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This is from an email sent to me by a vet. I seldom post things of this sort not (not documented), but the pictures are hard to dispute. Denzel Washington grew up about 20 minutes from my home in Mount Vernon, NY and this is consistent with what I know about him.

Don’t know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troups at Brooks Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas (BAMC)  the other day. This is where soldiers that have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the States, especially burn victims.  They have buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers’ families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base but as you can imagine, they are almost completely filled most of the time.

While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to  build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot.  The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

The question I have is why does Alec Baldwin, Madonna, Sean Penn and other Hollywood types make front page news with their anti-everything America crap and this doesn’t even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper

…except the base newspaper in San Antonio



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DES MOINES — A Polk County, Iowa, civil jury ruled late Wednesday that the state of Iowa could no longer keep Loren Huss in custody. Less than an hour later, Huss walked out of the Polk County Jail a free man, and drove away with family members.Huss was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the brutal 1986 killing of his girlfriend, Marilyn Sheets. Huss was accused of sexually abusing Sheets, and then murdering her. He also disfigured the woman’s body by, among other things, gouging out her eyes and biting off her nose.

After many years of legal maneuvering, a civil jury wound up with the case this month. Huss argued that he was mentally ill at the time of the murder, and believed that Sheets was the devil. He says he’s recovered from his illness and has had no relapses in many years.

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Having lived in a number of different places, I have discerned that poor driving habits seem to be clustered by region. For example, in Louisiana, nobody seems to grasp that the left lane is for passing. That is really annoying.
The rest of my list follows, with my proposed punishment for the transgression:
New England: Drivers are too competitive. All too often, when you pass someone, they decide to speed up. Not only is this stupid, it is unsafe. If you are traveling the same route for some distance, they’ll do it again. My sentence: mopeds all February.
Texas: Insane SUV drivers with death wishes will blow past you like you are standing still, and if you are in their lane they’ll come within a molecule of your rear bumper until you change lanes. Not very hospitable. My sentence: confiscate the SUV, put it in Brooklyn and the offending driver in the South Bronx. They can only redeem their car by traveling to it via subway. At night.
Upstate NY/Rochester: Geriatric drivers. ‘Nuff said. My sentence: make them take a new road test with the witch I had in 1984.
New Jersey: Traffic lights and signs appear optional. Jersey drivers! My sentence: put a toll in every county on the Garden State Parkway, make them pay massive auto insurance premiums, and force them to wait in line at the gas station for an angry looking Visigoth to pump their fuel for them. Oh wait… that already happened.
Philadelphia: Road rage seems to be a hybrid of Metro NY and New Jersey. If you have the audacity to attempt a left turn without signaling early enough, there is a 50% chance that the guy behind you will honk, peel out, and pass you so closely that you can smell his breath. Also the home of the world’s worst "gapers" (rubberneckers). They’ll gawk at anything- a guy changing his tire, a cop giving a ticket, or a broken down car. My sentence: simultaneous construction on all expressways, and potholes so large they have an echo. Dammit! Already done.
New Orleans: Picture a 1963 pickup truck with no plates and a sign in the rear windshield that says "applied for tags." This vehicle would have no hope of passing inspection in New York. The right blinker has been on for 13 miles. They are driving 48 mph and have been in the left lane since Mississippi. My sentence: make them register the car, insure it, and get it to pass inspection somehow.
Metro NYC: As you pull into a parking lot, the car in front of you stops suddenly as they wait for a mother with 2 kids to unload a cart full of groceries into the trunk, buckle the kids up, start the car, and vacate the prime parking spot. These people do not care that your car’s rear is still in the road; all that matters is that they avoid walking 30 extra feet to the store entrance. My sentence: when they arrive home with all the stuff they bought in hand, they are forbidden usage of the elevator and must lug everything up 15 flights of stairs.
Washington/Baltimore: WAY too much window tint. It is very unnerving to have a car pull up next to you and you cannot see the driver. What’s the point anyway? My sentence: a mandatory convertible for two weeks in January.
There. I feel better now.
'TRAPPED' BORE A distraught Theron (right) flies into a road rage

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I took a moment to look at the viewer comments on IMDB for The Patriot. WOW are they bitter. Typical:

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The Patriot (2000)

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Dumb Movie for Dumb people(americans), 24 March 2002
Author: Gunter Gimp from England

I will not go through all the problems because i can see many people already have.I saw this again and it was actually worse than the first time i saw it.I’d just like to pick my favourite moments in the film.

Tavinton(to black slaves) " Any slave who fights for the crown will become a free man" Black guys "We arent slaves sir, we work this land ourselves"

I couldnt help but laugh when he said that, who does mel gibson think he is kidding and i pray that most americans also saw somthing wrong with that scene.

Tavington " You Stupid little boy!!"

Most Americans probably wont get the joke unless they have watched a certain British comedy. I must keep my review short and will end it here for i must burn a church with americans inside. 1/10

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It’s fiction, folks.

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Letters to the editor of the local rag show that those who voted against many budgets weren’t doing so because they were anti-education, just pro-sanity. This one makes a good point:
I am a senior citizen and Lakeland school taxpayer, no doubt like many others in the school district. The bureaucracy of the school board and the administration is outrageous. Last year the school budget was $97 million and this year, $116 million.

I have a couple of suggestions that would impact the school budget significantly. We as taxpayers support two high schools — Lakeland in Shrub Oak and Walter Panas on the border of Peekskill. How about redistricting? The state Legislature did it with no problems. The savings would be substantial — could be 50 percent or more! How about outsourcing the bus transportation system? Other schools have done it with no problems — Chappaqua, Yorktown, Peekskill and Ossining. There no doubt would be tremendous savings.
Consolidate? Outsource? Political suicide-no board would go for it. So sad! So taxpayers must foor a whopping 20% increase levied on them by a board that would last 2 weeks in the business world. Another reasonable question:

Why can’t districts learn to economize?

Recently, we read that the majority of the school budget proposals were passed. The increase for Pleasantville was in excess of 10 percent. When additional funds are come by so easily, it takes away the incentive to stretch the money to get the most out of it. It seems the only ones budgeting are the taxpayers. We do not have the option of proposing how much money we want. We have to make do with what we have regardless of our increased living expenses.

Because it is political suicide for a board to even suggest that faculty have less than a Mercedes Benz health plan, that text books not be spanking new, or to ever reconcile frugality with the best interests of children. So after we give these kids a pricey education, they move to Texas, Arizona, or the Carolinas, where they can afford to live.

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