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#2179
Dec 11, 2012
 
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
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"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse to rest on inference." — Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison December 20, 1787

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Dec 11, 2012
 
"[The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it’s also designed to protect the people against bureaucracy, against the government." — Judge Lawrence Tribe

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Dec 11, 2012
 
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." — Abraham Lincoln

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” — Samuel Adams

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.” — Henry Ward Beecher

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“God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night, with the light from above,
From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home,
God bless America! My Home Sweet Home!”–Irving Berlin, God Bless America

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“And I’m proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me
And I’ll proudly stand up next to him to defend her still today,
Cuz there aint no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA”— Lee Greenwood, Proud To Be An American

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country.” — Andrew Johnson

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#2188
Dec 11, 2012
 
“Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your *ss
It’s the American way”— Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” — John F. Kennedy

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.” — Colin Powell

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Dec 11, 2012
 
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” — The Pledge Of Allegiance

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#2193
Dec 11, 2012
 
I stand with the troops. I stand behind the troops. If you can't stand behind them, then by all means, stand in front of them!

They deserve your respect! They have fought and died for this amazing country we live in can be what it is. This country has been on hard times before and we are now, but the American soldiers and those who love and support them will pull us through!
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What does the American Flag Stand For?

The American flag is the flag that brought Black people to this country in chains, buying and selling them as slaves. Many of those 13 stripes on the flag stand for slave states.

And where did those stars come from? Many of them represent states stolen from Mexico in an unprovoked, unjust war of conquest to extend the U.S. empire, and within that the slave states in the South.

This is the flag carried into battle by the U.S. Cavalry as it carried out genocide against the Native Americans, murdering, burning and pillaging a bloody trail across the country.

This is the flag that invaded and conquered Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, killing hundreds of thousands in 1898.

This is the flag that killed two million in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with napalm, carpet bombing, death squads and village massacres.

This is the flag that twice made war on the people of Iraq, invading and occupying, killing hundreds of thousands.

The American flag is the flag that proclaims the right to go anywhere in the world and invade any country that it claims is a potential threat to the U.S.

This is the flag that economically dominates and devastates vast areas of the globe, ruining the lives of billions.

This is the flag that holds thousands of people in Guantánamo and secret prisons throughout the world, proclaiming the right to torture and jail them forever.

And this is the flag over prisons that hold two million people, many of them Black and Latino, mostly for the crime of being hungry, poor, and desperate.

This is the flag of U.S. imperialism and its global empire. Even the rights and freedoms this system brags about—to the extent they are anything but total lies—are built on the blood and bones of those they murder and work to death here and around the world to create the prosperity you see in la jaula de oro (the cage of gold).

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#2195
Dec 12, 2012
 
Merry Christmas to all our service men & women around the world and their families!

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#2196
Dec 12, 2012
 
Richard D. Preston
STEEL RAIL BLUES

Clang Clang, Tsssssssssss
Wooh-WooooooooooooH
Whoom whoom whoom

All ‘board the midnight express
Destination pain and duress
Leaving from the depot of doom
Outlines of mountains silhouettes of gloom

Chugga chugga, screaming steel rails
Lurching forward, billowed smoke trails
Rattle of spikes on wooden railroad ties
Glaring into darkness with emotionless eyes

The iron horse clatters, cling-clang cling-clang
Caught the Nam express to Saigon and Danang
No reservations needed aboard this engine of steam
Fright ride courtesy of the conductor of dreams

Fingers gripping tight to the edge of the seat
Puddles of sweat soaking my feet
Rivers of blood ‘neath trestles of steel
Monochrome flashbacks, visions surreal

End of the line, shadows surround the station
Bony hands reaching out cause chilling sensations
Ragged fatigues cling to skeletal remains
These are my brothers, still feeling the pain

Wooh Wooooooh, Tssssssssssss
The purging of steam
clamoring once again
Into the depot of dead dreams

©Copyright June 18, 2002 by Richard D. Preston

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Dec 12, 2012
 
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REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
STEEL RAIL BLUES
"MOODY BLUE"

Dedicated to Kathy Wynn
and her pink blush.

Well, it's hard to be a gambler
Bettin' on the number
That changes ev'ry time
Well, you think you're gonna win
Think she's givin' in
A stranger's all you find
Yeah, it's hard to figure out
What she's all about
That she's a woman through and through
She's a complicated lady, so color my baby moody blue,

Oh, Moody blue
Tell me am I gettin' through
I keep hangin' on
Try to learn the song
But I never do
Oh, Moody blue,
Tell me who I'm talkin' to
You're like the night and day
And it's hard to say
Which one is you.

Well, when Monday comes she's Tuesday,
When Tuesday comes she's Wednesday,
Through another day again
Her personality unwinds
Just like a ball of twine
On a spool that never ends
Just when I think I know her well
Her emotions reveal,
She's not the person that
I though I knew
She's a complicated lady, so color my baby moody blue,

Oh, Moody blue
Tell me am I gettin' through
I keep hangin' on
Try to learn the song
But I never do
Oh, Moody blue,
Tell me who I'm talkin' to
You're like the night and day
And it's hard to say
Which one is you.

Oh, Moody blue,
Tell me who I'm talkin' to
You're like the night and day
And it's hard to say
Which one is you.
Oh, Moody blue
Tell me am I gettin' through
I keep hangin' on
Try to learn the song
But I never do.

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