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Robert Ford: “I Was Lynched”

Former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford (D-Charleston) says he was “lynched” by so-called “Republicans” on the Senate ethics committee last month – made to suffer as part of an ongoing battle between Gov. Nikki Haley and members of her own party in the S.C. General Assembly. Ford resigned his seat in…

Former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford (D-Charleston) says he was “lynched” by so-called “Republicans” on the Senate ethics committee last month – made to suffer as part of an ongoing battle between Gov. Nikki Haley and members of her own party in the S.C. General Assembly.

Ford resigned his seat in the S.C. Senate midway through a hearing into multiple ethics allegations committed over a four-year period. Had he not resigned, “Republican” members of the ethics committee were prepared to recommend that he be expelled from the State Senate.

In a letter to his supporters in which he frequently refers to himself in the third person, Ford unloads on a wide range of topics – excoriating his critics and attempting to frame his indiscretions in the best light possible. First, he blasts committee chairman Luke Rankin (RINO-Horry) for failing to properly advise him of the ethics complaints leveled against him this year.

“I received no official notification that cited any specific problems with my reports or the fact they needed further clarification, not one time,” Ford writes. “I did not learn about any of these allegations except in late April when the General Assembly and general public were informed about the alleged charges. This was the first time in the history of the Senate that this type of action was made a public spectacle. I was never officially notified, never received any correspondence from the Senate Ethics Committee stating specific problems during this four month period.”

“Not one bit of respect for me as a senator,” Ford added. “Simply a public lynching of State Senator Robert Ford.”

According to Ford, Rankin’s failure to provide him with proper notification was part of a broader conspiracy – one in which “Republican” lawmakers were looking to justify their corrupt self-policing practice as it relates to current and former colleagues accused of ethics violations.

“Robert Ford was singled out by the S.C. Senate Ethics Committee to be destroyed,” Ford wrote. ” Was this so they could feel good and show Governor Nikki Haley – who has more ethics violations than any other member in South Carolina History – that they could be tough on their members?”

Ford makes a damn good point here …

Much more serious allegations against Haley were whitewashed by her fellow “Republicans” in the S.C. House of Representatives last summer, while former “Republican” Senator Jakie Knotts was given a slap on the wrist for similar violations in 2010.

Ford adds “there are others who have violated laws and at this point have never ever been reported about in the media.”

He’s right about that, too.

Why the double standard? Because “Republicans” are in power in South Carolina, and Democrats are not.

Again, we’re not trying to say Ford didn’t get what was coming to him … he absolutely did. We’re simply saying that plenty of “Republicans” are doing much worse than anything he did … and getting away with it.

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82 comments

southmauldin June 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

You can’t get lynched if you made the rope and tied the noose.
Or maybe it was auto-erotic asphyxiation, given his visits to the sex store.
In any case, he’s gone and Harrell is next. Now I’m going to celebrate by going to a birthday party and have a belly full of Natural Light.

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Will Folks aka Sic June 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

ha! +2 on that comment, friend.

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Sexy Rexy June 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

You beat me to it and you are exactly right.
He should say he committed suicide by arrogance and stupidity!

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The man has been there for 20 years. He has voted on and approved the requirements and subsequent changes to the requirements. What has be been doing during this time — sleeping? Twenty years will take you from kindergarten through law school, a masters, and a doctorate. Mr. Ford — where have you been ???

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JC June 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Anyone who has worked as a Senate Page knows that Senator Ford is the first to doze off and the loudest snorer. He is an embarrassment.

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southmauldin June 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

You can’t get lynched if you made the rope and tied the noose.
Or maybe it was auto-erotic asphyxiation, given his visits to the sex store.
In any case, he’s gone and Harrell is next. Now I’m going to celebrate by going to a birthday party and have a belly full of Natural Light.

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Will Folks aka Sic June 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

ha! +2 on that comment, friend.

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Sexy Rexy June 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

You beat me to it and you are exactly right.
He should say he committed suicide by arrogance and stupidity!

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The man has been there for 20 years. He has voted on and approved the requirements and subsequent changes to the requirements. What has be been doing during this time — sleeping? Twenty years will take you from kindergarten through law school, a masters, and a doctorate. Mr. Ford — where have you been ???

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JC June 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Anyone who has worked as a Senate Page knows that Senator Ford is the first to doze off and the loudest snorer. He is an embarrassment.

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lowcorider June 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Just another case of the white man holding the black brother down. Fight the power.

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

—- when will it ever end?

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Honkey Whitebread June 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

We should have picked our own cotton.

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I have – a little bit – for a short time…..

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Lowcorider June 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Just another case of the white man holding the black brother down. Fight the power.

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

—- when will it ever end?

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Honkey Whitebread June 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

We should have picked our own cotton.

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shifty henry June 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I have – a little bit – for a short time…..

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Southern conservatives make scapegoat out of black man.
Dog bites man. No headline here.

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Comrade1917 June 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Play dat race card!

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Jay Ellington June 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

There is no accountability in the mindless reality of a race baiter.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

No wonder BigT has such an easy time of it. You could chum with sawdust here.
“Deez heah catfishes is sooo preezdictables.” (apologies to W Kelly)

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? June 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

“You could chum with sawdust here”.

True dat.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Southern conservatives make scapegoat out of black man.
Dog bites man. No headline here.

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Comrade1917 June 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Play dat race card!

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli June 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

There is no accountability in the mindless reality of a race baiter.

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Soft Sigh from Hell June 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm

No wonder BigT has such an easy time of it. You could chum with sawdust here.
“Deez heah catfishes is sooo preezdictables.” (apologies to W Kelly)

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? June 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

“You could chum with sawdust here”.

True dat.

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bogart June 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford.

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bogart June 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford.

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Milhouse June 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Nikki was cleared and if Bobby walks, then Robert Ford has a good point. Its up to Republicans to do the right thing now.

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Scrappy June 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

That simply will not happen. Ford was the deserving “sheep to slaughter”. Harrell will walk away w/o a scratch! And in the uneventful chance he does get popped the Chief Justice will make it all go away. Ford simply was a dumb ass. Harrell a greedy, pompous asshole with power! Makes all the difference in the world!

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McCoy June 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

so true

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Lewis June 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Queen Jean will protect R. Ford, a true great and honorable Democrat. Toal set the stage with her Haley ruling. Run, Costa, Run!

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

Don’t think fucktard will walk, but wouldn’t be surprised.

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Milhouse June 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Nikki was cleared and if Bobby walks, then Robert Ford has a good point. Its up to Republicans to do the right thing now.

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Scrappy June 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

That simply will not happen. Ford was the deserving “sheep to slaughter”. Harrell will walk away w/o a scratch! And in the uneventful chance he does get popped the Chief Justice will make it all go away. Ford simply was a dumb ass. Harrell a greedy, pompous asshole with power! Makes all the difference in the world!

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McCoy June 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

so true

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Lewis June 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Queen Jean will protect R. Ford, a true great and honorable Democrat. Toal set the stage with her Haley ruling. Run, Costa, Run!

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

Don’t think fucktard will walk, but wouldn’t be surprised.

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Jim June 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Why do we put elected officials on a pedestal. I am sorry more people have not had a chance to see what goes on. It’s a very rude awaking. Wake up America.

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OK June 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Why do we put elected officials on a pedestal. I am sorry more people have not had a chance to see what goes on. It’s a very rude awaking. Wake up America.

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Mark June 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

“In a letter to his supporters in which he frequently refers to himself in the third person”…maybe he thought it sounded cool & made him look important. You know, like the 1539 times you’ve referred to yourself in third person since 2007.

Ford loves him some him. Alas, so does “your” “founding editor” [you]. I really enjoy your blog. Please stop the third person shit.

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CNSYD June 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

AMEN!!!!

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Mark June 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

“In a letter to his supporters in which he frequently refers to himself in the third person”…maybe he thought it sounded cool & made him look important. You know, like the 1539 times you’ve referred to yourself in third person since 2007.

Ford loves him some him. Alas, so does “your” “founding editor” [you]. I really enjoy your blog. Please stop the third person shit.

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CNSYD June 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

AMEN!!!!

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B. Harford June 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Reminds me of the Tom Cruise – Nicole Kidman erotic thriller “Eyes Wide Shut” (Stanley Kubrick, 1999) — the Cruise character attending quasi-religious sexual orgy parties held by the high-and-mighty of New York society at a heavily-guarded country mansion.

Members of this elite society — men and women — remain anonymous to one another and wear costumes and Venetian masks, and may enter the estate only after giving a secret password to menacing guards.

Everyone fucks each other throughout the mansion, in every position imaginable, on every piece of furniture, anonymously. Promiscuity and secrecy are the rule. Members enjoy themselves for years until one person who “did not belong” gains entrance, and is murdered.

The SC legislature and Robert Ford?

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unusualpost June 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I always thought that EWS (wunnaful movie) was ‘located’ around New Orleans….
Now I’ll have to view it again to see if I can read the taxi info…

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B. Harford June 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

It was set in and around NYC, but filmed entirely in the UK. Kubrick’s last film — he died five days after its release. He could not be talked out of the insanity of building props in the UK and digitally re-creating Greenwich Village. Critics noticed this, too.

It’s based “Dream Story,” (original German title, Traumnovelle), a 1926 novella by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The book deals with the thoughts and psychological transformations of Dr. Fridolin over a two-day period after his wife confesses having had sexual fantasies involving another man. In this short time, he meets many people who give a clue to the world Schnitzler reveals. It culminates in the masquerade ball, a wondrous event of masked individualism, sex, and danger for any “outsider.” The book belongs to the period of Viennese decadence after the turn of the 20th century.

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B. Harford June 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Reminds me of the Tom Cruise – Nicole Kidman erotic thriller “Eyes Wide Shut” (Stanley Kubrick, 1999) — the Cruise character attending quasi-religious sexual orgy parties held by the high-and-mighty of New York society at a heavily-guarded country mansion.

Members of this elite society — men and women — remain anonymous to one another and wear costumes and Venetian masks, and may enter the estate only after giving a secret password to menacing guards.

Everyone fucks each other throughout the mansion, in every position imaginable, on every piece of furniture, anonymously. Promiscuity and secrecy are the rule. Members enjoy themselves for years until one person who “did not belong” gains entrance, and is murdered.

The SC legislature and Robert Ford?

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unusualpost June 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I always thought that EWS (wunnaful movie) was ‘located’ around New Orleans….
Now I’ll have to view it again to see if I can read the taxi info…

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B. Harford June 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

It was set in and around NYC, but filmed entirely in the UK. Kubrick’s last film — he died five days after its release. He could not be talked out of the insanity of building props in the UK and digitally re-creating Greenwich Village. Critics noticed this, too.

It’s based “Dream Story,” (original German title, Traumnovelle), a 1926 novella by the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The book deals with the thoughts and psychological transformations of Dr. Fridolin over a two-day period after his wife confesses having had sexual fantasies involving another man. In this short time, he meets many people who give a clue to the world Schnitzler reveals. It culminates in the masquerade ball, a wondrous event of masked individualism, sex, and danger for any “outsider.” The book belongs to the period of Viennese decadence after the turn of the 20th century.

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Mark June 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

sorry Willy; I guess you don’t like being called out for talking about yourself in third person.

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Mark June 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

sorry Willy; I guess you don’t like being called out for talking about yourself in third person.

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Interested Observer June 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

Once again, the scoundrel becomes the victim. When all else fails, play the “race card”. When he was so quick to resign, I figured it was coming!

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nitrat June 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

He’s playing the same race card as Clarence “high-tech lynching” Thomas did in his confirmation hearings and Herman Cain and Allen West and every other black con-servative do when they run into problems.
Only difference is that playing the race card is OK if they’re black GOPers.

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Interested Observer June 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

Once again, the scoundrel becomes the victim. When all else fails, play the “race card”. When he was so quick to resign, I figured it was coming!

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nitrat June 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

He’s playing the same race card as Clarence “high-tech lynching” Thomas did in his confirmation hearings and Herman Cain and Allen West and every other black con-servative do when they run into problems.
Only difference is that playing the race card is OK if they’re black GOPers.

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Jay Ellington June 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

He deserves more than a “lynching” for propping up that goon Lillian McBride. Karma is a cold bitch.

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Wookie June 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I thing as part of his punishment, he should be flogged on the Statehouse steps.

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

I don’t care what color you are, Lillian is a discredit to her race, gender, and the state of SC.

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Jay Ellington June 17, 2013 at 10:33 am

Bingo. But thanks to that troglodyte Darrell Jackson and other like minded bigots in power positions, she lives to leech off the system another day and for the rest of her worthless life.

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J. Smith and J. Louried June 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

You folks just need to calm down and let the system work here in Richland County. We are Toal disciples, first and foremost, and she said it was honest and fair, so that’s the end of it. We cannot have you disrespecting our chief justice. She is the final authority. You must go along to get along. We must go along to keep our black Democraticvoting base – and Joel’s brother in law’s job. .

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli June 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

He deserves more than a “lynching” for propping up that goon Lillian McBride. Karma is a cold bitch.

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Wookie June 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I thing as part of his punishment, he should be flogged on the Statehouse steps.

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

I don’t care what color you are, Lillian is a discredit to her race, gender, and the state of SC.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli June 17, 2013 at 10:33 am

Bingo. But thanks to that troglodyte Darrell Jackson and other like minded bigots in power positions, she lives to leech off the system another day and for the rest of her worthless life.

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J. Smith and J. Louried June 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

You folks just need to calm down and let the system work here in Richland County. We are Toal disciples, first and foremost, and she said it was honest and fair, so that’s the end of it. We cannot have you disrespecting our chief justice. She is the final authority. You must go along to get along. We must go along to keep our black Democraticvoting base – and Joel’s brother in law’s job. .

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SC GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT June 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Ford is retarded, plain and simple. He can plea insanity at his federal criminal hearings. They are coming, guaranteed. More will fall with him in due time. Nuff said.

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Junior June 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

“We don’t mess with local politics.” FBI agent on Assembly Street said to me. “Besides, Bill Nettles is a Democrat.”

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SC GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT June 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Ford is retarded, plain and simple. He can plea insanity at his federal criminal hearings. They are coming, guaranteed. More will fall with him in due time. Nuff said.

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Junior June 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

“We don’t mess with local politics.” FBI agent on Assembly Street said to me. “Besides, Bill Nettles is a Democrat.”

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We The People June 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Send the felon away to prison with Bobby Harrell and his circle of corrupt placaters. If the people demand it, the people shall have it. Rise Up And March. These rogues must be all punished once and for all. No more getting away with all the lawlessness and bribes. We Are The PEOPLE!

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We The People June 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Send the felon away to prison with Bobby Harrell and his circle of corrupt placaters. If the people demand it, the people shall have it. Rise Up And March. These rogues must be all punished once and for all. No more getting away with all the lawlessness and bribes. We Are The PEOPLE!

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Time for Robert to start telling everything he knows about everybody he knows.

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Finius Nullis June 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

He has been asleep for a long, long time. He can talk about his dreams – “I been here fo’ ten terms and I’s still at the back of da’ bus”

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Marie Harrison June 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Time for Robert to start telling everything he knows about everybody he knows.

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Finius Nullis June 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

He has been asleep for a long, long time. He can talk about his dreams – “I been here fo’ ten terms and I’s still at the back of da’ bus”

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truth June 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Robert, As defined by Merriam Webster:
re·sign verb ri-?z?n

Definition of RESIGN
transitive verb
1
: relegate, consign; especially: to give (oneself) over without resistance
2
: to give up deliberately; especially: to renounce (as a right or position) by a formal act
YOU QUIT!

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truth June 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Robert, As defined by Merriam Webster:
re·sign verb ri-?z?n

Definition of RESIGN
transitive verb
1
: relegate, consign; especially: to give (oneself) over without resistance
2
: to give up deliberately; especially: to renounce (as a right or position) by a formal act
YOU QUIT!

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Bill Sherman June 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Is this the same guy who has been running on a dead brain for many years?

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Bill Sherman June 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Is this the same guy who has been running on a dead brain for many years?

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