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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:25 PM
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George McGovern falls before planned TV appearance
Source: Associated Press

Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern has been hospitalized after falling and hitting his head while getting ready for a live interview on C-SPAN.

... McGovern fell outside of the Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Library in Mitchell, which is across the street from one of his homes. Witnesses say he was bleeding profusely but conscious and talking.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/1...
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:35 PM
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1. Get well soon, Senator
A TRUE war hero and a man of principle. No wonder Nixon beat him.
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dhill926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:37 PM
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2. damn! sending good thoughts.......
my first vote for President.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:37 PM
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3. Sad News....he was the first President ial candidate I campaigned and voted for.
He's gotta be in his 90's. Hopes for a quick and complete recovery.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:55 PM
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6. George Stanley McGovern - born July 19, 1922

Get well soon Senator McGovern.


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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:40 AM
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31. His was the first campaign that I remember following while in school
Also hope he recovers quickly!
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:51 PM
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4. Damn sounds like he's going to die soon.
from what i've read about him he was so progressive he scared the pants out of the Nixon camp and right wing. What do you think about him if McG instead of Obama were president right now?
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:30 PM
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19. McGovern Is The Real Deal. Read this....
Edited on Fri Dec-02-11 11:31 PM by democrat2thecore
From an interview with him just today!

How is today's Democratic Party doing?

"I think it needs a little more backbone. I'm for President Obama and I hope he'll be re-elected. But I think both he and the Democrats in the Congress need a little dose of backbone-itis to stand for the kinds of things that a progressive liberal party should endorse."

How would you define a "McGovern liberal"?

A McGovern liberal is not ashamed of the federal government. It points to a record that's very impressiveŚRoosevelt's New Deal, Jack Kennedy's New Frontier, and Johnson's Great Society. I wish above all else right now the Democratic Party would come out for universal healthcare. A one-sentence bill: Congress hereby extends Medicare for all Americans.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 12:28 AM
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23. I agree with both statements. He was in Milwaukee speaking
and I was lucky enough to get an invite. "Congress hereby extends medicare for all"
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 08:52 PM
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5. A friend of mine just chatted with him in NYC the other day.
Hope he's okay.

Thanks for posting, Newsjock
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:08 PM
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7. Tough as nails war hero.
Get well soon, Senator McGovern! :patriot:
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:27 PM
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8. Every time he is in the news I do a double take, thinking he has been dead for years.
I'm sorry. I can't help it.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:29 PM
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10. He's been doing amazing interviews with people like Amy
and other indie film makers. Not only alive but still giving.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 10:14 PM
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14. He posts on his facebook page. LOL nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:28 PM
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9. Omg. I hope he's all right.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:44 PM
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11. true patriot, get well soon
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:53 PM
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12. A great American and a great statesman
The first person I ever voted for.

We'd live in a far different world had he been elected. :patriot:

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20111202/ARGUS911/31...

Kind thoughts and prayers for you, Senator. :grouphug:
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 09:54 PM
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13. head and scalp cuts bleed gallons even when they are relatively minor nt
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:36 PM
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21. Even at 89 years old? I hope you are right, though. -nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 12:30 AM
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24. In my experience, often, the reason for the fall is more important than the damage done by the fall.
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 12:31 AM by No Elephants
Sad to say, I knew three people very close to me who fell for no apparent reason, then passed away soon after.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 12:42 PM
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35. My friend's husband fell...collapsed due to brain tumors...
he is in end stage and the risk of falling is much greater as his disease progresses...it's sad. He has to be watched all the time...
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 10:29 PM
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15. Damn. Watching C-SPAN now, without him, but about his campaign.
Best Wishes
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:01 PM
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16. I'm watching it too
Excellent program. :applause:
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:10 PM
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17. hope he gets well very soon - a great man - a voice of reason in an unreasonable political culture
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:23 PM
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18. here is a link to his Facebook page - for those who would like to wish him well:
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:34 PM
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20. Video Interview from November 27th
They didn't mic him well for the interview, but you can still hear him. He looks terrific here. It's amazing to listen to this man at 89. Brilliant as always.
http://www.argusleader.com/article/20111127/NEWS/311270... .
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left on green only Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 12:14 AM
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22. Did it occur to anyone else that the byline of this thread
could have in all likelihood juxtaposed the name kerman hane with George McGovern? Just sayin. :shrug:

No one more than I recognizes the levity of the OP article, but without good ol' kerm, I will be losing a great source of humor in my life. Kinda makes me weep, as it is now likely that I will have to wait until May, when the egocentric donald enters the race, before I will have quite as much to yuk it up about. Oh well, we all have our comb-overs to bear.

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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 12:32 AM
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25. A noble and strong gentleman
I am proud to say that my first vote in a presidential election was for George

Take strength from the honor, dignity, and love you have made manifest in your life.
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lostnote12 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 01:23 AM
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26. God Bless You Mr. McGovern....speedy recovery......was it McGovern or Mondale
.....that was a decorated combat pilot?...too tired to search it out but if I recall one of them flew close to 80 missions over live fire.....just another bleeding heart liberal that doesn't understand the "real" world.<cough>....r/w hacks make me sick!!!!!
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 01:42 AM
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27. it was 22-year-old George McGovern


McGovern had been at 22 a decorated Army Air Force pilot who had flown 35 combat missions (the maximum number allowed), I urged the McGovern managers to film a couple of members of the flight crew telling how terrified they were the day McGovern, with two of his plane's four engines knocked out, somehow managed through skill and strength an emergency landing of his B-24 (which required a 5,000 foot landing strip) on a 2,200 foot runway on an island in the Adriatic.

Of course, no such spot ever saw the light of day. Later, I was told that a B-24 spot would have "complicated" or "stepped on" the campaign's message of the South Dakota senator as the candidate most critical of bombing in Vietnam.

I was furious at the sheer stupidity, the craven surrender of the values of patriotism and military valor to Richard M. Nixon, whose own service time was largely spent profitably playing poker.

But now historian Stephen Ambrose, who has moved the nation with his compelling accounts of the country's settling and of the ordinary Americans whose extraordinary personal sacrifice and bravery won World War II, has written "The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45."

This is -- 30 years late -- the story of George McGovern, by all evidence a superb pilot and an unflappable leader who always thought first of his crew.


Even though he did not fly the same plane twice, McGovern's B-24 was always called the "Dakota Queen," after his young home-state bride Eleanor, to whom he has now been married for 57 years. (His wife Eleanor die in 2007)

http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0910-04.htm



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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:16 AM
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29. 30,000 airmen were lost in the Eight Air Force flying bombing missions over Europe
And McGovern finished 35 missions. Stunning
thanks for the article.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 10:51 AM
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32. Our past candidates seemed to understand the horrors of war, maybe because they were involved?
Edited on Sat Dec-03-11 10:52 AM by Old and In the Way
Kennedy, McGovern, Kerry all were vilified by the Right for their service...the one's who are supposedly "patriots'. Their war hero's are Ron Reagan, Dick Cheney, and Bush the Dimmer.
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lostnote12 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:52 PM
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34. Thank You so much for the reminder....I'm
......reminded of Jimmy Carters military career vs/ Reagan's professional theatrical abilities....I do believe in civilian leadership over the military of course, however when a decorated military veteran advocates a well reasoned advocacy of peace we all should be humbled and listen as a nation....
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 04:40 AM
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28. One Bright Shining Moment - The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (trailer)
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 01:49 PM
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36. It's now streaming "Instant Watch" on Netflix. Excellent documentary! -nt
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harvey007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 06:18 AM
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30. McGovern is among the greatest of the "Greatest Generation"
I hope he recovers soon. Best wishes, Senator!
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 12:36 PM
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33. GREAT NEWS!!! McGovern in Stable Condition
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 07:08 PM
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37. Newtie likes to sneer at McGovern liberals
He's not fit to shine McGovern's shoes. I hope he recovers fully and keeps talking. We are so lucky to have him on our side.
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