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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: John Hickenlooper: I don't like Obamacare on: Today at 10:02:55 pm
RIP Governor Hickenlooper
2  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?
3  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.
4  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
5  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.
6  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.
7  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?
8  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?
9  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?
10  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.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 19, 2014, 07:37:41 pm
I think people are failing to understand that this is basically how civil procedure works.

This is being interpreted as the City of Houston demanding to read pastors' sermons in order to do who knows what to them.

The City of Houston isn't doing anything. Their lawyers are. And during the discovery process, lawyers are always going to err on the side of making their requests for production as broad as possible, while the defense is going to try to object to as much of it as possible. Subpoenaing third-party records like the pastors' sermons is an example of this. The defense is going to object on the grounds that it's a "fishing expedition" on the part of the prosecution.

Nothing is actually going to happen to the pastors in question. They're not on trial and they're not facing any punishment. This whole thing is being blown completely out of proportion.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Alabama treats inmates like Victorian debtors at best, stray animals at worst on: October 19, 2014, 06:43:39 pm
Besides the "farming out" part, and the fairly condescending response to Carl (though I do agree with him in principle that claims about morality ought to met with a response with its own solid definition of where right and wrong derive from), I don’t see what was so controversial about Cassius’s post.

Prison should be about rehabilitation, but what is to be done with those who can’t be rehabilitated? Should they remain burdens of the state, wasting away? Why not put them, in some form, to work to compensate for their existence. Certainly a more humane form of dealing with middle tier criminals (IE, people who shouldn’t be put to death nor are capable of being rehabilitated) than just letting them rot. Work very well may be the last resort for rehabilitation efforts in a few cases.


Sanchez, if you read the articles, you'd see we're not talking about maximum security prisons housing serial killers and repeat violent offenders. We're talking about a guy who stole a Star Wars DVD from Wal-Mart - how much money do we need to spend punishing someone for stealing a $10 DVD? We're talking about a woman who was incarcerated because she couldn't afford to pay the fines for a ticket for driving with no insurance (which she probably couldn't afford to buy either). She doesn't need to be "rehabilitated." There's nothing wrong with her apart from the fact that she's poor.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: The first election in which each media was used for campaigning on: October 19, 2014, 06:31:36 pm
Internet is kind of dicey because while the campaigns had websites in 1996, they didn't really "use" them in the way that we think of websites being used today. I remember my 3rd grade class sitting in the library for computer class and logging onto the Clinton and Dole campaign websites and the reaction was basically one of awe and novelty that such things merely existed, even though the websites themselves were so primitive that you were basically reading a campaign pamphlet on a computer screen rather than on a piece of paper in your hand.

1996 was the first year the Internet was used. It didn't really become relevant to the campaign strategies and to public perceptions until 2004.
4President.com actually has the websites archived. They are quite funny in hindsight. I love comparing the 2012 websites to the 1996 ones.

1996.
2012.

I love how they refer to it as a "World Wide Web Internet Site" and have a separate link for if you're viewing it with Netscape. So '90s...
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The Statewide Office Newspaper Endorsements Thread on: October 19, 2014, 06:05:57 pm
Leticia is getting a lot of support from these newspapers, is it because of her qualifications or because Patrick is so crazy?

Both.

The Democrats squandered that race by putting so much money into the governor's race, which they couldn't have won anyway but which Wendy Davis didn't help matters with by running a flippant, self-serving campaign based around scaring people into thinking Greg Abbott is going to let ultrasound probe-wielding rapists run loose in the streets.

David Dewhurst, Todd Staples and Jerry Patterson basically did half of the Democrats' work for them by giving them multiple lines of attack to use against Dan Patrick, some of which they should have used (his abysmal Senate record; his sketchy finances) and some of which they shouldn't (criticizing him for seeking mental healthcare for depression). There are probably at least a few influential Republicans who dislike Dan Patrick enough to have endorsed Leticia if she had aggressively courted Republicans. She didn't do this and I don't see a path for a Democrat to win statewide in Texas without doing so.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 19, 2014, 05:53:57 pm
bushie when are you officially moving back in with the parents?

Why would he? It's clearly preferable for Bushie père et mère to pay Jeff's rent and perhaps provide a small food stipend as a form of "stay away" money. Less headache and more room for the burgeoning train collection makes it worth every penny.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: does Edwin Edwards have a real chance to win? on: October 19, 2014, 05:14:36 pm
I think this might be the only facial expression Edwards is able to make, having had most of his face removed and the remainder pulled back and filled with collagen.

17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What county is most representative of each party? on: October 19, 2014, 04:48:26 pm
Democrats: Cook County, Illinois
Republicans: Tarrant Collin County, Texas
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Ken Buck, Ken Buck? on: October 19, 2014, 03:13:52 pm
If Ken Buck isn't willing to have a bunch of "Go Buck Yourself" bumper stickers printed up, I may just have to make them myself.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: The first election in which each media was used for campaigning on: October 19, 2014, 03:10:10 pm
Internet is kind of dicey because while the campaigns had websites in 1996, they didn't really "use" them in the way that we think of websites being used today. I remember my 3rd grade class sitting in the library for computer class and logging onto the Clinton and Dole campaign websites and the reaction was basically one of awe and novelty that such things merely existed, even though the websites themselves were so primitive that you were basically reading a campaign pamphlet on a computer screen rather than on a piece of paper in your hand.

1996 was the first year the Internet was used. It didn't really become relevant to the campaign strategies and to public perceptions until 2004.
20  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Would you have supported Indian intervention in Bangladesh in 1971? on: October 19, 2014, 02:29:13 pm
Yes.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney: I'm not running! on: October 19, 2014, 01:13:02 am
Mitt Romney has been opposed to a lot of things only to support them later on when it becomes more convenient. I don't see how this is any different.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KY Senate Race 2014: Getting lucky in Kentucky on: October 19, 2014, 01:09:21 am
Would Alison have served herself better to respond something like this?

"Yes I did vote for Barack Obama in 2012, like nearly half a million Kentuckians did. Do most Kentuckians agree with that vote? No. But in 1992, Senator McConnell voted for George Bush and most Kentuckians did not. In 1996, Senator McConnell voted for Bob Dole and most Kentuckians did not. So instead of talking about one vote I made as a private citizen nearly two years ago, let's talk about the votes this debate should be about - the votes I intend to make as a United States Senator and the votes Mitch McConnell has made in the Senate that have been wrong for Kentucky and wrong for America."
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 19, 2014, 12:40:11 am
If Jeff ever gets his act together, he needs to send Bushie père and Bushie mère on a couple's getaway to someplace exotic (perhaps Branson). Some alone time is the least he can give them.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The Statewide Office Newspaper Endorsements Thread on: October 18, 2014, 11:31:45 pm
Hopefully Quinn gets his revenge on the treacherous newspapers after he is reelected

...do you want him to shut them down? How very Putinesque of you.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The Statewide Office Newspaper Endorsements Thread on: October 18, 2014, 11:31:00 pm
FLORIDA

Florida Times-Union
(Jacksonville)
Governor / Lt. Governor -
Attorney General -
Agriculture Commissioner -
Chief Financial Officer -

Miami Herald
Governor / Lt. Governor - Charlie Crist / Annette Taddeo-Goldstein (D)
Attorney General
Agriculture Commissioner -
Chief Financial Officer -

Orlando Sentinel
Governor / Lt. Governor - Charlie Crist / Annette Taddeo-Goldstein (D)
Attorney General -
Agriculture Commissioner - Adam Putnam (R)
Chief Financial Officer - Jeff Atwater (R)

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
Governor / Lt. Governor - Charlie Crist / Annette Taddeo-Goldstein (D)
Attorney General - George Sheldon (D)
Agriculture Commissioner - Adam Putnam (R)
Chief Financial Officer - Jeff Atwater (R)

Tampa Tribune
Governor / Lt. Governor - Rick Scott / Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R)
Attorney General - Pam Bondi (R)
Agriculture Commissioner - Adam Putnam (R)
Chief Financial Officer - Jeff Atwater (R)

Tampa Bay Times
Governor / Lt. Governor - Charlie Crist / Annette Taddeo-Goldstein (D)
Attorney General -
Treasurer -
Agriculture Commissioner -
Chief Financial Officer -
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