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I'm An American, AND PROUD AS HELL!
cookingwithchefcarlo.com ^ | July 1, 2012 | Carlo3b, Dad, Dad, Author

Posted on 07/01/2012 3:48:13 PM PDT by carlo3b

I'm An American, AND PROUD AS HELL!

Thankfully I was born an American. Born in the greatest nation in the history of the world. But I became an American, slowly and decisively over my entire life, and these were but a few of my moments of decision;

When my 92 year old great Grandfather, an immigrant for the bowels of depravity in Italy stood in a crowded church basement and took the pledge of allegiance to his beloved country to finally become a citizen, after struggling to overcome illiteracy and poverty, and raise a fine and honorable family. He had to study and take the test to prove he knew enough about this country and it's founding and history and government to qualify to contribute to it's greatness. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he broke down and cried for the first and only time I ever remember in his distinguished life. At that moment I remember thinking it must be special to be an American.

When my 4th grade teacher, the first and only black person, man or woman at that time, with courage enough to enter the forbidden bigotry of my Little Italy neighborhood, called me into the hallway to tell me that I must hurry home because my beloved grandfather had just been rushed to the hospital. My eyes must have shown my utter horror of that moment. She grabbed me and held me tightly to her breast for what was the single most important thing I needed in the whole world. I remember thinking I loved this brave woman, that found her way into my life in this great land. I remember being thankful I was in America.

I remember when General Mac Arthur, passed my gathered family, standing and waving our Flags, we had waited for hours to get a glimpse of our heroes', in a ticker tape spectacular parade honoring the ending of World War II, and he turned and looked at ME, and smiled. I was breathless, and oh so proud to be an American.

I remember another parade, where leaders of the procession, were the last remaining soldiers, surviving the civil war. These 10 or so old men and 1 woman, in their faded uniforms, from both sides of the conflict, walked slowly past a wildly cheering crowd, I broke away from my aunt and uncle (he a vet from WWI) and handing my small flag to one of those patriots. When I returned to the sideline I was kissed by a total stranger. You can bet I was so very proud to be an American.

I remember being chosen to recite the Preamble to our Constitution at the school assembly celebrating Memorial Day. We had spent the entire year learning the history of this glorious land in our 5th grade class. All the bravery and struggling it took to scratch this wonderful country into existence. I messed up at one point during my oration, and the principle leaned over and whispered the forgotten word, and winked at me and smiled. I finished to an applause, and bowed and looked at our flag and gave thanks the ordeal was over and that I was proud to be a good American boy.

There was a not so proud moment when this county's greatness came into my focus. I had broken a window playing stick ball in the middle of the street, and ran like the dickens to hide before we were caught. I hugh Irish Chicago Police officer came to our door during dinner that night, he asked if I would step out side. My mom told me to hurry and followed me to the stoop where a few of my friend were already in what looked like custody. We were asked if we had done the deed, I looked at my mom in shame, then at my friends who were looking at their shoes, and answered yes. He took us to the police station, and made us listen to a lecture about the poor old folks that had to scrap their nickels and dimes to repair our damage, and asked if we were willing to work off the damage, instead of the electric chair, which we were sure was the other option. We were made scrub the headstones and statues of fallen patriots at our Memorial cemetery, and that the local Vets would replace the window in repayment. We did it happily and proudly, only my folks and the parents of the others made us do it every year from that point until we graduated from high school. I read those names every year, and seeing the new ones that were being added during the Korean conflict, some of which were the family members of own friends. I remember crying silently at the loss, and yes dear God I was proud to be an American.

On my 18th birthday, I stood tall at the induction center and while reciting my oath, and allegiance to my country, I remembered all those things. I left home for the last time, I was finally a real man, and given the opportunity to say to my country Thanks from my grandpa, my family, my neighborhood, and all of those that had given all of this to us. I was proud to serve my country, and to this day I thank GOD I have a country like America to give what I could, including my life if necessary. Yes, I am an American.

There are so many more things that have happened in my and our lives to fortify my belief in this great nation...


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God Bless America!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


1 posted on 07/01/2012 3:48:17 PM PDT by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b

You have the wrong country... That was before Obama..... America isn’t free anymore.


2 posted on 07/01/2012 3:52:16 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Jim Robinson; Bob J; christie; stanz; jellybean; Angelique; Howie; TwoStep; piasa; Exit148; ...

THANK YOU JIM FOR FReerepublic, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OF MY FReeper FRiends..


3 posted on 07/01/2012 3:53:18 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: carlo3b

Hence my loathing of liberals who have conspired to destroy the culture necessary to sustain the America we once knew.


4 posted on 07/01/2012 3:54:07 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Jim Robinson; Bob J; christie; stanz; jellybean; Angelique; Howie; TwoStep; piasa; Exit148; ...

THANK YOU JIM FOR FReerepublic, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OF MY FReeper FRiends..


5 posted on 07/01/2012 3:55:03 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: carlo3b

Damn screen is getting blurry.

Thanks for the post.


6 posted on 07/01/2012 3:56:08 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: carlo3b

What a beautiful essay. My screen is all blurry. I’m proud, too, that you are a GREAT American.


7 posted on 07/01/2012 3:58:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: carlo3b

America does have a proud and amazing past. It is her future I fear for.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 4:05:03 PM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: carlo3b
Democrats like Obama , Pelosi , and Roberts just turned America into a socialist state.

Now the government can madate that you all attend a socialism reeducation camp or pay a $100,000 tax to the IRS or go to jail.

Well this is just the latest crime against America and freedom these democrats have done. Obama also just lawlessly passed the Dream act Amnesty for illegals, in defiance of Congress.

You all say Roberts is a not a democrat , well he is a socialist.

What democrats have turned America into now is a debt ridden hell hole in which each of us pay now $3000 dollars per year, just to pay the interest on the federal debt. That's not our share of the debt it is our share to pay the interest on the debt per year. If that alone doesn't tell you we are done I don't know what I have a 100 more things like this that democrat Obama monster had done to destroy America.

9 posted on 07/01/2012 4:05:46 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: carlo3b
Terrific! We needed this, this Fourth of July.

Yeah, my vision's a little blurry too.

10 posted on 07/01/2012 4:07:48 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: GregoTX

And you could have read the same thing about the Roman Republic around 150 BC.

The America my ancestors came to, and I grew up in, no longer exists.

Old Glory will stay in my garage Wednesday. I have no allegiance to a regime that oppresses me.


11 posted on 07/01/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by henkster (Why should I care? Why should I care?)
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To: carlo3b
Democrats like Obama , Pelosi , and Roberts just turned America into a socialist state.

Now the government can madate that you all attend a socialism reeducation camp or pay a $100,000 tax to the IRS or go to jail.

Well this is just the latest crime against America and freedom these democrats have done. Obama also just lawlessly passed the Dream act Amnesty for illegals, in defiance of Congress.

You all say Roberts is a not a democrat , well he is a socialist.

What democrats have turned America into now is a debt ridden hell hole in which each of us pay now $3000 dollars per year, just to pay the interest on the federal debt. That's not our share of the debt it is our share to pay the interest on the debt per year. If that alone doesn't tell you we are done I don't know what I have a 100 more things like this that democrat Obama monster had done to destroy America.

12 posted on 07/01/2012 4:10:07 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: carlo3b

A wonderful story.

On the other hand, some of us are a little less proud recently than formerly.


13 posted on 07/01/2012 4:10:56 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: rurgan

Democrats like Obama , Pelosi , Reid, and Roberts just turned America into a socialist state.


14 posted on 07/01/2012 4:11:17 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: carlo3b

The only American institution I remain proud of is the military and now that it’s gone fag I’m not sure how much longer that’s going to last.


15 posted on 07/01/2012 4:12:00 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All

Must be a bug computer issue. All these blurry screens. Mine, too.


16 posted on 07/01/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: carlo3b

Three proposed constitutional amendments initiated by the States to help get our country back on track

1) Balanced budget amendment - after 5 years the Federal Government shall have a balanced budget with expenditures not to exceed revenue. All funds designated as “trust funds” by Congress shall only be utilized as designated (Social Security, Medicare, Transportation, etc.). Two years every five years by a 2/3’s majority in each chamber of Congress and signature by the President, an emergency can be determined and the revenues exceeded by expenditures. Any increase in the debt limit shall also require a 2/3 vote of Congress and signature by the President.

2) Term Limits - House of representative members shall be limited to a total of 10 years of lifetime service. After four years the top half of senior representatives that exceed 10 years service must give up their seats and after 2 more years the rest shall. The Senate members shall be limited to 12 years of lifetime service. After 6 years all Senators up for election exceeding 12 years shall not be able to run and each election afterwards. Service in either the House or Senate shall not be counted against the term limits in the other chamber.

3) Citizenship Requirements - Anyone born in the USA with one parent a legal resident shall be considered a US citizen. Any person born outside the country to two US citizens shall be a US citizen. Children under the age of 18 of naturalized citizens shall be US citizens.

The Federal Government shall not require the States to pay for education, medical services, or other services for anyone in the country illegally.

These amendments can be initiated and ratified outside of Congress by the Stare legislatures and are the only way I see that we the people can role back the power of the imperial congress.

1) Balanced budget amendment - after 5 years the Federal Government shall have a balanced budget with expenditures not to exceed revenue. All funds designated as “trust funds” by Congress shall only be utilized as designated (Social Security, Medicare, Transportation, etc.). Two years every five years by a 2/3’s majority in each chamber of Congress and signature by the President, an emergency can be determined and the revenues exceeded by expenditures. Any increase in the debt limit shall also require a 2/3 vote of Congress and signature by the President.

2) Term Limits - House of representative members shall be limited to a total of 10 years of lifetime service. After four years the top half of senior representatives that exceed 10 years service must give up their seats and after 2 more years the rest shall. The Senate members shall be limited to 12 years of lifetime service. After 6 years all Senators up for election exceeding 12 years shall not be able to run and each election afterwards. Service in either the House or Senate shall not be counted against the term limits in the other chamber.

3) Citizenship Requirements - Anyone born in the USA with one parent a legal resident shall be considered a US citizen. Any person born outside the country to two US citizens shall be a US citizen. Children under the age of 18 of naturalized citizens shall be US citizens.

The Federal Government shall not require the States to pay for education, medical services, or other services for anyone in the country illegally.

These amendments can be initiated and ratified outside of Congress by the Stare legislatures and are the only way I see that we the people can role back the power of the imperial congress.


17 posted on 07/01/2012 4:15:09 PM PDT by aleehead (State Inititiated Constitutional Amendments)
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To: carlo3b

Thanks so much, Carlo. Wonderful post.

I’ve missed you on FR. Glad you’re back.


18 posted on 07/01/2012 4:19:00 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: carlo3b
Thanks Carlo.
Funny thing, just a few days ago I was looking at your website and thinking I hadn't seen much of you lately.
Be Safe ans Happy 4th to You & Yours.
19 posted on 07/01/2012 4:19:25 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: carlo3b
Wonderful post, Carlo. Thank you so much. I'm going to read it to my family on July 4th.

May God continue to bless America.

20 posted on 07/01/2012 4:29:42 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: carlo3b

I Love You Carlo...


21 posted on 07/01/2012 4:36:20 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: carlo3b
Thanks Carlo.
Funny thing, just a few days ago I was looking at your website and thinking I hadn't seen much of you lately.
Be Safe ans Happy 4th to You & Yours.
22 posted on 07/01/2012 4:38:38 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: carlo3b
By God's amazing grace I was born an American........

Thanks, carlo3b

23 posted on 07/01/2012 4:39:46 PM PDT by marmar ((Although, I may look different then you....my blood still runs..RED, WHITE, & BLUE. RETIRED USAF))
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To: carlo3b

Thank you very much, carlo3b!!


24 posted on 07/01/2012 4:47:13 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: carlo3b

That was beautiful! I have fond memories as well learning about our constitution and bill of rights throughout elementary school. Throughout my families generations, they’ve fought for my freedom dating back to 1629 when they came to Scituate, MA from England. I am proud of my family.

Thank you for sharing your life and keep the faith!


25 posted on 07/01/2012 4:50:25 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: gorush
I understand my FRiend, Liberals believe things about America that we can't even conceive.. That is the sad part, yes Liberals do believe, they believe we are TOO BIG, TOO STRONG, TOO PATRIOTIC, and UNCARING..

There is something important in having Liberals around, they make me think about my country, and defend it, and want it to exist even more because of them.. What other country would be strong enough to fight people that would take all of this away from us, without fighting for it against people like them..

Obama was important for us as well.. He reminds us what could happen if we take all of this for granted, and drop our guard again.. Please never forget, we could lose all of this unless we SERVE, FIGHT, and CONTRIBUTE in every way possible.. VOTE, bring your family to VOTE, bring your friends to VOTE

26 posted on 07/01/2012 4:50:47 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: henkster
The America my ancestors came to, and I grew up in, no longer exists. Old Glory will stay in my garage Wednesday. I have no allegiance to a regime that oppresses me.

You and me both. To me, the 4th is just another day now. Freedom died last Thursday.

27 posted on 07/01/2012 4:53:38 PM PDT by Marathoner (Amnesty on Monday, socialized medicine on Thursday, we are sooo screwed.)
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To: occamrzr06

Thank you my dear FRiend.. I can not tell you how proud I am to be lucky enough to have been born in OUR FINE COUNTRY!


28 posted on 07/01/2012 5:01:37 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: carlo3b

God Bless you, Carlo. And your family.
People like you are a big part of what make America great & God Willing, always will be.

You do the same!


29 posted on 07/01/2012 5:04:31 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Your screen name could not be more appropriate than now.. Thanks for being on this site to help fight for what is left of our REPUBLIC!


30 posted on 07/01/2012 5:04:58 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: carlo3b

Thanks so much, Carlo.


31 posted on 07/01/2012 5:06:32 PM PDT by lysie
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To: carlo3b

Great story, but you’re preachin’ to the choir here and most ILLEGALS and libs don’t give a damn as long as they keep gettin’ the free stuff.


32 posted on 07/01/2012 5:30:37 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: carlo3b

Oh Carlo that was beautiful.


33 posted on 07/01/2012 6:14:45 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: carlo3b

Thanks for sharing. I always loved your stories. A BIG HUG for YOU!!


34 posted on 07/01/2012 6:15:25 PM PDT by TwoStep (Ignorance can be cured, stupid is forever!)
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To: carlo3b
Thank you Carlo. I too remember the country that defeated tyranny, fed the world, and reached for the stars. It pains me to see what the leftists have done to us. It also pains me to see how many here have already surrendered.

The next great war for freedom and liberty is going to be fought in our own streets and our farmlands, against the leftists, traitors and the associated scum currently infesting our government. They are cowards, but will hide behind a militarized police force. There will be bloodshed.

God bless you. I will not surrender to these bastards and like my forefathers, I will pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor to defend the country that I love.

35 posted on 07/01/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT by Species8472 (Stupid is supposed to hurt)
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To: carlo3b

Carlo!!! Long time no see.
Are you going to be putting up recipes for July 4th?

You have some of the best!!!!


36 posted on 07/01/2012 7:26:19 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Breto
You have the wrong country...That was before Obama...

Well, thank you, Debbie Downer. Can't let us enjoy just one simple moment of love for our country, can you? Gads...

37 posted on 07/01/2012 7:39:23 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: carlo3b

Amen, Carlo and thank you for your beautiful story.
Prayers for America..Land That I Love.


38 posted on 07/01/2012 7:43:39 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: carlo3b
God Bless you, and Happy 4th, carlo3b! ................................................ FRegards
39 posted on 07/01/2012 8:12:55 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: carlo3b

Happy Independence Day!

My God fearing ancestors helped build this country and make it the best place on earth. I’m so grateful to have this heritage.


40 posted on 07/01/2012 8:50:53 PM PDT by Aquamarine (May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths ~ G. Washington)
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To: GregoTX
Fearing the future is warranted, but never give up hope..

Let me add a little historical perspective. One neat advantage to being chronically challenged and maintaining a vivid recollection, is no one can rewrite my memory..

I remember the 50’s and the Korean War, a war no one wanted, or backed. We thought we would never win, because we hadn't even recovered from WWII, and the new body counts were staggering. All was lost when we capitulated and settled for an draw..

Then came the 60’s, with assassinations, lawlessness, civil rights marches and riots, and filthy hippies, and LBJ.., oh, and Viet Nam! I was convinced we were finished..

Remember the 70’s?? Anti-war riots, drugs, Nixon, Watergate, the Viet Nam War, the media bitching at Nixon, 24/7..Jimmy Carter for heaven sakes, gas lines, 20% interest rates, double digit inflation.. Who thought we would survive those years???

Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Holder, will all be in the rearview mirror in no time, and we will be enjoying a recovery from this mistake like all of the others in due time.. You can tell your grandkids like I do about the old shit they won't listen to now about my yesteryear.. HA!

41 posted on 07/01/2012 9:32:37 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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Roberts is an enigma, don't sell him short.. Trust me, he is much smarter then we give him credit for.. I believe he pulled the curtain back and exposed the fraud that Obama really is, calling it a TAX with only 4 months left before an election, during a depression, and 10% unemployment.. WATCH.. VOTE
42 posted on 07/01/2012 9:41:46 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

So good to see you my FRiend, Happy 4th to you and yours.. :)


43 posted on 07/01/2012 9:44:47 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: henkster

Bring out the Grand ole Flag my dear FRiend, as I will, and wave it high.. Show the neighbors that FREEDOM RINGS! VOTE!


44 posted on 07/01/2012 9:47:49 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: rurgan

This is a bad dream that our country will recover from, and make something good happen from this chicken shi#.. Trust me this is just a blip in a long line of blips.. GO BLESS AMERICA.. VOTE


45 posted on 07/01/2012 9:53:27 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: rurgan

This is a bad dream that our country will recover from, and make something good happen from this chicken shi#.. Trust me this is just a blip in a long line of blips.. GOD BLESS AMERICA.. VOTE


46 posted on 07/01/2012 9:53:47 PM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: carlo3b

Another GREAT contribution, carlo! Have always enjoyed your messages from the heart.


47 posted on 07/01/2012 10:38:55 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: carlo3b
Just the other day I was thinking about you and your recipes and pow here you are.
Glad to hear from you. Terrific piece.
48 posted on 07/02/2012 2:07:44 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Jack Hammer
"..some of us are a little less proud recently than formerly."

Jack my man, totally understandable, and I am tempted to do the same.. However, I choose to focus my disappointment on the socialist in our White House, and the people that don't care enough to stay educated on the factors that brought about this economic disaster..

Everyone has to pitch in to get back to a prosperous nation, and the least we need to do is VOTE, get our families out to VOTE, and encourage our friends to get to the poles and VOTE!

49 posted on 07/02/2012 6:00:50 AM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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To: rurgan
Democrats like Obama , Pelosi , Reid, and Roberts just turned America into a socialist state.

Au Contraire my dear FRiend.. Our Progressive/Democrat, politicians have been moving our culture and economics to the European socialist model for decades. That needs to be reversed NOW, and we need to start with this election by dismantling this albatross brick by brick until it's gone. Not an easy task, but a start by rooting out this weed one by one..

VOTE

50 posted on 07/02/2012 6:21:26 AM PDT by carlo3b (Home, is where the heart is..)
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