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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 10:58 PM
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Calling ALL Citizens
Edited on Sun Sep-27-09 11:12 PM by NanceGreggs
I dont care if youre an (R) or a (D), an Indy or a Green, a Liberal or a Conservative, a left-to-center, right of the aisle, progressive-regressive, Area 51-9/11 conspiracy theorist, astrology-driven Christian, reluctant Zen-Buddhist, Feng Shui adherent with Rococo overtones or just a regular guy livin a regular life its time to get a fuckin grip.

I think weve got some common ground, regardless of who we are or where we see ourselves on the colour-coded, media-created pie chart of inane categorization whether were Gen-X or Boomers, low class, poor class, lower middle class, middle-middle class, upper middle class, unemployed, under-employed, over-employed, retired or expired, were all pretty much sick to death of the whole damned thing.

Right here, right now, weve got over-zealous cops armed with tasers, torturers armed with legal off-the-hook technicalities, citizens dyin for lack of healthcare insurance, insurance companies cryin about dyin profits, food banks running dry, real banks running amok, Wall Street v Main Street, Main Street USA in the business of hangin Out of Business signs, and a mainstream media saying suck it up, its a sign of the times and listen to us, we know it ALL, cause we have access to reliable sources like Twitter.

Weve got so-called news journalists talking about whether the POTUS is under-exposed or over-exposed as though he has a new movie/book/TV series to sell and we not citizens, but consumers should judge his accomplishments on the same basis as Survivor, deciding whether he should be voted off that flat-screen island that sits in front of the couch and broadcasts nonsense 24-7.

You want God involved in your government? Well, I dont; got this separation of Church and State thing in my head dont know where that came from, but there you have it. Thing is Id gladly accept the teachings of one Jesus Christ into the political discourse if, just once in a while, so-called Christian politicians (and their so-called Christian constituents) actually acted like the Late, Great JC and did unto their fellow citizens as they would have done unto their own selfish asses.

I dont hold myself out as a Biblical scholar, but I dont remember Jesus ever asking whats-in-it-for-me before feeding the hungry or curing the afflicted and, according to the official record so many feel free to fold, staple, spindle and/or mutilate when it fits their personal agenda, he never once asked to see someones insurance policy or Green Card before workin a God-damned miracle nor did he refuse to heal a single leper on the basis that they had a pre-existing condition which, according to Saviour Rule No. 606.9(b). 03, disqualified them not only from assistance, but even a modicum of human compassion.

You want less government interference in your life? Hey, guess what so do I. I dont want the government pokin its nose into my bedroom, my internet communications, my emails, my right to protest, my right to ask where the fuck were all of the people who now want to know where their tax dollars are being spent the same people whose jaws were apparently wired shut when the Bush administration was wire-tapping without warrants, and sending people who disagreed with them to designated free-speech zones while running up the national debt with all the fiscal responsibility of a drunken sailor with a stolen credit card and while shovelling taxpayers money into the pockets of war-profiteering companies who just happened oh, so coincidently to be owned and/or operated to the financial benefit of family members and friends.

You believe we should Support the Troops? Yeah, me, too. I also believe that supporting our troops should be more than a bumpersticker I love a vet being treated for PTSD in June, how about you? I love a vet who, after all hes been through and all hes sacrificed, is still able to enjoy a Gershwin tune how about you? Holding hands in the movie show when all the lights are low yeah, it may not be new, but for some of our returning soldiers its impossible to sit in the dark without reliving the horrors theyve seen and shouldnt they be able to get the treatment necessary to make that simple a joy not just a possibility, but a reality?

There are people out there trying to divide us and I gotta tell ya, so far theyre doing a damned fine job of it. Theyre playing to the stoopid, and the stoopid are responding.

We know that because weve seen them and if its on TV, it must be true.

Theyre telling the stoopid that healthcare reform will ruin those good folks over to the multi-billion-dollar-a-year profit centers, that lobbyists lookin to make a buck for the bidness what hired them are good-n-honest Americans, that Barack Obama is a Muslin fascist-communist-Nazi-all-too-uppity-person-of-color who is looking to ruin our nation by being articulate, intelligent, popular and respected.

And the stoopid are listening theyre listening to the drug-addled Limbaughs, the Sarah I Can See Russia from My Front Porch! Palins, the cry-on-a-dime-give-ya-nine-cents-change Beck who can prove his insane theories with a piece of chalk and a blackboard (or an Etch-a-Sketch, if he gets his sponsors back and can afford state-of-the-art technology once again.)

You want your country back? Well, count me in. I want it back from the lobbyists, the hypocrites, the electronic voting machines, the special interest groups, the birthers, the Teabaggers, the blissfully ignorant, the CEOs, the CFOs, the accountants who find the loopholes, the lawyers who find the technicalities that shield torturers from justice, the corporations that outsource, the companies that downsize for the sole purpose of upsizing their bottom-line and everyone else who has turned putting you and me out of work and out of luck into a profession that pays well, all benefits included, soul and/or conscience not required.

I want it all back: the mom-and-pop operations that sell a cup of coffee that doesnt cost twelve bucks, the local retailers who own their own businesses downtown instead of being greeters at the local WalMart in the mall, jobs where people benefit from their labor and retire with a pension instead of a one-way ticket to the poorhouse, schools that provide an education that doesnt include teaching that the Earth is 6,000 years old despite all evidence to the contrary, doctors that spend their working hours treating patients instead of negotiating with insurance company death panels, corporations run by executives who dont earn a multi-million dollar bonus for driving a company out of business, and a news media that delivers the fuckin news being reportage of events that actually matter rather than whos wearing who on the red carpet nor their opinion of same.

Less government? I hear ya. But I want it minimized where it benefits the few, and maximized where it benefits the nation as a whole. I want my food inspected before I eat it, my drinking water free of contaminants, and my air fit to breathe.

And while I'm on the topic of what I want in this ever-popular atmosphere of it's-MY-world-and-it's-all-about-ME, I want my neighbors being judged on their character and not their accent, and my church/synagogue/temple/mosque being a place where people gather to pray and NOT a pulpit-of-convenience for those who choose to encourage hate and violence towards those who believe differently.

I want freedom of religion, not religion gussied-up as a barely reasonable facsimile of moral values and a desire to get right with God (who, in too many instances nowadays, doesnt even get an honorable mention due to having been supplanted by politically-inspired sermons about voting for the guy who was just caught with his hand in the till, or up the skirt of his secretary, or down the pants of a choirboy all deemed forgiven if he cries sufficiently on TV and promises to be a good boy from here on in, at least when somebodys watching.

There is a great divide in this nation right now. But it is no longer a division between Democrats and Republicans (or whats left of the latter); it is a division between the sane and the lunatic fringe, the truth-tellers and the out-and-out liars, the informed and those who refuse to be informed, the bigots and the tolerant, the insightful into whats wrong and how to right it and the blind who are content to merely complain about the problems we face, without a clue as to what those problems even are.

Its time to get a fuckin grip and pick a side. If you honestly believe that people like Orly Taitz are making a valuable contribution to your country, so be it. Take your place with the minority; carry your mis-spelled protest signs, proudly demonstrate your stupidity in the public square, declare that you want the govmint out of government-run programs like Medicaid, fight for the right of insurance conglomerates to make a buck off your pain and suffering, tune-in to Fox-News and swallow whatever foul-tasting, devoid-of-facts pablum they and the rest of the mainstream media is willing to spoon-feed you because youre too lazy to care where your next meal is coming from if it requires moving your lazy lard-ass off the couch to actually do something pro-active - like voting once in a while.

But if you want your country back back from the bought-and-paid-for politicians who have no qualms about buttering their own bread at your expense, back from the wingnuts who think murdering abortion-providers is the best way to preserve the sanctity of life, back from the newscasters who think you are unable to think and are therefore charged with doing your thinking for you, back from the school boards who determine that a well-rounded education includes not allowing students to hear the President extol the virtues of working hard in school, back from the so-called Christians who insist theyre being persecuted out of existence by people who wish them Happy Holidays in December, back from the brink of INSANITY you might want to look at your fellow citizens who, despite their Obama 2008 bumperstickers, despite the (D) after their names, despite their support of gay rights or the right to an abortion, despite the differences between their philosophies and yours, just MIGHT have more in common with you than you want to admit, or that youre being led to believe.

Think about it. Thats all Im asking. And Im somehow confident that those of you still capable of thinking for yourselves have already figured this out.

Now lets stop merely thinking alike and start acting alike its our country. So lets take it back together.
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Irishonly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:02 PM
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1. Me too
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:18 PM
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2. Well, one quibble.
And it's about Orly. I don't know how truly valuable entertainment is, per se, but I think Dr. Bats-in-the-attic is probably America's greatest contribution to comedy since Laurel and Hardy, even if it's all unintentional. In fact, especially because it's all unintentional.

And if I ever decide to sue the gubmint over those black helicopters I see all the time, she's going to be my counsel.

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:19 PM
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3. Just about the only thing that brings me here these days
is the chance to Rec your posts, Nance.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:24 PM
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4. Fandamntastic! But,
do you think you could put it in words that Glennbeckers can understand? (Not to suggest that such words actually exist, but if they did you'd find 'em!)
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bluesbassman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:41 PM
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7. Oh, they understand the words, they just don't get the meaning.
Hard to see the big picture with hate goggles on.

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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 07:23 AM
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21. No words over 2 syllables?
I recall Hannity once touting his book to his minions by stating that no where in the book were there words over 3 syllables. He was actually proud of that!

I hardly ever agreed w/Wm Safire, but I've got to tell you, I respected him as a wordsmith, same thing w/Wm Buckley, (although Buckley was a little too much, I can still thank him for making me use a dictionary from time to time... ;) ).

With Beck, we're talking about a lower bar than even Hannity.

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Gwereeya Donating Member (79 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:37 PM
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5. B-B-But Jesus was a Socialist!
Joe the Plumber told me so!
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bluestateboomer Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:38 PM
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6. Right on as usual....
But why does seem it is so much easier to be "stoopid" than it is to think and take actions that benefit the most people. :shrug:
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ezdidit Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:48 PM
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45. Their paranoia about the gummint makes them think
they're being lied to again, particularly about health reform. We know they're partly right, like with the Wall Street bank bailouts. And such prejudice is socially contagious. Peer pressure.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:42 PM
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8. How do you do that Nance?
Each post is a gem...well thought-out, clearly explained and extremely witty and true!!
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:54 PM
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10. The words are easy to find ...
... when inspiration is so plentiful - and I find that inspiration right here, every day of the week.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-27-09 11:53 PM
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9. My dear Nance...
Yes.

Let's take it back......Together.


K&R

:hug:
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 12:19 AM
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11. Right up there with your best ever, and that's sayin' something
This should be the lead editorial in every newspaper in America tomorrow morning, but alas, as usual, those that need to hear and see these words the most, never will ( and too many wouldn't understand em, or worse, would REFUSE to understand em, if they did read em). P.S.... sorry about the pessimism, I'm a Democrat AND a Cub fan; it just comes naturally to me....... But even more than usual Nance ( if I may call you by your first name) , BRILLIANTLY stated...
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 12:30 AM
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12. Well, I'd call you by your first name, too ...
... but I don't know how to pronounce "abq".

Thanks so much, all the same, Mr. Streeter - and sorry about the Cubs.

:hi:
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 06:28 PM
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50. Just the letters A B Q ( as in the abbreviation for Albuquerque)
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 06:29 PM by abq e streeter
and the "e streeter" part is of course in honor of the greatest rocker of em all, Mr. Springsteen. I am in awe of the powerful writing of several people here ( Time For Change is another DUer who I always tell people to read), and this one, even compared to all your other great ones ( Brian vs. Vinny is a favorite) , just blew me away.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:37 PM
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58. Thanks so much, abq!
"Brian v Vinny" is one of my personal favourites, too!
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 12:30 AM
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13. Dupe - is there an echo in here? n/t
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 12:31 AM by NanceGreggs
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:16 AM
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23. Agreed. K&R n/t
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 12:45 AM
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14. Another
Good'un read and rec'd.... always a pleasure to read these, assists me in keeping my optimism alive.. thanks Nance..
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:23 AM
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15. yes. give me back the mom and pop operations
like Mrs. Thomas' fish store, the shoemaker and the bakeries.

:hi:
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:32 AM
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16. Mrs. Thomas' fish store ...
... only open on Fridays, where you could get a fishcake for a dime, and a paper bag full of the BEST french-fries ever known to man for 25 cents.

:hi:
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HappyCynic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:45 AM
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17. K & R
Another great one, Nance!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:52 AM
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18. Wonderful!
I'm sending this to someone I occasionally work with who is almost a birther out of sheer ignorance.

Thank you for it! :hi:
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 05:10 AM
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19. Great rant!
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 05:11 AM by BlueMTexpat
I have just been rereading Garrison Keillor's essays in "Homegrown Democrat" and this would fit right in.

The America that I grew up in was much like his, not perfect and with many things that needed to be changed, e.g., civil rights and equal opportunity for all among them (these STILL need work), but where the fringe was not only recognized as the fringe, but called out as such, and where news networks actually reported the news.

:applause:
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 05:30 AM
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20. Like pleading for air at 30 fathoms
But I'm with you!
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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:13 AM
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22. I live in one of the looniest states possible - SC.
Some people here want to take it back to the oh so romantic pre-Civil War days. I heard that once in college from some KA fraternity members. I asked them why I would follow a group of drunken, ill-mannered louts who probably flunked every history class. I wouldn't follow them crossing the street.

There are a lot of decent people here being drowned out by the likes of Joe Wilson who has the IQ of a peanut. I have that observation from someone who has had to work with him.

I know some of my relatives are caught up in some of the nuttiest of the RW memes. I think my brother may be in some unnamed, loosely organized militia group out in a remote rural area.

I warned him. I told him that he may think I will sit on my hands if they try to secede or form their own country or whatever. I made it clear that I would fight him and anybody else until "the last dog dies" by any means necessary. I also reminded him that he could never hit the broad side of a barn door and our 98 year old aunt outshot him once. The women in the family were by far the deadlier of the group.

I don't want to go that far, but I will. It's my home too.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:40 AM
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24. Ohhhh. I love this one. Bookmarking. n/t
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ronbo60 Donating Member (20 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:23 AM
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25. Action NOT TALK wins the game
Get a nitwit to call the media liberal. It's easy if you try. Then explain how the fairness doctrine is meant to provide balance. Have the nitwits call the FCC and demand that balance they think they need - by bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.

We can't win anything without a media that speaks the truth. Yes, we have half-truths and mis-information and an occasional grain of truth. Without an honest voice; however, we will never get the truth spoken. The echo chamber plants the seed and nourishes the ideas. It doesn't matter if the message is true or not. Humans repeat what they hear. Even if we personally know the truth. That is how advertising works. It's the nature of the human beast.

Shall we purchase stock and buy a network organization? It may be the only way. Please send me a suggestion. If we pool our pennies the majority voice might be heard. But as is, we will never, NEVER hear the corporate press utter the complete truth. They exist ONLY for profit. There is no requirement of any truth. The FCC dropped the ball under Reagan and we may never put that genie back into the bottle.
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BREMPRO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:24 AM
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26. lets face it- it's not a wonderful life- We've become Pottersville and Bedford Falls is just a
dream. We should start a "Wonderful Life Foundation" to promote the values that come from that movie. Wouldn't that shake the status quo? The Potters of this world are no match for George Bailey.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:06 AM
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28. I like it! The ultimate film about Big Banks vs the people.
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BREMPRO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:36 PM
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33. We should require congress to watch this film before every session
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 01:37 PM by BREMPRO
so they are reminded of the consequences of allowing the power of amoral greed and big banks to shape and diminish the quality of our society, and realize they can make a difference.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 05:48 PM
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47. We'll call it the Zuzu's petals requirement!
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:52 AM
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27. Here, right here, you inadvertently point out the big flaw in Christianity:

"but I dont remember Jesus ever asking whats-in-it-for-me before feeding the hungry or curing the afflicted"


Dammit, the Christians have been trying to fix that flaw in their doctrine ever since--well--ever since at least the Council of Nicea or thereabouts.
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:33 AM
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29. Your rants are one of the things...
That make my Monday mornings worth getting outta bed!

Thanks and Bravo!
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hypocrisyandlies Donating Member (175 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 12:33 PM
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30. Your posts are
one of the main reasons I joined DU. Another great one!
:toast:
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:20 PM
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31. I'm on the side of the workers. Nice rant.
:kick:
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taggline Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:36 PM
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32. Musli*n*...I fuckin' love it!!!
These shitheads...and I live in the fucking middle of this shit...East Bumble-Fuck, SC...Home of the lady who said she really likes "...goin' to Dollar General, cuz I ain't gotta git all dressed up like I'm goin' ta Wal-Mart's..." Help me, lord...I gotta MOOOOOVE!!!!!! The "New" South...ain't.


:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Lilyhunter Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:22 PM
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34. This post
Is why I finally came out of the shadows and joined DU. It is getting c/p'd on every board/forum/email/etc that I can think of.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:29 PM
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36. Welcome aboard, Lilyhunter!
And thanks! :hi:
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damonm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:28 PM
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35. Proud, happy & thrilled to be rec #100!
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maxpower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:47 PM
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37. Right on Nance
Excellent post as always.



Peace,
Max
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theFrankFactor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 02:47 PM
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38. Love Ya Nance
K&R!
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debunkthelies Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 03:23 PM
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39. Two Words
Right again.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 03:58 PM
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40. Woot. Are you channeling George Carlin, just a little bit?
I miss him so much :sigh:

A damn righteous Rant there Nance.

I'd like to share this, but I don't know what all those "Share this" buttons actually do.
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Rainngirl Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:06 PM
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41. Well done, Nance!!!
"...and did unto their fellow citizens as they would have done unto their own selfish asses."

hahaha You nailed it.
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NikkiN Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:13 PM
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42. This Post Needs To Go Viral
What an excellent, and well thought out piece! It should speak to everyone.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:17 PM
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43. Thanks, NikkiN!
And welcome to the DU family! :hi:
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 04:45 PM
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44. This, dear Nance, is a masterpiece.
:applause: :patriot: :applause: :patriot:
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 05:35 PM
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46. The book, Nance. I'm waiting for the book. I want twenty autographed copies to give to
my best friends and my family.

Your way with words ranks with the late, great Molly Ivins, my all-time favorite. You are a national treasure.

Proud to say AMEN, SISTER!!

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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 06:07 PM
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48. Excellent observations, Nance and as usual you put it together so well.
It's time the people; from across the political spectrum, woke up to the Machiavellian games; of divide and conquer being played against them.

Thanks for the thread. :thumbsup:
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 06:25 PM
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49. Great rank as usual. I have one difference. I agree it's not a difference between
the D and R, or left and right, or black and white, or even sane and stoopid. Those battles are all distractions. The war is between the have's and everyone else. The have's are orchestrating the other battles to keep us from turning on them. In the meantime they are picking our pockets.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:16 PM
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56. Sorry, I meant great rant. nt
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riverbendviewgal Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 06:32 PM
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51. The USA started losing it during Viet Nam....probably after JFK was killed
I am a refugee from America. I am now a Canadian citizen. I once thought of moving back but decided America is too violent and I loved the Canadian caring ways, especially our health care system. My husband and I raised our two sons here and had a good life.

I still watched and was interested in America. I started to see the really bad changes in it when W. bush was "elected". Then the Iraq war came. This is when my brother and I started having disagreements. He was a Marine during the ending of the Viet Nam. He got his draft notice and joined the Marines because they were not sending troops to Nam. He sat in DC typing with two fingers for his 2 years of duty.

Now he is a patriotic Marine, birther and hater of Obama, lover of war but doesn't give a hoot for the Vets who can't get medical care. I never realized how racist he was until Obama came into the presidency. He lives in NJ. HE took the nickname "Bubba" a few years ago. Believe me he is one. He loves bars, beer and football and believes America is the best country in the world and all those ragheads should be killed. He hates Mexicans. He loves Fox News and the dumbheads on it.


Our mom and dad retired to SC. Dad died 9 years ago there . Mom is still there and she is over 80. I can't talk to her about Obama, she hangs up on me. She too hates him because he is black.
I tried to talk about the health care system with my brother and his daughter. His daughter told me to shove it. She has friends in the pharma business and told me outright they enjoy taking the doctors out for dinner and their big salaries. She works for Lockheed Martin and doesn't want to pay for anyone else's medical care. She says all her co-workers hate Obama.

My brother prides himself on not knowing anything about Canada or the rest of the world. He says America is number one in the world. He says everyone in the world should do as America says. He hates the UN.
He is right out of the book Deer Hunting with Jesus.
So when his daughter told me to shove it, it was the last straw. I no longer wish to be in touch with him.

I went through my son and husband fighting and dying with cancer. Both diagnosed two months apart and dying 18 months apart. This is 10 years and 8 years ago. We had no medical bills. My son had a brain tumor, same as Ted Kennedy's. My husband had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I am a widow, retired now and not bankrupt.
I love Canada. I hope the best for America. Good luck to you all. DU people give me hope for it.
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lordsummerisle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:10 PM
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52. Thanks for the inspiration! n/t
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Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:25 PM
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53. K & R! n/t
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PreacherCasey Donating Member (717 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:31 PM
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54. This is really fantastic. Kudos to you. nt
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Stumbler Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:38 PM
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55. A beautiful rant
Inspiring and optimistic. It was a pleasure to read
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:18 PM
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57. David Broder, who is paid handsomely by a major news syndicate, has
NEVER written any piece as cogent or as interesting or as readable as this post.

In a better world, Broder would be out on his boring hind end and this OP would be the one more generously remunerated for her talents.

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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:59 PM
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59. It's not that we need to know that we need to take our country back. We need to know how.
How can you get a corrupt Congress to reform itself? How can you get your message out via the CorpMedia? We need specifics. Is it time for peaceful revolt. Stop supporting the corruptest corporations? We need someone to publish cheap pamphlets like Thomas Paine. We need a movement.
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:02 PM
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60. Oh Nance, this is beautiful
Thanks for voicing my thoughts. You write so well.
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