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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your walkscore? on: October 19, 2014, 09:31:59 pm
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Looks like some slight change in methodology.  Mine shows 63 now.  My parents home showed 2 the other day, not shows 0.  Home I grew up in is 59.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 19, 2014, 01:29:44 pm
I don't think the idea of this "vacation" is all that strange. My family never went on any elaborate trips together, and a few of our getaways involved long-ish drives and short stays. If that's the Brown family's idea of a good time, let them have it.

The specifics ... mainly the fact that their 32-year-old son tagged along and stayed in the same room ... are odd, but not unheard of. I've traveled with my parents to events at different times over the last decade.

The same room stuff is certainly a bit strange
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What is Gardner doing that Buck didn't to not fall flat on his face? on: October 18, 2014, 11:08:08 pm
Just curious. At face value, these seem like very similar races. Is it Udall's joke of a campaign?

Keep in mind that polling wise Buck was pretty much in the same position Gardner is in now.  In fact the RCP average is the exact same now as it was heading into Election Day in 2010 (Buck and Garnder both +3.0)

With that being said Gardner has run a stronger and more disciplined campaign than Buck.  Gardner despite having a very conservative voting record in the House has tacked to the center a bit.  Meanwhile as Vox Populi stated Buck basically doubled down on hard core conservatism.  Ultimately, I think Udall squeaks this one out, but Gardner is a much stronger candidate than Buck and has run a much better campaign.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona gay marriage ban struck down on: October 17, 2014, 06:21:38 pm
As a sidenote: please Jesus let Wyoming be next.

Ding Ding Ding


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CHEYENNE -- A federal judge in Casper has issued an order that strikes down Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriage.

However, the order is on hold until Thursday, unless the state notifies the court sooner that it will not appeal the ruling.

During Thursday’s gubernatorial debate in Riverton, Gov. Matt Mead said he would not appeal if Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled in favor of gay marriage.

“If the court rules, with the 10th Circuit already ruling, I don’t see there will be merit in appealing the judge’s order,” Mead said.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2014/10/17/breaking_news/01break_10-17-14.txt#.VEGf_fldX3Y

Lord, it's a miracle. Cheesy

Its technically possible another state could beat Wyoming.  The state has been given to next Thursday to appeal.  The state seems unlikely to do so, but with the way these bans have been dropping another ban could be overturned prior to then (Montana seems like its just days away)
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona gay marriage ban struck down on: October 17, 2014, 06:03:29 pm
As a sidenote: please Jesus let Wyoming be next.

Ding Ding Ding


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CHEYENNE -- A federal judge in Casper has issued an order that strikes down Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriage.

However, the order is on hold until Thursday, unless the state notifies the court sooner that it will not appeal the ruling.

During Thursday’s gubernatorial debate in Riverton, Gov. Matt Mead said he would not appeal if Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled in favor of gay marriage.

“If the court rules, with the 10th Circuit already ruling, I don’t see there will be merit in appealing the judge’s order,” Mead said.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2014/10/17/breaking_news/01break_10-17-14.txt#.VEGf_fldX3Y
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your walkscore? on: October 17, 2014, 02:05:20 pm
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7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: GA: WRBL/Ledger-Enquirer: Nunn +1 on: October 17, 2014, 10:44:28 am
If it gets to a runoff (which I think it will), it will depend on:

1) how far Nunn will run ahead of Perdue on November 4 (if at all).   She would probably need at least a 2 point lead on Election Day.

2) the Senate breakdown after November 4.  If the Republicans have already won the Senate in November, the enthusiasm level goes down (like it did for the Democrats in 1992 Coverdell-Fowler and 2008 Chambliss-Martin), and  the runoff will probably favor Nunn

At the end of the day though, the libertarian vote won't be six-percent on Election Day, so a 2-point lead would probably get you very close to 50%. Libertarians will poll around 6-percent in Georgia, but end up in the 2-3 point range when people pull the lever on Election Day.

Don't forget there's also the Governor's race in Georgia. If that goes to a runoff as well, you'll have higher turnout. It will basically be a general election redux.

There would be two seperate runoffs in Georgia.  The Governor's race in December, the Senate in early Jan
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 16, 2014, 01:29:30 pm
Smash lives on Long Island.  His mind is just boggling that people pay such cheap rent.  Perhaps $300/month is a bit low, but you could, say, find a perfectly adequate 1br in Tulsa for $500/month, and probably even cheaper if you felt like clicking around some more.

Obviously I know its considerably cheaper in most of the country, the $300 is what really surprised me.  The $589 Bushie pays is closer to what I would have thought.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em, Week 7 on: October 16, 2014, 01:23:50 pm

Week 7: October 15 - October 21
THU, OCT 16
NY Jets at New England 

SUN, OCT 19
Atlanta at Baltimore 
Tennessee
at Washington   
Seattle at St. Louis 
Cleveland at Jacksonville 
Cincinnati at Indianapolis 
Minnesota at Buffalo 
Miami at Chicago 
New Orleans
at Detroit 
Carolina at Green Bay 
Kansas City at San Diego 
Arizona at Oakland 
NY Giants at Dallas 
San Francisco at Denver 8:30 PM

MON, OCT 20 
Houston at Pittsburgh 8:30 PM   



TIE BREAKER - TOTAL SCORE  KC VS SAN DIEGO 51

10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #7 on: October 16, 2014, 01:21:50 pm
Cards
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 15, 2014, 04:08:03 pm
There are people raising young children on $8.35 an hour

True statement. And I think Jeff could make some concessions so that a smaller wage is a more-acceptable wage -- eating at home and cutting back on TV would be top on the list.

Still, I don't think we should oversimplify how bare bones one would have to exist in order to make an $8.35 an hour wage work. Jeff is in a more-manageable situation due to having his parents' help, so he could get by on a smaller wage in order to build up experience, a somewhat-stable job history and start to pay down some debt. However, this is where the mentor / life coach / etc. comes into play to help him make that type of wage work -- because it wouldn't be easy:

Estimated pre-tax annual earnings at $8.35 an hour would be:

$17,368 -- that's assuming there is paid time off and / or vacation included.

Tax liability at that level would be low, but for sh[inks] and grins, let's assume $1,500 -- federal and state.

What would other reasonable monthly expenses be?

Rent          $300 / mo
Electric      $50 / mo
Water        $25 / mo
Food          $350 / mo (Can you get by with less? Sure ... but you'll eat unhealthy food)
Gas / Car   $150 / mo (This includes routine maintenance ... no idea if Jeff has car payments)
Clothing     $40 / mo (Don't expect someone to not buy clothing)
Phone        $75 / mo (Assume data and possible replacement at some point)
Internet     $50 / mo (Sorry, it's probably a necessity in this day and age)
Debt          $150 / mo (I have no idea what Jeff's debt is, but this is a reasonable amount)

That's $1,190 in expenses per month and completely excludes entertainment (other than web-based) or miscellaneous needs. It also excludes health care, since Jeff seems to get his for free. Otherwise, it'd be another $150 easily.

If the taxes are estimated somewhat correctly, someone earning $8.35 an hour would pull in $1,322.33 per month. They'd have enough to pay the bills listed above and have $132.33 left over.

And I have no idea what Jeff's actual expenses are. His rent may be lower or it may be higher. In Manhattan, KS (which is somewhat comparable to Tulsa), you're unlikely to find a single apartment for less than $600. I may be off on the estimated expenses, too.

Maybe you all are living like St. Francis. I personally haven't ever had to manage an income level that low, and it's been a decade since I've managed one even close to that. While I think buckling down and managing a tight budget would ultimately be good for Jeff, I can certainly understand his reluctance to accept something that leaves very little wiggle room.

That being said -- this needs to be part of your deliberation process when looking at jobs and possible offers, Jeff. Ask yourself, "What do I want," vs. "What do I need?" Because surviving on needs may be the critical step to build toward enjoying your wants.



Wow......
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 14, 2014, 03:41:50 pm
I'm home from the interview.  I did find out that I was turned down for the job in OKC, not due to lack of skill, but due to abundance of applications.  The interview here in Tulsa went very well.  It was only a 10-15 minute meeting with the HR Manager, but I should have further word on that job by the end of the week.  This confirms that I will need to keep my phone on while we're driving to ABQ this Friday.  I am going to stay in my interview clothes for a while longer just in case something unexpected pops up the remainder of the afternoon.  I am going to leave here at 1800 for the fellowship.  When I get back tonight, I am going to do Week 11 of the Real-Life Discipleship Training that we will cover tomorrow night at church.  There is a potential that I may have another interview tomorrow or Thursday for a 4-month temporary position in Tulsa that would take me through February.

Umm what??  Is there a reason you wouldn't keep your phone on??
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 13, 2014, 09:42:57 pm
What did you learn in Bible Study today, Bushie?

We were in Mark 14:1-26, looking at the woman who spent a year's wages on perfume to anoint Jesus' head in preparation for his burial and the disciples' response to the perfume.  We also looked at how from that event that Judas Iscariot went out and start the process of betraying Jesus.  We saw that God demands and rewards complete and total submission to Him such as what the woman was doing.  We then looked at parallels between the disciples' reaction with today's Christians and society in general.  This just in: the world has not changed much...

Is Bible Study more important than job searching?
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: High Point University/SurveyUSA: Tie in NC, Gardner+4 in CO, Shaheen+2 in NH on: October 13, 2014, 01:07:49 pm
Okay, really, the "Dems outperform polls" thing is starting to piss me off. Buck. That's all that was. You're using a Tea Party loon as your saving grace. I love the smell of desperation.

Not saying the Dems outperform polls thing isn't a bit overused. but there is a bit of truth to that beyond Buck

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/co/colorado_romney_vs_obama-2023.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/co/colorado_mccain_vs_obama-546.html

15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: 3 Senate polls from High Point University out later today (NC, CO, NH) on: October 13, 2014, 10:10:02 am
NC  Hagan +4
CO Even
NH Shaheen +6
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your age? on: October 10, 2014, 06:31:23 pm
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17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Cory Booker in trouble in NJ? on: October 10, 2014, 12:46:55 pm
No.  The GOP's floor in NJ tends to be higher than most other Democratic states, especially for Senate races.  However, the ceiling is only slightly above the floor.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SSM comes to NC! on: October 09, 2014, 03:55:24 pm
Can't link the article, but according to the Charlotte Observer, the GOP Assembly and State Senate are going in full tilt to fight the ban.  Tillis and Berger have hired N.O.M Chairman John Eastman....
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em, Week 6 on: October 09, 2014, 02:18:58 pm

Week 6: October 8 - October 14
THU, OCT 9  
Indianapolis at Houston

SUN, OCT 12
Jacksonville at Tennessee 
Baltimore
at Tampa Bay  
Denver at NY Jets  
Detroit at Minnesota  
New England at Buffalo  
Carolina at Cincinnati  
Pittsburgh at Cleveland  
Green Bay at Miami  
San Diego at Oakland  
Chicago at Atlanta 
Dallas at Seattle  
Washington at Arizona  
NY Giants at Philadelphia  

MON, OCT 13  
San Francisco at St. Louis 8:30 PM  



Tie Breaker - Total Score Jacksonville at Tennessee 44
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #6 on: October 09, 2014, 02:14:26 pm
Denver
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 07, 2014, 10:36:39 pm
Does Quicken Loans exist in OK? I know people who've gotten careers there without a college degree and in a field they've never studied.

I work for a Mortgage Company (not Quicken).  A Mortgage Company would be a terrible fit for Bushie
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 07, 2014, 05:10:44 pm
Well, never mind.  I was declined.  So, time for the next gig...

Bushie, I typically feel bad when you get declined, but this time I don't.  This is the best outcome possible for you.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 07, 2014, 03:15:49 pm
King, I don't have to convince myself.  I'm a pretty smart cookie and I'm positive I can do this.  If I fail, I fail, but if I succeed that's all the better.

FFS what makes you think you can do another Customer Service job, which has worked out oh so well for you in the past, in something far more technical than you have ever experienced??  It isn't always a bad thing to try something else, but this is just a cluster****
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 07, 2014, 11:35:02 am
Here is why I rarely listen to the forum.  Most of the forum thinks I can't do anything, or can't do anything significant.  Friends don't think their friends can't do anything.  That's where most of the forum utterly fail.  They never give me a chance and try to discourage me from EVERY friggin job I come across.  Shut up, will ya.

Bushie, you need to know your limitations, what you can do and what you can't do.  I wouldn't become a Carpenter or anything like that because well I suck at that type of stuff, and I'm not cut out for it.  No offense, but you aren't cut out for a Customer Service type of job.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 11:33:19 pm
My old man told me this evening not to ever go back to customer service!!

He obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. What a negative he is!


Part of me understands exactly why Bushie is doing this over and over again, he needs something.  I was hit by layoffs during the heart of the recession and it was near impossible for me to find a job for awhile, so I know how frustrating it can be.  I was out for awhile and ultimately took something that I didn't envision myself taking and wouldn't have taken at the time if I wasn't out of work for as long as I was.  I was pratically starting over.  Still in the financial field, but completely different sector, had to go through licensing exams, etc.  

While I was never even remotely close to Bushie's financial situation, I was struggling and took it because well I needed it.   I think that is what Bushie keeps doing, but the difference is knowing what you are getting yourself into.  I knew exactly what I was getting into, Bushie over and over again simply doesn't.  He gets something in his head and jumps in full tilt without taking a step back, realize his own skills, where he is strong, where he isn't (customer service).

He his obviously desperate, his current financial situation is a complete disaster, and needs something asap, but seems to be going about it completely the wrong way.    




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