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2013-05-25 06:05:23 PM  
"There were so many people, it was up in the thousands. And we danced and we jumped ... them people tickled me to death. It made me happy as can be."

I should really do something about all the dust in my apartment.
 
2013-05-25 06:08:52 PM  
Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.
 
2013-05-25 06:14:58 PM  
Saturn5: Try sending it to him c/o the local VFW.
Or contact Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell's office.


Both good ideas, and my second order of business come Tuesday morning (time difference btwn. VA and TX).
 
2013-05-25 06:21:59 PM  

Shae123: The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it.


I agree with the first two points.  However, my experience is that many of them--while becoming wonderful people like my grandparents, great-uncles, etc--were stubborn-ass bastards who buried the weight of their war experience and were actually not better men for it, but men who carried a smoldering pain deep inside and were unwilling to ever discuss it.
 
2013-05-25 06:24:11 PM  
Don't get too excited about whiskey and cigars.. maybe what we should be doing is listening to baseball on the radio to really slow the passage of time.
 
2013-05-25 06:24:55 PM  
Bravo Zulu old timer.

/salute
 
2013-05-25 06:25:14 PM  

Shae123: Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.


He went to war for 3-4 years and came home unscathed.  He's worked in furniture stores and a bureaucracy since then.  He retired long before making a living got really tough.  So unplug him from your John Wayne movie.

Admire the man for finding contentment; that is a rare achievement.  But he's not outstanding in any other way.
 
2013-05-25 06:35:53 PM  
Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!
 
2013-05-25 06:41:47 PM  
His lawn is over in the deliberately segregated east side.
 
2013-05-25 07:02:56 PM  
Flappyhead:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

That reminds me I have to go out and get a flag for the BBQ.
 
2013-05-25 07:08:38 PM  

m053486: So how do I get all internet-stalky and send this man some Eagle Rare?

/Srsly


And a box of cigars.
 
2013-05-25 07:25:40 PM  
Daily aspirin and a couple/three drinks a day will thin the blood and keep your arteries from clogging.  On top of that he gets regular, moderate exercise.  Low stress.  I'll bet his parents lived a long time too.
 
2013-05-25 07:27:55 PM  
I live in Austin and I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  And wondering WTH he lives so I can stop by with a box of cigars, a full bottle, and a time to kill.
 
2013-05-25 07:32:25 PM  
I am jealous of that 107-year-old dude's posture.
 
2013-05-25 07:35:12 PM  

FreetardoRivera: FreetardoRivera: Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

You keep telling yourself this.

forgot to add this

.http://rense.com/general32/regard.htm


Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer. When I read about it in school I could swear it was soldiers, sailors, and Marines, but then again, school books are sometimes wrong.
 
2013-05-25 07:42:34 PM  

jmayson: I live in Austin and I'm getting a kick out of these replies.  And wondering WTH he lives so I can stop by with a box of cigars, a full bottle, and a time to kill.


THIS.

Wells Branch representing. Would love to get him some Balcones Blue (that's Texas whiskey, y'all) on Monday.

Hell, he's in east Austin. I'd say Fark party at the Sahara Lounge & he's first on the guest list.
 
2013-05-25 08:00:09 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: "roughly 9 million of the nation's 22 million vets are registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "

Well, that's surprising.


Not really. I'm one of the 13 million that aren't registered. When I got out of the Marine Corps in 1999, I used the GI Bill to go to college. No VA involved with it back then. I've been employed since graduating and pay my own medical insurance. No desire to use a free service that is as broken as a 1982 Nissan 200 SX.

vrax: Khellendros: American soldiers are great people

This is actually the truth. Some are great, some are terrible.  They don't come from a secret pool of "awesome".  They are us and they have a job.


Ah-yep. I was glad to serve (pretty much all of my ancestors have served in one branch or another), but I was just doing a job.

\Love my Dress Blues, though.
 
2013-05-25 08:00:32 PM  

m053486: So how do I get all internet-stalky and send this man some Eagle Rare?


1. get his name, home state
2. zabasearch dot com
 
2013-05-25 08:00:42 PM  

AbiNormal: Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer. When I read about it in school I could swear it was soldiers, sailors, and Marines, but then again, school books are sometimes wrong.


Our soldiers are poets and ministers, lawyers and politicians, they are campus organizers, they come from all walks of life.... they are citizens who step forward, for lousy pay, for dismal conditions, for less thanks, for fear and danger in times of war. Most will do their 4 honorably and get out, some will never go home.

No, they are not some propaganda piece for you to bludgeon someone with.. They preform a function for the nation but it is no more important than any particular national function. (and rightfully so)

While individuals in the military are and can be fine people.. we must acknowledge that by their use that something has gone terribly wrong and that wars are no more than legalized murder in the name of a state, it is humanities lowest level and there is no reason to put such nastiness on a pedestal.  Imagine a world where all soldiers and fighters put down their arms and said no more.
 
2013-05-25 08:05:11 PM  

nimeye: When I drink whiskey in the morning people call me an alcoholic.


At 107 nobody will call you an alcoholic.
 
2013-05-25 08:14:56 PM  

Shae123: Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.


That's due to our horrible Baby Boomer parents.

For as great as this generation was, they raised the worst generation of kids. Selfish and cruel and destroying the world for us 20 and 30 somethings
 
2013-05-25 08:27:47 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Shae123: Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.

He went to war for 3-4 years and came home unscathed.  He's worked in furniture stores and a bureaucracy since then.  He retired long before making a living got really tough.  So unplug him from your John Wayne movie.

Admire the man for finding contentment; that is a rare achievement.  But he's not outstanding in any other way.


Well, the being a hundred and seven farking years old makes him very outstanding,. His service record, cigar and whiskey habit are just icing on the cake. So, bzzzzzzt you're wrong. Don't get a complex about it though, I hear there are plenty of tards out there living kick-ass lives.
 
2013-05-25 08:39:20 PM  

Saturn5: Mr. Overton is special because of his longevity, but every town in the nation is full of elderly veterans with stories to tell and experiences to share.  It won't be long before anyone living during WWII will be gone.  They were called the Greatest Generation for a reason, and when they're gone we will all be diminished.


bit of a csb:

My old man was doing something called Stephen Ministries, a program where you reach out to people that just need someone around. See, there usually aren't enough ministers/pastors to make all the rounds so these people volunteer and get trained to spend time and be supportive of those that have no one else around.

So, he was assigned to a 'care receiver' (one of many) and this particular person happened to be an incredibly old Korean War vet. Guy said he was too young for ww2 but he got his chance in Korea. Dad says it was one of the more rewarding experiences he's had just sitting with the guy listening to his stories.

Shae123: Wrong...men like this are venerated because you and those like you will never be half the man of his generation. The took what came their way, did what they had to do and were better men for it. Current generation of 20 and 30 somethings couldn't carry the jocks of men like this.


Maybe you need to get out and meet some of our 20 and 30 something war vets.

Men are usually a product of their time and circumstances. Answering the call by fighting the Nazis or the Japs was a bold and unknown task and it is amazing the selflessness and bravery that generation displayed. But to say we can't point to such heroes of the same caliber today is just  a bold faced lie.

The generation itself did have a different quality to it. There were suicides when people were told they couldn't pass medical to sign up. You won't see that today.

This is hardly a referendum on current 20 and 30 somethings... more of a statement of the society we've allowed to go fat since that greatest generation secured our globe. The loss of patriotism replaced by the new brand of nationalism. The "got mine" mentality the children of the greatest generation left us with... we are a product of living in the lap of luxury, eating shiat food and spending our time being entertained instead of getting shiat done.

To many that were raised with everything, wanting instead of needing and defining ourselves with our preferred brands of fiction we also hunger to answer some call... but our great war is fighting our way though a stale economy... our great enemy is the rot within our own nation and government... hardly as glamorous, but even in these struggles all you have to do is open your eyes to find that same bravery, selflessness and determination.

Or as one of the entertaining works of fiction I've wasted my life watching would put it:

I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shiat we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't.

Every man and woman fights battles. Glory is a myth and it's the sacrifice that is the substance of heroes.

All you have to do is look around and you'll see soldiers everywhere, not just those wearing digital ACUs or VFW hats.
The single moms that can never make that paycheck stretch far enough,
the kid that wants to make it to school every day even though 3 separate gangs try to persuade him otherwise.
The vets, both in war and trying to find life afterwards despite mental and physical wounds.
The 20 and 30 somethings that no matter how hard they work, when the music stops there is never a seat left for them, only a short stick end.
The 2 time cancer survivor that just found out they have a 3rd fight ahead of them.

What we celibate in this 107 year old man isn't just that he went to a war decades ago... it's that he made it through and came home and found peace.

We celebrate that he was a soldier, but even more so we celebrate that he got to stop being one and enjoy his life to the ripe old age of 107. A hope many of us have for ourselves as we go fight our own battles.

/throwing the multivitamins in the trash
//going out to buy aspirin, cigars, whiskey and coffee
 
2013-05-25 08:40:44 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: He went to war for 3-4 years and came home unscathed.


I guess that doesn't sound so impressive these days when we have wars that have lasted for a decade.  It's hard to compare the war in Iraq with 4,486 U.S. casualties between 2003 and 2012 versus the 416,800 U.S. casualties in WWII between in less than half that time.
Every day in Iraq, 1 or 2 US troops died on average.  In WWII, that number was closer to 300.

Coming home unscathed was a bit more difficult in his war.  Probably even more difficult than having to make a living in today's world.  At least that doesn't normally involve people trying to kill you.  It appears the definition of "really tough" depends on one's own experience.
 
2013-05-25 08:54:07 PM  

mrlewish: Imagine a world where all soldiers and fighters put down their arms and said no more.


Obviously a sicko n0bamunist dream world!
 
2013-05-25 08:58:41 PM  
He looks a little too young for 107. He looks like 70 or 80 at most. Maybe he exercises.
 
2013-05-25 09:13:16 PM  

Saturn5: BarkingUnicorn: He went to war for 3-4 years and came home unscathed.

I guess that doesn't sound so impressive these days when we have wars that have lasted for a decade.  It's hard to compare the war in Iraq with 4,486 U.S. casualties between 2003 and 2012 versus the 416,800 U.S. casualties in WWII between in less than half that time.
Every day in Iraq, 1 or 2 US troops died on average.  In WWII, that number was closer to 300.

Coming home unscathed was a bit more difficult in his war.  Probably even more difficult than having to make a living in today's world.  At least that doesn't normally involve people trying to kill you.  It appears the definition of "really tough" depends on one's own experience.


He likely came home unscathed largely because he is black.   Relatively few black soldiers were in front-line combat roles in WWII.  Most were things like truck drivers and ammunition loaders and things like that.

That's not a comment on his personal bravery, but on the prejudices of the past.
 
2013-05-25 09:19:22 PM  
I salute all of my brothers who gave all in the line of service.

I think I'll go put a bullet through my head now as the sacrifice I and my brothers made are all for naught.

Well maybe one more beer.
 
2013-05-25 10:10:15 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: amquelbettamin: The secret: aspirin, tobacco, slack gov job, alcohol, and no kids

Two wives probably shaved a few years off his life.

Centenarians are venerated because they affirm our hope to forestall death.  Otherwise, this guy is unremarkable.


Considering most of us end up in a nursing home shiatting ourselves and forgetting our grandchildren's name (or dead) well before age 90, I would say he's remarkable.
 
2013-05-25 10:16:23 PM  

GreenSun: He looks a little too young for 107. He looks like 70 or 80 at most. Maybe he exercises.


I am a medical student. I see alot of faces along with their documented age. Around age 70 it gets harder to estimate someone's age by looking at them. I'm guessing that's the result of genetics (DNA repair enzymes?) and cumulative lifestyle factors over the decades (e.g. smoking).
 
2013-05-25 10:20:32 PM  

AbiNormal: Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer.


The soldiers who fought the Revolution were all those people. And until 1972 we drafted all sorts of random people who rose to the occasion.  So let's hear it for random people.
 
2013-05-25 10:22:20 PM  

lewismarktwo: I could take 'em.


107 don't scare me none...I could take him even if he was 1007.
 
2013-05-25 10:30:58 PM  
Badass. I like his regimen. I always get a kick out of reading what 100+ year olds say is their recipe for good health. So far his is my favorite.
 
2013-05-25 10:49:18 PM  

Abox: AbiNormal: Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer.

The soldiers who fought the Revolution were all those people. And until 1972 we drafted all sorts of random people who rose to the occasion.  So let's hear it for random people.


How about we just honor those our government sent into harms way and didn't make it home to be a minister or lawyer or student organizer.

/Circular logic, how does it work?
 
2013-05-26 12:25:51 AM  

Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Viewed through the prism of what our founding fathers wanted the USA to be, this is probably the most un-American sentiment I have ever read.
 
2013-05-26 01:31:49 AM  

AbiNormal: FreetardoRivera: FreetardoRivera: Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

You keep telling yourself this.

forgot to add this

.http://rense.com/general32/regard.htm

Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer. When I read about it in school I could swear it was soldiers, sailors, and Marines, but then again, school books are sometimes wrong.


Soldiers, Sailors and Marines ARE poets, ministers, lawyers, politicians, and everything else a person can be.
 
2013-05-26 08:59:42 AM  

AbiNormal: FreetardoRivera: FreetardoRivera: Flappyhead: It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

You keep telling yourself this.

forgot to add this

.http://rense.com/general32/regard.htm

Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer. When I read about it in school I could swear it was soldiers, sailors, and Marines, but then again, school books are sometimes wrong.


It took the combined efforts of all four branches of our Armed Services plus some UN assistance for America to defeat the British and gain our independence.

Clearly one of General Reagan's finest hours.
 
2013-05-26 12:33:19 PM  

Astorix: nimeye: When I drink whiskey in the morning people call me an alcoholic.

At 107 nobody will call you an alcoholic.


At 107, everyone who ever criticized you is under the dirt you can still piss on.
 
2013-05-26 01:47:50 PM  
1.  Limit stress
2.  Keep active with low impact exercise
3.  Drink in moderation
4.  Stay away from doctors (as much as possible)
5.  Low dose aspirin everyday
6.  Don't inhale

/damn good advice
 
2013-05-26 02:56:14 PM  

AbiNormal: Abox: AbiNormal: Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer.

The soldiers who fought the Revolution were all those people. And until 1972 we drafted all sorts of random people who rose to the occasion.  So let's hear it for random people.

How about we just honor those our government sent into harms way and didn't make it home to be a minister or lawyer or student organizer.

/Circular logic, how does it work?



We could do that if you think those that make it home alive don't deserve to be honored. And I'm not sure how that's circular.
 
2013-05-26 09:25:00 PM  

Abox: AbiNormal: Abox: AbiNormal: Then who fought the battles during the war for Independence from Great Britain? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the poet or minister. Maybe the lawyer or politician? Must have been that brave campus organizer.

The soldiers who fought the Revolution were all those people. And until 1972 we drafted all sorts of random people who rose to the occasion.  So let's hear it for random people.

How about we just honor those our government sent into harms way and didn't make it home to be a minister or lawyer or student organizer.

/Circular logic, how does it work?


We could do that if you think those that make it home alive don't deserve to be honored. And I'm not sure how that's circular.


We are already honored on Veterans day.
 
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