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A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....02-15, 02-16-03....Weekend Thread
dansangel; Billie

Posted on 02/15/2003 4:18:57 AM PST by dansangel




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

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues; salute and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   I can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.






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.

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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.




                     







To Our FReeper FRiends:   We hope you've been having as much fun as we have with our spotlight on various FReepers. We thought we'd kick back on the weekends and simply review those who've been featured during the week. If you missed seeing them and want to say hello to them now, feel free to click on the link to that particular thread. If you'd like to drop in and out of this thread today and tomorrow, please feel free to do that also. One of us will always be around to see the welcome mat is still out, and maybe even put fresh flowers on the table. :)

"Getting to Know You"


THIS WEEK'S THREADS



02-10-03 Kissed By A President
.......................................OhioWFan


02-11-03 Duty, Honor, Country
..........................................ladtx Essay


02-12-03 Fighting Windmills, FReeper Style
......................................Bert


02-13-03 Make Whine, Not War!
.........................JOHN HUANG2 ESSAY


02-14-03 Love, FReeper Style
................. .45MAN and All of FR's Finest


Strangers are just friends waiting to happen










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

1) Click on the graphic to open the Calendar.
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.
3) In the next box enter your name in the "Calendar Text" field and then click on submit.
4) If any of the screens fail to load simply click on refresh in your browser and that will usually fix it.
5) If all else fails or simply if you want me to do this for you send me an FReepmail and I will gladly do it for you. ~Mixer




God Bless Our Military

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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.
~~~~~~~~~~   ~~~~~~~~~~


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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


OhioWfan .... son
mystery-ak ... son, husband
Gogrammy ..... grandson
Inspectorette ..... son
Blessed American .... nephew
Slip18 ..... nephew
anniegetyourgun ..... nephew
Pippin ... a niece, nephew
Doug from Upland ....son-in-law
severa .... husband
G'nad .... active duty
LongCut .... active duty
Trish .... active duty
deadhead .... cousin


Maigrey ... cousin
ladtx .... 2 sons
Mama_Bear .... nephew
gator girl .... husband
LBGA ..... son
Himyar ..... son
SK1 Thurman .... active duty
David Osborne .. active duty
boxerblues' .... 2 sons
the piper .... son
sheeza .... husband
kemathen7 .... husband
Diver Dave .... niece
weldgophardline...brotherinlaw




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KEYWORDS: freepers; fun; military; patriotic; surprises; veterans; weekend
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1 posted on 02/15/2003 4:18:58 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; ...
Welcome!

It's the weekend and so much has happened during the week. Please come join us to review the week's Finest and also to pray for our troops and their families.

Special prayers being lifted for LadyX who was in a car accident the night before last and has a broken right arm. Please remember her to our Lord as she recuperates. We love and miss you beautiful LadyX!

2 posted on 02/15/2003 4:25:03 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Good morning! I see I'm not the only early riser today.
3 posted on 02/15/2003 4:29:47 AM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: Billie
Billie, I have an addition for your list of family in harm's way right now: my cousin, who is attached to the 20th SF Group and is, last I heard, in Afghanistan, though he may be on the way to Iraq in the near future. He's a good kid, please pray for his safe return.
4 posted on 02/15/2003 4:31:00 AM PST by Future Snake Eater
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To: dansangel; LadyX; Scuttlebutt; Fred Mertz; beowolf; razorback-bert; humblegunner; Billie; WVNan; ...
The crew of the Mobius Triangle sends hugs and prayers to our beloved LadyX and wish her a speedy recovery. She expects to be put on light duty whilst her arm and other injuries heal. Be assured, most wonderful lady, no such luck.
5 posted on 02/15/2003 4:32:53 AM PST by ofMagog ( We are all tap dancing in the canoe of life.)
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To: humblegunner
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People laugh at me when I tell them "sleeping in" for me is 7 a.m.! LOL!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
6 posted on 02/15/2003 4:36:40 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave
Good Morning to all Hope everyone has a great weekend....
7 posted on 02/15/2003 4:37:34 AM PST by .45MAN
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To: Future Snake Eater; Billie; dutchess; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett
{{{{{{{{Future Snake Eater}}}}}}}}}}}

Good morning! I have pinged all of the Finest's hostesses so that your cousin will be added to our prayer list. May God watch over him and give comfort to his family.
8 posted on 02/15/2003 4:38:31 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: ofMagog; LadyX
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So great to hear from you, captain! :-)

Be assured, most wonderful lady, no such luck.

A taskmaster, you are, sir. But someone has to keep us in line! LOL!

9 posted on 02/15/2003 4:40:15 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: .45MAN
I shall overlook the fact that you "forgot" me in your ping list! :-)

{{{{{{{{{{{{{.45MAN}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
10 posted on 02/15/2003 4:41:44 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Good Morning Dansy and ALL. Continued prayers for LadyX's rapid recovery.

Coffee's on, come on in and pour yourself a cup of fresh ground liquid heaven.


11 posted on 02/15/2003 4:41:51 AM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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To: GailA
{{{{{{{{{{Gail}}}}}}}}}}}}

Was so glad to hear that you all had a nice Valentine's Day dinner....even little Rocky had a treat!

Hope you all enjoy the weekend! Give Rocky a scratch behind the ears for me.
12 posted on 02/15/2003 4:43:43 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I guess it depends on perspective! I'm at work now, and we have
a FReep later, hope the rain stops by then.. ;-)

13 posted on 02/15/2003 4:43:59 AM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: GailA
Mmmmm biscuits and gravy!
14 posted on 02/15/2003 4:44:50 AM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: humblegunner
Please be careful at the FReep and give the America-haters *heck*. I hope and pray that God and the weather are with you all!
15 posted on 02/15/2003 4:45:25 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Good Morning. Continued prayers for LadyX.

Thank You, dansangel, for helping to keep this thread going. I really enjoy reading the profiles.
16 posted on 02/15/2003 4:46:00 AM PST by Iowa Granny (Be kind to your children,,,,, they will select your nursing home)
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To: Iowa Granny
Good Morning {{{{{{{{{{{Iowa Granny}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

It's a pleasure to put up the threads along with Billie, daisyscarlett, Mama_Bear and dutchess. It's people like *YOU* that keep them going!

Enjoy your weekend!
17 posted on 02/15/2003 4:56:06 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
Thanks! We've got a new banner!

It's weatherproof, thankfully.

18 posted on 02/15/2003 4:57:22 AM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: LadyX; dansangel
Wonderful LadyX;
Due to the overwhelming requests (all one of them) for you to be assigned to lighter duty, I have decided that your other arm is apprently in not too bad shape and you can therefore use an oar. Such will be good exercise and help prevent muscle atrophy. "Semper Fi" and all that other stuff you Marines scream.
19 posted on 02/15/2003 5:15:59 AM PST by ofMagog ( We are all tap dancing in the canoe of life.)
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To: humblegunner
Excellent banner!! I am so proud of you all!

It's weatherproof....well, I know FReepers are, too. I suspect FReepers are more *weather proof* than the cowardly America-haters!!!

{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}} and heaps of prayers!
20 posted on 02/15/2003 5:17:34 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: ofMagog; LadyX
I have decided that your other arm is apprently in not too bad shape and you can therefore use an oar.

How absolutely *human* of you, cap'n!

;-)

21 posted on 02/15/2003 5:19:54 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel; humblegunner; Iowa Granny; ofMagog; GailA; .45MAN; Future Snake Eater
G'morning to y'all :^)
22 posted on 02/15/2003 5:28:52 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: dansangel; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...

23 posted on 02/15/2003 5:29:18 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
{{{{{{{{{{{{{JH2}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

So wonderful to see you again this morning! Either you are up very late....or very *early*....LOL!!

Sometimes it's hard to tell! Enjoy your weekend....although I know that pen of yours never rests!!!
24 posted on 02/15/2003 5:43:21 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: GailA; humblegunner; ofMagog; Iowa Granny; Future Snake Eater; JohnHuang2; .45MAN; Billie; ...

I have been terribly remiss in my hostessing duties!!! I'll probably be *fired* from the Weekend thread...:-(

Please help yourself to the buffet I just remembered I was supposed to serve. I'm surprised y'all weren't keeling over from hunger - although I have GailA to thank for the coffee and biscuits that tied y'all over!! LOL!!

Now, it's off to do Saturday chores....(bummer!!)

BBL! {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}} to everyone!

25 posted on 02/15/2003 5:54:28 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel

GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY!!!!!

It's really snowy here in the Baltimore/DC area.

Snow's stopped comong for a while but is expected to start back up later tonight and into tomorrow and tomorrow night with a vengiance (sp?)

I'm gonna post my favoriet picture of President and Mrs. Bush that was on the Dose last night.

Yesterday was also Rintense's and Kayak's birthday.

THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE!

LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!!!

God please bless and protect President Bush and all his family from all harm both physically and spiritually!

26 posted on 02/15/2003 5:59:23 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: dansangel; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; .45MAN; jkphoto; ladyinred; chadsworth; JustAmy; ...
I meant to ping you all to post #26! GRRRR!

I need some tea to wake me up!

27 posted on 02/15/2003 6:04:31 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: ofMagog; LadyX
LadyX, You gonna take such treatment!?

Cap, don't work her so hard! ;^)

28 posted on 02/15/2003 6:06:57 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: Pippin; LadyX; Scuttlebutt; Fred Mertz; beowolf; razorback-bert; humblegunner; Billie; WVNan; ...
Hey! She was sent back from Sick Call for "light duty." She has one good arm and someone has to man the oars besides you and Aquamarine. Plus, exercise will be good for her. She's a Marine.
29 posted on 02/15/2003 6:13:17 AM PST by ofMagog ( We are all tap dancing in the canoe of life.)
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To: ofMagog; LadyX
Okay! I forgot she's a tough Marine!
30 posted on 02/15/2003 6:15:08 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: dansangel; All
Good morning
31 posted on 02/15/2003 6:21:58 AM PST by firewalk
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To: ofMagog; LadyX; WVNan; ST.LOUIE1; dansangel; daisyscarlett; JohnHuang2; GailA; Mixer; MeeknMing; ...
Here's that photo I wanted to post!

I finally found it!

From last night's Dose.

(((((PIPPIN HUGS)))))) FOR GEORGE AND LAURA BUSH!!!


32 posted on 02/15/2003 6:35:20 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: BeforeISleep
Good Morning {{{{{{{{{{BIS}}}}}}}}}}

Have a great Saturday!

.45MAN and I are off to run some errands!
33 posted on 02/15/2003 7:18:18 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: Pippin
{{{{{{{{{{Pippin}}}}}}}}}}}}

Still chilly in your neck of the woods, I see!

We have the patio door cracked open, and although it's a bit on the chilly side, the air feels good. I'd guesstimate somewhere in the vicinity of the low 50's.

Off to run some errands! Be back later!
34 posted on 02/15/2003 7:20:22 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel; daisyscarlett; Billie; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; Aquamarine; LadyX; Pippin; WVNan; ...
Good morning to our gracious Hostesses.

Good morning to all fellow Freepers...)


35 posted on 02/15/2003 7:32:13 AM PST by jwfiv
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To: dansangel
Thanks, hope you have a great Saturday too (-:
36 posted on 02/15/2003 7:33:57 AM PST by firewalk
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To: jwfiv
G'morning backatya, friend :^)
37 posted on 02/15/2003 7:35:04 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Pippin

((((((Pippin!))))))


38 posted on 02/15/2003 7:35:49 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: dansangel
Wonderful to see you, too, my friend :^)

{{{{{{{{{{{{{dansangel!!}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


39 posted on 02/15/2003 7:36:51 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: dansangel
Here's my latest:

Iraq will soon have some real weapons inspectors

I'm numb from shock. Thunderstruck by what I saw at the U.N. Friday.

It was a staggering day of astounding surprises -- geopolitical bombshells were dropping and detonating at every turn. I felt overwhelmed.

Bill of particulars?

Sheesh, where, O where to begin?

First -- and boy, is this a shocker! -- after one, no, two, no, three...wait, 5, oops, 10? Okay, I forget: How many U.N. resolutions on Iraq are there? Oh, yeah, that's right -- 17. Well, after 17 U.N. resolutions, 12 years of defiance, imagine my shock -- SHOCK! -- to learn Iraq was still (gasp!) in defiance, thumbing its nose at the League of Nations, oops, I meant the United Nations

Okay, I'll admit that was low -- comparing the U.N. to the League of Nations is demeaning . . . to the League of Nations. Those clowns in New York make the Boulder, Colorado police look competent.

More stunners:

--Hans Blix told the U.N. Security Council that, after 3 months, no weapons of mass destruction have turned up -- nor has any convincing evidence that U.N. inspectors are likelier to find the stuff than, say, O.J. at finding the "real killers." You're better off calling Miss Cleo's psyhic hotline. On the upside, Saddam's denials, on a credibility scale, rank right there with Michael Jackson claiming he's had only 2 operations performed on his nose. Mini-Me actor Verne Troyer will quit the boozing before Saddam quits the weapons of mass destruction habit.

--The French, often the butt of jokes as sniveling cowards, were surprisingly tough, standing up to a "brutal dictator." No brutal dictator is going to push the French around -- no siree. Problem is: In the eyes of those sniveling cowards -- the French -- Bush was the brutal dictator.

French Foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin demanded that inspections -- which are not inspections because Saddam won't give inspectors anything to inspect -- more time . . . oh, and more airplanes, more offices, more maps, more pencils, more paper, more puters, more CDs, more drones, more giger counters. Then, if all that fails, more talks! And if more talks fail, an 18th U.N. resolution calling for. . . a new round of talks!

--Russia praised Saddam for allowing interview of scientists without minders standing by -- okay with fewer minders standing by (3 minders instead of 5) -- yes! Wonderful progress! A huge leap forward! But progress didn't stop there. In his zeal to cooperate, Saddam's even planting fewer bugs at hotel rooms of U.N. inspectors. Let's see, fewer bugs, fewer minders can mean only one thing: Saddam's going wobbly. Give inspections another 12 years, and he'll cave. (For peaceniks, how's that for a slogan? "Twelve more years! Twelve more years!")

And Democrat reaction? Bush needs to build a coalition. The U.S. can't go it alone with the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Australia, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic! The 25 or so countries with us aren't, well, countries enough.

But fret not, for here's the bottom line: Iraq will soon have some Real Weapons Inspectors. How soon? Oh, just as soon as their Commander-in-Chief says, 'Go!'

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"A key piece of the information leading to the recent terror alerts was fabricated," reported completely objective and neutral ABCNEWS Friday morning, fueling a big 'Ah-Ha!-We-Knew-Bush-Ginned-The-Whole-Thing-Up-To-Whip-Up-Support-For-His-War!' media splash.

"The officials said that a claim made by a captured al-Qaeda member that Washington, New York, or Florida would be hit by a 'dirty bomb' sometime this week had proven to be a product of his imagination," claimed the completely objective and neutral report, False Alarm?, by completely objective and neutral reporters, Brian Ross, Len Tepper and Jill Rackmill.

An al-Qaeda sleeper cell in Virginia or Detroit had, according to this informant, a "detailed plan" to dirty bomb "government buildings and Christian or clerical centers," having cooked up ingenious means to elude security checks.

"Former CIA counter-terrorism chief" and network consultant Vince Cannistraro (also completely objective and neutral) called the 'fabrication' "the reason for a lot of the alarm," insinuating the feds screwed up royally by raising the threat alert status based on a fabricated report before giving the "informant" a polygraph which he flunked.

So, given the feds screwed up royally by raising the threat alert status based on a fabricated report, the feds are set to reverse course -- put the thing back where it was before the goof, right?

Well, no, because, er, (as we learn only well into the article) the threat alert status was not raised based on a fabricated report but on "other (validated) intelligence that officials still believe points to a coming attack, timed to hostilities with Iraq."

In other words, completely objective and neutral ABCNEWS, in their noble zeal to cast the Bush administration in the worst possible light, based their report that the feds had screwed up royally by raising the threat alert status on a fabrication that wasn't the reason why they raised the threat alert status in the first place.

Incidentally, had the thrust of the story been correct -- it wasn't -- the worst the feds might be accused of is, well, screwing up. Nothing more venal than that.

There was, however, nothing unintentional in ABCNEWS' handling of this story. Their hyped "report" was intentionally misleading.

Anyway, that's..

My two cents..
"JohnHuang2"


40 posted on 02/15/2003 7:38:14 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

((((((JOHN)))))))!


41 posted on 02/15/2003 7:54:57 AM PST by Pippin (Have you hugged a hobbit today?)
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To: dansangel; Billie; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear; dutchess; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin; lodwick
Mornin', everybody !! Happy Saturday.

Cooling off today. Earlier this morning it was 64 degrees I think. 52 right now...



Have a cup while you FReep !




For those who prefer hot chocolate.....




42 posted on 02/15/2003 8:09:16 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Good morning, FSE, have added your cousin's name to my military prayer list. Say hello to your mom and dad for me! (and could I ask what is your status right now? I may not remember it correctly, but it seems like you were about to enter the Reserves not long ago?)
43 posted on 02/15/2003 8:11:26 AM PST by Billie
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And two weeks ago right now, I was in shock...



44 posted on 02/15/2003 8:11:59 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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http://www.wfaa.com/watchvideo/index.jsp?SID=3683978
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Amateur tape shows what appears to be an object
breaking off Columbia over Arizona.

Video shows shuttle may have shed debris over Arizona -
check out this video taken by amateurs

Video link: Shuttle over D/FW, Texas

Very close-up, slo-mo of the Columbia launch debris






ROBERT McCULLOUGH / © 2003, DMN

Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it hurtled
across North Texas shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday.
The image was taken in Flower Mound.


45 posted on 02/15/2003 8:12:41 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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46 posted on 02/15/2003 8:13:02 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: dansangel
Morning, Miss Dansy. Thanks for putting up the weekend thread for us - and yesterday's beautiful Valentine Special, and you're doing Monday's thread, too! Wanna do Tuesday's? LOL
47 posted on 02/15/2003 8:14:44 AM PST by Billie
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On one of my Clara Harris threads, someone asked about a picture of 'Don Juan', Clara's hubby David.

Here are a few pics of David, et al coming up:

Clara and David Harris
Clara and David Harris

48 posted on 02/15/2003 8:19:08 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: Billie
Thanks for adding him to your prayer list, I appreciate it.

I'm still in school, going through my last semester of ROTC. I still have some school to do after that, but then I'll be commissioned and on my way to the Big Show in the Middle East (or Korea, wherever it is by the time I get out of school).

49 posted on 02/15/2003 8:19:15 AM PST by Future Snake Eater
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And here is one with multiple folks. Bottom right is Gail Bridges, David's sweetie pie. David on rop right...


50 posted on 02/15/2003 8:20:28 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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