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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: do you dread going to work? on: Today at 05:28:21 pm
There are days when I wake up think to myself, "Ohmygod I have so much to do today and I'm not going to be able to leave work until some ungodly hour" and I pull my blanket over my head and go back to sleep thinking that is somehow going to fix that problem. And the end result is usually just me going into work a couple of hours later than I would have and, consequently, not leaving until a couple of hours later than I otherwise would have.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker not having a college degree is going to crush him in crucial swing areas on: Today at 05:16:32 pm
Mark Zuckerberg technically doesn't have a college degree either. And the situation as to why he doesn't is actually kind of similar to Walker's.

For all of Walker's problems and issues he has and the stuff bedstuy is touching on, it's kind of absurd for anyone to think this would be an issue. He's a pretty awful candidate and this ranks near the bottom of the list of reasons why.

Zuck dropped out to found one of the most transformative, significant companies in modern history.

Walker dropped out to take a rather unremarkable sales job of the sort that he could have easily gotten elsewhere had he just waited a semester and finished his degree. In a way, it's oddly similar to the CADD saga.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Hillary Clinton too liberal, too conservative, or about right? on: Today at 12:19:10 am
Voted "too conservative" but that's not really an appropriate description. Actually, my issue with her mostly has to do with her complete lack of an ideology.

Then the Democratic Party is a good place for her.

Nah, not the 2010s Democratic Party. 1990s-2000s democrats, yes, but things have been changing under Obama. Hillary would take us back to these dark ages.

Lack of ideology has been replaced by a lack of ideology combined with unquestioning defense and apologism for the status quo and the leviathan national security state that they had no qualms about criticizing when they could blame it all on Dick Cheney.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: So a bit of the Jersey Shore burnt down tonight... on: April 18, 2014, 10:40:25 pm
Is Governor Christie taking revenge on someone else who failed to support his reelection bid?

"Pretty nice Shore house ya got there. Be a shame if somethin' happened to it..."
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Pets on: April 18, 2014, 10:07:36 pm
None but I would like to own a lab at some point and they will love me unconditionally in exchange for food, water, shelter and occasional belly rubs.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you ever fix yourself non-meat dinners? on: April 18, 2014, 08:11:17 pm
Sometimes I'll make tofu with rice and vegetables.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: James Lankford (R OK-5) to run for Tom Coburn's Senate Seat on: April 18, 2014, 08:04:32 pm
Lankford's been branded as establishment.

I"m sorry but, seriously, WTF?

The guy was elected in 2010 and has never held a public office apart from that.

T.W. Shannon and Randy Brogdon have longer political histories than Lankford does.

At this point, does Establishment just mean not crazy enough?
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: WV-Gov: Manchin could run in '16 on: April 18, 2014, 07:55:45 pm
Ugh, I feel so bad for WV.  Trapped by a decrepit, corrupt, declining industry and their hack politicians.  About their only hope was for another Sen Byrd.  I guess their second best hope is a long population decline.
I dunno, Goodwin's cool, hopefully he runs in 2016.
Goodwin is still very young, but he was considered the most left wing member of the Senate during his tenure. I don't know what his future holds.

OT, but why do WV politicians always seem to have such hoity-toity names like Carte and Gaston and Jennings and Chapman? Especially considering the general population there seems more disposed to names like, say, Earl Ray.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 18, 2014, 05:36:36 pm
Only using the ten largest ones, which is your favorite?

I've never heard of Papa Murphy's, Sbarro, or Pizza Pro. I've only heard of Godfather's because I rode the Cain Train in 2011.

Have you never been in a low-end shopping mall in your life?
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How many kids do you want? on: April 18, 2014, 05:34:56 pm
I want two or three daughters, since I grew up with two brothers. Part of it is insecurity on my part, as I am not a physical guy and feel that I won't have anything in common with a son.

My dad isn't/wasn't either and it just meant I'm woefully incompetent when it comes to "manly" skills and pursuits. Never had anyone to play catch with in the backyard when I was little. Never learned the right way to throw a football. Any knowledge of tools or home repair that I have I learned from a combination of Google and trial and error. I have no clue how a car works. I had to learn to tie a necktie using a guide on the Internet.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: People who wear bow ties tend to be... on: April 18, 2014, 05:12:53 pm
Write-in: People I want to punch in the face.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker not having a college degree is going to crush him in crucial swing areas on: April 18, 2014, 05:08:27 pm
Maybe Walker should just bite the bullet and enroll for however many credits he needs (it couldn't be more than one or two classes) and officially complete his degree. He could probably just enroll in a couple of cupcake courses online.

Then he could avoid the whole issue and say he's setting a good example for his kids / young people in general to "finish what you start."
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How can I get cash? on: April 18, 2014, 01:25:59 am
Amex has credit cards these days too. I have one with a cash back perk where I get 6% back on groceries and 1% back on anything else I buy. I still have a gold Amex charge card but I don't use it a lot anymore because the perks aren't nearly as good.

Which card does that? Mine only gives me 3% back on groceries. This is the credit card I use most of the time.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How can I get cash? on: April 18, 2014, 01:24:53 am
1. Find a trusted friend and write them a check for the amount of money you need/want. Have them deposit it in their own bank account and then have them withdraw an equivalent amount of money in cash and give it to you.

2. Do you have any spare coins lying around? Take them to a Coinstar machine for cash. You can also redeem gift cards there.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How many kids do you want? on: April 18, 2014, 01:16:26 am
My girlfriend and I have had discussions and we want two little Bushies, possibly three.  That's a long way down the road, though.

I take it they won't be eating any pasta for dinner.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Teabagging fascists in TN move to nullify federal ban on hemp produciton on: April 18, 2014, 12:16:44 am
The only reason hemp was outlawed in the first place was that the DuPont family and the DuPont Company wanted to create more demand for the synthetic fibers they produced by limiting the natural fiber options on the market.

That sort of thing is precisely why we need stricter limits on the amount of money people and corporations (which are apparently the same thing) can give to politicians.

I doubt the Tea Partiers seeking to do this understand why it happened in the first place, or that the policies they support would only give more power to companies like DuPont to do that sort of thing.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin becomes first state to restrict parents from giving up adopted kids on: April 18, 2014, 12:14:10 am
It's a good step, but it doesn't actually stop the practice. This sort of thing happened before the Internet existed, I'm sure.

I'd rather see Wisconsin adopt stricter education and training requirements for people who want to adopt children and appropriate money for more post-adoption parental support (there is basically zero, currently).
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / If you were in Congress, what would you do if... on: April 17, 2014, 11:07:12 pm
You are traveling to your home district for the weekend and have a very tight schedule. One of your aides tells you that you have just enough time to schedule one more meeting.

Two constituents have requested meetings with you. You only have time to meet with one.

One is the head of a trade group whose members include several companies with operations in your district. This group gave $20,000 to your campaign PAC in the last election and has hinted at future donations of similar magnitude. He is interested in discussing a regulatory bill that could raise the costs of his business, and some federal contracts that other members of the group want to bid on.

The other is a single mother whose child has a very rare illness and must take a pharmaceutical drug that costs her hundreds of dollars a month. The drug can be found much cheaper in Canada and Europe, but the US doesn't allow the importation of the drug. This woman has never made a donation to your campaign but wants to draw your attention to the benefits of allowing Americans to purchase drugs for less money from abroad.

Do you:

Option 1 - Meet with the trade association representative.
Option 2 - Meet with the woman with the ill child.

Would you choose differently if neither person had donated any money to your campaign?
Would you choose differently if the businessman had not made a contribution but the mother had donated $20,000?
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: What were the battleground states in 1996? on: April 17, 2014, 10:41:50 pm
These are the states with the narrowest margins that year:

Kentucky: D+0.96%
Nevada: D+1.02%
Georgia: R+1.17%
Colorado: R+1.37%
Virginia: R+1.96%
Arizona: D+2.22%

Dole lost FL, MO and OH by decent margins, but I'd assume he devoted considerable attention to them since they are such go-to swing states (at least MO was at the time, less so now).

Of the list above, I'd imagine Arizona was more of a surprise upset than a battleground. If anything, Clinton's 96 win there has convinced Democrats that Arizona is their "next pick up" and it never actually is.

I recall reading somewhere that Clinton really badly wanted to win Virginia and North Carolina in both of his campaigns and poured a lot of money into those states, only to lose both of them both times. I think he wanted to be able to say he won a majority of the Southern states.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Martinez exposť shows nasty side on: April 17, 2014, 10:32:37 pm
I have a severely autistic brother who is in a group home, and I use the word "retard" all the time. Why? Because Iím not oversensitive and I am not actually calling my brother it.  an asshole.
People like you are worse than cancer.
If this story is true, then the Republican pres nominee may have to pick a boring, uninspiring John Thune, who could only deliver Iowa or a Minnesota, but maybe there is more to Martinez that we don't know.
Thune can't deliver Iowa anymore than anyone else can.

Isn't there some overlap between Iowa and South Dakota media markets?

I would also think he'd be well suited to energizing the conservative Christian Bob Van der Plaats type voters in the western part of the state.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: quiz-palooza: How many South African leaders can you name? on: April 17, 2014, 09:13:23 pm
Before clicking the thread, two (de Klerk and Mandela).
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you consider statistics a field of mathematics? on: April 17, 2014, 09:11:52 pm
College-level Statistics is a total BS subject. I had to endure a whole semester of it and only barely passed by the slimmest margin.

The way introductory statistics is taught at the college level, all you really need to do is memorize the definitions of things like standard deviation and know how to calculate a confidence interval.

I learned more about statistics from my econometrics classes than I did in any of my undergraduate stat classes.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 17, 2014, 09:06:55 pm
Normally not getting two jobs you applied for isn't a big deal or anything that should be considered a crisis and you can just keep on applying. However I hope this taught Bushie a lesson about the pointlessness of going through all that to book hotel reservations or find Wal-Marts in Tulsa. I hope, not that I expect that that occurred or that he learned anything.

Good thing is I never booked anything.  I knew better.  I just went around talking and comparing prices.  There was no way I was going to book until I had a job offer sitting in my email inbox.  I don't have to do that again for the Tulsa area now that I have the information in the back of my head.

I was upset for about 30 minutes about the loss of that job, but then I realized I'm still early on, really.  I've got a few things starting to bubble up plus a Metro Tech-specific job fair next Thursday.  I'm just being patient right now, but now while I am looking for a CAD job, I'm also starting to look for regular office jobs to tide me over until I get a CAD job.  I refuse to do customer service because those never worked out well for me, but regular office jobs are fine.  I'm also contemplating depending on how the summer goes going back and doing the Civil CAD when school resumes in early August.  I want to make sure I can pay for that, though, not my mother.

All in all, I am not doing as bad as I really could be (and truthfully, should be).

Or you could have spent 5 minutes looking at hotel prices on the Internet like a normal person. And then, since hotel prices are not chiseled in stone, you could spend 5 minutes looking at them again if/when you actually got a job. The only information you have in the back of your head is hotel room prices that are no longer valid.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All about yourself! on: April 17, 2014, 08:26:48 pm
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Where you were born: Copperas Cove, Texas

Was/Is one of your parents in the Army?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you plan on celebrating Easter this weekend? on: April 17, 2014, 07:36:54 pm
My parents informed me that they were spending the 3-day weekend out of town. So no family dinner. And I don't go to church. Maybe Sunday morning I'll have a solo Easter brunch that will consist of me scrambling eggs and drinking Bloody Marys.
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