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Remarks Made by Senator Zell Miller
NY Times ^ | 1 September 2004 | Zell Miller

Posted on 09/01/2004 7:20:11 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16

The New York Times September 1, 2004 Remarks Made by Senator Zell Miller

The following is the full text of remarks made by Senator Zell Miller, as prepared for delivery.

Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren.

Along with all the other members of our close-knit family -- they are my and Shirley's most precious possessions.

And I know that's how you feel about your family also.

Like you, I think of their future, the promises and the perils they will face.

Like you, I believe that the next four years will determine what kind of world they will grow up in.

And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family?

The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party.

There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George Bush.

In the summer of 1940, I was an eight-year-old boy living in a remote little Appalachian valley.

Our country was not yet at war but even we children knew that there were some crazy men across the ocean who would kill us if they could.

President Roosevelt, in his speech that summer, told America "all private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger."

In 1940 Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee.

And there is no better example of someone repealing their "private plans" than this good man.

He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time.

And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue.

Shortly before Wilkie died he told a friend, that if he could write his own epitaph and had to choose between "here lies a president" or "here lies one who contributed to saving freedom", he would prefer the latter. Where are such statesmen today?

Where is the bi-partisanship in this country when we need it most?

Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in- Chief.

What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in?

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.

It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.

Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter. But not today.

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.

Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.

Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.

No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.

But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution.

They don't believe there is any real danger in the world except that which America brings upon itself through our clumsy and misguided foreign policy.

It is not their patriotism - it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace. They were wrong.

They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war.

They were wrong.

And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror.

Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.

The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.

I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel, Against the Aegis air-defense cruiser, Against the Strategic Defense Initiative, Against the Trident missile, against, against, against.

This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?

U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?

Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.

Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.

Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations.

Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide.

John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.

That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all. This politician wants to be leader of the free world.

Free for how long?

For more than twenty years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protestor, Kerry blamed our military.

As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far-away.

George Bush understands that we need new strategies to meet new threats.

John Kerry wants to re-fight yesterday's war. George Bush believes we have to fight today's war and be ready for tomorrow's challenges. George Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorists.

No matter what spider hole they may hide in or what rock they crawl under.

George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip.

From John Kerry, they get a "yes-no-maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.

I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man.

I am moved by the respect he shows the First Lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.

I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.

He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words.

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.

The man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.

This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history.

The only question is how. The answer lies with each of us. And, like many generations before us, we've got some hard choosing to do.

Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.

In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him. Thank you.

God Bless this great country and God Bless George W. Bush.

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1 posted on 09/01/2004 7:20:11 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16
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To: NavySEAL F-16

AWESOME!!!!!


2 posted on 09/01/2004 7:21:14 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: NavySEAL F-16

AWESOME!!!!!


3 posted on 09/01/2004 7:21:17 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Zell Miller gave the speech that might just wake the rest of America up to what sKerry and Co. are about.

I am sooooooooooooooooooo thankful for this man and his convictions.


4 posted on 09/01/2004 7:22:03 PM PDT by TheStickman (If a moron becomes senile how can you tell?)
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To: patriciamary

wow! i like this guy


5 posted on 09/01/2004 7:22:19 PM PDT by minus_273
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Give 'em Hell Zell !!
6 posted on 09/01/2004 7:22:20 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (John Kerry Lied, While Good Men Died)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Zell set fire to the convention.


7 posted on 09/01/2004 7:22:24 PM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; stockpirate

HE WAS RIVOTING!!!


8 posted on 09/01/2004 7:23:32 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

The Republican Party can thank its lucky stars that the Democrats have marginalized a man like Miller. Well I can't say I've followed him much before tonite, that speech he made was the best I've heard in a long time.


9 posted on 09/01/2004 7:23:41 PM PDT by swilhelm73 (There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men. --Burke)
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To: patriciamary
Off the Subject but curious and very interested to know what freepers thought about Kerry talking to the vets today I saw no real media comments.
10 posted on 09/01/2004 7:24:11 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Home run. Thanks Zell - you made this transplant to Georgia rather proud.
11 posted on 09/01/2004 7:24:29 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Zell's got that classic Southern style, fires a crowd up like nothing else. Knows just when to raise his voice, what tone to use when, but when needed always steady, strong, and unyielding. Amen to what Cheney just said, as well. :D


12 posted on 09/01/2004 7:24:50 PM PDT by mbennett203
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Just Damm. Zell's the man. New tagline from Zell's speech.


13 posted on 09/01/2004 7:25:03 PM PDT by barker (I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, Zell Miller on GWBush)
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To: swilhelm73

Jusk kicked Kerry down the stairs.


14 posted on 09/01/2004 7:25:04 PM PDT by BOOTSTICK (meet me in Kansas city)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Zell's got that classic Southern style, fires a crowd up like nothing else. Knows just when to raise his voice, what tone to use when, but when needed always steady, strong, and unyielding. Amen to what Cheney just said, as well. :D


15 posted on 09/01/2004 7:25:18 PM PDT by mbennett203
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To: NavySEAL F-16
John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.

Wow!

16 posted on 09/01/2004 7:25:32 PM PDT by MarkeyD (<a href="http:\\www.michaelmoore.com>Maggot</a>)
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To: mbennett203

Sorry for the double, all.


17 posted on 09/01/2004 7:25:49 PM PDT by mbennett203
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To: NavySEAL F-16
One of the best speeches I've ever heard, so impassioned, and touching on what we all feel.
18 posted on 09/01/2004 7:26:26 PM PDT by christie (http://www.hillaryforpresident-2008.com -- NOT!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Best speech I ever heard in my life. Thank you Zell!

LBT

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19 posted on 09/01/2004 7:26:57 PM PDT by LiberalBassTurds (Al Qaeda needs to know we are fluent in the "dialogue of bullets.")
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To: NavySEAL F-16
John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.

My favorite line, and, consequently, my new tagline

20 posted on 09/01/2004 7:27:10 PM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Amazing speech.


21 posted on 09/01/2004 7:27:11 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Wow! A true patriot and a grim reminder of how far the dims have detoured left.


22 posted on 09/01/2004 7:27:31 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
And this ex-Georgian is right proud of him as well.

He's certainly come a long way from the days when he was known as "Zig-Zag" Zell....

23 posted on 09/01/2004 7:28:21 PM PDT by George Smiley (The only 180 that Kerry hasn't done is the one that would release ALL his military records.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16; Registered

Thank you for posting this NavySEAL.

Registered ping!


24 posted on 09/01/2004 7:28:54 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (Free Mumia! er, Free Padilla!, no, that's been done. I know, FREE SADDAM!, yeah, that's the ticket!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Senator Miller knocked it out of the park tonight. I have to admit I had a tear in my eye at certain points in his speech. Well done!

Thank you, Senator Miller!!


25 posted on 09/01/2004 7:29:12 PM PDT by Kewz1 (Never forget.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Thank God that someone has finally said it.

"....the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-In-Chief."

That explains everything the democrats have done...

26 posted on 09/01/2004 7:29:30 PM PDT by NetValue (They're not Americans, they're democrats. They hate the US Constitution.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

When is Zell running for President? I would back this man...!


27 posted on 09/01/2004 7:30:20 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase ("Every man dies, but not every man truly lives...." Braveheart)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Whoa. Now THAT's a speech!


28 posted on 09/01/2004 7:30:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NavySEAL F-16
The man blew me away.

What in the hell is this guy doing a member of the 'Rat party, anyway?
Hell, he's got bigger stones than 0 outa 10 Pubbies, for that matter.

An "old fashioned" Democrat, not unlike my old man.
Long before the Socialists sleeze kidnapped the party.

But I gotta believe Zell's gonna have hell to pay amoung his own.

...& that's for damned sure.

29 posted on 09/01/2004 7:31:07 PM PDT by Landru (Indulgences: 2 for a buck.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Sen. Zell Miller's remarks can be summed up as plainly spoken blunt & mercilessly scathing of the Democrat party . I watched his speech on C-span & the man was plainly furious with his party & what it has become .


30 posted on 09/01/2004 7:31:10 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 REACH OUT & THUMP SOMEONE .50BMG REACH OUT & CRUSH SOMEONE!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Unbelievable!!! He just made John Kerry look like a sniveling, smarmy, incompetent wanna-be without lowering himself to say so in so many words. This guy has the grace and class to put party politics aside for the good of the country, something I haven't seen for a long, long time from that side of the aisle. Simply an incredible speech.


31 posted on 09/01/2004 7:32:36 PM PDT by Mjaye
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To: LiberalBassTurds

I know I wasn't there then but I really thought about what it must have been like to hear Honest Abe speak in times of dire straits for this nation. Thanks, Zell. Glad I voted for you when Governor.


32 posted on 09/01/2004 7:32:52 PM PDT by fuzzycat
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To: NavySEAL F-16

I was astounded and awestruck and every other adjective known to us in English at this speech. He made me cry, laugh, and just plain be even prouder to be an American!


33 posted on 09/01/2004 7:33:28 PM PDT by ladyinred (John Kerry reporting for "SPITBALL" duty!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Zell Miller held back, but then again he is a Southern Gentlemen and there are Ladies present.
34 posted on 09/01/2004 7:34:47 PM PDT by FFIGHTER
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To: NavySEAL F-16
The heck with the Demo-socialist party. Where are the REPUBLICANS that give speeches like that?

I actually choked up a bit there. Semper Fi...

35 posted on 09/01/2004 7:37:58 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (For an Evil Super Genius, you aren't too bright are you?)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Makes me almost proud to still be a Democrat. I wish we had more of them!
36 posted on 09/01/2004 7:38:46 PM PDT by MeanAsSnake
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To: patriciamary

Live thread from kerry's speech this afternoon.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1204613/posts


37 posted on 09/01/2004 7:41:06 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

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38 posted on 09/01/2004 7:43:48 PM PDT by sonofatpatcher2 (Texas, Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: msdrby

ping


39 posted on 09/01/2004 7:43:52 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Who knew it would be so much fun to watch a baby learn to grab her toes.)
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To: patriciamary

btw - jump to post #233 in that thread. That's when kerry first appeared on stage.


40 posted on 09/01/2004 7:44:02 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

It was brutally honest, man, he tore Lurch a new one! AWESOME, Zell Miller is an honorable man.


41 posted on 09/01/2004 7:44:05 PM PDT by nomad
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To: NavySEAL F-16
"John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing,
wants to outsource our national security."

Thank you, Zell, for your passion in delivering this crucial message to any who have ears to hear.

42 posted on 09/01/2004 7:44:24 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schiavo and her family.)
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To: mbennett203
Hello,

The 1st thing I noticed was the gleam in his eye ~ Zell was MAD. I think he has been for quite awhile. He did not read (that I could tell) that speech, it appeared to me that he had memorized it to deliver each. and. every. word. just the way he wanted to. Outstanding!
43 posted on 09/01/2004 7:46:02 PM PDT by MOgirl (In memory of Walton Wayne Callahan, I love you forever.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

44 posted on 09/01/2004 7:46:35 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: zip; BOBWADE

ping


45 posted on 09/01/2004 7:50:41 PM PDT by Mrs Zip
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To: Landru

Zell is a throwback to the Democratic Party of forty (plus) years ago -- before they became RATS!


46 posted on 09/01/2004 7:54:21 PM PDT by Ed_in_NJ
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To: patriciamary
...what freepers thought about Kerry talking to the vets today...

Lost the vote of everybody who drives in Nashville rush hour. They shut the interstates down at the peak of evening rush hour for his motorcade to go to the airport. Bush came in and out yesterday and we never even noticed--but Kerry caused traffic gridlock!

47 posted on 09/01/2004 7:57:04 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Thank You....!

I love Zell Miller
Awesome, awesome speech!


48 posted on 09/01/2004 8:01:24 PM PDT by The Mayor (You don't have to worry about eyestrain from looking on the brighter side of life.)
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To: All

Totally awesome. What an honorable guy - with a fantastic speech & delivery. Go Zell!


49 posted on 09/01/2004 8:02:36 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: fuzzycat
Agreed fuzzycat. Thanks for your comment and for voting for Zell. Without your good judgment and support we may never have witnessed what we did tonight.

LBT

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50 posted on 09/01/2004 8:04:57 PM PDT by LiberalBassTurds (Al Qaeda needs to know we are fluent in the "dialogue of bullets.")
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