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Do my ears deceive me? [04 Sep 2008|11:43pm]

bumbletbw
Or did I hear the theme from "Dallas" used in those videos leading up to McCain's speech? For those of you who aren't old enough to remember what it sounds like, God invented youtube.

1 vote|vote republican

Healthcare [31 Aug 2007|11:53pm]

ky_ethan
Although I don't agree that American's don't have access to healthcare, I will agree there are people uninsured. However if you refer to posts I've made many moons ago, many of the between eight and forty-five million uninsured in America are illegal immigrants who make up somewhere between fifteen and twenty million(the uninsured number is according to wikipedia not my previous data and is between 2.5%-15% of the total US population). Many of the remainder are people under the age of 30 who have few health problems requiring medical intervention and don't need or want to pay for health coverage.


Now mind you the elderly and disabled are covered with hospitalization and prescription coverage by Medicare and the poor by Medicaid. Even those who need emergency surgeries but don't generally meet Medicaid requirements can get temporary access for those situations (I have an example if you doubt me). On top of that Meijer offers a number of free antibiotics, WalMart (yes evil though many of you think it is) offers the top 400 Medicare prescriptions (not yet nationwide) for $4 per prescription. Plus every major pharm company offers discounts and significantly reduced drugs if you simply call them for their free discount cards.

Also don't tell me poor people can't afford insurance because I obtained private insurance through Blue Care Network for $80 billed six times per year, which has a thousand dollar deductible. If you can afford to smoke, drink, club, have fully featured cable TV, high speed internet, gamble, cell phones, or maintain any other vice, then you can afford eighty bucks every two months for insurance (at least if you get the plan I got). Plus if you're truly "poor" or "low income" and especially if you have a "dependant" you have access to free and/or greatly subsidized housing (provided by me and you thank you very much). Additionally if you are "poor" or "low income" you get free food via foodstamps to further offset your income allowing you more purchasing power for things like insurance (Bridge Card for you in Rio Linda). By the way, I had access to the bridge card for 2003-05 though I didn't accept it (the point here being I doubt any of you would consider me poor).

The problem is that people are so inundated with blanket statements by politicians and news outlets that proclaim healthcare is outrageous, out of reach, completely unattainable if the government or your employer doesn't pay every drop of it that people simply take those statements as gospel. Even when I've brought up the fact that I obtained private, individual coverage simply by flipping through the yellow pages and making a couple calls to insurances companies my coworkers at the ER looked upon me with amazement. It would never have occured to them to try to get insurance directly rather than through the hospital. Americans have been brainwashed to believe that not only is healthcare an entitlement (i.e. something you should get for free) but the only way to get it is if someone else makes sure it's paid for (your employer or your government). I can't help rolling my eyes at people bitching about a ten dollar copay. It's like saying Cingular and Verizon shouldn't charge you overages when you go over by $500 simply because you've never gone over before.

Further thanks to a little ACT passed 21 years ago this year called EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) everyone has immediate and unquestioned access to healthcare and medicine regardless of ability to pay. Simply stroll into an emergency room whether you're simply drug seeking, or drugged up/boozed up and need a bed to sleep in and some IV fluid bolus with multivitamin additives, or you have an itchy crotch, a leaky/dischargy crotch, or some odd rashy crotch, or you have a genuine emergency you will be seen and receive any and all treatment. YAY! No more making an appointment with a Dr. By the way guess where the hospitals that are able to stay open shift the cost of caring for those who don't pay? Onto those who pay their bills!

Thanks to EMTALA and the burden of not enforcing our immigration laws leading to the influx of illegal immigrants we incur serious problems to our healthcare system. About 90% of illegal immigrants are uninsured. Over one-third of all hospitalizations for illegal immigrant Latinos were for childbirth--costing between $7,000 to $18,000 each. This childbirth hospitalization rate is twice as high as the rate for all other women in the U.S.. Seven to twelve percent of illegal immigrants reported they had been hospitalized at least once overnight or longer in the U.S. during the last 12 months. Nationally, 8.5 percent of adult Latinos were hospitalized in the previous 12-month period. An article by medical lawer Madeleine Pelner in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons concluded that the burden of illegal immigrants on the health care system in the US has forced many hospitals to close due to unpaid bills and the unfunded mandate of EMTALA . Between 1993 and 2003, 60 hospitals in California alone were forced to close, and many others had to reduce staff or implement other procedures which reduced the level of service they could provide. The article attributes most of these closings mainly to illegal immigration and their uncompensated medical costs (This paragraph and it's data obtained from wikipedia on the EMTALA page).

There are problems with America's health system, but I believe it's mostly that people are allowed to be completely unaccountable for their health until it is so poor their fellow citizens get to take care of them. We should switch away from treating when you're sick, to preventing you from getting sick. That's when people get into trouble. You develop an expensive, economically catastrophic illness requiring intensive, expensive medical intervention. Where do you turn? Big Brother. The answer isn't to tear it down and hand it over to a bloated bureaucracy. Simple things to do to improve matters are health savings accounts allowing you to use pretax money to put aside to save for all your health needs. In addition deregulating interstate health insurance and allowing for nationwide pools rather than state or local insurance groupings would greatly increase the number of people considered when setting rates which would inevitably lower premiums by not concentrating the insurance pools.

But that will be another post. Let's stick to our current system versus universal, single payer, big government systems. I believe that most if not all of you more than likely know little to nothing about how Canada/European systems run. I realise the news and liberals run around praising all other healthcare systems and poo-poing on America's but those are just bandwagon slogans. I've been told a few times by classmates/associates/coworkers about "friends" who either are or know people from other countries that profess the wonders of universal health systems but I doubt those people have actually needed extensive care in those systems.

I've run accross a simple website which gives facts and figures of Canadian/UK/Europe citing the facts of life in these systems being: waiting lists, massive governemental controls, rationing of care, huge taxation on income with massive shortfalls in ability to pay for care, and their numerous other downfalls that match my own research. So rather than be regurgitating the info, I urge you to look at it yourself. It will be an eye opening contrast to the drivel Americans are currently flooded with.

Here's the link: http://www.healthcare-america.org/index.cfm
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PSA: LJ/Ampd Mobile [09 Nov 2006|12:43am]

missbabyblue
If you've been on LJ for any length of time, you probably know the whole saga about ads/sponsored accounts/etc. If not, in summary: old LJ users remember the days when LJ swore there would never be ads. Now there are. And entire accounts paid for by corporate "sponsors," which are then used to promote movies/etc. Anyway.

One such account is for Ampd Mobile, which is the company that provides the LJ SMS service. Keep that in mind - the two are pretty inextricably linked now. The current LJ ad policy dictates that ad content must be appropriate for users of all ages. this excellent post chronicles the violations of said policy by Ampd Mobile.

Not only are the banner ads tasteless and suggestive, the Ampd page is currently featuring an embedded YouTube video that is at best really bad satire and at worst mature content and offensive.

I don't know why any conservative would pay for Ampd mobile service after they decided a good marketing ploy would be to use the same tired old omg!BUSH jokes in the same tired old video format. It's stupid, rather like their television commercials.

Anyway, consider this a PSA against both LJ and Ampd mobile. LJ continues to allow violations of its terms, that is when it's not violating them itself, and Ampd is a company that is using the LJ ad system to post tasteless political statements. If you disagree with either, I recommend you complain to both.
2 votes|vote republican

[08 Nov 2006|06:01pm]

ky_ethan
I see people saying how voters have seen the light by the win by the Dems. While that may be well and good I think the real reasons the same people who voted Republican for the past 14 years and specifically the last two election cycles either didn't vote at all or voted Dem for a couple reasons, none being that they saw the light:

Republican voters are tired of voting for candidates claiming to be Republican/conservatives and acting like liberals. I evidence this statement by the fact that over the past 6 years government spending has skyrocketed as well as expansion, especially in social programs, biggie being the Medicare part D fiasco and the education expansion with Bush and Teddy shaking hands for the cameras.

Instead of doing what Republican voters expect Republican politicians to do, namely: Decrease spending, cut taxes, decrease the size of government, they did nothing to expand our independance from foriegn oil (specifically by expanding out own production), clamp down on illegal immigration (on which they did nothing but throw money out there for a fence), and the list goes on.

So, in retaliation of not doing what those who voted for them expected them to do, they were punished. Plain, simple. You don't, at least, shouldn't, vote for someone just because they're the lesser evil as others have done on the other side. You either don't vote at all, or you turn, and stab them by voting for their opponent. Period.

Trust me that no Republican who did this is excited by the thought of Nanci Pelosi running anything, let alone the House. Nor do they look forward to tax cuts, that got this economy with all time record low unemployment at 4.4% and all time high stock indexes, being allowed to fade to oblivion. They don't look forward to endless petty investigation after investigation. They don't look forward to illegal immigrants being given legal status and anmesty as a fresh infusion of voters. They don't look forward to terrorists interested in murdering our citizens and bringing our country down being given constitutional rights and access to our legal system, which they most certainly do not deserve. They don't look forward to bigger increases in social spending that sends the poor these programs claim to serve ever deeper into despair, debt, and poverty (here's a grand idea, stop wasting billions a year on handouts and force those on the system to get an education of anykind, tradeschool, nail painting school, community college, ANYTHING, but FORCE them to do it if they want to get any medicaid/welfare money...support them with the handouts on top of free education, until there done, then they won't need it anymore. THAT will help the poor.) And the list of unpleasantness that is to come will just keep going, but you get the point. They didn't vote Dem or not at all because they wanted these things, but because they wanted to make a point to those who betrayed their vote. At least, that's my point of view.
1 vote|vote republican

A soldier's revenge [02 Nov 2006|12:48am]

chancelot
vote republican

And I should be ashamed for being gay and Republican say my Dem friends?? [05 Oct 2006|04:00pm]

ky_ethan
Well the Dems little messages they held onto just before the election to swing it there way, or so they thought, only goes to show them for the homophobes that they are and that they will spit, stomp, and kick anyone that stands between them and power. Including, that's right, all those homos out there who vote BLUE because they think the Dems really give a shit about gay rights.

First, everybody knows there are gay people, everybody knows there are gay people in the media, hollywood, and yes governement on both sides of the isle. But, because Republicans are such huge, biggots, hate mongers, fear mongers, goodie goodie christians, etc, who hate fags... We (The Dems) will somehow... obtain private messages being sent a gay Republican Congressman who's in his 40's or 50's and a gay former congresional page... and then release those messages to show all the Republican voters how sick and dirty the people they vote for are, they won't go out and vote, and therefore, We (The Dems) will win the election!

By kicking in the balls, pointing fingers and screaming "EWWW DIRTY HOMOS!!" at a group of so-called "minorities" called fags, that we CLAIM to support and fight for. Who would've ever thought that OLDER gay men would be attracted to or try to go after YOUNGER men?

Well I hope any fag out there still feels a warm place in their heart for your precious, phony Dems now, especially after for a possible political game to win them some votes, they point and gays, throw them on the fire screaming, dirty old man, dirty old man, he likes 'em young! EWW! Dirty fags!

You should ask yourself... How would someone ever acquire private, personal messages between citizens of the United States? Do any of you recall the big fit the Dems threw over the "Domestic Spying" policies? Which is false, it isn't a domestic, it's foreign, but that's beside the point. So why aren't the Dems and the ACLU out there screaming and having a fit and filing lawsuits for invasion of privacy and spying??? Because when it's them doing it to try and grasp at votes or at least try to keep Reps from voting, they'll stoop to any level.

Further, these were dated three years ago. Three years! So if the Dems were oh so interested in "protecting the children" *vomits at the hypocracy, I bet Michael Jackson votes Dem* then WHY SIT ON THIS SHIT FOR 3 YEARS??!!! Why? Because we need to wait until the next election cycle (they thought they would win in '04, now they know they're gonna loose since the only thing they're pushing is fear and hate) and spring it right before votes are cast to try and influence the election.

Privacy invaded. Homos pointed at and ridiculed. Feel good yet? Keep reading.

Finally... yesterday we find out, lo-and-behold... the page in question wasn't 16 at the time like the Dems were claiming, no no. The page was 18 at the time, an adult! Rep Foley was 49 at the time. By the way Monica was 22 when she was suckin' old Billy boy who was 51 at the time. The difference? No one asked Mr. Foley if he sent the messages and then he lied about it, no no, it was just released for politics sake, to try and ruin a man and a party, over TEXT MESSAGES. Billy boy was actually boinking ol' Monica and he lied about it. So, a man ruined for the sake of playing a political fag bashing game, all over a lie of how old this page was, over cyber-sex!

Yes folks, cyber-sex... IF THAT. So the freewheeling, all embracing, all accepting, all loving, make love not war, claim to be gay loving Dems, condemn an older man, for sending BARELY naughty text messages to an 18 year old ADULT man. So fucking anybody you want is fine. The President lying about getting a blowjob from some ugly broad is fine. But a gay man sending private text messages to an 18 year odl and jerking off over them isn't ok? Because guess what... these messages have also been shown to have been sent AFTER the 18 year old man was NO LONGER A PAGE.

Yes. This is the GRAND Democratic Party that so many people claim as all loving and embracing and be for all the "little" people. Now we see what they really think about some of those "little" people they claim they fight for. Now we see the extent that they will go and who or what groups they will spit on for their own gain. God bless you for voting your conscience to a party who doesn't give a shit about you.

This man left office without a fight, without arguing, without lawsuits, without anything but an appology to his family, for this to be splaid across the world. Sex for America is still embarrassing when laid on the table not because it's shameful, but because of what people can do to you because of it. I'm more proud by his actions as a gay man and a Republican and more infuriated at how grotesque the Dems are and how blinded so many are because of empty promises.
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[18 Dec 2006|12:33am]

peeing_man
4 votes|vote republican

Favorite Conservative Book [30 Aug 2006|04:22pm]

cougrugby
Hey all,
I'm looking for some good Conservative Books (not christian books I have plenty of those)

My Favorites:
Best Conservative Books


I don't need mainstream reccommendations I know all of those ones I want ones off the radar.

And I definitely reccommend Atlas Shrugged to any of you, and I wish I could give it to any who doesn't believe that capitalism is by far the best economic system in the world today

Cheers
1 vote|vote republican

[08 Aug 2006|06:28pm]

ky_ethan
Someone once said...

Us vs. Them
When things go so bad that the basics are no longer guaranteed you are a prime candidate for, if you are a US soldier, a whiskey fueled rampage of rape and murder. Then everyone says it is a shame.
If you aren't a US soldier but you go through the equivalent amount of stress and react the same way you are called a terrorist. Then everyone debates your motives and your culture.
I never thought of myself as a pacificist before, but it is starting to make a lot of sense.

I now say...

I must've never heard the part of basic training where they teach soldiers that God is commanding them to go fight (of course that he's more than likely on their side, but not in recent history that he actually commands them to go out and fight and kill). I must've also never heard of the part where religious leaders in America declare holy wars on cultures or countries and then urge people to kill those people at any cost any way possible. I most likely also didn't see the oh so right wing CNN reporting how the military is teaching our soldiers to walk into Jewish, er, muslim, coffee shops and press a button to send the nails and bolts they've glued and or taped on top of the explosive they just detonated and sent ripping through the soft tissues of every man, woman, child, black, white, green, or yellow though they may be. Or the part in Marines special ops training where they learn to highjack a muslim airplane and ram it into one of their not so sky-skraping buildings.

I have also never understood why we don't just beg the world to love us. Why we don't just disband the military, and once that happens see that the whole world will realised we have reached Nirvana and they'll love us for it. Not hop on the next plane, load it with hundreds of persons with IED's (improvised explosive devices to those of you not up on the cute little abbreviation the media created to avoid saying it like it is to make the whole thing sound more cute), and take advantage of our wonderful display of passifism, and once the entire US and every Starbucks turns into an everyday street corner in Jerusalem don't wonder why.

And once that happens and smoke is once again rising from the ashes of a U.S. street, let's point to ourselves and say we deserve this. We did this to ourselves, because WE are evil, WE are warmongers, WE rape and pillage the planet for our own amusement, and WE are the ones who deserve condemnation. Then we should prostrate ourselves to the persons/group/freedom fighters that walked into our Starbucks, our IHOP, our Trader Joes and ripped our loved ones to ribbons and beg for their forgiveness, and cry for their tears to flow for the ones they've killed like so many of you amongst us who cry over and make excuses for their butchers.
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[28 Jul 2006|07:51am]

ky_ethan
http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/Promos/P152207.asp

At the above link I found an absolutely idiotic article all but calling for "windfall" taxes on the oil companies.

Firstly, companies do not pay taxes. Companies are buildings and machinery and names. PEOPLE, pay taxes, no matter what a liberal wants to title it... income, earnings, property, business tax, it's all the same and people pay them, not business. Do you think Wal-Mart pays taxes? Hell no, every single person in their checkout lines do. "Businesses" pass on taxes to PEOPLE i.e. their customers.

The point? If you tax "big oil" with a profit "windfall" tax, do you think they're just going to go... oh, ok, well, that's lost money for us... hell no! They'll raise prices to cover the loss created by this liberal tax, meaning gas prices will go up.

Second, the Congress has already completed an investigation into the "big oil" companies gouging prices and found that nothing could be found to point to price manipulation in regards crude prices and gasoline on the part of the oil companies.

Thirdly, it's been reported over and over again that there is actually enough crude oil to go around, the problem is refinement capacity. The problem is that the US, due to liberals getting tree hugging bills passed, hasn't built a refinery in 30 years, and the few that have tried to get off the down were all put down due to the "Not in my backyard" affect. Further most of the new oil being found due to exploration is "heavy & sour" crude rather than the preferred "light & sweet" crude. A very small percentage of refineries are geared to refine the heavy stuff, so not only are there not enough refineries to process the light/sweet, but a significant portion of crude simply sits to be processed by a few refineries because it's heavy, which slows it getting to the market further and keeps supply tight.

Finally, oil prices for the most part is controlled through supply & demand as well as the market prices which gets driven up and down by brokers buying it up or selling it off. Not by some oil barron picking a price for the day out of a hat. If you boycott one oil company, which frankly can't be done because all the companies basically get their oil from the same place, so we'll say you boycott one one brand of gas station, the only thing that will happen is #1. You'll hurt a fellow American who is a business owner by killing their sales, #2. The brand you boycott, let's say BP, will simply sell their surplus to all the other stations for the same price they would've sold it for anyway, and #3. Due to the increase in buyers at these stations (the boycotters of BP in this example) their supply will decrease since they're selling more, which will drive their prices up temporarily, which means you'll pay more anyway. You can't boycott one to make a difference to the brand itself, you'd have to boycott them all, completely, which means you're biking/walking everywhere, which won't happen. So the little boycott won't do anyone any good.
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Meeting George W. Bush [13 Apr 2006|03:00pm]

kawaiikohaku
[ mood | ecstatic ]

So when our President came to Jefferson City, Missouri a mere 20 minutes away from our campus me and 3 other CR's of course signed up to volunteer!
It was quite the experience.
Here's a couple pictures. For the full story you can see my LJ entry: http://kawaiikohaku.livejournal.com/45732.html#cutid1




5 votes|vote republican

Attention Reagan fans... [03 Mar 2006|07:08am]

missbabyblue
Check out the video for Brad Paisley's new song (with Dolly Parton), "When I Get Where I'm Going." If you Google for it, you should find several different sites that have it available.

In addition to it being a great song and great video, if you wait 'til about 2/3rds of the way through, you'll see why my subject makes sense. :)

Bring tissues, by the way, because the whole thing is freakin' sad.

(x-posted a couple places)
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Heckling Teddy Kennedy [24 Feb 2006|11:44am]

chancelot
From http://enterprise.southofboston.com/articles/2006/02/23/news/news/news01.txt


Student heckles Teddy 'the drunk' KennedyCollapse )
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Islam: submit to it or else. [05 Feb 2006|03:12pm]

mszimbolist
[ mood | sick ]




Hat tip: the full photo article by Michelle Malkin
Militant groups urge violent attack on European nations who allow their citizens a free press.
"Peaceful" religions don't tend to send chills of fear down my spine.

Let me point you to Article IV of the Brussels Treaty, which states:

"If any of the High Contracting Parties should be the object of an armed attack in Europe, the other High Contracting Parties will, in accordance with the provisions of Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, afford the Party so attacked all the military and other aid and assistance in their power." (HT Kelly Q)

It seems to me that this applies painfully accurately to Norway and Denmark, members of NATO, whose embassies in Syria (and a second Danish one in Beirut) have been stormed and torched. This would be in accordance with the NATO Treaty of Economic, Social and Cultural Collaboration and Collective Self-Defence (the Brussels Treaty) signed by all NATO member-states on March 17, 1948. Embassies in foreign nations are the sovereign territories of the countries they represent. The storming of the embassies is a direct attack upon the soil of both Norway and Denmark.

This is unexcusable, and demands immediate action.

14 votes|vote republican

SOU [01 Feb 2006|04:15am]

mszimbolist
My comments on the State of the Union Address can be found here:
http://mszimbolist.livejournal.com/653743.html?nc=8


(x-posted to..wherever)
3 votes|vote republican

Tribute to the Troops [01 Jan 2006|03:03pm]

chancelot
From Glenn Beck, a Tribute to the Troops.

x-posted in a lot of places
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Do it. [14 Dec 2005|11:38pm]

missbabyblue
http://www.purplefingerforfreedom.org
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December 7, 1941 - A Day That Will Live In Infamy [07 Dec 2005|01:24am]

chancelot
Franklin D. Roosevelt: "A date which will live in infamy" 8 December 1941

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."

x-posted in quite a few places.
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EVERYONE, GO HERE NOW! [03 Dec 2005|11:53am]

missbabyblue
I insist that everyone go listen to the music at:

http://www.therightbrothers.com

These guys are AWESOME and I'm going to buy one of everything. Seriously.

x-posted to a few conservative communities :)
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[08 Sep 2005|01:58am]
going_apes
Hey guys! I am Membership Chair of my College Republicans chapter and I was just wondering what everyone does at their meetings to make it fun. We talk about current issues and make announcements and stuff, but I want to keep all our new members and so I want them to want to come back.
2 votes|vote republican

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