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Response from Board of Directors of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi's "5 Finger Speech" Columbia U.
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Posted on 05/23/2005 10:49:53 AM PDT by Mr. D

Dear Mr. Laughter,

Thank you for contacting us about Indra Nooyi’s recent commencement speech at Columbia University, which has created a difficult situation.

Please know how sorry we are for disappointing you – and how much we appreciate your input. Feedback such as yours has been shared directly with Indra, and she clearly regrets this unfortunate episode. With that in mind, Indra has asked us to share this statement with you:

"Following my remarks to the graduating class of Columbia University's Business School in New York City, I have come to realize that my words and examples about America unintentionally depicted our country negatively and hurt people.

I appreciate the honest comments that have been shared with me since then, and am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I love America unshakably -- without hesitation -- and am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support our great nation has always provided me.

"Over the years I've witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I've proven my own point. Please accept my sincere apologies."

-- Indra Nooyi

Thanks once more for taking the time to contact us here at PepsiCo. We truly value your very conscientious point of view, and promise to work just as diligently at regaining your trust and confidence.

Sincerely,

PepsiCo


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pepsico; turass
Lame excuse and response from Ms. Nooyi. She is smart enough to know what she originally professed were her true thoughts and feelings. Nice try to back track!
1 posted on 05/23/2005 10:49:54 AM PDT by Mr. D
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To: Mr. D
If the words were unintentional, perhaps she could enlighten us as to what were her actual intentions. Or would that violate the rule that "when you find yourself in a hole, it is best to stop digging."
2 posted on 05/23/2005 10:52:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (NEWSWEEK LIED, PEOPLE DIED)
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To: Mr. D

I hope to convince my Pepsi-loving wife to switch to RC Cola.


3 posted on 05/23/2005 10:53:47 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Just finished my lunch. During my visit to the cafeteria, I had a choice between Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, I remembered my promise. Long live Coca Cola! Boycott Pepsi and their family of procucts and restaurants.


4 posted on 05/23/2005 10:55:02 AM PDT by Mr. D (Here is the announcement of the (fraud) forum)
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To: Mr. D

Maybe she drinks too much of the product of Russia.
Pepsi traded its cola for vodka.


5 posted on 05/23/2005 10:55:06 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." AYN RAND)
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To: Mr. D

blah blah blah, Indra...


6 posted on 05/23/2005 10:57:24 AM PDT by raivyn (ATTENTION: My /sarcasm is broken - please don't take ANYTHING I say personally!)
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To: Mr. D
"Over the years I've witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I've proven my own point. Please accept my sincere apologies."

Sounds like a sincere apology to me. Of course many on FR will not be happy until/unless she throws herself under a bus. So much energy wasted on yet another tempest in a teapot.

7 posted on 05/23/2005 11:01:22 AM PDT by NCSteve
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To: Mr. D

Get her to try the new Diet Coke with Splenda.

I brought a 20 oz. bottle home recently and the wife and kids all wanted to taste it.

And upon doing so, they all wanted me to immediately go out and pick up more.

This was at 10:30 at night, by the way.


8 posted on 05/23/2005 11:03:10 AM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: newgeezer
I hope to convince my Pepsi-loving wife to switch to RC Cola.

Reminds me of that old Dr. Demento number:

Bring a load-a,
RC Cola
TV dinner
plate-a twinkies
takes a pink burrito
for to keep me clean

9 posted on 05/23/2005 11:04:01 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: Mr. D

I got the same letter. I'm drinking tea.


10 posted on 05/23/2005 11:15:07 AM PDT by wolfpat (dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: NCSteve
Sounds like a sincere apology to me.

I agree with you, to an extent. However, I do not believe that a deeply partriotic American would ever have made such a mistake in a million years. We don't know each other, but I'm guessing that as a FReeper, you would have never said such a thing, even on your most careless day.

On a certain level I do have to believe her initial comments reflect her true thinking, or at least that her internal patriotic reflex is very weak.

11 posted on 05/23/2005 11:15:50 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: George Smiley
Be careful. Splenda has an unfortunate side effect in quite a few people. It can cause an embarrassing social faux pas that ranges from a minor whoopsie to a roaring bull moose.

I prefer Splenda to aspartame hands down anyway, though. I just have to run outside more often.

12 posted on 05/23/2005 11:17:43 AM PDT by NCSteve
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To: Mr. D
their family of products

That would include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito Lay, to name a few. And many of those have subsidiaries.

13 posted on 05/23/2005 11:19:02 AM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: Mr. D

I read her speech and wonder what the heck she thinks PepsiCo is: a cottage industry for battered Third World lesbians? She runs a global giant who gives small competitors the middle digit 'round the world and she has the gall to lecture us about being nice? This is Limousine Liberalism at its most absurd and appalling. If I had PepsiCo stock, I would dump it in Boston Harbor.


14 posted on 05/23/2005 11:21:05 AM PDT by RedRover (Drink Coke!)
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To: Mr. D

Well, that's better than those who reply telling you to drop dead.


15 posted on 05/23/2005 11:21:14 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems are putting all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
On a certain level I do have to believe her initial comments reflect her true thinking...

Possibly. As I said repeatedly on another thread about this, her remarks were stupid and ham-handed. For whatever reason, I am sure she regrets them.

My point is mostly that there are far more egregious examples of this that don't get half this much attention. Six months from now, most of the adamant boycotters will run into their favorite convenience store, forget all about their indignation, and run back out with their former favorite Pepsi product. Meanwhile, liberals everywhere will still be filling our kids' heads with mush.

16 posted on 05/23/2005 11:24:31 AM PDT by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve
Diet Coke alone has a propensity to generate belches that almost wake the dead.

So combining that with Splenda could be, well, quite symphonic.

Too bad there's no Olestra in there- things could get REAL interesting.

17 posted on 05/23/2005 11:26:17 AM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Mr. D

PepsiCo has hundreds of brands. These are some of the best known.


Lay's potato chips
Lays Kettle Cooked potato chips
Wavy Lay's potato chips
Baked Lay's potato crisps
Maui Style potato chips
Ruffles potato chips
Baked Ruffles potato crisps
Ruffles Flavor Rush potato chips
Doritos tortilla chips
Baked Doritos tortilla chips
3D's snacks
Tostitos tortilla chips
Baked Tostitos tortilla chips
Santitas tortilla chips
Fritos corn chips
Cheetos cheese flavored snacks
Rold Gold pretzels & snack mix
Funyuns onion flavored rings
Go Snacks
Sunchips multigrain snacks
Sabritones puffed wheat snacks
Cracker Jack candy coated popcorn
Chester's popcorn
Grandma's cookies
Munchos potato crisps
Smartfood popcorn
Baken-ets fried pork skins
Oberto meat snacks
Rustler's meat snacks
Churrumais fried corn strips
Frito-Lay nuts
Frito-Lay, Ruffles, Fritos and Tostitos dips & salsas
Frito-Lay, Doritos and Cheetos snack crackers
Fritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Doritos snack kits
Hickory Sticks
Hostess Potato
Lay's Stax potato crisps
Doritos Rollitos
Lay's Fries
Natural Lays
Natural Ruffles
Natural Cheetos
Natural Tostitos
Miss Vickie's potato chips
Munchies snack mix
Pepsi-Cola
Caffeine Free Pepsi
Diet Pepsi
Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi
Pepsi Twist (regular & diet)
Wild Cherry Pepsi
Pepsi Blue
Pepsi ONE
Pepsi Vanilla
Diet Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew Code Red
Diet Mountain Dew Code Red
Mountain Dew LiveWire
Mountain Dew Blueshock
Mountain Dew AMP energy drink
Mug
Sierra Mist (Regular & Diet)
Slice
Lipton Brisk (Partnership)
Lipton Iced Tea(Partnership)
Dole juices and juice drinks (License)
FruitWorks juice drinks
Aquafina purified drinking water
Frappuccino ready-to-drink coffee (Partnership)
Starbucks DoubleShot (Partnership)
SoBe juice drinks, dairy, and teas
SoBe energy drinks (No Fear and Adrenaline Rush)
Gatorade Thirst Quencher
Gatorade Frost Thirst Quencher Gatorade Fierce Thirst Quencher
Gatorade Ice Thirst Quencher Propel Fitness Water
Gatorade Xtremo Thirst Quencher
Gatorade X-Factor Thirst Quencher
Tropicana Pure Premium juices
Tropicana Twister juice drinks
Tropicana Smoothies
Tropicana Pure Tropics juices
Dole juices (License)
Tropicana 100 juices Outside North America
Tropicana Touche de Lait
Alvalle gazpacho fruit juices and vegetable juices
Tropicana Season's Best juices and juice drinks
Loóza juices and nectars
Copella juices
Frui'Vita juices
Quaker Oatmeal
Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Quaker Oatmeal Breakfast Squares
Cap'n Crunch cereal
Life cereal
Quaker Oatmeal Brown Sugar Bliss
Quaker Oatmeal Honey Nut Heaven
Quaker 100% Natural cereal
Quaker Squares cereal
Quisp cereal
King Vitaman cereal
Quaker Oh's! Cereal
Mother's cereal
Quaker grits
Quaker Oatmeal-to-Go
Aunt Jemima mixes & syrups
Quaker rice cakes
Quaker rice snacks (Quakes)
Quaker Chewy granola bars
Quaker Dipps granola bars
Rice-A-Roni side dishes
Pasta Roni side dishes
Near East side dishes
Puffed Wheat
Harvest Crunch cereal
Quaker Baking Mixes
Spudz snacks
Crisp'ums baked crisps
Quaker Fruit & Oatmeal bars
Quaker Fruit & Oatmeal Bites
Quaker Fruit and Oatmeal Toastables
Quaker Soy Crisps
Quaker Bakeries

Call the PepsiCo Board
(866) 626-0633

Write the PepsiCo Board
PepsiCo Board of Directors
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Email the PepsiCo Board
BoardofDirectors@Pepsi.com


18 posted on 05/23/2005 11:39:48 AM PDT by bertmerc1
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To: unbalanced but fair

Yepper,

I'm kissing Pepsi goodby and moving to Coke.

However, I will miss Quaker and Tropicana but, a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do....

and thats express my displeasure with my pocket book.


19 posted on 05/23/2005 11:42:57 AM PDT by schwing_wifey (Coffee, Today's Toons, and Flaming Trolls - Yeeeaaaahhhhhhh PDT +9hours)
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To: bertmerc1

Plus fast food outlets, KFC and Taco Bell, of which I have never patronized, KFC too greasy and salty, Taco Bell, tummy and lower tract problems after eating their products.


20 posted on 05/23/2005 11:43:17 AM PDT by Mr. D (Here is the announcement of the (fraud) forum)
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To: NCSteve

Fair enough.


21 posted on 05/23/2005 11:54:07 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Mr. D

Taco Bell Corp. and KFC are both subsidiaries of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM). They were sold a few years ago.


22 posted on 05/23/2005 11:59:54 AM PDT by bertmerc1
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To: George Smiley
"Diet Coke alone has a propensity to generate belches that almost wake the dead."

Thank You! Could you please tell my wife that? I have a bunch of elbow dents in my ribs!

23 posted on 05/23/2005 12:02:17 PM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: Mr. D
Pepsi.... "You're number one!!! But you smell like number 2..!!"

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24 posted on 05/23/2005 12:02:37 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: NCSteve

I disagree. She said what she meant. In a million years, I would not make the statements she made unless I meant it. And she did. She just got caught saying something stupid, and this is probably going to hurt Pepsi's bottom line.


25 posted on 05/23/2005 12:06:16 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - there are countless observable clues that God exists)
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To: Mr. D

I've added Pepsi to my official ban list.

It's not long:
Levi Strauss (for their support of PAX)
Proctology & Gamble (gays)
Pepsi


26 posted on 05/23/2005 12:06:40 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: schwing_wifey

Did you look at the list in post #18?

Your trips to the supermarket will resemble missions through a mine field.


27 posted on 05/23/2005 12:07:46 PM PDT by NCSteve
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To: All

This is no apology at all. SHE is the one who said the USA is the middle finger. There was no "misunderstanding".


28 posted on 05/23/2005 12:08:44 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: DennisR

By all means, then, boycott away. Be sure to refer to post #18. Good luck.


29 posted on 05/23/2005 12:25:38 PM PDT by NCSteve
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To: Mr. D

I don't drink Pepsi, but giving up my "Sunchips" is almost too much to bear. It'd be easier on all concerned if they'd just fire the b*tch.


30 posted on 05/23/2005 12:26:28 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: Mr. D
I'm not fooled for a moment. All of us have said stupid things in the heated spur of the moment that we wish we could take back, but this wasn't just someone shooting from the hip, this was a very carefully crafted and clever speech from someone who clearly put a lot of thought into exactly what she was saying.

I don't doubt for a moment that she's sorry that her speech got a lot more attention than she thought it would, but I don't believe for a second she's truly contrite about what she said, or that she doesn't really feel that way. Sorry, but no dice from me.

31 posted on 05/23/2005 12:32:44 PM PDT by jpl (Arrest Michael Dumbkopf and flush Newsweek down the toilet.)
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To: Mr. D
"I have come to realize (after a public outrage) that my comments . .may have hurt" (intentional insulting to the country that gave her the freedom to insult every American).

Should read, "Any of you backward a###es feel upset at my telling the truth, Eat S###t!

32 posted on 05/23/2005 12:40:23 PM PDT by zerosix
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To: NCSteve

Yes I read the list,

but currently I'm on Safari in Sweden so most of this stuff isn't here anyway. (Except for Tropicana.)

I had been searching for Pepsi until this twit switched me to Coke. Funny what can change a die-hard Pepsi drinker.


33 posted on 05/23/2005 12:46:24 PM PDT by schwing_wifey (Coffee, Today's Toons, and Flaming Trolls - Yeeeaaaahhhhhhh PDT +9hours)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I do not believe that a deeply partriotic American would ever have made such a mistake in a million years.

I can see how it could happen. This woman was born in India and spent her first 23 years there. This story she tells of hands and fingers could be part of Indian lore that we know nothing about. For example, in Hinduism, the middle finger is associated with the planet Saturn. Saturn is the "protector of lifespan." How bad is that?

Having been here the other half of her life, I'm sure she knows what "the finger" is (she alluded to it as a joke) but she might also have this Hindu thing in her head that to her was perfectly acceptable.


34 posted on 05/23/2005 1:07:01 PM PDT by Nick Danger (With sufficient thrust, cows fly just fine)
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To: schwing_wifey
Well, there's always boycotting Coca Cola because their CEO is/was a donor to Bubba Clinton and Fat Teddy Kennedy's Campaigns. Then there's the fact that Coca Cola has a bottler in China.

And of course there's a whole list of companies like Progressive Insurance and Gateway Computers whose owners/CEOs are far Left Liberals and donate to all kinds of causes and campaigns most of us would despise. We can go on and on. Oh, and don't forget any company affiliated with George Soros.

Personally, I think boycotts only hurt the employees who do their job and may even disagree with the opinions of management. If sales go down, they're the ones to go first. CEOs always survive to work for someone else.

35 posted on 05/23/2005 1:23:16 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: Mr. D

Hating the United States is the corporate politics of PepsiCo, or it would not have been part of Indra Nooyi speech.

Think about the hatred the folks at PepsiCo feel toward the United States behind close doors that it becomes so easy and natural to express this hatred in a public forum.


36 posted on 05/23/2005 1:38:49 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: jpl

I agree, you could not have said it any better!


37 posted on 05/23/2005 2:11:29 PM PDT by Mr. D (Here is the announcement of the (fraud) forum)
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To: Mr. D

Or this:

Dear Mr. Skilnik,

Thank you for contacting us about Indra Nooyi’s recent commencement speech at Columbia University, which has created a difficult situation.

Please know how sorry we are for disappointing you – and how much we appreciate your input. Feedback such as yours has been shared directly with Indra, and she clearly regrets this unfortunate episode. With that in mind, Indra has asked us to share this statement with you:

"Following my remarks to the graduating class of Columbia University's Business School in New York City, I have come to realize that my words and examples about America unintentionally depicted our country negatively and hurt people.

I appreciate the honest comments that have been shared with me since then, and am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I love America unshakably -- without hesitation -- and am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support our great nation has always provided me.

"Over the years I've witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I've proven my own point. Please accept my sincere apologies."

-- Indra Nooyi

Thanks once more for taking the time to contact us here at PepsiCo. We truly value your very conscientious point of view, and promise to work just as diligently at regaining your trust and confidence.

Sincerely,

PepsiCo


38 posted on 05/23/2005 3:31:46 PM PDT by toddlintown (Your papers please.)
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To: libs_kma

If your wife is burping that much, maybe you should tell her to switch to something less . . . powerful.


39 posted on 05/23/2005 3:38:13 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: NCSteve
I thought it was malodexrose? that caused that problem, (sugar free candy, cookies, etc.)

I have about a case of diet coke w/ splenda in the kitchen. The only problem I've noticed is feeling like I have hives, but no rash. Switching to water, LOL.

40 posted on 05/23/2005 3:44:02 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (Thank goodness "Terayza" is not first lady.)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Could be. I eat both. Mrs. NCSteve claims if she lays off the Splenda, the problem goes away. I like my Splenda so much I can't go without it long enough to tell.

Mrs. NCSteve seems to think continuous farting is un-ladylike. I suppose she has a point...


41 posted on 05/23/2005 3:56:52 PM PDT by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve

It IS un-ladylike. But I also think it's unattractive in men. But then, there's that old double standard ....


42 posted on 05/23/2005 4:08:54 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (Thank goodness "Terayza" is not first lady.)
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To: NCSteve

There are probably five things on that list that interest me - and I do not eat them that often, anyway. So, I guess I am already boycotting Pepsi!


43 posted on 05/23/2005 6:42:04 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - there are countless observable clues that God exists)
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To: unbalanced but fair

You know, you're perfectly right.

If only there was a sure-fire way to make the source of such nonsense pay instead of the working stiffs who are trying to make a living (instead of sucking off welfare).

At least the perp's "good name" is getting slammed on the "Net".


44 posted on 05/24/2005 4:09:45 AM PDT by schwing_wifey (Coffee, Today's Toons, and Flaming Trolls - Yeeeaaaahhhhhhh PDT +9hours)
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To: NCSteve

You are an ignorant fool.
No true American who really loves this country would have written what this turd wrote.

These people will kick you when you are down, pour gasoline over you, throw a match at you and then say "oh, I'm so sorry, I really didn't mean that"

Wake up!!!!


45 posted on 05/24/2005 4:38:08 AM PDT by Riptides
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To: Riptides

Try reading what I wrote before you call me names. It will help you not to look quite so stupid. I never defended what she said, but I guess that fine point would be lost on a brain-dead lemming like you, wouldn't it?

Have a great day.


46 posted on 05/24/2005 5:08:05 AM PDT by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve

I repeat what I said: You are a an ignorant fool.

Have a nice day.


47 posted on 05/24/2005 5:55:00 AM PDT by Riptides
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