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(TN) $1.9 Million Lawsuit Says City Officer Got Mad When Driver Tooted At Her At Green Light
The Chattagoonan ^ | 04/24/2011 | The Chattanoogan

Posted on 04/24/2011 7:29:00 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour

A $1.9 million federal lawsuit has been filed against the city police department and a city police officer alleging that the officer got mad when a motorist behind her tooted his horn after she did not move when the light turned green.

Larry Ballanger filed the suit that names Cristina Henderson as a defendant.

The suit alleges false arrest and false imprisonment.

The complaint, filed by attorney Curtis Bowe, says Mr. Ballanger was on his way to work on the afternoon of April 23, 2010, when he got behind a patrol car driven by officer Henderson.

It says the light at 6106 Lee Highway turned green and three cars passed, but the officer kept looking down. It was then that Mr. Ballanger blew his horn.

The suit says the officer immediately pulled off the road and got behind the Ballanger vehicle. She followed him over two miles to the entrance to the Brainerd Walmart, then engaged her blue lights and stopped him.

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1 posted on 04/24/2011 7:29:03 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
All charges were dismissed in Criminal Court.

Seems to always be the case... pointing to cops unlawfully overreacting.

2 posted on 04/24/2011 7:30:25 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Why does this sound like an officer getting pissed off over being “disrespected”?


3 posted on 04/24/2011 7:32:55 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

This is just weird.


4 posted on 04/24/2011 7:33:40 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I got pulled over for honking at someone who slammed on his breaks in 40 mile an hour traffic to let a cop merge in (from a stop sign)

I was ‘lucky’ to not get cited for using my horn in a non-emergency situation and I told the guy abusing his power, err the officer just keeping the public safe, that unexpectedly going from 40 to 0 is an emergency. Then i remembered that correctness had nothing to do with the traffic stop and “Yes Sir”ed until he was done letting me know who the boss was.


5 posted on 04/24/2011 7:35:40 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
The 61-year-old Ballanger was then taken to the county jail, booked and had to post bond. His picture was in the "Just Busted" magazine, the suit says.

Can we see a photo Officer Henderson, preferably a mugshot?

6 posted on 04/24/2011 7:37:08 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Dont you know who i am!


7 posted on 04/24/2011 7:37:29 PM PDT by Nooseman (mutt)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Suspend the female officer!


8 posted on 04/24/2011 7:41:08 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

I toot in her general direction.


9 posted on 04/24/2011 7:41:56 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Mr. Ballanger got a police escort to easy street.
10 posted on 04/24/2011 7:46:55 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: PapaBear3625

I read this story and hand to God, I do make this up.

Three nights ago I am driving home. The are working on our road at night. Traffic one way, then the other....not a problem, I get this.

So I’m stopped and for twenty minutes...NOTHING! No traffic coming at me, nothing. It was very late, I wanted to get home. I could understand them closing a lane, leeting one side go, then the other. But they stopped me yet nothing was coming the other way. twenty minutes!

So I shout at the guy with the stop sign...hey, I was probably loud, and a bit angry, but I asked him when he was going to let us go. did not cuss, did not call him names, shut up after he answered with the silly response that he would let us go after last car came from other lane as NO , cars were coming from other lane, which was my complaint.

State cop there on side of road, saunters up to me. Got an attitude like a man put on a uniform and became all powerful, all knowing. He indicates for me to roll down my passenger window, which I do. He asks me what am I doing. I tell him I am asking the traffic guy a question, is this against some kind of rule?

Mr. Big Man In a Uniform, all powerful with a swagger can be seen a block away, launches into a lecture about how I would be the first to complain if the road were left potholed, how I shouldn’t yell at the poor man directing traffic. Big cop man then tells me to pull over to the side and now I’m really mad.

But I do, I maneuver in and out of the traffic cones. He wants my license, registration, proof of insurance. By now I’m feeling really mistreated. i call husband, say very loudly how I got a big cop here mistreating me, that I’d committed no crime. Husband on cell phone telling me to calm down, that this guy could shoot me like cops like to do to dogs that bark at them...pet dogs.

So I sit quiet but the cop won’t let me go. He’s got my license registration...sitting in his cop car, doing I don’t know what....punishing me.

This goes on for about ten to fifteen minutes. by now, the hell with it, I’m going to jail if need be because this guy is falsely imprisoning me in my own car, he’d not given me a ticket, I’d broken no law. I dunno, maybe a small lecture was warranted but even that was a stretch.

I start crying and begging the guy....”please let me go home. I’m sixty years old with a heart problem and my husband is sick and needs me.” Which was all true, in fact.

Cop, big man in town....yells “you just sit still and wait until I tell you you can go”. Whole time he’s got my license and stuff, husband on cell phone line begging me to sit quiet, this asshole imprisoning me in my own car with no benefit to me of judge or jury. Damn, he had on a cop uniform...that was authority enough, right?

I’m only a block from home, bear in mind. so I gather my purse, take key out of ignition, get out of my car and start walking. Cop jumps out of car asking me where the hell i was going. “I’m going home. I only live across the road.”

He runs up to me...GRABS ME...and tells me he’ll have my car towed and have me arrested for disturbing the peace. Imagine, walking upon a public road....disturbing the peace. I suppose he could have towed my car but by then I was just so upset I wanted to get home so bad before I punched this guy and really got into trouble.

But he grabs me and forces me back into my car. Only something changed. He went back to the cop car, got my license and stuff, told the traffic guy to stop traffic. He gave me my stuff back and told me to go on but don’t hit any traffic cones. And he asked, gently, why i was so upset.

I think he got scared when I got out of the car and started walkiing but it’s just a guess. But his attitude changed cause what’s he gonna tell his boss? Go with me here, I can write a line or two. That this sixty year old lady, returning home from late choir practice such was the thug she was, actually shouted at a traffic director. Then I’m walking home late at night cause he was falsely imprisoning me then towiing my car, then parked, out of the way, on the shoulder?

I was once married to a Baltimore city cop. While we might not have gotten along, he would NEVER have done such a stunt. this Delaware state cop was a man who thought he had almighty power.

And yeah, I’d have sued everyone on that force but I fought back and I’m glad I did. god knows the joy he was having hearing me sob and beg to go home.

Just an awful experience.


11 posted on 04/24/2011 7:57:26 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

If this guy is telling the truth, he should sue that bitches ass off.


12 posted on 04/24/2011 8:07:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Thugcop put too small cuffs on too tight: “Mr. Ballanger said he suffered permanent damage to his right hand.”

Thugcop should have to pay up personally. Instead the taxpayers will pay for her arrogance, power-trip, and stupidity.


13 posted on 04/24/2011 8:17:38 PM PDT by piytar (Talga Vassternich)
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To: Fishtalk

I’m thinking I would have hung up with hubby and dialed 911 and told them that I was being detained by an officer and that he was scaring me by being a bully. . .


14 posted on 04/24/2011 8:18:22 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: Fishtalk

He GRABBED you?

If he actually put his hands on you, this is assault. And this is why he turned all nice. He realized what he’d done.

I hope you’re thinking about making a complaint. Did you get his name and badge number?


15 posted on 04/24/2011 8:28:22 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Ha! Folks are so messed up. Get 5 no ticket cards and go home. This suit will get tossed.

I understand why you post these things but tell me you have the gall to punch your horn on a patrol officer.......


16 posted on 04/24/2011 8:36:58 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Fishtalk

You think what is happening to our local police and the over-reaching of all federal law enforrcement is bad, then just wait until Obamacare starts deciding when you die.


17 posted on 04/24/2011 8:49:48 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

“Contempt of Cop”, throw the book at him. Can’t have uppity citizens now, can we?


18 posted on 04/24/2011 8:50:21 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Was the dog shot?


19 posted on 04/24/2011 9:00:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice)
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To: PapaBear3625

Sounds to me like that person shouldn’t be a cop.

If a short honk of a car horn sets this jerk off, I’d hate to see what happens in a real crisis situation.


20 posted on 04/24/2011 9:02:07 PM PDT by kschockeynut87 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my GOD, my family and my country.)
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To: kschockeynut87
Times have changed. Federally trained. Union is first in the daily prayer. Courts have said their job is not to protect and serve. They show up twenty minutes late to be big shots but job is mainly paperwork. The hard work of serving papers is breaking down doors and shooting dogs and scaring kids. The rest is tax collection via quota. Times have changed. They have morphed into henchman for the state power brokers and proletariat. Protect yourself and realize ultimately the police are no friend of yours.
21 posted on 04/24/2011 9:15:03 PM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Advocating removal of the cop would be justice. Claiming compensation from tax payer is corruption


22 posted on 04/24/2011 9:15:16 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Fishtalk

That was not a cop but a slimey. POS that should lose his badge, license and job for that load of BS!

Mark my words, that cretin in uniform will get what for in due time. If Life has taught me anything, it is that you get back what you send out into the world and these power mad, jack-asses in uniform are just begging for cosmic retribution.

With sincere apologies to all the good law enforcement folks out there, but this diatribe is directed to those who abuse their position rather than uphold the law.


23 posted on 04/24/2011 9:16:39 PM PDT by kschockeynut87 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my GOD, my family and my country.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The suit should be against the LEO Union and not the city.

The unions keep bad patrolman on the streets.


24 posted on 04/24/2011 9:18:14 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: Auntie Mame

“He GRABBED you?

If he actually put his hands on you, this is assault. And this is why he turned all nice. He realized what he’d done.”

I doubt it. State laws could vary but I believe when a person is pulled over for a traffic stop, they are technically under arrest, or legally detained, or something like that. A person just can’t walk away. I’m sure Fishtalk is a nice person and all, but we’re only getting one side of the story, not that it would matter to the FR cop haters.


25 posted on 04/24/2011 9:33:24 PM PDT by Moonman62 (If gullible, uneducated and uncivilized people didn't exist, politicians would create them.)
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To: eyedigress

I see nothing wrong wit tooting a horn to let a cop or anybody know thatthe light has changed. Cop was a jerk. Lots of cops are jerks. Some are born that way, some are made that way by the job.


26 posted on 04/24/2011 9:34:01 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Fishtalk

The problem is....

WAY too many of us have had similar situatons or worse - without EVER having a positive cop expereince.

Now - they exist to protect themselves. their unions, and their government -from us.


27 posted on 04/24/2011 9:54:49 PM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Fishtalk
Wonder if this Bozo's watch commander might want to have a talk with him?

Sounds like he needs to be told what for.

28 posted on 04/24/2011 9:56:00 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I know. I really don’t think I would ask a patrol officer to move. If this traffic stop was motivated by vengeance, the judge should identify and squash it.


29 posted on 04/24/2011 9:56:42 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Jim from C-Town

We must hold our keepers of the law to a high level.


30 posted on 04/24/2011 9:57:48 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Moonman62

Are you the resident bootlicker?


31 posted on 04/24/2011 9:58:39 PM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Moonman62

Nah! Don’t get messed up on this. To be real, there is not one person here that would blast their horn at an officer on patrol. What is he to think................

Very narrow minded MMT.


32 posted on 04/24/2011 10:06:18 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

This is not a story. Call it what you want. NON-Sequitur comes to mind.


33 posted on 04/24/2011 10:15:21 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Fishtalk

Well, I really don’t know how to respond to your story, since you start by swearing that you’re making it up. A typo or just seeing if we’re paying attention?


34 posted on 04/24/2011 10:21:48 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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I had my son in the car once when I beeped at a cop sitting there in front of me at at green light. He was yakking on his cell phone and typing on his laptop and it was obvious he was completely oblivious to the traffic light AT ALL let alone the fact it had turned green.

Anyhow, I beeped and my son was mortified, convinced we would go to jail. Though he did hear my beep, the cop didn't give me a glance. Like he does that sort of thing all of the time.

35 posted on 04/24/2011 11:28:16 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: Fishtalk
this Delaware state cop was a man who thought he had almighty power.

Ah. That explains it.

Delaware troopers all suffer from "small state complex".

36 posted on 04/24/2011 11:33:47 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: william clark

I’m sorry. If I said I was making it up it’s an error.

I do that as a cute effect, like Dave Berry. But if you leave out a word it kind of matters, huh?

No, it’s a true story.


37 posted on 04/25/2011 5:05:57 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: ninergold3

Oh wow, I got a lot of responses AFTER I shut down and went to bed.

You know, I thought of doing just that. Except, well way I figgered, 911-they’re cops right?

I got worried they would collaborate with the guy.

But I did come so close.

And btw, husband can, of course, verify my story. He heard every word the cop said. Husband is a bit of a wimp and he was absolutely terrified the cop would maybe shoot me.

I know that’s a bit far-fetched but husband was scared to death about this...that the cop, who was obviously so full of himself and it came across via the cell phone lines...the cop would get a real attitude and figure I might need to be calmed down with a bullet.

I know someone else said about so many bad cop experiences and this is just so true any more. My husband practically sobs when he hears stories of cops shooting pet dogs.

And you do hear this a lot. Seems they don’t want to be bothered with calming, putting away the pet. Hey, MY dog would bark at a cop come to the door...it’s what dogs do.

But you read so often where the cop, boom, takes out his or her gun and shoots the poor dog. Heartbreaking. Husband was terrified this cop was going to shoot ME.

You all heard the story of the Delaware basketball pole? This horrific incident also involved a Del. state trooper. Glen Beck covered it.


38 posted on 04/25/2011 5:12:30 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: Auntie Mame

He GRABBED me Auntie Mame....he put his hands on me. He not only grabbed me, he pulled me back to my Jeep and shoved me into the drivers seat.

I know who he is. I’m still pondering what to do.


39 posted on 04/25/2011 5:14:10 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: kschockeynut87

Tears spring to my eyes over your and other responses.

This really happened to me...just this past Weds 4/20/11. Husband is complete witness...he was on my cell phone the whole time.

He thought the cop was waaaaaaaaaay, waaaaaay out of bounds and was terrified I’d either be shot or taken to jail.

Like I said, I was once married to a Baltimore city cop. I know how cops are supposed to act. My ex-spouse was a stellar cop, keeping the peace in a crime-filled city.

First off, ex-husband would REFUSE to be part of any job that had him sitting and babysitting state traffic controllers but here in Delaware of late this is what they do.

Yeah, it was horrible behavior and I daresay no normal Freeper I know would have thought it was just A-ok.


40 posted on 04/25/2011 5:18:53 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: eyedigress
tell me you have the gall to punch your horn on a patrol officer.......

Douche bag on her cell phone gets honked at, affirmative action cop or not.

That's the way it is.

41 posted on 04/25/2011 5:37:50 AM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Fishtalk

My first thought is how these guys are retaliatory and if you go to his supervisor he could get all his buds to lie in wait and harass you and your family. Then again, his supervisor might be grateful you brought this to his attention.

You might consider speaking to a criminal lawyer about this, if you can find one who is competent. And tell EVERYBODY you know who lives in your area what happened and who the cop is.

The thing of it is, if this officer continues to get away with this type of behavior, he’ll either continue to harass innocent citizens or go on to do worse things.

I’m glad you are all right anyway. And you don’t deserve to be treated this way.


42 posted on 04/25/2011 5:49:00 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The lower the qualifications to be a LEO the lower the quality of the department. It really can’t drop much further.


43 posted on 04/25/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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To: Fishtalk

DO NOT WAIT~!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AT BARE MINIMUM FILE A COMPLAINT~@!@!@!@!@!

THIS WOULD GET THEM TO NOTICE HIM AND BE GOOD WRITTEN HISTORY FOR WHEN THEY FIRE HIS ASS

BEFORE HE DOES THIS TO ANYONE ELSE


As a side note, I once got a flat tire in the middle of the desert in arizona- an officer pulled over on a side street- climbed a barbed wire fence (and cut himself) to bring over a jack and some water and help me change my tire (it was a new truck- I didnt notice missing jack)

I wrote a NICE thank you letter to his CO

Be sure to thank the good ones, especially in writing


44 posted on 04/25/2011 8:08:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: JayAr36
The lower the qualifications to be a LEO the lower the quality of the department. It really can’t drop much further.

I've heard that they actually have an upper limit on intelligence to be a cop. They don't want people who may get bored on the job.

45 posted on 04/25/2011 8:24:36 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: eyedigress
...but tell me you have the gall to punch your horn on a patrol officer...

Without hesitation.

46 posted on 04/25/2011 10:10:14 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (My dream thread: Mormon cop shoots Catholic Freeper's Pit Bull and takes his Macbook Pro.)
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To: Mr. K
Be sure to thank the good ones, especially in writing

Good reminder.

47 posted on 04/25/2011 10:19:01 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (My dream thread: Mormon cop shoots Catholic Freeper's Pit Bull and takes his Macbook Pro.)
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To: ShadowAce

They’ve attained their goal!


48 posted on 04/25/2011 11:15:28 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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