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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:35 PM
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The TRUTH about AIR AMERICA RADIO!!!
Excuse me for shouting, but since the rightwing has continued to broadcast lies about AAR, you have to shout to get attention.

This is written by AAR CEO Danny Goldberg, from the Huffington Post.

LOTS MORE INFORMATION AT THE LINK:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danny-goldberg/right-wing...

The pretext for the latest smears is an initiative I launched last week called Air America Associates, in which I asked our listeners to support our programming financially and at various levels offer bumper stickers, tote bags, etc. as a way of thanking them. (We received thousands of responses, far beyond what we projected for the first few days).

Many of our listeners also listen to NPR stations and Pacifica and are used to supporting radio programming they like. I got the idea from the Nation Magazines program The Nation Associates which helps them fund investigative journalism. Like Air America Radio, The Nation is a for-profit company.

But the conservative propagandists have tried to make it seem like there is something unseemly because Air America Radio is both commercialand a radio network, as OReilly said last night, I have never seen a commercial enterprise ask their listeners for moneyever This is also false. The modern model of the broadcasting business involves numerous revenue streams. If anything, Air America has been late in fully building such an infrastructure which the Associates is a part of.

For example, Rush Limbaughs Web-site offers his fans the Limbaugh Letter for $34.95 a year and a totally separate service called Rush 24/7 which includes access to archived programs at the cost of $49.95 a year. The Limbaugh site also features the EIB Store which sells such items as $19.95 polo shirt which amusingly says, My Mullah went to Gitmo and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.
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robre Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:38 PM
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1. Amusingly says?
That wasn't amusing. Guantanamo Bay isn't amusing either. The fact Rush tries to make it amusing shows how much of a hack he is.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:39 PM
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3. I believe that's what's called sarcasm. NT
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:38 PM
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2. Thank you for posting this.
I've been ready to award some "Henny Pennys" around here with all the posts about AAR going under.

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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:44 PM
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5. I expect we'll see a few more of those "AAR is going bankrupt" posts
in the next few days, anyway.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:10 PM
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12. Keep that article handy
and I'll hand out the Henny Pennys!
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:27 AM
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46. Not if we all donate...
Why wouldn't you?
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:43 AM
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50. That's the best thing to do, but it won't shut up O'Reilly and the other
gasbags, unfortunately.

When Air America is on MORE stations than Limbaugh maybe then they'll stop.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:41 PM
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4. I always knew that all the bluster was just a right wing gasbag of lies...
but it's nice to have this confirmation. Thanks for posting!

:beer:
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:44 PM
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6. Go, Danny!
I'm now an "Air America Associate;" I donated happily!

There may be some infighting. Who knows?

But I enjoy listening to most of the progressive hosts for several hours a day, let alone a week (mainly on XM).

They each have their individual styles - but that's a good thing.

I donate to non-profits, not-for-profits, 527's, and commercial enterprises.

I donate to the causes I believe in.

And that's just my two cents' worth.

;)
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:47 PM
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7. Thanks for posting this!!!
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Zinfandel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 03:09 AM
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44. Please, DONATE!
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:51 PM
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8. Thanks for posting
I pretty much knew that all the talk of AAR going under was more of the same garbage that the right has been preaching since it first appeared, but it's always nice to have it confirmed.

Keep dreaming O'Liely, Rush, Hannity, and all you freeps. AAR is here to stay!
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:46 PM
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28. The louder they get
The more they seem to be frightened of AAR. And hooray for that!
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:58 PM
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9. K&R, as we now say for "kicked and recommended."
The Right Wing will NEVER cease in their attempts to destroy AAR.

They're such bores. Always going on about the same old tedious crap, always spouting the same old tendentious lies.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:02 PM
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10. KICK.
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:20 AM
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45. KICK!
:kick:

Support AAR!

We must.

www.airamericaradio.com
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:55 PM
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53. Donated!
Plus I need to order of AAR and Randi Rhodes merch.

My local AAR station KTLK-Los Angeles now has bumperstickers. I got some at the march this past weekend.

I'm putting it on the LEFT side of my bumper.
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:07 PM
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11. Just thought I'd post the following two paragraphs from the article
for any lurking freepers:

Air America is in strong financial shape. Last week we started broadcasting from our new multi-million dollar studios.

Several weeks earlier the Board of Directors of Air Americas parent company accelerated re-payment of a loan from the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club of $875,000 two years in advance of a previously agreed upon re-payment plan. In the last several months, Air America has expanded its executive team to augment our efforts on the internet and in affiliate relations.
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DemNoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:09 PM
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23. Oooops
Guess i have been full of it. Sorry. Thank you for posting this article.

Now get out of my way and so I can make my donation!
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:12 PM
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24. Good for you, DemNoir. It takes a big person to admit that.
:thumbsup:

Now, don't believe all the rightwing crapola again!
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:47 PM
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29. Way to go, DemNoir
When you realize how much they almost didn't make it in the beginning, it's hard not to worry when you hear some new prediction they're going under.

:yourock:
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Liberal In Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:19 PM
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13. You know the RW is geting worried about AAR when you see this
coordinated attack. Be prepared for even more lying.

Bring it on mofo's.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:40 PM
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27. let them keep whining
and, AAR will keep growing & growing, and then one day they'll even be in the Hartford, CT area!!

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RSchewe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:23 PM
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14. I wonder how the people in here that have been pushing this nonsense
will respond to this. I am tired of the posts in here carrying water for these right wingers and their propaganda.

This of course is a result of frustration by the right and is nothing but desperation to try and discredit AAR.

Yawn...
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:43 PM
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15. O'Reilly will be sooooooooooo upset.
but then, maybe not. He probably just shows up at works and spouts whatever crap is pushed in front of his pervert face.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:45 PM
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16. Howard Stern bought the Limbaugh EIB Executive Chair
It was like $1000 and a piece of crap
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:46 PM
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17. Thanks for posting that
I was getting worried. The last thing we need is AAR to go under. Then the right will totally dominate the air waves, completely unopposed, 24/7. That's bad news, especially for rural areas like where I live. They listen to the radio all the time.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:47 PM
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18. Good! I'm glad they addressed this -
and to see Limbaugh used as an example is all the better.
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:48 PM
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19. Spinning like a top
I have never seen a commercial enterprise ask their listeners for moneyever

Every radio station is asking for our money when they air a commercial - if we don't buy the products, the companies don't advertise, and the station doesn't get paid.

At least AA will give you a kicky tote bag in exchange for your $$ :-)
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:49 PM
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20. Paging DemNoir!!!
I've taken my head out of the sand!!!
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:05 PM
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22. I wonder where DemNoir is? NT
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:49 PM
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30. DemNoiris in this thread
And he/she is admitting his/her error.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:59 PM
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21. It shouldn't have been necessary to even clarify this.
Nothing in their appeal would lead a reasonable person to suspect that there were problems at AAR.
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Spiffarino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:16 PM
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25. K&R - Bet I'm not the only one who bought XM for AAR
That AAR and other liberal talkers are being picked up by radio stations - even ClearChannel - testifies to its actual and potential success.

No way AAR, Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller are going down any time soon. They fill a yawning gap in talk radio. All this claptrap proves is that they're scared.
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:35 PM
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26. Thanks for posting this!!!
I knew all alone, it was right wing hacks doing it because, they are so afraid of AAR!

I don't listen to everyone on AAR, however, I leave my radio on all day to give AAR rartings!!! I also listen AAR on internet and XM! I sure have choice..LOL
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:50 PM
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31. I don't even care. I listen to AL everyday. I would gladly cough up cash
to keep him. His voice and humor calm me the fuck down.

I love Al. I just love Al.
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Postman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:28 PM
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32. Are Sam's Club and BJ's stores commercial enterprises?
They "ask" their shoppers for money to shop at their stores. They're called "membership fees".....same difference as AAR "associate" program....

Bill O'Really is just a friggin lying liar who wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the ass.
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:15 PM
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35. Right. On. U Got That Double-Right!
Agree!
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behindthe8ballnchain Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:49 PM
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33. O'Really ?
As OReilly said last night, I have never seen a commercial enterprise ask their listeners for moneyever

O'Reilly continued, "Make sure you check out the website where you'll find tons of Factor gear including all new No Spin mud flaps for your pickup truck or SUV and of course the classic No Spin doormat. Next up the Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."


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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:41 AM
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36. And for $50/yr you can have a premium membership to billoreilly.com.
Guess Bill's hurting for money? LOL.
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:37 AM
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41. behindthe8ballnchain...Welcome to DU!!!
Yea, Olilly is sucha liar! He can't even keep up with his own spin lies! :hi:
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:53 AM
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47. Hey Podner Do Them There Mud Flaps Come With The Titty Chicks?
Welcome to DU. Did Bill mention the no spin Loofah?

:toast: Have fun here you should fit right in. Gotta love a new guy/gal that Bashes OLiely right out of the gate.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:40 AM
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49. Hi behindthe8ballnchain!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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WA98296 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:58 PM
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34. Thanks for posting! (:
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:20 AM
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37. Thanks, I posted at SpeakSpeak in response to this post.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:21 AM
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38. $50 for archives??!!!!
That's totally ridiculous!!
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:38 AM
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39. There is nothing about archives on the page
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 01:38 AM by Eric J in MN
which describes the Associates Program:
https://secure.airamericaradio.com /

They ask people to donate any amount.

UPDATE: Oh, you meant Rush Limbaugh's archives.
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 01:43 AM
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40. This should show all, how AAR is truly making an impact...Support...
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 01:58 AM by LaPera
Air America Radio...A few bucks in donations makes all the difference in the world in keeping these right-wing fucks on the defensive...

Please support the only real liberal network we have, Air America Radio!

www.airamericaradio.com

We are indeed getting through!!!

Thank you, Franken, Rhodes, Janeane, Malloy, Hartmann, Flanders, RFK Jr., etc...
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:39 AM
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42. I am with you! I jusy donated $50.00!
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 02:39 AM by Rainscents
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 02:52 AM
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43. And man, does your donation, (and mine) piss off these right-wing
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 03:37 AM by LaPera
assholes, (and mind-blowing enough, even some around DU)...They can't conceive, in a million years why we would donate to a commercial network...They just don't get it, (and NEVER will) and they want desperately to tear it down, while hoping to stop or slow down ANY donations to AAR.

For obvious reasons.

Drives them crazy...Good!

Cheers to you!

www.airamericaradio.com

DONATE!
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:18 AM
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48. Kick for the morning crowd.
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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:56 AM
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51. i figured it was BS
anything that comes out of the RW re: AAR has to be bullshit.
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XOKCowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 11:18 AM
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52. I can't count the times...
I've been told by co-workers gleefully that AAR was about to fold. Every few months since they went on the air someone would come in and tell me about some "news" report about their imminent demise. I'd figure that Faux had released another "news" story. Surprise! They're still around and growing every day.

What I find interesting is how the Righties vilify George Soro's for contributing to progressive causes. It's not like THEY have rich Repugs financing their causes. Give me George Soros any day over Richard Mellon Schaife. Now there's a sleazebag.
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