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  • Another View: There's only one way to stop gun crime: ban handguns

    12/29/2005 2:51:56 PM PST · 218 of 234
    rohry to rohry

    Sorry, in my last post I meant to put the key grafs from the story. Here's one:

    "It began the moment Higgins and her family moved from New York to St. Louis in August 1997. The move was supposed to benefit her son, Ian, who had recently been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Higgins and her husband, David Price, thought St. Louis would provide a safer, more secure environment. For David, a graduate of Clayton High School, the move was also a welcome homecoming. It wouldn't last long.

    Six weeks after the family arrived in St. Louis, David packed his bags for California. In the Big Apple, he'd written material for "Good Morning America," and he found it difficult to get even remotely similar work in the Lou. Frustrated, he moved by himself to Los Angeles to find work in television.

    In hindsight Jane Higgins should have seen the divorce coming. For the previous eighteen months, David had been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome brought on when a small commuter plane he was aboard crash-landed on a small airstrip in Pennsylvania. Everyone survived, but David could never shake the vision of the plane going down. It wasn't long before Higgins noticed emotional changes in her husband. The man who had once been so jovial and carefree took on a distant, sour air. The only thing they had in common now was Ian.

    Higgins doesn't blame David for the end of their marriage, but she was angry they had ever come to St. Louis ("How in the hell did I let him talk me into moving to St. Louis?" she asks). With her husband gone, Higgins didn't know a soul in St. Louis except for David's parents."

    Here's another:

    "Higgins has yet to begin dating since her divorce in 1997. David, on the other hand, wasted little time.

    Soon after the divorce was finalized, he began seeing a woman in Los Angeles named Annette Metoyer. From the beginning Higgins sensed something was awry in David's relationship with the woman. Those thoughts crystallized when Metoyer began sending Higgins threatening e-mails. Even today Higgins says she doesn't know what sparked the e-mails. She was in no way jealous of Annette. In fact, she was happy David had found someone. Even so, the e-mails continued, with the warning to Higgins to "watch herself." Higgins soon grew frightened of the woman and sent the menacing missives to her mother.

    "I said if anything ever happens to me, here's where to begin searching."

    Little did Higgins -- or anyone -- know that it was Metoyer who should have feared for her life.

    David's parents never suspected their son or his girlfriend were in harm's way. They weren't pleased that their son and Higgins had divorced but were glad he had again found love.

    "David was happy in LA," recalls his mother, Madelon. "He mentioned once or twice that [Annette's] mother was difficult, but I didn't think much of it."

    Apparently Annette's mother, who lived with the couple, was upset they were trying to move her out of the apartment they all shared, though that's speculation because she never lived to offer up a motive. After shooting her daughter in the chest and lodging seven bullets in David, Annette's mother turned the gun on herself.

    Higgins was leaving a Make-A-Wish gala at the Chase Park Plaza when she got a call from the Los Angeles medical examiner.

    At first she thought it was a joke. When the grim reality sank in, her first question was about Annette.

    "She's been killed, too," came the reply. Amid the trauma Higgins felt a twinge of elation.

    "I remember thinking, 'Good! That bitch!'"

    In the Los Angeles Times, the story merited a news brief in the metro section, under the headline: "3 DIE IN SAN PEDRO MURDER-SUICIDE."

    Authorities on Sunday identified a woman who police said fatally shot her daughter and a man believed to be the younger woman's boyfriend before turning the gun on herself Saturday in San Pedro.

    Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Guillermo Campos said Carmen Foy, 70, shot and killed her daughter, Annette Metoyer, 43, and the unidentified 42-year-old man in the 1000 block of West 23rd Street.

    Neighbors said they heard two series of shots come from the apartment.

    Members of the LAPD special weapons and tactics unit forced open a door at the apartment after reports of gun shots.

    Autopsies were to be performed this morning, officials said."

    What happened to curious reporters?

  • Another View: There's only one way to stop gun crime: ban handguns

    12/29/2005 2:42:46 PM PST · 217 of 234
    rohry to Plutarch

    Also this from Jenny herself as a reply to the aformentioned article:

    "Flack Flak
    A message from the other side: I am Jenny Price, the sister of Jane Higgins' ex-husband David Price. I read Chad Garrison's profile of Jane while visiting my family in St. Louis ["Star Flack," July 21].

    Jane is a talented publicist and devoted mother. She deserves a profile that raves about her. But I am not impugning Jane in the least to point out that every divorce has two sides -- and the fact that anyone, much less any reporter, should understand this.

    The fact that Garrison makes numerous claims about my brother's life and work and marriage and death that he couldn't possibly know to be true, with nary a quotation mark or "according to," is such obviously shoddy journalism.

    The fact that he makes these claims about a man who has been dead for three years and cannot defend his memory is doubly irresponsible. The fact that Garrison has practiced such careless reporting on a subject of such pain and tragedy is unconscionable.

    It would take several pages to rebut the assertions about my brother point by point. David, in any case, was much more forgiving than I am and probably would not want me to. Suffice it to say that David was a man of exceptional warmth and talent and integrity. He is one of the last people I can think of who deserves to have had his name sullied in his hometown media."

    Jenny Price
    Venice, California

    Quite defensive, I say! What is the whole story?

  • Another View: There's only one way to stop gun crime: ban handguns

    12/29/2005 2:36:35 PM PST · 216 of 234
    rohry to Plutarch

    Thanks for all your work trying to track this story down. I had some free time today and found this obscure article which seems to raise alot of other questions:

    Go at it...

  • A Patriot's History of the United States . . . Finally, On Sale Today!

    12/29/2004 2:16:07 PM PST · 91 of 133
    rohry to LS

    I just ordered the book from Amazon.

    Would you be kind enough to autograph it for me?

  • Santa ordered disrobed at 'holiday' event: 'Separation of church and state' cited

    12/25/2004 10:21:49 AM PST · 68 of 69
    rohry to rohry

    Let me clarify. I graduated from Hampton Academy Junior High School in the '60s...

    There, that's clearer.

  • Santa ordered disrobed at 'holiday' event: 'Separation of church and state' cited

    12/25/2004 10:18:09 AM PST · 66 of 69
    rohry to MississippiMan

    "Do I also understand that this happened at a PRIVATE school, yet the principal is so ignorant as to harp about church and state?"

    It's the public Jr. High School for Hampton. It was a private Academy until the 1920s or 1930s...

    I know because I went there in the '60s...

  • Stocks Seen Unchanged; Profits Debated

    07/29/2004 7:04:04 AM PDT · 16 of 21
    rohry to David

    Thanks for the ping!

    "You need to be very careful about the money funds and bank fund deals because most, even of the conservatively managed funds, are invested in Fanny Mae and similiar deals which expose both principal and interest to loss from any kind of contraction in the markets in which those entities are invested."

    I've been pretty silent lately because I have no idea where to seek shelter from the coming storm. In late November 2003 I fled my short-term bonds because of the "Fannie Mae problem" and went short the market (Prudent Bear Fund) with 40% of my cash. It's lost 15%...Ouch...

    Good luck to you my friend, I believe your forcast is right, although I still don't have a feel for when things are going to break, as you know I had predicted a bottom by the end of 2003...I guess I get an "F"...

  • ELECTION 2004 Zogby: Kerry will win Pollster points to 4 reasons he sees Democrat victory

    05/10/2004 7:55:16 PM PDT · 188 of 228
    rohry to boxsmith13
    Are you Doug Sosnik?

    I noticed that you were on C-Span on Friday...
  • ELECTION 2004 Zogby: Kerry will win Pollster points to 4 reasons he sees Democrat victory

    05/10/2004 4:54:33 PM PDT · 108 of 228
    rohry to boxsmith13; Sidebar Moderator
    I don't like banning posters as a rule but this guy "boxsmith13" is a jerk and an obvious liberal troll. Can't you review his posts and get rid of him?
  • "Today, I Am Thinking About A Lot Of Things": Ted Williams' Hall of Fame Induction Speech, 1966

    04/30/2004 7:15:46 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    rohry to neilthem
    "How old were you in '67? Did you know me?"

    I was 15 years old and played second base. I don't think that I knew you. Were you there in June?
  • Is This The Reason Conservaties Love Him? (MEGA-SUPER-BARF ALERT)

    04/10/2004 7:50:02 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    rohry to Malacoda
    Hi! We received a similar e-mail several weeks ago and this was our reply:

    "It's election time again, and

    just so you know: I attacked and took over 2 countries."

    Is this a bad thing?
    1. Afghanistan now has a Constitution which guarantees rights for women and other oppressed minorities
    2. Iraq no longer has “rape rooms” and mass murders by Saddam and his sick sons. The amount of people being killed or wounded is we below what has been going on for the past 30 years under the Stalinist regime of the Baath Party.
    "I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury."

    Really? I hadn’t heard that the Treasury was bankrupt? What news story is cited for this “fact.” Also, for your info the US budget was never in surplus unless you discount the Social Security “trust funds” that has never existed.

    "I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!)."

    Again, not true. The budget deficit is at 3.5% of the gross national product (less than Clinton ran in the early 90’s). The German and French deficits are both over 3%.

    "I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period."

    Wow! I didn’t know that the President had control over personal bankruptcies. What, exactly did he do to cause persona bankruptcies? Don’t people take any responsibility for their own actions and personal decisions anymore?

    "I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market."

    Again, not true. The Dow Jones average is ABOVE the level it was at when Bush took office. Even the Nasdaq (remember the Dot com bubble) is above the level it was in 2001.

    "I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner."

    So what?
    Might this person be Timothy McVeigh? Maybe we could just give him parole?

    "In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did)."

    Presidents don’t get a vacation, they work wherever they are. Depends on the meaning of the word vacation doesn’t it? At least Bush wasn’t getting “blow-jobs” in the White House while taking to foreign leaders.

    "After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history. "

    Presidents don’t get a vacation. What did Cinton do when we were attacked by terrorists on his watch?

    "I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history."

    You’ve got be joking! Clinton put more miles campaigning on Air Force 1 than any President in history.

    "In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs."

    Depends which measure of losses/gains that you use. Unemployment is at 5.6%. That is lower than the average of the 90’s, 80’s, and 70’s. We GAINED quite a few jobs during this period also. (A fact that the socialists ignore).

    "I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history."

    Really? When did that happen? I read reports of people getting their benefits EXTENDED to an all-time record during Bush’s first term.

    "I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period."

    Again, does the President go to homeowners and serve them their foreclosure notice. More Americans own homes now than EVER in history.

    "I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history."

    Cite some facts to back up your assertions please. Let’s look at the Clinton record:
    -Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
    - Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
    - Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
    - Number of imprisonments: 14
    Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122 (9/99)

    "I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV."

    So what?

    "I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history."

    I really don’t think that this “fact” is true. Clinton signed more executive orders in his last 3 months than any President in history

    "I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed."

    Obviously you were not around when Jimmy Carter was President. Gas prices (after adjusting for inflation) were at $3/gallon in 1980.

    "I cut health care benefits for war veterans."

    The budget for health benefits for war veterans went from 22.4 billion in 2001, to 23.8 in 2002, to 26.4 in 2003. It is projected to go to 29.1 in 2004. I see no cut…

    "I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind."

    In 1941 MOST people in the world would have demonstrated against America! Does this make our country WORSE than Hitler’s Germany or Stain’s Soviet Union. Think, don’t emote!~

    "I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history."

    Name one. Most of the treaties agreed to under previous administrations were never approved by the Senate. If they are not approved by 2/3 of the Senate then they are not officially sactioned under US lawTherefore they were never “dissolved.”

    "I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history."

    It would help to cite examples

    "Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history.(The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)"

    Good, that means that they were successful people before they were selected for government service. Most people in government are “lifers” (like Al Gore, John Kerry and ) that NEVER had a job outside of government. They don’t have a clue about how our economic system works.

    "I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy."

    I live in SC and we are not “struggling against bankruptcy.” Where does this person get their facts from? Also, the President is not responsible for the states’ fiscal problems. Did the author of this e-mail graduate high school or is the education system in America worse than I thought?

    "I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world."

    Again, not true. All of the fraud that occurred at Enron, Worldcom and Anderson Accounting occurred in the 1990’s. All the fraud has been prosecuted under Bush!

    "I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community."

    Ever hear of Bosnia and Kosovo? NO UN approval (That’s going well after 5 years of occupation isn’t it?).

    "I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security"(only one letter away from BS)."

    Personly’ I hate the growth of government, but the Department of Homeand Security was originally proposed by the Democrats’

    "I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!)."

    This your one point that I agree with. I just wonder if Kerry would propose that we spend LESS money?

    "I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission."

    Maybe because Iraq and Libya were put in charge and their agenda was to go after Israel instead of repressive regimes like Sudan (which HAS slavery) or Cuba (which is a society that does not value individual rights). Get real!

    "I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board."

    So what? The UN has made themselves irrellivant.

    "I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history."

    How does the executive branch "remove checks and balances?" Is that why the Senate is blocking his judicial nominations via the unprecedented use of filibuster (never happened before in US history)?

    "I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. I withdrew from the World Court of Law."

    Maybe this is a good idea. They want to convict US soldiers and elected leaders of our country for wartime actions to protect our nation. Milovan Slobovich is probably going to be found not guilty in the Word Court because of incompetence after a 2 year trial.

    "I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions."

    These were not prisoners, they were “enemy combatants.” Let them out of detention and they will be training to fly planes into buildings (our something worse).

    "I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections."

    We have the most honest elections in the world. Why would we need the help of China, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, North Korea, and other totalitarian countries to “monitor” our elctions?

    "I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations."

    So what? Most of GW’s contributions come small contributions from private citizens. Do you know that a large percentage of Democratic contributions come from big donors ($2000))?

    "The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in
    world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation)."

    Actually, Ken gave more money to Clinton and Gore in the past 7 years (look it up). The company also supported the belief that “global warming” exists. We KNOW that GWB doesn’t believe this. What is their conection?

    "I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history."

    And your point is? (And I doubt if your assertion is true)

    "I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)."

    What an outrageous statement! Did you want the President to be killed on 9/11? NOBODY knew what was going on 9/11. Most President’s in the past were not under direct threat by people who attacked our country. I hope you are embarrassed by your ridiculous assertions!

    "I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government."

    Not true. Roosevelt also established a “shadow government.” Maybe it has something to do with us being at war?

    "I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history)."

    What a ridiculous statement. If people had sympathy after 9/11 why did it dissipate in the ensuing months? Is it because they are not interested in confronting an enemy, but merely appeasing them?

    Also, I don’t believe that this was “the biggest diplomatic failure in US and word history.” What an overblown statement, not backed up by any facts or examples.

    "I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability."

    Really? Show me a chart or graph.

    Also, what did the people of Europe think in 1943 (please include Poland, Germany, Italy, occupied France, occupied Holland, occupied Belgium, and other occupied countries in western Europe)?

    "I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts."

    What the hell are you talking about?

    "I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts."

    Again, what the hell are you talking about?

    "I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history."

    Can you cite an example of your assertion?

    "I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down."

    Again, not true unless you cite some statistics that I have not read.

    "RECORDS AND REFERENCES: I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

    "I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.(wink,wink)"

    GWB has been drug free for many years. Maybe you should look into your buddy Bill Clinton for drug use (since his brother is a convicted drug dealer and said that his brother (Bill) “..had a nose like a vacuum cleaner” (referring to cocaine usage. Did you know that Bill Clinton never released his medical records?

    "All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view."

    Not true. Check the record.
  • The "Outsourcing Jobs" myth

    03/23/2004 6:34:47 PM PST · 162 of 174
    rohry to bvw
    "Homage to you since you started the daily market watch thread in its current incarnation."

    But, nobody posts it anymore...
  • The "Outsourcing Jobs" myth

    03/23/2004 5:55:17 PM PST · 160 of 174
    rohry to bvw
    Nice post...

    But, do you know that I am the only person that you have pinged that is still a (semi) active poster on this site?
  • Harpseal passed on as of March 19, 2004

    03/23/2004 10:18:34 AM PST · 599 of 694
    rohry to Lazamataz
    My heart is aching for you man. Hang in there...

    I wish I could say something that would help you in your time of grief...
  • Call it in-sourcing: American companies take call centers to prisons rather than overseas

    02/25/2004 6:42:48 PM PST · 16 of 17
    rohry to Orangedog
    "And others saw to it for the thread to be pulled before I could reply to a rhetorical post that I honestly felt was beneath you."

    What was "beneath me"?
  • Call it in-sourcing: American companies take call centers to prisons rather than overseas

    02/25/2004 6:23:32 PM PST · 14 of 17
    rohry to Orangedog
    I see that you don't have the intellectual honesty to respond to my post here at FR. I also see that you are trashing me at The Stupid Site

    I don't support everything that FR stands for, but I stand for supporting our war against terror.
  • Market Wrap-up (02-03-2004)

    02/03/2004 5:30:28 PM PST · 4 of 18
    rohry to Orangedog
    Thanks for posting Market Wrap-Up for us since Arete got "kicked out of the class"...
  • Market WrapUp (11-24-03)

    11/24/2003 7:38:20 PM PST · 19 of 26
    rohry to Lazamataz
    "Consider it a done deal, pal. We can hang out at the range someday. Should be fun..!"

    Just FReepmail me and you will be accomidated (is that a word?)...
  • Market WrapUp (11-24-03)

    11/24/2003 6:31:18 PM PST · 16 of 26
    rohry to Lazamataz
    "Someday we'll hit the range together. You with your Kimber, and me with my Glock model 36."

    As you (probably) know, I live in Charleston, SC. Come visit and we'll put you up.

    I presume that you are in GA and NOT Trinadad...
  • Market WrapUp (11-18-03)

    11/24/2003 6:06:43 PM PST · 71 of 72
    rohry to Lazamataz
    "I'm a certified NRA instructor in Pistol, Personal Protection, and Home Safety. And, I've been an IPSC (International Practical Shooters Competition) competitor since 1995..."

    I'm impressed!

    I've also got a 12 Gauge Remington 870 in case I miss with the Kimber...