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Fore! Augusta National chairman fires at women's group (Hootie Johnson tells NCWO to go to hell)
Associated Press ^ | July 9, 2002 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/09/2002 3:19:28 PM PDT by jern

In a defiant statement about the privacy of Augusta National, chairman Hootie Johnson lashed out at a national women's group Tuesday for urging the club to have female members before next year's Masters.

"Our membership alone decides our membership -- not any outside group with its own agenda,'' Johnson said in a surprisingly long and angry statement.

The National Council of Women's Organizations, which has about 6 million members from 160 groups, sent a letter to Johnson on June 12 after chairwoman Martha Burk read reports about Augusta National not having women among its 300 members.

Lloyd Ward, the first black CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee and an Augusta member, said during the Masters that he would lobby to broaden the membership to include women.

"We know that Augusta National and the sponsors of the Masters do not want to be viewed as entities that tolerate discrimination against any group, including women,'' Burk said in the letter.

In a three-sentence reply that Burk received via overnight mail Wednesday, Johnson said he found the letter to be "offensive and coercive,'' and that there would be no more discussion with NCWO because Augusta membership matters are private.

"The response is insensitive at best and confrontational at worst,'' Burk said. "I and my groups are making a good-faith effort to urge the club to be fair, to not discriminate against women and basically to come into the 21st century.

"We were trying the olive-branch approach, but he's unwilling to talk.''

Johnson had plenty to say in a three-page statement.

"The message delivered to us was clearly coercive,'' he said. "We will not be bullied, threatened or intimidated. We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case.''

Burk said NCWO's next step would be to contact the sponsors of the Masters -- Coca-Cola, IBM and Citigroup -- to ask them not to do business with a club that has no female members.

"I hope they'll respond positively,'' she said. "I find it interesting to think that if the club barred blacks, whether any sponsor would come near it in this day and age. Why should it be different for barring half of the population?''

Augusta National, built on a former nursery in northeastern Georgia, opened in 1932. The Masters was created in 1934 and has become the most famous golf tournament in the world. It usually gets the highest television ratings, too.

Tiger Woods won the Masters this year for the third time.

Johnson said in April that Augusta does not have exclusionary membership policies, although it did not have a black member until 1990 and, as Burk points out, has not had a female member in its 70-year history.

"There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership, but that timetable will be ours, and not at the point of a bayonet,'' Johnson said.

While there are no female members, several women have played Augusta. Johnson recently invited the University of South Carolina women's golf team to play as his guest, and Karrie Webb and Kelly Robbins from the LPGA Tour played the course in May.

Johnson tried to draw a line between the privacy of the club and the public nature of the Masters tournament, attended by some 40,000 people.

Augusta National operates the Masters independent from any other golf organization, such as the PGA Tour. The club gets most of its money from an annual TV contract with CBS Sports and sales from its souvenir store at the course. Weekly tickets cost $125, half the cost of other major golf championships.

"Augusta National and the Masters -- while happily entwined -- are quite different,'' Johnson said. "One is a private golf club. The other is a world-class sports event of great public interest. It is insidious to attempt to use one to alter the essence of the other.''

Burk suggested that if Augusta National does not have female members, the Masters should move to a club that does.

"The Masters, in my mind, is not tied at the hip to this club,'' she said. "An event of this profile could be held somewhere else.''

The next major golf championship is the British Open, where Woods will try to win the third leg of the Grand Slam. It will be played at Muirfield in Scotland, a club that also does not have female members.

"I'm going to leave that for the British feminists,'' Burk said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: augusta; augustanational; golf; lpga; ncwo; now; pga; themasters; tigerwoods; women

1 posted on 07/09/2002 3:19:29 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
"Our membership alone decides our membership -- not any outside group with its own agenda,'' Johnson said in a surprisingly long and angry statement.

WTG Hootie! Tell the NAGS where to go. =o)

2 posted on 07/09/2002 3:25:20 PM PDT by Budge
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To: Budge
you got to love that
3 posted on 07/09/2002 3:30:20 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
"The Masters, in my mind, is not tied at the hip to this club,'' she said. "An event of this profile could be held somewhere else.''

Oh, really Martha Burk?

Shows just how much you don't know about The Masters!

4 posted on 07/09/2002 3:37:48 PM PDT by Budge
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To: jern
you got to love that

Really!

5 posted on 07/09/2002 3:38:57 PM PDT by Budge
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To: jern
Boy, I've been seeing a LOT of people telling leftist groups where to go today.. it's a good day :)
6 posted on 07/09/2002 3:39:49 PM PDT by goodieD
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To: jern
"The Masters, in my mind, is not tied at the hip to this club,'' she said. "An event of this profile could be held somewhere else.''

Just shows you don't need to be feminine to be flighty.

7 posted on 07/09/2002 3:44:11 PM PDT by D.P.Roberts
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
My friend, this one is for you...........
8 posted on 07/09/2002 3:44:54 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: jern
Wanna' guess where the nags learned this shakedown? From the man who coined the word unliterate, jesse jackson.
9 posted on 07/09/2002 3:48:10 PM PDT by Mike K
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To: Budge
No green blazer for Martha any time soon.
10 posted on 07/09/2002 4:02:21 PM PDT by tet68
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To: jern
Federal civil rights laws do not make it unlawful for bona fide private clubs and religious organizations to discriminate on whatever basis they choose.
11 posted on 07/09/2002 4:03:08 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: jern
They will go NOWHERE with this. I don't care how much they try to shake down the sponsors. Americans are not in the mood for this cr*p right now. In fact, I'd love to see them try it.

As for her statement that the Masters could be held at another course, all I can say is, "what an ignorant hag!"

12 posted on 07/09/2002 4:06:04 PM PDT by PLK
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To: jern

Martha Burk
Chair
National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO)
202-393-7122

Areas of Expertise: Enhancing International Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Educating Girls, Advancing Women's Human Rights, Improving Women's Economic Status

13 posted on 07/09/2002 4:12:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jern
Finally, someone stands up to the nazi's.
14 posted on 07/09/2002 4:13:53 PM PDT by Republic of Texas
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To: jern
They're mad because hootie sounds like hooter.
15 posted on 07/09/2002 4:14:40 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Republic of Texas
Dr. Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's equity expert who is co-founder and President of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, D.C. Dr. Burk is currently serving as Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, a network of over 100 national women's groups collectively representing six million women.

Dr. Burk has long been active in public debate and political analysis. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her background includes experience as a university research director, management professor, and advisor to political campaigns and organizations. Dr. Burk has served on the Commission for Responsive Democracy, the Advisory Committee of Americans for Workplace Fairness, the Sex Equity Caucus of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the board of directors of the National Organization for Women. She currently serves on the boards of Wider Opportunities for Women, and chairs the Legislative Task Force for The National Committee on Pay Equity. She serves as an advisory board member to several other national organizations.

Dr. Burk is a syndicated columnist and regular guest on the PBS public affairs program Debates, Debates. She also appears regularly on national and international radio and television, and is a frequent contributor to major newspapers and print outlets on public policy, including USA Today, The Nation, Knight-Ridder wire services, Scripps Howard news services, Louisville Courier Journal, Los Angeles Daily News, Ms. Magazine, Working Woman, Executive Female, and The Washington Post. Dr. Burk is the editor of the Washington Feminist Faxnet, a national fax newsletter on issues of importance to women. The Washington Feminist Faxnet is cited often by news outlets nationwide, and has been featured in many, including Entertainment Tonight, America's Talking, Glamour Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Playboy, The Dallas Morning News, Counterspin, and a host of others.

Institutional consulting clients have included the The University of Texas, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Kansas House of Representatives, the Smithsonian Institution, Women's International News Gathering Service, National Education Association, Search for Common Ground, the United States Information Agency, and the U.S. Department of State.

16 posted on 07/09/2002 4:15:19 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jern
The National Council of Women's Organizations, which has about 6 million members from 160 groups....

I'll bet that 20 percent of each of these people belongs to more than one group which means the 6 million could be a lot less.

17 posted on 07/09/2002 4:19:27 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: jern
Martha Burk, head of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy recently wrote a thoughtful article explaining the white male flight to the radical right, religious supremacists politics of the Republican party in the last election. This is the heart of it:

"The mostly male face of the Republican landslide is no surprise. The male/Republican female/Democratic trend has been evident since 1980, paralleling increasing Republican efforts to deprive women of abortion rights and consign them to second-class economic citizenship.

"Beside women and men sometimes have opposite priorities, and there was a smidgen of testosterone in this election. Many guys who don't actually own a gun still want to be able to buy one easily - just in case they're called on to clean up Dodge. Women tend to worry about getting raped at gunpoint. Basic difference.

"Does this mean we are head for a new politics of gender - a 'men's party' and a 'woman's party?' Hardly.

"The white male roar was in response to something much more basic: fear of the future. For the first time since World War II men are facing long-term systemic job insecurity. When people are fearful, they look for scapegoats and saviors. Republicans produced scapegoats - welfare (blacks), affirmative action (women), and immigrants (all the rest) - while pointing to themselves as saviors. Desperate white guys went for it. --

Martha Burk, president, Center for Advancement of Public Policy.

18 posted on 07/09/2002 4:21:04 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jern
Here is a link to the full response by Hootie Johnson:

http://www.golfdigest.com/newsandtour/index.ssf?/newsandtour/20020709johnson.html
19 posted on 07/09/2002 4:27:20 PM PDT by MMcC
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To: jern
What is it Rush calls them, Feminazis. Way to go, tell them to go to hadies.
20 posted on 07/09/2002 4:27:39 PM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: jern
Wow. A guy and a club with the stones to stand up for itself against the feminazi tide. Refeshing.
21 posted on 07/09/2002 4:31:33 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg
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To: Budge
She has no clue.

She obviously knows nothing about the history of "The Masters" or Bobby Jones.

Someone should tell her:

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,than to speak and remove all doubt;)

22 posted on 07/09/2002 4:32:29 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
"We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case.

There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership but that timetable will be ours and not at the point of a bayonet. We do not intend to be further distracted by this matter. We will not make additional comments or respond to the taunts and gripes artificially generated by a corporate campaign.

We shall continue our traditions and prepare Augusta National Golf Club to host the Masters as we have since 1934.

With all due respect, we hope Dr. Burk and her colleagues recognize the sanctity of our privacy and continue their good work in a more appropriate arena."
Hootie Johson



I love the way he exposed the tactics right away, and then told them to pound sand.
I wonder what crusty ole Clifford Stevens would have had to say to Ms. Burk?


23 posted on 07/09/2002 4:40:12 PM PDT by dtel
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To: jern
I only wish I had an email for the esteemed Mrs. Burk...I'd really like to forward this to her:

It's a private club and a private tournament. Last I heard, we lived in a Country where our Right to freely associate with anyone, or any group, is guranteed.

Msssssss. Burk, are you anti-First Amendment? Do you hate this country that much? Do a bunch of old men getting together to golf and bitch about nazis like you scare you that much?

We'll let the free market decide - and you can bet your heterosexual-male phobic, wide-body @ss that when the sponsors look at the ratings share the Masters enjoys they will not back out. That leaves you with only one option if you hate the First Amendment's guarantee that I won't have to associate with the likes of you:

Emmigrate, you ho.

24 posted on 07/09/2002 4:42:24 PM PDT by Abundy
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To: Abundy

Augusta National addresses membership policy Chairman responds to letter from the National Council of Women's Organizations


AUGUSTA, Ga. (July 9) -- The following is a statement from Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson:

"We have been contacted by Martha Burk, Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), and strongly urged to radically change our membership. Dr. Burk said this change should take place before the Masters Tournament next spring in order to avoid it becoming "an issue." She suggested that NCWO's leadership "discuss this matter" with us.

We want the American public to be aware of this action right from the beginning. We have advised Dr. Burk that we do not intend to participate in such backroom discussions.

We take our membership very seriously. It is the very fabric of our club. Our members are people who enjoy each other's company and the game of golf. Our membership alone decides our membership -- not any outside group with its own agenda.

We are not unmindful of the good work undertaken by Dr. Burk's organization in global human rights, Social Security reform, reproductive health, education, spousal abuse and workplace equity, among others. We are therefore puzzled as to why they have targeted our private golf club. Dr. Burk's letter incorporates a deadline tied to the Masters and refers to sponsors of the tournament's telecast. These references make it abundantly clear that Augusta National Golf Club is being threatened with a public campaign designed to use economic pressure to achieve a goal of NCWO.

Augusta National and the Masters -- while happily entwined -- are quite different. One is a private golf club. The other is a world-class sports event of great public interest.

It is insidious to attempt to use one to alter the essence of the other. The essence of a private club is privacy. Nevertheless, the threatening tone of Dr. Burk's letter signals the probability of a full-scale effort to force Augusta National to yield to NCWO's will.

We expect such a campaign would attempt to depict the members of our club as insensitive bigots and coerce the sponsors of the Masters to disassociate themselves under threat -- real or implied -- of boycotts and other economic pressures.

We might see "celebrity" interviews and talk show guests discussing the "morality" of private clubs. We could also anticipate op-ed articles and editorials.

There could be attempts at direct contact with board members of sponsoring corporations and inflammatory mailings to stockholders and investment institutions. We might see everything from picketing and boycotts to t-shirts and bumper stickers. On the internet, there could be active chat rooms and email messaging. These are all elements of such campaigns. We certainly hope none of that happens. However, the message delivered to us was clearly coercive.

We will not be bullied, threatened or intimidated.

Obviously, Dr. Burk and her colleagues view themselves as agents of change and feel any organization that has stood the test of time and has strong roots in tradition -- and does not fit their profile -- needs to be changed.

We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case.

There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership but that timetable will be ours and not at the point of a bayonet. We do not intend to be further distracted by this matter. We will not make additional comments or respond to the taunts and gripes artificially generated by a corporate campaign.

We shall continue our traditions and prepare Augusta National Golf Club to host the Masters as we have since 1934.

With all due respect, we hope Dr. Burk and her colleagues recognize the sanctity of our privacy and continue their good work in a more appropriate arena."

25 posted on 07/09/2002 5:00:33 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern
"On the internet, there could be active chat rooms and email messaging. These are all elements of such campaigns. We certainly hope none of that happens."

Dear Hootie,
Don't you worry about that side of it sir, I have a feeling there are plenty of people around here that can more than offset any ripple they may be able to raise.
P.S. If you make the course any longer, you might want to rename it to something like The Tiger Woods Classic, JMHO.
All the best,
dtel
26 posted on 07/09/2002 5:12:26 PM PDT by dtel
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To: jern

"The message delivered to us was clearly coercive,'' he said. "We will not be bullied, threatened or intimidated. We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case.''

I applaud you, Mr. Johnson. Stand tall sir.

"There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership, but that timetable will be ours, and not at the point of a bayonet,'' Johnson said.

I applaud you again,  Mr. Johnson. Stand tall sir.

"Augusta National and the Masters -- while happily entwined -- are quite different,'' Johnson said. "One is a private golf club. The other is a world-class sports event of great public interest. It is insidious to attempt to use one to alter the essence of the other.''

Again sir,  I applaud you. Stand tall Mr. Johnson.

27 posted on 07/09/2002 5:26:08 PM PDT by Zon
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To: jern
I love it! Now if only everybody else would have the guts to stand up to these hags! This letter is a classic!
28 posted on 07/09/2002 5:26:40 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: jern; All
"Our membership alone decides our membership -- not any outside group with its own agenda,'' Johnson said in a surprisingly long and angry statement.

BaddaBOOM! BaddaBING! This display of 'nads deserves a hearty round of applause and a resounding: YOU GO, BOY!!!!

YOU GO, BOY!!!!

Beautifully done and said. Personally, I would have told the rhymes-with-punt to go poop in her hat (or in her sensible shoes, at least)--and in those exact words!

Finally, the alpha males are coming back!!!!!!

Cordially,

RepoGirl

29 posted on 07/09/2002 5:27:41 PM PDT by RepoGirl
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To: jern

"We were trying the olive-branch approach, but he's unwilling to talk.''

Debbie has left Dallas and there's an opening so we were thinking that perhaps you'd like to join the good-ol' boys club so that we can shoot a Martha Does Dallas video.

31 posted on 07/09/2002 5:29:50 PM PDT by Zon
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To: Lockbox; Budge
We have been through this exercise many times before, and each time the court has ruled against the women trying to get into private men's clubs. Further, I play golf, and I watch both the men and women on the tele, and there is no question that in the pros, the women cannot compete with the men.
32 posted on 07/09/2002 5:36:59 PM PDT by Angelique
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To: kcvl
Excellent info in your last three posts.

"The white male roar was in response to something much more basic: fear of the future. For the first time since World War II men are facing long-term systemic job insecurity. When people are fearful, they look for scapegoats and saviors. Republicans produced scapegoats - welfare (blacks), affirmative action (women), and immigrants (all the rest) - while pointing to themselves as saviors. Desperate white guys went for it. --

Talk about convenient explanations. Maybe conservative white males are just smart.

33 posted on 07/09/2002 5:44:19 PM PDT by Angelique
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To: JawsTenn
Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.

Nonsense. My wife can ride in the cart with me anytime, as long as she does not disrupt my game.

34 posted on 07/09/2002 5:47:17 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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To: kcvl
My guess is that she doesn't get laid enough!
35 posted on 07/09/2002 5:56:51 PM PDT by jslade
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To: jslade
Or, AT ALL!
36 posted on 07/09/2002 6:24:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jern
First, congratulations Hootie

Second: Who in their right minds thinks a membership comittee that has been keeping people as wealthy and powerful as Bill Gates on the waiting list for years, would bump anyone to the top of the list.

So9
37 posted on 07/09/2002 8:58:22 PM PDT by Servant of the Nine
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To: kcvl
Dr. Martha Burk as a political psychologist should know that belonging to all these organizations leaves her little time to think clearly. Is it any wonder she has her knickers in a bunch!

A paper doctor once again knocks at the wrong door. Go Hootie! Don't let this over achieving-wannabe-in-everything female activist get in the way of Augusta National's traditional and honorable way of doing things.

Good Lord, she is even a member of the dreaded NEA, that alone should exclude her from polite company!

38 posted on 07/10/2002 12:41:05 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Servant of the Nine
Bill Gates will NEVER be a member of Augusta, no way, ain't gonna happen.
39 posted on 07/10/2002 6:57:19 AM PDT by dtel
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To: Budge; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Mr Johnson will be on local talk radio after Rush's show.
40 posted on 07/10/2002 11:51:37 AM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
So you'll be watching baseball, and listening to Mr. Johnson......lol
41 posted on 07/10/2002 12:15:32 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Here is an opinion piece from the Charlotte Observer that is interesting.
42 posted on 07/10/2002 12:22:55 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
That is a good article....thanks.........
43 posted on 07/10/2002 12:27:15 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: kcvl
collectively representing six million women

I don't remember voting for them! I bet their numbers are swelled by duplicate members (i.e., a member of NOW is also a member of NCWO [or is that NCOW?]).

44 posted on 07/10/2002 4:27:59 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
Mr Johnson will be on local talk radio after Rush's show.

And I'm just now getting home.

Would have loved to have heard that!

45 posted on 07/10/2002 4:53:46 PM PDT by Budge
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