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btc1

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2009 7:19:21 PM

US Politics Cafe? What does that mean? Well, I email the GM Mod and asked if we could continue to have a place where we could discuss, amongst ourselves, the problems that crop up time to time here on the US Politics Forum. The previous post that was locked yesterday had sort of turned into this. And as a place where we could converse with each other without the pretense of hard left or hard right positions interfering with our communication and the good friends we have developed on both sides of the fence.

The GM thought this might be a good idea and approved it today.

So here we go. We have a place to try to work out angst, or just visit amongst ourselves and JOKE around with friends. The Cafe' is now open for us. We just need to keep everything here civil. Can I set your drinks up for you, Buddy? What will you have? Cheers!
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 2:22:37 PM

AFS, good luck to your friend. She is going to need your support. I wish both of you well.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 1:00:26 PM

How tragic, AFSNCO! Thinking of you, and her family.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 12:53:16 PM

Sad news for my friend and my confidant. Son charged with her murder. I think I will take some time away from here.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 12:39:29 PM

Good afternoon all,
Busy day with my daughter's birthday parties [2] tomorrow and school reopening on Monday.

Woohoo!

And welcome ellie!

[Edited by: teacher_tim at 8/23/2014 12:40:47 PM EST]
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 10:56:07 AM

btc - I tell ya folks aren't too worried about Jay ---- they are much more worried about Jay and Norm getting together and planning a big pot of duck soup....
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 10:40:28 AM

Morning all!
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btc1
Champion Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 10:11:17 AM

Ellie! You will fit right in here! Welcome!

jay, I am glad you are still in one piece! So the Duck did not attack you near the harbor though? It is getting to be dangerous out there!

Enjoy the day folks! And be careful out there!

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/23/2014 10:12:20 AM EST]
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 8:18:13 AM

Good morning.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 7:43:17 AM

LOL!

Good one, Ellie.

Nice entrance.

And welcome to the land of dysfunction and misfits.

Happy Saturday, all!
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e11ie
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 2:06:02 AM

..."Man was it ever froggy this morning."

..."Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!"

...Yep, they do lower visibility a tadpole, ay? :D
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:28:05 PM

Pretty sure! LOL!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:13:26 PM

LOL!.....but you are not sure, are you?!!
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:03:02 PM

btc1, I am pretty sure it wasn't me.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 7:24:50 PM

jay, just to be sure...That was not you who slid over that cliff in San Pedro this AM was it? The news said he was 56, so just checking..LOL!
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:13:18 AM

Man was it ever froggy this morning.
I could see about a quarter of a block.
The fog is just stating to burn off.

It was strange to see the dump trucks appear out of the fog.
(The condo owners are building more units new door.)
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:12:23 AM

Yaay Friday!

Bring on the weekend...
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:33:40 AM

LOL! jay, what the heck? Up and at 'em at 2AM?

Well that ham may cost a little more, now that I got the4 bones out!

Hot weekend ahead here too, SE! Looking to get into 100 heat index soon...

Have a great day!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 8:24:47 AM

Good morning. My local weather reporter says Indy MIGHT get its first 90 degree day of 2014. NOT COMPLAINING--just amazed.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:39:01 AM

Good Morning here on the right coast.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:09:41 AM

Morning all! Or is it goodnight?
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:57:34 PM

Back to School night at the high school tonight. Wow, my tax dollars at work!!!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:29:39 PM

Hey! Does anyone here enjoy country ham? If you do not know it is an aged salt cured ham. It is like a fine prosciutto, only in a much heartier cut.

Every year the Grand Prize winning ham at the Kentucky State Fair is auctioned off for charity. That auction occurred this morning. Care to guess what it brought? 2M.

Anyone want some for breakfast in the morning?

It won't cost much. Just $5952.39 an ounce. How large a sandwich would you like?
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 6:42:09 PM

It has...she is a good person and she has been doing a lot of work with at the Sunshine Center with battered women. A true inspiration!

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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:30:14 PM

AF, thanks for passing that story along. You never know where missing people might be. I can tell this has affected you. I tweeted that story out and it will show up on my facebook. As many likes and shares as can be gotten could help in the search for her. Might help if everyone would just go to that news story and share it however you might. God bless, her and her family.

What a great smile.

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/21/2014 5:30:48 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:33:48 PM

How are her kids holding up?
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:30:23 PM

It has me pretty upset. She is one of the nicest people you will meet and it doesn't hurt that she is easy on the eyes. :-)

We are in shock a bit and just really worried about her.

[Edited by: AFSNCO at 8/21/2014 2:32:15 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:26:05 PM

Wow, AFS; I was just thinking about her the other day, wondering how she and her kids were doing...Thanks for letting me know and I'll be praying as well
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:05:06 PM

Yep, there is a Fogo de Chao in Atlanta I have been wanting to try but this is closer to home.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:59:13 PM

Norm, remember my story from a few years ago? I guess the saga continues and my friend is missing. I pray for her safe return but know deep my heart this will not end well.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:24:04 PM

AF, I have not seen one of those, in particular, but we did used to have a Brazilian steakhouse here and Wow! they are great!
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 11:38:58 AM

AFS, there is a place similar to that near me. That is a meat eaters paradise. My recommendation, skip the salad bar!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 11:18:35 AM

Never tried it, AFSNCO, but looks like there's one in Tampa so I might have to give it a try.

Just opened one of my topics to see a useless post by a hopelessly stereotype-driven conservative. I used to address those shallow absurdities but no longer bother. There's no point. Would be a waste of time to respond.

It now just sounds just like a sad broken record; as if the poster is trying to reaffirm himself; as much as tell anyone else. I guess repetition helps when clinging to a prejudiced myth. Sad that people get themselves so lost in such nonsense.

Since I have already explored the depths (not very) of such thinking I have zero impetus to further engage with it. Recognize it with a quick scan of the post; and search on for more interesting posts, seeking something I can actually learn from, or interact with on an intellectual level.

Fortunately we have far more captivating posters.

Thank you, to the more open-minded among you from both sides of the isle!

Your thoughts are what keep me coming back here.

Seems like the extremists (on both sides) are less likely to engage in open discussion. They are too fixated (should we say obsessed?) on derogatory opinions they consider 'facts' to have a meaningful discussion with. Scary we have so many of them in this nation. But such is the price of freedom.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:15:22 AM

Good morning all...looking like 100 degree temperatures in Alabama today!

Just made my reservations for a nice dinner with my honey this weekend.

Anybody ever eaten at any of these places?
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:51:18 AM

Yep, yep, Kansas. One of those old Massie's with the belly mower is much better. I have used them on both the horse farm and the warehouse lots where I used to work. More of a Cadillac of tractor.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:35:24 AM

Morning all!
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:37:44 AM

Finished the mowing late yesterday morning before the heat of the day set in...with nearly 22 acres to mow every 10-14 days walking behind a push mower isn't an option at 70 years of age (nor any other age for that matter)...
The 28 HP John Deere with the 60" mower deck barely meets the requirement and really aught to be using larger equipment but it would be too heavy for the lawn part of the job so it's an 8-10 hours of mowing which I split between two mornings when it gets this hot.

Exercise for me comes in many other ways with the myriad of activities surrounding the homesteads here in KS and AZ...busy being retired but wouldn't trade it for all the tea in china!

Off to breakfast in town with some pals...then back home to start getting ready to head back to Denver this weekend.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:17:08 AM

Good Morning. Sunny YESTERDAY. Got my grass cut. Torrential rains today so far.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7:52:08 AM

Morning all.

Btc, that's lame - the guy never really made good on you. Too bad for him. Somebody else will get your future business. Well he had his chance.

Hope all are well today!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:02:50 AM

Hey, HH, that sounds good. Yet, as I am unable to have much sun exposure do to medications and the skin cancer flare ups I have already had, just having the lawn service is best for me. Yeah another for job and exercise I no longer have.

Good morning! I have been getting a truck ready for sale. I had the transmission change. They also, replaced the crank position sensor. It did not run right. I scanned it and as suspected the CPS was giving intermittent response. The mechanic told me it would not cause it. He kept putting off when he had time to check it out. A tax client came by yesterday and helped me remove it. (Not and easy job as where it is located on the Dodge 1500. And I had to have help.) He warrantied it out. I replaced it and it ran fine. The end of it was covered in oil making it not give consistent readings. I love being right, yet, I hate not being treated right by a neighboring business. I guess the best is just to let it go and never use him again.

Well, I hope your day works out for the better too!

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/21/2014 5:04:48 AM EST]
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Happyherman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:37:07 PM

My lawn mower is a rechargeable electric, propelled by me. Love it! I have a fairly large lot and always manage to get it all cut and still have lots of charge left. I would never go back to gas or a corded electric.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:16:25 PM

Lots of people down here at the port to see the world's largest rubber duck. 61 feet tall.

[Edited by: jayrad1957 at 8/20/2014 8:18:19 PM EST]
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 5:41:58 PM

Sorry...a friend just sent me that and I about died!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 5:32:55 PM

"With all the racial fighting going on here I thought I would lighten it up..."

OK you owe me big time. I blew my "adult beverage" all over my screen.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 4:57:13 PM

With all the racial fighting going on here I thought I would lighten it up...

Why there are so few white players in the NBA.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:53:08 PM

I also have a self-propelled mower. The trick is "propelling" her outside to cut the grass, but she likes the money my next door neighbor pays her to cut his lawn, too. My son had the same deal before he left for college.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:40:05 AM

Did my mowing yesterday morning. I purposely own a 'self-propelled' mower: I have to propel it myself! Since I am into fitness, I look at it as 'free exercise'. If I go out and mow the lawn (takes over an hour), then I have fulfilled my exercise requirement for the day.

I tried to get it done before it got unbearably hot; but that is, of course, a losing battle. By the time I was done I was drenched in sweat. But the feeling of accomplishment, pride in a job well done, and fitness maintained is well worth it. Took a few hours to recover much energy; but by the evening I was feeling younger and stronger.

Today I let myself off 'easy' with inside exercises. 270 crunches and 70 push-ups. Actually, if done in smaller sets, it doesn't seem like so much.

Eating organic veggies out of the garden and staying fit make me feel great. I have also learned that avoiding the negative energy of certain trolls around here (and elsewhere) contributes to an excellent state of mind and a very positive outlook on life. I mean, really. Who needs extra stress? I never had a day in my life when I felt like I didn't have plenty...
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:58:59 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:20:30 AM

Morning all!
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:26:05 AM

"Happy Hump Day!"

.....

Hmmmm, that tends to take on a somewhat different meaning when you're retired...

But atlas I recall the time when it was also a common phrase "use it or lose it" so I used it a lot but sadly I lost it anyway...somewhere between 65 and 70.

Perhaps the prostrate cancer six years ago had something to do with it...

On to breakfast in town with the fellers and then back to finish up the mowing...turned out to be a two day job these days.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:13:24 AM

Good morning. Violent storms last night, but sunny this morning.
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