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Re: “Independence Day: Independents don't rule

Happy Independence
Day from Kansas City to all of the blog family

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Posted by mountaingirl on 07/04/2014 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The Hucksterism open line; again with the Nazi trope did a beautiful thing and thank you for that.
I am also one who cares what happens to them. That is how I came to have 8 dogs here on the mountain, ages 8-14, all but one in the 50/130 pound range. There is a heartbreaking back story about each and every one but they are all happy, healthy and thriving now.
There are many people around here just like the one you described who care no more for the welfare of animals than they do for the weeds growing in their front yard.
On the other hand, three of my friends (two professional career women and one a business owner) spend a lot of their spare time and their own money rescuing and finding homes for abused or abandoned dogs. There are also several groups involved with transporting dogs from the south to the north and east for adoption where there are stricter spay and neuter laws and pets are not viewed as throw away possessions.
There are other kind souls like you out there....several right here in the blog family. I just wish there were many more.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/30/2014 at 5:51 AM

Re: “The open line: Bitter enders, charter schools and a sane Republican

Thanks for sharing the stories Olphart. Great first hand commentary on the thought process of many around us. Depending on what route you took, you weren't too far from the mountaingirl compound on your trip to Waldron. I'm not a fan of bluegrass music either, but it's a big deal in rural areas.

If I hadn't had similar conversations with many people around here, I might shake my head in frustration at your experience. However, it used to happen to me so often when I first moved back, I have now completely given up trying to reason with these folks. I'm a minority living in a right-wing-majority ruled area! So, if I can't avoid them altogether, I make sure I stick to mundane conversation (the weather, their kids or parents, family vacations, etc) and avoid any possible topic that might inadvertently lead to the subjects of religion, Obama, or the "takers" (code for Mexicans). And it is funny to listen to their hatred of the "takers" since they are, or someone in their family is, also a "taker". But I now understand the process of "taking" is actually ONLY for the white folks.

I have begun keeping a tally on the calendar of how often I hear some variation of "I'm gonna git me a Mexican to _____" (fill in some form of manual labor). The first time I heard it, I thought this sounded similar to slave-owner mentality.

It took me several years to realize these folks have no interest in hearing another side. Just as your friend does, they surround themselves with other people, news media and churches that perpetuate the myths. The conspiracy of it all is so much more interesting and rebel rousing than the simple boring truth. Occam's Razor has absolutely no chance for survival around here because somehow, it all goes back to the black man in the White House. I look forward to the utopia these United States will become, once that man's term in office has expired. Hope my Baptist and Republican friends won't be too disappointed.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/23/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Former state Rep. John Miller died Wednesday at 85.

The state has lost a truly wonderful man.

I had the honor of knowing John Miller most of my life. When I was a young person hanging around the capitol with my dad, John was never too busy to take time to acknowledge the children of legislators and answer any questions we might have. As I grew older, I came to understand what a remarkable man John Miller was.

John was always able to bring order and decorum to an often rowdy House chamber. Once, I eavesdropped in the speaker’s office, as John called my dad in to defuse a situation, beginning with a soft kind, almost fatherly voice, “Now Lloyd….”, and proceeded to let dad know why he was misguided on the matter. It worked. John got the job done by being friends with everyone, regardless of party affiliation. He had an air of dignity about him that served him well.

John remained a true friend to my dad long after their legislative days ended. After dad had a massive debilitating stroke in 2008 and was confined to a long term care facility for several years, my siblings and I would often find notes John left for us in dad’s room. John and his wife Ruby would come to visit my dad whenever they were in our part of the state, despite the fact that dad was unable to communicate with anyone. John still came to sit by his old friend’s bedside and share tales and laughter of legislative days gone by. I found comfort in thinking that somehow, my dad was able to hear those stories and was laughing inside right along with John.

I have a huge place in my heart for this beautiful and kind man that was John Miller. This was a much better place because he was here.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/19/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Lawsuit challenges licensing standards for hair braiders

Hey.......where are all of the "NO BIG GOVERNMENT" and "KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY MEDICARE" t-baggers on this matter?????

Oh........never mind. I get it.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/17/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Lawsuit challenges licensing standards for hair braiders

Ms. McLean and Ms. Earl are completely correct in this matter and I wish them every success in their suit.

At one time or another, my hair has been braded by everyone from a young niece (who learned by practicing on her Barbie Dolls) to a former mother-in-law, to a stranger on the beach. At no time was my life, my health or my hair in jeopardy. It involved my hair, a set of hands and a rubber band at the end. Period. There is more danger to my health by cooking dinner.

Braiding hair precisely and intricately, as practiced by Ms. McLean and Ms. Earl, requires skill and an extreme amount of patience. It is an art form, passed from generation to generation......similar to knitting or quilt making.

Exactly how many cases exist of bodily harm or death caused by hair braiding? Leave these ladies alone and let them practice their craft.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/17/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “The annals of discrimination: An Arkansas legislator speaks

Dee......PTDFL is a long time beloved member of this blog family.......our very own, very talented version of Stephen Colbert.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/17/2014 at 1:21 PM

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