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March 27, 2013

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Apr-07-13 5:03 PM

I got a call from my nephew down South. He was out partying with some friends, two of whom were "obamas." I told him to run that past his friends. They laughed at him & wanted to know if his Yankee aunt was smoking something.

My nephew said they told him "obama" stands for a blessed, good-looking, crook, & I could look it up for myself. Well, I did, & that is not exactly what I got out of it. I did get the meaning blessed & good-looking from our President's first & second name, but not crook from his last name.

Anyway, those two down South still prefer to be called Blacks & like to call us Whites (& Yankees once in awhile.) However, I'm thinking they must have considered "obamas" at one time because they were real quick with their response.

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Apr-06-13 5:27 PM

My son and I had a long conversation the other night at dinner. We decided we needed a new word for: n e g r o, Black, African-American, "N". Something that doesn't carry all the racial baggage of the last 200 years or doesn't involve a smirk.

Something 21st Century. Something positive, uplifting, hopeful, respectful.

Best we could do was call them: obamas.

As in.

Six obamas and three whites made first team on the debate club at Charleston Central HIgh.

Dr. King was the first obama to articulate the rights of his people.

Well, it's a start.

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Apr-06-13 10:17 AM

I agree that same-sex marriage is a done deal. I was raised on the words, "It's just a matter of time." No matter what happened to initiate change, it was always "just a matter of time." Perhaps it will always be that way.

The "tone" that Scalia & George Wallace used defines(ed) who they are(were). Their words, indeed, were very humiliating & hurtful. I believe Mr. Wallace changed his "tone" on some issues before he died. Perhaps, Scalia will, also - just a matter of time? Powerful words, indeed, from Max Mutchnick. Heartfelt words from a very good person & a very good dad.

My family down South have many black friends, & they only want to be called black, just as we are called whites. Not all blacks feel that way, but their friends do.

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Apr-03-13 5:45 PM

Wow, I'm really trouble today. Can't use the old Portuguese word n e g r o. Or, is it an old Alabamian word?

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Apr-03-13 5:41 PM

GrandmaD: Where was I?

Oh, yes, Maureen Dowd.

The point is, same-sex marriage is a done deal, it's just a matter of time. But, why does it always have to be this way?

The other point I liked was: "Scalia uses the word "homosexual" the way George Wallace used the word '*****'. There's a tone to it. It's humiliating and hurtful."

Powerful words, Max Mutchnick wrote. Thanks for reading the article, GrandmaD.

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Apr-03-13 5:28 PM

Hubba, hubba! I, too, looked up the alternate definition of THAT word. Too, bad. It's has such character, meaning courage or spirit or...or...or...p l u c k. (I can't imagine how that one has been messed with, too.)

Back to bland.

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Apr-03-13 3:42 PM

sven - I haven't hit any disagrees on these comments, but I did google the word s p u n k out of cuiosity. I've never heard it used in the ways that were given, but that would be why it's a no-no word. It was not my idea of learning something new every day, but I guess that was my lesson for the day. :( :(

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Apr-03-13 2:06 PM

I was raised to always consider other points of view. I read Maureen Dowd's column - very good. You posed a question, "Is it better to keep doing what's wrong until people are good & ready to do what's right?"

That is how I feel about abortion, unless the mother's life is at risk. Not supporting gay marriage does not mean people hate gays, just as people who support abortion don't hate babies. Of course, there are exceptions to both. Some people are evil, but most people follow their hearts in regards to their beliefs & what they feel is right or wrong.

Trust me, I am out in the light. However, I tend to stay away from it when I'm very ill or when I'm in a tunnel. Those dang old trains are deadly.

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Apr-03-13 12:33 PM

GrandmaD: You seem to be willing to a least consider other points of view. So, take a look at the NYT today and read Maureen Dowd's column, "Happily Never After?".

Here's a sample:

"More and more people think it's wrong to hate gays. The support for same-sex marriage now exceeds the opposition to it. (However) Justice Alito raised the question of whether or not it's too soon to allow gay people to marry. (So) Is it better to keep doing what's wrong until people are good and ready to do what's right?"

Walk out into the light, GrandmaD.

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Apr-03-13 12:23 PM

I had no idea s p u n k was a no-no word.

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Apr-03-13 12:20 PM

Well, for sure I can't be a member of this new political party, nor do I want to any longer. I am pro-life, & I did do those two dreaded swats on my son's butt thirty some years ago. Also, even though I love my gay family member & gay friends, I'm still on the fence getting splinters about the gay marriage issue. So are they, for that matter. So, alas, I must bow out, but good luck to you, ying & yang. Can't decide who should be who, JR. Hmmmm - The Ying/Yang Party? Nice ring to it. :) :) :) Carry on lads. :) Till next time......

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Apr-03-13 12:20 PM

JR: Know what ya' mean. I have often enjoyed using the "TP" designation. But, I'm never quite sure if I mean tee-pee as in "heap big smoke", or a just a roll of thin issue...tissue.

Personally, I like Founding Dads Party. It has all the tradition and frumpy pomp for those wanting to live in the past, yet plenty of ***** for those more inclined to the adventurous side of politics.

I think we're really on to something here, JR. Sort of a Democrat Lite or a Republican Stout. Chilled Hillary or Robust Mitt.

The mind boggles.

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Apr-03-13 9:43 AM

Based on your platform Sven we should call ourselves the"lowered expectations" party. Wait, we already have two of the those.

How about the "Tea-Pee" party ? The inference is intentional.

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Apr-02-13 11:09 PM


I have always thought you were a wonderful guy and we would always end up on the same political side of things. Here are a couple of suggestions for our new political party's name:

The Founding Dads Party The Lefty Righty Lighty Party

The "We" Party

I'll try to come up with some more, but I think all three are as near perfect, as I am.

Your pal,


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Apr-02-13 7:13 PM

"JR": I thought I already wrote that response.

Anyway, our party would be pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, and against adults whacking kids for yucks.

That's a pretty good start.

As for Obama, he's going to be president no matter what. So, that's not an issue. And as far as the economy goes, we're well on our way to a recovery. So, that's also not an issue.

Hey, we are totally simpatico, JR-amigo!

Oh, immigration? Well, that's a done deal too.

We just need to come up with a name for our new party. I'll try to think of some swell ones. You, too. (Oh, no, that would be me, too, too.)

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Apr-02-13 9:35 AM


Sven is just off his meds again. Everytime this happens he thinks he's me. I assure you I am my own person and I never forget to take my meds...

I love the idea of a new party. Me & Sven would make it sort of ying and yang concept. I'll leave it up to you which one of us is ying and which one is yang.

I do insist that Sven leave his assault rifle at home. No guns allowed in our office. I'd suggest he bring donuts instead.

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Apr-01-13 10:50 PM

Sure, GrandmaD, I wrote most of Concerned73's better stuff. But, I had to lay off and put "him" on furlough--I was letting"him" get a little too weird.

Now I let "JR" win once in a while just to give him enough credibility to throw people off.

But, it's hard work coming up with the kookier posts. For example, I'm still trying to get my MIT character to sound real.

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Apr-01-13 9:11 PM

As much as I like bunny hugs, I just think you're pulling my ears. You can't be JR because he doesn't always lose. So, you can't possibly be both.

Did you not say you wrote Concerned's posts, also, at one time? I might be dreaming that, as I am a bit over 60 now, but it seems you did. Then he responded once & got two not-so-nice responses (one from you) & disappeared once again.

I don't recall what Concerned's view is, but I know that you & JR are pro-choice & pro-gay marriage, so you just can't be JR. Then, again, I do love those bunny hugs. :)

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Mar-30-13 7:01 PM

Actually, I write JR's posts as well as my own, I just go by different user names. That way I win every argument and it allows me to clearly see both sides of a position. That also explains why "JR" is wrong so often.

Just thought I should level with you, GrandmaD.

Warmest bunny hugs.

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Mar-29-13 5:08 PM

I like svensota's idea of a new politcal party. I think svensota & JReader should head it up. I like what GopherState, MCW, Integrity, & deerhnt have to offer - all of their input is important, & they could work out the details. With that combo, we could incorporate some tax & spend, some overhaul of entitlements, perhaps a "bit" more tax increase on the 2% (most are willing). Then, again, that would truly take sacrifice of all involved. Can't see that happening, even in the Easter season. Happy Easter Everyone.

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Mar-29-13 4:29 PM

I make my own way.

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Mar-29-13 4:27 PM

I make plenty of money FOR my employer, Deerhunt. If I quit and go elsewhere, my biggest customers will follow.

My employer isn't in the 2% bracket, though, so this is a moot point.

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Mar-29-13 12:47 AM

Enough is enough!

I say we all get together and form a new political party, something that embodies the spirit and independence of our forefathers, a new way of thinking that doesn't rely on taking more and more from the downtrodden taxpayer, a fair and noble system that won't redistribute the hard earned dollars taken from the sweat-stained brows of hardworking real Americans, a...

...wait a sec, did you say they're gonna fix Highway 14?

Never mind. Let's go back to tax and spend.

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Mar-28-13 10:46 PM

Vote no to new tax, we pay for road repair already in the gas tax...those who use it can pay for it..make it a toll road

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Mar-28-13 10:54 AM

We in Minnesota already have to work past the middle of April to meet our "tax freedom" day. So, as of right now everything we've earned so far this year has gone to only pay for our required "government obligations" known as taxes. Now, our leaders and their lackies say we don't pay enough and need to pay more.

At what point will it be enough - when tax freedom day falls sometime in mid-June ?

Why is wasteful spending by our various government bodies been dropped from the discussion ?

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