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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:37 AM
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Ku Klux Klowns
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:32 AM by WilliamPitt


An anti-Obama protest in Washington, DC was held on September 12, 2009. (Photo: marisseaY / Flickr)

Ku Klux Klowns
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Wednesday 15 September 2009

How many white, middle-aged, overweight, pissed-off right-wingers does it take to unscrew a light bulb?

Depends on who you ask.

Organizers for this past weekend's anti-Obama protest in Washington, DC, were slinging around crowd-size estimates of two million people before the curtain was thankfully drawn on the thing, despite the fact that the number was actually in the tens of thousands. They were in the nation's capitol, so they said, to protest against too much governmental control over the lives of Americans, to protest taxation in general, to screech about birth certificates, to denounce President Obama and to see and be seen amid a throng of fat, white people who look just like them.

Call it a group hug for the demonstrably deranged. But there was more to it than just standard-issue anti-Obama sentiments being aired in the streets. Layered beneath the whole scene was a hard vein of bitter racism the participants didn't even try to hide.

"Packs of taxpayer marchers shuffled down Pennsylvania Avenue proudly waving signs," wrote author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson. "'The Long Legged Mack Daddy,' 'Where's the Birth Certificate,' 'Mississippi Freedom Riders,' 'Whoa Boys Take it from Here' (Obama waving to black and Islamic militants). Many defiantly waved Confederate flags and the Texas state flag (separatist movement emblem). Meanwhile, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, Congresspersons Mike Pence, Phil Gingrey and Marsha Blackburn, and organizer mouthpiece scandal-plagued former House majority leader Dick Armey profusely swore that the march had nothing to do with race, politics, or even President Obama. The racist flags, symbols and signs, though, gave big lie to their profuse denials. Racism was on full and ugly display on the Capitol Mall. No attempt was made to mask it. Some protesters seemed quite proud to openly send a message about race and Obama."

The Agonist blog provided the following sharp analysis of the overall meaning behind the DC protest this weekend: "These teabag parties represent the newly disenfranchised white, rural voter - the backbone of the Republican Party and its southern strategy. The outburst this week by Rep. Joe Wilson, the obscure South Carolina Congressman who called President Obama a liar during his speech to a joint session of Congress, was prompted by Obama's statement that nothing in the healthcare reform package he is proposing would provide care for illegal immigrants. The fear of immigrants is a primal constant in American politics, but since the adoption of the southern strategy, this fear is at its core a racial concern. Immigration in the past 30 years is no longer about poor white people coming from Europe, it's about brown people coming from Mexico. Now that an African-American is president, protests against illegal immigrants can be a respectable way for people to say what is really on their mind - they cannot accept a black person as president."

Amusing aside regarding Representative Wilson and his rude outburst: "In 2003, Wilson voted to provide federal funds for illegal immigrants' health care. The vote came on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, which contained Sec. 1011 authorizing $250,000 annually between 2003 and 2008 for government reimbursements to hospitals who provide treatment for uninsured illegal immigrants. The program has been extended through 2009 and there is currently a bipartisan bill in Congress to make it permanent."

Well, nobody said you have to be smart in order to become a hero to the far right. In fact, it helps to be dumber than a sack of hair, if only to match wits with the kind of people who were marching this weekend holding signs that read "Bury Obamacare With Kennedy." Stay classy, GOP.

To be fair, not everyone in the Republican Party was thrilled with the nauseating display of hatred and unabashed racism in DC this weekend. Several of the GOP's leading lights have raised deep concerns about the party being overtaken by these insane idiots. "Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet," reported The Los Angeles Times on Monday, "such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political opponents. Those theories, the insiders say, have stoked the GOP base and have created a "purist" climate in which a figure such as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is lionized for his 'You lie!' outburst last week when Obama addressed Congress. They are 'wild accusations and the paranoid delusions coming from the fever swamps,' said David Frum, a conservative author and speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is among the more vocal critics of the party base and of the conservative talk show hosts helping to fan the unrest. 'Like all conservatives, I am concerned about this administration's accumulation of economic power,' Frum said. 'Still, you have to be aware that there's a line where legitimate concerns begin to collapse into paranoid fantasy.'"

Frum was being nice, actually, because he knows better than anyone what took place in Washington this weekend. It was a Klan rally minus the bedsheets and torches. These people don't even have enough shame to hide their faces anymore. If more Republicans like Frum don't come forward to denounce such activities from their right flank, that right flank is going to finish the job of taking over the GOP, and hard as it is to believe, this kind of obnoxious craziness is going to seem quaint by comparison to what will be coming next.

http://www.truthout.org/091509R
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:39 AM
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1. Boy, does that label fit! n/t
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:56 AM
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2. I am so sick of seeing them and their kind. I want them all to go to hell. nt
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:04 AM
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5. I hear ya...
...they are a waste of human protoplasm.

JMHO
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missk Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:09 AM
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21. Why hasn't this photo from Sept 12 received any attention?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:14 AM
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:59 AM
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3. There is but one sickening thing about them that strikes me beyond any other nerve.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 07:59 AM by YOY
Call it pathetic but WHY DO WE LET THEM USE THE FLAG as if they are the sole proprietors of this establishment??? I mean it's all the fuck over them. It's on their lapels, in their hats, in their hands, and draped all over their mammoth like bodies as if it gives them license to say the shit they say as more valid because they are Sarah Palin's "Real Americans".

Yeah...just a piece of cloth...but these scum are not more American than us. Not by a fucking long shot.
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:03 AM
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4. It's their blankie. They suckle with it, piss and crap on it, drag it around and then whine
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:03 AM by nc4bo
like babies when you wrench the filthy, funky thing from their grubby hands and tell them it's time to clean the stink from it.

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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:06 AM
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7. An extremely apt comparison.
They do need to be called on it more often none-the-less.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:00 PM
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27. Exactly!
:thumbsup:
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:06 AM
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6. "WHY DO WE LET THEM USE THE FLAG"
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The hardest part about being an American is having to endure someone speaking about that which you would spend a lifetime working against.

They have the right to the flag.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:10 AM
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8. Read the latter part of the question Will.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:11 AM by YOY
Of course we all have the 1st Amendment to stop the government from impeding on freespeach. And we, as private citizens, have the right to point out that they are not the sole proprietors of what constitutes this nation.
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:40 PM
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36. And violate the Flag Ettiquette Code at every turn.
"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel."
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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:48 PM
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37. Should we start beating the crap out of them and taking the flags?
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:16 AM
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9. Did you coin that? I like it!
:applause:
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:17 AM
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10. Why did he have to bring "overweight" into it?
There are a lot of overweight people in this world. Some of them are in absolute opposition to these nutjobs.

Weight has absolutely nothing to do with people's political viewpoints. To constantly deride teabaggers as "overweight" implies a belief that all overweight people are lazy, undisciplined, self-indulgent and selfish. That's definitely the stereotype being played into when teabaggers are described that way.
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lapislzi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:02 AM
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17. Agreed.
Will, if you're denouncing bias, don't show yours in your essay. You undermine your own message. Hatred and ugliness has no weight requirement.
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:49 AM
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24. agreed +1; no need for that, even though the rest of the OP is right on
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:17 AM
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11. If only they were as harmless as Clowns. But these people are DANGEROUS!
They breed hatred and violence.

This whole fucking teabagging experience is giving racists the opportunity to openly flaunt their hatred.

They must be experiencing their own form of heaven on Earth, being able to go out in public, like in the Good Old Days...

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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:22 AM
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12. See, when I hear "clown" I think of John Wayne Gacy, so the description works for me.
But then, I've always been a bit creeped out by clowns. No offense to anyone who is one.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:55 AM
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15. I remember that picture and the power it had on me to fight all
the harder for those who are discriminated against.

Those days were horrific as the hate was naked and out there for all to see; these days, except for the rare overt racism, the process has gone underground, and that presents an even more formidable problem.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:25 AM
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13. The Legion of Liars (Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, O'Reilly, et al) are whipping these
clowns into a frenzy. They are inciting them to violence by feeding them a river of lies to keep these sheep afraid and misinformed.

Their ultimate goal is to overthrow Obama by any means necessary.

The L.o.L. has convinced a core group to support Billionaire Insurance CEO's over their working class friends and neighbors.

Truly mind boggling.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:52 AM
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14. There isn't a white sheet big enough to fit over that blob of bigotry.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:58 AM
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16. They say it started with Bush. They are protesting the government.
They lie!
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chat_noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:04 AM
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18. head(case) Klown

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:04 AM
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19. k+r
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:08 AM
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20. "Anti-Obama Rally" - Exactly
That's exactly what it was - not a protest against taxes or any of the other stuff they claim. Conservatives are peeing in their pants because we have a black man as POTUS. This rally was about how much they hate and fear Barack Obama.
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wysimdnwyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:36 AM
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22. The scary part
"...this kind of obnoxious craziness is going to seem quaint by comparison to what will be coming next."

This is true, and it's why I'm seriously concerned that the extreme fringe of abortion doctor killers and secessionists will be the ones running the GOP within the next few years.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:05 AM
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25. When you said Klu Klux Klowns I thought of the guy from "The Devil's Rejects"
So, I think it fits perfectly.
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dreamnightwind Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:44 AM
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39. I like THESE Klu Klux Klowns...
I thought of the group of people dressed as clowns who bravely infiltrated a recent KKK rally. What a wonderful, creative response to the white supremecists.

Clowns kicked KKK asses
http://current.com/1j85m4c

Knoxville Rally, May 26, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGOdH1js1co
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:48 AM
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26. Afternoon kick
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:03 PM
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28. Same people, different decade
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:07 PM
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29. yup
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:16 PM
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31. Which, if you think about it would make Obama's parents both communists!
:rofl:
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:21 PM
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32. better yet, half-fascist, half-commie
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:10 PM
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30. Spot on, my dear Will, as always...
K&R

Still, it saddens me to see our country harboring such racists.

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4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:37 PM
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33. I loved the Rude Pundit's summary of the 'march'...
it was the 'Special Olympics of Protests'.
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monktonman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:49 PM
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34. They're just figuring it out now???
To be fair, not everyone in the Republican Party was thrilled with the nauseating display of hatred and unabashed racism in DC this weekend. Several of the GOP's leading lights have raised deep concerns about the party being overtaken by these insane idiots.

We've been telling these guys for years that their base was made up of wing-nuts.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:30 AM
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41. It must suck to be a republican, besides just sucking in general
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:57 PM
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35. Evening kick
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:23 PM
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38. Frum is begining to feel the reality of a Republican Party slip away

if some of their elected leaders don't start standing up to the 'paranoid fantasy' it will consume the Party.


The Republican Party always has one foot in la la land but the other foot had Lodge, Rockfeller, Goldwater and even Nixon.


That wing of the party has been destroyed and now it is slipping down a hole. The most telling sign - no real Republican legislators in the North East.


The Democrats have spent a decade trying to come back in the South and Bill Clinton helped on that point. Who is the Bill Clinton in the Republican Party that can stand up and help bring back Republicans in the NE? Michael Steele.


Unless the Republicans take on these KKKlowns they will lose the middle for a generation.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:00 AM
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40.  Morning kick & a Recommendation for a great analysis n/t
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:39 AM
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42. Their ultimate goal, heaven forbid, is the assassination of President Obama.
These people thrive on the hatred dished up daily by their "Legion of Liars."
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:48 AM
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43. Kook Klutz Klowns...
Inbreeding really does have it's drawbacks.
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SIMPLYB1980 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:58 AM
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44. I would like to see this group show up at a teabagger rally.
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 07:59 AM by SIMPLYB1980
http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/03/clowns-kicked-kkk-a... /



White Power! the Nazis shouted, White Flour? the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt White Flour.

White Power! the Nazis angrily shouted once more, White flowers? the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

White Power! the Nazis tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, ohhhhhh! the clowns yelled Tight Shower! and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klans directions.
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:41 AM
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45. Stalwart KKKristians showing their true colors
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