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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: Today at 09:53:39 am
Thanksgiving is a Christian holy day because this country was founded on Biblical principles and the pilgrims celebrated and gave thanks for what God had done for them.  It is a fact that every good thing originates from God.  Today, Thanksgiving is a good time to give thanks for all God has done for us through that year and opens our hearts to the celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are connected and cannot be separated.  Both are Christian holy days and prepares us to receive God's blessings for the coming year.  That's why so many put Thanksgiving and Christmas in the same holiday season.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Bushie remind you of Scumbag Steve? on: Today at 09:51:37 am
In a way. Bushie is just the churchy version. Notice the church doesn't solve the problem.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Incoming Nevada Speaker is a real piece of work on: Today at 09:50:20 am
You know, it's kind of hard to call this guy an aberration and "just a random crazy that managed to slip through" when his own conference elected him as speaker.
The disconnect between the Atlas Forum and who constitutes the Republican party is mind boggling. I get that there is a Moderate Hero tendency to presume both parties must be, on average, fairly reasonable, but we have threads like this one almost every day. There is something very wrong with Republicans. It doesn't help the nation to pretend like it isn't so.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kansas SoS: Obama's exec. order could lead to ethnic cleansing of whites on: Today at 07:49:10 am
Typical Republican position. Hardly worthy of noticing.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 20, 2014, 05:10:37 pm
Please no canned veggies. They have no bulk and are loaded with salt. Completely defeats the purpose. Get a fresh broccoli crown. Boil for just about 1 minute.  Put some Mrs. Dash on it for flavor. Easiest thing in the world. Are you allowed to use the stove at grandma's or do the same rules apply as at home? Is she your mother's mother or your father's mother?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: November 20, 2014, 10:29:23 am
It's unfortunate that virtually every Republican politician in the country won't be held accountable for brazenly and outrageously lying out their asses about Obamacare.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you currently weigh? on: November 20, 2014, 10:28:39 am
Somewhere between 175-180.
Hey, Simfan and I weigh the same. I'm down about 25 lbs since I started working out at the beginning of 2013.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Montana gay marriage ban struck down - current status on: November 20, 2014, 10:25:26 am
Progressives: losing some battles; perpetually winning the war.
If you think the only thing progs care about is gay marriage...
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: November 19, 2014, 11:03:12 pm
Oklahoma bashing ad absurdum:

Probably the worst place on earth. I would rather live in Somalia.

Wow, someone's an Oklahoma lover apparently. I guess you love flat desolate land, megachurches, and tornadoes.

It's pretty idiotic to think Oklahoma is worse than Somalia.

Somalia probably has better scenery.

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 19, 2014, 07:29:36 pm
his excessive sleeping is a sign of depression.

I think it has been established that he is depressed. The anger and  crying episodes along with the excessive sleeping means it is pretty obvious. I think he also said at one point he was.
Can you blame him? If you lived with your 134 year old grandmother in Oklahoma, weighed 350 lbs, and couldn't keep a job, even a low paying one, to save your life, you'd probably be depressed and seek out childish pleasures also.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: November 19, 2014, 03:37:34 pm
Jim Carrey has always been awful. The good screwball 1990s movie star was always Adam Sandler.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Bushie's Marian theology on: November 19, 2014, 03:34:27 pm
I must imagine that he must practically hate the Virgin Mary as Protestants seem to do?

Now watch the catholics get huffy and indignant and holier than thou.

I say if you're going to be Christian, then stick to the message of Jesus.

Indeed. Feel free to continue advocating frothing at the mouth about JAAAY-SUUUS and waving your hands, hopping around like monkeys, and calling it a religious service. This is the real heresy, the real paganism, practically Vodoun. Ugh.

That's funny because it was the Catholics who were traditionally derided for all motions. Kneeling, standing, gymnastics, etc.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 19, 2014, 03:32:23 pm
what behavior do you consider unacceptable Bushie? Genuinely curious. Other than drugs and murder, of course.

Is Bushie still accepting of the gays, or he is back to believing it's an abomination?

I believe Our Dear Friend has backtracked from his liberalization on the "gay issue".  Sunday-workers, liars, and idol-worshippers still get a pass, though.  It's very difficult to identify those people by just looking at them, you see.  Hate is the most shallow and simple of human emotions, so who to direct it at can not, by definition, be complicated.  
Gays can be easily identified by looking at them? Huh
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How fast do you drive on the expressway? on: November 19, 2014, 10:15:01 am
Is the German Olaf a widespread stereotype? I would like to hear more about him.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How many parishes will Landrieu win in the runoff? on: November 19, 2014, 10:12:43 am
Only somebody from the North could think that blacks only live in the big city. East Carroll Parish is 68% black, which is even more than Orleans. I'm pretty sure Landrieu will win that one too.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Joe Biden be the broker in chief for the next 2 years? on: November 18, 2014, 11:33:46 pm
The Republicans have never had any interest in making any sort of deals (beyond the absolute minimum needed to keep the country solvent). Anybody who claims otherwise is either being insincere or has been living on Mars since January 2009.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think God is? on: November 18, 2014, 11:31:30 pm
Morgan Freeman
Nah, the best Hollywood interpretation of God came in the form of George Burns in Oh God!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: November 18, 2014, 11:22:51 pm
Popularity does not equal soundness.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 18, 2014, 11:22:16 pm
I do try to do everything I can to advance the kingdom of God and be a vessel that He can use for His purposes.
Really? Because you've been telling us that you spend most of your days napping, watching tv, and eating fast food.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 18, 2014, 09:53:44 pm
We have plenty good reason. Your 'faith' is a vapid husk and it's making your life even worse.
21  General Discussion / History / Re: How could the South have been different? on: November 18, 2014, 09:52:40 pm
Eh, I don't really agree with the analysis in the OP. The North had plenty of ambitious youngsters looking to get rich, just in different ways than those in the South.


Quote from: British observer in Massachusetts, 1848
There is not a working boy of average ability in the New England States, at least, who has not an idea of some mechanical invention or improvement in manufactures, by which, in good time, he hopes to better his position, or rise to fortune and social distinction.


Quote from: Cincinnati Gazette, 1860
Of all the multitude of young men engaged in various employments of this city, there is probably not one who does not desire, and even confidently expect, to become rich.

Your examples are two hundred years after the time period he's talking about. A better counterexample would be the Dutch beginnings of New York State.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: November 18, 2014, 09:46:50 pm
block scheduling is a horror
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How fast do you drive on the expressway? on: November 18, 2014, 09:36:52 pm
Depends.  Urban expressways I'll usually go the speed limit. Rural expressways I'll go anywhere from 8 mph under to 4 mph over.  Rural interstates here have a speed limit of 70 mph.  But for fuel economy reasons, I try to go only 100 km/h. (Roughly 62 mph, and I choose that because it usually keeps me from being the same speed as other slower drivers.)  However, if I'm running short on time because I got delayed either before setting out or while driving, I'm willing to go 120 km/h on the rural interstates.  That ability to still make it someplace on time when delayed is another reason for planning on 100 km/h.
You are endangering your life to potentially save $1 in gasoline. Excessively slow drivers (anything below the limit in normal conditions) are such a menace.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you like gym class in school? on: November 18, 2014, 09:25:31 pm
Gym was a complete waste of time.
I can see where one might think that.  But actually, breaks in the book learning are needed.  That, more than getting some much needed physical activity is why I think gym ought to be part of the daily routine for every school kid thru at least middle school/junior high.
Recess for elementary kids is great. This is something completely different. Our school day was divided into six periods, so for 1/3 of students, it's either first or last period, and not even a "break." Just an appendage. In schools that do block scheduling, the number rises to 1/2. At least at my school, there was never much physical activity either. Like every other class, activities were planned to hit at about the 25th percentile of achievement student. The first 10 minutes, you had to change into the uniform. Then the teacher had to take roll and note who changed clothes and who didn't, which constituted the entire grade. So, we had maybe half an hour of standing around with some badmitten rackets or doing the Macarena (I went to school in the 1990s)  before it was time to change clothes again. It wasn't like it was mentally scarring or anything, but even a 13 year old knows when you're wasting his time.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: November 18, 2014, 09:17:31 pm
Jesus commands us in the Gospels that we cannot enter the kingdom of God except with the heart and mind of a little child. 

I did not know this. It explains a lot about the world we live in. Thank you.
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