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According to our local weatherman last night, we have a 20% chance of an isolated snow shower this morning?

Sunflower is back with us again this week along with…

sunflower - smiley face 1a…         (Readers Forum – Both Ways).

I’m not sure what to say, I’ve never seen anyone nailed to a cross as delicately and as diplomatically as you nailed Russ. I was extremely impressed. Please don’t ever forget, I’m the girl that likes everything you write.

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Good morning Sunflower; Thank you a second time for your participation and for your commentary.

Please note for the future that I would much rather walk in a field of flowers than a field of thorns. – Also (please note) that I appreciate your sense of humor.

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nita.zee@…         (Readers Forum – Both Ways).

You write a lot about Mexicans coming to America to take jobs from white people without visas. In Mexico life and work is not so good as it is in America. People from Mexico are most good and desent people who love their children. Give them a brake.  Juanita.

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Hello Juanita, Thank you for sharing. (In truth) I write a lot about illegal immigration, (with the emphasis on illegal), the reason someone breaks the law is not my concern.

My concern is simple, individual (breaks the law) or they don’t.

If you shoot someone because they’re breaking into your house, (for any reason), I’m on your side.

If you shoot someone because they have something you want, ..I’m not!

It is not today, or at any time been my intention to besmirch anyone for the color of their skin, their ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.

Albeit, I do have extremely strong opinions on (right and wrong) ..and on unconstitutional ideology.

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I’ve been reading your (offerings) for more than a year, I like your style, your content and especially your honesty, keep it up.

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Hello Norman, if I said I didn’t enjoy accolades, I’d be lying.

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oneder_woman.6@…       (Land of Opportunity).

I use to listen to Fred on the radio, “Fred Rocks” you rock to. I’ve only been reading your blog for a little more than a two months. I don’t like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, I don’t like anyone in our government. I’m with you, let’s get rid of all of them. Please choose me for your forum. Thank you.

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Good Morning woman, as adept as I am with “franchising” words, you’ve left me nothing to say.

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Perryxxxxxx@…         (Land of Opportunity).

I’m a middle grade officer in the United States Marine Corps, I was born in Perry, Georgia. I’ve researched my genealogy back to a grandmother in 1881 that could read and write from a family Bible. Before my grandmother passed away she wrote six letters, her memoirs. Nothing in her writing is resentful or bitter. My grandmother was a devoutly religious woman who spoke kindly of everyone. My grandmother was black as am I. My grandmother believed if you didn’t work for what you owned, you couldn’t appreciate it.

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Hello Perry, “ditto – ditto – ditto,” I can’t argue with, nor can I “appropriately” improve on anything you wrote. Isn’t anyone going to leave me anything to say?

Thus, as a simple (grunt) from “another” bunch of gravel agitators, (by your leave), I will sign off with a hearty “Semper Fi”…

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Slipnot22@…     (For the Good of the Nation).

I’ve been reading your blog for more than a year, you’ve had good days and you’ve had not so good days, yesterday and today have been two of your better days. A question if that’s allowed? Why don’t you put out more information about why America should reject Hillary Clinton in 2016?

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Hello Gary, thank you for your allegiance and your comment. It is immensely pleasing to provide and affable product.

To your Question (about) Hillary Clinton; 2016 is still too far over the horizon for me to get serious about barking at a dog without legs.

Although there is no doubt that Hillary is a legend in her own mind and in the minds of those who believe that a “free” bowl of warm soup is the elixir of politics.

Free, is a four letter word that (in my opinion) common sense folks will soon be adding to the list of four letter words, not to be uttered in polite society. 

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geegeeme@…       (For the Good of the Nation).

I enjoyed the medal of freedom awards because although it was an enormous waste of time, it didn’t cost me as much as another Hawaiian vacation.

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Dear GeeGee, dare I venture a guess that you are a “bona fide” (conservative)? 

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jonicache@…      (Personally offensive). 

My mother was born in San Francisco, she married a pill popping drummer and died of a drug overdose when I was four. Like Barack Obama I was raised by my grandparents. The difference, my grandparents weren’t Communist, or atheists. I earned a scholastic scholarship to Arizona State University where I earned a degree in computer science. I currently live in Nancy Pelosi’s district and although I know that it is no more than a symbolic gesture, I voted against her in her last election.

In a world so dependent and driven by technology as we live in today, it is a sad state of affairs when a nation as great as America is governed by ignorance and money.

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Dear Joni, I was born in Lompoc, California the same year that the U.S. Army broke ground on (Camp Cooke) currently known as Vandenberg Air Force Base. Not that where I was born and has anything to do with the price of tea in China.

I currently live in a quaint “Norman Rockwell” community in Western South Dakota where all the representatives of “our” Federal Government know me by my first name.

(Both women who work at “our” post office).

Although I’m not an official celebrity at “our” grocery store, I am well received.

Other places I’m known by my first name in “my” community are the Dollar Store and Mr. Movies.

There was “brief” talk about bringing in a McDonald’s a few years ago, ..but then, this economy?

I have no recollection of any previous participant sharing as much of their personal information with me as you have.

You are indeed a refreshing person, ..and you are welcome here anytime.

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..and since I’m on a roll here with (refreshing) circumstances, my next guest and contributor is a gentleman, and a real…

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 ..from down under.

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Martin Killips, “The Big Bamboo” himself.  Who writes; …

How strange it feels to find a forum that discusses me!

Who wrote this? Most of it is true!

Martin Killips – aka, The Big Bamboo himself!

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Hello Martin, the answer to your question of course is; …

“I wrote the article.

If you’ve scanned any of my other offerings you (could) be aware that my name is Chuck. I’ll be seventy-two years old on December 26, next month and I have an avid admiration for Panda Bears, ..a proper picture of which I was diligently searching for one afternoon when I came upon your logo of the Big Bamboo.

Thus, being cursed with curiosity since childhood, I had no choice but to browse your website (long story short). I found your website and your story to inspiring not to share. 

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popparotsy@…  (Wisdom from History – John F. Kennedy).

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I don’t know where this picture comes from, but people putting things on the web should know how to spell, especially if they’re quoting a great man like Kennedy.

This comes close to being disrespect.

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Hello Bruce, you are absolutely right, people putting things on the Internet should know how to spell. – Accordingly, I beg your forgiveness as I am sure that you are that one person on the planet earth who has never misspelled a word.

As for respect and disrespect, I have out of respect for your pursuit of correctness, ..and respect for myself, – “tasked” myself Wednesday afternoon to correct my error, – its done.

Moving forward, – being that (you and I) are so intrinsically “symbiotic” in our quest for “Truth, Justice and the American” way, – I share with you a few facts about John F. Kennedy that you may not be aware of?

Popular history has provides that John F. Kennedy had an admirable and distinctive career and United States Navy. (Which is true).

Less advertised history provides that John F. Kennedy was disqualified for induction into the U.S. Army in 1941 due to chronic lower back problems.

Question: Was Kennedy’s disqualification for induction into the U.S. Army actually the result of chronic lower back problems, or was Kennedy disqualified because he was the son of a wealthy (uber-powerful) father?

“In September 1941, after medical disqualification by the Army for his chronic lower back problems, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy, with the influence of the director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, former naval attaché to Joseph Kennedy.

Kennedy was an ensign serving in the office of the Secretary of the Navy when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. He attended the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and then voluntarily entered the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center in Melville, Rhode Island.


Thereafter, Kennedy was assigned duty in Panama and later in the Pacific theater, where Kennedy earned the rank of lieutenant, commanding a patrol torpedo (PT) boat.” (Source Wikipedia).

According to Webster: “re·spect,” (in context) To honor and regard; esteem.

Years after Kennedy’s death, it was revealed that in September 1947, while Kennedy was 30 and in his first term in Congress, he was diagnosed by Sir Daniel Davis at The London Clinic with Addison’s disease, a rare endocrine disorder.


According to Webster: “en·do·crine,” Relating to endocrine glands or the hormones secreted by them.


In 1966, his White House doctor, Janet Travell, revealed that Kennedy also had hypothyroidism. The presence of two endocrine diseases raises the possibility that Kennedy had autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2 (APS 2).

Kennedy also suffered from chronic and severe back pain, for which he had surgery and was written up in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Surgery.

Kennedy’s condition (if known) would have had diplomatic repercussions, as he appears to have been taking a combination of drugs to treat severe back pain during the 1961 Vienna Summit with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

The combination included hormones, animal organ cells, steroids, vitamins, enzymes, and amphetamines, and possible potential side effects included hyperactivity, hypertension, impaired judgment, nervousness, and mood swings.

Kennedy at one time was regularly seen by no fewer than three doctors, one of whom, Max Jacobson, was (unknown) to the other two, as his mode of treatment was controversial and used for the most severe bouts of back pain.

There were disagreements among his doctors, into late 1961, over the proper balance of medication and exercise, with the president preferring the former as he was short on time and desired immediate relief.

During that timeframe the president’s physician, George Burkley, did set up some gym equipment in the White House basement where Kennedy did stretching exercises for his back three times a week. Details of these and other medical problems were not publicly disclosed during Kennedy’s lifetime.” (Source Wikipedia).


In government, at least in (my considered opinion) a secret concerning the health and ability of an individual responsible for the security of the nation is inexcusable.


“In 1946, U.S. Representative James Michael Curley vacated his seat in the strongly Democratic 11th Congressional district in Massachusetts, at Joe’s urging, to become mayor of Boston.

Kennedy ran for the seat, beating his Republican opponent by a large margin. He served as a congressman for six years.

In the 1952 election, he defeated incumbent Republican Henry Cabot Lodge, jr. for the U.S. Senate seat. The following year he was married to Jacqueline.

Kennedy underwent several spinal operations over the following two years. Often absent from the Senate, he was at times critically ill and received Catholic last rites. During his convalescence in 1956, he published Profiles in Courage, a book about U.S. Senators who risked their careers for their personal beliefs, and which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957.

Rumors that this work was co-authored by Kennedys close adviser and speechwriter, Ted Sorensen, were established in Sorensen’s 2008 autobiography.

In the book, Kennedy supported the conservative Southern view that Reconstruction was corrupt.” (Source Wikipedia).

Extramarital relationships…

During his presidency Kennedy reportedly had affairs with a number of women, including Marilyn Monroe, Gunilla von Post, Judith Campbell, Mary Pinchot Meyer, Marlene Dietrich, Mimi Alford, and Jackie’s press secretary Pamela Turnure.

Kennedy’s philandering may have included actress Angie Dickinson and White House secretaries Priscilla Weir and Jill Cowen.

The extent of his relationship with Marilyn Monroe will never be known, although it has been reported they spent a weekend together in March 1962 while Kennedy was staying at Bing Crosby’s house.

Furthermore, the White House switchboard noted calls from her during 1962.

J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director, was also privileged to reports of Kennedy’s indiscretions. Doctors speculated that the drugs the president required for Addison’s disease had the side effect of increasing his virility.

The president once remarked to UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, “I wonder how it is for you, Harold? If I don’t have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches.”

Kennedy may have been influenced by his father Joe Kennedy’s open affair with Gloria Swanson. According to John F. Kennedy himself, Joe told his sons to get “laid as often as possible”. (Source Wikipedia).

Question: What behaviors, (if any) other than a misspelled word, – do you (personally) find unacceptable and unworthy of respect Bruce?

Had the voters in 1960 been apprised of Kennedy’s health issues, he would not have been elected as the President of the United States and everything that I have gleaned and written above would be moot, – pretty much the same would have been true if the voters in 2008 would have known then what they know now about “Barack Hussein Obama,” – he wouldn’t currently be the President of the United States.

When you challenge one of my “editing oversights” Bruce, you have both my attention and my affiliation in correcting the neglect.

However when you challenge my “integrity,” you would be wise to understand (what behaviors) in a decent society are acceptable and which are not.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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