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BARACK OBAMA’S JOKE TIME YIPEE! The Unemployed Have Healthcare

Barack Obama#WOriginally posted at CLASH Daily

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, once again “aging socialist Muslim” Barack Obama dipped his toe into the stand-up comedy pool. The problem is that what he had to say was more sad than funny.

At the podium, where he was supposed to be poking fun at himself aided by a cache of really bad jokes, Obama endeavored to justify his failed policies (hardy-har-har) and humiliate his critics.

At one point in his largely vindictive routine the president had this to say:

The fact is, though, at this point, my legacy is finally beginning to take shape. The economy is getting better. Nine in ten Americans now have health coverage. [Applause.] Today, thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You’re welcome, Senate Democrats. [Laughter and applause.]

“If?” Shouldn’t it be more like “since you lost your job,” or “when you lose your job?”
Either way, there are many problems with the president’s statement, the most glaring of which is Obama’s lack of elaboration on the “you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job” comment.

Although the comedically-challenged Obama is anything but amusing, what’s really not amusing is the cold hard truth that approximately 92 million, count ’em, 92 million, or half of America’s working-age population, may have Obama’s shoddy health insurance but are also not working.

In other words, how big of a laugh would Obama have gotten if, instead of pumping up his pathetic legacy, he decided to mention that in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – wait, wait, this is really hilarious – 19.9% of the 81 million families in America, or 16 million family units, had no one working?

It could have gone something like this: “I’m proud to say that, thanks to me, half of all working-age Americans, although hopelessly and possibly permanently unemployed, have all the time in the world to apply for Obamacare.”

Talk about rip-snortingly funny.

The data on unemployed families comes to us through the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey of the civilian non-institutional population.

Although, based on what’s happening in Ferguson and Baltimore, clearly some of those counted among the unemployed belong either in jail or in an insane asylum, census numbers include people 16 and older who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing home, or mental hospital.

Looters and lunatics aside, when looking for stuff to tickle the funny bone of sycophant celebrities and fawning journalists, maybe instead of mocking Dick Cheney and FOX News and trying desperately to convince America he’s not a socialist Muslim, Obama the Joke Teller could have been more upfront. But he wasn’t.

And that’s understandable, because at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner love fest, Barack Obama was probably so excited about telling jokes and having “anger translator” Keegan-Michael Keys, aka “Luther,” verbalize what is really seething below the surface of his otherwise calm demeanor that he forgot to mention that in 1 out of 5 American families no one is working.

For us it’s different. According to William Shakespeare’s King Lear, “In jest, there is truth,” so how about we do what the president didn’t do and provide a witty visual?

For those who have problems grasping numbers:  16,000,000 American families amount to 879 Madison Square Gardens filled to capacity with one representative from each family unit. Of the staggering 92 million people in America who are currently not in the workforce, a large number of jobless people clearly belong to some of the 16 million families where not one person in the household is employed.

With that visual in mind, what really would have been comical is if instead of sharing what he perceives to be a superb legacy, the president ’fessed up, mixed a little truth in with his jest and said, “Thanks to me, Obama-unemployment-induced bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, strokes and migraine headaches are now fully covered by Obamacare!”

Obama Makes Things Better by Making Things Worse



Originally posted at the Blacksphere

Few would argue that the unemployment statistics are shockingly abysmal.  

Recently, Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions pointed out that “for every one job added, nearly 5 people left the workforce.”

According to Senator Sessions:

In December, the economy added only 74,000 jobs – not nearly enough to keep up with population growth –and 347,000 left the workforce. That means for every one job added, nearly five people left the workforce entirely.

There are now nearly 92 million Americans outside the workforce, resulting in the lowest participation rate in 36 years. The President’s immigration plan will only make things dramatically worse – and no amount of ‘promise zones’ will be a sufficient remedy for the millions of displaced workers.

In other words, Obama’s idea of success is to fix one hole in the boat with a tool that causes five more. Meanwhile, as the boat sinks the president and his band of Merry Socialists boast about the one hole being dealt with while ignoring the fact that their repair job is causing the boat to sink.

Whatever the reason, and there’s plenty of them to speculate about, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there has been a clear decline of labor force participation under the president’s leadership.  If one had to guess why, it looks like Obama’s solution to stem the hemorrhaging is to kill the patient!

Based on the poor state of the job market, the Obama fix improves things by ruining them.  The president remedies unemployment by generating newer and bigger problems in the economy that cause the job market to worsen.

If the nation had known prior to Obama’s “Hope and Change” cure-all that higher unemployment was his way of fixing things, it’s likely Americans would have rather done without his help.

But let’s remember, in liberal circles it’s the effort, not the outcome that matters.

However, as horrible as one job added versus five people leaving the labor force sounds, it’s actually much better than the ObamaCare enrollment statistics, because “For every one person nationwide who signed up for ObamaCare, 13 people received cancellation notices.”

Again, this is a perfect example of Barack Obama trying to resolve what he perceived as lacking and instead delivering loss.  Like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Barack Obama is turning out to be both “scourge and minister.” Or better yet, a minister whose ministry is a scourge.

For example, while attempting to clear up perceived healthcare inequities, Barack Obama’s solution was to create a healthcare crisis that made it worse.  The president’s brilliant remedy for that is now to do nothing about the mess he’s made trying to fix a situation that, in comparison, was better left alone.

Now, just like with unemployment, he and that Merry Band of Socialist shills of his are out there bragging.  The argument is that the Obama healthcare antidote, even though it resulted in five million Americans losing adequate/affordable health insurance, is a good thing because purportedly 1.1 million enrollees (some of whom now can’t prove they have health insurance at all), are currently onboard another sinking ship.

Yet one person hired to five departed is a much better ratio than one uninsured person getting insured to 13 adequately insured people getting dumped.  So in comparison to healthcare, the employment situation actually does look quite good!

Look at the bright side! Obama attempting to improve a dismal job market and making it worse doesn’t seem quite as bad when compared to millions of Americans losing their healthcare because Barack Obama is making things better.

Looks Like 52% of Those Eligible to Work are Out of the Labor Force

Originally posted at the Blacksphere

One of Friday’s Drudge Report headlines read:


The shocking title linked to an article entitled: “People Not in Labor Force Soar to Record 91.8 million; Participation Rate Plunges to 1978 Levels.” Here’s what the article says:


Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the

New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.



And the piece de resistance: Americans not in the labor force exploded higher by 535,000 to a new all time high 91.8 million.


The author says: “The jobless, laborless recovery continues to steam on.”

I’m no math whiz, but based on my humble calculation, here’s what that 91.8 million number means:

As of 2012 the US population was 313,900,000.

There were 136,860,400 Americans, either under the age of 18, or over the age of 65, all considered part of the  ‘ineligible to work’ group. That leaves 177,039,000 Americans who are in the age range of those eligible to work.

That means — if the Drudge’s headline is true, and 92 million of those eligible to work are no longer in the labor force, and if my rudimentary calculation is correct than 52% — more than one half of the US workforce is currently unemployed.

So if anyone tries to tell you that Barack Obama has been unsuccessful, just cite the 52% of out-of-the-labor-force figure.

The out-of-the-labor-force number proves, without a doubt, that the president has been wildly successful at consistently screwing up.

The Obama Youth Vote Can’t Afford the Reefer

images2Originally posted at The Blacksphere

In the latest CNN/ORC poll, conducted June 11-13, among all age groups, Barack Obama’s job approval rating is down to 45 percent, with 54 percent disapproval.

That’s big news, but what’s really shocking is that Mr. Obama is losing his mojo with America’s “I have a crush on Obama” crowd. Currently, Barry is getting only 48 percent approval from those ages 18 to 34, which is only 3 percent above his national average.

The last time the youth supported a candidate as ardently as Obama was supported in 2008, was when George McGovern was the Democratic candidate for president, which proves that in both 1972 and 2008, certain people were hitting the reefer really hard before hitting the polls.

The dilemma for Obama is that the lack of money to buy pot has caused the stoners to realize that the economy, joblessness, and out-of-control student loan debt for worthless degrees is a buzz kill delivered by a guy who claims he ran with the Choom Gang.

Therefore, the balloon hat-wearing, kazoo-blowing acolytes who’ve been clamoring for free contraceptives are also beginning to realize that having lots of government-facilitated sex is not enough incentive to refrain from using that treasured “Hope and Change” t-shirt as a shammy to dry off the car sitting in Mom’s driveway for which there’s no money to gas up.

Obama-Induced Unemployment and America’s Libido

Thanks in great part to randy American women clamoring for free birth control, at least for now, Barack Obama’s slippers can remain parked beside the bed in the living quarters of the White House. So, after the election, as company after company began firing workers, I got to thinking:  “Do unemployed people even feel like having sex?” I sure do hope so, because it would be a huge waste of the taxpayers’ money if all those free contraceptives Barack Obama promised to dole out sat idle.

Notwithstanding one of the President’s more ardent same-sex constituencies, women usually prefer men as sex partners and vice versa.  With that in mind, after being laid off following Barack’s inspirational post-election victory speech, one can’t help but wonder if men forgot the dread of joblessness, cast aside those pink slips, and got down to business with those ladies still orgasmic over Obama’s reelection.

Let’s face it – with Barack Obama in charge, in the casual sex department, men have it pretty good here in America.  Think about it – what greater aphrodisiac is there for a woman than knowing the man in the poster hanging on the ceiling over her bed cares so deeply about her reproductive rights?

Unfortunately, Obama’s free birth control also comes with unemployment checks, food stamps, and foreclosure notices, which has made me curious about the state of America’s libido. After all, if the promise of consequence-free sex is what kept the President in the White House for another term, it would be a tragedy if interest in copulating waned because standing on an unemployment line put a damper on ardor.

So, with that in mind, I decided to do a little research of my own on the subject.

Because sex sells, I figured that just about any semi-trashy women’s magazine would hold the answer to my query.  I was also of the belief that the Cosmo set would certainly support a job killer like Barack Obama if he promised them free accoutrements to facilitate the killer sex these publications are always talking about.

I chose Glamour magazine because for one of his many hard-hitting pre-election interviews, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive secured a face-to-face with Mr. Obama. On behalf of Glamour’s large female audience, in an article that appeared in the magazine’s November issue, Leive broached the subject that unemployment is higher for women since the President took office in 2009, but then predictably segued from joblessness into abortion and contraception.

Regrettably, Ms. Leive never thought to bring up the possible effect being unable to put food on the table or gas up the car might have on libidos of the female recipients of the free birth control Obama is always peddling, or their sex partners.

Instead, the general gist of Leive’s article suggested that even though 12.5 million people are currently unemployed – many of whom are women – depression and dumpster-diving do nothing to diminish the need for readily available government-funded contraceptive devices.

Quite frankly, if I were doing the interview I would have asked the President how women standing on unemployment lines find the time to fit fornication into their busy schedules.  Understandably, I was not the one posing that question to Mr. Obama.

However, before Ms. Leive interviewed the provider of female prophylactics, maybe she should have checked some of the blog entries of her own sex-crazed magazine, and more specifically the contributions of “Sex, Love & Life” blogger Gena Kaufmann.

In the February 2012 issue of Glamour, Kaufmann posted an article entitled “Ugh, The Stupid Economy Is Still Ruining Everything, Including Your Sex Life. In it, Gena makes the following observation:

With the upcoming presidential election, I’m hearing a lot of conflicting statements about the state of the economy in various political ads and debates. I don’t know if it’s really any better or not, but it appears one thing is still down in the dumps and unfortunately, it’s libidos.

Ya think? Just ask the Greeks. Anyway, Ms. Kaufman even cited her own “Economic Sex Woes.”  According to Gena, her libido went south after a sluggish economy forced her to move back home with Mom and Dad.

Offering solutions on how to rev up an economically-suppressed sex drive, the author suggested that her temporarily celibate readers “[r]emember to spend time together and make each other feel good, even if you’re both feeling pretty crappy over unemployment or money problems.”

I can’t say for sure what happened on November 6th at the Ohio polling place where Gena cast her vote.  However, based on her admiration for the first couple, I would venture a guess that Kaufmann, who gushed, “Gah, I’m just crazy about these two,” likely cast a vote for the same guy whose sex life-demolishing policies forced her back onto her parents’ couch.

Nonetheless, as a result of my research project, I’ve come to the conclusion that Obama’s female supporters have yet to fully grasp the fact that birth control is probably the last thing they’ll be needing in the days ahead.  Like it or not, Barack Obama’s ongoing fiscal nightmare will continue to negatively impact America’s libido to such an extent that even Sandra Fluke’s need for contraceptives is about to take a nosedive.

So if Americans are wondering why, less than a week after the reelection of Barack Obama, so many people are being laid off, it’s because an impressive number of the women who voted were more concerned with free contraceptives then they were jobs. What those women fail to recognize is that the man promising to facilitate hours of baby-proof sex is also the overseer of an economy that even Obama-loving women’s magazines admit is ruining their chances for realizing the sex life they seek with anyone other than chronically unemployed men.

How About an American DREAM Act?

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

In the three and a half years since Barack Obama took office the American Dream has turned into an American nightmare.  Listening to him grant immunity to illegal immigrants in his DREAM Act speech makes one wonder whether the President, who seems very concerned about the future of young illegals, ever considers the predicament young law-abiding American Dreamers presently find themselves in thanks to him.

President Obama is either clueless or unconcerned that millions of Americans presently live in fear of never securing a good paying job, owning a home, or being able to adequately provide for their family. Whichever – whether he is clueless or unconcerned, neither option bodes well for America.

Lest we forget, young Americans are the primary ones who “study in our [taxpayer funded] schools, play in our neighborhoods” and proudly “pledge allegiance to our flag.” Children born and raised in this country are true “Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way,” but they are also the ones being deprived of a future by a President who gives preference to illegals while ignoring the plight of the citizens he was elected to protect.

In his Rose Garden statement, President Obama encouraged the nation to put ourselves “in the shoes” of those brought here as children by parents and who have lived here more than five years. Instead of encouraging Americans to step into the shoes of illegals, maybe Barack Obama should step into the shoes of struggling Americans first.  It’s in those shoes that he would find that the real dreamers are those born and raised in this country.

Americans are the ones looking for jobs that no longer exist; Americans are the ones who have driver’s licenses but are so short on cash it’s hard to gas up the car, and those born in this country are the ones who watch as every other ethnicity except unhyphenated-American receives the greatest percentage of college scholarships.

In his DREAM Act announcement an emphatic Barack Obama contended that illegals should be given immunity because “it makes no sense to deprive talented young people who for all intents and purposes are Americans equipped to do the job — young people who want to staff our labs or start new businesses or defend our country simply because of the inaction of politicians who refuse to close the border.”  It’s hard to believe that the President didn’t hear his own words and realize that, unlike those “for all intents and purposes” Americans, actual Americans are the ones victimized by the negative impact of uncontrolled illegal immigration and his poor economic policies.

According to Barack Obama, over the next few months the Department of Homeland Security will be taking steps to “lift the shadow of deportation” from young illegals. While 12.7 million Americans remain unemployed, the President’s administration will be making sure “eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety” — and inevitably some who do — will be freed from the shackles of illegality.  In addition, Dreamers will be given “temporary relief from deportation proceedings” and the ability to “apply for work authorization” in an already nightmarish job market.

Working around Congress and going it alone, the President said “This is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.” What he forgot to mention is that this goal burdens and diminishes the hopes of “talented, driven, patriotic young” Americans who could have 800K fewer jobs available to them, therefore being pushed even further back in the unemployment line.

Granted, the nation is in need of “comprehensive immigration reform…reform that takes seriously our border security and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and [legal] immigrants.”  But that reform should be hashed out free of partisanship, with the legislative branch of the government crafting the law, and designed in a way that the priority is to benefit the best interests of the American people. In the meantime, the economy, not amnesty, should be the main focus so that young people who were born and raised in America can find a job.

Yet despite the struggle Americans endure, Barack Obama seems unfazed as he continues to promote conditions that benefit everyone except the American worker.  In the Rose Garden the President restated his commitment to illegals, saying, “And as long as I’m president, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period.”

Obama maintained that our nation’s most “cherished values” will be realized “[i]f there’s a young person here who has grown up here and wants to contribute to this society, wants to maybe start a business that will create jobs for other folks who are looking for work, that’s the right thing to do.” That little blurb sounds as if the President believes that illegals brought to this country by law-breaking parents are a potential route to employment for unemployed Americans who were born here. If he does, he couldn’t be more wrong!

What this country really needs is an American DREAM Act where, by upholding the law, jobs are freed up and filled by American Dreamers who are presently unemployed. A bill that says if you were born here, willing to pay for your own college or serve the land of your birth in the military, you should be the first one given the opportunity to work, start a business, or create a job, not an illegal alien.

The Pink Slip President

Originally posted in BIG Government

In the abysmal economic climate America presently finds itself in, almost no one is immune from unemployment, because joblessness threatens everyone. While Barack Obama duffs around on the golf course, one can’t help but wonder if he fully grasps the fact that, thanks to his own incompetency, the potential to be dismissed from his highly sought-after job is more than a distinct possibility. Except for “saving and creating” jobs for the slew of workers needed to staff the Department of Labor’s unemployment division, Obama continues to singlehandedly undermine both the economy and job creation. Wherever he goes, crowds are waving layoff notices in lieu of the typical “Yes we can” banners Barack Obama is more used to seeing.

If America is the employer, and if polls are the equivalent of a job evaluation, Obama is definitely on probation. In fact, Obama’s discharge papers are already filled out and tacked to the White House door. Rather than respond to the threat by working toward winning the title of “Employee of the Month,” the President is doing everything one should never do when unemployment is a looming likelihood.

Knocking around on the beach when he should have forgone the down time and chosen to stay on the job, the president doesn’t seem to be concerned that within the next year he might find himself in line with unemployed Americans who are stimulating the economy by collecting  jobless benefits.

The truth is, the President interviewed and was hired to a position he had no business applying for in the first place. By electing Barack Obama as President of the United States, America might as well have asked a plumber’s apprentice to do surgery on the nation’s inner ear canal with an auger.

Nobody noticed or cared about Obama’s lack of qualifications because out of nowhere a seemingly elegant oratory genius touting “Hope and Change” showed up at the interview. Candidate Obama had all the buzzwords down pat and said all the right things the right way. The nation was so captivated, no one bothered to call his old employer, do a background check, or question his shady friends or palpable inexperience.

It’s only now that America is slowly coming to realize that Barack Obama might not have been the best choice for the job. After filling the position, one of the President’s responsibilities was to institute policies that stimulate the creation of new jobs, and he claimed to have a laser-like focus on doing just that. Yet, over the past three years, the only thing Barack Obama has successfully done is break the all time record for the number of golf games played by a sitting president.

As the economy and job market continue to deteriorate and a lock is about to be put on the door of the greatest nation in the world, Obama, while still immersed in intensive on-the-job training, has been commissioned to present and implement a plan to address unemployment and the country’s economic future.

Instead of meeting the target and throwing himself on the mercy of a nation running out of patience, the President placed America on hold and decided it was a perfect time to take a much-deserved summer break. The ultimate non-vetted employee skipped out for ten days, leaving a stunned America staring open-mouthed at an empty podium.

In a shaky job market, the last thing a person fortunate enough to have a job should do mid-discussion is push away from the conference table, point to their watch, and announce to the group, “Sorry guys, I really have to run, it’s time for my vacation.” Yet that is exactly what Barack Obama did.

With no job plan to speak of, the President chose instead to fly around on a company-funded plane, play lots of golf, munch on buttered corn and Cape Cod lobster rolls, and relax for a couple of weeks while the winds blow and the earth shakes below the nation’s feet, both literally and figuratively.

Obviously, the President is unaware or could not care less that when a person’s career is on the line, they should make an extra effort to arrive to work early, perform their job with renewed vigor and diligence, and be both accommodating and cooperative. What is perplexing is how Obama’s response to the possibility of being unemployed is the opposite of what people do when they’re worried they may be  fired.

Barack Obama’s chichi vacation may have sealed the deal and his temporary employment contract is not likely to be renewed. Obama may be enjoying family time on Martha’s Vineyard right now, but when the President returns to Washington he may be astounded to find out that the mail bin that was just sitting outside the Oval Office door last week has been placed inside and awaits him filling it with the contents of his desk.

The President acts as if he’s immune to being sent packing a la Jimmy Carter and that without ramifications he can fritter away time doing the equivalent of spending the work day with his feet up on the desk, laughing hysterically while having non-work-related discussions on the company phone.

It’s either that, or Barack isn’t worried, because after he returns from vacation he may have plans to rip up the pink slip and refuse to leave the position even after his four-year contract is up.

Obama embarks on ‘Magical History Tour’ – American Thinker – July 27, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Dust off the tour bus, shove the Styrofoam Ionic columns into the luggage compartment, and test the reverb, Barack is taking to the road on a “summer of recovery” excursion, more aptly called the “Magical History Tour.”  Instead of spending time in Washington DC executing presidential duties, Obama has decided it’s time to remedy a flagging reputation.

If anyone can foist fantasy on the naïve, Barack Obama sure can. The goal: bamboozle America into believing irresponsible handling of the economy was a much-needed “strong step to bring it back from the brink.”

One stop will be in Michigan where employment is 14%. Barry will insist the unemployed believe the bailout added jobs.  Obama will then motor from Motor City into the Garden State to tout the value of a failed $787 billion stimulus package, as fiscally responsible Governor Christie rescues New Jersey from the brink of Obama-style economic destruction.

Mr. Obama’s trips follow an increasingly grim pattern of poll findings, which show deep-rooted skepticism among the U.S. public about the effects of the stimulus and [Obama’s] approach to the economy in general [according to a Pew poll] only 35 % of Democratic voters believe the stimulus helped keep unemployment from getting worse.

Obama may be forced to swing by Will.i.am’s place and pick up the “Yes We Can” crew because it appears core Democrat voters who wept with joy 18 months ago are part of a “widening enthusiasm gap” between motivated voters in the opposition party. Republicans recognized smoke and mirrors before the election, but now Independents are falling away in droves. Making matters worse, sane Democrats removed the rose-colored Barry glasses and are presently thrashing about in a summer of Obama discontent.

Teleprompter theatrics aside, even doltish Democrats realize the stimulus has done nothing to rescue America from a burgeoning employment crisis.

One challenge before Barry is convincing Americans his priorities are not “skewed toward companies and the wealthy.” This particular exhortation would be better left unsaid until after the President’s $30,000.00 per person birthday extravaganza.

On the precipice of losing Democrat control of the House and Senate, Obama may be the only person unaware that swagger and speechifying will do little “between now and November to change the facts on the ground, which continue to be dominated by near double-digit rate of unemployment.”

As America plummets deeper into a black hole of socialist policies, Obama will likely drag George W. out in effigy and continue to censure the ex-president who’s been back in Crawford, Texas for two years.  Barry will present the choice “America faces…between going back to the policies that led us into the mess [or] moving forward” with liberal policies, which plunged the nation into total despair.

Lacking substance, Obama will fill his empty suit by sullying the opposing party. The brilliant game plan: stress Republican opposition to extending unemployment benefits to those who are out of work solely because of Barry’s wretched economic policies.

On the “summer recovery” tour it is likely Obama will continue to demonize prolonging Bush tax cuts for those in a position to create jobs for those who are unemployed because of a failed socialistic agenda.

After increasing the national debt by $2 trillion, Obama is determined to hoodwink America by appealing to disaffected voters with the idea that tax cuts for wealthy Americans “are the same policies that led us into this recession.”

Obama’s “Magical History Tour” should be a fascinating summertime spectacle whose November results will indicate if the bedazzled electorate fooled once by Barry the Bamboozler will be fooled twice.

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