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Marine Apparently Throws Puppy Off Cliff

Why do so many of you people insist upon being outraged over this story!?! Why are you not screaming about the children (and probably puppies) who are maimed and killed daily by our military actions?!? Is it because you cannot see it happening? Do you ever consider who (or what) is beneath the bombs we drop? Our Commander in Chief and his underlings approve and order worse than this every day with seemingly little regard for the innocent lives affected by our military action. If the life of a child isn't sacred, why is it any more cruel to dump a puppy? War is not healthy for children or other living things, including the soldiers who are charged with the job of executing the operations ordered. Puppies, civilians, soldiers - nobody wins because war is not a game - we all lose. If not our lives, certainly our minds, as evidenced here.  (Mar 5, 2008 | post #313)

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Marine Apparently Throws Puppy Off Cliff

So they killed a puppy...sad, but where is all the outrage over the children who were sitting in their homes when the U.S. performed "Shock and Awe" way back when...and how many puppies were lost then...or the people who are killed in our name everyday by our military without regard ("they are only Iraqis/Somalis/wha tever and this is war, by god!")? War is dehumanizing. Soldiers are trained to kill without thought. As my son, a former paratrooper, told me: Mom, they trained me to be savage or I would never have been able to do the job. Puppies, people, paratroopers, marines. Nobody wins because war is not a game.  (Mar 4, 2008 | post #130)

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I Can Remember When......

Personally, I hated Chatty Cathy.  (Feb 15, 2008 | post #221)

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Forgotten TV shows

Romper, bomper, stomper, boo, tell me, tell me, tell me do. Magic mirror, please tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play? I see triple6vamp, and...  (Feb 8, 2008 | post #256)

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Colorado State Rep Calls Unwed Teen Parents "Sluts"

Moms, please teach your daughters this simple fact: Unless a boy/man has been taught otherwise by loving rational parents, he will say and do anything to get you to have sex with him only to turn around and call you names once you have given him what he wants, and, if you end up pregnant, because that is what intercourse is meant to do regardless of all the hype about sexuality, he will blame you. If he loves you, he will not ask you to put yourself and your future in jeopardy by giving him his few minutes of pleasure. If you love yourself, you will not give in to a moment of hormone driven impulses and jeopardize your own future and well-being. And, yes, you can get pregnant the first time and sometimes condoms and birth control pills don't work, so you really have to consider abstinance as the only truly viable form of birth control. Ask yourself this: Even if you don't get pregnant, or contract a sexually transmitted disease, do you really want to have that other person in your life for the rest of your life, even if it is only in your memory? It is okay to say "No". The guy may go away, but, if he does, he didn't care about you anyway. And, if you say "yes", you might find yourself called names by the very ones who encouraged you to do so.  (Feb 8, 2008 | post #15)

Santa Rosa, CA

Inn of the Beginning

Hope the above helps.  (Jan 25, 2008 | post #5)

Santa Rosa, CA

Inn of the Beginning

http://www.ci.cota ti.ca.us/sections/ about/history6.cfm This from the Cotati site says that it has reopened. Don't know if it is similar to back in the day, but there is a nice picture and a story about Cotati in the '60s. I was in Berkeley East (Ann Arbor) at the time, but I bet it was a hoot. Free stores, coffee houses and lots of lovely people...ah, but I wax nostalgic. You are so very welcome, Mike.  (Jan 25, 2008 | post #4)

Santa Rosa, CA

Inn of the Beginning

http://www.metroac tive.com/papers/so noma/11.19.98/inn- beginning-9846.htm l This is all that I could find...looks like it was from 1998.  (Jan 24, 2008 | post #2)

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What happens when we die? Your thoughts.

My husband says that when you die your soul goes to a Harley shop in San Francisco.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #30)

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What happens when we die? Your thoughts.

Thanks for not sharing your thoughts, Wayne. Apparently the verses you quoted make up the sum and substance of your thoughts. While you are welcome to them, and they are written poetically, some of us are not swayed by the words of long dead zealots to accept them as truth or fact. But thanks for a nice read.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #26)

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What happens when we die? Your thoughts.

Hello, Sweet Jimwings. Long time. While it is obvious that I do not share your beliefs, I must tell you how I appreciate the poetic and beautiful way you put it forth. Learned my song yet?  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #21)

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Tiger Victim Admits Alcohol And Pot Use

Thank you for this response. I actually worked with a small traveling zoo in the late 1980s and we would almost always have some person ask if our bears and cats ever were allowed out of their cages. We would explain that the animals were inherently dangerous and that releasing them would put people at risk for injury or death as well as putting the animal at risk for same from human beings. Some protested and we would offer to release the animal at that moment, which, of course, always caused the person to back down. We didn't have cool habitats like the stationary zoos, so the animals stayed caged for their whole lives. Personally, I thought it was cruel. The animals were not happy and some were probably insane from having lived their lives in captivity. One bear just sat in a corner and masturbated (try explaining that one to a group of church ladies and children). He had a life sentence and didn't care about anything. I left the zoo because I could not in good conscience participate in the continued captivity and display of those unfortunate creatures. But I can tell you that there was no way that any of those animals could have escaped; the zoo owner made sure of it because any escape and any resultant injury to humans would have been solely his responsibility as the owner and keeper of wild animals.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #90)

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What happens when we die? Your thoughts.

At the risk of starting any "Crazy Californians" stuff, there is a group in Marin County that helps with natural burial. They do not embalm and the body is allowed to naturally decompose so that you really do go back to the earth. Personally, I would like to think that my body will help to fertilize the earth. Kind of like being nestled in the Mother's arms. Otherwise, I think we just cease to exist except in the minds and memories of those who know and love us.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #18)

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Tiger Victim Admits Alcohol And Pot Use

Taking this point to the extreme as you have is just silly. I agree that it was a shame that the tiger had to die. She was magnificent. But if human beings take it upon themselves to imprison wild animals to put them on display for whatever reason, it is their responsibility to take whatever precautions are necessary to keep that wild animal contained. The enclosure was obviously not sufficient to meet that end and no amount of blaming the victims will change that fact. I am not sticking up for these guys for being idiots, just stating the facts. The fence was OBVIOUSLY not high enough to prevent the wild animal from escaping or we would not even be having this discussion. Even a little bit of water in the moat would have kept the tiger from getting traction enough to climb out, but the zoo didn't keep the moat filled. I don't blame the tiger. She was just being who she was. But if you keep wild animals you darned well better be sure that they are secure...no matter who taunts them.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #64)

Belding, MI

birthday party for 50 year old man

What a wonderful story! Maybe I will do this for my 55th this year...although I am leaning toward a Sammy Hagar theme...I can't drive 55 (or was it because I am 55? :>D) Thanks again for sharing.  (Jan 18, 2008 | post #3)

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