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by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 21:56
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Lexington, Buena Vista, Fairfield Area
Replies: 33
Views: 6390

Re: Lexington, Buena Vista Area

To reply in a manner less flippant than my prior response, yes, it's a great place to live by nearly any reasonable standard. I could list pros and cons, but of course every individual would have his own list - and some items listed as pros by you might be cons to me, and vice-versa . Suffice it to ...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 21:10
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 7243

Re: Smokers Score

Visiting a Navy vessel during a VIP tour hosted by its Captain, I asked "What is your biggest problem aboard your ship?" He answered, "My biggest problem is that I have a crew of mostly 18-20 year-olds who think they are immortal. Every day, somehow, I have to get them to abide by saf...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 12:07
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: The Debates of '08
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: The Debates of '08

Thanks for the references, which I've perused, but find most of it to be right wing crap, false, skewed and made up statistics compared dishonestly. It's an ideological diatribe. Yeah, Bill's personal sex life has pretty well disqualified him for sainthood, not admirable, but also largely irrelevant...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 21 15:39
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: The Debates of '08
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: The Debates of '08

You must be a fan of Hillary and Bill Not really, well, apart from a general conclusion that every single Democrat presently running for President is better than George W. Bush and every single Republican presently running for President. Now if Bloomberg should declare, I'd have to do some serious ...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 21 11:20
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 7243

Another Death

Suzanne Pleshette died 2 days ago, another victim of cigarettes. She was not born with that husky voice.

:| When you're 18, age 70 seems very old. When you're over 50, age 70 seems a whole lot younger. :|
by Wise One
2008 Jan 20 20:29
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: The Debates of '08
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: The Debates of '08

What are the "known corrupt practices" of the Clintons? They are not known to me and I would love to become knowledgeable about them. What evidence is there that Hillary is a "proponent of RFID"? I cannot find this, and you did not reference a source that speaks to this question....
by Wise One
2008 Jan 19 12:57
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%
Replies: 10
Views: 2593

Re: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%

I think a good place to begin would be to take away legislative salaries and benefits that WE the people pay for. If these people are truly interested in SERVING the people, let them serve for free and then we'll see who steps up to bat. I'm no fan of self-serving politicians but if we, literally, ...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 17 19:29
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%
Replies: 10
Views: 2593

Re: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%

Thanks for your response, Beckonwood ... always interesting to hear your view.

As for the choice of words, niggardly seems precisely the correct word to me.

:wink: It's the party platform. :wink:
by Wise One
2008 Jan 17 16:41
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%
Replies: 10
Views: 2593

Re: Raising car taxes from 3% to 5%

... We cannot afford to have any more taxes ... This is the Republican mantra, coming from people living in a highly affluent country with the lowest taxes in the developed world. I don't buy it. People seem always to find a way to buy multi ton SUVs, $5 lattés, cigarettes, etc. but claim only pove...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 15 23:00
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: "So Beautiful An Arch"
Replies: 13
Views: 2897

Re: "So Beautiful An Arch"

As Vinny said to Judge Chamberlain Haller, "I am widj you." Don't let the leanness of my words of support detract from the emphasis they should have. You are right on target, and we should rescue this treasure from both US11 and redneck spectacle. Wish I could be more eloquent, but I'll on...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 11 23:13
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 7243

Re: Smokers Score

:clap: SUPER postings, Renegade Mom and Beckonwood. :clap:

Not usually at a loss for words, this time I defer totally to you ... nothing I say can improve on your words.
by Wise One
2008 Jan 11 16:48
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Haunted Rockbridge County
Replies: 2
Views: 1940

Re: Haunted Rockbridge County

Funny you should ask. This popped up just today as a late breaking story. Well, maybe it's not paranormal but it's parobably abnormal.
by Wise One
2008 Jan 10 21:35
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 7243

Re: Smokers Score

Mark Twain wrote: Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times.
:laugho:
by Wise One
2008 Jan 09 21:32
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Lexington, Buena Vista, Fairfield Area
Replies: 33
Views: 6390

Re: Lexington, Buena Vista Area

Here's a recycling of a comment I made to another who inquired about life in these parts. Yours is a very thoughtful and intelligent series of questions, just the right approach to follow as you investigate a potential new home. I'll answer your question about Lexington/Rockbridge as I do whenever s...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 08 19:22
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 32649

Re: Iraq?

Hey Everyone, all this seems irrelevant to me at this time. I just returned home this afternoon from a stay in the hospital. I was admitted to the Er because I couldn't breath. Found out I have massive blood clots in both lungs. The stabilized me with two types of blood thinners and sent me home to...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 07 09:04
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Justice's to rule on child rapist's death sentence
Replies: 5
Views: 2255

Re: Justice's to rule on child rapist's death sentence

Nice to see you again harleygrl. I was about to vote in your poll, then realized I couldn't because I didn't understand it. Would you consider editing it, in the interest of clarity? "The way it is" in Louisiana is to permit the death penalty for this offense, thus contradicting the "...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 03 15:09
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Re: Satisfaction with your life in the US
Replies: 16
Views: 3426

Re: I'm good with smug

There's plenty wrong here. Always has been, but I don't see anybody lining up to get out. Love your optimism! However, I have a life-long relationship with truth and realism that obliges me to point out that the Bureau of the Census estimates that many have done just that, 4-6 million Americans hav...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 03 14:44
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 32649

Re: Iraq?

Nice discussion ... I'm impressed. I found Fangz' Slate article interesting, a refreshing departure from the "only Americans count" mentality that too many of us carry. And Paxham enlarges nicely on this wider view of problems besetting us all at the hands of terrorists. Finally, Beckonwoo...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 02 12:34
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Re: Satisfaction with your life in the US
Replies: 16
Views: 3426

Lest We Become Too Smug

NY Times, on December 31, 2007 Editorial: Looking at America There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country. Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoner...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 30 21:03
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1503
Views: 113256

Re: BANG !

NO !!!!!!!!!! :rant: The Old Dominion has let us down. Well, so far, anyway. This is the curious outcome you get when an elected Attorney General can be of a different party from the Governor. Virginia is one of the few places where this can happen - usually the attorney general is appointed by the ...