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  •  I experienced similar curfews (5+ / 0-)

    Nothing like watching tanks and jeeps full of National Guard drive down your street, stop, get out, consider firing at various houses on your block.

    I mean really. Have YOU seen a tank driving down the street you live on in America? Probably few people have.

    It changes you forever.

    BTW, the next day the party boys next door said that their CB scanner was reporting that someone had phoned in the info that there was a sniper in our house. Scared to death when the troops began driving and deploying down our street, we had retreated to the second floor. Seemed safer.

    We were kneeling on the floor, peeping out an upstairs window at them. Lucky to be alive now.

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    by AllisonInSeattle on Wed May 03, 2006 at 06:40:36 PM PDT

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    •  Yep, Allison, I did. (11+ / 0-)

      On Dwight Street in Berkeley.  And they rode around in jeeps firing shotguns into the houses.

      It's 1969.  Peoples Park. We were having dinner one night at my wife-to-be's house and hear the telltale pop of tear gas.  A couple of seconds later a guy ran up our steps, opened the door (always unlocked...what a time!), slammed the door shut, locked it and ran down our hall.  Two seconds later we heard boom, boom, bam.  The door collapses and two national guard with gas masks rush down the hall.  We hear "thump, thump" as the guy gets whacked.  As they are dragging the guy out by his feet, one of the flak jacketed and tear gas masked NG, stops, looks at us at the dinner table, lifts up his mask and says "Excuse us".  Out they go.

      Kafka couldn't have made that story up.  

      Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. H. L. Mencken

      by captainlaser on Wed May 03, 2006 at 06:49:22 PM PDT

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      •  Damn, dude! (1+ / 0-)
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        Can't think of a thing else to say.

        You know, the younger generation, (and others) what do they know? They think all we did was dance at hippie events, go to school, get jobs, etc.

        They think the country has always been peaceful. Ha!

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        by AllisonInSeattle on Wed May 03, 2006 at 07:06:46 PM PDT

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        •  It's not our fault (1+ / 0-)
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          we weren't even born in 1970.  If it makes you feel better to say those of us younger than you don't know anything, go for it.  

          And just because we weren't alive doesn't mean Kent State didn't affect us.  But what do I know, right?

          -4.88, -8.21 "I love this country!" - Yakov Smirnoff

          by CommiePinkoScum on Thu May 04, 2006 at 12:15:08 AM PDT

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          •  Sorry, it was just a joke (0+ / 0-)

            But I can see how it didn't come across that way. It's just a dumb way that some old people talk, and mostly, when boomers talk that way, they're making FUN of people who would say it.

            Very hard to do humor on the Internet, not always smart to try. Should have done in private comment to the other poster.

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            by AllisonInSeattle on Thu May 04, 2006 at 09:58:51 AM PDT

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