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A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....04-30-03....Martin_Fierro - The Exclusive Inquisition
dansangel; Billie

Posted on 04/30/2003 1:17:39 AM PDT by dansangel

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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.

TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.

TOP: ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM: AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx Aunt Eva.

We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.


GROUP 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

GROUP 5A: TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68. MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797. BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack.
GROUP 6A: TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett. MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick, Leroy S Mort, Mark17. BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.
GROUP 7A: TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam, dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony.BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang.
GROUP 8A: TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx. MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law. BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.


Freeper since April 12, 1999

This time, I have gone all out for the sake of satisfying my loyal readers' curiosity (hunger?) for the scoop on Martin_Fierro. Would you believe, Lars and I had to *wrestle* the private plane from FreeTheHostages and St.Louie1 (weren't they ever taught to share for crying out loud?). After airing it out for a few days (don't ask), we jetted off to Uruguay, personal assistants in tow of course, to hunt Martin_Fierro down and fire a few questions at him. Don't worry, dear fans, the doctor says I can be off of the antibiotics in about a month or so. (That darned itching…)

Anyway, since nothing is too good for my loyal following, it is with utmost pride that I bring to you:
Martin_Fierro - The Exclusive
National Inquisition Interview

dansangel: Please tell us what your national origins are.

Martin_Fierro: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. My parents are a naturalized immigrant from South Korea and a "white American" (more on that later).

dansangel: : Why the affiliation with Uruguay?

Martin_Fierro: I spent part of the 70s living in Uruguay as an exchange student. People might be surprised to know that there's a lot of European influence (British, Italian, Spanish, German, Portugese) in that small Spanish-speaking country. Apart from isolated grumbling there about America's excesses (mostly in our exported Hollyweird culture), my experience was very positive. Uruguayans seemed to respect and admire all that we have and take for granted.

Martin_Fierro's favorite "ride"

dansangel: Why do you claim Uruguay as your home?

Martin_Fierro: I'm proud to say that I still remain in contact with my host family there. I acquired a taste for Máte, or strong gaucho tea. Never got the hang of the tango, though.

dansangel: Oh that's easy - why Lars and I can show….uh, never mind. Is Martin_Fierro your real name or an alias?

Martin_Fierro: My FR name of "Martín Fierro" comes from the fictional gaucho poet/philosopher in José Hernández's 1872 work, El Gaucho Martín Fierro. I admire that character's simple, spiritual values.

dansangel: What can you tell us about your younger days?

Martin_Fierro: I wasted a lot of time in college (also in the Pittsburgh area). Luckily, I graduated and left without destroying too many brain cells or being the defendant in a paternity suit.

dansangel: And here I always thought that's what a good liberal college education was for. Did you continue your education?

Martin_Fierro: Grad school was a much more rewarding experience. I've worked in my profession for several years (yes, I'm an attorney), and would like to try something else now.

dansangel: Give up the good life? FreeTheHostages might have to knock some sense into you.

Martin_Fierro: I've published scholarly articles relating to computers and the law, some of which have been cited in law review articles and elsewhere. A lot of developments have occurred in the overlap of those fields in the meantime, and I'd like to write more about them as time permits.


dansangel: Oh, so you'd like to continue writing. Perhaps you can further the liberal cause with a good, mostly-true novel or two.

Martin_Fierro: My political leanings have never been Liberal. I experimented with Libertarianism after college, but became dissatisfied with its blind reliance on litigation and the morals of the marketplace. I've been a Republican ever since.

dansangel: Do I know how to pick 'em or what? OK, I'll bite. What caused you to walk on the wrong side of the tracks?

Martin_Fierro: As an "Amerasian," I strongly resent Affirmative Action policies or Census questions that compel a pigeonholed racial identity (Which parent's heritage would I choose? Why does it matter? To what does my choice entitle me? Who decides that?). The last time I checked, this country's motto was "Out Of Many, One" -- not the reverse. I also recall Dr. King aspiring to the day when we'd be judged by the content of our character, not merely by the color of our skin. Racial Balkanists like the "Reverend" Jackson have forgotten that.

dansangel: No need to be nasty about a man of the cloth….

Martin_Fierro: I'm an American, dammit, and not any hyphenized subflavor thereof.

dansangel: OK…I didn't mean to anger you….

Martin_Fierro: I find myself agreeing more and more with Michelle Malkin's columns on illegal immigration. Close the borders!

dansangel: A bit harsh, wouldn't you say? Let's talk about something else. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Martin_Fierro: My hobbies and interests include motorcycling, good food, jazz, writing, cartooning and computers. The only exercise I get is when I exercise my rights.

dansangel: And what about a love life?

Martin_Fierro: I love my wife very much.

dansangel: And that, my dear loyal readers, sums up the secret life of Martin_Fierro in a nutshell. I hope your appetites are sated until the next time we meet.

Please join me in giving another deserving FReeper a warm welcome to FR's Finest...
Today that Finest is


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Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Daisyscarlett; Dansangel; Dutchess; Mama_Bear; and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.
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mystery-ak..........son, husband
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Pippin....niece,nephew,loved one
Doug from Upland......son-in-law
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
Warrior duty
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David duty duty
bkwells..................activve duty
LadyX....................grandson duty duty
The Mayor................niece

ladtx....................2 sons
gator girl............husband
boxerblues............2 sons
the piper...................son
Diver Dave................niece
JimRobinson.....2 nephews
Armymarinemom.....3 sons
Consort...........2 daughters
dixie sass.............nephew
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To: dansangel
Please join me in giving another deserving FReeper a warm welcome to FR's Finest...

Today that Finest is Martin_Fierro!

Good job dansangel. Another example of why FR is the best website on the 'net. It's our FReepers. Congrats on the spotlight Martin. Glad to call you one of us.

21 posted on 04/30/2003 5:44:48 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: grantswank
Thank-you for bringing the "left coast lie" to light.

If more people would do what .45MAN and I do - boycott Hollywierd - those phonies who propagate lack of morals and family values would just simply disappear. My TV watching is limited to the news, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, Animal Planet and a couple of science fiction programs on Friday night.

.45MAN and I have not stepped foot in a theater nor rented a "mainstream" movie (we have rented a few with religious overtones) in 2 and a half years.

When "The Passion" comes out, we will break our boycott of the theaters.

The members of the Hollywierd sect are master manipulators. It's just too bad that many people cannot see them as such.

22 posted on 04/30/2003 5:52:48 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
thanks for your encouraging note.

right on with your boycott!

same here.

don't go to sit thru whatevers for i don't have the nerve nor time. that's it.

thanks again.


23 posted on 04/30/2003 5:58:11 AM PDT by grantswank
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To: All
Dean Of San Fran Gays Knocks Fellow Dem Kerry

San Francisco rocks. Dean will see to it that it rocks till morn. The gays in particular will rock the night away--rock, rock, rock baby rock.

Dem pres hopeful Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, "has become a darling of his party's left wing," according to SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reporter Carla Marinucci.

Yes, he has. Not only the left wing of the Dem conclave, but the left left wing of the Dem conclave.

And that makes it all the more exciting for the Republicans. In this left left swing of Dean there is the fracas now developing between liberal John Kerry and left left Howard Dean.

Nothing like witnessing Dems fighting among themselves, especially when Ms. Hillary came out last night at the Connecticut speech engagement in which she delighted hearers with worn metaphors of Bush being like unto a snake oil salesman.

With Ms. H giving forth attic vintage terminology and Dean and Kerry in tiffs, how much more can the Dems destroy themselves than what they have already begun? (Of course, there is more they can do to destroy themselves, all of which will play out in months ahead; but it is nice to give them a margin of civility along the journey, hence the question).

But back to Dean at Kerry's jugular and vice versa.

"Democrats are almost as angry at the Democratic Party as they are at the Republicans, because its presidential candidates, including (Sen.) John Kerry, don't have the courage to stand up on issues including gay rights. . ." Dean said in a telephone interview Monday.

Okay. That's the Monday start for going for it Tuesday night. It's smart to set the media up a night before show time.

Diverting his attention from Iraqi Freedom to gay rights, Dean is doing himself in royally with Middle America. Go for it, Dean babe. Go for it by being disillusioned that a night in San Francisco is reality center. Go for their applause meters jumping off the walls. Go for the stroking you will receive from the San Fran smiling faces for all the more it will shift you left left of left so that even Dems with brains in gear won't tolerate such an unhealthy, unreal extreme.

Dean as governor, recall, put same sex marriage into his pocket as a political success. Go, Dean, go.

Now he's going after the US military with snide putdowns such as "we won't always have the strongest military." Further, get this one for hookers: "We've gotten rid of (Saddam Hussein). I suppose that's a good thing."

Did you hear that? "I suppose that's a good thing."

I don't think that even that will play in San Fran. After all, gays may be known for being a bit different, but they are also profiled as being kind and compassionate; I can hardly see a gay caucus support for the Cult of Hussein the Horrible.

However, with Dean putting his loafers in his mouth concerning Saddam, Kerry quickly flew into the ring with protestations. How could any sane person, let alone a free-loving American, say such things as Dean was spewing forth?

Kerry's communications director stated to media :"(Dean) and the guy who used to be Iraq's information minister must be the only two people who aren't sure whether it's a good thing Saddam Hussein is now out of power.

"No U.S. president, no credible candidate for the presidency -- no one -- has ever even suggested that the U.S. would not always have the strongest military. To even ruminate, or ponder it, raises serious questions about whether he has the capacity to be commander in chief."

Nevertheless, Dean, as heady as ever with his San Fran show forthcoming within hours, told reporters that Kerry is just "worried" because Dean has now sliced out Kerry's image as the "inevitable nominee."

Like I say, nothing like watching the Dems at fight, eh?


J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME
24 posted on 04/30/2003 6:09:35 AM PDT by grantswank
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To: dansangel
Mamie Eisenhower's million-dollar fudge

4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
12 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
1 pint (2 jars) marshmallow cream
2 cups chopped walnuts

Combine sugar, butter, salt and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 6 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent sticking or scorching. In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling hot mixture over chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and walnuts. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Pour into a large, buttered jelly roll pan or two buttered 13-by-9-by-2-inch pans. Let cool two to three hours. Cut and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 36 to 48 pieces.

If you prefer to use a candy thermometer to determine the syrup's doneness, it is ready to be poured over the other ingredients when it's reached the 'soft-crack stage.' Once you pour the hot syrup over the other ingredients, work quickly because it sets up quickly and will make crystals around the edge if you don't immediately pour it into the prepared pans.

25 posted on 04/30/2003 6:14:34 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action
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To: GailA

That recipe sounds absolutely sinfully delicious!!!(Except the walnuts....I'll omit them!)

Chocolate is my absolute downfall. And fudge??? WOW!! Thank-you for sharing!

26 posted on 04/30/2003 6:28:12 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel; martin_fierro
Enjoyed getting to know you better martin. Your replies here at FR are some of the most level headed and well thought out.
Congratulations of being one of the Finest!
27 posted on 04/30/2003 6:29:33 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: grantswank
thanks again.

No thanks are necessary. We appreciate *you*. :-)

28 posted on 04/30/2003 6:29:51 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: ladtx

So wonderful to *see* you! Hope you have a great hump-day (I'm so glad we're headed downhill for Friday...LOL!)
29 posted on 04/30/2003 6:31:38 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: grantswank; Billie
thanks for the pledge of allegiance post daily!!

That's been a "Billie signature" since starting this thread last year. We have fun creating new ones from graphics that are original, or in my case, graphics that I find on the 'net.

30 posted on 04/30/2003 6:34:12 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Aquamarine; martin_fierro
Your replies here at FR are some of the most level headed and well thought out.

That's a side that I haven't seen! LOL!!

Seriously, most of the threads I've bumped into M_F on have me howling with his *witty* responses! :-)


PS...I owe you a FReepmail....

31 posted on 04/30/2003 6:37:04 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Mah pleasure, ma'am ! :O)
32 posted on 04/30/2003 6:44:42 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !:
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To: dansangel
I thought all would find this little tidbit interesting!

1789 George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of US

33 posted on 04/30/2003 6:46:52 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MeeknMing; dansangel; Billie; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; .45MAN; jkphoto; Mixer; grantswank; LadyX; ...


Looks like another nice day in Baltimore!

Gonna be warm!

congratulations, Martin, enjoy your day in the spotlight! :O)

Hope Dansy went easy on you, lol!

34 posted on 04/30/2003 6:48:30 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: dansangel

35 posted on 04/30/2003 6:49:57 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Salvation
1789 George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of US

Was that on this day? Wow!


36 posted on 04/30/2003 6:51:38 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Salvation
I did!

Thanks for the historical reminder!

37 posted on 04/30/2003 6:52:42 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Pippin
Hope Dansy went easy on you, lol!




38 posted on 04/30/2003 6:52:57 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: FreeTheHostages

*You* have special mention in my write-up today! :-)
39 posted on 04/30/2003 6:53:47 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Know what this means, Dansy?

Today is the 215th anniversary of the office of the President of the United States!

40 posted on 04/30/2003 6:54:32 AM PDT by Pippin
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