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Redskins president Allen to U.S. Senate: Our Team name 'has always been respectful'
Yahoo Sports ^ | 05/24/2014 | By Eric Edholm

Posted on 05/25/2014 6:12:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

There is a groundswell of pressure to change the Washington Redskins' team name, which some argue is offensive, a movement that gained some steam with a letter signed by 50 U.S. senators calling for action. The letter referred to the Redskins' name as being an example of "racism" and "bigotry" and managed to make a connection to the NBA fiasco with outgoing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

This prompted a reaction from the Redskins. Team president Bruce Allen countered swiftly with a response to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter of his own. The theme of Allen's three-page letter, which clearly was carefully and thoroughly researched, was that the name is a respectful, positive one — not the racism that Reid and others are claiming.

Some notable pieces of the letter, including the facts that Allen presents:

• "More than a decade ago one of the foremost scholars of Native American languages, Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard, spent seven months researching the subject and concluded that the word ‘redskin’ originated as a Native American expression of solidarity by multi-tribal delegations that traveled to Washington to negotiate Native American national policies.”

• "The highly respected Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania surveyed Native Americans nationally and reported that an overwhelming 90% of respondents said the name was not offensive. More importantly, Native Americans continue to embrace and use the name and logo."

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: nfl; racism; redskins; senate
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1 posted on 05/25/2014 6:12:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think having scantily clad cheerleaders on the sidelines is disrespectful to women.

Time to ban them too.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 6:15:02 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s a classic dust up. One side yells racist and bigot so the other side cannot back down because to do so would validate the labels thrown at them. If I were the owner(s) I would continue to use the name but meet with true representatives of various tribes throughout the country seeking a consensus from them.


3 posted on 05/25/2014 6:19:30 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: SeekAndFind

The NBA franchise in Washington was known as the “Bullets” before they became the “Wizards” because of “gun violence”.

Talk about racism and the NBA....who would have known that their team in the nation’s capital would be named after the “Imperial Wizards” of the Ku Klux Klan.....


4 posted on 05/25/2014 6:28:41 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: SeekAndFind
There is a groundswell of pressure to change the Washington Redskins' team name, which some argue is offensive,

I agree. The groundswell of pressure is offensive. Where do I go to complain?

5 posted on 05/25/2014 6:29:06 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What exactly is Elizabeth Warrens’ position on this issue?


6 posted on 05/25/2014 6:30:23 AM PDT by Bernard (The Road To Hell is not paved with good results.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe too respectful in some cases — like when they take on the Cowboys.


7 posted on 05/25/2014 6:30:26 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Bruce Allen must not be contributing or not contributing enough to the democrap party for Harry Reid to play the bully. We are seeing the true democrap party at work here. Harry’s got a protection racket going here.


8 posted on 05/25/2014 6:30:42 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think that members of the U.S. Senate have other things they should be doing, rather than investigating sports team nicknames.

The issues of American Indian nicknames is one of those issues which liberals can have their angst about. Have at it. But to me, it is not right for Senators to weigh in like this. With all the other issues to deal with, why are Democrat senators weighing in on a sports team nickname?


9 posted on 05/25/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

My grandfather was Irish. Notre Dame’s team name perpetuates a stereotype of the Irish, implying that we are unusually combative. Guess what? I’m not offended. I suppose I should want to punch somebody, but I don’t.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 6:33:23 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind

KUDOS to Allen for writing this letter - THE TRUTH!

But libs never care about the truth - only their evil agenda.

Which have both speech and thought control at the foundation.........

NOT a Redskin fan (RGIII fan tho), but I’m with them on this one - fight to the last to keep the name - it’s a noble one.


11 posted on 05/25/2014 6:38:27 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: SeekAndFind

Simple solution...move the team to Idaho. Adopt the POTATO as mascot. They could still keep the REDSKIN knickname. Go fighting SPUDS go!


12 posted on 05/25/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: SeekAndFind

The members of the Senate need to change their moniker to Horse.s A$$.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 6:41:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

They got it bass ackwards, change of the “Washington” part of the name.


14 posted on 05/25/2014 6:44:58 AM PDT by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: Nextrush
RE: who would have known that their team in the nation’s capital would be named after the “Imperial Wizards” of the Ku Klux Klan.....

I think they're thinking of this type of wizard...

15 posted on 05/25/2014 6:48:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Genoa

RE: My grandfather was Irish. Notre Dame’s team name perpetuates a stereotype of the Irish, implying that we are unusually combative. Guess what? I’m not offended.

Well, the players for the Boston Celtics are mostly .... BLACK. And I don’t think there is anyone in the team now with Irish, Scottish or Gaelic ancestry.


16 posted on 05/25/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: staytrue
I think having scantily clad cheerleaders on the sidelines is disrespectful to women.

Yes, it is. But how do you stop YOUNG WOMEN from "strutting their stuff"? You can't convince them of anything. It makes them feel REALLY good and happy. They REALLY believe that it's completely okay to turn on men for the high they feel.
If a man tries to talk to them, he's "queer" and if a woman, of any age, tries to talk to them, she's jealous.

LOL. Their time will come when their "twinkle-tit" days are done. Then THEY will become the same as the rest of us old women. TOO LATE, dearie.

No one has ever been able to talk sense to hormone-driven teenagers. It's their edge, they think and our Creator's way to get them to breed, IN A GOOD WAY, we all hope.

Some are too stupid to live and find their path a hard one. When they blame others, they are doomed. When they look in the mirror and realize who is to blame...there is hope. Nothing new here.

17 posted on 05/25/2014 6:50:08 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SeekAndFind

High time that more people refuse to knuckle under to PC insanity!


18 posted on 05/25/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Nextrush

“The NBA franchise in Washington was known as the “Bullets” before they became the “Wizards” because of “gun violence”.”

They were originally the baltimore bullets because in the old days, baltimore manufactured a lot of bullets sort of like the pittsburg steelers.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 6:54:36 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, the players for the Boston Celtics are mostly .... BLACK. And I don’t think there is anyone in the team now with Irish, Scottish or Gaelic ancestry.

When you see natural reddish hair, non-brown eyes and/or some freckles on the Celtics, you KNOW there is some European blood in them. MOST blacks have some white blood.

My husband and I got to visit Kenya some years ago. I was SHOCKED, truly SHOCKED, at what REAL Africans look like.
They are EBONY, black as my computer. I hadn't realized how BLACK real Africans are.

There was an African-American middle aged couple there too and they appeared shocked as well. In fact, THEY looked white compared to the Kenyans.

I think we Americans forget just how much WHITE has been interjected into the African-origin blood here.

We have a Nigerian priest at our parish...also EBONY. No surprise to me. He is 100% African.

20 posted on 05/25/2014 6:56:09 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently the players are proud to be Redskins, not embarrassed. Beyond me how the name is in any way “offensive”. The fact of the matter is, there are different skin colors. Whether there truly are different races remains to be determined in my opinion.


21 posted on 05/25/2014 6:56:38 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Arlis

You are right, libs don’t deal in facts, they dream in unicorn


22 posted on 05/25/2014 6:57:29 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am glad there is still someone out there not allowing themselves to be bullied by the liberals and Obama.


23 posted on 05/25/2014 6:58:17 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Genoa

“My grandfather was Irish. Notre Dame’s team name perpetuates a stereotype of the Irish, implying that we are unusually combative. Guess what? I’m not offended.”

You are not offended because there are multiple versions of Irish people in the mass media.

For a long time, there was only one version of the indians in the mass media and that was of a bunch of indians surrounding a rancher shooting up the place until the US cavalry arrived to save the day.

Furthermore, the US army never fought a war against the Irish and no every said “the only good Irishman is a dead Irishman” (except maybe in England).

Basically, if you are white, it is a lot easier to have thick skin when there are many different versions of whites on tv. It is much harder when there is only one version and that is negative.


24 posted on 05/25/2014 7:00:40 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, well, redskins called themselves redskins. (And presumably called the Europeans, palefaces.)

Where does this liberal madness come from? (I know, it comes from hell.) It’s possible to refer to a society, a race, which chooses to self associate, in terms that can not possibly have an inherent meaning of either good or ill. Would it be pejorative to call hypothetical green Martians, “greenskins”?

I wish “redskins” would “fight like Indians” but to “kill” the enemies of their own sloth and hopelessness! The Washington team ascribes more fight to them than they do.


25 posted on 05/25/2014 7:01:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: CPOSharky

“They got it bass ackwards, change of the “Washington” part of the name.”

LOL.

Would you rather be a redskin or a politician ?

I am going with redskin.


26 posted on 05/25/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Bernard

Elizabeth Warren, not one to lead from behind, is eagerly soliciting opposition to the Redskins name. Her very authenticity as an American Native is at stake. This whole affair, which is resurrected in every decade by the same suspects, is done this time in the name of legitamizing princess Warren’s claim to redskin heritage.


27 posted on 05/25/2014 7:04:40 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

From an email I received....

Here is an email (purportedly) sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

Dear Mr. Page...

I always love your articles. and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.

Here are some other politically correctness to consider: I agree with our Native American population . I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay.

We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive . Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population . Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

]I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged . We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children . The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children .

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic . Wrong message to our children ..

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates . Wrong message to our children .

The Milwaukee Brewers-—well that goes without saying . . . Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should . Just the kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves . . .

As a die hard Oregon State fan, with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers .


28 posted on 05/25/2014 7:05:39 AM PDT by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: staytrue

Basically, if you are white, it is a lot easier to have thick skin when there are many different versions of whites on tv. It is much harder when there is only one version and that is negative.


I just watched an old Daniel Boone recently. The good of everyone no matter white, Indian, or Irish was presented as triumphing over evil.

So where does this one version that is negative come from that you speak of? I suspect it is you find what you are looking for..............................


29 posted on 05/25/2014 7:09:25 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: SeekAndFind
Social change is not about forcing people to believe what the majority does, but rather opening up minds to the possibility that the way things used to be done might not always be the best and proper way to do them now and in the future.

In 99% of the cases, they way we do things now are much worse than previous generations. What you see going on in this country and Europe is the collapse of Western Civilization.
30 posted on 05/25/2014 7:11:09 AM PDT by microgood
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To: Mercat
Here’s a classic dust up. One side yells racist and bigot so the other side cannot back down because to do so would validate the labels thrown at them.

Right out of the Alinsky playbook.

31 posted on 05/25/2014 7:13:04 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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32 posted on 05/25/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: staytrue

Injuns and politicians: both gone to pot today.


33 posted on 05/25/2014 7:15:52 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: microgood

People are floundering around for an idea of good (and evil). The trouble is not that there are too few. There are too many and they constantly not just form paradoxes, but contradict.


34 posted on 05/25/2014 7:17:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

I grew up watching the same stuff you did and I think there was a very negative overall portrayal of Injuns on tv.

I did not watch Danell Boone but I did enjoy watching F troop. Most indians on tv were more like “the shugs” and not “the Hekawis”

I stand by my statement that for tv of that era, most of the time the lone white rancher was single handedly holding off about 100 screaming bloodthirsty injuns and when the guy is down to his last bullet, the US caucasian cavalry arrives just in the nick of time.


35 posted on 05/25/2014 7:19:18 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: IM2MAD

Oh get your mind out of the gutter....


36 posted on 05/25/2014 7:19:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: staytrue

If we ever needed proof TV was born to craziness, we have it now.

Are half the people in the USA “gay”? You’d think it to look at today’s TV shows.

Of course Dan’l Boone was a specific focus on a specific issue, and dramatized to boot.


37 posted on 05/25/2014 7:22:19 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Football is a game of war played out on a football field. The Indians of past were brave and gallant warriors. Naming a team the Redskins is a tribute to these Indian warriors of past.


38 posted on 05/25/2014 7:23:07 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: staytrue

I find it very offensive. The cheerleaders peddle porn

They have a right to be there, so nothing is said about it.


39 posted on 05/25/2014 7:23:55 AM PDT by stanne
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To: staytrue

And in the old classic kids’ game of cowboys and Indians, getting the Indian role wasn’t considered to be getting the short end of the stick. Lots of pretend tomahawks and scalpings. The cowboys had the thunder sticks, the Injuns their archery, and both rode horses well.


40 posted on 05/25/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: cpdiii

It is a stylization of war. Maybe that’s why peaceniks have a problem with it altogether.


41 posted on 05/25/2014 7:25:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: stanne

Maybe not quite porn, but pulchritude?


42 posted on 05/25/2014 7:26:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: staytrue

again, you find what you are looking for................
You have been conditioned by the culture..............

You were dumb enough to think all Indians were like F Troop?


43 posted on 05/25/2014 7:26:44 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: PeterPrinciple

There was also more attention to actual history at that time. Kids still spent considerable time with this marvelous technology called books. It was not a diet of entertainment only.


44 posted on 05/25/2014 7:28:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

“You were dumb enough to think all Indians were like F Troop?”

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY DUMB ENOUGH TO ASK THAT QUESTION ?


45 posted on 05/25/2014 7:29:58 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind

If we could only get 50 Senators to sign a letter saying we need to end deficit spending.


46 posted on 05/25/2014 7:31:02 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: staytrue

Come on, don’t give them any bright ideas.


47 posted on 05/25/2014 7:39:57 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: HiTech RedNeck

As it happens, my grandmother, in like 1930, was beautiful, as your word is defined

Got a photo of her displayed. It’s a portrait. It’s not one of her belly dancing for a public audience. Would I have such one displayed even if she had done such a thing, which, our being a respectable family, no one in our family either side has ever done such a thing?

Would you want to, or even feel right a to have such a photo, or film?

Why not? (If not)

Spent a few happy hours at the officers club. Would I go in dressed in a bikini variant and then act the way the ‘cheerleaders do? No. Would you? Or would you feel ok about your sister, or your wife doing so?

Why not?( if not)

Call it whatever you want Say I’m using hyperbole. I don’t think I am

Those cheerleaders entertain no one but boys and overgrown boys. Not anyone else.

But they are not a threat. Nor is the name of this team


48 posted on 05/25/2014 7:53:48 AM PDT by stanne
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To: staytrue

the US caucasian cavalry arrives just in the nick of time.


Just like in F Troop........................


49 posted on 05/25/2014 7:56:44 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: stanne

I hear the dances have gotten more explicit. They used to be mainly jumping around and pom pom shaking. That’s what I knew in high school. Boys didn’t need a lot of display anyhow, they knew what was what.


50 posted on 05/25/2014 8:03:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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