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Boss goes extra step for mother of three
MorningSentinel.com ^ | Nov 20, 2011 | Bill Nemitz

Posted on 11/20/2011 7:02:36 AM PST by Daffynition

We hear a lot about job creators these days. But Drew Graham, president and founder of Ship-Right Solutions in South Portland, has taken that one big step farther.

He's a life saver.

"She's a terrific investment," Graham said Friday, sitting in his small conference room with receptionist Mary Plummer. "This is not a big company and I'm not a sit-in-the-ivory-tower president. I'm working -- and I know when somebody knows what's going on."

Plummer, 30, is a single mother of three -- Elizabeth, 5, Tyler, 3, and 1-year-old Emma. A resident of Maine since moving here from New Hampshire in 2005, she's worked a variety of temporary jobs in recent years because she's "a little bit prideful" about making it on her own without a Section 8 housing subsidy or other government benefits for which she undoubtedly would be eligible.

(Excerpt) Read more at onlinesentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: maine; portland
Darn captialist. WWOWSers do?
1 posted on 11/20/2011 7:02:37 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Nice story in these troubled times! God bless all involved!


2 posted on 11/20/2011 7:13:11 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Daffynition

Using company money to pay someones rent? Why couldn’t he use his personal credit card?


3 posted on 11/20/2011 7:23:48 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

OUR TAX CODE!


4 posted on 11/20/2011 7:27:26 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: napscoordinator
It's his company. He can use the company credit card if he wants to. And if it's in aid of a really good employee, so much the better. Finding and hiring a new employee costs more than some nights in a motel. It's a good expenditure of company funds.
5 posted on 11/20/2011 7:35:33 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: napscoordinator

Why not ask him yourself?

http://www.shiprightsolutions.com/


6 posted on 11/20/2011 7:42:05 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: napscoordinator; ottbmare

Is this “in-kind” income for which she will be taxed? Will he write it off as an expense?


7 posted on 11/20/2011 7:44:43 AM PST by Excellence ( CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Shery
Indeed! This is the America I used to know.


8 posted on 11/20/2011 7:45:09 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: ottbmare

It’s his company. He can use the company credit card if he wants to.

No you can’t. If that were the case then owners could spend millions and millions a month with nothing to worry about. People go to jail for stuff like that.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 7:45:30 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Excellence

Are comments like this suggesting, she would be better off on welfare? Mein Got in Himmel!!


10 posted on 11/20/2011 7:48:08 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: napscoordinator

That depends entirely on the legal structure of the company. For instance, I have great discretion about the way I spend money in the company I set up. Businesses often spend (and deduct) a great deal of money on entertaining the employees for purposes of morale- and team-building; they may have all sorts of assistance programs for education, commuting costs, mental health counseling, a gym, travel and food expenses, even decorating the office. Note that in one of the first lines of the article the boss says, “She’s a good investment.” This was not just an act of compassion but an act of excellent business sense, for as I note, it costs a lot to have employee productivity drop due to personal issues, and it costs even more to replace her.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 7:51:55 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Daffynition

To be fair, that kind of business is not who the OWSers are angry at. They are attacking the so-called “too big to fail” companies. The mega-banks and mega-corporations.

Let’s cut the bull and be completely honest here... if that woman worked for one of the mega-corporations like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, McDonalds, or Bank of America, they would have told her tough luck and get back to work.


12 posted on 11/20/2011 7:53:36 AM PST by floridarunner01
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To: Daffynition

Helping a good employee in need ..... Reminds me of the man who owned malden mills when the mill burned down. He kept all his employees on payroll till the mill was rebuilt.

Good boss makes best employees.


13 posted on 11/20/2011 7:54:10 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ottbmare
Then why are owners getting arrested for embezzlement all the time? I am not saying that paying a hotel room for one of the employees is embezzlement but it gets sticky. What about the employees that are not getting free housing? Shouldn't they get something extra too? That is out and out favoritism. We will see how this plays out but he could have a lawsuit on his hands if an employee wants to make an issue out of it.
14 posted on 11/20/2011 7:55:49 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Excellence; ottbmare; Daffynition

Without knowing more about the company’s organization, there are two basic options. The owner can treat it as W-2 taxable income (salary-equivalent) to the employee, and can expense it as salary to the business ... and check that Social Security etc. withholding carefully!

Or, if the company is an old-fashioned proprietorship, he could treat it as a personal gift, within the limits ($13,000?) and not expense it to the company. If the owner is, legally, the company, then the use of the credit card in the company’s name is irrelevant, as long as the bill is paid according to the issuer contract.

It would have been interesting if he’d had a relationship wtih a charitable organization or church and could have put the payments through that as a deductible charitable contribution ...


15 posted on 11/20/2011 7:57:31 AM PST by Tax-chick (Seven more days to dust your ceiling fan blades!)
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To: napscoordinator

How he accounts for it, could be questioned, but nowhere can I find where this illegal. Can you show examples of where this is illegal ?


16 posted on 11/20/2011 7:59:56 AM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: Daffynition

I wonder if he’s married? Maybe he can marry her and the two can build it into a major company! Why not? He’s certainly looking at her with a certain steadfastness.


17 posted on 11/20/2011 8:01:53 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Daffynition

I love it when people at our company get ahead a little. We just did end of year bonuses and one person emailed me last night that they were buying a new car. They need one badly. Another is a single mom and needs a new place. She has been renting. I was chatting with her and she said her credit had been messed up by her ex husband. I asked her some questions and it turns out this was years back. I showed her how to check her credit score and It turns out she has very good credit. The mortgage rates are so low and the housing resales so competitive that it looks like she can buy and spend less on a house than renting. She is worried about the down payment. She is going to get some help that:)

Tis the season. Every day.....


18 posted on 11/20/2011 8:08:57 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Shery

Nice story, but its exactly these bonds between individuals and their communities that get destroyed when the Feds regulate everything.

Also, someone should find the deadbeat father and let him know what a lowlife he is.


19 posted on 11/20/2011 8:10:40 AM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: napscoordinator

This guy has a company with 50 employees. He has an accountant and has likely talked to him. There is nothing wrong with using a company credit card for a personal expense if the company does not deduct it and applies the costs to the income of the card holder.


20 posted on 11/20/2011 8:16:22 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: stylin19a

I did some research and although it seems like this is NOT illegal, it is recommended that he not do it (per the experts) as it could cause the IRS to deny other deductions (not that he would try to deduct the hotel room), but it raises flags apparently.


21 posted on 11/20/2011 8:16:27 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Pan_Yan

ping


22 posted on 11/20/2011 8:17:22 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: Tax-chick

He could also loan the money to the employee.


23 posted on 11/20/2011 8:19:30 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: floridarunner01

I’m worried about those little-itty-bitty bedbugs...now who is going to help them? They have no one to feed them now. //sarc


24 posted on 11/20/2011 8:25:35 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: isthisnickcool

True, although that’s also an untidy situation, tax-wise.


25 posted on 11/20/2011 8:33:04 AM PST by Tax-chick (Seven more days to dust your ceiling fan blades!)
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To: Daffynition

What a good story! God bless this man for his generosity and bless this woman and her children.


26 posted on 11/20/2011 8:49:02 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: Daffynition

At first glance, without reading the article, I assumed this poor woman was deserving—sounded like she may have been beset by hard times, but after reading the article, I have second thoughts.

She had the resources to take her landlord to court? The article fails to mention if she’s getting legal aid for free. But, she’s suing a landlord for giving her daughter’s bed (and only her daughter’s bed) bedbugs? Was it her furniture or was the apartment furnished? I don’t think I would put my child in any bed from a furnished apartment regardless of what the landlord promised had been done to eradicate them. There are mattress covers available that protect you from them, and although they are expensive, she paid $1,000 in a security deposit—surely she could have scraped up another 80 bucks for a mattress cover. And why didn’t all the beds have them?

Also, she’s still living in the hotel on the boss’s nickel since October? Waiting for the security deposit issue (some dispute over how clean she left the place) to be resolved. Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just front her the money for a deposit on another apartment? I don’t know how much they’re paying per night for a hotel, but it’s probably at least 75 a night and for 30 days, he’s now up to $2,250!

Finally, if she’s so averse to taking handouts from the government, why is she all too ready to accept it from her boss? I would not accept more than 1 or 2 nights from him and then I would have made other arrangements. It just doesn’t sound right to me. I think there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

And usually, there is.


27 posted on 11/20/2011 9:00:58 AM PST by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: napscoordinator
Then why are owners getting arrested for embezzlement all the time?

There's a huge difference between the owner of a privately-held company, such as this sutuation, and the "owners" (I think you meant officers) of publicly-held companies. In this case - his company, his money. In the other - "their" company, the stockholders' money.

28 posted on 11/20/2011 9:08:16 AM PST by Bob
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To: erkyl

Yeah. You’ve convinced me. F*** you or starve. That’s the way.

While we’re at it...let’s condemn her for popping out 3 kids and and accuse the boss for boinking her in return for the favors. Geesh.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 9:19:34 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
"Single Mother" begs the question:

Widowed?

Divorced

Tramp?

30 posted on 11/20/2011 9:23:40 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Daffynition
Plummer and her kids' father have what she calls a good "working relationship" but live mostly separate lives

I'll say it again - "Women's Lib" has not liberated women. It has liberated men from their responsibilities to women. It has also removed their sense of shame.

this man has 3 children; his blood, his heirs, his name - being bitten by bedbugs, nearly homeless, and entrusted to the kindness of strangers - and he's nowhere to be seen. SHAME!

31 posted on 11/20/2011 9:29:31 AM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: PGR88

>”this man has 3 children; his blood, his heirs, his name - being bitten by bedbugs, nearly homeless, and entrusted to the kindness of strangers - and he’s nowhere to be seen. SHAME!”<

That is exactly the point, THERE IS NO SHAME.

Responsibility to the Family, who needs it? Getting Welfare Checks for sitting on your butt, no problem. Standing in line at the Supermarket using your EBT (or whatever they call it) Card knowing the people waiting behind you are paying for your food, screw em.

This is the reality of America. Get what you can without working for it all the while knowing that the Politicos will never have the guts to take it all away.

Who are the suckers? We all know it’s us.


32 posted on 11/20/2011 9:40:55 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: napscoordinator
You can't embezzle from yourself.

You can embezzle if you are only one of the owners of a partnership.

Newspapers might confuse embezzlement with tax fraud, since both involve taking money from the till without the right paperwork.

Favoritism is legal. Unless, of course, there is a union to make sure the only basis for raises etc. is seniority.

33 posted on 11/20/2011 9:45:00 AM PST by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: PGR88

Maybe. The article says she has a good relationship with her ex-husband. But that does not mean that he is even able to help take care of the kids. He might be near homelessness himself in this economy; he might have health problems; who knows? I’m familiar with two situations in which devoted, loving, responsible fathers were for awhile completely unable to help provide for their children due to situations beyond their control. Even as a divorced woman, I do not necessarily conclude that the father has always abdicated his responsibility.

Naturally, if he really has walked away from his responsibilities, I agree he should be dragged through the mud, tarred, feathered, and compelled to help the kids.


34 posted on 11/20/2011 11:09:27 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Daffynition

You missed my point. I just said she’s been on the ‘dole’ for an awfully long time, considering she’s engaged in a lawsuit over the bed bugs. Did you even read the article?


35 posted on 11/20/2011 11:24:34 AM PST by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: ottbmare
He might be near homelessness himself in this economy; he might have health problems; who knows?

I am 100% certain that if there was a sad story involved, the media would have played that angle. That's the nature of emotional, yellow journalism. The fact they say nothing speaks volumes.

36 posted on 11/20/2011 11:50:59 AM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: traditional1

“Single mother begs the question.. widowed, divorced or tramp”.

Well, I guess she could be a single woman with no responsibilities if she had those three babies aborted. I assume that isn’t what you are suggesting, right?!


37 posted on 11/20/2011 11:53:04 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Daffynition

Great story, Daffynition! Bless the owner of the company. By helping his employee, he is helping her children. That is what his legacy will be.. a good boss who gave a damn. I wish there were many more like him. IMHO.


38 posted on 11/20/2011 11:56:13 AM PST by momtothree
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To: PGR88

We don’t know. It’s possible that the mother said, “We have a good relationship” to the reporter just because it’s not smart to rag on your ex in a newspaper article. There could be all kinds of issues. He may be in jail. She may just not have told the reporter what the deal is with her ex. I just think it’s unwise to jump to conclusions. Let’s be charitable if we can.


39 posted on 11/20/2011 12:04:48 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: erkyl
Ahem.

>>At first glance, without reading the article, I ...<<

I'd say, *you're* the one who didn't read the article, eh?

In the state of Maine, it takes $25. to file in Small Claims Court.

I suspect that you want to argue for the sake of arguing. Good luck with that.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving! Meh.

40 posted on 11/20/2011 12:06:57 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: momtothree
"Well, I guess she could be a single woman with no responsibilities if she had those three babies aborted. I assume that isn’t what you are suggesting, right?!"

Not at all.....if she was a MORAL and DECENT person, un-married, she would not have 3 kids in my book.

If she was a divorcee, or widow, she had 3 children with someone who was her husband.

The Abortion is ONLY necessary for those who "CHOOSE" to take their chances out of wedlock, and look for a way out that lets them move on without regard for a human life they ended.

41 posted on 11/20/2011 12:11:51 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: momtothree

I believe in Karma. I hope he is richly blessed for his outstanding example of kindness and good will.


42 posted on 11/20/2011 12:13:47 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

she’s “proud of making it on her own”...

but where’s daddy? Or did she make her babies on her own too?


43 posted on 11/20/2011 12:50:27 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc

Yep. Anyone down on their luck should be kicked to the curb. She should have aborted and been sterilized.

You betcha. What the h3ll is wrong with you people???


44 posted on 11/20/2011 1:26:25 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
At first glance, without reading the article, I assumed this poor woman was deserving—sounded like she may have been beset by hard times, but after reading the article, I have second thoughts.

Reading is fundamental. As you can see if you'd finished quoting from my original post, I assumed the facts without reading the whole article. Then I READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE, and had second thoughts.

I'm not trying to judge her for taking the landlord to court, although whether it was small claims court is not specified in the article. I'm saying I, that is me personally, would not impose upon my boss for more than 1 or 2 days of 'free' housing because I would be uncomfortable doing so. I believe she had taken him for more in hotel costs than she would have if she had asked for a loan for a deposit on a new place while the issue was settled in court.

I'm not arguing to be argumentative. I am trying to point out the 'victim' mentality exists whether the hand out is coming from the government or a friend. And no one should take undue advantage, even if the parties are all acquainted. As conservatives, we chastise the unemployed for staying on unemployment too long, we criticize the welfare mom for using food stamps to buy potato chips and soda, and we gripe about the worker who games the worker's compensation system. I don't think there's any difference in taking advantage of the government (who is technically our friends, neighbors and bosses) and taking advantage of a friend, neighbor or boss directly.

Not to mention, as others have on this thread, what potential tax problems this situation is causing for both her and her employer.

You have a blessed Thanksgiving as well...whatever "meh" means.

45 posted on 11/20/2011 5:31:39 PM PST by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: napscoordinator
I did some research and although it seems like this is NOT illegal, it is recommended that he not do it (per the experts) as it could cause the IRS to deny other deductions (not that he would try to deduct the hotel room), but it raises flags apparently.

I'm not surprised. God forbid people's needs are met through private charity instead of the government...the rabble might start getting "bad ideas" in their head.

46 posted on 11/20/2011 5:40:02 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: erkyl

Meh. You can project all you want, every cynical soap opera scenario you can dream of, for all I care.

What *if* this was a simple act of human kindness? Simple and pure? As most religions teach:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

I hope, in your life circumstance, you never need charity of any sort. You express a lack of empathy and compassion in your posts.
Good luck with that. I prefer to believe in man’s humanity to man; the Lord working through us in wonderful ways.


47 posted on 11/20/2011 10:27:02 PM PST by Daffynition ( **Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.**)
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To: Daffynition

Meh.

I’ve been through more hell than you’ll ever know. But thanks for being so judgmental.

Giving is not always compassionate. Sometimes, letting people pull themselves up by their own bootstraps is more rewarding and fulfilling to the individual than giving them something for nothing.

Read the parable of the talents, and you might recall what God expects us to do with our ‘gifts’. The bible is full of stories and advice (particularly in Proverbs) about how one should behave when faced with trials and hardships.

As for the Lord working through us, yes...I’ve experienced it on both sides in many ways. Again. Thanks for your obvious hostile judgment based on a few posts. I despise people who use “God” as an excuse to cast aspersions on others. My posts were based on the reading of the article and the conservative position, not spirituality. But way to drag God into it.


48 posted on 11/21/2011 5:20:34 PM PST by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: erkyl
>>I'm not trying to judge her... I'm not arguing to be argumentative....<<

Deny what you will. You *are* being argumentative *and* judgmental* and quite boring with your backpedaling to explain what you meant. **Yawn**

**Judgment is what we add to discernment when we make a comparison (implicit or explicit) between how things or people are and how we think they ought to be. So, in judgment, there’s an element of dissatisfaction with the way things are and a desire to have things be the way we want them to be.**

You are projecting your own dissatisfaction to the facts of a person who has fallen on hard times and the kindness displayed by another caring person. By all accounts, you want this woman to be a victim and a leach. Project away. It's unbecoming to someone of your self-proclaimed intellect.

>>When will the people at FR start reading the actual articles instead of just the headlines before commenting?<<

Pot. Kettle. Black. You're not worth the bandwidth; it's been fun watching you tangled in your own web. HAHAHA! TTFN

49 posted on 11/21/2011 6:02:51 PM PST by Daffynition ( **Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.**)
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To: napscoordinator

this is a BUSINESS investment of the business.

Occupy wall streeter stinky hippies would demand the boss be killed, business closed, and she be put on display in the square as the reason business is bad. (and it is all bush’s fault)


50 posted on 11/23/2011 9:48:29 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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