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Murtha Has No Time for Veterans of War on Terror
April 12, 2008 | flib

Posted on 04/13/2008 5:52:37 PM PDT by flib

Tuesday, April 8th brought an onslaught of tan shirts to Capitol Hill. The Vets for Freedom Heroes tour stopped in DC to allow hundreds of Vets of Iraq and Afghanistan to visit with representatives. These Vets no strangers to missions, came with a new mission; Spread the great news of the progress made by our military in the Middle East.

My personal hero, my husband was among the throng of those who had served overseas. After inspiring speeches by the likes of McCain, and a host of congressional representatives and Vets, [barely covered by the press] the tan shirts spread out.

During a quick midmorning snack at Union Station several vets, my husband among them, met with Bill Russell an Iraq war vet from PA who plans to run against Murtha. It quickly became evident especially to some of the guys who were Marines that Murtha’s office would be a good stop to make. After all, despite exoneration of the “Haditha Marines”, no apology had been forthcoming from the Congressman.

Appointments had been requested by Vets for Freedom of every representative, yet congressmen Murtha’s office did not agree to meet with the Vets. Experience has shown that walk-ins are possible in congressional offices. So off we went; me, camera in hand with about eight or so tan clad heroes.

I was able to film just a few moments of our entry in the office with Bill Russell requesting a visit with Congressman Murtha. A staffer quickly made his way over to me and informed me that I could not film in the office because it was illegal. Not being one to break the law (no, really), I turned off the camera.

We were informed that the congressman had “back to back meetings” and we were chastised for just walking in and not requesting a meeting. [This despite the fact that a meeting WAS requested] A vet asked if a staffer could meet with us and we were told no.

The lovely blond middle aged women behind the desk inquired about the purpose of our visit. When Bill Russell told her the group was there to share their support for completing the mission in the Middle East as well as asking Congressmen if he planned on apologizing to the Marines. She quickly got defensive. “Congressman Murtha strongly supports the troops”

“No he doesn’t” I countered. (I couldn’t let that stand unchallenged.)

A bit ruffled by the contradiction, she claimed, “There are many troops who feel very supported by Congressmen Murtha”

“Not here- Any of you guys feel supported by congressman Murtha?” I asked. Heads shook all around “hmm… Nope, no one here feels supported by Congressmen Murtha.”

A Vet (obviously much nicer than me- told her that he would like some time to discuss the progress of the war in a civil manner. He said he personally wasn’t from PA, but wanted to know if the handful of vets there who were from PA could at least meet with a staffer. Again the answer was no.

Bill Russell let her know we would be on the hill all day and would be available to come back. He asked if we could leave cell phone numbers. Cards were passed through the group and handed to the receptionist.

A pregnant pause ensued and her “Have a nice day” was pretty much understood to mean, “okay, you can go now”. I stepped out to the hall and filmed the exit of the vets.

No one got a call to come back and meet with either the congressman or one of his staffers. But that was not the end of the Murtha saga for the day.

Apparently later on one of the vets ran into Bev Pearlman in front of the Cannon Building. Bev is the founder of Band of Mothers an organization of moms of service members. She was spending one of the three days she had a permit to stand there with signs in support of General Petraeus and our troops.

The vet shared his story of the Murtha visit with Bev. She was outraged. She decided to let the congressman know what she thought of a representative who did not have time or could not even have staff make time to meet with veterans of this conflict.

She did seem to think the vets were “thrown out” which was not true. Nonetheless, the vets were not given audience by even a staffer. In Bev’s own words, she got “pretty loud” with them, said her piece, and left.

She made it from Murtha’s office in the Rayburn building to the front of the Cannon building, and had been there with her signs for a while when [depending on the report you believe] at least 3 or at the most 6 cop cars, lights flashing pulled up.

A bunch of cops got out and surrounded this wisp of a woman, a mom of a soldier starting this third deployment. Bev had to share her ID with the police who took down the info, but did not arrest her.

She said she would not apologize for what she said or how she said it, but she did apologize to the police officers for putting them through having to do paperwork. One cop was taken aback since he was so used to having to arrest the leftie moonbats {He had another name for them, but my momma won’t let me say it). He thanked her for her consideration.

Kristinn of Free Republic went back to Murtha’s office to get their take on Bev’s “visit” They said she had yelled about the fact that the office would not visit with the vets, just as Bev had stated.

He asked why they called the cops and they said she was “disruptive to the office” [Not threatening-“disruptive.”] He asked when they called the police, they stated that they had called after she had left. Gee- I don’t think she was disrupting the office when she wasn’t there!

Kristen mentioned that perhaps next time they could use a bit of understanding, after all- her son was on his third tour and she was of course emotional about it.

I don’t know if they will heed his advice. I do know that it is highly ironic that the same congressman who claimed our troops were using “excessive force” in Iraq had staffers who call out multiple squad cars on a mom who just gave them a well deserved piece of her mind.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gatheringofeagles; goe; iraq; murtha; murthawatch; vets

1 posted on 04/13/2008 5:52:37 PM PDT by flib
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To: flib

It’s time to throw this bum out of office..Hope the Pennsylvanians got the message loud and clear...How much lower can a man get- to go from former marine to anti-war backstabber ?...


2 posted on 04/13/2008 6:00:58 PM PDT by billmor
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To: flib
GOD BLESS YOU ALL...GREAT REPORT!

MURTHA ....I can't say it.

3 posted on 04/13/2008 6:01:29 PM PDT by NordP (Yeah...Clinton didn't inhale and Obama didn't know 'nothin' 'bout Rev Wright bein' wrong)
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To: flib
I'll bet Code Pink has no problem filming in Murtha's office. They're buds...
4 posted on 04/13/2008 6:01:29 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: flib

My thoughts about that worthless scumbag Murtha are unprintable here.


5 posted on 04/13/2008 6:04:45 PM PDT by infantrywhooah (Hold your nose and vote in November. Even McCain is better than the alternatives)
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To: billmor
That's like a lot of senators across the country. How in hell do they get elected in the first place?

Prime example: Barak Hussein Obama.

6 posted on 04/13/2008 6:04:52 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Maranatha!)
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To: flib; abigailsmybaby; Badeye; billmor; bmwcyle; brityank; desherwood7; FairOpinion; Fedora; ...
Thank you for posting your article, flib! Murtha is a disgrace to the US House and our country.

Murtha Watch Ping!

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Code Pinkos

To be added to the Murtha Watch ping list please notify myself or RedRover.

7 posted on 04/13/2008 6:04:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: flib

Murtha was my Congressman for years. If he isn’t the most corrupt one, he comes in a close second.


8 posted on 04/13/2008 6:06:21 PM PDT by appleharvey
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To: jazusamo

That photo of murtha with the Code Pinks is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen. Somebody should mail a copt of that to every registered voter in murtha’s district.


9 posted on 04/13/2008 6:10:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

You’re right! It’s plain to see Fat Jack Murtha has no shame.


10 posted on 04/13/2008 6:15:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: NordP; infantrywhooah
Here's my only response to Murtha that wouldn't get me in trouble here on FR and with my family.


11 posted on 04/13/2008 6:19:55 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. - George Patton)
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

DC Chapter ping


12 posted on 04/13/2008 6:20:34 PM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: flib

Thanks for the update. Great talking with you Sat.

-iMacMan


13 posted on 04/13/2008 6:21:32 PM PDT by iMacMan
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To: flib

Thanks for the outstanding report, flib!


14 posted on 04/13/2008 6:30:50 PM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: flib
Great report. Our Vets as always did a great job on the hill .
Murtha is nothing more than a blister on the butt of society. A year or so ago he appeared at the local college here in NJ. Montclair State University. He spread his propaganda to a small group for an hour or so. He is a nasty disrespectful man who needs to be taken down!
15 posted on 04/13/2008 6:50:36 PM PDT by zoomie81 ( ( Barack Hussein Obama,Jr. ...sleeper cell))
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To: flib
Jack Murtha makes Benedict Arnold look like a great patriot.
16 posted on 04/13/2008 6:53:54 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: jazusamo; flib; RedRover
During a quick midmorning snack at Union Station several vets, my husband among them, met with Bill Russell an Iraq war vet from PA who plans to run against Murtha. It quickly became evident especially to some of the guys who were Marines that Murtha’s office would be a good stop to make. After all, despite exoneration of the “Haditha Marines”, no apology had been forthcoming from the Congressman.

Maybe we should start thinking about helping this fellow Russell out. More here...

Iraq vet faces uphill battle in 12th Congressional District

17 posted on 04/13/2008 7:01:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: BufordP

Scum Bag Murtha ping...


18 posted on 04/13/2008 7:04:40 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: flib
Said suspect:-()

Photobucket

19 posted on 04/13/2008 7:04:55 PM PDT by geo40xyz (McCain, Obama or Hillarybeast possibility of 4 Supreme Court Justices, Gore @UN. The WINNER is?)
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To: All; flib; Anita1

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20 posted on 04/13/2008 7:08:48 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: flib

They say there are no ex Marines. If you look at Come-With-The-Cash Murtha, though, you realize that even Marine recruiters are human and subject to error.


21 posted on 04/13/2008 7:14:07 PM PDT by stevem
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To: smoothsailing

I believe it’s worth a try. It’s a longshot but no ones ever going to unseat Murtha if no one runs against him.

I’ve still got the Irey ping list, which I’m sure you do too, maybe we could get support for Russell from some of them.


22 posted on 04/13/2008 7:15:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: GulfWar1Vet
We have in former Admiral Joe Sestak a clone of Murtha here in Delaware County. We are trying hard to get Craig Williams to replace him in the upcoming election in the 7th Congressional District election.
23 posted on 04/13/2008 7:15:56 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: BufordP; flib; Just A Nobody; kristinn; Coop; eaglesnest1

So the patriot lady was “disruptive to the office” eh?

That office is OWNED by the People, not the staffers and the *sole business* of that office is the Defense and Service of THE PEOPLE.

GRRRR.

Lord, let the eyes of the people be opened.


24 posted on 04/13/2008 7:46:59 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: flib
REDEPLOYMENTflag

25 posted on 04/13/2008 7:53:09 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: jazusamo; flib
I agree, Jaz. Before we launch an effort, we need to get our ducks in a row. One thing for now that concerns me, is that there's to little info available on the Russell campaign.

I'll do some digging. It would not be fair to ask freepers to help Russell unless we can show he is worthy of their effort.

flibs post just got me thinking, Russell stood with vets in Murtha's office, I like that.

26 posted on 04/13/2008 7:58:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; flib
flibs post just got me thinking, Russell stood with vets in Murtha's office, I like that.

I noticed that too and also like it. I'll also do some looking tomorrow on anything posted here or in the past in papers.

27 posted on 04/13/2008 8:10:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: billmor
Do NOT ever make the mistake of saying “former” Marine when talking about murtha, he is an EX-Marine. a traitor to this country and the uniform he once wore and deserving of the fate of a traitor!
28 posted on 04/13/2008 8:45:11 PM PDT by Phendlin (It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. George Washington)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo; flib; RedRover

Thanks for the pings. I took the liberty of putting links to this thread and Bill Russell’s site on the PA State Board.


29 posted on 04/13/2008 9:05:12 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: flib

flib, can you get this into the Johnstown paper? An article or a letter to the editor?


30 posted on 04/13/2008 9:12:06 PM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: exit82

Murtha the ^%$&^$^% %^^% ^%&^%&^(*&*&%$&^$ has been in Washington so long he’s forgotten he’s there as a REPRESENTATIVE of the people — not a damned Prince....

The corrupt &^$%&^%&^&^% should be tarred, feathered and dragged out of town behind a horse with diarrhea...

My GOD — how much longer can the Republic survive the presence of so many a$$holes in Washington and our state capitals....


31 posted on 04/14/2008 12:52:04 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: flib; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

I’ll be back. Thanks!


32 posted on 04/14/2008 3:35:15 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: exit82

I’ll see if I can get something in the Johnston Paper. Do you have any contact info on the paper?


33 posted on 04/14/2008 3:48:19 AM PDT by flib
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To: smoothsailing

I thought it was over. Has something chnaged? I’ll check out the link—maybe there’s an explanation.


34 posted on 04/14/2008 3:55:37 AM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: flib
Thanks for posting this. A lot went on last week. glad this didn't get lost in the shuffle.

[Mrs] T and I had fun spending so much time with you last week.

[Mr] T

35 posted on 04/14/2008 4:30:46 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: flib
flib, Great Article! I have posted this on colorado.gatheringofeagles.org Murtha only supports code pink and Murtha
36 posted on 04/14/2008 4:37:09 AM PDT by mtngrandpa
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

I checked out the link, and am happy that Russell is still in it. But I’m not sure what the hold up is all about. Wonder how hard it could be to get 1,000 signatures?


37 posted on 04/14/2008 4:58:26 AM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Temple Owl; smoothsailing; jazusamo; RedRover; Tribune7
We have in former Admiral Joe Sestak a clone of Murtha here in Delaware County. We are trying hard to get Craig Williams to replace him in the upcoming election in the 7th Congressional District election.

Craig Williams ^ is Sestak's challenger on the Republican ticket. Check out his bio -- Iraq Vet and still serving Marine Reserve Lt. Colonel, Fed. Prosecutor in Philly, and served as assistant to Chairmen JCS Pete Pace. Sestak used the Clinton Machine to BUY his ticket, and is beholden to them and their dangerous minions; he needs to be bounced so far out he'll never see daylight. Would be great to get both Murtha and Sestak on the unemployment line!

38 posted on 04/14/2008 7:55:16 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: flib

“Not here- Any of you guys feel supported by congressman Murtha?” I asked. Heads shook all around “hmm… Nope, no one here feels supported by Congressmen Murtha.”

&&&
Good on you, girlfriend!!!

My humble thanks to you and to all of those who participated in this wonderful exercise, especially those guys — like your husband — who have fought for our nation.

Thanks for the flag.


39 posted on 04/14/2008 8:15:41 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Expd Rep voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
Ditto on your photos response to Murtha.

BTW, I am a grown woman, okay, a superannuated one, and sticking out the tongue is still one of my favorite belligerent responses. :-)

40 posted on 04/14/2008 8:18:10 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Expd Rep voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: river rat; freema
"My GOD — how much longer can the Republic survive the presence of so many a$$holes in Washington and our state capitals...."
One can only wonder.
41 posted on 04/14/2008 8:23:13 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...)
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To: flib

Thank you for the excellent report and for fighting the insurgency here at home.

Where’s the media coverage of the 400-500 veterans who gathered to support this war. I guarantee this would have had national coverage if 400-500 IVAW member would have gathered to oppose the war.


42 posted on 04/14/2008 9:51:18 AM PDT by Olney-Keith
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To: flib
Murtha Head Examined
43 posted on 04/14/2008 9:55:42 AM PDT by davidlachnicht ("IF WE'RE ALL TO BE TARGETS, THEN WE ALL MUST BE SOLDIERS.")
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To: brityank

Bump for Craig Williams


44 posted on 04/14/2008 10:53:19 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: brityank

Craig Williams will get some help from me. Thanks, brit.


45 posted on 04/14/2008 12:31:10 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

I just sent the link to the article in post 17 to our son, a Marine. He moved to PA with his wife in November(her family lives there). He is planning on voting (for the first time) in the upcoming primary. I don’t know if he lives in Murtha’s district or not - but thought I’d at least pass along the information.


46 posted on 04/14/2008 4:14:48 PM PDT by Marmolade
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To: flib; kristinn

Speechless.


47 posted on 04/14/2008 4:27:07 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: Marmolade

Thank you, Marmolade for sending the info and thank you both for him being a Marine and serving our country. :-)


48 posted on 04/14/2008 4:27:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: flib
Awesome report flib!

Can I say I'm not surprised at all that you guys were treated that way by Murtha’s office? Somehow he has been convinced that he is untouchable and above scrutiny. I can't wait to see him go.....and I hope it's messy and ugly for him.

Well, I girl can wish, right?

49 posted on 04/14/2008 5:09:27 PM PDT by debm29palms (Proud Wife of SSgt. Donald C. May, Jr. KIA March 25, 2003)
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To: flib

Excellent report flib.

Lt. Col. Russell will be a guest on Steve Malzberg within the next week, the week of April 20.

Murtha is scum.

Prediction: Murtha says all kinds of outrageous things on any number of subjects. When the heat on him gets to be intolerable, the DNC will announce that he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

The DNC will use him as a fog horn as long as they can and then we are to excuse HIM, (and them by extension) because “the poor man is ill”.

Wait for it.


50 posted on 04/19/2008 5:23:08 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Taxpaying Slave Class Xenophobe)
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