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The Lynching of the President
The American Spectator ^ | 1/25/2007 | Ben Stein

Posted on 01/25/2007 9:11:38 AM PST by NorCoGOP

So there I was, lying in my bed in Malibu with my dogs, watching Mr. Bush's State of the Union speech. I thought it was darned good. Realistic, gracious, modest, sensible. I happen to think we should get out of Iraq yesterday, but I thought Mr Bush put forward his case well. And Congress responded graciously and generously on both sides of the aisle.

Then, whaam, as soon as the speech was over, ABC was bashing him, telling us how pathetic he was, how irrelevant he was, how weak he was, how unrealistic he was.

Right after that, Jim Webb gave a very short speech biting Bush's head off -- but not making any concrete proposals about anything. No network person mentioned how simple minded and unrealistic he was.

Then, tonight, the next night, I walked into the kitchen where my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats. NPR was having a call-in show talking about the State of the Union. The first speaker I heard was a country music legend, Merle Haggard, who said he had never seen things so bad in this country. Then a legion of anonymous callers chimed in with similar thoughts.

And suddenly it hit me. The media is staging a coup against Mr. Bush. They cannot impeach him because he hasn't done anything illegal. But they can endlessly tell us what a loser he is and how out of touch he is (and I mean ENDLESSLY) and how he's just a vestigial organ on the body politic right now.

The media is doing what it can to basically oust Mr. Bush while still leaving him alive and well in the White House. It's a sort of neutron bomb of media that seeks to kill him while leaving the White House standing (for their favorite unknown, Barack Obama, to occupy).

How dare NPR ask a country singer who hates Bush to spew venom at Bush? Merle Haggard is a truly great singer and musician, but he's just one old guy. There are plenty of country singers who love Bush and would campaign for him right now. And in what sense is Mr Haggard an expert on the state of the union?

The truth is that we are in a huge economic boom. We are coming off a mammoth real estate explosion that put the most Americans in history in their own homes. We have totally full employment. After decades of stagnation, real wages are rising. Gasoline prices are way, way down. The nation is wealthier than it has ever been (although this is very unevenly distributed). Opportunities for subsidized higher education are better than they have ever been.

Most important of all, who would have ever been rash enough on September 12, 2001 to say there would not be one major or even minor successful terrorist incident against the U.S. homeland in over five years? Who would have thought we would escape without more massive terror? But we have, and it is a foolhardy person who would say that's an accident. Bush may not have done it by himself, but he had something to do with it.

True, we are mired in a war without end, costing us far too may great young and old Americans and too many limbs and wrecked families and vastly too much money. But we all know we're getting out soon. It was a huge mistake, but I'd like to see a President who did not make immense mistakes. Compared with the mistakes of Truman and FDR and Kennedy, Iraq is a mistake, but not worse than theirs.

True, we have virtually no federal oversight of corporate looting and executive suite misconduct, but we didn't have any under Clinton either. The rich get away with murder. That's what happens in the real world. Bush is to blame, but all politicians cater to the rich, and Hillary will and Barack Obama will, too. It's nauseating and I fight it constantly, but that's life.

My point: let's be aware that Bush has presided over a lot of success in addition to substantial failure. My second point: no one elected the media to anything. If we let them lynch the man we elected as President we are throwing out the Constitution with the war in Iraq. In the studios and newsrooms, there is a lynch mob at work. Let's see it for what it is. We have a good man who has made mistakes in the Oval Office. He's the only President we have, and I trust him a lot more than I trust unelected princes of the newsroom.


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1 posted on 01/25/2007 9:11:39 AM PST by NorCoGOP
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To: NorCoGOP

Democrat coup d'etat

They don't care they were elected to only ONE branch of our government. They demand it all weather you like it, or not.


2 posted on 01/25/2007 9:14:27 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: NorCoGOP
Finally a conservative columnist takes on the MSM.
3 posted on 01/25/2007 9:15:05 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: NorCoGOP
"...my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats."

Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think.........

4 posted on 01/25/2007 9:15:33 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: NorCoGOP

Poll: Viewers have positive reaction to Bush speech
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/23/sotu.poll/

W was so good, the venom had to fly immediately.


5 posted on 01/25/2007 9:16:45 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: NorCoGOP

Ben! You mean you're just now figuring this out? I thought you were smarter than that!


6 posted on 01/25/2007 9:16:46 AM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: NorCoGOP

Good Article. Surprised about Merle Haggard, did I miss something?


7 posted on 01/25/2007 9:17:32 AM PST by newconhere (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. zap)
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To: NorCoGOP
He's the only President we have, and I trust him a lot more than I trust unelected princes of the newsroom.

Amen!

8 posted on 01/25/2007 9:18:50 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Psalm 73

If they are, move - and leave them where you live now.


9 posted on 01/25/2007 9:20:30 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: NorCoGOP
lol. They're still just pissed off about the 2000 election. They need to confirm that Al Gore would have been "better" and that they knew "better".

History will render it's judgement, all this other stuff is noise.

10 posted on 01/25/2007 9:20:57 AM PST by zarf
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To: NorCoGOP

The electronic lynching of GW by the mediots, rats in congress and pseudo conservatives started before GW was sworn in after beating the Goron.

The Bush Derangement Syndrome makes these a$$holes incapable of rational thought.


11 posted on 01/25/2007 9:21:14 AM PST by Grampa Dave (GW has more Honor and Integrity in his little finger than ALL of the losers on the "hate Bush" band)
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To: NorCoGOP

As usual, Ben Stein nails it.


12 posted on 01/25/2007 9:21:49 AM PST by Bob Loblaw
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To: roses of sharon

How come no one on this thread is attacking Stein for calling him "Mr." Bush and not "president Bush"?


13 posted on 01/25/2007 9:22:16 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Psalm 73
"...Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think..."

LOL...I know MY cat isn't...he guards my vehicle from marauding moonbats up here in Massachusetts...would YOU attack with this cat looking at you????

Don't worry...the license plate has been...altered...:)

14 posted on 01/25/2007 9:22:38 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: NorCoGOP

I suppose the press wil paint 3-7-77 on the front door of thw White House.


15 posted on 01/25/2007 9:22:45 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: NorCoGOP

Ben Stein is just now noticing this!...this has been going on since Jan 20, 2001....and I am not counting what happened during the 2000 election.


16 posted on 01/25/2007 9:23:31 AM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: NorCoGOP

You know the SOTU address was effective when the demonic left has been spewing their hatred even moreso than usual. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse....

Good job, Mr. President, keep it up!


17 posted on 01/25/2007 9:25:14 AM PST by Proudcongal
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To: NorCoGOP
Let the Media and the Democrats emplode, they are over playing the role of Drive By Media.

It will turn around.

18 posted on 01/25/2007 9:25:40 AM PST by agincourt1415 (Democrats still not in Power!)
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To: Psalm 73

All cats are unreconstructed theocratic monarchists ... with themselves as divine rulers.


19 posted on 01/25/2007 9:26:47 AM PST by LexBaird (98% satisfaction guaranteed. There's just no pleasing some people.)
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To: NorCoGOP
The negative noise from the lame media has continued louder and has continued since at least the beginning of 2006 during the election campaign. The media is largely responsible for the Dim majorities in the House and Senate. Constant badgering about positions the President has taken on all the issues. The President was not on the ballot in 2006 although the media and the Dims made him the key point in the election.

I agree with much of what Ben Stein said in this article. I don't agree with his suggestion of pulling out yesterday. We are there to fight so that the terrorists don't take the battle to us here.

The media lies or distorts the truth and tries to make stories of something that shouldn't be heard (Jim Webb's citing of a poll at Military Times is a good example). Call out the media when they are wrong or make the story so one-sided to be inflammatory.
20 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:08 AM PST by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel and Freerepublic Rocks!)
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To: rlmorel
And the NRA sticker is a further deterant, LOL!
21 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:14 AM PST by agincourt1415 (Democrats still not in Power!)
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To: newconhere

"Good Article. Surprised about Merle Haggard, did I miss something?"

We constantly underestimate the power of propaganda, whether it's on the news, in the classroom, or in song lyrics.

I have been surprised over the past few months at the number of otherwise sensible people who think that the Iraq war was a mistake. I wish I had the opportunity to discuss that with Ben Stein, whom I greatly respect, because I really think he could be brought around in a few minutes.


22 posted on 01/25/2007 9:27:39 AM PST by dsc
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To: NorCoGOP
I agree with 'most' of what the author of this piece says, however, I can't help but notice how FAILURE is INGRAINED in our society and the notion that an historically minute number of Military KIA's is BELIEVED as GOSPEL as "FAR TOO MANY".

Yes folks ONE is far too many......but as long as we take that narrow, myopic view of Military casualties, then NO WAR EVER will ever be described as anything BUT a FAILURE!

The author's WORDS, "We are mired in a war without end, costing us far too may great young and old Americans and too many limbs and wrecked families and vastly too much money." will become the catch phrase for ALL WARS.

Eventually this kind of thinking will be our nation's death KNELL!!

23 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:18 AM PST by PISANO
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To: NorCoGOP

Why expect anything else? Jim Webb and the MSM both work for the Democrats. In fact, the MSM is just another branch of the Dem Party. They maintain the charade that they're just reporting the news.


24 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:24 AM PST by popdonnelly (Our first obligation is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: raybbr
Huh?

Sorry, I plead ignorance, haven't seen what you are referring to.
25 posted on 01/25/2007 9:28:32 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Psalm 73
Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think.........

One of my cats loves to watch TV, but I've never noticed him listening to the radio. He especially likes the commercials. He watched American Idol with me last night and he couldn't take his eyes off the screen. Even when I distracted him by walking out of the room. His eyes would go right back to watching the TV again. Of course, there were a lot of weirdos jumping around on there last night too, and then there were those who couldn't carry a tune in a basket. Maybe it hurt his ears like it did mine. LOL

26 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:13 AM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: NorCoGOP
Here's one writer's analysis of the pathological hatred of President Bush:

http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=13312

By the way, google "rage of impotence." It's becoming something of a new phrase explaining this pathology.
27 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:19 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: mystery-ak

"Ben Stein is just now noticing this!"

I don't think so. I think he is just now getting around to writing about it.


28 posted on 01/25/2007 9:31:39 AM PST by dsc
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To: NorCoGOP

No wonder I still like what Bush is doing. I don't have TV, ignore print media and I avoid radio. I pull my news off the internet.

This is a good article.


29 posted on 01/25/2007 9:32:16 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: NorCoGOP
The media is the Grima Wormtongues of our time.


30 posted on 01/25/2007 9:33:47 AM PST by FReepaholic (If daydreaming were an Olympic sport I'd be a gold medalist.)
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To: roses of sharon

It is in the first sentence. It is the standard fare of disrespect from liberals, another symptom of BDS.

Personally, I think Tony Snow should have the White House credentials pulled of any media person guilty of this disrespect, and there are many. At the very least, refuse to call on them or allow them to travel with the President.

It is just plain bitterness on their part.


31 posted on 01/25/2007 9:36:33 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: newconhere

I have known Merle Haggard since I was about 8 yrs old and dealt with him via the "business" I was in up until about 20 yrs ago. I never had a good thing to say about him.


32 posted on 01/25/2007 9:36:47 AM PST by sheana
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To: zook
Ben! You mean you're just now figuring this out? I thought you were smarter than that!

He's addressing a very specific tactic, not the media's broad disdain of President Bush. They've been harsh and biased for the last few years, but the unified effort to portray him as a political non-entity is new.

33 posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:48 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: raybbr
"How come no one on this thread is attacking Stein for calling him "Mr." Bush and not "president Bush"?"

For myself, I choose not to attack the way Mr. Stein refers to President Bush for two reasons:

1. Considering the names some people in the media and in Congress refer to the President, calling him "Mr. Bush" is downright respectful.

2. Quibbling over how Mr. Stein refers to the President, given the ideas Mr. Stein expresses, seems downright trivial.

34 posted on 01/25/2007 9:38:10 AM PST by Bob Loblaw
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Very well written article, thanks for the link.


35 posted on 01/25/2007 9:38:31 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: NorCoGOP

Iraq was not a mistake, f'n idiot got the rest right, but to say Iraq was a mistake is to claim ignorance of the last 3 decades. Idiot.


36 posted on 01/25/2007 9:39:59 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: Proudcongal

When you throw a stone into a pack of wild dogs, the one that yelps loudest is the one you hit.


37 posted on 01/25/2007 9:42:48 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=13312

Great article, but it says "excerpts." Any idea where the whole thing would be found?


38 posted on 01/25/2007 9:43:56 AM PST by dsc
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To: Psalm 73

"...my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats."

Odd, my cats like NPR also - and they're not even Democrats, I don't think....."

Pelrsonally, I don't think that cats, or dogs, know one party from another. They probably just hear yak yak yak .....


39 posted on 01/25/2007 9:44:39 AM PST by tob2 ( "I may not be perfect but I'm always me." Anon.)
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To: Bob Loblaw

I agree...it irritates me, but I don't think it is worthy of getting worked up about. LOL...your point number one is on the mark!


40 posted on 01/25/2007 9:45:44 AM PST by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: NorCoGOP

BTTT


41 posted on 01/25/2007 9:47:00 AM PST by Christian4Bush (Too bad these leftist advocates for abortion didn't practice what they preach on themselves.)
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To: tob2
"...I don't think that cats, or dogs, know one party from another..."

Hah - and neither do we, anymore!!

42 posted on 01/25/2007 9:51:44 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Thanks for posting.


43 posted on 01/25/2007 9:54:11 AM PST by Mach9 (.)
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To: NorCoGOP
And suddenly it hit me. The media is staging a coup against Mr. Bush. They cannot impeach him because he hasn't done anything illegal. But they can endlessly tell us what a loser he is and how out of touch he is (and I mean ENDLESSLY) and how he's just a vestigial organ on the body politic right now.

That's avery concise description of what's going on. They can't touch him physically ao they're doing everything they can to make him irrelevent. I hope somebody on our side sees this for what it is and starts fighting back.

44 posted on 01/25/2007 9:56:23 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: NorCoGOP
"True, we are mired in a war without end, costing us far too may great young and old Americans and too many limbs and wrecked families and vastly too much money. But we all know we're getting out soon. It was a huge mistake, but I'd like to see a President who did not make immense mistakes. Compared with the mistakes of Truman and FDR and Kennedy, Iraq is a mistake, but not worse than theirs.

True, we have virtually no federal oversight of corporate looting and executive suite misconduct, but we didn't have any under Clinton either. The rich get away with murder. That's what happens in the real world. Bush is to blame, but all politicians cater to the rich, and Hillary will and Barack Obama will, too. It's nauseating and I fight it constantly, but that's life."

Here I go Rant On:
I take great umbrage with Mr. Stein for both of these comments:
The first this "war" was foisted upon this country and while I will argue ROE's and the hassles our Soldiers and Marines have had to deal with have greatly lengthen the Iraq campaign the invasion of Iraq has had an enormous affect on the War on Terror and anyone who thinks Iraq is a distraction or sidebar to the terror war (Jim Webb) is NOT paying attention. I do not know whether it was intended or not but the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent insurgency has drawn Al-Qaeda and many other outside terrorist, or at least Islamist minded folks to Iraq to fight the Infidels (us) and I strongly believe this a big part of why the US mainland has not been struck again. As much as people try to make Iraq another Vietnam for the United States those opposing us in Iraq have made this their line in the sand. I say come to Iraq and die, our forces in theater ought to be on the hunt and the enemy ought to be dying, terrorists ought to be dying as they are trying to plant IEDs, our soldiers ought not to be dying when they go off, If I have a complaint it has been the execution of the war after Saddam's armies were defeated.

The second, his comment about a wealth disparity well given time he may not have to worry about it. Oxley Sarbanes and the measures to comply with it has nearly killed IPOs in this country, I believe for 2006 5 of the 6 largest IPOs of the year were done in London. The Amex is in the midst of buying the London Stock Exchange and I believe many companies will be listing overseas. I have read that New York City, and New York stat stand to lose some 30-40 billion in taxes as theses companies bail, someone needs to remind the SEC and Congress about the law of unintended consequences. I also believe the Clinton tax increases which limited the reimbursement executives could receive gave rise to the wider spread use of stock options as executive compensation and eventually led to Enron, WorldCom and which corporate balance sheet scandal you want to bring up, and also led to SOX. Oh, by the way thanks Spitzer your hands are in this also.
Ahh I'm rambling and ranting now, sorry anyway Mr. Stein I disagree.
Rant Off:
45 posted on 01/25/2007 9:57:47 AM PST by thinkthenpost
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To: newconhere
Surprised about Merle Haggard, did I miss something?

No. Haggard's hated Bush and said so since before we went into Iraq. He's a stupid old drunk and his opinions should be given the same credence you'd give to any other stupid old drunk you'd meet.

46 posted on 01/25/2007 9:58:23 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

GREAT article..I've copied and pasted the link to send to my friends and liberal foes. My friends will understand...my foes will dislike it(of course).


47 posted on 01/25/2007 9:59:32 AM PST by oust the louse
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To: dsc
I'm pretty sure that is the whole article. I think the website had to use that term if the writer wasn't fully on-board as a contributing writer.
48 posted on 01/25/2007 9:59:40 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: NorCoGOP

Is there anything the muzzies are for?
Chairman Mao once said "Religion is poison." He must have been referring to muzzies.


49 posted on 01/25/2007 10:03:56 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: edcoil
The nation is wealthier than it has ever been (although this is very unevenly distributed).

Who says, Mr. Stein? I do a job, I get paid. (Capt Malcome Reynolds)

50 posted on 01/25/2007 10:04:13 AM PST by Ace's Dad ("There are more important things: Friendship, Bravery...")
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