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Cruz victory a wake-up call for Washington
Houston Chronicle ^ | August 1, 2012 | Richard S. Dunham

Posted on 08/01/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON - Ted Cruz's stunning come-from-behind victory over David Dewhurst in Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff sends an unmistakable message to the political establishment in Washington that the next U.S. Senate, like the Republican-controlled House, is going to be more conservative and less willing to compromise with President Barack Obama or even a possible President Mitt Romney.

"This is going to reverberate around the Capitol in Washington and around the country," said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. "If you can do this in Texas, you can do it anywhere. This is a hell of a wake-up call for the establishment."

The decisive win by Cruz, a first-time office-seeker, over one of the Texas' most powerful officeholders underscores the growing clout of tea party conservatives in Republican nominating contests and the struggles that both moderate and conservative establishment figures are facing in the current political climate of grass-roots fury at the status quo.

"People perceive a crisis," said Clemson University political scientist David James Woodard, a specialist in conservative politics. "They want leadership, not experience. They're open to ideological appeals more than a résumé."

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GOP strategist Mackowiak said Cruz's success "is going to convince outside groups to get involved in more races" against prominent establishment figures.

Tea party leaders were quick to claim credit for Cruz's victory after he trailed Dewhurst in the May 29 primary - warning other establishment figures that they faced extinction in future purges.

Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer said Dewhurst's defeat "comes at the hands of the Tea Party" and no "anointed Austin politician" should expect to prevail in primary contests.

And the threats, it seems, should be taken seriously....

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; cruz; gopprimary; teaparty; tedcruz; tx2012; ussenate
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1 posted on 08/01/2012 5:34:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

After serving a term in the Senate, I would like to see Cruz appointed to the SCOTUS, replacing Ruth Baader-Meinhoff Ginsburg or Breyer.


2 posted on 08/01/2012 5:38:16 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What’s this? The Tea Party is alive and well? The lamestreams have been gloating over it drying up and blowing away. A “one time” phenomenon.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 5:39:09 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rove can take this to the bank. We are not going away. The Tea Party is serious about making this nation great again. We want constitutionalists.
Romney better heed the Texas and Wisconsin victories as wake up calls. Big mistake to hire a Palin basher as one of his campaign spokesmen.
4 posted on 08/01/2012 5:39:59 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rove can take this to the bank. We are not going away. The Tea Party is serious about making this nation great again. We want constitutionalists.
Romney better heed the Texas and Wisconsin victories as wake up calls. Big mistake to hire a Palin basher as one of his campaign spokesmen.
5 posted on 08/01/2012 5:40:15 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: upchuck

Next media meme: “The Tea Party is a one time phenomenon, except in that backward state of Texas.”


6 posted on 08/01/2012 5:40:53 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Did anyone else gleefully watch Dewie’s concession speech and hear him say, “as your US senator”?

Does he not get it that he LOST?


7 posted on 08/01/2012 5:41:43 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is in the Houston Comical? They are shedding tears on their keyboards while writing this piece. Don't worry they will endorse the democrap in Nov.
8 posted on 08/01/2012 5:42:16 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Perdogg
Six more years of Ginsburg or Breyer will give us the death of the Republic.

Doncha' think it's better to get them outta' there much sooner?

9 posted on 08/01/2012 5:42:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Texas tea party triumph means less compromise in Washington, said Larry Sabato, . . ."You wonder how we'll ever manage to avoid going over the fiscal cliff," he said. "There are now so many people in Congress who won't give an inch, on both sides."

Here we go. Cruz is one of those irrational zealots who is going to force the country over a fiscal cliff because he won't "compromise." We have heard this a lot and it is an incredibly ignorant statement. "Tea Party" candidates like Cruz focus on the fact that we are going over a fiscal cliff because our insane spending is out of control. He is the sane one. He is the one saying that we need to cut spending to avoid going over the cliff. That is sanity.

Morons like Sabato and the MSM, including a lot of RINOS, mindlessly babble about "compromise" without any context or history. Compromise for compromise's sake. They ignore how much the Dems have ramped up spending over the past 6 or 7 years, aided and abetted by Lyndon Baines Bush. Spending needs to be cut, Cruz will help do that. That is the sane, rational, adult way to deal with our situation.

10 posted on 08/01/2012 5:43:03 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Spktyr
Next media meme: “The Tea Party is a one time phenomenon, except in that backward state of Texas.”

Is that necessarily a bad thing? Hard to think of a worse strategic error than to underestimate the opposition!

11 posted on 08/01/2012 5:43:47 AM PDT by maryz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can’t figure out why the author seems so suprised. This is just the latest in a trend that really got rolling in 2010.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 5:49:01 AM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Ditter

I was thinking the same thing. I can’t believe this is a Chron headline.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 5:50:16 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rove, Coulter, Romney, GOP-E, do you hear us now?
14 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:03 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Mountain Mary

He did not imagine in his wildest dreams that he would lose. He probably didn’t even have proper losing remarks prepared.


15 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:49 AM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Successful Palin Endorsement a Wake-up Call for GOP-e


16 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:49 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The massive conservative Texas turnout is an omen of what is to come on election Day, November 6, 2012. Millions of conservative and Tea Party members will turn out to defeat Obama, big time!!!

First, the Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin victory and now Ted Cruz in Texas. Congratualtions Governor Walker and soon to be Texas U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz!!! ABO, folks, Anybody But Obama....and, destroy the “communist” Democrat Party in Texas and throughout the USA!!!

Folks, catch that Mexican-American vote along the border counties, supporting Ted Cruz (Cuban-American)


17 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:53 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wifey,

Good job, I live in PA so I couldn't vote but I sent him my {this year} standard donation for out of state conservatives, $20.12.

I have sent that same donation to many pubbie senate candidates including Sarah Steelman, Hodve, Smith in PA, and even once to Romney.

Like it or not, Mittens is our guy and it's either him or the death of Freedom.

With congress critter like Cruz and Lee and Demint we can keep Mittens and Mitch McConnell and weepers Boehner in line and doing the things that have to be done.

18 posted on 08/01/2012 5:52:02 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: katiedidit1

Big mistake to hire a Palin basher as one of his campaign spokesmen.
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Big mistake to hire guys with short fuses and foul mouths too...

Has Willie fired that guy who cursed at the press ???


19 posted on 08/01/2012 5:56:06 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: maryz

Didn’t say it was. Just speculating on how the media is going to try to spin the fact that they completely blew it.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 5:57:37 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: muawiyah

They are there for life. I wish they would leave tomorrow. However, I have no control over such matters.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 5:58:16 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: katiedidit1

We have been saying it all along, but they didn’t listen. THEY need us. WE don’t need them...and we have proven it over and over.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 6:00:02 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No surfer here, but the saying “catch a wave” applies.

The Tea Party does great grassroots work, but what causes victories like this, bottomline, is that the PEOPLE themselves are rising up.

Think how many in the LSM still misunderstand the Tea Party.

The TP is a reflection of what is happening with the people, not the other way around.


23 posted on 08/01/2012 6:01:43 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: upchuck

As a texan that voted for Cruz is was as much a statement to Washington as anything. Many times I thought Dewhurst ahs built a business - we could use a few mroe business guys in washington, but Delay had that story and he was part of the problem...spending. STOP IT. Stop the spending, the regulations the new taxes.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 6:01:43 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Congratulations to the soon to be Sen Cruz and also to Gov Palin, who once again showed how ‘irrelevant’ she is.
25 posted on 08/01/2012 6:02:22 AM PDT by JPG (Mount your steeds. Nov '12 is for all the marbles.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Watch out OBama! We are the Tea Party and we’re pissed!


26 posted on 08/01/2012 6:03:05 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Watch out OBama! We are the Tea Party and we’re pissed!


27 posted on 08/01/2012 6:03:20 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Tennessee Nana
No, he is still with Romney. However, Romney put Fehrnstrom on the back burner and hired Madden as campaign spokesman. Madden is the Palin basher.
Fehrnstrom made a gaffe by calling the individual mandate a penalty instead of a tax. Romney had to do damage control but look at the choice he made..Madden?
28 posted on 08/01/2012 6:04:35 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does anyone know who Dan Patrick supported in the end? I know on the radio he slammed Cruz and Dewhurst used it in a negative ad. Did he turn into a republican elitist after just a few years in office?


29 posted on 08/01/2012 6:07:02 AM PDT by Terry Mross (To My Kin and Former Friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: MestaMachine
They don't want to come out of their comfort zone. Rino’s love the power and don't want anyone to rattle their cage. The Tea Party is a threat to the good ole rino’s club.
30 posted on 08/01/2012 6:09:42 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Senator McConnell, this is the House Pharmacy Calling, your Stomach Medicine is Ready for Pickup"
31 posted on 08/01/2012 6:10:30 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"People perceive a crisis," said Clemson University political scientist David James Woodard, a specialist in conservative politics. "They want leadership, not experience. They're open to ideological appeals more than a résumé."

People know the presidency is a lost cause, and that the only way to save the country is through Congress.

32 posted on 08/01/2012 6:11:16 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: upchuck

Solent majority is speaking loud and clear! Can’t wait for November!!! NBC weep in what you have sown! MSM is dead!


33 posted on 08/01/2012 6:15:41 AM PDT by JFC
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To: txrangerette

Conservatives are storming the Hill (with every intention of taking it).

Americans are coming forward to stand and again be counted in this growing grassroots movement.

America isn’t down and out!

Millions living under oppression around the world are cheering tea party patriotism and its growing strength; it will embolden people to resist their tyrants.


34 posted on 08/01/2012 6:16:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

First time I declared Republican in order to vote for Mr. Cruz since 1998. It is a shame the GOP doesn’t have a conservative at the top of their ticket.


35 posted on 08/01/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am elated with Cruz's victory. Now let's see if the GOP-E will support him in the General. Or will they do as they did in 2010 and pretend the Democrat is running unopposed. Or worse as they did in Alaska and support the write-in candidate who lost the primary.
Maybe Dewhurst’s concession speech when he said “as your US Senator” was no gaffe. Just letting the peons know he & the GOP-E have decided to run a write in campaign.
Just a Thought.
36 posted on 08/01/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: TexasRepublic
Watch out OBama! We are the Tea Party and we’re pissed!

That needed to be said twice!

This Texan is absolutely thrilled that Mr. Cruz won! We supported him all the way.

37 posted on 08/01/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Terry Mross

Dan Patrick is being appointed to committees; he is building a power base that will bump him up the leadership ladder — so in the end he had to do “the right thing.” But he couldn’t help but look like a two-faced politician in the process.

“Patrick added: “Cruz is a bright and talented lawyer who is also a fiery orator. I respect those who see it differently. I’m not going to be critical of Cruz. He may well win and if he does we will rally around him in November. Since both Cruz and Dewhurst have said they differ only slightly on the issues in the end it’s a matter of style and background.”

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2012/07/26/dewhurst_wins_support_of_combs.html


38 posted on 08/01/2012 6:28:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The RINO owner of the company where I work was a big Dewhurst supporter. He hated Cruz because “those Tea Partiers don’t know how to compromise!” LOL. I wish I’d seen his crocodile tears and sputtering rage as the results came in.


39 posted on 08/01/2012 6:32:21 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Mountain Mary
Does he not get it that he LOST?

Maybe they're planning on pulling another Murkowski?

40 posted on 08/01/2012 6:38:38 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Terry Mross

Patrick goes which ever is best for him.


41 posted on 08/01/2012 6:41:52 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: katiedidit1

Well said!! :-)


42 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:19 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: katiedidit1; All

“.........Should Ted Cruz win the general election, and the odds are in his favor, he will join Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Ron Johnson as yet another Senator who owed his nomination more to Jim DeMint than the Republican leaders in Congress.

Already, as the sun rises this morning, there is a great game of co-opting happening. Republican leaders and conservative establishmentarians are already whispering that Ted is a “reasonable” and “smart” conservative. “He won’t be like Jim DeMint.”

Ted Cruz established himself by being like Jim DeMint. He better remember that as the great fellating of his ego by Washington insiders begins. The Republicans in Washington aim to co-opt him, to pacify him, and to make him an ally in preservation of the status quo. They will use conservative editorialists, fundraisers, and others to do the dirty work. They will try to surround him with staff who can “tame” him and “show him the ropes.” They will push conservative think tankers on him who know the game and where their real allegiance is. They will try to undermine him while building him up.

Washington insiders always try to bring outsiders to the inside. Jim DeMint remains a hero to the antiestablishment crowd because that crowd knows he won’t be bought off. Ted Cruz will, we can all hope and expect, be a Texas version of Jim DeMint, and not just another go along to get along Republican on the way past $16 trillion in debt.......”

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/08/01/the-establishments-near-sexual-advances-on-ted-cruz-are-about-to-begin/


43 posted on 08/01/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I hope this forces Romney to the right. I hope it has him shaking in his boots, but he’s not there yet.


44 posted on 08/01/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: muawiyah

Breyer-—what a schmuck without testosterone. At least we know Ruthie Buzzy is a hack feminist to her core. Breyer is your gelding leftist, nuanced Euroweenie-like socialist elitist lib. Remember that the Clintoons gave us these 2 beauts for the SCOTUS. And to think that a judge the caliber of Robert Bork who got rejected via vicious lies and smears is beyond ludicrous. John Jay would be aghast to see who and what has corrupted the Court.


45 posted on 08/01/2012 6:51:13 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Tea Party & Conservative enthusiasm beats moderate’s money.

” As of July 11, Dewhurst had raised more than $24.5 million compared to Cruz’s $9 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.”


46 posted on 08/01/2012 6:51:32 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Beginning in 2010 there have been numerous wake-up calls for DC. They continue to snooze. I don’t know about you ..... but that worries me.


47 posted on 08/01/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

But they KEEP HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 08/01/2012 6:55:23 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If Cruz is smart..he will remember his supporters. If not for the Tea Party he would never have won the primary. I have faith because Scott Walker never waivered and beat the recall thanks to the Tea Party voters. Sure it was a state election but it shows there are men and women of character.
We will be watching!
49 posted on 08/01/2012 6:57:16 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: katiedidit1
"The Tea Party is serious about making this nation great again. "

You said it- After the USA, where else is there to go?

You could escape from china or russia or cuba or east germany - to go to the USA

But where can you go to if you have to escape the USA?

If Obama ever finally puts up a fence on the border- it will be to keep people in (like the Berlin wall)

50 posted on 08/01/2012 7:03:10 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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