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Desert_Leslie

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Help! Political Comments from a "Friend"

I could use some DU help!

My husband and I are friends with another couple ... the wife, "Jane" I'll call her, is a die-hard conservative. She was leery about Trump before his election but has since gone whole hog. My husband is very good friends with her husband; they share an interest in biking, hiking, etc. We two couples have gone on a couple of vacations. I don't particularly want to blow up the relationship between us.

Now, I text and share like crazy with my like-minded Dem friends, but I made up my mind in 2015 to NOT engage in political discussions with staunch right wingers. Just don't have the energy or interest in "getting into it" with someone who is not going to change. So I never ever initiate anything political with anyone. Oh, other than that we don't have family gatherings anymore ever since one of my in-laws said that Middle Eastern people were "sand" and then the N word. Disgusting. Honey, you're not going to eat another morsel of my food, ever.

You know what's coming ....

In the weeks before the election, unsolicited, Jane sent me three videos over Facebook, one video alleging Biden was senile, one video alleging Senator Harris used the CA DOJ to mistreat an anti-abortion activist (hoo boy on that one), and then a video sticking up for Trump re election fraud.

Why send them to me? I have NEVER initiated a political talk with her -- no side comments, no snark, nothing. So I didn't acknowledge or reply.

Today she called out of the blue to wish me happy birthday. During a pleasant discussion, we talked about COVID -- she does acknowledge COVID and the need for masking since her daughter is a doctor -- Jane told me, "Yeah, California -- a liberal state -- is experiencing a spike too!"

I ignored it and we just continued talking.

BUT these little political bomb-lets she throws into discussions irritate the living hell out of me.

I'm the type of person who thinks of great rejoinders 3 hours after a discussion ends. And I would really rather NOT engage on this stuff, period. So my first thought is just to ignore whatever she says. Not engage. Because if I ask her not to talk politics, it would be her opportunity to say, "Who, me?" It would just hand her power. She would claim the high ground, so to speak.

And I have been holding back for so long I'm afraid if I start engaging, I'm going to end up in a screaming fight ... which won't solve anything or change minds.

As you can see, this is driving me just a bit crazy. As if I weren't crazy enough what with following breaking news 24/7 each day!

Does anyone have a good way of handling this type of situation? Thanks very much.

Posted by Desert_Leslie | Tue Nov 17, 2020, 11:52 PM (18 replies)

Fire @ AZ Dem Headquarters - Total Loss

Local Phoenix news is announcing that the Arizona Democratic Headquarters downtown at Central and Thomas had a fire last night. No one hurt, but the building is a total loss.
Posted by Desert_Leslie | Fri Jul 24, 2020, 10:55 AM (2 replies)

South Korea experts recommend anti-HIV, anti-malaria drugs for COVID-19

Source: United Press International

March 12 (UPI) -- South Korean disease experts have begun to recommend the use of a combination of antiviral and anti-malaria drugs for patients of the new strain of coronavirus.

Kwon Jun-wook, deputy head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday at a regular press briefing the recommendations come from multiple groups, and that the government is ready to apply the recommendations to patients "where necessary," Newsis reported.

The groups advised discretion among medical professionals, while recommending the administration of Kaletra, an anti-HIV medication that includes the drugs lopinavir and ritonavir. Kaletra blocks the ability of HIV to replicate itself, and also inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

South Korean experts are also recommending the use of hydroxychloroquine in combination with the anti-HIV medication. HCQ is sold under the brand name Plaquenil, among others, and is used for the prevention and treatment of malaria.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/03/12/South-Korea-experts-recommend-anti-HIV-anti-malaria-drugs-for-COVID-19/6961584012321/



DUers, I am not a medical professional -- but this is good news, I hope.
Posted by Desert_Leslie | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 05:22 PM (20 replies)

Genocide Bumper Sticker

My latest bumper sticker:

Betraying U.S. Allies is NOT the American Way.

Call your Senators NOW !
Posted by Desert_Leslie | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:08 AM (0 replies)
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