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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:28 PM
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E-mails undermine Reed claim (Ralph's political career closer to ending?)
Hopefully good news for us in Georgia, and possibly the country since the little tool has Presidential aspirations.
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Ralph Reed has said he didn't know it until last year, but emails suggest he was informed that eLot a firm then in the online lottery business was behind his effort to fend off a ban against internet gambling in 2000.

The e-mails passed between Reed and Jack Abramoff, the now disgraced Washington lobbyist. Abramoff was lobbying for eLot Inc. of Connecticut, parent company of eLottery Inc., against a bill in Congress that would have banned most online betting. ELottery opposed the bill because it wanted to help states sell tickets online.

Reed, a lifelong opponent of gambling, said last year that he did not know in 2000 he was actually working on behalf of eLottery.

But e-mails obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show Reed was offered the name of the company at the beginning of his involvement in the campaign, in May 2000. The e-mails emerged as dozens of federal investigators have increased their focus on events surrounding the defeat of the Internet gaming ban.

Abramoff included the company's name referring to "the elot project" in an e-mail he forwarded to Reed, as the two worked out details of Reed's contract for the campaign.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/0304metr...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:29 PM
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1. now that tickles my funny bone.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:32 PM
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2. I certainly hope this is the beginning of Ralphie's
prison career.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:40 PM
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6. Is he under indictment?
If he's not, there's something very wrong with the investigation.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:34 PM
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13. in the moment he is a "free" man
marked, but free
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:48 PM
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21. How can a Fundie "find God" while in prison?
Maybe he'll become an atheist behind bars.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:34 PM
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3. Ooooh, I do hope they dethrone this underhanded sneak!
I don't care if he wants to work against gambling. That's his choice. But I know, back behind the scenes and under the table, Ralphie has been doing all kind of things he wants to keep hidden from scrutiny. It's the damn dishonesty that really gripes me!

I hope the Abramoff connection sinks Ralphie, and a whole lot of other two faced scam artists!
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Kingshakabobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:35 PM
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4. E-lot? Oh, I thought you said Lot! n/t
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:37 PM
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5. Couldn't happen to a finer religious nutcake. nt
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:44 PM
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7. Suck on it, Ralph.
Your god is Mammon, and I hope it eats you.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:47 PM
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8. Reed is another one who should spend 8 years in a federal penitentiary.
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NoodleyAppendage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:09 PM
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9. Reed will survive by playing the "God card" for the unquestioning Xtians.
In Reed's district, just being a "good Xtian" is good enough to clear one of anything short of murder or child molestation. If their church supports him, then they will unquestioningly vote for the scumbag. Southern Xtian fundies are no better than lemmings.

JB
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biscotti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:13 PM
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10. I have despised
this little weasel since the early 90's. He was propped up as some kind of saintly creature by the likes of wretched Robertson, Falwell etc. despicable in their on right. I have been lying in wait of him getting his just dues.
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:34 PM
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12. I agree.
The sooner this blight on the state of Georgia is in prison the better.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:34 PM
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29. Yes, he's been a free man way too long.
--IMM
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anitar1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:12 AM
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22. Same here. For some reason I have loathed him
from the beginning of his career. When he set up the "Christian Coalition" I knew he was a money grubbing oportunist who saw his chance. But with his choirboy looks he was able to sucker the fundies. Reed's one aim was to build a fortune and gain more power.Robertson and his ilk loved Ralphies ability to bring in more $$$ for them.
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f-bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:33 PM
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11. God I hope so! What a hypocritical pig!
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:59 PM
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14. woohoo! + I clicked thru to AJC to register a pageview for site traffic
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:13 PM
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15. Oh Happy Day! Ralphy is going love prison where he can run for...
...a different "position," #1 Girlfriend (I'm keeping the language civil, but you know the word, it starts with "B" and ends with an "itch") :evilgrin:
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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:41 PM
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31. self delete
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 04:48 PM by Submariner
I went sailor for a moment and had to delete so as not to offend.
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young_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:37 PM
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16. "Stealth"........ Ralph's favorite name is no longer needed!
He has always prided himself as a "behind-the-scenes" operative and when a camera is present the Tom DeLay-type smile is automatic. I pray that his political "career" is over. If anyone deserved to be dethroned, it's him!!!
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:44 PM
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17. Ralph Reed - another RW lying murderer.
These people are psychotic freaks who can't stop lying and disgracing themselves.
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Cerebral_Assassin Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:21 PM
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18. Say it with me...
"I did not... have... financial relations with that company...eLOt."

It's a classic case of what those in OT (Operating Theopublican) Level 10 know as the "Reagan Defense."

Say you're a Republican faced with legal troubles because you did something kooky, like, oh..I don't know....sell arms to Iranian terrorists in exchange for handsome profits that you then funnelled to an illegal war in Central America (where DO I come up with this stuff??). Well, you can just tell people:

"I just didn't know."

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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:37 PM
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30. How about, "I f o r g o t !"
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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:34 PM
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19. Until the GOP's political machine is dismantled beyond repair..
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 06:36 PM by ReadTomPaine
he's not going anywhere. It would have to be a mighty big bus bearing down on the GOP for the party insiders to think about tossing Reed underneath it. He's too well connected and too talented as a political knife-man to let anything like ethical problems or crime stop his ascent.

We'll be seeing Ralphy boy for many years to come. Let's all hope I'm wrong on this one.

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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:39 PM
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20. Oh I bet the boys are going to love Ralphie


Bend over pretty boy.

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:21 PM
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27. EEEEWWW! "Bend over pretty boy." Yep, that's where he's headed.
Reminds me of that dismissive, diminishing statement bush made to some handsome Canadian government official, first-named Scott (to distinguish him from bush's own little pet Scott) - "you got a pretty face." Yep. Some big bubba in prison is going to be saying much the same thing to dear darling little ralphie. It would be fitting punishment for the lying, sneaking, cheating, underhanded, backstabbing, conniving, scheming shit he's been up to for - what - a couple of decades now?

We had a guy out here in California who reminds me of li'l ralphie: mike curb (he of the Mike Curb Congregation - big-ass "Up With People"-style choral group). He was a record industry type with delusions of grandeur and greater success in politics. He got as high as lieutenant governor under Jerry Brown, but went no higher (thank GOD!). Once he arrived on that stage, he made consistent blunders enough to reveal his Dark-Sider agenda, and his political aspirations got short-circuited. He had one of those pretty-faced clean-cut choir-boy type looks, too.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 05:01 AM
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23. good news!!
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Piscis Austrinus Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:41 PM
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24. Hmmm. Wolf in sheep's clothing
I hope this man has a Bible in prison. Maybe he'll read it and actually understand what it says, instead of using it to beat on people, or enrich his financial position.

One of the prime tenets of being a Christian is to be (paraphrased) as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. He seems to have the serpent part down. But there is no way you will ever convince me that this guy really believes the ideals he purports to espouse, or he would never, ever, ever be caught in cahoots with someone like Jack Abramoff. Or any of his ilk.

Peace
PsA
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Secular Agent Man Donating Member (229 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:08 PM
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25. So he was against gambling before he was for it ;-)
Hey Ralphie, been hangin' around that Bill Bennett guy a little too much? :shrug:
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:12 PM
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26. elot of Conn?...Hmmmm...any connection to Lieberman as well?
This one would be a great catch as well!
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antonialee839 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:30 PM
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28. Maybe Jesus has had enough of Ralph.
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