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Dispute Over Land Prompts 13-Hour Standoff Between a Family and Deputies; Two Officers Killed
AP via TBO ^ | December 9,2003 | Jeffrey Collins

Posted on 12/09/2003 2:56:08 AM PST by John W

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A father and son angered by a state plan to seize some of their land allegedly shot and killed an officer who went to the home, sparking a 13-hour standoff that ended in a "horrendous gunfight" in which another officer was killed, authorities and neighbors said. At least 100 officers surrounded the rural home of Arthur Bixby in western South Carolina on Monday. Bixby's wife then holed up in an apartment in town and threatened to shoot bystanders if her husband or son were injured; she was promptly arrested, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart said.

It began Monday morning when a magistrate's officer went to the house in a rural part of the state to follow up on an incident from the previous week involving a dispute between Department of Transportation workers and someone from the house, officials said.

When the officer failed to return, two deputies went to the Bixby home looking for him.

What happened next is unclear, but the deputies called for help and law enforcement officials surrounded the home, and the standoff began.

Eleven hours later, officers unsuccessfully tried to storm the home and were shot at with powerful weapons, Stewart said.

"I've never seen so much force," Stewart said. None of the family members tried to negotiate with officers during the standoff.

"This was planned," Stewart said.

The gunfight lasted about 10 minutes and police fired tear gas inside the home. Bixby's son, 36-year-old Steven Bixby, surrendered. Two hours later, officers entered the home and arrested Arthur Bixby, who apparently was wounded in the gunfight. He was hospitalized and his condition was not available early Tuesday.

No formal charges had been filed as of early Tuesday.

At some point during the standoff, the Bixbys destroyed two remote control robots authorities sent into the house to figure out what was happening, Stewart said.

Inside the home, authorities found a dead deputy and what they described as anti-American literature and suicide notes. Similar material also was found inside the apartment in town where Bixby's wife was arrested. Authorities did not say whose apartment it was.

Stewart said the family had prepared for the standoff and fortified the house's doors to make it harder for police to break in.

Authorities identified the two dead officers as Danny Wilson and Donnie M. Ouzts.

Ouzts apparently had been shot from a distance with a rifle, state Public Safety spokesman Sid Gaulden said; Wilson was found inside the home. Authorities would not say which one first went to the house.

Gene Land, Bixby's neighbor who lives about a half-mile away, said Steven Bixby was angry because the state planned to take some of his land to widen the highway. The Bixbys had lived in the house for more than 10 years, Land said.

A dispute Thursday between state transportation workers and someone from the home on Highway 72 precipitated the incident, DOT spokesman Pete Poore said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: dontshootacop; property; propertyrights
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1 posted on 12/09/2003 2:56:09 AM PST by John W
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To: dixie sass
SC-WTF?! ping.
2 posted on 12/09/2003 3:00:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: John W
Take? Doesn't the State offer market value?
3 posted on 12/09/2003 3:14:24 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: John W
What???? Nothing about gun control statistics, homeschooling, Christians, or SUVs here? Someone slipped up.
4 posted on 12/09/2003 3:18:30 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
They did say "Anti-American" literature, which I read to be anti-GOVERNMENT(and maybe general books about the slide of America into tyranny.) I could see this happening if the state was going to take their land without compensation(MARKET compensation) or if they planned to take all their land(with/without compensation) but this was the wrong battle. They were just widening the highway. Seek compensation and take it. No one should die or go to jail for this particular eminent domain issue. Now, if they had succeeded in maryland in taking away people's land and homes so that private developers could "build up" the area---then all bets are off.
5 posted on 12/09/2003 3:24:32 AM PST by Skywalk
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To: newriverSister; PARKFAN
This is going to start happening more and more!
6 posted on 12/09/2003 3:25:50 AM PST by countrydummy
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To: Skywalk
Uh huh, but usually these people on the fringe are used immediately for agenda's of others.
7 posted on 12/09/2003 3:28:09 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: countrydummy
I'm shocked. ( NOT)
8 posted on 12/09/2003 3:29:59 AM PST by Renegade
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To: John W
I never take the first report on these things as right. Land taken by gov is a funny thing. Is it really going for the good of the many?Every back ground deal on this should be right in the open for the sun to shine on.
9 posted on 12/09/2003 3:31:23 AM PST by sawyer
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To: sauropod; exodus; carenot
PING!
10 posted on 12/09/2003 3:34:38 AM PST by countrydummy
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To: Dallas59
Maybe I'll come buy your house whether you want to sell it or not. We'll see how you like it.
11 posted on 12/09/2003 3:42:42 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: John W

A SLED attack vehicle moves into position beside the house with the gunman which is in the background, on the left. . SWAT officers can be seen beside another house to the right which was not involved in the shooting. STAFF photo by Owen Riley Jr.

One of two robots controlled by SLED rests beside a sheriff's car near the SWAT command. STAFF photo by Owen Riley Jr.

AT SWAT command law enforcement officers gather Monday afternoon. The van to the left is where officers are controlling the SLED robot which was on the front porch of the shooter's home. according to Sid Gaulden , PIO for public safety.

A sniper can be seen on the ground to the left, where Highway 72 is being widened across from the house where the shooting occured. Monday. STAFF photo by Owen Riley Jr.

Fire bombs go off as SWAT members storm the house on Highway 72 in Abbeville. STAFF photo by Owen Riley Jr.
12 posted on 12/09/2003 3:43:34 AM PST by visualops (The costs of fighting the War on Terror are significant -the costs of not fighting are unimaginable.)
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To: Skywalk
Abbeville standoff ends with deputy, constable dead
Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - 12:17 am
By April M. Silvaggio, Anna Brutzman and Owen Riley Jr.
STAFF WRITERS
asilvagg@greenvillenews.com


ABBEVILLE — Scores of law officers unleashed a barrage of gunfire and gas Monday night at a house in an effort to overwhelm two men after a deputy was taken hostage and a constable was fatally shot in the front yard earlier in the day.
Before midnight, two men inside the house had surrendered and were taken into custody, one of them wounded, authorities said.

Deputy Daniel Wilson was found dead inside the house, which authorities were searching for weapons and booby traps.

Donnie M. Ouzts, 63, who apparently had rushed to try to aid the deputy as the standoff began about 9 a.m., was shot to death about 25 yards from the front door of the residence, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said.

Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin said they had had no contact with Wilson since the beginning of the incident, which authorities said involved a dispute between the resident of the house and the highway department over a strip of land needed to widen the road.

Officers rushed the house about 8:30 p.m. A flash appeared in the front yard, flashlight beams waved in the smoke. The sound of rapid gunfire tore through the air.

Steve Bixby, in 30s, surrendered a short while later, authorities said.

Arthur Bixby, in his 70s, who was wounded, surrendered later after additional exchanges of gunfire, authorities said. He was being taken to a hospital.

No other injuries were reported, according to authorities, who said they faced semi-automatic, high-powered gunfire from inside the house.

Authorities said they also went to a nearby apartment complex, where relatives had threatened to open fire. Authorities said they took a relative into custody.

They said they seized anti-government literature.

The siege at the house occurred in a neighborhood of houses and businesses near the intersection of State 72 and Union Church Road, about 40 miles south of Greenville.

Officers standing next to patrol cars with blue lights flashing kept the public about 300 yards away. More than half a mile of State 72 was blocked off. The high-traffic road connects Abbeville to the Georgia state line.

Ouzts' body was recovered after a state trooper used his patrol cruiser as a shield to block any gunfire that might come from the house, said Sid Gaulden, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Lance Cpl. Steve Sluder said when he arrived at the scene he could see the constable lying on the ground.

"I pretty much made a mad dash and grabbed him," he said.

Deputies tried to contact the gunmen by phone, but no one answered, Goodwin said. About 4 p.m., a deputy tried with a megaphone.

"We don't want anybody else to get hurt," the deputy said. "If you're alive, come to the door."

The State Law Enforcement Division's SWAT Team was requested shortly after 10 a.m., said SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson called "an active situation."

An estimated 200 officers from the Abbeville Police Department, the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office, the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the state Department of Natural Resources Division responded.

SLED brought in at least two robots, along with an armored vehicle.

Helicopters from several law enforcement agencies whirled overhead.

An autopsy was scheduled on Ouzts at Anderson Regional Medical Center to determine the exact cause of his death, Ashley said. Ouzts worked as a constable for Abbeville County Magistrate Tommy Ferguson.

Magistrate's constables are appointed by local magistrates to serve civil court papers. They have the same authority as a sheriff's deputy.

Staff writer Paul Alongi contributed to this article.
Tuesday
13 posted on 12/09/2003 3:47:38 AM PST by visualops (The costs of fighting the War on Terror are significant -the costs of not fighting are unimaginable.)
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To: visualops
Bump
14 posted on 12/09/2003 4:39:27 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: Skywalk
Anti-American literature? A copy of the Constitution?
15 posted on 12/09/2003 5:04:38 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: John W; hellinahandcart; countrydummy; Noumenon; AAABEST; farmfriend; brityank; hosepipe; ...
This story does not ring true to me.

Comments?

16 posted on 12/09/2003 5:07:46 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
They probably had the Libertarian Party membership forms
17 posted on 12/09/2003 5:09:10 AM PST by Moby Grape
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

As if cold-blooded murderous kooks are pro-Constitution.

18 posted on 12/09/2003 5:09:54 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Skywalk; hellinahandcart
"...maybe general books about the slide of America into tyranny."

Well, he!!, I've got some of those!

19 posted on 12/09/2003 5:10:03 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: countrydummy
Aren't you up kind of early?

... ducking ...

20 posted on 12/09/2003 5:10:48 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: Travis McGee
"anti-American literature"

*That* is exactly what the JBT's would call your book.
21 posted on 12/09/2003 5:13:04 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com; Noumenon; Avoiding_Sulla; AAABEST; countrydummy; newriverSister
I'm glad i am not the only one that has picked up on that. Notice how in the one news article the literature is called "anti-American" and in the other "anti-Government."

IOW the Government is America.

22 posted on 12/09/2003 5:14:17 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Rather bold statement considering we don't really know yet what happened.

How does it feel being a Gubbermint JBT shill?

23 posted on 12/09/2003 5:15:22 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: John W

Those statist curs! Don't they know that the Constimatushion clearly protects the right to commit cold-blooded murder?! Free Mumia Abu-Bixby now!

24 posted on 12/09/2003 5:15:42 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
"Those statist curs! Don't they know that the Constimatushion clearly protects the right to commit cold-blooded murder?! Free Mumia Abu-Bixby now!"

You're an idiot.

25 posted on 12/09/2003 5:16:40 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: sauropod
This story does not ring true to me. Comments?

It probably won't ever "ring true". It's very hard to get to the truth with incidents like this because everyone has a conflicting story to tell or an axe to grind.

26 posted on 12/09/2003 5:22:14 AM PST by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST

There are no Grand Juries impaneled in South Carolina? What exactly doesn't ring true, that a family of kooks went over the deep end and committed murder over the widening of a road?

27 posted on 12/09/2003 5:28:59 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: John W
Certainly not enough information in the article. When an article goes vague like this everything written should be taken with a grain of distrust.

From the pictures it looks like that highway project was going to within five foot of their front door. As also can be seen there was no reason to build a highway five feet from their front door when the photo's clearly show the opposite side of the highway has no homes for, what? A quarter mile? Looks like they had pleanty of room to build their highway without ruining the property on the only inhabited side of the street. I'd sure like to know what their anti-American literature was.

28 posted on 12/09/2003 5:39:55 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: sauropod
up kind of late.....have not been asleep yet! lol
29 posted on 12/09/2003 5:40:37 AM PST by countrydummy
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To: MissAmericanPie
Speaking of not enough information, why would you be pronouncing engineering edicts based upon a photo?
30 posted on 12/09/2003 5:42:43 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: John W
The Bixby's may not be playing with a "full deck."
31 posted on 12/09/2003 5:46:42 AM PST by verity
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To: Cultural Jihad
It doesn't take a degreed engineer (I have two) to determine how close the highway was coming to the house.

One of the photos shows what looks like a significant amount of land alteration on the opposite side of the highway.

We do not have the full story here.

32 posted on 12/09/2003 5:49:07 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: Cultural Jihad
I was just commenting on how hard it is to determine what happens in situations such as this, grand jury or not. No need to bust a vessel.

Hey...you're screeching at me again! I thought you were angry with me and didn't care to correspond any further.
33 posted on 12/09/2003 5:53:03 AM PST by AAABEST
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To: Cultural Jihad
Two photo's, one showing the construction almost to the guys front door, the other showing the tons of vacant room on the opposite side of the street.

I'm guessing the home owner was pretty upset about the situation. He's probably not an engineer either.
34 posted on 12/09/2003 5:56:07 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: sauropod
The Bixby's do not live in a community ruled by some foreign occupying colonial power, are not estranged from any institution of self-governance, are not disempowered and disenfranchised with no voice or legal recourse for the redress of grievances.

Perhaps Mao and some fringed nutcases like to preach that political power comes from the barrel of a gun, but self-governable Americans do not.

35 posted on 12/09/2003 5:56:22 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad; AAABEST
Self-governable Americans should not have to contend with capricious eminent domain acts, which looks to me like what is going on here.

There is an awful lot of Gubbermint abuse of private property rights occurring right now in our country - if you care to look. Try fighting and winning a eminent domain case, just try.

36 posted on 12/09/2003 5:59:20 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: MissAmericanPie

And this somehow justifies cold-blooded murder?

37 posted on 12/09/2003 6:00:06 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
"And this somehow justifies cold-blooded murder?"

Nobody on this thread said it did.

38 posted on 12/09/2003 6:02:00 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: sauropod
No one told Mr. Bixby that he had to live in human society. He was free to purchase an island somewhere and be safe from the capricious demands of his neighbors.
39 posted on 12/09/2003 6:02:11 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
"No one told Mr. Bixby that he had to live in human society. He was free to purchase an island somewhere and be safe from the capricious demands of his neighbors."

Which was there first, his house or the highway expansion?

40 posted on 12/09/2003 6:04:59 AM PST by sauropod (I believe Tawana! Sharpton for Prez! Slap the Donkey or Spank the Monkey? Your Choice)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophesy. This guy was a dangerous nut.
41 posted on 12/09/2003 6:06:11 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: sauropod
In a perfect world, all the hills' contours would have conspired to allow for always-spacious roads, all builders from 80 years ago would have had the foresight and gift of prophesy to envision what the needs of future generations would be, and there would be no need to adjudicate the accommodations of others in a community. In a perfect world there would be no self-centered nutcases itching for any excuse to commit murder, too.
42 posted on 12/09/2003 6:09:22 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: sauropod
I'm reading and it doesn't seem to directly relate to a land dispute, but to something else.

It began Monday morning when a magistrate's officer went to the house in a rural part of the state to follow up on an incident from the previous week involving a dispute between Department of Transportation workers and someone from the house, officials said.

and A dispute Thursday between state transportation workers and someone from the home on Highway 72 precipitated the incident, DOT spokesman Pete Poore said.

They couldn't have been in the process of widening the road on Thursday, they don't have the land yet, right? If we ever get to hear more about the nature of this dispute, it might shed some light on what happened later. Or maybe not.

But I have to say it's looking to me like they were laying in wait for somebody with a badge to show up, ever since the incident (whatever it was) on Thursday. They took the deputy hostage when he showed up.

43 posted on 12/09/2003 6:12:51 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Cultural Jihad
This is when the scumsucker element of FR emerge through the sewer holes.
44 posted on 12/09/2003 6:18:39 AM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: sauropod
That's what I thought ---- the highway is practically running through his house now ---- they want to take his whole tiny front yard?
45 posted on 12/09/2003 6:20:10 AM PST by FITZ
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To: ArneFufkin
As my father used to say: 'I'd rather tame a fanatic than raise the dead.'
46 posted on 12/09/2003 6:21:57 AM PST by Frapster (John 3:16)
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To: AppyPappy
It's easy to say until they take your house. They're moving some poor, mostly older people out of their homes in the poorest side of town to build a school --- but most won't afford new houses. It's kind of hard when the house you're living in is worth about $20,000 but there are no other houses around for that.
47 posted on 12/09/2003 6:22:37 AM PST by FITZ
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To: FITZ

And, and, and rub out the little flower garden! Oh, the botany!

48 posted on 12/09/2003 6:22:51 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: visualops
I'm no fan of excessive use of force by LEOs, or of arrogant government. Nor do I think we need to ask "how high" when Caesar asks us to jump. (FWIW, I believe some Christians stretch the meaning of Biblical passages like Romans 13 to advocate absolute nonresistance to state tyranny.)

Nevertheless, we have to recognize that it is impossible for societies to exist without public utilities such as roads, fire departments, telephone lines, etc. The U.S. Constitution permits Federal government "takings" of private property provided due process is followed and just compensation is offered. State constitutions generally have parallel provisions. Provided the South Carolina authorities followed the constitutional guidelines, they were justified in requiring that the family leave the premises.

49 posted on 12/09/2003 6:25:38 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: John W
AntiAmerican litterature? Whether the perp was a racist, antigovernment illiterate type or did not wish to go to the courts to literate us about the situation, it is no reason for LE and the media to engage in such illiterate and racist behavior and cheap shots.
50 posted on 12/09/2003 6:25:56 AM PST by JudgemAll
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