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    If you are a visual sort of person like I am , go to Youtube and start a search , there are really great tutorials there.I too learned by trial and error, still cant (or dont want to) follow a crochet pattern. Kind of figured out how to do it myself, much less frustrating to me, all those symbols and abbreviations make me cross eyed.
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    OK, so now what? How can I have a diagnosis I don't believe in?

    Your symptoms sound almost identical to mine before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Been on Synthroid for many years now and never had any of those symptoms return, except when my levels were off, which was only once or twice in 20 years.
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    The effect of right wing media on hate groups

    Sorry for the long cut and paste, but this article really speaks to what is going out there in the land of scary extremist right wing land. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/opinion/04blow.html?_r=1&ref=opinion Pitchforks and Pistols By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: April 3, 2009 Lately I’ve been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right. My read: They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their “leaders” seem to be trying to mold them into militias. Wilson/The New York Times Charles M. Blow At first, it was entertaining — just harmless, hotheaded expostulation. Of course, there were the garbled facts, twisted logic and veiled hate speech. But what did I expect, fair and balanced? It was like walking through an ideological house of mirrors. The distortions can be mildly amusing at first, but if I stay too long it makes me sick. But, it’s not all just harmless talk. For some, their disaffection has hardened into something more dark and dangerous. They’re talking about a revolution. Some simply lace their unscrupulous screeds with loaded language about the fall of the Republic. We have to “rise up” and “take back our country.” Others have been much more explicit. For example, Chuck Norris, the preeminent black belt and prospective Red Shirt, wrote earlier this month on the conservative blog WorldNetDaily: “How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?” Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, imagining herself as some sort of Delacroixian Liberty from the Land of the Lakes, urged her fellow Minnesotans to be “armed and dangerous,” ready to bust caps over cap-and-trade, I presume. And between his tears, Glenn Beck, the self-professed “rodeo clown,” keeps warning of an impending insurrection by saying that he believes that we are heading for “depression” and “revolution” and then gaming out that revolution on his show last month. “Think the unthinkable” he said. Indeed. All this talk of revolution is revolting, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. As the comedian Bill Maher pointed out, strong language can poison weak minds, as it did in the case of Timothy McVeigh. (We sometimes forget that not all dangerous men are trained by Al Qaeda.) At the same time, the unrelenting meme being pushed by the right that Obama will mount an assault on the Second Amendment has helped fuel the panic buying of firearms. According to the F.B.I., there have been 1.2 million more requests for background checks of potential gun buyers from November to February than there were in the same four months last year. That’s 5.5 million requests altogether over that period; more than the number of people living in Bachmann’s Minnesota. Coincidence? Maybe. Just posturing? Hopefully. But it all gives me a really bad feeling. (Where’s that Pepto-Bismol?!)
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    America should do exactly as you suggest the illegal immigrants themselves should do, BE RESPONSIBLE and own up to fact that we are complicit in this . Do the right thing, own up, it our problem now.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    What is it that makes America great that sets us apart from other countries? I want to believe it is our decency. CLOSE the borders, reduce border crossings to a trickle. Have a better plan for guest worker program.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    America is complicit in the fact that they are here to begin with. We FAILED to secure the borders, they are here, we will have to deal with their presence in a humane decent manner.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    I really do think there are enough state Universities to choose from, its not realistic to assume they wont get admitted to any of them due to the "illegal students". First on list, no I dont agree, it should be based on grades and the policies of the University, not birth right or rich foreign parents.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    I would far rather see a child of an illegal immigrant get a break in tuition, which allows them to attend the University than children of rich Saudi Arabians, who overstay their student visa and become terrorists. I think that the tuition should be in state tuition if the student has met the time criteria. A break in the in state tuition is great and should be needs based. The best thing we can do for these young people is make them educated , in careers that will add monies to the tax base. PLUS it is just a good decent human thing to do.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    So is it the fact that they are here from Mexico and not "legal" that bothers you?
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    I know many Universities want diversity in their student body and think it is well worth the discounted tuition to give these students a leg up. My own daughter used her diversity as being a daughter of a single working mother who grew up in a diverse neighborhood as one of the reasons they may want to admit her to their Law School. It worked she got into one of the top ten Law Schools in the country and is a practicing attorney.
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    Why should illegal immigrants get tuition breaks?

    I too am the daughter of legal immigrants and and immigrant myself. I am eternally grateful to a country that welcomed us and gave us a leg up to achieve our goals. America is a big country with room for the immigrants that are already here and are struggling to become "legal". It is the fault of America for not adequately closing the borders, now we should take the responsibility of our inaction and do what is right and humane. I don't begrudge these kids an education and an opportunity at a better life.
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    US authorities to end raids against medical marijuana providers

    Ha! Elvish funny, cannibus is my "molecule" on facebook.:D I know what yours is !
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    How Progressive Are You?

    I am 346/400, no surprise there. Extremely progressive.
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    Political ReDo: Let's say hello again

    Flightnurse,I crochet darling little baby girl dress, booties and hats, so if you have a girl, let me know. I love crocheting, keeps my arthritic fingers nimble. Congrats!
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    Political ReDo: Let's say hello again

    I love vintage linens , especially kitchen linens. I crochet, love yarn anybody have yarn they don't want? My Facebook page has some of my "treasures" pictured.