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American Hero John Glenn: THERE'S a Guy Who Knows What Love Is...
Reaganite Republican ^ | March 28, 2012 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 03/28/2012 5:26:32 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican


An interesting story surrounds last month's 
50th anniversary celebration of the 
Mercury-Atlas 6 manned space flight...

John and Annie Glenn with VP Johnson, 1962



John Glenn's own true hero

For half a century now the world has applauded John Glenn as a heart-stirring American hero. He lifted the nation's spirits when, as one of the original Mercury astronauts, he was blasted alone into orbit around the Earth; the enduring affection for him is so powerful that even now people find themselves misting up at the sight of his face or the sound of his voice.

But for all these years, Glenn has had a hero of his own, someone who he has seen display endless courage of a different kind: Annie Glenn.

They have been married for 68 years... he is 90;
Annie just turned 92-

There has been news coverage of the 50th anniversary of Glenn's flight into orbit. We are being reminded that, half a century down the line, he remains America's unforgettable hero.

He has never really bought that-

Because the heroism he most cherishes is of a sort that is seldom cheered. It belongs to the person he has known longer than he has known anyone else in the world. 


John Glenn and Annie Castor first knew each other when
-literally- they shared a playpen.

In New Concord, Ohio, his parents and hers were friends.
When the families got together, their children played.

John -the future Marine fighter pilot, the future test-pilot ace, the future astronaut- was pure gold from the start. He would end up having what it took to rise to the absolute pinnacle of American regard during the space race; imagine what it meant to be the young John Glenn in the small confines of New Concord.

Three-sport varsity athlete, most admired boy in town
Mr. Everything


Annie Castor was bright, was caring, was talented, was generous of spirit. But she could talk only with the most excruciating of difficulty.
And it haunted her.

Her stuttering was so severe that it was categorized as an "85%" disability -- 85% of the time, she could not manage to make words come out.

When she tried to recite a poem in elementary school, she was laughed at. She was not able to speak on the telephone. She could not have a regular conversation with a friend.

And John Glenn loved her.

Even as a boy he was wise enough to understand that people who could not see past her stutter were missing out on knowing a rare and wonderful girl. 


They married on April 6, 1943. As a military wife, she found that life as she and John moved around the country could be quite hurtful. She has written: "I can remember some very painful experiences -- especially the ridicule." 

Wedding portrait, 1943

In department stores, she would wander unfamiliar aisles trying to find the right section, embarrassed to attempt to ask the salesclerks for help. In taxis, she would have to write requests to the driver, because she couldn't speak the destination out loud. In restaurants, she would point to the items on the menu. 



A fine musician, Annie, in every community where she and John moved, would play the organ in church as a way to make new friends. She and John had two children; she has written: "Can you imagine living in the modern world and being afraid to use the telephone? 'Hello' used to be so hard for me to say. I worried that my children would be injured and need a doctor. Could I somehow find the words to get the information across on the phone?"

John, as a Marine aviator, flew 59 combat missions in World War II and 90 during the Korean War. Every time he was deployed, he and Annie said goodbye the same way. His last words to her before leaving were:

"I'm just going down to the corner store to get a pack of gum."

And, with just the two of them there, she was able to always reply: "Don't be long." 



On that February day in 1962 when the world held its breath and the Atlas rocket was about to propel him toward space, those were their words, once again. And in 1998, when, at 77, he went back to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, it was an understandably tense time for them. What if something happened to end their life together? 

She knew what he would say to her before boarding the shuttle. He did -- and this time he gave her a present to hold onto:
a pack of gum.


She carried it in a pocket next to her heart until he was safely home.



A miracle arrives


Many times in her life she attempted various treatments to cure her stutter- and none worked.

But in 1973, she found a doctor in Virginia who ran an intensive program she and John hoped would help her. She traveled there to enroll and to give it her best effort. The miracle she and John had always waited for at last, as miracles will do, arrived. At age 53, she was able to talk fluidly, and not in brief, anxiety-ridden, agonizing bursts.

John has said that on the first day he heard her speak to him with confidence and clarity, he dropped to his knees to offer a prayer of gratitude.

He has written: "I saw Annie's perseverance and strength through the years and it just made me admire her and love her even more." He has heard roaring ovations in countries around the globe for his own valor, but his awe is reserved for Annie, and what she accomplished: "I don't know if I would have had the courage." 



Her voice is so clear and steady now that she regularly gives public talks. If you are lucky enough to know the Glenns, the sight and sound of them bantering and joking with each other and playfully finishing each others' sentences is something that warms you and makes you thankful just to be in the same room.

Today in the wake of the anniversary of the Mercury space shot, once again people are speaking of the heroism of Glenn, the astronaut.

But if you ever find yourself at an event where the Glenns are appearing, and you want to see someone so brimming with pride and love that you may feel your own tears start to well up, wait until the moment that Annie stands to say a few words to the audience.

And as she begins, take a look at her husband's eyes...




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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: annieglenn; gemini; glenn; hero; johnglenn; ma6; mercury; nasa
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1 posted on 03/28/2012 5:26:42 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Perhaps, but he’s also a nanny state liberal A-hole.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 5:29:14 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Reaganite Republican

Even the most perfect machine isn’t perfect.

You can have the RIGHT stuff, the RIGHT values, and the RIGHT attitude, and somehow still get seduced into falling for a bunch of left wing nonsense.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 5:33:11 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: traderrob6
...Perhaps, but he’s also a nanny state liberal A-hole...

I had the pleasure of spending the day with Senator Glenn and his wife touring the Kennedy Space Center back in the '90s. I found him to be a man of exceptional character and grace.

Something you obviously lack sir/madam.

4 posted on 03/28/2012 5:34:38 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Can't say I agree with his politics, but the dude can take a punch.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 5:34:45 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Reaganite Republican

In the early ‘80’s, I was supposed to go to a Boy Scout event...and Glenn was scheduled to be there. A real live astronaut!

He backed out at the last minute.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 5:35:50 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Good guy, just can’t figure why and how he was such a lib while a senator. Must’ve drank the kool-aid along the way.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 5:38:12 AM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: Reaganite Republican

When I lived in Ohio, each week our local paper published the votes of our 2 Senators and the Representative in the House. All three were left-leaning Democrats. Senators were Glenn and Metzenbaum. House Representative was Fingerhut. Nearly every week, their votes made me feel nauseated. That’s how I remember Glenn.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:38:45 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (Toilet paper, the poor man's gold. It will hold its value better than the dollar.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
His legacy will always be tarnished by the choice of party over principal where he traded support of Clinton's sale of defense secrets to the Chinese for campaign cash and got a ride on the space shuttle in return.

Go to hell John Glenn.

9 posted on 03/28/2012 5:38:53 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: FReepaholic

I didn’t say he didn’t possess those characteristics. He was however, one of THE most liberal Senators ever and he did a lot of people a lot of harm with his ridiculous ultra liberal voting record.

And you know what you can do with the last sentence of your comment.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 5:40:19 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Reaganite Republican

John Glenn is a worthless POS.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 5:40:49 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: FReepaholic
I had the pleasure of spending the day with Senator Glenn and his wife touring the Kennedy Space Center back in the '90s. I found him to be a man of exceptional character and grace.

A nanny state liberal a-hole with character and grace, is still a nanny state liberal a-hole.
12 posted on 03/28/2012 5:42:52 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Last Dakotan

You got that right.


13 posted on 03/28/2012 5:46:34 AM PDT by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: FReepaholic

How does your touring experience with Glenn and his wife rebut the poster’s statement to which you responded?

I’ve met a great many people who defended the Great Clinton with the same sort of statement as yours, as if perceived “character and grace” negates any and all criticism, and the person who dares criticize a “national hero” OBVIOUSLY lacks such “character and grace”.

Glenn was and is a leftist and a tool, and enjoys Big Media’s unquestioning support.

In advance, may I say that I don’t care if you respect my “lack” of character and grace.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 5:49:47 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Last Dakotan

WELL SAID!


15 posted on 03/28/2012 5:51:37 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Obviously I agree about the poltics

But the story’s about his wife... I found his loyalty moving, anyway

Glenn is also a war hero and all the rest, I would call him naive and soft hearted to the extreme politically, for whatever reason

He’s not the nasty breed of gangster-commie we see today, anyway


16 posted on 03/28/2012 5:51:49 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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17 posted on 03/28/2012 5:52:37 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I fart in John Glens general direction.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 5:53:15 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: treetopsandroofs; All

Obviously I agree about the poltics- I grew up in Ohio, and been scratching my head since the Reagan era re. what John Glenn is thinking

But the story’s about his wife... I found his loyalty moving, anyway

Glenn is also a war hero and all the rest, I would call him naive and soft hearted to the extreme politically, for whatever reason

He’s not the nasty breed of gangster-commie we see today, anyway


19 posted on 03/28/2012 5:53:47 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

John Glenn was a real life, honest to God HERO.
Then he became a politician.
Then he accepted a bribe.
End of Hero


20 posted on 03/28/2012 5:55:24 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: traderrob6

Moreover on the initial flight into space the idiot decided that he would break protocol and try to drive his ride back into re-entry position. He darned near skipped himself out into the far environs of a cold and dark space. The guy was a hot shot and very arrogant. Give me Alan Shepard any day


21 posted on 03/28/2012 5:55:30 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Reaganite Republican

Too bad he sold his soul for a ride on the shuttle. No telling how much damage he did to us by refusing to look into Clinton’s Chinese money.


22 posted on 03/28/2012 6:01:33 AM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Reaganite Republican

As a fellow Ohion, I used to respect John Glenn. When I was a kid, he was actually one of my heroes. But, any man who would sell his integrity for one last ride on a rocket ship is no man worth respecting or even considering as a hero.

The stench of Clintonian situational ethics will forever linger over the name “John Glenn”.


23 posted on 03/28/2012 6:02:05 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Thanks for not criticizing MY character and grace for daring to be less than hero-worshipful of Glenn.

I grew up thinking Glenn was a great man, and then I started reading about his politics, disgraceful and supportive of Clinton’s treason, and which have helped give rise to the anti-American criminal intolerant racist anything-goes “liberal” movement of today.

Glenn is as much to blame for the leftist criminals in government today as is anyone who deliberately sabotages America. He just has a better resume.


24 posted on 03/28/2012 6:04:55 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Tupelo

And he completely derailed the Senate investigation into Chinese Communists funding Democrat campaigns in exchange for one last rocket ride.

He sold every last bit of his American hero status. Now he’s just another Donk traitor.


25 posted on 03/28/2012 6:07:39 AM PDT by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: FReepaholic

Looks like many others have rebutted you as well or better than I have.

Still think charisma trumps any and all criticism, even if or especially when it’s about a leftist freak?


26 posted on 03/28/2012 6:10:45 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have no use for this political whore. He’s one more embarassment from Ohio (Kookcinich, Voinovich, Metzenbaum, etc). I’ll never forget this ba$tard’s attitude and how he voted when it came to throwing the Clinton pig out of office.

John Glenn is garbage.


27 posted on 03/28/2012 6:16:43 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Reaganite Republican

What a beautiful love story. Everything else people wrote about is true, but what a beautiful love story.


28 posted on 03/28/2012 6:17:18 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is afraid if he needs to start a fight with Catholics. He's losing the women vote!!!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
he sold his vote to Bill Clinton to get a ride on the space shuttle. The term HERO is often used loosely IMHO. I suppose one could make an argument for John Glenn. Having the nerve to do dangerous things does not make one a hero. Photobucket This is my idea of a hero!
29 posted on 03/28/2012 6:18:41 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Last Dakotan

I am glad to see others remember his infamous support of the Democrat party over American secrets. He is nothing but a traitor who deserves ignomy!

I recall him using a few “parlimentary tricks” to keep certain people from answering questions of a Congressional committee investigating the leakage of senitive secret information to the ChiComs . . .

What he did was disgusting!


30 posted on 03/28/2012 6:19:01 AM PDT by Vineyard
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To: edpc
Can't say I agree with his politics, but the dude can take a punch.

But not a bathtub fall.

31 posted on 03/28/2012 6:22:07 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ontap

Yes, indeed, and not just on the battlefield.


32 posted on 03/28/2012 6:22:13 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I once debated the merits of freemasonry on Free Republic. Several freemason apologists expected me to be impressed with the fact that every astronaut throughout the 1960s was a freemason.

My take? I would have been impressed to find out that say, freemasons made up only 5% of the population, but 60% of astronauts. But 100%? I was supposed to feel better about freemasons because they succeeded in discriminating against non-masons to the unbelievable extent that only their initiates were allowed in the space program? That doesn’t make them heroes; that makes them conspiratorial a$$40!35!!!

Fortunately for my tinfoil-hat collection, I presumed such a claim was simple boastful hyperbole. But it does seem strange that John Glenn’s was such a vile, corrupt, left-wing, moonbatty (Oh, THAT’S where the word comes from? HHOK!) freak as a politician. On the other hand, the freemasons who dominated the USSC for so many decades were radical, anti-democracy villains, to a person.

(The Freemasons of Washington’s time had only three degrees. Those who are now called “Freemasons” now are most commonly members of the Scottish Rite, an organization founded by Freemasons and which does require masonic membership to join.)


33 posted on 03/28/2012 6:28:04 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Reaganite Republican

A member of the Keating 5 who was loyal to his wife.


34 posted on 03/28/2012 6:30:06 AM PDT by nd76
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To: FReepaholic; kenmcg

The only way I can explain it, is the vast majority of Americans born or raised in the first half of the 20th century, just accepted the mass culture of Rooseveltian Progressivism. Both Roosevelts.

Some beagan to question it,shook it off like Reagan did, and others, like Glenn, couldn’t change when faced with the truth. As to the space ride at 77 incident, well, even Barry Goldwater went soft when he got too old.


35 posted on 03/28/2012 6:33:52 AM PDT by ngat
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To: FReepaholic
I had the pleasure of voting against the SOB a couple of times.

OF COURSE he was charming. He's a politician.

I will not let the leftist puke hide from his execrable POLITICAL record.

36 posted on 03/28/2012 6:42:43 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I will refrain from making a statement about this socialist misguided soul. Ooops!

LLS


37 posted on 03/28/2012 6:47:45 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

From hero to zero, as far as I’m concerned.


38 posted on 03/28/2012 6:53:30 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: traderrob6

I never cared for John Glenn the politician, but there is no denying that John Glenn the Astronaut was a true American hero. God bless him and Annie.


39 posted on 03/28/2012 6:56:24 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Reaganite Republican

He is a political product of his times, he was fairly liberal and big government. I do remember that my father once wrote to him to try and get help for a coworker suffering from black lung and he did take an interest in helping the guy. The old guy was a WW11 veteran like my father and should of qualified for VA assistance he wasn’t getting for some reason that Glenn cleared up. I think that old sick man did not care if the devil himself helped him as long as he could get some help.


40 posted on 03/28/2012 6:58:10 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: FReepaholic
I had the pleasure of spending the day with Senator Glenn and his wife touring the Kennedy Space Center back in the '90s. I found him to be a man of exceptional character and grace.

That "man of exceptional character and grace" was a member of the Keating Five.

41 posted on 03/28/2012 7:00:45 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
John Glenn is one of the biggest pr**ks I have ever met. Or more accurately, one of the biggest ones I did not want to meet. I was in one of the training buildings at JSC when Glenn was there. I was visiting and Glenn walked by. They asked me if I wanted to meet him. I said no but they stopped him anyway. I looked at Glenn and said "why are you going up on the shuttle? There is no good reason for you to. You are bumping somebody else who has been training for many years just because you want to have some fun time". He got pissed at me. Said "who the hell is this?" and whatnot. I just walked away.

The people I was with were saying they were sorry to him and that I was not an employee so they could not "fire my ass" as he had just told them to. We walked out of the building and as soon as the door closed behind us the guys I was with busted out laughing and told me that they all wanted to talk to Glenn that way.

Glenn sucks!

42 posted on 03/28/2012 7:20:11 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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Thanks for telling it like it is... we need more of that!

LLS


43 posted on 03/28/2012 7:42:58 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: FReepaholic

After reading this story, I have to agree with you.

John Glenn was indeed a liberal Senator, but thinking back I don’t remember him being nasty or subversive and even though I am as right as right can be I can see the difference between being liberal and those that liberally hate America.


44 posted on 03/28/2012 7:44:51 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: LibLieSlayer
During my drinking days I was in San Antonio at a convention for cable TV developers. One company had hired Neil Bush to stand around and promote their company. I had had a few drinks and walked up to him and got in his face about Silverado Savings and Loan. The Secret Service guys with him were from Houston and knew me. As I grilled Bush I suddenly found myself up in the air. My feet were off the ground. The secret sevice guys had picked me up under my elbows and moved me about 15 feet. They set me down and one whispered in my ear "he is a little prick but please cut it out". So I walked away.

The Bush family, the ENTIRE Bush family are on government "welfare" and always have been. You can include "W" who made a mint off the Texas stadium deal. Barbara is as bad as any of them. They have their hands in so many companies it would make your head spin.

45 posted on 03/28/2012 7:54:30 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: treetopsandroofs

After reading your and many other posts here, I need to walk back my post 44, just a bit. I had forgotten his thing with Klintoon, which definately brings up a saying from an old boss, “one Ah-shit, wipes out a thousand Attaboys”, which is certainly fitting for “Senator” Glenn.


46 posted on 03/28/2012 7:58:41 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: traderrob6
...And you know what you can do with the last sentence of your comment...

I apologize for that. I grew up in the '60s and John Glenn was my boyhood hero. I have been a "space nut" all my life and had the great fortune to work at the Kennedy Space Center for 12 years.

The day I spent with the Senator and his wife was one of the best days of my life outside the birth of my sons. When you called him an a-hole I took offense. I shouldn't have.

Again, I apologize for my comment.

47 posted on 03/28/2012 8:11:21 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I admire John Glenn, but he is also the very picture of a man who compartmentalized his politics from his profession. He bought his seat on the Space Shuttle by coming to the ludicrous defense of the White House and Hillary Clinton during the Amato banking hearings back in the ‘90’s.


48 posted on 03/28/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: FReepaholic

Spoken like a gentleman, accepted.


49 posted on 03/28/2012 9:06:53 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: isthisnickcool
They are ALL part of the one world order... illuminati... bilderberg etc...a rose by any other name smells just like communism. Screw the bush family... and even laura... who is pro baby murder!

LLS

50 posted on 03/28/2012 9:08:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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