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Summer Reading List Ideas for a New College Conservative (Vanity)
vanity~me | July 17, 2012 | Bushwon

Posted on 07/17/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by bushwon

Interested in some ideas for a very basic basic primer to provide some foundation for a new college conservative going on a road trip...nothing too involved--just an easy-to-read basic first book that will provide basic information on politics, culture, economy from a conservative (or limited government libertarian) viewpoint.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bookreview; books; college; conservative; generationy; readinglist
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1 posted on 07/17/2012 4:44:29 PM PDT by bushwon
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To: bushwon

Thomas Sowell, “Basic Economics” and “Applied Economics.”
Milton Friedman, “Capitalism and Freedom.”


2 posted on 07/17/2012 4:47:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: bushwon

Outside of the obvious answers I’m sure you’ll get, I would suggest some great Science Fiction that teaches much deeper social/political, right-leaning lessons. Grab some science-fiction novels by Orson Scott Card or Robert Heinlein for some of the most overt Conservative/(small l)libertarian lessons. Although he wasn’t a Conservative, the novels by Philip K Dick appeal to libertarian leaning right readers.


3 posted on 07/17/2012 4:50:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks for the ideas! Had not thought of either. Is Sowell fairly basic — starting at ground zero ;)


4 posted on 07/17/2012 4:50:38 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Tax-chick

PJ O’Rourke’s “Eat the Rich”.....like Friedman, only funnier.


5 posted on 07/17/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: bushwon

“Gates of Fire” by Pressman

Anything on the life and times of George Washington


6 posted on 07/17/2012 4:52:19 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: mnehring

Thanks ~ great idea....yes anything that would be good reading for cross-country trip would be good. As most college kids have access to viewing movies, etc. maybe I should be looking at conservative/limited government Sci-Fi movies as well....

I have lots of books, but they all seem to assume some basic foundational base in conservative understanding.


7 posted on 07/17/2012 4:54:23 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
8 posted on 07/17/2012 4:55:18 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: 2banana

Had not heard of that one. Thanks—may want to read it myself :)


9 posted on 07/17/2012 4:55:24 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: moonshot925

I confess I have not read this (seems I know a lot about it from its being referenced so often on radio, etc.). Is this a fairly easy read for someone who is more or less illiterate regarding economics, civics, conservative/libertarian thot?


10 posted on 07/17/2012 4:57:48 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: dfwgator

Oh I like O’rourke.... (see my tagline)

If it is funny, may be a great choice :)


11 posted on 07/17/2012 4:59:53 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Tax-chick is right about ‘BASIC ECONOMICS’ don’t read “Applied” until you’ve read ‘Basics’, though. Be willing to take your time through it....the book LOOKS intimidating because it is thick, but the man or woman who reads it carefully will be much smarter having worked through it.

The reading isn’t difficult, you just have to pay attention.

I also would recommend “The Conservative Mind” by Russell Kirk.

Finally, if you’re just traveling or sitting on the beach, consider a simple four or five dollar copy of the Constitution...and I’m not being sarcastic. So many people do not know what is in our founding document. If you really want to delve deeper, get the Heritage Guide to the Constitution...it goes through every clause of the document and explains them and their history in Supreme Court decisions.

Also, subscribe to a magazine like World, Human Events, National Review or The Weekly Standard. These not only take on current events, but they also provide an insight into popular books, film, etc. and give a conservative point of view on the culture.


12 posted on 07/17/2012 5:00:21 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: bushwon; dfwgator

“Basic Economics” is appropriate for early high school, with no previous economics instruction. This doesn’t mean it isn’t correct and comprehensive, but that Dr. Sowell worked very hard to make it understandable to anyone who could read basic text.

And as the dfwgator mentioned, anything by P.J. O’Rourke. “Holidays in Hell” is terrific, and “Give War a Chance.” Also “All the Trouble in the World.” My daughter has a “Give War a Chance” tattoo on her forearm - a “peace” symbol with a bomber in the center!


13 posted on 07/17/2012 5:00:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: bushwon
1. Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek

2. Anthem by Ayn Rand (far less Godless than Rand herself and a classic of intellectual liberty and individual freedom)

3. Suicide of the West by James Burnham

4. The Holy Bible

5. In Defense of Freedom by Frank Meyer

6. Modern Times by Paul Johnson

7. Stonewall Jackson by James I. Robertson

8. A Generation Awakes by Wayne Thorburn

9. The Anti-Capitalist Mentality by Ludwig von Mises

10. Protestant, Catholic and Jew by Will Herberg

14 posted on 07/17/2012 5:01:37 PM PDT by BlackElk (Viva Cristo Rey! Tom Hoefling for POTUS! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: BlackElk; bushwon

I have a copy of “Stonewall Jackson” inscribed by the author to my son Thomas Jackson, for his first birthday.

Many books of general history would be useful: “John Adams,” of course, although I confess I haven’t made it through yet. (Time for the Book on CD approach.) “Paul Revere’s Ride,” by David Hackett Fischer, author of “Albion’s Seed.” Anything by G. K. Chesteron or nonfiction by C. S. Lewis.


15 posted on 07/17/2012 5:09:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: bushwon
the Enemies Foreign and Domestic trilogy, Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead nad Witness if you haven't already read any of them...
16 posted on 07/17/2012 5:22:25 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bushwon

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, Richard Maybury

A Message to Garcia, Elbert Hubbard

The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer

As a Man Thinketh, James Allen

That should give you a days read in short form. It also encapsulates the outline of decent Western philosophy.


17 posted on 07/17/2012 5:24:06 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: bushwon; Tax-chick; mnehring; dfwgator; 2banana; moonshot925; SoFloFreeper; BlackElk
Create a list from this thread and read them all eventually. But for a "light/summer" thing there's a couple of really short one that will set your hair on fire.

The Law, by Frederick Bastiat

Anti-Capitalist Mentality, by von Mises as Black Elk mentioned

How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff

Each of the above are thin little tomes that you can stick in your pocket at the beach. Actually, some of those are probably at archive.org or mises institute for free.

At some point (soon) as SoFloFreeper says, read A Conservative Mind by Kirk. Much much heavier, but it's like a fine porterhouse steak to the above M&M's.

And for sci-fi fun, read A Step Farther Out from Jerry Pournelle, and or Lucifer's Hammer. The former to see what optimism in science was once like, the latter to see how badly hollywierd gets their asteroid impact movies wrong in science and in sociology terms. Scary!

And for refresher, read Reagan's An American Life. You got nothin else to do! =)

18 posted on 07/17/2012 5:25:24 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: bushwon

http://www.isi.org/books/titles.aspx


19 posted on 07/17/2012 5:27:05 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: sam_paine

Great recommendation on Lucifer’s Hammer. More of a TEOTWAWKI movel. I just read it earlier this year. Found it on a free online library and downloaded it. Read it in two nights.

Not sure about Conservative principles in that though, other than not depending on the government to save your a** when things get bad.


20 posted on 07/17/2012 5:27:51 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: sam_paine; bushwon

BTW, I would look for any recommended titles on http://www.onread.com. It is a free, online library that contains far more than just public domain works. It even has works just a few years old.


21 posted on 07/17/2012 5:31:40 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: bushwon

Johnny Tremain (sorry but I don’t know how to do italics) by Esther Forbes is wonderful American fiction. Although it was written as a children’s book, there are many underlying themes that appeal to an adult. I read it the first time when I was in third grade, and I have reread it several times since then. In fact I just read it this summer and I am soon to be 33. It’s a quick read but cuts to the bone the sacrifices made by our founders as well as average colonists.


22 posted on 07/17/2012 5:33:24 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: bushwon; Travis McGee

I’ll add, from a fiction perspective, Free Republic’s own Travis McGee has some great novels.

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/

The left has attempted to spin these as extreme radical novels, however, they aren’t. (Funny they are similar to Card’s Empire novels yet because these books deal with illegal immigration pretty bluntly, they claim it as racist.)

They are a cross between Vince Flynn and Act of Valor.


23 posted on 07/17/2012 5:35:06 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: bushwon

A nice big readable book in trade paper from isi.org is Russell Kirk’s “The Roots of American Order”. Total $14.50 cost.

This book outlines the roots of our western civilization that our republic was founded upon.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 5:42:50 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thanks for the ideas. Basic versus applied economics...Got it :)
Will check out Kirk.

Not sure how much time college student will devote to current events, but trying to give them some perspective so that when they do see stuff on fb, twitter, and daily show (ugh, that seems to be a source of news for college students?!?!?), they will be more discerning!


25 posted on 07/17/2012 5:47:56 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Tax-chick

Woah, that must be some tattoo!

Thanks for the suggestions.


26 posted on 07/17/2012 5:49:26 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: BlackElk

Wow, that is quite a list, but then it is a long trip :)
Thanks!


27 posted on 07/17/2012 5:51:02 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Chode

Good choices~lent out my copy of Atlas Shrugged, never got it back, but good time to get another.


28 posted on 07/17/2012 5:53:40 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

It’s about 3” in diameter, and doesn’t show when she’s in uniform. She also has a Viking ship on her bicep.

This is the former Seaman Anoreth, now Petty Officer Anoreth, FReeper since 2003. The Islamic Sultanate of Brunei could be a world economic miracle if they’d taken the Thomas Sowell books she offered them, “because your economy sucks, and my mom will get me new books when I get back to the US.”


29 posted on 07/17/2012 5:58:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: Tax-chick

The Islamic Sultanate of Brunei could be a world economic miracle if they’d taken the Thomas Sowell books she offered them, “because your economy sucks, and my mom will get me new books when I get back to the US.”


This made me smile! Thanks :)


30 posted on 07/17/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: mnehring

They are a cross between Vince Flynn and Act of Valor.


Sounds good to me :)


31 posted on 07/17/2012 6:03:55 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Happy to help ;-). She was the only woman (19-year-old redheaded girl) on maneuvers with the Brunei Coast Guard, and not wearing a hijab, either. After telling them that all civilized countries have women in law enforcement, she offered them her Thomas Sowell books, and then, once she’d told them more about the United States, they all wanted to move to Charlotte, NC, where the climate is moderate, rents are reasonable, and women have jobs.

It could have been an international incident.


32 posted on 07/17/2012 6:05:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Keeping the drama to a minimum)
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To: bushwon
more relevant now than ever...
33 posted on 07/17/2012 6:08:59 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mnehring

This is a great resource~not aware of it either. Thanks!


34 posted on 07/17/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

That should give you a days read in short form. It also encapsulates the outline of decent Western philosophy.


Thanks, some great choices!


35 posted on 07/17/2012 6:14:33 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

Thank you all for your great contributions.

This list is getting so good I think it should be compiled, posted, and sent to our elected officials (fed. (including exec & judicial branches), state, and local) for THEIR Summer Reading List...

Most of them seem fairly illiterate when it comes to basic economic and conservative principles!


36 posted on 07/17/2012 6:18:35 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon; All

Thank you all for your great contributions.

This list is getting so good I think it should be compiled, posted, and sent to our elected officials (fed. (including exec & judicial branches), state, and local) for THEIR Summer Reading List...

Most of them seem fairly illiterate when it comes to basic economic and conservative principles!


37 posted on 07/17/2012 6:19:00 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Tax-chick

It could have been an international incident.


Haha!!


38 posted on 07/17/2012 6:20:50 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Excellence

ISI Mission

Educating for Liberty: Inspiring college students to discover, embrace, and advance the principles and virtues that make America free and prosperous


Wow, that is a really great website! Thanks!


39 posted on 07/17/2012 6:22:45 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: mnehring; All

Next question is what would be best reader for all these great free online libraries! I have not gotten an e-reader, but with all these great choices, I am thinking I should load one up for me :)


40 posted on 07/17/2012 6:24:45 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: goodwithagun

Well, I think I am going to read this one. Thanks :)


41 posted on 07/17/2012 6:26:29 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: KC Burke

Thanks! This book is on a website recommended earlier on thread :)


42 posted on 07/17/2012 6:31:30 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon

There are so many questions that would define what you want to do with it. Personally, I use a Droid Xyboard.

Most readers these days (tablets usually) are good for so much more. It could be as simple as your current PC or Laptop.

You could be like my grandma. I got her an iMac years and years ago (original iMac) and she still uses it. She loves books but what she does is print a dozen or two pages at a time to read.

I won’t get into your business, but think about your typical day, do you use a lot of email, web, travel a lot, etc? If so, considering a higher end tablet may be the way to go. If you currently use a laptop and just get on the internet occasionally, you can use that or maybe a low cost Kindle.

Also think about how you enjoy reading. If it is at a desk, stick with your computer you are on now. Sitting back in a recliner, your laptop or a kindle. Anywhere and everywhere and you lug your laptop with you, consider a tablet.


43 posted on 07/17/2012 6:32:46 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Chode

Indeed :(


44 posted on 07/17/2012 6:34:01 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: mnehring

Eh just thot a Kindle or Tablet would be good way to load up free books and a big space-saver when I travel. I usually take a laptop too, but it has large screen and battery life is more limited

-I don’t want to pay additional for 4G internet access on a Tablet, but would not mind wi-fi capabilities.

Really want Droid 4 phone...Bigger screen and nice keyboard, waiting for a deal :)


45 posted on 07/17/2012 6:39:34 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: bushwon
I would recommend Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason by Christina Shelton (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012). This is a concise, readable account of the complex case of Alger Hiss, the Soviet spy who became a liberal cause célèbre at mid-century and remains so to this day. Shelton, a retired intelligence analyst, shows beyond a doubt that Hiss was as guilty as hell and explains why he chose to betray his country.
46 posted on 07/17/2012 6:40:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: bushwon

“The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization” by Anthony Esolen A good basic foundational reading that you didn’t get in school.
“ PC professors don’t want you to know that:
* Patriarchy and civilization go hand-in-hand (just ask the ancient Romans)
* Modern science came from the Middle Ages (and a Biblical view of the universe)
* The Renaissance was the flowering of a specifically Christian and classical culture
* The “progressive ideas” of the nineteenth century led to the fascism, communism, and two world wars of the twentieth century “

http://www.amazon.com/Politically-Incorrect-Western-Civilization-Guides/dp/1596980591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342575505&sr=8-1&keywords=pig+western+civ


47 posted on 07/17/2012 6:42:38 PM PDT by djone ("democrat: one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses")
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To: bushwon

One thing I don’t know about (hopefully someone else can chime in) is accessing free book websites on the Kindle. (other than the Fire). With all the free book sites out there or being able to upload .pdf files, I wouldn’t wan to invest in something that can’t access those. Seriously, if all you can access is Amazon from the basic Kindle, it may be worth the investment for a tablet that has internet access. (iPad, Droid, Fire).


48 posted on 07/17/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: bushwon
Henry Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson It is not long and you can read it online if you choose at http://www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson/ or you can get it at Amazon, etc. It teaches you how to think economically. When you absorb what is in this book, in the first chapter(the rest is illustration in different settings), you will instantly understand why various economic schemes put forward by politicians and professors cannot work as advertised and why. It does not teach you to hold any particular opinion but makes you understand how schemes must work in real life. It is an excellent precursor to economics survey classes and puts you ahead of the instructor in many cases.
49 posted on 07/17/2012 6:48:38 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: bushwon

Oh, and regarding 4G. Be careful. It will spoil you. I have regular DSL at home and my tablet and phone both have 4G hotspots and it seems to be 10x faster (using Verizon). I am almost to the point where my DSL just runs my alarm and the Google TV my wife uses in her studio and I use my hotspots for everything else.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 6:50:03 PM PDT by mnehring
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