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Paul Stevens

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Nov 6, 1992, 12:12:58 PM11/6/92
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A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
White House?

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Paul Stevens {apple|decwrl}!metaphor!pstevens
Metaphor Computer Systems pste...@metaphor.com
Mountain View, CA

Lynda Peterson

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Nov 6, 1992, 2:38:48 PM11/6/92
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In article <26...@cronos.metaphor.com> pste...@Metaphor.COM (Paul Stevens)
writes:

Well, I finally found a reason to like Clinton. (Had I only known...)

Yeah, Socks!

Vicki Holzhauer

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Nov 6, 1992, 6:57:41 PM11/6/92
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In article <26...@cronos.metaphor.com> pste...@Metaphor.COM (Paul Stevens) writes:
>
>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>White House?
>


The Carters had a White House Cat, so the last one left in 1980.

--
Vicki Holzhauer, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado / / / / vi...@ncar.ucar.edu

Marg Morin

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Nov 7, 1992, 3:50:07 PM11/7/92
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>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>White House?
>
>The Carters had a White House Cat, so the last one left in 1980.
>
>Vicki Holzhauer, National Center for Atmospheric Research
>Boulder, Colorado / / / / vi...@ncar.ucar.edu

Does this mean that Democrats are cat people while Republicans
are dog people?

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Stephen Dennison

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Nov 6, 1992, 5:32:00 PM11/6/92
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In article <26...@cronos.metaphor.com>, pste...@Metaphor.COM (Paul Stevens) writes...

>
>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>White House?

I dunno... Jimmy Carter was kinda a .... (naww... even *I* can't be that
obvious. :-))

Protection for the *really* easily offended ... press `n' now...

OK, how about this one ... With Clinton in the White House, what do you
think the odds are of `Socks' being the only pussy running around ?

:-) :-)

-- Stephen

A disgruntled Perot supporter.

cindy davies

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Nov 7, 1992, 6:21:37 AM11/7/92
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In article <1992Nov6.2...@ncar.ucar.edu> vi...@steam.atd.ucar.edu (Vicki Holzhauer) writes:
>In article <26...@cronos.metaphor.com> pste...@Metaphor.COM (Paul Stevens) writes:
>>
>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>White House?
>
>The Carters had a White House Cat, so the last one left in 1980.
>

What is it with democrats and cats? Is this just a coincidence? Inquiring
minds and all that...

--

TNSTAAFD -- There's No Such Thing As A Free Dog.

clda...@silver.sdsmt.edu clda...@nyx.cs.du.edu

jeremy.l.radosh

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Nov 7, 1992, 4:25:30 PM11/7/92
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In article <1992Nov7.2...@noao.edu> mo...@noao.edu (Marg Morin) writes:
>>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>>White House?
>>
>>The Carters had a White House Cat, so the last one left in 1980.
>>
>>Vicki Holzhauer, National Center for Atmospheric Research
>>Boulder, Colorado / / / / vi...@ncar.ucar.edu
>
>Does this mean that Democrats are cat people while Republicans
>are dog people?
>--

Actually, this is a very good question, and one for which I would love to
hear some responses.

I have had numerous discussions with my dog-loving, liberal feminist friend
(nameless, for her sake) regarding the merits (politically and otherwise)
of those drool-machines she loves so much.

I count myself a liberal and have a definite preference for the independent
minded feline. I consider dogs to be much like the Republicans, too easily
trained to do tricks for master. This is not to say that I don't love them
too; they are great to play with and wrestle with, but I wouldn't want to
live with one (too hard to maintain, to noisey). Do I mean the dogs or
the Republicans...? you figure it out!


Enjoy,

Jeremy

--
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|* *| Mousie's what I love to eat.
\>Y</ Bite they little heads off...
`U' Nibble on they tiny feet." B.Kliban `75

ha...@stsci.edu

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Nov 9, 1992, 5:24:49 PM11/9/92
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I remember that Amy Carter had a Siamese, but I can't think of the name.
Come to think of it, Reagan & Bush are confirmed dog people...

Crystal Hagel

Lynda Peterson

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Nov 9, 1992, 5:30:59 PM11/9/92
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I consider myself "mostly" republican, but I love cats. But, dogs are
okay, too.

Mostly, I am just an animal lover, especially BABY animals. Ain't they
cute? ;-)

Steve Genoff

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Nov 9, 1992, 7:38:20 PM11/9/92
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There was an article in this morning's Denver Post that said that both
Carter and Ford had cats, I don't recall whether it said if there were other
Presidents that also had cats. Surely there must have been others...
If our little feline friends aren't keeping tabs on the White House, surely
we are are in deep doo....


STeve
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Kate

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Nov 9, 1992, 9:20:17 PM11/9/92
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I think there's something to that...

I can't remember Amy's cat's name either. In fact, there haven't been any
*children* in the White House since Carter either.

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The Dinky Ukie

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Nov 10, 1992, 4:48:00 PM11/10/92
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In article <6NOV1992...@lims02.lerc.nasa.gov>, afd...@lims02.lerc.nasa.gov (Stephen Dennison) writes...
Gosh, it's hard being a "good" loser, isn't it! If your candidate had won,
we would have had a "parrot" in the White House, or should I say "gnome"?
Now, that reallllllllly would have been a first. ;-) By the by, having
Socks, the cat-elect, in the White House, in my opinion, is another plus
(don't let your mind read "puss") for Clinton. ;-)

But, please, tell me, how did rpc become a forum for political opinions?!!
;-)

Elizabeth Brennan

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Nov 10, 1992, 7:30:21 PM11/10/92
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>In article <1992Nov7.2...@noao.edu> mo...@noao.edu (Marg Morin) writes:
>>>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>>>White House?
>>>
>>>The Carters had a White House Cat, so the last one left in 1980.
>>>

>>Does this mean that Democrats are cat people while Republicans
>>are dog people?
>>--

>Actually, this is a very good question, and one for which I would love to
>hear some responses.

Ow. Dangerous topic! But anyway...

I saw a list once of famous cat lovers vs (in)famous cat haters in history.
President Abraham Lincon was on the list of cat lovers. So that's yet another
thing Ole' Abe did to make the Republicans look good.

Bette

N. French

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Nov 11, 1992, 2:16:14 AM11/11/92
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In a previous article, ha...@stsci.edu () says:
>I remember that Amy Carter had a Siamese, but I can't think of the name.
>Come to think of it, Reagan & Bush are confirmed dog people...
>
Her cat's name was Misty Malarkey Ying Yang - they mention it
in the Nov 16 issue of Time.

Dave Blackburn

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Nov 11, 1992, 4:13:32 PM11/11/92
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This weeks Newsweek mentions Socks (that spelling, not Sox, but how should
they know) and says he is Male, and the press secretary refused to try to find
out if he's neutered and/or de-clawed.
I guess those reporters are really desperate to find out who'll be in the
White House. Nothing about who's going to be in the next Cabinet, so let's
look at who might be on top of it. :-)
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S. Mudgett aka little gator

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Nov 7, 1992, 1:14:00 PM11/7/92
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>>
>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>White House?
lincoln had cats, and i think the carters and/or the fords had a siamese.
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Martha Sherman

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Nov 12, 1992, 8:46:55 AM11/12/92
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Yes, but both the Carters and the Fords also had dogs. For those of you
old enough, remember Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford and his dog "Liberty" on SNL?

:-)


Martha H. Sherman
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kl...@iscsvax.uni.edu

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Nov 12, 1992, 1:07:58 PM11/12/92
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In article <H.ea.4I0...@harvee.billerica.ma.us>, s...@harvee.billerica.ma.us (S. Mudgett aka little gator) writes:
>>>
>>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>>White House?
> lincoln had cats, and i think the carters and/or the fords had a siamese.

Teddy Roosevelt's brood brought LARGE numbers of pets to the white house,
including goats, cats and dogs, if I remeber right. And TR was asthmatic!

Kay Klier Biology Dept UNI

Darmok and Jelad at Tenagra

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Nov 12, 1992, 11:14:24 PM11/12/92
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>>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>>White House?

But the real question is, what is the first cat-elect going to do once
he gets into the White House? Or are we going to have just another run of
the mill lazy cat, who lays around in the sun and chases a few mice now and
then?

Does he have a social agenda ? Socks, your constituency eagerly awaits
your first meows !!

AMY E. ECKERT

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Nov 13, 1992, 9:58:15 PM11/13/92
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The other night, there was a story about Socks/Sox on the local news.
They said that there is some dispute over his political affiliation, but
if he is a typical cat he's an independent. =)

Amy


Pete J Suters

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Nov 13, 1992, 5:51:35 AM11/13/92
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I've just seen a picture of the First Cat in the newspaper.
What a cute cat! Mr. Clinton certainly has taste when it comes
to feline company. Socks is very like our Roo, with the same
mischevous look, and the same colouring -- which makes me think
yep, this guy's going to be an OK president.

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Vicki Holzhauer

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Nov 15, 1992, 6:11:25 PM11/15/92
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Did anyone else see the "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live last
night? They had a picture of Socks (cute tuxedo cat), saying it would
be the first time a cat had lived in the White House since Nancy
Reagan left (picture of Socks next to picture of Nancy). Ooooooh, how
catty! :-)


--

Kate

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Nov 16, 1992, 8:56:38 PM11/16/92
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Those of you who subscribe to Newsweek, there is a photograph of Socks in
the special election edition. What an adorable cat! he looks perfect for
the position of sitting on the really expensive furniture and eating
scraps out of the White House china.

I don't know Socks' (Newsweek spells it that way) political agenda, but I
suspect that like most cats, in addition to being an independent, his
domestic platform highlights skritching behind the ears and Pounce before
bedtime.

ciao!
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& Hemingway & Clio % I who am an artist, I will reply: "I am here to
sst...@seattleu.edu % live aloud." -Emile Zola

Pete Zakel

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Nov 16, 1992, 10:43:17 PM11/16/92
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In article <6NOV1992...@lims02.lerc.nasa.gov> afd...@lims02.lerc.nasa.gov (Stephen Dennison) writes:
>In article <26...@cronos.metaphor.com>, pste...@Metaphor.COM (Paul Stevens) writes...
>>
>>A 21 can salute to the soon-to-be-resident cat in the White House,
>>Socks! When (if ever) was the last time there was a cat in the
>>White House?

The answer to this is: Nancy Reagan.

Also, Socks will now have the responsibility of rubbing up against the legs
of visitors to the White House, killing small animals in and around the
White House and spraying various objects in the White House with urine -- a
responsibility currently being performed by Marlin Fitzwater.

(Both jokes stolen from Saturday Night Live of 14 November 1992).

;^)

-Pete Zakel
(p...@cadence.com or ..!uunet!cadence!phz)

Children aren't happy without something to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.
-- Ogden Nash

Sandra Loosemore

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Nov 17, 1992, 8:22:09 AM11/17/92
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So far nobody has brought up the key political issue of our time with
respect to Socks:

Does he "just say no" to catnip? Or maybe he just doesn't inhale! :-)

-Sandra

cindy davies

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Nov 18, 1992, 3:57:31 PM11/18/92
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In today's (Wednesday November 18, Rapid City Journal there is a front page
picture of Socks surrounded by at 3 photographers. The caption says,
"A star is born: Chelsea Clinton's cat Socks gets the attention of
photographers on the sidewalk outside the Arkansas Governor's Mansion
in Little Rock Tuesday. Sock strolled about a two block area with
photographers in tow.

This is a 3.5X5 colored picture Hmm. I don't remember Millie getting
her picture on the front page even when her book was published. Maybe
the media really is biased. (btw the Journal endorsed Bush for president.

Catherine Stanton

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Nov 18, 1992, 4:53:47 PM11/18/92
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On the front page, lower right hand corner of USA Today was also a picture
of Socks being accosted by not three, but *four* photographers, all on their
knees, crouching down, or otherwise altering normal rules of gravity for the
best angle. Socks look fairly annoyed but I thought she was very cute.

Cat

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Joan C. Maxfield

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Nov 18, 1992, 8:34:19 PM11/18/92
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In article <1992Nov18.2...@dunix.drake.edu> ac9...@dunix.drake.edu (The Dark Kitty) writes:
>up Socks in the air for a picture. The Clintons did not appreciate this
>and said something to the effect "Notice to all newsmen. Don't touch
>the cat." Though that isn't a direct quote it's pretty close. =-)

Ok, that does it, I'm going to run for President!
I don't want to fix the economy...I want to see Amos tear the
living H** out of some unsuspecting reporter! Socks must be
quite a nice kitty to allow just ANYBODY to pick her up!

Joan (in '96!)


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DISCLAIMER: I don't speak for the University, but they often speak for me!

The Dark Kitty

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Nov 18, 1992, 3:11:25 PM11/18/92
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I saw an interesting blurb today in the Des Moines Register about Socks
the PresidentialBeastoCat. Apparently some camera type news person held

up Socks in the air for a picture. The Clintons did not appreciate this
and said something to the effect "Notice to all newsmen. Don't touch
the cat." Though that isn't a direct quote it's pretty close. =-)

Just another example of the media putting there hands where they don't
belong and violating people's (cats are people) privacy. ;-D

Anthony

Elizabeth Brennan

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Nov 18, 1992, 10:04:47 PM11/18/92
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>I saw an interesting blurb today in the Des Moines Register about Socks
>the PresidentialBeastoCat. Apparently some camera type news person held
>up Socks in the air for a picture. The Clintons did not appreciate this
>and said something to the effect "Notice to all newsmen. Don't touch
>the cat." Though that isn't a direct quote it's pretty close. =-)

As someone said earlier...I think I'm gonna like these people. (The Clintons
that is, not the press.)

-- Bette

Elisabeth Riba

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Nov 19, 1992, 7:59:49 AM11/19/92
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Regarding the photos of Socks that have appeared recently. The
Clintons have kept Socks on the grounds and have tried to keep her out
of the spotlight (they did the same with Chelsea until before the
convention, when they discovered that most voters didn't even know
they had a kid) Anyway, some reporters stood outside the gates with
catnip and lured the cat out to the sidewalk to be photographed.

"Hey little girl, sniff this and then we'll take some pictures..."

Incidentally, Dian White's column in the Boston Globe a few weeks ago
was hysterical, giving Socks some suggestion (be sure to sharpen your
claws on the furniture!) and giving some history of First Cats.
The last cat in the White House was Amy Carter's (something about
Southern Democrats' daughters?) There have been as many cats in the
White House as goats (the four-legged kind) She told stories about
many of them, including a sad one that happened in the
Spanish-American war, and another president who led an entire
procession AROUND the cat sleeping in their path (Mohammed's coat,
anyone?)

Also, both Bill & Hillary are allergic to cats, and at home, Socks is
kept out of their bedroom. No one knows howthings iwll be handled in
the White House.
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Ann Adamcik

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Nov 19, 1992, 1:53:57 PM11/19/92
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I think it was yesterday's San Jose paper that had a great picture of
Socks. The caption said that he was playing with a neighbor cat on
the front lawn. The neighbor cat was a big orange tabby who's jaws
were firmly clamped around Socks' throat.

Socks may be the First Cat of the country soon, but he's not top cat
in that neighboorhood!

-Ann

The Dark Kitty

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Nov 19, 1992, 2:30:45 PM11/19/92
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Well in addition to that I think that Chelsea is alot cuter (in a kid
sort of way mind you) than Neil Bush (yuck!). =-) Whatever else you
might say about the Clintons they are a heck of alot better looking
and better acting family than the Bush's. At least the Clintons have
a familial personality...

Anthony


lhuf...@stsci.edu

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Nov 19, 1992, 3:33:05 PM11/19/92
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>
> Well in addition to that I think that Chelsea is alot cuter (in a kid
> sort of way mind you) than Neil Bush (yuck!). =-) Whatever else you
> might say about the Clintons they are a heck of alot better looking
> and better acting family than the Bush's. At least the Clintons have
> a familial personality...
>
> Anthony
>
>


WOW!
Here we go...

Jeffrey P. Moon

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Nov 19, 1992, 5:07:38 PM11/19/92
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Anthony, I think that you are full of shit.

The Bush family is well-knit, close, and strongly bond. Barbara and George
have been wonderful parents and grandparents. I'm sorry if you wouldn't date
anyone in their family; come to think of it, none of them would probably
want to date you. If I remember correctly, I have subscribed to a newsgroup
on cats. Let's stick to cat discussion.

Oh, one more point. You said that they appear to be a more familiar
families. I don't understand; do families where the father or mother have
outside affairs considered normal? Oh, it hurts, doesn't it Anthony?

Jeffrey Moon
University of Rochester
New York

Dave Blackburn

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Nov 19, 1992, 7:35:47 PM11/19/92
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In article <lgnom5...@jethro.Corp.Sun.COM> a...@rix.Corp.Sun.COM (Ann

So where was the Secret Service!!!!!

Lenore Levine

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Nov 20, 1992, 10:20:04 AM11/20/92
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There's just as much evidence that Bush has had outside affairs as
Clinton...

Basically, no one is going to *get* to be president unless they
want power as much as a cat wants food. And this is not going
to be a normal person, and not a person with a normal family life...

Now let's get back to cats, please...

Jeffrey P. Moon

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Nov 20, 1992, 4:35:21 PM11/20/92
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