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    A Brief Summary of Today's News

    Actually, it's from 1959.



    They're rioting in Africa
    They're starving in Spain
    There's hurricanes in Florida
    And Texas needs rain
    The whole world is festering with unhappy souls
    The french hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles
    Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch
    And I don't like anybody very much!!
    But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud
    For man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud
    And we know for certain that some lovely day
    Someone will set the spark off
    And we will all be blown away!!

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    While I was stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the Iran-Iraq war, the Intel officer and I surreptitiously brought a tape player into the daily classified intelligence briefing with the base commander. Following the weather report from the meteorologist, the Intel officer stood, went to the lectern, then gave a secret signal to me, at which time I started the tape player with the Kingston Trio's Merry Minuet. (We weren't sure if the commander would blow his top over this.) The commander at first seemed startled, then began to sing along. He knew the lyrics from memory.

    Bob

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    Thanks for that, Bob.
    I'd sure like to sit down on a patio one day and hear your perspective on life.
    This blanket is a necessity. It keeps me from cracking up. It may be regarded as a spiritual tourniquet. Without it, I'd be nothing, a ship without a rudder. - Linus

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    Bob it's something special with memories from the Military service, even if I live in Sweden (the country how have staying out of war longest) I can tell alot of story's from my own. But please Bob tell us more

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    I'll mention that during my two USAF deployments to Riyadh, Saddam Hussein was America's BFF (best friends forever). It was 4-5 years after the revolution in Iran that overthrew the Shah. Saddam was our BFF, until he wasn't. Within an E3-A radar plane that flew in circles over Saudi Arabia for 12 hour flights, I could watch the radar blips of aircraft taking off from Iran and from Iraq, converging, then returning home (only one of the two).

    The Mujaheddin in Afghanistan were our BFF while the Russians (the USSR then) were there, but then some of them ended up becoming the Taliban, after the Russians left. So the Taliban has been using US weapons against our troops for well over a decade.

    What I find curious about the Kingston Trio song, Merry Little Minuet, is that it never seems outdated. Many of their songs from the 1950s and 60s are like that. (e.g. in Bad Man's Blunder, a judge says, "...this here killin' of deputy sheriffs has just naturally got to stop.")

    Bob

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    The summary from today. It's alright. It's all going to be alright.

    Good night.

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    Re: A Brief Summary of Today's News

    Those words, Bob, are kinda "immortal" and true.

    Good one.

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