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Home - by - February 4, 2013 - 16:00 America/New_York - 48 Comments

I’m not sure why Stirrin the BS chose to publish a story today that has been thoroughly covered – the “White House asks that you not photoshop the Obama shooting pic” – but maybe he has my phone bugged. That would explain it.

I was on the phone with “an elite blogger” who mentioned to me this specific article. I hadn’t seen it, and when they told me the money shot I was simultaneously amused and thoroughly depressed. I called another “elite blogger” and mentioned the money shot and they had the very same reaction – laughter followed by the lament, “you see, this is the problem right here.”

Breitbart

The White House has released a picture purporting to show President Obama “skeet shooting” at Camp David.  An activity he claims he does “all the time.”

The White House also warns all you mischievous internet types to not mess around with the picture:

Um…. Are you listening, Iowahawk and Ace of Spades?

!snip!

And they called me crazy when I said that there is a closed-loop of dutch rudder linkage between certain sites, a depressing pact that ultimately raises few boats. This is not good for the conservative movement, nor does it do a thing  to address that oft repeated refrain, “we must take back pop culture!”

This gratuitous knob job above is proof that these people are a close-minded fraternity. (I am not blaming Iowahawk. I like Iowahawk. Iowahawk’s mind is a gift. And he is a humble guy.)

Do you think, maybe, someone should sit the Breitbart writer down and explain that it’s a little telling when all they can manage to do is regurgitate the same names from their shortlist, particularly when these people DON’T DO PHOTOSHOP!!!!???!!!! “Let’s take back the pop culture” by directing people to see the clever photoshops on sites that have as much to do with visual agitprop as they do truffle hunting.

Just for edification. Here are a few sites that spring to mind that actually do original art.

The Looking Spoon

The People’s Cube

Doug Ross

Motus

Big Hairy News

Maksim

Sad Hill News

Capitalist Preservation

Diogenes

Hope and Change

 

 

Political Clown Parade

The Right Planet

Zappa Trust

 

Dale

And, yes. us.

Director Blue just released the top 200 conservative websites based on Alexa  ranking. There is not one site ahead of us on the list that does original visual agitprop, and we’ve been doing it for 5 years. Yet, when called upon to think of a site that would be leading the charge with the bucking of the White House directive of “no photoshopping the image,” Breitbart is “looking right at Ace of Spades.”

Give me a giant f*cking break. That is absurd. And I’m not afraid to say so. There is something seriously wrong with “the bigs.”

 

» 48 Comments

  1. Diann

    February 4th, 2013

    The Bigs have gotten “big” in the head, Fur.

    I think they have cast themselves as the conservative version of the stuffy mainstream news outlets, and blogs like iOwntheworld are nothing more than a red-headed step-child to them.

    It’s a shame really, because they LOVED your “Breitbart Is Here” meme. They ate that up.

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  2. Claudia

    February 4th, 2013

    Isn’t that our complaint about RINOs? The elite keeping to their elite circle of friends looking down their elite noses at everyone they consider not elite.

    Sigh, you’d think “we” conservatives fighting the progies would not act like the progies we are fighting.

    Do we need a new word to encompass non-politicians? I think I remember someone using CINO (Conservative In Name Only). Something like that.

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  3. Dr Tar

    February 4th, 2013

    So lazy journalism over at Big Journalism.

    I tell you what – they sure don’t refresh their home page with fresh material (meat) than what is done here. That and the fact that your open to all commentors keeps iOTW the go to website for this concern citizen.

    Oh, yeah and you guys hate the Obama and left as much as I do. That’s pretty important to.

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  4. Tim

    February 4th, 2013

    There are other blogs?

    I think they’re just polishing your apples, Mr. Hat.

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  5. Aunt Liz

    February 4th, 2013

    Claudia is right. They are as bad as the Rhinos with this kind of shizzle. But it’s stupid human nature. Too bad though. Would’ve thought fellow conservatives could behave better.

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  6. joe6pak

    February 4th, 2013

    I was irritated by the same statement. How in the hell can you bring up photoshop and Internet blog and not have IOTW be your first thought. I think they are scared of you.

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  7. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    The explanation I hear most often is closer to Diann’s.
    While they simultaneously say that we must get edgier and appeal to the general public and “take the pop culture back,” they are, for the most part, ashamed of the visual sites that really go after Obama in a scathing way.
    They get uncomfortable and buy into the notion that making fun of Obama is possibly racist.
    Or if we allude to the birther issue in a funny piece of agitprop we become kryptonite because we’re apparently stupid.

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  8. CrustyB

    February 4th, 2013

    Heck, I first discovered IOTW because so many blogs were posting Big’s Photoshops. You were the big mamoo of right-wing blogosphere PS work and still are.

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  9. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    I was more beloved before I was beloved, if you know what I mean.

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  10. Tim

    February 4th, 2013

    I fear that they (the elite bloggers) don’t understand that the world is at war on many different fronts. The Caliphate, the socialists, the lazy, the incompetent, the profoundly stupid, the TV vegetables, the somnambulent, are all fighting for their piece of the productive’s pie.

    They appear to choose to believe, farcically, that it’s all a game of badminton, and that the rules of engagement must be meticulously followed or one will be banished to the penalty box for a quiet period.

    This is all going to get very hot when the sleepwalkers awaken to the fact that Obama is destroying America, WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT, and is not just some incompetent boob who inadvertently wandered onto the world stage.

    Once they eliminated the electoral option, they declared open and total war against all freedom loving humanity.

    The elite bloggers and Republicans are too busy sniffing each others’ farts and declaring how sweet they smell to see the horror of the reality.

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  11. illustr8r

    February 4th, 2013

    BFH- you need to do more photoshops with Ewoks.

    I kid! I kid! ;)

    All the Skeeter ‘chops that showed up on the sites that shall not be named were way less funny/witty than the ones created by the sites above. Thanks goodness for Twitter though- the good ones RT’d over and over.

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  12. Mr. Pinko

    February 4th, 2013

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/28/Announcing-The-Conversation

    “The Conversation will be a place where our readers can watch an ongoing dialogue amongst a select group of thought leaders that includes Ace of Spades, Iowahawk, David Webb, Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank, DocZero, Nice Deb, Jerome Hudson, Lisa De Pasquale, William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, and Adam Baldwin, along with John Nolte, Ben Shapiro, Larry O’Connor, Sonnie Johnson, Liberty Chick, Jon David Kahn, as well as other writers and contributors from Breitbart News.”

    Where’s iOwnTheWorld, BigFurHat? Closed club?

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  13. joe6pak

    February 4th, 2013

    Maybe it is professional jealousy.

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  14. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    I’ll name one.
    Here’s a story.

    I stuck up for a friend that you all know and love because he was being trashed on a conservative facebook page that was by invitation only. The site was for conservative entertainers.
    When I confronted the person on Twitter I was contacted by a Breitbart editor and they demanded that I tell them how I found out about the trashing. That was the main concern.
    Not that a fellow conservative was being thoroughly trashed on this site.
    There is much more to this, and I might write about it one day, but the bottom line is that they said that “the right must stick to a certain level of talent, lest we all suffer the embarrassment. So the attack was justified.”
    This person is in no way, shape or form an embarrassment to the right, or to their craft in general.
    Cut to the anointing of THIS as “a classic.”
    That classic is amusing, but as a photochop it is what we call a donkeyshop.
    It doesn’t rise to the level of a proficient chop. I find myself looking to see if I can see the Scotch tape.
    Now, this is NOT SOOPERMEXICAN’S fault.
    I like his stuff. I think he’s a great asset.
    But I find it ironic that I had to defend my buddy while this piece is being swooned over.
    This is a funny world.

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  15. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 4th, 2013

    Watch your back Fur, I see all and hear all. ;)

    If it’s any consolation, yours is the only blog that I follow. Phuk the “biggies” (sites, that is, not fur hats).

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  16. Moxie Man

    February 4th, 2013

    You deserve much better. I send links to your stuff to all my buds. Is there anything else we can do the spread the furry message?

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  17. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    Oh, so it becomes clearer now.
    Larry O’Connor was the author of the Breitbart piece, and I see AoS and Iowahawk are in the Algonquin Roundtable Club.

    I wonder if the ongoing dialogue that we can observe them having will be discussing their photoshop techniques. lololol

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  18. Bad Brad

    February 4th, 2013

     
  19. Moxie Man

    February 4th, 2013

    You know I love it here; you’re my primary go-to blog site. (+1 Stirrin)

    One thing that has troubled me and that could be hindering a wider acceptance, is the name, “iOwnTheWorld.”

    Others might see that and think, “WTF is up with this guy’s ego?” It could be construed as one man’s all-knowing, all-telling outlook on politics, life and the world.

    I know, you know, all the contributors, commenters, other bloggers (Will, Sunny, Diogenes, etc.) know that is the farthest thing from the truth.

    It’s just an observation, but could be food for thought.

    Love, kisses and all the other mushy emoticons I cant figure out to everyone here and especially to the hard-working, brilliant, witty and creative staff at iOTW.

    Sincerely from my heart,
    Moxie

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  20. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    No. This has nothing to do with jealousy at all. That has absolutely nothing to do with why they do what they do. If anything, I can be accused of that more accurately than them.
    But for me, it’s not jealousy either. It’s actually more frustration, because I believe cliquishness is poison.
    My philosophy is that we are at war with the left. Why wouldn’t you want the best army? Why wouldn’t we want to highlight Maksim, Dale and Red Square? – all very intimidating, scary talent.

    We’re always looking for content, particularly content from sources that don’t enjoy a stage as large as we could provide.

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  21. Moxie Man

    February 4th, 2013

    Oh, and please don’t fire me.

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  22. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    I can see that, Moxie.

    The story behind the name iOwnTheWorld is strange.
    It wasn’t chosen as much as it was given to us.
    (And “I” certainly doesn’t refer to me.)

    We were friends that all worked in the same field. As we worked we would do a lot of what appears here on iOTW (By the way, do you notice that I use the acronym almost exclusively, even though we were told by SEO people to stop doing that because we don’t own iOTW?)
    We’d pass the day by having caption contests and making up titles to Quinn Martin production shows, etc.
    The one day, Irony found The Peoples Cube. He submitted a piece and it was accepted. Then I did one. Then Hippie. Then they offered us our own section. And then we decided to try and do our own thing. We knew NOTHING about blogging. ZERO.
    AdminGirl had the domain name and said she would set up the site for us. We were like, sure. It’s gonna bomb anyway, why not? (Back in the day, Admin Girl was a hugely popular blogger. She did reviews of local dives that was a cult classic blog.)
    We always thought of the name as no one owning the world because “I” refers to everyone, not a specific person. Like, you’re the I in I Own the World.
    But a funny thing happened while the site was being developed for its launch.
    I came up with a game plan, one that apparently worked.
    I contacted a bunch of big sites and people, Thomas Lifson, Michelle Malkin, etc. and offered to do free graphics for them, Not for us, but for them. The art was tagged with their sites.
    I figured, by the time we were ready to launch I’d have a lot of favors in the bank.
    I asked everyone to give us a plug.
    Day one we had decent numbers and we had lots of good sites coming in to take a peek.
    I remember Nice Deb coming in like the second day, and she taught us a lot (whether she knows it or not.)
    So, any visual bloggers looking to go wide on day one, try what I did. It worked for us.
    If I had to point to one man that helped us to the point of being invaluable, that would be Thomas Lifson. We might as well change the name of the site to Thomas Lifson Owns us.

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  23. BigFurHat

    February 4th, 2013

    I rest my case, Brad.
    It still manages to be funny, however. But technically, it’s a mess.

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  24. Will Profit

    February 4th, 2013

    Fuck ‘em all, Fur. I’m used to my little blog being ignored by the biggie conservative establishment blogs. They’re about as edgy and hip as Joe Biden is. I have as much use for them as I do the establishment GOP. None. Keep the faith y’all. Cheers.

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  25. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 4th, 2013

    I like Soop, btw. But I think he’s very twitter oriented and that’s why he got the attention first off. Which is fine. But yeah, I saw that Breitbart piece too (I was ROTFL and shaking my head over it), and while I ♥ Iowahawk, he isn’t a chopper. That name dropping made absolutely no sense to me. I think Breitbart needs to take their heads out of Twitter and get a breath of fresh air. Twitter is not VISUAL. And shops are VISUAL. But why do I have to even say that? lolol.

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  26. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 4th, 2013

    You guys, I saw some funnies at Big Hairy News, but he got no love. That’s just wrong. lol

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  27. Bad Brad

    February 4th, 2013

    Well here’s my two cents. Who care about the name? And I believe what you are witnessing is the good old “Buddy System”. Unfortunately it human nature. This is my favorite place. I like SooperMex. Both places have a Grass roots feel. Plus I’m so sick if Breitbart’s videos all going off at the same time I could shit Twinkies. Breitbart does serve a purpose though. But like I say, we are the Grass roots. Also, there were a lot of funny shopped pictures floating around of Barry and his shot gun, but the one that got the biggest Brad Belly laugh was titled Blowback.

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  28. norman einstein

    February 4th, 2013

    Great post and rant, BFH.

    “They get uncomfortable and buy into the notion that making fun of Obama is possibly racist.
    Or if we allude to the birther issue in a funny piece of agitprop we become kryptonite because we’re apparently stupid.”
    It sounds as if they want to be the Bill O’Reilly of the blogosphere. That’s just wrong and will gain zero ground in the real fight.

    Slightly O/T, I think the Alexa ranking is bullshit, anyway.
    Drudge is behind the Telegraph?
    He gets 25 million unique hits a day. Seems fishy to me.

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  29. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 4th, 2013

    What Norman said.

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  30. jclady

    February 4th, 2013

    What the “Bigs” has become is not what Andrew envisioned.

    He was a warrior for the little guy fighting against the establishment — be it D or R.

    The fact that the crew now in charge picks and chooses who are “in” or “out” is totally against Andrew’s philosophy and is potentially harmful to our cause.

    With this MO, what makes them different from the MSM, or Karl Rove?

    This used to mean something — #WAR

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  31. Unruly Refugee

    February 4th, 2013

    Here’s my two cents:
    I’ve been waiting to learn the story of the “iOTW” name, thank you BFH for letting us know. I had the same thought as Moxie when I first saw the name, “Who” owns the world? It could touch a nerve in people who know who really does own the world. But the content was good enough to cause me to hang around. You just can’t find the same quality and quantity of truthful, patriotic, funny, brotherly, prog-bashing, good reading stories and comments, and with great graphics to put the icing on the cake. And the people here are absolutely the very best.
    I don’t recommend a name change, you get used to it and I know it’s not a jab at the Creator. As long as He knows that, then we’re all okay. Doesn’t look like the name has been a hindrance to your success either.

    This is the Number One place on the web, right here.
    Thanks iOTW, for allowing me to hang around with the best! You’re all out of my league.

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  32. jclady

    February 4th, 2013

    I’ve been hanging around for quite a while now. As for the comments about the site name, what always struck me was the lower case “i”.

    I’ve always felt that meant the focus was on “OWN THE WORLD” with no particular focus on any one individual.

    But that’s just me and my opinion. And we all know what they say about opinions…..

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  33. Unruly Refugee

    February 4th, 2013

    jclady, I noticed that right off about the lower case “i”.

    Imagine if nobody here had an opinion … , we’d all be dhimmis.

    :smile:

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  34. Mr.Pinko

    February 4th, 2013

    “I Love Lucy” means WE all love Lucy, not just Ricky! ;-)

    The little “i” is actually meant to represent a nondescript person. Look at the logo.
    The “i” is meant to be YOU, the reader and contributor.

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  35. jclady

    February 4th, 2013

    @Mr. Pinko — That’s what I was trying to say. It’s supposed to be all of us, not one particular person.

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  36. MaryfromMarin

    February 4th, 2013

    I ALWAYS thought the the “i” in “iOTW” referred to every reader of the blog. It was me, it was Claudia, it was Wyatt, it was Stranded, it was Plain Jane, it was Bad Brad, it was everyone (no favoritism intended by random name choice, except for the part about me).

    Are there really people who believe(d) that the “i” referred to just one person, i.e. BFH [who I didn't even know was the Big Cheese when I first started coming here] ??

    I have a great referral source for psychotherapy for anyone who fits my second paragraph category.

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  37. MaryfromMarin

    February 4th, 2013

    Oops, pardon me, I meant to say “Moderately Big Cheese”.

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  38. Merry Poppet

    February 4th, 2013

    We all own the world ;) but apparently the “elites” think they own the blogosphere. They are sorely mistaken. And like libtards, they don’t even realize how mistaken they are. Screw ‘em.

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  39. Name Redacted™

    February 4th, 2013

    It’s OUR job to promote this site. We the readers need to be sharing the images on Facebook and wherever, and MENTION THE WEBSITE NAME when we are leaving comments on those other sites.

    I frequently see the guy who calls his page “Blacksphere” sharing IOTW stuff on Facebook, and it makes me glad.

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  40. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 4th, 2013

    Moxie thanks for bringing the explanation of the iOTW name out from Fur – it was very enlightening to learn – thank you for sharing it Fur.

    To add to the comments about the lower case i, it reflects humility, with confidence in purpose and results. Contrast that with Obumphuk, who is a capital “I” that demands the focus on himself without regard to results or the needs of others.

    Give me lower case every time. Every one on this site rocks! Thanks to all for some great insight, humor and motivation. Keep it up Fur, it will pay off in the end.

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  41. Jerry Manderin

    February 4th, 2013

    O’ Connor will now be referred to as “Larry The Fairy.”

    Breitbart would be PISSED at such elitism.

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  42. Brian

    February 4th, 2013

    It’s funny watching The Bigs and some of the used-to-be Bigs talking all “Fuck You” today or Molon Labe this or that and that the Right needs to fight fire with fire. The Queensbury polemicists and arbiters of acceptable dick jokes.

    So says the hoses who doused the firebrands for years lest their credibility be damaged by linking to those who Hurt The Cause.

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  43. BigFurHat

    February 5th, 2013

    Let me give you a story about humility and the exact moment I became an even bigger fan of Iowahawk than I previously was.

    We have that frame we use when we have a guest celebrity judge. We put their name and avatar inside of it.
    Iowahawk was a judge about 3 1/2 years ago.
    He had one “contract demand.” No, it wasn’t to remove the green M&Ms.
    He wanted me to remove the word “celebrity” from the gilded frame.
    It wasn’t faux humility. He was really of the mindset that he wasn’t worthy.
    Iowahawk was already a legend at the time.

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  44. Jerry Manderin

    February 5th, 2013

    It was brown M & M’s Big Fur Hat.

    Forgive me if I come across as a Van Halen elitist.

    =]

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  45. Reiuxcat

    February 5th, 2013

    Sorry I missed this yesterday Fur, (contest has kept me busy) but I wanted to thank you for having MaserMedia in the list.

    I know you’re a busy guy, so just let me say I’ve appreciate all you’ve done since Day One with iOwnTheWorld and paying it forward into the future.

    iOTW now has the only live feed at MaserMedia. The compass always points to home.

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  46. BigFurHat

    February 5th, 2013

    We wish you guys all the success you can muster, and we will do what we can to make that happen. We learned that lesson from our boss and mentor, Red Square, at The Peoples Cube.
    He’s still the boss.
    When he talks we listen.
    He makes me ashamed that English is my first language.
    I’ve never seen anyone learn English late in life and have such a command of the subtlety of the language that is necessary to be so witty, ironic, etc.
    My guess is that he has a genius level IQ, and I’m not kidding.

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  47. [...] sites (see IOTW’s very informative “Is the bullpen tweaking us?” article: HERE) have been feverishly attempting – successfully I might add – to block conservative bloggers [...]

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  48. Andrea Shea King

    February 7th, 2013

    The thing about Andrew was that he was not clannish or clique-ish. He was Everyman, accessible to all. The crew over there don’t share those characteristics. I still enjoy reading the Bigs (and have written quite a bit for them in the past) but iOTW feels like Cheers. You know, where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.

    Nothing better as far as I’m concerned.

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