CaP'N GRuNGe

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  1. Especially the stuff in the can on Ritz crackers.

  2. Cliaz. Like Cialis, only it makes you flaccid. If flaccidity lasts for more than 4 hours consult your pr0n source of choice. Cliaz should only be taken under a doctor's supervision. Failure to follow directions may lead to irritable bowel syndrome. All rights reserved.

  3. Vick spreading the "love".

    Disclaimer: Pulled this off another message board where no link was given... Michael Vick Hit With Sex Suit Woman claims star NFL quarterback passed along herpes in 2003 APRIL 5--Claiming that Michael Vick gave her herpes, a Georgia woman is suing the star NFL quarterback for negligence and battery. According to the below lawsuit, Sonya Elliot, a 26-year-old health care worker, was infected with the sexually transmitted disease in April 2003 after an unprotected encounter with Vick at the athlete's Duluth, Georgia home. Elliott alleges that after testing positive for Herpes Simplex 2, she confronted the Atlanta Falcons star, 24, about her condition. "I've got something to tell you. I've got it," Vick admitted to her, according to Elliott's State Court complaint, which alleges that Vick then told her that "he had not known how to tell her about his condition, and that it was not something that he liked to talk about." Elliott's complaint also contends that Vick "apologized profusely" for not telling her he was infected with the STD. Elliot's lawsuit alleges that Vick has used the name "Ron Mexico" and, in a related court filing, her lawyers are seeking Vick's admission that he used the "Mexico" alias--and perhaps other fake names--"for the purpose of herpes testing and/or treatment." In her lawsuit, Elliott states that she met Vick at a Virginia Beach nightclub in May 2001 and, shortly thereafter, began a close personal relationship with the football star (though the couple did not have sex until late-2002). Last December, Vick, the top overall pick in the 2001 National Football League draft, signed a ten-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons, the richest deal in league history.
  4. Iran War Under Way

    I know most of you will dismiss this because the only place he could get it published was Al Jazeera, and the Republicans have gone to great lengths to discredit this guy. Still, I find his article somewhat interesting and wonder if there isn't some truth in there.... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The US war with Iran has already begun Scott Ritter, Aljazeera.net Sunday 19 June 2005 - Americans, along with the rest of the world, are starting to wake up to the uncomfortable fact that President George Bush not only lied to them about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (the ostensible excuse for the March 2003 invasion and occupation of that country by US forces), but also about the very process that led to war. On 16 October 2002, President Bush told the American people that "I have not ordered the use of force. I hope that the use of force will not become necessary." We know now that this statement was itself a lie, that the president, by late August 2002, had, in fact, signed off on the 'execute' orders authorising the US military to begin active military operations inside Iraq, and that these orders were being implemented as early as September 2002, when the US Air Force, assisted by the British Royal Air Force, began expanding its bombardment of targets inside and outside the so-called no-fly zone in Iraq. These operations were designed to degrade Iraqi air defence and command and control capabilities. They also paved the way for the insertion of US Special Operations units, who were conducting strategic reconnaissance, and later direct action, operations against specific targets inside Iraq, prior to the 19 March 2003 commencement of hostilities. President Bush had signed a covert finding in late spring 2002, which authorised the CIA and US Special Operations forces to dispatch clandestine units into Iraq for the purpose of removing Saddam Hussein from power. The fact is that the Iraq war had begun by the beginning of summer 2002, if not earlier. This timeline of events has ramifications that go beyond historical trivia or political investigation into the events of the past. It represents a record of precedent on the part of the Bush administration which must be acknowledged when considering the ongoing events regarding US-Iran relations. As was the case with Iraq pre-March 2003, the Bush administration today speaks of "diplomacy" and a desire for a "peaceful" resolution to the Iranian question. But the facts speak of another agenda, that of war and the forceful removal of the theocratic regime, currently wielding the reigns of power in Tehran. As with Iraq, the president has paved the way for the conditioning of the American public and an all-too-compliant media to accept at face value the merits of a regime change policy regarding Iran, linking the regime of the Mullah's to an "axis of evil" (together with the newly "liberated" Iraq and North Korea), and speaking of the absolute requirement for the spread of "democracy" to the Iranian people. "Liberation" and the spread of "democracy" have become none-too-subtle code words within the neo-conservative cabal that formulates and executes American foreign policy today for militarism and war. By the intensity of the "liberation/democracy" rhetoric alone, Americans should be put on notice that Iran is well-fixed in the cross-hairs as the next target for the illegal policy of regime change being implemented by the Bush administration. But Americans, and indeed much of the rest of the world, continue to be lulled into a false sense of complacency by the fact that overt conventional military operations have not yet commenced between the United States and Iran. As such, many hold out the false hope that an extension of the current insanity in Iraq can be postponed or prevented in the case of Iran. But this is a fool's dream. The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities. The violation of a sovereign nation's airspace is an act of war in and of itself. But the war with Iran has gone far beyond the intelligence-gathering phase. President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran. The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations. It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq. Perhaps the adage of "one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist" has finally been embraced by the White House, exposing as utter hypocrisy the entire underlying notions governing the ongoing global war on terror. But the CIA-backed campaign of MEK terror bombings in Iran are not the only action ongoing against Iran. To the north, in neighbouring Azerbaijan, the US military is preparing a base of operations for a massive military presence that will foretell a major land-based campaign designed to capture Tehran. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld's interest in Azerbaijan may have escaped the blinkered Western media, but Russia and the Caucasus nations understand only too well that the die has been cast regarding Azerbaijan's role in the upcoming war with Iran. The ethnic links between the Azeri of northern Iran and Azerbaijan were long exploited by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and this vehicle for internal manipulation has been seized upon by CIA paramilitary operatives and US Special Operations units who are training with Azerbaijan forces to form special units capable of operating inside Iran for the purpose of intelligence gathering, direct action, and mobilising indigenous opposition to the Mullahs in Tehran. But this is only one use the US has planned for Azerbaijan. American military aircraft, operating from forward bases in Azerbaijan, will have a much shorter distance to fly when striking targets in and around Tehran. In fact, US air power should be able to maintain a nearly 24-hour a day presence over Tehran airspace once military hostilities commence. No longer will the United States need to consider employment of Cold War-dated plans which called for moving on Tehran from the Persian Gulf cities of Chah Bahar and Bandar Abbas. US Marine Corps units will be able to secure these towns in order to protect the vital Straits of Hormuz, but the need to advance inland has been eliminated. A much shorter route to Tehran now exists - the coastal highway running along the Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan to Tehran. US military planners have already begun war games calling for the deployment of multi-divisional forces into Azerbaijan. Logistical planning is well advanced concerning the basing of US air and ground power in Azerbaijan. Given the fact that the bulk of the logistical support and command and control capability required to wage a war with Iran is already forward deployed in the region thanks to the massive US presence in Iraq, the build-up time for a war with Iran will be significantly reduced compared to even the accelerated time tables witnessed with Iraq in 2002-2003. America and the Western nations continue to be fixated on the ongoing tragedy and debacle that is Iraq. Much needed debate on the reasoning behind the war with Iraq and the failed post-war occupation of Iraq is finally starting to spring up in the United States and elsewhere. Normally, this would represent a good turn of events. But with everyone's heads rooted in the events of the past, many are missing out on the crime that is about to be repeated by the Bush administration in Iran - an illegal war of aggression, based on false premise, carried out with little regard to either the people of Iran or the United States. Most Americans, together with the mainstream American media, are blind to the tell-tale signs of war, waiting, instead, for some formal declaration of hostility, a made-for-TV moment such as was witnessed on 19 March 2003. We now know that the war had started much earlier. Likewise, history will show that the US-led war with Iran will not have begun once a similar formal statement is offered by the Bush administration, but, rather, had already been under way since June 2005, when the CIA began its programme of MEK-executed terror bombings in Iran. Scott Ritter is a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, 1991-1998, and author of Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America's Intelligence Conspiracy, to be published by I B Tauris in October 2005. The opinions expressed here are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position or have the endorsement of Aljazeera. :: Article nr. 12776 sent on 20-jun-2005 01:46 ECT
  5. Greetings

    Give it a couple of weeks, and he just may be.
  6. Greetings

    Unfortunately for him, Ron Mexico's is still positive.
  7. Now that i've traded him and Hasselbeck away for McNabb & Heap.
  8. Willie Parker will lead the league in rushing

    Already had Alexander, SJax, and Cadillac at RB so thought i could sacrifice the RB depth. H-Beck was putting up decent points himself, but I don't like having a QB and RB both from the same team.
  9. Your Team.~~.Who should we be watching?

    The Vikings punter Kluwe is pure gold. Pick him up NOW!
  10. Michele Tafoya's Replacement

    Pam Oliver tops them all.
  11. Lefty has to answer to momma

    I think more of the actor who plays Fat Albert in the movie that came out a while back.
  12. Giants Fans Should Be Ashamed...

    Hang in there rajn. I apologize for the insensitivity of my fellow Viking fan. At least you'll be able to take a break from your difficult tasks on Sunday and smile a bit at the ass whooping the Saints will put on the Vikings.
  13. T Glenn is on my WW

    Drew Bledsoe will now hook up with Glenn about 12 targets every week.
  14. I already have Hasselbeck at QB, but if you had Alexander, Cadillac, and SJax already at RB, would you try trade Parker for McNabb? Trying to get Moss in some sort of deal but don't think it will work out. My WRs are currently Chad Johnson, Clayton, Lelie, Stallworth, and Lloyd.
  15. Trade Willie Parker for McNabb?

    rejected
  16. Trade Willie Parker for McNabb?

    Offer sent to the Steelers homer. Now we wait.
  17. Just Won/ Just Lost

    Thank you Donte Stallworth. You helped me pull through 3 wins tonight. 3-2 this week feels much better than the 0-4 of last week.
  18. So, do you think....

    Never fear, Koren Robinson, our saviour, will seen be here!
  19. what do you need on MNF?

    3-2
  20. WPARK

    Are you bullish or bearish on this stock. Link not working so here you go. And I meant WPARK. Online Market Turns Athletes Into Stocks By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer Mon Sep 19, 2:20 AM ET SAN FRANCISCO - Sports fans already invest considerable emotion and angst in professional athletes. Now they can take that obsession a step further, trading on the pros' performance in an online electronic market. ADVERTISEMENT If the new Internet venture succeeds, it'll be a whole new ballgame for the gambling-driven pastime of fantasy sports, which already has up to 20 million players. Launching Monday, ProTrade will treat professional athletes like stocks to be bought and sold, initially in a theoretical currency. Cash prizes will be awarded to the most successful investors. The value of a blue-chip quarterback such as Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts will be determined by a community of traders competing to identify players most likely to contribute to the success of their real-life teams. In this bottom-line approach to sports, teams are known as investment portfolios and the real-life athletes get their own ticker symbols. Manning's symbol is PMANN. "It's going to take fans to a whole new level of fantasy," predicts Bill Walsh, the former San Francisco 49ers coach and a member of ProTrade's advisory board. ProTrade initially will be confined to trading NFL players, but the San Mateo-based company expects to add the NBA and major league baseball after working out licensing agreements. "Our mission is to change the way people think about sports," said Mike Kerns, a ProTrade co-founder and former understudy to venture capitalists and sports agents. The endeavor drew its inspiration from the 2003 Michael Lewis best seller "Moneyball," which dissects the statistical analysis Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane used to obtain players he considered undervalued by the rest of the baseball market. At the outset, basically for the first half of the NFL season, no actual money will be exchanged in Protrade's market; each participant will get a virtual stake of 25,000 coins to invest. But capitalism will fuel the market's activity, with weekly prizes awarded to the portfolios with the best investment returns. Later this year, traders will be allowed to create their own competitive leagues and set their own entry fees, with a $5 minimum per entrant. ProTrade will hold all the entry fees in escrow and then distribute jackpots, minus a 2 percent to 3 percent commission, to league participants who generate the best investment return. ProTrade hopes to make money from those commissions and advertising on the site. The potential target audience is huge. About 15 million to 20 million people already compete in traditional fantasy sports leagues, including myriad competitions waged through such Web sites as Yahoo.com. These fantasy leagues, which steadily have grown during the past 20 years, usually consist of several friends or co-workers who ante up an entry fee before drafting the premier players in a sport. Points then are accumulated based on the statistical performance of the athletes on one's roster. In an NFL fantasy competition, points typically are based on yards gained, with bonuses for touchdowns and field goals. At season's end, the jackpot goes to the fantasy team owner with the most points. Statistics are important in ProTrade, too, but the system tries to provide more context by analyzing the situation in which a play occurs. As an example, a 3-yard run on fourth-and-2 would be worth more than a 3-yard run in a third-and-20 situation. The system is probably too complicated for at least half the nation's fantasy sports players, but ProTrade "will feed into the fanatical, obsessive types who are constantly looking to suck more entertainment value out of football," said Fantasyguru.com publisher John Hansen, who has been following the fantasy sports craze for 11 years. Kerns, 28, created ProTrade with 32-year-old Jeffrey Ma, an MIT graduate with a penchant for numbers and gambling. While still in college, Ma and his buddies became so proficient at counting cards in blackjack that they carted away millions of dollars from Las Vegas casinos, inspiring the best-selling book "Bringing Down The House." (Ma is Kevin Lewis in the book). The blackjack experience convinced Ma there are "analytical and quantitative ways to approach something that you normally associate with something emotional like sports," he said. Reflecting that philosophy, ProTrade is driven by an array of complex algorithms that crunch an athlete's statistics to project future performance. The system, which draws on information provided by Stats Inc., also will offer real-time insights into the chances for a score before a play occurs in an actual game. "It's a pragmatic approach that more and more real-life teams are taking," said Jeff Moorad, a former sports agent now general partner of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. Moorad is a primary investor in ProTrade, along with Kevin Compton, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is the principal owner of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. Although ProTrade hopes its traders make rational decisions, Kerns acknowledges that emotions are bound to enter the equation, just like the stock market. For instance, if ProTrade's market had been open during the NFL's opening weekend of play, traders watching the New York Jets game might have been tempted to sell quarterback Chad Pennington as he fumbled six times — losing the ball twice. Meanwhile, traders watching the Pittsburgh Steelers might have been tempted to buy little-known running back Willie Parker as he rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown. As it turned out, Pennington (ticker symbol: CPENN) lost $7.04 in dividends. ProTrade rated Pennington's showing as the least productive of the opening weekend and hailed Parker's as the most productive, awarding a dividend of $10.26. Parker (ticker symbol: WPARK) earned another $4.99 Sunday after rushing for 111 yards with a touchdown, lifting his ProTrade value by 38 percent during the past five days to $21.17 per share among the few hundred traders testing ProTrade's system before its official opening. Despite last week's letdown, Pennington's stock fared well, rising from an opening price of $87.46 to $88.43 after throwing two touchdowns to earn a $2.43 dividend in Sunday's Jets game — an indication that the ProTrade market expects the quarterback to turn things around. Or perhaps the traders viewed Pennington as a bargain compared to Manning, whose $202.16 price after Sunday's game ranked as the most expensive stock on ProTrade, even though he earned just 40 cents in the Colts' 10-3 victory. There's nothing to prevent real-life athletes from participating in ProTrade's market, although the NFL discourages its players from joining fantasy football leagues. Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Brent Jones, a member of ProTrade's advisory board, believes most players will stay away from the site. "There are a lot of guys out there who aren't going to want to see what they're really worth," he said. ___ On The Net: http://www.protrade.com
  21. So, do you think....

    Wow, pot - kettle - black.
  22. Willie Parker Owners summit meeting

    I've got Alexander, Cadillac, Jackson, and Parker. Almost wonder if it would be better to deal Jackson with the way Martz doesn't seem to know how to committ to the run?