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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:52 PM
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Guys - my latest column - on Michelle Obama - made HuffPo.
Here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-lyon/proud-of-what_b...

I'd also like to say that if it weren't for DU, and you guys suffering through my rantings and arguing - at what one blog review characterized as "graduate-level debate". Or was it "post-graduate-level debate"? It's been awhile. But my views have been strengthened and better-informed for my involvement here. So I'm grateful to my DU brothers and sisters for helping to enlarge and educate me! And I've found that people's writing styles and skills become sharpened when they "exercise" here - it's not just me.

A similar column, which I updated because of the Tennessee GOP's fun little Youtube spot, appeared here awhile ago thanks to our own Tace and World News Trust.

I am grateful.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:54 PM
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1. Congratulations. n/t
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:57 PM
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8. Thank you, and HOWDY!
How have you been?

:hi: :hug:
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:01 PM
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12. You're welcome, and HOWDY back atcha!
I been fine :)

:hi: :pals:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:54 PM
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2. No way! (runs off to read it)
Edited on Mon May-19-08 08:00 PM by BlooInBloo
EDIT: Clarified subject.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:56 PM
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6. Awesome! Grats!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:58 PM
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9. You're sweet! Thanks!
It's really gratifying.

And it started for me - from HERE.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:04 PM
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15. OMG I remember when you started out
I am so proud of you :hug:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:20 AM
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57. Yay! Thank you, WesDem!
:hug: back atcha!

:yourock:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:10 PM
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17. :)))
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:48 PM
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69. MANY hugs!
:hug: :grouphug: :patriot: :yourock: :headbang:
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:54 PM
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3. Thanks, nominated, gratz, and an excellent article
I love your stuff.



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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:00 PM
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11. I appreciate that very much.
Thank you!

:patriot:
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:55 PM
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4. congrats!
Great read.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:03 AM
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28. Glad you liked it.
It was the first thing I sent to the Huffingtonis. They liked it a lot but by the time I'd gathered up enough courage to submit it, a few days had gone by since the event that inspired it: when cindy mccain made her snippy little remark against Michelle Obama about how SHE was proud of America - and "...I don't know about you (Michelle)." See cindy meow. Meow, cindy, meow. They emailed me back that it was good but by then was a few days old and could I write something else a little more current. Which I did.

But it was a good column and when Michelle Obama came under a second attack from a Youtube propaganda piece featuring a rifle-loving, pool-shooting hayseed and a bunch of like-"minded" cronies, I saw an opportunity to resubmit it, as updated.

I'm glad they took it. There are some responses there, too.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:56 PM
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5. Great piece
Congrats!
:toast:

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:05 AM
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29. Thanks, Jeff - and hugs to Nance also!
:toast: :toast:
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:56 PM
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7. Put a feather in that girl's cap! (er...I think that's a female poster name.) Congrats!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:06 AM
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30. Yes, indeed. Thoroughly X-chromosomed here.
:hi:
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swishyfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 07:59 PM
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10. Nice work!
I saw it on HuffPo after I read yours. I just assumed I missed where you credited someone else.

:)
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:07 AM
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31. No, it was me on me.
Glad you saw it!
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:04 PM
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13. Please consider me as one of your fans.
I remember back during the 2004 Kerry/Edwards campaign when you produced a list of media folks to contact. I used that list and copied and passed it out at my local Dem HQ in Dayton.

Here we are four years later and you're still impressing me.

You go, girl!

:yourock:

K&R!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:14 AM
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35. Thanks, Kukesa!
I'm afraid I've been a little lax about staying on top of that list - the Five Star Activists Resource Thread could probably use a little updating, but time has run away from me. But there's still stuff in there that will stand, and every so often I see something that is worth noting there. And so do other people - LOTS of DUers have contributed to that set of listings.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:04 PM
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14. Most awesome. Congrats!!! And we should all be ashamed for what...
we've let our country devolve to. We have a chance to start correcting it this November.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:28 AM
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37. Yeah, everyone shares some blame, I'm sure, but I think ours is minimal by comparison.
At least we knew the truth and tried to get it out there. But we were ignored and dismissed and derided and in many cases bullied, threatened, and terrorized into submission. I still have some nice little key scars along the sides of my car from when I had bumper stickers in the back window that some asshole bush-lover didn't approve of. I consider those badges of honor.

And frankly, sometimes I wonder what the heck else we could have done about it, what more we could have done to make any impact. The deck was just too damned stacked. Some of us really tried, and tried HARD! Some of us were out there on the picket lines every day, or every time there was a rally. I still know people who show up at the Federal Building in Westwood, or at the same street corner in the Palisades on various Thursdays during rush hour. How many of us marched, held candlelight vigils, leafleted, appealed to our Congress-critters and Senators, called those toll free numbers to Capitol Hill, emailed, faxed, petitioned, wrote letters to the editor, wrote messages to Jack Cafferty (like our own jenmito has), called in on talk radio, submitted op-ed pieces to local newspapers, tried to talk sense into gullible or misguided friends, coworkers, neighbors, in-laws and other family members, and all the souls we tried to save, and so much more - and nothing seemed to make any difference.

I'm just glad that I can face my own conscience knowing I tried. ALL of us on DU who made that kind of effort - even in small ways - can at least hold our heads high in that respect. A-plus for effort. I just wish we had more to show for it.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:08 PM
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16. Congratulations calimary! K&R.
:applause:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:29 AM
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38. Thank you! I'm so happy you liked it!
:toast:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:14 PM
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18. Congratulations.
Great work. You deserve it.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:30 AM
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39. Cheers!
We sure do try, don't we?
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:19 PM
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19. Thanks, Mary..
It's an interesting essay..thanks for straightening out that whole gop ad in Tennessee with Michelle Obama as their big bad nemesis and bringing in the history of your friend, Julie's disappointment and "shame".


I'm really glad to know this whole thing..it should be shouted from the rooftops.. The full original quote!

"On February 29, 1872, Senator Carl Schurz of Missouri made the following remark on the floor of the United States Senate:
"....My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." (The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287)


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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:42 AM
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42. Yeah, when I got that call from my friend, and she just started wailing about it.
"I'm SO a-SHAMED!" Again and again and again. It just damn near broke my heart. She was in real anguish.

This is a woman of conscience. She, like all of us, wants only the best for the country she loves and believes in so strongly. And she is literally agonizing about what she feels she's done. You know, people of good faith and conscience shouldn't have to be made to feel like that. These asshole sheisters and fast-talkers and greedy wheeler-dealers shouldn't be able to prey on the good faith and belief of loyal, good-hearted, hard-working, trusting Americans and waltz them down the garden path to complete derision - where they're hanging their heads in sorrow, completely heartsick. It shouldn't come to that, EVER. She holds herself accountable. Which makes her a lot bigger person than any of these weasels - who bullshitted her and fooled her and rooked her and stole from her and won't admit they made any mistakes - will EVER be, in one THOUSAND lifetimes.

And she just blurted that out. Volunteered it without ANY prompting from me whatsoever. A time of great sorrow this is. I can't think of too many people who've caused this level or magnitude of misery, heartache, and tears. Well, except for the obvious - like Hitler and the like.

I just hope there's justice some day (and that maybe I live to see it).
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lyonn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 04:11 PM
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72. It seems more and more repub types find it hard to believe that
a govt. could be so corrupt and lie so that the end justifies the means, war mostly. People may begin to listen to Obama and not be concerned about his age or color.

Really good, thoughtful writing!
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Window Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:19 PM
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20. That's great. Congrats.
:yourock:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:43 AM
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43. So do you!
:yourock: back atcha!
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:20 PM
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21. congrats..one of the most read sites on the net.....
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:45 AM
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44. Yeah, and it took me several days to work up the courage to submit something.
I remember my hands shaking as I wrote the email. I was so relieved when it was sent, and it was over with - and then I could go hide!
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:31 PM
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22. Very nice! Glad for HuffPo for reading our posts here! Congrats!
:hi:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:46 AM
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45. They should do that more often. LOTS of good material generated here.
:patriot:
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chascarrillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:36 PM
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23. Congrats!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:47 AM
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46. Thank you!
Means a lot!
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:44 PM
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24. Well said, Mary!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:02 AM
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47. That's a good sig line you've got there - "silence is consent."
Well, we sure weren't silent.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:44 PM
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25. !
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:02 AM
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48. !
Nice poster there!
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 08:45 PM
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26. Cool!! K&R!!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:04 AM
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49. Cheers, cliffordu!
Thanks!
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Oilwellian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 09:14 PM
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27. Wonderful piece Mary
I love it when a DU'er makes it big. :D
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:07 AM
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50. This is a great training ground.
Absolutely!

And it's gonna keep happening, I'd bet.
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ruby slippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:10 AM
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32. Kudos to you.....and Chester sends his greetings, too, below
Edited on Tue May-20-08 01:11 AM by ruby slippers
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:08 AM
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51. Aw! Chester! What a cutie!
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:11 AM
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33. Congrats!
Wishing you continued exposure and success.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:10 AM
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52. Thank you. I keep thinking MAYBE I'll stumble upon just the exact wording or
argument that will change some minds in some fairly high places. Like maybe John Conyers-land or Nancy Pelosi-land, or some other players to be softened-up later. 'Cause it's never too late to IMPEACH...
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DerekJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 01:12 AM
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34. Nice Bio :)
:kick: & R
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:11 AM
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53. Thanks so much!
Took a lot of work, but there it is. A long, strange (but fun) trip it's been.
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:27 AM
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36. Congrats, and very nice article on a very respectable website.
:)
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:14 AM
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54. The first time they took a piece from me - I swear I was walking on air all day!
Edited on Tue May-20-08 03:15 AM by calimary
It was SO cool! DUers posted comments there, too. I felt so honored!!!

I will ALWAYS treasure that support!!!

:hug: :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:
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JustinL Donating Member (439 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:31 AM
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40. congratulations!
I love the part about the quote! I had never seen the entire thing.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:16 AM
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55. Yeah, it's a good one. There are a few different takes on it. But the most important
part is the part you usually don't see. It's always "my country right or wrong" - PERIOD.

As usual, they cut corners...
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casus belli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:31 AM
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41. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S! :) n/t
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:19 AM
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56. MANY thanks!
I posted it last Friday. It's in there today. YES!

I feel like the cat that caught a big fat, juicy rat in the back yard and then brought the prize to the back door. Look! I brought you a rat!

:D
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Samantha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 04:39 AM
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58. Just saw this thread - many congratulations!
I have to make this short so I can go off and read it.

You did yourself and US proud!

Sam
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 09:47 AM
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60. Thanks, Sam - your last thread was pretty darn great, too.
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Jennifer C Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 05:00 AM
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59. Wonderful, Mary!
Congrats :applause:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 09:48 AM
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61. Cheers!
Thank you so much - this support and encouragement means the world to me!!!

:yourock: :hug:
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Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 10:28 AM
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62. Glad You're Getting The Play You Deserve
More, please. Cheers!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:37 PM
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66. Yes, my friend. SHIT! Sorry! Dammit - now that frickin' john mcsame addresses
Edited on Tue May-20-08 03:49 PM by calimary
everybody in that smarmy voice with "my friends..." I find myself shrinking away from that salutation! But sometimes instinct just takes over, y'know?

I'm working on one now. Tace, I owe YOU a SPECIAL debt of gratitude. You made this possible by giving me a place for my pieces. You made this possible by making it thinkable for me to expand and to try to go for it and push a little farther. 'Cause I had you and Tandalayo Scheisskopf and others HERE who had faith in me! Just a little bit hard to forget. A little bit impossible.

World News Trust ROCKS!!!!!

:yourock: :patriot: :headbang: :hug: :pals: :applause: :woohoo: :thumbsup: :grouphug: :toast: :kick: :loveya:
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 10:44 AM
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63. There needs to be a "Best of the Greatest" page for posts like this
Wish I had a fraction of your writing talent, Mary.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:45 PM
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67. That's so sweet. Actually, I'd bet you do have writing talent.
I bet anyone who hangs here, or posts here (and elsewhere, too) has something in them moving them to express their thoughts, fears, anguish, jubilation, frustration, etc. If you start putting it down into words, you're a writer!

Do you journal at all? Everybody who's anybody in any kind of authorship would highly recommend it. That's one of the first and most essential things that Julia Cameron recommends in "The Artist's Way" - for enhancing your creativity, harnessing your ideas, developing your thinking. I've heard her speak as well as reading her books, and she says again and again, "Do Your 'Morning Pages'!" That means - write three pages every day, preferably in the morning when your mind is fresh and not yet completely distracted by the day. Write three pages of whatever. Something. Anything. The important thing is that you just simply do it. And you start getting better. It starts getting easier and coming faster. Your creativity starts to grow - as though it's taking some vitamin supplements or something. It just sorta happens over time. You just start getting better at it. It's a really good centering exercise, just anyway, whether you have something ahead of you to accomplish or a goal to set or problem to solve or whatever it is. She actually recommends doing it longhand, pen-to-paper, but I think ANY sort of writing is good, just as long as you do it.

And there's SO MUCH eloquence here on DU!!! Shoot - it's EVERYWHERE!!! And every time you do it, you get a little teeny bit better.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 04:49 PM
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73. Thanks, calimary
My DU journal hasn't received much of my attention for awhile. Maybe focusing on non-political topics would help; at least the urge to dive into GD-P for a catch-up wouldn't interrupt my efforts (as much, anyway). Writing is something I have enjoyed all my life, like drawing, but the will to finish anything evaporates in either case more often than not. It just takes seeing someone with the right stuff, whether in pencil drawing or writing, to stir up the urge again.

Keep up the good work!

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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:40 PM
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64. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
:applause: :woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause: :woohoo: :applause:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:47 PM
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68. Hey, I've been a fan of yours for a LONG time!
Means a LOT coming from you! Your rants are WUNNNNNNNNNNNNNderful!!!

I salute you!!!!

:patriot:

:yourock:

:toast:

:headbang:
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phrigndumass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 02:41 PM
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65. Congratulations, Mary!
:woohoo:

You deserve it.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:49 PM
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70. Smuckers! Hugs to ya!!!!
:pals: :toast: :patriot: :hug: :grouphug: :headbang: :loveya:
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lyonn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 03:59 PM
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71. Important article, thanks
If you think about it, Barack and Michelle have grown up mostly during a repub reign where so many rights fought for in the 30s, 60s and 70s were slowly taken away or diminished. Not just the need for racial equality and women's rights but every average American who bothered to notice that they were being controlled by a govt. that claimed they wanted smaller govt. but actually were making the govt. more powerful. Our govt. in the past 8 years have been unbelievably vicious.

We get what Michelle was referring to. People are waking up and speaking out.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:12 PM
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78. Yes. We ABSOLUTELY get what she's talking about.
And it's neither unpatriotic nor unAmerican. Our country has taken ill in the past thirty-or-so years. Sometimes the medicine you need to take when you're sick doesn't taste great or is difficult to swallow. But you take it because you know it will help you get better. At least if you've got half a brain and at least a tiny shard of maturity.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 05:08 PM
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74. Brava!
Excellent piece and congratulations!!!

K&R :hi:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:13 PM
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79. YAY! AK!
Thanks for this! So glad you liked it!

:hi: and :hug:
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 05:49 PM
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75. Congratulations!
:applause: :woohoo: :applause:

Excellent piece! :toast:

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:14 PM
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81. Thank you, BattyDem!
I appreciate your weighing in!

:toast:
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 05:50 PM
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76. Very nice, Mary.
Congratulations!

:toast:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:20 PM
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82. Hey, babe!
I'm feeling kinda guilty so I apologize to everybody here - I'm TRULY not trying just to massage this thread. I just want to make sure everybody who was kind enough to post here gets a thank-you. It means a LOT to me! Like that cat that caught the rat.

I had a cat like that when I was a kid (and it was safer to let your pets run around way back in the back hillsides all day). We lived in a canyon and coyotes became a bigger and bigger problem for housepets, and we eventually switched to keeping our cats indoors fulltime. But this cat was a GREAT mouser. The first time he brought his big trophy home and proudly laid it on the top step of the back steps, my mother freaked! Screamed! Did NOT understand the gesture. Thought it was horrifying and gross - she didn't like mice or rats. From then on, that cat would bring every fresh kill to our next-door neighbors - who reacted properly (with great appreciation, soothing praise-filled voices and cat treats). We never got another one at the back door.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 07:00 PM
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85. Your post was way better
than a dead rat.

I don't think anyone mistakes your thank yous for anything but sincere gratitude and DUness.

You keep on rockin'.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 07:39 PM
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86. Good to hear!
'Cause it is meant with all sincerity.
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dugggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 05:58 PM
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77. As a naturalized American citizen, I am very much proud of USA
USA...

the nation who liberated Europe from the death grip of Hitler...
the nation which caused the communist regime in USSR to fall apart...
the nation which has given more foreign aid than all other countries combined...
the nation which was the first to free slaves and to pass civil rights bill...

Surely USA is not perfect. No nation past or present is perfect. Only God is perfect.
So, I add up all the positives and negatives and USA comes on the top. Where else
could a poor student arrive as an immigrant and achieve the American dream except in
USA? Show me!

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:22 PM
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83. Noted and greatly appreciated.
I suspect that all of us here, who lament what we know our country could be, are in a search for perfection. We know what our country is capable of in its finest moments. And we want more of that! I'm glad to hear it's been good to you. It should be that - for everyone everywhere.

:toast: :patriot:
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:14 PM
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80. Oh, that is fantastic, calimary!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations!! We're so proud of you!!!
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 06:23 PM
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84. Thank you VolcanoJen!
It's this place that was primarily responsible for my reaching that far.

:hug:
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Willo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-20-08 07:54 PM
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87. Congratulations. A good article.
Edited on Tue May-20-08 07:55 PM by WIllo
I read earlier while at work.
Just wanted to K&R

Edited: I Rec'd it earlier :)
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