Aug 2, 2008
For an easy hike, I enjoy the short trail to Laurel Falls. The falls are beautiful and the trail is paved. For a little more of a day hike, I enjoy the trail to Abram's Falls. You can get directions and trail maps at the Sugarland Visitors Center, just inside the Natl. Park near Gatlinburg. (Feb 21, 2009 | post #2)
Really great, strong love never ceases to amaze me. My Mother passed away in 1993 after 50 years of marriage to my Father. To this day, he is still in love with her and carries a torch for her, very high. I often think that great men are defined by their ability to give and receive great love. I hope someday to be half as great a man as my Dad. (Feb 21, 2009 | post #5)
Sometimes I play games with my puppy too, not that there is anything conflicting there. Watching him is like watching, lets say, Mark, he is basically clueless to the "game" and he is fun to watch. I have ZERO conflict with Mark or anyone else on these posts. Simply put, lets just say others bring more to the table than others. (Feb 20, 2009 | post #305)
Simple minded people are just that way Jason. They return to whatever they are familiar with, whether or not it is painful or that they look foolish. We use the forum to express opinion and simpltons use it for a feeling of power, justification and, at times, identity from living an unremarkable existance. (Feb 20, 2009 | post #303)
I would like to see the government get involved for one reason only and I am against big government, but I would like to see the following happen. The government buys the mortgages from the lender at a discounted rate. Then take the loan, apply a fixed rate and the homeowner pays their note to Uncle Sam. The homeowner keeps their home and the government recoups some of the senseless spending that has been taking place. However, this offer is to people who could originally afford their homes when they purchased them, but due to the economy, job market, layoffs, debilitating illness, etc. can no longer meet their obligation. Not to the over borrower who couldnt afford the home when they borrowed. (Feb 19, 2009 | post #6)
Thanks Jason. I see you, jmf and JWOL are still patroling the "classrooms ". What is with Mark? I will admit, he is sort of fun to watch. Clueless, but fun! (Feb 19, 2009 | post #298)
You're correct. Average is 45%, then they are rewarded for good behavior,etc. (Feb 19, 2009 | post #11)
Thanks JWOL!! Yep, my leukemia bug flared up and I was sidelined for a while. Good to see you are still here kicking butt and taking names! (Feb 19, 2009 | post #296)
Mark, Were you recently arrested in Montgomery County for firing at innocent citizens in a road-rage incident? If not, I'm sorry. It is just your immature rantings sound like something a Montgomery County Road-Rager would do. That is all I have to say on the matter, but you hang in there Buttercup, I think you have them just about beat down! (Feb 18, 2009 | post #290)
Sorry - that was totally off topic. Now, back to the 19 year old shooting victim! (Feb 6, 2009 | post #124)
Both houses "supported " the war for one reason, disinformation passed down from Georgie and Dickie themselves. History is already telling us that the Bush administration knew or probably knew there were no WMDs in Iraq. However, Georgie and Dickie, the worst tramplers of the Constitution in modern history, knowingly looked the other way and continued to feed the senate disinformation. We went to Iraq for one reason and one reason only, Sadam tried to have Lil' Gerogies daddy assasinated and made fun of him. If you actually think Georgie declared a war on terror, explain Syria being part of the anti-terrorism task force. Syria, at the time, had more terrorist training camps than anywhere else in the world. Who do you think history will tell us we would be at war with here? Before you start the liberal mud slinging, I, regretfully, voted for Lil' Georgie both times! (Feb 6, 2009 | post #123)
Here is just a little one, the "war" in Irag. (Feb 6, 2009 | post #118)
I am sure it COULD happen to me, but I am willing to bet it won't. I and many others are the products of generations of people who were decent, hard working, respectful, educated, law abiding citizens. It DOES NOT take a village to raise a child. It takes a family who instills decency, morals, education and work ethic; who also has a belt and aren't afraid to use it! Growing up, I didn't have to watch television or sports to find a role model, all I had to do was look at ANY member of my family and PRESTO, there stood a role modle. (Feb 5, 2009 | post #21)
The death penaly is not a deterrant because criminals know that the chance of a death sentance is highly unlikely. Here is a deterrant for lesser crimes. Hard labor for 12 hours a day, seven days a week. They say prisons are over crowded. I say, double the current capacity of less hardend criminals. While one half of the prison population is out on the chain gang, the other half sleeps. At the end of 12 hours, swap them out. Why do we pay for public service, isn't that what the chin gang is for? For hardend criminals, lifers and repeat offenders, build a scaffold on the town square. If you are convicted of a harsh crime this morning, you swing at sunset. If the punishment fit the crimes and the punishment was carried out to the letter, that would be a deterrant. I can kill a person, be sentanced to life and be free on the streets in 3 - 5 years, not so much a deterrant. I kill a person this morning and I swing at sunset, MAJOR deterrant. (Feb 3, 2009 | post #17)
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