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What Really Happened in the Gingrich Ethics Case?
Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2012 | Byron York

Posted on 01/24/2012 10:04:04 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball

"Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it's worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich's former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich's ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior, after which Gingrich in essence pled guilty to two minor offenses. Afterwards, the case was referred to the Internal Revenue Service, which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the matter. And then, after it was all over and Gingrich was out of office, the IRS concluded that Gingrich did nothing wrong. After all the struggle, Gingrich was exonerated...."

(Excerpt) Read more at campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bookmark; elections; ethics; ethicsscandal; florida; gingrich; newt; newtethics; repository; waronnewt; witchhunt
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Long, but WELL worth the read to get the truth about the so-called "Ethics Scandal" Myth is trying to make hay with. Once again, Myth shows himself to be an unprincipled liar.

Hank

1 posted on 01/24/2012 10:04:11 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball; onyx; Me; myself

PING TO ME so I will read tomorrow!

Byron York has come through pretty good for Newt Gingrich and by that I mean, he’s been fair.

Did you see my post to you about your older posts? I linked you back to Jan. 2011.


2 posted on 01/24/2012 10:11:06 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball
The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich's former political opponents.

Thank you for posting this. Based upon what some people post it is painfully obvious the Jon Stewart media has them up to their eyeballs in deception. Ann Coulter you should know better. And people bash Newt for having an 'ego'. There are few among US that could have survived what Newt withstood.

3 posted on 01/24/2012 10:11:17 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

for later


4 posted on 01/24/2012 10:12:01 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: MissMagnolia

Bookmark


5 posted on 01/24/2012 10:13:54 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Newt was palinized 15 years ago.


6 posted on 01/24/2012 10:14:28 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: onyx

Yep, I sent you a response. Thanks a ton for doing that...but unfortunately all my Newt-defending was in threads started by others, and this only shows threads I started. I am not one of the more prolific thread-starters.

Again, though, I really appreciate the effort.

Hank


7 posted on 01/24/2012 10:14:57 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

NOTHING. THAT’S WHAT.

I need to make a bullet point presentation that makes it easy for others to understand without getting a Phd


8 posted on 01/24/2012 10:17:06 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Just mythoughts

“Ann Coulter you should know better. “

Ann Coulter has been unmasked. She is the tawdry Harlot at the side of the road - Chris Christie’s pyschological bedmate, enamored with the infatuation of the anorexic for physical bulk.

Christie’s assault on Gingrich was pure Christie - the kind of schoolyard bully who has matured into a monstrous morph of his schoolhouse days.


9 posted on 01/24/2012 10:17:06 PM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: going hot

You know you just made me feel a little slow.

Not until you posted this did it occur to me that this might have a good deal to do with her (apparent) affinity for him.

Hank


10 posted on 01/24/2012 10:21:58 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: going hot
"Newt was palinized 15 years ago.

yes he was, I said the same months ago. I also told interested FReepers that "they" brought out the big gun for Cain (sexual harassment) but "they" will bring out a fleet of battleships for Newt if Newt gains traction. I feel completely validated in my prediction. Disclosure Newt is my 2cd, not my 1st.

11 posted on 01/24/2012 10:23:38 PM PST by jpsb
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

It is their MO (the LSM) Always has been. They indeed are the true domestic enemies.


12 posted on 01/24/2012 10:25:36 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Nice!!


13 posted on 01/24/2012 10:26:07 PM PST by bondserv (Regarding Mitt Romney: ”I couldn’t warm up to this guy if we were cremated together”.)
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To: jpsb
And yet there are still some, even in high places, who think that if they just get on the media's good side, they will sail through the straits.

Clue, free of charge: The media is NOT who candidates need to convince, it is the VOTERS!

14 posted on 01/24/2012 10:29:17 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

For forty years the Democrats held power. The Republicans occasionally were thrown a bone, given cover and some pork to keep their constituents quiet. Meanwhile the congress was enriching themselves at the expense of the nation. The centralized government kept growing and growing…

In 1980 Ronald Reagan is elected President. Newt Gingrich, elected in 1978, jointed with others to ally with President Reagan and build the Reagan Coalition, the Religious Right, and the Republican majority - the Reagan Revolution - which directly led to the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Contract with America, government reforms, less government, tax cuts, a balanced budget, and the great, long-standing Reagan economy

Gingrich becomes Speaker of the House. Budget cuts, less pork. For the first time in a very long time the Republicans actually had to govern and take responsibility. The Dems were outnumbered.

The 1998 budget was scheduled for a $1 Billion cut and congress saw the gravy train leaving the station. No more getting rich at the public’s expense.

So it became “get rid of Newt Gingrich” even to the extent of manufacturing lies about him. Those phony ethics charges that were ALL dropped. They smeared him then and continue to do so.

And now, older and wiser, he is back. And the corrupt in Washington, D.C., are AGAIN trying to save the status quo.

The question is, what are WE going to do?

This coming election is increidibly important. Please take the time to link to the following, understand what is happening, and who is behind it:

WALL STREET INSIDER: “California”
http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/01/24/wall-street-insider-california/

A longtime Wall Street Insider details the still very much alive and kicking Shorebank, the growing Solyndra scandal, and the globalization goals of the Obama White House.


15 posted on 01/24/2012 10:33:08 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Vendome
I need to make a bullet point presentation that makes it easy for others to understand without getting a Phd

I'll be looking forward to seeing it. Thanks!

16 posted on 01/24/2012 10:34:01 PM PST by tsowellfan (https://twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Yes, mittens is a false conservative in many ways...


17 posted on 01/24/2012 10:34:46 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: ZULU

I like your sentiments. And especially I like your tagline.


18 posted on 01/24/2012 10:35:19 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: going hot

More accurate to say Palin was Newted 15 yrs later.

In her book she even mentions that what they did to her was the same thing they did to Newt and specifically mentions the whole ethics thing


19 posted on 01/24/2012 10:36:12 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: RedCell

Ping for ammo.


20 posted on 01/24/2012 10:43:33 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: jeltz25
You are absolutely correct, that, she did.

The media have perfected the technique, and it is in fact formidable.

The beauty (if I may use that word) is that the after affects are long lingering, because it is front loaded, and people's memories are short, and we like our info in small easily digestable pieces.

Witness comments on this very site regards the both of them and their "ethical violations."

21 posted on 01/24/2012 10:44:17 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: onyx

lol

4 AM


22 posted on 01/24/2012 10:44:35 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

I had -NO IDEA- that the Gingrich ethics case was a charge that his “Renewing American Civilization” course, was supposedly partisan political activity, and not a true college course!

I watched that on TV in the 90s! It was an amazing course,, i’d like to see it again. Coulter and Romney can go F themselves. They had to know what this case was about, about the nature of the course, and are STILL using it to smear Newt.

I swear by all thats holy,, i will NEVER vote for Mitt for this one treachery alone. And Horseface Coulter might as well switch teams. Im done with them both. Before this, i was for Newt, but still ABO in the fall if it was Romney. But now,, no Mitt, NO way,,Period. The freakin low life.


23 posted on 01/24/2012 10:45:09 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: hoosiermama

Only 12:30AM here. Are you in the UK? LOL.


24 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:38 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

I don’t know if Newt has it in him to admit that he was/is hated for being too clever. Too clever and so likely to let people know that he was the smartest guy in the room. John Adams hated Hamilton for much the same reason. Adams was indeed a better man, but he suffered from envy for a man who was so unlike himself, made Adams feel like someone with two-left feet, and probably responsible for freezing him out of the Washington cabinet. Adams should have known that the Vice-presidency was not for him. Not only was it a mere after-thought of the election process, but it made him the heir-apparent. In Europe, the heir was studiously excluded from the councils of state, least he develop his own party in opposition to the throne. Adams was obviously deeply hurt by his exclusion and blamed hamilton for the “plot” to deny him re-election in 1792.


25 posted on 01/24/2012 10:48:55 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: tsowellfan

It’ll be a vanity.


26 posted on 01/24/2012 10:50:12 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Bookmark for later reading. Thanks for posting!


27 posted on 01/24/2012 10:53:28 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert ("She turned me into a Newt . . . backer!" . . . . . Go Newt 2012!!!!!!!!!)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball
"Cooter" gets the ball rolling with Bonier to take down Gingrich.

... famous for playing the dim-witted Cooter in the popular 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard...

And the usual beltway main stream media BS.

Dan Rather began the cBS Evening News by telling viewers that "only now is the evidence of Newt Gingrich's ethics violations and tax problems being disclosed in detail."

The story was much different when Gingrich was exonerated. The Washington Post ran a brief story on page five. The Times ran an equally brief story on page 23. And the evening newscasts of CBS, NBC, and ABC -- which together had devoted hours of coverage to the question of Gingrich's ethics -- did not report the story at all. Not a word."


I also remember at the time that they were giving Gingrich BS about a book he wrote that they said was against the "DC ethics" at the time. About making money off his position in government.

28 posted on 01/24/2012 10:53:35 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball; SatinDoll; Vendome; onyx; maine-iac7

There was a thread posted earlier that gave the number of times the NYT put the “corruption” story on the front page. And then when he was cleared hid it in the middle of the back section....Need to add those facts to your presentation then contact all of us so we can help distribute the information.

Maine-iac has started a NEW Newtron bomb list.


29 posted on 01/24/2012 10:54:58 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Excellent


30 posted on 01/24/2012 10:55:24 PM PST by duckln (Mr. Newt holds the record as most tossed under bus politician.)
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To: DesertRhino

My reaction was pretty close to yours. I didn’t take those courses but I remember them and I remember seeing Newt do one of the lectures on CSPAN.

The key point you’re right on about is that Coulter OF ALL PEOPLE knows this! And yet she still chimes in on the slander. Maybe she can add a chapter about what she and he MSM are doing to Newt Iin the next edition of Slander!

Hank


31 posted on 01/24/2012 10:56:37 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away.)
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To: ZULU
Ann Coulter has been unmasked. She is the tawdry Harlot at the side of the road - Chris Christie’s pyschological bedmate, enamored with the infatuation of the anorexic for physical bulk. Christie’s assault on Gingrich was pure Christie - the kind of schoolyard bully who has matured into a monstrous morph of his schoolhouse days.

Narcissism does seem to have gone viral. The way things are going 'we' may have to give it is own special category like the perverts did with AIDS.

32 posted on 01/24/2012 10:56:42 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: jeltz25

Or you could say both Newt and Palin got Borked. The conservative media as we know it today, I suspect, only exists because the Democrats invented Borking and used it against its namesake, Clarence Thomas, Newt Gingrich, Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, etc.


33 posted on 01/24/2012 10:59:06 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: hoosiermama

If you get the opportunity soon, I want to urge you to read what the Wall Street Insider has to say in his recent interview with the Ulsterman.

WALL STREET INSIDER: “California”
http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/01/24/wall-street-insider-california/

The comments are particularly enlightening, especilly as more and more nations are conducting international commerce withous using dollars $$. China is now using gold, and this is hugely important.


34 posted on 01/24/2012 11:00:50 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: onyx; maine-iac7

Might as well be How about “for AM” but I’m reading it now....Am SO angry. We must get the word out to our local papers. The always welcome non-copywritten articles that they can publish. Was it Maine-iak that said she had a back ground in writing and marketing today?

Maybe we could all gather the research here on FR and let her go at it.


35 posted on 01/24/2012 11:04:37 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball
Sorry, couldn't get past this line:

The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich's former political opponents.

No. It wasn't partisan, it was just portrayed by the meida that way. The GOP elites allied themselves with their like-minded statist dems to take Newt down.

And they're trying to do it again. Will we let them succeed? All that is at stake is our nation...

36 posted on 01/24/2012 11:05:04 PM PST by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: Vendome; Jim Robinson; tsowellfan

Jim can place it any where he wants to. And if it’s what we are all wanting and needing to support Newt I’m sure he’ll agree to place it in ACTIVISM.

Let’s go for it freepers.

Let us know what further research you need done.


37 posted on 01/24/2012 11:11:26 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

I hate when pubbies step down for stupid reasons.

See Delay, Trent Lott, ect.


38 posted on 01/24/2012 11:13:25 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: onyx

Onyx, were you on the thread last night where all the ol timers and kids of ol timers that lived in Florida were discussing the use of the internet and how the members of nursing homes etc sent out emails and forward articles to each other all day?

We need to tap into it.
Get some of those freeper names in Florida to get it started.AND then spread it across the nation through email lists


39 posted on 01/24/2012 11:23:41 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama; maine-iac7

YES, maine-iac7, marketing and writing.

You will never get up with your rooster today, hoosiermama, unless you’re planning to stay up all night!


40 posted on 01/24/2012 11:25:19 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: ZULU

Ann is just playing the odds.

If she supported Newt, and he were to lose out to Mitt, and then go down in the General, she would be frozen out by the both the Georgetown cocktail party set (Establishment Republicans) and the NYC social set — both of which have deemed Mitt the “acceptable” Republican candidate.

On the other hand, if Mitt gets the nomination and loses the geneal, she’s safe in both because she acted to maintain the status quo.

Of course, if Mitt were to both get the nomination and win in November, she’d be in Heaven. The Lincoln bedroom would be her private crash pad. Every hostess in town would be begging for her dainty feet. That is her greatest hope.

Of courses, should it come to pass that Newt defeats both Mitt and Bammy, she’s still safely part of the East Coast “in” crowd, and figures if she throws enough red meat at the Tea Party types in flyover country, they’ll forget about her dalliance with Mittens, buy her books, put her back on her pedestal and keep making her rich.

Sad to say, she’s probably right.


41 posted on 01/24/2012 11:28:34 PM PST by Ronin (Now 15 kilograms down since August last year. Hell yeah I'm bragging!)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

Ping for inclusion in Gingrich Apologetics Reference Library.


42 posted on 01/24/2012 11:32:07 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: piytar; County Agent Hank Kimball; hoosiermama
No. It wasn't partisan, it was just portrayed by the meida that way. The GOP elites allied themselves with their like-minded statist dems to take Newt down.
And they're trying to do it again. Will we let them succeed? All that is at stake is our nation...

Correct.
The coup started in Congressman Lindsay Graham's office. That should tell you a lot right there.

Graham spoke about it recently, and he said he was surrpised that Newt isn't holding a grudge. I've since watched Graham and he's been very careful to speak pretty good about Newt.

When Santorum spoke about it the other night in a debate, he was lying, because he was already in the Senate in '95. He's exaggerating his congressional (House) importance, but what's new?

43 posted on 01/24/2012 11:32:28 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: hoosiermama

I recall reading a little of that thread, but I stay put on the FReepathon thread for the better part. I miss a lot of my pings, because we post huge graphics and I post the scoreboard etc.


44 posted on 01/24/2012 11:35:48 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: going hot

And Romney, a warmed over socialist, lying about it in an attempt to make hey of it. This is just what we need for a president, some lying S.O.B. Doing and saying what ever he can just to get the nomination. We have enough of those in Washington already and sure don’t need another.


45 posted on 01/24/2012 11:38:03 PM PST by saintgermaine
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball
Now we see why everyone is so terrified of the Gingrich ascendancy-there's nothing worse than watching your avowed enemy arise from the ashes to become the most powerful human being on the planet. hehehehehe
46 posted on 01/24/2012 11:44:40 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: County Agent Hank Kimball

I must bump this one for any who might have overlooked.


47 posted on 01/24/2012 11:54:07 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts

BTTT


48 posted on 01/25/2012 12:00:29 AM PST by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama; Jim Robinson; tsowellfan

I’m writing it now. Not happy about it either.

I was working on another piece but I want to put and end these lies or hearsay that are divorced from reality.

I wrote on this a few days ago but I need to have one that is always at the ready for anyone to use.

It’ll be so simple a Caveman could understand it.

I’ll post it tomorrow.


49 posted on 01/25/2012 12:01:23 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: hoosiermama
I am going to start calling Ann Coulter ‘Cooter’ of the GOP Establishment.
50 posted on 01/25/2012 12:02:13 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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