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11/30/09 11:20 P

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On the way to Dawn's for Thanksgiving I told Bailey not to mention politics as some have different views and I don't argue if possible. Football we all agreed on the they had on all the time.



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11/30/09 9:36 P

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When I was working, football was even a dangerous topic!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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11/30/09 9:27 P

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The reply I've had to give the most often: I'm sorry, but I'm not discussing my politics or religion at the office.

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11/30/09 3:18 P

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When a friend threatened to deface my magnetic Obama sticker on my car, I told him it cost $100 and he'd have to replace it. LOL!! That shocked him and shut him up. He's a tightwad and decided that if we spent that much money, there was no way he'd change our minds. So things were quite civilized at the party. Can't say that would work with family though. We just don't talk politics.

I'd like to try those questions on a few people just to get their reactions!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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11/30/09 3:08 P

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We have a column in our local newspaper "Ask Amy"
askamy@tribune.com

Someone wrote in with tips for dealing with "friends pontificating about their political point of view"
Here they are:

"When my friends start spouting off, I like to ask the following questions:

1. What life experiences led you to your political view?
2. In what areas do we agree?
3. Is there anything President Barack Obama (or whomever they're pontificating against) has said or done that you approve of?
4. Has anyone ever told you that you converted him/her to your point of view?
5. Have you ever changed your mind due to something some else said?
Most folks have never thought of these things and it invariably leads to fascinating conversations and a lot of bridge building."

signed - Paula from Fresno

Amy wrote back:

"Dear Paula you are exceedingly civilized. Unfortunately, in my world, people just don't talk the way you do. I tried your technique with an opinionated family member, who let me get all the way to question #2 before saying, *Amy shut the hell up*, and walking away."

You just can't talk to some people (wingnuts in particular) about politics no matter how civilized you are!



Edited by: COACHPENNY at: 11/30/2009 (15:36)


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