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Dissent on a One-Way Street
Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 04/04/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

Six years ago, Brendan Eich contributed $1000.00 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California that sought to preserve marriage between one man and one woman. Eich recently became chief executive officer of the Mozilla Corporation. Mozilla, part of the Mozilla Foundation, oversees pieces of the Mozilla web browser Firefox -- an open source rival to Internet Explorer, Safari, and others.

Half the board resigned when Mozilla named Eich the CEO. The online dating service OKCupid called for a boycott of Mozilla. Contributing to an unpopular cause six years ago -- during a time the left claimed "dissent is patriotic" -- is enough to blacklist Eich. The objections to his hire are not based on his competence, experience or resume but on $1000.00.

Nate Silver, formerly of the New York Times and his own political prognostication website fivethirtyeight.com, allowed Colorado professor Roger Pielke to pen a thoughtful piece on the impact of climate change. Pielke agrees with the community of global warming believers that man is causing the world to heat up. But Pielke argued, with data, that the increase in weather-related damage is not necessarily because of global warming. Additionally, he advocates adapting to global warming instead of wasting resources trying to end it.

The left quickly denounced Pielke and Silver. Silver's competitors roundly attacked his entire enterprise for daring to give a heretic a voice. Silver, naturally, distanced himself from Pielke, writing, "Roger's article ... contained an implicit policy recommendation in its closing paragraph. Whether or not the recommendation was justified by Roger's thesis and evidence, we generally prefer to avoid these kind of recommendations, and instead allow readers to draw any policy conclusions for themselves."

Former Washington Post liberal blogger Ezra Klein has a new liberal blog site called Vox that purports to "explain" the news. The explanations have a helpful liberal spin that General Electric is helpfully underwriting with advertising dollars. But Klein hired Brandon Ambrosino for his venture. Ambrosino is a liberal gay male who has enraged the gay community by writing, among other things, that the gay left "routinely scour the private lives and social media accounts of our political opponents in the hopes of demonizing them as archaic, unthinking and bigoted"

For these and other sins, Ambrosino has made himself an enemy to the very group of which he is a part. Ezra Klein has been forced into repentance, claiming he will ensure Ambrosino's work is properly edited.

Last week in Texas, Republican gubernatorial nominee and current Attorney General Greg Abbott released a comprehensive education plan for Texas. It is thorough, well-documented and heavy on citations. But one of those citations comes from well-respected scholar Charles Murray. Murray's work on IQ has, for years, been badly mischaracterized by the left. Liberal journalists in Texas, joining the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis, are now willingly painting Greg Abbott as a racist for relying on Murray's work. In doing so, they are again misrepresenting Murray's work, largely because it ran afoul of acceptable standards of political correctness.

The anti-Christian left has often brought up Galileo Galilei in its attacks on both Christianity and skeptics of science. Galileo believed the earth orbited around the sun, or "heliocentrism." The prevailing view of the age, held by the Catholic Church, was that every object in the sky orbited the earth. The Roman Inquisition in 1616 declared heliocentrism "formally heretical." Luckily for Galileo, Pope Urban VIII was not a member of the increasingly intolerant left. The Pope encouraged Galileo to write a book giving arguments both for and against heliocentrism.

The left in the United States increasingly refuses even to consider other arguments. Children must be taught only the left's arguments. Scholars and pundits must only share the left's views. Any other views must be marginalized, silenced or punished. Those who hold unpopular views must be shunned, fired or re-educated.

Evil in the world has always behaved thusly -- it preaches tolerance until it is dominant. Then it seeks to silence good. The left should be wary that its behavior in civil society increasingly mirrors this historic pattern.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: brendaneich; california; christianity; firefox; gaymarriage; hamptoncatlin; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; liberalintolerance; liberals; michaelcatlin; michaelschaus; mitchellbaker; mountainview; mozilla; prop8; proposition8; teachers

1 posted on 04/04/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This is the natural end of the notion that every societal change is progressive.

If society is progressing towards a natural end where all evils (as defined by those wielding power to define evil) are to be abolished, it naturally follows that there can be no further debate once a particular stage of “progress” is reached.

Yet history shows otherwise. Man, on his own, does not progress morally so much as he swaps out one immoral practice for another, and calls it progress.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 4:25:22 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Kaslin
With minor victories with Chick Fil A, Duck Dynasty, evil does not lay down in defeat. Less than 10 years ago this would have never happened. An outcry from political and religious leaders would have been heard.

Nary a word. Change is upon us and woe it is.

We fight to take back our country. But appears every step forward three steps back. Climate deniers to be put in jail, speak for same sex marriage and you are banned from your work and business.

We all wondered what the end of America would look like. Wonder no more

3 posted on 04/04/2014 4:35:34 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: saywhatagain

Revolt is coming.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 4:43:22 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

For one side it’s dissent. For the other side it’s wrong.

This is possible when the MSM, educational establishment, and government choose sides.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 4:46:22 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Kaslin

The left is so sure of its viewpoint that it has to kill anyone who thinks different. If everyone think alike, where will new ideas come from? Of course the Left is not interested in new ideas, it is interested in holding uncontested power.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 4:53:31 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Kaslin
"Half the board resigned when Mozilla named Eich the CEO."

How does that happen? How was he appointed in the first place?

Thinkin much more to the story

7 posted on 04/04/2014 4:55:31 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: Flick Lives

They will NEVER be sucessful.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 5:00:29 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Loyalist
This is what hatred looks like . . . .

"On Monday, OkCupid greeted Firefox users trying to visit its site with a message encouraging them to try other browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari. The pop-up did not specifically call for Eich's resignation, but it certainly didn't mince words, either.

"The message said: "Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

A dating service gets him fired. Really. Ain't gonna happen

9 posted on 04/04/2014 5:09:36 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: Biggirl
“Revolt is coming.”

I used to think so too but where is the evidence? It is like me thinking some day my ship will come in. Unfortunately right now it is surrounded by a wolf pack of submarines.

One thing I do ascribe to is our forefathers would have been shooting by now. Unfortunately for us, the notions of self reliance, moral compass, debate, and open mindedness have left the playing field. Our society is spinning around the bowl and on the way down the tubes IMO.

10 posted on 04/04/2014 5:11:35 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: saywhatagain

“But appears every step forward three steps back”

What happened to the next generation clergy that was to fill the void left by the passing of pastors like James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell and Adrian Rogers?

The Silent Church will bring down America.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 5:15:27 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

Is there any doubt whether these tyrants would be burning books and locking people up if they could? Seeing how fanatical they’ve become, I think we’re almost there....


12 posted on 04/04/2014 5:17:19 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Biggirl
They will NEVER be sucessful.

I wish that were so. We've arrived at a point where a CEO of a corporation is fired for supporting traditional marriage. Who'd believe such a thing could have happened 20 or even 10 years ago? Conversely, imagine if a CEO spouted some anti-Christian rhetoric today; what would happen? I think the answer is absolutely nothing; it would be defended as "free speech". "Free speech" meaning today's "free speech"; which is to say one is free to spout any of the current Leftist dogma.

13 posted on 04/04/2014 5:18:22 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: saywhatagain

Probably won’t be noticeable to anyone of influence, but I uninstalled Firefox from my home pc.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 5:33:23 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Kaslin

My mom fed me the line of feminist crap.

I realized she was a hypocrite when I wanted to join the JAG Corps and she wanted me to go to some “workshop” about non traditional careers for women. I said “JAG is a non-traditional career for women”. She would have liked it better if I opened a macrame store.

I had to figure out on my own that having kids and crating a nurturing home was the ultimate good. When I figured it out, I was livid with her stupidity.

So, the evil can be taught, but eventually its students might call it on the lie.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Biggirl
When, I ask, but on second thought, it has already happened.

The only thing is that it was against good and decency. Now it is what was once was good and decent is considered evil while that which was once degenerate and perverse is considered good.

16 posted on 04/04/2014 5:38:15 AM PDT by sport
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To: stars & stripes forever
What happened to the next generation clergy that was to fill the void?

I have wondered the same. Depends on who you talk to, some say the church is gaining strength, I am not there so I can not see and know.

But when we have a spokesperson describe people who support same sex marriage as enemies, then I am beginning to question my moms words and Christian faith where it says hate the sin love the sinner. They have declared their hatred of me, he considers me an enemy,

17 posted on 04/04/2014 5:39:26 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: saywhatagain

What if the sin is so intrinsic to the sinner’s identity that the sin cannot be differentiated from the sinner?


18 posted on 04/04/2014 5:40:43 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: sport

I stand by what I say.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 5:42:57 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Loyalist

Because it is a sinful lifestyle choice in other words.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 5:44:24 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: stars & stripes forever

AMEN!


21 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:11 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: yldstrk
My mom fed me the line of feminist crap.
I realized she was a hypocrite when I wanted to join the JAG Corps and she wanted me to go to some “workshop” about non traditional careers for women. I said “JAG is a non-traditional career for women”. She would have liked it better if I opened a macrame store.
I had to figure out on my own that having kids and crating a nurturing home was the ultimate good. When I figured it out, I was livid with her stupidity.
So, the evil can be taught, but eventually its students might call it on the lie.

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Your mother bequeathed you with two things:
the brains to figure out that she was wrong and
the backbone to follow your own conscience and path.

Honest question: Was there no father in your life?
Usually dads teach us to deal with adult authority, both male and female. Dads are really indispensable for this task.

Your mother wasn't stupid, she was, my guess is, foolish and arrogant. The "leader" of the seven deadly sins is pride (arrogance).

22 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Flick Lives

That is why I put such liberal fools on mental ignore.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:51 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: knittnmom
"Probably won’t be noticeable to anyone of influence, but I uninstalled Firefox from my home pc."

THANK YOU. Share with your friends. Ask them to share with their friends.

It starts with one. Am reading on other sites, many doing the same

24 posted on 04/04/2014 5:47:44 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: cloudmountain

Oh yeah, he was there too, but he was a deranged liberal too


25 posted on 04/04/2014 5:49:58 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Loyalist
What if the sin is so intrinsic to the sinner’s identity that the sin cannot be differentiated from the sinner?

A long time ago I asked that same question of a priest, an old guy. He said that it shows a malformed conscience.
Perhaps that's one for God to finally decide.

Also, given the society we live in I find it hard to believe that the intrinsic sin can't be "figured out," undone or mitigated in some way. That ability is "intrinsic" to humans: we can change, if we really want to. We aren't "old dogs" who are unable to learn new behaviors.

Just an opinion.

26 posted on 04/04/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: yldstrk
Oh yeah, he was there too, but he was a deranged liberal too

It sounds as if he was mother's "Yes and amen male."
I use the word "male" instead of "man" because it shows who "wore the pants," so to speak, in that family.

However, half of your genes are his. I wonder how that played out in your decision.

27 posted on 04/04/2014 5:54:50 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Kaslin

“I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.

Bammy and his Regime of queers & Muslims is walking talking proof that Petronius was correct.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 5:55:11 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Loyalist
"What if the sin is so intrinsic to the sinner’s identity that the sin cannot be differentiated from the sinner?" Of course you are correct. Tolerance does not require to be tolerant of intolerance.

In my personal work, i have much dealings with the homosexual community for many many years. Most good upstanding and fine folks. Misguided but good people who work very hard. However, I have also had to deal with homosexuals that am pretty sure are demonic possessed. Am thinking thats what we have happening. This is nothing less than demonic behaviour..

29 posted on 04/04/2014 5:56:49 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: cloudmountain

He was a Catholic journalist who fought against the Bishops, he had his own resentment against capitalists and despised every boss he had. Lots of getting fired and insecurity.

It was not a pretty picture.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 6:00:23 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: knittnmom

What did you replace it with?


31 posted on 04/04/2014 6:03:41 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

“The Silent Church will bring down America.”

Of course the “Church” is silent - the clergy is busy empire building, debauching alter boys and whatever female they can manage. All denominations seem to have this problem.

In the final analysis, the members always had to deal with rogue clergy and the present is no different than the past. As it is with government, so it is with religions and churches - like fish, the rot always starts at the top.

Chop, chop!

Islam is war plan masquerading as a religion. Its ‘leaders’ are preoccupied with boys, bombs and small livestock.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 6:04:09 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Kaslin
What was the CEO's crime? He supported a pro-marriage ballot measure that was passed by the majority of California voters. Those who were once the promoters of tolerance and diversity have now become the haters, the persecutors, and McCarthyites. They are now asking the question: "Do you NOW. . or have you EVER . . supported traditional marriage?"

The Oregonian published an article today pointing and targeting the traditional marriage views of a new business owner. The gaystopo is alive and well.

33 posted on 04/04/2014 6:07:03 AM PDT by aimhigh (John 14:21)
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To: Kaslin

I disagree with the approach this Eich guy took.

He should have refused to resign, and held a press conference where he spoke glowingly of gay rights and revealed his new-found support for gay marriage, even pledging to give $2000 to gay rights organizations, go through sensitivity training, give repentance speeches to gay youth groups, etc.

All the while using his eyelids to blink out “TORTURE” in Morse Code ..


34 posted on 04/04/2014 6:07:25 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: yldstrk

yldstrk, thank you for sharing a snapshot of your story. Glad you were able to focus for something good. Some say its really not a lost generation. More like you and that will be true


35 posted on 04/04/2014 6:08:06 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: Little Pig

I’ve been using Google Chrome at work, so I installed that at home. I know, probably not much better politically, but I don’t know who is.


36 posted on 04/04/2014 6:12:10 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: saywhatagain

Conservative sites need to do what this OKcupid site did: when someone attempts to access with Firefox, throw up a pop up calling Mozilla out for Facism and encouraging them to switch to an alternate ...


37 posted on 04/04/2014 6:12:10 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: yldstrk
He was a Catholic journalist who fought against the Bishops, he had his own resentment against capitalists and despised every boss he had. Lots of getting fired and insecurity.
It was not a pretty picture.

You had it coming from both sides, didn't you?

Kudos for your backbone and courage to follow your own path.

I hope your parents find peace. Maybe your father will discover some day that true peace comes from our Lord. It's never too late for that realization to become a reality.
He needs some heavy duty prayers, don't you think?

38 posted on 04/04/2014 6:12:25 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: saywhatagain

“They have declared their hatred of me, he considers me an enemy...”

The late David Wilkerson (Sword & the Switchblade) received a vision from the Lord in the early 70s concerning last days. It was so vivid, he was led to write it in a book enetitled “The Vision.”

Everything has come to pass in this vision, including nude dancing in the church.

It takes about 40 minutes to listen to all parts of the sermon. Christians are in for a wild ride. Pray for the persecuted church. (us)

THE VISION PART 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnbpGCrc1zg

DAVID WILKERSON’S THE VISION PART 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L5VPwHDwEg

DAVID WILKERSON’S THE VISION PART 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4i6q07j59k

DAVID WILKERSON’S THE VISION PART 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYgiHFcR-JM


39 posted on 04/04/2014 6:21:55 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

David was an incredible man and a beautiful ministry. I will have to view. His books were amazing. Thank you for sharing


40 posted on 04/04/2014 6:32:24 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: GladesGuru

It is rather a call to the House of God for REPENTENCE and CONVERSION!


41 posted on 04/04/2014 6:49:15 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: GladesGuru

Plus the good news is that in the global south nations, the Christian faith is growing by leaps and bounds.


42 posted on 04/04/2014 6:51:31 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: tanknetter
I agree. From my vantage point (limited) it appears the libs / progressives / communist are far more organized and mobilize much faster than anyone on the right

Of course they show much more passion. Thats their nature, think with their heart not their brain. The GOP coalition is in civil war on social issues. That will never mend. The communist coalition (white racist vs race peddlers) get along to further their own agenda.

Mozilla should have been deleted from 35 million computers by now. But then the international consumer does not really care. So there you go

43 posted on 04/04/2014 7:35:47 AM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: Biggirl

So is next week.


44 posted on 04/04/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kaslin; GeronL

“Contributing to an unpopular cause six years ago...”

So “unpopular” that Prop 8 won overwhelmingly. It was overturned by activist courts and not defending by a libtard activist government. Then when the bill sponsors sought an audience with the Supreme Court, they were told they did not having standing.


45 posted on 04/04/2014 12:53:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: saywhatagain

OkStupid was in so much of a hissyfit that they blocked Firefox. But they left the CEO’s Javascript code on their website.

OKStupid h8ters hate without following through ALL the way on their boycott.


46 posted on 04/04/2014 12:55:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Unpopular cause that won big in a leftist state


47 posted on 04/04/2014 1:05:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cloudmountain

He definitely does


48 posted on 04/04/2014 2:37:30 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I think NO ONE is past reclamation.


49 posted on 04/04/2014 5:26:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I agree.


50 posted on 04/04/2014 6:19:43 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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