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August 22, 2009

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the casey anthony defense appears desperate in friday’s hearing

by Andrea O'Connell

Friday’s hearing in the Casey Anthony case leaves one to ponder about the meaning of truth.

Mark Twain said:  It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

And so here we are once again – seemingly skirting the truth in the case against Casey Anthony, and I am left wondering about our legal system.   I am left speechless here, wondering why the court allows the defense to grope for any theory that fits their fancy to flout on any given day.  Now, I understand that case hearings, such as the one yesterday, are used to discuss motions and discovery items which may or may not become “evidence” in the case.  However, it is maddening nonetheless that these defense lawyers should be allowed to float theories out there made of whole cloth.  This brings me to infuriating item number one.

My infuriating item number one:  Casey is “innocent”

So says defense attorney Todd Macaluso, Casey Anthony is “innocent” because, he says, and I paraphrase here: substantial evidence has been discovered  that clearly suggests that Caylee had been placed in the area off of Suburban drive AFTER Casey Anthony was locked up.  Therefore, argues Macaluso, Casey is innocent, since they have proof that someone other than Casey placed the body there.  

Oh my.

It is anyone’s guess who this phantom person could be.  Could it be they would like to present the case that Tony Lazarro had a hand in placing the body off of Suburban Drive?  It could be the defense is posturing towards this as a viable alternative.  Will they try to use Tony Lazarro’s phone records and cell phone “pings” to prove he was in the vicinity and therefore could have been involved?   If this is a theory the defense plans to float – good luck to them, we know it’s just another piece of the whole cloth.

My infuriating item number two:  George Anthony barges into press conference and demands audience from NeJame

Although this happened on Thursday, one day before the hearing, it still is worth mentioning here, since it’s all connected.

Attorney Mark Nejame held a press conference with Tim Miller (of Equusearch) to discuss and reveal that as a result of photographs taken of the area where Caylees body was found, and in an attempt to disprove the defense theory that the body was dumped while Casey was sitting in jail, Miller and NeJame revealed that the area was under water during the time Tim Miller and Equusearch tried to find Caylee. 

Of course we know that hurricane Fay landed in Orlando on or around August 18th and proceeded to drench the area.  Tim Miller and his Equusearch volunteers were unable to search the area off of suburban drive as it was literally under water – in a literal lake effect. 

In a letter to the Orlando State attorney’s office, NeJame points out: “One could literally be within inches of an item and be blocked due to the thick and massive underbrush and foliage.”   He further asserts that the multiple photos of the area where Caylee was eventually found, shows a great deal of standing water.  NaJame’s letter also said: “When the search was conducted, the areas where Caylee’s remains were found were still in water, which is why the search in that specific place was called off by Tim Miller.”  Therefore, it was not feasible to search the area where Caylee’s remains were eventually found. 

Here is a link to NeJame’s letter: http://www.wftv.com/pdf/20480499/detail.html

Simply put, what NeJame and Miller are pointing out flies in the face of what the defense is trying to tout, hence it is not a theory that the Anthony’s can stomach

It appears the defense wants to make Tim Miller look incompetent, and this suits George Anthony, too.  George Anthony apparently likes the idea that it could have been a mystery killer that placed the body in the woods well after Equusearch was in the area, and while Casey was jailed. Whole cloth again.

My infuriating item number three:  Leonard Padilla, merely a security guard.

George Anthony took the stand to uphold the supposed idea that Leonard Padilla was somehow an agent of the defense and therefore should not be a witness in the case.  Jose Baez decided to put George Anthony on the stand yesterday to uphold this position.  

George Anthony happily agreed with Baez, asserting that Padilla was indeed hired as “security”.  George Anthony was either not able to recall the truth, or he simply dissembled  to serve his and Baez’s own purpose, which is to keep Padilla off of the witness stand at any cost. 

The fact is this:  Leonard Padilla came into the picture to post Casey Anthony’s $500,000 bond last year.  George Anthony now claims he didn’t know that Padilla came forward with $500, 000 bond to release his daughter from jail?  This is not only infuriating; it flies in the face of truth that anyone could now believe that Padilla and crew came all the way from California to act as security guards for the Anthony’s?  Judge Strickland, please, see through this mess, allow Padilla and crew to serve as witnesses.

My infuriating item number four: The Check Fraud Case:

This is an interesting piece of the story.  Casey Anthony has a right to stand trial on this check fraud case, but at issue is whether this case should precede the murder case.  There are double edged swords for the defense here.   First of all, the defense said that Casey Anthony has made “good” on the monies that were stolen, and that Amy Huizenga has been paid back – they said this in open court yesterday, in essence aren’t they saying that Casey is guilty of these charges?  Then, why not plea and get it over with? 

Here’s the rub, in my opinion with regards to this situation.  If the defense were to plea out this case, then Casey would have a “felony” on her record that the jury in the murder trial could consider.  But, if the defense is able to postpone this case until after the murder trial, then the prosecutors would not be able to bring up these past bad acts of felony for the jury to consider in the murder trial.

Then again, if this check fraud case goes to trial, with all the publicity that is bound to follow, it could harm Casey Anthony’s ability to secure a fair trial in her murder case – all the bad publicity from the felony case, presumably, could harm her.

I hope that Judge Strickland is able to make the right call here.  I have no idea what that call should or will be. 

Regardless, justice needs to be served and Casey Anthony should not be given any special privilege by being able to avoid trial on the check fraud case.

More to come next week as Strickland rules on the issues brought forth on Friday.  Stay tuned.

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34 Comments Post a comment
  1. mikka
    Aug 22 2009

    the defense say ,she have proof cma is innoncent,hahahhahahha,why he dont get her out from jail ,when he have the proof,the defense grasping on straws!

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hi Mikka,
      You are correct. They are grasping and floating theories of innocence even though “innocence” is not a standard in a criminal trial, it means nothing – the court actually determines, in trial, guilty or not guilty. The talk of “innocence” is simply a ploy by the defense to attempt to make thier client look like the victim. That’s my opinion, anyway!
      Best,
      Andrea

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  2. Nina
    Aug 22 2009

    If the Defense claims she is innocent,she wouldnt be sitting in jail all this time…AND I hardly think Miss Casey is going to sit there and take the rap for someone else! The right person is sitting where they need to be….

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hey Nina… You got that right! I thought that same thing yesterday when Macaluso was crying innocence. I thouht, well shoot, if that’s the case, maybe Strickland would entertain the idea of bail! If the judge thought this was a strong reasonable doubt case, he could consider bail, I believe. But, since the right person, as you say, is sitting where they should be, it’s not gonna happen…..

      Andrea

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  3. artgal
    Aug 22 2009

    There are a lot of things we can call Casey but innocent isnt one of them. She is guilty of lying to law enforcement,
    for child neglect, for not reporting her child missing for 31 days just right off the bat – of course, they will find her guilty of murder as well, the forensic evidence is very conclusive that the body (those tiny bones) was placed where it was found shortly after death
    in June and lay there until it was found in December.
    The fact that Baez and his motley crew of damaged lawyers have the arrogrance to believe they have a shot of getting her off is absurd. They should plead her out on a lessor charge if they were smart -which they are not.
    They know Casey is a lying scheming little murderer and are only on the case for the fame and fortune.
    Innocent-ha

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hi Artgal,
      You bring up such an important point about ethics… In my humble opinion, an ethical attorney would have not taken this case given the facts presented by LE. An ethical attorney would have done everything in his or her power to show Casey that she cannot win and it would be in her best interest to plea. Most defense attorneys try to plea with the state when they know they cannot win. However, Casey does have a right to a defense, it is just that the defense in this case has no “defense” and they are trying to make it up as they go along.
      The simple fact that 31 days passed before it was really known that the child was missing is cause enough for red flags – and furthermore, it was not Casey who reported her missing, as we know, it was Cindy!!!!

      And, you’re right about the time frame and the bones… I am certain that the state has conclusive evidence via the vegetation growth in the area where the bones were found, that Caylee was indeed there in early June.

      Thank you for your comments!
      Andrea

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  4. Nina
    Aug 22 2009

    I hope the state has proof of a finger print on the duct tape..Then you will see how fast the defense team steps back.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Good Point, Nina! I wonder if we’ll see that. I am sure they are still testing a lot of the damaging forensic evidence in the case…

      Makes you wonder if they’ll try an OJ defense scheme…. making the FBI, and LE in general look like keystone cops who are incapable of producing authentic evidence and therefore, all evidence they produce is tainted…. That may be all the defense they will be left with. Who knows, they may try it but they don’t have a Barry Scheck on this case… so good luck Baez… you’ll need it.

      Andrea

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  5. Jagstop
    Aug 22 2009

    Casey/Baez connection:
    Is it just me or did anyone else sense the lack of connectivity between Ms Anthony and Baez. To me their posture looked downright chilly towards each other. Quite a change from the flirty behaviour and knowing glances that we saw in past appearances in court.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hi Jagstop,

      I am so glad you mentioned that! Yes, I certainly did notice that and found it really interesting – she never onced looked at him!!! She shook hands with Macaluso when she came in, and that was it. I did notice that she never seemed to look once at Baez. And Lyons was being very protective; it appeared that she was leaning in towards Casey at every turn. Very odd indeed. I wonder what’s up? Maybe Casey is realizing that her counsel is made up of “dumb and dumber”…

      And, did you see that Casey shed no tears? I don’t know about you, but I really tried to see if she really was crying… didn’t look to be from my vantage point.

      Thanks again for pointing this out.

      It’s all staged – every bit of this circus is staged…

      Best,
      Andrea

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      • Starfish
        Aug 24 2009

        Hi Jagstop and Andrea, I noticed the same thing…Casey and Bozo seemed very cold shouldered towards each other…I have to wonder is its because Bozo is not spending as much time at the jail with her.

        I was looking closely at Casey while she was glassy eyed wiping pretend tears away….I did not see one drop of moisture around her eyes…Maybe glassy eyed from the meds she is taking?

      • Andrea
        Aug 24 2009

        Hey Star,
        Yup, it was really something to see such a drastic change in thier demeanors… I wonder what’s up. Perhaps she’s getting the picture that she’s hired a clown for an attorney – maybe the hard cold reality is sinking in? Yep… I agree with you both, something is up…

        Hugs,
        Andrea

  6. Nina
    Aug 22 2009

    I also looked to see if they were real tears or not..i don’t think so unless her tears ducts on blocked!She had her hair pulled back,no make up(I see the defense at least is trying to make her look like this has played a toll on Miss Casey..That was also a part of this day in court in my opinion.Poor little Casey,looking drawn and taking its toll on her..I will say this time she sure wasnt grinning and laughing ,which I am sure the defense told her she better change that demeanor…..Its all such a joke isnt it? Casey is as guilty as they come …George has an attitude when he was being questioned.How he can sit there and look at his daugther after what happened to his grandaugther and still proclaim her innocence is beyond me..They will never admit it,even if they believe it themselves..George made a comment,that he wanted to know the truth ,Cindy wanted to know the truth and Lee wanted to know the truth,well he didnt mention the person being accused!!!!Wonder why….

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hey Nina,
      Boy… you got that right…. It is all a show and a ploy to make her look like something she certainly is not – sympathetic / humane.

      I read some where – someone made a comment on a blog that they thought that Casey (using her middle finger to wipe away fake tears) was actually giving her father the finger!!!! I don’t know if I totally buy it, but who knows…. Remember when George accused Attny. Morgon of pushing up his glasses with the middle finger? Just plain weird… But, funny nonetheless.

      Cheers,
      andrea

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  7. Aug 22 2009

    wasn’t there a point where casey was aressested then bailed out then back in jail again. i feel she was bailed out then moved the body then back to jail again.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hi Diane,
      Yes, Casey was in and out of jail on at least two occasions before the grand jury indictment. But, I think that she was so closely watched during the time she was out of jail that it may not be feasible for her to move Caylee during that time – unless someone else did it for her. But, I believe she acted totally alone.

      Frankly, I believe that the forensic discovery about the vegetation in the area will prove that poor little Caylee was there all along.

      Of course, there are no absolutes as yet…we’ll have to wait and see…

      Best regards and thanks for posting here!
      Andrea

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  8. Diana
    Aug 22 2009

    There was no tears. Her eyes did well up twice, but nothing came out. She had to keep wiping her eyes though. so it looked like she was crying. I had a huge close-up on my pc.

    I wish someone would please tell Cindy Anthony how to dress appropriately for court. She acted like she was at a little birthday bash, laughing when it was over. How odd. Very odd behavior for a grieving grandma.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 22 2009

      Hi Diana,

      I know what you mean… If it were me in Casey’s shoes and I was standing accused of killing my only daughter not a soul alive could keep me from screaming and shouting my innocence to the rooftops. Of course, Casey is presumed innocent, but her stories, lies, partying and thievery don’t portray her in the best light. As for the grieving grandparents… my feeling is this, there is one version of the truth and they are avoiding it at all costs. The truth is something one remembers. “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything,” said Mark Twain. Isn’t it funny how the grandparents seem to be unable to remember things? Hmmm….

      Thanks so much for your comments!

      andrea

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  9. Nina
    Aug 22 2009

    I don’t get any of the behaviors of these people..George cops and attitude with the wrong people and so does Cindy…..To many times they lash out at people they should of been thanking..Tim and his search for one…..What Puzzles me the most is, this is the first time in months they have seen Casey ..Personally, nothing in the world would keep me from going to the jail to see my child…(they proclaim her innocence well that would be reason enough to want to go see her and support her……….I agree with Diane,it is a very odd way for a grieving grandmother to behave..I could not even smile if it was me..Knowing my grandaughter was murdered and my own child was being accused of doing it……I will be glad when this trial is here..Then Miss Casey (the Nanny herself) can go to a bigger place ,Prison for the rest of her life with out chance of ever getting parole,which I hope that is what she gets for what she has done. I have not one ounce of compassion for any one that brings harm or death to a child..Casey destroyed her own life the day she took her childs life…

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    • Andrea
      Aug 23 2009

      Hi Nina,
      So perfectly stated… I agree that it is inconcievable to see the behavior of these people…thier demeanor just defies logic. Had the Anthony’s kept quiet at the outset and not tried to cover thier own lies, perhaps they would today be able to quietly visit thier daughter without the circus following. I believe this circus is a result of Cindy Anthony’s continued yarns.

      Both Cindy and George just seem so heartless and so intent upon saving Casey – and seem to not be bothered about lying at all. It’s one thing to support a daughter out of love, but another thing to condone the act of murder for the sake of saving her. They are sad people, these Anthony’s.

      Andrea

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  10. Aug 23 2009

    Hello, Caylee’s friends!
    So, the defense wants to accuse Tony of putting Caylee’s remains in the woods…well, how will they explain away the phone convo between Casey and him the morning of the 16th? Casey engaged him when he asked why she didn’t tell him about Caylee in all that time they were together. The cell pings will only show that Tony was in that area with Casey every time. Tony was cleared by LE and the jury will never fall for the idea that Tony had anything to do with anything in this case. Their relationship was too new and, besides that, Tony doesn’t have a criminal past. On to the next victim to toss under the bus.
    And the deal with LP is that he was never hired by Baez. LP told Baez to make a contract and pay him a dollar and he would then be considered hired. Baez didn’t feel it was necessary. George was lying on the stand, too. He’s fooling no one not even the judge. Its up to the judge to do as he wills with his testimony. I suspect it will be ignored. I don’t think George’s testimony was even worth the court’s time.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 23 2009

      Hey Coreysmom!

      Thank you for bringing out these great facts here! Yes, like you, I believe it would be a huge stretch for anyone to think for a second that Tony had any inkling of quilt in this. I do, however, fear that they (the defense) will try any tactic under the sun to make her friends look like accomplices, or guilty parties. And I am so glad you said it…Yes, George was lying on the stand, totally and completely. And wasn’t his tone so nasty when the prosecutor questioned him? I thought he was biligerent and thought that his appearance on Friday was a preview of how he will testify in the criminal trial. I have no doubt that Cindy and George Anthony – if they keep up thier demeanor – will be named as hostile witnesses. This will hurt Casey’s case tremendously – if her own parents are hostile to state’s mission of seeking justice for the death of little Caylee.

      Thank you again for your excellent comments….
      Happy Sunday!
      Andrea

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  11. Sophie
    Aug 23 2009

    The reason Baez took this case is because he’d seen the publicity on it and it was so outrageous that he could smell the fame and publicity.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 23 2009

      Hi Sophie,

      I think you’re correct in the sense that Baez smelled the publicity. I also think it was a lot of luck. If I remember correctly, while Casey was being processed in the jail, she met another person who was also being held / processed who asked her if she (Casey) had a lawyer. Casey replied no, and so was given the name and number of Baez, who met with her the next day, I believe. So, it was Casey’s dumb luck to get him, and it was his day to win the lottery. Go figure.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts!
      Andrea

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  12. Aug 23 2009

    Hope you have had a happy Sunday, Andrea!

    Yes, George was biligerent in court! How he can have the chutzpa to do that is beyond me!
    The prosecution is going to keep reminding the jury about the non-existant nanny and Baez will be a laughingstock trying to say the nanny was one of Casey’s friends, blah, blah, blah…
    Baez will try to call the Body Farm tests junk science, but! there is no other science to contradict the findings. All the defense has is smoke and mirrors. They may be good attorneys but they are grasping at straws in this case. They will play the jury as if they are dummies. They will be politely condescending. The jury won’t like it. The defense will overload them with info that sounds viable but the jury is going to want it plain and simple. The jury may very well say to hell wth the forensics part of this trial because of the defense’s obfuscation of it. That’s what happened in Scott Peterson’s case. He went down on the circumstntial evidence alone because the defense managed to cause confusion with the forensics. Simply put, the prosecution was plain speaking with the forensics and the defense wasn’t able to counter it reasonably. Casey will find herself going down just like Peterson.
    I also noticed that Macaluso isn’t trying for an accident theory anymore. What does Tony’s cell phone records and “someone put Caylee’s remains in the woods while Casey was behind bars” have tio do with an accident? He said from the start he was out to prove an accidental death occurred. Hmmm… 😕

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    • Andrea
      Aug 24 2009

      Hi Again!
      Oh that fan-damily just infuriates me to no end! How can they act as they do??? They have no humanity, no self respect, either… I wish they’d shut the heck up.

      Oh man… just think if they try to put the “nanny” out there as a viable story!! Hahahahaha! Won’t that be something. The state is very strong in this case, they are top notch… Oh, and you make an excellent point about Scott Peterson. He went right down, as you say, on a whole lot less circumstantial evidence than what they have in this case. (Mark Geragos was also very cocky… too cocky.) The state in the Peterson case did well to stand thier ground and simply present facts – just the facts – no drama or hullaballoo there!

      I think the state will do well and prevail in this case, I really do….. 🙂
      Hugs,
      Andrea

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  13. Jill from Western Australia
    Aug 24 2009

    Hiya Andrea & friends…can I add this video as my infuriating item please :mrgreen:

    About half way down the page you will see the Youtube pic of Todd Macaluso…warning!!!! hava barf bag ready!

    Many interesting comments by Tony Padilla on this and following pages…the initial ones were very suprising…perhaps you could give me your thoughts.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88008&page=2

    Hugs ♥♥♥

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    • Andrea
      Aug 24 2009

      Hey Jill…

      This is unbelievable!!! It is all hype and crap… he is terrible… I am speechless. He’s saying no decomposition in trunk??? No body in the area???? He is just amazing…. ooooh it just makes me furious… He is trying to contradict every single ounce of evidence / discovery….

      Oh well, let him have his fun now – it’s pretty easy to get up in front of the cameras NOW… just wait until the trial when they have to discuss facts, not hyperbole.

      Jill… I thank you for sharing this, but boy o boy it sure has made me mad!

      Tee hee….

      G’day, and cheers to you in Australia 🙂
      Andrea

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  14. Diana
    Aug 24 2009

    Andrea*

    If the defense knows of a person who moved Caylees body……..are they saying that , that person also murdered Caylee? If so, then WHO IS THAT? Who is the child murderer that is out free running around in public? Don’t they have an obligation to reveal this immediately? What an absolute crock!!
    I can’t believe the defense can get away with this.

    Reply
    • Andrea
      Aug 24 2009

      Hi Diana,
      You are exactly right… that’s why it’s a useless argument for them to be making! It’s like OJ looking for the real killer. Yeah, right! But, they can float as many ridiculous theories as they want… in fact, the more idiotic theories they float, the better, because it only will make it worse for them – the more desperate they will look, in my opinion. Ohhhhh, but it’s just so hard to listen to thier crock, isn’t it?
      Sheesh!

      All the best… Hugs,
      Andrea

      Reply
  15. Aug 24 2009

    Hi, Jill!
    My thoughts on that video is that you are correct in listing that as infuriating. Macaluso sounds convincing but only if it were to pertain to a different case!
    No decomp in the trunk…he wishes!
    Casey is innocent…in his dreams!
    She won’t get a fair trial…well, gotta get that excuse in ahead of time, like a bowler who swears its his sore thumb as to the reason for a lousy game.

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    • Andrea
      Aug 24 2009

      Hey Coreysmom… DITTO! What a joke… didn’t it make you sick? Jill was right – ya need a barf bag for that piece. But, he mentioned again about change of venue to Miami… hmm. I do hope so – I live in South Florida and will be there for sure….

      Best,
      Andrea

      Reply
  16. Sep 22 2009

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..

    -Bill-Bartmann

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    • Andrea
      Sep 23 2009

      Hi Bill,
      I surely appreciate your comments so much. Sorry for the late reply to your post, as it ended up in my spam filter… I love this spam filter, but it does trap some regular posts, too.

      Do you have a blog, too? If so, let me know and I’ll look you up, too!

      Thanks so much for your comments!

      Best,
      Andrea

      Reply

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