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The Guild 11-9-2003 Thoughts Of Finding A Penny

Posted on 11/09/2003 6:09:56 AM PST by BigWaveBetty

THOUGHTS OF FINDING A PENNY

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being

good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever

heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to

spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend,

Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy,

with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her

house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have

this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's

employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest

restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to

indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself

immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that

evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her

husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a

long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on

the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped,

and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and

picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had

found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a

single penny?

Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could

stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had

a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of

some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for

the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies

before!

What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words

"United States of America."

"No, not that; read further."

"One cent?" "No, keep reading."

"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"

"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.

Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every

single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops

a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him?

Who am I to

pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS

in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that

I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it

were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with

me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk.

I

stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and

fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words,

"In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in

the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful!

And, God is patient....

Have a blessed day!!



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1 posted on 11/09/2003 6:09:56 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; mountaineer; Timeout; ClancyJ; BlessedAmerican; daisyscarlett; LBGA; Rheo; ..
Pick up a penny today!
2 posted on 11/09/2003 6:11:31 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: BigWaveBetty
Good Morning. Thanks for the new thread.

Wonderful thoughts this morning.
3 posted on 11/09/2003 6:18:38 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny
Good Morning. The story warmed my heart, a much needed boost after listening to the droning of the dims.
4 posted on 11/09/2003 6:23:45 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: BigWaveBetty
I would pick up a penny, but I am all thumbs.


5 posted on 11/09/2003 6:26:42 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: BigWaveBetty; All
From this morning's Des Moines Register, a political column from the top political writer in the state. He truely understands Iowa politics.



Iowans comfy with Gephardt
By DAVID YEPSEN Register Political Columnist
11/09/2003


Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt has been described as a "comfortable old pair of shoes" in Iowa - familiar and durable. After trying the latest fashion from New England, it seems many Iowa Democrats are grabbing their old Midwestern favorites again.

At least that's the conclusion from today's Iowa Poll showing the Missouri congressman overtaking the former Vermont governor among likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa. Gephardt, who won the Iowa caucuses in 1988, trailed Dean in an August poll of these Democrats.

The only good news for Dean in today's poll is that he still leads among the diehards, those zealous folks who say they'll most definitely show up on caucus night. They are driven a lot by their strong opposition to the war, and Dean is their champion. Dean's problem is that polls show more Democrats say the economy is the top issue, not the war. Gephardt's been getting a lot of union endorsements and the poll shows his support among labor households is increasing. Dean had been gnawing into that base.

(Which is why you should now look for Howard Dean to be praying for a blizzard on caucus night because it might discourage Gephardt's more marginal supporters from showing up. Something like that happened in 1972, when anti-Vietnam War activists braved winter storms to give George McGovern a strong second place showing against Ed Muskie. Gephardt can take comfort in knowing that Muskie did win that year, thanks to party regulars who showed up for him. Regulars are called regulars because they are, well, pretty regular in showing up for things like precinct caucuses.)

Today's Iowa Poll is the latest of several surveys indicating Dean's campaign has flattened out in Iowa. (Dean actually slipped three points since an August Iowa Poll, but that's margin-of-error stuff. It's too early to say he has peaked. Gephardt has gained six points, a figure outside the poll's 4.5 percent margin of error.)

What happened to Dean? Other candidates are catching up to his early start in Iowa. They have stepped up their attacks on him and are matching his angry rhetoric. They've also started airing television commercials and are picking at his inconsistencies. Dean also has come under greater scrutiny, and some days he doesn't wear too well under the strain.

Unlike Dean, Gephardt has been vetted in a national presidential campaign. There are no surprises in his closet or his archives. And after years on the national political stage, he's smart enough not to utter the first thing that comes to his mind. Doing that is one of the most refreshing things about Dean, but he's also discovering there can be a downside to popping off when there are dozens of TV cameras around.

Gephardt is doing well with seniors, who dominate caucuses. He may also be profiting from the more conservative Joseph Lieberman's departure from the race in Iowa. Previous polls of likely caucus-goers showed almost a third of Lieberman's supporters listed Gephardt as their second choice. Among all caucus-goers now, 16 percent list Gephardt as their No. 2 choice, more than any other candidate receives. (We've all learned to watch second-choice preferences since they indicate where caucus-goers might land if their favorite stumbles or isn't viable on caucus night.)

None of this is a prediction. The poll shows three-fourths of the likely caucus-goers remain undecided, and many will stay that way until the last day. While Dean is in a bit of a rough patch, his true-believing "Deaniac" friends can still win it for him here, something he'd dearly love because it would probably knock Gephardt from the race and widen his own lead over John Kerry in New Hampshire. A candidate who wins both Iowa and New Hampshire gets awfully hard to stop for the nomination.

Which is why so much is at stake in Iowa. It's why the shoving and (alleged) name-calling between a Dean spy and Gephardt aides at a recent Gephardt rally may just be a taste of things to come.

http://www.dmregister.com/opinion/stories/c5917686/22692566.html
6 posted on 11/09/2003 6:28:39 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny; *The GUILD

Zell gets it.


7 posted on 11/09/2003 6:49:32 AM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: lodwick
Love that cartoon. Isn't it great?
8 posted on 11/09/2003 6:53:48 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs

How do two thumbs pick up a penny? Very carefully, keeping one foot one the ground at all times.

9 posted on 11/09/2003 7:07:16 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Iowa Granny
At least with Iowa, Gephardt won't go home completely empty handed. *snicker*
10 posted on 11/09/2003 7:09:34 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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Seen in NYC, per Page Six:

BILL Clinton treating daughter Chelsea to a power lunch at Lever House, near the table of Anderson Cooper and Joe Klein.

I wonder if that was before or after his trip to Hong Kong to say the U.S. should send aid to the North Korean govt., which really is more interested in feeding its people than developing nukes (in Blubba's expert opinion). Sounds like they were among friends, at any rate.

Wesley Clark rides the NY subway and answers a few questions:

Q: Some folks have been saying that his dear friends, Bill and Hillary Clinton, are touting him behind the scenes as a stalking horse for a possible Hillary candidacy.

A: "That's just silly. That's silly talk. It's partisan."

Q: And what is Clark's reaction to former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's pandering comment that that he, Dean, wants the votes of Southerners, i.e. "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks"?

A: "Well, he shouldn't have said those things. I think all Americans - and this is a joke! - all Americans, even if they're from the South and 'stupid,' should be represented." NY Daily News

11 posted on 11/09/2003 7:15:09 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: BigWaveBetty
If Geppy wins Iowa, he will stay in longer.

I am having a difficult time remembering the cronalogical order of the primarys after New Hampshire. Is Super Tuesday next?

My guess is when the returns come in on Super Tuesday they will have their candidate. And with Howies money pile, my money is on him.

He has made so many gawfs, it should be a delightful General Election.
12 posted on 11/09/2003 7:26:45 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: mountaineer
If the 'stupid' people want representation, they have an excellent candidate in Clark.

Actually, they have 9 choices that would really fit the bill. How lucky for them.
13 posted on 11/09/2003 7:28:38 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Wesley hereinafter shall be my "silly talk" candidate.
14 posted on 11/09/2003 7:31:35 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Iowa Granny
Not familiar with Super Tuesday, I'll see what I can find.

While slumming on the subway Clark answered some questions:

[snip}
Q: And what is Clark's reaction to former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's pandering comment that that he, Dean, wants the votes of Southerners, i.e. "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks"?

A: "Well, he shouldn't have said those things. I think all Americans - and this is a joke! - all Americans, even if they're from the South and 'stupid,' should be represented." Link

Yep Wesley, you're a real laugh riot. What a maroon.

Bless his idiot heart.

15 posted on 11/09/2003 7:40:21 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: mountaineer
You beat me! The dog needed a walk.
16 posted on 11/09/2003 7:42:18 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Iowa Granny
Though the presidential elections are a year away, the first significant votes will be cast Jan. 19, in the church basements and living rooms where Iowans hold their first-in- the-nation caucus. New Hampshire follows Jan. 27. And a front-loaded Democratic primary schedule means an opponent for President George W. Bush could be picked by the March 2 "Super Tuesday" contests in New York, California, Texas and 10 other states.

That's the way Democratic leaders wanted it. The hope was an earlier selection of a standardbearer would leave him or her and the party less damaged and drained of money. Link

Hope that was what you were looking for.

17 posted on 11/09/2003 7:46:40 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Iowa Granny
It is indeed.

IPW is doing good stuff up there.

Cheers.
18 posted on 11/09/2003 8:04:53 AM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: *The GUILD
Dean might explode before it's over...


19 posted on 11/09/2003 8:27:05 AM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: lodwick; All
This is one of those threads that probably won't get any replies, but that's not why I posted it. Veterans Day 1956; A WWI Vet Warns Against any "isms" but Americanism is a speech my late grandfather gave on Veterans Day 1956 to the local American Legion of his little W.Va. town. He talks about our proud heritage of freedom, contrasts it with the communist system (remember, this was during the Cold War), and discusses how precious our Bill of Rights is. It's a look at the mood of the nation back then - hope you all find it interesting.
20 posted on 11/09/2003 8:41:40 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Gramps was a very wise, prescient guy - he and my gramps may be hanging around in Heaven discussing their time in the Argonne...

RIP warriors.
21 posted on 11/09/2003 9:47:13 AM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: lodwick
Oh, I do hope so.....
22 posted on 11/09/2003 12:49:12 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: BigWaveBetty
But Rep. Kolbe of AZ wants to get rid of the penny....
23 posted on 11/09/2003 12:50:29 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: lodwick
Thanks, lod. I think my grandfather, and yours, would be dismayed at the current American culture.
24 posted on 11/09/2003 1:20:37 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Too true. Back in the mid-60's, my grandparents flew out to California to see their other daughter and her family - they were highly disturbed to witness inter-racial dating going on at Laguna Beach. Highly Disturbed, I tell ya.

And I can't see that anything's any better forty years later.

Btw, they were born in the same year, although my gramps lived to his mid-nineties. All the way from horse and wagons in the Indian Territories to a man safely landed on and returned from the moon.

Thank you, again, for posting the speech.
25 posted on 11/09/2003 1:37:17 PM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: lodwick
Now for something completely different:

When Bosoms Collide!!!!

Shirley Bassey and Denise Rich

26 posted on 11/09/2003 1:41:32 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
LOL- rack'em!
27 posted on 11/09/2003 2:40:53 PM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: mountaineer; Hillary's Lovely Legs; Iowa Granny; BigWaveBetty; Timeout; Howlin; Miss Marple; All
Speaking of boobs....I'm considering making a bra purchase for those strapless things. I refuse to go bra-less with those kinds of things, but want to make sure I get the right thing.

I understand THIS is the answer. Problem is the price. Before I go laying out this kind of cash, I thought I'd see if anyone has any experience with this bra OR other suggestions????

28 posted on 11/09/2003 4:15:57 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
Do you have to glue that thing on?
29 posted on 11/09/2003 4:20:28 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Apparently the cups are lined some high-tech adhesive and fasten in the front. It's supposed to be easy to take on and off, and stays sticky for more than 100 wears!
30 posted on 11/09/2003 4:24:40 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
When I go strapless I wear a bustier. I need more engineering in my foundation garments.

I think a failure with the sticky bra could be catastrophic, but then again, see if they have some reviews about it online.
31 posted on 11/09/2003 4:30:46 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Hhhmmm, I suppose you're right about that. I'll do some more research before I fork over this kind of money. On the other hand, if it works - it'll be worth the price!
32 posted on 11/09/2003 4:32:22 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
If you have a really close friend willing to help you, you could use duct tape like the young gals so.

As for me, I could not trust the bra in the photo. More power to you, if you're 'up to it'.
33 posted on 11/09/2003 5:18:20 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Do you have to glue that thing on?

I believe that you have to have "things" upon which to glue them.

But, I could be wrong.

Memo to self: Do not post to these posts, for your own well-being, and self-interest.
34 posted on 11/09/2003 5:57:39 PM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: lodwick
I've been sitting here waiting on you to chime in. I still think duct tape is the answer.
35 posted on 11/09/2003 6:09:16 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny
Heheh - we farm types always look to the tape of the gods first thing.

Dang, I need to shut this puppy down, S.

See'ya.
36 posted on 11/09/2003 6:24:52 PM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: Iowa Granny
Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe complained on Sunday that President Bush shouldn't have worn a flightsuit on the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln earlier this year because of allegations he didn't fulfill a commitment to serve in the Alabama National Guard 30-years ago.

Complaining about the president's May 1 appearance on the Lincoln's flight deck, McAuliffe told CNN's "Late Edition" that Bush "didn't wear [a flightsuit] when he should have worn one when he was supposedly in the Alabama National Guard."

The insinuation that Bush dodged military service stunned fellow "Late Edition" guest, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, who shook his head in disgust as McAulliffe recycled the discredited charge.

The president did fly high performance aircraft during a stint in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1970's, a fact McAuliffe omitted from his diatribe.

The DNC chief delivered the low blow while complaining that Bush had prematurely declared major combat operations over during his Lincoln speech, while speaking beneath a sign that read "Mission Accomplished."

Revisiting the controversy, McAuliffe told CNN, "What the president was saying when he was strutting around on that aircraft carrier wearing a flight suit - which I remind you, he didn't wear when he should have worn one when he was supposedly in the Alabama National Guard - but clearly what came out of that was, he was saying that our job had been completed [and] major combat operations were over."

When the New York Times examined Democrat accusations that Bush hadn't fulfilled his full Alabama National Guard commitment during to 2000 election campaign, it turned up no evidence he had dodged serving.
37 posted on 11/09/2003 6:25:43 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Iowa Granny
I've been sitting here waiting on you to chime in.

Whatever you do, don't ping Fintan.

38 posted on 11/09/2003 6:26:48 PM PST by MaeWest (Our troops are fabulous!)
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To: anniegetyourgun
and fasten in the front

Glad they didn't try to tell us it fastened in the back.

You'll notice the model is leaning backward. My guess is there's a reason for that posture.

39 posted on 11/09/2003 6:32:00 PM PST by MaeWest (Our troops are fabulous!)
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To: lodwick
Heheh - we farm types always look to the tape of the gods first thing.

I can remember the time when duct tape didn't exist. We used to fix everything with baling wire. The tape is quite an improvement for most things.

40 posted on 11/09/2003 6:51:24 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Why, oh WHY, didn't Gillespie point out it was the Mission of the Ship that was accomplished, not the war on terror.
41 posted on 11/09/2003 6:55:37 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: anniegetyourgun
I found them for $9.99 on ebay.Click here
42 posted on 11/09/2003 7:20:28 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Iowa Granny
I was flipping channels and landed on the Jessica Lynch story. They were just rescuing her, but what I didn't know is that the soldiers found the other dead POWs buried under the shallow sand right next to the hospital. They had to dig up the soldiers with their bare hands. They got all of them and brought them home.

Well if that doesn't bring tears to the eyes I don't know what does.
43 posted on 11/09/2003 7:45:40 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I recall hearing or reading, at the time of the rescue, about them digging the dead up with their bare hands because they had no shovel.

44 posted on 11/09/2003 8:36:49 PM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny
Good Morning! Wondering what that wacky algore is up to these days? Ranting at MoveOn.org crowds.

Much speculation has swirled around how algore would have handled government after 9/11. Here's a clue...

Gore said a steady series of civil liberties violations have created a false impression that America is safer. [BAH!] In fact, he contended, the administration is skimping on security at nuclear-storage facilities, [define skimping] failing to screen airliner cargo [I wouldn't go there if I were you al.] and still has no serious plan to protect domestic infrastructure, like electric power lines. [Sure, no problem to protect the millions of power lines and infrastructure.]

The next four paragraphs speak for themselves as proof we'd be sitting ducks if algore were in charge:

Gore was particularly critical of the administration's detention of American citizens as enemy combatants, its treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the rounding up of hundreds of illegal immigrants after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Gore called the detention of immigrants - most of them Arab men who had overstayed their visas - "a cheap and cruel political stunt by (Attorney General) John Ashcroft."

"They have taken us much further down the road toward an intrusive `big brother' style of government … than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States," Gore said.

Gore drew his most sustained applause when he attacked the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law that expanded police investigative and surveillance powers. Gore said while the Patriot Act made some needed changes, it has "turned out to be, on balance, a terrible mistake." More idiot blatherings

45 posted on 11/10/2003 3:37:15 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: BigWaveBetty
Oh Please! AlBore is a threat to society.

BTW, Good Morning.
46 posted on 11/10/2003 3:47:20 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Yikes....do you suppose they're used?!?
47 posted on 11/10/2003 3:50:42 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
I bought some chicken cutlets on E-Bay with help from HLL and they came in a sealed package, they didn't appear to be used.

I've been seeing the ads for those strapless bras and was interested. I wonder though, what if you're out in this FL heat and well, you know, you start "glistening", do they fall off? That could be a problem.

But Rep. Kolbe of AZ wants to get rid of the penny....

Get rid of the penny?! My Friday nites of penny rolling will never be the same. ;-)

48 posted on 11/10/2003 4:38:13 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Iowa Granny
Gen. Tommy Franks thinks Clark lousy presidential material.

November 10, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Gen. Tommy Franks, who retired after leading the first stage of this year's war against Iraq, says in a new report that Wesley Clark, another former general, would make a lousy president.

"Absolutely not," said Franks, when asked if Clark, who recently joined the pack of presidential wannabes, would make a good commander-in-chief. [snip]

The antipathy toward Clark from military brass isn't new. As recently as October, Franks opted out of a chance to praise Clark, joking instead in an NBC interview: "Ain't this a great country."

The New Yorker report suggests that Clark's problems with some of his peers evolved during his time as supreme allied commander in Europe - when he feuded openly and often with his superiors about whether to get involved in the Kosovo conflict.

The report notes that some of the complaints about Clark stem from jealously and that many fellow officers were threatened by his intellect. NYPost

Imagining evaluations on many o' little Clark's grade school report cards: Wesley doesn't play well with others.

49 posted on 11/10/2003 5:07:47 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: anniegetyourgun
They are new. There are a lot of dealers who sell overstock on Ebay. You can purchase brand new current items for a fraction of the cost.
50 posted on 11/10/2003 5:11:14 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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