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  1. #1
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    Happy Birthday America

    I wish all PTers in USA happy Birthday

  2. #2
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    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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    Thank you, Prathima! 246 years now, I think..

    Cheers!
    - Pat

    Purrrs!
    - Sparkler and Tinker
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Terry Pratchett (19482015), Sourcery

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Windham, Vermont, USA
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    I am suddenly tired of
    "Red state" "Blue state" headlines
    For in every state
    Are there not Americans of
    Every different political stripe
    And are we all not
    The UNITED States of America?

    So many want to divide us
    Into Black and White
    Immigrant and Native born
    Into Queer and Straight
    Vacc'ed and Unvacc'd
    Into Us and Them
    On any number of fronts
    Using any metric as a wedge.

    Or are pundits and
    Politicians
    Hype machines and
    Influencers and
    Warmongers
    Trying to dis-unite us further every day
    For the sake of
    "Likes" and "retweets"
    And "viral" status?

    Do they not remember
    (Or not care)
    That we are all one -
    We are all human beings
    In all our perfect imperfection
    And ain't a one of us actually
    White or Black
    But a million beautiful hues
    From palest pink and beige
    Golden and to deepest ebony?

    Yes, we have differences
    But is that not what makes us
    Fascinating, thought-prompting
    Complex and amazing?

    We are one country
    One people
    With grand and terrible
    History
    But we are
    Not "Red" or "blue"
    But a purple plaid patchwork of
    Intersecting
    Colors, ideas, goals and dreams?

    I have hope
    I really do
    And believe
    We can be different
    And yet the same
    And still be one country
    Stronger for surviving
    All the storms
    For grieving together
    Working together
    And building
    A better future
    I've Been Frosted

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