No, I didn't want a personal debate, Dale. *You* are the one who took it there, expressing obvious hostility and offending me deeply-- *you* take responsibility for it. Don't go projecting it onto me! As for the "you people" post, it was clearly in response to me, sequentially in the thread, and by the rest of its content, though you're now trying to claim it wasn't, and that I "always" make stuff about me from people's quotes that isn't. Balderdash. No thanks to the "neutral" venue, either. You've got a nerve telling *me* this isn't the place!! You made it the place! Any other time I'd love to debate the women-in-the-infantry issue with you, but I'm going to sign off, not subject my semi-dormant Welsh temper to any further severe and uncalled-for trials here, and go back to reading Kelly DeVries' *Joan of Arc: A Military Leader*. Standard-bearing mascot and "saint" be d*mned. She was a real soldier, a general, and a true military strategist, though she never made it out of her teens.
Laurie, what Dale does't realize is that comparing the Prez. And fmr. Prez. Carter, is like comparing Carter and poppy ( Read my lips..) Bush. Arguing politics or religion is death to a friendship. Don't fall for it you two!
Okay, I can't help myself.
Inherited: On the day Barack Obama took office, over 4 million jobs had been lost and the unemployment rate had risen to 7.8%. Banks were near collapse. The auto industry was in decline and facing massive layoffs. Housing prices had dropped over 30% nationally and the stock market was down more than 25%. 4 million more jobs were lost before implementation of the Recovery Act.
Since then, we have added jobs in every month for 23 months with a total gain of 3.7 million private sector jobs. Banks are solvent. The auto industry is profitable. Housing prices have basically stabilized and even increased minimally is some markets. The stock market is up 62%.
Czars, otherwise less ominously known as advisers: Bush had 33; Obama has 38. Would you want a President without adviser when times are this tough?
No "fights" just discussion. The country has a long way to go and we should make decisions based on facts. Just thought I'd share a few.
I was going to take a vacation from the board, at least for a day or two, but of course, despite waking up with a bad headache, I was curious to see what may have been written in this thread since I last posted. I appreciate your good intentions, Dave, but I find I can't resist commenting that it wasn't arguing politics that caused the problem here last night. It was the point at which Dale let loose with overt and seemingly hostile personal insult-- that I've allegedly been "blasting" people on the board and then "snuggling up" to them when they agree with me, that I "always" misquote them, making their comments about me when they're not, indulging in "paranoia", etc.-- all of which was so startling and hurtful that I couldn't help but defend myself. NONE of that was fated to be simply because we were talking politics! His attacking me personally among friends in a public forum just because I was debating Obama with him more stringently or successfully than he was apparently comfortable with is not OK with me, and if I can't say so in reply, then to Hel with it all. It was wrong of him, deeply offensive to me, and it just wasn't in me to back down. I wanted him and everyone who was reading to know exactly what I thought of it, though I sought to word myself reasonably, if angrily and with characteristic forthrightness. I don't believe in sweeping things under a rug. Nothing gets learned that way. This kind of sorting-out process needs to happen after something like this, in my view, or the whole thing was in vain. Dale's insults were extreme, unwarranted, and I think an apology is an order.
It wasn't just a "fight", Toni, in which all factors are equal. It was a political debate in which Dale suddenly attacked me personally, I was horribly caught off guard, and then followed human impulse and stoutly defended myself. Pardon my pride, but who wants to be put down like that in a public forum? Politics had nothing to do with it. Sorry if my feelings about this are inconvenient to anyone, but I'm human, and I've sunk enough well-intentioned time into this board that I think they should matter somehow, or I don't belong here. I'm usually a pretty tough cookie, but I've got a lot on my plate right now in a heartbreaking stress-fest with a relative I'm worried sick about. My head is in a vise at the moment. Guess I'll sign off.
OK, the indignant Co-Queen of Cyber-Alvinland has calmed down now. The diva din has subsided. The palace walls are no longer shaking, and the cosmic chandeliers have even stopped shimmying. I felt stung, and I squawked about it some. I'm still not happy about Dale's remarks, and I don't ever tolerate that style of comment, but I feel I've made that abundantly clear. Life's too short to hang onto an upset, in any case, and I don't want the resta yez to be bummed by it. Yesterday's skull-crusher is finally fizzling, too, praise the Lady. We had another gorgeous snow here, which was very welcome to me, but the barometric pressure changes sometimes wreak havoc with my neck arthritis. I'll live. Anyway, thanks for posting that info, Toni. I've always thought it a good thing for a president (or a queen) to have plenty of advisors, as long as they're not just automatic yes-people. The more viewpoints, info, and expertise to hash out, the better, say I. Yes, I'm an opinionated soul, folks. Not only do I come from a family of stalwart discussers and debaters with strong academic backgrounds (for example, my dad taught high school Debate, along with English and other subjects), but I worked for years on a college campus, where vigorous exchange of ideas is par for the course, and not taken as a personal "blast". I always, always respect the right of someone to have other opinions. I'm an enthusiastic practitioner of what I call the Grand Old Art of Thought Provocation, and I love it when others are too. How boring life would be if we all agreed about everything all the time!!
Laurie, I admire your attitude. I always take things far too personally. I feel your pain re the neck arthritis. I recently obtained a tens unit and one of those over-the-door traction devices which help immensely , although I doubt they can help with the temperature changes.
Thanks, Robin. :-) I've gotten tens therapy at the chiropractor's, but maybe I should get one of those traction thingies to have at home. Sounds like we're close in age-- I just turned 60 on the 6th. Alvin's music makes me feel like I'm 17 again, too! 1969 "was a very good year", to quote the Sinatra song... ;-)
Used to be a hothead, but the older I get, the more "comfortably numb" I become. A bit worrying in a way, because I can even laugh at stupid politicians these days and I don't even try to argue with the wife anymore. I mean, she's won every argument for 35 years, so why bother..
PS, Swedes used to go to Denmark because they had beer with more alcohol in it. Today people go to Germany or Poland for cheaper price. I don't go anywhere, because pure water is the cheapest and healthiest drink of them all.
Happy Birthday Laurie.
I will be 60 in April. I look forward to it. My youngest son is getting married two days after my birthday. I will be spending my b-day alone with my two sons walking around Manhattan, which is my favorite thing to do there.
I spent over $2,000 at the chiro getting tens treatments at $50 per 15-minute treatment. It helped a lot, but I stopped because that is a lot of money. You can imagine how upset I was to find that a very good quality home unit can be purchased online for about $30 or $40. You may need a prescription, I am not sure. But, now whenever I feel a flare-up coming on, I zap myself with the tens unit and it never develops. I was almost in despair and now I am happy as a lark.
As for Alvin and his music.... this morning I noticed that I have the smile of Mona Lisa on my face at all times. It feels so good to have his music and his face and his voice running through me like a river, every waking moment.
It is good to know that I am not alone in cherishing those juicy feelings of young love (and other things ). I wonder if men can really know just how powerful Alvin's attraction is for women.