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6/9/14 4:01 P

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Glad to have you back, Dave!

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6/9/14 1:57 P

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I have returned from my long self-imposed "real life" exile. So many things that I had to go through, learn from and endure. I am glad to be back and look forward to again enjoying the great liberal/left commentary from my old friends. I've been on Saprk for seven years...WOW!

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4/15/14 10:57 P

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Hi. I don't understand why "liberal" is such a horrible word, especially when you hear that definition.

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Welcome! My mother was from Indiana, South Bend to be exact.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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4/15/14 9:04 P

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I'm new to the site as well as this group. I never labeled myself a liberal, most people call me that and when they say it, it is not meant in a good way! I looked the word up, 1) believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change 2) not apposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted 3) generous. I though, I can live with that label!

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3/22/14 11:03 P

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Welcome! Post as much or as little as you're comfortable with. Lurkers are welcome as well.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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I've sparked for some time, although the "sparkler" was burning pretty low for the past two years. People call me Mary.

I'm new to the group, though, and thinking that we all have a lot to do about this next election. I am concerned about the Koch brothers and their other wealthy friends really working to undo a lot of the stuff that has been done in the past eight years.

I live in Utah, so I have to tell you that every election I end up in a nearby state that has some chance to vote for a Democrat. emoticon It's fun, and I am glad that now I'm retired that I can do that. But it also concerns me that labels count so much. We have a lot of good politicians in my area that lose, only because they're Democrats.

I enjoy the site, but probably will lurk quite a bit.


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Welcome, Maggie! We're proud liberals here.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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Hello ~
I like it that this team calls itself LIBERAL right out loud. I'm sort of tired of "Progressive" as a euphemism. I also really like civility as a guiding principle and I try hard to be civil myself. (I did get into a screaming match with a rich person the other day, who was explaining to me how big companies don't really need to pay a living wage to workers because if those people want more money, they can simply become investment bankers or business owners themselves..sigh.. As I said, I try hard.)
Anyhow, nice to find this team!
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1/3/14 9:21 P

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Glad you've joined us! There are a couple of other Texans here, and we're happy to have all of you.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Glad to find some Democrats. :)

I'm from Texas and am excited for Wendy Davis to be our next Governor.

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Welcome!

I visited Arizona once and loved it. It breaks my heart what the wing-nuts have done to it. But this WAS the state that gave us the Udall brothers, so maybe there's hope.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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6/27/13 8:16 A

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Hi, I'm Lindsey! I currently live in purple Wisconsin and will be moving to red Arizona next month. I just joined Spark yesterday. I would love some political friends on my Spark feed!

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4/7/13 10:58 A

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Welcome Jojo! We're glad you're here.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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4/6/13 9:25 P

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Hi All!
Love it that I found me some lefties here at Sparkpeople! Yay! Thanks for the lovely peace sign goodie y'all gave me too. Awesome!

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3/7/13 11:00 P

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Welcome aboard! We're always glad to see new faces here.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hello! I'm new to the team, but joined SparkPeople last summer. I'm very happy to have found some like-minded left-leaning friends!

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Welcome! Glad you're here with us.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi, everyone!

I've been active on SP since July 2011, but have only really been focused on the low carb team and a gout team (nope, don't have gout, just helping out a SparkFriend by keeping the team alive). I'm on the FlyLady team too but am so FlyWashed that I rarely pop on there. :)

Just thought I'd wave to all my fellow liberals!

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Oh, hai!

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Thanks!

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11/19/12 7:59 P

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Welcome, and welcome back!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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11/19/12 5:37 P

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I am new. To this group, not to Spark. Well, I'm back for round 2. I haven't been on Spark in over a year. But hello!

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Welcome! What part of PA? My sister and her family live in Allentown.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hey, I'm Rae! Proud democrat and extreme feminist from PA who believes Romney is the Antichrist.

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Welcome to both of you!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi so happy to find this board- joined SP couple weeks ago. Seem to be increasingly surrounded by Romney supporters and need a dose of reality. Thanks for being here!

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Longtime sparker, think I might be a returning member... Or at least a previous lurker!

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Cheers!


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OMG!!! My husband had T'shirts made reading the SAME THING! We live in FLA. & they have the state outline in RED with a blue "FROWNY" face!
THEN, in 2008 he had NEW shirts made reading: HOORAY! I LIVE IN A BLUE STATE!
These shirts have a BLUE FLA. outline & a BLUE SMILEY FACE!

I hope the state STAYS BLUE, too!

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Welcome aboard! Love your story.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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"Hope & pray we don't have to resort to wearing the shirts he had made in 2004: Pray for me... I live in a RED STATE!"

Ha...Do you have one in x-small, perhaps?! emoticon

Hi, everyone! emoticon I'm new to the team.

While I love my area (it's gorgeous) North Idaho, I *hate* the fact that it is so very RED blood. It's embarrassing!! emoticon But, luckily, in my northern area, there are a lot more Blue people...they just kinda keep it to themselves! emoticon

Here's my story and it is rather amusing....

Several years ago, in 2006, my Hubby, Son, and I went in to cast our votes for my Son's lawyer, as she was running to become a Judge. We get up to the table to register and the lady asked us what Party we want to be? Since none of us *had* any clue what it meant (and I thought we *had* to vote according to what this lawyer lady was) I uttered "I guess Republican??" emoticon
So, anyway...that's how our political adventure began! emoticon Needless to say, when 2008 rolled around, us 3 *Republican's* cast our votes Democrat, right down the entire ballot! emoticon

Now, here we are..it's 2012 and just days away to the election. Our family had changed residences (we purchased a house) so we knew we were gonna have to re-register. So, today, Hubby & I drove into town, and PROUDLY cast our two votes for Obama!! But, the other part of feeling Proud, came when we BOTH changed our party from Republican to Democrat!! emoticon Our Son had to work, but he'll be doing the same thing, in the next few days!

So we not only gave our support towards our wonderful President, but as a family, we have helped this deep Red State to become a slight shade Pinker!!!! emoticon

**Oh, and we made sure to vote BLUE straight down the ballots, this time, too!**




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Welcome! Don't feel bad. I live in one of the bluest states in the Union (California), which still has a weird propensity for electing Republican governors. I am startled and thrilled to see that Virginia is leaning toward President Obama this year!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hello from VA. What a turn of events, the polls show us tilting blue for presidential and senate races. Of course the state house is full of a bunch of tea bag loons.

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Welcome to our newest members!!! Glad you are here!

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Welcome Gayle!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi! I'm Gayle. 72 and a thinking progressive. I work in an aging population and only can talk to one or two of our residents about the horrible state of things. Just discovered this group. I keep stirring things up with my blogs! All I'm trying to do is expose the truth. Some people believe that their BELIEFS are the truth. But only facts merit that label. They don't like me pointing that out. Too bad! Glad to be here.
Gayle

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Thank you. Glad to BE BACK.

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Welcome back! We are SO glad to have you here.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hello everybody, I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
I have returned at the request of our Team Leader, LADYIRISH17.
When Barack Obama won in 2008, my husband had T-shirts made reading:
HOORAY! I FINALLY LIVE IN A BLUE STATE. (We live in Florida)
We wear those shirts PROUDLY & I hope & pray we don't have to resort to wearing the shirts he had made in 2004: Pray for me... I live in a RED STATE! emoticon

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Hello all. I'm Dawn. Just rejoined Spark, trying to get back on track health wise and thought I'd look for a group of reasonable, like-minded people. And I came across you lovely folks. I used to spend a lot of my free time in political debate rooms, and I still pop in those on occasion.....But I grew weary of the desire to bang my head against the wall. So, I'm going to align with people who can see valid points, submit to common sense and logic, and when necessary, can agree to disagree.

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than he who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

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I'm very sorry for all you and your family have been through. I hope you find some peace, and the support of your Sparkfriends.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi all!

I wanted to let the team know I have returned to the team and site after a prolonged absence of 79 days. There is a good reason for this, which I won't belabor. My 91 year old father passed away in early January 2012 after suffering a fall at a rehad hospital and breaking a vetebrae in his neck. I wrote the following obituary for him:

Our father Ernest passed away January 4, 2012 in Lakewood, Colorado He was 91. Besides being my father, friend and patriarch of our family, Dad was a World War II and Korean War Veteran of the US Navy, his first career of which he was very proud for his service in the North Atlantic and Pacific Theatre. . He retired as a Chief Petty Officer after 30 years of service. He had two children and a 50 year marriage. His wife and my mother died in 2005. Dad was a self made man that was born in Enterprise, Alabama in 1920 and was one of 8 children born to William Thomas Speigner and Willie Mae Bottoms. I will miss him terribly.
In tribute, the lyrics from the Beach Boys "Sail On Sailor."

"I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor

I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters
Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders
Unrepenting, often empty
Sail on, sail on sailor."
"Sail on Sailor" The Beach Boys Wilson/Parks www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfnZdGUVSGw

Anyway, those of you who know me know that I am very blessed to have sister Joanne for love and support. The death of our sister Mary in October followed by Dad's sudden death have been a great strain on both of us, but the good news is, we dealt and handled things and kept on our plans for health and fitness. In spite of the sadness, overwhelming grief and all the things entailed by someone suddenly dying and leaving a home filled with 40 years of "stuff" and memories, I managed to walk, run and stay on my plan. I did gain about 6 pounds, but that is not too bad given the terrible hours, lack of sleep, bad food and my reluctance to go out and eat junk...

Anyway, enough of that. I want to thank each of you for your show of support, sympathy, good wishes and thoughts. I have returned to the team because I value what we have here, a friendly, supportive community of good friends. Thank you so much for your support and friendship over these trying days. I certainly appreciate it.

All the best, my friends

DAVE

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Thanks LadyIrish - there is certainly a lot to talk about these days emoticon

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Welcome back! I hope we'll hear a lot from you.

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I've been away for awhile and not posting. How is everyone? emoticon

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Welcome to all of our new members!!! Glad to have you here...I'm in Texas...home of Rick Perry...pray for us!

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Glad to have you here! How are you handling living in Arizona, given recent developments?

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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I'm Brandon, a 30 yr old mom and wife from Arizona. I run a food pantry full time. I've been a liberal since I was very young. I'm glad to be here!

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Welcome to the team! I tried to send you the usual welcome Spark goodie but the system says it can't find you. Do you have your Sparkpage yet?

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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I'm Stormy -- a life-long liberal, retired teacher, artist, writer.

Where I grew up, in high school I was the only person in my class who volunteered to take Kennedy's side in our class's Kennedy-Nixon debate. (Of course I had the last laugh a few days later when Kennedy won.)

Now I live in a blue state, but in an area that voted 84% for McCain in the 2008 presidential election. My representative to the state legislature votes only for bills that support people like him: male, white, straight, Christian, rich. Even though I'm north of the Mason/Dixon line, there is a guy who drives around here with 2 six-foot-long Confederate flags flying from the back of his pick-up. I feel like a petunia in an onion patch.

My husband and I are seeking a place where we might move in our retirement to be in a more liberal community. We also want a moderate climate (we hate both hot and cold) and it would be nice if the cost of living were fairly low too. Too much to ask? Any suggestions?

We have considered moving abroad for a while. I loved living in Brazil in the late 1960s---and moving abroad would just be the next chapter in my life adventures. We have considered Brazil. I went back in August (2011) for the first time since 1969. I was surprised how much Portuguese I remembered after only a few days.

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Welcome! Jump right in -- we want to hear what you want to say.

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"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hello all! My name is Vicki, I am a 31 year old office nurse from Illinois. I am a liberal political junkie. I live in a rural community and there are few who share my outlook. I am looking forward to getting to know some people who do.

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Hi Jackie...welcome to the team!

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher

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Welcome! We're glad you're with us.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi, Jackie here. I am an Obama supporter, but even more than that I support liberalism. And of course I'm here to lose some weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle! emoticon

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Welcome to both of our newest members!!!!!!

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher

"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." -Unknown

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Welcome home!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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HI, I just rejoined (back trying to lose weight AGAIN), and wanted to check in with my political homeboys and girls! I live in a newly (FINGERS CROSSED) blue state (NC), but I'm from NYC, so everywhere else seems red to me!

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Welcome to the team!

You're by no means as unusual as you think you are. Did you see the film Sir No Sir? It's about rising anti-war sentiment in the military.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hi there. I'm mree, 31, martial arts instructor and musician. Married for 12 years with almost-9-year-old identical twin daughters. New to SP and new to the group. I am a bit of a unicorn in the sense that my husband and I are two of what seems like a very small number of liberals in the military. Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in the closet--want to take out a personal ad that says "SEEKING OTHER MILITARY LIBERALS--COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE!". It's kind of a drag being surrounded by wingnut jerks everywhere we get stationed, but it's a good job for my husband (medical physicist), pays the bills, and I just have to find good people elsewhere...like civilians, or say, on the internet on a very cool health/fitness website. :D

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Welcome to the team!!!! Congrats on the little bundle of joy!!!

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Welcome aboard! Congratulations on the grandkid. Let us know when the little angel arrives.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Good morning !! I'm a Libral living on Long Island. I teach yoga and am awaiting the birth of my first grandchild (hence the name, yoga-nonna).

Do what you love and love what you do.

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and the world rejoiced.
Live your life
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the world cries and you rejoice.

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
... May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

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Grab our hands, quick! We're here to support each other, and we're thrilled you've joined us.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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I am a liberal, through and through, living in a red state, feeling like I am choking from the absence of fresh -- or at least different -- perspectives! Help me!



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I remember you! Welcome back -- it's great to have you here again.

(What? I just tried to send you a welcome back Sparkgoodie but the system says you don't exist???)

Edited by: LADYIRISH317 at: 6/28/2011 (21:01)
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

Please visit my blog:
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It's been a a year or so but I've returned to Sparkpeople and the Proud Blue Liberals, even with a new nicknmae to boot. Used to be Foley56, now bigpoppatk.... Can only say I've maintain the same weight since I left, added muscle and lost some fat. Over that year was rough time (Unemploynment, new job, family issues) but time to get back on track.... And of course I've kept my ramblings rolling with a political blog as well

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Welcome aboard! It's great to have some blue in the red capital of California. I hope we'll hear a lot from you.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Greetings from Orange County California... I'm member number 700 emoticon and blue is my favorite color emoticon

I've been reluctant to join any political teams since SparkPeople is basically a, dare I say the word, "diet" and exercise community, but living in the OC and being very spiritual tends to label me in a way that I find very uncomfortable. I used to love my country but fear it's government.... 12-16 years of disappointment really began to take it's toll until Obama reminded me that Yes, we can.... and we did and I'm going to do every thing I can to make sure that we will continue to until at least January 2017!!! Yep, I've always been a Proud Blue Liberal... it feels good to come out emoticon

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Welcome aboard! The more liberal scum, the happier we are. We're very glad you've joined us.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hey fellow "liberal scum" (saw that down below, couldn't resist )

I just joined SP, looking for like minded folks and was happy to see y'all.

I'm the classic case of blue girl living in a red state, though I'm old enough (barely) to remember when TX was mostly "yellow dog" Democrats. I also live and work in a very "purple" part of the state.

Happy to be on SP and looking forward to meeting folks.

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Hello new member! This is indeed a lively group!! emoticon

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Welcome to the team...glad you decided to join us...the more, the merrier!

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"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." -Unknown

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Welcome to the team ... one of the greatest things about "food for thought" is how nutritious but low-calorie it is! LOL!

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Welcome aboard! We're glad to have you with us.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Hello all. New to SparkPeople and wanted to start creating a supportive community.
Have always been interested in American politics. Started college in 2000, and I started volunteering for the college Democrats and the Al Gore campaign. After the chaos that ensued, I took my first political science class and haven't looked back... except for the four years I worked in sales. Now, I'm a PhD candidate in political science. There's nothing I love more than inspiring others to become involved in politics. Have "indoctrinated" students into the Democratic party since 2007.) :)

Like @SPARKCHANTAL, so very happy to see a message board that has a little more food for thought-- no pun intended.

Feel free to friend me.


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Welcome to all of our new "dirty liberal scum" members!!

WE ROCK!!!!!!

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Hi there new ones..

Welcome to the team!

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Welcome! The more the merrier.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

Please visit my blog:
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hi all, thrilled to see there's some political interest on the site, some other topic besides consuming and burning calories (not to put those down, but...all the time?)
again--thank you sparkle for the jon stewart link.
ten bucks says there's a secret tunnel between bin laden's house and the military compound!
anybody got a cure for people who believe faux news (and nothing else)?
i like the view that it was obama's CHANGED politics that made finding ubl possible. and he probably knew why he didn't fill Pakistan in on details before the raid.
well now you know how i think, i'm a 57yr old english/ballet teacher with family from boston but have led a european life. been on spark for two months now; pleased to meet you all.

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I had a similar awakening. I too come from a dyed-in-wool conservative family. When I was young I was a pretty mainstream Republican though me and my family was always for rational handgun control (the NRA control the Republican party back then). Then I debated health and energy policy in high school and though after many hours of research was now for socialized medicine and nationalizing energy. Killing people to show that killing is wrong never made sense to me so I was against the death penalty but at the time a lot of other conservatives were too so no biggie. Oh, I was for equal rights for women as well but so was Betty Ford so I felt like I was in good Republican company. When I went out of state to college I didn't know a soul so I couldn't pick a roommate. I ended up on the gay wing. As the reactionary religious right grew in power in the Republican party I felt alienated as an atheist and now that I had gay friends their anti-gay rhetoric was personal to me. So I was a pro-gun control, pro-socialized medicine, pro-nationalzed energy, feminist, anti-death penalty, pro-separation of church and state and pro-GLBT rights Republican. I guess I clung to being a Republican because growing up in my family Democrat and liberal were dirty words. I eventually realized that I didn't agree with the Republicans on anything and that now I was indeed a Democrat. My family almost disowned me when I voted for Walter Mondale in 1984. I was a Republican until knowledge and life experiences caused me to question all of the premises that my conservativism was built upon.

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Welcome aboard! We love "dirty liberal scum" around here.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

Please visit my blog:
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Hi!

welcome to the team!

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe you will achieve. Salt-N-Pepa

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Hi, I'm new to the group, loving the common sense, intelligent discussions that Liberals promote. I live in a "red" state so I am pretty much the only voice of reason in my family now that I am "dirty liberal scum" (yay!). I used to vote Republican until I bought a house on the "wrong side of the tracks". I had an awakening living in a socially and racially diverse neighborhood and everyday I move further to the left after listening to the vicious hate speech coming from the right. I'm all for making our country stronger by working together.

Nice to meet everybody!

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Welcome to all of you!!!! It's wonderful to see new people join our team...the more the merrier!!!

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Welcome! We're glad to have all of you here. Let's add new meaning to the term Democratic "party!"

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