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Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/28/2007 5:37:22 PM PST by kristinn

I'm angry. I'm angry at the 'antiwar' protesters who heaped abuse on our troops. And I'm angry at the people who couldn't be bothered to stand up for our troops yesterday.

Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq.

Only about forty people could be bothered to turn out in support of America's victory in Iraq. Among those forty was a civilian POW held by the North Vietnamese communists and several Iraq war veterans--including wounded warriors who left the hospital to stand up for their brothers in arms on the home front.

Why did former POW Mike Benge and Iraq vet Joshua Sparling only find a few dozen people willing to stand with them? Why, as the anti-American left is heading toward repeating their victory in Vietnam, are so many people sitting on their asses and doing nothing to stop them?

Why, when Joshua Sparling was spat on, cursed at and threatened by 'peace marchers', were there so few people there to defend his honor?

Why was Jane Fonda allowed to desecrate the Navy Memorial and only face token opposition?

Why did Mike Benge see thousands more people showing up to cheer Jane Fonda than there were to denounce her?

Those who were there to support these patriots will be posting their observations and photos on this thread. I've said my piece.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: District of Columbia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 82ndairborne; answer; antiwar; army; iraq; iraqifreedom; janefonda; joshuasparling; ratcrime; sparling; suspiciouspackage; usarmy; vetabuse; wcw; worldcantwait
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To: USMCPOP

You were right where you should have been, Pop.


451 posted on 01/29/2007 3:18:49 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: Lakeshark; kristinn
Dittos to what Lakeshark said and I thank you so much for the DC FReepers - but I have to echo what Lakeshark said if only to point out that apparently these morons that held this anti-war rally had been planning it for a LONG time. On the other hand, word of this rally - at least from my end of it - only reached a week ago...and the best that *I* could do from my standpoint, Homeschooling Mom that I am, was post about it on my blog - which unfortunately does not get much traffic. I think, if anything, the networking amongst the conservatives needs to be stronger if they want to have a solid response against this kind of rally again. Believe me, they contacted Jane Fonda about this a LONG TIME ago and set everything up, whereas we are constantly on the reactionary. Its difficult for people like me who have to depend on one paycheck by my husband to fund little emergencies here. Its hard to justify why I would want to spend 1000.00 on a spontaneous rally when I could use that 1000.00 for a family vacation.

I'm truly sorry there was such a poor turnout to be there to support those absolutely LOVELY and BEAUTIFUL service men and women who stood up against the antiwar protesters. Im honestly left with nothing to give in return but a heartfelt THANK YOU. But Ive been in FR long enough to know that too many of us dont have the luxury a lot of these leftists do (and not to mentione one or two moles who undermine the sincerely enthusiastic).

My best regards....

452 posted on 01/29/2007 3:23:37 PM PST by Alkhin (star dust contemplating star dust)
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To: USMCPOP

My pleasure POP. You and Mrs. POP have been in my thoughts!


453 posted on 01/29/2007 3:30:50 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: kristinn

Forgive me kristinn, I tried to get a ride. I couldn't even get to Philly to hook up with a ride. Let me know who comes down from NYC and I will get together with them. I wanted to stay from after the March for Life (bus), but my friend was in CA for their march and business meetings. I'm light in pocket but will go anywhere with a ride (of course i'll throw in gas money).


454 posted on 01/29/2007 3:35:56 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming. Demand testicular fortitude from the hill. Call the crusade.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

"You were right where you should have been, Pop."

You are probably right. Karl would have said "It smells like a$@ around here", or something equally off-the-wall :)


455 posted on 01/29/2007 3:37:26 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Lakeshark

just an FYI

Joshua Sparling will be on Hannity & Colmes tonight to talk about what happened at the rally


456 posted on 01/29/2007 3:37:37 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: All
For those of you on the west coast watch Brit's Show they did a segment on the protester's and showed the FReepers and the MOAB.

Josh was shown and mentioned by name, some FReeper using a bull horn was shown bravely standing up against the hoard of thugs descending on them.

457 posted on 01/29/2007 3:40:25 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Just A Nobody

If we really want to have a bigger impact in March, we need to join with other conservative groups and bloggers.

These anti war groups have been organizing since before the Afghanistan war and as you know, there are many different groups marching under their anti american banner. They are also well funded by George Soros, et al.

Just a few thoughts anyway. Thanks to all who were able to attend and have heart.

God Bless Our Troops!!


458 posted on 01/29/2007 3:45:27 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: kristinn

you do NOT have the right to spit in the faces of our soldiers. If you have a beef with the war, take it up with the ones responsible for it, but leave the soldiers the alone. They don’t declare wars, they fight them. They don’t choose which countries they’re sent to, they just go there.

They go there so that you won’t have to. They go there so that the enemies they fight there won’t come fight HERE.

They go, and sometimes they don’t come back with all of their limbs. Sometimes they don’t come back at all.

To those of us who know what Honor, Duty and Country means, that means that you owe them at LEAST enough respect to refrain from spitting in their faces.

You don’t have to love them, you don’t have to say you support them (as a matter of fact we’d appreciate it if you quit spreading that particularly obnoxious lie), but you DO have to treat them with a minimum of respect.

And if you don’t, then some of us will be more than happy to teach you basic manners.

Teach you in ways that you’re not likely to ever forget.

That is not a threat. That is a promise


459 posted on 01/29/2007 3:47:29 PM PST by LC HOGHEAD (Hillary canít even stand up to a cheating husband, how canshe contend with N. Korea & Iran???)
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To: sit-rep

Apology with first name. I'm impressed.

[Mr] T


460 posted on 01/29/2007 3:48:34 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn

I'm sorry that happened. Is there someway to send a letter to the young men? Thanks


461 posted on 01/29/2007 3:49:38 PM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: USMCPOP

My deepest sympathy to you and your family....I am humbled.


462 posted on 01/29/2007 3:51:48 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: kristinn
After this weekends protest, I had to stop lurking and finally become a member. I have never seen so much hate and anger as I saw this weekend. I was probably given the finger a thousand times.

Could someone please post the picture of Josh Sparling that was printed in Sunday's edition of the Washington Post (page A8). Maybe I'm being over sensitive, but I believe the picture misrepresents Josh, and makes him appear to be part of the anti-war demonstration. I've voiced my opinion with three staff of the Post, and would like others to do the same.

Its a shame that only 40 of us took the time to let our voices be heard. I left the demonstration demoralized and frustrated by the number of moonbats, the lack of participants on our side, the ability of the moonbats to organize, the hate and anger exhibited by the moonbats, and the direction in which I see this nation headed (including Republicans who are more worried about their political self-preservation and what the media will say about them, instead of fighting for conservative values and protecting this nation).

The photograph of Josh in the Post rejuvenated my spirit and willingness to continue the fight. I will never again sit idly by. No longer will I sit at work, home, or the bar and complain about the direction of this nation, if I have not had the courage to be involved. It is far easier to have an excuse than to stand and fight. We all owe that much to guys like Josh.
463 posted on 01/29/2007 3:53:52 PM PST by Olney-Keith (Time for everyone to Stand)
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To: kristinn

The moonbats are offended if you call them un-patriotic. However, they claim to have had a hundred thousand protesters, but I bet I didnt see more than a two dozen american flags (with the exception of those hanging upside down or with peace symbols in the place of the stars).


464 posted on 01/29/2007 3:53:57 PM PST by Olney-Keith
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I know im only 16 years old, and dont have much experience in this world. But i am an American, and im proud to be one. And NOTHING pisses me off more then when i see all these liberals and anti-war protesters spewing lies about how this war is "illegal" and "wrong". Unfortuanetly, kids my age belive everything they hear on the liberal run media. Only a handfull of others at my school and myself still support this war. I even have a friend that buys into this "9-11 Conspiracy" crap. What can be done to set the youth straight? To let them know that if we abandon our persuit, all is lost. This radical liberal movement can be our countrys demise.


465 posted on 01/29/2007 3:54:12 PM PST by np2464
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To: Heavy Fuel
Here's the next one.

March 17, Wash. DC

[Mr] T

467 posted on 01/29/2007 3:56:31 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ
Thanks, I will contact Dr. Raoul.

I am serious about this.

The time has come!!

468 posted on 01/29/2007 4:01:28 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Liberals are the enemy within)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Great freeping with you, Doc!


469 posted on 01/29/2007 4:02:12 PM PST by YourAdHere (Buy My Book, "Bradypalooza," from Amazon. Com.)
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To: mware

Thanks for that info


470 posted on 01/29/2007 4:02:53 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Olney-Keith
Welcome to FRee Republic!!

For those who don't know, Olney-Keith is a regular at the Walter Reed FReeps and was there Saturday.

And if the "Olney" sounds familiar, he's a home boy from the Olney, MD FReeps. He stopped by one Saturday FReep, discovered FR and it was all up hill from there.

[MR] T
471 posted on 01/29/2007 4:07:51 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: flaglady47

VERY good observations lady. Thanks.


472 posted on 01/29/2007 4:21:57 PM PST by WVNan
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To: TNCMAXQ
I have to wonder if all the conservative organizations out there made a true concerted effort to have a huge rally in DC or elsewhere, could we not turn out millions potentially?

Not unless Rush held another Bake Sale.

473 posted on 01/29/2007 4:32:40 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Doctor Raoul

"Low profile? We're conservatives. On the premit maps, we're marked, "No Tear Gas Zones" because we don't cause problems we don't vandelize property like the left wing wackos.

"It's only the left for whom "Protest = Arrest" because that's the way they want it. They will provoke and provoke and provoke until arrested, or the Democrat leadership gives them permission to break stuff. The left wing sense of self is so self loathing that they have to been seen doing good, so that why they craave being arrested. Some sick sense of visibility for their own ego gratification.

Well, I don't like to get into trouble by provoking others, like the leftists do, and get arrested. So, like a good conservative, whenever I attend a protest, I stay in the background and keep a low profile. And, I've attended some.

So, I'm glad we're in agreement. We conservatives are not like the brainwashed anti-American leftists who crave to get arrested.


474 posted on 01/29/2007 4:33:05 PM PST by baubau
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To: Jen's Mom
I bet Sean Hannity would be more than happy to promote it and be the key speaker.

You should propose it to him. Good luck.

475 posted on 01/29/2007 4:38:14 PM PST by cf_river_rat (Just another defender of the faith)
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To: Lakeshark

I've got unlimited long distance, so calling these cretins is no big deal. It gives me a certain amount of pleasure to annoy their staffers. I believe that it is important that they hear from the other side...often. They get in their little liberal boxes and don't know that we disagree with them, unless we make ourselves known.

If they should ask you where you are from, here's my reply. We are ALL constituents as citizens. Therefore, unless the Congressman or Senator would like to stop making decisions on national and international policy they can treat ALL of us with the same amount of respect. Additionally, since we are connected by phone and internet we can affect election. We can make calls and donations for the challenger.

We have to put aside what "feels good" and make the calls, get out in the streets, work elections, etc. No more silent majority. No more kid gloves. There is a breech, and we must go once more into it!


476 posted on 01/29/2007 4:53:02 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Too many morons, so little time.)
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To: ajolympian2004

From what I see at Blackfive the responders also want to organize a rally in support of the troops. Any way we can get our heads together?


477 posted on 01/29/2007 4:57:27 PM PST by WVNan
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ; concerned about politics
Bring your children with you, let them see the democratic process in action!

For positive rallies (like Walter Reed, etc) YES. For counter-protests against death-cult moonbats? Not again.

I will leave the kids behind for future events where the belligerent left can be expected to spew its vitriol.

478 posted on 01/29/2007 4:58:23 PM PST by cf_river_rat (Just another defender of the faith)
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To: LYSandra

In a way I am happy to be in a location where my wife is safe from these freaks. On the other hand I wish I could support the counter protests.

We have liberals here but nothing like what I have seen in the protest stories. I think gun ownership keeps things civil ;-)


479 posted on 01/29/2007 5:05:37 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Doctor Raoul

That is wonderful, however, the point of my post was that the Moonbats don't have "other things" to do. They seem to put all else aside in favor of bashing everything we hold dear. I appreciate everything that dirtboy has done. I just feel that it is too easy to fall into the "other things to do" mentality. As a veteran of the Moonbat Wars, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.


480 posted on 01/29/2007 5:17:22 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Too many morons, so little time.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Absolutely agree that the MSM is basically useless, except to let us know what they are up to.


481 posted on 01/29/2007 5:19:29 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Too many morons, so little time.)
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To: OMalley

Excellent idea.


482 posted on 01/29/2007 5:27:26 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Olney-Keith

Thank you, and welcome home.


483 posted on 01/29/2007 5:54:01 PM PST by WVNan
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To: np2464

As long as there are young people like you, all is not lost. It will be up to you to fight the good fight for America. Welcome to FR.


484 posted on 01/29/2007 5:56:25 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Enosh
I agree.

We need a march for W and Iraq vets.


I had very interesting conversation with a black man from Kenya last night. He absolutely loves George Bush, supports him 100 percent. People in Kenya know what is at steak, and appreciate what we are doing. Killing terrorists by the tens of thousands every year.
485 posted on 01/29/2007 6:01:07 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: trooprally
Hey, what did you do to SherrieG? She's been banned already. Only one person got to go at her.

Beats me? I saw she'd responded to my original post and when I went to it, the message read that her account had been suspended or deleted. Did I miss anything interesting?

486 posted on 01/29/2007 6:01:17 PM PST by stratman1969 (CLINTON LIED - 3,000+ DIED)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

I would like to hold a counterrally to deal with the antiwar moonbats who are going to spit on the Pentagon on March 17th, AND hold our own rally, similar to September 2005.


487 posted on 01/29/2007 6:16:16 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: ridesthemiles
Moreover, I imagine that these neo hippies will deny having done these things just as the aging hippies of today deny that they ever spat upon vets from Viet Nam (i.e. Jerry Lembecke's book The Spitting Image).
488 posted on 01/29/2007 6:18:09 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Olney-Keith
Could someone please post the picture of Josh Sparling that was printed in Sunday's edition of the Washington Post (page A8).

Maybe I'm being over sensitive, but I believe the picture misrepresents Josh, and makes him appear to be part of the anti-war demonstration. I've voiced my opinion with three staff of the Post, and would like others to do the same.

Not sure if this is the image that ran in the COMpost, but here is one from Yahoo! NEWS photos:

Photo
AP
Sat Jan 27, 3:51 PM ET

U.S. Army Cpl. Joshua Sparling of Port Huron, Mich., addresses a crowd gathered at the U.S. Navy Memorial during a women's peace rally, Saturday Jan. 27, 2007, in Washington.
Sparling was injured Nov. 20, 2005, while fighting in Ramadi, Iraq, and after a lengthy but unsuccessful recuperation his right leg was amputated below the knee a year later. (AP Photo/Chris Greenberg)



489 posted on 01/29/2007 6:44:21 PM PST by RonDog
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To: stratman1969

We both must have missed something. Looks like the "god MODS" know more than us. LOL

[Mr] T


490 posted on 01/29/2007 6:53:02 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: RonDog

I dont think youre being overly sensitive, infact the caption the AP put with pic is very unclear also.


491 posted on 01/29/2007 6:54:19 PM PST by OMalley (Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing. St. Therese, "the little flower")
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To: kristinn
Thank you for writing this, Kristinn.

Most of the media of course totally whitewashed the event.

It was disgusting what happened on Saturday. If someone wants to be against the war fine, but abusing our veterans is beyond the pale.

Tom
492 posted on 01/29/2007 7:27:01 PM PST by Tom the Redhunter
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To: WestCoastGal

The ABC evening news (or was in NBC, I know I never watch CBS) had a good piece on it.


493 posted on 01/29/2007 7:48:38 PM PST by staytrue
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To: kristinn; trooprally
I read almost all of the posts. And as always the DC Freepers did a great job with only a few. Apologies for not being there . I can not bring my kids into dangerous situations such as the madness you all dealt with this past weekend. Did that once in NJ and vowed never to put them in danger like that again. Not an excuse just my reality. All I can say is we are very grateful Kristinn and to the DC FReepers for always doing what the rest of us sometimes can not.
494 posted on 01/29/2007 8:21:32 PM PST by zoomie81 ( the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten)
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To: Enosh

The First Amendment does not confer upon one the right to spit upon a veteran, or any other individual, for that matter.

Omit every word after "damn". And you get a truer picture.


495 posted on 01/29/2007 8:33:54 PM PST by sport
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To: kristinn
My wife and I went to Ft. Collins Colorado and stood with the Veterans against the Antiwar protest there on Saturday.
Kristinn even to counter the ones out here makes it worth it. We have been doing this since 2002 out here and I know the way you feel. One thing I do know if the D.C. group comes out for the DNC convention in Denver we are making plans some of us to Freep it. We would be glad for some Ideas from the pros at this. We had a blast when we freep-ed the Hilda beast with the masks that D.C FReeper sent out to us so you know we are with you guys in D.C when ever you are out every week in spirit
496 posted on 01/29/2007 9:26:27 PM PST by weldgophardline (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS and President BUSH)
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To: sit-rep; trooprally; kristinn
sit-rep, you are so off base!!! You should be ashamed of yourself. What a total jerk you are. I find it hard to believe you are even a FReeper!

Kristinn is an amazing person and even though I am fairly new here I can tell the difference in those that DO care about our troops and those that don't walk the walk and you sit-rep do NOT. IF acording to you Kristinn is to blame you then are saying that Josh is an idiot and has no mind of his own. Josh did exactly what he wanted to do and he sure as H#$% earned the right to be there if he wanted to be.

497 posted on 01/29/2007 10:42:43 PM PST by Brandie (Support American troops and the IDF or bug off and stay out of my life.)
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To: trooprally

thanks for the link and the info!!


498 posted on 01/29/2007 10:45:36 PM PST by Heavy Fuel
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To: trooprally; sit-rep
sit-rep is a coward and a bully. He also posted this.>p> "If Vets came to me and said "I wanted to do this" I would discourage them anyway I could".

Yes you are sit-rep, you would rather sit back and get fat probably and let the enemy of this country, the traitors to this country take over. I will fight back till I take my last breath. Thank God you are few in numbers people like you sit-rep, thank God.

499 posted on 01/29/2007 10:47:35 PM PST by Brandie (Support American troops and the IDF or bug off and stay out of my life.)
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To: Brandie
Thank God you are few in numbers people like you sit-rep, thank God. Sit down Francis...

Now, tell me.... What was the reason Kristinn posted this thread? It was because not too many showed right??

I think you should re-phrase your comment.

500 posted on 01/30/2007 2:33:32 AM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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