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McCain and Joe the Plumber Miss Their Moment


Cindy McCain looks on as Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) takes the microphone back from Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher after he made a brief statement during a campaign rally at the Gazebo at Washington Park Oct. 30, 2008 in Sandusky, Ohio. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Michael D. Shear
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- If John McCain holds an event five days before the election, but the press isn't there to document it, does it make a sound?

That's the question the McCain campaign apparently wanted to test today, starting his mid-afternoon rally before his traveling press corps had arrived.

And so it was that McCain's big moment of campaigning with Joe the Plumber for the first time was missed by all the major TV networks, whose cameramen and audio technicians were running from the bus when they heard McCain's voice.

The result: the networks will probably have to keep running with an embarrassing clip from the morning rally, in which a befuddled McCain apparently thought plumber Joe Wurzelbacher was already in the audience.

"Joe's with us today. Joe where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe I thought you were here today," McCain said at the morning rally in Defiance, Ohio, getting no answer from Wurzelbacher in the crowd.

Recovering quickly, he said: "Alright, you're all Joe the plumber, so stand up.... Thank you. Wherever you are, Joe, let's give him a round of applause for what he's done for America."

That video clip might have been replaced by one of Wurzelbacher and McCain, together at last. But network producers were left to tell their colleagues in Washington and New York that the only pictures might come from a "cutaway" camera that caught a bit of it.

Print reporters, who were still scrambling to open their laptops when McCain offered Wurzelbacher a chance to say a few words, were in largely the same boat.

Within moments, McCain had finished his talk, and the press corps was hustled back on the buses for the next event.

Hopefully, to arrive on time.

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Please stop calling this guy a plumber,he has no license so he cannot be bonded so any work he does and screws it up-too bad. Its like calling someone Joe the lawyer because he like s reading law books. This is a joke.

Posted by: JUSTSAYIN2 | November 2, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I am sure that everyone is thankful for the lateness. Most thinking people are tired of Joe the Plumber. Just as they are of McCain's brainless running mate.

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Posted by: MsJoanne | October 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

RaZoR777 disgorges:

Blah, blah, blah...William Ayers dedicated his book "Praire Fire" to Sirhan Sirhan.

Ok, so this book was written in 1974, so how is Obama somehow responsible for this? As John McCain said himself: "I don't care about some old washed up 'terrorist'". The neocons and right wingnuts sure seem to be though.

If you all are so interested in conspiracies and assassinating someone's character using Joe McCarthy style tactics, how is it you can so easily overlook Palin's ties to the Alaskan Independence Party? Her ties aren't just through academic association or serving on two Boards for charitable organizations or living in the same neighborhood, she sleeps with her questionable associate. We are talking about a party and organization who espouses seceding from the United States. Whose founder despised this country with a hatred which the neocons and right wingnuts hatred of Obama cannot even match.

Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

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Posted by: wes1155 | October 31, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

RFK's murderer Sirhan Sirhan to Obama .....

William Ayers dedicated his book

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhan .
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Hey Obama , you cann't just make this up .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GrCHctYyWA
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Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

RFK's murderer Sirhan Sirhan to Obama .....

William Ayers dedicated his book

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhan .
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Hey Obama , you cann't just make this up .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GrCHctYyWA
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.......... M c C A I N * P A L I N ........
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........ C O U N T R Y * F I R S T ........

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

RFK's murderer Sirhan Sirhan to Obama .....

William Ayers dedicated his book

" Praire Fire " to Sirhan Sirhan .
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Hey Obama , you cann't just make this up .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GrCHctYyWA
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.......... M c C A I N * P A L I N ........
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Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 30, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Ship "Joe the Dumber" and Sarah Smarty Pants to Iraq and let them put their money where their mouths are.

Look at all the clowns McCain surrounds himself with. It's a joke. Take it to a comedy club. This kind of circus is not what this country needs right now. I can't believe anyone takes this nonsense seriously.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

This is what people are saying:
Fox showed a clip of Clinton allegedly "complimenting" Obama for having called all of Clinton's economic advisers during the financial crisis. Clinton also "complimented" Obama for supposedly knowing nothing about the financial situation, but having the courage to admit he didn't know much and the courage to tell Clintonites he wanted to know more. This is problematic on a number of levels.
This tells us that Obama does not have enough experience to do the job, he had to call Bill Clinton for advice. What if Bill Clinton won't give Obama his advice later.

Posted by: nononsense3 | October 30, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Good gawd.... If McCain thinks Joe da plummer' represents any Americans I know of, it only shows how amazingly off base he is overall. What a friggen' insult. I can see why he's about to have his clock cleaned royally. Maybe McCain should take up country western singing or NASCAR driving? These are truly the sports of mavericks. His singing group could be called Joe, the redneck governess, and the whining, spolied, self entitled, multimillionaire. NIce ring huh? They would surely sing the blue blues a lot, over their bottles of foreign owned Bud, Coors, and Miller.

Posted by: humanbeng | October 30, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain needs Joe the Plumber because so much sh*t is clogging his campaign.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 30, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

BEST

CAMPAIGN AD

EVER!!!


The wassup guys from the Budweiser ads offer their take on the disasterous Bush/McCain years and the 2008 election:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq8Uc5BFogE
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: European_Elitist | October 30, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

This is Hilarious...


McCain's campaign has seen "significant" progress in internal polling in the last week... The campaign has seen the race between McCain and Barack Obama tighten "significantly over the past week," McInturff said in a memo late Tuesday. "All signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday."
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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/mccains-pollster-foresees-race-close/
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It also made me fondly remember Turdblossom's 2006 math which suggested that Republicans would, well, I'll let Karl the Felon give you the "straight-talk"...


SIEGEL: We are in the home stretch though and many would consider you on the optimistic end of realism about...


ROVE: Not that you would be exhibiting a bias or anything like that, you're just making a comment, right?


SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.


ROVE: No, you are not, no you're not, no you're not, you're not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week [for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor.]** You may be looking at 4 or 5 public polls a week that talk about attitudes nationally but that do not impact the outcome of individual races.


SIEGEL: If you could name races between, certainly Senate races, all...


ROVE: Like the poll today that showing Corker's ahead in Tennessee or the poll showing "Macaca" Allen is pulling away in the Virginia Senate race.


SIEGEL: Leading Webb, in Virginia, yea...


ROVE: Yeah, exactly.


SIEGEL: ...you've seen the DeWine race and the Santorum race and, I don't want to...you call [the] races.


ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.


SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...


ROVE: I said THE math.
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http://www.pollster.com/blogs/karl_roves_math.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

What a shame. Joe is certainly the kind of voter that I associate with McCain/Palin. Maybe there was trouble at the trailer park?

Posted by: beachbob | October 30, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The perfect metaphor.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The perfect metaphor.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 30, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Exxon Mobil: Biggest profit in U.S. history
Largest U.S. oil company surges past analyst estimates to post net income of $14.83 billion.

Anybody else see anything wrong with this?

I'm blowing gaskets hear!

McCain supports this!

NO MORE!

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 30, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Drain D makes some good points about dressing up a doll (Palin) to appear on what looks like a reality TV show - the McCain Campaign - with Joe the Plummer dragged on stage to fill an otherwise vacant performance.

The point is that if elected McCain would turn his back on all the Joe the Plumbers as quickly as he has ostensibly turned his back on Bush, and Palin has turned her back on Ted Stevens.

There needs to be a moral dimension brought back ito American politics and as Obama has rightly said, he doesn't "promise to be a perfect president", but he does promise to speak his mind - and not treat the American people like a bunch of cretins.

Posted by: AidArmenia | October 30, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

FauxReal, Joe the Plumber exposed Barack Obama as the socialist he is. Why else do you think Joe is being attacked? If he had embarrassed McCain like that, you guys would be defending him to the hilt.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA vote,vote OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


All REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Red Baron is trying every dirty trick Bush & Rove tell him to use & he still sinks like a rock in the National polls. Give up Johnny, the fat lady started singing when you picked the Alaskan Diva .. "The Moose Skinner" for your running mate

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 30, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Red Baron is trying every dirty trick Bush & Rove tell him to use & he still sinks like a rock in the National polls. Give up Johnny, the fat lady started singing when you picked the Alaskan Diva .. "The Moose Skinner" for your running mate

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 30, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA vote,vote OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


All REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 30, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FD_M2BEl64

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek3jAkx9m10
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain has alot to be worried about because now even Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain says:

"Wherever you are, Joe, let's give him a round of applause for what he's done for America."

What has this guy done for America? Good grief. McCain will be giving him the Medal of Freedom.

Posted by: FauxReal | October 30, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain has alot to be worried about because now even Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Never have I needed a plumber who didn't overcharge me, charge me double or triple time or loose his cleaning snake in my drain.

Are all "Joe" the plumbers rip-off artists who found their calling praying on people in desperate situations?

Why McCain, an olde muddled, fuddle-head, thinks people in general have a positive opinion of plumbers ... is beyond me? Never met one single plumber socially.. where are they when people aggregate? Maybe plumbers only socialize with other plumbers?

McCain needs people like "Joe" right now, but would never stand next to one in one of his spitzed-up redneck cocktail parties.

McCain & the usual Republican hypocrisy.

Posted by: hchiba | October 30, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

What a metaphor for everything that is wrong with McCain's campaign.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 30, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's a very sad story. Last week, I heard that Joe the Plumber rushed to Wal*mart to buy his wife some wardrobe, the kind that Sarah Palin wore, but he came home empty handed.
Joe the Plumber slept on the old couch since that day.
:(

Posted by: scooterlibre | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Meeting Obama is the best thing that ever happened to unlicensed, tax evading Joe, but will Joe send Obama a thank you note? I'm not counting on it. Republicans are some of the rudest, most ungrateful people in the world.

And when Joe's fleeting brush with fame ends, and he goes back to his unlicensed plumbing job (which will have been filled already), we will all have to share our wealth with him so he doesn't starve to death and lose him home.

You just can't help some people.

Posted by: neon_bunny | October 30, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?!

Flush em down with the rest of the McCrap being served up!

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

To answer Shear's rhetorical question, yes. I also recall a recent story that compared McCain and Obama's campaign press treatment. One reporter even commented that Obama's plane smelled bad. LOL

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

To answer Shear's rhetorical question, yes. I also recall a recent story that compared McCain and Obama's campaign press treatment. One reporter even commented that Obama's plane smelled bad. LOL

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The fact the economy is a worry on everyones mind should we really trust what the canidates are telling us about their tax policies. Hanlon has been bashing McCain for the last couple weeks but now he starts an attack on Obama's tax plan. It also has links to a tax caluclator that would show you how much your family would be effected. Interesting read.

http://www.greenfaucet.com/hanlons-pub/dueling-obama-tax-calculators/91256

Posted by: macebruce | October 30, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

We heard you the first time.

WaPo:

Shouldn't this headline be "Press Miss McCain and Joe the Plumber's Moment"?

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

As I have told you, before, I would rather Gov. Palin was on the TOP of this ticket.

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey McCain, is this the "average Joe" you're talking about?


Palin is a Freeloader!


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Sarah Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker!


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the hell, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole co-promotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff. I hope you enjoy your newly minted permanent 4th party gadfly status starting in Jan 09.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This is McCain's fault somehow? I mean, really how did FDR ever manage to pull off a campaign for President in 1929 with television back then?

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey McCain, is this the "average Joe" you're talking about?


Palin is a Freeloader!


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Sarah Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker!


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the hell, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole co-promotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff. I hope you enjoy your newly minted permanent 4th party gadfly status starting in Jan 09.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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