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RNC Denies Steele Expensed Trip to X-Rated Club (who is Erik Brown, DNC having field day)
Baltimore Sun ^ | March 29, 2010 | Baltimore Sun News

Posted on 03/29/2010 12:02:58 PM PDT by SmartInsight

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To: woweeitsme

What exactly has Steele done that has helped the cause of conservatism?

I can’t think of anything.


51 posted on 03/29/2010 1:23:12 PM PDT by Deo volente (There is no tagline sufficient to describe the atrocity we're witnessing right now.)
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To: Deo volente

52 posted on 03/29/2010 1:24:26 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: icwhatudo

Well, rinos are horny.


53 posted on 03/29/2010 1:25:23 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: SmartInsight

The left is desperate. Obama’s poll numbers are still in the tank after his “victory” with “healthcare” which the American public resents and despises.


54 posted on 03/29/2010 1:27:25 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: SmartInsight

If a democrat goes to an X-Rated club using taxpayer or campaign money, it’s looked at as a badge of honor... Just saying.


55 posted on 03/29/2010 1:34:44 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

“If a democrat goes to an X-Rated club using taxpayer or campaign money, it’s looked at as a badge of honor”

Actually, it’s called ‘campaigning’.


56 posted on 03/29/2010 1:37:41 PM PDT by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: driftdiver

Yeah, as we don’t vote for the Republican Party members, the Leftist RINO’s had to have moved in, and made themselves at home in the beginning of their assault on our party. I think as nobody noticed right away as they figured would happen the next thing was we found ourselves voting for the one that lied in election campaigns better than the other RINO. Seems their modus operandi is to lie about their Conservative credentials, and then do as they damned well Leftist please once elected.

I recall voting many a time over the last twenty years or so for the lesser of evils opposed to somebody I really respected to be my representative, thus my observation.


57 posted on 03/29/2010 1:41:24 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: skimbell

What we are seeing here is another attempt at a Clarence Thomas style lynching by the Democratic party.


58 posted on 03/29/2010 1:41:58 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: SmartInsight

This is all irrelevant. Did the discuss politics a the S&M Sex Club or not?


59 posted on 03/29/2010 1:43:54 PM PDT by AlanD
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To: skeeter

Honking RIDICULOUSLY hypocritical, WE ALL KNOW THESE CLUBS ARE RUN BY DEMOC-RATS!!!!!! And stupid idiot RINOs to buy into that trashed... pushed to them via "big tent" black mail in the first place. I DEMAND FBI INVESTIGATION ONTO THE CLUB


60 posted on 03/29/2010 1:50:22 PM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: hsrazorback1

Or just another Kennedy family reunion.


61 posted on 03/29/2010 1:53:41 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t necessarily know the details of this but with some of the other controversies around Steele, it’s probably time for him to go.


62 posted on 03/29/2010 1:57:58 PM PDT by Credo
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To: Credo

At the very least we know that the RNC did reimburse a consultant for almost two grand spent at a SM go-go bar. It was discovered because it was reflected on a financial disclosure. So at a minimum Steele is signing off on Party financials he doesn’t bother to read. For that alone he should be shown the door.


63 posted on 03/29/2010 2:07:55 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: garbanzo

> So let’s continue to build bigger Democrat majorities in the House and Senate because of “standards”.

How about we toss out the scumbags who stuff our RNC contributions into a stripper’s G string and get someone instead who actually, oh... I don’t know... FUNDS GOP CANDIDATES SO THEY WIN???

I know. Crazy to expect competence or integrity in the RNC. What was I thinking.


64 posted on 03/29/2010 2:11:34 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: SmartInsight; All

God Almighty, The Stupid Party strikes again.


65 posted on 03/29/2010 2:14:36 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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To: SmartInsight

Well I read the article linked and I must say it is so convoluted as to be incomprehensible.

But I have some thoughts on the matter, as is my wont.

The Daily Caller is a site operated by Tucker Carlson, hardly any left-winger. I’ll allow as Tucker is sort of a moderate but he’s no Huffington. He’s not much of a dancer, by the way.

Which makes me wonder out loud how he got this information about Steele and why he repeated it. There’s something to this story...as if somebody repeated the story “off the record” but the Daily Caller reported it “on the record”.

This means that someone violated a confidence but doesn’t mean the facts aren’t true.

About that nightclub thing....this is really confusing. The RNC FEC filing shows almost 2 grand paid to a topless nightclub specializing in imitating lesbian sex. Then the article says that right above is a reimbursement to some guy, Joe Blow, who is a direct mail consultant for the RNC.

So what? We assume Joe Blow paid out the money for a “business luncheon” at this x-rated club and the RNC is thereby reimbursing him?

Then it goes on to say that everything the Sun reported earlier is lies, that Steele did not refuse an interview, that the expenditure for this Voyeur night club was illegitimate and the RNC should be have the money returned.

Well why did they file it in an FEC report? Nobody questioned it before? This is weird.

This article is evidently a follow-up to the original Sun article that repeated all this stuff from the Daily Caller, only it is a refutation of the original article.

Very unclear but someone did spend money at this x-rated club I deduce, not necessarily Steele but could be.

I’m thinking that Steele did suggest purchasing an airplane for RNC use...just a hunch. Somebody said it off the record and Carlson’s group printed it on the record. The notion of buying an airplane for the RNC isn’t that bizarre. I imagine the Chairman does do a lot of traveling. I must wonder if the DNC has an airplane of some kind.

Maybe it’s not warranted but it’s not like the RNC is the devil incarnate for considering it.

In summary, this seems to be a bunch of gossip stuff, probably started by a close perusal of the FEC filing, something anybody can see and the pubs could get out of the tanning booths and look over those Dem FEC filings, I bet they’re a real hoot.

Tempest in a teapot.


66 posted on 03/29/2010 2:24:56 PM PDT by Fishtalk
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To: DManA

Enough is Enough. While I have no doubt Steele did not know about this, there lies the problem. He does not know what is going on (and is a liberal republican to boot). Time for someone new.


67 posted on 03/29/2010 2:41:16 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: SmartInsight

He didn’t spend any of my money. As long as Steele is there, I’m not sending them a cent.


68 posted on 03/29/2010 2:45:57 PM PDT by mojitojoe (I don't care what you passed. you are irrelevant. I'll NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: SmartInsight

Apparently, it was some jerk staffer who went to the club and sought reimbursement for it. Calling for Steele’s scalp is doing the Devil’s work.


69 posted on 03/29/2010 3:01:37 PM PDT by popdonnelly (I'm so old, I remember when free enterprise was praised, and communism was shunned.)
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To: SmartInsight

Steele should have never been chairman. Only got the job through affirmative action. Needs to be let go.

Hopefully, this offense will be egregious enough that we’ll get to pick our next chairman based on merit and not race but I doubt it.

We’d do well to make Martinez the figurehead chair but to leave the legwork to someone else.


70 posted on 03/29/2010 3:18:11 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Yet another smear.


71 posted on 03/29/2010 3:46:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SmartInsight

“Included in the RNC’s report for February spending was $1,946.25 for “meals” at Voyeur West Hollywood..”


Uhh, West Hollywood is code for “Gay”.

What the hell would he be doing there anyways?

That’s the city where Sarah Palin was hung in effigy during the election.


72 posted on 03/29/2010 4:21:01 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: SmartInsight

Not many republicans gon stand up fo that one, no.


73 posted on 03/29/2010 4:24:34 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: Fishtalk
Tucker Carlson responds to RNC complaints about DC’s Michael Steele article
The complaints from the RNC about this morning’s Daily Caller article, “High Flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with RNC funds,” while loud, lack substance. Despite claims to the contrary, no one from the committee has ever explained the specific circumstances of any of the expenses listed in its most recent disclosure filings.

Our questions remain: Why did the committee spend more than $17,000 on private jets in the month of February? How and why was RNC business conducted in a bondage-themed nightclub, and how and why were the nearly $2,000 in charges that resulted approved by RNC staff?

To be clear: We did not claim that Michael Steele personally visited Voyeur West Hollywood. In fact, and unfortunately, we still know almost nothing about that trip, including its purpose. If the RNC provides details, we’ll put them on the site immediately.

The Daily Caller requested interviews with Michael Steele on Jan. 14, Jan. 15, Jan. 18, Feb. 10, Feb. 23 and again on March 23. All were denied.

The story we ran today is accurate, as the RNC knows.


74 posted on 03/29/2010 4:40:19 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Still Thinking

Maybe it should have read, “Barney, “Beany Weenie” Frank, ran Gay hookers out of his house.”

Kapeasch???


75 posted on 03/29/2010 5:15:10 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: SmartInsight

Erik Brown’s Experience
Owner
Argenta, LLC
(Semiconductors industry)

2002 — Present (8 years )

Marketing strategy and management systems consulting for companies with intensive product development requirements.
IP commercialization. Market analysis for IP and venture capital investments in the materials market for semiconductor and solar manufacturing.
...................

If this is the same E Brown...he is in to solar energy.
HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM


76 posted on 03/29/2010 5:22:42 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: SmartInsight

Most likely Erik Brown went to the club with friends and turned his tab in to be reimbursed thinking they’d never know it was a bondage club.

I know a man I thought to be a good man who was fired from a very high position because he charged thousands to his expense account that was going to a favorite stripper of his for performing dances for him in the “champagne room” of a sleazy strip club. That club advertised as having the “best burgers in town”.


78 posted on 03/29/2010 5:35:13 PM PDT by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
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To: Bratch
Ok just looked up reviews on Voyeur in West Hollywood... first it straight ... and it seem to be the new hot night club in Hollywood for celebrities…

This is typical left wing BS…

Hey guess what I’m a Republican

I'm not a virgin

I don’t go to bed a 8 pm with milk and cookies…

I’ve been known to go to bars

I’ve been known to go to drink boozes (I like single malt Scotch )

I’ve been known to go to talk to women (good looking women)…

I have even been known to go to to a few strip clubs…

Ooooooo I’m an evil Republican hypocrite…NOT!

I’m acting like a straight male not a castrated feminized metro sexual leftist

79 posted on 03/29/2010 5:41:01 PM PDT by tophat9000 (It ain't about Black... It ain't about White...It's about a Red...Trying to take our rights!)
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To: Credo

“I don’t necessarily know the details of this but with some of the other controversies around Steele, it’s probably time for him to go.”

I agree. This is no time to give the other side any kind of figurative ammunition. This country is in a fight for its life and we don’t need this kind of sloppiness from Steele. He’s becoming gaffetastic ala Biden. Get rid of him now before he really commits political suicide right before November.


80 posted on 03/29/2010 5:59:30 PM PDT by TxAnn56
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RNC cultivating young donors during after-party at Voyeur West Hollywood
By Alex Pappas — The Daily Caller 03/29/10 at 5:23 PM

A $1,946.25 bar tab at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightclub financed by the RNC was part of a night of cultivating young Republican donors, The Daily Caller learned Monday after first reporting the expense that showed up on recent FEC filing.

The California blog Red County reported that the outing at Voyeur West Hollywood was an after-party for a number of young Republicans who attended a Young Eagles event that night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Young Eagles is an RNC-sponsored program to cultivate 30- to 40-year olds seen as tomorrow’s big donors.

RNC chairman Michael Steele is not thought to have attended either event, according to Red County.

Erik Brown, who runs campaign firm DMI and has worked for prominent southern California Republicans, was reimbursed by the RNC for the Voyeur West Hollywood after party.

The night began at a Beverly Hills hotel, attended by about 50 people, which was the RNC official event. A fraction of those people went to the Voyeur West Hollywood afterward.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/29/rnc-cultivating-young-donors-during-after-party-at-voyeur-west-hollywood/#ixzz0jcNXUtgw

SNIP

Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings.

The RNC explains that Steele charters jets only when commercial service is unavailable,

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/29/high-flyer-rnc-chairman-steele-suggested-buying-private-jet-with-gop-funds/#ixzz0jcO8uq7D

Complaints, almost always expressed off the record, have been bitter. “This is not somebody who is out recruiting candidates,” said an aide who worked closely with Steele. “He is not meeting with donors. He’s not asking for money. The guy is writing his book or doing his speaking gigs, or whatever the hell else he fills his days with. Those are his priorities.”

A March 20 FEC filing shows the RNC has $9.5 million cash on hand. Steele began his tenure with $22.8 million, and has since raised $96.2 million. During the same period, however, the RNC has spent $109.6 million, for a deficit of $13.4 million. That spending included aid to the campaigns that elected Gov. Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey.

“The story is less what’s left, and more what’s been spent,” said one longtime Republican operative.

**********Key: “.....the RNC had outraised the DNC in seven out of 12 months in 2009 and was raising gobs of money in the wake of President Obama signing health care reform legislation into law.

The club under controversy is hip to celebs/ Lady gaga, models etc and the 20-30’s. $200 bottle minimum can get you in and keep you out if not on “the list”. Erik Brown, donor, will probably pay it back..but how many business deals have been carried out in clubs, bars on company expense reports? What makes business/politics anyway different?? Republicans need to shake their image up now and then. It worked.


81 posted on 03/29/2010 6:26:44 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: tophat9000

Me neither. The fact is we are not throwing money at their ugly gay whores, and that is the only reason they are mad: their pimping program loses money to tastier stuff which loves women and their children.


82 posted on 03/29/2010 6:30:16 PM PDT by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: stevie_d_64

Dude, read my post again. You clearly didn’t catch it.


83 posted on 03/29/2010 6:41:46 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Thanks for all the good info and clarification.

As you said:

"Key: "....the RNC had outraised the DNC in seven out of 12 months in 2009 and was raising gobs of money in the wake of President Obama signing health care reform legislation into law."

84 posted on 03/29/2010 6:49:23 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Republicans need to shake their image up now and then.

Whatever, Meghan McCain.

85 posted on 03/29/2010 7:00:49 PM PDT by dirtboy
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Update:

RNC Fires Employee Over Bar Expense

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303410404575152461551782520.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

...After the event, several Republicans went to the club on their own, Mr. McKay wrote.

...Mr. McKay also said the committee fired a staffer who was at the bar and had told Mr. Brown he could obtain reimbursement for the tab.

“This was not an RNC sanctioned event and was not associated in any way with any RNC official event,” Mr. McKay said in his memo, which was addressed to committee members.


86 posted on 03/29/2010 8:47:23 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: tophat9000

Wrong!! I work in mud and sewage to provide for my family and expect better representation than this. Planes , Limo’s, $2000 nights out on the town. Don’t we desire better. Sick of both the “R’s” & “D’s” living it up on our dime, then telling us how and what we should believe or do in our lives. Totally backwards. Time for real change. Time to hit Ctrl, Alt, Delete with DC. RNC has left us.


87 posted on 03/29/2010 10:12:29 PM PDT by jeepertrains (Who is going to lead us to bring back reality?)
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To: SmartInsight

Maybe now we can all agree that Steele is the wrong man for the job.


88 posted on 03/29/2010 10:14:35 PM PDT by airborne ("Peace, Love, Dope" has now become "Hope, Change, Obama" !!!)
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To: SmartInsight

The GOP needs to purge anyone involved in this.


89 posted on 03/29/2010 10:45:36 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: TxAnn56

Plus there’s a real chance we can get rid of Pelosi as Speaker. This will not help. The RNC needs to clean up house now.


90 posted on 03/30/2010 3:30:13 AM PDT by Credo
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To: SmartInsight

Sounds like a drive-by hit. . .the version of target practice the Party of rats are known for.


91 posted on 03/30/2010 3:57:43 AM PDT by cricket (We cannot allow t he 'man who would be king' to be one!)
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To: Still Thinking

Sure, I got it...;-)

I was insinuating that they do not make buns for beenie weenies...

Just adding to the maelstrom of insults hurtling towards Barney there...

I was only riding on the coat-tails of a master protagonist...;-)


92 posted on 03/30/2010 6:48:49 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

Oh, you out punned me! Good job.


93 posted on 03/30/2010 7:33:26 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: dirtboy
The Republicans need stop reacting in the defensive and throwing their own under the bus. Forget the facts. How gullible can you be. Know the facts. And yes the Holier than Thou need to get off their high horses. No wonder Republicans Can't win without Independents which comes down to voting for lesser of the two only available evils.

I do not pay attention to Meghan McCain. She bores me.

Read the facts back in my other post of the accountability of where the money has gone...to VA and NJ to make a difference. More money being raised than the Dems can raise--which means make up a story or embellish on a story where the Dems know, the Old Pious Republican Party will act as they have to this embellished story. Yes heads will roll..someone's head called Allison. People here immediately assumed Steele was involved at some X_Rated celeb club--Big deal. I wish I could be as pious as some pretend to be here. Scandalous. No one cares about a strip club, many that age today have been to one like this and are clamoring to get into this one in particular. Then another club will be popular...life goes on. Was their a crime committed? I think it is usually those promote themselves as most pious that are suddenly in the news for sleeping with some aide male of female..hypocrites!

When it comes to expense reports, that matter would be handled just like any comapny business expense under scrutiny. Donors are needed. I do not donate to the Republican National Committee, I give directly to the candidate; so if someone has a problem with where the money goes then direct it a way that you would a charity.

Oh the Scandal!! ;)

94 posted on 03/30/2010 3:21:37 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: SmartInsight
..and thank you for your comment.
95 posted on 03/30/2010 3:23:17 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
I do not pay attention to Meghan McCain. She bores me.

You sound just like her, I figured you'd like her writings.

96 posted on 03/30/2010 3:28:47 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: garbanzo

Exactly, and what conservatives should do is put out the list of offenders, most recently Massage Massa— through Hot Dog Barney to waitress sandwich Dodd, to dead Kennedy, and include a photo of Mary Jo Kopechne’s tombstone. Machine politics, like Daley’s boy Obama needs to be fought by machine tactics, tooth and nail. Give it back and make it stick as it is, after all, the truth.


97 posted on 04/01/2010 7:56:53 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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