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Michelle Malkin: The criminal raid on Social Security
TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 01/06/2004 11:26:08 PM PST by JohnHuang2

My 8-week-old son's Social Security card recently arrived in the mail. On the back, there's a stern warning: "Improper use of this card or number by anyone is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both."

Welcome to the world of government theft and selective enforcement, my boy.

While innocent babes who have yet to earn a penny are threatened with jail time for misusing Social Security cards, the Bush administration appears set this week to turn the ailing government pension program into an international relief fund for illegal alien workers who used counterfeit Social Security cards and stolen numbers to secure illegal jobs.

Unlike the bedtime stories I tell at night, I am not making this up.

This belated gift to the open-borders lobby and Mexican President Vicente Fox is part of a larger amnesty plan that has been in the works since before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. So, why exactly are we rewarding a country that has been obstinately opposed to the War on Terror? Go ask Mr. Brilliant, Karl Rove. This I do know: It couldn't have come at a worse time from either a fiscal or national security standpoint.

According to Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, benefits paid to retirees will exceed revenues in just 15 years. The pay-as-you-go system could go belly up as early as 2030. These projections don't take into account the economic impact of the Bush proposal, which would allow untold millions of illegal aliens from Mexico to collect full cash benefits for themselves and their families from their home country -- without having to work the required number of years that law-abiding American citizens must work to be eligible for payouts.

Reporter Joel Mowbray, who first exposed this treachery a year ago, noted that this raw deal may well cost overburdened U.S. taxpayers $345 billion over the next 20 years. Probably much more. As we know from experience, Social Security projections are notoriously off the mark.

The bureaucrats call this scheme "totalization." Try total prostration. The proposed agreement is nothing more than a transfer of wealth from those who play by the rules to those who willingly and knowingly mock our own immigration and tax laws. What are we doing promising lifetime Social Security paychecks to day laborers in Juarez when we can't even guarantee those benefits to workers here at home?

Unbelievably, the White House is trying to convince us to embrace this global ripoff because it "rewards work." No, it rewards criminal behavior. The plan will siphon off the hard-earned tax dollars of American workers who may never see a dime of their confiscated earnings and fork it over to foreigners guilty of at least four acts of federal law-breaking: crossing the border illegally, working illegally, engaging in tax fraud and using bogus documents.

Giving money to scam artists will simply result in more fraud -- not only by Mexican agricultural workers, but also by Middle Easterners such as Youssef Hmimssa, who provided fake Social Security numbers and fraudulent drivers' licenses to members of an accused terrorist cell in Detroit. "If you have the right connection, you can get anything," he testified before the Senate last fall.

The door is now open for all illegal aliens to collect retirement benefits using bogus Social Security cards. What's next: survivors' benefits for the families of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers?


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KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; immigration; michellemalkin; socialsecurity
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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Quote of the Day by Kevin Curry

1 posted on 01/06/2004 11:26:08 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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2 posted on 01/06/2004 11:28:22 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch; ..
ping
3 posted on 01/06/2004 11:31:13 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster
No, it rewards criminal behavior.

Bump

4 posted on 01/06/2004 11:33:10 PM PST by SAMWolf (I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.)
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To: SAMWolf
Crime pays if you are a CRIMINAL INVADER.
5 posted on 01/06/2004 11:35:17 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously::))
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To: JohnHuang2
thank god we elected the small goverment law and order republicans in the house, senate and presidentcy
6 posted on 01/06/2004 11:41:24 PM PST by freepatriot32 (today it was the victory act tomorrow its victory coffee, victory cigarettes...)
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To: JohnHuang2
Michelle's best article to date.
7 posted on 01/06/2004 11:42:49 PM PST by sweetliberty (Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. - (LOTR))
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To: gubamyster
mmurmmph .........

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gurummmph . . . . . .

AAAAKKKCHPHPHPHPHPR . . . . . .

whooooOOOOOOOOOAAAAA DAMMMMN IT NOOOOOOOOO !

ENOUGH IS DAMN WELL ENOUGH!

If Bush floods this Republic with foreigners that have NO American interests, which by their own statement they are here only for money, then Bush has disrespected THE ONE THING everyone that has fought and died for this country DID SO FOR. Bush has only one chance, stand up tomorrow and state . .

" After careful consideration of the facts and review of the wishes of the American Citizens, I am ordering State and National Guard personnel to assist all Law Enforcement Agencies to begin arresting and deporting all all non-citizens that are here illegally. Thank You. "

Now THAT would be a president I would vote for.

Unfortunately, (or perhaps fortunately) what I expect to hear tomorrow will result in a write in for Tancredo.

Tomorrow we see the fate of this Republic.

TLI

8 posted on 01/06/2004 11:45:19 PM PST by TLI (...........ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA..........)
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To: gubamyster
Sounds like Michele may not vote for Bush again.

I held my nose and voted for his weak vapid little daddy a second term even after he left Desert Storm unfinished, even after his embarassing second term killing "Read my lips" fiasco, only because of my fear of Clinton and what he would lay on the nation and the world at large.

I had big hopes that Bush Jr. had learned some lessons from his dad's miserable failure. Evidently he only may have learned how to be a one termer.

Dean just doesn't scare me enough to make me hold my nose and do that again for Bush II, and that may be the fly in the ointment that Rove has not figgured on.
9 posted on 01/06/2004 11:51:38 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
Watch the polls after tomorrow's big speech. Bush's numbers will drop dramatically. I hope he sinks to 10%.
10 posted on 01/07/2004 12:29:10 AM PST by janetgreen (TANCREDO, A REAL AMERICAN)
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To: janetgreen
Okay, it's official.

I'm writing in Tancredo for President and Trafficant for Vice-President.

11 posted on 01/07/2004 12:36:03 AM PST by Victoria_R
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To: janetgreen
I dunno Janet, the world seems barking mad to me. The worse the guy is, in both parties, the more support he garners. Did you know about the boycot on the 12th? I have been spreading the word around town, I hope all Freepers that feel it important, talk it up around their areas also.
12 posted on 01/07/2004 12:38:11 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: gubamyster
bttt
13 posted on 01/07/2004 12:48:47 AM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: Victoria_R
Trafficant for Vice-President

I kinda liked that guy (bad rug, but he told the truth). :^)

14 posted on 01/07/2004 12:49:48 AM PST by janetgreen (TANCREDO, A REAL AMERICAN)
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To: janetgreen
"Watch the polls after tomorrow's big speech. Bush's numbers will drop dramatically. I hope he sinks to 10%."

Another proponent of scorched earth politics. LOL!

15 posted on 01/07/2004 12:52:17 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: MissAmericanPie
I dunno Janet, the world seems barking mad to me.

After Clinton, I had high hopes for Bush. Since he's been in office he has taken up more liberal causes than Clinton dreamed of. If Clinton was pulling the crap Bush is, conservatives would be screaming bloody murder. Since Bush is supposed to be a Republican (?), everything is OK with his worshipers. Me, I'm in culture shock here in Mexifornia, and I'm mad!

16 posted on 01/07/2004 12:53:26 AM PST by janetgreen (TANCREDO, A REAL AMERICAN)
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To: CWOJackson
scorched earth politics.

LOL all you want. Any politics would be better than the socialistic politics Bush is forcing upon America.

17 posted on 01/07/2004 12:56:10 AM PST by janetgreen (TANCREDO, A REAL AMERICAN)
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To: janetgreen
"LOL all you want. Any politics would be better than the socialistic politics Bush is forcing upon America."

And I'm sure the DNC appreciates your support.

18 posted on 01/07/2004 1:01:48 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Texasforever
You really must check out the brilliant political insights over here.
19 posted on 01/07/2004 1:03:26 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: janetgreen
It's almost that bad here in Texas, and yeah, I'm mad also, well disappointed is more like it, no...more like in shock like yourself.

That anyone would do this to his nation is beyond the pale really, even though I saw it coming, it's still hard to believe. I hope you will support the boycot on the 12th, no one is buying anything, gasoline, groceries, clothes, not going to movies, etc. No money comes out of our pockets at all on that day.
20 posted on 01/07/2004 1:08:20 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: CWOJackson
You really must check out the brilliant political insights over here.

LOL. Temper tantrums.

21 posted on 01/07/2004 1:21:08 AM PST by Texasforever
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To: Texasforever
I guess that beats menopause.
22 posted on 01/07/2004 1:22:28 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: JohnHuang2
It is amazing that Bush might really intend to raid the fragile Social Security program and reward those who would have committed felony document fraud or at least claim they did. There will be no proof needed and you can bet millions will claim to have worked using a SS number they never used. Even Bush's supporters admit he would be doing this to buy some votes. He must be very desperate to win the election if he had to go this far.
23 posted on 01/07/2004 1:49:45 AM PST by FITZ
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Wesley Clark on Immigration

I am very pro-immigration Why wouldn't we want to bring in the best and brightest people from all around the world, and say "come and take your chance in the 21st century on America"? Become Americans. Do what people have done for centuries when they sought a new frontier, a new environment, a new opportunity. Come here. Help us create jobs and intellectual capital in America. So I am very pro-immigration.

Source: WCGU-FM interview on "Sound Off With Sasha" Jun 27, 2003

Immigration is vital to prosperity

We're a nation of immigrants. We should be encouraging every person from the Indian Institute of Technology that comes to this country to stay in this country. Become an American citizen. Join with us. Make a great company. Let's all be wealthy and prosperous and happy together. Immigration has a vital part to play in that process. Source: Speech at the New Democrat Network Jun 17, 2003

24 posted on 01/07/2004 1:56:11 AM PST by CWOJackson
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Howard Dean - Immigration

America is an immigrant nation. As President, I will recognize and respect the vital role immigrants have played in building the American Community.

Candidate Bush promised that he would be a different kind of Republican, supportive of immigrants and their desires to achieve the American Dream. Candidate Bush promised to revamp the naturalization process so that immigrants who met the requirements could obtain their citizenship in six months or less. Unfortunately, President Bush has not kept these promises.

While he made these promises, his Attorney General John Ashcroft was deputizing local police authorities as junior INS agents to track down undocumented immigrants. He has ignored the dreams of millions of immigrants to become a legitimate part of our society, and not simply its unseen workforce.

As President, I will work to ensure that people who work hard, pay taxes, and otherwise obey the rules can become full participants in our society, including becoming citizens. I will work to regularize the migration of labor in a way that makes economic and humanitarian sense. Deaths in the desert do neither. I will propose reforms that ensure we can meet our economy's need for workers at all skill levels, without pitting foreign workers against U.S. workers and while respecting workers' rights -- including the right to organize.

I will work to ensure that immigrants who are detained by the Department of Homeland Security are afforded their basic civil rights. I will build on our country's long history of welcoming immigrants in ways that reflect our need for security but do not sacrifice the basic ideals upon which this nation was founded.

25 posted on 01/07/2004 2:08:34 AM PST by CWOJackson
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Harry Browne on Immigration

Immigrants create demand rather than take jobs away Four worries drive most of the opposition to immigration: JOBS: A new immigrant brings with him a need for products and services-which his job gives him the money to buy. So the immigrant has no net effect on the competition for jobs or the level of wages. Immigrants don’t take jobs away from Americans. They increase the demand for labor and they help meet that demand.

CULTURE: The answer to the culture problem isn’t to keep immigrants out, but to restore the America of free individuals, each responsible and self-governing. Immigrants will embrace our culture more quickly when government stops trying to dissolve it.

NOT ENOUGH ROOM: The US is still a country of wide open spaces. America could triple its population without our existing cities growing any faster than they do now.

Maintain open borders; end war on immigration End welfare, so that America attracts productive immigrants, rather than people who want to live off the taxpayers. Maintain open borders and a free market--so that America is a haven for people who want to produce in freedom. Government doesn’t work, and a government War on Immigration will be no more successful than the War on Poverty or the War on Drugs.

26 posted on 01/07/2004 2:11:49 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: FITZ
There will be no proof needed and you can bet millions will claim to have worked using a SS number they never used.

Wouldn't it be ironic if all the Free Traitors™ got their SS acounts hijacked through this program?

27 posted on 01/07/2004 2:15:17 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: CWOJackson
Give it a rest. That is NOT what is going to happen. His words are election year rhetoric and pandering. As long as it's OUR guy saying socialism is good, than there can be no wrong?
28 posted on 01/07/2004 2:52:12 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Socialism? Yes, I heard that very same argument from other unappeasables. It makes me chuckle every time I hear it.
29 posted on 01/07/2004 2:54:44 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: JohnHuang2; Kevin Curry
Thanks for the post and the quote of the day.
30 posted on 01/07/2004 3:04:36 AM PST by PGalt
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To: meadsjn
I'm sure the organized crime rings in Mexico and along the border are already gearing up for this --- they can obtain Social Security numbers of American citizens who have been deceased for a while --- then the Mexican citizens can buy these, and claim they stold the number years ago and it was really they who were working and paying into Social Security. That way no one else is using the number making it more possible that the illegal making the claim is detected --- not that I think the government would bother preventing fraud ---- the dead American already got their SS check if they lived long enough, and now the foreign citizen gets one too.
31 posted on 01/07/2004 3:05:14 AM PST by FITZ
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To: TLI
If we are going this far, we should support removing the border with Mexico altogether and annexing the whole place.

Having Americans own all the land and able to make money from exploiting the natural resources and labor pool would at least provide us with some compensation for all the trouble we get from unidirectional border removal.

32 posted on 01/07/2004 3:09:01 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: MissAmericanPie; All
Im willing to bet there will be celebrations in Mexico tomorrow night!!

Bush obviously thinks more of illegal aliens than his supporters.

33 posted on 01/07/2004 3:20:21 AM PST by expatguy
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To: CWOJackson
"Yes, I heard that very same argument from other unappeasables."

Fine, put the "unappeasable" label on it if you like. Us who are concerned about the eroding Constitutional protected rights will still have our voice heard. Chuckle your way to the socialism that is growing in both parties. Have your laugh. Just remember, you will be one of the "uappeasable" when the RIGHT that you cherish has been abridged. It's happening daily.

34 posted on 01/07/2004 3:21:19 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: MissAmericanPie
Fact: What was supposed to be a one and only time amnesty by Reagan has resulted in 10 to 14 million criminals living in America. They were waiting for the 2nd and last amnesty.

Questions: Ask our deceptive President when will we have the 3rd and final amnesty. What will the numbers be and what color flag will be flying over the White House when it happens?

35 posted on 01/07/2004 3:23:34 AM PST by B4Ranch (Wave your flag, don't waive your rights!)
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To: CWOJackson
One other thing, I'm not some whacko conspritist, but I do have eyes and ears and see that our leaders are turning this wonderful and unique human contract into a mob rule democracy from a representative Republic...soley for the benefit of their own incumbency...which the Founding Fathers neither envisioned nor sactioned.
36 posted on 01/07/2004 3:36:41 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Wow...you see all that? I had an uncle that saw stuff like that once to. He was harmless though.
37 posted on 01/07/2004 3:42:34 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson
You think that's clever, but have you ever read "Lost Rights" by James Bovard? It's years old, but so many basic rights have been abridged since then, I can't even enumerate them. Enjoy your "team", while you can.
38 posted on 01/07/2004 3:47:41 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: A Navy Vet
You read also? Cool.
39 posted on 01/07/2004 3:49:12 AM PST by CWOJackson (abstinence, abstinence, abstinence, abstinence, abstinence)
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To: CWOJackson
"You read also? Cool."

No, I use crib (sp) sheets...:)

40 posted on 01/07/2004 3:53:57 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Another home run from Michelle Malkin!

Unfortunately, it's just ink on a page (or electrons on a screen.) Her, and those with similar concerns, will be ignored by the powers that be. Unless somehow conservatives can find some way to quickly mobilize and make their voices heard - and it doesn't look like that will happen.

The bureaucrats call this scheme "totalization." Try total prostration.

Well said.

41 posted on 01/07/2004 3:58:17 AM PST by Tim Osman (It's okay, I wasn't using those constitutional rights anyway.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Not surprising. I thought I'd seen you're arguments before.
42 posted on 01/07/2004 3:59:02 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson
BTW, can you answer the question I posed earlier regarding how many immigrants do we allow yearly entry without degrading our standard of living? 500,000? 1,000,000? 15,000,000? 25,000,000? 40,000,000? 100,000,000? Keeping in mind the "sinking boat" scenario. And BTW, I don't care if they're from Mexico or Scotland (my heritage).
43 posted on 01/07/2004 4:02:21 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: CWOJackson
Cheap shot - knowing it was a self-effacing joke.
44 posted on 01/07/2004 4:03:54 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Of course it was self effacing and accurate.
45 posted on 01/07/2004 4:06:28 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: janetgreen
Watch the polls after tomorrow's big speech. Bush's numbers will drop dramatically. I hope he sinks to 10%.

A sure, swift drop in the polls is probably the ONLY thing that will stop this amnesty fiasco. The remaining question: Which of the Democrat candidates will be smart enough to take advantage of this issue?

46 posted on 01/07/2004 4:08:02 AM PST by bimbo
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To: CWOJackson
You didn't answer my question above - as all open border advocates don't.
47 posted on 01/07/2004 4:11:49 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Of course not...you question is driven my emotion and personality, and not concerned with actual fact.

Some people think one is too many, some think a million. It's realitive.

48 posted on 01/07/2004 4:15:29 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: A Navy Vet
And you never will put a number on it, because ALL immigration is good, even though the country is already built. And please don't give me the old standby that, "who will pick our crops or mow our lawns". If you're from anywhere the Southwest, you would see the hundreds of "day laborers" standing on street corners and vacant lots looking for work. We have enough third world immigrants to pick the crops, many of the others are taking up prison space or closing down our hospitals. Do some homework.
49 posted on 01/07/2004 4:19:28 AM PST by A Navy Vet (The Nanny State: from cradle to grave...for your protection...freedom be damned.)
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To: CWOJackson; A Navy Vet
I see that CWOJackass has has signed up to be the thread dunce once again.
50 posted on 01/07/2004 4:20:43 AM PST by AAABEST
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