thoughts out of season


We all die, this is certain. Maybe not. Some are born dead and some never live.

Each life is just as important as the next.

Why do politicians walk around with bodyguards? Does this phenomena happen only here in my neck of woods or elsewhere?

What type of idiot walks around another idiot to take for them a bullet should one be fired?

What loss do we suffer if a politician idiot is killed other than having to go for elections? Shouldn’t we, to keep these thieving people in check, take away their security details? Maybe they may just become reasonable.

It’s a chilly morning here, with some showers. I don’t know how it is wherever you are.

Wishing you all a godless Sunday.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

100 thoughts on “thoughts out of season

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Some are born dead ” – I can’t accept that – all are born alive, but some may be taught to be dead.

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  2. Mordanicus says:

    I believe that the (former) king of Norway walked around without bodyguards, trusting that his citizens would protect him.

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    Hi Noel. I’ve been following the blog ‘Kenya Poa’ so I can see why your politicians need bodyguards. What a bunch, shutting out principled, able Kenyans who are actually competent to take office. Kenyatta’s ghost is one thing that is certainly not lying down and dying. Sorry things are looking gloomy with you. Take care now.

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    • makagutu says:

      Hi Tish, many days we haven’t spoken. Hope all is well with you.
      I will check that blog out.
      My countrymen and women hardly think. It saddens me to think of how these idiots are repine the country

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  4. emmylgant says:

    “Each life is as important as the next”
    It seems to me that this is an ideal absolute.
    And you know how much I love your way of thinking ( something surprisingly gleeful at the thought of eliminating bodyguards and corrupt politicians as a consequence came up within).
    But there is absolutely nothing in my life’s experience that confirms the equal value of human life.

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    • makagutu says:

      It is custom that makes us think the priest is more useful than a mother. That the president is more important than the voter.
      Life is just life, just as the president dies, so does the shoemaker. And each for each person, their life means the world to them.

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      • emmylgant says:

        Of course that is so. Animals die too. As do mushrooms.

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      • Well said mak. And all life may die, but the importance of which life is in question tends to come down to the brass tacks of singular situations. Ten thousand people killed on the one side of the world in an earthquake are not usually deemed as important as your average Joe, going about his business on the other side, not being affected at all. Joe would say his wife’s life is more important. If the people are of a different race, or skin-tone, this can also have people caring considerably less. The families of the deceased should not be informed their loved ones lives weren’t as important as some politician’s, or anyone’s. On the tiny island of Guam, locals like to have their bats alive inside a coconut milk soup. The still-living bat is nabbed from the wild, rinsed off, and popped into a boiling vat of water, wings, fur, and head intact, then it is boiled alive before being served up with a dash of coconut milk and vegetables. Hey, it’s just a bat though right? Well no, the life of the bat deserves more respect, instead of giving the wee creature, with its beating heart and sentient mind so very little respect, it is deemed perfectly ok to have it boiled alive for the pleasure of eating it. I’d have used the dogs in China as an example, but went for bats for a change.

        “ideas have longer lives and if it is right, it will survive the death of their strongest proponents.” – This is great too.

        (Despite the above, sonmi’s dog’s life is more important than the whole of parliament in London. She’d make a better job of running the country, and there’d be free biscuits for all. No need for bodyguards at all then).

        – s.u.t.Cloud

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  5. fojap says:

    Warm, humid. It didn’t cool down much overnight. They’re expecting it to hit 33 degrees tomorrow. Good day for the movies, maybe.

    As far as the politicians go, I understand what you’re saying, but it’s not always the bad ones who get targeted. Lincoln was assassinated. In Central America some of the politicians who have tried to stand up to drug cartels have been targeted. I’m under the impression that Obama has received more than the usually number of threats. There may have been an attempt to overthrow Roosevelt by powerful business interests.

    As far as who would do it… I had a boyfriend from South Korea who had worked as a body guard for diplomats. It came out of being drafted into the South Korean army. He had a big scar from where he got hurt when someone attacked someone, however he couldn’t tell me the details. In fact, he said nothing about what he did, I just know he had been a “bodyguard,” and other people told me that he was an expert in martial arts. I suspect that they hope that the situation simply won’t occur. (He became an architect, btw. He wasn’t a career bodyguard.)

    Now that I think about it, I need to go change into shorts and a tank top.

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    • makagutu says:

      I love this comment.
      True, it is not always the bad ones that get killed. The ones who get killed, do so maybe because they represent an idea that some people may not approve of. And I think, I could be wrong, but ideas have longer lives and if it is right, it will survive the death of their strongest proponents.
      Hope you had a fabulous summer day. It has been frigging cold over here

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  6. I’ve always insisted that I need bodyguards to protect me from the contract the Nobel Prize Committee has out on my head. No one seems to agree with me. Well, when I turn up dead with a Nobel Committee bullet in my noodle, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

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  7. john zande says:

    You too. You’ve been quiet this week. All good?

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  8. shelldigger says:

    The pope-mobile is evidence aplenty that the pope/’s do not have the faith that their god will protect them anymore than the politicians of which you speak.
    And yes, we are all men/women of equal standing. Only $ and politics creates the societal wall of separation.

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  9. Hariod Brawn says:

    And ‘fatih’ = ‘faith’. πŸ˜‰

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    • shelldigger says:

      Yes, I had a long hot day yesterday, still wiped out from it, and I was typing on one cup of coffee there. I plan on resting up today.

      I did at least catch a few fish while my son and I braved 105 heat index yesterday. There was a good breeze blowing which is good it didn’t feel as hot, but also bad, if you have ever been head first into the wind for a while that can wear you out.

      I know this may sound strange but when I was a kid I got to spend some time with my great grandmother and great uncle on their farm. Granny was an old school marm who taught school in the old fashioned one room school house. Anyway she had a saying in Native American that amounted to, “dont let the wind steal your soul.” I didn’t really get it then. I understand it now after spending 3 decades out on the water.

      Any time anyone would go to walk out of the farmhouse on a windy day she would say that saying. Damned if I can remember how it went now. It was something along the line of “beware the windigo” Do not quote me on that, it was a very long time ago…

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  10. Ignostic Dave says:

    No matter how good and incorruptible you are, with a large enough group of people, there will be some that want you dead. Bodyguards are a cost of doing political business on the world stage.

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    • makagutu says:

      There is always someone who wants someone dead, they may not say it.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I have a couple of candidates in mind. Truth is, if you live long enough, all of your enemies will be dead.

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        • makagutu says:

          I would want to outlive all my enemies but I don’t think I am going to live that long.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            With THAT kind of negative thinking, likely not!

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            The odds of Stephen Hawking living past 27 were phenomenal – just sayin’ —

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          • makagutu says:

            I may live long. But should I die sooner, it will be the longest I can ever live

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          • The odds of me living with a lightening bolt glued to my hand are pretty amazing, too. Yet here I am Mak, all 2 foot one of me. πŸ™‚
            I always wonder, even guns that were illegally acquired were legally manufactured somewhere. We, in the US, can keep close track of legally manufactured narcotics, practically down to the individual pill even, so, why can’t we do the same with guns? They go from legal manufacturing to a legal purchase and then to illegal sales. They’re not made specifically to sell illegally to gang members.
            As an American, nothing makes me feel less safe than the number of guns in our communities, legal or illegal. My solution is to insist that everyone, by law, MUST be armed. Everything MUST be settled by gunfire. This will be the ideal world for gun advocates. Of course, IMO, they’ll be the first to be killed by gunfire. Most I’ve encountered think of their gun as a second dick and brag about it for show. Few have been shot at or had to actually kill anyone. Those who have had these experiences know the difference between a dick and a gun. But, to those who don’t, and feel safe with owning a gun, they’ll at least be able to die with a gun in their cold. hands if the law is changed to reflect what I mentioned above. πŸ™‚ BANG! BANG! You’re dead! Praise be Charlton Heston!

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            — who now suffers from dementia, and is often heard to say, “ Moses, who?

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          • He’s dead AND he has dementia-WHAT A MIRACLE!!!!! Bang! Bang! Bang!

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          • makagutu says:

            Arm everyone and then let us see how it goes. I think there would be a lot of fireworks

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  11. I don’t have an issue with politicians or celebrities having body guards. There are crazy people out there and they can make a name for themselves by offing a well known person.

    What I don’t like is when politicians and celebrities want to limit my ability to protect myself ie gun laws. I am for some gun laws, but some want them illegal. Obviously law abiding citizens will obey and get rid of their guns while those that break laws will keep theirs. So these politicians and celebrities are protected by their paid armed body guards, the rest of us are left vulnerable. BTW, I don’t carry a gun, but if I want to, I should be allowed to.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      I’m no stranger to guns, Sally, in fact, I fired ‘Expert’ in the army, but with all of the anger, frustration, and road-rage there is in the world, not to mention people with poor impulse control and the frequency with which guns go off accidentally, I’m not sure I’d want to go out among a public where everyone had guns.

      Now if you want to include a psych evaluation as a prerequisite to gun ownership, we might reconsider that position.

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      • Most people do not want to carry guns with them…. Most use them to hunt (I live in the south) and/or protection at home. I do not know of one person that has died from one going off accidentally or from poor impulse. You very rarely hear of a person being shot from road rage. You mostly see gun violence in high crime areas. Do you really think those that carry guns there are going to obtain a gun legally??!! You’re just removing guns from good people and allowing those that have no care for the law to have them.

        I feel it’s a good thing for a criminal to not know if this house has guns or not. I grew up in a home with guns. I was taught to respect guns and to never touch them.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I grew up in a home with guns. I was taught to respect guns and to never touch them.

          Not all homes are like yours. My dad taught me gun safety as a young boy. A classmate of mine had a brother whose head was blown off when a shotgun he had in a moving car went off accidentally. As per my training, I would never have carried a loaded gun in a car, but clearly, not everyone had the advantage of that training.

          I really wouldn’t want to take a child to a McDonald’s and sit in a booth next to a man with an AK-47 slung from his shoulder.

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          • makagutu says:

            People who own guns in this country and others with bodyguards have still been killed with other gun holding people. Some day from heart attack! Why try to evade death that will eventually get to you?

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          • Then why wear a seat belt, why eat healthy, why avoid dangerous streets… I mean you’re going to die anyway. :/
            I feel it’s ok for people to want to protect themselves.

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          • makagutu says:

            A seat belt correctly used, might save lives. A gun correctly used will lead to loss of life/ lives.
            Eating healthy may not lengthen your days but may make your life better. You may just avoid lifestyle diseases.
            Avoiding a dangerous Street is pragmatism. It doesn’t extend your life

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          • A seat belt correctly used might lead to a loss of life too (people do get trapped). Eating healthy will most likely lead to a longer life by preventing heart disease and diabetes. And avoiding dangerous streets may extend your life if by avoiding them u don’t get raped and murdered.

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          • makagutu says:

            If you live life avoiding death, even eating becomes a danger.
            I don’t think any seat belt is designed to kill. Any gun worth its name is designed with the end of either maim or kill

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          • There are always accidents that can happen, but think about how many guns are in the US and how many accidents occur? More people are killed in car accidents than gun accidents.
            I will be honest, I don’t trust a government that wants to take away citizens guns. I feel our forefathers had good reasons for wanting us to have the right to own guns.
            As to carrying Ak47, I wouldn’t eat at the McDonald’s and businesses would know that and make a rule no weapons. Just like no shoes no service.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            I feel our forefathers had good reasons for wanting us to have the right to own guns.

            Yeah, they did – Thomas Jefferson once said that America ought to have a revolution every 20 years. Try that today, and see how far you get.

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          • Excellent point, arch. Even being armed with hand guns to the teeth, citizens trying to revolt against the armed militia of today’s US Gov’t would quickly become blood stains on the sidewalk. Not to mention. very, very few gun rights advocates are trained soldiers with combat experience. Mostly their folks trying to lengthen their penis size, literally and/or metaphorically, by claiming, “I OWN A GOD DAMN GUN, AND I AM SAFE WITH IT!” Bang! Bang! Gotta love gun fire.

            I’ve been shot at. Some idiots out joy-riding shot at some friends and me while we were out walking one night back when I was in high school. I pissed my pants. Literally. It would have made no difference had I owned a gun or been armed. The terror of being fired at made me freeze. Luckily, no one was hit, but that had nothing to do with me having or not having a gun on me. Just luck.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            PLEASE don’t try and sell those pants on Ebay –!

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          • Did that years ago. To a nun in New york.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            *LIKE! (Sorry Mak’s too cheap to buy a LIKE button –)

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Plus, you won’t believe this, but I once dated a nun from New York – you don’t suppose it was the same one? Talk about 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon!

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          • Could be. The nun I sold the pee-pee pants to actually out bid Kevin Bacon for them by a dollar. Small world indeed. πŸ˜‰

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Actually – no joke – she was an ex-nun – she was Black, I was not. She told me, as we held hands, lying in the grass, that in the convent, she was expected to wear a nightgown when she took a bath, so that she wouldn’t see her own naked body and be tempted. True story.

            Frankly, her naked body looked just fine to me —

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          • I know. I grew up Catholic and spent 13 years in Catholic school. The rules are nuts. I’ve known a few ex-priests and nuns myself and have heard the tales of bathing in a gown. And folks wonder why priests so often rape little kids. What a messed up psychology Catholicism is. Messed up and very sick. They need more guns in the Catholic Church. Believe or get shot. Bang! Pow! Bang! Ah, everything in life is so much better with weapons. πŸ™‚

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Yeah, well, I find a keyboard to be more effective than a gun.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            But admittedly, you got me started down memory lane – DAMN! she had a sweet little body! I gonna go away for a while —

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          • Don’t forget the tissue. πŸ˜‰

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          • makagutu says:

            And lotion

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          • Me too. I’m being factious about guns. I abhor them. Ex-nuns, however, I adore. πŸ˜‰

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            I know what you mean – I adored her multiple times.

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          • makagutu says:

            Very effective

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          • makagutu says:

            There are like buttons! I think you are sleepy

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          • makagutu says:

            That I think must have been scary!

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          • They also knew that governments try to over power their people. It’s happened all through time. We need our government, but they can become too powerful and have been known to kill their defenseless citizens.

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          • makagutu says:

            It reminds me our forefathers had good reasons to walk naked. We wear clothes these days, maybe we should keep it natural

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        • makagutu says:

          When thugs or would be thugs know you have a gun, they come well armed and are more likely to kill you before you even get to your gun. That is my thinking

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      • makagutu says:

        Even a guy who has passed a psych evaluation would snap and kill himself- not too bad and others- a tragedy

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t think having a gun would make me safer. Some think differently. I am a pacifist and would prefer a world without guns.

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      • I would prefer a world without guns too, but I know there will always be those that want to hurt others, therefor guns are needed.

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        • makagutu says:

          I don’t think so.
          I think we need to have a society where everyone has access to food and shelter

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          • Man has been fighting and warring since the beginning of time. We have created weapons to hunt and fight. Some people enjoy hurting others, those people will never abide by laws preventing them from obtaining weapons.
            I’m not sure where you live, here in the US, everyone has access to food and shelter. Some obtain it easier than others, but it’s there.

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          • makagutu says:

            I live in the very old country.
            I don’t deny man has been warring each other since recorded history..
            Why claim to be complex and intelligent if we are still close to the beast as our ancient ancestors?

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  12. >>> “What type of idiot walks around another idiot to take for them a bullet should one be fired?”

    A poor bastard in need of a job?

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  13. basenjibrian says:

    Actually going to be contrarian here! LOL

    It is easy to complain about “the politicians”.
    But who are “the politicians”?
    They are US.
    Sure, we claim that we would be different in that position with that power, but is that true? Really?

    As George Carlin, Dour American commedian (RIP) so clearly noted:

    β€œNow, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans.

    So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.”

    And, as bad as the politicians are, they need bodyguards because tehre are wacky nutjobs who may be even worse. Like Al Shabab. Even a questionable and corrupt local nabab is better than some wacko Al Habab suicide bomber.

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    • makagutu says:

      BJ, I agree with you that the politicians are us. In another place I have said, the politicians being the representatives of the people represent where the average population stands. If they are corrupt, the population is mainly corrupt or else they wouldn’t be there.
      I know this may shock others reading this, but last time Al Shabaab threatened to blow up our parliament with the MPs, those who commented were wondering why it has taken them so long to do it. In a way, we are tired of ours and wouldn’t miss them much.

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  14. basenjibrian says:

    As for Ammosexuals and their guns, what happens when an American Concealed Carry Warrior meets a Stand Your Ground Armed Patriot? (may be too much of an American connundrum!)

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    • makagutu says:

      whoever fires first, lives

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      • basenjibrian says:

        The problem, of course, would be the COLLATERAL DAMAGE. I guess one has to expect and accept COLLATERAL DAMAGE when one is enforcing FREEDOM.

        Or at least our President, the Peace Prize Warrior, assures us of that as the U.S. military incinerates another village or two in pursuit of the latest “Number 3 in Al Qaeda or ISIS.”

        Speaking of our President, I hear tell that 5,000 naked anti-gay fundamentalists will be greeting him in protest when he visits Kenya. If your fundamentalists look anything like our typical fundamentalists, that will be a frightening, perhaps fatal, experience for the man!

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        • makagutu says:

          I am waiting for the guys to go naked. That will be photo op that I can’t miss.
          The small issue of collateral damage can be explained away you know

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          • basenjibrian says:

            Terrible things can always be explained away. Human beings can rationalize anything.

            I am sure there are rational explanations, pronounced by pious grey- suited white old men, why the United States is helping one of the most vile tyrannies in the world (Saudi Arabia) starve and bomb Yemen into a human rights apocalypse. 100% Peace Prize President here, by the way. Can’t blame Bush for this one.

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          • makagutu says:

            You have a way of putting things in perspective.
            And this is one of those occasions

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