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China launches space mission with first woman astronaut (first mission to Chinese space-station)
BBC ^ | June 16, 2012 | Jonathan Amos

Posted on 06/16/2012 9:46:13 AM PDT by JerseyanExile

China has launched its latest manned space mission - whose crew includes its first female astronaut, Liu Yang.

The Shenzhou-9 capsule rode to orbit atop a Long March rocket from the Jiuquan spaceport on the edge of the Gobi desert.

Ms Liu and her two male colleagues are heading to the Tiangong space lab.

They will spend over a week living and working on the 335km-high vessel, testing new systems and conducting a number of scientific experiments.

Before leaving, the crew were presented to Communist Party officials, VIPs and the media.

Wearing their flight suits and sitting behind glass, they waved and smiled.

"We will obey orders, listen to directions and be calm; and co-ordinate together to successfully complete China's first manned rendezvous and docking mission," said Commander Jing Haipeng.

China's top legislator, Wu Bangguo, wished them well and told them: "We are expecting your safe return."

The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft lifted off on schedule at 18:37 local time (10:37 GMT; 11:37 BST).

All systems appeared to function normally and eight minutes later, the spacecraft had entered orbit. Very shortly after Shenzhou-9 had unfurled its solar panels.

It will take a couple of days to reach Tiangong. A docking is planned for Monday at 15:00 Beijing time (07:00 GMT; 08:00 BST).

Mr Jing, 46, is making his second spaceflight after participating in the Shenzhou-7 outing in 2008 - the mission that included China's first spacewalk.

His flight engineers are both first-timers, however.

Liu Wang, 42, a People's Liberation Army fighter pilot, has got his chance after spending 14 years in the China National Space Administration's astronaut corps.

Thirty-three-year-old Liu Yang, also a fighter pilot, has on the other hand emerged as China's first woman astronaut after just two years of training.

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Well, at least some country still seems to be showing interest in space. Maybe another space-race would be a good thing - kick us out of our complacency for starters.
1 posted on 06/16/2012 9:46:23 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

All while our space program rots under Obama.


2 posted on 06/16/2012 9:48:33 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: JerseyanExile

Somebody’s got to cook.
Send a mop with her.


3 posted on 06/16/2012 9:51:41 AM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: donhunt

lol!


4 posted on 06/16/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Witty comment seen elsewhere:

“China’s first female astronaut prepares for historic space docking on flight with two men. I’m fairly certain I’ve seen this video already.”


5 posted on 06/16/2012 10:04:36 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: JerseyanExile
Ok, I've have to ask. I'm serious sorta.

Do you think any of these missions have produced the first members of the .........100 mile high club ?

Who wouldn't want to be the first?

6 posted on 06/16/2012 10:04:47 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Yes but these are the future of space flight.

America’s and Russia’s programs, are programs of the past.

At least it seems so, at the moment...


7 posted on 06/16/2012 10:08:45 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: donhunt
Send a mop with her.

Why? Is obammy going, too?

8 posted on 06/16/2012 10:15:11 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: JerseyanExile

They should broadcast a big “Thank You” to Bill Clinton - without him they never would have been able to successfully launch ...


9 posted on 06/16/2012 10:18:26 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: EagleUSA

China’s space program will never accomplish what ours has. Making Muslims feel good about themselves.

Our diversity is our strength, you know. /S


10 posted on 06/16/2012 10:18:26 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: JerseyanExile
Wearing their flight suits and sitting behind glass, they waved and smiled.

Just smile and wave comrades - Just smile and wave. China's contribution to the militarization of space is underway.

"We will obey orders, listen to directions and be calm; and co-ordinate together to successfully complete China's first manned rendezvous and docking mission," said Commander Jing Haipeng.

That's correct! Following orders is job one for a good soldier. I hope they're ordered to shoot some video footage.... There are worse things they could be ordered to shoot.

11 posted on 06/16/2012 10:18:58 AM PDT by martian622 (The Revolution is being televised.)
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To: JerseyanExile; Ernest_at_the_Beach; bitt
Why Tiangong is not a space station, here.
No response required. I just wanted to correct the title of article.
12 posted on 06/16/2012 10:23:52 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Are they going to edit out the bubbles and make their projection of the earth move this time?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBL98p0wZ7g


13 posted on 06/16/2012 10:31:10 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: EagleUSA

Not content to just abort women, now they ship survivors off the planet...


14 posted on 06/16/2012 10:58:08 AM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: JerseyanExile

15 posted on 06/16/2012 11:03:29 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: JerseyanExile

The woman is named Liu Yang and one of the men is named
Liu Wang? I wonder if they get each other’s mail.

Do Yang and Wang drink tang?


16 posted on 06/16/2012 11:06:46 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama.....He's got your back side.)
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To: JerseyanExile
What kind of scientific experiments?


17 posted on 06/16/2012 11:07:38 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: EagleUSA

We’re out of money. We simply no longer have the luxury of national wealth to pursue this sort of science.

China does.

And if you want to know who is responsible, ask the advocates of “free trade” why China has so much available capital that they can pursue a space program at the same time they own over $1 trillion of US Treasury debt...


18 posted on 06/16/2012 11:10:19 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Marine_Uncle

It’s not very big either.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_982w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/06/15/Foreign/Images/2012-06-15T082436Z_01_PEK303_RTRIDSP_3_CHINA.jpg


19 posted on 06/16/2012 11:12:06 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JerseyanExile

A lot of unserious comments here, which is fine, there are some good jokes to be made. I just hope everyone realizes how truly serious this is. Our modern military and economy is massively reliant on satellites which could be destroyed from space easier than shooting fish in a barrel. And China would never actually have to do it. Just having the ability to criple us will give them total leverage.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 11:18:25 AM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: smokingfrog

Perhaps room enough to store a few kegs of beer.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 11:28:52 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I don’t think you got the joke.


22 posted on 06/16/2012 11:42:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: JerseyanExile

“first mission to Chinese space-station”

Gotta hand it to the Chinese, they didn’t put up their space station, then name it the “International Space Station”.

We paid over 80%, probably more like 90% of the cost of our space station, and then named it the “International Space Station”.

Then we neglected to replace the shuttle, and discontinued our manned space program.

Do our leaders have a screw loose or what? You get one guess, and the ‘or what’ option was scratched.

I mean, where can you find great leaders like this? We’re so fricken lucky. /s


23 posted on 06/16/2012 11:55:38 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: Liberty Valance

Lunch and dinner on board.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 12:07:09 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Lunch and dinner on board.


25 posted on 06/16/2012 12:08:29 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: DoughtyOne
50 years ago this past February, America truly became a space-faring nation when John Glenn orbited the Earth. Today, we don't have this capability, and have no immediate prospects for regaining it. All we can do is send taxpayer dollars over to Putin to hitch rides on Russian rockets. Pretty sad when the once-premier space-faring country cannot do today what it could do a half-century ago. Our military depends heavily on satellites for communications, reconnaissance, positioning, etc. Those who hate us can destroy those assets fairly readily. We have no capability of defending them. For the loss of military capability alone, the decline of the space program in this country is a crime and a threat to national security.
26 posted on 06/16/2012 12:16:59 PM PDT by chimera
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To: NVDave

“...We simply no longer have the luxury of national wealth to pursue this sort of science...”

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I agree but at the same time we could have — if we were not funding massive government waste, hundreds of billions in illegal alien support, massive welfare rolls, some wars that have turned out to be a waste of life and treasure, and national suffering from a class of electorate that is ignorant, selfish and stupid that voted into our White House the worst possible anti-American Marxist that is destroying what we do have left and has spent 5 trillion generating huge totally wasted multi-generational debt.

When you compare all this to cost of our space program, in its most productive days, the cost of NASA and all its projects does not even appear on the radar. This is what makes me mad as hell!!!! But I never did expect THIS administration in particular to do anything but destroy our space program as part of an agenda to fund the forcing of socialism upon America and pull down all of our greatness.

Hope you can understand my frustration with what our own government has done, and continues to do to us as the once greatest nation on earth.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 12:26:52 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: chimera

You’re dead on target there.

We should already be on the moon, very close to going to Mars, and elsewhere.

Space is the new high ground.

Whoever controls it, controls a whole lot more than that.

I do think NASA should have been managed better. I’m not happy with the paths we took, and the malaise that crept in.

We should have a robust space program. We should have a massive atomic collider. We should be doing the work of discovering for the next generation of high tech.

These are strategic matters. They are military related, and will have many private sector spin-offs.

We should gut welfare. We should cut it in half in three years, and eliminate it entirely within seven.

We then pay down the debt and utilize savings and new income to do exploration that keeps us strong.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 12:27:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: EagleUSA

I can understand your frustration. I don’t like the situation any more than you do.

I’m very good with math and financial math, and I’m here to tell you that what you see happening in Europe is our fate very soon unless we U-turn out of this idiotic, mindless support of banking sector grifters as well as “free trade” policies which export 10’s of billions of dollars in real wealth out of the US every month.

Space will always be there. If we don’t go now or in five years, it will still be there in 20.

If we don’t get spending under control now, ASAP, within the next couple of years, the future of the US is not assured. Conservatives who really care about the future of the US will have to put aside their designs on public spending (military, space, etc) and start down a road of determining what we really need. We want a space program. We don’t *need* a space program.

We need a military. We don’t need a F-35 multi-role/multi-nation jobs program posing as a fighter.

And so on.

If fiscal conservatives want to really slash the budget, then we’re going to have to play fiscal aikido: The liberals will say “We won’t cut entitlements/welfare/etc until the military budget is cut.”

So write legislation to cut the projects the provide jobs in their districts - and cut them hard, hard, hard, then come back to the table and say “Done. Now show us what cuts you’ll make.” If they don’t come through, start hammering them in the press and at election time.

The endgame is drawing much closer, much faster than I’d previously thought. The Ivy League crowd in DC think that they’re oh-so-terribly smart are whistling past the graveyard, and anyone who says that they can turn this situation around without making the population feel some pain now is lying. They might not believe they are lying because they still believe the bromides about “growing our way out of it,” and “taxes and regulation can be slashed and the private sector will just bloom...” but the truth is, they’re lying. The only way to turn this around now will involve big, dramatic cuts, big changes in immigration, trade and domestic policy and even then, we won’t turn the situation around quickly.


29 posted on 06/16/2012 12:42:33 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: JerseyanExile
The CEO of SpaceX said that if the last launch had not went off successfully that it would have been the end of SpaceX.

So if SpaceX had several astronauts on board a failed mission. Could SpaceX survive the litigation and the public outcry? Probably not.

30 posted on 06/16/2012 12:46:18 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: NVDave

“..I’m very good with math and financial math, and I’m here to tell you that what you see happening in Europe is our fate very soon unless we U-turn out of this idiotic, mindless support of banking sector grifters as well as “free trade” policies which export 10’s of billions of dollars in real wealth out of the US every month...”

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Hi NVDave — yes, I agree 100%. My addressing of the space program was a sidebar of the horrid situation we are in. It will take getting rid of the present primary problem, by “flushing the toilet” in November as just a starting point. Then a healing process must begin which will be long and very hard work. But getting the government back to a government for and by the people will be step one to rebuild confidence in the people that we even have a government work FOR the people....and shows it through action. It will take many small steps and will have to be managed in a very serious manner.

Given that, I pray that the toilet gets flushed in November because, well, you know where it will all go if it does not. But I continue to be optimistic now that our White House horror story is clearly showing itself to even the most naive of the electorate. Some will never care — just pray for those that do care about America.

Thanks much for the chat!!! God Bless America.


31 posted on 06/16/2012 12:53:10 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: JerseyanExile

“Liu Yang”

Isn’t that the name of a Panda Bear?


32 posted on 06/16/2012 2:39:50 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: DoughtyOne

We also need to STOP “free trade”.

Now.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 2:43:43 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
America’s and Russia’s programs, are programs of the past.

A private American company just sent a cargo ship to the space station to deliver a ton of supplies. The mission was successful. The ship is designed to carry humans and plans are in place to test that before too long.

Government no more has to run a space program than it has to subsidize electric cars. We can do it ourselves! And make money at the same time!

34 posted on 06/16/2012 4:19:55 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
We also need to STOP “free trade”.

Right. Because you can never have enough government intervention in our lives. Cringing, you peddle your anti-free-trade beliefs on every possible thread, but you never tell us why you think government can regulate our economic lives better than we can, ourselves.

35 posted on 06/16/2012 4:22:43 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: NVDave

china have so much capital because THEY SAVE!!! While American policy is to encourage people to go borrow money to buy a house or invest in business


36 posted on 06/16/2012 9:37:47 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

You want to stop capitalism? Capitalism is free trade. You give me $10, I get a bag of chips. You want to stop that? If free trade between individuals is a good thing, then its a good thing between nations, because nations are people


37 posted on 06/16/2012 9:41:00 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: NVDave

magic formula to economic growth

saving -> capital formation -> productivity -> wages increase -> higher living standard aka consumption

Consumption comes at the end. Its the effect of high savings. Look at it from an individual point of view. The more you save, the more you can consume


38 posted on 06/16/2012 9:43:15 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: smokingfrog

It looks smaller than even the old Skylab. But those figures beneath the models are not in scale with them.


39 posted on 06/16/2012 9:56:51 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Leep
“Liu Yang”

Isn’t that the name of a Panda Bear?

I'll bet those gents with her find her more teddy-bear-cuddly with each passing hour!

40 posted on 06/16/2012 10:08:05 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

We should never have traded with China. It was pure evil to do so.

We have committed irreconcilable errors in dealing with it. We transmitted incredible amounts of industrial knowledge, technology, and manufacturing secrets. We can’t undo that.

What we can do is remove it’s income stream.

It is using that income stream to challenge other nations and us as well.

Manufacturing should return to the U. S. We need to employ our people. We need to allow them the satisfaction of earning a living from doing something productive. Making things with your own hands, or at least contributing to it, is important.

Service sector jobs will never be as worthy as working toward creating something.

Giving a nation that will run tanks over it’s own people, an income stream to build up their military with, is IMO criminal in nature.


41 posted on 06/17/2012 10:59:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: douginthearmy

I think you’re looking at MADS here.. Mutually Assured Destruction of Satellites. Not that Obama would allow us to take one of theirs out if they dare take us on, but our little X37 Space plane could be offensively equipped with weapons and/or jammers if need be. ‘Killer satellites’ is a slippery slope but I’m sure Obama will do all he can to hogtie us while helping China. It’s all about ‘evening the playing field INTERNATIONALLY too, not just domestically. By the way, IMPEACH OBAMA FOR SABOTAGING AMERICA.


42 posted on 06/17/2012 2:24:22 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: JerseyanExile
The Chinese Shenzhou-9 manned mission LAUNCHES the same day our X-37B space plane LANDS at Vandenberg.. Hmmmmm.. Coincidental timing, and on who's part; Theirs or ours?
43 posted on 06/17/2012 2:37:15 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: DoughtyOne
I can only add one thing to your post. We have to start buying the stuff we make here.

Make it profitable to make stuff here by buying it, while at the same time making it unprofitable to make stuff overseas by leaving it on the shelves, will go far in bringing jobs back here.

44 posted on 06/17/2012 5:43:02 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (With choices like Palin, Cain, and Bachmann, what could go wrong? Now we know.)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

I agree. If we can possibly do without it, don’t buy a product that isn’t made in the U. S.

Count me on board.


45 posted on 06/17/2012 6:02:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I don’t think it matters if we destroy their satelliets. Besides, if they have a moon base, and we don’t then they have the literal high ground. But, our main advantage is technological and much of that is extremely dependant on satellites. If they can take out our satellites, their massive numbers begin to look much more formidable.


46 posted on 06/17/2012 6:54:03 PM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: douginthearmy
Just having the ability to criple us will give them total leverage.

The Russians had the ability to "kill" our satellites over 30 years ago. It isn't difficult at all, comparatively speaking.

47 posted on 06/17/2012 7:59:31 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: smokingfrog
Did you see how scorched that capsule looked on the ground? It must have got real hot in there!
48 posted on 06/29/2012 4:50:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Liberty Valance

“Taste rike chikin!”


49 posted on 06/29/2012 4:51:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin


50 posted on 06/29/2012 6:00:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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