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    See what 50 years will do...

    See what 50 years will do:


    Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

    1956 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

    2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

    1956 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

    2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Jason won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

    1956 - Jason sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

    2006 - Jason given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jason has a disability.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

    1956 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

    2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.

    1956 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

    2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

    1956 : Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

    2006 : Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed

    1956 - Ants die.

    2006 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.

    1956 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

    2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    Im sure Mugsy would have a different outlook on 50 years, lol BTW, has anybody seen him around here ?

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    The good ol' days are always better than these days, aren't they?

    Sorry, but I just don't believe that there is such a thing as the good ol' days (nor do I think that you were alive in 1956-and neither was I). It's easy to say that that prior times were better than these current times, but pretty difficult to prove. What you just posted above certainly goes nowhere near actually proving that times were better then, but it does take off into rampant hyperbole.

    Also, one could just as easily point out examples of how times are better now than then.
    Here's an example:

    1956: Joseph McCarthy, a Republican senator from Wisconsin, holds hearings to root out communists from innocent Americans whose only crimes may have been to know people whose sister's father-in-law was involved in the Socialist Party in the 1930's.

    2006: Joseph McCarthy is dead. The Soviet Union no longer exists. No one is afraid of Communism, and the US is the sole hegemonic power in the world.

    Whoopdee doo.


    I realize you intended this to be something to giggle at, and that I'm probably taking it too seriously, but the whole "back in my day..." argument really sticks in my craw. Personally, I wouldn't want to live in any other time than right now, unless it was some time in the future when people get along better than they do currently.

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    Yeah I guess if you love a world where one word can offend one bazillion people you're in luck.
    :

    We are raising a generation of thin-skinned pussies who are sheltered from the "real" world by groups such as the ACLU. I also love how we can barely celebrate Christmas or Easter because a select few tourists in this country feel we should adapt to them and not publically display our own beliefs, while we give them every right to display theirs.

    I remember a story in Arizona where two illegals were on some farmers land trying to steal a chicken or some crap for food. He caught them and shot one of them. The alien lived, sued, and was awarded the farmers house, land, and some other goods. How is THAT fair? He is illegal. I-L-L-E-G-A-L. That means he can't be here. So what do we do to ward off further illegals? We give them a damn mass of land and a house! Who wouldn't cross over?

    I hate the direction of our country right now. We suck majorily. We want to take care of everyone else and make them tell us what to do more and more everyday. Don't like Christmas? Come on in! Can't speak English? Hey don't bother, WE'LL all learn YOUR language!

    What a joke. George Washington is sh*tting in his grave right now.

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    "The" wrote:
    ... but the whole "back in my day..." argument really sticks in my craw...
    I bet that hurts, the time is now.
    What time is it anyway?
    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    Ahhh to remember the innocence of youth
    ;D

    It's easy to say that that prior times were better than these current times, but pretty difficult to prove.
    I can help you prove it to yourself.
    (Unless you grew up in a home were you were beat dailey and your Mom and Dad were Fargin Iceholes.)

    Honestly think back to your youth.
    Tell me life wasn't simpler.
    Dad and Mom there to feed, protect, love you?
    No hassles from the boss.
    Free to play, do whatever during the summer ect ect ect.
    Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/josdin00/Vikings/Marrdro_sig.jpg

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    AND WE THOUGHT THINGS WERE TOUGH IN THE 1950s

    Every generation thinks they have it tough, especially when they look back at what they were expending on the basics of life just five to 10 years ago. Today, the average American can spend upwards to $125,000 on an average home, while a not so fancy new car lists out in the neighborhood of $28,000.

    So what were people commenting about a mere 52 years ago. The same thing we complain about today. Just the prices have changed. Don’t believe me, then read on and maybe you’ll wish you were still living in the 1950s.

    Comments made in the year 1955:

    "I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20."

    "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2,000 will only buy a used one."

    "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous."

    "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"

    "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

    "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage."

    "Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."

    "I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying ‘damn’ in ‘Gone With The Wind, it seems every new movie has either ‘hell’ or ‘damn’ in it."

    "I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

    "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president."

    "I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."

    "It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."

    "It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

    "Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat."

    "I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."

    "Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress."

    "The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

    "There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."

    "No one can afford to be sick anymore; $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."

    "If they think I’ll pay $1.00 for a haircut, forget it."

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    "Marrdro" wrote:
    Ahhh to remember the innocence of youth
    ;D

    It's easy to say that that prior times were better than these current times, but pretty difficult to prove.
    I can help you prove it to yourself.
    (Unless you grew up in a home were you were beat dailey and your Mom and Dad were Fargin Iceholes.)

    Honestly think back to your youth.
    Tell me life wasn't simpler.
    Dad and Mom there to feed, protect, love you?
    No hassles from the boss.
    Free to play, do whatever during the summer ect ect ect.
    OK, I can get behind that, smart guy
    (and nice Johnny Dangerously reference BTW).

    The point I was making though, Baumy, is that times change for good and ill. Look, I live in Portland, Ore., supposedly one of the worst bastions of liberal nincompoopery out there (and I certainly contribute to that plenty myself), but I can't stand the PC bullshit anymore than reddest red-stater out there.

    At the same time, I also recognize that we are approaching the 50 year anniversary (on Sept. 25) of
    President Eisenhower having to call out 1000 National Guard troops to Little Rock, Arkansas so that 9 black kids could go to school with the white kids (and this was 3 years after the first Brown v. Board of Education decision). Certainly things have gotten better in this area (to a degree) in 50 years.

    This is what I'm talking about when I say I don't like the "things used to be better back in the day" argument. Some things were. Others were not. And if you don't like the way things are, lobby your representatives in Congress.


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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    The sooner everyone embraces the Bike Helmet generation, the easier it will be to move forward.

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    Re: See what 50 years will do...

    I believe every generation had good and bad to offer.
    For the most part, my memories of youth are nicer than those as an old fart!
    BTW, while McCarthy's tactics may have been questionable, the threat was not.
    Since the Soviet Union collapsed and we gained access to Stasi and KGB archives, we found most of the Communist activities that some characterized as "right wing paranoia" were true.
    For a boring but eye opening read, check out The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB.
    You'll be amazed at the successful disinformation campaigns that people still believe are true.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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