Archive for June, 2007

Coming to a US mosque near you? This is shocking stuff folks. Death to gay people, the inequality of women, marriage to children, conversion of Christians, isolationism, and jihad are some of the beliefs being taught in British Mosques by these extremists. GuardDog

A video I obtained from the UK. It’s a study of Islam and the way it ‘may’ have been interpreted by some (not all) followers in that country.

The intention of this video is to open up communication between faiths..to understanding what is happening on the ground so we can all get by.

The views expressed by the people in this program are not necessarily representative of others, including Muslims as a whole.

Peace to all Christians and Muslims, and nonbelievers (in no particular order).

Under Cover Mosque
Part 1

Under Cover Mosque (part 2)

Under Cover Mosque (part 3)

Under Cover Mosque (part 4)

Under Cover Mosque (part 5)

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Collier County, Fl.

“Within the past six months, the Collier Sheriffâ??s Office has been establishing a new partnership with the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) that officials believe will make it easier to identify criminal aliens, develop cases against them and ultimately remove them from the jail and from the country altogether.

The new programs are designed to make Collier jails a â??one stop â?? one dropâ? program for identifying and deporting the worst of the worst criminal aliens, Salley said.”

SPECIAL REPORT: Collier sheriff, feds try to curb immigrant jail population
Naples News
June 30, 2007

Theyâ??re in there, but nobody knows for sure who they are.

A snapshot of the Collier County jail population taken in January showed that as many as a quarter of the jailâ??s 1,150 inmates are self-admitted illegal immigrants. Some staff members believe the actual number could be closer to 33 to 35 percent.

â??Obviously it makes it easier if they say â??Iâ??m here illegally,â??â? said Capt. Christopher Freeman, who works in the jail. â??I guarantee there are people who are not telling us theyâ??re illegal. I donâ??t know what the number is.â?

Through the years, the Collier County Sheriffâ??s Office has done its best to identify and remove criminal aliens from its jails, officials said. For instance, from the beginning of January to the beginning of May, 74 criminal aliens have been transported out of Collier jails to federal detention lockups for deportation, Chief of Corrections Scott Salley said.

But even that is not enough to adequately free up space in the jails.

â??We canâ??t keep up with demand,â? Salley said. â??The supply is so huge that we need additional resources.â?

Those additional resources are on the way, officials now say.

Within the past six months, the Collier Sheriffâ??s Office has been establishing a new partnership with the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) that officials believe will make it easier to identify criminal aliens, develop cases against them and ultimately remove them from the jail and from the country altogether.

The new programs are designed to make Collier jails a â??one stop â?? one dropâ? program for identifying and deporting the worst of the worst criminal aliens, Salley said.

â??The most dangerous and high risk will be the priorities,â? Salley said. â??The murderers, the gang members.â?

Collier Sheriff Don Hunter briefly discussed the new programs with the Collier County Public Safety Coordinating Council on June 18.

The first, the Criminal Alien Program â?? or CAP â?? is a federal program under the Detention Removal Office designed to identify criminal aliens who are booked into the jail and ensuring they arenâ??t released into the community by securing a final order of removal before the end of their sentence.

About two months ago, ICE agents based in Fort Myers began working out of the Collier County jail and performing CAP functions as part of the agency partnership.

There are three ICE agents now working in Collier County, but by this time next year Salley said he expects to have seven ICE agents regularly working out of the jail.

Their role is to use their skills, as well as federal computer systems and databases, to identify illegal aliens in the jail, review their information and develop cases against them.

Instead of relying on names, which can be confusing and easily falsified, officials now are relying more and more on advanced fingerprint systems and biometrics, Salley said.

â??Biometrics is improving every day,â? Salley said. â??Everything from iris scans to capillary action in the palm of your hand or DNA.â?…..

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This New York Times photo was taken in the Senate Thursday (caption: “Day laborers from the Washington area gathered in the Senate to wait for the results of the immigration cloture vote”). Kathryn asks: “Do idiots run Washington?” I believe that the distinguished gentleman looking down from the portrait is none other than the original Grand Bargaineer himself: Henry Clay. Clay earned the sobriquet “Great Compromiser” by crafting three major legislative compromises over the course of 30 years. If that’s Clay in the photo, it’s a classic in more ways than one. :)


Senator Reid’s staff wait patiently for their leader to return from the Senate Floor with the bad news.

There’s a caption contest for the photo going on at the Power Line News Forum, here.

The Power Line

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Is Napolitano all talk on migrant reform?
AZ Republic
June 30, 2007

Eighteen months ago, Gov. Janet Napolitano stood before the Arizona Legislature and vowed to get tough on illegal immigration.

“We are going to get real about one of the root causes of this problem,” she said. “People come here because they want to work and employers here are willing to hire them. If we want to stop illegal immigration, we’ve got to stop the demand.”

And so the governor, having consulted her mood ring, made an election-year vow to do what eight out of 10 Arizonans had long said they wanted done. To wit: “Those who continue to intentionally hire illegal immigrants should face substantial fines and penalties.”

On Monday, we’ll find out if she meant it.

Napolitano has until then to veto a raft of bills passed by the Legislature in its final hours, including one that would put the hurt on employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants and another that would make it more difficult for the courts to ignore the no-bail requirement of Proposition 100.

Given her comments of last year, one would think that she would have signed House Bill 2779, the Fair and Legal Employment Act, before the ink was dry on the thing. Instead, she’s decided to wait until the last possible minute - the beginning of a holiday week, no less - to announce what she’s going to do, fueling suspicions that there may be a weasel factor afoot.

Advocates for the 500,000 or so immigrants who are in Arizona illegally aren’t happy about the bill. Neither are the people who line their pockets with the fruits of the immigrants’ labor. For the past week, the business community has been on a mission to get Napolitano to veto the bill, claiming it will put them at a “competitive disadvantage” with other states.

Somehow, I suspect they’ll survive. I’d feel their pain more keenly had they not for years been using the same old arguments to head off any attempt to make them obey the law: Wait for the feds to act. Even after Thursday’s collapse of immigration reform, they were singing the same old song.

“We’re encouraged by the substantial advances made during the Senate debate,” said Sheridan Bailey, head of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform. “As a result, the nation is closer to a bipartisan solution to the immigration crisis.”

Yeah, in 2009 . . . maybe.

The bill on Napolitano’s desk would go after the lure that leads people to sneak across the border now: jobs. And though business owners may be gasping into paper bags over the prospect of having to follow the law, all it requires is that they make an effort to find out if the people they’re hiring are here legally.

That shouldn’t be so horrifying. Unless, of course, they really don’t want to know.

Sen. Ken Cheuvront doesn’t see a problem. The Phoenix Democrat voted for the bill and he owns a restaurant. “Democrats have been saying for a long time you can’t continually blame the immigrant, that you also have to hold employers accountable,” he said. “This bill does that.”

Which is why Napolitano will sign it.

That and because last year, she chastised the Republican Legislature for sending her a bill that was a joke. “Weak and ineffective,” I think she called it, while noting her own repeated calls for “meaningful employer sanctions.”

And because in the wake of this week’s Senate vote, it would be political suicide to veto it and Napolitano isn’t the suicidal type.

She’ll sign it and hope that in the ensuing high fives and celebration, nobody will notice what she does about Prop. 100.

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Jason Mrochek, co-founder of the FIRE Coalition, a network of groups opposed to illegal immigration, said the vote marked a shift from “defense” to “offense” in its push for greater enforcement of immigration laws such as employer sanctions.

Grass-roots lobby says it won’t stop with vote
OC Register
June 29, 2007

After the Senate failed to pass an immigration overhaul, Orange County activists on both sides of the debate say they will keep the heat on elected officials.

ANAHEIM â?? For the past five months, Steve Loya called his senator’s office twice a week and e-mailed three times as often to demand she vote against an immigration overhaul.

On Thursday, the 47-year-old Costa Mesa resident said he felt his effort to stop the bill â?? along with those of thousands of others â?? had an effect after the U.S. Senate failed to muster enough votes to push through a legalization plan for immigrants.

“I’m as grass-roots as its gets,” said Loya, an engineering project manager who said he feared the proposal would burden his children with the cost of providing health care and education for newcomers. “I’m going to keep giving money, and I am going to keep calling, and I am going to keep sending letters. This is my kids. I live here.”

As the Senate toggled back and forth this week on the latest proposal for an immigration overhaul, Orange County residents for and against the bill called representatives, sent e-mails and faxed letters to Washington.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office was contacted 200,000 times about the bill through e-mails, calls, letters and postcards, spokesman Scott Gerber said. He said about 55 percent or 60 percent of the communication to date â?? the letters keep arriving â?? was against the proposal.

While not the only factor, the opposition didn’t help the outlook for a proposal that tried to “give everybody a little bit of something and completely satisfy nobody,” said Louis DeSipio, a UC Irvine political science professor.

“Every couple of years you get one of these bills that just sort of reaches into the public psyche,” DeSipio said. “It is the exception when it gets beyond the activists and people on e-mail networks. â?¦ This was genuinely more grass-roots.”

At her job as a receptionist, Dee Wallace took sneak peeks at online news to keep up on the latest word from the Senate. Wallace, 69, had been writing elected officials and meeting with Catholic groups to urge support for a bill she hoped would help bring a more humane treatment for the country’s 12 million illegal immigrants.

On Thursday, she had hoped to get up early to watch the vote on C-Span but missed it because of the time difference. Now, she said, she’ll work on reaching out to people locally and keep communicating with Washington so politicians know she hasn’t given up.

“This kind of thing doesn’t stop the momentum; in fact, it sometimes helps,” said Wallace, a Huntington Beach resident. “There’s work to be done, and the thing is, this is a democracy, thank God, and we can speak out, and we can vote and change the system as best we can.”

After the vote, activist groups on both sides of the debate vowed to keep fighting……

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Poll: California has immigration jitters
Central Valley Business Times
June 29, 2007

When it comes to Californiansâ?? public policy priorities, immigration is leaving other issues in the proverbial dust, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research organization.

Although California residents support some of the federal proposals for immigration reform, they have little faith that the Republican president and Democratic-led Congress can work together effectively in the coming year, the survey says.

And they feel the same way about the â??post-partisanâ? circumstances in Sacramento.

Immigration tops just about everyoneâ??s list of the most important issues facing California today, the poll says. This holds true across regions, political parties, racial and ethnic groups, and gender.

One-quarter (25 percent) of all residents name immigration/illegal immigration as the stateâ??s most pressing issue. The economy (11 percent) and health care (8 percent) lag behind, a distant second and third. Results are almost identical for likely voters (27 percent immigration, 11 percent health care, 9 percent economy).

Although Republicans (39 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (15 percent) and much more likely than independents (25 percent) to call immigration the stateâ??s most important issue, it still holds first place across parties. It is also the most important issue among Latinos (23 percent), whites (28 percent), men (26 percent), and women (24 percent).

â??Considering how much more leeway the state has to address the stateâ??s pressing health care, education, and budget problems, this pervasive fixation on immigration is troubling,â? says PPIC president and statewide survey director Mark Baldassare. â??State leaders cannot make immigration policy, but they will continue to feel the fallout of voter discontent over its effects.â?

And, as he notes, Californians have identified immigration as their most important issue in every PPIC survey since April of 2006.

There are also partisan differences in support for another proposed reformâ??temporary guest worker programs. Seven in 10 Republicans (71 percent) support the idea of allowing foreigners to be employed as guest workers in the United States, and then requiring them to return home, compared to 64 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents. About two-thirds of all adults (63 percent) and likely voters (67 percent) favor this kind of guest worker program.

However, Californians are more divided over another element in the Senate billâ??who should be given priority in being admitted to the country. About half of residents (49 percent) think priority should be given to immigrants with job skills and education, while 35 percent choose family ties in the United States as the most important criterion (9 percent say it depends and 7 percent donâ??t know). Among likely voters, preference for skills and education reaches a majority (56 percent), while fewer (30 percent) favor family status.

Findings are based on a telephone survey of 2,003 California adult residents interviewed June 12-19. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. The sampling error for the total sample is +/- 2 percent.

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Does this sound familiar folks? But there is a twist. So India takes millions of our jobs threw outsourcing and H 1-B visa programs and they encounter little resistance building a 2050 mile double wide fence to keep out illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The best of both worlds for India. GuardDog

India has become enamored with fences in recent years.

First it started closing off much of its border with Pakistan, trying to stop incursions by Muslim extremists. Then it turned to its other Muslim neighbor, Bangladesh, and has been building the fence intermittently ever since.

India taking on huge task of building a fence on Bangladesh border
The Albuquerque Tribune
June 29, 2007

SUJATPUR, Bangladesh â?? Everyone knew it was out there somewhere, an invisible line that cut through a cow pasture and, at least in theory, divided one nation from another.

But no one saw it as a border. It was just a lumpy field of grass, uneven from the hooves of generations of cattle, and villagers crossed back and forth without even thinking about it.

Today, no one can ignore the line.

In a construction project that will eventually reach across 2,050 miles, hundreds of rivers and long stretches of forests and fields, India has been quietly sealing itself off from Bangladesh, its much poorer neighbor. Sections totaling about 1,550 miles have been built the past seven years.

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Vigil on the border continues as laborers raise the barbed-wire fence along the 2050 mile Indo-Bangladesh border with Tripura on Sunday.

In Sujatpur, a poor farming village, the frontier is now defined by two rows of 10-foot-high barbed wire barriers, the posts studded with ugly spikes. A smaller fence, and miles of barbed wire coils, fill the space in between. The expanse of steel, set into concrete, spills off toward the horizon in both directions.

“Before, it was like we were one country,” said Mohammed Iqbal, a Bangladeshi farmer walking near the border on a windy afternoon. “I used to go over there just to pass the time.”

As he spoke, a cow wandered past, brass bells jangling around its neck. “But now that’s over,” he said.

In the United States, the decision to fence 700 miles of the Mexican border triggered months of political debate ranging across issues from immigration reform to the environmental impact. When Israel announced it would build a 425-mile barrier around the West Bank, an international outcry erupted.

But there has been barely a ripple over India’s far larger project, launched in earnest in 2000 amid growing fears in New Delhi about illegal immigration and cross-border terrorism………

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These fascist liberals and globalists in Washington are mad as hell that the American people dared to challenge them. They know they would’ve gotten away with it if the American public was uninformed and in the dark. For the most part, the MSM on television stuck to the scripted talking points given to them by the creators of the shamnesty.

For example, they would state that the bill required background checks. Only if you listened to talk radio would you learn that the background checks would have to be completed within 24 hours. Impossible!

They are going to do everything they can to institute the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” to control the airwaves, silence their critics, and keep the public in the dark.

They are going to introduce a new “Fairness Doctrine” soon, and I’m certain they will seek to control our communication on the Internet with it.

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Mexican president says U.S. Senate made ‘grave mistake’ killing migration bill
Times Record News
June 29, 2007

MEXICO CITY (AP) â?? President Felipe Calderon said Thursday the U.S. Senate made a “grave error” by killing legislation that would have led to the legalization of millions of unlawful immigrants, most of them from Mexico.

Calderon said the Senate’s failure to pass the bill will close the door to legal immigration, permit continued illegal immigration and human rights violations, and decrease security on both sides of the border.

He added that the bill would have been a “sensible, rational, legal solution to the immigration problem,” and that the Senate’s decision will negatively affect the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico.

“It worsens the possibility of progress and prosperity not just for the immigrants, but also for the citizens of the United States,” he told a news conference held with visiting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

“The North American economy could not prosper and advance without the labor of Mexican and Central American immigrants.”

Calderon has pushed hard for immigration reform while harshly criticizing a 700-foot (200-meter) border-security fence approved by Congress and President George W. Bush.

Salvadoran President Tony Saca also lamented the Senate’s decision to kill the immigration measure, saying, “What a shame. What a shame.”

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“Max Crawford, 54, a plant production manager, estimates that 90 percent of the workers he supervises are Latino immigrants. Crawford, who asked that his company not be named because he is not authorized to speak for it, said he admires how hard Latinos work. But he is also unsettled by many of their customs, such as a tendency to throw toilet paper in the trash rather than in the toilet — a common practice in areas of Latin America where commodes do not flush with sufficient force to handle paper.”


Billy Ray Smith and his wife, Uraina, of Gainesville, Ga., said they moved out of their subdivision after it was “taken over” by Mexicans.

Small-Town Resistance Helped to Seal Defeat
Washington Post
June 29, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Stephanie Usrey strode up to her local Wal-Mart store the other morning with the steely look of a boxer about to step into the ring.

A stay-at-home mother of two, Usrey has dreaded shopping at this particular branch ever since a Friday afternoon about five years ago, when she said she suddenly noticed she was the only non-Latino customer.

“That was the first time I looked around and said, ‘Man, I didn’t realize how many Mexicans there were here,’ ” Usrey, 39, recalled. “And they don’t seem to feel any discomfort when they’re, like, six inches from your face and talking to each other in their language, either. I just felt very encroached upon. . . . It was like an instant feeling of ‘I’m in the minority, and if we don’t get control over this, pretty soon all of America will be outnumbered.’ ”

That sense of alarm, echoed in communities across the nation, helped seal defeat for the Senate immigration bill Thursday. Fueled by talk-radio hosts and Web sites, Usrey and tens of thousands of other first-time activists bombarded their senators with phone calls and e-mails decrying the bill as an unacceptable amnesty for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

Nowhere were the bill’s opponents more influential than here in Georgia, whose two Republican senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, originally helped craft the legislation. Two days after its unveiling in May, Chambliss was booed at his state’s Republican convention. Isakson’s office received more than 21,000 calls from opponents of the bill, compared with 6,000 from supporters.

Thursday, both Georgia senators voted to kill the bill they once supported.

Analysts say the unprecedented passion over immigration is largely the result of the seismic shift in settlement patterns since the mid-1990s — when the expanding economy prompted a surge of immigrants to bypass longtime gateway states such as California, New York and Texas, in favor of suburban and rural regions of the South and Midwest. Within a decade, the foreign-born population of 25 states doubled. In six other states with almost no prior experience of Latino immigration, including Georgia, the Latino population more than tripled.

“I think this new pattern of immigration is what’s really pushing the politics of this,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. “Before, people outside the seven gateway states didn’t care much one way or the other about immigration. Now, you suddenly have all these people across Middle America seeing immigrants in their neighborhoods.”

Gainesville, an area of about 102,000 set along a lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is solid Bush territory. Even now, many locals speak of the president’s support of the Senate bill the way one would of a beloved son who has momentarily strayed but is sure to come to his senses.

This is still a place where men take their sons deer hunting and moms call out to one another in the supermarket in cheerful Southern drawls. And although the highways leading out of the city have been colonized by the usual sprawl of Home Depot, PetSmart and OfficeMax big-box stores, downtown Gainesville retains a tranquil, small-town feel. Colonnaded white mansions line one of the major avenues. Clothing boutiques and cafes ring a landscaped central square with a monument dedicated to “Our Confederate Soldiers.”

A few feet away, in almost as prominent a spot, stands a statue of a rooster — a testament to local pride in the chicken processing plants that have given the region its identity as “poultry capital of the world” since the 1950s.

But those poultry plants are arguably most responsible for the wave of immigration transforming Gainesville. For years the plants, which include Mar-Jac, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tysons, among many others, employed mostly African Americans to do the grueling work at the heart of poultry processing. Then, in the early 1980s, a growth of other industries opened up less-taxing jobs……

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Sen. Jim DeMint has it right

â??When the U.S. Senate brought the Amnesty bill back up this week, they declared war on the American people. This act created a crisis of confidence in their government. Thankfully, the American people won today,â? said Senator DeMint. â??This is remarkable because it shows that Americans are engaged and they care deeply about their country. They care enough for their country to get mad and to fight for it, and thatâ??s the most important thing of all. Americans made phone calls and sent letters, and convinced the Senate to stop this bill.â?

â??The Senate rejected this bill and the heavy-handed tactics used to ram it through. Americans do not want more of the same â?? amnesty and broken promises on the border. Americans want legislation to be written in public â?? not in secret â?? and they want Congress to engage in an open and fair debate.â?

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â??There is a better way forward without this bill. The President has said that the border security measures can be implemented over the next 18 months, and they can be done under current law. Now the Administration needs to prove it and stop holding border security hostage for amnesty.â?

â??Once we have secured the border and restored trust with the American people, we can begin to take additional steps.â?

Michelle Malkin: Thanks to the stalwart, true leaders in the Senate â?? especially Sens. Sessions, DeMint, Vitter, Inhofe, Cornyn, and their staffs. Thanks to the House GOP members who made their opposition known. Thanks to the Loud Folks on the right side of the dial. Thanks to the Loud Folks at The Corner, RedState, Human Events, Townhall, N.Z. Bear, and all the enforcement-first bloggers out there who weighed in. Thanks to the analysts at the Heritage Foundation, the enforcement/assimilation proponents at The Manhattan Institute, George Borjas, Kris Kobach, Eagle Forum, 9/11 Families, FAIR and Numbers USA. Thanks to the immigration enforcement activists whoâ??ve been at this for years and decades before this one battle began. Most importantly, thanks to all the ordinary â??Loud Folksâ? who called, phoned, e-mailed, and blogged their opposition.

The bill is dead. The work of immigration enforcement and border security continues.

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CLICK HERE to see the final votes.

CLICK HERE to visit the Senate Vote Day Action Center for more information on the “compromise” bill, S. 1639 (formerly S. 1348).

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3 Illegal Immigrants Hide In Truck Engine
Woman Treated For Burns
KPHO Phoenix
June 28, 2007

SAN DIEGO — A 44-year old Mexican man was arrested Tuesday at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry in San Diego, Calif., after Border Patrol inspectors said they discovered three Mexican citizens hidden inside the engine compartment of his Ford pickup truck entering the U.S. from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said.

A woman suffered burns to her right arm, abdominal area, and left leg during the trip, CBP officers said.

After a CBP officer tried treating her, the woman was transported by paramedics to a local medical facility.

Officers said the driver, a Tijuana resident, provided inconsistent answers to their questions, and was asked to pull into a secondary lot for further inspection.

Once there, a narcotics detector dog alerted officers to the hood of the vehicle.

The hood was wired shut, so a crowbar was used to pry it open, officers said.

Once opened, officers said they discovered two women and one man concealed in the engine compartment.

The driver was charged with alien smuggling and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The vehicle was seized by CBP.

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Celebrating The Victory Over Amnesty - We Got The Power

Sessions Final Speech Before The Vote.

Teddy Thinks 53 Out of 99 is a Minority. Go Figure.

Heritage In Focus:A New Strategy for Real Immigration Reform

Tancredo on Fox News June 28, 2007

Sen. Sam Brownback of KS is now known as Senator Swithback.

Traitors To Remember Come Election Time

It’s Over

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Fox: Grassroots Opposition Killed This Bill
6-28-2007

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