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Gabrielle Giffords wants to feel ‘better’ before returning to D.C.
Chicago Sun-Times Via A.P. ^ | November 15, 2011 | Kevin Freking

Posted on 11/15/2011 5:00:09 AM PST by Graybeard58

— Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in her first public interview since she was shot in the head in Tucson last winter, doted on her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, and called him “brave, brave, brave” as she kissed his bald head.

Giffords appears on ABC’s “20/20” show Monday night. It’s her first extended interview since the January rampage that killed six people and wounded 13.

A segment that aired on “Good Morning America” shows a thin Giffords with a broad grin as she talks about Kelly. Her husband replied that the word “brave” was the same one that came to his mind when he thinks of her — “brave and tough,” he said. Then Giffords, looking directly at Kelly, responds almost in a whisper: “Tough, tough, tough.”

It wasn’t clear from the clip beyond those few words just how fully recovered Giffords is 10 months after the shooting. Interviewer Diane Sawyer recounted how Giffords would discuss her career plans and her recovery, and the segment included some video of Giffords’ progress, from being unable to speak at all, to the point where she was ready to give a television interview.

At one point, Giffords breaks down sobbing while having difficulty relearning to speak and she and her therapist hug. In another clip, she sings into a microphone as part of her speech therapy. And in another she walks holding hands with her husband.

The television interview comes as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of a gun-control bill. They said that Giffords’ appearance represents a major milestone for them as it helps them cope with the trauma they’ve endured over the past 10 months. About a dozen survivors and family members are in Washington lobbying for legislation that would extend criminal background checks to

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1 posted on 11/15/2011 5:00:11 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

(The television interview comes as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of a gun-control bill. They said that Giffords’ appearance represents a major milestone for them as it helps them cope with the trauma they’ve endured over the past 10 months.)

That’s where any sympathy I had evaporated immediately. This just becomes another cheap way that the Libs (as Ann Coulter gives so many examples about) trot out people you cannot criticize to push through contravertial laws that they want, that limit liberty for the law-abiding citizen.


2 posted on 11/15/2011 5:07:02 AM PST by winner3000 (ss)
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To: Graybeard58

So her district is still going without a vote in the House? Are the folks in her district okay with that? And has anyone ever asked her why she never insisted on police protection for herself and her constituents at her public appearance?


3 posted on 11/15/2011 5:07:43 AM PST by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Graybeard58
“About a dozen survivors and family members are in Washington lobbying for legislation that would extend criminal background checks to all gun sales and enhance the quality of the FBI’s criminal background checks.”

This is really the central point of this “emo” piece.

4 posted on 11/15/2011 5:09:27 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I’ll tell you who is “brave, brave, brave”, it’s the conservative judge who sacrificed his life to save hers. I doubt HE was for gun control, and somehow I don’t think the “reporter” would ask his surviving family members if he did or not. I am so unbelievably disgusted with the lot of them. There is no shame in using anything and everything and everybody to advance their fascist agenda. We saw the same thing with the healthcare debate.


5 posted on 11/15/2011 5:16:50 AM PST by winner3000 (ss)
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

I know I will be accused of being insensitive and mean-spirited but it seems that she can’t string together cogent complex statements or thoughts. Doesn’t that suggest that she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000’s of pages)? Maybe just rehabbing and living should be the best course for her. Maybe she should resign?


6 posted on 11/15/2011 5:18:53 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: winner3000

I’m with you. This reminds me of the Emmys (or somebody) wheeling out an Alzheimer’s-wracked James Doohan (”Scotty” of Star Trek) at the awards show. Painful, sickening ....and really, really cheap.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 5:19:20 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Graybeard58

she should not be allowed back to her job


8 posted on 11/15/2011 5:23:18 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Graybeard58

This is quickly turning into another democrat freakshow.


9 posted on 11/15/2011 5:24:29 AM PST by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: hal ogen

“it seems that she can’t string together cogent complex statements or thoughts”.

Watch and listen to Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson explain how sending too many Marines to Guam might make the island “tip over” and he’s dead serious, then tell me that it matters to democrats whether their congress person has the brain power that God gave a goose:

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


10 posted on 11/15/2011 5:24:50 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

So on one hand, I am told about Giffords incredible recovery and then scolded for opposing her point-of-view?

Sorry, but all this tells me is that one of my enemies has made an incredible recovery.


11 posted on 11/15/2011 5:25:02 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

The liberals have a real victim this time and will milk it for all it’s worth.


12 posted on 11/15/2011 5:26:40 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

No doubt that the deomcrats will put extreme pressure on Ms. Giffords and her husband astronaut Kelley to get her to run again for congress in ‘12.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 5:27:45 AM PST by kenmcg (pROBLEM)
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To: Graybeard58

If they can’t get her to run they’ll run her husband.


14 posted on 11/15/2011 5:29:02 AM PST by kenmcg (pROBLEM)
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To: Erik Latranyi

When I clicked on this thread, I was ready to criticize anyone making a political point at her expense.

Now, I am ready to criticize Giffords, and all other statist liberals, for being so incredibly sleazy.

These people would sell their own mothers, if it would help advance a socialist agenda.


15 posted on 11/15/2011 5:29:09 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Evict the unsanitary, violent occupiers. Now.)
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To: hal ogen
Maybe she should resign?

Highly unlikely. She's a 'Rat. Look how long they kept Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd in the Senate. Certainly long past either having anywhere near the mental capacity to truly serve their constituents.

16 posted on 11/15/2011 5:29:51 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Wanna keep livin' with your momma? Vote for Obama. Tired of the pain? Vote CAIN!)
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To: Graybeard58

I”m sorry to seem so callous BUT why the hell is this woman still occupying a seat in the House? Her constituents have been without representation since January. I wish her well & am glad she’s had a remarkable recovery, but the truth is anyone in the private sector would have lost their job long ago.


17 posted on 11/15/2011 5:31:50 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: hal ogen

She’s the perfect democrat. Since when does one need a fully operating brain or the ability to string together a sentence to vote how Nancy Pelosi says you should.


18 posted on 11/15/2011 5:33:01 AM PST by newnhdad
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To: hal ogen
"...but it seems that she can’t string together cogent complex statements or thoughts."

Never stopped Biden.

19 posted on 11/15/2011 5:40:04 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: winner3000
The television interview comes as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of a gun-control bill.

Anyone who doesn't think obama is coming for the guns if given a second term, ought to think twice about who our candidate should be. I've been saying all along, if for no other reason - Rick Perry and the great state of Texas is the way to go to protect our Second Amendment rights. This should be our number one issue. If Obama gets a second term he will have free reign and do irreparable damage.

20 posted on 11/15/2011 5:41:25 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Thermalseeker

You’re aware that Strom Thurmond was a Republican during the final 38+ years of his Senate career, right?


21 posted on 11/15/2011 5:44:27 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: hal ogen
I totally agree with you. I don't think her district is really being represented. I feel bad for her, as I would for anyone, but she is not up to the task for which she's been elected.

Adding the gun control on top of it is just another example of the libs opportunism and control.

22 posted on 11/15/2011 5:47:51 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Herman Cain Can!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Of course I do. I was born and raised in Georgia. I’m a hell of a lot more familiar with southern politics than you will ever be, partner.Once a Democrat, always a Democrat......see Strom’s voting record for details.....


23 posted on 11/15/2011 5:48:38 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Wanna keep livin' with your momma? Vote for Obama. Tired of the pain? Vote CAIN!)
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To: Graybeard58

Gifford is unable to form sentences. Her husband cued her to utter a rehearsed phrase. She seems well enough cognitively but may never regain the ability to articulate. Didn’t like the manipulation of the public. Unfortunately, it is standard media procedure now.


24 posted on 11/15/2011 5:55:45 AM PST by Havisham
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To: SF_Redux
she should not be allowed back to her job

Of course not but nobody will dare suggest that. If the people in her district want to vote her back in, fine. That's one less Dem vote to worry about in DC.

Let's be real here. There's no way she's up to performing the duties that job requires. Period. I doubt she ever will be. Is she up to having an enjoyable life at home with her family & friends? Sure.
25 posted on 11/15/2011 5:58:34 AM PST by Shannon
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To: CAluvdubya; Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; InterceptPoint

Giffords barely won in 2010. Jesse Kelly, who challenged her then, has filed to run again. I don’t know if Giffords has filed or not. It’s a swing district.

Her district has been without representation for almost a year, but that’s their choice to make. I don’t know if she’s even been able to cast a vote since then.

It’s a touchy situation. Kelly can’t be out there stating the obvious or else he’ll seem heartless.

I don’t see how Giffords campaigns, let along do the job she’s been elected to do. If she wins, it will be via sympathy vote, not a confidence vote.

Maybe her constituents will realize that they’re not being represented adequately and make the decision to retire for her.


26 posted on 11/15/2011 6:03:59 AM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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To: Graybeard58

Watching the video, towards the end there was a time when she could only say the word ‘chicken’ for several says.

That was not fully reported by the press. When she was asked about President George W. Bush all she said was ‘chicken’. They made it sound like she was just using that word for him.

Unbelieveable. No, actually believeable.


27 posted on 11/15/2011 6:09:50 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: surroundedbyblue
The news piece, seemed to have an agenda to keep her there. They tried to say she understands everything just has a hard time talking.

she is being used

28 posted on 11/15/2011 6:13:52 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Graybeard58

If she had any class she would resign and run again in a few years when she improves. This is a farce. But Democrats have no class and always feel entitled to govern. The party of socialist policy wonks

Isn’t a Republican going to run against her? This is ridiculous


29 posted on 11/15/2011 6:15:09 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: hal ogen

“...suggest that she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000’s of pages...”
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Could she do that before the shooting?


30 posted on 11/15/2011 6:16:07 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Bingo.


31 posted on 11/15/2011 6:17:34 AM PST by Obadiah (If Reagan were alive today he'd be spinning in his grave.)
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To: Graybeard58

I hope this woman has a full recovery.

Having said that, it is shameful she did not resign shortly after the shooting. She has disenfranchised her constituents from meaningful representation just so she can hang onto power.

I hope Jesse Kelly runs against her again. Unfortunately, she might be reelected by a “sympathy vote” from the ever increasing group of sheeple voters.


32 posted on 11/15/2011 6:22:41 AM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Graybeard58
“it seems that she can’t string together cogent complex statements or thoughts”.

Is that a requirement to be a demonRAT congress critter?


33 posted on 11/15/2011 6:32:07 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Thermalseeker

So you’re saying that it was the Democrats who pushed for Strom Thurmond’s reelection at the ages of 81, 87 and 93? Okey, dokey.

There are a lot of examples (apart from Robert Byrd) of Democrats sending politicians that are way past their expiration date back to Washington—Dan Inouye, John Dingell, Charles Rangel, Carl Hayden, Claude Pepper, Jamie Whitten, Jack Brooks, Fritz Hollings, etc. And as for younger, mentally incompetent Democrats, there’s always Hank Johnson and Cindy McKinney from your own home state. And you choose *Strom Thurmond* to make a point about how Democrats keep sending back people without “anywhere near the mental capacity to truly serve their constituents”? I would think that someone who is so knowledgeable about Southern politics, being born and raised in Georgia and all, would be able to come up with a second name that does not belong to someone who not only was supported by Republicans when he ran in his 80s and 90s, but who affirmatively was opposed by Democrats in those races.


34 posted on 11/15/2011 6:38:17 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Graybeard58

What happened to Giffords was awful...
that said, when are her husband and father going to apologize to the Tea Party folks in her district for accusing them for the shooting, hmmmm?
Kelly is a dim lib in uniform...celebrated the repeal of DADT with his wife who voted for it; jumped to the conclusion that a conservative shot his wife without knowing the facts; using this opportunity for more gun restrictions...
he’d be perfect to replace her...


35 posted on 11/15/2011 6:39:44 AM PST by matginzac
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To: winner3000
The Judge was going to rule against, Obama in a case “United States of America v. $333,520.00 in United States Currency et al”. I don't know much about it, seemed to be about bulk cash smuggling in or out of the United States. The Obama administration claimed was their right to seize under Executive Orders, instead of laws.
36 posted on 11/15/2011 6:44:00 AM PST by opentalk
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To: hal ogen

she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000’s of pages)?

************************************************************

Above description would apply to 95% of the morons inside the beltway.


37 posted on 11/15/2011 6:47:08 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: kenmcg

She can’t run because she can’t speak well at all. But you are right, I think her husband may run.


38 posted on 11/15/2011 6:50:55 AM PST by dforest
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To: mewzilla
U.S. REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS CASTS FIRST HOUSE VOTE SINCE JAN. 8 SHOOTING
39 posted on 11/15/2011 6:55:52 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Thx! Has she voted since then, do you know?


40 posted on 11/15/2011 7:05:04 AM PST by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla; NFHale; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker
she'll be back to DC soon, equipped with a 'grunt/drool' button to record her votes...

WOW, i think that mightve been a bit harsh...

eff the commie bee-atch...just another commie foorsoldier willing to fight to the end, like fat-dead-ted...

the whole lot of em remind me of longshanks in Braveheart...to the dying breath, hopin to see the fruits of their lifelong pursuit of evil...

maybe her and jim brady can go on the road and do a duet, between the two, i think theve still got half a brain...

dang, another mean comment??? ask me if i care about either one of their feeeelings as they work tirelessly to kill me...???

41 posted on 11/15/2011 7:07:48 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: kenmcg

I’ve heard that some are trying to get her to run for the Open Senate Seat in 2012! They know people aren’t going to have the guts to vote against Giffords....Sadly she will probably sail to a win for any office she runs for on Sympathy! Then it’s Gabby for President...


42 posted on 11/15/2011 7:33:06 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Shannon

plus no deductable insurance and $174K or the rest of her life


43 posted on 11/15/2011 7:39:07 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Thermalseeker

Strom Thurmond was a Republican. But there was another Democratic senator from a Northwestern state that had a stroke I believe and stayed on in the Senate.


44 posted on 11/15/2011 7:56:05 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; Gilbo_3; sickoflibs; hiredhand; stephenjohnbanker

“... When I clicked on this thread, I was ready to criticize anyone making a political point at her expense...”

No offense, Cringe, but I don’t understand why you would...

She’s going to do exactly what she would have done had she NOT been shot - ironically, by a Liberal Poster Child Protege. Loughner was one of THEIRS - a PERFECT example of what happens when you absorb liberal BS all your life.

This isn’t a game. It’s for the survival of the country, ultimately, and sentimentality or “compassion” for the enemy only gets them further ahead in their agenda.

I don’t mourn, nor eulogize, nor have compassion for the other side. They would dance on our graves in a heartbeat.

And I seriously don’t give a rat’s ass about “sinking to their level” - THEY’RE WINNING. They’ve BEEN winning for decades because THEY don’t give a rat’s ass about how they fight. They fight to destroy us, period.

I took a beating on another thread some thread some months back over comments I made regarding some “well-liked” Canadian socialist that took the dirt nap. My comment was “No loss. One less socialist”. You wouldn’t believe the hatemail I got for that. Mod deleted my comment, but I still hold to it.

Not going to pretend these people are anything other than exactly what they are - either hardcore die-hard socialist/communists or Useful Idiots, and every one of them aiming a dagger at our back.

In Gifford’s case, she’s DOUBLY useful now - a Poster Child Victim that’s also a Legislator that will rubber stamp anything they want her to, especially if it’s against to our gun rights.

Sarah Brady is another perfect example. Trotting her wheelchair bound husband out and screaming “See!!! See!!! THIS is what happens because people have guns!!!”

That they are so sleazy should not surprise you, or anyone. These are the “bloody shirt” moments they LIVE for.

They’ll dance in the blood of murdered people and use it to justify more eventual murder, ultimately.


45 posted on 11/15/2011 9:03:12 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Gilbo_3

“...dang, another mean comment??? ask me if i care about either one of their feeeelings as they work tirelessly to kill me...???...”

My sentiments exactly, brother G....


46 posted on 11/15/2011 9:04:13 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Graybeard58

She should have resigned. The people of her district have been unrepresented since the shooting.


47 posted on 11/15/2011 10:00:17 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: randita; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; Dengar01; MitchellC; ...

The seats still haven’t been redrawn yet to my knowledge.

GOP-controlled AZ unfortunately does it by independent commission. Gov Brewer removed the chairwoman. They have a draft map, I’ve read Republicans don’t like it. The courts will likely decide things.

The situation with Giffords miffs me. She should have resigned.

If she is reelected due to sympathy that would be unfortunate. But if she continued to not show up to work and vote to screw her constituents that would nice. Better a democrat that doesn’t vote than any other democrat.


48 posted on 11/15/2011 12:45:02 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: mewzilla

No other votes that I know of.


49 posted on 11/15/2011 12:46:15 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: 101voodoo

I live just outside the beltway...You wouldn’t believe how right you are.


50 posted on 11/15/2011 4:27:56 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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