Why is there the belief that there is a war on Christmas?
Is it because people would rather say “happy holidays” to be inclusive? Remember Christians, you pillaged a tradition from a faith that you subsequently tried to exterminate.
When is the last time that you heard a Jew get offended when you said merry Christmas and not happy Hanukkah?
I did see issues with being people being directed to use “happy holidays”. That was until I stopped and THOUGHT about it with an open mind. I think it was Badcat that helped shine a light of education on the subject. Look at that, civil discussion CAN change minds.
I saw one Christian comment that they felt that cashiers should take the time to get to know your faith so that they could give the appropriate holiday wishes. I just want my duct tape, rope, and KY jelly… why do you want to hold up the entire line to have social hour when it could be a simple happy holidays?
No, there is no war against Christmas, there is however, a desire to be kinder people to all and to take others’ feelings into consideration.
Regardless of your feelings on the 2016 elections, I think that we have uncovered a hole that is not covered on a constitutional level.
What is the appropriate remedy for a fraudulent election?
We need to have this gap filled. For the sake of argument, let’s say that we discover that a foreign nation was found meddling in our election. and that a candidate and staff was involved. We had to ponder this with the birther movement. I know I contemplated it. What if we found out that the President was not eligible to hold the office?
Considering the damage that can be done by this fraud of a President, what is the best remedy? Yes, we have an impeachment process for high crimes and misdemeanors, but that is just a removal from if the Senate so decrees it.
I think that it should be more serious. I think that the Presidency should be voided. all appointments rescinded, even if they were confirmed by the Senate. It is fruit form the poisonous tree. Void all executive orders, and any bills that the fraudulent President signed would be placed on hold pending the swearing in of the new president.
The tricky is this… do you install the other Presidential candidate? it seems to be the most fair process. Since the normal path of succession would place the Vice President int he Presidency, this would not work since they are enjoying that same poisoned fruit.
This is not an easy issue to wrestle with. Of course we know that in our current situation we are not going to see any change. This needs to be written now, and once the current administration is out, we can put it forth. I think that after this calms we have a shot seeing both side being able to tackle this objectively. I hope that it would never be used.
This is not for the weak… If you cannot make light of death and mortality, please stop here and head to disney.com or someplace else.
That said, it is once again time to submit your dead pool rosters. It is still free. Maybe some day we will do a paid option for all of the marbles, but not yet.
Here is the way it works. I respect your privacy, so I you have two ways to submit your roster; you can post it in a comment on this post if you don’t care if anyone sees it, or you can email it to me. The email address to send to is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your roster should look like this:
Dead Pool 2018 Roster
[What name do you want to be displayed as on the standings.]
[Snip – for brevity]
The rosters will be gathered up and published on a post to keep us all honest.
Why the alternate? well, it is possible that someone that you have on your roster may pass away between the time that you submit it and the first of the year. This happened to me for the first time last year.
I will be using the same rule set as last year.
If a person on your roster passes during the year 2018, you will get a score of 100 minus the person’s age at the time of their passing. There are bonus points that may apply and I will award them as they occur.
Time and time again we hear the GOP preach that they want a smaller government and fiscal responsibility.
I would love to see either of those tenets to be true.
I just have not seen it yet. Each GOP administration has expanded the government. We are still early in Cheeto Von Tweeto’s administration. Since he seems to be too mentally challenged to fill out his appointment list, he may achieve this before his impeachment.Time will tell if he is destined to choke on some prison cock, but that may be a debate on another day.
Fiscal responsibility… not from this administration. All of those people who felt that a failed reality show host was a great idea. fuck the hell off. You helped screw over a few generations. It is going to take some time to repair the damages on this tax cut bill. We know that T-Rump will sign it, thinking that it is amazing. well it is kind of amazing. amazing that millions of people were so stupid that they set the stage for this shit show.
We learned from Reagan that his trickle down theory does not work. Later on, we watched in horror as W game away billions in tax rebates. Yes, I cashed mine too. We knew that the country was not in a position for that tax package.
Is the GOP so stricken with tunnel vision that it cannot see what must be done? If you want to cut taxes, great find a way to pay for it. What are you going to cut? Congress (both sides of the aisle) are very happy to raise their pay, benefits, pensions, protections and exclusions. That is the easy stuff for them. The hard part seems to be doing things responsibly, like oh I don’t know… pay back all of the money that they and their predecessors have stolen form social security over the years? How about they find some pork to trim away?
Sadly this is not the modern GOP way. The new way is to fool the masses in thinking that you have a fucking clue as to what to do, then protect the wealthy.
Want the positive? Here it is, most of the damage is done after the next term is over. So T-Rump will be out of office no matter what. If we the people are enjoying any luck, the next congress or two will undo this fuqtard’s actions. No I am not wanting him to be erased from history. We need to never make this kind of mistake again.
Is anyone else tired of the sad little shit known as Colin Kaepernick?
Kaepernick made a decision to stage a protest while on his employer’s time. That decision had a consequence, he ultimately lost his job and no other team has picked him up.
Does this need collusion? Not really, why would a team owner want the added drama? He is a mediocre player so there is little reason for team to wish to include him in a team sport.
Don’t get me wrong, he can certainly protest any issue that he wants provided that it is during HIS time. I do not support the method of his protest. I do however support that he has the right to do so.
If an actor chose to take a knee at the start of each day filming, how long would directors put up with it? Would they be forced to cast them for films?
If an ER doc chose to take a knee at any time a patient came to see them, would the hospitals appreciate the quality of care? Should they be saddled with the disruption?
If I were to participate in a protest on the clock, I would expect negative consequences. I would also expect hem to follow me for a while. We know that prospective employers can call previous employers and ask what our rehire status is… it is a fact of work life. If the prospective employer does not feel comfortable with the candidate, they will be apprehensive to hire. why is Kaepernick any different?
Perhaps if Colin were to include a clause in his contract to be a PROFESSIONAL player on game days and any other time that he is representing his team or the league including a significant financial penalty for breech he might find a team will to take him on.
He shit in his bed, now he has another decision, clean it up, or get comfortable in it.
So, I was bothered by how much old email was cluttering up my inbox and folders.
As I cleared old emails, I stumbled onto email from a KATU commenter that has since passed away. He is missed…
All of those that used to frequent this page commenting the hours away are missed. Yes, we are all facebook friends, but on facebook, we have different factors that prevent us from expressing the way that we want. For some, it may be that they cannot assume their true personae because loved ones do not understand or would not approve.
I hope to see the debates resume at some point. obviously after this long, I am not holding my breath.
You know who you are, and are loved.
Isn’t it interesting that the North Koreans are trying to claim that T-Rump declared war? I am guessing that the supreme leader does not allow for education, let alone the subject of history.
It was after all the North Koreans that declared war by invading South Korea on June 25th, 1950.
That painful war, dragged on until July 27th, 1950 when they signed an armistice, not a peace treaty, but an armistice bringing an end to the fighting.
On at least six occasions, the North Koreans had backed out of the armistice. Obviously I do not want to see nuclear arms in play. Even in the “good guys’” hands, they are a terrible idea. But when a psychopath controls them (yes, in this case, both sides) it is a scary situation.
I am not normally a hawk, but it may be time to finish this one. The current regime appears to be hell bent to see some action. I am not saying that T-Rump is not without fault. The Hyper-Tweeting Orangutan has been bickering with Kim Jong Un like a school kid. If it were just saber rattling, we could just move on as long as the war does not heat back up. The events that led me to believe that we should bring this chapter to a decisive conclusion is that Kim Fatty the Third keeps escalating his testing of weapons that put millions/billions at risk.
It is time for us to make Kim yell out: 이런 벙커 버스터는 어디서 나온거야? (Holy shit, where did all of the bunker busters come from?)
Since yesterday was the anniversary of the Barefoot Bandit’s capture, I felt a followup may be in order.
In July of 2016 he was released from prison. He will not be able to crowd fund his flight school until he is done paying restitution to his victims. I suspect that when he does go to flight school and sit with an instructor there will be some interesting discussions.
There were two movies done on the subject:
The Barefoot Bandit Documentary (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1884273/), another called Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2108517/)
As part of his plea deal, he is not able to profit from publishing rights.
Did you want to read a fictional story in a add-a-line format with the Barefoot Bandit?
This morning SCOTUS rules that the Missouri church should not have been denied a grant for recycled rubber playground surface for their playground.
The concern it seems was over the old church and state argument.
To me, this should not have been a concern as it was not an area of political influence.
Perhaps some of the questions of importance in the grant process should have been to determine if the public funds would benefit the public, and not just the kids in the daycare. If the playground was for the sole use of the public, it moves up the list. If it is only for the daycare members’ use, then it could still be considered, but after all of the public playgrounds have been dealt with.
Of course this could be rendered moot if the church was paying it’s fair share of taxes. If that had been the case, the only issue would have been, does this funding lead to any conflicts of interest or promotion of faith? If not, then why not.
Separation of church and state was only intended to make sure that neither side could influence the other. Sadly Christianity is unable to internalize the fact that this is not a Christian nation. We are to be a free nation, capable of enjoying any faith that we wish.
As I have pondered it, my studies will continue.
I have too much invested to stop my cyber-security career just because my new team does not utilize it much. I am drawn to the field so it is best to follow that attraction to see where it will take me. My sample tests are showing that I am on the verge of readiness to sit for the Security+ exam. I hope to be able to complete the cert before leaving for Vegas next month.
My new team is nicely inclusive. They are still learning who I am and all that comes with that. With any luck, they will enjoy all that Griz has grown to be.