Lancey Howard
Since Dec 16, 2000

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Visiting Free Republic at least 50x/week since 1-21-98.

I arrived here at Free Republic on January 21, 1998 via a direct link from a DRUDGE headline on the morning that my wife woke me up and directed my attention to the bedroom TV where Jackie Judd was breaking the "intern scandal" on ABC. I've been here virtually every day since that morning. Free Republic's "Latest Posts" page has been my computer's homepage for well over a decade. From the astonishing and utterly mesmerizing "impeachment summer" of 1998 (when Free Republic provided "real time" coverage to the greatest extent that was possible at the time) through every important news cycle since that historic time, Free Republic was and remains the only place to be.

Thank you, Jim Robinson! (And a shout out to John Robinson as well, for his terrific work on this website.)

U.S. Marine Corps
1979 - 1985
0311 - Sergeant


(If I seem to have dropped off the face of the earth and anybody cares to see if I'm still kicking, contact freeper LeonardFMason.)


Who IS this man, Barack Hussein Obama? Nobody seems to know much for certain about his past or his upbringing or even his place of birth. Most of the information the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms happily rely on comes from two books ostensibly authored by Obama himself. Do you think any of those dying dinosaur newsrooms would seriously investigate a President of their own party? Heh heh, no. I don't think so. In fact, I think they are scared half to death by what they might find, and therefore have to spike.


AP devotes 11 reporters to "fact check" Sarah Palin book

New York Times Asks Readers to Help Dig Up 'Interesting and Newsworthy' Palin Emails


One in 19 Americans today gets SSDI or SSI. That's one in 19 Americans who are "disabled."


The first sixteen words of the Bill of Rights:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...."
(The atheist Democrats of the ACLU like to pretend that those last six words aren't there. But there they are.)


(From the end of the movie, 'The Cincinnati Kid':
Lancey Howard has just beaten 'The Kid' by showing a jack of diamonds for an inside straight flush:)

Lancey Howard: "Gets down to what it's all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time."
Cincinnati Kid: "Is that what it's all about?"
Lancey Howard: "Like life, I guess. You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best. You might as well learn to live with it."

Edward G. Robinson as Lancey Howard
Watch the final hand HERE. (About 7 minutes.)


"Obama is gonna pay for my gas and mortgage."

"...from his stash..."



At the end of the great movie 'Unforgiven', William Munny (Clint Eastwood) is told that his friend and riding partner is dead, and his body is propped up in a pine box in front of the town's saloon. It is a rainy night and Munny heads into town and walks into the crowded saloon brandishing a double-barrel shotgun. He stands at the door with the shotgun at his shoulder, looking hard down the barrel. Little Bill and his gunmen are all there in the saloon, drinks in hand. They see the dangerous killer William Munny walk in, and the place grows suddenly quiet.

William Munny: "Who's the fellow owns this shit hole?"
(Nobody says a word.)
William Munny: (Pointing his shotgun at one of Little Bill's gunmen.) "You. Fat man. Speak up."
(A few seconds pass and it looks like Munny is about to shoot the fat man. But then the saloon owner, wearing a white bartender smock, turns to face Munny and meekly admits to being the owner.)
Saloon owner: "Uh... I own this establishment. Bought it from Grealy for $1,000."
William Munny: (Looking at several gunmen standing in the back, behind the saloon owner.) "You better clear out of there."
One of the gunmen: "Yes, sir." (The gunmen scramble out of the way. Munny aims his shotgun squarely at the saloon owner.)
Little Bill: (Taking a step forward.) "Just hold it right there.... Hold it!"

BLAM! (Munny, ignoring Little Bill, blasts the saloon owner in the chest, killing him and knocking him backward onto the floor. Women, watching from the staircase, scream.)

Little Bill: (Shocked look on his face.) "Well, sir, you are a cowardly sonuvabitch.... You just shot an unarmed man!"
William Munny: "Well, he should've armed himself... if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend."

A 12-year old survivor of the alleged massacre of "innocent civilians" by U.S. Marines patrolling Haditha has admitted she had prior knowledge of the plot to detonate an IED as their convoy was passing by her house on the morning of Nov. 19, 2005.

In a CNN interview, Safa Younis - who says eight members of her family were killed by U.S. troops - recalled that she was getting ready for school as the Marine Humvee approached.

"I was planning to go to school. I was about to go out of bed. I knew the bomb would explode so I covered my ears," the youngster said, according to a CNN translator. "The bomb exploded," she explained. "The bomb struck an armored vehicle. I don't know if it was a Humvee or an armored vehicle. When the bomb exploded, they came straight to my house."

The "innocent" occupants of those houses knew about the impending deadly ambush and watched it happen. They chose to collaborate with terrorist insurgents, and those insurgents used them as human shields.

It is true, of course, that war is hell and it is tragic when civilian non-combatants are killed. But if the "innocent civilians" in those houses were going to give shelter to insurgent terrorists and allow themselves to be used as human shields as those terrorists ambushed US Marines, then maybe they should have armed themselves.


The Bush Justice Department

Many conservatives burrowed within the Department of Justice have long complained that Gonzales (and therefore, Bush) has permitted career government employees and hold-overs from Democratic Administrations to remain in perches of power and thereby water down conservative directives from the top. As one conservative and Federalist Society member in the Justice Department told me: “This is definitely not Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department, I assure you. You have holdovers from Clinton calling the shots in a lot of places here.”

- - John Gizzi from: Should Gonzales Go?
Human Events | March 20, 2007 |


End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers

They failed to see the writing on the wall.


Democrats just love their fellow communists:



A California Politician Speaks the Truth! (May 30, 2009)

Nearly all of the billions of dollars in cuts the administration has proposed would affect programs for poor Californians...

“Government doesn’t provide services to rich people,” Mike Genest, the state’s finance director, said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. “It doesn’t even really provide services to the middle class.” He added: “You have to cut where the money is.”


Hate Crime Hoaxes

Claremont Hate Crime Called Hoax
LA Times (FR thread) | March 17. 2004 | Joy Buchanan, Kristina Sauerwein and Stuart Silverstein

A week after a reported campus hate crime drew national attention, sparked protests and shut down the prestigious Claremont Colleges, police on Wednesday called the incident a hoax staged by a professor who slashed tires, shattered windows and spray-painted racist graffiti on her own car.

Claremont McKenna College psychology professor Kerri Dunn, who had told police that her car was vandalized as she spoke at a March 9 forum on racism, was identified by two eyewitnesses as the person who damaged the auto, authorities said Wednesday.

Professor Kerri Dunn vandalized her own car and then led "Stop The Hate" rallies on campus.

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Other Recent "Hate Crime" Hoaxes:

Cops Say Gay Activist Scammed NJ College Into Pro-Homo Frenzy

Black Woman Admits Carving 'KKK' On Her Own Chest

FR Thread about miscellaneous other "hate crime" hoaxes

Black Firefighter Admits Placing Noose, Note

Cops: Student made up campus attack (Muslim woman; anti-Muslim slurs)

Student apologizes for noose in UC San Diego library (MINORITY STUDENT)

Hate crime report at UNC was false, police say (anti-gay slur false report)

UVA Declines to Charge Student for False Racial Profiling Claim

Lesbian Couple FAKED Hate Crime By Painting Their OWN Home With 'Kill the Gays'

Lesbian college student 'faked anti-gay notes' that sparked rally against hate crimes

Cops: Lesbian Fakes Attack In Which She Carved Anti-Gay Slurs Into Skin

Winnsboro woman set herself on fire, made up story about being victim of hate crime.

Judge: Rogers' hate crime lie 'exploded in her face' (lesbian activist)

Liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax to frame conservatives

(Black) Jersey City high school candidate for student gov't sent racist texts to himself

(Black Minister) Pleads Guilty To Setting Own House On Fire, Had Claimed A Hate Crime



My Immigration Reform Proposal

1. BUILD long, strong, effective border fences.
2. INCREASE border patrols and assure that agents have real enforcment power. (No “catch and release”, etc.)
3. DENY illegal aliens access to any and all government services, including schools, welfare, food stamps, etc. REQUIRE mandatory, automatic deportation of any illegal alien who ATTEMPTS TO ACCESS any government service, whether such service is federal, state, or local. (Note: The only exception would be dire-emergency medical treatment, followed immediately [after the minimum amount of sufficient recovery time] by mandatory, automatic deportation.)
4. REQUIRE A MANDATORY jail sentence for any illegal alien found to be holding fraudulent identification, followed by mandatory, automatic deportation. (Note: Lengthier jail sentences would be MANDATORY for the “identity theft” of living American citizens.)
5. REQUIRE fines and criminal proceedings against any employer (including company officers and responsible hiring personnel) who knowingly (or negligently) hires and employs illegal aliens. JAIL repeat offenders.
6. “Anchor babies” (babies born to illegal alien parents) are to be DENIED citizenship, and are to be immediately deported along with their parents. (Note: This provision should be made retroactive, if possible, for existing “anchor babies”, up to an age to be debated.) In any event, under no circumstances would being the parent or guardian of an "anchor baby" confer any special consideration regarding illegal status.
7. All law enforcement officers (federal, state, or local) who IN THE COURSE OF THEIR NORMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DUTIES become aware of an illegal alien’s status are REQUIRED to notify the appropriate federal authorities immediately and hold that alien in custody for up to two days (or sufficient time, to be debated, for federal authorities to take custody and deport). (Naturally, if an illegal alien is apprehended and charged with a crime, then notification and automatic deportation would occur following satisfactory disposition of the criminal case.)
8. MAKE ENGLISH THE “OFFICIAL” NATIONAL LANGUAGE and require that everyone who applies for residency status or citizenship (and their school-age minor dependents) demonstrate some level of proficiency in the national language. No United States municipality could be legally required to accomodate speakers of any foreign language.

(Note: Jail sentences required in the above provisions MUST be MANDATORY MINIMUM sentences [to be debated] in order to avoid “end runs” by liberal activist Democrat judges.)
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The above provisions, if passed, would largely solve the illegal alien problem. Illegal aliens would disappear BY ATTRITION since they would be: a) unemployable without proper authorization, b) unable to access government welfare and other services, c) unable to enroll their illegal alien children in government schools, and d) unable to use the despicable “anchor baby” ploy to get special consideration and remain in the country.

Many, if not most, illegal aliens will return to their countries of origin voluntarily once it becomes clear to them that there is little reason for them to remain in the US. (Note: There is evidence that this phenomenon is already happening due to an increase in enforcement efforts, as of December, 2007.)

**** Note: No logistically burdensome and expensive “roundup” of 12 million-plus illegal aliens is required, recommended, or even necessary. Illegal aliens would disappear by ATTRITION. Therefore, the “red herring” argument that it would be “impossible to deport 12 million illegal aliens” becomes moot. ****

Meanwhile, reasonable LEGAL immigration laws (including a “guest worker” program) should be streamlined, strictly controlled, and RELENTLESSLY ENFORCED in order to address the legitimate needs of U.S. employers.


Free Money For Everybody! (click on graphic)

Matthew Lesko's 'Free Money for Everybody' Shows You “How to Get Government Grants for the Whole Family”

Matthew Lesko Shows You How To Tap Into Over 12,000 Government Programs, Over 30 Million people every year get government grants… And You Can Too!

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Government Money Is Set Aside For You and Your Whole Family Including:
Home Buyers
Community Activists
Moms & Dads
Average Americans with a stack of bills

Who Qualifies? Everyone Who Lives In America..
Rich, Poor, Good Credit, Bad Credit


Hospital Hell (Dan Aykroyd on Socialized Medicine)
New York Post (FR Thread) 11-19-2003 | Richard Johnson

Posted on 11/20/2003 3:15:45 AM EST by Lancey Howard

November 19, 2003 -- DAN Aykroyd is no fan of the bureaucratic bungling and cut-rate care of socialized medicine. "One place you don't want to get sick is Quebec," the Canadian actor advised us after a screening of Denys Arcand's 'The Barbarian Invasions.' "It's all socialized. Believe me, you don't want to go to a hospital there."


Compare and Contrast...


'Being There'

Following is an excerpt from the movie, 'Being There', starring Peter Sellers as Chance, a simple gardener who later becomes known as "Chance Gardner" through no fault of his own. The movie has become a cult classic.

"Adapted by Jerzy Kozinsky from his own novel, the movie's about a simple-minded, middle-aged gardener who, after a lifetime of seclusion and safety in a Washington, D.C. townhouse, gets his first exposure to reality beyond the walls of his sheltered existence. His only reference to the world is through his childlike addiction to television, and when a chance encounter brings him into the inner fold of a dying billionaire (Melvyn Douglas), he suddenly finds himself the toast of Washington's political elite. His simple phrases about gardening are misinterpreted as anything from economic predictions to sage political advice..." - - Jeff Shannon (

(For some reason, the rise of Barack Hussein Obama reminded me of this old movie....)

President "Bobby": "Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?"
[Long pause]
Chance the Gardener: "As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden."
President "Bobby": "In the garden."
Chance the Gardener: "Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again."
President "Bobby": "Spring and summer."
Chance the Gardener: "Yes."
President "Bobby": "Then fall and winter."
Chance the Gardener: "Yes."
Benjamin Rand: "I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by the seasons of our economy."
Chance the Gardener: "Yes! There will be growth in the spring!"
Benjamin Rand: "Hmm!"
Chance the Gardener: "Hmm!"
President "Bobby": "Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very, very long time."
[Benjamin Rand applauds]
President "Bobby": "I admire your good, solid sense. That's precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill."


The "Global Warming" Scam

"Global warming" has nothing to do with science. In fact, "global warming" has nothing to do with global warming. It's all about socialism and wealth redistribution. Here is what REAL scientists and meteorologists say:

U.N. Blackballs International Scientists from Climate Change Conference

As the debate on man-made global warming has been heating up, the UN has tried to freeze out the scientists and new evidence, summarily dismissing them with the claim "the science is settled."

James M. Taylor, senior fellow for The Heartland Institute explained, "It is not surprising the UN has completely rejected dissenting voices. They have been doing this for years. The censorship of scientists is necessary to promote their political agenda. After the science reversed on the alarmist crowd, they claimed 'the debate is over' to serve their wealth redistribution agenda."

Taylor continued, "For example, ICSC scientist Dr. Vincent Gray recently published Unsound Science by the IPCC, which proves the main claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are scientifically unsound. Dr. Gray is an expert reviewer for the IPCC and has submitted more than 1,800 comments on IPCC reports. He is an expert on the IPCC methodology and published Spinning the Climate.

"Dr. Gray is the last person the politicized UN wants speaking," Taylor noted. "He single-handedly debunks the entire alarmist theory. And there are more than 600 Dr. Grays trying to be the voice of reason and science. All are being censored."

Over 100 Prominent Scientists Warn UN Against 'Futile' Climate Control Efforts

"Climate Scientists" Move to Censor Film That Exposes "Global Warming" Fraud

Comments About Global Warming (by John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel)

UN Climate Panel in 'Panic Mode' as Earth Fails to Warm, Scientist says

MIT scientists baffled by global warming theory, contradicts scientific data

UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

Deroy Murdock: Baby, it's cold outside, no matter what Al Gore says

James Hansen’s Former NASA Supervisor a Skeptic (Says Hansen ‘Embarrassed NASA’ )

EPA's own research expert 'shut up' on climate change

NIPCC report states there is no anthropogenic global warming

Another Meteorologist Dissents: 'Does carbon dioxide drive the climate? The answer is no!'

Former “alarmist” scientist says Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) based in false science

The above links expose the "tip of the iceberg" (pun intended) regarding the "global warming" scam.


"What you do, if you are a serious scientist operating according to the established method, is attempt to falsify your hypothesis. Test it to destruction; carry out serious attacks on its weakest points to see if they hold up. If they do... then you have a theory that can be published, and tested, and verified by other scientists. If you don't, you throw it out."

Global Warming Fraud and the Future of Science - J. R. Dunn

The "scientists" who perpetrated the global warming fraud approached their science in exactly the opposite manner as the approach described above. They formulated a theory based on political ideology (as well as the path of least resistance to "grant" money) and then did whatever they had to do with their data to "prove" it.

What the world has now seen with the expose of the "global warming" scam puts a new spin on the old saying: "Figures can lie and liars can figure." The discipline of science has taken a massive hit over the past two years and it could take many more years for science - - and scientists - - to regain credibility with the public. A lot of that burden must fall on honest scientists, and the first and most important thing they must do is scream for the heads of Michael Mann, Phil Jones, and the rest of the fraudsters. I guess we'll see if they have the integrity to do it... No, I am not holding my breath.

Clearly, we need to do something about "climate change", and fast! Here are some solutions proposed back in 1975 during the original "climate change" scam, the one known as "global cooling".

"Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve... The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality."
*** From: Newsweek: The Cooling World (April 28, 1975) ***

Meet the new corrupt alarmists, same as the old corrupt alarmists.

Here is the Newsweek story from 1975 in its entirety:


The Cooling World

Newsweek, April 28, 1975



Here is the text of Newsweek’s 1975 story on the trend toward global cooling. It may look foolish today, but in fact world temperatures had been falling since about 1940. It was around 1979 that they reversed direction and resumed the general rise that had begun in the 1880s, bringing us today back to around 1940 levels. A PDF of the original is available here.

We invite readers interested in finding out about both sides of the debate over global warming to visit our website: Climate Debate Daily — Denis Dutton


There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. “A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.”

A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.

To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earth’s average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras – and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the “little ice age” conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 – years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.

Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. “Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data,” concedes the National Academy of Sciences report. “Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.”

Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century. They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere. These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases – all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.

“The world’s food-producing system,” warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA’s Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, “is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago.” Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.

Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

—PETER GWYNNE with bureau reports


Some Favorite Famous Quotes

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis
"A short pencil beats a long memory every time." - Dad
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787.
"I don't trust chowder." - John Madden
“There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.” - Margaret Thatcher
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine


Some Favorite Bible Verses

"I knit you together in your mother's womb." - Psalm 139.13
"I know your deeds. I know you are neither hot nor cold. How I wish you were one or the other, hot or cold! But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:15-16


'The Man' by Ray Bradbury

'The Man' is a simple parable involving a prophet who travels from planet to planet; his best-known appearance was on Earth roughly 2,000 years ago. The Man doesn’t appear in the story himself—instead, it’s the story of Hart, a rocket ship captain who lands on an alien world shortly after the prophet’s departure. Hart’s initial incredulity about the Man soon turns into a violent obsession, and he threatens the quaint alien villagers with violence if they do not help him locate the prophet. Hart’s tragedy is that he thinks of God as a destination, something to be found elsewhere. He doesn’t realize that wherever the Man visits, he never truly leaves:

“And he’ll go on, planet after planet, seeking and seeking, and always and always he will be an hour late, or a half hour late, or ten minutes late, or a minute late... And he will go on and on, thinking to find that very thing which he left behind here, on this planet.”


Personal Ping List

This is my personal, informal ping list of freepers I have encountered on this forum and grown to respect; for occasional pings of (usually) military items that strike me as interesting:

jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; Dick Vomer; brityank; Semper Fi Mom; Chickenhawk Warmonger; Defend Our Marine; LS; LeonardFMason; amom; Gene Eric


Here is a photo of deploying Marines taken at Bangor Airport (Maine) in July, 2008.
Courtesy of the Freeport Flag Ladies: