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A studentís view: Bidenís debate skills rekindle Democratic base
Houston Chronicls ^ | October 12, 2012 | by Neeraj Salhotra

Posted on 10/12/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

... Throughout the debate the vice president explained to the American people what all the president has accomplished and, in the process, inspired Democrats to recall the president’s success and remember that although Obama may have had one bad day of debating, he has had an amazing four years of leading.

This powerful closing statement, coupled with Biden’s statements during the debate, exemplified the fundamental differences between Obama and Romney, between a “We are in this together” mentality and “You are on your own” mindset. More importantly, Biden repositioned the theme of this election to the singular challenges facing America — rising income inequality and falling social mobility. These hurdles threaten the American dream, leave many Americans struggling to give their children an opportunity to succeed, and trap millions in an inescapable cycle of poverty. By transforming the narrative, outlining the president’s accomplishments, and contrasting the Obama-Biden vision with that of Romney-Ryan, Biden energized Democrats and refocused this election on the insidious inequality that excludes numerous Americans from reaching their dreams.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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Neeraj Salhotra, a Rice University senior majoring in classical studies, policy studies and economics, is interested in public policy and global affairs in general, and energy policy and economic policy in particular.
1 posted on 10/12/2012 11:45:08 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Interrupting 82 times in a 90 minute debate is NOT a skill.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 11:47:33 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Poll taken in California-

Of those switching their vote because of last night’s debate:

59% are going with Romney.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 11:47:50 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is wishful thinking from a foreigner that is trying to be relevant in the national question of “why in the hell would anyone in their right mind vote again for this crew”...

My guess is he’s looking for his green card to be finalized or some crap like that. He certainly isn’t here for a legitimate H1-B visa thing....his major is pure trash.


4 posted on 10/12/2012 11:49:01 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“More importantly, Biden repositioned the theme of this election to the singular challenges facing America — rising income inequality and falling social mobility”

...this little commie idiot outta go back to where she came from. She doesn’t have the 1st clue as to how a free market works and she studies “economics”?!


5 posted on 10/12/2012 11:50:17 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If your base needs “rekindling” 3 weeks before the election, you are toast. These debates are really to convince the unconvinced “independents” which way to go and Ryan aimed at this group and I’d say hit the target while Uncle Joe did not appeal to them, especially women.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 11:50:56 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another Ozombie .... the kool-aid is dribbling out of every orifice.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 11:51:04 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Fired up the base, pissed off the other 2/3rds of American Voters. NOT a winning electoral stategy for team Obama


8 posted on 10/12/2012 11:51:52 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BS. The VP debate ratings were way down from 2008. Most of the Donkey base was watching baseball.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 11:52:11 AM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

” rising income inequality and falling social mobility”

Couldn’t be because of the last four years? Nahhh!


10 posted on 10/12/2012 11:53:50 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: rfp1234

This is a dumb article written by a dumb student. Not a word of this has any basis in reality.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 11:54:36 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“We are in this together” mentality and “You are on your own” mindset

I'm not in anything together with the cell phone lady - nor with most of those who are rooting for zero.

12 posted on 10/12/2012 11:55:44 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

““We are in this together” mentality “

Liberalspeak for “we will fleece anyone who succeeds, and redistribute the proceeds to the worthless 47%.
It’s always about “other peoples money”.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 11:56:02 AM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BFD... satanists will vote for satan’s boy. These people can all FOAD.

LLS


14 posted on 10/12/2012 11:56:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I wonder how many GPA points young Neeraj is willing to share with one of his underprivileged classmates.


15 posted on 10/12/2012 11:57:05 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The bulk of this Op-Ed was probably written before the debate took place.
16 posted on 10/12/2012 11:57:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I would be kind. Let us assume that the exotic name is purely coincidence--that Mr. Salhotra is a dedicated, well-intentioned American. That assumed for the sake of argument, what have we got?

A student, absolutely clueless as to the fundamental principals of the people, whose interests, he claims to be promoting!

America was never intended to be some form of Marxist Collective; was never dedicated to egalitarian idiocy; was never focused to seek collectivist solutions to individual problems. Rather, we were a settler people, dedicated to limited governmental intrusions into our lives, and unlimited individual possibilities, premised upon maximum individual responsibility.

See America--Grounded On Experience & Reason. If Mr. Salhotra really believes that what Mr. Biden offers is consistent with American principles, he should demand his tuition at Rice be returned. He is not getting educated; only indoctrinated in fallacy.

William Flax

17 posted on 10/12/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
rising income inequality and falling social mobility

What a dumbass! Is the writer even aware who has been in charge for the last four years?

18 posted on 10/12/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT by kevao (Is your ocean any lower than it was four years ago?)
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To: rfp1234

“BS. The VP debate ratings were way down from 2008. Most of the Donkey base was watching baseball.”

Most of the donkey base were watching gay porn.

LLS


19 posted on 10/12/2012 12:00:04 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Komrade Biden shows Running Dogs of Amerikan Imperialism Glorious Future Under Bright Shining Obama Sun. Comrades B. Hussein Obama and Joe Biden are a great sun for the people. “They are indeed the sun; if you go too close you burn to death and freeze if you go too far away. “Though the road ahead may be perilous, let’s travel it laughing, with Glorious Clown for Proletariat People Komrade Biden.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 12:00:37 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Neeraj should give up her seat at prestigious Rice University and trade places with a poor kid going to community college. It will be more equal and just.

She studies classics but does not see history repeating itself.

21 posted on 10/12/2012 12:00:42 PM PDT by informavoracious (I am a Sedevacantist. I believe the chair is EMPTY.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

After reading this article the only thing I could think of was, “and now a word from Professor Irwin Corey”


22 posted on 10/12/2012 12:00:48 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The infection of liberalism is spreading far and wide....we conservatives are becoming dinosaurs.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 12:02:01 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I can understand why a liberal student would be impressed with Joe’s debate performance.

Jerky Joe acted like an irresponsible, unruly class clown for the entire debate.


24 posted on 10/12/2012 12:03:20 PM PDT by Iron Munro (SPEIL)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Neeraj is probably a Muslim, and is consequently mandated to vote for his fellow Muslim. Remember, students supported Occupy Wall Street. Make sure you do the opposite of what they do.


25 posted on 10/12/2012 12:04:34 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: LibLieSlayer
satanists will vote for satan’s boy.

Must be why he seemed to morph from Bozo the Clown to Mephistopheles when he began discussing abortion. The ubiquitous laughter was suddenly replaced with a weird, almost whispery, delivery when he began discussing his base's favorite sacrament, the legal "right" to murder the unborn.

26 posted on 10/12/2012 12:05:50 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
between a “We are in this together” mentality and “You are on your own” mindset.

Liberals are always there when they need me.

27 posted on 10/12/2012 12:07:43 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Rice University... same thing as Berkley on the Bayou to me but with a much higher price tag.

This foreign trash is irrelevant to me and should be to anyone else.


28 posted on 10/12/2012 12:12:31 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Puppage
Interrupting 82 times in a 90 minute debate is NOT a skill.

This does not matter to sicko-libs. Their brainwashing from 5 to 21 yrs of age has them zombied to the regime. We aren't talking a few anymore. It's close to 50%.

29 posted on 10/12/2012 12:13:09 PM PDT by Digger (A)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Neeraj Salhotra, a Rice University senior

Used to be that by the time a person attained the age to go to college that they had grown out of their childish infatuations.
30 posted on 10/12/2012 12:15:53 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Neeraj Salhotra has the makings of an excellent democrat politician.


31 posted on 10/12/2012 12:18:02 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This piece really needed a (BARF ALERT!!!)


32 posted on 10/12/2012 12:18:02 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

People like Neeraj Salhotra are ruining this country. His parents like so many others came to U.S. to reap the benefits of hard work and opportunity and to run away from semi-socialist governments.

Here he is, turning this country to what his parents escaped from. Shame on him and his generation.


33 posted on 10/12/2012 12:20:33 PM PDT by indianyogi (Save our country, the United States of America)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Twitter: media put off by the grinning/laughing jackass Biden

Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway: “Joe Biden’s laughing through talking about Iran sanctions?”

Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein: “Biden’s strategy seems to be to laugh at Ryan constantly. Will it work to infantalize Ryan, or backfire like Gore sighing?”

NBC’s David Gregory: “Biden’s smile is out of control.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “So did Biden practice laughing at Ryan???”

ABC’s Rick Klein: “Biden on verge of breaking down in laughter when Ryan talks.”

Former Eric Cantor staffer Brad Dayspring: “Joe Biden needs to realize this isn’t a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing. His laughter and condescending attitude is a disaster.”

Radio host Neal Boortz: “Looking like Biden’s gameplan is to laugh his way through this.”

Townhall.com’s Guy Benson: “Will Biden laugh his ass off at the terrible economy, too?”

MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp: “Biden needs to laugh a little less through the Libya, Middle East, nuclear Iran segment.”

Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Ok. I have decided. I find the Biden smile slightly unsettling.”

PBS’ Jeff Greenfield: “Biden has always had a smile that at times is really, really inappropriate.”

Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard: “Can’t tell yet if Biden’s smirking, laughs, eye-rolling, head shaking, works for him or not against the oh-so-young looking eager Ryan.”

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer: “Biden is at risk of having his laugh come across like Gore’s sighs. He should knock it off.”

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “Biden’s grin is Chesire Cat caliber.”

Republican strategist Ron Bonjean: “Biden laughing does not come off with the intended effect. It is actually hurting him. Looks very condescending.”

Movie critic Roger Ebert: “Joe! Stop smiling and laughing!”

Washington Times’ Emily Miller: “Biden laughing when he disagrees with Ryan is so annoying. Like a child in time out.”

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “Biden’s laughing is losing the debate- obnoxious”

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

34 posted on 10/12/2012 12:21:44 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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My post to Neeraj:

Whenever you give them the shot, they’ve done it. They’ve done it. Whenever you’ve leveled the playing field, they’ve been able to move.”

Neeraj, the comments I make below are not meant to be a personal attack against you or your family. I am sure you are the product of a good family and I wish you well in life.

Neeraj, what part of the playing field is not level? What opportunity have you not had in life? You are enrolled at Rice University. A lot of students have to go to community college. Is that a level playing field? Are you more advantage than those students? Maybe your parents made you study more than the next kid in your class. Or maybe you like to study more than the next kid. Is that fair?

Did you go to the library more than another kid in your class? It is available to all and free. If you did is that fair? Maybe your parents are both college educated and work white collar jobs that pay more than some of your friends families. Is that fair that they worked harder? Should that be taken from them?

I don’t know if your family was born in the U.S. but I ask this. If not, why did they leave their native country? Why didn’t they chose Cuba or Venezuela as a destination? It’s because they have a level playing field....no one gets ahead there.

If you believe in this shared philosophy of the democrats I ask the following question: Would you like it if some of your GPA was taken and given to a student who barely is making a 1.5 GPA because they don’t/won’t study, like to stay out and party all of the time? How much longer would you continue to study if this happened to you?

If you are unwilling to have your GPA shared in this manner, I suggest you re-evaluate your observation of the debate last night.


35 posted on 10/12/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

To the extent that today’s Democrat base are fans of rude, crude, in-your-face, 1960’s SDS sit-in tactics, the writer may have a point.


36 posted on 10/12/2012 12:29:34 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What has this haji been learning in American college? If he thinks the performance by Plugs constitutes a persuasive argument, he is wasting his time and money.


37 posted on 10/12/2012 12:38:18 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Huskrrrr
Poll taken in California-

Of those switching their vote because of last night’s debate:

59% are going with Romney.

THANKS for sharing...

38 posted on 10/12/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is what “you can’t seeeeee meeeee” looks like when it gets to college.


39 posted on 10/12/2012 12:45:28 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“the insidious inequality that excludes numerous Americans from reaching their dreams”

The author, as with most leftists/democRat supporters, doesn’t understand that “inequality” is a result of LIBERTY.


40 posted on 10/12/2012 12:49:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
All Biden had to offer last night were catch-phrases. The Dems love catch-phrases and metaphors because that's all they have. So let's use a metaphor that pretty close to reality...

The ship of state has struck an iceberg but appears to still be afloat and moving. Captain Obama and Co. are totally unprepared to answer for what they have done and do not articulate any remedy because they have none. Obama and Co. ARE the problem. They have no plan to repair the damage and have absolutely no plan to change course. It's full speed ahead in the midst of an ever-growing ice field. They believe the ONLY COURSE is to replace wealth-creating capitalism with poverty-creating socialism.

When called into question or debate, socialists have difficulty with the substance of ideas and reality. The best they can do is sling metaphors or catch-phrases ("we're in this together") around and hope something sticks. Their best effort is to distract from reality like a dog and pony show on the deck of the sinking (or limping) Titanic and maybe pretend to "help" by rearranging the chairs (in this case handing out Obama phones).

Romney and Ryan need to ignore the Dems flashy distractions (except cursory mention of their purpose to distract) and continue spotlighting Obama's ruinous acts to date and his plans to continue so he can "finish what he started" (sink the ship, so he can get reassigned to a command post in the New World (Socialist) Order ).

41 posted on 10/12/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: BenLurkin

“... this Op-Ed was probably written before the debate took place.”

My thought exactly. And, what are the odds that an unknown student could just pen an essay and have it published in the local mainstream paper the very next morning without some ‘fix’ being in?


42 posted on 10/12/2012 12:53:25 PM PDT by EDINVA (I)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Biden repositioned the theme of this election to the singular challenges facing America — rising income inequality and falling social mobility...

This person is retarded. These aren't issues for adults.

Even if they were, both issues have gotten worse under Obama.

43 posted on 10/12/2012 1:00:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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That’s how it immediately read to me.

Look at this kid’s experience as posted on LinkedIn, and it’s easy to imagine someone on Axelrod’s team having written it for him:

Research Intern at Energy Forum at the Baker Institute for Public Policy
Intern at Center for American Progress
Intern in Office of Management and Administration at White House
Research Intern at Baker Institute for Public Policy Energy Forum
Intern at Clean Line Energy Partners
Research Intern at James A. Baker III Institute For Public Policy


44 posted on 10/12/2012 1:10:24 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Acting like a complete jack@zz is NOT a “debate skill”.


45 posted on 10/12/2012 1:23:27 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This explains the Rat mentality. Adolescent and repugnant.


46 posted on 10/12/2012 1:33:12 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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BIDEN won the debate only if you are an Anti American SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC COMMIE.


47 posted on 10/12/2012 1:37:59 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: BlatherNaut

All dims are evil... even those that do not know it. Some republicans are evil... but not in numbers like the dims.

LLS


48 posted on 10/12/2012 1:42:49 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: vpintheak

BIDEN won the debate only if you are an Anti American SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC COMMIE.


49 posted on 10/12/2012 1:47:44 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What Neeraj Salhotra doesn’t tell readers: he was a staffer in the Obama White House.
If he lies about himself, imagine the lies he’ll tell about the debate!


50 posted on 10/12/2012 2:44:52 PM PDT by CivilWarguy
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