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ALERT: DEMINT BILL OPPOSING "FAIRNESS DOCTRINE" EXPECTED TO PASS SENATE BY WIDE MARGIN
FOX NEWS | 2/26/2009 | SENATOR DEMINT

Posted on 02/26/2009 11:53:35 AM PST by kellynla

DEMINT BILL OPPOSING "FAIRNESS DOCTRINE" EXPECTED TO PASS SENATE BY WIDE MARGIN


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; demint; fairnessdoctrine; talkradio
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1 posted on 02/26/2009 11:53:35 AM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Any so-called Republican who votes for this should be tarred and feathered.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 11:54:25 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: kellynla

Is this the “broadcaster freedom act”?


3 posted on 02/26/2009 11:54:27 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: kellynla

Sorry, just beat ya. ;)


4 posted on 02/26/2009 11:54:32 AM PST by utahson
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To: MrB

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/26/demint-tries-prevent-fairness-doctrine-revival/
DeMint Tries to Prevent ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Revival


5 posted on 02/26/2009 11:54:55 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: facedown

whoa there, read it again!

This is a bill BANNING the Fairness Doctrine.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 11:54:57 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: kellynla
How nice.
The Donks will introduce the Community Radio Station Reinvestment Act," to solve the talking problem.
7 posted on 02/26/2009 11:55:06 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: facedown

You may want to re-read the original post.


8 posted on 02/26/2009 11:55:40 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: kellynla

How expansive is the bill? Like I’ve said, Obama will never pass the “fairness doctrine,” too many liberals will recognize it as an attack on free speech. He may pass measures in the name of “diversity” or “local ownership” that will have the same result without the liberal outrage.


9 posted on 02/26/2009 11:55:48 AM PST by kc8ukw
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To: MrB

Oops, I meant the bill. I don’t know about this tabling business.


10 posted on 02/26/2009 11:56:38 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: All

Thank you faithful senators!


11 posted on 02/26/2009 11:56:50 AM PST by veracious
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To: kellynla

Fantastico.


12 posted on 02/26/2009 11:57:19 AM PST by Ultimatum (**"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." -Mother Teresa)
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To: facedown

This bill is AGAINST the “Fairness Doctrine” so this one we want to have a “wide margin” pass


13 posted on 02/26/2009 11:57:38 AM PST by NC Angeleyes
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To: facedown

I’d like to see them tried with treason.


14 posted on 02/26/2009 11:58:42 AM PST by JenB987
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To: JenB987

CORRECTION: I’d like to see anyone who OPPOSES this tried with treason.


15 posted on 02/26/2009 11:59:41 AM PST by JenB987
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To: NC Angeleyes

some of us are not paying attention....


16 posted on 02/26/2009 12:00:01 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: kellynla
Hate to say it, but some will vote for this bil to gain cover when they later vote for Turbin’s bill.
17 posted on 02/26/2009 12:00:50 PM PST by Cedric
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To: kellynla
The liberals are ahead of the curve here.

They are already writing another one which will probably be a stealth amendment to another bill.

Hopefully they will get caught again.

18 posted on 02/26/2009 12:01:17 PM PST by Syncro (Play by the rules You're gonna miss all the fun--Jacky Don Tucker (Toby Keith)
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To: t1b8zs

Bitching before reading..


19 posted on 02/26/2009 12:05:54 PM PST by KevinDavis (No one should question our "Dear Leader"!)
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To: abb; kellynla

From the article:
“Though DeMint’s measure stands a strong chance of ultimately failing, it could trigger a debate on the issue and coax senators to take a stand either for or against the policy”.


20 posted on 02/26/2009 12:06:30 PM PST by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon

“From the article?”

“Though DeMint’s measure stands a strong chance of ultimately failing?”

from what article?

according to Fox News while they were interviewing Demint, there were only 4 voting “nay”...


21 posted on 02/26/2009 12:12:07 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Delacon

I think it better to have the issue up for debate. It tends to energize our side.


22 posted on 02/26/2009 12:12:46 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
If they ban the fairness doctrine only to implement localism, we conservatives are screwed.
23 posted on 02/26/2009 12:24:29 PM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (Fairness doctrine = Red Herring. Localism is the real threat)
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To: kellynla

Demint for President!


24 posted on 02/26/2009 12:33:33 PM PST by LUV W (The new Boston Tea Party is here, baby, and it's doused in barbecue sauce..Michelle Malkin)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Exactly. They will get the Fairness Doctrine through backdoor means.


25 posted on 02/26/2009 12:34:40 PM PST by navymom1 (Save Free Speech, defeat the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: kellynla

This should be considered only start of turning the socialists tide.


26 posted on 02/26/2009 12:35:11 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: kellynla

Durbin’s backdoor “ownership quota” bill passed 57-41 on a straight party line vote a couple of hours ago.


27 posted on 02/26/2009 12:35:57 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: kellynla

Will it make a difference really? I’m not sure. If the change to our present existence of talk radio is going to come about by local standards, can those “local standards” wiping out national talk radio occur whether the fairness doctrine is prevented here or not? I’m just not familiar enough will all this to know.


28 posted on 02/26/2009 12:36:42 PM PST by twigs
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To: abb

I agree. The more the issue is aired, the better, regardless of what it is called. Most people are genuinely in favor of free speech in this country. At least for now.


29 posted on 02/26/2009 12:38:23 PM PST by twigs
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To: Man50D
This should be considered only start of turning the socialists tide.

This is about much more than socialism. Curtailing First Amendment freedoms opens the path to totalitariansim and fascism.
30 posted on 02/26/2009 12:41:19 PM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: buccaneer81

That was their goal.


31 posted on 02/26/2009 12:49:49 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Canedawg

The kicked the Blessing of GOD out of the USA and now Satan and his cronies are out to cause CHAOS...Which is coming along swimmingly each day we read the news.


32 posted on 02/26/2009 12:49:51 PM PST by TaraP (The RAPTURE: Separation of Church and State)
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To: kellynla

God bless Senator Jim DeMint.


33 posted on 02/26/2009 12:59:56 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: kellynla
Let me clarify what the Senate did.

The Senate voted 87-11 in favor of an amendment to the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (the bill which would treat DC as a State in the House of Representatives). That amendment was proposed by Sen. DeMint and prohibits the Obama Administration bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. The Senate also passed an amendment, proposed by Sen. Durbin, which encourages radio ownership "diversity."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/26/demint-tries-prevent-fairness-doctrine-revival/

34 posted on 02/26/2009 1:04:44 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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UPDATE #1:

The Senate has voted 62-36 to amend the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act to repeal the DC's gun control laws.

35 posted on 02/26/2009 1:18:46 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: MrB
This is a bill BANNING the Fairness Doctrine.

No it's just political cover for the Dems who then turned around and passed Durbin's amendment to achieve the same effect as the FD using regulatory means.

36 posted on 02/26/2009 1:21:40 PM PST by Royal Wulff
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To: facedown

I see you type faster than you read. ;-)


37 posted on 02/26/2009 1:25:05 PM PST by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Repeal 16-17
The Senate has voted 62-36 to amend the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act to repeal the DC's gun control laws.

Poison pill?

38 posted on 02/26/2009 1:31:46 PM PST by Old Sarge ("Remember, remember, the Fourth of November, the Socialist treason and plot...")
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To: kellynla

Hope so.


39 posted on 02/26/2009 1:34:31 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Repeal 16-17
The Senate voted 87-11 in favor of an amendment to the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (the bill which would treat DC as a State in the House of Representatives). That amendment was proposed by Sen. DeMint and prohibits the Obama Administration bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. The Senate also passed an amendment, proposed by Sen. Durbin, which encourages radio ownership "diversity."

Advantage, Democrats.

They can afford to ban a specific if they get to institute a new, broad generality that ends up in the same censorship place.

40 posted on 02/26/2009 1:35:54 PM PST by paulycy ("I'd hate to think of what a group of caffeinated Freepers would do..." - democratic underground)
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To: facedown

When a bill is tabled, they are essentially voting to stick it under the rug and forget about it.


41 posted on 02/26/2009 1:36:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margret Thatcher)
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To: Old Sarge
Poison pill?

Well, the House could simply vote to remove that from the bill and then demand to go to conference. To clarify, that amendment also says the DC government would not have the authority to pass any gun control legislation.

42 posted on 02/26/2009 1:37:03 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: abb
However, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin also won approval for an alternate amendment that would order the Federal Communications Commission to encourage radio ownership "diversity."

Encourage = force.

43 posted on 02/26/2009 1:38:21 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margret Thatcher)
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UPDATE #2:

The Senate has passed the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, as amended, by a vote of 61-37.

44 posted on 02/26/2009 1:39:02 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: kellynla

Liberals would be STUPID to force the MSM to give fair time to Republicans! Forget talk Radio, yea conservatives own that, but liberals own everything else, and that’s a LOT bigger. No way will libs force their PR offices (MSM) to give a fair rendition of the Conservative point of view!


45 posted on 02/26/2009 1:51:13 PM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: facedown

What makes you think any did? ...or is it you just can’t pass up a chance to slam Republicans?


46 posted on 02/26/2009 1:58:18 PM PST by top 2 toe red ("It's about time the GOP got a little Steele!")
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To: JenB987

ya know, I’m getting confused


47 posted on 02/26/2009 2:26:19 PM PST by peace with honor
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To: kellynla

Wonderful......let’s see if O’bummer signs it.


48 posted on 02/26/2009 2:28:29 PM PST by topfile
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To: kellynla
Here's the votes from the Senate web site:

On the DeMint Amendment:

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Bunning (R-KY), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Yea
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Yea
And on the Durbin Amendment

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (R-PA), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea
The actual text of the Durbin amendment isn't available yet online. But "Statement of Purpose" shown on the vote results page is "To encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership, and to ensure that the public airwaves are used in the public interest."

So, more than likely, all the Democrats voted for a "Fairness Doctrine" before they voted against it.

Demint's idea here is to get the Democrats on record so they can't come back later and change their votes. But Democrats do that all the time.

In the House, on February 10th, 236 Democrat Congress Critters voted to post the H.R.1 conference report online for 48 hours before voting on the conference report. Then, on Feburary 13, all but 7 Democrats (the same ones) voted to pass the H.R.1 conference report less than 18 hours after it was posted on the internet.

Democrats have no honor. And getting them to vote one way today won't mean anything when they vote the other way next Tuesday.

And they know the Party Propaganda Ministry (formerly "the media") won't call them on it. There will be no reporting of their flip flopping.

49 posted on 02/26/2009 2:31:06 PM PST by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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To: peace with honor

That’s the idea. The left wants to move too fast for us to have time to think. DeMint, God bless him, is a patriot. But there’s also Turban Durbin and his proposals.


50 posted on 02/26/2009 2:31:32 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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