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The Right TV (The 12 Best Conservative TV Shows)
National Review Online ^ | 6/15/2011 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 06/15/2011 3:36:59 PM PDT by mojito

Not all TV shows are liberal. Some are, in fact, conservative — even if they don’t know it. It’s time to give credit where credit is due. Here’s a list of my top dozen conservative series in television history. These are not the most conservative shows in television history — they are the best shows that happen to carry conservative messages. My criteria, in order of importance: (1) portraying traditional American values in a positive light — values points; (2) taking on liberal sacred cows with total abandon — skewering points; (3) creating memorable conservative characters — we’ll call these sympathy points. They had to be good, too (sorry, Hogan’s Heroes). And no reality shows. I’ve tried to span the history of television (if we really did the top twelve conservative shows, the list would skew heavily to the 1950s). Also, I decided no creator could make two shows on the list.

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My personal favorite is at No. 5, but let the argument begin.
1 posted on 06/15/2011 3:37:00 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

I’m with you on number 5.


2 posted on 06/15/2011 3:40:09 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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You have to got to three pages to see his list.


3 posted on 06/15/2011 3:40:30 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: mojito

8, 7, 6, 3, and 2 are great. The rest of them, I’ll pass on.


4 posted on 06/15/2011 3:40:41 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: mojito

The Waltons WERE and ARE EXTREMLY LIBERAL “Grandpa Walton(Will Geer) Was BLACKLISTED and was a Communist!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Geer
Geer was also rumored to be “Bi-Sexual”.


5 posted on 06/15/2011 3:41:13 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: mojito

6 posted on 06/15/2011 3:41:20 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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The Andy Griffith show didn’t make his list. It was also a conservative show but Andy is one far left moron.


7 posted on 06/15/2011 3:46:43 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Mitt Romney makes Nelson Rockefeller look like Ronald Reagan. NO MITT 2012.)
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On NBC's Chuck, the Casey character, played by Adam Baldwin makes frequent positive comments about Reagan, etc. He not only has a picture of Reagan on his apartment wall, he also carries an 8x12 glossy of his hero (Reagan) with him on every mission.
8 posted on 06/15/2011 3:46:45 PM PDT by TomGuy
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I think he should have included NCIS and taken out some of the others (especially the animated ones). I dropped animation once I grew up. However, my mea culpa is that I’ve never watched those shows I’m referring to, so take it with a grain of salt.

As for my favorite of the bunch, that’s easy: Gunsmoke.


9 posted on 06/15/2011 3:46:54 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: mojito
Magnum PI was, and is to this day one of my favorite shows, I never really considered it politically skewed one way or another, but Magnum certainly was a rugged individualist and I could see him voting for Reagan. Not to get off the topic, but their were a lot of good PI shows on in the 80’s Simon and Simon and The Fallguy come to mind. Then of course their was Miami Vice, but it got a little too pop cultury at times for my taste.
10 posted on 06/15/2011 3:49:23 PM PDT by apillar
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To: mojito
Where's Little House on the Prairie?
11 posted on 06/15/2011 3:50:03 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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I have to agree with the author on Lost. Best show in the history of TV and it wasn’t afraid to promote God / heaven / faith.

In that regard, the X-Files should have been on the list.

Regarding #2 (Cosby Show): it was a black family that was apolitical. Very funny show and apolitical...but that doesn’t make it conservative. Bill Cosby is my favorite liberal, but he’s still a liberal. ‘Family Ties’ was very political, but was rather even-handed about attacking both sides. But I wouldn’t consider it conservative either.


12 posted on 06/15/2011 3:50:08 PM PDT by kidd
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I like Babylon 5, it had Bruce Boxenlietner and Jerry Doyle, both of whom are conservatives and very good actors.

Not to mention very good roles by Peter Jurassik and Andreaes Katsulas. It deals with politics very impressively.

It shows the two forces at work in the cosmos, the Shadows (disorder) and the Vorlons (order).

The Shadows are of the Anarchy and disorder variety and the Vorlons want to be your parents and tell you what to do.


13 posted on 06/15/2011 3:51:54 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: US Navy Vet

True about Geer, but let’s not confuse the actors with the characters.


14 posted on 06/15/2011 3:52:23 PM PDT by Adams (Fight on!)
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To: mojito

Shapiro’s #2 is my #1

Of course, I may be prejudiced because my girls used to call me “The White Bill Cosby.” :)


15 posted on 06/15/2011 3:52:58 PM PDT by Walrus (Government abuse of taxing powers caused the FIRST American Revolution...)
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To: apillar

12. Lost
11. Walker Texas Ranger
10. South Park
9. Everybody Loves Raymond
8. King of the Hill
7. The Waltons
6. Gunsmoke
5. Dragnet
4. Leave it to Beaver
3. Magnum P.I.
2. Cosby Show
1. 24


16 posted on 06/15/2011 3:53:28 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( Ft. Lauderdale Florida)
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To: mojito

I’ve seen some South Park and been very amused and very offended by it.

The only other one that I can claim familiarity with on that list is Magnum P.I., which I have been buying on DVD. Except for the cars (not including the Ferrari), it has held up pretty well. Some very good stories in beautiful Hawaii. Still waiting for the one where Magnum gets hired to help a teenager named Barry find out who his daddy is.


17 posted on 06/15/2011 3:55:44 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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He's right about LOST - that said I'm amazed there were a total of 12 conservative shows in the history of television's thousands of shows.

Twelve.

Liberals have that many new shows every season... not that we aren't grateful.

18 posted on 06/15/2011 3:57:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. - - Orwell)
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Lost was awful. Convoluted, and a real cop-out ending. Terra Nova appears to be a knock-off on Fox—after Lost pulled a “Bobby coming out of the shower” on us, I won’t be watching another show of that type.


19 posted on 06/15/2011 3:58:29 PM PDT by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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No Andy Griffin?

Is outrage! And I do not care about his politics - we are talking about the show itself.

Andy was the only adult in all of Mayberry.


20 posted on 06/15/2011 4:00:14 PM PDT by don-o (Please say a prayer for FReeper Just Lori.)
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To: FrdmLvr
Where's Little House on the Prairie?

No kidding! LHOTP should have been listed FIRST!!!!!

21 posted on 06/15/2011 4:00:31 PM PDT by demkicker (Helping Democrats Become Extinct)
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To: bcsco
NCIS is one of the best. Love The Closer also...Gunsmoke was great. So was Barney Miller. You can watch the reruns of Barney Miller and the show is not dated, cause there was no politics in it...

And who can forget......as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.....

22 posted on 06/15/2011 4:01:51 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: FrdmLvr

Hmmm.... I didn’t see the Beverly Hillbillies listed.


23 posted on 06/15/2011 4:02:32 PM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: mojito; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; SunkenCiv; GSP.FAN; GOPsterinMA

No “The Equalizer”?


24 posted on 06/15/2011 4:03:24 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: GOPJ

Those are his 12 “best”, not 12 total. Heck I could probably come up with 12 current. I could probably come up with 12 current and not leave the Discovery family of networks, they’ve got a lot of cool shows revolving around guns that do a really good job of demystifying them, and a bunch more that revolve around work a day people earning their money the old fashioned way. And Discovery even owns the most leftist channel ever Animal Planet and I could still come up with 12 conservative shows.


25 posted on 06/15/2011 4:03:45 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: bicyclerepair

I agree with the Waltons being liberal. There was an episode about the teaching of evolution, and of course the parent of a girl who vehemently objected was painted as a nutcase. Evolution taught on Walton’s Mountain in the 30’s...not buying it.
However-I do like a show called “The Middle” with Patricia Heaton. Normal Midwestern family with quirky kids...not political that I’ve noticed...


26 posted on 06/15/2011 4:04:36 PM PDT by karatemom
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To: GOPJ

Jericho was a great show. Simon and Simon was good also. What about Major Dad?
“V” showed promise, but was axed. Firefly was another show with conservative leanings.


27 posted on 06/15/2011 4:05:09 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: goat granny

I’ve seen instances when someone on NCIS will make what I consider a leftist remark. But they’re few and far between. It doesn’t come across as either left or right. It just provides a good value system through the character of LeRoy Jethro Gibbs.

I can’t say I’ve ever watched Barney Miller. At the time I really wasn’t in to commercial TV shows. Nor have I seen The Closer. Needless to say, except for a select few, TV is not a medium I follow any longer.


28 posted on 06/15/2011 4:10:01 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: mojito

I actually saw the LOST episode where Sawyer actually said to Kate ‘I never voted Democrat”....

I almost fell from my chair when I watched it.


29 posted on 06/15/2011 4:10:24 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: Yorlik803
Both the early 1980s and 2010 versions of V started out very anti-socialist. The 2010 early episodes were anti-universal healthcare; however, after their hiatus, they toned down the storyline.
30 posted on 06/15/2011 4:10:52 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: bcsco

Because NCIS skewed LEFT when Bellisario left his direct producing duties and CBS hired lefty writers. Remember the Palin dig 2 seasons ago?


31 posted on 06/15/2011 4:11:46 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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13 - Max Headroom!

Matt Frewer (Max Headroom/Edison Carter) takes on the powers-that-be in a “futuristic dystopia ruled by an oligarchy of television networks. Even the government functions primarily as a puppet state of the network executives, serving mainly to pass laws.”


32 posted on 06/15/2011 4:12:43 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (A lot of people probably just negated my comment while I was hunting and pecking at the keyboard!)
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To: apillar

Selleck was the rare Hollywood Republican. Perhaps more ‘moderate’ than your average FReeper. But to be even moderately conservative in that business... well, to survive I guess you have to look like Tom Selleck.

Magnum was chosen for the list because it was the first time VN vets were shown in a positive light. Not that it really slanted one way or the other, or was particularly political, but that it could show VN vets as ‘normal’ people.


33 posted on 06/15/2011 4:13:50 PM PDT by EDINVA ( CHANGE it back!)
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To: mojito

I don’t subscribe to ranking lists on ANY entertainment.

It is, and ought to be, a very personal and subjective process.

So, why make them and debate and argue over them and their ranking.

If a list of “what I like” must be made, just make it, without ranking the items on the list; admit you have others you could put on the list if you could make it longer; and then invite others to add their favorites. No first, second to nth place items; just “here’s some of our favorites”, period.


34 posted on 06/15/2011 4:14:17 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: max americana

Yeah, I said in post #28 that I’d seen comments on NCIS that had a left slant. That may well be the reason. We still love the show, but Gibbs still seems his old self.


35 posted on 06/15/2011 4:14:53 PM PDT by bcsco
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In an age when politics infected virtually every comedy on television, Everybody Loves Raymond was the happy exception. It featured a stable heterosexual two-parent home — actually, it featured two stable heterosexual two-parent homes. It wasn’t Father Knows Best; Raymond (Ray Romano) was a weakling bullied by his mother. Deborah (Patricia Heaton) could be a harridan, Marie (Doris Roberts) was an overbearing horror, and Frank (Peter Boyle) could be mean to his wife. But the love between the couples was obvious, the love for their children was even more obvious, and they never devolved into liberal talking points, the hallmark of a show jumping the shark.

Okay, two stable two-parent heterosexual couples (later on, three) and it didn't devolve into liberal talking points. But the show really had an edge. Harridan, horror, weakling, bully is right.

I'm not saying I didn't like the show or it wasn't a good show or that it was somehow a liberal show, but there was an awful lot of deep ambivalence or ambiguity on that show. If it weren't officially a comedy, it could have ended in real violence. I guess you could say the same for The Honeymooners, which didn't make his list.

As for The Waltons, it wouldn't make any "best of" lists of mine, but Will Geer's politics wouldn't be the determining factor over whether it was conservative or not. No more than Lionel Stander's red ties and blacklisting made Hart to Hart Communist propaganda. It was a little fake -- the producers were riding a nostalgic trend, just as they'd ride the Dallas trend with Falcon Crest in the 1990s -- but I must have missed any big liberal messages.

36 posted on 06/15/2011 4:15:19 PM PDT by x
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Most of those shows are OLD and off the air. For this year, I do really like American Idol as conservative, because the top 2 were adorable, sweet, innocent high school kids, competing against older, more liberal types, and they were both Christian conservatives singing wholesome country songs and yet WON. In Hollywood. Awesome.

Of his list, we loved 24 best. That was a great show.

We watch some of the reality shows faithfully and there is one very conservative thing about the ones we like. You get ahead through actual talent and hard work. Even though on the Biggest Loser, the trainers are personally liberal politically, they don't pity or accept excuses from anyone, so they are in fact ACTING along with the conservative value of EARN your MERIT. And that is what happens. You stay on the ranch by your hard work and determination, but if you play poorly with others, that can also affect your stay.

My personal favorite is So You Think You Can Dance, and though you would not think it would interest a conservative audience, with probably every judge an Obama voter and definitely a gay marriage proponent, and with many of the dancers gay as well, surprisingly the same thing occurs: no one gets favored due to a sob story. There are people from every race working hard together and no comment is made about it; it's a melting pot of American/world culture, with Bollywood, Hip Hop, and Waltzing all on the same episode. You have to get out there and do the hard work that will wow the judges. Your sweat, your personality, your perseverance are what will get you ahead. It is ironic how many liberals, when it comes down to "life" and who gets ahead, will vote for hard work and determination every time, even though their votes subsidize a "pity" economy in which the hardworking should support the lazy. They would never let this happen on their show.

37 posted on 06/15/2011 4:15:55 PM PDT by Yaelle
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Such a list is useless without R. Lee Ermey’s Mail Call and Lock n Load in it.


38 posted on 06/15/2011 4:17:27 PM PDT by abb
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Jericho started out OK - but quickly turned into the typical liberal wet dream. The REAL villains weren't Arabs, or communist, or some rogue totalitarian state - nope it was a bunch of home grown Dick Cheney types. Liberals only know one enemy and that's conservatives. I quit watching when I saw the direction the show was taking.
39 posted on 06/15/2011 4:20:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. - - Orwell)
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To: mojito
The 12 Best Conservative TV Shows
I can remember when TV shows were neither Conservative nor Liberal ... they were just TV shows (not coincidentally) in the Golden Age of television.
TV has been crap since the early 80s, with few exceptions.
40 posted on 06/15/2011 4:21:01 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: abb
Except for South Park all these shows were on broadcast network TV.

In a few years or maybe even now, one could come up with a list of comparable cable shows. R. Lee Ermey would definitely have a place on the list.

Over time, there will eventually be more noteworthy cable than network shows. But they won't have had the same mass audience, though we'd be better off if they did.

41 posted on 06/15/2011 4:23:30 PM PDT by x
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To: Jagdgewehr

I love to listen to Dragnet radio (http://www.archive.org/details/Dragnet_OTR). Not only is it conservative, but they didn’t mess around with 20 yrs on death row back then.
If someone got the death sentence, the narrator always says, ‘X was executed...’ Yeah. No sense in handing down the penalty if you aren’t going to carry it through.

Another interesting aspect is how they treated young people. If you were wrong, they were going to nail you, but if they saw a reason or if you needed help, they helped. I’m not sure police would do the same thing today.


42 posted on 06/15/2011 4:26:56 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: mojito

No Firefly?


43 posted on 06/15/2011 4:29:29 PM PDT by kevkrom (Imagine if the media spent 1/10 the effort vetting Obama as they've used against Palin.)
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To: mojito

More currently, Chicago Code and Bluebloods.


44 posted on 06/15/2011 4:59:09 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (If you try to fail and you succeed , what have you just done?)
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To: mojito

I love Dragnet for its political incorrectness. Jack Webb chain smoking and shaking his cig in the perps face cracks me up every time


45 posted on 06/15/2011 4:59:26 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Fledermaus

Everyone on that show was far left or gay or both. Ever notice the scarcity of married couples on the show.


46 posted on 06/15/2011 5:02:00 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mojito
Really had to go back to a bit there to fill in the list.

Some good shows on the list, though. And, oddly enough, I just watched an episode of Dragnet a couple hours ago on Retro TV out of CT. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, my DVR will not allow me to pause or record the channel. So if I'm busy at 8pm, I can't watch the A-Team.

Funny thing about Sawyer, I wonder when they made him a Republican, if they did it because he was a con man (and an excellent one at that) without figuring on him being a fan favorite and doing all sorts of penance on the show.

47 posted on 06/15/2011 5:03:14 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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Hmmm, come to think of it...

The ones they did show were either very poor or bickering all the time.

Yeah, I never trusted Floyd and Howard Sprague was way too neat to be hetero! ;-)


48 posted on 06/15/2011 5:15:22 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Mitt Romney makes Nelson Rockefeller look like Ronald Reagan. NO MITT 2012.)
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To: bcsco
Barney Miller was from the 70's and still gets laughs today...As does WKRP.also from the way back machine. Like the early Bill Cosby routines, its about life not politics's everyone can relate to it....Watched 1 1/2 hours of Sinbad on the comedy channel...another comic in the type of Cosby...laughed myself silly...not dirty or f this and f that. Clean funny guy...(with a rare swear word in the routine)

He asked the women in the audience what makes them mad about their husbands....one woman yelled out HE SNORES ALL NIGHT and made the sound of snoring...

Sinbad said: thats because all day long you suck the life out of him and he is just trying to get some back in with those deep snores....Cracked me up...single men don't snore....

Also asked the men what bothered them about their wives....funny stuff in his routine..

49 posted on 06/15/2011 5:17:48 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: max americana

I remember the Palin dig and thought it was funny, it was about shooting something or other....the remark was....who do you think you are Sarah Palin.....it was a hoot to me...I guess its different strokes for different folks. I am more conservative than Rush Limbaugh....took a test once and I am Jesse Helms....1 point more conservative than Limbaugh....and I loved Jesse Helms. the conservative the left hated more than Palin and for decades..he kept getting reelected...:O)


50 posted on 06/15/2011 5:23:57 PM PDT by goat granny
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