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Posted by: Helen Philpot | October 7, 2008

Maverick my ass!

I don’t know everyone.  That one was a snoozer.  Halfway through the debate I looked over and Harold was asleep in his chair, and somehow I think so was much of America.  In the VP debate we couldn’t get Palin to answer the questions and in this debate every time it got interesting Tom called time – it was frustrating.

You can comment all you want on who won and who didn’t.  I haven’t got a clue.  But here is what my heart is telling me.  I am 82 years old (83 in December).  It’s time to hand the reigns over to the next generation and hope that we did a good job raising them.  To Senator McCain I say, with love in my heart, sit down and shut up.  You’re beginning to look like an ass and your answers sound like a cross between Barnie Fife and Floyd the Barber.  And no matter how many times you start a sentence with “My friends” if you end it with a bunch of stuff that really doesn’t make sense… well eventually someone like me is going to call “bullshit”.

Actually, let me state that a little differently.  ALL OF US have to call “bullshit” right now.  There is too much at stake.  You can’t agree with George Bush all of the time and then say you are about change. You can’t say the economy is strong in the morning and then say it’s a crisis that afternoon.  You can’t be about deregulation for 25 years and then suddenly be against it.  And for God’s sakes war can’t be the answer to everything.

You just can’t teach an old dog a new trick… even if you put lipstick on it.  Change is needed.  I know because I am a fat, old dog.  For too many years I’ve been eating more pie than I should.  Jenny Craig had me doing pretty good for a few years but eventually I started eating pie again.   John McCain has been part of the Republican party in Washington for 26 years.  It doesn’t matter what he has been saying the last few months, eventually he’s going to eat the party pie again.  He’s old.  I’m old.  That’s what we do.  We don’t suddenly switch to salad. 

It’s OK. We’ve been part of the greatest generation.  We had our turn.  Now we get to sit back and enjoy our pie while someone else worries about the calories.  The new guy has the energy and the new ideas. Senator Obama, I hope you’re up for the challenge. 

One more thing for Senator McCain before this old bird goes to bed.  Ronald Reagan is dead.  Let it go.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  I hope you keep coming back.  It gives me something to do while Harold watches his shows.

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  1. Marvelous, what a webpage it is! This web site provides helpful facts to us, keep it up.

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  3. As always, Helen, You. Are. Right. On! I have to chuckle sometimes that so many younger people are amazed because someone at your age is able to think and write as you do. I’m 64 and have several friends in their late 70s and early 80s who are also bright, intelligent, and thoughtful, and who can write well. They write columns for our local newpaper, work with the League of Women Voters, and are involved with Toastmasters, among other things. THANK YOU not only for your fantastic blog, which is my top favorite, but also for showing the younger generations how vibrant and truly alive one can be in her later years. You have wisdom as well as great common sense. Keep up the good work!

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  4. As always, Helen, You. Are. Right. On! I have to chuckle sometimes that so many younger people are amazed because someone at your age is able to think and write as you do. I’m 64 and have several friends in their late 70s and early 80s who are also bright, intelligent, and thoughtful, and who can write well. They write columns for our local newpaper, work with the League of Women Voters, and are involved with Toastmasters, among other things. THANK YOU not only for your fantastic blog, which is my top favorite, but also for showing the younger generations how vibrant and truly alive one can be in her later years. You have wisdom as well as great common sense. Keep up the good work!

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  5. I’m only 64. When I grow up, will you marry me?

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  6. Your site is the best thing I’ve seen in ages – almost makes me look forward to getting old (ok, older…) Just hope my best girlfriends can be old with me, too. Mazel Tov to both of you and GO BAMA !

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  7. Dear Helen,
    Can I call you Helen? *wink*
    You are my heroine! My mother is 82 and rides a scooter just like yours in the pic. My neighbor is 86. Although both women are fiesty, neither quite says it as you do! I honor you and your brand of honesty!
    I also think it’s wonderful that you’ve embraced blogging so whole-heartedly! Brava, to you, Helen!!
    With best regards,
    Jodi

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  8. I question fox, cnn, msnbc, McCain, Obama, Palin. Americans need to start questioning all this, very loudly. Which brings me to this blog: I believe it’s written by some 20 something trying to be cool or something. Oh pleeeeze, you’re so busted.

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  9. So far I’ve only read 3 of your posts, this late november night in Europe, but I’m looking forward to reading the last bunch, and hoping for more in the future!

    I just wanted to tell you, how refreshing it is to get a more nuanced picture of americans today. In Europe it’s quite easy to get the impression, that you’re all fat, shallow, trigger-happy, religious fanatics, so I’m glad to see not all of you have lost it!

    Sincere regards and best wishes for the future

    Peder Bæk

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  10. We are Hawaii natives and we are proud to support and endorse Barrack Obama and Joe Biden.

    To Helen and Margaret, kudos, Ladies!

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  11. Helen. I love you. I want to be you. I promise I WILL be you when I’m 83.

    I’m chewing my own arms off these last days before we get America back with President Obama. Visualize victory, and please keep writing your marvelous writings.

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  12. Love your writting!!! You truly are an inspiration!

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  13. Rock on Helen! xxx Robynne

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  14. Helen and Margaret. I love you so much. Someone showed me your blog and I can’t thank them enough. I hope I am as brilliant as you when I turn 72! IF I age that far. If McCain gets in the white house again I may off myself.

    I love your takes on Sarah Palin. Please take care of yourselves and live a long time cuz people really need you. I mean it.

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  15. Helen is da (wo)man…..She’s the real maverick!!! Thanks for the breath of fresh air Helen.

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  16. Helen, I’m in Louisville, and I have a sharp-witted pal in Alabama, and our new goal is to be you when we’re in our 80s. You ROCK! I always thought that the older generation was more conservative, but you are what I hope to be in 40 more years. You tell it like it is. You’re right. And you make NO apologies. And you swear. I like all of that. You’re one up on me, though, since you know how to blog and I don’t. Need to get on that. Right now, though, I need to send out some more emails for Obama. Keep up the blogging — I’ll be back, for sure. (And, I was raised by a grandmother who wasn’t 1% as cool as you. Will you be MY new grandma too??)
    PS – Where are Margaret’s blogs?? I’d love to see the two of you go toe-to-toe over this McCain thing. How in the world could she even think he’s a good idea for president??!

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  17. […] Maverick my ass! […]

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  18. Loving Helen!!!

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  19. I wanna grow up to be Helen!

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  20. Holy Toledo. Helen! I am so impressed with how clearly and succinctly you young kids of 82 think and write! I like your style! I am 84, going on 85, and I try to write the sort of essays you do, but they don’t come out as bright or sassy or pithy as yours do! I’ve been a widower for two years now and, after the first year, I began checking out the local tootsies. Such disappointment! All they wanted to do was feed me chicken soup and roast brisket and teach me to play mah jongg! That wasn’t what I was looking for! I couldn’t get a single one of them to talk to me about politics or the election or anything other than do I like the color of their hair rinse!! Helen, help! If Harold keeps falling asleep at the TV, and you want someone to talk politics to, meet me at the local Soda Shoppe. I will buy, the first round anyway, of chocolate sodas!
    Keep on writing your pithy and on-the-button commentaries, Helen. (And remember my offer!) You must be so-o-ome young tootsie!

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  21. You are spot-on with the comment regarding Tom Brokaw cutting them off! Saturday Night Live did a great skit showing just that:
    http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-thursday-debate-open/742065/

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  22. Helen, you are my new hero! I’m 55 years old and I’m going to learn how to do a blog so that I am cool like you. 🙂 I LOVE IT. I send out an email about the campaign to about 75 people every day, but what you are doing is fantastic. Thanks and keep fighting. It’s what keeps you young.

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  23. Helen & Margaret

    Once again, I appreciate you allowing so many of us to use your personal blog pages to discuss so many of the issues that are at the forefront of our minds during this presidential election. You totally ROCK!!!

    Tony,

    I wish to correct you on some of the statements you made above.

    First, since McCain has been in the Senate, he didn’t vote 126 of 580 times (21.7%). Obama’s record is not voting 66 of 228 times (28.9%). Granted, neither are stellar performances. What’s really interesting, however, is that if you eliminate the time prior to Obama getting into the Senate, McCain has had a record of not voting 92 of 228 times (40.4%). If my school-age girls were to get 59.6%, they would fail. My source is http://www.votesmart.org/

    Second, when it comes to Obama supporting “bigger government”, I’d love to know what the source of your information is. McCain claimed in the final debate that government has grown 40% in the last 8 years (6 of which the Republicans have controlled both the White House and Congress). I also found this site http://www.brookings.edu/gs/cps/light20030905.pdf which indicates that McCain’s assessment seems to have been correct.

    Third, I wish to address the “Obama will raise our taxes” argument. In the only comprehensive analysis I found regarding Obama’s plan, it stated while there was approximately $1 trillion additional spending for federal programs over his *entire* term (not each year like some of the things I’ve read/heard have said), he also plans on cutting back $1 trillion in spending over the same period of time so essentially it’s a wash. Unfortunately, I lost the site but would otherwise provide it.

    On the other hand, based solely on McCain’s health plan, my taxes WILL go up SIGNIFICANTLY. He will begin to tax the approximately $24,000 my employer pays for my family’s health insurance premiums. If I assume only a 25% rate (but I think it would more likely be closer to 30%), this means that I will pay at least $6000 in taxes, my paycheck will be down by at least $500 each month, but I’ll only get a $5000 tax credit.

    I’d finally like to point out one more site regarding the National Debt. http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdebt.htm

    As this clearly indicates, it has been during the Republican (not Democratic) administrations, especially since Reagan, that our spending has gotten out of control.

    Thanks everyone for your time.

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  24. I admire your spunk Helen, you sound like a neat lady who is free thinker. I just hope your right about Obama and I understand that John is not too exciting and cant really sell but has proven himself a constant fighter for what he believes in and he is honest and not controlled by the party. I honestly dont believe Obama has any idea what he believes in and has no moral compass. The chicago political machine has produced and presented him and he is slick and smooth and articulate.. I fear he is a great con man who has clearly done nothing in his career except be present for votes, his stance is clearly liberal and if you read his book the first chapter says he will redistibute wealth. I realize that the poor and down trodden will buy this and vote for him. Too many niave people believe there is a free lunch, there is not. He is clear he is for bigger government and more taxes greater entitlement programs. that is how we got where we are to much spending without economic support. Fanny and Freddy were run by his supporters and the black caucus. As one left talk show host said if you are poor, Black or unemployed you vote for Obama for entitlement programs. If you have worked and acheived any level of financial success you vote for McCain. I thought that was honest. Our nation is movng to socialism and Obama is the major turning point for this. We will be unable to sustain this financially and end up like France an unmotivated and dependent welfare state. Good luck to us and I at least grew up in America where if you were motivated to work and achieve you would be rewarded and have self esteem, that is being eroded today..I do blame Bush for not doing his job and failing his party principles. God Bless America may she survive this travesty of social virus.

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  25. Helen,

    You totally rock! I cannot even believe you are 82, I just pray that should I live to be 82 I can be as sharp as you.

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  26. I made this video. Thought you might like it.

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  27. One word at a time, you are gaining hundreds of new grandchildren….because I, too, want you to be my granny.

    My best friend in the whole world, Erin, sent me to this website because we are Obama supporters. She got me off my ass and opened my eyes to politics this year. We are 32 and have been best friends since 17. We can only pray to be blessed with this kind of friendship when we are 82.

    We love you fat, beautiful old ladies and would be honored to sit with you on a porch trashing McCain and eating pie

    OR

    Racing our scooters through the nearest mall running over republicans.

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  28. Helen,
    Will you be my grandma and my friend? I lost my grandma last year and I think I’m ready for a new one. One that is in sync with what’s going on!
    I love your blog!
    God Bless

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  29. Just had your blog site emailed to me. So glad to meet you “on blog”. You are a breath of fresh air, and you do state things as they are.
    It is hard to keep one’s “cool” in West Texas. Seem to be surrounded by idiots that are both friends and strangers. No one wants to debate policy, just spew unproven Obama myths and state their fears if Obama is elected. There are church leaders that are preaching that Obama is the anti Christ for heavens sake. ( Overheard in “beauty shop” and gym.) In West Texas, we say “I call Bullshit.” So at the end of the day,you have made me smile and feel better.
    I’ll try to stay awake during debates. Last one was a snoozer!

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  30. Helen: Were you a teacher? You remind me so much of some of my favorite teachers. They taught me to keep it to-the-point and not mix in the B.S.

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  31. I love the mind of a senior that has no problem with the word bullshit. Keep on going girls….you are inspiration for everyone.

    Love ya…mean it…air kiss 🙂

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  32. I love you!

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  33. Woo hoo!! Love yoooooooo!!!!

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  34. Fat=Happy

    There are too many skinny women who are just angry old coons. I’d rather listen to a fat, happy AWESOME woman like you, Helen. Keep eating your pie and keep writing your wisdoms!

    I wish someone would tell McCain that STEALING another candidate’s platform (Change) midway through the election is transparent. Apparently the only thing transparent in his campaign! He just stole all Obama’s economic plans as well. I guess McCain’s standing in college was because he needed better eyesight to copy off his fellow student’s papers. Now, Obama has drawn up a plan for everyone to see and it’s easy to steal from Obama’s papers. See, life just keeps getting easier all the time!

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  35. You are absolutely incredible. I love your writing style, very humorous, and all of your statements are spot-on. Keep writing!

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  36. You said it, Helen! I’m sick of that “Maverick” BS. Not that Obama is a maverick. He’s another flip-flopping phoney. He got all of these people on the anti-war bandwagon and now, all of a sudden, he’s talking about Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iran and Darfur as if we don’t have enough war going on already! It sounds like now he just wants to appeal to the war-mongering demographic.

    Sadly, Obama is a change of color, not a change of policy. He’s certainly not change we can trust. It’s too bad most folks can’t dig a little deeper and see that he is another Israel-backing suckup that is going to take this country down.

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  37. Helen,
    My mom, a die-hard Democrat, 81 years old, young, active and sharp-minded, a smart woman who still runs her own business, doesn’t want to vote for Obama! As she says it, it would kill her to vote Republican for the first time in her life, but she can’t trust Obama. I must say, she has never listened to him speak, won’t try and understand what his ideas, plans or policies are. She apparently is listening to all the Fox News/Bill O’Reilly crap! I am going to send her the link to your blog, see what she thinks – if she’ll read it – and keep my fingers crossed.

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  38. Helen, I just read your blog to my 77 year old mom, and we LOVE YOU and your courage!! Thank you for speaking our mind! We support your comments and opinions! You GO GIRL!!

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  39. Helen, you deserve to eat as much pie as you want! I’m hoping I can be as bold and brave as you are at 83 than I am at 31. I agree with all these positive posts, you are an amazing woman who has seen it all and young Americans can learn a lot from you. I hope you have many grandchildren out there who share your opinions. Thank you!

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  40. Helen,

    You truly are a hero. Keep writing, stay honest, and tell it like it is!

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  41. Excuse me for seeming ignorant, but is this for real? You’re actually 82 years old and still sharper than every 30 year old I’ve seen or heard? I swear to God I thought this was some kind of joke until I read all the comments. You really are amazing!

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  42. Helen, I don’t know if you read all of these comments, but I just wanted to thank you – not only for what you write but for creating something that all of these like-minded people can come together around to celebrate all of the beautiful truths of what you have to say.

    I helped to run a voter registration drive on my college campus and I am now working on a get out the vote campaign and tonight we hit a speed bump. Though registration went phenomenally well – we registered over 1,000 students to vote, the get out the vote meeting has very low turn out. I was freaking out, and I think I still am a little bit, that this campaign isn’t going to work.

    Reading your post reminded me that change is necessary, and that all of this work is important, even though it can get really tough sometimes. I am both excited and scared to be a part of the generation that will inherent all of the problems we face in the world today – not that there haven’t always been problems…I am excited to be able to stand up and create positive change – get people to stop talking about all the things they want to do and actually do them. But I am scared too because there are always things that could go wrong that you can’t foresee. I know that your blog can’t answer these questions for me, but I just wanted to thank you for being a voice of wisdom for a moment in my life when things seem to be a little out of hand.

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  43. Wow! You are funny but so correct. There was a mistake made and the faster we correct it, the better!

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  44. Helen:

    What did you do for a living? Were you always a writer? You’re like Samuel Clemens – for this time and place. You are brilliant!!

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  45. To John McCain,
    This is how you are going to win now?
    http://mine.icanhascheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=2262989

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  46. More to share on McCain/Palin hate rallies.

    http://www.thetruthburns.wordpress.com

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  47. But now I will change everything.
    You have to forgive my people but you know that they are actually right, don’t you?
    They just were upset because of the dirty Obama campaign.

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  48. Helen, you are my hero!

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  49. A REEL MAVERICK SECONDS YOUR OPINION
    http://www.spoonercentral.com/RS/Maverick.html

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  50. “Ronald Regan is dead. Let it go.” It doesn’t get any better than that. Well said.

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  51. Helen, You are wonderful! You remind me of my grandma – thanks for your straight-talk! Keep it coming!

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  52. From Brazil with love.

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  53. You said it like it is !!!! Keep up the good work !
    Many of my coworkers do not agree with me about that ONE ! { Sarah P }
    Soon hopefully people will begin to see the light and stop thinking RACE!!
    Come on America Vote for CHANGE . the republicans have also forgotten that ” Change is NOT their THEME !!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN —- Way to go !!!

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  54. If we are McCain’s friends, then can we borrow one of his 13 cars, or stay the weekend in one of his nine houses?

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  55. Dear Helen,
    As a Dutch national, I am readying this from home in Mumbai, India. You have made it far lady!
    With Bush’s re-election last time in my mind, I though that US would make the same mistake again this time. It’s your holistic view and realistic opinion that keeps my hope up, since I cant vote of course. Its time for a change. It really is.
    Keep up the good work! Thank you.
    Lara

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  56. Helen, you are a treasure.

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  57. I want to grow up to be just like you.

    Man, I bet your keyboard was on fire by the time you finished writing these. Keep telling it like it is.

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  58. […] now a Helen fan thanks to this post:  Maverick My Ass … excerpt […]

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  59. I sent this to both my grandma and my mom. They are going to love you!

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  60. After four long, hot years in Dallas, I decided to move to California. I wish I had known you when I lived in Texas….you are a refreshing breeze, bringing fresh air into a hot, stuffy political climate.

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  61. it’s about time McSame corrected his supporters about Obama’s nationality and religion. If my mind were not make up I might vote for him now.

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  62. Dear Helen, I am 70 and all I can say is you go girl! There is very little that is golden about aging, but there is one bright spot. We can tell it like it is and for the most part we have the wisdom and the history to nail it dead on. And if there is one thing we have learned by this time in our lives it is that when it looks like, and sounds like and smells like bullshit it probably is bullshit.
    Keep writing, and I’ll keep on with my political activism It is our patriotic duty.

    In awe and respect

    Mary

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  63. I love you! for your candor and your wisdom. Could I adopt you?

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  64. helen, i aspire to be as smart and well versed as you some day – you say EXACTLY what i am thinking but can never put into words…

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  65. Helen, thank you for brightening my day. Were you ever a writer or journalist? I wonder if we can get you on Fox News? HA!

    I plan to visit your blog regularly.

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  66. YOU GO GIRL!

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  67. Thank you, THANK YOU, for proving my earlier argument in that most Republicans are racist.

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  68. Obama? My ass!
    America will vote white!

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  69. Obama leads, McCain divides. The democratic ticket shows us there’s hope… the republican ticket sows fear and anger. No brainer. Obama ’08!

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  70. STANDING OVATION (for you)

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  71. Go Helen!!! I’m 82, and yes proudly one of the Greatest Generation. No wonder – we went through the Depression, and the horrible WW11, (which by the way was shorter than the Iraq War is). My husband served on the Battleship Maryland in the Pacific for four years, and we are still under our own power, home is paid for and no credit card debt!!! What we are seeing in our country is AWFUL. You have so eloquently said, in clear language, what makes such COMMON SENSE. All of us have been through a lot in our lives, but this election is, in my opinion, the most important one of all. It makes us sick to see how the Bush Administration has taken us down to our knees, nationally, and globally. and how McCain and Palin are so busy with their vicious divisive attacks instead of talking about how to bring about recovery. God help this country and all generations to come. Keep up the plain talk Helen – you are “so on”!

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  72. Helen,

    You are simply great!.
    The only maverick that I know is the Ford Maverick that is an outdated car and nobody wants to buy that crap.
    McCane and Parrot are a real joke. A dinossaur and an idiot trying to run a country.

    God bless you Helen.

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  73. Helen, you are wonderful. I only wish to be as vocal and articulate as you when I reach your age. Thank you

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  74. Helen, you are a goddess!

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  75. Who’s an ass, Meg, McCain? Yep, I agree!

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  76. When is the media going to discuss the fact that McClumsy..oops! McCain does really have more mental problems than senior moments?

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  77. Truer words have not been spoken.

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  78. I love what you wrote. I’m coming back for more.

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  79. Helen,I’ve been passing on your words of wisdom to all my friends.I see a few of them have visited and left comments. BRAVO!! Keep up the good work. There are still idiots out there who believe this McPalin Bull. CARIBOU BARBIE needs to be exposed for the bag of hot air she is.McSHAME should sit down in his rocker and take a load off.He’s totally out of tough with reality.

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  80. I love your commentary. Keep it up! The picture at the top is great, too.

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  81. You’re an ass.

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  82. Thank you so much for your witty and spot-on commentary! Please keep sharing your wonderful and honest perspective, it puts a smile on a lot of faces!

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  83. All I can say is thank you.

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  84. You are so very wise. And so damn funny.

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  85. Kudos Helen. I can’t believe the morons that would choose a man that graduated 894th out of a class of 899 students and a woman that got a BS in journalism after 6 years and 5 colleges (mostly community colleges) over a Harvard JD (magna cum laude) and a Syracuse University Law JD. Since when do we want leaders who are like us? I want my leaders to be SMARTER then me…more educated…more worldly. We had 8 years of a guy we could have a beer with…I need someone who will run my country well.

    Keep up the blogs…they are great and they are restoring my faith in the south!

    Taylor from NYC

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  86. Helen, Helen, Helen.

    You are an astute old broad! It takes one to know one. I am 79. We have been around the block enough times to spot bullshit almost instantaneously. There is plenty of it flying around!!!

    Don’t pay any attention to your detractors. Some people have open and alert minds. Others have a narrow perspective and feel that their teensy-weensy little speck on the map is the center of the universe.

    I would invite them to visit my web site, but I doubt if they could comprehend much of it. You see, I use four letter words, but I also use four syllable words that are probably over the heads of the ‘all-brawn-and-no-brains’ types.

    Carry on! I’ll come visit your blog from time to time.

    Your admirer and new friend,

    Jean

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  87. LOL richard!!! Governor Gump 🙂

    mama always says……..

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  88. great blog! have no fear, we ARE calling bullshit on mcsame and governor gump!

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  89. By far the best, most succinct view of this election pageant and why we should vote for Obama. hs

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  90. 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!!!

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  91. […] clipped from margaretandhelen.wordpress.com […]

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  92. Miss Helen,

    I would just like to say, as a 33 year old woman, I hope to be just like you when I grow up.

    I mean that most respectfully. Thank you so much for your blog! I love it.

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  93. Well I’m almost 49, so you can’t be my grandma, but I could adopt you as my mom! You are awesome! I hope I’m as sharp as you 35 years from now! And thanks for destroying the stereotype that all seniors are conservative. My actual parents are right there with ya!

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  94. Miss Helen,
    I’m reading your blog backwards from the “Palin is a Bitch” post (my absolute favorite thing all day) and all I can do is beg you to be my new nana, and encourage one of your better-connected readers to get you a book deal. You ROCK!!!!

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  95. For those of you looking for her in the phone book or wondering if she is real, check out the comment from Mike Flynn on the About page. They took Santa Clause from us but they can’t take Helen. I choose to believe.

    And I call BULLSHIT on Palin/McCain.

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  96. What a wordsmith you are Helen! you put all my thoughts about Sarah and the “dumbing down of America” in a clear and readable format. I am in my 60’s and this is the scariest election even worse than Nixon.
    WRITE ON!!!!!!!!

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  97. The best thing McCain did for our country was to ignore any number of qualified contenders and pick Palin as his running mate. That was the kiss of death for his candidacy.

    Stick a fork in ‘em—Grampie and Moose Girl are done.

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  98. I am going to have to read all of your blogs now! Well said.

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  99. By the time I scrolled to the bottom there were so many good comments I forgot what I read, and i’m only 73. I’m Margaret and I had a friend Helen who moved away and I’ve lost contact now. One of the greatest thing about getting older is that we can say what we want without being too harshly criticized. People thing we’re senile. That’s ok. I think McCain is an idiot, maybe suffering dementia praecox. and Palin certainly does not speak my language as I keep hearing on the tv. I think she’s about the scariest thing I ever heard of as if Halloween started in Alaska. I keep waiting for someone to yell April fool!
    Something that blows my mind personally is that I grew up in a very conservative family, almost Birchers, and my brothers still are that way. I got over it and I’m thankful.
    Keep on with your great blog. A friend just forwarded it to me and I can think of at least one more person who will enjoy .( gmwgs stands for “grandma wears green shoes”)

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  100. Helen, you are a great blogger. My mom, who is 90, thinks just like you! Great to know you all raised progressive feminists who believe in choice! Just hope the ‘bitch’ doesn’t get voted in. It will be a black day for America!

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  101. Oh, if only my father had married you instead of that bitch Republican…sigh…

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  102. You have put such a SMILE on my face. I cannot stop laughing. You are ON-THE-MONEY! Bless you! Must read you everyday!!!!!!

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  103. Helen.

    Thank you for such an honest post and the pie/Jenny Craig analogy. I do hope that people that are swayed be McCain’s words take stock in your simple, tell it like it is blog entry. I hope your post inspires more sharing, and cross posting.

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  104. Marry Me Helen!

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  105. Cheers and accolades! Bravo!

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  106. Awesome blog!!!! Finally–an American with BACKBONE!

    Have you thought about running for federal office?

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  107. Helen,

    Your blog makes me think of my favorite opinionator Mollie Ivins. I’d say that it was something in the Texas water except that most of your whole state is about as red as they come.

    You have a wonderful, authentic writing voice. I hope you find the time to keep commenting on this election and beyond.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Navyblueandgold, thank you for your enlightened defense of free speech, old ladies, and civil discourse.

    ExTxMarine, it is your right to hold and to speak about any opinion you please. If you like swallowing rightist Pablum from Fox “News” and ‘The Gospel According To Rush’ that’s fine, but perhaps you’d better serve your obvious passion for this country if you’d consider it your duty to seek out independent sources of corroborating facts before drawing your conclusions.

    You’ll find that McCain has stronger, more recent and more disturbing terrorist (and other criminal) associations than Obama, but it seems quite likely that neither of them is in a Sleeper Cell.

    America clearly has bigger things to worry about. Maybe, McCains proposed SOCIALIST $300B buyout of mortgages is a good place to start?

    Rather than ranting about “liberals” or “socialists” or whatever, how about trying to pull on the rope with the rest of us?

    Or, you can just pull that tinfoil hat firmly down around your ears and go do ya some REAL terrorist huntin’, and good luck with that.

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  108. Ma’am, you have my respect and admiration.

    Thanks for calling “bullshit” on this one.

    and in response to Anonymous on October 9, 2008
    at 12:42 pm

    Bullshit!

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  109. […] Angry, pissed off Republicans On occassion I have the opportunity to read the blogs of other WordPress bloggers.  Today I stumbled upon one of the most refreshingly, funny blogs: https://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/maverick-my-ass/ […]

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  110. See John and Sarah lie – while you laugh!

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  111. I continue to be surprised at the vituperative tone of some of these comments. If you have blogs do you behave this way to people who comment on your sites?

    I served this country for twenty years and recall my oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Since the constitution grants us the right to express our opinions you all have the right to express it. Granted Helen is somewhat forthright and candid in her opinion (which I applaud) but I do not see the need for such personal attacks on Helen to make your counterpoint. Just state your objections without being objectionable.

    Resorting to nitpicking misspelled words (which are most likely typos ) or imperfect grammar in an attempt to embarrass and detract from Helen’s views does nothing to support your own views. It simply makes you seem petty and small.

    If you wish to make your case for your points of view I suggest a more powerful approach is to write your own posts in your own blogs. I am fairly certain that most of us left leaners will simply pass you by.

    Helen, I welcome your thoughts on other topics.

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  112. This is hysterical, Helen!! You and Margaret must be just overwhelmed by the response your “little blog” has gotten, but you know (NOT ya’ knew), it is not surprising. You are witty, articulate, and knowledgeable. Don’t we wish palin was as well?

    You go girlfriend!! from a youngster of 59.

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  113. Helen,

    You Rock!!! You just made my day.

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  114. Ah, Helen…you’re the greatest! I enjoyed this post so much. Thanks for being a breath of fresh air.

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  115. You Tell ’em HELEN. God love ya’

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  116. Sorry that was write not right.

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  117. Hilarious. I love the John McCain comment. So much exactly like something George Bush would right.
    You go Helen. You rock!

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  118. […] and their usefulness.  I was reading a blog by Helen Philpot, an 85-year-old woman   https://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/maverick-my-ass/   .  She said that John McCain is essentially too old to run the country and he should move out […]

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  119. Well, dear senior citizen – I think you really should visit Guantanamo. As president I will see to it that you get a free ride. One way.
    But before that happens you still should vote for me.

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  120. My mom is 78 and has the exact same views as you! The older generation can teach us a thing or two. Rock on!

    To ExTxMarine: Yesterday the the Vets from Afganistan and Iraq graded the candidates. McCain got a “D” and Obama got a “B”. This comes from your fellow soldiers. Do you think that they would give him a better grade if he had
    questionable ties?

    The right wing has been spinning this for days due to the fact that their campaign is tanking, so that people exactly like you will question Obama. It is not working because it is NOT TRUE.

    Please become more educated.

    Diana

    PS. I make killer blackberry pie!

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  121. I was reading your blog while I was in line to early vote. You are giving me hope for a better America. I will send you a pie, when Obama wins.

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  122. You rock sister!! : ) (and I don’t usually call anyone “sister”…: )

    I completely agree with what you said about Palin. She is an ignorant, arrogant, too-stupid-to-know or too-mean-to-care she is in way over her head bimbo.

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  123. Ms. Helen,

    You are a pistol!!!! What else can I say. I too am an instant fan. Keep telling us “how it is” with that same no nonsense approach. Thank you.

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  124. I have to agree, this is a hilarious blog. Just absolutely hilarious!

    Unfortunately, I do not believe any one on this site that agrees with Senator Obama will be laughing this much when you are broke, out of a job and waiting for your government check to arrive – but to no avail!

    As a former Marine, I could not vote for President Bush a second time (since he too is a socialist), but I could not vote for Senator Kerry – he is a traitor! Any man that lies about combat veterans to better his chances of being elected is a traitor!

    But at this point, I would vote for Senator Kerry before I could even consider voting for Senator Obama. His lack of experience, his extremely liberal views, his socialist indoctrination with Ayers and so many more issues that the media refuses to take a true interest in investigating or reporting makes this man unfit to be Commander in Chief! Senator Obama is MORE unfit than a traitor!

    Good Bless America, because we are going to need all the blessings and prayers we can muster if this man is elected!

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  125. You are all sorts of awesome. I miss my grandma terribly and wish you could be mine!

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  126. You are an inspiration. Seriously. ❤

    I was going to say something intelligent, but I figure it’s already been said. And I got distracted by the pie.

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  127. I’m sorry some people are rude to you. They can’t stand to hear someone say something they disagree with and think it’s patriotic to try and shut them up. Which is funny in a sad way, or vice versa.

    So glad I discovered your blog. You are one of my new heroines. Keep on speaking your truth and I hope you get to celebrate in November.

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  128. Truth to power, Miss Helen! Love your blog!

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  129. First off, this is one hilarious blog. I agree with much of what you wrote.

    That said, I find it funny that there is no telephone listing — not even a private number — for a Harold or Helen Philpot anywhere in Texas.

    The writings sure are a hoot but I have to call bullshit.

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  130. It would go a long towards helping his campaign if McCain would come out in favor of the FairTax!

    http://mattshultz.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/the-fair-tax-is-the-answer/

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  131. You are my favorite political blogger so far and I applaud you for calling bullshit when you see it. I am a journalism major and all I keep seeing are supposedly intelligent journalist saying that Sarah Palin is going to do a good job in the White House and John McCain is going to bring real change. Maybe I’m still wet behind the ears being all of 23 But what the hell people! I feel the need to remind these supporters that they are supporting a woman who had to go to FIVE different schools to get a BA in journalism, which by the way is freaking blasphem and I was really thinking about quitting after I heard that, and McCain was 5th from the bottom of his graduating class in the naval academy. All I have to say is WTF!!! We have a C student in the White House right now and we see what a bang up job he’s done in the last 8 years and now your trying to elect father time and his nursemaid into the office as well. Please people for the sake of my genereation and generation to come don’t let anymore idiots be responsible for the well being of our country. We need some new blood in the White House to shake things up a bit and having McCain and Palin in the office is not the way to do it.
    Oh and before I go I have to talk directly to my fellow women out there in cyber space: Please honestly listen to what Palin is saying and what she doesn’t say. She is setting the women’s movement so far back it practically 1812 already. That fact that any woman hockey mom or the corporate business woman can sit there and say that they support a woman that does not support a woman’s right to choose is not only scary i think you might want to make sure you have the right equipment to say your a woman in the first place. If we won’t stand for a man telling us what we can and can not do with our bodies why should be support one of our own telling us the same thing. Think about ladies.

    Helen you are wonderful and keep telling it like it is so maybe one person that is a McCain/Palin supporter will come out of the dark ages

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  132. Helen,
    My sister sent me a link to your blog. I must say I concur with everything I read. On another different subject—you or your spouse is a Philpot, correct?
    From Georgia, correct? Where in Ga.? My Philpot descendants were from the Buchanan area. My mom and dad would have loved you. I’ve been to too many Jefferson and Jackson dinners. I’ve lived in the fringes of politics all my life. I’ve moved all over the South, from North Alabama, with a stop in Mississippi to New Orleans, to Tennessee and Kentucky, Alabama (again), Virginia and back to the Magnolia State. So I’ve seen the effects of trickle down economics in many places, it does not work. My mom and dad were buried with their Yellow Dog pins. My sisters and I are described that way also.
    Bring back FDR, Lyndon, and Jack!

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  133. bless you, bless you, bless you

    Juanita at Kiss My Big Blue Butt sent me
    over and I am forever grateful.

    You GO GIRL….

    I look forward to coming back to visit you are
    outstanding.

    🙂

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  134. HELEN FOR PRESIDENT!

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  135. “Now we get to sit back and enjoy our pie while someone else worries about the calories.”

    Good luck doing this with Obama’s plan.

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  136. You are terrific Helen. You will have plenty of things to do while Harold watches his shows with all these responses. Margaret will get over it. She is nuts if she votes for McCain.

    Thank you so much for the laughs.

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  137. I loved your writing. I loved you. Both McCain and Palin are pathetic too unfit for anything! Some one like you is needed to open up the eyes over what the media say!

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  138. Helen, you’re simply terrific!

    You’ve come on the scene at just the right time, giving voice to the kind of common sense that smart women from Texas have long been known for. I’m certain that somewhere, Molly Ivins and Ann Richards are smiling.

    Ignore the trolls (tell your grandson to keep after them), enjoy your pie, give Harold a big hug from all of us out here on the internets and, most important, keep telling the truth because it’s giving ’em hell!

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  139. Is the Roundabout faster then the Jazzyselect scooter? You two should race and find out.

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  140. Amen, sister! I sang your praises in my blog today: http://lakezigzag.wordpress.com/

    I will put your blog on my list of favorites; thanks so much for your great writing. Keep it up!

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  141. I love it!!! This was great.

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  142. I’m 38 and I love your blog. Please, please keep it up!

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  143. Thank goodness somebody forwarded your link to me — and now I’ll forward it to other good people. Can’t ask you to be my Gramma but sure wish I lived closer so I could stop by and see if we might become friends. Thank you for being you!!!

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  144. I absolutely love you

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  145. LOL – thanks Andrea!

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  146. Helen thanks so much for sharing your thoughts will the rest of us. Your insights are priceless.

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  147. I just love you Margaret!!! You are right on with your comments. I am 31 and could not in a million years write the way you do. You are not just an old, fat lady; you are one smart, wise woman who has a knack for writting the truth. Bless you!

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  148. Gosh donnit, Helen! Tim Russert would be proud!!

    My close friend in Philly sent me your blog (God love her!!). I happily join the ranks as a new fan! Leave the turkey in the oven on low and a key under the mat for the kinfolk – I want you and Harold at my house in Austin for Turkey Day!

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  149. This is Governor Sarah Palin responding to the smart-aleck comments made by an old “lady”.

    First of all, being mayor of Wasilla, Alaska was not an easy job (like being a Chicago Community Organizer). I had to lobby for, and get, a traffic light for our one intersection (Glacier St. and Caribou Ave.) It has saved lives. Once, we had a collision between two dogsleds driven by wild teenagers who were mushing too fast. Traffic is now being controlled by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. His blinking, red nose alerts drivers to the danger of speeding dogsleds. Does this kind of thing count for executive experience? You betcha (wink, wink).
    OK, I actually voted FOR the “Bridge to Nowhere”, but so many people said they lived in Nowhere, Alaska that I thought it was a real place and needed a bridge for all those people.
    We have a very close-knit community here in Wasilla. Because of thoughtful in-breeding, we are all family here.
    Being so close to Russia gives me a foreign policy perspective advantage. Yes, I did wonder why we had our state of Georgia all the way up here.
    We also have first rate skools here. When I was in skool, I won 2 speling bees. I was disqualified because I called the moderator a very bad curse. You could say that I go 2 Bees and a MF.
    My husband also went to skool here. Although he still thinks that manual labor is a Mexican and asphalt is rectum trouble.
    But I digest, I just want to let you all know that the Palin – Makane ticket is the one you should vote for. You don’t have to vote for no ni, I mean, man of color.
    Do I think I’m up to the job? You betcha!!!!

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  150. Helen, thanks for expressing what we are all feeling….. so truthfully. The debate was a snoozer, no doubt about it.
    I agree with you, it’s time to let the younger generation get in there and try to set a few things right. If they screw it up – we can always vote them out in 4 yrs!!

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  151. I agree with Barb you sound like a lot of New Yorkers. Your blogs are amazingly truthful. I wish the candidates would listen to you. They might actually learn something.

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  152. Helen, are you sure you’re not from NY? You’re more straight-forward then any of us could ever be!!!!! And NY LOVES THAT AND YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  153. HELEN!!!!!!

    LOOK AT THE RESPONSE YOUR BLOG IS GETTING!!!! PEOPLE CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT YOU! I LOVE IT! EVERYBODY KEEP IGNORING THE IGNORANTS (AHEM CALLI? EVIL C? JOHN?) AND KEEP UP THE POSITIVE ENERGY! PEOPLE LIKE THEM ARE AFTER ONE THING…ATTENTION! AND THEY’RE NOT GETTING IT! WE NEED TO ALL JUST KEEP SCROLLING WHEN THEIR COMMENTS COME UP AND KEEP IGNORING THEM! JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL! OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  154. Molly, this is not the appropriate way to talk about a senior citizen. God will punish you. Not even my VP Sarah Palin says things like you did.
    Shame on you!
    However, don’t forget to vote for me.

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  155. Helen is the shit. Yep, I said it, Darn right you betcha, & I’m not taking it back. 😉

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  156. Helen- Thanks for blogging! You are a phenomenal and funny writer, and I couldn’t agree with you more. Ignore the negative commenters, as you clearly have hundreds of loyal fans. Keep up the good work!

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  157. Helen,
    I think I speak for everyone from my generation. I love you. I want you to be my grandma. I don’t think anyone could have said it better. Keep what doing what your doing, Harold can watch his shows, I’ll keep reading you.

    Jerame Clough
    -Next Gen Politics

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  158. I see why all the flim flam artists pick on senior citizens. Your comments show you would be a great victim.

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  159. Thank you, Helen! Thank you, thank you.
    I couldn’t agree more!

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  160. If you want to understand the astrological details around Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin, check out http://www.robertphoenix.com

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  161. My dear Ms. Helen,
    I am not much younger than you and most people our age are conservative and close minded. I love the fact that you are whom you are and you say what is on your mind, and what a great mind that is
    Keep writing, please!!!
    much love
    Gladys

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  162. Wow! Ms. Helen, I found your blog quite by accident, but so glad that I did. Please keep posting! I will be back to read and read and read. Your opinion is refreshing and you are outspoken like nobody’s business!

    Thank you for sharing you with us!

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  163. You Go Girl!!! Thank you for writing what so many are thinking (but sometimes just can’t think of the way to say it.) I will be “borrowing” your pie explanation…. LOVE IT!!!
    You keep writing, we’ll keep reading!

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  164. I love apple pie. And I love you for all the inspiration you bring to the world! Please keep it up. This is the only blog I’ve tuned in to and will continue to visit often!

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  165. Oh Helen, I hope that I am like you when I grow up. You are such an inspiration. Please keep telling it how it is.

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  166. Ma’am, you have my deepest respect and admiration. I’ll be checking in regularly from now on.

    Thanks for calling “bullshit” on this one.

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  167. Helen, did you see this?

    I agree TOTALLY with this guy:

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/that-one.html

    ***
    No Press Conference For Palin Before The Election

    “It seems to me that in the absence of a real press conference, the networks and cable news networks should simply cease broadcasting her speeches live and demand of every Republican guest that they explain this descent into anti-democratic territory. Bush and Cheney despise the press and despise the constitutional balances that restrict their dictatorial impulses. They don’t recognize the rule of law as an impediment to the exercise of their power and they don’t acknowledge any democratic input, apart from a single ‘accountability moment’ every four years. And now they want to prevent the public’s ability through the press to ask the toughest questions and toughest follow-ups even during that one ‘accountability moment’.

    “This is how Putin behaves. It is anti-American. It has never been tried in modern times before. It is a chilling attack on an open society and the accountability of its leaders to the people they serve. The press has a duty to stand up against it – and to care more about the process than its own precious reputation in the mouths of Hannity, Steyn, Palin and the rest of them.”

    ***
    What an asinine, arrogant and dangerous precedent this sets with the “Palin-McCain” ticket.

    Let the Republicans continue to hide Palin from serious interviews that address accountability for the filth she spews, and see just how pissed off “we, the people” will be by the time Judgment Day, Nov. 4th, rolls around!!!

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  168. I stand for real change. Not like That One who is just fooling you all with his elitist terrorist friend.
    I don’t know George W. Bush and I never voted for his bills.
    Don’t let yourselves fool anymore by That One and vote for America.
    Vote for me!

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  169. I have found a new place to read and enjoy!

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  170. OMG I needed that this morning Helen! Thank you for being you, it’s refreshing. Forwarding you around the world lady!

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  171. At 82 you seem to have more life, spunk, and logic than millions of Americans who assume change is voting for the same old thing!

    Keep it up!

    .ds
    http://www.dsalcedo.wordpress.com

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  172. Another excellent post, Helen. Or should I say “my friend”? I was getting so tired of hearing him say that, too! I call bullshit! 🙂

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  173. nice perspective.

    stop by anytime.. http://wordpress.sonofbillbrasky.com

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  174. Thanks for the smile on my face ~ am sending out your blog to everyone I know.

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  175. […] October 9, 2008 in John McCain, Presidential Race, politics | Tags: Helen Philpot, Sarah Palin if you haven’t checked out Helen Philpot’s blog posts, you need to right now. she’s an 82 year-old woman from Texas who spends her time calling bullshit on John McCain and Sarah Palin. here’s a sample from her last post, called Maverick my ass!: […]

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  176. Thank you for this….too funny!!!!

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  177. Helen,

    A True Texas Treasure is what you are.

    Let Harold watch the tv or sleep. You keep blogging.

    This one, is supporting “That One.”

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  178. I feel you all the way from Kenya. This was a great read. Keep em coming.

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  179. The next generation are my grandchildren. I am in the right age to lead America. I am white and experienced. The American people want me as president. So stop picking at me.
    Don’t you have one on That One?

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  180. keep it coming!
    there’s not nearly enough bare bones commentary out there.
    speak your mind~! it ain’t illegal yet. 😉
    thanks~!!!
    c

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  181. Only a year ago I really really liked McCain.
    But in that debate he sounded raspy and just altogether frightening. The “my friends” only served to deliver unto him an infinitely insidious demeanor.

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  182. I am 57 years old and learned to swear from my mother who was born in 1916. She is now dead but like Helen, she had a first class crap detector installed at the factory.

    I remember seeing her washing dishes at the kitchen sink, listening to the radio – when the name “Nixon” was spoken, she turned purple and became unable to speak words.

    Later on, it was the same when she heard “Reagan.” When words returned to her, she swore and said she was so sorry her generation had left the world in such a terrible state for us.

    I am going to be saying the same soon enough.

    Long live swearing.

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  183. Hi Helen, I really admire you for starting your great blog site. I’m 75 years young and having a blast surfing around on the internet – it’s a long way from the family sitting around the old radio, listening to the news and the old time shows. I’m so impressed by the young folks who appreciate your candid and wise comments. But, I must admit that I don’t know why they are so surprised that the “elderly” can recognise bullshit when they hear it. We’ve been doing that for a lot of years. We have a treasure chest full of smarts. We grew up learning that if we wanted something, we saved our money until we could afford to buy it. Often, after we had the money, we decided that we really didn’t need to spend it and decided to save for a rainy day, instead. We didn’t worry about the brand name printed on our purses – we were proud of the money that was in it. With our economy in the toilet right now, give the “kids” some of your advice on how to survive tough times. Keep up your typin’, honey – and – also, I’ll be checkin’ on ya – you betcha!

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  184. I just wish McInSane would shut his pie-hole

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  185. “You’re beginning to look like an ass and your answers sound like a cross between Barnie Fife and Floyd the Barber.”

    LOLOLOL!!!!

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  186. […] My Favorite New Blog I finally found it. The fountain of youth takes on the straight talk express. Nothin quite like a feisty 82 years young Texan. […]

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  187. hurray!! you are really funny, I believe it was a pig with lipstick, not the old dog and new tricks (though if you put both of them together you will have the GOP ticket alright). Although, Obama did not call Palin “Pig with lipstick”, GOP recognized immediately that one of their candidate was best suited for that title..:) it was one of those “aha” moments for GOP…hopefully this one sticks for a while. keep on writing we love u.

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  188. I’ve finally found it. The fountain of youth meets the real straight talk express.

    Love ya Helen

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  189. Hello Helen. I’m your newest fan! What a refreshing blog.

    I think you could teach the self-proclaimed “Maverick” a thing or two about “Straight Talk.”

    You go gurl! Keep “keeping it real!”

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  190. I SO want to be like you when I grow up! Wait – I’m grown up! Thanks Helen – keep on blogging – your comments are clear and fantastically on point – perhaps Gov. Palin could take a clue from your straightforward answers and figure out how to answer a question!

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  191. Not only are you hilarious but you make some great points! I wish more people from your generation embraced change the way that you do

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  192. Helen, thank you for speaking your mind. I’m glad to see so many people call bullshit. I sure hope my generation can handle these reins, but I’m glad to see that there are people in your generation who have faith in mine.

    Quixymama, if the situation demands it, can I get in on this tropical island plan?

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

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  194. I look forward to being a rockstar like you when I’m 82. Keep up the good work!

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  195. Helen, you rock. You give me hope that your generation can, and will, realize it’s time for a change. If only McCain can embrace it with the same grace you exhibit.

    And, if all else fails, I cordially invite you and Harold to come watch his shows and blog from the shores of a balmy tropical island where we’ll make up our own economy based on blended adult beverages and coconuts.

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  196. You go girl! You are right on spot with this idiot and his next wife candidate. They both need to sit down and shut up and this country might do better for it.

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  197. Wow! You are a genius with words & what clarity of thought!

    I think I found my SOULMATE GRANNY, if you consent to be, that is!

    Take care

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  198. Love Margaret too!!!!

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  199. Helen. You are a national treasure. I forwarded your blog to about a dozen people but only after I stopped laughing. You go girl.

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  200. Helen, will you please add me to your growing list of new grandchildren? I emailed your blog to my mom, sister, my 4th grade teacher from 1974, and several good friends. I think we all aspire to be just like you when we grow up: a smart, feisty lady who isn’t afraid to speak her amazing mind!

    You’re my new hero. =)

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  201. Word.

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  202. I came across your blog and I have to say you are a delight to read. Thank you so much for so articularly stating what many of us are thinking, this stuff is gold!!

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  203. Me Too!

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  204. To Hi (and mighty, apparently),

    Although all of your words are spelled correctly, your grammar is incorrect. Never end a sentence with a preposition.
    Judge not, lest you be judged.

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  205. Helen, you are so funny…but, Margaret is an absolute HOOT!!!!

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  206. Astute observations, indeed. Your eyesight is still as keen as your candor.

    Keep rocking as you are rolling, ladies.

    I thought you might enjoy a little Shakespearean satire. Something I like to call…

    The Tragedy of MacCain
    http://thetruthburns.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/the-tragedy-of-maccain/

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  207. @ Soul Sister, who said “That was discusting due to McCain is an older and to be a more educated-refinded person?Ha!”

    McCain is NOT more educated than Obama!! He has only an undergraduate degree (Obama has a law degree from Harvard) McCain graduated 5th from the BOTTOM of his class.

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  208. Wait, you guys have been friends 60 years??????? This is awesome… how did you get about to doing this?

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  209. Greetings from California and Thank You for speaking your mind. So many people could learn from you. Please keep posting and enjoy your pie with Margaret and Harold.

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  210. Well said, Helen 🙂 You go, girl!

    Peace and Many Blessings!

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  211. Great work Helen, You are the best!

    Could you imagine the crap that would fly if Obama’s kids were pregnant, or if Obama had gone to 6 colleges to get a college degree? If Biden had made the speeches Palin made, we would not hear the end of it.

    Double Standard- The Republican way!

    Vote Obama/Biden!

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  212. Ma’am, a fellow librarian pointed me to your blog, and I have enjoyed reading the last three posts.

    I will be reading more of them. Please keep writing.

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  213. The debate sucked! Both were acting like little kids fingerpointing and not answering questions. I read the only difference is that unlike Palin, these two know how to BS so you have to really listen to them to know that.

    Even Brokaw looked more presidential than both.

    This is when I hate and miss there is not a third party.

    But either way I’m voting for the less of two evils or for change. I like Obama but he is not all that. I have lost all respect towards McCain and I despise and Palin scares the shit out of me.

    So everyone please vote come Nov 4th if you haven’t voted. This election is way too important for the situation our country finds itself in.

    My wife totally agrees about the ‘my friends’

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  214. If I lived any closer, I’d bring you a pie! Thanks so much for being so candid. I hope in this election, people realize that you can never pre-judge any one – not by race, not by sex and certainly not by age! John McCain might have left his best years behind him, but you have not. Thanks again, S

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  215. Helen you are an inspiration and hysterical and right on!

    I want to be just like you when I grow up. I’m 55 now so I have some time to perfect my style.

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  216. You are a true inspiration. I look forward to reading your next entries! 🙂

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  217. Helen, I hope when I am 82 (almost 83) that I will still see as clearly as you do past the bs – and can comment on it with as much wit and humor as you do. God Bless you! (Jesus was a community organizer – Pontius Pilate was a governor – author unknown but I like it!)
    Madolynn

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  218. Helen, bless you! I just starting a blog and not believing that there are any mistaken meetings in life, I take reading yours first as a sign from the Almighty that “this is what you should aspire to my son!” is what the big guy is saying. Absolutely beautiful! As Swartzenegga (whatever!) would say, “I’ll be back!”

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  219. Helen, I wanted to share this with you. Hope you get a giggle out of it, too.

    I was reading comments at http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-108454 just now, where some nimrod claimed: “Mr. Obama is not qualified to become president-because of his ties to leftist, criminals, and foreign governments not liked by our nation. I am afraid he will turn the nation over to the muslins, terrorists, and the Taliban, before we can catch him…”

    I hooted and hollered reading a follow-up to that, referencing the earlier comment: “Obama’s going to turn the nation over to the “muslins?” Good God, is he also in league with the cottons, the worsted wools and the polyesters? Or maybe those crazy left-wing Linenists? Where will this vast textile conspiracy end?! The horror, the horror!!!!!”

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  220. Dear Margaret: I have truely enjoyed your comments.Yes, I agree.McCain and his pony-possey should be put out to pasture and graze on the only green this country knows at this time.As for his people skills,He HAs NONE!Did you see how many times he has disrespected Mr.Obama?That was discusting due to McCain is an older and to be a more educated-refinded person?Ha!I am proud of Mr.Obama and his family.They show true class and feel more in-touch with us.Love ya

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  221. Dear Margaret: I have truely enjoyed your comments.Yes, I agree.McCain and his pony-possey should be put out to pasture and graze on the only green this country knows at this time.As for his people skills,He HAs NONE!Did you see how many times he has disrespected Mr.Obama?That was discusting due to McCain is an older and to be a more educated-refinded person?Ha!I am proud of Mr.Obama and his family.They show true class and feel more in-touch with us.Love ya

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  222. […] It would appear so. Everyone from Reuters, to MSNBC, to CNN, to Fox News, to the local paper, to older generation people bloggin’, has conceded that Obama won the debate because McCain was lost. Even before the […]

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  223. You are a remarkable woman, Helen. I love reading your posts…they are witty and a little wicked and oh so true. Heck, you’re better pick-me-up than pie a la mode! keep it up…

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  224. You are too fun! I’m going to have to keep up with your blog.

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  225. another good read, sugar! we need to all speak out loud and clear…obama/biden ’08!

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  226. Hey Mike, do you have a brain? Do you think you might be able to use it to think for yourself and do a little research on snopes or politicalticker or are you just going to continue to goose step along with your leaders Limbaugh and Liddy?
    Most of what McCain says is bullshit and if you can comprehend anything Palin says it’s mostly bullshit too.
    Sorry to break the news to you pal but it’s time for you to wtfu.

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  227. Helen, you are fabulous!! I’m so glad I found your blog!

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  228. I think that this is wonderful, I agree with you completely Helen! I also believe that if you are going to make comments with such a strong meaning and strong opinions behind them (Evil-c), then you should probably learn to spell and possibly have a greater knowledge of the topics you are speaking of. Just an opinion, but if you notice all of my words are spelled properly.

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  229. Dearest Margaret and Helen,

    You have several new fans. Bravo! I discovered your blog yesterday and sent it on to my boyfriend, who enjoyed your writings as much as I did. He then passed the link to your blog to others. Today he received an email response to your writings that irritated him so much he had to respond. If you ladies have the time, I think you will enjoy his response defending you. Please enjoy at http://cactuseyedjoepolitics.blogspot.com/
    Thank you for your time and keep up the good work!

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  230. That might’ve made my day! Thanks Helen 🙂

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  231. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I know I’m shouting, but I had to after reading that excellent post.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to quote you and link back here. You’re much too bright to not be heard.

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  232. Mike, if Helen is at the front of the line of asses, she is most certainly FACING YOUR BACK!!!

    Let’s see if you can figure that out….

    Second, if you want to see “crotchety”, try looking it up in the dictionary and you will find a full length picture of John McCain.

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  233. @Pat: “I want our next president to be measured in his responses. I want him to carefully make decisions and call in the best experts he can to help him make the right decisions. I want him to be intellectual, and not from the bottom of his graduating class. I want him to be good at taking in what is going on in the lives of others, whatever their ideologies.”

    STANDING UP AND APPLAUDING!!!

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  234. You go girl!

    I agree with Scottie above – we need to get you on TV to put some sense into some of these folks. I can’t believe I still hear that people like Obama’s ideas, but are “afraid” of him. Huh?

    Love your blog!

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  235. Do you have room in your family for a new Grandchild? Because I would totally adopt you as my Grandma! We need to get you on CNN for an interview. 🙂

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  236. Helen, you are a pistol and my new heroine! Much love to you!

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  237. Wow, talk about a horse’s ass. Stand up and take a bow. You move right to the front, in terms of asses.

    You do not make one iota of sense. There is no logic in your opinions. Instead they are filled with emotional rants. Plus, you seem completely uninformed.

    Given that you admit you are old, I would diagnose you as “crotchety”. That is cranky due to lack of any sensory input – typically a lack of sex for a very long time. I had to resort to touching myself to get through those times of being so alone. It didn’t work.

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  238. Helen, Another well crafted post. Well and truly said. I don’t know if you read many other people’s blogs but there are plenty of bloggers in the over 70 age range.

    You each have much wisdom to share and I hope you will raise your voice to more issues. I think you will find at many other blogs out here that most people tend to exercise some restraint and courtesy when making comments.

    It is easy to be rude and mean when you write or comment anonymously. Raising your voice and speaking your mind with your name tacked on shows the type of strength earned by your generation who know what sacrifice is about.

    Thanks again and much positive energy to you.

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  239. Sing it to me, sister.

    I loved loved loved your post.

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  240. I enjoyed this. I’m going to forward this to my grandmother because you put her thoughts into straight to the point – thought punching words.

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  241. OH MY GOD! YOU’RE AMAZING HELEN! HAHA this was hilarious to read! i am glad that you are speaking your mind to us. Not only is it funny, but you have a lot of great points. I am a senior in high school and we are having a lot of interesting conversations about the debates and election. Im not old enough to vote but if i could it would be OBAMA ALL THE WAY BABY! i am pretty sure for every 40 people that wish to vote for Obama, there are about 3 that like McCain. And I am deffinatly loving your point that it needs to be passed to the next generation! I love love love the past generations and they’re opinions, but we need someone to lead this country who is this generation with the ideas of all generations!

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  242. Helen, please don’t ever stop writing….. I won’t be able to survive the next month without you!! I can’t stop reading, and look forward to new posts from you every day. Your thoughts are uplifitng- just what we need.
    THANK YOU

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  243. This is our fault. Romney or Rudy were the ones. Not this piece of crap.

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  244. […] News Tags: blah blah blah…, pigs in lipstick, politic ish I’m so glad I’m not alone in my opinion on this. […]

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  245. Bravo!!! You said that so well! But why do I want a piece of pie now? LOL.

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  246. You have said this so well!!! For your generation, you are inspirational.

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  247. Well stated. You are an inspiration to many others out there. I have definitely bookmarked your blog. Keep telling it like it is.

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  248. What a great thing to come across. Amazing that I didn’t hear of you earlier. You are a great new voice out here. Love it!

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  249. Helen, you are a pip! You’re right on, and your writing is just full of personality. Please keep writing!

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  250. i’m a first time reader and i have to say… you’re awesome!

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  251. I found your blog yesterday and I could not agree more. It’s time we let people of my generation (I’m roughly the same age as Obama) have a go at running things. Bush McCain has had his chance and he’s ruined it.

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  252. I just couldn’t wait to see what you had to say today, Helen! Even though you couch your thoughts is humor, it is obvious you are a deep thinker. What a breath of fresh air.

    I have to point out what I saw in last night’s debate. I saw Barack Obama, sitting relaxed and looking at the crowd with a big open smile. I have to admit, that he reminded me of JFK. (I’m 67). He was so comfortable with himself.

    Meanwhile, John McCain, stood there lashing out like a little bantam rooster. I realized, watching him, that he is like a temple of pure rage. He looks like he could just explode out the top of his head and his chest! I know that his injuries have contributed to his stiffness, and I think John has had much in his life that one could be rageful about. I also think he has dished out lots of rage in his day. I don’t want him dishing it out to everyone who disagrees with him at the cost of our military.

    I want our next president to be measured in his responses. I want him to carefully make decisions and call in the best experts he can to help him make the right decisions. I want him to be intellectual, and not from the bottom of his graduating class. I want him to be good at taking in what is going on in the lives of others, whatever their ideologies.

    Last night, after I heard how the country had reacted to this town meeting, I slept like a baby.

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  253. Helen – You remind me so much of my late mother. She died in 1997 and would have been 80 this year. Like you, she was a straight talker and, I’m sure, would have held the same views as you hold.

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  254. I so enjoy your blog. You gals are the best.

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  255. I wish someone would have given some juice to the debate last night and asked McCaine if he is so against earmarks, why did he vote to approve the 700 billion bail out with those ridiculous earmarks attached?

    For people wondering about Palin, simply check out the local newspapers in the State of Alaska. I’ve been a resident in Alaska for the last 36 years. I can only say that Palin will be caught in her own web of lies and deceit. It’s unfortunate that she has not taken an honorable role to further advance women and women in politics.

    Helen, thanks for your thoughts and brass. My 73 year old mother loves your blog and said “right on”

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  256. A friend of mine sent me your blog link at work and I have to say that you had me laughing so hard with your posts on McCain and Palin! My favorite quote from you is “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – even if you put lipstick on it.”

    You’re fantastic!

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  257. Helen, you truly are a gem! Keep on telling it like it is – I do the same on my blog, regardless of what people say. I can only hope that it keeps me as young as you are as I add years to my life.

    I love your commentary on the campaign and you are a wonderful writer. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  258. I wish you were my grandma. I just read your 3 latest posts out loud to my boyfriend and we both love you and your style. I’m adding you to my reader so I can keep up with your posts. Keep ’em coming!!!!

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  259. evil C needs to read:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

    This article is really worth the reading. He is really a sneaky little devil. He has lied & cheated & used his family to work his way up.

    He’s a maverick with rabies…LOL

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  260. Heard about your blog a few days ago and have been reading daily ever since. I’m loving it! Keep it coming…..

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  261. Of course Ricardo – nothing can be changed overnight, but something has to happen to get us in the right direction. I don’t think McCain will do that. I believe Obama is the person we need to lead us in the right direction. He may not be able to change everything right away – but we need to start moving in that direction.

    I’ve told my husband since this campaign started.. “No matter who becomes President they won’t be able to end the war in Iraq. This war was started and has to be finished no matter who takes office and no matter who started it.” Most of us realize this, but something needs to happen now to get us in the direction to end this war sooner rather then later.

    The economy is not going to fix itself overnight either. That’s a big NO SHIT! But again we need to move this country in the right direction so we don’t get dug deeper into this whole. I don’t think McCain can help begin the process of digging us out.

    As for it not being all GW Bush’ fault – I agree – it was the government and the people as a whole. We all brought us here. Some people buying more then they should – or purchasing more expensive houses then they could afford.

    We all caused the economy to go to hell in a hand basket.

    But no matter what happened I know who I want to help the future of this country – OBAMA!! I know McCain won’t be the leader we need to dig us out of this whole. He is too ignorant, bullheaded, and too damned old. I’m sorry but with him as president we are a 74 year old heart attack away from Palin being president – and I sure as hell don’t want that!! I won’t even start with my opinion on that lady…

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  262. You nailed it again!!!

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  263. Hi Helen,

    You crack me up. No one can speak the truth more clearly and bluntly as you do and this is so refreshing. I wished you lived a little closer to california would love to meet you and sit back drink a little Iced tea and talk the talk. Even about your granddaughters gold fish – has she noticed they aren’t alive any more?
    I am sending this whole blog to my partner James i know many more eyes will be treated with what you say. I hope you live another 80 years so you can keep the USA in stitches. Laughing my ass off.

    and its true is the best part.

    Thanks,

    Gregg and James

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  264. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU & BLESS YOU! Keep on doing what you do! I love it!
    This articial sheds some light on McPain

    http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

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  265. I just found this blog, and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait for the next entry, and I pray that one day I’ll be as spunky as you ladies.

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  266. Oh BTW, I’m another Texan for Obama. Be nice if we could take this state too.

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  267. Helen – I am so delighted with your postings, and I can only hope I’m as bright and sparkling and dead-right next week, let alone when I’m 80+!

    Thank you so much. I love you to pieces!

    Sister Mable, San Francisco, CA

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  268. Hey Helen, I love you girl. You tell it like it is, pulling no punches. You’re so refreshing, you should be doing post debate commentaries on the networks. You’re certainly more truthful and entertaining. Keep up the good work, young lady. 😉

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  269. It is sad how deluded we’ve become as a nation. From economics to the war in Iraq, the sad reality is that neither of these men will really change anything. In four years, we’ll be facing down the same longstanding economic issues and we’ll still be in Iraq. We’re still in the Balkans (for over 10 years), still in the Sinai (for over 25 years…). We’ve been losing whole industries for decades, the “American Dream” has become harder and harder to attain… and let’s be intellectually honest, it wasn’t all GW Bush’s fault… it’s been headed that way for decades also. We are working more and enjoying the meager fruits of that labor less and less.

    Despite all the promises and the standard big talk, there is no concrete difference between McCain and Obama. I’m betting that in four years, regardless of who wins this election, the issues will be the same, the economy will still be sputtering, the middle class will continue to struggle, and we’ll still be at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any takers?

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  270. Such a wonderful point of view. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  271. Have to share a website with everyone. I go here after all debates. It’s part of CNN

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/fact-check/

    It actually takes comments made by McCain and Obama about the opposing candidate and checks to see if they are true or not. It’s wonderful. (They discuss some of this after every debate, but I never have time to watch that late – so I check here instead.)

    **Surprisingly the majority of comments McCain makes about Obama are false or misleading, which we all already know, and almost all of Obama’s comments are true about McCain.

    Had to share for those who did not know about the site.

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  272. You tell ’em, Helen!

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  273. This says it all;

    http://beingcanadian.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/being-a-hero-does-not-make-you-a-leader/

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  274. Calli – get over it dear. If you think Helen is a fake then why continue to come back and read what she has to say?

    Evil C – even if Obama happened to be Muslim or Arab that’s not why we’re voting for him. We don’t care about his religion or ethnicity – we care about what he believes in. We care about what we believe he will bring to the table – and we care about the changes we believe he is going to make. We believe in this country and we know that the only way to get this country back up and running the way it should be is with an intelligent and honest candidate – and that is not McCain!!!

    *sigh*

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  275. Well, I would have to disagree with you about “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, ’cause I did teach an old dog a new trick when I was a child. ‘Course he was my “best friend” at the time!! ha ha

    Enjoyed all your opinions, though!

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  276. Margaret – You Rock!

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  277. Helen, you worded that beautifully. I feel that was exactly on point. I hope my brains are working as well as yours are when I’m 82.

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  278. Oh, Dear Helen, THANK YOU for the cheer up. I blogged today about my despair over our nation. You are a very, very bright spot. Do you need a ride to the polls? I will drive you personally…I don’t know where you are and Texas is a very large state, but, what the hell….gas prices have come down (imagine that!).

    Another Texas for Obama!

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  279. Helen, thanks for another honest and wonderful post.

    I too am calling bullsh*t! Many people are yearning to also be part of a great generation and I feel it’s being kept from us in many ways. As part of the next generation, it is our turn and we must change things. I will do my part by making the right vote next month – For Obama & Biden. I will also continue to teach my kids to be thoughtful and kind, honest and unafraid.

    You enjoy your pie as you have earned it. Leave the footwork to us, Helen, and hopefully we can make the older generations (my parent’s and yours) as well as the future generations (like my kids) proud for what we came together and did to turn this place around and get it back on track.

    PS – tell Harold I said “Hi!”.

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  280. I’m with you about McCain, Helen. I don’t think he’s as much a maverick as he is a loner. Last night, the few people he talked about working with in Washington were Lieberman, who is neither Republican nor Democrat, and maybe a couple of others. Two or three times, he mentioned the same few names. That tells me that McCain does not have many friends now in Washington, and he still won’t have friends AFTER the election when he needs support for his policies. He came across last night as being way out of his league…a very tired, very bitter man with little to say beyond his few “talking points”.

    It is apparent that McCain believes now that the ONLY way he can win the election is to throw mud at Obama so we don’t look too closely at McCain. McCain desperately wants the voters to forget that the economy is in the toilet, and he helped put it there. The country’s financial problems began going to hell-in-a-handbasket with the savings and loan fiasco 20 years ago. He was one of the Keating 5 and was criticized for exercising “poor judgment”. His record since then shows that his judgment hasn’t improved much in the intervening years. No one should forget that McCain has voted WITH Boy George and the rest of the Republicans MOST of the time. They are all cut from the same cloth. And it is tattered, stained, worn out, and needs to be tossed out with the rest of the trash in Washington.

    Helen, you rock. I love your comments. Keep it up, and say “hi” to Harold for us.

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  281. Someone sent me your blog re: Sarah Palin. Finally, someone has the courage to say it and say it oh so well.
    I am 65, can’t afford to retire but called an eastern elite since I live in New York City. Am a social worker so automatically a bleeding heart liberal. Once sat in a room with Bill Ayers so now also palling around with a terrorist. have a son and daughter in law in the Army and lay awake nights worrying about them being separated again.
    Sarah Palin is no feminist, not a patriot and a singularly uninteresting woman. She is intolerant and I’ve rarely seen or heard anyone who takes such pride in her own stupidity.
    Thanks and please keep it up.

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  282. Since Helen is make-believe it might be kind of hard to appear on TV. Of course, he could be like Mrs. Doubtfire. He’d probably like being a drag queeN.

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  283. Helen, you give me hope. Also, you are one kick-ass broad.

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  284. Web site administrator, Isn’t it time to delete Evil-c
    s comment? She missed a few spellings and is not for your site. It’s worse than anything I’ve said against your Obama.

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  285. Helen,

    Love your direct “No Bull shit” style of writing!

    Thank God there is someone who talks sense!

    I am not an American, but would vote for Obama, if I were one!

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  286. I am 71. I want to be like you when I grow up!!

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  287. Thank you.

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  288. Helen: Your writing reminds me of my political muse, Molly Ivins. Keep it up, and thanks!

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  289. Evil-c, seriously? Seriously?

    If so, then I would say that since it’s obviously “okay” to ignore the facts and use your own labels, you’re an ignorant ‘tard. Don’t think it’s true? Too bad – under the rules you’re using, it is.

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  290. You only got one thing right, Evil-c ; your name.

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  291. Let me add senile to the growing list of adverbs before your name. Sure lets put an arab that thinks he’s a black man, a moslem that thinks he’s a christian and an organiser with ties to criminals in the White house. Do I like McCain – no – but thats not the question. The question is do I trust McCain to try to do the right thing, and that’s yes. A mouth peice that associates with criminals my seem exceptable with sufficient perfume but he still stinks eventually.

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  292. Helen, I have sent a suggestion to “The View” that they get you on their show. I hope they contact you and that you will agree to go on. You would be so great on that show. More people need to hear your words of wisdom and straight talking manner!

    Please keep it up and we’ll keep reading!

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  293. Helen, you’re spot on! If only everybody had your logic and attitude. A friend introduced me to your blog today and I’m completely enamored with you already…please keep writing! I love every word!

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  294. Helen, I’ve been reading your blog for the last few days and I have to say enough is enough.
    It’s time for you to leave Palin/McCain alone for a day or two and write a piece about the most influencial of all the right wing nut jobs Rush Limbaugh.
    I’m sure you’d do a great job on it. I suggest calling it Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Lying Blowhard or something to that effect.
    And if you decide to do it please get back to Palin/McCain when you’re done.
    Great stuff Helen. Keep it coming.

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  295. Helen, you ROCK. You set an example for all of us to follow, of whatever age. Don’t you soften up even a white! We love you like you are.

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  296. Yay! New fan here. Keep writing!

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  297. Helen, I wish all the women in my life were as real and intelligent and discerning as you are. If Letterman or Colbert (or all those people) call you, DO IT!!!!! Let your voice be heard, PLEASE! Hugs from Austin, Texas! (next blue state — Obama won the primary caucus here, people, don’t forget!!!!)

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  298. What an awesome blog! Margaret, where are you from in Maine? I’m in Maine too (Topsham).

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  299. You Rock!!

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  300. I love this Blog. One of the best on the Web.

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  301. Helen-

    Thanks for writing this. It cheered me up. And it made me think of my own late grandma – her name was Helen, too. Unfortunately, when she was your age, she was voting for Reagan, because he was “such a nice young man”. (Yup, she said that!)

    It’s nice to hear from folks who keep up with the news, and know how to say their piece. 🙂

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  302. Calli, try checking actual news sources rather than AOL polls. According to most analysts (including two of the four in your link), Obama won.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/08/debate.analysis/index.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/07/debate.reportcard/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

    Even the poll at Fox News shows that Obama won.

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  303. Helen, I place your nomination for Grandmother in Chief. All those boneheads in Washington could learn much from you. I have everyone in my office hooked on you. Hope Harold sleeps a lot so we can get more from you. Keep it up sister!

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  304. The last time I watched a presidential debate was in 1980, when CNN tried to use fledgling technology to insert John Anderson into the debate he’d been excluded from. Since then none of them have been worth watching.

    How sweet it is that we have great correspondents like you to tell it like it is!

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  305. Thank you Helen! Please do keep writing; your thoughts are a brisk breath of fresh air. I’ve linked to you on my Livejournal blog, so you’re going to be tickling the fancies of more people–hope you don’t mind!

    You’re living proof that grace and dignity do go hand-in-hand with being feisty and outspoken. You’re an inspiration!

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  306. Helen, your posts always make my day. Please keep writing! 🙂

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  307. Seriously, where is the sign up for “adopt a granddaughter?” I wish I was as cool as you. . .maybe when I”m in *my* eighties 🙂

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  308. oh, girl, i think i am in love with you! keep it up!

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  309. I wish my grandma Helen was still alive. I love reading your thoughts and agree with much of what you say. God bless you, Helen!

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  310. I want to hug you : )

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  311. Thanks for writing your blog Helen – I’m a 29-year-old woman from London who’s been following the presidential race online for the past few months – but your thoughts are by far and away the most refreshing that I’ve come across.

    Having read some frankly depressing things about the way in which (most of) middle America apparently sees the world, your straight-talking has restored my faith that America might just do the right thing come election day.

    Roll on Nov 4 – and please keep the blog posts coming… You are a star.

    x

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  312. I AM SECRETLY IN LOVE WITH MARGARET

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  313. I agree with you Helen I am not about to debate about who won the debate.
    The real win comes with the White House. A person young or old cannot be against something for 25 years and all of sudden vote for a cause that they never believed just to get into the White House. Obama does have the energy and the excitement and he is still committed to a common sense plan as when he became a Senator.

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  314. Wow. I wish my granny was as cool as you two!!

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  315. I’ve not gotten into the election blogs before now, but Helen, you have me hooked!!

    Again, great comments regarding the debate, I completely agree.

    @Calli – “McCain won on knowledge. The only thing Abomination won was poise and likability. (must have learned that at lawyer school)”

    Aside from your failed and pitiful attempt at humorous yet insightful name-calling, you clearly don’t know anything about “lawyer school”. I’m a lawyer, so let me school you — you don’t learn poise and likability in law school. You either have it or you don’t. Obama just has it. And even though McCain is not nearly as educated, he could also have it. HE JUST DOESN’T.

    Keep it moving….

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  316. Where do you people get your facts? Anderson Cooper? or Obama’s PR firm?

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  317. You go girl. You are so right.

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  318. You are my hero. I don’t want to be you when I’m 82, I want to be you now! Rock on, Helen!

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  319. You rock. Thanks for this.

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  320. Another great post, Helen!

    I agree with you that the debate was a snoozer, but I kept watching. We’re watching history with every moment of this campaign.

    Thank you SO much for bringing up how McCain has been for or against something for years, and now when it suits his purpose, he flip-flops! (To coin that lovely republiCON phrase.)

    I appreciate and enjoy reading your insights, Helen. Thanks for sharing with us again!

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  321. Helen, you are awesome. Keep on blogging!

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  322. Are there ANY Literary Agents out there reading this….We have found your girl! Helen Philpot Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  323. Hi, Helen,
    Nice post — to the point and on the money.
    You’re the best thing out of Texas since Molly Ivins joined the choir invisible.
    Here — have a nice piece of virtual homemade southern pecan pie. It’s delicious. I made it just for you.

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  324. Hi there Helen,

    I came over to your blog from a link on one of the literary agent blogs I follow, and after reading your last few posts, I wanted to say good for you for speaking your mind. And good for you for blogging. I hope that when I’m your age (I’ll be 40 in January), I’m just as feisty and just as on top of things!

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  325. I just love it! You can be my grandma anyday!

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  326. I said to DH… Let’s play MyFriend. A shot of rum for each ‘my friend’ McCain spewed out. Well… we would have died of alcohol poisoning had we done that. Next debate… a slice of some yum Helen pie for each condescending ‘my friend’.

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  327. This is my new favorite BLOG… Granny isnt afraid to tell it like it is… She is my new BFF.

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  328. Dang, Helen, this is the best blog entry I’ve read all year. Keep up the good work! If Jon Stewart invites you to his show, I hope you can make it. We need to show the world there are still Americans out here who have a lick of sense left.

    If you’re ever out Georgia way, I make a mean apple pie and I shouldn’t be eating it either, but I’m gonna and would love some company.

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  329. good morning to you from las vegas. that truly was a snoozer. i kept waiting for something new from both but i heard the same old stuff – my mind wandered off somewhere, maybe i missed a few important points? from a stylistic point, mccain was uptight and dismissive and obama relaxed and confident. i think i’ll have some pie now.

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  330. Helen, I only found you yesterday when a friend sent your “SP is a Bitch” rant. I have since then forwarded you on to everyone and eagerly came back today to see what you had to say about last night. Right On Again.
    Keep it up Helen, you Rock!

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  331. Helen, I hope Letterman has invited you to be on his show, because you will kill! Good job and keep it up!

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  332. You go girl 🙂

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  333. Everything that I have wanted to say has already been said. On the risk of being repetative. You are awesome.
    For those that have anything negative to say about Helen. Get a clue. You are a dying breed. Go back to the cave where you belong.
    Keep on blogging Helen.

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  334. Thanks Helen, you are special.
    xoxo

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  335. Helen, you give me something to look forward to each day. It is such a joy to be able to read your blog and the comments. I find it very reassuring to read from like-minded people when I am in the middle of such an embarassingly DEEP red state.
    Thank you.

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  336. Helen, I adore you! A friend sent me today’s post and I had to go back and read everything else that you’ve written. Thank you for articulating the frustration that we are all feeling! Please keep it up!!! Thanks for being a true patriot and a “true American” by exercising your right to free speech and for promoting values like knowledge, honesty and responsibility. You have given me faith that good role models still exist!!

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  337. You’re my hero, Helen. I love you.

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  338. I won’t say I want you to be my Grandma, because she was an awesome lady too. I will say that you are fabulous and I love your point of view, keep it up, the world needs it!

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  339. Helen, I want you to be my grandmother too! What an inspiration you are! Your page has become one of my favorite sites and I’m spreading the word!

    Viva Helen!!!

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  340. Helen, I absolutely love your blog and your willingness to speak truth to power.

    You remind me of my own dear sweet grandmother–as she got up a bit in years, she quit caring what other people thought, refused to be quailed by “rules of the polite middle class,” and cut loose.

    If I have half the wisdom and good sense when (if!) I reach 80+, I’ll consider myself blessed.

    And bless you!

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  341. Can I please come over to your house for some pie and coffee?

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  342. You people are funny as hell!

    Thank you, thank you. The last few posts have made my day!

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  343. A wonderful former student sent me this link. I am currently commissioning a statue of her to be placed in my back yard. THIS IS A GREAT BLOG!
    I too am an older retired American who is smart and knows INSTANTLY what magazines I read. HEY, MAYBE I COULD BE VICE-PRESIDENT!! (“What DOES a vice-president DO all day, anyway?” – one of SP’s first statements – and I use that term loosely)
    Keep on keepin’ on, honey. In other words, YOU GO, GIRL!

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  344. Thank you again for an insightful post. I look forward to reading more in the future!

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  345. Well gee whiz, Helen, you got somethin’ against Joe Six Pack runnin’ the country?

    I LOVE your blog. Best blog in the country. And I’m so excited that this country is actually going to elect another smart man!

    Connie

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  346. I second that Helen, you are terrific. I hope our generation is up to the challenge.

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  347. You make me look forward to being old myself!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to write.

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  348. Bravo Helen…..oh and yes McCain and Palin are Mavericks…..that is in the sense of the original Maverick who did not brand his cattle. Unbranded cattle were called Maverick’s AND that would include any of his neighbor’s new borns when they were rounded up for sale by Maverick.

    Later Mavericks were admirable and wonderful. They were progressive social and liberal activists.

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  349. Thank you Helen! A friend just shared your blog with me and I love it! You are an interesting woman and a real straight shooter…….and with that, I apologize and do not intend that to be a Palin comparison. Keep blogging!

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  350. What a great read to start my day!
    Your children and grandchildren must be proud of you!
    Ginny

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  351. I just found your blog through a friend and you’d better believe I’ll be back!

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  352. Im with Harold, Sleep. Obama was ready and willing to answer those questions and he and McCaine should have been able to have had it out.
    McCaine wife didnt even shake the hand with ppl whats up with that. I would not wanna touch her either. Sometime you just can not be nice to some ppl. Hard lessons make a soft behide, and MCSAME is gonna get his due pay.

    Can you please address the rally that Palin had and the outburst of “kill him” and “terrorist”?

    Im passing this on until Charter Communication shut me down.

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  353. I have shared your blog with at least 20 people! You are on the Money, woman..and heck, you should run for office!! Just tease your hair, pay $375 for glasses and some ill-fitting suits and there ya are, you betcha!

    keep on doing what you are doing, you are a calm voice in this storm.

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  354. Thank you, Helen! I’ve been sharing the link to your blog with friends and family. Thank you for telling the truth. I won’t ask you to be my grandma, but if my grandma was still alive, you and she would be buddies; you’re cut from the same piece of cloth.

    If McCain was really smart he would have asked YOU to join his ticket, but he’s too into the bullshit to man up and be real.

    Keep on blogging!

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  355. You said a mouthful, Helen. I’m another senior who is damn tired of listening to the lies Palin/McCain (yes, I meant to say it that way) are putting forth to a confused, over-stimulated nation who is ready for change but afraid of it, too. Keep up the good work and know that you are not alone in wanting to let the younger generation (those who are qualified, if you know what I mean) lead so we can follow for a while.

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  356. Helen…you rock! Oh I wish you were my mom…see I’m not as young as these kids. My mom is 85 and she was a pistol up until a few years ago when she had a stroke and now she’s all mixed up, but she would have loved you as much as I do.

    I swear that if I tried to voice my own opinion that I couldn’t do it as well as you do….

    You are right on….you are a hero!!!

    Keep on blogging. You are truly insightful…

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  357. Thanks, Helen. I’m 72 and thought I was the only one with these thoughts. As Joe Cocker said, “You give me reason to live!!!” Keep it up. And let’s get out the vote.

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  358. I just found you. How did I survive these past few months without you?

    You are fabulous! Keep up the good work!

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  359. This is getting me through the election. My friend pointed me to your site and its all we can talk about. PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!!

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  360. RIGHT ON! Thanks so much for your blog. You are the bomb! I am addicted to your web page.

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  361. I’m another person who was directed here by a friend on Live Journal and I have added your blog to my daily reading list.

    You are such an inspiration. Smart, witty and not afraid to speak your mind. Just wonderful! I truly hope more people read your words.

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  362. Nov. 4th…Everyone to Helen’s house for Pie!!!! Let’s celebrate President Obama!!!!!!!!!

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  363. Thanks Helen. Keep posting! I’ll come back and read everytime you post something new. This one was great!

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  364. Helen, please keep writing because if Palin gets in we’ll lose all of the freedoms our forefathers built this country on.

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  365. Helen….you said it and then some!!!

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  366. Helen – You are the best!! You deserve to be heard – please keep writing. I’m going to share a Sarah Palin joke I made up on the fly – it’s crude, but then, so is she (and I am a rabid environmentalist)……. I was at the barn where my horses are boarded right after the Palin nomination, and as I walked up to a group of friends, they asked me how to pronounce her name ‘ PAY-lin or PAL-in. I responded “I pronounce it ‘Cunt’. Hope I made you laugh!

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  367. Have you ever thought about starting your own talk radio show?

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  368. I couldn’t wait to read your comments today. I have to say, the wisdom you express is by far, why I so appreciate having learned the hard way in my 49 years that, AGE is more than just a number.

    And kudos to you for sharing your perspectives, about this place in history being a time for “CHANGE” because in your 82 years, surely you have bore witness to a wealth of circumstances that many couldn’t even imagine having happened, let alone possess the endurance to survive.

    Say what you will about the language you use, but one thing that remains a constant about how you say what you say… outta the mouths of babes and thru the wisdom of aging… neither are afraid to speak what’s really on their minds.

    Then on a personal note…I gave my Grandma back to God six years ago, and just the other day I said, I need a hug from a real Grandma, so thanks again and again, for embracing me with these insightful ‘TRUTHS’ that you’re speaking here. For like her, she said what she had to say and that was that!

    And much more thanks to the person who posted this blog on the SNL website.

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  369. http://news.aol.com/elections/debates/scorecard/presidential-october-7?icid=100214839x1211323078x1200691329

    McCain won on knowledge. The only thing Abomination won was poise and likability. (must have learned that at lawyer school)

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  370. That paragraph about the pie was the funniest damn thing I’ve heard in a long time! Please, keep posting.

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  371. It makes me so happy to see there are more smart women out there then I first thought. I kept hearing that so many woman would be voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. Then a friend sent me your post – knowing how much I do not like Palin- and I get to see there are more of us wise women out here then I thought.

    You do such a great job of taking the words right out of my mouth. I swear everytime I hear “My friends” I want to throw the remote at the TV.

    I’m also glad in the fact that the older generation is willing to take a seat and let the next generation come in… for it is our future that is at stake , and we have the most to lose from another BUSH in the office. I only wish my mother was as smart a woman as you. I’m having to do a lot of convincing and arguing to get her to see our side of things. Slowly, but surely!!!

    Keep on writing.. keep on thinking.. and keep on being the wonderful outspoken woman that you are..

    😉 Enjoy the pie!!

    Obama/Biden 08

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  372. Your blog is the only nice thing to happen this fall. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, and enjoy your pie. You totally deserve it.

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  373. I was directed here by a friend on Live Journal. You are FABULOUS! Where were you 40 years ago? A journalist? A political pundit? Had I not be 4 at the time, I’d have voted you into office, and you wouldn’t even have had to wink at me.

    Keep writing. You make a difference. All those less-than-educated posters calling you names can hurl insults until their mouths fall off; they will never quite understand that their idiocy only makes your case stronger.

    Fabulous, fabulous woman–long may your flying fingers fly!

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  374. That’s it! I’m starting to eat pie! LOVE YOU 🙂

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  375. Great post, Helen. Nice to see the perspective that 82 years of life experience brings. Thank you for going through the trouble to put your thoughts down. I will read the rest of your posts. Cheers – Lori

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  376. I’ve got you on my facebook page so all my friends can ask you to be their grandma too. (I still want to hear what Margaret is thinking… you guys could get famous if she disagrees with you and ya’ll start a catfight) 😉

    Seriously, you said everything I said to my husband last night about the debate and McCain and Reagan and “my friends.” (note to self – DO NOT play drinking games w/ that particular word – especially not with cheap wine… owwwww, my head!)

    Rock on Helen!
    Meredith 🙂

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  377. Again Helen you nailed it!!! I predict that your blog will spread like wildfire and soon you’ll be getting calls from the media for your comments and insight. Most likely it will start with the talk radio shows, then the TV pundits. I’d love to see you on with Colbert. What a hoot that would be!!! Frankly, it would be nice to see you on The View as well(a show I NEVER watch but I’d make an exception for you) just so you could take that air-brained rat eater to task. Should my prediction regarding your future fame/notoriety come to pass, PLEASE let your readers know here so we can DVR/tape any appearances.

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  378. Enjoy the pie, Helen…you deserve a second piece!!!! You are the best!!!

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  379. You and my parents are roughly the same age and you’re all singing from the same hymn sheet on this one. THANK YOU FOR POSTING and giving us weaker, younger folk some gumption, and for helping us see that we aren’t crazy: McCain really is a wrong-headed, war-loving, deceitful airhead, just like our parents have been telling us :-).

    Oh, and you’re helping my parents out by reminding us younger ones that 82 doesn’t mean blind, deaf, dumb and stupid.

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  380. Way to go Helen. Keep telling it like it is!

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  381. Spot on! I sure hope McCain’s ready to eat Humble Pie.

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  382. Helen . . . I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and as others have said, I hope that I am still blogging feistily when I am your age!

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  383. Helen, you have a new friend in me. I love your blog and you are straight up! You don’t pull any punches. You are right. It is time for the young to take over and for McCain to seat down.

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  384. Helen, I am also a South Texan. It is nice to know that you make me proud. My husband and I stand behind you on your posts. They hit the nail on the head! My hats off to you. Keep up the good work!

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  385. Helen, you’re my new hero. Reading this was like looking into my own future. Complete with sentence fragments.

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  386. Helen, you are right on the money, as usual!

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  387. Like a steel trap Helen. I’ll be back tomorrow 😉

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  388. What a sharp witted lady you are ,Bravo I couldnt have said it better myself.

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  389. Adding you to my list of favorites and putting on my daily reading list. You give me hope.

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  390. Helen, I can’t tell you how much you inspire me. As someone who’s not white, I’ve experienced racism in one form of another every day since living in Australia – most of the time from people of your generation who simply aren’t used to having non-white people around.

    To see you supporting change, diversity, and youth the way you do, gives me new hope that one day Australian pensioners can grow to become as open-minded as you are.

    With much love.

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  391. Helen – you are a true treasure! Smart, sassy and not afraid to speak your mind. I want to be you when I’m 82.

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  392. I LOVE you! I wish you were my best friend!

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  393. Hilarious!!!! I totally enjoyed reading your blog. Keep on typing Helen. I wish more seniors were like you. 🙂

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  394. Also, Aquarelle is going to have to fight me. I get dibs on Helen for grandma. 😉

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  395. Please keep writing. You deserve your “instant celebritism” from this- your posts are sharp, witty, and always a good read. As a 25 year old blogger, I only hope to be still doing the same 50+ years from now…

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  396. Dammit, Helen, I love you. Will you be my gramma?

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