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President Palin?
The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | February 12, 2010 | Robyn Blumner

Posted on 02/13/2010 7:56:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Since Sarah Palin won't rule out running for the presidency in 2012, her performance recently at the Tea Party convention in Nashville deserves more scrutiny. Voters may have to soon evaluate her as a future leader of our nation and defender of the free world. Which makes her strikingly vapid answers to the softball questions thrown her way all the more frightening.

When Palin barnstormed the country as Sen. John McCain's running mate, she had a glaring lack of comprehension of national issues. But then, she had a lot to learn in a short time.

By now she should be prepared, particularly since she quit her day job. But she's not. While her written remarks at the Tea Party were intelligible, her performance during the question period demonstrated that Palin has no command of issues and has little to offer beyond platitudinous and confused rhetoric.

Sitting in a comfy armchair, she answered questions put to her by the adoring Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.

Palin was asked: "We hear about the Obama plan. What's the Palin plan?" Her answer on her national defense plan -- the entirety of it -- was this: "And when it comes to national security, as I ratchet down the message on national security, it's easy to just kind of sum it up by repeating Ronald Reagan when he talked about the Cold War. And we can apply this now to our war on terrorism, you know. Bottom line, we win, they lose. We do all that we can to win."

Compare that bit of nearly indecipherable triumphalism with the answer President Barack Obama gave at a news conference Tuesday when asked about Iran's decision to further enrich uranium -- which is too long to reprint verbatim.

First he spoke about efforts to negotiate with Iran and the country's rejection of the offer to convert "low-enriched uranium" into the "isotopes that they need" for medical research and hospitals. Then Obama said bluntly, "That indicates to us that, despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for civilian use, that they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization."

He went on to discuss the "regime of sanctions" being developed to isolate Iran, and the role China and Russia might play.

Whether you agree with Obama's approach or not, it was an articulate briefing that gave context to, and specific action for, a vexing national-security issue.

Back to Palin, who was asked at the Tea Party for her three top things to get done if conservatives win majorities in Congress.

It was here that Palin peeked at her hand for some palm-prompter help, meaning she was probably given advance notice of the question. Even so, her answer was a garble of attack-Obama talking points and pandering to the Christian right.

Palin: "We've got to rein in spending, obviously, and not raise it extremely high budgets and then say, OK, we are going to freeze a couple programs here. That doesn't do us any good really. We've got to start reining in the spending."

Palin's excruciating syntax aside, she's a jejune thinker. Without notes, she could barely conjure the words to cryptically criticize Obama's budget.

Her second priority, she said, is domestic drilling and mining for fossil fuels -- "oil and gas and our coal." She offered a fuller energy policy in her prepared remarks, but extemporaneously, the equivalent of "drill, baby, drill" was all she could muster.

Palin's last must-do for Congress is to allow "America's spirit to rise again." To do this, she said, we should seek "some divine intervention again in this country so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again. To have people involved in government who aren't afraid to go that route."

Gee, is there really a dearth of religious politicians? I can't seem to find any who aren't. But I don't doubt some miracle for our nation would be needed, desperately, if Palin-like conservatives took Congress.

During the Q&A, Palin called on people to run for office who have no elective office experience and don't have "some kind of fat elite resume in their back pocket." I guess that is one way to make herself sound cogent by comparison -- dissuade candidates with training, education and knowledge.

All I can say is in 2012, I "hopey" we don't "changey" to this embarrassing woman.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; dtd; mcpalin; notsmart4mitt; obama; operationleper; palin; pds; pimpingmitt; rinos4mitt; romney; romneyantipalin; romneybothere; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; wot
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An "r" word five-year-old could write a better column, and probably has. You can cut the fear with a dull butter knife. Oh, and is there still someone who believes that shinola about "Obama is the smartest man in the room" nonsense from the campaign?
1 posted on 02/13/2010 7:56:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Jourbalist in question.

2 posted on 02/13/2010 7:59:37 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"deserves more scrutiny"

Translated means, I'm gonna dump on this woman bigtime.

3 posted on 02/13/2010 8:00:20 PM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: Paladin2
As usual Facha Bruta.
4 posted on 02/13/2010 8:00:35 PM PST by angcat (GOD SAVE US!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Herb-eating journalist?


5 posted on 02/13/2010 8:01:24 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Paladin2

Wait - I was there - what did this person say????

jealous dribble is all I can make out from her indecipherable jabberwocky.


6 posted on 02/13/2010 8:01:34 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If American ever ceases to be a nation under God, she will be a nation gone under.")
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To: exnavy

Aha, gottcha. I’m not used to hearing Jr’s name mentioned much.


7 posted on 02/13/2010 8:01:50 PM PST by exnavy (May the Lord grant our troops protection and endurance.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Back to Palin, who was asked at the Tea Party for her three top things to get done if conservatives win majorities in Congress. It was here that Palin peeked at her hand for some palm-prompter help,

She did!!!??? Why the hell didn't anybody tell us? Where was the mainstream media on this? This is huge, Robyn. You may get a Wurlitzer for this.

8 posted on 02/13/2010 8:02:22 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Whether you agree with Obama's approach or not, it was an articulate briefing that gave context to, and specific action for, a vexing national-security issue.

Bummer yakked eruditely but irrelevantly all around the question. I guess this herbal journalist prefers that to a vague "I believe things will be fine."

9 posted on 02/13/2010 8:03:13 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney’s about to kick off his book tour/presidential campaign in Salt Lake. This lady’s probably prepping the troops.


10 posted on 02/13/2010 8:04:05 PM PST by Al B.
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To: Texas Eagle

One of those genuine miniature replica juke boxes that sit on the table and sell for $89.99 at Target.


11 posted on 02/13/2010 8:04:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

we need more conservatives like Paul Ryan.


12 posted on 02/13/2010 8:05:15 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vapid? Every word out of the TOTUS-reader’s mouth was and is vapid.

The libtards create intelligence and depth where there is none.


13 posted on 02/13/2010 8:05:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She does need to present more detail more often. Calling her out for lack of detail is not fear.


14 posted on 02/13/2010 8:06:52 PM PST by Bruinator (People are.............Stupid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That indicates to us that, despite their posturing that their nuclear power is only for civilian use, that they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization.”

/sarc Very deep indeed...so deep in fact that even any 5 year old who has sat in front of the TV and watched Fox News for even 2 hours, would be able tell you the same thing.
This is clever how?

15 posted on 02/13/2010 8:06:55 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: HiTech RedNeck
One of those genuine miniature replica juke boxes that sit on the table and sell for $89.99 at Target.

The kind that plays vinyl records? Well, she's certainly earned it for this example of cutting-edge journalism.

16 posted on 02/13/2010 8:07:22 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“her performance recently at the Tea Party convention in Nashville deserves more scrutiny.”

But Obama never got any scrunity from the MSM, even after he announced his candidacy for president.


17 posted on 02/13/2010 8:09:40 PM PST by SmartInsight
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To: Paladin2
Joy Baher’s ugly and equally dumb twin sister?
18 posted on 02/13/2010 8:13:37 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only 35 percent of 2008 voters now admit to having voted for Comrade Obamsky. I suppose this dullard jourbalist is one of them.


19 posted on 02/13/2010 8:17:30 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Paladin2
Sarah is older, has a bunch of kids, good lookin hubby and is still way way hotter than this cretin....jealousy is a terrible thing
20 posted on 02/13/2010 8:20:44 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The important thing is Robyn listened to President Palin's speech.

So we know the words she heard were registered in her brain whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.

She may very well wake up at 3:00 in the morning one day and say, "Oh, my gosh! She's right."

But, then again, she is more likely to die a lonely, pathetic, wrinkled-up death soaked in her own urine without ever knowing just how stupid she really was.

21 posted on 02/13/2010 8:21:14 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We win, they lose. That’s real hard to understand? Not clear? I guess not to people who don’t think there’s any difference or that it doesn’t matter.

The media will not decide for us this time. We will decide.


22 posted on 02/13/2010 8:21:27 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: ari-freedom; 2ndDivisionVet
we need more conservatives like Paul Ryan.

Isn't that the same Paul Ryan that voted for both TARP and the Auto-Bailouts?
23 posted on 02/13/2010 8:22:39 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Babe Factor is something Sarah has had to deal with since she was a teenager. Worse than that to a nonbabe, she has strong convictions about right and wrong. “Won’t go to Harlem in ermine and pearls. won’t dish the dirt with the rest of the girls - that’s why Sarah is a ...”


24 posted on 02/13/2010 8:22:55 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Bruinator

They said that about Chris Chistie too. He demured. Now he’s the star Gov of NJ.

No,no further details needed at this point.


25 posted on 02/13/2010 8:23:39 PM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: Bruinator
She does need to present more detail more often. Calling her out for lack of detail is not fear.

She provides plenty of detail.

Most of our problems today need a conservative solution that isn't heavy on detail.

Most can be summed up in of of two phrases, "Don't do that" and "Do This".

1. Don't grant Amnesty
2. Don't bailout corporations
3. Don't support
4. Drill for Oil in the US
5. Support Israel
6. Destroy the Terrorists
7. Don't support the Global Warming Scam
8. Support Tax Cuts
9. Cut the size of Government
10. etc.
11. etc.
12. etc.


There is no need to setup a thesis on each and every one.

That's what delegation is all about.

You know they had much the same thing to say about Reagan?

He gave much the same speeches, same level of detail for the most part as Sarah and the Media was calling him Dumb and looking for more "Details".

He simply hired the best people he could find for his staff and ordered them to get the job done.

We don't need a policy wonk, we need a leader, and Palin will do just fine, thank you very much.
26 posted on 02/13/2010 8:29:08 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

not like that


27 posted on 02/13/2010 8:33:36 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: ari-freedom

Did he or didn’t he?


28 posted on 02/13/2010 8:38:46 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t know but I wouldn’t like it if he did. But Ryan is someone who can handle himself in a debate and more conservatives need to be able to do that.


29 posted on 02/13/2010 8:44:40 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: Paladin2

One thing is for sure .. She will Never have a gig on FOX.

(And it ‘ain’t’ because of writing style)


30 posted on 02/13/2010 8:46:43 PM PST by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Marxist/liberal/socialist (take your pick) media is hopeless. They’re going to savage Palin and attempt to destroy her candidacy if she runs. Period.

On a related topic, I was listening tonight to the weekend news round-up on CBS radio, and the reporter was breathlessly describing how Obama has been “reaching out” to Republicans for “many months now” in an attempt to pass health care legislation, and they have slammed the door in his face, or some such words. Just one lie after another!


31 posted on 02/13/2010 8:46:43 PM PST by Deo volente (January 19, 2010...the Second American Revolution begins, right where it all started!)
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To: Paladin2

Her bio:

Blumner is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU School of Law. After working as a labor lawyer in New York, she became executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In 1989, she took over the directorship of the ACLU of Florida, where she worked until joining the staff of the Times.


32 posted on 02/13/2010 8:47:42 PM PST by donna (The founders of our nation understood "happy" to mean "blessed" by God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
-"By now she should be prepared, particularly since she quit her day job. But she's not." But your "ZERO" is?

"But, she's not"!

AS COMPARED TO?????
33 posted on 02/13/2010 8:48:07 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: donna
Or,:

"Robyn Blumner is a civil liberties and labor law expert who writes about individual freedom, trade, globalization and workers' rights...."

34 posted on 02/13/2010 8:51:04 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SoConPubbie

A president can’t just follow a checklist. A president has to be able to make her case to the American people and congress. Bush wasn’t able to make the case for social security reform and the war in iraq and we lost big time.


35 posted on 02/13/2010 8:52:03 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: Paladin2

And what a hick Sarah is.


36 posted on 02/13/2010 8:52:37 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sitting in a comfy armchair...

Ooooooh, that wascawwy woman. How DARE she sit in a comfy chair when so many people are starving and dying in the streets of Haiti and Chicago?

37 posted on 02/13/2010 8:54:52 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Whether you agree with Obama's approach or not, it was an articulate briefing that gave context to, and specific action for, a vexing national-security issue.

Translated: "Only the drones still unquestionably swallow his spiel, but you gotta admit he's a smooth snake-oil salesman. And really, let's face it, the non-elitists don't comprehend these vexing issues anyway, but he makes it sound good."
38 posted on 02/13/2010 8:55:13 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO! Just FUBO.)
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To: ari-freedom
A president can’t just follow a checklist. A president has to be able to make her case to the American people and congress. Bush wasn’t able to make the case for social security reform and the war in iraq and we lost big time.

And you must have your head in the sand, because every time she speaks or writes, she does it in an eloquent and informed and conservative manner.

She makes her case each and every time.
39 posted on 02/13/2010 8:56:43 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: donna

Very revealing, isn’t it?

Makes perfect sense that Blumner would fall for Obama’s resume’ on its face. No need for her to look inside the tightly wrapped package to see the Marxist inside. She’s a fellow traveler.


40 posted on 02/13/2010 8:59:02 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: SoConPubbie

Sorry, but she’s no Maggie Thatcher.


41 posted on 02/13/2010 9:08:13 PM PST by ari-freedom (Chris Wallace: I can tell you, Ronald Reagan would never have quit.)
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To: Canedawg
"Iran, Cuba, Venezuela? These countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose any serious threat to us,"

One of Zero's 'articulate' briefings on Iraq during the presidential campaign.

42 posted on 02/13/2010 9:09:45 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am a monthly donor to SarahPAC and yes she could do better and with time I believe she will. She is not running for president right now. I remember Reagan and I was never enamored of his one on one interviews; he was a better stump speaker and campaigner, just like SP. She has gotten better in the last few months. She was much better with Chris Wallace than the TP interviewer.

BHO of course is wrong on all issues and a vapid sophist, taking 2 minues to say basically: we can’t trust Iran with any nuclear devices.
Is “weaponization” even a word? Plus he is a liar and fraud.
There is no contest on integrity issues


43 posted on 02/13/2010 9:10:27 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: ari-freedom

I think she will get better; she has already gotten better. She debated the 2 other candidates in the AK governor race and acquitted herself well enough to get 50%, IIRC.

Her facebook postings and op-ed columns shows she can understand the issues; she needs to translate that into debate speech, which is really what these interviews are. She needs to prep for them like a debate.
If she can do that, nothing will stop her. Even now she gets traction, but she may lose some if in a debate with Romney etc, she can not put him in his place and he looks to have more command of facts.


44 posted on 02/13/2010 9:18:02 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: All
"Compare that bit of nearly indecipherable triumphalism with the answer President Barack Obama gave at a news conference Tuesday when asked about Iran's decision to further enrich uranium -- which is too long to reprint verbatim."

Obama talks a lot but says nothing.

Palin can say 5 words and I know exactly where she stands on an issue.

Obama can say 500 words and says nothing.

45 posted on 02/13/2010 9:19:00 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield (Obama is like a 30 minute infomercial that people fall for late at night when they're drunk.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another entertaining find. You make my night shift fly by.


46 posted on 02/13/2010 9:19:57 PM PST by rae4palin (islam is of the devil)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whereas Robyn Blumner is possessed of all the wisdom of the ages....


47 posted on 02/13/2010 9:25:42 PM PST by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The media hates Sarah Palin. The polls are tampered with to make her look bad. People who loved Ronald Reagan also love Sarah.

It would be smart to not let the media decide who the Republican Presidential candidate will be.

If it is not Sarah Palin, the media wins again. They gave $800 million of free propaganda to Zero. Ronald Reagan could not have won and his poll numbers would be where Sarah’s are today if they did to Reagan what they are doing to her. Remember how McCain’s numbers were so good until he was running against Zero! The media manipulated the election and the polls.

We would be wise to take back the media by going around them and not letting them dictate our nominee.

We could strike a blow to them once and for all by doing all we can to get Sarah elected!!

The biggest reason they hate Sarah are her Pro Life Stand and her Christian faith which she doesn’t hide.


48 posted on 02/13/2010 9:41:17 PM PST by factmart
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He went on to discuss the "regime of sanctions" being developed to isolate Iran, and the role China and Russia might play.

Use the security council to put sanctions on Iran? Gee, why didn't anyone think of doing this before. Oh yeah, because China and Russia are trading partners with Iran and threaten to veto any meaningful sanctions, as they have for years. What dope this lady is.

49 posted on 02/13/2010 9:45:36 PM PST by death2tyrants
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Policy Chick

Cheers!

50 posted on 02/13/2010 9:46:07 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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