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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tom Menino (Mayor of Boston 1993-2014) Close to Death on: Today at 03:14:40 pm
I suppose he was quite liked as a mayor, or, at the very least, had a big impact on his city, since I saw his name everywhere in Boston when I visited this summer.

Apparently the city is struggling to figure out what to do about that. Even mundane things like trash cans would say "City of Boston Public Works, Mayor Tom Menino" or something so they have to decide whether to replace his name with the current mayor or just have a moratorium on putting mayors' names on things.

I prefer the Gary Johnson Method of not putting the mayor/governor/executive's name on anything. That way signage only has to be replaced when it wears out, not every 4-8 years.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another School Shooting north of Seattle on: Today at 03:12:08 pm
If everyone in that building had an AR-15, none of this would have happened.

And when is White America going to have a serious conversation about their culture of violence? If they're not rioting like animals at New Hampshire pumpkin festivals, they're listening to degenerate music like Foster The People.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: Today at 03:08:32 pm
I certainly don't expect her to wait on me at all, but you have to understand, I have to have a place to stay while I'm working.

Yes, but it's not like you didn't have the option. You're just too lazy/socially anxious to entertain the option of subleasing your apartment in Tulsa and using the money to get an apartment in OKC.

The reason I didn't sublease is that there are things I still want to do in Tulsa, that being the monthly church fellowship on Saturday's and I'll need/want a place to sleep Friday night and/or Saturday night.  I would be getting creamed on here if I book a hotel room for one of those events, so the next best place to stay is my own apartment.

Wow, so you might have to give up something you want to do in order to fulfill other obligations? WELCOME TO ADULTHOOD, BUSHIE!

Why can't you suck it up and drive to Tulsa and back for the day? It's only once a month. Don't give me a bunch of BS about the drive. I've made day trips from Houston to Austin plenty of times. Even if you won't do that, one night in a cheap hotel is going to be less than the money you'd get from a sublease.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: Today at 12:03:12 pm
I am in no way implying I won't take it seriously, but it is not going to consume my entire evening.  45 minutes MAX.

A 32 year old man acting like a 7 year old whose parents ask if he's practicing his multiplication tables. God this is so frickin pathetic.

I hope Granny Bushie goes old school on your fat ass and beats you over the head with a rolling pin or something.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Politico: If Dems lose, blame Harkin, Johnson, Baucus, Levin, and Rockefeller on: October 23, 2014, 08:49:06 pm
While it's true Democrats would've had much better odds at holding the Senate had they all run, retirements happen. It's not like you can force them to run at gunpoint if they don't want to.

Seriously, and most of those guys are pushing 80. Do we really need more senators who fall asleep 10 minutes into committee hearings and can't remember the names of half the chamber?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 23, 2014, 08:38:59 pm
Hence the issue with people like Bushie. They don't make plans or work incrementally towards goals, because they think there is an individual plan that God has determined. Why work on yourself, when God will do it for you?

it is a team effort.  God and me.

Then one of you clearly isn't pulling his weight. And since God doesn't make mistakes, that leaves you by process of elimination. Last I checked, Jeff, Christ didn't sleep for 11 hours a day and gorge himself on fried foods and mooch off the room/board/food/kindness/money of his relatives. Christ had to spend several hours nailed to a cross with a crown of thorns on his head while being mocked and jeered by his captors. You started crying like a little girl when a cat scratched you.

So please spare us your sanctimony. You use your religion to justify all of your completely preventable personal failures. Through the lens of Christ's blood you're spotless? That's just a holier-than-thou way of saying, "Bushie can never fail. Bushie can only be failed."
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 23, 2014, 01:07:30 pm
Seriously, consider doing at least a cursory Wikipedia search of a topic before you expound absurd legal arguments.

Don't call AggregateDemand's legal arguments into question. He got his JD from the MetroTech-Robert Bork School of Law.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Sarah Palin has endorsed Walker in AK-Gov race. on: October 23, 2014, 11:36:40 am
Maybe this will be Sarah Palin's new means of generating income now that her political career is over, her reality show has fizzled out and she has no other viable skills.

She can threaten to torpedo politicians' campaigns by endorsing them, and agree not to endorse them in exchange for a cash payout.

"Well hey there...that sure is one nice lookin' Senate campaign ya got there! It'd be a shame if somethin' happened to it...maybe like an unexpected endorsement from a maverick up in Alaska...Ya know the last person who crossed me the wrong way ended up getting their hair extensions pulled out by my 12 year-old daughter on the front lawn of a house party. There's somethin' to think on for a bit."
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Australian mining magnate Lang Hancock on: October 23, 2014, 11:10:14 am
Natural resources ideally shouldn't belong in private hands, they should be owned by and for the people.

But muh jobs...how are the Job Creators gonna create muh jobs?
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 23, 2014, 12:22:40 am
And just so we're clear, Jeff, if you're going to be staying with Grandma, you will provide her with some form of compensation - be it monetary or in-kind such as mowing the yard - and she will not perform any domestic duties like laundry or cleaning for you. That woman already spent half her life raising her own kids; she doesn't need to spend the other half raising her kids' kids. At the very least, let's aim for a situation where she's no worse off for having you than if you weren't there.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 23, 2014, 12:00:16 am
Early voting started on Monday here in Texas. I have no idea what OK's schedule is like but I'd think Jeff would have enough opportunities to vote that he wouldn't have to make a separate trip to Tulsa for the purpose. Or maybe Oklahoma is so right-wing these days that they eschew early voting to avoid the possibility that "those people" might try to vote.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 22, 2014, 11:09:25 pm
what was Bushie wearing at his previous job if he didn't have enough business casual clothes to last more than three days?

13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 22, 2014, 11:08:12 pm
If you're ever, ever, ever going to pull yourself out of this seemingly endless cycle, you'll need to actually follow through toward your vision. Based on your work performance, I suspect that your actual execution on the job is more like the type of person who hopes to hide in the workplace and hope the boss never notices you, rather than someone who is actually interested in building a career.

You ought to try something very simple in order to start making progress. This is an old story about (I believe) Andrew Carnegie. Each night before you go to bed, take a 3x5 notecard and write the five most important things that you can do the next day, and rank them in order of importance.

My guess is that this list would never include "Watching four football games" or "Eat at Braums." The list should be meaningful and important things that help you build toward your vision. Make the first (as an example):

1. Spend one hour doing AutoCADD training on Lynda.com
2. Take a 20-minute walk
3. Go to the grocery store and buy a week's worth of fruits and vegetables
4. Call and email contacts at CADD school to ask about potential connections for the job search
5. Research how to sublease your Tulsa apartment, in the event you land a job in OKC

At the beginning of each day, review your list and knock off the items one by one. Make sure these items build toward larger goals and, ultimately, your vision.

Requoted because I can tell already, we're back to usual -- quoting dates and meaningless activities like "staying with various family members," "seeing if the apartment is OK" and "shopping with Mom." Those aren't meaningful activities, Jeff. What are you going to do to start thriving instead of simply surviving?

He;s certainly the king of the mandane.  

I can't get over how they fit in several family dinners into one weekend.  

Unnecessary car trips to do things that could be done online or over the phone...constant dinners to "visit" with distant relatives or church acquaintances...taking multiple medications throughout the day...occasionally getting up to move around...

...Jeff's typical daily routine mirrors that of a 70 year-old woman.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 22, 2014, 09:45:01 pm
You are telling me that you dont own a pair of khakis or can't buy something off the rack.  You dont need a bloody tailor...

Jeff, you're 32. You can buy your own damn pants without Bushie mère chaperoning.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 21, 2014, 10:31:04 pm
It's still rather frustrating when you consider how many people with far better work histories than Jeff have to spend months or years unemployed before they finally get an offer.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: John Hickenlooper: I don't like Obamacare on: October 21, 2014, 10:02:55 pm
RIP Governor Hickenlooper
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 11:32:45 pm
Among the litany of issues you may have Jeff, execution is chief among them.

You do have a vision for yourself -- from what I can tell, it's to be an independent provider, a head-of-household who puts in a Dick van Dyke style day, comes home after a solid eight hours to trip over the ottoman and into the arms of your housewife and your 2.4 children, waiting for you in your modest ranch-style house with the white picket fence.

The problem is, vision without execution is worthless. Anyone can say that they know they need to practice the skills they need to build a career. Anyone can say they need to exercise and lose weight. In fact, anyone can set an arbitrary goal associated with their vision -- even baby steps -- and if they don't actually do anything to work toward that goal or vision, it's worthless.

Jeff -- this is largely your modus operandi.

If you're ever, ever, ever going to pull yourself out of this seemingly endless cycle, you'll need to actually follow through toward your vision. Based on your work performance, I suspect that your actual execution on the job is more like the type of person who hopes to hide in the workplace and hope the boss never notices you, rather than someone who is actually interested in building a career.

You're not wrong to believe in yourself, and while I don't think you're anywhere near a good judge of your own abilities, it's not wrong to have a dream. But you're painfully bad at actually following through on, well, anything.

You ought to try something very simple in order to start making progress. This is an old story about (I believe) Andrew Carnegie. Each night before you go to bed, take a 3x5 notecard and write the five most important things that you can do the next day, and rank them in order of importance.

My guess is that this list would never include "Watching four football games" or "Eat at Braums." The list should be meaningful and important things that help you build toward your vision. Make the first (as an example):

1. Spend one hour doing AutoCADD training on Lynda.com
2. Take a 20-minute walk
3. Go to the grocery store and buy a week's worth of fruits and vegetables
4. Call and email contacts at CADD school to ask about potential connections for the job search
5. Research how to sublease your Tulsa apartment, in the event you land a job in OKC

At the beginning of each day, review your list and knock off the items one by one. Make sure these items build toward larger goals and, ultimately, your vision.

I'm actually going to do that for myself, great advice!

J-Mann, will you be my life coach?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 11:31:54 pm

The guy in the picture even kind of looks like what Jeff might look like if he lost some weight, lost the pedo-stache and got a better haircut.
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Describe the likely political views of the previous hypothetical person on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:51 pm
Age:  28
Gender:  Male
Race:  White
Occupation: Lawyer (waiting to get results from the bar)
Income:  none (for now)
Marital Status:  Single
Religion: Orthodox Christian
Location:  Burbank, CA

All else equal, I say fairly centrist Democrat.

Since he's Orthodox, national ancestry might tilt this one way or the other. Greeks tend to be by and large a liberal bunch. The Russian ones are often Republican due to Post-Soviet Stress Disorder. Since it's the LA area, perhaps he's Armenian and I have no idea how they vote (though Deukmejian was a Republican so...).

Age: 37
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Occupation: Obstetrician
Income: $130K (+ $100K from realtor husband)
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Baptist
Location: Memphis
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 07:58:08 pm
What all this talk today boils down to is that I should not stop doing what I'm doing. Everybody (except Gustaf) wants me to succeed, but thinks I should be doing things a little differently.  I think I'm doing what I need to be doing, but I do realize I could be making a few changes.  I am doing everything I need to for tomorrow.  That's all I can focus on right now is Tuesday.

I am seriously about to have an aneurysm.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 20, 2014, 07:56:32 pm
Jeff, I'm not going to say you're being held back by lack of ability. You're being held back by your attitude - not in the way you think.

You're overweight but you refuse to eat better. You're overweight but you refuse to exercise. You could probably cut the number of medications you take in half if you'd actually be proactive in doing something about your health. You don't have a job. What's your excuse for not going for a walk/jog/run? YMCA memberships are cheap - what's your excuse for not going there? You know as well as we do that you're not literally spending every waking hour of your day filling out job applications. If you are, you're wasting your time.

You view work as nothing more than a means to not mooch off mère et père and to subsidize your Braum's and Comcast bills. If you think any firm is going to let you sit around doing entry-level CADD work until you're 65, you're dead wrong. Organizations expect you to either move up the ladder or GTFO. You're not willing to put in the 50+ hour weeks or exercise any sort of initiative that is necessary for higher-level roles with more responsibility. Assuming you correct whatever went wrong at your last job, you're going to float along in neutral for a couple of years and eventually management's going to wonder why a man in his mid-30s has gone nowhere professionally and you're going to get booted out in favor of someone younger and hungrier. That process will repeat itself a couple more times, at which point your only options will be the sort of minimum wage jobs you're currently turning up your nose at because you'll be a washed-up 50 year old whose litany of health problems would probably destroy an employee health insurance plan.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 19, 2014, 10:57:46 pm
If the pastors decline to turn over the requested documents, the judge presiding over the case will step in to determine what communications are relevant to the case. And I don't think there's any basis for saying that sermons are "privileged." There really, really is not a story here. This is not a free speech issue. It is a run-of-the-mill dispute over discovery in a civil suit that the pastors brought against the city.

You think a city issuing subpoenas to check the content of religious documents is a run-of-the-mill discovery dispute. I see.

They're not demanding to see the Ark of the Covenant. If a church has services that are open to the public, then the written versions of the sermon that was given are not privileged information. They are not subpoenaing minutes from a private meeting of church leaders. They are not asking for transcripts of private phone calls. Do you seriously think the Thought Police are going to come arrest them in the middle of the night for subversive speech if they don't like what's in the sermons?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 19, 2014, 10:43:43 pm
I'm pretty sure Halloween is illegal in Oklahoma, just like the Harry Potter books.

Didn't they get a statue of Satan in front of their courthouse after someone decided to troll their constant intermingling of church and state?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 19, 2014, 10:37:10 pm
If your lawyer isn't overreaching during discovery, you need a better lawyer. You always try to get as much information from the other side as you can get and then you sift through to see if it's of use to your case later. My firm once had a suit against a major industrial equipment manufacturer. I guarantee you we subpoenaed every shred of correspondence - emails, faxes, meeting minutes - that we could get out of them. Some of it was ruled to be privileged and wasn't produced but most of it was. We had literally dozens of boxes of the stuff and more on CDs. It was a nightmare.

This is no different. I don't see why a church sermon is somehow "privileged" information when literally anyone can go in there on Sunday morning and listen. Now it's an invasion of privacy to want to see the written version?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 19, 2014, 08:44:57 pm
Gotcha. In that case, I retract my earlier posts. There really is no story here.

Tell that to Ted Cruz (JD, Harvard Law) and all the other Republican lawyers who know very well that there is no story here and are still screaming bloody murder to score political points with the Religious Right and other crypto-homophobes.
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