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LOW BLOWS PUT BUSH BACK IN CONTENTION(!!!!)
The Sunday Times ^ | October 29, 2006 | Sarah Baxter

Posted on 10/29/2006 4:36:20 AM PST by bennyjakobowski

THE call went out to a select band of conservative commentators last week: come to a briefing with the president in the Oval Office. Designed to flatter and create a buzz, the idea was to convey firmness of purpose about Iraq and optimism about the November congressional elections.

“I’m campaigning like mad and I’m looking at people in the eye and saying, you better have a government that does everything in its power to protect you from attack. You’re right here in the office where I get briefed every morning and I’m telling you, it’s on my mind,” President George W Bush told his guests. “I was affected deeply by the attacks of September 11 . . . I know we’re at war.”

Bush revealed that he had been reading A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900 by Andrew Roberts, the British historian who has written a stirring narrative about the doughty nations that took on the Nazis, the Soviet Union and now the Islamo-fascists.

At the end of the briefing Karl Rove, architect of Bush’s 2004 election victory, popped in to exude confidence about Republican prospects at elections on November 7. No matter how sombre the news from Iraq, he has faith in his game plan: trash your opponents’ national security credentials, challenge their fitness to govern and turn out your vote.

Bush may not be as confident as the aide known as his “brain”. “It’s understood that you are allowed to lie about elections,” said one of those present. “I don’t think he is convinced he is going to win.” But the signs point to a tightening race rather than a decisive victory for the Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Tom Edmonds, a Republican consultant, has gone from gloomy to upbeat in the past week. “The Democrats have peaked too soon,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other side with all this pressure to win the big game.”

The Republicans are shifting their election strategy from the general to the particular in the closing stretch. The issue is not does their side deserve re-election, as even ardent supporters acknowledge they do not. But do voters want to hand power to the Democrats? The election hinges on that question.

Nancy Pelosi, destined to be speaker of the House should the Democrats win, is top of the Republican hit list for being a wealthy out-of-touch San Francisco left-winger who they claim is soft on terror, and for gay marriage and higher taxes. Despite recent efforts to present herself as a homely grandmother and mother of five, Pelosi, 66, is to the left of Hillary Clinton. Her permanently startled expression prompted the blog site Wonkette to run a poll on whether she had had plastic surgery.

Right-wing television chat shows are dripping with vitriol. Pat Buchanan, no admirer of Bush and a former Republican presidential contender, laid into Pelosi for marching in “gay pride parades with the North American Man/Boy Love Association”. A while back she had a hamburger with “strange things” she eventually realised were french fries. She has been mocked for not knowing they can be curly.

Pelosi, a consistent opponent of the Iraq war, sought to shoot down excitable talk that she would seek to impeach Bush if elected. “It is off the table,” she said, describing it as a “waste of time” (as opposed to undesirable in principle).

The idea that the Democrats will seek revenge on the president has taken root with the public. A Gallup poll on Friday revealed that 70% of respondents believe the Democrats will “conduct major investigations” of the Bush administration if they win control of Congress.

Republicans are highlighting the likelihood that key leadership posts in the Senate and House of Representatives are likely to fall to left-wingers. John Conyers, who is in line to chair the House judiciary committee, has drawn up a charge sheet against Bush over Iraq, heavily influenced by the contents of the Downing Street memo, leaked to The Sunday Times, about the “fixing” of pre-war intelligence.

Conyers has been silenced during the election campaign — even on his website, references to Iraq have been deleted on the grounds that the section is being “updated” — but will be back on the war path once the election is over. Other likely committee chairmen to watch are Charlie Rangel on taxes and John Dingell on energy policy (see below).

Gallup established that 45% of voters believe the Democrats will take steps to make same-sex marriage legal, a figure that could be boosted after a court in New Jersey ruled last week that the state has six months either to legalise gay marriage or guarantee marriage rights under another name.

James Dobson, the influential founder of Focus on the Family, an evangelical Christian organisation, said he hoped that the ruling would drive social conservatives to the poll. “Nothing less than the future of the American family hangs in the balance if we allow one-man, one-woman marriage to be redefined out of existence,” he warned.

It is grist to Rove’s mill that “wedge” issues, such as the war on terror and gay marriage, will galvanise the Rebublican base. But what Democrats are calling the “politics of fear and smear” are at their most vicious in a few hotly contested races where ultra-moderate Democrats are seeking election.

Republicans believe they have a good chance of retaining the Senate, where the Democrats need to win six seats to take control. “The election has got really nasty,” said Edmonds, a seasoned campaigner. “I don’t know who will be offended the most, Republicans or Democrats.”

In Pennsylvania, Senator Rick Santorum, a conservative supporter of Bush trailing in the polls, has sponsored a television advertisement depicting his moderate opponent, a pro-life Catholic, next to a mushroom cloud.

Harold Ford, a black candidate running in a tied race for the Senate in Tennessee, is pro-the Iraq war, pro-guns and a Christian who filmed one of his television commercials in a church. His Republican opponent hit back with an allegedly race-baiting advert highlighting Ford’s presence at a Playboy party at the SuperBowl. “Harold, call me,” winks a sexy blonde.

The campaign has been at its dirtiest in Virginia where George Allen, the Republican senator, was once a hot contender for the 2008 presidential nomination. His seat was not supposed to be in play. But after relentless criticism over the “macaca” scandal in which he was rude to a young Democrat of Indian descent, surprise revelations about his Jewish ancestry and criticism for being over-fond of the Confederate flag, Allen last week turned the table on his rival, a writer, for including sleazy sex scenes involving children and prostitutes in his novels.

It was a “Karl Rove campaign tactic”, James Webb, the Democrat candidate and author in question, fumed. “It’s smear after smear.” Although some Republicans were appalled by the attack, they privately conceded that it would be effective.

Webb is no ordinary Democrat. He served as secretary to the navy under President Reagan and voted for Allen in the 2000 election, but turned against the Republicans over the Iraq war, where his son is serving in the military.

If the Democrats stand a chance of taking the Senate, it will be largely due to the efforts of moderate candidates in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee and Montana. If they win the House, where they need 15 seats, it will be because Pelosi and colleagues have tacked to the centre.

“The battle is for the ideological centre. If you’re not appealing to moderates, you’re gone,” said Jim Kessler of the Third Way, a moderate Democrat organisation. Republicans are betting that they will still have the edge.

Bush bashers

The Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control of the House of Representatives. If they do, key posts are likely to go to these figures opposed to Bush:

Nancy Pelosi, speaker Republican hate-figure in line to be first woman speaker. Pro-choice on abortion and voted against Iraq war

John Conyers, judiciary committee Author of report on the road to war that could serve as the basis for impeaching Bush

Henry Waxman, government reform Attacked abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Has already subpoenaed Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary

John Dingell, energy and commerce Wants to investigate Vice-President Dick Cheney’s secret links to the oil lobby

Charles Rangel, ways and means Critical of Bush’s tax cuts and hostile to Iraq war Bush bashers


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; ugh
...do voters want to hand power to the Democrats? The election hinges on that question.

And an important question it is indeed.

Do Americans truly want to hand over their country to a gaggle of American-hating socialists who are as close to being communists as possible?

In looking over the entire roster of Democrats in Congress it's impossible to find one that is not completely evil. It's as though to become a Democrat one has to sell their soul to satan and allow their minds to be taken over by the body-snatchers.

1 posted on 10/29/2006 4:36:21 AM PST by bennyjakobowski
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To: bennyjakobowski

Once again, thanks to everyone's friends in the fair and balanced media, we can't have a debate over national security positions, rather we will hear how the GOP is unfair in attacking Dim positions on security.


2 posted on 10/29/2006 4:40:05 AM PST by Disturbin (Get back to work -- millions of people on welfare are counting on you!)
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To: bennyjakobowski

Since the dims insist on running against Bush, maybe they would help us amend the Constitution so Bush can run for a third term against their candidate.


3 posted on 10/29/2006 4:40:59 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Look for a Elephantastic party win ,so painful the dims charge us with abusing jackasses.)
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To: bennyjakobowski

Even in this typically snarky hit piece the presstitutes have to admit that momentum has shifted to the Pubbies. I love the comment that the Republicans are trashing their opponents' national security credentials. Uh, no, the Dems did that all on their own.


4 posted on 10/29/2006 4:50:17 AM PST by LadyNavyVet
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To: bennyjakobowski
select band of conservative commentators last come to a briefing with the president in the Oval Office..............“It’s understood that you are allowed to lie about elections,” said one of those present.

I'd like to know who that quote is attributed to.

I don't believe you can lie about your opponent. You point out their weakness and their political positions that are wrong and let the voters decide.

Lying like a democrat to win elections makes us just as low as they are.

We need to fight hard but as honestly as possible.

5 posted on 10/29/2006 4:52:34 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: bennyjakobowski


6 posted on 10/29/2006 5:00:21 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: bennyjakobowski

"Nancy Pelosi, destined to be speaker of the House should the Democrats win, is top of the Republican hit list for being a wealthy out-of-touch San Francisco left-winger who they claim is soft on terror, and for gay marriage and higher taxes."


She claims that she's for gay marriage and higher taxes.


7 posted on 10/29/2006 5:03:38 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Popman
Micahel Barone was allowed to record the whole thing. There is a link to the recording in his column. Besides Barone, I know that Mark Steyn and Larry Kudlow were there. Also I think Kate O'Beirne.

If I remember correctly, this comment was a joke, and wasn't phrased exactly the way this writer infers.

8 posted on 10/29/2006 5:06:55 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Popman

Obviously someone from the liberal media. That is the attitude that the Dems have, you know.

I was watching that show yesterday on FoxNews about the media, the one with Neil Gabler. He was frothing at the mouth, as usual. He went into a rant about what a mess the GOP has made of the economy. He claims that people have lost their jobs, and personal income has gone down dramatically on Bush's watch.

There is not even a small kernel of truth in that claim.


9 posted on 10/29/2006 5:10:31 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks, I'm listening now.

Link

10 posted on 10/29/2006 5:12:36 AM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: bennyjakobowski; jmaroneps37
"Nancy Pelosi...a wealthy out-of-touch San Francisco left-winger...soft on terror...to the left of Hillary Clinton...had a hamburger with 'strange things' she eventually realised were french fries."

"As Speaker I'm gonna jump-start the economy."
~Nancy Pelosi~
(As the DOW soared to record high after record high after record high!)

9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President Bush and his expert and ATTENTIVE leadership!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!

And note tagline.

11 posted on 10/29/2006 5:16:26 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: bennyjakobowski

More of the same from the media. The Republicans are fighting dirty... Republicans are using "wedge" issues...Republicans are....

Funny, no mention of Democrat campaigns avoiding the truth at all cost. Funny, no mention of the outrageous lies Democrats have used to slander this president over and over again.

Just one more article based upon lies that the Democrats are saintly and the Republicans are evil.

Will it ever change??


12 posted on 10/29/2006 5:17:56 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Brilliant
He claims that people have lost their jobs, and personal income has gone down dramatically on Bush's watch.

That must explain the high unemployment rate, the depression, and the lack of optimism for the future that most people tote. /s

13 posted on 10/29/2006 5:19:14 AM PST by EGPWS (Lord help me be the conservative liberals fear I am.)
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To: Savage Beast
"As Speaker I'm gonna jump-start the economy."

Headlines after the election if Pelosi were to become House Speaker:

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hospitalized with severe burns after hooking up jumper cables backwards".

14 posted on 10/29/2006 5:23:13 AM PST by EGPWS (Lord help me be the conservative liberals fear I am.)
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To: EGPWS

Yeah... When James Pinkerton said unemployment was at a lower rate than the average of the Clinton Administration and incomes were up, not down, Gabler's response was that "Come on... Both you guys [referring to Cal Thomas] know that if a Democrat was in charge you'd be all over him."


Pinkerton had no response to that, but I think your average guy knows what his response would be. It would be "Yeah, we'd be criticizing him, and you'd be talking about what a genius he is, along with the rest of the media."


15 posted on 10/29/2006 5:27:42 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
Both you guys [referring to Cal Thomas] know that if a Democrat was in charge you'd be all over him."

Well, they know when a shoe has a comfortable fit as do most of us.

It just shows to go ya' how political they really are for no matter how good the economy is they will tote it's demise vehemently as long as it isn't while Democrats are in power. (even if it takes their lying to do so)

16 posted on 10/29/2006 5:35:31 AM PST by EGPWS (Lord help me be the conservative liberals fear I am.)
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To: Popman

Ref. Post #5:

I didn't take it that whoever it was that said that was saying it about the ISSUES!!! I understood them to say that they didn't think he was that certain of VICTORY on November 7.

Anyhow, I didn't care for that statement either.


17 posted on 10/29/2006 5:36:53 AM PST by no dems (LYNN Cheney for President in '08)
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To: LadyNavyVet

The momentum was never against republicans to the degree trumped up by the pressitudes. Their demoralization hate campaign against Republicans has not worked out as well as they had hoped. If it was not for the constant drum beat of the Democrat Party press, Democrats would have gone out of business a long time ago and we would have a second party more useful to the Nation.


18 posted on 10/29/2006 5:42:39 AM PST by Texas Chilli
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To: Texas Chilli

Sydney Blumenthal just said on Fox News that if the Democrats don't win this election they should find another line of work. Any suggestions on what they might qualify for?


19 posted on 10/29/2006 5:46:23 AM PST by kempster
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To: EGPWS

LOL! And trying to jump-start a BOOMING BUSH ECONOMY!


20 posted on 10/29/2006 5:51:43 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: bennyjakobowski

We can either fight Democrsts at our polling places or end up fighting the terorists in our streets.


21 posted on 10/29/2006 5:53:38 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (DON'T BELIEVE PESSIMISM: FEELINGS ARE FOR LOVE SONGS. FACTS ARE FOR PREDICTING WHO WINS IN NOV)
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To: Obadiah

I expect paid commercials within the next few days with the Democrats own words and deeds, being put out by our Party and talk radio, the MSM is not relevant anymore.


22 posted on 10/29/2006 5:57:33 AM PST by pennboricua
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To: Incorrigible
Incorrig,

I can draw a bit, but don't have time.

This jump start the economy line is to big to let get away.

Imagine a cartoon of GWV in a top fuel dragster (running) and Pelosi standing their with jumper cables. GWB in true Texas fashion says something like "If it ain't broke don't fix it".......

23 posted on 10/29/2006 6:04:54 AM PST by taildragger
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To: bennyjakobowski
"prompted the blog site Wonkette to run a poll on whether she had had plastic surgery."

Ol' Sharp Cheeks..... one too many times on the operating table. Look closely for the unhealded scars

24 posted on 10/29/2006 6:09:19 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. get wise while yet you may)
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To: kempster

Pimp!!


25 posted on 10/29/2006 6:29:47 AM PST by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: Brilliant

My hubby says the loafers at the coffee shops are getting very hateful. About equally Pubs and Rats so it is very interesting. He said to one guy "I think I need to call Rush and ask him how to respond to you guys".....answer: "I don't listen to that jerk and never will." He also mentioned Hillary as President and the Rat said "well, she'd do a better job than Bush." He comes home every morning razzed up. Of course, since this is Illinois there is little we can do about an election since Chicago runs the show.


26 posted on 10/29/2006 6:45:34 AM PST by GrannyK
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To: Texas Chilli

I think alot of them would qualify to be kingpins in the porn industry. The true believers; Leaky Leahy, Connors, Ted the Swimmer, etc. could emerge from the closet and form a one stop global dictators' reparations lobbying group. Sydney Blumenthal...he'd be a suicide bomber in the Bible Belt.


27 posted on 10/29/2006 7:00:59 AM PST by Texas Chilli
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To: Texas Chilli
If it was not for the constant drum beat of the Democrat Party press, Democrats would have gone out of business a long time ago and we would have a second party more useful to the Nation.

I agree completely. The system we have right now, with the press at bat for the Democrats, who hate America, men, white people, capitalism, straight people, you name it, will not work with a third party. Yes, the Republicans leave a lot to be desired. But the alternative is a gaggle of miscreants who will ruin the economy, ruin the military, allow the middle east to become worse than it already is, allow all kinds of despots to get nuclear weapons, allow a 9-11 happen without appropriate action (can you say WTC-1993?), tax us to death, obstruct a real national energy policy, force us all to bow at the altar of the environment (tell us the real threat is global warming), etc. etc.

This chaos will destroy this country.

The 3 party system will not work in this situation since the third party acts as the spoiler allowing these dregs to get power. We see what happened when Clinton and the D's took control. We really can not afford another round of this.

As painful as it might be, until the Democrats get the crap swept out of their party and start defending America like they used to, the Republicans are the only responsible choice.

This does not mean that the Republicans not be taken to task to curb some of their Rinos ways. But a collapse of the Democratic Party with a replacement party that competes with the Republicans on issues of substance and National Security is what we need, not a third party. The best way to have this happen is to keep voting R until the D's implode completely and are replaced.

28 posted on 10/29/2006 7:34:10 AM PST by SteamShovel
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To: kempster
"Any suggestions on what they might qualify for?"

Professional Sht-slingers? Honey-dipping, of course.

29 posted on 10/29/2006 7:48:09 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: Texas Chilli

Absolutely true. However, I think a lot of the Dems believed their own press reports. Now that it's looking like they're not going to get the early solstice present they were hoping for, I find it revealing that they think it's the GOP GOTV machine that's going to do them in. It couldn't possibly be that average Americans find Dems increasingly unpalateable, could it? Nope, can't be that; it must be that evil genius ROOOOOVE instead.

If the fate of Western Civilization weren't at stake, I would laugh.


30 posted on 10/29/2006 9:34:38 AM PST by LadyNavyVet
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To: bennyjakobowski

" Despite recent efforts to present herself as a homely grandmother ..."

Freudian slip, perhaps ???


31 posted on 10/29/2006 9:47:06 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: bennyjakobowski
Bush revealed that he had been reading A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900 by Andrew Roberts,

Funny how all of the volumes on my bookshelf bearing that title credit Winston Churchill as being the author.

32 posted on 10/29/2006 9:52:02 AM PST by fso301
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To: Brilliant
Pinkerton had no response to that...

Why are "our" guys so bloody stupid?

33 posted on 10/29/2006 9:59:20 AM PST by edsheppa
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To: edsheppa

I have that same response from time to time. It's not so much stupid as it is that they are not aggressive like the Dems.

On the other hand, in this case, I don't think it hurt that there was no response. Most of the audience for this show is conservative. Gabler is just red meat for conservatives like me. He's the stereotypical liberal nutcase. His rants need no response. He is Exhibit A all by himself.


34 posted on 10/29/2006 10:16:23 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: fso301
... since 1900...

There.

That explains it.

35 posted on 10/29/2006 12:20:33 PM PST by bennyjakobowski (Why in Hell should I have to Press 1 for English?)
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To: jmaroneps37

We may end up fighting both factions in our streets!


36 posted on 10/29/2006 12:22:32 PM PST by bennyjakobowski (Why in Hell should I have to Press 1 for English?)
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To: fso301
Bush revealed that he had been reading A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900 by Andrew Roberts,

Funny how all of the volumes on my bookshelf bearing that title credit Winston Churchill as being the author.

Andrew Roberts

It would seem that Andrew Roberts has indeed written, and recently published, a book of that title.

An out-of-date comment on his website says this:

"Roberts is currently writing a book entitled 'A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900', bringing up the story from the point that Sir Winston Churchill ended his great four-volume work to the present day. It will be published in the spring of 2006."

According to the front page of the website, the actual publication date was September 14th.

37 posted on 10/29/2006 12:45:14 PM PST by derlauerer ("The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice-versa." - RAH)
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To: derlauerer

Thank you, I missed the "Since 1900" part of the title.


38 posted on 10/29/2006 6:02:18 PM PST by fso301
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