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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: Today at 06:18:30 pm
Oh God. I figured Braum's was like an Arby's. Instead, it's much, much worse. I guess the silver lining is that they didn't try to pass it off offensively by calling it "Alfredo's" or "Mama DiRosa's" or something.

It's not an Italian place. Huh

Is this a question?

The joint is called a spaghetti "warehouse," is it not? Then again, I guess I should have known that in most places in our great country, that doesn't mean Italian.
Braum's and Spaghetti Warehouse are two different chains. We have a Spaghetti Warehouse in Memphis. Sadly, we do not have a Braum's.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_Warehouse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braum%27s
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating candles into Hannukah celebrations on: Today at 06:15:08 pm
Is the point of thread that Jews are privileged beyond Christians in today's world? That would be a very problematic position, but I can't see any other purpose , epecially considering how bad the analogy is.

We found where memphis cares about religion!
I don't care about any religion. I am concerned about ethnic tensions. Perhaps it's too subtle a distinction for some people, but it is an important one.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of incorporating candles into Hannukah celebrations on: Today at 05:15:30 pm
Is the point of thread that Jews are privileged beyond Christians in today's world? That would be a very problematic position, but I can't see any other purpose , epecially considering how bad the analogy is.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of the Elf on a Shelf on: Today at 12:34:31 pm
It's just more tacky Christmas clutter that will get thrown out and forgotten in a few weeks.There's no need to overthink it.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you rather visit China or Cuba? on: Today at 10:44:28 am
China. Cubans are loud Sad
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of describing Lindsay Graham as a "bloodthirsty old queen"? on: Today at 10:41:23 am
I oppose homophobia even when it is used against vile people.

That sounds like the language of a pearl-clutching prude. I guess gay men can't be expected to have as thick skin as women, right?
If your command of English is so poor that you can't distinguish the difference in tone between "How are you?" and "bloodthirsty old queen" I take back the praise I gave you on your language skills.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of describing Lindsay Graham as a "bloodthirsty old queen"? on: December 17, 2014, 06:05:28 pm
I oppose homophobia even when it is used against vile people.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 06:04:18 pm
Wow! I didn't realize that the Vatican played such a crucial and active role in the normalization process.
Pope Francis is such a FF!
Even when his position is correct, there is nothing FF about a religious leader sticking his nose into the world of politics. That is the opposite of freedom.

Thanks again for your scorching hot takes on life!
I don't even know what this is supposed to mean.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 17, 2014, 04:17:37 pm
A lot of Republicans don't really seem to care about the dignity and human rights of people.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 04:15:13 pm
Wow! I didn't realize that the Vatican played such a crucial and active role in the normalization process.
Pope Francis is such a FF!
Even when his position is correct, there is nothing FF about a religious leader sticking his nose into the world of politics. That is the opposite of freedom.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 10:58:42 pm
No, honestly. I don't see how anybody can take a look at "hipster Christianity" and say that would be the best of all potential outcomes for Bushie. Other than cutting off the even more damaging Obese Baptist influence, I don't see how going to BRTD's church would provide a positive influence. You're going to have to elaborate, keeping in mind that we are dealing with Bushie, and not a keen philosophical mind.

One thing to consider is that Bushie basically buys into prosperity theology even if he doesn't say so. But he does believe that God is going to provide him with all these riches for being faithful. You will not find that type of attitude in hipster churches. Furthermore I'll also point out that part of the reason he wastes so much is that he probably views himself as entitled to things like his mega-cable package for all his righteousness, other attitudes you will not find in a church with a "check your straight white male privilege" message.
I don't think that Bushie believes God will provide "riches," but he does seem to believe that God will provide the essentials even if he doesn't work very hard. And he may very well believe the super premium cable package is an essential. However, I don't pretend to understand much about his worldview, and I prefer not to put words into his mouth. Honestly, I don't think he's thought any of it through all that much and just gets bored working and feels like eating Braums and watching football all day long.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 09:38:06 pm
So Christianity is only useful for those capable of introspection and abstract thought? That's a small minority of the general public.
13  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Adding Congressional Maps to the Results Page on: December 16, 2014, 08:34:56 pm
That would be really cool. There's not really a source where you can find that information easily on the internet, especially not in map form. It would also allow us to have congressional predictions (and endorsements I guess).

I totally forgot about that.  That would be great, too! 

That would be.... intense.

One would probably spend the better part of an hour endorsing House candidates.
Why? Either you want one party to win or you want the other party to win. The individual candidates don't matter at all. I hereby endorse every Democrat who will run for Congress in 2016. That took less than a minute.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 08:26:01 pm
I always know I'm doing something right when people attack me rather than my message. Sticks and stones, boys.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 07:56:39 pm
No, honestly. I don't see how anybody can take a look at "hipster Christianity" and say that would be the best of all potential outcomes for Bushie. Other than cutting off the even more damaging Obese Baptist influence, I don't see how going to BRTD's church would provide a positive influence. You're going to have to elaborate, keeping in mind that we are dealing with Bushie, and not a keen philosophical mind.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Medicaid Expansion in Tennessee on: December 16, 2014, 07:12:50 pm
Governor Haslam wants impoverished people to go out and buy private health insurance with a government subsidy. I suppose it's better than nothing but it's so obviously unrealistic. Many of these people have extremely poor literacy skills and none of them have the money for copays, deductables, etc. Just let them buy private health insurance. Sure Roll Eyes
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 06:17:38 pm
It's kind of shocking to me that there are still people who are hung up about the gays. Not so much for the gays themselves because everybody has their personal insecurities, but for anybody else, really? It's really Inksing bizarre.

You don't know anyone over 60.
I know my parents and the parents of longterm friends. None of these people have their feelings hurt about gays. They're more concerned with their jobs, their families, or heck even what will be on tv next season. The world needs more culturally, but not particularly observant, Jewish people. Nobody else makes any damn sense.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 06:08:15 pm
Yes yes yes, we get it, memphis.
Do you doubt the truthfulness of my statement? Look at Bushie's life. Do you honestly think that Christianity has had a positive influence on it?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 16, 2014, 01:56:11 pm
the further Bushie gets from religion the better.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: some thoughts on homosexuality on: December 16, 2014, 01:47:14 pm
It's kind of shocking to me that there are still people who are hung up about the gays. Not so much for the gays themselves because everybody has their personal insecurities, but for anybody else, really? It's really Inksing bizarre.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 1 out of 5 Republicans Agree: Rectally feeding suspected terrorists is a-ok! on: December 16, 2014, 10:26:39 am
Waiting for Reaganfan's explanation.
Americans are the good guys. The terrorists are bad. 9/11. It's all explained by this cheesy late 1980s that you now vaguely recall but hadn't thought about in 20 years.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 15, 2014, 10:27:25 pm
Family Guy has always been lame.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would Bushie be better off if he went to a hipster church? on: December 15, 2014, 10:24:25 pm
I fail to see how this would change his issues in any meaningful way. He'd be switching from one service designed to elicit an emotional response without changing his entire life with it to another that would do the exact same.
The normative behaviors he would try to emulate would be a little bit healthier. I doubt that even in their greatest moments of irony the hipsters consume the sorts of food Bushie's church serves. And, of course, he'd have to get up and move around a bit. Religion is not all about thoughtful contemplation.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 15, 2014, 10:21:41 pm
Okay I don't really have any opinion on the actual subject of this thread but there are two assertions in Snowguy's post, other than the one that ingemann covered, that I want to address.

1. While it's more or less indisputably true that the word 'Easter' derives from the name of a pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess (even Bede admits this), Sumerian isn't even an Indo-European language, so the 'Ishtar' connection is almost certainly a false cognate. It's also worth noting that this is only true of a few of the Germanic languages--other languages have words for Easter related to Pesach.
2. That is most certainly not true of 'all' or even most patron saints. It's notably truer in some places (e.g. Ireland, where that was done to a significant chunk of the Druidic pantheon) than in others (e.g. the Mediterranean basin, which has from a very early date had more than enough legit Christian historical or semi-historical figures to go around.)
What is your point here?  I never said Easter came from Ishtar.  I said Ishtar, a Babylonian goddess of fertility, sounds remarkably like Easter, a Name attributed to a relatively unknown goddess of the dawn who presides over a holiday that celebrated fertility and rebirth.  A mere curiosity.  Of course I really doubt the pagan germanic gods just evolved out of nowhere.  There wiuld have been influences, perhaps from the areas where civilization first began?  I have no proof...just speculation.

And while ingemann is right that the fir tree was a replacement for the oak that was meant to represent the trinity, why have a tree at all?

The point is.... These were Christian replacements for pagan practices.  Just like holiday trees and getting together and celebrating secularly is a modern replacement, using many of the same props in a very similar process, of Christianity.

This has been happening forever.  If you want to be holier than me and spar over details in a big blow out of fecal pompousness, go right ahead.  Just don't twist my words against me.
There is a speculative argument to be made that the Germanic languages (of which English is, of course, one) were influenced by Semitic traders. John McWhorter outlines this hypothesis, with some evidence to support it, in the final chapter of his book Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, though even he points out that the case is far from conclusive. It's a good read and a brief one too if anybody is interested in the history of the language.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturor...... on: December 15, 2014, 10:14:21 pm
Frivolous. They should focus their efforts on mental health investments to ensure another maniac doesn't spring up. What part of "criminals don't care about gun laws" don't these gun control people get?
Yeah, because criminals use the fully automatic weapons that were de facto banned in 1934 all the time Roll Eyes
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