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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:15 PM
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Freedom's Watch to shut at end of month (Ari Fleischer's group runs out of money)
Source: WashTimes

The conservative political advocacy group, Freedom's Watch, is shutting down at the end of the month, after a year in which its main benefactor was financially battered by the current recession.

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But the board of directors, which includes former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and former Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler, has decided to shut it down completely, multiple sources said.

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The group's dependence on Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, one of the GOP's biggest donors, was in the end its undoing.

Only a year ago, Mr. Adelson was the third-richest man in America, with a net worth of $28 billion. Flush with cash, he was the driving force behind Freedom's Watch, which registered as a political lobbying group in September 2007.

Mr. Adelson's company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has since then lost 95 percent of its stock value, reaching a low of $2.89 a share in November, down from $122.96 a share one year ago.

Read more: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/08/freedoms-wa... /
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:16 PM
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1. Awwww
:nopity:

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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:18 PM
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2. How do you lose money on a CASINO?!?
I mean, I know it can be done, but seriously. Serves FW right.
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:06 PM
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11. The reason they are losing money is that no one is gambling in Vegas anymore. Casino's are hurting
bad from lack of patronage.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:37 PM
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20. Where ARE they gambling?
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MurrayDelph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:59 AM
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24. and the Sands Corporation
home of the Venetian, recently opened the neighboring Palazzo. So, he's aiming for the upscale market with a cheesy product, in a down economy.
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:21 PM
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29. Well, Donald Trump managed to do it...
The Donald dumped in casino bankruptcy

(The guy I occasionally do some work for idolizes The Donald. He wants to be just like him when he grows up. Unfortunately, unless he gets his financial house in order, I think he's going to do just that -- and he doesn't have the financial resources to recover as adroitly as his hero can... :shrug:)
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:18 PM
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3. About the only thing conservatives are consistently good at
is making up names of organizations they belong to which in no way reflect their evil, hateful fucking "values."
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:22 PM
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5. they are good at something else
losing big money by mismanaging businesses
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:22 PM
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4. Awww..
:applause:
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:30 PM
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6. Freedom may not be free
But watching freedom is apparently even more expensive. And Ari don't work for nothing. You're on your own, freedom.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:38 PM
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7. My day just got better
:toast:
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:40 PM
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8. Mel Sembler, a real sweetheart.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Sembler

Melvin Floyd Sembler (1930 - ) is the former United States Ambassador to Italy (2001 - 2005), and former ambassador to Australia and Nauru (1989-1993). He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Sembler Company, which develops and manages shopping centers, and co-founder of Straight, Inc., a controversial drug-treatment center. Sembler has been personally accused of being responsible for the claims of serious physical and psychological abuse that went on in his centers. Currently, Sembler serves as chairman of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust.<1>
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High Plains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 11:53 AM
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25. Straight, Inc. tortured teenagers in the name of drug rehab.
The Semblers are sleazy monsters.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:55 PM
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9. Good job, debunkers!
:kick:
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:05 PM
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10. Can you say "boo hoo" childen? I thought you could...
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:10 PM
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12. Oh, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How can this be? Gone? It's going to be GONE??? Just like that at the end of this month?

It's worse than a death. It's an execution, planned and carried out by those damn liberals who manipulate the stock market. Bill Clinton is behind this, you better believe it.

And we all know that Clinton takes his orders from Teddy Kennedy.

What am I gonna do? Who's going to protect our freedom if Freedom's Watch isn't there to keep us safe?

We are doomed. DOOMED, I tell you.

This is what happens when Democrats steal elections like they did in November. We all know that McCain/Palin really won, but, no, it'll never be told because the Tripartite Commission and the pro-abortionists won't let it be told.

I am aghast. I am bereft. I am legally insane.
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:11 PM
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13. Is there any more freedom to watch?
It's pretty much all disappeared.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:19 PM
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14. They watched it all the way down the tube.
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TheEuclideanOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:26 PM
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19. They watched freedom the way that a group of gangmembers watched
an innocent person get assaulted as they stood in a circle around the person.
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:26 PM
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15. Tough Shit
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:26 PM
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16. Looks like they forgot to wind up the Freedom Watch
Must've burned through a lotta cash.

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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:30 PM
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17. Freedom's Watch of its own downfall, has its own downfall.
ReSCUMlicans.
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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:26 PM
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18. Let them choke on some Freedom Fries as they drown their sorrows
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:03 PM
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21. One, two, three,
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!

:nopity: :nopity: :nopity: :nopity:
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:14 PM
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22. I've been looking for one good thing to come out of the meltdown. Maybe this is it.
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:20 AM
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23. Are they really shutting down? Olbermann Watch keeps saying it's going to
but then it doesn't. Could just be a publicity ploy.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:01 PM
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26. Another hidey-hole gets filled in.
One less place for * Gang members to hide between elections.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:13 PM
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27. Buh bye.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:35 PM
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28. he was the best liar Bush had as press secretary--an articulate, cold-blooded lizard
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