About Those Essays...

First there was the essay accusing "us" of being enablers of racists. Then there was the essay telling "us" we must be either miserable, depressed, or lazy for voicing our un-cited belief in the various ways we will be electorally screwed again come 2020.

Can "we" not speak for everyone here in our essays anymore?

Thank you.

[EDIT: in the interest of being less contentious, I decided to change the original title of this essay from "annoying essays" to "about those essays"]

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edg's picture

We reserve the right to call anyone anything at any time. We know (not think or believe or opine) that we won't be screwed in 2020 and anyone that thinks otherwise is a poopy-head. We order you to fall in line with the site's popular opinion and popular kids and stop causing us headaches.

We thank you very much for your quick attention to these matters.

Signed,

Us

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Anja Geitz's picture

@edg

For "us" all. To not be poopyheads.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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thanks for the reminder not to speak for everyone here.
Pleasantry

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Women are human beings, not prey.
(I forgot where I read it although it might have been in The Intercept)

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@Raggedy Ann

Well said RA.

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Azazello's picture

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@Azazello

Of my cats, I agree. However, when I am speaking to my cats...

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@Anja Geitz

Unless it's something they choose to hear, cats treat us like we're the teacher in a Charlie Brown cartoon.

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Deja's picture

@Anja Geitz
My cat thinks I'm talking to her when I'm talking to myself. My dog knew the difference. Go figure lol.

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@Deja

You would have a cat and a dog like that! Lol.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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@Azazello

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Did catch the lazy/depressed essay.
Ready for someone to post a "to each his own" essay.

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lotlizard's picture

@on the cusp  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur_jedem_das_Seine,_BWV_163

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@on the cusp

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Unabashed Liberal's picture

is feeling well, and that the new leash and harness you got her worked out well for both of you. Keep us updated, please.

As for the sentiments that you've expressed,

Hear, hear! Drinks

If I may, I'd like to echo Azazello's sentiments - when I express an opinion, I'm definitely speaking only for myself. And, in no way, do I mean to indicate to others that "it's my way, or the highway." No matter how much certitude my comment(s) may exude.

BiggrinMollie

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.
~~Roger Caras

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Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.

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@Unabashed Liberal

Pierre and I are hanging in there. The harness, I'm afraid, didn't work so well. She was terrified to be outside. Not sure if it was the deafness, or the recovery collar that made her feel so anxious, but she couldn't wait to get back in the house, and I just didn't have the heart to force her to stay outdoors.

I had to buy her yet another recovery collar because the sunflower one made her so clumsy, she'd just sit in the bathroom all day long.

Her sores are healing well, but she still itches. She's back on daily doses of Benadryl, and I've taken to giving her sponge baths, as well as giving her special fish oil orally to help with her skin issues.

She will be going back for a vet visit soon, where she will have another flea treatment. I'm also wondering if there is a special bath treatment they, or a groomer, can give her that might make her feel more comfortable?

I'm hoping her allergy issues will subside soon but I fear that we have at least another month to go. Sigh. Fingers crossed for the both of us. Thanks for asking Mollie.

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@Anja Geitz

DuckDuckGo for suggestions on how to do this. Aveno used to sell colloidal oatmeal, but sadly no longer do.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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@Lily O Lady

I will do some research!

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

JTC and Joe Shikspak can speak for the board as a whole, but not for its posters. Otherwise, each of us has authority to speak only for himself or herself, no?

I'm not sure I do even that well.

Racist enablers, huh? Guess I'd better look for that thread.

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@HenryAWallace

It's been too hot to do much cooking. Think I'll probably make something light and summery for Tuesday's Foodie Feature. That is what you were asking, wasn't it? Wink

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@Anja Geitz

Or the torte, if you prefer.

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@HenryAWallace

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@Anja Geitz

All this talk about cake reminds me of the day when an archaeologist discovered a large quantity of wheat in a tomb, and decided to make some of it into bread. The bread was found to be quite tasty.

Which just goes to show that one can have archaic and eat it, too! Wink

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides

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mimi's picture

JtC, Joe or this site as a whole. I offer to erase it, if you want me to. Otherwise it stays and is nothing more but a sign of my personal feelings at a certain time in space about certain discussions on this board. I speak for myself only, that should be a given. If I have expressed myself otherwise then without being aware of it.

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TTTT (too tired to talk)

I had been taught not to identify my statements as my opinion because that was supposedly implied. After all, if I say something is wrong or right, who else's opinion would that be, other than my own? Same for "Personally,...."

I took that to heart. After all, who wants redundancies cluttering communications?

As an adult, however, I heard someone say, "You know, your remarks would seem so much nicer if only you said, "In my opinion..." And, I found myself agreeing.

"That movie is not worth viewing" vs. "I didn't find that movie worth the time I spent watching it." Consider that difference in comment after comment.

I decided I'd rather my comments be inherently redundant.

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@HenryAWallace

But I've been guilty of stating my beliefs without the redundancy of qualifying it. Or, for that matter, without the benefit of a citation.

I guess in the future, I will be compelled to be redundant as well.

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~ Rainer Maria Rilke

@Anja Geitz

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@HenryAWallace so & so is an idiot or such and such politician is being bribed..can be a useful formulation. Or, a bit more informal is "I am not the only one who thinks.." e.g. Hillary is hateful or Trump is clueless about women voters. In today's cultural climate, when you can't even express a preference for one color over another without injuring someone's dear little feelingses, it is no doubt, I think, best to make it clear that you are expressing your own opinion. I do think it is quite acceptable to point out to others that "That is your opinion and I am afraid I have to disagree."

There are times when a good, loud tantrum is called for, but those are rare and one must be prepared to deal with the consequences. I would argue that in most situations there is much value in being the one person who can't be provoked into displays of rage.

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Nastarana

@Nastarana

I would argue that in most situations there is much value in being the one person who can't be provoked into displays of rage.

JUST KIDDING!

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Dawn's Meta's picture

I thought it was good as were the comments.

Anja, you inspired me to work up a Curtido recipe. I used red cabbage, carrots, a splash of red pepper, and cucumber with obligatory oregano and sea salt. added lime juice, which we like. It's going well. We liked it after three days. It may not make it long.

I found this blog which has simple to understand information and good tips on simple homemade fermentation. It's fun and so good for us/me (speaking for myself).
Fermenting veggies at home

Was this and Open Thread, or did I drag in an Off Topic comment??? ;-).

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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@Dawn's Meta

To be as annoying as I was annoyed when I wrote it. In hindsight, I probably should've given it a less contentious title.

The squirrel, eh? Seems about right given the emotions around here lately. Sigh.

Thank you for the link to the veggies. Your cabbage sounds very tasty. I grew up on sweet and sour red cabbage. The secret to my Mother's red cabbage was using goose fat, and putting the brown sugar in at the very end of the braising process. In the absence of goose fat, a good quality butter will do nicely.

It's been too hot here to do much cooking, so I'll probably do something light and refreshing for Tuesday's Foodie Feature. Hope to see you then!

Bon Apetit!

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I'm sure WE all were wanting to have closure on this AOC/Obama thing.

https://www.ammoland.com/2019/03/puppet-masters-behind-aoc-alexandria-oc...

You're welcome.

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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@Fishtroller 02

Anything coming from a website titled "Ammoland" was sure to be good. And it was. A "serious" expose that unintentionally mimicked the parody of itself.

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@Anja Geitz

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

we must be either miserable, depressed, or lazy for voicing our un-cited belief in the various ways we will be electorally screwed again come 2020.

I could barely recognize "my words".
I can't help but find some amusement for so much moral outrage by asking for a better quality of CT.
Imagine if I had asked people to take a bath daily. Or not eat over the keyboard.

You know, on DKos it was I that was regularly accused of being doom and gloom.
Yet I always managed to have multiple sources for my diaries.

So no, I have no regrets for simply asking some people for nothing more than what I expect from myself.

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@gjohnsit

It's how you say it. I could bring citations to that effect illustrating what I mean, but they'd be from your own essay, and I think at this point, with JtC's words about factionalism spoiling the vision he had for this site ringing in my ear, it would be in bad taste.

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~ Rainer Maria Rilke

@Anja Geitz

It's how you say it.

Maybe some people here have simply missed the countless essays of what I described.
If so, I want to apologize to them.

But if you are aware of these dozens of essays, that are exactly as I described, then we will have to agree to disagree.

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@gjohnsit myself (and my many hominid friends hiding deep in the forest, annoyed that they still haven't been officially recognized), you have nothing to apologize for. Your posts here are consistently worthy, substantive and thought provoking.

Gloom and doom? We live in interesting times. You just seem to be holding up a mirror to what's going on. The Truth can be harsh, but it's better to know the score than live in a childlike fantasy world where the only bad things happening are the cat getting stuck up a tree.

I come away usually better informed from reading your entries. This is in sharp contrast to the half-dozen or so regular Doom and Gloomers here, with a ne plus ultra leftie profile (when it's not faux ultra leftie) who remind us daily that's it's useless to try to change things, that everything is corrupt beyond repair, that it's time to throw in the towel and call it a day.

I hope you carry on here and continue the good work. Meanwhile I will try to be a better poster, but this will take time, as I'm long set in my old ways.

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@wokkamile

Written by JtC discussing factionalism here. In the spirit of not driving him to his grave, perhaps we can take a break from name calling?

Thank you.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

@Anja Geitz Must be still more careful of what words I use here.

I understand "name calling" usually in the context of someone being called out by name. Not what I wrote. Afaik, the rules here prevent such specific calling out of fellow posters in personal attack ways. Nothing I wrote was an ad hom.

More in the nature of attacking an attitude, and a response to the charges noted above by others against gjohnsit. Well-intended comments in his defense.

But by all means enlighten me if I've unintentionally crossed some line here. I don't claim to be perfect.

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@gjohnsit at certain point it seems to be the best option. It has served me well in 35yrs of marriage to the same woman ( no that's not a complaint )and I suspect it would work on most of the arguments taking place here as well. Just my opinion though.

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@gjohnsit

Please just keep writing your excellent essays! Even if they don't convince everybody of this or that, or if your requests for dialogue are scoffed at or scolded, your efforts towards doing a job well may well be more valuable and ultimately more meaningful than results.

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earthling1's picture

just agree to make this site a "No Poopyhead Zone"?
Asking for a friend.

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@earthling1

A no poopy-head zone. Kinda has a ring to it, no?

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thanatokephaloides's picture

@Anja Geitz

I thereby designate this thread A no poopy-head zone. Kinda has a ring to it, no?

"I can't think when I gotta poop!"

If one doesn't poop, not only is one a poopy-head, but also an android that must be destroyed!

Wink

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

@earthling1
and I wouldn't want to exclude him. Even if he's a Butthead.

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@gjohnsit

You made my night with that. Please tell me you call him Beavis as nickname.

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@gjohnsit

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