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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

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

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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


04-28-03 ... The FReeper Archives

04-29-03 ... Dear Mom and Dad

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
The guy's good, folks!
Thanks, Mixer!

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2) Once there you can click on any month and even click to the right to go into next year. Once you are in the month that you joined FR you will need to click on the number in the calendar and then an add item screen will come up.
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God Bless Our Military


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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We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions.
Please give us the strength, Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty, strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

mystery-ak..........son, husband
Blessed American..........nephew
Pippin....niece,nephew,loved one
Doug from Upland......son-in-law
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
Warrior duty
SK1 duty
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
AgThorn.............2 sons

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1 posted on 04/30/2003 1:17:40 AM PDT by dansangel
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To: dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; ...
Come join the Hump-Day fun as we welcome Martin_Fierro with an Exclusive FR's Finest "Inquisition."
2 posted on 04/30/2003 1:23:33 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel

3 posted on 04/30/2003 1:24:32 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: martin_fierro; dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages
Good morning to all. Congrat's to Martin for making it thru the interview.......
4 posted on 04/30/2003 1:44:54 AM PDT by .45MAN (If you don't like it here try and find a better country, Please!!)
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To: dansangel
Good morning Angel.

5 posted on 04/30/2003 2:09:20 AM PDT by Aeronaut (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: martin_fierro; dansangel; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess
Martin_Fierro: I find myself agreeing more and more with Michelle Malkin

Me too!

Michelle Malkin with Flyer

6 posted on 04/30/2003 2:38:22 AM PDT by Flyer (We like Dix!)
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To: dansangel; martin_fierro; Billie; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; dutchess; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Humpday !

Congratulations, Martin_Fierro, our FReeper of the day !

64 degrees as I post this, headin' for around 85 today. (More) Thunderboomers in our forecast too . . .

Have a cup while you FReep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

7 posted on 04/30/2003 2:49:17 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !:
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To: martin_fierro; dansangel
I enjoyed reading about you, Martin_Fierro ! (Good job, dansangel !) I hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight !



8 posted on 04/30/2003 2:54:59 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !:
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To: .45MAN

9 posted on 04/30/2003 4:14:58 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Aeronaut

Thank-you for your comforting fly-over each day. Have a wonderful hump-day!
10 posted on 04/30/2003 4:15:54 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Flyer
Cool picture, (((((((((Flyer))))))))))

She has brains *and* beauty, lucky lady!
11 posted on 04/30/2003 4:16:54 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: MeeknMing

Thank-you for the spotlight for Martin *and* the chocolate as always!

12 posted on 04/30/2003 4:17:53 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Good Morning All...Congrats Martin

13 posted on 04/30/2003 4:43:38 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action
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To: GailA
Woo-hoo! Coffee and buscuits time!

Thank-you ((((((((((Gail))))))))))))

Give little Rocky a scratch and a belly rub from me! :-)
14 posted on 04/30/2003 4:46:51 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Flyer
15 posted on 04/30/2003 5:05:14 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
'Mornin' ((((((humblegunner))))))))

Do I detect a bit of jealousy? LOL!!

How is FReeper Dix doing? Been keeping him in my prayers.
16 posted on 04/30/2003 5:15:46 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
How is FReeper Dix doing?

He's sounding good, looking forward to getting free by the weekend!
Excellent job with Martin_Fierro! Another outstanding profile.

17 posted on 04/30/2003 5:24:56 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
He's sounding good, looking forward to getting free by the weekend!

What a blessing! FReeper prayer-power at its best!

Thank-you for the kind words, too.

We have another FReeper that has been in the hospital for 4 weeks. Please spread the word to lift up LBGA in prayer - Thank-you!

18 posted on 04/30/2003 5:34:25 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel; All

It really is sad. Some may think it laughable; but it's not. It's not merely another piece of news either-not just something to chatter about at morning coffee break. It's sad. It's tragic. Is it criminal?

Doesn't Jesus say something about adults pulling children under thereby being responsible at the judgment? He said that if one trips up a child it would a millstone hung around that person's neck as payment for spoiling one of the children.

But what about adults slinging millstones around kids' necks? Same judgment on the adults, right?

As far as I can see it, Oz and Sharon have hung Jack with a large rock around his neck. The entertainment world calls their family just that-entertainment. But a family is not meant to be here on this earth for others' entertainment. It is here to ground itself on the Word of God, live for God and then answer to God at the judgment for what was done in this temporary span called "earthly sojourn."

Yet Oz and family have so twisted their divine purpose for existence that not only have mother and father paid dearly with their debauched lifestyle-laced incessantly with cursing to the nth-but now Jack, the son, has admitted himself into rehab. Why? Lots of problems, one of them being alcohol and other drugs.

California, naturally. And the family stands alongside the son. The father is most pleased that the son had sense enough to get help. Blah blah blah and more airhead stuff for the media to suck up in the name of parental compassion.

Of course, the whole playout was from crazyville. But now that the teen boy is slung around the head with a millstone, that's not funny. In fact, should it not be found somewhere in the category of criminal? Is there not some kind of abuse that has been going on here for some time?

According to the daughter who refused from the outset to play the loose hanging family drama, the family never used swear words prior to the TV time frame. They were taught to be English proper, nice, mannerly, and abiding by rules of the house. Interesting.

So she has opted to keep clear of the nuthouse household on screen. No doubt her independent move will keep her sane and perhaps give her perspective to continue into adulthood with some balance regarding values and the like. Time will tell, off course.

But to think that Jack has wallowed in the daily camera fondling of his every move. To think that certain scenes were even manufactured to make the family appear even loonier than it is. To think that mother and father set their children up for profanity, gross displays of whatevers, and so on and so on. To think that TV watchers stroked all this with laughter. To think that all of this has been marketed in the name of "family" is beyond moral and rational limits.

However, our world has become so jaded that the Osbounre crazy den has become simply another hangout for the bored and curious. For that, Jack is paying the price. And others in the household have also.

Doesn't this sound adult tilted coming from 17-year-old Jack: "I voluntarily checked myself into a detox facility for my own health and well-being"?

"I got caught up in my new lifestyle and got carried away with drugs and alcohol," he explained to PEOPLE mag.

Then this comforting shot from Papa: "It takes a lot of courage and strength to admit you need help, and both Sharon and I are proud Jack is facing his problems head-on." Yuck village, Pa.

Yet it is Mama Sharon who states she takes blame for the falldown of the family. This will be the last run, she claims. But she claimed that before in an interview with Barbara Walters. Again, time will tell.

"This is definitely the last year," Sharon stated. "We can't do it anymore."

In other words, Osbournes, stop ruining yourselves. Jesus would be proud?

19 posted on 04/30/2003 5:37:08 AM PDT by grantswank
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To: dansangel
thanks for the pledge of allegiance post daily!!
20 posted on 04/30/2003 5:44:37 AM PDT by grantswank
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