In Memory of an Old Friend

This is an oldie but goodie I got this from my niece-in-law. The author is apparently Lori Borgman- (h/t vivien)

When I got it my first thought was to share with the Uppityites! I have suspected for some time ( since around 2000) that Common Sense had died. Here is the obituary.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:-Knowing when to come in out of the rain; – Why the early bird gets the worm;- Life isn’t always fair; – And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don’t spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights,I Want It Now,Someone Else Is To Blame,I’m A Victim.Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, do nothing


83 Responses

  1. Wow! Excellent PMM. And timely too. I was just reading the end of last thread where you guys were discussing France’s ban and how people were stopping traffic but weren’t being arrested…..this fits right in! RIP Common Sense.

  2. Imust- sad is it not? So much of what we took for granted is gone. Govt is now in our bedrooms and schoolrooms. Yet- maniacs like Westoboro notchurch get away with disrupting funerals. Where is the logic in that? Yes, they have the right to free speech- but the families of the troops also have their rights. The townspeople who come out and block them from their hating still possess the common sense genes.

  3. Since when was common sense male? IMO, it’s either an “IT”
    or female because females show so much of it.

    We are so prone to use the male gender through many years of mind control but if one reads that obit and substitues “she, her” it sounds more believable – and it shows one to be a self-defining woman.

  4. twandx! Good point- I just copied and pasted it from the person who sent it to me- Mea Culpa!

  5. Good one, Mom. Common sense is definitely a chick!

  6. LORAC: UW knows if we are here reading, and I agree with VET,
    If I don’t have any contribution because it is so spot on, I don’t comment, as I’m sure many of us do.

    Comments aren’t always the correct number of people who are truly here reading, and that is most important.

    PMM: LOL—–very good post, It’s so sad, I should be crying insead of laughing at the snark

  7. PSS: I LOVE that Big Dawg is so much on TV and the news

  8. NES- am debating whether to edit the post- one of my personas says do it- the other side says if common sense was a woman she would have gone down fighting!

  9. Hahahahaha, Mom. You make a good case.

  10. Hey Mom, thanks for picking up some slack for me. As usual, I adore you.

  11. Uppity- MUAH! Love you back! Sometimes things just come at the right time!
    Big pot of pear butter working in the oven (yes- in the oven- I was using one of Dad’s preserving books and it had instructions- soooo much easier- don’t have to stand over the pot for hours to keep it from scorching lol)
    Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox- Vivaldi open thread for tomorrow if nobody has anything else!

  12. good essay, except for the teen pregnancy bit.
    Even teenage girls have a right to privacy when it comes to abortion.

  13. Once again the McDonald’s coffee case is dragged out for a public flogging,but did you know the woman who spilled her coffee received second degree burns over most of her lap or that she ended up spending two weeks in the hospital? Doesn’t sound so trivial now does it? Oh, and that was the 1500th complaint lodged against McDonald’s for serving near boiling coffee. They refused to comply with various requests and orders to literally cool it, so what is the recourse for corporate misbehavior? The rest of the examples are valid assaults against good sense I think, but there is another story in the coffee case.

  14. Teresa- agree on the teen pregnancy thing- but I do not know who originally authored this- it came to me by e-mail with no credits to the author- I did not want to change another writer’s work.
    Churl- the Mcdonald’s coffee thing- again- this is not my original writing. Appreciate you adding in the other salient points!

    If anybody knows who authored this- let me know so I can give credit.

  15. Uppity amazes me! IIRC she predicted a return to the draft a few years ago. And here it starts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee chairman is warning that further reductions to projected defense spending could make a military career so unattractive that it would force the Pentagon to revive the draft.

  16. I’ve been wishing I could see this obit again!

  17. Not amazing at all, Mom. I am a trained seal. I stop and I think of how someone thinks and then it’s not hard to figure him out. For starters, a draft reduces unemployment. Hey, barack promised them jobs, didn’t he? Let’s see how these stupid useful idiots who carried his signs and cheated in caucuses for him like Barack when they are drying to dig a foxhole for themselves in the desert.

    George W Bush reinstated the draft boards in his last term. I knew this for a fact as I was asked to consider being a member. I refused. The draft boards in the USA have been secretly fired up and ready to go for a number of years. Ready for the obama picking. Why I bet he can get the unemployment rate down to 5% in no time flat. Your numbers are going to be up, boys and girls of the Obama cult. Good luck with that OFA whiny-assed entitlement kiddies. Because that article Mom posted is an The Omen sure as Damian was fathered by a jackal. The government is gonna take care of you just like he promised. See the world! Mostly see the desert! Don’t forget to vote for Obama For America! Because with a second term, he isn’t going to give a hot shit what you think any longer. In fact, he doesn’ give a shit now. Soon you will get to see how cuts affect YOU instead of old people you hate so much.

    There are 11,000 selective service board members active right now in the USA and they are recruiting more.

  18. Now recuiting illegal aliens.

    Selective Service does not collect any information which would indicate whether or not you are undocumented. You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today.

    No we don’t send them back, we put them in the army! Cool!

  19. Comments aren’t always the correct number of people who are truly here reading, and that is most important.
    yep.. 🙂

  20. Sick bastards- though my first thought on the illegals was-“I would rather have an illegal who is willing to put her/his life on the line to BE AMERICAN as opposed to an obot whiner standing next to my son and/or his wife in the line of fire.”
    How bad is THAT?

  21. Stick ANOTHER fork in him! Bad news for oblamer

    Among the most skeptical: self-described independent voters, who are sure to be a critical constituency in next year’s presidential election. Sixty percent of independent voters say Obama bears the blame for the dismal economy—a 32 point increase since Gallup first posed the question in July 2009.

  22. MOM – No blame intended. We all must be aware of how the language has and continues to define us and learn to change the way we speak instead of using the demeaning traps, built into the language that are so common.

    Like how man’s possessions are female. Boats, cars or women are things, right? When we clean up our own language perceptions we start to clean up our children’s. This is a continuing positive way to do something to raise the status of women in our, our children’s and other’s eyes.

    It also really pisses off the thought police MChogs who just hate it when we see through their programming that makes us define ourselves as possessions and lower our self esteem.

  23. Twandx- You made an excellent point- and it is always good to remind us of how insidious the male oriented language can be. Your comments are well appreciated!

  24. Lori Borgman is the author.

  25. I give the male pronoun for Common Sense a pass as just being written by someone who was taught old school grammar or simply because the well know pamphlet of that name was penned by Thomas Paine. It is clear that it was not written as a gender bash or there would be no wife Discretion or daughter Responsibility.

  26. Socal
    Thanks for all the tips on phones. I was not expecting Mom to move in until the holidays but she was losing the will to live at Shady Pines so I let her escape sooner and now have to get things in line asap.

    I did a search with specific providers and senior and found phones not listed on their web sites The web sites seem to think senior mean 65+ and just not in need of the latest gadget, not 85+ and this is first cell phone.

  27. RIP common sense. We hardly knew you.

  28. ooooh, wall street is running scared from these protestors. Yawn. WTF. and i do not mean win the future…

  29. The underground economy is doing just fine, folks are bartering, recycling, hiding their “income” and aware of that thug languishing in the Whitehouse / across the street casing their business with plans to either rob or mug them on the way to deposit the day’s receipts. Obama personifies EVERYTHING about which his “typical White” grandmother expressed misgivings. Instead of “Cringing” at the racist eruptions of his legitimately exasperated, over-worked professional blood relative, he MIGHT have recognized that she was carrying the expenses of her alcoholic spouse, the abandoned son of her daughter’s “progressive” recklessness, his Commie “mentor” Frank, and the prep school she was sending him to (for which he claimed to have paid with “scholarship” money – yeah, Banker Grandma Madelyn’s Checkbook Scholarship.) That homage to the son of a Kenyan, only-in-America pitch truly gags me. Common Sense would have made the “typical American” wonder what Common Experience they shared with somebody who purported to have the commonality of purpose to lead them. Common Sense would have made them wonder why all the news outlets – bordering on bankruptcy because they failed to adapt to the changing economy, should be trusted to provide honest coverage much less a credible “endorsement” of the Cash King.

  30. Brilliant. I give you the Pulitzer price of philosophy

  31. Uppity:
    I love you and love Bill

  32. let’s see- the fraud gave a speech yesterday- and what happens every time he gives a speech? But this time it is being blamed on the Fed. If they can’t get our money in taxes they just crash our 401k’s- same result- more destitute Americans!

  33. Thank you bellecat. That felt really good.

  34. Upps, I’m not trying to get all up in your business, but I am curious. Navy seal? That would explain alot.

  35. Goodness no vivien. It’s an old corporate America term for people who have had tons of training at corporate locations.

    But now you have me curious as to what it explains!

  36. Blowass pretends he supports Israel.

  37. I’m a navy brat. I think with a navy brain. My last comment needed just one more sentence. It was meant to be funny. I bombed, didn’t I?

  38. Yeah but I love you anyways.

  39. Does your heart not just break for this baby?

  40. BLECH! That fraud has his own sorry ass meddling self to blame for this whole damn “palestinian state” problem. He encouraged them with his damn speechifying.
    More crap for Hillary to clean up. Or will the fraud make it worse and send horseface?

  41. Oh Upps, you just made my day. I feel the same about you and Bill. And that’s no joke.

  42. ………shuffling foot.

  43. Well Mom, he needs some big war for that draft. Gotta get that unemployment rate down. And besides, wartime presidents get re-elected, you know?

  44. Ah yes Uppity- silly me! And all the bots will traipse off to defend Israel- right?

    I see that the crazy Professor Amy Bishop has entered her not guilty cuz I am crazy plea.
    Had common sense prevailed she would have gone to jail years ago when she first got in trouble. Couldn’t have that though.

  45. uppity- you’ve got mail.

  46. Yeah Amy. Privileged little nutcase who got away with killing her brother. It took too long for them to enter a plea. SHe should have been executed by now.

  47. UW, have you seen this PSA? We now have “Word Police?” I posted about it at my blog. Here is the vid. Looks like Humor is on his death bed.

  48. Ah yes Uppity- silly me! And all the bots will traipse off to defend Israel- right?

    I somehow get the feeling that’s not what barack has in mind even if he is lying thru his teeth again like he did in 08. I should pull up those posts and do a current one but don’t have the energy.

  49. Shoulda just called everybody a C*nt. That would be okay.

  50. But really john, it is cruel to use that word. there but for the grace of God go you. Or your child.

  51. UW, it may or may not be cruel. If someone is picking on a person with a mental disorder, yes, it is cruel. But calling friends “retarded” is not cruel. My point is why is our government involved in this? It is providing the foundation for government control of free speech. UW, how many times have you called a friend or family member “redneck” when you caught them doing something that a redneck would do? You know, like things I do everyday!

  52. When I was a child there was a family living a few doors down that had a daughter afflicted with what was called in those days “mild mental retardation.” My Mom forbade anybody to use “retard” – neighbor kids included.
    My Mom was light years ahead of the times. She never, ever allowed any kind of discrimination against anybody. Gotta love her!

  53. If anybody is interested- Live streaming of the Clintons at CGI

    Chelsea is speaking now.

  54. Bill introduced Chelsea and she introduced her Mom. Hillary is speaking now! Of course speaking about women!
    I listen to the Clintons and it makes me so sad that we were saddled with a second rate Chicago con man!

  55. Oh boy- the Big Dawg is speaking now. Talking about how depressed people are now- and how we need to go on- and how things will change. How we can all make a difference. That man KNOWS how to lift people up!
    I could weep!

  56. I surely hope that whole thing comes up on video- Hillary and Bill surely know how to inspire people. And it isn’t by lecturing or talking down or calling names. That was an hour well spent.
    I could listen to either of them for hours and never get annoyed or angry or depressed.
    I will keep an eye out for the video and link (or post) it if and when it comes up!

  57. pmm, thanks so much for the heads up. I get the emails, but I must not have noticed the live stream was part of the conference at CGI.

    Bill had me mesmerized. If you don’t have real hope after hearing him then you aren’t listening. He is such a beacon on a hill. Speaking of Hill, I missed that part and need to find the Chelsea and Hill bits.

    I wanted him to keep speaking. Sorry it had to end. That he is in the public sector doing good for mankind has never been given the proper accolades in the press. He deserves that damn peace prize they gave to the fraud.

  58. Hey, I love Upps too. More than Bill! (Oh oh…there go my commenting privileges……)

  59. I hope this works. The vids are all here. Chelsea, Hillary, Bill, tons of dignitaries and bright minds who know there is work involved in creating change. There is a pic of the fraud with Bill on the site. I guess he showed up for a photo op and to take credit for something positive and good in the world that he has nothing to do with causing.

  60. YAY! Karen thanks! Now I have to figure out how to save them all to vodpod- then import that to wordpress-
    Where is McNorman? DE?

  61. PMM
    I wasn’t criticizing you. I know you didn’t write the piece. Liked the essay though, it feels like the world has gone crazy stupid sometimes.

  62. teresa- no problem! It does feel like the world has gone totally batshit crazy- like it’s an epidemic of stupid out there!
    Here is yet another example of total lack of common sense (and a few other things she is lacking) Ocot “mom” is losing her house- it is totally trashed and she has not paid the mortgage in three months. Why am I not surprised?

  63. karen- thanks for the links! I got one up and posted! WOOT!

  64. Octomom said she regrets having all those children…well, duh. But you don’t go on record regretting the birth of your children after it is too damn late to change your mind. I would be mortified if my children thought I regretted having them.
    Oh well, today, even parenthood is all about the needs of the parent.

  65. Now, they look good on her, but with the country facing another recession (having not come out of the previous one) and the DJIA dropping through the floor, isn’t wearing $40k in diamond bracelets to a DNC fundraiser defying common sense?


  66. I’m sure all those children regret having her too.

  67. Bill Clinton has a new book coming out- in Nov.

    Clinton’s latest book, “Back to Work,” will be released this November, and will offer solutions to some of America’s most pressing problems.

    Clinton will provide “specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses,” according to a press release from the book’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

    “I wrote this book because I love my country and I’m concerned about our future,” Clinton wrote in the release.

    Barky must be crying on Valerie’s shoulder while ordering an advance copy!

  68. John, the problem with using the word retard when joking around is that you never know who might be hurt. If you used it and that child was behind you, you would feel bad having her hear what you said. And you can’t be sure who you might be offending. Maybe the guy you are joking with has a retarded sister and you didn’t know it.
    No one wants to be defined as the thing other people do not want to be. It is not okay to call someone a faggot just because they aren’t. Using the word as pejorative is what hurts.

  69. djmm, what I love about that picture is that Barack and Meeechelle are in back of TOTUS.

  70. UW, if those kids don’t regret their mom now, they will one day.

  71. Exactly right, Teresainpa! I am so used to seeing it with the President (are they attached permanently to him?) that I did not notice it.

    The comments are interesting too, but this may be my favorite: “It’s wonderful they are so in love! He’s about to have a lot of free time on his hands to spend quality time with his wife ( & I can’t wait for him to go)” from “Sarah the nurse, Iowa City USA, 22/9/2011”


  72. thank you teresa. As a parent of a child with both physical and mental disabilities, I find that word offensive.

  73. ok, i need a break from the Repug debate… UGH!!! So, here it goes…. 🙂 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 I have personal experience of this happening in my home…. 😯 🙄 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  74. Shoulda just called everybody a C*nt. That would be okay.

    Now that line there summarizes exactly why we revere and roll with Uppity.

  75. That PSA needs a whole female section – the majority section – since she referred to the others as “minorities”

    let’s see: c*nt, whore, slut, b*tch (used against females OR males), pussy (used against males but implying women are inferior), douche, tw*t, ah, there’s more….

    I just thought of something – all these slurs basically refer to a woman’s genitals. Now, men like their breasts. I can’t think of any slurs used to mean or objectify women (or men when they’re applied to them) that refer to breasts. And yet, the area in which they get their biggest thrills – that one gets all the derogatory words. Hmmm…. sounds like they have a love/hate relationship – born of fear…? born of grudging admiration…? Hmmm… perhaps a Freudian puzzle…. lol

  76. Clean up in Aisle 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lorac’ers is using dirrrrrrty words.

  77. JWS has a great new post up — about how Bam is toast.

  78. “Shoulda just called everybody a C*nt. That would be okay”.

    Now that line there summarizes exactly why we revere and roll with Uppity


  79. lorac, they concentrate on the genitals because they know that is where they got their start. For some strange reason, men are afraid of women’s reproductive ability, yet they need it.
    RE the picture of Michele and Barack, I don’t ever recall a picture of another president and his first lady kissing – set me straight if I’m incorrect. One other thing, neither of them look like they are enjoying the encounter – MO looks desperate, BO looks bored and the lips never meet.

  80. P.S. MKBill, a clip for you – Ava Gardner singing – Along came Bill. That’s you!

  81. Good one HT. He likes this one too because he’s such an egomaniac.

  82. Uppity, egomaniac yes but thank jeebus he’s not a narcissist otherwise we’d have bumper stickers et al. I can just visualize his possible campaign strategy – What have humans done for you lately, Vote for the Tom, he’ll claw out waste, chew out foreign policy decisions and scratch unnecessary programs.
    what’s that, create jobs – oh waist, is that the responsibility of the president?

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