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ABC Stunned: Evacuees Don't Blame Bush (RUSH)
Rush Limbaugh ^ | September 16, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 09/16/2005 4:04:55 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah

RUSH: Let's go to the audio sound bites. Here's President Bush last night from New Orleans.

BUSH: I also offer this pledge of the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives. And all who question the future of the Crescent City need to know: There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.

RUSH: So let's go now to the Astrodome in Houston, where lying in wait -- or is it laying in wait? Whatever. They were sitting there. ABC News, Ted Koppel with a special early edition of Nightline with reporter Dean Reynolds. And they had lined up a sort of town hall meeting of guests, evacuees from New Orleans, who were taken outside the air-conditioned comfort of the Astrodome, made to sit outside in the heat and humidity and the insects of Houston, Texas, while watching this speech. ABC just knew that these people they interviewed were going to rip Bush to shreds. Well, let's go to the tape. The reporter, Dean Reynolds, says, "I'd like to get the reaction of Connie London. She spent several horrible hours at the Superdome. You heard the president say repeatedly that you are not alone, that the country stands beside you. Do you believe him?"

LONDON: Yeah, I believe him because here in Texas they have truly been good to us.

REYNOLDS: Did you get a sense of hope that you could return to your home one day in New Orleans?

LONDON: Yes, I did. I did.

REYNOLDS: Did you harbor any anger toward the president because of the slow federal response?



LONDON: No. None whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in. They should have been on their jobs.

REYNOLDS: And they weren't?

LONDON: No. No, no, no. Lord, they wasn't. I mean, they had RTA busses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going underwater when they could have been evacuating people.

RUSH: And this did not change during the whole show. You hear how the reporter, Dean Reynolds, was sweating himself, doing his best to extract from these evacuees from New Orleans -- once again, made to leave the air-conditioned comfort of the Astrodome to go outside in the heat, humidity and insects of Houston, sit there and watch the speech, and they just knew these people were going to come out and tar and feather Bush, and when they didn't, Dean Reynolds kept probing and kept asking and kept hinting and kept imploring them to rip into Bush, the media living in the moment, and it did not happen. By the way, I'll have to check this out, but I got an e-mail from a subscriber at Rush 24/7 today who said that he found a story back in the '90s from I think it was either the Lafayette newspaper in Louisiana, or the Baton Rouge newspaper, that Mary Landrieu had succeeded in getting something like 150 buses put together in 14 hours to take voters to the polls in New Orleans. But back to the audiotape. From ABC's early edition of Nightline, outside the air-conditioned comfort of the Astrodome, where New Orleans evacuees were made to sit and watch the speech amidst the heat and the humidity and the insects of Houston. Dean Reynolds goes to another guest. "Now, Mary, you were rescued from your house, which was basically submerged in your neighborhood. Did you hear something in the president's words that you can gleen some hope from?"


MARY: Yes. He said we're coming back and I believe we're coming back. We're going to build the city up. I believe that.

REYNOLDS: Do you believe you'll be able to return to your home?

MARY: Yes, I do.

REYNOLDS: Why?

MARY: Because I really believe what he say. I believe, I've got faith.

RUSH: Let's now go to evacuee No. 3, as ABC attempts to slice and dice Bush. Dean Reynolds says, "Now, Brenda Marshall, you spent, what, several days at the Superdome, correct?" And she says, "Yes, I did." And Reynolds said, "Well, what did you think of what the president told you tonight?"

MARSHALL: I think the speech was wonderful. You know, him specifying that we will return back and that we will have like mobile homes or, you know, whatever. But I think it was a well defined speech.

REYNOLDS: Was there anything that you found hard to believe? That he said that you thought, "Well, that's nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?"


MARSHALL: No, I didn't.

REYNOLDS: Good. Well, very little skepticism here.

RUSH: "Very little skepticism here, Ted. We don't know what's gone wrong here. We had these people set up, we picked them out, we figured we were going to get some good Bush bashing going on here, but it just didn't happen." It was a well fine speech. Dean Reynolds talking to evacuee No. 4, and here is the question.

REYNOLDS: And Cecilia, did you feel that the president was sincere tonight?

CECILIA: Yes, he was.

RUSH: Yes, he was. Finally desperate, ABC News Dean Reynolds goes back to evacuee No. 1 here. He said, "Mary, what is the one mistake that could have prevented -- that would have made your lives better? Is it simply getting all of you out much sooner? What was the one mistake?”

MARY: I'm going to tell you the truth. I had the opportunity to get out, but I didn't believe it. So I stayed there ‘til it was too late.


LONDON: And really, it wasn't Hurricane Katrina that really tore up the city. It was when they opened the floodgates.

REYNOLDS: Right.

LONDON: It was not the hurricane itself. It was the floodgates. When they opened the floodgates, that's where all the water came.

REYNOLDS: Do you blame anybody for this?

LONDON: Oh, yes. I mean they've been allocating federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.

RUSH: You talk about a major-league, big media backfire, this is it, ladies and gentlemen, immediately after the president's speech on ABC last night. So Dean Reynolds tosses it back to Ted Koppel, who looked like he'd just eaten something that disagreed with him I thought. Here's how that sounded.

REYNOLDS: Ted, that is the word from the Houston Astrodome, and as I said, when the president said that the Crescent City will rise again, there were nods all around this parking lot.

KOPPEL: Dean Reynolds, thank you very much. If the national response is reflected by that small group of people in the parking lot of the Astrodome, the president has made some major progress tonight.



RUSH: The thing that gets me about this, (imitating reporter) "Well, you know, this is just a bunch of small people in the Astrodome, but if the nationwide response is--" it's like these people really still don't count. What they said still doesn't matter, because they're just a bunch of people we dragged out of the air-conditioned comfort of the Astrodome, sat them outside in the heat, humidity and insects of Houston to watch the speech.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; bush; deanreynolds; dhpl; katrina; katrinaspeech; neworleans; rush
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1 posted on 09/16/2005 4:04:55 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah
It was a Kodak Photo moment. Most blacks are Democrats and ABC thought it found a crowd of Bush-haters. Turns out these people don't even hate the man. I can only imagine the jaws dropping in New York! The country doesn't hate the President and only 13% of Americans are rabid Bush haters. So the media again misses the larger current out there. People know the President is human and is trying to do the best he can to help and since he owed up to his mistakes, they are prepared to forgive him and move on.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
2 posted on 09/16/2005 4:09:46 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Ooh-Ah
I was hoping he would put that audio on the free side.

It was great

3 posted on 09/16/2005 4:11:13 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Ooh-Ah
LONDON: Oh, yes. I mean they've been allocating federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.
4 posted on 09/16/2005 4:11:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ooh-Ah

I heard this and I loved it. The part I liked best was that the gullability of the Rat's base bit them in the a$$ this time. The lady believes that the locals "opened the floodgates" and flooded the city on purpose. hahaha, too funny.


5 posted on 09/16/2005 4:13:14 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Back then they didn't want me, now I'm hot and they all on me.)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Just as an FYI, here's another article about it (different source):

To ABC's Surprise, Katrina Victims Praise Bush and Blame Nagin

6 posted on 09/16/2005 4:14:11 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Ooh-Ah

HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!


7 posted on 09/16/2005 4:15:27 PM PDT by Shenandoah
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To: don-o

Here is a Windows Media file clip of the this interview. This lady is just great.

http://newsbusters.org/media/2005-09-15-ABCPSP.wmv


8 posted on 09/16/2005 4:27:29 PM PDT by CedarDave ("I can't swing a dead cat without hitting a reporter" -- Lt. Gen. Honoré)
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To: BlessedBeGod

Gotta love it!


9 posted on 09/16/2005 4:32:19 PM PDT by tob2 (Old Fossil and Proud of It!)
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To: CedarDave

Great Dave. Does anyone have the whole segment?


10 posted on 09/16/2005 4:39:31 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Ooh-Ah
If the national response is reflected by that small group of people in the parking lot of the Astrodome, the president has made some major progress tonight.

In the spirit of investigative journalism, they had found a naysayer to feature on this morning's 7a.m. radio news. /sarcasm>

11 posted on 09/16/2005 4:40:55 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: Ooh-Ah; Landru; ForGod'sSake

Ifound this exchange to be the best news I have heard in months. The ABC guy was blown out hof the water. Real people telling real tales screwed him royally.


12 posted on 09/16/2005 4:43:10 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat in Baton Rouge!)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Geez!!! This thing would read like an SNL back in its heyday ... if those guys had been conservatives, anyway, or if all the people involved had been totally fictional.

You can't make this stuff up!

13 posted on 09/16/2005 4:50:12 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (By defiintion, we cannot have Consensus until you agree with me.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Maybe something from Sid Ceasar or something. Someone making a name for themselves before the Watergate era. Someone trying to be the next Murrow.


14 posted on 09/16/2005 4:51:06 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (By defiintion, we cannot have Consensus until you agree with me.)
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To: Born Conservative

ping!


15 posted on 09/16/2005 4:51:52 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: CedarDave

Smart beautiful lady isn't she.


16 posted on 09/16/2005 4:54:13 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Ooh-Ah

The MSM has met it's Waterloo in the internet.


17 posted on 09/16/2005 4:54:22 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Campus Shocker! My son's political science prof is a Republican!...developing....)
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To: goldstategop

Kopell is still crying in his beer.


18 posted on 09/16/2005 5:11:55 PM PDT by OldFriend (MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH ~ A NATIONAL TREASURE)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Cha-Ching !!
19 posted on 09/16/2005 5:27:48 PM PDT by JUMPIN JEHOSPOHAT
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To: Ooh-Ah

"More Americans STILL get their news from my ass than from any other source."

21 posted on 09/16/2005 5:37:01 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Cicero
LONDON: Oh, yes. I mean they've been allocating federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do.

Oh, honey! You are soooo right on! Welcome to the real world (as though you haven't been there all along!)

23 posted on 09/16/2005 5:40:56 PM PDT by stboz
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To: CedarDave

Wow. Amazing clip.


24 posted on 09/16/2005 6:29:26 PM PDT by Actually_in_Tokyo
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To: Ooh-Ah
Well I was just channel-surfing on TV and I lighted on the travelling ministry of Benny Hinn. He was passing out $25 Wal-Mart gift cards to evacuees in some church shelter.

Benny Hinn said "I am a little mad...that these people have gone for days with no help. If not for the Body of Christ, where would they be? No one is sending them any help."

female evacuee: "You all are the first, the first ones in here giving us Wal-Mart cards. There ain't no FEMA, FEMA ain't giving us Wal-Mart cards. The government done nothing."

Hinn: "I guess it makes you want to yell and scream, doesn't it?"

evacuee: "We already done that."

Will Benny Hinn be the next to proclaim: 'George Bush doesn't care about black people'?

25 posted on 09/16/2005 6:31:13 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Ooh-Ah

This a fantastic. Dems in meltdown. This interview should get out to the world.

"I fault the Mayor of our city personally I really do."

This lady gets it.




26 posted on 09/16/2005 6:39:57 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: goldstategop
This makes it official..It's the Media against the whole USA.

The liberal idiots are so out of touch.

27 posted on 09/16/2005 6:40:01 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Earth to liberals..we were not in Iraq on 9/11..so how did the war cause terrorism again?)
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To: bert
I would have given almost anything(short of actually watching abc) to see the look on Koppel's face when Reynolds passed the baton back to him. I think one of those "Priceless" graphics would add a nice touch; something like, "abc being torpedoed by the real world...Priceless".

I wonder if they even get the irony of their situation? When they can't choreograph the news, for some odd reason it turns out altogether different than what they would have produced themselves. Delicious is a word that comes to mind.

Sounds like these ladies may be candidates for honorary Texas citizens.

FGS

28 posted on 09/16/2005 6:40:51 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
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29 posted on 09/16/2005 7:06:06 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: b4its2late; Recovering_Democrat; Alissa; Pan_Yans Wife; LADY J; mathluv; browardchad; cardinal4; ...

30 posted on 09/16/2005 7:29:28 PM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm expecting that some people who are die-hards will die hard.'' -NOLA parish president)
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To: Ooh-Ah

The personification of "knitted brow syndrome"? Koppel hasn't changed much since I last saw him.


31 posted on 09/16/2005 7:35:19 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Baynative
And that is the story from Rush's show today that I cannot get out of my head.

They were BRAGGING about getting together those buses at the last minute in order to get out a few thousand more voters in the poor black district to vote for mousy landrieu because she was in a tight race.

They got the buses in mere hours.

And was driven thru the neighborhoods with a megaphone and music playing, yelling to folks to get out and vote, free beans and rice and the whole schmeer.

Sick.

But gee, ol mousy landrieu just didn't have enough personal investment in the outcome to get those buses together for folks facing a CAT 4 hurricane.

Liberals are so sick. In every way.

32 posted on 09/16/2005 7:42:09 PM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: Ooh-Ah; goldstategop; don-o; Cicero; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig; BlessedBeGod; Shenandoah; ...
Everyone on this thread owes it to themselves to view "Dean and Ted's Excellent Surprise". (Thanks to BlessedBeGod for the link-to-the-link!)

It is alternating photos of Dean Reynolds asking questions, and a couple of black ladies with answers that drive him into the ground like a cheap tent stake... I guarante a ROFLOL experience when you read it!

33 posted on 09/16/2005 7:52:53 PM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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To: goldstategop

I saw this live last night on ABC and I was dying laughing. I knew what ABC was up to and I thought they might succeed. Those fine Americans had nothing but good things to say about Texas and President's speech and blamed their local and state governments for doing nothing to help them.

It was a joy to behold. ABC's Koppel and Renolds looked like they had been kicked in the groin. heehee!


34 posted on 09/16/2005 8:11:48 PM PDT by nightowl
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To: Born Conservative

Thanks for the ping.


35 posted on 09/16/2005 9:00:51 PM PDT by GOPJ
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This thing would read like an SNL back in its heyday ... if those guys had been conservatives, anyway, or if all the people involved had been totally fictional.

Want to be famous? Do a conservative "SNL" -- tons of easy fresh material.

36 posted on 09/16/2005 9:14:20 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Ooh-Ah

Marvelous. The media has failed to get the victims to fall for the nonsense - now if the words of this lady and others will reach the ears of the sheeple that have fallen for it.


37 posted on 09/16/2005 9:39:58 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: eleni121

I am afraid it won't last. The Dem machine will make sure some black leaders get these strays back on the reservation.


38 posted on 09/16/2005 9:40:32 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles
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To: Ooh-Ah
MARY: I'm going to tell you the truth. I had the opportunity to get out, but I didn't believe it. So I stayed there ‘til it was too late.

fantastic! instead of blaming the President, she took personal responsibility! this is great!

39 posted on 09/16/2005 9:47:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: CedarDave
No. No, no, no. Lord, they wasn't. I mean, they had RTA busses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going underwater when they could have been evacuating people.

You have got to love it.

40 posted on 09/16/2005 9:50:43 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: TXnMA; Landru; bert
THIS is funny!!!
41 posted on 09/16/2005 9:52:27 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: goldstategop
The country doesn't hate the President and only 13% of Americans are rabid Bush haters.

That's encouraging, as I really believe half of them work where I do (child welfare agency behind enemy lines in socialist Illinois).

42 posted on 09/16/2005 9:54:21 PM PDT by Marathoner
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To: Ooh-Ah
I'm always leary of online polls, but even in Baton Rouge, LA, WAFB's News CH. 9 poll, only 10% blame the Federal Government. 60% say 'everyone is responsible in some way'.

http://www.wafb.com

43 posted on 09/16/2005 10:01:25 PM PDT by xrhopsiomega
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you can almost hear ABC swallowing really really hard as it aired.


44 posted on 09/16/2005 10:04:41 PM PDT by Cougar66 (Keep America beautiful: kill a terrorist)
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To: goldstategop

I never laughed harder than when I heard these soundbites on the radio this afternoon.

ABC's brazen agenda would've been breath-taking had it not been so predictable.


45 posted on 09/16/2005 10:07:48 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: nightowl
I saw this live last night on ABC and I was dying laughing.

My husband and I were ROFL, with tears running down our faces. Glad to know so many saw it, recognized the desperate attempt to smear the President, and put it on the internet to share with several hundred thousand of their best friends.

PS: I've been looking for post-speech polls. Wonder where they're hiding them.

46 posted on 09/16/2005 10:12:24 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik

bttt


47 posted on 09/16/2005 10:32:30 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: GOPJ

Your welcome. The just goes to prove that the MSM is gradually losing their stranglehold on the sheeple of the US.


48 posted on 09/17/2005 3:53:33 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm expecting that some people who are die-hards will die hard.'' -NOLA parish president)
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To: goldstategop
only 13% of Americans are rabid Bush haters.

Well, to them that just means the other 87% are stupid and ignant, and must be reeducated. Therefore, they must keep hammering the point home, "Bush is Wrong....Bush is Stupid....Bush is Evil.... Bush is a Racist...Bush Hates Black People...Bush is a Chimp ." We'll all understand what they understand some day.

49 posted on 09/17/2005 4:17:09 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: ForGod'sSake

.....Sounds like these ladies may be candidates for honorary Texas citizens......

As I read my James Mitchner, La was the jumping off point for the establishmnet of Texas. History may be repeating.

(ps....the Tennessee volunteers who established Texas also entered through LA)


50 posted on 09/17/2005 5:43:37 AM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat in Baton Rouge!)
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