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Kyrgyzstan plane crash - Two U.S. basketball players reported among passengers
Interfax.ru via translation ^ | August 24, 2008

Posted on 08/24/2008 2:17:10 PM PDT by HAL9000

via translation -

On board the plane crashed under the Bishkek could be two prominent basketball players NBA - гендиректор Federation basketball Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek. August 24. INTERFAX - on board crashed under Bishkekom Boeing-737 airplanes could stay two famous American basketball NBA, told journalists Director General Federation of basketball Kyrgyzstan Oleg Putilov.

"According to my information, players Samuel Perkins and Rebecca Bonner, who were in Bishkek and the town of Kant master classes, were to depart today from Bishkek in Iran - where they took place some competition. Until this all that I know. Ne I can dial up to the rest of his colleagues, "- O. Putilov told reporters.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy told reporters that "formal communication about this topic will be done the morning of 25 August."



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bishkek; kyrgyzstan; nba; planecrash; rebeccabonner; samperkins; samuelperkins; usembassy
U.S. Embassy -

American basketball players Samuel Perkins and Rebecca Bonner will visit Kyrgyzstan on August 21-24, 2008 Kyrgyzstan to participate in a series of sport events.

http://bishkek.usembassy.gov/

1 posted on 08/24/2008 2:18:06 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
AFP via translation -

MOSCOW - Sixty-five people were killed Sunday in the crash of a Boeing 737 near the airport of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, announced a spokesman for the Ministry of Health kirghiz revising downwards the previous balance of 71 dead.

2 posted on 08/24/2008 2:21:06 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: HAL9000

OMG I hope they are okay I hear about that this morning Hal


3 posted on 08/24/2008 2:22:47 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: HAL9000
A press release about Perkins' and Bonner's trip.........

American basketball players Samuel Perkins and Rebecca Bonner will visit Kyrgyzstan on August 21-24, 2008 Kyrgyzstan to participate in a series of sport events. 

Their visit is possible with support of the State Department’s International Sport Programming Initiative and U.S. Embassy Bishkek.  During the visit the American Sport Envoys will meet and play basketball with young Kyrgyzstanis in Bishkek, Kant, and Kochkor.

While providing an opportunity for the youth to engage in a dialogue with American players, these events allow young people to discover how success in sports can be a bridge to the development of life skills emphasizing the values of teamwork, respect, and leadership.

Source

4 posted on 08/24/2008 2:30:16 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: HAL9000

Sam Perkins, the ‘Big Smooth’?!?!

Goodness, hope their fine.


5 posted on 08/24/2008 2:31:04 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth amendments?)
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To: HAL9000

Would that be former North Carolina Tarheel and retired NBA star, Sam Perkins?


6 posted on 08/24/2008 2:31:09 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: SevenofNine

It’s not confirmed that they were on the plane, but it seems to be possible. Some reports mention survivors, including the pilots.


7 posted on 08/24/2008 2:35:49 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: HAL9000
65 die in Kyrgyzstan plane crash: health ministry

by Tolkun Namatbayeva 1 hour, 10 minutes ago

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) - A passenger plane bound for Iran crashed shortly after take-off from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek on Sunday, claiming the lives of 65 people onboard, the health ministry said.

The Boeing-737 with 90 people onboard went down a few kilometres (miles) from Bishkek's Manas airport when the plane suffered a dramatic loss of cabin pressure, said Prime Minister Igor Chudinov.

"Sixty-five passengers were killed, 22 injured and three are missing," health ministry spokeswoman Yelena Bayalinova told AFP. She had earlier given a toll of 71 dead. The plane was owned by Itek Air, a private Kyrgyz company, that is on the European Union blacklist of airlines banned from flying in EU airspace.

Chudinov said all seven crew members were among the survivors of the crash, the worst in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan since the Central Asian state gained independence.

"The plane took off and then it lost pressure," Chudinov told reporters. It was bound for Tehran, according to airport officials.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field not far from the runway and the plane caught fire, he said.

Civil aviation officials said it went down at around 8:40 pm (1440 GMT), just 10 minutes after take-off.

Kyrgyz reporters on the scene said body parts were strewn across a large area surrounding the plane wreckage.

There were 51 foreigners among the passengers, including Iranian, Turkish, Chinese and Canadian nationals, according to the prime minister.

It was the worst plane crash in recent history in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic that also boasts Central's Asia biggest and most modern airport.

Rescue teams and firefighters were dispatched to the crash site near the village of Dzhany-Dzher where the plane was engulfed in flames, officials said.

US military officials at a nearby base sent firefighters and medical staff to the scene, said Aygul Karemshakova, a press spokeswoman for the US base in Kyrgyzstan.

The prime minister said the plane had no known safety problems.

"The Boeing was produced in 1979, was in good condition, was checked a month ago and had an extended warranty," he said.

Iran's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan visited the injured at Bishkek hospitals as rescuers continued a frantic search for survivors under the cover of darkness.

"Mostly the passengers have combined injuries -- burns, broken bones and bumps," a doctor at Bishkek hospital said.

There were reports that the plane was owned by the Iranian company Aseman and leased to Itek Air, but a spokesman for the national aviation agency in Tehran denied the information.

"The plane belongs to Kyrgyz airlines," said Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman for the agency, the official Irna news agency reported.

A Spanair flight bound for the Canary Islands crashed in Madrid on August 21, killing 154 people.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080824/ts_afp/kyrgyzstanairaccidentiran_080824202332

8 posted on 08/24/2008 2:37:39 PM PDT by BossLady (People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. ~Carl Jung)
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To: HAL9000

WOW I hope they are okay


9 posted on 08/24/2008 2:38:55 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: HAL9000

Prayers up for everyone.


10 posted on 08/24/2008 2:40:52 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: BossLady

¨A Spanair flight bound for the Canary Islands crashed in Madrid on August 21, killing 154 people.¨

You know the old saying...Airline accidents happen in three. One more to go.


11 posted on 08/24/2008 2:43:18 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Cindy

ping


12 posted on 08/24/2008 2:45:39 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Thats not an “old saying”.


13 posted on 08/24/2008 2:52:22 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: HAL9000

Prayers.


14 posted on 08/24/2008 2:57:02 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: BossLady

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.


AIRLINE ANOMALIES

Summary
A number of strange events — each in and of itself unremarkable — have followed the crash of Spanair flight JK5022 on Aug. 20. Though we do not attempt to draw any conclusions from these string of events, the anomalous nature of these incidents is noteworthy.

Analysis

A number of aviation incidents around the world over the weekend have piqued our attention, though at this point no conclusions can be drawn from the available information.

It seems to have begun with the Aug. 20 crash of Spanair flight JK5022. Heading toward the Canary Islands, the flight originated from Spain’s busiest airport, Barajas Airport, located in Madrid. The first attempt at takeoff was aborted and a technical problem kept the plane on the ground for some two additional hours. On its second attempt, the MD-82 reportedly experienced an explosion or a fire of some sort (likely with one of its engines) during its takeoff run at around 2:45 p.m. local time. Though reports suggest the aircraft did get airborne, it soon slammed into the ground and ended up in a gully near the runway. More than 150 people — including the vast majority of passengers and crew — were killed.

While an investigation is currently underway, the MD-80 series (which includes the MD-82) is a widely used and well regarded aircraft with a fairly good safety record. Both Spanish and American investigators are involved in the investigation process.

Though the crash is obviously tragic, it did not seem connected to some larger issue regarding global civil aviation even though less than two weeks prior, a South Korean man made a bomb threat against an Air China flight from Japan only hours before the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics began in Beijing. The man has already confessed and is currently in custody.

Regardless of whether they are — or are not — connected, a number of incidents over the weekend have caught our attention:
Aug. 23 — Swiss International Airlines flight LX2114 was diverted to Geneva while en route from Zurich to Malaga after a bomb threat. No explosives were found aboard.
Aug. 23 — Virgin Atlantic flight VS029, a Boeing 747, returned to Gatwick only an hour after departing for Barbados. The pilot reportedly took precautionary measures after a technical difficulty was encountered. Virgin has denied that any emergency occurred.
Aug. 24 — Spanair flight JK2565, another Spanair MD-82 also headed to the Canary Islands, was forced to land at Malaga when it encountered a technical problem in flight after leaving Barcelona.
Aug. 24 — An as yet unidentified Kyrgyz Boeing 737 heading for Tehran from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan crashed as it was attempting to turn back to Manas International Airport after encountering a technical problem shortly after takeoff. The plane was reportedly owned by the Kyrgyz Itek Air but was being operated by Iran Aseman Airlines. Manas is also a military airbase used by U.S. forces. Though details remain cloudy at this point, as many as a third of the passengers may have survived.

In addition, Qantas Airways Ltd. experienced a number of odd incidents with its aircraft a week ago — from a rudder issue to an issue with toilets — since a decompression incident forced a Qantas 747 to make an emergency landing on July 25.

Of the incidents mentioned, the aircraft, airlines and geography (both origin and destination) involved are all too broad to delineate a pattern beyond the Europe-to-Caribbean flights. Passenger manifest information is currently too limited to suggest connections among possible targets. Though the overall fiscal crunch on airlines in the last few years has led to streamline attempts and maintenance cuts, we attempt to draw no conclusions there either.

But in intelligence it is essential to recognize anomalous events or series of events and even if this particular block of incidents is nothing more than an unfortunate (and in some cases tragic) five days for global civil aviation, it bears mention.


15 posted on 08/24/2008 3:01:25 PM PDT by spyone
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

There was a small plane which crashed in Utah (probably yesterday), killing everyone on board (10 or 11 people).


16 posted on 08/24/2008 3:01:45 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: HAL9000

This is what happens when you fly dangerous third-world airlines.

Was it a crappy Soviet-era Tupolev POS they were on?

If it ain’t from Boeing or Airbus, don’t even think of getting on board.


17 posted on 08/24/2008 3:02:51 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Never mind. I see it was a 737.

But I still stand by my comment of crappy third-world airlines with questionable maintenance practices and crew competence.


18 posted on 08/24/2008 3:05:14 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Emperor Palpatine

“The Boeing was produced in 1979...”

How many people drive 30 yr old cars?


19 posted on 08/24/2008 3:07:00 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (est deus in nobis)
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To: Rennes Templar

Answer to the question about who drives a 30 year old car: Those who inspect them every time the use them and perform preventative maintenance on them about once a week.


20 posted on 08/24/2008 3:18:30 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: BossLady

“...and had an extended warranty...”

Lot of good that did. Now I’m glad I never bought one for my ten-year-old truck.


21 posted on 08/24/2008 3:22:33 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

PING TO POST 15


22 posted on 08/24/2008 3:24:31 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT
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To: Natchez Hawk

the ‘big smooth’. First thing I thought too. Sounds as though they were doing some good things. Hope all is fine.


23 posted on 08/24/2008 3:55:44 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: spyone

Really... you really are trying to tell me all those incidents are connected somehow. A reason why those minor events have garners so much attention is because of the Spanair disaster. Bomb threats are infrequent, but somewhat common. A flight returning to an airport after takeoff, it happens every day. Trust me, if there was some kind of link someone important would see it. This is just conspiratorial garbage.


24 posted on 08/24/2008 3:58:05 PM PDT by ERJCaptain
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To: spyone

WOW! Good Intel! Keep it coming! ;)


25 posted on 08/24/2008 4:12:37 PM PDT by BossLady (People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. ~Carl Jung)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I’ve done a lot of travelling this summer and I was amazed at how few old cars I saw on the road. Mostly late model vehicles everywhere.


26 posted on 08/24/2008 5:03:03 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (est deus in nobis)
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To: KC_Conspirator

Oh, Oh....What did I say wrong?


27 posted on 08/24/2008 5:06:18 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Verginius Rufus

“There was a small plane which crashed in Utah (probably yesterday), killing everyone on board (10 or 11 people).”

Yes, you are correct. I forgot about that one.

But maybe it is too small and doesn’t count...maybe.


28 posted on 08/24/2008 5:09:05 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Verginius Rufus

P.S.

If there is no other plane crash in the next 24-48 hours, that small plane was No. 2 and this last one was No. 3.


29 posted on 08/24/2008 5:16:51 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: HAL9000

Interfax.com - Plane that crashed in Kyrgyzstan was carrying volleyball, not basketballteam - official


30 posted on 08/24/2008 5:36:37 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: Verginius Rufus

P.S. again.

I’m not trying to cover my a$$. I’m just finding this interesting.


31 posted on 08/24/2008 5:37:17 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Rennes Templar
“The Boeing was produced in 1979...”

" How many people drive 30 yr old cars? "

In commercial aviation, it's not how old the plane is, but, how many cycles are on the plane ( take offs, cruising altitude, and landings are on the plane ) that is the main factor, included in with how old it is.
It's all about how well the planes are maintained.
32 posted on 08/24/2008 5:47:48 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: HAL9000

The names of the basketball players do NOT appear in the passenger list, so hopefully, the Interfax report was incorrect and the U.S. basketball players are okay -

http://kg.akipress.org/news/60731

The list of passengers and crew of flight 6895 Tehran-Bishkek
25-08-2008
03:31
BISHKEK (CNA press) - Became known list of people who were injured in the crash “Boeing-737”. A list provided by the press service of the Border Service of Kyrgyzstan.

According to preliminary data, flight 6895 Tehran-Bishkek followed by passengers following:
1. Niyazi Teimour - Iranian citizen,
. 2 Cory Shamsaldin - Iran;
. 3 Sultanaliev Almaz - KR;
4. Niyazi Salim - Iran;
5. Rasoulov Mohsen - Iran;
6. Katebi Yasef - Iran;
7. Sahin Mahmed - citizen of Turkey;
8. Saparbaeva Ayday - KR;
9. Sakimbaeva Nurzat - KR;
10. Syed Alireza Hosseini - Iran;
11. Turdueva Nurzada - KR;
12. Benzadi Alireza - Iran;
13. Syrdybaeva Gulnur - KR;
14. Hosseini Sayed - Iran;
15. Zhamshidiyan Neshad Abbas - Iran;
16. Rosie Talab Zadeh Hoshen - Iran;
17. Parsakiya Karim - Iran;
18. Agha Ahmadi Gholam Hoseyin - Iran;
19. Habib Nezhad Aref - Iran;
20. Ershat Saeid - Iran;
21. Aghili Malek - Iran;
22. Valizadeh Reza - Iran;
23. Valeh Ibrahim - Iran;
24. Dehghaniyam Ghasem - Iran;
25. Bahr Bahram - Iran;
26. Ali Zare - Iran;
27. Ibraimov Bilgis - KR;
28. Mirza Mahmoud - Iran;
29. Zhatan Eysar - Iran;
30. Abdrashitov Abdrashin - KR;
31. Ikshanov Rina - KR;
32. Nasrollahi Pooyan - Iran;
33. Beyshenkulov Elnur - KR;
34. Rayhan Mamaghani Pouneh-Iran;
35. Ahangari Nasreen - Iran;
36. Rayhan Mamaghani Muhammad - Iran;
37. Zhalaer Gitti - Iran;
38. Melaka Mohammad Reza - Iran;
39. Magdy Esmaeyl - Iran;
40. Chynybaev Bilal - KR;
41. Gholami Jalal - Iran;
42. Makarchuk Ivan - KR;
43. Mushekenov Mukhtar - Kazakhstan;
Eugenia Choi 44 - Kazakhstan;
45 Esaeva Gauhar - Kazakhstan;
46 Sabyrzhan Kadyrov - the CD (survived);
47 Kubatov Nazar - KR;
48. Rezapoursarabi Majid - Iran;
49. Hasanbaev Zhurabay - CD (survived);
50. Adiev Bayysh - CD (survived);
51. Adiev Zhanysh - CD (survived);
52. Kozhomkulov Emil;
53. Bakhtiyar Kadyrov - the CD (survived);
54. Baybulatov Murat - KR;
55. Kasymaliev Esenzhan - CD (survived);
56. Ma Hyuyking - PRC;
57. Arianfar Asadulla - Iran;
58. Kasymbek Talantbek - KR;
59. Movaghati Moghadam Mehrdad - Iran;
60. Huseyinov Adilet - KR;
61. Pishrov Abdullah - Iran;
62. Suleymanifar Mohsen - Iran (survived);
63. Nasiri Amir Nezhad - Iran (survived);
64. Kompaniha Mohsen - Iran (survived);
65. Arif C ikaroudi Zahra - Iran (survived);
66. Zakerikhalalaf Badam Mohamad Mehdi - Iran;
67. Aref Narzhes - Iran (survived);
68. Montaziri Reza Taleghani - Iran (survived);
69. Hazem Ali Langrodi - Iran (survived);
70. Mohammad Zakeri Hoseyin - Iran (survived);
71. Sadeghiyan Mohammadreza - Iran;
72. Kutilov Oleg - KR;
73. Romazani Ahmad - Iran;
74. Zant Lotfali - Iran;
75. Abdi Mahdi - Iran;
76. Beyki Ali - Iran;
77. Mousavi Mohammadali - Iran;
78. Mohammad Hossein Yawer - Iran;
79. Khabiri Huseyin - Iran (survived);
80. Kiumarsi Parfiz - Iran;
81. Kim Mihayil - KR;
82. Sarihi Farhad - Iran;
83. Mohammaadi Babak - Canada;

Crew members:
84. Yury Goncharov - Captain liner - KR;
85. Vodolagin Timothy - the second pilot - CD (survived);
86. Kugusheva Elena - hostess - CD (survived);
87. Asyaeva Oksana - hostess - CD (survived);
88. Ryazanov Tatiana - hostess - CD (survived);
89. Sergey Belyaev - flight engineer - CD (survived);
90. Zarrabi Darban Ehsan - Manager - Iran (survived);


33 posted on 08/25/2008 2:05:18 AM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

I’m going to try to research the age of aircraft in all crashes over the last 10 yrs. Will get back to you.


34 posted on 08/25/2008 2:46:40 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (est deus in nobis)
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To: Rennes Templar
Yes, sometimes age is a factor, but, also, how well the plane is maintained.
Many plane crashes are caused by weather, pilot error, ATC error.
If a plane of a good run airline is well maintained and they don't cut corners, then they are safe.

35 posted on 08/25/2008 3:00:27 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: Prophet in the wilderness

I’m a friend of Sam’s and he landed in Dallas today safely and is at home with his family. :-)


36 posted on 08/25/2008 10:17:30 PM PDT by dallaschic
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To: milford421; Calpernia; Velveeta

Ping to post #15.


37 posted on 08/26/2008 4:23:52 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Post 15 is interesting, thanks for the ping.


38 posted on 08/26/2008 4:26:41 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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