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Who’s a ‘Bully,’ @GregFlynn? Democrat Operative Targets North Carolina Mom

Posted on | September 17, 2013 | 235 Comments

North Carolina Democrats have apparently adopted the radical motto “By Any Means Necessary” in their war to destroy conservative opposition, as the intimidation tactics employed by Democrat operative Greg Flynn against a citizen-activist make clear:

Lady Liberty is a blogger, but she is also a mother worried about her children. Greg Flynn (an editor at the left-wing blog, a former employee of the state department of education and a Democrat Party activist) apparently decided that identifying Lady Liberty by name would be a good way to shut her up, exposing her family to harassment from his radical Democrat allies. Every conservative in North Carolina — no, by God, every conservative in America — should be mad as hell about Greg Flynn‘s vicious intimidation tactics.


Lady Liberty has been a leading voice in the opposition to “Common Core” in North Carolina. You should follow her on Twitter.

Every blogger needs to speak out on her behalf.

And pray for ten thousand angels to guard her family.

UPDATE: Greg Flynn wants to correct the record and also to justify what Sister Toldjah calls “shutuppery”:

See? If you are a stay-at-home mom and Democrats recognize you in a photo, Greg Flynn will publish your name, because shut up.


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Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt: Often Wrong, But Never in Doubt

Posted on | September 17, 2013 | 26 Comments

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Last night, Ali and I did a podcast that began with a half-hour on the Washington Navy Yard shootings and then continued on for another hour-and-a-half about the continuing madness of Bill Schmalfeldt. What we didn’t know what that Schmalfeldt stayed up past his bedtime to listen — and fulminate with rage, which John Hoge chronicles.

Fulminating with rage is Bill Schmalfeldt’s modus operandi. Here’s a Facebook threat he sent to a woman in 2011:

“Now . . . you’re going to wind up being the Monica Lewinsky for Jeremy’s Bill Clinton unless you start telling the truth and start telling it quick. I’m done fucking around, and I am not going away. You’ve already had “the media’s” interest in this case explained to you. Now, do you wanna play dumb and lose your kids? Or do you wanna play smart and keep what you got? I am not making any threats. I am just trying to help you avoid a shit storm for some giggling fuck who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you. Do you really want to be dragged through the mud for THIS giggling shitwit. I’ll wait to hear from you. But I send what I have … EVERYTHING … to the Wisconsin Media tomorrow.”

Is a person who does things like that rational? The “Jeremy” referenced is apparently Jeremy Ryan of, whom Schmalfeldt described as his “colleague.” In fact, Schmalfedlt contributed exactly three articles at that site, This was during the Wisconsin recall effort and Bill was at war with a conservative Facebook group called “Operation Burn Notice,” and Schmalfeldt was evidently trying to get some information from this woman . . . why? We don’t know.

It was a bit of irrelevant trivia involving a Facebook group and thus Schmalfeldt’s wildly disproportionate wrath — threatening that the woman would “lose your kids” after he sent information to the media — can only be explained as symptomatic of madness.

Is it any wonder Bill got banned from Facebook? And then turned his complaint against Facebook into an 18-minute YouTube video?

Bill Schmalfeldt has a clear pattern of such behavior. Ken White has written a lengthy examination of Schmalfeldt’s threatening rhetoric.

Bill Schmalfeldt of Elk Ridge, Maryland, a.k.a. “Liberal Grouch”

What could possibly justify Bill Schmalfeldt’s threats like that?

Nothing — except perhaps the voices inside Bill’s head.


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Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Received Government Benefits, Had Mental Issues

Posted on | September 17, 2013 | 82 Comments

The man who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard reportedly received disability benefits, telling a friend in Fort Worth this involved some problem with his feet. Whether or not there was anything wrong with his feet, there was definitely something wrong in his head:

Aaron Alexis seems a study in contradictions: a former Navy reservist, a Defense Department contractor, a convert to Buddhism who was taking an online course in aeronautics. But he also had flashes of temper that led to run-ins with police over shootings in Fort Worth, Texas, and Seattle.
A profile began to emerge Monday of the man authorities identified as the gunman in a mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., that left 13 people dead, including the 34-year-old man. While some neighbors and acquaintances described him as “nice,” his father once told detectives in Seattle that his son had anger management problems related to post-traumatic stress brought on by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also complained about the Navy and being a victim of discrimination.
U.S. law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said. Alexis had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said.

More headlines:

Suspect In Navy Yard Attack Previously Arrested
In Seattle For “Anger-Fueled” Shooting

Seattle Police

Alleged Washington shooter served as Navy
reservist, may have recently lost job

NBC News

Navy Yard shooter ‘had a pattern of misconduct’
Los Angeles Times

He was a disgruntled kook who blamed his problems on others. We used to lock up kooks in the loony bin. Now we give them government checks and turn them loose. That’s working out real good, isn’t it?


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Posted on | September 17, 2013 | 12 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho


The shooter

Worst attack since Fort Hood “workplace violence”

UN Report Confirms Nerve Gas Used In Syria
Inspectors don’t make clear whether Sarin was used by Assad forces or rebels

More Than 60 Zamboanga City Hostages Free
Unclear whether they escaped or were liberated by Filipino special ops forces

Obama Attacks GOP On Budget, Debt Ceiling During Navy Yard Shootings

Krauthammer: “Extremely bad taste”

Calls on Congress to pass “budget without drama”

Bill Daley Bails On IL Governor Race

Private Prison Company CCA Held In Contempt Of Court

Stacy’s Crazy Cousin John Warns Against Government Shutdown

Obscure Mussel On Front Line In Pennsylvania Between Drillers, Greens

Thompson Concedes NYC Dem Mayoral Primary To DiBlasio

California Raisin Grower Fights Federal Order Taking Almost Half His Crop

Obama, Feinstein Reignite Gun Control Fight After Navy Yard Shooting

Crude Oil Drops As Syria Threat Recedes: NYMEX $105.91, Brent $109.72
German Investor Sentiment Brightens On Eurozone Outlook
UK Inflation Slows To 2.7% In August
Wall Street Role In Ethanol Credits Questioned
British Government Makes $61 Million Profit On Sale Of Lloyd’s Shares
Rain Helps Some Nebraska Crops, But Not Corn
Rhapsody Sheds Staff, Execs Amid Difficult Music Market
Apple Offering “Last Compatible Version” Of iOS For Older Hardware
Google Goes With A $30 Million Bump
Game On At LinuxCon
“Grand Theft Auto V” Set To Smash Sales Records

Cashner Narrowly Misses No-No Against Pirates

Andrew Cashner

Padres win 2-0; no-hit bid frustrated by Tabata single in 7th

Cueto Throws 5 Scoreless Innings In Return As Reds Thrash Astros 9-1

Royals Top Tribe 7-1 To Open Critical Series

Rays Take Wildcard Lead With 6-2 Drubbing Of Rangers

White Sox Score Seven In 1st, Coast To Easy Win Against Twins

Porcello Sharp As Tigers Beat M’s 4-2

Bengals Beat Steelers 20-10; First Monday Night Win Since 2007

Braves-Nationals Game Postponed Due To Navy Yard Shootings

Miss America Nina Davuluri Brushes Off Racist Idiocy

Nina Davuluri brings Bollywood to the Miss America talent contest

“I have to rise above [the negativity]. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Call Off Engagement

Britney Spears’ Big Concert Announcement

Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl” Casts Emily Ratajkowski

Sky Ferreira, Zachary Cole Smith Busted For Drug Possession

“Walking Dead”‘s Laurie Holden Gets Role In “Dumb And Dumber To”

Paula Deen’s Extortionist Sentenced To 60 Days In Prison

AMC Prepping “Walking Dead” Companion Series For 2015 Launch

Dina Lohan Has No-Booze Birthday Bash After DWI Arrest

Caroline Manzo Taping “Real Housewives Of NJ” Spinoff Pilot

Gaga, Kinney Still Going Strong

Seinfelds Throw Noisy Bash To Mark End Of Yom Kippur

Brand Dating British Heiress

Telling A Smart Story

Stricken Costa Concordia Set Upright In Italy
Facebook, Twitter Blocked Again In Iran After Brief Respite
Turkish Fighter Shoots Down Syrian Helo After Airspace Violation
Bangladesh Islamist’s War Crime Penalty Changed From Life Imprisonment To Death
Doubts Over Merkel Coalition Grow Despite Bavaria Win
Brazil Looks To Break From US-Centric Internet
Donors Pledge $1.8 Billion Euros For Somalia
Israel Dismmisses Letter By Former European Leaders
ROK Military Defends Shooting Of Defector
Egyptian Security Forces Storm Town Held By Hardline Islamists

Doug Powers: John Kerry – When I said a deal with Russia was impossible, I did that knowing full well it was possible
Twitchy: “Unmitigated Ass” – Did You See How Douche-Ghoul David Frum Politicized Navy Yard Shootings?
American Power: The Depravity Of The Anti-Israeli Left
American Thinker: The Myth Of Red State Welfare
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: This Stupid Week, Ride To Hell Edition
The Necropolitan Sentinel: ObamaCare And Pink Triangles
Don Surber: Daily Scoreboard, September 16
Jammie Wearing Fools: Hapless Ezra Klein Still Quoting Obama Campaign Pitches – “It’s Change We Can Believe In”
JustOneMinute: Now Is The Summers Of Their Discontent Made Glorious By…Assad?
Pat Dollard: PC Police To Decide Promotions In US Military
Protein Wisdom: Diane Feinstein (Fascist-CA) Uses Navy Yard Massacre To Demand Gun-Grabbing
Shot In The Dark: Do You Hear The Sound Of Heads Exploding?
The Jawa Report: Report – 50% Of Syrian Rebels Are Islamists
The Lonely Conservative: Boy, Even With Declining Membership Those Union Bosses Sure Are Doing Well
Megan McArdle: The False Furor Over Larry Summers

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Google ‘Bill Schmalfeldt’

Posted on | September 16, 2013 | 62 Comments

“Arrogant sociopathic punks think they can go around threatening people and if you dare say a word back to them, you’re the bad guy.
“Speaking of punks, an obscure talentless assclown named Bill Schmalfeldt is threatening to sue Aaron Walker.”

Robert Stacy McCain, Sept. 4, 2012

It’s important to remember where this all began, eh?

That post from last September was the first time the name “Bill Schmalfeldt” appeared on this blog, and it had nothing to do with me or Lee Stranahan or John Hoge or Ali Akbar. No, it was because Bill Schmalfeldt was threatening to sue Aaron Walker, and Patterico was encouraging contributions to Aaron’s legal defense fund.

By that point Schmalfeldt had already been cyberstalking Walker for three months, because of Walker’s conflict with Brett Kimberlin.

For reasons that I’ve never entirely understood, Schmalfeldt subsequently shifted his focus, targeting Stranahan with absolutely vile attacks, until Stranahan pursued harassment charges. And then there were the bizarre ruminations described by Ken White of Popehat:

Last year, between Christmas and New Years, Bill Schmalfeldt posted a fantasy about mob violence and murder, enthusiastically imagining the death of Patrick Frey and me.

Go read the whole thing and ask yourself: How can someone like Bill Schmalfeldt claim to be a victim of harassment?

“Yes , Billy is a few cans short of a six pack. . . . Bill is just not smart. In fact we would rank him up there as one of the dumbest liberal douchebags we’ve ever come across on the interwebz.”
Gary Gnu, March 1, 2013

It’s important for anyone attacked by Bill Schmalfeldt to remember that the attack is never actually about you or whatever reason Bill offers for why he is angry at you. It’s always about Bill. Consider his response to a Facebook group of Wisconsin activists:

“Any time I’ve been in a bar fight, I’m generally the guy standing. I can’t do it physically any more, but if you dipshits really want to go to court with me, BRING IT. And send me pictures of your homes, because they will be mine. And your wives. They’ll be mine, too. Everything you own. Mine. Anything else you want to talk about, dickface?”

You stay classy, Bill Schmalfeldt!

That particular episode began with Schmalfeldt’s beef against a group of conservatives who opposed the union-backed recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans. But it turned into a ridiculous drama because Schmalfeldt’s deranged habits: “Billy is well known for harassment of others on social networking.”

See? This problem was “well-known” before I’d ever heard of Bill Schmalfeldt. Which brings us to today’s eruption of Schmalfeldtian madness.  There is an anonymous Tumblr blog that chronicles Schmalfeldt’s craziness. Schimalfeldt filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint. This was the counter-notice:

My name is Ali A. Akbar. I’m the President of the National Bloggers Club. Part of my duty as President is to protect bloggers, including anonymous ones.
It was brought to my attention that Mr. Schmalfeldt has submitted a false DMCA notice against the blog
He’s a repeat offender at this. At least four of our members have been targeted by Mr. Schmalfeldt in the past. 100% of his DMCA takedown notices have resulted in zero court action. He’s simply trying to suppress free speech and keep citizen-journalists from writing about him.
In fact, DreamHost recently dropped him for copyright infringement. WordPress has dropped several images he’s uploaded too. This character has been banned from Twitter, Facebook,, over a dozen times.
One blogger has a restraining order against Mr. Schmalfeldt as he is an adjudicated harasser according to the Maryland courts. His harassment of bloggers is that bad.
You’ll notice that this deranged cyberstalker uses my image on his Twitter profile:
His attempt to terrorize my members isn’t working. . . .
Please make sure your legal department is aware of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s continued [misbehavior]. If they need anymore information about him — they need to go no further than typing his name into a Yahoo! search or even “Bill Schmalfeldt DMCA.”

That’s just it, see? Type the name “Bill Schmalfeldt” into any search engine, and you immediately realize he’s nuts.

There’s only one person on the planet who doesn’t realize this.

His name? Bill Schmalfeldt.


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UPDATED: New Information Emerges on Navy Yard Shooting Suspect Aaron Alexis

Posted on | September 16, 2013 | 123 Comments

About eight hours have passed since shooting began at the Washington Navy Yard, and information is still sketchy. Early reports that as many as three shooters were involved appear not to be true. Investigators are still seeking a possible second suspect, but it now appears highly likely that today’s carnage — which killed at least 12 victims and may have wounded about a dozen others — was committed by one man, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas. He was shot and killed, and was identified by his fingerprints, the New York Times reports.

Motive for this massacre is unclear, and the FBI is leading the investigation now under way. My early caution about the need to be patient was unheeded by a certain notorious fool:

Alex Jones is an irresponsible menace — that is a confirmed fact.

UPDATE: The FBI is seeking information about the dead shooting suspect, Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth Texas:

Alexis was a Navy veteran who left the service in 2011.

UPDATE II: Networks raced to be first with the wrong name:

CBS News and NBC News retracted reports about the identification of the Washington Navy Yard shooter on Monday, just minutes after each network reported that the suspect in question was a Navy chief petty officer named Rollie Chance.
CBS’s John Miller reported that Chance was a suspect before 1 p.m. on Monday. NBC News later reported the same information and continued to do so past 1 p.m., even after Miller reported that the initial reports about Chance were wrong.
Finally, at 1:05 p.m., NBC political director Chuck Todd tweeted: “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets.”

So if you’re watching NBC or CBS, you’re trusting unreliable sources. Whereas I’m always 100% right, except when I disagree with my wife.

UPDATE III: Deanna Boyd of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:

Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, owner of Happy Bowl Thai in White Settlement, said Alexis was “my best friend.”
“He lived with me three years,” Suthamtewakul said Monday afternoon. “I don’t think he’d do this. He has a gun, but I don’t think he’s that stupid. He didn’t seem aggressive to me.”
Upon learning of his death, Suthamtewakul said, “ ‘Wait, he’s dead? I call him, but he doesn’t answer phone.”
Alexis had been in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 and was most recently stationed at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, according to Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Blansett, a Navy spokeswoman in McLean, Va. . . .
Alexis also worked at times as a waiter and deliveryman at Happy Bowl, customers said.
Alexis had recently visited Thailand and had been to Japan with a computer defense contractor, where he worked in information technology, said Sandy Guerra-Cline, a customer at Happy Bowl and copy editor at the Star-Telegram. . . .
Alexis, whose most recent address was 7940 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth, had not lived there for six to eight months, said his landlord, Somsak Srisan.
“Oh boy, I can’t believe this,” Srisan said. “He was always very polite to me.” . . .
A friend said Alexis loved Buddhism.
“He loved to go to temple, go to meditate in Thai and English,” the friend said. “He could do both of them.”
Alexis had previously lived in Flushing, N.Y., from 2000 to 2002. It is unclear where he lived from 2002 until he moved to Fort Worth.

Alexis was evicted from an apartment complex in Fort Worth after an incident where he fired a gun through the ceiling of his apartment.

Some of the commenters have pointed out that Alexis is black and have speculated about the possibility that race played a factor in the Navy Yard Shooting. There is no evidence of this, nor of any other motive — so far. Most likely, we could speculate that this is a “disgruntled former employee” situation. That is just speculation, however, and there is certainly no reason at this point to suggest that racial hostility or any political ideology influenced the shooter.

UPDATE IV: Bill Miller of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

So, yeah, the FBI is investigating.


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#NavyYardShooting Patience, Please: Don’t Let Media Reports Confuse You

Posted on | September 16, 2013 | 46 Comments

We’ve seen this pattern over and over, from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings: New breaks, cable TV and online sources fill up with “confirmed” reports and various thinly-sourced rumors that later prove to be false or irrelevant. The urgency of media trying to be first to report new tidbits of information in real time creates a blizzard of confusing and contradictory “facts” which may not be facts at all.

Police search for active shooter on grounds
of Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

Washington Post

Four Dead Among 10 Shot at D.C. Navy Yard;
At Least 1 Shooter Still At Large
NBC News

What is important as a news consumer in such a situation is to be patient, to realize that what’s happening at the scene is going to happen independent of what is said on cable TV or on the Internet. We cannot influence events, and yet the BREAKING NEWS banners on cable TV make us feel a sense of involvement, so that you may get emotionally distraught simply because you don’t know what is actually happening.

Patience. By this time tomorrow, the identity of the shooter or shooters, the motive, and the names of the victims will all be known.


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LIVE AT FIVE: 09.16.13

Posted on | September 16, 2013 | 15 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Summers Bows Out Of Running For Fed Chairman

Former SecTreas Lawrence Summers

Liberal, moderate Democratic Senators ally to torpedo Summers; seen as weak on regulation

No Relief From Epic Flooding In Colorado
Rain continues, hampering air rescue ops

UN Inspectors Submit Report On Syrian Chemical Weapons
Security Council to transform US/Soviet agreement into concrete plan

House Report On State’s Benghazi Review: It’s A Whitewash

The Benghazi consulate

Senior State officials not held responsible for policy decisions

Biden Defends Obama At Iowa Steak Fry, Stokes Speculation About 2016

Bill Thompson Says He’s In It To Win It

Coakley To Run For Massachusetts Governor

Maryland Counties Join Movement To Secede From Democrat-Dominated States

Wisconsin Teachers Vote To Decertify Union

Admiral: US Sub Forces Decline As Chicoms, Iranians And Russians Boost Surface Forces

Crude Oil Drops On Syrian Deal: NYMEX $107.17, Brent $110.55
Roche Picks Lufthansa Boss As New Chairman
PRC Stocks Drop For Second Day
India Inflation Unexpectedly Quickens As Rupee Drop Stokes Costs
Judge Approves American Airlines Reorg Despite Pending DOJ Suit
Consumer Sentiment Hits Five-Year Low
Secure Alternatives To Facebook, Instagram And Twitter?
Sprint’s Early Upgrade Plan For Phones & Tablets Leaks Online
Microsoft Pulls “Fly On The Wall” Anti-iPhone Ads
Facebook Flicks On Mobile Video Move
Game Hardware Sales Lag As Players Await PS4, XBox One

Red Sox Honor Rivera Be-gore Last Game At Fenway

Big Papi congratulates Mariano Rivera on his retirement

Buchholz stays perfect as Sox crush Tankees 9-2 for the sweep

Matt Kenseth Stays Hot, Wins Marathon Chase Opener

AP Top 25: Tide Reigns Supreme, LSU Moves Up To #6

A’s Sweep Rangers, Increase Lead In AL West

Twins Rally As Rays Waste 3-Run Lead, Fall 6-4

Gonzalez Injured As O’s Beat Blue Jays

Angels Edge Astros 2-1, Hand Houston Loss #98

Morneau’s Single Leads Bucs Over Cubs, 3-2

Brewers Beat Reds 6-5 On Halton’s Sayonara Homer

Manning Leads Broncos To Another Big Game Against Giants

Nationals Gain More Ground As Ramos Stars In 11-2 Pounding Of Phillies; Now Only 4 1/2 Back

John Legend Marries Chrissy Teigen

John & Chrissy

Couple ties the knot at Italy’s posh Lake Como

LeBron James Marries Longtime GF In San Diego

Houston Greets Paula Deen With Cheers At First Appearance

Kanye West Charged In Paparazzi Attack

Lindsay Lohan Shows Support For Her Mom, But None For Her Boobs

“We All Know How Much Pot You Smoke” – Katy Perry Calls Out Friend Rihanna Over Drug Use

Anthony Bourdain Helping Nigella Lawson Over Split With Saatchi

Celebs Who Blasted Bush On Iraq Mum On Obama And Syria

Hurricane Sandy Pushed Back Taylor Momsen’s Album

Paris Hilton Vows To Wear More Clothing

US Seeks Wide Support For Syria Deal
Kaesong Industrial Zone Reopens As Korea Relations Improve
Afghanistan’s Top Female Cop Dies After Shooting
Merkel Allies Win In Bavaria A Week Before National Elections
Massive Typhoon Hits Central Japan
Israel, Hamas Join Forces To Keep Gaza Residents In Place
21 Dead As Tropical Storm, Hurricane Batter Mexico
Abbott’s Border Crackdown Starts Wednesday
Cambodian Opposition Rallies For Second Day After Protest Death

Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Cis-Female White Phallocratic Oppressor Is Also A Douche
American Power: Peggy Noonan On Vladimir Putin’s Power Play
American Thinker: Strategic Blindness In Syria
The Necropolitan Sentinel: Obamacare Watch – Schadenfreudelicious!
Don Surber: Luftschlacht Um England Weekend Scoreboard
Jammie Wearing Fools: Surprise! John Kerry’s Syria “Expert” Vouched For Anti-American Jihadis
JustOneMinute: Brainlocked Market Design Leads To Brainlocked “Reporting”
Pat Dollard: Meet Amanda Lickers, The Fat, Canadian, Leftist Nutbag, Gay Fake-Indian Who Desecrated a 9/11 Memorial
Protein Wisdom: Miss David Brooks Does Not Like The Crease In Ted Cruz’ Pants
Shot In The Dark: Hypothetical Question
The Jawa Report: And Now A Sandcrawler Zionist Intermission
The Lonely Conservative: NY To Parents – Sorry If Your Kids Feel Like Losers After Common Core Testing
Megan McArdle: “Breaking Bad: Canada”?

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