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Getting Screamed at in California

Posted by Abaco 2 weeks, 3 days ago to News
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Some of you may have heard about the Stefan (sp) something-or-other last name case out here where the police shot and killed a young man. Happened about a year ago. Well, I guess our DA decided this weekend to not try to charge the cops. I haven't followed it, really. But, I guess tensions are high. I was getting my coffee in the office yesterday and heard a couple of the ladies talking about it. I casually mentioned that some "protesters" who are angry about it may decide to take out their frustrations on people who have nothing to do with it (think Reginald Denny, the LA riots). Well, this lady started screaming at me, creating a big scene in the office. I didn't say anything about race or anything like that. It was really bizarre. I commented later that it was the first time in my entire career (started working at 11 years old) that anybody ever screamed at me at work. I guess she disagreed with me, thought that nobody would be violent, and was really wound up about it. It was like an odd psychosis. This is the funny part. As she was screaming and the other ladies were trying to get her to shut up I didn't cower. I just stood there and sipped my coffee. When she took a breath I said, "Why are you yelling at me? I didn't do anything." Just got a blank stare. A lot of people in my situation would have cowered and scurried off. But, I've done nothing wrong...making life much simpler, I've found. There is a lot of tension out there, apparently. I was a bit naïve about it - not watching the news, etc. So, on the bright side, I've learned something.


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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    My wife and another senior citizen happened to strike up a conversation about the presidential election in a doctor's office after the 2016 election. Both were happy that Hillary didn't win. As soon as they began to laugh, another lady in the waiting room jumped up and began screaming at them, saying "You're not allowed to say such things! Shut up, or I'll have you arrested!"

    My wife just laughed at her, and her conversation partner said "Now, I'm definitely glad Hillary didn't win, if people like you think free speech is a crime." The shrieking continued until the office manager told the screamer that if she didn't calm down, her appointment would be cancelled.

    Liberalism is indeed a mental disorder.
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    • Posted by JohnWesley 2 weeks, 2 days ago
      At 76 years old, I am spending a lot of time in Waiting Rooms, and I always start talking against the Democrats, and their plans for us. I usually end up in the room alone. I have no hope for our future.
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      • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        Fortunately, I live in "flyover country" where most are conservative, and waiting room conversations are usually friendly. The funny thing is, most of the time, we don't discuss politics. I think that has to do with a general sense of well being.
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  • Posted by  $  mminnick 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    I live in New Jersey and do consulting work under contracts with different companies. I learned the hard way to keep ,y mouth shut about Politics, Freedom of speech, and Gun Rights many years ago. Speaking in any non-PC manner is costly when doing consuting. Businesses don't want conflict in the work place so it is eay to loose a contract by being non-PC. They don't say it's for that reason, it is usually "Budget shift
    or "Change in direction".
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      Posted by  $  exceller 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Yes, we have been adequately intimidated from voicing our opinions.

      Looking at it, it is getting worse. Starting from Google firing James Damore, to all across the country, on campuses and corporate offices, conservative opinion is considered a negative on your resume.

      Mind you, being a rabid liberal is welcome. A Cortez, Omar, Harris or Schiff are considered an asset.

      That is how far the country has sunk.

      When people say "What can I do, I am too small to make any difference", I bring up the words of the Dalai Lama:

      “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room."
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      • Posted by BCRinFremont 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        “...mosquito in the room.” Another quote along this line: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,”. Edmund Burke
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        • Posted by chad 2 weeks, 2 days ago
          I like Edmund Burkes statement but I think he was mistaken. If good people did not participate in the evil but otherwise did nothing evil would not succeed. Usually the good are complaining about the evil while they support (pay taxes, enroll in its armies, etc.) it waiting to get permission to not do evil.
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          • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 2 days ago
            True, but "taking part in it" is usually compulsory by the evil. Try not paying your taxes or avoiding a draft, and you go to jail (or worse). Example: In Nazi Germany, not turning in your Jewish friends was a crime, as was any adult not greeting another adult with the famous "Heil Hitler" salute. It was compulsory, fail to do it and you were in serious trouble with people wearing black uniforms.
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    • Posted by 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Yeah. I think, looking like I do, doesn't help. People assume the worst as soon as I open my mouth, sometimes. I've even had people think I was being sarcastic when I say something simply nice like, "I hope you feel better soon" or other mundane things. It's pretty strange. It's tough being blonde and blue. I'm trying to prepare my son for it.
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      • Posted by JohnWesley 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        During the 2nd World War, the Japanese were quick to cut off the heads of the blond, blue eyed devils they captured. We have much to look forward too.
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        • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 2 days ago
          And yet the Nazis and the Japanese were allies. For the Japanese, they got access to advanced German technology, so I guess they overlooked the "Aryan" Nazis. I read once that the Nazis referred to the Japanese as "Honorary Aryans" ... "politics makes strange bedfellows..."
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          • Posted by JohnWesley 2 weeks, 1 day ago
            War makes strange bedfellows. Who is going to be the Conservatives bedfellow?
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            • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 1 day ago
              How about the ACLU? (!!!) I subscribe to NRATV, and just watched a video clip of Wayne LaPierre's speech to the recent CPAC2019 meeting (where Trump gave his 2-hr speech). Mr. LaPierre claimed that Andrew Cuomo, New York governor, had recently taken action to coerce banks to stop doing business with the NRA (reminds me of "Operation Chokepoint", Obama's illegal actions to force credit card companies to stop doing business with lawful firearms dealers - manufacturers and sporting goods stores). He also claimed that Letitia James (brand new New York State Attorney General) had just declared the NRA to be a "criminal organization" - just like MS-13 and the Mafia. LaPierre claimed that the ACLU is taking the NRA's case!
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  • Posted by  $  Solver 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    You didn’t have a red hat on, did you?
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    • Posted by 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      Haha...no. My son likes a red hat I bought years ago in support of our local high school football program. But, I don't let him wear it much.
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      • Posted by  $  exceller 2 weeks, 3 days ago
        Just saw a video where a man wearing a MAGA hat was attacked by a black guy demanding "Take it off".

        Actually, there were several cases. Isn't it scary that people can't wear a hat without being assaulted?
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        • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 2 weeks, 3 days ago
          Communism is alive and well in our country. When MAGA hat wearers are assaulted, it should be considered a hate crime. I'd like to see a national MAGA hat day where we all wear our hats.
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          • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 2 days ago
            I've been thinking about buying one of those MAGA hats. I voted for Trump (obviously - the alternative was unthinkable!), but I've already collected so many hats over the years that I really don't need another one. I do have a couple camo hats with "Winchester " emblazoned on the front (you know, "The Gun that Won the West"). I wonder how Nathan Philips (the "elderly" Indian leftwing "activist" who verbally assaulted the Covington Catholic kids, beating his stupid tom-tom in their faces) would like my Winchester hat, given who we won the West from? Oh well...don't care. I like my hat.
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  • Posted by 2 weeks, 1 day ago
    UPDATE! Just this morning, a day and a half after being screamed at because I said that some of the angry protesters would attack people not involved - One of my officemates was driving in this morning when a protester tried blocking traffic on the freeway. This was a big, angry guy who - in a fit of rage - was pounding on cars. It gets better. My friend saw the guy hang on a pickup mirror and fall off, getting his ankle and foot run over by the back tire. A few people stopped to render aid.

    California... My friend came in, looked at me with stress showing in his eyes, and said, "I gotta get out of here..."
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    • Posted by  $  Dobrien 2 weeks, 1 day ago
      Of course you know what you can do.
      I suggest you exit the leftprosey colony’s ASAP.
      Steve Martin exiting his car in Grand Canyon , comes to mind. Be SAFE.
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  • Posted by  $  exceller 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    You were really brave.

    May I ask where in CA? I live/work in the SF Bay Area. Our office is in SF. Our group was very PC, including my boss.

    When a controversial event happened, we discussed it but I and one of my colleagues were the only ones of the reasonable side. The others were committed to the banner of the left.

    We did not scream at each other, but we all knew what the other represented and was aware that nobody will change his/her standing.

    There were extreme events, such as the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal, which solicited unanimous support against the guy who has been deported five times.
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    • Posted by 2 weeks, 3 days ago
      I'm a couple hours from you. I lived in the bay area, mostly, until I left for college. Never went back. I was taken back by the instant screaming of this woman. I just stood there and took it. Then, responded calmly asking why I deserved to be screamed at.

      More and more...I'm seeing people really losing control. Sad to see. I find myself talking to some of those close to me about how if you don't have a decent philosophy to base your life on, you are at a disadvantage. Emphasis on "decent"...
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      • Posted by  $  Dobrien 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        It is called cognitive dissonance. We all need to stand up for our rights. Ignoring the irrational behavior does not require cowering to the fog horn.
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  • Posted by bobsprinkle 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    If someone takes my hat from my head, can I defend myself from the theft with lethal force.
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    • Posted by TheOldMan 2 weeks, 2 days ago
      I would say no but I am not a lawyer. You must be in "fear for your life" (key words to repeat if your are ever involved in a situation where lethal force is used) and theft of a hat or purse or whatever does not constitute a threat to life.
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      • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        I would say that depends on how the event evolves. You do not have to just sit there and accept it when a crime is committed against you. Let's say someone takes your hat. You then chase him/her down and take your property back. Now the screaming starts (always on the part of the Trump-hating libtard). Next, let's say the libtard thief pulls out a knife and threatens you. You then pull out your .45 ACP and tell the thief "Go ahead, make my day!" We'll see who wins then.
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      • Posted by bobsprinkle 2 weeks, 2 days ago
        It is kind of a rhetorical question. But...at 72 years of age if some 20 something yanked of my hat and got in my face I could indeed fear for my life.
        Not tryin to start an argument, just sayin.....
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  • Posted by  $  Radio_Randy 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    I would be in trouble...the first time a female screamed in my face (my sister), I knocked her to the floor. It was an autonomous reaction from my body (I swear).
    The second time a female started screaming at me, a friend noticed me balling up my fists, but I refrained from taking a swing at her, for some reason.
    Nowadays, I don't know how I would react, but I wouldn't want to find out, as I've never been in jail and don't want to start at this late stage in my life.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    The problem with remaining silent it is often taken for agreement. As to the screaming, it can only be attributed to some form of psychosis.Speak your truth and then, walk away. I've noticed that ever since I started using a walker or power chair intimidation or coercion has greatly diminished, although I don't recommend this as a a ploy if it is truly needed.When I'm not falling , it seems to alleviate the amount of bruising that shows up on my skin and puts my wife under suspicion of elder abuse. (she's as old as me, but looks 20 years younger).
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    • Posted by KevinSchwinkendorf 2 weeks, 2 days ago
      Silence under those circumstances also implies you are a pushover, and it encourages further harassment. I think one of the main reasons Donald Trump won the nomination (out of 17 Republicans running) was because conservatives in this country are SICK AND TIRED of voting Republican and nothing changes. It seems when Democrats are in power, Democrats call the shots, but when Republicans are in power, Democrats call the shots (yes, I meant it that way - Republicans (i.e., RINOs) always cave to the Democrats). The perception was that Donald Trump was a FIGHTER and would not cave in to Democrats. We're tired of voting for "nice guys" like Mitt Romney and whether they win or lose, Schumer and his ilk still call the shots. A "counter puncher" is RESPECTED more than a wimp.
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  • Posted by  $  Your_Name_Goes_Here 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Good for you, Abaco! It's about time more of us "adults in the room" stood up and demonstrated how mature adults act. The radical left has many people cowering down, "don't say something to make them mad and it will get better soon". Well how has that worked out? Not well, I'd argue.
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  • Posted by term2 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    I would say that being a leftist today is a result of having no emotional control, and the logical collorary to that is a propensity to emotional outbursts with no thought behind it.

    Trying to use reason is a useless endeavor in thhese situations since reason isnt what provoked the screaming.
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    • Posted by JohnWesley 2 weeks, 2 days ago
      The discussion on a TV talk show was about 50% of us suffering mental illness during our life time. That explains that the leftist have a "mental disease." America is lost, unless we bring back the padded rooms.
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  • Posted by chad 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Most people involved in protests against what they have decided is wrong or unjust are usually in it more for what they perceive could be a benefit to themselves than what is morally or factually correct. I have found that through a little questioning it can be easily discovered that the person who is railing 'that something ought to be done to make the results what I want' are usually uniformed about what really happened.
    This does not mean that a mistake or an intent to do harm was not part of the action. The decision to take a side is often determined by race or relationship to the circumstances rather than knowing what the circumstances actually were.
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