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George and Ted's detente; War views aside, former president hails Kennedy for public service
Dallas Morning News ^ | 11-07-03

Posted on 11/07/2003 6:50:23 PM PST by Brian S

George and Ted's detente War views aside, former president hails Kennedy for public service

08:34 PM CST on Friday, November 7, 2003

By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Former President George Bush and U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy tiptoed around the subject of the war in Iraq – on which they disagree strongly – during an improbable political cease-fire and love feast in Aggieland Friday night.

The occasion was the awarding of the third annual George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service to Mr. Kennedy, D-Mass.

As he introduced Mr. Kennedy to an audience of 2,500 people at Rudder Auditorium, the elder Bush joked about criticisms the senator had hurled his way, including a few made on the eve of the first Persian Gulf War in early 1991. As he spoke, Mr. Kennedy stood up from his chair and pretended he was leaving the stage – the crowd loved it.

However, Mr. Bush grew somber as he briefly referred to Mr. Kennedy's Sept. 18 accusation that his son, the incumbent president, was "bribing" other nations to commit troops and other resources to help rebuild war-torn Iraq.

"As a father, let me say attacks upset me a great deal more today than they did when I was myself in the crosshairs," he said. "It hurts more when it's your kid."

But the former president said "tough criticism goes with the territory."

He recalled that he had "lobbed more than my fair share of attacks at the senator. ... When you want to fire up a Republican crowd, give them a little red meat, you know. Nothing works quite like jumping on Ted Kennedy."

A few people booed when Mr. Kennedy was introduced. One man heckled him as he began his lecture, shouting, "You're hurting America."

But the senator ignored him and plunged into his 30-minute address, fully a third of which was devoted to praising the Bush family for public service.

Mr. Kennedy appeared to charm the crowd with several self-deprecating jokes about how unpopular he is in Texas.

On a more serious note, he said Americans should tolerate dissenting views about how to conduct the war on terror – both from fellow citizens and other nations.

"Vigorous public debate is the only path to progress and the surest route to reconciling the differences that divide us," Mr. Kennedy said.

The war on terror is still in its infancy, he said.

"A new world order is still being born. We did not have all the answers at the start of the Cold War, either. ... Those successful policies emerged from a state of profound confusion."

Mr. Bush, who personally selected the senator for the award, said he was a worthy political adversary who in 41 years in the Senate "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition."

"There were times when we were at each other's political throats," Mr. Bush recalled. "But at the end of the day, we are Americans who love our country and want the very best for it."

Mr. Kennedy responded, "on the fundamental values that unite us as Americans, Houston and Boston are not so far apart."

Several young people held "Viva Kennedy" placards outside the auditorium. About 50 people, including a man dressed up to look like the senator, staged a protest of his campus appearance. It was organized by the A&M chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas.

Before his lecture, Mr. Kennedy toured the Bush Presidential Library with his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and her parents; some of his children; his niece Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and her husband; three of his sisters, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy, Pat Lawford and Eunice Shriver; and his sister-in-law, Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy.

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who had chided Mr. Kennedy a few days ago for speaking out "rather indiscriminately" about her son's handling of Iraq, joined her husband in welcoming him to the library.

The elder Bushes were the only members of their family to attend the events honoring Mr. Kennedy.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser to former Presidents Bush and Gerald Ford, read the award's citation at a dinner attended by about 225 people.

The citation said Mr. Kennedy, 71, "has earned widespread respect from political friend and foe alike as a tenacious and eloquent voice for furthering his beliefs."

It singled out for praise, however, only two of the Democrat's pet projects – "his work to encourage more young Americans to enter public service" and his collaboration with the elder Bush in passing the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Previous recipients of the award were former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Mr. Kennedy will return to Texas on Dec. 12 – appearing before a more like-minded audience: He will be the keynote speaker for the Texas Civil Rights Project's annual banquet in Austin.

E-mail rtgarrett@dallasnews.com.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
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1 posted on 11/07/2003 6:50:24 PM PST by Brian S
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To: Brian S
Painful. I couldn't stand shaking hands with the guy, personally. Maybe this business could be justified if some great cause could be gained by it, or if in some way it helped our country. But I don't expect the Teddy and his friends to behave any better than they did before. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, and Kennedy has been a scum for a very long time.
2 posted on 11/07/2003 7:00:23 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Brian S
Bush should be awarded a Nobel prize for bland gutlessness. It isn't class. It's gutlessness. His gutlessness also defused the Reagan momentum and got us the Clintons.
3 posted on 11/07/2003 7:02:58 PM PST by RLK
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To: RLK
Hear, Hear!!!
4 posted on 11/07/2003 7:10:37 PM PST by Brian S
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To: Brian S
Goodlord, is there such a lack of Excellence in Public Service contenders that ted kennedy would be the winner??

Sometimes, often times,lately, the question What the hell are they thinking? comes to mind.

5 posted on 11/07/2003 7:11:23 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: Brian S
That whole scene sounds surreal. The man's a degenerate, wet brain criminal.
6 posted on 11/07/2003 7:14:14 PM PST by GalvestonGal.com
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To: Cicero
Being gracious and civil to your political opponents may not be popular on this forum, but it strikes the right note with me. Meanwhile, one manuevers the levers to truncate the influence of one's opponents, always more out of sorrow or a sense of duty rather than anger. In other words, one slips the knife in, gently, gently in the night.

Folks tend to shy away from Manichean type politicians, who are perceived as demonizing opponents. That was one of Clinton's secrets of success. He had the light touch.

7 posted on 11/07/2003 7:15:04 PM PST by Torie
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To: RLK
I have a hazy memory of the Bush I era of being one example after another of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. raising taxes; vetoing civil rights then turing around and passing it; Souter; inability to respond to Democrats on economy, nor to get any tax relief passed;
blowing a 90% approval rating 18 months before an election and losing to a draft-dodger ... phew, that's a hard stunt to pull!

This clueless tactless and thoroughly inappropriate award by Bush 41 explains the political hamfistedness behind that political mind, who never really won a race higher than Congress except on the backs of others (1988 was a Reagan 3rd term victory, scripted by Lee Atwater).



8 posted on 11/07/2003 7:21:10 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: Torie
Meanwhile, one manuevers the levers to truncate the influence of one's opponents, always more out of sorrow or a sense of duty rather than anger. In other words, one slips the knife in, gently, gently in the night.

Oh yes, its been "most effective" with the Kennedy Klan...indeed.

Spare us the drivel, should you be so kind.

9 posted on 11/07/2003 7:24:36 PM PST by Brian S
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To: Brian S
I found the following helpful info for Ted Kennedy in a local paper:

Portion of Weedon Loop to close for bridge repairs
Eagle staff report

A portion of Weedon Loop will be closed to through traffic starting Monday because of construction, the Brazos County Road and Bridge Department has announced.

The section under construction will be a bridge structure located about 1.5 miles from the intersection of Weedon Loop and Hardy Weedon Road.

County workers will be replacing the bridge decking.

10 posted on 11/07/2003 7:26:22 PM PST by doug from upland (Why aren't the Clintons living out their remaining years on Alcatraz?)
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To: Torie
Excuse me, but Bush 41 is out of politics. This is not about deomonizing or not demonizing. This is about giving undeserved recognition to someone who has been wrong about almost everything he touches in domestic and foreign policy and who has done damage to the nation (Higher taxes. He Borked Bork! Opposed efforts to win the cold war, the Gulf War, etc.). Ted Kennedy has been the nations *worst* Senator for 30 years!

How many Republican Senators have gotten this award?
All 50 that worked with Bush? Did Newt Gingrich, who annoyed Bush 41 by properly voting *against* the 1991 tax cut and who nearly succeeded in stopping it (which would have saved Bush 41's hide) did he get a medal from Bush 41? Ever? No, this is far beyond being civil with enemies. This is dumping on your friends and inviting your enemies into the honored places.

Calling Sen Kennedy a public servant who "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition." is like describing a pedophile as someone who "likes children".
11 posted on 11/07/2003 7:29:16 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: Brian S
I liked the phrase so much let me repeat it:

Calling Sen Kennedy a public servant who "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition." is like describing a pedophile as someone who "likes children".


12 posted on 11/07/2003 7:30:41 PM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: Torie
Being gracious and civil to your political opponents may not be popular on this forum, but it strikes the right note with me.

It does with me as well. Not too long ago I saw some ceremony honoring Ronald Reagan. Lott and Kennedy each spoke of him, with Nancy in the audience. Lott came across as stiff and emotionless. Kennedy, on the other hand, told several stories about Reagan and did so with the kind of affection that made you smile.

I don't like Kennedy at all, but I don't forget that night when he spoke of Reagan. It showed me a different side.

13 posted on 11/07/2003 7:30:45 PM PST by Dolphy
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To: RLK; Howlin; Sabertooth; NYC Republican; section9; Nick Danger; Lazamataz; blam; Dog Gone; ...
It's far too easy to sit in the anonymous confines of our right-wing forum and bash every liberal under the Sun, as well as bashing every Pubbie who doesn't declare all-out perpetual war against them...

But 32% of Americans are registered as Democrats. 31% of us are registered as Republicans. The rest of our voters fall all over the spectrum.

Needless to say, if our appeal was limited to merely that 31% of our fellow like-minded right-wingers, we wouldn't be winning very many elections (and it would be puppets of the Clintons running the entire War on Terror show worldwide right now).

The Bush's have class, style, and political savvy, on the other hand. They have extended at least the 2nd olive branch to the Kennedy's (undeniably a powerful political family). One olive branch was the Education Bill. This civic award is the 2nd such goodwill gesture, and just as I approved of President Reagan extending a goodwill gesture to Gorbachav during the Cold war, so too do I applaud this passing of the peace pipe.

And I can afford to be magnanimous. Sans the lies and spin of the left-wing news media, our ideas, principles, and policies will clearly triumph over the Left whenever there is a level playing field.

So I welcome civilized debate rather than the treasonous rabble found in the latest Senate Intelligence Committee memo. If we can swing Ben Nelson, Ted Kennedy, Braux, and other such Senators to condemn out-of-bounds attacks and tricks (and somehow achieve a more level playing field), then I have full faith that our ideas will win in fair, open, and honest debate (something that the Left clearly fears as indicated by their zest to mischaracterize the Iraq War, our economy, forest fire policy, etc.).

And that's what today was. This was an olive branch. It was a gesture aimed at achieving civil discourse in the future, rather than resorting to civil war in the present.

14 posted on 11/07/2003 7:33:31 PM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: WOSG
Ya we just have different points of view on this. I don't think that acknowledging that Kennedy has been an influential senator who articulates well his point of view, means that his agenda will be advanced. Part of Dubya's success is his strategy of softening the image of conservatism, even as he takes quite conservative positions on many issues (no not all, and to the extent he doesn't, I sometimes agree, and sometimes disagree). You may not agree with any of that, but that's OK. The right of center position will prosper more to the extent folks sense it is not animated by anger or personal animus.

Your mileage may vary, and no doubt does. I stand by my point of view on this one however.

15 posted on 11/07/2003 7:35:57 PM PST by Torie
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To: Dolphy
Most senators like Kennedy personally, including hard right ones. That is because he does not personalize his politics, and when he does trash personalities, he usually does not relish it. I say that as one who rarely agrees with anything that comes out of Kennedy's mouth when it comes to policy, and I am only somewhat right of center overall.
16 posted on 11/07/2003 7:39:57 PM PST by Torie
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To: Southack
Needless to say, if our appeal was limited to merely that 31% of our fellow like-minded right-wingers, we wouldn't be winning very many elections

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We won't win elections by awarding the worst trash in the country good housekeeping seals of approval and thereby telling the people they should vote for them.

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The first sing of class and stature is to avoid contact with, and recognition of, trash and degeneracy. The American people would greatly benefit from that model. If Bush had any class he wouldn't even appear on the same stage with the Kennedys.

17 posted on 11/07/2003 7:41:02 PM PST by RLK
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To: Brian S
Please excuse me for my cynicism.... I'm getting the distinct impression that all these Washington types consider themselves the **Ruling Elite.** We are the pawns, they are the kingmakers. They do their dog and pony act whenever an election rolls around, but in between elections, they take turns ruling the planet and strutting their stuff.

Maybe you could say I'm having a bad day. Then again, what if I'm right? Some buck the tide - a handful - but the rest play the game. They play, we pay.

"....If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck......"
18 posted on 11/07/2003 7:46:02 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: Brian S
Mr. Bush, who personally selected the senator for the award, said he was a worthy political adversary who in 41 years in the Senate "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition."

Please, Freepers... help me with this uncertainty:

Is"PUKE" the correct exclamation in this absurd case ???

19 posted on 11/07/2003 7:46:08 PM PST by GeekDejure (<H3> Searching For The Meaning Of "Huge" Fonts !!!</H3>)
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To: Brian S
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, let's just pretend to disagree with each other. The essence of our present political system.
20 posted on 11/07/2003 7:46:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Far out, man!)
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To: WOSG
I LOVE IT!!!
21 posted on 11/07/2003 7:49:26 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: Common Tator
Does the wise sage with more than a tad of curmudgeon in him have an opinion on this? This one seems up your alley.
22 posted on 11/07/2003 7:50:23 PM PST by Torie
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To: WOSG
Excuse me, but Bush 41 is out of politics.

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He's not out of politics. He's campaigning for Kennedy.

23 posted on 11/07/2003 7:50:57 PM PST by RLK
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To: Humidston
I'm getting the distinct impression that all these Washington types consider themselves the **Ruling Elite.** We are the pawns, they are the kingmakers

Actually...I think you are very close to the "facts on the ground", at least from this "keyboard commando's" vantage point.

Fear not however, in the end...we will out man them and overwhelm with our mass! :)

24 posted on 11/07/2003 7:51:57 PM PST by Brian S
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To: RLK
This may be a good thing! It may cause Kennedy to view the Bush family in a different light, and be more courteous and respectful of them. It may foster an environment of love, not hostility. Friendship and cooperation, not name calling and empty rhetoric. It may creat....

Nah, look who we're talking about. A murderous slime Kennedy.

25 posted on 11/07/2003 7:53:28 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: Brian S
Were Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Henry Hyde all not available that night?
26 posted on 11/07/2003 7:55:05 PM PST by ikka
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To: Brian S
Public service? Don't make me laugh. He's done more to bring the US under Socialism thereby destroying our Constitution than any other Senator alive. Why he is being honored speaks volumes about Republicans today.
27 posted on 11/07/2003 7:55:58 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: RLK; Howlin; NYC Republican; Lazamataz; Miss Marple; LS; Liz; Sabertooth; section9; Nick Danger; ...
"If Bush had any class he wouldn't even appear on the same stage with the Kennedys."

I understand what you are saying, but dissing every non-right-winger would leave us stuck with 31% of the vote, a poor strategy for gaining enough power to advance our agenda.

Don't look now, but we just banned Partial Birth Abortion. We're building our national anti-missile defense systems this very moment in California and Alaska. We've killed the International Criminal Court, neutered the UN, and deep-sixed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.

Our right-wing agenda is sailing through, and we're gaining in the voter registration rolls every day. Next week starts the 24/7 filibusters (with a first try 30 hour test) to ram our judicial nominees through the Senate approval process. We've fully funded our Iraq, Afghanistan, and Liberia missions and rebuilding. We've given our military two pay raises in a row. We've passed at least two major income tax cuts and jump-started our economy.

We've won the House, the Senate, the Presidency, most state legislatures, and 29 out of 50 governorships (including the 4 most populous states of New York, California, Texas, and Florida). We've got private school choice vouchers and faith-based charity funding up on the agenda for next year, too. Our energy Bill may even pass through oil drilling in the ANWR.

Sheesh man, look around! We are destroying the Dems, and yet we are doing it so masterfully that they can't even call us bullies in their own left-wing press.

Hey, anybody want to spend another $9 million to make an anti-Reagan film?! I don't think so! Anyone want to try to roll back our state Concealed Carry Weapon laws?! Go ahead, make our day!

It's a thing of beauty when you stop to watch it in all of its glory. We've got Bush 1 giving Teddy Kennedy a civic award, for crying out loud! How can the liberal media fault that?? We are the compassionate Party. What can the Dems point to in the way of their efforts to show class back to us?! They've got Jack s#!+.

We've gone from being dead even in the voter registration rolls in Florida back in 2000 to up by 6% this year. Americans like what they are seeing from us. They like our leadership, our ideas, and our compassion.

28 posted on 11/07/2003 7:56:02 PM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: NYC Republican
This may be a good thing! It may cause Kennedy to view the Bush family in a different light, and be more courteous and respectful of them. It may foster an environment of love, not hostility.

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Being even marginally cordial to Kennedy and other leftists is like not swatting a mosquito. It doesn't fly off in gratitude. It just digs in deeper ans sucks more blood.

29 posted on 11/07/2003 7:57:19 PM PST by RLK
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Teddy may be a killer, yet he keeps getting elected by his Liberal base. Bush is a war hero, a honorable public servant, a good family man, a good VP to Reagan, etc. yet he was stabbed in the back by his "base" in favor of Bill Clinton. Pathetic.
30 posted on 11/07/2003 7:58:38 PM PST by Consort
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To: Torie
"He had the light touch."

Just ask Anita.

31 posted on 11/07/2003 7:58:41 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Consort
Bush is a war hero, a honorable public servant, a good family man, a good VP to Reagan, etc. yet he was stabbed in the back by his "base" in favor of Bill Clinton.

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Bush never had a base. The only thing he ever had was riding Reagan's coat tails. He blew that away.

32 posted on 11/07/2003 8:01:23 PM PST by RLK
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To: Consort
Teddy may be a killer, yet he keeps getting elected by his Liberal base. Bush is a war hero, a honorable public servant, a good family man, a good VP to Reagan, etc. yet he was stabbed in the back by his "base" in favor of Bill Clinton.

Quite simple -- conservatives have scruples and values. GB went back on the most solemn value conservatives hold dear -- taxes.

Liberals have no value system -- they just want to "feel good." Absent that, they want to block the conservatives since values are something a leftist cannot condone. Thus the Teddy and Clintoon re-election phenomena.

This does NOT mean I agree with the way conservatives turned on Bush Sr. But at least we have consistency.

33 posted on 11/07/2003 8:03:51 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Peace through Strength)
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To: RLK
You are well known as a Bush Hater, so you ain't qualified to say. And, if you didn't vote to reelect him, then you are part of the problem.
34 posted on 11/07/2003 8:05:28 PM PST by Consort
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To: WOSG
Calling Sen Kennedy a public servant who "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition." is like describing a pedophile as someone who "likes children".

Close, but no cigar. Pedophiles DO like children !!!

Calling Sen Kennedy a public servant who "has waged a purposeful battle to improve the human condition." is like describing a "pedophile" as someone who "pedals a bicycle on a single file line"!!! ;-))

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35 posted on 11/07/2003 8:05:50 PM PST by GeekDejure (<H3> Searching For The Meaning Of "Huge" Fonts !!!</H3>)
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Dang....... Teddy is really in town......

11/07/2003
Man Exposes Himself On A&M Campus
Five different victims at various locations on the Texas A&M campus report an encounter with a motorist who is exposing his genitals to people.

36 posted on 11/07/2003 8:10:47 PM PST by deport
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To: Southack
Screw the worthless Kennedy's!!
37 posted on 11/07/2003 8:11:02 PM PST by blam
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To: freedumb2003
Quite simple -- conservatives have scruples and values.

Everybody has scruples and values. Just ask them.

GB went back on the most solemn value conservatives hold dear -- taxes.

That is no excuse for 8 years of the Clintons....so far. If you think so, then you have no scruples and values.

Liberals have no value system...

Not important.

This does NOT mean I agree with the way conservatives turned on Bush Sr.

They stabbed all of us in the back.

But at least we have consistency.

Tooth paste has consistency.

38 posted on 11/07/2003 8:13:07 PM PST by Consort
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To: Brian S
"Mr. Kennedy appeared to charm the crowd with several self-deprecating jokes about how unpopular he is in Texas."

Not as unpopular as his brother unfortunately.

39 posted on 11/07/2003 8:14:42 PM PST by mass55th
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To: NYC Republican
George and Ted should go skydiving.

The last one down wins.

Place your bet.

LOL

40 posted on 11/07/2003 8:16:36 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: mass55th
Oh my!!! ...
41 posted on 11/07/2003 8:17:42 PM PST by Brian S
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To: RLK
Being even marginally cordial to Kennedy and other leftists is like not swatting a mosquito. It doesn't fly off in gratitude. It just digs in deeper ans sucks more blood.

Great analogy!

42 posted on 11/07/2003 8:18:27 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: Brian S
Fear not however, in the end...we will out man them and overwhelm with our mass!

Alas, I wish I could agree...

Then I think about that education bill GW handed Teddy and then I realize I'm fooling myself. But hey, a million here, a billion there... who's counting anymore?

43 posted on 11/07/2003 8:18:29 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: Consort
You are well known as a Bush Hater...

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My word! you called me a name. That's a good substitute for analysis.

But you are right. I find the Bushs disgusting for the sort of stupid antics Georgr the First pulled here.

44 posted on 11/07/2003 8:24:22 PM PST by RLK
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To: Southack
Southach: Regarding your post # 14 . . . "CAUTION" is my advce to you. Why? Because you posted such a magnificent assembly of the truth, that it may just sink so deeply into the mushy brain of a wobbling liberal so as to cause brain dammage regarding the liberal insanity portions of his brain!!! Thereafter... *POOF*... foul creatures like the ACLU and George Felos would decend upon you in an attempt to prevent you from pulling the "Brainwashing Tube" from their formerly fellow creature !!! Well... you understand my warning, eh???
45 posted on 11/07/2003 8:45:56 PM PST by GeekDejure (<H3> Searching For The Meaning Of "Huge" Fonts !!!</H3>)
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To: Southack
Oops !!! Add your post #28 to my last comment !!!

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46 posted on 11/07/2003 8:48:22 PM PST by GeekDejure (<H3> Searching For The Meaning Of "Huge" Fonts !!!</H3>)
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To: RLK
Bush-Clinton Era. Not Reagan-Bush
47 posted on 11/07/2003 10:54:37 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: Southack
Kudos to you Southack ! As much as I hate fat teddy and his sorry ways, you make excellent and well-thought out points.

As they say, at the end of the day the independent voter will decide who gets in office. Folks like me vote straight ticket GOP, and the 'RATS usually vote for 'RATS (many 'RATS split their ticket), but it's those Independent voters that make the difference. They examine the events and then look at both sides of the aisle and vote accordingly. What they've seen lately is a bunch 'RATS that have NO plan and can only offer Class Warfare/Divide Amerika rhetoric hate and spew. GWB has contributed a lot to the success and gains the GOP has made since he was elected in 2000, imho.

Thank you for your comments on this thread ! ...


48 posted on 11/08/2003 5:16:07 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Southack
You are exactly right. Bush is the most pro-life president in history. No one, including Reagan, comes close to the ACTIONS of this President (ignore high-sounding words).

It's not even a case of "glass half-full" any more. Yah, we have the judge issue, but when you get Al Sharpton---AL SHARPTON!---calling for an up or down vote on a judicial candidate, you are making real progress. Not that he's "coming over to our side," but that even he recognizes the huge damage this is doing to the Dems' positions (not to mention the judicial process, which even the Dems may need down the line!)

Even the editorialists are reluctantly admitting that the GOP is on a tremendous roll. Of course they are politicians, and like all pols try to spend money. But the good news is that levy after levy fails when subjected to the voters; the tort-litigation approach on guns, lead paint, and fast foods has been pretty much stopped; so the bottom line is that sooner or later the legislators will have to cut. There will simply be no other option. We win.

49 posted on 11/08/2003 5:54:23 AM PST by LS
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To: Brian S
Nice of Bush Sr. to fly in from Riyadh for this event.
50 posted on 11/08/2003 7:28:13 AM PST by dagnabbit (Stop Immigrating Islamic Terrorism)
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