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Blue dots in red states

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Reference: The Maddow Blog, Blue dot wonders: Better life somewhere else?

    This blog may be of interest to liberals and progressives that live in a red state. People are sharing their personal experiences of living as a "liberal minority" (blue dot) in a heavily red state. Here's one from Dragoon21b that you might relate to:

    "I'm a Blue dot out in rural red country...and I can sympathize with the FOX thing. Anywhere there is a public TV out here that's whats turned on (well that or ESPN). My problem is I am a born button pusher. I was working in and office and every morning my boss used to come in and put on Rush...She knew I hated it and I think took perverse joy in making me sit through his show...so one day I had had enough and just went and tuned it to NPR...I think I am probably the only person to have ever been fired for changing a radio station."

    There are more good stories at the link. Scroll down.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" Yes I feel like a "blue dot" too, here in FL. My wife drives a "blue car" as well so that ads to being actual "blue" in traffic.
    So I drive with my head down, so no one recognises me. But anyway this "Scott" guy was/is big buddies with Romney at the time of the
    elections; I was lucky I had a mail-in ballot. Since te Repubs have the majority here they all disapproved the new gun recommendations as expected. So I better move as well; I'm staying here because of the climate/beaches etc. but certainly not for the way this State is run by a bunch of total idiots.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Dutch, I see where you think Florida is run by a batch of idiots. I cannot argue with you based on your knowledge of your political leaders, BUT at least your state voted Democratically. On the other hand, my state (I am a transplant here as well) always has and will vote Republican. At least you have that one advantage. All my friends and my wife's friends are staunch Republicans. We get together with 2 other couples every weekend, rotating who hosts the gathering, and rarely talk politics. I remember the last time we did. It was after I had my last pacemaker transplant, and my comments to the others involved how fortunate I was to have Obama Care, because no one else would insure me after I retired. What an argument that started, so as I said, we don't talk politics anymore. At least you can probably find some friends who are of the same persuasion politically as you are. I have lived here over 21 years and finished my working career here, so all the people I met here were either through my job, my daily experiences, and I even met my wife here. It just so happened that my politics were "no big deal" to me in those earlier years, and everyone I met just happened to be Republican. I sure am staying here because my wife's family is here and I just couldn't ask her to leave them. Most of the time it is not too bad, so I can deal with it.

    Getting back to your thoughts on Florida being run by idiots, surely they are no worse than those running Mississippi. Look what Gov. Bryant is saying on the local news (no national exposure yet) about how his intent is to not follow ANY Federal laws that Obama gets through Congress, that make even one change in gun laws. How idiotic is that? I am no lawyer, but I would think that it approaches the crime of treason.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels" Yes sure the people voted Democrat, but due to as was mentioned in an other "thread" I gues it musthave been the "division" of voting districts etc. which skewed everything direction Repubs. No whole of Tallahashi is Repubs. Even the head of police here is a pure Nazi
    figure; dresses like it with his baldhead and speaks like it.
    Yes I can understand your medical issue; I had a heart attack myself, so I know all about it. But anyway hang in there and I support you all the way!!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Many thanks Dutch. I have no heart problem and take zero medications. It is strictly an "electrical" problem where my brain gets lazy and forgets to send a signal to the epicenter on my heart. The symptoms have happened my entire life, but only when I was 39 and living in Ohio did the doctor there discover the reason. I am on my third pacemaker now, but it is no problem. I don't even notice that I have it. No cardiologist appointment, or other medical remembrance, just after 10 or more years I suspect that the symptoms are going to recur, so I have a monthly check over the phone, where they can monitor battery life.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michael" I do not hope it is the same battery design as in the 787. Haha (It is a bit larger too!!) But stay away from the swamp gas in Mississippi
    Have a great weekend, too bad our healthcare idea's did not work out here because of different payment methods etc. Anyway it was fun, you always have great "threads" Rob
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Thanks Rob and my battery is a "Pacesetter" brand, just like the previous one that lasted 13 years. My first battery was "Intermedics" brand and it lasted just a few days short of 10 years. They contain computer chips that record every heartbeat, how many and what percentage are pacemaker assisted, and all sorts of other data. I only use mine around 1-1.5% of the time and it is only when I am sleeping, so I feel nothing. Guess I'm pretty lucky.