The ‘regional’ GOP is being won outside the South

So much for the Republican Party being the party of the South and nowhere else.

Just when social issues returned to the fore of the national debate, with both the Obama administration’s health insurance mandate for contraception and the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood funding flap in recent weeks, the Bible Belt is taking a back seat. Instead, this GOP presidential campaign is shaping up for the real action to be everywhere except Dixie.

Ours is the region that, you may recall, overly giddy liberals less than four years ago labeled the last bastion of a dying conservatism. But the sudden demise Thursday of CNN’s Super Tuesday debate, to have been broadcast March 1 from right here in Atlanta, was another primary blow against the region. Consider:

  • A pair of Southern favorite sons — Herman Cain (born in Memphis, raised in Georgia) and Rick Perry (a Texan born and bred) — are long since gone from the race.
  • A passel of Southern governors or ex-guvs — Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, Florida’s Jeb Bush, Arkansas’ Mike Huckabee, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal — never even joined the race despite much speculation. At least Bush gets mentioned as a possible deus ex machina for the party, should the primary fight remain unresolved all the way to the convention. And Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell merit vice presidential buzz.
  • Still, the closest things we Southerners have now to a possible home-grown nominee are a pair of Pennsylvania natives: Ron Paul, now of Texas, and Newt Gingrich, once of Georgia. Well, those two and a Pennsylvanian born in Virginia, Rick Santorum. (If you pegged Santorum as the “Southerner” most likely to win the GOP nomination, please email your favorite lottery numbers to me.)
  • The future GOP nominee has won South Carolina eight straight times. But that streak will end if Gingrich can’t stage a third Lazarus act of this race — a possibility which, given events so far, one cannot yet rule out.
  • If Santorum keeps up his surprising national lead and captures the nomination, but does not beat Gingrich here, the GOP could have a nominee who not only failed to win the Palmetto State but three of the South’s biggest primary prizes: Florida, Georgia and Virginia, where neither he nor Gingrich qualified for the ballot.

The candidate’s name you haven’t read until now is that of Mitt Romney, whose withdrawal from the March 1 debate prompted CNN to pull the plug on it. The former Massachusetts governor has raised a lot of money in Atlanta, but he may have decided he wasn’t going to fall too far or rise too high in Georgia — and might as well deny his rivals free national air time. We’ll soon find out if that was worth the risk of alienating supporters here.

Instead of a Southern route, the path to the GOP nomination this year appears to run through the Midwest.

Santorum won the Iowa caucuses to keep his hopes alive, then got a boost from wins in (non-binding) contests in Missouri and Minnesota. Suddenly, he’s strongly challenging Romney in the latter’s birth state, Michigan. If he does so, Ohio just might steal Georgia’s thunder on Super Tuesday.

And if that happens? Southern Republicans ought to sit back and smile: Better to be along for the ride in a big party than driving solo in a small one.

– By Kyle Wingfield

207 comments Add your comment

Linda

February 17th, 2012
6:44 pm

Kyle, Have a great weekend. Remember than diapers & politicians need to be changed often & for the same reason.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 17th, 2012
7:07 pm

Here you go, Kyle, 0-3-6-3, guaranteed winner.

The rednecks would vote for a dog, if it won the nomination, against obozo.

Rafe Hollister

February 17th, 2012
7:51 pm

Oblamer is slowly turning the rest of the country RED.

Rafe Hollister

February 17th, 2012
7:53 pm

Maybe the electoral map will show a big red present with a tiny blue bow.

Tommy Maddox

February 17th, 2012
8:02 pm

Man it seems the GOP candidates are getting baited then led down the path. It does not help that the media is the main culprit but why is this a big surprise?

GET BACK ON MESSAGE AND SCREW THE MEDIA!!!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 17th, 2012
8:03 pm

Go to the Planned Parenthood website, check out all of the instructional materials there for anybody. If you printed a page from the Planned Parenthood website and went to a park and found a bunch of kids 10 and 12 years old or 14 years old playing on a seesaw and showed ‘em that page, you’d end up in jail. Planned Parenthood pushes sex, they push pornography, they instruct about it, they have been for the longest time.- RushLimbaugh

Really, liberal kids have no parents, so they turn to the freaks at PP to raise them.

Ever wonder why we’ve become so disgusting?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 17th, 2012
8:07 pm

Information for Teens!

Myths and Facts About Masturbation

Masturbation. Most people do it — yet so many people worry about doing it! That’s because there are a lot of myths out there that masturbation is dirty, dangerous, or something to be embarrassed about doing. But the truth is, masturbation is a safe and healthy way to have sex, and it’s here to stay.

People of all ages masturbate. Guys masturbate, and girls do it, too. Single people and people in relationships do it. Some people masturbate a few times a day, some do it a few times a year, and some don’t do it at all. Here are some common myths and facts about masturbation.- Planned Parenthhod

Our little sicko liberal friends should look up a few Myths and Facts about pedophilia.

perverts

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 17th, 2012
8:21 pm

RUSH: Oh, now wait just a second, what the heck was off-color about it? You want to see off-color, go to the Planned Parenthood website. Off-color? What in the world is off-color about making a joke about Andrea Mitchell putting an aspirin between her knees?

Now, you won’t find an aspirin there, but you’ll find dildos and whatever else in the Planned Parenthood — you’ll find it all there. You’ll find every sex aid and instructions on how to use them at the Planned Parenthood website. And no age restriction on this stuff. (interruption) What, are you upset because I used the word — (interruption) Okay, give me a substitute word then. What is the acceptable substitute word because I’m about to be Foster Friessed here, right? (interruption) What was that? Okay, a vibrator. You like that? We’re all adults here, folks. The kids are in school, and the ones who are around, believe me, don’t know where they are, and they know about this stuff anyway. In fact, many of them are trying the aspirin trick right now to see if they could defy it. Yeah, in fact, you can’t even get an aspirin in school now without the nurse. You can get a condom, you can get an abortion, you can’t get an aspirin. Off-color? Off-color joke?

I’m practically in tears of laughter here.

Thank God I’m a Conservative.

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February 17th, 2012
8:34 pm

I’m thinking anyone who’s doing “it” would just as soon not have people out there talking about “it”.

schnirt

ByteMe

February 17th, 2012
8:36 pm

Whiner probably should spend more time with two hands on the keyboard. :lol:

@@

February 17th, 2012
8:36 pm

Pee Wee “did it” in a movie theater. Didn’t Madonna “do it” in a music video?

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:02 pm

@Rafe Hollister
February 17th, 2012
7:51 pm
Oblamer is slowly turning the rest of the country RED.
____________________________________________

YOU WISHED :)

@.Rafe Hollister
February 17th, 2012
7:53 pm
Maybe the electoral map will show a big red present with a tiny blue bow

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The big red present IS GONE WITH THE WIND. :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:08 pm

@ Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…
February 17th, 2012
8:21 pm
RUSH: Oh, now wait just a second, what the heck was off-color about it? You want to see off-color, go to the Planned Parenthood website. Off-color? What in the world is off-color about making a joke about Andrea Mitchell putting an aspirin between her knees?

I’m practically in tears of laughter here.

Thank God I’m a Conservative.
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White women are going to bury the Republicans in 2012 and help re-elect Obama..

And Black,Hispanic and Asian women are going to spit on their graves. :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:17 pm

@I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…

February 17th, 2012
8:07 pm
Information for Teens!

Myths and Facts About Masturbation

Masturbation. Most people do it — yet so many people worry about doing it! That’s because there are a lot of myths out there that masturbation is dirty, dangerous, or something to be embarrassed about doing. But the truth is, masturbation is a safe and healthy way to have sex, and it’s here to stay.

People of all ages masturbate. Guys masturbate, and girls do it, too. Single people and people in relationships do it. Some people masturbate a few times a day, some do it a few times a year, and some don’t do it at all. Here are some common myths and facts about masturbation.- Planned Parenthhod

Our little sicko liberal friends should look up a few Myths and Facts about pedophilia.

perverts
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YOU SOUND LIKE A PERVERT.

You just could not wait to spew your sexual fantasy on this blog.

I was just waiting for the day that YOU REVEALED YOUR TRUE SELF.

YOU SAY – “But the truth is, masturbation is a safe and healthy way to have sex, and it’s here to stay.”

Now we know………….AS A MAN THINKETH SO IS HE.

NOW WE KNOW HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME. mmmmmmmmmmm :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:20 pm

@@I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…

February 17th, 2012
8:07 pm
Information for Teens!

Myths and Facts About Masturbation

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WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST NIGHT. :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:22 pm

@I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…

February 17th, 2012
8:21 pm
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IT’S 9:21 p.m.

We know what you are doing. :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 17th, 2012
9:26 pm

@I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…

February 17th, 2012
8:21 pm

Thank God I’m a Conservative.

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Dear God,

Thank you for making I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin…

a Conservative and NOT A LIBERAL.

Thank you in the name of your son Jesus Christ.

AMEN

ragnar danneskjold

February 17th, 2012
10:40 pm

Amusing essay, well done. Maybe it is appropriate that the midwest should decide the republican nominee this year – that is seemingly where the election itself will be won or lost.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 17th, 2012
11:31 pm

Curly’s penchant for onanism is a wonderful thing, it means fewer little Curlies in the world, and poor Mrs. Curly doesn’t have to engage in vile and disgusting acts with a truly repugnant and disgusting individual.

Master debate away, Goldilocks! Keep whackin’ that keyboard!

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 18th, 2012
1:11 am

Meanwhile, the governor of New Jersey, a devout glutton, vetoed gay marriage legislation.

Joel Edge

February 18th, 2012
5:20 am

“Ours is the region that, you may recall, overly giddy liberals less than four years ago labeled the last bastion of a dying conservatism.”
Glad someone else noticed what was a southern trend is now spreading, Kyle. Distrust of intrusive government, unions and the Dem party in general is now going national.

Techfan

February 18th, 2012
5:58 am

Road Scholar

February 18th, 2012
6:52 am

I Report:”Really, liberal kids have no parents, so they turn to the freaks at PP to raise them.”"Thank God I’m a Conservative”

Freaks? Are you looking in a mirror? Too bad God didn’t give you brain and some compassion!

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
6:54 am

“The big red present IS GONE WITH THE WIND”
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November 2010.

’nuff said.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
6:55 am

the governor of New Jersey, a devout glutton, vetoed gay marriage
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Logic dictated his decision, as there can be no such thing as gay “marriage”.

Normal Americans will understand.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 18th, 2012
6:56 am

I know liberals aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, but me posting evidence of planned parenthood child abuse and calling it disgusting doesn’t mean I’m going to the gay pride parade with you, trashman.

Calm down, nancy.

Ayn Rant

February 18th, 2012
7:29 am

Kyle, you mislabel hatred, prejudice, and ignorance as “conservatism”. Republicans abandoned conservatism many years ago, with the election of Ronald Reagan.

The terms “conservative” and “liberal” do not apply to American politics. There are no conservatives or liberals this side of the Atlantic, just the “distracted” and the “confused”.

Rafe Hollister

February 18th, 2012
8:03 am

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
The creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
– Winston Churchill

Ayn Rant
just the “distracted” and the “confused”.

Since you are writing your own dictionary, let me write mine,

The party of the Makers and the party of the Takers.

carlosgvv

February 18th, 2012
8:08 am

Barry – 6:55

For once, I agree with you. A line has to be drawn somewhere on this. Unfortunately, our current politicians have developed the habit of falling all over themselves when it comes to political correctness. Combine that with the gay community determined to present themselves as a good alternative to straights and willing to infuse all of society, from cradle to grave, with the idea that being gay MUST be accepted and embraced by everyone. Gays have given politicians the idea they WILL turn out in huge numbers at the polls. So, putting getting elected above everything else, politicians act accordingly.

@@

February 18th, 2012
8:25 am

WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST NIGHT.

WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Well, unlike you, I wasn’t sitting around fantasizing about other people. And with a smile, no less!

Voyeurism will make you go blind, Tom.

schnirt

Actually I was compiling a list of properties I plan to look at this weekend.

jconservative

February 18th, 2012
8:30 am

Interesting discussion.

The term conservative always seems to be connected to the word Republican. There have been no conservative Republicans elected to the White House or Congress in any of you guys lifetime with the possible, repeat posible, exception of the Pauls.

Instead, the Republicans elected have all been big government liberals. And then they get reelected.
All in the name of non existent conservatism.

Take the presidents: Eisenhower, big government, Nixon, big government, Reagan, real big government, Bush, big government, and Bush, real big government. All but one were reelected.
Although all talked about reducing the size of government, all left government much, much bigger than they found it.

And this year you will nominate a big government nominee from among the big government candidates Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
8:45 am

There are no conservatives or liberals this side of the Atlantic, just the “distracted” and the “confused”.
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Obozo’s counting on it. You Democrats just keep watching “Entertainment Tonight” and reading your “People” magazine (or at least look at the pictures) and Obozo will keep sending the checks.

@@

February 18th, 2012
8:46 am

Conversely, Rove’s presence at the Schine Student Center drew about 30 protesters. In part, the protest was organized by the College Democrats at Syracuse University. Protesters included members of the Syracuse Peace Council, local labor unions and students.

An education graduate student called for Rove “to be taken to Fallujah and killed,” according to The Newshouse, a publication produced by the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications. It was also reported that the protest crowd broke into a chant: “Karl Rove, you can’t hide. We’re charging you with genocide.”

As a response to Rove, one might suggest the College Democrats invite Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief strategist and chief of staff, to speak. However, if any left-wing groups happen to gather in his opposition, then, as he did in a prior heated strategy meeting, Emanuel might call the liberals “f*cking retarded.”

http://www.dailyorange.com/opinion/conservative-rhetoric-at-peaceful-anti-rove-protest-still-unacceptable-1.2786899

And Rahm would be right!!!

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
9:37 am

@Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
8:45 am
There are no conservatives or liberals this side of the Atlantic, just the “distracted” and the “confused”.
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Obozo’s counting on it. You Democrats just keep watching “Entertainment Tonight” and reading your “People” magazine (or at least look at the pictures) and Obozo will keep sending the checks.

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Lawdy Masah

That boy Lil Barry is back with the same ole foolishness (The South Will Rise Again).

Dat ole dog won’t hunt cause its GONE WITH THE WIND.

Dares a new masah in the white house……….and he is black like me. :)

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
9:47 am

@February 18th, 2012
8:03 am
Since you are writing your own dictionary, let me write mine,

The party of the Makers and the party of the Takers.

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Oh, this morning you are a DICTIONARY GENUIS?

Last night you were an ignorant conservative spewing nonsense like (”Oblamer is slowly turning the rest of the country RED.”)

Face it southern conservatives your kind is GONE WITH THE WIND. :)

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
9:50 am

black like me
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Yeah, right!

Lying sack of dog squeeze. Real black people don’t type with an ebonics accent.

MarkV

February 18th, 2012
9:51 am

With the recent fall from favor of New Gingrich, we do not hear much from those who predicted that Newt would “wipe the floor with Obama” in a debate. But it is still interesting to hear Newt’s own assessment of that. In his response to the Georgia debate cancellation, he said: “If you’re afraid to debate Newt Gingrich, you sure can’t debate Barack Obama.”

The meaning is inescapable. According to Newt, it is easier to debate Newt than Obama. Therefore, in Newt’s own view Obama is a better debater than Newt.

Don’t argue with me. Argue with Newt.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
9:53 am

Or you can do as MarkV, and argue with yourself.

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
9:55 am

I don’t know why anyone would come on this conservative blog where there is nothing but racist perverted bigots spewing the stench, foul odor and putrid smell of disgust.

Jay Bookman should be glad that they are over here and not on his blog stinking it up.

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
10:01 am

@MarkV
February 18th, 2012
9:51 am
With the recent fall from favor of New Gingrich, we do not hear much from those who predicted that Newt would “wipe the floor with Obama” in a debate.
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I think it was LIL BARRY BAILOUT WHO SAID THAT. :)

Heeheeheehee

How did that work out for the delusional conservatives?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

WHERE IS NEWT NOW CONSERVATIVES?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheheeheeheeheeheehee

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
10:02 am

Fake black person, you’re the prime example of what you’re complaining about! Too fkn funny.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
10:06 am

WHERE IS NEWT NOW CONSERVATIVES?
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Working on a plan to balance the budget like He did in the 90s, after four years of Obozo’s $1.5 trillion deficits.

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
10:06 am

@Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
9:50 am
black like me
———————-

Yeah, right!

Lying sack of dog squeeze. Real black people don’t type with an ebonics accent.

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Miss Scarlet why’s lil barry so angry?

Cause he thought de south wus gonna RISE AGIN.

I hears dat the black man in that white house gonna RISE AGIN.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheheeheeheeheeheehee

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
10:08 am

Looks like the most racist thing on this thread is Fake Black Person typing with the sort of hackneyed English he imagines real black Americans using.

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
10:10 am

@Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
10:06 am
WHERE IS NEWT NOW CONSERVATIVES?
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Working on a plan to balance the budget like He did in the 90s, after four years of Obozo’s $1.5 trillion deficits.

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Someone saw him and his “want-to-be first-lady” wife Calista at TIFFANY’S buying a trillion dollar necklace. :)

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheheeheeheeheeheehee

Y'all Good Old Boys Keeping Wishing and Hoping That The South Will Rise Again

February 18th, 2012
10:11 am

@Lil’ Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

February 18th, 2012
10:08 am
Looks like the most racist thing on this thread is Fake Black Person typing with the sort of hackneyed English he imagines real black Americans using
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You would not know a REAL Black person if they were talking to you RIGHT NOW.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheheeheeheeheeheehee

YOU ARE AN IDIOT

MarkV

February 18th, 2012
10:27 am

I do not know what Kyle thinks about his blog; perhaps he is so busy with the newest member of his family that he does not have time to care. Because the quality of the posts can hardly sink much lower.

It has been always a place for rabid conservatives to gush out their vitriol, trying to outdo themselves in who can insult the President more nastily. Apparently it never occurred to them that nobody really cares what they write. (People like Y’all Good Old Boys hopefully will soon learn that there are people here to whom to respond is like trying to debate village idiots.) But more recently they seem to be in more frenzy then ever before. Why is that?

It appears they are just running scared. With the bad news (for them) of improving economy and rising Obama’s poll numbers, they are scared their side will lose. They should take solace in the real possibility and hope (for them) that some events Obama cannot control will still derail the recovery. What they cannot change, however, is the sorry lot called Republican candidates for the president.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 18th, 2012
10:46 am

Per MarkV @ 10:27, I think all decent intelligent people can agree that Wingfield’s Wasillabilly Weirdos, Waco Whackos, Winos, and (of course) Whiners are all mental defectives.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

February 18th, 2012
10:57 am

I do not know what Kyle thinks about his blog; perhaps he is so busy with the newest member of his family that he does not have time to care. Because the quality of the posts can hardly sink much lower.

It has been always a place for rabid conservatives to gush out their vitriol, trying to outdo themselves in who can insult the President more nastily. (People like Y’all Good Old Boys hopefully will soon learn that there are people here to whom to respond is like trying to debate village idiots.)

Know what I mean?

Apparently it never occurred to them that nobody really cares what they write.

But yet we babble about them for 3 paragraphs.

Talk about clueless.

Dusty

February 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

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