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Romneys TV interview reignites dog-on-roof controversy
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 4/17/12 | Amy Worden

Posted on 04/18/2012 8:06:35 AM PDT by Only Sane Man

There's no other way to put it, Mitt and Ann Romney stepped in it in their first joint network TV interview.

They fielded lots of questions during the interview which aired last night, but none more pointed then the one animal lovers were waiting for from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer:

So why did you strap your dog to the roof of the car?

Ann Romney defended her husband’s decision to put their dog, Seamus, in a crate and lash it to the roof for a 12-hour drive to Canada in 1983, saying he "loved it" and knew it meant he was going on vacation with the family.

"It was, to me, a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for, in a kennel for two weeks," she told Sawyer.

[We pause to ask ourselves two things, a) Why didn't they put some luggage on the roof and let Seamus ride inside? b) Do any of Ann Romney's $100k dressage horses ride in rusty and rickety livestock trailers exposed to elements? Ah, no.]

Asked if he do the same thing again, Mitt Romney said, “Certainly not with the attention it’s received.”

Wow. Clearly 30 years later, the Romneys still think it's ok for an animal to ride atop a car, at highway speeds no less....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dogmeat; fumr; gonewt; mittromney; norinos; noromney; noromneyrino; romney; romneydog; romneyisarino
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In the spirit of truth-in-advertising, the roof of Romney's campaign bus ought to have an animal strapped to it -- a great big RINO!

Oh, BTW, the answer to the question "Why didn't they put some luggage on the roof and let Seamus ride inside?" is "Because Mitt is dumber than a bag of dog poop."

1 posted on 04/18/2012 8:06:43 AM PDT by Only Sane Man
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To: Only Sane Man

Romney puts dogs on the roof.

Obama eats them.


2 posted on 04/18/2012 8:08:15 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Is Buffett's comfort with "Obama" simply comfort with the word "Omaha" his home and birthplace?)
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To: Only Sane Man

But did the Romenys eat Seamus?


3 posted on 04/18/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; massgopguy
Conservatives reject RINOS.

Other RINOs make excuses for them.

I guess we know which one you are!

4 posted on 04/18/2012 8:13:28 AM PDT by Only Sane Man
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To: Only Sane Man

My uncle did this with his beloved dog for a 6-hour trip we took. The dog JUMPED up on the car to get into it, he loved that container so much. I really don’t get this controversy.


5 posted on 04/18/2012 8:13:33 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Only Sane Man

I do not doubt for one second that the dog loved it.

However, it is dangerous IMO, and I would not have put my dog there even if he asked me to.

However, even as an utterly irrational lover of dogs, I would not hold this against him or anyone else.

I would and did hold Huckabee accountable for getting his kid off after hanging a dog to death. I would have let him go to jail, and myself too likely after I beat him into the ground.


6 posted on 04/18/2012 8:13:51 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: massgopguy

Barney Frank does./sarc


7 posted on 04/18/2012 8:14:28 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Only Sane Man

Yikes! I guess neither of them are fit to be local dog-catcher now.


8 posted on 04/18/2012 8:16:36 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: Only Sane Man
“..still think it's ok for an animal to ride atop a car, at highway speeds no less....”

where I come from it is not unusual to put your dog in the back of a pickup, untethered and travel - sometimes long distances, sometimes in the rain, sometimes at high speeds.

So, what's the big deal?

Until they passed some silly law, you would see the kids back there too!!

9 posted on 04/18/2012 8:17:18 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Only Sane Man

It was an unbelievably stupid and callous thing to do.


10 posted on 04/18/2012 8:18:27 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Only Sane Man

I will see no fewer than 5 instances of dogs riding in the backs of pickup trucks today, and it could easily be more. I don’t understand this “issue”. Is this something that shocks people up North or something? Seriously, somebody help me on this one, I don’t get it.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 8:19:46 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: elpadre

I’ve seen bikers (of the motorcycle variety) riding around with cats and dogs on back seats and handlebars. That being said, Romney has got problems...he can’t get through one interview without *something* going weird.


12 posted on 04/18/2012 8:20:32 AM PDT by corlorde
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13 posted on 04/18/2012 8:21:04 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
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14 posted on 04/18/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Only Sane Man

The simple answer to the question should have been..

“Well, at least we didn’t eat it!”


15 posted on 04/18/2012 8:26:21 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Only Sane Man
I can't believe anybody would even waste the space to publish this non-story. I couldn't care less what Romney was doing with his dog THIRTY YEARS AGO, and I'm certainly no fan on Romney. (By the way, we know more about Romney's dog in 1983 thanks to the media's “hard hitting investigative reporting” that we still know about Obama’s friends and acquaintances from the same time period.) God knows there are enough legitimate reasons to attack Romney from both the right and the left than to push this pile of nothing.
16 posted on 04/18/2012 8:26:56 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Only Sane Man
Dogs love to ride with the wind in their faces. Many autos that you meet on the road have a window down and a dog with his head sticking out of it with tongue flapping in the wind.

If this is all the liberals have to run on, Romney is a shoo in.

17 posted on 04/18/2012 8:27:10 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Obama is spending our retirement and our kid's inheritance.)
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To: montag813

I don’t get it either. It’s not much different then having them ride in the back of a truck in a kennel. Which I used to do all the time when I had my truck. Of course they like being inside much more, but then they think they have to stick their heads out the window so they can get the best of both forms of travel.


18 posted on 04/18/2012 8:28:52 AM PDT by 3rdcoastislander
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To: Only Sane Man

My Dog rides in the BACK of the Truck especially on long trips... cause if I let her ride up front with me she either wants to stick her head out MY window or she wants to drive.
(German Shepard)
TT


19 posted on 04/18/2012 8:31:09 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: F.J. Mitchell

“If this is all the liberals have to run on, Romney is a shoo in.”

-

Especially after this revelation, linked now on Drudge:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/obama-as-a-boy-ate-dog-meat/


20 posted on 04/18/2012 8:31:34 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Is Buffett's comfort with "Obama" simply comfort with the word "Omaha" his home and birthplace?)
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To: cdcdawg

It’s a phony issue to attack a guy that they don’t like.

There are many substantive reasons to criticize Romney. This isn’t one of them. It’s completely stupid, which is why it originally came from liberals.


21 posted on 04/18/2012 8:34:23 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: Only Sane Man
Why Romney placed dog on roof...
22 posted on 04/18/2012 8:35:31 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: cdcdawg
I will see no fewer than 5 instances of dogs riding in the backs of pickup trucks today, and it could easily be more. I don’t understand this “issue”. Is this something that shocks people up North or something? Seriously, somebody help me on this one, I don’t get it.

For Sure. Gawd, thirty years ago, kids rode in the back of trucks. I put the kennel in the back of the truck sometimes in good weather because kitty screams all the way to the vet, and I end up more upset than kitty if I have to listen. I am sure the kennel was secure.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 8:35:40 AM PDT by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: Only Sane Man

[Clark has just been pulled over by a Colorado motorcycle cop]

Clark: Hi officer, what’s the problem?

Motorcycle Cop: Get out of the car!

[Clark exits from the car]

Clark: I don’t think I was speeding. Was I weaving or something?

Motorcycle Cop: Shut your mouth, sir! You know, if I weren’t in uniform, I’d split your skull with the butt of this revolver faster than you can say, “police brutality!”

Clark: Well whatever I did, I’m sure I can explain...
[the motorcycle cop forcibily takes Clark by the arm and leads him to the rear of the car, which has a dog leash still tied to it]

Motorcycle Cop: Explain this, you ...

Clark: Oh my God...


24 posted on 04/18/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT by ROTB (FReepmail me if you want to join a team seeking the LORD for a Christian revival now in the USA.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Yes! Obama knowingly ATE DOGS and brags about it. I just heard an audio. Not sure if he was reading from “his” (Ayers’) book or what.


25 posted on 04/18/2012 8:38:31 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: samtheman
It was an unbelievably stupid and callous thing to do.

No it wasn't. If dogs wanted to be inside the car, why do you see them every day, hanging out of the windows?

26 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:03 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Only Sane Man

LOL, OSM.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:10 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Only Sane Man
Since this is a Romney thread, let me preface my comments with the obligatory Romney-bashing...

Boo! Hiss! Boo! Hiss! (Stamping feet) Bad on Romney for being ahead of Obama in the latest polls. Shame on Republicans for considering him to be our nominee. Boo! Hiss! (Making a gagging noise) Bad on Romney for strapping his doggie to the top of the car! Boo! Hiss!

OK, now that I have that out of my system, let me tell you that when I was growing up in the 1970s, it was not unusual at all for kids and dogs to be rattling around in the back of pickups...on the highway I might add!

I still have memories of jumping into the back of my uncle's moving pickup during summers in Alabama when he would head to the store in the next county. And then when he reached the dirt road, one or two of the dogs jumped in as well. There were always plenty of dogs and kids around my grandmother's farm who were willing to take a voluntary joyride in the back of pickups.

Always those trips were fun. It was about 15 miles each way down Highways 168, 75 and 431 with speeds up to 70mph and we'd be sitting in the back drinking/spilling cans of Dr. Pepper all over ourselves.

28 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:24 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 27 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: montag813

I see you’ve supported Romney in previous posts, so I wonder:

What do you think of his support for a “Republican DREAM Act” (presumably that proposed by Rubio)?


29 posted on 04/18/2012 8:48:30 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Only Sane Man

I put my hunting dog in a crate and strap it in the bed of my pickup truck and drive to south Dakota to pheasant hunt. How is this any differnt???


30 posted on 04/18/2012 8:49:48 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: Only Sane Man

“Dog on Roof”?

No comparison to Obama’s “children in poverty” or “man in unemployment line” scandals.


31 posted on 04/18/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: gloryblaze

My dad used to let us ride home on top of the hay he had strapped of his 64 Dodge 3/4 ton 4wd flatbed truck. My brother and sisters and I all absolutely loved it! We always stacked the hay so high we could touch stop lights on the way home. We felt like we were flying.

Sadly this all came to an end after several bales of loosly bailed grass hay fell off the truck after we hit a big dip on a downhill curve that caused the truck to start swaying back and forth. Fortunately, dad was worried about the stableness load that day and wouldn’t let any of us ride on top despite ample begging.

The problem with letting dogs ride in the back of pickups... they sometimes jump out. If you have them tied up and the rope is a little too long... it can make an awful mess. It is very sad and I have seen it happen.


32 posted on 04/18/2012 8:54:41 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: 9YearLurker
I see you’ve supported Romney in previous posts, so I wonder:

I Have NEVER, EVER supported Mittens. Cannot stand the lying, 2-faced smiling phony. But this dog "controversy" is ridiculous.

What do you think of his support for a “Republican DREAM Act” (presumably that proposed by Rubio)?

I think the GOP has bought the media-DNC propaganda that they have to "reach out to Latinos". By legalizing illegality? Most LEGAL Hispanics I know can't stand illegals. McCain was the most pro-amnesty candidate in GOP history, and he got the lowest Hispanic vote in history (31%). So much for the Ed Gillespie theory.

33 posted on 04/18/2012 8:57:41 AM PDT by montag813
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To: cdcdawg

“I don’t get it.”

It’s a city-folk thing. They don’t understand that dogs are animals, not furry children. I’ve had people get huffy with me because I told them to keep their illegally unleashed chihuahua away from my leashed chow. (He was attacked by a loose chihuahua as a young pup and has wanted to return the favor ever since.)


34 posted on 04/18/2012 9:00:14 AM PDT by spaced
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To: baddog 219

Seamus; “I’m coming to save you. Mitt is on the West Coast.”

35 posted on 04/18/2012 9:06:04 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: BobinIL

I think there’s a big difference between riding in the back of a pick up and riding on the roof. The cab breaks down the wind current. I see nothing wrong with a dog tucked in safely in back of a pick up. I think it’s an American tradition, along with the gun rack in the back window.

If one were to put a dog on the roof of a car, why not put it on the hood also? Either place is just as safe when dealing with the wind current.

When a dog is inside, only its head and neck are out the window. The entire body is not subjected to wind which can dry out the skin/fur. Also, dogs are not 100% of the time hanging out the window. They come inside for mini breaks.


36 posted on 04/18/2012 9:07:01 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; Only Sane Man

I didn’t say it was an important issue, but I do believe it was callous and stupid. Twelve hours in a cage on the roof isn’t the same as letting your dog stick his head out the window on short rides.

Anyway, the most important post on this thread, in my opinion, is #16 by Only Sane Man.


37 posted on 04/18/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: elpadre

I so agree with dogs and kids in pickups. Kids can’t go there anymore but dogs do all the time in Texas. I can think of a lot better things to discuss then the handling of a dog.


38 posted on 04/18/2012 9:08:17 AM PDT by sthtexaslady
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To: montag813

I’d have to see a picture of the dog carrier to know if it is a problem. I’ve seen people with dog carriers in their truck beds all the time — heck, I’ve seen people with their dogs loose in truck beds. If the crate was covered, so he wasn’t getting blasted with 70-mph air, I don’t see the issue, and can’t imagine it would be one if not for the person we are discussing.

On the other hand, I don’t own a dog, and would find a lot of what people do to their dogs would feel like cruelty to me, even though I know that is not how they feel about it. Not knowing dogs and all, who am I to say?

I know people who go to work and put their dogs in small kennels all day. I can’t imagine a dog likes sitting in a 2x3 foot metal cage for hours on end, but I’m told they do.

Someone mentioned horses — a lot of horse trailers have open windows and I’ve seen horses sticking their noses out, and clearly a lot of air is running through them. the trailers are not fully enclosed, are not air conditioned or heated, and are little different from sticking a carrier on the roof of a car. But they do have a solid roof.

I’ve never heard anybody say it was raining or bad weather on this trip they talk about, but who knows? What I do know is that if we were all judged by the stupidest thing we did in our lifetimes, we’d all be in trouble.


39 posted on 04/18/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; Only Sane Man; apillar

Correction:

I didn’t say it was an important issue, but I do believe it was callous and stupid. Twelve hours in a cage on the roof isn’t the same as letting your dog stick his head out the window on short rides.

Anyway, the most important post on this thread, in my opinion, is #16 by apillar.


40 posted on 04/18/2012 9:12:21 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SamAdams76
"Always those trips were fun. It was about 15 miles each way down Highways 168, 75 and 431 with speeds up to 70mph and we'd be sitting in the back drinking/spilling cans of Dr. Pepper all over ourselves."

Same type of experience here... We used to go on camping trips and sometimes rode hundreds of miles in the back of a pickup truck. My dad had a green canvas canopy he put over the back when it was raining. We called it the “Army Truck”. We didn't realize we were being abused. We thought it was fun!

41 posted on 04/18/2012 9:13:40 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I loved that movie.


42 posted on 04/18/2012 9:16:33 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Only Sane Man

Romney wanted an open dog carriage...


43 posted on 04/18/2012 9:18:38 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Only Sane Man
Asked if he do the same thing again, Mitt Romney said, “Certainly not with the attention it’s received.”"I'm running for president, for Pete's sake! I'll have more flexibility to strap my dog to the roof after the election!"
44 posted on 04/18/2012 9:22:56 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: shalom aleichem
Yes! Obama knowingly ATE DOGS and brags about it.

I think Romney just got his "get out of jail free card" on this issue. That should end this as fast as Bill Maher's greatest hits clip reel ended the Rush Limbaugh "slut" controversy.

45 posted on 04/18/2012 9:33:46 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: elpadre

where I come from it is not unusual to put your dog in the back of a pickup, untethered and travel - sometimes long distances, sometimes in the rain,

Around here to, you see dogs in back of pick up’s most every day, what conserns me more is that often you see drivers with dogs on their lap as they are driving,and this is often older females, go figure


46 posted on 04/18/2012 9:35:30 AM PDT by munin
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To: Only Sane Man

At least they opted to take their pet on the vacation. I know many families who rather then take the pet with them, have them caged-up in a kennel.


47 posted on 04/18/2012 9:49:05 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: elpadre
where I come from it is not unusual to put your dog in the back of a pickup, untethered and travel - sometimes long distances, sometimes in the rain, sometimes at high speeds.

When I grew up in central Texas in the 1960s and 1970s, it was not unusual to put your kids in the back of a pickup, untethered, and travel - sometimes long distances, sometimes in the rain, sometimes at high speeds.

Some of my fondest memories as a kid were riding down the highway in the back of the pickup holding onto the dog to keep it from jumping out.

48 posted on 04/18/2012 9:50:09 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I think there’s a big difference between riding in the back of a pick up and riding on the roof.

He didn't strap the dog to the roof of the car. The dog was in dog crate that he strapped on the roof of the car.

49 posted on 04/18/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: ROTB

What movie is this from ?


50 posted on 04/18/2012 10:09:05 AM PDT by fred42 ("Get your facts first, then you can distort 'em as much as you need." - Mark Twain)
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