Friday, December 31, 2010

Nevada's Wild West spirit spurns legal pot - Washington Times

Nevada's Wild West spirit spurns legal pot - Washington Times

Some Mich. bars to allow smoking New Year's Eve - USATODAY.com

Thanks to Find4more for posting this at Smoker's Club-


Oh, how I would like to be at one of these establishments tonight! ..If I weren't in California....


Some Mich. bars to allow smoking New Year's Eve - USATODAY.com


The Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan Movement has started a Facebook page. Check it out and show your support for private property rights. There are also some interesting comments over there that are very telling about the antics of the antis, like the one bar owner who has received phone calls from "non-smokers" that want to make a reservation for this evening at her bar. A reservation at a bar? One caller mentioned that they even wanted to bring their child to the bar! Oh, the bar owner goes on to tell readers something like this: "Thing is, we have caller ID, and these phone calls are coming from as far away as Maryland!" Hmmmmmmm.....The paid antis are out in full force to try to put a stop to this. To them I say, go get a life and stay out of ours.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=201889528790&v=wall


Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

VIDEO: Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization « rolledtootight. - marijuana cannabis | legalization | weed | marijuana | cannabis

VIDEO: Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization « rolledtootight. - marijuana cannabis | legalization | weed | marijuana | cannabis

Women’s Risk of Sudden Death Linked to Magnesium

Women’s Risk of Sudden Death Linked to Magnesium

Papaya tea may treat cancer better than chemo | abc7.com

"Dang found exposure to papaya leaf extract slows tumor growth in 10 types of cancer cells, and it also boosts the immune system, where traditional chemo treatments make it weaker."


Papaya tea may treat cancer better than chemo | abc7.com

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"Results published in the February 17, 2010, issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology revealed that papaya leaf extract showed significant growth inhibitory activity on cervix, breast, liver, lung, and pancreas tumor-cell lines."


Papaya Leaf Extract Slows Growth of Cancer Cell Cultures
By BiotechDaily International staff writers
Posted on 23 Mar 2010



Pretty fascinating stuff!!! ...and papaya tastes good too!

The TSA's state-mandated molestation | Jennifer Abel | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The TSA's state-mandated molestation | Jennifer Abel | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

EU bans herbal remedies: another victory for corporate interests

Thanks to Rose for posting this on Dr. Siegel's blog-

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100070000/eu-bans-herbal-remedies-another-victory-for-corporate-interests-over-the-consumer/

I for one, am a really big fan of herbal remedies and organic foods (when I can afford them). This is yet another egregious abuse of power being perpetrated by unelected bureaucrats upon the rights of free citizens across Europe. Unbelievable. I sure hope that they don't try to pull this crap in the U.S.. Oh, wait...they ARE trying to pull this crap in the U.S..

Back to the E.U...

How is it that the E.U. has gained so much power over sovereign nations that have their own elected representatives?

Daniel Hannan states a possible explanation for such madness:

"Such a ban would never have got through the national legislatures. MPs would have been deluged, as MEPs were, by letters from thousands of constituents who felt that their health was being imperilled. In a national parliament, this would almost certainly have been enough to block the proposal; but the EU was designed more or less explicitly to withstand public opinion. Lobbyists understood from the outset that their best chance was to push through in Brussels what no democratic parliament would accept. See, once again, how the EU has become a mechanism for the advancement of corporate interests in defiance of the common weal."

Point well taken.

What They Won't Tell You: Smoking Has Health Benefits - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

This is the 2nd article that I'm reading on Yahoo News this morning on the issue of smoking and I am utterly stunned that they are (for once) publishing the other side, or er..um...allowing for a different perspective that is sure to piss off anti-smokers everywhere. I am absolutely shocked and pleased at the same time.

What They Won't Tell You: Smoking Has Health Benefits - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Health Benefits of Smoking Cigarettes: Could Tobacco Be Good for You? - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Health Benefits of Smoking Cigarettes: Could Tobacco Be Good for You? - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Toke of the Town - 80-Year-Old Republican Leads Fight To Decrim Pot In Virginia

This is change that I can believe in:-)

Toke of the Town - 80-Year-Old Republican Leads Fight To Decrim Pot In Virginia

Pepsi Science: Pepsi Venturing Into Science Of Nutrition - latimes.com

"The discovery is what's going to lead to innovation," Pirner says. "I think some of the best science has been accidental discovery. I'm hoping it allows us to learn things beyond what we can predict all by ourselves."

Innovation is where it's at, especially when it's voluntary.


Pepsi Science: Pepsi Venturing Into Science Of Nutrition - latimes.com

In the Works: Cooling caps tested to help cancer patients keep hair - latimes.com

In the Works: Cooling caps tested to help cancer patients keep hair - latimes.com

Carbon monoxide is a killer; know these warning signs - latimes.com

Carbon monoxide is a killer; know these warning signs - latimes.com

Michigan man faces felony charges, 5 years in prison, for reading wife's e-mail | Technology | Los Angeles Times

WTF?

Michigan man faces felony charges, 5 years in prison, for reading wife's e-mail | Technology | Los Angeles Times

No smokers allowed: 2 hospitals say they will test for nicotine before they hire - OrlandoSentinel.com

Bigotry is on the rise, only this time smokers are the target. So much for being "progressive".


No smokers allowed: 2 hospitals say they will test for nicotine before they hire - OrlandoSentinel.com

Publicans appeal for the return of smoking - Press & Journal

Some very sensible comments follow this article. Enjoy and open up your mind to the idea of air filtration and the restoration of freedom of choice.

Publicans appeal for the return of smoking - Press & Journal

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wisdom | Orginal MOONSHINE, From the Shiner's Vault

This makes for a very interesting read. It makes me wonder if they (eh, hem.."they"...the do-gooders) aren't repeating history with FSCs (Fire Safe Cigarettes).

Wisdom | Orginal MOONSHINE, From the Shiner's Vault

Monday, December 27, 2010

Trying to Estimate Cancer Rates in Ancient Times - NYTimes.com

Thanks to the Morrigan1972 for posting this on Twitter-

"As scientists continue to investigate, there may be comfort in knowing that cancer is not entirely civilization’s fault. In the normal course of life a creature’s cells must be constantly dividing — millions of times a second. Sometimes something will go wrong."

Point well taken...This statement is rather telling...and it appears to be in contrast to the current onslaught that we are currently treated to, courtesy of the "progressive" healthist agenda that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. To the do-gooders of today I'd like to say that I, of course, would also like to live longer, feel better, and look younger for longer; these are all great ideas that I personally would like to aspire to; however, I would also like to enjoy myself while I happen to occupy space on this planet. Perhaps the moral of the story below is that we should take a different approach to life extension, rather than that of the neo-prohibitionist agenda. We should instead focus on an agenda that values freedom of choice and the free market. I have faith in the great intellect of the human mind when it comes to solving problems and issues of health, when it is free and unfettered of course.

So, when is that safer cigarette going to arrive again? Something tells me that the Chinese might beat us to it.

Prohibition thwarts progress.

As the article emphasizes below, we now live longer now than ever before, even though cancer has been around since pre-historic times. We've figured out a way to increase the lifespan, now let's figure out a way to cure cancer while preserving the idea of our Democratic Republic.

Trying to Estimate Cancer Rates in Ancient Times - NYTimes.com

N.Ky. chooses freedom to smoke in public | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com

No matter what your views may be on smoking tobacco, I'd venture to guess that these folks are more progressive than they realize.

N.Ky. chooses freedom to smoke in public | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com

Top Lies Of 2010 | Dick Puddlecote

Top Lies Of 2010 | Dick Puddlecote

The New Fake Pot: Fake Speed - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

The New Fake Pot: Fake Speed - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

VP Joe Biden Disagrees with Pat Robertson on Marijuana Decriminalization - CelebStoner.com

VP Joe Biden Disagrees with Pat Robertson on Marijuana Decriminalization - CelebStoner.com

Toke of the Town - Feds Want Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Records

I thought that the Obama administration was going to honor states'rights.

Toke of the Town - Feds Want Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Records

Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Travel with Breast Milk: The TSA Targets Mothers | Sustainable Mothering

So this is how our government is keeping us safe? Be afraid, very afraid....of your government.

Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Travel with Breast Milk: The TSA Targets Mothers | Sustainable Mothering

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Maryland the least-free state in U.S. | Washington Examiner

Thanks to the Morrigan1972 for posting this on Twitter-

Maryland the least-free state in U.S. | Washington Examiner

Obama surgeon general manufacturing 'public hysteria'

This reminds me of 'Reefer Madness'. The tactics and propaganda are nearly identical.

Obama surgeon general manufacturing 'public hysteria'

Editorial: No need for more smoking bans | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times

...One commenter suggests that all folks that smoke and patronize casinos are losers. Oh, but the hatred and bigotry does not end there, this low-life of a person also wishes an early death to all smokers. Nice, huh? It's a good thing that our government isn't further perpetrating hatred and propaganda against smokers as well, because that might give bigots a free pass on being called out for their detestable views. Nah, that would NEVER happen in America.

With that said, the article (linked below) itself is actually a good one. Enjoy.


Editorial: No need for more smoking bans | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times

A sharp intake of breath as Tasmania faces outright smoking ban in war against tobacco - Herald Scotland | News | World News

..Health fascism at its finest.....

A sharp intake of breath as Tasmania faces outright smoking ban in war against tobacco - Herald Scotland | News | World News

YouTube - Santa Sessions

Thanks to our producer Chris Goss for sending this. Happy Holidays!

YouTube - Santa Sessions

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pat Robertson tells '700 Club' viewers current marijuana laws should be changed | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times

Holy (pun intended) crap! Maybe this is a sign that the South will become more tolerant towards that "other" weed. Maybe this will signify the dawn of at least a few truly Libertarian minded states in the South where one can have a cigarette in a "smoking allowed" (tobacco) bar or restaurant, alongside one's pot smoking friend(s) without having to worry about being thrown in jail. I know, I'm dreaming.

Pat Robertson tells '700 Club' viewers current marijuana laws should be changed | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times

$4.06 Million in Counterfeit Movies, Music Seized in L.A. - The Hollywood Reporter

Ah, if only the days would return where writers and musicians could get paid for their work. Maybe there's hope. Merry Christmas!

$4.06 Million in Counterfeit Movies, Music Seized in L.A. - The Hollywood Reporter

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

California's population gains not enough for another seat in Congress

Yep, here in Los Angeles I've lost quite a few friends in what has appeared to be a mass exodus of musicians and people in search of a place that supplies work, affordable housing, and less restrictions upon the average person.

California's population gains not enough for another seat in Congress

Petition circulates to repeal smoking ordinance | Fulton Sun

Petition circulates to repeal smoking ordinance | Fulton Sun

BBC News - Spain votes for tough smoking ban

...One has to wonder if this has anything to do with a future bailout from the EU...

BBC News - Spain votes for tough smoking ban

Californians continue to kick the cigarette habit - latimes.com

There are some rather interesting comments that follow this article that seem to signify two things:

1) The tide of public opinion is changing...&

2) Many folks no longer believe anything that comes from the mouth of the anti-smoker establishment.

Californians continue to kick the cigarette habit - latimes.com

Net Neutrality Rules Are Imminent From the F.C.C. - NYTimes.com

Net Neutrality Rules Are Imminent From the F.C.C. - NYTimes.com

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cops mistake man's window-ledge cigarette break as a suicide attempt, lawsuit says - NYPOST.com

Maybe we should just smoke INSIDE when we're at home. ...Sounds like a good idea to me...

Cops mistake man's window-ledge cigarette break as a suicide attempt, lawsuit says - NYPOST.com

Report on smoke has coalition fuming - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Report on smoke has coalition fuming - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Butt out, anti-cigarette zealots - The Boston Globe

...There are some in our media that get it.

Butt out, anti-cigarette zealots - The Boston Globe

Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/gy17laj - Shared by michellemalkin

To all of our troops: Thank you for your service and a Happy Holidays to you all and to your families.

Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/gy17laj - Shared by michellemalkin

US water has large amounts of likely carcinogen: study - Yahoo! News

"Hexavalent chromium has long been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, and scientists recently found evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals when ingested. It has been linked in animals to liver and kidney damage as well as leukemia, stomach cancer and other cancers."

US water has large amounts of likely carcinogen: study - Yahoo! News

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twins tested as BAT seeks safer tobacco (From Andover Advertiser)

Ya know, it really doesn't matter what the folks at ASH want or think about the prospects of LHCs (Less Hazardous Products); in the end, it's up to us. If we want LHCs, we will get them in time. If we can build space-stations, we can lower the risks of tobacco use. Oh, what's that you say? Some people will be deterred from quitting as a result? Why would anyone be opposed to lower the risk of ANYTHING, unless they themselves had other sinister motives?

Twins tested as BAT seeks safer tobacco (From Andover Advertiser)

Surgeon General's Report Called ‘Unscientific' and Potentially Unethical | Benzinga.com

Surgeon General's Report Called ‘Unscientific' and Potentially Unethical | Benzinga.com

Forest Petition

Forest Petition

FDA Denies Avastin for Breast Cancer Therapy - by Benjamin Domenech

FDA Denies Avastin for Breast Cancer Therapy - by Benjamin Domenech

timesofmalta.com - Greeks sidestep unpopular smoking ban

Belinda from F2C Scotland posted this on Facebook-

...Looks like the Greeks have a bit of defiant determinism in their blood:-)

timesofmalta.com - Greeks sidestep unpopular smoking ban

Twelve hours left to sign our EC petition!

Twelve hours left to sign our EC petition!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FireBug in the Recording Studio

..Been crazy busy recording with my band out in the desert with producer Chris Goss. I haven't even read the news (stranger things have been known to happen) in three days. We're having a great time and I sure hope that I haven't missed anything important. I look forward to checking in with the blogosphere soon. Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Freedom-2-Choose: Meet Dave Atherton

Dave Atherton of TICAP and Freedom 2 Choose speaks out on prohibition and the smoking ban in the U.K.. A must listen!

Freedom-2-Choose: Meet Dave Atherton

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Reason.tv: Matthew Elliot on Britain's Burgeoning Tax Revolt - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Reason.tv: Matthew Elliot on Britain's Burgeoning Tax Revolt - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

new-safety-rules-popcorn-workers-7332 from californiawatch.org - StumbleUpon

new-safety-rules-popcorn-workers-7332 from californiawatch.org - StumbleUpon

In interest of public health, Detroit may ban smoking in public housing | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

...and a Merry Christmas to all the poor folks in Michigan that are about to become homeless. God I hate anti smoking people.


In interest of public health, Detroit may ban smoking in public housing | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Boss can’t be buttinsky - BostonHerald.com

"Mr. Glantz makes an interesting observation: " ... Some employers argue they will not hire smokers because it raises health insurance premiums. However, there is no evidence that the percentage of smokers in a company has any effect on the company's premiums. Indeed, the fallacy of this argument is demonstrated by the fact that Massachusetts has the fourth-lowest smoking rate in the United States and the highest per capita health-care costs in the country (and the world). ...""

Boss can’t be buttinsky - BostonHerald.com

U.S. life expectancy slipped as recession took hold - Health - Aging - msnbc.com

But, but, people are smoking less...

U.S. life expectancy slipped as recession took hold - Health - Aging - msnbc.com

Petition from Save Our Pubs & Clubs

Sign the petition against more EC regulations!
The smokers’ lobby group Forest, a leading member of the Save Our Pubs & Clubs coalition, has launched an online petition against new proposals to regulate tobacco throughout the European Union.


Petition from Save Our Pubs & Clubs

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ceci n’est pas une cigarette | spiked

This article by Christopher Snowdon in Spiked is a must read.

"It sometimes seems as if the whole aim of tobacco regulation is to punish those who want to use nicotine products and to go after anyone who might be enjoying themselves."

After reading the article below you'll understand exactly what Chris means when he describes the true motives of tobacco control.

Ceci n’est pas une cigarette | spiked

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

E-cigarettes win court of appeals ruling - NYTimes.com

E-cigarettes win court of appeals ruling - NYTimes.com

Smoke ban may be altered » Standard-Times

Is the tide beginning to turn?

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo City Council will consider a variety of amendments to the smoking ban ordinance at its meeting today — including the possible exemption of small bars from the ban.

...and here's an opinion piece where the author seems to be in a huff about the possibility of the ban in Wisconsin either being overturned, or at the very least, altered. There are a few interesting comments that follow:

Keep Smoking Ban

In Joplin, Missouri a similar trend leaning towards smaller government seems to be taking place:

"JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin City Council on Monday night declined to place on an election ballot a workplace smoking ban sought by Smoke-Free Joplin, and the organization now will decide whether to launch an initiative petition drive."

Council Drops Smoking Ban

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Ah, if only this would happen in California... Fat chance, I know.

Aspirin may cut cancer deaths, but caution urged - Yahoo! News

Aspirin may cut cancer deaths, but caution urged - Yahoo! News

Monday, December 6, 2010

Obama's DOJ: Working Hard to Interfere with California's Medical Marijuana System--For You! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

But, but....I thought that Obama supported States' rights.....

Obama's DOJ: Working Hard to Interfere with California's Medical Marijuana System--For You! - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

News From Spain-Senate seeks compromise in Spain’s tobacco law

"The outcome is a blow to the Minister for Health, Leire Pajín, who went to the Senate on Wednesday to argue the government’s case, using a letter from the World Health Organization, which has already congratulated the Spanish government for the proposed tougher law. "

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Well, it appears that members of the Partido Popular (PP) party have come to the conclusion that smokers should have somewhere to go, considering how much money smokers in Spain continue to contribute to an economy that is in dire need of being saved from catastrophe:

Spain Raises Tobacco Tax, Sets Date for Pension Overhaul to Stem Contagion

What was that again about smokers being a burden on society?

JT redesigns and extends Mild Seven brand

"The new 100's box "Mild Seven D-Spec One" will feature Japan Tobacco's D-spec technology, which reduces unpleasant cigarette smells."

Interesting...I wonder how they're going to do that. Personally, I like the smell of burning tobacco, but for those with a finicky nose, this might be a solution. Why can't Americans come up with a novel idea such as this?

JT redesigns and extends Mild Seven brand

High court rejects vending ban challenge

High court rejects vending ban challenge

In small doses, toxic gases may be medicinal - latimes.com

"Nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide are studied as aids for angina, organ transplants and more."

Aren't these some of the same chemicals that are present in "small doses" in 2nd hand smoke?

In small doses, toxic gases may be medicinal - latimes.com

Schwarzenegger to declare fiscal emergency | PolitiCal | Los Angeles Times

I wonder how many jobs and programs will be cut before they decide to cut off the TRDRP, along with all of its tobacco control cousins.....

Schwarzenegger to declare fiscal emergency | PolitiCal | Los Angeles Times

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Post 444 fights to keep smoking ban fight alive : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

Post 444 fights to keep smoking ban fight alive : News : UpperMichigansSource.com

Lawsuit Claims Anti-Medical Marijuana Ordinances Violate Mich. Couple’s Rights | Justice News Flash | JusticeNewsFlash Release

Of course, we tobacco smokers could see this coming....Just because it's legal doesn't mean that officials at the city, county and state level won't do everything in their power to make something that they don't like illegal by defacto decree.

I've often wondered what would happen if, instead of throwing each other under the bus in a competition to show who is more or less righteous than the other, freedom lovers everywhere would stick together in the effort(s) to be able to put what we want to into our bodies, be it tobacco, marijuana (medical and recreational), e-cigarette vapor, alcohol, salty foods, fatty foods, organic foods and supplements, raw milk, etc.,; because after all, who doesn't want and deserve full autonomy over their own body?

Lawsuit Claims Anti-Medical Marijuana Ordinances Violate Mich. Couple’s Rights | Justice News Flash | JusticeNewsFlash Release

YouTube - The Values We All Stand For

Being a smoker, I can imagine them saying "One nation of non-smokers...."

YouTube - The Values We All Stand For

Electronic cigarettes are unsafe and pose health risks, new study finds

All that I can say is....Take a look at who funded this study...

Electronic cigarettes are unsafe and pose health risks, new study finds

State, local lawmakers seek alternatives to TSA airport screenings - Washington Times

Well, at least we can be bi-partisan on something..

State, local lawmakers seek alternatives to TSA airport screenings - Washington Times

Friday, December 3, 2010

Too Noisy at Work? Watch Out for Heart Risks - US News and World Report

Louis Hagler, a retired physician in Oakland, California says that exposure to noise is analogous to cigarettes and 2nd hand smoke. Really? Wow.

Too Noisy at Work? Watch Out for Heart Risks - US News and World Report

Speaker-in-waiting and chain-smoker Boehner won’t reverse smoking ban in House room | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

So much for change.....

Speaker-in-waiting and chain-smoker Boehner won’t reverse smoking ban in House room | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Actor Johannes Heesters quits smoking - at age 106

Maybe when you're 106 years old quitting smoking may not be such a good idea......Hmmmmmmm...

Actor Johannes Heesters quits smoking - at age 106

Safety officials want backup cameras in cars | Technology | Los Angeles Times

...Because one can never be too safe...

Safety officials want backup cameras in cars | Technology | Los Angeles Times

New treatment kills cancer tumors with heat | abc7.com

This is encouraging!

New treatment kills cancer tumors with heat | abc7.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Police concerned about illicit tobacco trade, study finds - National Law Enforcement | Examiner.com

Police concerned about illicit tobacco trade, study finds - National Law Enforcement | Examiner.com

Illinois Casinos Could Be Exempt From State-Wide Smoking Ban - MyStateLine.com

"A plan that would allow smoking areas in casinos passed through a house committee."

Wow! My home state is now one step closer to restoring freedom of choice. Money talks. Now who says that smokers are a drain on the economy again? Does this not prove the neo-healthists wrong?

Illinois Casinos Could Be Exempt From State-Wide Smoking Ban - MyStateLine.com

CBC News - British Columbia - Record $10M cigarette bust made in B.C.

Black market? What black market? I thought that higher taxation on cigarettes encouraged, er nudged, people into quitting smoking. I'll bet that these smokes aren't regulated either...So much for harm reduction.


CBC News - British Columbia - Record $10M cigarette bust made in B.C.

UTV News - Smoking ban like 'Third Reich' law

UTV News - Smoking ban like 'Third Reich' law

Poll finds California voters trust themselves more than legislators - latimes.com

Why should we trust them? Look at the mess we're in here in California.

Poll finds California voters trust themselves more than legislators - latimes.com

Cheating Death - Calming Meat Goggles & the iThrone - The Colbert Report - 12/1/10 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Cheating Death - Calming Meat Goggles & the iThrone - The Colbert Report - 12/1/10 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
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