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HFishbine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:34 AM
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Conressman Blames Muslims for Breakup of His Marriage
Ah, another bright bulb from my home state. Shouldn't be too big of a surprise though that it comes from the same guy who, when critisized for having lawn jockeys in his yard, responded by painting them white.

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U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger blames the breakup of his 50-year marriage partly on the stress of living near a leading American Muslim advocacy group that he and his wife worried was so close to the U.S. Capitol that "they could blow the place up."

The nine-term Republican lawmaker, in an interview with The Charlotte Observer published Saturday, called the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- whose headquarters are across the street from his Capitol Hill home -- a "fund-raising arm" for terrorist groups and said he reported CAIR to the FBI and CIA.

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In addition to CAIR, he told the newspaper that another stress on the marriage was the 1995 decision by "holier-than-thou Republicans" in the House to ban gifts from lobbyists. The meals and theater tickets from lobbyists once meant "a social life for (congressional) wives," Ballenger said.

Ballenger's wife also said the move by "do-goody Republicans" to restrict the money spent on members of Congress and their spouses had helped turn Washington into a less desirable place to live. "Just a dinner now and then" would do no harm, she said.

Last December, Ballenger also drew criticism when he said then-Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a black Democrat from Georgia known for her abrasive style, had stirred in him "a little bit of a segregationist feeling."

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Ballenger said in the latest interview that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, his wife was anxious about all the activity at CAIR, including people unloading boxes late at night and women "wearing hoods," or headscarves, going in and out of the office building.


http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-congre...
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:37 AM
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1. OMG! This guy's friggin' hilarious!
Bitching about losing bribes? Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!
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bspence Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:46 AM
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6. Not funny, this is scary
This man represents lots of people and he WANTS lobbyists to spend money to buy his vote. (Notice that he wants a form of welfare for himself).

I get so sick of this kind of crap. When will America wake up? Did you read the report about how people who listen to Fox news have misconceptions about the Iraq war? They're also making guys like Ballenger look like a saint.
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CMT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:40 AM
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2. and this bozo keeps getting re-elected?
it makes one wonder about people.
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HFishbine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:49 AM
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9. Who's voting for this guy?
NASCAR dads.
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omshanti Donating Member (851 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:41 AM
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3. Gotta watch out for those women wearing headscarves!
Oh yeah--- those horrible evil headscarves --- regular weapons of mass destruction I tell you. You'd be surprised how much destruction is caused by headscarves.
Beware the headscarf of death!!!!

LOL
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WindRavenX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:43 AM
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5. LOL
But they really think like that.
Damn, that guy was really grasping at straws..blaming other people for his own marriage problems? Jesus...
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:43 AM
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4. What a winner
Welcome to Republican America, where being a crybaby is nothing to be ashamed about, so long as you are a Republican.

But if your wallet is empty, your kids are crying, your kitchen has no food, your tv's on the fritz, your husband/wife is sick and your toilet is backed up, well, stop complaining and get to work.

Bryant

Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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stoystown Donating Member (447 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:47 AM
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7. That's sad - 50 years?
You'd think they could have found a way to stick it out.

The Bush Administration has flushed everything down the toilet.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:48 AM
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8. I presume he reflects the attitudes (and intellect) of a majority...
...of his constituents. How sad.
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 10:50 AM
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10. Couldn't have anything to do with
selfishness and greed, could it. They can't afford to buy their own dinners and theater tickets?
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