Why Do You Hate the Jews? Who Will Take The Test? September 8, 2015Posted by voolavex in Anti-Semitism.
Tags: 000, anti-Semites, BDS, bible, Christians, church, Contino, cruxifiction, Ehrman, hate, Holy Roman Empire, Jesus, Jews, Messiah, moshiach, Muslim, Roman, Romans, Rosh Hashonah, torah
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Before I post this blog (or post this blog) I want to acknowledge and thank Bart D. Ehrman, historian, Bible scholar and Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have been enlightened by and borrowed liberally from his book: ‘How Jesus Became God’. If I had footnoted this post the op cit would have been Professor Ehrman and this title. His book is footnoted extensively and there is a Scripture Index. My best advice would be to obtain a copy and read it more than once. Some of his material has been paraphrased and others quoted. I must also thank Alon Contino for “his shattering book “A World Without Jews”. Indescribable and researched intensely as well. It sheds light on more recent acts of Jew hatred.
I shall be quite surprised if anyone accepts the challenge, but it is a revealing test and it could yield revealing answers. As people (some people) Support BDS – I have to ask why in a broader sense. But I can see that Jew hating today in other, newer ways, is still alive and well. Rosh Hashonah – 5776, sees hating Jews and Israel become a global issue and people have taken sides and I am not sure they even know why.
Why do so many hate the Jews? Is there a reasonable answer? It cannot be that you have had a bad experience or that you had loud Jewish neighbors or you can’t stand gefilte fish. People hate Jews. Really hate them. Some say they don’t, but in secret they do. No one wants to simply say “I am an anti-Semite”. Slay them, smite them, slaughter them, set fire to them, gas them, starve them and I still have no idea why? Why do so many people HATE the Jews? I dislike some Jews as individuals, but this goes for any religious or ethnic group. And it is personal. Not everyone likes everyone. Admittedly there are some people who don’t – the people of India have no issue with them – it is my opinion that when India’s Jews left for Israel, the Indians were not delighted to see them go. Surprisingly Albania had no problem with Jews. And this in the 20th century. Many individuals do not. History will show us that for brief uneasy moments Jews were not hated and shunned but by and large – people seem to have enjoyed and actively cultivated Jew hatred. Habitually. Why?
The Romans in the Middle East didn’t hate the Jews anymore than they hated their other subjugated subjects who didn’t fall into line during their era. But the business in Jerusalem on that fateful Pesach weekend was not really about “the Jews” – it was about a Jewish rabble-rouser and the disruption of the daily life of the Roman occupation religion (it was trending subject in those times). It wasn’t Easter weekend. There was no Good Friday and believe it or not Crucifixion was the approved execution method of the Roman times (before they decided to toss Christians in with large cats) for criminals. The Romans were what we now call “pagans” and had their own worship they hoisted from the Greeks. The Romans named their province “Palestine” – not the Jews or anyone else. There were no Muslims because it was long before Islam. The land had been occupied and the Jews angered most of the conquerors by not knuckling under to their prevailing religions or gods – but I suspect it had to do with faith and not just singling out the Jews for this dislike. Anyone who didn’t fall into the party line was not considered a really good subject. If you want a subsequent history of the Jews and their treatment by Christians it’s out there in many incarnations. I will not revisit it nor will I revise it.
For me it is that the early Jews who began their deification of Jesus had a small problem in the light of scriptural writing. The business of the Messiah. Remember there was no “new” testament while Jesus lived; nor was there electronic media. Jews were and continue to be believers in the concept or idea of a messiah or savior. He is called “Moshiach” and he is the anointed one from the line of David who will come to overwhelm the enemy and set up God’s kingdom. There is no “Second Coming”. No Jew until Christianity was ever considered to be the messiah. Despite claims to the contrary the Hebrew bible does not once mention the word “messiah”. There is no mention in Jewish scripture of dying and rising from the dead as a messianic indicator. It was not a condition or factor. It is perhaps a good idea to understand that Jesus was proclaimed messiah by his apostles during his lifetime, although he never called himself that and nothing about his death or “resurrection” would have all of a sudden indicated that this alone made him the messiah. The Messiah had to conform to conditions set down ages before and none of them included death and rebirth. And the Jewish people were not buying it. Consider too that the Romans were running the show and the Roman Emperor was worshipped as a god. So either worship the pagan gods or keep your own heathenism quiet. The Jews did not worship Roman emperors; why would they worship a poor schlub from Galilee who was crucified as a traitor and enemy of the state? And why in future would they worship Jesus who did not fulfill the requirements set down in antiquity for the presence of true Messiah. Remember that Jesus and his friends were all Jews and knew the Torah and the drill.
The anti-Semitism that has evolved probably started about at the end of the second century in the city of Sardis in Asia Minor in a sermon delivered by a bishop named Melito. In it he places the blame for the crucifixion on the Jews. Period. And because Jesus had attained the status of God – the Jews had killed their own God; their own Messiah. He concludes by saying that ‘God has been murdered, the King of Israel has been destroyed by the Right Hand of Israel (that would be Jesus who was sittething on the right hand of God”). To a small group of believers this would be wild rhetoric, but the Church had already become a majority and Constantine, born again in 312 CE (or so) and created the Holy Roman Empire. Constantine started with a gusto by railing against the Jews as enemies of “GOD” and laws were passed to constrain Jews in their activities. Jews had done a bad, bad thing and they were going to suffer for it. Christianity spread. So did anti-Semitism. Jews suffered. And so we come back around to the question: “Why Do YOU Hate the Jews”. Now, right now? An invalid choice is “Because They Killed Our Lord”. My purpose is to find actual reasons that might sound realistic but are incorrect in the light of explanation and proven facts. No one has to soften it. No one has to sugar coat. I am interested in honest answers. And I will be interested to see who will take the test.
This post is dedicated to a person with whom I share a birthday and who is a Muslim and whom I consider my brother. It is for a sweeter, kinder New Year – the one my tribe celebrates and for every other human who would rather talk than shoot. Shalom.
Je Suis Charlie. Are You? January 10, 2015Posted by voolavex in Terror.
Tags: burn at stake, Charlie, CharlieHebdo, Christians, French, Je suis Charlie, Jews, Mayan, Mumbai, murder, Muslims, Paris, peace, Terror, war
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It is an event that struck not just at Paris, but at the hearts and minds of reasonable humans worldwide. We are all Charlie. And we should always be Charlie from this moment on because we do not seem to get it without vicious attacks like this one to remind us that we are not safe in our only home. This is the only place we can be. There is no default planet to escape to and set up life right now. And probably won’t be in any reasonable future. This is it and we are threatened – on every front. We have raped and destroyed this planet. Assaulted her and used her and do not yet seem to know we cannot just toss her away. And this is bad enough to imagine – but the events in Paris are yet another reminder that we are engaged in a conflict that is a clear and present danger – to anyone who is not in line with the agenda of terror. Why does this shock and stun us every time an attack occurs. It shouldn’t.
War is a condition of mankind. Peace on Earth is a construct and an individual desire because it has NEVER been part of history. In recorded history there has never been peace on earth. Perhaps peace for a while in some places – but the planet has been in constant turmoil since history has been recorded. As a species we like to rape, pillage, murder, enslave and terrorize others. The scriptures of almost every faith on this world are dripping in blood – perhaps Buddhism is an exception – but it too came to be in bloody times as well. Did we crucify, toss to the lions, smite, riot, plague and burn at the stake every chance we got??? We sure did! About all that changed was the effectiveness of the means.There are few tribes or clans or peoples that have not fought back against something. And usually with violence.
So why did Paris stun us to the core? Because this is what it takes to keep us awake. Lost lives and bloodshed. And because there are some places in our hearts and mind that seem sacrosanct. Paris is one. And the invasive attack on Charlie Hebdo was up close and personal. It told all of us that we could be in our work, our homes, our daily lives, in the City of Light suddenly into darkness and we could BE Charlie. Multiply each lost soul by billions and we are all Charlie – going about our daily business, at the water cooler or lunch or in the park. This is the world we live in today. Not much different than any other world except we are in the here and now. We did not see people burned at the stake or heads rolled in Mayan bowling games – we see this now as hearsay in books. Today, people are lashed in public for ideas that are not “acceptable” to the some and therefore must be punished as a warning to the many. But bowling games or caning – where is the difference?
France warns the French Jews in particular – but they might also warn the French Muslims who do not support terror as well. They might point out that cathedrals and chapels are also at risk. They are all Charlie too. This carnage in no way diminishes the carnage already visited upon the 21st century in its short life, but we should reflect long and hard on what it does accentuate. We are a planet of monsters and a species who carry this dark capability all the time. The very good are rare and precious. The Nobel Peace Prize is treasured because those to whom it is given are rare and precious. Hitler was not an anomaly – he was just single-minded and in a better position to plot his course. And the media was better. And now the media is the messenger in an instant of all that is wrong and whatever is right. They do not achieve parity. Mumbai was a siege that last for days not even 10 years ago. As we coast between slaughters expecting peace to give us a chance. Imagine.
What I think and don’t say is that – but now I will – is – in the long history of my own faith – and until the 1900’s – despite ongoing plans for annihilation – my tribe did not do this. Current history may be a charged debate by those pro-and con Israel – but that is not the issue – the issue is that my tribe did not rain terror as recourse or payback or spite in more cases of threat and murder than recorded consistently on this planet. If the Christian prophet advised turning the other cheek – we epitomized doing it. Perhaps the hideous lesson in this is to understand how people are punished for what and who they are and think and how terrifying living under those circumstances has been for millennia. And how some face it honorably and others murder instead. I would suggest that people of any faith – not just mine, be careful . This may just be the terror that all the previous terror in history has begotten.
The GOP, the Voters and the Negro in the White House November 9, 2014Posted by voolavex in Elections, Politics.
Tags: bigots, Black, Blue, Congress, GOP, hypocrisy, lame duck, Miinions, Obama, Oligarchy, pistol packing, red, voters
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Words will not be minced. The vote is in. The shame is apparent for those who voted (those who actually lifted their asses off the couch and voted) and voted blue. While the GOP laughs its own ass off at the expense of an America I used to know, we need to accept that people of both parties blew it off. Some of us displayed their colors – loud and true but anyone who whines needs to shut up. The Democrats royally, bluely screwed up. But I suspect they tried hard to win. Just not hard enough.
The voting majority population of America has revealed themselves to be basically bigots over the last two terms of the Obama presidency. These folks who cling to GOP antiquated platforms and policy; who cannot seem to get their mouths around the word oligarchy (but apparently embrace it with gusto), are complicit in the worst bigotry I have witnessed in my voting life. Forget policy, decisions, progress, lack of it, programs, innovations, missteps from the Oval Office. Forget all that. We have had many worse jerks sitting there and we all know who they have been. So jerkishness is not the issue. Lack of education and integrity isn’t the issue, golf isn’t the issue, sex, drugs and rock and roll isn’t the issue. Barack Obama’s only shortcoming – right in the door, was being Black. If anyone wants to pretend it isn’t true, then go for it but it is the unvarnished truth and it has been the real issue driving the GOP since the 2008 Election. (that, and the pre-oath Nobel Prize, didn’t help either). The votes came in and they were counted and Mr. Obama won the election. Which was such a stunning blow to our aryan nation and other small-minded, pistol packing populace, they spent their holidays trying to figure out how to undo this hideous wrong. And it wasn’t just Obama, but his Black wife, two Black children and his Black mother-in-law. And oh the places they went. That toke, that mosque, that trip to Nairobi, the Hawaiian press, the Halls of Records and eventually the courts. All that effort wasted on lies and conspiracy theory because no one could say, dared say, would say: “Well, the main issue is that he’s Black”. So add in hypocrisy to the mix. Because, to my mind, that has always been the one and only issue. He wakes up in the White House Black, he gives speeches, Black, he is Commander-in-Chief, Black. (what about that stank salute?) How could this have happened and how can it be stopped? If the election of Barack Obama told Black Americans one thing, it said, loud and clear – “you do not belong in the White House”. What should have been inspirational, uplifting and encouraging to this built on slavery nation, should have been the achievement of this election. Wrong. What it said in fact was: “watch us make him dance Jim Crow.” We will screw him in the Congress, will mock him on the golf course, ruin his vacations, whisper about his daughters’ private parts; we will undermine his decisions, we will schlep repeatedly to the Supreme Court and we will have interstellar media to broadcast loud and clear. Entrance and exit polls, Silver and Gold to show the United States what a huge mistake they made. And aren’t they glad that now have a Congress that will do all they can to right this grave wrong. And watch as we acquire huge amounts of money from corporations who can only benefit from a juicy free market economy government. Occupy? They occupy. They occupy Wall Street, some of the Supreme Court and the economy. They are the minions; Kochs, the Adelsons (bad for the Jews especially), the Walmarts, the Ailes, the Murdochs, Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and so many others that lurk in plain view.
Who remembers JFK? Well, I do and I remember how the nation cringed at the idea that a Roman Catholic was going to run for the Presidency. Oh damn. Here comes the Pope, the ornate censers, the holy water fonts and we cannot allow that. Those things never happened, but by God, it was still stopped short. JFK may have died from lack of electronic media. The poor man was a physical wreck, he was heavily medicated and a skirt chaser. But it wasn’t “known or shown” due to the lack of technology. I remember seeing the picture of Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby on the front page, for heaven’s sake! Who ever thought of that happening. In public. Those days are gone.
So now for the last two years of this beleaguered man’s administration, the gloating GOP; drunk, sober, felonious, old, male, mostly white and misogynistic will roll like dogs in shit and howl at the moon as they are allowed by popular vote, to carry on their malfeasance. How much better can it get until 2016.*
I simply hope that when Mr. Obama leaves the White House – in these lame duck sessions of Congress, he will go out quacking loud and strong.
*(Hint to Democrats: Do not nominate anyone who absolutely cannot or will not win due to gender, age, color, creed or decent morality. Just don’t do it.).
Stealing Our Kurds Away October 8, 2014Posted by voolavex in WORLDS AWAY AT HOME.
Tags: Assad, Ebola, Fonts, Islam, Jordan, Kurdistan, Kurds, Muslim, Syria, Terrorism
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Why are we allowing Kurdistan to be captured? We all know that Kurdistan is a very important and they are very much allies. They are threatened by the Terrorist that are besieging the entire area. We must help them somehow.
Trayvon Martin and the World He Left Behind July 19, 2013Posted by voolavex in despicable, Race and the Law, Race and the Law.
Tags: Barack Hussein Obama, Black male, cold blood, George Zimmerman, Jim Crow, killing, Trayvon Marton
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You can find me on FB and I have found a very fine group of FBFs with similar thoughts and opinions as mine. That’s what it’s for isn’t it. So I can be found there – just FYI.
When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the charges against him in Florida for the cold-blooded shooting of an unarmed teen-age boy it made my heart twist and hurt and ache and then I got very angry. You see I was a teen-age girl in the Civil Rights Era and I was nurtured in my feelings by my own father who did not play racism. But he never told me it was going to go away just because MLK Jr. had a dream or because I stocked a “Negro” college in the South with donated books (they had none) or because I sang (off key) Kumbayah. The entrenched ugliness of this country’s relationship to race was far too old and too polarized to make that happen quickly. We felt in 1964 we were making a dent. When I was old enough to know much more about the matter I saw the dent was made in 1865 and destroyed by the name of Jim Crow. In the brief glorious time between 1865 and Jim Crow – the black colleges were founded, black writers wrote, black politicians gave voice to the needs of a whole new group of voters. Freed men and women flocked to find work and education and a better life until they were deemed separate, oh but by the way, equal – just not in white folks domains.
If I didn’t believe that for a second (and I have always known how white folks felt) I believed after Trayvon Martin was murdered by a self declared vigilante with a gun and no reason to shoot. Trayvon had a bag of Skittles, an Arizona ice tea and was walking home while black when George Zimmerman – the poster boy for Big Bullydom, decided to stop him with no cause and no right. And then he shot him – not to scare or wound or threaten but to kill. Bang, bang Trayvon is dead. GZ has the smoking gun in his hand. A few days later (after anyone else would have been charged, jailed and held), GZ was out on the streets, begging for money on the Internet and Trayvon was stone cold and in the morgue. And when at last the trial took placed, six Bingo ladies fell in love with their handsome defendant protector who made sure none of those nasty black thugs in hoodies came into their neighborhoods (armed with Skittles and ice tea) andsaid – no – not our George. He is NOT guilty. And Trayvon is still cold and six feet under and George is a free man.This morning our president, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white mother and black father spoke on a subject he has known all his life. Being black and male in America. This is part of what he said:
But in an unusually personal moment, he began talking about the broader context of the case and the need to better understand the experiences of black men in this country.
“I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” Obama said. “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.”
He went on to recount instances when he had heard “the locks click on the doors of cars” as he walked down the street. African-American men are used to getting into an elevator and seeing a fellow passenger “clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off,” he said.
Lost in the Vagina Labyrinths March 5, 2011Posted by voolavex in Darfur, despicable, Washington Post.
Tags: abortion, babies, cesspool, choice, morass, old white men, vagina
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Small government is alleged to mean less government interference by the government into matters which are not theirs to control. How did my vagina get into the mess?
I am well past the age of abortion or birth control worries and I have always been pro-choice – yet the idea that I could not make this choice chills me to the bone and beyond. I have made it for myself, by myself in the past. It seems I can be treated for a growth or a virus or a hip replacement without much to do, but when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy the entire government wants to look up my crotch and have a say. It is none of the government’s business. (and believe me, if someone in government needs to make a choice – chances are they will go and do exactly as they want. They will have the money and the cover-up and the arrogance to take their wife or daughter or girlfriend to the friendly and accommodating doctor and groom that womb. With no comment and no conversation.) Yet the suggestion by many of our bible thumping, holy rolling conservatives in government amounts to this: snatch and jail any woman or doctor who dares to conduct a private procedure in a private room with a patient. Some want to go so far to make sure that a miscarriage was not an act of abortion and how they plan to do this implies a look up the snatch of any suspect. Sharia anyone? Or is this just a cheap thrill conversation for a group of highly repressed, little dicked, old white men who don’t get enough vagina and will use any reason to discuss it.
Ladies and gentlemen, do you have any clue who the customers of most massage parlors are? Escort services? Whores? Who are the ones who love to kneel on peas for hours while they are told they are dickless wonders? Who like rubber and leather and the smell of numbers one and two up close and personal? Middle aged and old white men are the prime demographic for such activities. These are the same jolly chaps who want to tell women how to run their own reproductive systems as long as it includes abstinence and absolutely no abortion or birth control. They will pay to roam the vagina labyrinths wrapped in leather and studs; father children they deny and lie to their friends, families and constituents and have the arrogance then to police my crotch. Is the way they see stimulus – creation of new jobs regulating the vaginas of American women? This is America in 2011. Italy has abortion and the Pope lives there!!!
Ask them – all of them – the men and their self-righteous women – WHAT ABOUT THE BABIES? They change the subject. They won’t support welfare assistance nor will they provide healthcare. Makes you wonder if they have some side business that traffic in babies and young children. Other countries do. It’s very profitable. With the Internet it far too easy to trade, buy or negotiate damn near anything. So when you wonder “what about the babies”, wonder where they could wind up and wonder what they could wind up doing.
Government is a cesspool – we know this for sure and this country has found its way back into the morass. There is much to be learned from the history of the very white and very rich and very amoral. Somewhere they all meet in the Bohemian Grove of the Vagina Labyrinth – not really understanding or unwilling to learn why this is the last place on earth they have any right to be.
Cross Your Fingers and Repeat After Me: “I Am Not A Bigot”. January 28, 2010Posted by voolavex in despicable, Politics & Religion.
Tags: Bigot, Bush, crook, Facebook, GOP, networks, Obama, Republicans, Twitter, zealots
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I would be stunned and relieved if even one of the loyal opposition to our current administration – instead of vehemently protesting “I am not a bigot” (sounding like you know who, who was “not a crook”) would say something like this: “Well, I can’t say that I’m completely comfortable with having a black man as president. I never thought it would happen in my time and it is such a new concept to me that it may be pushing buttons I thought I had overcome”. Wouldn’t that be refreshing and honest? Wouldn’t it help to explain why this president has been lambasted with some of the nastiest, vilest and unnecessary comments I have ever heard in my life about a sitting president. For all the names I called Bush – and I did, I never imagined some of the things Mr. Obama has been accused of. How does the GOP and its Republican zealots get anything else done? Granted the arrival of Facebook and Twitter has brought us all to a new and possibly dangerous place in society. And I suppose if we had these networks four years ago the fur would have flown then – but the people who actively hate our president are vitriolic and relentless. If I had ever imagined Obama’s presidency was going to be a battleground of dirty fighting I might have continued my move toward Canada and said goodbye to Hollywood.
The Nobel Door Prize December 15, 2009Posted by voolavex in carbon emmissions, global warming, green, Pakistan, Politics, Politics & Religion, war.
Tags: Afghani, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Copenhagen, greed, green, Nobel Door Prize, Nobel Prize, Obama, Paki, Pakistan, Sadam, Stockholm, Union Carbide, W, Woburn
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Taking stock of Stockholm and Copenhagen in the last week has led me to some conclusions that may not sound very patriotic, but honesty should not be usurped by mislaid love of country. You can love your country without loving some of what is done in its name. The same goes for your neighbor.
Copenhagen. In order to speed greed you have to be able to use every tool you have to get there. Greed is a global goal. Or the spoils of greed. And why not – I think we have reached a tipping point (thank you MG) where all the fingers in all the dikes are not going to make enough of an impact to save much of anything. Sounds hopeless but it may be more truth than anyone can bear to utter. I was green in the 70’s – what fun being laughed out of conversations about destroying the planet and the small steps that could be taken to slow this down. And if that wasn’t annoying enough – being green was expensive (as it is now) and impeded by the newest in living better through chemistry. No one cared about Three Mile Island or Union Carbide or the Woburn Cancer Cluster. A few (hundred thousand) souls were a small sacrifice for Big Biz to absorb in the pursuit of money. Collateral damage without even a war. That was 40 years ago.
We have made huge strides in our pursuit of the Money and the Brand. As Pogo said “We have met the enemy and he is us”. He is. No one wants to lower emissions by charter. If they sign up then they have to be responsible and we cannot have that and corporate sovereignty. Copenhagen was not quite what we had in mind. So while the planet slimes and slurps and melts and freezes and generally goes the way of a Styrofoam cup – there is good news too – we have found water on the Moon. Get ready to play the collectible, limited edition of Lunar Monopoly.
Stockholm. White tie is never unpleasant to see. And President Obama looked wonderful and a little confused in his as he accepted the Nobel Prize.
But the point is this: Any president in 2009 has inherited 8 years of a war without a point. Obama is doing what Sadam-obsessed W should have continued to do when he deployed Oct 7 2001. Instead he drained our country of soldier’s blood to get an imaginary enemy. We are now back to square one/Oct 7 2001 when the target was Al Qaeda in Afghani/Pakistan. He is merely doing – and not something I like either – what W should have done and won.
I am not sure Mr. Obama should have won the Nobel Peace Prize. I doubt he thinks so either. And as he sends troops into no-win Afghanistan it is an even harder accolade to accept or deserve. Ah well. Unfortunately they do not yet have a Nobel War Prize. Or a Nobel Door Prize.
Obama, Health Care Reform and the Non-47 Million August 23, 2009Posted by voolavex in Politics.
Tags: Anne Coulter, Ayn Rand, Barack Obama, Bush, Cheney, constitution, Crap, death, death panels, factcheck.org, Gay, Glenn Beck, GOP, half truths, health care insurance, health care reform, Homeland security, Latina, Lies, Nobel Prize, platform, right wing, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, senator, smear, Snopes, Sotomayor
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