Subj: Speeches Supp
(Includes 5 jokes and articles, 31906,3,cf,4wX_2b,2)
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Steve Jobs' 05 Stanford Commencement Speech (S738d)
This is a speech that Steve Jobs,
the founder of Apple,
gave at Stanford University in 2005 for the graduation
commencement. In it, Steve recounts three personal
stories in which he advocates following your heart and
doing what you love. Click 'HERE' to hear and see this
Subj: The Pampered Generation (S154)
From: collins2 on 01/14/2000
Subject: The Pampered > Date:
Monday, December 13, 1999 9:51 AM
Our beloved President shares our pain. I was embarrassed to
read that President Clinton and his advisors have said, "The
older generation must learn to sacrifice as other generations
That's my generation. I knew
eventually someone would ferret
out the dirty secret: we've lived the "lifestyle of the rich
and famous" all our lives. Now, I know I must bare the truth
about my generation and let the country condemn us for our
During the Depression we had
an hilarious time dancing to the
tune of "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" We could choose to dine
at any of the country's fabulous soup kitchens, often joined by
our parents and siblings...those were the heady days of carefree
Then, with World War II, the
cup filled to overflowing. We had
the chance to bask on the exotic beaches of Guadalcanal, Iwo
Jima and Okinawa to see the capitols of Europe and travel to
such scenic spots as Bastogne, Malmedy and Monte Cassino. Of
course, one of the most exhilarating adventures was the stroll
from Bataan to the local Japanese hotels, laughingly known as
death camps. But the good times really rolled for those lucky
enough to be on the beaches of Normandy for the swimming and
boating that pleasant June day in '44. Unforgettable.
Even luckier were those that
drew the prized holiday tickets
for cruises on sleek, gray ships to fun filled spots like
Midway, The Solomons and Murmansk. Instead of asking, "what
can we do for our country, "an indulgent government let us
fritter away our youth wandering idly through the lush and
lovely jungles of Burma and New Guinea. Yes, it's all true:
we were pampered, we were spoiled rotten, we never did realize
what sacrifice meant.
We envy you, Mr. Clinton, the
harsh lessons you learned in
London, Moscow and Little Rock. My generation is old, Mr.
President...and guilty; but we are repentant. Punish us for
our failings, sir, that we may learn the true meaning of Duty,
Honor, and Country.
Robert J. Grady, Lt. Col., USAF
(Ret), Colorado Springs.
IF YOU FEEL AS I DO, YOU WILL PASS THIS ON TO EVERY ONE ON
YOUR LIST REGARDLESS OF THEIR POLITICAL PREFERENCE..
10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal (S906d)
Posted by Texas Exes
From: Ernie Ware on Facebook
||Here's his amazing Commencement
University of Texas at Austin 2014 from
Business Insider. Click 'HERE' to listen
to Admiral McRaven's description of Navy
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Lee Iacocca Is Angry (S627c)
From: ICohen on 1/12/2009
Photo from MotorTrend.com...
Lee Iacocca Says:
'Am I the only guy in this country
who's fed up with
what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We
should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang
of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over
a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind,
and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less
build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone
sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say,
'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've
got to be kidding. This is
America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a
sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile,
that I've gone off
my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak
up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders
are not the innovators
but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq,
the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what
to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of
asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the
'America' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean
for. I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further.
You can't call yourself a patriot
if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and
willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca
elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis
being the first.)
Leaders are made, not born.
Leadership is forged in
times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet
up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's
kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield
yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world
comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed
a strong leader more
than any other time in our history. We needed a steady
hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess,
so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war
with no plan for winning
and no plan for leaving.
We're running the biggest deficit
in the history of the
We're losing the manufacturing
edge to Asia, while our
once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health
Gas prices are skyrocketing,
and nobody in power has a
coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.
Our borders are like sieves.
The middle class is being squeezed every which way.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you've
got to ask: 'Where
have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious,
creative communicators? Where are the people of
character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common
sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think
you get the point.
Name me a leader who has a better
idea for homeland
security than making us take off our shoes in airports
and throw away our shampoo?
We've spent billions of dollars
building a huge new
bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to
things that have already happened.
Name me one leader who emerged
from the crisis of
Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single
day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding
accountability for the decisions that were made in the
crucial hours after the storm.
Everyone's hunkering down, fingers
crossed, hoping it
doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms
happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what
you're going to do the next time.
Name me an industry leader who
is thinking creatively
about how we can restore our competitive edge in
manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could
ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese
car companies? How did this happen, and more important,
what are we going to do about it?
Name me a government leader who
can articulate a plan
for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis,
or managing the health care problem. The silence is
deafening. But these are the crises that are eating
away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the gang in Congress.
We didn't elect
you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain
silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our
greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is
everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News
will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't
you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not
trying to be the voice of
gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm
speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America.
In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through
some of America 's greatest moments. I've also
experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great
Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the
'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's
oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating
If I've learned one thing, it's
this: 'You don't get
anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody
else to take action. Whether it's building a better car
or building a better future for our children, we all have
a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this
book. It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me,
believe in America'. It's not too late, but it's getting
pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work.
Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'
Make your own contribution by
sending this to everyone you
know and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's
our future. Our future is at stake!!
This article is true as verified
Subj: Columbine Father's Testimony (S125b)
From: TA989287 on 6/14/99
TESTIMONY OF DARRELL SCOTT FATHER
OF TWO VICTIMS OF COLUMBINE
HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING LITTLETON, COLORADO BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE UNITED STATES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THURSDAY, MAY 27,1999 2:00P.M.
2141 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
Since the dawn of creation, there
has been both good and
evil in the heart of men and of women. We all contain the
seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.
The death of my wonderful daughter
Rachel Joy Scott and the
deaths of that heroic teacher and the other children who
died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
The first recorded act of violence
was when Cain slew his
brother Able in the field. The villain was not the club he
used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association.
The true killer was Cain and the reason for the murder could
only be found in Cain's heart.
In the days that followed the
Columbine tragedy, I was amazed
at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as
the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter.
I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend
the NRA because I don't believe that they are responsible for
my daughter's death. Therefore, do not believe they need to
If I believed they had anything
to do with Rachel's murder, I
would be their strongest opponent.
I am here today to declare that
Columbine was not just a
tragedy. It was a spiritual event that should be forcing us
to look at where the real blame lies!
Much of that blame lies here
in this room. Much of that
blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers
I wrote a poem just four nights
ago that express my feelings
best. This was written way before I knew l would be
speaking here today.
Your laws ignore our deepest
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage.
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms.
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere.
And ask the question "WHY"?
You regulate restrictive laws.
Through legislative creed.
Add yet you fail to understand.
That God is what we need!
Men and women are three part
beings. We all consist of body,
soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third
part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil,
prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreck havoc.
Spiritual influences were present
within our educational
systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major
colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a
What has happened to us as a
nation? We have refused to
honor God, and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and
And when something as terrible
as Columbine's tragedy occurs,
politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA.
They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that
continue to erode away our personal and private liberties.
We do not need more restrictive
laws. Eric and Dylan would
not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun
laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type
The real villain lies within
our OWN hearts. Political
posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.
The young people of our nation
hold the key. There is a
spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched.
We do not need more religion.
We do not need more gaudy
television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage.
We do not need more million dollar church buildings built
while people with basic needs are being ignored.
We do need a change of heart
and a humble acknowledgment
that this nation was founded on the principle of simple
trust in God.
As my son Craig lay under that
table in the school library
and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he
did not hesitate to pray in school.
I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person
in America and around the
world to realize that on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High
School, prayer was brought back to our schools.
Do not let the many prayers offered
by those students be in
Dare to move into the new millennium
with a sacred disregard
for legislation that violates your conscience and denies
your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point
your finger at the NRA, I
give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own
heart before you cast the first stone!
My daughter's death will not
be in vain. The young people
of this country will not allow that to happen.
............................From darrellvip on 10/13/2007