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  1. Turd Furguson

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    Whilst many of you might think it simply means an excuse to take a day off of work and to cook burgers and drink beers, Memorial Day means a whole lot more.


    When I think of Memorial Day, I stop and give pause to all those servicemen and women who answered the call of their nation no matter where they stood on the religious, cultural and political spectrum and no matter whether they agreed with the conflict at hand or not.

    I think that these men and women are people to be admired for they believed in something so strongly that they were willing to put themselves in harm's way and risk paying the ultimate price in which some did.

    I think of veterans of wars past. "All gave some but some gave all". Many of these guys earned the title of "The Greatest Generation" for a reason. Included in this generation was my grandfather, an artillery man stationed in the European theatre. He was fighting for basically all the marbles back in the 40's. By the time he returned home, his 2 year old boy didnt know who the hell he was and was actually frightened of him. Imagine your own child not recognizing you? That man was an avid Red Sox fan and actually rescued me from being a dreaded Yankees fan as a child (I have pictures of me as a baby wearing Yankees hats etc...) It was because of his passion that I became a rabid Sox fan and then a rabid Pats fan. He was born in Sept 1918 and died on January 14, 2004. Only 9 months before his beloved team would win the world series.

    I think of the families of these fallen heroes who are also paying the ultimate price. These are the forgotten heroes of war. Many parents losing children, many children losing parents.

    I think of the society who seems to sometimes take these freedoms that are provided and secured for us on a daily basis for granted. We dont know anything close to the effort and sacrifice paid in blood sweat and tears that these people provided for us and continue to provide for us.

    I think of people who would politicize a day like today to either make the "other side" look stupid or to somehow take the "moral highground" for "their side" This of all days is not for that. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, no matter whether you support our President or past Presidents or not, no matter whether you love our country or think it needs overhauling, you MUSt at some point today, remove your hat or at least pay some form of tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us here in this great nation can continue to enjoy what we have. And despite what some might think, we have a lot.


    I for one, thank all of you. Without your sacrifice, none of this would be possible.
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    For most Americans, Memorial Day is a day off. There are big sales, family barbecues, and spring chores to occupy the day. There are beaches and parks to visit. A few will attend parades, and some will attend services. Others will be starting vacations far away from home. Veterans, in large numbers, will do something to pay tribute to the fallen. Politicians will trip over themselves demonstrating their sincerity, and the media will pay lip service to the day during their news hours. Kids will rejoice at the holiday and run off to see their friends; some people will play music or sports in their yards, others will smoke cigars; some will go out dancing, some will get drunk; while others will stay home and just enjoy a day of peace and quiet. Many will display our flag; some will display the rainbow flag. Some will visit graveyards and cry, and others will simply toast the fallen or mourn the loss. For most people, it will be a beautiful day, even if it's filled with melancholy. At any rate, it's all that and much much more that our soldiers help protect. Thank you bmf31c, mgcolby, Chevy, PFIEL, NEM, Harrison37, and all the others vets and soldiers. Keep up the good work!
  3. Turd Furguson

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    NEM, I added that last paragraph as I believe at one point or another we all do it and we're ALL wrong. We can disagree with each other till the cows come home but at the very least we should remain civil towards each other as we are all Americans and thats what our men and women have fought for (and are continuing to fight for).
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    Turd,
    Nem wants you to delete part of your post, you better get right on that.
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    Well said, TF and yes, the greatest generation truly was just that.
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    I can't say anything but, "great post". One of the best posts on this board in a long time.
  7. Terry Glenn is a cowgirl

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    Agreed!

    I have sent many photos, movies and entertainment materials to the troops over the last couple of years. Not just because I love men in uniform but because I also support their efforts and am thankful that we have such awesome men and women fighting in our honor.

    In my line of work, I am very supportive and proud as there aren't too many other places in the world that my career could be possible. Our freedoms, all of them, our frequently taken for granted and I would like to further say, "Thank you to the current and past troops and if you're still overseas, please come home safe!"
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    Why wouldn't you just leave it alone?
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    #15 Jersey

    You haven't been paying attention!
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    She is our resident porn star. :woohoo:
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    #87 Jersey


    Nah...she's just a Patriots fan hanging out with the guys...way cool.
  13. mgcolby

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    Yeah but it sounds better the other way.:D
  14. Terry Glenn is a cowgirl

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    Uhmmm...no.
  15. Terry Glenn is a cowgirl

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    More like...disease bag.
  16. Turd Furguson

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    Thats perfectly fine NEM. That is your right that those very people have fought and died for. Its what makes this country great. Many people in other countries dont have that right to disagree with what their government does.

    All I continue to ask for is that I not be lumped in as being brainwashed or getting my talking points from Hannity, Rush etc..... for simply disagreeing with someone's post. I will try my best to do the same. But I will admit that it is sometimes fun to tweak some of the posters on here from time to time. If only to liven things up a bit.
  17. mgcolby

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    you're an *******!
    Last edited: May 29, 2006
  18. scout

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    #15 Jersey

    I was wondering when this type of comment would be present itself. I've got to be honest with you, I would have bet it would have come from one of our right-wing members. Then again, looking at your prior post concerning Memorial Day how could I have been deceived. Although, this does play into the liberal/conservative spectrum. So many times someone says something whacked out and it gets blamed on a certain party ("liberal"/ "neocon"). When the fact of the matter the individual is a radical. Radicals are on both ends of the spectrum, not just liberal in which you fall. Today, you have already posted one moronic post that put you on an island, one of which no one is going to agree with you, and rightly so. I hope that no one joins you in your second post. Have a wonderful day..........loner.
  19. Terry Glenn is a cowgirl

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    I hope so...:D
  20. Terry Glenn is a cowgirl

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    Hey, it's a "free" country (even though I'm having some major doubts about that one)...

    I prefer Sydney Moon instead. I'm really picky.

    I'm a loner.

    But I have good friends as well.

    Your point????

    I guess as long as she likes the Patriots...I'll give her that.

    Her tattoo on her leg looks tacky though.

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