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Petulant MSNBC Crew Sneers at 'Shameless,' Mindless,' 'Stunning' Sean Hannity
NewsBusters.org ^ | June 20, 2013 | Scott Whitlock

Posted on 06/20/2013 5:33:17 PM PDT by Kaslin

A sneering group of MSNBC hosts and analysts on Thursday berated Sean Hannity for his "mindless" anti-government attitude, mocking him as "pathetic." The Fox News host gave an interview to Playboy magazine in which he dismissed much of the federal government as "dysfunctional." Ex-Newsweek editor Howard Fineman, who has bragged about "steering clear of partisanship," slammed Hannity for having a "deliberate lack of self-awareness [that] is just stunning."

Speaking of the federal government, Fineman continued, "One of the reasons why the system is so dysfunctional is because of the mindlessly accusatory nature of what he...what they [conservatives] do." The journalist, who has prided himself on "keeping an even keel ideologically," accused Hannity of being "an enthusiastically, vigorous user of that style of rhetoric and politics and it's one of the main reasons why things aren't working." Fineman exhorted viewers, "Wake up! Wake up!" [MP3 audio here. See video below.]

Petty MSNBC Crew Mocks 'Shameless,' Mindless,' Stunning Sean Hannity

Time columnist Joe Klein excoriated Hannity: "There are an awful lot of scared people out there in this country right now. He preys on them, just as Rush does and the others. He's shameless."

Perhaps one reason the MSNBC crew had such anger for the Fox News host is that in the Playboy interview, Hannity mocked MSNBC's low ratings.

A transcript of the June 20 segment is below:

12:55pm ET

ALEX WAGNER: What do Donna Summer, Braveheart, the Grateful Dead, Angelina Jolie, meditation and the Passion of the Christ have in common? They're all a few of Sean Hannity's favorite things. In an interview with Playboy this month, Hannity talks politics, pot smoking and Obama the Muslim. Joy, because we never tire of talking about how people are convinced President Obama is a Muslim.

JOY REID: That's right.

WAGNER: Hannity plays playboy, "Obama did grow up in Kenya and he told the New York Times he went to a school there and one of the beautiful things on the planet is Islamic prayer at at sunset. He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia or wherever it was. Kenya. I forget. Now you've got me. I think it was Indonesia." The problem with this is it's still in the water supply.

REID: Not only that, but he's got no geography education in, like, school because–

WAGNER: Indonesia, Kenya. Whatever. It's pathetic.

REID: Indonesia, Kenya.

JOE KLEIN: Television should be an educational tool. Let me say to Sean, Indonesia is Asia. It's just off of Asia. It's an archipelago of a lot of different islands.

WAGNER: Do we have a map?

KLEIN: And Kenya is in Africa, so they're, you know, very, very far apart and very, very different cultures.

HOWARD FINEMAN: I think you lost him– You lost him at archipelago.

KLEIN: A bunch of islands.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: He doesn't read the articles, so he's not going to read the maps. He's looking for other pictures.

WAGNER: Oooh! Going there. Playboy. I do know just because someone thinks, Howard, that Islamic prayer is beautiful at sunset doesn't actually mean they're a Muslim.

FINEMAN: No. I mean– There are many things that strike me about this. One of them is he says, "I don't know why people put faith in government. The system is dysfunctional. It doesn't work." That's like somebody saying, you know, "this bicycle that I just stuck a, a, a--"

WAGNER: Twig in the spokes of.

FINEMAN: "Twig in the spokes of won't go anywhere." I mean, the lack of sort of self-awareness, deliberate lack of self-awareness is just stunning. One of the reasons why the system is so dysfunctional is because of the mindlessly accusatory nature of what he--

WAGNER: People like Sean Hannity!

FINEMAN: --what they do. What they do. Listen, nobody is innocent in all this, I will grant that. But he is a, for better or worse, he's an enthusiastically, vigorous user of that style of rhetoric and politics, and it's one of the main reasons why things aren't working. Wake up! Wake up!

KLEIN: The reason for it. The reason is there's an audience for it.

FINEMAN: Of course. I know that.

KLEIN: There are an awful lot of scared people out there in this country right now. He preys on them, just as Rush does and the others. He's shameless.



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1 posted on 06/20/2013 5:33:17 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

MSNBC guy said last week, they were not there for breaking news.


2 posted on 06/20/2013 5:35:42 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Kaslin

If Newsbusters stopped watching, the audience would drop by half.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 5:37:16 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Kaslin

Why would Hannity talk to Playboy if he’s so principled? Geesh.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 5:40:21 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Kaslin

Its funny. You’d almost think that the President wasn’t playing on the fear of single white women and minorities when he was campaigning in 2008 and 2012. There is something to fear and where the President was or wasn’t born is the least of it.

These smug leftist twerps on MSNBC act as if they never flub a word or get geography wrong. Hell Obama has made huge flubs on geography and the man is using a teleprompter 98% of the time.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 5:40:41 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

State led Solution for the Red States:

RAISE TAXES
on TV ADVERTISMENTS
for GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA NEWS CHANNELS.


6 posted on 06/20/2013 5:42:23 PM PDT by o2bfree (Lindsey Graham is left of South Carolina.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

well, they do write articles, you know. that is why everyone reads playboy, after all.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 5:42:28 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: Kaslin

Russell Brand who is a bit of a fool in his own right, mocked and made fools of Mika and everyone who was on MSNBC set the other morning. I read about in Guardian which had You Tube link to video. He makes them look so STUPID.


8 posted on 06/20/2013 5:43:28 PM PDT by metafugitive
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To: Kaslin

This from a Network that NO ONE WATCHES..Watching poop dry in the hot sun is more informative than watching MSDNC


9 posted on 06/20/2013 5:43:30 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin

This is why nobody watches MSNBC — nothing there but shrill loons.


10 posted on 06/20/2013 5:44:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

I think that’s what they call a circle jerk. Or a target-rich environment. Maybe both.


11 posted on 06/20/2013 5:45:31 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: Izzy Dunne

You have an excellent point. *L*


12 posted on 06/20/2013 5:45:54 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve never heard Hannity say O is a Musilm. Pretty sure that’s a lie.

I do KNOW that O is our first non-Christian President.

This because I have personally seen him on many occasions say his salvation is directly linked to the salvation of everyone else.

This is collective salvation, the antithesis of Christanity.


13 posted on 06/20/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Did he talk to Playboy? The link doesn’t really say


14 posted on 06/20/2013 5:49:13 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
"One of the reasons why the system is so dysfunctional is because of the mindlessly accusatory nature of what he...what they [conservatives] do."

Oh, I see.

The reason the neo-communist O'bammy administration is a Three Ring Non-Stop Cluster **** is because conservatives actually have the nerve to point out, VERBALLY OF ALL THINGS, that the neo-communist O'bammy administration actually IS a Three Ring Non-Stop Cluster ****.



The intensity, depth and breadth of the typical O-bot’s stupidity strains the limits of conceptual visualization.

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15 posted on 06/20/2013 5:49:17 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Kaslin

I hate to defend Hannity because when all is said
and done he can’t ever get past the first level
of any argument. His pre-occupation with lists
makes him especially annoying. But if he causes
these bedwetting MSNBC liberals to get their
panties in a twist then more power to him.

What really irks them is that Playboy expended
the effort to publish an interview with him.


16 posted on 06/20/2013 5:51:14 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: DanielRedfoot
I’ve never heard Hannity say O is a Musilm. Pretty sure that’s a lie.

What, that Hannity said it, or that he's a moslem?

If the latter...when did he stop being a moslem?

17 posted on 06/20/2013 5:51:16 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Kaslin

Sean ain’t very bright but next to the MSNBC crowd, he’s friggin’ brilliant


18 posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:00 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: the OlLine Rebel

He also called Kim Kardashian a “role model” during an interview with her. He will say anything to kiss up to a guest if they come on his show.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:05 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: metafugitive
Russell Brand who is a bit of a fool in his own right, mocked and made fools of Mika and everyone who was on MSNBC set the other morning. I read about in Guardian which had You Tube link to video. He makes them look so STUPID.

I had to look up that video. Wow.

20 posted on 06/20/2013 5:56:46 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Kaslin

I’m not the biggest fan of Hannity, but I’d consider getting criticized by that group of clowns a badge of honor.

Howard Fineman keeping an even ideological keel...bwahahaa! Oh gosh, stop it Howie! You take the comedy just too far!

Joe Klein’s articles aren’t worth picking up dog doo with. He’s a hack.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: bigbob

>> Sean ain’t very bright

It’s not that he isn’t bright — he’s impatient and often disinterested in other opinions giving the impression he’s dense.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 5:59:22 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

“deliberate lack of self-awareness [that] is just stunning.”

What the hell does that even mean?!


23 posted on 06/20/2013 6:03:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

No offense to you or anything, but I think if MSNBC and its hosts were never again mentioned in FR thread titles, they would all eventually be completely forgotten. Why give that channel free publicity? I have a difficult time believing anybody here wastes their time watching that imbecility on parade, and apparently hardly anybody anywhere watches that channel. I am certain nobody here gives the slightest rat’s ass what any of those people have to say about anything, so why the daily threads?

I’m even embarrassed to be bumping the thread with this post, but I had to get that off my chest.

FRegards,
LH


24 posted on 06/20/2013 6:06:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

Howard Fineman, Who Once Slammed ‘Werewolf’ Rush Limbaugh, Absurdly Denies Liberal Bias

August 08, 2012

Journalist Howard Fineman, who previously slammed Rush Limbaugh as a “werewolf,” who knocked Rick Perry and Sarah Palin as stupid, who smeared Tea Partiers as “secessionists,” touted his non-partisan credentials on the website of the liberal Huffington Post.  Fineman absurdly proclaimed, “I’m pretty well known for keeping an even keel ideologically and for steering clear of partisanship.”

Fineman, who once lectured Mitt Romney to tell Limbaugh, “stuff it,” added, “I’m old-fashioned, even out of date, in this deconstructionist era, in which everyone is assumed to have an ulterior — political — motive. I don’t. I really don’t.” Fineman’s defense came after a public squabble with Limbaugh. The radio host derided the journalist for tweeting of the Olympics: “Brits long ago lost their empire, powerful currency. They’ve got social strife, but overall show us how to lose global power gracefully.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2012/08/08/howard-fineman-who-once-slammed-werewolf-rush-limbaugh-denies-libera#ixzz2WoBdEduf


25 posted on 06/20/2013 6:07:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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You wanna know what they're really pissed about? I'll tellya what they're really pissed about. They're really pissed about the fact that combined, they make less than Hannity, even thought they're so much smarter, and so much more sophisticated, and so much more, well, self aware. That's what they're so pissed about, right there.
26 posted on 06/20/2013 6:07:59 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Hannity never said that, the MSM lies.
That’s what these idiots think conservative broadcasters say.
Need a fact, make one up

I have no doubt that if hes anything he’s a moslem.

But I think he probably supports an serves them more because so many hate America like he does.

Frankly, I think hes more of a Nihilist serving no one but himself.


27 posted on 06/20/2013 6:08:27 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: Kaslin

Jan 3, 2013

Howard Fineman’s tweet last night, in which he said ‘Florida = thugs and dumb,’” writes former Florida Times-Union columnist Abel Harding. “Many would argue the word is modern code for the ‘n-word.’ …Just another example of why journalists must be cautious on social media.”

http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/03/howard-fineman-apologizes-for-thugs-tweet/


28 posted on 06/20/2013 6:11:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Gene Eric
It’s not that he isn’t bright — he’s impatient and often disinterested in other opinions giving the impression he’s dense.

Hannity is only interested in hearing his own opinion.
29 posted on 06/20/2013 6:14:06 PM PDT by Old Yeller (You can't spell Stanley Ann without S-A-T-A-N)
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To: Kaslin

Hilarious! Howard Fineman Blames Republicans For Obama’s Plummeting Poll Numbers

April 23, 2011

Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman blames the public’s perception of Republicans in Congress for Obama’s abysmal poll numbers. He claims they are “dragging Obama down with them”.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/04/hilarious-howard-fineman-blames-republicans-for-obamas-plummeting-poll-numbers/


30 posted on 06/20/2013 6:15:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

I thought Rubio was filling in on Fox Pro Amnesty News !

Hannity killed his limited credibility pushing Rubio -Rove Amnesty crap .

He is bought off troll now


31 posted on 06/20/2013 6:27:28 PM PDT by ncalburt (Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: Kaslin
Petulant MSNBC Crew Sneers at 'Shameless,' Mindless,' 'Stunning' Sean Hannity

Hey now, they can't say that about Hannity.....only WE can say that about Hannity.

32 posted on 06/20/2013 6:28:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Old Yeller

I get the same impression.


33 posted on 06/20/2013 6:36:10 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

There’s a fight coming that is going to affect every American. I don’t see the left winning and it will take decades to recover from it.


34 posted on 06/20/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Kaslin

Why are they picking on Hannity?
He is the best friend they got trying to get Rubio’s amnesty passed.


35 posted on 06/20/2013 7:29:26 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: metafugitive
He makes them look so STUPID.

Because they ARE stupid.

Ignorant, too. And doubly ignorant of what they're stupid about.

Yet, they've all gone to "the best schools".

36 posted on 06/20/2013 7:29:56 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kaslin

2nd sentence in the article posted here at the top.


37 posted on 06/20/2013 7:35:03 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: TLI
'The reason the neo-communist O'bammy administration is a Three Ring Non-Stop Cluster **** is because conservatives actually have the nerve to point out, ' The intensity, depth and breadth of the typical O-bot’s stupidity strains the limits of conceptual visualization. WHOAH....THERE..TLI

YOU just did it...son.. You, lad have won the Jimsin First Prize Chicken Dinner AWARD. A coveted prize bestowed only on Men like you whose posts represent the highest pinnacle of Conservative Thought. Posts which reach up far and away and above and beyond the call of Conservative Culture....Bless you lad, keep up the good work; we will be looking for even greater contributions from your keyboard going forward.


38 posted on 06/20/2013 7:37:21 PM PDT by jimsin
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To: metafugitive
http://gawker.com/russell-brand-destroys-msnbc-talk-show-host-for-treatin-513992493?autoplay=1
39 posted on 06/20/2013 8:27:34 PM PDT by South40
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

MSNBC’s Sharpton: GOP ‘Will Stop at Nothing to Tear Down the Poor’
NewsBusters.org | June 20, 2013 | Brad Wilmouth
Posted on 06/20/2013 4:48:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3033784/posts


40 posted on 06/20/2013 8:34:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: jimsin
You, lad have won the Jimsin First Prize Chicken Dinner AWARD.



Things like it is their right, it is their duty, come to mind.

In the meantime, Ill take the extra crispy with ice TEA, thanks!

.

41 posted on 06/20/2013 8:43:08 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

This why I quit listening to this boob. About 5 years ago, he was talking on his show about how Playboy had no redeeming features. Nobody reads the article, they only looked at the pictures. Now he gives an interview to Playboy. What a hypocrite. Of course, he has other faults (always sounds like he is whining about something) and I really don’t care to listen to his diatribes that much.


42 posted on 06/20/2013 9:10:15 PM PDT by rustyboots
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To: Kaslin; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; Liz; Perdogg; ...

Hannity is a moron who gets his talking points from other radio shows,

When GWB was POTUS he lectured us that big all powerful government was our big protector,
now he repeats libertarian like talking points about how it is a curse on America.

If in 2017 his hero Rubio is POTUS he will be preaching to us that all powerful government keeps us safe again.

Libs can have him.


43 posted on 06/20/2013 9:27:01 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: TLI

/Things like it is their right, it is their duty, come to mind.

In the meantime, Ill take the extra crispy with ice TEA, thanks!/

YOU DA MAN....


44 posted on 06/21/2013 2:13:16 AM PDT by jimsin
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To: Kaslin

Hannity is shameless, mindless and stunning when it comes to Rubio and amnesty. (One wonders what Valerie Jarrett and the NSA have on them...)


45 posted on 06/21/2013 2:28:26 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Are you saying that Hannity is for Amnesty? You obviously never watch or listen to him. And btw neither is Rubio. He wants the border closed first and that is a fact


46 posted on 06/21/2013 4:22:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

They’re both for amnesty. That’s what Rubio’s bill does, as he assured a Hispanic audience, before any pretence even of increased border enforcement.


47 posted on 06/21/2013 4:30:08 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

First of all it’s not Rubio’s Amnesty, and second you are are lying


48 posted on 06/21/2013 4:36:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Of course it is—and what am I lying about?


49 posted on 06/21/2013 4:38:13 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

I am not going to explain it to you again. And now I am done with you.


50 posted on 06/21/2013 4:53:53 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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