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Deputy shoots dog twice, owner calls it overreaction
Wink News ^ | January 13, 2011 | Unknown

Posted on 01/14/2011 10:52:47 AM PST by Immerito

SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. - A Lee County deputy goes in a woman's yard, and ends up facing off with a family pet. He shot the dog twice, and now the owner is furious, demanding answers, saying her dog did nothing wrong.

Christine Bonelli was inside her San Carlos Park home Thursday afternoon when she heard two shots. "First I thought it was fireworks and said no, that's gunshots I think," Bonelli said.

She stepped outside to find two deputies and her Foxhound Mix "Harley" with gunshot wounds. "Blood was coming out of his shoulder and on his leg, coming out of his mouth," Bonelli said.

A neighbor tells WINK News he warned deputies that Harley was in the fenced-in backyard, but they continued on. "They said he was in the chair when he came in the yard, and he came running and barking at them, protecting his property, he didn't bite them, he might have shown teeth, but they shot him twice," Bonelli said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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This epidemic of bad cops shooting dogs for no reason needs to stop.
1 posted on 01/14/2011 10:52:50 AM PST by Immerito
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To: Immerito
Anyone, and I do mean anyone, who does this on my property will be DRT.

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2 posted on 01/14/2011 10:54:11 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

I guess the peasants are no longer allowed to have pets.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 10:55:22 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: Lurker

As would anyone who shot a policedog on sight. It seems the patricians’ dogs are to be viewed as sacred, the plebians’ dogs are expendable.


4 posted on 01/14/2011 10:57:03 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito
I truly wonder what type of training the cops have for the aftermath of an event like this. I mean, if Joe Redneck comes out of his house and sees his beloved dog lying in a pool of blood, with a deputy standing over the body -- if Joe Redneck says very calmly, "Excuse me officer, I'll be back in a minute; I just want to break the news to my wife."

What would the deputy do?

Because I think a smart deputy should start running.

5 posted on 01/14/2011 10:57:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Immerito

At some point, one of these idiots will shoot the wrong guy’s dog, and pay for it with their lives.


6 posted on 01/14/2011 10:57:34 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: Immerito

Another idiot trigger happy cop. -The drill is now, kill the family dog then lie about the dog and say its gate was locked. Then fine the owner.

*sshole.


7 posted on 01/14/2011 10:58:28 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

How long will it be before the drill is, shoot the suspected Enemy of the State, lie about it, then cover it up?

If we become complacent about these executions of “mere animals”, then we will set the course for the noose to be tightened around our own necks.

This needs to stop. Yesterday.


8 posted on 01/14/2011 10:59:52 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: ZX12R
At some point, one of these idiots will shoot the wrong guy’s dog, and pay for it with their lives.

I'll stand up and cheer when it happens.

9 posted on 01/14/2011 11:02:31 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Immerito
The guy is Tucson was clearly insane and had absolutely no justification for anything he did. He actions were abhorrent to all decent people.

But, if TSHTF, and citizens start viewing their government differently, we will start to see a lot of violence coming from "crazy" people who are not actually crazy.

10 posted on 01/14/2011 11:03:01 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Immerito

Not even going to say anything except that trigger happy cops despite the blue line aren’t above the law.....not MY law.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 11:03:09 AM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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To: Immerito
Wow, so a Police Officer, searching for a suspect - can go into your back yard without a warrant, shoot your dog, and then fine you almost $300 for the dog “menacing” them?

And they wonder why some people do not like Police Officers.

I would get those guys names and badge numbers and then move out of town. Their lives wouldn't be worth living when I was done with them.

12 posted on 01/14/2011 11:04:46 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Immerito
Lee County Domestic Animal Services fined Bonelli $268 for what they called, Harley's "Threatening/menacing" behavior. They are now looking into why the gate door was not secured, although Bonelli maintains the gate was shut.

Some watchdog it would be if didn't threaten or menace intruders (which they were, as they had no warrant or evidence that the girl had fled there). What should the dog have done, offered them tea and a biscuit? I guess not only do the elites want us barred from owning guns, but we also must have dogs that are submissive to trespassers.
13 posted on 01/14/2011 11:07:37 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Immerito
How long will it be before the drill is, shoot the suspected Enemy of the State, lie about it, then cover it up?

Sorry FRiend, that train left the station years ago. Thanks to YouTube, etc. we get to see examples now. But nothing will be done about it. We are a total police state and it will only get worse because our rulers like it just fine.

The frog is boiled.

14 posted on 01/14/2011 11:08:07 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: Immerito

Just more Jack Booted Thugcops.

I’m getting tired of mentioning that most cops are good cops, these are the violent/bad cops. Where’s the outrage from the good cops? Even to me, it’s starting to sound like the “most muslims condemn violence, it’s only the violent/bad (”extreme”) muslims” line...


15 posted on 01/14/2011 11:10:41 AM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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To: LostInBayport

Well written. Any deputy who claims to be surprised and alarmed at an animal defending its or its master’s territory should be removed from the force.

People in other occupations somehow manage to do their jobs without shooting dogs. Yet it seems that too many bad cops are being trained to shoot first and ask questions later.


16 posted on 01/14/2011 11:11:45 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito
What sort of police state do we live in where they can come onto your private property and kill your pet inside its fenced in yard?

Do homeowners get to shoot back? Do they get to go over to your house and kill your dog?

17 posted on 01/14/2011 11:11:48 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Immerito
"How long will it be before the drill is, shoot the suspected Enemy of the State, lie about it, then cover it up?"

That train has already left the station.

18 posted on 01/14/2011 11:12:57 AM PST by piytar (0's idea of power: the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering on another human being. 1984)
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To: Nachum

They’re almost as bad as terminators-—except that the fictional cyborgs have better aim and are made of metal.

Come to think of it, they do seem to have a similar aversion to our canine friends....


19 posted on 01/14/2011 11:13:10 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito; Joe Brower; Travis McGee
How long will it be before the drill is, shoot the suspected Enemy of the State, lie about it, then cover it up?

FRiend...you are WAY behind the power curve.

20 posted on 01/14/2011 11:15:52 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: Immerito
He shot the dog twice

Botched Mozambique drill, no doubt...

21 posted on 01/14/2011 11:16:42 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: LostInBayport
The story almost writes itself:

"They felt he was threatening and they shot him and I think they overreacted," Bonelli said.

"What does a dog do? It protects the property and I was told by the police when I got robbed to get a dog.

So I did what they said, and they shot him."

22 posted on 01/14/2011 11:17:45 AM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Immerito
People in other occupations somehow manage to do their jobs without shooting dogs.

That's a great point. When was the last time you read about a mailman, a heating oil deilvery guy, a utility worker or salesman shooting a family dog? Perhaps because they rarely enter without permission?
23 posted on 01/14/2011 11:18:24 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: GBA

Yep, that’s a very real example of cruel irony.


24 posted on 01/14/2011 11:19:20 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: piytar

It’s the blue line.


25 posted on 01/14/2011 11:20:03 AM PST by Darren McCarty (We should lead ourselves instead of looking for leaders)
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A neighbor tells WINK News he warned deputies that Harley was in the fenced-in backyard, but they continued on. "They said he was in the chair when he came in the yard, and he came running and barking at them, protecting his property, he didn't bite them, he might have shown teeth, but they shot him twice," Bonelli said.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services fined Bonelli $268 for what they called, Harley's "Threatening/menacing" behavior.

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Unbelievable! The dog had been in a chair and hopped down...

The police were warned before they entered the yard.

I don't like the sue-crazy stuff but if I were this woman--I would hunt an attorney! UFB!!!

I don't know if it helps anything but I have a 'Beware of Dog' on my gate also a 'No Trespass'.

My mother has always told me one should have the 'No Trespass' on each corner of their property, I don't go that far though.

26 posted on 01/14/2011 11:24:16 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Forgotten Amendments

I am aware that cops have misused their authority to unrighteously shoot civilians I do, however (perhaps idealistically) hold to the belief that this trend may be reversed before it becomes more prevalent.


27 posted on 01/14/2011 11:24:28 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

A few noteworthy comments from the comments section of the article (in my opinion):

Brandy January 14th, 2011 3:34 AM

“...I was the one that took Harley to receive medical care and while standing there at the scene waiting for clearance to leave I personally heard the officers talking about the story they were going to go with. I also have done animal rescue for 12 years and know that if a dog is barking at me whether it is a ‘hey, whatcha doing’ bark versus a ‘I’m going to bite you’ bark, and the officer, Officer Pererra, that shot Harley admitted to owning a German Sheperd to me so I would think he would know the difference as well. He could have used his mace, he could have shot at the ground, he could have shot a leg etc. but instead aimed for the head. I’m no perfect marksman myself but if the dog truly were within biting range don’t you think a cop could hit his target? I do not believe a word that Officer Pererra said about how it all happened. There were also approximately 25 elementary school age kids walking down the sidewalk when this happened. How would thier parents feel know an afficer discharged his weapon twice with undue cause that close to thier kids? I’m guessing they’d be livid. Harley is in great hands with Best Friends Animal Hospital and all the love being given by well-wishers, thanks for caring.”

Christine January 13th, 2011 11:13 PM

“I’m Harley’s owner. The gate was secured, it’s always secured. It was the police who opened it and let him run out into the street. One of the officers said, at first, that the dog was running wild and that’s why he was shot. Then, admitted that he’d been shot in the yard. I also found out from the way the bullets entered his body, that he was shot while in a sitting position. How in the world is that a threat to anyone? My dog is a fox hound mix and looks nothing like a pit bull. Perhaps the officers in question should get their eyes checked.”

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About 25 school age kids walking by. Whatever the exact number, children were passing by at the time this dog was unlawfully shot for the crime of being confined in its own yard and barking at a deputy. What if a stray bullet had struck a child and not the dog?


28 posted on 01/14/2011 11:30:26 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: LostInBayport

When was the last time you read about a mailman, a heating oil deilvery guy, a utility worker or salesman shooting a family dog?
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True, also doesn’t the mailman carry pepper-spray?

They carried something like that in the 60’s... because the mailman dropped his at my grandmothers house when I was small and I found it—gads!

Why can’t they tazer the dog? The tazer hades out of people...


29 posted on 01/14/2011 11:31:31 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Irenic

Since the officer in question had the information from a neighbor who told him there was a dog on the premises, why not carry a few milk bones in his pocket to “neutralize” the threat?


30 posted on 01/14/2011 11:33:48 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: ZX12R

That’s what started the Weaver standoff, the kid shot back.


31 posted on 01/14/2011 11:34:42 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350
That’s what started the Weaver standoff, the kid shot back.

I believe you're right. I'd forgotten about that.
32 posted on 01/14/2011 11:40:27 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: ZX12R
At some point, one of these idiots will shoot the wrong guy’s dog, and pay for it with their lives.

And not a tear I will have for them.....

33 posted on 01/14/2011 11:41:44 AM PST by Niteranger68 (I am in the party of "HELL NO"!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
We are a total police state and

Huh?

Have you watched ANY documentaries on Germany, the USSR, or China?

Watch even just one, it will bring you into the reality of just how free we really are.

34 posted on 01/14/2011 11:42:03 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Immerito
Deputy had no business in yard, but calling a pit-bull a greyhound is a little on the dishonest side.
35 posted on 01/14/2011 11:43:36 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Immerito

Since the officer in question had the information from a neighbor who told him there was a dog on the premises, why not carry a few milk bones in his pocket to “neutralize” the threat?
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I don’t know...

I’m reading more and more of these stories and they scare the chit out of me!

I have a couple of Boxers, my youngest is huge and she’s not even a year old.

She has a habit of doing what I call the ‘psych walk’....she will be walking along normal, then do a QUICK straight back reverse and get out of her collar.

I now am working her on a choke-chain, as she manages the same trick in a harness.

She will yap and bark at others but tuck tail and run if they stomp at her.

She’s the biggest baby and people who know barks, as mentioned above— know what’s a threat and what’s not.

Anyhow, reading all these stories has made me work her in the yard because I am scared to death of something happening to her. I would be devastated!

If it happened because somebody opened my gate and hurt/killed her in her own yard, God help us, I would be in jail or prison.


36 posted on 01/14/2011 11:50:12 AM PST by Irenic
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To: org.whodat

“Deputy had no business in yard, but calling a pit-bull a greyhound is a little on the dishonest side. “

I agree that deliberately labeling a “pit-bull” to be a “greyhound” is “a little on the dishonest side.”

So why did you engage in such dishonesty?


37 posted on 01/14/2011 11:51:42 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: ZX12R
Yep that's what started it. The US Marshal was in camo IIRC and didn't identify himself before he shot the kids dog and the kid shot back.

Nowadays with crooks posing as cops, they might want to think before coming into someones backyard and shooting their dog.

38 posted on 01/14/2011 11:52:14 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: ClearCase_guy
Because I think a smart deputy should start running

And move to a different state

And change his/her name.

39 posted on 01/14/2011 11:52:14 AM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. NRA, GOA, SAF, CCRKBA. FUBO.)
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WOOOF!

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40 posted on 01/14/2011 11:58:00 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Immerito

it’s Palin’s fault.


41 posted on 01/14/2011 12:00:11 PM PST by tweakDU
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To: Darren McCarty

If only they cared more about Peelian principles than they did “the blue line”.

Incidents like this are enough to make one wonder if cops are even taught about Robert Peel any longer.


42 posted on 01/14/2011 12:07:32 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: piytar
I’m getting tired of mentioning that most cops are good cops, these are the violent/bad cops. Where’s the outrage from the good cops? Even to me, it’s starting to sound like the “most muslims condemn violence, it’s only the violent/bad (”extreme”) muslims” line...

Sad but true. Cops are out of control. I've got one brother-in-law who resigned as an SF cop some years back because he didn't like seeing the rowdy behavior of the other cops. If you didn't go along with them you were ostracized. I've got another brother-in-law SF cop who used to tell me stories of chasing down suspects and beating the snot out of them, only to find they were not the culprits. He's mellowed out over the last 20 years. But this violent mindset is prevalent in many cops and getting worse.

43 posted on 01/14/2011 12:07:54 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Balding_Eagle

Have you watched ANY documentaries on Germany, the USSR, or China?
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I forget which documentary I was watching, it was something in a South American country.

Anyhow, I wouldn’t want to live third world but for whatever reason as I watched, it made me realize how much freedom we lack here in the USA.

Some were in neighborhoods and had a pig, chickens yada. Some women made little cakes and sold them (all sorts little things, can’t recall all)

It just made me think as these things came up—we couldn’t do that, zoning, we couldn’t to this without this permit, that permit, this license, that license, inspections—you name it.

Like I said, some of that I wouldn’t want at all—but the point that got me— was that they can and I knew that we can’t.

We sure give up many freedoms to be ‘civilized’.


44 posted on 01/14/2011 12:13:18 PM PST by Irenic
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To: Immerito

Let’s see how many of the Peelian principles this crime violated:

(Source: http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/2008/04/police-are-public-and-public-are-police.html )

In order to mollify those who believed that professional police were “a curse and a despotism”, and secure their aid in creating his professional police force, Sir Robert Peel developed what became known as The Peelian Principles; which are considered to be the basic foundation for all modern policing:

1) The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

2) The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.

3) Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

4) The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.

5) Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.

6) Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.

7) Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

8) Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.

9) The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.


45 posted on 01/14/2011 12:15:43 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Lurker

These incidents are occurring in such diverse areas of the nation that it inclines one to suspect that a national or interstate policy is afoot.


46 posted on 01/14/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: allmendream

>Wow, so a Police Officer, searching for a suspect - can go into your back yard without a warrant, shoot your dog, and then fine you almost $300 for the dog “menacing” them?
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>And they wonder why some people do not like Police Officers.

The other day I was talking to my brother abut the University’s “Parking Nazis,” and said something like:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if, when they witness someone breaking into a car, they yell ‘hey, don’t forget to take the parking sticker!’ and then cite the owner of the car for parking w/o a permit.”

Law ‘Enforcement’ is DEFINITELY getting less and less respectable; even if you aren’t a cynic like I am.


47 posted on 01/14/2011 12:22:49 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GBA

“What sort of police state do we live in where they can come onto your private property and kill your pet inside its fenced in yard?”

You might ask Randy Weaver. They can also get away with murdering your wife.


48 posted on 01/14/2011 12:24:38 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic
True, more or less. For that one, Lon Tomohisa Horiuchi cost GovCo $3.8 million for killing, I mean, for the wrongful deaths of Sammy and Vicki Weaver.

According to his Wikki write up, in the out-of-court settlement, the government did not admit any wrong-doing.

49 posted on 01/14/2011 12:36:50 PM PST by GBA (Not on our watch!)
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To: Immerito

Dammit, Sarah!


50 posted on 01/14/2011 12:42:12 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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