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George Lopez to voice Speedy Gonzales in live action/CG movie
Cartoon Brew ^ | 2/24/10 | Jerry Beck

Posted on 02/24/2010 10:35:45 AM PST by raccoonradio

(Beck) From the story in today’s Hollywood Reporter:

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“We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” said the comedian’s wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer. “Speedy’s going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.” That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver.
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(Beck): “The racist Speedy”? Pardon me, but the Speedy I know from the 1950s cartoons was a hero, a champion. I would suggest the writers watch a few of the cartoons before inventing a scenario from whole cloth.


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I think Cartoon Network took off Speedy Gonzales due to complaints about racial stereotypes.

Here's a Speedy short, Mexicali Schmoes

The Hollywood Reporter article:
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Speedy Gonzales is taking his folk-hero status, incredible speed and signature red kerchief to the big screen, with help from George Lopez.

The comedian is attached to provide the voice of the fastest mouse in all Mexico for a politically correct live-action/CG hybrid feature set up at New Line Cinema.

The Looney Tunes character debuted in the 1950s as a regular nemesis of Sylvester the Cat. A 1955 short about the tiny hero, "Speedy Gonzales," won the Academy Award for best short subject, (cartoon). Pat Boone even released a hit song about the famous mouse in 1962.

Over the years, Speedy appeared in the live-action/animation features "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Space Jam" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action." But the character has often courted criticism that the ethnic characterizations of him and his compatriots (especially lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez) are stereotypically racist and severely outdated.

Aware of this, New Line and the producers plan to update the brand with a modernized sensibility.

"We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s -- the racist Speedy," said the comedian's wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer. "Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at."

That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver.

"Garfield" scribes Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen will write the script.

Lopez hosts "Lopez Tonight" on TBS and appears in New Line's ensemble hit "Valentine's Day," which has grossed $158 million worldwide after two weekends. He also recently starred in "The Spy Next Door" and provided a voice for "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."

1 posted on 02/24/2010 10:35:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

If it’s George Lopez, then he can call on the support of his Chicano American Brothers and Mexican illegals to support and hoot for him. I’m tired of hearing him crow about how Latinos are taking over and illegals are not going to go home. He can suck it.


2 posted on 02/24/2010 10:38:54 AM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: raccoonradio
Just taking comedy jobs American mice don't want.


3 posted on 02/24/2010 10:39:03 AM PST by KarlInOhio (New Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: raccoonradio

As Speedy’s cousin would say, “where do we get these brains?”


4 posted on 02/24/2010 10:39:16 AM PST by hometoroost (I am not a crook, I did not have sex with that woman, and I am not an ideologue.)
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To: raccoonradio
Lopez is a left wing kook.

Too bad, since some of his stuff is funny, like when he went off on the greens once, saying that “Latino’s don't give a #### about global warming” -—

5 posted on 02/24/2010 10:39:17 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: raccoonradio
“We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” said the comedian’s wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer.

Thanks for the warning. I'll be sure to miss this, and stick with the Warner Bros. cartoons.

6 posted on 02/24/2010 10:39:20 AM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: raccoonradio

Next is a remake of Popeye...except he won’t smoke a pipe, won’t have a ‘sqeenky’ eye, won’t eat his vegetables, won’t engage in violent encounters, and won’t be a he.

Other than that, Popeye will be the same cartoon millions of kids grew up with.


7 posted on 02/24/2010 10:40:09 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Gaffer

Lopez is far more racist than Speedy ever was!


8 posted on 02/24/2010 10:42:55 AM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Eagle Eye
There was a compilation of old Popeye cartoons released on DVD.

The set contained a WARNING LABEL stating that the content was for adult collector interest only and not suitable for minors.
9 posted on 02/24/2010 10:43:02 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: raccoonradio

Speedy Gonzales wasn’t racist. It was a sex joke.

Mel Blanc even knew the joke (and I think it was alluded to in one of the shorts).

“Speedy Gonzales is in love with my sister!”
“Speedy Gonzales loves EVERYBODY’S SISTER!”


10 posted on 02/24/2010 10:43:15 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: raccoonradio

Well, yet another waste of time from the Hollyweird elites.


11 posted on 02/24/2010 10:44:23 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Eagle Eye

Teen Wolf is being remade with a girl lead

Red Dawn is being remade with I could only guess what liberal messages

A-Team is on the way... trailer looks pretty good.

Nothing original coming, you can bet on that


12 posted on 02/24/2010 10:44:41 AM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Kansas58
There is a ring of truth to that. Most of the developing world doesn't give a sh-t about global warming, although the European-descended haute bourgeoisie of Latin America unfortunately does.

Methinks it will be the Indians (from India) who will sink the so-called "global" obsession over climate change.

13 posted on 02/24/2010 10:45:10 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: raccoonradio; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

I don’t think anyone should include Space Jam in their filmography. OUCH.


14 posted on 02/24/2010 10:45:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Eagle Eye


Note warning label on bottom of package.
15 posted on 02/24/2010 10:46:09 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: raccoonradio
But the character has often courted criticism that the ethnic characterizations of him and his compatriots (especially lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez) are stereotypically racist and severely outdated.


16 posted on 02/24/2010 10:46:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: raccoonradio
I dunno man, a whole of a racial stereotypes in the series - maybe not Speedy, the rest ain't much to point to and celebrate.
17 posted on 02/24/2010 10:47:00 AM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: raccoonradio

Thank you for posting the link to the full cartoon.

I just enjoyed five minutes of sanity from this miserable world.

Jose and Manuel, the Cats, are no more stupid, lazy or evil than Wile E. Coyote, who is 100% American!

LOL.

WB was an equal opportunity insulter! hahahahahahahahahaha


18 posted on 02/24/2010 10:47:15 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: GeronL
Karate Kid is also being remade with a girl lead.

Oliver Stone is remaking Wall Street with Michael Douglas and Shia LaBoef.
19 posted on 02/24/2010 10:47:37 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: raccoonradio

Nobody at my house will see it because of the racist that has been cast in the starring roll.


20 posted on 02/24/2010 10:47:54 AM PST by TexasBeth
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To: Question Liberal Authority
They should put their "ADULTS ONLY" warning on the front of the package.

Meanwhile teen sex comedies are for the all ages crowd. Better to go "unrated" than NC-17 or even R.

21 posted on 02/24/2010 10:48:08 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Eagle Eye

Well they did do a live action version of Popeye in 1980 or so with Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall. Never saw, prob just as well.

Let’s remake an old cartoon-hits Hollywood again

Space Jam
Looney Tunes Back in Action
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (OK, that one was GOOD)
Scooby Doo
Boris and Natasha (with moose and squirrel)

Jetsons: The Movie (they replaced the orig voice of
Judy with Tiffany...)

Flintstones & Flint 2 Viva Rock Vegas (think that was the title)
Dennis the Menace

There are plans for a live action/cartoon blend of Yogi Bear


22 posted on 02/24/2010 10:48:09 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: GeronL

It’s too bad...he was funny before he went ‘La Raza’.....


23 posted on 02/24/2010 10:48:24 AM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Will Oliver Stoned’s new Wall Street be set in the 1990s which REALLY WERE the decade of GREED? Much of the nation opposed impeachment because they didn’t want to see the stock market fall. The internet bubble burst and the market collapsed anyway.

GREED.


24 posted on 02/24/2010 10:49:25 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: left that other site

Yes and talents like Mel Blanc (voices) and Friz Freleng (dir.) gave us so much fun. Later Freleng partnered with
producer David Depatie to form the cartoon studio that gave us the Pink Panther.

Los dos gatos locos, and the one who referred to that
“camejo loco”, Bugs Bunny...


25 posted on 02/24/2010 10:50:10 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: a fool in paradise

RACIST HATEFUL QUOTES FROM GEORGE LOPEZ:

Lopez said, “I usually don’t let politics upset me, but this is crazy. Sarah Palin, la cabrona.”

When asked why golf was a favored pastime, Lopez responded “Any chance I can get to hit something that’s white.”


26 posted on 02/24/2010 10:50:25 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: raccoonradio

You neglected to include George of the Jungle and Dudley DoRight (something else that should appear in no-one’s official filmography)


27 posted on 02/24/2010 10:50:45 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: windcliff

ping


28 posted on 02/24/2010 10:52:14 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: a fool in paradise

If you watched the cartoon I linked above, note that Slowpoke Rodriguez packs...a gun. Nope, I bet that won’t do in the new version. Slowpoke no doubt is a member of El Associacion
Rifle* Nacional de Mexico...

*—don’t know the Sp. translation of the word!


29 posted on 02/24/2010 10:53:17 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

George Lopez is an expert on racists. He is one.


30 posted on 02/24/2010 10:53:52 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Blue Turtle

Lopez sucks. Carlos Mencia rules.


31 posted on 02/24/2010 10:55:30 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: a fool in paradise
They DID put an "Adults only" warning label on the front of the package, but it was a sticker attached to the shrink wrap. When I saw the set at Costco, it was a huge gold label.

I've seen several DVD's in the Disney Treasures series where Leonard Maltin will come on for two minutes and apologize for the racist, insensitive content we are about to see.

It's obnoxious, but the alternative I guess would be to never show the material ever again, like Song Of The South.

Incidentally, the reason Song Of The South got so much grief was that a particular person at the NAALCP wanted to be a 'technical adviser' or something on the movie, and Walt Disney chose a different African American for the job. So this Jesse Jackson shakedown racket has been going on at least since the 1940's.
32 posted on 02/24/2010 10:56:14 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: raccoonradio

I grew up with those Wonderful cartoons, and they NEVER caused me to hate or be prejudiced against ANYBODY!

As a matter of fact, I learned some SPANISH! hahaha!


33 posted on 02/24/2010 10:56:39 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

I remember seeing Song of the South when it was briefly re-issued on the big screen in late 70s or early 80s. I knew it wasn’t going to be an official DVD release by Disney but a site offered it (from a British print) and even threw in a non-Disney short, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves (Warner Bros.)& I bought it. I couldn’t find much racism in SotS to speak of;
there were some stereotypes in Coal Black as there were in a few other “banned” shorts, but Coal Black was funny and had great music.


34 posted on 02/24/2010 11:00:10 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Question Liberal Authority

And then there was that “Crow” Scene in Dumbo!

But The Crows were the ones who HELPED Dumbo, encouraged him, and actually saved his little LIFE! They were the Good Guys,

even though they had “dark feathers and sang with a Negro Dialect” LOL


35 posted on 02/24/2010 11:02:14 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Eagle Eye

Actually, there was a late 70’s incarnation of Popeye called “The All-New Popeye Hour” that wasn’t too far from your description. I think he still ate spinach, but there was no fighting, none of the slapstick humor, and every episode had some sort of public service message written into it. For instance, one of Popeye’s nephews learns the important lesson of crossing the street safely.

/rolls eyes.

BTW, there was another cartoon about that time that was even MORE PC. There was a show based on King Features Syndicate characters (Alley Oop, etc) that used every episode to teach (read: indoctrinate) the kiddies. I still remember the episode where Brunhilde the Witch had to have an intervention because of her excessive drinking. <— (I swear I am not making that up!)


36 posted on 02/24/2010 11:05:38 AM PST by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: DemforBush
How about the lame Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s when they became "friends."

Classic Tom and Jerry is the cartoon equivalent of Sam Peckinpah.

37 posted on 02/24/2010 11:06:51 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: left that other site

For that matter, I don’t even think you could make a movie called “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs” these days. The “Dwarfs” would have to be an ethnically mixed group of people of different sizes and sexual orientations.


38 posted on 02/24/2010 11:06:53 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Most of the cartoon anthologies have that. The Warner Golden Collections are notable, though the label is deserved; one Bugs cartoon in particular has Our Hero sneaking into the South to get to a record carrot crop. He has to get past Yosemite Sam (as a civil war soldier who doesn’t know the war is over) to get there, and at one point Bugs goes into blackface, complete with the “yassuh mastah” routine: “don’ beat me massuh, i be good” etc.

It’s not “Bugs Nips the Nips”, but it’s not much better.


39 posted on 02/24/2010 11:08:08 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Eagle Eye

Popeye was gay. From his Querelle de Brest clothes (would have fit in well along the west side piers back in the 1970s) his love for a boyish woman, and his fascination with butch Bluto/Brutus, its kinda obvious. I also believe that Sweet Pea was conceived via artificial insemination.


40 posted on 02/24/2010 11:11:23 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: raccoonradio

Most of the problem people have with SoTS is the “Uncle Remus” character. Particularly, in his interactions with the white people on the plantation, and in the disparity of living conditions. The thing most people forget though, is that things were really like that; while others protest that it romanticizes things too much (which may be true, since it is Disney). However, some go so far as to call Brer Rabbit racist too, even though Brer Rabbit (who is black) is constantly outwitting Fox and Bear, who are white.


41 posted on 02/24/2010 11:11:53 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig
Does this mean we can bring back Joe Jitsu from the Dick Tracy show, too?

"So solly! Excuse, prease!"

-PJ

42 posted on 02/24/2010 11:13:44 AM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: Clemenza

You may have a point!

And Mighty Mouse was a coke head.


43 posted on 02/24/2010 11:16:14 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Clemenza

>>when they became “friends.”

I remember the Simpsons episode where Marge complained to the TV station/network about violent cartoons (that’s right, she’s a cartoon character herself) and they changed it. The new Itchy and Scratchy theme became:

They share, and love, and share and share and love
Share, share, share, love, love, love
The Itchy and Scratchy show...

Kids hated it.


44 posted on 02/24/2010 11:19:00 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Moonman62

I remeber when he was complaining that there weren’t enough mexicans on US tv. Has he ever watched Telmundo? Those are some of the whitest mexicans I’ve ever seen, why not bitch at them? Oh yeah, he wants to see sterotypical mexicans. Racist dip shit.


45 posted on 02/24/2010 11:19:39 AM PST by enraged
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To: Question Liberal Authority

Oh my no.

Especially “Whistling while they worked” in a dangerous MINE with NO UNION! LOL


46 posted on 02/24/2010 11:20:23 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Little Pig
It's not just cartoons. I was listening to a Nero Wolfe audiobook and there was a disclaimer in the preface, talking about how it was written in a different decade before the civil rights movement.

I wonder what disclaimers will be placed on products 50 years from now. "NOTICE: This movie was produced before incandescent light bulbs and internal combustion engines were outlawed. It is not necessary to inform the Green Police of the activities being portrayed." or "RATED NC-17 FOR MILD PORTRAYALS OF MINOR CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY"
47 posted on 02/24/2010 11:21:13 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Eagle Eye
And Mighty Mouse was a coke head.

That's because said episode was directed by Ralph "Fritz the Cat" Bakshi. It was like having R. Crumb take over "Annie."

48 posted on 02/24/2010 11:21:39 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Little Pig

Song Of The South takes place AFTER the Civil War. Uncle Remus is a free man.


49 posted on 02/24/2010 11:23:24 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: raccoonradio

Speedy was a racist? I always thought he treated every predator the same; who knew?


50 posted on 02/24/2010 11:27:48 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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