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Kansas City, Mo., closing nearly half its schools (Democrat run, school district done)
MSNBC ^ | 3/10/2010 | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH/AP

Posted on 03/10/2010 5:52:43 PM PST by tobyhill

The Kansas City school board voted Wednesday night to close nearly half the district's schools in a desperate bid to stay afloat.

The board's 5-4 decision came after parents and community leaders made final pleas for the district not to shut down 29 out of 61 schools as it seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall.

"The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment," Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.

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1 posted on 03/10/2010 5:52:43 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Interesting ~ as predicted by the opponents of “Forced Busing” the KCMO school system is collapsing.


2 posted on 03/10/2010 5:54:26 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: tobyhill

“”The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment,” Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.”

Wow my BS meter just exploded.


3 posted on 03/10/2010 5:54:35 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: tobyhill

Isn’t KC the city where some judge made them spend more than $1B to upgrade their schools so they looked like Phillips Exeter Academy?


4 posted on 03/10/2010 5:56:12 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: lastchance
Yeah, I like how they blame everything OTHER than liberal policies for the mess that KC and too many other cities are in.

Foolishly liberal city and county government are but two of the many reasons I live out in the sticks now.

5 posted on 03/10/2010 5:57:03 PM PST by Hexenhammer ( The Spirit of '76!)
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To: lastchance

Last I checked the urban community was claiming they don’t need whites in their neighborhood.
Remember “Chocolate City”?


6 posted on 03/10/2010 5:58:04 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Another fine example of liberal rot, coming to a city near you...


7 posted on 03/10/2010 5:58:27 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: Steely Tom

Kansas City brought out such shining Obamabots as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1QiSi0_kTo

This, I think was a private school (maybe?)


8 posted on 03/10/2010 5:59:42 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: tobyhill

lets all home school


9 posted on 03/10/2010 5:59:59 PM PST by dalebert
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To: lastchance
“The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment,” Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.”

Covington has stressed that the district's buildings are only half-full as its population has plummeted amid political squabbling and chronically abysmal test scores. The district's enrollment of fewer than 18,000 students is about half of what the schools had a decade ago and just a quarter of its peak in the late 1960s.

These two paragraphs were both taken from the article.

The "peak in the late 1960s" was about 15 years after Brown v. Board of Education.

10 posted on 03/10/2010 6:00:44 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: tobyhill

You know, if the district does indeed close and consolidate unused or underused schools, we should applaud this action. It will be one of the few times government actually cuts back.


11 posted on 03/10/2010 6:02:33 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: tobyhill

LOL! It’s all whitey’s fault.


12 posted on 03/10/2010 6:02:35 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: tobyhill
The way I see it is that this is a prelude to forcing the rest of Kansas to pay for their education system because that “is where the whites went”. Her whole rant was against white actions against the community.
13 posted on 03/10/2010 6:03:46 PM PST by wbarmy (Hard core, extremist, and right-wing is a little too mild for my tastes.)
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To: muawiyah

The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision -———————always always it’s the white man’s fault...


14 posted on 03/10/2010 6:03:56 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: lastchance
What is truly interesting about Brown vs Board of Ed. was that the liberals could not fathom that the average guy out there would ever conceive of just pulling up stakes and moving for the sake of his kids.
Well that is just one the reasons the whole busing, forced integration policies failed and failed big.
People did the unexpected that left the Liberals fuming.
The big story on the news this week is the absolute failure of the school system to even teach the basics to the kids.
Now Obama wants to mandate the kids learn certain basics on a time frame the Federal Government puts out.
Just how in the Hell is that going to work?
When they finally get rid of the NEA and high paid supervisors, principals, etc., and get teachers that want to teach rather than spew Socialism then maybe we can graduate kids that can read and write.
15 posted on 03/10/2010 6:04:42 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: tobyhill

Not to mention crime... drive by shootings, walk by shootings and, bust a cap in yo ass shootings.


16 posted on 03/10/2010 6:05:03 PM PST by dps.inspect
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To: tobyhill

My protestant brother-in-law and his wife, living near
downtown KC, MO send their kids to a Catholic school.


17 posted on 03/10/2010 6:05:43 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: tobyhill

“retail and grocery store abandonment”

is one really got me...what are the owners supposed to do? Leave grocery stores open even if they lose money?

Maybe large chains will be required to do that in the not too distant future.


18 posted on 03/10/2010 6:06:08 PM PST by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: tobyhill

These schools have been nothing but a political jobs programs for favored minority elites. The beauty of the system is that you didn’t have to actually show your face at the school or to be remotely associated with the education of students. All you had to do was to know or to be related to the black mafia that runs Kansas City. The inconvenient fact that actual students, both black and white, were tossed to the curb with this scam mattered not. What mattered is that lots of money was tossed around and those connected to the Democrat Party cashed in.


19 posted on 03/10/2010 6:06:23 PM PST by centurion316
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To: lastchance

I haven’t seen so much racist BS since the last time I saw the Congressional Black Caucus on C-SPAN.


20 posted on 03/10/2010 6:06:43 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: tobyhill
People with children who can put their kids in private schools or leave the district. It is a hell hole. May Judge Russell G. Clark burn in Hell.

The only good thing I can point to it that this proved conclusively that you cannot solve the problems of public schools by throwing MASSIVE money at them.

I doubt these closures hold without some court challenge of some type.

21 posted on 03/10/2010 6:07:00 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Steely Tom
The [Brown] suit called for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation. Separate elementary schools were operated by the Topeka Board of Education under an 1879 Kansas law, which permitted (but did not require) districts to maintain separate elementary school facilities for black and white students in twelve communities with populations over 15,000.

From Wikipedia.

22 posted on 03/10/2010 6:07:11 PM PST by gitmo
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To: Captain Peter Blood
What is truly interesting about Brown vs Board of Ed. was that the liberals could not fathom that the average guy out there would ever conceive of just pulling up stakes and moving for the sake of his kids.

Or in the case of when this happened in Boston, engage in outright violence.

23 posted on 03/10/2010 6:07:23 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: lastchance

Well Ms. Brooks that certianly says a lot about the Black community. What you just said is that once the White Community decided to leave for greener pastures your Black Community could not function. Why is it your community never pulled their boots on and took advantage of the situation and got working and thrived?


24 posted on 03/10/2010 6:07:28 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: F15Eagle
Wow, had forgotten about that video.

Stupid is as stupid does, as mobama always said.
25 posted on 03/10/2010 6:08:40 PM PST by tongue-tied
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To: Captain Peter Blood
My family went on vacation for a week. When we got back our next door neighbors had put their home up for sale, had sold it, and were gone.

I ran into the former neighbor a few months later. The school board had announced a re-districting and they didn't like the new school. They sold their house at a fraction of its value so they could get into a better district before the deadlines hit for the next year.

gitmo

26 posted on 03/10/2010 6:10:55 PM PST by gitmo
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To: Captain Peter Blood
Now Obama wants to mandate the kids learn certain basics on a time frame the Federal Government puts out.

That's already the law. Ask W. and the dead Drunk about "No school bureaucrat left behind".

27 posted on 03/10/2010 6:11:14 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: Drill Thrawl

Well it was on the NBC evening news I think tonight and they were making a big deal of new mandates.


28 posted on 03/10/2010 6:13:39 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Steely Tom
Isn’t KC the city where some judge made them spend more than $1B to upgrade their schools so they looked like Phillips Exeter Academy?

It was $2 billion. According to the article:

For the past few years, the district has been plowing through the large reserves it built up when money from a $2 billion court-ordered desegregation plan was flooding its coffers.

And now the district is trying to "erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall" by closing nearly half the schools (which are only half full to begin with, according to the article) and cutting "about 700 of the district's 3,000 jobs".

Read that again, and do the math.
And always remember - - it's all whitey's fault.

29 posted on 03/10/2010 6:17:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Steely Tom
It is indeed. Steven Clark was the judge who FIRST ordered KC citizens (and Missouri citizens) to pay for his now-utterly-failed vision of 'education'.

The KC schools WERE plated in gilt after his ''decision''. Just another do-gooder dildo. His ''decision'' not only didn't improve anything, it laid a ridiculous tax burden on residents of Jackson County...to date, world without end.

The students are still the same lot that they'd been before, in about 94% of cases. Dumbshjts, can't add 30+43, can't name any 10 presidents, and, I daresay, would cheerfully sign a petition that dihydrogen monoxide should be banned by law, insofar as said substance is involved in the occasional drowning.

And the taxpayers still get to pay, world without end, for Black's idiocy, and sponsoring yet more stupidity from the assorted scumbums in the teachers' unions.

The first time that any lawmaker proposes a bill that allows citizens to execute anti-Constitutionalists who happen to be sitting on one or another bench, I shall regain some hope for the survival of the American republic.

30 posted on 03/10/2010 6:18:41 PM PST by SAJ (Zerobama? A phony and a prick, ergo a dildo.)
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To: tobyhill
A Chocolate School Board

I fricking knew it from reading the storyh before I looked it up on Google. Is it stereotyping if you're always right?

31 posted on 03/10/2010 6:26:56 PM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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To: Freddd

Even when we leave and get out of the way. Damn but we’re powerful /s


32 posted on 03/10/2010 6:31:50 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: tobyhill
Always somebody else’s fault.
33 posted on 03/10/2010 6:36:22 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: SAJ; Lancey Howard; muawiyah; Steely Tom; Captain Peter Blood; dps.inspect

Whitey left the schools and because of that, the blacks can’t learn. Scratching my head at this kind of logic. Oh well, the ass hat Federal Judge can sleep well at nights. A couple more billion taxpayer dollars up in smoke. It doesn’t matter though. The know it all judge’s intentions were good.


34 posted on 03/10/2010 6:36:39 PM PST by Enterprise (Dan Rather said Obama is so incompetent he couldn't sell watermelons.)
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To: tobyhill
This is the mentality/work-ethic of the inner-city today:

Fourth Generation welfare/foodstamp/Medicaid/etc. recipients who want OTHERS to fund their entire lives and vote only for those who would hand them freebies.

Get used to it; this is the future for Amerika under the Socialists.....

35 posted on 03/10/2010 6:37:07 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SAJ

Actually it was Judge Russell G. Clark who did it. As you say it was an expensive disaster.


36 posted on 03/10/2010 6:50:49 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: traditional1

Can someone from KC explain how much the property taxes were forced up.


37 posted on 03/10/2010 6:51:21 PM PST by Phosgood ("Send in the clowns" .. but wait ..............they're here! >..<)
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To: Steely Tom
THE END OF INTEGRATION

Chronology of the Kansas City, Missouri, Desegregation Case

38 posted on 03/10/2010 6:54:39 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: muawiyah

There is a world of difference between Brown v Board of Education, (neighborhood schools), and Missouri v Jenkins, mandating forced busing to schools far away from home, pulling suburban kids into inner city schools. Also known as Insta-sprawl.


39 posted on 03/10/2010 7:10:37 PM PST by sportutegrl (VETO PROOF MAJORITY IN 2010)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Interestingly enough the core of the judge's order was the rehabilitation of 55 buildings and the construction of 17 new ones.

He was criticized.

Obviously his critics were right and he was wrong is they can come up with a rational plan to close 29 of the existing buildings.

That's $1.7 billion down the drain, more or less, or, at least the waste of a great deal of that money.

No doubt he died feeling good about himself ~ that was on April 17, 2003, nearly 7 years ago.

40 posted on 03/10/2010 7:23:58 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: muawiyah

If he did died feeling good about himself he was delusional. The facts repudiated his judgment totally. Clark was an imperious pig who arrogantly squandered a fortune of taxpayers money.


41 posted on 03/10/2010 7:48:50 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: tobyhill
"The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment," Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.

I fled this school district when the supposed 'intelligentsia' of the liberal methodology decided they would use young children to perform a social experiment. IT was NOT redlining by banks or other financial institutions that sent me packing. IT was the sheer idiocy of putting kindergartners on a bus starting around 5:30 a.m. and 'busing' them through rush hour traffic out of their neighborhoods.

I as a parent would NEVER put my 5 year old in that situation.

These idiots have NO problem with legislating an 'earnings' tax upon business that operated within their urban zone and then belly ache, itch, whine and moan that it is some banking institution's fault for urban rot. It has been a 'crime' against humanity what these liberal social engineers have accomplished, and the literal dollar figure can never be calculated.

And I firmly believe there will be a 'heavenly' accounting for what these plotters and planners have reeked over the years upon young children. Race actually is not the issue, but the vehicle devised by reprobate double minded people of all colors to put as many into bondage as they possibly can. My heart aches for the carnage cause by these 'evil' twisted people that in the name of education set in motion actions that have destroyed so many lives over the generations.

42 posted on 03/10/2010 7:54:55 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: wbarmy
The way I see it is that this is a prelude to forcing the rest of Kansas to pay for their education system because that “is where the whites went”.

Kansas City, MO, oddly enough, is in Missouri, not Kansas.

But a whole bunch of the whites did indeed move to Johnson County, Kansas.

43 posted on 03/10/2010 7:56:51 PM PST by Sherman Logan ( .)
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To: tobyhill
I thought this rang a bell....

This is the same school district that engaged in this little experiment back in the mid 1980's:

Money And School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment

44 posted on 03/10/2010 8:01:12 PM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Tench_Coxe

Judge Russell Clark

45 posted on 03/10/2010 8:30:19 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steely Tom
Yes, KC's that school. Judge Clark, ordered the entire State of MO to cough up tax dollars to pay for "reasons of discrimination until reasons for discrimination no longer existed."

Taxation went on for at least a decade and many families that lived near KS State Line, moved out of MO entirely to avoid excessive taxation.

KCMO School District went on a spending spree that, to this day, defies belief, i.e. Computer labs that make many large companies jealous, except computers disappeared or no one knew how to install or operate; French magnet schools taught exclusively in French(?????); School specializing in the Performing Arts; on and on.

Unfortunately the reason for KC's miserable performance was not replaced: the administration and most of the Union teachers!

School system no longer is accredited or on probation now, schools that resemble collapsed public housing, on and on.

The KCMO public school enrollment no longer supports as many schools, many schools are in such disrepair that it is not cost-effective to inhabit.

Proving yet again that throwing billions at a problem will not solve that problem - especially if it is public education.

46 posted on 03/10/2010 9:49:31 PM PST by zerosix (native Sunflower)
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To: Tench_Coxe

Thanks for the link, that was an eye-opening read. I can’t believe the liberals are still ignoring this, and the Sausalito district, for two examples, and continuing to insist that it’s a matter of money.


47 posted on 03/10/2010 10:03:39 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: zerosix
And their class sizes were no larger than 25 students at most, unbelievable that with those kinds of resources (from a blackmailed tax base, at that), they still couldn't raise scores.
48 posted on 03/10/2010 10:06:21 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: Steely Tom
Of course it was. The massive flight happened when busing was ordered to achieve "racial balance in the classrooms."

Results were that with inner city kids, parents didn't participate in school activities which were far from home, slow learners and juvenile delinquents from ghettos were sitting in classes with high performing kids in upscale neighborhoods, good teachers left because of physical violence from affected students, shootings and knifings were occurring regularly, especially at athletics, shootings at school buses regular event. Well off parents refused to allow their children to be bused out of their own neighborhoods. Even black parents resisted busing their kids but didn't have the clout to refuse outright.

Nice schools in very nice neighborhoods began looking like ghetto schools. People not only left the public schools, many who didn't move, put their children in private schools.

The fact remains is that it was never Brown v. Board of Ed. that drove the stake in the heart of KCMO schools, it was liberal management, black and minority school board making awful decisions and always firing school head any time they disagreed with the "black experience" and for a number of decades, will only hire minority to head the district, whether or not barely qualified.

49 posted on 03/10/2010 10:08:30 PM PST by zerosix (native Sunflower)
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To: mrsmel
A close look at the district's teachers will give the viewer a good idea why - many of them barely read and write or meet any kind of educational standards. Good teachers left due to retirements but not being replaced because of hazards (physical violence from students, parents or other teachers).

School board insisted that teachers needed to "reflect the classrooms," meaning that if majority of students were black, teacher MUST be black also, regardless of qualifications. Of course, that meant principal and administrators at school also be "minority" which always meant black.

When you have a school whose "theme" was "African-centered" meant all classes revolved around whatever was deemed "African."

What sane parent wanted their kid to suffer their entire adulthood because of this kind of preferences being placed at the top of their education.

50 posted on 03/10/2010 10:16:54 PM PST by zerosix (native Sunflower)
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