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Post by D4thincarnation on Wed 06 Apr 2011, 4:47 pm

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America is the only Super Power in the world now, what makes it great?

Or is it really so great when so many people over there live in poverty while other have more money than they can spend?

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Post by Davie on Wed 29 Jun 2011, 8:39 pm

If mad dog palin gets the republican vote then I may seriously consider resigning my place in the human race Rolling Eyes

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Post by activereactive on Thu 30 Jun 2011, 12:19 pm

D4thincarnation wrote:America is the only Super Power in the world now, what makes it great?

Or is it really so great when so many people over there live in poverty while other have more money than they can spend?

Its American greed, that even now we have adopted, this greed based on American capitalism is killing the poor.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 30 Jun 2011, 12:46 pm

America's contribution to literature. Where to start?

Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon...

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Post by Doon the Water on Thu 30 Jun 2011, 3:37 pm

Aye luckless awe weel kent faces.

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Post by calamity jane on Thu 30 Jun 2011, 4:02 pm

luckless_pedestrian wrote:America's contribution to literature. Where to start?

Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon...

... F Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Ford, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, John Cheever, John Steinbeck, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain...

I could go on, but it's probably best if I don't Smile

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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 01 Jul 2011, 1:20 pm

welshy824 wrote:friendly fire? oh no wrong topic................

JIMI HENDRIX

and JANIS.

Also like the smell of those Californian trees and the variety of dangerous wildlife that has survived in the vanishing wilderness areas.
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Post by Gibson on Mon 04 Jul 2011, 9:27 pm

Linebreaker wrote:
welshy824 wrote:friendly fire? oh no wrong topic................

JIMI HENDRIX

and JANIS.

Also like the smell of those Californian trees and the variety of dangerous wildlife that has survived in the vanishing wilderness areas.

Breaker. Ok!

And the Modern Music trail.. From Chicago.. Down the Missisippi and on down to New Orleans. Jazz, Blues, R&B, Cajun, yada feicin yada.

Lets be honest here... Where de phook would we be without America's influence on music? We'd all be mostly listening to Steeleye Span songs. And Celine Dion.

Nightmare.

God Bless America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRqBhy8T8Vs&NR=1
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Post by Thomond on Mon 04 Jul 2011, 9:35 pm

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Gibbo,isn't Dion Canadian?

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Post by Doon the Water on Thu 07 Jul 2011, 10:28 pm

It is not thier spelling.

They can't spell simple words like Whisky and colour.

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Post by calamity jane on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 12:39 am

Doon the Water wrote:It is not thier spelling.

They can't spell simple words like Whisky and colour.

Maybe not. But at least they can spell 'their'

Wink

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Post by Pal Joey on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 6:24 am

Rockets/landing craft to the moon, probes into the far reaches of outer space. I really like that exploration mentality...regardless of cost.

If it wasn't for Americans...we'd never see those amazingly detailed pictures of distant planets and moons. Also - human scale pot holes, ravines and rocks on Mars. Fantastic achievements.
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Post by Doon the Water on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 8:44 am

Calamity...you sure about that!

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Post by Gaelic-Warrior on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 6:16 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War
....ooops
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 6:33 pm

I see your point, Linebreaker, but it's stretching things to say we'd never have the space exploration we have now without America. Laika was the first into orbit, not Toto! Wink

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Post by Doon the Water on Fri 08 Jul 2011, 7:43 pm

And the first man in space was..............

Re The revolution...could ye no have just paid your taxes, it would have saved a lot of bother.

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Post by WhiteCamry on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 6:58 pm

BigPhil wrote:China is going to be the new superpower, and they don't mess about!

Possibly but don't bet yet. Whenever a one-party state hosts an Olympics, ten years later that state circles the drain if it isn't already down it. To wit:

1936: Berlin Olympics / Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics
1946: Allied Occupation

1980: Moscow Olympics
1990: Collapse of Communism

1984: Sarajevo Winter Olympics
1994: Yugoslav Civil War

2008: Beijing Olympics
2018: ?

Remember, you heard it here first.


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Post by Gibson on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 9:58 pm

Homemade double-chocolate fudge. Unreal.

Me taste buds had a organism.

God Bless America.
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Post by Pal Joey on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 11:47 pm

WhiteCamry wrote:
BigPhil wrote:China is going to be the new superpower, and they don't mess about!

Possibly but don't bet yet. Whenever a one-party state hosts an Olympics, ten years later that state circles the drain if it isn't already down it. To wit:

1936: Berlin Olympics / Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics
1946: Allied Occupation

1980: Moscow Olympics
1990: Collapse of Communism

1984: Sarajevo Winter Olympics
1994: Yugoslav Civil War

2008: Beijing Olympics
2018: ?

Remember, you heard it here first.

2018: The First People's Internet Revolution
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Post by Doon the Water on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 12:48 pm

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Post by Pal Joey on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 1:13 pm

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Post by Doon the Water on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 3:59 pm

I always thought that just in beaver was a great name for a teenage boy star.

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Post by BigPhil on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 10:18 pm

Linebreaker wrote:
WhiteCamry wrote:
BigPhil wrote:China is going to be the new superpower, and they don't mess about!

Possibly but don't bet yet. Whenever a one-party state hosts an Olympics, ten years later that state circles the drain if it isn't already down it. To wit:

1936: Berlin Olympics / Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics
1946: Allied Occupation

1980: Moscow Olympics
1990: Collapse of Communism

1984: Sarajevo Winter Olympics
1994: Yugoslav Civil War

2008: Beijing Olympics
2018: ?

Remember, you heard it here first.

2018: The First People's Internet Revolution

An intriguing thought, we'll just have to wait and see on that one.

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Post by Gibson on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 6:20 am

luckless_pedestrian wrote:I see your point, Linebreaker, but it's stretching things to say we'd never have the space exploration we have now without America. Laika was the first into orbit, not Toto! Wink

It was the German scientists, who the USA and the USSR managed to get hold of after WWII. They escalated the Space Race.

Americans and Soviets were going nowhere fast without them.

Werner Von Braun (a captured Nazi) - put man on the Moon. Not the Yanks. They sponsored it.
The USSR put man in to Space 1st. German V2 Rocket scientists, helped them in their quest.

Deutchland Uber Alles.
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Post by Pal Joey on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:11 am

Yes, I know Gibbo...

A good citizen of Tennessee and New Mexico. Wink
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:40 am

And Hamburg was the making of the Beatles.

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Post by Doon the Water on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:55 am

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Post by WhiteCamry on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 4:02 pm

Gibson wrote:

Deutchland Uber Alles.

Lancasteren uber Deutschland.

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Post by WhiteCamry on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 4:04 pm

What makes America great?

What the EU apes at being, the US is in reality.

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Post by Thomond on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:15 pm

Gibson wrote:
luckless_pedestrian wrote:I see your point, Linebreaker, but it's stretching things to say we'd never have the space exploration we have now without America. Laika was the first into orbit, not Toto! Wink

It was the German scientists, who the USA and the USSR managed to get hold of after WWII. They escalated the Space Race.

Americans and Soviets were going nowhere fast without them.

Werner Von Braun (a captured Nazi) - put man on the Moon. Not the Yanks. They sponsored it.
The USSR put man in to Space 1st. German V2 Rocket scientists, helped them in their quest.

Deutchland Uber Alles.

General Petreus: We got some facists in Amsterdam now,talking some sort of German
Congress: Does Holland have any oil?
General Petreaus: Not that we know of.
Congress: No need to invade so. Sure we only invade countries with oil. I mean why was American Oil under Iraqi soil?!

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Post by Gibson on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:49 pm

Thomond wrote:
Gibson wrote:
luckless_pedestrian wrote:I see your point, Linebreaker, but it's stretching things to say we'd never have the space exploration we have now without America. Laika was the first into orbit, not Toto! Wink

It was the German scientists, who the USA and the USSR managed to get hold of after WWII. They escalated the Space Race.

Americans and Soviets were going nowhere fast without them.

Werner Von Braun (a captured Nazi) - put man on the Moon. Not the Yanks. They sponsored it.
The USSR put man in to Space 1st. German V2 Rocket scientists, helped them in their quest.

Deutchland Uber Alles.

General Petreus: We got some facists in Amsterdam now,talking some sort of German
Congress: Does Holland have any oil?
General Petreaus: Not that we know of.
Congress: No need to invade so. Sure we only invade countries with oil. I mean why was American Oil under Iraqi soil?!

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Post by Thomond on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:58 pm

Oh,another reason why America is great,you can call your president Hitler on national radio and not even get a slap on the wrist. All hail Michael Savage. The king of right wing nutjobs.

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Post by Gibson on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 8:11 pm

Right-wing militias and people who go Yo! And Aaaaawsum.

Great service at all levels. Leaves Europe way behind.
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Post by Doon the Water on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 8:35 pm

Don't start me on that one
My 19 month grandaughter says Aaaaaaasum and Oh man.
Copies her 6 year old brother.

Bloomin yankee cartoons, messing with the worlds intelligence.

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Post by Thomond on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 8:50 pm

America is great as they learn geography by going into war.

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Post by GG on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 10:28 pm

Jim Morrison!

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Post by Gibson on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 10:55 pm

Great sandwiches and coffee. Love the Delis in Noo Yawk.

Love New York. Love its' buzz. Lennon was right. The Worlds' Greatest City.
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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 8:16 am

GG wrote:Jim Morrison!

Morrison Shmorrison. Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were the shizz.

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Post by BigPhil on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 1:30 pm

I like Baseball too, out of all American sports, it's imo the best.

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Post by Thomond on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 1:51 pm

BigPhil wrote:I like Baseball too, out of all American sports, it's imo the best.

I found it to be a boring form of cricket.

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Post by Gibson on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 1:55 pm

Its Rounders with baseball caps and more ballyhoo...
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Post by Thomond on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 5:53 pm

Another reason why America is great,the assortment of diners and home made cooking restaurants is astounding. I came across this show the other day,it's pretty interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diners,_Drive-Ins_and_Dives http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/tv-shows/diners-drive-ins-dives.html

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Post by Gibson on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 6:16 pm

Quality and variety of food, the price and the service, in the States, is just superb. It doesn't have to be KFC, McD's or Burgerking. They got everythang.

A top-quality diner is a treat.
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Post by Thomond on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 6:34 pm

Gibbo,agree service is exceptional aswell. I really think that a lot of the country is wonderful.

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Post by Doon the Water on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 7:33 pm

RIKKI Fowler

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Post by Gibson on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 7:47 pm

Riiikaaaay! He's a Cockney no?
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Post by BigPhil on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 11:44 pm

Thomond wrote:
BigPhil wrote:I like Baseball too, out of all American sports, it's imo the best.

I found it to be a boring form of cricket.

It's not as good as cricket

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Post by Gibson on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 1:39 am

BigPhil wrote:
Thomond wrote:
BigPhil wrote:I like Baseball too, out of all American sports, it's imo the best.

I found it to be a boring form of cricket.

It's not as good as cricket

American Rounders is the only saving grace for cricket. Makes it look exciting by comparison.

Love the apres-cricket though. And the kind/mix of people who play it.

Babe Ruth.

And Viv Richards.

They rocked and enhanced their respective sports. Respekt.
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Post by calamity jane on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 2:51 am

BigPhil wrote:I like Baseball too, out of all American sports, it's imo the best.

Nah, as much as I love baseball, I have to say hockey's better, though I think the Canadians would argue that it's actually their sport. boxing


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Post by Pal Joey on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 3:33 am

I saw some lacrosse the other day...is that big in the US and Canada?

To me it had elements of field hockey, hurling and football...and ice hockey the way they can sneak around the goal and turn the keeper around in circles.
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Post by Gaelic-Warrior on Sat 16 Jul 2011, 10:56 am

If you're actually into American Rounders gibbo (the english actually invented it and called it baseball) cricket is total gobshite by comparison imo. Not really interested in lacrosse linebreaker, but it is actually a Canadian game taken from an ancient sport played by native Indians. There are two versions of it- Field (outdoor) and the more popular Box (indoor) it's not as popular as the biggest 4 sports in North America, as far as I can see I don't think it's anywhere near as popular as association football either.
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