A new guy message to old Kos Diarists about Hazing

Stephen Paul West carrying around a Christmas tree
I can be friendly. See?
Ok. I'm a new guy here. Yesterday, I wrote a diary that was not to everybody's taste.

To those who offered sincere links and insight to help me integrate with the culture of this particular community, I say thank you.

To those who treated me like a frat boy hazing, you should be ashamed; and I’m calling you out.

There is a sickness in human psyche that makes entrenched people pick at a new person to humiliate and denigrate. (It is called a pecking order for a reason).

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Extortion Politics and the Federal Shutdown

Extortion Politics and the Federal Shutdown
Blackmail of Lady Liberty – A Political Satire - Stephen Paul West

The mighty United States of America brought to a halt by a zealous group with a narrow agenda of absolute control. Is this a plot for a new conspiracy movie? Is this the act of foreign terrorists?

No. Sigh… it is the act of Michele Bachmann and 49 others to extort the nation into obeying the edict of the Tea Party Caucus.

Good political satire is satisfying and exposing of naked truths. And, nothing is more naked than the ‘truths’ that Grover Norquist wants to teach the nation. He is simply using his favorite puppet – Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party as a smoke screen to punish us all.

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