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“THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, November-4-2011
The Mark Levin Show ^ | 11-04-11 | Mark R. Levin

Posted on 11/04/2011 3:29:19 PM PDT by thouworm

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1 posted on 11/04/2011 3:29:25 PM PDT by thouworm
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To: Clint N. Suhks; sneakers; SoCalPol; sofaman; sofas dad; soloNYer; sono; Sparko; Springman; ...

pinging who I can see of the ping list.

Just tuned in and looked for the thread. Mark’s on a roll; didn’t want to miss.


2 posted on 11/04/2011 3:31:26 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

“unwanted advances” pretty much says what the specific allegations are.


3 posted on 11/04/2011 3:33:11 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Repeal The 17th; Fudd Fan; vacuumbob; smokingfrog; Unrepentant VN Vet; HonestConservative; sloop

late ping


4 posted on 11/04/2011 3:34:19 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; PGalt; phatoldphart; pillut48; pinz-n-needlez; Pebcak; pollywog; Polyxene; ...

Full PING list ping.


5 posted on 11/04/2011 3:35:24 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: thouworm
tks tw
6 posted on 11/04/2011 3:36:16 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

thanks for pinging the full ping list.


7 posted on 11/04/2011 3:38:48 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

This is what Mark led off the show with:

Windy City Times
Gay man files complaint against Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2011-04-13
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=31375

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In a document filled with stunning allegations, Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and the minister’s Chicago-based organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, claiming, among other things, harassment and termination on the basis of Bennett’s sexual orientation.

Rev. Jackson has a long record of support for LGBT rights, including during his runs for U.S. president and his speech at the LGBT March on Washington in 1987. This is believed to be the first time an allegation has come forward claiming he was involved in sexual orientation harassment and discrimination.

Charges

In the complaint, Bennett­who worked at the Rainbow Coalition from July 11, 2007 through Dec. 23, 2009, as the national director of community affairs­says that his sexual orientation was known throughout the workplace primarily because of his side job: being “Aruba Tommy” on the nationally syndicated radio talk program The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Bennett claims that he experienced discrimination almost immediately after he started the job, saying that Caroline Wiggins, the membership and volunteer coordinator, complained to Jackson that she did not wish to work with Bennett because he is gay. After Wiggins was allowed to work under the field director, Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, she allegedly said that she did not have to answer to Bennett. (Wiggins is no longer with the coalition. Windy City Times attempted several times to speak with Livingston about the matter, but had no response.) In the complaint, Bennett says that “no investigation or action was taken in response” to his complaining about Wiggins.

However, the most explosive charges revolve around Jackson himself. First, Bennett claims that at an all-staff meeting in 2008, he requested an LGBT-themed table for the national convention­and was flatly denied. When Bennett questioned why there could not be a table, Jackson allegedly “cursed at Mr. Bennett in front of all of the staff, and Rev. Jackson was visibly upset during the rest of the meeting.”

Things allegedly took a more disturbing turn after Bennett also took over the duties of Jackson’s travel assistant where Bennett says he was required to perform “humiliating” tasks. According to the complaint, in May 2008 Bennett was not allowed to accompany Jackson to Tanzania because Jackson was allegedly unhappy with the ways Bennett packed his items.

Bennett also claims that he had to escort women to Jackson’s room and “clean up his room after sexual intercourse with women. Mr. Bennett believes he was forced to do these tasks due to his sexual orientation,” adding that he had to escort women to such places as the Sheraton Hotel in New York and the Wynn Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Bennett claims that he let Jackson know that he “was uncomfortable cleaning up his hotel rooms, escorting women to his hotel room, being summoned to his hotel room after hours or packing his clothes.”

Things reached an apex later in 2008, when Bennett says he “was summoned to Rev. Jackson’s hotel room” at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. Bennett claims that he was eventually instructed to apply cream to Jackson, who “had a rash between his legs.” Bennett says that he refused, resulting in Jackson allegedly calling Bennett a “little motherfucker.”

Bennett then states that another time at the same hotel, Jackson summoned him at 1 a.m. to take notes. The complaint states, “When Mr. Bennett arrived, Rev. Jackson was dressed only in his briefs and a v-neck t-shirt.” Bennett alleges Jackson was sexually excited. Asked by Windy City Times how he came to this conclusion, Bennett said, “I could tell by his look. His whole demeanor had changed. His breathing pattern had changed.”

The complaint continues: “Before Mr. Bennett left, Rev. Jackson stated that white folks took the word ‘gay’ and gave the word its own definition. Rev. Jackson further stated that he was a real poor child in North Carolina and his name was first Jesse Burns, and then Jesse Robinson and then he became Jesse Jackson.

“Rev. Jackson stated that he played football and there was a gay high school teacher who took Rev. Jackson under his wings and told him that he needed education to go along with football. Rev. Jackson said, ‘[F]rom that gay teacher, I got a good grade, I got to use his car, I got ten dollars and I got my dick sucked.’ Rev. Jackson said, ‘[T]hat’s not gay, that is surviving.’” Bennett alleges this meant Rev. Jackson wanted sex, but that Bennett then left the room.

Bennett also makes a claim involving an intern. In 2009, said intern reportedly wanted to accompany Bennett one night to Club Escape, a gay nightspot. A month later, the intern allegedly said that Bennett took him to a gay bar and propositioned him, and that he, Bennett and two of Bennett’s friends smoked marijuana, instigating an investigation. Bennett says that he ended up on paid leave and that the drug test came back negative. He also says he never received the findings of the investigation.

The complaint concludes with Bennett saying that he received a letter Dec. 23, 2009, saying that he was being terminated “due to lack of funding.” However, Bennett claims that several people were hired after his termination.

In a demand letter accompanying the complaint, Bennett said he wanted, among other things, $98,300 for back pay, front pay and loss of benefits; $350,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages; and an amendment of Rainbow PUSH’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Windy City Times left a message with Nigel F. Telman, a partner at the Chicago branch of the law firm Proskauer Rose and the Rainbow PUSH attorney listed on the complaint’s notice of filing. However, Proskauer Rose’s communications director contacted the newspaper shortly after to say that Telman had no comment on the matter. When asked if Telman even received the complaint, WCT again was told, “No comment.”

Bennett talks

In a recent interview with WCT, Bennett said that he is fully prepared for the possible response from Jackson and/or the Rainbow Coalition, adding, “That’s one of the points I want to make. How many times has this happened to us? It’s like being raped and having it unreported. People are so afraid of these giants in our community. People won’t report it and won’t file lawsuits. So many people are afraid of [Jackson]. I can’t walk in fear like that. So many people are being discriminated against­being laid off with this false pretense of downsizing.”

When asked why he stayed as long as he did, Bennett responded, “Number one, I enjoyed what I did and I thought things would get better. He was really not a bad person to work for; it was the staff he had around him.”

However, of course, Bennett did acknowledge that things disintegrated once he became Jackson’s travel assistant: “[Jackson] used me as a scapegoat because he was dating two women. ... However, because I knew what was going on, he told his family and friends that I wrote a letter [outing one of the girlfriends], which was not true. By doing that, it looked like I was the bad person. At that point, [one of the alleged mistresses] told [Jackson] to get rid of me.”

Bennett said the lowest point for him involved the situation with Clinkscale’s intern. “Clinkscale was the national director of sports. It was the intern’s last day. They said I was out smoking weed with the boy. They did a drug test and the test came back [negative]. They have witnesses who I brought in who said [the intern] was in a group with us. He was just one of those young 24-year-old guys who went to a gay club, enjoyed himself and got scared.”

When asked if he would accept his job back if offered, Bennett initially answered “You know? I probably would,” before amending: “But not under those conditions. I would refuse, as a gay man, to work under … I would starve before I work under homophobic conditions.

“I never applied for travel assistant. I was the national community affairs director. Things didn’t blow up until I had to go his house at 4 a.m. and pack his clothes, buy his underwear, buy his deodorant, get his Viagra and Cialis, and clean his room. That’s when things got nuts.”

Bennett also mentioned Livingston, saying, “When the commission asked Rev. Livingston, ‘How was the atmosphere for Tommy at Rainbow PUSH?, he [said], ‘Very hypocritical.’”

If he had Jackson alone for five minutes and could ask him one question that he had to answer, Bennett said it would be “Why do you let homophobic people work around you at a civil-rights organization?”

Bennett said that his attorney is getting his employee files, adding that he never had an employee evaluation the whole time he was there.

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More at Google search:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS399US414&q=windy+city+times+jessee+jackson+jr+accused+of+sexual+harrassment+by+man

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I also posted the above here a few minutes ago: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2802548/posts?page=303#303


8 posted on 11/04/2011 3:41:47 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: thouworm

I tried looking up the Jesse Jackass gay sexual harassment thing and found very little other than on the Fuff&PuffPo.


9 posted on 11/04/2011 3:42:49 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Matchett-PI

hi!


10 posted on 11/04/2011 3:42:56 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: Matchett-PI

Gross! That is a Sodomite Rag!


11 posted on 11/04/2011 3:45:50 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Does “he said something that made me feel uncomfortable” fall under the category of “unwanted advances”?

Hilarious Freeper comment today from a man who said he was at a fast-food and female order-taker commented he “smelled good.”

Can’t find it now, but he said, “It made him feel ‘uncomfortable.’”


12 posted on 11/04/2011 3:47:11 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

hi!


13 posted on 11/04/2011 3:47:47 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: thouworm

The NRA waved the confidentiality agreement?


14 posted on 11/04/2011 3:49:27 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: thouworm

hi!


15 posted on 11/04/2011 3:49:39 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: All

Re my post #8 above:

This is the same Windy City Times that wrote this in 2009:

Obama once backed full gay marriage [in 1996]
Windy City Times ^ | 2009-01-13 | Windy City Times

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:25:12 AM by Matchett-PI
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2165041/posts


16 posted on 11/04/2011 3:49:43 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Matchett-PI

Thanks for catching us up. I only caught the tail end of that discussion before I realized there was no Levin thread.


17 posted on 11/04/2011 3:51:23 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: jenk

Is “Unwelcome Advances” enough to change your opinion?


18 posted on 11/04/2011 3:51:27 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: thouworm

You’re welcome.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 3:52:33 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

sometimes I pine for unwelcome advances, just sayin’, but it depends on my mood if I deem them unwelcome! LOL


20 posted on 11/04/2011 3:53:40 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: thouworm

When is this man going to run for POTUS?


21 posted on 11/04/2011 3:57:11 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
"The NRA waved the confidentiality agreement?"

Don't think they have that prerogative without all parties signing off.

Cain did not sign settlement, accuser's lawyer says

"Bennett, who has a copy of the settlement agreement, said four people signed it: the woman, two lawyers representing the association and Bennett himself. "

First, Cain not a party.

If the woman "waives," all of the details would be made public? Right?

22 posted on 11/04/2011 4:01:29 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

I agree with Jose 100%


23 posted on 11/04/2011 4:05:15 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: jenk

“sometimes I pine for unwelcome advances, just sayin’, but it depends on my mood if I deem them unwelcome!”
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LOL! Isn’t that the problem? You can file a sexual harassment suit any time it might fly...just depending on what your “mood” is.


24 posted on 11/04/2011 4:06:25 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

I would only file a sex harassment suit if I was at work, and the male boss gave me an ultimatum involving his pleasure for my work. However, I’m self-employed, so, the boss is my husband. So, I would never file.


25 posted on 11/04/2011 4:15:54 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; holdonnow

“When is this man going to run for POTUS?”

Me thinks he is too modest, but OTOH, he must be thinking, “Even I could do a better job.” Would he accept an AG position? He couldn’t deny he is qualified.


26 posted on 11/04/2011 4:17:30 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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Looking For Donors


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Are You One?

27 posted on 11/04/2011 4:20:22 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: jenk

LOL!

Auburn stadium is 100,000 when it’s at full capacity, 0bama couldn’t even fill that with his three letter word, j-o-b-s.


28 posted on 11/04/2011 4:20:47 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: thouworm

I just got here.


29 posted on 11/04/2011 4:24:32 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: thouworm; All

LEVIN raises this news (7pm for podcasts):

Empire BC/BS-— withdrawing from small-group health insurance market...”unsustainable.”

Mark: This affects NY now, but it will affect all of you later.

Only 2-3 other carriers left for small-group markets.

Mark: What’s causing all of this?

1) Approval from state to change rates

2) State telling them what percentage they need to spend on administrative costs versus on healthcare costs


30 posted on 11/04/2011 4:25:38 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

and he’s over in France giving advice, I like how the libs have no idea what common sense means.


31 posted on 11/04/2011 4:29:43 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: jenk

evidently - he has waited until NOW to reveal the cause of all these economic problems

its ‘psychological’

what a national humiliation that fool is


32 posted on 11/04/2011 4:35:50 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: sloop
we already knew this

the idiots that said they were sure their long term care policy would work - and also it would fund obamacare - are the same ones telling private insurance companies what every policy must cover and what the company can charge

we knew they would fail

the logic is - we now need the democrapz to fix it

33 posted on 11/04/2011 4:39:37 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: thouworm; sloop; holdonnow

Our heathcare won’t last til the next election to repeal ObamaCare. We need to dismantle what we can now.

ALL companies (not just small companies) have no choice but to gear up now and prepare for the potential eventuality. More damage is being done now-—before ObamaCare kicks in-—than anyone realizes.


34 posted on 11/04/2011 4:44:52 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm
amen

but we have boehner - the drunk tard

35 posted on 11/04/2011 4:46:56 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: sloop

Upton was the Michigan Repubic who introduced the bill that elimates Edison’s light bulb. He is also heir to Whirlpool, and knows a lot about crony capitalism, since Whirlpool has had plenty of help from GE and energy star programs from the government. he’s the epitome of a RINO. He has been trying to keep his seat by seeming to embrace the tea party, however, he has worn nerves plenty thin.


36 posted on 11/04/2011 4:52:30 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: sloop

What happens next?

Does the House hold the Administration in contempt of congress for failing to
comply with a subpoena or does it go to a fed judge?


37 posted on 11/04/2011 4:56:10 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: sloop

“Amen...but we have boehner - the drunk tard”

It’s even worse...Heard a comment from someone speaking to him off the record. Boehner is so out of touch, he doesn’t even GET IT-—doesn’t GET what’s happening in America! He will say he does on record, but he doesn’t. I believe him.

How many of our Repub legislators are also so out of touch, they simply don’t get it? vs Those who are on the take? and vs Those who are such cowards and self-serving synchopants, they only look to keeping their warm seat?


38 posted on 11/04/2011 4:56:39 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

i suspect it peters out and nothing happens

paper tiger congress


39 posted on 11/04/2011 5:02:53 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: thouworm

money. They go into DC needing some, they make a few deals, a few votes, they get the money they need, they like the parties, they like the upscale life.


40 posted on 11/04/2011 5:05:06 PM PDT by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: thouworm
going to dc must be some kinda phenomenon - VERY few resist the pressure the rinos put on them - even alan west seems to have caved

one reason why i respect and back bachmann

41 posted on 11/04/2011 5:05:43 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: sloop

I understand the sentiment but don’t think we can let that become a precedent.

One of their main obligations they have is oversight.


42 posted on 11/04/2011 5:06:54 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

executive privilege exists - courts can’t overturn it nor can they be called on to decide if the documents meet the ‘national security’ test


43 posted on 11/04/2011 5:14:49 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: sloop
haaaaay jesse - take a walk on the wild side

(and the little colored girls sing)

doot da doot da doot da doot da do doot

44 posted on 11/04/2011 5:18:42 PM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: thouworm

Thanks for the ping. I am back up on the grid. Been powerless since last Saturday. My power came up 10 minutes ago. Enfield CT. I missed my TGO friends.


45 posted on 11/04/2011 5:20:24 PM PDT by dancusa (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. W. Churchill)
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To: dancusa

Shoot.
Someone in Connecticut won the $245 million powerball, and I thought maybe it was you.


46 posted on 11/04/2011 5:25:05 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: sloop

Lou Reed
1973


47 posted on 11/04/2011 5:27:08 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: All

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/09/20/39904.htm


48 posted on 11/04/2011 5:27:43 PM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Some are wise and some are otherwise)
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To: sloop

Didn’t work for Nixon.


49 posted on 11/04/2011 5:28:53 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Not me. Ticket sold in Fairfield County. I live in Hartford County. Having power back feels good though.


50 posted on 11/04/2011 5:31:19 PM PDT by dancusa (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. W. Churchill)
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