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Right-wing pundits play doctor; diagnose Gore as "insane" (complaint by liberal media watchdog)
Media Matters for America ^ | 05/28/04 | David Brock

Posted on 05/29/2004 6:43:50 AM PDT by motife

Right-wing pundits play doctor; diagnose Gore as "insane"

Responding to former Vice President Al Gore's May 26 speech (sponsored by MoveOn.org and delivered at New York University), in which Gore called for the resignation of six top Bush administration officials, right-wing pundits seemed to read from the same anti-Gore script: resorting to satirical speculation about his psychiatric state -- in one case, attacking the speech itself as "hate speech" and, in another case, as eliciting "the biggest cheers ... from caves in Afghanistan and diehards in Fallujah."

Charles Krauthammer, on FOX News Channel's Special Report with Brit Hume, on May 26:

It looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again.

(Charles Krauthammer is a syndicated Washington Post columnist, Time magazine columnist, and FOX News contributor. He holds a medical degree from Harvard and worked as a resident in psychiatry in the late 1970s before moving to Washington.)

Dennis Miller, host of CNBC's Dennis Miller, on May 26:

At one point I respected Al Gore, but I think he's lost his mind. ... I think he's gone daft because he's a sad little man now.

Mark R. Levin, conservative radio talk show host, as a guest on FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes on May 26:

He sounded like and looked like [televangelist] Jimmy Swaggart. He really did.

[...]

And half the country thinks he's [Al Gore is] a mental patient. ... They think he should go back to the dayroom he came out of.

(Mark R. Levin is the president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, a conservative legal advocacy group that has received millions of dollars in funding from right-wing financier Richard Mellon Scaife, according to a dossier by Media Transparency: The Money Behind the Media, a website that tracks grants made to conservative organizations. Levin is also a contributing editor for National Review Online. His nightly radio show is aired on 77 WABC Newstalk Radio, which also airs conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. He has also been a frequent guest on Hannity's radio show, The Sean Hannity Show.)

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, on May 26:

Well, Al Gore is at it again. He just can't help himself, breathlessly attacking the president in a speech today. But will hate speech like this backfire on the Democrats? [text on screen: "Gore's Hate Speech"]

[...]

You know, Al Gore adds to the global warming threat today with his very own thermonuclear meltdown.

Michael Savage, on his nationally syndicated radio show, Savage Nation, on May 26:

We are all sitting here asking ourselves, was there lead in Al Gore's silver spoon, because of the obvious tilt across the river of sanity. He has definitely pulled his raft across the river of sanity, or he has taken the side of the enemy, there's no other explanation for what he has been doing.

(Michael Savage's radio program, Savage Nation, is syndicated by Talk Radio Network and is the third-largest syndicated radio talk show in the nation, reaching 6 million listeners per week. He is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, The Savage Nation: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Borders, Language and Culture and The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military -- both published by the conservative WorldNetDaily press WND Books. Savage hosted a short-lived televised version of his show for MSNBC, also called The Savage Nation, before being fired by the cable channel for referring on the air to a caller as a "sodomite" and saying that the caller should "get AIDS and die.")

John Podhoretz, in a column in the New York Post, on May 27:

[I]t is now clear that Al Gore is insane. I don't mean that his policy ideas are insane, though many of them are. I mean that based on his behavior, conduct, mien and tone over the past two days, there is every reason to believe that Albert Gore Jr., desperately needs help. I think he needs medication, and I think that if he is already on medication, his doctors need to adjust it or change it entirely.

[...]

Gore's speech is the single craziest political performance of my lifetime, and I use the word "craziest" advisedly. The speech, at 6,600 words, was twice as long as Bush's address to the nation on Monday night. The indiscipline shown by the sheer endlessness of Gore's address is a reflection of the psychic morass in which he has become mired.

(John Podhoretz is a New York Post columnist, FOX News Channel contributor, author of Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane, and former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.)

David Frum, in "David Frum's Diary" on National Review Online, on May 27:

Maybe a National Psychological Council would be a good idea after all -- and maybe it could start by advising this former senator, vice president, and two-time presidential candidate that he [Al Gore] ought to seek out for his own good a cool and quiet darkened room.

(David Frum is a contributing editor to National Review, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and a regular contributor to National Public Radio and to Great Britain's Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of the 2003 Random House release The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush.)

Barbara Comstock, in a column published on National Review Online on May 27:

Columnist Charles Krauthammer observed, "Looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again."

[...]

Outside of MoveOn.org, the biggest cheers for Gore must have been coming from caves in Afghanistan and diehards in Fallujah.

(Barbara Comstock was director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice under Attorney General John Ashcroft from December 2001 until September 2003 and is currently a principal at Blank Rome Government Relations, where she serves "as a lobbyist and strategic communications specialist." She was director of research and strategic planning at the Republican National Committee during the 2000 election. According to the May 13, 1998, issue of The Hill, Comstock was a "close ally" of David Bossie while both served as aides to Representative Dan Burton (R-IL) on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. Comstock "also played a key role in [selectively] editing and releasing" controversial transcripts of former Clinton administration official Webster Hubbell's prison conversations -- the incident for which Bossie was fired from the committee.)

James Taranto, on The Wall Street Journal's editorial page website, OpinionJournal.com, in his "Best of the Web Today" column, on May 27:

An Associated Press account of yesterday's speech notes that "Gore, who served in Vietnam, predicted greater problems for America's involvement in Iraq." The AP apparently means to suggest that Gore suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, since the Vietnam reference is otherwise a complete non sequitur. But according to WebMD, "symptoms of PTSD usually occur within three months of the traumatic event." True, "they can occur months or years later" -- but three decades later?

We've got a better theory: Gore, in our view, has cracked under a crushing burden of guilt.

Linda Vester, host of FOX News Channel's DaySide with Linda Vester, on May 27:

Some pundits have said they thought he went off his meds.

Oliver North, as a guest on FOX News Channel's DaySide with Linda Vester on May 27 and on FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes that evening: They should check Gore's medications. [from DaySide with Linda Vester]

Somebody needs to check this guy's medication. This guy has got a problem. [from Hannity & Colmes]

(Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist and the host of the weekly FOX News Channel series War Stories with Oliver North. North is also the author of a book -- based on his tour in Iraq embedded with Marine and Army units during Operation Iraqi Freedom -- titled War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Regnery Publishing, November 2003). The book includes a free DVD featuring an hour-long FOX News Channel episode of War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to a Publishers Weekly review, FOX shares copyright on the book.)

Sean Hannity, co-host of FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes -- in response to guest Oliver North's comment "Somebody needs to check this guy's medication. This guy has got a problem." -- on May 27:

He's [Al Gore's] really nuts. Rush Limbaugh, host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Rush Limbaugh Show, on May 26:

I guess we can't -- get those -- those naked pyramids just not in the national interest to Al Gore. [laughter]

[...]

I mean, it says -- it says a lot about Gore. It says he's perverse, that he would be argue to go confer greater rights on those who seek to murder millions of Americans and calling for even tougher actions to seek them out and destroy them before they destroy us.

What really troubles me about these photos, above and beyond what's in them, is how they're being used to undermine our war effort.

— N.C., S.M., K.N., & A.S.

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1 posted on 05/29/2004 6:43:50 AM PDT by motife
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To: motife

Gleeful bump for later...


2 posted on 05/29/2004 6:45:41 AM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Australian by birth, American by marriage, and conservative by God.)
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To: motife

Gore really sounded like a loon. He's still bitter about losing.


3 posted on 05/29/2004 6:46:19 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: KangarooJacqui

He seems to be the same guy I remember from years ago, are you suggesting he was nuts back then too?


4 posted on 05/29/2004 6:49:32 AM PDT by SpeakingUp
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To: cyborg
I take it when you say he "sounded like a loon", you weren't referring to one of these?



Because the bird actually sounds a lot more pleasant than anything that has-been Gore EVER had to say...
5 posted on 05/29/2004 6:50:20 AM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Australian by birth, American by marriage, and conservative by God.)
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To: KangarooJacqui

hehehe there I go giving loons a bad name :)


6 posted on 05/29/2004 6:51:59 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: motife
(Charles Krauthammer is a syndicated Washington Post columnist, Time magazine columnist, and FOX News contributor. He holds a medical degree from Harvard and worked as a resident in psychiatry in the late 1970s before moving to Washington.)

Then he ought to know :)

7 posted on 05/29/2004 6:52:01 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: SpeakingUp
He seems to be the same guy I remember from years ago, are you suggesting he was nuts back then too?

Well, I'd say a politician who tried to take credit for inventing the internet was not only a bit of a blowhard, but a bit of a nutjob as well, yes...
8 posted on 05/29/2004 6:54:34 AM PDT by KangarooJacqui (Australian by birth, American by marriage, and conservative by God.)
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To: motife

Great collection of comments. But I think the real problem is that Gore was trying to play to his audience; one that he obviously considered to be not too tightly wrapped. And if the camera had been turned to the group to whom he was speaking, his behavior would look absolutely appropriate.


9 posted on 05/29/2004 6:55:17 AM PDT by Spok
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To: motife

For eight LOOOONNNGGGG years this man was one heart-beat away from ...It's just too scary to think about.


10 posted on 05/29/2004 6:57:40 AM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: motife
Typical Al Gore supporters and MoveOn.org members:


11 posted on 05/29/2004 6:58:20 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists Are Moral and Intellectual Parasites)
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To: mewzilla
Then he ought to know :)

No, NO, NO!

His conservatism makes him stupid. No matter the degrees and education, just being a heartless, puppy-kicking non-liberal erodes his intelligence. Look at poor Bush. Yale degree and everything and he cant find his butt with both hands. If only Hillary would lead us all to the promised land...

*sarcasm off*

12 posted on 05/29/2004 7:00:18 AM PDT by SquirrelKing ("I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion." - Maxine Waters (D - California)
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To: motife
David Brock? Don't make me laugh.

Talk about confused people.

Just why would anyone, except other maladjusted, and confused individuals, read anything Brock writes about?

Perhaps FR needs a David Brock, "Confused Conservative/Liberal/Homosexual Adjenda" page.

It could be listed just under Dick Morris, "Clinton Abetting/Here's How Bush Should Do It/Toe Suckers" page.

13 posted on 05/29/2004 7:04:37 AM PDT by G.Mason (A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride…Max Lerner)
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To: motife

Liberals can always dish it out but they can never take it.


14 posted on 05/29/2004 7:04:50 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: motife

Anyone who is not a left-winger would readily concede that Gore's speech was certainly well beyond the bounds of decent political rhetoric. His ranting and screaming and sweating showed that he was either a) pandering in the most offensive and contemptible manner or b) is about to start selling tinfoil hats.


15 posted on 05/29/2004 7:10:08 AM PDT by GulliverSwift (The only difference between the Al Gore of 2004 and 2000 is that the current one has nothing to lose)
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To: motife

Well, I might be right-wing, but I'm not a pundit. My first imperssion upon seeing and hearing that "speech" was--he's nuts, completely insane, and possibly a danger to himself and others. I know a lot of people who aren't even all that right-wing who have said the same.


16 posted on 05/29/2004 7:13:02 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: motife

If Gore were insane he'd have an excuse.


17 posted on 05/29/2004 7:14:00 AM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: motife
"...was there lead in Al Gore's silver spoon...?

Hehehe..good one!

18 posted on 05/29/2004 7:20:43 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: motife

Can everybody give me a big "yeeeeearrrrrrrrgh!"? Thanks Howard.


19 posted on 05/29/2004 7:21:37 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: motife
Thanking you and David Brock for posting/compiling this article.

Either algore is trying to shed his tree-like image, or Tipper switched his meds.

5.56mm

20 posted on 05/29/2004 7:21:47 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: motife

BUMP!


21 posted on 05/29/2004 7:23:15 AM PDT by jmstein7 (Real Men Don't Need Chunks of Government Metal on Their Chests to be Heroes)
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To: motife

Mr. Brock, much like when the left questioned your honesty when you "saw the (burnt out) light", I think we have evry right to question the sanity of a man who thinks like that.


22 posted on 05/29/2004 7:25:09 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Dems are weak on terror and terrorism affects the economy. Dems are weak on the economy.)
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To: motife
Right-wing pundits play doctor; diagnose Gore as "insane"

Should have just called him a moron. That always gets a pass from the media.

23 posted on 05/29/2004 7:29:38 AM PDT by RansomOttawa
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To: motife

Perhaps they came to their own conclusions by watching the loon? It ain't like they parroted the same word over and over again when no one had ever heard the word before. Think gravitas...


24 posted on 05/29/2004 7:30:53 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Dems are weak on terror and terrorism affects the economy. Dems are weak on the economy.)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Which gives me an idea...


25 posted on 05/29/2004 7:38:19 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (<a HREF="http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/gwbbio.html">gravitas</a>)
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To: G.Mason

"Just why would anyone, except other maladjusted, and confused individuals, read anything Brock writes about?"

For a good laugh?


26 posted on 05/29/2004 7:48:00 AM PDT by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.html)
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To: motife

We can refer to him as possibly insane, or compare him to a ranting Hitler, which do they prefer? Their side likes to make Hitler comparisons.


27 posted on 05/29/2004 7:49:01 AM PDT by RightthinkinAmerican (If Berg's beheading was our fault because of the prison photos, how did we cause Daniel Pearl's?)
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To: motife

Nothing wrong with calling a lunatic a lunatic.


28 posted on 05/29/2004 7:49:59 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: motife

They can call Bush a retard, but can't take legitimate criticism themselves. One sign of a mental problem in the inability to take criticism. Dat's a fact.


29 posted on 05/29/2004 7:50:22 AM PDT by RightthinkinAmerican (If Berg's beheading was our fault because of the prison photos, how did we cause Daniel Pearl's?)
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To: motife

I had lunch Thursday with a REAL yellow dog Dem who was agreeing that Gore has gone off the deep end.


30 posted on 05/29/2004 7:53:59 AM PDT by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: motife

Gee, Mr. Brock! Maybe Al Bore just made a bad impression. At least we'll have to stop calling him Al Bore at this rate!


31 posted on 05/29/2004 7:55:25 AM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: motife
Right-wing pundits play doctor; diagnose Gore as "insane"

I wouldn't say he was insane. More likely suffering from an overdose of viagra.

32 posted on 05/29/2004 7:59:40 AM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Sofa King
"For a good laugh?"

Fair enough. ;)

33 posted on 05/29/2004 8:00:50 AM PDT by G.Mason (A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride…Max Lerner)
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To: motife

One correction is needed to David Frum's comment. Gore is actually a 3-time Presidential candidate(and 3 time Loser!).


34 posted on 05/29/2004 8:02:00 AM PDT by secret garden (School's out!)
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To: Condor51



"Gore Meltdown"
35 posted on 05/29/2004 8:03:21 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: RightthinkinAmerican

Studied two years of psych. Two friends are cycling bipolars, as were two LTRs. Based on those experiences, I conclude Gore has some issues. Severe ones.


36 posted on 05/29/2004 8:05:26 AM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: SpeakingUp

37 posted on 05/29/2004 8:08:27 AM PDT by oyez (I know I'm rambling but...Everyone is entitled to my opinion)
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To: All
His outbursts are what make this scenario seem plausible.
38 posted on 05/29/2004 8:11:08 AM PDT by secret garden (School's out!)
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To: SpeakingUp

39 posted on 05/29/2004 8:11:14 AM PDT by oyez (I know I'm rambling but...Everyone is entitled to my opinion)
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To: motife
And you know what?

Every one of those pundits was absolutely correct -- OwlBore is insane!

40 posted on 05/29/2004 8:11:52 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: motife

Repeat after me: Brock is a Crock.


41 posted on 05/29/2004 8:13:33 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: motife

In all the news and posts I've read, I have only seen one demo criticize his own party - Zell Miller. Democrats are like muslims, shut up and toe the party line.


42 posted on 05/29/2004 8:15:55 AM PDT by hardhead (WARNING: muslims are poised inside the Trojan horse!)
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To: motife
Typical leftist response, instead of considering the sanity of Gore it has become..."the right wing conspiracy did it" to Gore.
43 posted on 05/29/2004 8:17:16 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Evil doesn't want to leave you alone. It wants to draw you in and force you into complicity. - Keyes)
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To: motife
HEY!! I didn't get my VRWC fax concerning our talking points per Al Gore.
44 posted on 05/29/2004 8:29:38 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps")
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To: motife
An Associated Press account of yesterday's speech notes that "Gore, who served in Vietnam, predicted greater problems for America's involvement in Iraq." The AP apparently means to suggest that Gore suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, since the Vietnam reference is otherwise a complete non sequitur.

By the way, did you know Kerry was also in Vietnam?
45 posted on 05/29/2004 8:47:38 AM PDT by miltonim (Fight those who do not believe in Allah. - Koran, Surah IX: 29)
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To: motife

46 posted on 05/29/2004 8:48:48 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: oyez

"Ah . . but the strawberries, yes - that's where I had them!"
47 posted on 05/29/2004 8:50:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin ( . . .preservation of our liberties being with one mind resolved to die free rather than live slaves)
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To: motife

Gore wants to go back into graces with Democrats.
His hug fest with Howard Dean where he performed with the intention to repeat-serve as Vice President made him an outsider with inner circle Democrats.
After ballooning after his Florida court failures, dieting to get the fat off again, he now performs for attention, regardless of style, to serve again.
Gore needs to realize and accept the fact that he is through.


48 posted on 05/29/2004 9:05:56 AM PDT by hermgem
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To: lavrenti
Two friends are cycling bipolars,..

I've noticed this about quite a few spokeheads. Make sure your friends keep to the off-street trails.

49 posted on 05/29/2004 9:19:44 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: BlazingArizona

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.


50 posted on 05/29/2004 9:26:01 AM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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