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Capitalism is a free market without common sense

Showbiz pioneer P.T. Barnum was famously known for using common sense in business to assure quality, cost and access.

He once stated, “True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.”

What he writes throughout his book — The Art of Money Getting — is that the business owner needs to suffer the lack of extravagance if they wish to attain it, because only then will they produce quality and thus, reap the benefits in the long run. see more…

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My, my, my sexy Sheriff Maketa

Could a county coroner soon arrest scandal-ridden Sheriff Maketa and his accused subordinates for whoring?

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on the growing investigation:

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is embroiled in accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget that could stain his 12-year career and sink future prospects for one of the most powerful local Republicans. see more…

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POV: Why the Caucus is Ca-Ca


NOTE: This article is part of a series on the Colorado GOP process from the caucuses onward.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — I recently participated in my first caucus. I thought, “What the hell? I’d like to see David Kelly, candidate for El Paso County Treasurer in Colorado, get the nomination.” The only way to get that to happen is for him to get enough delegates. So I went on down to my local caucus thinking I’ll put my name in, speak my piece, and at a minimum I can make people aware of a County Treasurer sure to expose where every single tax dollar goes.

To this, I have to say mission accomplished. People were favorable to the idea of a completely audited funds dispersal process, and though I did not get a delegation seat, I got information on an often unimportant seat as well as the opportunity to get these members to think.

When I walked in I knew I had little hope of winning. see more…

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Introducing HoT’s newest contributor: Chad Ginsburg

In fact, I’ll let Chad Ginsburg introduce himself with this fantastic video presented at Liberty First earlier this month. It gets a little long with the Q&A going on towards the end, but it’s one of the best examples of the Colorado Springs political scene (Liberty First is a bi-monthly meeting often frequented by GOP candidates seeking votes and “buzz”). Chad’s a genial libertarian and a natural showman and I’m eager to exploit nurture that.

Welcome aboard Chad, and thanks for being a rock star by helping hand out a bajillion Hammer of Truth stickers already.

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Colorado Libertarian Party experiences 24% growth rate

Since January…

Not a bad growth rate for a minor party. Who are the people joining the Libertarian Party?

Happy Thanksgiving, Libertarians!

Here’s something to be thankful for: we’ve broken 26,000 registered Libertarians in Colorado! That’s an increase of 24% since January 1st, an incredible accomplishment for an off-year for legislative and gubernatorial elections. And how exactly did we do on the propositions in this year’s election?

Modo vincis, modo vinceris :-/

Amendment 66 failed by 2 to 1, and that’s a very, very good thing. It’s kinda hard not to notice a billion-dollar juggernaut rumbling down towards you, so it’s hard to miss when it crumbles to dust just short of impact. $10 Million was spent by special interests out-of-state on this tax hike. That’s $33.00 per vote. This is money that could have been donated to the very schools they claim to be helping.

[Read the full press release here.]

If the Republican establishment is successful in their effort to banish grassroots from power then the Libertarian Party should experience a surge in membership.

I, for one, will leave the Republican Party after 50 years and become a member of the LP if Ryan Call, elitist Chairman of the Colorado State Republican Party, has his way and is not stopped.

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COLORADO: Politicans take your gun rights? Fire them!

The big news today is Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs is being recalled, along with Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo.

Unfortunately I’m *just* outside his district (literally across the street) and will have to settle for agitating my Colorado Springs neighbors against his gun-grabbing nonsense (and other fun activities).

This is probably the most libertarian city/county/state I’ve ever lived in and there’s so many military vets that Pueblo claims to be the “Home of Heroes”. This “libertarian” assertion may seem odd considering the proximity to military bases (I can see the couple dozen or so NORAD radio towers from my house), but this real demographic shift shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone paying attention. I’ve been here less than a year, but I’m inspired by their determination, and have finally acclimated to living over a mile above sea level.

Anyways, where was I? Some douchebag politicians taking away our guns, so let’s take away their power:

A Denver judge on Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado’s first-ever recall election of state lawmakers.

“The petitions here substantially comply with law,” Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt said in his oral decision from the bench. “Recalls are a fundamental right of Colorado citizens.”

Shortly after Hyatt handed down the decision Thursday, Democratic Gov. John Hickenloopersigned an executive order to have the recall election date of Senate President John Morse, of Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, of Pueblo, be held on Sept. 10.

Both are the targets of recalls by constituents for their support of stricter Colorado gun laws implemented this month.

The best part? Their recall efforts were led by a bunch of nobodies that got fed up and initiated their civic duty.

The recall is just over a month away on September 10th: Go get ‘em, Coloradans!

And keep an eye out for this amendment that wipes it’s ass with what’s left of Morse and Giron’s careers.

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Hammer of Truth going to 2013 Libertarian Party of CO Convention

I'll be the one wearing a hoodie the whole timeI’ll be at the LPCO convention doing daily blogging for Hammer of Truth and doing a little of this and that. I’ll be assuming everyone new I meet is a Fed unless they toke.

I sometimes find use for a secretary/intern/whatever, so any LPers with great organizational skills: hit me up and I’ll cover your ticket.

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Life and death: Hyperbole is a politician’s best friend

Not random enough

I’ve been non-watchdogging the political world for a few weeks, nay a month. I feels *sane* to be more productive rather than ranting about our continuous loss of freedoms. Freedoms wrought from us by an incompetent bureaucracy and powerful police state being erected in contempt of America’s history. We’re galloping into 2013, the Chinese year of the snake. Maybe the Gadsden flag will get dusted off for Tea Party 2.0. Wherein I expect some under-appreciated discontents will finally undigitize the revolution.

Mankind is currently having an identity crisis between eloquent promises of liberty-loving (mostly for themselves) and outright distaste for their fellow man (through their actions of edict and decree). Me? I’m just a programmer coding the shit out of PHP making glorious websites and sometimes issuing my own decree (this is one).

Maybe I’m a selfish prick too, just looking out for #1. Nah, I’ve somehow managed to rope others (ahem, dad) into helping us all tag-team the Revolution while I pretend to do that work thing in an office for pay, (and probably drink too much with coworkers and potential clients).

{cue laugh track with smattering of claps}

Colorado, COLORADO… oh sweet ***Colorado***

I hardly know you, but I’m concerned with your bureaucratic parasites sucking away the freedoms of guns, god and gold (and apparently ganja). Pretty soon they’ll be taking your whiskey away and then it’s back after the weed. How in the world would you fight that again without guns? You wouldn’t, so you shouldn’t back down now.

Dudes… are you smothering them with pot smoke, in which case okay kudos.

The Pueblo and Colorado Springs scene sucks my breath away. Not just because I’ve previously been bopping my head to Ohio’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kid Cudi. But because with indifference and 5000ft altitude, we here also suck when we give them the power over our bodies and minds. But we’re not.

We have the resistance rising up out of antipathy, and it’s going to come from people like you and me, dontchaknow.

So I want you to wish deeply and….

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…AND THAT’S WHY I TURNED OFF THE ADS AT HAMMER OF TRUTH.

{cue theme song, roll credits}

Seriously though, the rest of the editors around here suck, you’re all fired. Just kidding, maintain your post sitting there consuming Hammer of Truth instead of driving it while I was gone, but without ad revenue no one’s ever getting paid, ever… mwuahahahaha…. /our remaining readers are probably laughing at you

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Tancredo reneges on pot promise, but still cool with it

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo (Republican/Constitution Party) made a promise last year that if Amendment 64 passed — the marijuana legalization initiative — he’d roll up a doobie and giggle all Tommy Tanchongo on us:

“Look, I made a bet with the producer of the film that if Amendment 64 passed (I did not think it would) that I would smoke pot,” he said through his research and education institute, the Rocky Mountain Foundation. “I will therefore smoke pot under circumstances we both agree are legal under Colorado law. Hey, it’s better than having to do a stupid dance as (Denver) Mayor (Michael) Hancock must perform as a result of losing a bet on the Broncos beating the Ravens.

The promise was apparently only half-hearted, because after some cajoling from his wife he’s now doing the politician thing and saying it’s not going to happen:

Tom Tancredo has just said “no.”

Under pressure from his wife and grandchildren, the former GOP congressman will renege on a public pledge to smoke marijuana, which he made after losing a bet on Colorado’s pot-legalization initiative on Election Day.

Tancredo, a conservative Republican who has been out of Congress since 2009, supported Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in his home state when it passed on election day. Tancredo said he had never smoked marijuana and that he did not condone its use, but argued that the government shouldn’t tell adults what they can or can’t ingest.

The former congressman never thought it would pass. “I thought it would take at least one more time around to do it,” Tancredo told ABC News last week. He made a bet with film producer Adam Hartle, who was in Colorado to make a film on the pot measure, agreeing to smoke marijuana if it became legal.

Recently, Tancredo said he would make good on the bet, agreeing to inhale “just a puff” with Hartle, leaving the filmmaker to handle the marijuana procurement. On Friday, he even suggested Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper should join in.

But that made a lot of people unhappy, including Tancredo’s family, and now the former congressman says he won’t do it.

“My wife is absolutely-she’s pissed,” Tancredo told ABC News last week. “Oh man, she is not happy.”

Also upset were his grandkids (really? that part is surprising).

To temper the wimping out, Tancredo has fully acknowledged that marijuana is a state’s rights issue and that the nanny state is a threat to individual liberties.

“My conservative friends just believe what I’m doing is encouraging people to smoke it,” Tancredo said. “I don’t think people should. That decision is up to an individual. An adult, in this society, is not something the government should have any control over.”

All in all, good on Tancredo for having the cajones to finally come around to libertarian principles on individual choice, but we’re more than a tad disappointed he’s only latching on to the issue after the battle is already won.

For his support, we give him honorary dreadlock status — which means very little because he merely ends up looking like a sober white guy acting like a poser at a Phish concert.

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We will move quickly to the left in Colorado this year

Here are the numbers in the Colorado State Legislature.

House: 37 Democrats, 28 Republicans

Senate: 20 Democrats, 15 Republicans

Those in the Colorado State Legislature will pass any legislation they want and Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper will sign it. Anything is possible in the next few months so brace yourselves. Legislation that is sure to be passed without much effort are: Gun control; Homosexual marriages/civil unions; In-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities for illegal immigrants.

What else will be passed? Anything they want to pass and ram down our throats. I predict TABOR will be ignored with plenty of new taxes (they will call them fees or maybe not this session). This will be history in the making this year.

There is no stopping them this time, even in the courts, because most of the local State Courts, the State Appeals Court and the State Supreme Court are all controlled by progressive/leftist/socialist judges.

The only Colorado State offices still controlled by Republicans are the Secretary of State, State Treasurer and State Attorney General. They are all up for re-election in two years. Unless something huge happens in the next two years all those offices will go Democrat.

What do I think? It does not matter. What matters is the majority of voters in Colorado want this and are excited with the unlimited possibilities this brings for a socialist Colorado.

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Republicans allege election rigging in Pueblo, CO

Here’s the bombshell press release from Pueblo county GOP chairwoman Becky Mizel as forwarded to us:

The Pueblo County Republican Party with support of members of the Constitution Party and Democrat Party requested a recount on December 5th, 2012, due to the following areas of concern:

  • Critical election anomalies were observed in at least 25 precincts. Based on data posted on the Secretary of State’s web site identifying voter turn-out by Precinct and a report provided by Pueblo County Clerk’s office on active Mail in Ballots that were compared and found to have potential voter turnout to exceed 100% of the registered voters. It was verified by phone with both the Secretary of State and the Pueblo County Clerk’s office that this could not have occurred due to provisional ballots replacing mail in ballots. A sample of these precincts is attached. In attempt to further cross check these results, audit calls were made to these precincts, at least 6 voters in one precinct stated they had not voted which substantiated that the election results should be recounted.
  • Election data provided later differed from the canvassing board summary created by the Pueblo County Clerk’s office.
  • It was observed and reported to the County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz groups and individuals were observed picking up more than 10 mail-in ballots and delivering them to the County Clerk’s office. PCRP registered a complaint due to potential voter fraud. Mr. Ortiz stated he was aware this had occurred, to remedy this situation if a person delivered over 10 ballots he was having the individuals sign in on a sheet located at the election department. At the time of canvassing the Republican canvassing member asked to receive these lists of persons delivering more than 10 ballots. The Democrat canvass member stated, “This list is under investigation, so you may not have access to the lists”. No such investigation has been reported to the Secretary of State’s office to date nor is any record of the investigation available by the Pueblo County District Attorney.
  • The integrity of the chain of custody of main in ballots was not preserved. Mail- in ballots were seen being carried into Democrat headquarters. Ballots were being collected by door knocking. Two judges were not present at all times at drop off locations for mail in ballots. No system was in lace to detect if one individual dropped off more than 10 mails- in ballots over the course of the election.
  • It is the expectation the election department has limited access of individuals and security measures to protect voting machines, ballots and ballot processing. Mr. Ortiz gave the candidates a tour of the election department stating only limited personnel had access to keys to the election department. When various people were observed entering the election department after hours and through varying entrances that are not under video surveillance Mr. Ortiz later stated “All personnel have keys and access to the department”. During early voting, lights were observed on in the election department after hours of operation as late as 9:00PM to 11:00 PM at night with people inside the department to include cleaning crews file storage boxes were also seen leaving the department after hours. Upon inquiry of this breach of security, the county attorney’s office sent written notification housekeeping personnel were not allowed in the election department, Mr. Ortiz stated his staff cleaned the election office. Upon observation of the video surveillance cameras unsupervised cleaning crews were inside of the election department after working hours on at least two occasions. Furthermore, areas of the election department are not under camera surveillance to include a storage area where voting cartridges are stored. These oversights compromise the integrity and confidence of the voting public no matter what party affiliation.
  • Once a candidate is elected is our belief that they represent equally all the people. In the spirit of cooperation, Mr. Ortiz was put on notice on 11/21/12 that we planned to ask for a recount of the election so that he was not caught off guard. It is our belief that it was as beneficial to the County Clerk as it was to our candidates to conduct a recount given the questions. A great deal of research was done to attempt to determine what the cost would be as no guidance or help was provided from the County Clerk. The result was a $6,000-$8,000 price. We were prepared for it to be double that cost. The price to us was $29, 385. We checked the validity of this price through various sources and were told this price was not appropriate. PCRP filed the final recount request on 12/5.12Mr. Ortiz then informed us at 7:00 PM that we needed to have the money to his office at 5:00 PM on the 6th. Mr. Ortiz had known for two weeks that we planned to ask for a recount but found no need to give us any guidance on how we make this happen and represent all the people of Pueblo County.
  • These areas and other factors such as difficulties with poll watcher access prompted a recount request. These actions serve to disenfranchise election transparency and accountability by making fees for a recount unrealistic. A report of other county recount costs is attached as is a sample of the data that we sought to clarify.

According to a sampling of precincts, there is a major discrepancy in voter turnout (when non-voters are counted it goes well over 100%), which should be enough to raise eyebrows with the Colorado Secretary of State.

From my own personal investigation into the matter and speaking with several witnesses (who will gladly testify under oath, but fear reprisal if this investigation doesn’t take hold) they saw people loading mail-in ballots into cars and trucks at all hours of the night in the days prior to the election.

Worse, the people doing the “dirty deeds” were not even election officials, but complete unknowns that gladly flaunted the presence of security cameras.

Democrat Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz has clearly showed a lax standard for ballot chain of custody and we’d love him to answer for it (again, we’ve gone after Republicans for the same scandals in the past).

We here at Hammer of Truth would love to see a formal inquiry launched into the matter. And to again be clear: if it were Republicans doing such dirty deeds, we’d be just as interested in a full investigation.

Becky Mizel, the Pueblo County GOP Chairwoman has being adamant that they aren’t trying to overturn the outcome (and indeed has conceded that Obama remains the president no matter the outcome here), but is seeking to ensure that there are elections free of impropriety now and in the future. She’s also claiming that a recount request was improperly handled, causing the GOP to miss the deadline.

[A full list of attached documents have been uploaded to Scribd as one file: The Pueblo County Attorney’s Office response for requested video tapes, a sampling of precincts showing OVER 100% TURNOUT (ye gads), and the cost of a full recount as requested by the Pueblo County GOP.]

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Democrats: Advocating socialism by any other name

There’s a difference between Jeffersonian classical liberals of the Democratic Party and what we have now, a party full of progressives/socialists/Marxists.  They are all about taxing the rich and addicting the poor to welfare and government handouts.

They want the middle class dependent on them.

They are about stealing our private property by claiming it is for the good of the collective. They are about controlling our health care; even withholding care if it is not cost-effective according to their rules. They want to regulate small business until they are broke.

President Barack Obama, Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, Colorado Legislatures Sal Pace and Angela Giron and Pueblo City Council members Ami Nawrocki, Leroy Garcia and Sandy Daff are not classical liberals; they are socialists openly embracing Marxist tenets. Many Democratic candidates running for federal, state and local offices across the country are now openly socialists/Marxists.

Those who embrace Jeffersonian classical liberalism in the Democratic Party must regain control and banish socialists/Marxists in their party to the dustbin of political history.

It is time for the Jeffersonian Democrats to have a “tea party” and take their party back from the hard left.

After this election cycle maybe they will heed the “voices in the wilderness” as we conservative libertarian “tea party” activists did.

Continue voting for socialists/Marxists and soon all the wealth will be stripped from us and transferred to the government. Then what? There will be no people left with resources to run and operate the free market engine driving our prosperity for generations.



Be careful how you vote.  Just because you are a government employee, union member or receive your income from a non-government organization depending on taxpayers’ subsidies and grants does not exempt you from the consequences of socialism.

You and I are not high enough up the food chain to be exempt from the pain and suffering that socialism/Marxism always inflicts. Only a few at the top benefit from collectivism. 

Ask any person who has endured Marxism/communism or any totalitarian government anywhere in the world and they will tell you the truth.

The choice is yours.

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THE SECRET SAL PACE: Burglary, Multiple Public Urination Arrests, Bench Warrant Bespeckle Rap Sheet

This was forwarded to us (and over 3,500 political observers in Colorado) today by one of Hammer of Truth’s veteran opposition researchers:

Police records obtained by Colorado Peak Politics reveal a long and troubling criminal record for 3rd Congressional district candidate and state Representative Sal Pace (D-Pueblo). His criminal rap sheet reveals two arrests for public urination, one for felony burglary and larceny, as well as a bench warrant for failure to appear on his second public urination charge.

  • March 12, 2004 Pace was pulled over and charged with driving without a valid license, driving under restraint, driving without proof of insurance, expired license plates and suspended license plates. He pled guilty and was fined for the suspended license plate violation.
  • August 15, 2003 Pace was arrested for public urination, his second charge for public urination. He pled guilty.
  • August 29, 2003 A warrant was ordered for Pace’s arrest for failure to appear in court on the public urination charge.
  • April 20, 1996 Pace was arrested for obscene conduct, which Pace has confirmed was for public urination.
  • October 5, 1995 Pace was arrested and jailed for felony burglary in the 3rd degree and larceny, which Pace has said was for attempting to steal from his dorm’s vending machine.

These revelations, barely three months after Pace announced his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional district make Pace the worst vetted candidate since Dan Maes.

It’s one thing to have a criminal rap sheet as a state legislative candidate in a safe district where no one pays much attention to the race.

It’s entirely different to run for Congress in a competitive district with a long and illustrious criminal background that invites comparisons to disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

Certainly a bombshell story about Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district candidate Sal Pace’s rather interesting rap sheet. We’re hoping it will be making national news soon, because it’s rather salacious and scandalous.

I think he’s kind of like the R. Kelly of Colorado politics. What will he get caught peeing on next?

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Ron Paul has huge victory in Colorado at state convention

We Ron Paul supporters and delegates at the Colorado State Convention merged with the Santorum supporters and picked up huge delegate support for Ron Paul. We are sending delegates to the National Convention in Tampa. We will have a majority in Colorado who will support Ron Paul over Romney. The Tea Party grassroots rule. This is our greatest victory yet.

We have control of the Republican Party in Colorado and are going to purge the institutional establishment rulers and power brokers from the Party. We now control the Pueblo County Republican Party.

All the work we have done is now paying off.

You do know I am a Ron Paul supporter and actively campaigned and advanced his cause in the caucus and at the Pueblo County Assembly, Congressional District Assembly and the Colorado State Assembly.

I was an amateur 4 years ago. Not anymore.

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SIEA: Come clean with facts about “digital eyes” (smart meters)

PUEBLO, COLORADO — Why does the San Isabel Electric Association (SIEA) not engage in open dialogue about their installation of “digital eyes” (smart meters) with their customers who are the actual owners of SIEA because it is a co-op? What are the Board of Directors and management hiding? Are they ashamed and embarrassed and know the questions will be tough and challenging? Why do they insist on operating in secrecy and direct their field employees to sneak around installing the meters with no notice?

What are they telling their employees to say to citizens about the meters? A pat answer, “I’m just following orders and doing my job”. That is the answer I got when recently questioning an employee about his presence at a friend’s home.

I challenge SIEA to multiple town hall meetings and make at least a one hour presentation defending “digital eyes”. After the presentation then give citizens one hour to ask questions and present evidence that “digital eyes” are intrusive and invasive on privacy and can be coupled with the digital technology now in many appliances, i.e. microprocessors, for two way communication. Let them explain to us how they will not use the information for rationing electricity by limiting a household to an arbitrary usage of so much KWH in a month and use above that limit they choose will be billed at exorbitant rates.

What about this scenario? They load shed your entire home or business because you used your ration up before the month is over and you have no electricity until the next billing cycle. You laugh and say how can they do that? The technology is readily available right off the shelf for them to add that one additional control device. see more…

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Protect and serve; Not harass, detain and arrest

The tea party grassroots movement has had a very positive impact on El Paso County and Colorado Springs, Colorado politics and the liberty of citizens.

Both Colorado Springs and El Paso County are certainly a combined emerging metropolis that is bucking all the socialists trends. The grassroots organizations and people there have been very active, successful and in your face about taking their city and county back. I live in an adjoining county and did live in Colorado Springs prior to moving to Pueblo County. If the SHTF El Paso County and Colorado Springs may become a good bug out location. Pueblo County, with a failed socialist government and a political socialist Democrat political machine, will be one of the socialist enclaves where liberty loving people will flee. see more…

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