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Carroll County Times ^ | 7-3-2006 | Kim Stenley

Posted on 07/03/2006 9:52:18 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze

I saw Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and learned I didn't know the half of it.

The planet we've known since the beginning of recorded time is changing more rapidly than believed possible. Most convincing are the before-and-after photos of glaciers and snow-capped mountains that show the ice melting at unprecedented rates, the graphs Gore uses to explain complex climate concepts, and the collected data that definitively show humans are overwhelming the earth's ability to regulate itself.

Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are melting away from the inside out. People on faraway Pacific islands and nearby Smith Island, Md., have already had to relocate because their homelands are sinking under rising sea levels. Gore explains that if even half of Greenland or Antarctica melt away, the resulting water could raise sea levels worldwide 20 feet, thus drowning areas at or below sea level around the world, places where millions of people live.

Sure we've been influencing the environment ever since we cut the first tree, killed the first animal, built the first fire and planted the first crop. All organisms modify their environment by their very being. But as Gore points out, the number of humans was pretty consistent over time, thanks to nature's checks and balances. Nature could take what we were dishing out.

No more. Once we started making more efficient tools and learning how to manipulate our world, we gained the upper hand and population began increasing: worldwide population is slated to increase to 9.22B by 2075. These advances have allowed us to do increasing harm to the basic life support systems sustaining us.

More people demand more food, fuel and shelter from finite resources and create more waste, including the greenhouses gases that are trapped in our atmosphere and are warming the planet. We are depleting the very resources that help regulate the atmosphere and make life livable on this planet: the only planet known to support life.

I'm bewildered. What's it going to take for people to accept humans are causing global warming and do something about it? More Hurricane Katrinas? I'm trying to do my part by changing my behaviors and writing this column. I'm gravely concerned about my son's future.

Recently, a reader left a message telling me I was entitled to my opinion, but he considered people like me "environmental wackos." Galileo was considered a wacko, too, when he pointed out the earth revolves around the sun. Us "wackos" just want people to understand the threats that have been known to us for over 30 years and act before it's too late. If I'm a wacko, so are the scientists at the National Academies of Science, the 255 mayors who have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the leaders of over 160 countries who, by signing the Kyoto Protocol, acknowledge that global warming is an extreme issue that demands immediate attention.

A congressman once called global warming a "hoax" perpetrated on the American people. How so and by whom? The only thing believers have to gain are healthier futures for all. But we could lose much of what we cherish if we don't start working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions right now. We have the technology and smarts to do it; we lack the leadership.


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I have read this woman's past commentaries. She embraces any and all left-wing causes. This column comes as no surprise.

I posted it because the hyperventilating and fawning over the movie are breathtaking.

1 posted on 07/03/2006 9:52:20 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Sgt_Schultze
I saw Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and learned I didn't know the half of it.

Two times zero is still zero.

2 posted on 07/03/2006 9:52:58 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Most convincing are the before-and-after photos of glaciers and snow-capped mountains that show the ice melting at unprecedented rates, the graphs Gore uses to explain complex climate concepts,

Well, then, if the extent of glaciation is the yardstick for measuring global health, we should all strive to start another Ice Age. After all, that would end up covering all of Massachussetts.

3 posted on 07/03/2006 9:54:24 AM PDT by dirtboy (When Bush is on the same side as Ted the Swimmer on an issue, you know he's up to no good...)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Boy, how nice that a gal like Kim can care about a guy like me, Rex. I am deeply touched by her thoughtfulness and generosity.

I am also astonished that Ms. Stanley is such a pinhead.

But, she's good at it.


4 posted on 07/03/2006 9:54:24 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
The planet we've known since the beginning of recorded time is changing more rapidly than believed possible. Most convincing are the before-and-after photos of glaciers and snow-capped mountains that show the ice melting at unprecedented rates...

Unprecended rates???? Really?????? Just 15,000 years ago Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, Ohio, and Indian were covered with glaciers. Did thos glaciers retreat because they anticipated the invention of SUV's? What a bunch of kooks.

5 posted on 07/03/2006 9:56:39 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Sgt_Schultze
is changing more rapidly than believed possible

Think this might be part of the problem with your hypothesis?

6 posted on 07/03/2006 9:56:58 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Viva la Migra!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Global warming and global cooling is a natural process of the Earth. I do not doubt we are in a warming trend. Too much data shows this trend to deny it.

The rub is, have humans contributed to the situation or is it just one of the natural cycles that will continue as long as the Earth exists?

The other rub is will any efforts on our part to "curb" this trend result in a worse situation in the long run?

7 posted on 07/03/2006 9:57:57 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Summary
8 posted on 07/03/2006 9:58:57 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Sgt_Schultze

We're doomed!! Puny humans are killing the planet that's been in existance for billions of years and has experienced all kinds of turbulence and climate changes, and the earth would wipe us out if it wanted to!! Oh, the humanity.


9 posted on 07/03/2006 9:59:00 AM PDT by Luna (Lobbing the Holy Hand Grenade at Liberalism)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

kstenley@lcniofmd.com


10 posted on 07/03/2006 10:00:15 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

"the resulting water could raise sea levels worldwide 20 feet,"

Nonsense. How much have sea levels risen in the last 100 years? People are moving already?!?

Each and every fact in this should be debunked.


11 posted on 07/03/2006 10:03:51 AM PDT by WOSG (Do your duty, be a patriot, support our Troops - VOTE!)
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To: dirtboy
"...After all, that would end up covering all of Massachussetts..."

Tempting, is it not? :-)

History tells us that Fat Teddy would still find some way to save his own ass even if his entire state drowned though...

12 posted on 07/03/2006 10:06:09 AM PDT by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
I'm bewildered. What's it going to take for people to accept humans are causing global warming and do something about it?

How about some consistent, verifiable data?

13 posted on 07/03/2006 10:06:17 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Looks like she swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.


14 posted on 07/03/2006 10:07:14 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Ask the b*tch why the ice caps on mars are melting.
15 posted on 07/03/2006 10:07:44 AM PDT by Jaysun (I'm from a little place called Smithereens. It ain't pretty out here.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Learn about global warming, Al Gore is planning an Apollo mission to the Sun ....
16 posted on 07/03/2006 10:08:24 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Sgt_Schultze

These people who believe all this global warming BS don't have any backbone. If they did, and if they really believed it, they'd give up their cars, electric power, airline travel, processed food, and move back into caves. What are they waiting for?


17 posted on 07/03/2006 10:10:03 AM PDT by lrvp99 (Jaysus H. Christ!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
We're doomed! Everybody says so! It's consensus. Or, more accurately, not... This was on Opinion Journal yesterday and Drudge today: MIT Professor on Global Warming .

I do hope the author continues basing her opinions on motion pictures she views. I've heard a rumor that there is a man in blue tights and a red cape that has powers that are superior to other men. I trust that she will clear this up for us in future columns.
18 posted on 07/03/2006 10:10:20 AM PDT by philled ("Enshrine mediocrity, and your shrines are razed." -- Ellsworth Toohey)
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To: WOSG

Easier said than done, being that there aren't any observable facts in the piece to start.


19 posted on 07/03/2006 10:11:00 AM PDT by SAJ (r)
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To: BlessedBeGod

She bought each and every fantastical fable with the credulity of a child waiting for Santa.


20 posted on 07/03/2006 10:11:17 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Kim needs to go to the Canadian Rockies and visit the Athabascan ice fields. The glaciers have monuments showing how they have been melting and receding for 175 years or so -- long before there were SUVs. There may be global warming but it is not caused by manmade green house gasses or auto emissions.


21 posted on 07/03/2006 10:12:06 AM PDT by Designed
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Sure, I trust the "scientific" work of this Gore. He's a real science whiz:


22 posted on 07/03/2006 10:12:10 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: RadioAstronomer
Global warming and global cooling is a natural process of the Earth. I do not doubt we are in a warming trend. Too much data shows this trend to deny it. The rub is, have humans contributed to the situation or is it just one of the natural cycles that will continue as long as the Earth exists? The other rub is will any efforts on our part to "curb" this trend result in a worse situation in the long run?

Why can't all responses to this be as correct & concise?

23 posted on 07/03/2006 10:12:25 AM PDT by Digger
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To: Sgt_Schultze

The best thing about global warming is that it keeps idiots like this up at night.


24 posted on 07/03/2006 10:12:50 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Sgt_Schultze
I saw a commercial on Animal Planet the other night that said the effin OCEANS were disappearing. Give it 10 years and they will say dirt, or perhaps mtns, will be gone!

Lunatics.

25 posted on 07/03/2006 10:14:03 AM PDT by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

I am convinced... that the stupid are easily led. Here is a classic example of what I am talking about. A little education, very little in this case, can be a dangerous thing.


26 posted on 07/03/2006 10:14:29 AM PDT by Richard Axtell
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To: RadioAstronomer

I agree there is also global warming on Mars.


A study of the ice caps on Mars may show that Mars is experiencing a warming trend also. Mars is experiencing global warming, then perhaps there is a larger phenomenon going on in the Solar System, such as increasing solar output irradiance.


27 posted on 07/03/2006 10:14:36 AM PDT by FreeRep (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 1)
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To: Designed

So when is Mr. Wonderful going to stop taking chartered jet trips across the country? Every time he does that, he's burning more fuel than my car does in 10 years. Oops, conservation is for everybody but rich liberals. Got it!


28 posted on 07/03/2006 10:15:10 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: Digger

Thank you! :-)

You honor me!!


29 posted on 07/03/2006 10:15:16 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
I'm bewildered.

And she's delusional. But that's okay, because she's a lefty and that's her emotional response to algore.

30 posted on 07/03/2006 10:15:49 AM PDT by b4its2late (John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
Galileo was considered a wacko, too, when he pointed out the earth revolves around the sun.

This is perfect proof of this twits ignorance.

It wasn't Galileo who "pointed out the earth revolves around the sun."  It was Copernicus, among others.  Galileo was technically accused of supporting the Copernican theories in his book, but even that was a fraud.  He was really put on trial for insulting the Pope, by putting the Pope's arguments into the mouth of a character named "Simplicio," meaning "simpleton."  Basically he was on trial for being an ass.

On top of that Galileo had called the Vatican's own astronomers (Scheiner and Grassi) who actually supported the Copernican view of our Solar System, as frauds.  And, unlike Galileo they actually had evidence that could support the theory with observation and calculations, which the Church actually would accept.  Galileo denounced them, among other things, by claiming that the comets whose orbits they calculated (using "Copernican formulae" developed by Kepler) were actually optical illusions.

Sounds like algore to me. 

Yep.  The moonbats have picked the perfect mascot for their charade.  A loudmouth jerk who had a good press agent and was unscrupulous enough to steal from his betters and claim the work as his own.  Oh, you didn't know about the little trouble with the historical claim the he "invented" the telescope?  That's because most science (and history) that is taught in this country, such as that relied on by algore, is crap.

31 posted on 07/03/2006 10:17:56 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: FreeRep

Here ya go:

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/solar_trend_change_climate.html


32 posted on 07/03/2006 10:19:02 AM PDT by RadioAstronomer (Senior member of Darwin Central)
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To: Always Right
The planet we've known since the beginning of recorded time is changing more rapidly than believed possible.

Simply making sense of this one sentence could take up the remainder of "recorded time".

33 posted on 07/03/2006 10:22:57 AM PDT by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: BlessedBeGod

Yes. And the sad reality is that her receptiveness is endemic of media "thinkers." Her lack of skepticism cheats her readers. Maybe copy editors only care about spelling and punctuation, facts must be left to real editors.


34 posted on 07/03/2006 10:26:35 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Sgt_Schultze
If I'm a wacko, so are the scientists at the National Academies of Science, the 255 mayors who have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and the leaders of over 160 countries who, by signing the Kyoto Protocol, acknowledge that global warming is an extreme issue that demands immediate attention.

The great majority of the aforementioned are not climate scientists they are politicians.

35 posted on 07/03/2006 10:28:27 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Make them go home!!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Whew! That's an awful lot of conclusions based upon the same faulty premise!


36 posted on 07/03/2006 10:30:20 AM PDT by LIConFem (It is by will alone I set my mind in motion...)
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To: John Lenin
I suppose because of the temperature, He will travel at Night.
More people demand more food, growing more crops? I was taught that plants eat co2 and produce oxygen, replanting of the forests have long been known to keep a renewable resource "in production"
37 posted on 07/03/2006 10:31:00 AM PDT by Foolsgold
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To: Sgt_Schultze

More Kool-Aid, my dear?


38 posted on 07/03/2006 10:33:02 AM PDT by jagusafr (The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not")
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To: RadioAstronomer
We probably have conributed to some warming. But is our contribution something the Earth's mechanisms cannot correct?

Another rub would be if it was discovered that our collective warming contribution is becoming irreversible. Our growing population would have to be reduced. The humanitarian concerns of the far-left which seeks to preserve populations which by themselves are unsustainable. What would the far-left do then? Preserve humanity or preserve the planet?

39 posted on 07/03/2006 10:33:08 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Sgt_Schultze
I'm bewildered. What's it going to take for people to accept humans are causing global warming and do something about it? More Hurricane Katrinas?

You SOUND bewildered, dear. You also sound like one of the countless airheads who can't remember anything that happened more than 12 months ago. Katrina was a hurricane, one of those nasty things that crop up in considerable quantities every year, but don't always hit a major city like New Orleans. Here's another newsflash while you're still impressionable: there were hurricanes, bad ones, during the age of the wooden ship! Sailing is supposed to be so pure, so non-polluting yet thousands lost their lives in hurricanes and typhoons! Was George III driving his SUV too often?

40 posted on 07/03/2006 10:34:21 AM PDT by relictele (Carry On The Anglosphere)
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-Galileo was considered a wacko, too, when he pointed out the earth revolves around the sun.-

What a maroon. In Galileo's time, most folks couldn't even read. I think we've advanced a bit since then. I'm only disappointed that she didn't include her thoughts about what the Founding Fathers would've done (as if the FF's were all flaming lefties or something).


41 posted on 07/03/2006 10:40:33 AM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Google Kim Stenley and you discover that there is a Kim Stenley in an administrative role for the Sierra Club in MD! Uncommon last name - conincidence?

http://maryland.sierraclub.org/newsletter/archives/2006/03/a_011.asp

http://maryland.sierraclub.org/newsletter/archives/2005/12/a_021.asp


42 posted on 07/03/2006 10:40:33 AM PDT by relictele (Carry On The Anglosphere)
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To: relictele

conincidence => coincidence


43 posted on 07/03/2006 10:40:57 AM PDT by relictele (Carry On The Anglosphere)
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To: Luna
Puny humans are killing the planet that's been in existance for billions of years and has experienced all kinds of turbulence and climate changes, and the earth would wipe us out if it wanted to!! Oh, the humanity.

It's like the thundering dinosaurs blaming the timorous little mammals for causing the mass extinction.

44 posted on 07/03/2006 10:44:51 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Make them go home!!)
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To: dirtboy
I saw Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and learned I didn't know the half of it.
Two times zero is still zero.

Good point... but note that she said that she didn't even know that much. ;^)

45 posted on 07/03/2006 10:56:59 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Sgt_Schultze
We have a wacko that writes leftist dribble for our local left wing rag too. What the leftists have done is taken a natural phenomenon and turned it into an excuse to degrade our lifestyles to the level it was in Russia under Stalin. The left understands that to control people one of the things that must be done is to limit mobility. Higher mileage cars will not fix the problem and the leftists know this, so the next step will be to ban privately owned vehicles. It's all about incrementalism, whether it be taxes, gun control or elimination of privately owned vehicles.
46 posted on 07/03/2006 10:57:46 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze
What's it going to take for people to accept humans are causing global warming and do something about it?

Sure, it could never be caused by the SUN now, could it?


Friis-Christensen and Lassen (Science, 1991)
study of Global temperatures versus solar cycle
length. Note as the solar cycle length diminishes
(towards the top of the diagram - scale at left),
the global temperatures rise and as they increase
in length, global cooling occurred. This current
cycle is a full year longer than the last one
perhaps signaling a cooling.

47 posted on 07/03/2006 10:57:58 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: AmericanChef

Apparently, in the eyes of a liberal, if one wacko was once validated, that means that all wakos will be validated. How can one argue with such "logic"?


48 posted on 07/03/2006 10:58:31 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Always Right
Just 15,000 years ago Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, Ohio, and Indian were covered with glaciers. Did thos glaciers retreat because they anticipated the invention of SUV's?

Liberals always proceed with only half of a thought. They can understand the ebb of the glaciers, and a single downward trend on a graph... but they cannot fathom a simple and natural sine wave.

They also cannot fathom how they don't have a massive impact on the entire globe, because they are gods in their own eyes.

49 posted on 07/03/2006 11:01:23 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: lrvp99
These people who believe all this global warming BS don't have any backbone. If they did, and if they really believed it, they'd give up their cars, electric power, airline travel, processed food, and move back into caves. What are they waiting for?

They drive a Toyota Prius to assuage their guilt. Meanwhile, they keep their 3000 sq ft house and turn the a/c down to 68 degrees, and they commute alone and they recycle all their garbage, which consumes more energy and resources than putting it in the dump. By hey, it makes them feel good and that's what it's all about.

50 posted on 07/03/2006 11:04:02 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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