Veterans Day

Once again, it is Veterans Day. I salute all the people gave of their
time, their health and of their lives in service to their country.
Reply to
Michael A. Terrell
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Reply to
Tom Gardner
Why are private charities asking me for money for veterans' service-related disabilities? Isn't this government responsible for its own actions?
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
Probably because they want money?
Reply to
Richard
You passed "old fart" and went straight to "Curmudgeon".
Reply to
Tom Gardner
Amen, brother. I have the utmost respect for those of you who served our country in any fashion. Oohrah! Please continue to help us to keep it together when the fecal matter collides with the impeller very shortly.
Reply to
Larry Jaques
Aww, don't tell us what you were doing 1-handed at midnight.
Bzzzzzzzzt! You hit that a year ago, Olde Sporte.
Key ages in my life:
When my sister's boyfriend said "You may never make it to 14..." 21st birthday (legal to get smashed; took it way to heart) :( 30th birthday (can't be trusted) 50th birthday (just rolled over the hill) 60th birthday (legally an old fart) 65/7th? birthday (Social Security, _if_ it's still there)
Reply to
Larry Jaques
The difference between honor/hypocrats and responsibility/reality.
Reply to
Larry Jaques
Most of them are asking, so the operators can keep living like millionaires. A few are legitimate, and help Veterans that fall through the cracks. No one receives a paycheck, or any other perks. 100% of the money goes to Veterans with real needs. Our local 'Vets helping Vets' is like this. They helped me when I was waiting to get into the VA system. It wasn't much, but it was a huge help. The first thing I did when the VA put me on disability was to give that money back.
Reply to
Michael A. Terrell
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I happened to be sitting behind some independent PBS fundraisers before a speech and listened to them chuckle over how lucrative the business was. PBS received only about half of gross receipts.
A friend was an accountant at United Way when their scandal broke.
The news this morning showed video of a pregnant woman and child driving off in a Mercedes after begging on the street. The newspaper caught several similar instances around here.
I'll help people with my hands (reshingling etc) but not my wallet.
-jsw
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
It's truly _hard_ to find decent charities today. So many siphon off up to 80% of the funds which should be going to the donees. I get pissed off every time someone mentions Red Cross, who charges for coffee set up in disaster zones, etc. These folks shoulda been politicians.
You're a good man, Mikey, despite what everybody says.
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Larry Jaques
Ditto. I carry an extra box of energy bars in the truck and give a few bars to folks with "hungry" signs...if they're skinny. The fat guy in the $600 leather jacket didn't get any.
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Reply to
Larry Jaques
I ran the numbers , and unless I live past 86 I think it was I recover more by filing at 62 . So I did . I'll also have my wife's teacher retirement until I die and between the two I can live pretty well .
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Terry Coombs
"Larry Jaques" <
Geezer Gift Box:
When you become a Geezer at age 60 you are given a box containing cards. You are blindfolded and told to put your hand into the box, swirl it around some and choose one card from it. Then you are told to remove the blindfold and read the card you have chosen. If you are lucky it will read 'gift certificate for new glasses'. Maybe next year when you choose a card it'll say 'gift certificate for new dentures'. But it may say otherwise like 'you have MS', or maybe 'you have diabetes'. Each card has a different malady an eventually you will get them all if you live long enough. Take note that not all of the cards have wording and some people may claim that there are no cards in the box. There may be a few stuck to the ceiling of the box and will fall down eventually so if no cards are found you still have to look for one. The only one you don't have to worry much about is the one that says 'you have alzheimers' because you can't remember what the others said and you don't care either, you may even not remember your BD and pick all the cards in one year! So, do you remember where your geezer gift box is? Or if you even have one? It may be too late for you if you can't....;>)}
Reply to
Phil Kangas
Who cares what Ed says about me?
Reply to
Michael A. Terrell
I keep pulling out "root canal", one this morning.
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
Hey, that's nobody. I said "everybody". Big difference.
Reply to
Larry Jaques
You don't know everybody.
Reply to
Michael A. Terrell
I don't need to. I can hear 'em just fine. ;)
Reply to
Larry Jaques
That's just the angry voices in your head. You still haven't seen a doctor about that? :)
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Michael A. Terrell

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