DePaul SAC building
DePaul Student Center

By John Ruberry

“Hey there,” I said to a co-worker who is a DePaul student a couple of days ago, “a friend of mine was arrested at your college for videotaping a protest.”

That friend was Jeremy Segal, also known as Rebel Pundit, and he was briefly jailed by the Chicago Police for his alleged crimes.

Are no other crimes in Chicago? I am writing this entry during Memorial Day weekend–as of now 40 people have been shot.

“Oh yeah,” the co-worker replied, “they were protesting that speaker because he wasn’t telling the truth.”

“That speaker” was Milo Yiannopoulos, the tech editor at Breitbart, which of course is a conservative leaning news site.

Outside of some schtick, I’m not aware of anything that Yiannopolous, who is also known as Nero, has said that is false. And while his fight in the Gamergate controversy has been real, it’s also best not to take everything Milo says too seriously, especially since he came to Chicago because Catholic-in-Name-Only DePaul was a stop on his Dangerous Faggot Tour.

However, one of Milo’s alleged falsehoods is his debunking the gender-gap in wages. Click here to read his take on this sacred leftist rallying point.

Nero spoke for about 45 minute–until some whistle-blowing Black Lives Matter radicals took over the stage. After some chanting and screaming, Yiannopolous was forced to end his speech.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” is a quote that has been credited to both Huey Long and Sinclair Lewis.

Ayers and Dohrn Chicago home
Ayers and Dohrn’s Chicago home

Here’s a 21st century version that I am crediting to myself: “When fascism comes to America, it will be to protect people from hearing speech that they don’t like.”

Leftist teachers and professors have conditioned millions of gullible youngsters that statements and ideas that they don’t agree with are in reality offensive and false. The bolder among them–these are the disciples of Barack Obama’s pals Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers–believe such speech should be banned.

Really?

Just two days ago a DePaul socialism professor, Shu-Ju Ada Cheng–oops, I meant a sociology professor–claims to have resigned her sinecure over the half-hearted apology from DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, over the Yiannopolous debacle.

But while Nero got his half-baked apology, Cheng burned.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote on her Facebook page. This leftist continued, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

We’ve gone from the Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964 to free speech being “delusional” in 2015 at DePaul.

A totalitarian America is not a paranoid fear. Because millions of Americans believe in the putrid radical rubbish being force-fed in schools and colleges.

Are you familiar with the Thomas Klocek case? Click here to read about DePaul’s 2005 attack on Klocek’s free speech rights.

Oh, one more item about Chicago crimes. Milo spoke at the DePaul Student Center, which is pictured on top. Two days before Yiannopoulos’ aborted address two DePaul students were robbed at gunpoint by three assailants a quarter mile from the Student Center–two of the thugs are still at large.

But the cops decided to arrest Rebel Pundit.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


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At DePaul University we once again saw the commitment of the left to the principle of free speech

DePaul University Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a Milo Yiannopoulos event on Tuesday night. They justified their illiberal actions on grounds that Yiannopoulos’s speech spreads hate and violence—which, incidentally, is true, given that the students retaliated by literally attacking him.

In video footage of the event, a female protester can clearly be seen striking Yiannopoulos in the face. This took place during the Q and A, which was interrupted by the female student and another activist, student Edward Ward. They were joined by ten other irate students. Yiannopoulos’s supporters tried to stop them, and police and security were called.

There was security on hand, but…

neither the police nor campus security did anything to stop the activists. This was ironic, because DePaul had forced the College Republicans to pay several hundred extra dollars for security for the event, according to The College Fix.

The college president responded by sending out an email referring to Yiannopoulos and his ilk as “entertainers” and “self-serving provocateurs”, calling his actions his “shtick” and praised protesters who were: “working to calm each other, and at times, even hold people back from hasty decisions,”

That being said he also had this to say:

“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so. Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the ideas. I was ashamed for DePaul University when I saw a student rip the microphone from the hands of the conference moderator and wave it in the face of our speaker,” he wrote.

Given his attack on Milo’s opinions, praise of protesters and the inactivity of the security that the university required him to pay for the president words ring hollow.

Glenn Reynolds as one suggested effect to this cause:

Sounds like DePaul has created a hostile educational environment on account of race. I hope that some DePaul students file a complaint with the Department of Education, then publicize the response. You know that if the races had been reversed here there would already be feds onsite.

But Charlie Kirk on Twitter notes an effect that is more likely to produce change

The withholding of contributions both big and small is the best way to persuade the university to actively support the principles they claim to hve.

That a Catholic University that has allowed this is an embarrassment to me but I suspect DePaul’s “Catholic” identity these days only exists to attact the dollars of faithful catholics who unlike the Cardinal Newman Society have no idea what DePaul’s has been up to these days.

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As I look at the California Protesters attacking police and burning police cars I find my self thinking of all people Blessed Sister Restituta.

What you’ve never heard of Blessed Sister Restituta? Let me educate you.

She was born Helena Kafka in 1894. Helena was a nurse who inspired by Franciscan Nuns to join their order. She continued as a Nurse eventually becoming lead surgical nurse at Modling Hospital in Vienna at the close of the first World War.

Now one might wonder what an Austrian Franciscan Nun in Nursing has to do with Donald Trump, well that can be answered when you consider their enemies.

The supporters of Donald Trump find themselves having to brave the violence of those who wish to silence him and make any expression of support for Mr. Trump be hidden.

Sister Restituta meanwhile found herself as a faithful Catholic in a regime that had been annexed by Nazi Germany and as the anti-God Nazi regime invaded every aspect of life she had to deal with those who wanted faith silenced.

Sister Restituta was very outspoken in her opposition to the Nazi regime. When a new wing to the hospital was built she hung a crucifix in each of the new rooms. The Nazis demanded that they be removed. Sister Restituta was told she would be dismissed if she did not comply.

She refused. The crucifixes remained on the walls.

Does this sound familiar? If you’ve been following the culture wars it should be. Fortunately for us we have the protections of the 1st Amendment and a history of free expression which helps keep those who wish to suppress the free expression of opinion or religion in check, Sister Restituta was not so lucky.

One of the doctors on staff, a fanatical Nazi, would have none of it. He denounced her to the Party and on Ash Wednesday, 1942, she was arrested by the Gestapo as she came out of the operating room. The charges against her included, “hanging crucifixes, and writing a poem that mocked Hitler.”

The Nazis promptly sentenced her to death by the guillotine for “favouring the enemy and conspiracy to commit high treason.”


It is very likely that none of us will suffer the faith of Sr. Restituta who was beheaded on March 30, 1943 but let me point out something.
There was a time in Austria when if you told people that you would see Nuns beheaded if you let these guys get power they would have said you were crazy.

There was also a time, not long ago, when if you told someone who supported the likely nominee of a major US political party that attending one of his rallies would put your personal safety in danger when people would have said the same.

Now some of our friends on the left, who might not like this kind of thing may find it convenient to keep quiet about this, not wanting to risk chasing away potential voters.

And some of my fellows who don’t support Trump as the GOP nominee might also find it convenient to blame Trump for the violence of these protestors as an easy way to highlight all they find disagreeable with him.

There are two problems with this approach, first ethically it is dishonest and wrong.

But as a practical matter sooner or later these movements eat themselves, ask Troskey, ask Robespierre or ask Cathy Brennan.

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If you want to understand why liberals fear conservatives and why a Curt Schilling must be fired at all cost watch this speech by Bill Whittle at Front Page Mag via Instapundit and Maggie’s farm.

In it he tells the story of his speech at a liberal high school, here is how the story ends

I got an email from them the next day saying the school’s on fire. That’s all they’re talking about. We have a speaker every week. You’re the best speaker we ever had — duh — and they want you to come and do a day, and then he said parenthetically, “We record all of these things, but the Rabbi has deleted your video.” “He did what, now?” “He deleted your video because you made an off-color remark about the school.” “What remark about the school?” “The business about somebody here calling you Hitler.” “Well, he did call me Hitler. Why would I invent that?” He used that as justification to erase the video. He didn’t sequester the video. He didn’t put the video on hold and not drop it and release it until they found out the truth of it. He deleted the video and he deleted the video because I was effective and I had an impact on those kids

That is why the left does its best to silence us, what else can you do when there is no answer to your words? It’s what totalitarians do.

God knows nobody on the left does or cares.

Of all the things that have happened during the Obama years the lack of outrage over what happened to Molly Norris is the thing that , in my opinion, brings more disgrace to us as a nation than any other.

I’m still angry about both what happened to this leftist that I never met and I pray that I never lose that outrage. Because until she can come out of the shadows and live openly in America again we are not a free country.

If you don’t know who Molly Norris is odds are you’re not a regular reader you can find the posts where she is mentioned here.

Cringing to these fellows will never do

Admiral Robert Blake

I have to say I disagree with Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his Chicago rally because of threats of violence and thugs.

If these folks can shut down a Trump Rally unopposed they can do it elsewhere and rewarding this kind of behavior will just bring more of it.

What is the point of a first amendment if this can take place?

Oh and the leaders of these protestors were not only hoping for violence but would absolutely love to see one of their own number shot or killed to create a martyr, after with Democrat turnout down they need to create something to motivate them.

If you think that’s kind of harsh then I submit you haven’t paid attention to how the left operates.

No wonder the left likes Radical Islam so much, they use the same speech suppressing tactics.

CNN spent the night making excuses for thugs, I suspect if they were disrupting a Hillary Clinton rally they’d be outraged

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draw-mohammedAs longtime readers of this blog know I’ve been interested in the case of Molly Norris from the very start:

I call on bloggers today to put up a post proclaiming they remember Molly Norris.

I call on talk radio and Television hosts to mention this anniversary and express their outrage

I call upon our representatives to pass a resolution of outrage over this Fatwa and in support of Molly Norris.

And have stayed angry about it

Every day this stands the first Amendment is desecrated and our rights are become simply words on an old piece of paper. If we don’t fight this and continue to fight it, then not only will we forfeit the rights our forefathers died to bequeath us, but we will have proved ourselves unworthy of those rights.

The failure of the American Public to be outraged over an American Journalist working and living in America forced to go into hiding under an assumed name due to threats from Islamic terrorists is to my mind one should be a matter of personal and Public disgrace to the American People and our media.

Thursday I saw this tweet from Zilla Stevenson

It links to this post at frontpage mag which reminds of this disgrace:

So Molly Norris no longer exists. But whatever name she now goes by, she can’t work as a cartoonist, because a cartoonist’s style is as recognizable as her handwriting – and in any case, what previous work, signed “Molly Norris,” could she submit in applying for jobs? Relatives and friends must worry about meeting with her, or communicating by phone or email, for they have to assume that Muslims determined to find Molly Norris will know who her relatives and friends were before she changed her identity and could conceivably be watching them, hoping they will lead to Molly Norris. She is “in effect, being put into a witness-protection program – except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab.”

How does she survive? With what handful of people does she allow herself to associate? What kind of life must Molly Norris be living if the government provides no support?

But most disturbing of all is how Molly Norris has been essentially abandoned to her fate, and has had both to “disappear herself” and to endure having “disappeared” from the American public’s consciousness.

 

And suggests one of the candidates for president do something about it:

Imagine that if even one of the candidates were to talk about her, what good he might do. Let’s imagine what he might say:

We no longer have free speech in this country, because those who are most outspoken about Islam have been threatened with death. Many have been scared into silence, and others have had to change their lives.

Take the case of Molly Norris, forced to go into permanent hiding, and to change her identity, because she dared to suggest an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” in solidarity with cartoonists in Europe threatened with death for having drawn what we now call MoToons. When she was threatened herself, the most that the American government would do for her was to suggest that she go into hiding. The government did not offer to support her, or to pay for her security: it was “a witness-protection program without the government picking up the tab.”

Now imagine that same candidate brings up the story of Molly Norris at every gathering, forcing the media to report to the broad public what he has to say about her monstrous situation, imprints her story on the public consciousness, causes people to bethink themselves about how our officials have behaved in their insensate determination not to fight but to give in to Muslim threats.

Now the odds of our Democrat friends who will never oppose radical Islam as much as they do republicans are as great as my odds of winning the next Papal election but if either at tonight’s debate or sometime soon one of the GOP candidates, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would bring it up tonight, particularly Trump who the villains at CAIR are attacking.  They would do a positive service both for the country and for free speech.

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As long as we remain silent on Molly Norris the image above isn’t a net meme, it’s reality.

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Is there a sadder headline than this one at Breitbart?

We’re Winning: Rutgers University President Defends Free Speech Following Milo Yiannopoulos Visit

Now don’t get me wrong I’m delighted to see the President of Rutgers defend free speech which said in part:

While I will not defend the content of every opinion expressed by every member of our academic community, or of speakers who we invite to our campus, I will defend their right to speak freely. That freedom is fundamental to our University, our society, and our nation.

But how far have we fallen as a nation when a University president defending free speech as “fundamental to our University, our society, and our nation.”  is news?

I think that fact says more about how far we’ve fallen as a society than anything else an is an indictment of the educational system.

A few days ago after he was banned from Twitter but before his @sextroubleaccount I talked to RS McCain about what his going on with him.
We talked about the possibility that this was part of an election year strategy:  

“Now you’ve seen how this shadow banning where search results are being suppressed. It looks very much like they’re trying to tilt the playing field in an election year when Hillary Clinton is the presumed nominee and feminists have the thumb on one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world”

He compared it to other loss leaders for the left:

It’s like salon.com it’s been losing over a mil a year for 20 years and yet the “investors” are willing to do it because it promotes a “progressive” message

He told me that he didn’t find out about his initial banning until he saw a tweet talking about it (I only noticed when my @rsmccain feed wouldn’t load in tweetdeck)

He challenged twitter to show a screen cap of his threatening or abusing anyone while noting that his @sextroubebook account has picked up over 2000 followers in just under 24 hours.

Of course 24 hours later that account was banned too.

I also asked him about how this would be received.  As it was a primary weekend he noted all the political reporters are covering politics but wondered about their lack of interest

people know my number and know people who will get it and you’d think people would call

And perhaps Twitter figured that after a few days everyone would forget the #freestacy business.

But when I talked to him less than an hour ago (I’m typing this as 9:55 AM Thursday) there were two developments the most significant being Denial of Service attacks against his site which were launched today:

when I work up this morning this was going on and it’s intermittent.

He noted the irony in terms of “who is being harassed here”

It’s Ironic that I’m accused of targeted abuse while people responsible for shutting me down are not content with having my twitter account wiped off the face of the earth are attacking my site

he referred to the tactics used against him as DARVO which stands for: Deny, Attack reverse victim , Offender and noted how familiar this all seems:

Dealing with these people is like dealing with Kimberlin, he’s a known sociopath and when you get into a conflict with a sociopath they begin to manipulate the story they become the victim and you become the villain for trying to tell the story about them. You keep telling the truth. Who is being targeted for abuse?

It’s all a question of media bias and unlike folks like me who have their background in stuff like tech (Hence DaTechGuy) media is something Stacy knows as this is his 30th year in the business.

This is the 30th anniversary of my first job as a $4.50 staff right Austell Georgia in cobb county Austell News-Chronicle owned by a local businessman named Lamar.

Ironically Stacy told me Mr. Lamar started his newspaper because he was sick of what he was seeing from the local weekly, so in a sense Stacy McCain cut his teeth on alternate media and media bias:

It’s like media bias everybody has their own opinion on it but nobody asks me even though I’m in the business.

However the 2nd development is the story starting to get out there. In addition to calls from me he’s been contacted by Buzzfeed: “their piece is predictable left” and Debra Saunders who got some minor facts wrong:

“I didn’t out a transgender. It wasn’t a secret that “Sarah” was transgender, Her attacks on 4chan caused people to ask ‘Who is Sarah Butts?’ which caused them to find out who he was…If it hadn’t been for Nyberg’s attempt to silence others nobody would have cared but when somebody has a commercial enterprise online and you try to drive them out of business…

Which is what those going after Stacy McCain are doing, trying to silence him. Ironically he tends to do exactly the opposite:

This is them, trying to silence their critics, I don’t do this to other people, I quote them, that’s what they hate, feminists hate to be quoted.

And now the story is starting to penetrate the MSM (more on that later today) much in the same way that the Anthony Weiner story did, slowly like water on a rock.

Drip Drip Drip.

Fyi you can help by retweeting items in the #freestacy hashtag, writing your local paper, spreading the word on facebook and calling your local talk radio show. Let’s give the Twitter Safety crowd the attention they deserve.

Drip Drip Drip

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Blackadder: Baldrick, have you no idea what “irony” is?
Baldrick: Yes, it’s like “goldy” and “bronzy” only it’s made out of iron.

Black Adder the Third Aim and Amiability

Dominic You:  We need no friends, and fear no enemy
British Captain:  I may have been misinformed I understood Mr. Lafitte was in command at Barataria
Jean LaFitte:  If your offer is good it will stand up under fire

The Buccaneer 1958

Back in the days when I had my radio show I had something called Da Magnificent Panel when I would have 2-3 guests join us to discuss the issue.  As a rule I would always have at least one liberal on these panels.  One of those liberals was a fellow named Mike Hummell who I became acquainted with after his activism concerning the Hostess strike put him in the twitter gulag.  This treatment was the reason why I invited him on my show:

I’ve dealt with more than my share of folks on twitter who would rather throw an insult than make an argument and I don’t hold them in high regard. If your point of view is valid it should be worth defending and able to accept a challenge. As for trying to silence people on twitter let me say underhanded tactics used to silence conservative speech I agree with are just as despicable if they are used to silence liberal speech I disagree with.

If anyone on the right is responsible for this, let me say I’m ashamed of you, you should know better. If you are someone on the left outraged by this I would ask you to show that same outrage the next time someone tries to silence Ann Coulter or my friend Pam Geller.

Either way Mike Hummell is going to be on this Sicilian’s radio show tomorrow, he’s going to make his points concerning the Hostess Strike, I and my co-host will make mine, our callers will make theirs and I’ll trust my listeners to make up their minds. Twitter Gulag or no Twitter Gulag I’ve agreed to have him on and that’s the way it’s going to be.  Period!

I bring this up because as the saga of Stacy McCain’s twitter exile continues one of the things I’ve been most disappointed with has been the relative silence from liberals concerning this matter (I’m not critiquing Mike BTW, I have no idea if he’s aware of the situation and haven’t asked) or the reactions of same.

I’ve argued often that the best way to counter speech you don’t like is more speech and if you’ve seen me on twitter you know that as a rule that barring profanity, nudity or spam it’s very hard to get me to block someone no matter what they are saying.  I’ve always figured that my readers are smart enough to figure out if my arguments hold water against some of the ahem interesting arguments the left makes but when the left chooses to make fools of themselves I WANT people to see it.

I believe the best way to discredit the left is to let people hear what they say in their own words, Ironically that’s the banned Robert Stacy McCain’s MO which gave feminists fits.

Which brings me to the subject of this post.  Ladies and Gentlemen meet Came the Dawn:

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As you can see unlike Robert Stacy McCain and myself this is a person who posts on twitter anonymously.  I have no info concerning him or her I don’t know and can’t tell if this is a sock puppet account designed to pad someones numbers, a college student, or a robo account or any of the myriad of other possibilities.

The only reason why I’m aware of his account is it’s one of the few that turned up in the my RSMCCAIN search that was critical of Stacy so it stood in stark contrast so  naturally I took note

this was the first of seven tweets attacking Stacy, “white male entitlementand his readers, two of which are worth noting first of which this initial tweet suggests that said person actually read Stacy’s arguments on his site.

Now while we have no evidence to support that statement other than the tweet itself but let’s presume it’s true. If that’s the case it’s a point for said person because the first step in making an argument is to see the other person’s point of view.

The second tweet that caught my eye was this one:

This tweet mentions “femfreq” who if you read my earlier posts site might recall dubbed suspicion of twitter’s motives as a sign of hatred of women. Thus we can infer that camethedawn agrees with that statement wholeheartedly as if he or she made it him or her self. Of course since we are dealing with an anonymous account for all we know it Could have been made by @camethedawn but I digress.

I found the seven tweets comical at best, but being a person who believes in speech decided to answer said speech with, you guessed it, more speech!

Now give the possibilities available in the rich vocabulary of the English language built over centuries “hilarious” is a mild choice in response to the worldview publicly advanced by @camethedawn who now had the floor.

So how would @camethedawn answer?

Would we see a screencap of one of Stacy’s tweets claiming it was beyond the pale and justified his banning?

Would we see a series of tweets quoting Stacy’s posts (after all @camethedawn claimed to have read them) making the case that his arguments were ad hominem, or weak, or beyond the pale of polite society?

Would we see examples of the claimed “evil” of conservatives in general since there are apparently so many to choose from, the great benefits of the progressive movement that could b displayed for all to see?

Would we see a clever quip, crafted with the skill of a wordsmith taking using the 140 characters of twitter and the grander of the language to show me the fool to the entire world?

Well one of those choices might have been expected if @camethedawn was a conservative, but as @camethedawn is a feminist who attacks #whitemaleprivilege the response to my innocuous tweet is so predictable that it’s almost not necessary to include it.

Yup, I was accused of harassment and muted which is not only a good explanation why @camethedawn tweets anonymously since with the possible exception of twitter’s safety committee or CSULA no sane HR person would consider employing a person of such frail sensibilities in any responsible position but evidence that like Baldrick our liberal friends have no concept of irony since I can’t think of a response that could have made my point better.


Now being that @camethedawn has muted me It’s possible he she or it will never see this post but I’ve taken the liberty of taking a screen shot of the response in case being rightly embarrassed by said tweet suddenly disappears and coupling it an embedded tweet ensures that if the tweet is deleted you dear reader will know it.

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While the first instinct is to laugh is Baldrick class (Stacy McCain might for example break out his “crazy cat lady starter kit” image), however if you consider that @camethedawn is a human being who is expected to function in society and deal with all of the normal trials that life brings that laughter quickly turns to pity and then resignation at the number of taxpayers who will be needed to support this person as the years take their toll.

It’s a sobering thought isn’t it?

Of course maybe we might see a 501c3 formed to support @cametedawn, after all apparently it’s working for @femfreq isn’t it

And if you are hopelessly naïve, let me clue you in on the secret of this hustle: Just because an organization is “non-profit” doesn’t mean nobody’s making money. “Feminist Frequency is a 501(c)3 non profit,” Anita’s page says in soliciting tax-deductible contributions for her alleged humanitarian philanthropic enterprise, but how much of this non-profit organization’s annual revenue is paid to Anita Sarkeesian in one form or another? Furthermore, doesn’t Feminist Frequency function as a publicity platform that helps Ms. Sarkeesian get income in other ways that don’t show up on her organization’s Form 990? How much free travel and how many free meals does she get every year? What sort of opportunities can a shrewd opportunist leverage from a 501(c)3 racket like that?

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This blog is not a 501(c)3 so unlike Anita Sarkeesian I make no pretence that I’m not trying to make a living around here.

That being said it has been a good couple of days for the blog both in terms of the hits and the tip jar but despite that we’re still $1375 a  22 1/2 days  behind the $61 a day pace that can keep the mortgage and the writers paid.

To those who have kicked in (particularly new subscribers only 114.5 @ $10 a month to go to save the day), thanks ever so much.

If however you have not & are both able and inclined I’d really appreciate it if you’d help us close that gap by hitting DaTipJar.




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