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The GUILD 3-28-2003 Operation PEEPS!!!!

Posted on 03/28/2003 4:51:43 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs



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What can we do to help the troops and children of Iraq?

Send PEEPS!!!!!

Peeps are happy, they don't melt, and they are lightweight!!!

Please join us in Operation Peeps, and help us send Peeps to the troops!!!


1 posted on 03/28/2003 4:51:43 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: BigWaveBetty; mountaineer; Timeout; ClancyJ; BlessedAmerican; daisyscarlett; LBGA; Rheo; ...
Good Morning!!!!!
2 posted on 03/28/2003 4:53:20 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Good morning, love the pictures.
3 posted on 03/28/2003 4:54:26 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc; Hillary's Lovely Legs
Good morning. Not only are peeps happy, non-melting and lightweight, they come in a variety of colors and are virtually indestructible!
4 posted on 03/28/2003 5:10:55 AM PST by mountaineer
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5 posted on 03/28/2003 5:17:32 AM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: mountaineer; Hillary's Lovely Legs
Good morning! Operation Peeps--I love it!

Mountaineer, how do you feel about the level of questions at CentCom? That dweeb from NY Mag yesterday was totally over the line.

6 posted on 03/28/2003 5:19:02 AM PST by Carolina
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To: Carolina
I would guess that the reporters and reporterettes in Qatar are J-schools' creme de la creme, which is how they came to be hired by the networks and "top" news services. Unfortunately, most of the J-school grads I've encountered in my reporting days are clueless and thoroughly indoctrinated. From what I hear, the nation's journalism schools don't teach the fundamentals of reporting a story thoroughly and factually, but stress the importance of shaping public opinion through one's writing. That's fine if you're a columnist. It's quite another thing when you're allegedly reporting the news.

The ones making such fools of themselves at yesterday's briefing demonstrated complete ignorance. I mean, really, wanting to be briefed by a five-star general because they think a two-star general wouldn't know what's going on? All I can do is shake my head and think of WWII. Can you imagine all this nonsense being permitted back then? My mother observed the other day that during WWII, the American public learned what was going on through newsreels at the movie theaters, so they were weeks behind on events, plus everything was heavily censored and controlled by the govt. Now, rumors are as good as facts, and no one wants to miss out on being the first to report something by taking the time to verify facts.

7 posted on 03/28/2003 5:38:06 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: All
Page Six is on a roll today:

APPEASEMENT-MONGERS went nuts when we suggested people might choose to boycott Susan Sarandon and other pampered stars who oppose the ousting of Saddam Hussein - but America agrees with us. The United Way just canceled a Tampa Bay speaking engagement by the actress after it got three dozen complaints from donors and others who don't like her anti-liberation stance. Sarandon - whose live-in, Tim Robbins, recently threatened the Washington Post's Lloyd Grove with violence for daring to report that Sarandon's mom is a Republican - was set to be the keynote speaker at an April 11 event sponsored by the United Way's women's leadership group. But after complaints started rolling in, organizers decided Sarandon's presence would be "divisive." Robin Carson, chairwoman of the Tampa Bay chapter's board, told the St. Petersburg Times, "The focus . . . shifted to whether or not we were creating a political platform for Susan Sarandon. That is not our purpose. That is not what we're about."

LENNY Kravitz is a member of the Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do Club. The Jimi Hendrix wannabe released his anti-war duet with Iraqi crooner Kazem Al Sahir on rockthevote.com, but Kravitz hasn't voted in over a decade. While rockthevote.com, dedicated to getting young people into voting booths, calls Kravitz "a true patriot," records show he hasn't fulfilled his patriotic duty to cast a ballot since 1992. "I haven't voted in many years and it was a mistake," he tells thesmokinggun.com. "Up until recently, many people like myself have taken this right for granted."

8 posted on 03/28/2003 5:40:44 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: All
More on Susan Sarandon (and Fred Thompson) from the WashPost:

(W)e were distressed to learn yesterday that the United Way of Tampa Bay has disinvited her from a fundraising and training event because of her outspoken criticism of President Bush's war on Saddam Hussein.

Indeed -- after several large donors complained about Sarandon's keynote role at an April 11 lunch capping a session to encourage women to volunteer in charities -- United Way officials just scrapped the whole thing.

"United Way of Tampa Bay's intent is to unify the diversity of thought that brings the community together," Marketing Vice President Judy Quinlan said yesterday from Florida, where Sarandon's Republican, Bush-supporting mom, Lenora Tomalin, also lives. [I thought UW's intent was to raise money for worthy charitable organizations. Oh well.] "Through circumstances beyond our control, this event began to divide our community. The prudent course of action is to cancel."

But now there's real trouble. At the St. Petersburg Times, which is the lead corporate sponsor of the event, Executive Vice President Marty Petty, until yesterday the chairman of the 2003 United Way campaign, quit the charity's board in protest. And Petty's boss, St. Petersburg Times Chairman Andrew Barnes -- who had arranged for the paper to pay Sarandon's $20,000 appearance fee plus an extra $25,000 for the United Way -- is enraged at the group's leaders.

"It makes me so mad -- this is just way over the line," Barnes told us, noting that Sarandon agreed to appear after being invited on behalf of the Times by her brother, Times Outdoors Editor Terry Tomalin. "This really sticks in my gorge."

Barnes added that he has backed the United Way through thick and thin, especially when the group's national leadership was embroiled in a damaging financial scandal years ago. "My goodness, I must have made 17 speeches apologizing for that. Those jerks!"

Quinlan declined to respond to Barnes's insults. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion," she said. "Everyone has freedom of speech and freedom of choice." Except maybe Susan Sarandon.

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• Our congratulations to former Senate Republican staffer Jeri Thompson, 35, and her new husband, Fred Dalton Thompson, as the 60-year-old former Tennessee senator is billed on NBC's "Law & Order," on which he plays the Manhattan district attorney. We hear that the couple, who married in June, are expecting their first child on Sept. 22.

9 posted on 03/28/2003 5:58:35 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
I've been outta the computer loop - you guys been upset over the "journalists" questions to military leadership? Me too. What a bunch of idiots, bless their little cold and calculating hearts.
10 posted on 03/28/2003 8:01:44 AM PST by Endeavor
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To: mountaineer
Here's some info that helps explain the juvenile reaction of those "reporters" over at CENTCOM. I posted this earlier over at the Situation Room:
There was a report in the WashPost last week about "Operation Messenger"...the administration's media rapid response team. I linked the article on the Guild, but can't remember when.

It went into great detail about how they would quickly shoot down erroneous stories, as well as getting out clarifying info in real time. There are hundreds of people at "Messenger" monitoring media reports throughout the world, correcting mistakes and adding to incomplete reports. Remember last Friday, within minutes of the first air strikes, we were told "This is Shock & Awe"? That must have come from Operation Messenger.

Occurs to me that is why we're getting so much more good info out of Pentagon reporters as opposed to those in Qatar. It's a hoot! Those sissies in CENTCOM didn't realize the admin is letting CENTCOM fight a war with the Iraqis while Washington takes care of the war with the media! CENTCOM reporters got snookered when they "drew this prized assignment".


11 posted on 03/28/2003 8:17:29 AM PST by Timeout (...an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm--GWB inaugural address)
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To: Endeavor
Oops. Wish I'd remembered to bless their hearts, too.:)
12 posted on 03/28/2003 8:23:45 AM PST by Timeout (...an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm--GWB inaugural address)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; *The GUILD
What a great idea....Peeps ahoy! They are so lightweight the troops won't mind carrying them and the kids will love them.
13 posted on 03/28/2003 9:16:12 AM PST by MaeWest (Reporting from behind west coast enemy lines.)
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To: mountaineer
PHOTOS UP IN FLAMES
It is heartbreaking to watch soldiers burning pictures of their own children and letters from loved ones, writes pool reporter Martin Dillon.

Army rules force them to destroy any personal items which may give interrogators an advantage if they are captured, says Dillon, of the Manchester Evening News, who is with the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Iraq.

When mail arrives there is a sense of elation among the men.

But this is soon tinged with sadness as they realise the precious messages and photos from home must be incinerated.

The only details carried by the troops are identification card, ID discs, a medical card and dollars. But all the men accept it as part of being a soldier in a war zone.

This is the reality of warfare - men stripped of their private lives and day-to-day comfort. But the mail also brings parcels of food, sweets, chocolates and toiletries to cheer up the soldiers.

'Gutted'

Sgt Ewan Andrews, 30, of Aldershot, Hampshire, received some photographs of his 10-month old son Sam which he had to destroy when moving gun positions.

He said: "I am absolutely gutted but it is an Army rule and you just have to do it."

Sgt Dean Foster, 34, from London, said: "It's great to receive mail and photographs but it's gut-wrenching when you have to destroy them, especially the photographs of the kids you haven't seen for ages."

Lt Rich Piercy, 23, of Goole, East Yorkshire, said: "It might seem harsh that we have to destroy the mail, but it is for a very good reason because if a soldier is captured he could be put under psychological pressure if an interrogator has personal photographs or a home address."

Bombardier Pete Bryce, 30, said: "It is such a massive morale booster and you do feel bad when you have to destroy letters and photographs. However, it just makes you more determined to get the job done quickly and come home in one piece."

Carl Bond, 23, of Aldershot, said: "It's nice to receive mail but the worst thing about it is having to burn it after you have read it."
14 posted on 03/28/2003 9:56:20 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Endeavor
I'm sitting here listening to Ari Fleischer's press briefing. The press corps is living up to their stupidity rating. This is so disgusting "Why hasn't the war ended? Why weren't we better prepared? Now that the war is taking longer than originally planned..." Ari just blasted the reporter.
15 posted on 03/28/2003 9:58:23 AM PST by Utah Girl ("We must stop evil before it becomes too powerful." - Elie Weisel.)
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To: Utah Girl
Every time I see Ari's press briefings I think that we should be paying him a minimum of a million bucks a year.
16 posted on 03/28/2003 10:02:37 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: *The GUILD
Time Traveler busted for insider trading

17 posted on 03/28/2003 10:09:36 AM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Isn't that the truth. The reporters are just so, so stupid. But Colin Powell just slammed a couple of reporters, very subtly. One of the reporters asked if Powell was happy with the way those generals were running the war. "You bet I am, I am the one who trained them. Thank you." I'm off for the day to play. Have a great weekend.
18 posted on 03/28/2003 10:14:51 AM PST by Utah Girl ("We must stop evil before it becomes too powerful." - Elie Weisel.)
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To: Utah Girl
I'm so sick of this business about the war taking "longer than expected." Than who expected? Dan Rather and Peter Jennings? No one in the administration ever predicted a three-day war, but you'd think so from the idiotic comments of the press, who have no grip on reality and no appreciation of history.
19 posted on 03/28/2003 10:15:21 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Exactly. And a reporter had the gall to ask Ari Fleischer "Well, why didn't you shoot down our expectations?" As usual, it is always someone else's fault.
20 posted on 03/28/2003 10:16:26 AM PST by Utah Girl ("We must stop evil before it becomes too powerful." - Elie Weisel.)
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To: Utah Girl
Ari should have replied, "Hey, it's not my fault you're an idiot."
21 posted on 03/28/2003 10:23:52 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
If anyone can figure out why I can't keep a thread in News/Activism, please let me know.
22 posted on 03/28/2003 10:47:02 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Utah Girl
Seriously? Some reporter asked Ari why he didn't shoot down their expectations? That's the response of a 2 year old. I think Ari should show up to the next briefing with teething rings and Huggies.
23 posted on 03/28/2003 11:10:48 AM PST by Endeavor
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To: mountaineer; *GUILD
I can not believe some of the questions these reporters are asking. You'd think the was all about them. Geesh Louise!

BTW, Hello everyone ;^)

24 posted on 03/28/2003 11:34:13 AM PST by Teacup (those are my 11th Marines, and 1MEF)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
This Morning in downtown DC.

Morning Protestors Block Pennsylvania Avenue

Police shut down a major stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue near 14th Street during this morning's rush hour, because of protestors lieing down in the intersection.

They used PBC pipes to link themselves together so as to make it harder for the police to take them away. Can you believe these nut cases?

25 posted on 03/28/2003 11:42:30 AM PST by Teacup (those are my 11th Marines, and 1MEF)
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To: Endeavor
I think Ari should show up to the next briefing with teething rings and Huggies.

I think you are on to something there.

26 posted on 03/28/2003 11:51:39 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Our press corps at work:


27 posted on 03/28/2003 12:02:12 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I guess because some professor breaking some number barrier and the backlash against Indian IT workers is more compelling reading...

YOu know I haven't a clue as to anything about how this joint is run, and I'm beginning to doubt that anyone else does either.

You may look forward to college hoops threads, accompanied by the requisite NeckCar threads over the weekend however.

The check supporting our guys is in the hands of the SnailMail types - shop hard.
28 posted on 03/28/2003 12:11:17 PM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: lodwick
Oh that's right!! We have Neckcar to look forward to this weekend.

Thank goodness they start the threads the night before so we have a heads up. I need at least an 18 head start on my beer drinking.
29 posted on 03/28/2003 12:19:17 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
LOL

Back after completing Mrs.L's list.

Have a ball y'all.
30 posted on 03/28/2003 12:22:50 PM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: Teacup
I'm enjoying seeing how small these anti-war protests have been lately!
31 posted on 03/28/2003 12:59:34 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Maybe certain people who shall remain nameless have an "in" with certain moderators. Just a theory.
32 posted on 03/28/2003 1:01:45 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
Unfortunately, most of the J-school grads I've encountered in my reporting days are clueless and thoroughly indoctrinated. From what I hear, the nation's journalism schools don't teach the fundamentals of reporting a story thoroughly and factually, but stress the importance of shaping public opinion

Yes, I've had similar experience. While trying to hire a book editor for our publishing company, one candidate with masters in journalism from U FL abysmally flunked our spelling and grammar test. How did he get through J school? He told me that teachers only graded on "political correctness," not students' ability to write. The teachers are doing a horrible disservice to these students.

We had hundreds of applicants for the job. I ended up only looking at resumes from candidates over 50, as they might have had a decent education. The happy surprise was a 22-year-old Phi Bet from Michigan, who was born, I think, knowing his stuff.

33 posted on 03/28/2003 1:22:18 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: PoisedWoman
The best reporters I've worked with had degrees in English (mine was in Spanish, what do I know?). We had a brand new journalism grad a few years ago who absolutely could not write a coherent sentence. He lasted a few months before being told he wasn't cut out for that line of work. At last report, he was a counter guy for a car rental company.
34 posted on 03/28/2003 1:28:51 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer; CheneyChick
If you think it's bad in print media, try speaking to someone in broadcast ( television ) journalism. They never look at you, they look through you, especially if there is an agent or a mirror on the other side.

Cheney Chick met a Quebec journalist last summer. A total lib. She could tell you all about her experience from a non-journalist perspective.
35 posted on 03/28/2003 1:41:21 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
My brother's a TV news photographer in Pittsburgh. He has no use for the reporters and reporterettes, their fixations with their hair and general lack of intelligence.
36 posted on 03/28/2003 1:49:37 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: *The GUILD; ValerieUSA
Look at Valerie's beautiful butterfly

There is beauty all around us, if we take the time to look for it.


37 posted on 03/28/2003 1:51:20 PM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; mountaineer
Yeah, she was so hung up on the "Axis of Evil" comment. Spent quite awhile also talking about how the US sees itself and the 'ROW' (rest of the world). Quite uppity in attitude, this Canadian.
38 posted on 03/28/2003 2:45:41 PM PST by CheneyChick
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; All
What's "Neckcar?"
39 posted on 03/28/2003 3:41:10 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: Endeavor
heheh - NASCAR

Come on, Aggies should be up to speed on this one E!
40 posted on 03/28/2003 3:56:47 PM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: Endeavor
Neckcar=NASCAR
41 posted on 03/28/2003 3:57:19 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: *The GUILD
Andy should retire after this one:

If you missed Andy Rooney on Sunday night, read on. Most that heard him
couldn't believe their ears. They kept expecting CBS to cut him off.



A weekly commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.
______________________________________________________



You can't beat the French when it comes to food, fashion, wine or perfume,
but they lost their license to have an opinion on world affairs years ago.
They may even be selling stuff to Iraq and don't want to hurt business.



The French are simply not reliable partners in a world where the good people
in it ought to be working together. Americans may come off as international
jerks sometimes but we're usually trying to do the right thing.



The French lost WW II to the Germans in about 20 minutes. Along with the
British, we got into the war and had about 150,000 guys killed getting their
country back for them. We fought all across France, and the Germans
surrendered in a French schoolhouse. You'd think that school building in
Reims would be a great tourist attraction but it isn't. The French seem
embarrassed by it. They don't want to call attention to the fact that we
freed them from German occupation.



I heard Steven Spielberg say the French wouldn't even let him film the D-Day
scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" on the Normandy beaches. They want people to
forget the price we paid getting their country back for them.



Americans have a right to protest going to war with Iraq. The French do not.
They owe us the independence they flaunt in our face at the U.N.



I went into Paris with American troops the day we liberated it, Aug. 25,
1944. It was one of the great days in the history of the world. French women
showered American soldiers with kisses, at the very least. The next day, the
pompous Charles de Gaulle marched down the mile long Champs Elysee to the
Place de la Concorde as if he had liberated France himself. I was there,
squeezed in among a hundred tanks we'd given the Free French Army that we
brought in with us. Suddenly there were sniper shots from the top of a
building. Thousands of Frenchmen who had come to see de Gaulle scrambled to
get under something. I got under an Army truck myself. The tank gunners
opened fire on the building where the shots had come from, firing mindlessly
at nothing. It was a wild scene that lasted, maybe, 10 minutes. When we go
to Paris every couple of years now, I rent a car. I drive around the Place
de la Concorde and when some French driver blows his horn for me to get out
of his way, I just smile and say to myself, "Go ahead, Pierre. Be my guest.
I know something about this very place you'll never know."



The French have not earned their right to have an opinion about President
Bush's plans to attack Iraq.



On the other hand, I have.

42 posted on 03/28/2003 4:12:11 PM PST by lodwick (Cheers)
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To: lodwick
Darling, I do not know ONE Aggie that watches NASCAR. We are too busy fighting for this country:

"Texas A&M consistently produces more officers for the Armed Forces than any other Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) source. With Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine ROTC instruction available, Texas A&M is one of the few schools to offer military commissions in all branches of service." - from the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets website.

Gig 'Em, Aggies -- Endeavor, Class of '77

PS: I just received an invitation to Aggie Muster in Chicago. What is Muster? Every April 21st, Aggies gather across the world in various locales for Muster - the Roll Call for the Absent. Everyone stands silently while graduation class years are read off - when they call out your year, you answer "here" for all those who are no longer with us. It is an incredibly moving experience and reflects the proud and distinguished military history of the University.

"No occasion can be more sacred than one where we honor those who have honored us…The other significance of the Aggie Muster is to remind us of our duty as Aggies to the past, present, and future. We are the beneficiaries of the tireless and unselfish sacrifices of those we honor today….” - James W. Aston ‘33

43 posted on 03/28/2003 4:25:05 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: lodwick
You'd think that school building in Reims would be a great tourist attraction but it isn't. The French seem embarrassed by it.

That's a great piece by Andy Rooney. My cousin and I visited that school building in Reims in 1983, and I'm pretty sure there were few if any other tourists there that day. I had the same impression as Rooney, that the French didn't want to make much of a deal about it, despite its significance.

44 posted on 03/28/2003 4:56:12 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: Endeavor
My favorite is the picture of Muster on Corrigedor. It should be amazing this year, no?

Aggie Mama c/o '93
45 posted on 03/28/2003 7:24:40 PM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Aggie Mama; lodwick
Bigger and Better...
Still remembering and honoring the time spent in Aggieland, the tradition of mustering has grown in strength, meaning, and spirit. By 1929, meeting had grown worldwide, and in 1942 Aggie Muster gained international recognition. Twenty-five men, led by General George Moore '08, mustered during the Japanese Siege of the Philippine island of Corregidor. Knowing that Muster might soon be called for them, these Aggies embodied the essence of commitment, dedication, and friendship- the Aggie Spirit. They risked their lives to honor their beliefs and values. That small group of Aggies on an outpost during World War II inspired what has developed into one of our greatest traditions.

Aggie Mama - Muster should be great this year. Hey! I'm going to be in your neck of the woods next week - got time for a burger?

Loddy - I'm flying in to SA Monday for the night and staying up in Comfort - any way we can meet between Comfort and Austin for a bite of dinner? PS: Congrats on whipping those Huskies into shape tonite. (I yelled for ya - you owe me!)
46 posted on 03/28/2003 8:19:46 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: lodwick
You are going to love this!!!!

Neckcar thread for Sunday, started TONIGHT!!!!!

47 posted on 03/28/2003 8:36:22 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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To: Endeavor
Sounds great. =) Freepmail me with your schedule.
48 posted on 03/28/2003 8:41:38 PM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
"Peeps" are made by a company in PA (my home state, so occasionally our papers have articles about it.) They just celebrated their 50th anniversary of operations, and they trumpet that fact on their packaging.

Kids (including big kids like me!) like to bite the heads off the things, tee hee.

49 posted on 03/28/2003 10:10:27 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz
4 US Soldiers were found in a shallow grave today. They had been missing in Basra. They had all been executed.

A car bomb killed 5 solders near Najaf.


50 posted on 03/29/2003 5:23:31 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (May all of Saddam's virgins look like Helen Thomas)
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