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Paris was calling

My name is Helen Philpot. My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met almost 60 years ago. I have three children with my husband Harold. Margaret has three dogs with her husband Howard. I live in Texas and Margaret lives in Maine.


Are you for real?
Why is that so hard to believe? Now I know what Santa Claus must feel like.

Have you really been friends for 60 years?
Some friendships last a lifetime. We just seem to be living a hell of a long time.

Is this a fake blog?
We got a few scary emails when I first wrote about Sarah Palin so my grandson told me to change our last names on the web page blog. Philpot was my grandmother’s maiden name and Schmechtman is actually the name of a bird Margaret keeps as a pet. That bird shits on everything, but she loves him.

Why doesn’t Margaret write more?
She prefers to pick up the phone and call. I guess I am more the writer, but she is a wonderful artist. I have some of her paintings in my house. My grandchildren set me up on this computer, but Margaret always has problems getting on the Internet and says it is too slow. Maybe it is a Maine thing. She reads all of the comments and calls me when she sees a comment that she wants to talk about. Sometimes she offers witty lines that I add to my stories.

Is Margaret a Republican?
Her husband is.

Why did you go so long between blogs before now?
Actually we had several more things on the web page but when it began to get popular my grandson suggested that we take them off because they were personal between me and Margaret. I sometimes write short stories and would put them on here for Margaret to read. Some of it was racy. Much of it was just nonsense.

Will you keep doing this after the election?
Yes, but I don’t know if everyone will keep coming back. There are lots of idiots out there who aren’t running for office, but don’t get me started on that shit for brains Elisabeth from The View.

Why do you use foul language?
It makes me laugh. Some of the best words in the world are bullshit and ass. I don’t use bitch very much, but the shoe seemed to fit this occasion. My grandson says it makes me cool. Margaret hardly ever cusses, but some of our readers taught her the word “asshat” and she found that very funny.

Are comments moderated?
Not really. My grandson has been known to remove some remarks and has even banned a few bad apples from future comments. Margaret and I think some of you are a hoot and we think others are full of bullshit. But all are welcome – within reason – and considering some of my rants, within reason goes a long way in my book. The f-word (you decide which one) gets you an automatic kick in the ass. Same goes for the N word.

How can we reach you?
My grandson set up an email that we can check when we have time. You can send us a message there, but we can’t promise that we will answer all of them. bighelenskitchen@yahoo.com

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  27. Where are you? I miss reading your blog and hope everything is okay.

  28. I don’t know how I stumbled onto this blog, but I love it and I think you women are great!

  29. I do hope you are both well. I hope you blog some this year, even though it isn’t an election year.

  30. Thank you for sharing your incredible humor with the rest of us,it is much appreciated,a joy, and a reality check,to buck up and face this country’s politics with common sense,plainspoken.You remind me of a wonderful Texan politician,AnnRichards,and writer,Molly Ivins. Good on ya! from another grandma from Minnesota.

  31. You two ROCK. I come back and read you from time to time and you never disappoint. Best wishes to you both during the Hoilidays and the New Year!

  32. OMG! Where have you been all my life? You remind me so much of my late grandma (and mother who I lost a week to the day before I turned 8 years old…God rest both their kind souls) Your blog has officially become my favorite website…just might become my home page! Can’t wait to hear more from you!

  33. “Asshat”…now that’s funny. I can’t believe I haven’t found this blog yet. Just read your Thanksgiving letter and loved it. So true about the jello and salad. Someone brought an apricot mold to our house this year that smelled like lemon jello, and looked like a big orange butthole.
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  36. Ohmydog, I do believe that I must be a long lost relative of yours. Your candor about EVERYTHING is endearing, enlightening and frankly, funny as hell. May I please pattern my behavior for the next 30 odd years after yours?

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  38. Hilarious! Sounds llike something my grandma should write!

  39. i am 61 years old (male) and i heard a lot of talk from a lot of people on the inter net but never from 2 spice old birds (no offence) like me keep it up ladies !!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. To a pair of savvy and smart senior ladies,
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    As someone on the outside looking in, I just love the way you see the truth and are not afraid to say it like it is.

  48. Outstanding, ladies! I’m a young 50, but you make me look forward to getting older. Keep up the great blog even after the election, please! :)

  49. Keep those candid comments coming. You kids are doing great !!!! :-)

  50. YGG!!! I’m 75, and have no intention either of keeping quiet or of cleaning up my language because I don’t fit some ignorant person’s stereotype of an old woman.

  51. I love you two!! You are my role models…Someone help me out…Why is it that one half of the electorate supports the plutocrats?? It’s a complete mystery to me how they can vote against their interests…Anyone know??

  52. What is the secret of your lasting friendship? Did you ever have any falling outs where you didn’t speak for a long time or asked for a “divorce” from each other? If so, how did you find your way back to each other?

  53. Sonia- go to the bottom of one of the emails and click the link to unsubscribe.

  54. I mistakenly indicated that I wanted to receive comments on this matter after I made a comment–and ever since I have been trying to get off the list to receive comments because they are flooding my computer but they keep coming. I do not have the time to deal with this. Can anyone help me get off the list to stop getting these comments. I have emailed Margaret and Helen many times but nothing happens. HELP!

  55. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You give me hope!

  56. keep on blogging !

  57. As a 26 year old woman I have to say I am absolutely in love with this blog and wish more people my age had even half the intellect, conviction and humor you ladies do.
    I make all of my friends read it and I audibly laugh over every one. I have to say I hope I grow up to be like you both – fierce, lovely and with it.
    Please keep helping me feel sane.

  58. Hi, Piggalily – You can consider this a birthday card AND a Christmas card from a fellow porch-sitter! All the best to you, your cranky husband (mine mainly gets cranky about politics), and your dog…

    Keep those posts coming!


  59. Love your website and your take on the election. You tell it like it is. I too had a friend of 60 years. We promised to grow old together but she suddenly left at 75. Now I’m in my 80′s. Receive few birthday and Xmas cards these days because everyone I knew has left. Still have a cranky husband and a great dog.

  60. Dear anonymous,
    Those who choose to hide are cowards

  61. You sound like an angry empty gong. “Woe to you and the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! / The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.”

  62. Someday, I will be exactly like you guys. You are awesome.

  63. At 38 years old, I guess I’m a relative youngster but I must say I LOVE your blog. Your stand on the issues perfectly reflects my Yankee sensibilities (I live in North Carolina now but grew up in northern Maine; some of these ultra-conservative twits just make me want to scream) and the humor with which you deliver often has me literally laughing out loud! Keep up the great work, I look forward to many more posts in the future!

  64. Ladies, love your senses of humor. I am a former Texan (turned Californian) who is turning 50 in two months. I write a humorous blog about aging (Aging Gal). Wish I had your pluck when it comes to taking on Mr. Etch-a-Sketch, but, frankly, he makes me so angry that I want to spit and (as an ex-Texan) none of my friends would read my blog if I did. So, please, keep on writing what I’m thinking!

  65. I am 64, a retired teacher, and living in a community for seniors, many of who whom have lost their sense of humor, if not their minds. You make my day. Keep writing!

  66. You two ladies prove Crone trumps all. I found you on a Facebook page called Rabid Feminists. Imagine that!

    When my grandmother was 80, she started not having much to say – or so it would seem. I’m almost 60, old enough to realize it was more about abiding fools. Us. Tell your grandson we all think he did a good, good thing. You know that the interwebs are forever, right?

  67. Love your posts…keep them coming. Nice to know that other older, grayhaired medicare and social security recipients don’t say I’ve got mine! You care too just like me.

  68. Was it Schmeckleman or Schmechtman who was a character on Jamie Lee Curtis’s TV show? In any event, please keep writing, don’t take time off, give your grandson a major huge thank you hug for setting this up. We need you now that Molly Ivins is gone.

  69. I googled you and put you in favorites. Saw some links on the google search talking about whether your blog is faked. I thought “who cares? It’s wonderful. Used to follow you diligently, but got a new laptop and sort of forgot my favs.

  70. This is my first time reading this blog and I’m hooked! My grandmother is 92 and she still is who I consider the first feminist in the family. She still believes in women’s rights and I absolutely adore her! I don’t get to see or talk to her as much as I like, maybe, but I still love her oodles. She reminds me of you a little bit. Sassy and full of piss n vinegar as the saying goes. Don’t stop, please after the election is over. Because we all know that even defeating Romney and Ryan won’t stop the war on women. You are so refreshing, and its nice to know that not every female senior citizen believes that the GOP politics are best. Lots of love and a long life to you and Margaret both!

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  76. I absolutely love your blog. My childhood friend recently moved away and your blog has inspired us to create our own blog to correspond until she is finished with her doctoral program in three years. We have been friends for about a third of the time that you all have, but we’re definitely in it for the long haul, however long that may be. Thanks for the great commentary! Looking forward to many more posts!

  77. this blog must turn up in the most unusual places. i found it on a branch of the Lonely Planet Travel site and I think I will become addicted. I like to say that my oldest friend was waiting in the hospital room for me to arrive. Our mothers met in the Maternity ward, and I arrived two days after she did.; We have been friends for 73 years. She lives on the other side of the country, but we are still in touch, still visit each other. She, like you, has children and grandchildren. I, like your friend, have had lots of dogs. Thank you for brightening my morning, and i will share your column with her.

  78. Hey awesome ladies
    I see that the also-awesome grandson has a page for donations, would you ask him to include a post office box address so those of us who don’t feel safe entering credit card info online can send support with an old-fashioned check/money order?
    Meanwhile, thanks for the blog and keep up the great commentary!

  79. to continue from a truncated e-mail, bitchiness is an art form, and I working on becoming an artist. BTW, not anonymous, I am jan.

  80. introduced to you by my baby sister (I know, i know, Potser, but you will ALWAYS be the baby sister, and at 60+ that must be annoying, but I’m 70 and nearly EVERYTHING is ‘ridikkulus’.

    mostly I want to respond to the mis-use of 4+ letter words: BITCH is not profanity, it is a verb, a skill I have worked very hard to achieve, i

  81. I am pleased that I found this blog through a friend’s FB post. I love it for 3 reasons: 1. I have a 90 year old grandma named Helen who is a total hoot and a progressive from the WWII era. 2. I am a progressive who loves reading about this stuff…I have 2 daughters and I need to raise them to be able to function in society no matter who is trying to boss them around. 3. I have a BFF that has been MY Margaret for 24 years and I can only hope that we are blessed to live as long as these two ladies. Thanks.

  82. There must be many women “best friends for life” in this country who have the combination of personalies of you, Helen, and Margaret. My best friend for life, Zee, lives in California (she followed me there then I left, meadered the world and ended up back in Okla..go figure!). I live in south central Oklahoma. I write, act as a literary agent for a chosen few, and like to fb. She doesn’t know how to face book, finally learned to email but also prefers a good phone chat. (Our usual time on phone is over an hour.) I am becoming addicted to your blog already! Very “like minds” but your humor is better. I haven’t made it to octo yet, finishing up sixtes.

  83. I’m a handbag designer (I won’t post our website here because I don’t want to appear to be advertising). I love your blog and I’d just love to send you a couple of bags to say “thank you” for the work you’re doing. We did this for Rachel Maddow, too, so you’d be in good company. (She really liked the bags, by the way.) Please email me at marty{at}rebagz.com so I can send you my “thank you” gifts for being SUCH an inspiration.

  84. I’ve shied away from politics for a long time- from reality in general, truth be told, but mostly politics. I discovered one day that every issue has a side (gasp!), and that every proposed law has something lurking within it that has absolutely nothing to do with the law proposed. This scared me because I felt there was no way I was ever going to make a truly informed decision. There was no way I will ever be able to keep a butterfly effect from destroying one thing by trying to protect another. (I hope that makes sense.) So I became passive, figuring that people smarter than me could make all the decisions, and I would stand by and accept whatever poop rolled down the hill.
    I’ve slowly begun to realize (yes, I’m slow that way) that those people I expected to be smarter than me were not. And there is no way I can ever be completely informed over every nuance of an issue. All I can do is do the best I can, and pray I have made the best decision possible.

    I told my daughter one time I wanted to be Betty White when I got older (she tells me I already am). Now I have a loftier goal- I want to be Helen Philpot.

    Lisa L.

  85. You gave me giggles from the start! I look forward to reading more and sharing! You both are role models for all ages, male and female! Please keep up with the good words. You would have made splendid teachers!

  86. I love your blog and know about having a best friend for a long time. My best friend Kathleen lives on the other side of the country and we’ve been friends now for over 56 years. I’m the big political writer/blogger and she’s more of a phone person too. Love your blog! Tell it like it is!

  87. My friend just sent me your link and I’m thrilled! Y’all are terrific and I’m going to share with everyone. You’re smart, funny and honest and I love it!!! Keep on blogging!!!

  88. Love love love your blog! You are the type of women we are in desperate need of these days. Keep blogging, keep on being forth right, keep on keeping on!

  89. You are a jewel – please keep writing!

  90. Hi – just discovered your blog today and wanted to tell you I love you (in a total-stranger-on-the-internet-but-non-creepy-way). You remind me of my mom who is 86 and also very cool. I bet she would like your blog, if I could just get her on the internet!

  91. I loved your post on vaginas. A friend forwarded it to me and I, in turn, sent it on. I love your views and attitude and am so glad your grandson helped you get your words out over the Internet. I look forward to reading your blog in the future!

  92. You ladies are amazing women, I’m glad I found you (via a link on Facebook!)

  93. I am 64 years young and had a grandmother who was faithful in her marriage and sexually very liberated for her generation. What a gift this was to me as I was growing up. It prepared me to take my place, front and center, in the woman’s movement of the 60′s. She never denied her vagina, knew the pleasure and pain of it and was free to express her womanhood through it and because of it. My grandfather was a lifelong Republican who was very fortunate to have “Franny” in his life.

  94. Loved the piece on vaginas. My mother would have laughed her ass off. Please keep going with your blog, the younger generation needs it badly. As a father of daughters, they need to hear of women with steel in their spines.

  95. Funny and refreshingly honest comments about women and those awful Republican men. Keep it up.

  96. I love you Margaret and Helen. You make my world a better place even if I occasionally pee my pants when I read your posts. Keep up the good work ladies!

    Helen for President…Margaret for Vice President 2012!!!!!

  97. I was just introduced to this blog via the ‘Vagina is a 6 letter word’ post. FABULOUS! Loved it. Vagina’s are fantastic- without them none of us would be here. It’s important that women have the freedom and support to look after their vagina in the way that works best for them. More power to vaginas! If I didn’t live in New Zealand, I’d join you for a Vagina March. :-)

  98. With tears of laughter streaming down my cheeks, I salute Margaret and Helen as the kind of mentors our generation of vaginas have been waiting for- you ladies rock!!

  99. Margaret & Helen,

    You GO, Girls! You girls have lived through several evolutions of technology; I’m impressed with you embracing this ‘tech’ to continue your long friendship with each other. You are AWESOME!!
    — Viver Anaheim, CA

  100. I found your page when Nikki Knepper (of Moms Who Drink and Swear) pointed it out. Hope to read more, sorry, no cussing today. Nikki probably took care of it. Watch out, she’s crazy. But she’s MY kinda crazy, and a great writer! Thanks for the smiles, looking forward to reading more in the future!

  101. i am in awe of you wonderful and hilarious ladies. i am sharing you with everyone who wants to be amazeballs for a lifetime, just like you guys.


  102. I just love you to pieces.

    My vagina would be proud to march with your vagina anywhere, anytime.

    : )

  103. Dear Margaret & Helen,
    Thanks so much for your post Vagina = a 6-letter word! You made me laugh and brought tears to my ears when I read your bio of your vagina, and the fact that it got the right to vote in 1920,……………we as women should never forget that or take that fact for granted, so I’m in for your Million Vagina March! You are a source of inspiration.

  104. Any suggestions on how to read the new format. I like to read the comments in chronological order and now that is very difficult. Is there a way to resort??

  105. Helen, I want to be you when I grow up.

    Love and Admiration, Zo

  106. How do we know Terry G didn’t intend “humor-filed”? Terry is a lawyer. Terry files all sorts of things — motions, briefs, suits. It’s a reflex.
    Terry, keep posting! Ignore the carpers.

    Regards, Bob

    PPS It’s Molly Ivins, not Ivans

  107. Terry G – You also misspelled “filled”… As a lawyer, you probably have a staff to worry about such things. ;)

  108. You also misspelled “filled”… ;)

  109. see — i misspelled eloquent!
    Terry G

    Maybe Matt could reverse the post order to post the most recent comments at the top.

  110. Helen and Margaret – your blog is the best thing I read on the net!

    Thank you so much for your intelligent insightful humor-filed views. I agree with you 100% and I’m not as elequent or spot-on (not a surprise, I’m a lawyer.)

    I found you during the 2008 election. I am thrilled you have continued writing and look forward to every post. I’m sure Molly Ivans is smiling.

    THANK YOU Matt for setting this up! (You are the luckiest grandson in America). I am waiting for the cookbook… or the BLOG book. I’d buy several copies and give it to everyone I know.

    Terry G
    Charlottesville, VA

  111. Never made it my business…just asked a simple question that’s all…don’t put anything into it that is not there…sounds like a person that would argue with themself

  112. Norm, you’re an ass. It’s none of your damn business what woman does or how often she does it or with whom she does it with.
    Helen and Margaret, you ladies rock!

  113. Of course its an average…just go to what Fluke claimed and do the math. Anybody that needs medications after having sex probably needs to find a new way to let out their frustrations and they damn sure better not make me pay for their needs.

  114. How do you have sex 1 1/2 times a day? Just wondering. Was that an average? If that person is getting paid for sex, they need the help paying for their medications because they certainly aren’t making a living.

  115. C’mon. Having sex only 1 1/2 times per day is hardly sex addiction. And is there supposed to be something reprehensible about being a slut? Unlike being a rush, being a slut is laudable.

  116. Viagra? Never used the stuff…never will!… But I don’t understand where you get the ‘PATIENT’ from…I thought maybe someone would come up with “SEX ADDICT” or “SLUT” because I didn’t want to be the one callled “Name Caller”

  117. Norm, I’d call her the same thing I’d call you, when your insurance foots the bill for your Viagra, THE PATIENT!

  118. I don’t know.
    What’s your punch line?

  119. What do you call a woman who has sex more than one and a half times per day and then wants someone else to pay for her ‘Do-Not-Get-Pregnant’ kit?

    Just wondering…


  120. Hi Margaret and Helen,
    This is a comment on rush limppaw’s slur on women. I am a 63 yr old grandmother who thinks that rush is a drug addicted brainless thing. I will not call him a man as he isn’t. A real man doesnot resort to name calling. And only a drug addicted thing blames the victim. And that so called apology was such a farce. He clearly does not have the brains or courage to do the right thing which is clear put and never open his mouth again. But then a drug addict will do or say anything for the money to get his drugs so I suppose he will inflect himself on us a while longer. What none of these “men” who want so much to tell women what to do has thought of is that many women take birth control pills for medical reasons. Oh silly me! They don’t care about that. Guess they’d be happy to see 50% of us die in childbirth too.

  121. I hope my BFF and I are just like you two when we get older. We are going on 16 years; half our life since we are 32! Thanks for the inspiration- on politics and friendship!

  122. I’ve read through quite a few comments and there’s references to a blog concerning Sara Palin…don’t know what you said about her but I do know this:
    No matter how she comes across whether on the liberal front or the conservative front she is a danger to our sovereignty for supporting and encoouraging the Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST)…I know most people don’t know that but she did write letters to the Senator from Alaska while she was governor. If you don’t know about LOST its because the main stream media refuses to write about it. In any event its a treaty signed by Bill Clinton in the early 90′s that has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate (a Constitutional requirement)…if ever ratified you can kiss your red, white, and blue banner of freedom good-bye to be replaced with that blue rag of the United Nations. Don’t believe me…go read the 200 plus pages of the document especiall subsection g.

  123. Great article over again! Thanks a lot=)

  124. Love this blog!!!

  125. Love your humor and to the point opinions. You’re damn smart for an elderly lady and I hope I’ll be that hip when I’m your age.

  126. Loved it!!! As soon as I started reading I could “hear” the sound of your voice because I have heard you on Ellen. As a senior citizen I am inspired by your humor and your courage. Good for you!


  127. Helen, You wrote “I sometimes write short stories and would put them on here for Margaret to read. Some of it was racy.”

    How do I find the racy bits?

    Regards, Bob

  128. My sister just linked me to your blog and I love it. You “shoot from the hip” and I love it. Keep it coming!

  129. Thank you for saying what should be said. Not sure why there is no other way to get the truth out there regarding women’s issues. Women we need to stop being “polite and nice” and start standing up for ourselves again. You never hear of programs that affect mostly men getting cut do you. Now why do you suppose that is?

  130. I have two daughters, 2 and 3.5, and I hope they turn out as sensible and insightful as you two women. I can’t imagine what it was like going to college as women during the Civil Rights Era (maybe even just before it really started), but it’s clear that you’ve brought that “fight” and sense of justice to our generation through this blog.

    Keep doing what you do!!!

  131. Dear Ladies,
    Love your blog! You tell the truth which is almost extinct in this era of the ‘spin’. I am a mother and grandmother. I do not want to imagine a USA in which my granddaughters’ reproductive health is determined by some politicians trying to appease some religious morons instead of them and their doctors. I am appalled by the republican party. But they so enjoy feasting on one another that there may be no one left standing in November. But equally appalling are the one issue only voters who will not even begin to educate themselves. Take care, people, the rights as guaranteed by the Constitution won’t be there if you are uninformed or complacient

  132. I work with a community cancer program in Kentucky and a friend sent me your last 2 blogs which contain information about Komen and Planned Parenthood. I learned more from your blogs than I did all the other drivel I’ve read the past week.

    Ladies, you rock. I’m new to your blog but I will not miss anything else in the future.

    You made me chuckle. You made me think.

    Thank you.

  133. Hey Helen

    You may be the best Texas has produced since Kinky Friedman & Willie Nelson (whoops, both your jrs!) – you and Margaret got it goin’ on!

    Keep sharing the good word cuz whether we realize it or not, we’re ready and waiting for the wakeup call.

    Thanks for tipping the scales toward consciousness.

    Love your work


  134. This blog is an INSPIRATION. You are hilarious & brilliant. I am a new follower and can’t wait for more posts! I have also shared this with friends and will continue to do so. Thank you for being you. Ignore the nay-sayers…they all need to find something better to do. Like their own blogs, for other dip-shits to read and comment on. Keep up the great work!!

  135. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Your posts are smart, entertaining, and you’re just a little bit intimidating. Perfection!

  136. Love this blog! And for those who don’t think 82 year olds would think or write this way, have some respect for their wisdom! My mother died last year at 87 and wrote every single day on her laptop until the last week of her life, at which time she dictated to me to type for her. And she’d have been a HUGE fan of Helen and Margaret’s! You go girls!

  137. I just found your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE IT! It has become one of my favorite blogs to follow.

    I’m guessing you guys were born in the late 1930′s/early 1940′s… Which means you two have been through A LOT, and have seen America’s transformation… You can also bring ‘wisdom’ that only can come with age and experience. So, please keep blogging. Hopefully with people like you two, some commen sense can be knocked back into the peole living in America.

  138. Margaret and Helen, I am a new-comer to your blog (generally I avoid these things), but there was a link at PoliticalIrony regarding your Newt comments. Although I am only 73, just a kid, but I have seen a lot, I deeply admire anyone who can string a couple of words together and actually say something.

    Ain’t the GOP scary?



  139. Indeed they do rock!! This blog has had me bragging about these wonderful ladies all day!

  140. I just found you this week…. Sharing with all…..

    I wish my Mom was still alive to read this because you ladies rock….

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  146. Helen,
    Would you happen to have family in Newfoundland? My family came from NF down to Boston and we have Philpots in our family.

  147. Sign me up! Love your blog.

  148. Hi, Margaret and Helen, I’m a wife of 44 years, mother (2) randmother (5) and a voter. Right now I am actually so frustrated and pissed off by both parties and their 12 yr old brat attitude that I am sounding off. My husband and I worked hard, saved (no vacations or extras) paid for our kids’ education and are no told by congress that Social Security is an ‘entitlement’ .. Gee, Ladies, I thought the deductions all those years from our paychecks was my money. As far as cutting entitlements, lets start with what congressmen and senators get for free. Even if they serve only one term they receive the finest healthcare in the world for FREE the rest of their miserable lives. They also get a pension. Yes, Ladies, that’s for as little as 2 years’ service. A life time pension. Paid for – you guessed it US the taxpayers. I often wonder how many of their consituants are aware of those facts. I think that savings should begin at home. So congress, pay for your own healthcare like the rest of us. Put your own money aside for your old age like the rest of us must. And stop stop stop giving more perks to the wealthy who don’t need them. And, congressional children, if you can’t work together LEAVE and the voters will find congress persons who can.

    Margaret and Helen, love your blog

    12 Sept2011

  149. Helen, You’re the coolest gal on the net! I just discovered your blog by chance, and what joy! I’m a Canadian geezer in my seventies, and I thought most, if not all, Americans, especially Texans, were thick-headed rednecks. Not so, I know now :). Nothing would please me more than to take you out for a drink when I next visit Texas. Anyway, keep it up and kick ass all the way!

  150. Thank you for your comments.

  151. I just found your blog and I love it!

  152. Just found your blog through Facebook and you seem like my kind of gals! I am 80, live in Vermont and spend an inordinate amount of time on the computer. I have belonged to a group of Crones for 15 years and we are so divided politically that we have it on our ‘do not discuss’ list, though those of us who lean left communicate among ourselves.

    I’ll be back!

  153. after a number of hours of attempting to acquire my triplet daughters to go to bed, they finally fell asleep. Exhausted, I went for the bathroom so I could visit bed. Not considering about it, I dropped the toilet seat down rather loudly and flushed the toilet. All 3 girls woke up crying.

  154. I am greatly honored to read your blog and am attracted by your charm
    ! Hope your friendship is forever ! All are well !

  155. you both are fantastic. Maybe SNL should consider inviting you to be the host?

  156. enjoyed your words

  157. good words!

  158. What a hoot! My 25 Yr old daughter socked me on this websight suggesting it was the best gift she could find for my birthday. Haha

  159. It has been such a long time since we’ve heard from you…I, too, am concerned. So much has been happening lately and we are all anxious to hear from you.

  160. I keep checking this site, hoping to find that you’ve put what’s happening in Wisconsin (and elsewhere) in your unique and wonderful perspective… No luck yet. Hope you are well.

  161. I was just told about your Blog and came to check it out. In the words of “Joyologist” Helen Madden (actress Molly Shannon on SNL) “I love it, I love it, I love it!”

  162. Hope you ladies are doing all right. Miss your posts.
    Take care.

  163. I really enjoy reading this Blog.. I’m taking lessons for my old age! I hope I have the wisdom, and ability to express myself as well as you!

  164. I want to be just like you when I grow up!

  165. All I got to say is: sounds an awful like Molly Ivins (R.I.P.). I’d have married her if I’d known about her when I was at SMU (that would be the previous century). I loved the way she pronounced the word ‘art’ as in Texans like art – it went something like “Texuns lahk ort!”

    I didn’t like TX much when I was there. I do remember (not fondly) the ex-General who led the charge on Old Miss administration to stop integration – he’d been de-Generalized by the army for feeding his troops Bircher “literature” in Korea – Edwin A. Walker was his name. He was famous for his last 15 minutes for shooting at a supposed trespasser with his 1911 US Army issue .45 Caliber Colt Automatic. Scared the beejabbers out of the hootowls. Nobody ever established the actual existence of the trespasser. And that was in Highland Park, TX – a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Committee to elect the dumbest ass nit-wit that can spit tobacco juice without dribbling on his/her bib.

  166. Love this stuff ladies. Keep it coming. Thanks for the encouragement to not be afraid to say “I don’t like Sarah Palin!” Hell, half of my FB friends have clicked the “I Like Sarah Palin” button and I just want to throw up every time I see another Palinbot line up on my news feed. I’m a scribe and may have already shared too much on my FB notes, but I finally figured out how to customize the view to “Only Me”. Maybe when I gain more confidence, I’ll get on Twitter and let her rip. ;) Blogs are great…I don’t know what that RobSteeler66 is talking about blogging being the most cowardly form of smack talking…his friend Sarah P does it all the time. Get over it Rob, you seem to make enough time to read the blogs to counter with your nonsensical 2 cents worth. Have a good day and Happy Thanksgiving.

  167. Hey H & M!
    A friend tweeted your URL here, and I LOVE IT! I’m just a youngster, 72, so I have a few years to get as wise as you two.

    Are you enjoying the level playing field here in cyberspace? Too many people think oldies have dead brains, especially women. Who besides Betty White can land a job in TV? or ANYWHERE these days? Old Women deserve some respect!

    I don’t know what the ACLU stands for any more, except to argue that gang members deserve equal rights.

    Maybe you can educate them on ACTUAL MINORITIES that need support, e.g., old women make up one of the ‘oldest’ minorities, and I propose we march or scooter on their front yard and demand that they support *WOW, AAOW, and BBOW, so that they are all represented equally in America.
    (*White Old Women, Asian/American Indian Old Women, Black/Brown Old Women)

    Can you imagine seeing ‘real’ people on TV? or in politics? Or as CEOs? Shoot, Jerry Brown just won the governorship for CA, and he’s 72. Ronald Dragon was 66 when he was first elected.

    I think women hide their talent, and you have the secret. SWEAR, CUSS, whenever it’s needed. Nobody elects a namby pamby to dog catcher. Gosh darn it! I’m gonna have to work on my vocabulary!

    Thanks for the page.

  168. Helen and Margaret, I love your blog. I was just introduced to your website a few days ago, and I go to say, Im impressed. I think it’s a wonderful thing your grandson did. Keep up the good work, and I’ll keep looking forward to reading your blogs. I LOVE EM!

  169. Margaret, you made my day! How refreshing to read something so sensible. Thank you! Keep it up.

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  171. It was wonderful finding your blog today. I am a 69 year old lady and still working each day. You both are so true on in your writing of where politics is today. We made a greeting card and called it “You Go Girl”… http://www.pme-c.com/artists/pamelagladding/Audrey+Birthday.0.3.htm We have dedicated this to you both “You Go Girls”

  172. Love your musings about politics. Seniors are the fastest growing group of the population and people had better start listening to them. I’d love to see your site spur more progressives to vote than it appears will do so. There are so many incompetent people running for office, it’s scary. Keep up the good work and keep ‘em laughing. There’s no substitute for common sense like yours.

  173. Been reading for a couple of years now and I still love the blog. I thought that perhaps after the presidential election was over, things would calm down and become sane again. But it has just gotten weirder and weirder. Palin has gotten to be a daily dose of loony bin tea and her minions have come out of the woodwork and multiplied. Please tell me that you think there is a way out of this insanity. I’m heading to DC for the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Will you be there? It would be a great place for you two to meet up and meet your fans.

  174. CharinOhio: How cruel can you be? There are way too many of your kind voting out there. I bet you vote Tea Party and feel virtuous about it. What a sad outlook on life you must have.

  175. Love it…reminds me of my best friend and our adventures

  176. Thanks for being you – you’ve made my day!

  177. Well, this is better than the blog that I was going to initiate…called “Itcouldbeahellalotworse!”
    I am so sick and tired of bad news…2 cancer diagnoses in 5 days! Shitballs….does feel good to swear.

  178. Hey, you two,

    I love the way you bait the Sarah-huggers, and how readily they rise to it. Thanks for exposing them for the clueless idiots they are, and for showing Palin for the know-nothing empty husk she is. She has done a great job of parroting what the far right wants to hear, but in reality, all she cares about is self-promotion. She cares about her followers as much as a pig cares about lipstick. Sad to think there are such easily-led sheep in the world, but as long as folks like you ladies are around, at least they’ll have the truth to consider.

  179. Thanks for a heaping of reality and common sense.

  180. You can rely on me to read your blog every single time anything is posted. Thanks for your wisdom.

  181. Char, what quilt will you choose today?

    Hon, you need to get back on your meds. And, you have to know that it’s not good to slip away from your handlers like that.

    You can find any number of websites that extol the “virtues” of Scary Paylin. Fortunately, THIS isn’t one of them. There is NOTHING in your little diatribes here that will change anyone’s mind. So, rant if you must, but if you blow a gasket, it’s your own problem.

    And you can bet Scary’s not going to pay a cent towards your medical upkeep afterwards. Because everything she does now is about the money….how to find it, how to keep it, and how to take it away from her gullible minions such as yourself.

    So send her all your money, every day, and let her watch her $12 million in cash, just in the last year, continue to grow.

    If you are on Social Security, then demand the gubmint stop paying entitlements, too.

    If you are unemployed, then demand that the gubmint stop any financial help in unemployment payments because that just makes you all lazy.

    If you have no health insurance, then just watch your family do without medical care and perhaps even die for lack of help.

    But, for gawd’s sake, keep sending your queen every nickel and dime you can, and keep extolling her “virtues” of hate and bigotry.

    After all, we all know how pea-ohed she continues to be about that uppity black man beating out her and McSame for the presidency, don’t we?

    And, have a nice day.

    Oh, and thanks for sharing.

  182. Char of the many quilts –
    snuggle up in that hate, hon and keep yourself warm …
    Ole Sarah is a bore and a liar and she was a crappy governor…
    Life is so much better for us since she quit.
    We are getting pretty tired of her pretending she did anything for us except release us from the contract we had with her that she was having such a hard time fufilling.
    Since it was getting in the way of hiring ghostwriters for her book and all we do understand she needed to move on.
    The cookies and bible tracts for her constituents in Western Alaska who had to choose between food and fuel were’t a real big hit either, ya know.

    Helen is hardly obcessed with her- irritated and angry , yes. Obcessed, no.
    You on the other hand…? If you are for real , I’d get counselling dear.
    If you are trying out for a part in a play, you get the Sarah pilgrim part, hands down!
    Saw enough of them from Nov 2008 through July 2009 here to know … great rendition!

  183. CharInOhio: Sarah Palin is a sociopath, bent on destruction. If you can’t see that, you’re a moron.

    As for your hope that there are “death panels” for Margaret and Helen: You’ve merely shown yourself to be the nasty kind of follower that only a monster like Sarah Palin can inspire.

    By: malapropism2 on August 24, 2010
    at 11:46 PM

    Oh yeah and this blog is really filled with NICETY ? Please…..you are an idiot…..I call em like I see em….You WANT RESPECT …SHOW IT

  184. CharInOhio: Sarah Palin is a sociopath, bent on destruction. If you can’t see that, you’re a moron.

    As for your hope that there are “death panels” for Margaret and Helen: You’ve merely shown yourself to be the nasty kind of follower that only a monster like Sarah Palin can inspire.

    By: malapropism2 on August 24, 2010
    at 11:46 PM

    Oh yeah and this blog is really filled with NICETY ? Please…..you are an idiot…..I call em like I see em….You WANT RESPECT …SHOW IT.

  185. Love you wit & commentary, please continue to shed light on the absurd!

  186. CharInOhio: Sarah Palin is a sociopath, bent on destruction. If you can’t see that, you’re a moron.

    As for your hope that there are “death panels” for Margaret and Helen: You’ve merely shown yourself to be the nasty kind of follower that only a monster like Sarah Palin can inspire.

  187. No offense to the old folks……but I am finding it hard to respect my elders when you are an old crotchety HATER !!!

    May Obama Care and the panel…..DENY you care FIRST…..

    Obama is out to take away your livelihood and to kill off you old folks, and some of the rest of us too….but, YOU ARE OBSESSED with Sarah? I think you have your priorities all screwed up !!!!

    One thing is good…..you won’t be around alot longer to poison the minds of others with your hate…..what did Sarah DO TO YOU? I really WANT to know ? Did she take your SS check away from you? Did she take your health care away? Did she pee in your oatmeal? Did she stand in front of your Jazzy ride chair and not let you on it ? Seriously? PLEASE TELL ME ??????

    This ….is ONE time….I hope there is “death panels”…..Just sayin…..

  188. Want to receive daily.

  189. You give me hope that there is sanity in this world. Right now I could use a blog post every day!

  190. Missing you and hope you are both okay…

  191. this blog is the best! :)

  192. I haven’t seen anything new posted by you gals in some time – is everything alright?

  193. ah squeet- you are a nasty lil thing aren’t you?

  194. If you are not in Hell by now,You will be soon, You old fool HOW DO YOU LIKE THE “CHANGE” Now?

  195. I just love reading your blogs! I’m a new blogger and your site has inspired me in many ways. I think that it is fantastic that life-long friends are sharing their thought and opinions through this medium!

    As a new blogger, I’m finding my around, and I’m trying to build a reader base. I would be greatly honored if you follow me and provide input! I’d be thrilled!

  196. Love the blog – friend just sent it to me. Sorry I did not follow sooner. As far as age goes, my 92 year old Mother feels the same Palin, women’s choice, Bush, politicians, war, etc. While she is an 8th grade graduate, she reads and thinks, and on the way to 92 started a business on her own 61 years ago and is very successful. Age is just a number. Look forward to more insightful posts.

  197. I found this site on another blog. Oh boy!! This is awesome! I will be another lost leftie in Houston, but I don’t feel so alone now. It’ll take me awhile to get through your blog, but it will be well worth it.

  198. This is just the best blog.

  199. the only thing that matters…no matter who you are, your age or background, is tha you’re speaking the TRUTH about the people who are trying to run our lives…and saying it with verve, amusement and a challenge to listen up and get real.
    I resent your audience who refer to you as ‘grandmotherly’ or any other term that describes you in terms other than the superiority of your brain and heart … in our pathetic culture of celebrity. dependent on advertisers, public relations phonies, moneymoneymoney, low rent movies, TV garbage and other fake entities…how can it be otherwise?…we’re a country based on mass fictions..and your words break through to where our heads should be.
    if we don’t get angry and educate ourselves to what’s really important in this life…we are surely doomed to being regulated and invaded by cheap trick artists and power trippers.. your voice is not only fun but a breath of life, reality and a call to action…smart people UNITE…we have only ourselves to blame if we don’t.

  200. Oops! I meant Helen (no offense to you, Margaret). I just love how outspoken you are.

  201. Margaret and Helen,

    I just discovered your blog. I think I am in love.

    Margaret – I wish I had you as my grandmother rather than the cranky old bat I did have.

  202. How can I get in touch with Mary Beth Croncrite?

    I believe I know the young lady from Wash. DC

  203. Love what you’re doin here!

    I’ve got “snow on my roof” but “my lights are on and I’m home.”

    Life is what you make it.

  204. I’m so glad a friend sent me this link, I’m absolutely in love with what I’ve been reading here, and the awesome gals that write it. For my opinion, to all you folks out there who take issue with it, doesn’t matter if they’re a couple of octogenarians or a couple of chihuahua puppies. It’s THEIR BLOG, and they can say whatever they wish to. For those who don’t see things that way, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE??? Go away and let those of us who do enjoy it. HA! Thanks ladies, don’t ever stop!

  205. Delightful!

  206. It is my first time here.
    True to my monicker… oh my!
    You gals are just too hip.
    If ever there was an indicator that with age comes wisdom, you two are the poster-girls for the cause.
    Thank you ahead of time for what appears will be a joyous reading of your previous posts.

    And as to why you’re living so long: attitude!

  207. Helen…
    You are my new hero! You are so on target with everything you say…from Sarah Palin (ugh!) to Elisabeth Hasselbeck (ugh!) to Michelle Bachmann (ugh!). People ARE afraid of Obama — not because of his policies, but because of the color of his skin. I’m appalled at some of the comments I hear from some Republican “friends.” Shame on their party for trying to set America back 50 years. I applaud your courage to say what you really believe. You need your own show! Keep up the good work!

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  209. I love your point-of-view. You speak the truth, and you say it very succinctly and clearly. You should be on TV!

  210. I thought of something that I believe is why so many younger people find it hard to imagine 2 old ladies doing this Margaret and Helen act.

    They are totally convinced that grey hair is caused by dead brain cells.

  211. Just discovered this site through some comment section friends in my hometown newspaper.

    It is positively one of the funniest and most enjoyable sites I’ve visited lately. Probably because I agree with about all that you both write, so I am assuming that makes me a bit biased.

    I’ll be passing this on to others of like mind.

  212. Dear Helen and Margaret,
    My stepmother just died, no, no it isn’t sad, she was the sort of stepmother they write fairytales about. The sad part is her son systematically looted my father’s estate before she died. You column today put the first smile on my face in days. If ever I needed to stumble on some sanity now is the time.
    I noticed the quilt blocks next to the comments so I think I will copy them and make a sampler quilt for my bed to remind myself there are still good, thinking people in the world. After reading the comments, I will select those blocks with sane comments, like Kate’s and avoid the negative comments, like Carl Spangler. Waking up wrapped in a sanity quilt is probably a good way to start the day.

  213. This blog is a fraud, written by a 30-something on behalf of the Obamatons….

  214. Hi you two! Why is it so hard for some young people to accept that your brains don’t dribble out of your ears when you get past fifty? I might dribble a bit, but only when I’m asleep.

    PS: I love to curse when people least expect it. Shakes them up, and why not?

  215. My friend Miryam rold me about your blog.

    I think your grandson is a doll… It’s absolutely wonderful that he guides and guards you with the blog . I’m still working on mine alone and can’t figure out most of it.. thanks for the entertainment.

  216. I love your straight forward comments. Reminds me of my own grandmothers. Since they aren’t here any more, I’m making you two my my adopted grandmothers.

    Some people think too much and make things way more complicated than they are. You cut to the chase! And you rock!

  217. A friend just sent me a link to this blog. I’m so glad she did! You ladies are intelligent, funny and think for yourselves. I look forward to many more laughs :-D

  218. I just found this, haven’t read through anything but the most recent entry, and already I hope to be as awesome as ya’ll are when I am old (older then my current twenty!)

    Ya’ll are amazing!

  219. Whether you are 82 or 28, you are damn sexy and can make people laugh out loud or smirk.
    I am from India and i just wondered why She was selected by Republicans?

  220. Helen and Margaret,

    LOVE your blog!

    I only wish more people had the common sense you have shown in your posts. Why is it so hard for people to see past the glitz and bull-shit of politicians like Sarah Palin? All they do is throw out massive amounts of crap for the masses to devour. She has no substance, and all the brain mass of a cockroach. (Not to insult cockroaches BTW.)

    Anyone that can “see Russia from their back door” just ain’t all that intelligent, plus are NOT “all there” for that matter! (Winky, Winky). I also agree, she is a bitch with a VERY vivid imagination, and a piss poor grasp of either history or reality. She’ll fit right in with her cohorts at FAUX news.

    A great addition to Glen Beck, Shaun Hannity, Bill O’Riley, and the rest of the idiots that want our president to fail, along with our country. On that note let’s also not forget a couple other ass-hats that fit the profile. Rush Limpballs, and twit favorite Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

    I hope you and Harold are in good health, and your holidays were wonderful. Time permitting, please post a short note and let us know all is well. Many of us worry when we don’t see anything from either you or Margaret for a while.

    Wishing you, Margaret, and your extended families good health and many good things for 2010!

    Love you both!

    Jim from Michigan

  221. I am concerned about you all and especially Harold! There haven’t been any new comments after the Sarah Rogue thing. Are you OK but just busy with the holidays? I am sending good thoughts and thinking that we will be hearing from you soon. :)

  222. Dear Helen,
    I left my comments about my cruise to Alaska (disappointing and I still have mud on my shoes.) on the question part of this thing. Could you read it on the questions part and tel me if you have been on an Alaskan cruise. My husband and I found Alaskan ports to be about as exciting as Mrs. Palin’s book. That means the hype was better than the cruise. Please read my blog and tell me if you and Harold have been. I don’t know my way around on this website. I am 84 and I learned the computer to send emails to my family. When I read your stories, I just had to write.
    Mrs. Clara Van Sharples

  223. M/H whether you are you, or you are someone else … I love you both and all.

    My heart wants to believe that you are real; therefore, in my eyes, you are. :)

    Keep it up!! xoxoxo

  224. Steve Reed, you are an idiot. Sarah Palin is now a “blogger”. In fact, she is too lazy to create her own blog, so she just spews off her opinions on facebook. If you want to talk about limiting the views of others, Palin’s facebook page takes the cake. They delete all things that are not positive about Saint Sarah.

    There are tons of right wing blogs. How narrow is your world that you think bloggers are are liberals? Take a look around the intertubes, you might learn something.

    BTW, I love this site. Ladies, you rock!!!!

  225. my goodness! this is the best blog i’ve ever read…i just today found it via a collegue on facebook…

    good stuff here, absolutely good stuff :-)

  226. The Rob Steeler/Grandma/Pat arguments highlight something I’ve seem in every conversation between liberals and conservatives lately. Rob et al, all of those things you think liberals do? Censor, call names, deliberately misinterpret statements, manufacture unreasonable prejudices, try to crowd you out, disparage your patriotism, call you stupid?

    *That’s just what we hear from your side of the aisle.*

    I’m a flaming liberal socialist, but much as I hate to admit it, we either all have a point or none of us does–not so much on policy but the way we treat each other. It’s difficult to find common ground when we look at the same circumstances and I see black and you see white.

  227. I agree with all of the posters who love you. My only thought is to put up these positive comments with the most current date at the top and not the bottom.
    Blessings being sent to you.

  228. A friend of mine gave me a link you your Thanksgiving letter. Loved it, I’ll be back for more.

  229. [...] blog in question is Margaret and Helen, and it’s hilarious. Candid, canny, and even cathartic at times – it’s the blog [...]

  230. You two are a hoot! I have a dear friend Patty, and I hope she and I get to have our photos taken with our matching scooters someday just like you! You sound like a lot of fun.

    I’ll think of you while my guests clean my Thanksgiving kitchen.

  231. Love your blog and that you two are so with it. I hope I’m this together when I’m your age.

  232. With your wit and “sass”, you do Molly Ivins proud!!

  233. Never read a blog by someone so elderly before. But I don’t know why anyone should think that the blog should be fake. My aunt is about 80 and she is computer savvy and well, she doesn’t have a blog but she does check her emails regularly and replies to them. Better than what some forty year old do!

  234. Margaret and Helen,

    Has something catastrophic occurred? Or you both on hiatus? We have not heard anything from you since September 23rd. Although I miss your entertaining and provocative posts, I sincerely hope that you are taking a vacation rather than experiencing some difficulty.

    I patiently await to see your next column.

  235. Dear Margaret and Helen,

    Is everything ok? I haven’t been able to get a recent post for about a month. I hope you haven’t given up. I really enjoyed your comments on current events. I hope all is well.

  236. I love your blog alot. I love energy and excitement from people who have a lot to say about the crazy world we live in and the politics behind it. Keep on keeping on ladies I LOVE YA FOR IT!! I hope you don’t mind me adding your site to my blogrolls!!

  237. I love your blog alot. I love energy and excite from people who have a lot to say about the crazy world we live in and the politics behind it. Keep on keeping on ladies I LOVE YA FOR IT!! I hope you don’t mind me adding your site to my blogrolls!!

  238. Dear Margaret and Helen, I write letters to the editor here in Homer, Alaska, and I would like to share my last letter with you and see what your comments are on the health care situation.

    It may take more than an education to solve the issues of the healthcare system, but one thing for sure, it belongs to all the citizens of this country, not just the few who think they are safe because they can afford good health insurance. My mother’s health insurance did not save her life, and, she could afford it. This right-wing campaign is about scapegoating bogus targets by using conspiracy theories to distract attention from insurance companies who are the real culprits behind escalating healthcare costs. Taxpayers are in debt for things they did not wish to own.

    In order to wipe out the corrupt insurance companies who steal from the poor to give to the rich, the government needs to intervene. We all witnessed this when the former president started bailing out the corporations before his term ended. Most tax paying citizens had never heard of Bear Sterns, or American Insurance Group, AIG, and many other corporations. These people were all failing completely on their own, as were the banks. When has any insurance company, or bank, rushed to bail anyone out when they were failing? They take the property. If a teacher bailed out a failed student by passing him, would we call that a good teacher?

    Acorn is only connected to the government by the IRS 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status. Like any other nonprofit organization, they are not the government. There are over 120 nonprofit tax exempt agencies in Homer at this time. Are we to believe these are government agencies? They are Business Plans that have been approved by the IRS. They write grants and throw benefits for survival. Acorn is allowed to do those things according to the IRS.

    Maka Fairman

  239. Margaret – You write just like I feel. I will raise a glass of my favorite adult beverage in your honor the next time I feel like toasting someone.

  240. Hi Helen, you too Margaret, I just stopped in from East Tennessee and I hope you don’t mind that I stick around for awhile and catch up on some of your older posts. My mom is 83 and lives between Massachusetts and Florida. We all tried to get her on-line but she just can’t seem to get comfortable there. You seem very comfortable here! See Ya!

  241. *Republican

  242. How about a link to social networking sites such as Facebook so I can share with my friends and annoy Repblican acquaintances and family members?

  243. I’m 24 and you are my hero.

  244. My Dad is 82 and except for some of the language used (well, as long as his daughters are around!) these are his thoughts exactly.

  245. As an outrageous maverick woman 70 1/2 years old, I can assure you that this sounds just like many of us who are old enough to call shit for what it is!

  246. I. love. this. I’m sharing it with everyone I know! I’m leaving instructions to loved ones to dispose of me if I’m not this uppity when I’m your age.

  247. First time reader and I’m in love with this blog!!!!

  248. This blog is an absolute, screaming hoot (I just wish I hadn’t been reading it at supper – food went down the wrong pipe!) Thank goodness someone let me know about it! I want to be Helen when I grow up (and I’m almost 60).

  249. I just found your blog today.

    I love your salty humor and political sensibilities which completely remind me of my ninety-seven year-old granny who just passed last year.

    Anyone who thinks your blog must be fake either doesn’t know many elderly people or the ones they do know are just plain dull. Looking forward to reading backwards through your posts.

    Bless you.

  250. I love ya’ll!

  251. Love it, love it, love it. Keep up the great work telling it like it is.

  252. For all of those who think Margaret and Helen aren’t real, well my mother is 80 and talks just like Margaret.

  253. I can’t believe people don’t think older women can or would write like this.

    Thanks Helen, through you it is now kinda like having my Grandma back in my life. I would so totally set her up on a blog if she was still around.

  254. When Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, my mother and one of her little old lady friends dreamed of being suicide bombers— one of them would take out Bush and the other would take out Cheney, making Nancy Pelosi the President!

    When she (jokingly) was telling me this idea I had to remind her that the Patriot Act was being used to monitor phone calls!

    Let’s hear it for Grannies who can call bullshit when they see it!

  255. Peace, and my condolences to you “Barack”.

    Most of us have a full brain, thank you.

    I hope you get over your bitterness soon. I do believe these two octogenarians are for real, the wisdom of their years is the proof.

    Most of us here are baby boomers, probably old enough to be your parent.

    Believe what you want, but please do a little more searching for the truth.

  256. ANYBODY who has 1/2 a brain (like most posters) can figure out this is NOT a blog written by an 80 something year old woman. Get out from behind your computers people

  257. could be because I am bit retarded and can’t type :)

  258. David….why didn’t you post this comment under Helen’s latest post??

  259. alright – should have proofread – first sentencfe no less – quite = quit :)

  260. You know – I could only take so much of the responses before I quite reading – Rob, Dave, Hellen and quite a few others – I could care if Helen is 82 or 2. My dear mother who passed away at 76 would have been using the exact same language and that does not make me doubt the ages mentioned.

    I do have issue thinking this would be a 22 year old. IN this illiterate society we are bringing up nowadays, I have a problem thinking a 22 year old could write this well.

    Now for the good ole left versus rigth, repubs versus dems, etc. Everyone has a right to their view and I am all about letting you voice it. However, just like Helen quit lumping my views in with everyone else – you have no idea if I am white, black, dem, repub, str8, gay or what – but I do have an opinion that is mine – not the sheep herding that was thrown around in the comments at voting time.

    While this country is in such a MESS – and sorry – it took us all to get it here Dems and Repubs – Helen at least speaks correctly – I get the feeling she is most definitely a bit to the left – however, when the left needs their butts kicked – she does it. WELL DONE HELEN!

    I will continue to read your blogs for nothing more than you make me smile and laugh – and in today’s society that’s enough for me.

    For the rest of you – we are all pissed off at what is going on Repubs and Dems alike – why not just vote ALL of them out and start over – with our first part of the agenda limiting Congress terms to the same as the President’s.

  261. Keep writing, Margaret&Helen (whether that’s your real name or not :)

    Coincidentally I was 30 minutes away from completely giving up (whatever that means) on the blogosphere, when a friend posted a link to this blog on facebook.
    I think I’m gonna stay.


    Guy from Portugal living (temporarily) this American Life.

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  263. Pfft! 82 is the new 62! My grandpa lived to 97 and he would have loved your blog as much as I do.

    Cheers to you both!

  264. Love the blog, no matter who you are, how old, etc! Just learned of it today and can’t stop laughing! You are so dead on with your assessments of politics and the “politicians”!! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

  265. What a gem of a response! I look forward to your gems whenever you write them. Thanks for being one of the few thinking Americans!

  266. Keep them coming!

  267. I just found your Blog and I think it is wonderful. I will be a regular reader as long as you two remain regular Posters! Thanks for making me think and smile.

    Sixty years is a long time to be friends, but when you think about it everyone should have someone that has their back forever!!!

  268. I don’t care if you’re real or not. This is as entertaining and intelligent a blog as I’ve run across in a very long time. Keep up the great work!!

  269. Love your blog! Hope you both see at least 100!

  270. Again, you gals hit the nail on the head. Let’s hear it for education, common sense and decency and a weekly trip to the hairdresser!

  271. For an old lady who has lived so long, you sure aren’t very smart. I guess you really shouldn’t care where this country is headed. You probably don’t have much longer to live anyways.

  272. Dear Margaret and Helen:

    I have missed Molly Ivins so much. But now I know where to go for a fix of her style of common sense, straight talk and tarty humor.

    You rock.

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  274. I stumbled up on your blog today and, boy, what a treat! I’ve been laughing practically nonstop since I started reading. You guys kick ass. I’m adding you to my blogroll immediately.

    Keep up the great work!

    Miss RA

  275. I love what both of you say. Y’all tell it like it is. Bless both of you. Keep up the great work. P.S. Wake up America! Listen to these wise women. They are right on. And stop watching Fox. Stop listening to Rush. Stop listening to Glenn Beck.

  276. Margaret & Helen, you are simply the best bloggers I have ever read. You represent the finest response to stupid Republicans (but I repeat myself) we have in the land.
    Thank you.
    By the way, have you yet addressed the Republican religious cult, known as The C Street “Family”? I would love to hear your views. see Salon.com’s recent article.

  277. [...] July 14, 2009 · Leave a Comment I must be a little slow on the uptake. It’s been eight months since I started this blog, which is supposed to be for and about “pissed-off progressive old folks,” yet somehow it’s taken me this long to learn about two fellow bloggers who are supremely qualified for that title. I mean Helen and Margaret, longtime best friends in their eighties who live in Texas and Maine, respectively, and blog at  http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com. [...]

  278. You two make me miss my Gram. Keep it up.

  279. [...] of my favorite websites/blogs lately is Margaret and Helen. They’re women who have been best friends for over 60 years. I’ve pointed you to their [...]

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  281. [...] down in my chair.  What’s a woman to do with a little extra time on her hands?  Surf up Margaret and Helen (best friends for 60 years and [...]

  282. You ladies are fantastic! If, when I get to your age, and I’m fast approaching and still have my wits about me like you do, I will feel I have arrived. Needless to say, love you blog!

  283. Hello Helen, I only just now discovered your blog thru a friend who directed me to it because of Sarah Palin – I have not had time to look at everything yet, but I noticed where you said you live in Texas, and I do admire your style of writing and your HUMOR. I live in The Woodlands, Texas, perhaps we are neighbors? That would be great! I will come back to your blog later on this evening, just now I have to leave for a little while.
    with great respect,

  284. Hi:)
    An old friend in Iowa sent me a heads up & the link to your blog today. I’ve read several of your observations & commentaries……thre great:) I’d enjoy and would feel honored if i could buy you a beer and shoot the breeze. The wars in Iraq & Afghanistan…American politics & culture…the causes of the national financial mess…the sad decline of newspapers and the shallow bellowing of cable news…..Coke vs Pepsi:) Please keep on ‘raising cain’ and storming the ramparts of America’s complacent attitude towards it’s own hypocrisy.
    A new fan:)

    Any thoughts about the cable news networks or the successful Republican portrayal of all media that disagrees with them as the unAmerican ‘liberal media’.

  285. Dear Helen & Margaret,
    A very nice feed I’ve been on for years led me to your blog. Women after my own heart. I will be reading, you keep putting it out there. When I read the posts it’s almost as if I, myself, had written them. In fact it’s such a mirror, it’s freaky.

    I have been posting to the thread I’m on for 12 years. Guess it’s time to start a blog, you girls were smart to do so.
    Love ya,
    from the ex auto capitol, Detroit, MI

  286. Dear Helen & Margaret,
    This is the best blog since the Rude Pundit, I haven’t laughed so hard in months!
    You keep blogging, I’ll keep reading.
    Love from Houston, TX!

  287. This is great. I thought old people liked Sarah. Ha Ha!

  288. I forget the Latin phrase exactly, but basically the translation reads “If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar.” That’s how I feel about Palin, Bush and these other Christian Radicals who put themselves above everyone else.

    Keep up the good work, both of you. For so long I took to heart the phrase “Never trust anyone over the age of 30.” Well, after I turned 30, I realized everything wasn’t so cut and dried!

    By the way, I am from Texas and am ashamed of how these money grubbing freaks in Highland Park have been slobbering over themselves to get that “Prestigious” GWB Library. HA!

  289. Hi Helen & Margaret! I just wanted to tell you I love your blog. A friend forwarded it to me this morning and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. You ladies are like a breath of fresh air. I laugh because you sound exactly like the kind of ladies I keep threatening I’m going to become as I get older.

    Please keep blogging!

  290. Helen and Margaret if it is true that you are silver-haired pensioners then you deserve an Oscar and if you are pretenders, you still deserve 2 Oscars for being so creative and pure.

  291. Just found you and I’m still laughing…between cheers. LOVE your commentary and am forwarding the link to all friends. One question: could you please move next door?

    Rock on, ladies!

  292. I love you!!! Keep blogging!

  293. wonderful, absolutely wonderful. so glad i found your blog. keep it up, thanks a million for the obvious truth and the way you say it.

    this blog needs to go way public. you are stars, your wisdom is badly needed in the emptiness found on the internet.

    awesome, love it all!!
    thank your grandson for me for setting this up for you. love

  294. The both of you are very funny together. And it is nice to see that the both of you are still friends even after 60 years. Makes me go, awww… how cute.

  295. Margaret and Helen, I just followed a link to your blog. It’s great to see a couple of old broads who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is. I suspect you two are way past being gullible enough to be taken in by the lies that seem to permeate much of society these days. Your blog is a refreshing throwback to pre-PC days of frank honesty, with perhaps a dash of irreverence tossed in for zest.

    I can’t say whether many of your generation did or did not go to college. I do know that my own mom is your age and got her BA when in her fifties. It’s never too late to learn, and you’re never too old for your opinions to be relevant.

    Got ya in the bookmarks file. Rock on.

  296. Helen and Margaret, you are wonderful; I found you through Fast Company’s feature on the most influential women in technology!

    My grandmother passed away at 96 a couple of years ago. She had a junior high education and was smart, progressive, curious, and well-informed…because she wanted to be! She loved dirty jokes and was sassy even by a young person’s standards.

    She’d always been like that, I suppose. Really, why do some younger people assume that older people cannot have or voice strong opinions, and that they lose their core personality somewhere around their 80th birthday?

    The people who comment here that Helen and Margaret cannot be who they claim to be, simply for reasons of style and spitfire, have probably never gotten to honestly know more than one or two older folks. Surely no one who actually spends much time with older folks would hold this foolish opinion. Perhaps such people will realize this in irony when they wake up at 80 and find they themselves are the same as they have ever been, but their grandchildren sadly treat them like ancient babies.

  297. magus 71 writes:

    “Or, at least they’re not two old ladies who spout venom at Anne Coulter. ”

    Let’s assume they’re *not* real if that gets you through the cold, dark night.

    How are the blog observations inaccurate?

    Ann Coulter is immune to venom. Her veins are full of it. Her brain is soaked in it. If it was going to injure her, it would have done so some thirty years ago.

    Apparently the only way she can get attention these days…short of standing under a streetlight in the skids swinging a beaded bag and popping a mouthful of (hopefully antibiotic) gum… is by selling her superciliously clever “critiques” to the right wing nutjob venues beloved of ” ‘Murica for ‘Muricans!” contingent, Jesus freaks and Idaho militia commandos.

    The “two old ladies” have her number, although they are not necessarily alone. I’m thinking there’s more than one “regular” who does, too, although not necessarily for the same purpose. ; )


  298. I love this place!!!


  299. Helen and Margaret, you make my day! Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I just come on over and read your latest post (or re-read any of your older posts). Keep blogging–if this world needs anything, it’s more intelligent, feisty women who are willing to speak their minds. I wish you both happiness, abundant health, and many more years of gratuitous swearing! Thanks!

  300. I love your link. I just found it today when I was searching under Sarah Palin is a Bitch. I’m glad to see there are others who can’t stand her as much as I do. I can’t believe she is even considering running for President in 2012 when she was too stupid to even run for Vice President. I just hope we don’t have to go through that freak show again.

  301. I’m neither a blogger nor a bloggee(?). But a friend just gave me your link, and I have to say I love it!

    P.S. When I went to your store, I was quite taken with the “Old ladies speak their mind…” merchandise. But…old ladies do not have ONE mind, and I couldn’t possibly buy something that says they do. It should be “Old ladies speak their minds…”

  302. you are inspiring

  303. You ladies rock! I just found your blog and your posts about Ann Coulter made my morning. Really!

  304. Its long after the election but I just found you and I will be a frequent visitor. Partly because I enjoy gratuitous swearing.

  305. Helen, I just found your blog today and I can’t stop reading it. Your observations are at once incisive and hilarious. I can’t say enough how purely brilliant I think you are. You’re a credit to humanity. Keep on blogging!

  306. I think this lady is genuine and I’m gonna subscribe to her blog for the simple fact that she idealize what I think Americans should be….open-minded and open to all the generations that populate their country so that all can work hand in hand to build and strength the great nation that is theirs.

  307. I believe in you, Helen.

    And I’m linking this to my blog, too, which is just getting started. I hope you don’t mind. Whenever I’m at a loss for words, I’ll just point to your link and say, “What Helen said!”

  308. Good Night Nurse!

    I just found you and wonder why it took me so long? As soon as I post this, I’m linking you to my Blog Roll but I’m a newbie. If you have any advice I’d consider your input an honor.

    If you ever feel like reading me, I’m at Newworldodor@wordpress.com. I’ve gotten another friend from my church interested and he’s starting to post there as well.

    But that’s not why I write. I’ll read you regardless and as I said, include you in my blog roll–because frankly, I’m awed by you and your site. Thanks so much for doing this! You are the bomb!

  309. I just linked to your blog from another site and wow! How did I not know about you before?? You can bet I’ll be a faithful reader from now on. Terrific stuff, thanks!!

  310. you two are great and i’m glad to have “bumped” intp you….by the way…i just learned “ass hat” and i love using it

  311. I love to play.

    I assumed you knew what you were doing. :)

  312. Okay – heading off to catch some zzz’s. 72 hours on my feet is long enough. Magus, come back and play when I’m awake.
    PS “greyt” is simply a way greyhound owners refer to their pets –
    okay. ‘nite.

  313. Gryet is an affectation used among sighthound fans. The moniker is “nod” to my sighthound. Do you know what a sighthound is?
    You want to keep playing?

  314. Greytdog,

    Not only did Connie spell Helen wrong, but you spelled Great, wrong.

    So I guess that makes me an unreal speller.

    Do you have a pet chimp by any chance?

  315. Connie – my mom is older than Helen – not only did she go to college, she went to graduate school and earned two Masters and her doctoral. And most of her peers also went to college – so to assume that women of Helen and Margaret’s age did not go to college – well. . . that’s a bit backward.

    And Magus – I think you’re not real. Sigh. Don’t you know the unreal can’t explain everything because they don’t understand anything.

  316. Connie–DEAR–they’re not real. Or, at least they’re not two old ladies who spout venom at Anne Coulter.

    Sigh…must I explain everything.

  317. Hi Hellen,

    I think you are very good writer and you inspire me to be better. Not many women from your generation went to college — what was your major?

  318. On November 29, 2008, Jaynine wrote:

    It is a shame when people find it enjoyable to read and spew such hatred. How is the Country ever to unite if people continue to be so very rude and hostile to one another? Aren’t adults suppose to be setting the example for the younger generation? Old age is not a license to be rude and ugly to others.

    As we enter the Holiday Season don’t you think it is time to remember the reason for the season?
    Peace on earth and goodwill toward man….(this applies no matter what your faith and beliefs).

    Let’s all be positive role models for our younger generation. There is enough war and hate in our school systems and across the internet without adding more to it.

    USMC (Ret)
    Mom of 3


    My question is, were you referring to Helen/Margaret/fans and commenters on this blogsite?

    Or were you referring to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and the ones still waiting for the disasters that President Obama will call forth?


  319. I wish my Mom was still alive to read your hoot on the topics of the day in politics and life in general. I get a kick out of your site and linked back to it on my own site for my readers. I’m loving Margaret and Helen!


  320. You two are my heros, my mentors. Love your blog, and your Cafepress site, hilarious. Keep it up, you’re Great!!!!!!!!

  321. Your last blog has been rolling around in my brain, and every time I hear someone on the news talking about John Boehner (my supposed Representative) and his tax-cut nonsense, your response sounds better and better. I’ve written to the jackass moron for years and years, and can’t remember a single time he’s voted for or against anything except Republican ideology.

    Still, I’m not sure exactly how .gov rules for e-mail work, so I did clean up my latest message. I can hardly wait for the 7-page letter of response that won’t address a single issue or comment I made to this jerk.

    Rep. Boehner:
    Good morning you sorry excuse.
    I’ve been nice as I could be to you for lo these many years, but enough is enough.
    Why you believe your proposals would do ANYTHING for our economy is beyond me. They didn’t work for 8 solid years of Bush’s low-life excuse for an administration. They won’t work now. All they can really be is a pay-off for you and your other “colleagues” of the Republican ilk who simply won’t sit down, shut up, and let President Obama and the newer members of Congress get on with the business of restoring our country to some semblance of its past fiscal and moral magnitude.
    Try directing your atrophied brain and soul-less body to the people in this country, specifically in Ohio, who are in need of jobs and are not particularly concerned whether those jobs come thru private companies (with a great deal of skimming off the top for politicians) or thru the government (with a goodly amount of skimming off the top for politicians). Perhaps you’ve been so well-paid during your tenure in Washington that you have no concerns for the fiscal future of this country. Perhaps you are simply stupid. Who knows?
    Better if you crawl back into your tanning bed or hit the golf course in some warmer climes to keep up your far-from-southern-Ohio tan and leave government to those who love and care deeply for this country and its people.

  322. Best banner photograph, ever? Yes.

  323. Love it, you folks are hilarious.
    I’ll be back.

    Wish I could convince my mother to do what you’re doing …


  324. This blog is great. I enjoy it very much. Keep it up.

  325. I so enjoyed this blog. Just found it. The comments made me laugh as hard as the posts though. Helen and Margaret, my friend and I have been best friends since 1977. It’s good to see other friends who have stuck it out over the years.

  326. Dear Margaret and Helen,

    I just realized I hadn’t been by for a while. I just wanted to say hello, and to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year! I have had so much enjoyment from your blog, and I hope that you get back some of the pleasure you’ve given in 2009!

    Tammy in Syracuse

  327. PS: I wish my mom had lived long enough to read your blog. She was a salty old broad — she would have loved you two. Your blog would have proved to her that not everything on the Series of Tubes is crap.

  328. Dear Margaret and Helen:

    You guys rock! It’s so refreshing to read honest, thoughtful opinions from folks who are wise enough to recognize bullshit when they see it and who aren’t too polite to call it bullshit.

    Your analysis of my governor is spot on.

    Only a couple more days to go before we get a smart, honorable president and a VP who isn’t a damned war profiteer and war criminal. Yes!!

    Thanks for the soup recipe — it sounds really exotic — I’ve just got to try it! (Peanut butter is a food group in our house.)

    Love & Hugs from a fan in Alaska

  329. I thought I would pop in here to wish you both a wonderful New Year! Things WILL get better. As to comments about age and Palin, my mother is 88 and she was almost as violently against P as you, without the language. She does not like to talk long on the phone but we have spent hours with me listening (and agreeing) to her rants.

    You ladies keep up the good work. I hope when I’m 82 (20 years from now), I will be as funny and as great as you two!!!


  330. hello it is test. WinRAR provides the full RAR and ZIP file support, can decompress CAB, GZIP, ACE and other archive formats.

  331. Margaret & Helen-

    I am a fifty year old mother of a 5 1/2 year old son, and I want to be just like you when I grow up.
    You two are all thats right with humanity. no bullshit, just from the heart. You remind us all that the truth is where its at.
    I will visit your blog every chance I get. Margaret & Helen for President in 2016, now that’ll be a housecleaning……..

    Much love, & as my son would say “you guys rock!”

  332. Oh my. Hmm… robsteeler certainly got her panties twisted didn’t she? Ever notice how whenever disagrees with the neocons, they start spouting off their military service time, their employment, etc? Hey rob – guess what? You aren’t applying for a job no one here cares about your damn resume. Offer your opinion, realize this is america where freedom of speech is part of the Bill of Rights (sorry but Amendment 2 simply isn’t the only thing on the bill of rights), and move on. Don’t like what you read here? Anyone holding a gun to rob’s head? Nope? didn’t think so. So rob, you’ve said your piece, ,move on, and go find the Michigan Militia. . .I think they’re in the Upper Peninsula near the Canadian border. . . they’ll like you. Lots.

  333. My grandparents on both sides of the family are dead… will be be my surrogat (and correct my spelling while you are at it please)?

    You remind me of my grandmother on my dad’s side, who used to always hit my arm as a means of saying “hi”… I loved her to peices and we laughed much.

    keep it up!

  334. [...] 隨意記一些東西,登入時看到一個很不賴的部落格Margaret and Helen蠻希望自己在82歲的時候也可以這樣應用當代先進的科技發表自己的生活感想。 [...]

  335. Just to clarify, when I said “my grandmother” I wasn’t referring to these ladies, but another Texas woman.

  336. For those of you who question if the author is what she says she is, let me say this:

    You don’t know Texas women!

    My grandmother is a wonderfully progressive thinker, sassy with a bit of a mouth on her, and is turning 87 on December 21st. She is my hero and I love her dearly and admire her spunk.

    Ladies, you are truly and wonderfully representative of us women Texans!

    Mwah! (kiss on cheek and big hug)

  337. i stumbled across your blog because of this new wordpress2.7 stuff which i don´t like because my english isn´t that good to understand all the new tricks so that my looks under this new wordpres2.7 shit as before. anyway but that s a different subject.

    m´am i love your style of writing, i love foul words because they come straight to the piont. and people do need it sometimes in order to understand, provided there is something between both ear´s . . . . .

    and this palin cat . . . well . . take away the l in her name add “in the ass” . . . .

    i – we over here in germany are glad that she s not in power. so much for that.

    nice meeting you two – guess i have to bookmark you now.

  338. By the way I love your little quilty patterns, I am a quilter, too as well as a writer.

  339. I too love your blog, it was given to me by a lovely cyber buddy who was concerned that I was being bum rushed by others who did not agree with me, about your new president to be, they all shouted at me, sob.
    I am 67 live in West Australia, not really into politics per say, but always interested when other countries have elections.
    I do wonder why no other country has gone to the help of Zimbabwe, now there is a place and people that are desperate for help, but they got no oil fields, so I guess they will have to just struggle on, so sad.
    I think John Howard, Blair and Bush, should be totally ashamed of them selves, for what has happened in Baghdad.
    Many years ago I had a lovely old friend, George, I have named my computer after him, now he was in the first world war and worked alongside Laurence of Arabia, he had loads of photo’s, anyway, after the war, he became the charge de fair of Baghdad and the pictures he had of it were awesome, he had a camel hair on his chair, which he made me sit on and it itched like hell, but he was a wonderful man, he told me many stories of his adventures and I wish I had offered to write them down, but he is gone and so are his stories.
    He would turn in his grave if he could see his beautiful city the way it is now and also to know that most of the damage was done by American weapons, I know he would cry, I am glad he did not live to see it and I am glad I have the memory of that beautiful city, I am so blessed to have known this man, so to see what has happened, in Iraq, for me is a horror and now Bush tells us, he was misinformed, well, bugger me, everyone must know he and the others are lying, any fool could see that they itched to get in there and fight.
    The day that Bush was elected, I said “Oh God another war monger” my husband said “give him a chance” and I said,”he is like his father, they relish starting and making war, it gives their ego’s a boost” well I been proved right.
    I bet I upset some folk in here that will tell me to butt out, but why should I not have my say, after all America asked for our soldiers to help them and they are and getting killed for it, so I got as much right to say what I think as the next person.
    blessing to you all.
    West Australia.

  340. I’m 51, from the Philippines (please, that is NOT “near Hawaii”) but live in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Can I ask you both to come down here and kick butt around the airport? There are like 10,000 protesters occupying the airport , brought the city and country to a near halt.

    No more fresh flowers, we are running out of wine, Fedex can’t get my fake DVDs out and we can’t get to our home country for Christmas! (No Christmas here.)

    Our factories can’t ship anything, and nobody can send us Christmas presents!

    I love your blog. When I grow up I’d like to be as lively and profane as you. I think growing old gracefully is all about stamping idiots into the garden path.

    Anyway, back to the invitation. I have a tame cook here, properly trained in a chef’s school. She’s actually the head of the family, I’m just the chairman of the fund-raising committee.

    Plus guest room, real silver, all that. You can’t quite see Russia from here though.

    Keep going. On everything.

    We want to have American friends again.


  341. whoops, forgot to log out first. in case it wasn’t obvious, that was me, and yes i was making fun of myself :-\

  342. Lol Jimmy, you have a good point. Couldn’t help but throw my two sense out to agree with the dude that no one else seemed to agree with here. You know as well as I do that the best way to change people’s views is to correct them on the internet. Heck, I’d love to stay and chat but I think I just heard someone typing something I don’t agree with somewhere on the internet and I must go address it. Cheers!

  343. i just came across your blog and I am an instant fan!

  344. I’d wager that the same disproportionate vote totals exist among right-wing conservative talk radio listeners, which is dominated by a handful of broadcasters who likely reach more people than the bloggers do. If the internet is so liberal, Steve, then so be it. It could be that conservatives, like John McCain, are still trying figure out how to log on, as soon as they figure out how those tubes work.

  345. funny, sharp and bloody brilliant. You hit the nail on the head every time. I’m new to your blog, but I’ll definitely be checking back. Priceless, thank you!

  346. Thanks for making me laugh! I stumbled upon your blog just this morning. Loved the head-lice analogy.
    My grandmother also said it like it was for 94 years and didn’t mince words. One of her most endearing qualities.

  347. I’ve been reading blogs for a few years and have found a few gems, but never have I sat through an afternoon devouring every single post as if it were my last meal. I’m psyched!

    (Did you hear McCain say he is planning to run again? I’m totally fucking serious.)

  348. You couldn’t be more damn fabulous if you tried. Saying what we’re all thinking. Having one more rage attack and letting it out just like projectile vomiting. You do it for the rest of us. And we thank you!!!! And thank you.

  349. Thank you for your blog that Sarah Palin should “Sit Down and Shut the Hell Up!” I don’t care if you are or aren’t a couple of 80-ish years old friends for life–you ROCK! I am a young-ish (I flatter myself) 40-something who has parents who watch nothing but FOX news. We have not spoken or e-mailed since mid-October, I guess primarily because of this election. They believe that Obama is a terrorist and that white people who voted for him (yup, me and my dear husband) are “misguided.” And this is from a lifetime military family who lived all over the place and interacted with folks from all different races and ethnicities. Am I the only one who doesn’t get this whole goofy-ass racist stuff? I just couldn’t cope without hearing the sanity of you and other bloggers like you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart-weary and sad soul for my family of origin, for making me feel that there are other kindred spirits with whom I have more in common. Can you please adopt me? :~)

  350. Thanks Jimmy, but topic-neutral blogging sites like wordpress are still composed of mostly the same type of folks. Not bad folks, just people who think differently than I on several issues. Didn’t u see the blogger vote held here during the election? Way out of proportion to the actual nation-wide election (same outcome, but not nearly so close as the popular vote). Etsy.com is a craft site my wife frequents, and it’s the same there. Bunch of liberal crafters lol. Cheers!

  351. You are so bad ass!! I love it!

  352. Oh please, Steve Reed. There are plenty of conservative and/or right-wing bloggers out there, along with blogs about knitting, cooking, auto mechanics, gardening, pictures of peoples’ kids, etc. Get a life.

  353. Matthew,

    Looks like your grandma has riled a few hate-mongers w/ her spot-on, speak-the-truth, call-a-dog-a-dog comments. We may need you to monitor, delete, & block a few of the more hateful commenters….you know, the dittoheads and Caribou-Barbie-Worshipers who spew hatefulness, hurtfulness, and deviseness.

    Thanks for helping us keep this blog a place for thoughtful reading & insightful commenting rather than a place for spewing bigotry, racism, and hate.

    As Helen has graciously stated in the past, even idiots are welcome to post comments here – but there’s no need for the likes of swittersb, history chaser, indievoter, dan, and all their troll-buddies to come here and spew hate.

  354. LOL, that proves my point!! Apparently the internet is so liberal, that the odds that two people of a non-liberal persuasion would comment on the same thread are so close to 0 that one can only assume it is the same person. Hehehe.

  355. I see “Rob Steeler” has a new sock puppet on his right hand and he’s calling him “Steve Reed”. Sorry, Rob, but the blog was around long before you noticed it. Tra la!

  356. I just found your blog and it is hands down the best thing I have ever seen. Maybe it’s because I despise Sarah Palin, or because I cuss like a sailor, or because I have a best friend I hope I still call as much 60 years from now. Whatever the reason, I think you are fantastic and keep up the good work!

  357. I’m chock full of opinion and I’m 39, thank you. I was at a MTF (military care facility) and a girl, younger than I…started ranting that all the “old people” were clogging up “her” medical care and didn’t deserve to be there. Granted, I had an urge to immediately clobber her, but no, instead I jumped right up and said, you know, most of those “oldies” you speak of are either honorable veterans or spouses of such, and if anything, you should give them every courtesy they deserve and know that if it wasn’t for them, you possibly couldn’t even be allowed to issue such moronic dribble.

    Not that I am saying that either Helen or Margaret qualify as such in the “veteran of military” category, but they qualify as “veterans of the life and times of our country”. Collectively, they deserve a voice just as much as anyone else in their age demographic does, and if you don’t like what they have to say, then you’re certainly entitled to not read. Or, read and move along, but oh boy am I tired of hearing how the “older generation” should be denied a voice or benefits because they are who they are. My final thought….much can be learned from those who walked before us, and we should be taking it, either agree or agree to disagree, and pave the way for our children and their children to live a decent life.

  358. Rob Steeler: You are spot on. These people aren’t elderly, but it is cute and almost convincing. One word of advise for you though, sir. Don’t waste your time with people on the internet. Bloggers are, as a general rule, on the far left. Strike up a conversation with the folks in line with you at the grocery store and you’ll probably find someone who thinks the same way you do. The ones who shout longest and loudest tend to convince the rest of us that everyone agrees with them, but it ain’t so. Internet bloggers are definitely NOT representative of America, just a radical segment. Our family doctor advised us to spank our child with the hand on the posterior. He said if anyone had a problem with it, to call him. He said that while it could cause the child to cry, it would be better than her getting burned by touching a stove we had told her not to touch, or sticking something in an electrical socket. Makes sense, right? Plus, my parents spanked my butt and I am extremely grateful for it. Of course there are other methods of discipline (time out, etc), and different styles seem to work for different kids. I prefer time-out myself, but sometimes a spanking seems to get the point through pretty effectively. I KNOW that the world is full of all kinds and some people don’t know how to lovingly discipline for the kid’s good. Bottom line is, that kid is gonna learn that authority exists and should be respected. If mom and dad fails to teach that lesson, it will probably be learned (at much greater pain and cost) from teachers, the boss at work, police officers… All that to say, if you start a discussion like this on the internet, watch how many will say you should never spank your kid. That’s all I’m trying to say about bloggers ;)

  359. haha…your blog is SO cute!!! and like i’m like so WOW-ed that your friendship last so long!!! :]

  360. Hello from Louisiana! Oh I am so SO happy I clicked on the link to your blog this morning. I cannot believe I havent seen it before. I was going to my own blog to write about my freaking oven door blowing up yesterday and there you were in big bold letters…Sarah Palin, sit down and shut the hell up! Oh how many times did I say that very thing myself over the past few months?

    My dear Mom, Toot, passed away October a year ago and I miss her every day. She and I had the kinds of conversations that you write about. She was a hoot and so are you. I will come here now and read everything you write and wish I could share it with her. You would have been best friends.

    I remarked on election night now proud my parents would have been of their country. They hated GWB with the fire of a thousand suns and my dad was a Texan! He passed away 4 years ago Nov 17. So many times my dad said how hard it would have been for him to be a young black man in this country. My parents (as well as myself of course) were as white as the driven snow. I was raised in the time of desegregation and such and now to see a brother of color in his rightful, elected place…well it is just amazing. My parents would have been proud of him and of the people for seeing the right way to go.

    I dont talk to many people about politics. It makes my blood boil and frankly, I judge people based on how they vote. That doesnt say much about me does it? But I cant help it. Therefore, to keep the peace and continue to be civil I just keep my opinions to myself and ask that they do the same…you know what I mean?

    Thanks for making my day. We will gather today for our family Thanksgiving feast (me, husband, six children and assorted significant others, friends and one little grandson) I am printing out your blog address onto cards to hand out. EVERYONE must promise me to come here and read. You will say what I don’t feel I can (or should!) and I will keep writing about cooking, sewing and housekeeping.

    Happy Holidays.

  361. It is a shame when people find it enjoyable to read and spew such hatred. How is the Country ever to unite if people continue to be so very rude and hostile to one another? Aren’t adults suppose to be setting the example for the younger generation? Old age is not a license to be rude and ugly to others.

    As we enter the Holiday Season don’t you think it is time to remember the reason for the season?
    Peace on earth and goodwill toward man….(this applies no matter what your faith and beliefs).

    Let’s all be positive role models for our younger generation. There is enough war and hate in our school systems and across the internet without adding more to it.

    USMC (Ret)
    Mom of 3

  362. who cares whether you’re an 82 yr old grandma or an 18 yr old pot smoker – this blog is someone’s opinion – an opinion that is dead on and rings true with many of the visitors.

    those who don’t like, should grow up or if not, just turn on rush limbaugh, grab their blankie, and curl up for the next 4 years. America is tired of their wining.

  363. I had to call my friend about #7 on the Thanksgivng letter. We both laughed and we each poured ourselves a glass of wine, in good crystal glasses. Cheers Helen!

  364. where is robsteeler66 the douchebag now?

  365. Where are the Palin Blogs? They are just as relevant today as they were during the election?
    Dear Oprah

    The newspapers have been reporting that you will have Sara Palin on your show in the coming months. Please DON’T. She is doing everything she can to stay in the public eye. I am not alone in believing she needs to stay in Alaska and do her job and hopefully fade away into obscuirty. I live in MS. the damage that this woman has done has set the civil rights movement back to the 60′s. Palin has brought racism/hatred back to the forefront of people’s minds. She does not represent the majority of women in this country and their beliefs, only the minority right wing and Republican extreme Christian right base. The more the press and the entertainment business bring her into the spot light the more she thrives on her own publicity. Please let her 15 minutes of fame fade away.

    During the dark days of Sara Palin’s October-November spewing of lies, and raciest innuendos the only light at the end of the tunnel for me (and many) was the following website: http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/
    In October this 82 year old grandmother from Texas wrote a blog about Palin, and Margaret was off and running. In less than 1 month this website garnered almost a million hits on her website and the blogs came from men and women around the world. If you want to see what woman think of Palin please read. So many would love to have Margaret and Helen on your show, with age comes wisdom! Thank you.

  366. you girls are awesome! :D keep writing!

  367. So, the ship you two are photographed on in the masthead — U.S.S. Texas?

  368. I hope you don’t mind–I added you to my blogroll. I love reading this! Keep up the good work!

  369. Hey wait, is your grandson single?

  370. I love your blog. I got here from Newsvine.com on a recommendation from VMS (a screen name).

    Thank you! You are both certainly correct; it is not a good idea to use your last name. One never knows when “flaming” could turn into fire bombing, so it is best to stay safe.

    T.S. Eliot just popped into my mind:
    “…To prepare to meet the faces that you meet….”

    NOT to be two faced! I was almost killed when holding a “NO IRAQ WAR” sign by the driver of a pickup truck who tried to run over my daughter and myself.

    Keep blogging so that the rest of us can be enlightened and entertained.

    Thanks to you both.


  371. Ladies, 60 years of friendship have honed your commentary skills to a fine, diamond – quality edge… we can only stand (and salute) in awe of your earthiness, straightforwardness, and most importantly in this day and age, plain common sense. I found your blog yesterday morning and laughed my as_ off all day long (don’t worry, it was a telecommute day so I was at home); what a refreshing way to start the weekend, full of energy and good humor! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  372. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and love it!
    Thanks for the laughs! You two are a hoot!

  373. I love this blog. And I must say, I think it’s wonderful that “robsteeler66″ is trash talking you via blog about how cowardly it is to trash talk via blog. SERIOUSLY this is good stuff. I’m in.

  374. By the way, that would be fantastic in the “extremely excellent” sense, not the more traditional “not grounded in reality” sense!

  375. Helen, I’m a fellow Texan. I just discovered your blog and I think you are fantastic.

  376. 82 years old? Really? Whether its true or not…Great writing, and very intelligent point of view. You have another fan. =)

  377. omg. if that’s true, it’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever read!!!

  378. Helen,

    I have no idea if you’re who you say you are but you miust be elderly because it would take a long time to accumulate all that bitterness you’re spewing out. If you’re really married, I’ll bet Harold (or Howard, I forget which) is glad you’ve got another outlet for your anger.
    He’s probably telling his friends “Yes siree, that blogging business is the greatest thing since sliced bread.”
    Incidentally, I find it interesting that you feel you have the right to attack whomever you wish but would like to withhold that same freedom from the lady on the View.

  379. I absolutely love your online store and plan to purchase some things…I would love to market my blog and its design but dont know how to get started ..any tips Zman sends

  380. Haha. I love this blog – keep up the good work Margaret and Helen.

  381. I just read the article andthe about section. Totally hooked. Nice meeting you! http://www.ASocialThing.com ….I hate to ask but if there is anywayyou can help me get the word out it would be greatly appreciated.

  382. Everyone that enjoys this blog will also enjoy this:

    Molly Ivins’ final book out in paperback.

    Rights and ‘Wrongs’

    Has there ever been anyone able to express political outrage with more Texalicious bemusement than Molly Ivins? In her final book, now out in paperback, the late Ivins scoped out her target: the Bush administration’s handling — or, as she saw it, mishandling — of the Bill of Rights.

    Those parting shots are gathered in Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch’s Assault on America’s Fundamental Rights, co-authored by former Texas Observer editor Lou Dubose.

    Keep in mind that Ivins was the woman who dubbed George W. Bush “Shrub,” so you won’t find much objectivity in these pages. As with most of Ivins’ work, what you get are essays colored by her inimitable sharp tongue and anti-Bush exhortations. (She refers to one of his speeches as a “well-rehearsed keep-fear-alive campaign stem-winder.”) However, that’s not to say the book isn’t well-researched: It’s backed up by 20 pages of sourcing.

    In her unique manner, she dissects and blasts away at the Patriot Act, wiretaps, the arrests of T-shirt-wearing protesters, and the creation of a “free-speech zone” in Crawford (far from Bush’s ranch) — the only place in the area where it was acceptable to dissent against the president.

  383. I just found your blog, and it is both incredibly fun AND inspirational to read. As very Wise Women, would you kindly shine some of your smarts on me? I have no grandmas in my life. I am the mother of a five-year-old with cerebral palsy and a fulltime worrier. You can check out my blog at http://www.lovethatmax.blogspot.com and comment, if you could, on a post. Keep up this kick-ass blog, ladies!

  384. Oooo I just love old ladies!
    I think there is something in the Bible about that!

  385. This blog makes me so happy. My best friend and I have known each other for about a decde now, we always talk about how we’re going to grow old together! It’s so lovely to see that it’s possible. :)

  386. I really love your Margaret and Helen 2016 tee-shirts at the store. I am a youngster who likes to reads and discover good blogs around the web-sphere.

  387. As a 65 year old veteran (of a real war, even) and the father of a policeman, I have only this to say. Palin was a joke and everyone knew it, but the party line Republicans just couldn’t bring themselves to admit it.
    I know any number of 80+ year old women that could carry off a blog. Heck, it isn’t that much different from writing a letter. Actually fewer 80+ year old guys could do it (I never liked writing letters).

  388. we must listen to the windbag to see what idiots are talking about

  389. Hi all, congrats on choosing the right man for the job. This is absolute proof that Americans are not as stupid as the world believes.
    Long may Obama serve that great country.

  390. I just wanted to say I think you ladies are awesome. You are insightful,spot-on and hysterically funny. I am loving what you have to say. Keep up the good work!

  391. [...] vs. “Obamatunists” while two old lady bloggers MargaretandHelen (”best friends for 60 years and counting“) call Sarah Palin the B-word: “I will definitely stop calling Sarah Palin a [...]

  392. A good friend just sent me you blog…she knows my frustrations with our friends Sarah and Lizabeth H…. I can not even watch the View any more…You have said it so well, I thank you! I so hope you are really 82, as that gives me hope… I want to be just like you! I am 61, retired teacher and busy writing kid’s books… I would like to knw more about you both… thanks… Lynn in Oregon

  393. i hate your stuph

  394. Helen, you are such an inspiration. With only days to go before the election, I am disgusted by how many people around me are “undecided” or “apathetic.” In my head I hear that as “desperately needing a punch in the face to know their ass from their elbow” and if ONLY I could oblige! Your sharp insight, witty writing and hilarious language (bad words will ALWAYS be funny!) are such a breath of fresh air. Please keep writing as much as possible!

    As a fellow worshiper of strong, intelligent women who speak their mind, I’ve passed this blog along to my mother (whom I know will love you just as much). She’s the type for long letters of gratitude. You’ve been warned! ;)

  395. How wonderful! A tribute to the right thinkers! Just as I had lost faith in America for even THINKING of Palin seriously, I find you!

  396. Carollyn,

    Yes, you’re right. And I think that it’d be great fun to sit, have beer and “chew the fat” with you and rob..66, not to mention Helen and Margaret!


  397. Keith,
    I never said r..66 couldn’t state his disbelief, in fact I agreed that some others also don’t believe. I said I thought he was funny because he could dish it out but not take it. That’s my opinion and if I read your note correctly you think we can share opinions here.

  398. Hi Margaret and Helen,

    Love your blog up here in Canada.

    Would love to share this tidbit on Palin, who was recently prank called by the “French President,” which reveals the true Palin , we already knew was there.

    Pranked by two French Canadians in Canada, it’s worth watching.


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  400. Carolyn,

    Please don’t give robsteeler66 so much grief. It’s the diversity of thought that provokes us to reach deep within ourselves to figure out what WE really believe, rather than falling into “crowd mentality” and relinquishing our rights. We ENJOY being challenged. It’s in this exercise that we clarify our thoughts and beliefs, and learn to respect those that go through the same process, even if they come to different conclusions. It’s what this country was built upon.

    And, didn’t your Mom teach you that a healthy dose of skepticism would serve you well in life? If robsteeler66 chooses not to believe, well whose loss is that? I for one, don’t think anyone of a lesser age could possess such wit and employ the more than generous use of metaphors in such a humorous fashion while still making a point. McCain and Palin can’t do it! But that Tina Fey… she’s coming along quite nicely.

    I think Helen would just as quick shake her finger at us and tell us to play nice!


  401. I want one of your t-shirts. I feel like I’ve found a cyber-home here on your blog, and I’ve asked several others to stop in you as well.

    I just wish the big-girl’s t-shirts came in a couple of colors in addition to white. I know that’s probably at the discretion of Cafe Press, but I’m just sayin’….

    I love you two. I mean it.

  402. That robsteeler66 guy is a hoot isn’t he? He comes to a blog and insults the author and then take offense when people call him on it. All you needed to say, robsteeler66, is that you don’t know for sure if Margaret and Helen are who they say they are. No one would have faulted you for that. There are others who aren’t so sure M & H are really elderly ladies. But instead you assumed things about them and were rude, and so others, in turn, began to assume things about you. Then you said you were never reading the blog again which I’m not sure anyone really cared about. But then you came back because you must need the last word. But you can’t have the last word because no matter how many times you post and add more insults, someone will answer you.

  403. You rock, Helen! Keep up the good work – you haven’t missed a beat.

  404. love it love it love it!!!

    I stumbled in while looking for something else. Count me among the converts!

  405. Thank You for the thought, Dona…. and I found love with a red-neck former Marine that now makes a living driving a truck in the oilfields…. so much for stereotypes, huh!

    Speaking of oil. There are two main reasons we are in the financial mess this country is in. One being the price of oil over the last couple of years, largely due to the fact that we’ve not had a comprehensive energy policy, ever. (Listen to T. Boone Pickens… he makes a lot of sense) The other reason… Phil Gramm of Texas… inserted legislation in a budget bill that Congress was in a rush to pass before Christmas eight years ago, decriminalizing the sale and trade in derivatives. This is not because a bunch of those “damn poor people” reached for the American dream of home ownership just as the price of oil began to rise sending the price of everyday life past their reach. Nor was it their fault that our government began raising interest rates to combat the inflation that resulted, causing their adjustable rate home loans to shoot skyward. Oil and Phil Gramm, a greasy pair! But the leaders in Washington want to blame those damn poor people….. they should stop and think who votes!

  406. Happy Halloween everyone!! What a great service you are providing Helen, not only with your insight, but being able to read what other people are writing.
    Just like “Spokane Mary”, here I thought everyone in Spokane was a Republican. I am west of Seattle.

    Also, as to being gay, isn’t it nice in a world full of hate, you can find love?

  407. I’m thrilled – finding this blog has made my day. I agree wholeheartedly with all your posts, and I’m very pleased, but not surprised at, your candor and openness. In just a couple of days the election will be over and the right will have to sit back and shut up and learn to deal with the fact that Obama and the Democrats are going to be in charge for awhile. Hallelujah. Of course, Obama and Biden are inheriting the most god-awful mess imaginable, so it will take awhile before things actually begin straightening up, but I really think that just the election itself will begin to turn things around as people start believing they can look forward to something better, and once people begin believing again, we’re on the right road.

    Thank you for your great insight – and for putting it into the hands of those of us who wander the web looking for something worthwhile. I think it’s so peculiar how younger people who haven’t spent any time around old folks have such screwy ideas about what we’re like; in fact, those ideas about old people being stuffy and dull and ultra conservative correlate well with the erroneous images of all Muslims as terrorists, all liberals as communists, etc. I guess it’s just a certain inborn inelasticity of the mind that some suffer with that limits them to that kind of thinking.

    Anyway, hooray for you and keep posting as often as possible, please – can’t wait to see what you have to say next.

  408. Helen, I’m in love with you…. and that says a lot as I’m gay! But for you….?

    I lived most of my adult life in Texas. I would have guessed you were from Texas at some point even if I hadn’t read your bio. I now live in New Mexico, but I’m only 5 miles from the Texas line!

    You remind me of another grey-haired Texan that I admired greatly… Ann Richards. God we could use her now! Imagine what she would have to say about the Maverick Twins!

    I will say this about the posts I’ve read, including Rob’s: This election, more than any I recall (and I’m 52), has us talking. I don’t remember any other election that has energized the American electorate as much as this one has. It’s about damned time we got involved in our futures. If you don’t vote, you can’t call it rape.

    And Rob. Thank you for your service. My “other half” is a Marine (they are Marines forever) that served in the first Gulf War. He still can’t talk about what he saw and did. And is just now beginning to deal with the PTSD. Again, thank you. You, and many with and before you, fought to give us the right to have these discussions and to have differences and still love one another and care about one another’s well being. That IS America. We’re different, each of us, but we are a proud, united group of different individuals.

    Again, Helen, I’m in love!

  409. I just came across your blog (somehow that doesn’t sound quite correct, but you’ll understand what I mean) and it’s great! Keep it up — you go girl!

  410. Dear Margaret and Helen,

    I Love You.


  411. You ladies rock!

  412. Like someone else said days earlier, you make me wish my mom was still alive. She was a feisty woman just like you and she always spoke her mind without regret….

    makes this 55 woman remember

    keep it up, you are wonderful!

    P.S. best description of Elisabeth Hasselback I’ve ever heard…..LOL!

  413. Hi Margaret !

    What kind of dogs do you have ? we make beautiful collars for dogs


    Best regards


  414. Helen – your blog was referenced from another great blogger, “Dawn Ponders”. Many of my fellow Canadians have been truly absorbed in your pending election, with some of us wishing we could be an American for just an instant… in order to vote for Obama. Keep up the excellent work – you have found another dedicated reader!

  415. Thank you for blogging- outrage is best with a belly laugh! I want to be like you when I grow up, but I”m only 51.

  416. Helen and Margaret: give ‘em hell! I don’t know if you’re really a pair of octogenarians or a construct like Joe Bob Briggs, but this is some of the sharpest and funniest political commentary I’ve read since we lost Molly Ivins.

    And “bitch” is far too kind a word to apply to Sarah Palin. It’s an insult to my dog, who hasn’t a mean bone in her body. McCain once used the correct word when referring to his wife, but I’m far too much a lady to repeat it here.

    Keep up the good work.

  417. Helen and Margaret…. thank you so much for your blog. What a breath of fresh air to hear someone finally just lay it out there and tell it like it is. Thank you!

  418. Helen and Margaret -

    This is a bit long but I thought you might get a kick out of it. I got it in an email but feel free to reblog it! :-)

    Dear Red States,
    We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that
    includes Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and all of the Northeastern states. After
    this election, we’ll be adding Colorado and New Mexico. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, especially to the people of our new country – Nuevo California.

    To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get stem cell research, the best beaches, and the best ski resorts. We get
    Elliot Spitzer; you get Ken Lay. We get the Statue of Liberty; you get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft; you get WorldCom. We get Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cal Tech, MIT and Columbia; you get Ole’ Miss.

    We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs; you get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

    Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than that of the Christian Coalition, we get a bunch of happy families and you get a bunch of under-educated.

    Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’ll need all of our citizens back from Iraq at once.

    If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They apparently have kids they’re willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t mind if you don’t televise their kid’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq and hope that those Weapons of Mass Destruction turn up for you, but we’re not willing to spend any more of our money in Bush’s Quagmire.

    With the Blue States, we will control 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, 90 percent of pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 97 percent of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at your state dinners), 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, and all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools. We also get
    New England, the Great Lakes and Yosemite, thank you very much.

    In the Red States, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, 100 percent of tornadoes, 94 percent of hurricanes, 99 percent of Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush
    Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, and Clemson.

    Additionally, in the Red States, 38 percent actually believe Jonah was swallowed by a whale; 62 percent believe life is sacred unless it involves the death penalty or gun ownership; 44 percent claim that evolution is only a theory; 53 percent insist that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11; and
    61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you have higher moral standards than those of us on the left.

    By the way, we’re taking all the good pot, too. You get that dirt weed from Mexico and Kansas ditches.

    Peace out,
    The Blue States


  419. I think it’s funny so many claim you aren’t 82 – my 82 year old mother died recently and she would have blogged just like you if I’d set up a blog for her.

  420. Just found you. LOVE LOVE LOVE the smart comments and real view. Wisdom looks good on you! :) Keep it coming.

  421. I was shown your website just today. You and my 87 year old Nonna are in complete agreement.

    I think you are awesome, and this little rocket scientist wants to grow up to be just like you.

    Never fear being honest. Never stop being you.


  422. i found your website today (thanks jojo)…i’m thrilled…you are so right on! when molly ivins died i thought brilliantly written female insight was gone…but it’s not, thank you, thank you!

  423. I love you, Margaret and Helen! I hope I am as clever and awesome as you are in 55 years!!!

  424. Oh, Jay… so sorry you seem to think that “little old ladies” can’t speak their minds intelligently. Hope when you’re old and grey, you’re very understanding of the younger folks who think you’re somehow nonfunctional. Perhaps your trophy wife, in particular…

  425. [...] des blogs de personnes âgées comme celui de Helen Philpot 82 ans, no [...]

  426. How we going to celebrate when your blog hits the big 1,000,000 hits mark, huh? All your loyal fans will want an invite, don’t you know?

    A new look? A special post? Better get Matthew working on that one right away, because it could be shortly after the celebration for the election!

  427. Jay, you may be on to something. Maybe Helen is actually the ghost of, or the reincarnation of MOLLY IVINS! With wisdom from ‘beyond’, she is even more clever, more insiteful, and much saltier. You ROCK, Helen!

  428. @Jay: So what if they are/were a persona for someone else? The important things is the message, not the face, or the color, or the gray hair of the people delivering it.

    To quote Helen (or if you prefer, “Helen”): “I’m tired of living in fear. Life is too short. How about we try hope and optimism again and see how that works.”


    Thanks for the awesome blog, ladies. :)

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  430. [...] haven’t stumbled onto this blog, you need to. And quick because time is running out. These ladies are spot on about everything I have to say on the election. And they say it so much more [...]

  431. Are you guys seriously falling for this? These people are not really old ladies named Helen and Margaret. I know many of you don’t want to hear this, but this is all made up.

    Have you tried to track these ladies down? I have. I have very good resources at my disposal, and I can 100% tell you in fact they don’t exist. You have all been the victims of someone posing as old ladies to spread this propaganda. Don’t feel bad, they fooled a lot of people with this stunt. I’m sorry to have to break it to you.

    Take this blog for what it is, some creative person’s opinion spread through an elaborate online alter ego, and don’t base too much on it. Hopefully you are smart enough to do your own research on the issues and make your own decisions instead of buying into what some fake old ladies are saying. Look up the issues on a credible and unbiased site like http://www.factcheck.org and then draw your own conclusion from real true facts. Most of this stuff on these blogs is fabricated and slanted even worse than the identity of the author or authors of this particular one.

    Best wishes to you all and God Bless America, The Right to Vote, and Free Speech! Good luck to you and your respective candidate on election day.

  432. Whoa! Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for sending me in your direction. I’m a 50-something blogger but my own has been sidetracked a lot recently, since my sweetie of 40 years decided to dump me in favor of the chickie our son’s age he’s apparently been seeing on the side for years – after giving her all our savings. I’m spazzing out about it at the moment. But the son helped me set my blog up for friends & family and we have a lot of fun inside, where the STBX and his new/old sweetie-on-the-side can not enter. Reading your stuff convinces me I’ve got to get back to the original “me” somehow and to where the blog started out. Keep it up, ladies. I’m going to send my Mom over to visit you. She won’t be any happier with your political bent than she is with that of the lionsbrooke posters but maybe you’ll give her something to think about, lol!

  433. If I give you my brother-in-law’s address, could you ride your scooters to his home. Everyday I get several of his stupid, viral neocon Republican spam mails. In many cases, they are the exact same ones he sent me the previous day. I’d like you to bitch slap him and tell him to use what’s ever left of his brain. He pays no attention to facts, or history, or even silly things like words. He just listens to Rush and continues to email these God awful letters. I give you my permission to slap him hard, real hard, and maybe run him over with your scooters.

  434. I am not amused.

  435. My friend sent this link to cheer me up. It did. Your bitching really does wonders for my state of mind. Trying to be accurate and fair when I talk about this election has me worn out. Maybe one day when I grow up, I’ll be able to speak my mind plainly. I don’t care if you’re 82 or 28- when there is so much distortion you gotta vent somewhere instead of trying to fight ever stupid point.

  436. Margaret and Helen rock! At your age you should be allowed to say whatever you damn well please. Plus what you say does matter; you still care enough about your country to take a stand. How many of us have friends of 60 years and still going strong? Thanks to Andrew Sullivan and The Daily Dish for putting you ladies where you belong on the blogsphere map! You guys are stars! Put your panties on and go girls go …

  437. Helen, Margaret, thank you.

  438. I just wanted to thank you for doing this blog… As a newly minted 50-year-old who sometimes feels more like 95, you are an inspiration, and more importantly, a much needed voice of reason and humor.

    You remind me of my mom, who died five years ago at 84. She was a shy woman, until you got her going — and you could definitely get her going just by saying “George Bush”…. I miss her, but discovering your blog has just helped me bring her back a little closer.

    Please keep writing — even if you think it’s silly stuff that doesn’t matter to anyone. It doesn’t always have to be political or “important”. (Though we obviously love that, at least those of us who agree with you.) Seems like you could turn what preserves you had with breakfast into an interesting discussion. I want to hear about Margaret and Helen for many years to come.

    Keep at it, and cuss whenever you damn well feel like it!

  439. [...] Wow! If This is real, it’s my new favorite blog. Be sure to click on the “About” link. [...]

  440. I LOVE your blog. You go, Margaret and Helen!!!!

  441. God bless you and Hook ‘Em Helen.

  442. [...] New Favorite Blog. Jump to Comments I’ll just quote her About Me page: My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old.  My grandson taught me how to do this so that I [...]

  443. Helen -

    You are my new hero. You remind me so much of my beloved late grandparents and I truly miss their voice and perspective in my life. Your posts put a huge smile on my face.

    My grandmother was a great broad and I count you in her company. I want to be like both of you when I grow up.

    Keep it up!


  444. I found your blog thanks to Andrew Sullivan. You’re fantastic! I love it! I will visit often!

  445. You go, Girl!

    Keep it up. Someone has to tell it like it really is. I love older people. They say what’s on their minds and don’t sugar-coat it.

    Not quite to the place where we’d say “never an unuttered thought”, but close enough for me.

  446. Helen, you’ve got moxie! Keep up the good work.

    I have no use for McCain or Palin or their waterbearers. They are a disgusting bunch who will do or say anything to gain power.

    And Palin?! Maybe her witch hunter visiting pastor should re-exorcise her, because she seems to be possessed by the spirit of a complete imbecile. Oh, wait, I’ve seen some of her old interviews – exorcising her wouldn’t work; she’s that way naturally. Creationist, believes in witches, obviously doesn’t know the meaning of socialism.

    Keep up the good work, Helen!

  447. [...] a piece of the pipeline up your considerable a**, Palin – that from a new blog, Margaret and Helen, set up by two octogenarian friends living in different parts of the USA so they could stay in [...]

  448. Hi, ok, please get Matt to make me able to click on a comment so that I can link to it.

    The comment I’d like to link to is that of Melody in Florida on October 5th, which was perfection.

    Thank you Helen, and Matt, and Melody.

  449. Helen and Margaret, luv ya ladies. Even if you’re 22.

    Michele, too bad most Repubs aren’t like you. You’re way OK.

    Robsteeler, please come back. You’re funny, sort of like Sarah Palin.

  450. Helen,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sorry about the trolls but they seem to come with the territory. I won’t name names because it only encourages them.

    Good luck and happy blogging with you friend. Don’t take all this peanut gallery talk too seriously. If you’re really eighty-two you’ll know what I refer to.

    Clara Bell — honk honk

  451. Rock on ladies!!!

  452. Wow. What a breath of fresh air. I am sending this blog along to my Mom who I am sure will love it as much as I do!

  453. Helen and Margaret, I admire your spunk and well-spoken knowledge of the political process. I would love to meet you, but alas, I’m here in Atlanta and Helen is in TX and Margaret is in ME.
    I just hope that you inspire others as you have me to be an outspoken and well-informed electorate.

    Wish you the best!! Keep blogging!!

  454. Hey Helen,

    You are my hero! Can’t wait to see what you have to say next. Yes, I agree that Elizabeth is a total moron and wish they would boot her off the show. I guess being the show idiot is her bag.
    Also agree with you about Palin. How could anyone think she could be a vice president or president. She is dumber than the box the rocks came in. Heaven help us if Republicans win.
    I can’t wait to see what you write next. You should be a comedy writer for SNL.

  455. Helen –

    YOU are political correctness at it’s best! Frankness has become a bad word – we all seem to have to hide under our candid feelings – for fear we will insult someone else’s feelings.

    And the repercussions today can be a knife or a bullet or our car bashed in…..half the problems today are caused by suppressed feelings – we just can’t say what we think…’for fear of……….”. Years ago, you could flip someone off on the highway, and they would flip you off and smile – and you would both go on your way – today, we must ‘fear’ road rage and the often deadly consequences…..

    GO HELEN! I hope you’re for real – and that you’ll be around for another 20+ years to ‘give ‘em hell’ – Just don’t start saying ‘You Betcha”!

    Thanks for all you are…..Incog13

  456. Ms. Alaskan, I think we could go to a coffee shop or pub and have quite the discussion. We do have some of the same views (Palin is a hypocrite, and W shouldn’t have ever been allowed into the Oval Office… and I am sure our wilderness views may be close since I am from Montana), and others that differ. I am writing today to call a truce, since this blog is neither yours or mine, but Helen’s and Margaret’s. We should not behave like bad guests! LOL
    It is always great to run into another person who can speak their mind and not be a zealot for their cause. Thank you!

  457. Thank you for your response and I can see your points. However, I also feel that we have a responsibility to be outraged when things are mucked up so badly. Granted Bush is not the only “idiot” and I don’t imply that he is. I think there are a whole lot of idiots and I think that after 911, Americans became too scared to tell our government when they were overstepping their bounds. The patriotism thing was shoved down everyone’s throat as a way of compliance with their policy changes. I am patriotic, I do love this country. But my love is similar to that of a mother. I am willing to see when my country is doing something wrong and I think there is discipline that should go along with it.

    The finiancial crisis is unforgivable, because even us morons could see that the free for all that was going on with subprime lending was like a house of cards that would have to come down some day. Now we have a bailout plan that has very few rules and banks are thinking about keeping the money or continuing to pay the fat cat bonuses.

    I am very afraid what will happen if McCain/Palin win the administration because I don’t see anything that they have truly talked about or done that will fix the problems we are in. I think the women on this blog have the right to call Palin an idiot because she has put herself in a position of hypocrisy. She has consistently said one thing and you find out later, that she has done exactly what she says she will not do. Not to mention religious freedom. She has her freedom, she neesd to give us ours. Not mandate hers to laws for everyone.

    I appreciate a constructive dialogue and a few words like moron and idiot don’t really detract from that. They show opinion and passion.

    Your family analogy works only so far. My grandfather was not respectful to my mother’s family and I never had respect for him. Just because you are related to someone, doesn’t mean you have to love them or can’t see when they are being an idiot. Why should we defend Bush to the world, when we can barely defend him to our own country.

  458. Being an Idiot and Behaving like one are two different things. We have all done “stupid” things, but does that make us stupid? I didn’t say we shouldn’t hide the facts or blindly agree with everything our elected officials do. I also know that the President is not the ONLY one who put our men and women in Iraq, or caused the financial crisis, but he is the only one that shoulders all the blame. His decisions are not always his, per se, and I do believe his advisors and cabinet personel don’t get enough of the blame for the decisions they have made for our Mr. President.
    Like I said before, I don’t agree with him, but I don’t think we should let someone from another country down talk our leader, or country, nor call any of us voting citizens names (were we morons for doing our constitutional right and placing a vote?). Lets bring this a bit closer to home… Lets say I don’t get along with my father, but I do realize he is the patriarch of the family. Do I just sit back and let strangers bash him and call him an idiot? Or, do I politely tell them “Hey, this is my dad you are bashing, and in the process, bashing me, my own home, and my beliefs. I don’t go to your house and talk bad about your father, and I expect the same respect”.
    Mr. Bush is on the way out. Someone new is on the way in. There will be lovers and haters of this new person. That is life… and that is America. If we don’t like it, we are able to change it. How dare people from another country who are not part of our sacred process point fingers and call us and our leaders morons or stupid?
    Ms. Alaska, I value your opinion, but do not agree with every thing you say; but I WILL NOT call you an idiot because I can see you are not one. And, yes, I do agree with your last statement. Here you are not calling anyone a moron, just that they should be told they are BEHAVING LIKE morons. Big difference.

  459. Why shouldn’t we be able to say that OUR president is a moron. Why should we treat him with respect when he has not done the same for us? He has time and time again made decisions based on what is best for him and his party and the good ol boys without a moments thought to how it was going to affect the general public. He has made statements like “I am the president, I can do what I want.” Sound familiar Sarah Palin (as mayor of Wasilla). We all should be able to express our opinion even if it is that someone is an idiot. I don’t think enough people have done that until it has truly gotten to this point. The whole post 911 thing was you would be tagged as unpatriotic if you questioned anything they were doing. My husband was a Marine and he is completely against the war in Iraq and he was there the first time around. Because this time, we agressively invaded another country without proper cause. It was all lies and has been proven to be such.

    So, I say more power to the people, and I hope more people will stand up and say when their president and leaders are behaving like morons.

  460. Any of you know of a document that starts “We the People, of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…..”?

    After reading ALL the comments, I began to wonder just what it was that has seperated our country? We are all entitled to our own opinions, and we are allowed to vote for whomever we want to, even if that means choosing the green party, the socialist party or writing in Ron Paul or Mickey Mouse without recrimination. I am not going to vote Republican for president this year, but I am NOT going to say who I will vote for. That is personal… between me and my ballot.
    I am expecting to be called names just because I AM a Republican. That being said, no, I DO NOT like the current ticket that has been chosen for us. I am not sure if I like Obama, either. I do know I like what Helen has to say, even if I do not totally agree with her (sorry, Helen!). It is refreshing to see someone speaking their mind and not falling victim to all the Political Correctness crap that has permeated everything these days. Free Speech…. this is one of the things that makes America great!
    Now, as I said, I read all the comments… but I do not understand how people can say this “…I can see why people have been attacking robsteeler – he is just plain stupid.” and this…. “Your moron of a president… He was voted in by seriously stupid people” without being scolded. No, I don’t agree with what robsteeler said, but that doesn’t mean he is stupid. No, I don’t agree with our current administration, but we still should not put up with such disrespect of OUR president, even if he is on the way out. Nor should we accept someone saying the voters of our nation are stupid. Where is our National Pride, people? We need to pull together as a nation, political differences aside, and get ourselves back on our collective feet.
    Helen, please, please, PLEASE continue to speak your mind. It keeps you young at heart. I am very glad I was given your blog address by another blogger. I like your style, your crassness, and respect your opinion, even if it does not mirror my own. I will continue to be a fan for as long as you write.
    Helena, Montana

  461. Dear Helen,
    My mom’s name was Helen and she would have loved this site. For you smartass kids out there who have a hard time believing an octogenarian knows her way around a keyboard, you clearly have lived narrow and frustrating little lives – and I do mean little. Helen, keep it up.

    By the way, eighty is the new thirty. Rob whatever, you better give up beer and cigarettes. You might be around awhile.

  462. I want to be just like you if I make it to 82.

  463. As others have said, I don’t care how old you are. You make old age look fun and I think that’s what we’re all aiming for. Screw you, Robsteeler! Party-crasher! You said goodbye earlier, now mean it!

  464. Oh…and I just ordered a shirt (Victory 2016 in black, yeay!) and a mug (Speak Your Mind).

    Thanks, Hun’

  465. Hi, Helen!

    I hope it’s okay with you, but I just sent an email to the Rachel Ray Show about you and your blog. What mean is, I REALLY REALLY want her to put you on her show! Don’t know if it’ll fly, but thought I’d try…you are a PHENOMENON, you know!

    Love Bunches from Seattle!

  466. I just found you’re wonderful blog, through Judy Kenju, of Imagine. I intend to put a link to you on a post tomorrow. Hope you don’t mind if I add an image or two from your T-shirts just to call attention to it. I am so impressed with what I read! Yours is what we really need more of!

  467. This is the best blog on the net, way to go Helen and Margaret. I ran a senior center for a few years and I have no doubt these lovely women are the ages they claim. All you doubters should get out and volunteer some time at a senior center so you can see these women speak for and like many others their age.

    As to all the Republicans offended by what they say, deal with it. We have had to put up with the religious nut incompetents that took over your party and have nearly destroyed our great country and you have the audacity to complain about a little spicy truth about your VP pick who doesn’t even know what a VP does?
    Focus your anger where it belongs, against the people that hijacked the Republican party and left TRUE conservatives out in the cold.
    You blind yourself to Palin’s obvious ignorance in your effort to control other women’s uteruses and back a war with no end. If you truly care about our heroic troops then help to BRING THEM HOME to their families alive instead of sending them on tour after tour after tour in a civil war withoutend!
    It is YOU who have grown the largest govt. in US history, YOU who has grown the largest debt in history, YOU who lied us into an unjust war with a sovreign nation and YOU who placed the foxes in the henhouse and allowed corruption to overtake our banking/mortgage system. Are we mad? Of course, BUT we are working for a UNITED nation, we are focusing on HOPE for our children’s futures and we who champion CHANGE over staying on the WRONG track hurtling towards disaster. Why not join us? Your party is DEAD, they have failed you ALL. Work with us to right these wrongs. We will forgive you and welcome you IF you stop hating and start fighting for America instead of fighting against your own self interest. JoethePlumber would have a tax CUT under Obama, that is if actually PAID his taxes.Stay on your sinking ship to nowhere while America FINALLY moves past your disastrous, corrupt , incompetent “leadership” if you must, but the rest of America has united behind Obama for a better future,regardless of party affiliation, we’d prefer you join us so we can once again be the UNITED States of America but please, leave you bitter, hateful meddlesome ways behind.

  468. I have to say ladies, this is a great blog. I jumped over here from Pajiba.com and after reading the first post I am hooked!

  469. Helen & Margaret!!!
    BRAVO for your candor! You are an inspiration – I am bookmarking your blog and forwarding to many other reasonable, fair and just people :)

  470. Hi Helen!

    Love the On-line store! Good Going!

    One thing though…I would LOVE to get one or more of the t-shirts, but would really like it if I could get them in black (with white lettering). Us up in the northern states wear more dark colors…to absorb the heat, we tell ourselves (LOL). Any possibility?

    I’m especially interested in the “Victory 2016″ and/or “Minding Your P’s& Q’s” (v-neck preferred)…and a black ball cap with “I call Bullshit”?

    If you can reply to me directlY (?), I’m at http://www.dysmindseye.wordpress.com. (Or am I supposed to contact cafepress.com??)

    Love Bunches from Seattle…

  471. Hey eskimo-
    Yupik? Inupiat?
    My mother’s people are Alutiq… Elders do NOT talk about other elders the way you are… Helen’s got a couple bad words… window dressing for all the tears we are living with right now… and a lot of good sense. I’d rather have a dose of good sense peppered with a couple of cuss words than the the bad fish covered with white sauce you are peddlin…You betcha…

  472. “Eskimo”…wow…you’re a 90 yr. old Eskimo male and you haven’t learned anything in those 90 years! I love Helen & Margaret & apparently they speak for a lot of people out there whether you believe they exist or not, and they have also apparently learned a lot in their 80-some years! As a part Native American (Cherokee & Choctaw) I must suggest you take a look at this link re: ole Palin’s record on Native Alaskan’s and tribal issues: http://community.adn.com/adn/node/130953. It’s abysmal! She has attacked native subsistence fishing and hunting! And she has attacked Alaska tribal sovereignty and native languages! Are you against your own people since you must be pro-McCain/Palin??? Take a look at their rally audiences…virtually no diversity! Sorry…but Helen hits the nail on the head! You go Helen and Margaret!

  473. That has to be the funniest thing i have ever read. U are getting better by the day. Hope u have a subject post elections.

  474. To Pete Nagy: Freddy & Fanny were created to help working class people afford to buy a home. It was the Bush administration who gave wall street the green light to loosen regulations and basically give away mortgages to anybody, as a ploy to distract us from the Iraq war. And that’s not my opinion: just ask anybody involved in the subprime crash.

  475. Love your site. Please blog more!!!

    Here is my 76 year old mom’s blog (and she just linked to yours):


  476. Obamanation….ha ha ha ha ha ha

    I bet most here won’t get the humor in that (HINT: say it out loud)

  477. Thanks Helen. Obamanation or Bust!

  478. …yet no Helen or Harold Philpot anywhere in Texas…if “Helen” truly is not afraid to speak her mind (and I guess calling another woman a “bitch” is delightful rhetoric to some of you here!) …….then why is she lying about who she/he really is?

    Why is everyone celebrating “her” vicious attack on another woman?? What if “she” was here calling Michelle Obama a “bitch”? Would that be refreshing and honest????

    What a bunch of sheep…

    oh and I am a 90 year old male eskimo so be sure to share my views with all of your friends!!!

  479. I have been watching the various news channels, Aljazeera, CNN, BBC world etc and one thing that has struck me is the racism openly displayed in some quarters.
    I am a white South African, my friends, all white, support Obama. He appears very intelligent, is articulate, and if he sticks to what he says, will be good for the world at large.
    We in SA are accused of being racist, but do not have a patch on what i have seen the past few weeks.
    Come America, listen to Helen and vote for Obama. A normal, rational and intelligent person CANNOT vote for McCain & Palin.
    GO Helen!!

  480. We are too intelligent to fall for McCain and Palin’s tactics! There is too much at stake for us to let the Hate mongers in this country win, not this time! Do not become complacent or overconfident! Barack Obama CAN lose this election! Don’t worry about what anyone says! Don’t pay attention to the polls! People have had big leads in the polls and lost on Election Day! Just get out and VOTE! Vote early! Don’t wait until the last minute! Don’t become overconfident! Obama must win this election! Vote! VOTE! VOTE! The world is watching!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08-12!

  481. Dear Helen and Margaret,

    Your Blog inspires me. I am a fellow Blogger who gets a lot of enjoyment from sharing my thoughts and hearing others opinions. I wanted to ask if you had considered running ads on your blog (even just one Google ad unit in the righthand sidebar)? You get a lot of visitors to your site and I’m sure the profits would be of use to you both.

    Just a thought (I work in advertising).

    Keep up the great work.


  482. Another ex-Tex in love with a voice that reminds me of my Mom & her Mom.
    By the way, deregulation of banking started long before Clinton (the “Keating 5″ was a Reagan-era product), and it’s the conservative Repubs who’ve been clamoring for it most loudly & constantly, since Goldwater – demonstrable fact I have witnessed personally. Blaming the econ-crisis, or terrorism, on Dems is a desperate attempt by the shameless to continue fooling the witless (tho some of those will actually believe & repeat it).

  483. Rock on, Helen! Just heard about your blog and am looking forward to reading it regularly.


  484. I am so glad to have found this blog!! I love it and hope that you gals will keep it up. You make me miss my grandma!!

    Keep it up!!

  485. what a treat this blog has been. i must share it with all my liberal friends – a great morning visit for a refreshing look at life! in 2 weeks this rocky road will reach its end, and we will all get a rest from the mud-slinging battles we have witnessed online, on television, and unfortunately in real life among friends and family.

    i suppose many of us democrats will never understand how anyone could live through the past 8 years and not see the handwriting on the wall, not be ready for a serious change. it is hard to fathom that any american could support the mccain ticket or believe that palin is qualified to run this country. she has done much for my resume, however. since i can see the cascade mountain range from my home, i can now add “geologist” to my resume. i am even considering adding “veterinarian” since we have birds, squirrels, mice, raccoons, and deer visiting our property on a regular basis.

    obama/biden 2008

  486. I respect Helen’s opinion of Sarah Palin and am proud to live in a country where we all have the freedom to express our opinion. I too have an opinion about Sarah Palin and the Republican party. I am not sure that she is the best candidate for the party, but I do believe that the Republican party is not to blame for the economic mess that we are in today. This all started back with the Clinton administration. For starters, President Clinton was concentrating more on his personal problems than watching the ever growing terrorist activity around the world aimed at the United States, culminating in the attack on the World Trade Center on 09/11/01. That event was handed to President Bush to handle and the economic disaster that it precipitated. From 2001 until 2008 we slowly recovered, but then the bubble that we were riding on burst. That bubble was based on another Clinton administration action “the Community Reinvestment Act” that created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack. Any American who looks closely at the history of this act, and the resulting fraud and abuse costing the American taxpayer millions of dollars to repay Clinton supporters, should be outraged. The ultimate effect of the abuse of this act is the current economic crisis brought on by the fraudulent mortgage situation causing thousands of Americans to lose there homes and now thousands more to lose their retirement investments. The current economic crisis didn’t start eight years ago, but 16 years ago. Thank you Bill Clinton. I am not sure which party will be in power next, but what we need to get back is honesty and integrity to our Government so that the American people can believe in their Government once again. And that my friends is my opinion.

  487. Robsteeler66 a 22 year old undergrad female who is frustrated with the world and wants to talk back to mama. She spouts out at her leisure without fear of retaliation. It makes her feel better. She has already defaulted on emergency student loans from last semester.

  488. These are some of the best reads I have stumbled across in a long time. Added link to my favorites. Sending link to some of my friends. Helen — You go girl. Mighty Fine Job!!!

  489. Uh Rob Steeler, if you don’t like blogging then why are you doing it? And as far as it being cowardly, the pen has always been mightier than the sword.

  490. Why is every one on this blog so negative toward republicans. They are expressing there views just the same as you are expressing yours. Please don’t make Obama democrats look bad by acting rude and undignified. WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT!

    Obama just said in his rally in St. Louis yesterday not to mess this up. Think positive, stay positive and focus on the goal!

  491. Helen – the only problem I have with your blog is there aren’t enough of them. I wish I could read a new one every day.

    As for Robsteeler, I don’t think you are an adult prison guard, you are either a cranky teenager who doesn’t know what you’re talking about or a detainee in that prison you claim to be guarding.

    Rock on Helen.

  492. [...] “About” page on her blog reads: My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old. My grandson taught me [...]

  493. Please give your grandson an extra hug. How wonderful that you two friends can talk and the rest of us and enjoy your freindship and views.

  494. Helen,

    Your blog has reached all the way to Australia. Thank goodness there are still some intelligent thinking people in the USA! Let’s hope they all get out and vote! Have the blog bookmarked and look forward to reading some more


  495. How refreshing. Real words and feelings. I am so tired of the same old same old. (no offense). This 2 year long election process has me wanting to hit the snooze button.

  496. Preach it sistah! I love this blog and not just the political stuff. I wish my Grandma would have been as cool as you are. Alas, she would have drunk the koolaid and been for McCain-Palin. Sigh.. Keep up the good work. Hopefully we will all have the pleasure of seeing an Obama inauguration in 2009!

  497. Really enjoy your blog! Read about it on Rosie’s blog. I agree with you about Elisabeth on “The View”. I loved the view so much more with Rosie was on it. Rosie is going to be having a special sometime in November. I can’t wait! Keep up the good work and I think it’s great for you to be doing this.

  498. Helen and Margaret,

    Thank you! You are the best. Really enjoyed reading your blog. You made my day!!! Please keep it up!!!!

  499. I was so thrilled to see that Helen is a Texan! As an Austinite who has transplanted to California, it does my heart good to hear something RATIONAL come out of Texas! George W. Bush is NOT a Texan – but he has smeared all Texans simply by claiming to be one of us! W is the embarrassment. I need to go call my gramma!
    Thank you both (and Helen’s grandson)!

  500. just found your blog by way of rosie o’donnel’s and i have to say that it has made my day. helen, i love you. you tell it just like it is. you are no bullshit! i hope others come to see through the crap mccain is trying to feed us. keep up the good work and i promise to visit often!

  501. you go girls! it is heartwarming to hear from mature women who have brains! my mom is 83 & loves barack obama as do i. and as for that mad republican robsteeler or whatever he is. thats why we the people will elect mr. obama because all the brainless republicans let our country go down the tubes for 8 years. i’m happy as a lark for the first time since bushy was elected or so they say, gore really won!
    many of my mom’s texas friends her age think she is the anti-christ for voting for barack. she just laughs at them & says to look at their pension & how it’s gone then look to the white house. and don’t even get me started on palin, who doesn’t know what newspapers or magazines they read? why would we want a woman who cannot even answer THAT simple question? she’s useless. you girls stay at it, BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  502. Margaret and Helen…keep on keeping on. I agree with you about Sarah Palin. She is simply not qualified to be vice president. I am not sure what McCain was thinking when he chose her, but I am sure he has his reasons. There are so many other qualified women who would have made better choices than Ms. Palin (Kay Bailey Hutchison, Lisa Murkowski…I could go on and on). My issue right now is that I am not sure who to vote for. I dislike things about each candidate and unfortunately my choice on Election Day will be the lesser of two evils. I also take issue with all the name calling going on in these posts. I have noticed that if you are not a fan of Obama, people feel compelled to tell you how dumb you are and how you are wasting your vote, you are a fan of GW, etc. Guess what, it’s my vote and it’s personal. I think we should all be able to talk openly about politics without fear of recrimination. I respect people’s opinions and love to engage in conversation about politics. We should talk about it. I think everyone should take the time to read both candidates policies and really educate themselves on what each person stands for and then make a decision. Don’t rely on the media to tell you who to vote for. So what if “robsteeler666” thinks differently than you? He is merely voicing his opinion. Do I agree with what he is saying? No, but I respect his right to say what he wants in an open forum such as this blog.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading the blog. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  503. Wow, Alaskan what a wonderfully written, well-though out post. That was an awesome read, and I thank you.

    Tell me, what’s it like living in Alaska? I’m in the lower 48 (as you all call it) and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay on the other side of you! :)

  504. Why is it always about black and white. And by that I mean all one way or another and not about race. Why if someone thinks about voting Democrat, do you become a socialist lefty or if you might vote Republican, you automatically get called a religious freakazoid. Isn’t it possible that there is a huge faction of the population that sees the good and bad in both sides? Without balance, we have nothing. All of one thing is never a good thing.

    What scares me right now is the absolute hatred I have seen on rally videos that reminds me of videos from the 60′s during the Civil Rights Movement. Have we really come so little distance in the last 40 years? I am ashamed that these are representations of people that actually live in the United States. Palin is a joke. Not because of any name calling (although I thought the term Caribou Barbie was one of the most hilarious things I have ever heard), but because she is so much scarier than Cheney. Not only is she a meglomaniac, she is a stupid meglomaniac. She, by no means, has a grasp on contemporary women. Hypocrisy runs amok. If she, as part of the ultra Christian faction wants to restrict sex education, then shouldn’t they also be following the “no sex before marriage” part of their religious beliefs also? Didn’t work for her and it obviously didn’t work for her daughter. I grew up in Alaska and she doesn’t represent anything that I or anyone I knew as a true Alaskan believed in. It is an affront to anyone when the lower 48 media talks about her cute Alaskan accent and her tough spirit. Shooting animals from planes doesn’t make you tough. Hunting is for subsistence and survival. As a woman and an Alaskan she does not represent me in any way.

    Also, 82 or not, why is it so hard for some to believe that you can still be intelligent, strong willed and feisty as you get older. I have known many people that fit that profile. Why as a population, do we start to treat older people like little kids just because physically they start to slow down somewhat. My mom hikes with a group all over 60+ and she has trouble keeping up with some of the 80 year olds. They hike up to 30 miles or more each week and climb 4000 feet elevation in 6 miles and Mt St Helens too. It is a shame the disrespect that is shown to the older generation. Face it, we will all be there sooner or later. Treat people how you would like to be treated.

    I will vote Obama, because we desperately need a change in a system that is obviously completely broken. Bush seems to be trying to see how much damage he can cause before he has to leave and McCain will not (from anything that I have heard) be able to make it any better.

    No name calling. Vote judgement. A sound, articulate gentleman who legitimately seems to want to help make the US a great place to live. Or a wishy washing, side changing, position changing fool that picked Palin as a VP solely based on the fact that she was a woman without any regards to how foolish she looks or her complete lack of ability.

  505. I hope you both inspire all the “would be” McCain supporters of your generation to get out there and vote! Call your grandchildren and tell them too. This election should be a landslide victory for the Dems. Keep up the good work…congratulations on your computer savvy!

  506. Ladies,

    You are my source of information regarding the elections. Although I leep up with the debates, and policies, I can’t be bothered with reading countless articles and watching all of the TV reports, but I am interested in what American’s think.

    Keep it up!

  507. Ladies…Love ya! I found out about your blog on Rosie.com and I had to come see what you are about. I am a young stay-at-home mom here in Texas and I think that you are brilliant!!! The things you say on here I couldn’t have said better myself. Keep up the good work and let’s all go out and vote in 19 days!!! Change America!!!

  508. OMG (that means oh my god!) you girls are the best thing i’ve read in i don’t know how long. you remind me of my great grandma, she used to hide her mogan david in her bedroom (from her 80 year old niece she lived with) and take a nip every now and then. she had spunk like you. she would have loved barack.
    keep it comin’ you rock!

  509. Helen and Marge … You rock!

  510. You ladies are wonderful! I really enjoyed landing on your blog. Great insight and humor ladies.

  511. Good idea with the FAQ. I’ve added your page to my links from my blog. Then again, ya’ll are pretty darn popular already. Keep up the wonderfully honest posts!!! I deal with people who beat around the bush every day. So I appreciate the work of a straight-shooter!! Oh…I also still want to be your honorary adopted grandchild. Seriously.

  512. Sheesh, who pissed in robsteeler66′s cornflakes? What a bitter betty. Neveryoumind, ladies, what that trash-talkin’ punk has to say. You are fantastic, and I wish you 100 more years of blogging. I will be staying tuned.

  513. Rock it girls!

    Don’t forget your lipstick on a Pig T-shirt or support for Obama Tee. You can find it here http://www.marvelousstudio.com/Make_a_Statement.html

  514. A friend just introduced me to you. Lady, you rock!

    Keep it coming!

    in St Louis

  515. Helen: When I read your blog I did think about Molly and I did think about ma.

    When George Bush said, “When I was young and foolish, I was young a foolish.” Ma, looked at the television and said, “Apperently still to young to have noticed that the primary difference between a young fool and and old fool is the number of candles on his birthday cake.” (Ma was 94 at the time, still shoveling her own snow and planting her own garden.) She died at 96.

  516. Didn’t he look like Satan’s puppet last night?

  517. Hey Y’all. John McCain’s 92 year old
    (My cousin who works for her says that’s her age) mom thinks he’s an ass and says she won’t vote for him. His sister also. Ha.

  518. Margaret you are so refreshing and so absolutely right on. Except……….Palin is not about Special Needs Children. As governor of Alaska she slashed funding for sp needs programs, slashed funding for programs to keep pregnant teens in school and slashed funding for pregnancy prevention. Victims of rape must PAY for their own rape kits. There is really nothing about her that is decent.

  519. Kudos to you both!

  520. Thank you. I just found this blog, and you are fabulous. I love your honesty and your wit and you are a fantastic writer. Thank you.

  521. 6766, robsteeler – whats in a name?
    I read the old ladies blog as a source of merriment, not to be taken too seriously. The blog is brilliant with the real age of the writer being irrelevant.
    There will always be someone who wishes to spoil things for others, like robsteeler, a prisoners caretaker. ROB STEELER – hell of a name.
    6766 – whats this? 666, mark of the devil or some such rot? Why the seven?
    6766 and robsteeler voted Bush in, they will have a go with McCain. The world weeps in anticipation.
    Girls, give it stick, only 3 weeks remaining.
    I see you here in the shallow end.

  522. Hello Mrs Helen.
    Someone sent me your email blog just yesterday and I had the best “laugh” for the day….l I told everyone about your blog and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about tonight’s final debate.
    I live in Tucson AZ but I visit Georgetown TX a lot, I hope I’ll be able to meet you in person on my next trip to Texas, perhaps we can “just Chat” and if you allow me I would like to tape our conversation for my talk show. My show is all about YOU…. Your Story Your Talent, and it’s obvious you have lots to tell.
    Blessings to you and keep enjoying life. Please visit my webpage and send me an email. http://www.yourstoryyourtalent.com

  523. MY 82 year old mother thinks like HELEN too! You GO HELEN!!! Keep on Keepin on!! : )

  524. Helen, you thoroughly rock, girl. You’re a fabulous inspiration to all of us trudging along behind you (willingly or not) on aging’s rapid, ever-revolving wheel. I do think it’s sad, however, that some people think you are an impossibility–82 AND smart, hip, wise, and brave? These are not either/or choices, folks. Most people like Helen and Margaret may not have access to this great forum, but if we quit auto-shoveling the aged into institutions, and actually take the time and energy to show them the kind of respect and care we hope to one day receive ourselves, we may actually discover how deeply, passionately, and intelligently their thoughts, opinions, and wisdom truly do run.

    Maybe even more importantly than an extremely spot-on, hilarious reflection of Scary Sarah (!!!), perhaps Helen’s fabulous blog teaches us all a great lesson about age discrimination.

    Also….While Scary Sarah is a undeniable nightmare of historic proportions, a well-informed, experienced female visionary would be a WONDERFUL asset to the White House….So, um, Helen? What are YOU doing for the next 4-8 years???

  525. Helen,

    Eleven Years ago, my grandmother passed after a long battle with brain cancer, and I thought that her fiery honesty with politics was something long gone, until I was told about your blog. I read through everything today and it was like she never left. I’m so proud to see your grnadson had the foresight to show you the wonders of the internet and how to blog. He’s given a lot of us a great gift. Your wisdom and no-nonesense opinion. It’s like I’ve gotten my grandmother back.

    Thanks again

  526. By the way Grandmothers can and do call other women “bitch.” My dearly departed Grandma had a cornucopia of very rude Italian words and expressions for any occasion.

  527. What Battleship is that in the background? And how did you get those scooters up the gangplank? Just curious.

  528. Helen, you dear lady! When I reach my golden years, I hope I’m just as honest, feisty, and fearless as you! You go, girl!

  529. all if have to say is… to all the people who are sayign NEGATIVE comments about Helen, you brought yourself to this blog, you read it, you commented. No one forced you to do it, so that begs the question…

    why so defensive? Noone ever said you had to agree with her.

    …Me thinks thou dost protest too much.

    Go find a blog that shares YOUR beliefs and rant there. Your hate is not welcome here. Leave us be to appreciate Helen for the insightful, honest woman she is. No mattew HOW old she is.

  530. your blog is great! i just learned of it via this post http://muffybolding.livejournal.com/229986.html

    peace love and electoral landslide!

    obama/biden 2008!

  531. “What respect has “Helen” shown for others?
    Anyone with a different pov from hers gets called names. Nevertheless, this blog is a scam. It’s amazing what leftists will fall for.”

    Two things, dave. Helen…a real 82 year old or not…gets called names as well from those who disagree with her. So it goes both ways.

    Also, I’ve met many a right-winger who thought Stephen Colbert was a real Republican. So righties are prone to fall for thing too. :P

  532. You gals rock. :) Keep it up.

  533. W00T to the senior ladies!

    Keep speaking up, Helen. I fully intend to “skid in sideways” to the very end of my life. You’re an inspiration and proof that 80 is the new 40. And if you’re *not* an octogenarian, you’re proof that 40 is the new 80! :-)

    Just wanted to say that my husband proudly wears the uniform of the United States Army to ensure that EVERYONE in this country can freely express an opinion.

    robsteeler66; your service does not entitle you to ownership of the flag. There are articulate, intelligent, DEMOCRATIC warriors serving in ALL branches of the military.

    Go Helen!

  534. Hi Gals! I am a 58 year old fat middle (or lower class – depending on which economist you listen to) white guy. I am the type of Democrat who would vote for a yellow dog rather than a Republican. This outlook was born in the 60′s and nourished by Republican greed and ineptitude over the last 40 years. With Barack Obama I believe we democrats have achieved our finest hour. Keep it real ladies and never let them silence you. butkus1 in NC

  535. Helen, I am 43 years old, and I have a new goal in life: I want to be you when I am your age because you are my hero. Keep up the great working telling it like it is. I only wonder what you will blog about once the election is over and McCain/Palin go back to relative obscurity as Obama takes the reigns. I can’t wait to find out though! You rock girl!

  536. I don’t read many blogs. Actually, I don’t read any blogs. This one, I’ve read in full. I am amazed, mystified and entertained by it on so many levels I don’t know where to begin.

    First of all, who cares if Helen is real; who cares if Helen is 82 or 28. She (or he) has articulately, thoughtfully and with humor, expressed an opinion.

    I have a news flash for all of you who take umbrage (we’ll all pause here while you run for your dictionaries…if you own one…or know how to use it…) with Helen’s thoughts or worst still, her right to express them: there’s this nifty document called THE CONSTITUTION and in it, a radical notion called “free speech”. What a concept! Look it up. If you know how.

    An interesting observation about all of you (in addition to robsteeler66—he’s been a REAL source of entertainment) who have elected to get your shorts in a bunch: you expose yourselves as either illiterate, narrow-minded, humorless, dogmatic (or any combination thereof). You fools crack me up almost as much as Helen cracks me up, with one exception: you also make me very sad….sad to be sharing this country with you….no, wait….sad to be sharing the planet with you. You are testament to the fact the our gene pool has a shallow end.

    Keep blogging, Helen, or whoever you are! If you really are a woman and if you really are 82, I WANT TO BE YOU WHEN I GROW UP. I’m a 58 yr old woman and take my hat off to you. You have a delightful gift for articulating the thoughts and feelings of so many of us.

  537. Thank you for the truth. Sometimes it just has to be said!

  538. I just had to tell you that I have been coming back to this blog at least once a day since I found it. I absolutely love your take on things. The wisdom and wit you share is truly liberating for women of every age. Please do keep it coming. Thank you!

  539. Did the ranting robsteeler66 actaully use “OMG?” Robby, I don’t believe that you are the old beefy law enforcement officer you claim to be. No such person would actually use OMG – its as impossible as an 82 year old woman using the word “bitch.”
    Now, I feel quite certain that you must actually be a 16 year old high school girl pranking this site.

  540. Well said Helen! You remind me of my 92 year old grandma (whose name is Helen too!). Straight talk from someone who has seen it all – I like that, I trust that and I want to hear what else you have to say!

    Denver, CO
    (39 years young)

  541. Helen:

    You are an inspiration! I hope I am as sharp and remain as unflappable as you are when I am 82 years old.

    Love reading your blog — keep calling them as you see them! (And yes, when did sheer intelligence fall out of being a prerequisite for the 2 highest offices in this country, which aspires to remain a leader in the free world?)

    Denver, CO
    (44 years young)

  542. Way to go, y’all!

  543. Dear Mr. Rob Steeler,
    You keep saying that you’re not going to come back to this website, not going to read the blogs, etc. And yet, you continue to come back and engage. What’s worse is you continue to invite everyone to come to your house.
    I suggest that if there is a moderator on this site, that “Mr. Steeler’s” subsequent blogs after the original and especially the posts in which he lists his address be taken offline.
    This is dangerous behavior – and I say that as a woman in law enforcement, special task force on computer fraud.

    Helen and Margaret seem like lovely ladies, who’s company I’d enjoy at a quilting party, tea party or beer bash! Can’t wait for the next blog…

    [Thank you ; ) ]

  544. My Aunt Lillian just turned 80 and she is totally cool, she swears a little, complains about her 87 year old husband like he’s a bad boyfriend, etc. She taught me that age truly is just a number. And Margaret and Helen also prove that — the outside is different but the inside is the same. I’m just about 47 and I still rock out to the Stones and all “my” music. Is that going to change when I’m Helen, Margaret and Lillian’s age? I doubt it.

    You guys rock — I appreciate your honesty. Keep it up!

  545. Hi Helen and Margaret. My cousin sent your blog to me today and I’ve shared it out too. Letterman’s a good idea, but I’d love to see them open SNL!!!!

    Funny how the question arises “…are you real?”. That’s commentary for how bad things became in US. Intelligence became a dirty word.

    So glad to find you….keep on writing please.

  546. Hey, Margaret! Where are you in Texas. I’m in Mason and I’d love to take you to lunch wherever you are.

    Thanks for blogging–hope Letterman finds you!

  547. I can see why people have been attacking robsteeler – he is just plain stupid. Your moron of a president invaded Iraq, setting of a chain of events that has affected the WHOLE world. Your country’s financial crisis has affected the whole world. He was voted in by seriously stupid people and the WHOLE world is rooting for Obama, the next American president. It is hard to believe America became such a powerful nation with people like robsteeler around. You picked on the wrong person, stupid.

  548. Oh, Helen and Margaret! This blog is so great! :) Thanks for writing.

  549. PLEASE quit referring to Pukey as a pit bull. I’ve known many pit bulls in my 50 years, and all of them were well behaved, and even cute in a squished-face sort of way. You could call her a junkyard dog, I guess, but even most junkyard dogs are loyal and don’t attack without reason. A rat, maybe. Yeah, she looks like one of the large garbage-raiding rats, with that nose and those beady eyes.

    My grandmother in Alabama would have loved to meet you, but she was killed when she was trying to train a wild mustang for the rodeo and it threw her. Oh well, at 92, that’s probably how she always wanted to go anyway.

  550. Uhhh, okay

  551. I love you Helen. I don’t care how old you really are, I like the way you think.
    I think Sara Palin is a dangerous woman. I cannot believe McCain picked her for his VEEP. She is about the fakest thing since acrylic fingernails.
    I like Obama, I like his wife. And he is NOT an African American. He is 1/2 white, which makes him equally as white as he is black. I say it is about time. Go Barack!!!
    For Robsteeler66: Say Baraaaack over and over. Doesn’t it sound like a bull frog???!!! I love it!!!

  552. Correction -dress=address .
    what can I say not much of typist.

  553. HI Mark, Nice to know that you doubt my service. The only service you’ve done is on your waiters job. I don’t live with my mother, she died on the 16th you asshole. I gave out my dress so if your so concerned, like I said come and look my up. By the way I didn’t challenge anyone, I just said stop hiding on a computer and come say it to my face. That doesn’t imply that I will get violent on anyone. That is the tactics of the left. Oh and I’m not overcompensating “amused” I am a State law enforcement officer and I work in a prison everyday. I DON”T carry a gun! If you think I have to test my manhood, then think again. I just love you people If your opinion is different you are attacked! That’s why I fear your party coming to power, you will not allow freedom of speech or expression UNLESS it’s yours! Oh and the South African, mind your own business and stay out of American political talk. Chap.

  554. Helen,
    as one commenter put it so well, ‘you go girl!’ Great to hear Truth being written in down-home patois without all the mucky varnish.
    If you’re gonna talk about InsaneMcCain & Palin lies, I suggest “moosepuckey’ instead of “bushit” – that belongs to the present preznit.
    I’ve got a best friend Margaret, too. But we live near each other so don’t have to blog cross-country.
    Keep up the ‘straight talk’!!

  555. i just read this and it cracks me up. i love that you are doing this blog together and that you have been friends for 60 years. i am doing an art project myself with MY best girlfriend from college.. it’s at http://www.beforeidieiwantto.org
    we have been friends for 10 years… we have some time to catch up with you!
    yay for good friends and collaborative projects! and booo for palin :)

  556. Just found your blog and think it is great. Carry on!

    Blather From Brooklyn

  557. Helen, I LOVE you!!
    You keep doing what you’re doing! I just stumbled upon your blog by accident and, boy am I GLAD! And I think you should know…the position of Grandma has been vacant in my family since 1983…and I think I just filled the post by hiring YOU for the job!
    Lots of Love from Seattle! xoxo

  558. I am so thrilled that I was led to your blog by another blogger Jack from Left Eye On the Media. I will be telling everyone about you. God Bless….

  559. Hi. I am a South African and have been reading the blog replies. Firstly, i love this old lady for speaking her mind. From our perspective in SA, Palin and McCain have lost the plot. Palin is not the brightest light on the Christmas tree and we are aware that McCain graduated 894 out of 899.
    We all hope Obama takes. In fact, if he does NOT win, i will just have to have been rigged. As for robsteeler, poor chap got clever (or is clever) and had is backside handed to him.

  560. A friendship spanning 60 years is rare and takes a true commitment and alot of love. I wish I could have that kind of longevity with anyone. I deeply admire you both.

  561. Obama for President!

  562. Helen — what can I say…you ROCK!!!

    Vote Obama, folks.

  563. shup robsteeler66.. would you rather have an amateur, ignorant bully like Palin a heartbeat away from the (VERY OLD) mccain if he were to win the presidency?? That is just ONE reason to vote for a major change.

  564. I love your blog! Keep writing! We need more people like you. I have bookmarked your site. Look forward to more.

  565. To John McCain,
    This is how you are going to win now?


  566. I love your blog! Don’t let these Republican windbags commenting on here get you down. Helen, you are a true Maverick!

  567. Oh and by the way, I’m a huge fan.

  568. Thank you for your blog. I’ve sent a link to everyone I can think of.
    Best to you,

  569. Helen,

    You are awesome! I only hope that I become such a force to be reckoned with when I “grow up”! I think you and my grandma would’ve been two peas in a pod. : )

    Keep up the great work…and a big “Howdy!” from a fellow Texan.


  570. Oh you are damn right I doubt, no deny! your false claims to any kind of service. LOL What kind of fucktard challenges people to a fight on the interwebs. Grow a pair and move out of your mom’s basement.

  571. Helen, you and your right to express any opinion you want is what makes this country amazing. Regardless of what your opinions are (I just happen to feel the same way) I think it’s amazing that we live in a place where we can say all of this without fearing an oppressive government and violent retaliation. There are many in this world who are not so lucky. We should consider ourselves blessed that our government and justice system are in place to attempt to prevent violence and not encourage it like… oh I don’t know, say… someone operating under the name “robsteeler66″ who despite serving a country to protect the very ideals I’m speaking of decides to instigate pointless confrontation and e-bully by giving out his home address to prove his manliness and just oh-so-admirable courage… [anyone else get the strange feeling that he's pursued various careers in law enforcement so he could carry a REALLY BIG GUN (not that I would ever imply overcompensation, of course)] Any way, whoever you are Helen, and I’d like to picture you just as you portray yourself, you keep on being as American as they come and I will keep reading!

  572. What respect has “Helen” shown for others?
    Anyone with a different pov from hers gets called names. Nevertheless, this blog is a scam. It’s amazing what leftists will fall for.

    I LOVE that one.
    It’s amazing what leftists will fall for.


    You knuckle-heads fell for “Dubya” the worst and most miserable failure of a President in the HISTORY of this once great country.
    And now we have Sarah.
    And the weak angry old man.

    Get ready wingers…your going down BIG time.
    All due to the EPIC failure of YOUR boy George W. Bush aka The Monkey.

    We’ll take the Senate.
    We’ll take the House.
    And we’ll take the White House too.
    Next up?
    The Supreme Court.

    THIRTY YEARS I’VE PUT UP WITH REPUBLICAN BULLSHIT since they dragged that piece of shit Ronald Reagan into office.

    The tide is turning, and the right wing is poised to drown in the storm surge that is the American people and the Democratic party.

    Go Helen!
    You GO girl….

  573. My parents neighbor who is a Republican from head to toe has told us he is not voting for McCain after seeing the comment of the polices officer calling Obama by his middle name Hussein as a way of firing up the crown. He said he does not know if he will vote for Obama, but he is sure he will not cast a vote for McCain. This is coming from a guy who volunteered for McCain this year but now has completely turned away from McCain for actions he consider borderline racist by some in the party who support McCain.

    I guess time will only tell if more republicans think the same way.

  574. Keep up the name calling you amazing nasty little people. Oh and Mark if you doubt my service, stop by my house and I’ll show you my DD form 214. look up my address smart guy. You keep buying those dreams! UMMMK.

  575. Helen – thank you! You make all of us proud… even those of us stuck down in Texas. I’ve alienated a lot of people because my comments are extremely similar to your (okay, my language is worse – Palin brings out the worst in me), but that’s just too bad. If I didn’t say what needed to be said, I couldn’t look myself in the mirror.

    You keep writing the truth, we’ll keep reading it and sharing it with others. The women in my family are no shrinking violets… nice to know there are others around – you make all of us proud.

  576. Helen…

    My 90 year old Mom and I both completely agree with you. McPain has sold out and Palin is pathetic. Fortunately, news of your blog is starting to go viral; you may soon not be able to keep up reading the comments.

    By the way, a friend sent me content from your blog, but didn’t have the address for it. It only took me a minute to locate your blog on Google (right there on page 1 of my search) so you’re really popular. Keep up the good work.

    Arizonan but voting for Obama !!

  577. I’m impressed by you for more than one reason. First, I know people half your age who are scared to even touch a computer let alone figure out something as advanced as blogging. Second, I love your perspective and appreciate that you’re willing to express your opinions so clearly. Keep it up!

  578. As a gal from a matriarchal family of strong, opinionated (from left and right) and independent women that lived into their 90s and even 100s, YOU GO GIRL!

    Also, to Rob. Now really, Young Man, daring a bunch of (mostly) women to come to your house. What would the Wife think? Why don’t you come to my house, instead? I’ll give you a warm Philly welcome.

  579. Helen,
    A friend of mine in a Progressive Women’s e-mail group sent me the link to your blog. When I get to be your age I want to be just like you! I LOVE your wit, spunk and tell-it-like it is attitude, woman!

    Keep on blogging…I’ll be right here reading.


  580. Love you Helen! Loved that crack about “Ronald Reagan is dead. Get over it.”

    People who think “little old ladies don’t talk like that” aren’t blessed to know a few. I’m 56 and I count among my friends my neighbor Gert, who’s 87 and sharp as a tack. And she knows bullshit when she sees it too, and isn’t afraid to say so.

    I look forward to reading more of your blogs, and thank you.

  581. You have a wonderful grandson. I wish I could only get my mother to blog.

  582. Anyone who can’t see that the America we knew and loved has been taken away, WAKE UP! It’s been gone so long, some of you – the apathetic ones – probably can’t remember it. I do, I miss it, and I want MY America back! Let’s get these old fat-cats out and put someone in who has a stake in getting our country back, not someone who repeats the Same old-Same old BS! Palin is a joke, McCain can’t make up his mind – ie his past many years and mistakes and lies. Barack may not be an older statesman, but that makes him a better choice. He is intelligent, has young children to consider when he makes decisions for his/our country. I am 68 but believe we need to get rid of these old “business as usual” polititians and get a younger president with a conscience, and I like Biden too. He has the courage of his convictions!
    Keep this up, Helen, and all who have responded. Too bad the Press can’t put all opinions – pro and con – out there for all to see instead of being afraid the power of people like Rupert Murdoch and that idiot drug addict, Rush Limbaugh.
    Jan in Colorado

  583. What a great blog and a great story. Ignore the haters and keep at it. Guys like that Rob Steel (I think that was his name, couldn’t be bothered to scroll up to find it…besides who cares what his name is lol), are just miserable types and not worth getting bothered over. :) I think it is safe to say he never served in the military or was any more involved in law enforcement than being a junior security guard at his local strip mall.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    All best wishes.

  584. What respect has “Helen” shown for others?
    Anyone with a different pov from hers gets called names. Nevertheless, this blog is a scam. It’s amazing what leftists will fall for.

  585. Rob, have a little respect for Helen and go rant your long boring brain farts somewhere else. No one is making you read this blog. I think it is fabulous Helen and Margaret have learned to blog and voicing their opinions and getting so much feedback. Good for them!

    Keep on writing Helen! My friends and I LOVE YOU!

  586. Best friends for 60 yrs….lucky ladies.
    I too have a long time friend of 50+ yrs. now,
    we met at church camp when we were 10 and 11.
    Like you, we’ve seen a lot of changes through the
    Love your messages and look forward to reading
    more. Reading your comments reminds me that
    inspite of all the ridiculous and shameful events
    of today ….. common sense is still alive and well.

  587. Hi Helen,

    I really appreciate your candor. Please put up more posts!

  588. As someone who has just entered the “senior” age category at 60yrs. I am so happy to discover your blog, Helen and Margaret.

    Your photo at the top of the page makes me think of an emerging army….you both on your mobility scooters! Seniors have a powerful position of influence and decades of life’s experiences to share. Long may you continue! It’s so refreshing to read your blog. (((((hugs))))

  589. Margaret and Helen, you are the coolest. I wish other ladies and gentlemen who are 60ish and older were wise as the two of you.
    Thanks for being who you are!

  590. way to go, Helen! I wish you’d convert my 88 year old Mom!!!! It is so wonderful to just plain speak your mind!

  591. Helen – YOU ROCK! I have so much respect for you and just lovvvvvve you! Smart women unite.

  592. I like you, Helen! I’m in Texas too and am in the minority as an Obama supporter where I’m at. It’s good to know that there are like-minded people here!

  593. Awww. I just heard that Sarah Palin has been found to have violated her position of trust in her role as Gov. of Alaska. Now, I guess she is going to have to dump those 3X5 cards she uses to talk about how you cannot trust Obama.

  594. I wish my grandma is as cool as you two. :)

  595. I’M A HELEN FAN!!!

  596. Helen – whether you’re 82 or not, keep on writing! As for those who don’t believe 82 year olds talk like this, you should spend more time at retirement homes! Once you’re over 65, the filter disappears – as my husband says one senior told him “I’m not trying to keep a job or get laid, so what’s the point in watching what I say?” Can’t wait till I’m 65.

  597. OMG! Can you people even comprehend what you read? I never said that old people can’t be dissatisfied with their government! Hell I’m dissatisfied with my government! I do know that the answer isn’t to make it bigger! What I originally said was that I didn’t think the woman was really old-or a human. Then I get facts and figure from someone who, based on that statement, somehow determined that I was ageist, sexist, racist, homophobic and what ever other “ists” there are. That’s the MO if someone disagrees they must be anti-something and possible be dangerously unstable. I also love how you all seem to be working with the same script, the “I’ll be he likes his women to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” line just kills me. If you only knew my wife you’d be laughing too. Besides, I do ALL of the cooking, if my wife was barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, she’d only be in my way. That old saw isn’t cutting any wood, but it’s par for the course for you folks. When a differing opinion appears, it’s immediately shouted down. There is no discussion, only name calling. If I had the time I would start my own blog, but I have to work every day. There is no handout from the libs here so I can’t sit at my computer and call names all day. I also enjoy the notion that conservatives are all angry, fussy whatever. We are the same as everyone else just with different opinions. If you start to make broad generalizations about us as a group, then you may be “Conservativist” and should see a therapist immediately. You also may be subject to violation of federal EED regulations for your comments and could possibly be subject to prosecution. Oh wait no you can’t, we’re not a protected class and we have to fight our own battles, please continue the verbal abuse at your leisure. I am also bewildered by something. If Obama is so far ahead and “change is here” and all of the other ad nausea um crap, then why are liberal groups like ACORN trying to defraud voter registration? Sounds like somebody’s worried. And finally for the Journalism student, why bother? Journalism seems to be an antiquated notion. All the news outlets are all Obama all the time. They ignore what they don’t like and inflate what they do. All in an attempt to get a man that THEY want in the Whitehouse. I hope you’re liberal, or you’ll never get a job. Of course Fox isn’t journalism. It’s just a group of angry conservatives making up stories bashing Obama. I have never seen Fox news NOT give liberals their say. No other network does that-there is no equal time, I guess that’s why they call it fair and balanced. But of course you will all rant about how I’m a stupid and uninformed and repeating talking points. You make me laugh. Why don’t you all re-read your posts and try to at least apply a little intellectual honesty and own your words. You are all repeating talking points, if you didn’t have someone to tell you what to think, you wouldn’t have an argument. You could defend Obama on his record-he has no record! So you just repeat what the nice newsman tells you. Please. You have the nerve to call me a sheep. Listen to yourselves. “Obaaaaama” “Obaaaama” sounds like mutton to me.
    NOBAMA ’08

  598. Helen, dear… you really need to compile your essays into a book and find a publisher. Your writing is sharp, insightful and a wonderful read.

    At age 82, you might just turn out to be the most popular liberal columnist anywhere. Hell, somebody has to fill the void that was left with the passing of the magnificent Molly Ivans.

  599. Ah…the older generation found their voice. Thank God….cause you’re not dead yet…plenty of time for that. Right now, we need your thoughts and your wisdom.
    Keep it going girls. This is great and we love hearing from you.

  600. Way to go! I love the blog, I love the message, and I love the fact that you are “Mainstreet America”.
    Keep it up. We all love you!!

  601. No, Pat, for the best example of “sad” you need only listen to John McSame. Now THAT’s sad.

    And as for “hate? Coming from the FAUX News crowd, that’s a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Can we say, “hy-po-cra-cy”?

    And Sarah Apallin’? Personally, I’m thrilled that McSame picked her. There’s just so much material to work with.

    Good job, Helen!

  602. Helen people like make the real changes in this would, by being truthful regardless of what many will think of you. If you were Rosa Parks or this were a different time the Powers-That-Be would seek to extingush your fire.

    Let the fire of your life Burn ON Baby

  603. WhoooooHoooooo!

    Love you! Have you sent your comments to Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman at MSNBC? They would love you too!

  604. Hey everyone. Margaret and Helen have been nominated for a Bloggers Choice Award in both the Politcal and Humor categories. Go vote for them at http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/

    Let’s make our gals famous!!!

  605. Hi Helen,

    I’m a journalism student and I’d love to write a story about you and your blog. If you’re interested, please send me an email. I’d really love to talk to you.

    All the best,

  606. Helen and Margaret, you two ladies are fabulous! What a terrific blog and don’t worry about any criticism, you have every right to have an opinion. If people don”t like it that is their problem – no-one is forcing them to read it. I have passed this link on to many people in Australia so from all of us Down Under – you go girls!!! xxx

  607. Oh, Helen and Margaret, this is HILARIOUS!! What a nest you have uncovered my dears. I hope you are having fun with this, and not just completely overwhelmed!!

    But I have to tell you, when I read Rob, the Cop from NJ’s last post, I almost spit my drink out of my nose, I was laughing so hard. “I like my old folks to be decent and respectful of people regardless of disagreements. ”

    He probably likes his women barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen, too. My first husband, another cop, did. That marriage managed to survive nine years. My going to law school sealed the coffin.

    Helen, you are witty, funny (loved the Thanksgiving story last year), and speak your mind, just like my mom, my aunt, and all the other women I know in your generation. At some point, we all just get too old to put up with bullshit, don’t we?

  608. The late great Edward R. Murrow once said, ” A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves.” I am glad to see that Helen is not merely a political sheep but has the ability and courage to speak her mind. Whether Helen is 22 or 82 is not the most signifcant thing about him/her. What is significant is that he or she does not share the apathy of many Americans regarding what their government leaders are, or will be, all about. If we do not hold those who are, or wish to be, the leaders of this nation accountable for what they say or refuse to say who will? Democrat or Republican, we need to be active and outspoken or we will go the way all great civilizations before of us have gone and become only a page in a history book some child will study in a language other than our own.

  609. Helen, you are probably laughing your ass off. I would be, and I am a generation younger! (You and my mom think A LOT alike — come to think of it, you and I think a lot alike!)

    And I just loved this comment by what’s-his-face: “I like my old folks to be decent and respectful of people regardless of disagreements.” He probably likes his women barefoot, pregnant, and in this kitchen, too. My first husband did.

    I like “my old folks” feisty, lively, and thinking. Like you! That’s the way my aunt is, my mother is, my mother’s best friend is, and if I’m lucky, that’s the way I will be in 20 years!!

  610. JR – you just don’t know where to look… I will keep their info private of course – but it can be found.. a Harold and Helen Philpot do exist. There are more websites then white pages, people search and Zabasearch. ;-)

  611. I don’t care if you’re real or not, either. The blog is awesome. But, I know for sure neither Helen nor Margaret are real. There are no Helen Philpot’s in Texas nor are there any Harold Philpot’s in Texas. And there are no Margaret Schmechtman’s in Maine. Check for yourself using any White Pages or People Searches. Try Zabasearch, which lists people based on credit histories. But, dudes, keep the blog going, man.

  612. My in-laws are 78 and 85 respectively, and both would agree 100% with this take on Palin. It’s insulting to think that older people aren’t capable of expressing strong opinions in an articulate manner–and they are not all prissy, angry, shut-your-mouth conservatives, either. Free speech is the right of all citizens, not just those under 65! I hope robsteeler66 lives long enough to realize this for himself.

  613. I just found this blog and I love it–thanks Helen! Whether you’re 82 or 22 it doesn’t matter.

    I do, however, find it interesting that people think that an 82 year old can’t express themselves in this way. I’m in my mid-50s and still talk like this (and share the same opinions). I hope I still will when I’m 80.

    And Rob, dear–and you know you’re still reading–I wanted to point out that something regarding your observation: “Have no fear if you ever want to discuss anything with me in person, I’m sure you would be civil to me to my face. That’s what I meant about “consequences” You wouldn’t walk up to the biggest guy you saw and start calling him names now would you? You all feel safe calling names anonymously though-your character shines right on through.”

    I guess that’s why the John McCain who is running a negative campaign couldn’t bring himself to bring up the character assassination crap when he was on stage with a very gentlemanly Obama. It’s quite easy for him to do it through surrogates but quite another to Mr. Obama’s face.

  614. Grandma, you’re pathetic.

  615. Keep blogging, Helen! I love that you’re 82 and you don’t let old age keep you from saying what you think or doing what you want to do! More power to you!




  619. Good on you, Helen!! I’m nearly 80 and I darn sure know what you are writing is right down my alley. I applaud you. You speak the baldfaced truth in good ol’ Texas lingo that anybody with half a brain will surely understand – and I think there’s a lot of those kind in the world right now. We’ve seen too much of Dubya and now we need somebody with some smarts—and a little coolness can’t hurt. Vote Obama!

    You go, girl!!!

  620. Hi Helen,
    I think this blog is wonderful in both content and writing style. Robsteeler implies that it is impossible for someone of your age to be dissatisfied with the government; instead of thinking of this as an insult, however, I think it goes to show how important your voice is. You speak out for an age group that is not commonly represented, especially on a forum like this.

    I would also like to add that it is comforting to hear your opinions and hear that many older people share those opinions, because people of your age tend to get out and vote at a higher rate than people of my age (I’m 19), and hopefully your voice is representative of a good portion of people your age. GObama!

  621. Yayyyy Helen! I love this blog. I was forwarded it today by my aunt and I will become a devoted follower.


  622. “You are a dumbass!!!! As a fellow Texan, you make me embarrassed!…”

    Hellen? Helen the brilliant blogger makes you embarrassed to be a “fellow Texan?” Hmm….I would think Dubya being a Texan would cause the embarrassment.


  623. Helen, You are great!! Your comments are so perfect and I love your tell-it-like-it-is style. Let others be politically correct, you are a breathe of fresh air. And you and Margaret have given my best friend and me (53 years and counting!) a great idea for an activity in our golden years. Thank you very much and keep up the good work!

  624. Helen check this one out, it’s Betty White as McCain’s speech writer and her opinion on Palin:

  625. Helen and Margaret,

    Like many of the readers here, I found your blog through the posts about Sarah Palin. Helen, I greatly appreciate your honesty and straight forwardness with the issue, and it’s refreshing to hear this from an older woman.

    What I also wanted to say is that I think it’s amazing to see two friends that have known each other for so long, and it’s great to see older women knocking down the “kind old grandmother” stereotype! My best friend and I are in our early twenties, but have known each other since we were small children. I hope that we can always be as close as we are now and when we’re older be just as full of life and fight as you two appear to be.

    Thanks for brightening my day–I especially loved the post about the raccoon!

  626. Ladies

    I’m a fifty something lady who really really misses her Mom – and if she could speak with you, I know you’d have a great time. You won’t mind if I drop in to visit occasionally, I hope.


  627. Helen,, I’ve been reading your blog since Sunday morning– love it.
    Thought you would like this story on Palin about her Newsweek cover shot, it’s a hoot.

  628. To RobSteeler, all the other critics of Helen, and all the critics of Robsteeler and the “other critics”:
    We still have free speech in this country and on the internet. But Rob dear, please keep reading this blog; you’ll learn something. One of which is that your (assuming you are under 60 or so) generation did not invent four (and five)-letter words. The use of them is not limited by age, so don’t go judging that a fully literate person can’t be a senior citizen. I’m 76 and my sister is 87. We can call names in four languages when the situation warrants it.
    Helen: Keep writing–you’re wonderful.

  629. You remind me so much of my Great Aunt Cecil, smart and tough, and won’t take any mess. I wish all Americans were as free thinking as you. I find it funny though that the people who disagree with your point of view only know how to hurl insults, but then again thats typical of people who are ignorant and are comfortable being led around by their noses. Good job and stay fiesty, girl.

  630. Robsteeler, you posted this about Helen’s 10/3/08 blog on Sarah Palin:

    “I find it hard to believe that anyone who is 82 could believe that. You are probably a 22 year old undergrad who is frustrated with the world and wants to talk back to daddy. I find blog attacks to be the most cowardly form of smack talking, since there are no consequences! You can spout out at your leisure without fear of retaliation. If that makes you feel better go ahead. I hope you default on your student loans.”

    Apparently you missed the fact that this blog was started back in July, long before the Palin nomination was a gleam in McCain’s eye … at least, according to McCain.

    You object to name-calling. So do I. However, when you introduce yourself to a blog with insults and unfounded accusations, you don’t really have grounds to object when insults come back at you, a basic concept most people learn in grammar school.

    So please calm down and try to express yourself in less vituperative terms, unless you are interested only in lobbing negativity bombs.

    (I live in Maine now, but I spent the first 43 years of my life in NJ. I went to college in Glassboro, and I’ve been in Blackwood — nice town.)

  631. A branch of my family ancestors are Philpots from Cornish Maine – are we distantly related?

    I hope so :)

    Thanks for your great blog! I love it!

  632. Here’s to hoping your fab blog will persuade my grandmother to vote Obama as well. Keep it up!

  633. You are a riot! I love this blog. Keep on keeping on!

  634. I adore you! Keep up the great blogs. I appreciate people who are not afraid to speak their minds!
    I feel sorry for those individuals like Robsteeler who can’t think for themselves or analyze situations. Clearly another term of what the republicans have been doing is not the answer…. But god bless those ignorant people who can’t figure that out. :-)

    By the way robsteeler….. Have you checked out the polls lately? Apparently some of your fellow republicans are seeing the light…. I suggest you start embracing true change quickly, cause its coming on November 4th.

    Go Obama!


    So what if it’s not an 82 year old women. What this blog says is right on target.

    Go ahead. Try and defend any of the Palin talking points. I dare you.

  636. Stop it – all of you! We are better than this – aren’t we. Vote your conscious and your pocket books, bank books, or whatever. After the campaing is over, let’s do what the politicians do, not take negative comments so serious.

    I too need more proof than a blog and a picture of two old ladies to believe that Helen is 82.

  637. YOU GO GIRL! I’m so inspired by your blog :)
    Keep writing.

    What does Margaret think? I’d love to see her take, too.

    Meredith :)

  638. Before the English professors on here call me names, I know that I used the following in the wrong context:
    “…person while your calling me names….”

    That should have been “you’re” instead of “your”.

    The jobs not over ’til the paperwork’s done.
    And you’re all missing my point. I’m not disrespecting an old person, I’m doubting that the author of that rant IS an old person. Now I have better things to do now, my kids need supper and I do all of the cooking. My wife isn’t barefoot or pregnant here in the backwoods of NJ.

  639. Oh dear God! Now you people had to respond and make me feel obligated to reply. I’m so sorry I typed finally wrong. We’re not all perfect like you Jesus.At least I know that Cretin doesn’t have an ‘O” in it Elizabeth. And for the soccer mom and others who call names and try to “block” people like all of you cowardly libs do, Thanks for proving my point. Your America would put people in their “place”. I don’t have issues with women, I have issues with people who call vicious names and make personal attacks against a person. I don’t have to make attacks against Obama, his associations tell his story to anyone without little peace sign blinders. You go ahead and block away.
    Oh, and I put my address up because I’m not afraid of any of you. I know spineless attackers will never openly show up at my house. I would welcome it. I will even make you some tea and chat about it in person while your calling me names. Now if you have evil intent-I dare you to show up. Have no fear if you ever want to discuss anything with me in person, I’m sure you would be civil to me to my face. That’s what I meant about “consequences” You wouldn’t walk up to the biggest guy you saw and start calling him names now would you? You all feel safe calling names anonymously though-your character shines right on through. And by the way, every “old” person I know is respectful of others-that’s just the way they were raised, that’s why I like talking to them. They are a positive force in the world. You have to be under sixty to be a negative ranter like I see on here.
    Good bye and God bless

  640. You aren’t 82

  641. sorry, don’t want to hog the mic here, but i also thought you’d enjoy this flow chart, helen:

  642. oops, correction:
    aside from = in addition to…

  643. helen – aside from what you wrote about palin (which is all so true and hysterically written), i love the raccoon post, and the thanksgiving letter to family. i haven’t seen such an entertaining blog in a very long time. for this, i thank you. you have yet another new fan.

    and for all your haters out there – go away. your eyes and brain don’t deserve this glory.

  644. Helen, a woman in Burbank, CA (who had a grandmother like you) loves you very much!

  645. Helen, keep participating and speaking your mind. If more of us had done that we might not be in this mess. It’s an insult to Americans to have her running for the office of Vice President. Obviously the Republican party or the McCain Republicans that run his campaign think we (Americans) are as dumb as dirt. If thats how they get their “boy” elected and we can’t see through it then maybe they’re right. I hope not. Do they need any RN’s in Australia?

  646. My good friend in Seattle just forwarded me this blog & I’d like to shout a big: Darn Tootin, Good Shootin, you 6-Pack Gal!” Helen, in any terms, your assessment of Palin is spot on.

    I’ve read all the posts here and am not surprised at all by some of the negative replies, and am always humored by, what I call; Predictable Positions; such as politicians of one party can never admit when a candidate is not their best choice, let alone a sound choice.

    First, I have to respond to Robsteller66 (sorry Helen, but it’s in my nature). I don’t understand why you start (2) Post with “sorry.” Why apologize, it’s your opinion.

    Secondly, your position blogging is cowardly, well, by your definition in your post, so would Gossip, and I’m sure you have never character assassinated someone in private with friends, right? No consequences, no fear of retaliation.

    Third, your tone “I have something call a job” as a reason for not posting regularly, huh? Again, why defend yourself against an 82 year old, who probably isn’t working and is retired (don’t mean to offend if you are working Helen).

    Lastly, I’m a 45 year old, Cop, in San Francisco, worked law enforcement for 20 years & Civil Litigation years before that, and let’s clarify your Stat that “80% of so-called woman on the net are actually males.” I’ve worked years in Sex Crimes & Criminal Tracking. Your Stat is appropriate for 80% of those portraying to be women when looking at those who subvert to sex crimes on the net, are men, but do some homework and you’ll find Internet User Stats and it’s fairly 50/50 across the board for general Internet Use.

    Back to my post, I’m a 45 year old, male, cop in San Francisco. Yes, the bastion of Progressive Liberal Socialists who wish to take over the World, well that’s what most of the Nation seems to think. Actually, many of us in the City are Republicans, Demos, Greens, Independents and others. What I’m hearing and discussing with folks of all parties is Ms. Palin is not a sound choice for VP candidate. Hell, my father is a 77 yr old, 30 Years Army Intellgience/CIA, Bostonian, Catholic, Republican, and he has no plans, for the first time in his life, to vote the Republican ticket, that says a lot!

    I cannot fault someone with political aspirations, and I don’t get caught up in he said/she said because if you stand back and look at it, we know what the Republicans think and we know what the Demos think, and I can’t knock someone for the way they talk, look or think (gee in my work that would be profiling, HA!). So, I fall back on my analytical mind and judge on past experience, current experience and knowledge, and Ms. Palin just doesn’t have it. What’s worse, she is really out of touch regarding many issues and having her attend Debate Training Camp only highlights her supporters know she does not have the knowledge base.

    What caps this whole week for me was I worked for Glendale Federal Savings & Loan in LA when the Lincoln Savings scandal occurred and regardless of McCain’s involvement, pure and simple, what happened then, is happening again. The similarities are frightening as it shows me what 20+ years of deregulation has born. And, it’s not so much deregulation as it is the lack of oversight.

    Anyway, I didn’t mean to take so much of Helen’s posting site.

    Helen, I think your assessment of Palin is solid, colorful, but solid ;-) I just hope, as a Nation, the sleepers awake and we can make change happen for the better cause we all deserve it.

  647. I watched a documentary on Jimmy Carter last night. It was like looking at Barack H.Obama.
    Reagan won big over the Carter Campaign.
    Didn’t anybody learn anything?

  648. “I like my old folks to be decent and respectful of people regardless of disagreements.”

    Bet you like your women barefoot and pregnant too…or maybe seen and not heard. I guess it doesn’t matter what she thinks as long as she’s got your dinner on the table at 6 sharp, right?

  649. OMG, you are so funny, and got it all going on, thanks for making me smile. how fun are you?

  650. Classless.

  651. Helen, everything you said about Palin here was RIGHT ON THE MONEY. If McCain manages to get elected and put HER a heartbeat away from the presidency, it would be a huge travesty. Which is why that simply can’t be allowed to happen. Like TheWorldIsWatching said, America has got to get out and VOTE FOR OBAMA!

  652. Robsteeler…sexist, agist, and anti-free speech. I love those Republicans. They’re such fun when they can’t think of anything useful to say — which is most of the time.

    I’m a mere 64 Margaret, and when I grow up I want to be just like you. Except I’m a guy. But in my 80′s I probably won’t care anyway.

  653. Helen is Brill! You Go Girl!

  654. Oh Helen, we are so proud of you for saying what a lot of us are thinking.
    I’m a 61 year old woman, and Palin scares the hell out of me! I’ve worked too hard for women’s rights for that nut to take us backwards. I do not understand how any woman could support her. She is an insult to women, as far as I’m concerned.
    I would love to see a woman in office, but not this joke!

  655. Oops sorry……..I meant Helen, not Margaret. But love to you both. It’s great you are blogging and telling people what you think!

  656. Hi Margaret,

    I love your blog. You are saying what most of us are thinking about Sarah Palin. I used to like McCain, but after the last year and his VP pick I am extremely disappointed. I am glad women are speaking out against her. I have no idea why McCain picked Palin out of all of the smart, intelligent republican women…….and her husband is a member of that Alaskan group that wants to secede from the US. I thought that was settled after the Civil war, so talk about unpatriotic and un-American. I would think that a plan to become independent from the US qualifies as kind of traitorous. What was he thinking!!

  657. Helen, I say “BRAVA”!

    “Finaally for those of you who accused me of cowardice and/or being prickless, show up at *******and I will show you what’s up.”
    robsteeler66, If I show up in my minivan, will you whip out your little gun and shoot me? I think you have issues when women speak their mind. Consider a therapist. My 78 year old mother who speaks her mind, would probably surprise you with her computer skills and quick whit. She can also spell “finally”

  658. ummm hey robsteeler66 is it wise for a law enforcement agent to leave his address on a blog……hummmm MUSTA BEEN HAVENA PALIN MOMENT

  659. Keep it up Helen!!! Aside from your astute essay on Palin (which I forwarded to my friends), I think it’s great that you’ve set up this blog to communicate with your long-time friend. Please don’t let the ‘roided FoxNews cretons like robsteeler get you down. You are well within your rights to BLOCK him because you don’t have to listen to freaks like him—heck, FoxNews blocks truth-telling all the time, and they’re (supposed to be) a news organization. You have no such responsibility. I think you are decent and respectful–I know women from Georgia and you remind me of them. Please block the prick and if he writes back under a different moniker, block him again–or maybe redirect him to some other thing he can spout off on. What a jerk, picking on a 82 year old grandmother. There’s special places in hell reserved for guys like him.

  660. Sorry, one final point. The reason I doubt it’s an 82 year old woman is that about 80% of so-called woman on the net are actually males. It just seemed a little too convenient to see remarks of that raciness from a supposed representative of the “greatest generation” The comments struck me as more along the lines of a sixties nut, or their successors the new “move on” type of throwback wacko. That’s the reason I thought that. I like my old folks to be decent and respectful of people regardless of disagreements. Hard to expect from name calling haters.

  661. Is anyone else turned on….is the heat on??? Oh….my…..

  662. I’m responding now. Sorry I don’t have time to spend every second of my life on your blog. See I have something called a job. If I am what is wrong with America then I don’t know what to say. It didn’t seem that way when I served my country overseas in the USAF as an 811X0 Security Policeman. It didn’t seem that way for the last twenty years in my career in Law Enforcement. I just love how you leftys love to call names. If someone doesn’t agree you try to shout them down and call them vile names. I will not be back to read your blog, I just saw it from a search engine(for the dumbass) Finaally for those of you who accused me of cowardice and/or being prickless, show up at ********* and I will show you what’s up.

  663. I don’t live in Austin anymore, but I miss it because of women like you! Governor Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, and Helen Philpot tell it like it is!

  664. Helen, you make me proud to be an American. Your wit and astute observations of this republican sham reminds me of my mother, who passed away five years ago. Stay sharp and get your friends to vote. It’s our only way out of the abyss we are now in.

  665. Helen makes me proud to be from Texas :)
    You go girl!

  666. Thank you Helen!

  667. Helen is not a “dumbass”….she is brilliant!

    Helen…we love you!!!

  668. You are a dumbass!!!! As a fellow Texan, you make me embarrassed!

  669. My 82 year old Mom is right up there with the way Helen thinks.
    My guess is Robsteeler is the 22 yr old coward… notice he hasn’t responded?

  670. Is anyone else alarmed by the fact that robsteeler66 seems to think there should be “consequences” or “retaliation” for criticizing Palin?

    And as for thinking that an 82-year-old couldn’t write something like this… you obviously haven’t met her fellow octogenarian Helen Thomas (88).

  671. I read Helen’s blog to my 86 year old mother this morning. She regrettably agreed with Helen. She doesn’t want to think of someone in such negative terms, but believes that women are smarter than the GOP made them out to be. They won’t vote for a woman just because she is a woman. They will vote for a woman who is competent, intelligent, and does not have babies at home that need to be taken care of. And for the record, I believe that Helen is 82. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to read the straight-shooting, no BS (and yes, college educated 60-years ago) commentary.

  672. Helen and Margaret, I love your blog – please ignore the cowardly posters who personally attack you…overall, the vast majority of people are kindhearted and supportive in the blogging world. Helen, I agree 100% with your assessment of Palin…good for you for speaking out.

    P.S. If you want to delete nasty comments, you can do that…you can also set your comments to moderation to screen out the bullies :) Helen, ask your grandson…

  673. Thank You! Someone finally said it. You know, for being 82, you sounds a lot smarter than Palin. Maybe you should run for VP or President. I’d vote for you. Seems to me you are a good judge of character. You go girl.

  674. Man, I wish I wrote that! Helen, you are 100% correct. All that winking gave me the heebie jeebies.

  675. Regardless of the validity of the purported principals of this site, the opinions stated are ones which obviously have a lot of resonance with many people. Forget about “robsteeler66,” he probably never even made it to college and is some pervert meth-head living in a shack somewhere in Alaska. Palin is an outright idiot and anyone who can’t recognize that is one as well. The world is laughing at America. GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!

  676. She tells it like it is. Keep it up.

  677. and this:


  678. Oh, and Helen, I thought you might like to see this:


  679. Dear Helen,

    Thank you so much for coming out and saying what I’ve been dying for the media to do. I can’t believe we continue to do this typical coddling of mediocre performance for no reason. I feel sorry for my friends and family that have typically voted Republican, not because they are Republican but because they have always voted w/ the party and now that all they have is this train wreck it’s like being the girlfriend of the rude violent guy at the party. He’s cursing, screaming, drinking, and ranting about something and his girl is just there quietly holding still waiting for the storm to pass, not really knowing what to do with herself and everyone around her is just staring at her with pity, trust me, it’s okay to walk away, don’t be stared at in pity, there is hope!

  680. Is “Rob Steeler” even a real name? I doubt it!
    Leave Helen alone, you pr*ckless fart!

  681. hey robsteeler66, have some respect. Don’t you even remember how Palin was “picked?” It was through some college kid’s blog who lived in his mother’s basement. Get a clue! And learn how to treat the elderly with respect if you think you are are so American. YOU are what is wrong with country, you can’t even remember something that happened months ago, let alone over the past 8 years.

  682. Attack, attack, attack, “there your go again John”, “say it ain.’t (terrible grammar) so John”, is that all you know John, “there you go again John dwelling in the past” Guess what John we are in an economic crisis darn tooting, gosh darnit” Let’s talk about what “Joe six-pack” wants to talk about John, stuff like the economy and how the health plan we’re proposing will cause “Joe six-pack” suffer a tax increase because we will tax the current coverage provided by Joe’s employer, Cause ya know that $5000.00 will not be enough for “Joe six-pack” to purchase his own insurance. And John, Joe’s mother or brother that has a preexisting illness will not even be able to get insured. John, I just like your “maverick” approach to this idea. And by the way John, why didn’t you tell me that you have conceded Michigan, you should have let those people who prepared my script for the debate, scribbled that on the paper they gave me. I had to read about it in one of those “ gotya papers”. But I guess I will keep just winking at the crowd and everything will be alright. This is Sarah Palin and I approve this message.

  683. Your remarks are right on. And my 94-year-old grandmother agrees with everything you said. Keep up the great commentary!

  684. Actually, my 86 y/o grandmother thinks exactly like Helen, and even says so…quite often. I simply love it. Older folks don’t have a pause button, which is so funny.

  685. I love the blog!!! I will be a frequent visitor.

  686. I congratulate you on your assessment of Palin. I wish my 86 year old mother would think more like you do!

  687. robsteeler66, why is it hard to believe Helen is 82?

  688. Ryan, obviously you neglected to notice that Helen’s ‘Sarah” post was made on Oct. 3!

  689. LOVED !!!Helens View on Sarah Palin my thoughts are the same!Found out about youre web site blog wathcning snl.YOU GO GIRL well said!

  690. Hi Helen and Margaret. I don’t care if you are real folks – or “frustrated undergrads” as some of the readers accuse you of being. The fact is that what you say about Palin is spot on. We may laugh hard at the SNL skits, but the fact is that the joke is on us.

  691. robsteeler66 I don’t want to state the obvious but didn’t you notice that this blog was set-up long before Palin was announced as the VP nominee?

  692. Opinionated, I agree… if someone doesn’t like the blog, they shouldn’t read the damned thing!

  693. robsteeler, if you don’t like what she has to say, don’t read her blog, dumbass.

  694. I find it hard to believe that anyone who is 82 could believe that. You are probably a 22 year old undergrad who is frustrated with the world and wants to talk back to daddy. I find blog attacks to be the most cowardly form of smack talking, since there are no consequences! You can spout out at your leisure without fear of retaliation. If that makes you feel better go ahead. I hope you default on your student loans.

  695. Oh Margaret. I just filled this out like Matthew told me to, but you can add anything you want too.

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