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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:26 PM

I was collared by a 96yr old man today...

I was outside, doing my secret smoker thing after a very frustrating day at the office..

I thought he was going to lecture me about smoking..

He was angry,and irritated and asked me "If I watched that fool last night?"

I admit, I only caught part of the debate because of work issues..

"Does he really think we are fools?" He then proceeded to tell of his long naval career, and how he was struggling with various health problems. Then he proceeded to lightly grab me, imploring me to make sure me and 'young 'uns" like me get out and vote, because he didn't want anyone as rude, and nasty as Romney anywhere near the Presidency. He implored me again to make sure to get out and vote, he hoped his health would hold out to see Obama win his second term. He had broken with his Republican southern family last election and voted for Obama, he would be doing it again, this time around, even running the epithets from them as to why he was voting for 'that Black Man'. I thanked him for his service to his country.Before hobbled off, he patted me on the back again, and leaned on his cane, muttering under his breath.

I am blessed to be able to travel around this country, in the course of my work, meeting all people of all backgrounds, being in different city every week, I don't always wear my political leanings on my shoulder

But today, this stranger that crossed my path, warmed my heart.

Romney doesn't have all the people fooled with his lies...especially not that 96yr old man...

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Reply I was collared by a 96yr old man today... (Original post)
HipChick Oct 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #1
HipChick Oct 2012 #2
freshwest Oct 2012 #25
WCGreen Oct 2012 #3
HipChick Oct 2012 #4
ejbr Oct 2012 #5
HipChick Oct 2012 #7
ejbr Oct 2012 #14
heaven05 Oct 2012 #38
OriginalGeek Oct 2012 #51
schmice Oct 2012 #41
druidity33 Oct 2012 #46
schmice Oct 2012 #50
maindawg Oct 2012 #6
Glimmer of Hope Oct 2012 #8
Ilsa Oct 2012 #17
Honeycombe8 Oct 2012 #9
busterbrown Oct 2012 #10
Blanks Oct 2012 #42
Dont call me Shirley Oct 2012 #43
CrazyOrangeCat Oct 2012 #11
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #12
Cleita Oct 2012 #13
mountain grammy Oct 2012 #15
Dont call me Shirley Oct 2012 #45
mountain grammy Oct 2012 #49
Oldfolkie Oct 2012 #16
Le Taz Hot Oct 2012 #18
littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #28
FailureToCommunicate Oct 2012 #32
TahitiNut Oct 2012 #34
heaven05 Oct 2012 #39
WilliamPitt Oct 2012 #19
Cha Oct 2012 #31
Shae Oct 2012 #37
underthematrix Oct 2012 #20
gkhouston Oct 2012 #21
Jackpine Radical Oct 2012 #47
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #22
defacto7 Oct 2012 #23
NBachers Oct 2012 #26
Maynar Oct 2012 #35
arboretum Oct 2012 #24
deaniac21 Oct 2012 #27
Cha Oct 2012 #30
Cha Oct 2012 #29
onecent Oct 2012 #33
malaise Oct 2012 #36
hamsterjill Oct 2012 #40
randome Oct 2012 #44
Brigid Oct 2012 #48
Kennah Oct 2012 #52

Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:28 PM

1. What a great story......thank you for passing it on!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:30 PM

2. I wanted to kiss him

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Response to HipChick (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:06 PM

25. I wish I'd been there to give him a hug! And thanks for the story.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:30 PM

3. Great point...

By showing no respect to the president, he demeanded us all...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:32 PM

4. Lack of respect to the President is the Republican way


and this veteran was clearly irritated by it..

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:54 PM

5. What state were you in?

and yes, you should quit smoking

(I'm an ex-smoker, so I know how it is....then again, you would not be sharing this story...hmmm)

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Response to ejbr (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:02 PM

7. I'm a social smoker..

I smoke out of frustration...I am a closet smoker..years may go by, something happens at work, I pick up a cig

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:20 PM

14. what state did this happen in? n/t

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:15 AM

38. small point

i quit after 43 years, and to my amazement small nagging problems with my joints have gotten better, breathing of course, wounds are healing quicker and energy is up. quit if you can. it ain't easy, but if a nicotine junkie like me can do it, it is possible.

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:23 AM

51. My doc said I could have a cigar every once in a while

I doubt I have 8 a year but that's a far cry from the 3 packs a day I was huffing when I quit on 4/20/2003.

I don't think a cig every now and again will hurt you either.



And cheers to that old guy! My grandpa is 91 and he feels the same way.

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Response to ejbr (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:43 PM

41. I smoked for over 40 years.

 

I quit cold turkey on My 31st. Next day I went for a physical. As a result of blood tests etc. I was told to get additional tests. It seems they found some "hot spots" when the did MRI's and CT-SCANS. I'm so stupid. What have I done to myself? I've got three kids. Got to get more tests done this month. I don't know what to do. The thought on painful procedures and nausea frightens me. But I did it to myself. I suggest that everybody quit. Shit, I can't believe what I've done to myself. And look who I'm affecting. Not just myself.

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Response to schmice (Reply #41)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:48 PM

46. After 20 years...

i quit about a month ago. It's still a struggle of course, but i expected that i would still be "an addict" many years after quitting. I did it to myself, yes, but you and me, we had a lot of help from the tobacco companies and their HIGHLY ADDICTIVE products. Please don't blame yourself for succumbing to the pressure of cigarette 'stress relief'.

I wish you all the best. Every day is worth living as fully as possible... no matter where you are or what you're doing. Good luck.

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Response to druidity33 (Reply #46)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:14 AM

50. Thank you.

 

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:58 PM

6. wait for it...........

3-2-1.......the O camp knew that RMONEY would come out swinging.

it was like , ' rope a dope'....and in a sprint,....as I have pointed out many times , that it is the habit of our president to allow the antagonist just enough rope, with which to hang , him self.

27 lies in 38 minutes is better than they expected.


its almost like shooting fish in a barrel............

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Response to maindawg (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:02 PM

8. I think you are right!

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Response to maindawg (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:57 PM

17. I heard (I think it was) David Bender say this

On the Stephanie Miller Show. RMoney has now defined himself and now has to live with what he declared are his intentions. He can't possibly live with these lies, though, so naturally, out on the campaign trail, he'll be saying something contrary to what he said last night.

And there's the rub: anyone even trying to give him a chance will have to say "No Way."

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:04 PM

9. Music to my ears....er, eyes. I hope this is the way more and more people see things. nt

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:08 PM

10. And so I continue to say that the president we saw yesterday displaying his imperfections....

was actually showing something other than being a lean mean fighting machine which might have
grabbed the hearts of a lot of people. He looked less than perfect and fallible like
all of us.....

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:14 PM

42. That's right.

...and who hasn't done something where they could have done a better job.

The 'challenger' has a lot of ammunition, but Romney's history was not challenged. If his past had been brought up; Romney would have had 2 more debates to refute the information.

I thought Obama did OK for the first debate. If he'd done a really good job the Romney camp would prepare more for the second debate.

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:58 PM

43. OMG, you're correct! Obama, looking like the one being picked on by the bully

really comes out the winner! Ha! Awesome! He's so wise.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:09 PM

11. Great story!

And yes, Romney thinks we are fools. As does his wife.

They've evidently never lost.

I hope your acquaintance lives to be 100, and gets to watch them disappear . . .

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:09 PM

12. read my post from last night, i knew I would see stories like this from today...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021464354

older folks are pretty reliable when it comes to character

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:14 PM

13. Well he is part of the Greatest Generation and he knows what arrogance is.

He knew what Hitler stood for too. He probably fought in WWII against that tyrant so he knows what a would be tyrant would sound like. He also knew what good Presidents like FDR and Truman could accomplish that was good for this nation, not good only for other multi-millionaires although FDR was a rich guy himself.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:49 PM

15. I had a clerk tell me today she would vote for Roseanne Barr and the Green Party

I said "better than Rmoney." She said "I had planned to vote for him until I saw him last night. What an asshole, and I don't want to vote for Obama" So I said, vote for Roseanne or Gary Johnson.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:11 PM

45. Dr. Jiil Stein, Green, Rocky Long, Justice or Roseanne Barr would be good choices.

Gary Johnson's a hardcore Libertarian, which was created by David Koch and is responsible for this economic mess.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #45)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 08:32 PM

49. Gary Johnson is a hardcore Libertarian and far out there on many issues,

but he's honest, intelligent and practical. He could never be elected president, but any vote taken from Rmoney is a good vote.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:51 PM

16. This 76 yr old white man,,,

,,,isn't fooled by Romney either! I see some people on this board griping about "old white men" supporting Romney. Well, a hell of a lot of oldtimers from my generation were in the front lines for JFK, got beaten and jailed fighting for civil rights, and came out against the Viet Nam war. Then we dethroned a president.
Maybe we don't look the same as we did back then, but most of my pals still active have not changed on the inside.

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Response to Oldfolkie (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:10 PM

18. Good points.

And I wish people on this board would understand that insinuating that ALL "old white men" vote for Romney and are therefore irrelevant need to get a clue.

And love your screen name. "Old folkie" here too. Still break out the gitfiddle every now and again. Welcome to DU.

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Response to Oldfolkie (Reply #16)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:20 PM

28. Welcome to the DU!

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Response to Oldfolkie (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:01 AM

32. Welcome to DU! A seasoned voice is welcomed here

(Most of the time)



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Response to Oldfolkie (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:25 AM

34. This 69-year-old white man...

... agrees with you 100%. I've been kicked in the ass by extremists of all stripes. It has rarely caused me to lose sight of the basic issues of character, integrity, compassion, and honesty. I was a side-boy for JFK and I've got Obama's back. I'd take a bullet for the man ... far more gladly than I might've taken a bullet in Viet Nam in 1969, but avoided in my tour of duty.

In the SIX DECADES that I remember due to being attentive and aware, I've never seen such an abysmal parade of corrupt, dishonest, and cowardly politicians as I've seen in the last 10-15 years. These are people who, if they were immigrants applying for citizenship, should be refused and sent back to the sewers that spawned them.

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Response to Oldfolkie (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:21 AM

39. right on

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:14 PM

19. Thank God.

I might have thought the first debate was a total failure otherwise.

You've sure turned me around.

Thanks!

.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:27 PM

31. It sure got the Big Bird Fans

off our collective butt.

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Response to Cha (Reply #31)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:03 AM

37. Great Videio!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:31 PM

20. I'm like the 96 year old

To me, PBO won the debate. And in the course of it, he lobed several zingers. All mittnocchio lobed were LIES. My party thought what mittnocchio really believed was caught on that secret video about the 47%.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:37 PM

21. Constant lying was the best game Romney could bring to the debate.

Think about what that says about Romney's own estimation of his ability and positions.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #21)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 06:49 PM

47. I'm sure those techniques always worked for him in the past.

Vulture capitalism is all about lying, when you come right down to it.

And anyway, being a Mormon is sorta like inhabiting a parallel universe with different physical laws anyway.

If you're required to believe that the Indian tribes are the lost tribes of Israel, it makes it a lot easier to believe a bunch of other stuff too.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:47 PM

22. That whole "fast talking salesman" routine struck a cord.



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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:59 PM

23. A great story!

Life can really show you how fast it all happens.... One day you're 25, the next morning you wake up and you're 55. I swear, that's just what it's like.

To all the newest posters, Welcome to DU. I'm pretty new myself but wow, there really have been a lot of newcomers in the last couple of days.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #23)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:10 PM

26. And I love (most of) the new blood that's showing up around here- what an inspiration!

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:28 AM

35. That happen to you too?

Man I hate when that happens.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:03 PM

24. Quit smoking.

 

Problem solved.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:14 PM

27. Good advice, by cracky.

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Response to deaniac21 (Reply #27)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:24 PM

30. deaniac..

just wanna say

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:23 PM

29. ..



thank you so much for there at that point in time, HipChick~

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:03 AM

33. Great story. I love these....it makes me realize that all is good. Thanks for posting.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

36. Excellent post - great story

Rec

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM

40. Thank you.

Old age may bring aches and pains, but it also brings with it wisdom!!!!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:01 PM

44. He should have said what he said and THEN lectured you about smoking.

But cool story! Thanks!

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:17 PM

48. I love stories like this!!

Old people know. They just know.

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Response to HipChick (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:57 AM

52. Great story, but your subject line put another image in my head

I had this vision of a 96 year old Barney Fife, one bullet in his pocket, putting the cuffs on you.

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