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  1. filbertz says:

    I’m with you on winter. Hibernation until spring sounds perfect.
    Barbara and 41 were quite the pair–and history will treat them honorably.
    Wartsinal–sounds like a topical cream.

  2. Em says:

    The generation just ahead of mine, the greatest generation, understood something that we’ve lost our grasp on… It may be seeing idealism as worthy of respect and apiration? Remembering my aunts and uncles, raised pre TV (and the celebration of our warts) i can say, at least, that Bush 41 was not an anomaly.

  3. ( |o )====::: says:

    “Tearing down statues and monuments of those who no longer fit our current cultural standards is the height of stupidity…it deprives further generations of the ability to speak of these figures importance and their mistakes, thus guaranteeing a repetition of their errors…”

    Ok, how about we leave up the monuments to these Civil War & slavery “heroes” etc, with updated plaques which read,
    “This is a monument to a bygone era, when being a bigot in America was once a commendable thing.
    Smile, we’re making slow, tedious progress. #BlackLivesMatter”

    …along with THIS adjoining full color plaque-
    https://66.media.tumblr.com/3d6f899b9e3bcdf886692f710f3e1cde/tumblr_pj6jh6PCnR1sh491mo1_1280.jpg

  4. Captain in the Other Phoenix says:

    Amen to all…except #9. If you became a snowbird and moved here for the winter, you would continue being the Phoenix Preacher.

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    Something about President Bush – he was an old school Episcopalian who knew the Book of Common Prayer well enough that he said the responses and prayers without looking at the text, he knelt when he prayed and he was gracious to a young priest who was scared to death delivering a homily with him sitting in the front row. Not a perfect man, but a good man who took his faith seriously…

  6. Em says:

    G’man’s concern that we might overlook our past “bigotry” reminded me of a conversation i had long years ago with a friend’s young college age son who was lamenting America’s past in a similar manner. I suggested to him that, instead of focusing on those aspects, he should celebrate the privilege of living in a nation that has the capacity to face and overcome such abuses…. 😉

  7. Eric says:

    #3 In 2010 my best friend’s mother, who had been a keen atheist, was dramatically converted a week before she died. This timing saved her the trouble of having to integrate into the church here on earth.

    #9 Summer has just started where I am, and I’m loving it!

  8. ( |o )====::: says:

    Em,
    I will consider a move toward “celebration” when we end race based voter suppression and racial profiling (try driving while black or latino), just to start with a couple pressing issues. In the meantime you might want to check because your white privilege is showing

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  9. Em says:

    I ahem, have black family, G’man…
    When i was in my teens, you didn’t want to be a young male driving anything resembling a sports car, go anywhere near the speed limit and you’d have a ticket…
    It is true that appearance can put the spotlight on you… In So. Calif. anyway…. 😏

  10. Jean says:

    Guitar Man, Amen to your first sentence at 3:29 pm. And to add to that: God forbid a black man is in proximity to a crime he did not commit.

  11. Em says:

    Well… I was forced over to the curb and made to get out of my car while the police looked it over… turned out it fit while description of a car used in a nearby bank robbery
    We lived near Puget Sound and my son and his friends would get up before dawn to go fishing. Riding his bike to meet a friend, he heard a car behind him. It stopped and a voice yelled for him to get off his bike and get on the ground. His first impulse was to run to the house he was passing, but something said, don’t do it. He turned and there about 30 yards behind him was a policeman with his gun pointed at him. The policeman hadn’t identified himself and if he’d followed his first impulse, he’d have been shot. There’d been a beakin in the neighborhood. Poor police work? I’d say yes, but citizens can be reckless or hostile and amp up the suspicion…
    We have a ways to go, yes, but perhaps it is a two way street? I think so.
    It may be a fact we have yet to process, but bigotry is a two way street. We’ll have cone a long way when we realize that all skin color has no inherent virtue, neither does victimhood.

  12. Patrick Kyle says:

    G Man. There is no ‘race based voter suppression’ California passed the Motor Voter Law then allowed illegals to get Driver’s Licenses , so now they are voting in CA. You need a picture ID to get a library card or a cell phone. The idea that voter ID is ‘suppression’ is BS propaganda. It’s a smokescreen used by the Dems to cheat. Hopefully Trump will enact iron clad voter ID laws and actually try to clean this up and return some legitimacy to the process.

  13. ( |o )====::: says:

    Patrick, I’m not speaking of California.
    Please, tell me what you call what happened just this last election when Dodge City move its only polling place outside of town, then gives voters the wrong address?

    https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/dodge-city-moves-only-polling-site-gives-voters-wrong-address-1353478211626

  14. ( |o )====::: says:

    And, Patrick, how is Gerrymandering NOT voter suppression?

  15. ( |o )====::: says:

    BTW, in all my years I have never been asked for my ID when voting.

    …or when buying cereal at the market

  16. ( |o )====::: says:

    If you’re waiting for President Spanky to “fix” voting, please ask GM employees & farmers how good a “fixer” he’s been.

  17. ( |o )====::: says:

    …especially in light of how Spanky’s “fixer” has fixed things.

  18. Em says:

    Uh, according to the Wichita Eagle there were shuttle buses to get voters to the new location and it was set up because , although it didn’t hapeen, construction work was scheduled at the regular polling place (47% of registered voters in Dodge did vote)
    Gerrymandering is something folks in my neck of the woods have been victimized by… Do you suppose it was because the Democrats didn’t want our heavily Hispanic area to vote their preference?
    Power corrupts … I heard that somewhere … Dunno, tho, do i? 😳
    If Broward County Florida doesn’t make you laugh, it should – IMHO

  19. ( |o )====::: says:

    Em,
    You’re a terrible apologist for unfair treatment of voters. No party should get a pass for gaming the system. I don’t give a rat’s patootie what may have happened in the past, only that we solve the inequities.

  20. Surfer51 says:

    I agree. Winter is just too cold…unless you live on Maui where winter temps are typically 70 degrees.

  21. Em says:

    Re: the gerrymandering thing up here – that was this year 😼
    Things that happen in the past are the things we need to fix, btw
    I’m done – it was fun, but i’m done…. Let me know when the world is fixed … all the inequities gone…

  22. ( |o )====::: says:

    And, Em, here’s a current little disturbing turn of events, yet another illustration of my point about voter suppression…
    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/republicans-brazenly-gut-voting-rights-in-lame-duck-before-they-lose-power/

  23. ( |o )====::: says:

    #persistAndResist

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  24. Dan from Georgia says:

    Even in ATL, I hate winter…current temperature…39…meanwhile at 7am on the other side of the jetstream in Key West, FL..82…so close…yet so far.

  25. Dan from Georgia says:

    Yeah….39 degrees…boo hoo…grew up in MN where 39 in winter was T-shirt weather….my blood is thinning out living in the south.

  26. grberry says:

    Re #2: I’ve seen the answer before. I believe it is that Sully will be moving to the Walter Reed hospital to be a comfort/therapy dog for wounded veterans.

  27. Em says:

    1 – With privilege comes responsibility, Bush 41 handled both well … God found a man to honorably serve His purpose in unfolding history … finding those who prove His purpose gives God a much wider selection

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