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No Joke: NJ Mom Collects 'Silly String' for Iraq Troops ["If the string falls to the ground....]
KYW.COM ^

Posted on 11/10/2006 4:12:45 PM PST by Sub-Driver

No Joke: NJ Mom Collects 'Silly String' for Iraq Troops

by KYW's David Madden

A Camden County, NJ woman is working on a plan to send cans of the children's aerosol toy "Silly String" to troops in Iraq.

Stress relief? Hardly.

Marcelle Shriver’s son has been in Iraq for a month now. She says Army and Marine units spray the string through the doorways of buildings before entering them -- to make sure there are no bombs inside:

"If the string falls to the ground, there are no trip wires. If the string hangs in mid-air, then they can see that there’s a wire and they do not go in until they can dismantle it."

And he wants more. She’s gathered two cases of the string so far, and $140 to help in shipping. She needs more of both.

Donations are being taken at St. Luke’s Church in Stratford, NJ, and at Our Lady of Grace in Somerdale.

(Excerpt) Read more at kyw1060.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: sillystring; supportourtroops
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creative.
1 posted on 11/10/2006 4:12:46 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Very clever!


2 posted on 11/10/2006 4:13:46 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Sub-Driver

Jon Carry would never believe the ingenuity!


3 posted on 11/10/2006 4:14:48 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Sub-Driver

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.


4 posted on 11/10/2006 4:15:22 PM PST by Jaysun (Let's not ruin this moment with words.)
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To: Sub-Driver

brilliant, and far more effective than our congress


5 posted on 11/10/2006 4:15:57 PM PST by Cinnamon
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To: Pan_Yan

Ping


6 posted on 11/10/2006 4:16:20 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Yankee ingenuity


7 posted on 11/10/2006 4:17:23 PM PST by daku ("Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog.")
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Now, lets hope that someone does not come up with a new anti-tripwire string that costs $100 a can and sell it to the military.


8 posted on 11/10/2006 4:19:00 PM PST by Kev from Ohio
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To: Sub-Driver

Ah, something else to add to my troop Christmas package. What a great idea!


9 posted on 11/10/2006 4:19:50 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like stress relief to me.


10 posted on 11/10/2006 4:20:31 PM PST by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese, that why I don't sing.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I see a major congressional investigation looming-"Why aren't our troops being supplied with the proper equipment?"


11 posted on 11/10/2006 4:20:56 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a slick use for the stuff. And, I suppose, if they hear a funny sound from inside the building, they can light the silly string and use the can as a flamethrower!


12 posted on 11/10/2006 4:21:03 PM PST by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Smart mom...why didn't the brass think of this first?


13 posted on 11/10/2006 4:21:08 PM PST by meandog (This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!)
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/04/military_application.html


14 posted on 11/10/2006 4:22:11 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot back.)
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To: Rte66

rather cool. I'm going to have my sister's cub scout troop go collect 'em and ship them off.


15 posted on 11/10/2006 4:23:22 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Wow, now that's really something. When I first read this, I figured it was a joke or something.


16 posted on 11/10/2006 4:23:28 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." - GW Bush, referring to DNC's lack of a platform on ANYTHING)
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To: meandog

Front-line troops are more creative. We have learned a ton about urban warfare in this environment.


17 posted on 11/10/2006 4:24:19 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Sub-Driver

bump for bookmark


18 posted on 11/10/2006 4:25:28 PM PST by rit
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To: daku

Spiderman serving in the WOT?


19 posted on 11/10/2006 4:26:54 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: meandog
why didn't the brass think of this first?

Well... because the brass weren't the ones with the problem.

20 posted on 11/10/2006 4:28:27 PM PST by Ramius
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To: Ramius

The churches are about 15 minutes away from my house and my daughter plays volleyball against their team, they can count me in! I'll be dropping some silly string by!


21 posted on 11/10/2006 4:35:49 PM PST by thomas16
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To: Sub-Driver

BRILLIANT! American ingenuity at its finest, and from a bunch of poor, stupid, uneducated kids probably from Mississippi dumb enough to get stuck there!


22 posted on 11/10/2006 4:36:39 PM PST by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Ramius
Please ping the usual Hobbit Hole suspects to this.

Also, it's a shame the genius EM that thought of this will never be known. This is deserving of a medal. But the thought of saving American lives is the best reward.

23 posted on 11/10/2006 4:36:46 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill never fails)
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To: Cinnamon
brilliant, and far more effective than our congress

Well, true, but a left handled rubber swab handle is more effective than our congress.

24 posted on 11/10/2006 4:39:45 PM PST by magslinger (When Law enforcement enforce idiotic Laws of Bad Politicians there are no good guys.-Phantom Patriot)
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To: Sub-Driver
Image hosted by Photobucket.com if it's stooopid, but it works... it ain't stupid.
25 posted on 11/10/2006 4:41:35 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ??)
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To: fat city

You read my mind.


26 posted on 11/10/2006 4:42:53 PM PST by Kylie_04 (not consuming liquids while posting since 2006)
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To: Sub-Driver

necessity- mother of invention (kind of)


27 posted on 11/10/2006 4:43:21 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Sub-Driver

John Kerry could have received a purple heart if the silly string "shrapnel" had struck him back in those dark days.


28 posted on 11/10/2006 4:45:41 PM PST by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Outstanding, Simply Outstanding..

Next on Oprah - It's all fine till someone puts an eye out!

29 posted on 11/10/2006 4:46:26 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Jon Carry would never believe the ingenuity!

Thread over, perfect response...

30 posted on 11/10/2006 4:47:04 PM PST by Michael Barnes (May Satan grip the souls of those with American blood on their hands)
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To: SoldierDad

For Robert...


31 posted on 11/10/2006 4:47:10 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Sub-Driver

I suggest she contact the manufacturer. Maybe, just maybe they would donate some or give her a good price.


32 posted on 11/10/2006 4:50:36 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: proudofthesouth
I would think they'd welcome the publicity.

Perhaps the article could be forwarded to them, so they could make the offer to her unasked?

33 posted on 11/10/2006 4:58:00 PM PST by Verloona Ti
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To: Redcloak

I just finished reading an excellent book..."No True Glory", it is about the battle for Fallujah, the whole process both political and military that led up to it, and the great, sad and humorous stories of our Marines in the city.

In one scene, the Marines asked for flamethrowers and were turned down by the generals in charge. You can imagine, with the hubub from shooting an injured insurgent, what would have happened if there had been pictures of the insurgents being burned alive by Marines with flamethrowers.

There was a story about a bunch of Marines who had one of their favorite buddies killed by a bunch of insurgents holed up in a house. The Marines tried for a while to attack them with no success, then someone noticed there was a big fuel tank with cooking or heating oil on the roof.

They fired a round into it, let it all drain down into the house, then threw in a flare to ignite it. As I recall, the author said "The Marines smoked cigarettes and listened impassively to the screams from the insurgents within..."

I'll bet it was impassive. I wouldn't want to have to fight those Marines after I killed one of their buddies.


34 posted on 11/10/2006 4:59:54 PM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: StarCMC; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; Kathy in Alaska

Something else to add in to the Christmas Packages from Proud Patriots.


35 posted on 11/10/2006 5:00:07 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Cinnamon

Why didn't Rummy have tons of Silly String ready for this war? They have to buy their own?

I thought this was a joke at first. Makes sense.


36 posted on 11/10/2006 5:02:37 PM PST by sine_nomine (No more RINO presidents. We need another Reagan.)
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To: Sub-Driver; Neil E. Wright

Great idea! Neil...PINGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!


37 posted on 11/10/2006 5:02:39 PM PST by dcwusmc (The government is supposed to fit the Constitution, NOT the Constitution fit the government!)
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To: sine_nomine

Even though the reason for wanting Silly String is deadly serious, I can still envision a Zucker-esque battle where a platoon of Marines take out an al Qaeda type by hosing him down with silly string to the point where he cannot move.


38 posted on 11/10/2006 5:05:22 PM PST by dirtboy (John Kerry - the world's only re-usable political suicide bomber.)
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To: ma bell

Is this for real?


39 posted on 11/10/2006 5:07:11 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Sub-Driver

As a former Combat Engineer, I am kicking myself for not having thought of this. Bravo!


40 posted on 11/10/2006 5:08:46 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Sub-Driver
thats thinking outside the box.

Hell I bet these guys even studied hard at school.

41 posted on 11/10/2006 5:09:08 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: meandog

Didn't get the impression that the mom thought of it, she's just trying to send some to her son who requested it because trrops are already using it.


42 posted on 11/10/2006 5:12:01 PM PST by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Riley

As a VET I first wanna say GOD BLESS OUR VETS, and TROOPS

Tech Sgt welds steel onto the front of a Sherman, bam instant bulldozer for hedgerows. WWII

Our troops have the brains unless they listen to John Kerry which I guess they didn't.


43 posted on 11/10/2006 5:14:27 PM PST by Michael121 (An old soldier knows the truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: Michael121
Tech Sgt welds steel onto the front of a Sherman, bam instant bulldozer for hedgerows. WWII

That would be SGT. Cullen I believe, for whom the Cullen Hedgerow Cutter was named. They were made from old German beach obstacles on the Normandy beaches.

44 posted on 11/10/2006 5:17:41 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: daku

That's what Rumsfeld ment by “you go to war with the army you have” --and let me add: you fight the war with what you have.


45 posted on 11/10/2006 5:27:08 PM PST by PoParma
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To: dirtboy

Then lighting it? That stuff is deadly flammable.


46 posted on 11/10/2006 5:31:12 PM PST by sine_nomine (No more RINO presidents. We need another Reagan.)
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To: Sub-Driver

"Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!"


47 posted on 11/10/2006 5:32:47 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver; MozartLover; Jemian; ohioWfan; mystery-ak; patriciaruth; Brad's Gramma

bttt


48 posted on 11/10/2006 5:35:18 PM PST by kayak (Praying for Jemian's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does anybody have an address of where we can send packages to the troops? and who do you address it to?

Thanks FReepers!
~D


49 posted on 11/10/2006 5:35:33 PM PST by dcrider182 (Col. Dean R. Hiatt.. WWII Hero. LC.Cpl. Brad Shuder. 9-11 Hero.. you are both loved and missed)
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To: FormerLib
Is this for real?

Ya know what? Even if it's NOT for real.....think of the fun our boys & girls would have with silly string!!!

50 posted on 11/10/2006 5:44:48 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Get right with God....eternity is a long time.....)
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