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I’ve never provided an open forum on my blog before. However,  I always like to comment on other people’s ‘open forum thread’. I encourage  you to leave a comment about anything.

In the transition from the over saturation of  Sarah Palin to I hope a boycott..

Let’s see how many other subjects we’ve been distracted from discussing, since Sarah Palin sucked all the air out of the room…

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  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Environmental Topics And Concerns
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • History, Politics and Culture
  • A general forum to debate and discuss local & national politics would add to the political conversation.

    We tend to think of a good communicator as a good speaker. This is only partly true. Good communicators can express themselves clearly and with confidence. However, a key and often forgotten component of effective communication is LISTENING. A good listener hears not only facts but also feelings.

    What issues or topics are important to you? Let’s talk!

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    42 Comments (+add yours?)

    1. AFM
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 10:04:25

      I was reading this morning on RAWStory that some republican idiot (I know dems have their) wants to get rid of drivers licenses. Now that should everyone feeling pretty good about GA huh?

      I also read (can’t remember where) but an AZ local republican (I think) wants to have people fingerprinted when they go to the Pharmacy.

      I heard Limbaugh(Limpie to me) wants to take away voting rights away from liberals and take away their rights to gun ownership.

      I also read this morning (I think it was on RAW story that a republican representative in (I think it was SD) wants to make it manadatory that everyone over 21 yrs old must carry a fire arms for your own protection.

      Now I find all these republican issues of what they want to do as taking away from our freedoms. They don’t seem to mind taking liberals freedoms away but don’t take theirs away.

      Well I think it covers it for me. What ya think group?

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      • Cheryl
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 11:09:21

        It’s called inmates running the asylum.

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      • Syrin
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:38:08

        Wow, you got a huge head start on me today..
        I did comment about the Republican Party and a bit of history. But, on the some of your interesting news items I see alot of states and their legislators as you said they’re Republican. About SD and the proposed mandatory carry.. I can’t find anything on it… If you have some links, I’d like to check it all out.
        But, in general it all strikes me that in each of those states they have to determine if they want every citizen to carry a gun. All I want to say is that it changes the whole thing when the feds are the the entity who’s making up those regulations and policies. Why? Because Washington is far far away from knowing really what each state’s needs or wants! That is determined by their own state legislature.

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        • AFM
          Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:42:49

          I read it Democratic Underground.com or RAW Story.com.. You may want to try those two blogs. I think Lawrence O’Donnell mentioned it on show this evening about the mandatory gun issue. Of course the guy that is going to put the bill up knows it isn’t going to pass but he wants to put it forward as a slap in the face of the president. How childish. I called the new speaker of the house and asked him where are the jobs. They pounded the hell out of Obama and jobs jobs jobs. Yet they aren’t doing crap except being a party of NO.

        • AFM
          Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:51:32

          SD GOP present a bill – Look at talkingpointsmemo.com – that is another place to read it.

    2. Diane
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 11:22:03

      At this point if you are a caring, intelligent person that you would/should not consider identifying yourself as a republican.
      The more they spew about guns, repealing health care, restricting abortion, re defining rape, repealing taxes for the wealthy, reducing money fro education I could not in all good conscience ever consider being a republican.
      I do not understand any of my friends who say they are.

      I hope that the good honest caring people of the US will stand tall and together and fight these hideous laws and proposals the republicans are after.
      During the election season, these republicans ran on reducing government and getting rid of taxes. Well now, how about those promises?
      we have a major snowstorm and all those good people in the Midwest who say they despise government are declaring state of emergencies so they can obtain federal dollars. And asking for help from FEMA.
      The hypocrisy is appalling.

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      • Cheryl
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 11:31:20

        I understand that hypocrisy, my governor is christi. as soon as he took office he started cutting everything. now, he just asked the fed-gov for 53 mil to help in snow clean up.

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        • Syrin
          Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:18:16

          Thanks for sharing that about Gov. Chrstie..I like that he had the guts to cut where it may have be needed. However, asking the feds to make up his defecit does not look like a sound way to do your states business to me. I don’t like that kinda of fiscal irresponsible game playing!

        • AFM
          Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:35:51

          Christy is a big fat bully.

      • AFM
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:34:39

        Listen I consider my a social democratic because I believe we pay taxes therefore the government should help its citizen. I find the Syrin is a republican who I can honestly respect. He has some good points and we all have our point of view. Personally I feel we need more blogs like this were we all can express our feelings without tearing each other apart. Syrin doesn’t lean far to the extreme right. He may agree with some on the left I don’t know but he always gives me respect when I post on his blog. Give him a chance. Even if he doesn’t agree with what we think he gives us the freedom to express ourselves. He has never block anything I wrote and I am sure you will learn to like him, even if he is a republican (LOL). I do and I hope you do.

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      • Syrin
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 17:56:55

        Some of the things you mentioned in your list like guns, repealing health care, repealing taxes for the wealthy, reducing money for education there is more to the story.
        Guns.. It is under the Bill of Rights is #2 and it should be protected.
        Repealing health care.. It should be changed when obviously neccssary. There are parts of it that are unconstitutional, so there seems to be issues. We need affordable and accessible health care, I did not say FREE however..
        Why are the wealthy among us margilaized? They provide the majority of jobs causing economic stablity and are the biggest givers to the community. Yes, corporate philanthropy (the wealthy) as in the past is still who domainates that area. We need them! Besides, they too, are Americans! Equal under the law!
        Here in Alaska No Child Left Behind was a epic FAIL. We know that our future are our children. But, sometimes.. it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at a problem it will never get solved until some basic moves are made. Usually not having anything to do with needing more revenue, when it’s management and organization of a bureaucracy that has to be done.
        All IMHO

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        • WakeUpAmerica
          Feb 02, 2011 @ 04:37:45

          The wealthiest also use the most resources in this country to maintain their wealth. Furthermore, they are shipping our “trickle down” jobs off-shore to maximize their bottom line while finding an infinite number of ways to avoid paying taxes. It is obscene that the wealthiest among us were by and large the supporters of George Dubya’s policies that put this country in the economic toilet it is in, incurred a horrendous debt, and then cried boo hoo at the possibility of having their taxes raised to help pay for the debt from which they benefited. All of this is being done on the backs of the shrinking middle class. Lose the middle class and you will lose America.

    3. Kerry
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 13:51:29

      How do you all feel about a new candidate for prez? ;O)

      http://www.thetakeaway.org/2011/jan/05/roseanne-barr-declares-state-roseannearchy/

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    4. Kerry
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:00:38

      REPUGS ABOVE THE LAW?
      http://fromthebottomofthebarrel.wordpress.com/

      Handle every stressful situation like a dog.

      If you can’t eat it or play with it,

      just pee on it and walk away.

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    5. Syrin
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:26:17

      Well, I am a somewhat intelligent and I try to be a thoughtful and considerate person. I’m registerd as a Republican but, does that hinder me from voting for who I want? NO! To duck and run for cover when the winds of ignorance strikes is not showing loyality. Loyality not to a party of course, but to an ideal. Why should I allow others to chase me away while they redefine the GOP? The Republican party has a long and rich historical past that really is interwined with the Democrat party. Check it out…

      It started with Thomas Jefferson, he was elected President in 1800 (and re-elected in 1804) on the Republican ticket. These Republicans, upholders of the liberal tradition, elected in James Madison (1808 and 1812), James Monroe (1816 and 1820). For the next thirty years the two primary parties would become the Democrat-Republicans (soon shortened to just Democrats) and the Whig party.

      The modern Republican Party was born on March 20, 1854 in Ripon, Wisconsin as an outgrowth of the dissolved Whig party, choosing the name to recall to mind the founders; no matter that the aims were now different.

      The 1860 election also featured in fighting, but this time among the Democrats, and Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln won the election. (The Democratic Party had split into Northern and Southern factions and offered two different presidential candidates-Stephen Douglas from Illinois and John Breckenridge of Kentucky.) The third party candidate, John Bell, was the choice of the Constitutional Union Party, made of the disgruntled members of the now non-existent Know Nothing and Whig parties that had not found a home with the Republicans or Democrats.

      The Republicans therefore became strongly identified as the party of Lincoln, the party that freed the slaves, and the party that won the war. As a result, few Southerners joined the Republicans for over a hundred years-the memory of losing the war provided a strong impetus to remain with the Democrats.

      http://www.essortment.com/all/gophistory_rjoo.htm

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    6. sallyngarland,tx
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:30:10

      Here’s someone who may get into the Republican race–Buddy Roemer from Louisiana.

      http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20110201/NEWS01/302010074

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    7. anon
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 14:30:32

      Anyone interested in rehashing 9/11 and David ray Griffin’s report?

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    8. Syrin
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 15:21:47

      Ok.. I have to share this.. I’m willing to admit that I believe Sarah has a part to play undermining reason and integrity as an important aspect of a public political person’s life. She has been able to get away with obvious misdeeds and ignorance but still retain her wholesome, great mom, christian credentials? She is a litmus test for me as a Christian, Conservative. If they support her in name or deed, I instantly know that they are on the wrong track, no sense wasting my breath! She’s already shown that she can and will be delighted in being what causes the APOSTASY- Which is a falling away from faith. A LIE will be followed..In that she’s become that LEADER that is lifted to tickle so many peoples ears and fulfill their desires and lusts. 2Tim 4:3.
      A commenter mentioned a talking goat in China on another thread..It’s fascinating to read, never heard about it.
      There was one thing that Kah-Kah the goat kept repeating. At first, it was only a name. Sarah Palin. What do you think? Talking goat, you think it could be true? http://nomadicjoe.blogspot.com/2011/01/goat.html

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      • AFM
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 18:10:53

        You as a christain should be afraid, very afraid. You know she believes that god has chosen her to be president. You don’t think she got picked to be VP hopeful because she was qualified, do you? No the religious right had a hand in choosing her. McCain wanted Liberman. No they were praying to get McCain and then were praying harder that he would die and she would become president. She would have been a puppet playing while some neocon would be pulling the strings. She wasn’t fit to be governor, or even a mayor. If you look back she left that city and state in debt up to their ying yang. As far as being a parent well nots not go there. She can’t manage her own family. One daughter having a baby out of wedlock, her oldest son joining the army because he got in trouble with the law, Willow and her friends destroyed a good friends home doing over $20,000 worth of damage. Willow was the ring leader. Drugs and drunks are the older kids motto.

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        • Syrin
          Feb 01, 2011 @ 19:26:08

          You’re correct on the basics..and on the fear that she’s being proped up by Christians such as Billy and Franklin Graham. I didn’t vote for Sarah, I was a vocal opponent of hers whenshe entered the public’s arena.. As a community member and someone who knew her tried to interject my point of view. She has other things besides the public good she wants.. This is when I realized that she had sold her soul! Picture is something where Sarah should have been, but wasn’t. https://aksyrin.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/whos-missing/

        • Cheryl
          Feb 02, 2011 @ 05:34:12

          Did she ever say that her god wanted her to be president or just to run. She could have completely missed the point. maybe he wanted this to be a learning, humbling experience by losing. just a thought.

    9. anon
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 16:57:54

      Syrin:

      my audio is not working, it’s been awhile since I listened to that interview… I am a believer in David Ray Griffin and his research. I think that man has hit a nail on the head, and yet so many Americans sneer in disbelief.

      His assertions are sound in my mind. Scientifically based, not politically.

      How and why so many ignore him is puzzling to me. Yes, the whole thing is horrific, and more so given what Mr. Griffin posits. In that light, why are we not as a nation demanding the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding 9/11 and so much more.

      Facts are hard to ignore, um, at least most of the time. I wonder why so may want to turn away from scientific fact here? Is it just too too painful to believe that out own government was evil enough to perpetrate this upon its own citizens?

      I find it painful, but, more so infuriating. Why aren’t more of us angry and demanding the crystal clear truth about 9/11?

      Thanks for the open thread.

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      • Syrin
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 18:46:02

        I only listened to this interview but I see there are many references for him.

        Another admission……I’m a KOOK.. Keeper Of Odd Knowledge
        People don’t want to let truth get in the way! It applies to the Palin anomoly! Truth is out there, but people don’t want that, they want their own truth.. I know that there are underlying forces be what they may, are working against us. People are apathetic to knowing anything other then the basic that is required. Because then they would have to have to think about an answer. We may never have answers to some of those intersting dark conspiracies out there, but to discuss the possibilities puts a little light on the subject.

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    10. AFM
      Feb 01, 2011 @ 18:16:15

      Syrin, are you a girl? I have been calling you a he. I don’t mean to offend you. LOL.

      I will stick with Obama in 2012. He isn’t the best right now. I am mad because he let us down on the health care. He should have gone for a single payer plan. But the republicans played with people heads and scared them with death panels.

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      • Syrin
        Feb 01, 2011 @ 18:34:20

        I am a girl.. What are you, a guy or girl? Thank you for the kind words BTW. Everyone’s opinion is valuable, as is mine.
        Question is why would anyone except what whackadoodle says about anything? She has to this day probably never read anything about it. Others have told her what and how to think, and laid it out right in front of her.. all these years, don’t ya know!

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        • AFM
          Feb 02, 2011 @ 10:11:02

          I am a 63 yr old woman and I am from the east coast living in the state of Tn. I have been here many years but I have never ever lost my liberal leanings. I grew up in a military environment from birth and I married a military man and we retired in Tn where we ended up taking care of his elderly parents. I didn’t realize you were a woman. Your name looks unusual to me. I didn’t think to read your bio. But wow you sure managed to ruffle Palin’s cage. You must be one of the few in the area that isn’t afraid of her. I like reading your blog because even if you don’t agree with a person you show respect. I haven’t seen you call anyone a socialist or a nazi. You haven’t said liberals should be shot like Beck has said. Or liberals shouldn’t be allowed to vote or carry a gun like Limbaugh said. You know my husband is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. But he gets mad when people who say they are conservative are only so when democrats are in the white house. They forget the last time the budget was balanced it was under Bill Clinton. They forget that Cheney said deficits don’t matter. He did say that. They seem to forget that Obama had the bad economy handed to him on a platter. People forget that during the 111th congress the republicans did nothing but say no to everything Obama tried to do. You got the speaker in the senate who said “My primary job is to make Obama a one term president”. Isn’t that just wonderful. They pounded the hell out of Obama about jobs, jobs, jobs. I called the speaker of the house (Or better known as the weeper of the house) and asked where are the jobs, jobs, jobs.

    11. Syrin
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 14:13:16

      Hey I do a webcast Wednesday Rant with Syrin and Sunny on Wednesday 6:30 eastern time 2:30 alaska t.. You are welcome to listen or call with whatever happens to be on your mind.. It’s only 30 minutes now, so don’t miss a thing!

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      • AFM
        Feb 02, 2011 @ 16:38:34

        Do I have to have a webcam to view your rants,LOL? Or should I just click here?

        You live in Wallisa? Are people still afraid of quitter Palin? I don’t understand why anyone would give them the time of day. She craves attention. The best thing the citizens should do is stop giving her the attention. Silence is golden. The people should take your example. They don’t mess with you because you don’t pay attention.

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    12. Syrin
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 14:30:06

      @AFM I recognize everything that you said seems to be at this time the prevailing opinion of some Republicans. I have only 2 senators and 1 congressman that I can interject my approval or disapproval towards. However, our Republicans senator and congressman are ridiculed for trying to be moderate (getting along with others) NOT favored!
      Syrin is a modified siren.. meaning a siren from Wasilla… Here she comes America! 2007 I was out there!

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      • AFM
        Feb 02, 2011 @ 15:24:21

        Syrin, I had a blue dog democratic. He voted against health care so for me I called his office and even left my name and told him that I voted for Mickey Mouse because voting for him was throwing my vote away. That was during the primary and in the general I didn’t vote for anyone I left it blank. I just couldn’t in my heart vote for a republican lite. I can’t stand fence sitters. Have the balls to stick up for what you believe in. I just won’t ever vote for any congress person that doesn’t have the welfare of lower middle class and working poor interests. I just don’t understand how people are so fooled in the tea party. They have a right to be upset. Where I fault them is where was it when Bush was in office. When Cheney said deficits don’t matter. Why aren’t any republicans outraged by that. They want to lay it all on Obama. As far as am concerned Obama sold the left out. What is going on with the extreme right is down right hateful and racist. No one will tell me different. I live in the south and I know democratics who wouldn’t vote for Obama because he is black. What fulls they are.

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    13. CG
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 16:54:39

      Here’s a fun Alaska discussion point!

      Alaskan wins silver medal in ESPN’s Winter X Games 15, Snowboard X. A first for any Alaskan snowboarder or skier.
      http://callanx.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/silver-medal-at-the-x-games/

      114,000 Americans attended the X Games last weekend. 42,000 people, up close and personal, watched an Alaskan take the silver medal. It was super exciting. 1st and 2nd came across the finish line 7/10s of a second (seven-tenths) apart. Bam!
      Several million/trillion people watched the Alaskan on ESPN cable broadcasts, live 24/7 broadcasts, and on-line streaming.

      Waaaay waaaay waaaay more than ever tuned into Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Dancing With The Stars. Ever. Exponentially more.
      Every 15-25 year-olds across the United States, Europe and Asia knows what the X Games is. Very few know what TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is.

      Cory Davis took the bronze in Winter X Snowmobile Freestyle. Cory is the same age as Callan. Cory is Scott Davis’ kid.
      As you all know, Scott is Todd Palin’s former Iron Dog partner, the guy that Sarah credits with the Arctic Cat sponsorships.

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      • Syrin
        Feb 02, 2011 @ 18:58:48

        Thank you for your comment. Glad you brought it up! I know Cory did well! We’re proud of his accomplishment. He had been injured pretty bad and came back as you said to take the bronze. My husband is a friend of Cory and Scott also a fellow racer and team owner akracing.com.It’s good that Scott parted ways with Todd! Todd has nothing!!!

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      • AFM
        Feb 03, 2011 @ 06:29:11

        I saw alittle of it on tv. I am not a winter person. It’s to damn cold, brrrrrr

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      • Syrin
        Feb 03, 2011 @ 08:06:01

        I checked Cory’s Facebook page where he had the most humble update. “wow, so much love from everybody, i really cant thank you guys enough it means alot!”

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    14. jadez
      Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:34:08

      first time here.
      i wont be back.
      you are a very ignorant person just repeating the talking points of the radio hate talkers and fox news.
      this country is failing because people like you think you know what is going on.
      you dont have a clue and you dont even know how ignorant you are.

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      • AFM
        Feb 03, 2011 @ 06:31:06

        How sad you are leaving. I never listen to any talk radio. I live in a area that we only get the crazy right wing talk radio. I tried listening but it is to much hate talking for me. It’s healthier that way.

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    15. AFM
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 06:32:46

      Oh I forgot I love to listen to NPR talk radio. You can even get it on the internet. It is informative and people on all sides call in and there is no hate talking. People are respectful of each other. Great.

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    16. Syrin
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 09:56:42

      Mitt Romney claims he isn’t sure if he’ll run for President in 2012, but he knows someone else that would do a “great” job: Sarah Palin
      GOD help US!!

      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=123532#ixzz1CvJoqSo6

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