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Obit Request Spurs National Outpouring-Sally Baron Hailed as Hero by Many (FR mentioned)
The Capital Times (Wisconsin's Progressive Newspaper) ^ | Saturday, August 23, 2003 | Lee Sensenbrenner

Posted on 08/23/2003 5:08:42 PM PDT by kristinn

The story of Sally Baron, a Stoughton woman whose obituary asked that memorial funds go toward the removal of President Bush, was catching hold across the country as her family held memorial services Friday.

Dozens of people from around the United States have written to The Capital Times saying they will make donations to various organizations in her name, and the request was aired on national TV Thursday night.

Baron's story is also being hotly discussed on online bulletin boards, among both liberals and conservatives.

Baron "has become a sort of poster girl for all of us who despise George Bush," wrote Nancy Tonies of Appleton.

Baron raised six children, one of whom died of leukemia at age 21, in the timber and mining country of Iron County. Her husband was crushed and nearly killed in a 1969 mining accident and died seven years ago, shortly before Baron moved to Stoughton.

Her family described how their mother - a waitress, cook and factory assembly worker - was furious with Bush for what she saw as a stolen election and dishonest statements. Baron's favorite nickname for Bush, which she used to shout at the TV, was "whistle ass."

"I did not know Sally at all, but I wish I had had the opportunity," wrote Linda Brown, a retired teacher in Thousand Oaks, Calif. "We would have had fun shouting back at the TV together. I suspect my language would have been worse than hers."

Online comment on the politically left Web site democraticunderground.com embraced Baron as a hero.

"We can't lose now. We have a very special angel on our side," a person posting under the name "shirlden" wrote.

Another said: "I am amazed at how much more hope, more peace I feel after reading the story of this family of such generous spirit. Too often I feel such despair about our current situation, but here just one wonderful story lifts me up."

Others said they had made T-shirts with her picture on it, and would blow whistles to acknowledge Baron's nickname for Bush.

On the political right, those posting on the Web site freerepublic.com were not so kind.

"Pack of rust belt commies," one person offered. "Screw 'em. Screw 'em all."

A joke that was repeated by several on the site was whether Baron would keep voting after her death. One person wrote: "May she be remembered forever as a testiment to media propiganda and political slime."

But there was one area of consensus between the conservative and liberal commentary: Many people were taken with the nickname, and wondered where Baron had come up with it.

"Whatever else this article says pales in importance next to this useful insult. I really do like it," a freerepublic.com poster wrote.

"Has this insult been around long? If so, I'm sorry I missed it. I'm going to try to slip it into every conversation I have today," someone called "LanPB01" wrote on the same site.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who hosts "Countdown," repeated Baron's request and her nickname for Bush on his Thursday night broadcast.

Baron's family members said they weren't sure of its origin, only that Sally had used it for a long time and it was her favorite term for Bush.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: obituary
I wonder if the family's memorial service for Mrs. Baron yesterday was anything like the Paul Wellstone Funeral Jamboree her fellow liberals held in nearby Minnesota last year.
1 posted on 08/23/2003 5:08:43 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Probably didn't have the same level of respect and solemnity.
2 posted on 08/23/2003 5:11:02 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: kristinn
" ...We have a very special angel on our side..."
With agents like Bill Clinton and Larry Flynt, a very special angel indeed.
3 posted on 08/23/2003 5:12:06 PM PDT by StarfireIV
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To: kristinn
Dozens of people from around the United States have written to The Capital Times saying they will make donations to various organizations in her name, and the request was aired on national TV Thursday night.

Dozens of people. Wow! Bush had might as well throw in the towel right now.

4 posted on 08/23/2003 5:12:48 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: FreedomPoster
Others said they had made T-shirts with her picture on it, and would blow whistles to acknowledge Baron's nickname for Bush.

I don't want to know what they blew them with, given the nickname.

5 posted on 08/23/2003 5:13:40 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: StarfireIV
I bet she would've given anything to blow Bubba's whistle.
6 posted on 08/23/2003 5:15:25 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: kristinn
A joke that was repeated by several on the site was whether Baron would keep voting after her death.,/i>

That wasn't a joke. It was sad comment on our times.

7 posted on 08/23/2003 5:16:11 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: kristinn
This action epitomizes that which we mock about the political left. She had a child die at 21 of leukemia. Rather that asking that donations be made to the leukemia society, she wants them sent to the criminal enterprise known as the DemocRATic party. I don't know whether she is an angel in the afterlife, but in her life on earth she was clearly a fool.
8 posted on 08/23/2003 5:17:32 PM PDT by doug from upland (Why did DemocRATS allow a perjuring rapist to remain in the Oval Office?)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Funny, no mention of those who said they were going to donate to the republican party in her name.
9 posted on 08/23/2003 5:20:01 PM PDT by tet68
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To: doug from upland
Not to mention how she wanted to cheapen her own obit.
10 posted on 08/23/2003 5:22:49 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: doug from upland
She is from Wisconsin. Nuff said.
11 posted on 08/23/2003 5:24:35 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: kristinn
Baron "has become a sort of poster girl for all of us who despise George Bush," wrote Nancy Tonies of Appleton.

Keep on spreadin' that homegrown HATE, Nancy baby! It helped us immensely in 2002, and it'll help us even more in 2004! Keep up the good work, bimbo! BWA-HAAAA!

12 posted on 08/23/2003 5:25:34 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: doug from upland
I have a daughter and a son. Neither are a child any longer. They are both over 20 years old. I just have to remember, that liberal topics are always about children.

Let's see, people are rich if they make $25k per year. They are still children as long as their parents are alive. And if they are leftists, thier blovating vulgar insults will be repeated on air by mentally/decency challenged leftists.

I'm sad the woman died. I'm even sadder her brain preceeded the death of the rest of her.
14 posted on 08/23/2003 5:27:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: kristinn
the Paul Wellstone Funeral Jamboree her fellow liberals held in nearby Minnesota last year.

I know this is off subject, but when Mrs. Bat and I saw that "tent revival", we did the ROFL thing and went to bed knowing that we had won...

15 posted on 08/23/2003 5:27:14 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (40 miles inland, California becomes Flyover Country!)
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To: kristinn
Well I see the Dems have the loser vote wrapped up.
What else is new?
16 posted on 08/23/2003 5:31:23 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: ErnBatavia
I know this is off subject, but when Mrs. Bat and I saw that "tent revival", we did the ROFL thing and went to bed knowing that we had won...

I don't think it's off-subject at all. It's proof that using hate and vulgarity as your main campaign strategies will guarantee that you will lose. This article shows that the Democrats have learned absolutely nothing from their 2002 annihilation, and are planning on using the exact same strategy again this time ... and they will get the same results.

Enjoy your whistles, asses! The results you get from them are really going to blow!

17 posted on 08/23/2003 5:32:10 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: LanPB01
You're quoted in this article! (Which is surprisingly objective, given the source.)
18 posted on 08/23/2003 5:33:59 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: kristinn
The descendants, no doubt, of the turn of the century Communists and Anarchists that Europe expunged like a fat turd only to wash up on these shores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
19 posted on 08/23/2003 5:34:23 PM PDT by L`enn
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To: Paul Atreides
By the way, has anyone else noticed that the insult "whistle ass" makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, in any context? Such raw wit the late Sally Baron possessed...
20 posted on 08/23/2003 5:35:29 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: FreedomPoster
"We can't lose now. We have a very special angel on our side," a person posting under the name "shirlden" wrote.

The laughableness of this statement aside, I'm amazed anyone over there is able to post a message that even hints at the possibility of a higher power of any sort without being banned.

21 posted on 08/23/2003 5:37:55 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Yes! I've hit the big time, now!
22 posted on 08/23/2003 5:46:42 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: Timesink
I was thinking the same thing.
23 posted on 08/23/2003 5:47:04 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: LanPB01
Congratulations!
24 posted on 08/23/2003 5:47:46 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: doug from upland
Doug, thanks for saving me the trouble of typing my almost exactly same reaction as yours.

Special angel, my whistle-@##.
25 posted on 08/23/2003 5:47:49 PM PDT by exit82 (Constitution?--I got your Constitution right here!--T. Daschle)
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To: ctlpdad; weegee
Check it out! A new "whistle ass" story, complete with a quote from me!
26 posted on 08/23/2003 5:48:47 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: JavaTheHutt
PING for more "whistle ass" madness!
27 posted on 08/23/2003 5:49:54 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: Cathryn Crawford
Check it out! I've been quoted by a progressive paper!
28 posted on 08/23/2003 5:51:00 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: kristinn; All
"Whatever else this article says pales in importance next to this useful insult. I really do like it," a freerepublic.com poster wrote.

Can anybody please provide a link to the thread with this quote?

29 posted on 08/23/2003 5:53:22 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/968683/posts
30 posted on 08/23/2003 5:57:21 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: kristinn
propiganda
We must remember to use spellcheck ;)
31 posted on 08/23/2003 5:58:16 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: kristinn
"Has this insult been around long? If so, I'm sorry I missed it. I'm going to try to slip it into every conversation I have today," someone called "LanPB01" wrote on the same site."

She couldn't even get her insult right.

The proper term is "whistle dick".

32 posted on 08/23/2003 6:07:44 PM PDT by fightu4it (conquest by immigration and subversion spells the end of US.)
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To: LanPB01
Thanks. Chalk me up as one who got a chuckle out of the "whistle-ass" moniker.
This woman sounds like she was a decent, honest, hard-working Blue Collar American. Not necessarily a liberal 'Rat like so many are quick to assume.

"She was the den mother. She was the 4-H leader. She is the lady that taught all of us how to swim, how to play softball, how to camp," said her son, Joe Baron, who owns a plumbing business in Prairie du Sac.

Scouts, 4-H, Camping, Son's a small business owner...

No, these folks aren't the Hollyweird liberal elite 'Rats or welfare poverty pimps that the bushbots are squawking about.

Hmmmm... "whistle-ass"... Yep. I like it!

33 posted on 08/23/2003 6:17:56 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Libertina
Jeez...no better way to look like an illiterate redneck "whistle-ass" than to spurt off with misspellings, word-manglings and poor grammar. For chrissakes, keep a dictionary next to the computer, and if you're too lazy to do that, just come up with a suitable (and easier-to-spell) substitution for whatever word you can't spell.
34 posted on 08/23/2003 6:39:27 PM PDT by schlitzsmoke (Excuse my parenthetical rantings and tangents)
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To: Willie Green
Nope, she's just another ignorant (no insult intended) "Roosevelt Democrat" who never woke up and realized that the party started to go downhill with the emergence of McGovern and his uber-liberal ilk. You know these folks... the ones who say "the Democrats are for the 'little guy', the Republicans are for the rich fatcats" and all that other populist Barbra Streisand that's been drilled into them since the '30s.
35 posted on 08/23/2003 6:44:01 PM PDT by schlitzsmoke (Excuse my parenthetical rantings and tangents)
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To: schlitzsmoke
Nope, she's just another ignorant (no insult intended) "Roosevelt Democrat" who never woke up

Nope. "Roosevelt Democrats" have all morphed into neocons.
But there's a good chance she could've been a "Reagan Democrat".
Nothing wrong with that in my book, but the neocons sure don't like it.

36 posted on 08/23/2003 6:52:57 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: LanPB01
You are so, so awesome. :-)
37 posted on 08/23/2003 8:29:04 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (Ummm, moron. It's not free. It was paid for with taxes.)
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To: schlitzsmoke; Libertina
My guess is that it was a typo....i & o are next to each other on the keyboard. I am a horrid typist after a few glasses of wine and I refuse to preview or proofread my posts.
38 posted on 08/23/2003 8:36:44 PM PDT by Feiny (Courtesy is not a sign of weakness.)
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To: Libertina
Check post 39...it was spelled properly. The paper misquoted...an accident I am sure.
39 posted on 08/23/2003 8:46:27 PM PDT by Feiny (Courtesy is not a sign of weakness.)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Make that post 31 by Porterville....
40 posted on 08/23/2003 8:48:11 PM PDT by Feiny (Courtesy is not a sign of weakness.)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Check post 39...it was spelled properly. The paper misquoted...an accident I am sure.

Musta' been a "whistle ass" working as proofreader at the paper that night.

42 posted on 08/24/2003 7:33:45 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: Paul Atreides
ROTFLOL Oh I am SO SORRY I had to leave early yesterday. The thread has definitely gotten into creative territory ;)
43 posted on 08/24/2003 9:48:26 AM PDT by Libertina
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To: feinswinesuksass; schlitzsmoke; LanPB01
IMHO Compared to the media's spell-checkin' and fact "checkin'", we at FR do a magnificent job. After all, whose to say whether it was us or them who had the typos. And don't put it past the homie newspaper to bungle a few words "accidently on purpose"! ;0 You're a media expert NOW, LanPB01 baby ;)
44 posted on 08/24/2003 9:56:18 AM PDT by Libertina
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To: L`enn
Maybe you "smart" Republicans who slam Wisconsin should do a little Inernet search on the Republican Party". Then you can see just how "smart" your aren't.

"The Republican Party was born in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. "
45 posted on 09/17/2003 8:54:42 AM PDT by moonmr69
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To: kristinn
Baron's favorite nickname for Bush, which she used to shout at the TV, was "whistle ass."

I recall hearing the term "whistle britches" in Texas, usually referring to a lout or self-important, egotistical liar. Perhaps it was a cleaned-up version of "whistle ass". I have no idea of the origin of the term. Railroad slang? A web search indicates that corduroy pants are also known as 'whistle britches'.

46 posted on 09/17/2003 9:15:54 AM PDT by DeFault User
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