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Mexican Diplomat Charged With Helping Smuggle Arabs Into U.S.
humaneventsonline ^ | Dec 31, 2003 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 12/31/2003 10:26:01 AM PST by VU4G10

The real life horror story that began eighteen months ago when an Arab illegal alien named Youseff Balaghi showed up at a San Diego hospital, dying from what the Border Patrol initially—and erroneously—feared was radiation sickness, has now reached high into Mexico's foreign service.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Imelda Ortiz Abdala was Mexico's consul in Lebanon. On Nov. 12, 2003, Mexican authorities arrested her, according to the Associated Press, "on charges of helping a smuggling ring move Arab migrants into the United States from Mexico." The AP said Mexico had also arrested "alleged ring leader Salim Boughader Mucharafille." Boughader earlier pleaded guilty in the U.S. to the smuggling incident that resulted in Balaghi's death.

Unfortunately, this story is not over.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Skerlos prosecuted Boughader. This week, citing Ortiz's arrest, I asked him if there were other rings still bringing Middle Easterners in from Mexico.

"Yes," he said.

Another Front

Far from Iraq, there's another front where the terror war's not over. It's on our own border—and, here, the key enemies are the smugglers who bring people such as Balaghi into California, and who collaborate with allegedly corrupt officials such as Ortiz.

In congressional testimony in 2002, then-Assistant Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Joseph Greene said: "Information available to the INS indicates terrorist organizations often use human smuggling operations to move around the globe." According to a Library of Congress study, "Organized Crime and Terrorist Activity in Mexico, 1999-2002," former Mexican national security adviser Adolfo Aguilar Zinser said in May 2001: "Spanish and Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge."

How is the U.S. countering the threat of terrorists using human smuggling operations and finding refuge in Mexico? Rather than securing our border generally, the government tolerates large-scale illegal immigration, while trying to selectively stop the smuggling operations most likely to move terrorists. The administration, Greene told Congress, has put in place an "enforcement initiative aimed at targeting alien smuggling organizations specializing in the movement of U.S.-bound aliens from countries that are of interest to the national security of the United States."

Balaghi was from Lebanon.

On June 5, 2002, he showed up, vomiting blood, at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Chula Vista. He quickly died. When the Border Patrol heard his symptoms, they feared radiation sickness—and dispatched an agent with a detector to check his remains.

Balaghi was clean. But he was far from the only Middle Easterner Boughader's ring had smuggled.

In an affidavit, Border Patrol Agent John R. Korkin said an investigation "positively identified at least 80 Lebanese nationals that have been, or were intercepted in the process of being, smuggled into the U.S." by the ring. Boughader admitted in court to smuggling more than 100. He was sentenced to one year in prison, and deported to Mexico in November.

Almost immediately, Mexican authorities arrested him in their own anti-smuggling case. A few days later, they arrested Ortiz.

She had worked in Mexico's foreign service for 25 years. From 1998 to October 2001, AP reported, she was Mexico's consul in Lebanon. She later directed the consular office in Mexico City.

She was fired in May, AP said, "after 150 Mexican passports were stolen and two others were found to have been issued irregularly."

Jose Santiago Vasconcelos, Mexico's assistant attorney general, told Notimex that Boughader's ring moved "a great number of Arabs" into the United States. El Occidental, a Mexican newspaper, said it was "at least 200."

I asked Skerlos to compare that number to the "at least 80 Lebanese nationals" cited in Korkin's affidavit "I think it is fair to say that the numbers we included in our affidavit were conservative," he said.

Almost a month after Ortiz was arrested, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said: "The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and then enforce it."

No, Mr. Secretary. We already have immigration laws. It's your duty to enforce them. If the arrest of a Mexican diplomat for helping to smuggle Arabs into the U.S. can't convince you of the need for that, what will?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Mexico; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; bordersecurity; humansmuggling; illegal; immigration; invasion; national; security; tancredo2004; terencepjeffrey; youseffbalaghi
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1 posted on 12/31/2003 10:26:02 AM PST by VU4G10
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To: madfly; HiJinx; janetgreen; FITZ; gubamyster; SandRat; WRhine; joesnuffy; B4Ranch; moehoward; ...
Ping !
2 posted on 12/31/2003 10:28:05 AM PST by Missouri
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To: Missouri
 
Don't forget Bush's no blanket amnesty for Illegal Aliens!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1048835/posts


3 posted on 12/31/2003 10:29:00 AM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: VU4G10
to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way,

Legal status such as, "subject to deportation"?

Nah.

4 posted on 12/31/2003 10:30:35 AM PST by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: VU4G10
That's it. Cut off all talks with fox and co. and seal the damn southern border.

Our "friends" in the mexican govt (as it is) are now helping smuggle other foreign nationals into our country in addition to encouraging their own cast offs to come here.

Good lord, I knew it was bad and that arabs, chinese and former soviet republic citizens were coming through mexico but to think that government officials are involved and helping them is an act of war.

5 posted on 12/31/2003 10:30:41 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
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To: discostu
More cognitive dissonance.
6 posted on 12/31/2003 10:31:13 AM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: Thud
You were expecting to see this.
7 posted on 12/31/2003 10:33:45 AM PST by Dark Wing
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To: VU4G10
"No, Mr. Secretary. We already have immigration laws. It's your duty to enforce them. If the arrest of a Mexican diplomat for helping to smuggle Arabs into the U.S. can't convince you of the need for that, what will?"

Maybe a Mushroom cloud over Washington District of Criminals will convince the maggots. With any luck we'll be absent 3/4's of the US Govt Beauracracies (sp), and then we the people can get back to protecting ourselves!
8 posted on 12/31/2003 10:34:12 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (Those who do not accept peaceful change make a violent bloody revolution inevitable.)
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To: boris
More proof that you're a moron that can't read. None of this contradicts a single thing i said. You did this last time I showed your idiocy, you then spent the next two weeks pinging me to articles that only vaguely related to our discussion and claiming they proved me wrong when they didn't. Stupid habit.
9 posted on 12/31/2003 10:34:23 AM PST by discostu (that's a waste of a perfectly good white boy)
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To: VU4G10
Mexican authorities arrested her, according to the Associated Press, "on charges of helping a smuggling ring move Arab migrants into the United States from Mexico."

President Fox, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated one more time:

Listen, you screwball diplomats:

Por la raza todo

Por los Arabs nada!

10 posted on 12/31/2003 10:36:45 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: VU4G10
Don't worry, it's all just part of a stategery that we can't understand.
11 posted on 12/31/2003 10:38:50 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (It's not a blanket amnesty, it's amnistia del serape!)
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To: VU4G10
So a question I have here is what did he die of??
12 posted on 12/31/2003 10:41:19 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: DumpsterDiver
Por los Arabs nada!


and then he added ... pues..... depende en la mordida que van a pagar.
13 posted on 12/31/2003 10:41:40 AM PST by FITZ
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To: Missouri
Ok- let me get this straight.

The guy shows up vomiting blood, and USBP fears rad sickness, so they order up a survey meter and rule it out?

I wonder what the urine and fecal tests showed, and if there was a check for particulate? Was he epilating? Did he have tissue browning?

Something doesnt add up. I bet on the side of the reporter being ill informed about rad sickness.
14 posted on 12/31/2003 10:42:47 AM PST by judicial meanz
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To: VU4G10
bump
15 posted on 12/31/2003 10:45:35 AM PST by Pest
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To: FITZ
and then he added ... pues..... depende en la mordida que van a pagar.

And for the English speakers:

Show me da money, ese!

16 posted on 12/31/2003 10:46:42 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: VU4G10
Why doesn't this seem to bother anyone in politics other than Tom Tancredo?
17 posted on 12/31/2003 10:50:44 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: VU4G10
So is this just a steady rain or is al Qaeda trying to arrange the "perfect storm"? My gut tells me these guys want to make their next punch theonly one they have to throw. I know it's increasingly difficult to pull of coordinated attacks, but 19 terrorists managed to slip by security at three major international airports on 9-11 and exploit the piss-poor security measures of the airline industry. I don't think it bodes well that the savages we are justifiably brutalizing can find our weak spots so easily two years after the crime of the century.
18 posted on 12/31/2003 10:55:54 AM PST by Rutles4Ever
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To: VU4G10
Gee, what a shocker.....NOT!
19 posted on 12/31/2003 11:04:28 AM PST by Beck_isright ("Deserving ain't got nothing to do with it" - William Money)
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To: Bikers4Bush
100% agree. Seal the border and tell Fox to kiss off. Don't renew any relations of any sort until Mexico takes legitimate steps to prevent their own people from crossing the border illegally. Without Mexico's co-operation, there is no way to stem the flow of illegals. Even with our own military on the boarder, we wouldn't be able to stem the flow if Mexico is supporting those trying to cross the border.

But, since this isn't going to happen - might as well just open the borders up and let them all in. [ /sarcasm off]
20 posted on 12/31/2003 11:06:08 AM PST by TheBattman (OK- Do it your way - just don't come crying to me when it doesn't work!)
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To: thulldud
"WE DEPORT, YOU RESIDE!"
21 posted on 12/31/2003 11:10:09 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket ("Howard Dean is evidence that the Lord supports George W. Bush". - Dick Morris)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
i think that the secret strategy is this: the US will become a Mexican Islamic State. then we won't have to worry about terrorists so much, and all illegals will be legal.
22 posted on 12/31/2003 11:15:47 AM PST by drhogan
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To: Alamo-Girl
ping
23 posted on 12/31/2003 11:16:42 AM PST by anymouse
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To: MeeknMing
ping
24 posted on 12/31/2003 11:17:02 AM PST by anymouse
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To: drhogan
then we won't have to worry about terrorists so much, and all illegals will be legal.

And all those currently legal will then be illegal.

In related news, "black" has now been declared to be "white", and "up" is now officially known as "down". "Evil" is now "good", and vice versa. Likewise, the terms "sweet" and "bitter" will be interchanged.

Props to anybody who spots the reference.

25 posted on 12/31/2003 11:21:55 AM PST by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: judicial meanz
y'know, I was thinking that fast deaths due to irradiation of the weapons-grade variety involve being bathed in high velocity neutrons. Neutrons don't leave traces a geiger counter would find.
26 posted on 12/31/2003 11:25:27 AM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
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To: Travis McGee
fyi for your next book
27 posted on 12/31/2003 11:29:00 AM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
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To: VU4G10
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said: "The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and then enforce it."

We already decided as a country to have borders, a border patrol, and a legal process for those who wish to cross our borders.

Enforce that.

28 posted on 12/31/2003 11:30:57 AM PST by Starwind (The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only true good news)
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To: WestCoastGal
So a question I have here is what did he die of??

Just another interesting little piece of information they failed to include in this article
29 posted on 12/31/2003 11:32:34 AM PST by boxerblues (If you can read this.. Thank a Teacher..If you can read this in English ..Thank a US Soldier)
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To: VU4G10
The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and then enforce it."

WTF???

How about: The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million crack dealers, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our illegal drug policy is and then enforce it." , or perhaps

The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million terrorists, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our anti-terrorism policy is and then enforce it."

Can one of you GWB/Karl Rove enthralled illegal immigration appologists here in Freeperland please tell me how this administation can consistently ignore enforcement of immigration laws? Despite the risks presented.

What happened to "the rule of law" that was so frequently cited when refering to the previous administration? Has the rule of law been suspended?

It is becoming clear that our national leaders believe they have the right to pick and choose which laws are enforced and which are not. What hypocrisy!!!

30 posted on 12/31/2003 11:33:38 AM PST by WayneM
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To: VU4G10
Bump!
31 posted on 12/31/2003 11:37:28 AM PST by talleyman (God bless FR & Merry Christmas!)
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To: WayneM
Whackjobs really have a problem with Karl Rove. Wonder why he is at the top of the RATmedia hate list?
32 posted on 12/31/2003 11:44:07 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: anymouse
Thanks for the ping!
33 posted on 12/31/2003 12:07:05 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: justshutupandtakeit
It's bad form to try and change the subject in the middle of a discussion. It is also bad form to imply that I am a whackjob for disagreeing with the immigration sellout being pushed by administration insiders.

If you disagree with what I said in my post, then why don't you actually contribute to the discussion by offering something substantial, such as a defense for the seemingly indefensible actions (or inaction) of this administration?.

I mentioned Karl Rove because it is my understanding that he is the primary architect of GWB election and re-election strategy. Unfortunately that strategy seems to include selling out this country in a blatant pandering to illegal immigratation supporters and other Hispanic interests.

This IS an important issue, and it takes a real whackjob to even suggest that I, and others who are just as concerned, just shut up and take it.

34 posted on 12/31/2003 12:08:11 PM PST by WayneM
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To: WayneM
RATmedia hatred of Karl Rove approaches hysteria because of his strategy and tactics which are destroying their political arm.

Join if you will but I am not interested in your lectures, take 'em elsewhere, say to DU. They will applaud you there.

35 posted on 12/31/2003 12:11:32 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: King Prout
You are definitely correct. Makes you wonder.

36 posted on 12/31/2003 12:20:58 PM PST by judicial meanz
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To: justshutupandtakeit
I'm not lecturing you. I simply asked you to contribute something useful to the discussion, as opposed to your disruptive name calling and implications that I am a DUer.

If you disagree with my views on immigration, or my views on the mishandling of this issue, make your case.

If you have no problem with the total disregard of our immigration laws, then say it. I DO have a problem with the way it is being handled, and so do plenty of others here at Free Republic.

37 posted on 12/31/2003 12:25:14 PM PST by WayneM
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To: VU4G10
I'd like to know why the administration didn't militarize the borders after 9/11/01. These loose borders are extremely dangerous, and therefore unacceptable.
38 posted on 12/31/2003 12:26:45 PM PST by Powder Keg (http://www.Save187.com -- Ban Services for Illegals in California)
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To: WayneM
I ridicule those who attack those the RATmedia hates such as Karl Rove. We may agree on everything else. Or little else.
39 posted on 12/31/2003 12:28:00 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: VU4G10; Missouri; madfly; gubamyster; Sabertooth; backhoe
Whoa! Is there some kind of coincidence here, or is this blood vomiting thing a symptom of exposure to the elements?

From this post, we read: Balaghi was from Lebanon. On June 5, 2002, he showed up, vomiting blood, at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Chula Vista. He quickly died.

And from this post earlier today we read about an illegal in Cochise County, AZ: "He said his brother started throwing up blood, and apparently the group left them behind, but one member of the group stopped by a rancher's home and asked for help," said Capas.

Or is it that these third world illegals are more often just plain sick...?

40 posted on 12/31/2003 12:29:28 PM PST by HiJinx (Let go...Let God.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Just because the RATmedia doesn't like him does not mean that we should trust him.

Follow blindly if you choose, many of us will choose to do otherwise.
41 posted on 12/31/2003 12:32:51 PM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
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To: Bikers4Bush
I trust his results. He is one of the RATmedia's greatest enemy and it will stop at nothing to get rid of him including provoke deluded "conservatives" to do their dirty work for them. How painful it is to watch this work to perfection among those who should know better.
42 posted on 12/31/2003 12:36:58 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Like I said, you're free to follow blindly.

This administration has done enough in a short time to warrant my being wary of them.
43 posted on 12/31/2003 12:39:04 PM PST by Bikers4Bush (Bush and Co. are quickly convincing me that the Constitution Party is our only hope.)
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To: VU4G10
On June 5, 2002, he showed up, vomiting blood, at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Chula Vista. He quickly died. When the Border Patrol heard his symptoms, they feared radiation sickness—and dispatched an agent with a detector to check his remains.

Balaghi was clean.

So, what did he die of if not radiation????? Vomiting blood does not sound good.

44 posted on 12/31/2003 12:40:00 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: King Prout
They didn't mention an autopsy either.
45 posted on 12/31/2003 12:41:57 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: VU4G10
Bienvenido Morescos!! Or should I say, Bienvenido Petrodollars?

Why not??

Rove, Ridge and Bush continue to allow an army of illegal invaders across our borders every night. Why shouldn't a guy make some money over this??
46 posted on 12/31/2003 12:47:26 PM PST by ZULU
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To: Bikers4Bush
If supporting our leader during time of war is "following blindly" I plead guilty. If defending our leader and his chief election architect against RATmedia slander (no matter who mouths it) is "following blindly" I plead guilty. If recognizing that the RATmedia is desperate to get rid of Bush and countering those desperate attempts is "following blindly" I plead guilty.

The real problem is those who witlessly join America's enemies in these misrepresentations, character assassinations and outright lies. These enemies I will oppose to the last breath blindly or not.

How can you claim to support Bush yet attack the person who is as responsible for his election as any single man? Can you not see that you are doing Dean/Kerry/Hillary's work for them? Can you not realize that such attacks bring joy to the hearts of America's REAL enemies? And THEY are NOT Karl Rove.
47 posted on 12/31/2003 12:54:47 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: WayneM
"What happened to "the rule of law" that was so frequently cited when refering to the previous administration? Has the rule of law been suspended?"

This is easy.
The "rule of law" for We the People is still in effect. The "rule of Law" for pols, the very rich, the hollywood crowd, etc. has never really existed. When one of them become a big enough embarrasement, the others take him\ her out. Or send them to Aspen.

48 posted on 12/31/2003 12:59:29 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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To: VU4G10
bttt for later
49 posted on 12/31/2003 1:05:50 PM PST by citizen (Write-in Tom Tancredo President 2004!)
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To: judicial meanz; Domestic Church
things that make ya go "hmmmmm" (and don't do the same to geiger counters)
50 posted on 12/31/2003 1:28:48 PM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
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