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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like to eat while reading Update? on: Today at 08:54:49 am
I always like to eat. Who am I kidding?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Upworthy vs. marxists.org on: October 29, 2014, 11:02:09 pm
Write in: endtime.com
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 29, 2014, 10:53:39 pm
Have you tried Destination XL? That's the chain fat store near me. Their website says they have a store at 5401 N. May Avenue
May Crossing
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 29, 2014, 09:27:55 am
I doubt very much that he only eats twice a day. Just about everybody snacks at least a little bit throughout the day.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 29, 2014, 09:03:57 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2mU6USTBRE
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 09:03:49 pm
Did you remember to clean up the meat?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RNC Chair: Hillary Clinton not really good at politics on: October 28, 2014, 05:01:37 pm
Are there any Democrats who are good at politics? I haven't seen them. They all bumble around presuming that because the overwhelming majority of people would benefit from their policies that there is no reason to make the sale. Republicans, on the other hand, work miracles, getting people to vote for them time and time again even as they contemptuously filibuster non-controversial things like background checks for gun purchases and health care benefits for 9/11 first responders.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: October 28, 2014, 03:06:52 pm
I hate a wasted day like this...
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 28, 2014, 03:05:33 pm
I hate a wasted day like this...
lolwut?
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ambulance chaser goes multi-state on: October 28, 2014, 03:04:25 pm

disclose my criminal record, including traffic tickets, my DUI and pot bust
It's a good thing for you that you're not a poor. You'd be locked in some squalid for profit prison until the day you assume room temperature.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ambulance chaser goes multi-state on: October 28, 2014, 11:21:39 am
How big of a deal is the MPRE?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Vs. Reagan! on: October 28, 2014, 11:19:12 am
Don't forget the SARS. It even had a scary AIDSesque name. Oh noez!
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama Vs. Reagan! on: October 28, 2014, 10:03:17 am
With AIDS, it had already become a major disaster for gays in the U.S. by the early 80s, but at that time we weren't considered relevant victims for "real" Americans.
Looks like Deadman still feels that way. And it wasn't only gays. IV drug users and hemophiliacs were also wiped out by the thousands.
14  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Describe Your County on: October 28, 2014, 09:31:00 am
I've always been interested in Shelby County's voting patterns; when other rural parts of the South were Democratic, this county was somewhat Republican. Even up until the 1990's it voted Republican in Presidential elections, if I'm not mistaken? Are blacks only just recently making up the majority?
The rural parts of the county are a tiny percent of the population. I don't have any data on the rural parts of the county specifically, but for the purposes of countywide election data, we're very much an urban county. The urban South was the first to make the transition to voting Republican. Things take longer in the countryside. We last voted GOP in 1988. We are new to having a black majority, officially crossing over in about 2000. Large numbers of white people have been moving to Nashville and Atlanta in recent decades and black people have long had a higher birth rate. The area was long dominated by black versus white but, like anywhere, we now have noticeable populations of Asians and Hispanics too. I remember in the 1990s my parents thought that it was so novel that there were some South Asian students at my high school. I don't think any parents of high schoolers would be surprised by that today.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: October 27, 2014, 11:24:05 pm
Did you jump ship? What's with the life preserver?
I just wanna use the phone.
It's in the back.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Describe Your County on: October 27, 2014, 11:20:55 pm
Shelby County, TN contains the vast majority of metro Memphis, as well as some very rural territory to the north. Official census designations notwithstanding, unlike many other metro areas, we have almost the whole mess all here in one county. City. Suburbs. Agriculture. A 13,000 acre state park that is primarily densely forested, as is our natural state here. Everybody knows about the cotton trade, but Memphis was also a hugely important lumber town a hundred or so years ago. Even in town, we're a very green space. Lawns and large trees are omnipresent, and outside of a small downtown core, there's not much of a concrete jungle, in the way that people from other parts of the country think about what a city looks like. It's way too damn hot for all that here! We have a generally flat terrain, though not completely. We have very small rolling hills in a lot of places, though certainly none of the elevation found in Middle or especially East Tennessee. Population is just under 1,000,000, which is the highest in the state, and we are the largest geographically as well. Majority black overall but not overwhelmingly so, and, like anywhere, residential patterns are largely segregated. The well to do white people (there are not many poor whites here; it's always surprising to visit other parts of the state where they are much more common) tend to cluster along Poplar Avenue, which runs the length of the county all the way from Downtown Memphis out to the ritzy suburbs of Germantown and Collierville. Poplar is also the most important commercial street, both in the sense of retail and office space in the area. It's fairly comparable to Peachtree in Atlanta, though we're obviously a smaller metro area. There are also white people in the newer, suburban places in the eastern part of the county (Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, Arlington). The rest of the populated areas, both the north and south sides of town, are full of black people and pretty much out of sight, out of mind for the white people, except perhaps in the sense of the "old neighborhood" that has "changed." Religion holds an enormous sway with most of the people here, black and white, though the churches are de facto segregated as well, of course. Politically, things are pretty simple here. Black people vote Democratic and White people vote Republican, except for all those funky, artsy, hipster types living in the historic properties of Midtown that have so much character with their big front porches and hundred year old oak trees. As black people are the majority, the county is safely Democratic at the presidential level, but some local offices, including county mayor, are held by Republicans.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: October 27, 2014, 10:49:28 pm
For Halloween, I plan to go BACK IN TIME!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXN6tgE4g_4

Did you jump ship? What's with the life preserver?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 27, 2014, 10:48:27 pm
Bushie... read this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-carey/revelation-2012_b_1168906.html

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Here's the truth: no academic interpreter of Revelation understands the book as a roadmap for the future, much less as telling contemporary Christians that these are the last days. Instead, scholars understand that Revelation originally spoke to the conditions of its own time and place. It offered a specific group of first century Christians not only hope for the future but also an interpretation -- a "revelation" -- of the world they inhabited. In other words, the best way to understand Revelation does not require an official Dick Tracy Apocalyptic Decoder Ring. We best understand Revelation when we read it like any other ancient text, in its own historical and cultural context.

How about listening to this actual trained theologian?
This is true for all the Old Testament prophets as well. Not that anybody bothers to notice.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Child poverty remains at highest rate in 20 years on: October 27, 2014, 10:45:26 pm
1. The poverty rate is farce because it does not take into consideration the many forms of non-cash (and some cash) handouts that the gov't provides. Food stamps, housing subsidies, tax credits, etc all magically vanish when official poverty numbers are crunched. Is it any wonder these programs don't "work?"
2. Even ignoring all that, what the stat tells you, more than anything else, is who in America is choosing to have the most children. Almost all the East Memphis middle class and up people I went to high school with (and now see on facebook) have one or zero children. Would it be such a better world if all of them had more poverty-free children?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 27, 2014, 10:37:10 pm
But really, Bushie is ever so smart, just lazy and manipulative Roll Eyes
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Democrats Can Take Texas -John Judis on: October 27, 2014, 10:10:34 pm
I suppose anything can happen eventually. There was a very long time period when it looked like the GOP would be locked out the South forever. And that changed. I don't see much progress in Texas. The Whites there are so Republican and the Hispanics don't vote much and aren't all that Democratic either. Consider Harris County. It's barely> 30% white, contains the biggest city in the state, and, of course, excludes the enormously Republican suburbs of MontCo, but was still only a tie in the 2012 election. That's what's the Dems are up against in Texas.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of endtime.com on: October 27, 2014, 10:01:10 pm
The organizations behind Christian fundamentalism are completely bought and paid for by conservative big money types. Religion is little more than a complex fraud handed down from the rich and powerful to the poor and gullible. Same as it ever was.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 27, 2014, 09:59:48 pm
The weirdest thing about that endtime site is all the stuff they have claiming global warming is a hoax. But why would people obsessed with believing the world is about to end think global warming isn't real? If anything they should cite that as more evidence. It's kind of weird to be saying "Yeah look at all these vague signs...the end is coming! Oh except global warming, that's a complete hoax and has nothing to do with the end of the world."

And unlike evolution, it's not like global warming even contradicts a truly literal reading of the Bible either. There's no reason for fundies to doubt or dispute it, unless they want to basically disbelieve all science on principle or something...which also isn't exactly Biblical either.
The organizations behind Christian fundamentalism are completely bought and paid for by conservative big money types. Religion is little more than a complex fraud handed down from the rich and powerful to the poor and gullible. Same as it ever was.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: If you were going to a Halloween costume party.......... on: October 27, 2014, 09:42:11 pm
I've been noticing lately how many people around here decorate their houses for Halloween. Not just the fake cobwebs, but also all sorts of plastic headstones and talking monsters and whatever other Party City crap shipped in from China that will soon get either thrown away or shoved up into attic. It all seems so wasteful.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 27, 2014, 09:26:26 pm
I think I'll read through that website once I have a few more bourbons. Can I register on their forum without any restrictions?

I recommend starting here.

A reference to Millington. Rural northern Shelby County. Not too surprising a place for this guy to visit.
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