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How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush
Telegraph UK ^ | 06-17-06 | Adam Sweeting

Posted on 06/17/2006 5:54:37 AM PDT by veronica

Adam Sweeting assesses how the Dixie Chicks have weathered a political storm

Will it be the salmon teriyaki with organic greens, or asparagus tempura and tuna sashimi? As the waiter hovers with pencil poised, the Dixie Chicks debate the menu with the practised air of professional restaurant critics. The Chicks have traditionally been branded a country band, but clearly it's some time since their diet consisted of ribs, tacos and pancakes.

Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire project a polished Fifth Avenue elegance, and vocalist Natalie Maines is a vision of sculpted cheekbones and smoky eye-shadow.

With their origins as bouffant-haired ingénues playing bluegrass music long forgotten, the Chicks are in Miami to attend a Sony BMG conference, where their new album, Taking the Long Way, is high on the corporate agenda. It's their first release since the group weathered the storm of outrage triggered by Maines's expression of shame that President Bush was from her home state of Texas. Although they've sold 30 million albums, the company was concerned about their commercial future.

When Maines made her comment on March 10 2003, 10 days before Operation Iraqi Freedom unleashed "shock and awe" over Baghdad, the Dixie Chicks were probably the biggest act in country music. Yet within days, their music vanished from the charts and the airwaves, apoplectic rednecks crushed piles of their CDs with tractors, and the FBI was feverishly monitoring death threats against the trio. It was the most heinous pop-star outrage since Ozzy Osbourne urinated on the Alamo.

"The reaction was as if Natalie had said 'Death to the President' or something," says violinist and vocalist Maguire.

"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."

The level of debate can be gauged from the way Maines was compared to "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, who was photographed manning a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun at the height of the Vietnam war.

The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do," says Robison.

"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."

There can be no rational explanation of how Maines's remark came to drive a red-hot poker into America's divided soul, but it's only now that some of the poison has begun to dissipate.

Early concerns about the premature demise of the Chicks' career subsided when the furiously unapologetic single Not Ready to Make Nice became the most downloaded track on iTunes, despite a lack of radio airplay. Then the album went to number one on the Billboard 200 after selling half a million copies in the week after its release in America last month. It looks set to be their first UK top 10 album this Sunday.

The recruitment of Rick Rubin as producer, the man who rejuvenated Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Diamond and others, is guaranteed to extend the Chicks' appeal, though it would be disappointing if the album's thoughtful range of subject matter (from IVF to Alzheimer's) was overshadowed by the Bush episode.

"I think for longevity's sake, our music had to mature and we had to mature as people," says Maguire. "Not that this particular event had to happen, but it sped up the process for us and helped us make a record that's really meaningful to us, whether or not other people see that."


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1 posted on 06/17/2006 5:54:39 AM PDT by veronica
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To: veronica
But yet, why are the Dixie Chicks cancelling dates in most of the red state areas and getting more dates in Canada, of all places?
2 posted on 06/17/2006 5:56:17 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: veronica
How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush

Survived? That`s news to me.

3 posted on 06/17/2006 5:56:51 AM PDT by Screamname (George Noory freggin` rules!)
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To: veronica

lol..next article.."How Zarqawi survived his scrape with two 500lb bombs"


4 posted on 06/17/2006 5:58:49 AM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: BerniesFriend

Dixie who?


5 posted on 06/17/2006 5:59:34 AM PDT by larrysh
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To: Screamname

Here is the formula for Marxist Success in the music industry:

1. Hit it big as a Capitalist
2. Condemn everything that made you rich in the fist place
3. Live off your wealth while while wondering why no one loves you anymore.
4. Play empty arenas and blame someone else


6 posted on 06/17/2006 6:01:34 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: veronica

They probably hired people just to download their songs a million times on ipod.


7 posted on 06/17/2006 6:01:33 AM PDT by rjp2005
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To: BerniesFriend

This article attempts to put the lipstick on the pigs but it fails. The Chicks sound really, really dumb.


8 posted on 06/17/2006 6:02:02 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: veronica

This has been posted many times already...Which is good as it gives me the opportunity to again say that there's been a change in their concert schedule.

Please note that the Dixie Hicks will be playing:

Hancock High School Auditoreum July 11th. They will be the opening act for Da Yoopers.

http://www.google.com/musica?aid=IPuFyIe7Od&sa=X&oi=music&ct=result


9 posted on 06/17/2006 6:02:15 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Screamname
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10 posted on 06/17/2006 6:02:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: rjp2005
In fact they did aggressively campaign, via their website, for their fans to request their music and up playtime. That's why their album sold but their concert dates didn't.
11 posted on 06/17/2006 6:03:48 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: veronica
Why is that "right wingers" cannot make a value judgment without it being called "McCarthyism"? Libs do it all the time, from views on war toys to tobacco, but somehow only the right engages in "bullying". Describing Pubbies as between "reptile and repulsive" is okay, of course. What's good for the goose is not good for the gander, I suppose.

I am proud to say I never liked the Dixie Chicks, even before Sept. 11. Of course I'm not a country music fan, but then again it's clear that nether are the Dixie Chicks.
12 posted on 06/17/2006 6:05:06 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: veronica
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes..

My God, is it possibly for this broad to be any more stump ass stupid?

"I really don`t understand the need for eating and breathing!"

13 posted on 06/17/2006 6:06:22 AM PDT by Screamname (George Noory freggin` rules!)
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To: veronica
Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire project a polished Fifth Avenue elegance, and vocalist Natalie Maines is a vision of sculpted cheekbones and smoky eye-shadow.

In other words, these girls are soooooooooooo tres chic, unlike you unwashed hicks and coverall-clad bumpkins. I'll bet none of YOU know how to project a polished Fifth Avenue elegance. All YOU know how to do is polish off a fifth of Jack Daniels.

"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."

Oh, please! Yeah, you're such martyrs, such noble campaigners for truth and tolerance. Sell it somewhere else, honey.

The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do," says Robison.

Uh huh. Because YOU weren't cashing in or promoting YOUR careers, were you? And maybe, just maybe, those other artists refused to support you because they despise you and they support the president. If it's "horrible" for them to express their disgust with you, then why isn't it equally horrible for you to open your blowholes and take cheap shots at the president, all for a round of applause from a bunch of Euroweenies?

This whole article is an apologia for the Dizzy Twits, and an attempt to salvage something of their careers.

14 posted on 06/17/2006 6:06:37 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: veronica

Why did the Ditzy Chimps survive their vicious attack on their president? Because he isn't the nazi dictator the left claims he is. If he were half that bad, the Chimps would have commit suicide in the vicinity of Little Rock.


15 posted on 06/17/2006 6:06:44 AM PDT by magslinger (Watch out for Christians and their IPD's (Improvised Potluck Dinners)!)
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To: veronica

They just don't get it, do they?


16 posted on 06/17/2006 6:09:50 AM PDT by 6ppc
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To: veronica

Ozzy osbourn peed on the Alamo!!!!!! I did not know that....... I am OUTRAGED!!!!

I wish he would pee on the Ditzy Twits.


17 posted on 06/17/2006 6:11:29 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: veronica

I'll take Toby Keith, Europe can have the Ditzy Chicks.. I think that is a fair deal.

Raymond


18 posted on 06/17/2006 6:12:37 AM PDT by Captain Ray
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To: veronica

Natalie Mains is really, really ignorant. She doesn't know why we need patriotism? She doesn't know why she has the freedoms she has. She knows no history. My guess is that she is a product of public schools and is just a prime example of what the union schools are turning out. She is also a prime example of 'the arrogance of ignorance.'


19 posted on 06/17/2006 6:14:55 AM PDT by abclily
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Reminds me of Michael Moore...If you do a search on google, there is a website that lists all the hypocrisy of that fat turd, such as him owning Halliburton stock, riding in limos, and living in a multi-mill condo, yet his whole gig is bashing America, capitalism.


20 posted on 06/17/2006 6:15:43 AM PDT by Screamname (George Noory freggin` rules!)
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To: veronica; patton; Congressman Billybob; neverdem; xsmommy; Texan5; sweetliberty; floriduh voter
"I don't see why people care about patriotism."

There can be no rational explanation of how Maines's remark came to drive a red-hot poker into America's divided soul, but it's only now that some of the poison has begun to dissipate.

Gee.


I've seldom seen a more clear, more concise juxtaposition of EXACTLY why the the liberal (socialists) just don't "get it."

The writer puts her quote right before saying "there can be no rational explanation (of why her quote is repulsive and contra-patriotic)"
21 posted on 06/17/2006 6:16:27 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Here you go.....

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,48562,00.html


22 posted on 06/17/2006 6:17:09 AM PDT by Screamname (George Noory freggin` rules!)
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To: veronica
The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers.

Cool! I thought these pricks were happy about their new direction. However, this sentence reveals the truth: Literally, they are emotionally disturbed by their loss. May they continue to suffer. And may their therapists botch any treatment for their suffering.

23 posted on 06/17/2006 6:18:53 AM PDT by Vision Thing
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To: veronica

Guess they haven't noticed that the Treason Chicks had to cancel half their concerts. Doesn't sound like they will be around much longer the way they are going.


24 posted on 06/17/2006 6:21:38 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party! For people who prefer slogans over solutions!)
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To: abclily

"She is also a prime example of 'the arrogance of ignorance."

That is probably the best description of these half-wits I have ever witnessed. Thank You!


25 posted on 06/17/2006 6:23:10 AM PDT by generationfixit
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To: Screamname

She is so stupid that I am ashamed she is from Texas.


26 posted on 06/17/2006 6:25:49 AM PDT by biff
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To: Screamname

The Chicks never had a scrape with Bush. Their scrape was with some former fans.


27 posted on 06/17/2006 6:25:52 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Actually, I've been tempted to buy one of their first albums - from back when they WERE country (1992, I think). It is very highly rated on Amazon, but at nearly $50 used...


28 posted on 06/17/2006 6:27:39 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: veronica

One look into the "rate the item" in Amazon will tell you just who and why the Dixie Chicks are selling. It isn't about their music - the cover of Time Magazine, the GMA Interview. This is all about the anti-George Bush crowd. This CD will sell not on its merits but for political purpose. Odds are that any follow-up CD's will wilt on the vine unless the MSM steps up to the plate again to give them press.


29 posted on 06/17/2006 6:28:35 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: veronica
"... the salmon teriyaki with organic greens, or asparagus tempura and tuna sashimi? ...clearly it's some time since their diet consisted of ribs, tacos and pancakes".


I have a theory that the true divisions in our society can be identified by how one defines what one eats.

The more pretentious the dish (or what you name the dish), the more pretentious and elitist you are, and the further to the left your politics will be (i.e., do you eat a "tenderly sauteed, pistachio encrusted Tiger Prawn, with a mango chutney demi-glasse", or...., do you eat "shrimp"?).

If you eat the former, you're a flaming lib, if it's the latter, you're a regular guy/gal, and probably are more likely to be conservative.

Nowhere in pop culture/mass media have I seen a better example of that philosophy than here.

These young ladies love to dress up and pretend that they are suave, sophisticated, worldly, Yankee urbanites, so they have to eat accordingly.

But, like the true redneck bottle-blondes they are, they'll never outgrow their roots.

The proof of that is their inability to keep their mouths shut (like the drunken trailer-girls they are), and let those who actually know the subject handle the work.

And, as is typical, the irony of it has flown at breakneck speed over the head of the elitist snob that penned this article.
30 posted on 06/17/2006 6:28:35 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Every liberal's a patriot until it's time to pick up a gun and fight for America.)
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To: veronica
How the Chicks survived crashed and burned in their scrap with Bush America.

Sleeping copyeditor to blame for original headline I guess.

31 posted on 06/17/2006 6:29:57 AM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: veronica

Isn't Fat Natalie married to a muslim?


32 posted on 06/17/2006 6:31:24 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: veronica

"How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush"

Who says they have? Bit early to tell. Let's see how they're doing 2 yrs from now.


33 posted on 06/17/2006 6:32:41 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: veronica

They didn't survive and Bush had nothing to do with it.


34 posted on 06/17/2006 6:32:44 AM PDT by Vision ("America's best days lie ahead. You ain't seen nothing yet"- Reagan)
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To: MNJohnnie

Morning fellow MN Screed!

One thing to notice...the chicks came out with this album and ratched up their little whine- right when it looked like the Bush administration was on it's heels. She seems to have this " I told you so " attitude. But after this weeks events she looks even more silly than before.

When this story first started in Europe the Chicks had two ways to play this. Unfortunatley they fell for the PR move that you should never really admit fault. So now they have cornered themselves in this self-righteous position that they are uttering these absolutely rediculous statements to try and salvage a bad PR move.

I know the music industry is tough and they went through hell to get where they are. In this industry you always have to put on the tough face " oh that does not bother me"..but in this case they bit off way more than they can chew and Maines is not strong enough intellectually to pull of this banter.


35 posted on 06/17/2006 6:32:51 AM PDT by generationfixit
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To: veronica

Just checked ticketmaster for tix to their show in Dallas. You can still get 8 seats together in the lower bowl. You're definitely struggling when you can't even sell out the lower bowl in your hometown.

Mental midgets!


36 posted on 06/17/2006 6:39:48 AM PDT by Vasilli22 (http://www.richardfest.blogspot.com/)
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To: veronica

These dorks like to talk tough. It would be helpful if they had a clue. They pull out a clever little line in history and use it to convince us of how smart they are.
They are disgusting ungrateful little snots. To even ask why be patriotic, why love your country...????
Sickening.
Typical we can dish it out all we want but when it bites us in the butt it's mccarthyism. Pathetic.
They would do well to remember the saying "better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it up and remove all doubt."


37 posted on 06/17/2006 6:42:05 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: veronica

The best word for the Dixie Chicks is that they are real 'Zarqs', cuz they are about as dumb as he was.


38 posted on 06/17/2006 6:42:31 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: veronica
Silliness.

The President did nothing about these ninnies.

Had they confronted x42 the IRS would have been banging on their door the following week.
39 posted on 06/17/2006 6:46:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: veronica
vocalist Natalie Maines is a vision of sculpted cheekbones

Pthpthbbthbbblt! Oh, man. Dr Pepper everywhere.

"Sculpted?" Yeah, with a Ben and Jerry's scoop, maybe.

...and smoky eye-shadow.

Ah, yeah, that real sophisticated "make-up via garden tools" look. We guys really go nuts for that. Really.

Their record has sold a fraction of what the last one did, and their concert tour tickets are so unpopular between the moonbat coasts that a Lubbock station couldn't give them away. Literally.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

40 posted on 06/17/2006 6:49:41 AM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (America has no native criminal class, apart from Congress -- Mark Twain)
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To: IronJack

Well stated!


41 posted on 06/17/2006 7:00:19 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: veronica
"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."

Just a moment here ... to point out that since these Chicks are all of 30, there is no way that they could know anything about the McCarthy days.

42 posted on 06/17/2006 7:03:35 AM PDT by ikka
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To: veronica
"How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush"

The DC didn't have a scrap with President Bush. I'm sure he's much to busy and far more important things to worry about. The DC had a scrap with running their mouths and alienating their fan base!
43 posted on 06/17/2006 7:03:42 AM PDT by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: veronica

Who or what are these "Dixie Chicks" they refer to? /ignore


44 posted on 06/17/2006 7:04:21 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: veronica

Somebody tell Adam "De Nile" is in Egpyt.

Thanks goodness for the internet. People do know what is going on despite the Lefties rewriting of reality.

A parallel article titled :"The Chicks Never Recovered from Their Brush with Bush" is what the ticket sales prove.


45 posted on 06/17/2006 7:05:06 AM PDT by rod1
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To: generationfixit

I can't take credit for that phrase. It was coined by Matt Gottlieb in Industry Week (1/18/06). I have found it sooooo fitting to the elite of our times.


46 posted on 06/17/2006 7:07:24 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Screamname

(How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush)

Funny thing that Bush himself did nothing to the Chicks. This should have said "How the Chicks survived their scrap with their own fans!"

There is no question in my mind that without their big mouth they would have done so much better than they are doing today. I'm still very glad that that they do open their mouth and tell us what kind of people they are, the kind who think their success and freedom is free, and it has nothing to do with the country where they live.


47 posted on 06/17/2006 7:08:37 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: veronica
Banjo player Emily Robinson stated "videos showing soldiers and the American flag was a sickening display of ultra-patriotism". What a sick piece of dirt.
48 posted on 06/17/2006 7:08:54 AM PDT by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: rjp2005

"They probably hired people just to download their songs a million times on ipod".

This technique is used a million times a second on the stock market.


49 posted on 06/17/2006 7:11:57 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: veronica
" but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? ..."

So instead, let's take a stand and be un-patriotic. You gotta stand for something.... she made her choice.

50 posted on 06/17/2006 7:13:14 AM PDT by just a dude
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