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nicola
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 4:09:25 PM

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Batman
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 5:53:00 PM

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And you testin What? Pre-drug fields?

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techgoddess
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 6:25:26 PM

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"So, you won't take warning, eh? All the worse for you. I'll take care of you now instead of later. When I gain those ruby slippers, my power will be the greatest in Oz. Now my beauties. Something with poi-son in it I think. With poison in it. But attractive to the eye and soothing to the smell. Ha-ha-ha-ha. Poppies. Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sle-ee-p. Now they'll sle-ee-p."

Sorry....was the first thing I thought of when I saw the poppies...I have a mini-obsession with the Wizard of Oz.





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Batman
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 8:20:53 PM

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Was she a lezzy or like animals? You know," I'l get you and your little dog, too."

Damn, throw a bucket of water on her or hose her down.
nicola
Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 11:18:15 PM

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Our domain was temporarily banned / blocked by imageshack last night and images weren't appearing so I sent them an email. All working now, we haven't been too naughty girls and boys spank
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 9:19:22 AM

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funny tech, I used to watch that every year when it was on TV, now that I own it, I haven't watched it once. But, that is exactly what I thought of when I saw the poppies!!!
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 2:26:46 PM

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I feel like such a dude right now, but I had no idea those were poppies. If Tech hadn't said something, I wouldn't have even thought about it.

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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 2:47:45 PM

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800 - It's okay...you're supposed to be a dude...and I only know those are poppies because of my Wizard of Oz obsession.

chef - I loved the movie so much I bought it and then couldn't watch it for years because it scared the shit out of my daughter. FINALLY last year (after years of explaining that the witch was really Margaret Hamilton and showing her old coffee commercials that she was in) my girl became brave enough to watch it with me and now it is a favorite of hers too!

bat - that's the line that scared my daughter, "I'll get you, and your little dog too!" GOD what a witch! (oh ya...she was a witch).

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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 3:18:30 PM

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See, I didn't know those were poppies, either. My first impression when I saw them was of those little flowers you get when you make a donation at a four-way stop.

Hmmm, "four-way", he said.
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 3:23:52 PM

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those are for the vets aren't they?
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 3:29:40 PM

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chefkathleen wrote:
those are for the vets aren't they?


Four-ways? or the little paper flowers? flower

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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 3:55:54 PM

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I wouldn't mind being a veteran of four-ways.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 11:49:29 AM

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The poppies for a donation. I think it's for the VFW's
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Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 7:43:23 PM

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In the sixties my grandma had some beautiful flowers in the front yard at the ranch. One day a cousin came to visit and took me aside.

"Those are poppies"

"Yeah? So?"

"Poppies is where heroin comes from."

"Okay."


"Jezzus C2C... they're worth a fucking fortune."

"Grandma likes the flowers, says the blooms are pretty."


"Jezzus... you got to be kidding me."

"Nope."

"What're you gonna do now?"

"NOthing... they're my grandmas flowers, not mine."



I was amazed to learn years later that they actually were the type of poppies that one got heroin from. Totally flabbergasted. A relative saw them, mentioned that little fact to my grandpa and he called the sheriff for confirmation. They were and the sheriff destroyed them for my grandparents.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 8:48:05 PM

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That's a terrible story C2c, poppies are one of my favourite flowers. Just for that you're all getting some more hello1



Guest
Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 9:21:30 PM

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Wow, look at all those donations.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 10:58:31 AM

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Marines Ignore Poppies To Not Upset Afghans
By JASON STRAZIUSO
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


GARMSER, Afghanistan | The Marines of Bravo Company's 1st Platoon sleep beside a grove of poppies. Troops in the 2nd Platoon playfully swat at the heavy opium bulbs while walking through the fields. Afghan laborers scraping the plant's gooey resin smile and wave.

Last week, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved into southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium poppy-growing region, and now find themselves surrounded by green fields of the illegal plants that produce the main ingredient of heroin.

The Taliban, whose fighters are exchanging daily fire with the Marines in Garmser, derives up to $100 million a year from the poppy harvest by taxing farmers and charging safe passage fees - money that will buy weapons for use against U.S., NATO and Afghan troops.

Yet the Marines are not destroying the plants. In fact, they are reassuring villagers the poppies won't be touched. American commanders say the Marines would only alienate people and drive them to take up arms if they eliminated the impoverished Afghans' only source of income.

Many Marines in the field are scratching their heads over the situation.

"It's kind of weird. We're coming over here to fight the Taliban. We see this. We know it's bad. But at the same time we know it's the only way locals can make money," said 1st Lt. Adam Lynch, 27, of Barnstable, Mass.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 1:46:12 PM

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Scary how much we think alike chef, I came on to post the article I read about this morning...and you already had it posted. Found it funny that it should be in the paper this morning since we have been discussing poppies all week!
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nicola
Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 3:02:35 PM

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Look what I started! Talk about 6 degrees of separation.

Very interesting that predicament Chef. I think the military for once have got it right.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 3:11:44 PM

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It's a real tough call though,huh?
nicola
Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 3:21:27 PM

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Yes, you could argue it both ways. Short term it's probably better leaving it as it is, long term they'd be better off ploughing up the fields and planting crops which would sustain the people. Heroin is evil.

Now I think about it some more, it would be better destroying the poppies, and providing real aid to the people so they aren't worse off. The problem is, who pays for it dontknow
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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 5:24:51 PM

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No, the problem is, who makes the money off the sale of the poppies?
Who owns the land?
And who would make the money from planting crops?

To me it all boils down to who makes the $$$.


I say burn the fields and plant crops and make sure the people reap the rewards NOT the drug pushers.
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Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 10:21:24 AM

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But that's just it Bat. You can't do that because of what you said to begin with. Who owns the land? You think they don't know what's being grown on it? They hire the workers to harvest and tend the crop for a fee. Then they sell the crop to the drug lords, unless the drug lords are the land owners. You burn the crop and plant rice or wheat or corn, they are not going to turn the same profit as the poppies do, therefore the workers that tend the crops will not get paid as much.

dammit my train of thought derailed....

dealing with selling a house and moving is a pain in the ass, and makes my head spin like the chick in the exorcist
nicola
Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 3:33:02 PM

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chefkathleen wrote:

dammit my train of thought derailed....

dealing with selling a house and moving is a pain in the ass, and makes my head spin like the chick in the exorcist


LOL Chef laughing9

Moving home is one of the most stressful things you can ever do. Where are you moving to?
Guest
Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 4:47:48 PM

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Of all places, *sigh* Dallas Texas. With the market the way it is my house is just sitting and sitting and sitting. I'm going to have to end up renting it out and man, I don't want to do that. Not all renters are good ones, plus it will hold us up getting another house.
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Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 6:02:47 PM

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Used to live near there, Chef, in Arlington.
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Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008 12:25:50 PM

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Christ on a stick!! That is exactly it!! In Valley Tree apartments off of Brown until we can get our house built!! Then I want to move to Keller or somewhere like that.
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Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008 5:21:47 PM

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It was a long time ago, but we were in apartments on Wesley. Don't ask me how I remember that.
It was a real fast paced city then, and you were always playing, "hurry up and stand in line" all the time. We liked going to Ft. Worth, though, and I worked in Dallas. Funny how the two cities are so different.

I remember going to a huge flea market at the end of highway 360. One mile square.
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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2008 10:52:53 AM

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I'll have to look for it. When I went over in April I felt the same way, sooo many people and long lines everywhere. TRAFFIC is Baaaad too! with almost 400k people I guess that would be why.

*uh oh, off topic*

POPPIES!!!!!!!!
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