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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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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 10:22:06 AM

Good Morning!

Just checked with my friends here from Nepal. Everyone back home for them are fine. Great! Still there are many injured and at this time over 750 dead. Our thoughts are with Nepal. The entire country is affected. And the people in Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Mt. Everest, gone the avalanche.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 9:25:07 AM

Good morning fine opinionated friends.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 8:12:14 AM

good morning
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2015 1:03:29 AM

Good night all.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 11:17:08 AM

"It's another form of "water", another thing you might not be familiar with."

WOW! LOL!!!

You owe me a new keyboard.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:51:55 AM

Good morning good posters.

Farm report: We are dabbling with learning to grow things in our back yard. This is our second year and the soil we have built is getting better. Our compost is producing and we have a worm hatchery going. We took a chance and planted a lot of things while still a danger of freeze, but didn't get the freeze. We have already harvest some truly awesome broccoli and learned that you don't want to let that go too long as it peaks early and then gets more sour tasting. And the chives we planted last year are just unstoppable. You just trim what you want and let the mass keep going forever. We have not bought chives in the store for a year.

Now we have more green beans than we can eat and it just keeps producing more. We've got many varieties of tomatoes in pots, the ground, raised beds, everything we can try to see what works best. The watermelon patch has taken over one corner of the yard, so we will be giving many of those away later in the summer, I presume. We've got one variety of blueberry that ripens at different rates so we just keep getting morning fruit from that day after day. The onions, we were a bit late planting but they are coming along nicely (lots of them) and we now have a bunch of bell pepper plants well past the seedling stage and they will be going in the ground in the next few weeks. We also have cucumbers, hot peppers, squash, canteloupe, figs, lemons, grapes and papaya.

It has and continues to be a bunch of work; but wow. Looks like we're hooked on growing our own organic food!



[Edited by: SemiSteve at 4/24/2015 10:52:33 AM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:47:32 AM

"Frost? What is that?"


I think its that east coast poster that goes around frightening kids in the wintertime...an east coast bogeyman...

*ROTFL*
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:41:05 AM

"It's another form of "water", another thing you might not be familiar with."

Ouch. I thought about posting that, but I decided it would be too cruel. {;>)
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:35:13 AM

"Frost? What is that?"

It's another form of "water", another thing you might not be familiar with.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:11:12 AM

Frost? What is that?

Have a good day all!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:34:17 AM

Yep, here too

Have a great day.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:20:48 AM

good morning. heavy frost over night.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 12:29:32 PM

Good afternoon, all. Have taken on additional responsibilities teaching [Hey! Gotta make more money SOMEHOW!] and therefore will not be posting here quite as much, but will still stop in from time to time.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:43:31 AM

Morning all!
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Zimcity
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:52:39 AM

Morning every buddy!

Some beautiful pictures of Calbuco eruption in Chile hopefully everybody there is OK.
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:14:00 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:08:18 AM

good morning
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:02:08 AM

Happy Thursday, happy posters.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2015 7:29:38 AM

WTexan, well kill it!

Good Morning! A little frosty here, even down to 32F in some places. Again for Friday! Hopefully this nonsense will be over for a while now....

Have a great day!
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wtexan
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:36:04 PM

Tick
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:32:44 PM

Good evening!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 12:52:59 PM

Good Afternoon!
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 11:20:44 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 9:32:30 AM

Morning all!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 8:09:36 AM

good morning
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:27:54 AM

A wonderful Wednesday to all wonderful posters.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 7:44:36 PM

NO. LOL!! SE, there are a lot of raised eyes around though.....It is something that most people thought happened all the time around here.....I have heard rumor of half empty or less barrels floating around. Just tales... I guess....
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:55:44 PM

Hey btc, did you get some of that missing bourbon?
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 11:01:16 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 9:18:16 AM

Morning all!
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 8:30:17 AM

good morning
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 8:28:41 AM

Have a great Tuesday, good posters.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 8:21:42 AM

Thank you SGM. You've stated my position well.

And thanks, Norm, and others, for understanding.

And it is not like I never tried just not responding to the unruly. Quite the opposite, actually. To be sure, I spent years willing to read anything anyone wanted to post. Years. I felt that there was some sort of requirement to be open to all views or I couldn't really call myself well versed. I was proud that I had no one on ignore.

But then I realized the big picture. I am visiting a website where I can express and hear various political views. It includes a feature which might be called "Auto-Insult". You have a choice to leave this activated or turn it off. Since being able to say I have no one on ignore really has no value, and I already did that for years to prove it, and I am not into self-mutilation, I have chosen to turn off the "Auto-Insult" feature.

And I just have to say, having experienced it both ways, I vastly prefer the respectful way. It does take some getting used to. There is a weird adjustment period when you decide to poof somebody. You know they are still posting but you've chosen not to see it. But once you get over the hump you do not want to go back. I still find plenty of very respectful opposing views. Just none of the nasty ones. Oh darn. Like I need that or miss it at all. Not!

I'm telling ya. This is great. But if you really want to know how great it is you need to give it a few weeks to get used to it. By then you are spoiled and you don't want to go back.

Life is short enough and quite well supplied with sufficient grief to visit a website with an "Auto-Insult" feature and leave it on.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 7:17:22 AM

Good Morning!

Great post squirre1!

Enjoy y'all's Tuesday!
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squirre1
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2015 12:21:32 AM

Hi everyone,
I agree there are a few people that it is pointless to attempt to communicate with as they are so overcome with hatred, anger, fear, conspiracy theories and prejudice that they do not see anyone with a different point of view or different background as another person but as a threat to be annihilated.
Recently I have begun asking myself "Am I a part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease?" and if I believe what I have to contribute might help someone to understand the topic at hand I might post it, but if I think it might just incite yet more hatred without increasing understanding, then I have been abstaining.
"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction." - General Douglas MacArthur
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 3:12:54 PM

I have two people on ignore. After reading remarks about my family years back, why would I want to read more? That kind of trash is just that, trash.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:37:43 PM

"I don't completely ignore such folk; I just don't respond to insulting posts...they have a right to say what they want; but I also have the right not to have to respond to ignorance and hate..."

That would be my position, too.
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:08:13 PM

"It's not that he ignores everyone he disagrees with. He ignores people who can't express their disagreement in a civil fashion. There's a huge difference."


Well, if that's the case, then I retract my earlier statement and can't fault him for that. For we do know there are some who just have to be insulting and nasty when making their points and ain't nobody got time for that. LOL!

But I don't completely ignore such folk; I just don't respond to insulting posts...they have a right to say what they want; but I also have the right not to have to respond to ignorance and hate...
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 1:58:43 PM

"C'mon Stevie, you can't go through life ignoring everyone you don't agree with. Sometimes hearing the other point of view is essential to learning more about what's going on in the world."

It's not that he ignores everyone he disagrees with. He ignores people who can't express their disagreement in a civil fashion. There's a huge difference.
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 11:26:36 AM

"You can't change what others say. But you can make them go poof."


C'mon Stevie, you can't go through life ignoring everyone you don't agree with. Sometimes hearing the other point of view is essential to learning more about what's going on in the world.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 10:10:38 AM

squirre1, agreed!
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squirre1
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 10:00:04 AM

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[Edited by: squirre1 at 4/20/2015 10:02:16 AM EST]
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 9:49:22 AM

"You can't change what others say. But you can make them go poof."

They don't go poof, because they are frequently quoted (partially or fully) in subsequent posts.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 9:20:47 AM

Morning all!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:33:17 AM

An easy solution to seeing unwanted posts is available to us all. I use it freely and find it to be fabulous. All of the grief and innuendos vanish to leave nothing but the fine respectful comments of the kindest and most interesting minds here. Serves to remind that most visitors here are of a very high caliber.

You can't change what others say. But you can make them go poof.

Marvelous Monday, marvelous high caliber posters!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:14:05 AM

good morning
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btc1
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:08:08 AM

Personally, Good Morning!

And it politics that is as far as it should go getting personal. Just good wishes to all, personally. But, alas, we know that cannot happen here.
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 7:58:37 AM

"It's terrible when people don't know the difference between talking about an issue, and talking about themselves. If they could stop taking things that are not directed at them personally, this board would be a better place (since I know the moderators won't do anything about thinly veiled personal attacks disguised as discussion threads)."


Sadly, for some folks, EVERYTHING is personal...
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 7:41:41 AM

Have a blessed day, all...
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:45:35 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2015 1:09:08 AM

Good night all.
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