Subject: Fwd: Ann Margaret
When Tom Jones sang the song "She's A Lady" he had to be describing..
Subject: Fwd: Ann Margaret
When Tom Jones sang the song "She's A Lady" he had to be describing..
Ann MargaretThis is a good counter balance story to the Jane Fonda " Vietnam " Woman Of The Year story I have received many times in my e-mail.
Viet Nam 1966
Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margaret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.
A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing! at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing. When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.
Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home. Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard's turn.
He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it." She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for 'my gentlemen.'"
With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.
Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears. "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army," he said.
That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.
I now make it a point to say "Thank you" to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.
If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make.
Don't be too busy today...Share this inspiring message with friends and family.
On behalf of those who DO appreciate all that you did for us, thank you to each of you who receive this message who have served or are serving our country in the armed services or any other service.
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can
track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where
she sleeps in the state of Washington, and they tracked her calves to their
stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering
around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't
we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse?
You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery",
and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges, and
politicians! It creates a hostile work environment!
And last but not least...
George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart. "Boy, I feel a lot safer
now that she's behind bars. ! O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still
walking around; Osama bin Laden too, but they take the one woman in America
willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her off to
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This is an EXCELLENT essay, well thought out and presented.
Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe
and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk
more than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and
America for food and war materials.
At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most
Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war.
Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage
Congress unanimously declared war on Japan, and the following day on Germany,
which had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.
France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly
aligned itself with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally,
as Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan
was not an ally, as it was well on its way to owning and controlling all of
Asia. Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and
Mexico, as launching pads to get into the United States over our
northern and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and
Europe. America's only allies then were England, Ireland, Scotland,
Canada, Australia, and Russia. That was about it. All of Europe, from Norway
to Italy, except Russia in the East, was already under the Nazi heel.
America was certainly not prepared for war. America had drastically
downgraded most of its military forces after W.W.I and throughout the
depression, so that at the outbreak of WW2, army units were training
with broomsticks because they didn't have guns, and cars with "tank" painted
on the doors because they didn't have real tanks. And a huge chunk of our
navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor.
Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600
million in gold bullion in the Bank of England, that was actually the
property of Belgium, given by Belgium to England to carry on the war
when Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).
Actually, Belgium surrendered on one day, because it was unable to
oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the
next day just to prove they could. Britain had already been holding out for
two years in the face of staggering slipping losses and the near-decimation
of its air force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved from being
overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were
a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later, and first
turning his attention to Russia, at a time when England was on the verge of
collapse, in the late summer of 1940.
Ironically, Russia saved America's butt by putting up a desperate fight
for two years, until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at
Russia lost something like 24 million people in the sieges of
Stalingrad and Moscow alone... 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians,
but also more than a MILLION soldiers.
Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire
war effort against the Brits, then America. And the Nazis could possibly
have won the war.
All of this is to illustrate that turning points in history are often
dicey things. And now, we find ourselves at another one of those key
moments in history.
There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants
and may soon have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or
chemical weapons, almost anywhere in the world.
The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs --
they believe that Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam,
should own and control the Middle East first, then Europe, then the world. And
that all who do not bow to their will of thinking should be killed,
enslaved, or subjugated. They want to finish the Holocaust, destroy Israel, and purge the world of Jews. This is their mantra.
There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East -- for the most
part not a hot war, but a war of ideas.
Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation, but it is not
known yet which will win -- the Inquisitors, or the Reformationists.
If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control
the Middle East, the OPEC oil, and the US, European, and Asian economies.
The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC -- not an OPEC
dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC
dominated by the Jihadis. You want gas in your car? You want heating oil next
winter? You want the dollar to be worth anything? You better hope the Jihad,
the Muslim Inquisition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.
If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims who
believe that Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, and live in peace
with the rest of the world, and move out of the 10th century into the 21st,
then the troubles in the Middle East will eventually fade away, and a
moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.
We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight
the Inquisition, i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the
Islamic terrorist movements. We have to do it somewhere. And we can't do it
everywhere at once. We have created a focal point for the battle at a
time and place of our choosing........in Iraq.
Not in New York, not in London, or Paris or Berlin, but in Iraq, where
we are doing two important things.
(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly
involved in 9/11 or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively
supporting the terrorist movement for decades. Saddam is a terrorist.
Saddam is, or was, a weapon of mass destruction, who is responsible for
the deaths of probably more than a million Iraqis and two million Iranians.
(2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic
terrorism in Iraq. We have focused the battle. We are killing bad
people, and the ones we get there we won't have to get here. We also have a
good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq, which will be a catalyst
for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for a
stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long
as it is needed.
World War II, the war with the German and Japanese Nazis, really began
with a "whimper" in 1928. It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began
with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a war for fourteen years before
America joined it. It officially ended in 1945 -- a 17 year war -- and was
followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those
countries reconstructed and running on their own again .. a 27 year war.
World War II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a
full year's GDP -- adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion
dollars. W.W.II cost America more than 400,000 killed in action, and nearly
100,000 still missing in action.
The Iraq war has, so far, cost the US about $160 billion,which is
roughly what 9/11 cost New York. It has also cost about 2,200 American lives,
which is roughly 2/3 of the 3,000 lives that the Jihad snuffed on 9/11. But
the cost of not fighting and winning W.W.II would have been unimaginably
greater -- a world dominated by German and Japanese Nazism.
60 minute TV shows, and 2 hour movies in which everything comes out
okay. The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes
bloody and ugly. Always has been, and probably always will be.
The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism
until we defeat it, whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it.
If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we
have an "England" in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to
help modernize and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is
the clash between the forces f relative civility and civilization, and the
barbarians clamoring at the gates. The Iraq war is merely another
battle in this ancient and never-ending war.
And now, for the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get
nuclear weapons. Unless somebody prevents them.
We have four options:
1. We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.
2. We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which
may be as early as next year, if Iran's progress on nuclear weapons is what
Iran claims it is).
3. We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the
Middle East, now, in Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately
4. Or, we can stand down now, and pick up the fight later when the
Jihad is more widespread and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated
France and Germany and maybe most of the rest of Europe. It will, of
course, be more dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.
If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, or
grandchildren, may live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the
Sharia, an America that resembles Iran today.
The history of th world is the history of civilizational clashes,
cultural clashes. All wars are about ideas, ideas about what society and
civilization should be like, and the most determined always win.
Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The
pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.
Remember, perspective is every thing, and America's schools teach too
little history for perspective to be clear, especially in the young American
The Cold war lasted from about 1947 at least until the Berlin Wall came
down in 1989. Forty-two years. Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945 fighting Germany
World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year
occupation, and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan. World War II resulted in
the death of more than 50 million people, maybe more than 100 million
people, depending on which estimates you accept.
The US has taken more than 2,000 killed in action in Iraq. The US took
more than 4,000 killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944, the first
day of the Normandy Invasion to rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism. In W.W.II the
US averaged 2,000 KIA a week -- for four years. Most of the individual
battles o f W.W.II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so
But the stakes are at least as high . A world dominated by
representative governments with civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms ...
or a world dominated by a radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad,
under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law).
It's difficult to understand why the American left does not grasp this.
They favor human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently
not for Iraqis.
"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate here in America, where
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq,
Sudan, North Korea, in the places that really need peace activism the most?
The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights,
democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins,
wherever the Jihad wins, it is the end of civil rights, human rights,
democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc. Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own worst enemy.
Raymond S. Kraft is a writer living in Northern California. Please
consider passing along copies of this article to students in high school,
college and university as it contains information about the American past that is
very meaningful today -- history about America that very likely is
completely unknown by them (and their instructors, too). By being denied the
facts of our history, they are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to
reasoning and thinking through the issues of today. They are prime targets for
misinformation campaigns beamed at enlisting them in causes and beliefs
that are special interest agenda driven.
And truth will set you free !
This has GOT to make you chuckle!
"Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven."
PASS THIS ON TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A LAUGH TODAY.
> Church Telephone Service
> A man decided to write a book about famous churches around the world
> so he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that
> he would start by working his way across the USA from South to North.
> On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he
> noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read,
> "$10,000 per call."
> The man, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by, what
> the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct
> line to heaven and that for $10,000. you could talk to God. The man
> thanked the priest and went along his way.
> Next stop was in Atlanta. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw
> the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if
> this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a
> nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct
> line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. "OK, thank
> you," said the man.
> He then traveled to Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Philadelphia,
> Boston, and New York. In every church he saw the same golden
> telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it.
> The man upon leaving New York decided to travel out West to see if
> western states had the same telephone service. He arrived in Idaho,
> and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden
> telephone, but this time the sign under it read, "$.40 per call." The
> man was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.
> "Father, I've traveled all over America and I've seen this same golden
> telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to
> Heaven, but in the East and South the price was $10,000 per call. Why
> is it so cheap here?"
> The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Idaho now, son. It's a
> local call."
> KEEP SMILING
> If you are proud to be a Idahoan, pass this on
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Chinese Sick Day
Hung Chow calls into work and says, "Hey, I no come
work today, I sick, headache, stomach ache, legs hurt,
I no come work."
The boss says, "You know something, Hung Chow, I
really need you today. When I feel like this, I go to
my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes
everything better and I go to work.You try that."
Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. "I do what you
say, I feel great. I be work soon.....you got nice
Older 'n Dirt!!
"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7! Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P. F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
25. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-2! 5 = You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.
Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends....