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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Last night I watched on C-Span as 85 yr old Charles Ross, Korean War Vet and POW, talked about his experiences as a 21 year old enlisted man. A plain spoken, humble man, who talked for an hour without notes, without embellishment or heroics...said he was just doing his job. His recall was amazing. He didn't have parents or a home address at the time and held no self pity or bitterness. A true American hero and I hope I never see the imposter Brian Williams' face on TV again.
February 9 at 13:46 EST .

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   Linder  Watched on C-Span American History Channel and there are other Korean Vet. stories available that I plan to watch.
February 9 at 13:48 EST .

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   Gerty  That whole last sentence is really good--got quite a chuckle out of it.
February 9 at 20:03 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Maybe residents of other states are getting polling calls too. I live in Iowa and receive one about every day. Until he dropped out, I answered Romney for my choice for Republican presidential I answer without total conviction that Gov. Walker is my first choice. It is still too early to know. I have to listen and watch for a while longer to know for sure who I will support. So let's not get carried away with early polling results.
February 4 at 20:45 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Watching the horrific news about Islamic terrorist attack in Paris. Saw our Sec. of State's microphone grab...where he said, "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." And then, he said it in French. I was just Wowed!
January 7 at 11:17 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I am so angry, I deleted 4 times. I will let that comment be it.
January 7 at 14:01 EST .

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   Safetydude  Anything for a photo-op for John Kerry, who served in Viet Nam.
The MSM loved it. No word from the WH yet, if this was only 'workplace violence' like Fort Hood, or a terrorist attack.

Another example of the peaceful religion of Islam.

I can't wait 'till they try to take over in this country like they have in Europe. To paraphrase Rick in "Casablanca"...'there are certain sections in New York that I would't advise you to invade'...I can say the same thing about SW Florida.
January 7 at 21:44 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Congratulations to Republican Mark Costello for winning the Iowa Senate District 12 seat recently vacated by Joni Ernst after she won the Iowa seat in the U.S. Senate. The 12th District is comprised by six counties in SW Iowa. Gramps and I were the first two voters in our precinct...shortly after 7:00 a.m. It was a squeaky cold morning and would have been easy to stay home but every single election is worth the effort.
December 31 at 00:20 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Heavy heart this morning for the murdered NYPD officers, their families and the NYC police department.
December 21 at 07:29 EST .

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   Gram77  Yes, Linder, I too feel so terribly sad over all this. I pray we find an answer to all this hate.
December 21 at 09:09 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  As I write, the smirking President is speaking on the CBS Sunday news show. I watched about 3 minutes of his disingenuous performance before I changed channels and will flip back and forth until he is gone. I'm waiting for former President Bush to come on and speak about the book he wrote about his father.
November 9 at 10:57 EST .

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   Gram77  I ran across him too but moved on when he made some stupid remark about having the name he has and still wanting to be in politics. What an idiot and sooooo fake!
November 9 at 11:10 EST .

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   Fireball27  Fireball27 And not one reporter will ask him what his name really is. Isn't it Barry Sotero, if not when and where did he get it changed back to what he calls himself these days? It's a simple question.
November 9 at 13:31 EST .

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   Gerty  Don't look for any honesty coming from this fraud. Let's just try to weather the political storm of the next two years.
November 10 at 04:05 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Election eve and I'm going to blackout all news for 24+ hours. I do not want to watch one more political ad. Received two candidate calls this a.m. saying records showed I had not voted yet....called the County Auditor and she assured me of the date my absentee ballot had been received. I am so hopeful for Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate. She is my current State Senator and it has been a pleasure to watch her campaign. Expected that because she had only local political experience and Bruce "Bailey" had federal office campaign experience that she would make some mistakes but not so. It's been his campaign that has been laden with blunders. Makes me wonder if along with her intelligence that her experience as a Lt. Col. serving in real war time has shown itself.
November 3 at 18:59 EST .

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   TXknitter  Election Eve -- We watch America Stands 2014 in the Spirit of Faith for our Election coverage. It is second year and it's awesome coverage for Christians. We get everything FNC gets in the way of returns plus we had Senator Ted Cruz in a LIVE interview for prayer, Pastor John Hagee and Keith Butler. Jerry Savelle, many others. and we are watching on Roku. Apple TV too. God bless our nation!
November 4 at 21:50 EST .

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   Alice  Congratulations, Linder! I watched Joni's victory speech earlier: gracious and happy :- )
November 5 at 00:46 EST .

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   Linder posted on Blessings  Blessed with a gorgeous Fall day in southern Iowa...chilly and windy but the sun shone all day as Mother Nature went about her work of depositing leaves where they need to be for protection when the frost begins to creep into the ground.
November 2 at 17:37 EST .

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   Gerty  You are so right!

Leaves should be kept on the ground for the protection and fertilization they provide the soil and its roots. I know, I am outnumbered by those who prefer to have a manicured lawn---DH is one of those.

PS If you must blow the fallen leaves into those monster piles, will someone please invent a noise-less blower!
November 5 at 19:42 EST .

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   Surfhut  Linder, your post brought up a wonderful memory of my childhood: playing in thick carpets of fallen leaves with my big brother and little sister and cousins and kids around the neighborhood. It is interesting how my mind works because I can smell those leaves right now. The memory comes from Thanksgiving. Everyone came to our house and it was great fun for us kids. Thanks for posting this. I'm very happy right now.
November 9 at 07:49 EST .

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   Linder posted on Nostalgia  Remember when a McDonald's hamburger cost $.25 and fries were a dime. Well, I had Gramps go thro the drive-thro today for a med. bag of fries and the cost was $1.92. I'm still in shock. What in the world will a bag of fries cost when the Democrats get the minimum wage raised to $17.00?
October 19 at 20:05 EST .

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   Safetydude  Well, the problem is that you don't realize how good our economy is under BHO. You aren't paying attention to his speeches. And by the way, inflation is at zero percent, never mind the cost of bread, milk, heat, gasoline, electricity, etc.

I don't think anyone under the age of 60 or 70 have any idea of how much the cost of living has risen in the last twenty years.
October 20 at 22:42 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Dude, I remember only 18 years ago buying cigarettes for less than $1.00 per pack. I don't smoke anymore, but what are they now? I remember buying "top shelf" beer for $2.00 for a six pack. Now I'm paying $8.99!!!!
October 21 at 01:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wouldn't you like to see the "real" price of any item before a Federal and/or State tax is added to it. I bet it would be shocking. I remember in Econ 101 we followed the cost of a loaf of bread: wheat from the farm to the packaged product in the store -- surprising.
October 21 at 18:39 EST .

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   Linder  I am 70 and sorry to say, started smoking when I was friend Mary and I swiped Chesterfields from her mother and Camels from my dad.. Could buy my Pal Mal cigarettes from the corner gas station when I was 13-14 for $.25. What a pain it was when they raised a penny at a time, to come up with those pennies. Stopped smoking when I was 50 (by hypnosis ) and was paying $2.00+ a pack. I can't imagine paying $5.00+ for a pack of cigarettes today. We aren't rich and we aren't poor ... but there is a limit when we stop buying. Maybe $1.92 for a bag of fries is it.
October 21 at 22:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  Back in the days when high school girls were required to take at least one semester of Home Economics, we were taught to plan menus for a week in advance and how to shop for the required groceries. I was married at 16, but I had learned well and could buy groceries for a week of meals for 12-15 dollars. Tuna was 25 cents a can, a pack of weiners was 50 cents, a loaf of bread was 30 cents, a whole bag of potatoes was under a dollar. But, everyone was making less money then. I guess it's all relative.
October 22 at 07:25 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm 60. One of my favorite memories from childhood was my big brother and I going to the movies every Saturday. Tickets were 25 cents each.
October 24 at 07:30 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm 62 and I remember my Uncle Bill saying he'd quit smoking when a pack cost $.50 in machines. He did too. But that was 100 years ago.
October 27 at 17:21 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  My 101 yr old mother voted her absentee ballot today. When I took the absentee request form to her to sign last week I asked some questions about her voting history because I wanted be sure she was capable of voting... and I ended up being taken to school by her again. She said she had never voted until she married my dad and she voted for Alf Landon in the presidential election. I was pleased that she remembered but I didn't think she could have voted for him because I didn't think they were married in 1932. Came home and looked at their marriage license and sure enough that date was 1934. Was feeling sad that she hadn't gotten it right as I put away her box of papers...and then the light came on....FDR defeated Hoover in '32 and ran against Landon in '36 and so she had remembered correctly. I'm satisfied that she was mentally aware to cast her vote today. She wanted to know who was running and I told her Gov. Branstad..."Oh, yes, I've met him many times," she said, and that is true. I told her about Joni Ernst running for the Senate. Mother was elected many times as mayor of our hometown and is pro-woman ... along with the fact that Mother's mother's maiden name was Ernst made her an eager Joni fan. So, I had a very satisfying day with her.
October 4 at 20:09 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I've been following that race with Joni Ernst. I hope she wins. She would be such a breath of fresh air in Washington.
October 5 at 10:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  Impressive story, Linder. I congratulate you for your careful thoughtfulness and I congratulate your mother for keeping her long life productive and her mind and memories accurate.
October 6 at 07:10 EST .

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   NotaBene  Linder you are blessed with your 101 yr old mother. My mother is 93 and also is very lucid and has a great memory. It is so nice to have talks with her, I enjoy every minute of our conversations.
October 6 at 11:31 EST .

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