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Tolerating the intolerable: Michael Medved slams NEA for blaming America, exonerating Islam
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Monday, August 19, 2002 | Michael Medved

Posted on 08/19/2002 10:32:43 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

As we approach the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, what should we teach our children about the most devastating terrorist massacres in history?

According to recommendations provided by the nation's largest teacher's union, the most important points to emphasize involve the importance of "tolerance" and "diversity." The National Education Association links its website to a detailed list of "Tips for Parents and Schools Regarding the Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001," prepared by Dr. Brian Lippincott of John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Calif. Professor Lippincott insists that commemorative programs must avoid any suggestion that Islamic fanaticism can be blamed for the attacks, and that the most important way to protect ourselves from future assaults is to embrace all religions and sexual orientations.

Actually, the "Key Messages" recommended in his paper for anniversary celebrations include such politically correct nostrums as the declaration that "Violence and hate are never solutions to anger" and "America is strong because of our diversity," and "History shows us that intolerance only causes harm." According to Professor Lippincott, the prime example of such "intolerance" involves America's monstrous crimes against its own citizens. "We must not repeat terrible mistakes," he writes, demanding discussion of "historical instances of American intolerance. Internment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor and the backlash against Arab Americans during the Gulf War are obvious examples."

Examples of what, precisely? Of America's unprecedented goodness and generosity? Even at the height of the Gulf War (and, so far, during the War on Terror), Arab Americans experienced no significant "backlash" – continuing to enjoy full civil rights and to sustain the conspicuous success that has characterized this hard-working ethnic group for nearly a century.

The NEA materials not only lie about past persecution of Islamic Americans, but also offer a grotesque distortion of current world affairs. Among the "Tips for Parents and Teachers," Lippincott suggests that we must "Address the issue of blame factually … Do not suggest any group is responsible." In other words, educators should avoid the implication that al-Qaida and the worldwide network of Islamic fanatics had something to do with the slaughter of Americans. "We have no reason to believe that the attacks on our country were part of an organized plan of any other country," the curriculum materials insist. "The terrorists acted independently without the sanctions of any nation."

What about Afghanistan, which welcomed Osama bin Laden as an "honored guest"? What about Saudi Arabia, which continues to raise money through telethons and the royal family to support international terrorism? What about Iraq, which lavishly praised the 9-11 attacks as a heroic blow against America?

According to the education establishment, we should avoid such unpleasant observations because "protecting against harassment of our Arab American classmates and neighbors is most critical right now. … We must embrace these values toward all Americans for all time. This includes race, religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and those with special needs."

Such pronouncements might seem merely ludicrous and laughable were they not so pathetically representative of the moral relativism that dominates elite opinion less than a year after 9-11. America remains the most tolerant and generous of nations, and incidents of persecution of Muslims and Arab Americans remain blessedly rare and relatively mild. Nevertheless, the relativists use paranoia over potential anti-Arab frenzy to stifle any honest discussion of patently dangerous – and deadly – elements in Islamic tradition.

Even the most cursory examination of the contemporary Muslim world would reveal profound religious and cultural dysfunction, with abject poverty, gross violation of human rights, and some of the most corrupt and vicious dictatorships on earth. The National Education Association, however, insists that teachers ignore these realities, because calling attention to them might undermine the unquestionable assumption that no religious tradition is more destructive, and no culture is more admirable, than others.

The most striking aspect of the materials promoted by the NEA involves the utter absence of any patriotic or pro-American messages – indeed, the only suggestion about emphasizing our history involves discussing "historical instances of American intolerance." In this "Alice-in-Wonderland" world of political correctness, we are supposed to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary with no mention of the brave people in our military who continue to risk their lives to protect our safety, and no hint as to why American values under present assault might be worth preserving and defending.

In the midst of World War II, a few Americans actively sympathized with the enemy – the pro-Mussolini poet Ezra Pound, and the Japanese propagandist Tokyo Rose come readily to mind. No one suggested, however, that we must avoid blaming Germany or Japan for the war because to do so might encourage "intolerance" of the Nazis or Axis sympathizers in our midst.

Let American Muslims declare their loyalty to this country, and their horrified rejection of Islamic fanaticism in all its forms. Indeed, most (but not all) Muslims in this country have taken precisely that stand. But it makes no sense to invoke the mantras of "diversity" and "inclusion" as a basis for denying the clear moral elements in this current struggle, or ignoring the obvious contrast between America and our bloodthirsty enemies. Tolerance may represent a worthy value, but it is evil and destructive to tolerate the intolerable.


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Monday, August 19, 2002

Quote of the Day by skull stomper

1 posted on 08/19/2002 10:32:43 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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" Professor Lippincott insists
that commemorative programs must avoid any suggestion that Islamic fanaticism can be blamed for the
attacks, and that the most important way to protect ourselves from future assaults is to embrace all religions
and sexual orientations. "

Hey Prof. Bite me, you commie pig. You haven't a clue so shut your mouth.

2 posted on 08/19/2002 10:34:49 AM PDT by lawdude
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To: lawdude
Bump for awareness and liberal alert
3 posted on 08/19/2002 10:39:28 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: JohnHuang2
We must embrace these values toward all Americans for all time. This includes race, religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and those with special needs."

Yeh, I'm one of those with "special needs". I need you elitist academia slime to shut the hell up!

4 posted on 08/19/2002 10:39:38 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: lawdude
Some statements are so obviously stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.
5 posted on 08/19/2002 10:39:56 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: JohnHuang2
We need to re-institute the draft and get these loonies into the military where they can be educated on the proper expression of citizenship.
6 posted on 08/19/2002 10:40:57 AM PDT by hgro
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To: JohnHuang2
WTG Michael Medved.....Some more folks need to write editorials that cut through the BS....
7 posted on 08/19/2002 10:42:47 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: JohnHuang2
Someone should ask Schumer and Hillary if they agree, support and endorse their fellow travelers...
8 posted on 08/19/2002 10:48:13 AM PDT by Drango
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To: vetvetdoug; JohnHuang2
<< WTG Michael Medved.....Some more folks need to write editorials that cut through the BS.... >>

Amen.

And on the subject of editorials that cut through BS, find Bill Buckley's current piece on islam and The Reverend Franklin Graham's take on the same!

As an Australian might be heard to observe, it's a bloody bewdy!!
9 posted on 08/19/2002 10:51:24 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: Brian Allen
Good afternoon, my friend.
10 posted on 08/19/2002 10:52:55 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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Here's the original story:

NEA DELIVERS HISTORY LESSON (Left Wing teacher union bosses indoctrinate kids to hate America)

11 posted on 08/19/2002 10:53:58 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: JohnHuang2
"...those with special needs."

So now the good professor is claiming that Down's Syndrome kids are being blamed for the WTC attack???

WTF?????

The NEA is the equivalent in modern America of what Orwell styled the "Outer Party".

Heads on Pikes!!
12 posted on 08/19/2002 11:02:09 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: lawdude
The usual horsecrap from the Blame America First crowd.
13 posted on 08/19/2002 11:02:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: JohnHuang2
At some point you have to worry about our country when so many shit-for-brains liberals get as much attention as they do.
14 posted on 08/19/2002 11:02:28 AM PDT by Semper
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To: JohnHuang2
According to the education establishment, we should avoid such unpleasant observations because "protecting against harassment of our Arab American classmates and neighbors is most critical right now. … We must embrace these values toward all Americans for all time. This includes race, religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and those with special needs."

Just as I never imagined the horror ultimately witnessed on 9-11, nor did I fathom the tears shed on my part while witnessing the demise of my country...

It just gets worse and worse.
15 posted on 08/19/2002 11:05:42 AM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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Boycott-public-schools *bump*!
16 posted on 08/19/2002 11:06:48 AM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
bump
17 posted on 08/19/2002 11:11:17 AM PDT by timestax
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To: JohnHuang2; *Education News
"Professor Lippincott insists that commemorative programs must avoid any suggestion that Islamic fanaticism can be blamed for the attacks, and that the most important way to protect ourselves from future assaults is to embrace all religions and sexual orientations."

In other words, bend over and take it? I don't think so. Islamic fanaticism was the sole reason for the attacks. And why does Lippincott even mention sexual orientation? What the hell does that have to do with 9-11?

18 posted on 08/19/2002 11:14:14 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: JohnHuang2
I imagine there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth when many in academia learned that it was non-Christians who attacked the WTC and the Pentagon.
19 posted on 08/19/2002 11:17:33 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: lawdude
I would be interested in hearing what the NEA would say about the Oklahoma City bombing. I imagine they would pick up Bubba's line about it being the fault of Rush Limbaugh and the religious right.
20 posted on 08/19/2002 11:19:25 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: lawdude
...embrace all religions and sexual orientations...

Excuse me, what have sexual orientations got to do with 9/11?!!! As for embracing all religions, it is my right as an American citizen to NOT embrace any religion but my own. I will tolerate other people's religious beliefs so long as their beliefs don't involve the ultimate goal of a violent "holy war against anyone who doesn't believe like them," instituting a barbaric 7th-Century set of laws that includes stoning to death of adulterers and lopping off the limbs of criminals, subjugation, enslavement and murder of those who won't convert to their way of thinking. There's a religion that falls under all of those things and it ain't, IMHO, a religion of peace. I studied and read this religion's holy books and history long before a group of its followers decided to take it literally and engage in a war against me, my family, friends and fellow citizens on 9/11!

I will never, ever forget how millions of the so-called "peaceful followers" of this religion gloated, danced in the streets and worshipped the acts of these fiends. Lippencott and his NEA swine want to deny the frenzied celebrations and deny the videotapes of Osama Bin Laden and his Al Queada people praising 9/11 as a great victory against the West! The NEA wants teachers to not call 9/11 an act of terrorism or pin the blame on anyone...unless it is the nasty, evil US. (Maybe Israel...but that's too easy.) Oh, no, that would not be polite or politically-correct. It might hurt the feelings of the people responsible or their supporters who took ghoulish delight in the events of 9/11.

Thank goodness that my son is homeschooled. He won't be subjected to this PC, morally-relative, BLAME AMERICA garbage that the public schools spew forth in the name of "tolerance" and "diversity" on September 11th.

21 posted on 08/19/2002 11:28:38 AM PDT by demnomo
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To: lawdude
"The most important way to protect ourselves from future assaults is to embrace all religions and sexual orientations." - Professor Lippincott

No, professor. The best way to protect ourselves from future assaults is to utterly annihilate every single Islamist regime that either perpetrates or supports terrorism, round up every Muslim non-citizen in the U.S. and send them back to whence they came, and place the National Guard on our borders to help protect us against further invasion. Capiche?

22 posted on 08/19/2002 11:31:43 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: lawdude
Well said!
23 posted on 08/19/2002 11:33:07 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: lawdude
Homeschool, homeschool, homeschool...get our kids out of government training camps and teach them yourselves. You are just as qualified as anyone else, folks.
24 posted on 08/19/2002 11:40:28 AM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: demnomo
Help Defund the National Education Association
25 posted on 08/19/2002 11:42:57 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: Marysecretary
Homeschool, homeschool, homeschool...get our kids out of government training camps and teach them yourselves. You are just as qualified as anyone else, folks.

As a former high school teacher, I can attest to the fact that most teachers teaching in public schools today are just plain incompetent. Most...not all. Hey folks, the system is broke...anything that can weaken the educrats and their bedfellows is justified - homeschooling,vouchers, even dropping out of school ad taking the GED or getting a high schol diploma via the 24 hour college credit approach.

26 posted on 08/19/2002 11:46:47 AM PDT by eleni121
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To: JohnHuang2
The email for the NEA-HIN website is: info@neahin.org

Drop them a note on how you really feel. I did and it made me feel better - for awhile.

27 posted on 08/19/2002 11:49:19 AM PDT by Rockyrich
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To: JohnHuang2
BTTT
28 posted on 08/19/2002 11:57:32 AM PDT by hattend
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To: hgro
We need to reinstitute the draft in the hope that these leftwing loonies get killed in battle; therefore, denying them the chance to breed more cowards such as themselves. (I admit I stole this idea from General Patton-lol)
29 posted on 08/19/2002 12:03:44 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: JohnHuang2
For every parent who has a child in a public school, be sure to sit them down sometime after they get home from school on Sept. 11, 2002 and make sure that they understand what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001. Make sure that your child knows who the bad guys were that carried out this horrific act of terrorism against the United States. Make sure that your child understands that Islam is not a "peaceful religion". Make sure that your child understands that some cultures in the world are better than other cultures. Teach your child about patriotism and the fact that the United States is the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Don't let your child be brainwashed by the PC cultists disguised as teachers who lurk in our country's public school system.
30 posted on 08/19/2002 12:12:13 PM PDT by usadave
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To: Rockyrich
Thanks! I'm going to have my son write an e-mail and snail mail letter to the NEA regarding this outrage. It will be one of his first homeschooling assignments. I'm sure that he will mention in his message that he studied Islam a year and a half before 9/11. He read the Koran and Hadith. He studied Islamic history. He became concerned about many of the beliefs that advocated violence and intolerance towards Jews and other infidels.

Of course, my son never believed that something like 9/11 would ever happen or that millions of Muslims world wide would joyfully give it a thumbs up. The so-called "moderate," "tolerant" Muslims who were disgusted and shocked by 9/11 were not very numerous or vocal in their condemnation. (Lame, loosely-worded condemnations, immediately followed by even lamer excuses and blame against Israel and the US don't count!) The more enlightened Muslims appear to be in hiding from their more numerous fanatical brothers and sisters.

Hopefully, my son will also point out that not much has happened with Islamic culture since the 12th Century. Modern Islamic society is rife with corruption, ignorance, women-degradation, poverty, violence, religious intolerance and a Nazi-like obsession with the Jews! I will also have him enclose his excellent report on Whabbism.

31 posted on 08/19/2002 12:17:45 PM PDT by demnomo
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To: usadave
I plan to do just that, (sit down and ask him what was taught after 9/11), then again I do that every day. May I also suggest (for Middle and High School age children, at least), that you sit down and talk to them before 9/11, and tell them to challenge anything taught that day if they think its wrong.

I am very lucky that I live in a pretty conservative town (went greater than 80% Bush in 2000). And I praise my sons teachers for their honesty and integrity during and after last years terrorist attack. In fact if it weren't so conservative, my son wouldn't be there.

This is the perfect oppurtunity for parents to remember that they are in charge of their children's education, and if it isn't up to your values, get them out of that school.

32 posted on 08/19/2002 12:27:38 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: usadave
For every parent who has a child in a public school, be sure to sit them down sometime after they get home from school on Sept. 11, 2002 and make sure that they understand what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001...

Great advice. It would be even more wonderful if more students were made aware of this disgusting mindset by caring parents the night before.

I have another idea. On September 11, students should bring in a copy of the NEA "9/11 talking-points" and take it apart word for word. Parents can teach them how to debate in a calm, knowledgeable manner. It may be casting pearls before swine, but at least some teachers will realise that not every child is going to fall for NEA lies and propaganda! Now, that's what I would call an education!

33 posted on 08/19/2002 12:33:19 PM PDT by demnomo
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To: demnomo; LarryLied; doug from upland
Bumping an excellent idea!
34 posted on 08/19/2002 12:38:36 PM PDT by EdReform
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To: JohnHuang2
Another quote from the good Doctor:

...However, San Jose's own Brian Lippincott, associate professor of psychology at JFK University, calls grouping people close together for long periods a "time-honored method of indoctrination," used since the days of the Roman centurions. "And then you're tired on the second or third day," he says, "and you lose your independent thought process, and the things you're hearing become internally consistent. You kind of lose the ability to check out-- 'Are these assumptions really true?' If I get you to accept three or four premises, then all these things would follow from those assumptions.

Original Text

35 posted on 08/19/2002 12:43:37 PM PDT by Interloper
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To: demnomo
Good idea. I was going to suggest the kids all have the Red, White, and Blue flu and stay home that day.
36 posted on 08/19/2002 1:00:26 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: JohnHuang2
NEA is intolerable, it's main directive is the destruction of the culture which made the USA the greatist nation on earth in modern times. What the communists could not do, the NEA may yet succeed.
37 posted on 08/19/2002 1:04:17 PM PDT by desertcry
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To: JohnHuang2
bump
38 posted on 08/19/2002 2:47:24 PM PDT by sport
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To: EdReform
This claptrap is almost identical to what the CommunistParty USA put on the net within 24 hours of the attack on America.
39 posted on 08/19/2002 2:48:56 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: codercpc
coder, any idea how to get info on how the voters in a town went?
40 posted on 08/19/2002 5:33:18 PM PDT by glory
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To: doug from upland; summer; demnomo; desertcry; LarryLied; codercpc; usadave; Rockyrich; eleni121; ...
Four examples of teachers and others groups taking a different view than the NEA posted by summer.
41 posted on 08/20/2002 5:49:01 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: EdReform
Ed, Thank you so very much. Too often these other voices are not heard.
42 posted on 08/20/2002 5:52:15 AM PDT by summer
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To: JohnHuang2
backlash against Arab Americans during the Gulf War are obvious examples

Like when I went down and had a few beers at the bar with the local camal jockies.

43 posted on 08/20/2002 6:07:24 AM PDT by Sinner6
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To: summer
You're welcome! Are more teachers joining professional education associations such as the Association of American Educators?

We need to convince teachers and education majors that the NEA is an outmoded labor union and that there are organizations such as the AAE that are dedicated to professionalism in education.

44 posted on 08/20/2002 6:19:04 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: demnomo
NEA execs collect 8 times teacher pay: Study: Bigwigs haven't been in classroom for decades
45 posted on 08/20/2002 7:18:15 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: monkeyshine; ipaq2000; Lent; veronica; Sabramerican; beowolf; Nachum; BenF; angelo; ...
ping
46 posted on 08/20/2002 8:29:04 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: JohnHuang2
Actually, the "Key Messages" recommended in his paper for anniversary celebrations include such politically correct nostrums as the declaration that "Violence and hate are never solutions to anger"...

Afghan Prisoners Vow to Continue Terror Attacks After Release

"Some Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners who are scheduled to be released from prison in Afghanistan say they will continue to carry out terrorist activities after they are set free...

Several of these prisoners -- many of whom are Pakistani -- told Fox News they were in Afghanistan to fight a jihad, or holy war, against Americans and will continue to fight once released.

One prisoner said he was "very happy" that the Sept. 11 attacks occurred..."


47 posted on 08/20/2002 8:49:08 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: JohnHuang2; dennisw
According to recommendations provided by the nation's largest teacher's union, the most important points to emphasize involve the importance of "tolerance" and "diversity."

It is obvious that the violent racist proselytism of the left based on colors finds a friend with Nazi arabs who violently proselytise Islam.

48 posted on 08/20/2002 8:49:39 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: dennisw
bttt
49 posted on 08/20/2002 8:50:21 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
A sad bump...
50 posted on 08/20/2002 8:50:24 AM PDT by carton253
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