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Just so you know, we Americans occasionally like to have a laugh at Europe's expense:

Europeans Heightened Threat Levels

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats
and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved". Soon,
though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A
Bit Cross". Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz began in
1940 and tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized
from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance". The last time the British issued "A
Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666.
Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its
terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in
France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a
recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively
paralyzing the country's military capability.
It's not only the English and French who are on a heightened level of
alert. Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and
Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain:
"Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."
The Germans also increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to
"Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher
levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose".
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only
threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy.
These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy
can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Mary Fernandez

I would just add this spot that Anheiser Busch ran during the Super Bowl:


(Having been there and back, this does happen quite often.)

Also, a marine made this rap video for his grandma when he re-enlisted. It's been nicknamed, "Bad Ass Marine":



Thank you Mary. The Budweiser advert is terrific.


My husband and I went to a restaurant near the Tampa airport, and were seated next to five soldiers who were just finishing their meal. An elderly couple sitting nearby got up to leave, and as they passed the soldiers the man stealthily slipped the soldiers check from their table and kept walking. One soldier noticing what happened began to rise when the elderly lady turned, pointed her finger at him and said, "You sit down and finish your dinner, young man." He plopped back down into his seat and said, "Yes ma'am."

Then the lady smiled and said, "God bless you all, and thank you." When the man and lady arrived at the register the manager/owner whispered something to them and took the two checks and put them behind the counter. It was obvious that not only were the soldiers' meals on the house, but the couple also had a free meal that evening as a thank you for their kindness and generosity to our military.

The restaurant errupted in applause, with every patron showing appreciation for all, the elderly couple, the manager, and above all these young men who put their lives on the line for all of us. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.


Wonderful Ami. Thank you for sharing that.

Frogg, USA

I always take the time whenever I see a soldier to say "thank you for all that you do for your country".

Last summer on a return plane trip there was an announcement as we landed that there were three soldiers returning from Iraq on board and we were asked to remain seated until they were allowed to exit the plane to awaiting family members.

As they stood up to get their bags from the overhead the entire plane exploded into applauses and screams of "thank you", etc which did not grow faint nor end until they were out of sight.

The soldiers were very humbled by it; those of us on the plane were just plain proud of them.


Who remembers the following words from Zell Miller at the GOP 2004 Convention...

"Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.

No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home."


Amen to that. I have wondered how long our country will continue to produce women and men of such self-sacrificing conviction. They are head and shoulders above most, truly our finest and a great pride to me.


My pleasure, Editor. And may I thank you for sharing Zell Miller's words with us. I had forgotten.

May I also say thank you to all of the countries around the world whose soldiers have defended our freedoms. Bless you, and Happy New Year.

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