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The Cruz Threat
National Review ^ | 8/15/2013 | Robert Costa

Posted on 08/15/2013 4:37:51 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

The senator steals a march on potential 2016 rivals.

The early dynamics of the 2016 Republican presidential-primary contest were jolted on the morning of Friday, July 19, in a ballroom on the third floor of the Marriott hotel in downtown Des Moines. It was there, in front of coffee-sipping pastors, that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas wowed the kingmakers of the Iowa caucuses for the first time. Without notes and ignoring the podium, he roamed the carpeted dais for nearly an hour, quoting Scripture and musing about the Democrats and their occasional affinity for Satan. The reception was rapturous. Many ministers eagerly asked Cruz’s advisers where they could sign up for a campaign that doesn’t exist, while others encircled Cruz and laid their hands on him to pray.

Veteran operative Chuck Laudner, who managed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s victorious Iowa campaign last year, was in the room and remembers the scene vividly — and he knew immediately that all the post-2012 conventional wisdom about the 2016 field was, with one speech, obsolete. To him and others who make their living as consultants within the Republican universe, the visceral response by Iowa preachers confirmed Cruz’s ascent as a new, potentially disruptive force in the GOP’s presidential-primary calculus. Instead of the looming battle for tea-party support in Iowa and South Carolina featuring a group of middleweight contenders — vanilla governors, House members, and little-known senators — it appeared that a Cruz phenomenon could overwhelm them all. (snip)

He channels the anger and frustration that conservatives have not only with President Obama, but also with the Republican establishment. His ability to seize that undercurrent and connect with those voters has elevated him.

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


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: cruz; missle; threat
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1 posted on 08/15/2013 4:37:52 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross; Jeff Winston; Responsibility2nd
Bayard's exposition of the Constitution was read and approved by the Great Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall, by the legendary Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, and by the famous Chancellor James Kent, as well as other legal experts of the early United States. Not one single person ever said he was wrong about his understanding of what "natural born citizen" meant.
2 posted on 08/15/2013 4:43:26 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Wasn’t Cruz born in Canada? How can he run for president?


3 posted on 08/15/2013 4:43:55 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Of course he has far more enemies than friends, and we know the reason why (John 17).

Praying for his protection and his strength and perseverance and reliance on the Lord, and may the Lord grant us repentance that we may turn back to God as a nation and not be totally destroyed.


4 posted on 08/15/2013 4:47:56 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Servant of the Cross

And hence, we get all of these sudden MSM stories about Cruz’s eligibility and FR’s in-house circular firing squad becoming overly active.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 4:48:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: duckman

His mother was born and bred in Delaware.

When Cruz was born, there were only two kinds of citizens - natural born or naturalized. He’s the former since, even though he was born in Canada, one of his parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth.

Others will differ with my opinion.


6 posted on 08/15/2013 4:50:14 AM PDT by randita
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To: Servant of the Cross

“Carpeted dias”?
Isn’t that Latin for, “shag the day”?


7 posted on 08/15/2013 4:50:56 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Servant of the Cross
Electing conservatives is necessary but not sufficient to turn our republic around.

At the most opportune time, say just before the Hildebeast announces her candidacy, Cruz should make a speech for support of an Article V amendment convention.

It would consume the political oxygen, change the focus of national debate over night . . . and just may lead to our nation's salvation.

8 posted on 08/15/2013 4:52:05 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: duckman

He is an American Citizen by birth. He was never a naturalized citizen and therefor by definition he is a natural born citizen.

He is as qualified to serve as BHO or Juan McAmnesty.


9 posted on 08/15/2013 4:52:09 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: TurkeyLurkey
“I think the party is going to be looking for some unity and national appeal in the next presidential election, and if they want someone who can be as abrasive as Cruz, Christie would easily compete with him on the question of who can throw a good punch. If the party wants to win, it’s going to go with someone who can unite us and not divide the party into narrow groups.”

Notice that it's ALWAYS about the party with these morons and NEVER about CONSERVATISM.

10 posted on 08/15/2013 4:52:52 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Servant of the Cross

...and the pubbie insiders say he doesn’t have a chance in the election........the same thing they said about Reagan.


11 posted on 08/15/2013 4:54:26 AM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Servant of the Cross
One thing that could REALLY help Cruz is will he want to take on the most unloved of Federal agencies: the Internal Revenue Service.

Given the fact the current tax code is the #1 cause of political corruption in Washington, DC, can be used by the Federal government to punish or favor any taxpaying entity, and will now cost US$500 BILLION per year in compliance costs, phasing out the income tax in favor of something like FairTax (H.R. 25/S. 122) would be the biggest "return of the power to the people" since the American Revolution. And it would create the biggest economic boom in American history because we no longer tax the process of earning money.

12 posted on 08/15/2013 4:58:32 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Servant of the Cross

You can bet even now the communist Dems are sniffing out all of his tax returns from age 2 forward, and Gloria Alred is busy mining the fields for anyone who knows of anyone, anywhere Ted made “uncomfortable” or looked at ‘funny’,,,and that’s just the start. I am sure the Dems are farming Ted’s constituents to find the ONE disgruntled poor soul whom Ted offended,,,and will trot out said soul at the most opportunistic time.


13 posted on 08/15/2013 4:58:51 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: outofsalt

I think the translation is “shag the podium”


14 posted on 08/15/2013 5:00:35 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: kenmcg

“...and the pubbie insiders say he doesn’t have a chance in the election........the same thing they said about Reagan.”

that’s because the pubbie insiders don’t plan on giving Cruz a chance and will work against him at every turn.


15 posted on 08/15/2013 5:00:51 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Servant of the Cross

The media is predictable. They’ll exhaust their ink, telling the nation he’s eligible, then when he gets close to winning the nomination, or just after that, they’ll lower the boom. Objective, to throw his campaign into disarray and make the party look foolish and incompetent. (And of course exteme.)

However, I don’t really expect he’ll get that far. More likely we’ll still have open primaries, since nobody ever lifts a finger to fix that problem. There’ll be another Romney run, or some other watered-down RINO loser will step forward. Meanwhile the Dems need only locate another melanin-rich individual. If they can’t, they can always permit a few million illegals to vote.

Voting doesn’t work for us any longer. People need to accept that.


16 posted on 08/15/2013 5:02:58 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: outofsalt

LOL


17 posted on 08/15/2013 5:04:19 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Servant of the Cross

I’m wondering if Paul/Cruz either order would be unstoppable. If only they can get past the RNC, that is.


18 posted on 08/15/2013 5:04:33 AM PDT by grania
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To: Timber Rattler

Cue up the scab pickers...


19 posted on 08/15/2013 5:06:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: RayChuang88
Given the fact the current tax code is the #1 cause of political corruption in Washington, DC

Amen, brother!

The passage of the Sixteenth Amendment turned the government into a criminal enterprise - one need not wonder why it is populated by thieves, crooks and liars.

20 posted on 08/15/2013 5:09:27 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (De IRS be my massa, sho' nuff.... / Repeal the Sixteenth!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The Constitution, Art. II, says in pertinant part: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;”

Since everyone who was a citizen at the time of adoption is dead and likely to remain that way, we can remove the grandfather clause wording. We are left with “No Person except a natural born Citizen [...] shall be eligible to the Office of President;”

Why does the Constitution speak of “citizens” and separately of “natural born citizens”? It is a matter of allegiance.

A person can be a “citizen” if they were citizens or subjects in some other country first but have come here and met the naturalization requirements. Also, if one is the offspring of a citizen and a non-citizen, then one is a US citizen. However, in both these cases it can be argued that the person might choose allegiance to their former country or to the country of the foreign-born parent or at least the allegiance might be considered divided. It is this divided or alienated allegiance that the Constitutional provision is designed to prohibit.

If, however, both of one’s parents are themselves US citizens, then one is a “citizen” as well as a “natural born citizen”. The “natural born citizen” is one who at birth has no natural allegiance to any other country and the Framers felt could be trusted to be loyal to the US and not act as a foreign agent. (*)

Note that native born is not the same as natural born. Native born simply refers to the place of one’s birth, i.e., one’s nativity. The term does not speak to the legal circumstances of a birth, merely to its location.

(*)[footnote: Also, in their time, the rules of royal succession held sway throught much of the world and the Founders wished to forestall any potential claims by the crowned heads of Europe or their scions to sovereignty in the US.]

21 posted on 08/15/2013 5:10:27 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: bert

Sto rectus.


22 posted on 08/15/2013 5:11:56 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: duckman
Wasn’t Cruz born in Canada? How can he run for president?


23 posted on 08/15/2013 5:14:04 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: austinaero

GOPe.too

They’re not going to find anything

There are people who rise through the ranks on hard work, savvy, familial support and knowledge of the scope of their job.

Manyt of these guys have never even seen it, I guess


24 posted on 08/15/2013 5:25:27 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Servant of the Cross

I am there!


25 posted on 08/15/2013 5:25:56 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Cruz has an IQ of 168 and a law degree from harvard. He would not run if he is not eligible and he will be able to explain why he is eligible if he runs. Let they naysayers wail and knash their teeth.

LLS


26 posted on 08/15/2013 5:27:27 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: corkoman

Excellent response!

My thoughts exactly...picture worth a thousand words.


27 posted on 08/15/2013 5:28:02 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: LibLieSlayer
He would not run if he is not eligible and he will be able to explain why he is eligible if he runs.

I was and am a huge supporter of Senator Cruz. I would really like one day to see him on the Supreme Court. I doubt his Constitutional eligibility for the Presidency. If he's running he owes us - and I look forward to hearing - his explanation of what he thinks a "natural born citizen" is and how he qualifies as one.

28 posted on 08/15/2013 5:33:42 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: PoloSec
I feel a little badly for those who are not current with Cruz postings as they are most likely innocently ignorant of this debunked issue.

But for those who already know and use this as a means to push "Their Rhino" I have little patience. Your homepage is inspiring.

29 posted on 08/15/2013 5:39:20 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: Timber Rattler

Yes, I agree, and expect it of the world, i.e., the children of the devil, found in all parties, those who reject the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11

Trusting in our Creator and Sustainer instead of man,


30 posted on 08/15/2013 5:43:09 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Timber Rattler

“If the party wants to win, it’s going to go with someone who can unite us and not divide the party into narrow groups.”

Well, that someone sure isn’t the Pillsbury Dough Boy. No way he could carry the Red L. Heck he might not even carry New Jersey and he sure doesn’t have the coat tails to bring along any of the other blue NE states. So, as we say here in Texas, Christie is all hat and no cattle....


31 posted on 08/15/2013 5:50:35 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Cruz has an IQ of 168

Are you guessing or is this actually a known fact?

32 posted on 08/15/2013 6:09:38 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: HomeAtLast
There’ll be another Romney run, or some other watered-down RINO loser will step forward.

Yeah! Somebody that is "electable".

33 posted on 08/15/2013 6:27:36 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Paine in the Neck

and I look forward to hearing - his explanation of what he thinks a “natural born citizen” is and how he qualifies as one.

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His explanation - yours, mine - even the explanation clearly outlined in the Constitution is irrelevant. If we were to simply abide by the Constitution - then Cruz is not eligible. But then - neither was Obama.

So. How do we support Cruz for president? Simple. We look at hundreds of lower courts who have ruled on what a NBC is. We look at the Supreme Court that has not overturned these rulings. We look at all 50 states and see no credible challenge. We look at the Congress which raises no objections. We look at the leaders of all political parties who raised no objections. We leven look at conservative talking heads like Rush, Levin and others who remain silent. All this and more.

And we face reality. Look. I’m the biggest birther there is. But the fact is - this is settled law. Ted Cruz is a Natural Born Citizen.


34 posted on 08/15/2013 6:32:54 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Me too.

LLS


35 posted on 08/15/2013 6:34:20 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: InterceptPoint

It was referenced by Mark Levin or Hannity I believe.

LLS


36 posted on 08/15/2013 6:35:48 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer; Paine in the Neck
I don't agree with PITN at all. Cruz IS eligible. If the birthers ever actually WERE right about their singular interpretation of "natural born citizen", the precedent of the past two elections has destroyed their argument.

My 2 cents......

37 posted on 08/15/2013 6:40:20 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Servant of the Cross; txhurl

Made it to post 21.......


38 posted on 08/15/2013 6:41:57 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Servant of the Cross

The progressive wing of the GOP is scared to death off Ted Cruz. He is going to give them a good stropping if he ever gets on a debate stage. Ted Cruz is for real folks.....I’m am still honored to have been given the privilege of voting for him!!!!


39 posted on 08/15/2013 6:45:24 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: ontap

Yep!!!!!


40 posted on 08/15/2013 6:45:54 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Jacquerie
At the most opportune time, say just before the Hildebeast announces her candidacy, Cruz should make a speech for support of an Article V amendment convention.

Amendment to do what?

41 posted on 08/15/2013 6:52:20 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Paine in the Neck
It is a matter of allegiance.

Well, then, Jimmah Carter is your man, then. Fits the birther description of an NBC to a T. Who cares if he bashes on the rest of the Constitution?

Seriously, Ted Cruz has no divided loyalties. His views are much closer to those of the Founders than just about any other major elected figure. THAT is what matters, not the nitpicking.

42 posted on 08/15/2013 6:53:22 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: RayChuang88
Given the fact the current tax code is the #1 cause of political corruption in Washington, DC, can be used by the Federal government to punish or favor any taxpaying entity, and will now cost US$500 BILLION per year in compliance costs, phasing out the income tax in favor of something like FairTax (H.R. 25/S. 122) would be the biggest "return of the power to the people" since the American Revolution.

And would likely raise taxes on half the people in the country who pay little or no income tax currently. You expect all of them to line up and vote for that?

43 posted on 08/15/2013 6:54:20 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Lakeshark
"...the precedent of the past two elections has destroyed their argument."

So we do have a "living Constitution" as the progressives have advocated since the time of Woodrow Wilson? It means whatever is convenient to our current passions?

44 posted on 08/15/2013 7:02:42 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Not at all, neither does that mean you're correct.

Good day.

45 posted on 08/15/2013 7:05:15 AM PDT by Lakeshark (KILL THE BILL! CALL. FAX. WRITE)
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To: Servant of the Cross

a year or so ago many of us were high on marco rubio. He drank from the amnesty koolaide pitcher so to hell with ya marco.
Here’s hoping Cruz is a real deal conservative not just another piece of crap.


46 posted on 08/15/2013 7:09:33 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Responsibility2nd
So. How do we support Cruz for president? Simple. We look at hundreds of lower courts who have ruled on what a NBC is. We look at the Supreme Court that has not overturned these rulings. We look at all 50 states and see no credible challenge. We look at the Congress which raises no objections. We look at the leaders of all political parties who raised no objections. We leven look at conservative talking heads like Rush, Levin and others who remain silent. All this and more.

Fine. If that is Cruz' argument then let him put it to the public forthrightly. If he has some other argument then let that be aired honestly. What I don't want to see is a bunch of evasive sophistry. Cruz is no legal slouch nor is he politically naive. He knows both that this is a legal issue of more that moot interest as well as a fire hot political issue. To carry on with a pre-presidential campaign and not make a public, direct and unequivocal statement of how he sees this Constitutional Article as it applies to him is disingenuous. I expect more of him.

47 posted on 08/15/2013 7:11:01 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Paine in the Neck

What I don’t want to see is a bunch of evasive sophistry.

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Me neither. That is what Obama has done for years. He very well may have a legit original birth certificate. He very well may have a valid explanation for his duplicate SS number; a passport showing he was a US citizen when he went to Pakistan; college records proving he didn’t accept scholarships as a foreign national; and more.

But he finds it clever to tell a lie when the truth would be so much easier. He finds it clever to hide and obfuscate the truth; to decieve and trick his enemies; to play silly word games and smirk at “silly birthers”.

How can anyone respect such a fraud and con-artist? Obama is a master manipulator and egotist. Look up the word narcissist and you see a picture of Obama for reference.


48 posted on 08/15/2013 7:22:16 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Just wait an be patient... if Cruz is NOT eligible he will not run... if he is... he will. If he is then your worries will be explained away... if not... he will not run. Stop the strawman argument crap. I no longer have any desire to even consider such tactics.

LLS


49 posted on 08/15/2013 7:34:33 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Joe Boucher

He has had plenty of opportunity to do so already... but he has remained steadfast. We shall see but he and Lee seem to be right on the RIGHT!


50 posted on 08/15/2013 7:35:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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