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Ellie Light speaks
Politico ^ | January 26, 2010 | Ben Smith

Posted on 01/26/2010 6:36:29 AM PST by maggief

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Well, the mystery may be over. A woman who said her name was, in fact, Ellie Light called this morning into the radio show of Michael Smerconish, a national talker based in Philadelphia who has been friendly to Obama, to clear things up.

"I'm only me," she said, identifying herself as a traveling nurse who works for 13-week stretches at hospitals around the country, and whose primary residence is in Southern California.

"I need to own up – I did misrepresent my home town in some places," Light told Smerconish. Her logic in faking the addresses is one familiar to advocacy groups: "If I thought it was written by a neighbor of mine, I would give it more credence."

Light mused on why the letter was so widely circulated: "My letter was pretty darn good. It took a long time to write. I took more interest in honing it than most people take today."

"I don't know why others are not making the observation that, Why are we all abandoning the president we so adored so quickly?" she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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KEYWORDS: bensmith; ellielight; lamestream; libs; politico; talkradio
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1 posted on 01/26/2010 6:36:30 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Oh yeah, that sounds more plausible than a White House orchestrated astroturf campaign using proxy servers in Italy.

FAIL.


2 posted on 01/26/2010 6:39:21 AM PST by GunningForTheBuddha ("History teaches us that no one learns from history.")
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To: maggief

Lying liars who lie.
I don’t believe her. She could be anyone.


3 posted on 01/26/2010 6:39:24 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Persecute terrorists, not small business.)
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To: maggief

And we are supposed to believe this?


4 posted on 01/26/2010 6:39:43 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: maggief

“”I’m only me,” she said, identifying herself as a traveling nurse who works for 13-week stretches at hospitals around the country, and whose primary residence is in Southern California. “

Well, isn’t that convenient.

(In the oval office) “What occupation would explain why there were letters sent all around the country?”

“A traveling nurse!”

Good God. And the dumb libs will eat it up.


5 posted on 01/26/2010 6:40:01 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: maggief

Maybe it’s time for an “Ellie Light” fan club, with chapters in very city she lived in and wrote the same letrer to the editor

She was in Annapolis MD and published a letter here!

Let’s invite Ellie to a tea party!


6 posted on 01/26/2010 6:40:45 AM PST by silverleaf
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To: maggief

I mean really....she lied and lied again.......roflmao!


7 posted on 01/26/2010 6:42:23 AM PST by svcw (Ellie and Mark come out come out where ever you are.....)
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To: maggief
"I'm only me," she said, identifying herself as a traveling nurse who works for 13-week stretches at hospitals around the country, and whose primary residence is in Southern California.

Any bets on whether she's an SEIU member?

8 posted on 01/26/2010 6:43:07 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: maggief

I can’t believe Politico printed this swill. Obviously a hoax call.


9 posted on 01/26/2010 6:43:07 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: maggief
I'm only me," she said, identifying herself as a traveling nurse who works for 13-week stretches at hospitals around the country, and whose primary residence is in Southern California. "I need to own up – I did misrepresent my home town in some places," Light told Smerconish. Her logic in faking the addresses is one familiar to advocacy groups: "If I thought it was written by a neighbor of mine, I would give it more credence."

Well, 13 week stretches of work. That's 4 new 'hometowns' a year.

That only leaves 66 more 'hometowns' to explain.

No, this wasn't a paid professional group of propaganda artists. This was just one woman.

One meth-addicted coffee-guzzling woman.

Riiiiiiight.

10 posted on 01/26/2010 6:43:14 AM PST by Lazamataz (Hey Obama, Can You Hear Me Now....? GOOOOoood......)
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To: maggief

Possible she is Astroturfed Astroturf, yet another invention of a PR machine.

Still, the sheer joy she takes in casual deception is stunning!

It may be she is s traveling sociopath, a ‘hospice nurse’.


11 posted on 01/26/2010 6:43:46 AM PST by bvw
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To: maggief
Sheesh! Astroturf caller defending astroturf letter writer.

The only way we would know for sure is with a forensic exam of her computer. Fat chance of that.

12 posted on 01/26/2010 6:43:48 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: maggief

Well that was quick. Nothing to see here...move along.


13 posted on 01/26/2010 6:44:26 AM PST by The Louiswu (Government is made up of people, individuals who are largely ungoverned)
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To: Lazamataz

Ink cloud.


14 posted on 01/26/2010 6:44:31 AM PST by Crim
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To: autumnraine

and those innocent people in Florida just happened to have a scanner and a tape recorder when they just happened to pick up Newt’s private cell phone conversations


15 posted on 01/26/2010 6:44:37 AM PST by South Dakota (Drill baby, drill)
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To: maggief

This is rich. ‘Ol Elle calls in the day after Hannity chats with Michelle Malkin about it LOL


16 posted on 01/26/2010 6:46:18 AM PST by DaveMSmith (Evil Comes from Falsity, So Share the Truth)
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To: maggief

Translation: It’s fake but accurate.


17 posted on 01/26/2010 6:46:21 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: silverleaf

Where’s Waldo ?


18 posted on 01/26/2010 6:47:24 AM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a keynote speaker at a Wellstone memorial...............)
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To: GunningForTheBuddha

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2437437/posts

Aside from Light’s messages, duplicate pro-Obama letters have been submitted to dozens of publications by writers identified as “Jan Chen,” “Gloria Elle,” “Cherry Jimenez,” “Janet Leigh,” “Earnest Gardner,” “Jen Park,” “Lars Deerman,” “John F. Stott,” “Gordon Adams,” “Nancy Speed,” “Sheila Price,” “Clarence Ndangam,” “Vernetta Mason,” “Greg Mitchell,” “Ermelinda Giurato,” “J. Scott Piper,” “Robert Vander Molen” and “Terri Reese.”

Just as news of Light’s duplicate messages broke, readers began finding various letters written by “Mark Spivey,” a man who simultaneously claims to live in San Diego, Calif., and Naples, Fla. His pro-Obama letter, “Considering Afghanistan,” was published by the Minnesota Daily, the Baltimore Chronicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune and Naples News.

Patterico’s Pontifications also shared this letter from a Jan Chen of Seattle, published in Seattle’s Northwest Asian Weekly:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that drop you after you make a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

Meanwhile, a woman identified as Gloria Elle wrote a nearly identical letter to the editor published by the Baltimore Chronicle:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that cancel you for making a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town-hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”


19 posted on 01/26/2010 6:47:31 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

What a blithering idiot.


20 posted on 01/26/2010 6:47:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Pants on the ground pants on the ground lookin like a fool wit yo pants on the ground)
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To: nhwingut

Or...it’s a fraud, but a sincere one ;)


21 posted on 01/26/2010 6:49:27 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: nhwingut

Right. Now since the White House has been busted we are going to see everyone making jokes about Ellie Light and that those silly Conservatives were making all of these conspiracy theories about the White House and everyone working in it.

We can see through this crap from Pluto.


22 posted on 01/26/2010 6:49:29 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: maggief

I thought the surname was spelled “Lite” and pronounced “leet” — as in “elite.”

(Ellie LEET — get it?)


23 posted on 01/26/2010 6:49:37 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: maggief

Did that idiot Smerconish eat it up? I can’t stand that loud mouthed “Obummer voting”, self promoter.


24 posted on 01/26/2010 6:49:49 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: maggief

Emblematic of journalism’s insistance on getting “both sides” of the story even if one of those sides represents an exceedingly small percentage of the general public. IOW’s I’ve got 200 letters screaming about Obamacare so I’ve got to find 1 favorable regardless the lengths I have to go, or the warning bells that I have to ignore.


25 posted on 01/26/2010 6:49:54 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: maggief

>> duplicate pro-Obama letters have been submitted to dozens of publications by writers identified as <<

Lucy Ramirez?


26 posted on 01/26/2010 6:52:03 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: autumnraine
Sure a nurse who just happens to be licensed in all 50 states and supports socialized medicine.
27 posted on 01/26/2010 6:53:18 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: maggief

I guess her traveling nurse gig must have taken her to Saudi Arabia since one of her IP addresses was from Saudi. Or maybe traveling nurses routinely spoof their own IP addresses just for sh#ts and grins. Just a hunch, but I bet a query of licensed RNs in all 57 states would fail to turn up an Ellie Light, RN.

The Politico cracks me up publishing such pablum. For all they and Michael Smerconish know, that could have been me calling in claiming to be this alleged Ellie Light.


28 posted on 01/26/2010 6:53:24 AM PST by jgilbert63
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To: maggief

Ellie Jeanette Light in CA???

http://www.veromi.com/Search.aspx?sType=name&db=&fn=eleanor&mn=&ln=light&city=&state=&dobmm=&dobdd=&doby=

http://www.veromi.com/Search.aspx?sType=name&db=&fn=eleanor&mn=j&ln=light&city=&state=&dobmm=&dobdd=&doby=

http://www.veromi.com/Search.aspx?sType=name&db=&fn=ellie&mn=&ln=light&city=&state=&dobmm=&dobdd=&doby=


29 posted on 01/26/2010 6:54:50 AM PST by maggief
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To: rockrr; Buckhead

>> it’s a fraud, but a sincere one <<

As in, “Fraudulent but accurate” ???

Or should it be, “Fake but sincere” ???

(Let’s hope Buckhead gets on the case soon!)


30 posted on 01/26/2010 6:56:34 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: maggief

She’s about as real as the people at the obama Healthcare Rallies ... remember “Mr. President, why is everybody so mean to you?”


31 posted on 01/26/2010 6:56:35 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: maggief
a traveling nurse

wtf? Nothing is shadier than the medical business in this country.

please, all you "healthcare professionals," don't try to correct me. You're the most arrogant, indoctrinated species on the planet.

32 posted on 01/26/2010 6:56:48 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (denial springs eternal.)
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To: jgilbert63
"My name is Ellie Light."


33 posted on 01/26/2010 6:57:03 AM PST by maggief
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To: DaveMSmith

Even the local community paper has called me to verify that I wrote the note e-mailed to them, EVERY TIME.

But, I guess the “big” newspapers can’t be bothered with a little checking-up, now can they?

What total BS.


34 posted on 01/26/2010 6:57:15 AM PST by BB62
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To: maggief
I have a friend who's a traveling nurse so the job does exist and isn't that uncommon.

Now, whether or not Ellie Light is who she says she is, is still open to debate.

35 posted on 01/26/2010 6:58:52 AM PST by lwd
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To: maggief
"I need to own up – I did misrepresent my home town in some places lied," Light told Smerconish.
36 posted on 01/26/2010 6:59:51 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: maggief
Actually, I didn't think her letter was all that compelling at all. It was the standard talking points all libs use. What I am more interested in is why all these papers thought it good enough to print. That's extremely odd, imo.
37 posted on 01/26/2010 7:01:55 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Hawthorn

“Lucy Ramirez?”

Right out of the Dan Rather playbook. LOL!


38 posted on 01/26/2010 7:03:20 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

I wanna see a birth certificate.


39 posted on 01/26/2010 7:04:07 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: maggief

BS.

“13-week stretches” = 4 /year.

Yet there are many more than 4 locations.

Note toop how her occupation is one of “the caring professions”. That’s not coincidental.

This has professional PR written all over it.

I bet her moniker was even focus group tested first...


40 posted on 01/26/2010 7:05:06 AM PST by Pessimist (u)
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To: maggief
The stints of travelling nurses at various locations are usually months. She migt have been to two locations, not scores.

The CA nursing board probably has no RN's by that name.

41 posted on 01/26/2010 7:07:22 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: jennyjenny

Actually there are at least TWO Ellie Light letters.

Caller “Ellie” only mentions one.


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Your View: Letters to the editor (Jan. 24)
Las Cruces Sun-News (NM) - Monday, January 25, 2010

Unfair attacks on Obama

A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would’ve known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems Obama inherited as president wouldn’t go away overnight.

During his campaign, Obama clearly said that an economy that took eight years to break couldn’t be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a graveyard of empires, and it would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate Obama didn’t feed us happy-talk, which is why we elected him. He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps towards fixing problems that can’t be left for another day.

Right after Obama’s election, we seemed to grasp this. We understood that companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees, and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we respected him for that.

But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

ELLIE LIGHT

Bayard

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Haitian help
Westport News (CT) - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Author: Westport News - Staff
Generous and smart

A disaster has struck Haiti , and many struggle with the best way to give. Generosity is good, but it’s better to be generous and smart. Of course, most of the well-known charities have geared up to provide relief in Haiti of all sorts, including medical care, food and shelter, and I’ve provided a list of a few of those below. However, even in giving, it’s good to know where your money goes. If you’re considering making a sacrificial and heart-felt donation to people in need, there are still factors to consider. For example, one would prefer to donate to an organization that had a presence in Haiti before the earthquake struck. It’s best to donate to an organization large enough to make a substantial difference in this sad crisis, but not so large that your donation gets lost in the shuffle.

It only takes a few minutes to learn a bit about the charities you donate to, how accountable they are with their dollars, the percentage of your donation that goes to direct aid, and even the salaries of an aid organization’s CEOs. Even in times of crisis, it’s good to donate with your brain attached. Please note that many organizations will be overwhelmed with donations over the next few days, and donations occurring later in the month, will be just as welcome. Below are links to two organizations that thoroughly research charities operating in the United States. Charity Navigator provides info about all aspects of a charity’s finances, and the Better Business Bureau Giving Alliance centers more on a charity’s financial transparency and accounting practices.

Ellie Light

Bridgeport


42 posted on 01/26/2010 7:09:44 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief
Does anyone remember those little puzzles you got in Cracker Jack? You know, they had a little steel ball in them and some holes, and you needed to get all the little balls in the holes?

Metaphorically speaking, that's like anything to do with this administration and Congress...liberals/progressive democrats in general.

To me is seems that everything we hear and read about them, just doesn't feel quite right...the little balls won't go into the little holes.

This story has a bullsh*t rating of 9.9 out of 10...I just don't believe it.

This many weird "coincidences" could not happen to JUST the left, and no one else in the world. It's not possible.

The entire administration is a lie...the only exception to their message would be if they ever slipped up and told the truth.

Bottom line: it doesn't matter who, or what, "Ellie Light" is, she's one suck-up among the millions who change the channel as soon a obama appears on the tube.

Her "letters" were printed in various papers by editors who were fighting "obama tingle withdrawal" and needed a fix.

Everything she said is just dem talking points which have been repeated ad infinitum and will be repeated again.

I think she's a dem plant for distraction purposes to help cloak obama's sagging support and whatever reid and pelosi are doing in the cloakroom to push obamacare through. Can't disappoint daddy soros you know.
43 posted on 01/26/2010 7:12:04 AM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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To: onyx; Liz; hoosiermama; kcvl; STARWISE; SE Mom; Protect the Bill of Rights

PING!


44 posted on 01/26/2010 7:13:14 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

is it just me— or does anyone else notice that Elli Light is a lot like ELITE....


45 posted on 01/26/2010 7:16:03 AM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: Lazamataz

What I find even more disturbing is that there were that many newspapers that printed the letters.

Of all the items of incoming mail, “Ellie’s” rang the “Let’s print this letter” bells at too many papers. What “Ellie” had to say fit too many templates too well.


46 posted on 01/26/2010 7:18:15 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Kill them until they stop.)
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To: maggief
"My letter was pretty darn good. It took a long time to write.

"My letter was pretty darn good. It took a long time to find some knee pads and go to DC so I could give zer0 a Lewinsky.

47 posted on 01/26/2010 7:23:07 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (New Year's Resolution: Never, ever, ever again vote for anyone with a (d) after their name.)
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To: eeevil conservative; tubebender; Grampa Dave

More mulch to put on the pile!!!


48 posted on 01/26/2010 7:24:23 AM PST by SierraWasp (Ammunition IS the new international monitary fund... ! ! ! ... ... ! ! ! ... ... ! ! ! ...)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I suspect that many editors simply saw a letter they liked and didn’t bother straining themselves to confirm anything.

I also think it might be interesting to see how many of these papers are in dire financial straits and may be fishing for a bailout.


49 posted on 01/26/2010 7:29:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
I can’t stand that loud mouthed “Obummer voting”, self promoter.

Worth repeating.

Smerconish: I am above everyone else. I look at the total picture. I am cut above those other talking heads.....

Smerconish: Didn't we have a great show today. Great calls. Really Good show. Lots of good stuff. Check out my web page.

50 posted on 01/26/2010 7:29:52 AM PST by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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