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Herman Cain releases bizarre advert [chief of staff smoking a cigarette as "I am America" plays]
New Statesman ^ | October 25, 2011 | Samira Shackle

Posted on 10/25/2011 3:01:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The spot was posted on October 19th, according to its YouTube page, but because it was unlisted on Cain's main YouTube page it seems to have gone undiscovered until now. There has been some speculation online that the spot is a hoax, but the Cain campaign late Monday night confirmed to CBS News that it is legitimate.

A campaign official said that the video was "just Block being Block." But it's unclear what the campaign planned to do with the video, whether it was intended to be an ad, or why it wasn't publicly available on Cain's page with his other videos.

Intentionally or not, the ad brings to mind Cain's history opposing smoking bans as a lobbyist with the National Restaurant Association, which the New York Times recently reported out.

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


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KEYWORDS: brilliant; cain; freedom; frontrunner; genius; gopfruntrunner; gopprimary; hermancain; liberty; nationalbooktour; politicalads; presidentcain; racetothewhitehouse; strategy; tactics
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It's artsy.
1 posted on 10/25/2011 3:01:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Personal freedom. It’s become a foreign term in the past several years.


2 posted on 10/25/2011 3:27:57 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Why does Ron Paul wear fake eyebrows?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's a legal product
3 posted on 10/25/2011 3:28:45 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh, well, I guess it’s time for everyone to get behind the corrupt, stammering, boob from Texas.


4 posted on 10/25/2011 3:29:16 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

People smoke. I am against the nanny state - real and celluloid.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 3:30:43 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: NautiNurse

It’s a slick ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhm-22Q0PuM&feature=player_embedded#!


6 posted on 10/25/2011 3:30:59 AM PDT by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow, it’s not the smoke blown out at the end that gets me, but that “smile” by Cain at the end is downright creepy. Hope they don’t show this ANYWHERE.


7 posted on 10/25/2011 3:32:33 AM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12-XXX= Now what? Cain?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Loved it, an in your face to the politically correct anti-smoking nanny staters..As Cain says, its time for some in America to get a sense of humor...


8 posted on 10/25/2011 3:33:57 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: iowamark

Krista Branch “I Am America”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw


9 posted on 10/25/2011 3:35:26 AM PDT by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's artsy.

It's a repudiation of political correctness.

10 posted on 10/25/2011 3:36:15 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: conservaterian

the look of confidence has become foreign?


11 posted on 10/25/2011 3:40:12 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Couldn’t be any worse that those nauseating photos you guys run of the big he-man Perry looking off into the middle distance as if trying to conjure up...a thought.


12 posted on 10/25/2011 3:49:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; justsaynomore; BenKenobi

Thanks for posting! I actually LOVE this ad. It’s real, and it’s simple...

As for it being “artsy”? I was expecting something like an Andy Warhol painting, or perhaps a Peter Max inspired ad... THAT is “artsy”.

Amazing that instead it was someone just being themself. Being real. Being honest... I guess that would be bizarre if you’re used to plastic smiles, plastic hair, and poll-based scripted speech.

Actually, this might be the start of a BRILLIANT ad campaign... WHY? Because I am an American, too... And, so is the spirit of the majority of people in this country still (believe it or not).

I think it has a wonderful message, frankly... Be yourself. Stand up for what you believe in — put the “YOU” back in the USA. TOGETHER we can stand UNITED, and fix the damage that has been wrought - and actually fight for our country instead of rolling over and settling for the same as we’ve always had...

Absolutely LOVE it! GO CAIN GO!

(Incidentally, this is the same slogan my husband and I thought up while working on a national campaign back in 2000... The candidate didn’t use it at the time, but I’m glad it’s still out there in the ether, and that someone picked up on that same spirit even if it did take 11 years to come back around... Pretty dang cool, IMHO.)


13 posted on 10/25/2011 3:53:04 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I suppose he should have jabbered with some professor and a gagged and bound white cop while they drank beer along with thier Happy Meals with apples instead of fries?


14 posted on 10/25/2011 3:55:32 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: iowamark

The ad was pretty odd but the guy smoking was probably the only cool part about it (and I don’t smoke).


15 posted on 10/25/2011 4:04:41 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I LIKE IT!

that smoke smells like individual freedom.(being an ex smoker for 35 years now, I don't like the smell of cigarette smoke...but I do like the freedom to be able to...)

but my question is...... will the vast nannystate middle/independents like it??? It might be a bit too much for their feeble minds...and that very same middle will put the next president into office...perhaps Cain should have danced around it a bit?? I just don't know.

16 posted on 10/25/2011 4:05:51 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: LibertyRocks

I don’t smoke but I like it!


17 posted on 10/25/2011 4:06:36 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: LibertyRocks

That’s it, that’s IT. #WeCantWait to report all of you jackwagons to Attaaack Waaaatch.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 4:09:13 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (Obama: He's "Too Black to Fail")
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To: vanilla swirl

This Herman Cain ad is a lot stranger and a lot better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSlC7BxmSqY


19 posted on 10/25/2011 4:17:40 AM PDT by MitchSouthFla.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

lol, I dunno it’s purpose, but I liked it. Maybe an in your face, Obama you commie bastid, I’m the real deal black American who can do the job, kinda thing.

I actually loved the smoke blowing at the end and then Cain’s best smile. Maybe they were just playing around when they put it together, and then saw the irony of it. Don’t think it’s worth expensive tv time, but a priceless Youtube grab.


20 posted on 10/25/2011 4:17:48 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: miss marmelstein
Couldn’t be any worse that those nauseating photos you guys run of the big he-man Perry looking off into the middle distance as if trying to conjure up...a thought.

Perry is trying to look like the Marlboro Man without outright saying "Marlboro Man" because then he'd have to pay somebody for copyright infringement. He is too much. His "I have had a lifelong love affair with guns" schtick will result in an ad featuring him in a bed with a shotgun on the pillow beside him sharing a cigarette after who-knows-what, and then this Cain ad will be moot.

21 posted on 10/25/2011 4:18:44 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That POS in our White House smokes . . . and that’s in a taxpayer owned building . . . What’s with the hypocrisy?


22 posted on 10/25/2011 4:20:01 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is not a damned thing wrong with this spot. I liked it. Its real, honest, simple, practical, and down to earth. Brilliant for a bit of fooling around.


23 posted on 10/25/2011 4:21:01 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Rashputin
"I suppose he should have jabbered with some professor and a gagged and bound white cop while they drank beer along with thier Happy Meals with apples instead of fries?"

Priceless! :O)

24 posted on 10/25/2011 4:21:48 AM PDT by Old Badger (I still like Palin because she will tell like it is!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who would imagine that in the early 21st century America, it would be considered scandelous to smoke a cigarette, but perfectly ok for homosexuals to be “married”?


25 posted on 10/25/2011 4:23:21 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (I'm an AmeriCain!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You can't he'p yourself. Nothing about lil ricky and his optional 20% pay it or not flat tax, just try to find anything that you think will hurt Herman.

You've gone from being conservative to being annoying.

Stop it, go make the bed, do the washing and scrub the floor.

26 posted on 10/25/2011 4:23:50 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the Terrorists Savages)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
A campaign official said that the video was "just Block being Block."

Or is it a metaphor for the Cain campaign blowing smoke?

27 posted on 10/25/2011 4:24:11 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: miss marmelstein

LOL. Classic.


28 posted on 10/25/2011 4:27:04 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: MitchSouthFla.

Great ad, I relly like how Cain spit on his foot.


29 posted on 10/25/2011 4:31:40 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

LOL. That wasn’t Cain but a black cowboy who was a card carrying liberal. Cain doesnt appear until the last few seconds of the ad.


30 posted on 10/25/2011 4:33:28 AM PDT by MitchSouthFla.
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To: Beagle8U

*Really


31 posted on 10/25/2011 4:34:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: MitchSouthFla.

I loved the Yellow flowers clip.
The clip shines a bright light 0bama, and Hollywood actors, pointing out just how phony and shallow they are.


32 posted on 10/25/2011 4:36:42 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Beagle8U

No, that was Obama who spit on his foot.


33 posted on 10/25/2011 4:43:33 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Peculiar. It’s even, dare I say it, subversive in this cultural climate.


34 posted on 10/25/2011 4:43:45 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelected Obama.)
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To: iowamark

The comments at the site are unbelievable.


35 posted on 10/25/2011 4:43:53 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If you’re killing yourself with cancer sticks...vote for CAIN!

That has to be the weirdest ad ever!


36 posted on 10/25/2011 4:55:53 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hmmmm, how did posting a funny Cain ad, all of a sudden become a let’s bash and demagogue Perry because we like it, kindof post.

So many of you stuck on yourselves while carrying the democratic propaganda against Perry just can’t help yourselves, can you.

Every one of you know that you’re going to vote for the last candidate standing against Obama no matter who it is. And the people are going to decide who that is, not any of us personally or individually.

I’m going to throw my first vote to Perry, because I know the truth. Perry is the only man standing on that stage that has actually done the job of addressing and correcting the issues before this country in his state.

1. Balanced a huge budget and correctly applied the money for the best benefit of Texans.
2. Put $millions of dollars for boots on the ground at our southern border to stop the influx and protect.
3. Put in force risk pool insurance plans to make health care available to Texans excluded because of pre-existing conditions before anybody else in the US even thought of it. And he did it without a mandate, leaving Texans the ability to choose.
4. Fought off attempts by democrats to implement a state income tax. Done everything he can to keep our taxes low, as well as keep the cost of living in Texas at a manageable level.
5. Brought record numbers of jobs and businesses into the State during a recession, and kept Texans protected from joblessness, and brought wealth here.
6. Is fighting the EPA regulations off the state, and will crash and burn them to the ground and get their boot off this country’s back.
7. Has implemented a strong energy policy in our state and knows how REALLY important energy independence is to this country. As well as the jobs it will instantly create for Americans.
8. Will stand on the stage and call your arse heartless and not bother will stupid political correctness just to pander to your little sensitivities over a program that Texans supported that produces a better outcome for youth stuck here at no fault of their own and not going anywhere. It makes them first apply for citizenship, allows for stringent scholastic achievement restrictions to get the cream of the crop, and only asks them to PAY for their own education. The idea that it’s going to cost tax payers $100,000 per child his political KRAP talk. The fact is that their tuition is $170,000 more revenue that we wouldn’t otherwise have gotten.
8. A man who has stood up for his state against all odds and makes no bones about defending it against all enemies, even those within. And will do the same for this country.

I’m going to vote for the man that’s actually done the job already. I love Herman Cain. I think he’d make a great VP and get some experience under his belt. Or a cabinet member maybe in charge of foreign trade who can do the math and solve our trade deficit problems.


37 posted on 10/25/2011 4:57:17 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: RowdyFFC; SpinnerWebb
I’m going to vote for the man that’s actually done the job already.

Enjoy the Texas primary ... that's the only shot you're gonna have at voting for Rick.

38 posted on 10/25/2011 5:04:29 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: RowdyFFC

“Every one of you know that you’re going to vote for the last candidate standing against Obama no matter who it is.”

Don’t bet on it. There is no way I will vote for Romney, or any ticket with him on it.


39 posted on 10/25/2011 5:06:47 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

I’m sure I’m already on that list! LoL (I had a LOT of fun at Twitter the day that account opened).


40 posted on 10/25/2011 5:09:39 AM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>> It’s artsy.

It’s lame, IMO.

I could care less about the smoking thing at the end — that too isn’t evil, it’s just lame.

But I seriously wonder about the body language. Mr. Bloch is shaking his head “no” nearly the whole time he is extolling Mr. Cain. What’s up with that?


41 posted on 10/25/2011 5:12:30 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: tx_eggman

I thoroughly intend to. And if he loses then I’ll know that as well as democrats the many republicans are stuck on stupid and there’s not a lot going to change in this country.


42 posted on 10/25/2011 5:19:12 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All
Here's the 200+ post thread about it from last night. The video was sent to staff and supporters.
43 posted on 10/25/2011 5:22:40 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: conservaterian; All
that “smile” by Cain at the end is downright creepy

Oh horsesh*t. That ain't creepy, that's self-confidence.

Now if you want to see something that might not be "creepy" but is in fact embarrassing to watch, check out this godawful clip of Mitt-Witt trying to connect with the black electorate last time around in 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDwwAaVmnf4
44 posted on 10/25/2011 5:24:44 AM PDT by mkjessup (Is Herman Cain the best conservative candidate? If you say "no", then tell me who IS!!)
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To: Beagle8U

I too will gag if I have to vote for Romney, the alternative Marxist democrat. But as I’ve said before I’ll vote for an orange-butted orangutan against Obama. At least an orangutan knows how to count his bananas, and when to stop eating. Romney operates on a need for praise and is a smarmy coward who will possibly have ‘some’ fear of public opinion at least.

Obama is a lying muslim communist who could care less whether HE or YOU dies in his attempt at world chaos leading to punishment of Americans. He’s pro’bly rationalized to himself if he’s martyred for his cause he’ll get 72 gay virgins in Mohammad’s pagan hell hole heaven.


45 posted on 10/25/2011 5:27:45 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Nervous Tick

If he shaken his head in the AFFIRMATIVE, non-verbally it would have looked even more awkward and may not have particularly projected the affirmative any more stronger.


46 posted on 10/25/2011 5:31:18 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Mister Cain: a) IOWA upgrades, GOOD! b) Extend an offer to John Bolton to be your chief FP adviser)
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To: laweeks
That POS in our White House smokes . . .

That is the beauty of the ad. It is supposed to create outrage by the anti-smoking NAZIs on the left, then Cain can respond that Obama is a smoker and they said nothing about that.

Perfect setup using political correctness against your opponents.

47 posted on 10/25/2011 5:39:39 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: mkjessup
OK here is how the deal works and how the trap is set (which the enemies are Cain are stepping right into and I am absolutely LOVING it).

1. Controversial, unconventional, avant-garde, out-of-the-box-thinking guerilla-marketing type provocative ad.

2. Generates arguments, discussion, kuchikomi water cooler talk, internet buzz, people who never heard of this "Cain guy" wanting to check it out, boosting his name IDs further.

3. Temporary split in viewpoints. Maybe 50% view it like, it, and 50% (like the liberal dems, and RINOs, and Freepers here on FR who have clearly decided against Mr. Cain weigh in against it) opposed and slam it.

4. Herman gets asked about the ad in a debate or by some self righteous, pompous, elitist beltway talking head type in a news interview on FOX or CNN or elsewhere... Some uptight chap in the race, maybe Santorum as he strikes me as the most susceptible to take the bait without thinking through the tactical reprecussions, takes such an ad literally and spouts off on his high horse about nationwide cancer deaths by smoking and drones on and on, tilting at a windmill thinking he can eek out maybe 5% of the vote by going attack dog.

5. Sets up the final golden pitch for Herman Cain before a national audience for his ultimate coup d' grace which he had likely planned from the beginning. He MOCKS the MOCKERS, and SAYS IT WAS A JOKE, DONT BE SO THIN SKINNED, GOING BONKERS OVER A GUY PUFFING A CIGARETTE IS RABID LIBERAL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS GONE TOO FAR IF THIS GETS YOUR UNDERWEAR IN A CLUMP, and then maybe 85% of Americans are nodding their head in agreement over the add up 35% from the initial figures. "Hey, this Cain fellow? Man is he ever right. I can't even crack any more jokes down at the lunchroom anymore with the guys, its gone so far in my country with this easily offfffended libs....I kinda like this Herman Cain." (All the while, saying to themselves in their minds, "you know, in fact, under Obama and others this country HAS gone too damned far with the PC rubbish to the point they would consider such an ad in a negative light or get riled up over it.")

Brilliant positioning to win the fight on the larger scale, increase name ID level and burnish Herman Cain's endearing, anti-PC creds and image further into the national mindset. Brilliant 42 dimension chess at work here folks, and having fun all at the same time. Lighten up Francis! (Or in this case, "Light Up Francis!").

48 posted on 10/25/2011 5:55:11 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Mister Cain: a) IOWA upgrades, GOOD! b) Extend an offer to John Bolton to be your chief FP adviser)
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To: goat granny

Love it


49 posted on 10/25/2011 6:02:19 AM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: goat granny

If you watched the Morning Joe video, you understand what Caine’s ad is about when the Nazi commentator woman borrows a pack of cigs from the other guest and breaks them in half saying they are bad for you!

This use to be a country of freedom of choice and personal responsibility. Now the elites tell us what we can and can’t do - sickening!


50 posted on 10/25/2011 6:05:31 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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