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Fred Thompson's Guccis and the Iowans Who Love Them
North Star Writers Group ^ | 8/20/7 | Paul Ibrahim

Posted on 08/20/2007 7:58:29 AM PDT by hardback

Apparently, Fred Thompson had lapses of judgment during his trip to Iowa last week. No, he didn’t suggest he would bomb Pakistan. He didn’t state that he was going to “take” anybody’s earned profits, nor did he make any similar political faux-pas. That was someone else. He did, however, wear Gucci loafers and ride around in a golf cart.

That’s right. According to Fox News, Thompson’s Iowa travels involved mistakes such as “wearing Gucci loafers at a country fair.”

Really? That’s the mistake? Before we even get to the merits of wearing Gucci loafers (which in the video look a lot more like Ferragamo loafers, but I digress), it would be captivating to examine what that statement is saying about the people of Iowa.

Are all Iowans really so poor, backwards and unfashionable as to be offended by Gucci loafers? Apparently, to Fox News (and certainly much of the remaining media), Iowa is not too far above a Third World country, and wearing Gucci loafers to one of their country fairs is equivalent to driving your Ferrari through an impoverished Sri Lankan village while gnawing on a filet mignon. In both cases, it just might cause those sandal-wearing commoners a collective seizure.

By suggesting that a candidate might actually hurt his image among Iowans by wearing decent shoes and using a golf cart, the media is essentially treating Iowans much like the movie “Borat” treated southerners. What are presidential candidates supposed to wear when they go to Iowa anyway? Boots and overalls? Perhaps come in riding in one of Howard Dean’s pick-up trucks with a confederate flag on the back. Why don’t we throw in a pitchfork, too? And knock out a couple of teeth, just to complete the image.

There is simply no reason for Americans to care what these candidates are wearing. After all, altering one’s wardrobe solely for political advantage reflects a character worse than the one being avoided in the first place. It is a much lesser sin to dress and act in a manner permitted by your riches than to mislead others about your lifestyle of choice.

And so what if presidential candidates are rich? With the exception of John “Heinz” Kerry, they have earned the money they now have every right to spend as they wish. If dropping a few hundred dollars on a pair of shoes can satisfy a potential president and clear his mind even a tiny bit, then we should all be in full support of it. If he has become accustomed to a life of comfort that involves moving around in a golf cart, well, that just sounds like a much more efficient use of a valuable person’s time.

By that logic, would it be a double-standard to disapprove of presidential candidate John Edwards’s $400 haircut? Well, not necessarily.

We shouldn’t mock John Edwards for being a people’s politician who spent $400 on his hair. We should mock him for being a human male who spent $400 on his hair. The idea here is that it is acceptable for politicians to take with them publicly what they are comfortable with in normal, private life. And while it is customary for the average Joe, or the average comfortable Joe, to wear Gucci shoes, little justifies that much money spent on a hair cut. What did that stylist do, trim each hair individually?

Well, also, the thought of John Edwards going on his poverty tour with a haircut that could buy someone an old car is fairly amusing as well.

But again, it shouldn’t matter what he does with himself. In fact, we should encourage (legitimate) behavior that makes politicians more comfortable. For one, it encourages more qualified rich individuals to enter the political scene. Further, it decreases politicians’ stress levels, puts them in a better mood and gives them a more comfortable environment in which to brainstorm. And of course, it allows us to have a better view of who they really are.

Maybe in that new environment, Edwards can realize that when he forces up the minimum wage and raises taxes on the rich, including his favorite salon owner, that owner is going to have to fire many of his hair-sweepers and cut back on hiring more stylists – which would just be so blasphemous.

Leave them alone. Let the politicians wear their Gucci loafers and get their magical haircuts. Let them get Gucci haircuts, whatever those are, for all we care. There are far more important things to worry about. Apparently some of the people running want to take our profits and bomb Pakistan with them


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 2008; borat; democrats; electionpresident; elections; elitists; foxnews; fredthompson; gop; ia2008; ignorantmedia; iowastatefair; loafers; republicans; stereotypes

1 posted on 08/20/2007 7:58:30 AM PDT by hardback
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To: hardback

Two America’s. One where metrosexuals get $400 haircuts and one wear they wear shoes.


2 posted on 08/20/2007 8:02:17 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: hardback
"According to Fox News, Thompson’s Iowa travels involved mistakes such as “wearing Gucci loafers at a country fair.”"

I'm a LOT more worried about the other end of his body. It's obvious that FDT is not like John Edwards--for whom the only reason for his head is to hold up his hair.

3 posted on 08/20/2007 8:02:42 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: hardback

Guccis are OK. I draw the line at Cole Hanns.


4 posted on 08/20/2007 8:02:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: hardback
Any Iowa voter who is offended by Gucci loafers wouldn’t vote for Thompson anyway.

That would be an Edwards supporter.

5 posted on 08/20/2007 8:03:31 AM PDT by JRochelle (“Never trust a man who makes toys in a land where children are forbidden.”)
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To: hardback

I love that last line. Good article, but we wouldn’t want politicians to become too genuine and unaffected. Wouldn’t they then stick to giving speeches at large venues and forget about pressing the flesh at diners, kissing babies and eating hideous food at county fairs?


6 posted on 08/20/2007 8:03:43 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: hardback

And they wonder why the media is tanking....


7 posted on 08/20/2007 8:03:53 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: hardback

bump


8 posted on 08/20/2007 8:04:07 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: hardback

Betcha the Gucci’s aren’t made in China.

My shoe repair guy says buy Italian; they are worth repairing.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 8:05:05 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is the conservative in the race.)
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To: hardback
After all, altering one’s wardrobe solely for political advantage reflects a character worse than the one being avoided in the first place.

Can I get me a huntin' license here?

10 posted on 08/20/2007 8:06:02 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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11 posted on 08/20/2007 8:08:03 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: Greg F
I’ve got a couple pairs of old Florshiems made from horse muscle that have been serviced three or four times. They’re still walking.
12 posted on 08/20/2007 8:08:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: hardback

They really need o start reporting about substance. Like is he in touch with his inner woman?


13 posted on 08/20/2007 8:09:03 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yah, main thing to do is avoid asian manufactured shoes . . . pieces o’ junk.


14 posted on 08/20/2007 8:11:31 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is the conservative in the race.)
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To: hardback
If you go into poor black neighborhoods you will find poor black teenage boys wearing $200 sneakers.

Frankly I'm surprised that Thompson would be wearing Gucci loafers. He looks like a Deer Stag kinda guy to me.

15 posted on 08/20/2007 8:12:40 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: ElkGroveDan

16 posted on 08/20/2007 8:13:14 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Gee! Looks like he was passing gas!


17 posted on 08/20/2007 8:13:31 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My best loafers ever were Cole Hanns. I bought them at TJMaxx for $100.00 and wore them for at least six years resoling them several times until the sides finally broke down. I now carry a purse I bought at TJMaxx for over $300.00 and plan to carry for probably the rest of my life. In fact, maybe I’ll have them bury me in it. Okay, it’s not that big but I’ll probably leave it to my daughter in my will, it’s that nice. The last purse I bought was for $9 in a consignment shop. It’s a Kilim and they retail for about $100.00. I carried it for about five years. Anyway, the point is, buying quality when you can afford it is worth the expense in the long run.


18 posted on 08/20/2007 8:15:58 AM PDT by Mercat (strategic deworming. Name of a new rock band?)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

There are some people that just shouldn’t be around firearms...


19 posted on 08/20/2007 8:16:09 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (States' rights don't trump God-given, unalienable rights...support the Reagan pro-life platform)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Stock on the shoulder, John.


20 posted on 08/20/2007 8:16:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: hardback
What are presidential candidates supposed to wear when they go to Iowa anyway? Boots and overalls? Perhaps come in riding in one of Howard Dean’s pick-up trucks with a confederate flag on the back. Why don’t we throw in a pitchfork, too? And knock out a couple of teeth, just to complete the image.

**************

LOL!

21 posted on 08/20/2007 8:17:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mercat

When I worked for one of the major oil companies, there was a rumor that one of our VPs owned 200 pairs of Cole Hanns.


22 posted on 08/20/2007 8:18:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: P-Marlowe
He should wear Johnston & Murphy shoes—wore by all presidents (except Jimmy Carter) and made in the great state of Tennessee...
23 posted on 08/20/2007 8:18:26 AM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: johnandrhonda

wore = worn


24 posted on 08/20/2007 8:20:24 AM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Well then he should be shot or at least get therapy. I feel guilt for having three pairs of sandels which all look about the same. I know that they’re different though I love all three pairs. I’m one of those folks who if I had unlimited time and money would probably end up being a cat lady with 30 cats and 300 pairs of shoes.


25 posted on 08/20/2007 8:21:32 AM PDT by Mercat (strategic deworming. Name of a new rock band?)
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To: Mercat
I'm a big CH fan when I can find a pair on sale (for my hubby). They are usually VERY nice looking and use high quality materials, clean lines, and are really pricy if not on sale. BUT...you get what you pay for most of the time.
26 posted on 08/20/2007 8:21:54 AM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
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To: hardback
...wear Gucci loafers and ride around in a golf cart.

Would they been happier if he wore Bruno Maglis?.........

27 posted on 08/20/2007 8:23:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: Mercat

Another story involved his purchase of a new Lexus, which was hammered by a hail storm while parked at the local airport. Some one made a snide remark that if he had bought an American car, it would have been parked in the repair shop and would’ve avoided the hail...


28 posted on 08/20/2007 8:24:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: NordP

Other favorite leather stuff is Marc Andrew (aforementioned purse) and Hartmann luggage. The first time I took my Hartmann briefcase back into a judge’s chambers, he took it, openned it up and took a deep breath which was sort of creepy. My new purse, people ask to smell it. I didn’t think I had a leather fetish but good leather seems to bring it out in other people. Soon of course, Peta will make it as unfashionable as fur.


29 posted on 08/20/2007 8:25:28 AM PDT by Mercat (strategic deworming. Name of a new rock band?)
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To: johnandrhonda

Wore is OK if you are from Tennessee ;-)


30 posted on 08/20/2007 8:27:59 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: hardback

Only the media would recognize those shoes as Gucci’s.


31 posted on 08/20/2007 8:28:05 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Mercat
Anyway, the point is, buying quality when you can afford it is worth the expense in the long run.

Amen to that! Also remember the CPU (cost per use). The more you wear/use it - the lower the cost per use becomes. I have a fabulous and very practical pair of brown leather Prada ankle boots I got for $225 (at their outlet, Space) and I wore them all last winter so the CPU is pretty low.

I also just bought a fantastic pair of Prada knee high black leather with faux fur inside (that you can roll down or wear up to the knee) for this winter. They were $475 at Space (they retail for $950!!) and I KNOW I'll get years and years of use out of them - AND they are top notch quality! I aknow I'll wear them all the time because they're like walking on soft pillows! :)

32 posted on 08/20/2007 8:29:48 AM PDT by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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To: Mercat
I agree. Ah, the smell of leather... I know, it's bad that I should enjoy the smell, oh well.

All I know is that I'm a Capricorn, and I like nice things. (*AND KNOW HOW TO WORK HARD TO ACQUIRE THEM.)

33 posted on 08/20/2007 8:30:07 AM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

And finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to shoot.


34 posted on 08/20/2007 8:30:16 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Fred Thompson 2008! Taking America Back for Conservatives!)
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To: hardback

Shocking as it may seem, there are actually people who live in Iowa that can afford to own Guccis.

Birkenstocks might be a different story, however.


35 posted on 08/20/2007 8:30:28 AM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: hardback
With their usual muddled thinking, the boo-birds think Fred should buy his shoes as PayLess.

The guy is about 6'5", for cring out loud, and doesn't weigh 155 pounds or have size 9 feet. He's not 16 years old. He needs good shoes.

I'm a tall person with larger feet and have to wear better shoes with good support when walking any distance or I feel it immediately.

His Gucci loafers are no doubt well broken-in and comfortable for all the walking and standing in 90-plus weather at a county fair. Heat makes the feet and ankles swell.

If I could afford it, I'd buy Gucci's or the equivalent to wear at lengthy street freeps in the Florida weather here.

Leni

36 posted on 08/20/2007 8:32:13 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !)
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To: MinuteGal
Note to self: You already had your coffee, dumkopf, so why did you mispell two words above?

Leni

37 posted on 08/20/2007 8:34:19 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Three Cheers for the FRed, White and Blue !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Whew! Thankfully that probably won’t happen.

Cole Haan sizes run so small that Fred would probably have to find a size 15 like I would to wear them. I wear a size 13 in normal shoes and I’ve yet to find a pair of Cole Haans that fit me.


38 posted on 08/20/2007 8:47:23 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (President Hunter should appoint Senator Katherine Harris to his cabinet!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

he looks like he is afraid of that shotgun.


39 posted on 08/20/2007 8:47:47 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I have the same opinion. I’ve tried on a few Cole Hanns but they all pinched my feet.


40 posted on 08/20/2007 8:49:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I confess to having a Cole Haan leather duffle bag. :)


41 posted on 08/20/2007 8:49:38 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (President Hunter should appoint Senator Katherine Harris to his cabinet!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Now, Kenneth Cole...that’s another story! :)


42 posted on 08/20/2007 8:51:03 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (President Hunter should appoint Senator Katherine Harris to his cabinet!)
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To: hardback

My Iowan grandmother doesn’t know Gucci from Hush Puppies or Nikes.....but she knows all about co-sponsoring laws that infringe on 1A rights by imposing blackout periods on free speech.


43 posted on 08/20/2007 9:25:36 AM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (1/27 Wolfhounds...cut in half during the Clinton years.)
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To: ElectricStrawberry

Did you Iowan grandmother ever make a mistake? Did she ever own up to it and admit to the world that it was a mistake?


44 posted on 08/20/2007 9:57:45 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: Mercat
Anyway, the point is, buying quality when you can afford it is worth the expense in the long run.
Pay cheap, pay twice!
45 posted on 08/20/2007 10:30:18 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: hardback
A line from Gladiator comes to mind.

"I don't pretend to be a man of the people, but I try to be a man for the people."

This is a good article that speaks to something we see a lot of in politics, such as the pictures of JohN Kerry on this thread. Wouldn't it have been better if Romney, for example, rather than running out and joining the NRA and pretending to be a lifelong hunter, simply said "I don't hunt, I don't even like hunting, I don't even own a gun, but I support a citizen's right to keep and bear arms because it is a God-given right guaranteed by the Constitution." I would feel much more confident that my rights are being protected by a President who said that than by one who simply says he's a "sportsman", and "understands sportsmen's issues".

Do politicians really think we, the voters, don't think we can be represented by anyone who doesn't look like we do, talk like we do, and do the same things we do? It's just like the liberal notion that a white Congressman can't be trusted to represent black constituents.
46 posted on 08/20/2007 10:37:53 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Ro_Thunder

No, my grandmother is the only infallible person ever known. /sarcasm

I know one thing about her, though. Other than infringing on my speech with a slap whenever I deserved it, she has never been a member of a branch of the government, has never infringed on 1A rights as a member of the government, and is not asking me to vote for her to have that power again.

“I, ElectricStrawberry, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.....”

I took and still take my oath very seriously (I’m sure you did/do as well....thank you for your service BTW) and I expect my elected leaders to do the same and will do everything legal and within my power to stop those elected officials that do overtly infringe upon Constitutional rights....”overtly” being the operative term....from ever holding office again. It’s not like one needs the USSC to interpret that law in some way inconsistant with the Author’s intent to come up with the infringement ruling. Blackout periods on free speech, especially political free speech, is as clear-cut as it gets.

How many other rights can Fred infringe upon, so long as he says “Oops...my mistake” afterwards? (Not a “cheating on my wife” mistake......a clear “violation of oath of office” mistake)

Take away your firearms? “Oops...my bad...shouldn’t have done that...will you please vote for me to have that power again?”

Infringe upon your religious freedom? “Oops...my bad...shouldn’t have done that...will you please vote for me to have that power again?”


47 posted on 08/20/2007 11:39:09 AM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (1/27 Wolfhounds...cut in half during the Clinton years.)
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To: hardback

Believe it, or not, people wear Gucci loafers in Iowa. The Iowa State Fair is in the capitol city of Des Moines, home to more insurance company home offices than any other city in the United States. People wear Gucci and other designer footwear in Des Moines and other parts of Iowa. Most folks in Iowa ARE NOT farmers!!


48 posted on 08/20/2007 11:56:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Wrong:



Right:




Fredipedia: The Definitive Fred Thompson Quick Reference

Fred Thompson FAQ: THE Fred Thompson Web Resource
49 posted on 08/20/2007 7:33:12 PM PDT by Josh Painter ( "This is our home and we get to decide who gets to come into our home." - Fred)
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To: MinuteGal
Note to self: You already had your coffee, dumkopf, so why did you mispell two words above?

LOL. "Misspell" has two S's.

The Spell button is our friend. Someone (JohnRob, I'm guessing) went to a lot of trouble to put it on the Posting Comment page. :-)

50 posted on 08/21/2007 11:55:53 AM PDT by newgeezer (When encryption is outlawed, oiue dixozl woeiru sosdid kxz todks.)
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