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(Desoto Times Tribune)   Middle School students raise funds to send WWII Battle of the Bulge bombardier on Hero's Wish trip to visit Belgium villages he bombed   (desototimes.com) divider line 55
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2012-12-17 09:12:23 PM
Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.
 
2012-12-17 09:22:32 PM
Dresden was the bomb, yo.
 
2012-12-17 09:31:11 PM
Awkward.
 
2012-12-17 09:40:28 PM
Is the "Make a Sick Geriatric Joke" a subfund of the "Make A Wish Foundation?"
 
2012-12-17 09:50:57 PM
No, people. No. Didn't you read the article?

See, he bombed the countryside and only got to see the towns and villages last time... from 32,000 feet.
 
2012-12-17 10:49:31 PM

Richard Saunders: No, people. No. Didn't you read the article?

See, he bombed the countryside and only got to see the towns and villages last time... from 32,000 feet.



For the last time I KANT REED!
 
2012-12-17 10:56:25 PM

fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.


My mother is Belgian, a teenager during the war. She had relatives killed by American and British bombs. She doesn't really like to talk about those years.
 
2012-12-17 11:11:57 PM
Next up they plan to send Patricia Krenwinkel on a trip to see Roman Polanski.
 
2012-12-17 11:53:09 PM
Help the bombardier!
 
2012-12-18 12:02:55 AM

fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.


bing bing bing
 
2012-12-18 12:33:46 AM
There was only one catch...
 
2012-12-18 02:37:44 AM
Positive school news, for a change. Wonderful!
 
2012-12-18 03:16:34 AM

simsite9: There was only one catch...


Catch-22?
 
2012-12-18 03:40:26 AM
His grandkids were all like "WW2 was like...the Bomb yo." and his kids were all like "But you like Belgian chocolates!" and then he was all like "Aww man." and then this happened.
 
2012-12-18 03:44:29 AM
Without reading the article at all, that sounds like an extremely badass wish.

Someday, before I kick it, I want to go back and make sure I did a thorough job of it...
 
2012-12-18 03:50:13 AM
That would be Belgian villages...

/Did he bomb the Germany countryside too?
 
2012-12-18 03:50:34 AM
revrendjim: fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.

My mother is Belgian, a teenager during the war. She had relatives killed by American and British bombs. She doesn't really like to talk about those years.


The Germans, on the other hand, treated the Belgians to chocolates and belly rubs!!
 
2012-12-18 03:55:24 AM
Maybe he was bombing the Belgian SS. You probably heard of them. The Waffle SS.
 
2012-12-18 04:01:27 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: Maybe he was bombing the Belgian SS. You probably heard of them. The Waffle SS.


Pressed into service.
 
2012-12-18 04:01:28 AM

fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.


Or finish the job. Some of those nasty Belgians got away last time. Never again.
 
2012-12-18 04:04:20 AM
Whatever man. That was like 60 years ago. Nobody cares about that now!
 
2012-12-18 04:11:47 AM
www.dudelol.com
/oblig
//am disappoint
 
2012-12-18 04:49:42 AM
Taunting?
 
2012-12-18 05:13:21 AM

ComicBookGuy: The Germans, on the other hand, treated the Belgians to chocolates and belly rubs!!


Actually, they didn't.
And if making statements like this is what you think passes for clever, then you've set the bar pretty low for yourself.
 
2012-12-18 05:14:00 AM
Now I'm hungry for waffles
 
2012-12-18 05:17:57 AM

Lenny and Carl: That would be Belgian villages...

/Did he bomb the Germany countryside too?


Why does subby hate the Belgites?
 
2012-12-18 05:59:35 AM
Help who?
Help the bombadier.
I'm the bombadier.
Then help him.
 
2012-12-18 06:05:45 AM
Ironic tag if his plane crashes in Belgium
 
2012-12-18 06:15:11 AM
It was a club at the school. I'm OK with that.
If it would have been some kind of shiat where the whole scholl was forced to go sell candy to strangers and perverts type of thing, I would certainly not be OK with it.
 
2012-12-18 06:33:49 AM
Back to finish the job
 
2012-12-18 06:57:07 AM
liar. belgiums not a real place
 
2012-12-18 07:01:57 AM
...to finish the job.
 
2012-12-18 07:05:00 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Pointy Tail of Satan: Maybe he was bombing the Belgian SS. You probably heard of them. The Waffle SS.

Pressed into service.


Golden brown and delicious.
 
2012-12-18 07:35:18 AM
Ah, returning to the scene of the crime, I see....
 
2012-12-18 07:56:48 AM
www.vogon.com
 
2012-12-18 08:00:34 AM

RedPhoenix122: Help the bombardier!


Obscure, old. I like that.
 
2012-12-18 08:01:54 AM

DownDaRiver: Now I'm hungry for waffles


Delicious, until you bite down on a piece of shrapnel.
 
2012-12-18 08:02:10 AM

2xhelix: Next up they plan to send Patricia Krenwinkel on a trip to see Roman Polanski.


Best laugh of the morning so far, sir. Gracias.
 
2012-12-18 08:35:15 AM
How do you say 'my bad' in Belgian?
 
2012-12-18 08:50:33 AM
I was once in love with a girl from Belgium.
She killed herself four years ago this month. I really miss her.

/That's my Belgium story.
 
2012-12-18 08:52:29 AM

revrendjim: fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.

My mother is Belgian, a teenager during the war. She had relatives killed by American and British bombs. She doesn't really like to talk about those years.


My mother is from Normandie. Occasionally something slips out, but for the most part nobody in her family talks about it.

I knew someone who was in the 423rd Infantry Regiment, who never talked about his combat experience. He felt to do so could be interpreted to glorify war by some people.
 
2012-12-18 09:07:10 AM

minoridiot: revrendjim: fusillade762: Cool. Maybe he'll get to meet the relatives of some of the people he killed.

My mother is Belgian, a teenager during the war. She had relatives killed by American and British bombs. She doesn't really like to talk about those years.

My mother is from Normandie. Occasionally something slips out, but for the most part nobody in her family talks about it.

I knew someone who was in the 423rd Infantry Regiment, who never talked about his combat experience. He felt to do so could be interpreted to glorify war by some people.


A rare instance of class and forethought. If only we could find a way to preserve it to show future generations.
 
2012-12-18 09:13:43 AM
Isn't it a little late to admire your work?.
 
2012-12-18 09:22:53 AM

Richard Saunders: No, people. No. Didn't you read the article?

See, he bombed the countryside and only got to see the towns and villages last time... from 32,000 feet.


Some of those Belgian towns were occupied by first the Belgian army, then the German, then the allied, then the German and finally the allied again.

I am sure everyone involved bombed those villages seeing as the Ardenes was a key area during both the start and end of WW2.
 
2012-12-18 09:32:36 AM
Nuts.

That's one battle we almost lost because all our flights were grounded for days by dense fog.

Sending him over makes as much sense as sending the ski troops over to Iwo Jima.
 
2012-12-18 09:40:17 AM

minoridiot: My mother is from Normandie. Occasionally something slips out, but for the most part nobody in her family talks about it.


Shepard?

/that's awful..
 
2012-12-18 09:51:55 AM

spawn73: Richard Saunders: No, people. No. Didn't you read the article?

See, he bombed the countryside and only got to see the towns and villages last time... from 32,000 feet.

Some of those Belgian towns were occupied by first the Belgian army, then the German, then the allied, then the German and finally the allied again.

I am sure everyone involved bombed those villages seeing as the Ardenes was a key area during both the start and end of WW2.


The Ardennes area had been property of so many countries over the years anyhow. France, Spanish Netherlands, Prussia, Belgium, Germany, can't remember the rest off-hand. All of the fuss over a bunch of ethnic German hill people trying to scratch a living in the back of beyond, but strategically important.

My wife's family came from a tiny village that was bombed/overrun etc during the Battle of the Bulge. It's made doing genealogy a bit interesting since so many church records were lost - worse for those people living there, obviously. The village is located 2 miles from the current German border if you travel across the fields, or 3 miles if you take a road.

I hope this gentleman enjoys Belgium and the lovely countryside from the ground. I would be interested to discover how any remaining locals from that time feel about the whole thing too. Some of those are likely my wife's distant relatives, but unlike her family of "Auslanders", they stayed to scrape a living from the little farms in the hills.
 
2012-12-18 10:00:19 AM
sharetv.org


Don't fall for it . . . it's an intercontinental booty call for some geezer.



/ head of a nazi . . .
// no wait . . .
/// it's a canteen.
 
2012-12-18 10:10:30 AM
Pressing eastward as the Bulge was flattened, Patton passed through the Belgian town of Houffalize, above Bastogne. He was appalled by its utter destruction as the Germans withdrew after mutually costly fighting. "I have never seen anything like it in this war," Patton wrote. Giving in to his profane streak, yet still close enough to Christmas to exploit a carol, he penned yet another verse:


O little town of Houffalize,
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy steep and battered streets
The aeroplanes still fly.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
Not any Goddamned light;
The hopes and fears of all thy years
Were blown to hell last night.
 
2012-12-18 10:14:52 AM
From the front page of the same paper..."HERNANDO - Despite a steady sprinkle of rain, drivers honked their horns and motorists pulled over to stop and purchase a cupcake in honor of six-year-old Ryan Arnold whose life was forever changed when he was severely injured by a drunk driver on Nov. 3.

"We just wanted to get everybody together and let Ryan know that everybody is pulling for him," Love Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shawn Witt said Sunday during the "Cupcakes for Ryan" benefit at City Hall Cheesecake in Hernando. Sweet on Cakes was also a major sponsor for the event...."

Maybe the old man could help with his new found funds.
 
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