Subj:     Speeches Supp
                 (Includes 5 jokes and articles, 31906,3,cf,4wX_2b,2)

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Includes the following:  Steve Jobs' 05 Stanford Commencement Speech - Video (S738)
.........................The Pampered Generation (S154)
.........................10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal - Video (S906)
.........................Lee Iacocca Is Angry (S627c)
.........................Columbine Father's Testimony (S125b)
Subj:     Steve Jobs' 05 Stanford Commencement Speech (S738d)
          From: Wimp.com
          on 2/3/2011
 Source1: http://www.wimp.com/livedie/
 Source2: http://onemansblog.com/2010/02/01/steve-jobs-

 This is a speech that Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple,
 gave at Stanford University in 2005 for the graduation
 commencement.  In it, Steve recounts three personal
 stories in which he advocates following your heart and
 doing what you love.  Click 'HERE' to hear and see this
 outstanding speech.

Subj:     The Pampered Generation (S154)
          From: collins2 on 01/14/2000

 Subject: The Pampered > Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 9:51 AM
 Our beloved President shares our pain.  I was embarrassed to
 read that President Clinton and his advisors have said, "The
 older generation must learn to sacrifice as other generations
 have done."

 That's my generation. I knew eventually someone would ferret
 out the dirty secret: we've lived the "lifestyle of the rich
 and famous" all our lives. Now, I know I must bare the truth
 about my generation and let the country condemn us for our

 During the Depression we had an hilarious time dancing to the
 tune of "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"  We could choose to dine
 at any of the country's fabulous soup kitchens, often joined by
 our parents and siblings...those were the heady days of carefree

 Then, with World War II, the cup filled to overflowing. We had
 the chance to bask on the exotic beaches of Guadalcanal, Iwo
 Jima and Okinawa to see the capitols of Europe and travel to
 such scenic spots as Bastogne, Malmedy and Monte Cassino.  Of
 course, one of the most exhilarating adventures was the stroll
 from Bataan to the local Japanese hotels, laughingly known as
 death camps.  But the good times really rolled for those lucky
 enough to be on the beaches of Normandy for the swimming and
 boating that pleasant June day in '44.  Unforgettable.

 Even luckier were those that drew the prized holiday tickets
 for cruises on sleek, gray ships to fun filled spots like
 Midway, The Solomons and Murmansk.  Instead of asking, "what
 can we do for our country, "an indulgent government let us
 fritter away our youth wandering idly through the lush and
 lovely jungles of Burma and New Guinea.  Yes, it's all true:
 we were pampered, we were spoiled rotten, we never did realize
 what sacrifice meant.

 We envy you, Mr. Clinton, the harsh lessons you learned in
 London, Moscow and Little Rock.  My generation is old, Mr.
 President...and guilty; but we are repentant.  Punish us for
 our failings, sir, that we may learn the true meaning of Duty,
 Honor, and Country.

 Robert J. Grady, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret), Colorado Springs.

Subj:     10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal (S906d)
          Posted by Texas Exes
          From: Ernie Ware on Facebook
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/pxBQLFLei70
 Source2: http://www.lifebuzz.com/10-lessons-from-navy-seal/#!SSCdL
 Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S.
 Special Operations Command, returned to his alma mater
 last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he
 learned from his basic SEAL training.
Here's his amazing Commencement Address at
University of Texas at Austin 2014 from
Business Insider.  Click 'HERE' to listen
to Admiral McRaven's description of Navy
Seal training.
Photo from Cardio-Workout
Subj:     Lee Iacocca Is Angry (S627c)
          From: ICohen on 1/12/2009

Source: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/iacocca.asp

Photo from MotorTrend.com...
 Remember Lee  Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler
 Corporation from its death throes?  He's now 82 years
 old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

 Lee Iacocca Says:

 'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with
 what's happening?  Where the hell is our outrage?  We
 should be screaming bloody murder!  We've got a gang
 of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over
 a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind,
 and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less
 build a hybrid car.  But instead of getting mad, everyone
 sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say,
 'Stay the course.'

 Stay the course?  You've got to be kidding.  This is
 America, not the damned, 'Titanic'.  I'll give you a
 sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'

 You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off
 my rocker, and maybe I have.  But someone has to speak
 up.  I hardly recognize this country anymore.

 The most famous business leaders are not the innovators
 but the guys in handcuffs.  While we're fiddling in Iraq,
 the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what
 to do.  And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of
 asking hard questions.  That's not the promise of the
 'America' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean
 for. I've had enough.  How about you?

 I'll go a step further.  You can't call yourself a patriot
 if you're not outraged.  This is a fight I'm ready and
 willing to have.  The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca
 elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis
 being the first.)

 Leaders are made, not born.  Leadership is forged in
 times of crisis.  It's easy to sit there with your feet
 up on the desk and talk theory.  Or send someone else's
 kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield
 yourself.  It's another thing to lead when your world
 comes tumbling down.

 On September 11, 2001, we needed a  strong leader more
 than any other time in our history.  We needed a steady
 hand to guide us out of the ashes.  A hell of a mess,
 so here's where we stand.

 We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning
 and no plan for leaving.

 We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the

 We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our
 once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health
 care costs.

 Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a
 coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.

 Our borders are like sieves.

 The middle class is being squeezed every which way.

 These are times that cry out for leadership.

 But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where
 have all the leaders gone?'  Where are the curious,
 creative communicators?  Where are the people of
 character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common
 sense?  I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think
 you get the point.

 Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland
 security than making us take off our shoes in airports
 and throw away our shampoo?

 We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new
 bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to
 things that have already happened.

 Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of
 Hurricane Katrina.  Congress has yet to spend a single
 day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding
 accountability for the decisions that were made in the
 crucial hours after the storm.

 Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it
 doesn't happen again.  Now, that's just crazy.  Storms
 happen.  Deal with it.  Make a plan.  Figure out what
 you're going to do the next time.

 Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively
 about how we can restore our competitive edge in
 manufacturing.  Who would have believed that there could
 ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese
 car companies?  How did this happen, and more important,
 what are we going to do about it?

 Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan
 for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis,
 or managing the health care problem.  The silence is
 deafening.  But these are the crises that are eating
 away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

 I have news for the gang in Congress.  We didn't elect
 you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain
 silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our
 greatness is being replaced with mediocrity.  What is
 everybody so afraid of?  That some bonehead on Fox News
 will call them a name?  Give me a break.  Why don't
 you guys show some spine for a change?

 Had Enough?  Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of
 gloom and doom here.  I'm trying to light a fire.  I'm
 speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America.
 In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through
 some of  America 's greatest moments.  I've also
 experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great
 Depression,' 'World War  II,' the 'Korean War,' the
 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's
 oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating
 with 9/11.

 If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get
 anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody
 else to take action.  Whether it's building a better car
 or building a better future for our children, we all have
 a role to play.  That's the challenge I'm raising in this
 book.  It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me,
 believe in America'.  It's not too late, but it's getting
 pretty close.  So let's shake off the crap and go to work.
 Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'

 Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you
 know and care about.  It's our country, folks, and it's
 our future. Our future is at stake!!

 This article is true as verified by snopes.com
 at http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/iacocca.asp

Subj:     Columbine Father's Testimony (S125b)
          From: TA989287 on 6/14/99


 Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good and
 evil in the heart of men and of women.  We all contain the
 seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.

 The death of my wonderful daughter Rachel Joy Scott and the
 deaths of that heroic teacher and the other children who
 died must not be in vain.  Their blood cries out for answers.

 The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his
 brother Able in the field.  The villain was not the club he
 used.  Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association.
 The true killer was Cain and the reason for the murder could
 only be found in Cain's heart.

 In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed
 at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as
 the NRA.  I am not a member of the NRA.  I am not a hunter.
 I do not even own a gun.  I am not here to represent or defend
 the NRA because I don't believe that they are responsible for
 my daughter's death.  Therefore, do not believe they need to
 be defended.

 If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder, I
 would be their strongest opponent.

 I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a
 tragedy.  It was a spiritual event that should be forcing us
 to look at where the real blame lies!

 Much of that blame lies here in this room.  Much of that
 blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers

 I wrote a poem just four nights ago that express my feelings
 best.  This was written way before I knew l would be
 speaking here today.

 Your laws ignore our deepest needs
 Your words are empty air.
 You've stripped away our heritage.
 You've outlawed simple prayer.
 Now gunshots fill our classrooms.
 And precious children die.
 You seek for answers everywhere.
 And ask the question "WHY"?
 You regulate restrictive laws.
 Through legislative creed.
 Add yet you fail to understand.
 That God is what we need!

 Men and women are three part beings. We all consist of body,
 soul, and spirit.  When we refuse to acknowledge a third
 part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil,
 prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreck havoc.

 Spiritual influences were present within our educational
 systems for most of our nation's history.  Many of our major
 colleges began as theological seminaries.  This is a
 historic fact.

 What has happened to us as a nation?  We have refused to
 honor God, and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and

 And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs,
 politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA.
 They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that
 continue to erode away our personal and private liberties.

 We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would
 not have been stopped by metal detectors.  No amount of gun
 laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type
 of massacre.

 The real villain lies within our OWN hearts.  Political
 posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.

 The young people of our nation hold the key.  There is a
 spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched.

 We do not need more religion.  We do not need more gaudy
 television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage.
 We do not need more million dollar church buildings built
 while people with basic needs are being ignored.

 We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment
 that this nation was founded on the principle of simple
 trust in God.

 As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library
 and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he
 did not hesitate to pray in school.

 I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!

 I challenge every young person in America and around the
 world to realize that on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High
 School, prayer was brought back to our schools.

 Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in

 Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard
 for legislation that violates your conscience and denies
 your God-given right to communicate with Him.

 To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA, I
 give to you a sincere challenge.  Dare to examine your own
 heart before you cast the first stone!

 My daughter's death will not be in vain.  The young people
 of this country will not allow that to happen.

                           -(o o)-
............................From darrellvip on 10/13/2007