Bjorn Bjerhamn (l) Mark Maloney (r)

Mark Maloney’s Thirty Pieces of Silver

Submitted by Heather Cole
Disgraced Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington

Disgraced Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington

To some it is known as blood money. In the Bible thirty pieces of silver was the sum of money given to Judas for his betrayal of Jesus. On the other side of the coin it was the price at which Judas sold his integrity. Judas did not live to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. It is written in the Bible according to Matthew 27:5-8, “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests picked up the coins and said,” It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.’

A well-known quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr admonishes us to “live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” It makes one wonder the price at which Mark Maloney has bought the integrity of the Minsters of Government in Barbados.

It is no wonder that the present Administration, although it was promised has ignored any discussions regarding the placement of Integrity Legislation on the Statute Books. Neither is there any white, black or even grey areas in the Constitution demanding integrity and accountability from Ministers of Government. So again, deficiency in the Constitution is a problem with many symptoms, one of which is that no remedies are available for corruption and the lack of integrity that is displayed by Government Ministers.

L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)

L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)

Let us examine a few of symptoms where the integrity of Ministers of Government can be questioned. There was the matter of the Speaker of the House, who stole from a pensioner yet remained as Speaker of the House. When the matter became public, if I remember correctly the Prime Minister said that the Speaker had broken no law. Under normal circumstances funds belonging to the public are not kept at the Central Bank. Although I believe this to be wrong, I am not aware that any law of Barbados was broken by the Governor of the Central Bank in keeping the money for Leroy Parris. There was no law to prevent Mara Thompson from remaining as the Representative for St. John in the House of Assembly even though she was involved in the missing funds of the Clico scandal. Even with the Cahill scandal, there was no law to make those Ministers who signed the Agreements resign. On the other side of the coin, while there are no laws to prevent Government from exclusively awarding contracts to a select few citizen’s time and time again, it infers that the relationship between the Administration and these contractors is not healthy. It makes a case for bribery and corruption especially when the population is made up of 200,000 blacks and none of them receive these prized contracts and neither are the contracts offered to any companies in Caricom especially when the companies in question do not even possess the technical skills to complete the contract.

Embattled Leroy Parris flanked by Chis Sinckler, minister of finance and Hal Gollop QC, Parris' lawyer on the campaign trail in 2013

Embattled Leroy Parris flanked by Chis Sinckler, minister of finance and Hal Gollop QC, Parris’ lawyer on the campaign trail in 2013

Roy Morris in his column last week saw the scandal with Mr. Maloney as related to doing business. I totally disagree it has nothing to do with conducting business and in his recent column The Lowdown, Richard Hoad does not have a problem with Mr. Maloney breaking the law since he gets things done. He forgot to mention that it is all done at the expense of the taxpayers of Barbados. My beef with him though is this strange argument that he has brought to the table in defense of Mr. Maloney. He brought the argument of Rosa Parks who stood up for her civil rights by refusing to give up her seat. The argument that Mr. Maloney’s civil rights are being infringed upon cannot be in any way justified. Since he brought this argument, I must inform him that more than likely any black Barbadian should from now on demand those coveted contacts as part of their civil rights which are now being violated as they are clearly being discriminated against by a political group.

Although slavery was abolished in 1833, some white men have found a way to keep us working for free, to use the hard earned taxpayers’ money of the workers to live extravagant life styles, to perpetrate the myth that whites are better than blacks, that whites are to remain business owners while the blacks remain their source of labor. It is just a modern concept of slavery. They have used the politicians by paying them bribes in order to gain access to the funds in the Treasury. Those same funds that could be used to provide better care at the QEH, social services, income tax refunds, jobs and assistance for the poor.

Thirty pieces of silver caused a black woman to lose her son. Thirty pieces of silver caused a Coverley to be built as well as a Grotto. Thirty pieces of silver is also responsible for the racing track at Bushy Park, for the awarding of the contract to refurbish the Empire theatre and thirty pieces of silver of also responsible for latest scandal involving the building near the flour mill.

Essentially, Barbados has no laws to reign in those who believe that they are above the law. If the poor must abide by the regulation of the TCP so too must the rich. Mr. Maloney was operating above the law all along until he fell out of favor with the Government.

Unfortunately, the list of people who took the blood money does not end with the Ministers. It includes Mr. Sutherland and every person who has worked or is working for Mr. Maloney. They too have benefitted from the blood money and are part of the betrayal just as a drug lord uses people to launder money to make it clean and seemingly to appear from a legitimate or respected source.

It was indeed disturbing to see young black embracing slavery when they went out to show support for the notorious Mark Maloney. It reminded me of something that I read recently that birds in a cage do not know that they are not free. Therefore, if the door of the birdhouse is left open they will not fly away because in their minds, they are free. We have a situation where free men have the mindset of slaves. Badly needed in Barbados is a course in reverse psychology to be taught to the entire back population.

If they really wanted to change the course of History by talking about money, they would be pressing for Reparations. They would have made their way to London to have a demonstration for Reparations since this is the best time and place to highlight their grievances about money owed to them and their forefathers. Closer to home since these workers have the skills to build up the coffers of Mark Maloney. the best advice one can give them is to pool their resources and skills to form a black company to compete against Mark Maloney et al in the near future.

In the final analysis, the only result that the public can expect regarding those Ministers who have been bribed by Mark Maloney for thirty pieces of silver is political suicide. For how can any Government claim fifty years of independence in public while in secret it clings to the vestiges of slavery by giving away the people’s money to the new Plantocracy?

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102 Comments on “Mark Maloney’s Thirty Pieces of Silver”

  1. Enuff June 29, 2016 at 8:50 PM #

    David – You have always given me licks for my comments on Walter but I have been proved right. We clamour for “balance” so much that we can’t or don’t want to call out bias when it is wrapped in fancy language and delivered by the annointed. BU like it is the new Brasstacks..lmao.

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  2. David June 29, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

    @enuff

    Walter’s words are there on BU’s pages for all to see.

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  3. Colonel Buggy June 29, 2016 at 9:23 PM #

    In todays Nation we see Pricewaterhouse applying for a work permit to fill the position of DEALS MANAGER ,as no suitable local person could be found.
    This Government should strongly object ,and at least make Pricewaterhouse ,hold strain on that vacancy until after the next election, where a number of Deals Managers, will find themselves out of work.

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  4. I Brathwaite June 29, 2016 at 9:48 PM #

    I wants to mek my two cents but I really don’t know where to start..sighhhhh.

    De fella AWTYmeister is talk sweet (It is the modality of how..) but he also does frig around a lot too. Brother, yah think a bro gine go to US in a fine-ants field like actuarial science and come back to Bim begging for a pick. You playing Ossie Moore or what?

    Any time a fine-ants man tell you dat he cash in he ‘put’ and get the exact return (20 years later) that he did expect then he either got real smarts or lying like shittte. There in not one coney reason to suspect the latter so he musse effiing smart and ready to ‘partee’.

    De bro wash the current DLP in cuss and call dem all sorts crooked man-crabs who brek de law in plain day-light (Ms. Vernese Brathwaite as Deputy Supervisor of Insurance, and Mr. Darwin Dottin as Commissioner of Police, have been unceremoniously removed from their desks. Neither explanation nor reason has been provided to the taxpayers of Barbados for the termination of the careers of these senior government officials.[…] Is Barbados on the road to becoming a banana republic?).

    So if he going to join that circus yah know its because he gine clean out all dat monkey and lion poop and operate a proper show.

    How wanna wudda expect he to mek real change wid the in diapers political baby Grenville.

    This is a serious man who get 20 years of blenza and experience wrapped up sweet as shitte and ready to partee. He ain’t got time for fellas who back in de day never even went to Nelson Street to buy some lead pipes far less know wha else went on bout dey.

    And de ting is dat he KNOW dat when he get in dat if he do any foolishness and pretend that all a we is lepers all-a-sudden, well well lord help he scvnt.

    He musee use some of he time in Amerikka to get reports on dem fellas whichin he will use to squeeze dem by dem balls. Dat is smart.

    Bless yah heart bro. Win do, and mek change like how de Dipper control things. Just remember dat in dis day yah can’t get away wid shittte like Dipper tho. REMEMBER dat. Social media large and in charge.

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  5. Walter Blackman June 29, 2016 at 10:23 PM #

    are-we-there-yet June 29, 2016 at 6:52 PM #
    “Mr Blackman;

    I am seeking some answers before extending my personal olive branch of support (FWLIW) for your seeking nomination to contest a seat as a DLP candidate…..

    Why seek to get into parliament as a member of the DLP now, when most would expect someone setting up a business that will require such facilitation would go easy on the politics until the business is firmly on its feet?

    Why now………..

    You have demonstrated that you have spine in many ways but I think that choosing to go into the election fray at this time is counterintuitive…….”

    are-we-there-yet,
    You are asking fair questions, so I will give you the answers you are seeking.

    If you think about it carefully, we have reached the stage in our national development where we need as many Barbadians as possible to become entrepreuners. However, we cannot produce successful Barbadian entrepreneurs if the playing field is not level, and if a few foreign businesses are allowed to put a stranglehold on our most profitable industries.

    Consider this. Eckler and Sagicor are both foreign actuarial consulting firms, and they have almost 100% of our country’s actuarial market share between them. They cause leakage of our foreign exchange. Now that my Barbadian company Actreks Partners has come on the scene, and is willing to be paid in Barbados dollars, can the Government of Barbados discriminate against my local company, and continue to give its actuarial work to foreigners, and continue to use up our scarce foreign exchange? If they did, what recourse do I have?

    If I were working for the government of Barbados and Mia came to power, can she simply take the work from my Barbadian company and give it to foreigners, if the quality is satisfactory?

    The NIS pays foreign exchange to a foreign company that conducts actuarial valuations of our scheme. The NIS is a government department.
    Is there a law or regulation that forces government to procure services from Barbadian companies first, and foreign companies last? If not, shouldn’t there be?

    If we have many trained Barbadian accountants, should we allow foreign accounting firms to rule our roost whilst our accountants remain under-utilized?

    Why now?

    The whole idea of Barbadian ownership, Barbadian business, and Barbadian dominance must become ingrained in our minds now, and must find expression through the laws that are passed in parliament. The process of entrepreneurial transformation must start now in parliament, and I believe I can contribute to it.

    Now that the economy has turned the corner, we are going to have to look at different and innovative strategies to spur economic growth. Discussions related to finance and economics should start to dominate our parliamentary debates. I believe that I can play a meaningful role in those discussions.
    Low fertility rates are impacting our NIS system negatively whilst high longevity rates are creating a need for more private pensions and savings.
    Harder decisions might have to be made related to our burdensome debt and fiscal deficits.
    The problems are mounting, and solutions must be found now.

    Whereas you are focusing on the power and the nastiness of politics, I am thinking about using parliament to get legislation passed to transform our economy. I believe that I can function efficiently in parliament and develop my business simultaneously.

    Nothing is guaranteed, so we will wait and see what happens. I can only try.

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  6. Walter Blackman June 29, 2016 at 10:43 PM #

    David June 29, 2016 at 7:14 PM #
    “So Walter, this is major news BU needs to put on blast. What shall we say? Walter returns home to make a difference? Do you have a press release?”

    David,
    Your suggestion is fine.
    I don’t have a press release.

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  7. are-we-there-yet June 29, 2016 at 11:19 PM #

    Mr Blackman;

    re. your 10:23 pm post.

    A fair response. But I still have a few niggling but possibly unimportant doubts.

    However, overall, I think your posts here have demonstrated a partial workable strategy for improving the economic trajectory of our country, even while understandably staying clear of divulging the political strategy that would allow you to even get an essential ministerial posting in the face of expected opposition from powerful people in the DLP who you would have clearly offended on BU’s pages in the past. Indeed, you have sensibly stayed clear of reopening those old wounds.

    But, as I Brathwaite has hinted, you must have a strategy and the necessary resources to fight the good fight and win bigly.

    I wish you well in your quest and have some hope that it will lead to an improved Barbados.

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  8. are-we-there-yet June 29, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

    I Brathwaite;

    re. your beautifully phrased 9:48 pm post.

    I think you are saying in your post essentially what I hinted at in my earlier ones.

    Perhaps you should read mine again.

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  9. Artax June 30, 2016 at 12:25 AM #

    Walter Blackman June 29, 2016 at 10:23 PM #

    “If we have many trained Barbadian accountants, should we allow foreign accounting firms to rule our roost whilst our accountants remain under-utilized?
    Why now?

    @ Walter

    We live in a society where education is “over emphasized and under-utilized.”

    The “over emphasis” comes to the fore when parents “emphasize” the value of education to their children and manifests itself every year during the 11+ when these children compete hoping to “pass for a good school” and extends to the secondary school level, where they compete further for scholarships, exhibitions and to gain acceptance at UWI.

    Unfortunately, the “under-utilization” becomes a reality when an accounting or hotel management graduate, for example, achieves higher academic or professional qualifications, only to be disappointed when he/she reads the familiar “notice” in the print media, from the various accounting firms and hotels informing them:

    “Having RECEIVED no SUITABLE applicants to our advertisement for the position of “ABCD”, it is our intention to SUBMIT an application for a WORK PERMIT for a NON-NATIONAL to FILL this POSITION.”

    It is a travesty when politicians are boasting about Barbados’ vibrant tourism product, brag about the Hospitality Institute’s Pom Marine Hotel, yet gives Butch 40 years of tax free concession, including DUTY FREE CONCESSIONS for his MANAGERS. If we read between the lines, these managers are obviously “non-nationals.”

    Where do decisions such as this, leave our graduates?

    Walter, how do “revitalize” confidence in people who may have decided to pursue a particular career, set the appropriate goals and remained focused to achieve their objectives, only to be confronted and disappointed by the realities as outlined in my “scenarios?”

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  10. Well Well & Consequences June 30, 2016 at 6:47 AM #

    Enuff….bear with us a little bit, should Mia bring in a new face to the party that is not known to be connected to the politicians in bribery and corruption with Peter Harris, Leroy Parris, Cow Williams, Bizzy Williams, Mark Maloney, Philip Tempro, Bjorn Bjerkham and his son, the syrians and indians etc…I am sure ya will get the same reaction from the BU folk until proven otherwise, until such time, keep an open mind, they can no longer hide because of social media.

    The above named along with politicians and government ministers are currently the destructive forces on the island, word has spread everywhere…it will be easy to detect who they have already tainted, as we are well aware and who may be tainted in the future…or not.

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  11. balance June 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

    “Whereas you are focusing on the power and the nastiness of politics, I am thinking about using parliament to get legislation passed to transform our economy. I believe that I can function efficiently in parliament and develop my business simultaneously.”

    Let me commence by saying that I too have my short comings and am not in a position to criticise perceived shortcomings or decisions made by anyone in their own interest.. Also the Constitution guarantees right of freedom and expression and association to everyone subject to certain caveats. However, I must confess that I am – like many of your fans on this forum- disappointed about your decision to return to the nastiness of politics in the form of offering yourself as a candidate for the party which you once or still supports. I have written before on this blog that a friend of Mr Arthur’s always told me that once a baptised Dem always a Dem and I am not surprised to see that Mr Arthur has taken his rightful place on the other side. However, notwithstanding your youthful political affiliation, your thought provoking and intellectual pronouncements on this forum in recent times was like a breath of fresh air synonomous with the pronouncements of St Paul on his conversion from Saul while on the road to Damascus. Matter of fact, the doyens of BU Bushie et al had already to begin to proclaim you as the new Messiah to swallow up in victory the nastiness of our political system of which you like most of us on this forum have been vehemently critical.

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  12. Caswell Franklyn June 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM #

    Balance and Piece

    Don’t stress yourselves about Walter’s political move. It is simple; he has weighed the options and did some actuarial thing and realised that his best chance of getting into the House of Assembly would be to get a spoon and wolf down his vomit (DLP).

    This move has nothing to do with him doing anything for the good of Barbados. It is all about Walter seeking to realise a lifelong ambition of sitting in the house. If Walter can sit comfortably among the current DLP politicians then there’s hope for Lucifer to take a place on the right hand of the Father.

    Walter, the good of Barbados would dictate that these two political parties be banished. Joining one and trying to reform it from inside is like treating end stage cancer with paracetamol. Trust me when I tell you that you are fooling no one but yourself.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  13. pieceuhderockyeahright June 30, 2016 at 12:45 PM #

    @ Caswell

    Your post of 11.52 and that of Enuff and the exhortations of Brother in Arms Bush Tea, stoked by the verbal equestrian skills of the Anunnaki lead me now to definitively believe that this is indeed a “big foot move” by Walter.

    I mean Caswell look at this.

    I was reading the Red Rose Tea tea leaves this morning after a “big swirl” dat left half of what was in my cup on my white pants.

    But the leaves, inclusive of the unfortunate spill, told me to “expect a washout of the DLP”.

    Now you dun realise that the BLP gone super quiet and that nobody is allowed to speak and say anything UNLESS MIA AND JEROME OK IT, if supports the hypothesis that Walter expects all of them to loose their respective seats.

    No go through history and you will see how oft times that it is only the death of the leader that brings a man or a woman to power.

    Sometimes the death is planned, e.g. Kennedy but in times when death comes a calling, like with The Fatted King, what we see is incompetence being swept in,

    Why even with The Troika, while Owen is not in the physical grave, his political assassination by the leader of the Troika, led to her ascension? DEO VOLENS.

    So I think that he is laying pipe for his railway like in them movies when the scouts go out among the Injuns and get scalp like Fumbles and party going get scalp

    Anyways I cyan talk to you too long cause i got annuder pot of tea on de stove and I got some Liptons Tea bags to bile.

    Caswell, if i was to bust the tea bag to get the grounds to read the leaves that would be a good reading? I going have to speak to *** the feller who tell me bout the leaves to begin with,

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  14. ac June 30, 2016 at 12:57 PM #

    The Bees are not going to rest or sleep .searching for the answer to Walter pronouncement
    But my advice is let not your heart be troubled.The times indeed are a changing.

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  15. Well Well & Consequences June 30, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

    ACs…yall are going to buy more votes or what.

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  16. Walter Blackman June 30, 2016 at 7:04 PM #

    Caswell, my dear trusted friend,
    That crafty fellow, I Brathwaite, asked me to remind you about the following contract you made with me roughly nine months ago:

    “Walter, Whenever you are ready, I’ll be at your service. I have been a canvasser, platform speaker, campaign manager and election agent. All that I have learnt is available to you at no cost. Up and on!”

    Having impregnated yourself with such enthusiasm and exuberance, what could have possibly gone wrong to cause you to deliver the following still-born baby?

    Caswell Franklyn June 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM #
    “Balance and Piece

    Don’t stress yourselves about Walter’s political move. ……

    This move has nothing to do with him doing anything for the good of Barbados. It is all about Walter seeking to realise a lifelong ambition of sitting in the house.”

    I Brathwaite believes that he can get between two Combermerians, but you and I know better than that.

    Up and on.

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  17. watchman June 30, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

    David Thompson was also from that school , up and on , OUT

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  18. pieceuhderockyeahright June 30, 2016 at 8:42 PM #

    @ Walter

    You going have to forgive me Walter but I done congratulate you so we back to the business of ensuring that the DLP get vote out.

    Earlier today, a man for whom I have great respect among the warriors here who are sensibly contra the DLP given its current constituency, (notwithstanding you) made mention of a big word which de ole man liked.

    I said that, as part of a social experiment I would get the grandson when he get home, to do up that big word in a poster for immediate dissemination

    The big word Walter is “FECUNDITY” and since you know dat i did not go to school nowhere other than Brumley, you dun know that when i see it today, I said to myself, “Myself, Gazer said a bad word”

    It got to be a bad word Walter it too smooth to be other than a bad word.

    So I conducting a social experiment Walter who is on the road to Perdition but kind gentle man that you are dont know it, YET, I conducting this social experiment where I going broadcast this word across the social media channels, and in three months see if “My Man whu sort uh fecundity you is?” tek off.

    Now, you is a piece uh sociologist yourself so you going be able to understand that effing (that is the conjunction NOT THE NOUN & BAD WORD) effing that term tek off as anticipated, you can unnerstand how de ole man and SSS and Colonel Buggy and De Honourable Blogmaster “campaigns” going tek off with “Vote dem to Ef Out, Not one Effing Seat” and tings like dat.

    Effing de Lord spare the ole man life, and the peoples wid de Remington 30.07s say “he is jest and ole man ranting doan leh we out he lights” I should live to see Mia Amor whom I still believe to be the Troika in waiting as she hiring dese lil boy politicians Kirk Humprys and ting, anyways, DEO VOLENS, I gine be able tuh see whu dem udder 1500 posters dat ide granson mekking, we will see how dem goes

    @ TheGazer

    The inspiration for this Gem of A “Sociological Experiment” goes to you

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  19. pieceuhderockyeahright June 30, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

    post dat de wrong place

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  20. pieceuhderockyeahright July 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

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  21. Hants July 4, 2016 at 11:34 PM #

    Rock Hard Cement Barbados Tridents. Can we expect Force India F1 car at Bushy park soon ?

    See page 42 of BarbadosToday.

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  22. David July 5, 2016 at 11:33 AM #

    @Hants

    It is a good PR move by them.

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  23. pieceuhderockyeahright July 7, 2016 at 8:22 AM #

    As a really good PR move he could tek de Coverley Roundabout and Killer to Abijah Holder out of the ABC Highway.

    That would be a really good PR move.

    and here is another PR move that they should adopt

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  24. pieceuhderockyeahright July 10, 2016 at 9:44 PM #

    Sorry to be late Well Well & Consequences

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  25. pieceuhderockyeahright July 10, 2016 at 9:46 PM #

    @ Ms. Heather Cole

    Is that your maiden name?

    Slowly, but surely. the dots are coming together

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