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Pat replied to Michael Penn's discussion My Grandson Was Murdered January 10th
"Michael, first of all, my sincerest and deepest sympathy. I've heard people tell those who have lost a child or grandchild, "I know how you must feel." The truth is I don't how you must feel at such a devastating loss like that,…"
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Pat replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Epicurious's Myth-Busting Guide to Cooking Beans in the group Food!
"Thanks for the info Joan. This does bust one for me. I was always taught never to add salt until the beans are done. Was told if you did it to early it made the beans tough and added to the effluvium later in the evening. I am thinking about red…"
Feb 3
Pat commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"I'd say Bernie did great. Think he'll take New Hampshire, but he seems to be weak among black Americans. And, after NH, South Carolina is coming. Hope he does well there. Keeping my fingers crossed, and voting for him here in the Illinois…"
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Pat commented on Calla's group Nexus Book Club
"Randall, I looked up the book on Amazon.com.  I believe the author is Ed Klein. So, I looked him up, and found this article about him on Salon. The Salon piece is none to kind to Klein, referring to him as a deluded conservative and the…"
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Pat commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Daniel, don't beat yourself up over freezer pizza. I occasionally get the same thing, and jazz it up a bit with extra pepperoni, Italian herbs, and mozzarella. And, like Carl said, it's not a steady diet of the stuff every night."
Feb 1
Pat replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Mean Sally says, "Go kill yourself!" in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"I'm with Joan, and hope she doesn't. Not for her sake. I care for her well-being as little or less than she cares for others. I would hate to think that a child would be subjected to a parent who is such a mean spirited, hate filled, vile…"
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Pat commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Joan, if I closed my eyes, I could imagine my grandfather, Euclid, humming along in his workshop."
Jan 31

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STARING MORTALITY IN THE FACE

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 1:43pm 23 Comments

One of the truisms of life is this. That which is alive will die.  It happens to be true of every living thing we see or have ever come in contact with. Cats, dogs, birds, deer, crocodiles, cockroaches, flies, trees, grass, flowering plants, and the myriad varieties of bacteria. All will eventually die. Each and every one of us included. It was the American author William Saroyan who famously said, Everybody has to…

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On The Passing Of An American Icon

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

I guess this is nothing more than personal musings on the passing of an American icon.  On Saturday, August 25th, Neil Armstrong died at 82 years of age. In a very large sense he, along with the rest of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts, can be compared to Christopher Columbus, Roald Amundsen, and the first south seas sailor in a dugout canoe to spot the Hawaiian Islands. There was the obligatory 5 minute news coverage of his death and his magnum opus achievement – being…

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THE INSIDIOUS "CHRISTIANIZATION" OF THE US MILITARY

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 11:40am 3 Comments

There currently exists a highly active, and insidious, effort to convert members of the U.S. military to evangelical Christianity. From what I have thus far read, this is being done inside the armed services by high ranking officers working with the likes Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s be-knighted offspring), and others. On September 25, 2010, a concert was…

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At 7:27am on September 13, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Pat!

I'm about half-way through Baskin v. Bogan and about all I can say is WOW!  Talk about THOROUGH!  Whoever wrote this did his or her homework in spades!  Again, thanks for posting that!

At 12:10pm on August 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…

First of all, thanks a LOT for getting back to me, Pat.  I agree that the behavior of Congress, particularly toward the president, has all the quality of a BAD Gilbert & Sullivan (to borrow from a fictional Georgia senator).

Here's the hell of it, too: there's a better than average chance that the first black president will be followed in office by the first FEMALE president.  If that proves to be the case,I have to say that I'm afraid this whole business will just continue as it has been and for similar reasons.

I'd love to be wrong, but...

At 3:24pm on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Thanks for your advice Pat, It means a lot...If others  can fake it  for the sake  of friends and family, not to mention  the camaraderie, I guess I can too.... 

At 9:43am on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Pat.....I read the link you provided and appreciate you bringing it to my attention......It was heartbreaking for me to realize I was duped  along with so many.......I considered  myself an Atheist  because I don't believe in god or  miracles of any kind......However  I did  believe  in the characters  of the Old Testament.  So now  I feel betrayed and angry and feel like  I had belonged  in a cult all these years...No more  Passover for me I guess....

At 3:10pm on August 1, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Yo, Pat!

In the light of the recent legal action taken by John "The Tan" Boehner against President Obama, I thought you'd be interested in something I found on the Daily Kos.

Enjoy!

At 7:36am on February 6, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Hey Pat. Thanks for the condolenses (or however you spell it) on my niece's death. Like your brother-in-law, it's probably for the best.

At 8:10am on January 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

I think I've only seen one pro football game, too (L.A. Rams vs. Wash, back in 1967!). But I have see many college games--both football and basketball-and several pro baseball games. Alas, those days are gone. Hard, cold seats don't compare to my recliner. My old boney body with an enlarged prostate couldn't take sitting in the cold for 4-5 hours. Appreciate your comments.

At 8:25am on December 24, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Pat, it's been a privilege to interact, discuss, and laugh with you during the time we've spent on A|N together.  It's as good a Christmas present as I could as for and far better than most.

The VERY best of the holiday season by yours, my friend.  I look forward to much more in the new year to come.

At 6:41am on September 18, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks Pat. I sometimes forget I'm going to have "a blast". I'm in the anxiety stage right now. I plan to drink lots of wine!

At 6:45am on August 30, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Amazingly, this particular farmer friend that can't identify trees, etc., is a Purdue graduate (1970)! You'd think he'd know. Further, his grammar is awful ("we was.."). Otherwise, he's a good guy and friend. To your point, sorry you don't have access to that 4 acres you referred to. I hope it's being taken care and advantage of.
 
 
 

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