Hamlet’s Madness And The Perturbation Of Chief Justice Roberts

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Hamlet’s Conflict And Roberts’ Moral Breakdown–

It is accepted among those who are honest with themselves, Chief Justice Roberts sold out the American people and the Constitution, while cowering from implied presidential threats to the Supreme Court and an anticipated rage of the Left’s propaganda bureaus. Whether he is familiar with the madness of Hamlet or his lack of conviction is but indecision and the wavering of ideas, matters little, for his perturbation will be a matter of conjecture until the untimely end of the Republic; undoubtably, his decision and indecision will hasten that end. Yet sadly, his actions and logic seem to be drawn and written from the tragic Hamlet script, some four hundred years old.

Bear with me for a few minutes and see if these ancient lines don’t take on modern meaning and expression.

Hamlet’s madness is metaphysical, linked closely with the culture of the era, the madness of Roberts is allowed to become metaphysical when a presumed loyalty and love of the integrity of the Supreme Court and his first love, the Constitution become conflicted with his desire to avoid acrimony and derision from the Left. Hamlet has love for his family; yet, his father has been murdered by his uncle, so that he may marry his sister in law, Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet learns of the treachery from the visitation of the ghost of his father. To catch the murderer, Hamlet feigns madness, but falls into a pit of psychosis that leads to the insanity of all the main characters, including Hamlet’s beautiful and virtuous fiancé Ophelia. In the end, death claims them all.

It is for us the observers to note the erratic actions of Roberts, actions that portend unseemly and circumspect reasons for doubt. We reasonably suspect the president has a direct line to the deliberations, after a justice who helped form arguments to support the law refuses to recuse herself from the court; thereby compromising the deliberations from the beginning. Soon the president announces veiled threats to the court, directed toward the court but delivered to the public. We learn of a delay, and later we learn Roberts has changed his vote.

Roberts is a news junkie and knows the capability of the president’s propaganda bureaus to malign and impugn his enemies, did he compromise his values in lieu of the withering fire that would be directed toward him for being loyal to the Constitution?

Oh, there is drama and madness lurking beneath the surface of this modern day drama and more than enough to draw parallels to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Let the Constitution be the beautiful and virtuous Ophelia, Hamlet’s fiancé, and we can see how Roberts like Hamlet destroys his true love while succumbing to the drama and his own madness.

If we analyze Hamlet’s most well-known soliloquy, we can see the self-pity and absorption that many say indicates madness and the need for Roberts to retire:

To be or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? — To die, to sleep, —
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, — ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; —
To sleep, perchance to dream: — ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despis’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would these fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death, —
The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, — puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know naught of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

The first lines of this soliloquy tell us of the self embroiled in torment: with Hamlet, it involves a dream of murder, with Roberts, it is the conflict with the desire to sell out the Constitution in order to gain respite from the vitriol of the Left’s propaganda presses and their exaggerated self-righteous indignation.

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

Roberts is not up to the fight and the threats of character assassination that will be directed toward him if he strikes down the president’s signature accomplishment.

to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

Roberts chooses the way of the coward, hoping to avoid conflict, but manages to lose the support of his base and encourages his protagonists to laugh at his weakness.

Thus his double ended failure, failure of principle and his failure of fealty to the object of his love, the Constitution, is the double ended sword by which he contemplates his mortality and ultimate disgrace, for now the Left mocks his weakness of spirit.

No traveller returns, — puzzles the will,

Roberts Flees To

And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know naught of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

Though Roberts has great knowledge, his moral compass is forever compromised and no, conscience does not necessarily make cowards of us all; too many have been willing to sacrifice their very lives to uphold the Constitution, Roberts was overwhelmed at the thought of being humiliated by the minions of propaganda.

O! what a rogue and peasant slave am I!

Once he realizes the depth of his capitulation and moral failure, he will try to cast his shortcomings on the failures of man the beast.

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me; no, nor woman neither, though, by your smiling, you seem to say so.
Hamlet, Act II, scene ii

But Roberts is the ultimate weakling and coward, in a class by himself; he is condemned forever as a turncoat, outcast, and moral weakling.

Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. ‘Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Hamlet, Act III, scene ii

In the finality of his despair, madness consumes him for he has sold his integrity, not for pieces of silver, but for unreal reasons and fear of verbal persecution. He has become an island, alone in his sea of madness to both pity his fate and to contemplate his loss of respect, not just from the Right, but the Left as well, for no one respects the coward.

Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood,
And do such bitter business, as the day
Would quake to look on.
Hamlet, Act III, scene ii

He has eternity to contemplate his loss of dignity. There is no amount of self-pity that can salve these wounds. Leave Roberts to his misery, he is lost to the country and the Constitution he has so flagrantly compromised.

The Dictum of Aristotle:

“There are no ideas in our intellect which we have not derived from sense perception,”

Roberts knows of his disgrace, for it is when we betray our very essence, that we are lost to all the world and ourselves. In the absurdity of the resolutions he embraced, his weakness is all too apparent, he has become a hypocrite to himself. His scruples have been destroyed on the breakers of public opinion, he has become a presumptuous parody and pretext of the man he was supposed to be.

As Hamlet so aptly described, he is:

—-but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward.

Both Hamlet and Roberts are condemned for their repulsion of their virtuous and trues loves, Ophelia and the Constitution, but each is overwhelmed with his own pity and sorrow to have feeling and compassion for their true loves, those they have so wantonly destroyed.

The insensibility and lack of comprehension of the damage done is true of both men. Hamlet’s realization of failure and utter devastation was complete by the end of the play: Roberts is left to contemplate the depth of his internal perturbation for the rest of his life.

Oscar Wilde wrote the best epilogue to this essay:

And all men kill the thing they love,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The Coward with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.

A professional horseman for over 40 years, Skook continues to work with horses. He is in an ongoing educational program, learning life's lessons from one of the world's greatest instructors, the horse. Skook has finished an historical novel that traces a mitochondrial line of DNA from 50,000 years ago to the present. The book Fifty-Thousand Years is awaiting me to finish a final proofread and it should be sent to the formatter in a matter of days. I am still working, so it is not easy to devote the time I need to finish the project. The cover is a beautiful wok of art. I would put it up here if I could figure out how to make it work.

38 Responses to “Hamlet’s Madness And The Perturbation Of Chief Justice Roberts”

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    Dave Brickner

    This is a VERY good analysis and comparison to another tragedy. To live with one’s guilt and suffer the days of memory and regret are probably the best punishment. All the fame in the world will not cover the lies his own mirror will reflect upon him. He probably hopes revisionist liberal history will cover a legacy of shame.

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    James Raider

    @ Skook,

    This is an exquisite post, and I think you may just have had way too much fun creating it. Beautifully done on many levels, and I love that it revolves around one of the English language’s great pieces of literature – an insightful piece from the Bard, very apt for a critical moment in American Judicial history, and nicely wrapped in your presentation. Enjoyed it. Thanks.

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    maybe he was intimidated by the left’s potential to deliver violence. 1/2 of the people would be angry regardless of the decision. Maybe he was choosing between upseting law abiding, hard working constitution loving, patriots and lawless, violent, time on their hands- OWS types .

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    I’ve never read anything so sublimely insane in my life, but I mean in that in a good way (the best way possible). Skook, this is a classic. Happy 4th to you!

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    maybe the one who gave us a hint of the inner demons of ROBERT, was right,
    even that he might have whispered it to the wind,
    the haunting punishment for a defector, is not to die, but to live a long life facing it constantly.

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    Past time to admit that our two party system is kabuki theater. When the permanent Washington politcal class wants to get something into law they do.

    Difference between Washington Democrats and Republcans? Not much. If Romney gets in, what exactly is his plan? What will he attempt to change. My bet is…nothing important.

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    Richard Wheeler

    Skooks A great read that should be sent to Roberts for comment.

    Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar

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    Neither the “right”, nor the “left”, in DC are all that different, Skooks. It is not that hard to imagine a collusion between the two parties, both of them playing both the “good cop” and “bad cop”, depending on the audience involved at the time, but ultimately traveling toward the same endgame. That is, control over citizens’ lives.

    Imagine. If the opposition to proposed laws, regulations, edicts, and ideas was left to the people, the direction, magnitude, and breadth of the opposition could be enough to derail the endgame. What better way to control it than to introduce “champions” of the cause to direct the opposition, making sure it never becomes large enough, or strong enough, to obliterate the idea of control.

    Sound conspiratorial? Maybe. But history, especially recent history, has shown the GOP to be nearly ineffectual at derailing the Democrats’ plans.

    One can simply look at the TEA Party to see how the anger was spreading cross-country, at both parties, for abuse of trust and mismanagement of government, and the ensuing grasp by the GOP at the reigns that control the movement. And while there may not be control by the GOP over the TEA party movement’s actual direction, the perception is there, and because of that perception, people who might otherwise have joined the cause are wary of being identified as a GOP lapdog.

    From the other side we see the OWS crowd being courted, and in some cases, led, by liberal/progressive politicians. The OWS has been somewhat neutered by this, and by the pitting of conservatives against them.

    So, as for Roberts, he may simply have been doing the bidding of the GOP leadership in not erasing Obama’s legacy. Bought out, duped, or simply a coward, it doesn’t matter in the end.

    We, the people, ALL of the people, must be willing to take back our government, realizing that no current politician, of whatever political stripe, has our true best interest at heart, no matter how much they have promised us.

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    Methinks Skooks’ (whose comments I admire greatly) may be taking the short view in this analysis. The long term benefits of a sharply defined and limited commerce clause should bring joy to the hearts of most followers of this blog. The limitation imposed on the federal government, prohibiting it from cutting off federal funds to those states which it alone decides are “bad actors”, thankfully transfers significant powers from the federal government back to the states. Finally, regardless of the unseemly, if not grotesque, details surrounding the deliberations and voting, this terrible law was legally passed by both houses of congress and signed by the (supposedly) legally qualified and elected president of the United States. As such, a much more satisfying and delicious result would be for those same entities to repeal it. If we can’t get that done via the November 2012 elections, shame on us and we deserve the result. Someone much smarter than me made a comment to the effect the Judge Roberts has been playing chess, while the rest of us have been playing checkers. I agree with that assessment.

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    Hoosier, the checkers and chess comparison is a thought provoking analogy and it bedevils the mind to think of one mind and one vote having the power of 350 citizens, but it will all soon be decided, if our RINOs in DC aren’t just blowing smoke up our arses to keep the lid on the tea kettle.

    We who oppose the law need to win not one, but three victories: first we need to win the Senate and the Executive, then we must assume our leadership is honest in their desire to repeal Obama Care. Unfortunately, those of us who are news consumers, no longer trust our leaders or most of our representatives or the bureaucrats that service the government.

    The Commerce Clause still has the potential for tyranny; courts and politicians change, corrupt and ignorant politicians like Pelosi, Rangel, and Waters are always waiting in the wings to accept positions of power and prestige. Unfortunately, we the public, until recently, have been complacent about granting those positions of power and prestige to miscreants. We were uninformed and when we were informed, we were told lies and fabrications. These little machines have decreased the ability of our government and the MSM to lie with impunity to us.

    The idea of a Supreme Court voting predictably down party lines has destroyed the concept of a Supreme judicial body. For without the scribbling to justify their positions, we could use half wit hacks from Chicago to predictably vote down party lines. The scribbling is supposed to expose the wisdom of the court, but where is the wisdom in interpreting the Constitution according to ideology; especially, when a particular ideology is focused on rewriting the Constitution.

    Fifty years from now, few people will be aware of the schism of the court, the bizarre behavior of Roberts, and the fateful moments that portend this election. An election in which less than ten percent of the people are even aware of the events and risks.

    Roberts could have taken the danger out of the equation and easily justified his decision. The commerce Clause could be neutered in future deliberation and relegating strength and power back to the states could have been decided in future deliberations, but closing up like the turtle and expecting all the pieces of the puzzle to fall in place is a risky gamble, a gamble that insures Roberts relief from attack and will assure a genteel legacy from the media powers that be, for the time being.

    After spending years on the race tracks, I have known many gamblers. Most of them, despite periods of success and even fame, died broke, cold, and alone. Any of them would gamble with whatever stakes they could come up with, if they thought they had an edge. None of them could even grasp the stakes Roberts passed through the betting window, and he has no edge, real or imagined.

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    Skooks, I could not agree more that the stakes high, nearly beyond the imagination of mere mortals, certainly well above the ability of the average voter to comprehend. The nullification of Obamacare by the SCOTUS would have been a welcome relief, akin to a bandaid applied to a finger cut. The other little problem (the arterial bleeding) of entitlements and waste remains. So you are absolutely correct, I must be a degenerate gambler to accept the odds and hope against hope for the three victories you note. What other choice do I have if I choose not to just throw in the towel. Through my little peephole to the world I sense at least a slim majority either rejecting the policies which have been thrust upon us, or regreting their drink of the Koolaide. I haven’t lost total faith in Roberts yet. He may have just punched his ticket for a free pass to vote his conservative roots the rest of his career. Hope springs eternal. If I lose my wager, chance are we’re effed anyway.

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    Hoosier, we are not gamblers; we are strapped in for the ride, and our fate has been tossed to the winds. We communicate and commiserate and maybe we will have a slight influence on a thousand people. Still, that’s not bad, when compared to recent history. The big try-fecta is staring us in the face and we are doing our best to reach more and more people, that is all that can be reasonably expected. Of course, neither of us is willing to throw in the towel; despite the fact we don’t have confidence in our leaders.

    This is not the winter of our discontent; no not at all, these silly little machines provide us with capabilities beyond our founders’ greatest imaginations. We merely face defeat and tyranny, they faced death at the end of the rope and the loss of their families’ estates. I am not trying to portend doom and gloom, I am writing of the importance of our plight and the need to be aware of the consequences. Failure is not an option we should consider, but the enormity of the task is daunting; particularly, when you must rely on others with no spine and dubious loyalties.

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    I say that the replacement, won’t be able to reproduce the previous, because he has a core not aiming to destroy but to heal, and he bring ability and support of the one who will create jobs in AMERICA,

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    Yet sadly, [Roberts] actions and logic seem to be drawn and written from the tragic Hamlet script, some four hundred years old.

    Ah, no.

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    Thank you Skook, the great mystery of Hamlet is what is played and seen and those humanistic activities unseen during the play within a play within a play. All die save gentle Horatio when Fortenbras leading a charge of rational men arrives from England to save mortally wounded Denmark. Our good country will survive this madness. We have been here before when James Taney, a fellow Roman Catholic, ruled as the Chief Justice in the 1850′ that black men were “property” in the Dred Scott Decision leading us to the scourge of the Civil War. I will be dead but my musket loaded and alive for any freeman willing to stand and fight along Concord Bridge.

    So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to’t.

    Why, man, they did make love to this employment;
    They are not near my conscience; their defeat
    Does by their own insinuation grow:
    ‘Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
    Between the pass and fell incensed points
    Of mighty opposites.

    Why, what a king is this!

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    Though this be madness – yet there is method in’t.

    Such things may seem incredible; but, however wondrous, they are true. Nor is the history of fanatics half so striking in respect to the measureless self-deception of the fanatic himself, as his measureless power of deceiving and bedevilling so many others.

    Thanks Sooth, tis a marvelous epilogue you have provided. I threw in a little Melville to make it a grand party.

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    yes , you sound it right, but why did JUDGE ROBERT did not figured, is that those OWES,
    ave been train slowly, and now active and non stopeble by anyone, even him, if he was trying to pacify them or OBAMA,
    he sure failed, because their madness is the same as it was in their beginning , because
    in their mind they feel that the people must pay for their failure and ignorance, therefor they come in with PENALTY on healthcare they create, and penalty by the TSA, FOR THE PEOPLE TO MAKE THEM FORGET THE 9/11 MASSACRE OF MANY THOUSANDS GOOD PEOPLE, PENALTY TO THE BANKS for trying to root out the ones who want to be corrupting the system of their regulation to lend money even

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    Yes Skook, I can see it where Hamlet, Ahab, and Justice Roberts all share the same mental self-imposed metaphysical insanity. Whereas the king (Obama) chased the Whale, caught the great fish, killed Moby Dick only to have his ship (government) sank while the gentle Ismahal survives the tragety to be saved by honest men from the Rachel. In my screenpl;ay I am entering the phase where more heads are falling to the guillotine (MSM press) and Robespierre is about to replace (using the big axe) Jacques Hebert’s athiest “Cult of Reason” with his own “Cult of the Supreme Being”

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    Aye Sooth, but why do you brush so lightly on the significance and the terror. Ahab’s psychotic hunt for the White Whale is a hunt for the self and his maniacal desperation represents his metaphysical hatred of self.

    Ahab was the Israeli King most despised by God. Ishmael was the son of Abraham most responsive for monotheism and probably the progenitor of Islam.

    Roberts, Obama, and Ahab dwell in the depths of metaphysical hatred; they each throw convention in the face of the public and dare anyone to challenge their authority to do the unthinkable.

    It’s true Ishmael was saved by the Rachael, but the Rachael was looking for its own lost orphan. Ishmael was the only survivor left, to recount the tragedy. This self-loathing that consumed protagonists and antagonists alike; struck down over a struggle that was meaningless and unfounded, for it was over hatred, the hatred of self.

    Ahab had his mindless sycophants, they clung to his ferocious being like barnacles on a ship bound for destruction on the breakers. Only Starbuck had the courage to protest, but he was consumed as well.

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    that is so interesting, you force the readers to go back and read the previous comments from other,which you address,
    it is fun to go and check which sentence you have picked on,
    thank you for it.

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    AYE AYE Skook, I profess to look at the times and emotions effectung thar period, Remember it was only 1820 when the WS Essex, out of Nantucket, was struck and sank by a sperm whale in the South Pacific. America was very young then yet when Melville wrote Moby Dick in 1850 American ships were found to be the tallest of the tall ships in every major port around the world yet the country still existed with the evil of slavery. Never forget Ray Bradbury, never college or computer data base, screenplay rendition when Pipp, the run away slave boy from Alabama is put in charge of the Pequad “Captain Pipp” as a finding that abolitionist sentiment was deep within Melville’s stock as seen from pre-Dred Scott.

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    he will open the jobs door wide, that is important,
    and he has the backing of BIG COMPANIES, WHO WILL BE HAPPY TO COME BACK FOR HIM,

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    Outstanding, Sooth, Out F-ing standing, I am lunging in the traces to see hear more of your script, can you give us a preview at some point in the future?

    Captain Pip, indeed! Oh, how the characters pull at our heartstrings and make us see our own frailties and failings more clearly.

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    about a quarter million computer users around the WORLD ARE AT RISK OF
    LOOSING INTERNET access on MONDAY, because of malcious software
    at the heart of a hacking scam that US authorities shut down last NOVEMBER,
    some blogs and news reports hyped the risk of an outage, warning of a potential “BLACKOUT”
    describing that the ALUREON MALWARE as the INTERNET DOOMSDAY” VIRUS.
    YET experts said, only a tiny fraction of computer users where at risk, and INTERNET PROVIDERS
    would be on call to quickly restore service, they said they consider the threat to be small
    compared with more -prevalent viruses, such as ZEUS and SpyEye , which infect millions of PCs,
    and are used to commit FINANCIAL FRAUD, AS OF THIS WEEK, about 245000 computers
    SECURITY FIRM DETEQUE, that include 45,355 computers in the UNITED STATES.
    CONTROLED BY CRIMINALS, according to the FBL. DNS servers are computer switchboards
    that direct WEB TRAFFIC.
    WHEN AUTHORITY took down the rogue servers, a FEDERAL JUDGE in NEW YORK ordered
    that temporary servers be kept in place, while the victim’ machines where repaired.
    THE temporary servers will shut down at 12/01 AM EDT ON MONDAY.
    WHICH means the infected PCs that have not been fixed, will no longer be able access the INTERNET.

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    I visited your link, and I’m okay, and my own security also said I was okay,
    I find it incredible, in the internet how advance it is, I’m always in wonder of it,
    I cannot imagine what else coming but we might be able to fly without the TSA, without planes,
    just by ingrown wings, who knows, the sky the limit,

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    I heard that MS CRAWFORD a well known person who is well read in the JUSTICE COURT JUDGES,

  27. 34

    Richard Wheeler

    Bees and friends Did you see Rubio and his lovely family on one hour Hannity special?
    Forget all the wannabees that have come and gone. Marco Rubio will be the next Conservative POTUS.

  28. 35


    Richard Wheeler
    I missed it, I’ll try to catch the repeat tonight,
    I did briefly saw him and his wife, in a quick appearance foxnews,
    she is very beautiful yes and him also.
    thank’s for the tip.
    he might be the VP FOR MITT ROMNEY,
    YOU KNOW I LIKE HUCKABEE, I think he has lot’s of ability,

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    You know the French language much better, , but my job between to inform and to entertain is first to entertain. “bearreau” is a better mot to promote the evils of absolute power over legitimate power but Americans just don’t know the word in French.

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    yes, and don’t tell anyone that I had completely forgot that word, and finally, after I got my memory red of trying, it came, ah, I THOUGHT, I must put it in , after working so hard to find it,
    and proudly inserted it, just for you.
    yes le BOURREAU DE FRANCE, IT’S NOT A WORD I use often, well never,
    it came to me first as the EXECUTIONER, AM I RIGHT?
    And I still have a strange feeling there is another french word to mean the same, but I CANNOT FIND IT IN MY BRAIN,
    BUT IF IT POP OUT SOMEDAY, I will run back to write it,
    on one of your future comment, even if it doesn’t fit in,
    so you will know it,
    and yes you are always entertaining.

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