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Obama's brother sets the story straight
The National ^ | August 28. 2008 | Matt Brown, Foreign Correspondent

Posted on 08/28/2008 3:13:17 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT

Obama's brother sets the story straight Matt Brown, Foreign Correspondent

Last Updated: August 28. 2008 12:18PM UAE / GMT George Obama at a school in Nairobi near where he lives. Evelyn Hockstein for The National NAIROBI // George Hussein Obama has his brother Barack’s long face and narrow, penetrating eyes. He is tall like Barack and he has his deep, baritone voice.

But unlike his half-brother, who will accept the Democratic nomination for US president tonight in front of a television audience of millions, George Obama loathes the spotlight.

“I don’t like the publicity,” he said in an interview with The National. “I don’t talk much. I’m shy.”

Mr Obama lives in a small, one-room shack made out of corrugated metal in the gritty, impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Huruma, where six people were killed during political and ethnic violence that gripped Kenya this year.

An open sewer runs down the middle of the dirt street in front of his house. Inside his room, Mr Obama has a poster of his famous half-brother.

This week, over a lunch of fish and chips, Mr Obama said he has lived in this shantytown for the past few years by choice.

“I like Huruma,” he said. “I have lots of friends here. My neighbours are my friends. I’ve chosen to live here.”

Mr Obama is the youngest of Barack’s seven half-siblings, and he has the same father as the presidential candidate.

George Obama was six months old when his father died in a car accident. He was raised in Nairobi by his mother, who remarried a Frenchman and now lives in the US city of Atlanta.

Mr Obama said he has met his half-brother only twice, but has followed his career and would love to see him end up in the White House.

“He’s definitely going to be president,” he said. “I’d love to have a brother who is president. Having the most powerful person in the world as your brother would be great.”

The reclusive Mr Obama likes to keep his family life to himself. In fact, he only told a few of his closest friends that he is related to Barack Obama, according to John Kiruma, one of Mr Obama’s friends.

“Only three people in our group knew,” Mr Kiruma said. “He didn’t want to tell anyone. I was happy when I learnt. Having [Barack] Obama as his brother is a big deal.”

But Mr Obama, 26, is especially distrustful of the media after an article about him appeared in the Italian Vanity Fair. The story exaggerated his living conditions, saying he was destitute and living on US$1 (Dh3.67) a month.

The article implied that Barack, 47, had abandoned his half-brother. The Republican campaign picked up on this and used it to attack the presidential candidate, saying he does not care about family.

“They were portraying the wrong story,” Mr Obama said. “I’ve pretty much had a good life. I think I’ve lived OK. There’s not much I’ve lacked in life. I don’t live on a dollar per month, that’s not logical. I’ve never lived in the streets. Those guys were tarnishing the Obama name.”

Mr Obama, who is studying to be a mechanic, said he dislikes it when people compare him to his older brother.

“I am who I am, and he is who he is,” he said. “He’s my brother and I like what he’s doing, but I also like what I’m doing. I don’t think I’ll venture into politics. I just want to get into vehicle mechanics. I love cars.

“I also aspire to be someone great, but in my own department. I don’t think it’s good, the comparison part. The only comparison is maybe our eyes look the same.” Besides cars, Mr Obama also loves to play football, and he is involved in his local youth group. The Huruma Centre Youth Group cleans up the environment in the neighbourhood and organises sports events and dances for the youth in the community.

“I’m pretty involved in helping the community,” he said.

If Barack Obama wins the November election, George Obama said he might go to Washington for the inauguration, but he said he will not ask his half-brother for any handouts.“I want to make it on my own,” he said.

Arriving back at his house after lunch, Mr Obama was dejected to find a throng of Kenyan journalists waiting to talk to him. Although he hates the attention, Mr Obama said he would not trade his brother for anyone else.

“He’s my family, and I can’t deny that,” he said. “Whether I like it or not, he’s still my brother.”


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; kenya; obama; obamafamily

1 posted on 08/28/2008 3:13:18 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT
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To: nw_arizona_granny

FYI the plot thicken’s...tick...tick..tick


2 posted on 08/28/2008 3:14:31 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (No Bin Bomba! No Bin Bomba Mama! No Bin Bomba Binden.)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

reference bump


3 posted on 08/28/2008 3:20:28 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Michelle Obama is the only woman in the world who can make Hillary look warm and cuddly.")
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Obama promised his brother a quarter if he said nice things.


4 posted on 08/28/2008 3:23:10 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: frankjr

lol


5 posted on 08/28/2008 3:26:33 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT (No Bin Bomba! No Bin Bomba Mama! No Bin Bomba Binden.)
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To: All

Somebody must have gotten to George. LOL
SURE he likes living the way he does. LOL


6 posted on 08/28/2008 3:26:51 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT
Mr Obama lives in a small, one-room shack made out of corrugated metal in the gritty, impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Huruma, where six people were killed during political and ethnic violence that gripped Kenya this year. An open sewer runs down the middle of the dirt street in front of his house. Inside his room, Mr Obama has a poster of his famous half-brother.

I guess Obama never heard of the old saying "Charity begins at home."

7 posted on 08/28/2008 3:27:44 PM PDT by CedarDave (Rat party platform: Socialist, pro-abortion, tax everyone, surrender to anyone, sex with anything)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT
“I am who I am, and he is who he is,” he said. “He’s my brother and I like what he’s doing, but I also like what I’m doing. I don’t think I’ll venture into politics. I just want to get into vehicle mechanics. I love cars...
“I also aspire to be someone great, but in my own department. I don’t think it’s good, the comparison part...
Besides cars, Mr Obama also loves to play football, and he is involved in his local youth group...
If Barack Obama wins the November election, George Obama said he might go to Washington for the inauguration, but he said he will not ask his half-brother for any handouts.“I want to make it on my own,” he said.

I think I like this guy.

8 posted on 08/28/2008 3:43:17 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron
.....do things on my own.....

Apparently he hasn't heard that the Democratic platform committee today REJECTED the tenet of 'the individual having to be responsible for his own lot in life' but rather, the 'collective', the Barama-unified masses are responsible for everyone's lot in life. IOW, George, INDIVIDUALITY, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY is so 5 minutes ago....

9 posted on 08/28/2008 3:49:27 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: marron

He sounds okay to me, too.


10 posted on 08/28/2008 3:51:27 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Little Green footballs had a GREAT tv ad on this about 3 days ago:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/31038_Texas_GOP_Ad_on_George_Obama

It’s totally dynamite. If played widely, He’s rosted toast.


11 posted on 08/28/2008 3:51:38 PM PDT by cookcounty (Joe Biden: Because Obama needs industrial-sized embellishments.)
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To: cookcounty
I meant Obama will be roasted toast.
12 posted on 08/28/2008 3:53:04 PM PDT by cookcounty (Joe Biden: Because Obama needs industrial-sized embellishments.)
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To: Marysecretary

At 26, though, I think it’s time to get on with his auto-mechanic career.


13 posted on 08/28/2008 3:56:29 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama: Can't kill the innocent fast enough, can't free the guilty soon enough!~ Diana in WI)
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To: Marysecretary; marron

I saw this guy on TV over a week ago. He seemed intelligent and was not whining or complaining at all. He was living in relatively poor surroundings but did not look like he was starving.


14 posted on 08/28/2008 4:02:43 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: frankjr
Obama promised his brother a quarter if he said nice things.

Barack Obama doesn't owe squat to the son of the father whom he met only once.

15 posted on 08/28/2008 4:05:45 PM PDT by jude24
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To: jude24

I disagree. It’s disgraceful to be a millionaire and not help out a brother who lives on $12 a month.


16 posted on 08/28/2008 4:16:05 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: patriot08

So does Cindy McCain owe her sister?


17 posted on 08/28/2008 4:17:20 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (c)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I think I smell a demorat.


18 posted on 08/28/2008 4:25:20 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: patriot08
I disagree. It’s disgraceful to be a millionaire and not help out a brother who lives on $12 a month.

Half-brother - and the son of the father who abandoned him.

Not a cent.

19 posted on 08/28/2008 4:27:15 PM PDT by jude24
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To: patriot08

Grow up. I think I smell someone who can’t answer the question.


20 posted on 08/28/2008 4:27:57 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (c)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

BARACK Obama lived in the ALLEY.....NOT the UPSTANDING George....wrong OBAMA.


21 posted on 08/28/2008 4:28:56 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

“”So does Cindy McCain owe her sister?””

Is the 1/2 sister living in a cardboard shanty on $12 a month?............I fail to see the relative comparison.


22 posted on 08/28/2008 4:29:02 PM PDT by Gemsbok (The real Obama is hollow like a cheap chocolate easter bunny.)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Black Trash.....his mother and father were HOS!


23 posted on 08/28/2008 4:29:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gemsbok
I fail to see the relative comparison

Take Obama's money compared to his brother's, and Cindy's money compared to her sister's. Does she owe her sister? It's very relative.

24 posted on 08/28/2008 4:34:38 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (c)
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To: CedarDave
Inside his room, Mr Obama has a poster of his famous half-brother.

It only cost him $300 on ebay....

25 posted on 08/28/2008 4:40:44 PM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: jude24

“Barack Obama doesn’t owe squat to the son of the father whom he met only once.”

Actually, he met him twice, so I think a quarter is reasonable. Even if just once, you would think a dime would be ok.


26 posted on 08/28/2008 4:40:52 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: jude24
Half-brother - and the son of the father who abandoned him.

Barry's not his brother's keeper, eh...?

27 posted on 08/28/2008 4:43:34 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

This man’s life is in extreme danger!

How better to blackmail a presidential hopeful, than kidnapping his brother?

I hope someone has thought far enough ahead and developed an envelope of protection for this man!


28 posted on 08/28/2008 4:50:40 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT
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29 posted on 08/28/2008 5:16:34 PM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: Marysecretary

This guy would make a better president than Barack. He could easily be living the high life off the family connect... but he isn’t. Sounds like a man who believes in making it (or not) on his own.


30 posted on 08/28/2008 5:22:34 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Something isn’t right with that. I hope she was a meanie to dad or something to deserve getting a pittance from the will.


31 posted on 08/28/2008 5:39:26 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is Margaret DuMont.)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Oh, please.


32 posted on 08/28/2008 5:46:02 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: Randy Larsen

Yeah, this is where you are going if you have been a bad little Secret Service Agent!!


33 posted on 08/28/2008 5:52:19 PM PDT by ExSafecracker (Press 1 for english. . .2 for jibberish.)
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To: ExSafecracker

LOL!


34 posted on 08/28/2008 6:00:00 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!)
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To: jude24

>Barack Obama doesn’t owe squat to the son of the father whom he met only once.

No, like the true socialist liberal he is he’d rather that it would be our pockets that were dipped into to support him.

You are missing the hypocrisy of the whole thing. Liberals want the taxpayers to pay for every loser and kid that deadbeat dads father but Obama’s own brother is living in poorer conditions that the even the poorest in the US do not experience and hasn’t dug into his pocket to “even things out and make them fair” for his own flesh and blood. Funny no?

That is why conservatives are making such a big deal out of it.


35 posted on 08/28/2008 6:52:18 PM PDT by conservativegranny
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To: Gemsbok

>“”So does Cindy McCain owe her sister?””

Is Cindy McCain a liberal that believes in income redistribution? If so then she owes her sister. If not then no, she doesn’t.

Nor is there any evidence that her sister is living off $12 a year in a mud hut somewhere.


36 posted on 08/28/2008 6:56:24 PM PDT by conservativegranny
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To: StolarStorm

LOL. I think you’re right. He seems more ‘real’ than his brudda.


37 posted on 08/28/2008 7:21:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: StolarStorm

LOL. I think you’re right. He seems more ‘real’ than his brudda.


38 posted on 08/28/2008 7:21:57 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: StolarStorm

LOL. I think you’re right. He seems more ‘real’ than his brudda.


39 posted on 08/28/2008 7:22:01 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: cookcounty

Thanks for the link - you were right, that was a GREAT ad! I hope to see it nationwide!

Also from the same website you linked to:

Los Angeles blogger Juliette Ochieng has a lot in common with the man who might be the next president, Barack Obama. A lot.

Both were born to Kenyan fathers of the same tribe (the Luo) from the same province (Nyanza), and both of their fathers came as boys to America aboard the same airplane. Growing up, neither Ochieng nor Obama knew their fathers, who both abandoned their American mothers and left their American-born children behind. Both of their fathers returned to Africa in the early 1960s and became friends, bonding at Kenyan bars over their favorite drink — Scotch. Both Ochieng’s and Obama’s mothers contracted ovarian cancer. (Hers survived it; his did not). Both Ochieng and Obama were born in the U.S. in August 1961 — only weeks apart.

But for someone with parallel beginnings, Juliette Akinyi Ochieng is quite different: Evangelical Christian. Working class. Military veteran. Pro-life. Conservative Republican.

SNIP

In August 2006, Senator Obama toured Kenya, his first trip to his father’s nation. Thousands of Kenyans welcomed him, international media followed wherever he went, and glowing stories flowed forth.

One spot he visited was the recently renamed Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School in Nyang’oma-Kogelo, a village in equatorial western Kenya where Obama’s roots go deep: His father, Barack Sr., was born there. His 86-year-old step-grandmother, Sarah, still lives there in a brick shanty with a tin roof and no running water.

Almost exactly two years ago, Barack Obama visited the school built upon land that, decades ago, Obama’s grandfather donated. In anticipation of Obama’s visit, the school changed its name to honor the village’s most famous progeny, Barack Jr.

The school had only four classrooms. It lacked water, functioning bathrooms and even electricity. A third of its students were orphans. Its extreme need made Senator Obama’s speech there all the more riveting for the village residents.

“Hopefully, I can provide some assistance in the future to this school and all that it can be,” Obama said. Looking directly at the school’s principal, Yuanita Obiero, and her teachers, he added, “I know you are working very hard and struggling to bring up this school, but I have said I will assist the school, and I will do so.”

In the two years since, Obama has experienced a meteoric political rise, becoming the Democratic flag-bearer, authoring a best-seller and last year, with his wife, Michelle, earning $4.2 million. He bought a luxury home. Last year, he gave $240,000 to charities.

But apparently not to the Senator Obama Kogelo School. “Senator Obama has not honored the promises he gave me when we met in 2006 and in his earlier letter to the school,” Principal Obiero has told the London-based, conservative tabloid EveningStandard. “He has not given us even one shilling. But we still have hope.”

SNIP

But she was embarrassed by her fellow Luo-American, Barack Obama. She rushed to fill the financial void, forming a California nonprofit to funnel money to the African school. With a flair for drama, she named it “Save Senator Obama Kogelo School” and held a mini fund-raiser. She’s raised $3,500, so she’s a long way from the $750,000 she wants to raise within two years.

SNIP

IT’S NOT ABOVE HER PAY-GRADE, BHO!


40 posted on 08/28/2008 7:26:57 PM PDT by rscully (American. Conservative. Deal with it.)
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To: Tax-chick

He may not have had much opportunity for education before now. I have NO idea of his past or whether he could even afford to learn a trade. I wish him the best, however.


41 posted on 08/28/2008 7:27:46 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: wideminded

I either saw or read of him. He seems okay.


42 posted on 08/28/2008 7:28:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: rscully
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The Democrat Party has fielded some of the weakest male figures available to lead the US. Bill & BO have serious upbringing issues. It would at least appear LIKELY that there are forces at work behind these candidacies that are the real power brokers. These are seriously flawed individuals, and seem to be exactly what the Democrat Party want. Who is in control of the Party?
43 posted on 08/28/2008 8:12:13 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

“So does Cindy McCain owe her sister?”

Yeah, she does. She owes that nasty wench and her whiny Son a smack in the mouth.


44 posted on 08/28/2008 8:13:40 PM PDT by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)
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To: wideminded
Actually my bet is that George Obama is a conservative. He is independent minded.And one cannot live in that environment being a liberal. Not a whiner is George.

I like him a lot better that I like his brother.

45 posted on 08/28/2008 10:18:03 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

If anyone thought the Carter or Clinton presidencies were entertaining...


46 posted on 08/28/2008 10:53:00 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Lijahsbubbe

“”Take Obama’s money compared to his brother’s, and Cindy’s money compared to her sister’s. Does she owe her sister? It’s very relative.””

Income redistribution, socialsim, liberalism, oh, I get it now.
Really, youv’e got to be kidding. An upper middle class American who did not inherit the family’s wealth is “owed” nothing. In fact, the stinking whiner should join the campaign and go live in the shanty near Hussein’s brother since she is so fond of BHO.


47 posted on 08/28/2008 11:20:19 PM PDT by Gemsbok (The real Obama is hollow like a cheap chocolate easter bunny.)
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To: Gemsbok

No you don’t “get it”. You said you were unable to see the “relative comparison” and I told you what the relative comparison is.

Cindy’s wealth compared to her sister’s is probably more than Obama’s wealth compared to his brother’s.

As far as I’m concerned, neither Cindy or Obama “owe” their siblings any money.

But to say that one owes the sibling and the other doesn’t is hypocritical.


48 posted on 08/29/2008 7:05:49 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT

Thanks for the ping, LOL, just got back this far in the ping file.


49 posted on 09/02/2008 5:14:36 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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