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Fear for Obama's Safety Grows as Hate Groups Thrive on Racial Backlash
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Posted on 08/14/2009 4:36:43 AM PDT by cycle of discernment

(WHERE WAS THE MEDIA WITH ALL THE BUSH DEATH THREATS!!!!???? This is ridiculous---if ANYTHING ever happened to Obama --the media will blame the right, it is a foregone conclusion--and all this because we dare stand up to this incompetent, dishonest man that is trying to reshape our country against will!)

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Fear for Obama's Safety Grows as Hate Groups Thrive on Racial Backlash Violent Signs, Gun, Standoff Latest in Emerging Anger Towards the President

By BRIAN ROSS, ANNA SCHECTER and MEGAN CHUCHMACH August 14, 2009

Experts who track hate groups across the U.S. are growing increasingly concerned over violent rhetoric targeted at President Obama, especially as the debate over health care intensifies and a pattern of threats emerges.

"I don't think these are simply people who are mentally ill or off their rocker," Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told ABC News of those behind the threats. "In a very real sense they represent a genuine reaction, a genuine backlash against Obama."

The Plot to Kill Barack ObamaMore from Brian Ross and the Investigative Team

Experts say a sharp growth in so-called militia groups that helped spawn a wave of domestic terrorism in the 1990s – and are now using YouTube, rock music and the Internet to recruit members and spread hate and fear - shouldn't be ignored.

"It's certainly a scary time," said former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant. Garrett said the Secret Service "cannot afford to pass on anyone," and he believes "they really do fear that something could happen to [Obama]."

Garrett said statements like one recently made by Rush Limbaugh comparing logo for the White House plan to a Nazi symbol "legitimizes people who are on the edge to go do something or say something."

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1 posted on 08/14/2009 4:36:44 AM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: cycle of discernment

Sounds like the media trying to change the subject to me.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 4:38:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cycle of discernment

So, are muslim terrorist groups targeting obama as an apostate muslim going to be called hate groups?


3 posted on 08/14/2009 4:38:45 AM PDT by fso301
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To: cycle of discernment
Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told ABC News

BWAHAHAHA!

4 posted on 08/14/2009 4:39:45 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: cycle of discernment
where is the BARF ALERT???
5 posted on 08/14/2009 4:40:40 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cycle of discernment

Manufactured diversion ... otherwise known as the race-card, which has now worn out on the Democrats. Gates was it’s demise.

Heck you could make the case that Obama was elected so the Democrats could make liberal use of the race-card.


6 posted on 08/14/2009 4:40:47 AM PDT by Tarpon (The Joker's plan -- Slavery by debt so large it can never be repaid...)
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To: cycle of discernment

Why is it whenever a liberal starts losing an argument they immediately play the victim card?


7 posted on 08/14/2009 4:41:00 AM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: cycle of discernment
Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center

Isn't the Southern Poverty Law Center the same group that said we were racist for wanting to know more about Obama?

8 posted on 08/14/2009 4:42:28 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: cycle of discernment
Wouldn't put it past the left to fake an assassination attempt to help Obama overcome the opposition of most of the citizens to his Marxist programs.
9 posted on 08/14/2009 4:42:38 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

{{{{{I THOUGHT EXACTLY THE SAME THING}}}}}


10 posted on 08/14/2009 4:43:13 AM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: cycle of discernment

This stuff is the dumbest of the dumb stuff. I have yet to hear of a single right winger who wants this turkey “offed.” Anyone with an ounce of sense doesn’t want him becoming a martyr to the “cause” because then they’ll pass every goofy, fruitcake idea the left has had in the last 4 decades. And they’ll name each bill after this guy. sheesh

Based on some of the posts over at DUmmies and Daily Kos, those “peaceniks” over there are the people he should be worried about.

They’re mad that he hasn’t already taken over hospitals, big pharmaceuticals, and the AMA, like he did the auto companies!


11 posted on 08/14/2009 4:43:17 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: SolidWood

If it were to happen, it would not be from an authentic grass roots protestor but instead from one of his mind numbed dolts who all of a sudden discovers he/she has been duped and goes into a typical liberal rage and lashes out because they did not receive their “reward” for following this pathetic bigoted bastard.


12 posted on 08/14/2009 4:45:20 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate)
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To: cycle of discernment

Garrett said statements like one recently made by Rush Limbaugh comparing logo for the White House plan to a Nazi symbol “legitimizes people who are on the edge to go do something or say something.”

Uh...so when leftists accuse people on the right of being Nazis does that “legitimizes people who are on the edge to go do something or say something.”

I’m just asking. And I know I won’t get an answer.


13 posted on 08/14/2009 4:45:50 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: cycle of discernment

I’m betting on history. The Praetorian Guard and Senators did in Caligula and Julius Caesar.


14 posted on 08/14/2009 4:45:55 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: Daisyjane69

Exactly.

NOBODY that I know that is against him and his policies talks about wanting Obama ‘offed’. First of all it is immoral and criminal, secondly it would raise him to Christ-like status!

The fact that the left keeps bringing up that sort of stuff tells you just WHO has that mindset....and it ain’t us!


15 posted on 08/14/2009 4:46:36 AM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: SolidWood
Southern Poverty Law Center, two dumb liberals and their dog in the garage, always seems to be the goto group to trash Americans. Specialty is manufactured hate, you would think they would still be busy tracking down the Democrat's KKK members.
16 posted on 08/14/2009 4:47:15 AM PDT by Tarpon (The Joker's plan -- Slavery by debt so large it can never be repaid...)
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To: cycle of discernment

The ONLY real threat to him comes from dis-gruntled leftist wacko’s, and the Chicago backers if he falls on his face!


17 posted on 08/14/2009 4:48:22 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gots to buy no gas...Obama gonna take care o' me!")
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To: cycle of discernment
"I don't think these are simply people who are mentally ill or off their rocker," Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center...

Southern Poverty Law Center, a totally impartial unbiased sorce of course.....

18 posted on 08/14/2009 4:48:27 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: bert

Dangerous subject to discuss if a person wants to stay out of trouble.

Far better for him to be impeached, forced to resign in shame, or simply be a lame duck for the next 3 years.

I dont think they’ll get anything thru on healthcare.


19 posted on 08/14/2009 4:48:50 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cycle of discernment

“Experts who track hate groups across the U.S. are growing increasingly concerned over violent rhetoric targeted at President Obama, especially as the debate over health care intensifies and a pattern of threats emerges.”

“Experts”!?, “hate groups”!?, “violent rhetoric”!?, “targeted at President Obama”!?

Check mark on “yes box” for all of the MSM basics.

Can’t win Democrats just start whining about race.

Hint: NOT about threats, it’s about race.


20 posted on 08/14/2009 4:48:58 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: cycle of discernment

the left simply can’t believe the great and wonderful things their Ivy League professors sold them aren’t selling in the real world...it must be RASCISM!!!That’s the ticket!!


21 posted on 08/14/2009 4:49:52 AM PDT by mo
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To: cycle of discernment

Obama supporters in the media must be getting nervous if they are playing the race card.


22 posted on 08/14/2009 4:50:11 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: cycle of discernment

Frog snot.

They’d do better to watch his disgruntled supporters who are furious that they haven’t had their mortgages and car payments made, yet.

I hear a more scary venom coming from “remorse voters” than those who didn’t vote for him at all.
We knew he’d screw us over and aren’t surprised/disappointed.
They didn’t and they *are*.

Pissed off left wing loons is who they should be watching.

They’re the ones who burn cities and loot stores when they feel “disenfranchised”.


23 posted on 08/14/2009 4:50:52 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away..............)
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To: Ticonderoga34

baraq is losing his momemtum big time and now it’s time to pull out all kinds of cards that have worked in the past. Problem is they won’t work this time.


24 posted on 08/14/2009 4:52:01 AM PDT by Texas resident ( Boys and Girls, it's us against them.)
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To: cycle of discernment

Havent heard anything about Obama being targeted.
He is only part of the problem.

The Congress is the major offender. I dont mean just Democrats either. We have enough RINO’s that need to be voted out in 2010, along with the Democrats.

Obama cannot pass legislation. He just signs it after the Democrats and RINO’s pass it.


25 posted on 08/14/2009 4:53:03 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: The_Media_never_lie
In 2006 the CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center made $334,886 in salary and compensation. Potok made $140,000. Those aren't huge salaries, but the point is that finding racial issues, even where they don't exist is what they do for a living.
26 posted on 08/14/2009 4:53:16 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Truth29

The first one that would come to my mind is the toons.


27 posted on 08/14/2009 4:53:24 AM PDT by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: cycle of discernment

“I don’t think these are simply people who are mentally ill or off their rocker,” Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project”

The only mentally ill I see here is Mark Potok, the director of the oxymoronic “Intelligence Peoject”.


28 posted on 08/14/2009 4:54:30 AM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: cycle of discernment
It ain’t race. Its the fact he’s a communist and socialist trying to destroy our free market economy...or what’s left of it. Even a racist will work with another race if the money is good.
29 posted on 08/14/2009 4:56:07 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: cycle of discernment

Garrett said statements like one recently made by controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh comparing a logo for the White House plan to a Nazi symbol “legitimizes people who are on the edge to go do something or say something.”

“And if you go and take a look at this, you will find that the Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo,” Limbaugh said.

Later, someone painted a swastika outside the office of Congressman David Scott of Georgia, one of Obama’s supporters.

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Rush’s fault? Good grief!

Who’s to say a David Scott supporter didn’t paint the swastika, akin to those fake noose stories.


30 posted on 08/14/2009 4:56:07 AM PDT by maggief
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To: cycle of discernment
former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant. ... said statements like one recently made by Rush Limbaugh comparing logo for the White House plan to a Nazi symbol "legitimizes people who are on the edge to go do something or say something."

- - -

Hey, Brad Garrett, get a clue. Pelosi began with the Nazis, remember? Or are ABC ratings continuing their death panel spiral?

31 posted on 08/14/2009 4:57:49 AM PDT by Sparko ("Reporting dissent is the highest form of patriotism! "- - Barack Obama in his dreams.)
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To: Salamander
Looks like they wrote an article based on fears and speculation. I see no facts sited and the anecdotes (Limbaugh) are totally off the mark.
32 posted on 08/14/2009 4:58:11 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: cycle of discernment
"I don't think these are simply people who are mentally ill or off their rocker," Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told ABC News of those behind the threats. "In a very real sense they represent a genuine reaction, a genuine backlash against Obama."

We should always remember that the SPLC's continued existence depends upon finding plenty of villains and dangerous groups to warn about and write about. So, we can be confident they will find them, just as every leftist interest group will find the thing that justifies their existence.

33 posted on 08/14/2009 4:58:21 AM PDT by Will88
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To: cycle of discernment

Oh, bosh. They’re losing the battle for the hearts and minds of America so now they’re creating a false crisis.


34 posted on 08/14/2009 4:58:26 AM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ It is FRIDAY and Caligula is still evil.)
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To: cycle of discernment
This whole article details our opposition to the policies that the administration is trying to enact.

It doesn't get even get around to the “race issue” until the very end of the article. Where it actually has nothing to do with the matter at hand. Suddenly “fears amongst fairly large numbers of white people in this country that they are somehow losing their country, that the battle is lost,”

So if we're opposing the administration, we're racists. Point out the similarities in the 0bama propaganda to national socialism propaganda...makes us racists. Our legitimate concerns about our country make us racist. Point out the use of swastikas at events are plants from their own people and we're racists.

The only swastikas I have seen from our side denounce it with a red circle and diagonal line for NO.

35 posted on 08/14/2009 4:58:52 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: driftdiver

Staying out of trouble is not a concern. The future of America is the concern. Shame kills

The course you describe will not happen.


36 posted on 08/14/2009 4:58:58 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: cripplecreek

They have to pull their precious bill back from the abyss.

They were caught totally by surprise that people were going around their filters to read what was in the bill. They have to take us down. They have to convince the great unwashed that we are..
1) Evil
2) Crazy
3) Hate filled
4) Stupid
5) Racists


37 posted on 08/14/2009 4:59:00 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: cycle of discernment

More attempts to marginalize the protesters and gain sympathy for their messiah. These people are completely peaceful and want to be left alone.

Pray for America


38 posted on 08/14/2009 5:00:01 AM PDT by bray (He's a Divider not a Uniter)
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To: Sparko

They started with it long before Pelosi:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2315820/posts


39 posted on 08/14/2009 5:00:38 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: cripplecreek
Agree; and have to wonder just what the 'left' itself has in it's collective mind. ,p. They carry a particular brand of hate where they are all too willing to indict others for their own Machiavellian, Leftist agenda.

Of course it is one thing to put hate messages on one's own dorm room door; or create a racial incident at work by faking offense; or burn a cross on their own lawn; while laying blame elsewhere. . .but this is going a bit over the top. Am stunned at the rhetoric that contain not only the ugliest racist rhetoric but incendiary words as well.

We can only wonder - and remember - that there IS a wisdom and a warning; in those who 'protest too much'. . .

[Saw headline at Drudge; re National Guard - practicing maneuvers at High School - prepping for riots over H1N1; and suspect it is not because they imagine there will be riots if not enough vaccine; nor do I think that is the only thing they are preparing for!. We are so in trouble folks. . .]

40 posted on 08/14/2009 5:01:20 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America'sorry' President))
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To: cripplecreek
Agree; and have to wonder just what the 'left' itself has in it's collective mind. ,p. They carry a particular brand of hate where they are all too willing to indict others for their own Machiavellian, Leftist agenda.

Of course it is one thing to put hate messages on one's own dorm room door; or create a racial incident at work by faking offense; or burn a cross on their own lawn; while laying blame elsewhere. . .but this is going a bit over the top. Am stunned at the rhetoric that contain not only the ugliest racist rhetoric but incendiary words as well.

We can only wonder - and remember - that there IS a wisdom and a warning; in those who 'protest too much'. . .

[Saw headline at Drudge; re National Guard - practicing maneuvers at High School - prepping for riots over H1N1; and suspect it is not because they imagine there will be riots if not enough vaccine; nor do I think that is the only thing they are preparing for!. We are so in trouble folks. . .]

41 posted on 08/14/2009 5:01:21 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America'sorry' President))
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To: bert

throwing yourself in front of the train does not stop the train. the most effective weapon is the brain.


42 posted on 08/14/2009 5:01:22 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cycle of discernment
So who are these so-called "hate groups"? My guess is that they are anybody that doesn't agree with the commies that are now running the Federal Government.

The race card is losing its lustre. People can see beyond the facade. Our first affirmative action president is failing fast, and the only defense his synchophants can assemble is the race card.

43 posted on 08/14/2009 5:02:22 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1938 all over again - the democrats are the new NAZIs and conservatives are the new Jews.)
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To: cycle of discernment
if ANYTHING ever happened to Obama --the media will blame the right, it is a foregone conclusion

If we don't praise the worst president in American history, we're racist?
We didn't praise Carter, either, so why didn't they call us racist for that? What gives?
The left has no logic.

In my opinion, Oboma is politically hurting the politicians in the democrat party as much as he's fiscally and socially hurting the U.S. citizens. If I were Oboma, I'd watch my back around them more than us, and they have a heck of a lot more access to him than we do. If anything does ever happen to him, I'd start with his fellow democrat politicians first and move on from there.

44 posted on 08/14/2009 5:02:30 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: vladimir998
"...Rush Limbaugh comparing logo for the White House plan to a Nazi symbol..."


45 posted on 08/14/2009 5:03:14 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Truth29

I couldn’t agree more.That’s what they do best.


46 posted on 08/14/2009 5:04:53 AM PDT by taxtruth (STAND UP OR BE STOOD ON!)
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To: Will88

” just as every leftist interest group will find the thing that justifies their existence. “

‘... just as every leftist interest group will *invent* the thing that justifies their existence. ‘

[there - fixed it]


47 posted on 08/14/2009 5:06:31 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: cycle of discernment

The only thing I want to see happen to Obozo, is to be evicted from the White House in handcuffs.

Not only do I doubt his citizenship, but I feel he is guilty of treason. But come to think about it, if he is not a citizen, can he be tried for treason?


48 posted on 08/14/2009 5:07:43 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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To: cycle of discernment
"It's certainly a scary time," said former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant.

Nope. No left wing biased reporting there. (/S)

It sounds like the left is setting the stage to blame someone else already. If I were Oboma, I'd keep a close eye on my left wing "friends". Like his race, they're the only ones talking about his demise.

"That which you do, blame other for doing" - Lenin

49 posted on 08/14/2009 5:09:03 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: EBH
All propaganda from the left, this is effort to shut up common every day hard working Americans that don't like Obama’s policy's.

They want you scared to speak out, want you to feel if you do it you do you are a wacko hater of some type.

Notice no facts in the story, this is bull.

Just like in Sean Town Hall last night, All those for the health-care were repeating points like this they heard on the news and From White House.

50 posted on 08/14/2009 5:10:47 AM PDT by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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