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Posts by gg188

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  • Foundation to meet in Memphis; panda payments in question

    04/22/2006 8:44:29 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    gg188
  • Tom Cruise Less Popular Than Saddam

    03/24/2006 5:11:12 PM PST · 41 of 62
    gg188 to Aussie Dasher

    I guess "Sally Weaver" knows now how Jerry felt when she was doing the "Seinfeld is the devil" bit.

  • Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors

    03/18/2006 1:24:14 AM PST · 6 of 34
    gg188 to goldstategop

    Supposedly the host on the black radio station said, with great dry wit, that the charges were unfounded and unfair, that most blacks weren't going to believe it, and that it wouldn't hurt Hank Jr.'s record sales in the black community.

  • Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors

    03/18/2006 1:20:49 AM PST · 5 of 34
    gg188 to kb2614
    Williams also noted that it was two black women---he called them by name---who comforted his daughters as they lay in the median of the highway awaiting help after the crash. He choked up describing one of the women praying over his apparently dying daughter.

    Williams also said the care at the hospital had been excellent, and how grateful he was to everyone there. Real class act in the face of the tragedy combined with charges of racism.

  • Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors

    03/18/2006 1:17:34 AM PST · 3 of 34
    gg188 to kb2614
    A caller to a local black station made the charge that Williams demanded the hospital have all-white nurses and other personnel around his daughter. Conservative talk show host on the local news-talk station played the tape of the call.

    Hank Jr. said in his interview, and I paraphrase: My daddy was taught to play guitar by a black man, Rufus Payne. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even be standing here.

  • Hank Jr. knocks down race rumors

    03/18/2006 1:10:33 AM PST · 1 of 34
    gg188
  • Clinton Misdeeds...

    03/15/2006 11:48:37 AM PST · 6 of 15
    gg188 to Dementon
  • Tennessee has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants.

    03/06/2006 7:07:02 PM PST · 75 of 75
    gg188 to Mr. K; Brian Mosely
    http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/midsouth_news/article/0,1426,MCA_1497_4513609,00.html

    Driver's certificate program reopening
    State had stopped program for legal immigrants after questions arose

    By Associated Press
    March 4, 2006

    KNOXVILLE -- The state will resume issuing driving certificates to legal immigrants Monday.

    The program was halted last month because state officials said they couldn't be sure the documents were going only to immigrants living in Tennessee.

    Driver's certificates will be available only to people who have papers indicating they are in the U.S. legally. The state has indefinitely suspended driver's certificates for illegal immigrants.

    "We're not sure if the program will be revised or scratched," said safety department spokeswoman Melissa McDonald. "The review is barely under way and may take several more weeks."

    The program that began in 2004 was shut down by state officials after federal investigations found bribes to state license examiners and black-market shuttles bringing out-of-state immigrants to apply for the certificates. The state issued about 51,000 driver's certificates before the program was halted.

    Advocates for immigrants say the change could mean more untrained and uninsured immigrant drivers on the road.

    "With the certificates, people were prepared, tried to be safe on the roads and had insurance, but we're going to lose that," said Lourdes Perez, director of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in Knoxville. "Just because they won't be able to get a certificate doesn't mean people are not going to drive."

    Copyright 2006, commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN. All Rights Reserved.

  • Perry staffers' e-mail recorded Katrina turmoil

    01/22/2006 1:47:55 PM PST · 39 of 41
    gg188 to oxcart
    "Question between you and I," Perry's communications director, Eric Bearse, wrote...

    The "communications director" wrote that...!?? How do you become a "communications" professional when you haven't mastered 8th grade English?

  • The OFFICIAL weekly "24" Season 5 Live thread!

    01/15/2006 7:18:18 PM PST · 1,061 of 12,897
    gg188 to Darth Republican
  • Hillary's presidential remake leaves the Clinton heartland cold

    01/14/2006 10:00:15 AM PST · 56 of 56
    gg188 to yoe
    "The First Female President" alone will be enough to a) vastly increase the Dems share of women who currenly vote, and b) bring out enough new women voters, to easily take the presidency. (The media on MTV and CNN and CBS etc will sway millions of existing female voters and bring in millions of females who have not voted previously. It will have this same affect on liberal men, who are who pansies by definition.)

    Unless the Pubs co-opt the "first female president" thing. And even then I would still bet on the Hildebeast. Dems are working now to improve the vote rigging and stealing tactics they used in 2000 and 2004.

  • Sony launches gay music label

    01/10/2006 8:13:56 PM PST · 6 of 87
    gg188 to Aussie Dasher

    The first CD release will be "Songs Inspired By Bareback Mountain", including the hits, "Homo On The Range," and "Bathhouses of Laredo."

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 17

    01/09/2006 10:39:21 PM PST · 2,618 of 2,880
    gg188 to shebacal
    Absolutely. He can never sell his house, unless he sells it to Jan VDS or other crony.

    If that house could be bought by some wealthy contributor(s) to Beth's cause, the well, cistern, and any fresh concrete or whatever could be dug up...

  • Race To Succeed Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) Close, Says Rasmussen Poll

    12/23/2005 1:37:28 AM PST · 25 of 70
    gg188 to cva66snipe
    I hate to say this but our current governor the liberal Dem he is has done a lot better job than Sundquist did and far less damage so far.

    Don Taxquest was a disgrace and a scumbag. He set the Republican Party back years in Tennessee.

    While I am certainly not an expert on state politics, Bredesen seems to be competent and to conduct himself with dignity.

  • Race To Succeed Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) Close, Says Rasmussen Poll

    12/23/2005 1:19:49 AM PST · 22 of 70
    gg188 to Clintonfatigued

    This just in: Harold Ford, Jr., leads 97%-3% among deceased voters.

  • Home intruder killed in Collierville, TN (Memphis Suburb)

    12/21/2005 5:51:42 AM PST · 32 of 33
    gg188 to Sybeck1
    The new mall which just opened will cause a rise in crime also, I'm afraid.

    Yup. Not only that, but Nonconnah---which makes it so convenient to commute to/from Cville---makes it easy for crims from the hood to get to Cville and to get out and back to Memphis. From the site of this home invasion, they could be back on Nonconnah in a minute and back in Memphis in five, blending in with the other trash there.

    I wish the Cville mayor would crack down mercilessly in the aftermath of this crime, but I wouldn't count on it. What are we going to need to do? Make all our neighborhoods gated? Or, as so many are doing, move to Fayette County?

    Finally, in yesterday's article in the CA the Cville police suggested vaguely that this was not random, as if that was solace for Collierville residents. Yet even today there's nothing to indicate this wasn't a typical home invasion like happens daily in Memphis and which are the wave of the future for Collierville as thugs realize how quickly and easily they can ingress and egress the town. (Hickory Hood---the center of gang activity in Memphis---is five minutes away on Nonconnah.)

  • City May Require Transvestite Bathrooms (Brazil)

    12/14/2005 4:29:50 PM PST · 17 of 19
    gg188 to ApplegateRanch
    It's easy to predict what would happen: the transvestite bathroom would become the gay/glory-hole bathroom where gays could engage in anonymous sex and do drugs. Who would discover them? Who else would go in except those seeking the activities going on inside?

    This would be the institutionalization of defacto legal gay-sex bathrooms in every imaginable establishment.

  • Explosions Rock Oil Depot North of London

    12/11/2005 3:55:09 AM PST · 9 of 18
    gg188 to Gamecock
    But police said there was no indication the blasts were acts of terrorism.

    Wow. You never heard l.e. or gov't say THAT after events like this, do you? (/end sarcasm>)

  • Giuliani in '08 might be an uphill battle against McCain

    12/11/2005 3:48:50 AM PST · 89 of 150
    gg188 to Susannah
    Seems to me the best Dem ticket would be McCain/Dean.

    And the best Pub ticket would be Zell/Lieberman.

    (I am only being partially sarcastic.)

  • Giuliani in '08 might be an uphill battle against McCain

    12/11/2005 3:46:12 AM PST · 88 of 150
    gg188 to Seven Minute Maniac
    I'd like to see a poll on FR:

    McCain/Giuliani

    OR

    Zell Miller/Joe Lieberman

  • Iwo Jima, If Covered By The Media Today ... (Very Graphic Heavy)

    12/10/2005 7:01:11 PM PST · 68 of 104
    gg188 to Zacs Mom
    I say this only half-sarcastically...

    You know who our best Republican ticket for 08 might be?

    Zell Milller/Joe Lieberman

  • Memorize Qu'ran, Woman Tells Suitor

    11/22/2005 6:52:11 PM PST · 17 of 42
    gg188 to Loyalist

    She must be a masochist. What happens when he gets to the part about beating your wife silly for yuks?

  • Boy found dead with toy weapon

    11/15/2005 7:37:06 PM PST · 15 of 28
    gg188 to proud_yank

    I almost choked to death on a toy whistle when I was a kid. I have dedicated the rest of my life to the banning of toy whistles. (Jus' kiddin' about the second part.)

  • Is Hillary a centrist? Lets look at her votes

    11/14/2005 1:06:38 PM PST · 22 of 58
    gg188 to Personal Responsibility
    While her husband generally grasps the benefits of free trade - noting in his speech "trade lifts people out of poverty" - Sen. Clinton opposed the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement this past June. Ten Senate Democrats voted for it. Another blow against Hillary's moderation.

    Lots of Freepers opposed it as well. I'd even go so far to say half or more Freepers oppose it.

  • 'GM Going Bankrupt; Women, Blacks Hardest Hit' (typical NY Times lunatic liberal report)

    11/14/2005 12:45:17 PM PST · 17 of 17
    gg188 to pabianice
    "Immigration, retirement, automation, the shifting of work overseas, low seniority and privatization have all played a role in the lopsided decline of unionized jobs held by African-Americans....

    One thing overlooked here that I would agree with: young blacks in technical, computer and engineering fields are hit disproportionately hard by Indian and Asian immigrants and outsourcing because companies can meet diversity and minority-hiring guidelines---necessary for gov't contracts and for enormous PC pressure that exisits withing organizations now---by hiring Indians, effectively eliminating the need to ever hire a black person for these jobs.

    For the companies, it's a twofer, heck a threefer: they meet diversity guidelines; they save money; and they assuage their white- and American-guilt by hiring those poor dark people suffering around the world due to US greed (you've got to understand how important that is to people educated in our colleges and universities.)

  • 'GM Going Bankrupt; Women, Blacks Hardest Hit' (typical NY Times lunatic liberal report)

    11/14/2005 12:35:32 PM PST · 16 of 17
    gg188 to pabianice; Fielding

    Imagine how it is now, full of affirmative action and politically correct junior officers and middle-management. In corporations it's 100 times worse than it was 30 years go. Only the strength of capitalism allows corporations to survive now. And when the older generation---men who came up in a day of accountability, without multi-culti, diversity, etc.---at the top retires, we're all in trouble.

  • Liberal Love-In on Fox & Friends: "Disenfranchised" French Yoots; Rove Should "Recuse" Himself

    11/13/2005 5:07:10 AM PST · 51 of 133
    gg188 to governsleastgovernsbest
    Everyone knows why Julian is there.

    Page Hopkins just insisted, "Global warming is REAL."

    But what the heck...turn off the sound and just watch the beautiful, devastatingly cute, Kiran Chetry.

  • Google disrespects Veterans

    11/11/2005 11:43:51 AM PST · 23 of 80
    gg188 to BikerNYC
    "Google's special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature. If we were to commemorate Veterans Day, we would want to express reverence, rather than mirth. This would be a particularly challenging design. We would not want to, in any way, create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful

    There was no Columbus Day graphic, either. Guess they wouldn't want to be disrespectful to those mirthless Italians.

  • Frist Worried About Leak, Not Prisons

    11/10/2005 12:36:05 PM PST · 16 of 69
    gg188 to NormsRevenge
    Frist told reporters Thursday that while he believed illegal activity should not take place at detention centers, he believes the leak itself poses a greater threat to national security and is "not concerned about what goes on" behind the prison walls.

    Any bets on how long before Frist and the party apologize and beg for forgiveness?

  • Gas prices give illusion of a bargain

    11/05/2005 3:26:47 PM PST · 8 of 32
    gg188 to SmithL
    $1.00 in 1980 equals $2.54 in 2005 based on monetary inflation alone.

    (Google "inflation calculator")

  • Soft Drink Politics: 'Mecca Cola' Takes Off In France

    11/04/2005 7:18:22 PM PST · 28 of 28
    gg188 to CommandoFrank
    And now for the rest of the story... Confidential sources have indicated that this is in fact a CIA plot. The secret ingredient in Mecca Cola is an extract from pig's blood... If you have any doubts, heat it and it smells like bacon.

    It would really be a shame if people started an online urban legend saying that this product contained pigs blood.

  • Ethiopian police kill 33 protesters, wound 81

    11/02/2005 8:21:27 PM PST · 2 of 7
    gg188 to Lorianne
    From the CIA World Factbook entry for Ethiopia:

    Religions:
    Muslim 45%-50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%-40%, animist 12%, other 3%-8%

  • '05 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 Live Thread

    10/22/2005 7:30:03 PM PDT · 276 of 390
    gg188 to jdm
    Liz Phair can't sing worth a S&IT. Yikes.

    That performance should give enormous encouragement to American Idol hopefuls.

  • '05 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 Live Thread

    10/22/2005 7:27:24 PM PDT · 267 of 390
    gg188 to jdm
    That was unbelievably bad
  • 2008 George, George Allen!

    10/18/2005 7:22:19 PM PDT · 198 of 207
    gg188 to herbieflynn
    herbieflynn

    Since Oct 19, 2005

    Well, go back in time like you did when you signed up here tomorrow (it's only 10-18 in the USA)... Go back in time and make George Allen famous five years ago so people will recognize him. If you can't do that, he doesn't have a chance of winning the presidency in '08.

  • Arab Women Shun Bush Confidante (Karen Hughes)

    09/29/2005 6:25:09 PM PDT · 17 of 51
    gg188 to Cacique
    I am reminded of the "battered woamn" syndrome which applies to most women in that situation who go as far as to defend the abuser against all logic.

    This is like, "I know my husband/boyfriend loves me. He just has to beat me because sometimes I am bad."

  • Arab Women Shun Bush Confidante (Karen Hughes)

    09/29/2005 6:22:29 PM PDT · 15 of 51
    gg188 to blam
    Dr Siddiqa Kamal, a female obstetrician, told the New York Times. "I don't want to drive a car. "I worked hard for my medical degree. Why do I need a driver's licence?"

    That is SERIOUS "Stockholm Syndrome." Any Western psychologist would say that this person has a mental problem.

    This is sorta like, "Yes, my husband beats me, but he is a good provider and I know he loves me."

    I sure wouldn't want this "Doctor" treating me or my family.

  • Cynthia McKinney: A Moron Speaks...Live from the DC Peace Demonstration

    09/24/2005 9:44:31 AM PDT · 337 of 1,750
    gg188 to blake6900
    "If we didn't know it now, we certainly know it now."

    I thought it was Austin Powers who said that.

    No wait, AP said, "Please allow myself to introduce myself."

  • Chicago Train Derailment (Update: 1 death reported)

    09/18/2005 8:34:00 PM PDT · 42 of 42
    gg188 to George from New England
    Agency Blames Speed for Train Derailment
    By MIKE COLIAS,
    Associated Press Writer

    12 minutes ago

    A commuter train was going almost 60 mph above the speed limit just before it derailed, killing two people and injuring dozens of others, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

    Mark Rosenker said the Metra train was traveling at 69 mph and should not have been going faster than 10 mph when it switched tracks at a crossover just before jumping the tracks Saturday.

    "Sixty-nine miles an hour is very, very fast when you're dealing with a 10-mile-an-hour restriction," Rosenker said.

    The speed information came from a preliminary reading of one of the train's three electronic data recorders, popularly known as "black boxes," Rosenker said.

    Investigators conducted a three-hour interview Sunday with the train's engineer. The 41-year-old man had been on the job for 45 days after completing Metra's six-month training program, which included at least some training along the route where the derailment occurred. He also had worked for more than five years as a CSX Corp. freight train engineer.

    The double-decker commuter train was headed into Chicago from Joliet on Saturday morning with 185 passengers and four crew members when its locomotive and five rail cars jumped the tracks about 5 miles south of downtown.

    The train began to derail as it switched tracks, striking a steel bridge just beyond the crossover. Rosenker said that collision damaged at least one rail car and likely contributed to at least one of the fatalities.

    The train and the track had just been inspected Friday, said Judy Pardonnet, a spokeswoman for Metra, the commuter rail system that services the Chicago area.

    Transportation officials also determined Sunday that train signals were working, meaning the engineer should have known he was approaching a crossover and should have had time to slow the train upon seeing the signals, even if he was traveling 69 mph, Rosenker said.

    Extensive damage to the train's undercarriage has prevented investigators from examining its brakes, but it appears the brakes engaged as the train was switching tracks. It was unclear if the engineer applied the brakes or if they engaged automatically, Rosenker said.

    The train engineer, three crew members and dispatchers were all tested for drugs and alcohol, which is standard procedure, Pardonnet said.

    On Monday, the NTSB planned to examine radio transmissions from a control tower and interview a dispatcher and trainee who were working in the tower at the time of the accident.

    The train's engineer is taking three days of paid leave for "trauma debriefing." Pardonnet said no decisions have been made about his future employment, although findings from the NTSB investigation could determine whether he keeps his job.

    A similar derailment occurred on the same stretch of track in 2003, injuring about 45 people. A preliminary NTSB report found that the train was going almost 70 mph at the location where it was supposed to switch from one track to the other.

    Pardonnet said the two derailments may have been just a coincidence. "I don't think it's anything specific to this area, but it's still under investigation," she said.

    Jane Cuthbert, 22, of Bourbonnais, died on the train, Pardonnet said. A 30-year-old woman died at a hospital.

    They were the first people killed in a Metra derailment since it took over commuter rail services in the region in 1984.

    The injured passengers were taken to 15 hospitals, and 15 of them remained hospitalized Sunday, Pardonnet said. She did not have information on their conditions.

    Train service on the Rock Island District Line resumed about four hours after the derailment, and the cleanup from the accident could cause short delays during Monday's commute, Pardonnet said.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 4:27:33 PM PDT · 1,980 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady; shebacal
    Beth is even prettier, don't you think

    Just what I thought. That whole d@mn family is full of good looking Southern women!

    Also, I thought Beth has looked more healthy when I have seen her in interviews the last few days. I am guessing it is because she is back home, sleeping in her own bed and getting more rest.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:57:13 PM PDT · 1,963 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady
    I posted this before (in June) to give people a glimpse of the mentality in the islands (I lived in the Caribbean when I was young.) Song lyrics from decades ago, by a Trinidadian calypso singer. "Your Own Comes First" ---"outsiders last." Check this out.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1429067/posts?page=3944#3944

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:43:17 PM PDT · 1,960 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady
    Hubby thought I was crass and insensitive for saying that 2 months ago!

    Actually, come to think of it, Mississippian Sela Ward perhaps should play Beth on screen when the time comes.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:40:02 PM PDT · 1,959 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady; TexKat
    and bears a striking resemblance to the actress Marg Helgenberger

    When I first read that sentence, I couldn't place her and thought it was referring to MARY STEENBURGEN, who is from Arkansas, but bears no resemblance to Beth.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:35:45 PM PDT · 1,958 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady

    From Beth, Dave and Jug, we have learned self-control, grace, maturity, faith, and how an adult faces unbearable pain and suffering combined with the unfairness and criminality of the actions (and inaction) of evil people. As a man, I cannot imagine the self-restraint Jug and Dave have exercised. For one thing, I would have sent Paul Vander Slut to a plastic surgeon the first time his face was within reach of my fists.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:30:35 PM PDT · 1,957 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady; TexKat
    One of the Twitty/Holloway's investigators is writing a book, supposedly soon. I forget where I saw that...

    I certainly look forward to both book(s) and movie(s). And though it is a tragedy that thrust her into the public eye, Beth is one helluva woman who has a lot to contribute to all of us if she becomes a public figure, motivational speaker, talk show host, or whatever.

    Oh, and I hope the ending to the book/movie is: Urine, Depak, Satish, Rueben, Yellow Jacket, Tito, the prosecutor, the police chief, et al, are in jail for life, and Urine, Satish and Deepak are the "wives" of big, dark, well-endowed men.

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:16:55 PM PDT · 1,955 of 3,757
    gg188 to TexKat
    The article omitted one paragraph that appears in the "print" version of the article. I will highlight the missing text in bold and include the preceding and following paragraph for context:

    With Joran van der Sloot in college in Holland now, Twitty decided to move her base of operations back to Birmingham. "But I'll be flying back and forth to Aruba," she says. "We are not giving up on Natalee. Until somebody shows me otherwise, I have to believe my daughter's alive."

    During her last two weeks on the island, Twitty says, she had started to fear for her own safety as strangers followed her everywhere she went. One man in particular stood out because of the scars on his face.

    "I'd be in the laundromat and he'd show up. I'd go to a restaurant, and a minute or two later, he'd be there. I feel like I need to be more cautious now, but they're not going to stop me from looking for Natalee."

  • Natalee Holloway - Case Discussion Extended Thread 16

    09/18/2005 12:11:28 PM PDT · 1,953 of 3,757
    gg188 to doodlelady; TexKat
    and bears a striking resemblance to the actress Marg Helgenberger

    I hadn't thought of that, but it is clear who should play Beth in the inevitable made-for-TV movie.

  • Thief hid phone up her bum

    09/18/2005 11:32:34 AM PDT · 31 of 58
    gg188 to billorites
    Romanian mobile phone?

  • 'Scary' U of M student jailed, Possible terrorism ties under investigation

    09/18/2005 11:21:08 AM PDT · 91 of 94
    gg188 to geezerwheezer
    Flight 705

    PS---the perp was... black. (shhhhh.)

  • Bill Clinton: No Basis to Attack Iraq

    09/18/2005 11:08:39 AM PDT · 22 of 99
    gg188 to wagglebee
    "I didn't not favor what was done," Clinton said.

    If Bush ever said that about anything, it would be on the "Bushism" newsreels by 6 pm tonight and would be on Saturday Night Live next Saturday.