Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Who Said Conservatism Is Gangsterism?


Who said the Cons Are Gangsters? Does the answer have anything to do with class warfare?

Short answer, it was us.

The longer answer is complicated and for an answer we can take a look at the richest backers of the Conservative conspiracy in our short history -- the aristocratic Koch brothers...

"The Kochs: the greatest American criminals of the last century."



"I am not fan of the Koch brothers but I have to admit that this article in Rolling Stone floored me.  It is stunning what Charles and David Koch have done over the last half century, stealing from everybody who had a dime in their pocket, including their own family.  I have tried to think of a criminal enterprise that has engaged in such disreputable behavior and even the famed vampire squids seem to pale in comparison.  They are evil incarnate.  There is no way to identify with who these two men are, what they have let themselves become.  They seem to have absolutely no redeeming values.

"I begin to think letting these men buy our government is like letting the Sopranos buy our government.  Except even a thug like Tony Soprano had some redeeming values - he protected his neighborhood, he protected his family.  Not so the Koch brothers.  They care about their money and nothing else.  You could not sell a script about what the Kochs have done because you need to have something that the audience can feel a connections for.  There is nothing in the world of Charles and David Koch.  They are moral cretins beyond the breadth or our imagination..."

But in the interest of fairness, let's take a closer look at their empire...

"Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire."



"The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they've cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today's GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year's midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.

"What is less clear is where all that money comes from. Koch Industries is headquartered in a squat, smoked-glass building that rises above the prairie on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. The building, like the brothers' fiercely private firm, is literally and figuratively a black box. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda or Hewlett-Packard and is America's second-largest private company after agribusiness colossus Cargill. The company's stock response to inquiries from reporters: 'We are privately held and don't disclose this information...'"

(For the rest of this outstanding piece from Rolling Stone, go to --> http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924)

But to continue, in the siblings' case, the nuts didn't fall too far from the tree...



"John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group."

"Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have been dominant financiers for conservative front groups and nonprofits for nearly three decades. Their money has flowed to organizations dedicated to lobbying for corporate and upper income tax cuts, as well as to groups responsible for mobilizing Tea Party rallies against President Obama. But the Koch family’s association with fringe right-wing groups began a generation earlier with Fred Koch, the patriarch of the clan.

"Fred not only founded the company now known as Koch Industries, he also was a founding member of the John Birch Society. As a founding board member, Fred helped engineer a hysterical wave of attacks on labor, intellectuals, public education, liberal clergy members, and other pillars of society he viewed as a threat. Birchers decried everyone from former President Eisenhower to water utility administrators as pawns in a global communist conspiracy. In the last two years, as the Koch name has become synonymous with right-wing plutocracy in the United States, the Koch family has played down its relation to the Birchers.



"However, the New American, the official mouthpiece of the John Birch Society, published a piece this morning celebrating Fred and the Koch family’s pivotal role in developing the group:
"Koch warned that American institutions were honeycombed with communist subversives, from labor unions and tax-free foundations to universities and churches. Art and newsprint, radio and television — all these media had been transmuted into vehicles of communist propaganda. [...] Fred Koch was no fly-by-night pamphleteer. He spent a generous portion of his later years using his wealth and influence to fight the communism he abhorred. He was an early member of the The John Birch Society’s National Council, an advisory group to JBS founder Robert Welch. Koch supported a variety of freedom-related causes, all the while continuing to build the company today known as Koch Industries."
"The Bircher ode to Koch glosses over Fred’s record of bigotry. In a booklet he authored, Fred railed against civil rights leaders, and claimed the movement against racial segregation was a communist plot to use African Americans to destabilize the country. The Koch-funded Birchers held numerous rallies during the ’60s claiming integration would lead to a 'mongrelization' of the races..."

Of course the Koch brothers are the idols of the Conservative billionaire wanna be's, and the GOP is filled with button men who admire their capos in the Conservative Cosa Nostra...



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This is who they are and the meme above explains what they and the American Taliban are all about.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely and we need to confiscate their assets and income redistribute their income.  This goes for others like Sheldon Adelson and those Cons in our world with way, way too much money.

Why doesn't the voter get it?  Because he's swayed by the mercenary Conservative propagandists that pollute their Sheeplets' minds with fear, then turn them to hate.

Criminalizing Conservatism will take care of the capos like the Kochs and Adelson, and when they are hauled into court we'll see if monetary penalties can't redistribute their obscene wealth in a totally different direction -- towards the 99 percent of us that have had our livelihoods and dignity destroyed by them and their greedy billionaire pals.


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"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

Voltaire.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

How Would YOU Like Living In The Brave New World of Conservatism?


How bad can it get in the Brave New World of Conservatism?  Let's take a look at where we are first...



Sounds reasonable, but America is a "can do" nation and will be quick to take others' advice...

"Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is."

Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street demonstrate for a variety of causes at Zuccotti Park.
Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street demonstrate at Zuccotti Park on the second anniversary of the movement on Sept. 17, 2013, in New York City.
"And if they did, they wouldn’t want European-style solutions.

"If Michael Norton’s research is to be believed, Americans don’t have the faintest clue how severe economic inequality has become—and if they only knew, they’d be appalled.

"Consider the Harvard Business School professor’s new study examining public opinion about executive compensation, co-authored with the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok’s Sorapop Kiatpongsan. In the 1960s, the typical corporate chieftain in the U.S. earned 20 times as much as the average employee. Today, depending on whose estimate you choose, he makes anywhere from 272 to 354 times as much. According to the AFL-CIO, the average CEO takes home more than $12 million, while the average worker makes about $34,000..."

Why don't Americans object, you ask?

"Monty Python’s John Cleese: FOX News People Are Too Stupid to Know They Are Stupid (Video)."



"Monty Python’s John Cleese weighed in on FOX News viewers: They’re so stupid that they don’t know they’re stupid.

"In a Q&A video, Cleese said, “I think the problem with people like this is that they are so stupid that they have no idea how stupid they are.”

"'If you’re very, very stupid,' he says, 'How can you possibly realize that you’re very very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.'

"He cited some research by David Dunning at Cornell. He says that Dunning has pointed out that knowing how good one is at something 'requires exactly the same skills as it does to be good at that thing in the first place.'

"'If you’re absolutely no good at something at all,' Cleese says, 'then you lack exactly the skills that you need to know that you’re absolutely no good at it.”'

"'And this explains not just Hollywood,' Cleese concludes, 'But almost the entirety of FOX News.'"

(Click here for the video: http://aattp.org/monty-pythons-john-cleese-fox-news-people-are-too-stupid-to-know-they-are-stupid-video/)

Of course, getting radicalized will improve America's lot..

"Radicalized Right-Wing Activists Are Pledging Allegiance to a Dangerous Agenda
America, your religious extremists are already inside the 'Homeland,' so what are we going to about it?"

Photo Credit: Mark Hayes / Shutterstock.com
"The Islamic State has said, “Secular statists are destroying America,” and that “God is not finished with the U.S. yet.” When religious extremists make such proclamations we should take them at their word. Equally we should demand “moderate Muslim” voices to denounce such affronts to America’s secular values.

"The above paragraph is true except for one notable exception: the above proclamations are not attributed to Islamic extremism or the Islamic State. They’re respectively owned by the 2012 GOP nominee runner-up Rick Santorum, who provided the first quote, and potential 2016 GOP front-runner Ted Cruz, who gave the second - on day one of the 2014 Value Voters Summit.

"America, your religious extremists are already inside the 'Homeland,' so what are we going to about it?.."

But not to worry as long as the Press is around to help us...

"'Straight-up propaganda': Fox News, charlatans, conspiracy theorists and the religious fanatics endangering democracy."

"Straight-up propaganda": Fox News, charlatans, conspiracy theorists and the religious fanatics endangering democracy
Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)
(Excerpted from "Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy and Our Lives")

"All demagoguery all the time: Fox News and American politics' epidemic of craziness.

"An epidemic of craziness seems to have swept over the American political landscape. This is of course a problem not just for Americans, but for people all around the world. It remains the case that most people think of the United States as the world’s leading democracy. Although they may not choose to imitate many of the specific features of American democratic institutions, the prestige of democracy around the world is very much tied up with the performance of the American system. When this political system proves demonstrably  incapable of keeping charlatans, conspiracy theorists, and religious fanatics out of political power, this is a huge blow to the prestige of democratic systems as a whole..."

Well, if the Press can't help us our politicians can!



And if they can't do the job, our youth will step up to the plate...the sensible ones, that is.



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Thus, we usher in the Brave New World of Conservatism, just not in the way Huxley envisioned it.

What can stop a vast criminal cartel with unlimited money and a constituency right out of Deliverance?

Who can stop them with the odds so overwhelming against the rest of the world?

Maybe a small change in our laws protecting these law-breakers - that would be nice...


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"Yeah, I would."

(Nevada GOP Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, when asked if he would vote to reinstate
slavery if his constituents wanted it, 2013.)

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Is The American Dream Now A Myth?


What happened to the American Dream?

"'American dream' is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us."

"American dream" is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us
(Credit: sturti via iStock)
"Once upon a time, Americans assumed they'd do better than their parents had. Here's why that's all gone away.

"Over the past few years of economic torpor and social despair there’s been a lot of discussion about the death of the American dream. This shouldn’t be surprising. In a time when people feel they can’t keep up or are falling behind, it’s hard to have faith in the idea that everyone can achieve a base level of security and provide for their kids to do better than they did. That was always the deal for working-class Americans, immigrants and middle-class alike.

"Generally, people agree that the lack of social and economic mobility we see today — necessities for the achievement of the American dream — is a result of the dramatic income inequality that’s grown dramatically over the last couple of decades. There’s even a name for this phenomenon called the Great Gatsby Curve, which simply shows that the more income inequality there is, the less social mobility there is. As Tim Noah of the New Republic explained:
"Economists have long suspected that you can’t really experience ever-growing income inequality without experiencing a decline in Horatio Alger-style upward mobility because (to use a frequently-employed metaphor) it’s harder to climb a ladder when the rungs are farther apart. [Economist Alan] Krueger calculates based on the Gatsby curve (admittedly, somewhat speculatively) that 'the persistence in the advantages and disadvantages of income passed from parents to the children' will 'rise by about a quarter for the next generation as a result of the rise in inequality that the U.S. has seen in the last 25 years.'"
"It’s doubtful that more than a handful of average Americans have heard of the Great Gatsby Curve but they do know that they aren’t getting ahead at the same pace as their parents did..."

What's the Conservative version of the American Dream, and how did they destroy its real meaning?

"Conservative Version of American Dream is Working Class Nightmare."

Progressive American Dream vs Conservative American Dream Image

"A LIBERAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:

"It’s time to stop pretending that Republicans (and their DLC Corporate Dem enablers) want the American Middle Class to be strong, vibrant and economically-secure, but just hold different ideas than liberals on how to get there. THEY DON’T. Conservative ideology is quite simple, as old as recorded history and can be boiled down to 2 words: CHEAP LABOR – and they won’t stop inflicting their greed-centered policies on us until the middle class are permanently relegated to status Conservatives consider their natural 'place' – compliant Serfs.

"One doesn’t have to stretch their imagination too far to glimpse this Republican vision of our future – just turn back the clock to the “Gilded Age” – when super-rich robber barons controlled their operatives in government, lived in opulence while lording over the common people..."

But the Cons' dream of the preservation of life couldn't go wrong, and our children will make our dreams come true...

"Pro-Life? GOP Promotes Nine Out Of Ten Things That Cause Death In Unborn Children."



"Since it is all but impossible to debate a republican or a Tea Partier on any topic without having the subject instantly turned to “killing the unborn,” this list is one that is meant to help those on the left regain control of the conversation. It includes the ten leading causes of pregnancy termination and infant death, nine of which involve policies that are supported and even promoted by the GOP.

"Assuming that there are at least a few members of the GOP or the Tea Party who really do want to 'protect the unborn' and aren’t just trying to control women and send them back to their 'rightful place in society,' (which of course is barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen), this list could help open their eyes to the lack of sincerity coming from their party’s mostly male leadership.

"Anyone who truly wants to “protect life” should understand that to single-mindedly focus on one cause of death in the unborn, pretending that it is the only thing that 'kills the unborn,' is not a reasonable way to address the issue. The truth is that GOP policies have killed more unborn fetuses and newly born infants, than all of the abortions performed on earth, in the history of the world, combined.

"10 causes of death in unborn children.

"1. Natural Causes: If human life begins at conception (as most republicans insist it does) then at least 50 to 75 percent of all human life ends within the first month after conception, naturally. The woman’s body expels the 'unborn life' through her menstrual cycle, in most cases never even realizing that she was pregnant. It’s interesting to note that the rate of these 'natural deaths' is greatly reduced by the use of birth of control, since it prevents conception to begin with..."

But you know how the Conservative Sheeplets care about our dreams...



Or do you? Here's how it works in the real world where dreams are snuffed out by the Cons...



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Have the Conservatives really destroyed the American Dream?  Is it too late for the rest of us, the 99 percent of us that have tried to play the game according to the rules?

From the election of Richard Nixon until now, the Cons - pun intended - have succeeding in eroding the dreams of "American Exceptionalism" and along with it, the middle class.

That must be what the Cons mean when they deny that there are classes in America.

We can find out by criminalizing Conservatism, or else we'll probably die trying to dig ourselves out of the hole that the Cons have relentlessly dug for us...


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"When  nation's young men are conservatives, its funeral bell is already rung."

Henry Ward Beecher.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

What's The Difference Between Organized Crime And Conservatism?


"Organized crime, organised crime, and often criminal organizations are terms which categorise transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals, who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for monetary profit." Organized crime - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Here's one of the Cons biggest benefactors showing us how to rape their own people...

"Oil and Gas Companies Are Rigging Wages and Cheating Their Workers."

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"A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing high-risk jobs – are routinely being underpaid, and the companies hiring them often are using accounting techniques to deny workers benefits such as medical leave or unemployment insurance.

"The DOL investigations have centered on what is known as worker 'misclassification,' an accounting gambit whereby companies treat full time employees as independent contractors paid hourly wages, and then fail to make good on their obligations. The technique, investigators and experts say, has become ever more common as small companies seek to gain contracts in an intensely competitive market by holding labor costs down..."

One of the Conservative capos don't WANT no law in his town...

"Ted Cruz Is Already Vowing To Obstruct Obama’s Unnamed Attorney General Nominee."




"President Obama has nominated anyone to be the new Attorney General yet, but Ted Cruz is already signaling that he will lead the fight to obstruct the new nominee.

"In a statement, Cruz said, "To this day, no one has been yet held accountable for the IRS scandal, and it is incumbent upon the next Attorney General to uphold the law without regard to partisan ideology...'"

Gangsters and banksters, the Conservative syndicate has 'em all...

"Job one for a Republican Senate: Screwing the consumer on behalf of the banksters."



"Elizabeth Warren scares the crap out of a lot of people, most of them on Wall Street or in the Republican Party (not that those things are mutually exclusive). So what else would they make a top priority if they retake the Senate besides trying to kill her brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau..."

It looks like the Cons are recruiting their top guns out of the pen...

"Raging GOP Candidate Mike Bost's Past Includes Dog Killing And Mysterious Stolen Gun."

MIKE BOST
Illinois Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), argues gun legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Springfield Ill. (Photo: Seth Perlman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
"WASHINGTON -- Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has made a name for himself throwing extraordinary tantrums during legislative sessions. But he doesn't appear to have contained his notorious temper to the statehouse, according to a review of court and police records obtained by The Huffington Post.

"Bost, who is running for Congress this fall under the slogan 'Passionate Leadership for Southern Illinois,' has a lengthy history with local authorities, including some incidents that suggest 'passionate' is a bit of an understatement.

"The earliest episode dates back to 1986, when a neighborhood beagle named Rusty bit Bost's 4-year-old daughter. The report filed by animal control officials indicates that the girl provoked the attack by chasing the dog. She ultimately had to get 19 stitches on her face.

"According to court records, Bost was displeased that authorities would not be able to deal with the 10-year-old dog immediately. So he got his handgun, drove to Rusty's owner's home, and shot the dog to death while it was penned in an enclosure..."

But Bost isn't the only gangster in politics, he's just one of the newer ones in the ongoing battle of class warfare...



Can we equate the gangster specializing in political organized crime hide behind his lies?  And have we answered the question, "What's The Difference Between Organized Crime And Conservatism?"

Yes indeedy -- None, no difference at all.



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Some may think the link between organized crime and Conservatives is a stretch until they analyze what the Cons really want.  Then it's just a matter of figuring out how to stop them.

From Wikipedia on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act: "The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them, closing a perceived loophole that allowed someone who told a man to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because he did not actually commit the crime personally...

"Summary: Under RICO, a person who has committed 'at least two acts of racketeering activity' drawn from a list of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period, if such acts are related in one of four specified ways to an 'enterprise,' can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of 'racketeering activity.' RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such racketeers to file a civil suit; if successful, the individual can collect treble damages (damages in triple the amount of actual/compensatory damages)..."

And if RICO doesn't quite do the job, we can always clean house by criminalizing Conservatism.








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"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the
people tempered by fear."

William E. Gladstone.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Does Conservatism Thrive On Phony Issues And Phony Scandals?


You'll note in our daily quotation below a Blast From The Past from Dave Letterman, "Hookers in Times Square, God bless 'em, are offering a Mitt Romney Special. For an extra $20 they'll change positions."

Romney's downfall may have been the fact that the Conservative leadership only has one issue -- the care and feeding of their wealthy benefactors - but they need more than this core issue to woo their sheeplets and Low Information Voters.



From abortion to States' rights to Benghazi, the Conservative base must be fed their daily doses of nonsense and hate to keep their blood boiling, especially the right wing Xtians - for example...

"Republicans Rallying Behind 'Religious Liberty'"



"WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote 'religious liberty' at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.

"The annual Values Voter Summit opens Friday in Washington with speeches from several potential presidential candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The speaking program features ambitious Republicans with positions on social issues across the spectrum — from the libertarian-leaning Paul, who favors less emphasis on abortion and gay marriage, to Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist pastor whose conservative social values define his brand..."

And whenever the Cons try to jumpstart another phony issue, an adult has to clean up the mess...

"Top Obama Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Dismisses 'Fake' Media Uproar Over 'Latte Salute.'"



"NEW YORK –- Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday that the president’s 'latte salute,' the Twitter-fueled media outrage of the week, epitomizes just how 'fake the whole conversation' around politics can be.

"Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and a longtime communications operative, said that 'no one in the political sphere' trying to make a story out of the president greeting a couple of saluting Marines with a beverage in hand 'actually believes that this somehow indicates some disrespect.' (And for the record: Obama was drinking tea, not coffee.)

"'It's just like, "Here's a gotcha moment. We know it's not real,"Feiffer said. "The Republican operatives who push around know it's not real. The press knows it's not real, but everyone's got to cover it and play the whole game...'"

Of course, all Cons are SUPER-patriotic...

"Jon Stewart Tells Fox News: 'Fuck You And All Your False Patriotism.'"



"Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News on #LatteSalute: 'SHUT UP.'

"The network's talking heads have been attacking President Barack Obama for saluting two U.S Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. But on 'The Daily Show' on Thursday night, Stewart wasted no time pointing out the hypocrisy.

"'You don't really care about this,' he said. 'You have no principle about this. You're just trying to score points in a game no one else is playing -- and here's how we know.'

"And with that, he played a series of clips showing commentators on the one hand demanding respect for those in uniform putting their lives on the line while on the other hand insulting a female fighter pilot leading the attack on ISIS militants.

"'Fuck you, and all your false patriotism,' Stewart said..."

Lies and phony issues are all the Cons can come up with...


Just like their wealthy benefactors like it...



And in the final analysis this is what the Cons are really all about...



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Phony issues and phony scandals from mainstream Conservatism's class warfare are infecting our nation and the world.

The twin scourges of political life, the Conservatives and the Low Information Voter, lap this stuff up like starving dogs and everyone else suffers as the Cons impose their will upon the People.

What can we do about it? The Conservative Sheeplets do what they are told, the media marches in lockstep with the Conservative leadership and propagandists, the Low Information Voter votes via the previous day's headlines, and the rest of the 99 percent don't vote.

Once we get a true progressive government we still have the money of the wealthiest among us to control politics and the only sure way to restore democracy to an embattled nation is to...

...criminalize Conservatism.






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"Hookers in Times Square, God bless 'em, are offering a Mitt Romney Special. For an
extra $20 they'll change positions."

David Letterman.

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