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Who Killed KPOJ? (Portland OR lib radio)
Willamette Week ^ | 11/28/12 | Aaron Mesh

Posted on 12/01/2012 11:10:11 AM PST by MovementConservative

Many see a right-wing conspiracy in the death of Portland’s commercial progressive talk-radio station. But Bain didn’t act alone.

Carl Wolfson’s last show on KPOJ-AM 620 sounded like victory. For the past six years, Wolfson, a former standup comedian, hosted a three-hour morning drive-time show that had turned into a radio clubhouse for Portland liberals.

Wolfson—laser-fast with a quip and constantly in defense of Democrats—spent the weeks before the Nov. 6 election boosting liberal candidates and puncturing Mitt Romney.

“Romney has zero foreign-policy experience,” Wolfson liked to say during the campaign. “He was asked about the Middle East, and his only response was that Donald Trump’s hair should return to its pre-1967 borders.”

The days following the election were celebratory, with President Barack Obama’s re-election, and with Democrats triumphant in all Oregon statewide races and in control of the Oregon House.

When he signed off the air Nov. 9, Wolfson was giddy with momentum. Then his Clear Channel boss walked into the KPOJ studio.

“‘Man, what great shows this week,” Wolfson recalls telling Chris Sargent, operations manager for the station’s owner, Clear Channel.

But Sargent had an executioner’s grimace. “I looked at his face,” Wolfson says, “and I knew.”

Sargent then dropped the ax—not just on Wolfson, but on the only commercial left-wing political talk station in this overwhelmingly blue city. By 5:30 that evening, KPOJ—what many Portland liberals believed was their own megaphone—had become Fox Sports Radio 620, the city’s third all-sports radio station.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: kpoj; liberal; oregon; portland; radio
Hahaha hahaha hahaha. Oh yeah, and hahaha!
1 posted on 12/01/2012 11:10:18 AM PST by MovementConservative
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To: MovementConservative

They weren’t killed. They committed suicide. Probably all the stores and shops and things are Conservative - wouldn’t advertise there.


2 posted on 12/01/2012 11:16:57 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral.)
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To: MovementConservative

ratings probably

anyways... does Portland really need another sports station?

They don’t even have a football team


3 posted on 12/01/2012 11:17:15 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MovementConservative

Put a bird on it!


4 posted on 12/01/2012 11:19:17 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: MovementConservative

Generally what will kill a show is: crappy ratings, host does unrecoverable action, station changes format, personality conflict with management, lack of advertisers for whatever reasons.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 11:21:59 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Their chief weapon: ridicule. Very little, if anything of substance.


6 posted on 12/01/2012 11:26:02 AM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I found that Donald Trump joke very substantial. :-)


7 posted on 12/01/2012 11:31:25 AM PST by heye2monn (A)
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To: MovementConservative

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

8 posted on 12/01/2012 11:32:16 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MovementConservative
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Hey! Hey-eh!
Go-od Bye!
9 posted on 12/01/2012 11:32:40 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: MovementConservative
Liberal radio never works. No one wants to hear their whining and complaining all the time.
No, it's not "everyone elses fault".
No, it's not the job of other people to support them.
No, not everyone sees an infant as a punishment, or a good job a disgrace.
No, not everyone sees a couple of homos with their hands down the back of each others pants as a "beautiful thing. "

Who wants to tune into a misery channel 24/7 unless they're uber miserable themselves? If liberals were brutally honest when campaigning for an election, they'd be lucky if they got a dozen votes nation wide.

10 posted on 12/01/2012 11:35:41 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: GeronL

I lived in Portland for a while. The liberals all said they loved the station, but in truth they didn’t tune in.


11 posted on 12/01/2012 11:39:07 AM PST by Katiana Kalashnikova
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To: GeronL
Ratings and competition from two sources. KOPB (NPR) and KBOO, a real hard-left station. I'm talking the kind of place that would've hosted Che Guevara and Angela Davis back in the day. Why listen to AM progtalk when you get it on FM anyway, and both KOPB and KBOO are non-commercial stations.
12 posted on 12/01/2012 11:40:56 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: MovementConservative

LOL!
I only wish this assclown was replaced with live Rush Limbaugh or even Mark Levin rebroadcasts.


13 posted on 12/01/2012 11:43:12 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Katiana Kalashnikova
The liberals all said they loved the station, but in truth they didn’t tune in.

They couldn't stand listening to themselves either!

14 posted on 12/01/2012 11:48:06 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Why listen to AM progtalk when you get it on FM anyway, and
both KOPB and KBOO are non-commercial stations.
You mean Taxpayer supported?...
if so, de-fund them (all).

15 posted on 12/01/2012 11:48:19 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: MovementConservative

We just need some government subsidies to keep it alive.


16 posted on 12/01/2012 11:52:25 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

KBOO?

Is that Pacifica? They also get public funding


17 posted on 12/01/2012 11:52:43 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: skinkinthegrass

KOPB is (somewhat) taxpayer supported, part of the PBS system. KBOO is listener-supported, and they’ve never been off the air for lack of funds.

Some of the folks I heard on KBOO during the political shows make Pol Pot sound like Gerald Ford. These people would need to look over their left shoulder, with a radio telescope, to see Lenin.


18 posted on 12/01/2012 11:53:25 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Katiana Kalashnikova

Yep.

Liberals are more boob-tube oriented. That is why their radio stations need public funding


19 posted on 12/01/2012 11:54:07 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MovementConservative

MSNBC wouldn’t be on without money from NBC. They’re willing to lose money to keep putting out pro-RAT propaganda.


20 posted on 12/01/2012 11:56:28 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: onedoug
Their chief weapon: ridicule. Very little, if anything of substance.

Their chief weapon is Ridicule. Ridicule and Surprise; their two weapons are Fear, Ridicule, and Surprise, and Ruthless Efficiency; Oops, I'll come in again.

21 posted on 12/01/2012 11:57:06 AM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: GeronL
I don't know if they're still part of the Pacifica network; it's been well over a decade since the last time I heard them. They may still be. All I recall is their seemingly never-ending fund drives. Unlike KMHD, the jazz station, which seemed to run their fund-raisers on a quarterly schedule, it seemed like KBOO was always hitting the listeners up for donations. Of course, where I'm at, we have ČT 1 and ČT2, Czech Television, both of which are government-funded, as are some of the radio stations here. Of course, there's also private networks like Prima and Nova (and Prima has 'Columbo' reruns!). So it's something of a mix. Czech Television is one of the larger film producers in the country as well; Most Czech films have some level of funding from Czech Television and also from the Ministry of Culture.
22 posted on 12/01/2012 12:00:20 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: ozzymandus

Don’t forget Comcast and General Electric, both of whom actually NBC.


23 posted on 12/01/2012 12:04:22 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: ozzymandus

Don’t forget Comcast and General Electric, both of whom actually own NBC.


24 posted on 12/01/2012 12:04:35 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: GeronL

Nail, meet hammer. Here are the most recent ratings for KPOJ and those of its conservative competitors, KXL-FM (Lars Larson’s flagship), and KEX-AM, the local Rush outlet. Ratings periods reflect average quarter hour share of all listeners over the age of 6, for the months of September, October and November 2012:

KPOJ: 0.8, 1.4, 1.4
KXL-FM: 4.7, 4.8, 5.5
KEX-AM: 2.7, 3.3, 3.5

Not too many years ago, KPOJ was being hailed as “proof” that liberal talk radio could be successful. Some success. Clearly, lib talk wasn’t attracting an audience—or making money—in one of the most liberal cities in the country.

Even as a #3 sports station, KPOJ will be much better off. Fox supplies all the programming (for less than the morning comedian was making), and sports is a much easier sell than progressive talk.

On the down side, this type of crash and burn is why libs want to bring back the fairness doctrine and other restrictions on free speech (read: conservative media). If the Dims retake the House in 2014, look for the fairness doctrine to return, along with “stimulus” money for MSM companies.


25 posted on 12/01/2012 12:05:43 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: MovementConservative

“I looked at his face,” Wolfson says, “and I knew.”

Doesn’t he ever look at Obama?


26 posted on 12/01/2012 12:20:39 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: MovementConservative
“Romney has zero foreign-policy experience,” Wolfson liked to say during the campaign.

To this day, Wolfson, President Zerio still have ZERO foreign-policy expenience. And President ZERO been president for 4 years now!!!

The days following the election were celebratory, with President Barack Obama’s re-election, and with Democrats triumphant in all Oregon statewide races and in control of the Oregon House.

If Liberalism can't be successful in a blue part of a blue state, it won't work ANYWHERE!!

By 5:30 that evening, KPOJ—what many Portland liberals believed was their own megaphone—had become Fox Sports Radio 620, the city’s third all-sports radio station.

Oh, Liberals, I'm so sorry...why not get a short wave radio to pick up RADIO NORTH KOREA -- unless that is to FAR RIGHT for you... /s

27 posted on 12/01/2012 12:42:03 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: MovementConservative

Let’s see...
Radio is a business, with the objective of making money.

If this format wasn’t producing the revenue, available via the Sports format,
then, tough!

This isn’t some public service with an obligation to keep leaches happy......yet...


28 posted on 12/01/2012 12:55:21 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: SkyDancer

I’ve been all over this on FR and elsewhere.

—Sports is popular and makes $$

—KPOJ owned by Clear Channel—yeah that Bain-Romney-Clear Channel Format Change machine! Yet KFNQ Seattle, which is
also going sports, is owned by CBS. Can’t blame them for that one!

—Conservative talk makes money (though it isn’t always successful; CC’s WXKS Boston dumped it for comedy. Yeah
blame Romney-Bain for THAT one). Liberal talk does not.
So what do they listen to? On a national radio messageboard’s Oregon sub-board someone said they knew a bunch of Democrats and he asked them about KPOJ. They never heard of it. Got blank stares. OK, so what do you guys listen to?... “NPR.”

—So yes, liberal talk is successful...on TAXPAYER FUNDED
NPR that is. Not on commercial stations. “Yeah these
big corporations are all evil, like WalMart...so we’ll
be right back after this...er...public service message...”
Ironically enough for all the bellyaching libs do about eeeeevil corporations, many big companies DO give to
NPR...from movie studios to automakers to “Fox Broadcasting Company.” Here’s the thing: these are voluntary contributions.

I _don’t_ wany MY tax dollars to pay for NPR! Let the FCC
change the rules and let them run SOME ads. Keep your hands out of MY pocket, NPR! (And by the way would you ever hear a show praising the tea party or conservatism on NPR?
Libs talk about Fox being biased, etc but when you ask them about NPR they say it’s fair and balance. Bovine
excrement.

—Anyway, these days many stations want sports because it
attracts younger listeners, or listeners in all age demos,
etc. There are actually 5 big networks now: Fox/Clear Channel, CBS/Cumulus, ESPN & ESPN Deportes, NBC Sports/Dial
Global, and Yahoo. They want affiliates nation wide to run their shows, etc...and the ads. A lot of people want to talk football. More that want to talk Benghazi.

And of the latter they go to conservative talk radio.
In these cities you would expect liberal talk to flourish
and conservative talk to suffer:

Boston
Seattle
Portland OR

It’s the other way ‘round actually. But the NPR stations
do well..

You have a store and want to advertise on talk radio.
Would you rather go with

—good local hosts and Rush, Savage, Ingraham

or

—crappy local hosts and Schultz, Steph Miller, Randi Rhodes

Your choice.


29 posted on 12/01/2012 1:02:45 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Thanks for all that plus the time you spent putting it together.


30 posted on 12/01/2012 1:09:31 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral.)
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To: GeronL; All

Ratings were low despite having a pretty good signal.

As for whether they really need another sports station, there’s money to be made. Even if it’s something like Fox Sports Radio (nationally). Companies advertise. Clear
Channel makes money.

And even if there is no football or baseball team there’s
college sports etc.

What I get a kick out of is when this happens the libs
bleat, “But...the airwaves belong to the people!”

No they don’t. Well, there are only so many frequencies out there. The FCC grants licenses to companies ranging from
Clear Channel to mom-and-pop operations. These people spend money on facilities (studios and transmitters), talent,
tech staff, etc. The object for commercial stations is to MAKE MONEY. The FCC can’t step in because people complain that the libtalk is going away.

Freedom of the press/speech.

Free market.

In a city like Boston sports does very well

WEEI AM—ESPN
WEEI FM—local talk, Red Sox, Celtics, some ESPN
WBZ FM—local talk, Patriots, Bruins, Fox Sports, CBS Sports
WUFC—local talk, NBC SPorts

And maybe the AM Clear Channel owns (WXKS) that had
conservative talk and now runs comedy—maybe they would take
Fox Sports if they leave WBZ FM

Sports makes $$$


31 posted on 12/01/2012 1:11:21 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: ExNewsExSpook

There was a book called Censorship about how the libs are trying to get the Fairness Docrine back and it talked in the beginning about how Michael Moore publicized Lars Larson’s
phone number to a crowd of people and Lars and his family got harrassed BIG time by the haters.

On the messageboards, libs are saying under sports the station will fail. Wrong. In fact even if numbers are the same or even less, it can still make money by running
national ads. Sports works, not so much liberal talk.


32 posted on 12/01/2012 1:14:47 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SkyDancer

You’re welcome—of course when I get on the lib messageboards they fire back at me and preface their replies with stuff like:

>>RACCOONRADIO PROPAGANDIZED: (quote)

In other words I can give them experinced views of how
radio works, etc. and they think I’m just full of crap. Much like how anyone on the Right gets treated by them of course.
“Well, the problem with Rethuglicans is they can’t
think critically...”


33 posted on 12/01/2012 1:18:02 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: G Larry

>>Radio is a business, with the objective of making money.

Exactly and I like to make a couple quotes from the first episode of “WKRP”:

Mrs Carlson, station owner, after her new program director changes the format from elevator music to rock: Young man,
this radio station is a business. It is not here for your personal listening pleasure.

Andy Travis: Ma’am, I know it’s a business. And that’s why I had no choice but to change the format.

(AND FOR THOSE SAYING THERE’S TOO MUCH SPORTS):

Les: But there are already a lot of rock and roll
stations in Cincinnati!

Andy: Well, why do you think that is, Les?

Les: Well, I think it’s a plot of some sort.

Andy: (chuckles) No, Les, rock and roll is where the money is.

(Substitute “sports” for “rock and roll”)


34 posted on 12/01/2012 1:22:34 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: MovementConservative

>>By 5:30 that evening,

The irony is one of the first things they carried was a basketball game in which one coach was Mooshelle Obama’s
brother!

In 2004 Al Franken set up a big party/broadcast in Boston
to celebrate what he thought would be a big victory for
“President Kerry”. It soon turned to “tears and bitterness”
and Franken’s shows over the next few days were depressing and angry, with charges of another stolen election.

But this year “happy days were here again” for the Dems.

Until...
“Off the Air”...


35 posted on 12/01/2012 1:25:20 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Salvation

LOL Ping-a-ling for the Oregon Ping list.


36 posted on 12/01/2012 1:25:44 PM PST by PROCON (Tyranny won, God help us.)
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To: raccoonradio

Exactly and thanks again.


37 posted on 12/01/2012 1:53:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral.)
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To: MovementConservative

“KPOJ—what many Portland liberals believed was their own megaphone—had become Fox Sports Radio 620, the city’s third all-sports radio station.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....oh, my sides....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....

Nothing says “I just made you my prison wife” like having your liberal mouthpiece become the third sports radio station in a town with only one professional team.


38 posted on 12/01/2012 2:00:57 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: SkyDancer

BINGO!!!


39 posted on 12/01/2012 2:01:46 PM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: ExCTCitizen

“Oh, Liberals, I’m so sorry...why not get a short wave radio to pick up RADIO NORTH KOREA — unless that is to FAR RIGHT for you... /s “
________________________________________________

Liberals need the old Radio Albania, where every sentence
had the term “Marxist-Leninist”.


40 posted on 12/01/2012 2:47:56 PM PST by AlexW
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

$641,024 in fed taxes for KOPB ‘09.

KBOO doesn’t get direct tax funding. Indirect funding comes from the tax monies channeled into Democracy Now.


41 posted on 12/01/2012 3:00:56 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: MovementConservative

Because Barack Obama’s pro-Islamist, pro-Communist, anti-Allies foreign policy agenda has been SO successful... < /sarc >


42 posted on 12/01/2012 5:58:18 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: AppyPappy

Doesn’t Portland have soccer as well as basketball? I like to listen to actual games on the radio at least college football & basketball and pro baseball. But I can’t stand listening to blather on pre game or post game shows except in historic circumstances (no hitters, scoring records, etc.) And I never listen to sports talk radio. Rush & Mark Levin are the best. Lars is the best Oregon has. I would tune in to KPOJ for laughs once in a while. Hard to imagine these people are in the majority in Portland and Seattle. Hard to live with.


43 posted on 12/01/2012 6:41:53 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: MovementConservative; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

44 posted on 12/01/2012 9:24:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lancey Howard

“I only wish this assclown was replaced with live Rush Limbaugh or even Mark Levin rebroadcasts.”

Sports is the only way they could go.

We, already, have live Rush, Hannity, Levin, Larsen, etc.

Rush is on AM and FM.


45 posted on 12/03/2012 12:13:26 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.)
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To: Sicvee; AppyPappy

Basketball, soccer and ice hockey.


46 posted on 12/03/2012 12:16:19 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.)
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