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Lupica: Has-been Dick Cheney's rants vs. President Obama politicize war on terror
New York Daily News ^ | Monday, January 4th 2010 | Mike Lupica - Keith Olbermann wannabe

Posted on 01/04/2010 9:47:56 AM PST by presidio9

The new year begins even worse than the last one ended. Only this time it isn't a debate about health care showing how lousy and mean partisan politics have become in America, it is the debate over the war on terrorism.

As usual it starts with a has-been like Dick Cheney acting as if that war is some party issue, as if the country is somehow more vulnerable to fanatics because Democrats have the White House and the Congress, as if all those who hate America and want to kill Americans see this tremendous opening to do that because Barack Obama is in charge now.

The idea is dumber than that television show about the Jersey Shore.

Still there was Cheney - who once was able to hide almost as well as Osama Bin Laden - out in front after a failed attempt to blow up a Northwest airplane on its way into Detroit on Christmas Day, like he wanted to be the first Obama hater to take his swings.

Only Cheney looks at a near tragedy on Christmas and sees opportunity. When he does, he doesn't just sound like some old crank in the park. He sounds like a bum.

But then partisan attacks like this are the real national pastime now in American politics, why we seem unable to get out of our own way even on the big things, why the constant war of words between the left and the right can somehow trivialize the most crucial issues of a world that becomes less safe by the day.

It is why politics in this country are as low as they have been since the Civil War. Why this has become an Un-Civil War America, wasting too much time being at war with itself.

So somehow Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his mosh pit of a brain are supposed to be Obama's fault. We are supposed to believe that the country really is at greater risk because a Democrat is in charge. Right. Cheney probably believes that if Al Gore had been President in September 2001, the terrorists would have taken down the Empire State Building, too.

This war isn't a party issue. It is an American issue, about our character as much as any politician's. Cheney gives an interview to Politico and worries about the "social transformation" he says Obama is trying to fashion. "Reclamation" is a better word, a reclamation of the values and ideals trampled by the previous administration.

Here is Cheney on Abdulmutallab's failure to set off his homemade explosive device on Northwest Flight 253:

"As I've watched the events of the last few days, it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think that if he has a low-key response to blow up an airliner ...we won't be at war."

Cheney used to be a much better liar than this. But that was back when he was selling this country a bill of goods on Niger and uranium and weapons of mass destruction. He must believe if he can sell all that, wholesale, he can rewrite his place in history, the mess he and George W. Bush left to this President.

He acts now as if the last administration were some kind of triumph, as if the economy collapsed on somebody else's watch the way the towers of the World Trade Center did. Maybe that is the most amazing lie of current American life, people actually expected to believe that Bush and Cheney's eight years in office are the good old days.

Now everything is supposed to be their way against Obama's, Republicans versus Democrats, liberals versus conservatives, the apparent goal to get the whole country shouting at one another as if it's nighttime cable TV, and every debate is supposed to sound like life-and-death.

Only the war on terrorism really is life-and-death.

And the security lines are longer than ever; we saw them again on Saturday afternoon as we flew back to the United States, everybody patted down at the boarding gate, every carry-on bag checked, item by item. It was the first flights after Sept. 11 all over again.

Maybe it isn't some breakdown in security in Nigeria, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's flight originated, that makes Cheney sound more like an old fool than ever. Or that Abdulmutallab came as close as he did to exploding that bomb.

Maybe it is this: That the America Obama inherited is hated more now than it was pre-Bush. It isn't just the President who needs to be stronger than ever. It is all of us.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: barfalert; bcgraduates; dickcheney; dissentispatriotic; hysteria; lyingliar; mikelupica; pravdamedia; sportswriter; usefulidiot
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1 posted on 01/04/2010 9:47:56 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
As usual it starts with a has-been like Dick Cheney acting as if that war is some party issue

The Rat Party politics of "cut and run" and "I support our troops when they shoot their officers" MADE the war a party issue, dumbf***.

2 posted on 01/04/2010 9:49:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: presidio9

I don’t read Lupica when he writes about sports. Does he really think he’s relevant?


3 posted on 01/04/2010 9:50:29 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: presidio9

4 posted on 01/04/2010 9:52:07 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: presidio9
It is why politics in this country are as low as they have been since the Civil War.

He must've been stoned in 1968 when domestic terrorists sides with the North Vietnamese Communists to blow up US armories, shoot police officers, and riot in our streets while praising serial killers like the Manson family.

I'll give you the refresher, those radicals are the ones who nurtured Obama's political career.

5 posted on 01/04/2010 9:52:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: presidio9

The PC that protects the underwear bombers at our expense is the Left’s fault, end of debate. The science is settled the Left has a mosh pit for brains.


6 posted on 01/04/2010 9:52:55 AM PST by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: presidio9

Hasn’t Rush said sportswriters are the furthest left of all the libs in journalism?


7 posted on 01/04/2010 9:52:57 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: presidio9

Dick Cheney is hardly a has been, but rather a ‘still is’
and always will be.


8 posted on 01/04/2010 9:53:02 AM PST by rahbert (Bop Bop, dibidip dibidip....)
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To: presidio9

Let’s see, Dick Cheney, executive official, Chief of Staff to the President, 10 year Congressman, Secretary of Defense, and 8 year Vice-President.

Compared to what? Oh, yeah minor state senator who wouldn’t take a stand on anything and 4 year US Senator who started running for president two years into his term.

I know who’s experience I’m going to listen to on national security.


9 posted on 01/04/2010 9:53:23 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: presidio9

If Cheney is such a “has been”, why are you worrying about what he has to say?


10 posted on 01/04/2010 9:56:59 AM PST by rbbeachkid (The ONLY ones able to fix the economy - Small Business Owners!)
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To: presidio9
So somehow Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his mosh pit of a brain are supposed to be Obama's fault. We are supposed to believe that the country really is at greater risk because a Democrat is in charge. Right.

It isn't the party affiliation, it is the novice status of the person in the oval office.

Hillary Clinton's campaign ran a "who would you rather have in the White House to take a phone call at 3AM" advertisement.

Obama got the call about the Christmas bomber either 3 days or 3 hours after the event. And Dept. of Homeland Security claims the contingency plans worked because everyone relevant was contacted within 60-90 minutes.

Spin all you want, Mike.

11 posted on 01/04/2010 9:57:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: presidio9
Smiley

What a dripping pantload!!!! Hey Mike Lupica - [Keith Olbermann wannabe], you can say what you want about Cheeney but from 9/11 to 11/08 we had no successful hijackings!!! We had terrorists captured and held OFFSHORE and we successfully prosecuted the war in Iraq to the point that we're able to seriously start withdrawing. Bambi's stubborn refusal to stop his golf game in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, and Janet Napalatano's saying "the system worked" is no comparison.

12 posted on 01/04/2010 9:58:10 AM PST by YankeeReb (Pray for 0bama Psalm 109:8 ; May his days be short. May another take his office.)
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To: presidio9

It’s getting harder and harder to watch anything on ESPN with the volumne on these days.

ESPN is rapidly morphing into the MSNBC of sports channels.

If ESPN is not careful, FOX is going to steal every sports program except N Korean badminton championships.


13 posted on 01/04/2010 9:58:38 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: presidio9
"Honey, Even after the Winter Holiday terrorist attack, I'm still going to send some of the terrorist at Gitmo back to Yemen. ...Fistbump!"


14 posted on 01/04/2010 9:58:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: presidio9
Only Cheney looks at a near tragedy on Christmas and sees opportunity.

An ACCIDENT would be tragic. This would be a deliberate HORRIFIC act.

And if he had accomplished he deed, we would have initially been told "no connection to terrorism" as we've still be told through official channels regarding the Ft. Hood massacre (a war crime).

15 posted on 01/04/2010 10:00:15 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: TexasCajun

I saw so many of his articles when Pres Bush was being attacked(not). Odumbo and his cohorts reap what they sowed.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 10:01:17 AM PST by italianquaker (My bartender knew about the attempted Christmas attack before odumbo)
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To: presidio9
The new year begins even worse than the last one ended.

Well, at least Lupica got one thing right in his article. Yet he can't see why.

17 posted on 01/04/2010 10:02:12 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: TexasCajun

How’s that Saudi “art therapy” rehabilitation program goin’?


18 posted on 01/04/2010 10:03:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: Republic of Texas; junta; NativeNewYorker; Clemenza
The idea is dumber than that television show about the Jersey Shore.

Lupica is try to be hip and politically correct at the same time here. You can have any opinion you want about that show except that it is "dumb." It's getting huge ratings. The most unlikely of people are talking about it. In short, the idea was genius. You can call the people on the show dumb without calling all Italians dumb. You can laugh at the guidos who hang out down the Shore dumb and still respect Italians. I do. I have too many Italians to count in my family. I also had beach houses in Belmar, Spring Lake, and Pt Pleasant in my 20's (notice how I tried to get farther away from Bar A each successive year). In my experience, the guidos on the Shore behaved EXACTLY the way whiny liberals (expecially whiny Italian liberals) are now calling a racist stereotype.

19 posted on 01/04/2010 10:03:45 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: TexasCajun

...back to Yemen.

Gun enthusiasts refer to that as reloading.


20 posted on 01/04/2010 10:05:20 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: presidio9
‘as if the country is somehow more vulnerable to fanatics because Democrats have the White House and the Congress, as if all those who hate America and want to kill Americans see this tremendous opening to do that because Barack Obama is in charge now’

He forgot the big DUH after that part of the sentence.

21 posted on 01/04/2010 10:05:26 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: presidio9

Political??? I seem to remember a little quote from dingy harry about “the war is lost”.....this jerk needs some cheese with his whine.....


22 posted on 01/04/2010 10:05:26 AM PST by radioone (Alinskys rules for radicals: Ridicule is a better tactic than argument.)
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To: presidio9

Where’s the barf alert?


23 posted on 01/04/2010 10:05:37 AM PST by NRA1995 (I believe in climate change; most call it the four seasons)
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To: presidio9

“But that was back when he was selling this country a bill of goods on Niger and uranium and weapons of mass destruction.”

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ALL of which has been proven to be of substance and merit.

The no-talents in the absymally inexact “profession” of journalism don’t even have to bother with getting the big, importants facts right.


24 posted on 01/04/2010 10:06:42 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: presidio9

Sorry, I didn’t mention the TV show, just Lupica. Never actually seen the show.


25 posted on 01/04/2010 10:07:08 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: rahbert
Dick Cheney is hardly a has been, but rather a ‘still is’ and always will be

This is another example of Lupica desperately trying to make him sound hip. Cheney obviously can't be a "has been" in this context, because he was never president. He is no longer Vice President either, but there is a long tradition of former VP's doing the dirty work and taking care of the party's interest while the former president remains above the fray. Obviously Al Gore did this sort of thing all the time, but Lupica thinks Gore is a better man than Cheney...

26 posted on 01/04/2010 10:08:31 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
That the America Obama inherited...

Get the eff over it, what's your name. When will these liberal losers take responsibility? Oh, I forgot, never

27 posted on 01/04/2010 10:10:21 AM PST by Felis_irritable (Fool me once, I'll punch you in the...er, something or other...)
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To: presidio9

Never heard of lupica.

Who cares about oldermannnn?

I DO remember, admire, respect Vice President Dick Cheney though.


28 posted on 01/04/2010 10:13:24 AM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: presidio9

Never heard of lupica.

Who cares about oldermannnn?

I DO remember, admire, respect Vice President Dick Cheney though.


29 posted on 01/04/2010 10:13:24 AM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: presidio9

Never heard of lupica.

Who cares about oldermannnn?

I DO remember, admire, respect Vice President Dick Cheney though.


30 posted on 01/04/2010 10:13:27 AM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: presidio9

Ah, the mess that Bush left Obama. Mike, do you really want to know what Dubya left Obama? I’ll tell you what Dubya left Obama, as it’s turning out. A smaller, cheaper, less intrusive government and a safer, more prosperous country. To update the old joke, your guy is well on the way to making Dubya the Bush between two piles of crap.


31 posted on 01/04/2010 10:15:13 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: presidio9

Who is Mike Lupica? Really! Who cares what he thinks or says?


32 posted on 01/04/2010 10:16:30 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: presidio9

The quality of Lupica’s prose suggests that he is not only dullness incarnate, but dullness infectious. His friends should flee from him lest they acquire the disease. (I’ll find the quote that inspired this, but not today.)


33 posted on 01/04/2010 10:23:28 AM PST by JohnQ1 ("(BHO) can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - A Lincoln)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
About the only thing I ever watched ESPN for anymore was "Baseball Tonight" and "Monday Night Football." Then, last season MLB Network started broadcasting their own "MLB Tonight" program. Plus they hired Harold Reynolds, Bob Costas and then Peter Gammons. All three are among the top ten smartest in the sports broadcasting business. And that takes into account the fact that Gammons has had a stroke. He's so professional that he gets around it. Gammons is am unapolgetic Red Sox fan, but Costas is a Yankees fan, so it balances out. Reynolds is a huge Mariners fan, which is going to help because Seattle is going to be great this year. I suspect that all three are liberals, but they are smart enough to keep it to themselves. I have probably watched ESPN the least this year of any year since it came on the air. As the NFL network contines to ramp up, I'm beginning to wonder if I will watch ESPN for anything other than an occasional college basketball game, and maybe a World Cup game.

Any you're right about Fox Sports. I started going to their website instead of ESPN.com about three years ago, because everything on the ESPN site required a subscription.

34 posted on 01/04/2010 10:23:28 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: rahbert

Obama is a wannabe, neverwas, or neverwillbe.


35 posted on 01/04/2010 10:23:40 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: presidio9

Mike Lupica is the reason Jason Whitlock left ESPN. I’m sure many of his peers in the business have wished to b***h-slap him when he starts on one of his rants.


36 posted on 01/04/2010 10:24:47 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: NRA1995
Where’s the barf alert?

I have never done a "barf alert" in my 12 years here. I did put "Lupica" in the title.

37 posted on 01/04/2010 10:26:37 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
It's amazing that self professed sports analysts who never swung a bat or shot a basketball can become political experts. What kind of success outside of the "The Reporters" entitles him this expertise?-
38 posted on 01/04/2010 10:27:28 AM PST by franky8 (For the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: presidio9

Mike, when you talk about politics, do you realize how ignorant and uninformed you sound?


39 posted on 01/04/2010 10:30:30 AM PST by RabidBartender (Rob Scaaf for Missouri State Senate http://schaafforsenate.com/)
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To: Republic of Texas
Sorry, I didn’t mention the TV show, just Lupica. Never actually seen the show.

Yes, but the fact that Lupica thought it needed to be mentioned in what he clearly believes is a weighty article tells you all you need to know about Lupica. And that show.

40 posted on 01/04/2010 10:30:41 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: holdonnow

This big dope poked his head out from the ground again, fyi.


41 posted on 01/04/2010 10:33:37 AM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Republic of Texas

Lupica is a libtard dwarf


42 posted on 01/04/2010 10:36:43 AM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: presidio9

I know Lupica is an idiot, and I’ll take your word on the show!


43 posted on 01/04/2010 10:37:33 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: presidio9

Obama will never be able to clean Dick Cheney's shoes and neither will Mike Lupica. I would rather be a 'has been' than a NEVER BEEN!

BTW, Dick, is that the best you can do by trying to trash Cheney, AGAIN?!

44 posted on 01/04/2010 10:38:47 AM PST by kcvl
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To: franky8

Lupica first started writing sports for the Daily News in the early to mid 80’s. It was never a great fit, as he grew up in New Hampshire and makes no secret of the fact that he hates the Yankees. He has never wanted to be there, and has tried unsuccessfully to leave any number of times. He first left to become a parter in The Nation (I think it was called), a sports-only newspaper in the late 80’s. When the paper failed, the Daily News took him back. He then left to host a talk radio show on WFAN NY. This, too, failed and they took him back. At some point after this he got a recurring gig on ESPN’s “Sports Reporters.” He parlayed this into a TV talk show on ESPN. Rather than taking another risk, he restructured his comittment to the Daily News while keeping his same contract. This turned out to be a good idea, because (of course) the TV program failed. It also freed him up to write more political pieces for the Daily News, which is all he seems to do these days: Attack the Yankees, attack Steinbrenner, attack Sarah Palin, attack George W. Bush, attack Dick Cheney, attack the Dolans (ok, maybe they deserve it), attack Roger Clemens, and attack Mark McGuire.


45 posted on 01/04/2010 10:55:24 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Whitlock labeled Mike Lupica “an insecure, mean-spirited busybody”, and referred to Robert “Scoop” Jackson as a “clown”, saying that “the publishing of [Jackson’s] fake ghetto posturing is an insult to black intelligence.” Jackson, like Whitlock, is African-American.


46 posted on 01/04/2010 10:56:31 AM PST by kcvl
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To: RabidBartender
Mike, when you talk about politics ANYTHING, do you realize how ignorant and uninformed you sound?

Minor correction. Lupica has become more and more insufferable (and irrelevant) in recent past. I expect he should be showing up as Olber-turkey's sidekick/replacement over on PMS/NBC any day now...

47 posted on 01/04/2010 11:02:30 AM PST by ssaftler (This tagline on vacation.)
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To: presidio9

I grew up around Guidos, and never had a problem with them, even though I was the geeky Jew with good grades. I always admired their confidence.


48 posted on 01/04/2010 11:02:35 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: a fool in paradise
"Art therapy" is only for fellow Saudis.

Saudis Strike Yemeni Rebels Along Border
NYTimes
By ROBERT F. WORTH
Published: November 5, 2009

49 posted on 01/04/2010 11:10:40 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Yumpin’ Yemeni


50 posted on 01/04/2010 11:13:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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