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Rig Survivors: BP Ordered Shortcut On Day Of Blast
CNN ^ | June 8, 2010 | Scott Bronstein and Wayne Drash

Posted on 06/08/2010 3:13:46 PM PDT by khnyny

(CNN) -- The morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling, rig survivors told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview.

The survivors' account paints perhaps the most detailed picture yet of what happened on the deepwater rig -- and the possible causes of the April 20 explosion.

The BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN.

BP won the argument, said Doug Brown, the rig's chief mechanic. "He basically said, 'Well, this is how it's gonna be.' "

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bozosholocaust; bp; gulf; mud; oil; oilspill; shortcuts; transocean
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1 posted on 06/08/2010 3:13:46 PM PDT by khnyny
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To: khnyny

I’m dubious. Seriously.

Sounds like the MSM trying to help Obama out.


2 posted on 06/08/2010 3:15:35 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: khnyny

Penny wise, Pound foolish.... and it cost the lives of 11 good men.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 3:15:58 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: Retired Greyhound

No kidding. Where’s the “Aw Jeez, Not this F****** Shit Again” guy when you need him?


4 posted on 06/08/2010 3:17:48 PM PDT by library user
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To: ASOC

This came from CNN (Clintoon News Network).


5 posted on 06/08/2010 3:18:25 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: khnyny
Pres_ _ent Obama, the DNC and BP conspire to create
a dangerous, negligent environment before, during, and after the event ......... check

Rig Survivors: BP Ordered Shortcut On Day Of Blast"

BP's new plan risks worsening oil spill"

Internal Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig"

BP reports warning signs before gulf oil rig explosion"

"Heated Argument on Rig Hours Before Blast ( Deepwater Horizon oil spill )"

"Workers on doomed BP oil rig: Corners were cut to save money"

"BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast"

"U.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts' red flags on environmental risks"

6 posted on 06/08/2010 3:18:29 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: khnyny

Hang ‘em high


7 posted on 06/08/2010 3:18:46 PM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: khnyny

I heard quite a bit about this and it fit’s in well with the BP cultural of beating it’s slaves to row the boat faster.


8 posted on 06/08/2010 3:19:29 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Hidden in all of this is some sort of arcane EPA regulation restricting the amount of “brown mud” that can be used per day, or per well, or some stupid thing ~ or something along that line.


9 posted on 06/08/2010 3:19:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: khnyny
Tie this together with the Exec Chief selling 1/3 of his shares of stock a few weeks before and you have a conspiracy therory at full boil.
10 posted on 06/08/2010 3:19:59 PM PDT by BMWR1200C
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To: Retired Greyhound

Actually I heard this before. And I would not be surprised that this is the way it happened?


11 posted on 06/08/2010 3:22:20 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: norraad

I read the interview 60 minutes did with one of the survivors named Williams last week. He was in the room and sitting next to the exec and his story jives with this one.


12 posted on 06/08/2010 3:22:31 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - JD Hayworth - US Senate)
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To: khnyny

If they’d sealed it up with the heavy mud, it would have just killed the crew of the completion rig when they drilled through the plug.


13 posted on 06/08/2010 3:24:05 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: Las Vegas Dave

posted on WSJ about 3 weeks ago


14 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:09 PM PDT by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: ASOC

Speaking of 11 good men, have you seen any articles or photo montages or tributes to those men in any of the reporting on this disaster?

I haven’t seen a thing, but usually when there is a disaster with more than one or two fatalities (plane crash, train derailment, etc) the media trip all over themselves to do “human interest” stories on the victims and their families.

Maybe I’ve missed them, but I have not noticed a single such story about the 11 workers on that rig.


15 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:16 PM PDT by WayneS ("1984" was a WARNING, not an Instruction Manual.)
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To: muawiyah
Regulations? Law? Not for the Obama-connected.


U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study (Obama let it happen)"

Gulf oil spill: BP has a long record of legal, ethical violations "

Federal Regulator Repeatedly Failed to Inspect Deepwater Horizon "

"U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study"

"Obama admin exempted BP's Gulf drilling from environmental impact study "

"Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement"

"Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig "

"US allowed drilling 'without required permits"

"U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits"

16 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: khnyny

Not to mention they insisted on continuing even though the anular (the plug that keeps the oil down) was breaking apart and they were getting chunks of rubber out of the pump.

But let’s see that video again of the CEO saying ‘It wasn’t our fault, this was Transocean’s fault...”


17 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:29 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: BMWR1200C
Plus the suits that forced the explosion knew this was a super-giant field under unheard of high pressure.

The cavern of oil goes all the way inland under Alabama, etc.

It can pump 500,000 barrels a day for ten years!

That about one normal tanker a day.

About what one normal to large refinery can handle every day.

So right there, P O O F , instant under $2 gasoline.

Plus, that much less money for our enemies(the Saudis) to buy arms for their pals.

18 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:30 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Retired Greyhound

NOW, A FACE ON THE GULF BP BLOWOUT ~ This guy Chuck Hamel seems to have gotten BP all sensitized to BROWN MUD, and that’s exactly what precipitated this change from brown mud to seawater in the process of pumping cement into the oil well pipe structures to beef them up. No doubt Chucky meant well but he’s one stupid puke Fur Shur ~> http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/view/989/1/89/


19 posted on 06/08/2010 3:28:21 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: khnyny

That seems to be the consistent story but BP could not have gotten away with that demand if they had not gotten some sort of nod from the agencies of the Obama Administration,


20 posted on 06/08/2010 3:28:58 PM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Actually I had heard this story already, just a day or so after the explosion.


21 posted on 06/08/2010 3:29:37 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat ((Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*))
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To: rawhide

“Actually I heard this before. And I would not be surprised that this is the way it happened?”

Yes, this story has been around for a while now. Could very well have been the way it happened.


22 posted on 06/08/2010 3:31:12 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Diogenesis

I want names....and country of origin.... of ALL engineers hired by BP. ALL who worked on the rig and ALL who had the authority to make any decision. TINFOIL hat/


23 posted on 06/08/2010 3:31:22 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: mojitojoe; Smokin' Joe

Ping


24 posted on 06/08/2010 3:32:48 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Diogenesis

Follow the money... to Obama and Rahm’s cozy apt. for BP execs.


25 posted on 06/08/2010 3:32:54 PM PDT by rintense (God bless Israel!)
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To: khnyny
With all their safety violations, I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem to show their criminal liability for ignoring scores of safety issues, especially when you compare Exxon (for an example) to BP ...

With that kind of record from BP, showing rampant and continuing violations, BP sounds like a criminal organization to me....

From another FReeper thread ...

BP's Horrible Safety Record: It's Got 760 OSHA Fines, Exxon Has Just 1


26 posted on 06/08/2010 3:33:23 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Diogenesis
REad my reference to "Chuck Hamel" at post #19.

Wouldn't matter how many exemptions, etc that BP asked for, got, or ignored, or waded into up to their necks, the facts are that one "whistleblower" had already caused BP so much grief (and external costs) over the issue of "brown mud" that their working field managers were HYPERSENSITIVE to anything that might appear to be excessive use of the material.

It was that, the fear of extremely costly lawsuits, not the relatively modest cost of drilling operations, that had that manager recoiling from the continued use of "brown mud".

We can blame the entire BP Gulf Blowout on this one guy ~ Chuck Hamel!

He also seems to have been very instrumental in stopping drilling at ANWR.

The guy's doing a heck of a job protecting the reindeer, but he's just killed the Gulf of Mexico!

27 posted on 06/08/2010 3:34:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: khnyny

At the depth they were drilling how well does seawater do in replacing “heavy mud” for this?


28 posted on 06/08/2010 3:35:13 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (What's black and white and red all over? - OBAMA)
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To: norraad
The cavern of oil goes all the way inland under Alabama, etc. It can pump 500,000 barrels a day for ten years! That about one normal tanker a day. About what one normal to large refinery can handle every day. So right there, P O O F , instant under $2 gasoline. Plus, that much less money for our enemies(the Saudis) to buy arms for their pals.

Let's say all of that is true. But what about SECURITY? Such pressurized jugular veins would be sweet and easy targets for our enemies, at the time of their choosing. What happens if we go to war? What happens if a dozen of these are all sabotaged and/or torpedoed?

29 posted on 06/08/2010 3:35:54 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Star Traveler
Nonsense. None of the people bringing up the supposed hundreds of violations (mostly OSHA things) have let us know what they actually consisted of.

When this happens that makes those of us who know something about industrial process auditing to suspect that these are DOCUMENTATION ERRORS for the most part ~ usually a handbook without correct updates properly annotated.

30 posted on 06/08/2010 3:37:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Retired Greyhound

So then how is it that Halliburton topped off the well with cement.

This story seems bogus and designed to promote lawsuits and nothing much else.


31 posted on 06/08/2010 3:37:11 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: WayneS

I have seen a couple. One about a fellow who got his will updated, upped his insurance and so on.

His wife asked why - he said “just in case” His last platform rotation before getting a shore billit.

At least he died knowing his family was taken care of -

Me? I would have quit. No job is worth dying over. THe guy demonstrated he knew the place was an accident waiting to happen.... bummer for th ekids.


32 posted on 06/08/2010 3:39:14 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: Carley
The story is very consistent with the types of lawsuits BP has already faced regarding the use of "brown mud".

See: CHUCK HAMEL WHISTLEBLOWER BP.

I suspect Chucky is also a Sarah Palin hater.

33 posted on 06/08/2010 3:39:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Retired Greyhound
I haven't clicked on CNN link to read their story but in the final anaylsis it will be the BP call as it was their operation to manage. Here is a clip from another thread which has a short bit about the Congressional hearings discussing at least part of the testing that was ongoing. It all needs to be dealt with under oath and not a he said type environment.

Congressional Testimony and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Best summary yet - Technicals )

The next bullet says: “After 16.5 hours waiting on cement, a test was performed on the wellbore below the Blowout Preventer.” BP explained to us what this means. Halliburton completed cementing the well at 12:35 a.m. on April 20 and after giving the cement time to set, a negative pressure test was conducted around 5:00 p.m. This is an important test. During a negative pressure test, the fluid pressure inside the well is reduced and the well is observed to see whether any gas leaks into the well through the cement or casing.

According to James Dupree, the BP Senior Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico, the well did not pass this test. Mr. Dupree told Committee staff on Monday that the test result was “not satisfactory” and “inconclusive.” Significant pressure discrepancies were recorded.

As a result, another negative pressure test was conducted. This is described in the fourth bullet: “During this test, 1,400 psi was observed on the drill pipe while 0 psi was observed on the kill and the choke lines.”

According to Mr. Dupree, this is also an unsatisfactory test result. The kill and choke lines run from the drill rig 5,000 feet to the blowout preventer at the sea floor. The drill pipe runs from the drill rig through the blowout preventer deep into the well. In the test, the pressures measured at any point from the drill rig to the blowout preventer should be the same in all three lines. But what the test showed was that pressures in the drill pipe were significantly higher. Mr. Dupree explained that the results could signal that an influx of gas was causing pressure to mount inside the wellbore.

Another document provided by BP to the Committee is labeled “What Could Have Happened.” It was prepared by BP on April 26, ten days before the first document. According to BP, their understanding of the cause of the spill has evolved considerably since April 26, so this document should not be considered definitive. But it also describes the two negative pressure tests and the pressure discrepancies that were recorded.

What happened next is murky. Mr. Dupree told the Committee staff that he believed the well blew moments after the second pressure test. But lawyers for BP contacted the Committee yesterday and provided a different account. According to BP’s counsel, further investigation has revealed that additional pressure tests were taken, and at 8:00 p.m., company officials determined that the additional results justified ending the test and proceeding with well operations.


34 posted on 06/08/2010 3:41:22 PM PDT by deport
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To: library user

http://www.g20.net/gallery/data/3150/notagain.jpg


35 posted on 06/08/2010 3:41:50 PM PDT by billphx
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To: Retired Greyhound
"I’m dubious. Seriously. Sounds like the MSM trying to help Obama out."

Me too. There is big money for the crew especially if BP is prosecuted with criminal charges.

36 posted on 06/08/2010 3:43:28 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Retired Greyhound

I’m not. It fits in with all the descriptions of what happened, with the way it happened.

Everyone thinks that Obama and company stood to profit by getting this well turned over to Production. It is true, but only in a limited way.

BP was going green. The Deepwater Horizon Project was the largest holdback to BP selling off it’s deep drilling equipment, and converting all it’s resources to the NEW GREEN INDUSTRIAL CASH BONANZA.

It was behind schedule, delaying Obama’s banning of deep water drilling. Approvals were given at the highest levels for skipping certain ‘procedures’ in the interest of saving time.

The money wasn’t really the issue. More money could not solve the problem of the time it would take to complete the necessary steps to ensure the wellhead remained secure.

Obama and his handlers, wanted to pull BP out of the deep ocean business, and retool into the new GREEN ECONOMY with over $100 billion promised to the UN GREEN INITIATIVE from just the US. Money, Money, Money. They took a risk, had the MMS provide some waivers, and ... you know the rest of the story.

None of this went the way they planned. Except for the part about getting out of the deep well drilling arena.


37 posted on 06/08/2010 3:44:19 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: deport

“company officials determined that the additional results justified ending the test and proceeding with well operations. “

I guess they couldn’t have been more wrong.


38 posted on 06/08/2010 3:49:16 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: avacado

Yup

CNN = No credibility whatsoever


39 posted on 06/08/2010 4:01:36 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Retired Greyhound
I’m dubious. Seriously.

I'm with ya on that. Something stinks!

40 posted on 06/08/2010 4:08:43 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: khnyny

There was an earlier story in which some mining engineers reported this same thing. BP decided to cut some corners, and get the well operating 5 days sooner. The workers objected, but were overridden. The BP guy said, “I’m the boss, and what I say, goes.” The chief objector got killed in the accident.

I don’t see how this story helps Obama. Quite the opposite. BP bought and paid for Obama and the government. They gave Rahm a free apartment in DC for five years. It would be in the administration’s interest to blame the platform operators, rather than BP.

Yes, I know this is CNN, but a lot of lefties are getting fed up with Obama because he isn’t left enough for them. I think there’s probably something in this.

Moreover, BP is said to have a reputation for cutting corners, and has had more than its share of refinery accidents, according to accounts I have seen.


41 posted on 06/08/2010 4:29:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: muawiyah

interesting... btw, that article is by the notorious Jason Leopold, one of the most unreliable so-called “journalists” in recent history (Plamegate infamy).... Leopold and Chuck Hamel seem to be made for each other


42 posted on 06/08/2010 4:30:22 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: khnyny

Every man on the factory floor can do anything better than “the Engineer they sent down here”

This in not to be believed.


43 posted on 06/08/2010 4:33:05 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: khnyny
"In the CNN interviews, the workers described a corporate culture of cutting staff and ignoring warning signs ahead of the blast. They said BP routinely cut corners and pushed ahead despite concerns about safety."

So why did this administration award this same oil rig an award last year for its “exemplary” safety history?

44 posted on 06/08/2010 4:34:09 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: hoosiermama; HoustonCurmudgeon

You’re barking up the wrong tree. THIS WAS NOT A TERRORIST ACT.


45 posted on 06/08/2010 4:34:23 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: Enchante
No doubt he meant well for Chucky. Too bad this very issue ~ brown mud ~ has oozed out of the Gulf well.

Maybe he could tell us more?

46 posted on 06/08/2010 4:35:01 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cicero

Yes, I agree, that’s why I posted the story.


47 posted on 06/08/2010 4:35:40 PM PDT by khnyny (Worst US environmental disaster EVER - BP Oil Spill in the Gulf - Obama's Fault!!!)
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To: mass55th

Just a guess ... BP =/= rig.


48 posted on 06/08/2010 4:36:11 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: Xenalyte
THIS WAS NOT A TERRORIST ACT.

To quote Vinnie in "My Uncle Vinne": "Are youuu sure?"

49 posted on 06/08/2010 4:39:36 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Retired Greyhound

The timing is interesting, to say the least.


50 posted on 06/08/2010 4:40:44 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're right, we're free, we'll fight and you'll see!)
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