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Auntie, We Hardly Knew Ye

We here in Boston knew her quite well.

It was her ne’er do well nephew who didn’t know her—or didn’t want to:

Zeituni Onyango — President Obama’s feisty, defiant aunt who successfully fought deportation in a visceral election-year courtroom controversy — died yesterday after a four-month battle with cancer, her immigration attorney said.

Onyango, 61, died at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Harborlights on East 7th Street in South Boston, attorney Margaret Wong told the Herald. Onyango “had taken ill in January, and passed gently in her sleep,” Wong said.

“She’s been ill for quite some time. She didn’t like people to know because she was so strong,” Wong said.

Onyango, a towering figure known as Aunti Zeituni, was born in Kenya and moved to South Boston in 2000. She was denied political asylum in 2004 and was ordered deported, but fought the order and remained in the country. Her case was leaked to the press days before the 2008 presidential election. Judge Leonard I. Shapiro delayed the deportation in 2009 and ultimately reversed the order in 2010. The court case was closed to the press, and Onyango insisted President Obama had no role in Shapiro’s ruling.

The controversy surrounding Onyango was compounded because she lived in South Boston public housing from 2003 onward, including stints at the Old Colony development, the West Broadway project and finally the Monsignor Powers apartments.

She joked about her accommodations, telling a Herald reporter that “beggars can’t be choosers.”

“I’d like to live in a castle and have a limousine,” Onyango said in a 2009 interview. “But I don’t. My health is my wealth.”

Oops. Our condolences to the extended Obama/Onyango family.

Onyango enraged Bostonians in 2010 when, during a sit-down with a local TV reporter, she complained that she was being “treated like public enemy No. 1,” revealed she received monthly disability checks of nearly $700 and insisted that, “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”

Onyango also brushed off the 2011 drunken-driving arrest of her brother, Onyango Obama — also an illegal alien — telling a reporter, “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me.”

Onyango Obama’s drunken-driving case was continued without a finding, and Shapiro awarded him legal residency in December.

Technically, illegals are forbidden from receiving public benefits—but then technically they are also supposed to be deported for breaking the law. Helps to have nephews in high places.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Dyer-Lake Funeral Home of North Attleboro, Wong said.

I hope the family comes to pay its respects. The local golf courses are just beginning to open up. And we have a Four Seasons Hotel.

PS: Did you know the late Aunti was a published author?

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Not that there is a auntiezeituni.com. At least not anymore.

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We’ve Got Your Back, Israel

You have been warned:

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate on Tuesday, where he blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks last week.

“Israel didn’t release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and ‘poof’…that was sort of the moment,” remarked Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, meant as a “gesture” for the talks, was set for March 29 but put on hold given the total lack of progress in talks, and the widespread protest to the unpopular move. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry the release could topple his government.

The release was officially cancelled last Thursday, after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abbas requested to join 15 UN agencies last Tuesday, in breach of the peace talk conditions.

Regarding Kerry’s comment about the “700 settlement units,” Israel reissued a call for tenders on over 700 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last Tuesday. A construction freeze on Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was not a precondition of the talks.

I could rant and rave about the injustice—Israel has literally bled in releasing these prisoners; the Arabs haven’t stopped their Jew-hating incitement to murder and genocide for even a nanosecond; why do we cite housing starts in America as a positive economic indicator while condemning every single one in Israel—but I can’t be bothered.

I’m too busy standing and applauding Israel for sending this poseur packing. Seeing him drone on before Congress, I half expected him to accuse Israel of “razing villages in fashion reminiscent of Jenjis Khan”.

Kerry further blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas brought talks to a standstill by adamantly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

“The government of the United States and the president supports the notion of Israel being defined as a Jewish state,” Kerry noted. “We believe that that should happen. But when it happens, and how it happens, has to be part of the negotiations. It’s not going to happen in the beginning.”

What is Israel if not a Jewish state, you moron? Luxembourg with bagels? The only reason the Arabs won’t agree to it is that they want it as an Arab state. Like the world needs another one!

Noting the intensive energy that he has put into pushing the talks forward since last July, Kerry noted “there’s a limit to the amount of time that (US) President (Barack) Obama and I can invest in this topic with consideration to other challenges around the world, especially if the sides aren’t willing to show seriousness.”

Good! Beat it. Hasta la vista. See you. I think I hear Crimea calling.

Don’t worry, Israel. He, too, shall pass.

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Celebrate Diversity

At least in terms of arms suppliers:

Alenia Aermacchi has rolled out its first M-346 jet trainer for Israel, part of a reciprocal deal covering satellites and early warning aircraft for Italy. The deal has boosted ties between the countries and may now see Tel Aviv sending its F-35 joint strike fighters to Italy for maintenance.

Officials from the defense ministries of both countries talked up their close relationship as they met in Italy on March 20 for the rollout of the first of 30 M-346 jets Israel has ordered — the first non-American plane the country has bought for decades.

“It would make a lot of sense for us to maintain JSFs in Italy rather than sending them to the US,” he said.

True, why send them across the Atlantic when Italy lies but halfway across the Mediterranean? But I wonder if there’s more to the strategy than that? America hasn’t been the most steadfast ally of late.

Still, we are trying:

American officials are very concerned that the talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority could break down totally. The two sides are deadlocked, and no progress has been made for weeks, the officials were quoted as saying by Israel Radio – and the administration of President Barack Obama is feverishly trying to come up with a formula that will keep both sides talking.

The US, therefore, is considering various “creative” ideas to make the deal more appealing, the report said. Among them is an idea Netanyahu himself proposed – releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been in an American prison for nearly three decades on charges of spying for Israel. The diplomats said that it was not clear Obama would agree to such a condition.

Talking is overrated if you ask me, particularly when the only word spoken is “no”:

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear numerous times that he will not concede on the Palestinian’s “core” demands – an Israeli withdrawal from all of Judea, Samaria, and much of Jerusalem; free immigration of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 into Israel; and no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Under such conditions, Netanyahu has told diplomats, there is no way he could get an agreement with the PA approved by his government.

Under these circumstances, when a man’s freedom is a bargaining chip, Israel would be wise to source its self defense requirements from more than one (unreliable) supplier.

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I’m Glad That’s Over With!

What part of “no” don’t we get?

On his trip to Washington this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse, an Israeli TV report said Friday.

Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.

Satisfied? Are we done here?

Can we move on now with the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria—as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations? (The latter of which automatically became UN policy.)

An invented people, occupying land not their own, have been wasting time pretending to negotiate. That’s quite enough of that.

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Quieten Your Rodent, Mr. President!

Remember when Obama went to Egypt and spoke about…? Whatever? Himself, probably?

We don’t remember either, and it would seem neither do the Egyptians:

MEMRI’s translation is helpful, but I wonder of they heard what we heard.

This video came out, what, a week ago, and already:

You know what comes next, right?

Shut up your mouse, Obama—the remix!

On most days I think humanity has earned every pox and plague visited upon it by a profoundly disappointed God. But then I see this—Egyptians cursing Obama, leading Photoshop, t-shirts, and dance tapes—and I fall in love all over again with our terminally flawed species.

PS: Did I say Photoshop?

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Made in Bethlehem, Shared With Damascus

Snuffed in Alexandria:

Four members of a Christian family of Syrian origin living in Alexandria, Egypt, were stabbed to death Monday. A man was seen walking out of their apartment holding a black plastic bag.

The father of the family, 44, who was employed in one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s hotels, was found stabbed in the stomach, the chest and the shoulder. His 35-year-old wife was stabbed in the neck, and so was the husband’s 43-year-old sister. [Six-year-old among members of a family stabbed to death.] The murderers started a fire in the kitchen, in an apparent attempt to set the entire apartment aflame and destroy evidence.

The large Christian community in Egypt, which numbers about 10 million people, has increasingly been coming under attack from Muslims in the last few years. Many Christians have been murdered and wounded, and over 100 churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians have been attacked, with some being burned down.

The Egyptian regime has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist forces for these attacks.

Sure, why not blame the MoBros?

But it’s getting hard to tell the terrorists without a scorecard.

Security sources have confirmed that the explosion on the Egyptian side of the Taba crossing on Sunday was carried out by a suicide bomber. Four civilians were killed and 15 were injured in the incident. A fifth body, that of the suicide bomber who set off the explosion, was also found in the rubble.

According to investigators, the terrorist set off the bomb when the bus was just a few meters from the crossing into Israel through the Taba gate crossing. The bus was to have continued on to the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat. The driver got off the bus to arrange paperwork with border guards when an unidentified man approached the vehicle and blew himself up, witnesses said.

An Al Qaeda-inspired group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack, and released a statement on Twitter vowing to continue its fight against Egypt’s military-led government.

“We will continue to hurt the leaders in Egypt, the economy, the tourism and the gas,” the statement read.

What happened to “No Blood for Oil”?

Maybe President Obama, being twice burned, is thrice shy about even mentioning the Middle East anymore. Still, you’d think his… let me make sure I get this right… Christian faith would command him to speak on behalf of a persecuted minority.

Guess not.

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When Iran Eyes Are Smilin’

They’ll be shouting “Death to America! Death to Obama! Death to Kerry!”

(Two out of three ain’t bad—kidding!)

Mixing exhortations of death to America with admonishments to children about healthy teeth and gums, Iran celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Tuesday, and the state news media said millions exuberantly participated.

“We are eager for all options on the table,” many of the placards read, cheerfully hoisted by Iranian parents pushing baby strollers while shouting, “Death to America!” Other posters read, “We are ready for the great battle.”

Wendy R. Sherman, the lead American negotiator in the nuclear talks, who few Americans could identify, was singled out for particular denunciation, with many rally participants shouting “Death to Sherman.”

Some protesters also shouted “Death to Obama!” and “Death to Kerry!”

“Everything you see here is the achievement of our Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,” he said. “Our slogan is, ‘Death to U.S.,’ and it will be so forever, no matter what President Rouhani agrees with the Americans.”

Lest there be any doubt.

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The Broken-Promised Land

Note that the Lord didn’t say “If you like Canaan, you can keep Canaan.”

Speaking in Germany, Kerry claimed that in Israel, “there’s a momentary peace. Last year, not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank.”

In fact, several Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks in the area in Judea and Samaria in 2013. The widow of one of them – 31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky – expressed hurt at Kerry’s remarks.

“I don’t even believe that Obama even knows there was a murder or anything,” she said. “I’m not sure they actually know, that the American government knows what’s happening in Israel, that people are being murdered.”

It has been less than a year since Evyatar was murdered, she noted. “Everyone here… is feeling it because terrorism is actually rising,” she said. Indeed, a report from the Shin Bet (General Security Service) revealed a significant increase in the number of terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2013.

“The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall,” she accused.

Kerry is “living on a planet of his own,” she said.

Five Israelis were murdered by terrorists in Judea and Samaria in 2013. In addition to actor and father-of-five Evyatar, terrorists killed retired IDF officer Seraya Ofer, young soldiers Tomer Hazan and Eden Attias, who was stabbed to death on a bus as he slept, and Gabriel Kobi.

There were also several near-fatal attacks throughout the year, including a rock attack that left a 2-year-old girl fighting for her life, and an attack north of Jerusalem in which a terrorist shot a nine-year-old girl in the neck.

The Arabs who occupy the ancient land of Israel would dearly love to improve on these numbers. From individual murders to mass slaughter, Arab propaganda is diametrically opposed to peace, “momentary” or permanent. Their words are nearly bloodier than their deeds. (Nearly.)

But she’s wrong to say that Kerry is on a planet of his own. It’s more like a yacht (docked in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts, to avoid taxes) than a planet, and he’s hardly alone. Drinking Moet on the deck with him are the glitterati of the international set: Obama, Ban ki Moon, Jimmy Carter, Catherine Ashton, and that hot Scandinavian PM who took selfies with Obama at Mandela’s funeral. They are not bothered by throat-slashings or car-stonings. They are completely at sea.

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Now We’ll Both Have Sisis for Presidents

I don’t want to tell Egyptians how to run their country (I’d have to care first). But if they’re just going to play a game of musical thrones—where the loser has to rot in jail at the whim of the winner—and we wind up with one pharaoh in place of another, is it okay with Egyptians if we decline to give a [bleep]?

Hundreds or thousands of you died for an Islamist dictatorship, and now a military one?

Egypt’s military leadership council on Monday gave Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi — the army chief who helped oust the country’s first democratically elected president — its blessing to run for the presidency, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

El-Sisi has yet to announce whether he’ll run, but the move by Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces essentially is an endorsement of him, said Ehab Badawy, a spokesman for Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour.

The council added in a statement to state television Monday night that it would be up to El-Sisi to decide, but that it considers his candidacy “a mandate and an obligation.”

Badawy said that El-Sisi, who was promoted from general to field marshal earlier Monday, would have to retire from the military before running for president.

Talk about burying the lead! People don’t get promoted from general to field marshall every day. Attention must be paid. Respect, mon générale—er, Juan Marichal, or whatever the term is.

And I like Sisi. Anyone who bottles up the Muslim Brotherhood genie is all right with me, no matter how many free speech and civil liberty advocates get taken along for the ride.

Funny, though. I don’t hear a peep from Barack or Kerry on the regression in Egypt (even CNN describes the MoBros as “democratically elected”). Once upon a time, Obama rode into Cairo on his chariot; now he avoids the place like the plagues (get it?). Maybe some of them don’t like him because he’s black.

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Messianic, Yes; Complex, Hardly

When Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, recently referred to John Kerry as “messianic”, he of course nailed the ambassadorial hairdo in one word (which might be shortened to just “mess”).

He made only one mistake. He should have spoken in Arabic:

It is interesting how one comment from an Israeli minister has managed to strain relations between the U.S. Administration and Israel, while fiery rhetoric and street demonstrations against Kerry and Obama in the Palestinian territories and Arab capitals are completely ignored by Washington.

The U.S. Administration has reacted quickly and strongly to statements attributed to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Ya’alon was quoted by the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot as describing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as “messianic and obsessive.”

In response, the U.S. condemned Ya’alon’s comments as “offensive and inappropriate.”

But not inaccurate.

Palestinian officials representing various organizations, including the Palestinian Authority, have been denouncing Kerry almost on a daily basis over the past few weeks. But these condemnations do not seem to bother the State Department.

Just last month, Abed Rabbo launched a scathing attack on Kerry, denouncing his latest proposals as unacceptable. “Kerry does not have the right to decide where our borders will be,” the top PLO official said. “If the U.S. wants, it can give parts of California or Washington to Israel. Kerry’s framework agreement is very dangerous.”

Palestinian officials have also been leaking details about Kerry’s latest proposals for reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Some have gone as far as accusing Kerry of being biased in favor of Israel, working toward “liquidating” the Palestinian cause and trying to extort the Palestinians.

Tayseer Khaled, member of the PLO Executive Committee, was recently quoted as accusing Kerry of trying to extort the Palestinians politically. Khaled’s allegations have since been repeated by other Palestinians.

In addition, anti-Kerry demonstrations have become a common phenomenon in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At some of these protests, Kerry is often condemned as a pawn in the hands of Israel.

At another protest in Ramallah, Palestinians chanted, “Oh Kerry, you coward, you have no room in Palestine.”

In Bethlehem several weeks ago, Palestinians took to the streets to protest against Kerry’s visit to the city. And when President Barack Obama visited Bethlehem last year, Palestinians hurled shoes at his portrait and chanted, and set fire to his photograph.

Anti-Kerry protests have also taken place in Egypt and Jordan, where protesters also torched his portrait and declared him persona non grata.

Well, we have that in common with the Arabs.

Ya’alon at least apologized for his words, as well he might have.

He should have used a different one:

“They want to give the Land of Israel over to the enemy, they want us to withdraw from our communities [in Judea and Samaria] and from the Jordan Valley, they want us to retreat to ’1967 lines,’ and give us security arrangements that don’t provide security,” he continued. “These are the Arab world’s stances on the issues, as presented by Kerry – making him into an enemy, as he represents the very people who want to destroy us.”

“He tells us constantly that the US is making Israel’s security a ‘top priority’ – then tells us, despite knowing what happened in Gaza [with the Disengagement], to withdraw from the Jordan Valley, even militarily, and has the audacity to call that ‘security’,” Sheftel elaborated.

“Israel withdrawing from the Jordan Valley would mean that missiles, rockets, and mortar shells would be raining down on Israeli communities [in Judea and Samaria] in a short time,” Sheftel fired, “and no one knows it better than Kerry.”

“Kerry keeps saying that both sides will have to make the painful decisions – what painful decisions will Abbas have to make?”

If a = b, and b = c, then a = c. If John Kerry is articulating the intransigent Arab position (for the umpteenth time), then the only difference between him and Yasser Arafat is a big nose and a keffiyeh (and an HIV infection).

To be fair, there are worse images.

I really don’t like these people, if you couldn’t tell.

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What Difference at This Point Does it Make?

Maybe Hillary was right:

The deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last year was not orchestrated by Al Qaeda but rather by a local militia leader and other Libyans who were outraged by a video lampooning Islam, according to a new report.

An investigation by The New York Times, published Saturday, supported the initial version of events provided by the Obama administration immediately after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack — an account that spawned a vehement Republican cry that the President was trying to downplay the attack to protect his reelection bid.

Administration officials initially cited local outrage over the film “Innocence of Muslims” — which mocks the Prophet Muhammad — as the motivation for the attack. Four Americans were slain, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

But, as GOP criticism mounted, the administration later said the film wasn’t a factor and that Al Qaeda was behind the bloodshed. The backtracking fueled Republican arguments that Obama made a political decision to downplay Al Qaeda’s involvement for fear that word of a terrorist strike on a diplomatic outpost could decide the close race with GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

And maybe she wasn’t:

The 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was an “Al Qaeda-led event” according to multiple on-the-record interviews with the head of the House Intelligence Committee who receives regular classified briefings and has access to the raw intelligence to make independent assessments.

“I will tell you this, by witness testimony and a year and a half of interviewing everyone that was in the ground by the way, either by an FBI investigator or the committee: It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event. And they had pretty fairly descriptive events early on that lead those folks on the ground, doing the fighting, to the conclusion that this was a pre-planned, organized terrorist event,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told Fox News in a November interview.

“Not a video, that whole part was debunked time and time again,” Rogers added of the attack which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, “which just leads to questions of why the administration hung with that narrative for so long when all the folks who participated on the ground saw something different.”

And why it still is, Congressman.

Some are calling BS:

New York Rep. Peter King, member and former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News the argument that the most overtly anti-Western militia, Ansar al-Shariah – not Al Qaeda – led the attack is an academic argument over semantics, considering Ansar al-Shariah is widely believed to be an affiliate terror group of Al Qaeda.

“It’s misleading,” King said. “It’s a distinction without a difference.”

The claims by the New York Times also conflicts with other evidence, including the testimony of Greg Hicks, the deputy of Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed in the attack. Hicks described the video as “a non-event in Libya” at that time, and consequently not a significant trigger for the attack

It would also contradict a separate report by a leading social media firm that found that the first reference to the anti-Islam film that was initially blamed for sparking the attack was not detected on social media until a day later.

Thousands of miles away, a president sleeps without a care, knowing the Paper of Walter Duranty’s Record stands watch over him.

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Are You Sitting Down?

Good, George. This will floor you:

President Obama’s Uncle, Onyango “Omar” Obama, is allowed to stay after a hearing in a U.S. immigration court this afternoon, according to the Boston Globe.

Onyango Obama has lived in the U.S. since the 1960s. He was ordered to leave the U.S. in 1986, 1989, and again 1992, but he disregarded the deportation orders, the Globe reports.

Obama probably would have remained an unknown illegal alien, but he was arrested for drunk driving in Framingham, Mass., on a Wednesday night around 7:00 PM, Aug. 24, 2011 according to MetroWest Daily News. The newspaper reports that Obama “nearly ran his sport utility vehicle into a police car.”

Onyango Obama testified today before immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro, who also granted asylum to Obama’s sister, Zeituni Onyango, in 2010, according to CBS Boston. Zeituni Onyango applied for citizenship in 2002, was rejected and was ordered to leave in 2004, and eventually obtained asylum in 2010, according to CBS Boston.

Do these sweetheart deals happen for everybody?

During the testimony, the Globe reports that President Obama’s name was invoked several times. The White House, of course, claimed not to be aware Onyango Obama was living illegally in the country. But Onyango asserted that his famous nephew stayed with him in Cambridge for a few weeks before attending Harvard Law School in the late 1980s, the Globe reports.

Onyago denied reports that he said “I think I will call the White House” during his initial booking in Framingham.

Hey George, roll that tire all the way over here and I’m sure we got a Section 8 apartment waiting for you. And you and your… uncle (I guess?) can get wasted together.

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