RIP Pauline Phillips

by: melvin

Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 23:23:20 PM EST



My favorite Dear Abby letter of all time:
 

Dear Abby -- About four months ago, the house across the street was sold to a "father and son" or so we thought.

We later learned it was an older man about 50 and a young fellow about 24.

This was a respectable neighborhood before this "odd couple" moved in. They have all sorts of strange-looking company. Men who look like women, women who look like men, blacks, whites, Indians. Yesterday I even saw two nuns go in there!

They must be running some sort of business, or a club. There are motorcycles, expensive sports cars and even bicycles parked in front and on the lawn. They keep their shades drawn so you can't see what's going on inside but they must be up to no good, or why the secrecy?

We called the police department and they asked if we wanted to press charges! They said unless the neighbors were breaking some law there was nothing they could do.

Abby, these weirdos are wrecking our property values! How can we improve the quality of this once-respectable neighborhood?

--UP IN ARMS
 

Dear Up -- You could move.  
 

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Dear Abby -- (2.00 / 17)
Our son married a girl when he was in the service. They were married in February and she had an 8 1/2-pound baby girl in August. She said the baby was premature. Can an 8 1/2-pound baby be this premature?
-- Wanting to Know

Dear Wanting -- The baby was on time. The wedding was late. Forget it.


I'm totally hooked on advice columnists (2.00 / 17)
I started with Dear Abby and Ann Landers when I was a wee tot.   Moved on to Miss Manners in my teens and I still read at least one or two columns a day.  Abby was one of a kind.  Iin some ways, I really wish her daughter had let the column die.  It's still OK, but it has lost all the fun of the old days.

In a way I view Dan Savage, (2.00 / 15)
who spent a small fortune buying Ann Landers' desk and writes at it still, as the rightful heir of the sisters.

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Thanks, I had forgotten that. (2.00 / 15)


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Reminds me of this "new" classic... (2.00 / 12)
"I don't know what you people do in your own country but in America we don't go onto other peoples property and touch their stuff."



"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson


Good lord (yeah I went and looked) (2.00 / 11)
Reminds me of a classic compliment from one of my small town neighbors to another on her new kitchen blinds. "We can't see what's going on even with our binoculars."

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Funnies thing I've read in a long while... (2.00 / 10)
thank you, CG!

/still chuckling

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Yep David Thorne... (2.00 / 9)
Is one funny mofo. penguin

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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he's heading for the stairs! (2.00 / 7)


Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Now that's funny right there, I don't care (2.00 / 12)
who you are!

This is despite the fact that practically every living creature there can kill you in under three minutes. Our primary spoken language is screaming.

/Last Continent

Of course the Aussie was being a supercilious dick, so that's funny, too. But I'd give him the Fail flag on the dealing-with-neighbors forum.

I did not get along very well with my neighbours in Australia and seventeen thousand miles away, little has changed.

Yep, I'm shocked they didn't respond well to you there, either. :~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Very funny..... (2.00 / 8)
I can't stop reading...and laughing. Thanks!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Good, I hope that Abby was an old one... (2.00 / 12)
This is fun, on Raw Story

Republicans gather at former plantation to discuss minority outreach

"When the first English foot was placed in Virginia, it was here on these grounds that once served as a central part of the area's plantation life in the 1600s through 1800s," boasts the website of the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, which draws a discrete veil over whatever events in the 1800s may have caused that to end.

But tradition lives on in the name of the resort's Plantation Golf Course and the 374-seat Burwell Plantation Room - where, as luck would have it, the forum on minorities and women was to be held.

You could draw cartoons about this all day long.

I was looking for an image to go with "I don't know why they don't like me?" for this, but this will do...



John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Nothing says outreach to minorities (2.00 / 12)
like a closed meeting at a fucking slave plantation. Bring me another mint julep, boy.

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I could see a trade convention, (2.00 / 11)
I'm sure it is a nice place and real estate has to be used, but a minority outreach planning session???

Where do these folks get their marketing advice from?

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

If you google 47% he is the first thing that pops up.

Top 13 Quotes in Mitt Romney's Leaked Fundraiser Video

And had he been born of Mexican parents I'd have a better shot at winning this, but he was [audience laughs] unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico. They'd lived there for a number of years, and, uh, I mean I say that jokingly, but it'd be helpful if they'd been Latino...

You just can't make this shit up...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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The GOPs putting it together are all crackers - (2.00 / 9)
pale male and stale as my brother says, also Christian, straight, etc. They live in their own world, that same world that couldn't accept reality the night of the election.

Tea and crackers. They can't understand that the US isn't all some inbred holler, that it actually includes places that look elsewhere. Take the left coast, with which I am more familiar. Our economy consists largely of exports to Canada, Japan, China. What the fuck do we care about Mayberry and its idiotic history?


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It's tone-deafness layered upon layer (2.00 / 3)
but he was [audience laughs] unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico.

It would not occur to Mittens that "American" is not synonymous with "White". What you meant was that your dad was born of white folks with US citizenship living in Mexico, which is not the same thing.

If it was just a faux pas that would be one thing, but it wasn't. Just like the 47% comment - which he intrinsically believes - his concept of "American" is tightly coupled with his concept of "White". On an intellectual level he knows better - I would not accuse him of "being a racist" - but at a gut level his perception is skewed in relation to reality.

There are probably a lot of ethnically Latino kids born in Mexico of parents who are US citizens. But the concept of that is not part of what the GOP has become.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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GOP marketing... (2.00 / 2)


John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Off topic, a friend of mine was deported a few months ago. (2.00 / 3)
He says it is the best thing that ever happened to him. Although he hasn't seen it since he was six, Mexico seems to agree with him.

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Oh thank god. (2.00 / 9)
There is hope for us yet... ;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Even The Onion mourns the loss of Dear Abby (2.00 / 7)
http://www.theonion.com/articl...

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

HAHAHAHA!!! (2.00 / 7)
"I never realized how much I relied on her advice until this afternoon, when my fourth-grader came home with a bad report card and I didn't know whether to call his teacher, request a face-to-face conference with her, or find her after school and murder her" said visibly confused "Dear Abby" reader Karen McCutcheon, 34, who along with millions of other Americans confirmed she now lacks the guidance necessary to know whether to get her boss a present for his birthday or set fire to his home while he's sleeping.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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This one's great, too (2.00 / 7)
"I can't ask Abby what to do about the dog next door who won't stop barking and now I'm wondering: Should I kill him? Fuck him? Kill him first and then fuck him and eat him? I just don't know anymore."


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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Clearly there are some things that people will always need (2.00 / 5)
guidance on, being completely unable to discern right from wrong. ;)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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