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  •  I like Coke. (none)
    Please, send me more Coke.

    Anyway, back to the subject. "Delicious" is not a code phrase for anything besides "tastes good." "Family Values" is a code phrase -- it means "Fuck you unless you're Ward Cleaver."

    We can keep repeating "family values" until we're blue in the face -- it'll just mean that we're Republican lite.

    Don't believe me?

    John Kerry, just last month, repeated over and over and over and over again: "I will hunt down and kill the terrorists whereever they are. I will hunt down and kill them, I will kill the terrorists whereever they are. America will hunt down and kill the terrorists, whereever they are. I will kill the terrorists."

    Who got the bounce from Osama's Last Tape? Hint: not us. We're weak on terror, don'cha know.

    We can "reclaim" all the Republican rap -- that makes us sound like Republicans.

    Still don't believe me? Want to object to that example, saying that Kerry wasn't specifically reclaiming a word, but trying to reclaim an idea? Well, whatever, let's try this one.

    Throughout the Clinton era, gay rights activists tried damn hard to "reclaim" words like queer, faggot, and gay. They figured, hey, if we can get these hate words accepted as common speech, even positive speech -- well, that just kills their power for the haters. Wouldn't it be great if people could go around positively calling each other "gay?" We can't let haters take control of our language! Time to reclaim "gay!"

    Well, that theory is soooooo gay.

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