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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:29 PM
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Bush 'the king' blows $50m on coronation
President's lavish inauguration is 'obscene' when US troops are dying in Iraq war, say critics


It will be one of the biggest parties in American history, but half of the country will be left out. With a price tag of up to $50 million, President George W Bush's inauguration in 11 days' time will be an unashamed celebration of Red America's victory over Blue America in last November's election.

It is going to be the most expensive, most security-obsessed event in the history of Washington DC. An army of 10,000 police, secret service officers and FBI agents will patrol the capital for four days of massive celebrations that some critics have derided as reminiscent of the lavish shindigs thrown by Louis XIV, France's extravagant Sun King.

More than 150,000 people, nearly all Republicans whose tickets are a reward for election work, will pack the Mall to hear Bush take his oath of office on 20 January. There will be nine official balls, countless unofficial ones, parades and a concert hosted by Bush's daughters, Jenna and Barbara.

(snip)

Many observers say it is all too much. 'We have elected a President who seems to have quite a monarchical role. It is a bit of a coronation,' said Larry Haas, a former official in Bill Clinton's White House.

more
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1386231,00....
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:34 PM
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1. *ggrrrrrrr*
i'd mention how he's low class trash, but that would be overly insulting to low class trash.
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eyeontheprize Donating Member (331 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:43 PM
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2. Even snakes need something to look down upon. nt
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:56 PM
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3. Thursday the 20th is just another day as far as I'm concerned
I will be ignoring all these rich people's parties in Washington D.C. on that day.

I'll probably have to stay away from DU on the 20th too because surely there will be some people who insist on giving us 5 minute updates on what's happening.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:05 PM
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8. Hey, have a party, we are. It's the beginning of the end for
these criminals.

You can't sit on 37 different felonies forever.
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serryjw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:27 PM
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47. 37 different felonies
Please start a new thread with a list of all the current 'investigations'/felonies.....would love an update
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FourStarDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:59 PM
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4. We should rename it Black Thursday, or Chimp Crowning Day,
I wouldn't be surprised if the price tag tops $80 million before it's all over.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 10:30 AM
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37. I've been using
Coronation of His Royal Fraudulency.
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spooked Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:28 PM
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63. Chimp Crowning Day...works for me
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FourStarDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 04:08 PM
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65. nice pic! n/t
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:59 PM
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5. He still does not get it.
With S.E. Asia in ruins, Iraq a hell hole, the economy in the tank, and
he has to know at least 25% of the country is onto his rigged election
he is going for the all out ego trip.

Very Christian.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:03 PM
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6. It's gross as possible, but the up side, also removed from the
reality most people live with. Good. Easier to fight.

Let him go the whole nine yards. He'll never recover.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:03 PM
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7. Disgusting
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:10 PM
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9. Like someone else on DU said
I want pictures, pictures, pictures, constant coverage, I want pictures of bush et al eating caviar, drinking incredibly expensive champagne and all that wired out to the rest of the entire world, put side by side with pictures of the tsunami devastation and the hellhole in Iraq our servicemembers are still dying in and Iraqis are still dying in.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:29 PM
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11. Exactly. They're reasoning is, people want to identify with
riches, with luxury.

And they may be right.

But their timing is as horrible as possible. Perfect.

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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:39 AM
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19. oh yes, if there is a just God, it will be beamed into every home
in America, 24/7s
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:42 AM
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21. Yep, just like Hunter Thompson said....
Wall to wall coverage.
Have to have it.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 05:02 PM
Response to Reply #21
68. Faux News
will sure show one side nonstop.
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:56 AM
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30. Hell, we could probably move a few blocks away for pictures of
people sleeping on metro vents to keep warm. Nice contrast, huh?

Maybe a handy list of what 50 million could do. How many people could be fed? Given homes? Taught to read?
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:19 PM
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10. Agree with poster
Bush shouldn't be extravagantly spending money and celebrating when our people and innocent Iraqis are dying. Check out www.icasualties.org .

It shows our deaths, Sunni's quiting the election panel, and our bombing an Iraqi home.

I will be wearing black on January 20,th.
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serryjw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:29 PM
Response to Reply #10
48. Armored plated Humvee's
How many can you get for $50 MILLION?
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:37 PM
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12. How much did he give to the earthquake victims? nt
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:04 AM
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14. $10,000 and that's NOT verified....
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:53 AM
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22. damn Cronus!
That is so disgusting and disturbing because it is true!

:grr:
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Ms_Mary Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:09 PM
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51. Somebody should put that on billboards. nt
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:09 AM
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18. On NOW, friday night.
The U.S. gave less than 1% of our income in total to foreign disaster victims last year. While I don't think we should give away the store, especially now, I do think that this is not something that should give us warm, fuzzy feelings of pride.
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:38 PM
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13. New slogan of the Bush Administration:
Let them eat cake!
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:55 AM
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15. I find this sentence interesting.....
"but half of the country will be left out"

Someone should tell them it's a tad more than half the country that will be left out.
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:25 AM
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27. I believe their official slogan is "Let them eat Prozac"
:scared:
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:01 PM
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61. Good one. n/t
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 04:56 AM
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16. I am appalled at the focus on the military
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 04:57 AM by Malva Zebrina
just appalled.

A president is being inaugurated and the main theme is the military--think about that. In effect, a volunteer army is Bush's private army. I am surprised he is not honoring the mercenaries also but the connection to corporatism would be too obvious I guess.

There are those who recoil at the word fascism, only because they are ignorant and believe that we are so lilly white, so fine a country, that calling Bush a fascist is akin to treason.
Fascism only happens in evil degenerate countries that are third world and far away,doncha know

Imagine, for $200,000 you can be treated like royalty of old--a private jet, a humvee to travel back and forth to all the parties, a butler and other ammenities for rich guests-and that is a bargain for a four day stay--only $50,000 a day!

The use of words by the Guardian is interesting--

"An army of 10,000 police, secret service officers and FBI agents will patrol the capital for four days of massive celebrations..."
.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 05:18 AM
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17. I'm so ashamed of my country.
I feel dirty living here. :(
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 10:20 AM
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35. How do they sleep at night?
It's obscene.
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 09:48 AM
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77. It's easy when you flat don't care about anybody but yourself
Case in point: In my paper today there was a LTTE from a college student who comes from a well-off part of town. He actually had the balls to argue that not everybody had the right to go to college and that Pell Grants should be eliminated because they constitute "evil patronage." IOW, some people just don't have the right to try to better their stations in life, namely low-income and minority students. Classism at its most obscene.

These are the people we're dealing with now, and most will be dancing the night away on Jan. 20, while the rest of us wonder what tomorrow will bring. The question becomes, then, "How do WE sleep at night?"
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:40 AM
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20. Here's why Jeb had to come home early from the "Jeb 08 Tsunami Tour"
....he had to be home on Thursday night to have his picture taken with the royal family at Pappy 'n' Bar's anniversary party.

PRIORITIES. Jebby HAD his photo op, so why not let Colin finish up by himself? Was the purpose of that visit to HELP, or to be SEEN?

PRIORITIES. Bush was "re-elected" with a MANDATE, wasn't he? And what better way to celebrate a mandate than by throwing a $50 million party in your own honor?

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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:58 AM
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23. Is boosh** wearing his
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 07:06 AM by Buns_of_Fire
OFFICIAL pResidential cowboy boots (with the OFFICIAL Presidential Seal on them) in that picture? Or are we seeing a glimpse of the OFFICIAL pResidental white socks peeking out from under the OFFICIAL pResidential Oxxford suit?

Either way, I'm sure glad the weecowboy brought HONOR and DIGNITUDE back to the White House! You bet! Yup, yup. :eyes:

(On edit: At least his booties appear to be black, not brown, this time. Laura must've dressed him -- of course, "dressing" the Classless Commander is still like gilding a Texas-sized meadow muffin.

P.S. Yes, I said "gilding," not "gelding," although...)
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:59 AM
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33. RE: photo
:puke:
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jokerman93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 11:08 AM
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38. A Brood of Grotesques
The Chimpking is sitting there looking like PeeWee Herman in those stupid boots and high-risers. I'll bet he fills those li'l ol' booties with Vaseline and jus' smooshes his toes all around in the mess. 'Cuz it's fun...

That picture looks like one of the photographs on the hotel wall in "The Shining".

Weird Days. Evil Days.
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onecent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:34 PM
Response to Reply #38
49. LOL You made me laugh so hard. I needed a laugh. n/t
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:45 PM
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45. WTH!!! Did the idiot in chief tuck his pants into his boots?
Or is he expecting a tsunami? (with white socks and side zip low boots?)

In any case, it looks like shit. He never grew out of his "I wanna be a cowboy" phase.

Another question, how many felony convictions in this line-up?
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:14 PM
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52. can someone blow up that photo a bit?
Isn't there a brother missing?
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:26 PM
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53. Here ya go ... what a creepy bunch of ghouls!
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:56 PM
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56. Is Neil in the BACK row?
Hahahaha!

Couldn't even make the front row in a roomful of crooks.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:44 PM
Response to Reply #20
54. The blond bush twin doesn't seem to be in that picture.
Hmmm.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:57 PM
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57. she's in the back row, I think
...toward the left.
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:01 AM
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24. FIFTY fucking million?!
The price tag for this shitfest goes up every time I look. By Wednesday, it should meet or exceed the gross domestic product of most European countries.

Fuck the Republicans and their King. Fuck them up their stupid asses.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:53 AM
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28. I wonder if that $50M covers security and clean up.
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 07:57 AM by TahitiNut
I seriously doubt it. I think the taxpayer bill will be huge. One might assume the tourism dollars will offset some of the costs to DC, but I'm sure the profits on those dollars will dwarf the public expense subsidies.

This country has lost any sense of ethics and equity to tolerate this orgy of greed and predation.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 11:13 AM
Response to Reply #28
39. Re: Clean up after the shitfest
There is no exit strategy
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 02:04 AM
Response to Reply #39
73. Actually,
I'm hoping the exit strategy includes impeachment. Unlikely, but a girl can dream, can't she?
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FlyByNight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:01 AM
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25. Hail Caesar!
I hate these inaugurations/coronations whether it's a Dem or Rep being honored. Can't they be toned down by a couple tens of millions of dollars? This is vulgar and crass.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:06 AM
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26. How long til the collapse of the Evil Empire??
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 07:55 AM
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29. I'll bet they'll all be wearing "Support Our Troops" ribbons
to show they really, truly care.

FUCKITY FUCKING FUCKERS!
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:32 AM
Response to Reply #29
32. Will they wear their 'Purple Heart' Band-Aids?
Ghoulish pus-bags! :grr:
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:13 AM
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31. My f'ing tax $$$ at work...
I want a refund. NOW. :grr:

Fucking bastards.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 09:17 AM
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34. My fucking taxes.
...A reward for election work. My fucking tax dollars.

...$50 million. Do you have any idea how much money that is to an NGO? A fucking SCHOOL!?!?!

I'm, clearly, livid.
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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 10:21 AM
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36. Well, well all know what happened to Louis XIV.

His wife thought the people might like some cake.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 11:22 AM
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41. Wrong Louis. Louis XVI was married to Marie. n/t
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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 01:45 AM
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72. I stand corrected.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 11:16 AM
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40. Disgusting
An abomination
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ally_sc Donating Member (238 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 11:54 AM
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42. another day to wear black...eom
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bajamary Donating Member (427 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:15 PM
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43. and we're paying
And we're paying for how much of this $50 million?

How obscene.


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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:58 PM
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50. good question
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:17 PM
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44. The "king" can blow me. n/t
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:21 PM
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46. Regarding the emphasis on the military - Will we see goose-stepping yet?
Heil Bush!

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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:01 PM
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59. delete
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 03:02 PM by themartyred
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:01 PM
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60. FOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSS
Kid Rock, who dates porn stars, has them perform on stage, and said in a 1990 song, that he'd pimp Barb Bush, has been asked to perform at the "Youth Concert"... The Christian "right" have been SCAMMED


FOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Thank Christ almighty, I haven't fallen in goosestep with them!
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Dead_Parrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:52 PM
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55. 330 Armored Hummers...
http://www.itrademarket.com/giscorp/51795

...Or a coronation. Difficult choice, I'm sure
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 02:05 AM
Response to Reply #55
74. No, when you are a sociopath
the choice isn't difficult at all.............
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:00 PM
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58. Keep on giving them rope, or a shovel. n/t
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spooked Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:26 PM
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62. SO MUCH to Celebrate
Not!

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:35 PM
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64. "turn your back on Bush Day"
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Santa Cruz Donating Member (20 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 04:16 PM
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66. The article
didn't come up for me. Is this money from donations, unaccounted for? What a pig,strange thing money.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 04:50 PM
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67. once again he is a big f***ing embarrassment to America
ASSHOLE
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 02:07 AM
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75. Once again?
I haven't seen a time when he hasn't been. Granted, there have been times of late when he's outdone himself in assholery, but overall, he's always an embarrassment.
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 05:18 PM
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69. "The Sun King." I like that.New Bush nickname!
i think it works!

pretty soon we riot in the streets over 'land, bread, liberty!"
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:32 PM
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70. how about "The Son King"?
After all, Poppy's cronies put him in there. And he mixes up the English language, too.
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:35 PM
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71. Sure! there's the "Son O' God" element too! n/t
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 09:38 AM
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76. It's obscene by ANY standard

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SKKY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 09:59 AM
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78. Let's see, 50 Mil on his inaguration, 235K to Armstrong Williams...
...to promote the Presidents underfunded "No Child Left Behind" program. Why is this not a bigger issue?
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