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Jim Moran Calls GOP the "Taliban Ticket"

Amy Gardner

Always good copy, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) likened the Republican ticket in Virginia this year to Afghanistan's radical Taliban movement in comments broadcast Sunday by WAMU radio.

At a get-out-the-vote rally in Fairfax County, Moran said: "I mean, if the Republicans were running in Afghanistan, they'd be running on the Taliban ticket as far as I can see."

Moran was talking about Republicans Robert F. McDonnell for governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who is running for attorney general. By some accounts, the three represent the most conservative Republican ticket to run in Virginia in many years. Moran's comments clearly were aimed to motivate Democratic voters to turn out on Tuesday and vote blue.

According to WAMU, McDonnell spokeswoman Crystal Cameron called Moran's remarks "negative" and "vicious." She also said Moran was seeking to rally voters who are unexcited by their own candidates, Democrats R. Creigh Deeds for governor, Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor and Stephen C. Shannon for attorney general.

"Creigh has had a very difficult time rallying his base," Cameron said, "and they're trying to do anything they can to get out the vote on their side."

This is not the first time McDonnell has been compared to the Taliban; in 2003, a liberal columnist for the Daily Press of Newport News dubbed him "Taliban Bob" for his role in ousting a female Circuit Court judge who had been accused by another woman of sexual harassment.

By Amy Gardner  |  November 2, 2009; 1:13 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009  
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Posted by: kurrambero | November 2, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Moran = Idiot. How Virginia's 8th district keeps electing this guy after the stuff that spews from his mouth is beyond comprehension.

Posted by: LortonVA | November 2, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Obviously he's not just a "Moran" in name. ;-)

Posted by: clancrs | November 2, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

This is the straw that breaks the Moron back - time to toss this hater out. He has made a number of religious and ethnic attacks in last few years. What a scumbag.

Posted by: espnfan | November 2, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It should be noted that the lefty Democrat Blogs have been calling McDonnell "Taliban Bob" for this kinid of insult is nothing new, for either Moran in particular or the Democrats in general...

Posted by: BwanaWannabe | November 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Jim Moron is upset because his brother got his butt handed to him by a loser like Dirty Deeds..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Classy coming from an anti-Semitic person like Moran.

Posted by: JTR555 | November 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sticks and stones... McDonnell is clearly the more focused, thoughtful, and experienced candidate, despite what the Washington Post, Jim Moron, and Pres. Obama think. Virginia is for lovers -- of red!

Posted by: Nancilee | November 2, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Jim Moran speaks the truth about the entire Republican ticket. He may not be "PC", but he is correct, and I am honored that he is my representative.
He works hard, knows the issues, is well-spoken, and honest. You can't say that for anyone on this right-wing ultra-conservative ticket.

Posted by: Restonlady | November 2, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Moran is an embarrassment to those of us in his district who have the ability to think and are not anti-semitic. It's breathtaking to me that such folks are apparently a minority in Alexandria and Reston.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | November 2, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Vicious? Maybe. But very, very true.

Our Commonwealth needs strong language to expose the underlying character of these wackjobs in moderate clothing.

These Republican clowns want to take us back to the covered wagon days where we ford streams, crawl through the mud and pee in the woods for interstate transportation.

How can their plans for cutting all education, health care and environmental protection turn Virginia into a place to grow the economy and create jobs? There cuts are every bit as anti-progress and anti-social as the Taliban.

Call it like you see it.

Posted by: thuff7 | November 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This IS the most extreme right-wing Republican ticket to run in Virginia in many years. It is an apt comparison which strikes a nerve because it is so true and entirely contrary to what the party is trying to sell Virginia voters.

Posted by: toro426 | November 2, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Moran is absolutely right. The Republican ticket in Virginia is anti-women in so far as they want to rule women's lives, esp. regarding reproductive health and sex education. The Republican ticket, based on the members of the ticket's past record, doesn't even give women the opportunity to have a say. So, in this respect, Jim Moran is absolutely right. In fact, in my view, any woman and her man who vote for the Republican ticket, show they are non-thinkers and are willing to have others do their thinking for them. The other reason, of course, to vote for the Democratic ticket is that it is the ticket of thr political party that has gotten Virginia "the best place in America to do business" awards--under Gov. Kaine and Gov. Warner. But, conservative Republicans wouldn't want to think about that, either.

Posted by: Barbin | November 2, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

How on earth can you call someone "thoughtful" when their entire policy can be explained on a series of bumper stickers:

College Bad
Tax Bad
Progress Bad
Schools Bad
Sick People Bad
Immigrants Bad
Women Bad
Pollution Good
Guns Good

Posted by: thuff7 | November 2, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I literally cannot wait to vote against Obama, and the Washington Compost tomorrow. This will be my most pleasurable vote since George Bush over john f kerry.

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Moran has made an outrageously foolish remark.

Posted by: JohnRice | November 2, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't really like the neocon ticket in Virginia but I don't like "Moron" either. Him or his brother. Red cheeked sots, both of them.

Posted by: mortified469 | November 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be great if Democrats were as good at actually fighting a war as they are at declaring one?
What would that look like, I wonder. Maybe I need to go read more about SEIU and WFP in NJ stealing elections. Those are the only examples I can seem to find.

Posted by: recon1 | November 2, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"This will be my most pleasurable vote since George Bush" just about says it all. Bush was an embarrassment, but it's OK because he was against abortion. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Look at Bob's record, not what he tells you, and you'll see what he cares about. Look at some of the remarks Cucchinelle has made regarding homosexuality, and you see the same pattern. They want laws so that everyone is forced to believe exactly the same things they do, and they leave no room for diversity. THAT is scary.

Posted by: Kat87 | November 2, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

With supporters like this, its hard to blame just Deeds for the blowout thats about to happen.

Moran - the name says it all!

Posted by: fjh3q | November 2, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Jim is correct. This GOP ticket is harmful to the citizens of the Commonwealth by its right wing driven values that will influence policy in every aspect of our day to day lives. If the GOP prevails we should all be very, very afraid.

Posted by: bailey10 | November 2, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

He keeps getting elected because the vast majority of the voters in the Va 8th agree with him. We have the most liberal set of citizens this side of San Fransisco. They tolerate no disagreement from their leftist views and demonize any dissenters.

Posted by: cyberpunk1 | November 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

DEM liberal haters with no fresh ideas attack people personally. They have nothing better. McDonnell is anti-woman yet he is married has girls, sent them to best schools, are professionals...seems like all the haters are in the DEM party. I recall Obama sitting in that Racist church listening to that Racist preacher for 20 years and not saying a word. The pots are really calling the kettles black now. take your loss like a good socialist ... start a riot and loot.

Posted by: espnfan | November 2, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Gee, for a racist, anti-Semitic wife-beating man with an alcohol problem, those are tough words, Congressman!

Posted by: mkrauss323 | November 2, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Whether the "Taliban" label is correct or not, the positions of the Republican ticket seem to be preferable to the voters of Virginia, than the positions of the Democrat ticket.

Quite an interesting -- and significant -- change from last year's results.

Posted by: davidphimes | November 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

the GOP spokesperson described the Moran comments as negative and vicious.... rather, the most proper word would be
"ignorant...." since Moran obviously has no understanding of the Taliban record: such as the religious police beating persons on the street;forced use of burqas; public hangings and amputations in stadiums for various offenses, etc...
but am not familiar with Moran's supposed anti-semitic comments if some one could give more info on that.... but for now, Moran is just an ignorant suss....

Posted by: RoguesPalace | November 2, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Given his hatred of Jews, it's Moran who would fit in well with the Taliban.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 2, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Shame on me....Shame on me...Shame on me....for ever giving support and money to these radical, hate-mongering, divisive, LEFTISTS, who are turning our CONSTITUTIONAL Republic upside down and inside out. They are tearing us asunder in an Orwellian world they are creating where good is evil, and darkness is light, and right is wrong.

If only we would listen now and understand what these neo-leftist/progressives mean:

[Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain."

Posted by: pouran-doukht | November 2, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Moran - Read your history, then re-state your opinion. "Me thinks he doth protest too much!"

Posted by: GeraldHaddock | November 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate the messenger, hate the self rightious bigots and haters running on the republican ticket. They actually fight against improving traffic and jobs in Northern Virginia and have already sold out to Coal and Tobacco while denying that Climate Change exists and failing to support Energy Independence and Renewable Energy Jobs for Virginians. Shame on them and their backward Right Wing Agenda.

Posted by: liveride | November 2, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) likened the Republican ticket in Virginia this year to Afghanistan's radical Taliban movement.

Despite living in the 8th district, Moran is a complete idiot! The only reason NOVA keeps electing him to office is because he's a Democrat. Until another Democrat challenges him during the primary and wins, Moron will always be re-elected because NOVA is a single party suburb. Perhaps when taxes reach 50% they'll consider voting third party, but until then, if there's a (D) after the name, they're sad.

Posted by: WildBill1 | November 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The first thing people need to keep in mind is that if elected McDonnell can not do a thing about federal laws. The President is a federal government employee. All his decisions are federal and McDonnell has no power over federal laws. The second thing to remember is to listen to McDonnell words-"I will get rid of all the wasteful spending". What does he consider to be wasteful spending - probably Medicare, Medicaid, all social programs and educational programs. And let's not forget the public option for health insurance. A number of state employees can pack there boxes - when your program is cut so goes your job or a contractor will be doing your job.

The burden of all McDonnell's plans depend on the tax increase on the middle and lower class - your taxes will increase while the rich and the businesses see there taxes decrease.

Finally, the Republican party are exclusive - if you are not mean spirited, hate filled racist bullies who feel they are above the law then you can not be a member of the party. Tuesday is going to be dooms day for Virginians-aleast for the next 6 years. Best of luck to you because you are going to need it! Ask Michael Steele -

Posted by: sun52shine | November 2, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Jim Moran has it right. If you think about it, which many are not likely to do, many in the GOP have an ideology resembling that of the Taliban.

Posted by: immjf | November 2, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is narrow minded, wants to expand the power of his religious views at the expense of others, has no real record of solving the issues of modern Virginia (despite his attempted election year makeover), appeals to a largely rural and poorly educated base afraid of anyone different than them. . .hmm, why would anyone make comparisons to the Taliban? Today's GOP should look in the mirror!

Posted by: tmginnova | November 2, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The thoroughly corrupt washington compost would report this story, as an actual story. This slander is perfectly OK, just don't make fun of Deeds' stuttering whatever you do..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal Democrat, but Jim Moran showed desperation by comparing the Republican ticket as the "Taliban Ticket". However, Cuccinelli can accurately be described as a conservative Taliban. McDonnell on the other hand is hiding himself with moderate politics when he's actually a social conservative.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | November 2, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

He has always been an ass, and continues in that path.

Posted by: piovino1 | November 2, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Get use to it folks . . . this is the Progressive drum beat for the 2010 campaign.

It’s the only way do nothings like Moran and Grayson can raise money.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | November 2, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"The first thing people need to keep in mind is that if elected McDonnell can not do a thing about federal laws." Not yet, but Bob's being groomed for the White House, and he could care less about Virginia, we are merely a stepping stone. Look at his record, look at how many meetings he didn't attend, and look at who gave him money. And I have to say, Moran pales in comparison to Rush Limbaugh, so I wouldn't throw too many stones.

Posted by: Kat87 | November 2, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I've lived in Northern Virginia for 50+ years and although I was attracted here just like many of my fellow citizens by Virginia's historical commitment to fiscal integrity, individual rights, historic values, access to education and jobs, and so on.

Unfortunately many of the same people in NoVA no longer resemble in their voting patterns what might have attracted them here. But perhaps I am mistaken, these people may have really only came for the high paying jobs from the Federal Government and the hanger-ons that feed off of of it.

Northern Virginia no longer has a connection to perhaps one of the more livable states in the US. All due to those who think the Government should take ultimate and final care of their every whim.

These self-centered voters are why people like Jim Moran can continue to get elected, they represent a state minority, but a Northern Virgina majority.

Perhaps they would be happier living in DC or Maryland rather than Virginia?

The simile is a person who moves near an airport and then complains about the noise from operations.

Posted by: Guvernor | November 2, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Jim Moran is my congressman and he is an idiot!

Posted by: pd0769 | November 2, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

We need to send the crook carpet bagger Moran back whence he came. We don't need his kind here in Virginia!!

Posted by: Jaymand | November 2, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Bobby M has done an excellent job in his new robe of sheep's clothing!!!! VA needs to have the republicans in charge of the Gov mansion and the legislature to do to VA what Bush and the Republican Party did for the US.

VA fell for this about 12 years ago, remember "NO MORE CAR TAX".

Tune in 2 years from now. Tom Davis... you know exactly what I am alluding to!!!!!

Posted by: mainemandc | November 2, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

So, is it fair to call Democrats the al Qaeda Party, or would they object to that?

Posted by: malclave | November 2, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Remove the liberal leaning politicians out of office. We are tired of intidlement Government. We want FREEDOM from GOVERNMENT not in your face, Everything this administration is doing is Unconstitutional We need to get back to the constitution and fast before our country is gone

Posted by: richie4 | November 2, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Guvernor ...I came here 45 years ago and went to work for the federal government, taking a competitive examination. I never did find that "high paying" job. I never looked for one because considered my position to be one of service. Most of us have come here from somewhere other than Virginia.

Posted by: mortified469 | November 2, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with Kat87! And for all of you who need to learn how to spell:

Moran- the Congressman representing the 8th CD

Moron- an unintelligent person (who probably does not know how to use the dictionary)

Posted by: pittgirly | November 2, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

. And I have to say, Moran pales in comparison to Rush Limbaugh, so I wouldn't throw too many stones.

Posted by: Kat87 | November 2, 2009 6:11 PM


Limbaugh is a political commentator/entertainer. Moran is supposed to be a professional representative of the people of his state. Comparing conservative politicians to the Taliban is disgusting, and should be beneath any politician.

Posted by: anna_78750 | November 2, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Isn't calling a friend who is a judge and having him order the police not to take you in after your wife calls them for help in a domestic abuse situation, as Jim Moran did, the real Taliban-type behavior?

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | November 3, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Well, Creigh Deeds sputtered and equivocated about the public option. I did a google search on him and found the clip. I saw them setting up the rally in front of City Hall in Alexandria and it reminded me of how happy I was when Jim Moran threw a rally for Obama right before the election last year. Now I am totally disillusioned and discouraged by Obama, healthcare "reform," Creigh Deeds for governor and the inaction on banking reform to prevent future subprime mortgage crises and more bailouts. I see no qualitative difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. I see no reason to leave my home and go vote for some guy who sputters and equivocates on the public option.

The Democratic politicians are going to wake up and find that so many people like me have not voted for them and it is the politicians' own fault. They tried to bend over backwards to be "biparatisan" as if that would help them pick up votes. I think "bipartisanship" is an excuse to fund Blue Dog Democrats who want money from the DCCC to run for office just so the Democratic leadership can say they have so many seats and it's an excuse for selling out to corporate interests for campaign contributions. The Democrats have been one big disappointment after another and they've been calling their base "liberals,"as in "rein in the liberals," as if that was not their base for almost a year now. Now they've lost their base and by writing this, I want them to know it.

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | November 3, 2009 4:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey thuff7 and the rest of you "progressives"...
The only ones that want to take us back to covered wagon days are the big spending liberals that want to tax the energy we use so we are forced to use old or no modes of transportation and fireplaces to heat our homes. Plus no one puts together a 1,990 page piece of legislation to just provide healthcare, they do it to control our most important asset: our lives.

Posted by: PoliticalGirl | November 3, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I am appalled that certain leftist nut jobs posting on this story would actually agree with the comments of Jim Moron who is indisputedly corrupt and Ahmadinejad-like in his hatred of Jews.

Should I assume from Jim Moron's past statements that ALL DEMOCRATS in Virginia who support him ALSO HATE JEWS? If so, that is pretty scary stuff.

With respect to the Taliban comparison, how many of you little lefty weasels have actually been to Afghanistan and faced these monsters who think it is fun to throw acid in the faces of young girls who are trying to attend school? Or think it is ok to rape and kill civilians who support our mission there? Have you people lost your minds?

Based on my recollection of the last few years, it was the DEMOCRAT party who wanted to surrender and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, close Gitmo and release these terrorist monsters, cut defense spending, and make nice with the likes of Iran and North Korea. Also, not so long ago when President Bush was in office, many DEMOCRATS, including Jim Moron were cheering for our nation's defeat to suit their own political agenda. My how things change when your Messiah is now running (or should I say trying to sink) the ship.

I think you lefties need to look to your DEAR LEADER for advice on how to act after an election - I seem to recall a meeting in the White House last year when your Messiah said something like, "I won" and you lost. I think those words and that attitude are coming home to roost today. My advice for you losers is to get used to it. Your brief time in the sun has already passed and your arrogance and overreaching have done nothing but energize the conservative movement in VA.

I hope you enjoy watching the election returns this evening.

Posted by: aaronburr94 | November 3, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Moron is just that!

Posted by: jabeane | November 3, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

So much for the "change" in tone in Washington. Nothing but words, nothing but speeches. This guy, Moran, is not exactly with it, anyway. This is a guy who when he doesn't get his way he punches people. Seems to me that Moran is more of an aggressor here. Pretty sad state of affairs when you have to rely on ad hominen attacks vs. addressing issues. That really is the only thing Democrats have - attacks vs. policy. When someone points out a problem with a policy, they attack. When someone is ahead in the polls - they attack. Pretty desperate. Very pathetic.

Posted by: RGovtal | November 3, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

For all you haters! thuff7, Kat87, Pittgirly, immjf (all women too how odd considering Moran abuses his wife) These are all posts to a WashPost blog and only 5% are in support of Moran's statements. You will have a Republican Governor by the end of the day....enjoy! hehehe

Posted by: epmurphy | November 3, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Taliban? That's very troubling. Our country, the United States of America, is currently sending its soldiers, sailors, and airmen to fight the Taliban (and potentially give their lives). Whether a person agrees with the war or not, it's impermissible to accept the comparison of either party's candidates to a group that conducts summary executions, cuts off the heads of prisoners, and bans education to women.

Were candidates who opposed Roosevelt in 1944 the "Hitler Ticket?" No!

The problem with Moran is that he's a Democrat, and Democrats seem to believe that their leaders cannot possibly be either racists or unreasonable with their comments. Moran is both. His anti-semetic remarks (repeatedly) would inflame the national press if he were a Republican. His new comment should show he has little care for comparing the next governor to a sworn enemy of all Americans.

The 8th District is not one Republicans will win anytime soon. At least Democrats could try not to elect a racist and anti-semetic candidate. Pick any other reasonable liberal and that'd be fine.

Posted by: Practicewhatupreach | November 3, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Practicewhatupreach, but the phrase "reasonable liberal" is an oxymoron.

Posted by: aaronburr94 | November 3, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Listen, I have about had it with Mr. Moron.
If someone from the Republican Party made a comment like this, this would be front page news on the Post, "breaking news" on all the major networks. How can we continue to elect this guy. Come on people we have got to get away from right vs left crap, and get back to right vs. wrong. This guy is wrong.

Posted by: etn4fun | November 3, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm an outsider looking in (but ex-NJ resident, homeowner and voter). Mr. Moran is TYPCIAL demonkrat. Ad hominum attacks and NO substance. So sad.

Posted by: IQ168 | November 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Moran is an embarrassment to those of us in his district who have the ability to think and are not anti-semitic. It's breathtaking to me that such folks are apparently a minority in Alexandria and Reston."

AMEN 45th district brother/sister! He's an absolute abomination. For him to have made a statement like this gives a perfect indication of why the dimocrat party in Virginia lost so big this time. So much for good will. But when your district is made up largely of old hippies and big-government apparatchiks, it's not hard to understand how he keeps getting re-elected.

I'm also interested to know where the media is on this one. When George Allen made his "macacca" statement it was on the news and in the papers for weeks. Does anyone recall the brutality of the Taliban, chopping off limbs and such? Does anyone really think that is what the GOP represents? Why isn't the media shouting this from the mountaintop? Why isn't the media calling for Moran's head on a platter?

I encourage constituents of the 45th district to give Mr. Moran an earful at:

I certainly will.

Posted by: flintston | November 4, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

My apologies..

Make that the 8th district, not the 45th. I confused the state house and federal congressional districts.

Posted by: flintston | November 4, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrat Jim Moran has no room to talk.

On September 21, 2009 he told a group hosted by the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center, (Yes the same Mosque where the 9/11 pilots and the Fort Hood Terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped), and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik the following;

"We really are part of a human organism, of really one organism, hence the organization that is represented here, ONE…A majority of the humans on this earth really don’t have a whole lot of opportunity to realize their full potential, so we as a human species will never realize our full potential…when we ignore so much of that body of which we are a part.” (see

At the end of his speech, Democrat Jim Moran reminded the audience, “That’s really what this night is all about. It’s recognizing that we’re all one.”

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik supports, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin who murdered sheriff deputy Ricky Leon Kinchen and wounding another in '02. Also said he had never heard of al Qaeda recruiting in his community. And supports Imam Shaker Elsayed who supports many convicted terrorists.

Posted by: hawgbreath | November 9, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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