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Rally on Mall supports troops (Free Republic mentioned)
Washington Times ^ | 09/24/06 | Tarron Lively

Posted on 09/23/2006 10:46:44 PM PDT by conservative in nyc

Backers of the war on terrorism rallied on the Mall yesterday for the second annual Support the Troops and Their Mission Weekend in Washington.

A crowd estimated at between 70 and 100 people waved U.S. and military flags as they listened to speeches by family members of soldiers and representatives of groups such as FreeRepublic.com, the sponsor of the rally; Project 21; and Military Families Voice of Victory.

Kristinn Taylor, co-founder and spokesman for the D.C. chapter of Free Republic, moderated the event, which honored Gold Star and Blue Star families.

"The myth is that we've all come together after 9/11, which isn't entirely true," he said. "The left [wing] is the left. It will always attack America first, will always blame America first, will always work with our enemies to bring down America.

"So, we made a vow that we would not allow the anti-American left to do to this country and this generation of our military what they did to them during Vietnam, and we've kept that vow for five years now," he said.

Mychal Massie, a member of Project 21, a network of black conservatives, agreed.

U.S. troops "place service to America before service to themselves, realizing that service to America is indeed service to us all," Mr. Massie said. "They need to know that we support their families, their friends and, most of all, their children. ...Tomorrow's freedom rests on their [children's] shoulders."

Richard August of North Kingstown, R.I., whose son, Matthew, was an Army captain killed in Iraq two weeks before his 29th birthday in 2004, said he doesn't regard his son's death as a tragedy.

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1 posted on 09/23/2006 10:46:45 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc; kristinn; Just A Nobody; W04Man; jazusamo; freema
The most amazing thing about the rally today was the sound system. The media can report factually that 70 to 100 people stood at the rally site, that is accurate, I was there.

But the sound carried, my dear bride did a walk a bout and could here Kristinn, Nicki Mendicino, and all the other fine speakers from as far away as the WWII Memorial! She reported back that people stopped and listened. There were thousands walking around throughout the day. Many heard the message.

2 posted on 09/23/2006 11:09:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--YouDontKnowJack.org)
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To: smoothsailing; jan in Colorado

GREAT!!!


3 posted on 09/23/2006 11:12:42 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: smoothsailing

That's great news and thanks for giving us the report on it, it makes for a great Saturday night. :-)


4 posted on 09/23/2006 11:23:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Gondring; jazusamo; kristinn; W04Man
I imagine the digital experts who were there today will post an after action report tomorrow (with pics)! I know I am looking forward to it!

Great day! Night guys. :)

5 posted on 09/23/2006 11:32:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--YouDontKnowJack.org)
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To: smoothsailing
That is great, but, next time, get bigger speakers and a louder sound system... lol..
6 posted on 09/24/2006 12:00:06 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Fred Nerks; USF
"The left [wing] is the left. It will always attack America first, will always blame America first, will always work with our enemies to bring down America.

The leftists acted so shocked when Hugo Chávez bashed President Bush at the UN, when all he did was repeat the Democratic talking points!

7 posted on 09/24/2006 1:20:51 AM PDT by jan in Colorado ("Show me what Mohamed brought that was new & you 'll find only evil and inhuman")
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To: jan in Colorado

The leftists acted so shocked when Hugo Chávez bashed President Bush at the UN, when all he did was repeat the Democratic talking points!

-----

Reminds me of a piece of advice someone gave me a long time ago. Never become involved in an argument between a husband and wife...most times, if you do, both of them will turn on you.

Left vs Right is normal, it's just politics, but it's OUR POLITICS!

Interloper, be wary, there's no friend for you on EITHER SIDE!


8 posted on 09/24/2006 2:24:57 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: conservative in nyc

bttt

God bless America


9 posted on 09/24/2006 2:59:26 AM PDT by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: smoothsailing

I agree. I was there also. I was on a long planned wekend vacation here in DC. I coud hear everything at the base of the Washington Monument waiting to go up to the top.

I met Jim Rob and Just A Nobody (that was cool) and another Freeper who did not give me his name. He was carrying a large flag and counting people at around 1:30 pm. I didn't mean to but I interupted his counting. I hope he did not have to start again.

I was with a friend who does not "get" Freeperville so I didn't stay long, but you could listen from anywhere near the mall.

Port-a Potties are wonderful things in times of need.


10 posted on 09/24/2006 4:08:40 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (How covert was Valerie Plame at the CIA? Her top-secret code name was "Valerie Plame." ...Coulter)
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To: GOP_Proud

Oh, my. Sorry for the typos.


11 posted on 09/24/2006 4:11:01 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (How covert was Valerie Plame at the CIA? Her top-secret code name was "Valerie Plame." ...Coulter)
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To: GOP_Proud

Oh, my. Sorry for the typos.


12 posted on 09/24/2006 4:12:08 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (How covert was Valerie Plame at the CIA? Her top-secret code name was "Valerie Plame." ...Coulter)
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To: smoothsailing; kristinn; Just A Nobody; jazusamo; Coop
Bump! to a Great RALLY!! ..... HEARD AROUND THE MALL!!

Here is a sneak peak at some preliminary pictures: (click)

Also, visit: http://Vets4Irey.com

13 posted on 09/24/2006 4:39:13 AM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: W04Man; Jim Robinson

Thank you very much for the sneak peek of your pics and am looking forward to the balance of them later.

What a great pic of Diana and Jim with the Washington Monument in the background and on the 10th anniversity of Free Republic, how appropriate.


14 posted on 09/24/2006 7:08:10 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: conservative in nyc

I wish I knew about this, I would have gone down there since I live in MD. I would really like to see several thousand bikers (such as myself) ride down for support - I'm not an organizer but I would go.


15 posted on 09/24/2006 7:13:41 AM PDT by razzle
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To: smoothsailing; All

I was there - great to see folks that were tourists and others just out exercising stopping by and sticking around to listen

btw - this guy was GREAT
http://www.evansayet.com/politik.shtml


16 posted on 09/24/2006 7:16:25 AM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: W04Man; Jim Robinson; jazusamo; kristinn
Fantastic! Great pic of Diana and Nikki at the link. It was truly an honor to finally meet Jim!
17 posted on 09/24/2006 8:00:38 AM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--YouDontKnowJack.org)
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To: conservative in nyc

Excellent that the Washington Times covered it


18 posted on 09/24/2006 9:36:39 AM PDT by sasha123 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
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To: conservative in nyc

19 posted on 09/24/2006 9:51:50 AM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: sasha123

The Washington Times had a large picture showing Kevin Martin at the podium in front of the beautiful, hand-made flag and also a great picture of Exit148 with her sign, "Bless Our Troops," and a flag. The photos and article are very prominently displayed on the Metropolitan Page 8A.

Thanks to all who sent donations to help support our troops and their mission and thanks, also, to all those who were able to attend the rally yesterday.

FReep On!


20 posted on 09/24/2006 9:57:00 AM PDT by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: conservative in nyc

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1707407/posts

Thousands wear red in support of troops (Canada)


21 posted on 09/24/2006 10:10:40 AM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: smoothsailing
Many heard the message.

Great news!!!
A man walked into the restaurant/bar at the tail end of our anniversary dinner last night. I commented on his shirt and he stopped to say hello and asked who we were. He was visiting the capital and the monuments and wandered over to the rally after hearing the speakers. He was surprised to find us and ended up hanging out and talking to us for a couple hours.

What a great day.
Glad you and your lovely bride made it home safe and sound.

22 posted on 09/24/2006 10:49:46 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: jan in Colorado; Gondring; Fred Nerks; Dinah Lord; jazusamo

It was a beautiful day with a nice breeze and wonderful speakers. I wish you ALL could have been there!!!


23 posted on 09/24/2006 10:52:40 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: GOP_Proud; RDTF; nutmeg

It was wonderful to meet you all!!!


24 posted on 09/24/2006 10:54:41 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: conservative in nyc; USMCPOP; concretebob
From the WT article:

"Richard Linn of Chesterfield, Va., said his son, Lance Cpl. Karl R. Linn, 20, was killed with three others from his unit in January 2005 in an ambush in Iraq's Anbar province.

"One thing Karl and I agreed on was, despite whatever reasons we've got [for being] over there, that the only thing to do was to finish the job correctly," he said. "And to that end, I support our efforts, and I support our troops to this day." "


Karl must be very proud of his dad. Blessings on them both.
25 posted on 09/24/2006 10:54:48 AM PDT by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: W04Man

Excellent photos W04Man!


26 posted on 09/24/2006 10:55:31 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Trueblackman; USMCPOP

Thank you both for being there and speaking! It was good to see you again!


27 posted on 09/24/2006 10:57:48 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: conservative in nyc

Great job you guys and gals!


28 posted on 09/24/2006 11:00:26 AM PDT by fanfan (Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.)
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To: conservative in nyc

Here's a beautiful video showing what our troops are fighting for! It'll give you goosebumps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmPYm9N_gAM


29 posted on 09/24/2006 11:04:55 AM PDT by ChesireKat
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To: Flora McDonald; Just A Nobody

You mean I actually made sense? I relieved! I'm not used to speaking - I'm the strong, silent type (NYUCK, NYUCK, NYUCK).

Thanks to all for the support and sense of community, all. Otherwise I never would have made it this far. It was great meeting everyone.

I don't know if I mentioned it in the speech or not, but it occurred to me to do so on the drive up. It seemed to me to be almost exactly 2 years ago that I last saw Karl. I checked this morning. Yesterday was the second anniversary of Karl's flight out to Pendleton for final deployment training.

On the drive back, I felt the urge to be around Marines, so I ducked off at exit 148 and into Quantic for a few minutes.


30 posted on 09/24/2006 11:19:36 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

God Bless you POP! You were surrounded by those that love and support you. Thank you again for being there yesterday as a wonderful representative of what has made America great!


31 posted on 09/24/2006 11:24:09 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody; All

To all the Feepers in the area, show up next time. COOP?


32 posted on 09/24/2006 11:31:17 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: conservative in nyc

Hillary should be in Jail.


33 posted on 09/24/2006 11:33:02 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: Just A Nobody

great to meet you too!


34 posted on 09/24/2006 11:42:12 AM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: Just A Nobody

No problem and I will continue to speak out in support of our troops and I feel so bad that I got sick before meeting each and evet person.


35 posted on 09/24/2006 11:57:09 AM PDT by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Trueblackman

I KNOW you will Kevin.....and THANK YOU! I hope you are feeling much better today. See you soon.


36 posted on 09/24/2006 11:59:20 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: USMCPOP
POP, Karl would have been proud of you:

See the pics at: http://TroopsSupport.com/

37 posted on 09/24/2006 12:22:22 PM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: Just A Nobody
Justa!!!!!! I can't wait to hear (and see) all about it!

Thank you for being there and for all you do for the troops!

38 posted on 09/24/2006 12:38:53 PM PDT by jan in Colorado ("Show me what Mohamed brought that was new & you 'll find only evil and inhuman")
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To: conservative in nyc

Just got home, and beginning to think about this great worthwhile week-end.

I always like to watch the 'edges' of our rallies, and see the reactions of those who just happen to come across whatever we are doing. Yesterday was no exception. Some people strolled slowly, watching and listening, and some just stopped to listen until a speaker was finished. I only saw one woman who made a spectacle of herself, shouting and gesturing with her arms. Didn't look like she made any points for whatever cause she was ranting about.

Even those who walked by right in front of the stage seemed to approve. One biker whooped approval and raised a V-for victory sign.

Middle America. Nice to see.

So nice to see old Freeper friends and to meet new ones, and SOOOOOOOO nice to have JimRob right there with us ---- or should I say WE were there with HIM!


39 posted on 09/24/2006 1:55:36 PM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: conservative in nyc

Taxman Bravo Zulu! to all who made the Rally possible, to all who attended and to all who participated!

I dearly wanted to attend, but my health does not yet permit me to travel.


40 posted on 09/24/2006 3:01:41 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: W04Man

I showed the pictures to my Mom. She said I looked like I came from West Virginia instead of Virginia, he, he he. Maybe I need to get some moustache wax for next time :)

On rereading the newspaper article, I really noticed the opening phrase, "Backers of the war on terrorism...". I like that. No need to launder it several times until it fits confortably.

W04MAN, no way Karl could be as proud of me as I am of him, but I understand. It's a genetic/social thing, and the old ape has chest-pounding rights. The wonder of it all is how he managed to come out so well, considering the gene pool he had to work with. Must have gotten his character from his mom, or at least her Thai cooking. Of course, one look at the state of his bedroom and you'd know what he inherited from me :)


41 posted on 09/24/2006 3:07:40 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: conservative in nyc
BTTT! Thanks to all who showed up and helped put this together. I fear at times that the pro-troop movement gets too complacent in promoting this important cause.

Our "adversaries" in the anti-war movement are on the case everyday trying to undermine the war on terrorism. They see it as unjust and inhumane, and thus they are motivated to do everything they can to bring about the defeat of U.S. Troops and their missions, so that our nation will give up the cause, pull our troops back home, and end the fight.

Meanwhile the Islamic jihadists who our troops are fighting are also working every day to plan new attacks against both civilian targets here at home, and in allied nations throughout the civilized world, as well as planning attacks to kill/injure as many U.S. Troops as possible.

It is therefore, in my opinion, of absolute paramount that we do not flag or fail in our efforts to provide the counterbalance to the anti-military/anti-war contingent, and that we do not let our troops think for one minute that the cause is not just, or that their countrymen do not support them or have the will to see this war through to an end - one that is victorious for the cause of freedom.

42 posted on 09/24/2006 3:35:14 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Just A Nobody

Yaaaayyyyy, Just A Nobody!

Glad you all had such a nice day and thanks to all in attendance for supporting our brave troops.

(Still working on the logistics for my possible trip to Johnstown - hope it all comes together and I will be able to join you then. Just read a Newsmax article today about the old Cut and Runner Murtha being the impetus for Bill C's decision to withdraw from Somalia - man, that really got me steamed! Here's the url in case you'd like to get fired up, too.) http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/11/21/100353.shtml

Cheers - Dinah


43 posted on 09/24/2006 3:49:18 PM PDT by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: USMCPOP
Thank you for your son's service, and thank you for your sacrifice.

I live too far away, wasn't there yesterday, but I want you-and all military and military families-to know how much I appreciate what you do and what you sacrifice so that all Americans can remain free. THANK YOU!

44 posted on 09/24/2006 3:57:16 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: conservative in nyc
Great work on the rally and way to go on the sound system. It's not on MP3 anywhere I can download, is it?

This morning in church an Air Force man about to be deployed was called down to the alter...all the veterans too, to lay hands on him and pray as the whole church of 250 people prayed for him, his unit and all the troops overseas and at home. It was great to be an American this morning.

God bless our troops and God bless DC Chapter, Project 21 and Military Families Voice of Victory. Thank you for having this rally!
45 posted on 09/24/2006 4:46:43 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (Give me Liberty or give me the ACLU)
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To: RDTF
that is FR's very own "TRUEBLACKMAN"!

free dixie,sw

46 posted on 09/24/2006 5:22:59 PM PDT by stand watie ( Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. -----T.Jefferson)
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To: Taxman
you missed a GOODIE!

fwiw, i got to "break bread" with JimRob & a HOST of FReepers that you know well.

you were MISSED!

free dixie,sw

47 posted on 09/24/2006 5:25:45 PM PDT by stand watie ( Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. -----T.Jefferson)
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To: stand watie

Thank you; I really missed being there!


48 posted on 09/24/2006 9:02:31 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: conservative in nyc; Just A Nobody; Trueblackman; kristinn; 3D-JOY; trooprally; USMCPOP; ...
Kevin Martin at the rally.
Sorry about the camera work.
The "Bad Analogy" comment you hear, is me.
Some of us Southerners didn't surrender.
49 posted on 09/24/2006 9:40:25 PM PDT by concretebob (Those that feed the alligator will be eaten last.)
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To: Taxman; jan in Colorado

PING to post 49


50 posted on 09/24/2006 9:43:38 PM PDT by concretebob (Those that feed the alligator will be eaten last.)
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