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Labor Activists Invade Bush's Campaign Sites
The Tampa Tribune ^ | October 6, 2004 | Ellen Gedalius/William March

Posted on 10/05/2004 10:14:56 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather

Labor Activists Invade Bush's Campaign Sites By ELLEN GEDALIUS and WILLIAM MARCH The Tampa Tribune Published: Oct 6, 2004

TAMPA - Labor activists stormed President Bush's campaign headquarters in Tampa on Tuesday, part of an orchestrated event nationwide involving thousands of people protesting his policies on overtime pay. No one was injured or arrested in Tampa, police said. Miami and Orlando also were among the 17 cities in swing- voting states where the AFL-CIO organized such events.

Protesters, including construction and hospital workers, were armed with postcards and petitions expressing their disapproval of Bush's overtime policies. Some held signs reading: ``Don't Take Away Our Overtime.''

Activists put at least one sign on a wall of the headquarters at 800 W. Platt St., pleading with Bush to ``keep his hands off overtime pay,'' said Eddie Acosta, an AFL-CIO member who organized the Tampa rally.

The Bush administration issued new overtime pay rules in August. Proponents say the changes could make about 1 million more workers eligible for overtime. Critics contend 6 million could be reclassified as exempt from overtime pay.

Bush ``knows we're frustrated with this,'' said John Cox, an AFL-CIO member based in Orlando. ``We thought this is the best way we can get our message heard.''

Stan Fields, a Bush campaign coordinator in Tampa, said the message was lost in the tactic as dozens of demonstrators rushed into the headquarters about 1 p.m.

``They were stamping. They were chanting,'' Fields said. ``Literally, you couldn't hear inside this building. This place was rocking.''

Al Higginbotham, Hillsborough County Republican Party chairman, said he arrived late to the scene and was told demonstrators, although not making physical contact with campaign workers, had moved within a few inches of them to impede them from leaving.

Joseph Agostini, spokesman for the state GOP, complained that just hours before Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, ``a forum for civil discussion of issues, we have these organized labor thugs using terror tactics in America.''

The demonstrators did not disrupt business, said Rob Ray, Hillsborough County Democratic Party vice chairman.

``That's what they always try to say about working people - that when you demonstrate together for a cause, you're being a mob or a thug,'' Ray said. ``No one was hurt. We abided by what the police officers asked us to do.''

Protesters stayed in the public area of the headquarters or on the street, and they left when asked, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

``They might have been boisterous or somewhat intimidating, but they didn't threaten anybody,'' McElroy said.

Still, Republicans were alarmed.

``It's a shame that the campaign has gone to the point that they'd use strong-arm tactics against volunteers,'' Higginbotham said. ``It's unsettling to people who are volunteering to a cause they believe in, and I can assure you that folks I'm associated with will never be involved in an effort like that.''

Reporter Valerie Kalfrin contributed to this report. Reporter Ellen Gedalius can be reached at (813) 259-7562. Reporter William March can be reached at (813) 259-7761.

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KEYWORDS: 2004election; brownshirtsforkerry; bushhaters; civilwar2; civilwarii; democrats; dirtytricks; election2004; goonsquad; hate; hatecrime; intimidation; kerrycampaign; laborunions; liberals; organizedcrime; organizedlabor; proterrorist; rattricks; tampa; thugs; unamerican; unions; unionthugs; vandalism; voterintimidation
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Tampa Tribune reports more thugs in action at Bush/Cheney Campaign Sites.
1 posted on 10/05/2004 10:14:57 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Isn't their loitering laws or anything. Tell them to GTFO if they aren't going to do anything.


2 posted on 10/05/2004 10:18:10 PM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Here's some quotes from another article about this.

"Countered South Florida AFL-CIO president Fred Frost: "It was as civil as it gets.'"

"Debra Booth, president of the Central Florida AFL-CIO, described the protest as "peaceful'"

If there are any union members in florida here, you may want to contact these people to let them know what you think.

Debra Booth - Central Florida AFL-CIO (407) 649-8557

Here's an e-mail for Fred Frost's branch
info@sfaflcio.org

And here's an email for journalist Mark Schlueb at the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
mschlueb@orlandosentinel.com.


3 posted on 10/05/2004 10:20:41 PM PDT by orangelobster
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Well, well. This explains the gunshots into a Bush campaign office earlier today.

Nice people, those leftists....


4 posted on 10/05/2004 10:20:54 PM PDT by Humidston (Cheney cleaned the floor with that little GIRLY BOY Edwards!!!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Democrats are at their best when they can frighten people. Their candidates use the tactic and so do their voters. Scare tactics or intimidation it's all the same to them.


5 posted on 10/05/2004 10:21:19 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Save a Democrat! Vote Republican!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

>>The demonstrators did not disrupt business, said Rob Ray, Hillsborough County Democratic Party vice chairman. <<

And how, pray tell, would he know that?


6 posted on 10/05/2004 10:22:32 PM PDT by Humidston (Cheney cleaned the floor with that little GIRLY BOY Edwards!!!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Protesters stayed in the public area of the headquarters

Is this a civic owned building? If not, they were tresspassing.

7 posted on 10/05/2004 10:23:39 PM PDT by weegee (What's the provenance, Kenneth? Where did the forged SeeBS memo come from?)
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To: bahblahbah
The media must cover this!! If it were pro-lifers or pro-gunners doing this to the DUmmies operations there would be 24-7 coverage on all the networks. This is as big a story as rathergate.
8 posted on 10/05/2004 10:24:52 PM PDT by Clump
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To: sheikdetailfeather

A DAY IS COMING FOR THESE COMMUNISTS...

Vote Bush Nov. 2!


9 posted on 10/05/2004 10:26:22 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Humidston

Lefty Loony Communist Rats...they're real close to biting off just enough to choke dead on.


10 posted on 10/05/2004 10:28:27 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
``That's what they always try to say about working people - that when you demonstrate together for a cause, you're being a mob or a thug,'' Ray said

Ray the pinhead doesn't seem to grasp the concept of unlawful restraint. Preventing campaign workers from leaving is the act of a thug.

11 posted on 10/05/2004 10:29:16 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: All

A similar mob attacked the Bush-Cheney HQ in Orlando, too:

http://www.local6.com/politics/3785861/detail.html


12 posted on 10/05/2004 10:29:24 PM PDT by Chummy ("I Rather Know when I See BS." RepublicanAttackSquad.biz: "A vote 4 Kerry is a vote 4 Osama")
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To: Clump

I agree. It is similar to the harrassment and intimidation that goes on in Latin America.


13 posted on 10/05/2004 10:29:31 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Linda Chavez has a book out now titled "Betrayal" which catalogues the unions corrupt financing and support of the Democrats. It also details the violent tactics they use. I recommend it highly.


14 posted on 10/05/2004 10:29:46 PM PDT by orangelobster
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Give these union thugs some brown shirts and swastika armbands and send them back to 1934 Nazi Germany.


15 posted on 10/05/2004 10:35:49 PM PDT by AF68
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To: orangelobster

Thanks for the recommendation. I will read it!


16 posted on 10/05/2004 10:36:47 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: orangelobster

Come on folks.
Carter reviewed the elections in Venezuela and concluded all was on the up & up.
These break-ins are only the will of the people.
UP, UP, and AwAY!


17 posted on 10/05/2004 10:39:34 PM PDT by magglepuss (Don't tread on me)
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To: piasa
The thugs are lucky they didn't get shot.

"Some" heads are cooler than mine,I guess.

18 posted on 10/05/2004 10:41:42 PM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: Free Trapper

It's for the greater good ,I'm sure.
We are just too shallow to grasp their opinions.


19 posted on 10/05/2004 10:45:27 PM PDT by magglepuss (Don't tread on me)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Here's a link to contact the national office of the AFL-CIO

http://www.aflcio.org/siteguides/contactus.cfm

John Sweeney, the President of the AFL-CIO needs to make a public statement explaining how it came to be that this was coordinated at multiple bush/cheney offices. He also needs to provide an apology to the campaign workers and President Bush. I hope he is criminally prosecuted, but I'm not holding my breath.


20 posted on 10/05/2004 10:49:17 PM PDT by orangelobster
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Union = Organized Crime, AKA Thugs.

So why does this activity surprise anyone?


21 posted on 10/05/2004 11:10:56 PM PDT by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: orangelobster

Why do we have RICO statutes if they aren't going to be used to preserve America? ??? RAT Unions, the ACLU, the MSM, and on and on...


22 posted on 10/06/2004 12:10:49 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: magglepuss

Yeah...Cahtuh certifying an election with a Communist RAT running is like having a WOLF count the SHEEP for the SHEPARD...


23 posted on 10/06/2004 12:12:39 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Free Trapper

I wonder if the campaign needs security volunteers?


24 posted on 10/06/2004 12:13:44 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: ApesForEvolution

I was wondering the same thing.


25 posted on 10/06/2004 12:24:59 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: Free Trapper

Hmm...


26 posted on 10/06/2004 12:26:16 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
``They might have been boisterous or somewhat intimidating, but they didn't threaten anybody,'' McElroy said.

Unless you have a bad heart. I guess when someone drops dead because they scare the hell out of them that would just be TOO BAD?

You know, I don't think they have a right to come into a building and chant/yell and intimidate people who are volunteering for a candidate they believe should be President, like they just did.

If someone did that where I was sitting minding my own business, I would be really upset. If I was working with elderly people, I can assure you, they would be shook up. This is WRONG!

Man this ticks me off. I'm afraid if someone did that to me, I'm gonna punch someone in the face. Call it a nervous reaction. A little pepper spray for Bears is probably gonna come out of my purse too.

27 posted on 10/06/2004 12:28:51 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife (Don't be a Girlie-Man... vote Republican!)
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife
This is why I really like dogs...
28 posted on 10/06/2004 12:30:03 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: orangelobster
FrontPage magazine.com :: Betrayal by Jamie Glazov
... com | June 29, 2004. Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Linda Chavez, the co-author
(with Daniel Gray) of the new book, Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake ...
www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=14005 - 75k - Cached - Similar pages

Book Review: Betrayal by Linda Chavez
... Betrayal How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics.
By Linda Chavez. Review by Emily Shaheen. Who will ...
www.townhall.com/bookclub/chavez1.html - 52k - Cached - Similar pages

29 posted on 10/06/2004 12:30:13 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: piasa
``That's what they always try to say about working people - that when you demonstrate together for a cause, you're being a mob or a thug,'' Ray said

And just what did you call those few people in suits who demanded the media be let in at one of the recounts in Florida Ray?

30 posted on 10/06/2004 12:31:51 AM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: ApesForEvolution
They squeal like cut pigs any time Conservatives have the "gall" to defend themselves or their property.

With the leftists trying everything they can to steal the election,I'm really wondering how far we may have to go to protect ourselves,our votes and our laws.

31 posted on 10/06/2004 12:34:38 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Do I detect a nation wide assault going on here? Why aren't these facilities being guarded?


32 posted on 10/06/2004 12:36:12 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: ApesForEvolution

With thugs like them, I'd be worried about my pet.

I'd have pepper spray handy. I'd use it too if they came storming in screaming and getting up in my face acting agressively. A volunteer was already harmed! When they act like that, you don't know what they are going to do.

Someone else is going to get hurt too. Those labor people are not demonstrating peacefully, what a bunch of bunk. They get quite physical. Prayers for our volunteers who are only minding their own business.

These thugs make me sick.

The law ought to punish them fully, or we'll see no end to this! The next month is going to be interesting. Lets pray the American public doesn't let this kind of tactic keep them from the voting booth. This may be exactly what their hoping for.

It's just another form of terrorism if you think about it.


33 posted on 10/06/2004 12:40:25 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife (Don't be a Girlie-Man... vote Republican!)
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To: Free Trapper

Hell, you and I both know that either way, the RATS are going to start a real American Civil War.

If they get elected, they're coming straight for our guns, and you know that for certain. Well, that's gonna get ugly sooner or later (thinking back to America's Liberal Communist RAT-led alphabetocracy committing numerous violations against Americans) if Kerry wins.

If Bush wins, and it's close, you can guarantee that the courts won't be the only places that heat up. And from this point forward, after Bush wins, they're going to keep playing dirty, will try to Impeach him, will get more shrill in their anti-war b.s. - and their chaos wing of anarchists and marxists are going to do something REALLY stupid...

I don't put any single thing past a Communist RAT...expect the worst, prepare for the worst and pray for the best.


34 posted on 10/06/2004 12:41:50 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife

Shoot, I just said dogs because that's always a good first line of scumbag defense. Most scumbag's will a)kill your dog or b)get run off by the dog. All scumbag's hate being gnarled up by a dog...

Of course, the next lines of defense, right down to your sidearms and blades, are all strategically located.


35 posted on 10/06/2004 12:44:25 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Two words: Pepper spray.


36 posted on 10/06/2004 12:44:36 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: ApesForEvolution
I agree.

Any idea if the Police where these things are happening are union or not?

37 posted on 10/06/2004 12:45:56 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: Vets_Husband_and_Wife

It's when they send the union thugs over to somebody's private residence in the dark of night and the person is so thankful to be alive and/or scared that next time they'll be dead that they don't tell anyone ... those are the ones that will should some of the faithful to rethink this Union and Communist DemocRAT thing, IMO.


38 posted on 10/06/2004 12:47:28 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Free Trapper

No clue...easy enough to Google though.


39 posted on 10/06/2004 12:50:11 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: ApesForEvolution
My first real experience with a union was in the early 70s.A friend showed up at my place in the country at about two in the morning with his wife and baby.

He wasn't union and had to continue working during a strike.When he had gotten off work that night,he found his home trashed and wife terrified by union goons that broke into his place.

He and his wife loaded what they could grab into a car and made it to my place about 50 miles from their home being followed by several cars the entire way.

The union goons took off when he got to my place(easily defended and very well supplied)and I've wanted payback ever since.

40 posted on 10/06/2004 1:06:19 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Thugs, force, fear and intimidation...the usual dems strategy in their whole policy of being.


41 posted on 10/06/2004 1:14:16 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Vote for Bush..or we will be buying our prayer rugs at Home Depot and burkas at Saks.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Laura McElroy is an IDIOT.


42 posted on 10/06/2004 4:16:12 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Free Trapper
Any idea if the Police where these things are happening are union or not?

Read the article again....

Protesters stayed in the public area of the headquarters or on the street, and they left when asked, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

``They might have been boisterous or somewhat intimidating, but they didn't threaten anybody,'' McElroy said.

43 posted on 10/06/2004 4:22:39 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: sheikdetailfeather

This is the face of the DemocRATic Party of nowadays.


44 posted on 10/06/2004 4:28:09 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Clump
The media must cover this!

Agreed. There were THREE incidents just yesterday, and not a peep from the MSM. What will it take to get these incidents recognized, a bomb?

45 posted on 10/06/2004 4:39:19 AM PDT by numberonepal (Ammo, arms, eyes, and ears on election day.)
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To: Lancer_N3502A
Do I detect a nation wide assault going on here? Why aren't these facilities being guarded?

This stuff is starting to smell organized. I believe the John-John Campaign has some questions to answer. I will be looking for an interview with someone from their main HQ today and let y'all know how it comes out.

46 posted on 10/06/2004 4:43:41 AM PDT by numberonepal (Ammo, arms, eyes, and ears on election day.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I'm going to start a small grass roots effort to get folks to bring their still and video cameras to the polls on Nov 2 (since I can't call for arms). I am working on a name and slogan. Please FReepmail me with ideas, pledges of help, and critiques. Although I would appreciate the humor some will provide, please keep it to serious inquiries.


47 posted on 10/06/2004 4:47:47 AM PDT by numberonepal (Cameras, ammo, arms, eyes, and ears on election day.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Don't forget this thuggery was "civil" while voting machines "intimidate" voters in the same state. Hmmm, seems a bit out of this world to admit to being frightened by an inanimate object while physically intimidating other people.

But, I'm not really surprised, Demonrats are out of this world.


48 posted on 10/06/2004 4:48:59 AM PDT by CSM ("Don't be economic girlie men!" - Governator, August 31, 2004, RNC)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Isn't the issue of overtime pay a fluke?


49 posted on 10/06/2004 4:53:34 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: sheikdetailfeather; All

Yet these people call us Nazi's....


50 posted on 10/06/2004 5:00:18 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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