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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:36 PM
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2.8 Years in Pictures.....
Edited on Wed Sep-14-11 10:16 PM by FrenchieCat

NOT A "LIST" PER SE



Reduced Doughnut hole by 50% for seniors
Provided $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Provided $500 million in expanded funding for Health Professions Training Programs.
Provided funding to strengthen hospital preparedness and emergency response
Provided funding for Community Clinics
Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners.
Increased funding to expand community based prevention prog.






























































Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing.
Provided $2 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization Program .
Provided $5 billion for Weatherization Assistance Program for low income families.
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.





































































































































Additional items for those who read lists.... http://obamaachievements.org/list



BUT FOR NOW, CONSIDERING 14 MONTHS TILL THE ELECTION,
WE NEED TO PASS THE DAMN BILL!





Meanwhile waiting in the wings...








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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:44 PM
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1. Great LIST !!! :) n/t
K&R :)

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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:46 PM
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2. Outstanding.
Look at all the good that has been accomplished.

K&R x1000
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young but wise Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:48 PM
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3. K&R
I love it!
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Lifelong Protester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:48 PM
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4. Damn straight, FrenchieCat
A HUUGE THANK YOU for this. Made my day. And stiffens my resolve to work hard for 2012.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:52 PM
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6. You're welcome!
I love this country....
We can't let them have it.
No one deserves that,
least of all, Barack Obama! :hi:
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:50 PM
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5. Great idea!
Worth 1000 words, as they say.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:55 PM
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7. fabulous thread nt
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 09:58 PM
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8. Let's keep it kicked.....
as folks have an awfully short memory! :)
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:00 PM
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9. indeed
good idea :thumbsup:
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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:06 PM
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10. K&R
Good work.

I'm going to steal some of it because I know just where to put it to piss off a large number of right-wingers.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:17 PM
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12. LOL!
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:09 PM
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11. Nice! K/R
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:27 PM
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14. Gawd!
Edited on Wed Sep-14-11 10:33 PM by FrenchieCat
I just went to look at the front page of this site, and wow! :wow:

I posted this link to one of the largest FB groups that I belong to,
but now, I'm kinda of embarrassed to subject them to the National Political Left Globe
of the Internet...and after 8 years and 65,000+ pots, that sad... :(

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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:09 AM
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22. I know. It's beyond yucky
Although today's front page is not nearly as face-palmingly bad as it usually is.

Kpete's Marine Corps Times cover that you have in your list of photos is still the top story as I post this. That alone makes today a significant improvement over... like the last 3 years. :)
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:23 PM
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13. K&R
:kick:
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:43 PM
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15. Thanks, Frenchie.
Moment by moment reactions don't tell the real story. What history will remember is in the weeks and months and years of steady, continuous effort to roll back the enormous tide of uncaring greed and cruelty that has overwhelmed America and Americans for the last three decades.

This is a timely and eloquent reminder of why we cannot let the perfect ideal be the enemy of the practical effort.

appreciatively,
Bright
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 10:58 PM
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16. There is also that awesome website that just started.....


http://www.mediaite.com/online/obama-campaign-attackwat...

In order to provide us with what we need to fight the smears, hyperbole, exaggerations, speculations, lies, fabrications, nonsense, folk lore, deliberate character assassinations, omitted information, myths, falsehoods, propaganda, false impressions, Intellectual dishonesty, emailed bullshit, provocative claims, rumors, magnification, overstatements, statements from unnamed sources, overreactions, catastrophization, deceptions, spin, cognitive distortion, generalizations, vague sources, Media hackery, emotionally overvalued analysis, dramatization, theatricality, oversimplification, making mountains out of molehills, sky is falling predictions of doom, swiftboating garbage and insane, ridiculous or absurd claims.


If you're interested in joining, go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/join-attack-wire-today . Also, follow AttackWatch on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AttackWatch
"Bent out of shape

Just sayin'.... :shrug:


:hi:
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:16 PM
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17. K and very enthusiastic R!!!
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FarLeftFist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:31 PM
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18. SENSATIONAL POST!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:50 PM
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19. Thanks FarLeftFist!
Appreciate it! :hi:
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:58 PM
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20. Thank you. Still thrilled...
...Yep...still thrilled that Barack Obama is the President!

For less satisfied liberals who would have preferred John McCain for President, I just don't know what to tell you...
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:04 AM
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21. Go get'em, girl!
DAMN RIGHT! :yourock:

I had not seen this image before --

That's a hell of a picture.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:17 AM
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23. Outstanding! K&R!
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:20 AM
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24. ...as long as we're counting, August was month 18 of positive job growth in the private sector
...offset by losses in public jobs, but still - positive job numbers in the private sector "count", and do make a difference!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:45 AM
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28. That's correct!
couldn't find a chart though....

Yep...500,000 State Government jobs "disappeared"! How about that? :mad:
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rury Donating Member (629 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:53 AM
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25. K&R!!!!!!!!
:kick:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:27 AM
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27. Thanks rury!
:pals:
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:07 AM
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26. How did I miss this? Kick!
:kick:
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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:00 AM
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29. You really should have a picture of Bush's pen and signature for the Iraq withdrawal
The troops are leaving according to the Status of Forces Agreement reached between Iraq and the US in 2008. This agreement was reached during the Bush Administration. The agreement called for all troops to leave by Dec 2011.

Obama had a golden opportunity to withdraw all the troops as soon as he took office, but he squandered that opportunity. Also, there's a good possibility that the troops will stay beyond Dec 2011.

Just the facts, ma'am. :hi:
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Creideiki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:25 PM
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72. As you mentioned--Iraq sort-of-withdrawal
And Afghanistan non-withdrawal.

However, Frenchie, you left out the new GI Bill and some pretty good benefits through the VA (such as the new Caregiver program)--even though it is only effective for post-9/11 vets and leaves a lot of really hurt Viet Nam and inter-war and Gulf War I vets. Overall, a plus.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:01 PM
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86. I gave Obama the right amount of credit for those two......
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 07:01 PM by FrenchieCat
I didn't show him prancing on an airplane carrier, and he is doing about Afghanistan
exactly what he said he would, and he gets credit for that in my OP, since it's my OP. K?

Thanks for listing those other accomplishments in your backhand sorta of snarky way.....

There's quite a few I left out, cause I didn't want to blow up folks computers....
but I think they got the drift.

But thank you for your input. So nice for you to acknowledge the positive for a refreshing change!

Take it easy! :hi:
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Creideiki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 04:58 PM
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123. I acknowledge positive when there IS positive
and I wasn't being snarky--just honest. I have dealt with dozens of veterans on a personal basis and the big complaint is that the pre-9/11 vets feel like fish that's been left out too long. Maybe if you tried talking to veterans honestly, you'd understand. But the pre-9/11 vets are used to getting treated that way.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:54 PM
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84. Glad to see you being soooo factual when it comes to taking credit from Obama
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 06:57 PM by FrenchieCat
and assigning it to Bush. Guess Bush caught OSAMA too, since he was working on it,
right....according to Dick "torture" Cheney? :shrug:

But since Obama opposed the war from the start, and ran on troop withdrawal in 2007-2008,
while Bush simply started the war and it was ongoing the entire time he was in office,
I'm gonna give Obama the fucking credit for executing the plan. Hope you don't mind too much. K?


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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:28 PM
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89. Overall, yours is a good post and pretty factual
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 07:32 PM by Cali_Democrat
I just disagree with you about Iraq. The troops are leaving according to the agreement enacted during the Bush Administration. Did Obama execute the plan? Yes, but he was legally obligated to do so. When it comes to Iraq, there was no change in withdrawal policy from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:49 PM
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97. Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM PDT The Race to Credit Bush for Drawdown of Combat Troops+*
It is par for the course as it relates to this President, the same old tired song, like death and taxes, it is decreed and has somehow become a certainty that no Obama milestone will ever be reached without the accompanying clamor of discontent from the Presidents detractors that serve to marginalize or diminish its impact.

Still, last night while reading through the comments of various diaries announcing the withdrawal of the last American combat brigade from Iraq, I was struck with amazement to actually see individuals denying President Obama credit for the Iraqi troop withdrawal, while bestowing the honor on George W. Bush, due ostensibly to a formality known as the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which I will address momentarily.

I suppose it was expected that Republicans would try to credit George W. Bush for the ending of "Operation Freedom", a misguided enterprise which ignominiously caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent individuals and years of untold suffering...but Democrats? Well, I guess so.

Nevertheless, the spin is on to credit George W. Bush for the drawdown of Iraqi combat troops. The message is clear; this is Bushs doing and certainly not the achievement of that usurper Barack Obama. Former Bush speechwriter, now Washington Post contributor, Michael Gerson suggested as much as he commented on a recent speech by President Obama on the pull down of said troops.

I didn't find the speech to be a particularly generous speech. I mean, this is really the implementation of the status of forces agreement that was agreed to in 2008 under the Bush administration. Barack Obama, people forget, actually voted against funding for the troops. He opposed the surge. He gave a speech without mentioning the surge or General Petraeus. I think that that's probably, you know, he's attempting to take credit for something that he opposed.

What Mr. Gerson is omitting, however, is the larger fact that Barack Obama was against the Iraqi War in general, and therefore was committed to ending it. This was in contrast to the Republicans, and George W. Bush, who were galvanized by the war, and were committed to its continuation.

But here we are at the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which is ironically now being used to shore up George W. Bushs anti war credentials. If the Iraqi debacle were not so tragic it would be high comedy indeed.

Many seem to have conveniently forgotten that while presidential candidate Barack Obama was pledging to end the war in Iraq, the Republicans were holding fast to this maddening escapade, and it was partly due to his focus on ending this travesty, and the growing unease of a weary nation, why the trajectory of the conflict began to change. A CBS News headline from July 21, 2008 read:

Obama, Maliki Agree On Iraq Withdrawal By 2010
The story went on to explain:

Face to face with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gained fresh support Monday for the idea of pulling all U.S. combat forces out of the war zone by 2010. The Iraqi government did not endorse a fixed date, but indicated it hoped American combat units could be out of Iraq sometime in 2010. That timeframe falls within the 16-month withdrawal plan proposed by Obama.

If memory serves me correctly, Obama was widely criticized by many in the media and the Republican Party for daring to contemplate the pulling out of combat troops from Iraq, not just by 2010, but by any timetable. The media, as well as the Republicans, were put to shame when Nouri al-Maliki, as well as many in the international community agreed with the presidential candidate. How did Obamas Republican rival, John McCain, feel about this?

Back in the U.S., Republican rival John McCain said he hoped Obama's visit would open his eyes to the danger of withdrawal timetables.

And what about that peacenik George W. Bush, the man being credited by some for the pull out of combat troops due to the status of forces agreement? Once again, CBS News:

In Washington, the White House expressed displeasure with recent public comments by Iraqi leaders on the withdrawal question and suggested they might have the U.S. election on their minds.

Still, no trip down the ol Iraqi conflict memory lane, as it relates to the withdrawal of combat troops, would be complete without a word or two from the Iraqis themselves. Iraqi spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said this following Obamas meeting with al-Maliki:

We are hoping that in 2010 that combat troops will withdraw from Iraq.

And this from Iraqs Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi:

I'd be happy if we reach an agreement to say, for instance, the 31st of December 2010.

It is interesting to note that while the Iraqis were hoping for a withdrawal by December 2010. Obama, based on this report and statements on the campaign trail was pursuing a much earlier departure.

Once again, these statements were made during the presidential candidates trip to Iraq on July 21, 2008, so what about this U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement? Well, it should be also noted that the first signing of this agreement was made on November 17, 2008, at least four months following the Obama-al-Mali declarations.

No, Barack Obama is definitely not some wanton interloper in this entire process. From the early days of his presidential campaign he sought a reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq, and formulated a timetable for its implementation. Yes, the status of forces agreement between the U.S. and Iraq established a timetable and condition of withdrawal of U.S. troops from that besieged nation, but beyond its physical signing, let it be clear, George W. Bush was definitely not the architect of what occurred in Iraq yesterday.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/08/19/894547/-The-Ra...


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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:29 AM
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30. K&R. nt
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:15 AM
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31. Rec'd with thanks, Frenchie! nt
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:16 AM
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32. K&R
:kick:
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66 dmhlt Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:44 AM
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33. Uniquely & Very Well Done - Thanks!
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:44 AM
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34. bravissima! well done! thank you. n/t
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:46 AM
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35. Hooray!
:toast:
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:51 AM
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36. K & R
:kick:
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:54 AM
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37. Oh noes! It's "teh COLLAGE!"
Your massive photoshop skills have so destroyed our arguments against the way the President is actually governing and setting himself up for ignominious defeat next year. Pictures trump facts every time, of course.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:52 PM
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43. Didn't use photoshop......
Those images are real and can be found on the Internet. :)
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:04 PM
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59. I meant the way you arranged them.
So skillful at ignoring our complaints with a bunch of pretty pictures.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:03 PM
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64. we get it, the glass is empty for you.....
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 04:04 PM by FrenchieCat
But know that I'm not at this site to portray your complaints,
as I'm sure you've done on that subject more than enough on your own,
and almost more than enough to satisfy the Republicans although, like Oliver Twist,
I'm sure they'd like some more. I know that you are charitable, and give it to them....
in fact, to an extent, they are relying on you at this point....since the shit on their side
truly smells....getting them from within is as good a strategy as one could have,
under the circumstances. :hi:

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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:53 PM
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70. When the glass is half empty
we ask to have it refilled. You must just stare at the glass and dream of what water must taste like.

We need to keep pressure on Obama to actually GOVERN and do what's right, not make excuses for why he isn't.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:53 PM
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76. The glass might as well be totally empty from your standpoint....
And I hear you asking for a full glass, as you choose not to recognize water, in whatever quantity
if the glass isn't brimming over....

So I'm guessing that perhaps you'd rather die of thirst if the glass is not totally full,
and of course, that's your choice, but unfortunately, I every time I go to take a drink
you knock the glass out of my hand and get upset with the fact that I would even think
to drink the half glass....

I realize that you don't mind it, but I'd rather not have to die due to what you have
decided I should do. So thanks, but no thanks.
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:59 PM
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78. If I have to, I'll take the glass to the sink
and refill it myself.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:48 PM
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82. You don't have a sink.....
and neither do I.

We only have a well, and I believe it's being poisoned.

Thanks for nothing, Pab!

:hi:
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:43 PM
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49. Oh noes!
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 01:52 PM by JTFrog








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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:35 PM
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91. You got that right
I can't believe that some are so determined to shit on a positive thread that they'll admit to the world they don't know what Photoshop is or does.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:09 AM
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38. K & R. n/t
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:44 AM
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39. Stole 4 Facebook:
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:32 AM
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40. Nice! k/r
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:06 PM
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41. Mmmmm....more donuts.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:51 PM
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42. You mean the donut hole that's been closed for seniors?
:shrug:
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:57 PM
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99. No
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:39 PM
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103. I do have to reply to this. My parents, both in their 90's, have hit that donut hole.
My mom is now paying $4,500 out of pocket before her insurance will pay any more money for her medications.
These medications are saving her toe, foot, leg and life.
My Dad is $200.00 away from the donut hole. If he buys one more inhaler, it will put him over the limit,
and he too will have to pay $4,500 out of pocket before insurance kicks in again.
$4,500 is half of their savings. It is all they have. So that my Dad can breathe, read 'live,'
we have to purchase his inhalers through Canada for the rest of the year.
(And the idiots in Washington are trying to stop us from being able to do that.)
A 90 day supply here in the U.S. costs over $700.00. We can purchase the exact same medication through
Canada for $200.00, $133.00 if we go with generics. We cannot purchase generics of this medication in
the U.S.

That donut hole is HUGE. Please don't say it is gone. I am watching my parents worry themselves
sick over this, and I'm not getting any sleep trying to figure out ways to help them.
They do not qualify for the 'free' medication programs that are run by the pharmaceutical companies.
If you have insurance, even if it isn't paying for your meds, you can't qualify.

INSANITY.
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TriMera Donating Member (885 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:55 PM
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106. Thank you. My MIL is in the same place right now. The
donut hole is not closed.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:18 PM
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107. You are correct, it's isn't gone,
it is smaller by 1/2....
And hopefully it will be closed more as we go.


Legislation closes "donut hole" for senior's prescriptions
1/1/11

A piece of the federal health-care reform law went into effect Jan. 1, closing a coverage gap in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The reform law will discount the cost of brand name drugs by 50 percent for beneficiaries of the drug program that fall into the donut hole, meaning their total yearly drug costs exceeded $2,800.

Prior to the enacting of the law, seniors who had entered the donut hole were then responsible for 100 percent of their future drug costs.

There are about 244,402 seniors in New York state and 29,158 in the Hudson Valley who fall into that coverage gap, according to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Over the next decade, the donut hole fix will save seniors about $2.2 billion statewide. Hudson Valley seniors will save about $262 million, Schumer said.
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/...


Close the "doughnut hole" in Medicare prescription drug plan

"Barack Obama wants to close the 'doughnut hole' in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program that limits benefits for seniors with more than $2,250 but less than $5,100 in annual drug costs. Approximately 4 million seniors hit the doughnut hole in 2006, paying full price for drugs while also paying drug plan premiums."

Health care bill will gobble up doughnut hole -- eventually

Updated: Friday, March 26th, 2010 | By Louis Jacobson

The health care bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is poised to "close the 'doughnut hole' in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program that limits benefits for seniors with more than $2,250 but less than $5,100 in annual drug costs."

First, some background on the doughnut hole. In 2010, seniors in the Medicare Part D program must pay the first $310 for prescriptions before coverage kicks in. For subsequent total drug costs between $310 and $2,830, the government will pay 75 percent and beneficiaries pay 25 percent. (The numbers are different from Obama's promise due to increases since he made the statement.)

Then, starting at $2,830, beneficiaries must pay the entire costs until they hit an out-of-pocket limit of $4,550. That's what's known as the doughnut hole. After that, "catastrophic coverage" begins, with the government paying 95 percent of costs.

The hole won't be closed immediately, but will instead be phased in over the next 10 years.

This year, beneficiaries who reach the doughnut hole will receive a $250 rebate. After that, federal subsidies will enable the patient's share of the payment to be gradually reduced from 100 percent to 25 percent by 2020. At 25 percent, the doughnut hole range will have the same co-pay rate as the prior range.

Separately, brand-name drugmakers will be obligated to provide discounts for prescriptions filled through Medicare Part D starting in 2011.

The hole will hang on for a while, but its eventual disappearance is now enshrined in law. Since Obama did not specify a timeline in his promise, we are rating it a Promise Kept.

Sources:

Kaiser Family Foundation, side-by-side comparison of health care bills, accessed March 26, 2010

AARP Bulletin Today, "Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: Part I," accessed March 26, 2010
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obamet...
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:12 PM
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44. How about a nice K & R?
PEACE!
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:27 PM
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45. Damnit.
This was going to be my last day here. I've grown tired of the pessimism and b.s.

And then you do "this" to me. :eyes:

Thanks, Frenchie. You and several others here make my day better....and make me hang on one more day. :fistbump:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:34 PM
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46. Hang in there with us.....you won't be sorry.
We are the ones that wants the best for this country realistically speaking.....
therefore, we are the rational ones, and due to good intentions PLUS the sanest
strategy, we make the most common sense. :pals:
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:04 PM
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52. Are you saying the meek shall inherit DU?
:rofl:

I like that idea. But, my husband would laugh his ass off if he heard you say I was part of the "rational, sane" crowd! :P
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:05 PM
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65. After it serves its purpose for some.....yes,
they'll throw it back to us. :(
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:23 PM
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:36 PM
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47. Thanks Frenchie.
K & R :thumbsup:
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:42 PM
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48. K&R
Love this!

:hug:

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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 01:57 PM
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50. This is very nicely done, and even though I have issues with
with the President and the Dem Leadership, have to give this a rec for the research and work put into it.

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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:57 PM
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63. Appreciate that!
:hi:
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:33 PM
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68. Sabrina,
I feel the same way. Would still like to see more progress on the jobs front, but understand that he took over a hell of a mess.
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rbilick Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:02 PM
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51. This reminder should br on the top of everyone's list...
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:08 PM
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53. Like a two by four right upside the head!
And the photo of Obama's official signature to make them laws is a touch of genius!

No words of explanation needed.

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SalviaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:15 PM
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54. K&R
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LongTomH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:16 PM
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55. Don't tell me there's no difference between Obama and a Republican!
I have issues and disagreements with Mr. Obama, and I'd like to see him move more to the left, especially on health care and job creation; but, he's light-years from the ghastly GOP candidates.

Just listen to their 'let him die' rhetoric and the policies they suggest.

There is a difference between Republicans and Democrats:
  • All the people on the podium with Sen. Bernie Sanders supporting his bill to strengthen Social Security are Democrats,
  • all the supporters of the bill to restrict outsourcing of American jobs were Democrats.
  • all but a few of the people supporting Health Care Reform were Democrats

Yeah, the Health Care Reform Act could have been stronger, so could the jobs bill, and too many Democrats are on board with the 'Free' Trade agreements that have sent our jobs overseas; but, progressive Democrats are virtually the only people working for change in those areas.
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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:27 PM
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56. Justly Celebrated and beautifully assembled. Recommended
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:38 PM
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57. wow. nice nice. K&R!
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:04 PM
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58. This thread is going viral on Twitter now!


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Inuca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:07 PM
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60. WOW!! n/t
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:33 PM
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61. OMG, this is fantastic.....
bookmarking and sending to all the d*ckhead repubs and some d*ckhead dems I know too......... just outstanding. and thank you so much.
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:51 PM
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62. Love, love love it nt
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:16 PM
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66. pictures speak a thousand words!
make a stronger impression on the brain cells, too....

KnR
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:30 PM
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67. big kick
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 04:37 PM
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69. Wow!
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:16 PM
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71. Good concept. This approach would make a good TV ad. I hope the Democrats do it.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 09:17 PM
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148. I hope so too! Perhaps with a starwars soundtrack......
with the pics scrolling!
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Tumbulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:25 PM
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73. fabulous!!!!!
Thanks for this....and I do love his signature- very interesting, what do the handwriting people have to say about it? I know that I find it very creative and beautiful.
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:51 PM
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74. Great job, Frenchie!
Fired up & ready to go!
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louslobbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:52 PM
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75. Loved this! K&R
Lou
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:55 PM
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77. WOOHOO! That's even clear enough for REPUBS. to understand! K&R!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:50 PM
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83. I don't know.....
There are some words on there to read, you know! :scared:
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:33 PM
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96. True...
but even if they can't read the words, they'll get the picture (literally). :)
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tandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:31 PM
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79. K & R
Thanks, Frenchie :)
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:22 PM
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108. What a gorgeous babe in your sig! So sweet!
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Paka Donating Member (228 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:39 PM
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80. Great Post. Wonderful Pictures! n/t
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:56 PM
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85. K&R
:applause:
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:11 PM
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87. Awesome! Thanks Frenchie!
:toast:
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:13 PM
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88. Kick,kick,kick &recommended!
Now that's how you do it :kick: :kick: :kick:
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:33 PM
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90. And if you must know...
this...



is not an accomplishment. It's a disgrace. Anti-gay Elena Kagan should never have been chosen to replace a liberal firebrand.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:03 PM
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 06:47 AM
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113. "Anti-gay Elena Kagan"...
You're still wrong.

Sid
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 11:21 AM
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128. Read the quotes.
She's against gay marriage. She's anti gay. Period.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 07:36 PM
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92. Wow! Amazing, Frenchie! VERY well done! Wow! nt
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:01 PM
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93. Great freakin' post!!...
:thumbsup:

Sid
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:53 PM
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98. Hey there!
:hi:
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:28 PM
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95. well done! K&R n/t
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CoffinEd Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:10 PM
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100. Nice Job!
Good job! I admire your tenacity, determination, and patience (you do have a lot of patience).

Must say though the photo of a laughing Clarence Thomas gave me the vapors. Also, I checked out the knock-off montage, and it just goes to show that the original will always be superior.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:17 PM
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101. K&R!
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:25 PM
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102. This thread
rrr :headbang: ocks
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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:01 PM
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104. Kick Ass Post, Frenchie!
Nicely done. Too late to rec, but here's a :kick: in appreciation.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 12:22 AM
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111. excellent presentation! I give Obama his props where due.
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 04:16 AM
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112. Thank you, Frenchie!
I saw this too late to K&R! But please consider it done anyway!
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Dawgs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 08:02 AM
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114. If passing a GOP health care bill and getting OBL is the best you've got then we are in trouble.
Saving the car industry is the one thing he's done that was good. Everything else is blah.
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young but wise Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 08:12 AM
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115. What?
The Republicans wanted a voucher plan.
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BklnDem75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 09:10 AM
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116. Apprarently you didn't see the OP
There's a lot more than the 3 you mentioned. But your concern is noted.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 11:01 AM
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118. Beautiful job!
nt
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 12:11 PM
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119. Lunchtime kick.
:kick:
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hiphopnation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 12:46 PM
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120. feeling blue today
no, the other kind of blue
great post
:thumbsup: :bounce:
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 03:49 PM
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121. Great post
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Surya Gayatri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 04:54 PM
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122. Frenchie, I discovered this
superb OP too late to recommend it--so here's a kick anyway.
What a beam of upbeat sunshine in what has become an unbearable black-hole of negativity on DU.
I'll be sending this link to all the nattering nabobs in my immediate entourage.
Like you said somewhere up thread, things will get better. We just have to outlast the hate-spewers. :hug: SG
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 06:32 PM
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124. VERY nicely done, Frenchie!!
:yourock:
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 07:13 PM
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125. r/e healthcare.gov - I can't afford any of the insurance from the link
I visited the website of healthcare.gov, and used the online wizard to shop for insurance.
If I put that I have NO medical conditions, and just myself, the cost of insurance would be nearly 2 weeks pay.
Thats if I allow a $1,000-$2,000 deductible.


Alot of people can't afford health insurance and never will get health care until we have a single payer system
funded by taxes.

Sigh, I hope I can avoid getting sick or injured.
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:46 PM
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142. Same here. Only I'm ill and being scared doesn't make it better. n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-11 05:16 PM
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147. IT is true that until 2014, health insurance for most of us will not be
going down......

I understand that the main positives are for children under the ages of 26,
and folks with pre-existing conditions...

and it is CERTAIN, that the Republicans hope to be able to reverse before
it does start helping people, and the subsidies kick in. of course.
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 09:11 AM
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126. Kick back to the top...nt
Sid
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sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 11:20 AM
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127. K & R, Frenchie Cat. Thank you for your postive post and information...
Edited on Sat Sep-17-11 11:20 AM by sueh
I want Obama to win re-election. It is not punishing Obama if Democrats don't help him in win the election. We will be punishing OURSELVES if we let the repugs get in.

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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 02:03 PM
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129. And I'm not sure why some folks don't seem to want to realize this...
or maybe they do, and they just don't give a damn. If that's the case,
the why are they here....is what I want to know? Most likely to discourage us,
which is something they have gotten very good at...
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 05:37 PM
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130. The WH needs to hire Frenchie...
She does a better job selling this Administrations accomplishments than anyone they have up there right now...
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great white snark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 06:09 PM
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131. Very happy to kick this beauty.
:kick:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:53 PM
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143. Thanks!
:hi:
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Renaissance Man Donating Member (420 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 12:21 AM
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132. Kicked and Recommended ...
I've had a change of heart, lately, about how I feel about President Obama. He's faced a considerable amount of disrespect and obstruction over the last two years. I'm with him 100%. Thanks for this thread, Frenchie. It helped me refocus.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 02:15 PM
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133. Glad I could help!
Thanks for recognizing that it takes a village,
and we are it. If we don't recognize the good,
then we are blind, and that wouldn't be good! :hi:
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 09:23 PM
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134. This is a really excellent OP, and
just imagine how much more popular it would have been had it included a quote from Bill Clinton validating Obama's Presidency!

:thumbsup:

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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 11:38 PM
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136. Thank you ProSense! Coming from you, that's a great compliment!
Keep fighting sister......because at the end of the day, we are going to have to save folks from themselves!
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A Brand New World Donating Member (803 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 09:45 PM
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135. Love this list & love my President! Thank you for posting
his many accomplishments. I get so sick & tired of all the naysayers & bitchers.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-24-11 10:27 PM
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144. It's time to press on!
:thumbsup:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 02:35 PM
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137. At this point, I don't think it matters what Obama has done or what he might do.....
I think that it is the folks missing from this thread that is telling, IMO......
Guess acknowledging the positives is like a disease; don't want it, and don't need it!
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 02:45 PM
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138. Thanks Frenchie!
Well done.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 11:10 PM
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149. Thanks....
I just think sometimes folks want to forget and act like
he ain't done nothing....cause that's part of their argument!
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:47 PM
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139. Great job, Frenchie Cat! Pass the damn jobs bill and pass it now!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:56 PM
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140. This should be what many ops are about......
about the fact that Obama stated that he would gladly accept the label of warrior
in a class war. But no......we can't rally around this President! That might make
him too effective, and we can't have that! :(
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 10:59 PM
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152. PASS THE DAMN BILL!
:kick:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 05:55 PM
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141. I am proud of this President,
and I wish others would concentrate some times on the great things he has done,
instead of always searching for the negative, which can always be found.

:patriot:
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 10:57 PM
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151. Obama has given millions of children hope.


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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-11 12:33 PM
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145. kick to keep your thread going
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-11 12:54 PM
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146. Yep...that's what we need to do!
:patriot:
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 10:39 PM
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150. Kick back to page 1...nt
Sid
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-11 11:36 AM
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153. Here, let me help with that!
:kick:





:hi:
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 02:08 AM
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155. Sid!
:patriot:
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-11 04:57 PM
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154. Kicked so people will educate themselves
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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 08:20 PM
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156. Too late to rec, but kick
:kick: :patriot: :hi:
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