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An Old Veteran with Red Paper Poppies.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. There was a light drizzle, off and on, and the dampness made every bone in my body ache. With the pollen all over the place, I only wished my head would explode and put me out of my misery. I dragged myself to the supermarket to get some much needed items. As I hobbled from the car to the front of the supermarket, I noticed an old veteran in a white uniform and VFW hat on his head. He was sitting by the entrance, holding a white container and a red paper poppy. As I hobbled on closer to the entrance with, I'm sure, a scowl on my face, I saw a few people put money in the container and heard them thank him for his service. I wanted to barf. I was in such a foul mood, that when I heard that cliché I could only think to myself, “Don’t thank him for his service, when you won’t even bother to vote for Ron Paul to help him and all the other the veterans." As I got closer, I heard a middle aged woman tell the old veteran that he didn’t look well and she asked if he was tired. The old guy said he was very tired and not feeling well with all the dampness in the air. (He had my complete sympathy with that one.) She put in her donation, took a paper poppy from him and (ugh!) thanked him for his service.

After purchasing what I needed, I left the store and put my donation into the old veteran’s container. He did look old and really tired. I did not thank him for his service. No. Instead, when he thanked me, I told him “You’re welcome. Now vote for Ron Paul!”

Brace yourselves for what happened next.

The old veteran looked up at me in total shock and told me that Ron Paul had dropped out of the race! Well, you can imagine the lesson I gave him about the MSM and especially about Dr. Paul! I was nice about it, once I got over the shock of realizing we had an entire voting bloc thinking Dr. Paul had dropped out. He listened very carefully to what I was saying. Life came back into his eyes and he adamantly agreed with me on every single issue! He had no idea about the Veterans March on DC on Presidents Day. He had no clue about Dr. Paul’s positions on Social Security and the troops, much less on Ron Paul's position on veterans’ rightful benefits. I thought that old veteran was going to jump up out of the chair and start chanting, “President Paul! President Paul!” right then and there!

He told me the old, retired veterans hang out at the VFW Hall around 2 in the afternoon and that I could bring some campaign literature there for them to see. Imagine if every one of us did that when we see an old veteran with red paper poppies! Yes, yesterday was a beautiful day!

Edit: I forgot. Please help us get brochures and fliers out to all the VFW Hall in New Jersey: http://njlhq.chipin.com/nj-liberty-moneybomb

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Same in Calfornia, Texas, everywhere else..go to the Veteran's



NJ news outlets NEVER mention Ron Paul

An older friend of mine that does not care to use the internet, and gets only standard television (no cable/satellite), told me months ago that Ron Paul is NEVER mentioned on any of the news shows or in our newspapers! (One exception was an occasional mention from "Lionel" on WPIX.) This was back when they were still having debates. So yes, it's true - there is a huge block of supporters who've still never even heard of Ron Paul!


Liberty Candidates For NJ D6 & D7


Get rid of Lance! We've got someone on our side now!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

In Flanders fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~Colonel John McCrae
May 3, 1915

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Thank you for the lovely poem

I knew the red poppy was a symbol of Remembrance, but until I read the poem, I hadn't known where it came from. Ironically, given the day, my further reading you inspired reminded me of my mother. What I called Veteran's Day, she called Armistice, or Remembrance, Day. She also called it her birthday!

"On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect... In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving."

And thanks Nonna for your story that began this ongoing sharing among us - not just thoughts & ideas but even campaign materials. It's great.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Great story

Good luck in NJ :)

Thanks, bdunn.

We need all the help we can get here in NJ. Being so close to NYC is not an advantage in the fight to save our Constitution. Lots of people here still look under their beds at night to make sure there is no terrorist waiting to bomb their beds while they sleep. They do love their sleep and are so hard to wake up.

If anyone reading this can help the NJ Grassroots get vital information about Dr. Paul to the hannitized, please donate to the NJ Liberty Money Bomb: http://njlhq.chipin.com/nj-liberty-moneybomb

We are working hard to get OUR delegates elected in the June 5th Primary. We need your help!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Thank you for your service, Nonna

What a great inspirational story and you're right so many people think that it's over or still have never heard of RP. I encountered one of the latter a couple days ago, a discussion ensued and a supported emerged. Keep up the great work.

Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected, once it's realized that our Liberties and Wealth are in Jeopardy. -Ron Paul

Thanks, I am

Just talking to people goes a long way towards getting much needed support, especially in NJ.

Everyone taking an active part in the grassroots campaigns all over the country deserves a big Thank You from all of us. I especially appreciate Michael Nystrom and all he does to give us a meeting place to discuss ideas and to reach out to other patriots for help in our efforts. IMO, Michael has singlehandedly gotten all hands on deck for our movement to grow strong.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Can you use 300 SB's in NJ?

I will send them to you today - just provide an address.

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"

Many, many thanks!

Please send to our NJ HQ, which is Neil's office:

Neil Scholss, President
Castle Consulting
109 Mercer Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

"Scholss" or "Schloss"?

Just asking.....

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"

Double S


“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox


On my way to Post Office now!

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"

Bless You!

Just got off the phone with Neil. He, too is very grateful to you!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Package is en route!

Someday we'll meet on the Road to Freedom. Until then, please keep us posted as to your progress. President Paul in 2012!!!!!

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"

Will do, Grambo.

A cyber hug to you until we meet on that glorious Road.

Love your statement in your profile: "Willing to do whatever it takes for freedom in my lifetime." You certainly are living up to that. Thank you.

Does you screen name also mean that you are a grandparent? Just asking because mine means grandmother in Italian.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Yes - I am a Grandma X3!

I chose the name "Grambo2" since my dear Mother (who departed her body in 2005) was the original "Grambo." She was lovingly called that by my children because she was feisty, fun and full of love. We all miss her lots - especially on Mother's Day, Christmas....well, just every day. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Wish I could meet all you wonderful DP people. Maybe someday.

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"


The super brochures work great. I have a call into Neil at NJ HQ.
As soon as I hear back from him, I should be able to give you an address.

Thank you and God bless you!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

You're very welcome!

Totally happy to do anything to help! This is the year for miracles and I'm thrilled to be a participant! God bless you, too!

Grambo2, Anchorage AK
"Freedom is never free!"

how to send..?

A PM in TDP?

where is the spot to send a message to another member?



Click on the screen name of the person

Then click on "Contact". If the person wishes to receive email, you will see it all ready set up for you.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

got it figured out

I hit names randomly
the :contact" button is on many but not on some
So I figure those have disconnected the "contact" button
and choose not to have "contact"

got it.


Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.

Thanks but there is no button

that says contact

is there a spot where it should be?
or is the page out of kilter.
went back three times to look and am not seeing
any 'contact' button

Thanks for your assist


Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.

At the top of the page, under the screen name

should be 3 tabs: View, Track, and Contact. If the contact tab is not there, the person doesn't want to be contacted by email, which I can understand.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

realized that



Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.

Wonderful story!

You gave him more than money. You gave him life again. What a good day!

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

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What a beautiful feisty activism! All powers to you. May you have a dry pain-free summer!

Thank you, ytc.

The beauty of it is that it is something everyone can do whenever we see the vets collection donations. Lots of patriotism and votes to be had!

The sun is out today! All is well.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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