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Al Qaeda's Goal: Cripple Amtrak's N'east Corridor
CBS/WCBSTV ^ | 11-26-08 | Marcia Kramer

Posted on 11/26/2008 11:27:58 PM PST by STARWISE

Heightened Security In Place At Penn Station; Attack Could Paralyze Transit Between Boston, Washington

Cops, Feds Armed With M16s On Patrol For Forseeable Future

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The world's economic fears were violently pushed aside on Wednesday by another global threat -- terrorism.

A massive coordinated attack was launched in Mumbai, India just hours after the FBI warned that Al Qaeda may be targeting New York's subways and railroads.

If Al Qaeda terrorists have their way there will be chaos and mayhem here this holiday season, a mass transit bomb plot that would probably affect all the subway and train lines at Penn and Grand Central stations.

"The threat is serious, the threat is significant, and it is plausible," said Congressman Peter King, R-Long Island, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcbstv.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; amtrak; girdyourloins; grandcentral; islam; jihad; jihadnamerica; mohammedanism; nyc; pennstation; rail

1 posted on 11/26/2008 11:27:58 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

But what about Joe Biden?


2 posted on 11/26/2008 11:30:35 PM PST by MarkeyD (11-4-08 For the first time I can say I am ashamed of my country.)
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To: Cindy; AliVeritas; jveritas; mdittmar; trooprally; Doctor Raoul; SE Mom; Bahbah; rodguy911

NYC ON THANKSGIVING TERROR ALERT
Fellow New Yorkers, put your walking shoes on ........... hat tip GoE)

NYC - Thanksgiving Terror Threat

For those who may have forgotten we are in the midst of a war and that New York has sustained the single largest number of casualties in that war so far…

Federal authorities are warning law enforcement personnel of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, and police are beefing up security in preparation.

An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.

A person briefed on the matter, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the intelligence-gathering work, said the threat may also be directed at the passenger rail lines running through New York, such as Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad, which are particularly busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

A U.S. counterterror official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so publicly, said senior government officials have been briefed because the FBI very recently received credible information about possible attacks over the holiday season, and authorities are particularly concerned about this long holiday weekend.

Read the whole thing here.

NYC ON THANKSGIVING TERROR ALERT
Fellow New Yorkers, put your walking shoes on ........... hat tip GoE)

NYC - Thanksgiving Terror Threat
For those who may have forgotten we are in the midst of a war and that New York has sustained the single largest number of casualties in that war so far…

Federal authorities are warning law enforcement personnel of a possible terror plot against the New York City subway and train systems during the holiday season, and police are beefing up security in preparation.

An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.

A person briefed on the matter, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the intelligence-gathering work, said the threat may also be directed at the passenger rail lines running through New York, such as Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad, which are particularly busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

A U.S. counterterror official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so publicly, said senior government officials have been briefed because the FBI very recently received credible information about possible attacks over the holiday season, and authorities are particularly concerned about this long holiday weekend.

Read the whole thing here.

If you are traveling in the City this holiday season keep your eyes wide open. If you see something say something. No Joke.

UPDATE From ABC news:

Exclusive: NY Rail Plot Details Based on ‘Reliable’ FBI Source New Information in Last 48 Hours Led to Public Warning

If you are traveling in the City this holiday season keep your eyes wide open. If you see something say something. No Joke.

UPDATE From ABC news:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6338514&page=1

Exclusive: NY Rail Plot Details Based on ‘Reliable’ FBI Source New Information in Last 48 Hours Led to Public Warning

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/11/nyc-on-thanksgi.html

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God protect the USA.


3 posted on 11/26/2008 11:31:48 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

But I thought the world would like us, again, because we elected 0bama?!


4 posted on 11/26/2008 11:33:46 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
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To: MarkeyD

who knows


5 posted on 11/26/2008 11:36:01 PM PST by television is just wrong (obama is going to pay my mortgage for me!)
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To: CE2949BB

we are the laughing stock of the rest of the planet.


6 posted on 11/26/2008 11:36:23 PM PST by television is just wrong (obama is going to pay my mortgage for me!)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for the ping STARWISE.

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Related Link with updates here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2138918/posts


7 posted on 11/26/2008 11:40:26 PM PST by Cindy
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To: MarkeyD

Biden is now Walkin’


8 posted on 11/26/2008 11:41:33 PM PST by ari-freedom (Turkeys belong on the Thanksgiving table, not in the White House.)
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To: STARWISE
I hope the next Muslim terrorist attack on a domestic target - results in retaliation against mosques and Muslims in the United States...

With FAR LESS justification and NO ACTS OF VIOLENCE perpetrated by citizens of Japanese descent - we moved the entire Japanese population into internment camps for the duration of their “Jihad”.....

Why in hell are the Muslims treated differently???? Have we become too "civilized" to deal with murderous barbarians?

9 posted on 11/26/2008 11:41:36 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: river rat

Richard Gere would not like that.


10 posted on 11/26/2008 11:50:31 PM PST by MarkeyD (11-4-08 For the first time I can say I am ashamed of my country.)
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To: MarkeyD
But what about Joe Biden? Maybe they will get him in the prossess, let's hope not!
11 posted on 11/26/2008 11:53:22 PM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: jws3sticks; All

November 27, 2008

Intelligence chiefs were expecting Al-Qaeda spectacular

Excerpt:

Western intelligence services have been expecting an al-Qaeda spectacular terrorist attack in this crucial period between the end of President George Bush’s administration and the succession of Barack Obama.

Signals intelligence “chatter” in recent weeks indicated that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organisation might be plotting an attack “to grab the headlines” before Mr Obama takes over in the White House on January 20.

British security and intelligence sources said there had been increasing concern, particularly in the United States, that a “terrorist spectacular” was on the cards.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5241036.ece


12 posted on 11/26/2008 11:59:29 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Oh holy crap, that would be me.

I’ll need to watch the tracks. Is it a federal crime for me to do so?


13 posted on 11/27/2008 12:06:33 AM PST by wastedyears ("Al Gore is an apostle of arrogance." - Vaclav Klaus, Pres. of Czech Republic)
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To: STARWISE

Yawn. This is just the media hunting for revenue. If and when there is another attack on the US mainland there will not be a front page story to precede it on CBS or Drudge.


14 posted on 11/27/2008 12:25:40 AM PST by yooling (Dude, where's my party?)
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To: MarkeyD

Double plus.


15 posted on 11/27/2008 12:46:47 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: river rat

Amen.

Despite the fact that we KNOW there are Muslim “sleepers” among us, and that we have indeed broken up dozens of plots and thwarted so many attacks by Muslims here since 9/11, still we don’t round them up as we should...I’m with you, if we get hit again on our soil, it’s open season on Islamic ragheads.


16 posted on 11/27/2008 12:56:16 AM PST by VigilantAmerican (We will not waver, we will not tire; we will not falter, we will not fail)
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To: river rat

Actually, I would pick the inauguration day if I were the Islamic planners. With three million in DC and total inability of the city to move these people out in any emergency...this would be the impossible emergency to plan around. Simply three or four carbombs and you’d have total chaos in the city. I think Al Qaeda will likely come up over the next 60 days and show various ways that they are still around and surprise everyone with their planning abilities. This sets the stage for Obama in January...to admit that he doesn’t have much of a plan....unless he continues Bush’s old plan.


17 posted on 11/27/2008 1:12:33 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: river rat
It always comes back to this, doesn't it? For decades, Congress has failed us in ways history has yet to unfold fully, including officialdom's desire to show the world what "good people" we are by opening the country to entries of foreigners whose last interest in the world is the USA.

WE MUST CONTINUE THE GOOD FIGHT through unrelenting reminders to Congress and the press/media that their corruption and errant reasoning won't go unchecked. Right must be done!

Regards . . . Penny


18 posted on 11/27/2008 1:37:38 AM PST by Penny
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To: STARWISE

The freedoms of North Eastern city dwellers has been usurped by the police state!

Pull all security from blue cities and freedom ring!


19 posted on 11/27/2008 1:42:21 AM PST by NoLibZone (To All those that have sworn the Oath- Time Has Come. Or your service has been for the benefits.)
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To: river rat
Wonder what the Bushbots will say in Bush's waning days, if/when there is a terrorist attack on US soil, and some of the dead or captured terrorists appear to have come in through our Southern Border.

I wonder if W will still get his Presidential Museum?

They will still continue with "Day in the Life" until 20 January. Barf.

20 posted on 11/27/2008 2:03:38 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Shouldn't we form "Committees of Correspondence" thru Freepmail & V-Cards if FR is to be shut down?)
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To: STARWISE

This will be done by muslims on British passports flown in for the bombings. Realistically train bombings are the only mass murder option terrorists currently have the ability to pull off. Something like this will happen in the U.S. It’s just a matter of time. And they will blame Bush when it happens!


21 posted on 11/27/2008 2:06:49 AM PST by lodi90
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To: CE2949BB
Personally, I thought Obama’s offer to “negotiate with terrorists” might have been the impetus for the attacks and hostage taking in Mumbai. If they take Western hostages they are going to need someone to negotiate with, right?
22 posted on 11/27/2008 2:21:12 AM PST by singfreedom
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To: pepsionice
I think that utterly clueless, neophyte, Curious George character is going to be up to his eyeballs in sh*t within seconds of the inauguration. It would be interesting if the terrorists chose Inauguration Day to launch their attack.
23 posted on 11/27/2008 2:27:38 AM PST by singfreedom
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To: yooling

that’s what I was thinking too. Yawn....


24 posted on 11/27/2008 2:34:14 AM PST by Jaysin
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To: STARWISE

The easiest way to do this other than parking a large vehicle at a crossing would be to sabotage a freight train loaded with railcars of toxic or flammable chemicals, a torch to cut out a small section of track but leave an electrical jumper hooked up, or destoy a key bridge or tunnel.
Its also possible to hijack a locomotive.
For a widespread effect a truck bomb at the operations nexus would most likely disrupt all traffic for several states.

Here in Alaska immediately after 9/11 we had armed railcars with National Guard patrolling the tracks.


25 posted on 11/27/2008 2:42:44 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Aleutica, the new name of Free Alaska)
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To: STARWISE

I’m not from a city that depends on mass transit (wish we had it, but our bus service isn’t even reliable.) Anyhoo, I understand the consequences of a subway attack, but what about the Amtrak attack (aside from the deaths it would cause)...a mass transit attack that would affect all train travel...how could that be? How would it disrupt things for any longer than it takes to repair/or lay more tracks, etc. (unless, I guess it was in the station itself?) I know I’m being naive, I just don’t understand the implications...could someone explain them to me.


26 posted on 11/27/2008 2:49:37 AM PST by Dawn531
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To: STARWISE
How could Al-Queda do more damage to Amtrack then Amatrack’s own management does?

Wait a tick, maybe Amtrack’s management is Al-Queda.....

OMG, We've already been infiltrated......

27 posted on 11/27/2008 3:41:56 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: television is just wrong

How so?

Your comment doesn´t explain why everybody and their goat is trying to get here.


28 posted on 11/27/2008 3:58:10 AM PST by villagerjoel (1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual!)
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To: television is just wrong
we are the laughing stock of the rest of the planet.

We're the sugar-daddy, too. Strange situation, isn't it? Doesn't look like it's going to "change" much, but we can "hope"......

29 posted on 11/27/2008 4:03:05 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly. - B. Franklin)
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To: river rat

>> Have we become too “civilized” to deal with murderous barbarians?

Yes. America has been seized with PC, with malignant hypertoleration, with fatal broadmindedness. America is bedazzled by its own PC, we are stupefied by this supreme virtue and so gripped by a narcissistic, mystical fascination with our PC-ness, we believe that we can coexist with mortal enemies as easily as walking through lava.


30 posted on 11/27/2008 4:18:02 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Unlike taxes, public schooling can be avoided. Don't feed the beast.)
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To: STARWISE

I propose a bailout.


31 posted on 11/27/2008 4:21:04 AM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: lodi90

“This will be done by muslims on British passports flown in for the bombings. Realistically train bombings are the only mass murder option terrorists currently have the ability to pull off. Something like this will happen in the U.S. It’s just a matter of time. And they will blame Bush when it happens!”
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I believe Brits now have to retain a visa before traveling to the US. I’m glad this has been implemented. My husband is a Brit and is over there at the mo for a visit. I made sure he new about it before he left tho.


32 posted on 11/27/2008 4:29:08 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: singfreedom

I agree - I think Obama’s been PLAYING President - Wait until he REALLY has to deal with grown-up terrorist situations!

All those that thought GW was/is stupid will come to know quickly - He WASN’T kidding!


33 posted on 11/27/2008 4:31:34 AM PST by Anita1 ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: lodi90
Realistically train bombings are the only mass murder option terrorists currently have the ability to pull off.

How about a cargo ship full of fertilizer and fuel oil. Now call me silly, but I seem to remember that as far as "options" and mass murder, ya gotta use your imagination.

Football games, shopping malls, churches, parades, large factories, hospitals, bridges, ...... any place you can pull between a ton to a couple of thousand tons of fertilizer and fuel oil.... well you can hurt people.

The one that's going to get people a little froggy is when some muzzies strap some C-4 to their chests and walk around a mall... or decide on sniping.

but since Obama is in the "Office of the President-elect" , well he's having "meetings" and getting Biden's input on how he's going to protect all 57 of our states.

34 posted on 11/27/2008 5:23:21 AM PST by erman
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To: wastedyears
I’ll need to watch the tracks. Is it a federal crime for me to do so?

DO NOT point out any sweating, nervous Arabic men between the ages of 17 and 40 who clutch oil-stained backpacks to their chests......

........ or you will be sent to Political Correctness Education Camp.

35 posted on 11/27/2008 5:30:41 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proud author of abstract semi-religious dogmatic hoooey with a decidedly fring feel.)
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To: Dawn531

If indeed Penn Station is the target, the damage could be severe, especially if an attack were to succeed in causing damage to the tunnels in which the trains run.

An example. In late Sept. 2001 a typhoon dumped 36 inches of rain on Taipei, Taiwan in a 24 hour period. A massive pumping station in one part of the city failed and flooded the subway line. That flooded subway line took 6 months to repair, and the tunnels were in tact.

A bomb that brings down even a part of the tunnel would take a long time to repair, and in a weakened economy, would have dire consequences—way past just the destruction of the economy.

Essentially when an entire region’s rail traffic passes through a single point, and when a major urban area’s subways also transit that single point, the impact of an attack on that point is huge.


36 posted on 11/27/2008 5:45:53 AM PST by comps4spice (Stop buying newspapers and magazines and tell advertisers why you are doing what you are doing.)
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To: STARWISE

“Al Qaeda may be targeting New York’s subways and railroads.””

This would seriously affect the free houses, cars, gas, drugs, lottery tickets, MD 20-20, beer, turkeys, burgers, shrimps, fried chicken, TVs, i pods, and vacation cruises all the obama voters are expecting.


37 posted on 11/27/2008 6:12:11 AM PST by sergeantdave (We are now in the Age of the Idiot)
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To: river rat
islamicfinder dot org
Tell your friends...
38 posted on 11/27/2008 6:13:53 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: STARWISE
If Al Qaeda terrorists have their way there will be chaos and mayhem here this holiday season, a mass transit bomb plot
If AQ wants to do this, bring chaos and mayhem, to the NYC transit system, all they have to do is place an operative on every third platform and ... LIGHT UP A CIGARETTE.

The NYC cops will be running around like a Chinese fire drill stamping out these DANGEROUS Cigarettes and writing tickets. And Blommie will demand the 82nd Airborne be brought in to round up the 'evil doers'.

39 posted on 11/27/2008 6:19:31 AM PST by Condor51 (Obama believes in Karl Marx. I believe in Sun Tzu.)
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To: pepsionice
Be ready for the outcry: "Bush fought the wrong war! He didn't get OBL and we are paying for it!"

I've already seen this talking point on the ABC news blog concerning the India attacks. Even that attack is all Bush's fault according to the libs posting there. Anyone that thinks we will not hear GW's name invoked for the cause of all evil for the next 4 years is naive. (Not implying that you are.)

40 posted on 11/27/2008 6:38:40 AM PST by arkady_renko
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To: CE2949BB

But I thought the world would like us, again, because we elected 0bama?!

Oh they do. They like to blow us up.


41 posted on 11/27/2008 7:43:08 AM PST by chainsaw
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To: STARWISE

Notice how al-queerda doesn’t want to cripple a Red State? That’s because Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, etc. all still believe in the 2nd amendment.


42 posted on 11/27/2008 11:28:52 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Bombing Billy Ayers-the Timothy McVeigh of his generation)
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To: Dawn531
I just don’t understand the implications...could someone explain them to me.

Many meto areas like DC simply can’t function without mass transit. The road systems simply can’t handle the volume.

An attack on a metro or rail system probably could be repaired in short order but people simply will not get on board again unless they feel safe. There is no way to do airport type screenings in any practical way. It would take months to get people back ridding.

43 posted on 11/28/2008 9:27:21 AM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: CE2949BB

they won’t respect and love us until after inauguration?
why would terrorists attack a nation that would elect a black man with the middle name “Hussein” as president?
We are soo wonderful


44 posted on 11/28/2008 1:06:22 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

no worries about the southern border.
Brilliant Barry chose Janet Napolitano as new chief of homeland security
what an impressive lot of security, military coordination intelligence and antiterrorist background she brings to this vital position

again, no worries


45 posted on 11/28/2008 1:09:23 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

We’re gonna so miss W.


46 posted on 11/28/2008 1:16:14 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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