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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:46 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1155116/a-reborn-england-teams-watershed-performance

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 Reborn England Team's Watershed  Performance
The 20,000 or so Polish fans in north London last night did their best to annexe Wembley to Warsaw, helped by red distress signals that sent plumes of smoke across the stadium before kick-off.
But this was not to be a repeat of England's darkest moment in World Cup qualifying half a lifetime ago, where a 1-1 draw saw England fail to reach the main event. Far from it.
Playing with an adventure and attacking verve seldom seen from the national side in recent years, let alone during Roy Hodgson's tenure, Poland were swept aside.
This felt like that rarest of doubles; a crucial result secured with a watershed performance
Still going to Wales next weekend for the rugby game?  I will be with you in spirit.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:48 pm

What Joe said.   

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:56 pm

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Still going to Wales next weekend for the rugby game?  I will be with you in spirit.
Not many tickets left, Ann, and the cheapest are £60 each. If England make it to the final, we might consider splashing out!

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:00 pm

Ouch!

I will try to see if I can find a way to keep up online. Any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:16 am

You can watch free live streaming here: http://www.wiziwig.tv/

USA are in the tournament for the first time, so you might be able to find a TV channel in the US showing the USA games. You can follow the tournament on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/rugbyleagueworldcup

Or follow the USA on the RLWC website:

http://www.rlwc2013.com/teams/usa

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:17 am

Thanks, will do.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:22 am

I added a new link to the RLWC website after you posted, Ann.

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:14 am

Thanks again.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:21 am

DK, your post is not easy to make a response.  Your love for country and your patriotism is admirable.  I agree that it is a great country with abundant resources.  The spirit of “It can be done” is still alive, although weakening.  Turning a blind eye to problems doesn’t make them disappear.  In another thread someone used the term “Ugly American”.  In my view, it is an attitude that we can do no wrong.  It is seen by some as arrogance and that makes it ugly.
It is not always what one says, but by their actions.  Looking down on others as though we are better than they is a detriment in developing or maintaining good relations. 
To say that we are the greatest nation on earth, even if it were true, are not terms of endearment.  Tooting ones own horn is self-serving and repulsive.  That is what I so dislike about self-promotion.  When others praise our work, it has much value.  IMV it loses value when we try to tell others how great we are.
 
I think it is in Matthew where it says: “By their deeds (works) ye shall know them”.  How does the world see America today if they look at the deeds of our recent past?   Because we were once an example of good to the world, doesn’t mean that we still are.  It is human nature to be loyal to family, friends and country.   It has been said that only a friend will tell you when you have bad breath.  When we try to point out “bad breath” to friends, some take offense.  It is great to be positive, however being positive in the sense that we fail to recognize our faults, is foolhardy.  One cannot change what is bad unless there is recognition that a problem exists. 
 
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:52 am

"It is a good thing to have a history filled with honor. The USA has nothing. This country should have stayed a part of the Mother Country."  Domenic Pappalardo

I was responding to the above statement that was posted on this thread above my post.  Perhaps I was a bit verbose because it was such a slam against the U.S.  I also just finished an interview with a person who immigrated to this country and was seeing the U.S. through his eyes - a naturalized citizen who believes this is the greatest country in the world.

It's not uncommon for a person to believe their country is the best and I don't often run around shouting from the rooftops.  However, perhaps I shouldn't keep so low key.  It's one thing for me to say that my children are imperfect, but if someone else has a complaint my mother cat's claws are readily visible.

I hid my head in shame for the Bush years because I was once a member of the party that was so destructive to the U.S. at home and abroad.  He was a dry alcoholic with a pretty boy background and couldn't even give a decent speech.  He was worse than embarrassing and left President Obama to start from zero.  I have been able to lift my head in pride for the presidential demeanor of President Obama in the worst of conditions to rise above.  The dysfunction in the Congress, however, is not a good example of representative democracy in action.

However, in the streets of most cities, most U.S. citizens have opportunities and live better than many in the world considering the diversity of our population and the open immigration policies over the years compared to other countries that kept their populations stagnant and consistent.  Some of our states work better than others. Some rise and some fall.  We still have 3000 miles without passports and borders and one common language.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:00 am

10/17/2013


                        .. America ....The greatest, Best, Generous Country In The World,
                        Everyone wants To Live Here, Be Free Here................

                                                                 Cheers..Joe..
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:10 am

I agree Abe. Those who are in their later years can see the vast changes, not only in The United States, but the world. The U.S.A is not what it was, and its past was nothing to brag about. I have friends in other parts of the world. We have talked about the problems in their countries. Seeing things from their side is a different picture. I don't see citizens of a country as the problem. Those who rule have the power of armies. These are the people I point a finger at. Can the citizens change the world? I would say no. I am one of those who believe in the Bible. It says only God has the power to change it.
If this country had started out on the right foot, it would still have the flag of England.

But this is just my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:26 am

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                        .. America ....The greatest, Best, Generous Country In The World,
                        Everyone wants To Live Here, Be Free Here................

                                                                 Cheers..Joe..
Joe, you just affirmed my post.  When you say that "Everyone..."  that is your personal belief - not a fact.  I've met many Europeans who once lived in the US and returned to their European homes because they felt that their home country gave them more freedom and they felt more secure. 
Blanket statements are seldom valid.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:30 am

With all due respect, Abe, I feel that US citizens who have chosen to live elsewhere have lessened their ability to judge their homeland with any veriable accuracy.

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:03 pm

10/17/2013

                       We'll what can I say ? If someone doesn't like this country
                       that's their problem not mine, I'm 5th generation , my
                      great grandparents came from Germany in 1885, I don't
                      think I could live in Germany, not my style.....USA all the way.

                                                     Cheers..Joe.........
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:49 pm

I like this country. I don't like all the drugs, drive buys, sending our young boys and girls to fight in countries we have no business in. I don't like the presidents past...one having sex outside of marriage, breaking into an office to steal papers, (WaterGate,) All the others who allowed men, women, and children to be slaves. I don't like those in government to tell lie upon lie.

I like people I know. I like all the different foods. Hmmm? Lets see, what else do I like? Yess, I like the freedom we used to have.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:22 pm

10/17/2013

                      Domenic..

                                    I agree with you ! I've noticed in the last 50 years this countries
                   politics has changed not for the better but for the worse ! Politicians don't
                   know when to leave office they stay in till their so dam old they can't walk !
                   Evidently they have never have read the Constitution it states the job is
                  limited not a career....They just don't get it....This country is oging to hell
                  in a handbasket ! By the way where do you live now ?

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:31 pm

Note that the politics have changed as the power went into the hands of the lobbyist groups, and the global, corporate entities that control the media.  The cost of campaigns have insured the loyalty to special interests by politicians.  They speak one tongue to get the votes but act according to the needs of their financiers.  Period.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:32 pm

Also, they've carved for themselves some pretty cushy jobs.  Their staff does all the work.  They just hoot and holler and pose for the camera to win their next election.  Not all, but enough to spoil the batter.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:33 pm

However, because I criticize the government does not mean I don't want to live here.  My life is cozy, free and sustaining.  I like it.  Here.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:03 pm

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                      Domenic..

                                    I agree with you ! I've noticed in the last 50 years this countries
                   politics has changed not for the better but for the worse ! Politicians don't
                   know when to leave office they stay in till their so dam old they can't walk !
                   Evidently they have never have read the Constitution it states the job is
                  limited not a career....They just don't get it....This country is oging to hell
                  in a handbasket ! By the way where do you live now ?

                                                    Cheers..Joe...Very Happy
I live in the USA Joe. This is not a good country. What is bad, it is the best country. Being the best it should be good. It's not just the USA that is in trouble...the world is in trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:21 pm

10/17/2013

                            Domenic..

                                            ..  The democratic party was destroyed a long time ago,
                            it's gotten too radical.......Has not been the same since John Kennedy..
                            The left has taken over.....It amazes me how rich politicians are extreme
                            left wingers...

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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:06 pm

Rich politicians - you mean like Ted Cruz? The politicians who are causing the problems right now are the radical conservatives of the religious right. And the reason they are doing so is because they know that their days are numbered. they are rapidly losing power and are desperate to hang on to what bits and pieces they can.
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:21 pm

10/17/2013

                    I think Ann and DK have been reading the wrong sites? The Democrats
                    days are numbered they have destroyed this country beyond repair.. And
                    another thing Hillary would never , ever be President, no one wants another
                    Clinton in the White House...I would prefer to have England take over and
                    say " Hail Britania "........
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PostSubject: Re: I've had a busy week!   Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:25 pm

I consider it is the beginning of the end of the rich white men who have tried to disguise their greed as Christian values and con the people whom they consider less than human....ie, the ...well, fill that part in your self. 

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