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sybylla

(8,391 posts)
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:30 PM Jun 2015

Devastated to report the passing of JackpineRadical

I met Jim Peterson (JackpineRadical) through DU at least 13 years ago. We live about an hour and a half apart, but close enough to show up at the same Democratic party events regularly and to stay in touch off of DU as well. Even so, I knew him but not so well as I would have liked. He was as amazing in person as he was on DU. He was a Vietnam vet. He was a psychiatrist who spent a good deal of his life working with people charged with crimes and those convicted in prison. Even though he was retired now, he worked when he wanted, taking on psych evals when when a friend in the legal world sought his expertise and testimony. He understood what motivated people to do good things as much as he understood what motivated them to do terrible things. He dedicated himself to making the world a better place by going places few of us would be willing to tread.

His heart was enormous. His mind, which he shared with so many here, was fascinating. His big smile was ever-present and slightly mischievous. His skill for mocking stupidity through understatement and sarcasm were beyond anything I've ever seen. He loved sharing his letters to the editor with me and I loved reading them. He tested people with his crazy sharp wit. If you got it, if you did that double take, if you laughed, he was a fast friend. He and his wife, my husband MadAsHell and I stayed late at several Dem dinners talking about topics too numerous to count and would have stayed til dawn if they didn't start shutting off the lights.

The last couple of years we hadn't seen much of each other. My life got crazy and I didn't end up going his direction as much as I used to. But we did check in on DU with each other here and there.

When that genie grants my wish to have dinner with any 12 people of my choosing all through time, Jim will be there at my side.

I will miss you, my dear friend Jackpine. Rest in peace, Jim.

Jim passed Thursday evening, June 11th. There will be a memorial service for him on June 27th. Anyone who would like to express their sympathy can do so through this funeral home page for Jim.

http://www.pedersonvolker.com/obituary.phtml/E780EA29/james_m_peterson/

I will also share the link to this post with his widow, Carla.



Edited to add this in tribute to Jim - in his own words...

25 Random things about me (Jackpine Radical)
January 27, 2009 at 7:31pm

1. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of playing with a tractor.

2. I have had peak experiences at various times since I was a small child. These events have always happened when I was in contact with natural things, and have involved a sense of unity pervading the universe and incorporating me—like being part of a fractal design in which small elements are replicated “all the way up.”

3. My wife is trying to convince me that my memory is getting bad but she is wrong.

4. I would probably have accomplished more in life if I could have focused all my attention in some narrow area instead of being interested in everything.

5. I think my nervous system came pre-wired for rural life. Living in cities for too long is not good for me. Too much aversive stimulation (random, clanging ugly noises, garish flashing lights, masses of people) and too little beauty (sunsets, sunlight sparkling on water, wind in the trees, bird and animal sounds and flashes of movement). In the city, my senses shut down, limiting my awareness of my surroundings; in the country, my awareness of my surroundings expands to absorb the spiritual nourishment of the natural world.

6. My wife is trying to convince me that my memory is getting bad but she is wrong.

7. I lived most of my life in a time before personal computers, used to write my college papers on a manual typewriter, and analyzed my PhD dissertation data on a computer that filled an entire building but had less computing capacity than the Macbook in my lap right now.

8. I was about 50 when the Internet first became available to me on a very slow (2400 baud) phone connection in 1994. We got wireless broadband at home in 2005. Now, I can hardly remember what life was like before broadband.

9. Within the past year I have made contact with two branches of my family that I hardly knew existed. One branch lives in northern Saskatchewan, and the other in Idaho and Washington State. I now have pictures of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, who were born in Denmark in the 1840's.

10. If I were able to eliminate one kind of thing from the Earth, I would have a lot of trouble deciding what should go: deerflies, black mold, or Republicans.

11. I have too many books, too many papers, and too many tractors.

12. I have a persistent feeling that I should be writing something significant, but I don't know what it is.

13. I wish there were a way to train box elder bugs to kill Japanese beetles and then commit suicide.

14. I like hats.

15. I can't imagine why anybody would bother to learn the names of all the major-league baseball players. Not even the names of all the players on one team.

16. I really don't understand football. It seems like it would be a lot easier on everybody if they gave each team a ball.

17. My wife is trying to convince me that my memory is getting bad but she is wrong.

18. I think there should be a 12-step program for Internet addicts. There should also be 3-step groups for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. And 47-step groups for obsessive-compulsives.

19. I still have the snow shoes I used in high school, and they are still in good shape (although I am not).

20. I have discovered that I am property. My main roles in life involve serving as doorperson and treat provider for a large orange dog.

21. I look at the future with a strange mix of fear for what might be (people of my generation grew up hearing the horror stories of the Depression years from our parents) and of hope for what could be. I think we are at one of those turning points in history. The right choice will lead to a path of appropriate technology and spiritual metamorphosis. The other choice will lead to unimaginable ruin, and maybe another mass extinction of species.

22. What are you supposed to do with all those little wall-wart transformers that you accumulate over the years? It seems wrong to just throw them out, even if you don't know what they will fit, and probably no longer own the devices they came with.

23. Irma Bombeck once defined a calorie as a measure of the delectability of food. She was right.

24. Gus often wants to go out and bark at things we cannot see. I sometimes wonder if he is hallucinating. Maybe we have a seriously psychotic dog on our hands. How would we know?

25. My nose seldom itches except when I am trying to meditate.

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Devastated to report the passing of JackpineRadical (Original Post) sybylla Jun 2015 OP
I am soooo sad to hear this. bravenak Jun 2015 #1
Another great one gone. May he rest in peace. kwassa Jun 2015 #2
Very sad, sorry to hear this Stuart G Jun 2015 #3
I'm speechless. In shock. Solly Mack Jun 2015 #4
This is a shock. xfundy Jun 2015 #5
One of DU's best and brightest will be sorely missed. RIP Jim riderinthestorm Jun 2015 #6
Oh No! I liked him so very much. hrmjustin Jun 2015 #7
I will miss him gwheezie Jun 2015 #8
Oh, no. Warpy Jun 2015 #9
That's a shock! He was just here.. I'm so sorry to hear about this. The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2015 #10
:( ::::::::::::::::: WillyT Jun 2015 #11
Aw terrible week. nt daredtowork Jun 2015 #12
Good God, what unrelenting bleak news of passings on DU we've had. Terrible news. villager Jun 2015 #13
I am in shock malaise Jun 2015 #14
Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. ucrdem Jun 2015 #15
Very sorry ohheckyeah Jun 2015 #16
I will miss that guy. immoderate Jun 2015 #17
Oh shit :-( (nt) TacoD Jun 2015 #18
RIP Jim. You were good people. nt geek tragedy Jun 2015 #19
OMG! What happened? He was posting until recently and seemed in good, positive, Cleita Jun 2015 #20
His wife didn't share the details. sybylla Jun 2015 #47
I was pleased with his outlook on real life. He will be missed. freshwest Jun 2015 #21
So long Jim. lpbk2713 Jun 2015 #22
What the hell happened? He was one of my favorite members here and his voice Jefferson23 Jun 2015 #23
Very sorry to hear that he's passed. gollygee Jun 2015 #24
omg..... nc4bo Jun 2015 #25
Damn, he will be missed. NightWatcher Jun 2015 #26
Huge loss to the DU community, the Democratic Party and our country. BillZBubb Jun 2015 #27
I'm so sorry marym625 Jun 2015 #28
it was an honor to known him olddots Jun 2015 #29
RIP. cherokeeprogressive Jun 2015 #30
I am so sorry to hear this... Phentex Jun 2015 #31
I am sorry to hear this. RIP. rhett o rick Jun 2015 #32
I'm really sorry to hear this. H2O Man Jun 2015 #33
Just read this from June 5 malaise Jun 2015 #43
My eyes are burning and my throat is hurting...this is a shock. dixiegrrrrl Jun 2015 #299
oh no. I am so sorry. uppityperson Jun 2015 #34
RIP sir. Kingofalldems Jun 2015 #35
darn bigtree Jun 2015 #36
He just helped a fellow Vet here the other day. marym625 Jun 2015 #140
No words. WilliamPitt Jun 2015 #37
NO!!!!!!!! NO NO NO. This is terrible. glinda Jun 2015 #38
Geez!!!! This is devastating….. blm Jun 2015 #39
Our senior members are leaving us... kentuck Jun 2015 #40
You always struck me as two peas, kentuck. sybylla Jun 2015 #102
I'm sure you are right, sybylla. kentuck Jun 2015 #374
Terrible. I am sorry to hear this. TwilightGardener Jun 2015 #41
I'm so sorry to hear this... prairierose Jun 2015 #42
RIP Jim__ Jun 2015 #44
too young Kalidurga Jun 2015 #45
Oh Man, That's Terrible sharp_stick Jun 2015 #46
What a loss! He was one of my favorite DUers. Intelligent and JDPriestly Jun 2015 #48
Oh no. He just posted June 9 in Bernie group. Can't believe it. madfloridian Jun 2015 #49
He gave our battle cry. Now let's do it for him. jwirr Jun 2015 #105
+100000 nashville_brook Jun 2015 #271
Yes! Enthusiast Jun 2015 #362
We are losing too many these days. murielm99 Jun 2015 #50
I emailed Skinner with the last 3 names of those who left us dixiegrrrrl Jun 2015 #384
Oh NO! calimary Jun 2015 #51
Very sad to hear this. Will miss him a great deal. You have my condolences Carla. jwirr Jun 2015 #52
Oh no. MuseRider Jun 2015 #53
Another of my favorite posters... sendero Jun 2015 #54
... Cal Carpenter Jun 2015 #55
This is devastating. LWolf Jun 2015 #56
Jim brightened our lives here for so many years carolinayellowdog Jun 2015 #57
OH NO!!! GGJohn Jun 2015 #58
We are dropping like flies. Warren Stupidity Jun 2015 #59
... F4lconF16 Jun 2015 #60
So sorry mvd Jun 2015 #61
Oh no! I am so sorry to read this. babylonsister Jun 2015 #62
Oh No. He's been posting recently. I'm really sorry to hear that. Hoyt Jun 2015 #63
Jim sounds like a lovely man... Mike Nelson Jun 2015 #64
Thanks for the report - loved his posts. GoneOffShore Jun 2015 #65
Me too . orpupilofnature57 Jun 2015 #73
So many sad stories of late. Another who will be missed. n/t Paper Roses Jun 2015 #66
Sorry to here, may he RIP Duckhunter935 Jun 2015 #67
Another big loss TheCowsCameHome Jun 2015 #68
One of our Best and Brightest DUers...very sad to hear this. Bless JPR and his family. Indepatriot Jun 2015 #69
... 99Forever Jun 2015 #70
This is so horribly sad etherealtruth Jun 2015 #71
God damn it Half-Century Man Jun 2015 #72
Deepest condolences to you and to Jim's family LiberalEsto Jun 2015 #74
Oh no! That is devastating news! Lifelong Protester Jun 2015 #75
That is so sad. mnhtnbb Jun 2015 #76
I'm so sorry to hear this A Little Weird Jun 2015 #77
The DU community takes another huge hit. So so sorry to read of this. So sad NRaleighLiberal Jun 2015 #78
oh no. I remember having great posts with him. I am so sad today. This is another roguevalley Jun 2015 #79
That's quite a shock Jack Rabbit Jun 2015 #80
It's always bad news when a member passes The Wizard Jun 2015 #81
One of our most important and unique voices. JEB Jun 2015 #82
Oh no enigmatic Jun 2015 #83
crap, damn .......... another great DUer and friend gone Ichingcarpenter Jun 2015 #84
I am so sorry to read this. I always read his posts irisblue Jun 2015 #85
Oh, no. deep condolences. I'm so sad to hear this. cali Jun 2015 #86
Utmost respect for him! Lars39 Jun 2015 #87
Oh, no. hifiguy Jun 2015 #88
RIP, Jackpine. Gormy Cuss Jun 2015 #89
hat is a shock. Great poser. Best to his widow. kr PufPuf23 Jun 2015 #90
Condolences to his family. So sorry to hear this. AtomicKitten Jun 2015 #91
Oh my, what a terrible loss! MerryBlooms Jun 2015 #92
r.i.p. :( NuttyFluffers Jun 2015 #93
Sorry to learn we lost one of our own. alfredo Jun 2015 #94
Terrible news... Dr Hobbitstein Jun 2015 #95
Very very sad news - he was an excellent presence on DU... petronius Jun 2015 #96
He was one of our very best. QC Jun 2015 #97
Condolences to his wife Aerows Jun 2015 #98
My condolences to his wife and family it seems like it was sudden azurnoir Jun 2015 #99
Respect! PassingFair Jun 2015 #100
I'm in shock, very sad news... Spazito Jun 2015 #101
Oh no didn't he just post here a LiberalElite Jun 2015 #103
Oh no! Another great loss! tosh Jun 2015 #104
That's terrible news. Bluenorthwest Jun 2015 #106
I am so sad to hear this! CrispyQ Jun 2015 #107
Sad, sad news! RufusTFirefly Jun 2015 #108
My thoughts are with his Wife cal04 Jun 2015 #109
He was so interesting and so charming. We will miss him. Shrike47 Jun 2015 #110
Wow. Sorry to see this. BumRushDaShow Jun 2015 #111
Rest in piece friend. Phlem Jun 2015 #112
Indeed sad news. rurallib Jun 2015 #113
well that sucks hfojvt Jun 2015 #114
It is a very moving tribute you have posted marked50 Jun 2015 #115
Thank you. sybylla Jun 2015 #272
He was somebody that I would have loved to meet personally tularetom Jun 2015 #116
So very sorry to hear this. RIP. (nt) Paladin Jun 2015 #117
Oh, this really hurts passiveporcupine Jun 2015 #118
Incredibly sad news, again. RiverLover Jun 2015 #119
I am so sorry! LeftishBrit Jun 2015 #120
Sad news. HereSince1628 Jun 2015 #121
Oh no! SoapBox Jun 2015 #122
The link in the OP, SoapBox Jun 2015 #134
I've always enjoyed his posts. herding cats Jun 2015 #123
Condolences to his family, friends & all who knew and loved him.... Ghost in the Machine Jun 2015 #124
So very sorry to learn this MissDeeds Jun 2015 #125
RIP, JR Plucketeer Jun 2015 #126
Damn it! Ellipsis Jun 2015 #127
:( whatchamacallit Jun 2015 #128
Oh no! No no no no no no! scarletwoman Jun 2015 #129
It's heartrending, for sure. sybylla Jun 2015 #275
I haven't been able to stop crying yet. scarletwoman Jun 2015 #279
It's perfectly understandable. sybylla Jun 2015 #293
so many gone Nite Owl Jun 2015 #130
So sorry. donf Jun 2015 #131
Here is something Jim posted a long time ago that he just sent me marym625 Jun 2015 #132
^ BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #190
oh that is great! Kali Jun 2015 #329
aw shit....he was one of the good ones....damn. navarth Jun 2015 #133
So damn sorry to hear this, sybylla. Mnemosyne Jun 2015 #135
RIP, JR. moondust Jun 2015 #136
So sad. ananda Jun 2015 #137
Oh, man ... that is a bummer ... JPR was a stalwart fixture here for many years .. brett_jv Jun 2015 #138
Up. byronius Jun 2015 #139
This really hurts. Gregorian Jun 2015 #141
Me too...I so admired him, since...geez, 2004? BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #187
This forum has been a beautiful and integral part of our lives thanks to the great people here. Gregorian Jun 2015 #235
You were ill? BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #284
Oh, no! I didn't even know he was ill. senseandsensibility Jun 2015 #142
Oh my God. Ed Suspicious Jun 2015 #143
One of the brightest spots here. wakemeupwhenitsover Jun 2015 #144
RIP Unknown Beatle Jun 2015 #145
Jackpine contributed so much to DU. lovemydog Jun 2015 #146
Oh, no! OnyxCollie Jun 2015 #147
What a shock! femmocrat Jun 2015 #148
Oh,no bigwillq Jun 2015 #149
So sad to hear this. dballance Jun 2015 #150
One of the few people on DU I have chatted with. Greybnk48 Jun 2015 #151
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! love_katz Jun 2015 #152
Jackpine was one of my favorites here. smokey nj Jun 2015 #153
I'm so very sorry to read this. I really enjoyed his posts. He will be missed. sinkingfeeling Jun 2015 #154
... Duppers Jun 2015 #155
So sorry to hear of this treestar Jun 2015 #156
R.I.P. JackpineRadical ellisonz Jun 2015 #157
not another! Kali Jun 2015 #158
I'm so, so sorry. polly7 Jun 2015 #159
I'm so sad to hear this news. LuvNewcastle Jun 2015 #160
RIP denbot Jun 2015 #161
RIP JackpineRadical cui bono Jun 2015 #162
Not another DUer passing... JCMach1 Jun 2015 #163
This is awful news TBF Jun 2015 #164
godspeed Jackpine... magical thyme Jun 2015 #165
That is incredibly sad news. frustrated_lefty Jun 2015 #166
OMG, NO!!!!! BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2015 #167
Oh, no. Oh, no. I was always so happy to see a Jackpine OP or post. I loved what he had Nay Jun 2015 #168
I enjoyed his posts and his humor pintobean Jun 2015 #169
Oh no. Another great DUer. marmar Jun 2015 #170
So very sorry ... My sympathy to JackpineRadical's family livetohike Jun 2015 #171
JackpineRadical !!! Iggo Jun 2015 #172
JR brought me to 'safe havens...' yallerdawg Jun 2015 #173
So sad to hear... AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2015 #174
Oh my goodness. Very sad to hear this. panader0 Jun 2015 #175
DAMN! DonCoquixote Jun 2015 #176
My condolences ismnotwasm Jun 2015 #177
How very sad! Blue_In_AK Jun 2015 #178
How sad. Condolences to his family and friends. nt Andy823 Jun 2015 #179
RIP JackpineRadical n/t Mugu Jun 2015 #180
Peace, Jackpine. And, thanks. Wilms Jun 2015 #181
Brought so much to this forum brentspeak Jun 2015 #182
sybylla Iwillnevergiveup Jun 2015 #183
I couldn't post anything less for Jackpine. sybylla Jun 2015 #280
r.i.p. Blue_Tires Jun 2015 #184
Thank you for telling us and for adding his wonderful words that made us all smile. mountain grammy Jun 2015 #185
Sad to read this... snacker Jun 2015 #186
Such sad news! brer cat Jun 2015 #188
I'm so sorry to hear this. stage left Jun 2015 #189
Rest In Peace, Old Friend. SalmonChantedEvening Jun 2015 #191
Well, that was unexpected. malthaussen Jun 2015 #192
Too many of the really good ones gone lately. leveymg Jun 2015 #193
Oh, no. Hissyspit Jun 2015 #194
Damn it all to hell. hootinholler Jun 2015 #195
NO! I never met him personally. But he was my dude when it came to exchanging Guy Whitey Corngood Jun 2015 #196
I've had the pleasure to see some of your crazy exchanges. sybylla Jun 2015 #283
Thx. I'm glad (and just a tad bit jealous) that you got to hang out with Jim. Guy Whitey Corngood Jun 2015 #286
So sorry to hear this. Puglover Jun 2015 #197
Godspeed! ColesCountyDem Jun 2015 #198
Condolences to Jim's family. gademocrat7 Jun 2015 #199
Oh no! So sad! cyberswede Jun 2015 #200
another good old good one gone. damn. mopinko Jun 2015 #201
I will so miss him. There was a Vet here the other day that has a problem. Autumn Jun 2015 #202
I met Jim two years ago when we had dinner in Fond du Lac. A delightful man, full of life ... Scuba Jun 2015 #203
I know he kept trying to arrange get-togethers for several WI DUers sybylla Jun 2015 #289
Very sorry to hear this. Karmadillo Jun 2015 #204
OMG...I just commented on one of his comments earlier in the week! ms liberty Jun 2015 #205
Damn. old guy Jun 2015 #206
what?????? spanone Jun 2015 #207
And thank you for letting us know right away! nt Guy Whitey Corngood Jun 2015 #208
RIP cantbeserious Jun 2015 #209
First Xchrom and now Jack....... socialist_n_TN Jun 2015 #210
RIP JackpineRadical horseshoecrab Jun 2015 #211
This makes me very very sad. Mira Jun 2015 #212
Hugs to you, Mira. sybylla Jun 2015 #297
RIP Jim sheshe2 Jun 2015 #213
We are losing so many lately :( kcr Jun 2015 #214
So sad to hear this! pacalo Jun 2015 #215
One of my favorite DUers. This is a very sad shock. yardwork Jun 2015 #216
My condolences to his family and friends Beaverhausen Jun 2015 #217
Wow. He was just posting here not long ago. DCBob Jun 2015 #218
I am so sorry. SusanCalvin Jun 2015 #219
I'm really sorry to hear this... wysi Jun 2015 #220
So sorry to hear kacekwl Jun 2015 #221
I am very sorry to hear this Gothmog Jun 2015 #222
K & R for JPR. n/t L0oniX Jun 2015 #223
My deepest condolences to his family neverforget Jun 2015 #224
So very sad NikolaC Jun 2015 #225
Damn, I am so sad to hear that. zeemike Jun 2015 #226
No! Oh damn. I'm so sorry. Please share our condolences with his wife. Hekate Jun 2015 #227
One of the most memorable posters on DU. He will be missed. drm604 Jun 2015 #228
Sorry to hear that NewJeffCT Jun 2015 #229
So many lately. RIP, Jim/Jackpine... friendly_iconoclast Jun 2015 #230
This is too much! City Lights Jun 2015 #231
A tough week here. redwitch Jun 2015 #232
Thank You Thespian2 Jun 2015 #233
Damn! MineralMan Jun 2015 #234
Very sorry wendylaroux Jun 2015 #236
I am shocked...I feel badly I won't be able to read any more of his snappyturtle Jun 2015 #237
My condolences to his family and friends. 840high Jun 2015 #238
Always thought he had the coolest DU handle AgingAmerican Jun 2015 #239
Sad news. Had he been ill, or did something sudden happen? Ken Burch Jun 2015 #240
AFAIK it was sudden. He was posting on DU the day before. sybylla Jun 2015 #301
This sucks. Please give the family my condolences. lumberjack_jeff Jun 2015 #241
Noooooooooooooooo grasswire Jun 2015 #242
-- G_j Jun 2015 #261
Another long-term DUer. Le Taz Hot Jun 2015 #243
This message was self-deleted by its author grasswire Jun 2015 #244
Damn it! It's been a tough month. Hotler Jun 2015 #245
Xchrome, now Jackpine... This is a sad week for some bright lights of DU going dark... FailureToCommunicate Jun 2015 #246
what? xchrom too? nashville_brook Jun 2015 #258
Sadly yes. Here is the link... FailureToCommunicate Jun 2015 #337
While reading a post of his this last week, I recall thinking that Jack Pine was snagglepuss Jun 2015 #247
Sad to hear. RIP Jim. bluesbassman Jun 2015 #248
Whenever I saw a post from him lordsummerisle Jun 2015 #249
Rest In Power, Jackpine Radical. DinahMoeHum Jun 2015 #250
Not another one! Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2015 #251
May he rest in peace. Condolences to his loved ones. Frustratedlady Jun 2015 #252
RIP my friend nadinbrzezinski Jun 2015 #253
I echo the sentiments of all here Blue Owl Jun 2015 #254
So very sorry T_T abelenkpe Jun 2015 #255
This is like a kick in the gut. What a huge loss for this planet. loudsue Jun 2015 #256
omg no. that's devastating news. nashville_brook Jun 2015 #257
speachless... G_j Jun 2015 #259
Oh my god. I was honored to meet Jackpine many years ago at It's Greek to Me for a DU meetup. myrna minx Jun 2015 #260
Enjoyed his posts, Wisconsin du will not be the same dembotoz Jun 2015 #262
What a sad loss for all of us. Sheepshank Jun 2015 #263
Sad to hear pscot Jun 2015 #264
Oh, no, no, no. PeaceNikki Jun 2015 #265
Much, much too soon. 3catwoman3 Jun 2015 #266
This is not possible. Paka Jun 2015 #267
so...it doesn't seem right just to say a little thing... nashville_brook Jun 2015 #268
What a lovely thing to say. sybylla Jun 2015 #302
Well said and agree completely suffragette Jun 2015 #323
There simply are no appropriate words for this. MannyGoldstein Jun 2015 #269
Oh no. DirkGently Jun 2015 #270
Very sorry to hear this :( MH1 Jun 2015 #273
I don't know what to say at this point. westerebus Jun 2015 #274
We have lost a sincere and thoughtful friend. RIP rwheeler31 Jun 2015 #276
JackpineRadical ... Arugula Latte Jun 2015 #277
He will be very missed :( Marrah_G Jun 2015 #278
I am so sorry to hear this Joe Turner Jun 2015 #281
Damn. This is so sad. Triana Jun 2015 #282
That is devastating news kdmorris Jun 2015 #285
Aww........ crud. JHB Jun 2015 #287
This is really a heartbreaker- I can't imagine never reading one of his posts again. NBachers Jun 2015 #288
This saddens me greatly. Peace and love to family and friends. SaveOurDemocracy Jun 2015 #290
sad news indeed.... mike_c Jun 2015 #291
JackpineRadical... thank you salin Jun 2015 #292
You will be missed CreekDog Jun 2015 #294
He had one of the best screen names Renew Deal Jun 2015 #295
K&R. Brickbat Jun 2015 #296
Sincerest condolences to his family. Ilsa Jun 2015 #298
Very, very sad to hear this. davsand Jun 2015 #300
He will be sorely missed AuntPatsy Jun 2015 #303
I am so sorry to hear the sad news! Rosa Luxemburg Jun 2015 #304
RIP Person 2713 Jun 2015 #305
I'm so sorry. Chellee Jun 2015 #306
Never give up, Jim. That whole "rest in peace" thing? Bullshit. TygrBright Jun 2015 #307
Great post, Bright! Could you remove the n/t from your headline so the rest of us don't miss it. Enthusiast Jun 2015 #360
Done, thanks. TygrBright Jun 2015 #413
I heartily concur! Thank you for the beautiful post! scarletwoman Jun 2015 #417
Rest in peace shenmue Jun 2015 #308
JackpineRadical Agony Jun 2015 #309
Alas! Punx Jun 2015 #310
...... daleanime Jun 2015 #311
Oh how terribly sad for his family. a la izquierda Jun 2015 #312
RIP Jim n/t jaysunb Jun 2015 #313
This is devastating news. Curmudgeoness Jun 2015 #314
I am so sorry to hear this dflprincess Jun 2015 #315
Very sad news. subterranean Jun 2015 #316
Sadness. aikoaiko Jun 2015 #317
So sorry to hear this GP6971 Jun 2015 #318
Sad... chervilant Jun 2015 #319
Oh, no! He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and friends. LoisB Jun 2015 #320
Oh my God. Another one of DU's best. progressoid Jun 2015 #321
Rest In Peace lunamagica Jun 2015 #322
I will miss his wisdom..... Capt.Rocky300 Jun 2015 #324
Safe passage Jim eridani Jun 2015 #325
I am shocked and saddened at this terrible news... ChisolmTrailDem Jun 2015 #326
I will miss you Jim...... Avalux Jun 2015 #327
I am stunned. He posted a few days ago! He was an kind, intelligent, funny poster. merrily Jun 2015 #328
RIP Jackpine Radical Cali_Democrat Jun 2015 #330
Wow.....I didn't realize he was a fellow Wisconsite either......so sad. a kennedy Jun 2015 #331
Shit. This is getting far too common. awoke_in_2003 Jun 2015 #332
DU shall never be the same. Our whole world, too. Octafish Jun 2015 #333
He was a bright light, a rare enlightened being. scarletwoman Jun 2015 #335
Losing too many great DUers. joshcryer Jun 2015 #334
Peace my friend. Wellstone ruled Jun 2015 #336
A favorite here - he will be missed KT2000 Jun 2015 #338
R.I.P. Jackpine kiva Jun 2015 #339
This is just too hard to take in. Such a brilliant, thoughtful, funny and caring human being. hedda_foil Jun 2015 #340
lovely tribute to Jackpineradical. May he rest in peace Liberal_in_LA Jun 2015 #341
Oh, ouch. Zorra Jun 2015 #342
My heartfelt sympathies to you, sybylla. Such horribly sad news. countryjake Jun 2015 #343
Thank you. n/t sybylla Jun 2015 #395
Thanks, sybylla, for providing the link. Jim Lane Jun 2015 #344
You're welcome. And I agree. sybylla Jun 2015 #394
JackpineRadical was one of a kind. So very sorry to hear this. susanna Jun 2015 #345
That list is just so much who he was. sybylla Jun 2015 #396
...and he did. Well-played. Thank you again. n/t susanna Jun 2015 #431
He will be missed Sentath Jun 2015 #346
Missed too much already. grahamhgreen Jun 2015 #347
JackpineRadical was my absolutely favorite poster on DU bbgrunt Jun 2015 #348
I vastly enjoyed reading thru his posts redruddyred Jun 2015 #349
I will miss you, JackpineRadical. blogslut Jun 2015 #350
So long, Jim Art_from_Ark Jun 2015 #351
Oh no. Jamastiene Jun 2015 #352
Wow. Another great one gone. RIP, JR. nt silvershadow Jun 2015 #353
This sucks madokie Jun 2015 #354
Thank you for sharing this. sybylla Jun 2015 #397
We lose another familiar voice. Are_grits_groceries Jun 2015 #355
I am so, so very sorry... both for you and his family. Rhiannon12866 Jun 2015 #356
Sorry to hear about your (our) loss! B Calm Jun 2015 #357
So sad democrank Jun 2015 #358
This is awful news. Enthusiast Jun 2015 #359
(((((hugs))))) sybylla Jun 2015 #398
It was so clever! Enthusiast Jun 2015 #403
This is tough one... Ferretherder Jun 2015 #361
:-( underpants Jun 2015 #363
No words ..... this one hurts Botany Jun 2015 #364
My condolences Pooka Fey Jun 2015 #365
Damn ctsnowman Jun 2015 #366
I'm so sorry to hear this. I liked his post. He had a lot of sense. nt raccoon Jun 2015 #367
Shocked to read this just now. Skidmore Jun 2015 #368
Jackpine Radical was for me, like many others here, one of my favorite DU members markpkessinger Jun 2015 #369
This is very sad news deutsey Jun 2015 #370
RIP... N_E_1 for Tennis Jun 2015 #371
Jackpine is such a great gift for all of us! His love, wit and insights will remain. hue Jun 2015 #372
Jim... Dont call me Shirley Jun 2015 #373
WTF!? That's horrible! blackspade Jun 2015 #375
Jackpine! He was the real deal. RIP my friend. raouldukelives Jun 2015 #376
Another wonderful person gone. Loki Jun 2015 #377
I am so sorry. Skinner Jun 2015 #378
OMG! This is a huge shock! I really enjoyed his postings so much. Darn! RKP5637 Jun 2015 #379
Rest in peace Jim Dem2 Jun 2015 #380
... Kermitt Gribble Jun 2015 #381
I've opened this thread probably a dozen times since first seeing it. Sheldon Cooper Jun 2015 #382
And by trying again, you have succeeded in offering a warm and thoughtful response to ChisolmTrailDem Jun 2015 #383
Thank you. Sheldon Cooper Jun 2015 #399
Oh My, I really liked him... 2naSalit Jun 2015 #385
So sad to hear this...Will miss his wit, wisdom and interesting views on so many issues.. KoKo Jun 2015 #386
One of the all-time greats. KamaAina Jun 2015 #387
Inspirational, joyful, life affirming role model. Condolances to his family. Ninga Jun 2015 #388
i'm going to miss him 0rganism Jun 2015 #389
I am still in shock over this news, hoping it wasn't true. sabrina 1 Jun 2015 #390
RIP. greatauntoftriplets Jun 2015 #391
Another great one has passed MrScorpio Jun 2015 #392
:( Aw man... MynameisBlarney Jun 2015 #393
RIP Jackpine dbackjon Jun 2015 #400
Very sad indeed joeybee12 Jun 2015 #401
RIP indeed lark Jun 2015 #402
Geez, that is terrible. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends still_one Jun 2015 #404
My deepest sympathies Oilwellian Jun 2015 #405
RIP Jim:Jackpineradical rppper Jun 2015 #406
This is very sad. I enjoyed our interactions. We'll all get there soon enough. Eleanors38 Jun 2015 #407
Looks like he will missed but do you really think he would want us all to be sad that he had to go? nolabels Jun 2015 #408
Condolences. Reminds us all, time may not be abundant. randys1 Jun 2015 #409
Wow. I am so sorry to hear that he passed away. I enjoyed his posts and therefore him in lonestarnot Jun 2015 #410
Hard to believe HelenWheels Jun 2015 #411
I'm so sorry to hear the news of his passing. Beacool Jun 2015 #412
It is a shame. LiberalFighter Jun 2015 #414
K&R Starry Messenger Jun 2015 #415
Thoughts go out to Carla and his family and loved ones. nt cry baby Jun 2015 #416
I cannot process this information. I'm stunned and saddened beyond words 2banon Jun 2015 #418
There wasn't a day I can think of that I didn't see or have responses... Historic NY Jun 2015 #419
So sorry to hear JackpineRadical is gone. I loved his posts. My condolences to his family and friend Overseas Jun 2015 #420
oh no. I am running out of words--so many losses of so many truly wonderful, amazing niyad Jun 2015 #421
Very sad news cate94 Jun 2015 #422
Wow. He will be missed. BeatleBoot Jun 2015 #423
Nooo! I only knew him here on DU, but always loved the posts of my fellow Wisconsin Duer AllyCat Jun 2015 #424
Beautiful tribute adirondacker Jun 2015 #425
I'm very sorry to hear of this loss. montana_hazeleyes Jun 2015 #426
Great Tribute marions ghost Jun 2015 #427
Jackpine Radical, one of DU'S greats. Aloha, wishing you and your family peace, brother. mahina Jun 2015 #428
I am so sorry to hear that Jackpine has passed away! akbacchus_BC Jun 2015 #429
a great mind, i wish I knew him more than reading his posts Demonaut Jun 2015 #430
I am verry sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I enjoyed reading his posts, and he seemed to be R. Daneel Olivaw Jun 2015 #432
I will miss him. nt msanthrope Jun 2015 #433
I'll remember you, JR... MrMickeysMom Jun 2015 #434
He was so well loved here... Kurovski Jul 2015 #435
Message auto-removed Name removed Dec 2015 #436
 

hrmjustin

(71,265 posts)
7. Oh No! I liked him so very much.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:35 PM
Jun 2015

He was always very kind to me when i had my moments and he helped me learn some of the ropes to posting on DU.


This is a devastating blow.

Heartbroken.

gwheezie

(3,580 posts)
8. I will miss him
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:35 PM
Jun 2015

I'm fairly new here but looked forward to his posts
Rest in peace and condolences to his friends and family.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,537 posts)
10. That's a shock! He was just here.. I'm so sorry to hear about this.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:35 PM
Jun 2015

He was always interesting and right on...

RIP, JackpineRadical.

 

villager

(26,001 posts)
13. Good God, what unrelenting bleak news of passings on DU we've had. Terrible news.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:36 PM
Jun 2015

Voyage easily, Jim....

Cleita

(75,480 posts)
20. OMG! What happened? He was posting until recently and seemed in good, positive,
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:37 PM
Jun 2015

looking forward to the election mode. I'm very sad. He was one of the voices of sanity on this board.

My heartfelt sympathies to his family and his friends.

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
47. His wife didn't share the details.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:45 PM
Jun 2015

And I didn't ask. The death notice at the link I shared says he died at home. Perhaps a sudden event. But then again Jim probably wouldn't have told us if he were having life-threatening health issues either. He'd rather talk about other things.

Jefferson23

(30,099 posts)
23. What the hell happened? He was one of my favorite members here and his voice
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:37 PM
Jun 2015

fighting for the greater good was huge.

RIP and my deepest condolences to his family.

marym625

(17,997 posts)
28. I'm so sorry
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:39 PM
Jun 2015

I was supposed to meet him this month. We were planning a little DU get together.

This is heartbreaking.

I am so very sorry for his family and friends. What a terrible loss.

Phentex

(16,329 posts)
31. I am so sorry to hear this...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:40 PM
Jun 2015

he was a DU regular! I just can't believe it.

Hugs to his family. He will be missed.

H2O Man

(73,029 posts)
33. I'm really sorry to hear this.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:41 PM
Jun 2015

Over the years, he has been one the the people that I've enjoyed talking with the most. In part, it was because he knew some of the people who I was trained by. More, because we shared many opinions and values.

There's more that I'd like to say, but I am stunned .....

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
299. My eyes are burning and my throat is hurting...this is a shock.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:37 PM
Jun 2015

We have lost too many folks here this spring.........

glinda

(14,807 posts)
38. NO!!!!!!!! NO NO NO. This is terrible.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:43 PM
Jun 2015

I enjoyed his company here on DU so very very much. This is really sad.

blm

(112,759 posts)
39. Geez!!!! This is devastating…..
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:43 PM
Jun 2015

xchrom and JackRad and Chaos…..

This is a horrific week for us old-timers.

Damn, Jack_Rad……..

My heart is aching too much to add anything else...

kentuck

(110,859 posts)
40. Our senior members are leaving us...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:43 PM
Jun 2015

JackpineRadical was one of the very best. I did not know him personally but, somehow, I felt very close to him.

He will be missed.

kentuck

(110,859 posts)
374. I'm sure you are right, sybylla.
Mon Jun 15, 2015, 08:19 AM
Jun 2015

I was almost always in agreement with him. He was a kindred soul. I feel like I have lost a part of my family.

prairierose

(2,145 posts)
42. I'm so sorry to hear this...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:44 PM
Jun 2015

I knew when I clicked on one of his posts that it would make sense and be worth reading. I have been especially interested to read his posts in the last few years of the walker administration.

I am sorry that we have lost such a wonderful member of this forum and I am very sorry for his family.

sharp_stick

(14,400 posts)
46. Oh Man, That's Terrible
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:45 PM
Jun 2015

We've lost so many good people recently. Jackpine was one of my favorites, I'll miss him but not as much as you sybylla. I'm so sorry for your and his wife's loss.

JDPriestly

(57,936 posts)
48. What a loss! He was one of my favorite DUers. Intelligent and
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:45 PM
Jun 2015

had his heart in the right place. A bit more to the left than I am, but just wonderful. We will really miss him. Give our condolences to his wife. What a loss!

dixiegrrrrl

(60,010 posts)
384. I emailed Skinner with the last 3 names of those who left us
Mon Jun 15, 2015, 10:56 AM
Jun 2015

Jeff R, xchrome, and Jackpine.

Hopefully Admin. will put the names up soon.

calimary

(80,155 posts)
51. Oh NO!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:45 PM
Jun 2015

Aw Damn. I am so unhappy to hear this! I enjoyed his posts very much.

Bummer. We're losing way too many truly dear ones here, especially lately!

sendero

(28,552 posts)
54. Another of my favorite posters...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:46 PM
Jun 2015

.. gone, really sad. My condolences to his family and he will certainly be missed here.

carolinayellowdog

(3,247 posts)
57. Jim brightened our lives here for so many years
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:47 PM
Jun 2015

with a voice that was distinctive, witty, insightful. He will be missed for years to come.

F4lconF16

(3,747 posts)
60. ...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:48 PM
Jun 2015


Cheers for a genuinely good life. He's one of the best. He helped me, and others.

My condolences to his friends and family.

babylonsister

(170,851 posts)
62. Oh no! I am so sorry to read this.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:48 PM
Jun 2015

My sincerest condolences to Carla, his family, you and his many friends.

Half-Century Man

(5,279 posts)
72. God damn it
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:52 PM
Jun 2015

My sympathies to his family
My envies to the ones whom got to meet him ILR.
My sorrow for another missing voice that a was definitely worth listening to.


One of the few things that could bring down a day warmed by SCE's LolCats


mnhtnbb

(31,258 posts)
76. That is so sad.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:52 PM
Jun 2015

I am so sorry for yet another wonderful man gone too soon.

Jackpine and my husband, also a psychiatrist and Vietnam vet, are the same generation.

Too many good people are leaving us too soon.

My heart goes out to you, sybylla, and to his wife, MadAsHell.

roguevalley

(40,656 posts)
79. oh no. I remember having great posts with him. I am so sad today. This is another
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:53 PM
Jun 2015

of the good ones to go. I am sorry, so sorry. Carla, you were married to one of the nicest persons. I liked him and his thoughts were so interesting and wise. I don't know how to convey to you how sad I am to hear this. Just know he was loved and respected. My heart goes out to you and your family. Only time will be your friend but know he will always be around you. Love never ends. Ever.

from Cathy aka Roguevalley

The Wizard

(12,443 posts)
81. It's always bad news when a member passes
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:53 PM
Jun 2015

JackpineRadical was thoughtful, interesting and moral, and that makes his departure all the more painful.
We are greater for his presence and lesser with his passing.

 

JEB

(4,748 posts)
82. One of our most important and unique voices.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:54 PM
Jun 2015

The silence he leaves behind is deafening. Sincerest condolences to all who knew and cared for him.

enigmatic

(15,021 posts)
83. Oh no
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:54 PM
Jun 2015

One of my favorite posters when I used frequent this board years ago. This is terrible.

RIP Jim.

Lars39

(26,081 posts)
87. Utmost respect for him!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:55 PM
Jun 2015

He was a great guy, most generous with his knowledge and wisdom.
He will be sorely missed by many.
My deepest condolances for his family and friends.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
88. Oh, no.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:55 PM
Jun 2015

He was one of my most favorite people here, a warm and witty soul even over the intertubes.

Deepest sympathy to his friends and family.

He will be deeply missed by me and many others here at DU.



MerryBlooms

(11,673 posts)
92. Oh my, what a terrible loss!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:56 PM
Jun 2015

It's so hard losing so many wonderful members in such short order.
My deepest sympathy to all.

Rest In Peace, dear man.



 

Aerows

(39,961 posts)
98. Condolences to his wife
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:58 PM
Jun 2015

and all of his friends and family. I've always loved his posts.

Sad day.

azurnoir

(45,850 posts)
99. My condolences to his wife and family it seems like it was sudden
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 03:59 PM
Jun 2015

his last DU post was on June 10 the evening before he passed

Star Member Jackpine Radical (45,274 posts)
13. Yes, interesting. The race gambit is pretty obvious.

I noticed this story too & saw it for what it was. It's unavoidable; it's true--he DID say that, and I don't think it was a bad thing for him to say, but a whole lot of people don't or choose not to, see it that way. One just hopes that everyone gets to see enough of the uncensored Bernie to make their own minds up about him.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1280&pid=12771

Spazito

(49,500 posts)
101. I'm in shock, very sad news...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:00 PM
Jun 2015

He was posting just this past week, his posts were always interesting to read. My condolences to his family and friends.

LiberalElite

(14,691 posts)
103. Oh no didn't he just post here a
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:02 PM
Jun 2015

few days ago? Another loss for DU. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

tosh

(4,420 posts)
104. Oh no! Another great loss!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:03 PM
Jun 2015

R.I.P., Jim Peterson.

Deepest condolences to Carla and all friends and family.

BumRushDaShow

(125,556 posts)
111. Wow. Sorry to see this.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:10 PM
Jun 2015

Condolences to his family and that was a wonderful tribute with the random thoughts.

rurallib

(62,291 posts)
113. Indeed sad news.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:13 PM
Jun 2015

Always saddened when what seems like an old friend dies here.
But that is part of life.
My next thought is that I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to have 'met' them even if only cyberly.

Hope his family is in peace.

hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
114. well that sucks
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:14 PM
Jun 2015

He was a pretty awesome DUer. Lived pretty close to my parents too.

He should have lived another decade too.

tularetom

(23,664 posts)
116. He was somebody that I would have loved to meet personally
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:15 PM
Jun 2015

And after reading his 25 random things I'm even sorrier that I never got the chance to do so. His ability to get right to the nucleus of any issue was uncanny and his sense of humor was quick and keen.

Being a Vietnam vet, I suspect he was a bit younger than me, as I served from 1960 to 63. It seems that almost weekly I hear of someone who went to high school or worked with me passing away. My generation is dropping like flies and it's a bit depressing.

It's even more depressing when it's an old person with a young worldview like Jackpine Radical. I will miss him.

RIP, JPR.

(goddamnit, I'm getting tired of posting this crying thing)

passiveporcupine

(8,175 posts)
118. Oh, this really hurts
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:16 PM
Jun 2015

My most sincere condolences MadasHell. I think Jim was one of the brightest and best voices on DU. I loved reading his posts.

I thank you for the tribute, as I had to laugh through my tears as I read it.

HereSince1628

(36,063 posts)
121. Sad news.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:18 PM
Jun 2015

We circle around some DUers never really connecting but in chaos strange attractors, not often in the same place, often out of synchrony but knowing we traveled the same circuit.









SoapBox

(18,791 posts)
122. Oh no!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:18 PM
Jun 2015

I just read a posting (as said, on June 9th).

This is terrible news again for DU.

Kinda makes me think that we should indeed respect the opinions and thoughts of others at DU...we're supposed to be in it together.

Rest well...you helped us to keep up the good fight.

SoapBox

(18,791 posts)
134. The link in the OP,
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:27 PM
Jun 2015

Is to the mortuary ,where you can send an email message to the family...FYI.

Ghost in the Machine

(14,912 posts)
124. Condolences to his family, friends & all who knew and loved him....
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:20 PM
Jun 2015

I will miss his posts here...

Peace,

Ghost

scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)
129. Oh no! No no no no no no!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:24 PM
Jun 2015

This news is too awful! I knew him IRL, too.

We both joined DU in 2001 within weeks of each other and became good buddies immediately.

I can't bear this...

scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)
279. I haven't been able to stop crying yet.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 07:56 PM
Jun 2015

He was a once-in-a-lifetime friend. Such a gloriously special man.

I'm sorry, I feel so totally incoherent right now, but I want to thank you for your kind response.

Part of it is, when I first met Jim, I had just recently lost my partner - suddenly, from a heart attack. Somehow, having Jim gone so suddenly is bringing back all that grief all over again. I'm just feeling such an emotional overload right now...

marym625

(17,997 posts)
132. Here is something Jim posted a long time ago that he just sent me
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:26 PM
Jun 2015

Just in the last couple weeks. He didn't send a link though. Some advice for the primaries. He planned to post it again.

"Things were a lot lighter in that era, despite all the heat. 
Here's something of mine from back then: 

The 12 Suggested Steps of DUmmies Unanimous 

1. We admitted we were powerless over GD--that our lives had become unmanageable. 

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could tombstone us at will. 

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Skinner as we understood Him. 

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of those holding or advocating opposing opinions. 

5. Admitted to the Magistrate the exact nature of their wrongs. 

6. Were entirely ready to have The Admin remove all these defects of character. 

7. Humbly asked Them to remove our tombstones and reinstate us. 

8. Made a list of all persons whom we had put on Ignore or whose threads we had hijacked, and became willing to fake amends to them all. 

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would entail inconveniences on our part. 

10. Continued to take inventory of opposing doctrines and their proponents and when they were wrong promptly tried to make them admit it. 

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Admin, as we understood Them, praying only that they would overlook our flamewars and personal attacks. 

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to the trolls, Morans and FReepers. "

RIP Jim.

brett_jv

(1,245 posts)
138. Oh, man ... that is a bummer ... JPR was a stalwart fixture here for many years ..
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:29 PM
Jun 2015

Always enjoyed his posts and viewpoints.

Thoughts going out to his family, sorry for your loss.

Godspeed, JackPineRadical ... ye will be missed.

Gregorian

(23,867 posts)
141. This really hurts.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:35 PM
Jun 2015

And one of the reasons why is that so many times I only discover who and what they were after they are gone.

I've found so many similarities among fellow DU'ers. Tractors, rural living, having a brain that works.

He replied to something I said last week, and it felt so good. I'd like to say "thank you" even if it may be too late now.

Thank you for being a part of this forum; this greater mind. We really did make something. We shared.

Darn it. Now I can't see the keys very well.

BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)
187. Me too...I so admired him, since...geez, 2004?
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:18 PM
Jun 2015

So smart....so kind. And funny....


We connected again just recently too...He replied in a post....I mentioned that I was feeling low, and he said to pm him if I wanted. now I wish I had. I so wish I had.

Gregorian

(23,867 posts)
235. This forum has been a beautiful and integral part of our lives thanks to the great people here.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:19 PM
Jun 2015

I was pretty ill during the first few years, and Eferrari was kind enough to ask me to PM her too. I only wish I had the opportunity to have met you all in "real" life. I have a feeling everyone here is brilliant. What a group.

BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)
284. You were ill?
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:12 PM
Jun 2015

Hope you're better.....


Yes, there are so many people here I wish I could hang out with irl. Really really cool, smart, kind and funny people.


Yo, Pine man....I'll be thinking of you for quite awhile.

*sigh*

wakemeupwhenitsover

(68,751 posts)
144. One of the brightest spots here.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:36 PM
Jun 2015

I am so sorry & will miss him terribly.

My heartfelt condolences to his family.

lovemydog

(11,833 posts)
146. Jackpine contributed so much to DU.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:36 PM
Jun 2015

He will be missed.
May he rest in peace.
My condolences to his family & loved ones.

femmocrat

(28,394 posts)
148. What a shock!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:38 PM
Jun 2015

I am so sorry to learn of his passing.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends and many the DUers who knew him well.

Greybnk48

(10,132 posts)
151. One of the few people on DU I have chatted with.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:39 PM
Jun 2015

My heartfelt condolences to Jim's wife and family.

I'm not a great conversationalist but I talked with him about Wisconsin politics on a few occasions. I also talked with him about his dog and, if I recall correctly, the fact that they both had Lyme disease. He would put me completely at ease. He was so nice. What a loss to the world in general, to his wife and family and to DU.

Duppers

(28,074 posts)
155. ...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:42 PM
Jun 2015

Someone said that we die three deaths: the first is when our body ceases to function; the second, when we are buried; the third is when our name is spoken for the last time.

May Jim Peterson (*our* JackpineRadical) be remember always. He was a brilliant man. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed here.






Sybylla, thank you for letting us know.

Kali

(54,947 posts)
158. not another!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:46 PM
Jun 2015

I am so sorry to read this. Condolences to his wife, yourself and all his friends and family.

polly7

(20,582 posts)
159. I'm so, so sorry.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:47 PM
Jun 2015

I always enjoyed reading his posts, he seemed like a very kind and wise person.

Peace and strength to all who knew and loved him.

LuvNewcastle

(16,797 posts)
160. I'm so sad to hear this news.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 04:49 PM
Jun 2015

He was one of my favorite DUers. My condolences to his family and friends.

Nay

(12,051 posts)
168. Oh, no. Oh, no. I was always so happy to see a Jackpine OP or post. I loved what he had
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:02 PM
Jun 2015

to say and I mourn his passing.

livetohike

(21,998 posts)
171. So very sorry ... My sympathy to JackpineRadical's family
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:03 PM
Jun 2015

and friends. I loved reading his posts. DU will not be the same without him. Rest in peace Jim.

yallerdawg

(16,104 posts)
173. JR brought me to 'safe havens...'
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:04 PM
Jun 2015

"socialist progressives," Omaha Steve, and all the good people at those little niches of Democratic Underground.

Rest in peace, Jim Peterson. No more sturm und drang.

DonCoquixote

(13,611 posts)
176. DAMN!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:05 PM
Jun 2015

As many people leave DU, and DU takes up new people, some of whom are very much the people take "make DU suck", it is dad to see one of DU's bright, strong lights go out.

The best tribute is to make sure the void he leaves is NOT filled by someone less radical, but to keep the light going. I am nowhere near as qualified, but I will do my part.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
178. How very sad!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:07 PM
Jun 2015

I liked him a lot. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. This has not been a good summer for DU. JeffR, Xchrom and now Jackpine.

Iwillnevergiveup

(9,298 posts)
183. sybylla
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:10 PM
Jun 2015

Thank you for posting this glorious tribute. Even though the news is terribly sad and untimely, JackpineRadical lives on in many DUers hearts. He was clearly a remarkable man. Maybe more like a force of nature. I hope his family sees this outpouring and that it gives them a measure of peace. He will be missed by us all.

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
280. I couldn't post anything less for Jackpine.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:01 PM
Jun 2015

I knew he was loved here, but I admit I am surprised by all the threads his loss has kicked up. I will be sure to share all of them with his wife. I don't know how soon the family will feel like visiting and reading of all the people he touched here, but I know eventually they will.

mountain grammy

(26,459 posts)
185. Thank you for telling us and for adding his wonderful words that made us all smile.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:13 PM
Jun 2015

Deepest sympathies to his family. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, sybylla, and for all of us who will miss his posts.

malthaussen

(16,944 posts)
192. Well, that was unexpected.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:25 PM
Jun 2015

I was just talking to him the other day. Well, typing, anyway. I liked him a lot.

-- Mal

Guy Whitey Corngood

(26,470 posts)
196. NO! I never met him personally. But he was my dude when it came to exchanging
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:30 PM
Jun 2015

great posts and ideas. Damn! He's been one of my favorites going back many years. I'm so sorry.....

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
283. I've had the pleasure to see some of your crazy exchanges.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:06 PM
Jun 2015

Your exchanges were full of all that is good in the world.

Autumn

(44,543 posts)
202. I will so miss him. There was a Vet here the other day that has a problem.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:35 PM
Jun 2015

Jackpine was there. My condolences to his family on his passing.

 

Scuba

(53,475 posts)
203. I met Jim two years ago when we had dinner in Fond du Lac. A delightful man, full of life ...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:35 PM
Jun 2015

... a proud progressive who truly cared about others.

I saw him last fall at Fighting BobFest and he looked more frail than the first time we met, said his back was bothering him.

We got together a couple other times to break bread, discuss politics and life and generally enjoy one another's company. I shall miss him. We had talked of getting together again soon.

Thanks, sybylla, for posting this sad news and the self-analysis that is so typical of Jim.

RIP Jackpine.

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
289. I know he kept trying to arrange get-togethers for several WI DUers
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:26 PM
Jun 2015

I'd give anything to break bread with him again.

ms liberty

(8,375 posts)
205. OMG...I just commented on one of his comments earlier in the week!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:39 PM
Jun 2015

He was one of my favorite DU'ers, someone whose posts I always enjoyed and usually agreed with, too. This is awful, I am so sad. RIP, Jim.

Mira

(22,376 posts)
212. This makes me very very sad.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:45 PM
Jun 2015

Your tribute is very moving and tugs at my heart, and the 25 Random things bring him right back to life.
Thank you Sybylla.

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
297. Hugs to you, Mira.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:36 PM
Jun 2015

The "25 Things" made me smile so I hoped it would have the same effect for everyone here who enjoyed his wit, wisdom and support.

pacalo

(24,721 posts)
215. So sad to hear this!
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 05:50 PM
Jun 2015

I first read about his sudden passing on malaise's thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026835763

I always enjoyed reading Jackpine Radical's posts.

DCBob

(24,689 posts)
218. Wow. He was just posting here not long ago.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:01 PM
Jun 2015

He was bright guy with sharp comments. He will be missed.

wysi

(1,512 posts)
220. I'm really sorry to hear this...
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:04 PM
Jun 2015

In all my years on DU (10+) I found Jim to be consistently one of the most thoughtful, considerate and committed members of this community. RIP Jim, and thanks.

zeemike

(18,998 posts)
226. Damn, I am so sad to hear that.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:09 PM
Jun 2015

He was one of my favorite posters to read...I remember him well.
Rest in peace my friend.

Thespian2

(2,741 posts)
233. Thank You
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:16 PM
Jun 2015

for reminding us all of his wonderful wit and exceptional intellect...

He will be missed by all who loved his words...


wendylaroux

(2,925 posts)
236. Very sorry
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:20 PM
Jun 2015

He could have been a writer.The piece that the end was wonderful!
Peace and love to his family.

snappyturtle

(14,656 posts)
237. I am shocked...I feel badly I won't be able to read any more of his
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:20 PM
Jun 2015

wonderful posts. I didn't know Jackpine personally...but oddly, felt that I did. May he RIP and may his friends and family revel in his goodness.

 

Ken Burch

(50,254 posts)
240. Sad news. Had he been ill, or did something sudden happen?
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:26 PM
Jun 2015

(not looking for gory details...just hadn't occurred to me he could possibly be close to the end).

sybylla

(8,391 posts)
301. AFAIK it was sudden. He was posting on DU the day before.
Sun Jun 14, 2015, 08:43 PM
Jun 2015

IIRC he posted around xmas time about having a heart incident. But then again it could have been anything. I doubt Jackpine was the kind to talk about being sick. I always had the impression he preferred to talk about politics.

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snagglepuss

(12,704 posts)
247. While reading a post of his this last we