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Clint Eastwood: I'm A Libertarian
Libertarian Party press release ^ | 2/18/97 | Not sure

Posted on 12/27/2003 11:42:04 AM PST by Conservative til I die

NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100 Washington DC 20037 ----------------------------------------- For release: February 18, 1997 ----------------------------------------- For additional information: George Getz, Deputy Director of Communications Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222 -----------------------------------------

Clint Eastwood announces: I'm a "libertarian"

WASHINGTON, DC -- Watch out liberals and conservatives -- Dirty Harry is a libertarian.

That's what movie star Clint Eastwood announced this month in Playboy magazine.

In an interview in the March issue, the Oscar-winning actor and director candidly affiliated himself with the growing libertarian movement when he was asked: "How would you characterize yourself poli- tically?"

The laconic Eastwood answered, "Libertarian" -- and then went on to explain the philosophy in simple terms: "Everyone leaves everyone else alone."

He also took a swipe at the Republicans and Democrats, noting that neither of those political parties "seems to have the ability to embrace that sort of thing."

"Talk about making my day," said the Libertarian Party's National Director, Perry Willis. "Having Clint Eastwood declare him- self a libertarian is better than a fistful of dollars. We hope his announcement will have a sudden impact on the public's awareness of the libertarian philosophy -- and the Libertarian Party, too."

However, voters shouldn't expect to see "Dirty Harry For President" bumperstickers appearing soon; Eastwood flatly rejected a career in politics. "Being a politician is about the last thing I'd want to do," he said. "It's a lot of work and a lot of frustra- tion."

But if the star of the new movie "Absolute Power" ever changes his mind, Willis says he'd love to sit down and talk to him.

"If Mr. Eastwood ever decides to join the Libertarian Party or seek public office on our ticket, we'd be happy to discuss with him how that could advance the cause of liberty in America," he said. "Until that time, however, we're delighted that he's on our side philosophi- cally."

The 66-year-old Eastwood has been an increasingly outspoken critic of government abuse in recent months -- echoing the Libertarian Party's criticisms of the federal government's role in the bloodbath at Waco, Texas, and the shooting of Randy Weaver's family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

In an essay he wrote for the January 12, 1997 issue of Parade Magazine, Eastwood noted: "Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we're not vigilant."

For example, he wrote: "At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?"

And Eastwood displayed a keen cynicism about the lure of political power. "Those in power get jaded, deluded, and seduced by power itself," he wrote. "The hunger for absolute power and, more to the point, the abuse of power, are part of human nature."

Eastwood joins a growing number of individuals in the entertainment industry who have identified themselves as libertarians. Included on that list are TV star John Laroquette, humorist Dave Barry, author P.J. O'Rourke, movie actor Russell Means, magician Jillette Penn, author Camille Paglia, TV reporter John Stossell, and comedian Dennis Miller.

Since 1954, Eastwood has appeared in dozens of movies and become one of the leading box office draws in the world. His films include "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), "Dirty Harry" (1971),"Any Which Way You Can" (1980), "In the Line of Fire" (1993), and "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995). His 1992 Wester"n Unforgiven" earned him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. His one foray into politics was as mayor of Carmel, California, from 1986-1988.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: clint; clinteastwood; hollywood; libertarian; libertarians; worsethanfrench
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An older article, but an interesting one nonetheless. I like how most of the "man's man" type actors in Hollywood lean conservative or libertarian: Mel Gibson, Arnold, Kurt Russell, Tom Selleck, Clint, Bruce Willis
1 posted on 12/27/2003 11:42:05 AM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die
If the Libertarian Party were actually libertarian, they might have a real following. But it's really more like the anarchist party than anything. Libertarianism is not anarchy!
2 posted on 12/27/2003 11:44:55 AM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: Conservative til I die
Libertarians are worse than the French.
3 posted on 12/27/2003 11:51:26 AM PST by Drango (Democratic fundraising....If PBS won't do it, who will?)
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To: Conservative til I die
Pinging Inspector Calahan,hello inspector,are you still here??
4 posted on 12/27/2003 11:54:03 AM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
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To: thoughtomator; Drango
Man! The haters sure do come out quickly! And with uninformed opinions too.
5 posted on 12/27/2003 11:54:41 AM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die
Pfft. I'm no hater. I am a libertarian appalled by the Libertarian Party. Clint is a good guy!
6 posted on 12/27/2003 11:56:41 AM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: Conservative til I die

I'm a librarian.
You have a problem with that, punk?

7 posted on 12/27/2003 11:59:32 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: thoughtomator
Actually, the problem with the LP is that it has distorted itself to appeal to the only group willing to vote for it in large numbers - stoners in college.

Yes, libertarian philsophy should be opposed to the WoD. However, between that and the fundamentalist nature of the party they are more irrevalent then the Greens and Socialists for God's sake. The latter, especially, have shown *remarkable* ability to control the Democrat Party by compromising and accepting non-flashy long term victories.

If the LP was really interested in advancing libertarian thought they would try rather harder to reach out to conservatives - and the majority of Americans - and first work on areas where Libertarian philosophy is widely held; tax cuts, gun rights, limiting enviromental laws, etc.
8 posted on 12/27/2003 12:01:04 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: Conservative til I die
Eastwood joins a growing number of individuals in the entertainment industry who have identified themselves as libertarians. Included on that list are...

author Camille Paglia

Hardly. Camille is a very intelligent gal, an interesting person and does not toe the line with your average run-of-the-mill NOW feminst. But she is a hard core socialist at heart and cannot be considered libertarian based on any definition of the term that I can imagine.

9 posted on 12/27/2003 12:02:06 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: thoughtomator
Good point. There is nothing in libertarianism that conflicts with nationalism. Indeed a strong nation is the cornerstone to domestic liberty. The Libertarian Party's crackpot ideas on eviscerating our national defense, ending the war on terror, and open borders make no sense in terms of defending our liberty in the real world.
11 posted on 12/27/2003 12:02:49 PM PST by Hugin
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The Libertarian Party went out of style. Now the Constitution Party is the new choice for disgruntled whiners.
12 posted on 12/27/2003 12:03:31 PM PST by Consort
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To: swilhelm73; Hugin
The first and foremost of all liberties is the right to life. As long as the Libertarian Party avoids this central truth, nothing they can do will have any credibility whatsoever.
13 posted on 12/27/2003 12:04:18 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: Conservative til I die
I don't think much of the 'Libertarians', they seem to be prone to tin-foil-hat ideas.
14 posted on 12/27/2003 12:05:25 PM PST by vladog
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To: Conservative til I die
Hell, I knew it from his movies. ;^)

Just like John Wayne.

"Live and let live, or I'll kill you," works for me.
15 posted on 12/27/2003 12:07:09 PM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: swilhelm73
If the LP was really interested in advancing libertarian thought they would try rather harder to reach out to conservatives - and the majority of Americans - and first work on areas where Libertarian philosophy is widely held; tax cuts, gun rights, limiting enviromental laws, etc.

I believe that Neal Boortz is right... That the #1 place the Libertarian party should start would be in protecting property rights. Between the asset forfeiture laws of the WOD, to the recent abuses in eminent domain we're seeing over and over again, that would be an issue that could resonate with the public.

Mark

16 posted on 12/27/2003 12:10:17 PM PST by MarkL (I know that there's a defense around here somewhere... Chiefs 12-3... Bah, Humbug!)
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To: Conservative til I die
Hey Libertarian Party, not sure you should be trumpeting about all these self-proclaimed libertarians when they decline to join your party. I mean, some of the ones cited here - P. J. O'Rourke for example - are outspoken Republicans.
17 posted on 12/27/2003 12:10:36 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: thoughtomator
Republican=Republican

Independent=Republican who swore he would never be a Republican

Libertarian=Independent who smokes dope

Pray for W and Our Troops

18 posted on 12/27/2003 12:12:56 PM PST by bray (The Wicked Witch of NY and Her 9 Flying Monkeys are Burning!)
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To: Conservative til I die
WASHINGTON, DC -- Watch out liberals and conservatives -- Dirty Harry is a libertarian.

This is news to everyone. I known this since I saw the last parts to the movie 'Magnum Force'.

19 posted on 12/27/2003 12:13:27 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: bray
Once, a long long time ago in a land far far away, 'libertarian' meant one who cherished human freedom.
20 posted on 12/27/2003 12:14:38 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: Conservative til I die
"Everyone leaves everyone else alone."

A frightening and foreign idea to some conservatives here, sadly.
21 posted on 12/27/2003 12:16:07 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: thoughtomator
Sorry for the mischaracterization. W/o knowing where you were coming from, it would be easy to read your comment the other way (using the anarchy buzzword that the true haters use).

I'm no fan of the party myself, but am moving more and more towards that philosophy. The solution is to libertarianize the GOP.
22 posted on 12/27/2003 12:17:37 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die


That seems accurate from my short tenure.

Oh well, more work ahead is all. :)

23 posted on 12/27/2003 12:19:14 PM PST by Eris
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To: Conservative til I die
You can always click on my profile... should clear matters up
24 posted on 12/27/2003 12:21:01 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: swilhelm73
If the LP was really interested in advancing libertarian thought they would try rather harder to reach out to conservatives - and the majority of Americans - and first work on areas where Libertarian philosophy is widely held; tax cuts, gun rights, limiting enviromental laws, etc.

The Libertarian Party's best hope is to become a third party that dangles endorsements in the Big Two's faces.

Now I live in NY, where we have a somewhat unique and effective third party system, where the third parties basically exist as endorsement carrots for the Republicans and Democrats. They rarely nominate their own candidates unless the Big Two don't hold to liberal or conservative values.

The Libertarians don't have muc of a presence in NY on the ballot because they try to act like a real national party, endorsing their own candidates. They need to start saying, like the other third parties, "Hey, it's going to be a close race, we've got xx thousand members, and if you stay libertarian enough, we'll endorse you, and those votes will be yours."
25 posted on 12/27/2003 12:21:05 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Hugin
The Libertarian Party's crackpot ideas on eviscerating our national defense, ending the war on terror, and open borders make no sense in terms of defending our liberty in the real world.

The problem is, as much as the LP likes to think they are purists, when dealing with people and politics, purity goes out the window the first nanosecond the Party exists. The problem is, with some of these issues, it's a certain faction's interpretation of what libertarianism that holds sway. Unfortunately, that's the kookier Harry Browne faction.
26 posted on 12/27/2003 12:22:53 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die
I find this interesting ... he knows the Democrats are zeros, but he doesn't want to identify with the GOP, either, because he obviously doesn't like the Republican approach on social issues.

While I have a certain amount of respect for Mel Gibson, Willis and Arnold, I don't think much of Eastwood.
27 posted on 12/27/2003 12:23:02 PM PST by No Dems 2004
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To: Conservative til I die
These ideas are fine on paper, but in the real world, "everyone does not leave everyone else alone".
28 posted on 12/27/2003 12:24:44 PM PST by tkathy (The islamofascists and the democrats are trying to destroy this country)
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To: No Dems 2004
While I have a certain amount of respect for Mel Gibson, Willis and Arnold, I don't think much of Eastwood.

You don't like him because he isn't a conservative Republican? Or because you think he's ashamed to admit he is one?

Either way, it's your choice, your opinion, but have you considered the possibility that Clint might actually be a libertarian and not a conservative Republican?

29 posted on 12/27/2003 12:25:18 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die
   "Talk about making my day," said the Libertarian Party's National Director, Perry Willis. "Having Clint Eastwood declare himself a libertarian is better than a fistful of dollars. We hope his announcement will have a sudden impact on the public's awareness of the libertarian philosophy -- and the Libertarian Party, too."

Is this a legit quote? What a bootlicking dork!

30 posted on 12/27/2003 12:25:59 PM PST by Mike-o-Matic
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To: swilhelm73
LP does not equal libertarian

political parties have there own agendas, removed from the underlying philosophies
31 posted on 12/27/2003 12:30:34 PM PST by fnord (Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence)
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To: Conservative til I die
I do not believe for one second that Tom Selleck or Mel Gibson are Libertarians.
32 posted on 12/27/2003 12:31:41 PM PST by international american (support our troops................itch slap a liberal today!)
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To: swilhelm73
If the GOP was really interested in advancing Republican thought they would try rather harder to reach out to conservatives - and the majority of Americans - and first work on areas where Republican philosophy is widely held; tax cuts, gun rights, limiting enviromental laws, etc.

As you can see, I substituted Rep for Lib. And yet, the GOP has an even more abysmal record of reaching out to conservatives than the Libertarians do.

33 posted on 12/27/2003 12:32:55 PM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: Conservative til I die
Reposting from 1997 that Clint is a libertarian won't undo the insane position regarding 9/11/2001 taken by the party's 2000 presidential candidate.

Any party putting forth such a rubbish-brained candidate has problems.

34 posted on 12/27/2003 12:33:08 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker
Reposting from 1997 that Clint is a libertarian won't undo the insane position regarding 9/11/2001

That wasn't the purpose of my post.

Any party putting forth such a rubbish-brained candidate has problems.

Learn to differentiate the party from the philosophy. The Libertarian Party equates to libertarianism as much as the GOP equates to conservatism.
35 posted on 12/27/2003 12:37:07 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: fnord
Clint made that statement six years ago ~ he's 73 now. :)

Be Well ~ Be Armed ~ Be Safe ~ Molon Labe!
36 posted on 12/27/2003 12:38:28 PM PST by blackie
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To: ShadowDancer
Lol.

The Republican party has a terrible record on actually enacting conservative ideals, that's certianly true.

However, the party is a conservative one, and has, for example cut taxes recently.

The LP, OTOH, has no interest in reaching out to conservatives or advancing conservative ideals and never has. Make no mistake, if the LP, in its current incarnation, could trade every American freedom to the hard left for the bone of drug legalization they would do it in a heart beat.

Why do you think they supported the recent Judicial rewrite of the the Constitution vis a vis the new "sodomy right"?

All the real Libertarians are either in the Republican party or vote that way. To paraphrase Orwell, LP members are objectively fascist, err, leftists.
37 posted on 12/27/2003 12:39:17 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: Conservative til I die
"Flinch" Eastwood would be more honest to call himself a "liberal vegetarian"
- imo
38 posted on 12/27/2003 12:41:31 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Conservative til I die
"Either way, it's your choice, your opinion, but have you considered the possibility that Clint might actually be a libertarian and not a conservative Republican?"

I'm a strong conservative, and I just don't think that Clint Eastwood is - therefore, just because he's not a Democrat, doesn't mean that I regard him as an ally of conservatism. While other actors like Willis and Arnold have identified themselves with President Bush, I've never ever heard of Eastwood even having a nice word for the man.

If he is a libertarian, that's his business, but I personally don't agree with libertarians on various issues.
39 posted on 12/27/2003 12:42:15 PM PST by No Dems 2004
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To: thoughtomator
I think of them as the libertarianism on the fringes of society party. Dope, prostitution, loan sharking, Linux consulting, etc.
40 posted on 12/27/2003 12:42:58 PM PST by Moonman62
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To: Conservative til I die
"Learn to differentiate the party from the philosophy."

I believe the "philosophy" of the libertarian party is for open borders, and legalized drugs.

Additionally, the last presidential candidate advocated "blame America" positions, for 9/11/2001.

If you care to correct me, go ahead. Call it philosophy or party to suit yourself.
41 posted on 12/27/2003 12:45:36 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: tkathy
These ideas are fine on paper, but in the real world, "everyone does not leave everyone else alone".

Obviously, but neither do conservative ideas work purely as they do on paper because not everyone is willing to act that way. The idea is you aspire to that simple idea.
42 posted on 12/27/2003 12:46:14 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: swilhelm73
However, the party is a conservative one

Some of it's base is conservative. The majority of it's leaders are not. I cannot fathom balancing the tax cut handed down (which let's face it is piddling compared to what is being removed in the first place) with a truly conservative measure as in billions of dollars for AIDS in Africa. How can you possibly get excited about the tax cut when it's measured against that?

43 posted on 12/27/2003 12:47:08 PM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: thoughtomator
I also think that libertarians are liberals that don't want to be associated with the typical liberals, so they thunk up a new classification....

throw in all this "just leave me alone" stuff, and a liberal becomes a libertarian presto!

and the key issues....no limits on drugs, pornagraphy, prostitution, or guns....the guns are thrown in just to keep the gun nuts happy....

44 posted on 12/27/2003 12:51:21 PM PST by cherry
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To: Conservative til I die
Platform Comparison

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45 posted on 12/27/2003 12:52:15 PM PST by KDD (Time makes more converts than reason.)
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To: No Dems 2004
oooooooooohhhhhhhh...he's gonna kick your ass!!!!!!
46 posted on 12/27/2003 12:53:44 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: cherry
Nah, there is a huge difference between a liberal and a libertarian. A liberal requires too much control over other people to be compatible with libertarians.
47 posted on 12/27/2003 12:57:08 PM PST by thoughtomator ("I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid"-Qadafi)
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To: international american
I do not believe for one second that Tom Selleck or Mel Gibson are Libertarians.

Read the post again. I talked about celebrities that lean libertarian *and* conservative.
48 posted on 12/27/2003 12:58:07 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: Conservative til I die
"I like how most of the "man's man" type actors in Hollywood lean conservative or libertarian."

LOL! You said that right. It would be nice to see who is conservative and who is libertarian.

49 posted on 12/27/2003 12:58:27 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Conservative til I die
Most of my political leanings are Libertarian, but the actual Libertarian Party seems so incredibly whacked most of the time that I've never voted for any of them. Live and let live is a good philosophy. I generally vote and give money and time to the GOP, however if a credible third party came along espousing true libertarianism, I'd switch.
50 posted on 12/27/2003 1:00:27 PM PST by SoDak
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