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Solidarity Movement's Statement on Bulldozed Protestor Rachel Corrie
The International Solidarity Movement Website ^ | 3-16-03 | The International Solidarity Movement

Posted on 03/16/2003 9:16:00 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo

Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed on 16 March when she was run over by an Israeli bulldozer. Rachel was trying to stop the bulldozer from demolishing the home of a Palestinian doctor in the Gaza Strip. Our hearts go out to her family and friends

A clearly marked Rachel Corey, holding a megaphone, confronts an Israeli bulldozer driver attempting to demolish a Palestinian home, Rafah, Occupied Gaza, 16 March 2003. (ISM Handout)

Other peace activists tend to Rachel after being injured by the Israeli bulldozer driver, Rafah, Occupied Gaza, 16 March 2003. (ISM Handout)

Rachel lies on the ground after being fatally injured by the Israeli bulldozer, Rafah, Occupied Gaza 16 March 2003 (ISM Handout)

Rachel in Najjar hostpital, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Ha'aretz newspaper reported that Dr. Ali Musa, a doctor at Al-Najjar, stated that the cause of death was "skull and chest fractures". ( Mohammad Al-Moghair)

Colleagues of Rachel comfort each other in Najjar hostpital, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Ha'aretz newspaper reported that a second activist was also injured at the same location. (Mohammad Al-Moghair)

Rafah:  Rachel Corrie Murdered by Israeli Army

At about 5.20 pm today Rachel Corrie from Olympia in Washington State, USA died of her injuries in A-Najar Hospital in Rafah after being deliberately run over by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Rachel had been working as an ISM activist in Rafah for seven weeks when she was killed trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes and property in the Hi Salaam area of Rafah. 

The confrontation between the ISM and the Israeli Army had been under way for two hours when Rachel was run over.  Rachel and the other activists had clearly identified themselves as unarmed international peace activists throughout the confrontation.

The Israeli Army are attempting to dishonour her memory by claiming that Rachel was killed accidentally when she ran in front of the bulldozer.  Eye-witnesses to the murder insist that this is totally untrue.  Rachel was sitting in the path of the bulldozer as it advanced towards her.  When the bulldozer refused to stop or turn aside she climbed up onto the mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it wearing a fluorescent jacket to look directly at the driver who kept on advancing.  The bulldozer continued to advance so that she was pulled under the pile of dirt and rubble.  After she had disappeared from view the driver kept advancing until the bulldozer was completely on top of her.  The driver did not lift the bulldozer blade and so she was crushed beneath it.  Then the driver backed off and the seven other ISM activists taking part in the action rushed to dig out her body.  An ambulance rushed her to A-Najar hospital where she died.

Rachel joins 1,900 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers since September 2000


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1 posted on 03/16/2003 9:16:00 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Well, you stand in the way of bulldozer with a job to do, and there's a real chance you won't win the confrontation.

The hubris of these peace activists is astounding! As if their lives are so important that Israeli troops will abandon their mission because of the activists presence! What self-absorption! What idiocy!

3 posted on 03/16/2003 9:20:40 PM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Mesopotamiam Esse Delendam)
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4 posted on 03/16/2003 9:21:24 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
The Israeli Army (claimed) Rachel was killed accidentally when she ran in front of the bulldozer.

The photo shows the bulldozer just ran over her. Darwin says: "Sometimes when you stand your ground, you end up in the ground."

5 posted on 03/16/2003 9:21:35 PM PST by friendly
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Her final words:

"HOLD MUH BEER..."
6 posted on 03/16/2003 9:23:22 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines (Ithaca is the City of Evil)
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To: The Ghost of Richard Nixon
I am going to save my sympathy for someone else.
7 posted on 03/16/2003 9:23:41 PM PST by tessalu
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
man, that's rough. She played poker with a dozer and her bluff was called. Hope she was right with God. A prayer for her family.
8 posted on 03/16/2003 9:23:49 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: The Ghost of Richard Nixon
This sentimental piece should be entitled "Ode to a Leftist Idiot."
9 posted on 03/16/2003 9:24:19 PM PST by Reactionary
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Yeah well look at this way. Wherever she is in the afterlife, she can be used as one of the 70 virgins promised to the brave suicide martyrs.

Don't worry about the fact that she may NOT be a virgin. I'm sure the guys won't mind having their way with her.

11 posted on 03/16/2003 9:26:06 PM PST by Drango (Two wrongs don't make a right...but three lefts do!)
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"The real terrorists are in the United States and Israel" --- Rachel Corrie


12 posted on 03/16/2003 9:26:15 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Actually, her final words were "Hold muh bier".

Leni

13 posted on 03/16/2003 9:27:07 PM PST by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
It's not a game. It's not a sorority initiation. It's not a vacation.

It's real. It's a combat zone. You will die if you get in the way.

Any questions?

14 posted on 03/16/2003 9:28:52 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty" not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
My mama taught me to come in out of the rain and also to stay out of the way.
15 posted on 03/16/2003 9:28:57 PM PST by Pushi
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Would this idiot have "shielded" Israeli children from a suicide bomber's blast? Probably not.

Oh well, that's what bulldozers do - get rid of debris.
16 posted on 03/16/2003 9:29:15 PM PST by motexva (Cool site I saw today - antiwarcelebwatch.blogspot.com)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
This is a sad story!

I am just wondering why people think they can go over to other countries, stand in the streets and protest, stand in front of a bulldozer with a bullhorn and it be tolerated! They think they can enjoy the SAME freedoms we have here....hmmmmm....maybe these people should think about that for a minute......or two.......

17 posted on 03/16/2003 9:31:14 PM PST by BossLady (Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity........)
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From the ISM website:

The conditions here are abhorrent, the violence is disgusting, and everyone is trying to survive and resist against odds that seem overwhelming…

Meanwhile...Yassir Arafat is listed recently as one of the richest men in the world and his wife had a very hectic day shopping in Paris.

18 posted on 03/16/2003 9:31:57 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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Colleagues of Rachel comfort each other in Najjar hostpital, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Ha'aretz newspaper reported that a second activist was also injured at the same location. (Mohammad Al-Moghair)



Reality of war hits home.
19 posted on 03/16/2003 9:32:30 PM PST by travelnurse
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To: BossLady
I don't seem that thinking is their forte.
20 posted on 03/16/2003 9:33:28 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Texas_Jarhead
It doesn't seem that thinking is their forte.
21 posted on 03/16/2003 9:34:17 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
I hate that the girl died, but when you play with fire you should not complain about the burns since you placed yourself in harms way.
22 posted on 03/16/2003 9:34:23 PM PST by SmackPappy
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To: Texas_Jarhead
LOL They sure like to tell others how to think though...:o
23 posted on 03/16/2003 9:35:22 PM PST by BossLady (Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity........)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
BRAVO!

One less idiot in the gene pool.

24 posted on 03/16/2003 9:35:24 PM PST by mfulstone
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
I feel sorry that someone would get killed in such a needless way, how they could feel they were really making a diffrence. Sad Loss, such a needless act to defend the home of a terrorist.

I am sorry Your parents didn't raise you better, and tell you to stay out of the way of a bulldozer in a warzone. I am glad you weren't in my Navy, as people like you tend get people like me killed.
25 posted on 03/16/2003 9:36:16 PM PST by SShultz460
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Looks to me like she's standing in a blind spot caused by the 'dozer's armor. Tough luck, that.

My sympathies to the driver, who probably cares about this more than I ever will, and to her family. As for her: Bed. Made. Lie in it.

Rachel joins 1,900 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers since September 2000

Your concern for the numerous Israelis murdered by terrorists is noted. Now go outside and play; the grownups have work to do.

26 posted on 03/16/2003 9:37:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (A postmodernist became a gangster. He makes people offers they can't understand.)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
I shrug my shoulders... and go on to something that matters... like my coffee!

If they want to go get killed it is none of my business!

Thanks for posting though.

27 posted on 03/16/2003 9:38:15 PM PST by OperationFreedom (Do you believe in Online Reincarnation? I do!)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
I have absolutely NO sympathy, AT ALL, for an IDIOT like this dumb bitch! Personally, I'd like to see all the socialilst/marxist idiots meet the same damn fate!!! The world would be a better place.

Toward FREEDOM

28 posted on 03/16/2003 9:38:38 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An oath is FOREVER)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
It looks to me like someone is messing with these photos.

Look at the first and second photo. It is a different bulldozer in the two pictures. The location is different in the two pictures. It looks like the image of Rachel was added to the first photo.

29 posted on 03/16/2003 9:38:57 PM PST by sd-joe
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
"The real terrorists are in the United States and Israel" --- Rachel Corrie

If this is indeed an accurate quote, I'm afraid that my initial sympathies were totally misplaced. For someone to be so misguided and ignorant, she needs to be mentioned in the same breath along with the Hamas, Fatah and Al Aqsa terrorists.

30 posted on 03/16/2003 9:39:37 PM PST by sofaman
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To: Slings and Arrows; Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Re #26: My comments were directed at the author of the article, not at you.
31 posted on 03/16/2003 9:41:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (A postmodernist became a gangster. He makes people offers they can't understand.)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
It just goes to show how protected the youth in our country really are. Not realizing that naivity, and ignorance are not irradicated with a college degree and a course in utopian fiction. Stupid girl - dealing in a land with people who hate her more than she would ever know, and I am NOT refering to the Israelis.
32 posted on 03/16/2003 9:41:34 PM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: Slings and Arrows
what do you think are the chances she did this on purpose... whether expecting to die or not?
33 posted on 03/16/2003 9:41:40 PM PST by OperationFreedom (Do you believe in Online Reincarnation? I do!)
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To: sd-joe
Good catch! You're right. Hell, the CIA and FBI need you.....

One thing. Bulldozers aren't exactly known for their speed. With the dozer coming at her, why didn't she just get out of the way?

34 posted on 03/16/2003 9:43:29 PM PST by sofaman
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From the ISM site:

Lately our messages to you from the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reported increased violence from Israeli soldiers against international civilians – Caiohme was shot in the leg in Jenin, soldier aimed an M16 rifle at Susan’s head and fired right through her hair, Annie threatened with rape and violence, internationals pushed, beaten, shot at….

Natural Selection

Natural selection as defined by Darwin is the mechanism by which evolution occurs. All replicating organisms (i.e., bacteria, plants, mammals, and insects, to name a few) are subject to natural selection, thus evolution.

Expression of traits is controlled by genes. Because genes are not always perfectly replicated during meiosis, the way the offspring of an organism respond to the environment can change. Changes resulting from mutations and recombination of genes provided by the offspring's two parents can lead to its success or failure in surviving and passing on its characteristics to its progeny.

Natural selection works by removing those individuals that express traits maladapted to a particular environment, increasing the frequency of "fit" individuals in a population. Those individuals that survive and reproduce perpetuate the species by passing on the genes conferring "fitness" to the next generation. In this way, natural selection leads to adaptation.

35 posted on 03/16/2003 9:43:37 PM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
I can't help but be reminded of Austin Powers in the steamroller running over the security guard, starting from 30 yards away, and at it's top speed of .5 mph.

You have to try real hard NOT to get out of the way of a bulldozer.
36 posted on 03/16/2003 9:44:06 PM PST by guitfiddlist
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Wow, are these peaceniks ever naive. Standing in front of a bulldozer is going to make a difference in the cauldron of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? They must just be totally sheltered from reality.

R.I.P.

37 posted on 03/16/2003 9:46:05 PM PST by Reagan is King (Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever)
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To: motexva
Would this idiot have "shielded" Israeli children from a suicide bomber's blast?

If the above quote from her about Israel and the US being the terrorists is accurate, then probably not. Afterall, the Palestinians are Freedom Fighters. Those little Israeli wretches will just grow up to continue the persecution of the poor downtrodden Palestinians.

38 posted on 03/16/2003 9:47:08 PM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
When the bulldozer refused to stop or turn aside she climbed up onto the mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it wearing a fluorescent jacket to look directly at the driver who kept on advancing.

What Kind of an idiot climbs on top of a spoils pile being bulldozed? That's right, A dead one. I don't care about what you thought you were doing up there, you obviosly have never worked around heavy machinery and wanted to go home to your family at the end of the work day.

I feel sorry your family has to grieve over your actions.
39 posted on 03/16/2003 9:48:44 PM PST by SShultz460
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Two different bull dozers?! I just looked at them myself. I knew there was something strange. She looks pasted into the pic... you're right.

Even so, the Israelis don't play!! What a shame though. I go to school where Lori Berenson's mother teaches. I'd never say it to her face, but her daughter deserves to be locked up. These American students think they know much better than the people in the middle of the situation? Same with the girl who went to South Africa. We conservatives are often bashed for being insensitive, racist, snotty,etc.
I feel for this girl even if it was her fault. However, I know this is just going to be more propaganda in the hands of Arafat.
40 posted on 03/16/2003 9:48:52 PM PST by cyborg
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Hmmm, sorry ISM, but your account does not match the photos.

Besides, what are they whining about? If you stand in front of/throw yourselves in front of advancing bulldozers/tanks/trucks/trains, you must anticipate that sooner or later they are not going to/are not going to be able to stop. The risk one takes performing civil-disobedience of this nature is the only thing that validates such actions, if and when it does. If there were no risk, the gesture would be meaningless.

Still, no points to the Isreali police/soldiers/whatever for not arresting (and deporting) this idiot before she could commit suicide in this spectacularly dumb manner. And points off to the Palies for letting her (probably encouraging her) to go for the Darwin award like this.

VietVet
41 posted on 03/16/2003 9:50:27 PM PST by VietVet
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The photo shows the bulldozer just ran over her.

Actually the photo(s) show nothing of the sort.

Look carefully at the fist & second pictures. They are of different bulldozers. Light placement on top of cab is different, exhaust placement is different, far background is different.

In fact there is only a minor diference in the stories told by the IDF & the protestors. Concentrate on the parts of the story where IDF says she "ran in front of the bulldozer" protestors say "she climbed up onto the mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it".

Anyone think she climbed the gathered mound of rubble at a leisurely stroll?

For my money, she looked at the bulldozer & it seemd to be moving slowly, so she ran up the pile of rubble. Only then did she realize that it was moving faster than she thought and that the pile of rubble consisted of heavy chunks which were moving under her feet.

Darwin Award.

42 posted on 03/16/2003 9:50:29 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
A definite suicide. Sorry, no "Kent State." Case closed.
43 posted on 03/16/2003 9:52:05 PM PST by Consort
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It looks to me like someone is messing with these photos.

The thing about this forum is that all types of replies get pulled for a myriad of reasons......

unfortunately for you, a lame reply is usually left to stand in perpetuity.

44 posted on 03/16/2003 9:52:36 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: sofaman
"One thing. Bulldozers aren't exactly known for their speed. With the dozer coming at her, why didn't she just get out of the way?"



She was probably waiting for the bulldozer to move for her or go around her.[/sarcasim intended]

45 posted on 03/16/2003 9:52:48 PM PST by travelnurse
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
GIP

Genetics Improvement Project

A subsidiary of the IDF. Hopefully more morons will step in front of bulldozers, cruise missles and the ever reliable .223 as "human shields" so the human gene pool can continue to be purified.
46 posted on 03/16/2003 9:54:10 PM PST by Beck_isright (A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow. - Gen. Patton)
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To: sd-joe
"Look at the first and second photo. It is a different bulldozer in the two pictures. The location is different in the two pictures. It looks like the image of Rachel was added to the first photo."

Good call.

I went to the link for this group, I was disgusted and had to get out of it. Entering the gates of twisted logic was revolting. Immediately thought of the Bible teaching regarding those that turn their backs on Israel will perish.

47 posted on 03/16/2003 9:54:29 PM PST by WellsFargo94
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
what a shame,I hope this teaches her fellow human sheilds not to stand in front of bulldozers.
48 posted on 03/16/2003 9:55:18 PM PST by linn37 (WE'LL PUT A BOOT IN YOUR ASS ITS THE AMERICAN WAY)
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To: OperationFreedom
what do you think are the chances she did this on purpose... whether expecting to die or not?

Obviously, she went in front of the bulldozer of her own accord. If you mean did she deliberately let it hit her...I don't think so. I think she was a spoiled brat who was so wrapped up in her egomania she was incapable of conceiving that the bulldozer wouldn't stop, for any reason - an attitude reinforced by the Israelis' painstaking efforts to avoid collateral casualties. By the time she realized that the bulldozer wasn't going to stop, it was either too late, or she froze. Anyway, that's my 2 cents (minus all applicable taxes).

49 posted on 03/16/2003 9:55:24 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (A postmodernist became a gangster. He makes people offers they can't understand.)
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To: CatoRenasci
The hubris of these peace activists is astounding! As if their lives are so important that Israeli troops will abandon their mission because of the activists presence! What self-absorption! What idiocy!

Absoloutely. You know, I can say with a goodly amout of conviction that I will never be run over by an Israli bulldozer. Why? Because I ain't gonna be standing in front of one, chief! Her parents should be hung up by their fingernails for not grabbing this girl by the head and doing WHATEVER IT TOOK to make her understand that She wasn't in some cozy college anymore, smoking ganja and latching on to "cause du jour". Some left-wing liberal professor probably gave her extra credit for going to Gaza to protest. Those idiots don't realize that Gaza is not Haight-Asbury, and those are soldiers, not policemen. That is not a game going on over there. How self absorbed do you have to be to think that a soldier participating in a conflict that has lasted for the last, oh, 2000 years or so will even flinch if you run out in front of him? To him, you are a casualty. You are the enemy. These idiots run around in a fantasy world and think that they can just spout their views with impunity. The sad thing is, the last thing to go through her mind (other than the tread of the Cat) was probably "hey, he can't do this. I'm an American" Fool. What Ms Corrie got was a lesson in "Caterpillar Reality"

On the bright side, looks like we have a clear cut leader for this year's Darwin Awards!


50 posted on 03/16/2003 9:56:47 PM PST by way-right-of-center (I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.-- Will Rogers)
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