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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Hollywood Heroes Part 3 ~ June 24, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 06/23/2013 5:01:24 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 

Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!
For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday...
Thank the Veterans who served
in The United States Armed Forces.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States
Armed Forces Today!
 
 


~ Hall of Heroes ~

Hollywood Part 3
 

ArmyPatch small   Marine small   Air Force Seal   Air Force   Coast Guard Seal small (better)

This Hollywood hero may not be news to you, but it's always good to honor them!  The Hollywood "heroes" of today don't hold a candle to this one.

Jimmy Stewart

James Stewart wanted his war heroics kept a secret following WWII, but the truth is that he was one of it's great heroes.

One of the first Hollywood celebrities to be drafted into the United States Army, Jimmy was initially rejected for failing to meet the minimum height/weight ratio requirements (he was ten pounds under weight). He could have avoided war service with his dignity preserved, but instead set about getting up to the 148 pounds required of him by going on a high fat diet. On his second attempt to enlist (in the Army Air Corps) he just scraped through.

Enlisted as a private he began pilot training in the USAAC. It was during this time that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the US into the war. Continuing his training, he earned a commission as a second lieutenant in January of 1942.

Already a skilled pilot before the war, Jimmy was posted as an instructor pilot at various air bases within the US and used in a propaganda film to encourage Air Force recruitment and keep public morale high. The military, fearful of losing a major celebrity in action, wanted to keep him safe and sound in the United States, but this was not enough for Stewart. He wanted to serve in Europe.

Frustrated and concerned that he would be kept 'behind the lines' for the rest of the war, he appealed to his commander, who cooperated with his wishes, and in August of 1943 reassigned him to a unit which was shortly to be sent into action overseas. The unit was the 445th Bombardment Group. Arriving at their base in Norfolk England in December of 1943, the 445th immediately began combat operations flying missions over Germany. It was during this stage of his service that Stewart, as a result of bravery and intelligence in battle, was promoted to the rank of Major. In March of 1944 he was transferred as group operations officer to the 453rd Bombardment Group, and during this time he flew as command pilot in the groups lead B-24 plane on several missions deep into Nazi-occupied Europe.

In July of 1944, after flying 20 highly dangerous combat missions (note that this was the officially recorded number - he often instructed his personnel not to record his missions), having survived a major air battle with the Luftwaffe and a near fatal crash landing, James Stewart was made Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing of the Eighth Air Force, thus finally, to the Armies relief, removing him from direct combat.

By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of Colonel, had received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in combat TWICE, had been awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Air Force, and also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

Remaining an active member of the US Air Force Reserve after the war, he retired in May of 1968 with the rank of Brigadier General.

Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.  This is a politics-free zone!  Thanks for helping us in our mission! 



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To: Liberty Valance; LUV W; mylife; AZamericonnie; Drumbo; Publius; MS.BEHAVIN
Sad news from Memphis tonight ...
Rest in peace Bobby Blue Bland Bobby Blue Bland - Chicago '81
51 posted on 06/23/2013 8:39:07 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Bummer dude. I always liked Bobby Blue Bland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUAK7t3Lf8s


52 posted on 06/23/2013 8:42:39 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Liberty Valance
This Time I'm Gone For Good
53 posted on 06/23/2013 8:46:10 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

lol!


54 posted on 06/23/2013 8:46:47 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
A parting shot as I make my way up to Boudoir MacNessa:



Lilium "Montana" - My Back Garden - 23 June 2013

These Lilies were drooping to the ground being overcome by Thistle and wild Asters until Daniel liberated them.

Thank you, Daniel - you're a good man and I'm well proud of you!





"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

55 posted on 06/23/2013 8:51:23 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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Buh Bye Bobby Buh Bye


56 posted on 06/23/2013 8:57:22 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Praise to John-Man as well - he lifted them off the ground and restored them to their rightful posture as Monarchs of the Early Summer Garden!

Good on you, Lad!

I raise my glass to you!



"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

57 posted on 06/23/2013 9:02:27 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Liberty Valance

Sorry to hear that!


58 posted on 06/23/2013 9:05:01 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
God Bless you good, Mac. Good night and rest well. Thanks for helping honor our troops, past and present.
Thank you for your service to our country.


59 posted on 06/23/2013 9:07:31 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion; ConorMacNessa; darkwing104; SandRat; left that other site; LUV W; beachn4fun; All
This was Jimmy Stewart's last combat mission...

Mr Stewart Goes To Vietnam

And he and his wife lost their son in Vietnam...

Jimmy Stewart's Stepson Ambushed In DMZ

60 posted on 06/23/2013 9:20:18 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Liberty Valance
Johnny "Guitar" Watson "Aint That Bitch?"
61 posted on 06/23/2013 9:21:26 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))...did you get some rest today?

Ready for a 1 year old tomorrow?


62 posted on 06/23/2013 9:36:18 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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Ta Ta Baby..

Ta Ta..

63 posted on 06/23/2013 9:51:53 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SandRat

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr....another Hollywood hero.


64 posted on 06/23/2013 10:32:23 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Liberty Valance

Oh my goodness, Liberty...that’s an oldie. Cool. Thanks.

Have a great week.


65 posted on 06/23/2013 11:14:26 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good job, Daniel, good job!

Pretty lilies....and now they can breathe.


66 posted on 06/23/2013 11:34:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good job, John-Man, good job!


67 posted on 06/23/2013 11:42:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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68 posted on 06/24/2013 12:02:27 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night Troops, wherever you are.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep all of us free and safe.

Thanks, unique, for the pastries.

Coffee is always on........

How about a donut?

Cookies?

Veggies?

Sandwich?


69 posted on 06/24/2013 12:22:01 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar; txradioguy; JemiansTerror; MEG33; Laurita; CMS; OneLoyalAmerican; Defender2; ...
God bless and keep safe our troops worldwide.

Good night.


Statler Brothers ~ How Great Thou Art


70 posted on 06/24/2013 12:24:39 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for this morning's thread, Star. How's it going?

71 posted on 06/24/2013 1:38:37 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: LUV W

Sunday Music Bump.


72 posted on 06/24/2013 1:38:56 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


73 posted on 06/24/2013 1:39:07 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. 74º on the home thermometer and headed for the upper 90s again.





74 posted on 06/24/2013 4:39:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ...


Good morning, Canteen.

Good morning to our

Military, our Allies, and their families.

Thank you, Star, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.

DC Metroland weather report

~ Today... Some sunshine with a thunderstorm
or two possible this afternoon.
High around 90F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of rain 30%

~ Tonight... Isolated thunderstorms this evening,
then skies turning partly cloudy after midnight.
Low near 70F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of rain 30%.

We had a surprise rain storm move in early Sunday morning.
Good thing it started lightly
just about the time I got up,
because I had windows open overnight.

And summer comes in with (hot)guns blazing.

Running behind schedule...what else is new for a Monday, right?

Gotta make my rounds.
Please stay right where you are.
Chat up the military or a family member.
No need to fret...you know I'll be back!

The FR Canteen is

Come in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes, conversation, silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM ~ DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM


BERG, BRUCE ALLAN
8/7/1971
KIA
South Vietnam

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before.



75 posted on 06/24/2013 5:00:28 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Saaaaay! What dirty bird let Monday happen!
The weekend wasn't long enough!
Anyway...hope you Early Birds have a good one!
...and don't work TOO hard! :)
It's hot here...how is it there?
((((hugs))))

76 posted on 06/24/2013 6:03:35 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: beachn4fun
Morning Beachie!!

Yup, we got us a Super Walmart, lotsa stuff to buy :-)

Trying to decide what to do over the 4th of July holiday, you got any big plans?

Lots of stuff to do in the schools, better grab some coffee and hit it..

Hope you have a grandocious day!

77 posted on 06/24/2013 6:04:28 AM PDT by PROCON (Never underestimate the power of low information voters in large numbers.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good morning, Kathy...((HUGS))...I did you get some rest.

To be 1 year old Free for 3 weeks while she and Her Mom go to OR to vist Her Aunt (Desert Coyote).


78 posted on 06/24/2013 6:13:57 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: beachn4fun; LUV W
Good morning, Beach and LUV W.((HUGS)) I just got finished doing the grass cutting work with the lawnmower and the weed-eater. Wanted to get it done before it got too hot this afternoon.

How's it going for you this morning, Ladies?

79 posted on 06/24/2013 6:26:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska

The book had many accounts of more heroes.


80 posted on 06/24/2013 6:30:15 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

81 posted on 06/24/2013 10:05:13 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska


 

Beau

By Jimmy Stewart
1908-1997
[Beloved Actor, WWII Veteran, Humanitarian]

He never came to me when I would call
Unless I had a tennis ball,
Or he felt like it,
But mostly he didn't come at all.

When he was young
He never learned to heel
Or sit or stay,
He did things his way.

Discipline was not his bag
But when you were with him things sure didn't drag.
He'd dig up a rosebush just to spite me,
And when I'd grab him, he'd turn and bite me.

He bit lots of folks from day to day,
The delivery boy was his favorite prey.
The gas man wouldn't read our meter,
He said we owned a real man-eater.

He set the house on fire
But the story's long to tell.
Suffice it to say that he survived
And the house survived as well.

On the evening walks, and Gloria took him,
He was always first out the door.
The Old One and I brought up the rear
Because our bones were sore.

He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on,
What a beautiful pair they were!
And if it was still light and the tourists were out,
They created a bit of a stir.

But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks
And with a frown on his face look around.
It was just to make sure that the Old One was there
And would follow him where he was bound.

We are early-to-bedders at our house--
I guess I'm the first to retire.
And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me
And get up from his place by the fire.

He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs,
And I'd give him one for a while.
He would push it under the bed with his nose
And I'd fish it out with a smile.

And before very long
He'd tire of the ball
And be asleep in his corner
In no time at all.

And there were nights when I'd feel him
Climb upon our bed
And lie between us,
And I'd pat his head.

And there were nights when I'd feel this stare
And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there
And I'd reach out my hand and stroke his hair.
And sometimes I'd feel him sigh
and I think I know the reason why.

He would wake up at night
And he would have this fear
Of the dark, of life, of lots of things,
And he'd be glad to have me near.

And now he's dead.
And there are nights when I think I feel him
Climb upon our bed and lie between us,
And I pat his head.

And there are nights when I think
I feel that stare
And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair,
But he's not there.

Oh, how I wish that wasn't so,
I'll always love a dog named Beau.

[From Jimmy Stewart and His Poems, 1989]
 




82 posted on 06/24/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: LUV W

Good afternoon LUV and (((HUGS))). Another hot one for us here.


83 posted on 06/24/2013 11:05:27 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Lady Jag

I noticed a lot of houses here already have 4th of July banners on the eaves and fences. Mine is out too.


84 posted on 06/24/2013 11:06:44 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: beachn4fun

Sneaking in to say Happy Monday!! Have a good rest of the day, beachy...((HUGS))


85 posted on 06/24/2013 11:49:55 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Arrowhead1952

Now that you mention it there were a lot of red, white and blue banners displayed. Not having July 4th on my mind I thought no further. This is Massachusetts, too.

I hope it’s a sign.


86 posted on 06/24/2013 12:16:46 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Howdy! (((hugs)))

Stay cool if ya can! I run from AC to AC as fast as possible. Gonna be over 100 by midweek. Ugh!


87 posted on 06/24/2013 2:07:01 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Lady Jag

Our area is very conservative. We are one of the precincts in Travis county Texas that votes for the (R) with a 75% or higher margin and has a lot of retired military. People with 0 bummer stickers on their cars are hard to find.


88 posted on 06/24/2013 2:10:58 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: LUV W

We gave the dog a shave yesterday. She loves her new cut and had a bit of spunk in her step this morning.


89 posted on 06/24/2013 2:11:55 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

That’s why I mentioned Massachusetts, the bluest of blue having a preponderance of patriotic banners on homes 2 weeks before July 4th.


90 posted on 06/24/2013 2:38:04 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Lady Jag
That’s why I mentioned Massachusetts, the bluest of blue

You must feel like we do, the one small blood red area in the blue cancer spot of Travis county.

91 posted on 06/24/2013 2:56:35 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I’ll bet she feels so much better! :)


92 posted on 06/24/2013 5:05:33 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Spot on! I have made a few conversions and a few enemies as enjoy my political perversion in Mass.


93 posted on 06/24/2013 5:16:47 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Lady Jag

Good evening, Lady J...what a wonderful poem.

Thanks.


94 posted on 06/24/2013 5:46:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SandRat

That should be a fun visit. Whatever will you do with yourself. LOL!


95 posted on 06/24/2013 6:00:05 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I remember the Johnny Carson Show that Jimmy Stewart read his poem on. Both men were crying at the end of it. Stewart read it with love.


96 posted on 06/24/2013 8:13:47 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I was laft with bunch of tasks that Mrs. SR wants done while she is gone as well to MI.


97 posted on 06/24/2013 8:27:16 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Arrowhead1952
We gave the dog a shave yesterday. She loves her new cut and had a bit of spunk in her step this morning.

Good morning dear ((HUGS))
I bet she did. LOL

98 posted on 06/25/2013 5:08:45 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: LUV W
I’ll bet she feels so much better! :)

Yup. She was in the AC panting on Saturday evening.

99 posted on 06/25/2013 5:21:14 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beachy and (((HUGS))) to you too.


100 posted on 06/25/2013 5:21:59 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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