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What's in a Pronoun?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Jul 23, 2012

There may be no more loaded word in the English language than "you."

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hi Rick -- it appears to be limited to just the header in the message board screen, this time. Very odd -- seems to relate somehow to MSWord 2010 vs. earlier versions. Please let me know if that weird symbolage exists throughout the blog -- thanks.

I know you wouldn't want to miss it!

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Tom’s blog entry this week reminds me of that classic scene in “Tropic Thunder” when Ben Stiller is arguing with his platoon about being lost in the jungle. One of his troops is Robert Downey Jr. who is in black face, pretending to be an African American. Stiller says, “I don’t believe you people.” And Downey says, “Wait. What did you say? What do you mean, YOU PEOPLE?” And then Brandon T. Jackson (who is an actual African American) says to Downey, “What do YOU mean, you people?”

Ha ha. It is a classic.

Here’s the clip.

Web Link

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Posted by Malcom X
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Mr. Cushing, you must write just for kicks, right? Note to self: I could swear that Obama made the comment, "YOU didn't build that." Funny how there is no mention of that line in your column. Stay true to your party Mr. Cushing, but at least tell both sides of the story.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hi X: nah -- I get paid, here and elsewhere, in addition to the kicks (and the various rocks and organics flung my way). And "you're" right -- I missed a chance to incorporate the President's 'you' in the paragraph about that statement -- it would've made it a better column.

BTW, pretty sure I'm registered Independent. Is there a way to look that up?

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

Malcolm X, this is what what Obama said: "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

Did an individual business owner build the American System of roads, bridges, education, etc. that enabled his business to thrive? No, "we" built it. (Actually, our parents and grandparents built a lot of it. "We're" not doing so much for our own kids these days. But I digress.) Obama was saying the same thing that Tom was saying - don't think "you" are not part of society, that you somehow exist in your own world where you take sole credit for all you have achieved and owe nothing to anyone else.

Mitt Romney said the same thing to American Olympic team members at the Salt Lake Olympics. Web Link

I guess it only counts in athletics, not wealth creation, right?

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jul 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Looks like maybe Romney didn’t have too bad of a week. According to CBS, the latest poll shows Romney leading Obama by 5 points. See here:

Web Link

Maybe more people need to read Tom’s articles. Help Obama out people!! Spread the word.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I'll take the blame if my guy loses -- as long as you give me credit when he wins.

One job we now know your guy Isn't going to get, regardless: Ambassador to the UK. To paraphrase Churchill: "rarely have some many been so annoyed by just one man, and so quickly!"

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Posted by Time for truth
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Actually, all's well. Piers Morgan on CNN did a great full-hour interview with Mitt and Ann Romney on the Olympic grounds. Aired Thur and Fri nights, and will re-air again, probably a Sat or Sunm this week or next.
Several days last week LONDON papers had commented on NOT being ready & security. In context, from Mitt's perspective, he made a logical comment.
He was called in to rescue A Winter Olympics, that were in crisis. He agreeded to try, and took no pay, acting to serve the US as HOST country. Overcame many obstacles, and 'international' issues. All coming together in 3+ years of work, including finding sponsors which were scarce at first, and just a few months from the event, .....Sept 11, 2001, hit our US.!! Suddenly, 'security' became a huge issue,(and trying to keep & find more donors/sponsors, many thinking Olympics should not happen at all.
But, on Dec 1, the flame started, and Olympics opened on scheduled FEB, 2001, 4 + months after the 9-1-1.
Romney served the term, did a turnaround rescue, and in spite of the terrorist tragedy and new security issues, the Winter 2002 Olympics were successful and profitable ! without incident.
A job well done. After accomplishing Initial turnaround, followed by new security crisis, he served his term and country well.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

"logical" -- and wildly inappropriate to the situation, which called for a statesman-like approach, and response. He wasn't being asked to grade the Brits as an expert witness on the very day of his arrival, he was thrown a softball Q in the hope that he might find a way to be a gracious guest. A swing-and-a-miss, on an easy pitch, thrown right down the middle.

As for the do-overs, they mostly appeal to the several True Believers who are already pledged to Mr. Romney.

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