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The Best State in America Is…?
Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 01/23/2014 2:29:49 PM PST by Kaslin

What’s the best state in America?

I’m not sure I can answer that broad question, but I can address the more narrow issue of which state has the most economic freedom. Last month, for instance, I shared some data from the Canada-based Fraser Institute which showed that South Dakota was America’s most laissez-faire state, followed by Tennessee, Delaware, Texas, and Virginia (though all of them trailed the Canadian province of Alberta).

And one year ago, I posted about a fascinating Mercatus study that ranked states based on total freedom (including, interestingly, a “bachelor party” variable). That research put North Dakota at the top, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.

Now we have another measure of overall economic liberty at the state level. The Texas Public Policy Foundation has put together a “soft tyranny” index that measures total economic oppression, both for the United States and for the 50 states.

As you would suspect, the ranking was constructed with various measures of spending, taxes, and regulation.

Since we’re focusing today on state competitiveness, let’s first look at that data. As you can see, Texas is in the top spot with the lowest burden of government, followed by South Dakota, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.

Soft Tyranny States
Since South Dakota and Tennessee appear in the top 5 of all measures, I’m guessing that means they are the best states (and it’s presumably no coincidence that they don’t have broad-based income taxes).

Now let’s review the data for the United States.

Probably the most relevant thing to notice is that economic freedom improved during the Reagan and Clinton years, whereas it worsened under Carter, both Bush Administrations, and Obama.

Soft Tyranny USA

And since America’s last two presidents have imposed a larger burden of government, it’s no surprise that the United States has fallen in both major global measures of economic freedom.

P.S. On a totally separate issue, I’m not surprised to learn that Republicans who are philosophically corrupt sometimes are personally corrupt as well.


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1 posted on 01/23/2014 2:29:49 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Obviously it is the State of Denial..................


2 posted on 01/23/2014 2:34:01 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Kaslin

Republicans are corrupt?

Okay then. ...

The best state is Texas — obviously.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 2:34:13 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Kaslin

             
4 posted on 01/23/2014 2:34:36 PM PST by tomkat (live it)
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To: Kaslin; LucyT

SoDak ping!


5 posted on 01/23/2014 2:35:04 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Kaslin

Confusion. At least that’s the state I find myself in the most.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 2:35:07 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Kaslin

Any measure that ranks Delaware anywhere in the top 10 for good qualities is worthless. Delaware is a Communist fiefdom. It is a one party state, with a RINO dominated subminority that openly hates Conservatives.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 2:39:12 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Kaslin

Arizona!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!, in the top 10 best States.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 2:40:53 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
One of my oldest friends is from North Dakota. She has waxed poetic about her home states for decades.

Yet, she remains in California because of the North Dakota winters. It would seem to me that the best state to live in is NOT North Dakota or IT would have the 40+ million folks, NOT California.

Doesn't climate have any influence on people's choice where to live? I know that I SURE wouldn't want to live through those North Dakota winters where one spends zillions on heating. AND I wouldn't want to live in the desert where I would have to spend zillions on cooling.

Hmmmm, now WHERE, o where, would there be a place that is NOT to hot and NOT too cold?
Why, CALIFORNIA's climate is pretty nice along the coast, as is Oregon's and Washington....the latter two ONLY if you like LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of rain.

9 posted on 01/23/2014 2:40:59 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: discostu
Confusion. At least that’s the state I find myself in the most.

Lol. Good one.

10 posted on 01/23/2014 2:41:49 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Kaslin
NH have way too many (D) in government and there are too many immigrants from MA and NY who fled their oppressive states, only to demand and vote for the same crap here.

11 posted on 01/23/2014 2:42:09 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NTHockey

Where’s your Blue Hen pride?


12 posted on 01/23/2014 2:42:30 PM PST by EEGator
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To: tomkat

...it’s futile.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 2:44:24 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: SandRat

Ha!

Barely below ya!


14 posted on 01/23/2014 2:45:14 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

New Jersey! We have just about everything within 2 hours driving distance!
Now of course the politics...run while you can.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 2:46:06 PM PST by jughandle
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To: SandRat
Arizona!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!, in the top 10 best States.

How much do you spend on A.C. from April-October? Probably about as much as the North Dakotans spend on heating during the winter.

I do love Arizona. My mother's family moved there in the last century (late 19th century) to get away from their Chicago roots. They didn't have A.C. in Phoenix but a water cooler. During the summer they just didn't move.
Also, the wealthy USED to flee the north and northeast and flock to Arizona for the winter. My grandmother used to be a dresser and packer for the 'nobs who wintered there.

I also had an uncle in Nogales, Arizona. He worked for the U.S. Customs. We used to visit both Phoenix and Nogales in the summer. Nogales was beautiful back then. We'd go across the line for dinner. It was nice.

But live there? No thanks. California is just right for me.

16 posted on 01/23/2014 2:48:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Then you knoe Cochise County, thats were I am, better temps year round.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 2:52:02 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: cloudmountain
California is just right for me.

Except for the damn Commies it is a fine State....
And I suppose a higher than normal infestation rate of sodomites and atheists ... but it is mostly the Commies...

18 posted on 01/23/2014 2:53:45 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: cloudmountain

You really can’t beat the fabulous California weather, but there are so many downsides to California, too. Illegal aliens aren’t stupid; they’re going to flood into the most beautiful, warm states.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 2:54:44 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: NTHockey

“Bearded Marxist”, and Harry Reid’ pet coon. (Just one example)


20 posted on 01/23/2014 2:55:31 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Kaslin

TN should be ahead of NH since so many Boston refugees have invaded that state.


21 posted on 01/23/2014 2:55:57 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: SandRat

Love Arizona! We spend all of February and March in Cochise County in our fifth wheeler. In fact, we leave SoDak this weekend for Benson, AZ. We’ve made many wonderful, conservative friends there. We try to avoid Phoenix and Tucson. (Hate the big cities) Like to shop in Sierra Vista. Doubt if I would like the summers. Yep, we’re “snowbirds”.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 3:02:13 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Elsie
Not until I assume ambient temperature .. in the meantime it helps ward off total despair .. and a few million tiny cuts per day can still cripple this Leviathan bastard.
23 posted on 01/23/2014 3:02:30 PM PST by tomkat (yeah, the Maquis were still French, but they didn't hesitate)
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To: Fledermaus
TN should be ahead of NH since so many Boston refugees have invaded that state.

Most of us who came to New Hampshire from Massachusetts are refugees, not invaders. The proof of that statement is in the fact that the two counties with the highest percentage of former Mass. residents (Hillsborough and Rockingham) are also the most reliably Republican.

24 posted on 01/23/2014 3:07:01 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: smokingfrog

NO! Texas is not the place to migrate to, if you are wanting to bring along some liberalism.

Texas is too cold. Texas gets too hot. Texas gets too wet. Texas is too dry. Texas has too many that cling to their guns, many many guns. Texas has and uses the death penalty.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 3:14:37 PM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone have to ask?

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


26 posted on 01/23/2014 3:15:17 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Kaslin

Drunken state is the best cause it’s all good when your there and it sucks when you wake up and realize you’ve left


27 posted on 01/23/2014 3:16:26 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Kaslin
South Dakota has Mount Rushmore and the Corn Palace.

Tennessee has Graceland, Opryland, the Nashville Parthenon, and Dollywood.

So both have some good tourist attractions.

Winter weather? Right now it's 17 degrees in Nashville and 29 in Rapid City, so I guess I'd have to go with South Dakota for winter weather.

28 posted on 01/23/2014 3:16:36 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: cloudmountain
Doesn't climate have any influence on people's choice where to live?

The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have some of the most beautiful weather on earth, but most of them are socio-political basket cases, as well.

Kinda like California...

29 posted on 01/23/2014 3:20:02 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Kaslin

South Carolina all the way.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 3:27:38 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade
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To: Windflier
The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have some of the most beautiful weather on earth, but most of them are socio-political basket cases, as well. Kinda like California...

You are 100% correct. The Mediterranean areas, Greece, southern Italy, Sicily, French Riviera...all WONDERFUL places to visit.
However, I don't think California is a socio-political basket case. I disagree with you ONLY because I made mine (thanks to wonderful, supportive husband, family and friends.)

I'm retired and have a FABULOUS life with family and friends.
I have all the wonderful football and baseball teams to root for,
the best food in the world,
Weight Watchers,
a beautiful, paid-for home and
a parish that I love.

I even go to daily Mass, thanks to my stint in Saudi Arabia, where I first began to go to daily Mass, encouraged by my Saudi boss. But that's another story.

For me, life is GOOD. Thank you, Lord!

31 posted on 01/23/2014 3:32:04 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: andy58-in-nh

I understand. I was referring to the libs that leave the hell they create to recreate it in a “red” state. Happens to us here in TN all the time with NY and CA libs coming down here and then whining about our culture or “lack thereof”!


32 posted on 01/23/2014 3:37:03 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I’m moving from CA to Rockingham Cty. next summer!

:D


33 posted on 01/23/2014 3:38:57 PM PST by 4Liberty (Mr President 'If you Like your college transcripts...can we see them?')
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To: Nea Wood
You really can’t beat the fabulous California weather, but there are so many downsides to California, too. Illegal aliens aren’t stupid; they’re going to flood into the most beautiful, warm states.

All true.

The illegals do the work that Americans WILL NOT do. They are the gardeners, nannies, house cleaners, baby sitters, cooks and general factotums.

They might flood the warm states for the three months of summer for work but THEN they will return home to south of the border to be with their families.
They can work HERE for three months and live off of that money for the other nine months south of the border.

Most can't afford the San Francisco Bay Area: the East Bay, Marin County, the Peninsula or San Francisco. Way, way too expensive to own/live here. They were priced out eons ago.

I guess that means they'll move to the warm and beautiful South: Waaaay down upon the Swaneeeeee River!!!

34 posted on 01/23/2014 3:41:27 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: X-spurt

“”Texas is too cold. Texas gets too hot. Texas gets too wet. Texas is too dry. Texas has too many that cling to their guns, many many guns. Texas has and uses the death penalty.””

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You’r right, in fact, Texas is awful. Too hot in the summer, day after day of 100+ and you will freeze during the winter cold fronts. It is so cold it knocks out the power plants that provide the heating.

In the early part of dang near ever summer we get these huge thunderstorms that have so much lightening it is like artillery barrages and dump hailstone the size of tennis balls. My truck just got busted up by the latest one here in Dallas back last June. The damage was so widespread it took two and a half weeks just to get to an estimator. I didn’t get into a body shop till October. They were all full.

We got killer bees, anthrax in everything from the vegetable gardens to the deer, tornadoes, floods and gigantic wildfires that burn down entire groups of counties.

Fire ants are everywhere. We have been trying to kill them off for a generation, no luck.

There are so many rattlesnakes that Texas doesn’t require a hunting license to just kill`em and I think it is only ten bucks for the massive rattlesnake hunts they have every year. It is still ok to stomp them to death when they come up in your front yard.

The ones going to those snake hunts are something else. Here in Texas it is classified as “recreation.” No joke. No traps allowed, gotta use your hands and a stick.

Also there are coral snakes and 10 kinds of pit vipers, including the copperhead, cottonmouth plus eight rattlesnake species. Piranha in some lakes too. There are World record alligators in the rivers as well. It makes for some interesting fishing trips.

Then there are the feral hogs all over the place. No season. No limit. Standard hunting license and you are good to go after the 300 pounders. Just watch out for the packs of coyotes that run wild day and night.

Mountain lions are pretty much everywhere, including the outer suburbs in far north DFW. They had to shoot one in downtown El Paso last year. About five years ago one was spotted in a downtown Dallas parking garage! Damn things will hop your backyard fence and chow down on your dogs in a blink of an eye.

Then there are the Texans themselves. Wow! The only folks I know that call their AR-15’s “pellet guns.” Dallas county has so many people doing concealed carry I don’t even have to anymore. Darned if they are not just everywhere. And some are toting iron that makes a .45 look like a 22.

Texans take their rifles up in helicopters and kill hogs from the air, Air Assault style! Air Assault... Air Mobile. No joke, they lock the doors open, strap in, fire up the `chopper and swoop down on those big `ol hogs!

Then they come back five hours later and hunt for coyotes over the dead hogs using night-vision rifle scopes and infra-red laser illumination.

Pirates! Down on the southern border you have actual pirates. No joke. Mexican “lake pirates” on the Texas border at Falcon Reservoir and other locations on the Rio Grande!

Texas DPS hunts them with 36 foot gunboats.
The armaments on board include:
+ 5 - static mounted [2 dual & 1 single] FN M240B 7.62×51 mm NATO Light machine guns,
+ 2 - Barrett .50 BMG Sniper Rifles,
+ other assorted 5.56 rifles, 9mm sub machine guns, and grenade launchers.

Everywhere you go the people are almost all Republicans or conservatives OR TEA Party! They actually believe that smaller and smaller government is a good thing. It is difficult to find any correctly CSCOPE educated and enlightened people to talk about global warming, renewable green energy or diversity/inclusiveness!

Any if you want to relax for a year or two and write a book or whatever, forget it! You can’t stay on unemployment for as long as you like because jobs are everywhere. Those drilling and pipeline companies working the shale (dirty) oil boom going on in central Texas are hiring everybody in sight.

Not only all that, they actually allow the operation of huge refineries all over the State and offshore drilling and oil production too! Because the refineries are right there you can’t find gasoline properly priced above $3.20 a gallon ANYWHERE.

They are SO BACKWARDS they have not even passed a State income tax and do not require union labor!

Yea, CSCOPE and common core educated and enlightened people would not like it here. They should not even think about showing up in Texas, it’s just awful.

:-)

.


35 posted on 01/23/2014 3:44:23 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Hot Springs ping


36 posted on 01/23/2014 3:48:17 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: discostu
Confusion. At least that’s the state I find myself in the most.

Simmering rage is where I hang my hat.

37 posted on 01/23/2014 3:48:25 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Kaslin

I like all 57 of them.


38 posted on 01/23/2014 3:50:05 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: X-spurt

Yep. I guess you’re right.


39 posted on 01/23/2014 3:52:30 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: TLI

You forgot the fireants


40 posted on 01/23/2014 3:56:08 PM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: SandRat
Then you knoe Cochise County, thats were I am, better temps year round.

Bisbee! Beautiful place, but it's too hot for me in the summer. All the counties in Arizona are named after Indian tribes. I remember that.

Mind you, we were in Saudi Arabia for five years, including during the summer. 124 degrees out in the desert!! I got so that I was comfortable up to 103 degrees.

But then I came HOME to California, to the USA, the most WONDERFUL country in the world. This is home, sweet home.

If I didn't live here I would live in Arizona and just pop for the A.C.

41 posted on 01/23/2014 3:57:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: waterhill

oops I cannot read sometimes


42 posted on 01/23/2014 3:57:43 PM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: cloudmountain
The illegals do the work that Americans WILL NOT do at the wages being offered.

Fixed.

43 posted on 01/23/2014 3:59:30 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

Obviously prejudiced I’d have to say Georgia. :-)


44 posted on 01/23/2014 4:00:52 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

Any state above the Mason-Dixon sucks.


45 posted on 01/23/2014 4:01:32 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin
What a load of crap..............

What's the saying....liars figure and figures lie.

46 posted on 01/23/2014 4:02:42 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Kaslin

The correct answer is of course: Kansas


47 posted on 01/23/2014 4:06:47 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Tennessee one of the bestest...

of course...

:)


48 posted on 01/23/2014 4:07:31 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: cloudmountain
The illegals do the work that Americans WILL NOT do.

Bullspit!! You don't know what you are talking about!!

I lived in SoCal back in the 70's-80's...I watched American's lose their jobs to illegal's.

The job's they took were plumbers, carpenter's, roofer's, gardener's, cement worker's, ditch digger's, pool cleaner's, house cleaning in Hospitals..etc, etc.

So DON'T FREAKING PARROT THE LIBERAL LINE..that illegals take jobs AMERICAN'S WON'T DO!!! THEY WERE DOING THEM!!!

Yeah ya pissed me off...cause you don't have a clue what you are talking about!!!

49 posted on 01/23/2014 4:08:56 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: waterhill

4th or 5th paragraph down.


50 posted on 01/23/2014 4:13:48 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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