How Ayn Rand Taught Me to be a Christian

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Submitted by Bill Tingley on Sat, 2006-09-16 18:01

The year I was born the Soviets raised the Berlin Wall and imprisoned half a continent. Three decades later the prisoners tore down the wall and the regime of their jailers soon fell afterwards. This was a heartening turning point in history I was never certain I would witness in my lifetime. I like to think I did my small part to bring it about by serving in U.S. Air Force during the climax of the Cold War.

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Bump — by Richard Goode on Sun, 2012-01-29 10:05
Bill — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:39
Postscript — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-10-03 17:46

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A Few Favorites

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Submitted by itheliving78 on Sat, 2006-09-16 15:19

Here are a few of my favorites..what are yours?

Men of Honor
Good Night, and Good Luck

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Hmm... — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2007-10-26 19:36
these are my favorite movies — by 0 on Fri, 2007-09-28 17:32
Not to mention River Tam — by Lance on Fri, 2007-09-28 05:31

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Want to brag a little bit

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Submitted by User hidden on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:31

I am kind of excited about the gymnastics progress I am making, and I wanted to brag a little bit to you guys.

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My gymnastic goal — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:23
Gymnastics goals — by User hidden on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:47
Skill indeed! — by Wes on Mon, 2006-09-18 17:29

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ARI Acclaims Gene Therapy Breakthrough

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:21

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Gene Therapy Cures Men Dying of Cancer
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--"Dr Steven Rosenberg and his team of scientists at the
National Cancer Institute should be congratulated for developing a

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One of the reasons.... — by Robert on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:04

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ARI Hails DDT Decision

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:09

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

WHO Sides with Humanity Against Mosquitoes and Environmentalists
September 15, 2006

Irvine, CA--The World Health Organization, conceding that alternative

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Thanks Marnee. — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:46
Obviously Kelly has never — by Marnee on Mon, 2006-09-18 04:52
For fuck sakes... — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-09-17 14:01

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Hudgins on Immigration

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Submitted by sjw on Sat, 2006-09-16 01:06

This week I got my "The New Individualist" from TOC. Which by the way is not to imply that I recommend the publication; I have only received a few issues. Judging by this issue though I'd definitely NOT recommend it.

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Betting California

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sat, 2006-09-16 00:10

Earlier this month, the California Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to put up the economic future of their state’s citizens as proof of what can perhaps best be called their personal “good global citizenship.” In a move reminiscent of television’s popular “World Poker Tour,” in which a player announces that he is “all in,” their new law mandates that by the year 2020, California will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide than it now does. The bet is that somehow, merely by virtue of the bet’s having been made, new technologies will be developed that will make it possible to comply with the law without any great increase in cost or major economic loss.

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Reisman on target again — by 0 on Fri, 2007-01-19 05:23

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James Valliant on Ayn Rand, Barbara Branden and Libertarianism

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:13

On pages 69-70 of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, James Valliant discusses Rand’s disapproval of libertarianism and the Libertarian Party (LP). According to Valliant “[t]he Brandens, along with many others, believe that Rand was intolerant and ‘close-minded’ because she denounced the Libertarian Party.” (PARC, p. 70.) In support of his claim that both Brandens and “others” disagree with Rand’s denunciation of the LP, Valliant cites to PAR once and to Peter Schwartz’s article on libertarianism once.

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One obstacle for — by Orson on Sun, 2006-12-03 22:33
Kenny: Radicalism — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-09-16 17:43
The Brandens and Libertarianism — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-09-16 14:54

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A little bit of musing on "anarchy" vs. nightwatchman state

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-15 20:18

Came up with this idea more of less on the spot.

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Gov't Funding — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-09-16 06:01
Chris- — by Aaron on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:17
Fred — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:04

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Science: Pope Benedict vs. Yaron Brook

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:33

Pope Benedict rails against science

Yaron Brook praises it.

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UK tory party seriously going down the environ-mental toilet with new Logo.

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:11

David "I am a socialist fuck-up" Cameron - new leader of the UK Tory party - is getting rid of Thatcher's "Freedom Torch" in favour of an Oak Tree. What's next? Swastikas?

"David Cameron, the new leader, is replacing the famous flaming torch of liberty introduced by Margaret Thatcher with a squiggly impression of an oak tree. It’s the party’s first new logo for more than a quarter of a century.

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As a former Conservative candidate... — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:08

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Question on integrity and hypocrisy

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Submitted by eprime75 on Fri, 2006-09-15 17:40

I am currently a single man who will soon be seeking a romantic partner. Now by being an Objectivist and thus, an atheist, I would prefer my future girlfriend/wife to also be an atheist, but will consider one who is mildly religious in order to expand my pool of choices. Now if I do wind up with a religious partner, she might request that I attend church or temple with her since religion would be an important part of her life and that I as her boyfriend/husband should express a willingness to share that important part of her life with her.

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I feel compelled to add my — by Aaron on Mon, 2006-10-23 00:38
Hi, gang, Thanks for all — by eprime75 on Sun, 2006-09-17 16:10
Paul, don't even think about — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 00:13

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Hospers on classical music (OL)

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Fri, 2006-09-15 05:05

Finally something we can all agree upon -- the value of classical music. Smiling It caught my attention that Roger Bissell is posting a series of articles from John Hospers on OL, on classical listening recommendations:

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Orchestral works — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2006-09-27 08:00
It was not worth the trouble — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:12
Chris, — by seddon on Fri, 2006-09-15 09:22

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Targeting Those Who Have not Initiated Force--Muslims as Such

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-09-15 04:34

Craig Biddle on his Objective Standard blog advocates taking out Iran by aerial bombing. He adds the following to the list of military and leadership targets:

"All Iranian mosques and madrassahs, and the residences of all Iranian...imams [and] clerics. Hit these targets when they are most likely to be occupied (e.g., mosques during the day and residences at night)."

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OK thanks for the heads up Mike... — by Greg Mullen on Mon, 2006-09-25 19:00
> if you listen to older — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:58
Mike, just curious, where is — by JoeM on Sat, 2006-09-23 02:06

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Fabrizio Quattrocchi

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:21

This moved me. Today, I came across the tale of Fabrizio Quattrocchi - an Italian security guard executed by Islamic terrorists in Iraq.

He was taken hostage together with Umberto Cupertino, Maurizio Agliana and Salvatore Stefio. They worked in Iraq as security contractors.

Quattrocchi's kidnappers forced him to dig his own grave and kneel beside it wearing a hood as they prepared to film his death, but he defied them by pulling off the hood and shouting "Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano." -- "Now I will show you how an Italian dies." He was then shot in the back of the neck.

Recent Comments:
As were the passengers on flight 93! — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:30
Fabrizio was a fucking hero! — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 19:22
A Brave Man — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-09-14 15:23

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Great British Fallacies No 83: It’s an outrage! We are not churning out enough scientists!

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-13 18:44

In this article by NZer Jamie Whyte from the Times, he raises an important and thought provoking point - about the ideas behind international competitiveness being linked with socialism.

"UK plc – an utterly bankrupt idea."

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Yes, plc would be whatever you call... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 19:59
PLC Abbreviates Public Limited Company — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-09-14 17:44
"Of course, this analysis assumes that people... — by Marcus on Thu, 2006-09-14 10:44

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SOLO Fitness on the Cheap?

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:34

Craig and Others,

Here’s a challenge for you.  What kind of strength training would you recommend to one with a limited budget?  $50 / month is more than I want to spend right now for membership to the local gym, and I don't have room in my apartment for a bench, weights, etc.  Is it possible to build muscle mass using only calisthenics and free weights?  I have one pair of 25 lb free weights, an exercise bike, and plenty of hardwood floor space in the living room.

I'm 6' tall, 180 lbs, trim, and relatively fit.  I can do 40 proper push ups and 70 proper situps without stopping, though I usually only do 30/50 in a regular workout.  I do three sets, 15 reps of bicep curls with my 25 lb weights, and two sets, 30 reps of shoulder pulls with the same weights, about 4 times a week each.  I also get on the exercise bike for 15-20 minutes, 4 times a week.

What can I be doing better, until I get a gym membership?  Any recommendations for more intense calisthenics that can improve muscle mass with limited risk of injury?

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Just an idea: around these — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-09-16 05:49
Pride — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 13:09
Dan, Dan, Dan... — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-15 02:48

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Prima Donna and Business Week :)

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-09-13 10:57

I'm not sure if any of you subscribe to Business Week, but I'm in the Fall 2006 Small Biz edition (out September 18th). The article is entitled Hitting the Books, and questions if an MBA is needed to be successful as an entrepreneur.

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There you are! — by Prima Donna on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:25
Masters of Business — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-16 04:00
Jennifer!! — by User hidden on Sat, 2006-09-16 03:35

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Back on the weights, & a question about squats

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:39

So, I've started back on the weights again - a simple workout loosely based on one from a mens fitness magazine I've since lost, so can't credit. Anyway, what I'm doing is:

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For fun I thought I would — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-07-10 06:00
Squatting — by Landstad on Wed, 2008-07-09 20:39
Getting back into squats? — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-09-14 20:22

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"Islamic Fascism" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Submitted by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:33

There was little in tonight's ARI presentation - Yaron Brook's rehearsal for the Ford Hall forum - that I would not have expected from previous YB and ARI op-eds and articles. But there was one interesting integration that I hadn't seen before. Onkar Ghate joined Yaron Brook for the Q&A. Answering a question about Bush's use of the term "Islamic Fascism," Onkar pointed out an interesting parallel between Bush and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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But just up the road... — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:43
KASS, Jennifer People who — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 20:47
FD-Arse — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-09-13 20:44

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My little house with the sunshine lady and the raincoat man

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 06:26

Okay, can anyone help me with this.

I inherited a little house with a temp gauge and you know the rest, the lady comes out when its going to be sunny and the man comes out with his brolley and raincoat if its gonna rain.

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If she has one hand on her — by Phil on Thu, 2006-09-14 11:21
Its hard to (well I think — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:24
Sandi, behave yourself! — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:19

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Revisiting the Intellectual Heritage of a Free Society

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Submitted by younkins on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:50

This essay surveys and revisits the intellectual heritage of a free society.

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X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-13 23:04
Thanks for the Great Information on Hazlitt's Book! — by younkins on Wed, 2006-09-13 21:00
X — by l on Wed, 2006-09-13 03:43

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SOL in Rap - changes since the 1980s?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-12 23:32

I remember back in the 1980s when MC Hammer released "U Can't Touch This" - while he most certainly couldn't sing, he did produce music that was upbeat, and celebrated talent (his own, in particular). The lyrics included:

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Sampling — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:30
Natural and Not — by JoeM on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:21
Rock & SOL — by Kat on Thu, 2006-09-14 04:11

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-12 22:42

Generation XY have produced this absolutely brilliant spoof of New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark's theft of taxpayers' money to fund her election campaign:

[Hat tip David Farrar]

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Wicked. — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 01:08
OMFG ... I rather — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:56
summerteeth! — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:26

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Perigo and Darnton on Radio Pacific

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Submitted by Julian Pistorius on Tue, 2006-09-12 22:25

* The National Party has nothing to do with this.
* This action was taken to ensure that future governments can't take liberties like this again, and to show them that they are not above the law.

6:27 minutes (1.48 MB)
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Yes it was, in fact the — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 02:45
Bloody good interview, and — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-13 01:11
Great stuff. — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-09-13 00:38

Peikoff Denounced By Jihadist

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Submitted by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-09-12 21:41

Well, at last we can see the truth. It was Leonard Peikoff, and those like him who advocate capitalism and American self-defense, who were responsible for 9/11. How could I have been so dense?

Read all about it in The New York Times

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Huzzah! — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:55
John Allison IV — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-09-13 15:13
In the US Dr Peikoff — by Robert on Wed, 2006-09-13 13:02

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"Religion A vs. Religion B"

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-09-12 18:11

Recently an off-cite observer of SOLO criticized its members for allegedly grouping all religions together, namely, Christianity together with Islam. I responded with an explanation of where SOLOists tend to stand: that it's an issue of reason vs. faith, as such. But there was a little part that I left out that I now want to fill in, though it's pretty much implict in what I already said.

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Slate — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-19 18:57
The Kraut Pope's been hoist by his own petard — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-17 00:35
The Pope, and religious violence — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-09-15 19:28

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Why America Was Attacked

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-09-12 17:21

From our buddies over at CapMag: Hatred of Western Civilization: Why Terrorists Attacked America by John Lewis. "The hatred of the West is not based on jealousy but on hatred of the good because it is good. Nihilism, the desire to destroy, is why the enemies of freedom fly planes into buildings and blow themselves up with dynamite."

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John — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:32
LW — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:08
William — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-09-14 03:04

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Keep It Simple Stupid

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Submitted by PhilipC on Tue, 2006-09-12 15:19

"This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization." - GW Bush, Sept 11, 2006

On the thread about the speech, Linz correctly highlighted this line from Bush's speech. It turns on its head the "clash of civilizations" phrase we've heard endlessly to describe the West's battle with fundamentalist Islam or with the anti-western groups. It denies the idea that what we are opposing -is- a civilization. It emphasizes how high the stakes are if terror and mass destruction cannot be stopped in an advanced technological society. And it does all this in 17 words.

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An Inconvenient Truth

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-09-12 09:46

I wonder if the Americans on SOLO could help me out. Al Gore's film, "An inconvenient truth" - will be released in the UK this Friday.

I have heard all this talk here about it being a box-office hit in the US. Does anyone think the film has changed public opinion in the US?

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Bravo Yaron Brook! — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 18:06
Good deal — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-09-15 05:05
We Take Requests — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-09-15 04:51

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