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OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER - (breathtaking...fabulous piece by an old timer; American history ALERT!)
PVBR.COM ^ | JUNE 30, 2005 | PHIL BRENNAN

Posted on 06/30/2005 12:56:16 PM PDT by CHARLITE

The other night Ann Coulter asked my boss, Chris Ruddy how old I am. That got me thinking that since late next week I'll be having a birthday, it might be instructive to recall not how old I am chronologically, but how old I am to be able to remember a whole lot of stuff. My friend Michael Reagan, no spring chicken himself, was kind enough the other day to tell me that I am as old as dirt, and suggested that I had been around long enough to have been baptized by John the Baptist.

That's not quite true, but I have been around long enough to remember what the majority of Americans regard as ancient history, if they know anything about it at all.

I'm old enough to remember that my paternal grandfather was born in 1850 and enrolled in Manhattan College a mere three years after the War Between the States, which he had lived through, ended.

I am old enough to remember that my maternal grandmother, born in Brooklyn in the 1850s lived long to tell me how a neighbor's son had run across her front lawn shouting that Lincoln had been shot.

I am old enough to remember that her oldest daughter, my aunt Day was born in the year that George Armstrong Custer was killed at the Little Big Horn and I'm old enough to have known an old soldier who had served with men who had served at one time or another with Custer.

I am old enough to remember going to Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day) parades and seeing a number of Union Army veterans riding on open limousines and still hearty enough to wave to the crowds.

I am old enough to remember hearing my maternal grandmother recall the early days of her marriage when she lived in post-war Richmond Virginia in the mid-1870s with her cotton broker husband and speak of the terrible poverty and deprivation that existed among people who had recently lost a war that had devastated their state and the entire South. Although her own father had been so badly wounded at Bull Run as a member of the famed Irish Brigade fighting against the Confederacy that he died 10 years later in a veteran's hospital of the effects of his wounds, and she had been an avid supporter of the Union, she felt deep shame over how her neighbors in Richmond fared at the hands of the federal government - her government.

We treated the defeated populations of Germany and Japan far better than we treated our fellow Americans below the Mason-Dixon line. There was no Marshall Plan for them. They got reconstruction and occupation by a victorious army instead. And of course, carpet baggers - a specie that disappeared until Hillary Clinton, following in the footsteps of another non-New Yorker Robert Kennedy, ran for the Senate in a state in which she had never lived (sorry, I couldn't resist that urge).

I am also old enough to remember the times when New Yorkers would have run her out of town on a rail had she been rash enough to plunk herself down in their midst and announce that she was going to run for a Senate seat as if she were one of them. Tammany Hall was still around and must have been enraged - after all, in those days you had to earn the right to seek to represent the sovereign state of New York in the U. S. Senate - and of course, it goes without saying that you had to be a real New Yorker.

Today's New Yorkers are less discriminating.

I am old enough to remember that most people lived where their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents lived. Families were close knit. Kids knew and saw their grandparents and their uncles and aunts and cousins all the time. As a result we had a genuine sense of who we were and who we came from and above all, what our heritage imposed on us - what was expected of us, which was what our parents expected of themselves.

I am old enough to remember that we were taught to respect our elders even those that didn't deserve an ounce of respect. They were our elders, and one respected one's elders - that was it. We never, never called our parents' friends by their first names - they were always Mr. and Mrs. (never, thank God, that barbaric innovation of our times - Ms. - in those days ms. meant "manuscript").

If they were really close friends they became honorable uncles and aunts. We were respectful to our parents, even when we reached the age when we were convinced that they were hopelessly behind the times and had no idea of what it was all about, and of course well before the age when we realized that they really did know what they were talking about, and far more, after all.

I am old enough to remember that we kids wanted only to be what our parents were, to have what they had, and do what they did and enjoy the things they enjoyed. And to live good and decent lives as they lived.

I am old enough to remember how we cherished the simple things, which are always the best things, and would have reacted in horror at the sordid decadence that passes today as everyday recreation and enjoyment - wallowing in the slime of the sexual pigsty where one can be and do whatever one feels one wants to be or do, no matter how revolting the resulting behavior.

I am old enough to remember where actions had consequences - you paid for what you did with no excuses that allowed you to blame your misdeeds on your genes or something that happened to you when you were an impressionable child - when crimes were crimes and not "mistakes" and when there were things that were evil by their very nature and were recognized as such.

I am old enough to remember that when things were not broken, nobody tried to get the government to fix them, and when it was understood that people were responsible for their own actions and their own welfare unless they were absolutely incapable of taking care of themselves - and it was then incumbent on their families or their neighbors or their churches to see to their needs. Government, with its meddling and usually incompetent ways was seen only as a last resort.

I am old enough to remember that we knew that history - and our religious faith - taught us that the way to make a better world was not by some coercive government spending program or socialist scheme or globalist fantasy, but by making ourselves better. Good begets good. As a Richard Burton once remarked in an otherwise perfectly awful movie "You can't do good until you can be good,"

I am old enough to remember - and mourn - the glorious Latin Mass, it's solemnity and mystery that helped you rise above your mundane self and the world around you, and elevate your mind and heart in the quiet majesty of Gregorian chant. It took you out of the day-to-day world and gave you a glimpse of what could be and what was to come. It made you realize that, in the words of the song, if you allowed it to happen, you were being made "more than you could be." It was a solemn celebration, presided over by an ordained priest who did all the work on your behalf, leaving you to submerge yourself in the Divine mystery of the Eucharist. Since then, what was not broken, was "fixed" and the result has been organized chaos and a rush for the exits.

I am old enough to remember that children were taught history and knew and deeply admired most of what could be known about George Washington and the Founding Fathers, their heroism, and their brilliance and foresight in constructing a government designed to reflect the will of the people while restricting both the excesses of their aroused passions and the power of the government they established.

I am old enough to remember when it was taken for granted that this nation was based on the 2000 year-old principles of Christianity upon which Western civilization itself was based, and on the understanding that mankind is never on its own, but subject at all times to the Divine will as expressed most clearly in the Ten Commandments and in Holy Scripture.

The idea that the Founding Fathers meant to denigrate religion and ban it from the public square would have been considered the idiocy that it indeed is. In those days we took the Constitution to mean what it said: that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; in other words that the federal government could not establish a state religion a la Britain's state established Anglican Church, nor prohibit the practice of religion in or out of the public square. There was not one word about a "wall of separation between church and state."

I am old enough to remember that agree or disagree with the government's decision to go to war, once in a war you backed your country to the hilt. You respected those fighting the war and in harm's way, would have tarred and feathered anyone who dared to call them baby killers and worse, and would have banished to the outer darkness a United States Senator who compared them to blood-thirsty tyrants.

I am old enough to remember that at the outbreak of World War II, youngsters yearned to be old enough to serve in the military and go into harm's way to serve their nation in a time of peril. I am old enough to remember the long lines in front of the recruiting stations after Pearl Harbor as millions of young Americans sought to commit their lives to the service of their nation, and the frustration I endured until I reached the magic age of 17 in 1943 and the Marine Corps was rash enough to take me in and endeavor to make a man out of a spoiled brat.

And I'm old enough to remember that in the darkest days of World War II, when the casualty figures in such monumental battles as Tarawa and Normandy and Iwo Jima soared to numbers so high the normal mind could not deal with their reality, and that the normal time overseas for our troops was a long 36 months, there were no calls for giving up the struggle - just grim determination to see the thing through to a victorious conclusion. Americans after all, won all their wars; losing was unthinkable.

I am old enough to remember when Americans looked forward to the future with hope and determination to shape it into what we wanted it to be - we glimpsed that shining city on the hill Ronald Reagan spoke about, and we were determine to reach it. The future was in our hands and we were confident we could make it what we believed it could be. We did not feel the anguish and dread most Americans experience today when envisioning our Nation's future.

Oh, in case you are wondering - a week from Friday, on July 8, 2005, I will be 79 and, thus entering my 80th year in this vale of tears. More about that next week.

Deo Gratias


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"We treated the defeated populations of Germany and Japan far better than we treated our fellow Americans below the Mason-Dixon line. There was no Marshall Plan for them. They got reconstruction and occupation by a victorious army instead. And of course, carpet baggers - a specie that disappeared until Hillary Clinton, following in the footsteps of another non-New Yorker Robert Kennedy, ran for the Senate in a state in which she had never lived (sorry, I couldn't resist that urge).

"I am also old enough to remember the times when New Yorkers would have run her out of town on a rail had she been rash enough to plunk herself down in their midst and announce that she was going to run for a Senate seat as if she were one of them. Tammany Hall was still around and must have been enraged - after all, in those days you had to earn the right to seek to represent the sovereign state of New York in the U. S. Senate - and of course, it goes without saying that you had to be a real New Yorker.

"Today's New Yorkers are less discriminating."

1 posted on 06/30/2005 12:56:19 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE
(breathtaking...fabulous piece by an old timer; American history SLERT!)

I always enjoy your SLERTS!

FMCDH(BITS)

2 posted on 06/30/2005 1:01:07 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: CHARLITE

"Slert?"


3 posted on 06/30/2005 1:01:10 PM PDT by orionblamblam ("You're the poster boy for what ID would turn out if it were taught in our schools." VadeRetro)
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To: ThreePuttinDude; Beth528; SMARTY; Ghost of Philip Marlowe; CyberAnt; nothingnew; Cornpone; ...
A million pardons to EVERYONE for the utterly STUPID typo that I made in my enthusiastic haste to get this article to all of you!

I hope that you will "forgive and forget" and that the GREAT MODERATORS will fix the "SLERT!"

I should be zotted for such an atrocious lack of "final inspection" before posting!

Char (:

4 posted on 06/30/2005 1:01:36 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: CHARLITE
I should be zotted for such an atrocious lack of "final inspection" before posting!

Never! Never by me!

We have too much history dealing with true zottable material....heh heh heh...

FMCDH(BITS)

5 posted on 06/30/2005 1:05:42 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: CHARLITE

Good post! Imagine remembering your grandmother telling you that she heard about Lincoln being shot from a kid shouting it out while running across her lawn!


6 posted on 06/30/2005 1:06:27 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: CHARLITE

Happy 1 year (tomarrow) On FR!


7 posted on 06/30/2005 1:07:19 PM PDT by NO_2_CORZINE
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To: eyespysomething

ping to a good read


8 posted on 06/30/2005 1:07:31 PM PDT by SittinYonder (America is the Last Beach)
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To: CHARLITE

Thanks for posting, this was a really wonderful read!
susie


9 posted on 06/30/2005 1:08:48 PM PDT by brytlea (Yes, there are Republican teachers...)
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To: CHARLITE

I like your slerts, and I doubt that the Mods can fix all of the ones that keep popping up all over this thread.

; )


10 posted on 06/30/2005 1:09:02 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: All
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
11 posted on 06/30/2005 1:09:14 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: CHARLITE

No zot for you! Slert may become a new word in the FR lexicon, though! ;)


12 posted on 06/30/2005 1:09:32 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: CHARLITE
I am old enough to remember, my grandmother telling me she was old enough to vote for Teddy Roosevelt, (and would have), but women were not allowed to vote in presidential election then.

I am old enough to remember the Philadelphia Bulletin, the only decent newspaper Phila. ever had.

13 posted on 06/30/2005 1:10:18 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: CHARLITE; Travis McGee; tiamat

It struck me, yesterday, that there are at least a few enormous definable differences between my generation (born in 1970) and the one which follows:
1. I am old enough to remember living under the shadow of nuclear war with the USSR
2. I am old enough to remember the disastrous malaise which gripped (and, as I grow older and -I hope- wiser, what seems to me more and more like to have nearly killed) my nation during the late Seventies
3. I am old enough to remember and feel deeply grateful for the rise of the man and movement which resuscitated my nation: Ronald Reagan and Political Conservatism
4. I am just barely old enough to recall the meaning of freedom before PC and the Nanny State grew out of all control.
5. I am old enough to recall the predictions of the enviro-weenies concerning first an incipient ice-age, followed by their cries of nuclear winter, and now global warming... and able to follow the names and grants suggesting it is all agenda - no science.


14 posted on 06/30/2005 1:10:30 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: Theresawithanh; CHARLITE; Darksheare

lexicon ping: "Slert"


15 posted on 06/30/2005 1:11:16 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: CHARLITE

Well I'm not as old as Mr. Brennan but I think we could get along just fine over a beer.


16 posted on 06/30/2005 1:11:53 PM PDT by An Old Marine
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To: CHARLITE
Hey...it's your 1st anniversary tomorrow!........Welcome, newbie!

(I'm just messin' with ya...if I can't mess with you, who can I mess with?)

FMCDH(BITS)

17 posted on 06/30/2005 1:12:07 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: CHARLITE; Constitution Day; stainlessbanner; stand watie
We treated the defeated populations of Germany and Japan far better than we treated our fellow Americans below the Mason-Dixon line. There was no Marshall Plan for them. They got reconstruction and occupation by a victorious army instead. And of course, carpet baggers

Dixie bump. At least somebody admits it

18 posted on 06/30/2005 1:12:27 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: CHARLITE

No, no. All is well.

Now if it had been a Res Slert, there might be trouble.

Hehehe


19 posted on 06/30/2005 1:12:54 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: King Prout

Slert is short for a slut alert. Similar in meaning to a bimbo eruption.


20 posted on 06/30/2005 1:14:20 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: CHARLITE

Cripes, I'm so old I can't remember what I had for lunch.


21 posted on 06/30/2005 1:14:38 PM PDT by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: NO_2_CORZINE; CHARLITE
Happy 1 year (tomarrow) On FR!

SLERT ALERT

FMCDH(BITS)

22 posted on 06/30/2005 1:14:52 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: LibertarianInExile; Nasty McPhilthy; injin; McCainMutiny; MacDorcha; JohnPigg; smug; ...

Dixie bump


23 posted on 06/30/2005 1:15:41 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: CHARLITE

Your Slerts are always entertaining, Charlite!


24 posted on 06/30/2005 1:16:04 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: CHARLITE; All

I thought there was a rule where any time Ms. Coulter is mentioned a picture of her must be posted.


25 posted on 06/30/2005 1:16:18 PM PDT by cll
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To: Theresawithanh; CHARLITE

"No zot for you! Slert may become a new word in the FR lexicon, though! ;)"

That would be hugh. Don't be stuned, I'm series. <;)


26 posted on 06/30/2005 1:16:57 PM PDT by rwa265
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To: CHARLITE
Great read, but this part's not quite accurate:

never, thank God, that barbaric innovation of our times - Ms. - in those days ms. meant "manuscript"

My father, who was born in 1931, said his 6th-grade math teacher, in McMinnville Tennessee, insisted on that. I suggested that perhaps it was just the Southern way of pronouncing Mrs. (still very common - Miz Smith, for example) and he said that she had spelled it Ms.

The South's also kept the charming (to me, anyway) pre-nom for a married woman of Miss plus her first name - my name to the neighborhood children is "Miss Nina."

27 posted on 06/30/2005 1:19:32 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: King Prout

Excellent!


28 posted on 06/30/2005 1:19:51 PM PDT by Darksheare (Hey troll, Sith happens.)
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To: King Prout

I'm old enough to remember studying inflation in Accounting class in college.
I'm old enough to remember the Misery Index.
I'm old enough to remember Bert Lance and Hamilton Jordan
I'm old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black


29 posted on 06/30/2005 1:22:41 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: CHARLITE
We were respectful to our parents, even when we reached the age when we were convinced that they were hopelessly behind the times and had no idea of what it was all about, and of course well before the age when we realized that they really did know what they were talking about, and far more, after all.

Well, this I'm not so sure about. A lot of old-timers are fierce devotees of FDR's New Deal and socialism that got the country in a complete mess.

Other than that, this is a great piece.

30 posted on 06/30/2005 1:22:49 PM PDT by what's up
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To: CHARLITE

SLERTS to ya, Char! :)


31 posted on 06/30/2005 1:22:53 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: Theresawithanh; CHARLITE
Slert may become a new word in the FR lexicon, though

I'll know you made it big when I hear my very first "This is a Fox Newslert".

32 posted on 06/30/2005 1:26:20 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: CHARLITE
Im 25 years younger than Mr. Brennan... and things were pretty much the same in my youth.

After 1965, America began its downward spiral.

33 posted on 06/30/2005 1:26:36 PM PDT by johnny7 (How often does a '47 Rodham require servicing?)
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To: stainlessbanner

Thanks! My first Slert Alert . . . where have I been? No wait . . . where have YOU been? ;^)


34 posted on 06/30/2005 1:27:09 PM PDT by w_over_w (Imagine if whenever we messed up in life we could press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start over?)
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To: CHARLITE
Mr. Brennan is made of much tougher stuff than I am.

I quail when I think of the decay of society in my 34 years. To sit back and contemplate 80 "personal" years witnessing societal changes culminating in the septic society we are mired in today would have me in constant tears (and I'm one of those Neanderthals who believe men don't cry.).

I have nothing but respect for you Mr. Brennan, strength like yours is all too rare.
35 posted on 06/30/2005 1:28:15 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: CHARLITE

Thank you for that post. I think the most moving part for Me was the reference to the great Ronald Reagan.


36 posted on 06/30/2005 1:28:47 PM PDT by Utilizer (Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug...)
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To: King Prout

Slert. That's a keeper.


37 posted on 06/30/2005 1:29:26 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: billbears
Dixie bump. At least somebody admits it

Is that rare? I've always known it, as it is the way it was taught in school, in Wisconsin, hardly a hotbed of southern sympathy.

38 posted on 06/30/2005 1:29:59 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: AppyPappy

I am old enough to remember Wagon Train and Rusty of B Company.


39 posted on 06/30/2005 1:30:23 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: CHARLITE
Fantastic read! Thanks for posting.

I was born before there were any artificial satellites.
I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis - my dad suddenly had to leave port with his ship and we had daily bomb drills in school.
I remember all the kids in school talking about the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan - I missed it! :(
40 posted on 06/30/2005 1:33:26 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Yardstick

Sorta like "My beeber was on slert!"


41 posted on 06/30/2005 1:33:29 PM PDT by najida (Seven days 'til electricity....or I murder a county home inspector.)
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To: johnny7
After 1965, America began its downward spiral.

Aaakkk!!! They were right. It *was* rock n roll! I pretty much agree with your timing.

42 posted on 06/30/2005 1:35:07 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: stainlessbanner; CHARLITE

Excellent read, "slert" or not!


43 posted on 06/30/2005 1:36:19 PM PDT by RebelBanker (To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!)
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To: Kirkwood

kirk wood slut alert


the jokes write themselves with this happy koinkydink...


44 posted on 06/30/2005 1:39:27 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: CHARLITE
Super alert, slert, to a very good read!!
45 posted on 06/30/2005 1:39:50 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: CHARLITE
Both stunning and powerful - thanks so much for posting this.

The ending brought a tear to my eye because in all honesty I must admit that I am no longer optimistic about the future of our country.

It hurts to say such things but it is the truth.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

46 posted on 06/30/2005 1:40:00 PM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: CHARLITE
Wonderful post -- hits a special place in the heart and mind.

Thank you.

47 posted on 06/30/2005 1:40:52 PM PDT by Boomer Geezer (Sgt. Wanda Dabbs, 22, of the 230th, called out, "That's my president, hooah!" and there were cheers.)
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To: AppyPappy

I remember these two: the Misery Index and when Michael Jackson was black


48 posted on 06/30/2005 1:41:01 PM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: Kirkwood
bimbo eruption.

I'd bet there are several on this site old enough to remember those from the Clinton years (God help us if there are any more).

49 posted on 06/30/2005 1:42:31 PM PDT by Marauder (Politicians use words the way a squid uses ink.)
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To: mware
Rusty of Company B?

OK pop... what was the sergeants name?

50 posted on 06/30/2005 1:45:58 PM PDT by johnny7 (How often does a '47 Rodham require servicing?)
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