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Open Letter: Star Jones Checks Bill O'Reilly's Racist Remark
AOL Black Voices ^ | February 26, 2008 | Jawn Murray/Star Jones Reynolds

Posted on 02/27/2008 9:49:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Star Jones Reynolds has never been one to mince words. It's no wonder that when Bill O'Reilly's most recent controversial (see also: racist) comments about Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama, were discovered by Media Matters, the TruTV legal analyst was infuriated!

O'Reilly, the curmudgeon host of Fox News Channel's 'The O'Reilly Factor,' was talking to a caller that was angry that Obama had said on C-Span that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country."

The 58-year-old television commentator, who privately settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against him in 2004, responded to the caller by offering that of course they'd have to check the facts first.

He said: "I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels - that is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever - then that's legit. We'll track it down."

"Lynching party? Track it down?"

In the words of Whitney Houston: "Hell to the naw!"

Even better are the prolific words of Reynolds.

With her permission, The BV Buzz is running the current 'Today Show' legal contributor and the former 'The View' host's entire 'Open Letter' about Bill O'Reilly.

"I'm sick to death of people like Fox News host, Bill O'Reilly, and his ilk thinking that he can use a racial slur against a black woman who could be the next First Lady of the United States, give a half-assed apology and not be taken to task and called on his crap.

This week O'Reilly gave the following response to a caller on his radio show who was making unsubstantiated negative charges against presidential candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama:

'And I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels -- that is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit. We'll track it down.'

What the hell? If it's 'legit,' you're going to 'track it down?' And then what do you plan to do?

How dare this white man with a microphone and the trust of the public think that in 2008, he can still put the words 'lynch and party' together in the same sentence with reference to a black woman; in this case, Michelle Obama? I don't care how you 'spin it' in the 'no spin zone,' that statement in and of itself is racist, unacceptable and inappropriate on every level.

O'Reilly claims his comments were taken out of context. Please don't insult my intelligence while you're insulting me. I've read the comments and heard them delivered in O'Reilly's own voice; and there is no right context that exists. So, his insincere apology and "out-of-context" excuse is not going to cut it with me.

And just so we're clear, this has nothing to do with the 2008 presidential election, me being a Democrat, him claiming to be Independent while talking Republican, the liberal media or a conservative point of view. To the contrary, this is about crossing a line in the sand that needs to be drawn based on history, dignity, taste and truth.

Bill, I'm not sure of where you come from, but let me tell you what the phrase 'lynching party' conjures up to me, a black woman born in North Carolina . Those words depict the image of a group of white men who are angry with the state of the own lives getting together, drinking more than they need to drink, lamenting how some black person has moved forward (usually ahead of them in stature or dignity), and had the audacity to think that they are equal. These same men for years, instead of looking at what changes, should and could make in their own lives that might remove that bitterness born of perceived privilege, these white men take all of that resentment and anger and decide to get together and drag the closest black person near them to their death by hanging them from a tree -- usually after violent beating, torturing and violating their human dignity. Check your history books, because you don't need a masters or a law degree from Harvard to know that is what constitutes a 'lynching party.'

Imagine, Michelle and Barack Obama having the audacity to think that they have the right to the American dream, hopes, and ideals. O'Reilly must think to himself: how dare they have the arrogance to think they can stand in a front of this nation, challenge the status quo and express the frustration of millions? When this happens, the first thing that comes to mind for O'Reilly and people like him is: 'it's time for a party.'

Not so fast...don't order the rope just yet.

Would O'Reilly ever in a million years use this phrase with reference to Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain or Judi Nathan? I mean, in all of the statements and criticisms that were made about Judi Nathan, the one-time mistress turned missus, of former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, I never heard any talk of forming a lynch party because of something she said or did.

So why is it that when you're referring to someone who's African-American you must dig to a historical place of pain, agony and death to symbolize your feelings? Lynching is not a joke to off-handedly throw around and it is not a metaphor that has a place in political commentary; provocative or otherwise. I admit that I come from a place of personal outrage here having buried my 90 year-old grandfather last year. This proud, amazing African-American man raised his family and lived through the time when he had to use separate water fountains, ride in the back of a bus, take his wife on a date to the 'colored section' of a movie theater, and avert his eyes when a white woman walked down the street for fear of what a white man and his cronies might do if they felt the urge to 'party'; don't tell me that the phrase you chose, Mr. O'Reilly, was taken out of context.

To add insult to injury, O'Reilly tried to 'clarify' his statements, by using the excuse that his comments were reminiscent of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' use of the term 'high-tech lynching' during his confirmation hearing. I reject that analogy. You see Justice Thomas did mean to bring up the image of lynching in its racist context. He was saying that politics and the media were using a new technology to do to him what had been done to black men for many years -- hang him. Regardless of if you agreed with Justice Thomas' premise or not, if in fact -- Bill O'Reilly was referencing it -- the context becomes even clearer.

What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O'Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn't think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us. Well, he's dead wrong. Be clear Bill O'Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman. And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us." -- Star Jones Reynolds


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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I use the phrase “call the spade a spade” every once in a while. I wonder if that means I am a racist?


101 posted on 02/28/2008 12:51:16 AM PST by LukeL
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To: LibLieSlayer
We actually have FReepers that are really “obamacuns”.

Comment:

To actually be able to pull the trigger ...errrr...lever in the voting booth for Obama is the height of total air headed stupidity.

What I am going to ask to you may sound racists but it is a question needing answered.

Some have asked Obama supporters to name anything he has accomplished as a politician.

Well I ask in the last thousand years how many great nations can be named off hand that were led by a black leader?

I can name several recent self sufficient nations that their white leaders were replaced by blacks and have slid off into the oblivion of third world obscurity, Zimbabwe and South Africa come to mind.

Just how would Obama be as a leader.

In my opinion not a very good one because without strength of a strong military most nations use negotiation only to lull the unsuspecting nation into a trap.

Obama will if given the opportunity to be POTUS by air headed voters, take this nation to new lows.

102 posted on 02/28/2008 12:56:32 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Rte66
Speaking of Saturday Night Live, this discussion reminds me of the classic "Racist Word Association" skit with Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor.

Can't quickly find it on youtube, but here's the transcript for it

103 posted on 02/28/2008 1:11:25 AM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
She’s black. Lynching has an undeniable racial connotation in our country.

When I was growing up the term "lynching party" was when the towensfolk were going to break into the jail and hang the accused prisoners with out benifit if a trial. There was no racial connotation to it at all.

104 posted on 02/28/2008 1:12:40 AM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some “black activists” steadily use the tools of frustration and racism to set the obama crowds against hese challengers ...
And it’s used here as a backfire to make people forget the BAD WORDS,ANTI AMERICAN STATEMENT from Michelle OBAMA.
All the critics against Obama should be considered like racists....
Think its only the beginning of the hysterical crisis of the Obama’s worshippers!

Don’t surrender!


105 posted on 02/28/2008 1:54:27 AM PST by Ulysse (freedom is not free)
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To: CaptRon
I’m with you on this one ... I never in my life ever considered the word ‘lynch’ to be racially exclusive. Yes I am aware that runaway Negro slaves were sometimes hanged, but so were cattle rustlers, horse thieves, and other socially aberrant folks. And I am reasonably sure they were not all blacks!

Political Correctness will destroy this country.

106 posted on 02/28/2008 1:55:42 AM PST by ByteMercenary (9-11: supported everywhere by followers of the the cult of islam.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Strange isnt it? I’m a Brit and the phraseology he uses has no such connotation to me. It sounds like a perfectly reasonable comment and, in fact, a voice of moderation against jumping to conclusions about Michelle Obama.


107 posted on 02/28/2008 1:56:52 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Old Seadog

Oddly, modern cowboys and modern criminals dont have the same reaction to “lynching” as do modern blacks.


108 posted on 02/28/2008 2:07:23 AM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Liberty Valance

Maroons!

Approximately 25% of the people hung under the era of lynch law were white males... usually Republicans or such.


109 posted on 02/28/2008 2:11:12 AM PST by Brucifer (G. W. Bush "The dog ate my copy of the Constitution.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us.

Identity politics at its finest!
110 posted on 02/28/2008 2:19:34 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
...She’s black. Lynching has an undeniable racial connotation in our country.

The word also has another connotations --- its defined meaning. Because blacks have ascribed a negative connotation to it are we to quit using the word? Truthfully, it probably wasn't a good thing to say "on-air," but who the hell is Star Jones to be the "forbidden word Nazi?" She's black? That sounds to me like we have a protected class in this country to whom all must answer. It wasn't the fact that he used "lynching" it was the fact that he was saying something, potentially bad, about Mrs. Obama and "Star" was too stupid to stop and do what she should have done -- think a little.

111 posted on 02/28/2008 2:24:37 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Lizavetta
Here's what she looks like now, with husband Al Reynolds.
112 posted on 02/28/2008 2:28:50 AM PST by Mila
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am sick to death of Star Jones BS or any of the today angry blacks who never paid the price their ancestor did.

I feel for their ancestors but have no need of today children who many got the red carpet treatment for the last 40 years!


113 posted on 02/28/2008 2:29:46 AM PST by restornu (Maybe your are a church mouse! cheese cheese...)>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Track it down"???

Pretty soon we won't be able to say vinegar.

114 posted on 02/28/2008 2:41:16 AM PST by rvoitier (Remember, she's just Mrs. Bill Clinton)
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To: pandoraou812
And quite frankly, should we care what LW blacks think? They don’t vote for us, so who cares? Everyone is sick of their whining. And vicimization. If you look at the crime stats, blacks victimize the rest of the country.
115 posted on 02/28/2008 2:43:15 AM PST by societygirl
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To: Rte66
Poor Jackie must have rolled in her grave. As if she didn’t have enough trouble on earth with sleaze ball JFK.
116 posted on 02/28/2008 2:45:10 AM PST by societygirl
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
She’s black. Lynching has an undeniable racial connotation in our country.

Pure rubbish. Just because it has a racial connotation amongst racists doesn't mean none racists have to be subjecated to their every whim.

What a disgusting, desperate, flailing attempt to paint an entire race as ***victims***, so incapable of standing on their own two feet that they actualy identify a method of murder or vigilante justice that has happened to EVERY RACE KNOWN TO MAN with the color of their own skin.

Who would want to think so low of their race that they'd want to slap that label on 'em?

I refuse to be manipulated by race baiting skin pimps, and so should BOR.

117 posted on 02/28/2008 2:45:28 AM PST by 4woodenboats (defendourtroops.org defendourmarines.org)
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To: pandoraou812
Jackie was slender, well-spoken, and beautifully dressed. Skank Obama can’t come close. Jackie would NEVER make stupid remarks about how she was never proud of her country. Jackie loved her country. Ms. Obama will destroy her husband. I say we let her keep talking.
118 posted on 02/28/2008 2:50:10 AM PST by societygirl
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To: A CA Guy
If he told her to go clean the toilet or make the bed, he would be out of line, lol.
119 posted on 02/28/2008 2:51:43 AM PST by societygirl
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To: maine-iac7

Good grief, White folk will soon not dare open their mouths...

Want to bet?


120 posted on 02/28/2008 2:53:22 AM PST by societygirl
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

All you have to say to these nitwits is: “I’m a Republican,” and they shut up. They figure we don’t care. We DON’T.


121 posted on 02/28/2008 2:54:48 AM PST by societygirl
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Again, who would want to go after that ugly skank? The SIGHT would be too scary, and so would the smell. Gag.


122 posted on 02/28/2008 2:57:19 AM PST by societygirl
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To: Mila
With that blonde wig, I would say she is trying to look WHITE. Even after weight reduction surgery, she is STILL ugly.
123 posted on 02/28/2008 2:58:47 AM PST by societygirl
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To: restornu

And they are WORSE off than they were before, by and large. 70% f black children are born out of wedlock. Tells you something.


124 posted on 02/28/2008 2:59:49 AM PST by societygirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You better look out Mr. Lynch. I see a protest in your future.

125 posted on 02/28/2008 3:00:06 AM PST by PogySailor (Murtha'd: To be attacked by a corrupt politician for doing your job.)
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To: societygirl

The sad part is the older black folks that I have had the priviage to know have great wisdom and the young people blow it off!

That’s alright I have learn from them and I am very thankful!


126 posted on 02/28/2008 3:08:17 AM PST by restornu (Maybe your are a church mouse! cheese cheese...)>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where was this Dumbo when the Democraps compared Bush to Hitler? Where was this Dumbo when her idol Kennedy said the Saddam torture prisons were still open and being run by the President?

I can't stand the sight or sound of BOR, but the use of 'lynching party' is precisely what the Democraps (including many in the entertainment industry and the MSM) have pursued since Bush announced his candidacy for the Presidency! The visceral hatred of Bush and most Republicans is unparalled in our history.

I remember when Barbara WaWa (on her Friday night show with John Stossel) interviewing some of the troops in Iraq back at the start of the War. She was interviewing a female member of a National Guard unit which had been activated. WaWa noticed that the soldier was wearing a wedding ring and asked the soldier if she had any affairs of the heart since she has been in Iraq? Where was Dumbo when WaWa made this assault on the fidelity of a courageous member of our military?
127 posted on 02/28/2008 3:09:45 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Poor judgment maybe.

Michelle Obama’s comments were every bit as racist as O’Gasbag’s.

Star Jones Parker needs to get a life.


128 posted on 02/28/2008 3:13:12 AM PST by sauropod (Will Hillary bring the silver back to the Whitehouse, or is this all about finishing up the set?)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
Spades, beans, grease, kraut, whitebread among many, many other words can have racial connotations. Should everyone avoid all those words?

O'Reilly was defending Mrs Obama. This is an example of political correctness insanity.

"White man with a microphone"?? That's not racist and that's the race police. Obama will get creamed, if he uses this kind of cr*pola during the rest of the campaign.

129 posted on 02/28/2008 3:17:19 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Just laugh at them!)
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White caucus or NAAWP anyone?


130 posted on 02/28/2008 3:28:07 AM PST by anglian
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To: restornu

True, but many of the older blacks hate whites as much as their younger counterparts. They just never said it.


131 posted on 02/28/2008 3:30:44 AM PST by societygirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nonsense. Is the forbidden language noose really tightening that much around us?


132 posted on 02/28/2008 3:31:16 AM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: restornu

That movie idiot that I talked to years ago, said that they, through their media, would condition young men, ESPECIALLY young BLACK men to be violent against women. Thought he was nuts. BUT, that IS what happened.


133 posted on 02/28/2008 3:32:31 AM PST by societygirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I submit that being outraged by such comments seems to point to a person looking for a chance to yell the R-word. I’m really tired of all the apologizing. Just get over yourselves.


134 posted on 02/28/2008 3:33:13 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Disgruntled about it all. None of the above.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Actually Bill O’Reilly is the vicitm of a lynching party.

Repressive regimes everywhere suppress free speech. The Black Klan has been on a lynching party against whites for the last forty years.

Did you know that a lot of white people were lynched? Cattle rustlers and horse thieves. They were almost all white.

The reason Bill O’Reilly is being attacked is to suppress all criticism of O’Bama Hussein. That is the real issue here. Bill O’Reilly and all who may criticise O’Bama must be suppressed and made an example of. This is racist and fascist. That is the real issue.


135 posted on 02/28/2008 3:34:02 AM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wonder how Star would react to the following (to name a few):

AOL White Voices - White Entertainment Network - White Man Magazine - National Association for the Advancement of White People

The blatant racism being exhibited these days is not be promulgated by whites.

136 posted on 02/28/2008 3:38:11 AM PST by Toadman ((molon labe))
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State of the Black Union 2008

State of the White Union anyone?

The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA gives the state of the union address for the entire country. Apparently this isn’t good enough.

137 posted on 02/28/2008 3:49:07 AM PST by anglian
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To: societygirl

I agree that there is something rather odd about the way she looks. I actually think that she lost entirely too much weight and to add to it, the wig and glasses that she wears now are very unflattering to her newly thin face. Her personality took a 180 degree turn as well. When she was heavier she seemed more bubbly and pleasant, but now she mainly comes across as a scold. Makes you wonder which was/is her true personality.


138 posted on 02/28/2008 3:50:56 AM PST by Mila
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Throw in the 32 oz, 40 oz and a couple of MFs’ and you as a white, will pass the (racist test) Satire.

How they “to whom it applies” pass themselves as (AA) is a phony as a klintoon three dollar bill. A “feel good name” with no substance and anti- American rhetotic.

I have some Black friends’ who are educated and are Americans first last & always. They were my soldiers and could always be counted on to give 100% everyday. They are voting for John McCain as I am.

Repectfully


139 posted on 02/28/2008 3:51:51 AM PST by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I have no great love for Bill O’Reilly, but was this really racist? Are we on the verge of another civil war or race riots?”

Ih Messiah Obambi is not elected president, you can bet on it.


140 posted on 02/28/2008 3:54:11 AM PST by ought-six
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To: I'm ALL Right!

“Sounds to me like Star is a racist herself.”

Big time.


141 posted on 02/28/2008 3:55:23 AM PST by ought-six
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

“The Left is salivating for civil war.”

And, you know what? They’re going to get it. And, they’re going to get their collective ass kicked.


142 posted on 02/28/2008 3:57:13 AM PST by ought-six
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is RIDICULOUS!

When I hear “lynching”, I alwasy think of COWBOY movies, NOT lynchings of freed slaves.

If the black folk are upset by the word “lynch”, the the Mormons should be upset by it, too, since their prophet, Joseph Smith, was KILLED by a lynch mob.


143 posted on 02/28/2008 4:00:35 AM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
"Sounds to me like Star is a racist herself."

Myself, I get more of a "Look at me, See I am relevant!" kind of thing from Star Jones.

144 posted on 02/28/2008 4:04:10 AM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Lizavetta

I think (Star) needs to refrain from ordering those multiple barrels of KFC.

“One’s health is a terrible thing to waste.” Star should stop bying all that “barn-yard pimp” from those greedy corporate Americans.

The Corporate CIA operatives, under all those (Honkey Presidents)opened those KFCs, Popeyes and Churchs fried chicken establishments in an attempt to kill off the blacks residing in those areas with high cholesterol levels.

I believe Karl Rove is also responsible according to Calypso Louie, while orbiting in the “ Mothership # 19.”

Satire On The Spot,
NSNR


145 posted on 02/28/2008 4:05:34 AM PST by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Star Jones

Is this the same Star Jones of the View? I think they started the liposuction with the nozzle in her ear.........

146 posted on 02/28/2008 4:08:40 AM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Consider the source. This was posted in a forum for White Hate.


147 posted on 02/28/2008 4:10:45 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
I have no idea, but he sure showed poor judgment She’s black. Lynching has an undeniable racial connotation in our country.

Horse sh!t This is just another ploy to suck up the very last drop of imaginary victimhood for the "See how we be mistreated?" "poor oppressed black" Michelle Obama as the wife of a corrupt politician from the Daley democratic political machine is hardly oppressed. In fact I wonder how long it's been since she and her husband received so much as a cent that honestly earned and not sucked out of taxpayers someplace or arranged as a "loan" from some political deal?

148 posted on 02/28/2008 4:11:32 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"I am a lawyer!"

149 posted on 02/28/2008 4:14:34 AM PST by Sloth (If you took an oath to support & defend the U.S. Constitution, can you vote for its domestic enemy?)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

but he sure showed poor judgment.

Did he or are the complainers showing a disingenuous hypersensitivity?

I think the latter.


150 posted on 02/28/2008 4:16:25 AM PST by Adder (hialb)
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