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1  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If you weren't wearing X, bad thing Y wouldn't have happened to you on: Today at 02:01:41 pm
Its not just soldiers that shouldn't be walking around in active duty wear. Government supervisors even say that Government officials, especially higher-ranking ones and those with clearances, shouldn't wear their badges in public, even when they are walking to work.

Different issue entirely.  When I was a post-doctoral research fellow for the US department of energy, I was expressly forbidden, contractually, to display my ID badge in public.  I usually cycled to work and I tended to wear it under my shirt till I got to the gate then I'd whip it out.  Clearance badges remain property of the US government and the government has a stake in keeping them out of sight in public.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: Today at 01:57:17 pm
Too new and too loose.

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3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LUMINE EATS DEAD BABIES on: Today at 11:20:25 am

Perhaps, but he doesn't eat live ones.  Let's not lose perspective here.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Academic shenanigans at UNC on: Today at 11:15:28 am
This is why we need to get rid of college sports

But that sends the wrong message.  A component of the current liberal arts education model is wellness and athleticism.  Typically, a minimum of 3 credits (of 120) are required.  Also, college and university games are fun to watch, and promote fellowship and community among students.  A sports program can generate pride and and enthusiasm among students, and endowments from alumni.

I do agree that we should stop paying them.  Moreover, they must be students first, athletes second.  I also don't necessarily have a problem with the professional leagues recruiting straight out of high school.  In fact, if the public could accept that some of these pro-bound athletes weren't really cut out for cerebral labors and just allow the pro leagues to recruit them at the age of majority, then several of these problems would be solved because university athletics could go back to being what they were meant to be.  
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: Today at 10:54:14 am


[ 4 ] Al Sibboleth of West Virginia and Hashemite of Oklahoma
All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal - Verenigde Gesuiwerde Atlasianer Volksfront

[ 1 ] Lumine von Reuental of Utah and SJoyceFla of North Carolina
Federalist Party - The People's Party

[ 3 ] Marokai Blue of Iowa and Antonio V of Hawaii
Labor Party

[ 2 ] Poirot of New York and Shua of Nunavut
Independent - Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above


[ 1 ] Cris of Colorado
Federalist Party

[ 2 ] TNF of Montana
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above

6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of posters who use ellipsis on: October 23, 2014, 07:39:25 pm
Another attack thread on Winfield.   Reported.

...you really don't play this game particularly well, do you?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What county is most representative of each party? on: October 23, 2014, 07:36:09 pm
Liberal elitists to the north of me, working class Dems to the south.

...Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reaganstan! on: October 23, 2014, 07:30:01 pm
Reaganstan is everywhere except DC and Minnesota.

and apparently a gay bar in Quahog. 
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Academic shenanigans at UNC on: October 23, 2014, 07:23:56 pm
Stories like this are why the NCAA should actually drop all of the academic requirements for athletes. If they just want to piss-dick around for 4 years and play football, let them. If they don't get their degree, that's on them. At the same time, drop the special treatment too.

It seems like a good idea, but it is irresponsible.  Students are accepted generally with the expectation that they will graduate.  I think that the better idea is to stop treating student-athletes like gods and role models, and to stop treating collegiate athletics like professional training grounds.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Diwali! on: October 23, 2014, 02:35:56 pm
Happy Happy. 

The first time I ever took my son to a theatrical performance was when we lived in Iowa and the Shakti Dance Company was touring during the festival of lights.  He was about 3 years old I think and I'd never taken to a movie or a play so I didn't know how he'd behave, but he loved it.  I remember one part of the dance that my son particularly enjoyed was about a little deer.  I suppose the deer was the one from the Ramayana when Lord Rama was enticed by a golden deer away from Sita so that the nine-headed king could capture her.  It was all good fun.

Peace and love to you.

11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: If you weren't wearing X, bad thing Y wouldn't have happened to you on: October 23, 2014, 11:35:50 am
Both Australia and Canada have instructed their armed forces members to not wear their uniform out in public after a couple of bastards committed cowardly acts.  Obviously I understand why, and it MIGHT even help keep a soldier alive, but is it victim blaming?

Victim blaming?  Maybe.  It reminds me of when people say things like "Well, if you wouldn't wear such skimpy skirts then all these guys wouldn't be hitting on you..." or whatever.  Same idea.  I don't know if that's really victim-blaming.  I think it's more like giving some advice in order that you might not become a victim in the first place.  Whether you choose to follow that advice is another matter.  Frankly, I think a person should be able to wear a uniform (or a skimpy skirt) with impunity.

Did you ever see the movie Barcelona?  Taylor Nichols plays an uptight sales manager for a US company with offices in Barcelona.  His cousin, a sort of party animal played by Chris Eigeman, is a US Navy Lieutenant, or whatever they call an O3 in the Navy.  Eigeman is in Barcelona temporarily and shows up at Nichols' house and needs a place to crash.  Anyway, they're walking around together, Eigeman in his dapper black and white Navy officer uniform, and some leftist punks harass them a bit (this was in the mid-90s).  Nichols says that he shouldn't wear his uniform about if he doesn't want to be harassed.  Eigeman fumes.  He's a party guy, but he's also a patriotic American.  He'll wear his uniform proudly in public, goddammit.  Anyway, late in the movie a communist activist on a motorcycle drives by and shoots him in the head, for no other reason than the fact that he is a "fascist" (as determined by his attire.)  

Was Eigeman's character too stubborn for his own good?

12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this passage ironical? on: October 23, 2014, 08:59:50 am
one day , john read an advertisement in a newspaper. it said ," wanted .the best salesman in the world. "john thought he was a great salesman and went to ask for the jod. "i'm the best salesman in the world ,"he said to the manager ."G ive me the job.""you must prove you'er the best ,"  the manager siad. "ok,I will,"john said. "good."the manager took several boxes of sweetl out of his desk. "Last week I brought a thousand boxes of sweets.If you can sell them all before the end of the week, you can have the job ,"said the manager."That's easy,"john said.he took the boxes of sweets and left the office.Every day and all day he went from shop to shop ,trying to sell the sweets.But he couldn't sell one .The sweets were too bad for him to sell.At the end of the week he went back to the manager."i'm sorry ,sir,"he said,"I was wrong about myself . i'm not the best salesman in the world ,but I konw who is ." "Oh ,"said the manager."who?" The person who sold you a thousand boxes of the sweets".

This is an example of sardonicism, not irony.

Also, have you been taking typing lessons from dead0man?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post then Edit or Edit then Post? on: October 22, 2014, 06:54:13 pm
Grumpy Old Fart!  I love it.

Anyway, post then edit.  Sometimes, post then edit then delete then repost.  Sometimes post then realize that death points are warranted and delete without reposting.  Sometimes post then wake up the next morning with a hangover and notice a post to which no one responded and think "God, I hope no one actually read that; maybe I can delete it without anyone noticing" and then later notice it in the one of the galleries.  Enshrined and embarrassed.  
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Our President continues to be the best on: October 22, 2014, 06:29:55 pm
yea great job by sh**tstalker

Nah, it was mediocre at best.  jmfcst used to know how to hijack a thread.  Man, he'd whip out the Gospel according to Saint Luke, verse and chapter, and throw down.

Snowstalker just wants to express his dissatisfaction with the President of the United States.  I feel his pain.  I voted for Obama in 2008 myself.  You can bet your ass I didn't vote for him in '12.

Anyway, I don't think he appreciates that this thread really isn't a political one.  But who can blame him, given the misleading title.  Surely some more creativity was merited in that regard, given the nature of Barry's encounter with Jones and the squeeze.  Don't blame Snowstalker for your lack of imagination.  Hell, he probably didn't even bother to read the OP, given the blandness of the title.  Take a little constructive criticism:  the title of a piece of literature is very important.  It often determines whether people actually read it.  

Check this out:  

Obama gets fresh with totally hot southside Chicago voter

Boyfriend of voter wants to kick president's ass

First Lady spotted in CVS buying 2 D-cell batteries (page 9B)

Now that's more like it.

15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Our President continues to be the best on: October 21, 2014, 03:34:40 pm
look at the poles prior to the election in 2012

I like looking at poles from time to time, don't you?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following sock accusations have you believed? on: October 21, 2014, 03:22:06 pm
Which of the following sock accusations have you thought about long enough to decide whether you care about it?

___ all of them

___ some of them

_X_ none of them

17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 21, 2014, 11:50:42 am
Ebola hazmat costumes!  Just in time for Halloween, boys and girls.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how much is your cable package a month? on: October 21, 2014, 10:04:10 am
After Comcast wouldn't lower our rate we switched to FIOS......glad we did.....no issues, fast internet, crystal clear HD TV

I think we'll look into that next summer.  The internet+TV rate they advertise now is $74.99 but requires a 2-year agreement.  I think we'll move over the summer and at that time I'll consider the options. 
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how much is your cable package a month? on: October 21, 2014, 09:51:10 am

Comcast was similar.  We had $95 for the first two years, then it went up to $149, so I called and they said that if I did the "triple play" option it would decrease to $129, so that's what I have now.  Cable TV with some premium package and HBO; BLAST internet; telephone.  We got the telephone over the summer.  How is it cheaper if I get the telephone line?  It's a promotional deal, sir.  But it's 149 with cable and internet, 129 with cable, internet, and phone.  It's a promotional deal, sir.  I don't need a phone.  I don't think I own a phone that plugs into the wall.  We just give you a phone number, sir, and you don't have to use it.  I have no idea what that phone number is.  I have it written down somewhere but I've forgotten it.  I've never even plugged a phone into the wall to see if it works.  Somewhere, in a box in the basement there's an old touch-tone phone and if I ever run across it I may plug it in to see if I get a dial tone. 

I think we'll lose HBO after the holidays.  That'll make it $115.  We'll keep the BLAST.  (I'm sure that stands for something but I'm not sure what.)  They claim that it's 50 Mbps but the fastest test speed I ever got was 34, and it's typically more like 20 or 21.  Still, it's probably faster than the alternatives.

20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 20, 2014, 07:41:38 pm
Interesting.  I haven't heard it at the gym yet.  (outside this forum and the one time at the skating rink, I haven't heard it at all.)  My gym also goes through cycles.  For a while there was song about there not being enough rain in Oklahoma which played at least twice each time I went there.  I always thought of Bushie when that song came on.  Then they went through an 80s period.  Not sure what they're doing now.  I'll be there for about an hour tomorrow evening, so I'll listen for All about that Bass.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Am I really such a bad person? on: October 20, 2014, 11:35:48 am

22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is coming ! on: October 20, 2014, 10:37:21 am
Shingles too, for you.  Smiley
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is coming ! on: October 20, 2014, 10:25:50 am
Yep, I'm definitely aware that winter is coming here. I'm home sick with flu-like symptoms.

We had our first frost of the season last night.  This morning there was a bit of ice still on the rooftops as I drove to work.  Yesterday I got all the plastic shovels and pails out of the sandbox and brought them into the basement.  We had already harvested our garden and brought a few plants in side.

I got a flu vaccination a couple of weeks ago.  You should consider doing it.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 20, 2014, 09:35:39 am
Also, did I just read someone in this thread doesn't like bass? What even is that?

Nah, he just wants his trombone score written in the treble clef so his brain will stop hurting.

25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Electric Light Orchestra on: October 19, 2014, 07:08:39 pm
I can't name any songs of the top of my head.

Can't get it out of my head

It's funny.  I used to hear ELO on the popular radio all the time in the 70s and early 80s, then they went away for a long time.  Then, starting in about 2001, they came back with a vengeance.  I couldn't walk into a Target or Wal-mart without hearing Evil Woman or Sweet Talkin' Woman or Blue Sky.  Even Strange Magic was popping up in elevators and shopping malls by about ten years ago.

You probably hear them all the time in certain venues and just don't realize it.
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