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Face to Face

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 2:20 PM

This isn't directed towards any person or people on this blog. This is to let people know where I stand since I am new to this blog and blogs in general.

I am a Republican and I see a lot wrong with this country. Some of you may have stopped reading right there. As soon as you see the word Republican or Democrat, you're done. You could care less what a PERSON has to say if you think their views may differ from yours. The ones who are continuing to read are either Republicans or someone who is looking for an argument. It's that simple. We, as human beings, do not like to be around people who are "different" or don't believe like we do. That needs to change.

I started this blog off by saying, "I see a lot wrong with this country," and I believe the above paragraph is the biggest part of it! When was the last time that you talked to your neighbor? Ok, now when was the last time that you talked to your neighbor who has different political views than you? I'm not talking about sitting behind your computer and typing out whatever you want. I'm talking about walking up to the fenceline, shaking a man's hand, and looking him in the eyes.

A lot of things are done today from the privacy of our home. No one has to deal with REALITY today because we can simply walk away from it or turn it off. If you don't like what you are reading, you simply get up from your desk chair or turn off your computer, and it's like it never happened! If you don't like or agree with a reply on a blog, you say, "to heck with that, that guy's uneducated" and simply "X" out of his comment. If you don't like a news story because it doesn't back your political views, you switch the channel and "poof" that news story no longer exist. Even if the story were true, you didn't have to listen to it because your REALITY is just a remote click away.

There is no more face to face communication. There is no more "looking a man square in the eyes and seeing that he truely believes what he is saying." There is no more "sitting down at Floyds Barber Shop and talking politics." We don't "sit down" with our neighbors anymore, heck that's too hard.

This is what is wrong with America today!

I'm only 38 yrs. old and from Kentucky so, I don't claim to know much about "nuttin", as we say. Heck, I ain't even very educated. And being from Kentucky, well, you can just imagine how backwoods I am :) What I do know is this: There use to be a better time in this country. This country use to be in better shape.

I believe it all fell apart when we stopped communticating face to face. HECK NO, we can't agree because we just "click" out of what the other person has to say.

What would happened if we stopped "X-ing" out of a reply and stood face to face with a person? What would happen if you actually listened to a person and thought, "heck, he's got a point"? What would happened if we stopped EMAILING our complaints to Congress and instead, showed up on their doorstep?

Just as it's so easy for you to just dismiss an argument from the "other side" by deleting a reply from your reality, it's easier for our Congress and President to do it because they have an assistant to press the "X" for them! These idiots have gotten so good at "X-ing" out of REALITY that they actually think they are doing a good job!!

I say that rather than click out of or turn off an argument that your "opponent" has, how about you listen to it. Heck, even try it face to face! If you actually listen, you might find out that the two of you are in agreement or maybe even come to terms.

I also say, this should go for our government too! Next time you have a complaint or don't like the way things are going. Put down the mouse and keyboard and show up "face to face". If everyone did this, could you imagine how much could get done?

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-- Posted by lamont on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 3:29 PM

Welcome, Very sage words. Thank you.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 3:31 PM

Welcome Keith I hope your enjoying Idaho :)

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 3:45 PM

Thanks you guys! I'm loving it up here, MsMarylin. My father-in-law is retired up here and has always talked about how much he enjoys this place. I'm glad we are finally getting to experience it.

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 3:58 PM

Welcome Keith.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 5:33 PM

Thank you, Royincaldwell and Bazookaman. By the way, Mike, tell Donna that the brownies are incredible!

Thank you, Buckshot, and I agree. It seems like you can't read a story now a days without there being a biased twist in it. I can understand a news agency being biased, that's their prerogative. But when they start putting two races, religions, or ethnic groups against each other by leaving out half of the story, that's when I draw the line. Not too much I can do about it other than draw a line but, never the less, my line is there :)

As far as Idaho and liking it, man it's nice here. Everyone I've met has been great! People have actually stopped as they were passing by our house just to say "HI!" and welcome us. Thanks for the welcome!

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 6:49 PM

KT I just figured out your connection to Zook :)

I have Donna's daughter as my friend on FB

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 6:56 PM

Yes ma'am. Zook is my father-in-law and actually my neighbor too. You can't hold that against him though. He was forced into the family when his daughter married me :)

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 8:34 PM

You got a good Father in law there for sure. We don't see eye to eye on politics but I still like him (sometimes) HA! Keep an eye on that old man lol!

I've spend some time in Kentucky right across the river from Cincinnati Beautiful state!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 8:44 PM

Idaho windage may be a little different from other types of windage, but common sense can figure it out.

And the wind doesn't blow ALL the time in Mountain Home.

It just stops every once in a while to change direction.


-- Posted by wh67 on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 8:59 PM

Haha! Buckshot, you know, I've already thought about that.

MsMarylin, yeah he is a good man and has a heart of gold. He and I don't see eye to eye on politics either but, we atleast hear the other out. We have that 'mutual respect'. Even though we both may have different views, we both want what's best for ourselves and our country.

Covington is right across the river from Cincy, is that where you were? Very nice area!

Thanks for the welcome wh67!

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 9:37 PM

I heard that you can go to jail for smacking somebody up side his head for being republican

-- Posted by grammaidaho on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 9:45 PM


It may be a little late in the evening for me, not to mention I don't have my thinkin' glasses on but, what in the crap are you talking about? I have read your comment (6) six times and I still can't figure out if you are asking a question or making a comment.

Do me a favor, sweetie. Get some rest, read over your comment in the morning, then get back at me when you figure out what you were trying to say.

Have a good night, hon.

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Thu, Feb 16, 2012, at 10:00 PM

Welcome from me too! Glad to have you with us & I enjoyed your blog.


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Thank you very much Jessie!

Mike: Yeah, As I was reading some of the blogs and comments, I kinda gathered that there was someone that was stirring up trouble. Everyone else seems really nice though.

Be sure to call me if you change your mind about that ride to Boise. I've already fed the horses and got everything done for the day so, it won't be any trouble at all.

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 7:51 AM

*ears perked up at the mention of horses* Horses? You have horses?

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 8:11 AM

Haha! Yes ma'am. They were finally delivered to us yesterday. They are Quarter horses from Texas, but seem to be adjusting to Idaho just fine. I can't wait to get these boys up in the mountains! I take it you like horse?

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 8:36 AM

Oh, that would be quite an adjustment, TX to Idaho. Are they blanketed? Yep, you will love riding in the mountains. heck, you'll love our mountains!

Yes, I'm somewhat of a horse fanatic. In other words, horse crazy since a young girl, hence always broke. But generaly happy!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 9:00 AM

Hahahaha I had to giggle about the "always broke" part. I thought the cost of hay would be cheaper up here than it was in Texas. Once we found out the price, I thought about sending the horses back :)

They aren't blanketed but, they do have a woolly coat. We are hand feeding straight alfalfa to help keep them warm also.

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 9:28 AM

Well, thankfully, it's not as cold as a few weeks ago. Yes, the price of hay here right now, is ridiculous. Hopefully, it will get a bit lower before it gets higher.

So, what all do you do?

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 9:41 AM

Are quarter horses still one fourth horse and three quarters mule? (That's what I heard once, Jessie...but I think Bus was partial to ARABS)

Coming from Texas, where did they find wooly coats? Texas isn't famous for sheep .....

The Texas HILL country is mighty pretty, but those dimples they call mountains .....

But then the land is pretty flat at Mountain HOME, ha ha.

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 9:59 AM

Warren, I think you might be silly!

Yeah, TX doesn't have our mountains, but where I have visited (at least once) was near Ft Worth, and seemed like real pretty country to me. Stayed in a 'cabin' that I'd pretty much kill to own. Of course I was in horse country, and everything I saw was what I liked. I could not begin to tell you where exactly that we were, but I was there for the Memorial, and near Ft Worth Stock Yards. Lots of shoppping for Jessie!

You do know what a Quarter horse is, right?

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 10:03 AM

Yeah, we were stationed in San Angelo, TX (Goodfellow AFB) and there wasn't anything. I think I saw a hill once, off in the distance. We were down there for 6 months this past year during the worst part of the drought. Nothing but dirt and dead cactus as far as you could see. My wife lived for some time in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and said it was nice.

We just use these horses for pleasure riding, which may be a waste for them. They have champion bloodlines are are bred for barrels and cutting but, I don't know how to do any of that :)

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 10:24 AM

If you are using your horses for pleasure, or whatever, and they are happy too...it's never a waste. I see great horses, weary horses, plain horses, sitting in fields never petted, let alone ridden. To me, that's a waste. If you're using and loving them for what YOU got them for, it's perfect!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 10:55 AM

Good point Jess, I agree! Now, with that thought in my head, I think I'll go riding :)

Catch ya later!

-- Posted by KentuckyTransplant on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 11:01 AM

Awesome ...Happy Trails

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 11:05 AM

Yes, Jessie, I may just be feeling my oats today and being ornery too.

I ended up at that hotel I was at in 1987 again in 2003 or 2004. It is right next to a bridge that has become world famous for its evening flights of bats.

The bridge literaly shakes for several minutes after sundown. TexDOT spends a lot of money de-toxifying and or otherwise disposing of the by-products from the hundreds of thousands of bats that adopted the dark underside of the structure shortly after it was built.

The locals LOVE their BATS. You can set on the greenbelt and watch the sunset and NEVER swat a mosquito.

-- Posted by wh67 on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 11:35 AM

I've seen shows on TV about those bats. Pretty amazing!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Feb 17, 2012, at 11:53 AM

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