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OPEN LETTER TO THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA: We are NOT Amateurs and we are going to kick your butts.

Posted on 09/11/2004 7:26:18 PM PDT by Pukin Dog

Edited on 09/11/2004 9:23:55 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Open Letter to the Main Stream Media: We are not amateurs and we are going to kick your butts.

We have watched you for years try to tell us how to think, what to think, who to vote for and what to believe based solely on your own agenda. In past years, you have come to think of yourselves as the fourth branch of government, the movers and shapers of opinion and the arbiters of truth.

In case you have not been watching, America is sick and tired of you. We are turning away from you in record numbers. Your audience and readership is declining faster than you can say the word 'bias', and instead of recognizing the trend, you have only become further entrenched and determined to force society to play by your rules.

Technology has allowed us to ignore you, and in many cases, replace you altogether. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite every night, not yet aware of his agenda, his bias and his overwhelming desire to turn the nation against its leaders unless they agreed with him. I saw him replaced by the most dishonest, agenda-driven anchorman this nation has ever produced. That Dan Rather is one of you should be enough to make you feel dirty.

You believe yourselves to be solely qualified to pontificate on the day-to-day events going on around the world as if journalism school gives you a special insight into the truth. When I was in college, people went to J-school only if they flunked out of business school and did not want to become teachers.

Well guess what?

The world is on to you.

Persons with knowledge and experience are not only ignoring you, but replacing you as sources of information. These sources, which don't need anything but their personal experiences and skills when sharing information with the public; persons who have spent more time learning and doing than you ever will, are generally more accurate and informative than you know how to be.

The Internet and Blogosphere would scare you, if you were smart enough or honest enough to know better.

People with practical knowledge and experience discussing current and historical events with more ability than you, are sharing more factual and in-depth information, and at a rate which you could never compete. We are relegating many of you to overpaid gossip mongers, while you don't want to acknowledge that we are eating your lunch.

You take polls, trying to convince us of what people are thinking as you have always done, but now, knowledgeable people are analyzing your methodology, your weighing and sampling and pointing out if your polls are to be believed. You can no longer expect what you say to be taken for gospel, because we are no longer amateurs about information. Someone, somewhere on a little web site is going to smoke you out, report your biases, and make you less believable than you once were. Count on it.

You can tell us that Swift Boat Veterans for truth are liars, and NOBODY is going to believe you just because you say it. Have you checked the Non Fiction Best Sellers lists lately? But even then, we know enough now to notice when book sales are based on giveaways, fund-raisers, pre-orders and the like, to notice when you want to push sales of your favorite liberal author when their book sheds no light, tells no truth, shares no facts, but only advances what you want us all to think about you and yours. We are not buying it anymore.

I'm writing this, because I know you are watching. Just as you watched last week when one of us 'amateurs' beat you at your own game. It happens here all the time. Free Republic is not a group of 'amateurs' or nutcases, as you like to think of us. This board is a slice of America, filled with people from all walks of life, whose cumulative knowledge dwarfs that of you and your 'hired experts'. I was offended to read your reaction to people here and at the Blogs who shared what started here regarding your fraudulent flunky Dan Rather, and his attempt to pass off what was clearly a forged document as legitimate news.

You attempted to deride us, not take us seriously, dismiss us as partisans (which is apparently only a bad thing if one is conservative) and generally ignore the wealth of information we passed along to the public about one of yours trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We nailed Dan Rather, not you, and you can't stand it.

Last week, you tried to suggest that Republicans booed Bill Clinton after Bush wished him well. We caught you. We got in your face and made you take it back, because you lied. Don't you hate that? We Internet-based losers made you back down, when you felt totally free to mislead the nation about the behavior of some you don't agree with.

It is only going to get worse for you.

You can no longer tell us anything, and expect to be believed without question. You can no longer mix your agendas into your 'news' and expect to get away with it. We may not catch you every time, but eventually we will, and then many of you are going to have to get real jobs. And when you do, you are going to need more than the ability to mislead, lie, slander and ignore people who don't agree with you. In the future, expect for Blogs like Instapundit and others to be on you like a fly on stink when you attempt to mislead us.

Yesterday, you attempted to paint the young LT. Bush as a poor pilot, because he attempted multiple landings a few times while flying a training jet. Stories like this are the reason why Network News has lost half of its audience over the last 10 years. Could not one of you pampered info-princes figure out that a military pilot WANTS to practice landings as much has he/she possibly can? I guess not, when you are blinded by ideology to the degree that any information you receive can only be interpreted in the negative.

You want to call Bush AWOL, but you don't want to talk about his hundreds of flying hours in a jet that has killed lesser aviators, you only want to discuss what furthers your agenda, because you know that when Democrats win, YOU are in charge. You don't want to talk about our President's Master's Degree from Harvard while at the same time Al Gore could not hack Divinity school.

Don't you wish you could regulate us? We know you spend your nights praying to the gods of the Fairness Doctrine, hoping to silence us. Sorry, but we are here, and we are not going anywhere. Too bad we can't say the same for you. It is you who is being silenced as your audience is paying more attention to us, and tuning you OUT. Fox News is in 50 million fewer homes, but they managed to beat you silly during the Republican Convention. How did that happen? US; that's how. Because of us, the Internet, the Blogosphere, Talk Radio and others, the nation no longer see you as the gatekeepers of information.

Take a lesson MSM, though it hurts, try a little fairness. Give balance a shot, and stop being a mouthpiece for the liberal agenda. Pretend if you must, that Conservatives are not Neanderthals long enough to get through a news segment. I know it must hurt to not be able to prove your superiority to us in all that you do and say, but try it.

Finally, just embrace the horror, folks. You might actually learn something from us merry bands of 'amateur' journalists. You see, we don't have an audience to please. We don't have to sell ad-space, or get face-lifts to keep our jobs. That leaves us free to share information on the subjects we might know a little something about without angering our liberal masters. On Free Republic, you can at times find as many threads angry at Republicans as you can Democrats. We don't have to hire experts, if we don't know something, we can ask a fellow FReeper or use Google, much faster than you can pay someone to tell you what you want to hear.

On Free Republic alone, there are experts in many fields. We have writers, poets, engineers, aviators, artists, journalists, (they keep that on the down-low), lawyers, historians, teachers, politicians, current and former members of all branches of the military; all who actually know what they are talking about without having a script (or DNC talking points) shoved in their face.

The choice is yours, MSM. You can join us in working to share information with a hungry audience, or you can be replaced. We don't need Nielson, just a web site and an idea. Instead of insulting the remainder of your dwindling viewers, readers and listeners, why don't you just agree to cut the crap, stop the parroting of the NY Times long enough to do your own work, and finally decide to become REAL journalists again.

I'm not saying we are journalists; we have jobs and careers beyond 'he-said-she-said'. We do like to share what we know, and we don't even get it right every time. However, the truth is in the numbers. We have them and they are growing, while yours are shrinking more rapidly every day. If you don't change your ways and soon, you are going to become irrelevant before this decade is over. Many of you already are. We only tune in to 'Petah' Jennings to watch him bravely strain to keep his composure whenever he has to report a Democrat election defeat. On a good night Chris Matthews total viewership barely equals the number of viewers on the Oxygen network.

The trends are in our favor. If you don't wise up, we will kick your agenda-driven ass.

I'm Pukin Dog.


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KEYWORDS: bias; blogs; cbs; cronkite; danrather; davidosborne; documents; fake; forged; larryking; lies; media; mediabias; mediawingofthednc; msm; napalminthemorning; pukindogrocks; rathergate
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Forgive the rant, please. Just venting.
1 posted on 09/11/2004 7:26:21 PM PDT by Pukin Dog
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To: Pukin Dog

Hey, why aren't you at Hook?


2 posted on 09/11/2004 7:27:39 PM PDT by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Here is contact info for some of the companies that sponsor CBS
Have at 'em
viagra
taco bell
campbells soup
L L Bean
Ambien
Iams
3 posted on 09/11/2004 7:28:26 PM PDT by Mr. K
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To: Pukin Dog

Memo to Old Media:

We know you're tired. We know you're old. We know you're irrelevant.

Only you can change that. Otherwise expect those pajama bloggers to kick your arses from now until you all retire.

A good start for you all might be to ask Kerry to sign Form #180. Bush did. Do your darned jobs or be forever irrelevant.


4 posted on 09/11/2004 7:29:06 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: USNBandit
I'm sick.
5 posted on 09/11/2004 7:29:19 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog
Rant on..... BTW, I am freeping in my pajamas.......take that CBS/danrather.
6 posted on 09/11/2004 7:29:43 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Pukin Dog

The internet is great, isn't it?

The ability to voluntarily and collectively pool resources and gather knowledge, without having to depend on the MSM, is an amazing evolution in communication and individual empowerment.

And free speech has never been more apparant or more potent.

"We" ARE gonna kick their butts, but the fight will be long and arduous, IMHO...


7 posted on 09/11/2004 7:30:11 PM PDT by sargon (How could anyone vote for the socialist, weak-on-defense fraud named John Kerry?)
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To: tioga

Oh, man. I really didn't wanna know that you were in your pajamas. :)


8 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:09 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Pukin Dog

Awesome vent.


9 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:20 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (". . . stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.")
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To: Pukin Dog

Another freeper has already likened this to a 21st century BOSTON TEA PARTY!!!


10 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:28 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: Pukin Dog

That's fandamntastic!

I'm bookmarking this. May even share it. I hope it takes on a life of its own and becomes another "Angry American".


11 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:38 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (At CBS - We don't just report news - we make it.......up.")
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To: Pukin Dog

GO DOG!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAA

(Good rant buddy!)


12 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:48 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Pukin Dog

Bravo, Well Done!


13 posted on 09/11/2004 7:31:56 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Pukin Dog

Great job, PD.

President Bush warned the UN too. They didn't listen.

This is the media's last chance. Truly, with the exception of a few people who are in their 70's, I don't know anyone who gets their news from Old Media. They are so yesterday.


14 posted on 09/11/2004 7:32:27 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Pukin Dog

That's a good rant, but how do we know this post is authentic. Could it have been forged? These letters don't look like any ordinary word processor. This is too high tech. I'm going to Dan Blather with this. :)


15 posted on 09/11/2004 7:32:38 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Pukin Dog

Nice rant. Its reminds me of the pre-battle scene in "Braveheart".


16 posted on 09/11/2004 7:32:44 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Pukin Dog

ping for fun


17 posted on 09/11/2004 7:33:36 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Pukin Dog

Bumped AND bookmarked!


18 posted on 09/11/2004 7:33:44 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon (Goals for 2004: Re-elect President Bush, over 60 Republicans in the Senate, and a Republican House.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Click the Graphic to View All FR 'Bump Lists'.

19 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:05 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Pukin Dog

Great rant/vent!

Get well soon eh.

mc


20 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:13 PM PDT by mcshot ("When you don't think too good, don't think too much" Ted Williams)
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To: Pukin Dog
Nice Pukin!!

Pray for W and Our Troops

21 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:18 PM PDT by bray (Some men have skeletons in their closets, some have killing fields!!)
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To: Pukin Dog

What he said.

BeeYatch!


22 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:39 PM PDT by 1_Inch_Group
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To: sargon
"The internet is great, isn't it?"

Thank you, Al Gore, for inventing it.

23 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:45 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (John Kerry - I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I waaaaaaahhhhh)
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To: Pukin Dog

Wow, just what I would have said, if I could compose as well.
My thoughts exactly!


24 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:47 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: Pukin Dog

I just figured out why Fox barely skimmed over the forgery bit on news watch, especially Neal Gambler. They aren't internet savvy. They have no idea whats out there only Jeff? and they cut him off when he tried to school them a little.


25 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:58 PM PDT by tiki (Win one against the Flipper)
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To: Pukin Dog

Good rant. And we have physicians here too.


26 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:59 PM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pukin Dog
We are NOT Amateurs and we are going to kick your butts

Rant on! We are seeing the arrogant smiles being wiped off the MSM's faces. FReepon!
27 posted on 09/11/2004 7:34:59 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: Pukin Dog

Yeah...what Pukin Dog said....mass media outlets.....


28 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:02 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ((John Kerry is now in full retreat))
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To: Pukin Dog

HOORAY!!! to you Mr. Dog

I'm
MAD
as
ZELL!!
myself


29 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:08 PM PDT by BlueOx
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To: Pukin Dog

Great letter Pukin Dog! I hope you don't mind if I email it around to some friends?


30 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:08 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Pukin Dog

Vent anytime you want, you said what a lot of us have been wanting to say.


31 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:24 PM PDT by trustandobey
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To: writer33
I'll come clean. I typed the rant on Microsoft Word 2003. I did that because my spelling sucks. But, dig those hyphens dude!
32 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:38 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: writer33

The author is alive! Big time! :-)


33 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:40 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Pukin Dog
Actually this is probably the most profound post I have seen in a while.

Who makes up the MSM?

Journalism majors?

Versus the people that make America work?

Tick Tock

34 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:53 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: Pukin Dog

WOW....Hey, MSM ...I've got my jammies on and IM IN YOUR FACE!


35 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:55 PM PDT by mystery-ak (This President, This Time......Ron Silver)
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To: Pukin Dog

...."I grew up watching Walter Cronkite......"

Too bad. You should have been watching David Brinkley, a
true professional.


36 posted on 09/11/2004 7:35:59 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Pukin Dog

I saw Tony Snow interview some former CBS producer. He was a real nutcase. Tony asked why Rather did not disclose that there were several other witnesses who said the documents were fake. The guy said something like, "Well, that's good journalistic judgment. These people were Bush supporters."

Snow responded with, "Well, they did not have any trouble using Barnes' statement and he's a Kerry supporter."

The guy's response was, "Sure, with proper disclosure."

Watching that interview you really got a feel for how extreme these guys are.

He also complained that there was no check on the bloggers. To me, it seems that he's really complaining that the bloggers have now placed a check on the networks.


37 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:15 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Pukin Dog

By the way, I'm a veterinarian, so I hope you really aren't pukin....


38 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:22 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Pukin Dog

Vent on Pukin Dog!!! Outstanding!

Regards,
LH


39 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:39 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Pukin Dog
I'm Mad As Hell And I'm Not Gonna Take It Any More!!
40 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: Pukin Dog

I was on F.R all day Thursday,I think my last post was about 2-2:30 A.M.

I knew we had won when the OP/ED pieces from Fridays N.Y Times were being posted,Krugman,and his fellow sleaze merchants were talking about Rather's forged memo's as if they were holy scripture.

We already knew they were fake.

They are so far behind, they will never catch up.


41 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:52 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Pukin Dog
Hey Pukin Dog, next time, why don't you tell us what you really think? LOL
42 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:56 PM PDT by Libertina (Thank God we have President Bush in the White House.)
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To: tioga

What are pajamas?


43 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: CharlotteVRWC
Please do. I want Dan Rather's job. I figure any chimp can do it.
44 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:02 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

Ditto! I heard a Dem. talking head today start with the "What the poor current Military and their families must think" line today regarding the current stories about media fraud. Let me give you a hint. We have seen the bias and deceit of the media first hand. We are going to be more than happy to see them exposed for what they are. They have cost our military a lot of lives with exploiting anything that would bring our country and military down.


45 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:17 PM PDT by armymarinemom (Ultimate Flip Flop->I support the Troops but not their mission)
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To: Pukin Dog

well said....now can some of us less elequent writers use your rant as ammunition against CBS in writing these sponsors??


46 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:28 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Free Republic is the clearing house for truth. Word spread like wild fire once Freepers get ahold of examples of:

MSM bias
MSM fabrications
MSM recitals of DNC talking points
MSM decline in America

It should be the mission, indeed the responsibility, of every registered Freeper to seek out MSM bias and post it on this venerable site. That is how the Swift Boat Vets, the AP "boo" story and the CBS Rathergate (which still has a long way to go before it the whole story gets out) issues made it into the current political discussion.

NOTICE to MSM: Three strikes and you are out. From now on the people are the media and they will decide what the truth is. Your decline is imminent. Cable news, blogs, talk radio, discussion boards et al are now the new main stream. Those of you who refuse to retreat to the noble purposes of real journalism (read NYT, CBS, NBC, LAT, ABC, USA Yesterday) will go the way of the typewriter, vinyl records, and rotary telephones.
47 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:39 PM PDT by Thickman (Regis to Kerry: "Is that your final answer?")
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To: Pukin Dog
Excellent rant. Now get it out to Instapundit and the others so they might quote one or two lines, and make a link for the rest. When you throw down a gauntlet, it's rather important that the other side actually SEE the gauntlet on the ground.

Good luck, or as John Kerry would say, "Bonne chance."

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, "Time to Talk about the 2008 Election"

If you haven't already joined the anti-CFR effort, please click here.

48 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:55 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Pukin Dog

Rave on!


49 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:55 PM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: Pukin Dog

Well said. It is time.


50 posted on 09/11/2004 7:38:03 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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