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Suddenly, everyone's turning against us Baby Boomers
Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 9/14/04 | RAY MCALLISTER

Posted on 09/14/2004 10:06:03 AM PDT by qam1

Whoa! What's happening?

Why are people turning on us?

We're the Baby Boomers, you know.

The Mighty Boomers.

We invented everything from money to music to sex, did we not? Nothing good ever happened until we came along.

Now people are turning on us.

We Baby Boomers are being made to feel . . . guilty.

Ridiculous, isn't it?

People have tried to make us feel guilty before. They said we consumed too much. Or we were too shallow. Or we only thought about ourselves.

Excuuuuse me.

Who should we think about? Somebody else?

All that was just jealousy. Even Tom Brokaw came along and said the World War II generation was "the greatest." Jealousy. Pure jealousy.

Sure, they saved the world.

Did they ever throw a party like Woodstock?

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KEYWORDS: aginghippie; babyboomers; bsboomers; generationi; generationme; generationsponge; genselfabsorbed; genx; issueswithtparents; spoiledbrats; spoiledestgeneration; the60sareover; woodstock
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To: scholar; Mudboy Slim
"Suddenly, everyone's turning against us Baby Boomers"

Suddenly?
Where the hell has ol' Ray been the past ten years.

Next *revelation* by ol' Ray, how about:

"White males most discriminated against"

This one's your boy, Mud.
Writes blather for the Richmond Rag, eh?

...& he's the *gifted one*, I'll bet. :o)

51 posted on 09/14/2004 10:36:37 AM PDT by Landru (Indulgences: 2 for a buck.)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
It seems to me the only spoiled, shallow generation is the one that now doesn't want to do for us what we've always done for the rest....and we did it without whining.

Yeah!!!! Thanks from the rest of us old geezers!

52 posted on 09/14/2004 10:36:48 AM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: lentulusgracchus

This just irks me. There I was enjoying an innocent "Theresa calls Bush inflexible" thread and ran across this. Sheesh. Enough hatred in the world already without "let's get the generation before us/after us" crap.

There are enough divisions. Egads, let's have some respect for one another. Not you, Lent. Just generally speaking.


53 posted on 09/14/2004 10:36:52 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: k2blader
Dear boomers,
Retirement and healthcare aren't entitlements.
Learn it. Live it.

Cool. There's still time for me to cut of your grandpappy:)

54 posted on 09/14/2004 10:37:24 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: qam1; All
Why aren't you children at work?

Who's paying your way to be able to sit here and post on the net in the middle of a work day?????


55 posted on 09/14/2004 10:38:08 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: Howlin
Of course not. I culled his nightmare from Transcript of ABC's "This Week" for February 4, 2007, a satirical essay I wrote 5 years ago in which Hillary becomes president.

I was wide of the mark on 90% of it, but some parts of it are too good not to use again.

56 posted on 09/14/2004 10:38:12 AM PDT by Publius (Digital Minuteman)
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To: Smogger
Boomers only wanted 1/2 a kid so they could spend all of their time and money on themselves, that's why they made birth control and abortion the law of the land. Now there aren't enough people to take care of them. Boo hoo.

Boomers didn't do that, Boomer broads did.

I built a career, bought a house, all ready to go......and only gold-diggers showed up. Well. What's a boy to think?

I think I'll be comfortably retired, sitting on my porch 15 years from now, watching those former "Sisterhood is powerful" feminists who were too good for guys, pushing their grocery carts down the street.

So don't look at me, I did my part .... it's the Silent Generation malcontents, Friedan and Steinem, that started the crap. And Hef -- Hef played an underappreciated role in family decline, with his sportive, fundamentally irresponsible ways that women abreacted to very badly.

Future sociologists are going to be super-tough on feminism. Just watch. The Boomers may not live long enough to see it (particularly if Gen X sticks us in a wood chipper), but Gen Z certainly will. I think I'll live long enough to see Gen Z sprout a little iron on their temples, and by then maybe the jury will be back on feminism. If people are still writing in English.

57 posted on 09/14/2004 10:38:32 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: k2blader

Retirement and healthcare aren't entitlements.

Learn it. Live it.

Neither was your student loan, whiner.


58 posted on 09/14/2004 10:39:33 AM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: skeeter

LOL!


59 posted on 09/14/2004 10:39:38 AM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: Walkingfeather

Ok, someone get a rope....


60 posted on 09/14/2004 10:39:40 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: lentulusgracchus
Boomers didn't do that, Boomer broads did.

I know they did. But where were the boomber men was this was going on? The feminization of America? It occurs to me that they abandoned their place as the moral head of the household and meekly went along with this deconstruction of the family unit, and it continues to this day. Was it fear of being called a chauvinist, a desire to be "progressive" or what?

61 posted on 09/14/2004 10:41:50 AM PDT by Smogger
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To: k2blader
Dear boomers,
Retirement and healthcare aren't entitlements.
Learn it. Live it.

Cool. I'd love it if the portion of my hard-earned pay that went to Gen-Xers' primary, secondary, and college educations were returned to me to provide for my retirement. Pity is, the same folks who've been sucking on the Boomers for all these years are suddenly discovering that it works two ways and are bleating about it. Tough.

62 posted on 09/14/2004 10:42:00 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: joesnuffy
I'll take mine with a loaded baked potato and side salad please. Has anyone calculated how many we have to eat before social security is saved?
63 posted on 09/14/2004 10:42:29 AM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: Publius
Social Security villages would be set up on abandoned government installations, and indigent Baby Boomers would be fed, clothed and housed at government expense, but no money would change hands.

Sounds quite a bit like a Gen Xer childhood...

64 posted on 09/14/2004 10:44:16 AM PDT by Marie (I want to be queeeeeen, just like like Hillary! 8 - ))
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

Even as a 24 year old I have to agree with some of your points.

It's mean to think "I can't wait to stick you rotten bastards in a home!" That mentality is what a lot of us younger folks are trying to escape for the families we want to build. The family I envision for myself includes my dad living with me when he is too old to take care of himself. My future wife's parents, too, if she doesn't have siblings who want to do the same thing.

However, I also envision a future free of Social Security taxes, free from Medicare, Medicaid, and other worthless socialist government programs. Yes, it may be a libertarian/conservative dream, but it's the AMERICAN DREAM that so many people crossed oceans and left their families for, fought and died for on foreign soils, and enjoyed until that rat bastard FDR and the "Great Society" BS of the early 20th Century.

So hopefully we can start electing politicians to office who are going to SLASH government spending instead of slowing the pace of govt growth, and we can educate people to REJECT socialism and instill personal and family responsibilities to everyone.

The economy will probably be better for it to boot.


65 posted on 09/14/2004 10:45:26 AM PDT by t_skoz
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To: Walkingfeather
and I will make sure that it goes as hard for them when they are the most dependent and vulnerable.

Just wanted to point that out, in case someone missed it. Thanks! You're SO loveable! (gag)

66 posted on 09/14/2004 10:46:04 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: ancient_geezer
The first mistake was in ever giving them shoes

No, the first mistake was teaching them how to talk. A very limited (no word for no) vocabulary would be sufficient.

67 posted on 09/14/2004 10:46:24 AM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: Howlin
I was b*tching about the pop boomer culture before gen Xers were a gleam in their maggot-infested boomer daddy's eye.

To lump me in with them now is the epitome of injustice!!

68 posted on 09/14/2004 10:46:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Howlin; ETERNAL WARMING

Excuse me. I, little ole I, am not a geezer. Now Gramps...............................


69 posted on 09/14/2004 10:47:06 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: Cagey
I was there, every veteran there was a boomer, or preboomer. It seems that a lot of the GenXers, their kids, and the GenYers, their grandkids, appreatate our service, alot of them their also.
70 posted on 09/14/2004 10:47:08 AM PDT by Little Bill (John F'n Kerry is a self promoting scumbag!)
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To: k2blader

Memo to GenX'ers:

GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK. NOW.


71 posted on 09/14/2004 10:48:32 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: Little Bill
Proof reading alert.
72 posted on 09/14/2004 10:49:30 AM PDT by Little Bill (John F'n Kerry is a self promoting scumbag!)
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To: Walkingfeather

Careful what you wish for, as it will eventually get you, also.


73 posted on 09/14/2004 10:50:14 AM PDT by Darnright
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To: Walkingfeather
Yes I am bitter at that generation and I will make sure that it goes as hard for them when they are the most dependent and vulnerable.

Why wait? Stop your grandparents' benefits this very day; call them up and tell THEM how you feel about them.

Why aren't you at work, you ungrateful little dweeb.

74 posted on 09/14/2004 10:50:24 AM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: Hi Heels

Gosh, and I thought it was supposed to be the Democrats who are consumed with hate.

LOL. Seems the "conservative" x'ers have their fair share of hate as well.

Imagine that. One generation blaming the previous for all the world's ills. How original. All the while taking advantage of all of the technological and economic advancements created by, uh, the boomers.

Somebody needs to get the x'ers a waaaambulance.


75 posted on 09/14/2004 10:50:50 AM PDT by dmz
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To: qam1

We BABY BOOMERS are to BLAME for the ME want it NOW attitude. I take the blame and I am sorry to you who are not in our group. I will spend the rest of my life trying to make it up to you Xers'


76 posted on 09/14/2004 10:51:08 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Hi Heels
Memo to GenX'ers: GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK. NOW.

With interest.

77 posted on 09/14/2004 10:51:14 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: Brad's Gramma
"Why aren't you children at work? Who's paying your way to be able to sit here and post on the net in the middle of a work day?????"

JEEZ! Let's not get SNIPPY about it!

:-)

78 posted on 09/14/2004 10:51:39 AM PDT by t_skoz
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To: qam1

I'm a boomer and I'm going to suck every penny out of you all till you dehydrate and shrivel up into a mass of protoplasm!

Then I'll take all your kid's piggy banks, smash em and buy myself a new car. Then, on the way to the gov't cheese handout I'll stop at a school and steal all the pencils and crayons and construction paper to burn in my fireplace.

Then after I get my social security check I'll deposit it in my off shore account and make you all chip in to buy me a new motorized scooter!

Then, to really erg ya, i'll live to 125 and make all of ya pay for an army of nurses to cater to my every whim!

Then, after I die, I'll donate whatever's left to some crackwhore in brazil.


79 posted on 09/14/2004 10:54:29 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA Bring 'em home, or send us back.)
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To: t_skoz
JEEZ! Let's not get SNIPPY about it!

You ain't seen nuthin' yet. Are you an Xer?

80 posted on 09/14/2004 10:54:30 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: Smogger

Oddly, that makes boomers the target. My parents are the generation doing the RV in AZ thing and it's my children who are not quite on their own. So, it's me paying for both. And I'm most distinctly a boomer.

So, if any generation has learned by hard experience what it means to be a supporter of others, it's mine. Now, do many of my generation also shirk their duties. You betcha. So, the comment above is right: to label by decade of birth is to waste bandwidth (not quite a quote, yes?). Losers are losers no matter what year they first saw light of day and those willing to eat somebody else's breakfast can be born any day of the week (or decade of the century).

Cheers!


81 posted on 09/14/2004 10:54:32 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Having a human friend is no bed of roses)
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To: dalereed

"Those of us from the depression era and earlier have known and said the baby boomers were wortless, they are just now getting the message."

Yeah, that's right. You guys from the Greatest Socialist Generation really took good care of things. </sarcasm>

The legacy which started with your generation has only been magnified in the Baby Boomers -- starting with socialism and all the idea that the gov't is going to solve everything. You share part of the blame for all the crap that BB's have put on this country, so don't wash your hands of all that just yet.


82 posted on 09/14/2004 10:54:41 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: dmz

Sounds like demorats, don't it? I broke my nail, it's Bush's fault......


83 posted on 09/14/2004 10:54:47 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: qam1
10 Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I said: These always err in heart.
11 And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest.

Ps. 94(95), 10.11 (DRV)

84 posted on 09/14/2004 10:55:25 AM PDT by Aristotle721 (Bring back the trivium and quadrivium.)
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To: Trust but Verify
I'm doing my best to turn my kids and other young people against the older generations.

Yeah, good idea! Everyone has to pull there own weight. "Sorry, gramps, you're just not cutting it anymore. Have fun living in the cardboard box."

And these are the same people who bemoan the loss of family values and old morality.

85 posted on 09/14/2004 10:55:41 AM PDT by blowfish
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To: Dinsdale

No, the first mistake was teaching them how to talk. A very limited (no word for no) vocabulary would be sufficient.

That was the second mistake, "no" is the only word they know how to use.

Giving them shoes let them gossip across the backyard fence trading conspiratorial plans for the destruction of mankind.

G-G-GranPappy, had it right use a big club, no shoes, never let em out of the cave.

86 posted on 09/14/2004 10:55:42 AM PDT by ancient_geezer (Equality, the French disease: Everyone is equal beneath the guillotine.)
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To: JoeSixPack1

Amen.


87 posted on 09/14/2004 10:56:13 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: webstersII

And I ask again, why are YOU not at work? WHO is paying YOUR way?


88 posted on 09/14/2004 10:56:45 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: qam1

I don't trust anyone over 35.


89 posted on 09/14/2004 10:56:52 AM PDT by Antoninus (Abortion; Euthanasia; Fetal Stem Cell Research; Human Cloning; Homo Marriage - NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

The other thing I meant to say is that on the other hand, there ARE those of us who are 24 who have never taken a student loan. Those of us who got real jobs and started trying to create wealth for ourselves, only to get taxed into submission the second we started earning a paycheck.

So don't get pissed at us because some 90's hippie wanna-be schmucks are sitting around sipping $9 latte's using their $2000 laptops at Starbucks courtesy of their Yuppie boomer parents' AmEx card.

This is why you are seeing a huge backlash and the awakening of the 20-somethings who are turning out to be arch-conservative / libertarian types... I know most of my friends are politically arch-conservative / libertarians and we reject all tenants of handouts and socialism except from what comes from our families helping us to start out..

Gov't loans? We don't need no stinkin' gov't loans!


90 posted on 09/14/2004 10:57:07 AM PDT by t_skoz
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To: Smogger
Was it fear of being called a chauvinist, a desire to be "progressive" or what?

Bluntly, I think it was a desire to get laid. I think that most men would put up with almost anything in the pursuit of sex. But I'm a pessimist.

91 posted on 09/14/2004 10:57:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: ClearCase_guy

Everyone seems to have forgotten the Democrats ad that had George W. Bush pushing an elderly person in a wheelchair over a "cliff".

They need to come to a decision whether they are FOR or AGAINST euthenasia. And "the decision to terminate" should not be decided by the person being killed, they don't get a say as a fetus, I don't see anything changing later in life. < /sarcasm >


92 posted on 09/14/2004 10:57:55 AM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: JoeSixPack1

I like the way you think. Me, I'm thinking about making Medicare supply Viagra so the X'ers can support my love-children until they die.


93 posted on 09/14/2004 10:58:13 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!!! (LOL!!!)

94 posted on 09/14/2004 10:59:49 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to FR!! $5 per Freeper...and you'll never be bugged again)
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To: qam1

Some of the responses in this thread sound like they are coming from a spoiled generation. Boomers didnt start SS. We have just paid more money into it then any generation probaly ever will. I think boomers kids are spoiled much more then boomers.

I dunno about everyone else but I wasnt spoiled (1957). I have worked my ass off to get where I am. Problem is america's golden age is over. Things are going downhill thanks to the fact that the boomers defeated communism. Now we have two billion plus people who want the american dream instead of poverty in a mud hut and eating rice all their life.
Other gens including The greatest generation started the cold war first by getting into WW1 which we probaly should have staid out of and then by turning russia into a superpower. They should have listened to Patton? or was it McArthur?

Boomers biggest mistake is gonna be turning China into the next superpower. Boomers were not responsible for outlawing prayer in school or abortion.(IMHO thats when things started downhill fast when we told God he was no longer welcome)

But I do see and hear a lot of hate coming from X,Y and Z gens. From what I have seen they continue to be spoiled rotten by boomer parents and lazy.(Not all kids of course but I say the vasy majority). Too many 20 something year olds made 60 grand plus for a few years in the 90's. They are bitter because now they are being slapped with reality. That was abnormal. You start at the bottom of the ladder and work your way up. You dont make 60 grand plus till later in life after spending 20 years working and learning if you make it at all.


95 posted on 09/14/2004 11:00:02 AM PDT by winodog (JFK is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways)
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To: Billthedrill

The VA gives me mine!!

Old ladies for miles around watch my mailbox for the script to show up! :-)


96 posted on 09/14/2004 11:00:17 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA Bring 'em home, or send us back.)
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To: Hi Heels
>Enough hatred in the world already without "let's get the generation before us/after us" crap.<

Really. The sad thing is, this is going on within Free Republic. I dare say the majority of boomers on this board are more than aware and willing to do everything possible NOT to be beholden to the gub'mint. I'll bet more of us are bound and determined to be stewards of what we have, while on this plane of existence, so we can leave our children with some sort of legacy.

Come on, guys, quit with the generational war. We should all be more or less on the same page, if we are part of this forum.
97 posted on 09/14/2004 11:00:18 AM PDT by Darnright
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To: Billthedrill

hahahahahhehehahhhaa.a..... oh, that's brilliant....


98 posted on 09/14/2004 11:00:19 AM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: Antoninus

I don't trust anyone over 35.

Used to be 30, age inflation?

LOL, never fear you to are headed there.

99 posted on 09/14/2004 11:01:50 AM PDT by ancient_geezer (Equality, the French disease: Everyone is equal beneath the guillotine.)
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To: qam1

BWA HAW HAW HAWWWWWW!

Whine all you want punks. We have all the money (or soon will have) and we have thirty more years to torment you.

Don't count on an inheritance either cause we're gonna spend it ALL!


100 posted on 09/14/2004 11:03:10 AM PDT by mercy
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