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Live free or sneeze? New Hampshire weighs ban on scents worn by state workers
FOX News ^ | February 12, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 02/12/2012 4:17:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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1 posted on 02/12/2012 4:18:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

If they can do it to their workers, they can do it to all workers...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 02/12/2012 4:20:59 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

New Hampshire will stink.


3 posted on 02/12/2012 4:23:02 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

New Hampshire - Live Free Or Die!

New Hampshire - Live Scent Free Or Answer To Big Brother!


4 posted on 02/12/2012 4:23:17 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Control the little things and the big ones will be easy.


5 posted on 02/12/2012 4:27:58 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

..they want to regulate smell? So, is there a law on body odor?


6 posted on 02/12/2012 4:28:22 PM PST by OldCountryBoy (You can't make this stuff up!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Guess that excludes legislators and governors since they do their own thing without any interaction with the little people.


7 posted on 02/12/2012 4:29:31 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Already in place in some areas.

http://www.crystalspring.co.uk/fragrance-bans-a-5.html


8 posted on 02/12/2012 4:34:41 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If you do not have allergies, this probably does sound very silly to you. But, honestly, as someone who suffered for years because of fragrances worn by other women at work, I can tell you I would have welcomed such a ban in my workplace.


9 posted on 02/12/2012 4:35:15 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: OldCountryBoy

“..they want to regulate smell? So, is there a law on body odor?”

This really isn’t about smell, it’s a weird “green” anti-corporate fringe movement, that I first encountered in Canada about a decade ago. Think of - “I’m allergic to wheat, I’m a vegan, I’m dying from second-hand smoke, genetically engineered food is killing me, and I’m cripplingly allergic to any perfumes in the air.”

It’s all a continuum of green madness. It’s a religion of rightous self-loathing.


10 posted on 02/12/2012 4:37:41 PM PST by WL-law
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When applied modestly, perfume enhances a woman’s sex appeal.


11 posted on 02/12/2012 4:38:46 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"With the asthmatics, there's really good data showing their lung function changes when they're exposed to these compounds."

The sterilization of our lives is probably why they are asthmatic to begin with.

12 posted on 02/12/2012 4:39:09 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So, you can’t throw frisbees on the beaches of LA county and you can’t wear deodorant in New Hampshire....

What a wimpy world we live in.....

I need a cigarette...

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them....” ~Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged~


13 posted on 02/12/2012 4:47:01 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We who live here really need to ban the Massholes from moving up.


14 posted on 02/12/2012 4:50:55 PM PST by benewton
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To: Rebelbase

But then there’s always that wench who inappropriately pours it on before going to work. It can be a really obnoxious thing, and I have no allergies.

Like many things, this sort of thing should be dealt with by social pressure. But that is politically incorrect and legally impossible in many cases, so legislation gets resorted to.


15 posted on 02/12/2012 4:53:32 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bamahead; traviskicks

Libertarian ping


16 posted on 02/12/2012 4:55:30 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

...I suppose you would have to completely prohibit use. There would be no good way to accurately and consistently measure...

...on another subject, I would like to see legislation on the use of acronyms in the workplace.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 4:56:39 PM PST by OldCountryBoy (You can't make this stuff up!)
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To: WL-law

These people will be the first to go during the 2012 Apocalypse!


18 posted on 02/12/2012 5:02:14 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Oddly enough, I am in favor of all government employees and potential commercial airline, train and bus passengers showing up naked and scent-free.

Might be the fastest way to dispense with all of this crap short of bloodshed.

19 posted on 02/12/2012 5:06:33 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I can’t imagine what the DMV will smell like in July if the air conditioning goes!


20 posted on 02/12/2012 5:07:33 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell (It's Algebra, Uncle Fletcher.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Absolutely loving it! First they came for cigarettes in the workplace which was ok. Then they came for cigarettes in government facilities, which was still ok. But then they came for cigarettes in privately owned establishments and it was unconstitutional, but the voters refused to see that this was a terrible overreach of power. I can only hope that the idiots that voted against smoking in all public venues, lose their horrific perfume and understand what they did.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 5:17:27 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Seriously. If you are allergic to that stuff then it is a living He** to be around it. It causes a lot more problems than a running nose. It is like sniffing Glue. Headaches,Loss of concentration, and general sense of stupor, are some of the symptoms. And If you can’t get away from it then it kills you immune system so that you get colds constantly. I personally went through this at a job. I could follow someones trail through a building just by following the sent. Many of these people dump an entire bottle of cologne on them every day. You people who think this should be a protected right to force people to breath that stuff are ignorant. A little might be OK. But the whole room should not smell for an hour after you leave.

I used to say that I was going to get some skunk scent and put it on for the day. I bet you same people would be complaining up a storm. You would demand that such a fellow employee clean it off or be fired. Hypocrites.


22 posted on 02/12/2012 5:51:18 PM PST by Revel
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thing is - some of the scents people wear DO cause severe reactions to those around them and not just a few sneezes. Case in point. A woman wearing a heavy perfume walked past my mother in a grocery store. My mother fainted immediately. Thankfully, a man right behind her caught her before she hit the floor. Later we found out that people with heart conditions - like my mother - can be very sensitive to certain chemicals used in perfumes. Interestingly, after my mother underwent by-pass surgery, the sensitivity to perfumes went away.


23 posted on 02/12/2012 5:52:48 PM PST by Madam Theophilus
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I honestly think I would make working at a job like this a living hell.

Smuggle in perfume, spray it in random places, drop some on the floor, wipe it under tables in the cafeterias..

I doubt I would stay employed long in any of these new police state jobs that try to run your life both on and off the job.


24 posted on 02/12/2012 5:56:32 PM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Be careful what you wish for, some people splash on the scents because they don’t like to bathe.


25 posted on 02/12/2012 5:59:24 PM PST by Kenny500c
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I went scent free maybe 30 years ago. After a while, my sensitivity to perfumes, colognes, and scented soaps, increased dramatically. Frankly, I think my normal sense of smell returned.

I can’t stand to be around people who douse themselves with scents, these days.


26 posted on 02/12/2012 6:10:36 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’d think this article was a joke, but not now a days. Only government bureaucrats can take a rather simple problem and complicate it into laws and regulations requiring specifications, extensive rules, inspectors and unnecessary expense. I just wonder if anyone with more sense than a dust mop ever thought to check to see if this problem was 1 in 2 encounters or 1 in 50,000 and if a little leadership could solve the problem?


27 posted on 02/12/2012 6:13:30 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

both reps who sponsored this bill are republicans.

wtf are they thinking? several bills have been filed in this vein. they are looking to lose their super majority in the house.

bill details:

http://www.nhliberty.org/bills/view/2012/HB1444


28 posted on 02/12/2012 6:14:27 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Oops, leadership and common sense are probably not listed in the bureaucrat’s job description.


29 posted on 02/12/2012 6:15:48 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Revel
You people who think this should be a protected right to force people to breath that stuff are ignorant...

I agree. People can do whatever they want on their own property and slather themselves with anything they can tolerate, but once out in public place we're obliged to show some sense of decorum. Smelling like a tear-gas factory, a rabbit cage or turd is nobody's right as long as they have the power to control themselves.

I got to thinking though-- I wonder if someone with such a heart condition or severe allergies could sue the maker of the offending product?

30 posted on 02/12/2012 6:25:10 PM PST by tsomer
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To: Rebelbase

‘When applied modestly, perfume enhances a woman’s sex appeal.’

I think most of this “allergy’ stuff with respect to perfume is a result of the cheap knock-off garbage so availible today. Even a few drops of some of these chemical bombs can send people not otherwise allergic into runny nosed red eyed sneezin hell. The expensive stuff, even when liberally applied will just be strong, not virulent.


31 posted on 02/12/2012 6:27:12 PM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Mears
This smell thing started with those that kept complaining about the smell of tobacco, even if you smoked in your own apartment or outside for pete sake and that was successful, so on to the next thing to ban. People started to complain about the smell of perfume and I hope the one that started it was a smoker, its called backlash. Slaves love to have their master (big government) tell them what to do....or in a more correct thought tell others they don't like what to do....it eventually comes back at you. some fascists little and big have turned this country into one big gulag. Everyone can look around their homes and find the government edict...toilets, showers, light bulbs, landscaping, moving dirt around so you can plant, shutting off large area's of public forest to people, where you can and cannot build roads, take your property and give it to another cause they might bring in tax money your use of your property doesn't...That's why congress made all those alphabet soup departments like the EPA etc. The legislators hands are clean, it was those other guys that did this...

Like Newt said, first thing is to defund them all. He didn't really want to defund the EPA, he proposed remaking it....and giving it a different name....

32 posted on 02/12/2012 6:30:00 PM PST by goat granny
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To: tsomer

It’s odd that folks call them themselves Conservatives on FR, but jump on the ‘ban’ bandwagon the second a law comes up that address their pet peeve. Leave it to a peeve and get over yourselves. Decreasing freedom is not essentially Conservative.

There are enough bans that need repeal.

When NH republicans lose their majorities in the state house and senate, there will be the usual bitching by Conservatives on this board. And they will lose their majorities due to multple bills filed like this. If you suppor this, don’t whine when it loses and Republicans lose here.


33 posted on 02/12/2012 6:36:11 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: tsomer

Seriously, if it’s that bad, how do you go out in public? There are all kinds of smells out there, and it’s just a part of life. Like with the peanut allergies, how could such a person go to a mall since every mall I’ve ever been in has a Chinese restaurant cooking kung pao chicken?


34 posted on 02/12/2012 6:40:03 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: tsomer

Right. And the way I see it. If I can smell it from a foot away then that may be my problem. But if I can smell it from 10 feet away or even 100 feet away...Then that is their problem. Anyone who puts that much on has mental problems anyways. They are insecure. They are trying to attract others by means of a forced chemical reaction. It is almost like some form of witchcraft.

You notice that many here think it is just a matter of others being offended by a smell. What they don’t get is that it makes others very sick. It is kind of like spreading peanut butter around people with a peanut allergy. But they just don’t get it.


35 posted on 02/12/2012 6:47:37 PM PST by Revel
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To: Clock King

Thats why I have been saying for years.. if its really that bad, how do these people live? I suspect this is just a convenient way to control others and their behavior, and I don’t even wear any scents.

Honestly its time to start calling out some of the more obvious fakers. I know some people have a legit allergy, but I also know there are a lot of fakers out there.


36 posted on 02/12/2012 6:53:00 PM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Bigg Red

My mother is very sensitive to that sort of stuff, but she’s retired. However, I have not heard her advocating for a ban on scents in my town.

My gym, however, has asked its members not to wear heavy scents. That would pertain mostly to women, I suppose.


37 posted on 02/12/2012 7:26:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Bigg Red

On the other hand, why in the world does it have to be a law? Why can’t the governor issue an executive order for state government workplaces?

Maybe it’s because if they can do a law for state workers, they think they can eventually do it for local government workers and the private sector, instead of letting them determine their own policies. Camels nose in the tent, and all that.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 7:27:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Buddy Sorrell

“I can’t imagine what the DMV will smell like in July if the air conditioning goes!”

While living in Moscow 20 some odd years ago, and maybe still today, they would shut off their centralized hot water for a month or two in rotating areas of the city to work on the system.

Adding to no hot water the scarcity of perfume, deoderant and soap and you have the most unimagineable smell I equate with Communism. You would get it in full doses in subways and on buses.


39 posted on 02/12/2012 7:34:28 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: Bigg Red; Tolerance Sucks Rocks
One location of the company I work for is on top of the fragrance problem, sending emails out on occasion to reinforce the policy.

The building I worked at doesn't enforce it. I wound up in the hospital for an overnight stay, stress tests the next day, etc., due to someone’s fragrances. My boss understood and did what she could, then finally suggested I consider telecommuting. That has been such a blessing for me, you can't even know.

I don't really want laws to ban fragrances but whatever chemicals these companies are putting in them needs to be exposed. I can handle true perfumes, flowers, and such. Even all the oily odors from an auto shop or junk yard is completely bearable. But the cocktails these fragrances are are practically poison.

40 posted on 02/12/2012 7:42:45 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Clock King

I got news for you, I tend to stay away from a lot of functions and areas due to fragrances.

One day, I slipped up and went to a wedding shower for my sister’s future daughter-in-law. Neither one of us thought ahead. The door opened, and I got nailed before I even walked in the door. Within minutes, my throat was tightening up and I had to leave. My brother, who was working out with me swimming, saw first-hand what it did to me and my ability to take air in. It took some time for it all to get out of my system.

Your question about going out in public: I tend to go when I know there won’t be many people around. I shop late at night or early in the morning, although holding my breath and grabbing fragrance-free laundry soap in the middle of aisle is a challenge. The occasional movie is at times when only a handful of people are in the theater. Such like that.

It’s a pain but I simply deal with it the best I can.


41 posted on 02/12/2012 7:57:50 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Revel

You’re right. It has nothing to do with the smell and everything to do with the chemicals used to make those fragrances.


42 posted on 02/12/2012 8:00:15 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: goat granny

It’s incredible,isn’t it?

I doubt that we could list all of the laws that have taken away personal choice since you and I were girls.

And then,of course,the safety rules for babies and children. It boggles the mind. The removal of the high diving board at our local swimming pool was the last straw. The pool was 12’ deep and jumping off the board was a rite of passage for my kids and their friends. No one ever was hurt. Now——gone. {Of course that ended the diving lessons)

I’m glad I was born when I was—we had the best of it.


43 posted on 02/12/2012 8:00:40 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Perfume is not that big a problem, you can always move away but the air freshener that they use in some places is enough to knock a buzzard off a gut wagon.


44 posted on 02/12/2012 8:02:57 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Would you sing if someone sucked YOU up the vacuum cleaner hose?)
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To: WL-law

I’m not green. I don’t eat organic. I’ve got some possible gluten allergies but I’m ignoring it. Second hand smoke is gross but doesn’t bug me.

Artificial fragrances can cause my throat to close up. At the very least they give me a headache. I’ve had them send me into an altered state where I couldn’t drive or judge distances. Don’t believe me if you like but it’s not imaginary. I know the exact moment my throat first closed up in reaction to perfume. That was freaky.

I’m not asking people to ban it. I’ve removed fragrances from my life and my friends know not to wear perfume or heavy deodorants to my home. But it’s a real thing and it’s important that people know that it’s not just an imaginary self-loathing. I wouldn’t use stupid, ineffectual, expensive organic shampoo every morning by choice, I assure you!


45 posted on 02/12/2012 8:13:30 PM PST by JenB
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To: Ladysmith

It’s so rare to hear from other people with fragrance allergies. Have you ever had a headache or something from perfume that left you in an altered state? I only had that twice but it’s freaked me out because I felt drunk, or dizzy, not able to judge distances.

You sound worse than me though I’m blessed to work from home and go out pretty infrequently. I worry though that I’m setting my daughter up to be sensitive to scents because I don’t have any in the house; my husband now gets headaches from fragrances because we’ve been fragrance free for our whole marriage.


46 posted on 02/12/2012 8:18:39 PM PST by JenB
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To: Revel; tsomer

Like I said to Big Redd, why couldn’t the edict be an executive order, since it involves state government workplaces?

Maybe it’s because the lawmakers introducing the bills eventually want to ban scents in all workplaces statewide.

I am sorry you all are so sensitive to perfumes, et al., but why should YOU get to ban what people wear in MY workplace?


47 posted on 02/12/2012 8:22:36 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Ladysmith

Wanna bet that the crap that makes you ill comes from China?


48 posted on 02/12/2012 8:24:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: JenB
This is kinda funny, kinda terrible...I always like the way a woman smells just as she is. But I had a gf who for one reason or another always put Secret deodorant under her arms before going to bed...somehow in the process of kissing her all over, something must draw me irrestistably to a lady's armpit becuase I always ended up with a kisser full of Secret...

And if that isn't bad enough, you know what happens when you get "Secret" in your mouth? It's like on Tom and Jerry where the cat gets a mouthful of Alum and his mouth shrinks too small to eat the mouse. I would barely be able to talk, she had a Southern giggle, and I was the one always saying "Ith thnot funny!" LOL

49 posted on 02/12/2012 8:28:16 PM PST by AnTiw1 (I lived through a mormon hell, I will not live in a country with a mormon president.)
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To: eXe

Garlic cloves would be better.

And bacon.


50 posted on 02/12/2012 8:33:57 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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