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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:37 PM
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Bush vs. Kerry Ignites Battles Over Dinner and the TV
This photo and caption accompany the NYT article. Does this remind anyone else of Waiting For Godot?



Albert Tichenor, center, is at odds with his daughter, Gayle MacFarland, and her husband, Keith MacFarland. They are Bush supporters and keep the TV set tuned to Fox News while the Tichenors are visiting.


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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:38 PM
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1. Link to NYT article?
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:42 PM
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2. sorry, I was just struck by the photo
and trying to imagine staying at a loved one's house where Fox News stayed on.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/25/nyregion/25jersey.htm...
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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:45 PM
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3. Dontcha know that kind of crap would fast put an end to any visits
from me, family or no. How rude.
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SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:49 PM
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4. Ungrateful Kids!
I wouldn't bother visiting ungrateful, unmannerly kids. To hell with them.
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Protected Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:51 PM
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5. Why does everybody think Bush has been strong against the terrorists?
Osama Bin Laden is still out there and now we've encouraged the terrorists to attack in Iraq. The administration scares us on a weekly basis about a new yet unspecific threat of terrorist attack.
Michael Goldman, a Bush supporter from Maplewood, says the public gloating he hears around town makes his blood boil. "You hear these dumb people at ShopRite criticizing the president, and they're not even well informed," said Mr. Goldman, a retired textile salesman. "It's all emotions and little fact. What they don't realize is that only Bush can keep us safe."
See, this is the problem. Bush isn't keeping us safe, he's waging wars we don't have to fight while the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11 get stronger.

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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:05 PM
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12. I don't know but there may be time to change that perception
Even Dowd's column today, she points out that the war created more terrorists. It's cropping up more and more. Maybe the public will absorb it.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:53 PM
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6. "Only Bush can keep us safe." Is there a more ignorant idea anywhere?
Its interesting to me that many middle-aged and younger folks seem to be Bush
supporters while their older parents are not. I guess older people have better
bullshit detectors.
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Protected Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:56 PM
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7. Well, the young audiences of talk shows
like "The Daily Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" seem to be overwhelmingly pissed at the President. Now I just hope that all of these angry people actually go out to the polls in November and do something about it!
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:02 PM
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10. Be Afraid...The Terrorists Are Coming...Be Afraid...
I don't know what's going on in Eye-rock, all I know is I don't want any nukes in my backyard.
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Moonbeam_Starlight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:59 PM
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8. I've heard people who were old enough to remember it
compare now to the Vietnam era, when some families were so torn apart over that war and the politics of the time they didn't speak to each other for a while---or had huge screamfests over dinner.

My mother's family was affected that way. Her father was a WWII vet who believed the government was right to go into Vietnam. She and her sister were war protestors. It made for interesting family dynamics until about 1972 or 73, when my grandfather decided it was all a big mistake and we should get out of there.

She told me things were VERY VERY tense and that it got to the point that they couldn't watch the nightly news for fear of World War III breaking out in their house on both sides. And it only exacerbated any issues that were ALREADY there in the family.

Sigh.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:00 PM
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9. Now there's a good way to keep an open mind
'the TV set tuned to Fox News'.

They should listen to Dad, who has a little more history under his belt.
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NightOwwl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:02 PM
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11. Bush can keep us safe (not)
The most important thing to do after 9/11 was get OBL. We start to close in on him, and what does Bush do? Move troops to Iraq. So OBL is still out there, Al Qaeda cells are spreading everywhere, and thousands of people (troops and civilians) are dead because Bush lied.

I feel so much safer now. /sarcasm

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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:05 PM
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13. Keeping the TV on while family is visiting is just plain rude
I don't care what station it's tuned to, even though Fux News is the worst. How can you have a meaningful dialogue when drivel is droning in the background?

Jeez, Gayle MacFarland is a laura bush clone. And her husband is rapidly approaching Newt Gingrich clonism.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:48 PM
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14. n/t
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 05:49 PM by SemperEadem
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:48 PM
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15. Hmmm.. that's your child, dude
sad, isn't it?
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:52 PM
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16. Will O'Lielly scream at the father and say
what would your children think of you!!! You ungrateful veteran!!!
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:53 PM
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17. Albert has the looked of a parent who wonders where he went wrong.
And I can't say that I blame him.
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