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12:04 AM on 11/06/2010
You have got to be joking.

First of all, it is unconceivable how a family can't have meals together in the first place. Yeah, I know, it seems to be hip to appear busy all the time, but it won't take a lot of "productivity" out of one's day to share dinner (or breakfast, or whatever)

Secondly, when one sits down with loved ones, aren't there more pressing topics than politics, elections, and the like? How about dealing with matters of personal importance, maybe to find consensus, instead of pontificating about .things we can do very little about?

All things in good time. This is what I'd call a real grass roots movement.
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Clarabell
If we only had a "free" press!
11:38 PM on 11/05/2010
Sorry Hp, but this is lame. We can think up our own subjects.
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conscioushope
"There is no darkness but ignorance." Shakespeare
06:19 AM on 11/06/2010
I'm with you, clara......

like being interested in one another personally first and then let the conversation go where it may.

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11:21 PM on 11/05/2010
How 'bout, "Where's the clicker?"
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hayness
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence
11:02 PM on 11/05/2010
Talk about a recipe for indigestion.
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minidriver
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10:31 PM on 11/05/2010
We're bypassing Thanksgiving this year as the political opinions in my family are too caustic and I don't really want the police coming to break up things again. In 2008 my brother decided to walk in and punch me in the face because I didn't vote for McCain. We used to get along quite well, too. I don't think any conversation starter would help here anyway.
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Sajwert
08:04 AM on 11/06/2010
@minidriver

I'm sorry for laughing at you about the brother's ire over your voting choice. But I can appreciate your not wanting to do the family Turkey Bash this year especially. I have banned politics and religion conversation from my house if it occurs between opposites as I just can't deal with the raised voices and unpleasant comments. The only way it can be discussed is in the back den and with a closed door, and ONLY if the people having the conversation agree on everything.

Peace. In my old age, that is all I want at every family gathering. And I'm going to get it if I have to muzzle everyone who wants "war."
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MaryAnnVicki
08:55 AM on 11/06/2010
While I don't think that physical violence or name calling is appropriate I don't see how expressing an opinion about politics,even vehemently, is bad. If you can't express your opinions with loved ones who can you express them with. Just because someone differs about an opinion does not make them bad or make me not like them. Name calling no. Ardent political discussions yes!!!
10:27 PM on 11/05/2010
If you can somehow manage to get your entire immediate family around a single table all at once for only one meal a deal, like at our house, you might want to start with, "How was your day?" And then really listening.
09:53 PM on 11/05/2010
Well there went another election. I wonder if shellacking came from the time of tar and feathers. Blanche Lincolns history now and down in Clinton's old county a Democrat lost to a dead Republican this time. You'd think the Dem would bow out of the special election after that wouldn't you? He won't. Pelosi won't give up either apparently. Somehow they think doing more of what we don't like will make it better for them. Hey do you remember in "The Man With Two Brains" where Steve Martin asked God for a sign about marrying Madeline Kahn?" Then he got up and dusted himself off after the immediate earthquake and said "No sign!" Same thing with the Democrats.
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Baileygk
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08:56 PM on 11/05/2010
I will have time later to read this, but the topic is of interest. Anything discussed over dinner at the table is worth it.
08:32 PM on 11/05/2010
Here's a good one "Should Obama take Paladino's baseball bat and shove it up John Boehner's Holland Tunnel?
08:31 PM on 11/05/2010
Talking points for the family dinner. The whole world has finally gone corporate. Is there a committee that generates the talking points? Who takes notes? Do you go over the minutes from the last dinner before you start or after?
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fiddler3
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08:52 PM on 11/05/2010
It is usual to provide copies of the minutes of the last dinner prior to the dinner, so as to save time. The head of household should ask if there are any comments on the minutes. Amendments should be proposed, moved, discussed, seconded and voted. Once the minutes are appropriately amended, their approval should be moved, seconded and voted. The secretary should provide all attendees with a complete copy of the amended minutes within a reasonable time.
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minidriver
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10:26 PM on 11/05/2010
*facepalm*
08:14 AM on 11/11/2010
Thanks for the clarification from Robert's Rules. Would Emily Post's rules agree?
08:17 PM on 11/05/2010
Arianna,

I'd like to see something about the relationship between America's trade policy and unemployment numbers.

It's ideal because it's the huge gorilla in the room.

MWA! Thanks for everything!
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jeanneyogini
08:15 PM on 11/05/2010
My husband is a drummer. He tends to use his utensils as drumsticks and taps on the table, glasses and condiment jars throughout the meal. I am not sure if I should discourage it or join in.
TMcKeon
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08:48 PM on 11/05/2010
Learn to play the glasses. If you join in, it will turn into a competition (he is a guy, after all)!
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Hollywooddeed
Bagger, please.
11:37 PM on 11/05/2010
You could always break into song.
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07:39 PM on 11/05/2010
Tonight is Family Movie Night...Toy Story 3. We need a break from politics.
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Cat9
Nov 2012 Can't Get Here Fast Enough!
07:24 PM on 11/05/2010
Oh gawd, first our food choices, now liberals want to tell us what to say over dinner!
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Cyn63
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09:48 PM on 11/05/2010
No, just encourage conversation. No yelling, no crying, no whining. But of course, what we consider adult interaction might just be a bit over your head.
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06:26 PM on 11/05/2010
Here is one. If healthcare cost are going down, how come AARP just raised their rates? Certainly appropriate for the dinner table.
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Cat9
Nov 2012 Can't Get Here Fast Enough!
07:25 PM on 11/05/2010
Oh snap!
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