The Party of Rich Old White Men The Local Dish, posted by SMGOP, a resident of another community, on Jul 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm
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Posted by Lisa Rossetti, a resident of another community, on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:37 am
San Mateo - Apparently what I wrote was so upsetting that it blinded you to the source data I cited. Of course that would be too much work for someone who prefers personal insult as a method of communication. If you want to throw out personal insults enjoy yourself - facts are facts and the data is readily accessible... Let me give you one more time one of the central sources - from Nicholas Kristof (Pulitzer Prize winning and self admitted liberal the article "Bleeding Heart Tightwads" - (Web Link) ...
The GOP is very much alive and well despite your hopes otherwise. Personal attacks are such an admission of failure to respond to the substance of the article with data. Pwned!
Posted by Augustus, a resident of another community, on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm
This area ain't exactly Rome.
I enjoyed being brought up filthy rich in San Francisco with loyal Conservative parents who gave me anything I ever wanted including my choice to be educated in Europe.........long, and slowly while I did Cortina D'Ampezzo, ballooned over Turkey, entertained in Kenya and got to listen to voices of people from every country in the world.
Meeting the rich and beautiful and famous of all political bents only prolonged my education.
It also helped I was incredibly good looking, spoke many languages, delved into many religions and had long before, in my teens, chosen not to ever be of any one faith.
When asked what I wanted to do in life, I told my family that it would probably be architecture,anthropology, and anything but politics even though I had more letters from my parent's influential pals who could get me papers, visas and permits to go anywhere my inquisitive mind and friends where I happened to be, adventure being careful to express no political opinions.
When I recently came home to find we were still rich in our posh home and our staff had not been cut, I was glad they had not become liberal during my years of travel.
Part of my personal education was spent reading a lot of almost anything recommended as being the "good books list" by St.John's and recommendations as well as writings by my author friends of all ages.
Having read all of the "stuff" on these pages, looked up a few friends who hadn't changed much after asking what I was going to do when I grew up; and I told most of them that I definitely will never return to live in the family house, but would know after I go to my retreat in Mt.Athos for several months which is run by monks and will ship volumes of books. My carnal desires have more than been satisfied and I am still young, so I will be glad to be out of here because the kind of thinking which goes on, is incredibly different from that of most of the more intellectual thinkers I know from my travels.
The only thing I am grateful for is that my parents remained staunch conservatives and did teach me that talking about one's money was wrong since I was a child and they were and are right.
It is a shame that there has been so much squabbling and lost fortunes and divorces, suicide, and single formerly rich parents.
If any of you reading this are affluent and have children now ready to go on to higher education, I might recommend travel or if poorer, to join the peace corps and do so work in some of the third world countries. Not only are the people lovely, kind, and friendly, but the world is a unique place to know instead of having offices like my father.
Posted by Hmmm aka Cleopatra, a resident of another community, on Jul 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Well, it seemed to work for Augustus (Octavius) since he lived to the then-very ripe old age of mid-70s.
Pretty funny - I live here in the 'hood, but due to my career & interests, have been able to meet, socialize & work w/many rich, famous & even some beautiful people of all political persuasions. At one point, I dated a creative, fun, handsome rock star w/a great sense of humor & of course, the requisitely cool wardrobe, travel itin & social group.
It also helped I was incredibly young, spoke 1 1/2 languages (not counting Pig Latin) & delved into many religions, which in turn led to some incredibly exotic adventures - some of those in "amazing places" like Oakland, East Palo Alto, the Marin Sufi temple & while, um, camping. Oh, yeah, & while drinking instant coffee or going to Denny's w/Native Americans on the local powwow circuit. That led to dating an exotic Native actor, whose roommate was so huge he barely fit in my small car & preferred having the sunroof open, even in bad weather, so he had some extra head room. Now, *that* was exciting.
This area might not be Rome, but puntarelle grows beautifully here.
Five of the most important things I ever learned:
1- When you rehome a dog w/someone rich, famous and/or powerful, they return your phone calls
2- The life of the mind is something that money can't buy, but only enhance
3- A library card can be your best friend, so pay your library fines!
4- Keep a clean rug handy - you never know when you might have to wrap a body up in it - even your own (makes a dramatic entrance)
5- Bragging isn't an adequate replacement for creativity (even though I just did it)