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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:47 PM
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Is it just me, or is this a horrible time for President Obama to be
going to the White House Correspondent's Dinner?
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:48 PM
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1. In what way would anything change if he didn't go?
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:49 PM
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2. I agree, it's a tough time to be festive
No doubt there will be shots of him laughing juxtaposed with the gulf oil disaster, the wall street disaster, etc.

It will be his version of Bush at McCain's birthday party, unfortunately.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:51 PM
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4. Took the words right off my keyboard....
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:55 PM
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6. Correction, it didn't take you two tries to spell "birthday." n/t
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:59 PM
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10. The two are not comparable at all
Bush at McCain's birthday was his undoing because the man LITERALLY had no fucking clue what was going on in the Gulf Coast and that photo was symbolic of that. Obama is fully aware of what is going on and taking an appropriate response. Sure he'll get some flak for he symbolism but with Bush it was way more than symbolic.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:03 PM
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14. Let's hope the low information voters can get that. I think the
mouth breathers will compare "just a piece of cake" and "a whole dinner."
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:03 PM
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13. Well of course he'll be laughing -- his dastardly plan to put the kibosh on off-shore
drilling was a success!
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 09:29 AM
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31. Considering that every President in modern history has done the Correspondents' Dinner
and I don't think Obama will be so crass as to make WMD jokes, I think by the grace of God we'll be OK.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:50 PM
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3. It just doesn't seem to me to be a good time to be joking aroung
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 08:54 PM by rzemanfl
when the Gulf Coast is suffering an unprecedented disaster. Sort of like * and McCain's birthday cake and the guitar and such during Katrina.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:56 PM
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7. "Sort of like * and McCain's birthday cake and the guitar and such during Katrina." What?
Seriously, are people searching for a way to make this ludicrous analogy work?

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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:00 PM
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11. I bet Roger Ailes has people working on it right now. n/t
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:04 PM
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15. Who cares? n/t
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:29 PM
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22. Exactly...they don't rule the President or
you and me. We live in an alternate Universe where the air is cleaner and we think our own thoughts.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:37 PM
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24. I bet Roger Ailes and/or people from Faux will be there tomorrow night. n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 12:53 AM
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25. Won't Ailes be at the dinner too?
Or is he too serious for that?
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:20 AM
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35. I'm sure this will not be the first time that a sad event has happened

One thing for sure -- he is headed for a visit to the area today and GW did a fly over for Katrina.

I'll take Obama
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:55 PM
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5. Just because parts of the world are
in a tragic mess right now doesn't mean we have to shut down. We can be aware and do what we can to help but again..that doesn't mean we can't have moments of laughter.

The freaking corporatemediawhores will find something wrong with Pres Obama no matter what he does..
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:58 PM
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9. That doesn't mean it is a good idea to give the whores a
photo op.
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 08:57 PM
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8. I don't think the White House Correspondents' Dinner is a good thing to have in the first place, and
I've never thought so. I don't think it's a good idea for journalists to be feted by the White House that they're supposed to be covering as journalists. I thought it was a bad idea under Bush and all the previous Presidents, and I think it's a bad idea now.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:01 PM
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12. Agreed - he is just asking for smears smear and more smears.
But - let's see how he handles it first. Maybe he will just go there to talk, not be funny.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:05 PM
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16. Yes, sometimes I forget he is a lot smarter than I am. I think it
is a hangover from eight years of idiot.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:08 PM
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17. This President often says he can not keep his word because
his plate it too full, he's just too busy. And yet, in a week like this, there is always time for a huge joke fest and lavish dinner in Beltway world. Is Donnie McClurkin doing the opening song or is this a Rick Warren sort of night?
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:21 PM
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19. Lame attempt to smear Obama. n/t
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 09:30 AM
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32. Wow, this isn't a lame attempt to smear the President at all.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:09 PM
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18. No matter how bad things are or may get, it's importana w keep
laughter in our lives. Haven't you ver noticed how you feel better when you laughed, especially at your self or something you did? If this or any President took everything that confronted him so seriously that he couldnt take a little time out to laugh a little, they're all go crazy or have a heart attack & die.

I kow things are horrible in the Gulf, as they are with the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. but you have to learn to lightenup a little ans find some humor in your life.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:22 PM
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20. Would not surprise me one bit if he skipped it....
... I doubt he was exactly looking forward to it and this gives him an out.

Beltway chatter is the odds are very high that he'll go to the gulf coast some time during the next 48 hours.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 01:31 AM
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27. It would be a good move if he went to the Gulf coast first before the dinner.
Then the wackos wouldn't have ...wait - they will find something no matter what he does... what was I thinking?
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:24 PM
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21. This spill is not going to be cleaned up any time real soon so does
Edited on Fri Apr-30-10 09:25 PM by Phx_Dem
that mean no can smile or engage in social activities until then? It could take weeks (or months) to stop the oil from leaking. It's at the bottom of the ocean and the oil is pouring out without a pump and they can't stop it. If they have to drill another well next to it to relieve the pressure (or something), it will take MONTHS.

The comparison to Bush at McCain's birthday celebration is ludicris. I sure haven't seen any people on my TV screen the last few days drowning, cradling dehydrated or dying babies, crying and begging for someone, anyone, to help them. And I haven't seen any dead bodies floating by either.

Unlike Bush, who waiting days to even acknowledge the "problem," Obama had the Coast Guard there immediately, and Dep. Secretary of the Interio on site the next day. Today 3 cabinet secretaries were on Lousiana. Give me a fucking break.

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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-30-10 09:30 PM
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23. I am taking a fucking break myself, literally I hope. n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 12:56 AM
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26. Since there is always a tragedy occuring somewhere.....
I suggest that he just padlocks his feet to his desk in the Oval,
and not come out or say anything until the world is perfect!

That will teach all of those mediawhores, who themselves will be at the dinner
taking pictures with each other, doing big loud hardy-har-hars!
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:42 AM
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46. He also needs to be seen as weep incessantly as
any sign of levity may show lack of concern that there is still problems in the USA.
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 02:33 AM
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28. Aren't lives in Iraq being lost?
And that we CAN stop tomorrow if we really wanted too.
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 02:41 AM
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29. Seriously?
People die every day. This is not Katrina and this site should be the last one to adopt those stupid talking points. AT least that what i would thought before realizing that this site is frequently as bad as any right wing site.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 07:31 AM
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30. Sounds like he is going to the gulf in the next 48 hours so how does
he fit this in now too? Maybe he can just send the VP?
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 05:54 PM
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38. It's pretty easy when you have your own 747
And a motorcade with a police entourage that shuts down the roads for you.
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 09:31 AM
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33. He's making plans for a visit to New Orleans
Hopefully more than a flyover. His team seems savvy about public opinion, so I think it will be handled well.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 09:31 AM
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34. Seems like he could show up for the dinner and the next morning land
in Louisiana.

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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 10:22 AM
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36. no, it's not just you
I'm sure a lot of other teabaggin' foxers think that as well.

:(

some DUers need massive doses of Tylenol 3 to constipate their 'concerns'.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:16 AM
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37. No, I'm quite certain
that you'll be in the company of other fools.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:18 PM
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39. Who cares? He's going to the Gulf tomorrow. What's the big fucking deal?
Edited on Sat May-01-10 06:49 PM by ClarkUSA
I recall the whiny bellyaching during President Obama's inauguration. That was ridiculous, too.

How dare the leader of the free world multi-task and have a few laughs before returning to the damned hard and serious work of leading this country, eh?

:sarcasm:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 06:20 PM
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40. (shrug) According to DUers it's pretty much never a good time to do anything he does.
(shrug)
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 07:32 PM
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41. World War II didn't stop FDR from having fun at the dinner
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 08:19 PM
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42. So many people spent fortunes..
Traveling across the country, spending on clothing, hotels, taking off from work, etc, hiring people to take care of parents, kids, grandparents, and the networks are all set to go.

If he were to go to the Gulf tonight, what would he see...it's dark.

He's not going to watch Mornin Joe tomorrow morning, he's going to see the oil spill in the gulf - in the daylight.

And besides, he's made all kinds of arrangements for the Navy to get involved trying to get the spill stopped and break up the oil on the surface and getting the vessels to suck up some of the oil. It'll take time..

I'm all for his going, even though this spill must be heavy on his heart.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 08:21 PM
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43. It's not just you. Damn Elites of every stripe are "fiddling like Nero" while the Gulf Coast ...
figuratively BURNS, i.e., completely TRASHED by oil slicks.

I'm so damn disgusted by this advertizement of all that is CORRUPT within our politics. Hell! A celebration of the "love affair" between "The Ministry of Truth" and "Big Brother." :grr: :puke:
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 08:22 PM
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44. If he went at any other time, it would be silly
No one else would be there.
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The Damned Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-10 11:48 PM
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45. It's Just You
Good night.
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DebJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:44 AM
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47. It's just you.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 02:28 AM
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48. Sackcloth and ashes, sackcloth and ashes. He should eat beans off a plastic plate...
... in solidarity with the poor, and he should beat his breast in the public square. He should sleep on the floor with only a thin blanket for cover. His daughters should be sent to the lowliest public school in DC and let the Secret Service keep all those other kids and their parents in lockdown every day. He should never take the presidential airplane, helicopter or car anyplace because to do so would be a waste of precious resources. Instead he should bicycle, or in the case of overseas summits, he should paddle a canoe. He should never enjoy for one moment the pleasures of life or the perks of his office, because with the weight of the world on his shoulders, he should never have respite from it. To behave in any other fashion shows a lack of proper feeling and demonstrates hypocrisy.

:eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :eyes:

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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 02:55 AM
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49. I swear, sometimes this place so resembles FR. I think a lot of DU'ers
have dual memberships. The same assholes who jump to criticize anything this president does, will always find a way to dump their negativity on the rest of us.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 06:47 AM
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50. If we all sit around and cry 24/7, the only thing that will change is the suicide rate.
Laughter is therapeutic.
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 06:50 AM
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51. I hope you never enjoy life because there is always suffering. nt
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stevietheman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 10:08 AM
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52. This is an annual ritual - we shouldn't stop the these things for anything...
except extreme crises. And comedy is something we should never drop from our lives, if we wish to survive.
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mariawr Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:50 PM
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53. It's just you. nt
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:54 PM
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54. Would it have been a bad time for him to go to bed?
He has met all of his committments and more.

Always something!
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-10 12:54 PM
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55. There is only one correct time to attend an annual event. nt
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