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Posted on 11/04/2002 12:04:41 PM PST by pulaskibush

Arkansas US Senate Race Pryor Denies Claim of Employing Illegal Alien

November 3, 2002 Posted at: 11:45 p.m. CDT

November 4, 2002 Updated at: 11:25 a.m. CDT

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Arkansas, Mark Pryor, denied Sunday that he had ever employed an illegal immigrant, and accused his Republican opponent of dirty politics.

Pryor, who is also the state's attorney general, issued a statement responding to an item on the Drudge Report Web site of Internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge. The item said Pryor's campaign ``has been hit with claims he employed an illegal immigrant,'' attributing the information to unnamed sources. The report said the woman ``claims she worked for Pryor as a housekeeper for a year and was paid $7 an hour.''

The Pryor campaign confirmed that Ortenzia Osorio, who lives in a mobile home in southwest Little Rock, had been employed by the Attorney General, but denied that she was in the United States illegally.

``When Ortenzia came to us she provided documentation stating she was in the United States legally. She did light housework for us, as needed, for a few hours a week and only for a few months. We have never employed an illegal immigrant,'' the statement said.

Early Monday, Pryor's campaign released a notarized affidavit that bore the signature ''Hortencia Osorio.'' She had signed beneath two paragraphs in Spanish, and an English version was provided by the Pryor campaign. It said that when she worked for Pryor she was a legal resident of the United States and provided documentation to the Pryor family that proved her legal status.

When question Sunday by The Washington Times, the Pryor campaign would not answer as to whether Pryor paid either Social Security, or income taxes on Osorio's wages.

Pryor is challenging Republican incumbent Tim Hutchinson in a race being closely watched across the country because it could help determine which party will control the Senate.

Pryor's statement said he had ``never expected such a shameless attack from Tim Hutchinson and his party. With one day left and Tim trailing badly in polls, I think we have seen just how low some people are willing to sink in order to win an election.''

Hutchinson denied Sunday that he was the source of the allegation. "I learned about them (on Sunday) as we criss-crossed the state campaigning,'' Hutchinson said. "I don't know how he can attribute this to me. This is kind of typical. This is the first I have learned about it.''


TOPICS: Extended News; Free Republic; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: arkansas; hutchinson; immigrant; pryor; senate; votes
Questions, did Pryor hire an illegal alien to work for him (which is against the law). Regardless of legal status, did Pryor fail to pay social security and income tax (also against the law). Why are these questions not being answered clearly by those involved? Should Pryor be given any position of power?
1 posted on 11/04/2002 12:04:41 PM PST by pulaskibush
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To: pulaskibush
Paging Ms. Zoe Baird...Ms. Zoe Baird, please pick up the nearest white courtesy phone...
2 posted on 11/04/2002 12:08:21 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: pulaskibush
did Pryor hire an illegal alien to work for him (which is against the law)

``When Ortenzia came to us she provided documentation stating she was in the United States legally. She did light housework for us, as needed, for a few hours a week and only for a few months. We have never employed an illegal immigrant"

Did you miss that statement? Looks like the question was answered. I think the question does need to be asked however about the socialized security and the income tax. However I understand work under a certain amount of time a week, it is not required. At least that's how it used to be here in NC

3 posted on 11/04/2002 12:10:58 PM PST by billbears
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To: Poohbah
I've heard very little on this, how is it playing down there?? Has it turned out to be the bombshell to knockout the NM rat candidate down there?
4 posted on 11/04/2002 12:11:33 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: pulaskibush; 1tin_soldier; a-whole-nother-box-of-pandoras; Ahban; Arkansawyer; Arkinsaw; ...
Tell everybody you know this story. In addition, if you communicate with democrats, tell them their candidate is going to jail. In addition, tell them that he is against gun control, the democratic economic plan, the democratic war plan, and will not stand up for abortion rights.

If they are a republican, independent, etc. tell them that Pryor is for gun control (show the CNN story), against superior military technology (Council for a livable world), and will not take a stand on the rights of the unborn.

5 posted on 11/04/2002 12:14:20 PM PST by pulaskibush
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To: pulaskibush
When question Sunday by The Washington Times, the Pryor campaign would not answer as to whether Pryor paid either Social Security, or income taxes on Osorio's wages.
While I don't agree that you should pay taxes for duties like this, it is the law and the Attorney General of the state should be held to them. How you can refuse to answer questions like this I don't know.
6 posted on 11/04/2002 12:15:06 PM PST by lelio
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To: pulaskibush
Pryor's campaign released a notarized affidavit that said that when she worked for Pryor she was a legal resident of the United States and provided documentation to the Pryor family that proved her legal status.

What a joke! To determine whether someone is a legal alien, you rely on an affidavit from the alien? I'm sure there are hundreds of millions of people around the world who would be delighted to sign such affidavits, if the US government were willing to rely on them!

Show us the immigration documents proving she was legal at the time. And not just legal to be in the country. Legal to work! Of course, if they had such documents, they would have released them.

7 posted on 11/04/2002 12:15:08 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: pulaskibush; Landru; sultan88; stand watie; PhiKapMom; dead; EdZep; heavyd; Cyber-Band; MurryMom
"Pryor, who is also the state's attorney general, issued a statement responding to an item on the Drudge Report Web site of Internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge. The item said Pryor's campaign ``has been hit with claims he employed an illegal immigrant,'' attributing the information to unnamed sources. The report said the woman ``claims she worked for Pryor as a housekeeper for a year and was paid $7 an hour."

Why hasn't said worker come forward previously?! Has she been physically-threatened by the Pryor Campaign, or perhaps RAPED by Bill Clinton...we must git to the bottom of this...Right, MM?!

Bill Clinton is a Rapist, Bill Clinton is a Traitor, Bill Clinton is a PudWhacker...MUD

8 posted on 11/04/2002 12:16:01 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
To determine whether someone is a legal alien, you rely on an affidavit from the alien?
Yep, I wondered about that too. He's setting himself up for the eventual finding that she's an illegal but he couldn't of possibily known that.
9 posted on 11/04/2002 12:21:15 PM PST by lelio
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To: RoseofTexas
GOP is running this in their ads already! They infer Pryor failed to pay Social Security in violation of the law, yet is the chief enforcement officer of the state!
10 posted on 11/04/2002 12:25:06 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: pulaskibush
did Pryor fail to pay social security and income tax (also against the law)

It could be against the law, but it really depends on the specifics of the employment.

If she was hired as a direct employee, then yes it is against the law. If she was contracted to do the work, then it would only be against the law if her earnings exceeded $600 and he failed to provide her with a 1099. There are other laws that could apply but those would be the main ones.

As a Republican, I hope that Hutchinson has more than this to help his campaign, it's really a molehill of an issue.

I have a neighborhood teen mow my lawn and shovel snow from my driveway for 10 dollars an hour. I hope that Pryor loses, but I hope that TH and his campaign can come up with some issues of substance to convince the voters otherwise he's in trouble.
11 posted on 11/04/2002 12:26:27 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: HEY4QDEMS
From Drudge:

PRYOR CONTINUES TO EVADE TAX QUESTIONS

Mon Nov 04 2002 15:28:32 ET

The Republican Party of Arkansas On Monday launched an ad calling on Mark Pryor to account for his silence on the issue of his domestic help and whether or not he paid employment taxes. The ad:

Title: "Evade"

30-second TV spot

Script: He's the top law enforcement officer in Arkansas. It's his job to uphold the law. But now, Attorney General Mark Pryor is avoiding questions...

Questions that he allegedly paid an employee in cash, to evade the law requiring that he pay social security and income taxes.

Questions that Pryor avoided taxes... the rest of us have to pay.

If Mark Pryor doesn't obey the law in his own home, how can he enforce the law as Attorney General?


Little Rock -- On Sunday, November 3, 2002, it was reported that a woman worked for Attorney General Mark Pryor as a housekeeper in his home for approximately one year and was paid in cash for her services. This woman told several members of the media that Attorney General Pryor had paid her in cash at $7.00 - $10.00 an hour. She reportedly told Fox News that she never paid taxes on the income paid by Mark Pryor.

The revelation followed an anonymous phone call by an individual who provided very specific details, which were revealed to the press by party officials. The details included names, addresses, phone numbers and other highly detailed information.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Marty Ryall said, "The issue of whether this woman is an illegal alien is still in question. But more importantly, Mark Pryor's statement last night raises more questions than it provides answers. The fact that this woman was paid in cash raises serious questions about whether Pryor paid the legally required taxes, including payroll and social security taxes, on his employee."

Based on the dismissive tone of Mark Pryor's statement last night, does he really understand why his noncompliance with federal and state tax law is relevant? As Arkansas' chief law enforcement officer, Mark Pryor should be held to the very highest legal and ethical standard. Furthermore, Mark Pryor likes to talk a lot about the importance of saving social security, yet did he pay the required social security for his employee? Where is the documentation?

The IRS is very clear on when a person is required to file and pay taxes on a household employee. Under IRS Publication 926, a household employee includes those who baby-sit and do "light housework" part time.

Under the same IRS publication, if the employee makes more than $1,300 a year, then the employer must withhold Social Security, Medicare and Federal and State Income taxes. To reach the $1,300.00 threshold, she would only have to work 3 ½ hours a week at $7.00 per hour for the year. If Mark Pryor paid taxes on this woman, he should be able to quickly release the relevant paperwork. Pryor is required to file not only federal reports but also state reports with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Failure to file these returns may be illegal under Arkansas law.

Ryall continued, "We hope that Mark Pryor, as this State's chief law enforcement officer has followed his duties under current Federal and State law and hope that he can answer these questions and present the appropriate documents so as to finally put this issue to rest before voters go to the polls tomorrow."

This revelation raises more questions than answers:

ü Attorney General Mark Pryor is Arkansas's chief law enforcement officer, but did he obey the law?

ü Did he pay his housekeeper's income taxes?

ü Did he pay her social security taxes?

ü Did Mark Pryor fail to obey the same law that all other Arkansans have to obey?

Aside from the legalities (which ARE important), the democrat HYPOCRISY on this issue should be played up to the hilt.

12 posted on 11/04/2002 12:46:35 PM PST by MamaLucci
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To: Mudboy Slim
Bill Clinton is *not* a, "pudwhacker."
You're crude & disrespectful to X42, &, in the extreme, pal.
Straighten-up & fly right.

Besides, everyone knows.

...Bill Clinton's a, Bishop-Burper.

13 posted on 11/04/2002 1:00:32 PM PST by Landru
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To: wirestripper
Are his poll numbers going down because of this?? Heard Pryor had a great lead in the polls?
14 posted on 11/04/2002 1:01:32 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas
Are his poll numbers going down because of this?? Heard Pryor had a great lead in the polls?

That is hard to say. We have a huge democrat machine here. I never trust the polling data due to fraud.

I would hope and pray for a upset victory!

15 posted on 11/04/2002 1:04:44 PM PST by Cold Heat
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Comment #16 Removed by Moderator

To: Mudboy Slim
"BTW...Admin Moderator, would you please delete this post in five (5) minutes?!"

Why?
What is this, Mudboy Slim's version of, "Mission Impossible."?
We all know damned well what that creep was & in order to seriously describe the cretin?
It'd actually take a string of expletives.

Besides, we're all adults here.

...well, most of us.

17 posted on 11/04/2002 1:10:35 PM PST by Landru
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To: Mudboy Slim
"Legend of the Purple-Headed Warrior, my FRiend!?!"

*Purple-Headed Warrior*??
~eh??

One-Eyed One-Toed Flying Purple People Eaters -- yea.
Heard of those.
*Not* the other kind, though.

BTW, stop flagging Robinson's imps, will ya.

...for chrissakes leave sleeping dogs lie.

18 posted on 11/04/2002 1:16:36 PM PST by Landru
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To: billbears
I won't believe Pryor's statements or her "affidavit". I will only believe she is legal when I see her proof of legalization.

And of course, this won't answer the question of tax evasion.

19 posted on 11/04/2002 1:20:38 PM PST by pulaskibush
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To: Landru
"It'd actually take a string of expletives."

I just don't like to cuss on-line, my FRiend...and "Purple-Headed Warrior" is FRatLanguage, IMHO...MUD

20 posted on 11/04/2002 1:21:47 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Admin Moderator
YO...AM!!! Li'l Help...MUD
21 posted on 11/04/2002 1:22:50 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Landru
"Robinson's imps"?!!

Please be more specific, my FRiend...MUD

22 posted on 11/04/2002 1:24:19 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Thank you voice of reason. That's what I was thinking. I hope the Republican wins in this situation however I can't clearly say I would feel comfortable voting for him either
23 posted on 11/04/2002 1:24:20 PM PST by billbears
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To: Landru; Liz; ChaseR; Mr. Jenkins; MurryMom; scholar; summer; one_particular_harbour; sinkspur; ...
"...leave sleeping dogs lie"

LOL....NEVER!!!

FReegards, one and all...MUD

24 posted on 11/04/2002 1:26:36 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
"Please be more specific, my FRiend..."

~oy.

...*thick*.

25 posted on 11/04/2002 1:35:48 PM PST by Landru
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To: Landru; holdonnow; Clarity; firehat; Common Tator
It's a Willful Ignorance Technique I've been employing lately to great effect...MUD
26 posted on 11/04/2002 1:38:46 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
Give or take a half hour, yes. ;-)
27 posted on 11/04/2002 1:42:17 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you, my FRiend...but now the purple-headed virus has grown to other posts...what shall we do?!

Sorta like when Outlook Express goes wild on my 'puter...I gotta shut her down and start over every time I go to OutlookExpress...I LOATHE it!!

FReegards...MUD

28 posted on 11/04/2002 1:48:26 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: pulaskibush
, the Pryor campaign would not answer as to whether Pryor paid either Social Security, or income taxes on Osorio's wages.

Bingo!

29 posted on 11/04/2002 1:49:50 PM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: Mudboy Slim
pryor is "a chip off the old (DIMocRAT AR MACHINE) block"!

he and his dad are about the same variety as wee willie klintoon, but NOT as SMART as wee willie.

free dixie,sw

30 posted on 11/04/2002 2:14:41 PM PST by stand watie
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To: pulaskibush
Finally the GOP waited to drop a last minute dirty trick on someone! This is the way the Simon campaign should have handled the Davis "campaign fund raising in the capital" allegation. After you win say, "oops, sorry!"
31 posted on 11/04/2002 2:50:23 PM PST by Straight Vermonter
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To: pulaskibush
The GOP should put a massive effort into pushing these charges. Regardless of the facts, Pryor will of course "deny" the allegations and go on the attack to get past Tuesday, then the truth will be known but it will be too late. SLAM THE BASTARD NOW. Hit him with all cylinders. We only need 4 pts, dammit...get it done.
32 posted on 11/04/2002 2:52:51 PM PST by montag813
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To: Landru; Mudboy Slim
Was talking to a co-worker this a.m. about politics in general and Clinton in specific. She referred to Clinton as a dickhead!--I knew there was a reason why I like this woman!
33 posted on 11/04/2002 7:31:05 PM PST by scholar
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To: stand watie
"...he and his dad are about the same variety as wee willie klintoon, but NOT as SMART"

So what did Hutchinson do to piss off the Christian Conservatives?! Divorced his wife...is that worth to Razorbacks saddlin' America with Dasshole as Senate Majority leader fer two more years?!! I think not...MUD

34 posted on 11/04/2002 7:40:17 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: scholar
"She referred to Clinton as a dickhead!"

I honestly can't understand how any lady could be anything but repulsed by Slick Willie...MUD

35 posted on 11/04/2002 7:41:48 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Straight Vermonter
Except that based on the polls, it's looking like the "dirty trick" backfired, especially since the allegations are apparently at least partially untrue. We should be sticking to honesty, instead of turning into a bunch of hypocrites.
36 posted on 11/05/2002 8:34:19 AM PST by DoveTurnedHawk
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To: Straight Vermonter
Arkansas has a faithful black Democrap constituency of about 50% of total registrations. They will vote Democrap until, or maybe even if, an illegal alien takes not only their jobs, but their homes, their school seats and perhaps even those Affirmative Action set-asides.

This is where the Republicans are making a huge mistake in not coming out against illegal immigration, which IMHO is having devastating economic consequences in black communities across the country.

The Republicans have an official bug up their RNC keester which is telling them that Latinos with their alleged "family values" are "The Republicans of the Future." Ha!

(A) Millions cannot be legally registered. This does not stop the 'rats, but I am damn sure that if one of them were to illegally register as a Republican, the sky would fall. (B) They are voting heavily for the 'rats, whether legally registered or not.

Otoh, a properly marketed show of force on our borders could perhaps win us enough black votes to upset many a liberal applecart.

37 posted on 11/05/2002 9:03:02 AM PST by Francohio
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To: Mudboy Slim
ABSOLUTELY NOT!

the AR folks are MAD about this,but one hopes though NOT enough to send pryor to the senate!

free dixie,sw

38 posted on 11/05/2002 9:11:10 AM PST by stand watie
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To: stand watie; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; dead
"AR folks are MAD about this"

I can see their point...I wuz disillusioned by Newt when I found out he was doin' the help. I prefer a dude whose wife can trust them...MUD

Then again...we really, really need this Arkansas seat and I hope the FReepers don't commit Harry Carey!!

39 posted on 11/05/2002 9:18:47 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
we really, really need all the current crop of LIBs out of government PERIOD!

free dixie,sw

40 posted on 11/05/2002 9:44:47 AM PST by stand watie
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To: stand watie
I really, really believe we're gonna take a big step towards that end this evening...MUD
41 posted on 11/05/2002 9:50:30 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
i have my fingers crossed!

there wasn't much to vote on in my district as both senator & congresscritter ran un-opposed. all that i really had to vote on was the !@#$%^&* sales tax increase!

needless to say, i voted: NO!

free dixie,sw

42 posted on 11/05/2002 9:54:58 AM PST by stand watie
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To: stand watie
"needless to say, I voted: NO!"

Well done...MUD

43 posted on 11/05/2002 10:01:05 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
and you are SURPRIZED that i voted NO????

you know me! i wouldn't vote to buy water to put SCALAWAG WARNER out if he was ablaze!

free dixie NOW,sw

44 posted on 11/05/2002 10:16:38 AM PST by stand watie
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To: stand watie
"What Good Am I?!"
(To be sung to Bob Dylan's "What Good Am I")

What good am I...if I'm like all the rest?
If I just turn away...when Slick's slaughterin' kids...
If I shut myself off...sit 'n' bitch, moan, and whine...
What...good...am...I?!

Why, tell me why...won't the Press tell the Truth?
'Bout Slick's deal with Beijing...'bout the Dead Slick's thugs shoot?
Should I just drink my beer...forget Slick's TREASON and his LIES?!
Whose...FOOL...am...I?!

What good am I...if I fail to FReep?!
Should I lay down in bed...try to restlessly sleep?
When I've seen Waco pictures...children carelessly FRIED...
What...good...am...I?!

Do I tell my kids...that Dad failed the FRee?!
FOLKS, WE MUST MAKE OUR STAND...LET'S DETHRONE WILLIE!!!
Prosecute all his crimes...let's send Slick to Prison!!
Soon, Slick we'll INDICT...and we'll RE-IMPEACH!!!

What good am I...if I bless foolish things?
If I cower in the face of...Vile Tyranny?!
Shall I just turn my back...while our Liberties die?!
I...would...rather...die!!

Mudboy Slim

Yo...FReepers!!

The 12th of August 2000 is set in stone...meet in DeeCee at the White House between eleven and twelve at Monica's Gate...WE MARCH AT HIGH NOON and will be ending up at the Lincoln Memorial where we will have a stage set up. Bring yer own beverages, lawn chairs, picnic lunches, whatever...and enjoy an afternoon of patriotic speeches, patriotic music, and full-fledged, 100% Clinton-bashin'!!!

RE-IMPEACH. CONVICT. DETHRONE.

More details to follow, so bookmark this thread and bump it when you can.

Patriotic FReegards...MUD

1 Posted on 08/03/2000 08:21:55 PDT by Mudboy Slim

45 posted on 11/05/2002 10:21:58 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
!!!!!
46 posted on 11/05/2002 10:24:11 AM PST by stand watie
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To: pulaskibush
How can immigrants (legal or illegal) save Social Security which is what the democrats claim if they aren't paying their taxes? Democrats seem to be big hypocrits on the Social Security tax issue ---but then maybe they believe that's a law for the "little people" to obey.
47 posted on 11/05/2002 10:29:48 AM PST by FITZ
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