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SeanOhio Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:52 PM
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Dominos Pizza's Politics
I was ordering pizza last night and I suggested ordering Dominos. Several other people around me--whose politics I do not know--said not to because of Dominos/Dominos' executives political views. Does anyone know what these are? I did a web search and found the nearly every other pizza chain donates to right-wing causes (or in the case of the Godfather's Pizza, attempts to run for the Senate from Georgia). What do you know?
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:53 PM
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1. Right wing all the way
The former chairman was a pro-lifer, but I think they've gotten a new chairman. Still majorly right though.

FSC
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:56 PM
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7. I remember reading once
that their chairman was so extreme, he did not allow women working in the corporate offices to wear slacks to work. I believe the headquarters is in Michigan so that must have been real comfortable in the winter.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:59 PM
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9. I think I heard that...
about EDS when Perot was in charge. I think they just changed that policy within the last 10 years or so.

Scary isn't it?

FSC
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:54 PM
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2. Domino's-pubbie X-treme
like all other buisness
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:54 PM
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3. Winona Ryder goes on a rant about this in "Reality Bites"
Edited on Wed Mar-23-05 08:55 PM by jonnyblitz
about Domino's Pizza contributing to Operation Rescue.
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:17 PM
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22. Moved to Post Below
Edited on Wed Mar-23-05 10:18 PM by Anakin Skywalker
nt
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ryan_cats Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:24 AM
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36. Operation Rescue
That's it, I couldn't remember the name, just the front man, Randall Terry.
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apple_ridge Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:55 PM
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4. Big donors to Operation Rescue as I recall.
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kcass1954 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:52 PM
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20. I had heard that it was the National Right to Life Foundation...
but I could be mistaken. I haven't eaten Domino's since 1982, for that reason.

We don't even get pizza from the chains anymore - got tons of independents around here that make really great pizza!
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:55 PM
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5. They are all right wingers. Who else would have the gall to
charge so much for a buck's worth of dough, cheese and tomato sauce?

If there is a democratic pizza chain, please let me know.
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Chewy_dKos Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 11:35 AM
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44. My Brother
Runs a Fox's Pizza franchise in Wisconsin. I don't know about the top of the company itself, but at least his little part is Democratic all the way
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 05:57 PM
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48. I have a lot of family in Wisconsin, and will plug Fox's to them. n/t
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endor_moon Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:55 PM
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6. whatever their politics might be
their product is DISGUSTING.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:58 PM
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8. Agreed!
The last time we ordered from Dominos was about four years ago. We got a pizza for my teenager and her friend, who were babysitting my younger daughter. The pizza was so bad it almost made my husband vomit. Based on what he and the girls said, I wouldn't even try it. They were sick to their stomachs.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:02 PM
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12. Never had a Domino's pizza...
... that didn't have a hint of mold in the crust....

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Undercover Owl Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 08:59 PM
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10. yeah, it's a gut-bomb.
greasy, greasy.

Thank you for introducing a non-"Terri" topic!
:hug:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 10:50 AM
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42. Hi endor_moon!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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4morewars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:01 PM
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11. Firstly, the pizza sucks,
I don't even consider it pizza.

Politically, the guy is a right wing fundy nutjob. All these ten commandment in government building court cases are being funded by this guy. In fact, most of these, "oh, the poor x-tians are being persecuted" lawsuits are funded by this wacko. I will look for the link to their web site and post it here.

I wont even go in to how he exploits workers. Needless to say he's anti-worker.

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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:04 PM
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13. Tom Monaghan the former CEO
used to be a big contributor to Operation Rescue
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:06 AM
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33. I think he sold Dominoes.... but his endeavors include
starting his own rw "Catholic-based" law school.... where students would learn to follow the orthodoxy of the Church as a means for guiding their actions as future lawyers. He started it in Ann Arbor a number of years ago - don't know if it is still running.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 11:37 AM
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45. It still is running.
:eyes: and a :puke: for good measure.
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Extend a Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:08 PM
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14. a good site for checking
company politics is:

http://www.buyblue.org /

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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:09 PM
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15. The founder of Domino's in question...
... is named Tom Monahan, who also has the not-entirely-welcome distinction of being a former owner of the Detroit Tigers.

He's a Catholic with strong pro-life sentiments. There are some rumors he may have been a supporter of Operation Rescue, but that's not been established.

He does like to mix religion and business--he's founded a business roundtable group for Catholic CEOs.
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n2mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:14 PM
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16. Dominos is a laugh
they won't come to my house after dark because they must enter a gate to my yard. They claim there is not enough light. I have yard lights and turn on my entrance door light and garage light. No on else complains, but Domionos, don't know their problem.
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:28 PM
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17. didn't Tom Monaghan the former CEO start a right wing law school
in Michigan?
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catastrophicsuccess Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:39 PM
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18. Frank Meeks,
The franchise owner of most stores in Washington DC area, was extreme right wing, he even handed out rw talking points to employess. He was gay and recently died of AIDS.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:07 AM
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34. sad when poetic irony
ends in death. A Roy Cohn figure, so it seems.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 10:51 AM
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43. Hi catastrophicsuccess!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:46 PM
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19. I can't give you any specific information, but
I stopped eating Domino's Pizza many years ago when I heard they were anti gay. I have done the same for LL Bean.
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Melynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 09:58 PM
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21. I boycott Dominos because their pizza sucks
Now I find out that they are RWers. Good, a double play.
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:18 PM
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23. Rescue Future Pizza Eaters?
LOL! I can just imagine their reasoning now: "We can't afford to lose future pizza addicts!"
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:19 PM
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24. Chain Pizza Isn't the Best, Anyway.
Remember, these are FAST FOOD joints afterall.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:25 PM
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25. If you're at home...buy Boboli Crusts and make your own.
If you're not...anyplace But a Chain will give you better results. There's gotta be an Italian restaurant nearby making pizza.

:)
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RPM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:35 PM
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26. shitty pizza, worse politics
try something else
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freeplessinseattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 12:19 AM
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27. the cheapest ingredients, only pizza I've had I didn't like
except from the frozen foods aisle, and dominoes was still worse. I ordered it once when was craving pizza and thought 6 bucks was a good deal, but I threw the whole thing away after a couple bites, what a great deal that was. their cheese can't really be cheese, I don't know what it is, artificially flavored glue I think. so yeah I'm not surprised that they're RW.
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 08:07 AM
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28. don't know the politics of the current guy...
Edited on Thu Mar-24-05 08:13 AM by Scout
but right-wing fundie nut Tom Monaghan has moved on from pizza to the Ave Maria Catholic Law School.

He used to let employee Peter Thomason have time off work to picket and harrass women at the local women's health care clinics. PT would bring his teenage and young children with him ... the poor teenagers always looked horribly mortified at having to be there with their dad.

edit: oh yeah, the Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County NOW chapter exposed Tom Monaghan's almost single-handed funding of the drive to end medicaid funding for abortions in Michigan. He made his legal donations, then there were all these $1,000-$5,000 donations made by individuals with no visible source of income, living on Domino's farms property at "Father Pat's House." I don't remember all the details. This was back in the early 90s. The NOW chapter also organized and began the Boycott Domino's movement ... we had a great picketing of the headquarters, and the chapter president got an interview on McNeil-Lehrer News show.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 08:37 AM
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29. I read that one of the pizza guys is big into Opus Dei.
Maybe that's Papa John's?
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recoveringrepublican Donating Member (779 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 08:41 AM
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30. I'm not sure about the company's political leanings...BUT
Last year I was behind a Papa John's delivery person. He had a "drop bush not bombs" bumper stickers and one that had a evil picture of Bush with something like "the real terrorist". We both happen to pull into a gas station....so I told him I liked the stickers and was wondering if this boss gave him any problems over them....he said yes....but word from headquarters said to leave him alone....not sure if it's true just what the guy told me.
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recoveringrepublican Donating Member (779 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 08:44 AM
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31. Do you have any small local pizza joints?
we have several. With 3 of them I know the owners' names and was able to check their donations. 1 had no donations listed....another had a significant contributions to dems....and the last to repukes. Their pizza's are a million times better than the chains.

crap I'm on a diet and pizza is my worst enemy....thanks a lot! mmmmm
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GiovanniC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 08:45 AM
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32. Domino Farms, Just North of Ann Arbor, MI
Used to have these massive drive-thru Christmas lights displays. Sooo many lights, and absolutely beautiful, but it was like something off National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I went there one year with some people, and that's when I discovered how much of a pro-life, anti-gay, super-fundie organization Dominos was (is). I haven't ordered pizza from them since.
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 10:09 AM
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40. I used to work at Domino's HQ and was on the Xmas lights committee
That display was inspired by Jim and Tammy Baker's Heritage, USA, which immediately turned me off. THEN, when neighbors began objecting to the display because of the traffic Tom's suggestion was that we 'incorporate them into the display' and pay their electricity bills for that month. I hadn't worked there very long but couldn't let THAT go by without a response. I asked him, "Have you ever read The Great Gatsby?" (surprise, the answer was no). I said, "well the man who bought Gatsby's mansion offered to pay the property taxes of his neighbors for five years if they'd agree to thatch their roofs with straw to look like peasant cottages. They more or less ran him out of town."

Working there was very bizarre (1986-89); it was mandatory to learn how to make a pizza, women couldn't wear pants, open-toed shoes, or sleeveless blouses, men couldn't have facial hair or wear sports jackets; it had to be suits. It was mandatory to dress up for Halloween and once we had to come to work in evening attire (cocktail dresses for women, tuxes for men) and watch a fashion show, then listen to Tom lecture on proper business attire.

There was a chapel in the building; Tom went to Mass every morning and it was packed with kissups wearing their name tags.

I used to drive the back way to work so I wouldn't have to cross NOW's picket lines and one day said to myself "What am I doing here? Why am I doing PR for a man I loathe?" I was getting ready to quit when my boss decided to fire me instead. Best thing that ever happened to me.
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ryan_cats Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:23 AM
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35. I've avoided them for years
One thing, they used to donate money to Randall Terry's terrorist anti-abortion group.
Finally, their pizza just plane sucks.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:25 AM
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37. Right-to-life assholes.
Haven't eaten their crap pizza in years.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 09:52 AM
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38. Support local business / mom & pop shops
This reminds me of South Park's "Wal-Mart" episode (one of the best, IMHO).

Fuck Dominos and the corporate chains.

Make your own pizza, it's fun and easy. Or buy it from a locally-owned shop.

The one I go to is run by a Syrian family. Over the years we have got to know each other and have mutual respect. Last night he wished me a happy holiday. That was well-meaning, but next time there I will need to explain that all westerners do not subscribe to western religions.
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MsUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 10:00 AM
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39. Ditto to buying at mom & pop shops.......and not just pizza. We
try to buy at all local family owned establishments. We haven't done chains for a long time.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 10:12 AM
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41. Their owner gave money for murderer Paul Hill's defense
But something like politics is no reason not to order Dominos.

Refuse Dominos because their pizza sucks.

;)
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stanwyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 11:45 AM
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47. Speaking of Paul Hill
where did the money trail lead in reference to Hill? He was unemployed for years after being kicked out of his church. Yet he was able to continually demonsrate against abortion. Who paid his bills? The money trail is always the key. The Swiftboat Liars Club has been paid by oil money for years to lie and besmirch. It's how those guys earn their living. More publicity is needed on the growing industry of paid rightwing liars. Is there a table at the job fairs for these folks? Will lie for profit?
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-24-05 11:39 AM
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46. Thanks to everyone for the info
No more Domino's Pizza for me!!
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