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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:44 PM
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Hillary Clinton: Protecting Those Who Protect Us


In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Lt. General Joe Ballard and Brigadier General John M. Watkins, Jr. joined Hillary Clinton as she spoke about her plans to ensure that we take care of our brave young men and women in uniform. She outlined her plans to provide health care for all veterans, make sure that all veterans and families receive the benefits they are entitled to, and to ease their transition to life back home.

A RECORD OF DELIVERING FOR MISSISSIPPIS VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS

Hillary Clinton has a long history of fighting for our veterans and, as President, will work to ensure our country fulfills its obligations to those who have served and sacrificed for the nation. Hillary has the record and experience to deliver that change.

That's why she has always fought for veterans in the Senate. From tokens of respect, like free postage when you write to a service member in Iraq or Afghanistan. To practical help, like providing expanded access to temporary housing when you move so you dont have to pay out of your own pocket. To the critical work of helping care for our wounded warriors by expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and by passing elements of the Heroes at Home Act to help family members care for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. And she will always fight for you as President.

Expanding TRICARE Access. Hillary Clinton crossed the aisle to work with Senator Lindsey Graham to get access to TRICARE, the military health insurance program, for all National Guard members and Reservists, even when they are not deployed. As a result of Hillary's work with Senator Graham, the more than 12,000 members of Mississippi's National Guard have access to TRICARE.

Supporting Service Members with TBI. Senator Clinton authored the Heroes at Home Act, which would establish a program to help families learn how to care for returning veterans with TBI, as well as require DoD to do pre- and post-deployment screenings.

Increasing Survivor Benefit. She worked with others in the Senate to pass legislation to increase the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000.

Extending FMLA Benefits. She helped pass the Support for Injured Servicemembers Act, which extends the benefits provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by allowing the families of wounded military personnel to take up to six months of unpaid leave to care for their loved ones during the often lengthy rehabilitation process.

Improving TBI Screening and Care. She successfully included a provision in the recently enacted Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to mandate that the Department of Defense implement a screening protocol for Traumatic Brain Injury within 180 days. In addition, in 2006, Senator Clinton authored provisions in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 that increased research into ways to improve TBI care for veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A CHAMPION FOR VETERANS

When Hillary is President, she will make sure that every member of our armed forces will receive a fair shot at the American Dream when their service is over. She will ensure that every veteran in America will have health care. She will work so that every veteran receives the benefits they have earned and the assistance they need - right from the start. And she will make sure no soldier ever loses a bonus because he or she has been injured in service. As President, Hillary will:

Enact a GI Bill of Rights for the Twenty-first Century. Hillary will enact a GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century that will resurrect the spirit of the original 1944 GI Bill and offer service members, veterans and their families with expanded education, housing and entrepreneurial benefits. Her plan will guarantee equal access for all components of the Armed Forces -- Active, Guard and Reserve -- that have deployed overseas in support of a combat operation since September 11 or served two years of active duty since September 11. She will fund undergraduate education for service members, as well as education for specialized trade or technical training, and certification and licensing programs. She will make GI educational benefits transferable within families. She will expand the VA Home Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use low-interest, no-fee loans to purchase, build or improve a home valued up to $625,000. She will establish a Veterans Microloan Program to provide veterans with no-collateral, low-interest microloans of up to $100,000 for entrepreneurial ventures.

Fully Fund the VA. Senator Clinton believes there is no more important way of honoring veterans than ensuring they can receive quality care through the VA. As President, she will push to have guaranteed funding for the VA. She does not believe the VA should be fighting every year to get money for the people who take care of us.

Provide Affordable and Quality Health Care for All Veterans. As President, Hillary will ensure that all of the 1.8 million uninsured veterans in this country have access to quality, affordable health care. She will restore the Clinton-era policy that opened the VA's excellent and cost-effective health care system to all veterans who seek to enroll. She will make a long-term commitment to the VA system to ensure it is adequately funded and has the capacity to avoid backlogs and to handle greater enrollments. And she will provide coverage through the American Health Choices Plan to all veterans who choose not to use the VA system.

Ensure All Veterans Receive the Benefits They Have Earned and the Assistance They Need -- Right from the Start. As President, Hillary will commit to getting a fair, accurate, and timely decision for every veteran filing a disability claim. She will increase the number of qualified VA evaluators to reduce the backlog of claims. She will provide fast-track training for new claims specialists and expand the Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program to smooth the transition from service to discharge for all those who serve our country.

Extend Hiring Preferences to Veterans-friendly Contractors. Today, there are between 7.2 and 7.6 million federal contractors, 2 million more than there were five years ago. The privatization of government by the Bush administration has meant veterans are losing job opportunities, because contractors do not necessarily have the same hiring policies as the federal government. Hillary will cut the number of contractors working for the federal government by 500,000 over the next 10 years, saving $10 to $18 billion a year. And she will restore and expand job opportunities for veterans by working to establish a system through which federal contractors afford veterans hiring preference comparable to the federal governments.

Give Veterans Additional Opportunities to Serve. Hillary will make vouchers worth up to $10,000 available to returning veterans who want to serve in AmeriCorps and select not-for-profit organizations. These organizations would provide at least $5,000 to supplement the voucher. This system will help veterans create normal routines and reenter their communities while doing meaningful work serving their country. Hillary will make this subsidy available to as many as 20,000 veterans a year.

Reduce Homelessness among Veterans. In 2006, nearly 200,000 veterans were homeless on any given night. Hillary will establish a pilot program on homelessness prevention for veterans that will provide subsidies, eviction prevention, and one-time assistance for veterans who fall behind on their rent. She will also expand rental assistance for veterans by calling on Congress to fund an additional 20,000 housing choice vouchers exclusively for homeless veterans.

Expand the Helmets to Hardhats Program. Hillary will increase funding for the Helmets to Hardhats program. This program links veterans with local job opportunities in the construction and trade industries by offering apprenticeship programs that teach veterans through on-the-job training supplemented by classroom instruction.

Expand Veterans Homeownership. Hillary will make homeownership more affordable for veterans. Veterans will receive a 50% discount on foreclosed properties in the governments inventory, which currently stands at 35,000 homes. And she will eliminate the upfront fees on VA mortgages for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who take out VA loans within two years of leaving active duty.

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=641...


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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:45 PM
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1. delete, see post #6
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 01:48 PM by NightWatcher
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:46 PM
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3. Nope. She didn't.
.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:46 PM
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4. no, she did not
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:45 PM
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2. .....
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 01:46 PM by Hepburn
...how can you post things like this with a straight face.... :puke:

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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:47 PM
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5. why can't you say anything but 'Ignored'?
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:47 PM
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6. Obama, Durbin Amendment Ensures VA Review of 72,000 PTSD Claims Cannot Revoke or Reduce Benefits
http://obama.senate.gov/press/050923-dds /

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Obama Contact: Robert Gibbs or Tommy Vietor, (202) 228-5511
Durbin Contact: Joe Shoemaker, (202) 224-7028
Date: September 23, 2005

Obama, Durbin Amendment Ensures VA Review of 72,000 PTSD Claims Cannot Revoke or Reduce Benefits

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to ensure that no veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder would see a reduction or revocation of benefits received as a result of a Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) review of 72,000 post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases.

The bill would also require the VA to report the cost of the review to the Senate Appropriations Committee before proceeding. The VA has said it will review 72,000 cases in which the maximum amount of PTSD disability benefits was awarded because of the VA's belief that 2.5% of these cases are "potentially fraudulent."

"I am extremely wary of this unnecessary and costly review of settled PTSD cases" said Obama. "The veterans who received full benefits for PTSD are some of those who need our help the most, and I believe it's wrong to make them endure another stressful review. This legislation will ensure that no veteran will have his or her benefits reduced or revoked as a result of this VA review."

"Our amendment permits the VA to conduct this review if it results in a plan for staffing and funding improvements," said Durbin. "The VA cannot correct its errors by taking money away from veterans who now depend on that income. Veterans should not now - years later - be punished with a loss of income due to the late discovery by the VA of its own error."

Obama and Durbin have repeatedly voiced their concern with the VA's PTSD review and believe it should not result in any veterans losing benefits. In a joint letter sent by Senators Obama Durbin on June 21, 2005, the Illinois Senators wrote that they strongly objected to a VA proposal to require a concurring second signature for PTSD cases in which full benefits were granted.

On August 10, 2005, Obama sent an additional letter to Secretary Nicholson asking that he not readjudicate old PTSD cases where veterans had received full benefits. Obama said the VA should instead focus on veterans who received no compensation for PTSD. Obama also passed legislation that would require the VA to create uniform standards for awarding PTSD benefits.

"Since the VA is only reviewing cases where veterans received full benefits, it is hard for me, as well as for veterans in Illinois and across the country, to believe that the VA's primary concern is increasing the quality of care," said Obama. "Instead, it seems the VA is attempting to cut costs on the backs of veterans who need our help the most. But we can't ever forget that when we make the decision to send our troops to war, we also make a promise to care for them when they come home. The VA cannot put cutting costs before providing care for veterans who desperately need it."

"America's veterans deserve the undying gratitude of the people of this nation," said Durbin. Our veterans deserve speedy and accurate processing of their claims with the VA. They do not deserve to be given compensation one day, only to have it taken away years later. Fortunately, the Senate has acted to prevent that from happening."

The legislation was included as part of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:49 PM
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8. fantastic work by Obama and Durbin
thanks for posting.
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Pavlovs DiOgie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:13 PM
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31. Obama's the man!
Looking out for those who have been forgotten by so many others. Thank you, Senator Obama.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:48 PM
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7. Given that she helped create this disaster, she damn well better do something
to help our vets.

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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:08 PM
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10. You got that right...this need not be happening /nt
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:49 PM
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9. Thank You, Yet Again, Hillary!!! K & R!!!!
She is a national treasure!

:patriot: :patriot: :patriot: :patriot:
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:15 PM
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11. indeed
:kick:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:24 PM
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12. She was AGAINST vets and military being treated fairly in 2003-4 when TeamClinton undermined
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 02:24 PM by blm
and sabotaged Kerry throughout that time.

How much did she CARE what happened to vets and military if she believed they should WAIT OUT Bush for another four years until SHE could be in the White House in 2009? She sure didn't care what happened to vets and military personnel from 2004-2009, did she?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:37 PM
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16. what a stretch
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 02:37 PM by bigtree
so unusual for you to link unrelated, uncorroborated events together in a seamless thread.

Indeed, Hillary Clinton DID concern herself with vets and military personnel during the period you've outlined. I really don't expect you to acknowledge that since you blame the Clintons for 9-11
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:58 PM
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19. You think BCCI matters DON'T have anything to do with 9-11. Hell, the names of the characters
weren't even changed because there were no innocents to protect.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:04 PM
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20. You can start your own thread about your topic.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:06 PM
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22. maybe in the 9-11 conspiracies forum
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:11 PM
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24. You won't answer because you know the characters are the same in both matters.
And a part of you knows damn well that I speak the truth, bigtree, even though you can't acknowledge it here at DU.

I didn't read all your postings devotedly for years without coming to know a good deal of what is inside your heart, big. That's why I take your insults with good humor.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:43 PM
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26. I know nothing
nooothing!
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Medusa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:25 PM
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13. Since she voted to send them to slaughter in the first place,
it's damn decent of her to at least make sure they get a benefit thrown there way every now and then. :eyes:

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:47 PM
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18. Dam decent of BO is send them to slaughter thru. his continued funding
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:32 PM
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14. Obama Introduces Bill To Prevent Veterans Homelessness & Support Webb Amendment / Video
Obama Introduces Bill To Prevent Veterans Homelessness
Friday, November 9, 2007

http://obama.senate.gov/press/071109-obama_introduce_21 /

Act would launch pilot program to expand veterans housing, supportive services

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) yesterday introduced the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Act, which would launch an innovate pilot program to pair housing for at-risk veterans and veteran families with supportive services in an effort to prevent veterans from falling into homelessness.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over the course of 2006, there were approximately 336,627 homeless veterans. Although it may take years for veterans to fall into homelessness, hundreds of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already found themselves in this situation and, based on reported VA estimates, 1,500 seemed at high risk of becoming homeless. This bill will create housing targeted at veteran families and pair the housing with needed critical services such as mental health counseling, financial planning, and employment training. This bill is co-sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Congressmen Al Green (D-TX) plans to introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives next week.

Our veterans served this country with honor, and we must not turn our backs on them when they return home, Senator Obama said. Its simply unacceptable that these heroes put their lives on the line for our country and come home to find themselves without jobs, without affordable housing, and lacking the services we owe their sacrifice. In our great nation we must do more for our veterans, and this bill will go a long way in meeting our commitment to these veterans. I thank my colleagues in the Senate and the House for supporting this legislation, as well as our many outside partners committed to this issue. Well fight to get this passed quickly.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, veterans only comprise 11 percent of the adult population but 26 percent of the homeless population. While one of the primary causes for homelessness in this country is the result of a lack of affordable housing, many returning veterans face other significant risk factors, including high unemployment rates and psychological injuries. Evidence shows that not treating these less visible wounds of war can result in homelessness.

The Veterans Homelessness Prevention Act would establish a pilot program within the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to combine housing for at-risk veterans and veteran families with more robust supportive services in an effort to prevent this population from falling into homelessness. The legislation authorizes $26 million for pilot programs managed by nonprofits and consumer cooperatives to assist veteran families that might otherwise become homeless with critical services such as mental health counseling, financial planning and employment and training.

This legislation is supported by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Give US Your Poor: The Campaign to End Homelessness, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, National AIDS Housing Coalition, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, National Coalition for the Homeless, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Network for Youth, National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness, Veterans for America, Catholic Charities USA, and Veterans for Common Sense.

..............

Let's not forget Obama's Grandfather was a WWII Veteran who fought with Patton's Army!

http://obama.senate.gov /

Video:

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Senate Floor on the Webb Amendment that Honors Troops' Sacrifice and Strengthens Military Readiness.
:patriot:
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:34 PM
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15. very nice, and important.
thanks for posting
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LulaMay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:38 PM
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17. Thank you.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:01 PM
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27. :-)
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:05 PM
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21. Another thread was saying Bill was in Biloxi today with this speech (or similar)
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:08 PM
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23. he said something about her passing a bill for traumatic brain injury
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 03:10 PM by bigtree
all I could find was her 'Heroes' bill referenced above which hasn't gotten out of committee, which had TBI provisions in it. But you see in the op that her campaign has said 'elements' of that were passed in other legislation. I just don't have the research skills (or the time) to nail those down.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:20 PM
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25. i have not seen any transcript from today. YOU do lots of good work--and
trying to naildown the exacts is nearly impossible.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:47 PM
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32. I really don't think the effort is worth it to answer these firebombers and bores
who spread their vile, putrid hate all day long here.

Thank god for the Hillary camp. They are the only peace I find here these days.
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BlackVelvet04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:29 PM
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28. K&R
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:31 PM
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29. K and R!
:applause:
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libbygurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:11 PM
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30. !
:kick: and rec.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:42 PM
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33. ~YES SHE WILL~~
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