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by Wise One
2008 Jan 11 16:48
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Haunted Rockbridge County
Replies: 2
Views: 1900

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: 6989

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: 6148

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: 30439

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: 2124

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: 3279

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: 30439

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: 3279

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: 1500
Views: 102107

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 ...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 30 15:51
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 30439

Re: Iraq?

I saw this too, and it chills to the bone . George W. Bush is the king of Soviet-style repression of liberty and dissent, and has busily been shredding the rule of law for his entire time in office. This is just another in a very long series of attacks against the fundamentals of American democracy ...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 30 12:59
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1500
Views: 102107

Re: BANG !

my husband owns guns (and lots of them) although he keeps them at his friends house because I do not want them at our house because of our 13 year old son. They do hunt and my husband has made sure my son is knowledgeable about safety. RubyRed, you're wonderfully wise to keep guns out of a house wi...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 23 09:52
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: "So Beautiful An Arch"
Replies: 13
Views: 2627

Re: "So Beautiful An Arch"

Yours is an interesting and provocative posting, Paxham. From time to time I've had thoughts similar to those you expressed. Although I was born and raised in Lexington, there was something kind of off-putting about Natural Bridge, the business enterprise, to my family so I never actually saw it unt...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 19 13:14
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Bibles! Religion!
Replies: 302
Views: 34473

Re: Bibles! Religion!

Beckonwood, an excellent reply, well framed and argued.

Fangz, a tip o' me hat to you ... you are incisive.
by Wise One
2007 Dec 19 09:57
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Campaign Finance Reform
Replies: 16
Views: 3581

On Tension between Parents & Children

Mark Twain wrote:When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned.
by Wise One
2007 Dec 19 09:50
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Bibles! Religion!
Replies: 302
Views: 34473

Re: Bibles! Religion!

:P Ah, Fangz, you are singing sweet music to my ears. :P And here's a proposition to consider during this Christmas season, a time when bible-thumping right-wing Republican Christians probably ought to take a vacation from bashing "illegal immigrants" in self-righteous zeal: Christmas, aft...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 15 21:30
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: American Healthcare
Replies: 734
Views: 51369

Re: American Healthcare

Very smart, Beckonwood. I'm a very strong believer in an advocate with every patient, for many practical reasons. For example, while my Dad was in the hospital, we discovered and reversed two serious breaches in his care. Both were for the convenience of attending staff, and had nothing to do with ...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 14 10:41
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Bibles! Religion!
Replies: 302
Views: 34473

Re: Bibles! Religion!

I think Charles Krauthammer is dead wrong about 99% of the time.

Today, to my astonishment, he got it exactly right.

:wink: Evidently, miracles are possible. :wink:
by Wise One
2007 Dec 12 23:33
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1500
Views: 102107

Re: BANG !

Thanks for your reply -- good questions. And if my writing raises more questions than it answers, then maybe I need to work on clarifying my language. By "public health" I'm trying to convey the concept that gun deaths and violence are a statistical outcome of exposure to certain condition...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 12 16:34
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1500
Views: 102107

Re: BANG !

And today, we have yet another one . It just goes on and on. I'm both mystified and saddened by the ideological "2nd amendment" nonsense that most everybody in these parts seems to have swallowed. This belief is new and, by historical standards, peculiar. Before the NRA began its incredibl...
by Wise One
2007 Dec 11 10:42
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1500
Views: 102107

Re: BANG !

Now hold on there, esteemed Pro Bono . :naughty: This was not a case of finding a savior in a 2nd amendment nutcase, all afire with zeal born of NRA propaganda, stepping out from among armed hordes of unwashed, armed civilians to save the day. The shooter may fit that bill, but the security guard do...