What would you do?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-08 05:22

In a recent episode of the series 24, secret agent Jack Bauer was caught between a rock and a hard place.

Recent Comments:
Coventry — by eg on Sat, 2006-09-09 01:01
Jack must follow orders — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:15
Moral Equivilance — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-09-08 15:44

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Garlic Bread for the KASSed

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-08 01:59

I eat garlic bread a couple of times a week. I make it myself, and I refuse to eat the crap that supermarkets and outlets like Pizza Hut sell.

It's quite simple but the simple things must be done well.

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Coming Thro' The Rye... — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-18 23:28
Tangent — by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:37
Duncan - Rye — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-18 14:04

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ARI Condemns Harvard Visit by Islamo-Fascist Filth

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-09-08 01:49

The Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release

Khatami’s Harvard Visit Is a Disgrace

Sept. 7, 2006

Irvine, CA--This Sunday, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, Iran’s former president, Mohammed Khatami, will speak before Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and give a talk titled “Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence.” This is outrageous.

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Let the fucker talk and let's expose his evil ideology. — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-09-09 22:41
Ick! — by Boaz the Boor on Sat, 2006-09-09 04:42
Verdict: Guilty — by Kat on Sat, 2006-09-09 04:28

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Tchaikovsky -- KASS enough?

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-09-07 23:41

I've heard the main body of Tchai's most famous work a few times now - the last three symphonies, the first piano concerto, the violin concerto, and the famous ballet suites.

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I haven't seen anybody — by JeffL on Sun, 2007-06-17 00:41
In his spare time, — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2007-04-10 17:41
I just realized — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2007-04-10 16:46

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Sci-Fi Anyone?

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Submitted by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-09-07 23:38

I'm afraid my zeal for science fiction sort of hijacked Mr. Perigo's War Declaration thread, so I'll start a different one here.

Who are your favorite sci-fi / fiction authors? Which books of theirs would you especially recommend? Why?

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Is there an anti-Marnee faction? — by Marnee on Thu, 2006-10-19 19:09
Let's not forget Leela — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-19 06:48
Ahhh.... — by Robert on Thu, 2006-10-19 05:29

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The Joy of Decadence

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-09-07 02:35

You know, there is nothing quite like savoring a luxurious product that is hand-crafted and so deliciously rich that no more than a few bites are needed to indulge the palate. I'm sitting here sampling a collection of brownies and blondies from Sugardaddy's, as they are customizing a holiday package for the Gilded Fork Boutique, and I'm having a little "moment."

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Language, Jennifer! — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-10-06 04:36
Psst... — by Prima Donna on Tue, 2006-10-03 05:42
Huzzuh! — by James S. Valliant on Fri, 2006-09-08 01:14

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ARI's Lockitch—Why We Are Losing Hearts and Minds

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-09-07 00:08

The Ayn Rand Institute

Why We Are Losing Hearts and Minds
By: Keith Lockitch

Our leaders have failed to answer the evil moral ideal of Islamic totalitarianism with a rational ideal of our own.

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Sounds to me like — by LWHALL on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:11
Yes, truly inspired - I agree — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-09-08 22:49
Spot on, again. — by Lanza Morio on Thu, 2006-09-07 10:32

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ARI's Locke & Epstein—The Terrorists' Motivation: Islam

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2006-09-07 00:05

The Ayn Rand Institute

The Terrorists' Motivation: Islam
Their attempt to practice religion consistently explains the terrorists' actions.

By: Edwin A. Locke and Alex Epstein

It is now five years since September 11, 2001--and since that horrific day we have witnessed numerous additional attacks by Islamic terrorists against the West. In the face of a seemingly never-ending supply of suicidal killers, many still do not understand the motivation of the terrorists. Commentators are eager to offer a bevy of pseudo-explanations--poverty, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, etc.--while ignoring the motivation the terrorists themselves openly proclaim: Islam.

Recent Comments:
" And religionists are — by 0 on Mon, 2008-12-01 21:27
"Jason, who would be (and — by Bill Visconti on Sun, 2006-09-10 05:45
Rot — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2006-09-10 02:59

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American Government is democracy, though a watered down form.

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Wed, 2006-09-06 19:26

Pure Democracy is Rule by the majority by the people (you have no argument from me there). The difference between this and America is that “Classical Liberal” principles (more commonly know today as libertarian today) were applied to the basic tenants of democracy so as to “fix” the main problem of democracy: the oppression of the minority. The Smallest Minority is the individual—so we have a “bill of rights” to protect us as individuals from the masses, and the masses’ most dangerous agent: the government. In America we also lend our individual power of force to the hands of several agents in the government to further remove the masses from power. These agents are known as our representatives. Due to these Libertarian reforms we call this revamped Democracy: “Constitutional Republic”; but the foundation of our government is still democracy. America is a democracy, just not a “Pure Democracy.”

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"Think the fact that america — by Robert Nasir on Tue, 2006-09-26 03:04
two quotes — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-09-21 23:47
Charles asks, "Philosophically..." — by Robert Nasir on Wed, 2006-09-20 23:58

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Ahh, Beauty!

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-06 18:41
Ahh,  Beauty!

I came across this earlier today and I found it to be quite striking. Just look at that poise!

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Dense-pack — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2006-09-07 19:37
What I Like — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-09-07 04:40
I had taken to her since I — by Chris Cathcart on Thu, 2006-09-07 04:26

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Iran: Purging 101

Submitted by wngreen on Wed, 2006-09-06 18:34
Iran: Purging 101

From Cox & Forkum: Purging 101

Looks like the moderates have met their end at the universities in Iran. Ahmadinejad even "named a cleric to head the country's oldest institution of higher education, Tehran University — drawing strong protests from students." To those students I say, protest while you still can.

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Good cartoon... — by Kat on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:02

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This was a funny one

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Submitted by Martin on Wed, 2006-09-06 18:26

Sarah, one of my friends on Myspace (Also a friend in real life) sent me a message asking about the the "John Galt." She saw it in 3 profiles and was wondering what it was all about - I replied that it's a reference to Atlas Shrugged. It turns out that she knows a John Galt from her home town, but "it just didn't occur to me why people were asking about him."

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Martin. — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-09-08 02:06

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Conspiracy Theories!

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-09-06 18:18

In recent days, a number of conspiracy theorists have reared their ugly heads on SOLO. They believe all manner of incredible things. Regardless of my low opinion of them, I just wanted to let all the conspiracy nut-jobs out there know this: you've got some great company.

Recent Comments:
There is a conspiracy...! — by Jameson on Sun, 2006-09-10 03:36
Absorb this — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-09 23:24
Far be it for an Objectivst — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-08 09:21

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Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—1

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Wed, 2006-09-06 16:22
Recent Comments:
I've just discovered ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-09-07 01:13
Psycho Stalker — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-09-07 00:36
Lindsay ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-09-06 21:16

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Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—2

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Wed, 2006-09-06 16:20
Lindsay Perigo, by Victor Pross—2
Recent Comments:
Sharon... — by Olivia on Mon, 2009-04-13 01:51
>>Sheesh Sharon.... has it — by 0 on Sun, 2009-04-12 23:49
*Duh* — by Olivia on Sat, 2009-04-11 01:30

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SOLO's Declaration of War!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-09-06 08:13

As the fifth anniversary approaches of the pre-eminent attack in recent times by Islamo-Fascist filth on western civilization, President Bush has reminded his countrymen they are still at war. "Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is 'Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?'"

Recent Comments:
A Couple of Corrections & A Translation — by jriggenbach on Sun, 2006-09-10 20:33
Linz , Peron and ISIL — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-09-10 10:16
Self -abusing Sandi... — by Kevin on Sun, 2006-09-10 08:04

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Bush Reminds Country U.S. At War

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:36

In a recent AP story, President Bush cites several discoveries of Al Qaeda documents that should chill any right thinking person.

Bush Reminds Country U.S. Still At War

Recent Comments:
Craig, I'll try... — by Kevin on Sat, 2006-09-23 09:37
Can't do it, can you? — by Craig Ceely on Fri, 2006-09-22 15:23
More "Minority Viewpoints".. — by Kevin on Fri, 2006-09-22 05:50

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Quick book notes re PARC and ARA

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-09-05 08:36

I did happen to find myself in a Borders the other day and restocked on some Oist books that I lost a while back in a flood. I added my own copy of PARC, and also Ayn Rand Answers (ARA).

PARC, the book impugned all over the place as not having KASS book sales, was right there in Borders, sitting just next to Passion of Ayn Rand. It just occurred to me then how great the marketing strategy was there. It was set up just right so that when someone goes into a book store and sees PAR, they notice that just next to it is PARC. They see who PAR is written by, and then they see the subtitle for PARC, and instantly realize that there's some matter of controversy: automatically they know that something about the author and/or the content of PAR is open to question. The title for PARC is also well-chosen for another reason: if people were to do a search for "passion of ayn rand" on a bookselling website, more than one title comes up now. You now, quite unavoidably, get the two sides of the story set right along next to each other.

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PS — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-09-05 09:07
ARA is highly recommended — by Lanza Morio on Tue, 2006-09-05 08:51

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A different obscene use of child pornography

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Submitted by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-09-05 07:47

First, full disclosure. I was once arrested on a false allegation of possession of child pornography. Evantually I was proven innocent, the charges were dismissed, and my arrest record expunged. My experience has left me with a realization that child pornography has other uses than the obvious.

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Purported FRoRd

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Submitted by Robert Campbell on Tue, 2006-09-05 04:14

Having reviewed the complaints about Rebirth of Reason put forward by Tim Sturm, Robert Winefield, and others, here's my take on the situation.

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What Robert is Achieving... — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:33
Robert — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-09-05 15:25
I can't imagine ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-09-05 10:19

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Pukekohe Raceway Open Day

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-09-04 19:47

In addition to the Faust evening, I'm organising a get-together of like-minded hoons at Pukekohe Park Raceway - there's an Open Day on the 30th of September. I was thinking of arriving there around 1030 (when things start), spending many hours there, then getting together for a light dinner afterwards.

Details here of the open day are here.

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What about? — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:14
I've had confirmation that — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-05 21:11

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This is a very sad day for we "fearless" men :-(

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-09-04 09:59

The Crocodile Hunter is Dead!!!

I was very sad to hear this news on the radio this morning.

I very much enjoyed Steve Irwin's fearless way of handling dangerous animals.

Recent Comments:
Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:35
Marcus — by Kat on Wed, 2006-09-06 20:09
Thanks Katherine — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:36

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The Romantic Manifesto - Chapter 5 - Basic Principles of Literature

Submitted by wngreen on Mon, 2006-09-04 02:14

While I think there is much more to say about chapter 4 (as I only covered music in my hijack post) its about that time to more forward to the next chapter “Basic Principles of Literature”. The essential attributes of literature are Theme, Plot, Characterization and Style.

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Rand didn't do a great job — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-06 02:22
"Does anyone else see the — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-09-04 02:55

Art: there's more to it than just meets the eye.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 23:34

Art. On the subject of art, ain't there a lot of misunderstanding about -- as this still ongoing and fascinating thread at my main blog shows if nothing else does. But isn't it odd how something we've all experienced and enjoyed is somehow so widely misunderstood?

All of us have felt, after watching a film or having indulged in a DVD marathon of a favourite TV show, that our thinking has somehow been changed by the experience -- having been immersed in the world of CSI or House for example we might imagine ourselves to have become more analytical and more attentive to detail (or more cranky); after a Prisoner marathon we might feel particularly astute and mistrustful; and after hours of reality shows (if you can stomach that) you could feel intensely competitive and 'loaded for bear.'

All of us have been touched at some time by a painting, a film, a piece of music or a work of architecture or sculpture. If we hadn't, we just wouldn't be human. Anything that affects us like this can't be causeless, and indeed it isn't.

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National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

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Submitted by Luke Setzer on Sun, 2006-09-03 21:34

I have been reading a book called SHAM by Steve Salerno about the foibles of the self-help and actualization movement (SHAM).  He takes Dr. Phil McGraw to task for a number of questionable ethical decisions.

One involved his alleged trickery when he invited two overweight women on his show: "374-pound Sally Smith, editor of Big Beautiful Woman magazine, and 400-pound Maryanne Bodolay, executive administrator of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance" (NAAFA). The women thought he had invited them on his show to air their defense of obesity as a legitimate lifestyle choice. But through the work of Phil's producers behind the scenes, these women claim, the episode became "a freak show at their expense."

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The grace of Santiago Calatrava

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 18:59

The man's a genius. An artistic and engineering genius.

I've only had the the pleasure of being in one of Santiago Calatrava's magnificent buildings -- many of which bring to architecture the novel concept of seeing buildings as mechanisms, or as organisms that change as a living thing would during the course of the day -- so the film on Calatrava and his work I've just seen at the JASMAX Architectural Film Festival was a delight. A real delight. (That's him above, by the way, with another of my heroes, architect Felix Candela.)

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Saarinen and Milwaukee — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:49
Peter — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:39
Katherine — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:27

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Ayn Rand Archives

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Sun, 2006-09-03 16:00

(This post is an expanded version of some comments I recently made in another thread.) One of the standard claims about the Ayn Rand Archives made by critics of the Ayn Rand Institute is that it only permits ARI-affilited Objectivist scholars to access the archives. That's a myth -- one easily proven to be so. Consider the following two citations of the Archive by non-Objectivists:

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Hey George! Good to hear — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-09-09 16:37
George — by James S. Valliant on Sat, 2006-09-09 15:51
George — by Chris Cathcart on Sat, 2006-09-09 13:43

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Christianity, Islam and Tyranny

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-09-03 15:30

On the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Ingersoll declared that “[w]e have retired the gods from politics.  We have found that man is the only source of political power, and that the governed should govern.” On that day, Ingersoll spoke eloquently of America as “the first secular government” and argued that its success “did away forever with the theological idea of government.”

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Richard — by Bill Visconti on Wed, 2006-09-06 23:26
Richard Wiig — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-09-06 17:53
Bill — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2006-09-06 08:30

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SOLO Montessori?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-09-03 03:41

[NB: I've begun this thread to remove this particular topic from the more concrete dicussion on Dr Montessori and Montessori schools begun on this thread, and in response to a suggestion on that thread by Sharath Bachanad.]

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Just in case — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:48
Will do. — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:29
Hi Peter — by Sharath on Mon, 2006-09-04 23:11

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ABC Upset that Libertarians Make Better Lovers

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Submitted by Kenny on Sat, 2006-09-02 11:58

"The Alphabet Net is calling foul after a rough cut of a sex scene from the upcoming season of Desperate Housewives was leaked on YouTube nearly a month before the steamy footage was slated to air.

Recent Comments:
Uh oh... — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-05 13:35
My only concern is the Kyle — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-09-03 00:30
Looks like they took it down — by LWHALL on Sat, 2006-09-02 16:48

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