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Congressional candidate Parker says drug war should be fought at state level

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Bob Parker
Bob Parker is adamant -- he doesn't think drugs should be legal. But the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's 8th District congressional seat says it is not the federal government's role to decide and should be a matter left to individual states.

But the Texas County rancher stopped short of calling for a federal decriminalization of drugs Monday, a fact that had Emerson's camp criticizing him for holding a "reckless position" and failing to properly understand the legislative process.

The issue came to light at a recent meeting of the Poplar Bluff for Liberty group, when one media outlet reported that Parker announced his support for the federal decriminalization of marijuana. On Monday, Parker said that the report was false and that he only said it's a states' rights issue.

"I do not support decriminalizing drugs in any way," Parker said. "I was asked about the war on drugs. I never said I supported the decriminalization of drugs. I just think they should debate that at the state level."

In a position similar to U.S. Rep. Ron Paul -- who does call for getting anti-drug laws off the federal books -- Parker said that the U.S. Constitution does not grant the federal government the authority to enact such laws and he doesn't believe they should be there.

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Jo Ann Emerson
But Emerson staffer Josh Haynes said Monday that Parker can't hold both views simultaneously. As a federal representative, Parker would have to vote to decriminalize drugs at the federal level to put the issue back in the hands of the states.

"You can't hold both opinions," Haynes said. "There are right now strict federal laws making drugs illegal. To allow the states to determine on their own to make drugs illegal, it would have to be decriminalized at the federal level. And Jo Ann is absolutely opposed to that. It is not OK to sell drugs, move them between states and smuggle them into our country."

Haynes added: "We need to give more tools to law enforcement to stop drugs from coming into our communities, not less. This is a very big difference between the two candidates."

Parker said he rejected Haynes' assertion about the requirement to decriminalize drugs at the federal level. The laws, for example, should be stricken because Congress does not have the authority to enact them. Parker, who acknowledged he experimented with marijuana until he was 18, said he realizes how destructive drugs can be. Parker, 55, also added there are more important issues to deal with, including the national debt and reining in government spending.

"This isn't even my issue," Parker said. "I know it is an issue for some. But I was asked a question."

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Jack Rushin
The other two candidates -- Democrat Jack Rushin and Libertarian Rick Vandeven -- each also weighed into the debate Monday. Rushin, a chiropractor from Poplar Bluff, said he believes the war on drugs should be a joint effort of the federal and state government.

"I would side with the federal government being involved as well," Rushin said. "I just don't think it makes sense to push to legalize drugs. I'm for doing whatever is necessary to curtail drug use."

Vandeven, who lives in Chaffee, Mo., and works at Procter & Gamble, holds the opposite view.

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Rick Vandeven
"It's not a crime, it's a vice," Vandeven said. "It's only a crime when there's an identifiable victim. I should be able to do whatever I want to with my body. It should not be prohibited at any level. It's like drinking or eating a whole rhubarb pie."

Parker lost to Emerson in 2010 GOP primary as did Vandeven -- along with Democrat Tommy Sowers and Independent Larry Bill -- in that year's general election. The GOP primary takes place this year Aug. 7.

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LOL @ Bobby P. he doesn't even realize what office he's running for and how that office makes laws.

Seriously, Bob?

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:08 PM

I wonder if Mrs. Emerson has a clue about how legislation is Written and Passed?

Tell us Schoolhouse, just how many Bills, not unbinding resolutions, has your boss, Jo Ann Emerson written and passed into law in the 16 years she's been in office?

I bet not more than barely half a dozen but that's an easy matter to look up. She's a go-along to get-along Big Government loving career politician and the People will retire her in the Primary Election on August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:19 PM

We have more important issues that needs addressed than what this article represents like a National Debt that is completely out of control because of congress reckless spending let's address that for once as our economy is very important to all of us. Also why is the 8th congressional district ranked the 11th poorest congressional district in the Nation.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:24 PM

Emerson is out of touch and deserves to be deported back to Maryland where she came from!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:28 PM

This message is directed at schoolhouserock. I personally don't appreciate the disrespect toward any candidate with childish name calling. How about just comment as you see it, and then call Bob Parker, Bob Parker. Those who support Bob don't use such childish antics as calling Jo Ann, Jo Annie. Isn't that for elementary aged children? You can get the same point across by simply addressing the issue at hand. How about stepping it up to adulthood, and leave the nonsense behind. If Parker supporters were name calling, as you so freely do, I would be saying the same to them as I have said to you. You aren't doing yourself any favors, and if I were Jo Ann, I would ask that you present yourself respectfully when you comment as a supporter of her. Thank you in advance.

-- Posted by conservative4real on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:32 PM

Good idea Bob. lets get rid of the drug laws that stop criminals from crossing our borders. Lets allow interstate transportation of drugs.

This guy is HIGH!

-- Posted by t partier on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:32 PM

"This isn't even my issue," Parker said. "I know it is an issue for some. But I was asked a question."

Sorry Bob, you don't get to pick what are "your issues" when you're in Congress. What a joke!

-- Posted by workerdignity on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:34 PM

"Parker, who acknowledged he experimented with marijuana until he was 18, said he realizes how destructive drugs can be."

Happy to see that his "image" isn't as immaculate as he would like people to think it is. Maybe now he will lay off Ms. Emerson's husband and daughters and focus on cleaning out his closet.

-- Posted by leslieknope on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:42 PM

I know that this position seems out of the mainstream but it just happens to be inline with our Constitution. If you look back in history it may make a little more sense to some of you.

Think about prohibition of alcohol. This was a federal law right? So, the federal government CAN make laws that interfere with our right to do what we want. BUT, this is big people... HOW did the feds do this? They passed a constitutional amendment! BECAUSE, otherwise it would have been UN-constitutional. This is what would need to happen for the federal government to control drugs too (and abortion for that matter). Anything that isn't mentioned in the constitution as being part of the fed is part of the state's powers.

Rather than deal with this kind of discussion, the Emerson employees would rather pretend that it's a cRaZy position. It's too bad we can't actually have some good debates in SE Missouri.

-- Posted by RightWing on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:51 PM

Leslie,

Are you serious or was that a joke? The man has kids that are much older than he was when he "experimented" with pot and you think he needs to clean out his closet? That's really grasping at straws isn't it? You make it sound as though it was something recent that he "admitted to".

-- Posted by RightWing on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 4:54 PM

Bob is out of his league. Emerson and Rushin are on point. The other isn't worth mentioning.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:00 PM

It is amazing that Bob Parker has asked for a debate with Jo Ann, and now they choose a single item to debate through the news media. Also amazing that Josh Hanes is now the voice of Jo Ann Emerson on this issue. How long is Jo Ann going to hide from the people in the district. The people have lots of questions.

Ken Collins

-- Posted by dash7 on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:07 PM

Ken,

I would guess that Jo Ann is busy doing her JOB and does not have time to comment on every one of Bob's silly statements.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:17 PM

I appreciate that Bob Parker has been honest about using marijuana as a young man, and even more, I appreiciate him for making it public, and for correcting the choices he made at that time. It is evident that he is being straightforward with those of us in the 8th district. That is one of many reasons that he has my support.

-- Posted by conservative4real on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:25 PM

LOL, you jokers are funny!

Bobby P cant even figure out the issues, how the heck is he going to figure out DC?

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:30 PM

Jo Ann doesn't have TIME to speak to the voters of the 8th district?? I think she should feel obligated to give two hours of her time to present her voting record to the people in the form of a debate. Oddly enough, there are many voters who would like to see a debate between Parker and Emerson. I guess that makes the voters "silly", too?? Her job is to serve the people in the 8th district, and her refusal to answer our questions is denying us of what we deserve. Two hours is all it would take. It could be recorded and presented to all the voters in the 8th district. Is two hours too much to ask?

-- Posted by conservative4real on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:36 PM

One word for Mr Parker's position that the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to criminalize drug trafficking--WOW.

-- Posted by VIKED on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:41 PM

Jo Ann needs to debate Bob prior to the primary, other candidates do in tight races like this one so let's have a debate before the primary and clear the air on a lot of these issues at hand Jo Ann plain and simple it will not take more than two hours at a location agreed upon by both candidates. The main issues at hand is the National Debt and this very weak economy we currently have and also why congress has continued this reckless spending spree they have been on for the past 12 years and also why this District is the 11th poorest in the Nation just to name a few.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:49 PM

No, two hours is not too much to ask. Actually I've found her behavior unsettling this cycle. Calling Mr. Parker names & belittling him as "not credible" seems terribly petty & refusing to debate him seems rather condescending to me. If she is so proud of her record & thinks Mr. Parker is a joke, why not debate him?

-- Posted by Lettie on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 5:50 PM

16 years of incumbency (32 years of name recognition), senior member of Missouri's Congressional delegation, and this is what the Team Emerson campaign is hanging their hat on? Wow! When I was a teenager we had a phrase for this, "Scoff".

People all over the District still remember Congresswoman Emerson voted for Federal Embryonic Stem Cell Research, the bank bailout, and caving in on extending the payroll tax cut without any concessions from the Democrats. These were studied, deliberate votes, not off-the-cuff responses at an announced town hall meeting.

LARRY BILL

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 6:04 PM

and yet Ms. Emerson still gets 70% of the vote...

time to move on...

oh, and STOP THE LIES!!!

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 7:57 PM

SchoolHouse actually said something accurate. It IS time to move on.....from repeated insults and injuries at the hands of people like JoAnn Emerson. If you look at the costs of the federal government acting in un-Constitutional ways and establishing agencies outside of its authority, it is a HUGE part of our financial problems and our problem with being able to profit from our labor as well.

-- Posted by Dreen on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 8:35 PM

Why should she debate him? She has everything to lose. She'll win again because the uneducated voter will sheepishly vote for the best opportunity to defeat the democrat. And the cycle continues.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 9:55 PM

uneducated people should flock to Bobby P, he speaks just like one of them. Heck, he is one of them.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 10:01 PM

Is Josh Haynes our representative now?

Or Darren Lingle?

Emerson can't even pick up the phone to speak for herself to the biggest media outlet in her district?

It seems more and more these days that instead of facing her constituents and explaining her actions and actually representing us, she sends in her step-and-fetchit boys to do her talking for her, slander her opponent and stonewall anyone who might have a question. I was fed up with this four years ago with her TARP Fund bailout vote and she just keeps getting worse.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Mon, Jun 18, 2012, at 11:01 PM

Bob Parker is for following the Constitution not decriminalization. That is the issue and also the reason "Team Emerson" that have been chiming in on this thread because Jo Ann has no idea what it means to uphold the Oath of Office she took and to defend the Constitution she has worked so hard to help destroy by voting for

The Patriot Act and continuous renewal

The NDAA that allows for indefinite detention of American citizens on American soil since the whole world is now considered a "battlefield" in the war on terror.

Her vote for HR347 which outlaws free speech and peaceful protest anywhere a Secret Service agent may be present.

Her repeatedly supporting perpetual Undeclared "Pre-emptive" warfare and calling unconstitutional actions our "President" took in Libya a model for Future endeavors and publicly stating she is proud of that intervention.

Her disregard for our Founding documents is only surpassed by her utter and complete contempt for the voters in the district who want to see a Primary debate. She, nor can her staff defend her atrocious globalist, big government liberal voting record so they will use any tactic or gimic via lack-luster surrogates of her campaign to attack Bob Parker.

Send RINO JO packing in the Primary Election on

August 7th

She can go back to Maryland where she's from or St. Louis where she lives most of the time when in Missouri, unless of course it's election time.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 12:38 AM

The Emerson team thinks they realy have something to talk about. I would bet that if the Southeast Missourian called Jo Ann to get a comment on any of her votes in question, she would be unavilable for comment. I do hope they decide to try another issue.

Ken Collins

-- Posted by dash7 on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 12:55 AM

How about we get some real news coverage and some explanations for real issues and matters of video and voting record related to this primary...

When will we see some articles related to

Jo Ann Emerson's Family ties to Unions and Lobbyists that was reported by the New York Times

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnRXt1cIx...

Jo Ann Emerson supporting Free Trade at the expense of our Jobs in the US and the complete erosion of our manufacturing base here at home

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVIWwfX8s...

Jo Ann Emerson Kissing Obama's Ring to his Face as shown here relating to early discussions on Obamacare which she now opposes although she admits in this video we need to take a fresh look and it's an issue she's wanted her whole tenure in CONgress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjYdVEmG0...

Jo Ann Emerson admitting that doubling the size of the Department of Education was a bad idea after she voted FOR it and says we didn't SPEND enough and that's why it failed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZADI-pjy...

Jo Ann Emerson's campaign spokesman Darren Lingle stating Jo Ann Emerson is PROUD of her NDAA vote to allow for indefinite detention of American Citizens and the destruction of the Rule of Law in America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1X0ei9F6...

Jo Ann Emerson is Proud of our Unconstitutional Pre-emptive War in Libya and Stating herself that our actions there should be a model for future military endeavors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhVn7RNKo...

Or Jo Ann Emerson admitting herself that she's a "token Pro-life" republican and flip flopping on the Rights of the Unborn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M83CfjpQy...

Jo Ann Emerson's campaign response to her Donation to the Head of the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's reelection campaign

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF57wSf2M...

Jo Ann Emerson's CoSponsorship of a Union Pension Fund Bailout that if passed will cost the Private Taxpayers an estimated 165 Billion dollars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl8GzZhUL...

Or simply this video showing just how far Jo Ann Emerson has strayed from the Conservative Republican values inherent in the 8th district

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8T3qDnFj...

These are all issues that need to be addressed and why Mrs. Emerson is in complete hiding from the voting public and doesn't plan to surface or take any questions before the primary election.

Keep hiding Jo Ann, the message will and has been getting out to the district no matter if you run from your record or not.

Verify all this information for yourselves and vote your conscience in the Primary Election on

August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 1:19 AM

STOP THE LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 6:47 AM

At least Rick Vandeven has the courage of his convictions. Even though I disagree, at least he is honorable.

-- Posted by workerdignity on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 8:00 AM

Anything is better than anymore time with Emerson. She should have been removed years ago.

-- Posted by Mudflopper on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 8:28 AM

Ron Paul and bob parker have the ONLY CORRECT, constitutional views on this issue. PERIOD. and the ones that disagree with that statement? Well, they obviously are not LISTENING to exactly what the constitution is saying. THE CONSTITUTION SAYS WE NEED A BALANCE OF POWER between the state/local govt and the federal govt. Now. In 1776 everything was balanced. But slowly the federal govt has been tipping the scales towards themselves, giving the federal govt unbalanced power in every aspect, drug enforcement included.

We CANNOT let the federal govt keep all this power it has STOLEN from local/state govt. If we do, then we are surrendering the united states which millions of Americans died creating and defending, and we have changed into the Federal State of America.

Now...

Get this through your brainwashed head...

When we say, "the federal government should not enforce drug laws," THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT DRUGS WILL BE LEGAL!! THAT is where all of you are being just plain retarded. To assume that is like saying, well, the feds are deciding to let each state decide if being naked in public is a crime or not, so everyone will be allowed to walk around naked.

NO you dumb arses. This just means that each state will have to decide what they want to be illegal. And folks... How many of you think that any of the states are just going to make all drugs legal?! No, they are probably going to keep everything the same, with the exception of marijuana in a couple or a few states. But u know what, alcohol messes up people and kills people 1000000 times more than weed anyway. Besides, if it were up to the feds, alcohol would still be illegal and considered as bad a drug as narcotics!

So when we talk about taking the fed's ability to enforce drug laws, we are ONLY referring to the POWER and how it needs to shift to the states alone on this issue. The constitution is always right. If you think the feds should enforce everything and control everything under different departments and legislation, then you also must think all states should have the same laws, and you also deserve to be a debt slave for life and never enjoy freedom.

If you're one of the people above that actually said "he must be high," then you truly are retarded! I laugh and point in your face because just because someone is high, or drunk, or sober, or tired, or gay, or black or white, doesn't mean that what they are saying is wrong! If I walked around high as a kite and started announcing to everyone "some birds are flightless!" And someone who didn't know much about ecology at all laughs and says "wow, he must be high!" That doesn't make me wrong, it makes you a completely wrong, dumb ignorant A-hole of a person.

-- Posted by drummer_jb on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 8:59 AM

you are wrong. sorry.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:05 AM

The power needs to be devolved downward. The closer the governing authority is to the people, the greater the accountability and transparency (as long as it remains an elected representative government....appointed city managers don't seem to have much accountability). The Founders understood that a central government would be less accountable than the states. Hence the enumerated powers in Article I Section 8, and the 9th and 10th Amendments.

Many believe this, if the above comments are any indication.

I would just like Mrs. Emerson and the other candidates to dispassionately tell us their philosophy of the role of government, particularly the federal government. Is all crime to be "federalized?" Why are there only four crimes in the Constitution (treason, counterfeiting, piracy, and slavery)?

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:31 AM

Nearly $30 Billion is spent annual just to incarcerate drug offenders. We've spent over $1 Trillion on the federal budget to "fight" the failed "War on Drugs", which only promoted a horrible black market, much like the alcohol runners during Prohibition. At least people could see and act, fairly swiftly, to end Prohibition and stop the black market on alcohol production and sales. MO's #2 annual "cash crop" is Marijuana - imagine the income lost for public use from promoting a black market.

-- Posted by renewableenergy on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:39 AM

Why this issue is important and Bob is wrong.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/nyregi...

-- Posted by workerdignity on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:45 AM

Lettie,

I think your comments about Mrs. Emerson belittling Bob is laughable. He has made demeaning remarks about Mrs. Emerson's husband and daughters and that is ok. You are a joke Lettie. I am not sure you even know what you are talking about.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:46 AM

You talk about her votes then why did she get The Right to Life endorsement if she isn't pro-life

-- Posted by Tom B. on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:50 AM

Fighting the drug war at a state level will be even more ineffective. That said their really are only two ways of effectively dealing with the drug trade.

Either we can accept that drugs are SO bad that they must be stopped via any means necessary and accept a government that is large enough and powerful enough to closely monitor all of our private citizens and constantly spy on them, search them, and test them. Or we can give our citizens their constitutional freedoms, which means if they can freely live, travel, trade, & own private property some of them may use those freedoms to grow, make, transport, and use drugs and there is no way of stopping those activities without limiting the freedoms of all citizens.

Fighting a "war on drugs" and support limited/small government are conflicting ideals. It takes a massive police state to effectively cut off the supply of illicit drugs.

-- Posted by Nil on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 9:55 AM

I am not so concerned about this issue as I am about Bobby P's complete lack of understanding. How can anyone take him seriously when he clearly does not know how our system works or see the problems drugs cause - yes, at a federal level. When you combine this with his lack of support for our troops (NDAA/Smith Amish) and his slanderous comments about Emerson's family, it is clear this guy is a joke. Thank goodness we have a respected, effective representative that doesn't lower herself to the level of Parker and his handful of minions. The coffee shop sure was fun this morning!

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 10:05 AM

I miss Thad Bullock...

-- Posted by TommyStix on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 10:16 AM

Given that Bob frequently cites the US Constitution, I wonder what he thinks about Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3. That folks is the commerce clause. Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce. It's common knowledge that drugs flow across state lines frequently. Two weeks ago they caught some Texans with 300lbs of marijuana in the bootheel. Bob is wrong and with Missouri being the crossroads of the nation, cutting the Feds out of drug prosecutions is not only wrong, it's downright dangerous. These guys running drugs aren't the friendly dope smoking hippies, they are in it for the money and will harm anyone that gets in their way. He's really wrong on this issue. Bob says he's not for the legalization of drugs, why are those who want to legalize marijuana and other drugs applauding his stance and saying it's groundbreaking (NORML).

-- Posted by MrGoodtime on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 11:09 AM

Some of you are being completely ridiculous. Mrs. Emerson is now against (or so she says) the expanse of the Department of education, and the EPA. Although she did vote to double the size of the Dept. of Education but now says the problem with no child left behind was we didn't spend enough money on it...

All that being the case both Bob Parker and Mrs. Emerson agree that the EPA and the Department of Education has to go...

Those positions in No way indicate nor would any rational person believe that Mrs. Emerson or Bob Parker are in Favor of polluting the environment or against educating our children.

The arguments and slanderous statements made by some here are built on fallacy. Bob Parker is Not for Decriminalization and if this "weak sauce" argument is all the Emerson camp has to run on it's no wonder she's been in hiding and only attending what she considers safe events to attend that only get publicized after the fact. Keep hiding Mrs. Emerson you won't win the primary that way this time.

August 7th this district is reverting back to it's principles of conservatism and republicanism based soundly in the Constitution and the People choose Bob Parker.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 11:17 AM

on August 7th, Bobby P will lose (again) and will have to return to Texas County in more debt.

Have fun with that...

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 11:25 AM

The issue with the commerce clause, the supremacy clause, and everything else in the US Constitution is that it STILL has to fall within the 18 delegated areas of responsibility of the federal government, which this, and many, many others, does not do.

Parker has been clear. It is not his issue. His issue is that he believes that the US Constitution should be followed and he will do that.

I am having difficulty with the childishness so evident on the part of so many Emerson supporters. Go to this link to hear Mo Right to Life explain their endorsement:

http://bobmccarty.com/2010/07/26/missour...

The reasoning is faulty logic at best. Creating life to kill it and fail in every application attempted is beyond immoral--and using your money to do it is also immoral. Emerson is for that and Parker is not.

-- Posted by Dreen on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 11:40 AM

Team Emerson, please stop reminding us that Congresswoman Emerson's daughters are registered lobbyists. We found out about it from the New York Times. And Darren Lingle confirmed it in a public speech. There's no sense repeating it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/us/pol...

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 12:23 PM

Mr. Bill,

Lots of organizations lobby Congress. NRA, National Right to Life, even Focus on the Family. That is not illegal. For Bob and his lap dogs to attack family members with no history of wrong doing or evidence is shameful. I see you are just as extreme as Bobby. Now that he has proven he doesn't know how government works, his desperation makes sense. I can't wait until BP and his folks are sent home in August.

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 2:28 PM

Well about the only correct assumption you made "LeveeMan" is that currently Lobbying Congress is not illegal, but it should be public especially when members of Congress and members of their family's benefit directly from their elected positions as the New York Times article points out is in Fact the case with Mrs. Emerson, herself a lobbyist at one time.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/us/pol...

In the times article that was well researched it is pointed out that two of Mrs. Emerson's daughters are Lobbyists. One for General Motors and one for Monsanto. Both of which companies have donated to Mrs. Emerson's campaign.

It should also be further pointed out that when such conflicts of interests exist that Mrs. Emerson voted to Nationalize and Bailout General Motors. Taxpayer cost on that vote over 80 Billion dollars.

She also voted for the failed and highly controversial "Cash for Clunkers" Program that General Motors, now nationalized thanks to her vote, benefited greatly from... Taxpayer cost on that vote, over 50 Billion dollars.

I'd say providing a job to a Congress person's family member and donations to their reelection campaign yielded a great return on "investment" for General Motors with over a combined 130 Billion dollars to gain.

Monsanto, one of the most controversial Big Ag companies have also donated substantially to reelect team Emerson and likewise to GM provided another Emerson family member with a very lucrative job...I wonder how that will impact her vote on any legislation proposed affecting big ag giant Monsanto. If GM is any indication it seems the outcome of that is highly predictable.

Her husband of 12 years, Ron Gladney, who's name she hasn't seemed fit to take is a former registered lobbyist for Major Unions in the US and Missouri specifically. He is also a democratic power broker attorney here in Missouri that mainly represents some of the largest Unions in the State and of course opposes any "Right to Work" legislation. He also saw fit to donate the Maximum to the election campaign of Barrack Obama in 2008.

This impacts Mrs. Emerson's objectivity on legislation regarding Unions as her Cosponsorshop of a Bill that would bailout distressed Union Pension Funds that would cost our Taxpayers an Estimated 165 Billion should that legislation pass and Mrs. Emerson is 1 of only 9 Republicans in favor of such legislation.

There is nothing wrong with hard work or obtaining a position with one of the a fore mentioned companies but when an elected official such as Mrs. Emerson so obviously favors and benefits, as do some members of their family from her elected position the People have a right to know about such conflicts of interest.

Anyone can look at these videos and do their own research and see for themselves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnRXt1cIx...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl8GzZhUL...

All of this was reported in the New York Times and Fox News and the People do have a Right to Know.

Do your own research on the Facts and vote your conscience in the Primary on

August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 3:28 PM

it's pretty sad and pathetic that all you can do is attack family members of those running for office.

Why don't you do something proactive and talk about what Bobby P might do if he were elected.

I'd start with his plan to figure out where Washington is. Then I'd move on to learning just how Congress actually works. Finally, I'd work on his plan to make himself more likable. Cause we all know how he likes to yell. One person out of 435 can't really get anything accomplished if all they do is yell and scream on the floor of the House.

Seriously. You people backing Bobby P are complete nut jobs...just like Bobby P.

GET A FREAKING LIFE AND STOP HARASSING FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARENT RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 3:39 PM

Bob Parker praises the New York Times!! Just one more reason not to like this guy. That fits since he says he would have voted with, Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and The Community on American-Islamic Relations. What a Joke!

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 3:51 PM

It's not an attack, it's a fact. Anyone who wants to do their own research can find out pretty easily. For instance look at the top contributors to Mrs. Emerson's campaign. If you take out the Lobbyists, Unions, and Special interests she'd have nothing, so who do you think she represents in Congress... a little clue...It's not the People in the district

http://www.opensecrets.org/races/contrib...

It seems that "Team Emerson" is getting a little upset that the Truth is coming out all around the district and it's making their previously "cake" jobs difficult.

Can anyone tell me what a Congress Woman who has passed about half a dozen bills through the House of Representatives in the last 16 years, who rarely reads anything but summaries of legislation she votes on and apparently writes very little legislation needs a Taxpayer Funded Staff of over 20 people for?

See how many millions of dollars you are paying to Mrs. Emerson's over 20 person staff every year... a few of which salaries almost rival Mrs. Emerson in excess of well over 100 Thousand per year... I think you will then better understand why there are a few of the same jokers posting such ludicrous comments here attacking Bob Parker and defending Mrs. Emerson...

http://www.legistorm.com/member/219/Rep_...

Don't be fooled by these jokers who are deathly afraid of loosing their cushy taxpayer funded jobs. Do your own research and vote your conscience on

August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 3:59 PM

All the above being said, which of the two candidates is being supported by the Tea Party Movement? http://www.semissourian.com/story/165033...

http://www.facebook.com/MissouriConserva... Note,scroll down for some interesting info on this site! Emerson can run but she can't hide!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:08 PM

If we don't get the big spending government under control we will not be able to fight the war on drugs on any level. The federal government will be ineffective unless they shrink the size of the federal government and quit funding programs with money from China.Also need to clean the books from regulations that keep our country from being able to compete.

-- Posted by dash7 on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:08 PM

Oh and LeveeMan,

For the Record Bob Parker stands for the People and the Constitution. Here are a few key positions Mrs. Emerson has Stood with the Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and her best friend in the house DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who's reelection campaign Mrs. Emerson saw fit to make a personal donation to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF57wSf2M...

Mrs. Emerson voted with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid on

The Wall Street Bailout (Twice)

Embryonic Stem Cell Research (twice)

The General Motors Bailout

Consistently raising the Debt Ceiling

Support of the Union Pension Fund Bailouts

These are only a few, there are tons. She is a complete and total RINO, Republican in Name Only. The People are being awakened to her mischief and she will be sent packing after the Primary Election on

August 7th

Your feeble attempts to distract the voting public have and will fail no matter what drivel you try to use to attack a true Conservative, Pro-life, Pro 2nd Amendment Electable Candidate that Bob Parker is.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:09 PM

bunch of morons....

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:21 PM

I'm not a staffer Ddshea. I'm just a veteran that appreciates the truth and good representation. Your lies and attacks are disgraceful. Where will your energy go after August? Here's a thought...get a job.

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:25 PM

LeveeMan,

Got one thanks. I do this out of a sense of duty to my nation which as a fellow veteran I think you'd respect as I likewise tolerate opposing views but only ask that people of conviction offer justification for their beliefs if they attempt to win me over to their argument. Evidence, Facts... which thus far you fall short of providing.

Why don't you tell the people which one of these over 20 taxpayer funded staff of Mrs. Emerson you are? Or do you possibly benefit some other way from the Funds Mrs. Emerson provides. Please share with us who you are. A fellow veteran surly wouldn't shy away from standing up for what they honestly believe without identifying themselves, would they?

http://www.legistorm.com/member/219/Rep_...

My name is Dirk Shea. I am a decorated Combat Veteran that served almost two and a half years in Northern Iraq between two separate deployments with Charlie Company 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the 25th Infantry Division with over 8 years of Active duty in the United States Army.

I take my Oath to defend our Constitution seriously unlike Mrs. Emerson. Duty, Honor, and Integrity are more than words to me. I would like to think as a fellow veteran they are to you as well. I live those values. If you do then by all means share with us who you are...

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 4:46 PM

I've already answered that question, Dirk. I have nothing to gain from speaking for Emerson other than self respect. I don't see a lot of facts provided by you. Videos that you make and wild claims do not count. You seem very angry. Is this a requirement for a Parker staffer. Will you tell me the average number of staff for a member of Congress? One that represents a district comparable in size. 20 people to represent over 700,000 people doesn't seem like much to me. I guess Bob would only hire you right? No other staff???. Go away and stop lying and find a way to be happy. And stop accusing people that are only taking up for a good woman of being staff. It just makes sound crazy!

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 5:18 PM

Lol "LeveeMan",

Your complete and utter fear of identifying yourself to the public speaks volumes. Your credibility here will suffer from it by those who bother to read any of these exchanges.

The Woman you defend since your income derived more than likely from her in some way if not a staffer then from other sources of taxpayer funded revenue streams Mrs. Emerson helps to provide via our Taxpayers.

All I have done is provide facts that lead to logical conclusions. I FULLY encourage anyone reading this to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Where you provide your opinion and deny the facts. Emerson is a career go along to get along RINO politician and has helped via her voting record, which is also a matter of fact, put our country in the terrible situation we find ourselves in today. We won't fix the problem by sending the same tired people back to DC. We are just lucky enough here in our District to have a real Conservative, Pro Life, Pro 2nd Amendment, Republican running to unseat this 16 year Liberal incumbent.

Why won't any of you who attack the Man of good character and Morals that Bob Parker is address any of Mrs. Emerson's voting record if she's such a "good woman" and a good representative as you claim. Those are facts that can't be denied and the voters see through your campaign's attempt to spin, misdirect from facts at hand, and character assassinate a good man like Bob Parker.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 19, 2012, at 5:33 PM

"It is not OK to sell drugs, move them between states and smuggle them into our country."

So just when are we going to win the war on drugs?

When will all the drugs be gone?

Can you give us a victory date?

And how much is it going to cost and how many more lives are going to be lost?

When will the police be removed from my bedroom?

Opium was first banned in 1912 and California first banned cannabis in 1915 and yet we are no closer to winning this war than we were one hundred years ago.

What phenomenal new weapon have you discovered that will save us from the evils of drugs?

How long are we going to keep listening to people who are obviously only interested in power and have no interest at all in competent social management except for the Libertarian candidate, he gets a gold star.

-- Posted by Paul Pot on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 3:43 AM

Bob Parker must have smoked a tad too much weed back in the day, cause his brain is FRIED!

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 8:05 AM

Check out what individuals around the district are saying.

These are just a few letters submitted by voters in the district using their own time, money, and resources to support the True Conservative, Pro Life, Pro 2nd Amendment, Pro Constitution Candidate Bob Parker. You can read their published views for yourself by looking at the following links

http://www.semissourian.com/story/186248...

Above, Bob Parker: A True Conservative for Congress

http://www.semissourian.com/story/186248...

Above, Bob Parker: Keeping Social Security Solvent

http://www.semissourian.com/story/186127...

Above, Reasons to Support Bob Parker

http://www.semissourian.com/story/185993...

Above Jo Ann Emerson Votes Like a Democrat

http://www.semissourian.com/story/185493...

Above, Jo Ann Emerson's NDAA Vote is Treason!

http://www.semissourian.com/story/185620...

Above, Parker is the True Conservative

http://www.semissourian.com/story/184863...

Above, Growing Support for Parker

The "Dream" has become a reality. All the above articles are written by private citizens in the district that believe in Bob Parker and his message of True Conservatism and are willing to stand with Bob in his fight against Big Government and out of Control Spending that 16 Year incumbent and 32 years of Name recognition Jo Ann Emerson Represents.

The Primary Election on August 7th will see a restoration of the Principles that built this country when the People will Elect Bob Parker and dump our resident RINO.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 2:14 PM

you have weak dreams if this is your reality

I'm gonna LMAO on August 7th when Bobby Boy has to concede the election to Jo Ann.

maybe then he will get the hint that people think he's crazy for dreaming he could ever go to Wershington DC and represent them.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 3:37 PM

In the words of Ronald Reagan..."There you go again"

Schoolhouse, just because your loyalty belongs to whomever pays you, my loyalty, unlike yours, can't be bought and sold.

See how many millions of dollars you spend on Mrs. Emerson's 21 person staff, a few of which have a tremendous amount to loose since they make close to or over 100 Thousand of your dollars a year...

http://www.legistorm.com/member/219/Rep_...

If you doubt that this joker and a few others in this thread are part of Emerson's staff see how he chimes in so consistently on any story involving Mrs. Emerson or her opponents...use your own judgement and see just how much credibility this joker deserves

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&biw=1680&b...

Bob Parker will Win the Primary Election On

August 7th!

The People will be heard despite Mrs. Emerson and her staffs weak efforts to stifle our collective voices.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 3:58 PM

The Heritage Foundation reports that Ms. Emerson's voting record is conservatively-aligned only forty percent of the time, and I've done a good deal of research myself on govtrack.us, and other reporting sites, to verify those results. That hardly makes her a conservative candidate. She hasn't always voted so liberally, which begs some of us to wonder . . . why now? Since she won't tell us herself, we draw our own conclusions. I can't help but wonder if it isn't because she is persuaded by the people in her life that I presume she cares about the most -- her daughters and her husband being among those people. I've never harassed any of her loved ones, but I HAVE posed the question, "Is her voting record affected by the facts that her husband is a union attorney and her daughters are lobbyists." If she would like to help us understand more clearly, I am all ears . . . truly. That's not to say that I would change my mind necessarily, but she would have at least taken away some of my inclination to draw my own conclusions.

As for the constant, personal slams by some of you Emerson supporters against us Parker supporters, I would like to clarify a few things. First of all, I am NOT an uneducated idiot or moron (as you have indicated), as I think my writing skills and exercise of appropriate tact demonstrate. I am also not a "joker." On the contrary, I am quite serious about the issues affecting our country and the responses the candidates have concerning them. Lastly, although I wouldn't ordinarily consider myself to be a "country bumpkin," a category in which you seem fond of classifying Parker's supporters, I must say that I would not be ashamed of being one either. I'll hand it to country bumpkins. They don't mind standing up for what they believe in, and they aren't typically so distracted by their busy lives that they forget what's really important like so many of us townspeople. It might serve us well to remember that most of the constituents of the eighth district could readily be classified as "country bumpkins," and their votes weigh just as heavily as our own. Do you really want to belittle them and make enemies of them in the name of the candidate whom you wish to see re-elected?

As for the issue above, we can berate Bob, pretending that he meant he wants to see marijuana decriminalized, but we know that's not what he said. He wants to see the states regain the sovereignty guaranteed to them at the founding of our nation. If he experimented with marijuana thirty years ago, well, shame on teenage Bob, but he's a grandfather now. I would dare say that most grandparents have matured and increased in wisdom enough not to be scrutinized for the sins of their youth as though they were currently adhering to that same values set.

I would like to add that it is very disturbing to know that money for which I have worked hard and paid to my government, like a good citizen should, is being used to pay political staffers who regularly engage in name-calling and petty remarks for the sake of a campaign. It would be exceedingly difficult to vote for Emerson again, even if she were to begin voting more conservatively, after witnessing the behavior exhibited by her staffers. My heart grows increasingly heavy, but my will grows increasingly strong, as I move through the campaign process. Good luck, Bob and Karen, though I doubt very seriously that you're going to need any measure of luck.

-- Posted by just_another_voice on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 8:18 PM

Man, that was boring to read. I stopped after the first sentence.

Next Joker, please!

(wait, am I supposed to call you Redneck Rangers or whatever Bob called you people in his YouTube video?)

PS: that video was hysterical!

seriously, what a moron that guy is.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 8:56 AM

Thanks for adding to our "Google counter" schoolhouserock. The more you rant, the more popular you make our blog when people google "Bob Parker" or "Jo Ann Emerson".

By the way Bob Parker supporters, positive comments about Bob add to our "Google counter" as well.

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 9:07 AM

"Google Counter" LOL

you are funny Mr. Bill

Didn't you run for this seat and lose?

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 9:27 AM

After reading all of these comments about both candidates, it kind of frustrates me. I live in rural Pemiscot County, and have lived here my entire life. I have had several concerns over the past few years about Cap and Trade, and recent efforts by the EPA to try and mandate the industry that my family works in, which is farming. I am an independent and always have been, and I personally think many politicians in Washington are there for the wrong reasons. However-I have come to have a ton of respect for Congresswoman Emerson over the past 5 or 6 years. Bottom line, she does whatever she has to do to "deliver" for the farming community down here. Claire McCaskill's office never returned my calls-ever. Congresswoman Emerson's office answers my calls every time, and always is very responsive and personable. You can attack her as a person all you want-but please do not attack her for what she does for us in rural Missouri.

-- Posted by aden102389 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 9:45 PM

aden102389

I absolutely respect and appreciate you and your families vocation. I would ask that you look into Bob Parker's involvement in fighting for our Freedom and Property Rights.

Bob Parker has fought the battles that Mrs. Emerson largely has ignored ... examples of this are his fight to stop the enactment of the National Animal ID System or NAIS and the Heritage Project that was a sanction backdoor take over via the DNR of over 13 counties (almost half our congressional district) via regulation spawned by Agenda 21 initiatives.

Bob Parker in conjunction with many others fought off these attacks on our farms and Ranches and Mrs. Emerson whose help was sought on these issues did next to nothing to stop these attacks.

Bob is currently a rancher, former dairy owner that had to shut down because of over regulation. He farms, sells real estate, and acts as a hunting guide on his farm. He is a Christian Conservative Pro Life from conception to natural death, Pro 2nd Amendment Republican who is a proven fighter and will stand up for us here in the district and our Constitution.

http://www.electbobparker.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/BobParker4MO...

I encourage you to look at his website or any of these videos. Do your own research and vote your conscience in the Primary election on August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 10:24 PM

ddshea,

I have been on Mr. Parker's youtube channel, and am very turned off by all of the ads he has on there. They are personal-which I think is very petty. There was one in particular in which he took a cspan clip of Mrs. Emerson speaking with the President and tried to "link" her to Obama-care (which I strongly oppose).

Since you seem to either have a Bob Parker fact sheet in front of you or are a paid campaign staffer, I would recommend you change your approach to trying to attack someone personally. It's disgusting. Truly.

-- Posted by aden102389 on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 8:02 PM

Well as Jay Purcell recently stated "That's a gotcha question". All you have to do is plant someone in the crowd to ask the right question and then the opposing candidates media friends run it for all its worth.

I'm voting for Parker because I think he more accurately represents the views of Missouri's 8th District.

As far as Emerson goes, well, look, we all know how this is gonna go down. There will be two types of commercials, the first with her walking the farms, the second with her scaring the elderly into believing she is the only one who can protect them.

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 8:59 PM

Bobby P can't even afford ads LOL

what a complete waste of time

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 8:14 AM

Schoolhouserock: This is exactly why we need Parker elected, he would not use his resources to troll internet forums like Emerson has you doing. It's down right sad. Now, since you're gonna keep goin' till you have the last word I'm gonna let you have it. You have already proven my point.

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 12:15 PM

To aden102389,

This video you referenced is not a Bob Parker Video

and illustrates Mrs. Emerson's changing and evolving opinion on Rights of the Unborn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M83CfjpQy...

I make no claims to be or hide the fact that I support Bob Parker in his fight to restore our Nation to the Principles upon which it and our Founding documents are based. I likewise support any candidate Like Bob Parker who will reflect the Conservative values of our district in Washington DC but I am in no way paid or influenced by Bob Parker's campaign.

I am a combat veteran that took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Mrs. Emerson has repeatedly taken that same Oath and has betrayed it, our district, and our Nation by her voting record. That is the only motivation I have to expose that record and to get decent people in all the positions of Government that we can while we still have some semblance of a Free Country.

I don't consider sharing an elected officials voting record with those who elected them an attack. Nor do I believe that exposing those same elected officials ties to Unions, Lobbyists, and Special Interests groups an attack when that is a matter of Fact as well. If you do then Mrs. Emerson is obviously your candidate.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 1:46 PM

You people crack me up! bunch of nuts!

and again, for like the 57th time, I am not affiliated in any way with Ms. Emerson's staff

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 2:24 PM

naaa naaa na boo boo stick your head in doo doo *sticks out tongue*

-- Posted by schoo1houserock on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 11:02 PM

There schoolhouserock goes on that Meth trip again. If all Emerson staffers are this cracked up it's no wonder our country is in such a shambles. She has been in Congress for 16 years and this is the kind of things her staffers come up with. 16 years and $16 Trillion in debt. And you make how much a year, $70 plus thousand. Good thing you have a job for her. You would have to pass a drug test for most employers now. Based on the last comment....that would never happen. Keep on trippin dude.

-- Posted by semoconservative on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 12:33 AM

Ever since Jo Ann Emerson married former union lobbyist and current Democrat union boss, Attorney Ronald Gladney, you can see her voting pattern change more and more toward the left wing. Over the years she has become a Democrat under the guise of a Republican since marrying Gladney. Look up her voting record for the past few years and see how it's gone from conservative to liberal.

-- Posted by tothemoon on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:44 AM

Bob Parker is such a cry baby for making fake accounts on here. LOL.

what a freakin MORON

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 8:21 AM

Taken from the Article comments section of this entry

http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/commit...

"Thanks everyone for celebrating our Freedom and joining in our campaign. As we continue to grow our grassroots organization, we continue to seek the blessings of an awesome God that has given us such a great Country! We must keep it free!"

Bob Parker

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 1:21 PM

Bob Parker nor anyone who supports him have to stoop to the disgusting tactics that you and the campaign you represent fully demonstrate you are willing to do. Exposing the horrible record your boss has amassed as well as her close connections to Unions, Lobbyists, and Special Interest make the case all on their own.

There is a true conservative / republican choice for south east and south central Missourians and they will choose Bob Parker on

August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 2:50 PM


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