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Japan targeted U.S. military base; U.S. hit Japanese cities Re Aug. 22 letter, “Atomic bombs were reasonable response to Pearl Harbor”: I find it puzzling that William Offenbacker completely misunderstood the initial Aug. 19 letter [by Jim Murphy] (“Bombing of cities during war cannot be justified morally”) that he was responding to and criticizing. To summarize, the Japanese initially attacked a U.S. military base, and the (eventual) response of the United States was the indiscriminate ...


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pnotto
August 28, 2012
5:05 a.m.

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Mr. Scharl, I have one question for you? Where the hell are your brains! To poise a defense that we as a country to having one of our military bases deliberately attacked where 2,400 plus service men and women were killed and then not to respond to this action militarily is sheer lunacy on your part. My father was a combat veteran in the US Navy during WW 2, seeing action in both theaters of combat. He would tell me that we had no other alternative but to go to war to stop the Empire of Japan from massacring hundreds-of-thousands of innocent people (as you put it) with their genocidal expansion to dominate the Pacific region by enslaving millions of people is poor thinking on your part. I would like to know what history books you were educated from, because these were not the same that I read and learned from in elementary school, high school and eventually in college that told many people of my generation the Empire of Japan was purely evil and we were the only nation to stop their murderous rampage in the Pacific as we also did in Europe and North Africa against the Nazi's. For an idiot Leftist, such as yourself who obviously hates this country and our military because you Leftist's hate the use of force we need to use to protect our country to even think about making an argument that the US is just as responsible as the Japanese were in killing thousands of people is the ultimate in stupidity. If Leftist's like yourself were running this country during WW 2, we would all be speaking German and Japanese today. You need to pull your head out of your rear parts and wake up and face the fact that this nation is the only country and we are the only people who can stop tyranny in the world and we as a people have nothing to apologize for or to anyone like our dim wit President has done when he first took office. The next thing you will try and justify is that we as a people were responsible for Islamic Fascists blowing up our buildings and murdering 3,000 innocent American's on September 11, 2001, who were just going to work and living their lives. So in-conclusion, before you open your mouth and spew your stupidity, you might want to think about what your going to say because believe it or not you are judged by what you say in defending any position you take.

pnotto
August 28, 2012
6:40 a.m.

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Ms. Schweikert, as an environmentalist wacko you like all of your com-padres spew nonsense without backing it up with evidence just plain ignorance over the issue of hydraulic fracking. In a separate article in this paper a group of ignorant Leftist's are going to protest this issue by marching in the rain for they have not done any proper investigation why they are protesting in the first place. This is a problem with the environmentalist wacko's, they don't do any truthful preparation in defending a position they take in opposition to this issue. NYS has been doing an investigation of hydraulic fracking and has not found any credible evidence why it should not proceed forward. As this investigation is being done by NYS I call on this paper to do their own research to see if these morons who are protesting this issue actually did research about it or do they act like other Leftist's who protest just for the purpose of protesting with no emphasis done to back up the resistance to fracking. These idiots who are going to waste an entire day marching in the rain in protest over nothing has a lot to say about the intelligence of these people and their argument against fracking. With all of the reports done by En Con there has yet to be any negative results to fracking.
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pnotto
August 28, 2012
6:41 a.m.

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Continued from above: The legislature of NYS should show some back bone especially Andrew Cuomo to stop knuckling under to these loonies who are holding NYS hostage over this issue with no data to back up their feeble claims that fracking is going to kill thousands of people by poisoning the ground water. NYS has been dragging its heels for 4 years in delaying a decision on this issue. Mean while, thousands of construction workers are out of work because of the Left and thousands more leaving NYS for greener pastures. This is a serious issue so NYS is showing why people are leaving here in droves. One thing the Left does not want us to know is that the drilling is done 6 miles under the ground where the water table goes no less than 1,000 feet below the ground surface so the two don't come in contact with one another due to the distance. Other states have been using hydraulic fracking for decades and have reported no accidents if this process is done correctly and safely. The Left counter this point with idiotic arguments that illegal dumping of waste water by different companies or truckers hauling away this water is the reason for the poisoning of the ground water. The Left has to pull their heads out of their rear parts and actually do some legitimate investigating and don't react with emotions and feelings for the love of the environment and they will find out that this issue is a criminal act done by these companies and/or truck drivers and cannot be blamed on the fracking process. If these companies and/or truck drivers are caught doing illegal dumping of this water they should have the book thrown at them and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To punish an entire industry by the environmentalist wackos using fear and threats with no data to back up their ridiculous claims is criminal because as I said NYS is being held captive by a group of lunatics.

muggy
August 28, 2012
7:26 a.m.

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Mr. Leon doesn't seem to realize that the Obama's own Medicare Trustee is screaming from the rooftops that Medicare is going bankrupt in 9-years. Medicare has over $37 trillion dollars in unfunded obligations with 77 million baby boomers standing on the doorstep of retirement!

Obama's solution? Raid $716 billion dollars from Medicare to pay for his massive new health care program. That will shorten Medicare's life span, without solving the underlying problem.

The Romney-Ryan plan allows those over 55 to keep Medicare, while providing everyone else the FREEDOM to choose to either stay on Medicare or enter into health plans that actually compete for seniors' business based on price and benefits (what a concept!).

Doing nothing creates crisis. And in the words of Rahm Emmanuel (Obama's former advisor), "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

SnowGrinch
August 28, 2012
7:39 a.m.

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I just read Mr/MS Pnotto's piece... it was hilarious! A sample...
* I have one question for you? Where the hell are your brains!
* the Empire of Japan was purely evil!
* For an idiot Leftist, such as yourself who obviously hates this country!
* If Leftist's like yourself were running this country during WW 2, (FDR, the "Democrat Leftist" who started Social Security, was RUNNING THIS COUNTRY during WW2)
* our dim wit President!
* "Islamic Fascists", "an environmentalist wacko", "ignorant Leftist's", "These idiots", "these loonies", "idiotic arguments", (and the best line of the entire post) "pull their heads out of their rear parts"!!!
Mr/Ms Pnoto's rant starts spewing rage in WW2, steam full speed ahead into Gov Cuomo, then blasts everyone involved in protecting the land from Hydraulic Fracking. Very Entertaining!

Don't ya just love a good Conservative Right Wing Rant before breakfast! :)

wmarincic
August 28, 2012
7:50 a.m.

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Rich Leon

Please give me just one example where the government runs a program more cost affective with less fraud and more competence than a private company.

snowgrinch

everyone has a right to their opinions and I don't believe Mr. Notto said he was a Conservative.. He may very well be a liberal.......You do know what they say about assumeing.

SnowGrinch
August 28, 2012
8 a.m.

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Nope! No assumptions there. I'd bet an autographed photo of Rush Limbaugh on it!

pnotto
August 28, 2012
1:44 p.m.

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Wow! An idiot named SnowGrinch is in the house! I am surprised that I am here to provide comical relieve to SnowGrinch. Whatever political party I belong to is irrelevant in this issue, but I can tell that SnowGrinch is obviously a member of the Democratic Party and is probably a Leftist as well. I can further tell by the way SnowGrinch in his/her responses that he/she has contempt for the history of our nation and especially for our military and veterans. I'll even wager a bet on days that we celebrate our Independence and we honor our veterans that SnowGrinch and his/her buds have a party where they burn the flag of the US and then all of them urinate on the flag to extinguish the fire. Sadly they probably find this funny too. For a person to find it necessary to poke fun and joke about the history of this nation and consider the military and our veterans as a punch line I find very disturbing and childish on the part of SnowGrinch to say the least. The fact this person is unable to render a logical rebuff to my posting is also disturbing and a sad fact about whatever education or lack there of this person didn't receive in their educational years. Instead of being in class getting a proper education this person was probably spending this time in the bathroom smoking with the rest of the potheads, and by judging SnowGrinch's cynical responses this person probably barely made it through school if he/she even attended at all. Its nice to know there are people who live in society who have no reason to exist such as SnowGrinch except to take up space and consume valuable oxygen the rest of us need to live who do provide a valued service to society. Its just to bad that numb skulls like SnowGrinch haven't found what purpose they are here for accept to cause an inconvenience for the rest of us, which includes rendering inane responses of shear stupidity on their part. The thing I find hilarious myself is that idiots like SnowGrinch have nothing to offer as far as commentary in defending their opposition to my opinion which shows him/her to be an immature fool. Then if SnowGrinch could offer any kind of logical response to an editorial opinion would be a miracle in itself but I won't holdout for any hope here. I just hope that while SnowGrinch is digest his/her breakfast that if it wasn't for people like my father and other veterans who served and gave their lives it wouldn't be possible for this person to have the right to offer up such stupidity this person tries to pass off as logical responses to an opinion. I served in Law Enforcement for 21 years and I have dealt with dim witted idiots like SnowGrinch over the span of my career and its nice to see that the lack of intellect is still ingrained within them.

SnowGrinch
August 28, 2012
8:04 p.m.

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OMG! The comedy continues!!!
This guy/girl is a hoot! It's like a real life Archie Bunker who's updated to present day.
He ends the day with a laugh for dinner that is just as entertaining as his Breakfast Bash!

It appers that he/she can't post a paragraph with out using the word "idiot", or "stupid"... name calling seems to be his speciality! A limited vocabulary to be sure!
Check this out... "I can further tell by the way SnowGrinch in his/her responses that he/she has contempt for the history of our nation and ESPECIALLY OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS." Come on... When I read this I can picture Archie Bunker sitting in his favorite chair spouting off to Edith about "no respect for history or our veterans".

Archie is calling any one who disagrees with him "A FLAG BURNING COMMIE, who burns the American flag, then pisses on it to put out the fire! (Um... Pnotto, If ya burn the flag, ya don't have to put out the fire... that's the whole point! :D
Pnotto then assumes that I'm a pot smoking, uneducated, hippy! FUNNY OMG!!!
It's uncanny how Pnotto manages to discover so much about a person he's never met. (Must be his years of training (in law enforcement) as a school crossing guard!
Archie ends his little rantgasm, while waving his flag, and hand on his chest... with a salute to America's Veterans, (like his dad). Archie Pnotto, with a tear n his eye posts: "if it wasn't for people like my father and other veterans who served and gave their lives it wouldn't be possible for this person to have the right to" etc etc etc.

Should I tell Archie Pnotto that his morning post was funny but his evening post was a real knee-slapper?

Sorry to burst your bubble Pnotto, but I, like your dad, am an American veteran, and I gurarnteed your right to post in this forum with my service to our country.
Since you thanked us, Americas veterans for our service to this country... on behalf of America's Veterans I will say "Your Welcome"!
(and thanks for the laughs!)

robbump
August 29, 2012
3:31 p.m.

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Please! Take your meds, pnotto! You're getting out of control, funny as your ramblings can be.

biwemple
August 29, 2012
9:11 p.m.

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Here's an article from NPR on 8/29 where some landowners wells were admittedly fouled with methane by hydrofracking nearby due to failed pipe casings. Although both PA and Chesapeake Energy say its an isolated incident, it appears to be happening more & more frequently and Chesapeake just paid a 900K fine for it.
Completely Safe? Yeah, right...
http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160128351/...

robbump
August 30, 2012
6:38 p.m.

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"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." -Samuel Johnson 1771

"To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them." - Bishop Berkeley, 1895

"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!" - Albert Einstein

"There are two Americas. One is the America of Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson; the other is the America of Teddy Roosevelt and the modern superpatriots. One is generous and humane, the other narrowly egotistical; one is self-critical, the other self-righteous; one is sensible, the other romantic; one is good-humored, the other solemn; one is inquiring, the other pontificating; one is moderate, the other filled with passionate intensity; one is judicious and the other arrogant in the use of great power." - J. William Fulbright,

pnotto
August 31, 2012
5:31 a.m.

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HA, HA, HA! Lets have some humor of our own or in the case of Snowgrinch we'll have some disgrace of his/her own...Since Snowgrinch thinks the issue of being respectful to the flag, our veterans, and our country is so laughable, I am sure that this so called veteran he/she claims to be (I highly doubt), having served with other military personnel (Also I highly doubt), if asked, these people would not have that high of an opinion of Snowgrinch anyway. After reading some of Snowgrinch's postings in this paper I can see why that would be a majority feeling among your comrades in arms. Simply put its hard to get the respect of someone who acts like a child. I again refuse to believe that anyone would want to serve with such a malfeasance of a person such as yourself. Which I think is hilarious in itself trying to picture Snowgrinch serving this country but then again he/she would be the type to go AWOL/desert their unit. In case your wondering what that is Snowgrinch, it is a referral to cowardice which I am sure is a large part of who you are. I tell you one thing I would not want an immature child like Snowgrinch having to protect my life or that of anyone else. Any veteran that I know and/or worked with as a cop would never act in such a child like fashion as this ignoramus. As a matter of fact the closest thing Snowgrinch ever got to serving in the military was watching reruns of Gomer Pyle, USMC on television as a child. This is something Snowgrinch never grew up from that childhood as you can read in this person's childish postings in this paper and thus must be pandered to as one when talking to a person like this. I find it amazing that immaturity must run large in this persons background and family for Snowgrinch can't simply defend a position that he/she can't do and even if Snowgrinch tries to defend a lame position from his/her postings, this person has to distort and lie about the facts to fit whatever agenda he/she is advocating from the political party Snowgrinch belongs to. Why is that Snowgrinch, are you afraid your going to make a fool of yourself if you have to debate an issue and have to apply something called logic and accurate facts to that argument. I say again by reading some of your postings Snowgrinch, you have to hide your stupidity and immaturity with sarcasm. As far as my mono-cor for you being a "Flag burning, dope smoking Commie;" I don't hear you denying it so it must be true! So the next time you have one of your drug filled enraged Anti-American parties where the flag is desecrated by you sorry excuse for human beings, invite your buddy Robbump along because you two would make a great pair of friends. Some veteran you are...HA!

SnowGrinch
August 31, 2012
10:57 a.m.

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PNOTTO or Archie Bunker as he's known in his neighborhood, has continued his little tantrum with yet another hilarious post!
PNOTTO/Archie never served his country in the military, in fact the closest he came was his job as a school crossing guard, but he considers himself some what of an expert on Veterans.
Funny that Archie doubts my military service but I assure you I did serve my country, in combat and have the medals to prove it.
PNOTTO much like his television counterpart, Archie Bunker, always waved the flag and spoke highly of US Veterans, as long as those Veterans met his agenda. PNOTTO/Archie honors America's Veterans, if those veterans carry his political views. If not he ridicules their service. Typical behavior.
I rest easy knowing that my Military Service is what gives PNOTTO/Archie the freedom to speak his mind... (even if it appears that he's lost his mind).

pnotto
August 31, 2012
1:19 p.m.

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I say Snowgrinch; What military service? As I stated the only military service you were closest to was to have watched reruns of Gomer Pyle, USMC on television as a child. Which BTW is a realm you never grew up from as it appears to be. Your nothing but a gutless coward that would not know the first thing about serving in the military with duty, honor and discipline. I worked with veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and other military engagements who served with distinction and honor in battle and that is something your full of BS from the way you cackle off through that pie hole of yours. My combat veteran partners and I worked the toughest streets in this city and we handled some of the most dangerous situations that confronted us. But I can say if you had to do our job, you and your other pothead hippie friend Robbump, you two spineless wonders would drop a load in your pants out fear, turn and run in the opposite direction looking for your mothers to wet nurse you two worthless excuses for human beings to stop your crying. The truth hitting home about now you gutless coward! The only thing that you have accomplished in your sad sack life is that people like you accomplish nothing more than to do is to nurse off of the nipple of society that is paid for by us the tax payers who work for for a living. A further sad issue in your miserable life is that you and that other brain dead twit Robbump think in your pot filled diluted minds that you have a right to a grievance about life. Well you don't! Because you have to produce in this life and you don't produce crap. You see we the tax payers produce results that make this country go. I don't know what your excuse is but I can see by your postings in this paper that it is absolutely nothing, just like that other loser you call your bud Mr. Robbump. I will start calling you two the 'welfare twins.' That should be a fitting name for you two 'Zero's.' As a retired Schenectady cop, I highly doubt you would have the spine or the fortitude to do any thing similar to what my fellow officers and I handled except that is to take up wasted space in life that you do all to well. If you want to call me an Archie Bunker that's fine. I enjoyed watching All In The Family back in the day, its just that you are to dumb to know the difference between satire from nonfiction, also by you calling me Archie Bunker you are referring to all veterans who have served this country are ignorant bigots, sexists, racists and homophobes. So if you are really authentic in your claims as being a fearless combat veteran you are saying that you are an Archie Bunker too. BTW, how come you don't mention your service record? Are you afraid that someone who knew what a worthless piece of crap you were might recognize you for the fraud that you are??? Do you care to take that gamble, loser, gutless, coward??? The ball is in your court, Mr. Fraud!!!

robbump
September 2, 2012
2:27 a.m.

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Nut-case: Please show just proof of just one case that I ever:

>received an unemployment check
>received welfare benefits
>received food stamps
>received any government housing, OTHER than what the Navy provided during my 6 years of PROUD service
>received ANY social-service benefit

Put up, or shut up with your delusional rantings.

The ball is in your court, Mr. Fraud!!!

pnotto
September 2, 2012
6:22 a.m.

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Mr. Robbump; I need to ask a question are Snowgrinch and yourself two in the same people? Are you that devoid of reality and insecure with yourself that you need to pose as an imposter in life and as two different people? From my college Psych courses back in the day, I remember reading about a Psychological disorder which I think the professionals in the mental health field call Schizophrenia. This is where the victim has a hard time dealing with reality and hears voices in their head that are not really there. Is that you, Mr. Robbump/Snowgrinch? If you Mr. Robbump/Snowgrinch are as authentic as you claim, I'll bet you received a dishonorable discharge on a medical disqualification for Schizophrenia and we can throw in cowardice too. Its your record as you put it out there, so you need to prove to us is that really you, Mr. Robbump/Snowgrinch? Are you really posing as a fake Navy vet? That is a crime in NYS which is called False Impersonation. You see I along with my useless cop buddies as you call us, Mr. Robbump/Snowgrinch used to lock up frauds like you. The only problem is that we had to send folks like you to the Ellis Hospital ER for a Psych evaluation which is something that you should be familiar with. Is it true, Mr. Robbump/Snowgrinch???

robbump
September 2, 2012
1:18 p.m.

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My pathetic friend: again you state your made-up ramblings as fact. I am indeed all I have claimed. As much as it may disgust me when others make claims of military accomplishments that are untrue, it is no crime (but should be). States recently tried to pass "stolen valor acts" and it was knocked down as an unconstitutional intrusion on free speech.

Only if such a claim is made resulting in financial fraud could you lock someone up on it, bozo. I don't think the government would have paid for one of my degrees were I not a veteran, now approved my mortgage.
Mr. Fraud: You are the one making claims. As a former SPD finest, you MUST know it is upon you to prove the truth, not mine to disprove your psychotic rantings. Or is that how you performed your arrests too? The DA's must have had a hell of a time throwing out your cases.

Come on Mr. Fraud. PROVE just ONE of your accusations! Just ONE, loudmouth.

pnotto
September 2, 2012
1:57 p.m.

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Robbump, its not my record to defend its yours that you claim to have had one (or not). As a matter of fact it is a crime in NYS to claim to be a veteran of military service beyond that of attempting to gain a 'financial benefit,' in the Criminal Impersonation and/or False Personation charges. The key word is "to benefit" for a certain issue to attain whatever it maybe. This is a grey term placed in the Penal Law section to cover a wide variety of latitude. I know this because I paid attention during my classes in college and at the academy to get on my job, unlike yourself Robbump. So you need to go back to SCCC and take some current classes that can get you a job instead of hanging out in the bathroom getting high with your welfare twin Snowgrinch, Mr. Claims to be a Service Person fraud. As far as my working with the prosecutor's in this county it was a pleasure to do business with the men and women of the Sch'dy County District Attorney's Office. The cases that I presented to them were straight forward and uncomplicated which is what they prefer from us cops. They are a fine group of prosecutor's as well as people as well. So like the Fox News Channel, I am fair and balanced in exposing phonies like yourself, Robbump. Aren't you late to meet your bud Snowgrinch to go and kill some more brain cells in the bathroom at SCCC. I don't understand how you can waste your life taking classes at your age with no direction in mind. But that is from smoking to much dope with your bud Snowgrinch.

pnotto
September 2, 2012
2:01 p.m.

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Unfortunately, because of people like Robbump, Snowgrinch and other Leftist's on this site we can't talk about the real issues that are posted in this paper because it is their desire to shut down the First Amendment rights of other bloggers such as myself and force us to name calling and other antics to get us away from exposing their Left wing hypocrisy.

SnowGrinch
September 2, 2012
11:36 p.m.

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Check out this PNOTTO EXCUSE...

"Unfortunately, because of people like Robbump, Snowgrinch and other Leftist's on this site we can't talk about the real issues"...
It was PNOTTO who launched his personal insult rants INSTEAD of discussing the ISSUES.

But his best line is:
"FORCE US TO NAME CALLING"... Poor PNOTTO. He was
FORCED to call others names. It wasn't his choice. :D

robbump
September 3, 2012
1:06 a.m.

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Senator McCarthy starts almost every NEW rant against anyone who doesn't share his warped sense of patriotism with something like "some idiot named..."

Senator: how do you propose that I present my proof? And how will you present your proof of all the activities that you've accused me and SnowGrinch. I mean, it's a pretty simple thing to come up with a copy of my DD214, but since we cannot post images here, how could I prove it? It's you who demands proof, are you willing to pay for the newspaper space? Readers would wonder why DD214s are being published, but everyone knows the Gazette readers are just a bunch of liberal pot smoking, flag burning, baby aborting, environmentalist wackos anyway!

Hope I don't force you into any name calling, Senator McCarthy.

pnotto
September 3, 2012
9:23 a.m.

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Robbump and Snowgrinch; Many people are calling us to stop this war of words, so therefore, We need to stop these antics. However it started I think we should still respect each other as people and human beings even though we strongly agree to disagree. We can still have a dialogue with no name calling and insults about our backgrounds and ideologies getting in the way. So I wish to express an apology to you two and cease this action of mutual dislike this moment and I look forward to discussing issues with you two in the future.

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