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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: Today at 03:34:15 pm
Jeff, why do you refuse to see a mental health professional?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: Today at 03:21:54 pm
Bushie what did you today after refusing free money?

Get on craigslist, www.indeed.com, and www.simplyhired.com looking for jobs.  I did take a nap today, of course, but I've spent most of the rest of the day looking for jobs.

"Of course"? It's pretty clear you're content with being unemployed when daily naps are what you consider your status quo.

And if you had time to nap, does this mean they booted you off the premises?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 27, 2014, 08:18:10 pm
Gee whiz, guys, calm down and take a chill pill.  I'm only doing this after consulting with my parents and letting her take stock of her financial situation.  I'm alright, and hopefully, I will get a better job soon.  Only I know all the intricacies of my situation.  You guys are free to have your opinions and voice them, but I know what I'm doing.  This may come as a surprise, but I do have a strong head on my shoulders and I am very cognizant of what's going on around me.

No, Jeff, you don't know what you're doing.  People who know what they're doing aren't tens of thousands of dollars in debt yet refuse to keep a job (unless something illegal or highly unethical was going on).  If you were cognizant of what's going on, you wouldn't be 31 and broke, 100% dependent on your parents.

Wake up, man.  Your parents, while their intentions may be good, aren't giving you good advice.  They're enablers, and it's going to pass your financial ruin on to them, which will result in you having no cushion to rely on if a true emergency (as opposed to simply your need for Braum's and needless trips to "scout" jobs) ever arises.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 27, 2014, 08:15:35 pm
This job is just not worth it hindering me in my job search.

This job is not hindering you in your job search.  Here's what's hindering you in your job search:

It's a relaxing Saturday evening in progress. I've got one more baseball game to watch tonight - Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals. I will do my laundry after the game is over at 21:00 with the hopes of being in bed by 00:00. I will be going back to Lynn Lane Baptist Church tomorrow morning with Sunday School at 9:15 and the Morning Worship Service at 10:30. I am planning a Walmart run for tomorrow afternoon after church. I'm also getting excited about going back to work on Monday for Week 4!!

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Dadgummet!!!!!  I did fall for it.  Aye, aye, aye....

I can't do anything about the money I spent on this one, I don't believe.

I'm going online to the postal service website as we speak.

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I made it home to Tulsa about 14:30 this afternoon.  I had a fun weekend with the family, but now it is time to settle into a Sunday evening and get ready for Week 3 of work.  Work night #9 begins in 45 minutes.

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Training camps start later this week and all next week starting with the Buffalo Bills on July 18.  The NFL Preseason will get underway in 3 weeks on Sunday, August 3 at 20:00 EDT on NBC with the Hall of Fame game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants.

The Regular Season begins on Thursday, September 4 with the Green Bay Packers visiting the defending champions Seattle Seahawks at 20:30 EDT on NBC.

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I took her to Alva to see my alma mater and then had dinner at Applebee's with her family and watched fireworks in Stillwater.  I'm at my parents now enjoying the rest of the weekend with them.  I'll go back to Tulsa tomorrow evening.

Now, I am NOT (I repeat, NOT) saying that you have to give up all fun and focus all of your free time on finding a job, but to put the blame on why you can't find a job on your current job is just ludicrous.

You, as usual, did a complete turnaround.  We all predicted that you'd quit or get fired, and as usual, you got pissed off and started telling us not to doubt you and that this time would be different.  Heck, days ago you were saying this:

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Until I start taking calls, I will be side jacking listening to other agents take calls.  I will continue to look, but I have no intention of leaving here until I have a start date.

And now, like so many times before, you're prematurely throwing in the towel and becoming 100% dependent on your parents.  You're not cutting your spending habits significantly.  How can they still afford to support your lifestyle and all of your debt?
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 27, 2014, 01:11:02 am
Oh, and I guess I should provide the first weight check of Season XVI.  I have now lost 6 pounds since July 13.  I have dropped from 292 to 286.  I continue to watch my calories and try to stay within 2,300 calories each day.

There is no reason you should be eating any more than 2,000 a day.

I use the myfitnesspal app on my iPhone to track my weight and food intake and it says to lose a pound a week, I need to stay under 2,300.  There are days I do stay under 2,000, maybe 2,100.  Today, I had just under 2,500 just because I had a big breakfast.  I had a light dinner tonight, so I tried to salvage what I could in my diet.

So instead of discussing this with your doctor or a nutritionist, you're using an iPhone app. And when the iPhone app told you to stay under 2,300 calories a day, you went ahead and had 2,500. This is really going well. You had a big breakfast because you chose to have a big breakfast. If you hadn't done that, you wouldn't have gone over your limit and had to "salvage" at the end of the day.

Did you not read anything else I said?  It was just one day.  Most days I'm well under 2,300.  You have no right to attack me over one day that wasn't that far over.

If you were well under 2,300 calories per day, you wouldn't be encroaching on 300 lbs.

And what was her reason for being about done? For a couple who was almost engaged twice, this is not normal behavior... you do realize that, right?

You do realize is not normal to continually interrogate a fellow man about his breakup when it's none of your damn business, right?

Jeff, if you don't want to discuss your private life, then stop discussing your private life.  You could end Update by choosing to just not post about your life, yet you choose not to.

Now you're getting all sassy and pissed off--another sign that you know you're wrong.  So let's skip all the BS that usually goes on over the next two days where you claim you did nothing wrong and the forum asks you questions and you eventually admit that you did something really stupid and just skip to the part where you tell us what you did.

This sounds basically like the last time you dumped her: you misread some cues, so you brought up the breakup topic, and then you claimed the whole thing was mutual.

I truly hope it was mutual (or that she dumped you), but if you overreacted and dumped her, then for her own sake, you shouldn't try to get back together this time.  You're toying with the poor woman's heart because you won't seek the mental help that you need.  It's one thing to hurt yourself with your stubbornness, but now you're hurting more and more people, and it's just sad.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 09:54:30 pm
And what was her reason for being about done? For a couple who was almost engaged twice, this is not normal behavior... you do realize that, right?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 09:23:25 pm
there is a chance that maybe bushie just wasnt that into allison?

He writes "As a matter of fact, I brought it up to her at 13:00 today and she agreed to it."

So yeah, he dumped her, just like last time.


Any time he avoids an issue like this, it's usually because he knows he's severely in the wrong.  If he at least has a justification for what he did, he'll engage in debate, but when he repeatedly ignores questions, it's usually a sign that he did something worse than normal.

But, I haven't avoided the questions today.  So, you cannot accuse me of being in the wrong here when you don't know the whole story.  You cannot always assume I'm wrong.

Jeff, you know what I mean. You answered the question of whether you'd bought her a ring yet. That's not the point of all this. You're ignoring substantive questions about the breakup--mainly, why did you decide to bring it up?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 08:20:15 pm
there is a chance that maybe bushie just wasnt that into allison?

He writes "As a matter of fact, I brought it up to her at 13:00 today and she agreed to it."

So yeah, he dumped her, just like last time.


Any time he avoids an issue like this, it's usually because he knows he's severely in the wrong.  If he at least has a justification for what he did, he'll engage in debate, but when he repeatedly ignores questions, it's usually a sign that he did something worse than normal.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If President Obama gets impeached... on: July 26, 2014, 05:56:13 pm
Yes, but he won't be impeached. The establishment learned it's lesson of dealing with the Tea Partiers during the shutdown.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 26, 2014, 05:03:16 pm
I know it's not our business, but you don't ask for her hand in marriage and then have a mutual break up a few weeks later without some superseding cause.

Yeah, something happened. He was quiet about it last time until prodded and then told us that he dumped her over a misunderstanding. Things seem different this time, but it's probably a weird reason. Ultimately, it's probably for the best. Bushie can't support a family; he can't even support himself.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 25, 2014, 11:49:48 pm
Yes.  In fact, I sent out a few checks today.

To who?

Three state representative candidates and a local judicial candidate.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 25, 2014, 11:41:40 pm
Yes.  In fact, I sent out a few checks today.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 25, 2014, 09:21:07 pm
And Inks, this clearly fails the 2 prong test of whether the courts should intervene with an executive decision since the testimony of those who wrote the damn law said this ruling was not the intent of their language.

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with that (I still have yet to read the whole case), but that's different than what you seemed to be arguing at first, which was that the court system should always leave statutory interpretation to the executive branch.  You can disagree with how the D.C. Circuit applied the test, but your first post seemed to be attacking the use of the test itself.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Inks.LWC v. Mideast Region (Superior Court) on: July 25, 2014, 09:14:35 pm
Plaintiff's Brief

Statement of Facts
In certifying the July Mideast Assembly election results, acting Governor TJ in Cleve failed to count first preference votes in favor of Al, instead transfering them directly to those voters' second preferences.[1]  Al never declared his intention to accept write-in votes; however, Franzl implicitly did so by casting a write-in vote for himself.

In transfering votes for Al to first preferences for Franzl, this allowed Franzl to make it past the first round and go on to win the third seat.  Inks.LWC had three first preference votes, while Franzl had one; thus, Franzl would have been eliminated before Inks.LWC, and Inks.LWC would have won the third seat had Franzl been eliminated earlier in the counting.

Question Presented
Was counting first preference votes for Al as first preference votes for Franzl contrary to Mideast law?

Short Answer
Yes.  This Court held in Badger et al v. Inks.LWC, 2009 ME 1, that votes for candidates who have not accepted write-in votes "should be seen as a legal nullity, or as having no valid first preference".  While Badger was decided under a different set of election laws, the principles behind that decision remain applicable in the case at bar.

Argument
The relevant election statute in the case at bar is the Transition to PR-STV Act, A.R. 6 of the 27th Assembly.  Section 3, cl. 3 of the Act states, "A first count shall then be made quantifying the total number of first preferences each valid candidate did receive. Any candidates receiving more than the quota shall be deemed elected."  The statute then goes on to lay out what the voting booth administrator is to do in the event of ties and how to transfer votes cast for candidates who have reached the quota to be elected or who have been eliminated.  Nowhere in the statute did the Assembly grant the voting booth administrator the power to transfer votes of candidates other than those who have been eliminated or who have reached the quota.  The statute, however, directly states how the first count should be conducted: only the total number of first preferences for "each valid candidate" should be counted.  Because Al did not accept write-in votes, he was not a valid candidate.  Because he was not a valid candidate, his first preferences could not be passed on to any valid candidates, because only surplus votes (which would not apply to Al) or votes cast for "eliminated candidate"s can be distributed.  Al could not be eliminated, because he was never a valid candidate to begin with.

Section 1, cl. 5 of The Mideast Elections Consolidation Statute, A.R. 2 of the 4th Assembly, reaffirms this by stating, "In order for write-in votes for a candidate to qualify as countable votes, the person written-in must formally accept the write-in candidacy before the end of voting in the given election."

In Badger this Court held that votes for candidates who do not (more specifically, in Badger, cannot) accept write-ins "should be seen as a legal nullity, or as having no valid first preference".

Opposing counsel will likely argue that Badger no longer applies because the region now uses a PR-STV system of voting instead of the former method of vote counting.  While this is true, the relevant section of The Mideast Elections Consolidation Statute, Section 1, cl. 5, remains in effect today; furthermore, as stated above, there is no provision in the Transition to PR-STV Act that permits a voting booth administrator to transfer first preferences from an invalid candidate to the next highest valid candidate on the voter's ballot.  Unlike in Badger, this means that where a voter first preferences an invalid candidate, his whole ballot is spoiled, because there is no statutory provision to eliminate invalid candidates, whereas in the election scheme in Badger, the voter's second, third, (and fourth and fifth votes, if applicable) would be validly counted in subsequent counting rounds.  While this is an unfortunate oversight by the Assembly in its adoption of the Transfer to PR-STV Act (and one which merits fixing), neither the Governor, nor this Court, has the constitutional or statutory authority to ignore clear provisions of the laws of the region, especially when doing so would be at the expense of valid candidates.

Opposing counsel may argue that this interpretation of the law will lead to the intent of the voters being violated.  This, also, is not true.  Three voters cast their first preferences for Inks.LWC, while only 1 did so for Franzl.  To say that it was the will of the voters to elect Franzl instead of Inks.LWC is simply not accurate.

Conclusion
The job of acting Governor TJ in Cleve, during the first round of counting, was clear: he was to tally the number of first preferences that each valid candidate received.  Al was not a valid candidate, and those votes should have been seen as "legal nullit[ies]".  There is no way that votes for Al could have transfered to any other candidate, because Al could not be eliminated or reach the quota.  Thus, Franzl should have been eliminated before Inks.LWC, and Inks.LWC should have won the third seat.

Request for Relief
Plaintiff requests that this Court direct the Governor (or acting Governor) to recertify the July 2014 election results by counting ballots that cast first preferences for write-in candidates who did not publicly accept write-in votes as legal nullities and to declare Inks.LWC a winner in the election.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever slept overnight on a mode of transportation? on: July 25, 2014, 06:19:21 pm
I'm assuming that "9 PM" is supposed to be A.M., or were you just in Chicago for a half hour? If it's the latter, what for?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever slept overnight on a mode of transportation? on: July 25, 2014, 06:17:35 pm
Yes. On the train when I was in Europe back in 2007.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 25, 2014, 02:56:29 pm
Lunch time.  There was a thought we might be on the phones today, then they said next week, now I'm hearing mid-August.  Yesterday, I heard close to Labor Day.  There is no such thing as consistency in this place.  One tenured agent got canned in front of our eyes.  One gal was fired last Friday and rehired 10 minutes later...  That stuff happens around here.  It is a job that has a lot of quirks...

So what will you do until then? Just sit around and get paid?

Sounds terrible, right?  Cry

It sounds fishy and too good to be true.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 25, 2014, 01:41:22 pm
Lunch time.  There was a thought we might be on the phones today, then they said next week, now I'm hearing mid-August.  Yesterday, I heard close to Labor Day.  There is no such thing as consistency in this place.  One tenured agent got canned in front of our eyes.  One gal was fired last Friday and rehired 10 minutes later...  That stuff happens around here.  It is a job that has a lot of quirks...

So what will you do until then? Just sit around and get paid?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 25, 2014, 12:20:24 pm
It sounds like they don't want to deal with you for some reason.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Inks.LWC v. Mideast Region (Superior Court) on: July 25, 2014, 09:10:34 am
Complaint

May it please the Court, I wish to file suit against the acting Governor for his certification of the July election results. Votes for Al should have been counted pursuant to Badger et al v. Inks.LWC, and I, not Franzl should have been elected. Because I have a high likelihood of winning, I ask this Court to grant a temporary injunction barring Franzl from swearing in. If this Court accepts the case, I will file a full brief tonight.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 10:50:57 pm
I'm not worried about it.  I've got a good job so I will get paychecks to replenish the money when it comes out.

But while your parents are still paying any of your bills, it's ultimately their money that you're wasting. You wasted their $58.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 07:58:39 pm
I would call to cancel the order, refuse delivery of it if it comes, and dispute the charges with your credit card company as a scam.

If they actually send the book and have proof he made the order, he may be stuck, because it could be a "legitimate" purchase, albeit a really, really stupid one. If he gets what he ordered, the company didn't break any laws from what I can tell.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 06:36:30 pm
Dadgummet!!!!!  I did fall for it.  Aye, aye, aye....

I can't do anything about the money I spent on this one, I don't believe.

I'm going online to the postal service website as we speak.

You could call and try to cancel the order.  Although I'm guessing they'll tell you something like, "It's already shipped."  At least from everything I've found, there are no reports that the scammers steal credit card numbers, but seriously, Jeff, what were you thinking?

You've fallen for more scams than anyone I know... I'm beginning to wonder if your life story isn't just you pulling one epic troll-a-thon on the forum.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 05:59:25 pm
Jeff, what was the name of the book you bought, and how much did you pay for it?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 05:52:06 pm
So basically you fell for the scam warned about here:

http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.regionalhelpwanted.com

You've wasted money on a test prep book for a job you'll never get.
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