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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 10/22/2014

22 October 2014 at 11:09:19 AM

I VOTED! Went down to the Somervell County courthouse early this morning and early voted. Mostly Democrat, of course, to include WENDY DAVIS and Letiticia Van Putte. At least, if they don't either one win, it won't be because of me. 

I need to be taken to task over the occasional use of the "Royal We".   And NY Times

The royal and editorial we are examples of the exclusive we, meaning that the person being addressed is not included in the scope of the pronoun. English, like many languages, uses the same word for the inclusive first-person plural, encompassing the notional “you” along with “me.” The inclusive we seeks out a bond of empathy or common understanding between the speaker and the receiver of a message. Writers rely on it to establish rapport with readers, and teachers with students (“as we shall see”). But this is not always a welcome rhetorical move, especially when it comes across as pedantic or condescending. At worst, it can recall the we of caregivers for the very young and very old: “How are we feeling today?”

The overreaching effect of the inclusive we has sparked its own humorous traditions. In August 1956, the Los Angeles Times columnist Gene Sherman introduced into print what was already a well-traveled story about the Lone Ranger and his faithful sidekick, Tonto. Surrounded by “wild, screaming Indians,” the Lone Ranger desperately asks Tonto, “What will we do?” Tonto replies, “What do you mean ‘we,’ paleface?” Later versions changed “paleface” to “white man” or “kemo sabe,” Tonto’s endearing epithet for the Ranger. The joke is so well known in the United States that just the punch line is usually sufficient for rebuffing an overly inclusive we.


Well, at least I'm in good company. George P Bush, who is running for Texas Land Commissioner does it too.

Bush said he would announce his political attentions before the end of the legislative session in May.

“We want to make sure we’re going for the right office. Our activists are excited to get started, but we want to visit with key decision makers in the party.” Bush said before his speech. “The internal timetable is sometime before the end of session.”

As does President Obama

We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.  They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

Ahahahah. Audio of Bristol Palin at that drunken brawl in Alaska (Foul language-you've been warned)

I've seen polls where some people don't think President Obama is doing a good job. I continue to be glad I voted for Obama-TWICE.

Lawsuit about to be filed against the Midlothian (Texas) school prayer plaques.

Elizabeth Warren- Senate has been nothing but a big male-dominated institution

Republican tells the truth about Obamacare

Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has accepted the Medicaid expansion his state, recently suffered from an outbreak of accidental candor, making these remarks about the Medicaid expansion and the prospects for repealing Obamacare:

“That’s not gonna happen,” Kasich told The Associated Press during a recent re-election campaign swing. “The opposition to it was really either political or ideological,” the Republican governor added. “I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”

No, Rene Zellweiger, that's not why people are wondering about your face

Also this from Dlisted, made me laugh

Renee Zellweger became Richard Gere in Sommersby and everyone became Jodie Foster. They looked at her, squinted the way she used to squint and calmly said, “Who is this woman in my kitchen? You are not my Renee Zellweger.” 


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