With Ted Nugent invite, “the stupid party” rocks on

“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”

– Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal,
in a speech to the Republican National Committee

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“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. Why are you laughing? Do you think that’s funny? That’s not funny at all. I’m serious as a heart attack….

ted-nugent-ap“… it isn’t the enemy that ruined America. It’s good people who bent over and let the enemy in. If the coyote’s in your living room, pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him. So, it’s an important time. So, you’re talking about exhibits, you’re talking about hardware and ammo and everyone’s fondling sporting goods and everybody’s got a big old sexy grin on their face ’cause they’re surrounded by ballistic celebration — that’s cool. But what I feel in this room, is I feel this: I’m not taking this crap anymore.”

– Ted Nugent,  NRA board member, gun enthusiast and ex-rock star, speaking to the NRA convention in April, shortly before a visit from the Secret Service

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WASHINGTON – Musician and gun advocate Ted Nugent will be Congressman Steve Stockman’s guest at Tuesday evening’s State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama. Nugent will be available to speak to the media before and after the Address.

“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” said Stockman.  “After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”

To schedule an interview with Nugent, contact Senior Communications Advisor Donny.Ferguson@mail.house.gov.

– A press release issued Monday by Stockman’s congressional office.

The optics are not hard to predict. At some point in tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama will bring up the tragedy in Newtown in which 20 young children were murdered. The cameras will pan to a Newtown teacher who survived the mass shooting, or to the first two Newtown police officers to arrive at that horrific scene, or to other invited guests linked to that tragedy. And then they will pan to Nugent and Stockman, asking the viewers an implied question: Which side are you on?

So no, Jindal’s plea notwithstanding, the GOP apparently is not ready to stop being the stupid party.

To be fair, a lot of Republican leaders must understand just how stupid it is to allow Nugent to become the personification of their party’s policy on gun control, especially in counterpoint to the victims of Newtown. They have to recognize that while the Motor City Moron’s presence at such an august event may thrill the hard-core gun crowd, serving as the equivalent of a very public middle finger extended in the direction of the president, it does not help a party trying to shed its extremist image.

Yet to date, I have seen no elected Republican official or party leader dare to say that publicly. I have seen no criticism, implied or otherwise, of Stockman’s decision. I have seen no attempt to put distance between Nugent and the party. I do not believe that would be the case if the situation were reversed, if a Democratic congressman had shown the extreme bad judgment of inviting a rapper who had strongly implied violence against a Republican president.

That silence doesn’t mean that Republican leaders necessarily endorse Stockman’s move or Nugent’s antics. However, it does mean that they lack the political courage and judgment to confront those destructive elements in their own party and to try to distance themselves from it. As a result, their political fortunes will continue to suffer.

– Jay Bookman

542 comments Add your comment

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
10:54 am

Will he behave I wonder?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 12th, 2013
10:57 am

Drone scratch fever!

moonbat betty

February 12th, 2013
11:00 am

At least they are not bringing in PSY…

barking frog

February 12th, 2013
11:00 am

Republicans may be putting their best foot forward.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 12th, 2013
11:01 am

Nugent tweet of stupidity: “There Will Be A Freedom Addicted All American Uppity Motown Guitarplayer Facing The POTUS At The SOTU … Lovely.”

Nugent however does not come close to some of the stupidity and scummy things the cons have posted on these blogs but I am sure they will come cheering him on for being all “uppidity”

moonbat betty

February 12th, 2013
11:02 am

Peadawg

February 12th, 2013
11:02 am

This should be fun…

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
11:02 am

I don’t think this will have the results Congressman Stockman is hoping for…..

Oscar

February 12th, 2013
11:03 am

Granny – He will behave , , badly.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

February 12th, 2013
11:03 am

I guess it’s somewhat better than inviting Dick Cheney. But not by much.

Mike

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

With the GOP it’s OK to be a loud mouth clown, pedophile and draft dodger as long as you threaten the twice elected president they hate. That being said I do like his music.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

“You lie” may be viewed as a mild interruption at future SOTU addresses.

JamVet

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

If by “patriot”, Steve Stockman means a filthy, deranged, cowardly draft dodging loser, I wholeheartedly agree…

Erwin's cat

February 12th, 2013
11:05 am

Let Ted be Ted
I don’t think he represents the right any more than BIll Maher represents the left…

clem

February 12th, 2013
11:05 am

hope he slips on banana peel and goes over the railing hopefully landing on stockman

getalife

February 12th, 2013
11:05 am

Just another chapter in the book about the cons called unhinged.

Michael

February 12th, 2013
11:06 am

I guess Jindal’s words fell on deaf ears. Nugent is a nut case and Hannity loves the guy. I kind of fell like Zell Miller, “I didnt leave the Repulican Party, the Party left me.”

straitroad

February 12th, 2013
11:07 am

Nugent is an alpha male so it is predictable that he will receive criticism from Jay and the other beta males on this blog. You guys should be more tolerant of men who aren’t effeminate.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 12th, 2013
11:07 am

Good morning Granny G.

Will he behave…I certainly hope not. I’d like to see the Secret Service make him do the perp walk… ;)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:08 am

“Motor City Moron”

Heh, heh, heh.

This is why Jay gets the big bucks.

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:08 am

State of the Republican Party: Ex-President George W Bush was not allowed within 10 miles of the Republican convention last summer. Ted Nugent will attend State of the Union speech.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 12th, 2013
11:08 am

straitroad

February 12th, 2013
11:07 am

And I’m beginning to believe you’re Gay…not that there is anything wrong with that,,,

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
11:08 am

Corbin

One can certainly hope.

Thomas Heyward Jr

February 12th, 2013
11:08 am

“That silence doesn’t mean that Republican leaders necessarily endorse Stockman’s move or Nugent’s antics. However, it does mean that they lack the political courage and judgment to confront those destructive elements in their own party and to try to distance themselves from it. As a result, their political fortunes will continue to suffer.”
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Ted Nugent has not murdered over 2000 innocent people via drones.
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Stupid and the silence ……………indeed.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:09 am

“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. Why are you laughing? Do you think that’s funny? That’s not funny at all. I’m serious as a heart attack….”

If only….

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:10 am

“Let Ted be Ted
I don’t think he represents the right any more than BIll Maher represents the left…”

Where will Maher be sitting, and what congressman invited him?

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:11 am

“And then they will pan to Nugent and Stockman, asking the viewers an implied question: Which side are you on?”

So what’s the suggestion- that Nugent and Stockman support massacring children? Or that they believe that had the teachers been armed themselves that they could have stopped the madman dead in his tracks?

And so for the 27th time kd I’ll ask my usual question and wait for a credible answer. After the Newtown massacre a number of new gun law proposals were made. Specifically how would any of these new proposals stopped the Newtown massacre had they been law before the massacre? Let’s see if they can give me a good answer on the 27th time kd.

Peadawg

February 12th, 2013
11:12 am

“I don’t think he represents the right any more than BIll Maher represents the left…”

Good point.

Pizzaman

February 12th, 2013
11:12 am

“Stupid is as stupid soes!”

Pizzaman

February 12th, 2013
11:12 am

“Stupid is as stupid soes!”

In the middle

February 12th, 2013
11:12 am

How about this to satisfy all the lib’s. Force everybody to shut up that you don’t agree with. Maybe that will make you happy. If you can just have 100% complete control over what everybody does or says or thinks.

I do not agree with everybody’s stance on every issue. I would have to be a complete moron to think that everything Pelosi says is an exact representation of everything every democrat thinks. Likewise, you are a complete idiot painting all conservatives with a single broad brush. The left has become the “closed minded” lunatics they have been complaining about for years. Amazing..

Pizzaman

February 12th, 2013
11:12 am

BRW

February 12th, 2013
11:13 am

The term Alpha Male refers to wild animals not human beings with a thought process. Too many Alpha Males in the GOP however.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:13 am

The left has become the “closed minded” lunatics they have been complaining about for years. Amazing..

Dittoheads say, “What?”

Erwin's cat

February 12th, 2013
11:13 am

Where will Maher be sitting, and what congressman invited him?

dunno, but that’s not the point now is it?…Or are you saying that by simply being invited to the address by a congressman automatically makes you the poster child for an entire political party?

jewcowboy

February 12th, 2013
11:14 am

I wonder if he’ll dump a load into his pants and do crystal meth before… Oh wait, that’s only to avoid serving his country.

Thomas Heyward Jr

February 12th, 2013
11:15 am

Or is it only………….evil?

Buzz Belle

February 12th, 2013
11:15 am

I jsut posted this downstairs and will repost here.
For all of you “Ted” fans who like him because he likes guns, take a look at why “Ted” himself said he dodged the draft. Pay particular attention to what he stated about our servicemen and women.Then lets see if you can call him a “Patriot”

http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/nugent.asp

getalife

February 12th, 2013
11:16 am

The cons do love their cowards.

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:16 am

“The left has become the “closed minded” lunatics they have been complaining about for years.”

You have us all wrong, in the middle. I like to say, “Love the Republican, hate the Republican crazy.”

God Bless you.

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
11:16 am

Thulsa

An extended backround check may have turned up that the gun owner had
a son in the home with “troubles”…

the dog

February 12th, 2013
11:16 am

Here we go again. thulsa cheering on the massacre of children to further the nra agenda.

Peadawg

February 12th, 2013
11:16 am

““Stupid is as stupid soes!””

Yes, indeed is soes.

Jefferson

February 12th, 2013
11:17 am

So when is Ted going to jail ?

jewcowboy

February 12th, 2013
11:17 am

“You guys should be more tolerant of men who aren’t effeminate.”

There are any number of men who effuse masculinity without acting like complete tools like Nugent does. Do not confuse manliness with buffoonery.

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:18 am

“Ted Nugent has not murdered over 2000 innocent people via drones.”

So how do Obama’s drones kill so many innocent women and children? Easy. They just don’t lead them so much. kd

MANGLER

February 12th, 2013
11:18 am

Thulsa, How many non-gun lovers shoot places up and kill indiscriminately? Seriously. How many times does someone who’s never wanted a gun, never felt they needed a gun, and isn’t trained on how to use a gun, just go off the handle and shoot people?
You guys are the freaking problem with guns. Gun lovers. Gun haters aren’t shooting people.

Erwin's cat

February 12th, 2013
11:19 am

So when is Ted going to jail ?

could be tonight

stands for decibels

February 12th, 2013
11:19 am

Motor City Moron

Why, Jay. How shrill.

Jay

February 12th, 2013
11:19 am

Buffoonery=overcompensation.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:19 am

I got my physical notice 30 days prior to. Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body. No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value. I just had chips, Pepsi, beer – stuff I never touched – … little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death, Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up.

Too funny!

jewcowboy

February 12th, 2013
11:19 am

“Buffoonery=overcompensation.”

BINGO!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 12th, 2013
11:20 am

Well, I reckon it’s his turn to yell “You lie!” You can’t put it all on the guy from SC.

Anyhow I’ll have my back turned as usual when the Marxist Socialist Kenyan Muslim is talking.

Have a good day everybody.

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:21 am

“My pants got crusted up.”

–Ted “Jefferson” Nugent

Jefferson

February 12th, 2013
11:22 am

Just another old musician looking to get laid.

JohnnyReb

February 12th, 2013
11:22 am

…”confront the destructive elements in their own party..”

That’s rich, Jay. The last time I heard/read Nugent had not killed, shot anyone or blowed up any buildings. Your champion can’t state that of his companions.

jewcowboy

February 12th, 2013
11:23 am

According to that Snopes article Nugent “ran out the door, jumped into my Porsche, beat it back to the beach laughing all the way.”

Big surprise that someone who is overcompensating drives a Porsche.

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:23 am

“An extended backround check may have turned up that the gun owner had
a son in the home with “troubles”…”

How? And are you going to take away the gun rights of millions of legal gun owners just because their child has asperger’s syndrome, depression, or autism? All because one guy went nuts?

stands for decibels

February 12th, 2013
11:25 am

By the way, a cursory bit of googling reveals that the guy isn’t even from Detroit; he was born in a nice middle-class ‘burb and later attended an Arlington Heights, Illinois prep school, where he formed the Amboy Dukes.

I got your street cred right here, Nuge.

Jefferson

February 12th, 2013
11:25 am

That drone talk is lame, talk about hate…

Goldie

February 12th, 2013
11:25 am

“They have to recognize that while the Motor City Moron’s presence at such an august event may thrill the hard-core gun crowd, serving as the equivalent of a very public middle finger extended in the direction of the president, it does not help a party trying to shed its extremist image.”

You nailed it, Jay — thank you!

:)

Erwin's cat

February 12th, 2013
11:25 am

Big surprise that someone who is overcompensating drives a Porsche.

not if it’s a boxter

JamVet

February 12th, 2013
11:26 am

Don’t know many “alpha males” who were crapping in their pants to avoid military service.

Even so, who cares. He can say whatever he wants and act like he is someone to be feared.

But the only fearful thing he has done lately was to make an absolutely awful album back in 2007.

In the middle

February 12th, 2013
11:26 am

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes – This may be a silly question, what is a “Dittohead”

Pizzaman

February 12th, 2013
11:26 am

O’Reilly had a great idea on Letterman last night. Federalize gun registration and gun crime.

The registration would make it easier for law enforcement to identify the legal guns. Possession of an illegal gun: minimum 10 years in a Federal pen. Legal gun owners should jump at this. It verifies their “God given” right to own. It also give all law enforcement the ability to send a gang banger with an illegal g to jail.

Any gun crime, with a legal or illegal gun, 10 yrs minimum in a Federal prison. No exceptions. No early parole.

O’Reilly and I think this would impact gun crime while allowing the people that have to have a legal AR-15 to do so.

Tom B

February 12th, 2013
11:26 am

Keep on thinking that the democratic party does not have problems, both in their members or philosophy.

“Stupid”, “Moron”, “Extremist”. No wonder you are only a blogger on the AJC.

the dog

February 12th, 2013
11:27 am

thulsa-in addition to cheating widows out of money, are you a paid shill for the nra? You are sounding crazier by the moment in your justification to blow children away.

JohnnyReb

February 12th, 2013
11:29 am

“Big surprise that someone who is overcompensating drives a Porsche.”

And what would you have us all drive, JewCowboy, a plastic bubble with a lawnmower engine?

Maybe one of those pice of crap the Russians drove under communisim.

skipper

February 12th, 2013
11:29 am

Teddy-Nu-Nu………….
He’s harmless. And remember (although none of them will admit it) the gunshop owners secretly hoped Obama would win; they all knew their sales would SOAR! And guess what….they were right! Politics makes strange bedfellows. sort of like the church women and boot-leggers uniting to vote down the liquor laws!

the dog

February 12th, 2013
11:29 am

What’s the over/under on ted being univited or otherwise detained to tonight’s festivities?

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:29 am

Amazing that a guy like Ted Nugent can elicit such a frenzied,foaming at the mouth response from the kooks. Gonna get my popcorn and watch them go hyper crazy.

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:29 am

“Stupid”, “Moron”, “Extremist”

I don’t understand it either. Jay why are you holding back?

RB from Gwinnett

February 12th, 2013
11:30 am

Remember libs, you’re supposed to be “tolerant” and love those who are different from you. All this name calling and hate being spewed on Ted because he’s different and doesn’t believe like you is contrary to all you claim to be about but never really are.

Keep your hypocrisy alive and well, libs. Keep pouring on the hatred and shout down his right to his own beliefs!!!

moonbat betty

February 12th, 2013
11:30 am

Erwin's cat

February 12th, 2013
11:30 am

the dog – You are sounding crazier by the moment in your justification to blow children away.

…did you ever back up that assertion?

Jefferson

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

The president should welcome ole Ted, make him stand and get reconition, then ask him since he is not dead, when is he going to jail or has his views evolved ?

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

the dog

February 12th, 2013
11:27 am
“thulsa-in addition to cheating widows out of money”

You got proof do ya?

Welcome to the Occupation

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

“I do not believe that would be the case if the situation were reversed, if a Democratic congressman had shown the extreme bad judgment of inviting a rapper who had strongly implied violence against a Republican president”

Implicit political violence, here in the form of indulging fantasies of acting that violence out in unscrupulous individuals, is one more step in a move towards some sort of soft fascism, a state that we may already have arrived at.

Putting aside the partisan angle for a moment, this is of a piece with a general desensitization towards violence in the population at large, as discussed yesterday in connection with films like “Zero Dark Thirty”, which may very well encourage some individuals to accommodate themselves to violence in the name of larger political ends. The Nugent invitation encourages and furthers that trend.

Moderate Line

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

That silence doesn’t mean that Republican leaders necessarily endorse Stockman’s move or Nugent’s antics. However, it does mean that they lack the political courage and judgment to confront those destructive elements in their own party and to try to distance themselves from it. As a result, their political fortunes will continue to suffer.
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First, I did not vote Republican at all in the last election but the comment seems little over the top. One congress man is inviting someone who is fighting deporation. What bothers me more? People being invited to the state of the union who are not legal resident or a nut job rock star. Both sides are just patronizing people to get votes. There are allot of American citizens who would love the opportunity to go to such an event. To be beat out by rock star because he loves guns is annoying but to beat out by someone who is not here legally is a whole new ball game.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/11/gutierrez-invites-illegal-immigrant-to-attend-state-of-the-union/?wprss=rss_politics

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:23 am

“An extended backround check may have turned up that the gun owner had
a son in the home with “troubles”…”

How? And are you going to take away the gun rights of millions of legal gun owners just because their child has asperger’s syndrome, depression, or autism? All because one guy went nuts?
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.
.
.
If you’d like, but I would oppose that.

However, manic depression, schizophrenia, hallucinations, delusions, bi-polar disorder, ocd, ptsd
are pretty damn good reasons to keep folks away from guns.

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

“…frenzied,foaming at the mouth response from the kooks.”

Thulsa, that describes every single one of your posts today.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:31 am

This may be a silly question, what is a “Dittohead”

Really?

You are sitting at a computer and you can’t find out for yourself?

Since you seem incapable of doing anything on your own, Let me google that FOR you.

:roll: :roll: :roll:

willie lynch

February 12th, 2013
11:32 am

Someone should stand up and tell Ted “YOU LIE”, because he’s not in jail and much to the dismay of many he’s still alive. If only he were a man of his word….typical Republican.

Buzz Belle

February 12th, 2013
11:33 am

So all those leaning “right” – is Ted a patriot? You tell us because I truly do want to know. You support this kind of morals? Wants to own how many guns, but never fight for our country – Patriot? Exactly what is your idea of a “Patriot”?

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:33 am

“You are sounding crazier by the moment in your justification to blow children away.”

Well if you can just show me where I justifified blowing children away then I’ld be happy to send $1,000 to the charity of your choice. I think a fund for the Newtown massacre victims would be appropriate. Just send your proof of your charge and I’ll be sending the check to Jay so that he can forward it on.

Granny "Impolite" Godzilla

February 12th, 2013
11:34 am

Anybody here foaming at the mouth?

Or are we simply finding the humor in this gross miscalculation on the part of Mr. Stockman.

Sounds like a repeat of the Eastwood fiasco to me.

Brad Steel

February 12th, 2013
11:34 am

…. they lack the political courage and judgment…

No need for qualification to this excerpt. For guys with bunch of guns, they sure are pussies.

stands for decibels

February 12th, 2013
11:34 am

And what would you have us all drive, JewCowboy, a plastic bubble with a lawnmower engine?

ha ha ha.

Can’t wait until JReb hears what JCB actually *does* drive.

(I’ll let JCB do the honors…)

In the middle

February 12th, 2013
11:34 am

Wow, a little hostile are we.. Maybe need to get a bandage for the thin skin,,

DannyX

February 12th, 2013
11:35 am

“First, I did not vote Republican at all in the last election but the comment seems little over the top.”

Why not? You defend them around here every chance you get. Anyone that says its the article that is over the top in this case is not giving the moderate line.

DownInAlbany

February 12th, 2013
11:35 am

Instead of who will attend, how about…what will the President have to say tonight? There will be plenty of tools there (from both sides), including Pelosi, who doesn’t know the difference between the 1st and 2nd Amendments!

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 12th, 2013
11:35 am

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 12th, 2013
11:36 am

cons got the State of the Union confused with the Jerry Springer show.
Understandable.

Jefferson

February 12th, 2013
11:36 am

Most of the time when the GOP tries to be cute, again they are just dumb.

Peadawg

February 12th, 2013
11:37 am

“Really?

You are sitting at a computer and you can’t find out for yourself?

Since you seem incapable of doing anything on your own”

And you wonder why people on here think you’re a complete jackass…geeze.

Nero

February 12th, 2013
11:38 am

blah blah blah Ted Nugent… Bookman must be bored again.

Thulsa Doom

February 12th, 2013
11:38 am

“However, manic depression, schizophrenia, hallucinations, delusions, bi-polar disorder, ocd, ptsd
are pretty damn good reasons to keep folks away from guns.”

Granny,

I’ve no problem with that and I think most of the people in that group are already prohibited from owning guns. I have a customer who has one of those conditions but cannot own a gun because of it. And while I don’t think he should have one he does live in very low income housing. The gang ringleader a few doors down and his buddies tried busting down his door one night. Sucks for him but he’s just a victim waiting to happen.

JamVet

February 12th, 2013
11:38 am

Maybe he and Jindal can sit next to each other and have a pleasant discussion about the GOP needing (or not) to lose it’s stupid, insulting and backwards image…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 12th, 2013
11:39 am

Wow, a little hostile are we..

No, merely amazed.

Amazed that you are somehow able to “Enter your comments here”, but at the same time you are unable to enter your questions to Google.

the dog

February 12th, 2013
11:39 am

thulsa-already told you to send the $1000 to Planned Parenthood. Can you not remember things from day to day?