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Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:06:27 PM »
Hello from the Socialist Republic of Washington State.  This is my first effort at participation in forums and I will admit that it appears a bit intimidating as it took me 15 minutes just to figure out how to get to this message screen.  That does not mean I am unfamiliar with computers, political commentary or raising Hell.... au contraire.  I am the administrator of a very lively political commentary closed group on Facebook titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"  https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifelibertyandpursiuteofhappiness/  with nearly 1200 members.  We keep approaching 1200 but seem to fall short as trolls drop out and patriots replace them.  In fact, a Facebook friend, Paul Miller invited me to this forum and in turn he has been a very valued recent member of my Facebook group.  If you use Facebook, you are welcome to look around and I'd be happy to make you a member.

I've had a most interesting life, having been a radical SDS member at Kent State in my youth, hobnobbing with Chicago 7 member Jerry Rubin & debating Joan Baez at Kent in 1971 (I kicked her ass) as I made the transformation away from the dark side.  I began to learn the hypocrisy of the political left right there at Kent and it actually took me about 8-9 years before I make a complete break from the idiocy of liberal/progressive politics.  Maybe it was the fact that I took politics seriously when I was running with leftist slime back then while these associates really only had three interests:  Where they could score their next dope, where the next party was where they could crash and whose pants they could get into.  And I am definitely a rare breed from that era at Kent State as I have never used any kind of illicit drugs in my life with one notable exception in 1971.

I worked my way through Kent doing a variety of jobs and since then I have had an eye opening series of careers:  I was a manager for Chrysler Corporation in my hometown of Detroit, then a freelance photographer in Tennessee, a newspaper journalist/photographer in Illinois, a special educator in Tennessee in Washington State and finally a cop for 22 years from which I am now retired.  I am a true conservative now; not a Libertarian but an outspoken conservative who cherishes our U.S. Constitution and what it represents.  What I value most in this world is honesty and personal integrity & if you want to get on my wrong side, just lie to me.
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 11:24:26 PM »
Ah, a fellow Washingtonian! Welcome!

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 11:57:59 PM »
What an interesting path. I look forward to your perspective. Welcome.
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 12:31:21 AM »
If you hate hippies, you would get a laugh out of my photo series of "Occupy Wall Street" morons that rallied in downtown Seattle last year.  They truly did remind me of my Kent State days... and many of them were older than me and may not have had a bath in decades.  I think their cumulative I.Q. actually approached 80.  It was Marxist weasels on parade.
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 01:51:20 AM »
Welcome, Comrade contemporary.
I was just down the road in Cincy at that time.

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 06:34:24 AM »
I had shall we say an aniti-authoritarian and slightly rambunctious youth...and I cannot say I did not inhale (nor only once)...regardless of our paths it is nice so many of us end up at the right spot!  Welcome aboard!
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013, 06:49:34 AM »
Welcome to the forum Gumshoe! have a good look around, feel free to chime in anywhere, start your own topics, whatever you'd like. The forum is simple to use, with very comprehensive features. If you like what you see, feel free to invite people from your page - cross-pollinization, as it were.

Our site is not for the faint of heart, as we refuse to play the Left's language-games. But we're a good, decent bunch of patriots who have found each other, and enjoy each other's company online. We welcome new friends.

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013, 09:35:10 AM »
Welcome, I think you will like it here, everyone's so friendly!
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 10:02:49 AM »
Sorry gumshoe009, but you are not from the Land of Fruits and Nuts.  California has that moniker securely locked up; just look at the fruits and nuts that state keeps electing into Congress, starting with Batshyt Insane Nanzi Pelousy.  No, you're from the Land of Perpetual Rain and Burnt Coffee.

(And this coming from someone who has Nanny Blooming-fukcing-Idiot as a mayor.)

I also echo Trap's comment; an interesting life.  I'm always curious as to the process from radical left (and the SDS were radical) to conservative.

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 12:52:16 PM »
No, no, no......California is the CEREAL STATE, because it has Fruits, nuts, AND flakes.

Washington is only 2/3 of the way there.


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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013, 12:59:37 PM »
No, no, no......California is the CEREAL STATE, because it has Fruits, nuts, AND flakes.

Cereal state, huh?  I guess the porn industry has fiber in it, along with protein, so there's that supporting example.

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2013, 04:02:57 PM »
If you hate hippies, you would get a laugh out of my photo series of "Occupy Wall Street" morons that rallied in downtown Seattle last year.  They truly did remind me of my Kent State days... and many of them were older than me and may not have had a bath in decades.  I think their cumulative I.Q. actually approached 80.  It was Marxist weasels on parade.

I do all I can to stay the hell out of seattle. I used to have friends who lived on Pill Hill and always looked at me sideways because I was armed (the feeling was mutual towards their naivety).

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2013, 05:07:26 PM »
It's funny that you claim to have all the fruits & nuts down in California, RickZ, for I had a lengthy discussion with noted California writer Burt Prelutsky on this very topic.  He certainly ran off a list of noted imbecilic California politicians and Hollywood types and I certainly could not deny the forcefulness of his arguments.  But then I had my share of Nimrods that could be cited as well.  I began by noting that psychiatrist Jim "Baghdad Jim" McDermott has represented the Seattle inner city in congress for many years and usually receives about 80% of the vote and that is only when the GOP is foolish enough to put up a candidate.  We also have Sen. Patty Murray who has the distinction of being voted the dumbest senator of all by DC staffers for seven years in a row.  Of course in the case of Ms. Murray I am a bit biased as she is the spitting image of my ex-wife and they both live in the same town.  Much of the insanity we suffer from here in Washington State has been due to the mass migration of Californians (although my 22 year old daughter, against my strong disapproval, just moved to San Francisco three months ago).  I think Mr. Prelutsky and I finally agreed that there were clearly more fruits and nuts in California, but on a per capita basis, Washington was the clear winner.  The recent initiative victories here on legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage would bear out that belief.

Though I do live only 20 miles from downtown Seattle, I try not to visit any more than forced to and for an occasional photographic journey.  Regarding my passage from radical to rock rib conservative, I actually found it to be a cleansing action as I was able to see up close the hypocrisy of the left.  In fact, hypocrisy and liberals/progressives/Socialists/Marxists go together like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.  Hypocrisy is engrained in the mindset of liberals.  It is part of their DNA.  Being that honesty and personal integrity I hold dear, moving to the right was an easy transformation for me.

Let me give you one illustrative example from my youth.  On the one year anniversary of the shootings at Kent State, Joan Baez came to campus and set up shop at the student union to bask in the glory of the revolution and have her groupies lavish over her.  I did take a few photographs of her at that time and on one of those days at the student union I began to listen to her proselytize, I became more and more enraged with the crap she was spewing and I really got into it with her.  One of the crapola statements she made was that she was switching record companies and would soon be selling her records for $2.00 each to counter the capitalist system.  In reality, she had been recording for Vanguard Records, a very fine company that charged $4.95 per record.  Baez switched to A & M Records owned by Herb Alpert and her record prices increased to $6.98 per record. 
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2013, 06:08:08 PM »
I think the fruits and nuts are well distributed throughout the Left coast, with brand name and concentration being the variables. Oregon cerntainly has ITS own brand of extreme Leftist radicals - in many ways, the most extreme of the extreme in regards to anarchistic ideology and environmental radicalism.
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2013, 05:06:51 AM »
Whatever, Gumshoe! It's the Left Coast!

If you get the chance, try traveling through the land of paradise on earth where Glock, Pandora and I, your humble cynic, live and breath free, with a Republican Governor, a Republican Senate and a Republican House.

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2013, 06:25:57 AM »
Wait a minute there BAS, that ain't heaven...IIRC they like to suspend parts of the constitution we ALL like during natural disasters and the like...right?

Ain't no place perfect...some just less so!   ;)

OK, maybe some a lot LOT less so!   ::facepalm::
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2013, 09:51:18 PM »
Well BigAl, you didn't tell where your piece of heaven is but I seem to be able to deduce from the next comment that you may be referring to Louisiana if my deductive abilities are correct.  Ironically, there are only four states I have not been to and traveled through and Louisiana is one of them.  But being a Tennessee Volunteer myself, I am a giant step up from those swamplands, leeches and Frenchy libtards you have to endure.  No thanks.   ::gaah::
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2013, 10:24:54 PM »
Well BigAl, you didn't tell where your piece of heaven is but I seem to be able to deduce from the next comment that you may be referring to Louisiana if my deductive abilities are correct.  Ironically, there are only four states I have not been to and traveled through and Louisiana is one of them.  But being a Tennessee Volunteer myself, I am a giant step up from those swamplands, leeches and Frenchy libtards you have to endure.  No thanks.   ::gaah::

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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2013, 03:14:18 AM »
Well, I deduced wrongly but North Carolina has some very nice areas, especially nearby the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  If I can downsize and get rid of all the crap I have accumulated over six decades, I hope to return to Blount County (Maryville, TN area) and live out my final days.  I almost moved there in 2009 but the housing market crashed here in Washington State at that time so I put a halt to the move then.  Things are a bit better here now.  I am a bit amazed though that NC has been so strongly Dummycrat the past twenty years.  Liberalism is a mental disorder and North Carolinians seem to have suffered mightily from this liberal virus.  I have a friend in Detroit who just sold his home this week and is moving to a lovely log home on acreage in Franklin, NC.  I am very envious & I told him we might be neighbors before long.  As the crow flies, Maryville and Franklin are only about 40 miles apart.
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Re: Greetings from the Land of Fruits & Nuts
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2013, 07:23:43 AM »
Greetings from a fellow Tennessean. Tennessee would be the most conservative state if we could peddle Memphis to Arkansas........although the recent votes of LAMAR! And Corker stab conservatism in the back. East Tennessee is a beautiful place.
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