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#1 Jun 05 2004 at 8:57 PM Rating: Default
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Yep, he died at 1pm today. He was a crappy president but a decent person, its sad to see him go but at least we wont have to suffer through his "reaganomics" anymore (thank god). now i just cant wait for both of the bushes to die ^^ (THAT will be something to celebrate). dead republican presidents = teh win.
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Yeah, thats another thread in The Asylum. Yep, Republican Presidents dying is something to celebrate. Althought, some of the Rep. Presidents were good, most people who changed the American way of life in a good OR bad way was the Democrats.

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#3 Jun 05 2004 at 11:44 PM Rating: Default
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exactly, and when people are not equal, things are not going as well for all people, etc. change is needed to try and shake things up in society and make things better, sometimes it fails and sometimes it doesnt. but change is constantly needed to make the world a better place, when society is stagnant and doesnt change, there is usually a minority group suffering so there needs to be change to relieve some of the suffering. so thank god for democrats, they give people hope, instead of the evil republican party who wants the world to suffer.

Edited, Sun Jun 6 00:43:53 2004 by vorpalmithra
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#5 Jun 06 2004 at 12:54 AM Rating: Good
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Yep, he died at 1pm today. He was a crappy president but a decent person, its sad to see him go but at least we wont have to suffer through his "reaganomics" anymore (thank god). now i just cant wait for both of the bushes to die ^^ (THAT will be something to celebrate). dead republican presidents = teh win.


And flaming liberals like you are such caring people I see. I doubt you were even around as an adult when Reagan was president. You sound like you are just spouting obvious far left liberal rhetoric. I'll bet the world will be a much more pleasent place to live in when you decide to leave it. We don't need the hate you spew.
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Guess I can fix that.

Your over developed sense of political correctness and inability to take a joke will be sorely missed.
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#7 Jun 06 2004 at 2:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Your over developed sense of political correctness and inability to take a joke will be sorely missed.


We take you Smashypoo and you're a pretty big joke. :)
#8 Jun 06 2004 at 3:08 AM Rating: Good
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so thank god for democrats, they give people hope, instead of the evil republican party who wants the world to suffer.


Ok so we are little bit evil. But in any case, it is still better than being a democrat.
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#9 Jun 06 2004 at 1:49 PM Rating: Default
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Ok so we are little bit evil. But in any case, it is still better than being a democrat.


why is that?
#10 Jun 07 2004 at 8:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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I hope people make disparraging remarks about you after you die... That's really sad and petty. You shouldn't speak ill of the dead unless they personally wronged you. Reagan himself had the amazing ability to disagree with someone without making it personal. He didn't bully people around or try to belittle anyone who opposed him. I'm glad you said he was a great man though. It was his charisma and character that made his works in life that much more admirable. In a time where people question whether or not character matters... Well, this weekend, one example of proof that it does left this mortal coil. Someone who worked closely with Gorbachev (sp) to end the communist USSR, someone who scripted economic policies that lead this nation forward, and someone who put pride back into the uniform should not be spoken so ill of. Indeed it is wrong to wish death on anyone who did not do you harm or would ever wish you harm.
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We take you Smashypoo and you're a pretty big joke. :)

I suppose to those who can't discern truth from complex lies that'd be true. You could ignore what I post and just cover your ears and say "wrong wrong wrong stop it!!!"

Like you do :)
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#12 Jun 07 2004 at 9:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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I personally belieevd he made a great president. He may have been the last president to truly have a chance at real credibility in our two party system. In the nineties the republicans suffered from the insurgence of the "religious right" and as a result the democrats also polarized by picking up more socialist policies. Before all that mumbo jumbo someone could be a conservative without being listed with all the religious whackos. Conversely someone who was a democrat wasn't necessarily immediately bunched in with the bra burning "all corproations are bad redistribution of wealth good" crowd either. One thing Reagan did do is make people look at their country with enthusiasm though. He loved America, I don't think anyone can argue that point. When someone puts their country before even their own personal agenda there's something very special about that. In this sense, what the country really needs right now is another Reagan. Not a Bush OR a Kerry. It is my personal belief that Reagan was the last nonsockpuppet President we had. He did a **** fine job too. You will be sorely missed President Reagan. It is my hope and prayer that this country gets to see your likes again.
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He may have been the last president to truly have a chance at real credibility in our two party system.

Indeed, nothing says credibility like answering "I don't recall" to any question that involves you trading arms for hostages, financing Saddam's chemical weapon programs, or gutting the economy.

On the other hand, given his level of Altheimer's after he left office, it's quite possible he really didn't recall. In which case, nothing says credibility like "Who are you again?"
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#14 Jun 08 2004 at 5:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ok so we are little bit evil. But in any case, it is still better than being a democrat.


why is that?


We're the diet Coke of evil... ;)


It's better because we are realists. We understand that the real world is not fair inherently, so we attempt to make rules and structures that account for that inherent unfairness instead of burying our heads in the sand and pretending it doesnt exist.

And sometimes that requires that we be a bit "evil", by doing such horrible things as insisting that people at least attempt to work for what they earn, and take responsiblity for their actions instead of blaming it on their culture or their economic status.

But that's the Reader's Digest version. You want more explanation of the difference in Republican versus Democrat thought, feel free to ask... ;)
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#15 Jun 08 2004 at 5:52 PM Rating: Good
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I really take offense to the upside down flag.. Of course, I dont expect my offense to actually change anything but I will give my reasons why.

1. That flag represents the country that single handedly changed the tide of World War 2 and saved the world from Hitler and the Japanese Empire. When history calls us, we answer.

2. That flag represents the veyr freedom to speak out against the things you dislike. It is the very gaurantees that flag represents that even allows you to show it in such a manner. There are many countries in this world where you could be shot for being so vehemently antigovernment. In a sense, by turning it upside down you're almost proclaiming that speech should be controlled and that our freedoms mean nothing. It's hypocrisy in the most obvious ways.

3. People fought and died so that this country could be where its at today. If you don't like it try moving to Libya or Angola somewhere more liberal than here?!? Noone says America is perfect. It is in constant change and evolution. Some people will never have enough though its just a reality. If it aint necessarily broke, why fix it until it is?

4. Most importantly, America is number 1 for a reason. For every person that hates it there are ten more willing to die for it. The upside down flag doesnt represent some kind of elevated notion of being better than America.. it represents tearing it down. If you want people to listen to you, you shouldnt attack their society before even muttering a word. It must kill you to hear someone take pride in their country but thats the way it is. We will stand throughout all time as the greatest civilization to ever grace human history. When one better comes along it'll probably be because we were there to nurture it to fruition. There is nothing here to hate or tear down. It is and always will be "We the people"

Thank you for listening if you got down to here =)
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A flag, when flown upside down, is an indicator that the fort/base/whatever is in "distress".

Smash is just making a point...
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#17 Jun 08 2004 at 6:04 PM Rating: Good
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Some people dont mean it that way. I apologize for my ignorance
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I /cheer when Strom Thurman died.

Now he was quite a bastion of hate and intolerance.

Edited, Wed Jun 9 02:59:42 2004 by Telesis
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Gbaji actually infered something from context and got what i meant right. I'd clear your schedules people, there may be comets coming or seals openeing to reveal lambs and horses or something.

I got reprimanded once when I was a 20 year old 2ndLT because I punched some guy in the face who was burning a flag on the street in DC . It was some stupid pro pot legalization rally or something. I don't even remember. I just remember loosing it and the hippies throwing Italian ices at me. I rember literally HEARING my father's voice shouting at me that it was intollerable. As surreal early twenties memories go it was up there. I was, fortunately, in civies, and had the good grace to run away. Unfortunately the USAF has this whole "Honor Code" thing, so I told my CO who offered to aliveate me of any further testerone induced foolishness by removing the source of said hormone. I declined and was happy I couldn't be demoted from the bottom. Nothing ever came of it.

Anyway, I'm quite aware of the signifigance of the flag, thanks. I've been to funerals at Arlington with honor gaurds, I have family burried there. I have 24 male cousins presntly (Irish Catholics, what can you do) 4 of whom have *not* served in the military. There's been a Donohue who I'm closely related to (there are a lot of Donohue's in Boston and NYC who I have no idea who they are it's not an uncommon name on the east coast) in ever major military enagement in the US since the Civil War. My cousin Micheal was even in Grenada. Freakin Grenada. No one was in Somalia, and my uncle Don still laments that there was that level of gunplay and none of us were there to save the poor non-Irish fools from themselves.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jdonohue.htm

Here's some asshat's "I love dead soldiers graves!" page with a picture of the grave of the first Donohue to serve this country. The first Donohue born in the US. Here's a rifle Paddy, go fight in the bloodiest battles ever seen on US soil. Welcome to America. Fought in the Civil War, fought in the Indian Wars. I brought a flag to his grave every weekend I worked in DC. In keeping with true army, and ******** the Irish, tradition they misspelled his name on the stone. There was a big furor about changing it for a while but the family decided the reality was he probably couldn't write and just agreed with someone elses spelling of it. We were all probably named O'Dougnaghue or something in Kerry in the 1800s. The writen records we have of his service list him as Donohu, no e. I thought about changing my name to that once, for uniqueness sake.

Old John won a little trinket for his military service. You may have heard of it, it's called the Congressional Meadal of Honor.
You can go have a look at his grave if you're ever in Arlington.

http://www.homeofheroes.com/verify/1_Citations/afc_01rvn.html

Here's a page with the Citation my uncle Marty got after he flew a giant helicopter, an HH-53 40 feet off the ground at twenty miles an hour through North Vietnam while a POW rescue party followed him on foot. Then he set it down in a rice patty, waited half an hour untill they returned not finding any hostages, and flew them out around SAM battaries and small arms fire.

They probably would have given him a CMH too, if there had been prisoners to rescue. Bad intel. This will sound ludicrous, but eighteen years of Uncle Marty ******** about how badly they needed a Donohue over at AFI is why I started down that career path. Instead of a CMH, they gave him a little thing called the Air Force Cross. He still flies helicopters.

The last family funeral I went to in Arlington was in '02 when my father's cousin Bill F. Donohue was burried there. I'm sure the asshat has a picture of his grave somewhere too, but I've lost the taste for posting links at this point. I never really knew Bill much, he was just another retired Marine Colonel in the family. I had been to his place in Vermont a few times and his son had been to visit Jen and I in Virgina a couple of times. I never really knew any of them well. But we all gatehred at Arlington again, to see a man who's military carreer passed as about "average" in my family laid to rest. Just a Bronze Star, nothing to write home about. Served in WW2, Korea, and 'Nam.

Some of us were ROTC brats, some of us graduated West Point or Annapolis or Colorado Springs, some of us were Master Sargents who could crush a gandaughters prom date's hand into pulp at 82 years old, some of us were discharged dishonribly. Some of us were drunks, some of us chased women, some of us worked in offices, some of us drove tanks, some of us flew helicopters and jets, some of us Captained ships at sea, some of us joined the Coast Gaurd and were forever the **** of every joke at family reuinions giving the Navy men a needed break. Some of us still serve today. I don't. But there are currently five Donohue men of my generation serving in the Armed Forces. An army LT civil affairs expert (recently back from Iraq), a Navy submariner he's some sort of Cheif I can never keep navy ranks straight or maybe my father just calls him that as a term of affaction like "Hey, Cheif get me a beer.", and three Marine enlisted men, probably all sargents of some kind but I couldn't tell you what they do. Might be snipers, might be janitors, really don't know. They're cousins, I see them maybe once or twice a year not counting weddings and funerals.

I think I've bludgeoned my point home solidly enough here. Weadings in my family almost always involve sabers and dress uniforms. (Not that I have snowballs chance in **** of fitting into mine untill 30 pounds flee me in fear) My family listens to me argue about Kerry's military service and they say "Silver Star, big deal. Uncle Pat has eight of em!"

I don't bring stuff up like this very often because, well it's my personal life, and my families, and almost never relevant. I wanted to make this point clear tonight though. I do understand about the flag. I've understood about what it stood for since I was four years old. I learned how to salute it before I learned how to ride a bike. My 12 years of Government Service is just puzzling to most of my family. They look at me quizically and say "You left before you got twenty? Are you nuts?" Not "what did you do after the military?" but "are you crazy?? You gave up a chance to wear a uniform to work every day? At 30??"

I understand the flag. I've seen it draped over the caskets of family I've loved and I've spent the better part of my adult life working under it's auspices. I show it upside down in my avatar because I'm disgusted at the state the US is in at present. When Kerry gets elected I'll change it to a happy puppy or something.

Ok?

/irrational touched nerver alieviated by fit of name droping and famliy pride. I return you to your regularly scheduled 'Roo

Edited, Wed Jun 9 06:25:13 2004 by Smasharoo
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#20 Jun 09 2004 at 10:06 AM Rating: Default
and I'm glad I read it. Thank you roo.
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Yes, again, I apologize for my ignorance. That was probably one of the better and more fascinating posts I've read in any of these forums by the way 'roo. I don't usually rate up stuff from OOT actually I never have. I'll make an exception though.
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I felt pretty personally wronged by the Reagan administration.

Can I cast aspersions now?
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#23 Jun 11 2004 at 3:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I /cheer when Strom Thurman died.

Now he was quite a bastion of hate and intolerance.


they should have buried strom thurmond wearing all fubu clothing, that would have been the ultimate irony and completely hilarious. *sigh* strom thurmond was such a f*cktard.
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Actually, politics being what it is and all, Strom Thurmond was actually very intelligent, well spoken and open to compromise - when he wasn't playing to the home crowd. I wouldn't call him a moderate, exactly, but he was a pragmatist.

That's not what his constituents wanted to see, though, so it isn't something most of the rest of us ever got a glimpse of either.

Reagan's great strength as a politician was that he liked everyone. There's an old carney adage that if you can like a person you can take them for all they've got.

I do believe, though, that he honestly thought he was doing the right thing. I just mostly disagreed with him on what that was at any given time.
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Actually, politics being what it is and all, Strom Thurmond was actually very intelligent, well spoken and open to compromise - when he wasn't playing to the home crowd. I wouldn't call him a moderate, exactly, but he was a pragmatist.


Well there was that whole thing about him having *** with a black woman, impregnating her, and denying the child all while he was running on a Segragatinist platform. Or as my wife calls it "Good enough for my tool, but keep em out of my school"
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I wouldn't call him a moderate, exactly, but he was an opportunist.


FTFY

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#27 Jun 11 2004 at 4:05 PM Rating: Good
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I just hope everyone gets to see Margaret Thatcher's memorial to Reagan. Like him or not it was a beautiful piece of history in itself. I wish I got to tape the memorial service if for not her presentation alone.
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#28 Jun 11 2004 at 4:54 PM Rating: Decent
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He was a crappy president but a decent person


i'll be the judge of that, comrade
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#29 Jun 12 2004 at 5:58 AM Rating: Default
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Even though he was a Republican president doesn't make it right to be able to curse his death and make fun of it. Although I never and will never respect Reagan, saying "dead republican presdeintes = teH wins~" gives a bad image to all of us fond and passionate Liberals.

Whoever said he was a good President, please do some research before opening your mouth. Terrible policies, extremely bad descisions mostly toward foreign relations, conveyed and protrayed force instead of diplomacy in many instances; almost as bad as our current administration (and no, you can't beat President Bush's catastophic kitchen cabinet).

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#30 Jun 12 2004 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
I normally only read the posts in the nOOT and the Asylum, but I'll respond to this one.

Smash, I didn't realize the meaning behind the avatar, but I was fascinated by what you wrote. Though I'm not a fan of either camps, I respect your patriotic fervor.
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