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they are building a new bank and closing the other one...yeah and your soapbox is getting old the economy is not good, and just to make sure i wasn't imagineing all of this i have asked 5 different people what their thought was on the economy, and wouldn't you know it they all agreed of it failing , and just because things are being built doesn't mean that everyone is doing so great. And you think unemployment is up,pshhh i will have you know in the last month i have applied for over 20 jobs all of which i was well qualified for and i have yet to receive an interview or a phone call why ? because there are at least 20 more of me trying for the same job BECAUSE NO ONE IS HIRING because of the freakin economy !

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Local News / Re: Christmas on the Square Thursday 06 Dec 07
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:44:29 PM »
OO its going to be soo much fun ! i might hate the cold but i like seeing everyone on christmas on the square, i turn into a little kid again ;) So who all is going ! ME !

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what money they just lost it all haha ^^^%%%

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naa i can't give him that much credit, i blame all the hippies that smoke pot and smell like patcholi haha im just kidding !

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Lets go for inbreeders from kansas for $500 please.
what is, damn i forgot the name of that church o well but hey they just lost a multi-million dollar law suit...

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and votes haha

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He will take a beating until he leaves office.  Yet nobody else in DC has any better solutions to the issues facing us.  The REAL issues.  We've got troops in the field wondering no doubt how they will be funded in the next few months, and all Congress is worried about is a friggin' global warming bill.  "Historic Vote Wednesday".......
i have to kinda agree with you on this one..global warming...is a JOKE !if its going to happen it's going to happen..really isn't much we can do to fix that gapping hole in the ozone layer ?

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I concur kbohon, not to mention anyone can find a million different excuses to back up a re count in florida ,soo its not like anyone really knows the truth.

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I don't think you understood the last part of my post, soldiers coming home from THIS WAR arn't getting treated like crap like the ones that returned from vietnam were...but in case you did understand my last post and are refering to THIS war,than no i wasn't one of the soldiers returning home but im sure that you have read in other post that my husband was one of those soldiers....... twice.
ps.I wasn't complaining..I was stating a well known fact

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Religion Opinion / Re: The Age of the Earth
« on: December 03, 2007, 09:17:47 PM »
hallalueh !
haha i couldn't help myself it was tempting ! Coyote if you don't mind where do you attend mass at ? I know its like that at soldiers memorial chapel at sunday morning mass..it is crazy,its part of the reason i havn't attend mass in some time !

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In case you didn't know. That's how the election works. All you have to do is win the right states and you get what you need. Don't act like Bush made that up or was the first president to ever win that way.

No one made it seem like Bush was the first person to use the electoral college or to win with it, but it does seem out of place that of ALL the states that need a re-count it is florida where his brother is the govenor, come on california didn't even need a re count and they are a lot bigger than florida ?
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DO NOT try to tell me that Al Qaeda is not involved in Iraq. I will call BULLSHIT straight to your face. I see it EVERY DAY!! You can not tell me that some of the propaganda I have seen, and some of the people I have seen, are not part of Al Qaeda. Ask any person who is serving right now if they think Al Qaeda is in Iraq. Every single one will tell you yes. EVERY SINGLE ONE! If they hated Saddam so badly, why are they still killing Americans? Shouldn't they have been happy that we took Saddam out? hmm....
And i did ask my husband what he thought[of coarse] and im not going to argue with him on his thought of iraq seeing as this WILL BE HIS THIRD TIME in may,but he didn't totally agree with you on this whole al-queda in iraq bs,that the civilians are at much to blame because they don't want american's in their country[who blames them?]but it is your opinion and that is my opinion so we are both correct seeing as it is an opinion.

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Local News / Re: Christmas Parade Pictures Today.
« on: December 03, 2007, 01:03:24 PM »
rick you weren't that far away from where I was standing..maybe you really are stalking me im just kidding ! i was down by caffe italia freezing to death !lol

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Should I have to put a price on it ? I know some billion dollars is NOT the right price,you seriously beleive that THIS war is NOT a waste of money ? The government hires civilian contractors to do jobs that they train people in the army for,such as electricians is that REALLY necessary ...
And to compare this war to veitnam is quite the joke,more money was wasted on this war than veitnam and you don't see soldiers getting treated like crap everywhere you go.

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you mean stole the election twice.  he was not elected by the people, but by the electoral college.  he didn't even have the popular vote.  the elections were a joke, perpetrated on the american people by the republican elite.
thank you !And go figure the state that gets the re-count in 2000 in florida..hmmm
and kbohon i do agree with it,but i wanted to make sure everyone knew that i didn't write this, i shouldn't take good credit from the great person who actually took the time to put all that information together lol

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Restaurant Opinion / Re: Ruby Tuesday's
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:51:11 PM »
eh me and my husband went last night,and im not sure why i guess i was just feeling it but ne who, our waiter was OK better than the last time we went he still was to busy flirting the the other waitress to tell we wanted our ticket and now that they have changed the lighting in there is tooo dark...

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because my dear friend,history will always repeat itself there really is no changing it and what has already been done.Your racist comments offend me even though i might be some stupid prude democrat,I am sure if you lived in New Orleans you might feel different who knows maybe you wouldn't but some worthless war is worth more than our own ? pshh this war is a waste of money and waste of time !

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i actually receieved this in an email, thought some of you might enjoy it.

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The price of gas is determined on the futures market. BUT if our democrat congress would allow drilling in anwr, we would have cheaper gas .
This is not only the democrats,the republicans too,every since this "war" started gas prices have went up and down as much as the stock markert,if not more. With high gas prices this makes diseal prices also high and with that comes higher prices for food and other necessitys. When the the average american can barely afford to buy milk THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY.
People get hired everyday. unemployment will always exist. The rate has stayed constant around 4.7% for several years now.
BUT this rate is slowly rising,because the amount of people that are getting laid off with all the transfers of american jobs to other countries that do not have to pay as much.
Who and why is the government laying off people?
you must have missed this headline in the paper,DOD employees, budget cuts in the government are hurting the DOD employees they are going to get rid of a couple thousand at the start of the year.
Stock markets go up and down. it is a markey economy.It is back up over 13.000 again.  The economy is still strong,how else would people still be able to buy $3 gas. I don't see any airlines shut down. W even opened up military routes to ease congestion.
This is too has been in the headlines recently,many economist are worried about the stock market crashing because of its recent low. And i really don't think that people have a choice on the gas..you have to buy gas to get to work.
I have a son in law in the marines over there(again) right now. He said he is bored. He saw a lot of action the 1st time. I work with the military,many have just come back and have said progress has been made.
I have no comment on this it is rude and spiteful to say what i want and no feelings need to be hurt.
The progress that is being made is making the news,but the msm doesn't report much of it.
Casualties are way down for both the US and civilians.
hey this too is like the stock market,it also goes up in down varing by the month and the season...
Refugees are being bused back from syria. More provinces are self governing. they have scheduled flights out of bagdad and even their stock market has been operating for a while now. Is the job done? No. But our men and women can't finish the job if congress won't fund it. Read how vietnam ended.
I am aware of how vietnam ended,this is part of the reason congress should stop funds and bring the soldiers home,there is no need for an unnecessary war,american dollars are being spent on another country instead of helping our own,instead of spending millions of dollars to "re-build" iraq[which is a waste of money the just blow it up again] how about we try and fix new orleans or southern cali ?


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The Bush MESS all the facts you never wanted to be true


George Bush Should be Impeached
Bush has committed several acts which justify impeachment. 
1. Bush lied to Congress and the American public about the reasons for invading Iraq.
2. Bush conducted illegal wiretaps of American citizens.
3. Bush violated International Law by invading a sovereign country for illegal purposes.
4. Bush violated the Geneva Convention by torturing prisoners of war.
5. Bush held prisoners without formal charges and without legal representation. [1]
6. Bush used government funds for domestic political propaganda. [NYT] [2]
7. The Bush team used uniformed military personnel for Republican party political purposes. [1] [2]
8. Bush was negligent in his slow response to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
9. Bush shows contempt towards our Constitution and our democratic ideals.
Bush Misled America about the Threat from Iraq
If Saddam Hussein was an immediate and serious threat to America, as the White House claimed, then Bush might have been justified in invading Iraq. But it appears that Bush misled the public, the Congress and the UN by consistently overstating the threat from Iraq. By lying to Congress, Bush violated US Laws related to Fraud and False Statements, Title 18, Chapter 47, Section 1001 and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Title 18, Chapter 19, Section 371.
Lie ..1 - Uranium from Niger - Bush said "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." in his State of the Union Address.
Lie ..2 - Iraq and 9/11 - Bush led people to believe that Iraq was involved with 9/11 by repeatedly linking them in his speaches. This was so effective that at one point 70f Americans actually believed Saddam was behind 9/11. Bush has since admitted that this was not true.
Lie ..3 - Congress Knew - Bush has stated that Congress had access to all the same information that the White House had. Thus he should not be blamed for making the mistake of going to war. But Bush was briefed many times about the falsehood of various stories and this information never reached Congress. [ZNet]
Lie ..4 - Aluminum Tubes - Bush, Cheney, Rice and Powell said that aluminum tubes Iraq attempted to buy were intended for use in a uranium centrifuge to create nuclear weapons. These were the only physical evidence he had against Iraq. But it turns out this evidence had been rejected by the Department of Energy and other intelligence agencies long before Bush used them in his speeches. [NYTimes] [MotherJones] [CNN]
Lie ..5 - Iraq and Al Qaeda - Bush still insists that there was a "relationship" between Iraq and Al Qaeda. But the 9/11 Commission released a report saying, among other things, that there was no "collaborative relationship" between Al Qaeda and Iraq. The nature of the relationship seems to be that Al Qaeda asked for help and Iraq refused. Al Qaeda was opposed to Saddam Hussein because Saddam led a secular government instead of an Islamic government. [ZNet] [CNN]
Lie ..6 - Weapons of Mass Destruction - Bush insisted that Iraq posessed weapons of mass destruction but his "evidence" consisted mostly of forged documents, plagiarised student papers, and vague satellite photos. The United Nations was on the ground in Iraq and could find nothing. After extensive searches Bush was finally forced to admit that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.
Lie ..7 - Mobile Weapons Labs - Bush and his team repeatedly claimed that Iraq posessed mobile weapons labs capable of producing anthrax. Colin Powell showed diagrams of them at his speech before the UN to justify invading Iraq. These claims originated from Curveball, a discredited Iraqi informer who fed Bush many of the stories related to WMD. On May 29, 2003, two small trailers matching the description were found in Iraq. A team of bio-weapons experts examined the trailers and concluded they were simply designed to produce hydrogen for weather balloons. But, for over a year, Bush claimed these were part of Iraq's bio-weapons program. The expert's report was suppressed and only recently made public. [WashPost]
Lie Factory - The Secret Propaganda Team - Bush wanted so much to convince people of the need to invade Iraq that the White House set up a secret team in the Pentagon to create evidence. The Office of Special Plans routinely rewrote the CIA's intelligence estimates on Iraq's weapons programs, removing caveats such as "likely," "probably" and "may" as a way of depicting the country as an imminent threat. They also used unreliable sources to create reports that ultimately proved to be false. [Mother Jones] [New Yorker] [Wikipedia]
Resources
"IraqOnTheRecord" - database of 237 lies by administration officials about Iraq, compiled by Congressman Henry Waxman. http://democrats.reform.house.gov/IraqOnTheRecord
'CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES: Misrepresenting the Truth in Order to Sell a War is A High Crime' by Elizabeth de la Vega
"Ex-CIA official: Bush administration misused Iraq intelligence", statements by Paul R. Pillar, CNN, 2/10/06
"Bush and Iraq: Mass Media, Mass Ignorance" by Jeff Cohen
List of Lies and News Links from BuzzFlash
"Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel" 11/23/05, by Murray Waas
Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States - Title 18, Chapter 19, Section 371
Fraud and False Statements - Title 18, Chapter 47, Section 1001
Disarm Saddam Hussein, the White House's own summary of lies about Iraq.
Bush Conducted Illegal Wiretaps of American Citizens
Bush has admitted to authorizing the NSA, a secretive spy agency, to conduct warrantless wire taps on American citizens. The spying even extends to postal mail. The NSA has also been collecting phone records in an attempt to build a database of every phone call that is made.
Latest News: 8/18/06 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the wiretaps are unconstitutional.
1. The Bush wiretaps violated US law because he was required to get approval from FISA. He can start a wiretap of a suspected terrorist at any time but must then seek approval to continue within 72 hours.
2. Attorney General Gonzales claims HJR114 gave Bush authority to conduct the wiretaps. But HJR114 only grants use of the "Armed Forces". HJR114 does not explicitly suspend the Constitution. Also HJR114 requires "The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3". Congress was not notified of these wiretaps. [HJR114]
3. Bush may have bypassed FISA because he wanted to listen to and analyze all international signals, not just those of suspected terrorists. He knew this was blatantly illegal so he hid it. Bush says "We use FISA still. But FISAs is for long-term monitoring. What is needed in order to protect the American people is the ability to move quickly to detect." Then later "There is a difference between detecting, so we can prevent, and monitoring. And it's important to note the distinction between the two." The distinction is that "detecting" requires listening to lots of calls with a computer to see if someone says certain keywords like "bomb" in Arabic, or maybe even "impeach Bush" in English. Monitoring is listening to a specific suspected terrorist. The problem with detection is that you have to listen to all calls, including yours and mine. [This NY Times article confirms this interpretation. Also CNN.]
4. More evidence that Bush wants to listen to all signals is in Bob Woodward's book "Bush at War," on page 303. " Bush summarized his strategy: 'Listen to every phone call and close them down and protect the innocents.'" [WaPost]
5. Investigators may have found that Bush applied for an expansion of wiretap capability from FISA, was rejected, and then went ahead and did it anyway. [FindLaw] [FAS]
6. Bush claims going through FISA is too slow but legal emergency wiretaps helped capture terrorist Mosquera.
7. According to a report in USA Today, the NSA is collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans - most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders. The stated goal is to be able to identify who is involved in a network of terrorists. But this same technique can be used to determine who is involved in a network of political activists who might, for example, oppose the Bush administration. Under Section 222 of the Communications Act, first passed in 1934, telephone companies are prohibited from giving out information regarding their customers' calling habits. All of the major telecommunications companies cooperated with this program except for Qwest. Joe Nacchio, CEO of Qwest, was troubled by the fact that there was no FISA approval and that the program was so pervasive.
8. 8/18/06 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the wiretaps are unconstitutional.
Resources
Transcript of Bush at a Press Conference discussing the wiretaps, 12/19/05 [CNN]
"An Update on President Bush's NSA Program: The Historical Context, Specter's Recent Bill, and Feingold's Censure Motion", in FindLaw, 3/24/06, by JOHN W. DEAN
"Bipartisan call for wiretapping probe", 12/21/05 [CNN]
Oregan court case determines that reasons for FISA approved wiretaps can remain secret. 3/18/03 [CNN]
US Code Title 50, Chapter 36, Subchapter I, Sec 1805 defining the operation of the FISA Court.
'What are the "Inherent" Powers of the President? How the Bush Administration Has Mistaken Default Rules for Exclusive Right' By Michael C. Dorf, Feb. 13, 2006 - analyses legality of wiretaps.
"Judge Rules Against Wiretaps NSA Program Called Unconstitutional" by Dan Eggen and Dafna Linzer, Washington Post Staff Writers, Friday, August 18, 2006
Notes
It is ironic that Bush prevented the FBI and other Investigators from investigating possible terrorist links by the Bin Laden family prior to 9/11.
Impeachment for Violating International Law
George Bush has committed war crimes in violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Charter.
Synopsis: Bush attacked Iraq, against the decisions of the United Nations, and thus violated the UN Charter. Planning and committing a war of aggression is a violation of the Nuremberg Charter. According to the US Constitution these international treaties are part of the "supreme Law of the Land". Bush has violated the Nuremberg Charter and the UN Charter and is, therefore, subject to impeachment.
UN & Nuremberg Charters part of "the supreme Law of the Land"
Article VI of the US Constitution states that:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;"
Because Bush violated International Laws that we agreed to by treaty, then he is also violating the supreme Law of the Land which is an impeachable offense. Note that it says "or which shall be made" so treaties signed after the Constitution was adopted are still covered.
Violation of The United Nations Charter
Chapter 1, Article 2 of the UN Charter states:
3.All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
4.All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
Bush lied to the UN and to Congress about the seriousness of the threat from Iraq, and invaded Iraq in defiance of a vote from the UN Security Council. His actions inflamed the Arab world and set a dangerous precedent for any other country that wants to defy the UN and start their own war.
Violation of the Nuremberg Charter
Principle Vl of the Nuremberg Charter states:
The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under; international law:
a. Crimes against peace:
i. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or
a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
ii .Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment
of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
Bush's invaded a sovereign country that had not threatened the United States and had no ability to do so. Bush had been making plans to invade Iraq even before 9/11.
Argulets and Talking Points
Bush Violated the Geneva Convention by Torturing Prisoners
On 6/22/04 Bush said "We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul and our being." Is that true?
The evidence below shows that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales are guilty of violating "Federal Torture Act" Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention by ordering and condoning the use of torture.
1. 1/25/02 - White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote a memo advising the President of "the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act," a federal statute, for torturing prisoners. He advised Bush to invent a legal technicality --declaring detainees in the "war on terror" to be outside the Geneva Conventions --which, he said, "substantially reduces" the chance of prosecution. Gonzales was later promoted to US Attorney General. [Nation]
2. 2/7/02 - Bush took Gonzales' advice and signed an order declaring that members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban are not covered by the Geneva Convention. This gave the green light for torture and illegal detainment of prisoners.
3. Bush moves prisoners to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and holds them for years without charges, trials, or access to lawyers. This is ruled illegal by a Federal Judge on Jan 31, 2005.
4. Bush sets up secret prisons run by the CIA in foreign countries to escape US laws against torture. Rice claims European countries supported this plan. [WashingtonPost] [CNN] [FindLaw]
5. 9/26/02 - Canadian Maher Arar was arrested at JFK airport and sent to secret prison in Syria for torture under "extraordinary rendition" program. He was released a year later without charges. He sued the US government but the suit was dismissed by a federal judge David Trager on 2/17/06 citing the need for secrecy. He wrote, "One need not have much imagination to contemplate the negative effect on our relations with Canada if discovery were to proceed in this case and were it to turn out that certain high Canadian officials had, despite public denials, acquiesced in Arar's removal to Syria." Thus the reason for the secrecy is not for national security but simply to avoid embarassing guilty parties in government. This sets a dangerous precedent that may allow Bush to kidnap and torture anyone he pleases. (Search CNN for news of this case and find nothing!) [Wikipedia]
6. Dec '02 - Alberto J. Mora, the general counsel of the United States Navy, tried to halt what he saw as a disastrous and unlawful policy of authorizing cruelty toward terror suspects. His 2004 memo details his unsuccessful struggle with the White House to stop the torture. [NewYorker]
7. 12/31/03 - German national Khaled al-Masri says he was abducted by the CIA arrested in Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan. He was then tortured for five months and released. CIA has admitted making a mistake in this case.
8. April 2004, photos of prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison make headlines around the world. Low ranking soldiers are convicted of torture charges, falling on their swords for the White House. [Wikipedia] [NewYorker]
9. October 2005, Senator McCain adds an amendment to a defense bill that would outlaw torture by the United States. Bush and Cheney fight this tooth and nail to block this amendment but eventually give in after the McCain amendment is weakened by the Graham-Levin amendment. When Bush signs the bill he adds a signing statement that basically says he can ignore the prohibition against torture under his powers as "unitary executive" and "Commander in Chief ".
10. 6/29/06 - Supreme Court rules in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the Geneva Convention applies to prisoners at Guantanamo

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National News / Re: sad news
« on: December 02, 2007, 02:38:12 PM »
Ehhh,crazy people and the courts allow it is the worst part, lady isn't crazy and knew what she was doing when she did it,if she would have been a guy she would have charged with murder and wouldn't get off with insanity plea
 

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Religion Opinion / Re: The Age of the Earth
« on: December 02, 2007, 02:29:32 PM »
eh its an arguement all on its own, but that was well said kbohon !

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Are economy is going strong huh ? You really call this a good economy ? Well nicely put if this economy is soo good why do we pay 3 dollars a gallon for gas,if this economy is so good why do we pay five dollars a gallon for milk ? Why can't people find jobs ? Why are ALL things being forclosed on ,not just homes ? Why is the govenrment laying people off ? Have you looked at our national defecit ? The economy is in one of the worst since the depression, you want to know how you can tell when the economy is going all down hill? The stock market goes down with it.
 
And just because no one reports on the war does not mean that things are going good over there. If you really want to know how the war is going why don't you ask a soldier that has just returned from iraq ?I think congress is making the right move to cut funds, i too see no progress being made, don't you think that would make the news ?

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Local News / Re: Scholarship Availability
« on: December 01, 2007, 12:55:46 AM »
To get an A+ scholarship,you can't miss more than 5 days of school,can't be suspended for any reason,you have to put in volunteer hours,and there are a few more things,and it doesn't work at 4 year universitys only at community colleges such as OTC.
And also if you have a career that offers to pay for your college you usually have to get a degree in whatever field you are working in at the time, for example when i worked at the px they offered to pay for my collge but that was only if i was getting a business degree

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wow no one sees how bad the economy is? that is why there are million houses for sale because people can't afford to live in them because of the crap economy. and for the record i DO support congress on this move.

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Local News / Re: Scholarship Availability
« on: November 28, 2007, 09:18:51 PM »
hahaha that is too funny ! But yeah cj's are pretty usless kinda like my history major i have also lol but i plan on going to law school and if for some odd reason i don't i have the biology to combine with cj for forensics

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Local News / Re: Scholarship Availability
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:57:24 PM »
aww im in college and im a cj major..where was this 2 years ago :(

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Things that make you go HMMMM / Re: How Geeky Are You?
« on: November 26, 2007, 02:25:22 AM »
47.73176% - Super Geek but i have known this for some time now..this is not surprising on my end .

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Religion Opinion / Re: The Age of the Earth
« on: November 26, 2007, 01:59:13 AM »
It doesn't tell us how old the earth is but you can get some number from it haha lol

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Pulaski Enquirer / Re: If you have an iPod
« on: November 25, 2007, 10:48:33 PM »
Well i don't have just one playlist, i have everything set up in different albums and in abc order so how about my top 25 most played ?And here are the top ten....
pretty girl(the way)-sugarcult
we've had enough-alkaline trio
ever so sweet-the early november
letters to you-finch
my own worst enemy-lit
my eyes burn-matchbook romance
memory-sugarcult
where are you-our lady peace
she said-unwritten law
way away-yellowcard

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Religion Opinion / Re: The Age of the Earth
« on: November 25, 2007, 06:51:46 PM »
Hinduism is generally considered to be the oldest religion still being practiced today. This ancient religion was born when the Aryan peoples migrated to Northern India and first put their religious tradition into writing. The texts they created are the Vedas, which were written around 1,500 B.C.E. (before common era) and have greatly influenced Indian culture ever since. Several other religions are almost as old as Hinduism. Judaism traces its roots back to the patriarch Abraham, who lived around 1,800 B.C.E. While the Jewish people are descended from Abraham, it was Moses who first recorded the Torah, the Jewish holy text, in 1,400 B.C.E. Most sources consider the date of the Torah as the beginning of Judaism. Zoroastrianism is sometimes called the world's oldest prophetic religion. It's certainly one of the earliest religions founded by one person. Scholars are not certain when the founding prophet Zarathustra actually lived. Some believe Zarathustra lived in the 6th century B.C.E., while others trace his writings to the 14th or 13th centuries B.C.E. India has been a veritable cradle for world religions -- in addition to Hinduism, both Jainism and Buddhism originated in India. The first of Jainism's sacred lords, called a Tirthankara, lived in the 8th century B.C.E. The last of these lords was Mahavir, who lived in the 5th century B.C.E. and was a key figure in spreading the religion. The philosophical teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, spread around Asia after his death in 483 B.C.E. Oddly enough, the two religions that dominate the world today are relative newcomers to the spiritual scene. Christianity began with the teachings of Jesus Christ around 30 C.E., and Islam started in 610 C.E. with the prophet Muhammad's revelation.

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