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Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
Washington Post ^ | 05-10-12 | Jason Horowitz

Posted on 05/10/2012 7:28:48 AM PDT by raulgomez05

Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

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To: dfwgator

Hey, we went to the same school in Denton!


51 posted on 05/10/2012 8:07:29 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: raulgomez05
Isn't it interesting...the Post can go back four decades and dig up a story about Romney, yet they don't have the stones to ask Obozo anything about his past since it's all been sequestered.
52 posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:03 AM PDT by econjack
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To: raulgomez05

Nice try, WaPo. We all know that RINOmney is a vapid dork.

Now, get some info on your Cretin-in-Chief, should be a felon, moy vapid dork.

Hint: Grade school records, high school records, who ghost wrote his book full of lies, college records, who paid for them, birth certificates (both fake ones and the - probably destroyed real one), that Connecticut SSN number, how the h*ll that cretin ever got to do anything at Harvard - even though the DeadTedKennedycretin did).

Now, get off your fat liberal butts and get to work (if you ever really did work).


53 posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:59 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: raulgomez05

This ranks right up there with “snickering in the cafeteria at classmates who drank milk from the cartons labeled HOMO on the side.”


54 posted on 05/10/2012 8:11:23 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: raulgomez05

Wow, they’re really reaching really far back for something juicy.


55 posted on 05/10/2012 8:19:11 AM PDT by Crucial
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To: raulgomez05

1965???
Really, WaPo?? Couldn’t you find anything from when he was in Kindergarten?


56 posted on 05/10/2012 8:19:30 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

They’re saving that for closer to the election.


57 posted on 05/10/2012 8:21:30 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: econjack
Obama had a 2.03 GPA in college and was on academic probation 5 out of 8 semesters at Occidental College. He failed several courses twice and was very active in the gay Marxist group on campus.

Don't believe it, liberals? Disprove it!

(crickets...)

58 posted on 05/10/2012 8:22:01 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: dfwgator
"Why do we know so much about Romney in high school, and nothing about Obama in high school or college?"

Don't ask us, ask the da*ned Wapo reporter. (Who watches the watchers?)

59 posted on 05/10/2012 8:26:55 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: raulgomez05

“Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.”

Intolerant hair bigot...


60 posted on 05/10/2012 8:35:43 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: raulgomez05
The question is, was this guy, Lauber, actually gay or was he just a jerk? Notice the Post doesn't mention as to whether Lauber is gay or not. I guess it wouldn't have helped their agenda driven report if they had found that out.

Lauber may have deserved this treatment. I knew a lot of jerks in HS some of whom got what they were asking for by their conduct (not by me).
61 posted on 05/10/2012 8:37:45 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: raulgomez05

Well, this certainly puts a human face on him & makes him more palatable for me. Maybe kind of an “elite” environment, but what’s wrong with that? If the author (& I use that loosely) of this piece was trying to make Mittens look bad, they failed imho.

I still wish it would be (& we are still voting/ supporting, to the end) Newt, but I have to admit that Romney is far & away preferable to Obama. (I believe in upbringings. This articles; these witnesses to his youth, make Romney sound more republican- & even conservative, at his core than his record as governor of Massachusetts would have us believe.
It may be that “Remember who you are & what you represent” may be all that’s necessary. (VERY powerful words, trust me)


62 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:40 AM PDT by KGeorge
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To: I am Richard Brandon

The msm looks under rocks in Texas, and they go back fifty years to Romney’s school days. Why don’t they find out some information about President Obama who much younger?


63 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:11 AM PDT by Essie
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To: Sudetenland

The fact that Lauber was homosexual is not confirmed until the end of the Compost’s long article (typical leftist media tactic). He was a ne’er-do-well who died of liver cancer in 2004. Of course, what is left unsaid is that it likely was liver cancer incurred as a result of AIDS, a not uncommon occurrence.


64 posted on 05/10/2012 9:13:55 AM PDT by twister881
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To: raulgomez05

The lsm doesn’t report the news, they create the news. The fundamental bias of the news media is disgusting.


65 posted on 05/10/2012 9:16:31 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: raulgomez05
The real kicker is that he was never punished for the crime.

Mitt was a spoiled brat then, and he's still a spoiled brat now. He is utterly unfit for any office, much less the highest one in the land.

66 posted on 05/10/2012 9:18:47 AM PDT by torchy
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To: dfwgator

Obama was such a strait-laced bore that even the Hillary attack machine couldn’t dig up any dirt. There’s nothing wrong with his character (just his ideas).


67 posted on 05/10/2012 9:19:56 AM PDT by torchy
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To: myself6
BROKERED CONVENTION
We NEED one.

The best hope at the moment is that Ron Paul's stealth delegate-collection strategy will be enough to put a monkey wrench in Mitt's coronation.

That would be a good thing, both for saving the GOP from a fiasco and for the entertainment value of watching Mitt simultaneously melt down and blow up on the national stage. Given his rotten character as revealed in incidents such as the one described in this story, he just isn't the sort to calmly pick himself up and dust himself off after a defeat.

68 posted on 05/10/2012 9:22:13 AM PDT by torchy
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To: Lou L

Like I said above — if the Hildebeest didn’t find the dirt, it’s because the dirt isn’t there to be found. Her operation makes Karl Rove look like Mr. Rogers.


69 posted on 05/10/2012 9:23:14 AM PDT by torchy
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To: raulgomez05

Have any of Romney’s friends blown up buildings or called for the destruction of the US?


70 posted on 05/10/2012 9:23:41 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: blueunicorn6
Our nominee is a prep-school-pants-wetter.

I'm not conceding that this twerp is the nominee until the fat lady sings.

71 posted on 05/10/2012 9:25:22 AM PDT by torchy
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To: kabar
In July 1966, Romney left for 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

If you're in a position to choose, most people would choose France over Vietnam.

72 posted on 05/10/2012 9:27:43 AM PDT by torchy
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To: Sudetenland

The article says that Laubert was gay. He “came out as gay to his family and close friends.” Third paragraph from bottom to top.


73 posted on 05/10/2012 9:28:33 AM PDT by raulgomez05
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To: twister881

Putting the relevant information at the head of the article and burying irrelevant side bits deep down is Jounalism 101.


74 posted on 05/10/2012 9:30:18 AM PDT by torchy
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To: torchy
If you're in a position to choose, most people would choose France over Vietnam.

Most people aren't running for the highest office in the land.

75 posted on 05/10/2012 9:31:24 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: torchy

I admit that I am hoping for SOME kind of maneuver by either Ron Paul or other faction that results in a brokered convention.

As to Robamas character sans this story.. Meh... its bullsh— from a lib rag. The only thing I need to know about this douche-bags character is that hes a socialist. THAT alone makes him worthy of my opposition to him.


76 posted on 05/10/2012 9:32:18 AM PDT by myself6
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To: almcbean

Rumor has it here in Detroit, that the Detroit Free Press has reporters investigating if Romney dirtied his diapers as a baby.


77 posted on 05/10/2012 9:36:00 AM PDT by superdad (`)
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To: dfwgator

Ditto. People grow beyond their elementary and teen years. Well, maybe not the Democrats.


78 posted on 05/10/2012 9:55:20 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: torchy

I didn’t.


79 posted on 05/10/2012 10:26:19 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar; massgopguy; Gay State Conservative; raccoonradio; massmike; C210N; acapesket; ...
Pinging a bunch of folks on the Massachusetts list who might be veterans of and have a long memory of the conservative struggle against liberalism in New England.

He had a different social experience from most of his classmates, since he lived in a Belmont, Massachusetts, house with Ann and two children.

He was non-ideological and did not involve himself in the political or social issues of the day.

I'm not so sure that he was "non-ideological and did not involve himself in the political or social issues of the day."

Mitt Romney's roots are certainly as deeply founded in the Mormon brand of conservatism as is any Bob Jones University acolyte's in the fundamentalist Baptist context.

His residence in Belmont, MA from the late 1960's - 1970's is particularly coincidental. The John Birch Society was (and still is I believe) based in Belmont, MA.

From 1963 - 1974, every 4th of July holiday, the John Birch Society together with other conservative groups at the time held the equivalent of the "CPAC" of its day at what was then known as The Statler Hilton (now the Park plaza) in Boston. This was called "The New England Rally for God, Family, and Country." (chairman of which was JBS's Col. Lawrence Bunker of Wellesley Hills, MA)

It was an annual gathering of "conservatism in the wilderness" of the post-Kennedy assasination era, and 1964 Goldwater election rout, where one could hear speeches of conservative authors (e.g., Taylor Caldwell, W. Cleon Skousen, George Schuyler) politicians (e.g. John Ashbrook, John Schmitz, etc.), ex-gov't conservatives (e.g., Dan Smoot, ex-FBI),Hollywood actors (e.g. Walter Brennan), musicians, academics, WFBuckley's "Young Americans for Freedom," The Bible-Science Association, and "Liberty Lobby." Featured also were religious schools and institutions (e.g., Bob Jones U, Shelton College), "Christian Crusade" (i.e., Billy James Hargis)and a significant presense of Mormons -- Christian and Mormon "End-timers," predominantly.

The JBS slogan, "Will you be free in '73?" was everywhere.

We evangelical Christians had great fun debating the Mormon Missionaries sent to this event to promote that book written by Joseph Smith.

A bumper sticker booth at "The Rally", 1970 (no, that's not a picture of me)

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Bible Science Association

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I mentioned W. Cleon Skousen, author of the exposé-itory conservative tome: The Naked Communist, and a book widely advertised and promoted not only by JBS in their American Opinion and Review of the News publications but also prompted widely by Liberty Lobby and other alternative conservative publications sources.

A little history on Skousen from Wiki: by the way that is Willard Cleon Skousen for all those pointing up that aspect of Mitt's name,

"He was also a prolific popularizer among Latter-day Saints (Mormons) of their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society,[3] Skousen's works involved a wide range of subjects including the Six-Day War, Mormon eschatology, New World Order conspiracies, and parenting.[4] His most popular works are The 5,000 Year Leap and The Naked Communist. A book by Skousen on end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010, four years after his death.[5]

"In 1926, Skousen went to the Mormon colony, Colonia Juarez, Mexico for two years to help his seriously ill grandmother. While there, he attended the Juarez Academy. Skousen then returned to California, graduating from high school in 1930. At the age of 17 he traveled to Great Britain as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[7][8]"

Recall Mitt's father, Gov. George Romney. Wiki on George:

"Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child. The family lived in several states and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they struggled during the Great Depression. Romney worked in a number of jobs, served as a Mormon missionary in England and Scotland, and attended several colleges in the U.S. but did not graduate from any. The JBS/Skousen - Romney - Mexico - UK/Scotland Mormon Mission stuff is coincidental in a forensic sense and though short of absolute, definitive connection, one has to wonder what influences and interactions Mitt Romney of Belmont MA had with pre-Reagan conservatism.

Granted, even if there was a Skousen - George Romney connection going back to Mexico Mormonism and UK Mormaon Missions, George tended to tack to the "moderate" wing as opposed to the Goldwater wing. He did serve as Nixon's HUD Sec'y for a time.

That said, if someone like me was able to meet W. Cleon Skousen, is there a chance that Mitt Romney actually knew him and not just casually? By many accounts Mitt Romney was a leader in his Mormon faith walk - a church whose faith in many ways (some correct and some incorrect) affirms American supremacy? In many ways he was an active, not a casual participant in promoting what at its core espouses political and social conservatism.

So, I have written all that history not to say that I remember seeing Mitt Romney at the God Family and Country Rallies of the '60's and '70's almost all of which I attended for 11 years, but it is my guess that Mitt Romney should he rise to the US Presidency will be looked at by the American left as one who was a Trojan Horse in their midst.

Let me be very clear again: I am an evangelical Christian and staunch conservative from way back. This is not in any way an endorsement in any way of Mormonism as religion. Where conservatism and American supremacy is the issue we are allied with their conservative positions, though most of us are not aligned with them on religious terms. I knew that 40 years ago.

What I am saying is that if Mitt Romney is given the freedom to tack toward what is his core, and not placed in the position of doing only what he can with a 90% (D) legislature like he had as Governor of Massachusetts, I think we might all be surprised to see how much of a core conservatism might actually reside there.

FReegards!


80 posted on 05/10/2012 10:57:20 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: dfwgator

This SMELLS of direct opposition research handed straight from the DNC to the ComPost for printing.


81 posted on 05/10/2012 11:09:53 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Agamemnon
His residence in Belmont, MA from the late 1960's - 1970's is particularly coincidental. The John Birch Society was (and still is I believe) based in Belmont, MA.

They moved to Grand Chute or Appleton WI (Joseph McCarthy's hometown) in 1989. There's probably not much of them left in Belmont.

FWIW, just found out Robert Welch was a Baptist who became a Unitarian. Probably not much left of Welch in today's UUA either.

82 posted on 05/10/2012 11:10:57 AM PDT by x
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To: raulgomez05

They almost broadcasted Bush’s colonoscopy on the air.


83 posted on 05/10/2012 11:18:27 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: dfwgator

What’s up with Matt Drudge posting all this homo crap about Romney? I know Drudge is supposedly homosexual, but he needs to get a grip.


84 posted on 05/10/2012 11:21:38 AM PDT by DesertRenegade
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To: raulgomez05

Simply Amazing! In just several weeks, the Rancid Media has uncovered what Romney did one afternoon in high school. Yet, in 4 1/2 years, they have been unable to uncover one single Obama record of anything!


85 posted on 05/10/2012 11:21:46 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: massgopguy
There seemed to have been a picture connected to that story, but the picture was shown to have been photo shopped, just like everything else in the lying fraud's life and profile. Filthy scumbag he is.
86 posted on 05/10/2012 11:27:54 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: raulgomez05

So the Obama campaign theme last week was women and this week it’s gays? Nice timing, Washington Post. I have no respect or love of Romney but this is propaganda timed to support Obama’s presidential campaign.


87 posted on 05/10/2012 11:30:43 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: Agamemnon
Okay, but where was the "Don't let them immanentize the eschaton" bumber sticker?
88 posted on 05/10/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Rush: If Ward Churchill had a daughter, sheÂ’d look like Elizabeth Warren.)
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To: raulgomez05

Hmmmmm, so they can actually investigate what romney did back in ‘65 but for some reason they can’t go back to ‘61 to find the mysterious birth certificate, interesting.


89 posted on 05/10/2012 11:51:01 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Agamemnon

Please take me off of your anti-Romney ping list.


90 posted on 05/10/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Agamemnon

One other point that occurs to me — Mittens had to organize a posse to back him up. Even back then, he was too spineless to confront somebody face-to-face like a man.


91 posted on 05/10/2012 1:23:21 PM PDT by torchy
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To: Agamemnon
A followup:
Phillip Maxwell, an attorney in Michigan, confirmed to CBS News that the incident with John Lauber is accurately described in The Washington Post piece. Maxwell was one of the Post's four on-the-record sources. A fifth asked not to be named. Maxwell says the only thing not accurate is that the Post reporter said the incident occurred in a dorm room, but it happened in a common room.

"Mitt was a prankster, there's no doubt about it. This thing with Lauber wasn't a prank. This was, well, as a lawyer, it was an assault. It was an assault and a battery. And I'm sure that John Lauber carried it with him for the rest of his life," Maxwell told CBS News.


92 posted on 05/10/2012 1:36:03 PM PDT by torchy
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To: torchy
A further account:
One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s -- who refused to be identified by name -- said there are "a lot of guys" who went to Cranbrook who have "really negative memories" of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as "like Lord of the Flies."

93 posted on 05/10/2012 1:38:24 PM PDT by torchy
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To: raulgomez05

Oh, Romney was a bully prick in high school?? I’m shocked...just shocked.


94 posted on 05/10/2012 3:22:00 PM PDT by BearArms
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To: raulgomez05

Everything we learn about Romney reveals the arrogance of privilege, it is shocking to learn that it could also be so violent, and demeaning.


95 posted on 05/10/2012 3:39:06 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Obama, Romney,"Eurasia" "Eastasia" "Oceania" I can't keep up with the players anymore.)
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To: torchy
"Certainly all of us who were involved in it have very distinct memories of it. I would think if you were the perpetrator your memories would be even sharper," Maxwell added.

Unless I'm reading this incorrectly, this guy Maxwell was involved in the incident but somehow thinks his hands are clean but Romney's aren't?

96 posted on 05/10/2012 3:53:15 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: raulgomez05

“most electable” bump


97 posted on 05/10/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT by Dajjal ("I'm not concerned about the very poor." -- severely conservative Mitt 'Etch-A-Sketch' Rmoney)
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To: ansel12
Everything we learn about Romney reveals the arrogance of privilege, it is shocking to learn that it could also be so violent, and demeaning.

Do you believe everything that the WP pushes down your throat?

Can you say AGENDA? Give it a try, you can do it.

98 posted on 05/10/2012 6:42:53 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Irish Eyes

Romney has denied that he did this?


99 posted on 05/10/2012 7:20:25 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Obama, Romney,"Eurasia" "Eastasia" "Oceania" I can't keep up with the players anymore.)
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To: CaptainK

torchy is gone. Any idea why?


100 posted on 05/10/2012 7:33:32 PM PDT by fml
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