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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The new ten dollar bill to have a woman on: June 20, 2015, 06:56:08 pm
Hamilton was perhaps the best of all the Founding Fathers.

And the only openly-gay US Secretary of State.  I wouldn't want him replaced either.  Ah well, there's no accounting for tastes.  Have you seen the polls, it's like they asked "hey, we're going to replace the most effeminate of all the founding fathers on our notes, and we want to replace him with a woman--after all, we wouldn't want to replace a manly man, would we?  so let's replace Handy Hamilton--anyway, whom do you like?"  According to Texasgurl's poll, it was Harriet Tubman at 34%.  Harriet Tubman?!  Could they possibly find a more homely woman?  I giess O could understand wanting to replace such a nelly man with a butch woman, and I do understand that it has to be a dead person, but why her?  I'd go with Susan B.  She's every bit as Butch, but she's not nearly as homely.  Or, if they want to go with a sexy woman, why not Sacagaweya?  Or Pocahontas?  Surely we can do better than toe-headed, doo-rag wearing Harriet Tubman.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tell Me Your Dreams on: June 19, 2015, 08:25:13 pm
It sounds like you want to have sex with your mother and kill your father. 
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Checkers vs. Chess on: June 19, 2015, 08:22:56 pm
Monopoly, 21, checkers, and chess.  yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

We just bought a monopoly game.  Played twice.  The first time it lasted about four hours.  The second time we used the red die, and it still lasted about four hours. 

I've gone through all four phases.  Haven't played checkers in a while.  Or 21.  None are as good as straight-up five-card poker, nothing wild.  Between the two, chess.  Probably I'll vote for chess. 
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of steven universe on: June 19, 2015, 08:19:40 pm
Gravity Falls

That one's horrible as well, but I enjoy it.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of adults who watch Pixar movies on: June 19, 2015, 08:17:15 pm
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 19, 2015, 08:11:54 pm
President and Vice President:

[1]Dkrolga and Altsomn Stmarken
[2]write in:  Flo and PiT
[3]BaconBacon96 and BaconKing
[4]Bore and Averros Nix

Midwest Senator:
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you do if your boyfriend/girlfriend came out as transgendered? on: June 19, 2015, 09:26:07 am
Why does the title of this thread conjugate 'transgender' as though it's a verb?

If engender can be a verb, then why not transgender?  And if it becomes a verb, then it can become a participial adjective. 

I do agree that it should go through the formality of becoming a verb before existing as a past participle.  The evolution from transgender as adjective to transgendered as adjective offends my Kantian philosophy regarding the natural order of things.  I suggest that we accept that it must have become a verb for at least some fleeting moment, at least in someone's mind, before becoming a participial adjective.  Twenty years ago, I hadn't encountered the term transgender ever; now it's everywhere.  To misquote that Allstate dude and take him way out of context, "Etymological irregularity regarding modern English lexicon comes at you fast."  {note the use of "fast" as an adverb here. Wink}

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of steven universe on: June 18, 2015, 05:57:30 pm
a cartoon about three lesbian space rocks and their charge, a half-human, half-space rock kid in which the main characters alternate between saving the world and terrorizing a small east coast town.

weird description.  not how I'd have described it at all.

We watch it pretty regularly.  horrible, of course, like everything else on TV, but enjoyable.  voted hc.

9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Dave Leip on: June 18, 2015, 05:56:04 pm
Kentucky, obviously.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you do if your boyfriend/girlfriend came out as transgendered? on: June 18, 2015, 05:47:53 pm
What would you do if your boyfriend/girlfriend came out as transgendered?

Never happened to me.  However, I do have an ex-girlfriend who is now an avowed dyke.  Dixie mullet, gas-station attendant shirts, the whole nine yards.  She's okay, though.  My friends used to tease me, since I was her "first"--this was back in high school--and they'd say, "man, I've heard of being bad in the sack, but you ought to win a prize for it."  I guess it never really bothered me.  She was always gay, and I sort of had a feeling about it even when I knew her.

If my serious significant other came out, all of the sudden, and said, seriously, that she was a woman trapped in a man's body--did I say that backward?  Well, you know what I meant--then I'd probably be more worried about its effect on the child rather than any harm to my reputation.  Still, the worst thing I could do would be to make it worse, so I'd probably start asking lots of questions and try to come to terms with it as fast as I could.  Not for her/his sake, or mine.  

Also, like Bacon King, I'd stay in the relationship, as long as it could be conveniently achieved.  In the case of the middle-aged couple, the quality, frequency, or even the existence of the sexual act gets farther and farther down on the list of priorities, so it probably wouldn't be a deal breaker.  
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever fallen for a Nigerian money scam? on: June 11, 2015, 08:09:02 pm
No, but I've had my email hacked and a message sent to my contacts about how I lost my wallet somewhere in Asia and would they please wire money to the given location. Fortunately, one of those contacts notified me quickly so I could shut down the account and bring it back under new security.

Aw, man.  You should have shut it down earlier.  I wired you a thousand dollars already.  I also wrote you a cute little note with smilies and emoticons.

12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 10, 2015, 07:44:35 pm
A valiant effort.  I admit that I had not noticed it.  I posted here in page three, only after noticing the thread.  I don't read cartoons well, but I think I understand yours. 

To be honest, I am not observing any society-wide unhingement, but then I don't watch the news much.  I just know that I first heard about this story maybe a month ago, while at the gym.  The story was that Bruce Jenner wants to be a girl.  If I said it didn't jolt me just a bit, then I'd be lying.  I assume that anyone old enough to remember the Montreal olympics would have had the same feeling.  But that feeling lasted only a few minutes.  After that, I didn't even think of it, till I noticed this thread, which is why I have a hard time believing that anyone is really becoming "unhinged" over this.  In fact, the only person becoming unhinged is the one who has chosen to do so, and is willing to pay surgeons lots of money to have those hinges uninstalled and then reinstalled in a different fashion.  And that person is, apparently, called Caitlyn.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 10, 2015, 07:12:25 pm
Haha, it's okay to make homophobic jokes if they're not out of the closet.

I respond to the question (sarcastically, true enough, but with forethought) and I get called "hatefull."  Gramps changes the subject to homosexuality, and no one seems to notice. 

This isn't a rant against gramps, because I understand his call, but it is against the sad state in which we find ourselves today.

I sort of agree with muon, which is where I was going before I was viciously attacked by one of the three moderators who hasn't the balls to tell me which one he was.  Still, the more I think about it, the more I think that Indy Texas might have been on to something.  With apologies to William Shakespeare, a rose by any other name might not smell just as sweet.  I keep thinking of Muhammed Ali, which was a name I grew up with.  If I were just a bit older, I might know the name Cassius Clay from real life.  As it is, I know of it only from the books.

Bruce Jenner is a name I remember.  I remember it fondly.  I was about nine years old when Jenner made his manliest of man's mark on the scene.  I don't think any of it smells like homophobia.  It's as if I grew up speaking English and someone told me that today I had to speak German, or Russian.  That's not anti-Nazi, or anti-Communist.  It is, however, weird.

Even Freud admitted that "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you play piano and/or another musical instrument? on: June 09, 2015, 09:12:14 pm
Guitar  I have 2 electrics, 1 classic, 1 acoustic

Nice.  I have two acoustic guitars and one electric guitar.  It's a cherry heritage sunburst Epiphone but I keep it in a Gibson case.  

I also have two trumpets, a drum set, a ukulele, and some smaller wind instruments.  I can play some of them fairly well; others, not so much.  

We have a piano but I only studied a few years as a child.  I can pick out a few tunes.  I could stay ahead of my son for a while, but by now he's a better piano player than I am.  Voted "other instrument" in this poll.

15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 09, 2015, 09:00:16 pm
But like everything else, it will become old news to them.  Their hinges will get re-hinged again.  We will refer to Bruce Jenner when referring to the olympian and Caitlyn Jenner when referring to the talk show guest, I suppose. 

i would not be too sure about that

haha.  good call.  Anyway, I'm not really too sure about anything.  After all, I don't usually say that Cassius Clay won the 1964 fight between Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay.  If asked, I'd probably say that Mohammed Ali won that fight.  But then I'm not really sure.  Catch me unaware, sometime.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 08, 2015, 07:40:03 am
She's not a "man [having] a pussy dug into himself," she's a woman.

I agree with you, but I think that's really what the question asks.

I was unaware that conservatives were becoming "unhinged" over Caitlyn Jenner, but I was aware that Jenner has been making the talk show circuit lately.  I saw her on one of them at the club a few weeks ago when I was on the stationary bicycle--they have little TV screens with cable on most of the treadmills, ellipticals, cycles, rowing machines, etc.--and the caption was BREAKING:  BRUCE JENNER TRANSFORMS INTO A WOMAN or something like that.  (It's always "Breaking!" isn't it?)  So I thought, "wow!," and I turned up the volume.  I'm old enough to remember Bruce Jenner and what a manly man's man he was.  Maybe Bruce came out as transgendered long ago but I don't watch much sports news so I guess this was the first I'd heard of it.  Anyway, apparently she was defending herself against charges of hypocrisy (and perhaps what some of the National Spelling Bee champions here might call "hatefullness") over much of what she has said against transgender folks.  Of course, if you listen to what she has to say then it becomes clear that none of it is really hypocritical, or inspired by hate.  It is, however, interesting.  I've had a few weeks to get used to the idea of Jenner as woman, but I have no trouble imagining that anyone, conservative or not, who is old enough to remember when Caitlyn Jenner was Bruce Jenner might be shocked at first.  And not at the name she chose!

But like everything else, it will become old news to them.  Their hinges will get re-hinged again.  We will refer to Bruce Jenner when referring to the olympian and Caitlyn Jenner when referring to the talk show guest, I suppose.  

At some point, we might even wonder at the choice of name.  Kiss
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 08, 2015, 07:12:50 am

Okay, which one of you assholes doesn't know how to spell?  Get out here and defend yourself.  

And stop deleting my posts.  It is so annoying.  

Don't call them "hatefullness."  First, that's not a word.  (I think you meant hatefulness.)  Secondly, I do not hate IndyTexas.  In fact, I sort of agree with him that it's a weird name, but it's like somebody told him Lincoln got shot and he asks where and, when told, starts going on about how bad the play Our American Cousin is and how the actors are all drunkards and in the end that's all he can remember of the conversation.

Certainly no hate is intended, and none of you have any right to start bandying about such baseless acusations.  If IndyTexas wants to get weirded out about some aspect of this topic, that's fine.  It just seems to me that there are far more interesting aspects of this phenomenon than what Bruce Jenner wants to call himself.

If you disagree, then let's debate.  But don't be a dick and delete my post with false accusations of "hatefullness" if you don't agree.  It's weak and it's unfair, because I don't have the authority to disagree with your stupid posts, most of which I probably disagree with as well.  Stop misusing your moderator authority.  It's unethical.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The ads have changed to image banners. on: June 07, 2015, 07:51:20 pm
Finally, something relevant.  This is what I'm seeing today:

Ah, yes.  All the bland food I can eat and all the watered-down well drinks I can stomach from 7AM to midnight, plus airfare and a standard room for three for about 3000 dollars for one week.  Seven pools, kayaks, a fitness center, a kiddie pool with large slides, buckets and a waterfall, and a decent 1.2-mile stretch of white sand Quintana Roo beach.  Not too shabby.

The dive shop is Dressel Divers, though.  That's a bit off-putting.  They're a chain outfit.  They herd them through like cattle, so you end up going on canned dives to oft-visited reefs behind ten other people who have kicked up silt and sand and have scared off all the seahorses and shrimp and any turtles that might have been lurking.  If it weren't for the fact that Barcelo Maya features Dressel, I might just be tempted to book it, actually.  We gotta find something to do between now and the last week of August, after all.

19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Indie Caucusing with Neither Party on: June 07, 2015, 07:43:26 pm
What would happen if this was the case?

My guess is that he would be a hit with his constituents.  (she/her, it/its, as is the case, whatever.)  Of course, there would be no invitations to caucus meetings, and no committees, so in order to be effective outside his constituency, this person would have to be both persuasive and creative.  Still, even if from a small state, if the person was persuasive and creative enough to get himself elected to such an office without political machinery to begin with, then I suspect that the precedent would strike a note of reproach in both of the major parties.  Overall, it would, in my opinion, be a welcome development.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did You Have a Course On Your State's History In School? on: June 07, 2015, 07:29:20 pm
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Can teenagers bring mobile phones to school in the US? on: June 05, 2015, 08:37:38 am
Can teenagers bring mobile phones to school in the US?

Some can, and many do.

I'm tempted to say that mine cannot and will not, but who knows?  By the time the teenage years come I may mellow out.  Last year my son started bringing his Galaxy Tab 3 tablet to his elementary school.  At first I was very reluctant, but apparently "all the other kids are doing it."  At my son's elementary school digital communication devices such as tablets and phones can only be used during certain allowed times, and only if the parent signs a consent form indicating that they have read the school policy.  

There's a pretty strict policy at the local high school regarding the use of mobile phones and other such devices.  They can be used only before and after classes, during passing times, and in classes only if the teacher gives written permission, and violations of the policy result in possible confiscation.  The device is returned to the parent only after the parent meets with a school official, so I would imagine that many parents just don't give their teenagers the mobile devices for school use, rather than deal with the school's policy.  

In the university, it's a mixed bag.  Some professors embrace and encourage them.  Others have a policy so strict that students are required to leave the class if the professors see even the corner of the phone sticking out of the students pocket.  I know at least one sociology professor who has such a policy and she has no qualms about enforcing it.  Some don't mention it in their syllabi, but deal with contingencies on a pro re nata basis.  I've never put a statement in any of my syllabi regarding the use of mobile phones.  Generally, I don't mind them so long as they're not bothering me or other students, and in some cases they have proved handy, although personal communication devices are strictly forbidden during in-class examinations.  This rule, delivered verbally at the outset of the exam, has thus far has been taken seriously by students.  Or so it seems.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of cruises for a vacation? on: June 05, 2015, 08:02:44 am
Last night while I was at the club I got into a conversation with a guy in the hot tub and somehow it came up that he had been on three cruises.  All in France.  All on riverboats.  He went with a company called Viking and he recommended it.  He fit the stereotype I have perfectly of those who go on cruises:  over fifty, overweight, and highly opinionated.  He went on and on about the food and beverage service and how delectable it all was.  Best of all, said he, was that everyone on the ship was either American, English, or Australian, so he didn't have to put up with any foreigners.  He enjoyed immensely France and French food but without having to speak or listen to the French language.  No foreigners on that boat, he said. 

Actually, he's a fairly interesting dude, but the exchange made me think of this thread.  
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier on: June 04, 2015, 07:11:04 am
The war on drugs is probably still more popular than Congress.

Everything is more popular than Congress.  Well, except lawyers.  Their commercials are entertaining, though.  My son and I always get a kick out of them.

Attention Pelvic Mesh wearers:  If you or anyone you know has suffered death due to a transvaginal mesh or transvaginal sling, please call now!
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier on: June 03, 2015, 06:23:45 pm
Hi.  My name is Torie and I like to smoke pot.  I like it a lot.  However, being a lawyer,  I find that I constantly feel the urge to defend its use.  Here's a study from Harvard, no less, that absolutely proves that smoking weed is not only cool and fun and hip and chic, but also "healthy."

Dude, give it a rest.  Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the past two decades, you must know that the War on Drugs is about as popular as hemorrhoids.  No need to trot out such articles to convince us.  We get it:  you should be allowed to enjoy your herb. 

25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would 'Little England" Be? on: June 03, 2015, 06:13:20 pm
It's fairly clear that what remembering English ancestry means in most of the United States is that your family has either a) lived in New England for centuries or b) your family moved from New England in the 19th century in search of a better life and soil with less stones in it.

haha.  I've observed the nearly same phenomenon myself.  (I say "nearly" because I'd add the Virginia Colony and the Carolinas to the list.  Virginia descendants are just as annoying as Yankees.  In fact, often more so because they proudly remind us that they were not evolved from religious misfits the way Yankees were.)
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