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Gender: Male
Hometown: Delaware County, PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Winthrop, Maine
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 04:38 PM
Number of posts: 10,222

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I have a simple question for the "glorious" Greg Abbott...

...as well as for the idiots who buy his snake oil. Have you even CONSIDERED the number of civilian Texans who will be out of jobs if the military bases all go elsewhere? Or the amount of service related money that would be spent elsewhere, aka, NOT IN TEXAS?

I bet'cha that Wendy Davis looks better with each passing day!


Carly Fiorina, hmm...

She was the CEO of Hewlett Packard, cost thousands of people their jobs and had her ass publicly throw out in an atmosphere of incredible acrimony. So, she was a failure.

In 2008, she spent much of the Spring and Summer lobbying pretty intensively to be John McCain's running mate and was passed over...for Sarah Palin. So, she was a failure.

In 2010, she ran for the US Senate in a year that it was VERY beneficial to run as a Republican/teabagger and she got her ass kicked. So, she was a failure.

Gee, that's certainly a mighty impressive resume to recommend her to be the first woman POTUS. In a related development, I've recently acquired a bridge in Brooklyn that I'd be willing to let go of for the right price. Just come on down and see me at the Richard M Nixon Used Car & Snake Oil Emporium!


Poll...Who do you HOPE is the Republican/teabagger 2016 nominee?

Poll...Who do you EXPECT to be the Republican/teabagger 2016 nominee?

May I ask for some helpfrom my LGBT comic book/super hero fan friends?

About 15 or 20 years ago, I remember that a member of Alpha Flight, the Canadian Marvel super hero group, came out as Gay and was identified in the news stories at the time as the first openly Gay super hero.

I remember seeing some panels from the issue where he reveals his sexuality in the reports. He's a young guy with a black and white costume and I think his twin sister is also on the team. If I recall, in the panels I saw, he was defending a young man from some Gay bashers and at one point declares "...for I, Too, am Gay"!

Any help available? Thank you in advance!


An open letter to Mother Nature.

Dear Mother Nature,

I hope that this letter finds you well. I don't know what the calendar says where you are, but up here in Maine it's LATE April.



Your Friend Jack

We are getting a Foster child in the next few days

My wife and I are going to be issued a license from the state of Maine to be foster parents, probably on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Ordinarily this wouldn't be such a big deal as for me to write about it, but this has been SUCH a long process, mostly due to the incompetence of a member of middle management in the licensing department, that it was made into a big deal, by them, over nonsensical issues. I won't bore you with all of the details because that isn't my goal in writing this, but I truly believe that they finally got off of the stick to issue this license due to the fact that they finally realized that I was willing to go (figuratively) to war to insure that our license was issued and not denied for ridiculous, petty and largely nonexistent issues.

I am going to be 60 in June. My wife is younger than I but will be 53 in July and our son will be 15 this coming Tuesday. We have asked for our foster child be a baby or toddler. We know that there are 3 possible scenarios that may play out. One is that the child will eventually be reunited with his or her own family, which is a VERY desirable outcome. Another is that he child is eventually adopted by a family, which is good if it's a stable, nurturing and loving family. The other scenario is that this child will be with us for good.

A GIVEN is that our family will love this child, regardless of whichever of the above scenarios plays out. I include our son in that as he is really looking forward to having a baby or little one in our house. He's always been terrific with little ones, even when he was little himself. My wife and son are OK with either gender. So am I, but I'm not so secretly hoping that we get a girl.

In the event that this child will be with us permanently, I have to confess that both my wife and I are excited about the prospect, even though it's pretty rare for people our age to have a baby in the house. That being said, we are a YOUNG 60 & 52. We think and look like younger people and, where I may not have the energy, and DO have way too much arthritis to play in the father/child softball or touch football game, my wife and I DO have a great deal of stability, maturity and love to offer this child.

Almost 15 years ago, my wife and I were given notice of about 18 hours that we were going to take custody of our son the next day and she spent the day cleaning and preparing our place while I was running all over the Philadelphia suburbs getting groceries and baby supplies. This week we anticipate running all over the Central Maine area to get things we'll need to have for a baby in the house...like a crib and a car seat and diapers and formula and wipes and toys and...YIKES!!! Fortunately, last Saturday we made friends with a lady who has a consignment baby and child store just around the corner from our house. She has our number in case some of the things we need come her way and we liked her Facebook page so we can see what's new in her shop.

We know that this is big challenge that we're taking on, but we also know that we are more than up for the task and that we have, as our entire family has a great desire to do, the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child. Thank you for reading and for your hoped for good thoughts for us.

That's my 2 cents, and quite probably overpriced at that!


Today is the 25th anniversary of my sobriety.

25 years ago today, 1/14/90, I came to the realization that my 3 friends who always told me that alcohol was a problem were right, after about 2 years of telling them to go f*** themselves. 2 of those people I still count as close friends. The other guy & I simply lost touch.

I'm not going to preach or pontificate. I will only say that if YOU struggle with addiction, than get to a meeting and realize that you CAN get here from there. It is NOT hopeless!

I know that if I hadn't stopped drinking, I wouldn't have, or deserve, the wife and son that I have today.

Is life perfect? No. Is it better sober than drunk? Yes!

25 years ago today I had 1 day's sobriety. One day at a time!

Thank you for allowing me to share.


A "just for the S&Gs" poll for Fleetwood Mac fans

I think that most would agree that, in their hay day, Fleetwood Mac was definitely a group that was MADE by it's women. So, were you a bigger fans of the Stevie Nicks songs, the Christine McVie songs, a little of each or were you not a fan? If you'd like, which was your favorite song or songs?

I am so tired of quarter assed pundits being treated like geniuses for any baloney they spew out!

Today, at Political Wire, there was a link to a story that pronounced that the Democratic "bench" was greatly thinned by the outcome of the 2014 elections. Yeh, right!

Don't get me wrong. I know that there is a need for some significant overhauling after the ass kicking that we took (and that the media worked HARD for), but the bench being thinned? Please. We have to learn how to get our voters to the polls for midterms the way that the teabaggers do!

To accept that the bench has been thinned, we'd have to accept a premise that nobody ever wins an election after losing one. We ALL know that this is pure grade A BS.

Does anyone seriously think that we've heard the last of Michelle Nunn? Or Alison Grimes? Or Wendy Davis? Up here in Maine we have some great candidates who lost last Tuesday whom I expect to have very bright futures in elective office, especially Shenna Bellows. Shenna lost to Susan Collins in a very one sided way, but she did run a campaign that is totally consistent with Democratic ideals and values. She reminds me of a young Elizabeth Warren and my wife and I would follow her lead ANYWHERE. We have that much faith in her.

I won't link to the BS, but the piece that I'm referring to is at the Political Wire website. It seems that all you have to do in the early 21st century is to stick your head up, say "I'm a pundit", and then you can have any piece of horse hockey (thank you, Col. Potter of " Mash" you spew taken as wisdom at face value. Well I'm not the docile Democrat that the Republicans/teabaggers, little Chickie Todd or the rest of the media wants. When I see nonsense like this, I'm going to be calling BULLSHIT!!!

Just my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!

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