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  •  Valentine's C & J (4.00)
    CHEERS to Barbara Boxer.   I hope the lovely aroma from thoses dozens and dozens of roses brighten the hospital rooms, and serve to remind the patients who really support the troops.

    JEERS to deploying men with 11+ children.  On the news last night - a man in the Navy Reserves has been deployed to Iraq, leaving behind his 11 children and pregnant wife.  Disgusting.  Based on financially sound practical reasons alone, if this man is killed it will cost the government an enormous amount of money to support those children until adulthood.  This family needs this man more than Iraq does.

    CHEERS to Melissa Etheridge.  Looked terrific at the Grammies, and sounded even better.  Her cover of Joplin's Piece of  My Heart was awesome.  

    CHEERS to the Grammy show itself.  Best one I've seen in years.  No Britneys, boy bands, etc.  Performances were outstanding by all, the opening segment rocked, and Queen Latifah was a great hostess.  My stand-out moments:  Melissa and Joss Stone, U2, Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston, the opening segment, and Green Day.

    CHEERS to the most wonderful man alive - my cowboy/music teacher in MI.  I love you Dennis, with every fiber of my being.  You are my hope, my dreams, my joy, and I will love you until I cease to be.

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 1400+ dead Americans, 100,000+ dead Iraqis, all on your head. WWJS?

    by Miss Blue on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 08:02:56 AM PST

    •  11+ children (4.00)
      It says he is 29 and his oldest child is 17...okay I do not profess to be a rocket scientist but that means he was 12 years old when he had the first.

      if this man is killed it will cost the government an enormous amount of money to support those children until adulthood.

      Jeers to this being my first thought as to why he was really going in the first place? I am sure that they do not have healthcare and having 11 kids by the age of 29 sounds like he probably does not have a good job either.

      This is pure exploitation but as they say on HeeHAw: If it weren't for *bad lock I'd have not luck at all.

      •  suggestion (4.00)
        maybe the 17 year old is adopted, foster, or a step-child.  Lots more ways to be responsible for the life of a kid than just genetically responsible. :)

        Doing it right is what fascism is all about. -- Lynda Barry

        by pedant on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 08:26:23 AM PST

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        •  The first four (4.00)
          Other articles said the first four were from a previous marriage for her.  She's older.

          Jeers to the strong probability that this is the best job, with best death and support benefits.  That is a sad thought.

          Cheers to my hubby - including a hearty belly laugh that our mutual Valentine's Day present is a new coffee maker.  We're just so romantic....<snark>

          Jeers to the power going out this a.m. for no rhyme nor reason.

          Cheers to it's coming back on in time to read C&J.

          Cheers to DrainBamage - you are a very articulate young man, keep those diaries coming!

          Foremost, I'm a Mom. Secondarily, I'm a Geek - have been for almost 25 years.

          by kfred on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 09:02:32 AM PST

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      •  Reserves (4.00)
        The guy was in the Navy Reserves, I'm sure as a way to earn extra income.  I saw this on the news last night, they showed the family in their home.  It did not appear they were struggling financially.  The man most likely has a decent paying job in his civilian life.  I see no way this woman will be able to pay the bills while this man is in Iraq, on military pay.  And as far as healthcare, if Bush cuts any more of the Veterans benefits, the wounded won't be able to afford to go to the VA.

        "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 1400+ dead Americans, 100,000+ dead Iraqis, all on your head. WWJS?

        by Miss Blue on Mon Feb 14, 2005 at 08:57:59 AM PST

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      •  Uh Oh. (4.00)
        Jeers to this being my first thought as to why he was really going in the first place
        Whew, glad I wasn't the only one!

        They wouldn't take my dad in WWII (who had 5 at the time)-- and that was to fight Hitler and shit!  So double jeers to me for thinking that if Dad couldn't talk 'em into it with his 5 kids, what kind of pull this guy must have with 11!?

    •  I just have to rant (4.00)
      Would somebody please get ready to help these children learn how to spell? They don't have a chance of learning how to follow the typical linguistic clues, if the names their parents gave them are any indication. I know we all want our kids to be different from everybody else in the world, but for godssake, why do people insist on coming up with ridiculously bizarre ways to spell names?

      The names:  Terr'i, 17; Stephen, 15; Jobie, 14; Joshua, 12; Zakari, 8; Johnnie IV, 7; Mikal, 6; Syerra, 4; Gracee, 3; Jakob, 1; and Nikalus, 8 months.

      It's like a bad joke, "The hospital named my baby girl, but we decided to spell it Fehmahlee"

      Uggh. I hate Mondays.

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