Sep 27, 2007

McGovern to endorse Hillary

As a native of South Dakota, I am happy and proud to commend George McGovern (pictured) as a true war hero who volunteered in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew 35 combat missions over enemy territory in a B-24 Liberator bomber (shown below).

It has always puzzled me how an ordained Methodist minister, turned politician from a conservative state could be nearly socialistic in his liberal political views.

George McGovern lost his bid for the presidency in a landslide defeat of 61%–38% in 1972.

So how much help will a McGovern endorsement be to the Hillary campaign?

One wonders if it is repaying a political debt rather than an honest endorsement. The article at the link below reports:

"I got to know her 35 years ago," McGovern said. "She and her boyfriend, Bill Clinton, took over the McGovern organization in Texas. They did a terrific job against impossible odds. I never forgot that. They worked night and day in that state."


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A note about the aircraft Mr. McGovern flew during WW II:

The B-24 Liberator was sometimes called a “flying coffin” by pilots and crew. The nickname came mostly because the B-24 was prone to catch fire as a result of battle damage because of the fuel tank locations.

The B-24 was a bit larger than the B-17 Flying fortress but was not nearly as robust.

I tip my hat to anyone who completed 35 combat missions as a B-25 pilot.

Click here for pictures of the only remaining flyable B-25 taken at the Loveland/Ft. Collins airport last July 4th.

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Sep 25, 2007

Are the New Orleans Aints back?

The 1980 Saints football team lost their first 14 games and ended the season with a record of 1-15.

This year in spite of Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister and Drew Brees they are 0-3.

Are the ‘Aints’ back?

During that disastrous 1980 season some of the Saints fans turned their frustration into sarcasm. They often wore brown paper bags on their heads with the word ‘Aints’ printed just above the eye slits, reasoning that the way the team played, they didn’t deserve to use the first letter of the team name.

They sat in the highest seats they could find in the empty ‘nosebleed’ section as a protest to the under performing team.

Actually the sarcasm of the saints fans became popular, as fans of other underachieving teams picked it up. Jets fans were seen to wear paper bags that said ‘Ets’ because they thought the team didn’t play well enough to use the fist letter of their name.

If the Saints continue to slide, the team players will still wear the fleur-de-lis on their helmets, but the fans may go back to the ‘Aints’ paper bags.

Come on you guys, give your rebuilding city something to be proud of! No more paper bags for your fans.