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Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry
World Tribune ^ | 6-22-2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner - Commentary

Posted on 06/22/2011 1:36:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry

Jeffrey T. Kuhner

The winds of change are blowing. A political rebellion is brewing. The 2012 Republican presidential nomination is taking place within historic times: The decline and fall of big-government liberalism.

President Obama’s attempt to transform America is finally creating a powerful backlash. The Obama presidency lies in rubble; failure has been its defining characteristic. The country is facing an economic crisis. Unemployment is high. Growth is anemic. Gas prices are sky-high. America is choking on its debt. We are bogged down in three failed wars. Mr. Obama’s popularity is plummeting. The liberal regime — once dominant — is tottering.

For months, many GOP voters have not been enthusiastic about the current crop of candidates because none of them seem able to address the dangers confronting America. Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman Jr. — they are conventional Republicans with establishment ideas. The presumptive front-runner is former Gov. Mitt Romney. His support may be wide, but it’s thin. His flip-flops on homosexual marriage and abortion, defense of Romneycare (universal health care in Massachusetts) and watered-down internationalism in foreign affairs make him vulnerable to an insurgent challenger.

Yet, at last, the Republican race is heating up with two rising stars. The dark horse is Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. She clearly won the debate in New Hampshire.

Mrs. Bachmann is articulate, telegenic and feisty. She is a populist conservative who champions God, country and family. She is closely aligned with the Tea Party movement, and is serious about slashing deficits and controlling spending. She is a devout Christian, who is staunchly pro-life, pro-family and pro-gun rights. Moreover, Mrs. Bachmann is a nationalist in foreign policy. She opposes the Libyan intervention, rightly demanding that constitutional checks and balances be reimposed upon Mr. Obama’s war-making powers. With the exception of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, she has the best grasp of one seminal reality: America can no longer afford the welfare-warfare state. The era of nation-building and global democratic revolution is over.

Mrs. Bachmann is more than a Sarah Palin clone. On domestic policy, the Minnesota Republican is more substantive; on foreign policy, she is more serious; and most importantly, she has much lower negative ratings — especially among independents.

Mrs. Palin (should she run) may be able to win the GOP nomination. The presidency, however, is a bridge too far. The media will eviscerate her. Outside of her intense base, she is despised and distrusted. She personifies the cheap politics of celebrity.

Mrs. Bachmann is the opposite: a relentless enemy of cultural liberalism, who can forge a diverse populist coalition. She appeals to the vast middle of America. Her campaign has the potential to tap into the country’s profound alienation from Washington. And thus, she is surging in the polls.

The other potential major candidate is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. His top aides are signaling that he is clearly thinking about running. If he does, Mr. Perry would skyrocket to the top of the heap, smashing most of his GOP rivals — including Mr. Romney. He is the anti-Romney — an authentic Texan, who has a long record of achievement and proven conservative governance.

Mr. Romney talks a good game; Mr. Perry actually plays one. The rap against Mr. Perry is that he looks and sounds too much like former President George W. Bush. He has the same twang and cowboy swagger. After the disastrous Bush years, the country does not want another Texas Republican in the White House, say his critics. Maybe.

Yet, Mr. Perry has one trump card: Texas. Under his leadership, the economy has boomed. As the country remains mired in a deep recession, Texas is growing. It has created more private-sector jobs than any other state. He has reined in public spending, restored fiscal responsibility, removed regulatory red tape, maintained flexible labor markets and stood up to the unions. There is no state income tax. He is a real Reaganite. He has combined pro-growth policies with flinty social conservatism.

Moreover, he is a principled defender of the 10th Amendment. He understands that federalism and states’ rights are not just buzzwords. They have been the key to America’s prosperity and success. The most urgent problem of our day is the expansion of the federal leviathan. It is strangling the economy, burying America under a mountain of debt and sapping the country’s vitality. Power must be devolved back to the states, enabling them to become the laboratories of democracy — as our Founding Fathers intended. On a range of economic and regulatory issues, Mr. Perry has directly challenged Washington’s overreach and incompetence.

Both Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Perry signify a new development in American politics: the rise of nationalist populism.

For decades, liberalism has been ascendant. The New Deal erected an entitlement state and brought to power a liberal ruling class — what the conservative philosopher James Burnham called “the managerial class.” This political and cultural cadre has dominated American life. Government agencies, the permanent bureaucracies, the mainstream media, universities, public schools, Hollywood, the arts, trial lawyers, the Federal Reserve, big banks and large financial institutions — they have all helped to sustain the progressive project of turning America into a rootless social democracy.

For a while, it seemed to work. Peace and prosperity ensured that any ideological assault on liberal hegemony could be contained — and eventually marginalized. Now, however, Mr. Obama’s misrule, combined with the growing economic chaos, threatens the very moral legitimacy of our liberal minders. They can no longer be believed or trusted.

Liberalism is in crisis. And as the regime cracks, insurgent populists are starting to fill the void. Middle America is on the march.

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Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio talk show personality and a columnist at The Washington Times and WorldTribune.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algorecampaigner; america; bachmann; debt; default; formerdemocrat; gardasil; globalism; illegals; kelo; michelebachmann; michellebachmann; openborder; perry; perryisrevolting; radicals; rinoperry
Good commentary, although I don't recommend it to Perry and Bachmann bashers, leftist lunatic plants or the usual resident Paultard spam monkey attention trolls.
1 posted on 06/22/2011 1:36:21 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I’m not a Perry fan and would rate him as somewhat of a RINO but certainly not as much as Romney or Huntsman and friends.


2 posted on 06/22/2011 1:43:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: smoothsailing

There you have it. Bilderburger endorsed and now the media are running with it. End of Romney.......


3 posted on 06/22/2011 1:44:03 PM PDT by proudtobeanamerican1 (A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln)
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To: smoothsailing
Mrs. Palin (should she run) may be able to win the GOP nomination. The presidency, however, is a bridge too far. The media will eviscerate her.

The media will at least try to eviscerate any Republican. The only question is whether they do it before the nomination, or wait until after like McCain, the MSM's favorite Republican in 2008. Their 2012 favorite has been Romney, but Huntsman has been getting a lot of longing glances from the media recently.

4 posted on 06/22/2011 1:47:25 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: smoothsailing
the usual resident Paultard spam monkey attention trolls.

ROFLOL! Great descriptor, smoothsailing. :)

I agree that this commentary is good - especially with regard to the grasp of the appeal of Michele Bachmann to Middle American Tea Party conservatives.

5 posted on 06/22/2011 1:49:49 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: smoothsailing
After the disastrous Bush years, the country does not want another Texas Republican in the White House

Yet another (apparently) libertarian columnist who seems incapable of writing a column on a completely different subject without the obligatory attack on George W. Bush. Compared to the track record of our current president, I'm not ready to declare the Bush presidency "disastrous." The two most common complaints against Bush are the economy and the Iraq War. I call the Iraq War a success, based on the fact that Iraq is on its way towards being the only stable Islamic Democracy in the ME, and I believe that Saddam Hussein would certainly have developed nuclear weapons by now. I concede that the economy took a hit in the final year of the Bush presidency, but I blame the Democratic Congress as much as the president. And the policies of the current administration have exacerbated the problem.

6 posted on 06/22/2011 1:50:05 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: cripplecreek

I am far less concerned about Huntsman today. He sticks his foot in it every time he makes a public statement, and today’s revelation about all of the campaign contributions to Harry Reid is harder to explain than taking that job with the Obama Administration. I think he will flame out very quickly.


7 posted on 06/22/2011 1:51:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: presidio9

After the disastrous Bush years, the country does not want another Texas Republican in the White House

After the disastrous Obama years, the country does not want another Black Democrat from Chicago in the White House.

Strange how you’re allowed to say one but not the other...


8 posted on 06/22/2011 1:52:53 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KarlInOhio

I agree, the media will always turn on the Republican, it’s just a matter of when. The smart and successful Republican candidate will run around, over, or through the media and connect directly with the voters.

Reagan had a knack for that and Palin has shown that ability as well.


9 posted on 06/22/2011 1:53:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
"Liberalism is in crisis. And as the regime cracks, insurgent populists are starting to fill the void. Middle America is on the march."


BUMP!
10 posted on 06/22/2011 1:53:37 PM PDT by rob777
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To: presidio9

Well said, the cheap shots at W have grown quite monotonous.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 1:57:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think Reid actually endorsed Huntsman yesterday! They oughta run on the same ticket! :)


12 posted on 06/22/2011 1:59:53 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I think that some of the Palin bashing was gratuitous, but otherwise a good piece...


13 posted on 06/22/2011 2:01:04 PM PDT by piytar (Obama's Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: smoothsailing

The MSM and Dem’s keep telling us that the GOP contenders are lame and boring; they’re whistling past the graveyard, trying to convince themselves and everybody else Obama will get a second term. They’re wrong and they’re desperate.


14 posted on 06/22/2011 2:05:08 PM PDT by Spok
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To: piytar

Agreed, I didn’t like it either.


15 posted on 06/22/2011 2:05:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

The proper term is “Perry and Romney bashers”, as those who go after one generally go after the other...for similar reasons.


16 posted on 06/22/2011 2:05:36 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: smoothsailing
Interesting. As a Sarah Palin supporter, I'm not impressed with the writer's airy dismissal of Sarah Palin but I'm not shocked by it, either. This is pretty much the template for all political commentary these days, whether it's from liberals, (alleged) conservatives or libertarians. 'Palin won't run'/Palin can't win'. I disagree, as do millions of others. What interests me is the writers admiration of Michele Bachmann. I agree with much of it and am seriously looking at Bachmann if Palin chooses not to run. I'm not as impressed with the cheer-leading for Rick Perry.

I don't trust the guy on immigration. His history as a Democrat that worked for Al Gore is problematic for me. This wasn't just 'youthful indiscretion'. Rick Perry ran as a Democrat and was elected (3 times) as a Democrat member of the Texas legislature. He had his conversion to the GOP at age 50. His history smacks of political opportunism, a trait inherent in most politicians, I know, but still a bit disconcerting to a political conservative choosing a candidate to vote for in the 2012 Republican presidential nomination primary. In my case, if Sarah Palin isn't on the ballot it could be Michell Bachmann. However, it won't be Rick Perry, no matter how many positive articles are written about the Texas governor.

17 posted on 06/22/2011 2:16:04 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Huntsman is a candy a## reach across the isle, go along to get along, THE PRESIDENT IS A NICE GUY, RINO! nuff said. We dont need a white Obama


18 posted on 06/22/2011 2:34:15 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: ohioWfan; Jim Robinson
ROFLOL! Great descriptor, smoothsailing. :)

Thanks, but to be fair, I can't take total credit. I got the idea for part of it from Jim as a matter of fact! :o)

Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!

19 posted on 06/22/2011 2:41:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I wouldn’t call the Bush years disastrous........


20 posted on 06/22/2011 2:46:25 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: smoothsailing

I can sum up the fatal flaw of Obama’s presidency with a simple analogy:

You’ve all heard that the way you boil a frog alive is to put him in cold water and turn up the heat so slowly that the frog never jumps out until it is too late.

Well, capitalism and conservatism has been slowly cooked this way for over 50 years to the point it was “almost” fatal. Obama made the huge mistake of grabbing the temperature knob and cranking it to full heat.

The frog noticed and is jumping out of the water.

An as the article states, we truly are living in historic times. I fear they are about to become much more “historic”.


21 posted on 06/22/2011 2:47:48 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: smoothsailing

After doing a little investigating, the author could have quickly discerned that the Tea Party minded middle Americans really have little in common with Perry and certainly did not "give rise" to him. Palin, Bachmann, and Cain on the other hand, are genuine Tea Party candidates.


22 posted on 06/22/2011 2:49:21 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: smoothsailing; Jim Robinson
A thing of beauty!

(Thanks for giving credit where it was due........and it went right to the top. :)

23 posted on 06/22/2011 2:55:16 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: smoothsailing
If only Perry had better aim on a number of issues and didn't have the poor judgement to run Gore's TX campaign.


24 posted on 06/22/2011 2:58:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jim Scott
I agree, I didn't like the cheap shot at Palin either. It's grown monotonous. But he didn't dwell on it or I wouldn't have posted the piece.

What I like was the way he attacked liberalism and it's institutions. He pulled no punches and capped off the commentary with what I think is a very catchy statement that we and our fellow conservatives can take to heart.

"Liberalism is in crisis. And as the regime cracks, insurgent populists are starting to fill the void. Middle America is on the march."

25 posted on 06/22/2011 2:59:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Paladin2
WOW, TASSELS!!! :o)
26 posted on 06/22/2011 3:05:15 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on her support for Israel [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RWYFWpMp-o

Update from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Israel [Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y0nN_hAiWY

We Now Have A Total Gangster Government [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY

Bachmann: “Not All Cultures Are Equal” [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP4hYkfwuTY

Michele Bachmann: “CO2 Is A Natural Byproduct of Nature!” [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAaDVOd2sRQ

Michele Bachmann “After 2013 You Won’t Be Able To Purchase Private Health Insurance Anymore! [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbJ8_cC9UWM

Bachmann Warned Of Pelosi Security Crackdown On Capitol Tea Party [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h-0P5PI9mA


27 posted on 06/22/2011 3:19:13 PM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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To: smoothsailing

I have only one word to say about Ron Paul.

Stormfront.

That alone makes him more than suspect.


28 posted on 06/22/2011 3:25:55 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: smoothsailing

I think a Perry/Bachmann ticket would win and do America a whole hell of a lot of good. 8 years of Perry, renewing jobs and cutting spending, and then set the stage for a Bachmann administration.

Sweet.


29 posted on 06/22/2011 3:28:52 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Fred Hayek

Exactly.


30 posted on 06/22/2011 3:40:29 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Fred Hayek; smoothsailing
I'd say more than 'suspect.' I'd say frightening.

American Thinker

Makes me wonder why Paul supporters are even permitted to post on a conservative forum, let alone spam every thread with their divisive anti-conservative propaganda.

31 posted on 06/22/2011 3:54:20 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: ohioWfan
Oops......this one should work...

American Thinker

32 posted on 06/22/2011 3:56:16 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: ohioWfan; Fred Hayek
Barney Frank and Ron Paul team up to legalize marijuana

The bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Jared Polis of Colorado and Barbara Lee of California.

33 posted on 06/22/2011 5:01:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Holy crap.

I repeat.........why are supporters of this lunatic permitted to post on this forum disguised as conservatives?

Barney Frank and Ron Paul........birds of a feather??

34 posted on 06/22/2011 5:05:44 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: ohioWfan

These Paultards are lunatics, just like Paul himself. They truly are an insignificant and irrelevent herd of twits. I think over time they tend to forget their passwords or wander off into the woods or weeds if Jim and the mods don’t zot them first.


35 posted on 06/22/2011 5:24:44 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Yeah.....they're insignificant, irrelevant twits, but so are gnats.

They are the singularly most annoying and tedious pests I've encountered since I joined the forum 11 years ago.

And they pretend that THEY are the conservatives.

It's a joke. THEY are a joke.

36 posted on 06/22/2011 5:27:07 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: ohioWfan
They are the singularly most annoying and tedious pests I've encountered since I joined the forum 11 years ago.

I completely agree, but I would never tell them that, it would only encourage them! LOL!

37 posted on 06/22/2011 5:34:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
HA! Point well taken.

Their mission in life is to be annoying and divisive.

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They succeed.

38 posted on 06/22/2011 5:42:19 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: smoothsailing

Those are the two I like the best. Maybe they can pair up.


39 posted on 06/22/2011 5:42:48 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: smoothsailing
Have you ever noticed how many Paul lackeys behave like punks?

And have you considered how that is exactly the way Obama behaves?

I truly wonder if Paulites aren't lefties in disguise. Of course, with Paul teaming up with Bawney, it's not much of a disguise any more, now is it?

40 posted on 06/22/2011 5:47:33 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Kitten Festival

I’m referring to Perry/Bachmann of course.


41 posted on 06/22/2011 5:48:52 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Jim Scott
RE :"I don't trust the guy on immigration. His history as a Democrat that worked for Al Gore is problematic for me. This wasn't just 'youthful indiscretion'. Rick Perry ran as a Democrat and was elected (3 times) as a Democrat member of the Texas legislature. He had his conversion to the GOP at age 50. His history smacks of political opportunism, a trait inherent in most politicians, I know, but still a bit disconcerting to a political conservative choosing a candidate to vote for in the 2012 Republican presidential nomination primary. In my case, if Sarah Palin isn't on the ballot it could be Michell Bachmann. However, it won't be Rick Perry, no matter how many positive articles are written about the Texas governor. "

Thanks for posting the info.

42 posted on 06/23/2011 5:04:58 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: smoothsailing

It is VERY interesting too that this article left out Herman Cain


43 posted on 06/26/2011 6:34:16 AM PDT by chilepup
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