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THREE HUNDRED MILLION

“America’s population is on track to hit 300 million this morning, and it’s causing a stir among environmentalists,” reports Maine’s Sun Journal. “Organizations such as the Shelburne-based Population Media Center are marking the 300 million milestone with renewed warnings that world population growth is unsustainable, and the fallout will affect every corner of the earth,” notes the Burlington Free Press. “Be careful what you wish for,” warns the editorial board of Seattle’s Post-Intelligencer.

Since so few US media outlets were inclined to celebrate this non-grim milestone, the job was outsourced to a little Australian blog. Following is a small sample of Americans, from which you may reasonably extrapolate a figure of 300 million. Or 957 trillion, if you work for Lancet ...

1 “Here is a whole slew of us!” writes Joanne K, of Louisville, Kentucky:

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2 Rebecca H. forwards this shot of her grandchildren: “They’re a few years older than this picture now, but this one is my favorite. Little Ohio rednecks, all of them”:

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3 “My brother and his wife are doing their part,” reports proud Uncle G. “Here’s a portrait from last year of the EIGHT little ones!”

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4 Barbara Skolaut (“American by birth, Southern by the grace of God”) wishes to memorialize her maternal grandparents, John Cyrus Jones and Sophronia Patterson Jones. This is their wedding photo (from 1905). John’s ancestors emigrated from Wales to America before the Revolution; his bride’s family arrived from Scotland sometime around the War of 1812. “I am grateful every day,” writes Barbara, ”my ancestors got on those boats.”

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5 Our friends Ralph Strickland and wife Billie in Knoxville, Tennessee, upon his return from Iraq. Of that excellent Cavalry Stetson, Ralph says: “Australians aren’t the only ones with cool military hats”:

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6 “We didn’t have children,” writes Kyda Sylvester, “but my brother/sister-in-law picked up our slack.” And how; here the Young clan lays claim to Newport Beach, California:

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7 Today happens to be the 15th birthday of reader Don K.’s son. Happy birthday, mate!

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8 “Not a very good pic,” demures Meep, of her shot below, “but we were trying to fit everybody in. That’s just most of the people on my Dad’s side of the family. My Ma’s side of the family is even bigger. Then there’s my husband’s family (my ma-in-law was one of 10 kids). Let’s just say I don’t have very many ‘full family’ pics. We can never wrangle them all into the same frame.”

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9 Adds Meep: “Oh, and if Australia ever needs more kids, I’m sure we can ship a couple over ...”

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10 Baby M. sends a pic of P.J. and Alex, both of whom have been added to the US population since the 200-million mark was overtaken in 1967:

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11 Following is Sarah W.’s family, “a pretty handsome bunch of people, if I do say so myself. I’m excited about 300 Million Day and I think the Founding Fathers of the U.S. would be proud to see it. As President Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘300 million? That’s a hell of a lot of people!!!!!!’”

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12 Bob P. emails: “Here is a photo I took of two cousins, one aged two and one aged three months—years before Mohammed would even take an interest in them. Taken very recently on the occasion of the younger cousin’s baptism into (gasp! horrors!) Christianity.”

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13 A very proud Dminor reports: “This little blighter was born 6th October this year; photo taken during his hearing test when 3 days old. Tell Starfleet we have engaged the Borg.”

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14 “Well, the Mrs and I fulfilled our biological imperatives,” writes a relieved BJ Barron. “Thank God they’ve all finally moved out”:

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15 Scott A. introduces Sigita (below, right), a Lithuanian, soon to be in the 300-million-plus American club. “Which goes to show,” he boasts (rightly), “that America’s strength is that we still continue to attract hot women from around the world”:

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16 The recent wedding of reader Jeff’s niece. One child is missing from the photo, she being about one year old: “This is our contribution to the 300 million”:

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17 From left to right: Robert Crawford’s mother, niece Ellie, and niece Rachel. “Ellie looks a little annoyed because I tried to get her to look at the camera. Silly me; Cinderella is singing and dancing off to the right. No way she was going to take her eyes off that.”

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18 Mike D. and his bride of eleven days at a sushi restaurant in Alameda, California: “She survived Mao’s cultural revolution (her father spent ten years in a re-education camp). I myself survived the Carter administration.”

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19 Colleen of Seattle, Washington, sends two brilliant pics of her parents in their first year of marriage, prior to six subsequent children: “They just celebrated their 51st anniversary last June and have certainly done their part in getting us to the 300 million.”

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20 Michael Lutz and wife—“Discharging our genetic duty since 1975”—forward the following evidence (note the elegant compassion tilts):

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21 Matt Jones and family on vacation at seaside Oregon:

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22 “Here are my three contributions to the destruction of Planet Earth,” writes JDB. “Note the wee house because there is no room left for them in America. Also, they can now withstand winter temperatures due to the Global Warmening”:

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23 The happy Cross family of New York, New York:

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24 Reader and regular commenter MentalFloss: “This is what not only keeps me sane but fills my heart with joy every time I look upon her”:

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25 Here’s Major John with his kids, “two of the cutest little crushing burdens Gaia ever suffered to bear”:

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26 Behold Ken Linden Nordin, born November 18th, 2005:

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27 Sonetka’s Mom—you’ll recognise her from comments—sends a pic taken last February in Salt Lake City: “My two oldest sons (the Marine on the left, the soldier on the right) were visiting their sister, brother-in-law and infant nephew (sitting on the Marine’s lap). A good-looking crew, aren’t they?”

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28 Me with a borrowed Infant American; that’s Christopher Morrow, third son to James and Clare, and who is calculated to be the 299,998,875th US citizen:

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29 Onward to 400 million! John Wilson (in background, with camera), wife Peggy (in foreground) and new-child-to-be-born-any-minute (in utero):

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UPDATE. Mark Steyn:

As a special publicity tie-in for my new book, the 300 millionth America has very kindly arranged to be born sometime today - Tuesday October 17th 2006 - and I couldn’t be happier. Not everyone is, though. The Independent and other British and European newspapers have been running pieces full of gloom about the terrible surfeit of Americans ...

Hit the top link for a book extract.

UPDATE II. Chuck Simmins has enchanting pictures from the pre-300 million era. Way pre.

UPDATE III. 30 San Francisco resident Joe L. (shown disguised as a San Francisco resident) writes: “Not only are we breeders in downtown SF, but we are also conservatives. Gasp! As you can see from their sour expressions, my son (Tazman) and daughters (Jade and Sage) are quite concerned about the impending population explosion. Meanwhile their parents are blissfully unaware of the horror they have unleashed by their reckless spawning. Gaia Save Us All!”

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31 Stephen L., from beautifully-named Forty Fort, PA, sends a graphic depiction of America’s overcrowding problem:

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‘32 Ford Iowahawk’s children of the corn plot their next trailer invasion at Lakewood Mobile Home Court:

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UPDATE IV. 33 Colleen (whose pics run above at 19 and 20) sent another shot, taken around 1934, showing four generations of her family: dad, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. She writes: “This side of the family has been in America since before the Revolutionary War.”

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UPDATE V. 34 Comments czar Paco—one of the reasons visitors here linger for minutes rather than the seconds endured at lesser sites—zips in a portrait of his North Carolina National Guardsman brother on duty in Iraq:
 
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35 Part of Imperial Keeper Elizabeth’s vast empire—Trent, the eldest of her five Gaia-depleting grandchildren:
 
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36 Reader El Cid’s daughter Kim with an unnamed Snow American:

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37 Cynthia Robinson writes: “This is a photo of my husband’s immediate family on the occasion of his mother’s 90th birthday. Mind you, these are just the brothers and sisters, and their/our progeny as of February 2000. Six more children have been born since then.”
 
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UPDATE VI. 38 Out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, here we have Bertie and Henry, livewire sons of Victor S.:

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39 Robert B. also has two fine sons, the youngest profoundly deaf: “But thanks to Gaia-defying hearing aid technology, he is excelling in mainstream school.”

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40 Pumpkin enthusiast Renee K. writes: “Attached is a picture of my parents, my three kids, two nephews, a niece, and me. We are shown here on our annual trip to rape the planet—a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where everyone picks out a pumpkin, which we do not eat. We just carve it and let it sit on the front porch step until it gets thrown away in November. You will notice the open land in the picture, but it cannot be used to hold more people—we must have our pumpkins!

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41 Father of four TexasBob (another el-primo commenter) sends this from Iraq: “Here’s a picture of my lovely bride, Suzanne, and me the day I got back from Iraq (the first trip) on our back porch in Sandhausen, Germany. Note the delicious glass of hefeweizen and the ‘welcome home from Iraq’ grill!”

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42 In one of the best images in this gallery, Prariecat55 (left) hugs her Daddy following his retirement from the US Navy:

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UPDATE VII. 43 Doreen M. emails: “My dad came from a family of 13 in County Cork to the US; had seven kids; our family now has 21 grandkids and four great grandkids.” As well, Doreen’s son (a Cav Scout) served during the invasion of Iraq, after which an Australian reporter offered a satellite phone so he could call home after months out of contact. Below are two junior members of Doreen’s regiment at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:

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UPDATE VIII. The Disgruntled (Leftoid) Chemist is sickened by this post.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/17/2006 at 07:17 AM
  1. Wonderful pics all!  Many thanks to Tim’s US readers for sending them in.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2006 10 17 at 07:58 AM • permalink

  2. Only 29 pics? That’s rubbish. There better be updates. Come on people, don’t be shy!

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 10 17 at 08:04 AM • permalink

  3. And I’m not American, so hope I haven’t ‘gatecrashed’ your party, but couldn’t help it. Congrats USA!

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 10 17 at 08:08 AM • permalink

  4. God bless you all, our american cousins.

    Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2006 10 17 at 08:18 AM • permalink

  5. Capitalism must be a scam. How dare they actually maintain or increase the prosperity of an extra 100 million in such a short time.
    A good dose of collectivism would soon sort out such habits as happiness, contentment and joy!!!

    19. A lady in hornrims, packing heat grrrrowllll!!!

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 10 17 at 08:28 AM • permalink

  6. Congratulations USA! Awesome achievement for the greatest country in the history of mankind.

    Posted by Hank Reardon on 2006 10 17 at 08:32 AM • permalink

  7. Hi all,
    Long time reader, first time commenter.  How do I send Tim my photo?
    Thanks

    Posted by Mary on 2006 10 17 at 08:36 AM • permalink

  8. What an interesting bunch of people!
    Barbara Skolaut, your great grandma is beautiful. (I have Jones relatives, Welsh. From Welshpool – he actually built a church there.)
    But Kyda, are you really related to Fergie? (It looks like her, over on the right, in the middle…)
    The little girls in the boxes are adorable, they remind me of my best friend’s girls.
    PJ and Alex are caving through phreatic formation.
    Congrats Dminor, your grandson is just perfect! (But you knew that.)
    BJ Barron “Thank God they’ve all finally moved out” Sorry, mate, I hear they keep coming back…
    MentalFloss, “fills my heart with joy every time I look upon her” I know what you mean.

    Thanks Tim.
    Congrats USA.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 08:39 AM • permalink

  9. ...Ken Linden Nordin, born November 18th, 2006...
    erm, then that’s gotta be the most detailed ultrasound image I’ve ever seen.. ;)

    Posted by Wally on 2006 10 17 at 08:41 AM • permalink

  10. Great pictures, everyone, and congrats to the Seppos on hitting the 300 million.

    Posted by Dylan Kissane on 2006 10 17 at 08:44 AM • permalink

  11. #9—Fixed!

    Posted by Tim B. on 2006 10 17 at 08:46 AM • permalink

  12. Colleen of Seattle, Washington (photo #19) needs to tell her Mother to take her finger off the trigger next time or America may be back down to 299,999,999.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 10 17 at 08:46 AM • permalink

  13. Bless every last one of you. I’m “rooting” for you all! (You all probably know that means something different to us Aussies).

    I’m doing my bit for Aus too, I’ll be a grandpa next May. I know I’ve mentioned it before but I’m still tickled by the news!

    Posted by Gibbo on 2006 10 17 at 08:48 AM • permalink

  14. Thanks kae. It took me a while to get around to it, but he’s actually my firstborn son, not grandson. Still, your compliment makes me all warm and tingly inside.

    To think they only ever talk about maternal hormones kicking in…

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 10 17 at 08:49 AM • permalink

  15. I thought the quote about 300 million being a hell of a lot of people was from Thomas Jefferson.

    At least some of those journalistic handwringers may come around by and by. Humans are an acquired taste.

    Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2006 10 17 at 09:02 AM • permalink

  16. Well done fellas!  Do you need another 20 million?

    Posted by murph on 2006 10 17 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  17. Just finushed celberrating wit a 6 pack helped by my 4 grandchildren. Godd to see lovin Mericans instead of self-hatteing libs stuffin the megia wit lies. These livid libs don’t compalin when 1,000,000,000, ooo slave Chines and millions starving in Afkika increase their populations over their resources over and over. It’s lucky the basket cases of the globe have more ‘Mericans to send them $ everytime they have their tongues out.

    Posted by stats on 2006 10 17 at 09:20 AM • permalink

  18. Well done fellas!  Do you need another 20 million?

    Murph, while I applaud your ambition, I think the limits of biology and human endurance may cause you to fall short of your goal. But I’m sure you’ll have fun trying!

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 09:22 AM • permalink

  19. #18: I dunno, I bet Murph’s got what it takes. Have at it, fella!

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 09:24 AM • permalink

  20. A few thoughts:

    1) Love the Bonnie & Clyde pics.

    2) For a bunch of “chickenhawks”, there sure are a lot of uniforms!

    3) First lefty a-hole to snark about excessive whiteness gets a link to DailyKos.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 09:25 AM • permalink

  21. Great pics all!  It’s wonderful to have visual reinforcement that the names on the screen are flesh-and-blood people.

    #3, Dminor, welcome anyway and I think Tim should do another one of these for Australia.

    Tim.  You look positively Daddy-like in that picture.  :)

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 17 at 09:27 AM • permalink

  22. Crittenden’s newspaper (The Boston Herald) had a lovely celebratory editorial about the 300 million. Which is why I buy that instead of the Boston Globe.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 09:30 AM • permalink

  23. Bunch of goddam planet stompers the lot of them. Look what they’re doing to those lawns! Algore must be so pissed right now.

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2006 10 17 at 09:39 AM • permalink

  24. Good onya, America.

    300 million, not out is a pretty good score.

    First American I ever met was a US Army Sergeant at Tan Son Nhut in Saigon in 1967. I was hot, tired, jetlagged, lost and confused.
    He pegged me as an Aussie, and gave me a cold Budweiser beer, a corned beef sandwich, and organised my ongoing move up country.

    Sort of a one man version of what America has done for the rest of the world for 200+ years.

    No better friends.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 10 17 at 09:40 AM • permalink

  25. To corrupt a line from Katharine Hepburn in ‘Lion in Winter’, my but I do have handsome countrymen!

    Posted by Retread on 2006 10 17 at 09:46 AM • permalink

  26. ``How do I send Tim my photo?’’

    Hi, Mary.  There are probably clever people here who can tell you how to scan a photo and send it off.  Not being clever, I just took a photo that Sonetka had emailed to me, and forwarded it to Tim.  (There were 38 others in the same lot, but I heroically refrained from sending all of them.)

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2006 10 17 at 09:47 AM • permalink

  27. Dave S and paco

    I’ll get started.

    Posted by murph on 2006 10 17 at 09:53 AM • permalink

  28. Dminor, welcome anyway and I think Tim should do another one of these for Australia.

    Hell, yes!

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 09:56 AM • permalink

  29. #21

    It’s wonderful to have visual reinforcement that the names on the screen are flesh-and-blood people.

    I don’t show up on film…

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 10 17 at 09:59 AM • permalink

  30. #29 I don’t show up on film…

    Ah, but you have relatives who do, do you not?  Proof, then, that you exist.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 17 at 10:05 AM • permalink

  31. How come nobody’s sending in family pics from the Post Office wall, eh Paco?

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2006 10 17 at 10:08 AM • permalink

  32. It brought tears to my eyes to see my wonderful, loving grandparents memorialized here forever, for all the world to see.  Thank you so much, Tim.

    (I’m really got to get around to digitizing more family pics.)

    All the photos are wonderful - from the newest born-here Americans to the newest came-here Americans.  It sends a chill up my spine to see all these wonderful people who share my homeland.

    As for the whiny-assed naysayers, blow it out your asses.  Fred mentioned yesterday that if all the 300,000,000 Americans in this 2,000 mile high x 3,000 mile wide (no, I won’t translate that to kilometers; do yourself) country picked up and moved to Texas, they’d each have about 1/2 acre apiece.  I say that if all the whiny leftoids assholes picked up and moved to North Korea, we’d have a much more pleasant country - and the NorKs would have lots more food.  On the other hand, the lefties would undoubtedly be pretty stringy, and the NorK people have suffered enough.

    Thank you for doing this, Tim.  You are a treasure.  Australia and the world are lucky to have you.

    HAPPY 300 MILLIONTH, AMERICA!

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 10:47 AM • permalink

  33. Welcome gang,you’re all so beautiful-healthy and happy too..ah crikey..our long lost cousins -found.

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 17 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  34. It’s not just that there are 300 million in AmeriKKKa.  It is all the slaves, working far off-shore in the toxic waste of industry, that are needed to sustain such a large empire. Think of the planet.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2006 10 17 at 10:53 AM • permalink

  35. #7 Mary - if you have digital photos of your family on your computer, attach one of your choice to an e-mail to Tim.

    I don’t have most of my family photos digitized, but I had Nannie and Pop’s because I recently took a digital picture of their wedding photo to send with an antique quilt I sold so the buyer could see the quilter (they like that).

    Good luck - hope you can send in a picture!  :-D

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 10:56 AM • permalink

  36. Pedro - I had to post your remark, if you don’t mind.  Here

    Posted by Major John on 2006 10 17 at 11:04 AM • permalink

  37. Thanks for the pictures, all.  You’re adorable!  How wonderful to have Bonnie and Clyde as ancestors--I bet you have some great stories.

    I was never blessed with children but I do live on a rather large lot, with a beautiful garden that serves no ecological purpose except to give us pleasure.  Gaia would be ticked off.

    Posted by Patricia on 2006 10 17 at 11:18 AM • permalink

  38. Sorry to be annoying - I don’t know how to mail this to Tim so I’ll just post it here. Hopefully someone else can put it in the right place.

    Look at this press release from the Aus. Psych. Org.

    http://www.psychology.org.au/news/media_releases/10.1_170.asp

    Tips for coping today:

    * Remind yourself that September 11 is just a date
    * If you feel fear today, stop for a minute and be sad at the death of many
    * Be kind to someone today
    * Teach your children to value differences in others.

    Look at that last point! Maybe I’ll call that number on the APA website and ask what’s going on.

    The number is 03 8662 3363; Bev Grant, from the APA.

    Posted by zarathustra on 2006 10 17 at 11:19 AM • permalink

  39. Special thanks to Barbara Skolaut for that wonderful picture and story. My forefather arrived in the US about the same time as your grandmother, Barbara. He hunted whales (thus making me a right-wing blue-blood) and - possibly fearing American overcrowding - eventually moved to Australia and helped wipe out local cetaceans. He died in his bed, far from the madding (and growing) Yankee crowd. By this twist of fate, I am privileged to live in a country where people have somewhere to stand - unlike polar bears and Americans.

    The picture of your grandparents is beautiful.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 10 17 at 11:44 AM • permalink

  40. Thanks, #3 kae.  My grandmother Nannie was always old to me (they married in their 20’s, and my mother was the youngest daughter; I was born in 1946), but even 50 years after that photo was done you could still see those young people in their eyes.  They loved me beyond measure, and I still miss them.

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 11:53 AM • permalink

  41. Thanks, CL - your forefather made two good choices!

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 11:56 AM • permalink

  42. #32: I’m with you Barbara! Thanks to all for the wonderful photos. America really is “a shining city on a hill”. And Australia is our “sister city”.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 11:58 AM • permalink

  43. #38 Z:  “press release from the Aus. Psych. Org.  Tips for coping today:  Remind yourself that September 11 is just a date”

    Tips for coping every day:  Remind yourself that the Aus. Psych. Org. is a bunch of useless, overpaid wankers.

    Idiots like this can FOAD.  Preferably SOON.

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 12:01 PM • permalink

  44. Thank you for the great pictures - a lovely showcase - some history, some babies, some generations of family, a wedding, a newly wed couple and lots of happy smiling faces

    On this day which marks such a “grim milestone” for some doomsdayers, it’s refreshing to see some reality

    Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 10 17 at 12:16 PM • permalink

  45. #8 Kae

    Yeah, but the trick is to change their rooms over to ‘something else’ as soon as the door hits them in the ass.  They’ll bleat about it for a bit, but it works.

    My wife calls it “kicking the baby birds out of the nest, dumping the nest to the ground, and stomping on it”.

    There’s an ex-jarhead and ex-doggie in that picture too. (Notice the respect the jarhead has for his sister).

    BJBarron (trainer)

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 17 at 12:32 PM • permalink

  46. #31: Well, my relations are all of the belief that they look terrible in black and white; and the jailhouse photographers never get their good side.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 12:42 PM • permalink

  47. RebeccaH, those are about the cutest young’uns I ever did see! I bet their grandma’s gorgeous.

    And dminor, congratulations on the recent arrival!

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  48. Some people look at the world and see too many Americans. I look at the world and see not enough Australians.

    Come on, mates, when are we going to see the Tim Blair celebratory 50 million post for Australia? Or even better, 100 million, that’s a good round number.

    You know what to do.

    Posted by TaftMike on 2006 10 17 at 01:08 PM • permalink

  49. Tim:
    You’re magnificient, my friend.

    I swear one day I’ll see you in an American airport (bar?) and I’m going to give you a big fat kiss.

    So, make sure you’ve got the lip balm handy.

    SMG

    Posted by SMGalbraith on 2006 10 17 at 01:17 PM • permalink

  50. Is Kim Bint-al-Cid of, ahem, population-increasing age? ("Bint" = “daughter of")

    Posted by bobpence on 2006 10 17 at 02:06 PM • permalink

  51. Er. SMG: some of us want Tim to come to the US again.

    ;p

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 10 17 at 02:09 PM • permalink

  52. Unless the “SM” in your name stands for “Susan Marie” or something similar. In which case, carry on, sister.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 10 17 at 02:10 PM • permalink

  53. Hey Paco-that’s Tikrit!  What NCNG unit is your brother in?  I know a lot of NCNG guys-as I only transferred to Tennessee a couple of years ago.

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 17 at 02:13 PM • permalink

  54. Well, if any of you guys has access to the Diversity Lottery randomizer, make sure my application comes up as a winner this year, will ya?

    Posted by PW on 2006 10 17 at 02:17 PM • permalink

  55. I’m sure I just heard some lefty, bleeding-heart liberal heads exploding. Not only are there too many of us, but judging by these pictures there are alot of military, probably a double-sin in their eyes. I, on the other hand, thank you all.

    Posted by Retread on 2006 10 17 at 02:21 PM • permalink

  56. Great post, lovely photos, wine glass raised. Way to go America! What a wonderful country.

    Posted by danS on 2006 10 17 at 02:24 PM • permalink

  57. bobpence

    Why yes, yes she is. In fact Kim, the divorced mother of two. One elegant Jessica and one on his way to a black belt, named Christian.

    Gee, hope the name Christian, doesn’t stick in the craw of lefties or cultists, of unnamed appearance.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 02:30 PM • permalink

  58. #53: He’s back now, but he was an MP with Brigade security. I think he was with something he referred to as the “Andrew Jackson” unit, but I’m not sure.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 02:31 PM • permalink

  59. Paco-he was in 30th Brigade ("Old Hickory” named after Andrew Jackson, with the XXX for 30th on the crossbar of the “H” inside the “O"-otherwise known as the “volleyball net").  I know lots of NCNG MPs, but most of them aren’t in 30th brigade (they’re in the MP companies in Western NC).  Is he from Albemarle?

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 17 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  60. Wonderful pictures. Thank You!

    Posted by viz on 2006 10 17 at 02:39 PM • permalink

  61. I need to move to the Prairie. Hubba hubba!

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 02:43 PM • permalink

  62. "Note how conservatus heterus San Franciscus adopts camouflage to blend in with the indigenous hostile fauna, allowing him to surreptitiously mate and breed without molestation...”

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 02:47 PM • permalink

  63. 91B30

    278th?

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 02:50 PM • permalink

  64. I can’t help noticing the wide swaths of open space in the background of many of these photos. I’m guessing this is Halliburton endangered-species hunting land that is walled off from the teeming, crowded masses.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 02:51 PM • permalink

  65. For all those foreigners whining about population growth:  many, many in that 300mill mark are, in fact, immigrants, not native born Americans, so take heart!  there are less Americans of the kind you don’t like than you think.

    And for the likes of the Independent, if all you brits moved to AmeriKKKa, we still would not be even remotely close to your population density, so really if anyone is trampling Gaia an overusing resources… Some states, like Maine, are still 90% forested.

    Well just take a look.  Belgium and the Netherlands have a higher population density than India.

    Posted by Not My Problem on 2006 10 17 at 02:55 PM • permalink

  66. In the ‘04 election, George Bush carried 97 of the 100 fastest-growing US counties as well as 93 of the 100 youngest population counties.

    The evidence is clear; we wingnuts are plainly superior when it comes to sex. We root like bunnies, producing gorgeous offspring who will man the guardtowers of the coming Moonbat gulags.

    Posted by iowahawk on 2006 10 17 at 02:56 PM • permalink

  67. In one of the best images in this gallery, Prariecat55 (left) hugs her Daddy following his retirement from the US Navy.

    Amen to that!  Thank you, PrariecatDaddy (and PrariecatMommy) for your service.

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 02:58 PM • permalink

  68. El Cid-yep.  Notice the patch ("three rivers of blood, three stars of death"-LOL).  Anyway that’s what higher told us that Haji said it was in the desert. 

    The three rivers are for the Holston, French Broad and Tennessee (?-not completely sure about that) that flow into Knoxville and the three stars represent the three regions of Tennessee.

    That picture was taken of us after the parade last April.

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 17 at 03:01 PM • permalink

  69. This thread makes me think of this song.

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 17 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  70. #59: Bingo! On all counts. I just this minute called him to confirm, and I had it slightly wrong. It was, indeed, the Old Hickory, and he is from Albemarle (as are practically all of us Pacos). Among other exciting incidents, he was fired on when carrying a general somewhere in a helicopter, and an IED went off under a hummvee he was riding shotgun on, but due either to the incompetence of the bomb-maker, or the incompetence of the guy who placed it (or both), all they got was a strong jolt.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 03:09 PM • permalink

  71. Yes, I second, third or whatever number it is, Barbara Skolaut’s sentiments.

    From Texas Bob, to 91B30, to ALL, including our Aussie friends that have loved one’s serving, that have served, or gave life and limb.

    For the latter, may you heal with God’s blessing or rest in the halls of God’s heroes.

    Oh yeah, iowahawk’s, too...lmao.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 03:10 PM • permalink

  72. Hey, el cid: Your daughter’s beautiful, but is that you on the left? Lookin’ a little anemic, there, buddy! And a pretty bad case of hypothermia, too.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  73. One more thing, 91B30: I told my brother that you were with a Tennessee unit, and I believe he told me that it was the 278th that relieved the Old Hickory when they returned home.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 03:14 PM • permalink

  74. One more “one more thing”, 91B30: my brother was a Marine in his early years, and later joined the Nat’l Guard. He actively lobbied to go to Iraq (at age 46, he was called “gramps”; but not too often, from the way he tells it). Anyhow, he said that ex-marines were picked for brigade security because the general knew for sure that they knew how to shoot.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 03:18 PM • permalink

  75. Paco-yep, 2nd squadron (my unit) took over for 1/120th Infantry at FOB Bernstein, regimental HQ took over for 30th brigade HQ at FOB Caldwell.  Saw some guys I knew from the old 1/119th IN (which was once part of 30th brigade-they were cross-leveled for the deployment) in Iraq.

    Your brother looks younger than 46 in the picture (I’m willing to overlook his unfortunate status as a former Marine, such is my respect for you :-D).

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 17 at 03:25 PM • permalink

  76. #47, Paco, thanks for the compliment.  I’m inordinately proud of that bunch myself.  As for myself, well, as a child I was adorable, but as a grandma, I’m pretty grandma-like.

    All these pictures absolutely made my day!  Thanks, all, and thank you, Tim, for giving me a reason to smile all day long.

    (Paco, did I mention your brother is kinda yum-worthy?)

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 17 at 03:25 PM • permalink

  77. Thank you all for submitting those pictures! This has been an excellent tribute to our population. I feel so proud to be an American! And thanks to our Australian cousins for their support and love. It means a lot.

    Posted by Muslihoon on 2006 10 17 at 03:28 PM • permalink

  78. 76: Paco, did I mention your brother is kinda yum-worthy?

    Well, no, but he is a right handsome fella. He got the looks, I got the brains (what I mean to say, is, I got the brains by marrying them; Mrs. Paco is a mechanical genius).

    My wife, incidentally, is a legal immigrant from Chile. The family fled the marxist Allende regime. She was sworn in as a citizen in the Orange Bowl in Miami in a big ceremony; the person presiding was then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 03:35 PM • permalink

  79. 72 paco

    Your daughter’s beautiful, (Thanks, I kinda think so too, but I’m biased...lol)
    but is that you on the left? (Damn, forgot my pic was in, BUT, I thought the shades saved me...lol) Lookin’ a little anemic, there, buddy! And a pretty bad case of hypothermia, too. (things that a parent doesn’t, or won’t do for their kids, huh?)
    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 03:37 PM • permalink

  80. Posted this earlier in the 300 MILLION REASONS FOR SAD, thread. I don’t think it will bring me harm, to repost it.

    #51

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 04:04 PM • permalink

  81. This was a superb post - well done America and I look forward to 400,000,000!

    Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 10 17 at 04:10 PM • permalink

  82. #81: Murph! Another order’s come in.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 04:16 PM • permalink

  83. Wonderful! You are all just beautiful!  My thanks to Tim for putting together this little album.  And my thanks for the good wishes of our Aussie friends.

    And that little back and forth between warriors and warrior families--THAT is what it is like to be in the military family.  There is rarely a time when you are anywhere in the world when you don’t have a connection somewhere with someone.  It’s nice.  I guess this is a good place to thank all of those, warriors and the families who support them, for helping us get to this great, historic day.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

    No pictures, but my Great Grandmother Minnie, who was nearing 100 when she died, contributed an even dozen Americans, who then contributed...well, let’s just say that we could now populate a nice sized town. 

    Anyone who has driven across this great country, with its vast empty stretches of exquisite beauty, knows that we can handle a much greater population than we now enjoy.  Pfft! on the naysayers. 

    300,000,000 and counting!  May peace and prosperity fill all your days.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 10 17 at 04:18 PM • permalink

  84. My father was the last of 13 children so I have several aunts and uncles pressing for me to have kids to carry on the family name. My mom mentions it about every other month. At first I was shocked that my own mother wanted me to go out and have unprotected sex with any available nubile girl but it turns out that she expects me to find a girl (specifically “a nice girl"), get to know her, marry her, and then make babies.

    Destroying the planet is lot of work!! I think a deathstar would be easier.

    Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2006 10 17 at 04:26 PM • permalink

  85. Great post, Tim. congratulations, America! 

    I don’t see anyone whingeing about China and India. If these countries can cope with billion-plus populations, a rich and fertile nation like the US should be aiming for 500 million and Australia at least 50 million. The future and the sanity of the world depends on it.

    Posted by Big Arnie on 2006 10 17 at 04:36 PM • permalink

  86. Saltydog has said it all much better than I could. This post, with the pictures and the comments, represents one of the most joyous and most life-affirming things I’ve read in quite a while. Well done, Tim. Very well done, indeed.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 04:40 PM • permalink

  87. What a great post!!!! Thanks to those in uniform who keep us safe and thanks to the rest of us, in the US, OZ and all over the world who are willing to stand for those values we hold dear. The pics are beautiful!!You are all fearfully and wonderfully made!

    Posted by debi L. on 2006 10 17 at 04:41 PM • permalink

  88. Agreed.

    Three Cheers for Mr. Tim Blair.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 05:00 PM • permalink

  89. Thanks, Tim, and congratulations to my compatriots. So many fine folks.

    My little angel. When I took her to the Melbourne US Consulate (they insist on “sighting” the child as well as documents) to forever brand her as an American (at her request—“I want two passports like you, Daddy!"), I was served by not one, not two, but three admiring officials.

    It was almost embarrassing. Gawd she’s gorgeous.

    A real trooper, my girl. She had a high fever and was quite ill when that photo was taken a couple months ago—she simply wasn’t going to miss the all-school annual concert.

    Well done to all. Well done and thanks to Tim and Andrea.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 17 at 05:02 PM • permalink

  90. Oh, and three more for Australia.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 05:02 PM • permalink

  91. #43 Barbara Skolaut:

    I know what FOAD stands for, and think they should.
    What is SOON an acronym for?

    Posted by triticale on 2006 10 17 at 05:07 PM • permalink

  92. Hmmmm.

    The cutest bunch of world-destroyers and Gaia depleters ever assembled.

    Posted by memomachine on 2006 10 17 at 05:07 PM • permalink

  93. Floss, you have a lovely “little angel”.

    I’m quite sure she has given you joy, comfort and pride. May she present you with the same my daughter did, when dating and picking her choice of male going forward to bring more of your genes into this world. Mine was quite touching...OH DAD! You’ll find that out of course...:).

    All pictures posted are truly wonderful representations of us, The U.S. May all of us and our offspring go forward and make sense of, for the most part, a seemingly senseless world.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 05:20 PM • permalink

  94. Thanks, Tim.

    No movie stars, no “rapstas” and no twits.

    Just pictures of real, honest-to-goodness human beings.  How refreshing!

    This is one Canadian who is more than happy to wish his American friends (and Allies!) best wishes on this important milestone.

    By the way, thefrollickingmole is right:  the pistol-packin’ lady in the horn-rims is hot.

    Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2006 10 17 at 05:21 PM • permalink

  95. Umm...after all the compliments about that gorgeous Navy Brat (aka the KID) I hate to tell y’all this but...I’m the prairiecat55, born on the high plains of northcentral Montana. I was rushed when I sent the photo & didn’t explain fully what the pic was. Sorry for the mixup, thanks again for the heartwarming comments about us & all our Brothers & Sisters...she IS a beautiful girl, with a beautiful heart & I am truly grateful!

    Posted by KC on 2006 10 17 at 05:24 PM • permalink

  96. #14 Dminor
    oops@
    My memory is shot. But he’s still beautiful. You got some good gene combos going there!
    Congrats!

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 05:33 PM • permalink

  97. MentalFloss,

    That was a sweet sentiment about your daughter.  I too have a beautiful daughter, age 8.  She is precious, unlike her 19 and 18 year old brothers who are lazy and spoiled not quite so precious. (Last month we took a vacation to Beaufort, South Carolina and spent one afternoon touring Parris Island boot camp.  I think my oldest son was a bit nervous the whole time, thinking I might just drop him off there.  We laughed about it, but I certainly would have been proud of him if he did decide to join the Marine Corps.).

    I wish I could email a photo of my kids.  But I can’t figure out how to scan—hell, I’m not sure I have a scanner.  I’d have to ask my sons but they’re too lazy and spoiled to help the little brats rather busy with studies at the moment.

    Greats photos everyone.  Beautiful relatives, bountiful future.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 17 at 05:35 PM • permalink

  98. I too think Colleen’s mom is hot.  Sorry Colleen.  But there’s just something special about seeing a woman mix gracious feminity and firearms. 

    But I have to say I like the photo of Colleen’s dad.  He’s so unapolegetic, so frank about his admiration of guns (and maybe a conversative streak?).  That’s the way I’d like seeing myself.  Of course it might come off as Woody Allen behind a rock.  But I see myself as that.  ("Yeah, this is my rifle.  You don’t approve huh?  Here, I’m carrying a pistol too.  I can shoot a bunny with it.  Got a problem with that peaches?")

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 17 at 05:43 PM • permalink

  99. wronwright

    unlike her 19 and 18 year old brothers who are lazy and spoiled not quite so precious.

    Phewww, I am NOT alone in this world...others have male children (in my case) one, though married, obstinate party animals with no sense of direction that can be detected at this time not quite so precious.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 05:52 PM • permalink

  100. Phewww, I am NOT alone in this world...others have male children (in my case) one, though married, obstinate party animals with no sense of direction that can be detected at this time not quite so precious

    El cid, do what I do; tell people they take after their mom.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  101. As Bill Cosby said, he didn’t know his first name was “Bill” for about 18 years of his life or so, as everytime he did something, his Dad, would scream, Jesus Christ.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 06:01 PM • permalink

  102. 100 paco

    do what I do; tell people they take after their mom.

    rotflmao...Great Idea...thanks.

    as he finishes his coughing spasm and blots his monitor

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  103. This goes against all my better instincts but…

    cheers and beers to all our American friends

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 10 17 at 06:06 PM • permalink

  104. Jeezuz paco.  A man’s gotta sleep…

    Posted by murph on 2006 10 17 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  105. Margos Maid

    This goes against all my better instincts but…

    cheers and beers to all our American friends

    LMAO...but..back at ya’ my friend.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 06:12 PM • permalink

  106. Jolly good show, and congratulations America on your fecundity!
    In the words of Neil from the Young Ones, boomshanka.

    Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2006 10 17 at 06:13 PM • permalink

  107. Great post and absolutely wonderful pictures!  I sometimes worry about what will become of the U.S. and what kind of world my little Gaia-despoiler will inherit, but seeing all of these lovely families fills me with even more pride in America (and Australia) and gives me tremendous hope for the future.

    Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2006 10 17 at 06:27 PM • permalink

  108. What great pictures!

    I haven’t figured out how to e-mail a photo yet (my relatives hate me) so I stuck a picture of my kids and two of my nephews on my blog.  Not shown are three more nephews, two more on my side and one on my husband’s side of the family (all toddler years).  So far so good this generation.

    Posted by Synova on 2006 10 17 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  109. #18 DaveS
    Population of Australia = 20 million
    (I think that’s what he meant)

    #37 Patricia
    I missed the offspring boat. I always wanted kids. Prolly why I find other people’s kids so engrossing.

    #39 C.L.
    My Paternal great, great, great grandfather was a bosun on a Portuguese whaler who jumped ship in Sydney in a long, long time ago.

    #40 Barbara
    My nanna died in January 2003 in her 94th year. I was the eldest of her grandchildren and I think that made me kind of a favourite. She used to tell me I was an ‘old head on young shoulders’ (now I’m just old all over). I miss her – she was like a second mum to me and my brother when mum went back to work after three months maternity leave she took for each of us.

    #45 OMG

    Yeah, but the trick is to change their rooms over to ‘something else’ as soon as the door hits them in the ass.

    I saw that in Failure to Launch
    “This is my nekked room.”

    #54 PW

    Well, if any of you guys has access to the Diversity Lottery randomizer, make sure my application comes up as a winner this year, will ya?

    What chance of that? I can’t even get the “Winning ticket optimiser” option button at the newsagent’s lotto outlet to function. The newsagent tells me it must be malfunctioning.

    #66 iowahawk

    producing gorgeous offspring

    Spot on there, mate.

    #76 RebeccaH

    (Paco, did I mention your brother is kinda yum-worthy?)

    I agree wholeheartedly. He’s a good lookin’ sort.

    #97

    “Not quite so precious.”

    I’ll remember that, it could be useful.

    See, we are one big family.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  110. # 98, that gunslinger sure is a good-looking, macho dude; the sort of man we all want to be. You can see he wouldn’t take any lefty PC bullshit! Maybe he should be a symbol for this blog.

    Posted by mr magoo on 2006 10 17 at 07:06 PM • permalink

  111. Jeeze, except for my family, Americans are kind of homely.

    Posted by Uncle Lefty on 2006 10 17 at 07:17 PM • permalink

  112. Thanks a lot for the post (and for putting me in it), I really appreciated the tribute!

    Posted by Matt510 on 2006 10 17 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  113. When I was travelling through Asia last year, I ran into a few Americans who were anxious that the optimum amount of time spent with non-Americans would be utilised slagging off the USA and Americans in general. This usually went down a treat with my European compatriots (who I generally liked a lot), rewarding the opportunistic American America-sceptics with peals of delightfully misplaced knowing laughter. 

    I never got the opportunity to ask those particular Yanks why they couldn’t draw upon the remarkable story of their nation before they used their nationality to abase themselves before a bunch of (perfectly amiable but awfully smug in certain circumstances) European leftists. Then I reminded myself of the difference between the average Euro birthrate, and the American one.

    Happy 300 000 000! Let’s ruin the planet some more, you won’t regret it.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 10 17 at 08:02 PM • permalink

  114. And the good news is the lefties are underbreeding themselves out of existence (granted, many of them were fairly underbred to begin with)...

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 10 17 at 08:14 PM • permalink

  115. In all the eco-discussions about the 300 millionth US citizen environmentalists seem to have forgotten the biggest scare of all: if Chinese/Indians/Indonesians keep breeding the balance of the earth will change thus creating a “flat spot” (look on the globe, they are basically living on a north/south straight line) as the earth wheels through space! Global warming schmarming...this is a huge threat.  Thank God so many Americans are on to this and working hard to restore the balance.

    Posted by allan on 2006 10 17 at 08:19 PM • permalink

  116. #115

    You mean this could knock the earth off it’s axis? OMG! We’ll all be kilt!

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  117. Just looked at the photos again and juxtaposing with that whole 300 000 000 thing. Gotta say, I’m thinking “hope” rather than “despair”. Course, that was the idea, but may as well ride the wave…

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 10 17 at 08:26 PM • permalink

  118. Thank God this computer at work has broadband. Getting these pictures up on the dial-up beast at home would have taken a whole weekend.
    Mind you, it would have been worth it.
    Great to put faces to a few of the regular names.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 08:27 PM • permalink

  119. And may I add - El Cid, congratulations on your lovely daughter!

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 08:29 PM • permalink

  120. Photo #19.

    I may not be correct but the pistol looks an awful lot a like a liberated Walther PPK. Another reason to be proud

    Posted by jpaulg on 2006 10 17 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  121. I may not be correct but the pistol looks an awful lot a like a liberated Walther PPK.

    It’s a Luger. But also likely liberated.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  122. Jeeze, except for my family, Americans are kind of homely.

    Insulting people’s wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, kids, grandparents… congrats, Uncle Lefty, you’ve just provided example #2,746 of why Lefties have zero class.

    I’ll be slightly more classy - go take a flying fuck at a rolling donut, you low-rent piece of trash.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 08:39 PM • permalink

  123. My monitor here at work sucks, but I’ve got the uniform count at one Army, one Navy, one National Guard, and one Cub Scouts.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 08:44 PM • permalink

  124. With his five o’clock shadow, Colleen’s dad reminds me of this guy.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 17 at 08:48 PM • permalink

  125. Congratulations on achieving 300 million! Love the photos, keep them coming.  Keep right on bringing more lovely rug-rats and ankle biters into the world.  If any of you ever feel short of space, not to worry, we’ve got plenty of room over here in Australia where you’re always welcome.

    Posted by Ubique on 2006 10 17 at 08:48 PM • permalink

  126. El Cid, your daughter is a stunner!  If she wants to meet a bloke a bit warmer that the one in the photo I would be only too happy to introduce myself;)

    Tim, I reckon we need to have an Aussie tribute to populating our country.  I’m one of seven kids and my aunty also had seven so we are doing our bit to piss off extreme environmentalists.

    Posted by youngy on 2006 10 17 at 08:55 PM • permalink

  127. I am slightly disappointed however that a certain Florida-based Administrator hasn’t (yet) made it into the collection…
    (Sound of rather heavy hint falling)

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  128. Re: photos 19 & 20...thanks to everyone for the kind and funny comments about my gun-toting folks.  I’m going to pass this link along to Mom and Dad and I know they’ll get a real kick out of it. I’m not certain but I don’t think Mom’s ever been called “hot” before...I think you guys will make her blush!

    Thanks to Tim also for posting all the wonderful photos.

    Colleen (aka Neeniebug)

    Posted by Neeniebug on 2006 10 17 at 08:57 PM • permalink

  129. Congrats folks. Breeding and smiling. That’s what I like to see.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2006 10 17 at 09:20 PM • permalink

  130. Swinish and youngy

    My friends, thank you. I have emailed my daughter and mentioned she has become a Star...:).

    She will be delighted, as she has been hurting lately, took a bad fall. She’s as tough as she is lovely though, she will be fine.

    Your words, along with others words, will definitely lift her spirits.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 09:23 PM • permalink

  131. Dave S.

    Insulting people’s wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, kids, grandparents… congrats, Uncle Lefty, you’ve just provided example #2,746 of why Lefties have zero class.

    Just read this misanthropes comment, thanks to you. Maybe we should invite good old Uncle to a little good old West Side of Buffalo treatment, huh?

    Hey Uncle...I’ll supply the doughnut and a crowd to cheer you on.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 09:31 PM • permalink

  132. El Cid, glad to be of service.  Anything else I can do for your daughter, and I mean anything, I will be only to happy to oblige.

    Thank you everyone for the great photos posted.  There is nothing I like better to see all those happy family photos.  I will pray for all those in the services that they will continue to be in family photos for many years to come.

    I can still remember a stupid bloke having a go at my Mum for having too many children.  Unfortunately he didn’t know the joy of a big family, though they can also drive you mad sometimes, and I thank God everyday for the gift of my siblings.  So to my American friends check pumping out those great kids and making the world a better place.

    Posted by youngy on 2006 10 17 at 09:32 PM • permalink

  133. check should have been keep

    I hit the submit instead of the preview; bugger.

    Posted by youngy on 2006 10 17 at 09:37 PM • permalink

  134. Thanks Tim
    I cried looking at all those wonderful pictures. There’s nothing more beautiful than the love within families.

    Posted by rebeccaj on 2006 10 17 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  135. Maybe we should invite good old Uncle to a little good old West Side of Buffalo treatment, huh?

    Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. And remember, what happens on the West Side stays on the West Side, capisce?

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 17 at 09:52 PM • permalink

  136. Send him to me, in Perth.
    It’s all West Side over here… heheheheh

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 10:02 PM • permalink

  137. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. And remember, what happens on the West Side stays on the West Side, capisce?

    Damn I meant, I make great cannoli, from scratch...beat roll the dough with a bat, I do, the filling is to die for...:).

    Our mate Swinish wants to talk to the boy, though…

    So there you have it Uncle, take a bad dose of medicine in OZ...or if you are American...great cannoli will be had.

    Man, you have two wonderful choices to contemplate...I love it.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 17 at 10:18 PM • permalink

  138. Hope I’m around for 400 million!!

    Go get ‘em yanks!

    Posted by stickit on 2006 10 17 at 10:30 PM • permalink

  139. Great photos people - a pleasure to see all the happy smiling faces of the fellow readers and their lovely families. Keep up the good work, I know it is a tough job but do your best hehe.

    Posted by rbresca on 2006 10 17 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  140. #91 triticale - “SOON,” as in “any time now, the next few minutes would be dandy.” ;-p

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 17 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  141. As Mark Steyn said:  “Earth’s greatest resource is us!” It is sure borne out here.

    Proud to be an American family since old Herr Vanguard got on that boat. (And the boys fought in Mr. Lincoln’s Army when they could barely speak English.) Someday I’ll be able to tell him thanks for thinking way ahead and risking life, limb and family to get here. 

    Best to my favorite Blairites, in America, Oz, Canada and elsewhere.

    Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 10 17 at 10:33 PM • permalink

  142. Wonderful photos, all! 

    MentalFloss, you appear to be in the same position as my nieces and nephews (photo #16).  Amongst three sets of parents, there are no less than five lovely little girls, who will likely grow up to be gorgeous young ladies. 

    I can see that sometime in the next few years, I’m going to be out the cost of three shotguns and a basic load of non-lethal ammo for the dads.  As a precaution when their daughters reach dating age, of course!

    You might want to consider the same, pursuant to Australian laws, of course!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 10 17 at 10:37 PM • permalink

  143. TRJ, Mental Floss will have to use a blow gun with those buckshot cartridges…

    he he

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 10:42 PM • permalink

  144. Fantastic pictures, loved them all, nice to put faces to names, congratulations to the USA, may you produce many more.

    (PS, I’m with SwinishCapitalist, there is someone whose photos are noticeable by their absence)

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 10 17 at 10:59 PM • permalink

  145. The ABS reckons Australia will hit 38 million people by 2101. That’s an increase of 18 million for the rest of the century. At that rate, Australia will take around 1,500 years to reach a population of 300 million.

    Pretty exclusive club down here on reflection. People wishing to make a contribution and happy to fit in with us are more than welcome. Come on down.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 10 17 at 11:02 PM • permalink

  146. Harry, maybe we should contribute our own ideas about this missing person’s appearance, no?
    Here’s mine.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 11:10 PM • permalink

  147. #146: I don’t think wronwright looks like that.

    Re-reads comments. Ohhh, you mean Andrea! Yep. That’s the way I see her. Rowr!

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 17 at 11:16 PM • permalink

  148. #146 Swinish,
    Well, if that’s Andr No. 1, who the heck is this?. Is it wronwright? No. 2? Enquiring minds need answers…

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 17 at 11:22 PM • permalink

  149. kae and Genuine Jeff, thanks so much. I am already planning for the future.

    Apart from the basic “kid-safe” common sense stuff, I’ve already taught The Angel screaming, yelling, scratching, biting and kicking (and the best spots to kick).

    She started Tae-Kwan-Do a couple months ago, we just gifted her with a “minder” (female Labrador, not the purple-Martian-pogo-stick variety and still a pup, but she’ll follow her everywhere for the next 15 years or so), the razor-wire is on order and I’m all set (via a somewhat less than legal source) for a taser whenever I want it.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 17 at 11:37 PM • permalink

  150. "Questions are a burden for others.
    Answers are a prison for yourself.”

    Not that this man would agree.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 17 at 11:37 PM • permalink

  151. We don’t care about the age of Hair Boy in photo number 7.  How old is the girl?

    Posted by Bearded Mullah on 2006 10 18 at 12:46 AM • permalink

  152. Well done on all the photos, guys.

    I love the kidlets, and putting faces to names is always great to do.

    And Paco, I’m with kae and rebeccah.
    (I was going to suggest that if your brother ever made it to Oz he’d be taken care of, but figure that sounds a mite suggestive even if it’s meant in the nicest possible way lol)

    MentalFloss, I couldn’t get a US passport for my young ratbag, as I’ve never lived in the States. Just born there, though I’ve got mine. I’m also starting her in martial arts next year when she turns five. She’s a Jackie Chan fanatic, and already bloodied the nose of a little boy in daycare. lol.

    Can we have more pics, please, Tim?

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 10 18 at 12:48 AM • permalink

  153. #153 Hi Nilk

    (I was going to suggest that if your brother ever made it to Oz he’d be taken care of, but figure that sounds a mite suggestive even if it’s meant in the nicest possible way lol)

    Yeah, me too.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 12:57 AM • permalink

  154. ROFL, kae!

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 10 18 at 12:59 AM • permalink

  155. He should visit you first (I don’t wanna scare him off...)

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:02 AM • permalink

  156. I have it on good authority that this is Andrea.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 18 at 01:07 AM • permalink

  157. Not so fast. I have a paper from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (to be published in The Lancet) suggesting the 300 million figure may be wide of the mark.

    The team identified 48 contiguous and two external regions within the total sample area and conducted random cluster sampling of 40 adjacent and inhabited dwellings within each cluster. Of the dwellings “door knocked” one in six had residents at home and these reported a total of 547 living persons within the cluster. No birth certificates or other documents were sighted, or indeed asked for as scientific statistics does not rely on such bureaucratic diversions.

    The question then arose how to convert this statistically significant sample to an overall population figure. High resolution imagery (visible, long and short wave infrared, synthetic aperture radar) from a mix of geosynchronous and low earth orbiting satellites was obtained of the entire sample area. Automated pattern matching algorithms were used to recognise and count inhabitable dwellings. Knowing both the number of dwellings and dwellings within the cluster made it a simple matter to calculate the total population. The total population is thus 299,654,965 with upper and lower bound confidence levels of 199,426,369 and 399,793,663 respectively.

    They probably don’t want to put a damper on things but as unbiased scientists they can do little more than present the truth.

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 10 18 at 01:10 AM • permalink

  158. Congratulations anyway

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 10 18 at 01:11 AM • permalink

  159. Linkee no workee, trainer.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 18 at 01:27 AM • permalink

  160. Worked for me swinish. But it was s-l-o-w.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:34 AM • permalink

  161. Tim

    So when’s the “we love England"-fest?

    It may not be the bastion of liberty it once was, but it ain’t all burkas and leather-elbowed liberals.

    great thread btw - who said the Left has a monoploy on warm sentiment

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 10 18 at 01:35 AM • permalink

  162. Nope, just tried again kae. All I get is ‘page cannot be displayed’.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 18 at 01:42 AM • permalink

  163. OK Swinish, it’s a stunning Brunette with a, er, some kind of machine gun. Big machine gun.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:44 AM • permalink

  164. Big machine gun with scope.
    And a tripod.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  165. and she’s lying on the ground, assuming the position, to fire that dirty-big machine gun.

    Picture that?

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:46 AM • permalink

  166. She’s wearing a denim skirt and halter-neck top.

    Those hot casings might burn her…

    (they sting a bit when they go down your sleeves...)

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 01:47 AM • permalink

  167. All right, all right - rub it in, whydoncha?
    Well, here’s a female warrior with the answer to the casing problem, anyhow.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 18 at 02:39 AM • permalink

  168. Congratulations to the US of A - the pictures are wonderful.

    Over in Perth I am trying to keep my end of the deal up, so to speak, but do not intend to compete with Murph.  Following three rather traumatic false starts (and I am just the guy!), I am happy to say that Mrs Razor has Number 2 on the way (12 weeks) and the Razorette (18 months) is very excited.

    Posted by Razor on 2006 10 18 at 02:41 AM • permalink

  169. This has got to be one of my favorite threads here to date! Thank you Tim Blair, and thanks to all of our Aussie mates and friends around the world. Looking at everyone’s pictures has been so much fun. Its fun to see some of the faces behind the names too. Strange, but I always pictured El Cid looking more like Clint Eastwood in Hang Em’ High. For God sakes man get some sun and loose the tiara!
    SSG Medic (aka 91B30) - Chewin tobacca, chewin tobacca, chewin tobacca, spit!...

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 18 at 02:52 AM • permalink

  170. This is why we cherish our beautiful normal everyday lives.  Keep them safe from Musmoronic tyranny

    Posted by Howzat on 2006 10 18 at 03:06 AM • permalink

  171. #167 Swinish

    Now that’s just showing off!

    (And she’s wearing more clothes sensible clothes than the other one.)

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 03:58 AM • permalink

  172. #146, #147, #148, #156 et al.

    Y’know, I’ve always pictured something more like this.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 10 18 at 04:07 AM • permalink

  173. Geoff
    Yeah, me too. Bit of a cross between them. But WITH the paddle, too.
    The Paddle of Pain. Ask Paco and Wron…

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 04:14 AM • permalink

  174. You guys sure put the ‘pluribus’ in ‘unum’.

    God bless America.  Long may you teem.

    Signed
    Aussie Admirer

    Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 10 18 at 04:20 AM • permalink

  175. Yes, geoff, I have to agree, there’s, um, food for thought there.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 18 at 04:44 AM • permalink

  176. pommygranate

    Must disagree with you here.

    So when’s the “we love England"-fest?

    At the Gabba, 23 November.  It’s as good as it’s going to get.

    It may not be the bastion of liberty it once was, but it ain’t all burkas and leather-elbowed liberals.

    Who needs Islamoid Nutters and Commos when it’s the Old Bill who arrest and search 14 year old girls for such heinous crimes as not wanting to discuss science in Urdu?

    who said the Left has a monoploy on warm sentiment

    In my experience, Leftist sentiment isn’t even genuine, let alone warm.

    Posted by murph on 2006 10 18 at 05:26 AM • permalink

  177. #164 Methinks that gun is a Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle. Quite an awesome beast. There are some battlefied videos taken in Afghanistan showing the damage they can do...definetely not for the faint hearted.

    I have so enjoyed spending a few hours looking at all the photos submitted by our US friends and have come to the conclusion y’all look just like........us.

    Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 10 18 at 06:36 AM • permalink

  178. 169 Texas Bob

    For God sakes man get some sun and loose the tiara!

    Daughter’s idea...I plead and plead, but after being reminded of sweeping her off her feet and biting her chubby little cheeks, that she had as a child when she smiled...AND in front of her friends, I was dead meat.

    Paybacks, you know...:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 18 at 07:19 AM • permalink

  179. ``...I’ve got the uniform count at one Army, one Navy, one National Guard, and one Cub Scouts.’’

    Photo #27 also shows one soldier and one Marine; they’re just not in uniform.  Gotta check the captions.

    Never mind Leftie; he’s just jealous.  Or he’s been looking at too many movie-star photos and has forgotten that most people aren’t Botoxed or totally reconstructed by plastic surgery.

    As for Andrea, she had a photo of herself at her own blog some time ago (I think when it was still called ``Victory Soap’’).  She actually looks quite normal.

    Posted by Sonetka's Mom on 2006 10 18 at 07:23 AM • permalink

  180. One of the best times I’ve had serving in the Australian Army was during an exercise in Hawaii with our US Army and Marine Corps allies. We went to a luau one night at the US military hotel on Waikiki Beach, the Hale Koa (known as the Holy Koala to its many Aussie visitors).
    At the end of the luau, the host asked the crowd to all stand and join in singing a song I had never heard of called ‘God Bless the USA’. It was the most amazing experience being with a few hundred very proud American servicemen and women, both active duty and retired and their families as they belted out this great song on a warm evening right on Waikiki Beach. If you haven’t heard of this song the words are
    here. It says it all for me. I’ll stand up next to you anytime USA.

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 10 18 at 07:28 AM • permalink

  181. There are still those who want to put shit on the USA. I see a lot of good people here who are fortunate to live in a really big western democracy. Their leadership may not be perfect, but, as Winston Churchill is reputed to have said, “Democracy is the worst system - except for all the other ones.”
    Long may you prosper and multiply, just don’t use Lancet Math.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 10 18 at 07:31 AM • permalink

  182. Iowahawk #66
    ...producing gorgeous offspring who will man the guardtowers of the coming Moonbat gulags.
    You are such a tease!

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 10 18 at 07:46 AM • permalink

  183. Sonetka’s Mom, you’re not suggesting that there’s something abnormal about Emma Peel, are you? I’ll tell you, that’s standard garb for females in this household. First rule when they arrive: get into the black leather suit. Pity though, the only women who come to my front door have got their hands full with copies of The Watchtower. Still, they never visit more than once. It’s not a total loss.

    I never realised until now how many people here have military connections. There hasn’t been a soldier in my family that I know of, and I can trace the ancestors back to Federation, more or less. One grandfather was on the land, the other was a public servant, and my father did himself a nasty injury when he was a boy and nearly lost a leg. I’m the latest and last of a rather inconspicuous line.

    Oh, and I finally got a look at trainer’s girl with the machine gun. Y’know, guys, if Andrea turns up with flowers in her hair and wearing a kaftan, we are going to look pretty damned silly.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 18 at 07:49 AM • permalink

  184. Thanks for this wonderful thread Tim and congratulations to America upon reaching 300m.

    The photos are all beautiful and reinforce my perspective of the great Blairite Family.

    Long may sanity reign!

    Posted by LaoHuLi on 2006 10 18 at 08:59 AM • permalink

  185. Well, you definitely won’t see me with flowers in my hair, but I am fast approaching a time when kaftans won’t just be for lounging around the house anymore.

    On the other hand, where did you folks find so many of my high-school-graduation pics? Sigh, those were the days…

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 10 18 at 09:02 AM • permalink

  186. Texas Bob (169)

    Chewin tobacca, chewin tobacca, chewin tobacca, spit!...

    If you ain’t Cavalry, you ain’t (expletive deleted).

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 18 at 09:06 AM • permalink

  187. By the way, I think I’ve found a picture of Mr. Lefty’s family.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 10 18 at 09:08 AM • permalink

  188. Paco-just fooling around online today I found a picture of 30th brigade’s patch (described here yesterday) here.

    During WWII they were 30th division, but NCNG keeps the tradition alive today as 30th brigade.

    Posted by 91B30 on 2006 10 18 at 09:32 AM • permalink

  189. #188: Thanks for the link. Some impressive history, there.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 18 at 09:59 AM • permalink

  190. Andrea

    By the way, I think I’ve found a picture of Mr. Lefty’s family.

    lmao...Hey, isn’t that Ruth Buzzi, front row, second from left?

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 18 at 10:13 AM • permalink

  191. So where are all the black folks?  Why is this milestone celebrated solely by photos of pasty-faced Whito-Americans?  Well, okay, a coupla Asians snuck in, but you know what I mean…

    As a proud black American, me and the ex did our part and cranked out two little darlings.  We’ve even dared to send them to a (cue ominous music) CHRISTIAN SCHOOL!!!  Aieeee!

    You’ll be relieved to know that they do not pray to cardboard cutouts of George Bush.  No...that honor is reserved for Reagan!  :-)

    Seriously, I’m also a journalist by trade, and I’m appalled by the dim-witted pessimism served up by my colleagues, on a day that should be cause for celebration around the world. 

    300 million Americans!  Dude!

    Posted by jesme on 2006 10 18 at 10:48 AM • permalink

  192. These pictures illustrate the strength of the US.

    From an Australian-Canadian, I say with all my heart God bless America[/b.

    Jesme - send your picture!

    Posted by jlc on 2006 10 18 at 11:04 AM • permalink

  193. So jesme.  Send pics.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 18 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  194. Ack!

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 18 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  195. By the way, I think I’ve found a picture of Mr. Lefty’s family.

    See that one woman way in the back who’s smiling?  They had her shot.

    Congratulations to all of us and our beautiful families and friends for daring to be happy.  Thanks, Tim and Andrea.

    Posted by Chris L. on 2006 10 18 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  196. #146, #147, #148, #156 et al.

    Hmmm, don’t know why you are having problems with Andrea’s pic.  Other stuff is workin OK.

    I moved it to another server....here.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 18 at 11:20 AM • permalink

  197. #196: Hey, I’m having no problems at all with that picture!

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 18 at 11:49 AM • permalink

  198. #197

    I do think Andrea will have a bit of a problem if she ever touches that monster off - like splinters, scope eye, and a bruised shoulder.

    The target, however, will enter the realm of molecular disintegration.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 18 at 12:42 PM • permalink

  199. As a proud black American, me and the ex did our part and cranked out two little darlings. 

    Pics! Pics!

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 10 18 at 12:43 PM • permalink

  200. Yeah!  Pics!  Pics!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 10 18 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  201. Hey, Lefty, sorry I didn’t have more pictures.  I have a son-in-law in the Navy, and another grandson in the Cub Scouts. 

    Plus the most beautiful daughters, grandsons, and grandaughter known to man. 

    Stuff it! 

    Elizabeth
    Imperial Keeper

    Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2006 10 18 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  202. Murph

    I shall be at the Gabba on Nov 24th with the Barmy Army. 

    And you so much as whisper the word ‘pommy’ and ill scream racist and have you arrested without trial and sent to ‘re-education’ training.

    The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has ruled that only the extreme use of the word “Pom” or its derivatives could be serious enough to be classified as racist or unlawful.

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 10 18 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  203. Getting back to the computer after a couple of days away, I just left a message for the assbite over at Disgruntled Chemist:

    Hey shithead, that’s my family in Newport Beach and it’s three kids and seven grandkids. And, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear, they’re all committed Christians and do very, very well financially, thank you very much. The little towheaded fella on the bottom left just completed what we’re praying is a successful course of chemotherapy for his lymphatic cancer. You see, we couldn’t bear to lose him even though we have what must be in your estimation an overabundance of spares. I pity the small, vacuous existence that must be yours.

    Now that that’s out of my system, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed looking at all those wonderful American families. Thanks to everyone who shared with us and especially thanks to Tim for this Americathon. Now I’m going to read the comments, all 202 of ‘em.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 10 18 at 07:26 PM • permalink

  204. Disgruntled was a chemist;
    But Disgruntled is no more.
    Because what he thought was H20,
    Was H2SO4!

    A little lab humor, there.

    Posted by Rob C. on 2006 10 18 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  205. psst, pommy’ is a big girl’s blouse

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 08:00 PM • permalink

  206. from the chemist’s site:

    If my grandparents (either set) had stopped at two or even four kids, I wouldn’t be here because my parents would never have been born.

    Their mistake.

    But the fact remains that having these huge families like those in the pictures on Blair’s page is irresponsible from a sustainable population growth perspective

    Do your bit for the sustainable population growth perspective, kill yourself now.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 08:15 PM • permalink

  207. That’s not Fergie, kae, but she is English. Good eye.

    More! More! Dare I hope you’ll do another of these (international this time) one day soon, Tim? And thanks for all the good wishes from our Anglosphere cousins. Long may we wave.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 10 18 at 08:29 PM • permalink

  208. Let us all be thankful the disgruntled chemist has chosen not to piss in the gene pool…

    Kyda, I am praying as well for “the little towheaded fella”.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 18 at 08:40 PM • permalink

  209. #202 You coming to the ‘G on Boxing Day? I need to know in order to get my “Pommy Bastard” banner ready…

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 18 at 08:42 PM • permalink

  210. Oh, and thanks, Tim, for the impetus to finally learn how to use my scanner.

    Appreciated, MentalFloss. I’m happy to report it’s lookin’ good.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 10 18 at 08:44 PM • permalink

  211. Mentalfloss

    Never mind the banner, how about a fucking song for a change?
    Youve had three years to prepare one.

    You Can Sing Sod All
    (To the tune of ‘Wonderwall’)

    Today is gonna be the day that we’re gonna sing a song for you.
    By now you should’ve somehow realized that’s what we’re here to do.
    And I don’t believe that anybody sings as bad as you.

    AUSSIE CONVICTS

    Backbeat, the word is on the street that you can’t even write a song
    I’m sure, you’ve heard it all before, but c’mon Aussies prove us wrong
    ‘Cos I don’t believe that anybody’s quite as thick as you

    AUSSIE CONVICTS

    The “oh aah” song you sing for Glenn is so sad
    And “Warney Warney Warney” is just as bad
    There are many songs that I would like to hear from you
    But you don’t know how, (don’t know how)
    ‘Cos maybe, (maybe) you’ll never find a song to play me, (play me)
    ‘Cos after all, YOU CAN SING SOD ALL!

    OR

    Convict Colony
    (To the tune of “Yellow Submarine")
    In the town where I was born, there lived a man who was a thief
    And he told me of his life, stealing bread and shagging sheep.
    So they put him in the nick, and then a magistrate he went to see
    He said “put him on a ship, to the convict colony”
    You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony
    You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 10 18 at 09:06 PM • permalink

  212. Pommy, you gotta get the insults insluts right.

    It’s not the Aussies that shag sheep, it’s the Kiwis.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 18 at 09:13 PM • permalink

  213. What sour grapes from Lefty Alchemist! I’ve flown across the U.S. several times, and there are huge swaths of the midwest and west that are nothing but geography, and it ain’t all desert either, brother."Sustainable growth”, indeed! We couldn’t crowd each other out even if Murph really was runnin’ the love machine 24/7.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 18 at 09:18 PM • permalink

  214. Aussies, Kiwis, mere outposts of the glorious Empire.

    Now if only we’d just backed down over those wretched tea taxes..

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 10 18 at 09:31 PM • permalink

  215. For other photos of Andrea looking her best ...

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2006 10 18 at 11:28 PM • permalink

  216. We made our first contribution last year.  As luck would have it, there was a buy one get one free sale in my wife’s uterus. 

    Since the Disgruntled Chemist finds the racial representation “unseemly” he’ll be happy to know that these two can count among their heritage Puerto Rican, Panamanian, Jamaican, Norweigan, German, Scottish, Irish and English.  *hums the tune to “The Great American Melting Pot” from Schoolhouse Rock*

    Posted by Mr. Walloff Domburg on 2006 10 19 at 12:04 AM • permalink

  217. Thanks for the pics, Tim.
    My husband and I made our 3rd contribution last year.  We’re certainly glad to help the US make it’s goal of 300 million.

    Thank you again!

    Posted by Cammy on 2006 10 19 at 12:12 AM • permalink

  218. #215

    Just looking at that picture in the lower left makes my eye hurt.  Talk about permanent eye shadow.  She’d have her own little crescent shaped scar over her eye forever.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 19 at 12:59 AM • permalink

  219. Tim

    I don’t understand.

    This has been one of the best threads i have ever read on your blog.  No. It’s been one of the best threads i have ever read on any blog.  And i have read a lot of blogs since almost being blown to a million pieces on July 7 last year (i left Kings X station 15 mins before the tube exploded).

    So why contaminate a wonderful celebration of your US readers’ families with the poison of some irrelevant, whining dogturd.

    Just ignore him. Like normal.

    Posted by pommygranate on 2006 10 19 at 01:24 AM • permalink

  220. #216

    Sincerest congratulations to you and Mrs. Walloff Domburg.

    You have done well. Double-plus exceedingly well.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 10 19 at 08:16 AM • permalink

  221. Lefty it’s Tim Blair not “Blair blithly”,nice alliteration but.
    You been eating vinegar with a fork again?

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 19 at 08:27 AM • permalink

  222. Were ya offended by the VANILLA icecreams or was the SNOWMAN the last straw?
    You never even mentioned the black labrador..

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 19 at 08:32 AM • permalink

  223. Idea for tomorrow: send picture of Black Arrow babe around the office.
    “Meet my new assistant...”

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 19 at 11:43 AM • permalink

  224. Colleen,

    Let us know what your Mom thinks about being hot!

    Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2006 10 19 at 05:47 PM • permalink

  225. "The Disgruntled (Leftoid) Chemist is sickened by this post”

    GOOD!

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 10 19 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  226. #225

    imodium, that’s good for bellyaches, isn’t it?

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 19 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  227. Well, you definitely won’t see me with flowers in my hair, but I am fast approaching a time when kaftans won’t just be for lounging around the house anymore.
    Fine, AHA, just so long as this isn’t the real you.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 19 at 08:58 PM • permalink

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