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  • Prayer Request thread, 7/1

    07/03/2006 7:39:38 AM PDT · 75 of 106
    Zacs Mom to fanfan
    Biggest smile of the day nominee image ~ too darned cute not to require an audible "AW-w-w-w-w....." loud enough to get my dog's attention away from watching out the window from under my desk.
  • Prayer Request thread, 7/1

    07/03/2006 7:31:08 AM PDT · 72 of 106
    Zacs Mom to Hi Heels
    Hi there, FRiend!!

    Thanks for the special greeting!!! Very much appreciated, as always!!

  • Pennies May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

    07/03/2006 7:26:38 AM PDT · 47 of 64
    Zacs Mom to freepatriot32; upchuck; Seaplaner; USFRIENDINVICTORIA; Greenpees; Cobra64

    Turn up yiur speakers for a great rendition of Frank Sinature singing the old classic,
    "Pennies From Heaven For You And For Me."
  • Prayer Request thread, 7/1

    07/02/2006 9:01:13 AM PDT · 10 of 106
    Zacs Mom to Knitting A Conundrum; NonValueAdded; pissant; DollyCali; Flyer; pookie18; Diva Betsy Ross; ...
    Thank you!! Thank you all for so very much!!!

    Sorry the updates have been so few and so far between .... mostly that is because I've been in a great deal of discomfort lately and getting onto the computer is not something I do with ease any longer. I was hospitalized again this past week for another blood transfusion and CT SCAN - and also to have a medi-port that was implanted a couple of months ago removed ... not because it was no longer needed but because it had shifted and was causing a great deal of pain. That area is still really sore now because of the new incisions rather than unstoppable and unintended movement of a chest implant.

    The cancer appears to be of a very aggressive nature and is growing thicker in the upper lung nod area. We've hesitated a bit on starting the chemotherapy treatments because chemotherapy can be so devastating on a body's blood oncologist has been worried that since my blood work ups are currently so bad the chemotherapy might actually kill me rather than help me, so he has wanted to delay them until we could get my blood counts up closer to what they would be id they were normal. I actually had my first 3 hour chemotherapy treatment yesterday and am scheduled for another 3 hour session next Friday
    ~ as I understand it, based upon extensive comparative studies of these two relevant blood work ups we will then try to decide where we go from there.

    I felt pretty crappie last evening, too. As I mentioned above, I've been experiencing a great deal of pain lately and, on top of that, I seem to have have lost my appetite completely (probably because I've been suffering from an ongoing case of nausea and vomiting when food is offered (and, no, for the record, I've never had an eating disorder) Whenever I do manage to eat and keep it down, I then suffer from intense intestinal cramping and major diarrhea which seems to continue to cause my weight to drop at a worrisome rate. This morning I seem to be experiencing some sort of what well may be an allergic reaction to the drugs given in the Chemotherapy because I itch all over! From my neck to my waist, from my wrists to my shoulders and from my ankles to butt in the back. (such itching is listed in the Chemotherapy information as an Uncommon side effects of Chemotherapy.

    I cannot begin to tell you, FRiends, how helpful it is to know that there are special people out there who are remembering me (and my family) in their prayers. It means the world to us and helps us always to remember to focus our prayers on much larger issues than simply our own current issues.

  • An update ~ surgery in the morning...

    04/09/2006 6:46:50 PM PDT · 2 of 94
    Zacs Mom to NonValueAdded; pissant; DollyCali; Flyer; pookie18; Diva Betsy Ross; MotleyGirl70; Bigg Red; ...

    Ping for an update

  • An update ~ surgery in the morning...

    04/09/2006 6:45:32 PM PDT · 1 of 94
    Zacs Mom
    Pre-op lab work was done Thursday ~ the plan was if my blood levels were still low they'd check me in today for a transfusion and then do the surgery on lung masses early Monday morning. I am very happy to say my blood levels were up ~ only to about 9 but up enough for the surgery without first doing a transfusion! So I am set for surgery in the morning. At this point they still don't know what they are looking at here and what they will actually do tomorrow. I met with my doctors and an oncologist and the plan, as I understand it is this:

    First they will go into the mass in the lower right and see what it is, then they will go back into the masses in the upper lung area to take another look at them. If it looks like this is cancer they will simply insert tubes for t he radiation treatments and I will probably be able to go home. If they decide the masses are something else they will remove all of them and, most likely the lower lobe of my right lung. Then will then do a full pathology on all of this to see what this mess is. If this the way they go I will be in the hospital for at least a week.

    I am feeling better then I have since the initial internal bleeding episode in late February. This evening was the first time since I was first hospitalized that I've been able to take a shower actually standing up!! I know that doesn't sound like a big deal but, trust me, for me it really was!!

    I want to thank you all once again for all of your prayers and support as I have gone through these long weeks of tests, tests and more test. While I still don't have a definitive answer, perhaps tomorrow I will. Whichever way this goes I am grateful for the life I've had and for all the wonderful people I've been fortune enough to encounter as I've travel the path of my life's journey. I will post an update as soon as I am able.
  • Immigration ‘Compromise’ Has Massive Fraud Potential

    04/07/2006 9:13:42 AM PDT · 5 of 18
    Zacs Mom to cripplecreek; Fithee
    "At this point I don't believe it's fraud potential, I think it's intent."

    I totally agree!! A look back at the not to distant past demonstrates the intent involved, the motivation and what is really at stake ~ consider:

    In 1996 rampant corruption and abuse in the clinton administration's scandal-wracked "Citizenship USA" program was exposed in the clinton administration's illegal operation to naturalize a million prospective clinton voters before the Presidential election. Investigations revealed that:

    (1) Control of the supposedly non-partisan $95 million taxpayer-funded initiative was moved from the INS to the clinton White House;
    (2)The clinton administration turned naturalization over to advocacy groups linked to the Democratic Party and
    (3) The clinton administration failed to complete FBI background checks for nearly 20% of the record-breaking 1.05 million people naturalized in FY 1996.

    In the ensuing scandal, the clinton administration repeatedly promised wholesale reforms that would undo the damage from Citizenship USA and prevent future abuses. Now internal reports, outside reviews, and House and Senate hearings have revealed that these were hollow promises. By the Administration's own admission, the program remains a shambles, and the damage it has wrought can never be undone.

    Schippers: Gore pressured INS to win in '96

    As a former Chicago prosecutor, David P. Schippers thought he had seen everything treachery, double crosses, sellouts. But what he saw behind the scenes at the Clinton impeachment rivaled it all. A lifelong Democrat who voted for Clinton in both elections, Schippers was the attorney chosen to prosecute the president. What he witnessed during the impeachment process, from both sides of the aisle,compelled him to write his riveting book, "Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment." Schipper's book is available at WorldNetDaily's online store.

    In this excerpt from "Sellout," Schippers details an investigation he conducted as chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, just before getting tapped to work on the impeachment , involving the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Vice President Al Gore and the 1996 presidential election.

    By David P. Schippers
    with Alan P. Henry

    My staff and I agreed that we needed to focus on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which appeared to be running out of control.

    By the time we came to the subject, investigation by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and congressional committees had already indicated that the White House used the INS to further its political agenda. A blatant politicization of the agency took place during the 1996 presidential campaign when the White House pressured the INS into expediting its "Citizenship USA" (CUSA) program to grant citizenship to thousands of aliens that the White House counted as likely Democratic voters. To ensure maximum impact, the INS concentrated on aliens in key states (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Texas) that hold a combined 181 electoral votes, just 89 short of the total needed to win the election.

    The program was placed under the direction of Vice President Al Gore. We received from the GAO a few e-mails indicating Vice President Gore's role in the plan. He was responsible for keeping the pressure on, to make sure the aliens were pushed through by September 1, the last day to register for the presidential election.

    In our investigation, we uncovered a case study evidencing what is pejoratively known in political science circles as "Chicago Politics."

    Back in the early years of the 20th Century, "Hinky Dink" Kenna and "Bathhouse" John Coughlin were recognized as the very models of the unsavory Chicago politician. The two once fixed an alderman election in Chicago's First Ward. To do so, they imported thousands of ward heelers, friends and associates, and city workers and had them registered to vote from every building in the ward -- from homes (of which there were few) to taverns and cribs (of which there were many). On Election Day, the recent arrivals stopped at Hinky Dink's tavern, picked up 50 cents, ate a free lunch, and went out to vote their consciences. Guess who won that election?

    Essentially, the same tactics were used during President Clinton's re-election in 1996. Only this time the Democrats weren't handing out sandwiches. Instead, through CUSA, they were circumventing normal procedures for naturalizing aliens -- procedures that check backgrounds and weed out criminals -- and consequently they were handing out citizenship papers to questionable characters.

    The possibility of using CUSA apparently occurred to the White House in February 1996, when Henry Cisneros, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, forwarded a memo to President Clinton. The memo, from the California Active Citizenship Campaign (ACC), complained of a backlog of alien applications for naturalization in Los Angeles. It contained the magic words: "INS inaction [on the backlog] will deny 300,000 Latinos the right to vote in the 1996 presidential elections [sic] in California.";

    The memo outlined the services that the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in Los Angeles could provide. The IAF offered thousands of volunteers to help process voter applications, register thousands of new voters, conduct 5,000 house meetings, encourage voting by mail, and get more than 50,000 occasional voters out to vote in the presidential election.

    'Stupid rules'
    Most interesting were the promises that the IAF would "create voter interest around issues of Affirmative Action and Minimum Wage ... influence 300,000 voters in the preparation for Nov. 1996 ... produce 5,000 precinct leaders and turn out 96,000 voters for the 1996 presidential election."

    The White House discovered a problem, however: INS Commissioner Doris Meissner didn't want to speed up the naturalization process and warned President Clinton's people that such a push might be viewed as politically motivated.

    Documents show that President Clinton asked Doug Farbrother of the National Performance Review (NPR) staff to look into removing barriers to citizenship not only in Los Angeles but also in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Miami -- major cities in four swing states. In a memo to the President, Farbrother noted Commissioner Meissner's concern and suggested two options. Farbrother stated that "we can reduce -- but not eliminate -- the risk of controversy over our motives by appointing one of our proven NPR reinventors as Deputy INS Commissioner. ... As part of the official INS management team, our reinventor would have more direct influence and the INS staff would be less likely to go public with complaints than they would over the interference of an outsider." The memo observed that "reinventors" should be put in many other agencies, as well, to replace leaders who "don't get it."

    The second option was to let the INS do the best it could and to hope for success -- though, Farbrother added, "a lot of people will still be waiting for their citizenship papers for a long time."

    It appears the second option was never seriously considered. In his memo, Farbrother recommended option one to the President because, "[t]o get anywhere near a million applicants naturalized" by summer's end, the administration would have "to force some serious 'reinvention' on INS."

    Farbrother and the NPR won the assignment of getting the INS to process more than a million applicants by the end of the summer. As early as March 1996, GAO documents reveal, he was reporting his efforts, recommendations, and results to Vice President Gore. Farbrother reported how he had told the INS and the Justice Department to waive "stupid rules," and he told Gore that unless reforms were implemented, the backlog wouldn't be "processed in time."

    As Farbrother noted in a March 22 e-mail to Gore, he had told INS Deputy Commissioner Chris Sale and Deputy Attorney General Jaime Gorelick "to delegate broad authority to the managers in" New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. But the INS and the Justice Department were not immediately complying with his demands, he said.

    Keeping the pressure on, Farbrother sent Sale a fax reiterating how important this delegation was in order "to get the results the Vice President wants." In the fax he also commented, "I need you or Doris [Meissner] to sign something like the attached," referring to a memo giving those INS district directors "full authority to waive, suspend, or deviate from DOJ and INS nonstatutory policies, regulations, and procedures provided you operate within the confines of the law."

    The White House wanted any applicants for citizenship to be naturalized in time to register for the November election, so the pressure on the INS was constant.

    On March 21, Elaine Kamarck in the Vice President's office sent an e-mail to Farbrother saying, "THE PRESIDENT IS SICK OF THIS AND WANTS
    ." Farbrother responded, "I favor drastic measures." If he couldn't get what he wanted from the INS, he wrote, he would "call for heavy artillery."

    'We'll explore it'
    In a March 26 e-mail to the Vice President, Farbrother reported that Chris Sale had indeed "delegated hiring authority to the five cities and increased their budgets by 20%." But, he wrote, "I still don't think the city directors have enough freedom to do the job."

    Two days later, Farbrother told the Vice President by e-mail, "[U]nless we blast INS headquarters loose from their grip on the frontline managers, we are going to have way too many people still waiting for citizenship in November." He added, "I can't make Doris Meissner delegate broad authority to her field managers. Can you?"

    Gore answered, "We'll explore it. Thanks."

    By the end of March, Doris Meissner capitulated. On April 4, 1996, Elaine Kamarck, to prepare the Vice President for a lunch with Clinton, drafted a memo to Gore briefing him on the INS progress. In time, Newark, N.J., and Houston, Tex., would be added to the list of targeted cities, and in all, more than a million aliens would be naturalized in time to vote in the 1996 election.

    Because of time constraints, we focused our own investigation on the INS district office in Chicago, which Gore had visited in 1996 to check on the registration progress. We quickly discovered that the most flagrant and critical breakdown occurred in fingerprint checks.

    Federal regulations require that, for an alien to obtain citizenship, his application for naturalization (citizenship) must be accompanied by a complete set of the alien's fingerprints. The fingerprint cards are then sent to the FBI to determine if the applicant has a criminal or arrest record. The law provides that an application may be denied if the alien has a serious criminal record or if he falsely denies ever having been arrested, even if he was never convicted.

    In the INS district offices, the alien applicant for naturalization cannot be scheduled for a personal interview until at least 60 days after the application is submitted. This delay is specifically intended to allow sufficient time for an FBI fingerprint check. If the check reveals an arrest record identification, the arrest report is inserted in the alien's file prior to the interview. An arrest record does not automatically result in a denial of citizenship, but it alerts an examiner to spend additional time questioning the applicant and to request that he furnish further information.

    If there is no criminal arrest record in the file prior to the interview, the examiner will assume that none exists. For that reason, the INS has always considered the FBI fingerprint check to be the only practical way of preventing violent felons, dope peddlers, and the like from obtaining citizenship. Any breakdown in the collecting, checking, and reporting of the fingerprints can cause a breakdown of the entire process.

    In our investigation we developed sources inside the INS with specific knowledge of the facts who revealed that FBI arrest records that were being sent to the Chicago INS office simply were not being inserted into the aliens' files. As a result, aliens with criminal records were being granted citizenship.

    Our sources also disclosed that, just prior to the 1996 voter registration deadline, a box was discovered in the Chicago INS office containing nearly 5,000 FBI arrest reports -- reports that had arrived on time but had been ignored.

    Later, when the office discovered that those reports had never been processed, the INS initially tried to blame the FBI, claiming that the Bureau had not provided the arrest records within the 60-day window. But the FBI had done its job in a timely manner.

    Then the INS tried to convince the public that the foul-up really hadn't harmed the process much. The agency cited statistics showing that the rejection rate of 17% was just about what it had always been, so no harm, no foul.

    But the INS neglected to take into account the thousands of aliens with criminal arrest records who were not rejected, even though they would have been under normal procedures. If the traditional process had been followed, the rejection rate in the summer of 1996 would have easily exceeded 30% and perhaps have been even higher.

    In jail when naturalized
    The White House, the INS, and the Justice Department publicly denied any political motive in the CUSA program to expedite the citizenship procedure. What the United States got is undeniable:

    *More than 75,000 new citizens who had arrest records when they applied;
    *An additional 115,000 whose fingerprints were unclassifiable for various technical reasons and were never resubmitted; and
    *Another 61,000 people who were given citizenship with no fingerprints submitted at all.

    Those numbers were developed by the accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick as a result of an audit of the 1996 CUSA program.

    What we had here was a perfect example of the Clinton-Gore Administration's overarching political philosophy: "The ends justify the means," coupled with "win at any cost." It was a philosophy of governance that, as our investigations into other areas proceeded, we would find repeated again and again.

    When the results of the KPMG Peat Marwick audit were made public, the INS and Justice vowed to remedy the situation, root out the felons, and revoke erroneously awarded citizenship. Everyone congratulated the administration for acting so quickly -- and promptly forgot about it.

    In June 1998, as part of our oversight investigation of the Justice Department, we continued the investigation of CUSA. Our interest intensified when we heard unconfirmed reports that a similar plan was in the works for the next presidential election.

    One of the first things we learned from our INS sources was that the INS had refused to employ the quickest and most effective method for revoking improperly granted citizenship -- there is a federal statute that can be used in such cases.

    Instead the INS chose to conduct administrative revocations. But the agency acted under authority of an INS regulation whose enforcement a District Court judge enjoined on July 7, 1998, citing the regulation's dubious constitutionality. In other words, the agency had willingly maneuvered itself into a do-nothing position.

    In the course of our investigation, we discovered that FBI arrest records were still missing from the proper files; many were still in boxes. We unearthed that several individuals who had been naturalized illegally were now trying to sponsor their relatives for citizenship. We found sponsors who were unable to speak a word of English, a condition that should have prevented naturalization. Similarly, we uncovered arrest records or other information that should have been disqualifiers for naturalization.

    But, according to interviews my staff conducted with sources inside INS offices, INS agents who had found these irregularities were ordered to ignore them and to revoke citizenship only in cases ordered by the auditors.

    Our sources inside the INS revealed that, in preparation for the 2000 elections, INS agents in the district offices were directed to relax the testing for English, complete every interview within 20 minutes, and ensure that all applicants pass the civics test by continuing to ask questions until an applicant got a sufficient number right. Sometimes it was necessary to ask 25 questions before four or five were answered correctly.

    We received no cooperation from either the Justice Department or the INS. Instead we received nothing but complaints about not going through proper channels, investigating old news, being partisan -- if not racist -- and so on. But we reasoned that if criminals were given citizenship in 1996, at least some of them had probably continued their criminal activity in the two years since.

    We asked the GAO -- an investigative agency that works for Congress and is therefore not subject to White House or Justice Department pressures -- to give us FBI arrest records related to the CUSA program. We were given unquestioned cooperation and boxes of FBI reports.

    We reviewed every document in those boxes, pulling out about a hundred of the most violent or serious crimes committed by aliens prior to naturalization and documented by arrest records. I specifically excluded minor immigration crimes, tax offenses, or white-collar crimes such as driving under the influence. I asked the staff to search for drug trafficking and violent crimes such as rape and child abuse. Those are the types of crimes that are most often repeated. A child abuser tends to abuse again, and a rapist tends to rape again.

    After a few days -- and going through only a few of the 20 or so boxes -- we had our basic 100 heinous crimes, including one criminal who was actually in jail at the time he was naturalized.

    We asked the FBI if it had arrest records for crimes committed by the same aliens in this country since 1996 and sent them our 100 profiles.

    Less than a week later, the FBI sent the updated arrest records to the Justice Department. (Per an agreement between the FBI and the Justice Department, all materials requested from the Bureau must go through Justice.) But when we inquired about them, the department claimed that it hadn't yet received the records. An hour later, however, Justice called back to say that the "misplaced" reports had been located.

    Of those 100 arrest records updated by the Bureau, some 20% showed arrests for serious crimes after the subject was given citizenship. Based on these random results, we asked for updates on every arrest record in our 20 boxes. Our plan was to update every report, using only FBI numbers and with the FBI redacting all identifying information to address the issue of privacy concerns.

    If, as we anticipated, anywhere near 20% came back with subsequent crimes, we would then confront the Justice Department, demand the identity and address of these known criminals, and point out that they had been given citizenship illegally, and were still engaged in criminal activity. Unfortunately, before we could go further, the referral from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr arrived. Had we been given sufficient time to develop evidence and witnesses, the CUSA matter might have been included in the abuse of power impeachment article.

    The 1996 arrest records are still available, and I am sure the FBI is still willing to update all of them. In the meantime, thousands of criminals are now citizens of the United States because it was assumed they would vote for Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

  • What the well-dressed dog is wearing

    04/06/2006 12:03:35 PM PDT · 33 of 59
    Zacs Mom to the OlLine Rebel
    You wanna talk "humiliating"??!!

  • What the well-dressed dog is wearing

    04/06/2006 10:20:21 AM PDT · 26 of 59
    Zacs Mom to baker_girl; HairOfTheDog

    "Rainy Days & Mondays"
    The Carpenters
  • Protesters: Mexican Flag Symbol of Pride

    04/06/2006 7:16:01 AM PDT · 27 of 85
    Zacs Mom to Unam Sanctam
  • Miss McKinney regrets. But won’t apologize

    04/05/2006 9:23:07 PM PDT · 11 of 25
    Zacs Mom to Millee
    "It is, however, a shame that while I conduct the country’s business"

    The old "conduct the country’s business" line is one guilty cRATS always muster when they know t hey've been caught!!

    Click here for a refresher on another guilty cRAT attempting to deflect an issue with that ploy
  • Clinton, Albright, Browner Made Millions From Dubai

    04/05/2006 6:04:24 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    Zacs Mom to Peach
  • Daily Prayer Request Roundup 4/5/06

    04/05/2006 5:55:28 PM PDT · 19 of 51
    Zacs Mom to Knitting A Conundrum; NonValueAdded; pissant; DollyCali; Flyer; pookie18; Diva Betsy Ross; ...
    Thank you all for prayers said and thank you, Lord for prayers answered!!

    Here is a quick update for you ...

    As most of you know because of my body's failure to bring my blood levels back where they should be, my doctors have been hesitant to move forward with the surgery to remove the masses from my upper lungs and esophagus area and to remove the lower lobe of my right lung. Their concern was that my bleeding ulcers had not healed as they had thought and/or there were addition, previously undetected bleeding ulcers elsewhere in my body. So today I underwent several procedures to check for those possibilities.

    I was examined from top to bottom ~ (from both directions) ~ and the great news is that all of the ulcers are healed and there were no additional ulcers located in any other area!!! So, why it's still a mystery as to why I am so slow at regaining normal blood levels, at least we know that I won't need to undergo additional surgeries to repair bleeding ulcers!! (I'm still a bit groggy from the anesthetic so please forgive me if I ramble incoherently a bit here)

    I will be meeting with the specialist tomorrow at about noon and I guess I will find out where we go from ~ besides another blood work, I mean....I pretty much think that is a given. Hopefully I will be at a level that will allow us to move forward with treatment for the lung masses.

    BTW, I may have forgotten to mention what had appeared to be a lesion on my adrenal gland turned out to be a tiny nodule which was deem too small even for a needle biopsy, so the specials decided a "keep an eye on it" approach is best at this time. I'm relieved to know that hat's one less issue that needs immediate attention. Once we know what is going on with the lung masses we will move to try see what the situation is with the 2 masses in my brain. (They'd probably just remnants from some "brain fart" I had but failed to vent properly!!~ lol)

    I will let you all know what I find out tomorrow ~ hopefully, I will have something more to say than we are doing more tests. Thank you all for all of your prayers and kind words of support and encouragement!! I know I've said it before but I must say it again ~ you are all such a source of comfort and strength for both my husband and me!!

    And for all the rest of us Freepers and friends or family members of FReepers who are in need of pray please know you are included in mine!

    Be still and know!

  • Whiz bang High-tech RPG defense in works at Dahlgren

    04/05/2006 7:11:05 AM PDT · 25 of 39
    Zacs Mom to freema

    We are leaving right now ~ we got pushed back to 9:30AM but we only live 10 minutues from the hospital.

  • Whiz bang High-tech RPG defense in works at Dahlgren

    04/05/2006 6:47:54 AM PDT · 22 of 39
    Zacs Mom to freema
    "Speaking of fascinating, did you know that early this morning it was: 01:02:03 04/05/06"

    and it will be again this afternoon ~ just my luck I'll probably be "sleeping" through this historic moment, too!
  • Why The Clintons Belong in Prison

    04/05/2006 3:15:02 AM PDT · 5 of 46
    Zacs Mom to ncountylee; bybybill; jamaksin
    "Hillary is all about herself and the acquisition of power by destroying anyone who gets in her way."

    The mere fact that this woman is lauded as "leader" and is considered a serious front runner for the cRAT 2008 Presidential nomination
    punctuates the trouble this nation is really in!!
  • DEAR CONGRESSMAN MURTHA...(FReepers, Please Read...)

    04/04/2006 6:00:18 PM PDT · 36 of 92
    Zacs Mom to Fintan; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
    murtha needs a reality check!!
    (along with a boot planted squarely and firmly in his derriere)

  • My Little Opus

    04/03/2006 4:38:49 PM PDT · 27 of 62
    Zacs Mom to Diva Betsy Ross
    I have no idea what is going on here but I have to say this post has saddened me more than anything I've read in quite awhile ....
    (and that includes the note I read from my doctor today saying I am going to have ingest yet another gallon of that barium crap on Wednesday ~ arg!!)

    Seriously, Diva Betsy Ross, I've been pretty much out of touch for a month or so now and am very much at a lost as to being able to understand ~ although it is obvious from what you've said here that you've somehow become embroiled in some kind of a major disagreement with another and/or other FReepers.

    I am so very sorry this has happened.

    Sorry for all involved.
    (including for those of us left in the wake, wondering why)

    Since you seem to have decided that it is best at this time for you to "ride off into the sunset" I offer you this to carry with you ~

    I have truly enjoy our "visits" and I will miss you very much!
  • Cynthia McKinney coming up live on CNN any minute...

    04/03/2006 3:14:01 PM PDT · 126 of 180
    Zacs Mom to Sender
  • Prayer Request for Co-Worker

    04/03/2006 10:39:04 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    Zacs Mom to Houmatt
    Please tell your friend to consult a physician ASAP ~ tell her that her symptoms may well be something other than cancer but something that definitely needs treatment none the less! See: HealthCheck: Lung Disease

    I am currently in my sixth week of tests, biopsies and more test for a number of masses found in my lungs >(See: and for details) complicated by a critical loss of blood I experienced from longterm (and unbeknown) internal bleeding.

    I am scheduled for yet another test this Wednesday and am hoping a consultation scheduled for Thursday will provide a preliminary diagnosis and the ability to move forward with treatment ... whatever that treatment may be. (fingers crossed)

    I prayer your friend will find strength in this difficult time and will know in her heart that God is with her throughout her good times and bad.