Video: Obama signs bill blocking Iranian UN envoy from entry

posted at 1:01 pm on April 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Ted Cruz had his first authored bill get signed into law, but the freshman Senator from Texas probably didn’t too excited by the victory. Despite unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law, President Barack Obama sounded less than enthusiastic about enforcing the bill he signed yesterday that would block the proposed Iranian envoy to the UN from receiving an entry visa to the US:

It’s the oddest of legislative couples: President Obama and one of his biggest critics, Ted Cruz.

Obama on Friday signed a Cruz-backed bill aimed at blocking Iran’s appointed ambassador to the United Nations because of evidence linking him to the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Tehran.

Technically, the law bars individuals from entering the U.S. as U.N. ambassadors if they are “found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity directed against the United States or its allies.”

In reality, the bill targets a specific Iranian individual: Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been refused a visa by the administration.

Aboutalebi belonged to the same organization that seized and held American diplomats in 1979 from the Tehran embassy — people who should have had the same diplomatic immunity Iran now demands for Aboutalebi. The group acted as a front for the Iranian government and held dozens of Americans for 444 days. Aboutalebu now claims that he only provided translation and negotiation services for the group, but his appointment was clearly intended as a slap in the face to the US. Cruz and Chuck Schumer responded to the provocation with the bill that bars his entry to the US, which passed the Senate by acclamation and the House approval quickly followed.

That kind of widespread consensus put the White House in a tough spot. At first, the Obama administration appeared tentative about the Iranian appointment, mindful of US obligations under Article IV of the 1947 treaty establishing UN headquarters within the US. At first, Jay Carney referred reporters to the State Department for answers as to whether Aboutalebi would get his credentials, but later last week the White House announced that it would not approve the application.

That still left the Cruz-Schumer bill, which Obama apparently felt was more trouble to veto than to sign — although Obama waited a long time to act. The President signed it in a Friday afternoon document dump-style act on Good Friday, and then issued a signing statement that insisted the law was merely “advisory”:

President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won’t enforce it.

Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. “Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation,” Obama said in his signing statement.

“Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, “curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution.” I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion.”

Iran is “outraged” over the decision:

As Joel Gehrke pointed out for the Washington Examiner (and even Al-Jazeera notes above), Obama spent the better part of two years ripping into George W. Bush for issuing signing statements that denied that the executive had to abide by bills he signed. The self-described Constitutional law scholar lectured Bush on the constitutional remedy for bills that the executive refuses to enforce, which is the veto. If Obama wants advice, he can ask for it; if he signs a law, he must abide by it. Most Constitution experts already know this.

The UN wants to stay out of the dispute, and even one Iranian general wants Tehran to throw in the towel:

A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the UN after the US blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Saturday.

Gen. Mohammad Bagherzadeh also said that Hamid Aboutalebi should remain close to his mother because the family lost two sons during the 1980-88 war with Iraq.

That would be a good excuse for Tehran to retreat, especially since the UN doesn’t want to get involved. Either they pick someone else or go unrepresented at the UN. We’ll see who replaces Aboutalebi, though; don’t think the insults have stopped for good.


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Why should it even be news that Obama considers a law duly passed by Congress and signed by the President to be merely “advisory”?

Shump on April 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

We have a president who signs a bill into law and immediately makes it clear he thinks his enforcement of that law is ‘optional’.

Impeach him. While the nation may be able to survive a lawless executive, the rule of law increasingly looks as though it will not survive a lawless executive.

This is a nation of laws. If the rule of law erodes to the breaking point, this nation fails.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I told a traffic cop once that the speed-limit sign was just an advisory. Didn’t work. Not amused.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

It is a useless law. I hate useless laws. You can’t tell countries who they can have in their envoys at the UN. If we start doing this with everybody we find objectionable most countries would have nobody at the united nation.

If this becomes a trend the united nation will need to move to Geneva so they can continue with their business. That place has hosted murderers, terrorists, dictators and more and now we take issue with some Iranians. What is it about Iran that make so many irrational.

Since Obama is great at ignoring laws, here to him adding this one to the list. Win win. Congress get to feel like they are being tough and doing something and the united nation get to keep on their business.

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Law signed. Waiver issued. Tomorrow’s another day in Obamaland.

M240H on April 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

You would be hesitant about this bill too if you had planned a huge soiree at the White House with this geek as the guest of honor and then had to cancel everything.

Cat Stevens was going to sing and everything; now what to do with all those goat chops, Mooch doesn’t eat goat.

Bishop on April 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

In the ObamiNation, an overridden veto gives Teh SCOAMT less of a leg to stand on when he ignores the law than a signing statement effectively vetoing the law.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

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Jazz Shaw on April 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

coolrpubica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Learn English

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

In the progressive world, the Ten Commandments are Suggestions and the Bill of Rights is an historical artifact cobbled together by dead white men… or else a living breathing document when it suits.

It’s claimed Obama really likes the Turkish PM Erdoğan. That’s the fellow who says “Democracy is a tool not a goal” and “Democracy is a bus ride. Once I get to my stop I’m getting off.”

Yes, they’d appear to have a lot in common.

Drained Brain on April 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

For the coolpubica

The United Nations has three additional, subsidiary, regional headquarters or headquarters districts. These are located in Geneva, Vienna (Austria, where they don’t speak Austrian, like dummy obama thinks), and Nairobi.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

This law is stupid strategically and intellectually.

1. Give him the visa.

2. Let him accommodate himself.

3. Invite him to dinner.

4. The end.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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Jazz Shaw on April 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

That is true in most cases. There are some things (e.g., multiple links in a comment, bad words, other trigger words that tend to indicate trolling) that will cause a comment to go into moderation.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

That is true in most cases. There are some things (e.g., multiple links in a comment, bad words, other trigger words that tend to indicate trolling) that will cause a comment to go into moderation.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Plus, the word “black” in Spanish

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

What? Obama is given expanded powers, and yet he shrugs it off like he’s stuck on “Ignore Law” setting. Unreal.

BigGator5 on April 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

A very-private, 22,644-day dinner?

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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Jazz Shaw on April 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

That is true in most cases. There are some things (e.g., multiple links in a comment, bad words, other trigger words that tend to indicate trolling) that will cause a comment to go into moderation.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m kinda wondering lately if some of our posters should legally have to register as lobbying agents of a foreign government.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

For the coolpubica

The United Nations has three additional, subsidiary, regional headquarters or headquarters districts. These are located in Geneva, Vienna (Austria, where they don’t speak Austrian, like dummy obama thinks), and Nairobi.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Then it wouldn’t be a big deal for them to move to Geneva if they already have a facility there.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I’m kinda wondering lately if some of our posters should legally have to register as lobbying agents of a foreign government.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I’ve noticed an uptick in the Russian gang, and then there’s DC….

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Hey, maybe we should create a bombed-out building with a few burned cars on the Elipse and invite him and some of his friends over for dinner. That way, he’ll feel at ease.

BobMbx on April 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Then it wouldn’t be a big deal for them to move to Geneva if they already have a facility there.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Best outcome.

captnjoe on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

A very-private, 22,644-day dinner?

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

When the CIA wasn’t the CYA that would have happened, without a trace, alas.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The self-described Constitutional law scholar

He was merely a lecturer in Constitutional law. Meaning he explained what the Supreme Court ruled in certain decisions. He did no actual scholarship, i.e. research and writing about any aspect of the Constitution. Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

If he does get into NYC I’m hoping the local newspapers will print his picture and everyone in NYC will boycott him. No hotel room, no restaurant food, no dry cleaning, no tranny hookers, nothing, nada. He can live in his office in the UN building and eat the cafeteria food.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Plus, the word “black” in Spanish

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I couldn’t even cut and paste a comment from AP’s NAACP thread one night or the NUCF heh. Mod swallowed.

bazil9 on April 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I do an imitation of Obama signing legislation that makes my entire left arm, unable to hold a pen naturally, take huge mechanical jerky motions and requiring the whole table and both pages to robotically sign a document operated by remote from another location detached from the president’s head and it fails to crack myself up. I end up disgusted.

And that happens every time I’m shown the man signing a document, I automatically imitate it, like I’m the robot, I can’t help it. I’m that immature. It’s happened now, like fifteen times.

bour3 on April 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Hence, the “self described” language. Ed was simply using the art of language to insinuate the true nature of Ozero’s qualifications and knowledge.

captnjoe on April 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

That is true in most cases. There are some things (e.g., multiple links in a comment, bad words, other trigger words that tend to indicate trolling) that will cause a comment to go into moderation.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:23 PM

You know when I first joined, mulitple links used to kick my comment into moderation. Of late I have noticed that they don’t. I haven’t pushed my luck with no more than three links, so wonder if they pushed the threshold from two links to something higher.

BigGator5 on April 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

You can’t tell countries who they can have in their envoys at the UN.

Correct. No one has said this guy can’t be Iran’s UN representative.

If we start doing this with everybody we find objectionable most countries would have nobody at the united nation.

I don’t see an issue.

BobMbx on April 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Taxpayers Must Reveal Tax Shelter Opinion Letters Despite Attorney-Client Privilege

The Tax Court agreed that, “When a person puts into issue his subjective intent in deciding how to comply with the law, he may forfeit the privilege afforded attorney-client communications.”

Therefore, if the taxpayers persist in these affirmative defenses, the court said, it would be unfair to deprive the IRS of the knowledge of the contents of the opinion letters that gave the taxpayers that alleged knowledge, understanding, and beliefs. The court granted the IRS motion, requesting the court to compel production of the opinion letters.

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I couldn’t even cut and paste a comment from AP’s NAACP thread one night or the NUCF heh. Mod swallowed.

bazil9 on April 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Any word you deem ‘forbidden’, just type a few other characters, like *x& or whatever…no problems. You can outsmart the mill :)

Any cnn and Canada Free Press links, run through this, of course

http://tinyurl.com/

No idea why CNN is forbidden but it is.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

No idea why Canada Free Press is either…

RT is not :)

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

You know when I first joined, mulitple links used to kick my comment into moderation. Of late I have noticed that they don’t. I haven’t pushed my luck with no more than three links, so wonder if they pushed the threshold from two links to something higher.

BigGator5 on April 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The limit was/is 3 links…but don’t have a cnn or Canada Free Press one…

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I don’t see an issue.

BobMbx on April 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

pubica is not smart and is a racist of global scale.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I have learned to outsmart the mill. :)
What irked me is that AP could have an entire thread on a subject we
couldn’t use quotes from.

Yeah Schad..always wondered why CNN was forbidden.

I got the hang of everything here the last 6 yrs..but not the
tinyurl.

bazil9 on April 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

They should let him come.

Then arrest him.

agmartin on April 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

No idea why Canada Free Press is either…

RT is not :)

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

They soon will be if they keep this up.

“And we’re all considered terrorists – if we express anti-government sentiments,” she said with regret.

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The limit was/is 3 links…but don’t have a cnn or Canada Free Press one…

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

…or CNBC or the site starting with Market and ending with watch, or info wars.

The second one there may only be blocked because a bad word is in the middle of it.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I told a traffic cop once that the speed-limit sign was just an advisory. Didn’t work. Not amused.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I actually got away with one similarly.
told the officer I always considered the signs to be recommended minimum speed so as to not impede the flow of traffic which could create a dangerous situation for him.
he laughed and just gave a warning.
the second time he caught me though I got a ticket, just plead guilty and took the punishment as I was speeding.

dmacleo on April 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I’m hoping the local newspapers will print his picture and everyone in NYC will boycott him. No hotel room, no restaurant food, no dry cleaning, no tranny hookers

No tranny hookers?!?! You are cruel, slickwillie.

FOAF on April 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

They should let him come.

Then arrest him.

agmartin on April 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Nope. Diplomatic immunity. Unless his bosses back in Tehran agree to revoke it, which isn’t going to happen.

I suspect his maiden speech will be a typical Islamist Zionism-is-racism rant, followed by a laundry list of sins the Great Satan committed justifying the embassy takeover.

I’m betting The One nods, grins, and applauds.

This is sort of the new ambA$$ador and The One joining hands to spike the ball in the end zone of Western civilization.

It’s debatable which of them hates us worse.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

It is a useless law. I hate useless laws. You can’t tell countries who they can have in their envoys at the UN. If we start doing this with everybody we find objectionable most countries would have nobody at the united nation.

If this becomes a trend the united nation will need to move to Geneva so they can continue with their business. That place has hosted murderers, terrorists, dictators and more and now we take issue with some Iranians. What is it about Iran that make so many irrational.

Since Obama is great at ignoring laws, here to him adding this one to the list. Win win. Congress get to feel like they are being tough and doing something and the united nation get to keep on their business.

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Agreed. But how much you wanna bet the the good ol’ US of A will still be stuck with paying the lion’s share for the operations of that den of thieves even in Geneva?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

He was merely a lecturer in Constitutional law. Meaning he explained what the Supreme Court ruled in certain decisions. He did no actual scholarship, i.e. research and writing about any aspect of the Constitution. Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

They don’t want to leave a paper trail.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

What else should one expect from the only court in the land where one is automatically guilty until proven innocent beyond all doubt?

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

It is a useless law. I hate useless laws. You can’t tell countries who they can have in their envoys at the UN. If we start doing this with everybody we find objectionable most countries would have nobody at the united nation(1).

If this becomes a trend the united nation will need to move to Geneva so they can continue with their business.(2) That place has hosted murderers, terrorists, dictators and more and now we take issue with some Iranians. What is it about Iran that make so many irrational.

Since Obama is great at ignoring laws, here to him adding this one to the list. Win win. Congress get to feel like they are being tough and doing something and the united nation get to keep on their business.(3)

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

1) & 2) What’s the problem?
3) WTF?

Mitoch55 on April 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

We need to “renovate” the UN building and while that’s goig on they can all move to Geneva.

It will take years before the plans for the new building is approved….

Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He never wrote any.

dogsoldier on April 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Solution: Simply assign Barak Hussein as the new Iranian Ambastardor. That way, The One can screw the country across a multitude of avenues…

vnvet on April 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

What else should one expect from the only court in the land where one is automatically guilty until proven innocent beyond all doubt?

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

And those are the guys being used as a weapon against conservatives.

sharrukin on April 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

It was an affirmative action job. I see his “career as paralleling the bomber at the Army post. He has been helped along all the way because of PC. 100 years from now they’ll shake their heads over this era and wonder why.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

A simple solution : boot the UN, which is nothing more than a world stage for dictators, fascists, looters, moochers, and extortion artists, to strut and preen and rant against this nation, off of United States soil and stop ponying up 22% of their overall budget, plus providing security and real estate for them.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

A simple solution : boot the UN, which is nothing more than a world stage for dictators, fascists, looters, moochers, and extortion artists, to strut and preen and rant against this nation, off of United States soil and stop ponying up 22% of their overall budget, plus providing security and real estate for them.

thatsafactjack on April 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

There are too many politicians and their cronies to whom the UN being here is an advantage.

crankyoldlady on April 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Laws? We don’t need no steenkin’ laws.

The Rogue Tomato on April 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

It is a useless law. I hate useless laws. You can’t tell countries who they can have in their envoys at the UN. If we start doing this with everybody we find objectionable most countries would have nobody at the united nation.

If this becomes a trend the united nation will need to move to Geneva so they can continue with their business. That place has hosted murderers, terrorists, dictators and more and now we take issue with some Iranians. What is it about Iran that make so many irrational.

Since Obama is great at ignoring laws, here to him adding this one to the list. Win win. Congress get to feel like they are being tough and doing something and the united nation get to keep on their business.

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Nobody, including us, at the United Nations should be a goal, not a drawback. The United Nations is a worthless organization made up mostly of murderous, totalitarian thugs.

The United States should withdraw from the UN treaty and kick the whole lot of them out of our country — or better yet, arrest most of them for war crimes.

Shump on April 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Chump

Key West Reader on April 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

That is the problem with this hanyack – he treats all law as “advisory” as opposed to law.

Theophile on April 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

The rule of law must be followed. We can’t be accusing Obama of violating laws and give this rancher a pass.

weedisgood on April 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

He was merely a lecturer in Constitutional law. Meaning he explained what the Supreme Court ruled in certain decisions. He did no actual scholarship, i.e. research and writing about any aspect of the Constitution. Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I don’t think there is even proof of the above. Obama was an affirmative action ghost – nobody knew him, nobody remembers him.

Key West Reader on April 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

It is a useless law. I hate useless laws.

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Please amuse us with some examples of other “useless laws” you hate…

(Heads out back to start a sundial)

Del Dolemonte on April 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

…where you from?

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Where are his law review articles?

rbj on April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

You’ll find it in his dresse drawer under his birth cert, college transcripts and mommy jeans.

racquetballer on April 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

His aunty Zeituni got a pass, so why not a rancher? Is this a racist thing again?

racquetballer on April 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

…where you from?

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The continent obama’s clan is from.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

MG! Look at that HUGE “I’m so proud of myself, Mr. Be.a.rat Ob00ber”.

avagreen on April 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

If this becomes a trend the united nation will need to move to Geneva so they can continue with their business.

coolrepublica
on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Mighty fine with me. When will their collective useless behinds under their coattails hit the doorway?

avagreen on April 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

He should punt until after November. That play always works — right?

unclesmrgol on April 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

coolrepublica on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

…where you from?

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Where English is not spoken I would say.

slickwillie2001 on April 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

the Cruz-Schumer bill, which Obama apparently felt was more trouble to veto than to sign

Ed, how can you even entertain the though of a veto, when you are well aware of this:

unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law

It only takes 2/3 votes of both houses to override a veto. This bill already had unanimous support in both chambers of Congress. A veto was CERTAIN to be overridden. It would have been absolute insanity for Obama to veto the bill.

Steve gets it..

In the ObamiNation, an overridden veto gives Teh SCOAMT less of a leg to stand on when he ignores the law than a signing statement effectively vetoing the law.

Steve Eggleston on April 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

ITguy on April 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

A far different President than Obama would grant him a visa, then drone-strike his motorcade on the way to the airport.

Unfortunately, we’ll never get anything nearly as amusing from the perpetual panderer-in-chief we’ve got.

cthulhu on April 20, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Obama writes left-handed? Must be sign of his membership in Hydra.

Sherman1864 on April 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

What’s the deal with the two above posts’ timestamps? The one stamped April 20 at 12:23AM precedes the one stamped April 20 at 11:14AM below it?

avagreen on April 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Finally does the right thing for a change.

Amazingoly on April 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM