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  • Why I Enjoy Firearms...My Better Self

    06/16/2016 4:52:48 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 16 replies
    Self | 06/16/16 | GRRRRR
    Why do I Enjoy Firearms? The South Carolina Chapter held a raffle. I never win raffles, however, I still contributed to the cause. I won a Rem 700 n .270. Yeah, no kidding. Upon returning home, I completed a transfer request per IL law. A week later I was at a range all by myself with a cardboard box. I asked for help and instruction and spent the rest of the day shooting. Over the next few months I spent every Sat AM out there. I took additional classes from a great family team consisting of an ex Chicago cop...
  • Dremel 3D Printer - Get One?

    03/17/2015 11:56:10 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 35 replies
    Dremel and Home Depot ^ | 03/17/15 | GRRRRR
    Is this 3D printer worth it? Seems like a good entry level, home hobbiest and tinkering tool. Anyone have one already and can you tell us about your learning curve? G
  • Live Thread--Hillary on Bret Baier with Greta Too...06/17/14 6PM Eastern (NOW)

    06/17/2014 3:10:29 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 105 replies
    Advertised as a LIVE interview of former Arkansas lawyer, liar. FLOTUS, PIAPS and Cankles. Former Secy of State under the Obama Bus and now, failed author, er ghost writer helper... Let's hope they get a couple of honest answers...right? Maybe??
  • Large explosion, fire in East Harlem; at least 11 hurt

    03/12/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 97 replies
    WABC, FOX ^ | 03/12/14 | WABC
    <p>Fox news reporting a large explosion in Harlem, possible building collapse etc.</p>
  • TSA Precheck Program; How It Works.

    11/21/2013 2:58:46 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 6 replies
    TSA>GOV ^ | Recently | TSA.GOV
    TSA Pre✓™ is a pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint. TSA Pre✓™ includes U.S. Citizens who are select frequent travelers of participating airlines or members of existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA Pre✓™. In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA Pre✓™ lanes when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian.
  • Winter Storm Nemo; Historic Blizzard Looms

    02/07/2013 5:06:12 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 159 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | 02/07/13 | Dolce, Erdman
    Here we go with another freak out about a winter storm. From naming it like a hurricane to generate more angst, to the continuing reminders that it "COULD" be a top ten storm in all time history, the weather guessers are doing the hype dance. Granted, this one looks particularly nasty, but most sane people will grab some extra milk and get home early Friday before the main bands hit. Take cover NE FReepers and keep us updated on how it's coming along. Post lots of pics from your yards and neighborhoods so we can all OOOOH and AHHHH...
  • Hot Time in the Summer - New AirCon Unit?

    06/21/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 36 replies
    None | 06/21/12 | GRRRRR
    It is summer for sure. Colorado is experiencing 90-100 degree F days in the north east plains. Forest fires, high winds and dust complicate the time we can have the windows open as even at 80Deg in the house, the low humidity makes it comfy. The Carrier AC unit for this house (3,500+sq ft, 4BR, high ceilings) has had issues since I moved in. Refrigerant leaks and an electrical issue. Now, with the heat of the summer coming back, the AC unit can't keep up again. I've cleaned the unit outside, replaced the inside filter and am still getting some...
  • Major Winter Storm: Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas

    02/02/2012 2:22:12 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 23 replies and other wHether sources ^ | 02/02/12 | NOAA! Yes? Major winter storm coming up thru CO from the Four Corners area. Local depths by Saturday AM could be 2+ feet, with blizzard winds and flying stuff. Check yer batteries, flashlights, beebers. Set aside some fluids and don't BBQ in the house please.
  • Military Tax Relief Proposal

    11/11/2011 3:31:02 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 14 replies
    Self | 11-11-11 | GRRRRR
    I've thought about this proposal on and off for some years, however, on this particular Veterans Day I'm throwing out for public discussion. My next step could be to send it to my state Senators et al. If you serve in the military and remain state side then you would NOT PAY any Federal Income Taxes for five years after your discharge. If you serve in a foreign country, then you pay no Federal Income taxes for ten years after your discharge. If you serve in a war zone and are injured you pay no Federal Income taxes for the...
  • Book Review: Caine's Pestilence (Scariest Book Ever...)

    09/07/2011 4:08:02 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 10 replies
    Amazon and Other Book Stores | 09/07/11 | GRRRRR
    In case you haven't seen this book by John Bascom (published Jan, 2011) I would highly recommend it to all Freepers, but I warn you that it is the most evil book ever written.It is more scary than Stephen King's "IT" which, to this day, still causes goosebumples when I think of the clown-monster.Bascom weaves a nasty tale, written as the autobiography of his central character.The plot is basically that through accidental means a terrible virus is unleashed on mankind. The fall out from that activity caused by Mr. Caine is described in horrid detail with many twists and turns...
  • Pawlenty Quitting Presidential Race

    08/14/2011 6:07:08 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 301 replies
    Foxnews TV ^ | 08-13-11
    Story to Follow Breaking News Alert Only from Fox at 850h on TeeVee...
  • LIVE THREAD: Obama Speaking at "Town Hall", U of Maryland

    07/22/2011 8:26:46 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/22/11 | GRRRRR
    Obozo is up and lying again, spewing at the U of Maryland. Supposedly holding a 'Town Hall' Meeting and will take questions from the Libtards in the audience.
  • Illinois Senate president wants to look at taxing retirement income

    03/07/2011 2:28:49 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 57 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03/07/11 | Monique Garcia and Rick Pearson
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton today suggested the state should start taxing the retirement income of senior citizens who are able to afford it. The state does not currently tax pensions or retirement funds such as 401(k) plans, but Cullerton told a City Club of Chicago luncheon that should take place as part of an overall look at what he said was Illinois' "outdated" tax system. "It would just be a matter of fairness," said Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat.
  • Obama At The Bat - A Short Poem

    03/06/2011 5:55:33 AM PST · by GRRRRR · 26 replies ^ | 06/06/11 | TheDepartment7
    A well done parody of "Casey At The Bat" updated for modern times...HERE
  • .22 LR Rifle Recommendations

    02/12/2011 7:24:02 AM PST · by GRRRRR · 88 replies
    2/12/11 | GRRRRR
    Sad to say that any other pistols, long guns, slingshots and / or any other 2nd Amendment Tools that may have been lost in a tragic boating accident...there is a $500 gift cert that has been acquired and needs to be disposed of. Top choices available are to purchase / trade for the gift cert are: Ruger 10/22, Henry 16+1 with Octagonal barrel or Remington 597 in .22LR with a nice little 4 x 32 scope. Will use for range & target and upcoming Appleseed. It would be nice to still have the .22Mag Marlin to keep it company... Thoughts,...
  • WH warns tax defeat could trigger new recession

    12/08/2010 4:41:03 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 16 replies
    AP / Yahoo ^ | 12=8-10 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Charles Babington, Associated Press 33 mins ago
    WASHINGTON Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats on Wednesday that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals, they could jolt the nation back into recession. President Barack Obama appealed anew for Congress to "get this done" and insisted that more congressional Democrats would climb aboard as they studied details of the $900 billion year-end measure. Several did announce support on Wednesday, but at least one said there still was "a mood to resist."
  • Attorney General Eric Holder to lobby FIFA executive committee on behalf of US World Cup bid

    11/29/2010 7:07:05 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 29Nov2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday at the final presentation to FIFA's executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
  • Fire set at mosque where terror suspect worshipped

    11/28/2010 12:36:27 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 66 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 28Nov2010 | JONATHAN COOPER and NIGEL DUARA
    CORVALLIS, Ore. Anger on Sunday over a Somali-born teen's failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland's Christmas tree lighting ceremony erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center frequented by the suspect, authorities said. Police don't know who started the blaze or exactly why, but they believe the Islamic center in Corvallis was targeted because terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, occasionally worshipped there.
  • Car Shopping - Toyota Highlander

    10/27/2010 4:00:56 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 21 replies
    Toyota ^ | 10-27-10 | GRRRRR
    My GMC 2002 Envoy has tripped over 113,000 miles. While still in great condition and it is not costing me anything other than gas and oil for now, I am quite tempted to move it out of the garage and get a 2010 Toyota Highlander, Limited Trim package, NON-hybrid. With the economy on the edge, I have a pre-approved loan through my State Farm group at 3.49% @36 mos. but ONLY until 10/31/10. Toyota will match this rate plus $750 cash back. They also have 2 years of free maintenance for routine things. So, who has experience with the Highlander...
  • LIVE THREAD: House Hearings on Immigrant Farm Workers (Colbert Testimony)

    09/24/2010 7:09:07 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 27 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 09/24/10 |
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren D, Chair of the House Committee on some such related to Immigration or Workers is holding hearings today. Steven Colbert from the COMEDY CHANNEL is present to testify, IN CHARACTER, about his vast experience on this topic. You can watch live stream at the URL or check out CSPAN-3 on yer telebox communicator. Fox News' Judge Napalitano commented this morning that it is highly irregular for someone to testify under oath while 'in character' pretending to be someone else.
  • Obama firm: Don't extend tax breaks for wealthiest

    09/08/2010 11:53:58 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 46 replies
    AP-Yahoo News ^ | 0/08/10 | AP
    CLEVELAND President Barack Obama strongly defended his opposition to extending Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans on Wednesday and delivered a searing attack on Republicans and their House leader for advocating "the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place." Obama said the struggling U.S. economy can't afford to spend $700 billion to keep lower tax rates in place for the nation's highest earners despite a call by House Minority Leader John Boehner and other GOP leaders to do just that.
  • Muslim militants hurl abuse at military parade in Barking

    06/16/2010 5:30:15 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 42 replies · 1,026+ views
    The Mirror ^ | 6/16/10 | Tom Pettifor
    Muslim protesters caused outrage yesterday by abusing soldiers returning from Afghanistan - as three more brave troops were killed fighting the Taliban. The frontline heroes were branded "murderers", "butchers" and "baby killers" by a group of 40 militants who barracked them while they marched through the streets.
  • At least 21 wounded in separate shootings, 1 dead (CHICAGO! Not Iraq!)

    05/30/2010 5:43:01 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 34 replies · 1,400+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/30/10 | ChiTrib
    At least 21 people were wounded in separate shootings around the city, including a man who died this morning after he was shot in the head, Chicago police said. One of the shootings happened about 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove in the Woodlawn neighborhood. A 56-year-old man was standing on the corner when a passing car fired in his direction, police said. He fell to the ground in pain and discovered he was shot in his calf, police said. He was taken to an area hospital and listed in good condition. About 8:10 p.m. in...
  • Sarah Palin: Just When Ya Think It Cant Get Any More Interesting... Welcome, Neighbor!

    05/25/2010 4:59:14 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 201 replies · 3,733+ views
    Sarah's Face Book Page ^ | 5/25/10 | Sarah Palin
    Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss! Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is about 15 feet away on the neighbors rented deck overlooking my childrens play area and my kitchen window. Maybe well welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so hell know how friendly Alaskans are. We found out the good news today. Upon my familys return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and...
  • Former US Amb. Bolton Says Iran Will Go Nukular Under Obama

    04/21/2010 4:29:16 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 10 replies · 609+ views
    John Bolton on FnF ^ | 4-21-10 | GRRRRR
    Former US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, clearly stated that he believes Iran will complete the construction of nuclear weapons while the Obama Administration looks the other way. During his interview on Fox News "Fox and Friends", Bolton said that he thinks the Obama Admin has a tolerance and contain policy that Iran is using to their advantage. A nukular Iran, he said, would be contained and tolerated by other countries in the region and that the sanctions are toothless. He also said that while the Dept of Defense likely has several contingency plans in place to handle Iran,...
  • Live Thread - Health Care Bill (BARF)

    03/23/2010 8:32:40 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 24 replies · 1,032+ views
    FoxNews | 3/23/10 | GRRRRR
    Watching now as the DemonRats OVERPLAY their hand...big time Clymers....
  • Obama On...Lying Again

    03/19/2010 8:47:54 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 19 replies · 739+ views
    FoxNews | 03/19/10 | GRRRRR
    Obozo is on the TeeVee now, been lying through his teeth for the past 10 minutes. Sycophants in audience all wee-weeing themselves... Says that preventative care visits are FREE for the rest of your life, saves money for years and years, forgets to mention the 500BILLION in new taxes... I can't stand this crap anymore...
  • SPRING BREAK: Euro Vacation, Need Some Input...

    03/09/2010 5:48:17 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 17 replies · 471+ views
    3-09-10 | GRRRRR
    Here's the deal: Daughter in Spain studying her Spanish language major since Jan, will be there until end of May. Her spring break starts 3/26 for two weeks. I am going over, alone, and arrive 3/26 and will stay in her town of San Sebastian for two days. We intend to take the train to Paris and then to Normandy to see the D-Day sites and perhaps stay overnight there before returning to Paris. ANY input into a decent hotel near the DDay sites?? (Checking TripAdvisor later...) Then train to Berlin for several days and finish up with several days...
  • 24 Season 8: Live Thread

    12/27/2009 11:34:42 AM PST · by GRRRRR · 2,752 replies · 45,045+ views ^ | 12/27/09 | GRRRRR
    Season 8 Premiers on SUNDAY NIGHT, January 17 with a TWO hour opening episode at 9 Eastern.On Monday night we are treated to ANOTHER two hour episode again starting at 9 Eastern.Hard to tell which way this episode will swing...back to the tough as nails UN-PC style or will we get more handwringing and Islamo-Gaia Love like last year?Here's a little feature from the 24 website This season starts off in NYC with Jack trying to establish a 'normal' life with his daughter. But...some stuff goes down at the UN and "that's when the day starts to go wrong"...
  • So this is what Citibank is doing with the bailout $$$

    11/18/2009 2:30:03 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 23 replies · 1,246+ views / Self ^ | 11/18/09 | GRRRRR
    So, I'm sure many of us have been getting these letters, see the URL for an example, in the mail from our credit card companies. Since my wife passed away, I've been able to pay off all of them and now have just one card with CitiBank that I use and now pay off each month. I like it because I get airline miles on it and I've had the account for over 20 years. Citibank took $300BILLION of tax payer bail out money and have tried to jack up my rates twice since July. The first time, I called...
  • FReepathon Challenge

    10/26/2009 8:25:32 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 6 replies · 708+ views
    10/26/09 | GRRRRR
    The end of October is just around the corner. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONATED TO Free Republic for the 4th Quarter you need to do it. If you are lurking, reading or posting on FR you have a DUTY to support FR. I have just donated another $100 over my dollar-a-day monthly and I CHALLENGE those of you who can to match my donation. Of course, you should donate what you can afford, but the tally shows only 1,611 people have donated in support of FR and we all know there are "tens of thousands" of people who read us...
  • Weekend Range Report: How did you shoot? 10/18/09

    10/18/2009 6:40:22 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 28 replies · 1,232+ views
    SigForum is GREAT! ^ | 10/18/09 | GRRRRR
    So, how did YOU shoot today? Getting ready for when TSHTF (The Sh!t hits the fan) and had another great time. I took my friend Ray with me, he's the one with all the hair and we popped off an even 600!! rounds of 9mm personal protection. My focus today was to work on target acquisition and then trying to squeeze off five controlled shots fairly quickly. See pics below to see the best two sets. Then, I worked on strong hand/strong eye, see the black target for one of those sets. Felt REAL good to put holes in that...
  • Range Report 10/10/09

    10/10/2009 2:42:26 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 34 replies · 1,100+ views
    Self ^ | 10/10/09 | GRRRRR
    Spent almost three hours at the range today with my new Sig226, 9mm. Sent 270 rounds down the tube! Very much fun! Here is a photo of one target:MORE AT LINK
  • Free Republic 9/11 Candlelight Vigil from Washington DC

    09/11/2009 7:56:58 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 50 replies · 3,159+ views
    All of us | 9-11-09 | All of us
    Members of Free Republic hold candles in memory of those lost on 9/11 and in defense of our country. On Saturday, all of us here in Washington will be marching for all of you who could not be here. God Bless America We The People...
  • Free Republic Convention & 9/12 TEA Party Picture Thread

    09/09/2009 3:04:18 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 47 replies · 3,999+ views
    Self | 090909 | GRRRRR
    Arrived in DC this afternoon safe and sound. I will be posting pics at link over the next few days. If technically able, also links to YouTube vids of the Tea Party March itself. Staying at the FR Hotel, but I haven't met up with any FReepers yet. From my hotel window, I have a view of the Washington Monument and this other monument that I don't recall... I also saw Marine 1 flying in this afternoon as Obozo returned from some sort of memorial for Walter Crankheit... More pics to come. G
  • EMail Phishing Threat:

    08/16/2009 7:14:10 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 6 replies · 1,765+ views
    Self | 8/16/09 | GRRRRR
    ALERT! COMCAST EMAIL USERS.... Keep an eye open for phishing emails today. I've received TWO from the same person. See headers and email below. DO NOT REPLY or FORWARD. See below how to handle these emails. Return-Path: Received: from (LHLO ( by with LMTP; Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:48:50 +0000 (UTC) Received: from ([]) by with comcast id V0oc1c00W0ricp80B0ocp0; Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:48:49 +0000 X-Authority-Analysis: v=1.0 c=1 a=03BE8P92kNoA:10 a=B2Z70H6xJSUkDJ515Yrr0Q==:17 a=7IhTD8vkESaNYZtRJxgA:9 a=-6uiuEKKr_hCM7RAdZYA:7 a=CpA5JfuKFtJpqYyoAsU9_fVhKq8A:4 a=H74sq46YGBEA:10 a=FpThlCNnufZFiDQM:21 a=xeKNeA5vEFupyxM6:21 Received: from ([]) by (InterMail vM. 201-2244-105-20090324) with ESMTP id <>; Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:48:35...
  • Obama Hawaiian-born, Hawaii insists

    07/28/2009 5:03:01 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 52 replies · 1,406+ views
    LATimes / ChiTrib ^ | 7/28/09 | Mark Silva
    The Swamp by Mark Silva and updated. This just in from Honolulu: President Barack Obama is still a citizen. The White says so, too. State officials in Hawaii -- once again -- say they have checked and confirmed that the president of the United States was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. The official statement of the obvious is intended to quell a persistent and mischievious wave of chatter on talk shows and the Internet that Obama was born in Kenya and is, in the words of Watergate's G. Gordon Liddy, "an illegal alien.'' "I ... have...
  • Mark Kirk (R?-IL) Responds to Cap and Tax Criticism

    07/01/2009 9:16:27 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 52 replies · 1,720+ views
    GRRRRR | 7-1-09 | GRRRRR
    June 29, 2009 Mr. GRRRRR Re:The American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act, H.R. 2454 Dear Friend: Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), H.R. 2454. For 2009, our top goal should be energy independence. I support exploring for energy off our coasts, expanding nuclear power and building a natural gas pipeline acrossCanada to lower heating costs in theMidwest - an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. As a Navy veteran, I think is time to set America's policy towards defunding Middle Eastern dictatorships by cutting...
  • PRAYER REQUEST - GRRRRR's Wife Has Passed

    06/29/2009 7:00:18 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 332 replies · 5,541+ views
    6/29/09 | GRRRRR
    I arrived home today after work to find my wife had died. She suffered an apparent heart attack and passed very peacefully while taking her afternoon nap. Cynthia Marie was 52 and we have been together since the 4th grade. Our daughter is 21 and will be home in the morning. Please say a prayer for my Cindy tonight, she's with God in Heaven with our infant Elizabeth, my mom, her dad and all the Angels. Love to you all. G
  • FDA Lights Up "E-Cigarette" Ban Controversy

    06/11/2009 4:56:56 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 13 replies · 775+ views
    The American Spectator has a good roundup of all the recent legislative activity to extend tobacco regulations. Another regulation possibly on its way concerns a completely tobacco-less product: the so-called "electronic cigarettes." I was not familiar with e-cigarettes, but the basic idea is this: it looks like a cigarette, delivers nicotine like a cigarette, and even puffs "smoke" like a cigarette (actually water vapor.) But an e-cigarette doesn't have any of the tobacco or additives of a cigarette. It's just a battery-charged cartridge. That's why it's promoted as a safer alternative for people addicted to smoking. But some people aren't...
  • Obama's Speech in Cairo, Egypt [LIVE THREAD]

    06/04/2009 3:25:23 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 524 replies · 23,983+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6-4-09 | GRRRRR
    Dear Leader is now speaking to the assembled Muslims in Cairo. More comments to come.
  • Bugles Across America

    05/24/2009 4:04:23 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 15 replies · 1,094+ views
    FoxNews VIDEO ^ | 5/24/09 | FoxNews
    Fox news presented a story tonight abut Tom Day who has run a group for the last ten years that will put a live bugler at a Vet's Funeral. Dismayed at the thought of a recorded Taps played at a Vet's funeral, Mr. Day has brought thousands of buglers together to provide a live Taps as an honor to our Veterans. Please see the website attached for more of the story...
  • Iraq suicide bombings kill 79, many Shiites

    04/23/2009 4:52:34 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 8 replies · 399+ views
    LATimes / ChiTrib ^ | 4/23/09 | Liz Sly and Usama Redha
    Reporting from Baghdad - Suicide bombers killed at least 79 people today in two attacks in Iraq, reviving fears that Sunni extremists are gearing up for a new campaign of violence just as U.S. forces are preparing to pull back from the nation's cities. There were no immediate indications that the bombings in Baghdad and nearby Diyala province were coordinated. But they vividly demonstrated that militant groups are still capable of staging attacks that cause mass casualties, as they did in the darkest days of the country's 2006-07 sectarian war.
  • Sick Kitty - Bone Cancer in his Jaw...

    03/23/2009 5:39:30 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 81 replies · 2,308+ views
    3/23/09 | GRRRRR
    My oldest cat-14 years old, Smokie, has bone cancer in his jaw. Most of his right mandible has been eaten away. It was swollen and sore a week ago and I took him into the vet today. Vet said there isn't much to do for him, just watch how he eats and his overall behaviors will tell us how he's doing. She said there is a surgery, they don't do it, to remove the affected bone area and replace it with steel. It's 1500$ at least and no guarantees of recovery or cure. She had to sedate him for x-rays...
  • Oak Park couple travel far and wide to buy only from black-owned businesses

    03/09/2009 3:29:34 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 72 replies · 2,534+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/9/09 | Ted Gregory
    Maggie Anderson drives 14 miles to buy groceries, which might seem curious given that she lives in bustling Oak Park. She and her husband, John, patronize gas stations in Rockford and Phoenix, Ill. They travel 18 miles to a health food store in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood for vitamins, supplements and personal care products. The reason? They want to solve what they call "the crisis in the black commu- nity." They want to, as they say, "buy black." The Andersons, African-Americans who rose from humble means, are attempting to spend their money for one year exclusively with black-owned businesses and...
  • Motorists' habits spur call for tax increases

    01/02/2009 5:59:27 AM PST · by GRRRRR · 65 replies · 1,745+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | 1/2/09 | JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Motorists are driving less and buying less gasoline, which means fuel taxes aren't raising enough money to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs. That has the federal commission that oversees financing for transportation talking about increasing the federal fuel tax. A 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by the commission to finance highway construction and repair until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads.
  • ATT Uverse? Any Good?

    12/30/2008 3:11:09 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 44 replies · 2,843+ views
    12/30/09 | GRRRRR
    Thinking about dumping comcast and going to Att-Uverse. My sis-in-law has it on her analogue TV, with wireless to her laptop and she likes the DVR. What to my fellow FReepers have to say about it? I want the 400 channel lineup, max Internet and their Voice phone service...all for about $200/mo. saving me about $50/mo with Comcast. Would have it for three HD sets, desktop and two laptops. Read lots of on line reviews, both pro and con, however, FReepers always have the best advice. Do they have to rewire with fiber-optic cable all over the house? G
  • Winter Weather Warning: ChicagoLand Snow FReezing Rain 12/18/08

    12/18/2008 3:38:42 AM PST · by GRRRRR · 29 replies · 1,441+ views
    NOAA ^ | 12/18/08 | GRRRRR
  • Suicide bomber kills 55 in packed Iraq restaurant (ROP Alert)

    12/11/2008 6:16:47 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 3 replies · 289+ views
    AP ^ | ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD A suicide bomber killed at least 55 people Thursday in a packed restaurant near the northern city of Kirkuk where Kurdish officials and Arab tribal leaders were trying to reconcile their differences over control of the oil-rich region. The brazen attack the deadliest in Iraq in six months occurred at a time of rising tension between Kurds and Arabs over oil, political power and Kirkuk.
  • Tribune Co. Hires Bankruptcy Lawyers (Dinosaur Media Dying ALert)

    12/07/2008 6:09:10 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 18 replies · 633+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/7/08 | Phil Rosenthal and Michael Oneal
    Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. is working with bankruptcy advisers at investment bank Lazard and law firm Sidley Austin to weigh its financial options, sources said Sunday. "It's an uncertain and difficult environment," Tribune Co. spokesman Gary Weitman said Sunday night. "We haven't made any decision. We're looking at all of our options." Tribune Co., which has been struggling under a $13 billion debt load incurred last December when real estate magnate Sam Zell took the company private in an $8.2 billion leveraged buyout, faces a Monday deadline on $70 million of unsecured debt taken on by Tribune Co. before...