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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NARAL attacks Super Bowl ad for "antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses" on: February 08, 2016, 06:23:05 pm
Why is this even a thing?

Single issue groups often resort to stuff like this in an attempt to stay in the news when there's nothing significant regarding their issue actually going on.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Survey For Grad School - Could use your reply! on: February 08, 2016, 06:21:21 pm
Done
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NARAL attacks Super Bowl ad for "antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses" on: February 08, 2016, 06:02:41 pm
Pro-life supporters praising the ad are being just as ridiculous.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the standards for substitute teachers be higher? on: February 08, 2016, 12:36:44 pm
Ideally, yes.  But the problem is where do you find the money needed to recruit better qualified substitutes?

I think perhaps what is needed is a radical rethink of our education system, at least in the lower grades.  Rather than smaller class sizes, larger classes with multiple teachers might well be better and then you wouldn't even need a sub if a teacher were occasionally out of the classroom.  The single teacher classroom doesn't seem to me to be an optimum model.

From what I've heard, at least in areas of Wayne County, there are so many people taking day-to-day spots that sometimes the truly qualified people can't pick up the open spot in time.

And there does need to be a change in how the qualification system works. For the most part, someone who's qualified to teach 1st grade should be able to sub in a 2nd grade class, but they might not be able to adequately sub in a Calculus class. Having the same standards for both makes no sense.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the standards for substitute teachers be higher? on: February 07, 2016, 03:38:05 pm
Probably, but why?  Aren't they, quite literally, baby sitters 98% of the time?  The only time you'd want a good teacher as a sub is if they are going to be in the same class for a week or more.  Otherwise, a good wrangler of children is much more important than the ability to teach.  And while they may teach child wrangling at University, I haven't seen much proof of it.

I think part of the reason they are babysitters so often is because people who really aren't qualified to teach end up being able to sub. Ideally, a sub should be doing more than just sticking in a DVD or overseeing a "study" hour.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Mickie D's testing chocolate covered French fries, would you eat these? on: February 07, 2016, 02:30:51 pm
They ought to try that stuff they do in Quebec-gravy and fries. What is that called? Putang or something?

Poutine. And it's great.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the standards for substitute teachers be higher? on: February 07, 2016, 02:26:52 pm
Yes. I've always been perplexed by how easy it is to qualify to substitute teach in Michigan.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the maker of your phone? on: February 07, 2016, 10:10:12 am
I'm still sticking with the BlackBerry.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Rubio's "let's dispel with this fiction" gaffe become his "Oops" moment? on: February 07, 2016, 10:08:11 am
No, it doesn't come close to the embarrassment of the "Oops" moment. This looks bad to people who are at least moderately politically involved. "Oops" looked terrible to everyone.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: February 06, 2016, 01:54:56 pm
What does 'Queen mum' mean? When I joined I assumed you were a middle aged woman because of the moniker.

It's the only Atlasia position I still hold.... created who knows when.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: February 05, 2016, 06:46:44 pm
inks came back on the anniversary of "anti-pro-heterosexual"? omg

Honestly, how do you remember the date of that?
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Dubya to start campaigning for Jeb! LOOOOOOL on: February 05, 2016, 06:41:59 pm
Dubya is very popular with Republicans, but I think this is too little too late for Jeb.

Ironically, he's popular with a lot of Republicans who would oppose him if he were running today on the same platform that he governed with; however, I think it'll help him in the primaries.  That said, it's likely too little to late, in my opinion.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: February 03, 2016, 07:07:46 pm
Thanks, everyone. We're both pretty excited, but there's still a lot of planning to do, and the date is approaching rather quickly (middle of May).
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: January 31, 2016, 10:49:18 pm
Tweed was made a mod?
15  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Attention Dave: Incorrect entry for 2016 Democratic Primary on: January 31, 2016, 10:00:45 pm
Fixed.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: January 31, 2016, 06:00:06 pm
A good chunk of us have picked up and left to a new forum that'd you hate due to the lack of a ban on profanity.

Is that that Atlas After Dark Jamespol keeps Facebook messaging me about?
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: January 31, 2016, 05:54:33 pm
Yikes... I knew I wasn't exactly the most liked person here, but I wasn't expecting the cold shoulder from all but 3 people here.  I guess I'll try to strike up a conversation again.

I passed the bar and got a job clerking for a judge.  I'm 3 months out from my wedding and currently looking for a house.  I'm still undecided on who to vote for; I like Paul, but he's been a bit flip-floppy for me lately.  I like Bush and Kasich, and I could support Rubio.  I'll likely cast a strategic vote to do my best to avoid Trump or Cruz winning the nomination, but if either of those look inevitable by the time Michigan comes around, I'll likely vote in the Democratic primary for Bernie Sanders, who is who I'd rather support in the general than Trump or Cruz.

So, what's new here?
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 31, 2016, 12:48:13 am
I'm assuming I've been purged by now.

Inks.LWC
Federalist
Michigan
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Trump actually have a harder time as the field narrows? on: January 31, 2016, 12:35:15 am
Common sense would say yes, but Trump's campaign has defied political expectations so far. It's possible, albeit frightening, that the GOP would just coalesce around him if it looks like he's going to be the nominee.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Greetings on: January 31, 2016, 12:22:14 am
Bring Update back

That place is toxic. I wish Bushie all the best, but if I stay, I'm done with Update for good.  He needs to learn to help himself.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Greetings on: January 31, 2016, 12:09:27 am
Not sure how long, if at all, I'll stay, but I figured I'd drop in and say hi... So, "Hi".
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 09, 2014, 04:55:29 pm
bushie why were you uninvited to kansas city?

and has papa bushie begun clearing out his train room to make room for you to move back in, which apparently youve already done?

He's answered this a couple of times already. You should read the Update to keep up with these sorts of thing Smiley

the only answer i saw was that his uncle didnt want him to come.  i guess i am asking why didnt his uncle want him to visit?

From what he said, it sounds like he was never invited; he just assumed he could tag along and ended up finding out that was not the case.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 09, 2014, 04:29:43 pm
I'll be completely honest with my pastor.  I am honest on Facebook, and that's what I'll tell him and more.
Jeff, if you were honest on Facebook, you wouldn't have deleted Andrew and I.  You may not be dishonest with those on Facebook (although Rainbow Play Systems was certainly an outright lie), but you are selective in what you share; you share the good and not the bad, for the most part.  While that's not dishonest, it leads to people creating a perception about you that is different from reality.

And will you really be completely honest?  You'll tell him about the crying episodes, the screaming outburst, the repeated lying about your weight, the use of your parents money to buy porn, your tendency to rush into making decisions, your financial dependence on your parents without making any personal financial sacrifices?  And these are just naming a few.  This is all part of the overall problem, and they're all connected.  If you're not sharing all this and more, talking to your pastor is pointless.

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Where are you reading that I'm too busy?  I am not in any way using that excuse.  I'm just saying that in case he wants to follow up with me and is in a different city, I don't have to travel 100 miles each way to see him once a week or whatever it is.
This is why God invented Skype.

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Plus, I DO NOT NEED TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST.  I am not mentally ill like you seem to suggest.  I do take that offensively, because it is offensive to me.  The pastor is as good as you're going to get. So, just, SHUT UP!!!

OK, Jeff, again, you're not even reading what I'm saying.  Even if you're perfectly mentally healthy, I'm suggesting that you see a psychiatrist the same way that you would see a doctor for a yearly physical or a dentist for a teeth cleaning.  Think of it as preventive medicine.  And the sentence, "The pastor is as good as you're going to get" really saddens me... you seem to think that you should be doing this stuff to make me or the forum happy.  That's not it at all.  You should be doing this to improve your life and help get you on the track to success.

Personally, I think you need to see a psychiatrist or therapist, but that's just my opinion.  I'm merely pointing out that even if I'm wrong, you have absolutely nothing to lose by going.  It just astounds me that you're so adamant about not going.  You don't tell people, "I DON'T NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST! So just SHUT UP!" or "I DON'T NEED TO GET MY BLOODWORK DONE!  So just SHUT UP!"  So I really don't understand why you're reacting differently here.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 09, 2014, 04:13:22 pm
As soon as I get my employment settled,

Why wait?

Since I'm looking in two different cities, I want to wait until I get my employment settled so in case my pastor wants to schedule follow-up visits.

Jeff, you're just making excuses now.  You know you have time to schedule this stuff.  Your job hunt hasn't stopped you from taking naps and watching dozens of hours of TV.  You're embarrassing yourself by putting forward this argument that you're too busy.

And I'd still like to hear your answer to why you do not want to see a psychiatrist or professional therapist.  It can't simply just be "Because I don't need to."  There must be something more.  You go to the dentist periodically, even when you don't have cavities; you get your bloodwork checked frequently, even though you don't have diabetes.  So why is this different?  I don't understand your strong insistence against just going and talking with someone who's trained in this stuff.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 09, 2014, 04:10:49 pm
Putting the psychiatric see your pastor talk aside for a little bit.  I am preparing for a weekend by myself at my parents' this weekend.  Mom is busy packing for their trip this weekend.  They leave tomorrow morning early and come back Monday afternoon since Monday is a holiday (Columbus Day).  I have an interview tomorrow morning at 10:30 in NW Oklahoma City.  I'll leave here at 9:30 and should be home by 12:00.  It's supposed to be a rainy day tomorrow with the remnants of Tropical Storm Simon, so I will likely stay in tomorrow evening.  I will head home to Tulsa Monday at Noon and then be back Thursday afternoon so we can head to New Mexico on Friday.  From there, it all depends on what happens with tomorrow's interview if I stay in Tulsa or come down and move in with Grandma.

Ftfy.  I don't do the religion, but from what I understand pastors would have experience with helping their pastees through life issues through incorporation of the faith.  It's reasonable piece of advice, Jeff.

The problem is that Bushie will talk to a pastor that he knows and is quite comfortable with; it'll probably be somebody who's known him for a long time.  And we know that Bushie isn't honest with those people.  His home pastor is probably the same types who encouraged him about Kenya and wanting to adopt the kids.  He shares these optimistic half-truths with people he's close with.  If he's going to see a pastor he doesn't know and actually shares everything, that's one thing, and that'd be helpful.  But if he goes and shares the Facebook version of his life, making himself sound like a normal, humble saintly man just trying to help the world, the pastor very well could encourage him to keep doing what he's been doing.  Jeff, not realizing that the process doesn't work if he doesn't put in 100% effort and tell the pastor everything, will come back here gloating that he took our advice and it turned out that he was right.  A doctor will see through stuff like that; Bushie's pastor, who I'm sure Bushie considers a friend, probably won't see through Bushie's lies.  If he hasn't said anything yet about Jeff's behavior, it's probably because Jeff hides it well, and I don't think he's going to discover it with some quick session with Jeff.
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