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For one Larned, Kansas, native, Women’s History Month means more than just honoring the many women in science and the military who set the stage for the women of today and in the future.

Lucile Doll Wise, a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, during World War II, is one of those pioneers. In September 1942, the Army Air Forces needed pilots, so after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Army Air Forces commander Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold established the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, or WAFS, and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment, or WFTD.

According to the Air Force Historical Support Division, the WAFS and WFTD merged into a single unit on July 5, 1943. The now-unified group was called the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, with its pilots known as WASPs.

“Our mission was to perform flying duties in this country to relieve male pilots for overseas combat service,” Wise said.

Call to Serve

Wise joined the WASPs in May 1943, and served until they were disbanded in December 1944. “I was thrilled at the prospect of flying the larger and faster military aircraft and at the opportunity to help in the war effort,” she said.

Her younger brother enlisted in the Navy just before he graduated from high school in 1943, and he was permitted to graduate before he headed to serve on a ship in the South Pacific. “Of course we were all worried about him,” she said. “He returned safely, but perhaps a bit damaged emotionally.”

Wise said she went through the same training as the male cadets, living in barracks under military discipline, learning to march, making beds the Army way and more.

“It was a cultural shock, giving up our comfortable homes, nice clothes and social life but we didn’t complain because we were so thrilled to be flying military aircraft,” she said.

Mission

After graduation, Wise was assigned to the Army Air Forces Weather Service Region in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Our first and most important job was probably ferrying aircraft from factories to air bases and points of embarkation. There was an alarming shortage of pilots at the beginning of the war, and we delivered more than 12,000 aircraft in the two years we operated,” she said. “We also performed many other domestic flying duties.”

She said they had a Cessna twin engine C-47, a five passenger plane they had flown in training.

“It was slow but dependable,” Wise said. “Later, another WASP was assigned there, and we got the larger Beech C-45. Our assignment was to fly the weather officers wherever they needed to go, usually on inspection trips to all of the AF bases in the region and to meetings. My favorite aircraft, and the favorite of most of us, was the AT-6 [Texan], which we flew in advanced training. It was a wonderful plane. I got plenty of flying.”

She said when she entered the WASP program, she had 50 hours, and when it disbanded, she had almost 700 flying hours.

“When traveling, I usually stayed on base in the nurse’s quarters, although sometimes we stayed in hotels,” Wise said. “One base in Nebraska had no women on base, and the small town had no hotels, so I was given a room in the hospital. Our trips often lasted four or five days, leaving on Monday and spending a day at each air base and returning later in the week. It was a large seven-state region with many air bases.”

She said she loved her job.

“I loved every minute of it, but it was not easy,” Wise said. “It was hard work, and I came back from trips pretty tired.”

The Disbandment

Arnold fought to have the WASPs militarized into the Army Air Force, but Congress disbanded them, Wise said, adding that she was disappointed.

“We had a handsome uniform and officer privileges, but I really wanted to be militarized and get a commission,” she said. “We were working hard and did not realize that we were making history as the first U.S. women to fly military aircraft.”

Recognition at Last

For 33 years, the women weren’t allowed to call themselves veterans and their records were classified and sealed from the public. They fought Congress and pushed for publicity. On Nov. 23, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a public law granting former WASPs veteran status with limited benefits. The Air Force graduated its first female pilots that same year.

“It was wonderful,” Wise said. “I was living in the D.C. area at the time and helped with the lobbying effort. It was a thrill to attend the hearing and have contacts with Congressmen. It was a great help for a few of us who were without health insurance or in financial trouble to be eligible to be treated at military hospitals.”

Life after the Serving

Wise said she made great friends and meets up with her fellow WASPs at reunions.

“I made some great friends in the WASP program,” she said. “Some of them were from wealthy families, but I did not realize it at the time. We all looked alike in our ‘zoot suits.’ We met often at reunions and other women’s aeronautical meetings. I am grateful for my opportunity to serve, and I believe we all feel the same way. The WASPs went through a unique experience, and we all have a close bond.”

Wise said she’s happy to have been a pioneer, and she’s happy to meet women who are currently serving and children who may serve in the future.

“I’m so impressed by what women pilots are doing today, especially flying into combat,” she said. “They are doing some great flying and proving once again that women can fly military aircraft as well as men.”

She said she tells young women who may be considering the military that “the military is not for everyone, but it offers a great opportunity to young women.”

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Don’t miss the last 30 seconds:

Only 3 minutes Stunning Video the country was never supposed to see....

Secretary of State John Kerry introduces Admiral Ace Lyons to speak at a private meeting. He probably regrets

doing so.

THIS VIDEO LINK PROBABLY WILL NOT LAST LONG!!!! PLEASE PASS IT ON!!

http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=51fe948515b4

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I heck of a smart old warrior, covered quite a bit , kudos-thanx -John

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Yup!

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Well spoken ... clear and concise!

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Who do NOT want him elected - THE MEDIA.

BUT when he creates an ad ..WOW!

(He really rattles their cages) "THE DONALD"

LOVE HIM, DOUBT HIM or HATE HIM - He is indeed shaking it up to the very core of our political system -

which is a GOOD thing.

It's hard to believe that even Trump would have the 'cojones' to put this on the air.

Here is a rousing military medley that tells it how it is ... the lyrics are clever and funny ...

Obama is suitably recognized. It's a 2 minute video, watch:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nh8kaXXv35c?rel=0

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Toilet Seat

It isn't widely known, but the first toilet seat was invented by a Polish scientist in the 18th century. The invention

was later modified by a Jewish inventor who put a hole in the seat.

Ten Commandments

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse! You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not

Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and

politicians! It creates a hostile work environment.

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0530 today I was reading FoxNews instead of gold searching. I saw a video of your beloved leader in

Argentina doing the Tango. I seem to remember, what little still works that long ago someone else was

"fiddling while Rome burned". I believe that profile fits today's Tango session!

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4815010257001/raw-obama-does-the-tango-in-argentina/?intcmp=hpvid1#sp=show-clips

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Did you realize that if Donald Trump is elected it will be the absolute first time in the history of this country that a billionaire has moved into free public housing abandoned by a black man :old: John

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If you can read this, thank a teacher,

 
 
and since its in English, thank a soldier.€™
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On 4/24/2016 at 6:19 AM, Hoser John said:

Did you realize that if Donald Trump is elected it will be the absolute first time in the history of this country that a billionaire has moved into free public housing abandoned by a black man :old: John

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5aa_1462559696

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 Are there  Brown TRout, there :4chsmu1:, uhh, the place below?

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  In the town,. there's a filter plantimages?q=tbn:ANd9GcRlQSehQNrk5qNf-VwmnMb

 but it didn't work too well.

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PHENOMENAL 2 LETTER WORD
          
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP .'  
It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv.], [prep], [adj.],  [n] or [v].         
 
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?            
  
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? 
 
Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for
election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP) and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?  We call UP our
friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP  the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.   
   
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP  trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an
appetite, and think UP excuses.   
 
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.   
   
And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.  
   
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at
night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !  
 
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.   
  
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with UP to a hundred or more.          
 
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
 
When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. 
  
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . My time is UP!          
 
Oh. One more thing:  What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?  
 
U   P !  
   
Did that one crack you UP?   
 
Now I'll shut UP!
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and recently in the middle of the night too....oh the joys a being a ol'fart. John:th:

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The perfect answering service recording
 
"I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life.
 
Please leave a message after the beep.
 
If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”
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Entitlement and Victims
 
Limbaugh Nailed This One~
 

Love him or loathe him, he nailed this one right on the head..........
 

Rush Limbaugh:
 

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the
September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform
are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you
just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.
 
Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really
disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.
 
If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going
to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of
$250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million..
 
If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in
action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half
of which is taxable.
 
Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving
spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment
of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18,
those payments come to a screeching halt.
 
Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of
$1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not
enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in
the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms
way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers..
(Actually, soldiers are put in harms way by politicians and commanding
officers.)
 
We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same
deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that,
some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking
for compensation as well.
 
You see where this is going, don't you?  Folks, this is part and
parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's
just really sad.
 
Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive
next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the
Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and
live in low-rent housing.  Make sense?
 
However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you
don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a
pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to
being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on
retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of
the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they
may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who
placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.
 
I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join
ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our
sons and daughters who are now fighting.
 
 
 
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While in Okla. on May 28 I had a physical check-up, been four years since my last one. This time I had to go to a 

new Doc since my old Doc of 40 years said I was now considered a new patient since it had been over a year since

I saw him. So I went through the new patient questions. One of the questions I haven't ever seen was "do you own guns"?

I can't say here what my write in answer was. 

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If we each send this to just one person, it will go far!
Why is not this person with the sign "we will shoot more police" not being arrested?  
If you can look at this picture, read the sign and  DO NOT  pass this on. .  SHAME ON YOU!
 

Take a good look at the sign he is holding!  OK, all you pushing for illegal immigrants' rights ....  
 
Here is one of the Reasons we have a problem with it. 
We are the ones que will have to pay for the welfare of These immigrants, depriving all of our natural citizens !!
 
"Give us what we demand or we will shoot your loved ones." This is only one of the Several Reasons the  U  S  A  . Is falling apart.
 

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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

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It's Punday ...
 
1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent. 
  
 2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything." 
  
 3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted. 
  
 4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. 
  
 6. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: "A beer please, and one for the road." 
  
 5. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?" 
  
 6. "Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'" 
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome." 
"Is it common?" 
Well, "It's Not Unusual." 
  
 7. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning." 
"I don't believe you," says Dolly. 
"It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy. 
  
 8. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either. 
  
 9. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before. 
  
 10 . I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any. 
  
 11 . A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" 
The doctor replied, "I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!" 
  
 12 . I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel. 
  
 13 . What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh. 
  
 14 . Two termites walk into a bar. One asks, "Is the bar tender here?" 
  
 BUT WAIT -- THERE'S MORE!! Subject: Here are the 10 first place winners in the International Pun Contest 
 
 1.. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger." 
  
 2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!". 
  
 3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too. 
  
 4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron," 
The other says, "Are you sure?" 
The first replies "Yes, I'm positive." 
  
 5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication. 
  
 6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. 
"But why," they asked, as they moved off. 
"Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer." 
  
 7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal." 
  
 8. These friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.  He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars. 
  
 9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him .. (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good).....  A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis. 
  
 10. And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. 
  
 No pun in ten did.
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In Africa, every morning a gazelle awakens knowing that it must outrun the fastest lion if it wants to stay alive.
 
Every morning, a lion wakes up knowing it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
 
Moral of the story:
 
It makes no difference whether you are a gazelle or a lion: When the sun comes up, you had better be hauling ass.
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On 7/8/2008 at 4:44 AM, garimpo said:

You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

Three.  If it don't fit get a bigger hammer.

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Best Gift
 
During the recent cease-fire, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Khaled Mashal, sent a gift to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in an elaborate box with a note. After having the box checked for safety reasons, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the box and saw that the content was cow dung. He opened the  note, handwritten in Arabic by Mr. Mashal, which said, "For you and the proud people of the Zionist Entity."
 
Mr. Netanyahu, literate in Arabic, pondered the note and decided how best to reciprocate. He quickly did so by sending the Hamas leader a very pretty package, also with a personal note. Mr. Mashal and the other leaders of Hamas were very surprised to receive the parcel and opened it very carefully, similarly suspecting that it might contain a bomb.
 
But to their surprise, they saw that it contained a tiny computer chip. The chip was rechargeable with solar energy, had a 1.8 terabyte memory, and could output a 3D hologram display capable of functioning in any type of cellular phone, tablet or laptop. It was one of the world's most advanced technologies, with a tiny label, "Invented and produced in Israel."
 
Mr. Netanyahu's note, personally handwritten in Arabic, Hebrew, French, and English, stated very courteously...
 
"Every leader can only give the best his people can produce."

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