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Best Seller, "50 Shades of Grey Trilogy" Normalizing Child Sex Abuse
American Thinker ^ | 09/17/2012 | M. Catharine Evans and Ann Kane

Posted on 09/17/2012 5:55:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Why isn't the blockbuster trilogy "50 Shades of Grey" just another bosom-busting trashy romance novel? After all, the endless sex scenes should have relegated the books to the erotica section in bookstores. Instead, they have been mainstreamed to an adulating population begging for more.

Looking farther into the pedestrian prose of author E.L. James, aka Erika Mitchell Leonard, we find more than just a titillating tome. It's hard to believe that this story ever made it out of the online venue called "fan fiction." In a normal world, the author would have been ostracized by literary critics for her lack of plot and her juvenile language. But much worse than the poor writing are the disguised themes of pedophilia and child abuse.

We don't live in normal times, and we are bombarded with the results of the old maxim "sex sells," which now reads "BDSM sex sells." The trilogy which emphasizes BDSM has sold 25 million copies worldwide and has made its publisher $145 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The books have been on the NYT bestseller list for 25 weeks.

On top of all this, James is hitting the circuit with another media blitz in advance of selling her fourth book, which will be out "just in time for Jesus' birthday," according to a rep from Vintage Press. In addition to a U.S. book tour, a movie deal with Universal, and a how-to magazine launched on August 28 titled Fifty Shades of American Women Who Love the Book and Live the Life, James will be on Katie, the new Katie Couric daytime talk show, on Monday, September 17. From Fifty Shades magazine:

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: bestseller; childabuse

1 posted on 09/17/2012 5:56:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Flying home two months ago and sat next to woman who was reading this book intently. She was a very nice middle aged black lady (lawyer). Prior to that, I had never heard of it. Now that I know a little bit more, I’m surprised. She didn’t seem to type to be reading such a book.

One has to wonder: why would all these strong, independent liberal women, who bemoan a “War on Women” by conservatives be so enthralled with a book on bondage?


2 posted on 09/17/2012 6:05:33 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: SeekAndFind

Books like this just show how tired our culture has become. A media culture based on the “sexual revolution” depends on pushing boundaries further and further to titilate the readers and viewers. At a certain point, you have reached the end of what will titilate and the writing turns incredibly crass, boring or unintentionally humorous. You turn on TV and see people telling crude jokes. Its not funny and its not “outrageous” — its banal. Yet the writers want to believe that there are a bunch of ministers and old Christian women out there who get the vapors every time they push a sexual boundary on TV or in a book. No one cares. Its silly and insipid.


3 posted on 09/17/2012 6:11:36 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I suppose that it’s protected - unfortunately - by the First Amendment, that is, so long as it doesn’t say anything about Muslims. /sarc


4 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:37 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sanitized porn for a mass audience.


5 posted on 09/17/2012 6:14:06 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: rbg81
SNL 50 Shades Ad
6 posted on 09/17/2012 6:15:38 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Have you heard Gilfred Godfrey audio book on Fifty Shades of Grey? Hilarious.


7 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:21 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
That link doesn't appear to work anymore so here is a different one for the same ad:

SNL 50 Shades Ad

8 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:34 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: SeekAndFind

Ping


9 posted on 09/17/2012 6:34:27 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the “disguised pedophilia” claim is not well supported.

Haven’t read the book, and don’t plan to. However, all domination/submission scenarios by definition involve infantilization of the submissive partner. This is because the relationship is not one of equals, not necessarily because they are trying to recreate an adult/child relationship as such.


10 posted on 09/17/2012 6:46:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So those of us who call our wives or girlfriends “baby,” or occasionally swat them on the ass or find a creative use for a silk scarf or necktie, are all pedos. Moron.


11 posted on 09/17/2012 6:48:35 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind; Bride Of Old Sarge

How do color-blind people see porn?

In fifty shades of gray...


12 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:23 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been asked ALMOST DAILY if I have read Fifty Shades of Gray. When I answer ‘no’, I am asked why.

My response is always “ I don’t fill my head with garbage.”

They act stunned.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 6:52:56 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (You had me at 'Meat Tornado'.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

14 posted on 09/17/2012 6:53:13 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: popdonnelly

15 posted on 09/17/2012 6:58:30 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: SeekAndFind
Having read the trilogy, the theme of pedophilia is certainly present - and damned at every turn. The overall arc of the trilogy is the heroine's struggle to tear a very successful multi-millionaire away from the practice of over-the-top bondage, sadism and domination caused by his childhood experiences, including having been beaten by the boyfriend of his "crack whore" mother and used as an ashtray and finding his mother dead when he was, I think, 4.

In the end, the hero and heroine end up married with 2 children, living in a mansion overlooking the sea with a love life that involves some bondage and discipline, a little "kinky" perhaps but a long way from the depravity in which the hero is immersed at the beginning of the book.

I found it worth reading for the psychological insight into the characters, seeing how depraved behavior can be traced to childhood experiences and how, with love, understanding and compassion, it is possible for a person to reform themselves into a reasonable human being.

16 posted on 09/17/2012 7:02:11 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: SeekAndFind

What can you expect from Perfidious Albion (aka England)? Like I have said many times before the UK is leading the West into the abyss of destruction. Here is another fine example!

Nuke the island from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


17 posted on 09/17/2012 7:08:32 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: In Maryland

Woe to the person that marries a person with such issues. The love story does sound interesting but isn’t that a dangerous message. Most of the time it doesn’t seem to work and messes us the “reformer”. That is how I advise my daughters anyway.


18 posted on 09/17/2012 7:31:41 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: SeekAndFind

Excellent article...sick set of books. It is all about de-sensitizing the people...accept homosexuality as normal...accept gay marriage as normal...next?


19 posted on 09/17/2012 7:45:33 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: outinyellowdogcountry
I don't know how psychologically accurate it is; but his issues are worked out over time (hence the need for three books). But, it certainly is a dangerous relationship that only a person of incredible strength and love could work through.

One point of interest, however, is that HE sees his sexual experiences with an older woman as, to an extent, helpful. I think this is true of many victims of sexual abuse - they, themselves, cannot see the reality of the damage done to them, especially if they have not known any other reality. But the heroine struggles with him to open his eyes to the fact he IS a victim, who has in turn victimized others (though the hero never is involved with children in any inproper way; his adult relationships are pretty screwed up though).

I certainly wouldn't suggest it as a model for relationships - as a work of fiction one has to accept the premise that she loves him enough to want to help him change and that he loves her enough to want to change himself. Whether that type of love/obsession is common, I can't say. I think it would be dangerous for someone to get deeply involved with such a damaged person and think they can change them. I don't think reform of such deep seated isssues is the norm. But, I expect it does happen from time to time.

20 posted on 09/17/2012 8:01:11 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: rbg81

Now if some guy sitting next to her started reading “playboy” how much do you want to bet she would be raising hell complaining about it.


21 posted on 09/17/2012 8:06:51 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s the dirty little secret of Twilight (which 50 Shades is just fan fic of) that everybody studiously ignores:
Why is a 120 year old vampire dating a high school girl?

I don’t know if either is really normalizing anything, everybody just ignores the implications.


22 posted on 09/17/2012 8:07:42 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: who knows what evil?

You’re entitled to your opinion, certainly, but I have the feeling you haven’t read the books. Yes, there are graphic depictions of sex, some of it depraved sex (IMO). But the whole progress of the trilogy is moving the hero from a depraved lifestyle to a more normal one. I don’t recall more than the slightest passing reference to homosexuality. None of the main characters are homosexual. He is into heterosexual domination and through the course of the books, it is made clear that he took up that lifestyle after an extremely abusive childhood, including a relationship with an older woman when he was an adolescent, and is eventually able to overcome it. The lead characters are heterosexuals who eventually marry and have children.


23 posted on 09/17/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: In Maryland

You’re right...I haven’t read the books, just a number of blog postings and reviews about them. I wasn’t saying that there was any homosexuality in the books...my concern was that these books were just another vehicle for desensitizing our culture to other sexual perversions in the same fashion that our culture has been desensitized to homosexuality and gay marriage. You are right, though...just my opinion.


24 posted on 09/17/2012 8:27:07 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

25 posted on 09/17/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

My son asked me about this series of books last night. There was a girl at his high school who was “reading it for class.” Another boy took the book and began reading it aloud.” It must have been pretty graphic for him to remember and to say something. Heh. Anywho, I am guessing that it was not assigned to the whole class but was picked by the girl for a book report. I do intend to ask the principal who is new to the school. I would try to find the teacher first, but there are so many.

I remember reading The Thorn Birds in the 9th grade. Our gifted teacher required us to read a novel a quarter, and she loaned me her copy. Well, there is at least one section of interesting relations. Of course, I shared the sections with friends. By the time I returned the book to the teacher, I think some pages were falling out. LOL Oops! She never said a word.


26 posted on 09/17/2012 8:37:19 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: In Maryland

It’s fascinating to me that you neglected to mention that the ‘reformer’ in this dense series is a 22 year old virgin.
I found it completely laughable and unbelievable and to suggest that it was some desire breed from ‘love’ that healed Mr. Grey is silly. It was more along the lines of a young girl being obsessed with the feeling this dipwad inspired in her. I could go on but honestly, I’m more than bored with these hokey books.

I found her writing to be extremely juvenile and the plot completely unrealistic. Not creative in the least and her constant use of the same phrases revealed her want to shock more than her desire to craft a brilliant story.

But hey, if you found some message in this tripe, good for you.


27 posted on 09/17/2012 8:38:45 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: who knows what evil?
If the book's aim is to desensitize people, it fails miserably. It clearly shows the hero's sexual deviancy is a far from "harmless" thing that blocks him from having healthy adult relationships.

The American Thinker article is, IMO, waaay off base. Ana is not a child - she has a backbone of steel (her full name is Alexandra Steele). I found the trilogy an effective comdemnation of older woman- male adolescent pedophilia which, when uncovered, is not taken nearly as seriously as older man-female adolescent pedophilia in my experience. The book, through the voice of Ana, labels this relationship for what it was and shows the effect on the supposed "willing victim".

28 posted on 09/17/2012 8:39:51 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: Sherman Logan
I think the “disguised pedophilia” claim is not well supported.

What do you call it when a young girl who cannot operate a computer, talks a lot about cartwheels, wears pigtails, has an imaginary friend, has never had a drink of alcohol, speaks in terms of ’golly’, and is a complete novice to her own sexuality is manipulated, abused, and molested over and over again by an older wealthy man with all the power and all the control?

No, it’s not a classic child abuse scenario, though I can see how people with experience in Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and clinical psychology might think that. It’s actually the plot of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘.

Oh, and get this, the male protagonist is named ‘Christian’ (a nice cheap shot in and of itself) who was, himself, a victim of sexual abuse. Of course he’s wealthy. Take away his money and he turns into something else.

Even though the age of the female protagonist is given to be 21 and she‘s all set to graduate college, her character is portrayed as someone mentally handicapped or as someone much younger. Taken at face value her actions, diction, and level of performance in the world is that of a someone who should be housed in an assisted living facility. Either that or the age given by the author is a very thin cover hiding the fact that the main female character is actually a child.

For example:

The female character has no sexual experiences whatsoever. The narrative voice is that of a little girl. Listen to how she talks: “Holy Cow”, “down there”, “jeez” “double crap”, cartwheels, and skipping. Over and over it is the language and the imagery of a girl with no demonstration of emotional maturity.

If she were a high school student she would be extremely naïve. Remember, she is graduating college.

She is incapable of making the most simple every day decisions.

The older man makes her think the abuse is her choice. This is one of the primary tools of the pedophile, creating an environment where the child feels it’s their idea.

After the early stages of their relationship, the older man becomes more openly abusive and controlling. He tells the girl how to speak, what to wear, and what to eat.

There is spanking and at one point the slathers her in baby oil.

The girl wears pigtails and complains he treats her like a child.

Again, if she has not been given a literary false ID, then the girl belongs in an assisted living facility.

I know it’s ‘just’ fiction. But fiction serves many purposes.
29 posted on 09/17/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44
I find it laughable you would refer to an accomplished, strong woman who has enough self-respect to have kept her virginity until age 22 in THIS society as "a young girl". And at 27, he is hardly a grandfather.

Whether the relationship is "love" or an "obsession" is, IMO, certainly open to debate. The character feels it is love, but I think there are also sufficient grounds to label it an obsession.

30 posted on 09/17/2012 8:52:02 AM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: In Maryland

Oh jeez, 22 is a young woman, if you had a 22 year old daughter you might actually view her in that light. The bit about her virginity was in the context of her being swept up in the alternative lifestyle on her first time out - the only thing this juvenile author did ‘right’ in this tale, is to make the guy a rich and good looking guy, otherwise nobody would buy into such foolishness.

Never said the 27 year old was a grandfather - way to put words in my text -

Enjoy your little fantasy world, I’m done with this obnoxious ‘story’.


31 posted on 09/17/2012 9:13:06 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Such people exist, and for that matter some women assume such a persona for sexual play reasons.

Not a big fan of this type of thing myself, but I think it is stretching the term “pedophilia” well beyond any reasonable meaning when you apply it to a 21 year old girl simply because she is somewhat immature and naive.

Pedophilia refers to sexual desire for prepubescent children. This doesn’t sound much like that to me. It sounds more like the lead female character is mentally and emotionally a young teenager but fully mature sexually. You can call that a number of things, none of them particularly complimentary, but I don’t think it’s fair to call it pedophilia.

Do I think the storyline is somewhat repulsive? You bet.

Do I find it REALLY odd that it is so popular among young and middle-aged purportedly feminist women? Absolutely. They obviously identify with the young woman “heroine,” which says something really odd about what they find erotic or entertaining.


32 posted on 09/17/2012 11:41:00 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: rbg81
One has to wonder: why would all these strong, independent liberal women, who bemoan a “War on Women” by conservatives be so enthralled with a book on bondage?

Same reason that powerful men have been known to seek the services of a dominatrix?

33 posted on 09/17/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: who knows what evil?

I have read them, but didn’t care for them. The wife however loved them, which is why I read them.

All the bitching and moaning about these books being a new low in depravity, proof a sinking culture etc, are full of it. Compared to 30, 40 and even 50 year old tomes like “The Story of O”, “Fear of Flying”, or anything by John Norman, it’s very tame.


34 posted on 09/17/2012 11:53:55 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: AD from SpringBay

You’re intentionally parsing your words. Older man...the male character is all of 27 to the female protagonist’s 22. There ain’t no pedo link in this one pal.


35 posted on 09/17/2012 11:59:55 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Sherman Logan
They obviously identify with the young woman “heroine,”

Actually they don't. They identify with the good girl changes bad boy to only semi-bad boy who's true and faithful to only her meme that has existed for centuries. Cut through everything else, and that's this story's hook: Good girl reforms bad boy, film at 11.

36 posted on 09/17/2012 12:03:19 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Yeah, well, I never understood that either. Or most sexual fetishes for that matter. I guess it a way of placating the “child” within the adult.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 12:27:00 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Melas

You are probably right. What most of them don’t seem to realize is that most of the bad boys are exactly that and will never be anything else.


38 posted on 09/17/2012 12:50:47 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Sherman Logan

My wife said it best years ago. It’s not that nice guys finish last, it’s that boring guys finish last.


39 posted on 09/17/2012 2:18:46 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Unfortunately, a good many women consider “nice guys” to be boring.

About 15 years ago my best friend married a nice woman who had recently divorced a guy who beat her up regularly.

My friend is the kindest and gentlest man you can imagine, and adored her three little girls.

About 10 years later she dumped him and took up with another guy who beats her up regularly. Guess my friend was just too boring.


40 posted on 09/17/2012 2:31:02 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Larry Lucido
So those of us who call our wives or girlfriends “baby,” or occasionally swat them on the ass or find a creative use for a silk scarf or necktie, are all pedos. Moron.

Well said.

41 posted on 09/17/2012 2:39:00 PM PDT by sargon
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To: SeekAndFind

if the title is correct and that is the subject matter of the book, is that not 1. illegal and 2. against amazon policy? they have pulled such things from sale.


42 posted on 09/19/2012 3:50:04 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

apparently if its text and fiction, its not illegal.... ever heard of “LOLITA”?

and don’t look, but trust me, there are websites dedicated to FICTIONAL (hopefully) KID SEX stories


43 posted on 09/19/2012 3:51:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

This old lady read the first book and found it so tedious and boring I didn’t bother with the other two.


44 posted on 09/19/2012 3:57:36 PM PDT by Mears
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To: GeronL

too much information!!!!!

must wash brain cells....


45 posted on 09/19/2012 4:48:37 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Its been years since I ran across that stuff and it doesn’t go away


46 posted on 09/19/2012 5:02:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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