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Locals Fear Giant Catfish Develop Taste for Live Humans After Feeding on Corpses in River Grave
foxnews ^ | Thursday, October 09, 2008

Posted on 10/09/2008 9:22:50 AM PDT by Justice Department

A fearsome fish has started killing people after feeding on human corpses, scientists fear.

They reckon that a huge type of catfish, called a goonch, may have developed a taste for flesh in an Indian river where bodies are dumped after funerals.

Locals have believed for years that a mysterious monster lurks in the water. But they think it has moved on from scavenging to snatching unwary bathers who venture into the Great Kali, which flows along the India-Nepal border.

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Locals have believed for years that a mysterious monster lurks in the water. But they think it has moved on from scavenging to snatching unwary bathers who venture into the Great Kali, which flows along the India-Nepal border.

The extraordinary creature has been investigated by biologist Jeremy Wade for a TV documentary to be shown in Britain.


1 posted on 10/09/2008 9:22:51 AM PDT by Justice Department
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To: Justice Department

This is a job for Captain Gorton.


2 posted on 10/09/2008 9:24:52 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: Justice Department

That’s a Mekong River catfish, not a goonch.


3 posted on 10/09/2008 9:26:01 AM PDT by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: Justice Department

Man-eating catfish?!

That does it, now I’m officially scared ****less.


4 posted on 10/09/2008 9:26:36 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendments.)
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To: Justice Department

Could I have some tartar sauce and hushpuppies with my rotten human flesh that formerly belonged to that naive swimmer/clothes washer on the banks of her village that I just plucked from the shallows, please ma’am?


5 posted on 10/09/2008 9:28:43 AM PDT by wardaddy (If Mccain does not nut up , we will have rap music at the inagural. I can't wait.)
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To: Justice Department
Wade discounted theories that crocodiles could be responsible for the carnage before turning his attention to goonches — among the world’s biggest freshwater fish.

He caught one which tipped the scales at 161 lbs and was nearly 6 feet long — a world record weight and far bigger than any landed before.

“If that got hold of you, there’d be no getting away,” he said.


6 posted on 10/09/2008 9:28:53 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Justice Department

If only I could catch a catfish that big around here. “Remember when ol’ anti caught that big catfish way back in ‘08...” I’d be famous, and I wouldn’t have to buy fish for a year.


7 posted on 10/09/2008 9:30:11 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: wardaddy
Could I have some tartar sauce and hushpuppies with my rotten human flesh that formerly belonged to that naive swimmer/clothes washer on the banks of her village that I just plucked from the shallows, please ma’am?

Yes sir. Would you like to Supersize your fries and drink?

8 posted on 10/09/2008 9:30:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: Joiseydude

“That’s a Mekong River catfish, not a goonch.”

Good eye - just testing you:-} See post 6


9 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:07 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: wardaddy; Justice Department; Natchez Hawk
Giant Catfish Pictures, Images and Photos
10 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:29 AM PDT by redstateconfidential ("Go to the mattresses")
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To: Justice Department

I’ve heard stories of St. Louis police looking on the bottom of the Mississippi river for weapons and encountering catfish that are so big they just sit on the bottom with their mouths open and catch whatever comes along. I think I remember the stories saying these fish were over 12’ long. Does anyone have anything that confirms these fish stories?


11 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:34 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Justice Department

That is one evil-looking fish, looks like it came right out of a sci-fi horror movie.


12 posted on 10/09/2008 9:32:46 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Justice Department
...in an Indian river where bodies are dumped after funerals.

How civilized...

13 posted on 10/09/2008 9:33:53 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: denydenydeny
"This is a job for Captain Gorton."


14 posted on 10/09/2008 9:36:45 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Justice Department

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water......


15 posted on 10/09/2008 9:38:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Polar bears who suffer depression and anxiety due to the global warming threat are bi-polar bears)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the fresh water......
16 posted on 10/09/2008 9:40:28 AM PDT by comps4spice (Democrats caused the current financial mess. Do we really want to give them the Oval Office?)
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To: econjack
Yeah, a couple of years ago I hooked one of those catfish near St.Louis and it towed my boat all the way up to Minneapolis.

I took pictures, but the developers lost the film.

17 posted on 10/09/2008 9:41:15 AM PDT by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: Justice Department

What is it called when you go fishing for catfish with your hands?


18 posted on 10/09/2008 9:42:45 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Joiseydude
Yeah, a couple of years ago I hooked one of those catfish near St.Louis and it towed my boat all the way up to Minneapolis. I took pictures, but the developers lost the film.

I hate it when that happens...

19 posted on 10/09/2008 9:43:56 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: ken5050
1) Noodling

or

2) Insanity

20 posted on 10/09/2008 9:45:09 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ken5050

Noodling


21 posted on 10/09/2008 9:45:13 AM PDT by Chunga85
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To: ken5050

noodling


22 posted on 10/09/2008 9:46:24 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (...their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories....)
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To: Natchez Hawk
"Man-eating catfish?!"


23 posted on 10/09/2008 9:57:17 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: ArrogantBustard; All
Ding! Ding!! Ding!!!..we have a winnah!!

I always thought those people who did wit were insane..always run the risk of finding a big snapping turtle..take your finger off like a bandsaw..

24 posted on 10/09/2008 9:58:27 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Justice Department

Is it just me or does the thought of swimming in a river where they dump BODIES gross you out?! Nevermind the man eating fish! Yuck! Double yuck!


25 posted on 10/09/2008 9:59:33 AM PDT by gardengirl
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To: ken5050

Commonly it is called noodling.

In Nebraska they called it Stump fishing. I’m not sure if it is called that because they stick their hands into submerged tree stumps or because they fear their arms becoming nothing but stumps...


26 posted on 10/09/2008 10:01:30 AM PDT by rightsmart
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To: econjack

Well, the paddlefish used to be plentiful in the Mississippi in MO, and they can be 7 feet long. See this wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_paddlefish

Regarding catfish, here is a nice article, excerpt below:

http://www.missourigameandfish.com/fishing/catfish-fishing/mo_aa083204a/

“The largest of our Big Three species is the blue catfish. Back when the big rivers ran wild, blue cats were probably even bigger. Historical records and anecdotal evidence appear to support such a claim. In his book, Steamboating: 65 Years on Missouri’s Rivers, a boat pilot named William Heckman wrote of a giant 315-pound blue catfish that was reportedly taken from the Missouri River in Gasconade County just after the Civil War. State archives contain an 1879 shipping invoice for a 150-pound blue catfish purchased at a St. Louis fish market. The sender was one Dr. J.G.W. Steedman, then chairman of the Missouri Fish Commission; the recipient was the U.S. National Museum of Natural History, now part of the Smithsonian Institute”


27 posted on 10/09/2008 10:02:32 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: econjack
I’ve heard stories of St. Louis police looking on the bottom of the Mississippi river for weapons and encountering catfish that are so big they just sit on the bottom with their mouths open and catch whatever comes along. I think I remember the stories saying these fish were over 12’ long. Does anyone have anything that confirms these fish stories?

I have heard the same from recovery divers in the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers in SE Ohio.

28 posted on 10/09/2008 10:04:34 AM PDT by Ghengis (“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television" Joe Biden)
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To: ken5050
"What is it called when you go fishing for catfish with your hands?"

Don't know.


29 posted on 10/09/2008 10:10:33 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Ghengis

I have heard these stories from divers in Lakes Whitney and Travis, nobody can produce fish or pictures. I say Baloney!

Now, I have seen with my own eyes 200+ lb. Gar way over 6 ft.


30 posted on 10/09/2008 10:12:42 AM PDT by waterhill (An armed man has the means for independence)
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To: ken5050
Grappling...in some parts.

Noodling in others....

31 posted on 10/09/2008 10:13:10 AM PDT by Osage Orange (" I did not have radical relations with that man, William Ayers. " -Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Justice Department
That is a cool looking fish......

Kind of sinister looking beady eyes...and a long thin mustache.

Ha!

32 posted on 10/09/2008 10:16:18 AM PDT by Osage Orange (" I did not have radical relations with that man, William Ayers. " -Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Lazamataz

A fish THAT big would require the 55-gallon UberGulp and an entire cartload of Hushpuppies from the nearest Costco or Sam’s Warehouse. . . .


33 posted on 10/09/2008 10:17:13 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: econjack
I don't know...

But I read somewhere of divers being so spooked the wouldn't go down and check the dams anymore.

It seems that the silt build up at the base of the dam was a great place for these giant cats. They starting nibbling at the divers and they freaked, estimates of 300 to a 500 lb-ers....

Anyone know what river and what dams this was occurring at?

34 posted on 10/09/2008 10:18:38 AM PDT by taildragger (The Answer is Fred Thompson, I do not care what the question is.....)
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To: ken5050
"What is it called when you go fishing for catfish with your hands?"

Er...noodling?


35 posted on 10/09/2008 10:24:31 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Judith Anne; econjack
My guess is there are some monster blue cats out there...in the 150 lb range for sure. Maybe a bit bigger.....

The lake record at lake Texoma...is around 122 lbs.

I've seen flat heads in the low hundreds....

36 posted on 10/09/2008 10:29:16 AM PDT by Osage Orange (" I did not have radical relations with that man, William Ayers. " -Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Justice Department

That fish looks like the inspiration for a star wars character.


37 posted on 10/09/2008 10:31:15 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: taildragger

http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/catfish.asp


38 posted on 10/09/2008 10:31:58 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Justice Department

Mr Limpett is hungry?

39 posted on 10/09/2008 10:32:49 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: econjack

Outside the West Texas city of Sweetwater, there’s a lake where several scuba divers have reported seeing a monster catfish that hangs down by the dam.

Also, here’s a website with a picture of a really big one:

http://www.stripers247.com/phpBB2/showthread.php?t=7714


40 posted on 10/09/2008 10:34:14 AM PDT by Marauder (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
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To: waterhill
I have heard these stories from divers in Lakes Whitney and Travis, nobody can produce fish or pictures. I say Baloney!

I a couple of those guys quite well. They are not liars or prone to exagerration. Maybe perspective is skewed in deep, murky water. They are experienced divers.

Now, I have seen with my own eyes 200+ lb. Gar way over 6 ft.

I saw one about 5.5 to 6 feet in length -- for a few seconds -- while I was standing on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina. Nobody would believe me when I called them over and it had dived deeper.

41 posted on 10/09/2008 10:40:19 AM PDT by Ghengis (“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television" Joe Biden)
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To: Justice Department
Not nearly as impressive as the world's largest fish finger!
42 posted on 10/09/2008 10:47:58 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: econjack
I’ve heard stories of St. Louis police looking on the bottom of the Mississippi river for weapons and encountering catfish that are so big they just sit on the bottom with their mouths open and catch whatever comes along. I think I remember the stories saying these fish were over 12’ long. Does anyone have anything that confirms these fish stories?

It's possible, monster catfish have been taken out of the Mississippi for centuries. Mark Twain mentions 300 pound catfish in "Huck Finn". A blue catfish was caught on the Missouri some time after the Civil War that weighed in at 315. Noodlers (bare-handed fishermen) regularly land 30 and 40 pound catfish. The largest catfish landed on hook and line was a baby, just about 125 pounds. But when you stop and think about it, what the heck is going to land a 300 pound cat if it doesn't want to be landed?

43 posted on 10/09/2008 10:48:07 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Judith Anne
WORLD RECORD for BLUE CATFISH:

150 lbs (5' - 5") caught in the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kansas in 1910 by Doug Smith.

WORLD RECORD for BLUE CATFISH: ( caught using a rod & reel )

124 lbs (4' - 10") caught in the Mississippi River in Alton, Illinois on 5-22-05 by Tim Pruitt.

WORLD RECORD for FLATHEAD CATFISH:

154 lbs (5' - 7") caught in Santee Cooper Reservoir in Pineville, South Carolina in 2004 by Tom Frederick.

WORLD RECORD for FLATHEAD CATFISH: ( caught using a rod & reel )

123.9 lbs (5' - 1") caught in Elk City Reservoir, Kansas on 5-14-98 by Ken Paulie.

WORLD RECORD for CHANNEL CATFISH:

63 lbs (48") caught in Choctawhatchee River in Ponce de Leon, Florida on 11-6-06 by Doyle Lee Ammons.


44 posted on 10/09/2008 10:50:21 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Justice Department

I’m amazed that we have freepers to debate such things, but as a comparably ignorant one, I find that a goonch is a catfish that lives (among other places) in the Mekong River. So what do you mean by “that’s a Mekong River catfisg, NOT a goonch”?


45 posted on 10/09/2008 10:57:30 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Marauder
"a picture of a really big one:"

Something's fishy in Hardin County

The debate in Tennessee over authenticity of the largest catfish in the 'Catfish Capitol of the World' still rages on

The catfish has been estimated, by those who believe in the photo's authenticity, to weigh from 500 to 800 pounds.

Fact or fiction? You be the judge.

I'll never forget stumbling upon the wrinkled old photo that looked like something out of an old monster movie. The picture could have been titled, "The Catfish That Could Have Eaten Hardin County, Tennessee." It was in the mid-1990s, and I was working on a story about the National Catfish Derby, an annual catfishing derby and festival held on the Tennessee River. The derby president was the first to show me the black and white photo. "What do you think?" said the derby prez, Jay Barker. I looked at the photo and then at Barker, who was grinning mischievously like the Cheshire cat. "Interesting," I said. "Very interesting."

Whether the photo and the talk it has generated are fact or fishy fiction doesn't matter. The mystery is part of the tale itself — a tale that has more twists and turns than a hooked catfish.

And, true or not, Barker has long known the stories would get plenty of news play and help promote the event.

“Many people don't believe the photo is real, and that is all right. But my mother told me it was, and she had no reason to lie. ”— Faye Callens

Barker told me he first learned of the photo from Betty Coleman, a fellow resident of Savannah, Tenn. She found it while gathering old photos for the Hardin County Historical Society.

Since then, people have told Barker the photo was taken in the Hardin County community of Cerro Gordo in 1914. Barker also has been told the man standing alongside the catfish was Warren McConnell and that a copy of the picture hung for many years in Pitts General Store.

The catfish has been estimated, by those who believe in the photo's authenticity, to weigh from 500 to 800 pounds.

I interviewed the late Faye Callens, also of Savannah, who said his mother, Rilla Callens, handed down the photo to him. He said his mother had worked as a bookkeeper at Pitts General Store, and she told him the photo was genuine; a man named Green Bailey caught the fish on a trotline.

Indeed Bailey's name is inscribed on the photo along with the date and place where the photo was taken, "Cerro Gordo 1914." Callens also said he visited Bailey's sister several years ago, and she told him her brother did catch the big fish.

"Many people don't believe the photo is real, and that is all right," Callens said. "But my mother told me it was, and she had no reason to lie." There is the rub. To call a fisherman a liar is one thing. But to say so about his mother is enough to get filleted, and fast.

“Some people say it's fake, but others firmly believe the catfish was actually caught. ”— Jay Barker, president of Tennessee's National Catfish Derby

As I continued to investigate, though, I found many other stories attached to the old photo.

One was that the late Joe B. Pitts, proprietor of Pitts General Store, actually caught the fish. Another story claimed that the fish was caught during a dry summer after it became landlocked in shallow water (before dams regulated water levels on the Tennessee River).

Then, too, there is the fishy side of the story. Barker said some Savannah residents have told him the photo was a fake. Many believe the catfish actually weighed 50-80 pounds and was placed on a child's wagon to be photographed as an optical illusion. To make the gag complete, a cardboard cutout of a man from a cigarette ad was placed on the wagon.

Perhaps this is the real truth behind this fish tale, because Barker also has a copy of another photo of the same man and fish taken from a different angle. The man is posed exactly the same as he is in the other photo — one hand on his thigh and the other on his hip, as he stoops to admire the fish. The only difference is this photo was taken from the front of the wagon rather than from the side.

"Some people say it's fake, but others firmly believe the catfish was actually caught," Barker said.

What does Barker believe? He'd never admit the old photo is too fishy. After all, can you get too fishy in a place that bills itself as the "Catfish Capitol of the World"?

"Personally, I believe it is authentic, and it shows without a doubt why we're (Hardin County) the Catfish Capitol of the World," Barker proclaimed. (Perhaps it is no coincidence this promotions man has the last name "Barker".) Besides, he pointed out that there definitely are some big catfish swimming in the Hardin County waters of the Tennessee River, especially below Pickwick Dam.

"Probably are some catfish out there that are this big, but anglers just aren't rigged with tackle strong enough to land them," he said. What would happen if a cat as big as the one depicted in the old photo was caught during the county's annual National Catfish Derby? "I'd try to find a swimming pool big enough to put it in," Barker laughed. "A fish that big would be a tourist attraction all by itself."

At one time the famed photo had been made into a postcard used to promote the National Catfish Derby.

46 posted on 10/09/2008 11:00:54 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: dangus

“So what do you mean by “that’s a Mekong River catfisg, NOT a goonch”?”

Did I say that or did joiseydude say that?
Let’s get our fish stories straight :-}


47 posted on 10/09/2008 11:14:39 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Lazamataz
"Yes sir. Would you like to Supersize your fries and drink?"

Yo Laz. Did I tell you that you've been my idol if not my role model since 1927?

48 posted on 10/09/2008 11:20:39 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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To: Justice Department

She’s a hottie...


49 posted on 10/09/2008 11:27:30 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: JZelle

50 posted on 10/09/2008 11:30:27 AM PDT by Justice Department ("Comedy is allied to justice." Aristophenes)
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