Beyond BIZARRE as PA Rednecks & Racists Re-elect 17 Term Representative John Murtha in Pennsylvania … BTW PA, You are a Coal State


What the hell was Pennsylvania thinking last night? No state probably did more of a disservice to itself that the Keystone state last night. Not only did they re-elect a man that would openly insult them not once, but twice. A coal state overwhelmingly selects Barack Obama. So much for those coal jobs.

In the end it was not about CHANGE, it was actually about the status quo of re-electing a 17 term Congressman and the airmarks he can provide for your state. It seems to be more about “what money (hand out) can be brought back” rather than change. As for CHANGE, that might just be the devastation of what’s left of the coal industry.

While watching the election returns and coming to understand the plausible reasons why Americans voted for Barack Obama there were certain races that leave me scratching my head in a WTF moment. Ok, America wanted “change” … whatever that might be. Ok, many first time voters and young people who do not pay taxes wanted “change” that is really yet to be defined. Ok, voters were upset with GWB and even Republicans were angered by the lack of conservative fiscal values displayed by so-called Republican candidates. Heck, though in some voter registration fraud, a media in the tank for Obama refusing to vet the candidate and even potential campaign finance violations … I get all that.

However, some one really needs to explain to me what the hell the people of Pennsylvania were thinking yesterday? After being called racists and rednecks by John Murtha, the Keystone State (now know as the Keystone Cop state) actually elected Murtha in an overwhelming 58% majority.   You have got to be joking! In the end, Murtha’s racists and rednecks re-elected him back to Washington, DC.

In spite of calling his constituents “rednecks” and saying that his district was in a racist part of the state, seventeen-term Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha was re-elected with over 58 percent of the vote to beat out retired Republican Army lieutenant colonel William Russell. 

“I first want to say how proud I am to represent this hard-working patriotic area, how much I appreciate the support I got. We turned this thing around in ten days, and the folks worked so hard. I appreciate President Clinton coming in, I appreciate Hillary Clinton’s Robo-calls, and of course Joyce’s long-term work with the Girl Scouts and so forth. All of it paid off,” Murtha said on Tuesday night.

Trouble began for Murtha when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that he said: “There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area.” While he apologized, he also told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV that “this whole area, years ago, was really redneck.”

Some one from PA really needs to explain the rational how as Murtha so eloquently put it, “You keep sending me back regardless of what I say.”

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    34 Responses to “Beyond BIZARRE as PA Rednecks & Racists Re-elect 17 Term Representative John Murtha in Pennsylvania … BTW PA, You are a Coal State”

    1. Linda on November 5th, 2008 1:25 pm

      The answer is simple, they were able to look past the 11th hour desperate rhetoric and the scare tactics that the McCain camp threw out about the coal industry and look at the facts. they were able to see for themselves that McCain’s proposals were no different than Obama’s.

      Just shows that the American public aren’t as stupid as some in the GOP thought they were.

      And Murtha is like PA family, yes get mad at him when he deserves it but know that in the long run he always had their best interest at heart.

    2. Michelle on November 5th, 2008 1:41 pm

      The answer is “brain-washing”……

    3. WTF? on November 5th, 2008 1:58 pm

      The sheeple came through as expected! Some day hopefully, the insanity that has taken over our govenment will be seen for what it is, one based on the principles our founding fathers used in its formation. Rampant socialism is not the answer, and its war on success, like forced busing that cost us billions and accomplished nothing, will be seen for the flawed abomination that it is.

      I’m still waiting for an answer on why Franklin “Cook the Books” Raines, who as Chairman of Fannie Mae for 6 years, stole $90 million from itb before being ousted for cooking the books to maximize the “bonuses” for he and his henchmen, has not been made to pay back the $90 million and is not in prison for fraud and embezzlement. Same with the $26 million paid to Jamie Gorelick, his replacement. Instead, both left Fannie Mae in financial ruins, a stinking corpse that required a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout.

      Or is Fannie Mae the model for future Democrap-controlled quasi-government agencies? After all, the big -0- has many “friends” to repay for engineering his election to the presidency.

      Change we can believe in? Bullshiite!!!!

      “…there were certain races that leave me scratching my head in a WTF moment.”

      AMEN, bro!

    4. da_wench on November 5th, 2008 3:18 pm

      So everyone who voted for Obama is either black and therefore voted for a black man, or is brainwashed. Interesting. So Republicans are more intelligent and have done a great job over the last 8 years and America is only in trouble now that Barack Obama has been elected president by more than half of America (which apparently is stupid). I’m so glad I understand it all now.

    5. SUPER DAVE on November 5th, 2008 3:40 pm

      the problem now belongs to barry. it is no longer considered a republican problem. let’s see if he can sweet talk all of his supporters that are waiting for free gas money for their kia.
      yes , the U.S. citizens must have been totally hypnotized by the snake. most of them woke up this morning from their drugged state and are in total disbelief of what they just created.
      they have opened the door for disaster, crime, greed, and total dependence on the government. this in itself will be obvious before a year has passed. the ultimate corruptor has just gotten the key to our country so beware !

    6. SUPER DAVE on November 5th, 2008 4:49 pm

      today is the day that our own citizens imposed the worst atrocity that our country has ever experienced. and i thought that there were more Americans among us.
      i am embarrased and deeply disappointed that my fellow countrymen ruined this country for my family and my grand children. all for the sake of money. the love of money is the root of all evil.

    7. Susy Q on November 5th, 2008 5:16 pm

      What about the birth certificate….what happened to all the court filings….did they all just go poof last night ? just wonderin’……..

    8. Kay Zee Es on November 5th, 2008 5:36 pm

      sooper Dave sez…
      “they have opened the door for disaster, crime, greed, and total DEPENDENCE ON THE GOVERNMENT.”

      Hmmm, must be talking ’bout dat dere corporate welfare bailout the Sen McCain also voted fer along with his minions. Dag-nab those cor-por-eight eeleetist types!

      Well said Souper-duper, you are still the one of funniest pundits around this board.

    9. Maggie on November 5th, 2008 5:55 pm

      Ralph Nader ripped Obama..Naders opinion

      An Open Letter to Barack Obama
      Between Hope and Reality

      Dear Senator Obama:

      In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words “hope and change,” “change and hope” have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not “hope and change” but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.

      Far more than Senator McCain, you have received enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly, big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a Democratic nominee for President achieved this supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Why, apart from your unconditional vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, are these large corporate interests investing so much in Senator Obama? Could it be that in your state Senate record, your U.S. Senate record and your presidential campaign record (favoring nuclear power, coal plants, offshore oil drilling, corporate subsidies including the 1872 Mining Act and avoiding any comprehensive program to crack down on the corporate crime wave and the bloated, wasteful military budget, for example) you have shown that you are their man?

      To advance change and hope, the presidential persona requires character, courage, integrity– not expediency, accommodation and short-range opportunism. Take, for example, your transformation from an articulate defender of Palestinian rights in Chicago before your run for the U.S. Senate to an acolyte, a dittoman for the hard-line AIPAC lobby, which bolsters the militaristic oppression, occupation, blockage, colonization and land-water seizures over the years of the Palestinian peoples and their shrunken territories in the West Bank and Gaza. Eric Alterman summarized numerous polls in a December 2007 issue of The Nation magazine showing that AIPAC policies are opposed by a majority of Jewish-Americans.

      You know quite well that only when the U.S. Government supports the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, that years ago worked out a detailed two-state solution (which is supported by a majority of Israelis and Palestinians), will there be a chance for a peaceful resolution of this 60-year plus conflict. Yet you align yourself with the hard-liners, so much so that in your infamous, demeaning speech to the AIPAC convention right after you gained the nomination of the Democratic Party, you supported an “undivided Jerusalem,” and opposed negotiations with Hamas– the elected government in Gaza. Once again, you ignored the will of the Israeli people who, in a March 1, 2008 poll by the respected newspaper Haaretz, showed that 64% of Israelis favored “direct negotiations with Hamas.” Siding with the AIPAC hard-liners is what one of the many leading Palestinians advocating dialogue and peace with the Israeli people was describing when he wrote “Anti-semitism today is the persecution of Palestinian society by the Israeli state.”

      During your visit to Israel this summer, you scheduled a mere 45 minutes of your time for Palestinians with no news conference, and no visit to Palestinian refugee camps that would have focused the media on the brutalization of the Palestinians. Your trip supported the illegal, cruel blockade of Gaza in defiance of international law and the United Nations charter. You focused on southern Israeli casualties which during the past year have totaled one civilian casualty to every 400 Palestinian casualties on the Gaza side. Instead of a statesmanship that decried all violence and its replacement with acceptance of the Arab League’s 2002 proposal to permit a viable Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in return for full economic and diplomatic relations between Arab countries and Israel, you played the role of a cheap politician, leaving the area and Palestinians with the feeling of much shock and little awe.

      read the rest here

    10. EURobert on November 5th, 2008 7:27 pm


    11. yoyo muffintop on November 5th, 2008 8:40 pm

      #9 – That is old news.
      Get over it.

      Your new President of the United States Barack Obama will be taking office in January 2009.

      I know it’s tough for you evangelicals, but America has spoken.

    12. Maggie on November 5th, 2008 9:49 pm

      yoyo muffintop on November 5th, 2008 8:40 pm
      #9 – That is old news.
      Get over it.

      Your new President of the United States Barack Obama will be taking office in January 2009.

      I know it’s tough for you evangelicals, but America has spoken.

      old news it was written Nov 3rd lol and I am not an evangelical nothing. I don’t bash people’s religion either.. You seem to enjoy it though while saying God Bless America..

    13. ALH on November 5th, 2008 10:07 pm

      I am from western Pennsylvania, in a suburb near Pittsburgh. It probably wasn’t politically smart for the comment to be made, but he was being honest. There are a lot of rednecks and racist who think its still 1950 here. but there are also alot of liberal people who live in the year 2008. I am not offended by Murtha’s comment because I am not racist. the only people who would be offended are the racists and rednecks themselves and people that are completely blind to whats going on around them. I worked on the Obama grassroots effort in my town and the comments i heard yelled at me , alot of which i wouldn’t repeat. one woman, with her parents next to her threatened to spit on my mom because my mom had her name on a door hanger list.

    14. JORAN is a KILLER on November 5th, 2008 10:18 pm

      lets see the video tape NOW that they would not put out for the people to see

      people that voted for obama are gonna get it

      change for the worse

    15. Fox Fire on November 5th, 2008 10:22 pm

      High Five to Yo Yo!


      And, just to keep all you positive thinkers alive out there…

      Obama is brilliant!

      He IS the one.


      No matter who you voted for…

      You’ve got to admit,

      He was the BEST!

      Best Man…

      Best Campaign…

      True CHAMPION!


      If there is kool-aide for sale…

      There’s nobody buying it!


      Call’s for a TOAST!


      Here’s to a new beginning…

      in the time of the end.

      May God continue to bless

      the innocent, the hopeless and the weak;

      For it is written,

      “As you treat them,

      So you treat me.”


      It is because of what lies within them…

      that we strive for what is good


      hate what is bad.



      Here’s to Barack Obama and his children and
      grandchildren for it is because of him that
      we come to realize our own identity.

      We are one nation,

      under God,


      With Liberty

      and Justice…

      For ALL!




    16. Fox Fire on November 5th, 2008 10:36 pm


      Can you tell me what the Palestinians did to

      deserve to be beaten into oblivion by Israel?

      And then, PLEASE, do tell…

      What is wrong with a Palestinian living here?


      It is not the Palestinians that you need to worry about…

      It is the Afghanis…

      and Pakistan.



      Bin Laden is the enemy!



      I must admit, I know people from Pakistan,

      that I would not consider my enemies…

      There is no reason why any of those Nationalities

      should not live here.

      They send their children to school, here,

      all the time!



    17. Fox Fire on November 5th, 2008 10:50 pm


      By the way,

      I loved your post!


      Number 9…



    18. Fox Fire on November 5th, 2008 10:56 pm


      Now that things are fine with America,

      What’s going on with our witness from Aruba?



    19. yoyo muffintop on November 5th, 2008 11:03 pm

      Maggie – fyi, it’s Nov 5th.
      You know, the day after John McCain was defeated in Presidential election by Barack Obama in a landslide.

      Of course you are an evangelical…and in the worst way – you sit idly by while your fellow McCain supporters spew filth and hate and not once have you spoke up and said “that was a little overboard”. Not once. Some others have on occasion, but not you. Oh you’ll occasionally throw out “sexist” on somebody not towing the republican line, but outside of that not a peep. As long as they supported McCain, anything and everything said was ok with you.
      I honestly used to have quite a bit of respect for you until this last week (and especially the disgusting things written today by a particular poster) when you didn’t say one word while it was all going on.
      You’re soooo transparent. Now I see.

      But maybe I’m incorrect about you and there really are 2 “Maggies”. But I don’t think so.

    20. dePlume on November 5th, 2008 11:18 pm

      Yes, there are some rednecks, and racists; but, mostly Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

      Murtha has been around for a long, long….long time. Apparently, incumbent name recognition counts and earmark renderings, plus some bacon ….counts.

      This time it looked like the voters were really going to boot him; but, at the eleventh hour, Murtha yelled for help. He was running low on funds, Russell was sneaking up on him. He was squealing.

      We heard that Hillary helped with funding and Bill was going to campaign. A last minute ad featured remarks that Russell was from West Virginia and would spend money there. Not sure how that spending would have worked; but nevermind, the ad worked, the funds worked. Old John pulled it out of the fire.

      John Murtha revives to gaffe again.

    21. Scarrlett on November 6th, 2008 4:34 am

      When I awoke to see all the people in the streets,most of them minorities,I realized that it was a must for that one to win.

      Can you imagine what those people would of done if he had not of won??? Lord, look what happened when Rodney King was found guilty. I suspect they would of tore our country down building by building. It would of been the most ugly assault on America yet!! And it would of been at the hands of her own people!! Quite frankly,I would of been scared to walk the streets if the one had not of won.

      And no,I could not be out in the streets with all those people. I had to WORK the next day. Hmmmmmmmm

      BTW..PA is full of rednecks and racists and I believe they are proud of that. So no foul there.

    22. SUPER DAVE on November 6th, 2008 7:04 am

      scarlett: that’s what they want. they want you to fear them. that’s what is wrong with our country now. too many minorities, illegals,terrorists,and just plain lazy asses living off the government.
      just wait until barry takes over, it will be much worse. it saddens me to see that half of American citizens could be bought and sold so easily. but then again, half of our population are not even legally here. including the so called (president )

    23. scott on November 6th, 2008 8:25 am

      FoxFire – why are you quoting the pledge of allegiance….obama turned his back on the national anthem…he would never put his hand of his heart for the pledge of allegiance.

      Linda – you are a quack…I’m not even sure why you post here but to say stupid things. You do know those are proposals and that $250K number is not set in stone. When Obama bumps his head with the reality of the stock market, you will see that number move and he will call on ALL Americans to sacrafice more of their paychecks.

      Learn something about economics and know that ALL are saying raising taxes during the worst economic crisis in 70 years, especially on the top 5% WHERE JOBS are created, will STIFLE the economy. It’s just plain facts. You can blabber to me about all the rhetoric and PROPOSALS at the a basic level..that’s fine, nobody is listening to you…back up your rhetoric with facts. The man has NOT even done anything yet and yet he’s a great President already? PUH-FUKIN-LEASE!

      The fact is you have nothing substantial to add to the argument. All you do is toe the company line and regurgitate the same old boring PROPOSALS and Obama talking points.

      I love the America has spoken thing too….since when is 63M Americans, America? 55M Americans said NOBAMA.

      ike it or not America is more a moderate, conservative country (FACT, look at the exit polling of how the country is broken down); and Obama will have to answer to those people too!

      I love it, I doubt these same marxists will be back here if Obama does not deliver….

      How is going to feel to have “Big Brother” dancing around in your living room? People that want more government in their lives are the same ones who need coddling and someone to do the dirty work for them!

    24. scott on November 6th, 2008 8:29 am

      Foxfire – I knew you were an idiot! So now that Obama has been elected America is OK?

      You might need to slap some cold water on your face or a large d**do slapped across your face and wake up to reality. The stock market fell yesterday over 400 points due to the uncertainty of Obama.

      America is FAR from okay due to all parties and just because Obama has been elected does not make things ok. HE HAS NOT DONE ONE DAMN LICKING THING YET! JFC!

    25. on November 6th, 2008 8:43 am

      YoYO: Landslide? You call a less than 5% win a landslide? Wonder what you thought of Bush’s win over Kerry.

      Murtha: simple answer – pork. Liberals love pork. They don’t care what it costs, who it comes from, who suffers for it, they just love their pork and Murtha brings home the pork big time.

    26. Sharon Chicago on November 6th, 2008 8:52 am

      PSALM 2008-2012








    27. scott on November 6th, 2008 9:40 am

      LOL! Check this out:

      What’s going to happen when their mortgages and gas aren’t being paid either?


    28. Michelle on November 6th, 2008 11:39 am

      WOW! It’s already starting and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.


      BTW I will be looking for my check come January 2009. You know the one Barry is going to send me because I make less than 250K. I sure can use it for some groceries.

    29. SUPER DAVE on November 6th, 2008 1:48 pm

      that’s how he got the votes. promising easy money to non workers and illegals. not to mention buying the presidency must make him feel like a real man. we’ll be seeing a big silver chain with the $ on it soon. maybe a gold grill and some pimp shoes as he pimps out America.

    30. Sharon Chicago on November 6th, 2008 2:18 pm

      Super Dave… Yes he will definately have someone “pimp my ride”…he will bring in
      the ethnic kunta kinta into his White House
      for sure… I work at a fortune 50 company and
      one of the top “black” leaders had a holiday party and brought in a guy to teach you how
      to “step” dance (stepp’n soul dance).

      I love my black brothers and sisters but they backed the wrong horse on this guy only because he was also black…too bad…
      they should have threw that brother back in!

      Can you say communist!

    31. on November 6th, 2008 3:26 pm

      #27 that is a funny story – funny only in the sense that some people have already found out that all promises aren’t necessarily honored. There’s something very wrong with any employer who sets a pay day time and place and doesn’t honor it. Making people wait for hours simply tells them you have little respect and regard for them.

    32. Maggie on November 6th, 2008 3:42 pm

      yoyo muffintop on November 5th, 2008 11:03 pm
      Maggie – fyi, it’s Nov 5th.
      You know, the day after John McCain was defeated in Presidential election by Barack Obama in a landslide.

      Of course you are an evangelical…and in the worst way – you sit idly by while your fellow McCain supporters spew filth and hate and not once have you spoke up and said “that was a little overboard”. Not once. Some others have on occasion, but not you. Oh you’ll occasionally throw out “sexist” on somebody not towing the republican line, but outside of that not a peep. As long as they supported McCain, anything and everything said was ok with you.
      I honestly used to have quite a bit of respect for you until this last week (and especially the disgusting things written today by a particular poster) when you didn’t say one word while it was all going on.
      You’re soooo transparent. Now I see.

      But maybe I’m incorrect about you and there really are 2 “Maggies”. But I don’t think so.

      First all, McCain wasn’t defeated in a landslide. Second of all.. I have addressed this with you before. I am NOT responsible for what others write on a blog.. If you have a problem with others comments, report them to the moderators or address them.I have never made a racist remark about Obama or wished him harm. I previously told you that I had spoke up about Obama’s birth certificate also about the big long list of Obama stuff that wasn’t all true , that someone posted.. I told them to go to Snopes. I also spoke up last week to say I didn’t dislike Obama,, I do not agree with many of his ideas..but if you think I wish him to fail, and mess this country up worse,, you are wrong. The stock market has been falling steady 2 days now. However, You have never spoken up once while stories about Sarah’s son really is her daughters , stories about her 17 year old daughter, her hair, her clothes, her religion, stories on and on about her abusing power, waiting for her to be impeached, stories of incest, making fun of John McCain’s age, trashing his military service, saying he has no experience, trashing John McCain’s wife, bringing up they adopted an african american child like that is a crime, videos of John McCain’s face after skin cancer surgery in an ad, calling people ignorant, uneducated or mentally retarted or worse, who don’t agree etc.. in fact you said some of these..and haven’t seen you ever speak up.

      If you feel better believing I am an evangelical, have fun.. My family will love hearing that lol.

      Every prez election, it’s guns, abortions and religion, that some bring out.You ask for tolerance while bashing someone’s religion. Last I knew.. Freedom of religion is a right. Owning a gun, is right to bear arms. I don’t have a problem with people who go to church and live their religion. I don’t own guns , but I don’t criticize those who do either legally. Remember Joe Biden in the tape saying Obama isn’t going to take my guns. Perhaps him saying that stirred it up a bit for gun owners?

      There is no president yet who has tried to impose one religion on people, let alone a VP. The only one I recall with religion in the White House is when Clinton was caught and brought in Jessie Jackson(you know the guy who makes racist comments about Jews) to pray for them and then Mr. Clinton started holding prayer breakfasts in the white house.

      The laws of the land are based on the 10 commandments for the most part. You put your hand on the bible to take an oath.

      John McCain didn’t go to Ca. and say people in Pa are rednecks and racists and then go ask them for their votes. This isn’t the first time Murtha has been in trouble..

    33. Maggie on November 6th, 2008 3:52 pm

      btw…this isn’t the first time Murtha has been in trouble..

      In 1980, during his third term as a Congressman, Murtha became embroiled in the Abscam investigation, which targeted dozens of congressmen. The investigation entailed FBI operatives posing as intermediaries for Saudi nationals hoping to bribe their way through the immigration process into the United States. Murtha met with these operatives and was videotaped. He did agree to testify against Frank Thompson (D-NJ) and John Murphy (D-NY), the two Congressmen mentioned as participants in the deal at the same meeting and who were later video taped placing the cash bribes in their trousers. The FBI videotaped Murtha responding to an offer of $50,000, with Murtha saying, “I’m not interested… at this point. [If] we do business for a while, maybe I’ll be interested, maybe I won’t”, right after Murtha had offered to provide names of businesses and banks in his district where money could be invested legally.[5] The U.S. Attorneys Office reasoned that Murtha’s intent was to obtain investment in his district. Full length viewing of the tape shows Murtha citing prospective investment opportunities that could return “500 or 1000″ miners to work

      Murtha is a moderate Democrat with a relatively populist economic outlook, and is generally much more socially conservative than most other House Democrats. He is opposed to abortion, consistently receiving a 0% rating from NARAL and 70% rating from National Right to Life Committee[1]; however, he supports embryonic stem-cell research. He generally opposes gun control, earning an A from the National Rifle Association
      (Oh wow, he’s for guns and against abortion) guess he’s a right wing nut too?

      In September 2006 the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) listed Murtha under Five Members to Watch in its Second Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report. The report cited Murtha’s steering of defense appropriations to clients of KSA Consulting, which employed his brother Robert, and the PMA Group, founded by Paul Magliocchetti, a former senior staffer on the Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense.[

      The Haditha incident occurred on 19 November, 2005, and since then there have been differing accounts of exactly what took place.

      In November 2005 Murtha announced that a military investigation into the Haditha killings concluded U.S. Marines had intentionally killed innocent civilians.[21] Referring to the first report about Haditha[22] that appeared in Time magazine, Murtha said:[23]

      The Marine Corps responded to Murtha’s announcement by stating that “there is an ongoing investigation; therefore, any comment at this time would be inappropriate and could undermine the investigatory and possible legal process.”[24] Murtha was criticized by conservatives for presenting a version of events as simple fact before an official investigation had been concluded.[25]

      On 2 August, 2006, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich filed a lawsuit against Murtha for character defamation during an ongoing investigation into the Haditha incident. Donald Ritchie, associate historian in the Senate Historical Office, said “that such defamation suits happen from time to time but that they tend not to go anywhere because of the constitutional protections members have.”[26] Murtha noted his statements were based on a report prepared by the military in July.[27]

      On 21 December, 2006, the US military charged Wuterich with 12 counts of unpremeditated murder against individuals and one count of the murder of six people “while engaged in an act inherently dangerous to others”.[28] Charges against Wuterich and other involved Marines were later dropped.

    34. Beth on November 7th, 2008 7:51 am

      Mark 12
      29 Jesus answered, The first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one:

      30 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.

      31 The second is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

      32 And the scribe said unto him, Of a truth, Teacher, thou hast well said that he is one; and there is none other but he:

      33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is much more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.

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