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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:23 PM
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Satire? Conservatives Push for Psychiatric Diagnosis of 'Loony Leftists'
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:38 PM by genieroze
Conservatives Push for Psychiatric Diagnosis of 'Loony Leftists'


Worry_thumbStill thinking about election fraud in Ohio? Worried that voting machines in Florida may have been hacked? If some Republicans get their way, there may soon be an official diagnosis of what really ails you: political paranoia disorder.

"Political Paranoia" to be included in next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

By Hermione Slatkin, Medical Correspondent

Selftest_1NEW YORK, NYWhen Zacharia Goodman recently sought out the help of a therapist, it was no mystery as to what was ailing him. The 27-year-old copy editor was so consumed by his belief that President George W. Bush stole the recent election that he was having trouble sleeping, completing rudimentary tasks at work, and carrying on conversations about topics not related to politics.

The therapist he consulted wrote Goodman a prescription for the social anxiety drug Paxil and encouraged him to spend less time reading left-wing blogs and listening to Air America.

This particular story has a happy ending; Goodman admits that he's already far less irritating to be around than he was just a few weeks ago. But countless paranoids just like him may be going untreated, say mental health professionals. The reason: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM presently excludes political paranoia from its 933 pages of symptoms, diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

http://swiftreport.blogs.com/news/2005/01/conservatives...
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hilster Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:25 PM
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1. "Political Paranoia"
ahaha, funny enough I met with my psychiatrist a week ago saying that indeed I was paranoid (scared, really) of what was going on today with politics. He responded by saying I was perfectly JUSTIFIED. So take that DSM V(?)
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:28 PM
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6. Good thing
I thought I was insane.

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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:25 PM
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2. This is a joke, right? n/t
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:31 PM
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12. I don't know. I hope so. If it is it should have a disclaimer, it doesn't
Besides during the sElection challenge it was the ranting Republicans wearing the tin oil hats. The Democrats were talking about disenfranchisement of mostly minority voters.
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Wind Dancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:26 PM
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3. Funny!
It is satire.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:26 PM
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4. A drug-induced population. Cool. And you bet they'll add in
"political paranoia" with ju$t he right influene.
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TheEconomist Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:28 PM
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5. Ever hear of SATIRE?
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:28 PM by TheEconomist
Its just this type of dilusional paranoia that make us look like a bunch of goons. That article is COMEDY, SATIRE, SARCASM...... Good grief. Maybe we really are all too paranoid.....
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:32 PM
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14. Did you take the test??
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:13 PM
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30. Do you feel like you overreact to things, sometimes, TheEconomist?
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 09:13 PM by w4rma
Calm down, guy.
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TheEconomist Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:37 AM
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34. Haha... yes, I do... I admit to it!
Its the 4 cups of Starbucks today... I apologize in advance.
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:28 PM
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7. Heil Hitler!
Bush = Hitler!!!
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TheEconomist Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:29 PM
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8. Not THAT again..... n/t
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:34 PM
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TheEconomist Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:37 PM
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19. Enjoy my stay?
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:38 PM by TheEconomist
That is all you've got? Just because I object to Bush being compared to Hitler? As a 2nd generation American of strong Jewish, I find that very offensive. Hitler was an animal compared to Bush or most anyone else... except Stalin perhaps.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:24 PM
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26. Hitler was an filthy animal but at least he was an intelligent one. eom
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:39 AM
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37. You understand the Bush family financed Hitler? Factory near Auschwitz?
George Jr. has only been in office for a few years but his family and their ilk (financiers, robber barons) bankrolled the building of Hitler's war machine. They even built a factory near Auschwitz to use slave labor.

The rest of the big money in the US was also backing fascism where it could and had attempted a fascist coup against FDR in 1934 to prevent the New Deal. It was stopped at the last minute by General Smedley Butler of 'War is a Racket'-fame , the first insider warning against the Military Industrial Complex published in 1937.

Prescott Bush was briefly busted in 1942 for his dealings with the Nazis and was called 'Hitler's Angel' in the newspapers. He was a senator by 1952.

The Dulles brothers had been handling/hiding financial dealings with the Nazis but were Secretary of State AND head of CIA in the fifties.

Does this tell you something? The horror of Hitler wasn't/isn't just about killing lots of Jews, horrible as the Holocaust was.

This is a comprehensive history of 100 years of fascism in the US.
It will horrify you to read how the US has been ruled by murderous fascists who financed it around the world and still do.
http://www.spiritone.com/~gdy52150/noon.html
(The Nazi Hydra in America)

Also worth reading:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4068.ht...
(6 Million Killed in CIA Secret Wars)
Former CIA Station Chief in Angola tells all in 1987 and warns of Reagan administration's plans for eliminating the Bill of Rights, use of pre-emptive war, secret detention and execution. We are now living this nightmare under the same people back in power.

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040513-052654-525...
(Files Show Nazi Criminal's US Intel Role)

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2001/051601a.html
(CIA's Worst Kept Secret, Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen)

http://www.infoage.org/paperclip.html
(Operation Paperclip and Camp Evans, New Jersey)

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/hr071498/maloney.html
(Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

http://www.statecraft.org /
(US Guerilla Warfare 1940-1990)

http://empirewatch.org/pages/_archives/fascism/pages/14...
(14 Symptoms of Fascism)

http://www.anesi.com/fscale.htm
(Fascism Receptivity Psychological Questionaire)

http://216.239.37.100/search?q=cache:ev_7ZGNwjNYC:www.h...
(FEMA-America's Secret Government)

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/MOCK/...
(CIA controls US media in Operation Mockingbird)
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:36 PM
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17. Indeed. Let's wait until the regime kills 11 million people.
Until then, the more apt comparison is Mussolini.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:27 PM
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27. Remember what happened to him when the people got sick of his crap.
I'm talking about Mussolini.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:27 PM
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33. Yup. It showed the 'solidarity' of his marriage vows, too.
:evilgrin:
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hilster Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:31 PM
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11. Bush = Hitler
And Himmler = Gonzales
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Democrat Dragon Donating Member (699 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:29 PM
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9. I am now happy that I lost my health insurance along time ago
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:32 PM by Democrat Dragon
Otherwise I still being seeing a shrink. I would be ranting to her about the Bush regime all year long. Don't worry, I got another plan back two months ago, but there's no way I'm geting psychiatrist anymore after hearing this unless I shut up about what worries me and talk about my turbulent realtionship with my mom.

I wonder if the drug companies are coming up with a pill that brianwashes lefties. :tinfoilhat:

EDIT: It's satire? whew! I was a bit worried there especially with those mental health tests the Nazis want on all kids. No I wan't being paranoid, it's just that this sounds just like the kind of thing they would do.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:17 PM
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31. Ever hear of lithium ? I hear Bush wants it in our water supplies...
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:30 PM
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10. yes, satire. For now.
:tinfoilhat:
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Rican1 Donating Member (144 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:32 PM
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13. I'll handle my anxiety the way Rush Does
By illegally using prescription drugs
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:35 PM
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16. Guess I better go out and get my Paxil
This is a good way for the right wing to make anyone who disagrees with Bush be considered a crazy. It starts with more Propaganda like this and then snowballs into all of the left wing being forced to take Paxil/the red pill, so we all behave.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:18 PM
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25. Hi sarcasmo!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:37 PM
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18. I think it's exaggerated satire. They seem to be taking real stories
and adding to them. This site can't be real, they should really put a disclaimer. Then again I don't think The Onion does.
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Calanus Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:38 PM
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20. About a year ago, some wag came out with exactly the opposite
Stating that conservatism was similar to a pathology.

It was from a university if memory serves.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:52 PM
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24. Maybe this was a mock of that.
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:05 AM
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35. Your referring to real science, not a gag on conservativism. FASCISM.
This isn't just ‘leftist’ rhetoric or a gag. It is real science developed by behavioral scientists, neurologists, sociologists, linguists, and historians.

And the diagnosis for the conservative American mind is an ‘Authoritarian Personality’ which researchers have declared a precursor to a pathological behavior called FASCISM.

After WWII, psychologists turned their studies to figuring out what personality traits led to large populations accepting the inhumane fascism of Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler. What they discovered was something they termed 'The Authoritarian Personality' which, in a nutshell, is fearful, prone to seeking security through pack identity (virulent nationalism), attacking other identity groups (like Jews, blacks, Gypsies, gays, Muslims, etc.), and revering cruel dictators (the strong father as Fuhrer) who promise to kill the boogiemen in their minds.

All that ugly behavior because of intentionally exaggerated fear inflaming their amygdala, that primal lizard part of the brain that is vigilant against possible threats and responds quickly without using the rational left-brain thought process that people like the...say...'liberal elitists'...might use to think for themselves instead of blindly accepting the things they are told by authority figures and media propaganda.

Millions of years ago, the amygdala was the most important part of our brain that kept us from getting eaten by other animals. We have since evolved more sophisticated brain systems that allows us to be social and rationally discern who wants to harm us and who just wants to have the next dance. The amygdala responds quickly without using the rational left-brain thought process that people such as 'liberal elitists' might use to think for themselves instead of blindly accepting the things they are told by authority figures on TV. Since vision has been our species’ most important tool for identifying friend from foe, television has been a brainwasher's dream tool for instilling propaganda into the American psyche.

Look at this analysis of the 'conservative' personality:
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/07/22_...

Take a look at this 1950 questionnaire used to determine 'Fascism Personality Receptivity' or F-factor.
http://www.anesi.com/fscale.htm

Now look at the 14 symptoms of Fascism.
http://empirewatch.org/pages/_archives/fascism/pages/14...

Now look at this article about the lessons learned about the power of the 1938 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast and deliberately exploited with omnipresent television culture, the propagandists dream invention.
http://www.mackwhite.com/tv.html

And look at this site looking into the science of affecting how people think and behave or brainwashing:
http://www.hermes-press.com/brainwash1.htm

Besides the primal element of fearful brain control, there is also another primal element of human identity at play in our family experiences projected onto the world at large and used to pick our leaders and judge those in our group. Read linguist George Lakoff's work on 'framing' issues in words that appeal to those originally family-based emotions.

He claims that we tend to model our sense of what is appropriate behavior on either the Republican's 'Strong Father' dictator model or the Democrat's 'Nurturing Mother' teacher model and the WORDS we use have built in judgemental emotions that frame how we respond. He's advised Howard Dean and John Kerry on how conservatives have been using this technique for 30 years with stunning success.
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/10/27_...

The power of words is also explained in this analysis of a George W. Bush State of the Union speech where the mechanics of verbal abuse and manipulation are explained in detail.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/130534_focusecond...

The personality of George W. Bush is explained in this British psychologist’s psychological profile based on family history shown to include abuse and leading to alcoholism, anti-intellectualism, cruelty, and the dreaded fascism-prone ‘Authoritarian Personality.’ Read this and understand just why that man is doing what he’s doing and why so many Americans are applauding him for it. Read this article called ‘So George, How Do You Feel About Your Mom and Dad?’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1033904,00....

A film illustrating the way corporations perfectly mimic a destructive psychopath shows how that common and dominating structure leads good people to do terrible things:
“While the corporation has the rights and responsibilities of ”a legal person”, its owners and shareholders are not liable for its actions. Moreover, the film explains, a corporation's directors are legally required to do what is best for the company, regardless of the harm created. What kind of person would a corporation be? A clinical psychopath…”
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0120-03.htm

The psychology of an abused child or battered wife is also in play. Americans identify with their government as they would a parent and they are heavily committed to defending it's actions as virtuous and well-meaning. Think of the sad phenomenon of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ where helpless captives come to identify with and empathize with those who they are most vulnerable to, their very own captors. The status of being dominated induces a regressive embrace of the aggressor into ‘protector’ and their own status into ‘child.’ The power relationship is the sado-masochism that Hitler utilized to build the Nazi party in post-WWII Germany and wrote about in his book ‘Mein Kampf,’ fully aware how he was exploiting people’s emotions, just like Leo Strauss, Lee Atwater, and Karl Rove.

Amnesty International has compiled a list of the 8 common techniques used to break the minds of prisoners by interrogators of all kinds. It is called 'Biderman's Chart of Coercions' and has been accepted by abuse counselors as relevant to interpersonal abuse of women, children, and entire populations on an economic level. It is a template for a fascist culture and the propaganda that maintains it. It also represents how every child is treated by larger adults in order to instill social controls for later in life. The abuse tends to traumatize children and many grow up with the dreaded Authoritarian Personality that leads to Fascism Receptivity as a result.
http://www.actabuse.com/chartofcoercion.html

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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:39 PM
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21. I hear that Bush is planning to put lithium in the waters across the US
in order to boost his tanking poll numbers. US troops in Iraq will get similar doses in their MREs.

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TheEconomist Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:21 PM
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22. Link?
Any link to this 'what you hear' story?
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:26 PM
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23. "Ever hear of SATIRE?"
"Its (sic) just this type of dilusional (sic) paranoia that make us (sic) look like a bunch of goons. That (post) is COMEDY, SATIRE, SARCASM...... Good grief. Maybe we (sic) really are all too paranoid..... "
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:47 PM
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29. Just satire, however... with Lithium in the water supply...
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 09:12 PM by EVDebs
I wouldn't put it past the CIA and Bush & Co. to try it ! Sounds like when the military spread germs over the SF Bay Area in the 50's to see how many people would get sick.

In this case, I don't even think lithium could get us THAT HAPPY with Bush's policies so our doubting Thomas requesting a link should consider this link

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_249/...

Bush is definitely from a low lithium county !
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:12 AM
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36. Fluoride in the water was the plot device for 'Dr. Strangelove.'
General Jack Ripper is convinced that fluoride in America's water is a commie plot and he must save the US by launching a nuclear attack that makes war inevitable.

"Mandrake, mix me some rain water and grain alcohol."
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Undercover Owl Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:39 PM
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28. why are you guys arguing?
Just go to a bar and start a fight there, if you really want to argue.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:24 PM
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32. Who is arguing?. eom
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:42 PM
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38. If we're so paranoid, when why don't the rightwingnuts just ignore us ?
You mean to tell me they AREN'T after us ? We're lucky we haven't seen internment camps for progressives, or God forbid, we become 'diasapparacidos' as in their trial run in Chile (with Kissinger's help).
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:38 PM
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39. Sure, the soviets used mental institutions for politica activists
routinely. But ealier republicanse closed most of our mental institutions. So drugs must be the answer. And so it goes.
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