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1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber." John 10:1 NIV

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My *favorite* political cartoon:
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Have no fear--we won't whack you down here
· by DAVE BARRY
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/dave_barry/4851291.htm

I know you're torn. On the one hand, you're thrilled that your team, the Hawkmeisters, will play in the Orange Bowl, and possibly win the coveted title of Best College Team In the Nation Other Than Of Course the University of Miami Hurricanes.

So you're excited. But you're also, let's face it, a little nervous. You've heard scary things about Miami. You've heard that it's a wild, crazy, dangerous tropical place where everybody has a gun, the traffic is insane, crime is rampant, the politicians are corrupt, the voters have the intelligence of eggplants, and the cockroaches are the size of Shetland ponies.

Well, relax! As a longtime resident of South Florida, I'm here to tell you that this is not true!

The cockroaches are more like Rottweilers. Also, the crime isn't nearly as bad as you've heard. Oh, sure, we had our share of problems in the past. But we finally got tired of hearing the critics complain that our community was unsafe and, by gosh, we did something about it: We tracked down the critics and shot them.

SAFER THAN IOWA
Ha ha! Just kidding! Believe it or not, in some ways, Miami is actually SAFER than Iowa! For example, we have an extremely low number of pig-transmitted diseases. So if you ''play your cards right,'' you are bound to have an enjoyable visit, from the moment that you arrive, right up until the moment when, for whatever reason, your visit stops being enjoyable. To help make that possible, I've prepared the following:

Visitors' guide to South Florida

GEOGRAPHY:
For eons, South Florida was completely under water. Now, fortunately, this happens only a couple of times a year.

Modern-day South Florida is bounded to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, which provides the area with an abundant natural supply of people on rafts; and to the west by the Everglades, a precious ecological resource containing the world's largest known deposit of free-range muck. The only significant formation between these two major geographic features is Interstate 95, which was left here by glaciers, and when you see it, you will understand why.

CLIMATE:
Thanks to its southern location and proximity to the Gulf Stream, South Florida is not subject to the constant nagging ''change of seasons'' that plagues so much of the nation. Instead, the region enjoys a year-round tropical climate that is very similar, in both temperature and humidity, to your armpit.

POPULATION:
South Florida is a real ''melting pot'' whose residents come from all over the world, bringing with them a wide variety of languages, cultures, narcotics, etc. Despite our differences, we South Floridians are united by a common belief, which is that every one of us, regardless of race, or religion, or ethnic background, could be armed.

ECONOMY:
The largest single industry in South Florida is pest control, followed by sprinkler repair, wiretapping, snake importing and begging at intersections.

SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT:
Elections are held at regular intervals as ordered by the courts, with turnout ranging as high as 347 voters, of whom as many as 153 may actually be the same voter, who is not always technically alive. The officials elected via this process traditionally serve for three months or until they are indicted, whichever comes first.

Then we have new elections, usually resulting in the same officials being reelected, because South Florida voters prefer experienced leaders who will ''hit the ground running'' and not waste a lot of time shopping for defense attorneys.

DRIVING:
South Florida traffic operates under international standards, under which each motorist obeys the laws of his or her individual country of origin.

The proud motto of the South Florida motorist is ``Death Before Yielding.''

MASS TRANSIT:
Miami is blessed with a modern, interconnected light-rail transit system. If you figure out how it works, please let us know.

NIGHTLIFE:
The hottest night spot is South Beach where, on any given evening, you'll find thousands of fun-seekers staying up until the ''wee hours'' in their never-ending quest to find a parking space.

Once you find a spot for your car (allow two days for this), you can take your pick among literally dozens of nightclubs that offer hot music, cold drinks and large men outside refusing to let you in because you are, no offense, from Iowa. Or, if you're in the ''mood for food,'' you can go to the world-famous Joe's Stone Crab restaurant and experience, as many thousands have experienced before you, a legendary, world-class wait for a table.

MUSEUMS:
Right. Like you would ever go to a museum.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
Probably our biggest tourist attraction is naked Europeans on the beach. To find them, walk along the beach until you start seeing people without any bathing suits; these are your naked Europeans.

When you see them, act cool. Don't stare or shout: ''Hey! You people are NAKED!'' Instead, walk back and forth past them 45 or 50 times, sneaking peeks while pretending that you're looking for some object that you lost in the sand. It helps if you periodically remark aloud: ``I'm looking for some object that I lost in the sand!''

A LIMITED GUIDE
Of course, this visitors' guide can only ''scratch the surface'' of the kaleidoscope of people and places and insects that make up South Florida. To really get the flavor of this fascinating community, you need to get out and explore it at your own pace.

So just kick back, have fun, and remember: Your pace should be 75 miles per hour, and your doors should be locked.

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Ecclesiastes 10
2· The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.
3· Even as he walks along the road,
the fool lacks sense
and shows everyone how stupid he is.
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It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the courts
who has given us the right to keep and bear arms
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN, who salutes the Flag,
and serves under the flag.

All about FReeper getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

According to those who know me well, I am considered to be a very conservative individual. I was raised a Roman Catholic and have attended Catholic schools from 5th grade through my Sophomore year in college. I've received the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Communion, Confirmation & Matrimony. I grew into adulthood feeling certain that Catholicism was my rock. I fell in love with my husband who was also raised a Catholic. We were married in a Catholic ceremony at the United States Naval Academy in the mid-90s.

Today, I prefer calling myself a Christian. I see the Bible as my source of reference, guidance & comfort for everything. My children have been enrolled in Bible-based Christian schools since preschool. In my mid-late 20s, my eyes opened to the fact that in the Catholic Church, I was never taught to read and study the Bible. I was never lead to memorize any verses or passages which would have been enormously helpful and comforting to me as I grew in my faith. In Catholic school and in Church, the only things we memorized were Catholic prayers and the Baltimore Catechism.

"A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."

That said, I began to feel as if I didn't know "how to pray." I also didn't understand what others had referred to as their "relationship" with Christ.

I was born in New Jersey where I spent my childhood growing up in the 70s; when no one used seatbelts and kids rode on the dash underneath the rear car window. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old, and my weekends were spent visiting my dad. I always loved seeing him and spending time with him. He's always been the parent with whom I could most identify and who I most resemble in personality. My daddy is kind, funny, generous, hard-working, a fan of the Giants and NASCAR. He loves Ford cars, to laugh, grill, eat out, he loves a great pizza, driving long distances and seeing everyone happy. He's just an average guy from New Jersey who's never politically correct, but everyone who knows him (with the exception of my mother) just loves him. My dad has always been "John the plumber," who inherited the business from my grandfather. He's never been eccentric, that is, until he installed a hydraulic lift in his garage. All my life I've heard, "Well, that's John" and "That's your father."

If you'd feel so inclined to say a prayer for him, my family and I would be extremely grateful. Several years ago he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma behind one of his eyes. This kills me every day, but for every one he survives and is still here, our Lord deserves all the praise.

During the 1980s, I attended high school and college. I loved my years in high school but college, not so much. Before marrying and having children, I ran a lot, played tennis and loved to shop. After the kiddos had arrived, I learned to use a computer and I became deeply involved in genealogy, politics and American history. And now it's looking as if Obama will become our next President (God help us). Obama is an awful lot for me to comprehend and accept, since I never thought I'd ever see a more deceptive human being than either one of the Clinton duo in my lifetime. Especially being married to a career Marine aviator, whose grandfather was killed in Pearl Harbor.

There are many issues today that threaten our beloved country. But let's be real here, folks -- nothing should ever be more important than protecting our nation first. ALL Americans should care about this, because without providing for the strongest possible national security, our nation and our freedoms are vulnerable to those who want to do us harm. In this light, my hot button issues include ensuring the protection and advancement of our U.S. military; protecting the safety and security of Americans; stopping illegal immigration and repealing "anchor baby" laws which only encourage illegals to deliver their babies on our side of the border; making English our national language; reducing earmarks by those who are supposed to serve *us* in Congress; welfare reform that limits public assistance; reducing the incredible burden on the taxpayer.

When I originally joined FR, I lived in Palm Beach County. We don't live there anymore. In 2004, we moved to the Dallas, Texas area.

I love to FReep and I love to laugh! I want to thank you for reading my FReeper page. Thanks for stopping by!

Regarding the issues:

Abortion: I'm 100% pro-life with no exceptions. I support the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution. It's a baby, not a choice.

Affirmative Action: I'm opposed to Affirmative Action. No one should be allowed special privileges or treatment because of their ethnicity or skin color - including whites.

Drilling: Drill in America. Drill now. Let's free ourselves from reliance upon foreign oil.

Ebonics is stupid.

Favorite Americans: President Ronald Reagan, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Sen. Jesse A. Helms, Jr., Rep. Michael C. Burgess, "The Great One - Mark Levin," former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, LtGen. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Circuit Justice Janice Rogers Brown, Condoleeza Rice, Ted Nugent, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, President George W. Bush, Sen. Fred D. Thompson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, United States POWs & the United States Marines.

Free Speech: I believe in the right for people to have free speech, including the likes of shrill loud mouths like Susan Sarandon, Joy Behar, Al Franken, Michael Moore, Sarah Silverman & the Dixie Chicks. However, I oppose Americans' burning Old Glory and any form of desecration to our American flag.

Gay Rights: I oppose gay mainstreaming in society, teaching children that it's just another lifestyle choice, gay marriages, in most cases gay adoptions and the way homosexuals have turned the rainbow into "their" identifying symbol. I am utterly sickened when the gay population converges upon Disney World every year. The only gay person I can stand to listen to is Ellen DeGeneris. I do really like her.

Global Warming: Manufactured hysteria from the Left.

Gun Issues: I strongly support the Second Amendment. I support the NRA.

Illegal Immigration: I get *so* infuriated about people breaking and entering into America; don't get me started. I support building a wall all along our American border to keep the invaders from coming in illegally. I also feel that legal immigration has gotten way out of hand and that we are permitting too many people into our beloved country.

Military: Underfunded, overworked, underpaid, underestimated. Our military is not a social experiment.

Political Party: Registered Republican. Conservative.

Schools: I support a Constitutional Amendment to bring back prayer in public schools. This is what our Founding Fathers wanted and I feel it needs to be restored. Unquestionably, the pledge should be said every day in every American classroom.

Taxes: I support a flat tax for every American. We should all pay the same amount of taxes commensurate with our individual income.

United Nations: This is one world society gone wild. U.S. soldiers should never be ordered to follow a U.N. Commander. Their allegiance is to the U.S.A.




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"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself" -- John Stuart Mill


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