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IRS Official to Judicial Watch: Clinton Enemies Were Audited
Newsmax ^ | April 23,2002 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 04/22/2002 10:00:48 PM PDT by Kay Soze

IRS Official to Judicial Watch: Clinton Enemies Were Audited Carl Limbacher, NewsMax.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that legal opponents of former President Bill Clinton were singled out for tax audits, according to court documents made public this week. "What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch, the Washington-based legal watchdog group that had filed 50-plus legal actions against the Clinton administration and subsequently found itself in the IRS's cross hairs.

Breslan's quote is cited in Judicial Watch's complaint against the tax agency, based on a host of what look to be politically inspired audits that make the worst abuses of the Nixon administration appear puny by comparison.

"There were literally six witnesses in the room when Breslan told us we should have expected an audit," Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman revealed to NewsMax.com. "Four of them were lawyers."

The legal group became the target of an IRS audit in 1998, just four days after it filed an independent impeachment report against Clinton, based on years of investigation into everything from Chinagate to the Paula Jones case.

But Judicial Watch wasn't alone. Witnesses bearing damaging testimony against the president were a favorite target of the Clinton IRS. Those singled out for audits include:

Leak

The Jones case, which would eventually lead to Clinton's impeachment, was of particular interest to the IRS, which apparently leaked her confidential tax returns to the late New York Daily News reporter Lars Erik Nelson.

In a September 1997 column Nelson revealed details from Jones' filing to bolster claims that she was profiting from her sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton.

In a subsequent interview with NewsMax.com's Carl Limbacher (then with the Washington Weekly), Nelson insisted somewhat implausibly that a "friend" of Jones had come across her tax return during a visit to her home and decided to go public with the secrets.

Quite an Enemies List

As the Judicial Watch complaint notes, the Clinton IRS also went after organizations and even media companies it perceived as politically hostile, including:

The National Rifle Association, The Heritage Foundation, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, American Policy Center, American Cause, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for Honest Government, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Concerned Women for America and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.

Fox News Channel analyst Bill O'Reilly, a frequent critic of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has also pointed out how the IRS has repeatedly audited him.

The political nature of the Judicial Watch's audit seems particularly blatant.

"The IRS asked for our political affiliations in the first notice of audit," Klayman told NewsMax.

When he questioned why auditors wanted to know about the group's political ties, an IRS district director said the information had been deemed "relevant."

Worse still, each time Judicial Watch seemed to make legal headway against the White House, the IRS ratcheted up the pressure.

"When we would accomplish something big, like the criminal finding by Judge Royce Lamberth against Clinton in the Kathleen Willey Privacy Act case, our lawyers would get a call saying, 'We just want you to know that Judicial Watch is still on the IRS's radar screen,'" Klayman said.

"The same thing happened when we revealed the White House e-mail scandal," he added.

Shockingly, the IRS's intimidation tactics continue into the Bush administration, which has failed to sack Clinton's IRS Commissioner Charles Rosotti.

After Judicial Watch won the release of thousands of pages of documents from Vice President Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force last month, a badge-wearing IRS agent showed up at the group's offices.

A personal meeting between Klayman and Bush Justice Department Criminal Division chief Michael Chertoff, who led the Senate investigation into the Clintons' Whitewater abuses, failed to yield any interest in pursuing IRS abuses, which now threaten to tarnish the Bush administration.

When noted columnist Robert Novak inquired of the Justice Department about Judicial Watch's IRS complaint, he was told by a department official, "I don't know what we are going to do with this Klayman."

"When we were told that we were being audited because we sued Bill Clinton, we had no choice but to stand up and fight in court," Klayman said. "By leaving Charles Rossotti as IRS commissioner, Bush obviously is sending a signal that political audits are fine with him."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; clinton; clintonhaters; clintonscandals; democrats; irs; taxreform
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To: ned
LOL...... nice doves.
251 posted on 05/07/2002 8:39:18 PM PDT by deport
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Too late! Nothing that you say can lure me now!

You had your chance.

252 posted on 05/07/2002 8:41:05 PM PDT by ned
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To: ned
You truly "humble" us all with your presence...
253 posted on 05/07/2002 8:41:42 PM PDT by Registered
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To: Howlin
"Now who's posting like a kindergartener?"

Now, who would be the pro at identifying that?

254 posted on 05/07/2002 8:41:47 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Registered
I get it.
255 posted on 05/07/2002 8:43:04 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
That would be you; I've seen you use that exact term over and over on these threads.
256 posted on 05/07/2002 8:43:48 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I am glad that my replies make such a profound impact on you Howlin.
257 posted on 05/07/2002 8:45:25 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Howlin, VA Advogado
Well, hey, VA; I'm STILL trying to get BAC to post where I said Linda Tripp lied. What do you think it means because it can't?

See how chummy Howlin is with a PROVEN LIAR? She's such a good judge of character. And what a coincidence that Howlin was the ONLY Freeper to step forward and imply that VA Advogado might be right about there being an autopsy of Brown's body. That either proves her own DISHONESTY about the Brown case or her ignorance on the subject. Either way, it makes one wonder about her motives in so vehemently going after Klayman but not the Clinton-related crimes or Bush's inaction with regards to those crimes.

I guess she'd rather chum with VA Advogado then address my response in post #190 to her demand that I explain why I say she believes Tripp is a liar.

258 posted on 05/07/2002 8:49:08 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: Amelia, Howlin
I have asked you 3 times already, and I'm still waiting for you to post my definitions of MURDER and MASS MURDER, along with links to where I posted them.

Are you and Howlin clones? Or just using the same talking points and suggested debating tactics booklet? Why do you seem so afraid to answer my simple question about whether you believe Brown was murdered or not? And, by the way, THAT tells us your definition of murder and mass murder.

259 posted on 05/07/2002 8:54:39 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: Howlin, VA Advogado
Still waiting for the words about Linda Tripp. Tap.......tap.........tap.

See post #190.

Still waiting for the source of your belief that Ron Brown was not murdered. Tap......tap........tap.

Still waiting to hear why you are friendly with the PROVEN LIAR, VA Advogado. Tap.......tap........tap.

Still waiting for you to explain why you believe the matters of Chinagate, Filegate and Emailgate were properly investigated. Tap......tap........tap.

260 posted on 05/07/2002 8:59:46 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: BeAChooser
Apparently, Howlin is a DEDICATED fan of Onomatopoeia.
261 posted on 05/07/2002 9:03:11 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Howlin
BAC certainly DOES have to put up or shut about me saying Linda Tripp was a liar.

See post #190.

Howlin certain DOES have to put up or shut up about claiming "others" convinced her that Ron Brown wasn't murdered.

262 posted on 05/07/2002 9:03:24 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: BeAChooser
I am just waiting for Howlin to write her own book of Onomatopoeia Poetry. I am sure that the poems will have much substance to them such as, tap, tap, tap..., *sigh*, *yawn*, and let's not forget the infamous, *roll the eyes*, which isn't exactly Onomatopoeia, but we'll just pretend it is.
263 posted on 05/07/2002 9:07:28 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: ironman
Ping!
264 posted on 05/07/2002 9:09:13 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Howlin
Well, if they base it on 190, they'll all see you have no proof for your wild accusations. Once again.

Just so you don't deny we had that conversation. Just so you don't deny that you recently said that Chinagate, Filegate, etc were investigated and found to be about "nothing". As long as were in agreement on those two items, I'm content to let my response in #190 stand.

And note, folks, that Howlin STILL doesn't say that she believes Tripp ... only that she never called her "a liar". How Clintonesque!

And note, folks, Howlin STILL hasn't told us who or what convinced her that Brown wasn't murdered. Wonder why?

265 posted on 05/07/2002 9:10:48 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: Howlin
BTW, I have NEVER typed the word JANOWSKI in my life until this very post.

You do know who Janowski is, don't you?

266 posted on 05/07/2002 9:12:34 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"All I remember for sure was that Luis Gonzalez spewed some unauditable verbage and ironically, had the last word on the thread."

Can't remember for sure Rebeckie? Can't remember something that just happened a couple of days ago? Something that a link was provided to you on this very thread?

Are you practicing to join JW? You play as fast and lose with the truth as Larry does.

That post that you can't remember, you know, my "unauditable garbage" was about the fact that you yourself admitted that Larry lies.

In case you forgot, I have it for you below.

BTW, you really need to show a little forum maturity and flag those people who you talk about on a post.

To: FreedominJesusChrist

BUSH/ASHCROFT REWARDED MIAMI INS DIRECTOR WITH PROMOTION TO REGIONAL DIRECTOR POSITION

That’s Larry’s press release headline.

"It is true that Bush and Ashcroft did not actually take part directly in the promotion of this guy..."
posted by FreedominJesusChrist.

Larry says that Bush/Ashcroft did this, you say that they didn't.

Either Larry is lying, or you are.

267 posted on 05/07/2002 9:18:50 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Luis,

I never stated that Larry was lying in this particular headline. It is true that the headline could have been clarified a little better, but it is not an outright lie. I have a lot of respect for Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch and I find it quite ironic that you would rather spend time calling Klayman a liar, rather than criticizing the current Administration who is currently doing nothing all the time, about the violated civil rights of the Cuban Americans down in Miami.

268 posted on 05/07/2002 9:21:49 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
By the way, you have an HTML error on your profile page that needs fixing.
269 posted on 05/07/2002 9:23:09 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Why don't you go and write your next Banana Boat radio show?
270 posted on 05/07/2002 9:24:27 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"...but it is not an outright lie...It is true that the headline could have been clarified a little better"

Larry says Bush and Ashcroft did this, you keep saying that they didn't, but that Larry isn't lying.

Which is it?

BTW, Larry ain't doing anything about those violated civil rights himself.

271 posted on 05/07/2002 9:29:12 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I would also appreciate it if you would quote the entirety of my posts if you choose to quote them.

"It is true that Bush and Ashcroft did not actually take part directly in the promotion of this guy, but it is their duty to appoint competent people in positions of power. Obviously this was not the case."

272 posted on 05/07/2002 9:29:54 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Child...I've been insulted by Castro's secret police, you think that there's something that you can say that means anything to me?
273 posted on 05/07/2002 9:30:53 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I wasn't insulting you, just making a suggestion.
274 posted on 05/07/2002 9:31:43 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"...but it is their duty to appoint competent people in positions of power. Obviously this was not the case."

Good!!! I am glad that you are so intent on making an absolute ass out of yourself. It's time for you to go down Rebeckie.

This man's promotion took effect less than two months after Ashcroft took office, and less than six after Bush was sworn in. His cabinet wasn't seated yet.

The promotion, and all the paperwork that goes with it, were finalized long before even Bush took office.

Or do you think that someone just knocked on this guy's door one day and said "guess what? You're moving to Texas!!!"

Grow up Rebeckie.

As for the thing about appointing competent people, let's go back to your statement: "It is true that the headline could have been clarified a little better, but it is not an outright lie."

WHY DOESN'T LARRY HIRE COMPETENT PEOPLE WHO CAN WRITE A FRIGGIN' HEADLINE WITHOUT LYING?

275 posted on 05/07/2002 9:38:00 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
BS Rebeckie.

BTW, I've been meaning to tell you that I find it repulsive, and insulting to true Christians everywhere that you trivialize Our Lord's name by using it as a internet monicker.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

276 posted on 05/07/2002 9:41:46 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I see nothing wrong with my screename. Obviously, you and I will have to agree to disagree on this one Luis. No one at Judicial Watch was lying in writing this headline. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Like I said before, I do not take your two bit insults and character assassinations very seriously Luis.

277 posted on 05/07/2002 9:46:29 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"monicker"

Moniker.

278 posted on 05/07/2002 9:47:19 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: kapn kuek
Felonies, but neither Bill Clinton nor AlGore were even indicted.

Perjury and illegal side deals with Chernomyrdin don't seem to count. Hillary's theft of WH goods are ok. They are not just fascist white trash, but criminals, so far above the law.

279 posted on 05/07/2002 9:48:36 PM PDT by SevenDaysInMay
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To: Luis Gonzalez
It is obvious that you are up way past your bedtime. Nighty-nite.
280 posted on 05/07/2002 9:50:34 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"It's time for you to go down Rebeckie."

Hmmm...sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this one. Organized the entire coupe yet?

281 posted on 05/07/2002 9:52:10 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

""It is true that Bush and Ashcroft did not actually take part directly in the promotion of this guy..."---but, but...larry said they did!

Posted by FreedominJesusChrist

"It is true that the headline could have been clarified a little better, but it is not an outright lie."---it isn't exactly the truth either...is it?

Posted by FreedominJesusChrist

It's OK, it isn't an OUTRIGHT lie...and it's OK for JW to tell little lies...is that what you're saying here?

P.S. What part of not taking the Lord's name in vain do you not understand?

Have you figured out yet that's whjy some posters refer to you by any name other than your handle?

282 posted on 05/07/2002 9:55:16 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Luis, I understand that you are upset about my Banana boat comment, but do you or don't you have a sense of humor?

Really honey, you are starting to worry me with your high blood pressure and all.

But in all seriousness, most people call me by my old screename because they know it annoys me. And as for my faith and personal walk with Christ, I will let God be the judge of that and not you.

283 posted on 05/07/2002 10:11:10 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Judicial Watch was not lying in that headline, they were stretching a connection.
284 posted on 05/07/2002 10:12:21 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
So, you're dodging the questions?

They're still right there in front of you.

Is it OK for that headline to not tell the truth?

285 posted on 05/07/2002 10:13:28 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I am not dodging your questions Luis. The fact is that, that headline is not lying, the headline was stretching two connections.
286 posted on 05/07/2002 10:14:51 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

"Judicial Watch was not lying in that headline, they were stretching a connection."

Rebeckie

"It depends on the meaning of "is".

Bill Clinton

287 posted on 05/07/2002 10:15:02 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Now, that is REALLY stretching it.
288 posted on 05/07/2002 10:16:05 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

"Judicial Watch was not lying in that headline, they were stretching a connection."

"It is true that the headline could have been clarified a little better, but it is not an outright lie."

"It is true that Bush and Ashcroft did not actually take part directly in the promotion of this guy..."

Stretching a connection? Not an outright lie?

Quit telling me what it isn't and tell me what it is!

Is the headline the truth?

289 posted on 05/07/2002 10:18:43 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Well, for starters, I cannot begin to adequately apply to your interesting at best, comments, when you misquote Bill Clinton. Your grammar is quite incorrect and the period belongs in the quotation marks. When you have quotation marks in quotation marks, it is just one mark.

i.e. 'is.'"

290 posted on 05/07/2002 10:19:10 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
What you are doing is called the "rope-a-dope"...and you ain't no Ali little girl.

I am not interested in your editing skills or your grammatical proficiency.

Is the headline the truth?

291 posted on 05/07/2002 10:21:42 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"I cannot begin to adequately apply to your interesting at best, comments, when you misquote Bill Clinton."

Well, it isn't an outright misquote, is it?

I'm just "stretching" the truth...it's OK for Larry, isn't it?

292 posted on 05/07/2002 10:24:53 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"What you are doing is called the "rope-a-dope"...and you ain't no Ali little girl."

Well, I am completely aware that I was sort of dodging your question, but for a darn good reason. Of course that Judicial Watch headline is telling the truth and I happen to believe that it is very eloquently telling the truth and I praise whoever wrote that! Whoever wrote that headline is the greatest, in my humble opinion. What a way to catch people's attention.

293 posted on 05/07/2002 10:26:20 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
The only reason you were misquoting Bill Clinton is because your grammar was incorrect.
294 posted on 05/07/2002 10:27:06 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"It's time for you to go down Rebeckie."

I am waiting for the melodramatic music to come on and then for you to break out into song and dance.

295 posted on 05/08/2002 12:01:14 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: BeAChooser
I most certainly DO deny I ever said Linda Tripp lied during her deposition.

You posted what I said; the other conclusions are from your obsessed mind.

You are a dishonest poster. I've asked you at least five times to either produce the post of mine where I said she was a liar, or stop telling people I said it.

You have yet to do so; now it's time for you to admit you're not telling the truth, and stop posting that about me.

296 posted on 05/08/2002 3:14:22 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: BeAChooser
And note, folks, that Howlin STILL doesn't say that she believes Tripp ... only that she never called her "a liar".

Produce it, or stop this dishonesty.

297 posted on 05/08/2002 3:15:07 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: BeAChooser
As usual, you're avoiding my question because it's NOT TRUE. If I were you, I wouldn't be posting that other posters are liars.
298 posted on 05/08/2002 3:16:04 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Gratutitous capitalization.
299 posted on 05/08/2002 3:18:36 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: BeAChooser
ME: BTW, I have NEVER typed the word JANOWSKI in my life until this very post.

YOU: You do know who Janowski is, don't you?

There you go again, avoiding my statement. I have NEVER discussed Janowski with you or anybody else, nor have I ever typed ANYTHING about Janowski, including her name. Produce it, or stop distorting.

You need to stop posting that.

300 posted on 05/08/2002 3:20:36 AM PDT by Howlin
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