Monthly Archives: November 2008

Liberal thoughts, Conservative horror

Things that are MUSIC to MY ears but probably sound like fingernails on a blackboard to Republicans:

1. Spread the wealth is a great concept!

2. Rev. Wright is absolutely right!

3. George Bush is the worst President in American history.

4. Our boys die needlessly in Iraq.

5. You cannot WIN in Iraq.

6. Reagan was a fair actor and a so-so President.

7. Jimmy Carter was one of the greatest Presidents.

8. Michael Moore speaks truth.

9. Joe the Plumber is a faked setup.

10. We don’t need to drill, drill, drill.

11. Muslims are generally good people.

12. The U.N. is a noble effort.

13. Global warming is mainly caused by humans.

14. America is not favored by God.

15. When Republicans say “Freedom” they really mean “Business”

16. Republicans like to screw around and then call for “family values”.

Send this on to 5,000 people you know or you will be enlisted in the army, chickenhawks.
Liberals are exempt and will get medals for sending this on.


I met a Conservative yesterday and I like him

I met a fellow on my walk yesterday morning, Chuck Seaver. He is 70 years old and owns a house and a wife 10 years younger than he is. He’s been divorced three times. He spent enough time in the Navy to get a pension and medical benefits. I liked Chuck immediately. Intelligent, witty, not self possessed.

Chuck told me about his past as a biker (Harley) and how he was married to his latest catch in Las Vegas by a JP.

Chuck goes to a lot of yard sales. Showed me his garage where one side has stuff just for him. I guess the other side has stuff for him and whoever is his latest wife too. Chuck earns money student teaching at the local schools, all grades. I get the feeling those kids like this feisty old dude.

Chuck told me about the people who live in the houses adjacent to his and right across the street. He said Mexicans lived in those houses. I was chafed by the use of the word “Mexicans” instead of “Latinos.” He matter-of-factly spoke about the idea of “us against them (Mexicans)”  He was not really denouncing them, just making an observation as he told about how they live with their relatives and other immigrants from south of the border.

Chuck voted for McCain the day before. I don’t think he understands, yet, how the Latino vote was a significant ingredient in McCain’s defeat and also how they represent fundamental change.

Chuck laughed when I said I thought he was a Conservative “with a capital C”. I think He considers himself a Liberal though I didn’t press on that button during our long talk.

We spent a lot of time talking about God, Jesus, right and wrong after he let the cat out of the bag that he is a Christian. He goes to a Methodist church that caters to Christians who really don’t want to be restrained by liturgy. He proabably fits the definition of “born again” since he told me that I needed to be re-baptized.

Finally, I scooted my two well behaved and leashed dogs toward the sidewalk signaling that it was time to go.

Chuck gave me two gifts:  a boxed porcelain Santa Claus picked up from a yard sale for 50 cents (Chuck likes to bargain) and a paperback Bible.

greg cryns

I voted to allow gay marriage on Friday

Yes, I requested and received a mail ballot. Interesting experience. I could sit in my own office and ponder the 10 Propositions without feeling the pressure to hurry. The one causing the most emotion and
discussion is Proposition 8, technically the attempt to define “marriage” but in reality an attempt to squash gay marriage in California.

Notice: I am not gay but I strongly support gay rights. Not afraid to say that in public either.

Here is what the signs that beautify the California landscape look like:

Millions of dollars were poured into advertising, almost all from the people who are anti-gay marriage.
Particularly interesting is that most of the money came from OUTSIDE California. I think most of the other states are represented in the donations.

You should see the thousands of anti-gay Prop 8 signs on people’s lawns. One Latino neighborhood in LA has this sign in front of almost every house. The big irony is that most of those houses also have an Obama sign up as well! Funny.

See, if it is not obvious already to you, people are worried that if gays are allowed to get married in CA the
idea may become reality in their own states soon. CA is a testing zone right now.

I saw a bumper sticker recently. It said: IF YOU DON’T LIKE GAY MARRIAGE, THEN DON’T HAVE ONE

This man is made a statement in opposition to Prop 8 and he lost a lot of gay votes. I guess his action was “measured” or does it reflect simply a badly run campaign?

Well, I voted for Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. I simply could not resist voting for two black
women at the top of the ticket. That is amazing when you consider American history. Go ahead Liberals, tell me I wasted my vote. I don’t care. The biggest danger to American is not, in my opinion, a Republican
President, but rather that we will continue as a two party nation.

Thus, I will miss saying I voted for America’s first black President, but I will be able to tell my grandkids that I voted for two black women in 2008!

Greg Cryns


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Palin’s future, according to Garrison Keillor

Palin’s future, according to Garrison Keillor


We are a stalwart and stouthearted people, and never more so than in hard times. People weep in the dark and arise in the morning and go to work. The waves crash on your nest egg and a chunk is swept away and you put your salami sandwich in the brown bag and get on the bus. In Philly, a woman earns $10.30/hour to care for a man brought down by cystic fibrosis. She bathes and dresses him in the morning, brings him meals, puts him to bed at night. It’s hard work lifting him and she has suffered a painful hernia that, because she can’t afford health insurance, she can’t get fixed, but she still goes to work because he’d be helpless without her. There are a lot of people like her. I know because I’m related to some of them.

Low dishonesty and craven cynicism sometimes win the day but not inevitably. The attempt to link Barack Obama to an old radical in his neighborhood has desperation and deceit written all over it. Meanwhile, stunning acts of heroism stand out, such as the fidelity of military lawyers assigned to defend detainees at Guantanamo Bay — uniformed officers faithful to their lawyerly duty to offer a vigorous defense even though it means exposing the injustice of military justice that is rigged for conviction and the mendacity of a commander in chief who commits war crimes. If your law school is looking for a name for its new library, instead of selling the honor to a fat cat alumnus, you should consider the names of Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, Lt. Col. Mark Bridges, Col. Steven David, Lt. Col. Sharon Shaffer, Lt. Cmdr. Philip Sundel and Maj. Michael Mori.

It was dishonest, cynical men who put forward a clueless young woman for national office, hoping to juice up the ticket, hoping she could skate through two months of chaperoned campaigning, but the truth emerges: The lady is talking freely about matters she has never thought about. The American people have an ear for B.S. They can tell when someone’s mouth is moving and the clutch is not engaged. When she said, “One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let’s commit ourselves just every day, American people, Joe Six-Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars,” people smelled gas.

Some Republicans adore her because they are pranksters at heart and love the consternation of grown-ups. The ne’er-do-well son of the old Republican family as president, the idea that you increase government revenue by cutting taxes, the idea that you cut social services and thereby drive the needy into the middle class, the idea that you overthrow a dictator with a show of force and achieve democracy at no cost to yourself — one stink bomb after another, and now Governor Palin.

She is a chatty sportscaster who lacks the guile to conceal her vacuity, and she was Mr. McCain’s first major decision as nominee. This troubles independent voters, and now she is a major drag on his candidacy. She will get a nice book deal from Regnery and a new career making personal appearances for forty grand a pop, and she’ll become a trivia question, “What politician claimed foreign-policy expertise based on being able to see Russia from her house?” And the rest of us will have to pull ourselves out of the swamp of Republican economics.

Your broker kept saying, “Stay with the portfolio, don’t jump ship,” and you felt a strong urge to dump the stocks and get into the money market where at least you’re not going to lose your shirt, but you didn’t do it and didn’t do it, and now you’re holding a big bag of brown bananas. Me, too. But at least I know enough not to believe desperate people who are talking trash. Anybody who got whacked last week and still thinks McCain-Palin is going to lead us out of the swamp and not into a war with Iran is beyond persuasion in the English language. They’ll need to lose their homes and be out on the street in a cold hard rain before they connect the dots.

Garrison Keillor is the author of a new Lake Wobegon novel, ” Liberty ” (Viking).