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Romney slams striking Chicago teachers
The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang

Posted on 09/10/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the Chicago Teachers Union for its decision to “turn its back” on students in the Windy City after the labor group, representing teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest public school system, walked off the job for the first time time in 25 years.

“Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet,” said Mr. Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee.

The two sides are reportedly not far apart in salary negotiations, but other issues — such as changes to health insurance packages and the implementation of evaluation systems that rank teachers partly based on students’ standardized tests scores — are still outstanding. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, formerly President Obama’s chief of staff, said the walkout is “not a strike I wanted.”

“It was a strike of choice … it’s unnecessary, it’s avoidable and it’s wrong,” he said.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; illinois; teachers; teachersunion; teacherunions; unionthugs

1 posted on 09/10/2012 10:56:56 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Romney should not have commented, IMO. Local issue. And needlessly pits him as the rich plutocrat against the (media fabricated) poor teacher.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 11:00:59 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ..
RE :”Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the Chicago Teachers Union for its decision to “turn its back” on students in the Windy City after the labor group, representing teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest public school system, walked off the job for the first time time in 25 years.
“Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet,” said Mr. Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee.

Now we are talking! My exact thoughts! I made this one about a year ago.

3 posted on 09/10/2012 11:04:08 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: nhwingut

I don’t see it going that way. Most of the coverage seems to accurately portray the teachers as what they are, (in some ways, to support Rahm). We hear about the children being disenfranchised and that paints the teachers unions as selfish, greedy hacks.... which is exactly what they are.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Some one who was a Republican stated the following (and I have never forgot it but I am sorry I can not name him/her. This was a while back) which is one of the truest/smartest things I have ever heard stated concerning reforming fixing education in this country.

“Before you can fix the schools, you will have to break the teachers unions.”

Teachers unions and the Department of Education thanks alot Jimmah

5 posted on 09/10/2012 11:10:39 AM PDT by I miss American Motors
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To: I miss American Motors

back in the 70s if I recall, the head of the NYC teachers union said when students start paying union dues,then we’ll start caring about students....


6 posted on 09/10/2012 11:12:31 AM PDT by wny
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To: nhwingut

Weigh in. What the hell. My guess is the mom’s will see him as the savior of free babysitting.

Don’t know what his motivation is. Maybe he’s growing a backbone. Could this have been focus-grouped already?


7 posted on 09/10/2012 11:16:12 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: wny

The quote is disputed (naturally!) But it was Al Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers, who was quoted as saying: “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”


8 posted on 09/10/2012 11:17:22 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Romney slams striking Chicago teachers
________________________________________

Whoop-i-do

I’m not impressed...

When is Willard going to slam Obama for his EOs on the illegal alien children, gay marriage ???

and gays in the military, gays marching in gay pride parades in US military uniforms ???


9 posted on 09/10/2012 11:18:17 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Viennacon

Rush was just commenting on how ironic that the NEA members are striking over issues regarding health care. How can this be in Chicago, when 0bama is president and Rahm is mayor, and their brainchild, 0bamacare, is the law of the land?

It’s interesting that the unions tell their members to strike over health care issues. And will continue to do so, even when they will have waivers from 0bamacare, and will also have better health care plans than 0bamacare rations to us.


10 posted on 09/10/2012 11:18:48 AM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: nhwingut

I agree and same with the Todd Akin debachle. Right or wrong, nobody wants Washington prying into their state and local issues.


11 posted on 09/10/2012 11:19:33 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: nhwingut
Romney should not have commented...

Agreed. Too easy to distort it into a Romney is anti-teacher, anti-student, anti-education, and anti-union attack ad.

12 posted on 09/10/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t see any political advantage in Romney’s comment.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 11:20:51 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: nhwingut

Respectfully disagree. Collective bargaining is a Federal issue. If Romney wins, The choices Romney makes for appointment to the Department of Labor will affect collective bargaining over the next four years. Thus, it’s fair for Romney to give his opinions on the subject.

As to whether it helps him get elected, I have no idea.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 11:21:12 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: nhwingut

Shouldn’t have commented but doesn’t mean he wasn’t right.


15 posted on 09/10/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: nhwingut
Must not speak the truth. No comments about WI either. The public unions must be treated with kid gloves even though they have endorsed Obama and fund him big time. The teacher's union must not be criticized. It is a local problem./s

In the meantime the teachers are hurting the children and Rahm Emanuel says they made the wrong choice. Easy for him to say because he put his three children into a private school this year.

16 posted on 09/10/2012 11:22:36 AM PDT by kabar
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To: wny

Al Shanker, President of the American Federation of Teachers

“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

At least he was in touch with reality, unlike so many liberals who think they’re doing it for the children.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 11:26:24 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: nhwingut

Yes he should have. Keep commenting. I’m sure some pretty upset parents.


18 posted on 09/10/2012 11:35:16 AM PDT by Ravi
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To: nhwingut
In this case it sends some really mixed signals. Chicago's public school teachers work for one of America's worst employers. It is in fact arguable that all the top layers in the various Chicago government institutions are CRIMINALS or barely concealed madmen.

They should not only strike, they should git out the way and go someplace else as quickly as possible.

Now the chillun', what can I say about Chicago's poor chillun'. They may never grow up given the murder rate there.

What a horrid place.

Note: George Bush didn't do that!

19 posted on 09/10/2012 11:47:39 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sickoflibs
you must not have kids, or else you believe that these poor teachers should endure the dangerous environment theyre forced to work in, w/o getting combat pay...???

if the parents care about those kids, theyll pony up the bucks...

20 posted on 09/10/2012 11:57:20 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Time to put all the kids into the Kahn academy.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 11:58:15 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Free ThinkerNY; nutmeg; GOPsterinMA; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; ...
This is exactly what I was suggesting a few weeks ago.

Romney (Republicans) needs to turn the tables on Obama and pick fights like this that unite Republicans and fracture the Democrat coalitions.
Now the progressives on MSNBC will be asking why Obama is not supporting the ‘teachers’ against mean old Romney's attacks. Posts like today's Weekly Standard (Free ThinkerNY post here) taunting Dems on Obama’s silence is perfect.

Unfortunately Republicans have been great at jumping into traps laid by Dems instead of trapping them.

22 posted on 09/10/2012 11:59:23 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”you must not have kids, or else you believe that these poor teachers should endure the dangerous environment theyre forced to work in, w/o getting combat pay...???
if the parents care about those kids, theyll pony up the bucks...

HA-HA, you sound just like me.

You are right. America's future depends on these poor underpaid overworked (they only get 4 months vacation and holidays) teachers.

Maybe its time for a special public education tax ‘for the children’. Obama already has us paying for most of their college with his give-away 'student loan' program. A great investment.

23 posted on 09/10/2012 12:04:40 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs

agreed... my 2 sisters own 2 homes each.. they work 4 days a week, they have summers off to spend at their vacation homes on the lake... they make each about 78,000 a year.. they will each retire in 5 years at a wonderful pension rate...

I’m paying for their wonderful lifestyle with my taxes..if there is ever any talk about even a 2 % increase in their health insurance contribution, they start screaming : how could the state do this to the “kids”...

it annoys the h*ll out of me... so much so I have learned to stay silent about these issues with them.. trust me, if they only knew what I really think... I doubt I’d be able to see them anymore. I don’t lie to them, I just state I disagree and we leave it at that.


24 posted on 09/10/2012 12:22:52 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Chuzzlewit
RE :”agreed... my 2 sisters own 2 homes each.. they work 4 days a week, they have summers off to spend at their vacation homes on the lake... they make each about 78,000 a year.. they will each retire in 5 years at a wonderful pension rate...
I’m paying for their wonderful lifestyle with my taxes..if there is ever any talk about even a 2 % increase in their health insurance contribution, they start screaming : how could the state do this to the “kids”..
.”

Where I live in Maryland a typical property tax bill is $6K and the tax $$ breakdown says that most of it goes to our public schools, and we pay income tax to state and county at the same time. That is another $6K. OMalley says that is not enough.

O malley just bragged about our *schools* in beginning his DNC speech last week.

25 posted on 09/10/2012 12:30:27 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

” - - - “Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet,” said Mr. Romney - - - “

Keep it up Mitt! Show us that you have a strong spine! Stand up to the Teacher’s Unions! 400,000 Chicago school children are counting on you!

Read more: Romney slams striking Chicago teachers - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/10/romney-slams-striking-chicago-teachers/#ixzz2663UBmXP
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26 posted on 09/10/2012 12:31:58 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: sickoflibs

lets see..Romney is giving up teacher votes , union votes, illegal votes. welfare votes anything else.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 12:45:17 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert
RE “lets see..Romney is giving up teacher votes , union votes, illegal votes. welfare votes anything else.”

Free Birth control/Abortion voters. How about gays?

He wasnt getting those anyway so the strategy should be to convince them not to vote at all..

28 posted on 09/10/2012 12:51:23 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Rahm Emanuel? His good friend Soetero is going to throw him under the bus, back the strikers, and lose at least half a dozen close-call states.

Orrrr...

Soetero will join arms with him, and hold Illinois, counting on the non-thinking straight-ticket Demwit voters to carry him through the election.

but most likely...

Soetero will make another of his long line of ad hominem attacks on Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and all other Republicans.

Option three of course.

Thanks sickoflibs.


29 posted on 09/10/2012 2:39:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not smart. He’s stepping right into a trap.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 2:49:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: sickoflibs; Free ThinkerNY; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ...

Ahhh, Public Schools....

“You can’t make Socialists out of individualists — children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”

-John Dewey, the father of Progressive Education

Right from the mouth of the Piece of Crap that started it all...


31 posted on 09/10/2012 3:54:00 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: sickoflibs; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; TheRightGuy; PhilCollins; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; ...

The local news showed a lot of kids being upset about this.

The 90% who are thrilled were too busy playing video games to contribute to the report.

The teachers union boss is a real slimy witch. Karen Lewis, she could go as Jabba the Hutt for Halloween without needing a costume.


32 posted on 09/11/2012 12:47:19 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: NFHale

Funny how leftist pioneers like that jerk and the planned parenthood witch nakedly stated their intentions.


33 posted on 09/11/2012 12:50:42 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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My mom was a teacher. She’s surprised that teachers who are paid $76,000, per year, demand a raise.


34 posted on 09/11/2012 4:29:41 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Impy

“...nakedly stated their intentions....”

They always did and do.

Our side just never believed they’d seriously pull it off.

Until 2009, that is.

Sorta like locking the barn door after the local Democrat stole your horse and mule.


35 posted on 09/11/2012 5:01:56 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: nhwingut
No,sorry, Romney was right. This ties directly back to Obama and his crime syndicate -- and their direct ties to the Big Labor Union Thugs. And when you're talking about Chicago Teachers, poor as you say, ain't it but Union Thug is.

Chicago Teachers have the highest average pay in the nation. Now with certain data factored in New York tops out as number one. However, that doesn't include NY's higher cost of living, which puts Chicago Teachers back at number one. But yet the teachers want 'More'!

Add to that, the fact that Chicago already spends more money per pupil than any other place in the USA and the end result is a high school graduation rate of 40%! But yet the teachers want 'More'!

So even it is a 'local issue', it's a 'local issue' like Wisconsin was. This local issue again shows every working stiff in America whose barely scraping by under Obama how greedy and self-serving 'Obama's Unions' are:

The children, parents, and taxpayers be damned - We Want More! So get a THIRD JOB you cheapskates and give us your money - or else!
I feel dirty defending Rahm, but these 'poor teachers' in Chicago are scum. And their union leader Karen Lewis is the biggest POS(scum) walking the earth. Or in her case waddling is more like it.
36 posted on 09/11/2012 5:32:59 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Viennacon
in some ways, to support Rahm

Wisconsin was a big win for us. It is perfectly appropriate that he commented. And if Rahm is in line with Governor Walker on this, so be it.

37 posted on 09/11/2012 5:35:53 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: PhilCollins; Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; TheRightGuy
Hi guys.

Want to hear a good one. I read it earlier in the comment section of the Sun-Times. It was an article about the strike. The comment was made by ... a Chicago Teacher and she said (paraphrasing).

'You people criticizing the teachers pay don't know what you're talking about. The average starting pay for a Chicago Teacher is only $47,000. They wouldn't make $71,000 until they've been teaching for eleven years, or nine years with a Masters degree, blah-blah-blah....'
Oh those POOR SOULS!!! A starting salary on 'only' $47K and then -- oh the humanity! -- had to work for an entire ELEVEN YEARS until their pay JUMPED by $24,000 (66.2%) to $71K!! My calculator says that's an average $2,182 a year, or 6.02% divided evenly.

Now I sure worked in companies more than eleven years and my pay never jumped like that! Yes, I got raises and promotions, but my responsibilities increased accordingly. I didn't just have to sit there and count calender years.

I couldn't believe that 'teacher' was actually trying to get sympathy. Then I did believe it, after all she was in the teachers union. No common sense required.

38 posted on 09/11/2012 6:02:37 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51

Romney should have said that the federal government and presidential candidates shouldn’t be involved in education, since that violates the 10th Amendment.


39 posted on 09/11/2012 6:10:52 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Condor51; Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; TheRightGuy

While I was in the navy, in Iraq, I had been in the navy for 19 years, and my salary was about $3800, per month.


40 posted on 09/11/2012 6:13:09 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Impy; All

“The teachers union boss is a real slimy witch. Karen Lewis, she could go as Jabba the Hutt for Halloween without needing a costume.”

Tha fatty hasn’t missed to many meals, eh?


41 posted on 09/11/2012 5:58:16 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: sickoflibs; Chuzzlewit; Impy; NFHale; DarthVader; fieldmarshaldj

Chuzzlewit, my sister sounds JUST LIKE your sisters. And I’ll freely admit it, when she CRIES about a 2% increase in her health insurance contribution, I’ve told her she’s a leech and to go f**k herself.

And I don’t regret it one bit. Hell, Mom agrees with me (about the leech part that is...she told me I was over the top with the Eastwoodism).

Now sis trying to extend the ‘olive branch’ to me by saying she likes Scott Brown. My response is: “That’s nice. He’d be a RAT in most states anyway.”

sickoflibs: What I pay in property taxes for a 1BR condo...I’m getting teary eyed.

I HATE any and all RATS, their agenda and what they stand for.


42 posted on 09/11/2012 6:10:42 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Chuzzlewit; Impy; NFHale; DarthVader; fieldmarshaldj; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; ...
RE:”Chuzzlewit, my sister sounds JUST LIKE your sisters. And I’ll freely admit it, when she CRIES about a 2% increase in her health insurance contribution, I’ve told her she’s a leech and to go f**k herself.”

This fight is interesting because Obama is forced to side against the teachers Union since this time it is Ron Emanuel's fight against them,
I still say that Republicans should play this up to fracture the Dem's unity. That is how they (Dems) fight Republicans, to get them to shoot each other.

Sigh.....

43 posted on 09/11/2012 7:10:13 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs; All

“That is how they (Dems) fight Republicans, to get them to shoot each other.”

Turn it back on them and let then shoot each other.


44 posted on 09/11/2012 7:27:04 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: sickoflibs

You forget the American-African, tree hugger, college students with loans, Latino, atheist, Muslim, Hollywood, vegetarian votes. Think that pretty much covers it.


45 posted on 09/11/2012 7:43:27 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: GOPsterinMA

She ate her predecessor.


46 posted on 09/12/2012 11:43:57 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

“She ate her predecessor.”

...and her dog.


47 posted on 09/13/2012 4:00:56 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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