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Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 14, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi

Posted on 03/14/2008 4:01:53 AM PDT by Man50D

Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary.

A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website instructs Mexican truck drivers, "Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States."

Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being designated at the border as "proficient in English" even though they could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish.

In the tense hearing, Dorgan accused Peters of being "arrogant" and in reckless disregard of a congressional vote to stop the Mexican trucking demonstration project by taking away funds to continue the project. Toward the end, the senator asked if it were true Mexican truckers could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish when given English proficiency tests at the border.

"Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test for English proficiency at the border include questions about U.S. highway signs?" Dorgan asked.

"Yes," Scovel replied. "The FMCSA English proficiency test at the border did not originally include U.S. highway signs, but now it does."

"Do you show a driver an octagonal 'STOP' sign at the border and qualify him if he explains the sign means 'ALTO'?" an incredulous Dorgan pressed.

"Alto" is the Spanish word for "Stop."

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1 posted on 03/14/2008 4:01:54 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

Speechless.


2 posted on 03/14/2008 4:03:43 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Man50D
b*stards.

executives and politicians are putting us in flyover country ALL AT RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH, all for a couple of lousy extra dollars they can enjoy in the safety of their gated communities away from the unwashed masses and the border they have helped destroy. i hope they all get incurable diarreah

3 posted on 03/14/2008 4:05:50 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (The GOP serves a huge cr*p sandwich every 4 years to Conservatives, & sez "shut up!, no choice!")
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To: Man50D

Typical.


4 posted on 03/14/2008 4:06:54 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: knarf

5 posted on 03/14/2008 4:15:36 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: All

meh, most of you have agreed to vote in Mccain. I say stop the rino’s at their root. we can survive 4 years of hillary/obama...barely. we wont survive 8 of mccain.


6 posted on 03/14/2008 4:15:55 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (We are busy winning hearts and minds while our islamfascist enemy is busy cutting throats and necks.)
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To: Man50D

GRRRREAT post! BTTT!


7 posted on 03/14/2008 4:17:46 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Man50D

No Habla...

But should we be surprised at any of this...

I believe the trucks should be specially tagged, and be readily identifiable by ANYONE on the roads in our country...

Oh wait...Ok, I was just reminded...

— small diameter steering wheel, made of chrome chain links so they can drive with handcuffs on...

— fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror...

— Some Azteca scene painted on the tailgates or running boards or something...

— a relief sticker of the Virgin Mary on the rear window...

— badges...(I know this will draw the usual response ;-)


8 posted on 03/14/2008 4:18:13 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: Man50D

Dorgan’s a Rat and I usually disagree with him, but he is spot on target with this.


9 posted on 03/14/2008 4:18:26 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Man50D
And when asked to explain this sign:

the truck drivers answered, "Mi familia"
10 posted on 03/14/2008 4:18:35 AM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Man50D

Do you show a driver an octagonal ‘STOP’ sign at the border and qualify him if he explains the sign means ‘ALTO’?” an incredulous Dorgan pressed.

“Alto” is the Spanish word for “Stop.”


Have these guys ever driven in Mexico???

“ALTO” only means “STOP” if you do not see anyone in the other road crossing your own...

Geesh...And even then its based upon who’s bigger or more intimidating if a stop actually occurs...


11 posted on 03/14/2008 4:20:52 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: Man50D

Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish
__________________________________________________

Well that will work...

/s


12 posted on 03/14/2008 4:21:37 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Liberty2007
"...most of you have agreed to vote in Mccain..."

Hmmm. Google says "MexiCain" hasn't appeared at FR. 'Guess somebody has to do it!

13 posted on 03/14/2008 4:21:49 AM PDT by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: Diogenesis

You know what...Everytime I see this picture posted it kinda makes me chuckle a bit as well...But only for a second or so, and then I want to break out “ole painless”...

And do my Chucky Cheese “Whack a Mole” impression on every single one of these goobers...


14 posted on 03/14/2008 4:23:14 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: Liberty2007
"most of you have agreed to vote in Mccain."

Actually ... I was planning on using English, but if they'll put cute little signs and icons near the place I make my mark ... I'll struggle through it.

Does that "Amigo" program, hawked on TV have this?

I'll call the next time I see that commercial.

brb

15 posted on 03/14/2008 4:29:01 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: stevie_d_64
then I want to break out “ole painless”...

Image Hosted by MyFiero.com

Me, too! LOL

16 posted on 03/14/2008 5:04:57 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: Man50D

Brought to you by the letter “B” (for Bush).

I have gone from truly liking the man, to wishing and praying for his impeachment. We have lost more of our national Sovereignty in the last 7 years than the last several presidents combined (at last in my poor and often defective point of view).

And his support of McCain does nothing to persuade me to cast my vote for McInsane....


17 posted on 03/14/2008 5:09:32 AM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: John Semmens
Like, *PING*, dude.

You have been trumped and scooped, this time.

Cheers!

18 posted on 03/14/2008 5:11:27 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: stevie_d_64
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19 posted on 03/14/2008 5:23:09 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: TheBattman
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20 posted on 03/14/2008 5:26:17 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: knarf
I do have an issue with illegal immigrants and the "Mexicanization" of America, but this is one issue that really isn't a big deal.

Many service members live overseas and do not speak the native language of their host countries. They still acquire driver's licenses and do just fine.

I got my driver's license after I'd been in Germany for a few months and only spoke about a dozen words of German. The workbook was in English as was the test.

No, you don't have to speak English to drive in America.

21 posted on 03/14/2008 5:42:05 AM PDT by Marie (Why is it that some people believe everything that happens is the will of G-d - except Israel?)
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To: Liberty2007
I say stop the rino’s at their root. we can survive 4 years of hillary/obama...barely. we wont survive 8 of mccain.

You hit on a point that's been bothering me for a really long time.

Could it actually be a better strategy to do a write-in for president, vote for Republicans in Congress, then wait and get a real conservative/libertarian in the White House four years from now? Maybe 4 years of liberal BS would be worth it.

One of the talking heads was saying a couple of weeks ago, "It took a Carter to give us a Regan."

22 posted on 03/14/2008 5:46:53 AM PDT by Marie (Why is it that some people believe everything that happens is the will of G-d - except Israel?)
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To: Liberty2007
[ we wont survive 8 of mccain. ]

4 years of McLaim will ensure 20 of democrat control..

23 posted on 03/14/2008 5:51:12 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Man50D

This is just another example of Taxation Without Representation. We pay the taxes and our elected representatives represent Mexicans instead.


24 posted on 03/14/2008 6:28:20 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Man50D
Taxi, 2008:

Rev. Jim: "Pss... Hey, Bobby... what's Spanish for 'stop.'"
Bobby: "Alto"
Rev. Jim: (in a high pitched voice): "what's Spanish for 'stop'"

25 posted on 03/14/2008 6:58:43 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

I-490 Back Open After Tractor-Trailer Crash
Last Update: 2/21 2:17 pm
Rochester, N.Y. — State police say a tractor-trailer carrying apples tipped over Thursday morning because the driver was going too fast.
The tractor-trailer crashed on I-490 East at S. Goodman St. at 10:10 a.m. Thursday morning, blocking all eastbound lanes. Traffic was also closed westbound while the accident was cleaned up.
Both directions of traffic on the highway reopened shortly before noon. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Rochester Fire Department crews were called to the scene to deal with a diesel fuel leak from the vehicle.
The driver, Jacinto Zeas-Barrera, 42, Newark N.J., was not seriously injured. Witnesses and the police investigation revealed that the truck tipped over because the driver was going to fast through the 40 MPH zone.
The accident is still under investigation, and charges are pending.
THE DRIVER DID NOT SPEAK ENGLISH, NY STATE POLICE HAD TO BRING IN A SPANISH SPEAKING TROOPER TO INTERVIEW THE MAN.


26 posted on 03/14/2008 7:22:08 AM PDT by Sammy67
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To: Man50D

Just another example of the fact that those who we vote into office work for others, not the American People or their country.

Think no further than the super tanker contract being given to a foreign entity at a time when recession is the word of the day, not to mention the fact that getting replacement parts will become a bargaining chip or even a weapon by a nation becoming more and more controlled by Islamacists.


27 posted on 03/14/2008 7:39:51 AM PDT by HonestConservative (I have not yet begun to fight.....J.P. Jones)
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To: Diogenesis



Thanks for posting that pic.
I've been searching for those laughing jackasses and couldn't find it.

28 posted on 03/14/2008 9:11:48 AM PDT by Condor51 (If my nose was runnin' money, honey I'd blow it all on you.)
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To: Marie

To drive professionally, ie get paid for it, you MUST speak and comprehend English. The Commercial Drivers license has many more rules to it.


29 posted on 03/14/2008 9:12:56 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: Marie

Yes, but in Germany they use international road signs. We don’t use them here, most of our signs have written instructions in English.


30 posted on 03/14/2008 10:43:02 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (Deport them all... Let God sort them out!)
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To: redstateconfidential

31 posted on 03/14/2008 10:51:22 AM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: TheBattman
>>Brought to you by the letter “B” (for Bush).

I have gone from truly liking the man, to wishing and praying for his impeachment. We have lost more of our national Sovereignty in the last 7 years than the last several presidents combined (at last in my poor and often defective point of view).<<

"I've treated you respectfully today, Secretary Peters, but I don't respect your decision," Dorgan said. "You have angered me further with your testimony and you reflect a Bush administration that obviously doesn't care what Congress thinks."

We have enough bad truck drivers born here already. Tell me again what country Bush is President of?

32 posted on 03/14/2008 12:22:42 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: HenpeckedCon

>>Yes, but in Germany they use international road signs. We don’t use them here, most of our signs have written instructions in English.<<

Also, there are large digital text signs on freeways that display important information, such as freeway closings or Amber alerts. Will they alternate printing such messages in English and Spanish now? I can read Spanish, but if you don’t, and you are driving at 70MPH, you will have to slow down to 30MPH to wait for the English message to scroll?


33 posted on 03/14/2008 12:32:40 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: HonestConservative

>>Think no further than the super tanker contract being given to a foreign entity at a time when recession is the word of the day, not to mention the fact that getting replacement parts will become a bargaining chip or even a weapon by a nation becoming more and more controlled by Islamacists.<<

I have the same concern. Russia owns a significant share of Airbus, and not only has Putin become less friendly to us lately, but Russia has very long-term relations with a certain country that wants to wipe Israel off the map. Where did Stalin insist on meeting with Roosevelt and Churchill in 1943? You guessed it, Tehran.


34 posted on 03/14/2008 12:39:03 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: Man50D
Unbefreakinglievable.

I have three words: Olga Marina Franco.

Drivers ask: Who is behind the wheel?

35 posted on 03/14/2008 12:41:58 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: expatguy; Paige; Tennessee_Bob; cspackler; ECM; STOCKHRSE; LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR; King_Corey; ..

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


36 posted on 03/14/2008 1:33:51 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: Marie

Do you feel safe knowing someone who can’t read a road sign or understand when a DOT officer says - in English - “your truck is not safe, you are out of service” - is driving an 80,000 pound vehicle on the same roads as your family?
There are many reasons the FMCSA regulations require those driving big trucks speak English - it’s not just getting your license or reading a stop sign.


37 posted on 03/14/2008 1:41:32 PM PDT by captjanaway
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To: Marie

I doubt many of those Mexican driver have ever been to Germany.


38 posted on 03/14/2008 1:45:41 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Hank Hill's Dad, Cruella and Curious George=Loony Toons)
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To: stevie_d_64
" — small diameter steering wheel, made of chrome chain links so they can drive with handcuffs on...

— fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror...

— Some Azteca scene painted on the tailgates or running boards or something...

— a relief sticker of the Virgin Mary on the rear window...

— badges...(I know this will draw the usual response ;-)"

What? No blaring boom box? No teenie, weenie tires?

39 posted on 03/14/2008 1:50:19 PM PDT by yorkie (The FEW. The PROUD. The MARINES. Semper Fi)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Wish I could prove you wrong, ding.


40 posted on 03/14/2008 1:53:45 PM PDT by HonestConservative (I have not yet begun to fight.....J.P. Jones)
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To: Marie
I got my driver's license after I'd been in Germany for a few months and only spoke about a dozen words of German. The workbook was in English as was the test.

What German company did you drive for, and what cargo did you haul?

< ? >

Thought so; there's a vast difference between getting a garden-variety passenger car license and a haulage license. Mexicans, Italians, Germans, even Brits that drive on the wrong side of the road -- all can use their home country license in the States to rent a passenger car. None of them can drive a truck or a bus.

41 posted on 03/14/2008 3:23:18 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank
Thought so;

*I* didn't drive huge semi trucks in Germany.

But my husband and many other soldiers sure did.

They had 18 year old US soldiers driving huge trucks loaded with equipment all over Germany. (So it's even worse. These kids had very little driving experience, in addition to language barrier issues.)

When we stop do these things in other countries, then we can put a stop to the practice here.

42 posted on 03/14/2008 3:32:58 PM PDT by Marie (Why is it that some people believe everything that happens is the will of G-d - except Israel?)
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To: Marie

>>They had 18 year old US soldiers driving huge trucks loaded with equipment all over Germany. (So it’s even worse. These kids had very little driving experience, in addition to language barrier issues.)<<

More to the point, how much experience do you have driving on Mexican highways? Have you been in your lane going straight ahead when a Mexican truck traveling in the opposite direction decides to pass and forces you to the shoulder? I’m not talking about rare occurrences, this is standard practice there. Have you seen a driver stopped by the Mexican police pay “la mordida” and no record of the incident is filed? Again, this is normal in Mexico.

>>When we stop do these things in other countries, then we can put a stop to the practice here.<<

With all due respect, BS. Since Union Carbide released enough methyl isocyanate in Bhopal, India, to kill 3000 people it’s OK if foreign companies do that here?


43 posted on 03/14/2008 6:03:19 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: Marie
But my husband and many other soldiers sure did.

Sorry, Marie, but driving in a military convoy is vastly different than going OTR on your own. Back in the 60's I drove all over the bases I was assigned to, but didn't have any civilian license for outside the gate.

My sincere thanks to you and your husband for your service -- yes, you served too, and all to often we tend to forget that.

44 posted on 03/14/2008 6:44:39 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

I know this...granting illegal aliens any break at all opens the floodgates of second-guessing and reinterpretation of law. The law means what it says and that will have to do despite a RINO or a Democrat Presidency.


45 posted on 03/14/2008 8:55:43 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (Not ignoring folks - been super busy)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

>>I know this...granting illegal aliens any break at all opens the floodgates of second-guessing and reinterpretation of law.<<

You got that right. I wonder if McCain, if elected, would nominate a judge who would invent new “alien rights.” I don’t trust any of the remaining candidates.

>>The law means what it says and that will have to do despite a RINO or a Democrat Presidency.<<

From your lips to God’s ears.


46 posted on 03/14/2008 10:16:18 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: yorkie

Good stuff! Must add to the list...;-)


47 posted on 03/15/2008 4:40:36 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
No one in power is really listening when we talk at them. I believe that the Clintonistic “deciding by poll data” method of ruling has become status quo.

I also think they throw a black bag over the head of every newly elected as soon as their foot touches the D.C. street to hustle him or her off to their first programming session/reality check. And the people I know regard ME as overly optimistic.

God bless America - I loved her dearly.

48 posted on 03/15/2008 10:27:21 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (preparing for Armageddon.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

>>I also think they throw a black bag over the head of every newly elected as soon as their foot touches the D.C. street to hustle him or her off to their first programming session/reality check.<<

I think that is part of the story, but the POTUS candidates themselves stopped listening (although they pretend to listen) long before the election.


49 posted on 03/15/2008 12:20:18 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: redstateconfidential

Nice pic.

But IMHO, it would make a much stronger statement if you shrunk it down so the entire pic could be seen at once on a monitor.

Plus, you’d be showing some compassion for those of us stuck on dialup.

If you don’t have thumbnail software, try this, it’s free:
http://fookes.com/ezthumbs/index.php


50 posted on 03/19/2008 8:45:27 PM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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