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Ted Nugent: Opinions? No, just the facts
Waco Tribune Herald ^ | 8/26/2007 | Ted Nugent

Posted on 08/26/2007 8:05:12 AM PDT by McLynnan

Ted Nugent: Opinions? No, just the facts

By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I admit right up front — I didn't graduate from college.

I was too busy learning stuff, traveling the world, creating a firestorm of rock-'n'-roll R&B and seeing the way things are.

I fancy myself a human sponge for information, facts, data, wisdom and truth.

I am convinced that quality of life comes as a direct result of learning good over bad, smart over stupid, responsible over irresponsible, and the making of pragmatic decisions based on evidence to that effect.

Bottom line is, I am a rather humble guy, not cocky enough to pontificate on my "opinions," but rather examine information, cross-reference all that I can dig up and draw conclusions based on corroborating empirical evidence.

For example, I'm not foolish enough to play with fire, use tobacco, drink and drive, eat garbage like a pig, point guns at anything I'm not willing to destroy, commit crimes or play around with meth or crack.

I not only learn by my mistakes, but from those of others as well. The jury is not still out on the error of these ways. It's over rover.

So, as I kneel and pray each day for a stronger, better America, I find myself conducting more and more media interviews, speaking to a lot of youth groups and various schools across this great land.

I am astounded at the abject denial regarding certain self-evident truths, a denial that is a surefire recipe for serious injury, ruined lives, premature death and a dangerously susceptible America.

Convenient denial on any given subject will create an atmosphere of general denial where you can more easily pretend, for example, that smoking or chewing tobacco isn't really substance abuse and you can go right along killing yourself while charging others for your health care. Unbelievable.

Irrefutable list

So, here's a list of facts that may or may not be argued, but all are irrefutable, and the fact that an argument exists on any of them proves that fantasy is for fools who are more than happy to see America come to her knees.

* Water is wet. Venison is food. Tobacco use kills more Americans than anything. Drinking and driving is self-inflicted terrorism.

* God gave me the right to defend myself.

* Tofu production kills more living things than any other activity on earth.

* Paul McCartney took too much acid.

* Trapping bans don't work. Hunting bans don't work. Gun bans don't work. Gun-free zones are a recipe for innocent slaughter.

* Guns are harmless, inanimate objects.

* Pathetic people not willing to defend themselves cannot dictate such soulless policy upon those of us who know we must.

* American education fails to teach many children to read, write, spell, balance a checkbook or talk.

* The Internal Revenue Service is horrendously wasteful, unaccountable and unconstitutional.

* Dope destroys lives. Meth users are American terrorists.

* The No. 1 threat to a black American's life is a black American.

* Kids that don't do chores are a liability to family and America.

* People who don't care about their health don't deserve health care.

* Good is superior to evil. Smart is better than dumb. Activism is the duty of anyone claiming to be part of an experiment in self-government. A work ethic is far superior to laziness.

* Barbecued dead animals are perfect, natural and delicious.

* Love conquers hate. Patience teaches much more than immediate gratification. Clean is better than dirty.

* War is the answer against terror and evil. In WWII, America was the good guy, the Japanese and Nazis were the bad guys. You cannot negotiate with evil.

* The war on poverty is a joke. Pimps, whores and welfare brats are not legitimate job descriptions.

* Trees produce wood for many quality and proper uses.

* There are more deer, bear, mountain lion, geese, wild hogs and wild turkey in North America than at any time in recorded history.

* Child molesters cannot be fixed.

* The government gets more profit from gasoline taxes than the oil corporations do per gallon.

* Rock-'n'-roll is sexier than C&W. Guitars are cooler than keyboards.

* It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.

* People who can't speak clear English or mumble and carry themselves badly will have a hard time achieving the American Dream.

* Hippies stink.

* People who litter are rude pigs.

I think you get the picture. Obviously, this is a grossly incomplete list of some of the more obvious facts of life.

But if we are to honestly examine this sampling, you will see facts that are to this day disputed, all in the name of "feelgood" denial.

Ted Nugent is a Waco-based musician and television show host.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
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1 posted on 08/26/2007 8:05:13 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan

Ted for President!


2 posted on 08/26/2007 8:10:31 AM PDT by NCBraveheart
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To: McLynnan

Amen, Brother Ted.


3 posted on 08/26/2007 8:11:01 AM PDT by moonhawk (Fear and Loathing in '08: Hunter/Thompson)
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To: McLynnan
you know, 2008 is probably a bit of short notice, but wouldn't it be nice if...

The President were a straight shooting guitar slinger?

4 posted on 08/26/2007 8:13:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: McLynnan; All

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“The 2 greatest dangers facing America now are:

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1) IRAN with a Nuclear weapon

2) The GULLIBILITY of the American People”

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...Political Columnist Extraordinaire THOMAS SEWELL - 2007

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5 posted on 08/26/2007 8:15:17 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: McLynnan
Convenient denial on any given subject will create an atmosphere of general denial where you can more easily pretend, for example, that smoking or chewing tobacco isn't really substance abuse and you can go right along killing yourself while charging others for your health care. Unbelievable.

Ya know? I like Ted, but he misses the mark here.

Ted, you have it backwards here. Smokers are paying for your healthcare while being robbed by the GOVT.

Ever hear of SCHIP?

6 posted on 08/26/2007 8:15:53 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: McLynnan
Nugent has a steak of nanny-statism in him. Tobacco use kills more people than anything? Dope kills? Hey Ted - if people want to smoke or shoot themselves up it's none of your business, OK?

Plus Ted has dropped the N bomb a few times.

7 posted on 08/26/2007 8:16:10 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: McLynnan

I like the Stones, but there's little question as to who has held up better between Mr. Ted Nugent and Mr. Kieth Richards.

8 posted on 08/26/2007 8:16:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

oh boy, here come the selective tobacco and pornograpy libertarians...ok, sound off and go start your own “pot is natural and God-given” threads, OK?


9 posted on 08/26/2007 8:17:47 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
The President were a straight shooting guitar slinger?

Umm...Mr. President?!

10 posted on 08/26/2007 8:18:13 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: McLynnan
I am a rather humble guy, not cocky enough to pontificate on my "opinions,

lol. yeah right.

11 posted on 08/26/2007 8:20:49 AM PDT by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: McLynnan

"Bottom line is, I am a rather humble guy..."

LOL! Good old Ted...master of understatement!


12 posted on 08/26/2007 8:22:41 AM PDT by Renfield (How come there aren't any football teams with pink uniforms?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Nugent has a steak of nanny-statism in him. Tobacco use kills more people than anything? Dope kills? Hey Ted - if people want to smoke or shoot themselves up it’s none of your business, OK?


Why do you assume that Ted speaking his mind about these problems suggests that he wants government to intrude into people’s lives?

Ted also expresses a preference for guitars over keyboards. Do you conclude that he would propose a keyboard tax (or ban)?


13 posted on 08/26/2007 8:23:21 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: the invisib1e hand
oh boy, here come the selective tobacco and pornograpy libertarians...ok, sound off and go start your own “pot is natural and God-given” threads, OK?

Ted's quotes didn't say anything about porn.

Ted mentioned that tobacco usage and dope was bad for folks. Sorry, I disagree to the extent that it's none of his business.

14 posted on 08/26/2007 8:23:49 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: McLynnan
Tobacco use kills more Americans than anything

Great! And I just walked inside from smoking a cigarette! Couldn't you have posted this 10 minutes earlier??

15 posted on 08/26/2007 8:25:13 AM PDT by KJacob
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To: McLynnan

Did a 10 year old draw up this list?


16 posted on 08/26/2007 8:26:24 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Ted's quotes didn't say anything about porn.

A lib is lib, and you know it. Let's not play checkers with our words, OK?

17 posted on 08/26/2007 8:26:33 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Just think about all the dope people smoked at his concerts, LOL.

I think he’s quite the kook.

I do agree with his stance on firearms, however.


18 posted on 08/26/2007 8:26:50 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither- GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: McLynnan

19 posted on 08/26/2007 8:31:17 AM PDT by Renfield (How come there aren't any football teams with pink uniforms?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

He said that it was bad for you, not that he wanted to ban it or that it was his business to tell people what to do.

They ARE bad for you... a fact. Irrefutable fact was the point of the article.


20 posted on 08/26/2007 8:32:32 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: mylife
“Ted, you have it backwards here. Smokers are paying for your healthcare while being robbed by the GOVT.”

How are smokers paying for MY healthcare?

Yeah, they die earlier WRT Social Security and medicare/medicade but it’s not your or my fault that we have those socialist programs, and while smokers may die earlier the ones who live longer use a LOT of resources.

Now, as to the tobacco taxes, you’ve got a point.

Although a ‘legalize everything’ libertarian (small L) Republican myself I’d vote for Ted in a heartbeat.

21 posted on 08/26/2007 8:32:42 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Plane loads of pork for Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: McLynnan

I mostly agree with Ted - he reaches a lot of kids with his statements and there is nothing wrong with sending an anti-gangsta or anti-MTV message.


22 posted on 08/26/2007 8:35:01 AM PDT by spanalot
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To: McLynnan
Nugent's a riot!

* Paul McCartney took too much acid.

Most definitely.

23 posted on 08/26/2007 8:40:23 AM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Some folks here can’t understand the distinction between saying “Dope is bad for you” (yeah, it is) and saying it should be ok for jackbooted thugs to kick doors down without knocking and shoot everyone in a house because some crack addict said there was a dope dealer there (it ain’t).

Just like Porn - it’s your or my, or Ted’s right to say it’s bad for folks; and it;’s the RIGHT of the folks using it to tell Ted to ‘piss off’.

I don’t care what someone thinks about my lifestyle; if they want to make an issue of it they might have to have a discussion with Sam (Colt) first :-)

Just my .02

24 posted on 08/26/2007 8:40:36 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Plane loads of pork for Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
Did a 10 year old draw up this list?

Always speak to the level of your audience. That's covered in the first class.

25 posted on 08/26/2007 8:41:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: RedStateRocker

I hope you’re safely sequestered in mine in wyoming.


26 posted on 08/26/2007 8:42:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: McLynnan

>>Dope destroys lives. Meth users are American terrorists.<<

Hmm, we kill terrorists -that’s not the right approach with drug users.


27 posted on 08/26/2007 8:43:14 AM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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To: McLynnan

You sure George Carlin didn’t write this? ;-)


28 posted on 08/26/2007 8:46:02 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: gondramB
But if he said “Meth MAKERS”... well I’d have no problem with stringing them up in the nearest town square.
Actually, i would say that the actual impact of meth has hurt more lives than 9-11. It’s killed a lot more people and, while calculating the economic damage would be difficult or impossible face it - the actual DAMAGE inflicted by three jetliners in no where near the damage being inflicted by meth in thousands of communities. Only a moron would think that saying this diminishes the horror or 9-11, but it terms of quantifiable numbers of dead and injured he may have a point.
29 posted on 08/26/2007 8:49:19 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Plane loads of pork for Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: McLynnan
* Tofu production kills more living things than any other activity on earth.

I love Ted, but he'll have to excuse me if I put this in the BS file, along with global warming "facts."

To his credit though, Ted isn't looking to outlaw tofu production.

30 posted on 08/26/2007 8:49:28 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: McLynnan

Well then....I have a question for those of you who think he should run for president.

How does his raving, ranting machine gun performance fit into his campaign?


31 posted on 08/26/2007 8:51:39 AM PDT by Columbine
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To: spanalot
he reaches a lot of kids with his statements

Most "kids" have no idea who Ted Nugent is or isn't. Ted is an entertainer (if you can call it entertainment) whose time has slipped away.

32 posted on 08/26/2007 8:53:44 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: RedStateRocker

By paying billions of dollars in tax into healthcare that the rest of you dont.

And believe me smokers get none of those benefits. They are the first to be excluded from the benefits of healthcare.


33 posted on 08/26/2007 8:53:53 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Renfield

LOL!


34 posted on 08/26/2007 8:57:20 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

It’s their business if they want to shoot up, but it’s not their business if they want to steel to support their right!


35 posted on 08/26/2007 8:57:24 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

He does a lot locally in Michigan.

“He has hosted the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, which combines a curriculum of hands-on hunting, conservation, archery and a strong anti-drug message aimed mainly at underprivileged inner-city children. “


36 posted on 08/26/2007 9:03:13 AM PDT by spanalot
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To: McLynnan

Anyone who thinks Mr. Nugent helps our conservative cause needs to take a look at the “limited edition cover” of his new CD. All it is missing is the idiot standing behind this woman with a sword and a black mask over his head.

http://www.tednugent.com/store/Product.aspx?id=DM000596

The woman is depicted naked, tied up, with a grenade shoved into her mouth. Real classy. Not exactly the kind of values I care about.

What is this guy’s message anyway? Horrific violence against others? That’s what the terrorists preach. He seems to be no different.


37 posted on 08/26/2007 9:07:53 AM PDT by rubeng
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To: McLynnan

His list is good, but the one that really caught my eyes is “Pathetic people not willing to defend themselves cannot dictate such soulless policy upon those of us who know we must.”


38 posted on 08/26/2007 9:08:16 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Ted mentioned that tobacco usage and dope was bad for folks. Sorry, I disagree to the extent that it’s none of his business.”

Yes, it is the taxpayers business because they are the ones forced to pay. Check the CDC stats on unhealthy lifestyle costs like IV drug use, homo behavior, alcoholism, etc. The rest of us are forced to pay the price at the point of a gun. If not for forced extraction of the fruits of my efforts, then fine, it is none of my business, but that ain’t reality kid.


39 posted on 08/26/2007 9:09:44 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I believe that this part of his diatribe applies to you:

I am astounded at the abject denial regarding certain self-evident truths, a denial that is a surefire recipe for serious injury, ruined lives, premature death and a dangerously susceptible America

I don't think Ted would legislate that you stop smoking. He would just legislate that the government ain't gonna pay for your emphysema.

Every word of that essay was true.

As he said, it was just a start. No, he didn't say anything about porn - obviously your pet peeve. But he didn't mention abortion either - and he mentions guns about 20 times.

So, we all have our little personal peeves - but you can't expect him to cover them all.

Too bad your "offended"....but your also wrong.

40 posted on 08/26/2007 9:11:52 AM PDT by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: 383rr
Ted has ALWAYS been anti-"dope".

Don't blame him for what stupid kids do at his concerts.

That's the same as blaming the guns for committing murders.

41 posted on 08/26/2007 9:13:53 AM PDT by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Tobacco use kills more people than anything? Dope kills? Hey Ted - if people want to smoke or shoot themselves up it's none of your business, OK?

True but so is his statement
42 posted on 08/26/2007 9:19:35 AM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
"Did a 10 year old draw up this list?"

No, but any 10 year old should know these things.

43 posted on 08/26/2007 9:26:40 AM PDT by Ozarkie
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To: McLynnan

So what is outlawed first, tobacco use or tofu production?


44 posted on 08/26/2007 9:26:44 AM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: McLynnan
Tobacco use kills more Americans than anything.

Thats a unproven BS statement. I have yet to see a death certificate that says "Cause of Death: Tobacco

Tofu production kills more living things than any other activity on earth.

What the hell does that mean? And what is Ted smoking?

45 posted on 08/26/2007 9:35:33 AM PDT by Bommer (Global Warming: The only warming phenomena that occurs in the Summer and ends in the Winter!)
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To: Ozarkie

Now, I really am NOT sure about the tofu statement. Never really been sure what tofu actually is. LOL. Could someone who knows ANYTHING about that subject elaborate?


46 posted on 08/26/2007 9:36:45 AM PDT by Ozarkie
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Spoken like a true (excuse this nasty word) Libertarian. Yuk
47 posted on 08/26/2007 9:38:45 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Are you saying pot was not created by G-d?

And I don’t know that there are more bears in the US than anytime in the past. Deer, sure. But bears? Maybe if you add in Alaska after the Seward purchase, but sounds “dewbious”


48 posted on 08/26/2007 9:39:06 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: Reagan Man

Paul McCartney married one too many times.


49 posted on 08/26/2007 9:40:53 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: Beelzebubba
Do you conclude that he would propose a keyboard tax (or ban)?

No, I think he calls for something a little more drastic... LOL!!

50 posted on 08/26/2007 9:41:09 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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