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Cash-Strapped USPS Raising The Price Of A Stamp By A Penny Starting Sunday
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Posted on 01/25/2013 12:19:11 PM PST by SMGFan

It’s a brand new year but already the cash-strained United States Postal Service is showing that it’s feeling the financial heat that kept zapping it in 2012. Starting on Sunday, the price of a first-class stamp will go from $0.45 to $0.46 as we were warned last year. Post card stamps will also rise a penny to $0.33. Sure, it’s only a penny, but it’s a penny you don’t have to pay on Saturday that you do on Sunday.

Of course, we’re fans of Forever Stamps, which you can buy now and use no matter how much a regular postage stamp goes up in price, so perhaps today is a good time to stock up on those.

Letters you send off to international friends or family are rising even more to $1.10. It used to only cost $0.85 to mail letters to Canada and Mexico and $1.05 for other international destinations. Overall, notes CNNMoney, all kinds of shipping services will cost 4% more on average.

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Would raising the price to 50 cents help? /s
1 posted on 01/25/2013 12:19:17 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Glad I got that roll of “Forever” stamps...


2 posted on 01/25/2013 12:20:58 PM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: SMGFan
I think they should raise the rate a good nickel ONLY when they commit to forcing smaller pensions and making more of these folks pay for their health care, at least pick up more o of the cost....

some of us are pinching pennies and working on 401's for retirement and others are just still getting the big fat defined pensions....it has to change...

3 posted on 01/25/2013 12:23:37 PM PST by cherry
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To: grobdriver

And you took my reply - ;-)


4 posted on 01/25/2013 12:25:16 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: grobdriver

Considering that the US Postal Service is supposed to be a shining example of how government works ... and, as such, a model for Obamacare.

It makes me shudder.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 12:25:36 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SMGFan

The penny increase for the stamp may not be much, but postage on international packages is going WAY, WAY up. Not good news if you do any online selling internationally.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 12:25:42 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: SMGFan

I have a sheet of 20 stamps I bought just before Christmas.

In 2010.

I still have 5 stamps left. People just don’t use stamps the way they used to.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 12:33:03 PM PST by mom4melody
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To: SMGFan

Stamp... what’s a stamp?


8 posted on 01/25/2013 12:35:17 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: SMGFan
Would raising the price to 50 cents help?

For me personally, 50¢ would still be a bargain to send a letter across the country.

I have about 1 and 1/2 rolls of "forever" stamps left that will probably last me several years. If I had to use a lot of postage though I might not consider it a bargain.

I recently sent a 1/2 pint mason jar filled with dried pepper flakes to a fellow F.R. member and it cost almost $10.00. He graciously repaid me for the postage.

9 posted on 01/25/2013 12:39:20 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: SMGFan

This will result in LESS mail.

Only the UNION-laden government would increase rates,
expecting it to increase use.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 12:44:11 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SMGFan

They are also raising Interntional shipping rates,
delivery confirmation and most rates. I use the PO alot
and a 1 lb package First Class International to Canada is
currently $5.75 on the 27th the same package will cost $10.55 to ship it.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 12:55:44 PM PST by funfan
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To: SMGFan

We held a revolution once over this kind of crap...

just sayin...


12 posted on 01/25/2013 12:57:13 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SMGFan

We sent 100 Christmas cards in 2011. Last year we sent 50. This year it might be 25.

That’s about the only time we use stamps other than for thank you notes.

The USPS can go to hell.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 1:00:59 PM PST by TSgt (Infringe upon my 2nd Amendment rights and learn how to speed read at 3000 feet per second...)
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To: Graybeard58

“For me personally, 50¢ would still be a bargain to send a letter across the country.

I have about 1 and 1/2 rolls of “forever” stamps left that will probably last me several years. If I had to use a lot of postage though I might not consider it a bargain”


No, you are right it is a bargain, and in spite of all the late night show jokes, given their assigned task, it is one of the very few government controlled (allegedly not run by) entities that by and large does its job.

Unlike the other, very fine, package delivery outfits, the USPS does have to run their full route every day and that of course makes them more vulnerable to gas increases than a company which can just target those addresses where deliveries are required.

They do have areas which scream for improvement but that is where the government interference gets in the way and nothing gets done.

A one cent increase per stamp is easily offset by switching to a electronic transaction on a single bill for the average homeowner. Unfortunately, if they keep doing these increases, more and more transactions will become electronic and we will all be waiting once a year for a few pieces of mail. The beloved tax bills and publisher’s clearing house.

I do not know if the USPS will ever recover from the retirement/health care funding which is crippling most government entities. They made a very cushy bed for themselves but filled it with bed bugs and now it’s coming back to bite them.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 1:11:59 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: SMGFan

USPS = Worthless as teats on a bull.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 1:19:25 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: SMGFan

Before UNIONS infected the Post Office Department stamps were 3 cents and post cards a penny. Mail was delivered twice a day in the major cities and the Post Office was solvent.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 1:22:46 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

When a stamp was .03 cents, gasoline was .19 cents a gallon and a candy bar was a nickel.
The prices of most goods change almost daily. Just saying...
If the post office was privatized they could operate like a real business and not have to wait for congress to authorize price changes. UPS and FedEx raised prices 4 or 5 times last year as fuel prices fluctuated.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 1:36:43 PM PST by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: mom4melody
People just don’t use stamps the way they used to.

And they will use them even less now. Meanwhile, post offices in other countries are run so well that:

  1. Singapore and the Netherlands postal systems actually solicit mundane business such as billing and catalogs from other countries because they print and mail out things all over the continent for less money than a country in the same region can do it themselves.
  2. The German postal system had so much extra cash, they bought DHL, the international courier service.
  3. The Japanese postal system is so well run that they sell stamps at wholesale so places like supermarkets can resell to customers at face value and still make a profit. When mail volume gets extra heavy, they will hire responsible high school kids on bikes to make deliveries. Japan's postal service even has branches in the most remote rural region of the country which also provide banking services and earn a profit. It is modeled after the same services provided by the U.S. Postal Service from the 1880s to 1940s. Postal workers in Japan willingly concede fatter wages and pensions to the private sector in return for increase job security, just like the used to do so in the U.S.A.

18 posted on 01/25/2013 1:43:24 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Diogenesis
I was talking to my local firearms provider today, and he told me a little known, unadvertised fact. The USPS has informed them they have quit delivering ammunition. I wonder how many millions of dollars of revenue they just threw away? Enough to keep rates down?
That's why the USPS hasn't turned a profit since WWII.
19 posted on 01/25/2013 1:48:13 PM PST by ScoochDude
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To: SMGFan

Ultimately the government will have to bail them out. Raising the price makes people use the USPS less, which makes them raise the price.
Maybe they should hire people based on qualifications, and not because they are politically connected or member of a privileged “victim” group.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 2:06:28 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: ScoochDude

Live ammunition has never been mailable.


21 posted on 01/25/2013 2:19:04 PM PST by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: Wurlitzer

“Unlike the other, very fine, package delivery outfits, the USPS does have to run their full route every day and that of course makes them more vulnerable to gas increases than a company which can just target those addresses where deliveries are required.”

Nonsense! Every day, UPS and FedEX are on our street making deliveries Along with Ontrac. The USPS also comes by in their morphodite Jeep to deliver the small stuff and the mail. The USPS isn’t loosing the game because they “have to make a complete run” each day, they are loosing because they have a bunch of looser minority union employees who do as little as they can, and retire on pensions that are way too expensive. They have designed themselves not to be competitive. A friend of mine worked for the USPS when he went to college. They gave him a route that “the union leaders” expected would take him all day. He did in by noon which pissed of those same union leaders who made it very clear that he needed to slow down or something might happen to him. So every day he did his route and then went home and studied or took a nap until it was time to return the Jeep and punch out.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 2:31:58 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Don Corleone
Before UNIONS infected the Post Office Department stamps were 3 cents and post cards a penny. Mail was delivered twice a day in the major cities and the Post Office was solvent.

And until very recently they were the main money-making department of the federal government, funding other departments. Think of what else the government provides as a true service that makes money? None I can think of.

23 posted on 01/25/2013 2:34:01 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Wurlitzer
"I do not know if the USPS will ever recover from the retirement/health care funding which is crippling most government entities. They made a very cushy bed for themselves but filled it with bed bugs and now it’s coming back to bite them."

Their biggest problem is, being forced to pre-fund pensions way into the out-years...someone here will know how and why that happened...I believe Congress had something to do with it, as usual (all the bad laws that are enacted)...

I would be happy with a "do-nothing" Congress, except it's too late for that...we need an "undo that" Congress now!

I personally really appreciate the USPS, and my gripe is with how they are forced to scratch for money, AND how this rate increase will impact lower income people much more than the wealthy, i.e., anyone who ships gifts to out-of-state family, or shops on eBay.

So, why aren't the Dem's out there screaming about how this will hurt their beloved "middle class"? Hmmm?

24 posted on 01/25/2013 3:15:35 PM PST by 88keys (tag line under construction: waiting for something positive to say)
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To: SMGFan

They are losing money yet they spend money on television advertising and beautiful artwork for stamps. Typical bureaucrat logic.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 3:17:58 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Wurlitzer
"I do not know if the USPS will ever recover from the retirement/health care funding which is crippling most government entities. They made a very cushy bed for themselves but filled it with bed bugs and now it’s coming back to bite them."

Their biggest problem is, being forced to pre-fund pensions way into the out-years...someone here will know how and why that happened...I believe Congress had something to do with it, as usual (all the bad laws that are enacted)...

I would be happy with a "do-nothing" Congress, except it's too late for that...we need an "undo that" Congress now!

I personally really appreciate the USPS, and my gripe is with how they are forced to scratch for money, AND how this rate increase will impact lower income people much more than the wealthy, i.e., anyone who ships gifts to out-of-state family, or shops on eBay, etc.

So, why aren't the Dem's all out there screaming about how this will hurt their so-called beloved "middle class"? Hmmm?

I'm guessing it must be Bush's fault...HA!

26 posted on 01/25/2013 3:23:53 PM PST by 88keys (tag line under construction: waiting for something positive to say)
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To: 88keys; All

apologies for the double post - happy Friday! ;)


27 posted on 01/25/2013 3:25:40 PM PST by 88keys (tag line under construction: waiting for something positive to say)
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To: cherry
I think they should raise the rate a good nickel ONLY when they commit to forcing smaller pensions and making more of these folks pay for their health care, at least pick up more o of the cost....

They have, dude.

Some 35,000 employees took early retirement this year. They have been replaced by part-time employees with lower wages ($10-$15/hr) and no benefits for the first year -- followed by the opportunity to get health insurance with a 25% contribution.

No retirement, 401K or other, at all.

All small-town Post Offices will see their hours cut to between 2 to 6 hours a day. The Postmasters, should they wish to stay, will have their wages cut to $18/hr.

Satisfied? Did you even know any of this?

28 posted on 01/25/2013 4:21:14 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: Don Corleone
Before UNIONS infected the Post Office Department stamps were 3 cents and post cards a penny.

Yeah, and you made $1/hour. You left out that part.

29 posted on 01/25/2013 4:24:27 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: BfloGuy
From 4 days ago:

U.S. Post Office cuts threaten source of black jobs

African-Americans represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population and 11.6 percent of the labor force, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Labor report. Nearly one in five African-American workers hold government jobs such as mail clerks, firefighters and teachers, the report said.

"There's a long tradition of the public sector being more friendly, or less hostile, to African-American workers," said Robert Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. "The Post Office is the best example."

African-Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers - and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

http://news.yahoo.com/u-post-office-cuts-threaten-source-black-jobs-180930966--business.html

Just saying

30 posted on 01/25/2013 4:41:48 PM PST by Robwin
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To: BfloGuy
And you seem to forget that the government deliberately inflated the currency in order to pay off the war bonds and all the alphabet agencies created by FDR. The real measure of course is the number of hours/minutes you have to work to buy something after taxes.
31 posted on 01/25/2013 5:45:37 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: weston

Why would he lie? I’m going by there tomorrow and I will ask him.


32 posted on 01/25/2013 5:51:41 PM PST by ScoochDude
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To: SMGFan

Relatively speaking it’s still a great deal. In 1847 when the US Post Office issued the first postage stamps, it cost 10 cents to mail a letter over 300 miles and 5 cents for less than 300 miles.

In today’s dollars that would be equivalent to paying $2.78 cents for a letter over 300 miles and $1.39 for less than 300 miles.


33 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:57 PM PST by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: Don Corleone
And you seem to forget that the government deliberately inflated the currency in order to pay off the war bonds and all the alphabet agencies created by FDR. The real measure of course is the number of hours/minutes you have to work to buy something after taxes.

I NEVER forget that. Did you bother to read my tagline?

Of course, governments create inflation. I can't imagine why you'd feel it necessary to tell me that. I am FreeRepublic's premier inflation-fighter. The fact remains, though, that the Post Office [which, let's remember, doesn't get a dime of tax money] still has to raise prices to match the inflation the government has created.

34 posted on 01/26/2013 3:28:18 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: Robwin
Just saying

Just saying what?

35 posted on 01/26/2013 3:29:24 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: vette6387

When you have been involved in shipping for over 26 years and sending over 15 million mail pieces per month maybe then you have the right to call what I posted “nonsense”.

Until then I stand by everything I posted.


36 posted on 01/26/2013 5:17:41 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: SMGFan

JUNK MAIL!
I believe the law requires them to deliver it at below-market prices.
So they make it up elsewhere.

Everyone should boycott the USPS until it’s rates change so that junk mail is no longer subsidized by the other mailings.


37 posted on 01/26/2013 5:30:01 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SMGFan; muawiyah

Thirty-seven posts already and USPS Union Steward muawiyah hasn’t jumped in with his own eighty-seven in defense/apology/protest/rebuke! lol....


38 posted on 01/26/2013 5:42:11 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey
Since i'm not a union steward and never was ~ more like a bill collector if you know what i mean and i suspect you do ~ take your insult back.
39 posted on 01/26/2013 6:20:55 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: mrsmith
The law requires them to handle the various classes of mail at the actual cost ~ plus an institutional contribution.

Read the law on the matter some time.

40 posted on 01/26/2013 6:22:32 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: vette6387
Other Berkeley students and San Fran hippies would have one of their number hire on a bad route, then they'd split it up and share it ~ and sometimes those 4 or 5 guys would be done BEFORE 9 AM.

So, one of your friends?

41 posted on 01/26/2013 6:25:33 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: roadcat
The old Post Office Department had employee associations of a local nature back in the days when it was headquartered out of Chicago ~ that's the 1880s.

The Postal Service as USPS has been unionized since day one ~ and postage wasn't 1cent or 3cent for a very long time before that agency was established.

How old are you? Are you still sitting out there on the front steps of the Philly main office?

42 posted on 01/26/2013 6:28:36 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: weston

Frankly, I can’t recall that ammo has ever been mailable either and my memory goes way way way back. More recently to come into conformance with ATA rules USPS, FedEx and UPS have all tightened up their permissable limits on otherwise prohibited materials. That was a bear learning how to access those rules ~ not very well written ~ which most folks have probably figured out ~ and I mean anything done by DOT or HHS ~just nasty stuff.


43 posted on 01/26/2013 6:31:06 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: I want the USA back
USPS mail volumes usually have a little jump just about a month before a rate increase, but there's no serious downward trend after such an increase.

The big driver we discovered was quarterly tax payments ~ depended on when they occurred how companies would structure the expenses surrounding their mailings.

People will beat the taxman before they'll quit sending you advertisements ~ or BILLS

44 posted on 01/26/2013 6:33:32 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

“So, one of your friends?”

Nope, this happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a summer job for a guy who was home from college.


45 posted on 01/26/2013 6:35:06 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Vigilanteman

USPS also handles gazillions of pieces of advertising sent all over the world. That’s because the advertising printers are located here ~ however, international mail exchange rates are such you don’t really get any advantage when it comes to the postage.


46 posted on 01/26/2013 6:35:47 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: weston

If the postal service was allowed to change its own rates it would do so ~ privatization has little to do with that matter ~ common carriers and utilities are regulated under a theory that if they weren’t they’d screw the customers every time.


47 posted on 01/26/2013 6:37:14 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Wurlitzer
it's not any sort of retirement/health care funding. It's for retiree health care insurance premiums that MIGHT occur 75 years in the future.

Not a person alive today will ever benefit from it.

The other agencies are not paying it. The idea was it would be an invisible tax on USPS mailers.

48 posted on 01/26/2013 6:39:58 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Graybeard58

That’s why i always use light weight plastic bags.


49 posted on 01/26/2013 6:41:26 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

What will you do, file a grievance against me?

It was a little teasing. Go dry your tears and toughen up.


50 posted on 01/26/2013 6:44:02 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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