david1971xx: Well you should see her do algebra!! On to partial differential equations next.
1. True or False. There is no Roman numeral for zero. Therefore the Romans had no concept of the number Zero.
2. Same Question, but Valid or Invalid instead of True or False
david1971xx: He's dead. I'm crippled. You're lost. I suppose it's always like that. I mean war.
--Flying Officer David Campbell of the RAF (played by Richard Burton in the epic D-Day classic The Longest Day) to his accidental boyish dogface-GI companion after Campbell has shot and killed a German. The enemy soldier, rudely awakened by the plane crash, rushed to investigate the disturbance and inadvertently put his left boot on his right foot and vice versa. The grim humor and irony of war.
The GI's rejoinder: I wonder who won.
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Lily__: The War Works Hard
by Dunya Mikhail
translated by Elizabeth Winslow
How magnificent the war is!
Early in the morning
it wakes up the sirens
and dispatches ambulances
to various places
swings corpses through the air
rolls stretchers to the wounded
from the eyes of mothers
digs into the earth
dislodging many things
from under the ruins...
Some are lifeless and glistening
others are pale and still throbbing...
It produces the most questions
in the minds of children
entertains the gods
by shooting fireworks and missiles
into the sky
sows mines in the fields
and reaps punctures and blisters
urges families to emigrate
stands beside the clergymen
as they curse the devil
(poor devil, he remains
with one hand in the searing fire)...
The war continues working, day and night.
It inspires tyrants
to deliver long speeches
awards medals to generals
and themes to poets
it contributes to the industry
of artificial limbs
provides food for flies
adds pages to the history books
between killer and killed
teaches lovers to write letters
accustoms young women to waiting
fills the newspapers
with articles and pictures
builds new houses
for the orphans
invigorates the coffin makers
gives grave diggers
a pat on the back
and paints a smile on the leader's face.
It works with unparalleled diligence!
Yet no one gives it
a word of praise.
david1971xx: At dinner, say, after grandly intoning Rupert Brook's "The Soldier" ("If I should die, think only this of me/There is some corner in a foreign field/That is forever England", Georgie might offer his fond prediction that he would die in a foreign land, since, as Napoleon said, the boundaries of an empire are marked by the graves of her soldiers. Beatrice would nod, the fire in the fireplace would crackle significantly, and the meal would resume as the girls furtively eyed their father in expectation of his next trick.
If discussing reincarnation (one of his favorite topics), he would offer up as evidence pertinent bits of The Bhagavad Gita ("For sure is the death of him that is born, and sure the birth of him that is dead", and his old standby, Revelations 3:12: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out." To these he added the fifth stanza of his father's favorite poem, Wordsworth's "Intimations" ode: "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,/The soul that rises with us, our life's Star,/Hath had elsewhere its setting/And cometh from afar." Clearly, Georgie said, Wordsworth shared his belief in reincarnation.
--From the biographical work on the family, written by Gen. George S. Patton's grandson, Robert Patton, "The Pattons: A Portrait of An American Family"
david1971xx: Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.
I have sinned and I have suffered
Played the hero and the knave
Fought for belly, shame or country
And for each have found a grave.
So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names -- but always me.
So forever in the future
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter
But to die again once more.
--Through a Glass Darkly, Gen. George S. Patton
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david1971xx: I do wuv you silly girl and I do reed every weak my Weakly Reeder . Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me. You never figured that one out. And Google is so easy, even for airheads. Which you aren't except in your Tiffie Times but that just enhances your charm.
david1971xx: A king wants his daughter to marry the smartest of three extremely intelligent young princes.
The princes are gathered into a room and seated, facing one another, and are shown two black hats and three white hats. They are blindfolded, and a hat is placed on each prince's head, with the remaining hats hidden in a different room.
The king tells them that the first prince to deduce the color of his hat without removing it or looking at it will marry his daughter. To prevail, a prince must also explain his reasoning clearly. A wrong answer or a poor or inadequate explanation will mean death. The blindfolds are then removed.
You are one of the princes. You see two white hats on the heads of the other two princes. After some time passes, you realize that the other princes are unable to make a deduction. You rise and state your hat color, and your reasoning, and you win the princess. What color was your hat? How did you know?
david1971xx: There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. -- Oscar Levant
david1971xx: The greater risk is not that our enemies will defeat us.
It is instead that in our zeal we become like them.
Then there is no need to defeat us.
1. America's national interest comes first and foremost, no exceptions. If other countries, nations, peoples, races, religions or groups want to save the world, be our guest. We just aren't going to do that any more, with our money and blood, except to the extent it fosters America's national interest.
2. National unity. We may debate with vigor and disagree over policy. But: Once full debate and the methods of representative democracy have settled a question, winners and losers band together for the common good and majority-determined result, and the losers suck it up and join in the national consensus, fairly decided and determined.
3. English as our national language, phased in over ten years. Combined with numerous programs such as tutoring and social and financial incentives to assist non-English speakers to make the transition. New speakers enlisted as trainers and teachers for the next round. Government first, then commerce.
4. Complete amnesty for illegals, with cut-off date (e.g. July 1, 2012) to be set. Eleven million is too large a number to deal with otherwise. Yes, we should have stopped it sooner but it's too late to cry over spilt milk. Get over it. We screwed up. Let's go from where we are, not where we should have been. Conditions: (a) Beneficiaries to sign up for 2-3 years of National Service, including military and new civilian functions; (b) All beneficiaries must seek citizenship (c) All beneficiaries must pledge complete support for the policies set out here (d) Vigorous prevention of future illegal immigration.
5. No foreign aid (economic aid currently about $40 billion per year) to any country which fails to support our policies, Special nonpartisan committee to determine compliance as "support" is a vague test. Many "friends" such as Pakistan will get the boot. If you want our money, be for us. If you're not for us, we're not giving you any money.