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Winston Churchill: America’s enduring love for Winnie and his words
Telegraph ^ | 8-4-12 | Andrew Roberts

Posted on 08/04/2012 4:36:27 PM PDT by Dysart

Americans love Sir Winston Churchill. That much has been obvious since even before 1963, when President Kennedy gave him the only honorary US citizenship ever awarded to a living person. Yet, in the half-century since then, that admiration and affection hasn’t abated; he is one of the only non‑Americans to have a US warship named after him, and as many books are published about him in America as in Britain. Indeed, the only bookshop in the world dedicated solely to selling his books, articles and memorabilia is the splendid Chartwell Books on Madison Avenue and 52nd Street in Manhattan. As Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, was born in Brooklyn, Americans understandably regard Churchill’s extraordinary life as an almost semi-detached telling of their own national story.

So when the prestigious Morgan Library and Museum in New York decided to stage an exhibition entitled Churchill: The Power of Words, which would include the cream of the America-related items in the Churchill Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge, they knew that it would be popular.

What has astounded them – and me, despite my being a special curator of the exhibition – is quite what a stir has been created in Midtown. The crowds have exceeded all expectations, with record numbers visiting the exhibition, even in the normally quiet summer months. More than 30,000 people in the first six weeks – at least 50 per cent higher than the library’s initial expectations.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: churchill

1 posted on 08/04/2012 4:36:30 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: y'all
An exhibition of Churchilliana in New York has reminded Americans why they took the great man to their hearts – and kept him there

Touch of genius: Winston Churchill's words had a profound effect on Britain, Europe and the United States Photo: AP

2 posted on 08/04/2012 4:37:46 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart

He was one of the greatest leaders of all time IMHO.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 4:40:21 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas
He was one of the greatest leaders of all time IMHO.

Well I wouldn't say that's a stretch.

4 posted on 08/04/2012 4:48:35 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: y'all
Fond of this excerpt:

And a funny letter written by Otto C Pickhardt, Churchill’s doctor, after he was nearly killed by a car on Fifth Avenue, between 76th and 77th Street, in December 1931, which reads: “This is to certify that the post-accident convalescence of Hon Winston S Churchill necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at mealtimes.” This at a time when America was in the grip of Prohibition. “The quantity is naturally indefinite but the minimum requirements would be 250 cubic centimeters.” (Dr Pickhardt presumably meant centilitres, but that’s still a third of a bottle.)

5 posted on 08/04/2012 4:51:24 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: y'all
Anyone fortunate enough to be in NY now thru Sept 23rd, here's the goods on the exhibit:

Churchill: The Power of Words

6 posted on 08/04/2012 4:56:16 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart

From 1934, soon after Hitler and the Nazis gained power in Germany, and the vast majority of Brits chose to believe that Hitler would be no threat to peace:

I have but a short time to deal with this enormous subject and I beg you therefore to weigh my words with the attention and thought which I have given to them.

As we go to and fro in this peaceful country with its decent, orderly people going about their business under free institutions and with so much tolerance and fair play in their laws and customs, it is startling and fearful to realize that we are no longer safe in our island home.

For nearly a thousand years England has not seen the campfires of an invader. The stormy sea and our royal navy have been our sure defense. Not only have we preserved our life and freedom through the centuries, but gradually we have come to be the heart and center of an empire which surrounds the globe.

It is indeed with a pang of stabbing pain that we see all this in mortal danger. A thousand years has served to form a state; an hour may lay it in dust.

What shall we do? Many people think that the best way to escape war is to dwell upon its horrors and to imprint them vividly upon the minds of the younger generation. They flaunt the grisly photograph before their eyes. They fill their ears with tales of carnage. They dilate upon the ineptitude of generals and admirals. They denounce the crime as insensate folly of human strife. Now, all this teaching ought to be very useful in preventing us from attacking or invading any other country, if anyone outside a madhouse wished to do so, but how would it help us if we were attacked or invaded ourselves that is the question we have to ask.

Would the invaders consent to hear Lord Beaverbrook’s exposition, or listen to the impassioned appeals of Mr. Lloyd George? Would they agree to meet that famous South African, General Smuts, and have their inferiority complex removed in friendly, reasonable debate? I doubt it. I have borne responsibility for the safety of this country in grievous times. I gravely doubt it.

But even if they did, I am not so sure we should convince them, and persuade them to go back quietly home. They might say, it seems to me, “you are rich; we are poor. You seem well fed; we are hungry. You have been victorious; we have been defeated. You have valuable colonies; we have none. You have your navy; where is ours? You have had the past; let us have the future.”

Above all, I fear they would say, “you are weak and we are strong.”


7 posted on 08/04/2012 5:00:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Dysart
Without question he was the greatest wartime leader of the 20th century and probably America's greatest ally ever.
8 posted on 08/04/2012 5:01:30 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Dysart

He was certainly the standout of the 20th century. He could have held his own in the same room as our Founding Fathers. imho. sd


9 posted on 08/04/2012 5:04:49 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Dysart
Here is a quote from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill, "The River War", in which he describes Muslims he apparently observed during Kitchener's campaign in the Sudan:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Churchill understood the relationship of Western culture, liberty and economic prosperity. If big government leads to prosperity, we would all be admiring Cuba and Zimbabwe. North Korea has roads and bridges but no business, and their people are starving.

10 posted on 08/04/2012 5:18:21 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Dysart

Winston Spencer Churchill has been my personal hero since I was a little guy and I’m in my early 60s now. I’ve read everything about him that I could get my hands on... I was not aware of this exposition going on. May need suppress my disgust for the city and head to New York for a couple of days. Thanks for posting this!


11 posted on 08/04/2012 5:22:53 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Dysart

“History will be kind to me, for I shall write it.”

Winston Churchill on Dunkirque:

http://ia601207.us.archive.org/26/items/WinstonS.ChurchillsWarSpeeches/Churchill400604WeShallNeverSurrender.mp3

If the Oblahblah administration didn’t want Churchill’s bust in the White House, they should’ve called me. I would have displayed it proudly in my living room.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 5:33:23 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Dysart
He was from a different era. He wouldn't make dogcatcher in the UK today, and even then, as soon as the war was won, they got rid of him.


13 posted on 08/04/2012 5:35:04 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Afterguard
I’ve read everything about him that I could get my hands on...

I've also read quite a bit of his works, and this article underscored his meticulous writing and rewriting, which if I'd considered more should have expected, but somehow previously imagined it all just flowed off his pen effortlessly. I kind of like that it did not-- and he toiled to convey his thoughts as precisely, eloquently, and persuasively as possible.

14 posted on 08/04/2012 5:42:15 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dogbert41
He was from a different era. He wouldn't make dogcatcher in the UK today, and even then, as soon as the war was won, they got rid of him.

True, but he did return as PM from 1951-1955.

The most amazing thing about Churchill, that despite all of the drinking, smoking cigars, and stress, he lived to 90.

15 posted on 08/04/2012 5:46:52 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Churchill speeches from WWII:

http://www.royalsignals.org.uk/winston.htm


16 posted on 08/04/2012 5:47:24 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Dysart
Winston Churchill: America’s enduring love for Winnie and his words

But the Mau Mau and other Kenyans hate him.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 5:55:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: FatherofFive
Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

Churchill among a great many other qualities was most prescient. I think his observations were intended to be more than just commentary but also meant as warnings. At least they can now be read that way. Here he asserted what Romney was essentially saying re: Palestinians; and which an earlier Arab council paper stated in much harsher terms that stirred such a manufactured ruckus among media critics last week. Happens when you espouse hard truths which OFFEND protected groups. Some things never change. Ha ha

18 posted on 08/04/2012 6:02:49 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart

William Manchester’s superb two volume bio of Churchill, the Last Lion, has numerous details of his perfectionist, agonizingy precise method of writing his public speeches. He would demand his secretary remain absolutely silent for hours at a time while dictated, revied, and revised again. Then he would apologize and let her go home to her family at 2 or 3 o’clock in rhe morning... It was said that Manchester was working on the third volume when died. Of particular interest to today’s so called journalists, he was the highest paid journalist in the world during the Boor War. (London to Ladysmith via Pretoria is brilliant). It should be required reading in J-school.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 6:03:09 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Dysart; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: Churchill: The Power of Words

All well and good, yet when words fail... as they did with Herr Hitler--

A good tommgun... is rather handy--

I got your back... Winnie!

As do... the good Doctor and I--

I back you, Winston, with my Thompson... for it stood for Chicago values back when decency, civility, law and order mattered there.

What the hell, honey, lets... join the party!

Count me in... and let her rip!

Right, Bogie... we are all in this with Churchill--

I have to say, despite my loney left-coast liberal beliefs, the rain... always brings out my tommygun mean. I'm in!

Never let it be said, Alan Ladd and William Bendix... turned down a tommygun party.

Well, as soon as Bonnie goes to bed... I'll be right there!

If Clyde is in... so am I--

All right, you pilgrims need a leader... and here I am!

It is a full blown Sympathy Orchestra... by John Taliaferro Thompson--

Can I sing "Rocket Man" as in... terrupted by James Tiberius Kirk?

Sorry, no way, Shat... you, of all people, should know you cannot hear a tommygun in space.

Bend, can I join in... with my 12 gauge?

Why not, big... every orchestra has its piccolo--

20 posted on 08/04/2012 6:06:29 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Afterguard

” It should be required reading in J-school. “

Assuming you could get someone to explain the big words to the little darlings....


21 posted on 08/04/2012 6:07:07 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: dfwgator
The most amazing thing about Churchill, that despite all of the drinking, smoking cigars, and stress, he lived to 90

He lived to 90 BECAUSE of drinking, smoking, and stress, grasshopper.

a) drink was for medicinal purposes only (see the doctor's note) b) cigars enhanced his sense of well being while keeping undesirable company at bay and c) stress kept him focused and engaged in life

22 posted on 08/04/2012 6:11:12 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart

Obama is in the minority who does not believe Winston is cool.


23 posted on 08/04/2012 6:16:05 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Dysart

The fact that he worked in bed ‘til noon and typically drank the whole time may have been the secret to his longevity. His favorite cigar,if I recall correctly, was Anthony y Cleopatra.


24 posted on 08/04/2012 6:16:51 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Afterguard

There ya go...


25 posted on 08/04/2012 6:22:36 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart

I cubic centimeter is one milliliter. He was being “prescribed” 1/4 of a liter of spirituous liquor per day.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 6:35:04 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Dysart

The greatest man of the last millennium. I’ve read most of his works.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 6:42:55 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: Little Ray

So about 8 oz of the hard stuff...the rough equivalent of 8 beers. That will certainly lubricate the faculties and over time pickle most livers.


28 posted on 08/04/2012 6:43:05 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Dysart
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29 posted on 08/04/2012 6:59:31 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Iron Munro

“’Mr. Churchill, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea!’

And if you were my wife, I would drink it!”


“’You are drunk Sir Winston, you are disgustingly drunk. ‘Yes, Mrs. Braddock, I am drunk. But you, Mrs. Braddock are ugly, and disgustingly fat. But, tomorrow morning, I, Winston Churchill will be sober.”


30 posted on 08/04/2012 7:04:26 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: null and void
Re: What??? No tommygun from THEM!, why?

Go ahead, Ben... tell null why you weren't in Bender's Tommgun Sympathy?

Okay, Bob. Null, I told Bend to not include me because I was having a ball with my bazooka... and giving orders to generals--

See, what pretty fireworks... white phosphorus rockets make!

And I am also having fun with... my flame thrower--

But you have to be careful... when you put it down.

Anyway, I told Bend to post this showing... of me firing on that first giant ant we ran upon.

And, null, I... also give you Ben and Bob... tommygunning the ants while dropping in cyanide gas grenades.

Lastly, to make sure... you are happy--

Here's Kinnie... from Battleground with his tommy just before he see 'it' shine!

31 posted on 08/04/2012 7:08:56 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Afterguard

“The Gathering Storm” is a must-see film....Albert Finney was fantastic as Churchill, if it had not been an HBO Movie, and released in theaters, Finney wins the Oscar hands down.


32 posted on 08/04/2012 7:11:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: 3Fingas

“He was one of the greatest leaders of all time IMHO.”

Certainly -the- greatest leader of the twentieth century (with apologies and acknowledgement to Mr. Reagan).

Without the moral suasion of his oratory and his writing, The West might have collapsed to totalitarianism — or, at the very least, acquiesced towards it.

But only eighty years later, The West is facing a danger greater than that even Mr. Churchill confronted. Who will step forward to fill his place?


33 posted on 08/04/2012 7:28:07 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Dysart

The mistake is yours. One cubic centimeter (1 cc) is equivalent to 1 ml.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 7:50:18 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Afterguard

I had forgotten that book. Read it years ago. Time to read it again. And there was a second volume you say? Have to check it out.


35 posted on 08/04/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Kirkwood
The mistake is yours.

What mistake do you imagine I have made?

36 posted on 08/04/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Yep. Th first volume was titled Visions of Glory, 1874-1032. The second was titled Alone, 1932-1940. I just discovered that Manchester’s third book is about to be published, finished I guess, by someone named Paul Reid. It’s title is Defender of th Realm, 1940-1962. The last one is in preorder status on Amazon right now. Mine is already reserved....


37 posted on 08/04/2012 8:11:29 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Afterguard

Oops. They would be 1874-1932 ... Not 1032. Lol


38 posted on 08/04/2012 8:14:31 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Afterguard

You will like this essay. Manchester condenses some of its concepts and credits Berlin in volume two but this is the full essay in defense of Churchill’s eloquence.
http://m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1949/09/mr-churchill/3546/


39 posted on 08/04/2012 9:09:45 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: Afterguard

When they opened the Churchill museum in the old war bunker in London, I had the good fortune to be there that first week.


40 posted on 08/04/2012 9:13:40 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: KC Burke

Bump for later.


41 posted on 08/04/2012 9:16:14 PM PDT by Amntn
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To: Dysart

As I recall, his mother, Jenny Jerome, was an American citizen. By today’s standards he could be a Presidential candidate. Am I wrong?


42 posted on 08/04/2012 9:29:07 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Dysart

Lady Astor to Churchill: “Sir, were you my husband I’d serve you a cup of poisoned tea every morning’’. Churchill to Lady Astor: “Madam, were I your husband I’d drink it by the gallon’’.


43 posted on 08/04/2012 10:18:25 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Dysart
Churchill, aged seven, in 1881:


44 posted on 08/05/2012 2:21:12 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Dysart
Churchill in military uniform in 1895, around age 20:


45 posted on 08/05/2012 2:26:00 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Don Corleone
By today’s standards he could be a Presidential candidate. Am I wrong?

No, but he could vote Democrat.

46 posted on 08/05/2012 5:25:50 AM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Thanks for the photos.


47 posted on 08/05/2012 5:28:40 AM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Bender2

Good stuff, Bendy!!!


48 posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:12 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: null and void
Re: Your recent FR-Mail--

Well, all I can say is if you are really, really very, very rich... and understand my headaches and time of the month can take years and years to go away, I can make an exception--

After all, nobody's... perfect!

49 posted on 08/06/2012 5:06:39 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Peter W. Kessler
Winston Churchill on Dunkirque:

Just got to listening to Churchill's moving speech in full. Thanks for your link.

50 posted on 08/12/2012 8:55:58 AM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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