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ISUGRADIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:22 PM
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Paul and Sheila Wellstone, 3 years since their tragic deaths 10-25-2002


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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:23 PM
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1. Thank you for everything Paul.
You are not forgotten.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:24 PM
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2. Thank you, ISUGRADIA, for this remembrance.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:25 PM
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3. What a tragic loss.
RIP :(
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:26 PM
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4. You are remembered.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:27 PM
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5. yes, a horrific loss -- more than we knew, in retrospect.
Not to get overly tin-foily, but I'm actually less inclined to believe it was an "accident" now than I was then...
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:29 PM
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6. And I never knew them
Wish I'd gotten into this whole US politics thing a little earlier :cry:
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:29 PM
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7. Another reminder of more incidents that have occured
Edited on Mon Oct-24-05 07:32 PM by shance
because of this Administration and what they've potentially enacted.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:31 PM
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8. God damn
I was driving down to DC for the protest in a wagon train that included matcom and several others. Got the word on this tragedy coming up to a toll booth. I almost crashed through the barrier.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:35 PM
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9. .
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Proud2BaLiberalMom Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:37 PM
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10. Never forgotten...
You are my inspiration. We will never forget you.
sniff...sniff.. :cry:
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:45 PM
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16. Welcome to DU, Proud2BaLiberalMom!
:hi:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 07:55 AM
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37. Hi Proud2BaLiberalMom!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:37 PM
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11. Bummer
He was a cool Senator
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:40 PM
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12. Peace,
We love you Wellstones
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Lancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:42 PM
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13. Thank you for this sad reminder
I miss Paul every day.
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callady Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:43 PM
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14. His Senatorial career was bookended by opposition to war with Iraq.
A Eulogy: Wellstone, Unabashed Liberal

by Matthew Rothschild

His Senatorial career was bookended by opposition to war with Iraq. His first speech in the Senate was against the 1991 Gulf War, and his defiance earned him a famous sobriquet from President George H.W. Bush, who asked: "Who is that little chickenshit?"

Then, earlier this month and at great risk to his political career, Wellstone voted against the current President Bush's authorization of force for another war on Iraq.

<snip>

A radical professor at Carleton College in 1969, he early on was "a believer in grassroots organizing, in grassroots politics," as he writes in his autobiography. At twenty-five, he was determined to use his academic skills "to empower people and to step forward with people in justice struggles." So he studied, and began organizing, the poor people of Rice County, Minnesota. For that, and other political stances, he was fired. But the students rebelled and got him reinstated.

His first run for the Senate in 1990 defied all the odds. Never having won elected office and massively outspent, he managed to win by running a grassroots campaign that used humor and did not flinch from the liberal label. "This time, vote for what you believe in," he said. And he won, 51-to-49 percent.

<snip>

"I have dedicated my life to the cause of economic justice and equality of opportunity for all Americans," he writes at the end of his autobiography. "The famous abolitionist Wendell Phillips was once asked, 'Wendell, why are you so on fire?' He responded, 'I'm on fire because I have mountains of ice before me to melt.' So do we." Paul Wellstone breathed fire on those mountains.

http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1026-06.htm
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:45 PM
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15. I had just begun to pay attn to him....when I 1st saw this thot maybe a j
joke

and his wife and a daughter and how many others died??

and the way the M$M trashed the memorial service was incredible

and later I realized how much the 2002 election was getting people in who would blindly follow W on Iraq

IMO, the family deaths sent a chill thru liberal politicians....even if you didn't believe he was 'taken out' the timing and effect (losing/removing an outspoken W opponent who was rapidly becoming a national leader) was certainly 'interesting'
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Hong Kong Cavalier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:46 PM
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17. We miss and need you, Paul and Sheila.
I was near to getting fired when I heard the news...
...banquet manager for the hotel said "well, if he'd have kept his promise and not run for a third term, he wouldn't be dead now, would he? It's his own damn fault."

I was this close to lighting into the woman with a hideous string of curse word that would have made Quentin Tarantino cower in shame. Instead, I went and made a few more pizzas.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:47 PM
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18. My love to their family.
:hug:
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Paulie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:50 PM
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19. Going to wear my Wellstone for Pres button
Glad I got to see Paul in person in Chicago back in 2000.
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celestia671 Donating Member (854 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:53 PM
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20. And he could have been Pres too...
Makes me want to do this:

:tinfoilhat:
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serryjw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 10:21 PM
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36. I greet Paul Everyday
I have the memorial edition of the Minnesota Daily framed on the wall of my office...I remember that fateful day so well. I was fundraising for the DNC when someone whom knew how much I loved him told me. I was worthless the rest of the day so I went home to cry.
I think of him so often on how he would deal with what is happening in the Senate and the country. Now more than ever we need his voice.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 07:57 PM
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21. Thanks for this thread.
Recommended
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:00 PM
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22. I'll never forget that day.
Never, ever.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 09:53 PM
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52. me neither
can still see my friend's expression when he broke the news ... :cry:
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:07 PM
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23. An assassinated future president, so sad....Wellstone
went to my high school :( ;( :cry:
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:11 PM
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24. Thank you for the picture
I haven't been down to Lakewood Cemetary since it was put there.

Wouldn't it be neat if Fitzgerald announced the indictments tomorrow? A little bit of justice on a very sad day.
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ISUGRADIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 09:41 PM
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32. It's a well visited resting place. I'll have to find a pic I took of some
of the things that have been left on the stone in the past. I live fairly close to Lakewood so I stop by once in a while.

It would be some karmic justice if there was good news tomorrow.
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ISUGRADIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 10:00 PM
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33. Some photos from his gravesite Oct 2004
I love the peace sign decoration that someone left there.




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Cults4Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:24 PM
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25. That hit me right in the gut... thanks for the reminder.
May the rest ever more soundly.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:35 PM
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26. Paul was one of those people who was much more
than we knew at the time. He was like a starman and would have been one like JFK, RFK, JFK Jr who would've been great to lead this country.
Very fitting Stone, it looks sWell.
The guy has an enormous amount of quotable quotes.
http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/paul_wellstone /

Paul Wellstone said: "I'm from the Democratic party-wing of the Democratic Party"

The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power

Politics isn't about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives

A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail

:cry: :mad: :cry:
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:36 PM
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27. Awful
just awful, I'll never forget hearing that news. :cry:
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mandyky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:39 PM
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28. I cried for 2 or 3 days straight
I knew what woould happen as a result, not in detail, but I knew shrub had growns even more rots over this one!
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:45 PM
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29. I'll always remember Wellstone
Edited on Mon Oct-24-05 08:46 PM by newspeak
I've never lived in Minnesota, but donated to his campaigns more than once. I loved that he really did care about people. I begged him to run for President. On my little altar, with all loved ones I've lost, I have a picture of Wellstone. He was the hope for America........... :cry:
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:51 PM
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30. RIP.
:patriot:
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 08:53 PM
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31. I will never forget. It was my birthday. And my senator and neighbor.
Wellstone was a great man.
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 10:00 PM
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34. and we lose rosa parks today
fight on for these folks and make 'em proud
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-05 10:18 PM
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35. Thanks for the heads-up.
And bowed down.

Peace.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 07:57 AM
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38. I miss you every day!
This world lost much on that terrible day!

:cry:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 07:57 AM
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39. You are not forgotten, Senator. Rest in Peace.
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chat_noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 08:41 AM
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40. RIP
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 08:42 AM
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41. So sad
I read about this in Al Franken's book. Sounds like they were great people. :(
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 08:44 AM
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42. I will always miss you, love you and respect you.
May your legacy soar. :cry:
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 01:00 PM
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43. Great people are often the casualties of wicked men
Taken down by Bushco, but they'll never, ever be taken out.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 04:10 PM
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44. here are some of his campaign ads
http://www.northwoodsadv.com/our_work/case_studies/case...

(click on the link under the print ad, and then scroll down under "view related pieces", for footage of Paul and the campaign bus.)
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TNOE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 04:25 PM
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45. So so very sad
thanks for the post. That was a very tragic day not only for DU but for America. RIP.
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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 04:30 PM
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46. Paul Wellstone was a hero ...
I still think he was assassinated so that scumbag could win.

I have a thread about the 5 living Dem progressives you most respect, and he would be on mine if he were still alive.
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spuddonna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 04:47 PM
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47. May they rest in peace...
I was just reading another thread, "What living progressives do you admire?" but my brain just fixed on Paul...

I really admire many of our Dems, but Paul was a special person. I would have been so proud to work on his campaign for his presidential election.

:( Such a loss... Sheila and Paul were such good people. My heart aches for their family.
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MN ChimpH8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 04:49 PM
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48. I still miss my senator so much.
It will be a long time before we see Paul and Sheila's like again.

:cry: :patriot:
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 09:33 PM
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49. Paul on channel 2 PBS
Talking about the haves and have nots. Wild hair and all.
:bounce:
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 09:37 PM
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50. Raising hell with W1 on the 1st war
"It will not bring a New Order, but it will bring a disorder". Right before being called a chickenshit by dubby's daddy Poppie.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 09:50 PM
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51. I don't mean to discount Sheila here
They were talking about how they liked to argue. Sheila said, " it is tough with him, he is so articulate- he always has the right word".
Paul said he would never be in a tux, but Sheila made him for his daughter's wedding. And he looked good!
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 09:54 PM
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53. It seems like an eternity that we had Paul's voice around us and in
the Senate. I long for those days.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:02 PM
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55. No voice has filled in for him yet
After watching some of the clips, I can see why the pubes and poppy felt threatened. He was damn outspoken, but spoke for the people. We can't have that!
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:00 PM
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54. What a loss that was. I will never forget hearing the news from a friend
at work, he was just coming on shift and came into my office and told me, I was so stunned.
And the shameful lies told about the Reich Wing about the memorial service, what filth they were to desecrate something beautiful and heartfelt and to try to turn it into such ugliness....but then, consider the sources....
Rest in peace, Paul and Sheila.

We need to be the ones to carry the torch!
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:13 PM
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56. Paul against pre-emptive strike on Iraq
He was scared of the decision because it he thought it would alienate him.
He then thanks his staff for letting him do his thing. The polls jumped up for him and the staff then thanked him.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:18 PM
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57. Now showing the dreadful day
Paul and Sheila were really loved. Huge public memorial wirh 25,000 people.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:21 PM
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58. Stupid Tucker Carlson mocking Mondale and the memorial
:argh:
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-05 10:27 PM
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59. Mondale saying that all Paul would have wanted was for the battle to
continue.
Say No To War!

Camp Wellstone Lives!

Sheila Wellstone Institute Lives!

Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary School Lives!

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