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  •  As others have said, thanks for the diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    I also recall that Newt Gingrich said it was his visit to the ossuary at Verdun in his youth that triggered his interest in public life.  Personally, I think his public service was a disaster for the US, but also that Lawrence O'Donnell makes a strong case that Newt is the largest single influence in American politics over the last 30 years.

    And it started at Verdun.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:27:56 AM PST

    •  My guess is (2+ / 0-)
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      He took one look at it and thought "I bet we could fill up a bigger one than that!"

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:42:46 AM PST

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      •  As the website says... (1+ / 0-)
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        devtob

        Sadly, No!

        Actually, what I remember from the story on him in an old WaPo Weekly (back when I still believed the corporate, compliant, conservative media) as he was ascending to the Speakership, he saw it as the result of a massive failure of government and/or leadership.  

        You or I might have decided to improve government and/or leadership; I guess he decided to defund them instead.  Either that or your suggestion.

        And I still love yer sig from "Dr. Strangelove"!

        "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

        by bartcopfan on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:05:44 PM PST

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