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Romney’s denials about homophobic assault are despicable
NY ALTNEWS ^ | 05/10/2012 | Cliff Weathers

Posted on 05/10/2012 12:10:38 PM PDT by presidio9

There may be a good reason voters can’t get a good bead on Mitt Romney. And it may be because the real Romney has a troubled, sadistic history. High School classmates of Romney recall an incident that’s disturbing to its core. Romney, then a popular senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan, disapproved of classmate John Lauber’s long, blond locks, which Romney allegedly took as a clue that Lauber was a homosexual. So Romney assembled a posse of bullies and held the boy down and brutally chopped off his hair.

“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.

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.

Today, Romney’s actions would be considered a hate crime. The assault itself is a felony.

So is Mitt Romney sorry for his actions 47 years ago? Nope, unlike five of his classmates, the Republican presidential candidate has no recollection of assaulting Lauber. His campaign team put out this statement:

… the former Massachusetts governor has no recollection of the incident.

Why would Mitt Romney not remember straddling another boy and savagely cutting off his hair? Because the event meant nothing to Romney. Lauber was beneath his contempt. He wasn’t human to the young Romney.

But won’t voters find it disturbing is that five classmates vividly recall the event, but Romney doesn’t? Uh oh, time for shake the Romney Etch-A-Sketch…. Oh that brutal attack? It appears Mitt does remember assaulting Lauber, but…

I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.

And he still hasn’t apologized.

Also Romney is trying to claim that rampant homophobia didn’t exist in the 1960s? Perhaps that’s why it was so easy for homosexual men to come out back then. You better try again Mitt, you’re getting caught in yet another deep, disturbing lie.

Romney’s actions may be decades old, but they highlight a current problem among the Republican Party: Bullying is an acceptable form of punishment to quell dissent and non-conformity. From Ray Kelly’s spying on Muslims and brutal treatment of peaceful Occupy Wall Street voters to Rush Limbaugh’s labeling of independent women as “feminazis,” “sluts,” and “prostitutes,” the GOP has bcome vile, mean, and intolerant at its core.

Lauber died in 2004, so it is too late for Mitt Romney to apologize to him, but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t apologize to the public for his actions. As a bullied child myself, I find Romney’s actions in 1965 to be beyond contempt. The emotional scars I bear from the bullying and assaults I had to endure during my teenage years still haunt me.I remember my attackers gleeful faces as they heckled and assaulted me. I remember the names they called me, I remember feeling the spit on my cheek, I remember the punches they threw, I remember the helplessness I felt. There are millions of people like me, we were the “retards,” the “fags,” the “geeks,” and the “losers.” You see, it doesn’t matter to us whether Lauber was gay or not. It also doesn’t matter that Romney didn’t attack him for being gay. What matters is that Lauber was physically assaulted for being different, for being subhuman, to being on a lower social stratus than a scion of wealth and affluence.

I have never received an apologies from the bullies that made my life hell. Today, one of them even denies the events ever happened. To me, this only heightens my contempt for bullies; when caught, they feel it’s acceptable for them to dismiss the event. It either didn’t occur or didn’t matter. My contempt for bullying has only grown because of this. And now, I have a new-found contempt for Mitt Romney, America’s lead bully. And his denying the significance of such an event is just as despicable as the assault.


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To: FlipWilson
When I got my first job back in 1974, I received a letter in the mail from the employer. It explained that before I showed up for work I had to have a haircut, and proper attire. The employer explained that they expected a certain standard of appearance and behavior.

That was the requirement for $2.15 per hour...............and a job. Funny I never felt bullied?

51 posted on 05/10/2012 12:41:09 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Shearing hippies was evidently a fairly popular pass time in that era, especially in Rocky Mountain ranching towns.

Yup!

52 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: presidio9

Barack Obama had drug fuled sexual encounter with a man and the media is silent.

Barack Obama called patriotic Americans “teabaggers” as a homophobic slur and the media is silent.

Identity politics only matters when you serve The Party.

The Occupant of the White House associated with a known traitor and terrorist and the media said “big whoop”.

The Occupant of the White House sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years and the media said “big whoop”.

I don’t give a fig about this “controversy”.

The Media needs to grow up.


53 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: edcoil
Tell me this is not a coordinated attack.

Right out of the Fluke playbook.

54 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:54 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: presidio9

>>As a bullied child myself<<

This is precisely why this guy is a leftist. He’s equated bullying with conservatism, for some very stupid reason. This is his revenge: trying to bully conservatives — or rather, people from being conservative. Again, for some stupid reason, it never dawned on this guy that if bullying is wrong, its wrong for everyone. But he has no problem with name calling people he doesn’t like or agree with.

Its no more complicated than that.


55 posted on 05/10/2012 12:43:08 PM PDT by 1L
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To: Sirius Lee

Please, please let there be a brokered convention.”

OK, let’s nominate someone else .... who will be attacked on the basis of some BS story from 4 decades ago (Bush DUI/AWOL, Gingrich divorcing cancer patient, Perry’s racist rock, etc.)
The pattern of media pulling BS stories to attack GOP candidates while ignoring Obama’s whole life story is so typical ... and so lame.


56 posted on 05/10/2012 12:43:37 PM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: Yaelle
Not so likely as you say.

I am not a Romney supporter, I wanted Newt very badly to be the nominee. However, A statement of complete denial about anything is not a good idea. It leaves one too open to an attack!

I would DEMAND that Obama release his entire set of records before I released anything else. I am certain that there is no record of this incident in Romney's records at school.

Romney was an undergraduate at BYU and a Post Graduate of the JD and MBA programs at Harvard. I highly doubt someone with a record of assault would be admitted to these schools, even with a wealthy father!

I also thought about it, And couldn't care less.

Also I had instances of being bullied in school, as well as having incidences of ‘correcting’ more than one bullies attitude in the past.

This entire anti-bullying BS is a direct result of the pusification of the country. People should consider having more children. Nothing like a big brother to help dissuade a bully!

57 posted on 05/10/2012 12:43:42 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: dennisw

50 years ago the seniors would shave the freshmens head.


58 posted on 05/10/2012 12:44:12 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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“brutal treatment of peaceful Occupy Wall Street voters”

Shut up.
Just shut up.


59 posted on 05/10/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: presidio9

Our president took cocaine.


60 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - MLK Jr.)
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To: a fool in paradise

They should have seen what the Army did to my hair in 1969.


61 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:46 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Shimmer1

And ate dog...


62 posted on 05/10/2012 12:47:51 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Jim from C-Town; beandog

i feel like I am forced to vote for him in Nov but he seems to be a rival a-h to Obama.

And I don’t think bullying is good for kids or necessary.


63 posted on 05/10/2012 12:49:11 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: presidio9
.. it's even more horrible. Presidential candidate George Romney visited Viet Nam in 1968. Not widely known is that Mitt Romney (probably 20 or 21 at the time) went with him.

The senior Romney asked "special favors" for his son and for himself. They wanted to be "special rangers" was the term the elder Romney used. The military first checked with Washington and was ordered to assist the Romneys.

Here's how one who served in Viet Nam described to a Senate subcommittee what the Romneys did to Vietnamese villagers.

Both father and son have

"raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam . . . ."

My emphasis. They first tied the dogs to the tops of military vehicles, others said.

64 posted on 05/10/2012 12:51:22 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Williams
Just heard the media admits they “held” this story till now.

When the news broke of GW Bush's DWI arrest on the eve of the election, it clearly cost him some votes.

Al Gore Junior brags that he got the popular vote in 2000. He got 0.51% more votes, a half a percent.

Bush would've taken the popular vote as well if the story had aired in time for the public to accept the news and factor in decades of subsequent behavior.

65 posted on 05/10/2012 12:53:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: presidio9
This is the writer, Cliff Weathers...

No wonder he whines so much, what a douche.

66 posted on 05/10/2012 12:55:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: FlipWilson

Obama like eating wieners and I don’t mean the dogs. Although I’m sure that would be true too.


67 posted on 05/10/2012 12:55:22 PM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: presidio9

These leftist attacks make Romney more appealing to the conservatives. Bad move on their part.

Homosexuals are 2% of the population and maybe 25% of the population are homosexual sympathizers. Does not make sense to attack the other 73% who are predisposed to align themselves with a “straight” guy.


68 posted on 05/10/2012 12:56:40 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Ironfocus

They also insist that there isn’t a culture war against Christians.

Stalinists lie. Always.


69 posted on 05/10/2012 12:57:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
These leftist attacks make Romney more appealing to the conservatives. Bad move on their part.

Exactly....what hurts Romney is when people like Jimmy Carter say that they would be comfortable with a Romney Presidency....they are making a big mistake by taking this route.

70 posted on 05/10/2012 12:59:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: albie
He’s so busy beatin up fags and cuttin their hair

Just after I got into the military, an E-6 trapped an E-4 with a hippie hair style and cut it at annual training. Charged him $.25 to be withing regulations.

71 posted on 05/10/2012 1:02:50 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: dennisw

I see the silliness of trying to use this as an election “gotcha”, although this kind of Greg Marmalard-type incident fits right in with Romney’s character, so I don’t defend it.

You cleared up something for me, though. Bullying was commonplace when I was a kid, but not one kid ever killed themselves because of it. It must be because they’re so coddled and indulged now that they just can’t handle it.


72 posted on 05/10/2012 1:03:21 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: smoothsailing

He looks like a Sleestack.


73 posted on 05/10/2012 1:05:23 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: presidio9

I was bullied horribly in camp and in school. I got over it. To call what Mittens did to this kid “vicious”, “violent” or “assault” is just silly and stupid.


74 posted on 05/10/2012 1:05:45 PM PDT by montag813
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To: CatherineofAragon

Does WaPo Know Obama Shoved a Little Girl?
Breitbart.com ^ | 5/10/12 | John Nolte
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2882239/posts
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:57:54 PM by ColdOne

If we’re going to delve deep into a candidate’s past, let’s delve deep into a candidate’s past.

Here’s Obama in his own words admitting to physically shoving a little girl named Coretta.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


75 posted on 05/10/2012 1:06:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m sorry, are you posting this to me for a reason?


76 posted on 05/10/2012 1:08:21 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: presidio9

“All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.”

BWAHAHAHAHA

I love articles like this though. It shows how desperate Obama is getting.


77 posted on 05/10/2012 1:08:36 PM PDT by Dragonspirit (Always remember President Token won only by defecting on his CFR pledge.)
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To: dennisw
No way was this John Lauber traumatized by having his hair cut by some boys. He may have even adjusted his attitude for the better

The ONLY reason we are hearing about this at ALL is because Lauber is DEAD. Were he alive they couldn't slander him by saying he was a homosexual.

78 posted on 05/10/2012 1:09:36 PM PDT by montag813
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Next we're gonna hear about how Romney and Moroni nuked that most cosmopolitan of cities: Sodom itself!
79 posted on 05/10/2012 1:12:17 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: presidio9

The vice-principal in my highschool 1972 routinely shanghied long-haired students and took them to the barber himself...with no permission from parents. It was a public school - no particular dress code. He just wasn’t gonna have his students look like “bums, hippies, or queers”.
Didn’t bother us at all. The vice-principal was wildly popular with students and parents alike. Firm but fair -in those days.


80 posted on 05/10/2012 1:12:34 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: FlipWilson
Obama likes kittens and puppies for dinner.

According to Obama's "autobiography" (ghost written by William Ayers), over 10 years after Romney allegedly picked on another student, Obama bullied a little girl and sucker-punched a 7th grade boy and made him cry.

81 posted on 05/10/2012 1:12:41 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Sometimes the so-called fag-haters get it wrong and they hate to be proven wrong. They’re probably also fag pet-haters but then they get that wrong too. LMAO!


82 posted on 05/10/2012 1:16:44 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: presidio9

Not a Romney fan at all but this is all the media can hork up on him? Seriously? If they’d put half of this effort in to Obama’s transcripts or birth certificate we wouldn’t have waffles in the White House! This is going to be an excruciatingly long summer and fall.


83 posted on 05/10/2012 1:21:00 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: Sirius Lee
"As a senior in H.S. a couple of friends of mine and I held them down and cut their hair off while they cried. We laughed and laughed because they were so humiliated in front of everyone as they ran off, head all chopped up with bald spots..."

You did this to girls as a senior in High School? How long ago was this?

84 posted on 05/10/2012 1:29:00 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: presidio9

I’m old enough to remember what the typical young straight male’s attitude toward homosexuality was in 1965. Repugnance mounting to loathing would not be too strong a term for it. This was the mainstream point of view. The act itself was illegal everywhere in the USA. Was 17-year-old Mormon Mitt Romney supposed to jump in his time machine, dial up 2012 AD, learn the new standard of tolerance, and return to 1965 to spread the word among his benighted brethren?

Gimme a break.


85 posted on 05/10/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Yaelle

“He seems to be quite an insensitive person, with a very healthy ego. This would not be my psychological profile for a good president.”

Good points. And those observations are no doubt based on more recent comments and actions. But reinforced with this act as a senior in High School.

OTOH, if we had any recollections from anybody on obama’s youth we would probably see similar things.

We are soooo screwed. But we will live to fight again.


86 posted on 05/10/2012 1:31:32 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: dfwgator

Obama’s strategy is to stir up a gay marriage fight so he doesn’t have to talk about the economy.


87 posted on 05/10/2012 1:34:31 PM PDT by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: Yaelle

“He seems to be quite an insensitive person, with a very healthy ego. This would not be my psychological profile for a good president.”

Obama appears to be of much higher character. If you’re a moron.


88 posted on 05/10/2012 1:35:21 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Anyone who thinks we can sit home, then survive four more years of Obama, is a damned fool.)
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To: MrB

nodding. That too


89 posted on 05/10/2012 1:38:38 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - MLK Jr.)
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To: Nextrush
Obama’s strategy is to stir up a gay marriage fight so he doesn’t have to talk about the economy.

"Look at the monkey. Look at the silly monkey."

90 posted on 05/10/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: presidio9

I hit Jeff Smith in the nose,

It was 1963

I was 12

Im sorry


91 posted on 05/10/2012 1:39:50 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: presidio9

Cliffy, I frolic happily in a pool of your bitter tears.
Mean ol bully republikans. /s


92 posted on 05/10/2012 1:42:24 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Nextrush
Obama’s strategy is to stir up a gay marriage fight so he doesn’t have to talk about the economy.

If so, the strategy will backfire. 0bama will energize social conservatives, who will turn out in large numbers at the polls. I hope 0bama clings to such a foolish strategy.

93 posted on 05/10/2012 1:44:04 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: presidio9

Why can’t someone find us some of Barry’s high school or college buddies who can tell us all how he wuz savin’ the whales......


94 posted on 05/10/2012 1:48:16 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: presidio9

Why don’t any of 0bama’s classmates remember him? 0bviously composite girlfriends can’t come forward but there must have been some actual people around him in his life.


95 posted on 05/10/2012 1:54:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: dfwgator
These bastards are going to force us to rally around Mitt, and that sucks.

Nah, just get some popcorn and watch these socialist rip each other apart. Cat fight!

96 posted on 05/10/2012 1:56:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Yaelle
Anybody that goes through life without being bullied is a rarity.

Being bullied is part of life's initiation. If you are never bullied you are unlikely to build a character. The anti-bullies are among the greatest bullies of all time.

‘Ata Girl’ is not bullying somebody!

97 posted on 05/10/2012 1:57:05 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: blackdog
The communists who support 0bama will stop at nothing to see that he is re-elected.

And the GOP establishment, along with ridiculous numbers of average GOP voters, have fomented this severely flawed candidate upon us, a candidate whom we are supposed to vote for in the general.

I hope, once all the votes are counted, that the national GOP and its foolish, "go along to get along" Republican primary voters, are proud of themselves.

We are faced with an incredibly weak Democratic incumbent, and Romney (who in addition to everything else is a Mormon cultist) is the best the GOP could nominate to oppose him? The GOP deserves to lose, as do the idiotic primary voters who helped nominate Romney.

This is an absolute debacle for the party of Lincoln, and my only solace is the fact the Sarah Palin will be elected President in 2016 as a result of this asinine choice the GOP has made in 2012. And we can't just blame the GOP elite: it is the GOP primary voters throughout the country who have virtually ensured this outcome.

At least if (when?) 0bama wins, we will only have *8* years of straight socialism, as opposed to the *12* years of it which is guaranteed if Romney were to somehow win. Think about it: either 0bama for 8 years followed by someone like Palin, or 0bama (4 years) and either Romney for 8, or Romney (4 years) plus a Democrat for at least another 4.

Realistically speaking, 0bama's reelection actually insures only *8* years of socialism, as opposed to *12* guaranteed as the result of a Romney election in 2012.

Is there anyone on this forum who thinks that Romney is not a socialist? (see Romneycare and it's ugly stepchild 0bamacare, just for starters)

0bamacare is not a debatable issue in this election cycle. Does anyone grasp the import of this? 0bamacare (the one issue which could guarantee 0bama's defeat) is not a debatable issue in this election cycle.

We are so far beyond f----d, that it takes the light from f----d a million years to reach us...

98 posted on 05/10/2012 2:08:37 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: presidio9

If more people had stood up to the countercultural freaks in 1965 we wouldn’t be in so much trouble now.


99 posted on 05/10/2012 2:32:17 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: MrB
I really don't care what he looks like, but I bet his shoes and purse always match.
100 posted on 05/10/2012 2:46:50 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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