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OT: Love 'em...

Post by Balsa Bo » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 07:41:50



This was posted on Ernie's.  It's a letter from a U.S. Marine, stationed in Bosnia.
Pay attention to the signature, but don't read ahead (you'll understand why)....

"A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel (Bosnia): A French army officer
walked up to me in the PX, and told me he thought we (Americans) were a bunch of cowboys
and were going to provoke a war. He said if such a thing happens, we wouldn't be able to count
on the support of France.

I told him that it didn't surprise me. Since we had come to France's rescue in World War I,
World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War, their ingratitude and jealousy was due to surface at
some point in the near future anyway. That is why France is a third-rate military power with a
socialist economy and a bunch of f*****s for soldiers.

I additionally told him that America, being a nation of deeds and action, not words, would do
whatever it had to do, and France's support was only for show anyway. Just like in ALL NATO
exercises, the US would shoulder 85% of the burden, as evidenced by the fact that the French
officer was shopping in the American PX, and not the other way around.

He began to get belligerent at that point, and I told him if he would like to, I would meet him outside
in front of the Burger King and beat his ass in front of the entire Multi-National Brigade East, thus
demonstrating that even the smallest American had more fight in him than the average Frenchman.

He called me a barbarian cowboy and walked away in a huff.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"

...Love those American Women!

 
 
 

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Post by Yves » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 09:28:28


Snipped yet more OT Drivel.

Quote:
> This was posted on Ernie's.  It's a letter from a U.S. Marine, stationed in Bosnia.

> Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"

> ...Love those American Women!

I've been lurking for the past couple of months and I'm really sick and
tired of the OT ***that's been posted in RMR.

I don't know but rec.models.rockets has an official charter and FAQ,
there's already tons of political newsgroups out there
(talk.politics.misc comes to mind here).  Would it be possible for people
to once and for all follow the charter of a newsgroup before it devolves
further into total uselessness?

RMR is about rocketry folks.  I couldn't care less about american
politics, about Bill Clinton's past *** habits, Democrats versus
Republicans, about right-wingers bashing greens and vice-versa.

PLEASE GET THIS NEWSGROUP BACK ON-TOPIC.

A Canadian who loves Rocketry.

Thanks.

- Yves

 
 
 

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Post by Balsa Bo » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 09:29:40


Sore loser.....

 
 
 

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Post by Balsa Bo » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 09:45:30


Alright, here's a story somewhat more on-topic for this newsgroup, for the benefit of those
who are hurt (boo-hoo) by tales of French soldiers being humiliated by American girls:

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/1691220

(Story concerning the 30th anniversary of Apollo 17).

 
 
 

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Post by R Ted Phipp » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 10:54:05


Quote:


> Sore loser.....

That was uncalled for.  Yves is entitled to post his opinion here just as
much as anyone else, and just because you don't agree doesn't give you the
right to start name-calling.

The noise-to-signal ratio around here has gotten pretty bad lately.  My
solution is to skip what I don't want to bother with.  Yves' asks for  
less off-topic and more on-topic posting.  Same goal, different methods.

   Ted

--
Virtue is it's own punishment.

* remove skates to reply *

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Binfor » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 12:20:48



Quote:
> Snipped yet more OT Drivel.

> > This was posted on Ernie's.  It's a letter from a U.S. Marine, stationed
in Bosnia.

> > Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"

> > ...Love those American Women!

> I've been lurking for the past couple of months and I'm really sick and
> tired of the OT ***that's been posted in RMR.

They are marked OT. Why did you read the preceeding post to respond to it,
you don't have to read the threads.
I usually just skip them and later mark as read.

Tom

 
 
 

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Post by RayDunak » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 11:29:47


<< I've been lurking for the past couple of months and I'm really sick and
tired of the OT ***that's been posted in RMR. >>

Maybe there has been a lot of off-topic stuff lately, but if you don't like it,
it's easy to skip it. I just go through the subject headings and click "Mark
read" on anything I don't want to see.

 
 
 

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Post by Balsa Bo » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 11:34:50


Quote:

> They are marked OT. Why did you read the preceeding post to respond to it,
> you don't have to read the threads.

...which is way more courteous than the dozens of OT posts made every day,
withOUT the OT: prefix, but which seem to evoke less protest than my single
OT post.  I guess some people have thin skins, so I apologize.
 
 
 

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Post by John E. Jone » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 11:52:31


I have just come back to rocketry recently and have been following the
group. In fact, I have probably added to the noise part lately, but that
will stop. I noticed though, that if this group devoted 1/10 to its energy
to fighting the BATF, I'd be able to launch the space shuttle from backyard
this weekend.:)

John


Quote:
> Snipped yet more OT Drivel.

> > This was posted on Ernie's.  It's a letter from a U.S. Marine, stationed
in Bosnia.

> > Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"

> > ...Love those American Women!

> I've been lurking for the past couple of months and I'm really sick and
> tired of the OT ***that's been posted in RMR.

> I don't know but rec.models.rockets has an official charter and FAQ,
> there's already tons of political newsgroups out there
> (talk.politics.misc comes to mind here).  Would it be possible for people
> to once and for all follow the charter of a newsgroup before it devolves
> further into total uselessness?

> RMR is about rocketry folks.  I couldn't care less about american
> politics, about Bill Clinton's past *** habits, Democrats versus
> Republicans, about right-wingers bashing greens and vice-versa.

> PLEASE GET THIS NEWSGROUP BACK ON-TOPIC.

> A Canadian who loves Rocketry.

> Thanks.

> - Yves

 
 
 

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Post by tater schul » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 12:23:51


if you are using outlook express
click message
click create rule from this message
click subject line contains specific words
click ignore message
click ok

THEN

click view
click current view
click hide ignored messages

of course you'll have to figgure out how to do this with a different reader.
of course this was posted before, but you would rather get fed up with a
bunch of OT posts and whine rather than try to do anything to fix it

--
Tater
President of MARS Club
www.treece.org/mars.htm
NAR #79654
AMA #747769
EAA #22007969
remove spam spelled backwards to reply


Quote:
> Snipped yet more OT Drivel.

> > This was posted on Ernie's.  It's a letter from a U.S. Marine, stationed
in Bosnia.

> > Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"

> > ...Love those American Women!

> I've been lurking for the past couple of months and I'm really sick and
> tired of the OT ***that's been posted in RMR.

> I don't know but rec.models.rockets has an official charter and FAQ,
> there's already tons of political newsgroups out there
> (talk.politics.misc comes to mind here).  Would it be possible for people
> to once and for all follow the charter of a newsgroup before it devolves
> further into total uselessness?

> RMR is about rocketry folks.  I couldn't care less about american
> politics, about Bill Clinton's past *** habits, Democrats versus
> Republicans, about right-wingers bashing greens and vice-versa.

> PLEASE GET THIS NEWSGROUP BACK ON-TOPIC.

> A Canadian who loves Rocketry.

> Thanks.

> - Yves

 
 
 

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Post by Yves » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 13:29:48


Hello,

Quote:
> That was uncalled for.  Yves is entitled to post his opinion here just as
> much as anyone else, and just because you don't agree doesn't give you the
> right to start name-calling.

> The noise-to-signal ratio around here has gotten pretty bad lately.  My
> solution is to skip what I don't want to bother with.  Yves' asks for  
> less off-topic and more on-topic posting.  Same goal, different methods.

Exactly - frankly newsgroups exist to carry conversations about certain
topics.  It's described usually in the newsgroup's charter.  Suffice it
to say, talking about chicken recipes in a golf newsgroup for instance
would be totally out of place right?  Then why not the same for non-
rocketry related political discussions here?

Yes, I know, there's an "OT" in the subject line in some of this stuff. I
don't feel it makes it "right" though.  This is the same thing as
spammers putting the word "ADV" in the subject line.  Even though their
Spam is clearly marked as such in those cases, it still doesn't make Spam
any less unsollicited.

But thanks for listening.

- Yves

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen DeArma » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 13:35:06


Quote:
> Mary Beth Jxxxxxx LtCol, USMC"
> ...Love those American Women!

Add my "1st Lt. USMC Aviator" daughter Kimberly to that list.

At her "Winging" last spring, her commanding officer said:
1st Lt., I've heard you can P!$$ like a man!"
Her "Southern Belle" response was: "SIR! I CAN SHIT LIKE ONE TOO! SIR!

Needless to say, her very modest and soft spoken mother, was stunned and
momentarily speachless. As a proud father, I stood there smiling very
broadly.  Proceeding with the ceremony, her mom made a***and then really
punched her wings into Kimi's dress uniform. As they turned to come off the
stage, the Commandant wispered to my wife, " Nice punch!"

A couple of USMC women against the French........sounds like even odds to
me. : )

Ooo RAH!
Randy

 
 
 

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Post by Stephen DeArma » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 13:54:56


snip

Several good points, all made many times over several years but this is RMR.

I agree with you Yves and it used to really bug me too, until I realized
even the seemingly non related OT stuff was indirectly relevant. How you
might ask? As I see it, since many of the denizens of RMR do buy and sell to
each other and some fly together, I think it's relevant to know who you're
selling, buying and flying with and how they think and what kind of person
they are.

So even the OT posts are relevant.

Randy