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A LIBERAL MUGGED BY REALITY (or not)
Powerline ^ | 12/31/2013 | SCOTT JOHNSON

Posted on 12/31/2013 4:45:43 AM PST by markomalley

Mark Andrew is a prominent Minneapolis Democrat. He served as long as he wanted to as a Hennepin County (Minneapolis and inner-ring suburbs) Commissioner, from 1982 until he resigned from the Hennepin County Board in 1999. He served a term as chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party in the mid 1990s. Last month he came in a distant second in a crowded field running for Minneapolis mayor, though it wasn’t for lack of trying. There might be a left-wing cause or canard that Andrew hasn’t supported in the course of a long public career, but I doubt it. He’s a liberals’ liberal.

Andrew is back in the news this month because he was assaulted last week in public at the Mall of America by two teenage girls, one 17 and one — Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain — 18. They were protecting a teenage boy who had stolen Andrew’s iPhone off a table at the MOA Starbucks. The trio had been casing the Starbucks all afternoon to assess the potential for a robbery.

Andrew gave chase to the teenage boy who lifted his phone. As he followed, the girls jumped him and pulled out a baton with which to pummel him. “I’m going to kill you! Let me go or I’m going to kill you!” Cutler-Cain yelled as she dug her fingernails into his face. Andrew took nine stitches in his head as a result of the beating.

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The New York Daily News has a good article rounding up the facts of the story as of this past weekend. Yesterday Cutler-Cain made her first court appearance on charges arising from the incident and the 17-year-old was charged in juvenile court. KARE11 reports on Cutler-Cain’s court appearance here. I would like to know why the authorities aren’t moving to have the 17-year-old certified for prosecution as an adult, but that’s a story for another day.

Andrew’s phone was recovered at the Mall. Where is the thug who lifted it from Andrew? Chercher l’homme. That too is a story for another day.

However you look at it, this is an appalling story. The theft took place in broad daylight at a highly trafficked spot in Minnesota’s most highly trafficked mall. Andrew describes himself as a target because of his age, but, as I recall, Andrew is a tall, imposing man. He was nevertheless jumped by one girl while another beat him with a deadly weapon and Andrew was left to fend for himself. Perhaps real men don’t shop at the Mall of America, or patronize Starbucks, but that doesn’t exactly suffice for an explanation. Andrew says the patrons were too scared to help out. As it turns out, Andrew must have been the manliest man in the vicinity.

All this over an iPhone which, at best, might have a street value of a few hundred dollars. (Here is an article on the trade in stolen smartphones.) In all likelihood, however, wouldn’t the phone would have had the updated iOS7 operating system with security features making it more difficult for anyone but the owner to use the phone?

Irving Kristol famously described a neoconservative as a liberal mugged by reality. In Minnesota, however, the liberal’s not for turning. In the immediate aftermath of last week’s events, Andrew was sticking to type. Andrew told the Star Tribune he would remain involved in the case and try to help his attackers.

“They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” he said. “So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.” Prison would be perfect.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: cutlercain; markandrew; minneapolis; minnesota
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1 posted on 12/31/2013 4:45:43 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

maybe they’re too far gone

Maybe Andrew is too far gone to recognize reality.


2 posted on 12/31/2013 4:50:13 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: markomalley

The only thing that would make this a much more interesting story if Andrews got the $14,000 medical bill deductible that his Obamacare medical plan charges.


3 posted on 12/31/2013 4:51:18 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: markomalley
"“They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” he said. “So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.” Prison would be perfect."

Posting their heads on pikes outside the mall entrance would be perfect, but I guess that would be intolerant.

4 posted on 12/31/2013 4:51:48 AM PST by Truth29
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To: markomalley
We need midnight basketball.

Do the liberals ever wonder that their many years of welfare created a society where the only way to get ahead is through crime? Rather than helping minorities stand on their feet and be self-suffiicient and proud they kept dishing out the welfare checks which only helped the people get by but never have a fulfiling life. But, the checks bought votes.

5 posted on 12/31/2013 4:54:42 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: markomalley

This account proves once again that liberalism is a mental disease.


6 posted on 12/31/2013 4:55:04 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: markomalley
"...In Minnesota, however, the liberal's not for turning...."

What a great line..trust everyone gets the reference..

7 posted on 12/31/2013 4:55:24 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Truth29
There have been dozens of mall and theater riots/muggings reported in the last week. I'm certain that dozens more have gone unreported. The veneer of civilization is becoming thinner and thinner.

Heads on pikes might be coming sooner than you think. The question is, whose heads?

8 posted on 12/31/2013 4:56:04 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Truth29

I wonder what he would be saying if a Tea Party member had done it?


9 posted on 12/31/2013 4:57:26 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Truth29

Its funny how liberals despise christianity, except for its wussier, self-effacing and dare I say it, suicidal aspects concerning being merciful and forgiving to evil scum bent on destroying those who subscribe to it.


10 posted on 12/31/2013 4:57:42 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Like this is of course as if no doubt the first time the little darlings have ever done such as thing..


11 posted on 12/31/2013 5:00:29 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

No, sorry, I don’t. Please explain.


12 posted on 12/31/2013 5:00:49 AM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Truth29

I’m equally tempted to be vindictive, but try very hard not to be. One of the very few things I agree with liberals about is redemption.

As a Christian, I believe that even the most heinous crime can be forgiven. Maybe not by me - I’m not always able to find that much compassion in myself - but certainly by God. That does not mean that there should be no punishment for a crime. I think all three perps in this case should be locked up for a very, very long time.


13 posted on 12/31/2013 5:01:54 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: markomalley

I wouldn’t wish harm like this on anyone, but if someone was going to get his @ss kicked at the Mall of America by a couple of quasi-humanoid mutants, I think it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.


14 posted on 12/31/2013 5:03:44 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: gnickgnack2
With great pleasure... here ya go!!
15 posted on 12/31/2013 5:05:00 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: markomalley
Live here in Minnesota.

Was at the MOA after dark for a show one evening.

Will never go there again as it is a gun-free (open season on Whitey) zone.

16 posted on 12/31/2013 5:05:03 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (It was the best of governments; it is the worst of governments.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Wife and went to a movie once at MOA when we lived in MN. Too many gang-bangers, too many cell phones and finger flips.
To hell with them.


17 posted on 12/31/2013 5:12:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: markomalley

“Andrew says the patrons were too scared to help out. As it turns out, Andrew must have been the manliest man in the vicinity.”

More likely the other patrons didn’t want to throw their futures down the toilet by being charged with a hate crime.


18 posted on 12/31/2013 5:13:19 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“There have been dozens of mall and theater riots/muggings reported in the last week. I’m certain that dozens more have gone unreported. The veneer of civilization is becoming thinner and thinner.”

That veneer will continue to deteriorate as an increasing number of people fall behind; they won’t simply disappear quietly. The American Dream is dead for too many people today; until decent jobs are widely available again expect this surge in property crimes to continue (and increase).


19 posted on 12/31/2013 5:15:46 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley
" I think there’s redemption for everybody,”"

This guy is apparently beyond redemption.

He needs to admit that the entire episode was his personal fault and a function of his unremitting personal devotion to his own White Privilege.

20 posted on 12/31/2013 5:17:40 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: generally

I agree with you 100%. Believing in redemption does not mean one is a bleeding heart liberal who does not support having the punishment fit the crime.

As far as not always being able to find enough compassion in yourself to forgive, I’m in the same place you are - but I keep trying, and I hope you will too.

I wish you a happy and blessed New Year.


21 posted on 12/31/2013 5:17:46 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Former Proud Canadian
"Heads on pikes might be coming sooner than you think. The question is, whose heads?"

Yes, and widespread social unrest will serve Obama's agenda well, so even going prepared helps Obama. Never the less, it is wise to be armed and vigilant at all times and avoid times and places that make one a potential victim.

22 posted on 12/31/2013 5:25:20 AM PST by Truth29
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To: ken5050

I’m afraid I do not.

Please clarify.

Thanks, ‘Pod.


23 posted on 12/31/2013 5:28:15 AM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Truth29

Amazing how quickly this story died. A white liberal getting his butt kicked by two blacks (girls yet) and that is NOT a hate crime? Can’t have it both ways so they just hide the story.


24 posted on 12/31/2013 5:30:01 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Progov

Maybe the now awakened liberal will convert to being conservative.


25 posted on 12/31/2013 5:31:47 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Alberta's Child

You know, I was thinking that this idiot might have had some sense beaten into him. Apparently not.


26 posted on 12/31/2013 5:33:20 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: markomalley
Liberalism is turning us into timorous herd animals on the African savanna whose only reaction to one of their own being brought down by a carnivore is simply to move on.

Liberalism's fingerprints are all over the disincentives to action causing the bystanders to continue to do exactly that, stand by.

Suppose some red-blooded American male had leapt to the defense of our hapless liberal, he would have to be trading blows with a female. Perhaps an underage female. Probably an African-American underage female. Now, if you are a white, adult male do you feel law will treat you fairly under those circumstances?

Dare I mention the name, George Zimmerman?

The white red-blooded adult male will also have seen that the attackers were armed with some sort of weapons and he has been foreclosed by liberals from carrying weapons in this mall. Do they have guns? Why take a chance?

So one class of people have been put at a physical disadvantage over another class of people by liberals and the result is that the disadvantaged class is conditioned to passivity-or flight like a herd animal on the African velt.

If one engages, one becomes potential prey for vengeance and conceivably makes his family vulnerable. Likewise, if one becomes a witness at trial the same problems arise. Is there anything in our justice system which has not been so distorted by liberals that would incentivize any bystander to take risks on behalf of the innocent? In other words, does an ordinary man have faith in the rule of law, in the likelihood of justice?

Why take risks to no purpose inside of a system that does not want you to come to the aid of a victim, it wants you to stand by passively?

In Leftist's wake are left countless unintended consequences which do so much damage all of which is unanticipated and many of which are unrecognized by the electorate.


27 posted on 12/31/2013 5:35:49 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: From The Deer Stand

From my experience in talking to liberals,
you aren’t going to get one to admit that welfare destroyed black families.

Sheeperals derive their righteousness by their advocacy to “help people”, of course, in the most non-sacrificial way possible. They aren’t going to give up on the source of their righteousness any more than a Christian would give up on Jesus.


28 posted on 12/31/2013 5:36:30 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ken5050
The problem is that there is no punishment and no direction at home. No fathers to knock heads together when needed.

Welfare breeds fatherless families. Fatherless families breeds children who only know dependence and apathy. Society has given up on punishing crimes so the inevitable occurs.

29 posted on 12/31/2013 5:39:55 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: kearnyirish2

I’m probably older than you. I have been cognizant of the thinning veneer for over 40 years. To me, its virtually gone.


30 posted on 12/31/2013 5:42:07 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: nathanbedford
"Liberalism is turning us into timorous herd animals on the African savanna whose only reaction to one of their own being brought down by a carnivore is simply to move on."

Morlocks and Eloi. The new American Eloi are being bred and raised to simply accept their status as prey as normal and even righteous retribution for perceived past sins.

31 posted on 12/31/2013 5:43:48 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Did you move to the Ozarks?

I have a sister there, seems nice. Great motorcycling!

32 posted on 12/31/2013 5:45:08 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (It was the best of governments; it is the worst of governments.)
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To: sauropod

See #15


33 posted on 12/31/2013 5:46:51 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: markomalley

“their lives around”

The jokes write themselves.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.


34 posted on 12/31/2013 5:52:44 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: markomalley

How many MN liberals have ever converted? Supposedly, Norm Coleman did as he turned the other cheek at the fraud against him. MN people as a whole are truly dedicated to what is wrong with America.


35 posted on 12/31/2013 5:56:45 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: headsonpikes

Several-eponymous-references-here ping.


36 posted on 12/31/2013 5:58:43 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley
Andrew told the Star Tribune he would remain involved in the case and try to help his attackers.

“They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” he said. “So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.”

I kind of think Andrew is saying these stupid things to enhance his political career. He probably depends on the minority vote to fuel his reelection chances. He could not be this stupid; I believe he is speaking like this to enhance his political career. Liberal derangement syndrome?

These "teenagers" are probably beyond help.

37 posted on 12/31/2013 5:59:48 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: markomalley

I was sorry to see that happened.

I wonder if I as a mom (STOP THAT NOW!) could have restrained myself from going in. At least tackle one of the perps and sit on her. I mean, really. Nobody would help the poor guy?


38 posted on 12/31/2013 6:02:43 AM PST by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Lake of the Ozarks.


39 posted on 12/31/2013 6:03:08 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> In Minnesota, however, the liberal’s not for turning... Andrew was sticking to type. Andrew told the Star Tribune he would remain involved in the case and try to help his attackers. “They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” he said.

Thanks markomalley. Apropos of nothing, I remember that episode of X-Files where the liver-eating semi-human creature turned on the shrink who’d got him released from the nutbarn and ate his liver.


40 posted on 12/31/2013 6:07:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: kearnyirish2

> The American Dream is dead for too many people today; until decent jobs are widely available again expect this surge in property crimes to continue (and increase).

That has little to do with it — the violent underclass gets fed, housed, and money for drugs (and smart phones) in a consequence-free environment. They don’t want jobs, don’t need them, and won’t ever want them. What we need are more prisons, and to keep that revenue-neutral, eliminate welfare programs.


41 posted on 12/31/2013 6:09:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: generally
Dear generally,

I'm all for redemption. Many folks experience conversion of heart as they await their hanging.


sitetest

42 posted on 12/31/2013 6:26:30 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: DuncanWaring

As I have posted from time to time, I would rather have styled myself as ‘headsonpints’, but the times command realism.

Actual heads on pikes make a political statement that is impossible to misunderstand; my metaphorical handle was chosen to reflect this.

See my tagline - we are up against pure Leninists, now that Marx has been discredited except in Ivy League English Departments. “Who-whom?”

So, “Heads On Pikes!”


43 posted on 12/31/2013 6:27:33 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: logic101.net
“maybe they’re too far gone

Maybe Andrew is too far gone to recognize reality.”
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I think you have got it exactly right.

44 posted on 12/31/2013 6:33:14 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
I kind of think Andrew is saying these stupid things to enhance his political career.

Hold the cards folks. I think we have a bingo. If you ever had the displeasure of being in a room full of liberals, you will likely hear what they really think. And it is not what they prescribe for everyone else.

45 posted on 12/31/2013 6:53:23 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: SunkenCiv

“That has little to do with it — the violent underclass gets fed, housed, and money for drugs (and smart phones) in a consequence-free environment. They don’t want jobs, don’t need them, and won’t ever want them. What we need are more prisons, and to keep that revenue-neutral, eliminate welfare programs.”

The problem is that more Americans are quickly ending up in the violent underclass; people with no hope can be desperate. There are not nearly enough jobs (McJobs included) for the number of people out of work.

Building more prisons is just enlarging government; they are part of the “poverty-industrial complex”. If they worked in a way where convicts grew their own food, made their own clothing, etc. (self-sufficient), I would agree with you; instead, they just became more pork, loaded with de facto government jobs...


46 posted on 12/31/2013 6:53:41 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley

Too bad we can’t rid society of all these players, but if I had to choose one it would be Andrew.


47 posted on 12/31/2013 6:54:42 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I live between Newark & Jersey City in NJ; it has been gone in much of those for decades. As we are overrun by immigrants (legal & otherwise), simple things like using blinkers/indicators in automobiles have become a thing of the past.


48 posted on 12/31/2013 6:58:00 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: VRW Conspirator
I kind of think Andrew is saying these stupid things to enhance his political career.

Hold the cards folks. I think we have a bingo. If you ever had the displeasure of being in a room full of liberals, you will likely hear what they really think. And it is not what they prescribe for everyone else.

Yes, I have been in the room full of liberals, and it is just as you say. Privately, and off the record, they will candidly speak differently. However, they have a vested interest in speaking libspeak. They must repeat the party line, else they be excommunicated.

The peril in this type of activity is that by practicing this deception over time, they become cloudy thinkers and victim to the catechism; they make stupid, heavy handed decisions that are long on over thinking and lacking in common sense. It becomes a disease; a type of mental illness. They dither, parse words and pander; they are incapable of acting decisively and logically. They therefore, make poor leaders.

49 posted on 12/31/2013 7:30:15 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Truth29

Just stopping the little thugs from riding the light rail without paying would probably eliminate half the problems with the feral yutes at the MOA.


50 posted on 12/31/2013 8:00:39 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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