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Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom
Roll Call ^ | August 27, 2007 | John McArdle

Posted on 08/27/2007 2:14:41 PM PDT by Shermy

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.

Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.

A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding,” and said the office would release a fuller statement later Monday afternoon.

After he was arrested, Craig, who is married, was taken to the Airport Police Operations Center to be interviewed about the lewd conduct incident, according to the police report. At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” the report states.

Craig was detained for approximately 45 minutes, interviewed, photographed, fingerprinted and released, and police prepared a formal complaint for interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.

According to the incident report, Sgt. Dave Karsnia was working as a plainclothes officer on June 11 investigating civilian complaints regarding sexual activity in the men’s public restroom in which Craig was arrested.

Airport police previously had made numerous arrests in the men’s restroom of the Northstar Crossing in the Lindbergh Terminal in connection with sexual activity.

Karsnia entered the bathroom at noon that day and about 13 minutes after taking a seat in a stall, he stated he could see “an older white male with grey hair standing outside my stall.”

The man, who lingered in front of the stall for two minutes, was later identified as Craig.

“I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, ‘fidget’ with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again. Craig would repeat this cycle for about two minutes,” the report states.

Craig then entered the stall next to Karsnia’s and placed his roller bag against the front of the stall door.

“My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall,” Karsnia stated in his report. “From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me.”

Craig was wearing dress pants with black dress shoes.

“At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area,” the report states.

Craig then proceeded to swipe his hand under the stall divider several times, and Karsnia noted in his report that “I could ... see Craig had a gold ring on his ring finger as his hand was on my side of the stall divider.”

Karsnia then held his police identification down by the floor so that Craig could see it.

“With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, ‘No!’ I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet. ... Craig said he would not go. I told Craig that he was under arrest, he had to go, and that I didn’t want to make a scene. Craig then left the restroom.”

In a recorded interview after his arrest, Craig “either disagreed with me or ‘didn’t recall’ the events as they happened,” the report states.

Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine,” the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.

“It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper,” the arresting officer said in the report.

On Aug. 8, the day he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the Minnesota court, Craig appeared via satellite at a ceremony that took place in Idaho in which former Idaho federal Judge Randy Smith was invested into his new position as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In October 2006, Craig’s office publicly denied allegations that he was a homosexual made on a gay activist Web site — blogactive.com. Craig’s office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the charge was “completely ridiculous,” saying that the allegations had “no basis in fact.”

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Idaho
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To: Shermy

A he said/he said incident ...


101 posted on 08/27/2007 3:13:10 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: shrinkermd
How do you prove yourself not guilty of something like this? It really wouldn't be worth a U.S. Senator's time to fight a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

I wonder if this cop wasn't aggressively looking to make arrests so the locals can feel like something is been done about the problem. What's most odd is the cop apparently being willing to let Craig go but Craig refused to exit the restroom and was placed under arrest. Sounds to me like that was the conduct which got him arrested not checking a stall to see if the guy who's sat there for 13 minutes is finally done with the facilities!

I wouldn't be surprised if Craig knew the signals or has in fact had homosexual affairs. I don't care. I care about his pompous 'do you know who I am' attitude which I just won't tolerate from public servants. Add in his support for amnesty and he's not worth having around in the Senate gay, straight or just another jerk.

102 posted on 08/27/2007 3:13:29 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Clinton-Obama '08. Start building your fallout shelters today!)
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To: clintonh8r

I fear trash are the only ones who will run for office. The others can’t get financed or value their privacy too much.


103 posted on 08/27/2007 3:14:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Clinton-Obama '08. Start building your fallout shelters today!)
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To: Dianna

especially Republicans who ought to know 1/2 the universe is gunning for them, think they will never get caught.


It seems that the whole lot of our congresspeople think they’re above the law and can do anything they wish without consequences.


104 posted on 08/27/2007 3:14:48 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: Shermy
One would think that a gay U.S. Senator would have enough social contacts to find more discreet ways of satisfying his sexual desires. Why risk public humiliation from arrest in a public restroom, especially when these arrests happen all the time and it is already rumored that he engages in this activity?

A wise elderly friend once told me that the people engaging in the most risky and dangerous activities are the ones who have successfully gotten away with it many times before.

105 posted on 08/27/2007 3:15:34 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Joan Kerrey

What, exactly, did he do that was illegal?


106 posted on 08/27/2007 3:15:54 PM PDT by afortiori
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To: tyke

>>In any case, I doubt he would have been arrested and charged if there was serious doubt as to intent of his actions. While all this hand waving and foot tapping may be unfamiliar to most, I find it hard to believe that a judge would accept such evidence if they weren’t well known by law enforcement as signals used by people who engage in such acts.<<

While I don’t doubt the cops know the signs I would be surprised if that would have been enough for a conviction.

I could certainly send signs to a girl that I was trying to pick her up without doing anything that would be illegal.

Of course, I don’t have a lot of experience with girls who sit in toilets waiting to be picked up like the cop was doing. Maybe there is a whole world I’ve missed.


107 posted on 08/27/2007 3:16:38 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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To: irish guard
I like how the one guy knows the “signal” of tapping your foot.

He's a cop on the Vice Squad.

108 posted on 08/27/2007 3:16:45 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: DesScorp
Good....lets purge these bastards. Get ‘em all out of the GOP.

Guilty as charged? DU is calling you....go to the dark if you will.

109 posted on 08/27/2007 3:16:58 PM PDT by soycd
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To: gondramB
I don’t even recognize the name.. Is this a U.S. Senator? I would have thought this would be bigger news.

Larry Craig is the Senior Senator from Idaho. He's a senior GOP senator and believe me...this will be big news for the next several nights. Between Gonzales resigning and now this it looks like the GOP is in for another beating.

110 posted on 08/27/2007 3:17:06 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: BallyBill
I have very big feet. I must be very careful I don’t bump anyone else’s feet in a public bathroom.

How about the line about "having a wide stance." Sounds like someone searching for reasonable doubt. Afterall, everyone knows you grab the side walls before you take a wide stance.

111 posted on 08/27/2007 3:17:34 PM PDT by IamConservative (I could never be a liar; there's too much to remember.)
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To: George W. Bush
Is that a woman or a dairy cow with bad blond dye-job?

Put a milking machine on it and stop pretending it's a sex object.

De gustibus yadda-yadda-yadda.
112 posted on 08/27/2007 3:18:23 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Vigilanteman
Why is it only being reported now?

Retaliation for the recent Bob Filner incident at Dulles a few weeks ago.

-PJ

113 posted on 08/27/2007 3:18:49 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: Leofl
You know you were wrong!!!!

lol

Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault!

114 posted on 08/27/2007 3:19:34 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: clintonh8r

We get what we deserve.

WE continually take people we wouldn’t trust to babysit our 7 year-old and send them to Washington expecting integrity?


115 posted on 08/27/2007 3:20:19 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: nuconvert

“maybe it gets lonely in Idaho”

Uh-oh, is this comment going to start up the sheep comments again? ;-)


116 posted on 08/27/2007 3:20:45 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Shermy

We all need to keep in mind that this is the American media reporting this affair. Therefore it may or may not be a complete lie. It will take some time before any of us know what actually happened.

Yes, after all these years I have finally come to understand that nothing reported in the media can be taken at face value. Nothing.


117 posted on 08/27/2007 3:21:22 PM PDT by scory
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To: Shermy

Mr. AG BILL himself, Diane Fienstiens buddy. Well, Craig many years ago was a decent rep and then he turned. When one is compromised, well...they’re compromised. Shouldn’t be a surprise he’d sell out to illegal aliens lobbies as well.


118 posted on 08/27/2007 3:21:53 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: Snardius
Bawny Fwank can diddle anyone he wants but a republican does it and it’s front page news...?

Both should be judged as wrong.

This is not one of those, "if you think I'm ugly, you should see my sister" routines. And do we want Republicans acting like DemocRATS just because?

119 posted on 08/27/2007 3:22:17 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: Dianna

Lots of nice clean sheep in Idaho, Larry should not have to mess with these Bathroom Bozos//


120 posted on 08/27/2007 3:22:23 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy, other times I let her sleep/)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
If the vice squad was gonna nail a GOP pansy in the men's room, then why oh why oh why [dear God] could it not have been Lindsey Graham?

When they catch little Goober, it will be with a Little Bo Peep costume (just Lindsey's size) and with a bunch of farm animals. I predicted it. Bookmark it!

Or Arlen Specter.

Never gonna happen. For that, you'd have to dress the cops in kilts. Arlen wouldn't be able to resist that up-skirt thing.
121 posted on 08/27/2007 3:22:31 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: shrinkermd

Which goes to show that it is true.
Obviously, they caught him dead to rights


122 posted on 08/27/2007 3:22:44 PM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: steve8714; traditional1

123 posted on 08/27/2007 3:23:10 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: pgkdan

>>Larry Craig is the Senior Senator from Idaho. He’s a senior GOP senator and believe me...this will be big news for the next several nights. Between Gonzales resigning and now this it looks like the GOP is in for another beating.<<

The timing is just unbelievable. Like the way they held the Rumsfeld resignation until AFTER the election where it could have helped.

If the Republicans had been smart they would have been letting the media dig into Dean dissing the largest swing state and “Has Dean gone crazy again?”

But no....


124 posted on 08/27/2007 3:23:13 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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To: pgkdan

Update: Free Republic has reprinted the Roll Call story. “At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, ‘What do you think about that?’ the report states.” I think he can probably start throwing away those cards now.


125 posted on 08/27/2007 3:23:37 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: Vigilanteman

You’re naive.


126 posted on 08/27/2007 3:23:54 PM PDT by GAD
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To: wideminded
Why risk public humiliation from arrest in a public restroom,

I've wondered that for years. Like Clinton, WHY? He could get a nice hooker that would keep her mouth shut. WHY? It's got to be the risk factor itself. Just what ya want leading your country.

127 posted on 08/27/2007 3:25:14 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: Political Junkie Too

C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter, R-Gov Idaho, will appoint I wonder who if Craig resigns?


128 posted on 08/27/2007 3:25:23 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: wideminded

Remember Congressman Bob Bauman from Maryland?


129 posted on 08/27/2007 3:25:25 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: mgstarr

“Seems like a long time to just be sitting there.”

13 minutes is nothing for me. That is about the only place I can get any peace and quiet. Al Bundy and I have more than a few things in common.

On another note, while I agree this guy is creepy, what lewd act did he participate in? It does not sound like he actually verbally propositioned the cop. And is trolling a crime? Just a question for any law enforcement/lawyer types out there.


130 posted on 08/27/2007 3:25:38 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: dighton
I Cudna just let that scroll by without comment.

(grin) That's a line that deserves a Sonnet...

131 posted on 08/27/2007 3:25:55 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Shermy

I am confused. Did he expose himself or just prop someone?


132 posted on 08/27/2007 3:26:04 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: scory

Actually, this is not main-stream media news.... yet.

Just rumors from various bloggers.

I’m still - on record - as a doubter.

But I will say this: Many hot breaking stories start out from the bloggers.

And from Free Republic.

Remember; Rathergate started here on good ol’ Free Republic.

But I’m drawing a complete blank on who the illustrious FReeper was that broke that story.

A little help please, anyone?


133 posted on 08/27/2007 3:26:22 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: soycd

Good....lets purge these bastards. Get ‘em all out of the GOP.

Guilty as charged? DU is calling you....go to the dark if you will.

You’re naive.

Smarten’ up!


134 posted on 08/27/2007 3:26:31 PM PDT by GAD
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To: Bryan24; clintonh8r
We?

Are you guys in his district?

Otherwise this loon has nothing to do with me, lol.

135 posted on 08/27/2007 3:27:47 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Shermy

LOL!! I hope this clown has the shame to resign immediately.
The GOP doesn’t need any Barney Franks.


136 posted on 08/27/2007 3:28:30 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: pgkdan
Oh please, this pervert has nothing to do with the GOP, his church, or any other org he belongs too.
137 posted on 08/27/2007 3:29:46 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: raybbr; Jeff Head; All

Craig pushes immigration reform (craig does not learn)
idahostatesman.com ^ | 08/13/2007 | Dan Popkey

Posted on 08/13/2007 10:52:27 AM PDT by bilhosty

Craig pushes immigration reform Senator predicts millions will lose jobs after Social Security crackdown. By Dan Popkey - dpopkey@idahostatesman.com
Edition Date: 08/10/07

Pressure to pass immigration reform will intensify as millions of undocumented workers lose jobs as a result of a crackdown by the Social Security Administration, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said Thursday.

“What will happen over the course of the next two months is several million workers will be laid off or fired and there is no one to take their place,” Craig told the Boise Rotary Club.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1880553/posts


138 posted on 08/27/2007 3:30:16 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: tennmountainman
Craig is a goner... He will not be re-elected.

I'm inclined to agree. The illegal immigration thing alone might have done it - Craig was not just a vote there, he was an active promoter of shamnesty. He has heavy funding from Big Ag working for him in a state with few other sources of political funding but working against him is a heavily LDS-oriented south (Craig is, IIRC, a Methodist himself) that will not take kindly to this news.

Idaho is not a slam-dunk for a Republican Senatorial seat, BTW - anyone remember Frank Church? If Craig isn't defeated in the primaries I think the Republicans may have a problem.

139 posted on 08/27/2007 3:30:23 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Lancey Howard

I have a problem with the story. It says he reached down and the cop saw he was wearing a gold ring. He was in the stall to the left of the cop. The ring. . . if it’s a wedding ring, would be on his left hand. The cop would be looking at his right hand.

That denotes at least 1 flaw.


140 posted on 08/27/2007 3:30:43 PM PDT by Owen
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, it may not be main stream yet, but it was mentioned briefly by Brit Hume on Fox News tonight. He referenced the source as Roll Call.


141 posted on 08/27/2007 3:30:45 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: donna

It says on Wikipedia that his kids are all adopted, they are all his wifes kids.


142 posted on 08/27/2007 3:31:39 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: ScreamingFist

To those “in the know”......
What kind of sex can one get in a crowded public restroom by reaching under a stall wall?


143 posted on 08/27/2007 3:31:41 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: Shermy

Those zany sodomites! haw haw - That sure is an example of normal activity... Why, they’re just like heterosexuals, except for all the diseases, dozens of partners each year, and anonymous sex in public bathrooms. I don’t see a reason for them not to marry.


144 posted on 08/27/2007 3:31:41 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Andy'smom
Remember Congressman Bob Bauman from Maryland?

I remember him from when he was YAF Chairman during the Goldwater campaign. At the same time Congressman Buz Lukens was the YR chairman. Great minds run in the same circles, hmm?!?

145 posted on 08/27/2007 3:32:08 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: Shermy
I think this might be much ado about nothing...though LC ought to be a bit more careful regarding his behavior.

One thing is for sure: the LameStream Media will love exploiting this story.

146 posted on 08/27/2007 3:32:36 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: AuntB
Like Clinton, WHY? He could get a nice hooker that would keep her mouth shut.

I don't think that is the kind of hooker he would have been looking for.

It's always difficult to avoid unintentional double entendres when discussing these type of stories. :)

147 posted on 08/27/2007 3:32:39 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Owen

It could be a college ring or something like that worn on his right hand.


148 posted on 08/27/2007 3:33:32 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: GAD

We need to all give ‘em all pictures of a naked Ricky Martin and the overnight postage stamp test.


149 posted on 08/27/2007 3:33:36 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Shermy

OMG!!! Where’s his picture???


150 posted on 08/27/2007 3:34:24 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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