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Here's all you need to know about the "Party of No" -- and exactly where their Patriotic Allegiances lie ...

GOP senators block 9/11 health bill -- Dec 9, 2010

The Republicans voted against moving the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to formal debate until the Bush tax breaks are extended for millionaires and billionaires.

Supporters were three votes short of the 60 needed to proceed to debate and a final vote on the bill that would have provided as much as $7.4 billion in health care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors. It would also have reopened a compensation fund for 9/11 victims.

I should have said ...

ALL you need to know about their LACK of Patriotic Allegiances ...

Talk about "hostage taking" -- after holding the Unemployed "hostage" in order to get their Tax Cuts for the Rich -- the GOP now has the nerve to hold actual victims of Terrorism "hostage" too ...

Hoping apparently that the American People will NOT notice, their unmitigated crassness, once again ... (and the Media will NOT Report it, either.)

9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster
By the CNN Wire Staff -- Dec 9, 2010

Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high, while Democrats said the government had an obligation to help the first responders to the deadliest terrorism attack in U.S. history.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill -- named after a deceased New York Police Department detective who had worked in the toxic plume at ground zero -- seeks to provide free medical coverage for responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins after the attacks.

The GOP loves to rant and rave about Security and Defense and Patriotism --

But when it comes to ACTUALLY "paying the piper" -- they somehow always manage to end up MIA!

[same intro link]

"The idea that tax cuts for millionaires would derail this legislation is simply outrageous and offensive," Gillibrand [Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY] said in a statement.

"The men and women who rushed to the burning towers and worked for hundreds of hours on the pile did not delay and the Senate should not have delayed either, certainly not to give tax breaks for millionaires. [...]"

Paying Taxes IS a Patriotic Duty of ANY Citizen that supports their Country --

Somehow the GOP thinks that Paying Taxes is the root of all evil --

What Planet are they Living on ???

Planet Hypocrisy ???

Planet Wealthy  ???

Planet Despicable ???

So much for "Fighting them over there ..."

Looks like we had better start fighting our own GOP Hostage Takers "over here"

-- IF Not NOW -- WHEN !?

PS.   Didn't the EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman -- assure the Rescue Workers the air was safe at the time -- or at least imply it?

Given that -- It seems that We the People owe them -- them the 9/11 Workers.   Isn't that the real meaning of Patriotism ... being true to our word?

... and NOT trying to skate on our Obligations -- as the "Party of NO" ... is so exceedingly skilled at.

Skilled at saying Hell NO!  ... Unless it's about getting more "Welfare for the Wealthy" -- THEN the Greedy Old Party shouts with glee:  Hell YES!

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:04 PM PST.

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  •  NY 1 News, a cable channel, has a Call In show. (8+ / 0-)

    Tonight it was on this. It was good to hear caller after caller nailing the Congress, and very specifically the Republicans for this. People brought up it happened under Guiliani, Whitman's lie, the false patriotism of the Repubs -- limited to only giving money to defense and nothing else, etc.

    If there were a slogan that would fit all Republican stances it would be "Republicans Don't Care What Happens to You."

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:12:25 PM PST

  •  good to hear Kirsten Gillibrand (my senator!) (8+ / 0-)

    telling it like it is, and connecting it to the tax cuts for millionaires, twice.  This is the baldest expression yet of the despicable hypocrisy of the Republicans in Congress.  We need to have more people like Gillibrand making the public aware.  I cannot believe that Americans of all political persuasions will not be enraged by this maneuver.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:14:49 PM PST

  •  Glad to see this noted in a diary. (10+ / 0-)

    It's just been exhausting trying to keep up with the egregious, outrageous maneuvers  by the Republicans in this lame-duck session.  This has certainly been a bad couple of days with respect to the actions of those in our government.  Shameless, black-mailing, hostage-takers--the new words to describe the Republicans, and they don't even have the decency to be ashamed of who and what they are.

    You can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, or democracy, but you cannot have both. ~ Louis Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:17:06 PM PST

  •  Now that everybody seems to be all over this (6+ / 0-)

    I think I'll just re-post one of my diaries on the issue from back when action mattered. Here this one was from Tuesday;

    The best people America has to offer have been getting sick and dying from their heroic World Trade Center efforts with people like Mike Enzi working hard against justice for heroes. As you can see from this recent Daily News front page, he is not the only Republican to tell the 9/11 first responders to drop dead.

    The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that provides $3.2 billion for long-term health care for these rescue and construction workers, plus another $4.2 billion in compensation for others who were exposed to airborne toxins will be out of time once the Republicans control the House.

    These heroes who answered the call on September 11, 2001 and the horrible weeks that followed have been pushing hard for justice before it is too late. After a barrage of local media coverage, multiple visits to Washington from Ground Zero worker, victim's family members pleading with the Senate and a huge bipartisan effort from tri-state politicians, one Republican has signed on. The rest have voices disagreement with Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand’s method of financing healthcare for heroes. With the cloture count now at 59 their big day in the Senate is tomorrow.

    Now that there is some hope for a bill named after an NYPD detective who died at age 34 of a respiratory disease attributed to participation in the rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center, Mike Enzi is working hard to stop the bill from going forward. His reasoning is that the nation has already given enough.

    Last night I heard Senator Gillibrand make a speech about people Republicans do not consider worthy of any compensation.

    "Pearl Harbor was the deadliest attack on our nation, the most deadly attack, until the morning of September 11, 2001, when 3,000 innocent people perished and tens of thousands of people came to their rescue. In the days that followed the 9/11 attack, America showed the very same resolve that it showed nearly 60 years prior, and now we've seen thousands of heroes and thousands of survivors sick and dying from the toxins released at Ground Zero. It is time for us to show that very same resolve again. As President Roosevelt said, "No matter how long it will take us, we will win through to absolute victory." We will provide the firefighters, the police officers, the construction workers, the cleanup workers and the people and the children who go to school and live at Ground Zero with the health care and compensation that they justly and rightly deserve. There are few things we do here in Washington that are clearly a choice between right and wrong. There is no gray area when it comes to this issue. We truly have a moral, an undeniable obligation to help these men and women."

    It was Rep. Carolyn Maloney who described the Republican effort to kill a bill to help the heroes of 9/11 as "a pack of lies." That claim was in a New York Daily News Story last week, 9/11 victims fume as Sen. Mike Enzi, GOP circulate 'pack of lies' in bid to sink Zadroga health bill;

    With the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act on the verge of a Senate vote, GOP foes are circulating a document arguing Uncle Sam has paid back the ailing heroes.

    Providing more aid would lead to fraud and abuse funded by "job-killing taxes," the Republicans claimed.

    The Republican think that 95% of the workers were provided for in the recent $625 million legal settlement and that's plenty for them. The reality is that Republicans just don't care.

    That agreement only covers 10,000 people who sued, not the 30,000 people who received some form of treatment - let alone the estimated 90,000 people who rushed to the toxic scene.

    "If these were legitimate concerns, why are Senate Republican leaders only raising them now, at the last minute, instead of years ago?" Maloney asked.

    But it is not just New York Democrats who are disgusted with the Republican who feels the nation has already paid enough to 9/11 Heroes.

    Long Island GOP Rep. Pete King, who was a sponsor of the House bill, slammed his Senate colleagues for being shortsighted, and looking at the bill as politics as usual instead of helping heroes who are dying.

    He singled out Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, a Republican identified by many insiders as the lead opponent.

    "Mike Enzi - yeah, he's my favorite," King said sarcastically. "I think it's just the knee-jerk anti-New York feeling that a lot of people have. But in this case it hurts our country, and our party. I think if they really look at this, they'll be for it."

    It's really not about New Yorkers at all. This is about upstanding Americans who need help because they stood up. When Mayor Bloomberg went to the Senate accompanied Ground Zero responders who came from across the nation his call for lawmakers to act 41 Republicans were not interested.  

    All of our senators represent someone who answered the call to help our country in its hour of need, and now those brave men and women need our senators to answer their call for help. Many of them are already struggling with health problems. Some are battling serious illnesses; others may have to confront them in the future. And while we can’t prevent anyone from contracting an illness, we can and must ensure sustained funding to treat those who are sick, or could become sick, to continue researching World Trade Center health effects, and to re-open the Victims’ Compensation Fund so that those who worked at Ground Zero and did not show such symptoms until after the Fund’s deadline passed, can receive fair and just compensation. We owe at least that much to the firefighters, police officers, construction workers, community members, and volunteers from across America who contributed to the heroic task of saving lives, and then clearing the debris from the World Trade Center.

    For more on Republicans working to stop rescue workers from recieving healthcare see Sen. Gillibrand pushing back against the GOP's 'pack of lies' about 9/11 health bill;

    A GOP policy group infuriated 9/11 advocates last week by circulating a document casting the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in ideological terms, saying it opens the door to fraud and would be a "job killer."

    Those claims and others are a "pack of lies," the bill's authors told the Daily News, and Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to set them straight Monday.

    "I long feared that this bill would get tangled in partisan rhetoric, and it saddens me that this seems to have occurred," she said in a letter to colleagues.

    Among other falsehoods, the document suggests the $7.4 billion plan would tax U.S. firms, rather than the foreign companies it targets. It also ignores offers to change the funding sources.

    As usual;

    Many GOP senators sounded ill-informed Monday - and signaled no support.

    "We don't know what it costs," said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), although the Congressional Budget Office has released a detailed analysis. "It isn't the way we do things around here. It's not the way I do things."

    "I have not reviewed that matter. I haven't committed on that. I'm not prepared to announce on that," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), although he has discussed the legislation with 9/11 responders.

    Despite the uncertainty, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) started the clock on holding the first of three votes needed to pass the bill - with voting starting as soon as today.

    I can understand how Republicans would be unable to grasp the concept of courageous acts. The Republican Senators who have trouble with the method of payment for courageous Americans, they are despicable. When several Representatives from the House sent a reminder to the Senate Republicans didn't want to remember anything like courage.  

    On November 11, 2001, two months after the terrorist attacks and just a few blocks from the site of the Twin Towers, then President George W. Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly, telling the world, "Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."  Nine years have passed since President Bush spoke these words.  We ask that the responders and survivors of 9/11 who came to the aid of our country in a time of need and now are sick be remembered and be honored.  They should not have to wait any longer for Congress to act.

    Ignoring the call of workers and community organizers from across the nation while showing no interest in a widow of one of the fallen first responder making an impassioned plea because there is nothing in it for them. That is what most expect from Republicans.  

    But this Mike Enzi who thinks the nation has paid enough? I want to know where he was on that Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001 when firefighters raced to New York City and iron workers walked off their jobs to drive thousands of miles so they could help. What sort of American thinks we have already paid enough?

  •  One very important GOP marketing principle... (4+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, jamess, beltane, Siri that fluffing people is an acceptable substitute for doing right by them.  Once people catch on to that, GAME OVER.

    The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

    by Panurge on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:23:10 PM PST

    •  I was reading recently (4+ / 0-)
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      that Roger Ailes was coach Reagan for his debate with Mondcale -- and Ailes brought up the touchy subject of Reagan age ...

      They soon arrived at a zippy one-liner, which Reagan steely recited in the debate when his advanced age was challenged --

      the answer got a robust laugh, and the populace's shallow mind, was set at ease --

      and the rest is History ...

      we were rewarded with 40 years of Reagonics --

      and the curse continues.

      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:30:50 PM PST

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  •  Remember, kids: (5+ / 0-)
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    $7 billion for the health care for workers who put themselves in danger on 9/11 - TOO MUCH MONEY.

    $700 billion in tax breaks for people that already have too much money - JUST RIGHT.

    If you want to fight and die for my right to sit here and bitch, sleep with whomever you want.

    by talismanlangley on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:25:37 PM PST

  •  They didn't say (6+ / 0-)
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    Hell no, they said "you're saps."  And they said that not just to the 9/11 rescuers, they say it to the troops, they say it to anyone, who unlike them, do something for other people, no questions asked, no profit motive.

    We should hang this like an albatross around their necks.  It is so emblematic.

    Denial is complicity.

    by Publius2008 on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:32:36 PM PST

  •  So they'll only support the first responders (5+ / 0-)
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    if the 2% can profit from it? They're probably gloating about their victory.

    In an alternate world, the People's tribunal would sentence them to the stocks for this. And pass out free produce for the occasion.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:33:40 PM PST

  •  There is some real evildoers (2+ / 0-)
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    and they wear the GOP label.  It stands for  Godawful Opportunist Pigs....For those in here who do believe in a God, believe this, these people are gonna pay for all they have done.  If not in this life then I assure you, they all have one thing in common with we peasants..they are mortal and everyone dies and nobody gets to take a thing with them but their naked bodies they came in with and some don't even get that.  They act like taxpayer money...ours not theirs because the filthy rich pay no or little tax  is their personal piggy bank and they are masters over the kitty.  That bank is gonna break and bleed green all over them and the window jumping of the twenties and thrties will be a picnic what they will endure.   Don't nobody get out of this life without paying the piper.  There time is coming.  may God have Mercy on their souls...those who actually possess one.

  •  These people are morally bankrupt. (5+ / 0-)
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    I wish, I really wish, that religious, fraternal, secular organizations could get together and loudly proclaim their disgust with these spawns. If they can't get together, then do by themselves.

    This is a moral problem as well as a political problem.

    "F*ck today, it's tomorrow." - Freddie Mercury -7.50, -8.51

    by Rogneid on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:41:20 PM PST

  •  predatory politics (3+ / 0-)
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    Don't get sick

    But if you get sick

    Die Quickly

    The billionaires are on the warpath. They want more, more, more. ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

    by anyname on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:51:35 PM PST

  •  They really care for no one (2+ / 0-)
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    Their only motivating force seems to be to keep their campaign coffers full with the donations of their moneyed masters.

    Since this tactic appears to be working for them I wonder what the next demand of the masters of the universe will be. Whatever it is, I'm sure they'll hold every piece of legislation, no matter how vital to the nation it might be, hostage till they get their way.

    Seriously this is brazen even for republicans.

    "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

    by Siri on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 08:52:12 PM PST

  •  The GOP has no shame whatsoever... (3+ / 0-)
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    Not that that's news, but it seems like every time one assumes they've finally hit rock bottom, they sink to new depths of obdurate moral depravity.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Gandhi

    by AuroraDawn on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:04:52 PM PST

  •  Don't use the expression MIA to describe (3+ / 0-)
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    Republicans when it comes to doing right by people...

    MIA is missing in action.. the person became unaccounted for while doing his or her duty.. MIA is an honorable status ...

    When it comes to doing the right thing by people, the moral thing, the decent thing, the honorable thing, the true Judaic-Christian thing (and for that matter, the true Islamic or Sikh or Wiccan or even Atheist or Agnostic thing).. the Republicans are completely and totally AWOL .. and they have been AWOL so long that we can charge them with DESERTION ...both of these are dishonorable situations.  

    Actually, dishonorable isn't strong enough ...
    Please forgive me for using a Biblical reference, but Jesus once said that all sins would be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Spirit one has ever been able to satisfactorily define that sin, but I really think the Senators who voted against this bill have come damn close to, if not actually committing this unforgiveable sin ...

    John Cronyn, in response to my request for him to back Sen Reid allowing a Buddhist to have the opening prayer, wrote me a response that said, in essence, that he (Cronyn) was a Christian and would always favor Christianity over other religions.. his tone and words almost said that he only represented Christians .. Well, John Cronyn, this vote was the most un-Christlike behavior!
    This makes  me truly sick at heart ..
    I knew that there would be opposition to the DREAM act and DADT repeal.. but opposing help for 911 responders... makes no sense is cruel
    I am going to send an email to everyone of these Senators ... or maybe a card.. which will say

     "And then Jesus said: I was a severely ill 911 responder, suffering financially as well as physically because of huge medical bills, and you Senator voted against helping me ..."

    Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

    by moonbatlulu on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:16:39 PM PST

    •  AWOL (0+ / 0-)

      or Deserters

      are a more apt battle descriptions,
      than MIA.

      No disrespect was intended to actual MIA soldiers/victims.

      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:24:31 PM PST

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      •  i know you meant no disrespect (1+ / 0-)
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        but MIA was originally a military term as was AWOL...

        Deserter on the other hand has also referred to civilians who deserted their families or responsibilities ...

        whichever term we use, we can all agree that this vote shows a serious breach of the public trust ...
        it is tantamount to pronouncing a death sentence on these responders

        and condemning their families to excessive hardship

        Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

        by moonbatlulu on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 10:31:35 PM PST

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    •  Could you edit that to say (2+ / 0-)
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      "voted against saving my life." Because by not giving the responders this help so that they can afford the enormous medical bills they are facing and will face, the GOP is effectively killing them just as surely as those planes murdered the people in the towers on 9/11.

      Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

      by rubyr on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:39:55 PM PST

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      •  I see it as more than denying them (0+ / 0-)

        life saving help... it is also condemning their families to horrible hardships also ..

        By denying these responders this assistance, these Senators are saying the responders are unworthy of being recognized as public citizens who did an outstanding job under the most horrifying circumstances ..

        It makes me think of what I read (sorry for bringing up the Nazi connection, but I think this justified) about the execution of the White Rose members and others by the Nazis.. they were guillotined  and the Nazi govt actually sent their survivors a bill for the use of the guillotine ...
        I see no difference in the actions of billing the survivors of an executed person for the execution and what these Senators are doing in their vote ..I think I will add this info to the Christmas cards these people are getting from me

        Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

        by moonbatlulu on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 10:42:43 PM PST

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  •  Two of my cousins were FDNY on 9/11, both are (2+ / 0-)
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    retired now.

    One was on duty that morning - he lost his entire company (he was the driver and stayed with the truck).  He spent the next 6 months or more as liason with the families of his fallen brothers.

    My other cousin (they are brothers), was not on duty that a.m. (but, of course, headed in that mornig) and spent months on that pile.  He already had some health problems, and I have no clue how his time there has compromised his health further but damn if he doesn't deserve to be at the front of the line for health care benefits.

    Thanks for the diary.

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:21:20 PM PST

  •  Christine Todd Whitman did not imply that (2+ / 0-)
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    the air was safe. She shouted it from the rooftops. Over and over and over. She wasn't the only one.
    Then, she later felt a little remorse over her "error".
    We only had one working television station in this area for quite a while and every news cast was filled with the EPA statements that the air was clean on the pile and in all of New York and New Jersey.

    Yet, from 9/11 to December the wind would turn and we would be blanketed in smelly smoke 1.5 miles North of the WTC site. A dull headache would start in advance of the smoke, then about five to ten minutes later the smell would come and it was clear that no matter what the EPA said, the air was not clean. This went on for four months. The Federal, state and city governments lied and lied and lied until finally, too many reputable scientists came forth to dispute them and they could not continue with their ridiculous horse shit.

    Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

    by rubyr on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:35:44 PM PST

    •  kind of reminds me (2+ / 0-)
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      of the proclamation of safety in the Gulf Waters now, eh?

      thx rubyr

      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:43:09 PM PST

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      •  The "Gulf food and water is safe" outcry (2+ / 0-)
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        reminds me exactly of the days after 9/11. We knew that was crap then and we know that this is crap now.

        Nothing, and I do mean nothing, is allowed to get in the way of commerce in this country.

        BTW...I love your diary title but I think we should start calling them the "Party of No DECENCY" and say it over and over until it starts to penetrate the thick heads of the citizens in this country who vote for them against their own best interests.

        Great diary, jamess. Sorry that I went off on a tangent and forgot to say that sooner.

        Thank you.  

        Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

        by rubyr on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:52:24 PM PST

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        •  P.S. A lot of GWers would love to see you. nt (1+ / 0-)
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          Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

          by rubyr on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 09:53:58 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

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