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Officer faces charges after he allegedly beat lesbian
Dallas Voice ^ | Aug 3rd, 2007 | Elizabeth White

Posted on 08/05/2007 12:38:45 PM PDT by Daffynition

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police have opened an internal affairs investigation into the behavior of a veteran officer accused of using a racial slur and beating a lesbian woman who asked him to put out his cigar at a community pool.

Tamara Vaughan, 18, said her jaw was pushed in and she still cannot open it far after an attack by Detective Keith Alfaro, 35, who was off-duty.

Vaughan was hospitalized. She has bruises on her arm that she says are from Alfaro and estimates he hit her 25 times, including putting his forearm on her throat and choking her.

Alfaro was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault and evading and resisting arrest.

Ed Shaughnessy, an attorney for Alfaro, said the case is pending before a grand jury and that Alfaro has not been formally indicted.

“Hopefully he won’t be,” Shaughnessy said. He added that his client maintains his innocence but would not elaborate.

The July 22 incident happened at the pool at the housing subdivision where Vaughan lives with her grandmother, aunt and uncle and cousins.

According to a written statement signed by Vaughan, she was at the pool with four cousins when the smoke from Alfaro’s cigar began to bother her. When she asked Alfaro, who was on the phone, to put it out, they got into a verbal fight.

Vaughan’s statement said Alfaro then used the N-word against Vaughan, who is black, and made comments about Vaughan’s appearance, saying “You wanna look like a man, I’m gonna treat you like a man.”

Vaughan said she was wearing swimming trunks and a T-shirt at the pool. Vaughan, who is a lesbian, said Tuesday, July 31, she believes Alfaro was attacking her sexual orientation.

Alfaro then allegedly hit Vaughan, who fell to the ground. She said he continued to hit her and then laid on top of her, placing his arm across her neck to choke her. After he stopped, she said she tried to get up but that he then started hitting her again.

During the altercation, Vaughan said her 15-year-old cousin jumped on Alfaro’s back to pull him off of her. Afterward, Vaughan’s cousin was yelling at Alfaro, who allegedly responded, “I don’t speak ghetto. I don’t understand Ebonics. Speak English.”

The incident is being investigated by Bexar County, since it happened outside city limits.

Alfaro’s has been placed on administrative duty during the police internal affairs investigation, police Sgt. Gabe Trevino said.

Vaughan and her father met with San Antonio Police Chief William McManus Tuesday, but said they won’t be satisfied until Alfaro is off the force. “The officer at the end of the day got paid for beating me,” Vaughan said. “I would love for him to be suspended. Fired. Something. But suspended for right now would be fine.”


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1 posted on 08/05/2007 12:38:48 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
OH, for goodness's sake! He "allegedly" beat a person who made a request he didn't like. I strongly doubt her race or manner of dressing was a key facter.
2 posted on 08/05/2007 12:43:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Norway delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: Daffynition
When she asked Alfaro, who was on the phone, to put it out, they got into a verbal fight. [Emphasis added.]

A black lesbian asked someone to put out a cigar?

Wonder how she asked.

3 posted on 08/05/2007 12:44:27 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Tax-chick
Agreement bump.
4 posted on 08/05/2007 12:45:10 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Tax-chick

If he hit her 25 times or more, her face would look like a bloody pulp. Even money says she doesn’t have a mark on her.


5 posted on 08/05/2007 12:47:49 PM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

It wouldn’t surprise me if she’d “asked” rudely ... what with the way so many people act these days ... but assuming her story is anything like being true, it sounds like the guy was drunk, and would have beat up anyone but a model in a bikini.


6 posted on 08/05/2007 12:49:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Norway delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: CTOCS

That’s a possibility. However, the article says she was hospitalized, so there will be information on her condition to be presented to the grand jury. If he’s not indicted, that would indicate the evidence was inadequate to support the charges.


7 posted on 08/05/2007 12:51:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Norway delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Isn’t there something in the non-ping contract that states you should be pinged every time the word “lesbian” appears in the headline?


8 posted on 08/05/2007 12:51:22 PM PDT by Archangel86
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To: Daffynition
Was there any more witnesses besides her relatives at that pool?It sounds just to fishy to me..She might have been beat up but was it by the police officer..or was it by someone that had no money so she could not sue for damages..
9 posted on 08/05/2007 12:51:38 PM PDT by Willow25
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To: Daffynition

It appears she doesn’t like cigars. Unlike an intern I seem to remember......


10 posted on 08/05/2007 12:54:40 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: Daffynition
I thjink there is a lot more to this story than we are getting...
11 posted on 08/05/2007 12:56:15 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Daffynition
“The officer at the end of the day got paid for beating me,” Vaughan said.

The technical term for this sort of thing, in employment placement circles, is "perk."

12 posted on 08/05/2007 1:04:07 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Proudly keeping one iron boot on the necks of libertarian faux 'conservatives' since 1958!")
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To: 17th Miss Regt

definitely


13 posted on 08/05/2007 1:04:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tax-chick
I strongly doubt her race or manner of dressing was a key facter.

Well, if this statement from the story is true, then both would be considered factors....

Vaughan’s statement said Alfaro then used the N-word against Vaughan, who is black, and made comments about Vaughan’s appearance, saying “You wanna look like a man, I’m gonna treat you like a man.”

14 posted on 08/05/2007 1:10:00 PM PDT by Diverdogz
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To: CTOCS
Even if he just slapped her; THAT'S STILL ASSAULT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

Alfaro was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault and evading and resisting arrest.

A cop evading and resisting arrest? Sounds like the guy definitely has some "issues". Does anyone know if the cop and/or his family came here leagally?
15 posted on 08/05/2007 1:10:17 PM PDT by no dems (Dear God, how long are you going to let Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and John Conyers live?)
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To: Diverdogz

We heard the same things allegedly about the Duke Lacrosse players. I’ll wait and see what the truth eventually shakes out to be.


16 posted on 08/05/2007 1:12:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Daffynition

Homo agenda at work. What’s the REST of the story?


17 posted on 08/05/2007 1:12:22 PM PDT by balch3
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To: Tax-chick
OH, for goodness's sake! He "allegedly" beat a person who made a request he didn't like. I strongly doubt her race or manner of dressing was a key facter.

I agree with you on this one. In the first place he probably was violating the rules by smoking a cigar at a public pool – that’s not something I would call a heinous crime although I might find a smelly cigar rather annoying and might have asked him to put it out if smoking wasn’t allowed.

It sounds to me like this cop has a real anger management problem. Even if she was black and a lesbian and even if she was extremely rude to him, she didn’t deserve to be beaten like that. Sounds like this guy has a bit of a “hair” tigger and as a cop, I would expect him to show some more restraint than this.

I’m not black or a lesbian but I do drive a Subaru and have a golf lisence plate holder. I’d sure hate to be pulled over for exceeding the speed limit by this jerk. “Hello officer, what seems to be the problem? “Take this you Subaru golf-loving lesbo! Smack, pummel smack wack…
18 posted on 08/05/2007 1:13:35 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: GFritsch

I’m telling Bill O’Reilly on you. ;)


20 posted on 08/05/2007 1:14:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator

Fair enough. I hope justice is done, whether it is conviction an a abusive, racist off-duty cop, or civil suit for making a false accuasation against the black girl.


21 posted on 08/05/2007 1:16:45 PM PDT by Diverdogz
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To: 17th Miss Regt
It’s a gay/lesbian oriented newspaper. I don’t expect any exculpatory information to make it into the story. ‘Nuff said.

I will wait and see if and indictment is handed down.

22 posted on 08/05/2007 1:17:20 PM PDT by Cheburashka (It's a _happy_ Russian novel. Everybody still dies, but everybody dies happy.)
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To: Archangel86

Hell, I’m still trying to figure out from another story here why lesbians are kept in a stable and why do they need a maid? Most of the lesbians I see around here look like they could whip my butt, so I can guarantee that I’d never take the first swing.


26 posted on 08/05/2007 1:18:20 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Daffynition
Tamara Vaughan, 18, said her jaw was pushed in and she still cannot open it far after an attack by Detective Keith Alfaro, 35, who was off-duty.

Pushed into what?

I can't for the life of me imagine what she's trying to describe.
27 posted on 08/05/2007 1:19:51 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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Vaughan, who is a lesbian, said Tuesday, July 31, she believes Alfaro was attacking her sexual orientation.

Um, NO, you stupid broad. He was attacking YOU. (Unless you define yourself as and limited to your sexual orientation, I guess.)
28 posted on 08/05/2007 1:21:06 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: Daffynition

I read an article in a SA newspaper earlier indicating this is the 4th time he’s been suspended. It also said he was suspended without pay.


29 posted on 08/05/2007 1:22:09 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition

Is she a lesbian because she wasn’t wearing a bra, because he thought so, or because she said so, or just because she is 18 and can be anything she wants?

The article says he called her * (formerly known as the N-word)but it doesn’t say he called her a lesbian, rather it says, looking like a man.

If looking like a man is all it takes then I had all men teachers in high school.


30 posted on 08/05/2007 1:23:49 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Xenalyte

I don’t imagine she can talk all that well with her jaw pushed in the way it is.


31 posted on 08/05/2007 1:25:26 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Daffynition

This is the stupidist one I’ve heard in a while. Sheesh


32 posted on 08/05/2007 1:27:31 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Old Professer
One of my high school teachers was Miss Florida. About 58 years old. A very nice lady who taught English Lit.

Sorry to hear about your teachers. :^( LOL
33 posted on 08/05/2007 1:31:51 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Caramelgal

Got him convicted already on the basis of a news story, eh? Hope they don’t pick you for the jury.


34 posted on 08/05/2007 1:36:41 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

I would agree that this story needs more details. However, if you strip away occupation, race and sexual preference, is it OK for a man to hit a woman?


35 posted on 08/05/2007 1:38:35 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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“I don’t speak ghetto. I don’t understand Ebonics. Speak English.”

I'm with the "perp" on this one.

36 posted on 08/05/2007 1:44:24 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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However, if you strip away occupation, race and sexual preference, is it OK for a man to hit a woman?

Depends on who throws the first punch

37 posted on 08/05/2007 1:47:19 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Open Season rocks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI)
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To: Daffynition

Tamara Vaughan, 18

A San Antonio police detective was charged Monday night with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

39 posted on 08/05/2007 1:50:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Recovering Hermit

I don’t know about Texas, but around the public/community pools I have been, smoking is not allowed.

So if I talk with a lisp, or a French accent, I can get punched in the mouth for making a reasonable request?


40 posted on 08/05/2007 1:53:40 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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"He told me: 'You (racial slur) need to go back to the East Side where you belong. Just because you think you have money, you think you can stay where y'all want,'" said Vaughan, who is Hispanic and African American. "Then he said, 'If you want to act like a man, (I'm going to) treat you like a man.' I was punched in the face with a closed fist. Before I could get up he was beating me in the head, neck, chin, and my arms. Then he choked me."

Detective Keith Alfaro — a 10-year member of the force assigned to investigate property crimes — was suspended without pay in April 2003 after his supervisors found some merit in two allegations of wrongdoing, both of which involved a pair of brothers who claimed they had been mistreated, threatened and pushed by the officer.

Those incidents, however, did not prevent the officer from earning promotions. He was made a detective last year, according to the department.

Vaughan's allegations came nearly five years after Alfaro was accused of striking a man in the chest with his forearm, causing the man to fall backward. This was after the man had called to report a burglary at his apartment.

Later, Alfaro allegedly told the man, whose brother said he witnessed the October 2002 incident, that the "only thing that's saving me from kicking your ass or killing you is that you are in your house," according to a sworn statement from the man that is in Alfaro's personnel file.

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41 posted on 08/05/2007 2:03:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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SA News

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A San Antonio police officer was arrested Monday after an 18-year-old woman claimed that he punched her repeatedly at a community pool Sunday afternoon, an attack that she said came after she asked him to stub out a cigar he was smoking.

Detective Keith Alfaro was charged with second-degree aggravated assault, Police Chief William McManus said at a late-night news conference Monday. Alfaro, 35, also was charged with evading and resisting arrest.

Police said Alfaro, who was released from the Bexar County Jail late Monday after posting a $12,000 bond, will be placed on paid administrative duty pending the outcome of internal and criminal investigations.

"Any time these types of allegations are leveled against a police officer, they are concerning," said McManus, who would not comment on the details of the woman's claims. He deferred questions about the altercation to the Bexar County Sheriff's Department, which is conducting an investigation.

But Tamara Vaughan said she was so badly beaten that her face was red, black and blue, and that her arms remain swollen and bruised after the altercation that she said occurred at a community pool in the Village of Trinity Oaks, a gated community off U.S. 281 North outside Loop 1604.

Vaughan said she was swimming with four cousins when she noticed a man smoking a cigar, despite a rule that prohibits smoking within the pool fence. She said she asked the man, who was standing and talking on his cell phone, to stop.

Instead, she claimed, the man confronted her and punched her repeatedly. He also insulted her, Vaughan said, and attacked her ethnicity and sexual orientation.

"He told me: 'You (racial slur) need to go back to the East Side where you belong. Just because you think you have money, you think you can stay where y'all want,'" said Vaughan, who is Hispanic and African American. "Then he said, 'If you want to act like a man, (I'm going to) treat you like a man.' I was punched in the face with a closed fist. Before I could get up he was beating me in the head, neck, chin, and my arms. Then he choked me."

Sunday's alleged incident was not the first time Alfaro's conduct has come to the attention of police, McManus said.

"We've had some dealings with him in the past," he said, before quickly adding that he would not characterize the officer as one with a "troubled past."

McManus said the Police Department mandates a certain number of hours of sensitivity training through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He said Alfaro, a 10-year veteran who was just promoted last year to a detective in the property crimes division, has gone through that training.

Vaughan said she was punched approximately 25 times. She was taken by EMS to North Central Baptist Hospital about 2:30 p.m.

Vaughan's cousin, Tylia Hopkins, 15, said she witnessed the encounter, and that the beating was "nonstop." She said she got out of the pool, jumped on her cousin's attacker and began "punching him."

"I was like, I gotta get this dude off her," Hopkins said.

The cousins said the man, who had Vaughan on the ground with his forearm at her throat, said he was going to make Vaughan pass out if Hopkins didn't get off. Hopkins did, but to no avail, they said, because the officer continued his assault until he finally stopped and walked away.

Vaughan's grandmother, Dina Bushrod, who lives a couple of blocks from the pool, said she received a call from Hopkins' mother after the alleged assault. So Bushrod and her nephew, Bill Shea, drove over and picked up her grandchildren from the pool. Bushrod said she looked for her granddaughter's attacker, and with the help of the grandchildren was able to spot him a few blocks away.

When Bushrod got out of her car to confront the man, he began threatening her and said he was a San Antonio police officer, she said. Shea, who is in his 30s, approached the man and was able to quell the situation, Bushrod said.

It wasn't immediately known who called police, but Bexar County sheriff's deputies arrived at the pool and tracked down the officer, Bushrod said. McManus confirmed that when deputies arrived Alfaro fled to his home.

A message left for a sheriff's official was not returned Monday.

42 posted on 08/05/2007 2:04:13 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: kcvl

Thanks.


43 posted on 08/05/2007 2:06:14 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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So if I talk with a lisp, or a French accent, I can get punched in the mouth for making a reasonable request?

No, you can't...or shouldn't.

However, it really helps to use the English language, and not some butchered version.

It helps with communication.

44 posted on 08/05/2007 2:13:38 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Got him convicted already on the basis of a news story, eh? Hope they don’t pick you for the jury.

No. I didn’t say that. I’ve served on several juries over the years and I followed the judge’s instructions to stay impartial and only take into consideration the rule of law and the evidence presented during the trial. I haven’t convicted him on anything. I’m only expressing an opinion as just an average shmuck and not as a juror. However the only evidence presented so far is from the news story so that’s all I have to go by. If further evidence presents it’s self, I’m entitled to and might very well form a different opinion. If she physically attacked him, that might be a different story or if he didn’t lay a hand on her and she’s just making a case out of whole cloth, that’s another thing completely.

With that being said however, what if my next door neighbor is a cop and he lets his dog poop in my yard without cleaning it up and after asking him nicely several times to stop letting his dog poop in my yard, I get angry and have a verbal confrontation with him?

Say I call him a “pig” and then he pummels me in the face and breaks my jaw? If he’s just a neighbor, I have a legal case against him. If he’s a cop I also have some justification to say he’s not fit to be a cop. Do you not agree?
45 posted on 08/05/2007 2:36:45 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: no dems

Asking about the police officer’s and his family’s immigration status? It took 15 posts...


46 posted on 08/05/2007 2:39:09 PM PDT by voiceinthewind
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To: Caramelgal

What does that have to do with you already convicting the cop in the news article? Zip.


47 posted on 08/05/2007 3:25:25 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: CTOCS
If he hit her 25 times or more, her face would look like a bloody pulp. Even money says she doesn’t have a mark on her.

That was exactly my first thought, too. If she can even talk right now, then he didn't hit her 25 times, at least not in any manner which constitutes a real "hit". It's not that I would excuse any physical assault in this kind of circumstance, but it sounds like she is embellishing quite a bit. And if she'll lie about that, then maybe the whole thing is BS.
48 posted on 08/05/2007 3:39:50 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Daffynition
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police have opened an internal affairs investigation into the behavior of a veteran officer accused of using a racial slur and beating a lesbian woman who asked him to put out his cigar at a community pool.

When did lesbian become an adjective? Somehow I think this is a loaded story.

49 posted on 08/05/2007 3:50:13 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

There are laws against beating lesbians?


50 posted on 08/05/2007 3:59:48 PM PDT by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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