The Dialogical Saloon Is Open

November 1, 2011

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News, in case you haven’t noticed, is undergoing a radical redefinition these days.

For more than 30 years the dominant television news format was called “Eyewitness News.” An actor would “stand up” in front of a camera near some recent event and try to give you the impression that he was an eyewitness to that event. Nobody except television executives ever bought this dramatization but the format persisted anyway. That is why you saw reporters standing outside the cemetery at Steve Tausan’s funeral last Saturday. Old ways die hard.

Eyewitness news is now being replaced by a new and improved kind of news called the “dialogical format.” Headline News and CNN are both switching to it. Fox News is into the dialogical format in a big way. The dialogical format saves money that can be better spent on political contributions and executive compensation.  There is less expensive remoting of reporters. More stories are reported from inside a newsroom. The footage that accompanies the story often comes from some guy’s cell phone. The idea of dialogical news is no longer news. The idea is to put up any old crap (content)  and invite people to talk about it on the network website. And, this approach isn’t just for television news. It is quickly leaking into print.

Hard Hitting

Raise your hand when you see what is coming. ATF agents are particularly going to like this one.

People will argue over anything. People are invited to go to websites and “Tell us what you think.” News is now actually an advertisement for the station, network or newspaper website. Sometimes viewers and readers are invited to report the news themselves. Networks call them “I-reporters” or something like that. The goal is always the same in the new and improved journalism. Get people to habitually go to your website, spend some time and click on links, ads and other stories and create what is usually called “user generated content.”

We here at the world famous and highly prestigious niche site The Aging Rebel don’t want our faithful readers to feel left out. So, we are going to try that here, at least this once.

Cutting Edge

Look, the truth is, there isn’t much news today anyway. About a day ago Paul Elias of The Associated Press reported that the Hells Angels were having a rough month. Wasn’t that insightful? This is a slow week so far. And, last week a commenter asked very politely if maybe sometime we might just put up a little forum where anybody could create any thread they want. You know, like a virtual saloon.

You asked for it! Tells us what you think!

Content You Can Trust

There is no news here, just like TV! There is only our dozens and dozens of I-reporters! And, we want you all to get drunk before you comment…er…report. Use any alias you want. We are following the TV model here so we would prefer you make as little sense as possible but if you have to stoop to reason go ahead.

Tell us what you think!

Will Doc Cavazos ever show up on the Federal Prisoner Locator? Is the ATF history? Will jay Dobyns ever shut up. He was quoted in that AP story, by the way. Anybody got access to Dobyn’s tax returns?  Is this the greatest season of SAMCRO ever? What about Katey Sagal? Would you hit that? How come Rebel hardly ever writes about the Bandidos? Or, as we call them in dialogical news land, the Banditos. Gypsy Jokers? Outlaws? How come Rebel don’t write about the Pagans no more? The Highwaymen? Did the Galloping Goose get old? Will Rebel ever publish Out Bad? Which motorcycle club is next? How come the ATF is hiding in biker cases?

Shameless Pandering

Are the NIGHT WOLVESSSS IN DA HOUSEEEEE!!!!!!!????? You guys like that video of that Russian dude with the minigun? That was for you, you know. What do you really think of Vladimir Putin?

London Angels. Tell everybody a story about hanging out with the Rolling Stones in the 60s. Back before Altamont.

Give it up for the HAY to the TEE to the FUCK YOU WE’RE THE ATF!!!! Tell us what you think T-Dogg! Are the Angels a bunch of pussys or what? Koz? I know you are out there. Come on Koz. Smile. Hollywood? Painter? You out of rehab yet, man? Torres? This is your chance guys!

Let’s be frank, okay? The American postmodernist John Barth once said there are things worth doing and things worth remarking. This might be one of those things worth mentioning but not actually worth doing.

Let’s find out together! There is no news here! Tell us what you think!


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2,397 Responses to “The Dialogical Saloon Is Open”

  1. anon Says:

    Quick note on bootleg patches for sale, since I know some of you are interested in putting an end to these things. I keep getting the following ad for a full set of HA patcheswhen I check out,|014025%20Sewing%20Notions%20&%20Tools||remarketing|Criteo||262763112|DC||.

    I’m guessing the ad is based on cookies and my viewing history of reading Aging Rebel daily.

    Same site has patches for Bandidos, Mongols, and Outlaws. Didn’t check for other clubs.




    In a bit of irony, you actually can’t buy a set of Iron Order patches there.

  2. Park Says:

    Thanks Austin, WMB and others that checked it out. New art and music every few days. Respects, Park.

  3. WheresMyBoots Says:

    Powerful stuff there, some fine work. Keep on keepin’ on.

    Respects, and Ride Free,

  4. Austin Says:

    I like your art.
    Everyone here is fighting some battle.
    Welcome to the Saloon Society.

  5. Park Says:

    Been lurking for about a year now. Love everything about the blog especially when you all comment…it tells me Rebel speaks the truth. I figured in the saloon I could post a link to my page and my art. Lots of cool outisder, prison and wild art from a sober drunk. You can either click on my name “Park” or see my conspiracy stuff here feel free to comment. Stay free you guys, Gypsy MC New Braunfels friend Parker

  6. Rebel Says:

    Dear Formerly,

    Guy on the sport bike rides pretty well.


  7. Drifter Says:

    @Stroker, roger that, I may try to make it in the future…

    Keep your powder dry up there, wet winter coming I hear…

    Respects, Wishing You and the cool ones a Great New Year…

  8. Road Whore Says:

    What The Kraut and RtC said!

    Probably won’t be on here tomorrow, so in case I’m not: to Rebel and the Righteous Regulars, HAPPY NEW YEAR you bunch of fuckin’ old scooter trash! :) I hope like hell it treats us all good!

    Ride Free

  9. RtC Says:

    @ The Kraut, I would like to add to your list of afflictions, SCABIES & SHINGLES
    on those MOFO’s!


  10. The Kraut Says:

    @Jim666, thanks for the link…well done movie.

    Merry Christmas (both the ‘fucking’ and PG versions) to all…the real as well as the hoping to be real (Not the fucking Pissgums of the UO)

    Heres hoping all badges and cunts of the snitch and CI variety get a week long case of intense diarrhea.

    Respect and Positive Waves! Kraut

  11. RtC Says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL,except the trolls,corrupt politicos,
    & the Urine Odor faggots!

    Best wishes & thoughts for continued recovery for your sight Rebel!


  12. Jim666 Says:

    shit forgot to add the movie link, lol
    here ya go

  13. Jim666 Says:

    Heres a little something in case ya got a little time to yourself or need a break and a pretty good movie
    one of the best Xmas movies ive ever seen
    set in the Ardennes forest during WW2
    Merry Christmas to you all

    time to find a few Ho Ho Hoes..

  14. dogbreath Says:

    In this season of HolyDays, I wish the best of all futures to Rebel, the real, the regulars here, and even to the clueless sheeple.

    And a wish to visit a viral hemorrhagic fever upon Reyna, Swanton, Gilbert and every other corrupt persecutor of innocents and destroyer of justice.

    This year has been the most excellent year ever for some, the worst year ever for others. For most I’m guessing it was a combination of the two. However this year went for you, may the next one be better in every respect.

  15. ElleElle Says:

    Merry Christmas everyone-busiest last minute stop I made tonight was the liquor store! (Yep, I live in that part of town)! Love to all- Go be Merry and Bright and if you can’t be bright-be Merry!

  16. stroker Says:

    @ Drifter………….

    yes I did. Every year, me n’ whoever shows up on a scoot, we strut our stuff, and have cookies and coffee at the vets hall afterwards.
    Thanks for asking.


  17. Austin Says:

    @Dasein – Oh yeah – this is one twisted MoFo. I didn’t believe it at first – but now I know without a doubt – there are worse co-enablers out there than me!!

    Merry Effing Christmas Indeed – to you all,
    Rebel – this is your first Grandpa Christmas – Right?? Enjoy!
    Thanks for thinking of me Drifter-

    Dave and Co. Behind the Wire, Military in the sandbox or across the seas, or anyone working afield in the Bakken, Lost Hills or such = Patience Brothers & Sisters, you are not forgotten.

    (Special Thanks to the Elf who discovered Chocolate Cherry Baileys!!)

  18. FF Says:



  19. Drifter Says:

    @Stroker; Hope all is well with yah. Did you do that watson town Vet day again?

    Respects and merry Christmas…

  20. stroker Says:

    sitting here, watching the police state grow, feeling the eyes upon my soul, waiting for the hammer to drop…………..

    ah well……….it’s Christmas time.

    May all you regulars have a Happy Christmas, and a Merry new year.
    May Rebel grow stronger, and stay safe from the circling vultures…..
    may the words continue to flow from this man, our watcher at the tower window, our bard of the Outlaw frontier.

    May Reyna suffer the agonies of the damned, together with his little cabal
    of snarky, pseudo “law” men.

    Ho-ho-fucking ho.

  21. Drifter Says:

    Sieg, Austin, PH, FF, Stroker, Ronbo, WMB, Reb, RWhore, Paladin, Tooj, jmack, RTC, Jim and all the cool ones…

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year…

    FF, this one is for you…

    Lemmy telling Rudy he best haul ass, with Grohl, Gibbons and company in there to push the urgency of the delivery deadline:

  22. Dasein Says:

    This is maybe the most pathetically weird item I’ve yet come across in the internet swamp. Sadly though, it’ll be shoved aside soon enough. As a bonus, the thumbnail in the upper left is a pretty good recent Waco rundown, lots of pics.

  23. Austin Says:

    @bc nasty –
    I gotta say – Your wife knows WTF. I hope she got that sh*t straight.

  24. Drifter Says:

    Rebel, Thanks for all the exquisite and arduous work you do, your words are weaving so well. Even while going through your difficult procedures you continue to pursue the Truth. Salute, Respects and Happy Thanksgiving…

    Happy Thanksgiving and Respects to the Cool Ones…


  25. Gandalf Says:

    So about 25 years ago I’m driving about 100 miles per on some country road and fly by a School Bus with its Stop signs out. (big bad) The driver gets my tag # and I get a Tic in the Mail. I plead innocent and wait for a judge (JOP) trial. The day before trial I call the nice Clerk of Court and Postpone. 3, maybe 4 times… It’s a year and a half later. There is a huge blizzard outside and I finally get home from work like 6:30pm. OMG I have court at 7 and forgot to postpone. I call the courthouse expecting to get my fav. Clerk Lady. Some guy answers. (the judge) I ask for a postponement due to the Blizzard. “YOU POSTPONED THIS TRIAL 4 TIMES ALLREADY IF YOUR NOT HERE BY 7 THERE WILL BE A WARRANT OUT FOR YOUR ARREST!” (click) WTF? My friend and I jump in my 4wd truck, lock the wheels, and ski through traffic and blizzard like 30 miles to the courthouse. I jump out in front and my friend parks the truck. I come crashing into the courtroom, Judge says, “Who are you?” (stopping in the middle of some poor souls punishment) “I’m Gandalf Your Honor.” I look like 5 miles of rolled in slush dog shit. “Baliff arrest that man!” “What? I’m here, I made it on time.” “You were supposed to be here by 7pm and at 7:01 a warrant was issued for your arrest. The bus driver was sent home.” “But your Honor I WASN’T EVEN DRIVING THE TRUCK! It’s a company truck.” “Oh Yea, Who was driving then?” “Your Honor I can’t tell you that! That would be ratting.” “TAKE HIM AWAY!” “But you Honor it was my brother.” “What’s his name?” “I can’t tell you that.. I can’t rat on my own brother.” “Take him away” The whole courtroom is like WTF. My friend came in a min. after me and I already have a Baliff dragging me to the jail cell. He’s like WTF? “Ok your Honor but this is WRONG forcing a guy to rat on his own brother.” “Stop, bring the prisoner here.” takes out pen and paper. “what’s his name, address and Birthdate?” I “rat”. “Now you tell your brother to call us tomorrow or we will be coming after him.” “Dam that’s wrong forcing a guy rat on his own brother” I say as I walk out of the Courtroom. Free. Now you have to know my brother to really appreciate this story… He had hundreds of tickets with no hope of ever getting his License back in 3 lifetimes. Warrants in at least 5 States. LOL. He lives in a different State and we all laughed our asses off when I told him they were looking for him. My friend saw me Late, Arrested, then all charges dropped in a matter of 5 min. LOL. They never did get my brother. LOL Creative Legal Defense 101. :)

  26. Gandalf Says:

    Oh, If you got any $ find out who is the judges best friend is (a Lawyer) and a week before trial ask him to “shoot from the hip” and spend the day at trial for you. SURPRISE!

  27. Gandalf Says:

    @Jimm666 Once I was on State Parole. Got a possession of Coke charge. Reported the Arrest to my PO with a written Statement asking they wait to revoke until I’m proven Guilty or Plea Guilty. Got a GREAT Lawyer who got some deal wacky like deferred Aduj… but not. I had to stay arrest free for 2 years and no charges were brought.??? 1 Year 10 months later I’m arrested for a joint. Once again I report it to my PO with a written Statement saying I was innocent and could they wait until I’m proven or plead Guilty. Coke people call me in saying I gotta go to trial because of the Joint… I also talk them into waiting until I’m proven or plea guilty. So I got State Parole, County Deferred (sort of) and City possession of a joint. I beat the joint charge and my PO is like… “WOW Dude.” County coke guys go away, City weed guys go away and State Parole forgets the whole thing ever happened. (the 80s) LOL The County “deferred” Coke thing was a Christmas Gift from the Judge??? LOL He actually told me Merry Christmas. No Trial. LOL 6 months later the Judge and my Lawyer on the front page indicted for fixing Insurance trials. LOL. In court a jury decides if you are good or bad and if they think you are “a good guy” they will FIND A REASON to acquit you. All you have to do is offer them the medication “reason” Paladin spoke of… then look “sorry’ for your sins and like a good guy. Dress nice and look them all in the eye and 1/2 smile or nod. Make sure your Lawyer mentions that you have “other things to lose” “very important things” ;) Without saying what. If you lose then you fight the PO people. Good Luck. “Trust the Jury not your Lawyer” A clear case of temp. Insanity if I ever saw one. LOL Just give the jury a reason to say not guilty and look/act as nice as possible. Don’t take the stand. Good Luck again. Try your State Rep. about the Parole thing. Same thing. If he likes you he will see your problem and want to help. Hopefully. Looking “rehabilitated” works. LOL Sell yourself first…them your problem.

  28. WheresMyBoots Says:

    What Road Whore said!
    Respects, and Ride Free

  29. Road Whore Says:

    What Paladin and Phuquehed said!

    Ride Free

  30. Phuquehed Says:

    I don’t know why people keep saying I’m ‘islamophobic’…I’ve absolutely no fear of a sand nigger at all and would relish being able to be back in Israel putting .223’s in their heads again, or anywhere one of them attacks so that I can put a bullet or 2×4 or tire iron or steel-toed boot or Cold Steel knife etc into many portions of their body.

  31. Paladin Says:

    When perusing the headlines regarding the attacks that took place in France, the common thread within all the stories is how shocked everyone is that this sort of thing could possibly happen. Well folks, in case one hadn’t noticed, this sort of thing has been going on in the Middle East for quite some time. And now, the very people who encourage, promote, and finance these acts of violence have been welcomed with open arms, into most, if not all the Countries within Europe.

    There have been many, including academics that have sounded the alarm of what was to come. Unfortunately, their warnings went unheeded and those individuals were marginalized as islamophobic, racist, etc. and I’m sure that in order to save face, many politicians will say that what happened in France is an isolated incident and is not a reflection of Muslims or their ideology.

    If we look at Muslims and their faith, there is an ongoing history of violence that dates back to the founding of Islam. The Koran (bible of Islam) demands the conversion or death to all those that are non-believers. Why is this so hard for Western Civilization and it’s elected leaders to understand? To continue this mentality of denial is suicidal.

    The blood of the dead and wounded are on the hands of those elected officials that insisted on allowing the mass immigration of Muslims into their Countries, as the blood of the dead and wounded will be on our elected leader who is insisting on allowing the mass immigration of Muslims into this Country.

    Thanks to its leaders, Europe now has a huge case of the Crabs. Unfortunately, the more they scratch at them, the deeper they’ll dig in.The remaining question is: Will the citizenry of this Country allow our elected leaders to follow in the footsteps of Europe?

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  32. Road Whore Says:

    @ Jim666: The 911 operators all seem to be fucked-in-the-heads pansies of unimaginable proportions…I’ve heard 911 calls where the person was cursing because of fear, distress, etc., and the 911 operators would say Don’t you curse at me!…and fucking HANG UP! Unreal.

    As Paladin pointed out, and as I have pointed out to people, there’s a big difference between cursing, and cursing AT someone. Cursing: “Goddamn it to hell.” Cursing AT someone: “Goddamn you to hell!” Big difference.

    @ bcnasty: The world is full of “politically correct” assholes who are determined to take offense at the slightest imagined provocation. And people who go off half-cocked, as in the instance you shared, without bothering to find out all of the truth and facts.

    Remember the old bumper sticker/slogan: “Stop the world; I wanna get off.”

    Ride Free

  33. Paladin Says:


    When one sees the numbers 11/11, it is a sign directing one to be aware of one’s thoughts, because at that very moment your thoughts can manifest into something tangible. So says my OL, who’s a full on witch.

    Please don’t ask, I just live here. For her Birthday, I got the OL a new broom, complete with a Baker six speed. It’s the price one pays to avoid being turned into a toad.

    Long May You Ride,


  34. PJ Says:

    Paladin, thank you. Been having a hard time adjusting to civilian life, and it’s taken a toll on the family.

    Interestingly enough, yesterday, Veterans Day, things took a turn for the better between me and the old lady. She told me the numbers 11/11 had some spiritual significance, but I’m just grateful.

    Guess not everything about it is corrupt.

  35. Tooj Says:

    Thanks Drifter, I don’t keep much track any more since I’ve been out for almost 30 years. And yes, that putting me on the spot shit chaps my ass.

    Most of the time it’s so some jerk can get their good feelz as they do nothing other than spend money and buy more shit for status. I did my job and it sure wasn’t for what happens lately. It’s that post-Vietnam guilt shit that folks think they can just toss aside along with those vets.

  36. Phuquehed Says:

    @Jim666 – Well fuck. That’s some sorry shit to read about how they’re fucking you over for calling them to do their job instead of trying to get it done on your own.

    I sure do wish I had some way to help or some words of wisdom. I can understand your deep frustration. The shit happening to you is something right out of fucking Twilight Zone or something.

    I’ll keep hoping that someone there will finally pull their head out and see all the wrong they’re doing to you and set things aright. Best of luck, friend.

  37. Drifter Says:

    @Tooj: There was some deal in 2008 that authorizes Vets out of uniform to salute;

    The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

    Now someone telling me to salute would just annoy me…


  38. Tooj Says:

    Paladin, I hear you and could not agree more regarding the current “meaning” of Veteran’s Day. I go to baseball games and announcers are asking Vets to salute during the National Anthem. Don’t even know the distinction of in uniform versus out of uniform.

  39. Paladin Says:

    Your PD is right. I’m in CA, you and he are in VA. Your PD is also right in that I don’t practice law in VA, nor do I practice law in CA. However, I don’t see how you can be violated on your probation, if your probation was extended past your release date, due to an error on the part of your P.O. or the Department of Probation.

    There is a big difference between cursing out of frustration, while on the phone with a 911 operator and cursing AT a 911 operator. It is important that whomever represents you on that particular charge points this distinction out to the court. If they have you on tape, actually cursing at the 911 operator, your P.D. can explain that this occurred do to being off your meds., due to your meds. having been stolen when your shed was broken into.

    I wish I could be of more help.


  40. Jim666 Says:

    Tp Paladin, I finally spoke to my mouth piece , which it not even musc og that they want me to take a deal which w/ any deal violates my probation which I should have been off of aw latest a week prior to charge od crrsing a 911 operatoe she recieved tapes listenen and confirmed i was telling the guy behind me in out truck to shut the fuck up so I couls hear the poeratop she hung up si I called back same accured again si this time i waited till I got home and spoke to her for 2 min.s before pigs broke through the door wearing aemor and literly beat the shit out of me because i ask before they hand cuffed me if i could put out a cigerett she even had her office a letter telling me what she thought about me talking to you about it

    quote from message from my PD
    [email protected]
    To [email protected] Nov 10 at 12:32 PM
    Date : Nov 10 2015 12:30:51 PM
    From : Cell Phone VA (12765252334)
    To : James E Martin (12765210418)

    “It’s Mark I received your other voicemail today. First of all I really don’t care what your friend attorney friend in California said about your cases and what list he ask you to get me unless there’s specific things that you require for me as your attorney in Virginia. He doesn’t practice in Virginia. I don’t practice in California. I don’t care about his opinion with regard to your service regarding the probation violation. I don’t represent you on those. So I really don’t have time to take away from the current cases to talk to you about those. I am fully aware the outcome of these three cases pending. The Smith Virginia general-dish(?) court on November 13 at 10:30 will directly impact your probation. So I know that we had to be cognizant of that but I don’t represent you on the violation. Therefore I’m not gonna get into that any more than I have two in terms of protecting you with regard to these three charges. The only information I need from you.”
    … more. Please listen to your voicemail for the remainder of this message.

    — Brought to you by Vonage —

    This email was sent from a mailbox that does not accept replies. ”
    now if i take any kind of plea i violate my probation and am facing up to 9 yrs which i should have been released from paper over 2 weeks ago, my P.O said I would be a free man once again this time tomorrow the next day im in cuffs so tight blood was pooling up in the back seat ot the pigs csr, another county cop was at the booking station in the bathroom I guess they didn’t know he was it there si one said to the other next time you pull him meaning me over and if he so much as reaches for a phone a stick of gum a cigarette anything to fill me full of lead and he`d would swear they both thought i had a gun. all because some one broke into my shed to try and steal my bike some meds and tools I wake up to go to work my doors are barley hanging by a couple screws off the hinges and bike laying on its side in my yard so I did “THE “RIGHT” THING ” called the little piggies and get arrested for reporting a break in and theft at my house. now she says the only real charge is cursing over the phone at a 911 operator if you see toyr bike lying on its side and tools gone among other shit i thing anyone in their right mind would cuss at anyone including God himself, WTF ? Paladin. Love ya man

    Just want you to see what im dealing with here if they release me from paper in getting as far away from this shit hole of s communestwealth as possible they actually kidnapped me they had no legal charge to arrest me whatsoever

    so after fri the 13th if im not on again ill be at same place as before encase anyone wants ti write

    James Martin # whatever they decide to give me this time , po box
    shit i used to have a box full of letters you guys wrote me last time i was there but cant seem to find and if you’d like ti write you’ll have to look up inmate mailing address for SWVRJ Meadow view Virginia thnx and if i dont get back home on Friday ya`ll all please ride and sty safe m respects to most all here Jim666

  41. bcnasty Says:

    This should give insite to stupid political correct idiots.
    Ole lady come home from work stops in the garage and the dogs are barking then sit at the door so I know it is her. She comes in and has hit the garage fridge. She has two beers and my half jug of beam. Hands me a beer, opens hers takes a swig off the jug and pounds her beer. I am thinking what the fuck, beer yes, ole lady never drinks bourbon. She proceeds to tell me her day.
    Her company delivers to the military mostly music and videos. Her warehouse manager has lots of temporary folks from one agency as work goes from balls to wall to non existant in given months. Apparently, this one black dude was slacking and Tracy had words with him, he got his panties in a wad and Tracy said sorry “I am a slave driver”. This ass goes back to his company tells his company about the slave driver line. His company calls my ole ladies HR. Hr writes Tracy up for saying the words slave driver and my ole lady is coming unglued because HR went around her to one of her employees. Made Tracy write an apology letter to the man and spent an hour on words you can not use. The reason the wife is pissed, while Tracy is white, her husband of 17 years is black and her two children are bi racial. Hr told my wife if Tracy was black this would be a non issue ???? My wife told them you stupid fucks did you find out anything about Tracy first. All this because some lazy ass fuck heard the words slave driver. She has fired the temp agency and is looking to fire the HR person. All over three words. Stop this crazy ass world and let me off.

  42. Road Whore Says:

    Truedat, Paladin.

    Ride Free

  43. Paladin Says:

    Subject: High School Graduation in Chicago

    Darqueeze played high school football in Chicago. He was a great running back, but a really poor student. At graduation, he didn’t have enough credits. But he was a great football star and the students held a rally and demanded the principal give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the principal agreed that if Darqueeze could answer one question correctly he would give him a diploma.

    The one question test was held in the auditorium and all the students packed the place. It was standing room only.

    The principal was on the stage and told him to come up. Diploma in hand, the principal said: “Darqueeze, if you can answer this one question correctly I’ll give you your diploma.”

    “Darqueeze, how much is three times seven?

    Darqueeze looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, pondering the question. The other students began chanting, “Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!

    Then Darqueez held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. He said, “I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one.

    A hush fell over the auditorium and then all the other students began to chant: “Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  44. Paladin Says:

    I have come to realize the true meaning of Veteran’s Day

    Veteran’s Day is a day that has very little to do with veterans and a lot to do with retailer’s exploitation of veterans for the discounting and hocking of their wares. So as not to seem discriminatory, retailers exploit Memorial Day for the same profiteering goal. The retailer’s behavior is the more offensive on Memorial Day, due to the fact that the sales events take place on what is supposed to be a day of remembrance and reflection on those that paid the ultimate (non-discounted) price, so retailers and consumers alike can carry on.

    With the exception of the European invasion that destroyed and enslaved the North American Indian, this Country is unique in the fact that other than the British, this Country has never been invaded or occupied by a foreign nation. As such, the citizenry of this Country has never experienced the death, destruction and very real horror of an invading and occupying force.

    Because our veterans have always fought and died on foreign soil, this Country’s citizenry has been insulated from the true nature and horror of war. If the citizenry had to step over or around the mangled and lifeless bodies of its soldiers, in order to get their Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day discounts, the true value of our Country’s veterans might be brought into sharper focus.

    Am I bitter about the way our veterans and those that serve are treated? Yes. Do I think that all of this Country’s citizens are uncaring, greedy little Lemmings? No. However, this Country’s government is a direct reflection of the citizenry that elected it. If this Country is to truly honor its veterans and those that serve, the citizenry of this Country must demand that its government honor its veterans and those that serve.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  45. Paladin Says:

    Just Stay

    A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

    Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, the man dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

    The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.

    Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night. Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

    Finally, the nurse returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. “Who was that man?” he asked. The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered. “No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.” “Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?” “I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.” I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name? The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………….

    The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.


  46. Drifter Says:

    A man approached a very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and said, “I’ve lost my wife here in the supermarket.” “Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?”

    The woman looked puzzled. “Why talk to me?” she asked.
    “Because every time I talk to a woman with tits like yours, my wife appears out of nowhere!”

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