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Juan Williams: Treatment of Condi Rice by Rutgers a hateful liberal double standard...
Hot Air ^ | MARCH 7, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 03/08/2014 8:13:07 AM PST by Bratch

The rejection of Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker at Rutgers by its faculty council won’t surprise many Hot Air readers. It doesn’t surprise Fox News commentator and generally liberal Juan Williams, but he’s not shrugging it off, either. Williams, who has written about the shocking treatment of black conservatives by his supposedly enlightened liberal brethren, makes sure to note this episode as yet another marker in a long arc of hatred and bigotry against African-Americans who dare to challenge liberal orthodoxy — even Juan Williams himself:

There is a disgraceful double standard amongst liberals, particularly those in academia, in the hatred they direct at black conservatives.

We saw this last April when the conservative neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was forced to step down as a Commencement Speaker for Johns Hopkins University (where he ably served as the head of pediatric neurosurgery).

Liberals on the Hopkins campus mobilized against Carson because he criticized President Obama’s health care reform law and said that he opposed gay marriage.

I am not a conservative but I have spoken out for years against the staggering amount blind hatred directed at black conservatives by liberals.

Liberals are shockingly quick to demean and dismiss brilliant black people like Rice, Carson, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Professor Walter E. Williams and economist Thomas Sowell because they don’t fit into the role they have carved out for a black person in America.

Black Americans must be obedient liberals on all things or risk being called a race traitor or an Uncle Tom.

In part, this is a power play more than anything else. The faculty at Rutgers don’t want to deal with people who oppose their preferred policies, or more importantly, cause others in their little bubbles to think critically about the only sanctioned ideology in those bubbles, either. In that sense, there is no double standard at work here — Jim DeMint and John Bolton would be just as unwelcome at Rutgers as Condoleezza Rice is and Clarence Thomas would be.

That is in itself a double standard. The same faculty who would protest if pushed out the door of their sinecures over political disagreements as a violation of academic freedom suddenly refuse to offer that same courtesy to the administration in its choice of commencement speakers, or to invited guests of the university. Rather than simply declien to attend or encourage others to do the same, they want heterodoxy silenced. ‘Freedom for me but not for thee’ is hardly a consistent approach to liberty, but it’s at least consistent with the sanctioned ideology they’re protecting.

Still, the vitriol of the reactions to Rice, Thomas, Scott, and the rest goes beyond even that double standard. The attacks on them as Uncle Toms and house slaves (and worse) show the place that politics and identity hold in the progressive mindset. It’s inexplicable to progressives that a black man growing up in the South might value individual liberty over group identity and be suspicious of government power, and so the only explanation for Clarence Thomas is that he’s insufficiently black. It’s not just on ethnicity, either, but also on gender. Take a look at the unhinged and ignorant rant by Jamie Stiehm attacking Sonia Sotomayor for her insufficient woman-ness by issuing a temporary stay in the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the HHS mandate. Steihm couldn’t be bothered to do even minimal research before branding Sotomayor a gender traitor over a meaningless pause in enforcement.

What is it called when someone assumes that people have to act and believe in a certain way based on the color of their skin or the composition of their genitals? The word is on the tip of my tongue …


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KEYWORDS: academicbias; bigotry; discrimination; identitypolitics; rice; rutgers
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Juan Williams: Treatment of Condi Rice by Rutgers a hateful liberal double standard for black conservatives


1 posted on 03/08/2014 8:13:07 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Yep—it’s also part of why Sarah Palin had to be trashed far more than if she were merely a male VP candidate. (E.g., Paul Ryan)

The Left (and that includes the GOPe however much they deny it) don’t want minorities or women to begin to imagine that it is acceptable to think conservatively.


2 posted on 03/08/2014 8:20:22 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Bratch

Liberals hate all conservatives. If you understand that, you won’t have to waste your time by throwing out the race card. Race doesn’t trump politics or give you special compensation by liberals.


3 posted on 03/08/2014 8:23:16 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Bratch

I’m surprised that he’s surprised...


4 posted on 03/08/2014 8:23:48 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Bratch
Williams, who has written about the shocking treatment of black conservatives by his supposedly enlightened liberal brethren, makes sure to note this episode as yet another marker in a long arc of hatred and bigotry against African-Americans who dare to challenge liberal orthodoxy — even Juan Williams himself

Talk is cheap.

Juan is still a dedicated far left liberal stooge so this "shocking treatment" hasn't shocked him enough to abandon the racist democrat party.


5 posted on 03/08/2014 8:26:16 AM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Iron Munro
Talk is cheap.

Juan is still a dedicated far left liberal stooge so this "shocking treatment" hasn't shocked him enough to abandon the racist democrat party.

Whatever happened to "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

6 posted on 03/08/2014 8:29:03 AM PST by x
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To: Bratch
Go ahead and take that next small step, Juan.

How can you be repelled by liberals' mindless hatred directed at those with whom they disagree but not see that their ideology cannot brook dissent because it is so flawed so as to be indefensible?

7 posted on 03/08/2014 8:33:09 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Bratch

Democrat’s war on women.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 8:38:30 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Bratch

The treatment Condi received is NOT a double standard.

It is the standard.


9 posted on 03/08/2014 8:41:44 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Bratch

I’m sure when Juan is challenged on this he will standby what he said, then follow up with, however bad this may be, the Republicans are still the very worst racists.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 8:43:05 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Bratch

11 posted on 03/08/2014 8:43:32 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: skeeter

Because being a liberal pays his bills. This is the once-a-month or so time that Williams takes a position that might elevate him above the majority of liberal talking-heads. He’s just a liberal arts major (BA in Philosophy from Haverford College), who has spent his whole career as a writer and journalist. No advanced degrees, no research, nothing but a pundit. In a different time, he would have become a blogger.

Why FReepers get so wrapped up in what paid columnists and commentators say is a mystery to me.


12 posted on 03/08/2014 8:47:13 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Bratch

All of this black feel sorry for me crap has reach the tipping point. Time to tell them to stick it where the sun don’t shine.


13 posted on 03/08/2014 8:49:50 AM PST by jetson
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To: Bratch

She didn’t get invited because she was conservative. She was invited because she was black. Rutgers in defense of their decision always mentions that she is black.


14 posted on 03/08/2014 8:52:24 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Bratch

It’s recently occurred to me that there’s more behind this sort of liberal hate treatment than just philosophy. As the old saying goes, follow the money.

It would be interesting to see a tabulation of the following:

1. Number of speeches given by leading liberals over a 5 year period.
2. Awards given to those leading liberals over 5 year period
3. Speaking fees and other monetary considerations along with awards given those same liberals over the time frame
4. Source of the fees and monetary considerations, i.e., private money or money from taxpayer-funded institutions.

5. The same four metrics for GOP and/or Conservatives.

What I strongly suspect you’d find is that liberals have established a significant gravy train funded primarily by tax dollars, or by awards/speaking fees from businesses that benefit greatly from tax dollars, through which they pad their incomes when they are out of office, while waiting for future employment opportunities in the public sector.

Thus, any threat to that gravy train such as, for example, Ms. Rice becoming a popular college commencement speaker, must be shouted down to prevent all that taxpayer “gravy” from being siphoned off by non-liberals.

Liberals are very good at rewarding each other with taxpayer-sourced funds when they are temporarily out of power, and they’re also quite effective at protecting those funds from poaching by conservatives.

Note that I’m not including other obvious taxpayer-funded plums such as ambassadorships and university presidencies, but just speaking fees and monetary awards, and the source of funding.

I realize conservatives get money for their speeches as well, but I suspect the source of funding for said speeches tends to be private rather than taxpayer sourced.


15 posted on 03/08/2014 9:00:14 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: ex-snook
Also, in defference to the Governor, Condi is not fat

She is also not a Yankee

If the Wookie was white, she would want to be Condi Rice

16 posted on 03/08/2014 9:00:17 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: x
Good point! Juan Williams is certainly a liberal, and I often find myself shaking my head (and even yelling at him in the privacy of my own home) when he says something I don't agree with.

YET, I respect his intelligence and ability--clearly displayed in the article cited in this thread-- to call out the BIGOTRY of those who cannot stand to listen to those who have ideas and opinions that are not in lock-step with their own!

As citizens of a democratic (NOT DEMOCRAT) republic, we need to remain CIVILians, and keep ad hominem attacks out of our discourse.

That way, we do not sink to the level of those whose only idea of criticism is derisive--and devisive--name-calling.

17 posted on 03/08/2014 9:08:34 AM PST by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

I’m not surprised at all. Juan is as sharp as a bowling ball. Takes a beating from his own team, but still won’t leave them.


18 posted on 03/08/2014 9:13:15 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: x

Liberals are not liberal. They are closed minded fanatics who cannot tolerate any opposition to their benighted opinions.


19 posted on 03/08/2014 9:14:09 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: bigbob

“Wrapped up” might be overstating it. What Juan Williams believes is of little interest to me and most here, I suspect. We’re here to collect info and occasionally comment.


20 posted on 03/08/2014 9:29:32 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Bratch
Juan has been a victim himself of mindless liberal vindictiveness.
He recognizes it here.
But he can't make the jump to admitting a political epiphany and leave the dark side for employment reasons,e.g., he is a weak commentator and there are already many bright conservative commentators who are so much better than he is.
He's stuck in his stupid liberal niche.
21 posted on 03/08/2014 9:33:34 AM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: skeeter

“What Juan Williams believes is of little interest to me and most here, I suspect. We’re here to collect info and occasionally comment.”

I see that FR has a new policy statement and a new spokesman.


22 posted on 03/08/2014 9:39:11 AM PST by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase
Actually, I'm not surprised that he's surprised.

But I am surprised that you're surprised that he's surprised...



......Okay. I admit I'm just being facetious. XD
23 posted on 03/08/2014 10:06:14 AM PST by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Throw the garbage out. Pray for America!)
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To: Bratch; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...

It’s called Political Correctness and it’s infected many facets of public life, especially the ‘Rat Party.


24 posted on 03/08/2014 10:08:24 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Bratch

Juan, as a dedicated leftist you need to get with the program.


25 posted on 03/08/2014 10:11:12 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: Bratch

The fact of the matter is Rutgers is full of racist faculty members.

And they ARE members.


26 posted on 03/08/2014 10:11:13 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: windsorknot

I sometimes wonder if he is a dedicated leftist or just plays one on TV. Don’t forget he is black and like Elijah Cummings a racist at heart.


27 posted on 03/08/2014 10:14:10 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: billhilly

Someone p*ss in your grits today?


28 posted on 03/08/2014 10:15:30 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Iron Munro
Juan is still a dedicated far left liberal stooge so this "shocking treatment" hasn't shocked him enough to abandon the racist democrat party.

Yes he's a liberal and yes he totes the Democrat party line, but every once in awhile, Juan Williams gets one right as he does here.

These are not occasions to bash our ideological opponents and hurl names, rather an occasion such as this should be used to encourage our ideological opponents to look deeper and wider into why liberalism is the real hatred and bigotry in America.

Williams whether he realizes it or not just found common ground with Conservatives. Better to encourage his journey and welcome him to the fold than bolster his oft misinformed views of Conservatives as a whole.

Just my .02 worth.

29 posted on 03/08/2014 10:16:30 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Bratch

They should get Colin Powell as a replacement. He’s sufficiently brain damaged to make the liberals happy.


30 posted on 03/08/2014 10:22:27 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: All
At least Juan's son uses the brain he was born with.
31 posted on 03/08/2014 10:23:14 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Amagi
But he can't make the jump to admitting a political epiphany and leave the dark side for employment reasons,e.g., he is a weak commentator and there are already many bright conservative commentators who are so much better than he is.

I believe its called Stockholm Syndrome. If/when Williams ever gets past it, Liberals may find themselves in a shitstorm of blowback. That is exactly why Williams should be ENCOURAGED when he gets one right, as he does here.

If all Williams sees are Conservatives bashing him whether he's right or wrong, he'll never change his world view of us.

Why do y'all think Roger Ailes hired him at Fox News anyway? Anyone besides me remember the profound thanks that Williams gave Ailes for hiring him and as a result being one of the factors that began changing his mind about Conservatives?

I sure do.

32 posted on 03/08/2014 10:23:34 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: bert

I think it was a mistake for FOX to pick Juan off the curb when NPR kicked him there.


33 posted on 03/08/2014 10:29:50 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: bigbob
Why FReepers get so wrapped up in what paid columnists and commentators say is a mystery to me.

Especially when so many FReepers produce material that puts the "professionals" to shame.

34 posted on 03/08/2014 10:31:30 AM PST by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare: Make them pay; do not delay.)
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To: windsorknot
curb is right, the bum.

35 posted on 03/08/2014 10:32:57 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Norseman

Very probably an accurate assessment. It is certainly part of the picture.


36 posted on 03/08/2014 10:33:26 AM PST by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare: Make them pay; do not delay.)
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To: windsorknot
I think it was a mistake for FOX to pick Juan off the curb when NPR kicked him there.

Nah. They just wanted to give Krauthammer something to play with.

37 posted on 03/08/2014 10:41:48 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Krauthammer vs. Williams: talk about an unfair match.


38 posted on 03/08/2014 10:46:16 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot

I watch the panel every night. The liberals all seem to float around. I can safely say that Juan has had 10 different jobs he is billed as having. Other libs seem to float around from one publication to another also.

A funny thing happened very recently. Kirsten Powers, billed as a columnist for the Daily Beast complained vociferously about losing her insurance and being forced to go through the agony of Obamacare sign up. That means either the Daily Beast doesn’t provide employees health insurance or she was only a part timer not qualified as a real employee.

Recently, in February, Kirsten is billed as working for USA today. That means she needed health insurance and had to get a real job with a real employer to get it.

I think she is 42 and dares not risk not having insurance. Obamacare apparently was not real insurance


39 posted on 03/08/2014 10:46:54 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: skeeter

Nope, not at all, but it does raise eyebrows when someone tries to speak for the entire group, using the Royal “we’ as in, We come here to get information.

As for me, I often come here expecting to find a bunch of know it all typists and am seldom disappointed. Fortunately, there are still serious people posting here on most days.


40 posted on 03/08/2014 11:17:55 AM PST by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: skeeter

Nope, not at all, but it does raise eyebrows when someone tries to speak for the entire group, using the Royal “we’ as in, We come here to get information.

As for me, I often come here expecting to find a bunch of know it all typists and am seldom disappointed. Fortunately, there are still serious people posting here on most days.


41 posted on 03/08/2014 11:18:42 AM PST by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: windsorknot

I dunno.

Juan may not agree with some conservative positions, but I am never actually put off by him.

I think he is very well spoken. I like him.


42 posted on 03/08/2014 11:22:42 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj; campaignPete R-CT; Bender2

Is Condoleeza Rice some kind of cheese risotto? Sounds delicious.


43 posted on 03/08/2014 11:31:42 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; NFHale; sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj; KC_Lion; Bender2

“Is Condoleeza Rice some kind of cheese risotto?”

It’s a risotto made with dark rice.

“Sounds delicious.”

It depends; it pairs well with dark meat. If one likes dark meat, one would like dark risotto.


44 posted on 03/08/2014 11:41:48 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: billhilly
That could be why I added the qualifier 'I suspect'.

As in 'I suspect reading comprehension isn't your forte'.

45 posted on 03/08/2014 12:28:47 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Bratch

This is nothing new. This goes back to the sixties when campus radical leftist/fascists decided that anyone who disagreed with them was evil and should not be allowed to speak. Just fascists being fascists.


46 posted on 03/08/2014 12:53:07 PM PST by driftless2
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To: usconservative

A lot of people should re-read your post #29. It’s the old “broken clock” thing. I remember watching Juan years ago when he first appeared on CNN’s Cross Fire. He was unbearable. He has since matured and somewhat mellowed.


47 posted on 03/08/2014 5:41:49 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Dartman
It's funny really, 15-20 years ago I'd have been among those shouting Williams down for being just another ignorant liberal.

Funny how getting older does indeed make one wiser. Granted much of that wisdom comes from looking in the rear view mirror and seeing all the times you've been wrong or wished you'd handled a situation or two differently.....

48 posted on 03/08/2014 6:26:22 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: jetson

Did you even read the article?


49 posted on 03/08/2014 6:55:11 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Kirkwood

That is true, but they do especially hate blacks and women that are conservatives. They think they own minorities and women, and will indeed viciously attack any that do not swallow their kool aid.


50 posted on 03/08/2014 7:05:40 PM PST by Tammy8
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