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“Let’s start over again, let’s pretend we just met, but this time you’re going to tell me the truth.” This was a phrase I used when I had heard two different stories from someone on the street who was trying to avoid a trip to booking. Once I heard the second story I knew someone was trying to find one that I would like, and I knew story number three, and four were on the way.

My list of my observations on this current crisis:

I have watched the briefings from the White House and I’m bemused by the questions from some so-called journalists. I liken it to a pack of coyotes fighting over a rabbit. Yipping, barking, and howling. Ben Rhodes from the Obama administration and I don’t agree on much of anything, but we agree on this:

All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus, he said. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.

China has dropped off the coronavirus charts. The list should include China with the tag “unknown” for the number of cases, and the number of fatalities.

Some governors are living the dream, issuing executive orders rather than legislating. Governors and some elected federal officials who have dreamed of controlling what you eat, what you can own (firearms), your transportation, and what type of bag you use to bring home your groceries are in heaven. They haven’t been too concerned about the environmental impact of the homeless. Their discarded needles, urinating, and defecating on sidewalks, or in parks are now public health scolds.

Releasing inmates who have not obeyed the law, but somehow will have an epiphany and will now obey the law to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Those inmates have something in common with the elected officials that release them. They believe in not letting a good crisis be wasted.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan asked the Federal government to start shipping hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to Michigan.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan is a puddinhead.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 4:31 PM PDT
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  2. sawatdeeka Member
    sawatdeeka Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):
    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    I read that the intent of the letter was to keep the drug from being widely prescribed to family and friends and otherwise over-utilized until stocks for hospital needs ran low. 

    • #2
    • April 1, 2020, at 5:07 PM PDT
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  3. Vectorman Thatcher

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Unlike leftists, to be “fair” to Whitmer, the letter came from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The original purpose was to avoid stockpiling:

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.

    Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.

    The letter was written by Deb Gagliardi. Unfortunately, she included the bold items instead of realizing that doctors establish the “medical necessity,” not government workers or the leftist press. Why it took a long time to clarify this letter becomes Whitmer’s responsibility.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 5:12 PM PDT
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  4. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Unlike leftists, to be “fair” to Whitmer, the letter came from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The original purpose was to avoid stockpiling:

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.

    Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.

    The letter was written by Deb Gagliardi. Unfortunately, she included the bold items instead of realizing that doctors establish the “medical necessity,” not government workers or the leftist press. Why it took a long time to clarify this letter becomes Whitmer’s responsibility.

    She was busy riding the Orange Man Bad wave.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 5:15 PM PDT
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  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    I read that the intent of the letter was to keep the drug from being widely prescribed to family and friends and otherwise over-utilized until stocks for hospital needs ran low.

    The media certainly didn’t push that justification until her 180°. Maybe someone did so in print. If so I missed it.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 5:25 PM PDT
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  6. E. Kent Golding Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan asked the Federal government to start shipping hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to Michigan.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan is a puddinhead.

    You are too polite.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 5:43 PM PDT
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  7. Hoyacon Member

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Unlike leftists, to be “fair” to Whitmer, the letter came from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The original purpose was to avoid stockpiling:

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.

    Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.

    The letter was written by Deb Gagliardi. Unfortunately, she included the bold items instead of realizing that doctors establish the “medical necessity,” not government workers or the leftist press. Why it took a long time to clarify this letter becomes Whitmer’s responsibility.

    The letter was overblown by those intent in reading more into it than it said.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 6:13 PM PDT
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  8. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce Caward Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    These people (Politicians/Media/Judges) haven’t exactly given us reason to trust them – their honesty, their sincerity, most of all their judgement – in the last three years of [fill in everything we’ve all been talking about here since 2016].

    Why in the ever-loving eff do they think a reasonable person would believe or trust anything they say about anything? Reap/sow.

    Now we’re here, and it matters. The “bubble” we all always talk about them living in – the little world they live in, the Beltway mentality – well all that is about to totally come apart.

    I don’t think they have any idea what’s coming.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 7:11 PM PDT
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  9. Timothy Landon Member

    Today, thanks to Radio Free America, Voice of America, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and sites like this, at least one question about the continuing manipulation of data and information by the Chinese Communist Party did make its way into the press briefing.

    • #9
    • April 1, 2020, at 7:55 PM PDT
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  10. Timothy Landon Member

    Trump “I’m not an accountant for China.”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-trump-says-he-doesnt-know-if-china-underreported-numbers.html

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    • April 1, 2020, at 7:57 PM PDT
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  11. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    we should also include WHO for helping China suppress real information.

     

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    • April 1, 2020, at 9:29 PM PDT
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  12. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    No one knew or cared about hydroxychloroquine until Trump said it at a press conference.

    Now every never Trumper has adopted FDA mentality.

    The left would rather see people die than admit Trump did and said the right thing.

    “It may work. It may not work.”

     

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    • April 1, 2020, at 9:33 PM PDT
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  13. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Unlike leftists, to be “fair” to Whitmer, the letter came from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The original purpose was to avoid stockpiling:

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.

    Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.

    The letter was written by Deb Gagliardi. Unfortunately, she included the bold items instead of realizing that doctors establish the “medical necessity,” not government workers or the leftist press. Why it took a long time to clarify this letter becomes Whitmer’s responsibility.

    when was the letter written?

     

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    • April 1, 2020, at 9:33 PM PDT
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  14. Hoyacon Member

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    when was the letter written?

    Dated March 24, 2020.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 10:16 PM PDT
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  15. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Four days ago Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a letter that threatened Michigan doctors with “administrative action” if they prescribed hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus flu.

    Unlike leftists, to be “fair” to Whitmer, the letter came from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The original purpose was to avoid stockpiling:

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has received multiple allegations of Michigan physicians inappropriately prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to themselves, family, friends, and/or coworkers without a legitimate medical purpose.

    Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments. Reports of this conduct will be evaluated and may be further investigated for administrative action. Prescribing any kind of prescription must also be associated with medical documentation showing proof of the medical necessity and medical condition for which the patient is being treated. Again, these are drugs that have not been proven scientifically or medically to treat COVID-19.

    The letter was written by Deb Gagliardi. Unfortunately, she included the bold items instead of realizing that doctors establish the “medical necessity,” not government workers or the leftist press. Why it took a long time to clarify this letter becomes Whitmer’s responsibility.

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    These people (Politicians/Media/Judges) haven’t exactly given us reason to trust them – their honesty, their sincerity, most of all their judgement – in the last three years of [fill in everything we’ve all been talking about here since 2016].

    Why in the ever-loving eff do they think a reasonable person would believe or trust anything they say about anything? Reap/sow.

    Now we’re here, and it matters. The “bubble” we all always talk about them living in – the little world they live in, the Beltway mentality – well all that is about to totally come apart.

    I don’t think they have any idea what’s coming.

    The smart money is on them being chased down and eaten by packs of feral lobbyists. 

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    • April 1, 2020, at 11:30 PM PDT
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  16. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph Stanko Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Doug Watt: what type of bag you use to bring home your groceries are in heaven

    As a safety measure in response to the virus, my county just banned reusable shopping bags. These are the same busybodies who just a few years ago banned disposable plastic bags and tried to force us all to reuse bags instead. 

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    • April 2, 2020, at 12:49 AM PDT
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  17. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: what type of bag you use to bring home your groceries are in heaven

    As a safety measure in response to the virus, my county just banned reusable shopping bags. These are the same busybodies who just a few years ago banned disposable plastic bags and tried to force us all to reuse bags instead.

    Same here. Fascinating how they can turn on a dime, but it’s never their own dime. 

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    • April 2, 2020, at 12:51 AM PDT
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  18. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Doug Watt: Some governors are living the dream, issuing executive orders rather than legislating.

    This is heady stuff. Giving it up will be hard for some.

    • #18
    • April 2, 2020, at 1:39 AM PDT
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  19. Stad Thatcher

    Doug Watt: Some governors are living the dream, issuing executive orders rather than legislating. Governors and some elected federal officials who have dreamed of controlling what you eat, what you can own (firearms), your transportation, and what type of bag you use to bring home your groceries are in heaven. They haven’t been too concerned about the environmental impact of the homeless. Their discarded needles, urinating, and defecating on sidewalks, or in parks are now public health scolds.

    Dictators of both parties are getting a high they’ll want to experience again and again.

    Doug Watt: Releasing inmates who have not obeyed the law, but somehow will have an epiphany and will now obey the law to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Yet they want to arrest and jail citizens who violate the rules, putting them in jails where infected inmates are quarantined. Wait for the lawsuits when some of these citizens die, and the criminals who were wrongfully released commit murders . . .

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    • April 2, 2020, at 5:51 AM PDT
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  20. iWe Reagan
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    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    No one knew or cared about hydroxychloroquine until Trump said it at a press conference.

    Let the record show that iWe was all over it before Trump was. Correlation or Causality?

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    • April 2, 2020, at 6:13 AM PDT
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  21. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Trump mentioned Chloroquine 19 March, I believe.

    iWe, on 12 March: https://ricochet.com/730834/drugs-that-work-on-corona/

    And then several more posts before Trump got there.

     

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    • April 2, 2020, at 6:18 AM PDT
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  22. EB Thatcher
    EB

    Percival (View Comment):
    She was busy riding the Orange Man Bad wave

    and showing off her figure.

    • #22
    • April 2, 2020, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  23. Ontheleftcoast Member

    One to add to the genius roster for future reference:

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner [guess what party] on Sunday urged would-be criminals to remain in their homes and “chill” until the Chinese coronavirus epidemic subsides in the Texas city.

    “The best way to help police officers is to not commit a crime,” Turner told reporters during a press conference on his city’s latest efforts to combat the deadly illness. “Until the coronavirus is resolved, criminals, take a break.”

    “Stay home and don’t commit any crimes. Thay way, they will stay safe and out of jail and police offers will stay safe and go home to there families,” the mayor added. “Crooks, criminals, you chill.”

    The dateline is March 30, not April 1.

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    • April 2, 2020, at 7:40 AM PDT
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  24. JustmeinAZ Member

    EB (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    She was busy riding the Orange Man Bad wave

    and showing off her figure.

    Did she look in the mirror before she left home?

    • #24
    • April 2, 2020, at 9:52 AM PDT
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  25. EB Thatcher
    EB

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    Did she look in the mirror before she left home?

    When people criticized her wearing this dress, she made a big production out of it, saying that they were rude and sexist. She said that boys had been teasing her about her curves since the 5th grade and her mother always told her to walk proud and ignore them.

    My criticism would not be about the dress per se, but the fact that it is very obvious she is not wearing underwear (as in nothing). I wonder what her mother would think about that.

     

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    • April 2, 2020, at 12:12 PM PDT
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  26. Hoyacon Member

    EB (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    Did she look in the mirror before she left home?

    When people criticized her wearing this dress, she made a big production out of it, saying that they were rude and sexist. She said that boys had been teasing her about her curves since the 5th grade and her mother always told her to walk proud and ignore them.

    My criticism would not be about the dress per se, but the fact that it is very obvious she is not wearing underwear (as in nothing). I wonder what her mother would think about that.

    I couldn’t get that far. And I don’t think that it’s an issue of “curves.”

    I picture her standing in front of her husband while he’s watching the tube, and asking “How do I look, honey?”

    “Oh fine dear, Just fine.”

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    • April 2, 2020, at 12:19 PM PDT
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  27. Miffed White Male Member
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    EB (View Comment):
    My criticism would not be about the dress per se, but the fact that it is very obvious she is not wearing underwear (as in nothing). I

    If she’s not, she’s unnaturally perky.

     

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    • April 2, 2020, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  28. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: Some governors are living the dream, issuing executive orders rather than legislating.

    This is heady stuff. Giving it up will be hard for some.

    term limits and recalls

     

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    • April 2, 2020, at 2:05 PM PDT
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    EB (View Comment):
    but the fact that it is very obvious she is not wearing underwear (as in nothing).

    Well that got my attention. I can’t tell. Must be getting old . . .

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    • April 2, 2020, at 2:10 PM PDT
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  30. EB Thatcher
    EB

    Stad (View Comment):
    I can’t tell. Must be getting old . . .

    Well, when you can see someone’s “perky” bits and their navel, you know they are not wearing undergarments. And she is well aware of this.

    I would bet she wore it just to get that attention and then be able to make her whole sexist claim. And the usual media suspects fell right in line.

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    • April 2, 2020, at 3:35 PM PDT
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