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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 06:51 PM
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I'm A 100%, Union Made, Italian-American and the Last Thing I Need
Edited on Mon Oct-31-05 07:26 PM by louis c
is F*cking Matt Drudge or Orin Hatch defending my heritage.

My grandparents were from Calabria and Naples (Italy, not Fla.) and they thought Mussolini was an asshole and I think Scalia and Alito are just as bad.

As a Union Rep, to think how anyone could quarrel with the Family and Medical Leave Act is beyond me. Imagine being against people who need UNPAID leave to care for a sick family member or to care for a new born. Some family values. Ya, their families, and only their's. Pro-Life, my ass. Pro-birth, says Alito, now back to work.

What the F*ck is an "originalist"? Someone who wants to interpret the constitution through its original intent. Maybe Alito believes that African-Americans should be counted as 3/5's of a person for the purpose of congressional districts, as stated in the original document. Delay would agree with that. As a matter of fact, I think that's how they counted the votes in the last two presidential elections.

When I need defending as an Italian-American, Matt Drudge and Orin Hatch will be the last ones I'd call. Save me your patronizing bull-shit. Who the F*ck do you think you're kidding?

What I need is defending as a hard working American. Matt, Orin, W., Dick, Scalia, Thomas, this new piece of shit, Alito and the rest of those F*cking Assholes are the ones we need defending against.
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Indykatie Donating Member (416 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 06:55 PM
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1. Greatest Rant of the Day!!!!!!!!!!!
I feel better after reading it.
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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 06:58 PM
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2. Good rant.
:thumbsup: If I were an Italian-American I'd be horrified if Hatch spoke for me.
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Krupskaya Donating Member (689 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 06:59 PM
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3. Well said, Sparky.
nt
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:01 PM
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4. Most excellent rant.
I wonder, per your comment, if anyone has tested the exit poll results against votes counted to see if the black vote really did come down 2/5 short.

Just an errent thought, makes me say "hmmm".
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DenaliDemocrat Donating Member (536 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:02 PM
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5. Hey me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The day I want Drudge or Limbaugh standing up for me is a cold day in hell.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:02 PM
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6. recommended, kicked, bookmarked.
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TerdlowSmedley Donating Member (463 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:04 PM
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7. You go, Paesan.
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:07 PM
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8. AMEN! GREAT RANT against these f--cking hypocrites.
Like Matt Drudge gives a flying damn.
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Opusnone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:07 PM
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9. Oh, God, yes. Kick it!
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:08 PM
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10. 'originalist'--blacks = 3/5 whites AND NO WOMEN
and no income tax and senators elected by the state legislatures and and and......
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:23 PM
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13. But the Federal Reserve is ok?
That's not in the Constitution.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:34 PM
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16. just listing a few
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 09:03 PM
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27. Ok. But are they for or against the Federal Reserve?
?
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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:29 PM
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49. "slave" = 3/5th

There were very few free black citizens of the United States at that time. But they did not count 3/5th.

And did the extra representatives in congress accorded to slave states work for the benefit of the slaves? Or did they work to maintain their condition of slavery? Historical record clearly states the latter.

It would have been better for the slaves had they not been counted at all.
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:14 PM
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11. Awesome!
:applause:
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:22 PM
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12. Both sides of my family are third generation IAs
Except for my father, who has a bit of Polish in him, I am COMPLETELY Italian, and I don't think I want the Pube slime defending my heritage. My great-uncle (the bookie for one of the largest crime families out of Boston, rest his soul) would be turning in his grave if he could see this.
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:29 PM
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14. BOOM
I'm an American, too.

I stand with you, friend.
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wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:31 PM
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15. Tell it, louis.
Great rant. :yourock:
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:37 PM
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17. I am of 100% pure Italian heritage
As a kid, I spoke Italian, I lived Italian, I breathed Italian. I thought the whole world was Italian. Our radio spoke Italian. Our newspaper was Il Progresso. Gramma had a picture of FDR on her kitchen wall. He was later joined by a picture of JFK.

And through all that, from the first time I was aware, I thought the whole world was a Democrat.

No one could have imagined that a guy like this would be an Italian. No one could have imagined a guy like Orrin Hatch speaking out on our behalf.

Italian Americans, in cemetaries across America are spinning in their graves. Enough to measure on the Richter Scale.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:41 PM
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18. My friend - Calabrese - said just the SAME thing to me a few
hours ago! I don't think Matt and Orin know much about Italian-Americans...

:kick:

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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:41 PM
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19. An Italian-American of Sicilian heritage here, speaking to Hatch:
Basta!

Also STFU, which my mother never said so I don't know the translation ;)
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 10:54 PM
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28. kick
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:34 PM
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55. kick in the evening
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:48 PM
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20. We need a good meme for their anti-family values. Pro-affliction?
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:48 PM
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21. Love your venting. Ya sound like a Teamster
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:51 PM
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23. I Love the Teamsters (especially Local 25)
Edited on Mon Oct-31-05 07:51 PM by louis c
but I also love my sisters and brothers at the IBEW.

We must oppose Alito for many reasons, not the least of which is that he is anti-worker.
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cpamomfromtexas Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:33 PM
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51. I just wish AA pilots were hooked up with the Teamsters
Hubby is fighting the union "leadership" today who are trying to sell them down the river.

Ralph Hunter (APA president) is a washed up thug in bed with American Airlines management and attempting to feather his nest on the backs of pilots who have already given up between 25-40% of their pay.

Hunter won't even sign an agreement not to take a management job after his term.

The DOL is suing APA for a new election too.

Wish we could do that is GWB
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Thtwudbeme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:51 PM
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22. I have to say this...You're one of my favorite DUers.
Keep up the fight.
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:53 PM
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24. ah shucks (looking down at my feet)
Edited on Mon Oct-31-05 07:54 PM by louis c
"I'll bet you're just saying that"
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:57 PM
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25. Actually it was me saying that not my lovely wife!
Edited on Mon Oct-31-05 07:57 PM by JanMichael
And I meant it.

There are so few people around anymore that understand what Unions are about...Of course though there's always Billy Bragg....

There Is Power In A Union
by Billy Bragg


There is power in a factory, power in the land
Power in the hand of the worker
But it all amounts to nothing if together we don't stand
There is power in a Union

Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers blood
The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for
From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud
War has always been the bosses way, sir

The Union forever,defending our rights
Down with the blackleg,all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters from many far-off lands
There is power in a Union

Now I long for the morning that they realise
Brutality and unjust laws cannot defeat us
But who'll defend the workers who cannot organise
When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money,the Devil for his own
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone?
What a comfort for the widow,a light to the child
There is power in a Union

The Union forever,defending our rights
Down with the blackleg,all workers unite
With our brothers and our sisters together we will stand
There is power in a Union

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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 07:59 PM
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26. Hear Hear!
Well put.
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brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-05 11:41 PM
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29. great rant, louis.
You said it well - but then you always do.


:applause:

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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:42 AM
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30. Thanks
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:01 AM
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31. My grandparents came from Calabrese
and I don't find Scalito offensive. They are morans.
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Tuesday_Morning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 08:55 AM
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32. kick from a Calabrese-Sicilian! n/t
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:01 AM
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33. From one Italian to another, thank you!
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defiant1 Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:16 AM
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34. Quick question....
Why say shit, and asshole but leave fuck censored?

Very strange.
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 03:41 PM
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42. Not strange at all
Edited on Tue Nov-01-05 03:51 PM by louis c
I kind of follow an accepted usage rule. Asshole and shit are now allowed on the public airways. F*ck, on the other hand, is not allowed.

Secondly, I am not personally offended if someone says shit or asshole in front of my wife or mother. On the other hand, F*ck does offend me in mixed company.

Therefore, for whatever subliminal reason, I break up the F-word with that asterisk.

I hope that makes sense to you. If it doesn't, I really don't give a F*ck.
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defiant1 Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:28 PM
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48. Yeah, that makes sense....
:eyes:

But whatever, I was just wondering.

Of course, I could ask why you bother capitalizing it when it's not required, but I'm not sure I could handle the answer.

:toast:
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:58 PM
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52. It just looks better to me


f*ck vs. F*ck

Kind of like, what does ob la de ob la da mean in the Beatles' song?

But, I'm flattered you are so interested in such details.

I really am.

Anyway, I'm glad we're on the same side.
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Mr Grieves Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:30 AM
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35. My STRONGLY Italian half thanks you!!!! n/t
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Lena inRI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:39 AM
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36. Molto bravo, Luigi. . .
you gave me such a release for my disgust as I listened to these ignorant opportunists try to play the Italo card to sway the IA electorate. . . .we should add Tweety aka Chris Matthews to your list.

BWAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAA! The Rovian plan must assume any SC nominee with a name that ends in a vowel must automatically win over us Eye-talians!

As my Venetian family always says:

L'abito non fa il monaco


(The robe(habit) doesn't make the monk.)
Appearances are deceiving.

Pro-Alito non c'e pro-Italian-Americans. . .not by any means!


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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 05:46 PM
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53. Luigi Enrico
is what my ma called me as a kid. (Louis Henry)
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flygal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:44 AM
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37. My kind of rant
Keep 'em coming :applause:
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 11:47 AM
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38. I Said The Same Thing Earlier
I don't need to be defended against slurs by these morons.

Also, on the topic of "originalist". It's the most intellectually vacuous notion that has ever come up apropos the Constitution. What it basically says is that we must maintain consistency with the original intent of the framers, but we can only know what that is by INTERPRETING what they MEANT, as opposed to what's written down.

So, our way of knowing original intent is 100% interpretative, so we can take it literally! Yeah, you read that right. We can only follow the Constitution LITERALLY by INTERPRETING IT! That's so empty headed as to stagger.
The Professor
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LetsGoMurphys Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 01:23 PM
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39. Au Salut n/t
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mimitabby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 01:44 PM
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40. this is great! down with Halitosis, i mean Alito
i am on some Italian american lists and you should hear the pathetic whining. I get so sick of this #$@!$. Just because some whacked out
obsessive compulsive GOP judge happens to have italian parentage is no reason to give him the high five JUST BECAUSE he's italian. and then to interpret every slam as RACISM!
I'm italian too and my grandparents were all union members and voted democratic..
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 02:01 PM
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41. Last I checked, neither of those assholes are Italian-American.
I, on the other hand, am. SO FUCK OFF AND DIE YOU FUCKING SCUMBAGS!
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:30 PM
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54. Sounds good to me
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 03:57 PM
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43. Awesome and great rant!
:applause:
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 04:54 PM
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58. Thanks
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:06 PM
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44. Tanti grazie, mi'amico (nm)
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biggles1 Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:06 PM
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45. Bravo Louis! Sei un Americano e un Italiano vero!
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:19 PM
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46. Hello my friend
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:26 PM
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47. Priss-face Hatch made my Sicilian American blood boil this AM
How dare him to even think he speaks for Italian Americans. The gall to use any group for his divisive political gain, especially since the closet he's ever come to anything Italian is the spagetti at Olive Garden.

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PatriotGames Donating Member (896 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 04:31 PM
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50. Excellent. Rec'd!
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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-05 06:42 PM
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56. 100% here, too, if you count 1/2 Sicilian (LOL!) and I agree with
you 100%!!!

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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 05:21 AM
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57. 50% Italian and 50% Sicilian, maybe we should explain
In Italy, there are still many Italians who do not consider Sicily as part of Italy, although, of course, it is.

It would be analogous to Puerto Rico. Many right-wing bigots consider anyone from Puerto Rico as foreigners. In fact, anyone born in Puerto Rico is as much a US citizen as anyone born in Kansas City.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 05:00 PM
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59. When I was growing up
my mother made sure I knew I was a Sicilian first.

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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 06:28 PM
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60. Calabria and Sicily
now there is some pretty country.

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