these are not reporters doing good work to try to keep the American Government on us. These are actively recruiting agents to steal American secrets with the sole intent of destroying the American way of life.

That is fundamentally different than a First Amendment activity as I understand them. This is what I was getting to. We have had administrations before that have been too squeamish about going after these people, after some concept of this right to publish. Nobody has the right to actively engage in the theft of secrets from American without the intent to do harm to it.

This just goes to show that Pompeo has no understanding of the Constitution. It has been ruled over and over again since 1886, in Yick Wo v. Hopkins, and more recently in 2008 with Boumediene v. Bush, that the Constitution applies to everyone, not just Americans. How is it that the head of the CIA has no understanding of this? No wonder the CIA thinks it's ok to spy on anyone as they see fit, their boss knows shit about the Constitution. Hell, even the Obama administration understood this and concluded that trying to prosecute WikiLeaks would be impossible without directly threatening First Amendment press freedoms for everyone. And Mike Pompeo hangs his hat on the fact that he is a Harvard-educated lawyer. Apparently, a Harvard education isn't worth very much actual education.

And, of course, Assange responded via Twitter saying, "Called a "non-state intelligence service" today by the "state non-intelligence agency" which produced al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran & Pinochet."

Assange nailed it here. This is the exact reason we need someone like WikiLeaks, so we can see what our state non-intelligence agencies are up to and what consequences we will face because of it. I still firmly believe that the greatest threat to my freedom and the freedom of my friends and family is not ISIS, or al-Qaeda, or whatever Boogey man they come up with next. The greatest threat to my freedom is the United States government.

While we're talking about Assange, it came out last week that the Justice Department is ready to file arrest charges against him, and potentially other members of the WikiLeaks team.

On Thursday, CNN and the Washington Post cited unnamed US officials as having information that the US has prepared charges to make arrests related to WikiLeaks publishing tens of thousands of military documents leaked by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. CNN specifically reported WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in a small room in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, was the subject of forthcoming arrest charges.

The Post reported multiple members of the WikiLeaks group were being targeted as prosecutors draft a memo laying out the charges. Possible charges include “conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act.” However, officials told the Post that the memo is still incomplete, and would need authorization from the highest levels of the Justice Department.

This will surely develop more over the coming weeks, and I would be willing to bet the US government starts making offers to the Ecuadorian government that they just can't refuse in exchange for Assange.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite hostess, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/60.

I have two new iTunes reviews this week.

An Autumn Sunrise said:

Absolutely Incredible! This is by far my favorite political podcast. Rodger does an excellent job articulating and promoting the ideas of liberty in an easy to understand manner using relevant current events of the day that you won't see or hear from the mainstream media. I really wish this was a daily podcast. After I'm done listening to the most current episode, I often go back and listen to old episodes again so that I don't go through withdrawal!

Wow, Autumn, that is just awesome! Thanks so much.

Squatdude wasn't as thrilled with the show and left only a three-star review. He had this to say:

Great Political Content. The political content of this podcast is exceptional. Paxton has nailed the libertarian viewpoint and is a very capable proponent. So why only three stars? His continuing use of profanity is beyond the pale and ruins an otherwise exceptional podcast. When will people learn that this type of speech doesn't demonstrate candidness or boldness or free-spirit or whatever else they think it represents? Instead, it displays immaturity and unprofessionalism. I would love to recommend this to kids as an antidote to unrelenting leftist propoganda and rightist warmongering that goes on in the name of conventional politics. Unfortunately, Paxton's language is one of the things kids need to be protected from.

Wow. Funnily enough, I get this from time-to-time. I received an email from a Christian the other day who was upset that I used the words Jesus Christ in an episode. Look, this show, just like any podcast, is not for everyone. I know that. Before I started this show, I struggled with how I would handle this topic. I choose to be authentically myself and to not have any words off-limits on my show. This show is not politically correct. Did I know this would offend some people? Did I know it would limit my listenership? Of course, but by doing this, if you listen to my show then you get the real me, profanity and all. If a Baptist minister in the Bible belt can listen to my show and love it, profanity and all, then the fact that you have an issue with this says much more about you than it does me. Squat, I hope you continue to listen, but if you're going to be offended by a handful of words that have meanings and specific uses, just like any other word, then there is nothing I can do about that, but I will not be changing my style. And, frankly, don't throw the "do it for the children" bullshit at me. That is some social justice warrior shit there and it doesn't fly with me.

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