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  1. #1826
    Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and Rolando Arrojo are pitchers. MLB needs pitching. Therefore, any pitcher will have advantage over a position player.

    How about Rolando Viera, Arrian Cruz, and other players in like Serguey Linares, Edisbel Benitez, Jorge Diaz, Angel Lopez, Alberto Hernandez, Yohennis Perez, etc? Who represented them and how much MLB offered them? Pennies and more pennies.




    MLB has to everpaid for japanese players because they can say go to hell and I am staying in Japan because I am a millionare.



    Andy Morales was the fifth or sixth best 3B in his generation and past his prime. Blame de Yankees and their poor scouting.


    I am leaving this discussion here.

    By the way, how in the heck Fukudome is the starting CF in the all stars game when there are 7 CF's with better numbers and he plays RF where he also has several RF's with better numbers.


    I guess the entire Japan voted for him. Just wait for the chinese players to come to the USA. Nobody in MLB nor the USA media talks about this crap and the all star game. Actually, this game should be rename the non all star game.
    Last edited by Cubano100%; 07-14-2008 at 09:47 AM.

  2. #1827
    Quote Originally Posted by J.P View Post
    Again, i partially agree with you Agente: I also dont believe that teams have a conspiracy against Cubans, but I dont think it is only the agents' fault that they are not getting what they "deserve". I mean, in the mid to late 90's, even early 00's, these agents were cashing in on cuban players' mystique, when most of these players didnt live up to the expectations, it made teams realize that throwing 10 millions around to a cuban defector is a rather high risk investment. And I mean, its not like teams really know muh about these playersto know whch ones area good investment and which ones are not, unlike the Asian players, who get scouted and teams get to see them play for years before they are postd.

    Did you forget about the Orioles and their cuban explicit policies?

    Have you forgotten why none of the japanese teams show interest in cuban defectors?

    Have you forgotten all the lobbying the cuban government does with other sport organizations around the world? World Track and Field, FIVB, etc.

    What do cuban defectors have to do in these sports?

    How many times have you heard these clowns on top of these organizations speak against defections?



    By the way, Danys Baez has had a good MLB career.

  3. #1828
    Quote Originally Posted by Agente Libre View Post
    That's true, but there's also a lot more info. available now than in the '90s. MLB teams might not know too much about a lot of defectors, but they can catch up quickly if the right info. is put out there. (It wouldn't surprise me if a lot of teams are already scouting Cuba by satellite dish, since so many games are on Cuban TV.)
    Exactly, how are you going to market Ramirez as an infielder when he did not play 2B to much. He played there for team Cuba in an emergency basis. He played SS in his rookie year and that's it. He played 7 years as a CF. Are you saying now that Torres could sell him in other positions and MLB will digest it as simply as that? Alexei is 26 years old not 20 years old. Anyways, the cuban missil is tied with Alex Rodriguez in 8th place. He needs around 30 more AB to qualify.

  4. #1829
    Alexei surpased his Cuban League average in stolen bases (6) and doubles (13) in 400 VB per cuban season. He has 231 AB this season with 7 SB and 13 doubles. He averaged 13 HR in 400 AB per season in Cuba. He has 7 in MLB.

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  6. #1831
    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100% View Post
    Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and Rolando Arrojo are pitchers. MLB needs pitching. Therefore, any pitcher will have advantage over a position player.
    No argument there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    How about Rolando Viera, Arrian Cruz, and other players in like Serguey Linares, Edisbel Benitez, Jorge Diaz, Angel Lopez, Alberto Hernandez, Yohennis Perez, etc? Who represented them and how much MLB offered them? Pennies and more pennies.
    As you know, I'm quite familiar with many of the players on the above list. While all of them were very good players in Cuba and probably deserved better contracts (and treatment) than they received in MLB, it's unfair to suggest they should have been millionaires, either.

    Viera was a good but not great lefty who barely threw 90. Cruz was a crafty lefty who stands about 5-foot-8 and didn't have much of a track record in Cuba. Serguey Linares was brutal in Cuba (seen his stats?), but could throw hard. Edisbel Benitez basically retired for 3 years after defecting in 2004; he blew off so many workouts he has no one to blame but himself. Jorge Diaz, Angel Lopez and Alberto Hernandez were all borderline great players in Cuba, but position players pushing 30 years old who used aluminum bats their entire careers in Cuba will never be in big demand by MLB. (And Yohennis Perez signed for over $600,000 with the (cheap) Milwaukee Brewers, so it's not like MLB ripped him off.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    MLB has to everpaid for japanese players because they can say go to hell and I am staying in Japan because I am a millionare.
    Exactly right, but that's not MLB's fault.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    Andy Morales was the fifth or sixth best 3B in his generation and past his prime. Blame de Yankees and their poor scouting.
    Exactly right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    By the way, how in the heck Fukudome is the starting CF in the all stars game when there are 7 CF's with better numbers and he plays RF where he also has several RF's with better numbers.

    I guess the entire Japan voted for him. Just wait for the chinese players to come to the USA. Nobody in MLB nor the USA media talks about this crap and the all star game. Actually, this game should be rename the non all star game.
    Ha ha. Exactly right about this, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100% View Post
    Exactly, how are you going to market Ramirez as an infielder when he did not play 2B to much. He played there for team Cuba in an emergency basis. He played SS in his rookie year and that's it. He played 7 years as a CF. Are you saying now that Torres could sell him in other positions and MLB will digest it as simply as that? Alexei is 26 years old not 20 years old. Anyways, the cuban missil is tied with Alex Rodriguez in 8th place. He needs around 30 more AB to qualify.
    Wait a minute. You seem to be arguing against yourself above. If Ramirez was too old to be marketed as a 2B, then why was he able to do it during a few games in spring training? Obviously, Ramirez has spent a *lot* of time working out as an infielder. As you said in another thread, the Equipo Cuba guys all spend months and months in training, so if Ramirez saw himself as a 2B, he should have been marketed as a 2B last winter, *especially* after teams were saying Ramirez is way too small to be a CF or to have OF power in MLB.

    Again, we're on the same side here, but business is business. You and I don't pay more than we need to when we buy a car or new shoes or whatever; why should MLB just hand over $40 million to Alexei Ramirez if him and his agent will be happy with $4 million?
    Last edited by Agente Libre; 07-14-2008 at 04:24 PM.

  7. #1832
    Agente:

    You wrote that Serguei Linares should have gotten a better contract a few posts back. You implied that Torres is responsible for his bad contract. Linares was nobody in Cuba.


    Don't you thing that MLB knows that Ramirez played CF in Cuba?

    By the way, how are those great CF who were a free agents like Alexei are doing these season?

    These are the class of 2007. I invite to check the stats and compare them to Alexei's numbers. It looks like the scouts did not know what they were doing by passing on Alexei as a CF.

    Andrew Jones
    Aaron Rowand
    Torii Hunter
    Mike Cameron
    Kenny Lofton
    Kosuke Fukudome
    Corey Patterson

  8. #1833
    Mr. J.P. shared this article in the cuban forum, but I guess he is taking a lot of time to post it here. Ha,ha,ha.


    Delia Dominguez said on page 12: "From the moment the trial started, she says, “I felt that I was outside of my life, looking down on our lives. Gus loved this country and what it stood for. He loved this country. When I heard them say, ‘The United States of America versus Gus Dominguez,’ my heart just sank.”


    Gus Dominguez said: "And why, in the end, was this crime he says he didn’t commit so awful? Even more than ordinary citizens, Cuban ballplayers are prisoners of the state. “The most prized possessions to Fidel Castro were the baseball players,” says Dominguez. A democratic government should encourage, not punish, those who seek to help victims of tyranny to escape. “If this country cannot say to those people, ‘Come to us—we’ll give you freedom,’ where else can they go?”

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/f...?currentPage=1


    The USA policies are inconsistent. Fifty, fourty, thirty, twenty and ten years ago, Mr. Dominguez would have been invited to the White House for helping cubans escape. The USA government and CIA have done worse things than this. They prepared Bay of Pigs and other activities against Cuba by training cubans and facilitating arms deals, etc. They have encouraged cuban to leave the country by boat, raft, smuggling, etc. Now all of the sudden, they chaged their policy. If Gus Dominguez should be in jail, CIA and ex-USA government employees should be prosecuted for far worse activities involving cubans. American policies are as inconsistent as they can get not only on this, but also in other world policies. Everything is a big farse just like the cuban mafia in Cuba.

  9. #1834
    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100% View Post
    Agente:

    You wrote that Serguei Linares should have gotten a better contract a few posts back. You implied that Torres is responsible for his bad contract. Linares was nobody in Cuba.
    No, I didn't say that at all. I said *Torres* said Serguey Linares was worth millions and then signed him with Pittsburgh for around $100,000. When agents pull crap like that, they lose credibility.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    Don't you thing that MLB knows that Ramirez played CF in Cuba?
    Of course they do, but they also (a) knew he played a lot of infield for the national team and (b) obviously didn't like him as a center fielder, so he should have been marketed at his best position, or at least his most logical position in MLB.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    By the way, how are those great CF who were a free agents like Alexei are doing these season?

    These are the class of 2007. I invite to check the stats and compare them to Alexei's numbers. It looks like the scouts did not know what they were doing by passing on Alexei as a CF.

    Andrew Jones
    Aaron Rowand
    Torii Hunter
    Mike Cameron
    Kenny Lofton
    Kosuke Fukudome
    Corey Patterson
    Well, Alexei is playing 2B in MLB, so comparing him to last year's center fielder class is moot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100% View Post
    ... The USA policies are inconsistent. Fifty, fourty, thirty, twenty and ten years ago, Mr. Dominguez would have been invited to the White House for helping cubans escape. The USA government and CIA have done worse things than this. They prepared Bay of Pigs and other activities against Cuba by training cubans and facilitating arms deals, etc. They have encouraged cuban to leave the country by boat, raft, smuggling, etc. Now all of the sudden, they chaged their policy. If Gus Dominguez should be in jail, CIA and ex-USA government employees should be prosecuted for far worse activities involving cubans. American policies are as inconsistent as they can get not only on this, but also in other world policies. Everything is a big farse just like the cuban mafia in Cuba.
    This dialogue is getting a little crazy, and a lot off-track, and I don't want to delve too deeply into political discussions we all know Mr. Albright frowns upon. But just as a quick reply, smuggling people to the U.S. has *always* been a federal crime, and it seems absurd to suggest that a Cuban-American like Gus Dominguez has some sort of special license to smuggle people to the U.S. whenever he wants.

    If I put some Chinese people in the trunk of my car and get caught driving them across the U.S./Canada or U.S./Mexico border, I'm going to prison. As much as I like seeing Cuban players succeed in MLB, I don't see how it should be any different for Gus Dominguez, or why he should have his own set of rules to live by.

  10. #1835
    Come on Agente! For someone that follows the cuban situation as well as you, it is not time to be naive.


    Anybody that follow cuban politics knows that the US government has closed their eyes over the years about cubans coming by boat, etc. Not only the ones coming from Cuba, but also cubanamericans bringing cubans here. Have you forgotten about the cuban pilot Lorenzo? He went to Cuba from Miami in small plane to pick up his family and landed in an highway in Cuba. Then, he came back and was welcomed like a hero. Why? He ridiculized the cuban army. Why the USA government did not pursue any charges?

    http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Morning-.../dp/0312100086

    Look. The USA government knows who Posada Carriles is. Where is he? In the streets. Why? The USA government does not want Posada running his mouth in a USA court incriminating the CIA dirty crap over the years and so on.

    The Dominguez's case was an hipocresy from the current USA government. You tell me who is worst. Posada or Dominguez.

    As I wrote, Dominguez would had been invited to the White House 20 years ago for helping cuban players escape tyranny.

    I am ending this here.

  11. #1836
    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100% View Post
    ... Anybody that follow cuban politics knows that the US government has closed their eyes over the years about cubans coming by boat, etc. ...
    Just because the U.S. failed to enforce its laws for a few years doesn't render those laws null and void.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubano100%
    The Dominguez's case was an hipocresy from the current USA government. You tell me who is worst. Posada or Dominguez.

    As I wrote, Dominguez would had been invited to the White House 20 years ago for helping cuban players escape tyranny.
    The U.S. government locked up Posada for *years* and only released him when a federal judge forced the U.S. to release him because Posada was deemed to be non-deportable.

    Anyway, Gus Dominguez has denied having *anything* to do with smuggling players to the U.S., so how can he be a "hero"? If he said, "Yes, I smuggled them, and I was proud to give those young men freedom, and I'll accept any punishment that is given to me for doing so," then *that* might make him a hero, but how can he be a hero for something he still claims he didn't do? That doesn't sound very heroic to me.

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    Last nigth Germany played USA in Regensburg/Germany (Site of next years WC)

    Germany lost 03:09 against the US Team that had beaten Cuba twice at the Haarlem Baseball Week.

    Starter for Germany was once again the Number 1 Starter Cuban born Enorbel Maquez

    Recap here
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    Play by Play here
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  13. #1838
    Quote Originally Posted by Agente Libre View Post
    Just because the U.S. failed to enforce its laws for a few years doesn't render those laws null and void.



    The U.S. government locked up Posada for *years* and only released him when a federal judge forced the U.S. to release him because Posada was deemed to be non-deportable.

    Anyway, Gus Dominguez has denied having *anything* to do with smuggling players to the U.S., so how can he be a "hero"? If he said, "Yes, I smuggled them, and I was proud to give those young men freedom, and I'll accept any punishment that is given to me for doing so," then *that* might make him a hero, but how can he be a hero for something he still claims he didn't do? That doesn't sound very heroic to me.
    Agente, did you read the article? I mean, I hadnt thought about it like that, and I'm not naive enough to think GuS Dominguez didnt "help" a player or two get out, but it really didnt make much sense to "invest" $225,000 on the likes of Yoankis Turino, Osmany Masso, Allen Guevara, Bueno and Castillo; and according to the author, Andy Morales seems to be a little (or maybe a lot) involved too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agente Libre View Post
    This dialogue is getting a little crazy, and a lot off-track, and I don't want to delve too deeply into political discussions we all know Mr. Albright frowns upon.
    Mr. Albright frowns upon going this far into the political because site rules indicate this is a "baseball-only" forum. I want to remind everyone of that, and be aware that future posts in this vein will be edited/deleted, and it is possible that there will be consequences for those who break that rule in this thread from this point forward. I trust this will be a word to the wise. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
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  15. #1840
    Mr. Albright, I respect your position, but at the same time I ask you to ackowledge the fact that for Cubans it is extremely hard to separate baseball from politics, due to the fact that baseball has been used as a political tool by our government for the past 50 years. Futhermore, you cant even find an article on Cuban Baseball where politics is not mentioned, if renowned journalists who perhaps spend a week in Habana cannot make the "separation", how can we who have lived through it our entire lives?

    PS: I'm not asking you to allow full political discussions, but to at least show some flexibility.

    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.P View Post
    Mr. Albright, I respect your position, but at the same time I ask you to ackowledge the fact that for Cubans it is extremely hard to separate baseball from politics, due to the fact that baseball has been used as a political tool by our government for the past 50 years. Futhermore, you cant even find an article on Cuban Baseball where politics is not mentioned, if renowned journalists who perhaps spend a week in Habana cannot make the "separation", how can we who have lived through it our entire lives?

    PS: I'm not asking you to allow full political discussions, but to at least show some flexibility.

    Thank you.
    With all due respect, JP, I have, for the reasons you've indicated. I let this discussion go as far as it has. That said, this particular discussion has gone far too far away from baseball to be allowed to go any further. This discussion deserves no more flexibility, nor will it get it.
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  17. #1842

    Team Cuba's problems..

    How do we explain the lack of offense showed by team Cuba in the Harleem tournament?

    Why the baseball authorities in Cuba are chosing the worse players to represent the island?

    Why Cuban players did not ask for political asylum in Europe???

    Why none stayed behind?

    Cuba has no excuse for losing two games to a college team based of AA ball players....

  18. #1843
    Quote Originally Posted by jalbright View Post
    With all due respect, JP, I have, for the reasons you've indicated. I let this discussion go as far as it has. That said, this particular discussion has gone far too far away from baseball to be allowed to go any further. This discussion deserves no more flexibility, nor will it get it.
    Ok, I understand, I thought you meant in the thread overall. Thanks for the clarification.
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  19. #1844
    Quote Originally Posted by J.P View Post
    Agente, did you read the article? I mean, I hadnt thought about it like that, and I'm not naive enough to think GuS Dominguez didnt "help" a player or two get out, but it really didnt make much sense to "invest" $225,000 on the likes of Yoankis Turino, Osmany Masso, Allen Guevara, Bueno and Castillo; and according to the author, Andy Morales seems to be a little (or maybe a lot) involved too.
    Yes, I read it. I know the author. (The story actually came out six weeks ago; I'm surprised it took so long for my Cuban amigos to start talking about it. The story was debated at length at other baseball sites back in June.)

    Just so I'm clear, my summary of the whole Gus Dominguez issue is as follows: I believe Gus, overall, has done a lot of good for Cuban defectors, but I believe he got reckless and ended up getting caught by changing times -- that is, the crackdown on illegal immigration in general and the crackdown on Miami smugglers in particular.

    As for Andy Morales, Gus Dominguez went on HBO's "Real Sports" back in 2000 and basically admitted he paid to have Morales smuggled to Florida. (I believe the clip is still on the Internet somewhere.) As 'Cubano100%' said above, it went from okay to smuggle people to not okay, and unfortunately for Gus, he got caught by the changing times.

    As for the $225,000, why would Gus mortgage his house to pay $225,000 for players he didn't want smuggled to the U.S.? That's really the part of the story that doesn't make sense. (If I recall, Francisley Bueno and/or Osbeck Castillo were All-Stars in 2004, and Gus probably thought he could make some money.)

    Quote Originally Posted by cuban_aficionado View Post
    How do we explain the lack of offense showed by team Cuba in the Harleem tournament?

    Why the baseball authorities in Cuba are chosing the worse players to represent the island?
    Well, this is a better topic for the other threads, but at least it changed the subject.

    Cuba's slump in Holland could be any or all of three things: Over-training/fatigue from months of pre-Holland training; a typical baseball slump at the wrong time; a failure by the Cuban baseball people to actually send Cuba's best players.

  20. #1845
    Quote Originally Posted by Agente Libre View Post
    Just because the U.S. failed to enforce its laws for a few years doesn't render those laws null and void.



    The U.S. government locked up Posada for *years* and only released him when a federal judge forced the U.S. to release him because Posada was deemed to be non-deportable.

    Anyway, Gus Dominguez has denied having *anything* to do with smuggling players to the U.S., so how can he be a "hero"? If he said, "Yes, I smuggled them, and I was proud to give those young men freedom, and I'll accept any punishment that is given to me for doing so," then *that* might make him a hero, but how can he be a hero for something he still claims he didn't do? That doesn't sound very heroic to me.
    Posada was not jailed for years. Posada was jailed for an inmmigration charge. Give me a break! He was jailed for entering the USA illegally and not for other things he may have done. That was just a face saving charge for the USA government. The USA government had to charge him with something minor because the USA government was not looking to good and they were claiming the terrorist card around the world. Castro and Chavez were mocking the USA government about this in every international forum.

    There are many immingrants that are jailed in the USA and are not deported. Posada is not in jail because he knows to much about the CIA, he is a Vietnam veteran and a cold war fighter for the USA. Dominguez is non of that.

    What would you do if you were in Dominguez's shoes?


    The word hero is relative to you, me and every person. For you George Washington may be a hero, but for others George Washington may mean slavery and oppression. For me, Dominguez is a hero.
    Last edited by Cubano100%; 07-16-2008 at 12:22 PM.

  21. #1846
    Quote Originally Posted by jalbright View Post
    With all due respect, JP, I have, for the reasons you've indicated. I let this discussion go as far as it has. That said, this particular discussion has gone far too far away from baseball to be allowed to go any further. This discussion deserves no more flexibility, nor will it get it.
    Why?

    We are discussing a baseball agent and his story compare to other cases involving others cubanamericans and the USA policies toward us. Nobody has been misrespected here.

  22. #1847
    SS Juan Carlos Moreno (Isla de la Juventud) is trainning in the D.R. He is with young 19 years old Félix Pérez. They are represented by Manuel Azcona. They are trainning in the academy ex professional player Denio González.

    http://www.listindiario.com.do/app/a....aspx?id=65294

  23. #1848
    Quote Originally Posted by cuban_aficionado View Post
    How do we explain the lack of offense showed by team Cuba in the Harleem tournament?

    Why the baseball authorities in Cuba are chosing the worse players to represent the island?

    Why Cuban players did not ask for political asylum in Europe???

    Why none stayed behind?

    Cuba has no excuse for losing two games to a college team based of AA ball players....

    Many college base team have beaten Cuba in the past.

  24. #1849
    Quote Originally Posted by Paula59 View Post
    Last nigth Germany played USA in Regensburg/Germany (Site of next years WC)

    Germany lost 03:09 against the US Team that had beaten Cuba twice at the Haarlem Baseball Week.

    Starter for Germany was once again the Number 1 Starter Cuban born Enorbel Maquez

    Recap here
    http://web.usabaseball.com/news/arti...key=recap_usab

    Play by Play here
    http://www.mister-baseball.com/wp-co...15-germany.pdf
    Thank you, Paula. Germany has been improving a lot.

  25. #1850
    Quote Originally Posted by Agente Libre View Post
    Yes, I read it. I know the author. (The story actually came out six weeks ago; I'm surprised it took so long for my Cuban amigos to start talking about it. The story was debated at length at other baseball sites back in June.)

    Just so I'm clear, my summary of the whole Gus Dominguez issue is as follows: I believe Gus, overall, has done a lot of good for Cuban defectors, but I believe he got reckless and ended up getting caught by changing times -- that is, the crackdown on illegal immigration in general and the crackdown on Miami smugglers in particular.

    As for Andy Morales, Gus Dominguez went on HBO's "Real Sports" back in 2000 and basically admitted he paid to have Morales smuggled to Florida. (I believe the clip is still on the Internet somewhere.) As 'Cubano100%' said above, it went from okay to smuggle people to not okay, and unfortunately for Gus, he got caught by the changing times.

    As for the $225,000, why would Gus mortgage his house to pay $225,000 for players he didn't want smuggled to the U.S.? That's really the part of the story that doesn't make sense. (If I recall, Francisley Bueno and/or Osbeck Castillo were All-Stars in 2004, and Gus probably thought he could make some money.)



    Well, this is a better topic for the other threads, but at least it changed the subject.

    Cuba's slump in Holland could be any or all of three things: Over-training/fatigue from months of pre-Holland training; a typical baseball slump at the wrong time; a failure by the Cuban baseball people to actually send Cuba's best players.
    Yeah, you are right, but I meant that Morales' involvement might had been bigger that just being smuggled out himself; the author says that the 5 were taken to Morales' house, together with a young kid who turned out to be Morales' son, and he also says that Morales was friends with the smuggler, Morales was with him when he was busted for drug trafficking in Chicago, they were on their way to see Jose Contreras pitch.
    Yankees' payroll: $250 millions
    Marlins' payroll: $50 millions
    Marlins winning The Series: Priceless

    "Visiting Americans love going to Cuban games because with no free agency, no franchise movement and no owners blackmailing cities for new stadiums, it all smacks of 1950's America, ignoring the inconvenient fact that such a fantasyland is only possible in a dictatorship"-S.L. Price

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