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  1. Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com Outfielder Sammy Sosa is likely to retire after concluding that he no longer can achieve his desired level of performance, according to his longtime agent, Tom Reich. Sosa, 37, rejected a one-year, non-guaranteed $500,000 contract from the Nationals on Wednesday. The "odds are" that he will not play again, Reich told FOXSports.com. "It's not absolute," Reich said. "But his expectations of himself are very, very high. He does not want to disappoint himself, let alone everyone else." Reich said that Sosa would return to the majors only if he believed he could perform close to the standards he established when he was one of the game's most feared sluggers. "This isn't a play to see what else is out there," Reich added. "He thinks he's better off not playing." Sosa batted .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs last season in an injury-marred campaign with the Orioles. His sudden decline occurred during the first season in which Major League Baseball began suspending players who tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs. Reich said MLB's harsher drug-testing program had no bearing on Sosa's decision. "The speculation about all of that is part of the fabric of what exists in today's world of baseball," Reich said. "People are free to say or assume whatever they want. But that entire subject has nothing to do with this decision. "People should not be presumed guilty of things that other people speculate about. That's something that's gotten lost in this country in recent years and in sports. Sammy's entitled to that and everyone else is, too, unless legal standards are met. Otherwise, we wouldn't be a nation of laws at all." Sosa, addressing a House committee last March, said he had never used "illegal performance-enhancing drugs" and had not broken the laws of the United States or his native Dominican Republic. The Nationals offered Sosa a deal that could have topped out at around $2 million, including $1.5 million in incentives. But his role would have been uncertain, and RFK Stadium, the Nationals' home park, favors pitchers. The Nats' plan was for Sosa to play left field, with Alfonso Soriano in center and Jose Guillen in right. Sosa likely would have received an extended opportunity; Soriano is resisting a move to the outfield from second base and Guillen is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. But Sosa opted to stop playing even though he is 12 homers shy of 600, a milestone achieved by only four other players – Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays. "A lot of people wanted to assume it's about the 600 home runs: ‘He had to get to 600 home runs. He needed to keep playing,"' Reich said. "It's not that. It's not that he has to stay in uniform just to be in uniform." In the end, it was this: If Sosa could not be Sammy Sosa, he would not make a desperate attempt to extend his 17-year career. I'm very, very proud of what he's accomplished and all the thrills that he has provided," Reich said. "I'm also impressed by the way he's handled this decision-making process. "He's been a real man about it, a big man, about the way he has thought this thing through. He's approached this in a very mature way, not like a guy who just won't let it go."
  2. I'm not against Tyler getting a professional sports team of some sort, but reality is Tyler is just too small of a market to support a team long term. Cities the size of ShreveportBossier and Corpus Cristi (250,000+) and a lot of other 150,000+ cities have a hard enough time supporting minor league teams. Tyler would need to almost double in size before it would work long term . . . in my opinion. :whistle:
  3. Colmes, I completely agree with you and Justice Scalia! :w00t: There are many other constitutional scholars and law professors who agree as well! :w00t:
  4. I can't believe how totally ignorant about guns and hunting some in the media appear to be. I have heard one dufuss say "he shot him in the face with a load of buck shot". These morons don't know the difference between bird shot and buck shot. Some of their questions are so stupid they are laughable! :w00t: One idiot I heard on the radio on the way home today said something like "it just doesn't add up, how in the world could Cheney have shot a man standing on the ground 30 yards away when birds fly overhead in the air. Their explaination just doesn't make sense". These people are total morons and obviously have never hunted quail. It's not at all unusual to actually be shooting downward at quail flying away from you as they are flushed from their cover. I guess their mental-midget picture is of the three stooges shooting straight up at geese flying overhead! What complete morons!!! :whistle::w00t::whistle:
  5. I have to agree, I agree with Chucky on this one . . . but I still think he is one of the most out of touch with America liberals in Washington. I trust him about as far as I can spit! :w00t:
  6. I'm no expert, but his plan looks like at least a good starting point. I know my property taxes are "through the roof" and any plan that takes part off the burden off property owners will be a step in the right direction. I never thought it was fair for only property owners to completely fund the school system while non-property owners pay nothing. :coocoo: :whistle: :w00t:
  7. By NEAL WHITE Daily Light Editor Wednesday, February 8, 2006 1:56 PM CST Pay raises for teachers, lower property taxes and no court challenges. That’s the goal of a new school finance bill being drafted by State Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie). “I plan on having the final draft ready next week,” Pitts said. “I believe this will pass. I’ve worked with a lot of my colleagues in the House and the Senate and this addresses what a lot of us believe in. It covers property tax reduction, it gets us out of court and it provides more pay for teachers.” The proposed bill would provide more than $5 billion in additional funding for public education and include a $4,000 pay raise for teachers. Additionally, the plan would lower the tax rate cap assessed by school districts from the current level of $1.50 per $100 assessed valuation to a targeted level of $1 per $100 assessed valuation. Other highlights of the bill include: # $1.2 billion to help rapidly growing districts with increases in enrollment # $175 million to help districts with facility needs # $140.5 million for student success initiatives # $625 million in federal funds for Title I programs and special education programs as required for the “No Child Left Behind” initiative # $327 million for textbooks in continuing contracts # $6 million for Communities In Schools The bill will also provide districts with local control over the school calendar and start dates. Pitts said funding for the plan would come through a new business tax, an increase in the cigarette tax and possibly a slight increase in the sales tax. “We also have at least $3 billion in the state surplus that can be used for school finance,” he added. Pitts said the new bill will be introduced during the upcoming special session called by Gov. Rick Perry, which will likely take place in April. The state has a June 1 deadline to resolve school finance. Sharing his frustration over not being able to solve school finance during the last legislative session — and two special sessions — Pitts said he is confident this is a workable plan that addresses both needs and means. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Pitts said he has spent a great deal of time working with members of both houses, as well as conferencing with teachers, superintendents and taxpayers. “As everyone knows, coming up with a solution to school finance that won’t be knocked down by the courts isn’t an easy task,” Pitts said. “I believe this plan will be acceptable to the majority of the members in the House and will be adopted in the Senate.” During the last legislative session, Pitts said he helped move a number of proposals forward to keep the process moving. “We all know that we need to change the way we finance public education. But we also need to keep in mind that not every student is going to go to college. That said, we still have an obligation to educate every student,” Pitts said. While he objected to some of the legislation coming out of the House during the last session, Pitts said it was widely known that he was voting on bills in order to move them out of the House and into the Conference Committee between the House and Senate. “I knew once we had the bill in Conference Committee, we could address those problems and come up with a workable solution,” he said. “I got tired of doing that,” Pitts said, commenting that as the bills worked through the legislative process, there were too many items he could not support. “By continuing to move the process along, it was getting to the point where we were sending the wrong message to the Senate. Initially, I was confident we could fix problem areas in the Conference Committee. But as we continued to pass one resolution after another, the Senate felt this was a direction that the House supported,” he said. “Believe me, it wasn’t a pleasant experience standing up to the Speaker of the House and telling him that I couldn’t continue to support the legislation,” Pitts said. “But it had gotten to the point that no bill was better than a bad bill, which is what the teachers and superintendents were telling us.” In working with other members of the House and Senate, Pitts said he feels the new bill will have broad support in both houses, while also addressing the three key areas — avoiding a court challenge, increasing teacher pay and reducing the property tax burden. Prior to running for state office, Pitts served for 14 years on the Waxahachie ISD board of trustees. “Public education is extremely important to me,” Pitts said. “I have worked to improve education for our children and improve conditions for our teachers the entire time I’ve served in the House.” One of his campaign issues when he first ran for the District 10 seat was to provide a statewide healthcare plan for teachers. “At the time, each district was responsible for providing healthcare to its teachers. Some districts had plans, others didn’t. And when a teacher left one district for another, often times they couldn’t obtain insurance because of a pre-existing condition,” he said. “It took a lot of work and several sessions, but I was part of the committee that drafted the teacher healthcare legislation passed into law five years ago.” When it comes to improving education, Pitts said he has a personal commitment to ensure that every child in the state of Texas receives a quality education. “Education is vital to the future success of Texas,” he said. “All of us in the Legislature are working to achieve that common goal by finding an equitable solution to school finance. “We are very close,” Pitts said. “When we return into special session this spring, we will get the job done.”
  8. Didn't Australia outlaw citizens from owning guns a while back? I think I read something about their crime rate going up since they were forced to surrender their weapons. :whistle:
  9. Perponderance of the evidence is only applied in civil hearings. Criminal cases require a 100% guilty vote. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a court martial a criminal hearing? Yes, a General Court Martial is a criminal court for violations of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. There are three types of Courts Martial . . . Summary, Special and General. The General Court martial is for the most severe cases and the punishment can include up to the death penalty if convicted. I guess I didn't say what I actually meant in my earlier post. What I meant to say was, in a General Court Martial the evidence must be convincing without any doubt. If there is any doubt whatsoever, the jury MUST return a not guilty verdict. I was on a General Court Martial jury back in 1996 at Barksdale concerning a TSGT accused of "carnal knowledge" and "sexual assault" of his then 14-17 year old step-daughter. There were something like 230 counts that "allegedly" took place over a 3-4 year period at Whiteman AFB and Barksdale AFB. The prosecution torpedoed their own case by "over doing it" with the evidence. The guy was guilty as sin and everyone knew it . . . he got off scott free because two of the dates he was supposed to have committed offenses were proven to be physically impossible . . . since he was on TDY (temporary assignment) at Moron AB Spain during those two dates. The military judge told us flat out during the deliberation instructions briefing we HAD to find him not guilty! :w00t:
  10. Looks like ole "Dirty Harry" may be indicted pretty soon like his buddy Tom Delay - :whistle::whome::whistle: JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation affecting other clients. The activities — detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press — are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients. Reid's office acknowledged Thursday having "routine contacts" with Abramoff's lobbying partners and intervening on some government matters — such as blocking some tribal casinos — in ways Abramoff's clients might have deemed helpful. But it said none of his actions were affected by donations or done for Abramoff. "All the actions that Senator Reid took were consistent with his long-held beliefs, such as not letting tribal casinos expand beyond reservations, and were taken to defend the interests of Nevada constituents," spokesman Jim Manley said. Reid, D-Nev., has led the Democratic Party's attacks portraying Abramoff's lobbying and fundraising as a Republican scandal. But Abramoff's records show his lobbying partners billed for nearly two dozen phone contacts or meetings with Reid's office in 2001 alone. Most were to discuss Democratic legislation that would have applied the U.S. minimum wage to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory and Abramoff client, but would have given the islands a temporary break on the wage rate, the billing records show. Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. Reid collected donations around the time of each action. Ethics rules require senators to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in collecting contributions around the times they take official acts benefiting donors. Abramoff's firm also hired one of Reid's top legislative aides as a lobbyist. The aide later helped throw a fundraiser for Reid at Abramoff's firm that raised donations from several of his lobbying partners. And Reid's longtime chief of staff accepted a free trip to Malaysia arranged by a consulting firm connected to Abramoff that recently has gained attention in the influence-peddling investigation that has gripped the Capitol. Abramoff has pleaded guilty in a fraud and bribery case and is now helping prosecutors investigate the conduct of lawmakers, congressional aides and administration officials his team used to lobby. Abramoff spokesman Andrew Blum declined to comment on the Reid contacts. Reid has assailed Republicans' ties to Abramoff while refusing to return any of his own donations. He argues there's no need to return the money. "Senator Reid never met Jack Abramoff and never has taken contributions from him, and efforts to drag him into this are going to fail," Manley said. "Abramoff is a convicted felon and no one has suggested the other partners we might have dealt with have done anything impermissible." While Abramoff never directly donated to Reid, the lobbyist did instruct one tribe, the Coushattas, to send $5,000 to Reid's tax-exempt political group, the Searchlight Leadership Fund, in 2002. About the same time, Reid sent a letter to the Interior Department helpful to the tribe, records show. Abramoff sent a list to the tribe entitled "Coushatta Requests" recommending donations to campaigns or groups for 50 lawmakers he claimed were helpful to the tribe. Alongside Reid's name, Abramoff wrote, "5,000 (Searchlight Leadership Fund) Senate Majority Whip." Following a pattern seen with Abramoff and Republicans, Abramoff's Democratic team members often delivered donations to Reid close to key events. Reid himself, along his Senate counsel Jim Ryan, met with Abramoff deputy Ronald Platt on June 5, 2001, "to discuss timing on minimum wage bill" that affected the Marianas, according to a bill that Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's firm, sent the Marianas. Three weeks before the meeting, Greenberg Traurig's political action committee donated $1,000 to Reid's Senate re-election committee. Three weeks after the meeting, Platt himself donated $1,000 to Reid. Manley said Reid's official calendar doesn't list a meeting on June 5, 2001, with Platt, but he also said he couldn't say for sure the contact didn't occur. Manley confirmed Platt had regular contacts with Reid's office, calling them part of the "routine checking in" by lobbyists who work Capitol Hill. As for the timing of donations, Manley said, "There is no connection. This is just a typical part of lawful fundraising." The Marianas, U.S. territorial islands in the Pacific Ocean, were one of Abramoff's highest-paying clients and were trying to keep their textile industry exempt from most U.S. laws on immigration, labor and pay, including the minimum wage. Many Democrats have long accused the islands of running garment sweatshops. The islands in 2001 had their own minimum wage of $3.05 an hour, and were exempt from the U.S. minimum of $5.15. Republicans were intent on protecting the Marianas' exemption. Democrats, led by Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) of Massachusetts and Rep. George Miller (news, bio, voting record) of California, wanted the Marianas to be covered by the U.S. minimum and crafted a compromise. In February 2001, Kennedy introduced a bill that would have raised the U.S. hourly minimum to $6.65 and would have covered the Marianas. The legislation, which eventually failed, would have given the islands an initial break by setting its minimum at just $3.55 — nearly $3 lower than any other territory or state — and then gradually increasing it. Within a month, Platt began billing for routine contacts and meetings with Reid's staff, starting with a March 26, 2001, contact with Reid chief of staff Susan McCue to "discuss timing and status of minimum wage legislation," the billing records say. In all, Platt and a fellow lobbyist reported 21 contacts in 2001 with Reid's office, mostly with McCue and Ryan. One of the Marianas contacts, listed for May 30, 2001, was with Edward Ayoob, Reid's legislative counsel. Within a year, Ayoob had left Reid's office to work for Abramoff's firm, registering specifically to lobby for the islands as well as several tribes. Manley confirmed Ayoob had subsequent lobbying contacts with Reid's office. Manley cast doubt on some of the contacts recorded in the billing records, saying McCue was out of Washington for a couple of the dates. But he acknowledged the contacts could have occurred by cell phone. In January 2002, McCue took a free trip, valued at $7,000, to Malaysia with several other congressional aides. The trip, cleared by Senate ethics officials, was underwritten by the U.S. Malaysia Exchange Association, a group trying to foster better relations between the United States and Malaysia. The trips were part of a broader lobbying strategy by Malaysia, which consulted with Abramoff and paid $300,000 to a company connected to him, according to documents released by Senate investigators. The arrangements included a trip by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his wife to Malaysia in October 2001. While Abramoff worked behind the scenes, the Alexander Strategy Group run by two former DeLay aides, Ed Buckham and Tony Rudy, publicly registered to lobby for the U.S. Malaysia Exchange Association. Rudy, who was cited in Abramoff's court case, had worked temporarily for Abramoff before joining Buckham at Alexander Strategy, and the three men were friendly. In January 2002, Alexander Strategy arranged two congressional trips to Malaysia underwritten by the association. One trip took a delegation of Republican congressmen. A Democratic consultant hired by Alexander Strategy, former Clinton White House aide Joel Johnson, invited McCue and went on the second trip with congressional staffers. Johnson said he invited McCue on behalf of Alexander Strategy and went on the trip with her but said he knew of no connections to Abramoff. "My interest was in getting Democrats to travel to the country and to learn more about Malaysia," Johnson said. Reid intervened on other matters. On March 5, 2002, he sent a letter to the Interior Department pressing the agency to reject a proposed casino by the Jena band of Choctaw Indians in Louisiana. Fellow Nevada Sen. John Ensign (news, bio, voting record), a Republican, also signed. The Jena's proposed casino would have rivaled one already in operation in Louisiana run by the Coushattas, and Abramoff was lobbying to block the Jena. The day after Reid's letter, the Coushattas wrote a $5,000 check to Reid's Searchlight group at Abramoff's suggestion. Reid and Ensign recently wrote the Senate Ethics Committee to say their letter had nothing to do with Abramoff or the donation and instead reflected their interest in protecting Las Vegas' gambling establishments. "As senators for the state with the largest nontribal gaming industry in the nation, we have long opposed the growth of off-reservation tribal gaming throughout the United States," Ensign and Reid wrote. Reid authored the law legalizing casinos on reservations, and has long argued it does not allow tribal gambling off reservations. On Nov. 8, 2002, the Nevada Democrat signed a letter with California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) urging Interior Secretary Gale Norton to reject a proposal by the Cuyapaipe Band of Mission Indians to convert land for a health clinic into a casino in southern California. The casino would have competed with the Palm Springs gambling establishment run by the Agua Caliente, one of Abramoff's tribes. Two weeks later, Reid went to the Senate floor to oppose fellow Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow (news, bio, voting record)'s effort to win congressional approval for a Michigan casino for the Bay Mills Indians, which would have rivaled one already operating by the Saginaw Chippewa represented by Abramoff. "The legislation is fundamentally flawed," Reid argued, successfully leading the opposition to Stabenow's proposal. The next month, Reid joined six other Democratic senators in asking President Bush in mid-December 2002 to spend an additional $30 million for Indian school construction. Several Abramoff tribes, including the Saginaw and the Mississippi Choctaw, were seeking federal money for school building. Six weeks after that letter, three Abramoff partners — including Platt and Ayoob — donated a total of $4,000 to Reid's Senate re-election campaign. Later in 2003, the Agua Caliente contributed $13,500 to Reid's political groups while the Saginaw chipped in $9,000. Reid sent a fourth letter on April 30, 2003, joining Ensign a second time to urge Interior to reject the Jena casino. Two months later, Abramoff's firm threw a fundraiser for Reid at its Washington office that netted the Nevada senator several more donations from Greenberg Traurig lobbyists and their spouses. Ayoob was instrumental in staging the event, Reid's office said.
  11. You can blame this peanut headed moron for relinquishing his constitutional presidential power by agreeing to the establishment of the FISA court. There is no way the FISA court trumps constitutional presidential powers . . . I look for this to go to the Supreme Court before this ridiculous wiretapping business is over. :whistle:
  12. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006 5:11 p.m. EST The New York Post is blasting ex-President Jimmy Carter for trying to hijack Coretta Scott King's funeral in a bid to "score cheap political points" against President Bush. "Jimmy Carter may or may not have been the worst president of the 20th century," the paper said. "But his disgraceful performance yesterday at Coretta Scott King's funeral marks him as the most shameless." While other speakers did their best to honor the first lady of the civil rights movement, Carter played the race card, resurrecting bogus claims that the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina was bigoted. "We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are most devastated by Katrina to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans," the failed peanut farmer said. Then, in a bit of comedic irony, Carter tried to zing Bush for his terrorist surveillance program - by referencing the wiretapping of Martin Luther King that had been ordered by the Kennedy administration. Of course, the bitter-sounding Georgian never acknowledged that it was Democrats who had violated the King family's constitutional rights. The paper also criticized Rev. Joseph Lowery, who interrupted his tribute to Mrs. King to register his opposition to the Iraq war. "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," he said. "But Coretta knew and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor." But as an ex-president who should know better, the Post said Carter's offense was worse, contending that he had demeaned both "the occasion as well as the woman who was being honored by four presidents."
  13. I have been summoned probably 20 times since 1975. I have served on two empaneled grand jurys (one federal) and a couple of other fedral trials. Usually I get "kicked off" fairly quickly for some strange reason! I have also served on two General Courts Martial while I was in the Air Force. In a court martial the defendant must be found 100% guilty. There is no preponderance of the evidence like in a civilian court.
  14. Garrison, Troup, and Arp would have beaten a lot of 3A teams the past few years. Garrison has played several 3A teams in non-district the past few years beating most of them handily. Tatum has to be the odds on favorite to dominate in football for the next couple of years. After that, it's anybody's guess between the next 3-5 teams. My guess is it's going to be Tatum #1, then Arp, Troup, Garrison, Timpson, EF, Waskom, and West Rusk.
  15. The national anthem was pretty good. It would have been better if Aaron Nevill sang it by himself without the broad. The Strolling Bones were ok . . . I thought! :w00t:
  16. . . . go Air Force if you can qualify! :whistle:
  17. Astros Cards Cubs . . . . in that order! :coolball:
  18. I thought they were just having sound system problems! :w00t:
  19. Feb 05 10:22 PM US/Eastern By DAVID BAUDER AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK They may not have flashed any body parts _ except for Mick Jagger's well-toned stomach _ but the Rolling Stones made ABC glad editors were on duty for the Super Bowl halftime show. Two sexually explicit lyrics were excised from the rock legends' performance Sunday. The only song to avoid the editor was "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," a 41-year-old song about sexual frustration. In "Start Me Up," the show's editors silenced one word, a reference to a woman's sexual sway over a dead man. The lyrics for "Rough Justice" included a synonym for rooster that the network also deemed worth cutting out. ABC was the first network to impose a five-second tape delay on the Super Bowl, although it said the changes to the Stones' show were made by the NFL and its producers. The sensitivity no doubt reflects a lingering reaction to Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction two years ago. The Stones probably didn't mind, either. It brought a little rock 'n' roll danger to the ultimate "safe" gig and _ if they're lucky _ it distracted attention from their mediocre show. Jagger, at age 62, is still a force of nature, strutting and dancing across a stage designed as a replica of their famed wagging tongue logo. The band's performance felt ragged _ they seemed just warming up during the opening "Start Me Up," and a three-song set affords no such luxury. The Stones chose three tough rockers, including the best song from their well-received recent album and one of their most enduring hits. "Here's one we could have done at Super Bowl I," Jagger wryly said in introducing "Satisfaction." It was their best, most energetic effort, and ended with Jagger blowing a kiss to the audience. But unlike U2's performance four years ago at the Super Bowl, their set was not an example of a band at its peak rising to the majesty of the event. Some in Detroit felt the city's rich musical history was snubbed when the Stones were selected, even if the Super Bowl had Motown-themed halftime shows twice in the past 25 years. This year's Motown tribute came before the game. Stevie Wonder was the centerpiece, singing a medley of his hits with the help of John Legend, Joss Stone and India.Arie. It was a typical monument to excess, with a stage more crowded than a train station at rush hour, and was marred by microphones that occasionally malfunctioned. Brightly clad dancers hoofed it incongruously when Wonder sang a portion of his angry ghetto tale "Livin' for the City," at one point pretending to fight each other. Most importantly, the medley format did a disservice to the musicians. They rushed through the songs as if at a fast-food service line. With hours of meaningless pregame hoopla, couldn't they be given five minutes more to finish a few songs? The National Anthem offered a particularly odd partnership _ Aaron Neville and Dr. John (in a tribute to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans) with Detroit favorite Aretha Franklin. Neville sang half of the song in his feathery-soft voice, then was never heard from again when Franklin blew the dome's roof off. She barely needed a microphone.
  20. Again, that's short term . . . sort of like your memory! :w00t: You can't judge anything on a few weeks or even a few months for that matter! :whistle:
  21. Actually I saw it too, but thought I would just let you slide! :w00t:
  22. The tax cuts have been the primary catalyst for the booming economy over the past several years. That's a fact. Companies are expanding and creating jobs because they are able to invest and grow. Liberals with their a short memory need to look no farther back than the failed Carter presidency to see the result of over taxation and double digit interest rates and their effect on the economy. It baffles me why liberals can't see the results and will never admit that cutting taxes has had a dramatically positive effect on the economy every time they have been implemented. :shrug:
  23. Stocks go up and down all the time . . . for all sorts of reasons. :whistle::yawn::whistle: Check the trend line over time and you'll find the market is in pretty good shape right now! :thumbsup:
  24. A Conservative: 5. You must earn it! 6. You earn it through hard work and dedication!
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