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Obama seeks to take down NRA ad
Politico ^ | September 25, 2008 | Ben Smith's Blog

Posted on 09/25/2008 6:15:48 PM PDT by Brytani

September 25, 2008
Categories: Barack Obama

Obama seeks to take down NRA ad

The Obama campaign has written radio stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, pressing them to refuse to air an ad from the National Rifle Association.

"This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about Senator Obama's position on the Second Amendment," says the letter from Obama general counsel Bob Bauer. "For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should refuse to continue to air this advertisement."

The ad, "Hunter," conflates Obama's anti-gun stances of the 1990s with his current, more pro-gun, stand, and was chided for inaccuracy in The Washington Post, an item to which Bauer's letter refers.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, who provided the letter, said it shows clear evidence that the ads are "hurting him," and stood by their substance. He also provided a copy of the NRA's own letter to the stations and memo disputing the Post story, after the jump. He also said the ad is running only in Pennsylvania at the moment.

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MEMORANDUM

CLIENT-MATTER NUMBER

999100-0130

TO: Station Managers

FROM: Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Counsel to National Rifle Association

DATE: September 25, 2008

RE: Documentation for Advertising by National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund ("NRA-PVF")

This firm serves as counsel to the National Rifle Association (“NRA”) and the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund ("NRA-PVF"), which is the federal political action committee of the NRA and the sponsor of certain advertising purchased and soon-to-be purchased on your station. It has come to my clients’ attention that the Obama for President campaign is engaging in an effort to prevent or stop the airing of certain ads by NRA-PVF, falsely alleging that the ads are ‘inaccurate’.

The Obama presidential campaign apparently relies on an article appearing in the Washington Post on September 23, 2008 to support its contention that the NRA-PVF ads should not be aired.

The Washington Post is hardly an objective news source on any subject related to the issues to which the NRA is dedicated, having spent decades attacking not only the NRA but also fighting against the legislation and policies NRA supports to protect the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as well as supporting every conceivable government proposal or policy any officeholder or candidate suggests to weaken and disrupt the guarantees of the Second Amendment. It is therefore no surprise that the Washington Post would now attack the NRA for advertisements which truthfully disclose the anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment record of Barack Obama, the candidate supported by the Washington Post.

Attached please find the point-by-point refutation of the Washington Post’s article about the NRA-PVF ads regarding Obama’s record on the Second Amendment, as well as an article disclosing the bias of the decidedly not neutral “FactChecker” on which the Washington Post article is ostensibly based.

The NRA devotes 100% of its time and resources to protecting the Second Amendment and fighting for government policies and legislation furtherance of the rights of the American people to keep and bear arms.

The legislative and policy record of candidates and officeholders such as Barack Obama are well known and documented by the NRA on an ongoing basis. NRA-PVF’s advertising during the 2008 election cycle is based on that extensive research and documentation, which is being furnished to you with this Memorandum.

Accordingly, we respectfully request that your station disregard the shamefully false assertions from the Obama campaign and its attorneys regarding the NRA-PVF ads and that the ads run in accordance with the purchase(s) made by NRA-PVF in the media buy.

Please feel free to contact me at (202) 295-xxxx if you have any questions. Thank you.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2008; ads; banglist; brownshirts; censorship; comradeobama; election; electionads; gunvote; nra; obama; obamabiden; swingstates
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(More info at the source including PDF of the NRA's letter)

He's scared as the truth about his real positions comes out.

I expect the next NRA flood of ads will include the Rep. Hastings remarks from this morning.

1 posted on 09/25/2008 6:15:49 PM PDT by Brytani
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To: Brytani

Good luck with that, Bambi lol.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 6:17:01 PM PDT by A Boy Made Of Win
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To: Brytani

Obammy is only interested in free liberal lying speech. Conservative speech is to be stomped out.


3 posted on 09/25/2008 6:17:47 PM PDT by webschooner (McWhatshisname/Palin 2008 !!)
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To: Brytani

ZERO wants to stiffle anything that doesn’t praise him — this man must be defeated and by a wide margin!


4 posted on 09/25/2008 6:17:51 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: Brytani

NRA now should make an AD telling everyone how obama wants to close their meassage down

obama has yet again showed why the man is dangerous for this country along with the cult what follows him


5 posted on 09/25/2008 6:17:57 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick Ma sham marriage - -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Brytani

Geez. How many ads has he tried to have pulled now?

If the ads aren’t accurate, one would think he’d rebut them instead of sending out the lawyers. I really hope McCain wins by a landslide; although even then, I imagine we’ll see swarms of Obama lawyers in every state contesting every vote.


6 posted on 09/25/2008 6:18:10 PM PDT by kenth (Will Rogers never met Barack Obama.)
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To: kenth

there will be cries of racism and intimidation bu let me ask

have you ever seen or would think that in a black area a little old white women working as poll worker is going to intimidate hundreds of blacks

no me neither

of course the voter fraud will be ignored by the media and I expect over 3 million ovtes will be cast form fraud

ACORN has had a long time to get this done


7 posted on 09/25/2008 6:20:19 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick Ma sham marriage - -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Brytani
The Obama campaign has written radio stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, pressing them to refuse to air an ad from the National Rifle Association.

Look for a lot more of this censorship if Obama is elected president; talk radio will be the first to go.

8 posted on 09/25/2008 6:21:08 PM PDT by olezip
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To: Brytani

0 is threatening their station FCC license. That’s despicable.

But that’s 0’s MO.


9 posted on 09/25/2008 6:22:15 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Brytani
Yeah, baby! The NRA sent me their little FactCheck/Annenburg Foundation/Brady update... and we all know who has ties to Annenberg, don't we, Barack Hussein O?

But this threatening of media outlets that Obama's machine does so easily- it's almost like... oh, what was that term from a few years back... oh yes... "a whiff of fascism?"

Mr. niteowl77

10 posted on 09/25/2008 6:23:40 PM PDT by niteowl77 (The niteowl77s: parents who support those who support their soldier.)
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To: PhiKapMom

His campaign has a solid history or bullying radio and TV stations, reporters, newspapers, talk radio personalities AND people who are not Obama supporters.

I hate HATE throwing out the Nazi reference in relation to anyone - but I swear this guy has taken a page straight from Joseph Goebbels.


11 posted on 09/25/2008 6:24:30 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: savedbygrace

I have never seen a campaign that has threatened lawsuits for campaign commercials as much as I have seen with the “one”-—he is a damn whiner and people should be questioning how much he protests everything and how secretive he is-—maybe because people are revealing truth and he can’t handle it—unlike his ads which contain blatant lies. Shove it Bambi.


12 posted on 09/25/2008 6:26:06 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Brytani

Isn’t this the same jackass who cried foul with the ad showing the “baby born alive” adult who chastised him for his stand on murdering “botched abortion babies”?

I understand that his rebutal ad says that McCain says Hussein Obama wants to deny health care to new-born infants, and that (according to Obama) is a horrible accusation and should corrected.

Only trouble is, Hussein Obama’s ad leaves out the “botched abortion babies” who were born alive. McCain never said Obama was in favor of denying health care to newborns, just the “botched abortion babies” who were born alive.

This guy has an arrogant attitude that stinks to high heaven. What a pompous, arrogant, self-absorbed jackass!


13 posted on 09/25/2008 6:26:29 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Brytani
Osama bin Obama has one, and only one position on firearms. That all of them away just like Hitler did in the 30’s. Disarm the masses and then conquer them, Obama, there is one, only one thing I want to tell you, but I don't think Free Republic will let me use that type of language.
14 posted on 09/25/2008 6:26:38 PM PDT by antiunion person (Obama, the end of our country as we know it)
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To: savedbygrace

In a way, what scares me more is him not getting elected. After the riots stop and we’re forced to spend billions of dollars rebuilding areas the rioters destroyed, he STILL goes back to the Senate.

As completely irrational as the democrats are at this point, can you imagine the types of “get back at” bills they’ll be able to get through as retaliation for the Messiah’s loss?


15 posted on 09/25/2008 6:27:58 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: Brytani

Looks like the NRA-PVF ads are working.

Time to write a check.


16 posted on 09/25/2008 6:29:25 PM PDT by javachip
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To: laweeks

And the 70% of the population who either don’t care about the news or get it from the Alphabet channels will NEVER hear about that bill, or Obama voting against it I believe, 4 different time.

For once the a-hold from the yea/nea button and it was to allow babies born alive from an abortion die.....scary isn’t it?


17 posted on 09/25/2008 6:30:18 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: Brytani

Has 0bama asked MSNBC not to run the John McCain melanoma ads?


18 posted on 09/25/2008 6:31:37 PM PDT by counterpunch (Jim Jones was a Community Organizer)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter

ping


19 posted on 09/25/2008 6:32:13 PM PDT by IncPen (We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass ...)
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To: Brytani

Obama brownshirts at it again eh? LOL


20 posted on 09/25/2008 6:32:41 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Brytani

Oh oh! A little of his dictator persona slipped out with this. Flexing his ‘muscle’ to influence freedom of speech!

Incidentally, has he offered to pay to remove those ads?


21 posted on 09/25/2008 6:32:49 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( on the cutting edge)
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To: manc
>" expect over 3 million ovtes will be cast form fraud ACORN has had a long time to get this done"

How dare you question the integrity of Acorn!!

Why they single handedly got both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson to register Dhim, along with Peter Parker, and Clark Kent!

Fraud indeed!!!! Why some of their workers refuse payment in cash! (They like crack better!!)

22 posted on 09/25/2008 6:33:20 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: Brytani

And another $200 of my dollars goes to the NRA tonight.


23 posted on 09/25/2008 6:34:09 PM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: Brytani

Obamas war on freedom of speech.


24 posted on 09/25/2008 6:35:23 PM PDT by markedmannerf
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To: counterpunch

Hannity was going crazy over those ads today and rightfully so.

If MSNBC had any integrity, they would have refused to run the ads themselves. But it’s red meat for their 10 code pink viewers.


25 posted on 09/25/2008 6:35:53 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: Brytani

I seriously doubt that there will be riots if Obama loses.


26 posted on 09/25/2008 6:37:39 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (No longer holding my nose to vote - McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: olezip
Yes and then this website and others will be shut down !
Obama- Chavez can not allow a free society or free speech if the Marxist revolution is to overcome all those typical white people .
27 posted on 09/25/2008 6:38:13 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Brytani
Well, I guess all of Obama's adds should be taken off the air too because they are knowingly misleading viewing audiences of McCain and Sarah Palin's Positions as well.

What a crybaby. This just goes to prove that Obama hates the idea of free speech, and can't wait to establish a Marxist totalitarian dictatorship- His views or no views. Come to think of it, Islam is like that too.

28 posted on 09/25/2008 6:39:57 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Brytani

I wouldn’t be too sure about that. I get you tube links to it in an e-mail about twice a week. The MSM no longer has the strangle hold they used to have.


29 posted on 09/25/2008 6:40:11 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Brytani

>> “This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about Senator Obama’s position on the Second Amendment,”

Really?

Then MAKE, AND AIR, YOUR OWN AD, 0-Boy.

Spell out your real position on the 2nd amendment, and sign your name to it.

It’s as simple as that.

Except that the truth about your 2nd amendment position won’t play well with the electorate. And if you lie and pretend to support 2nd amendment rights, THAT won’t play well with your base.

Sucks to be you, 0bama.


30 posted on 09/25/2008 6:41:38 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
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To: Brytani

the obama-baby can’t take the truth.

shut down anyone who tells the truth about the underside of the obama belly.


31 posted on 09/25/2008 6:42:28 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: manc
obama has yet again showed why the man is dangerous for this country along with the cult what follows him>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

They are F'n fascists.

Johnah Goldberg has it pegged in his new book:" Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of Americas left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning."

Well worth the read.It reveals just who Obama and his idjits are.

32 posted on 09/25/2008 6:43:12 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (http://www.theobamafile.com/))
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To: Brytani
"This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience about Senator Obama's position on the Second Amendment,"

This from the people who fill my car radio with an ad that insists that "McCain and Palin oppose stem cell research."

33 posted on 09/25/2008 6:45:00 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: PhiKapMom
ZERO wants to stiffle anything that doesn’t praise him — this man must be defeated and by a wide margin!

Send him packing.

34 posted on 09/25/2008 6:45:28 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Brytani
The Obama campaign has written radio stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, pressing them to refuse to air an ad from the National Rifle Association.

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Hey Brocco! In the words of this renowned hockey Mom, "Puck you!"

35 posted on 09/25/2008 6:47:12 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: Inyo-Mono

I don’t, there has been more then a few “community leaders” who have promised violence if he isn’t elected. Quannel X being one of them.


36 posted on 09/25/2008 6:48:18 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: machogirl

I can honestly see this guy stomping his feet, throwing his hands around, screeching at his campaign staff whenever his poll numbers or something comes out he does not like.

I’m not even sure he’s going to hold it together (or his wife) when he has to give his concession speech.


37 posted on 09/25/2008 6:50:33 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: Brytani

Join the NRA, send in those checks, they’re the ones fighting for you. Then there are those that just because they don’t agree 100% they go off in a snit instead of looking at the NRAs record and what they’ve stood for from the beginning.

Do you see your Congressmen standing up like this?? No you don’t.


38 posted on 09/25/2008 6:51:11 PM PDT by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: Brytani

... pressing them to refuse to air an ad from the National Rifle Association.
***That’s how he operates. That’s how he has kept the birth certificate thing from surfacing. He actually met with the top execs at Fox News, and probably other media outlets. Ya think he wasn’t this forceful?


39 posted on 09/25/2008 6:54:07 PM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: Brytani

Could you please include the URLs to the story on the Washington post? I got onto the post web site and searched for all the keywords separately and all together “National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (”NRA-PVF”)” I cannot find the article you are writing about. Though equally disturbing I found an article about Obama wanting to raise the tax on guns and ammo 500% no not a typo five hundred percent, WTF I love to shoot I’m a law abiding citizen, I pay my taxes and if it costs me $10 to shoot one round, its just one more thing I cant afford.


40 posted on 09/25/2008 6:54:57 PM PDT by MrEthiopian (help me help you)
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To: Brytani
... conflates Obama's anti-gun stances of the 1990s ...

Utter BS. The gun grabbing record that Obama is suddenly pretending wasn't his isn't some outgrown position from the distant 90s, which is as far back as his zero experience track record goes, it was his on record position through most of this year.

Obama the state legislator voted in 2003 to ban and confiscate most rifles and shotguns, even single shots. Illinois SB1195.

That same year, Obama voted to prevent 18-20 year old adults from acquiring an FOID card in Illinois, which is required to legally purchase or possess any firearm or ammunition whatsoever. Effectively a total ban on gun possession for those adults. Illinois SB2163.

In the US Senate in 2005, Obama voted to ban all centerfire rifle ammunition. US S.397, Kennedy Amendment.

And in 2008 the Heller case gave Obama the oppurtunity to show his modern, less extreme position.. and he used it to voice his support for local governments like DC, Chicago and NYC to ignore the 2nd Amendment and outright ban any or all types of firearm.

41 posted on 09/25/2008 6:59:23 PM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: Brytani

Typical leftist. Can’t stand free speech.


42 posted on 09/25/2008 7:00:33 PM PDT by popdonnelly (I'll tell you a little secret: we're smarter and more competent than the Left.)
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To: Brytani
Barry Hussein not only supports BANNING guns he has used the word "BAN" to profess his positions on many occasions.

If he denies it now HE IS A LIAR!!!

43 posted on 09/25/2008 7:01:02 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

Since when does Barry care is he lies?


44 posted on 09/25/2008 7:10:47 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: brushcop

Already a member :-)


45 posted on 09/25/2008 7:12:45 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: MrEthiopian

Go to http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Obama_seeks_to_take_down_NRA_ad.html?showall

He has the NRA response to the Washington Post Reports. From a quick scan, it looks like the Post has written many pro-Obama stories trying to debunk the “notion” that Obama is anti-gun.

I’ll see what I can find on the WP site for you as well.


46 posted on 09/25/2008 7:15:46 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: MrEthiopian

I found it pretty quickly on the WP site. It’s a “factcheck” article

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/nra_misfires_against_obama.html


47 posted on 09/25/2008 7:17:48 PM PDT by Brytani (Abortion does not make you a real woman - it makes you a murderer)
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To: Brytani
Hey Obama it is called free speech. Are you familiar with the concept you Harvard nitwit.
48 posted on 09/25/2008 7:21:03 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.)
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To: Brytani
So the Obamanation continues community organizing trough urban renewal?
49 posted on 09/25/2008 7:22:45 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.)
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To: Brytani

I hope the NRA makes 20 more ads about his stance on guns! This is truely unAmerican to demand something you don’t like be taken down with threats like this! Wake up America we do not need Obama browshirts telling us what we can and can not say!


50 posted on 09/25/2008 7:24:10 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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