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Gore blasts Bush's 'cowboy' Iraq policy
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 09/24/2002 | Carla Marinucci & John Wildermuth

Posted on 09/24/2002 5:59:54 AM PDT by Pokey78

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:41:02 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

In one of the most forceful Democratic condemnations of President Bush's foreign policy, former Vice President Al Gore warned in San Francisco on Monday that a pre-emptive strike on Iraq would distract America from its war on terrorism and "weaken our ability to lead the world."


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1 posted on 09/24/2002 5:59:54 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Pokey, you forgot the barf alert.
2 posted on 09/24/2002 6:01:21 AM PDT by winner45
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To: Pokey78
Asked at one point, "If you had been elected president . . ." several in the crowd yelled out "He was!" -- and then took up that chant of "He was! He was!"

These bozos must be reading a different version of the Constitution then the one I have.

3 posted on 09/24/2002 6:07:49 AM PDT by Marc Poor
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To: Pokey78
"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore told about 500 people at the Commonwealth Club of California. "That has been squandered in a year's time and replaced with great fear, anxiety and uncertainty around the world, not at what the terrorist network is going to do, but at what we are going to do."

Hey Algore, how bout putting yourself into America's shoes for just an instant. I know it's hard, but try. Let's see what it might look like:

After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore told about 500 people at the Commonwealth Club of California. "That support has begun to waiver in a year's time and replaced with a great fear to act. Our allies are more concerned about their own fear about what might happen if they act then about what will happen if we don't act."

See Algore? It ain't so hard. Just pretend you are a loyal patriotic American. Imagine.

4 posted on 09/24/2002 6:08:17 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Pokey78
HEY, AL!


5 posted on 09/24/2002 6:09:40 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Pokey78
What was Gore's strategy on Iraq, and terror? I'll tell you ... He and Clinton thought that if they created enough terror at home, we would not notice the terror abroad. But, hey they did blow up a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan.
6 posted on 09/24/2002 6:12:25 AM PDT by LandofLincoln
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To: Pokey78
Bump for afters.

prisoner6

8 posted on 09/24/2002 6:15:54 AM PDT by prisoner6
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To: Pokey78
Gore also dodged questions about whether Bush was playing politics with Iraq.

"I have purposely avoided making that charge . . ." he said. "The fact that doubts have been rising up is simply a fact that has to be taken into consideration."

But the crowd erupted in cheers when he added that Bush "should stop using the (war) issue on the campaign trail."

Yet, Gore drew a line -- forcefully -- when an audience member shouted out that Americans had more to fear from Bush than Hussein.


9 posted on 09/24/2002 6:16:09 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Pokey78
"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore told about 500 people at the Commonwealth Club of California. "That has been squandered in a year's time and replaced with great fear, anxiety and uncertainty around the world, not at what the terrorist network is going to do, but at what we are going to do."

If anyone knows anything about squander, it's the previous administration. It squandered all the great accomplishments of Reagan: the economy, the fall of the Berlin wall & defeat of Communism in the U.S.S.R. It also squandered many opportunities to actually retaliate against the terrorism being conducted against the U.S. It's clear what you would do, Al, nothing.

10 posted on 09/24/2002 6:18:47 AM PDT by Darth Dan
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11 posted on 09/24/2002 6:19:28 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Darth Dan
"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore told about 500 people at the Commonwealth Club of California.

So he wishes to build up our "goodwill" by making us sitting ducks. It is embarassing for America that this buffoon came as close to the presidency as he did.

13 posted on 09/24/2002 6:24:57 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Cultural Jihad
Notice this tactic from the left. First their polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly support the war on terror. However, their base are adamantly against anything that is good for America (like survival) and historically for the positions most favored by our enemies.

So, they "support" the war on terror, while opposing it's elements. Attempts to separate Iraq from the war on terror are akin to World War II cries of "attacking France (normandy) will steal our focus in the War on Hitler".

I noticed that Suzie Tompkins is now a "prominent dimocrat", just another fossilized hippie from the sixties who made good on the very free enterprise principles whose destruction she now supports.

BARFFFFF!!!!
14 posted on 09/24/2002 6:33:25 AM PDT by prov1813man
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To: prisoner6
Gore was wagging the dog. He is churning the press to divert coverage of the money he took from China the DNC just got fined for.
15 posted on 09/24/2002 6:35:43 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Would this be the story that appeared on page 23 of The New York Slimes and page 14 of the Louisville Courier Journal?
16 posted on 09/24/2002 6:41:08 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: anoldafvet
I think so.

If Al had his way, he would invite Saddam to the Whitehouse for a fundraiser.

17 posted on 09/24/2002 6:42:46 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
All this cowboy talk....this is another example of Gore's being "Big hat - but no cattle".
18 posted on 09/24/2002 6:42:53 AM PDT by ErnBatavia
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To: Pokey78
"If the United States goes it alone in an attack on Iraq..."

If I were British, I'd be mighty sick of and insulted by this continued assertion by idiots like Gore.

19 posted on 09/24/2002 6:46:33 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Pokey78
Geez. Not one American critical listener within five miles for the reporter to question. Imagine.

Dan

20 posted on 09/24/2002 6:49:01 AM PDT by BibChr
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To: Pokey78
F</> algore, Round 'em up and Move 'em out


21 posted on 09/24/2002 6:53:04 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: Pokey78
Gore is so jealous of George W. Bush, he's got a rash...It makes him SPEAK rashly, THINK rashly, and BEHAVE rashly...
22 posted on 09/24/2002 6:53:58 AM PDT by lsee
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To: Pokey78
"That has been squandered in a year's time and replaced with great fear, anxiety and uncertainty around the world, not at what the terrorist network is going to do, but at what we are going to do"

Fear is good. Let them know that the USA is not to be trifled with. I want to be feared by my enemies, it is much safer than being held in contempt.

23 posted on 09/24/2002 7:02:21 AM PDT by jdub
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To: Pokey78
Algor is a sissy having a hissy fit.
24 posted on 09/24/2002 7:04:31 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: TonyRo76
The more Algore talked the more aparent it got that he didn't know what he was talking about. Of course if some major American city suddenly started glowing in the dark, Algor wouldn't be in the chain of responsibility. His talk is really cheap.
25 posted on 09/24/2002 7:09:42 AM PDT by oyez
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To: Pokey78
and a proposed course of action that I believe would be far better for the country."

Which country ?

26 posted on 09/24/2002 7:14:15 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Did you know in June 2000 Gore was singing an entirely new tune? I heard on Hannity's talk show yesterday that Gore was quoted as saying we needed to remove Saddam from power. Now, he has something different. Sounds like he's as much of a flip-flopper as his former boss. BIG SURPRISE.

There is no doubt he'll be running for President in 2004. I for one would be overjoyed if he becomes the Democrat candidate. The voters have learned that Bush is a much better alternative to the weasel Gore.

27 posted on 09/24/2002 7:16:48 AM PDT by diamond6
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To: Pokey78
>>Gore later told reporters the Bush administration had been guilty of a "do- it-alone, cowboy-type reaction to foreign affairs," <<

Yippie-kai-yay, motherf***er.

28 posted on 09/24/2002 7:20:47 AM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: Pokey78
"In one of the most forceful Democratic condemnations of President Bush's foreign policy..."

Forceful? Forceful!!? It was like being whipped with a wet noodle. "The most forceful Democratic" whatever is one of those totally worthless commendations like:
"Greatest French Victory of the 20th Century" or
"Best-tasting whale-blubber" or
"Most energetic stamp-collector" or
"Best Buffalo Bills Super Bowl appearance" or
Well, you get the idea and feel free to add your own choice commendations.

29 posted on 09/24/2002 7:54:13 AM PDT by Kermit
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"I just really appreciated what he had to say -- and I think he had to say it," said Susie Tompkins Buell, the co-founder of Esprit and one of the nation's most generous Democratic donors.

Anthrax kills rich liberals, too.

30 posted on 09/24/2002 8:44:06 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves
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To: Pokey78
An ape hidding behind an "insult" is calling Bush a Cowboy. Gees, Gore, can't you find a better dress and hidding mask? He is an ape that cannot even hide well behind his own rhetoric. He is the failed ape, a darwin award of the Democrats' animal kingdom.
31 posted on 09/24/2002 9:55:31 AM PDT by lavaroise
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"I also support the President's stated goals in the next phases of the war against terrorism as he laid them out in the State of the Union. ... Even if we give first priority to the destruction of terrorist networks, and even if we succeed, there are still governments that could bring us great harm. And there is a clear case that one of these governments in particular represents a virulent threat in a class by itself: Iraq. As far as I am concerned, a final reckoning with that government should be on the table."

-Al Gore, in Feb. 12, 2002 speech to Council on Foreign Relations.

Source

On May 23,2000 vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore made the following remarks about Iraq:

"We have made it clear that it is our policy to see Saddam Hussein gone. We have sought coalitions of opponents to challenge his power from within or without. I have met with the Iraqi resistance, and I have invited them to meet with me again next month – when I will encourage them to further unite in their efforts against Saddam. We have maintained sanctions in the face of rising criticism, while improving the oil-to-food program to help the Iraqi people directly. We have used force when necessary. And we will not let up in our efforts to free Iraq from Saddam's rule. Should he think of challenging us, I would strongly advise against it. As a Senator, I voted for the use of force. As Vice President, I supported the use of force. And if entrusted with the Presidency, my resolve will never waver. "

Source

32 posted on 09/24/2002 10:40:45 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Cultural Jihad
Here's an interesting tidbit for ya....

"Gore's Gulf War Vote Hinged on Key TV Slot" by Senator Alan Simpson

33 posted on 09/24/2002 10:50:10 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Pokey78
If I had dime for everytime Al Bore said something that made sense I'd have a nickel.
34 posted on 09/24/2002 1:42:08 PM PDT by SantosLHalper
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To: Pokey78
If Al Gore had been President at the time of the 9/11 attacks- we'd still be over in Afghanistan negotiating with Bin Laden!
35 posted on 09/24/2002 1:43:31 PM PDT by Destructor
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To: ravingnutter
Thank you so much for your sources! I was hoping somebody would provide the evidence for just what I was talking about.
36 posted on 09/24/2002 4:18:45 PM PDT by diamond6
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To: Cultural Jihad
Yet, Gore drew a line -- forcefully -- when an audience member shouted out that Americans had more to fear from Bush than Hussein.

Oh yeah, that Gore, he is so patriotic, cares so deeply for America that he threw the country into turmoil when he LOST the Election, and wants to again when we are at war!!

Hey Al.. tell that to the troops out there who are IN THIS WAR!! Tell THEM you don't support their commander in chief, nor them or America!! Because ONCE again Al Gore is putting HIMSELF before the best interest of our country!!

Go ahead Al, incite treason and riots. Thats right up your alley AL!!! What a puke!

37 posted on 09/24/2002 4:25:44 PM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Pokey78
Look at who he's telling this to...SAN FRANCISCO!!!

Does it not prove Gore has no guts? He might as well be preaching it in front of a mirror!

If he thinks he has the intestinal fortitude Bush has, tell him to preach that in Houston, Birmingham, or any other RED SECTION OF THE ELECTION DAY MAP (95% of the real estate in America) that he DIDN'T WIN in 2000!

38 posted on 09/24/2002 4:25:45 PM PDT by Wondervixen
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Yes, it DOES prove he has no guts. In fact, it has served to remind us how lucky we have a MORAL President who isn't a coward.

But then Al professes to be a great hero, after all he served in Nam with a dozen body gaurds around him for all of 4 months!!
39 posted on 09/24/2002 4:27:24 PM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Pokey78; big ern; Billthedrill; Judai; anniegetyourgun
So he doesn't like cowboys, huh? The democrats have made HATE SPEECH of everything in our culture. I guess they hate the settling of the Wild West and the cowboys and farmers and settlers as well. And better include ranchers, THEY are definitely bad - grazing their cattle on all the l a n d which the enviro-nazis covet.

They hate the big farmer - that's a no no, but I guess they also hate the small farmer because they initiated an inheritance tax which breaks up his already small farm. And don't even get started with the eveil hunters...

And they HATE the words dad, daddy, Jr., mommy, little brother. All these words are used as missiles of hate speech as in
"JR Bush is just like his daddy." "Jeb and his "boys." etc etc (said with disgust and curled lip.)

In reality - liberals HATE - they are filled with it. They hate everything clean and good and of American culture around them. Animals are better than people. Thugs and dictators are "brave" to attack us. The citizens of this country are awful if they are white, middle America is stupid. If never ends.

And what do they support? Well, NAMBLA comes to mind. Elite college professors who say the "white race" should be "exterminated."

How could anyone support such mental illness?

40 posted on 09/24/2002 4:31:11 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Pokey78
Last night I watched "High Noon". It had been awhile but the lesson applies to our confrontation with Saddam. The townspeople knew who the "bad guys" were. Some wre afraid and others were more supportive to the returning murderer. In the end, Gary Cooper won the day without any help from the twonfolk. His wife, Grace Kelly, backed him when the time came.

If this is the type of cowboy the Demoncraps and allies accuse Wubya of emulating, then I say,

"Do not foresake me oh my Darlin'" as sung by Tex Ritter!

41 posted on 09/24/2002 4:37:29 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Pokey78
The author of this article is so busy slobbering all over his hero AlGore that I couldn't stomach reading the whole thing.

Guess he didn't notice that even most of the Dems are trying to keep their distance from Gore's stupid and poorly timed comments.

42 posted on 09/24/2002 4:42:14 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Libertina
Only libs can be so vulgar and worthy of disdain.
43 posted on 09/24/2002 4:45:02 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: SantosLHalper
LOL cubed!
44 posted on 09/24/2002 4:47:47 PM PDT by Redleg Duke
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To: Young Werther
High Noon is the classic illustration of "all it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing."

Then there's Aldork, who is not good and who counsels doing nothing.

before you ride out after Jesse James, you ought to put the posse together.

Whoa, Aldork! Don't ye start up about gunfights! Yore from the pack o' varmints wantin' t' ban six-shooters!

It is not for nothing that Rush Limbaugh today in his third hour intoned:

Algore is a clueless dork.

Not anyone you'd want on your side in a ahem gunfight.

45 posted on 09/24/2002 4:48:28 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: Pokey78
Neil Boortz at www.boortz.com hits Gore today:

AL GORE UNDERMINES AMERICA
I guess you’ve already heard some excerpts from Al Gore’s speech in California yesterday. If you did, I hope they were played right alongside some excerpts from Tony Blair’s speech to the British Parliament this morning. Comparing the two … Blair comes across as a leader. Gore comes across as a hack politician.

Gore has decided that his political fortunes will best be served by mounting an attack on George Bush’s plans to unseat Saddam Hussein. To really boost his chances to defeat Bush in 2004 Gore has to paint Bush as a failure. So, at the very beginning of his speech, Gore comes out with this gem:

"I believe that we ought to be focusing our efforts first and foremost against those who attacked us on September 11th and who have thus far gotten away with it."

Gotten away with it? The conventional wisdom is that Osama Bin Laden is dead. He most likely died in a cave in the Tora Bora Mountains. Al Qaeda is scattered. Their training bases are gone. Al Qaeda leadership is either dead, hiding, running like hell, or in custody. And this is what Al Gore describes as “getting away with it?

Al Gore is doing the same thing that Bill Clinton tried to do a few weeks ago. He’s trying to create an aura of failure around Bush’s conduct of the war on terrorism. Gore and his leftist fellow travelers know that discrediting Bush, painting him as a failure in his war on terror, is an essential element of Democratic electoral success. Electoral success is more important to the Democrats this November and in 2004 than is neutralizing any threat Saddam Hussein poses to America.

What is the Democrats worst nightmare? Bush sends the troops in. Saddam is removed from power. American troops find evidence of an ongoing program to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Evidence is also found which showed that Hussein had plans to use these weapons against America, Israel and his Arab neighbors. The goal? To become the ruler of the entire Arab world, and of all the oil supplies in the Middle East. Saddam is out, Bush is a hero – and the Democrats see their chances dim not only in 2004, but beyond.

How do the Democrats prevent this scenario from becoming reality? Keep Bush out of Iraq. Paint his as a warmonger as Cynthia Tucker is trying to do.

As for Saddam, once the Democrats are in power they can “discover” a new threat from Saddam and move to neutralize it, thus making them the heroes.

If you have the stomach for it … here is a transcript of Gore’s speech.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/transcripts/gore_text092302.html

AND IF WE DON’T ACT?

The darker side of my personality harbors this scenario where President Bush just throws his hands up and says “OK, fine. Have it your way. We will take no military action against Iraq unless Saddam Hussein attacks us first.” Then, about six months or a year down the road there are reports of a case of smallpox in Chicago. Then one in Detroit. Then there are two cases; three, a dozen. More cases pop up in New York.

Suddenly it is very clear that America is under attack. It’s not a nuclear bomb secreted across the Canadian border in a minivan. It’s not deadly chemicals sprayed from one of this deadly general aviation airplanes. No, just a couple of people with Smallpox spreading the introducing the highly contagious disease into about six major American cities.

An emergency inoculation program is begun. People wait in line for hours for the vaccination process .. hoping they haven’t yet been infected. Soon one of the disease carriers is found, dead. The FBI determines that he is from the Middle East. Further investigation finds he is from Iraq. He, and his fellow carriers, were unknowingly infected with the disease and sent to the US.

Before the completion of my dark imaginary scenario smallpox spreads across the United States. Fatalities add up to the tens of thousands. This is America, so it’s time to assess blame.

Is there any way in the world that Al Gore or his fellow Democratic appeasers would say, “We’re sorry. The President was right, and we should have supported him in his efforts to get rid of Saddam Hussein”? Yeah, sure they would. You know what would happen. Al Gore would take to the stump before some fundraiser to blast Bush for the intelligence failures that led to this smallpox invasion. Bush would be blamed for his “bellicose and belligerent attitude” that led Saddam Hussein to launch this attack. Bill Clinton would pass down the word to DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe to attack Bush for the lack of preparedness in America’s major cities. One way or another .. Bush’s fault.

46 posted on 09/24/2002 4:48:50 PM PDT by kcar
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To: Pokey78
In response to an audience question about another presidential run, Gore said, "I haven't ruled it out," adding he would decide by December, based on wholly unscientific "gut feeling."

His "gut feeling."?

I don't know which is worse.
Gore's stiff wooden public image, or his pathetic attempts to make himself over with these 'I'm just a spontaneous, from the gut kind a dude' cliches.
Just like his so-called 'spontaneous' Tipper kiss on stage during the 2000 campaign.
Right. The more this guy tries to look "natural", the more phoney he comes off.

47 posted on 09/24/2002 4:53:41 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Libertina
So he doesn't like cowboys, huh?

In listening to the cowboy part of his speech, I was expecting him to say,"Listen up pilgrims." Does anybody think he was giving us a really bad John Wayne immitation?

48 posted on 09/24/2002 4:58:25 PM PDT by diamond6
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To: Pokey78
Al Gore? Al Gore? The name sounds vaguely familiar. Hmmmm, just can't seem to remember the relevance.
49 posted on 09/24/2002 4:58:50 PM PDT by OC_Steve
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To: OC_Steve
I'm going to start call Al Bore "Fosbury".
50 posted on 09/24/2002 5:56:36 PM PDT by diamond6
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