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Iraqi Army Soldiers Discover Large Cache with Iranian-Marked Weapons
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^

Posted on 04/21/2008 4:22:50 PM PDT by SandRat

An Iraqi soldier with the 1st Iraqi Army examines one of more than 160 mortars found during Operation Charge of the Knights in Basra April 19. Some of the markings on the weapons indicate a manufacturing date in 2007. U.S. Army photo.
An Iraqi soldier with the 1st Iraqi Army examines one of more than 160 mortars found during Operation Charge of the Knights in Basra April 19. Some of the markings on the weapons indicate a manufacturing date in 2007. U.S. Army photo.


BASRA — The Iraqi Army discovered a large weapons and munitions cache in a house located in the Al Hyyaniyah area of Basra April 19.

Soldiers from the 1st Iraqi Army discovered the cache during the search phase of Operation Charge of the Knights. The cache consisted of a large number of weaponry with Iranian markings.

The cache included a 240 mm high-explosive war-head and approximately 160 mortars. Some of which were less than 12 months old.

The cache also contained approximately 25 artillery shells, more than 20 complete improvised explosive devices, large quantities of IED components, several explosively formed projectiles and dozens of grenades and fuses. Also included was more than 20 blocks of plastic explosives, homemade anti-personnel mines packed with ball bearings, hundreds of meters of detonation cord, improvised rocket launching rails, and thousands of rounds of small-arms ammunition.

Operation Charge of the Knights is ongoing with the Iraqi Army working in conjunction with the Iraqi Police to maintain pressure on Special Groups and criminal elements by denying them sanctuaries and safe havens through Basra and Iraq.

“Operation Charge of the Knights has been an Iraqi planned and executed operation from the very start,” said Lt. Col. Neil Harper, deputy public affairs officer for Multi-National Corps - Iraq. “The Iraqi Army demonstrated their capability to protect the people of Basra against Special Groups and criminal elements that are ignoring the rule of law.

“The success in finding these large caches was also due in part by numerous tips from concerned local Iraqis. This is another great example of Iraqis dealing with their own issues, and they should be admired for their bravery,” Harper said.

(Multi-National Division - Southeast PAO)


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1 posted on 04/21/2008 4:22:51 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; freekitty; ...
FR WAR NEWS!
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2 posted on 04/21/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Oh the US Government planted those /s/

God Bless our Troops!


3 posted on 04/21/2008 4:24:08 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marsden song!!!!!)
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To: SandRat
Wait. Iran is involved?

Who woulda thunk it? /s

4 posted on 04/21/2008 4:24:26 PM PDT by Pistolshot (When you let what you are define who you are, you create racial divisiveness.)
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To: SandRat
Load them up and send them BACK!!!!

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5 posted on 04/21/2008 4:25:08 PM PDT by geo40xyz (McCain, Obama or Hillarybeast possibility of 4 Supreme Court Justices, Gore @UN. The WINNER is?)
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To: SandRat

How about a B2 raid on the Iranian capitol?


6 posted on 04/21/2008 4:26:29 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Could someone please explain to me, in all seriousness, why we haven't taken out Iran's suspected nuclear sites and oil refineries? Who cares if Iran's economy is thrown into chaos. That's actually a good thing, maybe they won't have the resources to meddle in Iraq and Lebanon if they're dealing with internal strife.
7 posted on 04/21/2008 4:29:45 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: mainerforglobalwarming

Because China and Russia need Iranian oil.

And we’re not ready to go *there* yet.

Sigh.


8 posted on 04/21/2008 4:34:59 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: netmilsmom
God Bless our Troops!

 

9 posted on 04/21/2008 4:38:29 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: txflake

Well, I don’t know if there are any ‘freedom fighters’ in Iran. But if there are any, they should tell the Chinese and the Russians that they’ll get a real good price on oil once the mullahs are gone.


10 posted on 04/21/2008 4:40:35 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: SandRat; RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ...

major ping


11 posted on 04/21/2008 4:42:28 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks for the ping Race.

I’m sure this will be all over the major networks tonight. /s


12 posted on 04/21/2008 4:48:53 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: SandRat

Is it just me or is all of this since the surge not clear evidence that the “tipping point” has, in fact, arrived?


13 posted on 04/21/2008 4:50:45 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: SandRat

Are those mortar shells or actual mortar tubes, or both? (My lack of military background is showing...)


14 posted on 04/21/2008 4:51:20 PM PDT by do not press 2 for spanish
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To: mainerforglobalwarming

But the Chinese need a break on oil prices, Russia needs further hikes. Hope Russia has a good store of wheat laid in.


15 posted on 04/21/2008 4:51:30 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: SandRat

Something for Ubama to discuss over cocktails and dinner with Ahmagonnastartajihad, eh?


16 posted on 04/21/2008 4:52:41 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: bill1952

That’s the way I’d view it.


17 posted on 04/21/2008 4:52:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: do not press 2 for spanish

Shells, many still in their individual shipping containers.


18 posted on 04/21/2008 4:54:08 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: pillut48

or Ayers and Pastor Wright.


19 posted on 04/21/2008 4:55:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Iran has as its own self image that of the Perian empire. When the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others worked to tear down the Soviet Empire after their invasion of Afghanistan, the Iranians viewed themselves as being mostly responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This mindset has them believe that it is now their role to remove the USA as a world supper power by what they are doing in Iran. He they feel it worked in Afghanistan and the Soviet Union collapsed.....so sending arms to Iraq should bring the USA to its knees. Similarly, once the USA collapses into chaos, then Iran with its new nuclear weapons will along with China be one of the remaining super powers.

Personally, my hope is that with a world food crisis that Iran finds itself in a terrible battle to feed its people and keep its economy going. Some of the developing countries with natural resources are going to have to sell everything they can just to feed their people. I would like to see all of Iran's oil money have to go for food and then see what kind of economic crisis they find themselves in.

20 posted on 04/21/2008 5:01:04 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: geo40xyz

Coolest looking and sounding plane ever. Saw one at Willow Grove about 5 years ago that arrived unannounced. I can imagine that it causes hundreds of UFO reports every year—if I hadn’t seen it at the show, I’m sure I would have thought it was a UFO too.


21 posted on 04/21/2008 5:02:21 PM PDT by Ilya Mourometz
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To: SandRat
And from Bill Riggio:

Sadr threatens to end his cease-fire as Iraqi security forces and US troops press the offensive. Iraqi soldiers and special police respond to an ambush in force and captured 40 members of the Special Groups at a Sadrist office. Twenty-seven Mahdi Army fighters were killed in Baghdad over last 24 hours.

22 posted on 04/21/2008 5:06:16 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama reach across the aisle? He's so far to the left, he'll need a roadmap to FIND the aisle.)
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To: mainerforglobalwarming

taking out oil refineries is not a great idea since we will need those and the real (not bogus) eco-damage is the sort of thing the bad guys want. As for the nuke sites, most are underground and, frankly, I don’t know what other than another nuke can penetrate. We need regime change through serious covert ops (including assassination) or massive ground forces.

If the latter, the next president will have to bring Europe and Russia and China on board for the biggest land invasion since Normandy, on two fronts which W has presciently provided the platforms for. It was always about Iran, people...always. Question is will Clinton or McCain have the guts to do what it takes. Obama clearly will not.

Iran and North Korea will have no hesistation whatsoever to spread their nukes throughout the world. Only saving grace is that neither has a delivery system that can send a warhead out of the region; but they have a much harder to detect means of delivery—al qaeda is only too happy to sign onto nuclear armageddon, even if it means dealing with their sworn enemies in Iran. I suspect McCain did not really misspeak about Iran’s support of al Qaeda in Iraq; if it isn’t true this moment, it is inevitable. Mark my words, 9/11 is nothing compared to what’s coming if we allow Iran to go nuke.

Pray that Obama does not win in November.


23 posted on 04/21/2008 5:14:17 PM PDT by Ilya Mourometz
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To: Robert357

I think what you say is a better description for Pakistan and India’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. For the most part, their intentions are to be part of the “nuclear club” and, as the Defense minister for the BJP in India pointed out some time ago, South Asia was not protected by the nuclear umbrellas of either the US, Russia, or China. So long as Pakistan and India don’t go completely ape-shi*, that should be ok (and India certainly has no intention of antagonizing the rest of the world).

Iran, on the other hand, would fit that model were it not for the fact that they have no industry to speak of, no system of higher education that compares to the better schools of Pakistan and India (who mostly send their better students to the US, which Iran does not), nothing other than oil production which is probably 30 years behind the times and with a distribution system so bad, they still have to ration gasoline in many places.

But nukes give them one thing an obsolete oil industry does not: the ability to ransom the world or, if you happen to be an apocalyptic nutcase like Ahmadinejad, you can fancy yourself to be the return of the hidden Imam and set fire to the world (or at least try to).


24 posted on 04/21/2008 5:21:43 PM PDT by Ilya Mourometz
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To: SandRat

Not surprised the least bit....

And Iran claims its nuclear program is for “peaceful” purposes. How stupid do they think we are?

The sad thing is though, many people ARE as stupid as Iran thinks we are.


25 posted on 04/21/2008 5:27:57 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: SandRat

BUMP!
I would like an explanation from Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush - - why have we not taken out Iran?


26 posted on 04/21/2008 5:28:08 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ilya Mourometz
You live near Willow Grove?

Great base.
My home in Pa is nearby and a lot of Apaches fly overhead on a regular basis.

Actually, a stealth bomber passed directly over my business in Stuart, Florida at a very low altitude.
I knew it was coming and I took the staff outside to the parking lot to see it flyover.

Damn thing was eerie, it was so quiet.

27 posted on 04/21/2008 5:30:16 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: bill1952

I’m in Philadelphia....belly of the beast.


28 posted on 04/21/2008 5:36:37 PM PDT by Ilya Mourometz
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To: Robert357
Imagine that ? the OPEC countries having to sell their oil at rock bottom prices because food is more expensive and unavailable.
Can someone say ? Oil for Food ?
29 posted on 04/21/2008 5:50:12 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: pissant

And also a few sorties against their nuke facilities.


30 posted on 04/21/2008 5:52:25 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: SandRat

And *rhis* is why the support of the Iraqi Army and Rule of Law, by the Grand Ayatollah of all Iraqi Shiites, is such a big deal. Every story you read about the push by the ISF has at least one or two instances, where large weapons caches, or criminal hideouts are found and destroyed, are coming from tips from the Iraqi people.


31 posted on 04/21/2008 6:14:10 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Tin eared zeroes and Hollypukes comin...)
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To: SandRat

send em back to Iran, to the dissidents. Bush does too much above board,


32 posted on 04/21/2008 6:23:12 PM PDT by omega4179 (enviro-fatigued voter.)
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To: SandRat

Arm them and fire them back at Iran.


33 posted on 04/21/2008 6:30:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SandRat; txflake; pissant

Time for some more empty rhetoric from the White House condemning Iran!


34 posted on 04/21/2008 6:38:15 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: SandRat

I’ve been reading about operation “Eldest Son” from Vietnam, where we took enemy shells and cartridges from caches, fixed the mortar shells so they would explode in the tubes, fixed the ammo so it would explode in the rifles, then put them back. And waited.


35 posted on 04/21/2008 6:43:28 PM PDT by Sender (Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.)
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To: do not press 2 for spanish

Mortar shells (in the soldier’s right hand) each come packed inside their own “tube” (in the soldier’s left hand). The actual “mortar” itself, into which the shell is dropped and fired/launched, is not pictured.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortar_%28weapon%29


36 posted on 04/21/2008 6:46:29 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Lancey Howard

37 posted on 04/21/2008 7:01:25 PM PDT by Notary Sojac
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To: mainerforglobalwarming
Well, I don’t know if there are any ‘freedom fighters’ in Iran.

I've often wondered the exact same thing.

If most Iranians hate the regime, why don't they rebel?

It's not much of a life being a serf to a minority of despotic whackos. What's to lose?

38 posted on 04/21/2008 7:44:21 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

It’s just a weird coincidence. But seriously, this is obviously an arms cache that CIA provocateurs bought on the open market and concealed in Iraq to try to frame the kindly, peace-loving Islamic republic.

36 people shot, 9 die, during weekend in Chicago
http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/04/21/chicago.shootings.ap/index.html?eref=ib_topstories


39 posted on 04/21/2008 7:48:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: SandRat

Nothing to see here. Just move along.


40 posted on 04/21/2008 8:11:05 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: SandRat

In related news...

Pro wrestling is fake!


41 posted on 04/21/2008 9:04:32 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: geo40xyz
The MSM will protect and play defense for Hillary just like they did Bill when he was president. She needs to be defeated now.

I'd prefer something much larger and more effective too. You know how many independently targeted 500 lb JDAMs a B-2 can carry? Well I don't *know*, and if I did I'd have to shoot me, but according to Global Security: 80 500-pound GBU-38 JDAMs. The B-2 can also carry eight of the massive 5,000-pound GBU-37 bunker-buster bombs.

You send most of the raid with the JDAMS, a few with the bunker busters. See how much of a munitions industry, including nuclear munitions, the Iranians have left after that. If there aren't enough B-2s available, you use the B-2s to destroy the air defenses and then use B-1Bs and B-52Hs as the wrecking crew.

It would be a very short campaign. If we worked at not causing massive collateral damage, but maxium damage to the Iranian military and weapons industry, then we wouldn't have to worry about the Ayatollahs, the Persians would see to them.

42 posted on 04/21/2008 9:29:21 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Ilya Mourometz
Coolest looking and sounding plane ever. Saw one at Willow Grove about 5 years ago that arrived unannounced. I can imagine that it causes hundreds of UFO reports every year—if I hadn’t seen it at the show, I’m sure I would have thought it was a UFO too.

I felt the same way when I saw a Vulcan fly over my house, as part of a flyby at the local Air Force base (B-47s at the time, now just Air Guard tankers, and not many of those).

Oh I knew it wasn't a UFO, but however old I was at the time (sometime between '59 and '66, and probably early 60s), I knew it wasn't one of ours and I didn't recognize the UK markings, so I didn't have a clue who might be attacking us. :)

43 posted on 04/21/2008 9:53:29 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: geo40xyz
We should have 130 some B-2s and 100+ B-1Bs. But due to the need to spend money on entitlements, plus a Loath the Military attitude among some Congress Critters (D-mostly). We only built 21 or 22 B-2s. We built the 100 B-1Bs, but again in order to spend money buying votes, via bridges to nowhere and those "entitlements", about 1/3 of them were put in to the boneyard, because we couldn't afford to fly and maintain them.

We only have a single base where B-2s are home based (Whiteman AFB, Knob Knoster MO, southeast of KC) and two with B-1Bs,(Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Dyess AFB in Texas). All that remains of the B-52 fleet are the 85 -H models, about as many as the combined total of B-2s and B-1s. But they two are home based at only two Main Operating Bases, Barksdale AFB Louisiana and Minot AFB, North Dakota. Of course all three often deployed to overseas locations, especially Anderson AFB, Guam, and Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean.

44 posted on 04/21/2008 10:15:10 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks.


45 posted on 04/21/2008 10:20:30 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ilya Mourometz

Being in striking distance of Iran has always been an important and necessary objective in the WOT.


46 posted on 04/22/2008 12:26:15 AM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: Ilya Mourometz

> Question is will Clinton or McCain have the guts to do what it takes. Obama clearly will not.

In my opinion, that is precisely why it must begin before November. It must be well underway and committed before then. Like, begin rolling tanks now.

YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DOING, TAKE OFF EVERY ZIG!!!

> I suspect McCain did not really misspeak about Iran’s support of al Qaeda in Iraq; if it isn’t true this moment, it is inevitable.

Ideologically difficult, in that Iran is Shiite and al Qaeda is Sunni, but on the basis that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, not impossible at all.

> Mark my words, 9/11 is nothing compared to what’s coming if we allow Iran to go nuke.

That is why it must never be allowed to happen.

MOVE ZIG!!!
FOR THE GREAT JUSTICE!


47 posted on 04/22/2008 12:31:01 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: TheThinker

Pull all the troops. Use technology. Rename the area ‘Land of Pyrex’ after the 2’nd bombings.


48 posted on 04/22/2008 1:41:14 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: SandRat


49 posted on 04/22/2008 1:48:00 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: SandRat

This is not the first time we have found this out.

and we will do NOTHING!


50 posted on 04/22/2008 3:30:42 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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