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Why Authoritarians Now Control the Republican Party
Findlaw.com ^ | 9/21/07 | John Dean

Posted on 09/21/2007 10:47:02 AM PDT by imd102

Excerpt: In addition to being especially submissive to established authority, Altemeyer's research revealed that those he calls right-wing authoritarians also show "general aggressiveness" towards others, when such behavior is "perceived to be sanctioned" by established authorities. Finally, these people are always highly compliant with the social conventions endorsed by society and established authorities. These basic traits, submissiveness to authority and conventionality, are the essence of those Altemeyer describes as right-wing authoritarians. If these traits are not present in some significant (albeit varying) degree, he does not consider the subject to be a right-wing authoritarian. However, these people can, and often do, consistently reveal they have many other interesting traits as well.

Based on Altemeyer's study, as well as those of other social psychologists, I prepared a list of the additional traits that these personalities [Republicans], both men and women who test high as right-wing authoritarians, often evidence: highly religious, moderate to little education, trust untrustworthy authorities, prejudiced (particularly against homosexuals, women, and followers of religions other than their own), mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness, usually politically and economically conservative/Republican.

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1 posted on 09/21/2007 10:47:06 AM PDT by imd102
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To: imd102

I didn’t see the link to global warming.

It’s obviously false.


2 posted on 09/21/2007 10:49:27 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: imd102

I think John Dean presents an interesting study on the longevity of cockroaches.


3 posted on 09/21/2007 10:51:20 AM PDT by VR-21
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To: imd102

John Dean’s a senile old grouch.


4 posted on 09/21/2007 10:52:04 AM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: imd102
John Dean calling somebody else an "authoritarian."

Curiouser and curioser.

5 posted on 09/21/2007 10:52:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

” mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness”

Sounds like he is describing Hillary to me?


6 posted on 09/21/2007 10:52:32 AM PDT by imd102
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To: imd102

We’re seeing lots of stories like this lately, for the purpose of defining conservative beliefs as a mental illness.


7 posted on 09/21/2007 10:54:12 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: imd102

The reason Olbermann has John Dean on his show so often is that Dean’s the only person who can make Olbermann appear intelligent by comparison.


8 posted on 09/21/2007 10:54:36 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations.)
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To: imd102
What do you think?

From the little I read? Even at today's historically inexpensive rates, its a waste of bandwidth.

To wit: "Today, the Grand Old Republican Party is controlled by authoritarian conservatives. (As I mentioned in my prior column, the first in this three-part series, to my knowledge no person in the GOP has ever denied that fact - and they are well-aware of my book.) "

The juxtaposition of these two sentences would seem to infer that the author believes his assertion is true simply because he has no knowledge of its denial.

By that logic, I'm the President. I wrote it down and sent it to the White House, and since they didn't deny it, it must be true. Cue "Hail to the Chief"...
9 posted on 09/21/2007 10:54:48 AM PDT by chrisser
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To: imd102

Actually, he was looking in the mirror when he wrote that.


10 posted on 09/21/2007 10:54:49 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: imd102
With only the most minor tweaking for fairness:

I prepared a list of the additional traits that these personalities often evidence: passionate about their religious views, moderate to little education, trust untrustworthy authorities, prejudiced, mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness, usually politically and economically self-enforcing.

Pretty much describes anyone's sociopolitical opposition, doesn't it?

11 posted on 09/21/2007 10:55:36 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The color blue tastes like the square root of 0?)
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To: imd102
What do you think?

I think this sort of thing should be done in private.

12 posted on 09/21/2007 10:56:01 AM PDT by dighton
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To: imd102
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13 posted on 09/21/2007 10:56:39 AM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: imd102

John Dean help plan Watergate and then blamed everyone else. John is a piece of crap.


14 posted on 09/21/2007 10:56:55 AM PDT by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: imd102

John Dean has dedicated his entire post-Watergate existence trying to justify his disloyalty and cowardice.
He is a spineless girlie-man who finds comfort hiding among the spineless girlie-men of the left.


15 posted on 09/21/2007 10:57:15 AM PDT by Spok
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To: imd102

According to the “G” Man, John Dean is low down, dirty rat.


16 posted on 09/21/2007 10:57:21 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: imd102

I thought that the Neocons ran the republican party.


17 posted on 09/21/2007 10:57:50 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: imd102

I think that a man who is a documented jailbird, liar, arranger of bribes and most famous for selling out his patron and boss in exchange for special consideration would have a deep dislike for people who take divine and human laws seriously.


18 posted on 09/21/2007 10:57:59 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: imd102

I think this is vile enough to justify a ‘BARF’ Alert.


19 posted on 09/21/2007 11:00:52 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Polical correctness is domestic terrorism.)
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To: imd102

I have an advanced degree in the social sciences and my opinion is that this stuff is based mostly on junk science... Rigged studies done on college freshman that have little external validity in the real world, let alone internal validity for the experiments themselves. Lies, damn lies and statistics.

Ask Joe Lieberman about left-wing authoritarianism and check to see how many liberals “just go along” with their leaders at protest rallies.


20 posted on 09/21/2007 11:01:01 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: imd102
Again, I have prepared a listing of the traits revealed in the testing of these remarkably manipulative and cunning personalities, who are typically men

"O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!"

21 posted on 09/21/2007 11:01:46 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: imd102

Anyone read Dean’s book Conservatives without Concious? I actually picked it up at used store for a couple of bucks, but after reading this article I think I can save myself the time, as I believe i have the gist of it. (I had never seen him on TV before, as it sounds like others have, so I just wanted to see what he was all about).


22 posted on 09/21/2007 11:01:54 AM PDT by imd102
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To: imd102

Where is the bulls—t alert? Besides, old news, sounds like he plagiarized Eric Hoffer.


23 posted on 09/21/2007 11:02:19 AM PDT by pankot
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To: imd102

Who is John Dean? Really, I have no idea who he is.


24 posted on 09/21/2007 11:05:15 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: imd102
highly religious, moderate to little education, trust untrustworthy authorities, prejudiced (particularly against homosexuals, women, and followers of religions other than their own), mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness, usually politically and economically conservative/Republican.

All of this highly specialized, highly scientific terminology really loses me.

25 posted on 09/21/2007 11:06:30 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Betty Jane

Oh that John Dean. Never mind. Always remember to read further down. The answer is almost always there?


26 posted on 09/21/2007 11:08:26 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: imd102

How’s Moe?


27 posted on 09/21/2007 11:09:20 AM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: imd102
mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive,

I think these qualities are common to ideologues and crack-pots of every political stripe. If liberals can't recognize these qualities in the typical Kos poster or Hollywood blow-hard or some global-warming cultist who never took a high school physics class, they have no business claiming to see them in anyone.
28 posted on 09/21/2007 11:09:28 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Betty Jane

the liberals do the same thing just islam is thier religion and they hate married people


29 posted on 09/21/2007 11:09:45 AM PDT by duffmadison
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To: Cicero

It’s the same sanctimonious liberal crap: “Conservatives are mean”—Waaa.


30 posted on 09/21/2007 11:10:25 AM PDT by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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To: chrisser

Dan Rather still claims that his forged memos are genuine in spite of repeated denials.


31 posted on 09/21/2007 11:14:39 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: imd102
Sounds like he is describing Hillary to me?

Not quite.

"Uncritical towards their chosen authority" - Hillary recognizes no authority other than her own ambition.

"loyalty and returns it" - no. She'll toss away people like used tissues. Occasionally the DC Park Police have to handle the pick-up.

32 posted on 09/21/2007 11:15:13 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: imd102

John Dean is a flippin retard.


33 posted on 09/21/2007 11:19:46 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: imd102

Well, he did mention a study so the rest of his diatribe must be true!


34 posted on 09/21/2007 11:31:05 AM PDT by kenth
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To: imd102
If we are to believe the author, most of modern conservatism--and especially the dreaded neoconservatism--is steeped in authoritarian thinking.

Of course, I do feel rather comfortable to be placed in the same company as Alexander Hamilton, whom the author apparently sees as the patron saint (or demon, from his perspective) of "authoritarian conservatism."

35 posted on 09/21/2007 11:33:32 AM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: bmwcyle

“John Dean help plan Watergate and then blamed everyone else. John is a piece of crap”

John Dean is a whore and a coward!


36 posted on 09/21/2007 11:43:10 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: imd102
Again, I have prepared a listing of the traits revealed in the testing of these remarkably manipulative and cunning personalities, who are typically men: dominating, opposes equality, desirous of personal power, amoral, intimidating and bullying, faintly hedonistic, vengeful, pitiless, exploitive, manipulative, dishonest, cheats to win, highly prejudiced (racist, sexist, homophobic), mean-spirited, militant, nationalistic, tells others what they want to hear, takes advantage of "suckers," specializes in creating false images to sell self, may or may not be religious, usually politically and economically conservative/Republican.

One needs merely to lay that description down next to the name Bill Clinton to instantly recognize that John Dean is full of shit.


37 posted on 09/21/2007 11:47:22 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: imd102
What do you think?

I think John Dean reminds me of Chester the Child Molester. Everytime I see him I feel the need to take a shower.

38 posted on 09/21/2007 11:49:42 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: Spok

Dean is a miserable Weasel. Dean is a convicted felon. Dean was part of the group of people who brought Nixon down, first by behaving horribly in his job, then by lying about it for a plea bargain.

I have zero resepct for him.

The fact that he is a total left wing butt-boy is odd, but it happens here and there. David Frum comes to mind. If you are a really horrible individual and you are forced out of the right, the Donks will find a place for you.


39 posted on 09/21/2007 11:50:35 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: imd102

Sounds like nothing more than the MSM/Academia/DU description of conservatives which is so far from accurate it’s not funny.


40 posted on 09/21/2007 11:53:57 AM PDT by RockinRight (Can we start calling Fred "44" now, please?)
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To: imd102

Sounds like nothing more than the MSM/Academia/DU description of conservatives which is so far from accurate it’s not funny.


41 posted on 09/21/2007 11:54:00 AM PDT by RockinRight (Can we start calling Fred "44" now, please?)
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To: imd102

I wish it was true, but it’s not. if only Authoritarians did control the Republican party, people like Harry Read and Olberman would be in jail right now for treason.


42 posted on 09/21/2007 11:55:46 AM PDT by balch3
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To: imd102
“...right-wing authoritarians, often evidence: highly religious”

Perhaps but what lefties fail miserably to realize is that they, too, are highly religious.

Their gods are Al Gore, Opra Winfrey, U2’s Bono, and little purple frogs.

43 posted on 09/21/2007 11:58:01 AM PDT by ryan71 (I refuse to label anything I post, "sarcasm".)
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To: imd102

LOL!

Agreed.


44 posted on 09/21/2007 12:19:57 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: imd102

I think you forgot the “barf alert”.


45 posted on 09/21/2007 12:24:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: imd102

One would only have to look at the Democrat Presidential Candidates and their proposals if elected to know that this article is crap. And I don’t mean just the ‘08 cycle. Go back and look at the controls they want to put on society under the guise of “fairness” and “equality”.


46 posted on 09/21/2007 12:25:29 PM PDT by sappy
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To: wideawake
I think that a man who is a documented jailbird, liar, arranger of bribes and most famous for selling out his patron and boss in exchange for special consideration would have a deep dislike for people who take divine and human laws seriously.

****************

I think you're right.

47 posted on 09/21/2007 12:26:15 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: imd102
If you do not have a life and are burdened with an abundance of time which weighs heavily upon your hands you could fill your time (although you certainly would not improve it) by reading John Dean's previous essay to which he alludes at the beginning of the subject article. There you will find prominently featured a reference to Adorno's book, The Authoritarian Personality which is one of the foundation stones of the modern cultural Marxism movement.

Cultural Marxism intrudes itself upon us under several names which we all will recognize: critical theory, feminism, political correctness, and more.

What is this notion of the "authoritarian personality" invented by Adorno and manipulated by John Dean? The best exegesis of that question appears in an essay by Dr. Atkinson entitled, Who Placed American Men in a Psychic 'Iron Cage?' Part II The Thread of 'Cultural Marxism'. I'm going to quote liberally from that essay (which can be found here: http://www.newtotalitarians.com/PsychicIronCagePartII.html):

The Frankfurt school studied the 'authoritarian personality' which became synonymous with the male, the patriarchal head of the American family. A modern utopia would be constructed by these idealistic intellectuals by 'turning Western civilization' upside down. This utopia would be a product of their imagination, a product not susceptible to criticism on the basis of the examination of evidence. This 'revolution' would be accomplished by fomenting a very quiet, subtle and slowly spreading 'cultural Marxism' which would apply to culture the principles of Karl Marx bolstered by the modern psychological tools of Freud. Thus, 'cultural Marxism' became a marriage of Marx and Freud aimed at producing a 'quiet' revolution in the United States of America. This 'quiet' revolution has occurred in America over the past 30 years. While America slept!

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The Frankfurt School theorized that the authoritarian personality is a product of the patriarchal family. This idea is in turn directly connected to Frederich Engels' 'The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State,' which promotes matriarchy. Furthermore, it was Karl Marx who wrote about the radical notion of a 'community of women' in the Communist manifesto. And it was Karl Marx who wrote disparagingly about the idea that the family was the basic unit of society in 'The German Ideology'of 1845.

The 'authoritarian personality' is not to be interpreted primarily as a handbook for the conduct of warfare against prejudice as such, but as a handbook for psychological warfare against the American male for the purpose of rendering him unwilling to defend traditional and formerly held beliefs and values. In other words, the purpose would be to emasculate him. Undoubtedly, this is what the Institute meant by 'psychological techniques for changing personality.'

'The Authoritarian personality,' studied by the Frankfurt School in the 1940s and 1950s in America, prepared the way for the subsequent warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Herbert Marcuse and his band of social revolutionaries under the guise of 'women's liberation' and the New Left movement in the 1960s. The evidence that psychological techniques for changing personality is intended to mean emasculation of the American male is provided by Abraham Maslow, founder of Third Force Humanist Psychology and promoter of the psychotherapeutic classroom, who wrote that, '...the next step in personal evolution is a transcendence of both masculinity and femininity to general humanness.' The Marxist revolutionaries knew exactly what they wanted to do

Dr. Atkinson has described this syndrome as being in a "psychic cage."

The author's thesis is that this psychic cage did not settle upon the psyches of Democrats by accident but was the deliberate, calculated contrivance of THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL which was established in Germany in 1923 with the funding of a millionaire, a George Soros like figure, to create the conditions to bring the Russian Revolution to Germany. He assembled a group of brilliant Jewish intellectuals and established what became known as The School for Social Research which identified those parts of society which acted to retard the coming of the glorious socialist Revolution. These intellectuals then set out systematically to "deconstruct" those impediments to communism: the family, the church, the school, the nation, capitalism, Western civilization. Coming to power in 1933, Hitler, who if nothing else could always recognize an enemy, suppressed the group as much for their Jewishness is for their philosophy which caused a kind of modern Frankfurt School diaspora into the rest of the Western world, primarily the United States and Britain. Here the refugees found remarkable influence, becoming associated with the OAS, Columbia school of journalism, Harvard, the State Department and etc. The cancer metastasized.

They took their ambitions to make the world ready for communism with them and by now they had invented some formidable weapons. To deconstruct the first impediment to communist revolution, the family, they attacked patriarchal authority and sought to substitute matriarchal authority. From there it is an easy jump to attack all authority. That was handy for the next cultural institution they wished to undermine, the church. We all know what happened here. Together, the church and school construct for us our epistemology, what we know and how we know it. If we can destroy that, we have destroyed everything and left man soulless.

It seems that Mr. Dean has served us up nothing new.


48 posted on 09/21/2007 12:55:03 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: imd102

I think he has a really bad case of projection.


49 posted on 09/21/2007 1:01:20 PM PDT by Durus ("Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." JFK)
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To: nathanbedford

bump for later


50 posted on 09/21/2007 1:15:55 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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