Teen Facing Possible Life In Prison For Weed Brownies Says Independent Media Saved Him

November 21, 2014   |   Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl
November 20, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) Earlier this year, we reported on Jacob Lavoro of Round Rock, Texas’ story; at the time, he was being charged with a first degree felony for selling hash oil brownies. He was set to receive an absolutely insane possible sentence of life in prison for weed brownies.

He is now officially on 7 years deferred probation, and he did not have to serve any time in prison. He believes it’s because of the extensive alternative media coverage of the amount of time he was set to face.

In an interview for The Anti-Media, I asked him to just say whatever he wanted about his case and how he feels about the charges being reduced so drastically, and he said this:

“I feel good about not going to prison. I think all the media pressure I had on my side helped me tremendously. I think if I didn’t have that kinda pressure that they would have been successful in putting me behind bars for quite a while.

I also still think as a first time offender the verdict is still pretty harsh.

I’ve seen rapists get off with less probation. I fully agree with legalization, so this so called justice system can stop ruining young peoples and older peoples lives over something so harmless as weed. Because this is proven so far to continue to hold me back from getting approved in any apartment complex and a lot of private houses even including some jobs.

His charges were reduced to just one second degree felony of 1-4 grams of hash with intent to sell, as opposed to the original charge, where the entire weight of his brownies were counted as pure hash.

This is a victory for Jacob Lavoro, for cannabis and anti-drug war activists all over America. This is also a victory for the Independent Media’s power to influence things as seemingly concrete as legal cases by publicizing injustice to an extreme degree.

We have the power to stand up against injustices like this one, and truly change the outcome by spreading around info, and getting masses of people to comprehend the immorality of a situation.

From Ferguson, to Round Rock Texas, 2014 has proven itself to be a year of empowerment for the people, a year of collectively standing strong in the face of injustice with success.

Please share this good news with as many people as possible, because it’s just such a positive thing. If you shared the articles about Jacob facing up to life in prison before, you made your contribution to his freedom from incarceration, and what you did made a significant difference.

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Author: Cassius Methyl

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California.

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  1. That case was just ridiculous from the get – go. I cannot believe the Bullshitake I see coming out of Texas every single day (usually through the independent media-since the Corporate Controlled Media in that state seem to bee on the State's Payroll to cover real news up and spread lies. If I were Jason (and everyone else in Texas) I would move out of Texas as soon as I could. The Police State is strong within Texas!

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  2. I feel you on this one, but gah, Austin is so nice and it's home.

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  3. Yeah, this was a bit of overkill. Whatever it was that saved this kid, I'm glad it came along. Prison needs to be for criminals that represent some real threat. This wasn't it.

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  4. Texas has hundreds of "For Profit" Prisons. what that means is you taxpayers pay for the room and board of these low level drug offenders while the guy who owns the prison gets to farm the inmates out for work for and average of 15 cents an hour (or less). There are more black people in prison for marijuana possession than were ever involved in slavery before the Civil War. Google the for profit prisons in Texas which need a large stream of "Slaves" to turn a profit for their owners….who prefer compliant low level drug offenders over insane psychopaths, obviously, which is why the streets are filled with muggers, murderers and rapists paroled after a couple of years (if they are even convicted) and marijuana users could face life in prison. Simple economics-another example of the elites profiting over we little people, their slaves.

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  5. Jon Bradley It's better than any other Texas city. I'd probably only leave to move to Denver, Portland, Nashville, or Asheville. Maybe New Orleans if I like it after I check it out.

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  6. Rose, to emphasize your point, two of the largest publicly traded prison corporations are companies called: CorrectionsCorp of America & GEO Group. (CXW & GEO respectively). CXW being the largest owner/operator of private prisons in the entire country, while GEO operates just behind them in terms of number of facilities, but also owns several prisons internationally as well (AUS, UK, SA).

    Here's the interesting part. Both companies recently restructured themselves in a way that allowed them to be traded on the open markets as a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust). One of the aspects of investing/trading a REIT is that they're required to pay 90% of their taxable income to shareholders. This happens in the form of: Dividends. So REITS are a particularly attractive financial vehicle for most long term investors.

    Currently, CXW pays 6.20% & GEO offers around 6.7%. Those are solid numbers in the investment game. Meaning, based on dividends alone, long term investors would be apt to buy up these stocks and assuming their stock price performs well, they'd be inclined to hang onto them in their portfolios. So, as a result there's an impetus of responsibility when it comes to outperformance for the shareholders (As there is with ANY publicly traded company). At this point you're probably wondering, what all this silly financial market nonsense has to do with these modern day slavery institutions?

    Consider this. The business model behind these companies bases profit by:

    A) High recidivism rates (Every company wants their customers to keep coming back, right???)

    B) Extended sentences (What company wouldn't want their consumer using their product for as long as possible???)

    C) High Volume of Offenses That Result in Prison Time (Always need new customers & marketing to get your customers through the door)

    D)Low Level NON VIOLENT Offenders Wanted (If you owned a bar, why would you want the rowdy trouble makers hanging at your place, when you can have the chilled out hipsters instead who are going to spend the same amount of money?)

    Bottom line: Gotta keep the shareholders happy. How do we do that? Gotta turn a profit. How do we turn a profit? Gotta imprison more people.

    Capitalism at it's finest…

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  7. Austin is amazing. The cops here suck, and so does the traffic but it ranks in the top 5-10 cities in the country in every other way. Plus, this didn't even happen in Austin.

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  8. Wait. What do youean 15 cents an hour? Are you saying that's what the prisoners get paid? Cause if that's what you mean then you are sadly misinformed. Texas inmates do not get paid a cent for ANY work they do. I was released in June, and was not given a dime for my 12 hour a day, every day work.

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  9. Yeah! Really! Federally, they needa hurry up an' decriminalize it so it could b sold in stores an' such! Dat way, it could b taxed! Some ppl even say dat it'll help our failing economy! It's even said dat racist propaganda is da reason y da majority of drugs out there r illegal in da first place!

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  10. sad but true…or any minority for that matter. Latinos do not get white privilege even if we have light skin

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  11. R E L E A S E. HIM.

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  12. Yup here comes the oh hes a white boy if he were black he'd be getting the electric chair!!! Wow fucking blacks and "thier" fucking race war!!!! You are the most racist mother fuckers on the planet!!!!! I can't belwive I used to feel sorry for you people. ….. but it's your actions and coments that have changed my mind and continue to hold you back….. good luck with that one……. asshats! !!

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  13. Obviously I don't really know the reality of it-I had read that they pay inmates enough so they could afford a few extras in the prison store-and now I find it's even worse than I thought!

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  14. when u people going to get over this black/white shit? u fuck u go to jail like everybody else. ya all been rideing that slavery horse for way too long. its been dead fer a hundred years quit cryin allready. i personly think we should start hanging mother fuckers on the court house lawn then we could watch the crime rate nearly dissapear

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  15. Andy Ervin ok so are you gonna start by hanging all the LEO's that murdered innocent and unarmed people?

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  16. couldnt have said it better myself.

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  17. yea and all the fucking border jumpers as well. i bet i really just put yer panties n a knot didnt i. i dont give a fuck what race u r ya aint any better or worse than the rest of the fucking idiots of the world

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  18. WE PEOPLE HUH? I WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO FEEL SORRY FOR ME, AS MUCH AS YOU TRY TO DENY IT WHEN IT COME TO INCARCERATING BLACKS IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH AND LIKE I SAID IF THIS MAN HAD BEEN BLACK HE'D BE ON THE FIRST THING SMOKING TO THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY.

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  19. Sad part is these black men and women usinh race as an excuse is the real racists aka christopher ross

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  20. Hey Ross…if several White Men knocked out an Old Black Woman they would go to jail.If a White Gang named The New White Panthers said that they are going to Kill all Black Babies they would go to Jail..so shut the hell up and come back when you got something of value.

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  21. All this shit is coming form those who`s leaders are is Al Sharpton,and Jessie Jackson…go figure!!

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  22. Just go ahead and throw all the black people under the bus and refer to us as "You People"

    What a shame.

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  23. It sounds like it is probably the exact amount of hash that was in the brownies. Doesn't even sound like he got out of anything. Sounds like they found him guilty of what he actually did.

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  24. That race card of yours is just about worn out.

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  25. Ohhhh…. I didn't realize this was about race. Wait a second it wasn't. They were gonna bury that kid but as the article said social media saved his ass. Color had nothing to do with it….. But another great oppurtunity to bitch about racial injustice. Which defiantly happens…. But in this case… Bullshit

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  26. Having been pushed around by Round Rock police, I can for sure tell you the only color Williamson county cares about is green…
    Only 1 person in a 100 successfully completes probation here. I was in jail with a kid facing possession charges for seeds…
    This is a win for all of us that have to deal with this gestapo on a daily

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  27. Police state is everywhere, at least here in Tx, we can own the firepower to protect ourselves, no high crime rates here… grandma might blow your head off if you try to steal her car ^.^

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  28. Jerry Alexander There are terror groups who target blacks… skin heads, ku klux klan, and the Gvernment allows them to continue to operate, they threaten to kill black men ,women, children and babies. and have you forgotten , recently there was an officer of the law beating an elderly black woman. Plus cops have been shooting blacks uncontrollably, so don't use those examples, to you they may be nothing but to us, it's reality!

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  29. Oh, but if 'I' were to say something like "It's because YOU'RE black", then I'd be accused of being a racist and white supremacist?? Why do you think it's okay for you to say shit like that when it's the other way around, and expect others not to do the same to you? It's people like you that keep racism alive. And then you wonder why people in this world today are still racist. You're a real fucking piece of work buddy.

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  30. What I da work do they make you do?? And if you refuse to do it what can they do? Ain't like they arrest you your already in jail and woldnt making your sentence longer be illegal?

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  31. the statistics speak for themselves, blacks are over three times as likely to be convicted of drug offenses as whites even though their drug use is the same as whites. Statistics also show that their sentences are much harsher than those of whites for the same offense. An unarmed black male is ten times as likely to be shot by the police as a white male.These statistics show that the american judicial system and therefore american society in general is thoroughly racist. Then there are racists like you who hate upon blacks for complaining about this blatant injustice.

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  32. Look who said it first. You.

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  33. Always keep in mind the radical (not "rad") persons that are govt officials in Texas…the heat and sun and drought surely affect them. Too bad more good persons from San Antonio and Austin do not become Texas elect.

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  34. Joel A Neifer You're not fooling anyone, bigoted fagot. You've ALWAYS been a card carrying bigoted fagot who hates people that are better than him. Make everyone around you happy and just kill yrself already.

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  35. Ya I'm a bigoted Fagot Luke Cage? I think your the one that's the Fagot! ! You have so much sei men pumped up your ass that your sister won't even fuck you anymore….. So how's about taking that dick out of your ass and saying something intelligent! !!! You inbred cock smoker!!!!!

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  36. There are many reasons but yes, one of the tactics these criminals did is try and equate smoking cannabis w/ "black jazz musicians having sex w/ white women". In the '30's, that was enough to make the bigots' heads spin! Also, the name cannabis was discarded and the Mexican slang for it was used, marijuana. So bigotry played a big part in getting it demonized. It was really criminalized because Prohibition just ended and the precursor to the DEA, the FBN (Federal bureau of Narcotics) needed someone else to oppress and they did it so t would also help BIG Pharmacy, BIG Oil, the logging companies and the criminal Injustice system to make big profits off of poor people and imprison them.

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  37. Joel A Neifer That's it, bigot!!! Expose yrself fr the bigoted bitch that you are!! You suck off many fellow Klansmen its a wonder yr ass can even find a job!!! Oh, sucking off Klansmen IS yr job? Never mind, bigoted fagot. Do that poor girl a favor and take her off yr profile pic, you fagotty MFer. She doesn't deserve to be associated w/ an unashamed bigoted fagot like YOU.

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  38. See there you go spouting off again just like the true sheep fucker you are Luke Cage……. pretty tough behind a keyboard all safe in your mommies basement!!!! You Sir are a joke! !!! You seem a bit uptight? I find that funny seeing how you've had so much cock up your ass!!!!! Yup i guess you are just an uptight pitiful excuse for a man……. now go fuck your sister some more and mellow out there tough guy. …. lmmfao!!!!

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  39. Joel A Neifer Everytime a bigoted fagot like you dies, freedom grows. Go plant some freedom and kill yrself, fagot. And take that poor girl's picture down. When you post gayass bigoted lies it makes people think there's a little girl with so much, hate, stupidity and bigotry in her heart. Stupidass bigoted lying fagot.

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  40. Ya ok there fruit cake…..lol. coming from an assclown that can't even use his real name…. living in a fantasy world in mommas basement….. how's about you pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow? You cum guzzling assclown!!!! God day to you Sir….. lmao!!!

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  41. Joel A Neifer As I said, you don't fool anyone, you bigoted fagotass motherfucker. You're just pissed off because yr a fat disgusting inbred who can't get laid. Yr such a POS you'd climb over yr dying mother to fuck yr sister. Make everyone around you happy and go kill yrself , you obese sloppy POS. NO ONE would care.

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  42. You just keep saying the same shit I say about you… real original you waste of skin!!!! And now I'm fat?? Hmmm. Wonder when thay happened? Keep beakin you fucking wannabe tough guy super hero!!!! Ps….. super hero's don't fuck there sisters and sheep…. so I guess you lose ass spelunker! !!! Lol

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  43. Damn these stupid backwoods pot laws! By the way, alcohol is a drug, so if you drink and think you're not a drug user, think again.

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  44. Then…this thread turns into a childish bash fest.

    Derailed.

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  45. Joel A Neifer Learn English. Specifically the difference between your and you're.

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  46. Oh no!!! Not a grammer Nazi???? Go Fuck "yourself" Ricky Theil! !! It's called auto correct you fucking tool!!! "Your" life must be so full of excitement that the one thin coment on is a spelling error?? You Sir are a fucking joke! !! Baahahahaha! !!!!

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  47. Joel A Neifer Awwww… poor baby getting all bent out of shape. No argument except to resort to name calling. The fact is, it's funny as fuck when someone calls someone else stupid, and can't even properly use their own language to say it. You can blame it on autocorrect all you want, but have you ever considered proofreading? Blaming anything on autocorrect is a lame excuse. I'm sure you had to google the difference between your and you're, once I pointed it out. If you had been paying attention, I made more than one comment. I also pointed out the hypocritical nature of your post.

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  49. Ricky Theil you must have me confused with someone else….. bent out of shape? Me? Not at all I find it quite humorous that you pick one spelling mistake out of everthing I've said here to try and bash me….. that Sir is priceless! !!! So continue to sit there and troll away you insignificant little worm….. "you're" not having any effect on me whatsoever…….baahahahaaa! !!!!

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  50. Ricky Theil You're wasting your time on a lardassed bigoted fagot like Joel A Neifer. NO ONE used the played out "race card" but his inbred lardass. That fatfuck isn't even American, he's a gay canadian. Fuck that, bigoted tub of shit.

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  51. Haha hahahahahahaaaaa! !!!!! Cum guzzling FAGGOT!!!!!! Gay Canadian? Yup you're right I am quite happy, especially thay I'm not an inbred sister fucking American such as yourself. ….. again, I laugh at you and you sister fucking ways…… haha hahaha! !!!

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  52. Well that was a waste. The topic is that this young man avoided a life sentence for hash brownies. The corrupt and flawed justice system of the United States still don't valuable resources to try him in court and ultimately place him on a lengthy probation. Race and imprisonment, as well as "bigoted faggot," "sister-fucker" and "cum guzzler" can be debated

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  53. Joseph Andrade yeah and "bigoted fagot" is about the dumbest insult I have ever heard.

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  54. ironic… that YOU brought this up… i've yet to see this comment outside of yourself… Injustice is injustice period.

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  55. I try not to respond in such a manner, but you sir are a grade A cunt.

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  56. Hey Zach… you sir are a grade A Faggot so go blow your brother some more you inbred fuck tard!!!!! If you bothered to read the coments I was right in saying what I did…… almost every black person on here said that…. I was not being racist in what I said…….. people of color 9 times out of 10 bring up race when there was never a race issue…… I'm Fucking sick of it….. so you Sir can go fuck yourself. …. good day… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  57. Zach James an inbred Fagot that blows his brother….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  58. Oh I see, "Top Commenter". You troll people for a living due to the inability to express your emotions properly. Check your hatred, bro.

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  59. No obsession, just an observation that alot of that goes on down south apperantly because only an inbred pig fucker would say that my statement makes me a racist……. I simply stated a fact and you're too inbred to blind to see that……. not once did I talk down about anyone of color or did I throw out the dreaded "N word"…… but because I stated that people of color were throwing out the fuxking race card yet again that I am now a racist…… get a fucking education you inbred peice of trailer trash. …..

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  60. In your very first comment here you said "Wow fucking blacks and "thier" fucking race war!" That's the most blatantly racist thing I've heard this week.

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  61. I can see clearly now that the names you call people are just a projection of your own insecurities. It'll be okay buddy.

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  62. Hey Rush A Neifer too stupid to comprehend statistics I see. The statistical evidence of blatent racial bias in the amerikan justice system is overwhelming and only complete morons try and deny it. The fact that nothing is done about it shows what a thoroughly racist society amerika is.

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  63. You said that right. … in America…. it's a way different story in Canada. … I'm done trying to explain myself…. I did not mean for this to come off as racist amd in Canada we call what I said "the truth" even people of color up here are tired of hearing the same frigging race baiting B.S…… and Zack if calling them as I see them makes me "top commenter" whatever the fuck that means then so be it….. have fun with your race wars down there…… you twatt

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  64. A racist "calling them as HE sees them" is still racist. You've invalidated all of your points with your hostility.

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  65. In South Africa our cops are so corrupt you can more than likely bribe them when caught with pot.

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  66. Alfred Karius but Joel is a bigoted fagot and a gay Canadian to boot …

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  67. And your a fucking inbred pig fucking American dyke so I guess we're even…… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  68. You used the wrong "you're" Mr. Educated Man. Also, already talking about inbreeding again. You love that shit, huh?

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  69. Oh no not only do you have sex with your brother but you are a grammer Nazi as well…… oh ouch I'm so hurt…… fucking chump…..lol

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  70. It's how you Fagot Americans are all conceived. .. I don't like it but I accept you for who you are…… a little bitch sheep fucker…… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  71. Baiting me? Not likely…. If you've read this thread then you would know I find this amusing. …. I am the first person to call someone out when they call someone the "N"word or a monkey or any other slang they may use…… I hate racism and that was my point…. there was a coment on here from someone that is not since gone and he was trying to stir the pot with the oh he's white so it's ok if he were black he'd have been shot shit so I called him on it and it and the one that gets attacked??? It's all good….. the people that know me are all that matters not all these Facebook keyboard comando tough guys…. I could care less…… p.s…… I put up the 20gs it cost my sister to adopt 3 babies from Sierra Leone almost 20 yrs ago…… I love my niece's and nephew…… and. On that note I'll be saying good night. …….

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  72. "Wow fucking blacks and "thier" fucking race war!!!!"

    This race war has been started 500 years ago, not by us; but we will end it!

    "I can't belwive I used to feel sorry for you people."

    I can't believe that either, meaning I rather believe that you never did. Because you sound like a total racist.

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  73. Damn I got a taste of that hateorade, why so bitter? This guy just got a reduced sentence do you know what this small victory means for stoners God damn excuse my blasphemy.

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  74. Eddie Padin dude good info. i wrote this article

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