FREE SPEECH for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

Free Speechers, here’s your “have at it” page again.

Post on topic or off topic or make up your own topic.

Here are some anonymous contributions that showed up in my email last week to get your pumps primed.

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I have some advice on how to fix our messed up schools and budget deficit. Don’t cut the teacher pay, but cut their extra supplement by 5%, start charging for school busses, collect all the money we are owed from the out of county kids who have been caught in our schools illegally and do NOT let them back in, quit letting kids go to different schools in the county with “special permission” as that is what messed up our schools to begin with, get rid of the senior tax exemption if they have grandkids living with them that are in our schools, and start charging the out of county teachers kids that go to our schools. Maybe even stop serving hot meals. Not popular decisions, but necessary to save our school system. There you have it, and the advice was free.

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WOW,WOW,WOW. I just got put in the group that doesn’t pay federal income tax. The group that Romney says he doesn”t worry about because we expect the gov’t to take care us. My wife and I paid income tax until our retirement. Our retirement is not enough that we have to pay income tax. Mr. Romney, you really are out of touch with the lower middle class. I get nothing, natta, from the government; never have. Mr. Romney, you need to go into the cities and go to the poorer areas in the morning. You would see thousands of people going to work every morning on the subways and buses. Most of these folks go to jobs that do not pay a living wage. Mr. Romney, many of the folks clean homes, cars, offices, and have more than one generation living in a small apartment and they need government’s help. These folks furnish the young to fight our wars. How much is it worth to you, Mr. Romney, to have the poor kids to die in war so that you and the higher class won’t have to? You just lost our vote. — Senoia, Ga.

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E-gad. Yet another, too lengthy, dissertation from that Mr Parker in Peachtee City. ENOUGH! Even the AJC limits letter, faxes and e-mails to so many words or less. His using The Citizen to hear himself talk (and voicing his political views among other things) is getting to be too much. Who made him king? I'm just about ready to just throw your paper in the trash when it shows up, because it is the same thing over and over (about the same stuff, from the same people). We are just WEARY of it. Must say, though, I love the editorial cartoons!

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Thank you for the excellent article by Derek Wolter. It was superb. Kudos to you for giving us a good dose of thinking print.

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Free Speech is free for another week — have at it!

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Nuk No kidding

I emailed them this morning (they have a special email for comments about the new design) and one of my milder comments was that their decision makers must have been on crack!

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Donald Duck has at least one vote

For my County Commissioner.....he would get the Lake fixed.

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OK, enough of winter….

I want summer back!!!!!

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Winter weather

Yes, me too.

Around 4'ish today, I have to gently migrate my bod over to the big flat screen TV this afternoon and watch Tom Brady remind Peyton Manning why he never should come to Foxboro when it is in the high 30's with 20 mph winds and raining or drizzling or snowing. And no pansy roof.

A lovely time will be had by all, especially the beverage laden fans in the stands who will not give one whit what the temperature is, as long as Gronk can faceplant that ball in the end zone multiple times.

Peyton can Omaha all he wants, we ain't buying it. Go Pats.

An oldie but a goodie from Tom I'm From California Brady:

http://youtu.be/q2CA0_UE4yU

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moe - that was great!!!!!

Good gawd I'm glad I don't live out there!!!!!

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Another great thing

Pats wipe the snow off the field and party hearty. Sweet.

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A low of 17….

Wednesday morning with the high struggling to get above 35. I sure hate this global warming.

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Hey Cy

17, yikes. That explains why I found 2 ants in my sink today that told me they have moved in for the week. Someone tell them about global warming, too.

http://youtu.be/LkPbDIAtke8

Now, Tom Brady and I will be busy for the next few. Cheers

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Cy & Global Warming

Yeah, but you might hate your electric bill even more if that is how you heat your house!

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Trick or treat, smell my feet
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Tim Hudson

Wow, I just realized I have a photo of a WS winning team pitcher and myself in my house. That is pretty darn cool.

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Falcons at Wembley Stadium this morning

and from the AJC this morning is a list of the greatest moments in Wembley's history. Here is a wake up for you (or not)...Freddie Mercury and Queen in 1985..25 minutes long...

http://youtu.be/EPHJFnob8p8

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Howie Carr of Boston Herald nails Hillary

and the Dems....again. Even Obama's Auntie Zeituni gets a mention.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2014/10/c...

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MLC - Classic

Carr and all so true!

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You didn't build that

Lowest workforce participation since the depths of Jimmy Carter’s administration. Falling family incomes for that ever-dwindling number of Americans who actually work.

Echoes of Barry Obola. Lowest workforce participation since that imbecile Jimmy Cartier. This is why Georgia's unemployment rate is so high. The increasing democrat electorate (obama supporters) prefer to wait for a handout than go out and get a a real job. It would require actual work. It's barry obola's plan to bring America down to third-world country status.

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Tim Hudson tonight

At age 39 will get his first World Series start ever at 8pm on Fox. You go, Huddy, have fun and I'll be watching!

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Moe - Huddy's got the ball tonight

What kid doesn't dream of getting the call to the mound for Game 7 of the World Series.

Going to be a great game.

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Oldest pitcher to ever start a game 7...

I think if he goes 4, he comes out for Bumgarner.

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Here's a Tim Hudson blast from the past

Just another day at the office......

http://youtu.be/YeF9u76t_X8

I'll be watching, tonight, too!

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22 caliber where R U

an open letter to you imbeciles buying up and hoarding 22 caliber lR ammunition

STOP IT

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Hooligan protesters shut down I 75

in Atlanta and NO ONE WAS ARRESTED???? Who wrote the law that says you can walk onto an interstate highway anywhere in this country and stop traffic and NOT GET ARRESTED???

Let the riots begin. There will be no arrest in Ferguson. That thug attacked a police officer. He robbed a store. Let Barry Obama and his racist Attorney General stand back and watch it happen and do absolutely nothing.

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16 minutes of a life

on video...actually, 2 lives. Seems Obama has named this guy his new car czar.

http://youtu.be/DPtudZ3R6U4

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GPB - Georgia Governor Debate

Jason Carter….Not quite ready for prime time. Sorry Jeff.

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Jason Carter

Let's see what the voters say. He's not running in just Fayette County. Deal's ethics problem while in Congress? Many are looking into that - and the problems he's had with that issue here in Georgia. Not everyone is voting early. Hunt? If there is a run off - Hunts votes probably will go to Carter

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Well Davids mom

Let me know when when he can articulate something about the state budget or for that mater anything instead of just talking in circles.

But hey, I'll tell you what. If he somehow wins, I'll buy you at cup of coffee at the post election Citizen get together. When he loses, you'll get the pleasure of buying me a cup. What a Deal!!!

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LOL! Cyclist

Thanks for the invitation! I accept - wouldn't mind meeting you. I have been in Westmoreland's presence - and I think Carter articulates much better and clearer than that sweet man! As for Deal - has he really been cleared of the ethics allegations?

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And of course Deal's 3x great grandaddy owned slaves

Give it up Mom. If Carter is our next Governor I will give you a free house - MINE! - as I will move to a truly red state, or is it a blue state - how do we keep up with all of this.

You move here because it is a nice place then try to change the culture? No thanks. Just accept what we have and savor it - or move away. Jason Carter is the same as Michelle Nunn - tax and spend Democrat and a puppet for Obama. Georgia does not like any of that.

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mudcat

How can an opinion of one woman in Georgia change the culture in Georgia? Georgia suburbs are not unlike any other suburbs in the US. This is 2014. What change do you think I'm trying to implement? I see more diversity here in Fayette County than in many older residential areas in this country. Politics? One doesn't live in a HOME or a community because of the politics. Republicans and Democrats in Fayette County don't wear badges - and based on my experience these past 11 years, the residents of Fayette County treat each other quite well!

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Give it up Mom. If Carter is our next Governor I will give you a free house - MINE! - as I will move to a truly red state,

It's pretty safe to make this kind of empty statement anonymously - LOL! What in the world are you trying to prove by Deals 3x removed grand daddy owned slaves? Who cares? What's really bothering you mudcat? What 'culture' would you like to 'return' to? Many African Americans are returning to the south because of it's current culture of relaxed living; the low cost of living; opportunity; it's the home of their ancestors; etc., etc., etc. The South is for all Americans today. Does this bother you? You certainly can't be just talking about the progressive vs. liberal ideologies. They really aren't that different. . are they? What all citizens in Fayette Cunty - Georgia want is opportunity to earn a decent living; receive a decent education; live in a decent home; have protection from crime; etc. etch. etc. What about these cultural goals do you find unacceptable? Thanks for sharing.

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Senoia Oldies Car Show Video

from a new angle.

http://youtu.be/jLd7JZj7tSM

Can you see something similar with golf carts on the runway and and a new Guinness record in PTC? We could put our last names on the roof of our carts. Or our address. Or our subdivision name (prizes for the biggest turnout percentage wise). Or attach colored coded balloons to carts and group by village color.

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Giddy tires

Driving down hwy 74 today from Fairburn, I am pretty sure I heard my tires orgasming over the new pavement. Driving the majority of the time on the roads in PTC, my tires were positively giddy. The rubber actually met the road for miles. LOL

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New Hardee's ad on tv

Has a fried balogna and Velveeta biscuit. That's right.

The fine print below the photo of that conglomeration says: Hardee's assumes no liability for your one artery that just hardened while just watching our ad....suckers...:)

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Tim Hudson going to the WS

one more time. Tim, congratulations. You did not deserve the treatment the Braves gave you and you turned a lemon into lemonade and here you are.

When Home Plate in PTC was brand new, Tim Hudson came down to meet people and sign autographs. I asked for a photo, and have one of just me and him. It is framed and I have been a fan ever since. What a down to earth, nice guy. I know he won't read this, but it sure is nice to see a really good guy get to fulfill his dreams once again, at age 39.

Jake Peavy, too. He took the WS victory parade lap on a duck boat in Boston Harbor last year and bought the duck boat to take back home to his ranch in Alabama. That boat served in Normandy in WWII. From Normandy to Boston to Alabama. Crazy.

For those 2 guys alone, I'm rooting for the Giants this year.

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Police car

Anybody know why there has been a police car parked all week at the corner of Gardner park and Parkade ct? Only about 30 cars a day pass through there.

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frazzled

Saw 2 of them today. Must be a lot of crime on the stinky trail this week. lol

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I heard today they are off duty.

I work in the area and someone from a nearby business told me that the police were doing off-duty security for a company in the area that is concerned about an ex-employee. I'm not sure if that is accurate but it's scary if so. You have to be really concerned to have a full-time police presence with a police car.

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frazzled-Yes, if that

is true, it is scary. I would also say kudos to the company bosses for protecting their employees to that extent and to the PTCPD for being out there to help out. Let's hope and pray this all comes to nothing, for everyone's sake. Thanks for sharing.

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Do we really need 4 Police Vehicles on a cart path? 6:30 PM...

About 300 yards south of Battery Way Park...at least 4 in uniform...doing nothing....I guess they were trying to control that rush hour traffic. Waste of resources in my humble opinion.

The entire time folks come barrelling down Fishers Luck at 50 plus MPH in automobiles....we can get nothing on their patrols...

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Spy were they

cruisers or ATV's? You mean the path on the marsh/lake?

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3 cruisers and pickup

And I went back on my bike, 6 Cops total. Yes, path by the wetlands.

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That needs some

'splaining. Did it look like a pathblock..like a roadblock?

Here's another one. I don't know who is in charge of the PD facebook page, but today there is a very cutsie photo (I reeeeeally hope our PD is not wasting time photographing stuff like this) of a reward notice for a lost cat that is attached to a tree. Attached to this are all the "awwww" comments, which just makes this such a wow moment for the PD.

Am I missing something? Is there not a law in our city under PROHIBITED SIGNS Sec. 66-5 (4) Signs attached to fences, trees, utility poles, boxes or traffic control devices: signs painted....etc......?

So, we have a lawbreaker attaching a hot pink sign to a tree and the PD makes it a feel good thing and advertises it for them, too? Sworn to uphold the laws of PTC, Interim Chief McCollum?

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Pathblock for sure

Seemed like a waste to me. I told them so. Went over real well. There was no one in sight.

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Compassion my friend

That sign is probably up so some little snot nosed kid gets his family pet back. Have a heart. (The sing will probably burn with the lake anyway, lol)

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Code Enforcement takes'em down quick around here...

Lost pet? Go pound sand, unless you are a Cop.

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Sign for

a snot nosed kid who lives in Georgian Park townhouses? I doubt it. My heart bleeds every time I go by a handwritten sign and rip it down so we don't have to pay city workers at least 30K a year to do it. lol

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I believe

Someone on here complained of the drivers at this location. At least they listened.

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The joys of a commute

Got caught this morning at 5:30 behind an SUV Travelling a whopping 20 mph on Peachtree Parkway. The driver then kept pushing the brakes at each road they past and every driver going the opposite direction.

Now, I'm stuck on I85 due to an overturn tractor trailer. Hopefully the passengers in the cars the truck fell onto are ok. Helicopter on site with blades stopped. Will be here for a while.

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H&F

Sorry to hear that. Stay safe.
No texting or the PTCPD will be knocking on your window. They are everywhere now.
Can I get you anything? Don't answer that.
We'll leave the light on for you, good buddy. Let us know when you get home, okay?

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Wish the police

Had the manpower to fine all the self important morons who mess everything up thinking the shoulder is their personal lane. It's making things worse especially with the followers.

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Well, don't listen to me then

You mean the breakdown lane that there is no room to break down in cuz it's being used as a passing lane?

Or do you mean the emergency vehicle lane that first responders could use to save lives and transport injured and dying?

Yeah, you got that right. Who knew driving in some rain was so dangerous. Not just from the rain, but from the idjuts out there with you.

I used to drive through 2-3 foot snowdrifts with 40mph winds rocking my black 67 Plymouth Valiant while my windshield wipers froze up with a 3 on the tree and would make it to work every day (and evening when I worked 2nd shift). Know why? There were NO phones to call or text anyone if you broke down!!! So, you learned to go slow and pay attention. So did everyone else around you. What a concept!

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Haven't seen an emergency vehicle

In an hour.

Man I hate the people who think the emergency lane is for them. Then get mad when you don't let them in as you wait patiently following the rules.

2.5 hits and counting for a 45 min commute.

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I was right there with you -

I was right there with you - about 20 cars back from the actual wreck - and it was amazing how many people were using the emergency lane to try and get up to the 64 exit....and then who just parked their cars in the emergency lane. I wish the GSP officer who showed up just before the road was re-opened would have ticketed them all. Too important to wait like the rest of us = not too important to get a ticket and pay the price for being impatient.

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Leadboot

Was anyone hurt or killed? The radio report made it sound like the truck landed on cars. I haven't seen any print info on this accident yet.

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Okay, now the bright side

think of this. You are not sitting on some runway in a plane loaded with sneezing, coughing strangers who like to talk in your ear while the captain says it will only be a few more minutes till the weather front clears up and you will be #123 cleared to take off.

And the guy next to you is named Tamba (nice to meet you--ahchoo) and he can't wait to see his wife again...who just got back from her Liberian girl's weekend away last week.

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Mr Weatherman

We don't need those late night thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Please go away.

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Lost exotic pet

Just spotted a LARGE black feline run from the woods into a neighbors back yard then back into the woods across the street from the PTC Hwy 54 Publix.

This animal is at least 50 Lbs and has obviously escaped from somewhere.

Hopefully someone will read this and retrieve their big black Kitty.

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Good Gawd..a 50 pound kitty

Better bring them "dawgs" in.

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Arf

arf..and woof woof...

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Could be a Black Panther...

Pretty far north for one to be in this area, but could be.

A quick google found this..

Reported sightings of black panthers in Georgia are common, but I don’t consider any of them valid. The black panther is actually a rare color morph of the jaguar, a species that naturally occurs only in Central and South America. Black panther “sightings” in Georgia and elsewhere in the United States are most likely attributable to otters, black bears, black housecats, black labs, or way too many Budweisers

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SPY

Now I know what it feels like to report a UFO or Sasquatch.

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According to what I see online..

those Black Panthers can be sighted in Atlanta.

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Black panthers can also be found in Florida.

They are not common but they are there.

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Black Panthers

There are a bunch of them in Ferguson, Mo right now.

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Meow

meow...

http://youtu.be/yAIGLAgEa84

Al Sharpton?

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No, MLC, he is not a Black Panther ----

He is a barracuda of the worst kind.

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mytmite

Got it and agree. Just trying to follow the humor in the thread. 50 lb. black cat.....sorRYYYYY

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MLC, only fat cats i know are politicians and those come in all

colors, shapes and sexes. I got your drift, but Sharpton is such a barracuda, swimming around, ready to pounce anytime he can get some face time or a chance to put some cash in those coffers. Wonder how many blacks have killed other innocent people, black or white in the time that group has been in Ferguson, but they don't protest about that---I read where they had bussed in minimum wage workers from other areas to protest. The everyday man is not out there protesting; he has a job he has to attend, he has bills HE has to pay--the freeloaders have all the time in the world to travel whereever. Wonder who is paying for their transportation and meals, etc.?

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MLC, only fat cats i know are politicians and those come in all

colors, shapes and sexes. I got your drift, but Sharpton is such a barracuda, swimming around, ready to pounce anytime he can get some face time or a chance to put some cash in those coffers. Wonder how many blacks have killed other innocent people, black or white in the time that group has been in Ferguson, but they don't protest about that---I read where they had bussed in minimum wage workers from other areas to protest. The everyday man is not out there protesting; he has a job he has to attend, he has bills HE has to pay--the freeloaders have all the time in the world to travel whereever. Wonder who is paying for their transportation and meals, etc.?

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ratbert?

Did it have dark almost hidden spots?

Or did you get that close to it?

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PTCO

was about 100' from it. It appeared solid black.I think it was looking for food. It came into sight,went out of sight as it got close to neighbors house then back into sight as it returned to the woods. It took a few seconds to believe what I was seeing.

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ratbert

try Google images for "large black cat sightings" to see if any look like the one you saw.

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Interesting

I guess we'll know more when small dogs turn up missing.

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Lost exotic pet

Just spotted a LARGE black feline run from the woods into a neighbors back yard then back into the woods across the street from the PTC Hwy 54 Publix.

This animal is at least 50 Lbs and has obviously escaped from somewhere.

Hopefully someone will read this and retrieve their big black Kitty.

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Caller ID shows my phone number

Hey gang, I just had this happen. The sleaze bag outfit wanted to lower my credit card interest rate. I gave them a dial-tone response.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-is-my-own-phone-number-calling-me/

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I think I'm going to record this...

for my voicemail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-yU5Ekv14U

Speaking of a recorded voicemail message; here's an oldie but goody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5Rnb7J3sU

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Crock of chit, they do not care..

Quit calling me please....

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SPY & Crock

Of course you're right--and I signed up for every "Do Not Call" list I could find and they don't seem to work either! We often just let it ring until the installed vanilla, meaningless answering message kicks in.

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Well get ready for political calls!!!

They have started and will get worse...

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Rmoc- bingo

Ralph Hudgens just called.

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PAC call against Nunn

Never said a word about Perdue. Just Obama and Nunn.

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Pat Boone called this afternoon

for Perdue. 80 years old and still at it. On behalf of the 60 plus Association. God bless him. He even mentioned Love Letters in the Sand just so I would know it was him...I mean, Pat Boone, who wouldn't know it was him? Jeesh!

Here's a blast from the past...wonder why no one whistles tunes any more...

http://youtu.be/2ENzT9k1LRs

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MLC

Was he looking for Bernadine?

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No, but he said she came to him in a dream a while ago.

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Just called in. Is it Tuesday yet??????

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MLC, so has Pat Boone given up touting old folks' showers and

moved on to chicken (Perdue)? I always thought he was okay, although a little too sugary sweet, and then I heard him say that he insisted on being in the delivery room when his daughter(s) gave birth. That kinda turned me off--maybe I am in the minority but I have always felt the birthing was time for the husband and wife to be together and if husband was not around, Mom or a sister. Now it seems everyone can go in and it is all on film for anyone who wants to see. Too much for me.

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Good description. Yes, too sugary sweet. My father used to whistle Pat Boone songs and when I would roll my eyes and feign my disdain, he whistled even louder. Speaking of fathers, he was in SAC at Offutt, among other places, so I appreciate you more than you know. I have to go shoot some fireworks off now....night.

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MLC, we were stationed at Orlando and Homestead most of the

time. So I didn't get to see much of the world. My husband spent most of the time gone, mostly TDY---by gov't orders--not to get away from me or maybe it was and good ole Uncle supplied the excuse. I remember him being over in the region that we are now or still having all the trouble with--guess things never change, except that it was not a war situation at that time. I don't think people understand just how hard military families have it sometimes. Fathers spend a lot of time away from their children and miss much of their growing up and Mom's are left to be both Mom and Dad. Not complaining just telling how it is or at least was. I had a three year old, a two year old and came home from the hospital with twins on Friday morning. My husband got us settled into the house, said good-bye and said he would see us Monday evening as he had week-end duty. Welcome home!!! Wasn't all bad, made some life-long friends and good memories. Sadly, he did'nt get to see his family grow up. But that is life and we move on---

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Korea, Waco, Vance, Laredo, Schilling, Zaragoza, Westover, Offutt. That's most of them with lots of TDY mixed in, too. I thought we'd lose him during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We were in Zaragoza and it was terrifying. Mom had to pack one of those huge military duffle bags for her and us kids, in case of evacuation. We had the air raid drills in school with warnings that we could be bussed from school and taken away with no notice and might not see our parents for a while. My mother had 7 pregnancies and 4 survived. 4 under the age of 9, with one being 6 weeks old when we shipped overseas. She was going to be held back if she didn't go into labor when she did. Yes, you and she and others were soldiers, too, not just the men. Pretty ones, but tough as nails. There is not enough room to write the number of times I heard my father say, "You mind your mother and be good for her while I am gone." And us saying, "Yes, sir! Bye daddy". The final words came from mom, "You heard what your father said, now go outside and play." We did a lot of playing outside. lol

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MLC, you certainly know what it is from the child's angle.

During the Cuban Missle Crisis we were residing in Miami (near Homestead AFB) and the Army set up camp in the large parking lot in our subdivision. That was really something to see. It was a novelty for the children who were not familiar with the military up that close but it soon became so familiar that no one even noticed it anymore. I do wish we had had the opportunity to travel more outside the country while we were active military but it was not in the cards for us. Not only were the wives military as you state--so were the children, often having Dad go off and not knowing when you would see him again, Dad missing birthdays, births, graduations, etc., enrolling in new schools with all that entailed, and having to make new friends with every transfer. Yep, when a married man is in the military his whole family serves with him. I still have so much respect for anyone connected with the military in any way. Thanks for your post--it is always so interesting to learn about other people's lives. There is so much to learn from and about each other.

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CY & Caller ID

I don't have Caller Id so I never know (or care) who's calling. And I've had several from "Rachel @ cardmember svcs--but you see, I don't have credit card debt, so it's kinda hard to lower my interest rate! I just hang up.

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