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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00 am

On television there was a big splash because a host on cooking, Chef Paula Deen, used the N-word. I don’t see that word as that bad. I was raised in St. Paul, Minn., and it was 1925. I was of German descent and I was called a “Kraut.” I never thought anything of it. I think this subject is way overboard.

The president is on another vacation in Africa at the taxpayers’ expense. Guess he wants to get to his grass-roots because his trips don’t accomplish anything else — all talk and no action. Why isn’t he looking at the major things happening on the homefront? I’ve said it before: We need a good house cleaning to get us on the right track.

Gay marriage — what a big farce. Marriage is a bond between man and woman. Just read the Bible! God created woman as a partner for man, and anyone who thinks differently is a freak — enough said

Seniors, if you haven’t found LOEL Center you have missed out.come meet other seniors and find out what you’re missing. They have lunch five days a week and many programs to keep you busy. On Tuesday, they have Bingo. You can spend an afternoon and enjoy yourself. Check all the activities that go on everyday of the week. Check it out. Also, it’s cool on these hot summer days.

The civil war in Egypt is going strong and we as the United States still give aid — $1.3 billion. Who gets the money? The rebels who are overthrowing the government. Ask yourself, what’s wrong there? In my opinion, we should cut them off and look after our own.

Ira Senecal


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  • Ed Walters posted at 2:41 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Come on Joanne: Lets leave out the put down, I thought it was a funny thought, now a days all cars lock as soon as the key is in the ignition. A safety factor and you know it, especially in a mall or shopping center parking lot. Where as someone with bad thoughts might look for a person with an unlocked door, and you know the rest. Better to be locked than sorry. BTW, never park near a van that wasn`t there before you parked. A key fob is the way to go, providing your dog doesn`t eat it. Stay safe.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:43 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Funny story - the last time we drove to SF (because my daughter wanted to go for her birthday) - right there at Pier 39 was a bum bending just enough so the excrement didn't fall into his shoe - pants down for all the world to see.

    Lovely town, SF!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:38 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Yes. They either brag that they are so smart they could retire at 50 or they are on some sort of disability or another.

    Of course, those are not entitlements - no way!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:31 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "My car automatically locks doors, what are you driving that you have to lock the doors, perhaps a car old enough that a smog test is not needed."

    Ooooh...capitalist put down, huh Ed?

    I don't need a car with automatic locks since my kids no longer need to be prevented from opening the door of a moving vehicle. AND I've trained one of the dogs to lock the doors for me - she's quite good at it.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:03 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Being retired a long time seems to be a common factor among many of our local right wing extremist.

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Ed, you've been retired a long time?

    Things have changed.

    Lots of renewal in the south of Market area.

    But yes, there are still places in the city where...

    Whitey shouldn't tread...

    Late at night...




  • Ed Walters posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Eric: The worst place to be is after a 49er game at night, driving down Evans St. at 3rd. What on earth were you doing at Turk and Hyde St. or the Fillmore. I haven`t been in that liberal of all liberal cities in years, where is Cow Hollow, never heard of it. Since I am not a meat eater, you might describe were Izzy`s is, do they serve fish? Smiling has nothing to do with it, I`m talking reality. For your own good, never walk 3rd St. after dark. Glad you made it though, and after the jury set George free, until things cool down, best stay with the rest of the tourists. Try the Cliff house overlooking the ocean at lands end, great view of the ocean and seal rocks, or go to the SF zoo. I lived close enough to hear the lions roar in the morning, SF was a wonderful city 50 years ago, no bars on the windows or security doors where I used to live, there is now. Hope the state doesn`t follow Detroit into ruin, since Detroit will receive no help or money from the Feds. thank Barry for that.

  • Ed Walters posted at 1:13 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Joanne: Lodi, like all towns and cities have what you call crazy people, From JLK.Jr. south in Stockton and even Wilson Way, beware when the sun goes down, not the most charming people you would want to meet, not like us anyway. My car automatically locks doors, what are you driving that you have to lock the doors, perhaps a car old enough that a smog test is not needed. And yes Joanne, it`s time to hang with my dogs, next to my wife, my best friends.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    No that's not what I mean I'm sure you know San Francisco better that I do but I have walked from Franklin Square in the Mission District to Chinatown crossing the Turk and Hyde area. I've been to the Fillmore district. I've walked or bussed from Japantown (cheap parking) through the Fillmore district for dim sum as well as north to Cow Hollow, great steaks at Izzy’s. Never felt threatened and I don't live in Stockton. Maybe you don't smile enough.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:24 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Eric: When you state you have been all over San Francisco, you mean Fisherman`s wharf, the cable cars, the Cliff House and the possibility of boating over to Alcatraz along with pier 39, and other tourists traps that cater to white folks, though anyone with money is welcomed. I rather doubt you have ever been in Hunters Point, the Fillmore District, or south of Market, or Turk and Hyde, the home of 6 story low housing, or even the Mission District, just like Mexico, all at night, stay where the tourists hang and you should be OK, though there is no promise that you won`t be mugged or worse. I worked many nights in these areas, if looks could kill I would have been dead along time ago, as I was not wanted in that area. Law enforcement keeps the unwanted off of Market St, just don`t go to Howard St., you won`t like what you see, and will be glad to get home to the crime ridden streets of Stockton.[wink]

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Cracker" is a reference to "poor whites" or, in another opinion, to "slave foremen who were always cracking their whips." Either way, it mostly refers to what is now called "white trash."

    Ed - been hanging out with the dogs too long? "Black folks roam," like packs of wild dogs just looking for victims?

    I didn't listen to Obama's entire "talk" the other day, but when a news person spoke of him mentioning "hearing the click of car doors locking" as he passed by, I had to harass my husband - we were waiting for the light at Lower Sac and Pacific several years back when a black guy crossed the road near our vehicle. My husband's first reaction? He locked the car doors. A perfectly benign person going about his business. We've never let him forget it.

    My husband lived in New York for many years and I was born and raised there - I've never been afraid of going to ANY neighborhood. My little brother lived in Spanish Harlem while he attended Columbia and the biggest terror there were the huge roaches that took over every night.

    Lodi has some pretty crazy people who "roam" all over. They can be pretty terrifying at times.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:26 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Ed I'm well aware what the term "cracker" implies. Your experience in San Francisco doesn't really change what happened in Florida. Obviously "black folks" aren't free to roam everywhere. Since you brought it up shouldn't "black folks" be free to roam anywhere?
    Also I've been all over San Francisco in the daytime, were exactly are these areas that "white people shoudn't and the police are afraid to go to?

  • Ed Walters posted at 6:32 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    Eric: The word cracker, has been around as long as dirt, and used by the black race in reference to a white person. I am originally from San Francisco, believe me there are areas in the city where a white person or "cracker" will not go even in the day time, and only police when there are two cars full of police in riot gear. Where as black folks roam anywhere they choose. Big difference, been there, seen that.

  • John Kindseth posted at 4:33 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    I cant help much here. As usual it appears to be a flotsam slinging between the same regular parties. Not a party many want to attend, however.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:08 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Ira Senecal: "'bad word'. I don’t see that word as that bad... I was called a ..."

    Wow, I can imagine those Irish boys were really mean with their taunting. After "88 years" it's probably easier now, to look back on those events more favorably then they actually were.

    But what if those boys called you "Jude" or Jew?

    What if they were relentless, day after day, and quoted their father's nasty "euphemisms" and their hateful caricaturizations of a race of men with large hooked noses and single eyebrows doing only "despicable things"?

    That would of been a little bit harder to shrug off, huh??


  • Walter Chang posted at 3:57 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Ira Senecal: "I was raised in St. Paul, Minn., and it was 1925"

    Although lots of "Germans" immigrated to Minnesota, they didn't really settle in St. Paul. In 1925, one would find mostly Irish, Norwegians and Scandinavians living there. I'm curious as to why Ira's family choose to live there and not in one of the mostly German communities like St. Cloud?

  • Walter Chang posted at 3:56 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Ira Senecal: "I was of German descent"

    Interesting, coming from the man with a Hebrew first name and a French surname. I wonder if Grampa was being totally honest? Just possibly, East European might be a better description?

  • Walter Chang posted at 3:46 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184


  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:57 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sadly, for Lodi, it IS.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 2:53 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    I don’t know Ed from recent events it appears there is a price to pay if a black guy calls a white guy "cracker"

  • Lawrence Steinberg posted at 1:55 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Lawrence Steinberg Posts: 65

    Before the 1860s, it was not a problem in the United States for a white person to own a black person but, if a black person had tried to own a white person, there would have been a riot. Say what you will, in the end, it all comes back to history.

  • Ed Walters posted at 1:48 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 637

    For a black person to use the word "cracker" or "whitey" not a problem, but for a white guy to call a black person a, well you know, Huston and everyplace else, you have a problem.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Jul 21, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Ira it's a shame that you are so willing to except the generosity of William Holz, founder of the LOEL center but not willing to pay that generosity forward. I bet Paula Deen understands now, it is a big deal Now I'm gonna go raise my freak flag enjoy your milk toast Ira.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Jul 21, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    Imagine how wonderful and problem free the world would be if we all "thought" like Ira Senecal - although in this case, the word "thought" quite a misnomer.

  • Walter Chang posted at 9:55 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    Ira, we got your message though...

    If it's not YOUR problem, it's not a problem!!


  • Will Rainwater posted at 8:57 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 45

    God Bless you Ira!!!!! Tell it like it is!!!!!!!


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