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Raitt Hopes Bush Won't Be Re-Elected
Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2004 | AP

Posted on 07/21/2004 5:48:46 PM PDT by Nachum

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Winding up her summer tour across Europe, rhythm and blues singer Bonnie Raitt (news) drew thunderous applause at the Stockholm Jazz Festival for dedicating a classic to U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites).

"We're gonna sing this for George Bush because he's out of here, people!" Raitt crowed Tuesday night before she launched into the opening licks of "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," a cover that was featured on her 1979 album "The Glow."

The song, penned by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, has been sung by several notable performers, including Mable John, Lou Rawls and others.

Raitt's comments resulted in a round of applause and even whistles from among the estimated 3,000 concertgoers at the Swedish capital's annual jazz event held on the banks of the downtown Skeppsholmen island.

Swedes are skeptical of Bush and the Scandinavian country refused to support his efforts in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (news - web sites) in 2003.

The nine-time Grammy award winner is no stranger to political activism. Her Web site urges fans to learn more about preserving the environment and she was a founding member of MUSE, or Musicians United for Safe Energy.

Raitt finished off her set with several blues classics, original songs, including several from her breakthrough 1989 album "Nick of Time" and John Prine covers.


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KEYWORDS: be; bush; hopes; raitt; reelected; shutupandsing; wont
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1 posted on 07/21/2004 5:48:52 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I love it! The more exposure these goons get the greater the backlash.


2 posted on 07/21/2004 5:51:26 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Bush - Cheney 2004, Now More Than Ever!)
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To: Nachum

Just another has been like Ronstandt.


3 posted on 07/21/2004 5:51:38 PM PDT by silverNblackcuban (Kerry for Dog catcher. Run Hillary his dog net is upon you.)
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To: Nachum

Speaking of 'about to end,' Bonnie Raitt is on my has-been, used-to-like list TOO. It grows day by day. I'm saving so much $$$.


4 posted on 07/21/2004 5:51:49 PM PDT by bboop
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To: Nachum

Let me be the first to say...

SHUT THE F@#$%^! UP AND SING!


5 posted on 07/21/2004 5:51:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Nachum

Those glitterati tryin' to interfere in our elections.


6 posted on 07/21/2004 5:51:59 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Nachum
Swedes are skeptical of Bush and the Scandinavian country refused to support his efforts in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (news - web sites) in 2003.

I hate to pick nits, but I think Sweden is a neutral country. They wouldnt have sent troops anyway. I could be wrong though..

7 posted on 07/21/2004 5:53:10 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Its noteworthy that the two biggest shills for the left are Michael Moore and Al Franken..)
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To: Nachum
Raitt's comments resulted in a round of applause and even whistles . . . .

I wonder if this writer realizes that whistling is booing in Europe.

8 posted on 07/21/2004 5:53:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Reagan79

Its a good thing that the electorate isn't limited to celebrities/entertainers; otherwise we'd be like all of those post-Christian European nations.

And yes you're right about the exposure of these people. The GOP should make a montage of all of them and use them in their ads by asking whose values Kerry/Edwards really stands for -- the Hollywood left or mainstream Americans.


9 posted on 07/21/2004 5:55:20 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: Reagan79

Its a good thing that the electorate isn't limited to celebrities/entertainers; otherwise we'd be like all of those post-Christian European nations.

And yes you're right about the exposure of these people. The GOP should make a montage of all of them and use them in their ads by asking whose values Kerry/Edwards really stands for -- the Hollywood left or mainstream Americans.


10 posted on 07/21/2004 5:55:24 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: 1rudeboy

i was thinking the same thing


11 posted on 07/21/2004 5:55:43 PM PDT by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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To: goldstategop

"Those glitterati tryin' to interfere in our election"

They can try, but they will not succeed. Nobody pays any attention to them anyway.


12 posted on 07/21/2004 5:55:52 PM PDT by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid.)
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To: Nachum

This is awful. Before you know it performers like Bobby McFerrin and Falco and Tommu Tutone will be saying such things. And what if that guy that did "Ice-Ice-Baby" says something like this????


13 posted on 07/21/2004 5:55:55 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: Nachum

I sure as Heck don't give a big dung about what washed up has been Bonnie Who? thinks.


14 posted on 07/21/2004 5:56:02 PM PDT by MagnoliaB (Never forget.)
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To: silverNblackcuban
Just another has been like Ronstandt.

Well, at least she had the "guts" to convey her misguided and, to the care of none, droning on stateside.

15 posted on 07/21/2004 5:56:07 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Nachum

I have always thought Raitt was way over "Raitted". Now I actively don't like her.


16 posted on 07/21/2004 5:56:15 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Nachum
When is someone gonna love me?


17 posted on 07/21/2004 5:57:16 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Then I say unto you, send men to summon ... worms. And let us go to Fallujah to collect heads.")
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To: Nachum

She's no different than the rest of the Rat family.


18 posted on 07/21/2004 5:57:34 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: AngieGOP

Actually, I love how they shove it in our faces. Bonnie Raitt and her Hollywood ilk are actually covert operatives for the Bush campaign. hehehe


19 posted on 07/21/2004 5:57:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: chudogg

What is it with all the celebrities engaging in self-immolation? Cut your audience in half..


20 posted on 07/21/2004 5:58:03 PM PDT by IamConservative (A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: Nachum

It's getting so I can't buy any more CDs.


21 posted on 07/21/2004 5:59:45 PM PDT by Casloy
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To: chudogg

Doesn't matter, the lie is now out there. [resigned shrug]


22 posted on 07/21/2004 6:00:07 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Nachum
Bonnie Rape; all of her fans are Thelma and Louise fans, same as the Dixie Chick fans.
23 posted on 07/21/2004 6:00:23 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons.)
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To: Diogenesis

She looka lika man!


24 posted on 07/21/2004 6:00:26 PM PDT by Casloy
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To: Nachum

"1979 album"

25 years ago!

In front of 3,000 in Sweden! Wow, I'm impressed. These washed-up has-beens are pandering to the anti-Americanism overseas to resurrect their own declining careers.

Maybe she'll do us all a favor and stay in the Socialist Utopia of Sweden.


25 posted on 07/21/2004 6:00:49 PM PDT by wrathof59 (semper ubi sub ubi)
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To: Nachum

That Fugly Wench needs some Botox!!


26 posted on 07/21/2004 6:00:57 PM PDT by rottndog (Marxist, Stalinist , communist, socialist, fascist, elitist, hypocrite, democrat-all interchangeable)
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To: isthisnickcool

"...This is awful. Before you know it performers like Bobby McFerrin and Falco..."

I can't speak for Bobby McFerrin and the others, but Falco died in a car wreck several years ago.


27 posted on 07/21/2004 6:03:47 PM PDT by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid.)
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To: All

Somebody got that picture of dear Bonnie I saw on another thread? She looks like Cruella d'Ville at the ripe old age of eighty-five.


28 posted on 07/21/2004 6:04:46 PM PDT by Belisaurius ("Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted" - Joseph Kennedy 1958)
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To: goldstategop

"Actually, I love how they shove it in our faces. Bonnie Raitt and her Hollywood ilk are actually covert operatives for the Bush campaign. hehehe"

They are so covert that they don't even know it.


29 posted on 07/21/2004 6:05:16 PM PDT by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid.)
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To: Nachum

Bonnie Raitt no longer Rates with me.


30 posted on 07/21/2004 6:07:21 PM PDT by beyond the sea (There's always one to turn and walk away ........ and one who just wants to stay)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Don't just say it here, say it to all those chain merchants who carry her crap!!! I would bet Walmart is willing to dump her stuff and they sell 37% of all music sold in the United States. They would rather dump her than lose your business rest assured. They need to know how you feel about it though.
31 posted on 07/21/2004 6:11:11 PM PDT by Camel Joe (Proud Uncle of a Fine Young Marine)
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To: IamConservative
What is it with all the celebrities engaging in self-immolation? Cut your audience in half.

I could be wrong, but it seems like most of the airheads who make these pronouncements are has-beens. My theory is that their audiences have already diminished so much that they're glad to get any publicity, even if it's negative.

32 posted on 07/21/2004 6:17:47 PM PDT by giotto
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To: wrathof59
In front of 3,000 in Sweden!

I noticed that, too! Pathetic!

33 posted on 07/21/2004 6:20:42 PM PDT by TheEngineer
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To: Nachum

Bonnie Rat feeling quite pretty.

34 posted on 07/21/2004 6:22:05 PM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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To: Belisaurius
Somebody got that picture of dear Bonnie I saw on another thread?

I can't seem to find it. Maybe if I look up "ridden hard, and put away wet" in the dictionary, I'll find her photo there? ;-)

She looks like Cruella d'Ville at the ripe old age of eighty-five.

ROFLMAO! Love it!

35 posted on 07/21/2004 6:22:57 PM PDT by TheEngineer
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To: goldstategop
"I love how they shove it in our faces."

Close but no cigar. Bonnie Raitt was the one who said, on the way to a party: "I hope there's no one there whose face I haven't sat on."

36 posted on 07/21/2004 6:23:21 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry, the human downer, knows the words to "optimism" but can't quite get the tune right.)
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To: silverNblackcuban

Yes, a drug addict who has benefited from a free America. Raitt looks like a dried up prune and is very ugly. I know she would have a tough time finding a man unless he was strung out on a crack pipe. Bush/Cheney2004


37 posted on 07/21/2004 6:23:55 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run)
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To: Nachum

My sh*tlist gets growing. Commie Raitt is ugly and washed up.


38 posted on 07/21/2004 6:23:58 PM PDT by Jenya (Gore, he's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody)
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To: hope

Arghhhhhhhhhhhh, this old man wouldn't touch it.


39 posted on 07/21/2004 6:26:10 PM PDT by wrathof59 (semper ubi sub ubi)
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To: Nachum

Doncha just luv them when they do this only overseas?


40 posted on 07/21/2004 6:26:25 PM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: Nachum

Not surprising at all. She's been a hard-lefty for many years. Among other things, she's given sizable chunks of money to the Greens.


41 posted on 07/21/2004 6:26:54 PM PDT by MikalM
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To: Nachum
John Prine covers

She has nothing but pros around her show. Good stuff. Why she has to talk politics and be an activist sometimes is a mystery. Prime Prine or late Prine?

42 posted on 07/21/2004 6:31:18 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: isthisnickcool
This is awful. Before you know it performers like Bobby McFerrin and Falco and Tommu Tutone will be saying such things. And what if that guy that did "Ice-Ice-Baby" says something like this????

Hey - let's start a celebrity dead-pool and try to guess the next old, has-been faded star from decades past who gets his/her name in the papers for the first time in countless years by saying something stupid.

43 posted on 07/21/2004 6:31:52 PM PDT by meowmeow
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To: Nachum
Bonnie Raitt is another Bloody Damn has been that is pontificating about her political views. Like others before her she does it across the pond in Europe, not here.
Bonnie hasn't had a hit song or record, like Linda Ronstadt, in over 25 years and ceased being a relevant musical talent long ago.
But now we have to hear all these political views. I don;t mind if they want to give money to democrats and be in political forums, what I don't want is, if I pay to go see them, I do not want to be subjected to their political leanings at a concert, I want to be entertained period.
44 posted on 07/21/2004 6:33:05 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Nachum
from her web site:

     Bonnie is as known for her lifelong commitment to social activism as she is for her music. She has long been involved with the environmental movement, doing concerts around Forest, Oil, Mining and water protection since the mid-70s. She was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Save Energy) which produced the historic concerts, album and movie, NO NUKES in 1979. She has been especially active in the fight to preserve our Ancient Forests, performing numerous concerts, lobbying in Washington and getting arrested twice in support of a change in forest policy.
     She has also supported groups working for Native American, women's and human rights, as well as the fight against apartheid in South Africa and US involvement in the war in Central America in the 80s.
     As one of the founding members of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation she continutes to work for increased recognition, health benefits and royalty reform for the pioneer generation of R&B artists to whom we owe so much. In 1995, she helped establish the Bonnie Raitt Guitar Program, which now provides free guitar lessons to kids in over 180 Boys and Girls Clubs around the world.

For more about Bonnie's activism history, go to BIO and scroll through her Benefit History.

    

ACTIVISM WORKS!

Frontburner Issues you can get involved with:

Peace for Iraq
More than a decade of U.S. efforts to undermine the regime of Saddam Hussein has produced utter misery for Iraq's 23 million people. A renewed military campaign by the United States against Hussein would wreak further havoc and devastation on Iraq's population for certain, while only potentially removing their notorious leader from power. President Bush is picking up where his father left off, hellbent on protecting access to Iraqi oil, and seems willing to risk the lives of thousands of Americans and Iraqis to keep gas-guzzling SUVs on the highway.

"The American Friends Service Committee and Fellowship of Reconciliation launched the Campaign of Conscience in December 1999 to pressure the U.S. government and the United Nations Security Council to end the economic sanctions that have severely restricted the availability of food, medicine, and clean water in Iraq. During the past ten years, sanctions have led to an almost complete breakdown in economic, medical, social, and educat ional structures."

Learn more about AFSC's Iraq Peacebuilding Program

Shut Down the School of the Americas!
On November 15-17, 2002, thousands will converge in Georgia at the gates of the Fort Benning military base and engage in nonviolent direct action to say NO to torture, rape and murder in our names and to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA).

School of the Americas Watch holds an annual demonstration outside the gates of the recently renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, GA. This year the Indigo Girls will perform at Sunday's rally, and other activists such as Pete Seeger, Susan Sarandon and Winona LaDuke will send written statements of support to be read from the stage. All will express their solidarity with protesters on site, against the murderous military training school known as the School of the Americas.

Harvey Wasserman, author of The Last Energy War and senior consultant for Greenpeace USA, collaborated with Bonnie on a statement to be read from stage, expressing their outrage at the ongoing training of death squad sargents and military dictators. Below is an excerpt:

"Indeed, the School of the Americas is a breeding ground for terrorists that needs to be shut down---especially in light of September 11, and especially in light of a new word we're all learning at great cost---blowback.

We have long known it is wrong to train people to kill and impose unjust power in the name of our national arrogance. For two centuries the United States has imposed its will over people and nations who are vulnerable to military aggression.

Our nation has broken more than 400 treaties with native Americans, virtually every one it has ever signed. Today Leonard Peltier and countless other native American activists rot wrongly in jails merely for the "crime" of speaking up for justice for their people.

But this particular school now reminds us such treatment always comes back to haunt us---what goes around, comes around, often in terrible and unexpected ways."

Learn more about School of the Americas Watch

Support Blues Music Education for Youth
The Alabama Blues Project after-school Blues Camp is an innovative and multidisciplinary arts and education program that teaches forty "at risk" students blues musical instruction and performance skills in harmonica, guitar, voice and percussion. The program provides mentoring from music instructors and guest blues musicians, implementing a life skills curriculum through individual tutoring, group interaction and public performances.

The curriculum is designed to provide an environment in which to practice life skills such as listening, cooperation, team work, goal setting and appropriately expressing feelings. The students' performances provide a forum for parents and community to come together to celebrate, recognize and enjoy the students' accomplishments. Music lessons provide an effective bridge between art, culture, youth and community providing a direct link to cultural heritage through music indigenous to this area and giving students a sense of history and "cultural self esteem."

Learn more about the Alabama Blues Project

Musicians breaking the mold
Read an article about Bonnie Raitt, Green Highway and how production of her summer tour with Lyle Lovett was made pollution-free! The Red Hot Chili Peppers latest album, By the Way, was printed on sustainably-produced paper, learn more about why the band went out on a "limb" to be one of the firsts to do so!
Click here for the article

Grassroots groups benefitting from the November 2002 mini-tour of California: SLO Mothers for Peace, Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz Energy Action Coalition, Vote Solar and the Committee to Bridge the Gap

Help Protect the Forests
Priceless forests the world over are being destroyed for private profit, to the detriment of us all. Clear cutting, over logging, conversion of forest land to grazing land---they are turning our lush green treeslands into barren deserts, causing runoff that destroys our rivers and streams, leaving ecological catastrophe where once there were vital ecosystems and the natural balancing mechanisms to combat global warming. We simply cannot afford to lose more irreplaceable forests to rapacious corporations whose only concern is their quarterly bank statement, rather than the long-term health of the planet.

Visit the Forest Issues page to learn about organizations committed to protecting forests and the important habitats within.

Protest helps change forest policy of lumber giant Boise-cascade
On July 25, 2001, Bonnie and more than 20 musicians and social and environmental justice leaders, including Doors’ drummer John Densmore and author/activist Julia Butterfly Hill, were arrested at the corporate headquarters of paper-products giant Boise-Cascade in a suburb of Chicago, after peacefully protesting the company’s attempts to block free speech and muzzle dissenting voices about their refusal to end its obsolete, environmentally destructive logging and distribution practices and adopt sustainable forestry principles. RAN's old-growth campaign has garnered increasing public support resulting in major brands, including L.L. Bean, Levi-Strauss and Patagonia, dropping their contracts with Boise. The company recently altered its old growth policy, a move that hints that Boise is feeling the heat and success may be on the horizon. Until then, RAN will continue to work tirelessly to end Boise’s out-of-date, barbaric logging practices.

Read more about Bonnie's arrest and the history of the campaign

46 posted on 07/21/2004 6:34:28 PM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: Slings and Arrows
Let me be the first to say... SHUT THE F@#$%^! UP AND SING!

Actually, in this case "SHUT THE F@#$%^! UP AND PLAY THAT SLIDE GUITAR!" would be more appropo.

47 posted on 07/21/2004 6:36:18 PM PDT by Huber (Kerry/Edwards = "Tax 'em & Sue 'em" . Vote Bush/Cheney '04)
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To: Nachum

always a rather harsh looking and shrill woman....sorry I bought one of her albums in the 70s.


48 posted on 07/21/2004 6:37:24 PM PDT by wardaddy (Bill Cosby for Black Culture Czar!)
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To: hope
yuck .. not a very flattering photo.

then again, it's hard to find a good one ...
49 posted on 07/21/2004 6:39:30 PM PDT by AgThorn (Go go Bush!! But don't turn your back on America with "immigrant amnesty")
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To: isthisnickcool
This is awful. Before you know it performers like Bobby McFerrin and Falco and Tommu Tutone will be saying such things. And what if that guy that did "Ice- Ice-Baby" says something like this????

I heard that Milli Vanilli totally lambasted Bush at a recent concert. (...It was only later that it was discovered that they were really just lip-syncing a tape of Linda Rondstadt.)

50 posted on 07/21/2004 6:39:47 PM PDT by Huber (Kerry/Edwards = "Tax 'em & Sue 'em" . Vote Bush/Cheney '04)
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