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Hello everyone. I hope your summer is going well.

A few things coming up in the Metro... We are having the McCarty Metro Film Project running from July 3-9. This give our readers a chance to become amateur film makers and actors. I am looking forward to some awesome films by our readers. Just to remind you, the rules for the contest can be found here.

Also, starting in our next issue in September will be our 7th annual McCarty Metro Pigskin Pickem game. It runs every week of the NFL regular season, on through the playoffs, and all the way to the Super Bowl. I hope you consider playing with us, as it is a great way to add some fun to the long NFL season.

This past month, Margaret and I had a chance to travel to Bend, Oregon to visit Chris, Amanda, Alexa, and Cooper. We had a wonderful trip, and it was great visiting with them, and seeing sites in Oregon we haven't seen before. We are also looking forward to a summer trip to Gloucester, MA with some of our family, and some of the Rzepkas. Should be a blast, and we will highlight the trip in the September issue.

I am also looking forward to the annual 4th of July party at Steve & Kristen's this year, which will also be a celebration for Megan on her graduation from high school, and her new journey to MSU. I want to offer my congratulations to my God daughter on her accomplishments. It will also mark the final Independence Day celebration at Steve & Kristen's beautiful home at Twin Lakes, as they will be moving to some new digs in the fall. I can't wait for the fun and games at the party with family and wonderful friends... and not to mention the fireworks, which are always awesome.

In the spirit of celebrating the 4th of July, the final thought I leave you with was sent to my by my brother Jerry, and sums up how our freedom was won, and what a great country we live in. Never mind what you feel politically, but just enjoy everything we have, and what a great country we are blessed to live in. Enjoy!

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Once upon a time when our politicians did not tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country. These are good... 

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when De Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" De Gaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

You could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.  What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:  "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.  We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,  Americans learn only English.    He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied,  "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

You could have heard a pin drop.

AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.  At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.  "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it" "Impossible.. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then, he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on, D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

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Here's to a great Independence Day, and to all who help keep us free... Cheers!
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