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Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks (eerily perfect)
NY TIMES ^ | 8/16/09 | PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY, Carl Hulse contributed reporting.

Posted on 08/16/2009 7:39:55 AM PDT by Liz

BACKSTORY At a Little Rock restaurant, after Mr. Clinton was elected president, Emanuel ticked off a list of disloyal Democrats and other political enemies, stabs the table with his knife screaming, ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' after each name.

Seven months after moving into the West Wing as Obama's COS, Emanuel is emerging as perhaps the most influential White House COS in a generation. But with his prominence in almost everything important going on comes a high degree of risk.

As the principal author of Mr. Obama’s do-everything-at-once strategy, he stands to become a figure of consequence in his own right if the administration stabilizes the economy and financial markets, overhauls the health care system and winds down one war while successfully prosecuting another.

If things do not go well — and right now Mr. Obama’s political popularity is declining, his health care legislation is under conservative assault, the budget deficit is at an eye-popping level and Afghanistan remains volatile — it is Mr. Emanuel whose job will be on the line before Mr. Obama’s.

.......it seems as if Mr. Emanuel is White House chief of staff, political director, legislative director and communications director all rolled into one. He has fingers in almost every decision, like who gets invited to social events at the White House and how to shape economic and foreign policy. He carries a notecard in his pocket with a list of things to accomplish and marks them off obsessively. He requires cabinet secretaries and all West Wing departments to submit written reports each week and returns them with terse notes in the margins.

As negotiations intensified on health care recently, he was a constant presence on Capitol Hill — one day alone, he was there 8.5 hours before returning to the White House to tend to other duties.

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An amazing career---Rahm's straight-up trajectory---and he did it all by himself (snicker). In between Rahm's career choices, he won a coveted scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey School of Ballet......he was that good in a tutu.

This guy Rahm is so perfect---he's downright scary---and he wasn't even voted Most Likely To Succeed. Course Rahm WAS voted "Mr Perfection" by Democrats looking for donations from financial outfits.

HOW RAHM ROSE TO THE TOP

"Mr Perfection" resigned his position as an advisor to Bill Clinton, in 1998 to become a Wall Street investment banker with Wasserstein Perella, (now Dresdner Kleinwort), where he worked until 2002. In 1999, "Mr Perfection" became managing director at their Chicago office. According to Congressional disclosures, Emanuel made $16.2 million in his 2 1/2 year stint as a banker. Amazingly, "Mr Perfection" became a multi-millioniare overnight----and he wasn't even voted "Most Likely To Succeed." (snicker). At Wasserstein Perella, Mr Perfection worked on eight deals, including the acquisition by Commonwealth Edison of Peco Energy and the purchase by GTCR Golder Rauner of the ecurityLink home security unit from SBC.

He then ran for Congress (succesfully, of course); luckily members of the securities and investment industry became his biggest backers, donating more than $1.5M to his campaigns dating back to 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mr Perfection also leaned heavily upon the industry as 2006 Dem Congressional Campaign Committee Chair. Financial industry donors contributed more than $5.8M to the Dem committee, behind only retirees.

Pres Bill Clinton in 2000 named Mr Perfection Emanuel to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac"). Rahm's position paid him $31,060 in 2000 and $231,655 in 2001. During the time Emanuel spent on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) later accused the board of having "failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention." Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for Congress.

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QUESTION Did Rahm fillout the 63-count seven-page personnel application Obama gave to potential appointees? If so, how did Rahm outline his ties to financial institutions involved in the federal bailout? His activities on the Freddie Mac Board? Did Rahm ever know (and email) Madoff? Was Rahm involved in Clinton's pardon of tax cheat Marc Rich?

1 posted on 08/16/2009 7:39:56 AM PDT by Liz
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To: All
Many Americans fear we are witnessing the emergence of a new government dictatorship...on American soil. History tells us that rampant corruption, fed by cronyism, are the nuts and bolts of dictatorships. Dictatorships are almost always governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect each other from accountability.

CASE IN POINT --- HERE'S WHAT OBAMA SAID Obama "said" in re the FOIA memo, “The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.” Obama added later that “In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agencies (agencies) should act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public.”

HERE'S WHAT OBAMA DID Freddie Mac records exempt from FOIA (Obama Admin Denies Request)
Sunlight Foundation | 03/26/2009 | Bill Allison
FR Posted 03/27/2009 by BuckeyeTexan

Journalists Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac of the Chicago Tribune report that, while researching what went at Freddie Mac during the period White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel served on the government sponsored enterprise’s board of directors, they were unable to get minutes of board meetings and other information. The Obama administration rejected a Tribune request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel’s time as a director.

The documents, obtained by Falcon for his investigation, were “commercial information” exempt from disclosure, according to a lawyer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Freddie Mac executives cooked the books, mismanaged the firm, and ultimately drove it into the ground, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. The “commercial information” exemption is reserved for private companies–Freddie Mac is by no means a private company anymore.

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BACKSTORY Rahm Emanuel was director when Freddie Mac board was tipped to fraudulent BONUS schemes. "On (Rahm) Emanuel's watch, the board was told by executives of a plan to use accounting tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits the government-chartered firm was then reaping from risky investments. The goal was to push earnings onto the books in future years, ensuring that Freddie Mac would appear profitable on paper for years to come and helping maximize annual bonuses for company brass.

The accounting scandal wasn't the only one that brewed during Emanuel's tenure. During his brief time on the board, the company hatched a plan to enhance its political muscle. That scheme, also reviewed by the board, led to a record $3.8 million fine from the Federal Election Commission for illegally using corporate resources to host fundraisers for politicians. Emanuel was the beneficiary of one of those parties after he left the board and ran in 2002 for a seat in Congress from the North Side of Chicago.

The board was throttled for its acquiescence to the accounting manipulation in a 2003 report by Armando Falcon Jr., head of a federal oversight agency for Freddie Mac. The scandal forced Freddie Mac to restate $5 billion in earnings and pay $585 million in fines and legal settlements.

It also foreshadowed even harder times at the firm. Many of those same risky investment practices tied to the accounting scandal eventually brought the firm to the brink of insolvency and led to its seizure last year by the Bush administration, which pledged to inject up to $100 billion in new capital to keep the firm afloat. The Obama administration has doubled that commitment."

2 posted on 08/16/2009 7:41:41 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz

3 posted on 08/16/2009 7:42:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Liz
"Emanuel ticked off a list of disloyal Democrats and other political enemies, stabs the table with his knife screaming, ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' ''Dead!'' after each name."

I've always wondered about this - is there any chance Rahmbo was trying to be funny by making a play on the scene from "Animal House" where Bluto is screaming "... Neidermeyer, Dead! Marmalarde, dead!..." ?

4 posted on 08/16/2009 7:46:51 AM PDT by Flag_This (Just another useless bread-gobbler)
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Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times. “The president has a zenlike quality. Rahm is a pile driver.” DAVID AXELROD President Obama’s senior adviser
5 posted on 08/16/2009 7:47:03 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz
"HOW RAHM ROSE TO THE TOP"

Sometimes turds float.

6 posted on 08/16/2009 7:48:48 AM PDT by Flag_This (Just another useless bread-gobbler)
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To: Gay State Conservative

"(Sob) I love hope and change."

"Under Obamacare I get a free high-tech penile implant with microscopic
cameras and remote video relays to wide screens in Planned Parenthood
offices....to make sure we Americans are using sanitary sexual organs.
Obama says this will save zillions on STD medical costs. "

"And with my sanitary Obamacare Penis-a-Go-Go, I never, ever have to use a
rolled-up sock again."

7 posted on 08/16/2009 7:49:07 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Flag_This

Ummmmmmm........that’s so true (snicker).


8 posted on 08/16/2009 7:50:03 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz

“As the principal author of Mr. Obama’s do-everything-at-once strategy, he stands to become a figure of consequence in his own right if the administration stabilizes the economy and financial markets, overhauls the health care system and winds down one war while successfully prosecuting another.

If things do not go well — and right now Mr. Obama’s political popularity is declining, his health care legislation is under conservative assault, the budget deficit is at an eye-popping level and Afghanistan remains volatile — it is Mr. Emanuel whose job will be on the line before Mr. Obama’s.”

We should all thank Mr. Emanuel for pushing is “do everything at once” agenda. (Although even with their appetite for power they didn’t try ‘illegal immigration reform’ at the same time as the rest of this mess.)

0bama and his team have indeed successfully awakened a sleeping giant. They won’t enjoy the results.


9 posted on 08/16/2009 7:51:49 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Liz

In one way, Emanuel is like OddJob, and Jaws in the Bond Movies, but he obviously is not just a dumb robot.
He is, however, OBVIOUSLY an evil man with NO soul or morals.


10 posted on 08/16/2009 7:51:51 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Liz

All Obama has to worry about is that Rahm doesn’t have cold hands when he reaches in and pulls the string.


12 posted on 08/16/2009 7:53:08 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Condor51
COS Rahm Emanuel is a dual Israeli-American citizen. His father was an Israeli who was part of the underground resistance movement under the British Mandate.

FRIGHTENING STATEMENT Obama has stated that Rahm tells him "everything he needs to know about Israel." Rham has been trained to organize a civilian security force as a volunteer for “Sar’el”——the three-week Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) training program to train civilians.

CIRCA 1991 Rahm volunteered for “Sar’el”——a three-week Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) training program (like US boot camp) where civilians are trained to assist the Israeli military. Civilians like Rahm lived on an IDF military base to get the proper training. A civilian volunteer, Rahm assisted the IDF during the 1991 Gulf War, repairing truck brakes in one of Israel’s northern bases.

NOTE WELL Pres Obama campaigned on installing a “Civilian Security Force” on US soil. Dual citizen Rahm surely got the top White House job as Obama’s COS based on his Israeli training on how to organize a “Civilian Security Force.” Looking at ACORN’s activities, and the BILLIONS Obama has given them, ACORN is primed for (and is already acting as) a “Civilian Security Force.”

Course if Rahm was paid (or is now being paid) by a foreign government and/or the military, that would negate his American citizenship (US citizens forfeit their citizenship when they serve in the military of a foreign government).

We need to determine: (1) if dual citizens can legally serve in the US government and make policy for US citizens. (2) We need to see Rahm's emails and cell phone records to determine if he is taking orders from foreign governments and/or their military personnel.

13 posted on 08/16/2009 7:54:34 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182; AlexW; PreciousLiberty; raptor29; stephenjohnbanker; maggief

"Look at your poll numbers, dumba**. How stupid can you get?
You screwed-up healthcare. You started a race war.
Now I gotta drag out your frickin' wife and kids in
those ugly Gap clothes to make you look good again."

14 posted on 08/16/2009 7:59:21 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Bet he gets sick real soon.


15 posted on 08/16/2009 8:00:11 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Liz

Ah, yes. Rahm Emanuel, The Ballet Bully!


16 posted on 08/16/2009 8:00:58 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE Remember? The whole point of Obama naming Rahm COS was so that "tolerant and compassionate, bi-partisan Rahm" could work constructively with Congress to pass an ambitious agenda.

"Tolerant and compassionate bi-partisan Rahm" lays out his agenda on inauguration day.

17 posted on 08/16/2009 8:01:55 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz
BACKSTORY Rahm Emanuel was director when Freddie Mac board was tipped to fraudulent BONUS schemes. "On (Rahm) Emanuel's watch, the board was told by executives of a plan to use accounting tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits the government-chartered firm was then reaping from risky investments. The goal was to push earnings onto the books in future years, ensuring that Freddie Mac would appear profitable on paper for years to come and helping maximize annual bonuses for company brass.

LENDER COMPENSATION OKAY FOR GORELICK, RAINES, JOHNSON

What was Rahm "Stinkerbell" Emanuel's involvement in these bonuses, and how much of a bonus did Rahm get?

18 posted on 08/16/2009 8:02:15 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Vaduz
Bet he gets sick real soon.

How often do you think he gets himself checked? And how often does he demand that his "friends" get checked?

19 posted on 08/16/2009 8:06:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Liz

funny - i’d feel better if Rahm were taking orders from Netanyahu. if only.......


20 posted on 08/16/2009 8:06:30 AM PDT by avital2
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To: Liz

Eventually, rahm is going to get caught at some illegal manipulation and bring the whole administration down. It’s just a matter of time. We are only 7 months into this administration and zero is already crashing


21 posted on 08/16/2009 8:06:53 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Liz
If so, how did Rahm outline his ties to financial institutions involved in the federal bailout? His activities on the Freddie Mac Board? Did Rahm ever know (and email) Madoff? Was Rahm involved in Clinton's pardon of tax cheat Marc Rich?

When ObamaCare bankrupts all the health care Insurers - and dem committees are the only ones left handing out life and death decisions - you might have to go before a committee to beg for a spot on the list for your mother... Rahm is attracted to big money power - could "health care" be next for him?

22 posted on 08/16/2009 8:07:56 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Fishy rumors posters" Check 'em out:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2311664/posts)
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To: Liz

Obama to Rahm: “That’s what I pay you for, muh fuggah! You supposed to warm me AHEAD of time, not after the fact! And make sure those teleprompters are secured from now on, you hear?”


23 posted on 08/16/2009 8:08:22 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Liz

Is Rahm queer?


24 posted on 08/16/2009 8:11:46 AM PDT by blam
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To: SERKIT; Liz

“What was Rahm “Stinkerbell” Emanuel’s involvement in these bonuses, and how much of a bonus did Rahm get? “

It is easier to nail jelly to a tree than it is to trace the money these crooks move around to each other. Where is all the stimulus money? Why is 17+ billion parked in New Jersey? Where is the interest on this money going to? Who is getting it?


25 posted on 08/16/2009 8:12:43 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Liz

Looks like the Times is ready to throw Rahm under the bus in order to save their precious Zero.

I guess even the Times recognizes that the Democrats have bitten off more than they can chew, and someone will have to take the fall before Big 0’s ratings are improved.


26 posted on 08/16/2009 8:16:43 AM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

To often that’s what will make him sick.


27 posted on 08/16/2009 8:18:32 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Liz

ACORN certainly has the possibility to be our equivalent to the “brownshirts”.

Just a brief point to clarify: Hilter’s rise to power was with the “brownshirts” which were the SA, Sturmabteilung, not the SS. The SA broght him to power and then Hitler discarded them. The SA was a brutal paramilitary organization and was formed from the lower class - the unemployed, etc. The SS, Schutzstaffel, were elite military units and these came from the middle class. Most of these units fought as front line military divisions.

But, ACORN is not the SA. ACORN is full of fat, dumb people who follow orders, but cannot think. And we, are not unarmed Germans.


28 posted on 08/16/2009 8:19:50 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: rigelkentaurus

I still think he works for the Clintons-—the perfect fox in the henhouse. His job is make sure Obama fails paving the way for Hillary in 2012.


29 posted on 08/16/2009 8:27:37 AM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: rigelkentaurus

“But, ACORN is not the SA.”

No, 0bama’s “civilian defense force” would be equivalent to the SA (if not worse - Gestapo?). The one he wants to be “as powerful as the military”.

There’ll be a serious change in the tenor of things if Congress were ever to fund such a thing. It boggles my mind that any American would even consider it.

We need to cut him off at the knees in 2010.


30 posted on 08/16/2009 8:28:04 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: huckfillary

“I still think he works for the Clintons-—the perfect fox in the henhouse. His job is make sure Obama fails paving the way for Hillary in 2012.”

Hillary is damaged goods. Hillary derangement syndrome? :-)


31 posted on 08/16/2009 8:30:01 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

“We need to cut him off at the knees in 2010.”

To be clear, that should probably read “We need to cut him off at the knees in the 2010 elections” - no threat of violence! lol


32 posted on 08/16/2009 8:34:05 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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ACTION RESPONSE EMAIL chairman@gop.com
SUBJECT Rahm Emanuel intimidating elected Americans

BACKSTORY A report in Politico revealed dual citizen Rahm Emanuel retaliated against Americans who criticized Obama's economic stimulus package.

According to Politico, Emanuel “launched a coordinated effort" to intimidate Republican-Americans after a Sunday TV show in which the stimulus legislation was described as a failure. Emanuel apparently colluded with WH officials to maximize levels of intimidation.

Dual citizen Rahm directed that letters from Cabinet secretaries be sent to Republican-Americans (according to two administration officials).

This is supported by the timing, structure, and content of each letter. Not only were the four letters all sent the day following the TV remarks, but they were also remarkably similar in tone and sentence structure, Rep Issa informed Emanuel.

Americans commend Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for deploring dual citizen Rahm Emanuel's scare tactics, specifically employed by Emanuel to intimidate Americans in the United States Congress. Issa needs to take this a step farther. It is a violation of law to attempt to intimidate or threaten a member of the US Congress.

EMAIL chairman@gop.com

33 posted on 08/16/2009 8:35:16 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz

This stuff is hard to read and even harder to comprehend.

Audacity, audacity, audacity! Obama had it right from the beginning.


34 posted on 08/16/2009 8:56:29 AM PDT by parisa
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To: Liz

Nothing coming of Issa’s letter nor Cornyn’s about flat@whiteyhouse. They were written at the wrong time, just before recess, and will be forgotten before reconviening. That is unless they can both somehow keep these alive.


35 posted on 08/16/2009 9:24:21 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Liz

Someone needs to stand up at one of these townhalls and say to Obama - or any of the Democrats who are brave enough to hold a townhall - that this idea that somehow these protesters at the townhalls are “uncivil” or “mob-like” is a joke when our govt is being run by a man who routinely uses the f-word, flips the bird, and sends dead fish to his political enemies. Emanuel epitomizes incivility.


36 posted on 08/16/2009 9:49:32 AM PDT by Cookie123
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To: Cookie123
.....the idea that somehow the townhall protesters are “uncivil” or “mob-like” is a joke........ our govt is being run by a man who routinely uses the f-word, flips the bird, and sends dead fish to his political enemies. Emanuel epitomizes incivility.

N-i-c-e take.

37 posted on 08/16/2009 11:07:34 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: blam
Just what I was wondering myself Blam. Just because a guy is a ballet dancer doesn't mean he likes guys does it?

Yeah, it probably does.

38 posted on 08/16/2009 11:23:27 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
"Yeah, it probably does. "

LOL. You read my mind.

39 posted on 08/16/2009 1:27:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: stephenjohnbanker
You supposed to warm me AHEAD of time,

Warm what????

Yikes!!

40 posted on 08/16/2009 3:43:26 PM PDT by Osage Orange (A community organizer cannot bitch when communities organize..... - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Liz

The president has a zenlike quality
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Which means heavily medicated and his own little dream world.


41 posted on 08/16/2009 4:45:11 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: mojitojoe

And like Gregory Peck in “Spellbound” he goes ballistic when he sees “white lines”.....

Michele has to be careful when she straightens the sheets out at bedtime. LOL.


42 posted on 08/16/2009 5:01:26 PM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Liz

Oh, so we have the real master of chaos who hide behind Obama’s joker face.


43 posted on 08/16/2009 5:24:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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