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Gore Afraid of Freepers?
National Review Online ^ | Nov 19, 2002 | David Frum

Posted on 11/19/2002 6:40:11 AM PST by MP5

NOV. 19, 2002: GORE SPEAKS Scary Republicans: ABC’s excellent news blog, The Note yesterday had an interesting out-take from the Gore family’s interview with Barbara Walters that was broadcast on Friday.

WALTERS: I'm not sure that people realize that while you were in the residence of the Vice President [during the Florida recount] there were crowds of people outside screaming at you. What was that all about?

AL GORE: Well, this was the Republican response to what was happening during that 36-day period, and they organized busloads of people that came and stood outside the house all day and all night screaming at the top of their lungs.

WALTERS: What, "Get out!"?

TIPPER GORE: Things like that, yes, and, and sometimes … things that we don't want to say on your program, and, some people saw that they were buses from "churches," but it was organized. The one thing that, that they did mainly was reach the bedrooms of our children, and Albert was still in school locally, and trying to study, so we rearranged, you know, they … kids moved to a different part of the house, and I was trying to think of a way that we could kind of laugh about this since obviously it was out of our control, there wasn't anything anybody could do so I got all the boom boxes in the house and … I remember sort of what the government did with Noriega … I thought we'd try that, and I aimed them at, toward, you know, where the crowd …

WALTERS: The crowd?

TIPPER GORE: … And I put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up. And at least the kids laughed.

AL GORE: There were a few, more than a few who supported us and were offended by the organized chanting round the clock who came out on the other street corner during the day to express their support with signs, and … You know, emotions were running high throughout the country and it was just an unprecedented time.

KARENNA GORE: Well, when we were in the Vice President's house during the recount, it was it was very intense. And one of the things I remember is that there was a … an organized effort by, I don't know whether it was the RNC or it was … it was right-wing groups, it was definitely Bush-campaign-oriented effort to bus in people to have a sort of siege at the Vice President's house, and, so, they were all lining there, screaming, and it was kind of an assortment of groups. I mean, some of them were anti, um, were anti-abortion groups, and some of them were pro-gun groups, and some of them … they all had their different signs. But they were all screaming, "Get out of Cheney's house," the whole time. And I just remember being there next to my dad, because I went for a run, and I ran back through them, and I was very upset when I came into the house. And my whole attitude was, like, "We've got to fight back harder. And where are our crowds?" And my dad, I'll never forget his response. He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is.

WALTERS: Do you remember the crowds outside screaming?

KRISTEN GORE: The crowds that were screaming outside our house, you know, "Get out of Cheney's house." And other things … of that nature, were really upsetting. It was difficult … It was just very … upsetting that someone would … yell those things at us. It felt … we felt sort of like … trapped in this … you know, little house with all these people yelling mean things. It's no fun. You know, whether you're a child of the person who they're directed at, or anyone else. It … it wasn't a good situation.

WALTERS: Were you scared?

KRISTEN GORE: I was scared that the truth was not going to come out. That's what I was.

**

Emotions ran high during the Florida recount and I can understand that the Gores might be distressed by having protesters assemble under their windows. On the other hand, their description of those protests is a little – what’s the word we kept using during the campaign? – hyperbolic.

My family attended the protests Gore complains of. (My Labrador retriever was even photographed by a wire service reporter impressed by Cobber’s “Dogs for Bush” sandwich board.) On the day we showed up, the crowd numbered perhaps 50 people; about a dozen Gore supporters assembled a block away. They did indeed chant “Get Out of Cheney’s House” and wave placards and urge commuters to honk – but they did not scream and it would be absurd to describe them as in any way threatening. Some of them were no doubt a little eccentric, but the median age of the group was about 45, and they dutifully obeyed the police barricades that confined them to the sidewalks on the east side of Massachusetts Avenue, at least 200 yards from the vice president’s house on the west side.

One protester carried a megaphone – and I’ll concede that he made more noise than he should have. But as for the rest, I’m left wondering why it is that when 100,000 people march around the White House to oppose military action in Iraq they are exercising their constitutionally protected right of peaceful protest – while when four dozen Republicans demurely exercise their rights, they can be described without demur on national television as if they were a mob of violent maniacs.

Correction: Bob Woodward’s 1991 book about the Gulf War was titled The Commanders not The Generals. I apologize for the error in yesterday’s blog.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2000election; gore; recount
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Great job guys!!
1 posted on 11/19/2002 6:40:11 AM PST by MP5
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To: MP5
Algore should be afraid...verrry afraid...
2 posted on 11/19/2002 6:42:06 AM PST by Vidalia
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To: MP5
Bahbwa should have asked them why they didn't get out of Lynn and Dick's house!
3 posted on 11/19/2002 6:43:11 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: MP5
He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is.

Alright, everybody together now:

Awwwwwwww....
Isn't that special?

I sure believe her, how about YOU?

4 posted on 11/19/2002 6:44:05 AM PST by Izzy Dunne
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To: MP5
The entire Gore family is well-schooled in lies and exaggeration. Give me a break!
5 posted on 11/19/2002 6:46:16 AM PST by Joan912
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To: MP5
And where are our crowds?"

Major clue here Kristen!

6 posted on 11/19/2002 6:46:21 AM PST by apackof2
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To: MP5
Okay, 'fess up. Who was the dude with the megaphone?
7 posted on 11/19/2002 6:46:22 AM PST by San Jacinto
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To: MP5
It was difficult … It was just very … upsetting that someone would … yell those things at us. It felt … we felt sort of like … trapped in this … you know, little house with all these people yelling mean things.

Ms. Gore considers the mansion at the Naval Observatory a little house - quite a telling description of how her parents have raised her. Maybe they ought to write a book about it.

8 posted on 11/19/2002 6:46:27 AM PST by Quilla
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To: MP5
Those wascal wepulicans.
9 posted on 11/19/2002 6:47:51 AM PST by Always Right
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To: MP5
Hey some of us are pretty scary.BOO! AL! Bwhahahahahahahaha!
10 posted on 11/19/2002 6:50:30 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Quilla
Did any of the gores happen to mention the damage done to this 'little' house before they left? Most of it blamed on 'little' al. Didn't Tipper call Lynn and apologize for it?
11 posted on 11/19/2002 6:54:08 AM PST by barker
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To: MP5
I didn't know you guys were bused in?
12 posted on 11/19/2002 6:54:36 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules
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To: MP5
Does anyone still have pictures of the Get out of Cheeny's House demostrations. I found a few old links, but no pictures....

DC Chapter's "Get out of Cheney's House" Protest echoed in Naval Observatory, freaked out Gore Kids

Photos: DC Chapter Rally At Cheney's House, Certification Day 11/26/00

13 posted on 11/19/2002 6:56:37 AM PST by Always Right
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To: MP5
TIPPER GORE: … And I put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up. And at least the kids laughed.

you can't make this stuff up

14 posted on 11/19/2002 6:56:45 AM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: MP5
"He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness."

What is Karenna smoking?

15 posted on 11/19/2002 6:59:08 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: MP5
"GORE: I was scared that the truth was not going to come out. That's what I was."
16 posted on 11/19/2002 7:04:20 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: MP5
Unrepentant lying must be part of the Gore family credo:

1) There were no "busloads," at least during the several times I was there. The day after Thanksgiving, maybe 10 of us. The following weekend, perhaps 200 or 300. But no "buses."

2) Nobody was chanting "things that we don't want to say on your program." Some of the chants were funny, some quite cutting, but nothing profane, not once.

3) "Buses from 'churches'." Ummm, proof please. I never saw one, and I'll bet no one else did either.

4) "It was well organized." Yes, it was "organized" right here on FR: "See ya at Cheney's house." "OK, see ya there."

5) "Obviously it was out of our control." At all times there were several dozen EPS police between us and the house. People were polite and respectful of the police. There were some cross words between the pro-Bush and pro-Gore streetcorners, but pretty minimal. For Tipper, "out of control" must mean "Republicans who protest."

6) Karenna: "An organized effort by, I don't know whether it was the RNC or it was … it was right-wing groups ... an assortment of groups ... anti-abortion groups, pro-gun groups, they all had their different signs." Hmmmmm, organized assortment of right wing groups.

7) Karenna: "Where are our crowds? .... he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted ... real unrest." So, Gore and his family knew that other Rats wanted "real unrest" and didn't inform the proper LE authorities? Interesting.

17 posted on 11/19/2002 7:09:51 AM PST by angkor
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To: angkor
Remember how the media reported a "Republican mob" in Florida during the recount? Same idea. If conservatives gather it's an unruly mob no matter what.
18 posted on 11/19/2002 7:14:20 AM PST by MP5
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To: MP5
It seems the Dems never get it right probably because they don't want to. They like to make up stories...
19 posted on 11/19/2002 7:17:26 AM PST by blackbart1
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To: MP5
What was good for the country was for him to do what even Nixon and other's before him had done in a close election, concede for the good of the country and the rule of law, the stability of the citizens, and out of just plain class.

Certainly not to create a consitutional crisis. Certainly not running around bending and twisting the laws of the land and claiming "There is no controlling legal authority".

Not this jerk, they had hired the best ballot box stuffer and election cheat in the nation Daly, it had gone smoothy for Hilliary, and they were not about to let all that hard work and effort go by the wayside. They got their masks ripped off and exposed trashy, lawless, no class, mega stupid, rubes.
20 posted on 11/19/2002 7:28:10 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: MP5
The DC freepers did a great job. We are all proud & envious that we could not join you.
21 posted on 11/19/2002 7:28:50 AM PST by Ditter
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To: MP5
But they were all screaming, "Get out of Cheney's house," the whole time. And I just remember being there next to my dad, because I went for a run, and I ran back through them, and I was very upset when I came into the house. And my whole attitude was, like, "We've got to fight back harder. And where are our crowds?" And my dad, I'll never forget his response. He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically. And that's really who he is.

Calling off the dogs? Now that is a lie of great proportions! This whole interview was a lie.

First, the Republican protests happened in DC and across the nation and for the first time ever the GOP beat the dems at the white knuckle street rally. The dems never saw anything like it before and their attempts to intimidate others so they could get their way did not work.

Algore sent Jesse Jackson to FL. So much for the Karenna lie that they did'nt want to start race riots. Fact is that the "Republican mobs" of FL scared Jesse away because he could'nt intimidate them.

Do what's best for the country? He held the country hostage for 36 days as he tried to steal the election.

22 posted on 11/19/2002 7:49:31 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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so I got all the boom boxes in the house and . . . I aimed them at, toward, you know, where the crowd . . . And I put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up

This is so funny. Let's scare off the evil republicans with cricket sounds.

23 posted on 11/19/2002 7:49:58 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: T. P. Pole
Hats Off again to the DC Chapter! Kristen, Angelwood et al,,, You Rock!
24 posted on 11/19/2002 8:08:52 AM PST by watcher1
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To: MP5
I remember sort of what the government did with Noriega … I thought we'd try that, and I aimed them at, toward, you know, where the crowd and I put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up. And at least the kids laughed.

Did she borrow the squeeling, dying rabbits tape from the FBI?

25 posted on 11/19/2002 8:11:38 AM PST by KarlInOhio
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To: MP5
"...we felt sort of like … trapped in this … you know, little house..."

Here's the little house they were, you know, trapped in:


26 posted on 11/19/2002 8:23:44 AM PST by Jaxter
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LOL! Can you imagine having to live in those cramped quarters? Oh the humanity.
27 posted on 11/19/2002 8:46:56 AM PST by MP5
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To: MP5
...the media reported a "Republican mob" in Florida...

We called ourselves "Re-Thug-licans"...the media folks always got a kick out of it when we said that. Oh, those were the days, my friend!

28 posted on 11/19/2002 12:51:15 PM PST by Timeout
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To: Timeout
Oh, those were the days, my friend!

Mobs of angry Republicans..LOL

I used to read the comic strip "Bloom County", the author did a funny series about "radical republicans" taking over a university. They demanded G. Gordon Liddy be made Chancellor. One of the police was a liberal looking hippie, who screamed "this is Reagan's fault!"

29 posted on 11/19/2002 1:07:14 PM PST by MP5
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To: MP5
It should be the goal of every conservative to make Al Gore afraid of him / her. With that many boogeymen in the closet, under the bed and hiding in the cupboards, he'll never sleep again. ;)

Regards, Ivan

30 posted on 11/19/2002 1:09:57 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Well, THIS Freeper has at least 300 more Sore Loserman bumper stickers stored safely away, just waiting.......
31 posted on 11/19/2002 1:18:32 PM PST by Technocrat
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To: Izzy Dunne
" ... He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness...."

Karenna's statement jumped out at me, too. I believe this as much as her father's statement that he invented the internet.

32 posted on 11/19/2002 1:20:02 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: MP5
"And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically..."

Ummm....right.

33 posted on 11/19/2002 1:25:22 PM PST by jjm2111
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"Get out of Cheney's house,"

I still LOVE that chant! Those were emotional days...I was sick to my stomach during that whole thing. And it's all that losers fault.

34 posted on 11/19/2002 1:26:41 PM PST by Sungirl
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To: Sungirl
He's was just doing what was right for the country (puke)
35 posted on 11/19/2002 1:27:59 PM PST by MP5
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To: angkor
Yeah, Karenna's comment is especially telling of the way the Gores operate. If you don't know whether the protests were organized by the RNC (which they weren't), why even say it? It's like when Garrison Keillor wrote that HE doesn't think Wellstone's plane was sabotaged, although other people do. Putzes.
36 posted on 11/19/2002 1:30:22 PM PST by Gunder
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To: MP5
If I hadn't be in school, I would have been besieging your house too Al.

It isn't your house. It's our house, and we decided it should go to Dick and Lynn.

That is the way it works, stupid.
37 posted on 11/19/2002 1:30:41 PM PST by republicanwizard
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To: angkor
When taking about busing in protestors, organized efforts by the RNC, what the gore's are really doing is projecting hoe THY would do things, bring in a rent a mob for an organzied, or bring in union thugs for intimidation.

It is totally beyond their ken that a group of people would go out spontaneously to protest their crass attempt to steal an electin. The rats weren't used to being challenged.

WELCONE TO THE INTERNET AGE OF POLITICS AL!!!!


The part about 'not wanting to be divisive' was too rich, this from a gang that had Donna Brazile playing the race card constantly and then sought to steal an election, stuff ballot boxes after the fact, AND disenfranchise military voters........devisive indeed.
38 posted on 11/19/2002 1:34:09 PM PST by Leto
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To: MP5
Heeheeheeheeheehee...

Why didn't they just move back in to their own house???

39 posted on 11/19/2002 1:36:39 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
Because that pitiful renter was living in it.
40 posted on 11/19/2002 1:50:06 PM PST by Timeout
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To: MP5
Gore Translat-o-matic:

"busloads of people " - anything bigger than a Honda Civic with more than 2 people in it.

"things that we don't want to say on your program" - true things

"buses from "churches," " - cars bigger than a Honda Civic owned by a christian

"we rearranged, you know, they … kids moved to a different part of the house" - the kids almost found out the truth about us.

"I was trying to think of a way that we could kind of laugh about this" - I was curled up on the floor in a fetal position sucking my thumb and crying.

"it was out of our control" - we didn't have FBI files on any of them

"I remember sort of what the government did with Noriega " - I hope they don't remember who was president then.

"put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up. " - I was too stupid to realize that THEY were trying to keep ME awake.

"at least the kids laughed" ...at us.

"There were a few, more than a few who supported us " - we spent our money on lawyers and didn't have enough to rent a large group.

"emotions were running high throughout the country and it was just an unprecedented time. " - I almost had a facial expression.

"But they were all screaming, "Get out of Cheney's house," the whole time. And I just remember being there next to my dad, " - Even to this day, yelling those words causes him to go fetal and cry.

"where are our crowds" - we are the majority, even if everyone disagrees with us.

"We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness." ... but the republican supporters have all the guns.

"There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest" - Clinton wanted a reason to declare martial law and stay on as president.

"he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically" - Al pretended to have dogs to call off.

"It was difficult … It was just very … upsetting that someone would … yell those things at us." - I'm as big a wimp as my dad is.









41 posted on 11/19/2002 1:56:40 PM PST by Grig
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To: MP5
The Gore
of yore
is still
a boor,
today
and ever more.

Is that network still looking for a real genuine hillbilly family, to plant in a mansion in Beverly Hills, for some more reality TV?

Why are they passing up this perfect family for that gig? Have Republicans seized control of Hollywood too?
42 posted on 11/19/2002 1:58:59 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: MadIvan
THose Democrats are just trying to make a case for declaring open season on us Freepers.
43 posted on 11/19/2002 2:01:30 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell
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To: MP5
And my dad, I'll never forget his response. He said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness. And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically.

Any real journalist would have asked the identity of these people.

44 posted on 11/19/2002 2:01:33 PM PST by Sloth
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To: MP5
We now need to freep B Walters and get her to state on TV that mister gore was wrong it wasn't anybody but us freepers. Has al ever been right about anything?
45 posted on 11/19/2002 2:05:58 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: F.J. Mitchell
THose Democrats are just trying to make a case for declaring open season on us Freepers.

Well it seems to me Al Gore has simply never gotten over his defeat and is still trying to find someone to blame. As Shakespeare put it, "The fault lay not in the stars but in ourselves" - Al should take that advice.

Regards, Ivan

46 posted on 11/19/2002 2:07:54 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: Sloth
"There were people who wanted to fan the … the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest.

Note how she characteristically resorts to liberal cliches when searching for expressions, and doesn't get either one of the two right.

47 posted on 11/19/2002 2:10:20 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: MP5
He (Gore) said, "We have to do what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness.

OMG! I was doing o.k. till I got to this part and then.....

Baaarrff!!!

48 posted on 11/19/2002 2:10:49 PM PST by slimer
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To: InvisibleChurch

49 posted on 11/19/2002 2:13:19 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: MP5
Will the real algore please stand up?
50 posted on 11/19/2002 2:14:58 PM PST by ApesForEvolution
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