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Air America Complaint Department [Air America founder blasts Dem "elites" and Hollywood "phonies"]
Liberal site | Aug 25, 2006 | Sheldon Drobny

Posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:00 PM PDT by summer


Sheldon's new book, blasting "elites" and "phonies" in Dem Party who were too cheap to help start Air America

Believe it or not, I am not trying to offend anyone with my posts.

... many criticisms have been directed at me for the “problems” that Air America has had during its “birth pangs.” Almost 5 years ago I started the Air America project and invested over $3 Million on the start of a liberal radio network. In fact, Arianna invited me to her house in November, 2002 to present some of my ideas with a group of Hollywood elites trying to save Salon.com. At the time, I was a big donor to the Democratic Party and had personal contacts with Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as Al and Tipper Gore. They opened the door for me to meet with everyone on both coasts to try to raise some follow-on money for our project.

We had hundreds of meetings with the kind of people and organizations that collectively were worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Not a single one made an investment with us although many promises were made. The reason that happened is something I wrote about in my book, Road To Air America. I also had introductions to public and union pension funds with promises made to me that never came to pass. The reason was simple. I was not a part of any inner circle in the political or entertainment world. The cronyism is so horrible in the Democratic elite that they have no time for new faces or new ideas. So they continually talk to the same people over and over again with the same result. Nothing ever happens.

My new book is scheduled to be published in the fall and is pictured in this article. My last book was tame in comparison to my new book. The details will be much more informative to the people who look up to these power elites. You will all be shocked at the cronyism and incompetence in that world. Because of the lack of financial support we were obligated to turn over the project to another group that was totally responsible for the early problems of AAR. When we came back to help save AAR, I was the first to give almost $800,000 to save what I thought was a worthwhile project. While there have been substantial investments in AAR since that time, without my business skills and financial contribution in the summer of 2004, AAR would have been out of business.

The money that I put up for AAR was all that I could afford. I am not a mega millionaire nor do I need any handouts from the phonies in the elite to survive. I am doing fine in my business. I was misguided in the belief that these people really cared enough to support a noble project. AAR is going to be successful despite its shortcomings. I am no longer a part of management nor do I have anything to do with programming. I agree with many of the criticisms of AAR, but I am only a minority owner. As a result, my wife and I started a company to acquire radio stations to support the liberal talk format. We have stations in Phoenix and Little Rock and we saved Air America in Phoenix after a Christian radio company bought the AAR affiliate in Phoenix. With the help of the community and our resources, we paid $500,000 to get AAR back on the air in Phoenix. We handle our own programming in Phoenix and Little Rock and some of it is the best that Air America offers.

I do know how to run a business well and syndicated talk radio is not difficult. The program managers on most broadcast media are followers rather than leaders. They are not visionaries and generally look in the rear view mirror for programming ideas. If I were to have had control of AAR with the help of a little backing, things would be much different for AAR’s performance. I do think they are now going in the right direction and our radio company will do a lot to help the cause. The lack of financial support was a major disappointment for me and another example of the fact that “there is no good deed that goes unpunished.” I did not need to do AAR to make a livelihood. I did it because I was frightened about what was happening to our country.

As to Bill Maher and the other Hollywood phonies, please don’t count on them to help. They only care about themselves. It is interesting that shortly after I wrote my book about AAR, my publisher hired the finest PR firm to get some guest appearances for me. One of the firm’s contacts was to the Maher show. At that time, AAR was one of the biggest media stories in the country. And it was mostly positive and well supported. I watched with great interest that season the Ann Coulter premiere interview on the Maher show promoting her new book about how all liberals are insane perverts. That took precedence over a book about AAR, which could have helped publicize the network for the greater good. I did not write the book to make money and in fact I have spent close to $100,000 to get the AAR story publicized for the sake of some balance.

If anyone has any complaints about AAR, please direct them to the phonies in Hollywood and in broadcast journalism who grease each other’s palm instead of doing the right thing. Yes, I am angry with these people for their selfishness and disregard of the struggling constituency that they pretend to support. I actually was a true believer before this all happened. And for those of you who criticize me for my lack of tolerance of these crazy hateful people and their enablers, keep on watching these shows and make them all rich while your life goes down the drain.

Economics is a zero sum game. That is a fact and whatever share of the economic pot the wealthy elites have comes right out of your pocket. It is time for everyone to open up their windows and scream out, “I’m as mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore.”


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In much of the above rant, this guy sounds like he should be posting on FR!
1 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:02 PM PDT by summer
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To: Hildy; Liz; PJ-Comix

FYI.


2 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:29 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer
hm...he says nothing about the $ they stole from that kids' charity, does he?
3 posted on 08/25/2006 6:41:49 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: vikingchick; cubreporter; Carl/NewsMax

FYI.


4 posted on 08/25/2006 6:42:23 PM PDT by summer
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To: darkangel82

Maybe that is a big part of his new book. Maybe not.


5 posted on 08/25/2006 6:43:03 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

He can write it from his cell in Club Fed.


6 posted on 08/25/2006 6:43:27 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: summer

"which could have helped publicize the network for the greater good. I did not write the book to make money and in fact I have spent close to $100,000 to get the AAR story publicized for the sake of some balance."

What a dumb ass.


7 posted on 08/25/2006 6:43:39 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: summer
Economics is a zero sum game.

No it isn't. Anyone who would say anything so ignorant isn't worth listening to about what time it is, much less read a book.

That is a fact and whatever share of the economic pot the wealthy elites have comes right out of your pocket.

Only an unemployed person would think this.

8 posted on 08/25/2006 6:45:57 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I LIKE you! When I am Ruler of Earth, yours will be a quick and painless death)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Whenever a real Dem insider writes about the Dem Party, it's always the same story -- how they don't listen, they don't care, etc. It's really not very inspiring to a voter sitting on the fence. At least the GOP reaches out as much as possible. The Dem leaders don't do that, unless it's ten minutes before the polls open.


9 posted on 08/25/2006 6:46:45 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Nice find---bump.


10 posted on 08/25/2006 6:46:48 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: summer
This was a very illuminating post.

Sheldon Drobny thinks he was screwed by the Democrat leadership. So, who hasn't been?

Sheldon Drobny thinks Err America can be a commercial success. Delusions of grandeur?

He sounds like a sane person. But he has some insane beliefs.

11 posted on 08/25/2006 6:48:17 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: summer
You will all be shocked at the cronyism and incompetence in that world

Sounds like Juan Williams, who has discovered to his shock and dismay that liberals actually launch nasty personal attacks against those who challenge the received marching orders.

Makes one wonder where each of these yahoo's has been the last forty years.

12 posted on 08/25/2006 6:48:45 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: summer
You will all be shocked at the cronyism and incompetence in that world.

We're not shocked.

13 posted on 08/25/2006 6:49:13 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: okie01; freedumb2003
Here's his bio:

Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Air America Radio. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Paradigm Group II, a venture capital firm specializing in socially responsible businesses. He has been the major force in developing Paradigm to the status it has achieved today. Mr. Drobny, a Certified Public Accountant and winner of the Elijah Watts Sells award for outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Exam has practiced public accounting for over 30 years. Prior to entering public accounting, he had a number of years of taxation experience with the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less than 200 non-attorneys have been admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court since its inception in 1942. Mr. Drobny received a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary fraternity recognizing acadamic achievement in colleges of business administration.
14 posted on 08/25/2006 6:49:47 PM PDT by summer
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To: NonValueAdded

LOL...true -- we're not shocked -- but many rank and file Dem voters will be shocked!


15 posted on 08/25/2006 6:50:27 PM PDT by summer
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To: okie01
He sounds like a sane person. But he has some insane beliefs.

He's a typical liberal in wanting to think the market is anything other than what people are willing to pay for or listen to or watch.

17 posted on 08/25/2006 6:51:30 PM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: summer
Economics is a zero sum game.
This is exactly wrong. The first lesson in Economics is that it isn't a zero sum game. Just because someone wins that doesn't mean there is necessarily a loser. Everyone can win at the same time.
18 posted on 08/25/2006 6:52:30 PM PDT by modhom
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To: summer
The lack of financial support was a major disappointment for me and another example of the fact that “there is no good deed that goes unpunished.”

There is also no bad business decision that goes unpunished. Starting a liberal radio talk show was simply a foolish idea. It doesn't matter one scintilla how good a business manager one is, if the product doesn't sell, you will fail.  If liberal elites invest money in your venture, you will fail later. Don't blame these guys for making a sound decision by not backing you.
 


19 posted on 08/25/2006 6:52:45 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: summer
"I also had introductions to public and union pension funds with promises made to me that never came to pass."

Come again? The liberal elites promised him public funding or pension money from the working families of America? Am I reading that right?

20 posted on 08/25/2006 6:52:46 PM PDT by telebob
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To: summer

All those left wing power players and pension fund directors seem to be saying the same thing," Wouldn't touch Janeane Garofalo or Al Franken with a ten foot pole."


21 posted on 08/25/2006 6:54:51 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: summer
"As to Bill Maher and the other Hollywood phonies, please don’t count on them to help. They only care about themselves. It is interesting that shortly after I wrote my book about AAR, my publisher hired the finest PR firm to get some guest appearances for me. One of the firm’s contacts was to the Maher show. At that time, AAR was one of the biggest media stories in the country. And it was mostly positive and well supported. I watched with great interest that season the Ann Coulter premiere interview on the Maher show promoting her new book about how all liberals are insane perverts. That took precedence over a book about AAR, which could have helped publicize the network for the greater good..."

The millions in free publicity Airhead America got from the MSM upon its debut wasn't enough for this weasel? What a whiny punk.

22 posted on 08/25/2006 6:56:51 PM PDT by Semi Civil Servant (Colorado: the original Red State.)
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To: summer
Mr. Drobny received a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary fraternity recognizing acadamic achievement in colleges of business administration.

How could someone with this qual be so ignorant on simple economics? Should I avoid business graduates from Roosevelt?

23 posted on 08/25/2006 6:59:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I LIKE you! When I am Ruler of Earth, yours will be a quick and painless death)
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To: telebob
The liberal elites promised him public funding or pension money from the working families of America? Am I reading that right?

Yes.

He was, after all, doing important work...

24 posted on 08/25/2006 7:00:37 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Semi Civil Servant
I think you're missing his big point there, which is that Bill Maher -- Mr. Liberal Hollywood/I Hate GW -- was apparently nowhere to be found in terms of helping to publicize Air America; yet, Bill had no problem finding a comfy chair on his show for the money-making/hugely successful/conservative author, Ann Coulter (whose latest message is that all liberals are "insane perverts").

I can understand how this liberal Air America founder would be peeved at that.
25 posted on 08/25/2006 7:01:15 PM PDT by summer
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To: freedumb2003

As far as I know, business administration is as far from economics as anything could possibly be.

That's why MBAs are continually surprised at the disasters they cause.


26 posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:27 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: summer

His 2004 book continues to do well at Amazon:

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #298,211 in Books


27 posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:32 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: proxy_user
As far as I know, business administration is as far from economics as anything could possibly be.

I have a BS in business from Pepperdine -- I took micro and macro economics.

28 posted on 08/25/2006 7:03:50 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I LIKE you! When I am Ruler of Earth, yours will be a quick and painless death)
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To: Liz

Thanks, Liz!


29 posted on 08/25/2006 7:05:26 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Mr. Drobny really doesn't have a clue. The financing for talk radio (and all commercial media) comes from the sale of advertising at a price determined by ratings. Rush and Hannity and Savage and the scores of other conservative talkers aren't charities in any sense of the word. Instead of dunning folks for handouts, he should have been persuading them with the idea that liberal talk was an investment that would pay off.

But I guess that capitalist figured that the Air America business model was one doomed to failure, so Drobny was left with his hand out. Just too much competition from CBS, ABC and the other myriad leftist networks for those interested in such things.



30 posted on 08/25/2006 7:08:30 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: summer

This guy sounds pretty wealthy himself. Why is he complaining about wealthy elites?

It seems he's pissed off he is wealthy, but not elite, and thinks he could become elite by leading the proletariat to the socialist promised land. I don't expect people with jobs to get behind the familiar leftist "ah wull faght fer yoo" crap.


31 posted on 08/25/2006 7:08:56 PM PDT by JHBowden (Speaking truth to moonbat.)
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To: darkangel82

The sum stolen from the boys and girls club was $800,000, the same amount he refers to as his donation....hmmmm.


32 posted on 08/25/2006 7:10:30 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: modhom

Um, so where did this liberal elitist get his money from, then, if it's a zero sum game? Obviously he STOLE it.


33 posted on 08/25/2006 7:11:10 PM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: summer

There's a reason leftist talk radio has flamed out and conservative talk radio has flourished. There's no market for the leftist crap. If there's anything the "elites" he grouses about know, it's the media business. And given that they love their money more than their leftist faith, I'm guessing they saw the train wreck coming and refused to board the train. I can't fault them for being smart enough to not throw good money after a bad investment.

But being a liberal, this dude doesn't believe in personal accountability. In this guy's sorry calculus, Air Amerika is a disaster, not because it was a terrible business idea from the beginning and there never was an audience for their crummy product (I think even the true believers get tired of hearing "Bush sucks!" all day, every day), but because the "elites" were too chicken to back it. Boo friggin hoo. Get over it, it was never personal, it's strictly business.


34 posted on 08/25/2006 7:11:26 PM PDT by frankensnake
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To: kittymyrib

Yeah, I noticed that too. Where are they located, anyway? The US attorney in that area might wanna know about that.


35 posted on 08/25/2006 7:12:24 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: JHBowden

It is just another example of how the socialist elitists are not willing to " do good " with their own money !


36 posted on 08/25/2006 7:14:15 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: summer

Yeah, but Maher knows lots of people want to watch Ann Coulter. How many people really care about Air Amerika? Maher's gotta eat too, and ratings are king in the media business!


37 posted on 08/25/2006 7:14:43 PM PDT by frankensnake
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To: summer
Errrrrr Amerika is Dead-Air walking and doesn't even know it.

When the lib's have to cheat at the voting polls, point to Biased polling data, support kooks to "throw under the bus" one of their own Senators and HAVE to PAY radio station's just to claim there "on the air", such actions lead me to believe that I WILL SEE the end of the Rat's as we know them....


38 posted on 08/25/2006 7:17:45 PM PDT by austinmark ("May the Flea's of a Thousand Camels Nest in ALLAH's Pubic Hair" !!!)
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To: summer

Whine, whine, whine, whine, whine.

It's everybody's fault but yours, isn't it?


39 posted on 08/25/2006 7:20:44 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: summer

If you want to experience something completely rigged, check out the U.S. Tax Court. I met with an IRS attorney who wa confident he could beat my claim in U.S. Tax Court without even having a copy of the return.


40 posted on 08/25/2006 7:21:22 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: summer

ROTFL! I am stunned to hear that there are democrats who are multi billionaires! My lib friends insist only republicans are rich like that! This guy got a taste of "communism in action." Loved it!


41 posted on 08/25/2006 7:21:27 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftists, the enemy within.)
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To: telebob
Come again? The liberal elites promised him public funding or pension money from the working families of America? Am I reading that right?

I thought I was the only one who caught that little tidbit. The Justice Department should be subpoenaing Err America's books yesterday.

42 posted on 08/25/2006 7:21:56 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: summer
Economics is a zero sum game. That is a fact and whatever share of the economic pot the wealthy elites have comes right out of your pocket.

Complete nonsense. Small wonder his business is in the toilet. The rich are NOT the enemy. "I hate you for what you have, but I wish I had it." It must be miserable to go through life with such silly self-mutilating beliefs.

43 posted on 08/25/2006 7:23:34 PM PDT by shteebo
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To: summer

Think of one word that describes Mayer, Frankin, Olberman and their ilk. To me that word is smug. They are all so in love with themselves as to be repulsive.

Not only that, their men are smugly and their women are fugly.


44 posted on 08/25/2006 7:25:15 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: darkangel82

I try to turn the radio off immediately after Rush. Otherwise I hear the start of Randi Rhodes. I used to listen to her for a couple of years when she was local. Now, she just gets worse and worse. One day this week she started with a sophomoric song about fat ass Nazi Rush. It really was juvenile and raunchy.


45 posted on 08/25/2006 7:26:30 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: summer

We had hundreds of meetings with the kind of people and organizations that collectively were worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Not a single one made an investment with us although many promises were made

Babs: I really like this guy's ideas! I think we should invest!
Babs' Husband: Honey, I think you should talk to Franky your Financial Advisor at Goldman Sachs.
Babs: OK, honey.
Franky the Financial Advisor at Goldman: Ms. Striesand I can really appreciate your interest in this, but it is a BAD INVESTMENT and I cannot advise you to do so.
Babs: Well, Franky, you are the reason I have all those millions so I'll listen to what you say. Tell me again what you think I should invest in?
Franky the Fiancial Advisor at Goldman: Bank of America, GM, Haliburton, RJ Reynolds, Microsoft......


46 posted on 08/25/2006 7:27:02 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: summer

You are very welcome---bump.


47 posted on 08/25/2006 7:27:02 PM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: ClaireSolt

Lol, our radio stations don't even carry Air America.


48 posted on 08/25/2006 7:27:42 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: summer
Pouring money down the same rat hole does not lead to success. Air America has been and always will be a failure because the liberal Dim message is worthless and has been rejected by the voters.

The Democratic elite and Hollywood types only care about themselves. I am Shocked!

49 posted on 08/25/2006 7:28:27 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: ClaireSolt
Rush response to Rhodes's "Fat Ass Nazi Rush."
50 posted on 08/25/2006 7:29:42 PM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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