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Bush Arrives in Iraq on Surprise Farewell Visit (Update at #220)
Foxnews.com ^ | December 14, 2008 | AP

Posted on 12/14/2008 5:19:15 AM PST by GQuagmire

BAGHDAD -- President George W. Bush on Sunday made a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it

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KEYWORDS: bush; bush43; bushlegacy; bushthesocialist; cic; farewelltour; iraq; military; oif; presidentbush; spartansixdelta; surprisevisit; term2; troops; wot
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To: cake_crumb

Sorry Cake Crumb, but Janet Reno took one lending institution to court circa 1994, forcing it to lend to the poor. It fell in line and so did the other lending institutions. They had little choice. Bush (around 2002) and other Republicans addressed this as early as the late 90s into the early 2000s. They knew about it when they had plenty of time to take action to prevent the mess we’re in now. Did the Democrat policies cause this? I think that is a given. It’s still a fact that we did not take action to end it. Newt should have known better than to allow this to continue. Here it is 2008, and the info has been out there for more than a decade, 12 years of which we had the majority in Congress, six of it with a Republican in the White House.


201 posted on 12/14/2008 12:52:50 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: worst-case scenario
Troops might have been, but some Iraqi reporter sure wasn’t! He threw his shoes at Bush during a press conference!

Bush sure is a quick-reflexed and -witted gentleman. He ducked and even made a joke about it!

From www.tmz.com :


202 posted on 12/14/2008 12:55:51 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Allegra

Merry Christmas, Allegra!

President Bush’s Christmas season visit to Iraq is a VERY appropriate visit, indeed!


203 posted on 12/14/2008 12:58:50 PM PST by CDB ("'Tis the times' plague, when madmen lead the blind." (King Lear))
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To: RonDog
If Georgie is still scouting for the Texas Rangers,
he need to review this fellow's pitching.

204 posted on 12/14/2008 12:59:01 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: stockpirate
You have it backwards, Bush betrayed Conservatives

No, he didn't.

I saw angles, and did my research as to why "he let the segmentarian conservatives" down. It was part of a much larger picture in securing America's safety and freedoms. And Yes, I was one of those who thoroughly enjoyed his nomination of Harriet Meyers. I found her views to be so non-beltway, and so Sarah Palin.

And he brought her forward, and segmentarian conservatives knew her not, so to speak.

But you, Mr. Stock Pirate, could do with a cup of good cheer this Yuletide. You now have 4 more years to "blame Bush" for everything you think the Obama Administration has and will do wrong. Take heart!

205 posted on 12/14/2008 12:59:31 PM PST by Alia
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To: GQuagmire

May God bless President Bush! I live in Ann Arbor, MI, and I am literally the only person I know here who doesn’t consider him a failure.

I think he is the greatest president of my lifetime, and I’m never reluctant to say so if asked. That view drives all the liberals here completely crazy.


206 posted on 12/14/2008 1:01:03 PM PST by drellberg
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To: stockpirate
The fact that he defended our country doesn’t remove the FACT he is a socialist. One doesn’t exclude the other.

Defended our country?

Tell that to the tens of thousands that have been raped, robbed, maimed, injured, run over, shot, knifed, and are subject to epic fraud at the hands of millions of illegal aliens...

207 posted on 12/14/2008 1:01:30 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: cake_crumb

It never ceases to amaze me that so few one-issue conservatives ever consider that, over the past 7 years, they COULD have been complaining that President Bush let them down by allowing Islamist fascists to overrun our country, rather than having the luxury to complain about their favorite, pet-peeve issues.

~~~

Yup. Isn’t it amazing ...? I don’t know ONE family who’s lost a loved one or friend or even an acquaintance to a beheading or a roadside bomb or chemical attack here on US soil from a terrorist .... yet.

The more time passes from the panic and terror of 9/11, the more complacent and indifferent the irrational, uninformed and bitter the tunnel-visioned citizenry becomes.

God forbid, I think our comfort zone will soon end.


208 posted on 12/14/2008 1:03:20 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: stockpirate
Have a slice ... it'll go well with your hateful bile.


209 posted on 12/14/2008 1:10:15 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: stockpirate
Guess your ailment requires a bigger dose.


210 posted on 12/14/2008 1:11:35 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: backspace

My point is that with enough “Socialist in Nature” things going on, pretty soon you’ve got a socialist state. If you sit down and think of the countless ways the federal government has it’s fingers in our lives, it’s honestly impossible to state that we are not in large part a socialist state today. Various government entities take a massive amount of money from working people today. And then large portions of that money is provided to others.

Our retirements (Social Security), Medicare, welfare... on and on it goes. About fifteen years ago I read an article that mentioned that in Kansas City, there were more people working for the various levels of government than in the private sector. You’ve got to admit that isn’t a good example of a free enterprise nation. It’s Socialism. Perhaps we could argue about terms, but I think we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t recognize it for what it is.

Is this all Bush’s fault. Hell no. Still, in his eight years he contributed to this problem considerably. And when all is said and done in light of the current economic situation, we’ll have to come to terms with what took place on his watch, or as a result of his watch. it isn’t going to be kind to him.

I’m not for going out of my way to trash Bush. It still bothers me to enter threads that canonize him, when the reality is, hes left this nation in a mess. And that prompts me to take a contrarian view.

If someone posted favorable comments about Democrats standing in all this, I’d slice and dice those comments also. However, the Democrats didn’t do all this in a vacuum, unfortunately.


211 posted on 12/14/2008 1:12:56 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: Alia

May God bless and keep you and your loved ones safe.

Please thank them for their service to our nation.


212 posted on 12/14/2008 1:16:05 PM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (We are the dangerous ones, who stand between all we love and a more dangerous world.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Bush Called For Reform of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac 17 Times in 2008 Alone... Dems Ignored Warnings

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For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted.

Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/09/bush-called-for-reform-of-fannie-mae.html

The President proposes .... Congress disposes, or did you forget where legislation resides?


213 posted on 12/14/2008 1:23:11 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: cake_crumb

Meant to ping you to #213.


214 posted on 12/14/2008 1:25:03 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Do you remember the President asking for air-time to address this matter to the U.S. Citizens? I don’t. Facing a collapse of our economic system, it would seem our President would.

And please... don’t come to me and tell me that the President made this many proposals, when up until 18 months before the stuff hit the fan, he had a majority in the House and the Senate. We held the majority in the House and Senate for twelve years. To a significant extent, this gelled on our watch.


215 posted on 12/14/2008 1:29:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (I see that Kenya's favorite son has a new weekly Saturday morning radio show.)
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To: stockpirate

You sure have things ask backwards.


216 posted on 12/14/2008 1:36:06 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Edgewood Pilot

Ha. Thanks. I’ve gotten a lot of flak from the WHINOS.

and I thought it was only the Dems that eat their own...doesn’t matter....I love Bush.
Its time to move on and figure out how the conservative movement can get more of the Black and Hispanic Americans that the conservative way is their way to a better life for them and their children!


217 posted on 12/14/2008 1:37:20 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: Candor7

an excellant analysis!

You are so right. Bush saw a re-reun of history and so did Blair..that’s why they fought so hard and held on.
I bet Churchill and Gen Patton is cheering Bush!


218 posted on 12/14/2008 1:42:08 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: Alia
Thank you very much, I hope your Christmas is filled with family and friends and much Joy. The thing that bothers me is even when President Bush does something worth praise he gets knocked. You think oblama gives a flying shiat about the troops. I promise this he will make clinton look like great guy, mark my words
219 posted on 12/14/2008 1:45:19 PM PST by don from manassas (Take charge of your government people, because it would love to take charge of you.)
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To: Allegra

After action report:

Probably over 1,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines packed the palace and stood for a couple hours (lots arrived way early to make sure they could get in).

The 4th Infantry Division had some band members there playing some great tunes and even doing vocals. Support folks had chow, snacks and beverages laid out for the crowd.

People were packed in like sardines. The backdrop for the stage was a gigantic flag that reached all the way to the ceiling, maybe about 70 feet.

General Odierno introduced the President. Started with, “Someone wanted to come see you to say goodbye, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...”

The troops were jazzed and very energetic, though this was about 2200 at the end of a, no doubt, very long day for everyone.

A great cheer went up when he took the stage. The President talked about the early decisions to go into the war, UN resolutions, the success of the Coalition. He talked about the dark days during ‘04-’05, and the ultimate success of the surge. Many compliments for the unprecedented successes of the military. The troops broke in several times with applause and “Hooahs!”.

Two things stood out. The first was when he said its sometimes hard to understand you’re making history when you’re in the middle of the action. Second, he said he was ordering everyone, as Commander In Chief, to call their families when “y’all get out of here tonight” and tell them “the Commander in Chief says ‘thank you’” for all the sacrifices made.

He spoke about the losses and injuries to friends and loved ones, and how the troops would someday be thought of in the same way as those who were in Normandy, Verdun, Korea and elsewhere.

He was very comfortable with the troops and talked about what he would miss most not being President which was not being CiC. Afterwards, he stayed for a bit and shook hands and signed autographs. This one was just for the troops - no civilians or contractors or TCNs, just our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines. It was clearly a great morale booster.

Kit


220 posted on 12/14/2008 1:53:08 PM PST by KitJ (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: KitJ

Thank you


221 posted on 12/14/2008 2:00:07 PM PST by flyfree
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To: AmericanMade1776

The Iraqi president looks like he could lose about 75 lbs.


222 posted on 12/14/2008 2:25:27 PM PST by pleikumud
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

“Against ALL odds this president did the right thing!
He led the front on the War against Islamofascism and terrorism. He kept us safe for 8 years.
God bless George Bush. a man of courage and character”

You know I’m beginning to think that was a fluke and the hand of God guided that. However I will never forgive that man for all of the needless deaths of American soldiers that occurred because he wanted to fight a “nice” war.

You know derangement works both ways. I think completely opposite. I see people who cannot bring themselves to see the man for what he really is no matter what he does. He is very much to blame for the state this country is in now and the reason I am no longer a Republican.

No matter what atrocities this man commits to the American taxpayer.....oh why waste my time. It’s like beating one’s head against a wall. I don’t think I’M the one with the problem. I think it’s the other way around. Liberal do that type of thing. Keep their heads so far up their behinds they can’t see daylight.


223 posted on 12/14/2008 2:40:50 PM PST by conservativegranny
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To: Carley

Unfortunately the smiley happy people can’t fix this for you. It will take more than one angry person to get the job done. At least we know there will be some people praying for them.

I suspect that it took more than a little anger to get the job done that was performed by our founding fathers too. It may take some more of those distasteful angry people to get our country back.


224 posted on 12/14/2008 2:44:47 PM PST by conservativegranny
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To: KitJ

Thank you SO much for posting that, KitJ!!

And God bless you and THANK you for your service.
We and your CIC LOVE and honor you ... we can never
repay you and your families for all you’ve given
and sacrificed.

You all are the greatest force for good on the
face of the earth!


225 posted on 12/14/2008 2:46:23 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Alia

Now there is a new one. “segmentarian conservatives “

But Bush and all his Cult of personality followers are nothing but republican socialists.


226 posted on 12/14/2008 3:04:59 PM PST by stockpirate (Let's start by watering the tree of Liberty with the blood of tryants.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Me too bump


227 posted on 12/14/2008 3:11:41 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: valkyry1

Listen, Bush made a lot of mistakes, but we’re gonna really, really miss him-mark my words!!!!!


228 posted on 12/14/2008 3:22:32 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: Charles Bronson Forever

Hey I know that and have all along, but thanks anyway.

Hey maybe Mars and Venus will swap places and somehow Nobama does not take the office.


229 posted on 12/14/2008 3:37:02 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: KitJ

He’s a good man. Thank you.


230 posted on 12/14/2008 3:51:26 PM PST by PghBaldy (Why did Obama resign Seat when he did? Has RAHM resigned from House?)
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To: conservativegranny

What “nice ‘ war? With your logic, we should just have nuked Iraq. Wow, that’s a plan. We fight the war the best we can. And people do die and it is very easy—AFTER THE FACT—to moan about how the war wasn’t fought right.

Bush gets no credit for what he does right, and if he can’t be a dictaor and run OVER a congress including RINOs then its “ALL BUSH’ S FAULT! “

I can hear the conservative whinos now, “ BUSH LIED! MY IRA DIED!!”

The president has very very limited powers. He is not our “daddy”...save your ire for the Congress. and if you want to just Bash Bush, go to the Dummie sites.
Other wise come up with a plan of action for NOW.

You should be sooooo thrilled along with the dems..Bush will be gone.


231 posted on 12/14/2008 3:56:34 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: conservativegranny
Hi Granny,

I thought like you for a long time about the nice war; however, I think our CiC has been proven correct. He knew we could not go in blowing everything up and win the people over. It had to be done with finesse at times.

While I still wish we had been more "aggressive", in hindsight, Bush made the correct choice.

232 posted on 12/14/2008 3:57:34 PM PST by Dave W
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it
...and then decided that it is ending due to success, and intends to use the same approach to lead to victory in Afghanistan.
233 posted on 12/14/2008 3:58:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: GQuagmire

God bless him for visiting the troops.


234 posted on 12/14/2008 3:58:19 PM PST by Puddleglum
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To: RonDog
The fact this guy now has the balls to do this speaks volumes. Imagine him trying that 7 or 8 years ago I bet he and anyone that knew him would end up in a mass grave in the desert. Freedom sucks don't it LOL
235 posted on 12/14/2008 4:19:29 PM PST by don from manassas (Take charge of your government people, because it would love to take charge of you.)
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To: KitJ

Makes me feel good ....and my thanks to all as well


236 posted on 12/14/2008 4:24:46 PM PST by woofie
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To: conservativegranny

In short screw you ...”war is hell” what part of that dont you understand?
Im sick beyond sick of the Monday morning quarterbacks ...start your own war and see how it goes


237 posted on 12/14/2008 4:28:34 PM PST by woofie
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To: GVnana

Thank you President Bush. I so agree with you. He is a good man who has been a good president.

Unfortunately he is not Christ. Of course on this site anymore even Christ couldn’t make it through without vitriol and disdain being thrown at Him. He probably wouldn’t be conservative enough.

It is so hard to come here anymore. So I hardly ever do. Even this thread about Bush in Iraq can’t be read.

The nastiness is unbelievable. Name calling, disrespect. Opinions discounted without reason. It sounds like DU.


238 posted on 12/14/2008 4:29:44 PM PST by Not gonna take it anymore
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To: don from manassas

EXACTLY.... look how many Iraqis pounded their shoes on pictures of Sadaam -— AFTER he was in U.S. Custody !! — How many of these folks who have even thought about to it to him in person.. in fact if they had even thought about doing it.. they would probably be dead.. let alone actually do it live in front of TV Cameras...

God Bless America !! — I think Iraq is starting to “get it” and that is great !


239 posted on 12/14/2008 4:48:17 PM PST by davidosborne (Is Obama a Natural Born U.S. Citizen or not ??)
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To: woofie
Hooah, Woofie!

I'm so glad I decided to read on before posting my post. :)

240 posted on 12/14/2008 4:56:29 PM PST by Alia
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To: stockpirate

Nah, another untruth by you. But thanks, anyway, for showing by example, in your post, exactly how a segmentarian conservative “reads” and sounds.


241 posted on 12/14/2008 4:59:57 PM PST by Alia
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To: KitJ

Thank you.


242 posted on 12/14/2008 5:00:02 PM PST by SouthTexas (Remember, it took a Jimmy Carter to bring us a Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Natty Bumppo@frontier.net
Thank you, Natty Bumppo -- I appreciate it much.

Merry Christmas, my friend!

243 posted on 12/14/2008 5:01:40 PM PST by Alia
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

Did it ever occur to you that the TROOPS might appreciate the holiday-time visit from their CiC?

sheesh..


244 posted on 12/14/2008 5:03:00 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Our home unapologetically celebrates the birth of Jesus.)
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To: don from manassas
Your eye is true, don. And I think yours in re: Obama making the Clintons look good, bespeaks what is going on behind the scenes of the DNC quite perceptively. And aptly.

They knew they couldn't sell Hillary. Hillary knew Hillary couldn't sell Hillary. And so she took something away from her pals "for the common good".

Obama is her flak shield.

245 posted on 12/14/2008 5:04:00 PM PST by Alia
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To: dragnet2

Tens of thousands. You got an url to back that up?


246 posted on 12/14/2008 5:08:10 PM PST by Alia
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To: DoughtyOne
I suspect, DoughtyOne, you just can't stand someone having a different pov on the President from you. You think you see "truth", and therefore that entitles you to what was it? .. yeah..in your own words ".. to enter threads that canonize him, when the reality is, hes left this nation in a mess. And that prompts me to take a contrarian view."

You sound like a child, disappointed to find out that Superman was merely a reporter who occasionally stumbled and wore glasses.

247 posted on 12/14/2008 5:15:12 PM PST by Alia
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To: KitJ

Thank you for that report, KitJ.


248 posted on 12/14/2008 5:44:55 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Great post and right-on!!!!


249 posted on 12/14/2008 5:51:21 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: conservativegranny
I don’t think I’M the one with the problem.

You have my vote!

250 posted on 12/14/2008 5:51:34 PM PST by lonestar
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