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Breaking: AmTrak Train Passengers Calling CNN for Help
CNN | 7-22-07

Posted on 07/21/2007 2:36:37 PM PDT by Global2010

CNN Just interview a passenger who has been on a stranded Amtrak since 9:30 a.m.

More calls are coming in from passengers on the train.

Seems this lady wants off and Amtrak is saying to the passengers they don't know when that will happen.

Rumors are the tracks are washed out at both ends.

Food, water, air, toilets still in good shape.

Just seems to be very frustrated passengers due to lack on info.

So they wanted to reach a live national news show to let them know they are stuck.

The Anchor on CNN said well sounds like they are not in danger or lacking food/toilet so you can't say anything negative about Amtrak.

The other anchor said maybe we should send them all copies of Harry Potter to keep them occupied (sarcastically speaking).


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To: CHEE
Fresh flowers on the dining table linen each meal, fantastic food, fun smoking/lounge/bar car. Those were the days.

That sounds nice, like out of some black and white movie.

51 posted on 07/21/2007 3:39:23 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: The Coopster

Read on poster yes Texas and poster are posting the area.


52 posted on 07/21/2007 3:40:41 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Borax Queen; Darksheare; nicmarlo; derllak

Sounds like the kind of dam an Oregon mascot would build.......


53 posted on 07/21/2007 3:45:34 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: bd476

Man that is not good.

Those making lite of the situation or calling those in dire need wusses would probably be a bit worried if it were their loved ones.

I am so thankful we are not in a flood/hurricane/tornado area as in our situation our home is the safest place do to the nature of our families physical limitations.

Heck even the hospital can’t safely contain you know who.


54 posted on 07/21/2007 3:46:02 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Tex Pete

Thanks for that info.

Texas is a big state. Tyler.
I was born there but not raised in Texas so do not know places by name.

Be safe.


55 posted on 07/21/2007 3:48:31 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: WestCoastGal; All

Thanks for the update.

Prayers from a Oregon Freeper who was born in Tyler, Texas.


56 posted on 07/21/2007 3:51:59 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: MizSterious

I remember one in Oregon stuck in due to snow (avalance) covering the track.

Thank God before the train got there not during.

Same for Texas. Thank Goodness the Train is not on a bridge track with both ends washed out.

That would be to scary.


57 posted on 07/21/2007 3:56:47 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

If we all had those Popular Mechanics air cars, this wouldn’t be happening.

Alert Pravda!!


58 posted on 07/21/2007 3:57:38 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (The FairTax and the North American Union are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Global2010

Last night was the worst. I actually had to drive several different ways to get home and I only live 8 blocks from work.

This town is abundant with watch for flooding signs. We’re just folks living on the river and stream banks where they built a city I guess. :)

It’s finally clear this afternoon.

Yep there’s that screen name. Texas_River_Gal :)

I will also have to change my other name on his board whenever Dale Jr gets his new sponsor since Bud_Gal_8 won’t work anymore. Sheesh. LOL


59 posted on 07/21/2007 3:58:53 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Jr - You drive we'll follow! ~~FREE THE # 8~~Mountain Dew Code Red)
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To: NRA2BFree

I suspect due to frustration and needing to vent to a national media source not a life endangering emerg to call 911.


60 posted on 07/21/2007 3:58:55 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

Have Amtrak hand out free copies of Newsday so they can read why they are stuck:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/2007/07/21/global-warming-no-longer-just-a-forecast/4161/


61 posted on 07/21/2007 4:00:21 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: ol' hoghead

The lady who called said her destination was San Antonio.

Came from Chicago IIRC.

Thanks for the info.

Help us non locals get some perspective.


62 posted on 07/21/2007 4:01:10 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

I was in the Army with a guy from Kilgore, TX. He always referenced the Tyler, Drill Team or Marching Band.


63 posted on 07/21/2007 4:02:08 PM PDT by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: 2Jedismom
Knippa Texas, near San Antonio.

Dang, girl! You got done with your trip just in time!

64 posted on 07/21/2007 4:03:26 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Publius6961

I will agree.

I have alway wanted to take the Cascadian Amtrak with a private room if I had time away alone to relax.

However never would do it in the winter with a snow pack and freezing temps.

Late summer/fall perhaps.


65 posted on 07/21/2007 4:04:41 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

UPDATED: Flooding forces evacuations, road closures

Web Posted: 07/21/2007 05:33 PM CDT

Roger Croteau
Ana Ustinova
and Graeme Zielinski
Express-News Staff Writers

High-water rescues and evacuations were prompted across parts of South Texas Saturday after the torrents that battered New Braunfels and Seguin Friday moved west of San Antonio overnight.

A 36-mile stretch of railway in Medina County was shut down as crews waited for floodwaters to recede, a railroad spokesman said. [bold my add]

There were dozens of calls for rescues in Bexar County, where flooding overcame scores of roadways. In one spectacular rescue in San Antonio, four lucky young adults whose truck was stuck last night returned to the scene near Leon Creek off Grissom Road, in the northwest part of the city, only to be overwhelmed by floodwaters.

The two men and two women, ranging in ages from 19 to 25, sought safety in a tree and were happened upon by a passing police helicopter. They subsequently were rescued by a Fire Department boat, officials said.

Meanwhile, in Medina County, there was heavy flooding in D'Hanis, near Tarpley and along Hondo Creek at Highway 173. Highway 90 was closed in D'Hanis, where a National Weather Service spokesman estimated rainfall at 17 inches.

A Hondo Police dispatcher estimated that 300 people were evacuated along Hondo, Seco and Verde creeks and said emergency workers had rescued people from low water crossings and roofs.

The area along Seco Creek in D'Hanis was evacuated Saturday morning, and a voluntary evacuation was underway along Hondo Creek in the morning.

A shelter was set up in Hondo at Woolls Intermediate School.

Police in Uvalde reported street closures across the city, but no mandatory evacuations or rescues.

Road closures and rescues also were reported Saturday morning in Kendall County and campgrounds along the Medina River were being evacuated in Bandera County. Wilson County also reported many road closures.

Overnight, high winds that possibly came from a twister damaged four businesses and at least one house in southern Guadalupe County, said Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department Cpl. John Batey. Among the damaged businesses were Elm Creek Country Feed and Supply and Country Style Salon along Highway 123 near Angel Road.

At one point Friday night, Guadalupe County reported close to 120 road closures and officials there were evaluating flood damage. Batey said he believes the Guadalupe River flooded at least a couple of homes on the lower end of Lake Placid.

Pat McDonald, a forecaster at the New Braunfels National Weather Service office, said parts of northern Uvalde and Medina counties received up to 17 inches of rain between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

The rain already is the second greatest yearly total on record, he said: As of Saturday, 34 inches had fallen since January. The all-time mark to this point, some 36 inches, fell in 1993. The city averages 32.93 inches in a year.

McDonald said the culprit upper-level low pressure system in New Mexico was dissipating and high pressure from the Central Plains was coming in, which could allow for some drying out over the next few days-though sun baking the saturated ground could cause the moisture in the air to aggregate into yet more thunderstorms.

Though the total rainfall was historic, McDonald said, it has not fallen in the singular amounts of 1998 and 2002, when concentrated bursts led to dozens of death and more than $2.5 billion in estimated damage.

About 300 children and staff at the Bandina Christian Youth Camp in Bandera were stuck in the camp by the rising Medina River, said camp nurse Cindy Donahoe. The camp itself was not flooded, and the campers, ranging from seventh grade to high school seniors, and staff, were preparing to use the "emergency exit" at about 2:30 p.m., Donahoe said.

The group was going to have to exit through the back of the camp property and then through private property, walking some of the way and riding for other parts.

Children were busy using their cell phones to call parents, who could not reach the camp, to let them know where to pick them up, Donahoe said.

In Bexar County, the Medina River was forecast to hit minor flood stage and the San Antonio River near Elmendorf was forecast to reach moderate flood state, with pastures, cropland and livestock affected. In Frio County, the Frio River, Hondo Creek, Nueces River, Sabinal River and Seco Creek all were in flood stage.

The San Marcos River, below Luling in Gonzales County, was forecast to reach 10 feet above flood stage, which would inundate most of Palmetto State Park and could leave extensive damage to park facilities. And the Guadalupe River in Gonzales was forecast to inundate most of City Park.

Rivers also were at flood stage or forecast to reach flood stage in Guadalupe, Hays, Karnes, Kerr, Uvalde and Wilson counties, among others. Most of the rivers were not threatening homes.


rcroteau@express-news.net


66 posted on 07/21/2007 4:05:34 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Borax Queen; CHEE

Some Amtraks trains still provide that but for like $500.

If I was going long distance I would pay it.

Could leave the room and mingle but have privacy too.

Never know who the mystery people your going to have sitting next to you.

I like the idea of the private room with a view and not having to drive.


67 posted on 07/21/2007 4:09:45 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: WestCoastGal

The mid - west keeps on taking all the rain we are supposed to be getting here in the southeast. I bet they wish there was a way to send it here. Dry and crispy in Georgia!


68 posted on 07/21/2007 4:10:44 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: Lakeshark

Sounds like both. Beavers or the Ducks


69 posted on 07/21/2007 4:11:22 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Capt_Hank

My birth father was a texan.

I believe he played for the Bulldogs (IIRC footbal college) before he went into the military.

Before he died he made a few trips to Texas looking up old freinds.

His BD was 1922.


70 posted on 07/21/2007 4:15:34 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Scott from the Left Coast

My friend, in Texas, we can have a real gully-washer (like we’ve just had in Central Texas and rivers rise 15 to 23 ft. (yes, that’s right), creeks innundate crossings, I’m not a bit surprise that segments of the rails have been washed out. This state is not for the faint hearted, weather wise!

We took an AmTrak from SA, Tx to LA, CA and after several delays being shunted off on side tracks to allow the freighters by, maintenance, scheduling, etc., we arrived over 5 hours late. Ditto coming back. Never again, pity the poor lady and other passengers, I hope the SAR teams are out there getting to them.


71 posted on 07/21/2007 4:17:33 PM PDT by brushcop (Men of B-Co 2/69 3ID Outpost Lion's Den/Iraq: Kill the enemy--in large numbers.)
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To: deport

Thanks for taking the time to post that update.


72 posted on 07/21/2007 4:18:32 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

Amtrak is absolutely the worst when it comes to dealing with passengers and emergencies.

Several years ago my family decided to take the train down the west coast. On the way back, we hit a semi truck/trailer and nearly derailed. It was pretty scary. The driver of the truck was killed.

What did Amtrak do? Instead of taking the passengers off the other side of the the train, they take them off on the side and parade us all right by the dead body. My son was 10 and had never seen anything like this before. Then they let us stand in a dirty radish patch in 100 degree sun for nearly 9 hours before they could get another train to take us back to LA.

When we got in, there was no help for us. No hotels set up, no information, nothing. My husband was very upset and when he complained they threatened to have him arrested.

Yup, Amtrak is a farce!


73 posted on 07/21/2007 4:19:14 PM PDT by ShandaLear (Extremists always meet each other full circle.)
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To: aliquando

Normally our weather goes your way, but for some reason it’s coming up from the gulf to central Texas and points beyond then heading back southwest. Kind of spinning in place for quite a while as well.


74 posted on 07/21/2007 4:19:24 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Jr - You drive we'll follow! ~~FREE THE # 8~~Mountain Dew Code Red)
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To: ShandaLear

That is disgusting.

Sounds like Amtrak is like Greyhound well one does take you to another on the routes so they must be related.

Is Amtrak run by the Govt?


75 posted on 07/21/2007 4:23:09 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: WestCoastGal

Is the train near Knippa or are you near Knippa?

I am not too far from Sabinal.


76 posted on 07/21/2007 4:23:41 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Global2010
Amtrack has more than one train. Train #1 runs fron Florida to NOLA, Beaumont, Houston ,San Antonio, Del Rio, El Paso and on to LA.

IIRC, the Texas Eagle runs from Chi to San Antoino.

77 posted on 07/21/2007 4:27:12 PM PDT by ol' hoghead (He is not here; for he is risen.)
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To: WestCoastGal

okay, ‘train is stranded between Uvalde and Sabinal’ on hiway 90.this must mean the railroad bridge over the Blanco River or the Sabinal or the Frio is flooded.


78 posted on 07/21/2007 4:27:30 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Global2010
I like the idea of the private room with a view and not having to drive.

That does sound nice. I've taken Amtrak but only on day trips.

79 posted on 07/21/2007 4:29:10 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: squarebarb

I think many of those rivers are flooded.

It all began several weeks ago with the big flood in Marble Falls. All that water went south of course, many of the dams had to open floodgates and the worst possible scenario is that downstream gets a deluge like the past few days.

Some stories here video

http://www.woai.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=371122


80 posted on 07/21/2007 4:40:26 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Jr - You drive we'll follow! ~~FREE THE # 8~~Mountain Dew Code Red)
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To: brushcop
This state is not for the faint hearted, weather wise!

I live “Deep in the Heart of Texas” (14 miles from the geographical center of the state, near Trickham). We have had over 35 inches of rain thus far this year. Annual norm is about 22 inches.
81 posted on 07/21/2007 4:48:29 PM PDT by CHEE (Shoot low, they're crawling.)
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To: FreedomCalls
Here is an AP video of one Amtrak-car collusion last week in Florida. The car driver drove around lowered gates and was hit straight on by the 80 mph train.

Video of Amtrak train hitting car, killing four in the car.

82 posted on 07/21/2007 4:49:34 PM PDT by CedarDave (Only Republicans commit crimes. With Democrats it's a misunderstanding or baseless Republican charge)
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To: FreedomCalls

collusion = collision


83 posted on 07/21/2007 4:51:00 PM PDT by CedarDave (Only Republicans commit crimes. With Democrats it's a misunderstanding or baseless Republican charge)
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To: deport
In one spectacular rescue in San Antonio, four lucky young adults whose truck was stuck last night returned to the scene near Leon Creek off Grissom Road, in the northwest part of the city, only to be overwhelmed by floodwaters.
The two men and two women, ranging in ages from 19 to 25, sought safety in a tree and were happened upon by a passing police helicopter. They subsequently were rescued by a Fire Department boat, officials said.

These idiots must be considered strong contenders for the Darwin Awards!

84 posted on 07/21/2007 4:56:25 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: CedarDave
The car driver drove around lowered gates and was hit straight on by the 80 mph train.

This driver is obviously a winner of the Darwin Award!!

85 posted on 07/21/2007 5:02:11 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (A person who does not want the best for America)
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To: DainBramage

LOL. I was trying to come up with a “transcript” but yours is great.


86 posted on 07/21/2007 5:10:31 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
"Where is the President! Has FEMA been mobilized?"

Chimpy McHitlerBushaliburton Co. is currently out in the middle of the Atlantic cutting donuts on a jet ski trying to recreate another killer hurricane, just like last time!

87 posted on 07/21/2007 5:14:52 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist
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To: FARS; milford421; DAVEY CROCKETT; CarolinaGOP

Ping


88 posted on 07/21/2007 5:18:39 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

That’s odd I thought he was getting a big black hose up his kazoo and removing 5 polyps.


89 posted on 07/21/2007 5:47:46 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010
I was stuck on an Amtrak train(back in the early 90's)in Salt Lake City for 9 hours due to snow storms causing mucho delays everywhere.

No food car....no problem....no bar car...big problem.

90 posted on 07/21/2007 5:51:47 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (sing after me......de-por-ta-tion cha-cha-cha)
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To: Conservative Warrior 2007
So are they just going to leave those poor people sitting on the tracks until the waters receed?

Noah's Train.

91 posted on 07/21/2007 5:54:26 PM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: CHEE

17” of rain will get your attention.

Were you in San Antonio when they had 18” of snow one December day? The mayor shut the city down, since no one could get out.


92 posted on 07/21/2007 6:13:20 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Global2010

Once you surrender to government transportation, you are in effect, a prisoner


93 posted on 07/21/2007 6:36:10 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Conservative Warrior 2007

You had a terrible experience with Amtrak?

That never happens. /s :)

Get off the train. Call a cab.


94 posted on 07/21/2007 6:43:45 PM PDT by HonestConservative ((drive the fight to the right [Duncan Hunter] , and do so with pride!))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

These idiots must be considered strong contenders for the Darwin Awards!


Hey ya’ll...........

Watch this.


95 posted on 07/21/2007 6:44:38 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Global2010
That's what the men who fly the black helicopters want you to believe.

Buy Reynolds

Vote Sheeham

/sarcasm

96 posted on 07/21/2007 6:51:38 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist
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To: devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; dixiechick2000; Global2010

In my south Texas city we have had 16 inches of rain already this month! It has been declared a disaster area and has been mentioned on Fox and other news sites.


98 posted on 07/21/2007 6:56:15 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: ShandaLear
Amtrak is absolutely the worst when it comes to dealing with passengers and emergencies. Several years ago my family decided to take the train down the west coast. On the way back, we hit a semi truck/trailer and nearly derailed. It was pretty scary. The driver of the truck was killed. What did Amtrak do? Instead of taking the passengers off the other side of the the train, they take them off on the side and parade us all right by the dead body. My son was 10 and had never seen anything like this before. Then they let us stand in a dirty radish patch in 100 degree sun for nearly 9 hours before they could get another train to take us back to LA. When we got in, there was no help for us. No hotels set up, no information, nothing. My husband was very upset and when he complained they threatened to have him arrested.

I'd like to point out that there are many, many people who want your health care to be ran by the same people who run Amtrak.

99 posted on 07/21/2007 7:00:35 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: SuziQ

I ended up cancelling my Amtrak trip for this very reason...the railway was completely flooded in Oklahoma and shut down. I think it was open by the time of my trip, but I didn’t want to chance it!

This was the very train we woulda been on though, I think...the Texas Eagle.


100 posted on 07/21/2007 7:03:23 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (http://kimsbug.blogspot.com/)
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