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Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM PST

McCaskill not voting for Reid

by RickShadey

"This is about perception, it's not about reality."

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Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 07:08 PM PDT

HELP robo community town hall

by RickShadey

I just received a robo community town hall meeting phone call sponsored by Doug LaMalfa.  I listened for as as long as I could stand and hung up.  How can I get the minutes/translation of what went on?

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So I'm going to be spending time with a family member this week.  He's in his 70's, he's white, financially well off and of course a total FOX news zombie.  We've had plenty of good friendly discussions over politics in years past.  Lately, he likes to blurt out quips about Benghazi.
I follow the story moderately well between this website, Huff Post, TPM and MSNBC.  I think I will be able to hold my own.  But...
What I'm looking for is an organized article/info with a take down of all the conservative talking points.  Basically a cheat sheet.
I know me asking for this is a little lazy on my part, but oh well.  I just want to go into this with all my ammo ready.  Any ideas?

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:49 AM PST

Dad, look behind you!

by RickShadey

Real quick diary.  Thought This was adorable!  When the Obama's came out during the acceptance speech, the family was looking out at the audience, smiling and waving.  Then you could see Sasha say something to her Dad that he didn't quite hear.  He leaned down to hear her better and then you could read her lips... 'Dad, look behind you"  He then gave her a hug, turned around and you could hear the crowd erupting!  Just awesome!

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Well she used to be apolitical.  
Growing up in southern California, Mom was never into politics.  All us kids had a fairly liberal point of view but political discussions were never encouraged.  Never discouraged either.  The parents just never had the desire/need to weigh into the conversations.
In 1990 my parents move to North Carolina  :(

Tevo 22 years forward...
Last year she got an iPhone.  I told her about the iheart radio app and to listen to Randi Rhodes.  She does it!

Shes part of the local home owners association board where she lives outside Raleigh.  At their last meeting she brings up the fact that no political signs are allowed on lawns and doesn't want to get into a political debate but is everyone OK with the fact that someone put a Romney/Ryan sign at the entrance to the neighborhood.  Kinda looks like the development is endorsing Romney.  No one has any objections.  No one really wants to discuss it.

So last Thursday Mom is in line waiting to vote early.  She's listening to Randi Rhodes on her iphone with ear buds in.
Lots of people are wearing Romney/Ryan tshirts floating around asking if any one needs a sample ballot.  She hears a guy behind her make a comment about a couple that walks by, saying "They're obviously democrats."   My Mom turns around and said "What's wrong with that?"
I'm so proud of her and that is so unlike my Mom! She spoke up!
Nothing more to that story.

On Saturday she walks into the Obama campaign office and volunteers for the day.  She doesn't want to canvass and doesn't want to make phone calls.  She's not ready for that yet.  She gets assigned to do data entry on the canvassing results.
She learns that there's a lot of confusion with the ballot this year.  You can choose to vote the party line with a single box but if you do that, you still have to vote for president.  Other wise, no vote is cast for president.
She also asks for an Obama yard sign.  Apparently there is a shortage of signs.  They are being stolen and don't have any more.
My mom tells the story of her home owners association meeting and the Romney sign in front.
One of the ladies says "Hold on."  She goes into the back room and comes out with a sign!  Mom goes home and puts it right next to Romney's.  
I hear this on Sunday over the phone, and in the background, I hear my dad say "it is on a hill and higher than the Romney sign."

This morning I text her and ask her to send me a picture of the signs.
She texted back that someone stole it!
I told her to make a homemad one.  I think its almost more effective.  She said she will.  She's not gonna mess with Romneys and the last thing she texted was "Damn Rednecks!"
Ha!  I love my Mom!

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Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM PST

My name is Mortimer...

by RickShadey

My name is Mortimer... and my brothers name is Randolph.
We have a bet revolving around our "friend" Billy Ray.
It's pay off is ONE DOLLAR.  And I seem to be winning.

Oh!  Come on!  Is this not a practical joke by the Koch brothers?  Did you not watch the debates?  I think they are just f*@king with us.  They are laughing at us (us being the 99%) when Cain gets booed for being asked the question about harassment, and cheered when its dismissed!  

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Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:40 PM PDT

I occasioanlly eat at Wendy's

by RickShadey

I don't know their politics but they do have a good burger...  I have a feel good story about myself...and maybe an employee that was working under less than favourable conditions at the time:

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This has had me wondering all day.  This morning on the Today Show, after they had delicately discussed the story of the death of Jett Travolta they cut to commercial.  

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Shout out to Daily Kos from Bill O'Reilly on the Daily Show last night.

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Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 07:16 PM PDT

Vetsforfreedom.org

by RickShadey

After the last debate, I saw a commercial from these people capping on Obama.  So I went to their website, looked around a little and decided to write the California Representative an email.  
This is our correspondence:

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My Non-Scientific Political Profiling Polling by bumper sticker.

I live in district CA-02.  It’s heavily republican, but in my town of Chico, home to Chico State University, there’s a fair amount of progressives.  For years, the only bumper sticker I had on my car was a google bumper sticker.  Buy the way, I put it on years ago, before google was cool.   and WAY before they became uncool.

So as this election approached, I took off my (formerly) cool bumper sticker and affixed my Obama sticker.  Recently though, I’ve begun noticing the McCain/Palin stickers.

In the last 2 days, this is what I have seen:

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