SparkPeople The Soapbox - discuss and debate your issues! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=5082 Respectful debate and lively discussion – esp. for topics that’re too hot for the main forums! No biting, name-calling or hair-pulling, please. Disagreement is encouraged, but bad behavior is not! SparkPeople The Soapbox - discuss and debate your issues! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=5082 Lauren Bacall Dies at 89 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x58999615 Most of us were all so stunned and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams, that the death the same day of the very talented Lauren Bacall was not given the attention it would have normally merited. Anyway, the link below is a slide show that includes still publicity photos and some of the work of Lauren Bacall. There is also a short video of some of her films and other NYT articles about her life and career. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Lauren Bacall Dies at 89; in a Bygone Hollywood, She P... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:44:56 EST JAMES FOLEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x58952969 Is the US decision to not pay ransom for the release of hostages correct? Would James Foley be alive if $132 million had been paid for his release? Is the ransom paid by European countries for the release of their hostages contributing to the kidnapping of more persons? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:53:38 EST Robin Williams 1951-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x58820895 I'm completely heartbroken <BR> <BR> Depression is not a joke. It is a real illness, as deadly as any cancer. The funniest man in the world couldn't just think positive and be healed. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:47:23 EST Operation American Spring Goes Missing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x57927843 <link>littlegreenfootballs.com/article/433<BR>99_Operation_American_Spring_Goes_Missing </link> <BR> <BR> What if you threw a TEA Party and no one came? That's exactly what happened on May 16, when millions of people failed to show up for the 10 Million Man march on Washington called "Operation American Spring." <BR> <BR> To be fair, they were only about 9,999,950 people short of their goal. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:03:56 EST Segregation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x57374449 Does this really still happen in 2014? I cannot believe it! It shouldn't even be an issue! <BR> <BR> <link>aattp.org/what-year-is-this-georgia-<BR>school-district-holds-first-racially-i<BR>ntegrated-prom-video/ </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:57:28 EST Self-righteous BS grandstanding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x57358514 Otherwise known as Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius <BR> <BR> 1) Prior to Obamacare, Hobby Lobby corporation covered an entire range of healtcare options for its female employees, including birth control methods such as IUDs and emergency contraception, through their employee health plan. <BR> <BR> 2) Hobby Lobby sells a cr@p-ton of products made in China. You know, China with its 1-child per family policy? The policy that literally forces women to choose abortion if they get pregnant with a second... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:37:10 EST Special rights for "Self-professed behavior" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x57001256 ------ <BR> Speaking on the Des Moines TV station WHO on Sunday, far-right Congressman Steve King defended the bill recently vetoed by Jan Brewer by saying that business owners should have the right to discriminate against religious people because Christianity is a “self-professed behavior” that cannot be “independently verified.” <BR> <BR> “When you’re in the private sector … with God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration [of Independence], you should be able to ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:16:15 EST Hilarious parenting podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56990742 Check out this laugh-out-loud-funny podcast that reviews parenting books. The first episode covers James Dobson's "The New Dare to Discipline" and it's great. <BR> <BR> <link>podbay.fm/show/808867727/e/139089657<BR>2?autostart=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I switched to a Podbay link. iTunes doesn't seem to like linking. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:05:13 EST "Classy Republican" - now officially an oxymoron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56939983 "The doc's right! You're an ox AND a moron!" -- Oscar <BR> <BR> <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/27/maine<BR>-republican-regrets-saying-men-should-<BR>rape-women-if-abortion-is-legal/ </link> <BR> Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) states “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” <BR> <BR> <link>talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senat<BR>e-candidate-wetbacks-ranchers </link> <BR> Chris ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:53:50 EST Arizona SB1062 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56932393 I'm sure by now everyone has heard about the Arizona legislature's attempt to pass a bill allowing business owners the right to reserve service to patron's based on their personal religious beliefs. <BR> <BR> While the media has been focused on the possible refusal of service to people in the LGBTQ community this bill has effects that are much farther reaching than just that one community. <BR> <BR> According to "Christian" religious beliefs that would also open the door to anyone breaking ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:51:26 EST Tea Party Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56890944 Interesting story about Kansas doctor, Milton Wolf.... a GOP Senate candidate with Tea Party backing. He's going up against GOP incumbent, Pat Roberts. This guy has posted pics of dead people on Facebook.....Does the Tea Party actually seek out this kind of candidate or do they just like the fact that he is a very distant cousin to President Obama and uses that slim connection to blast the President and his policies, every chance he gets. <BR> <BR> Some excerpts from the Yahoo article: <... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:33:51 EST Is it a movie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56836508 So, today my daughters were arriving here to visit me. The youngest one (15) got here, scared but otherwise fine. The oldest one is being held on immigration at the Houston airport because she committed a crime. She attended High school in the US while under a tourist visa. Although, I went through all the legal shee bang for her arrival then, 2 years ago. <BR> <BR> They arrived in Houston at 8 am, after a 14 hours flight, and it is 4 pm and my daughter is still "under custody" or so I... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:51:52 EST WTF - Florida, Kansas, Colorado edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56820146 <link>www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/justice/flori<BR>da-loud-music-trial/ </link> <BR> <BR> Michael Dunn shoots and kills an unarmed teenager in a parking lot for playing music too loud, and the best Florida can do is convict him of "attempted murder" for the three shots he fired into the SUV as it drove away. <BR> <BR> At least on the standing convictions, he probably won't see freedom again. But how does loud music make a person "reasonably" fear for their lives. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, the teens... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:34:41 EST Nat. Geo. Explains the biology of homosexuality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56731503 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=saO_RFWWVVA&<BR>feature=share </link> <BR> <BR> Yes. It's biological. People are born the way they are. Period. <BR> <BR> Next argument. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:27:59 EST NFL draft prospect Out in the open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56720247 Missouri’s Michael Sam announces he is gay, may be first openly gay player in NFL <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleg<BR>es/missouris-michael-sam-announces-he-<BR>is-gay-may-be-first-openly-gay-player-<BR>in-nfl/2014/02/09/0dd2fd4c-91ff-11e3-b<BR>227-12a45d109e03_story.html </link> <BR> "Now much of the draft’s attention will center on whether Sam’s announcement affects his draft stock. Sam, projected to be chosen as high as the third round in May’s draft, can point to h... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:30:34 EST What matters from AOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56718839 Last week, when AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced a reduction in employee benefits, he blamed it largely on two employees that "had distressed babies that were born that we paid a million dollars each to make sure those babies were OK in general." <BR> <BR> He didn't blame is on paying this man $10 Million a year to represent the company in the media: <BR> <link>valleywag.gawker.com/this-man-is-rep<BR>resenting-aol-on-live-television-15184<BR>67796/@sarah-hedgecock </link> <BR> <BR> Or hi... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:54:27 EST A Share I Couldn't Find in the MSN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56703447 Nor could me eldest son or my DIL - both left of center liberals. <BR> <BR> <link> godfatherpolitics.com/14282/media-ignores- chick-fil-christian-charity-ice-storm/ #6pVtJT5adSuhPPsK.99 </link> <BR> <BR> If you think the link has electronic cooties, just Google the story. <BR> <BR> It was reported on FoxNews, but not ABC, CBS, nor NBC television news. Nor was it reported on any radio outlet affiliated with any of the MSM. It was on Breitbart and Rush, but not elsewhere. Huffpo didn't... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:41:37 EST WOAH! Texas interested in teaching FACTS?!!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56630430 <link>www.thestate.com/2014/01/31/3237575/<BR>texas-board-voting-on-textbook.html </link> <BR> <BR> "The 15-member education board approves textbooks for school districts to use, but objections raised by reviewers can influence its decisions. The volunteer review panels are often dominated by social conservatives who want more skepticism about evolution included in science textbooks, arguing that a higher power helped create the universe. <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> Among the changes approv... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:32:02 EST America: Only "Beautiful" in English http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56627625 <link>entertainment.time.com/2014/02/02/co<BR>ca-colas-its-beautiful-super-bowl-ad-b<BR>rings-out-some-ugly-americans/ </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't watch the Super Bowl. First of all, even though I live in the Denver area, I've never cared about football. Secondly, I don't actually have a working TV at the moment. <BR> <BR> So, I was kind of blown away when my Facebook exploded with comments about a Coke ad. <BR> <BR> The xenophobes are out in force against this one. How dare a company sh... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:14:32 EST Will the real "Thug" please stand up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56564996 <link>www.salon.com/2014/01/29/michael_gri<BR>mm%E2%80%99s_bullying_sickness_whos_th<BR>e_real_thug_here/ </link> <BR> <BR> Richard Sherman shows a bit of hubris after an emotional football win. <BR> Michael Grimm threatens to throw a reporter off a F$^%ing balcony and break him like a little boy. <BR> <BR> Which one of these gets reviled as a "thug" by the media? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:17:38 EST Constitutional Scholar or Treasonous Socialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56554987 "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." <BR> <BR> Following up on his latest pattern of doing things by writ and decree, President Obama's latest threat. <BR> <BR> Basically, it boils down to, "I don't care What the Constitution says, if I don't get my way I'll just proclaim myself King (or closer, Der Fuhrer)". <BR> <BR> Our Forefathers knew exactly what they were doing when they gave th... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:14:11 EST It is getting ridiculous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56363443 <BR> Ok. SO I understand, wait, let me rephrase that, I know about the second amendment that allows everybody to have guns (many, all kinds etc.) but this is becoming ridiculous. <BR> Owning and caring around a deadly weapon should require some level of liability? Responsibility? <BR> A man (ex-police officer!) killed another in a movie theater (quite close from here) because the man was texting! <BR> Yes, I hate people using their phone in the theater, in fact, I stopped going to the ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:12:22 EST Oops! KY State Rep accidental discharge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56342898 <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-253<BR>6178/Im-gun-owner-It-happens-State-sen<BR>ator-accidentally-fires-semi-automatic<BR>-handgun-office-cleaning-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Security scare at Kentucky Capitol after lawmaker accidentally fired her pistol while cleaning it in her office" <BR> <BR> Here's my *favorite* part of the whole article. <BR> "But Leslie Combs has brushed off the accident, claiming that it comes with the territory of gun ownership." <BR> <BR> Yes, that's ri... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:53:42 EST Chris Christie would like to sell you a bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56301096 Or, at least desperately try to spin you a good story about one: <BR> <BR> I could like a thousand stories about this. It's all some people are talking about. <BR> <link>firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/<BR>08/22229091-christie-vows-action-in-un<BR>acceptable-bridge-scandal?lite </link> <BR> <BR> The real question is: <BR> <BR> Is this the sound of his Presidential hopes going up in... exhaust fumes? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:44:01 EST Robert Gates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56278549 So it seems that everyone that leaves office writes their memoirs. It appears that Secretary Gates wasn't too thrilled with the President and especially not the Vice President. <BR> <BR> The GOP would be dancing in the streets singing "I told you so, I told you so" if it wasn't for the fact that in the same book Gates praised Hillary Clinton almost to the point he may have been nursing a crush on her and He was totally disgusted with Congress. <BR> <BR> The 2016 campaign should be very int... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:18:39 EST Whre is everybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56277430 Hello guys! <BR> <BR> Just checking if everybody is OK? Did the team die? LOL <BR> <BR> BTW, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:44:43 EST Semmes, AL Xmas Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56061770 it is surprising that in this time of internet people do not give themselves the trouble of a quick goggle. Semmes, Al, invited for their Xmas parade a group of black drag queens. I watched the video and I laughed till I cry! This is priceless! LOL merry Christmas y'all!!! LOL <BR> <BR> <link>progressivepopulist.org/2013/12/22/s<BR>urprise-alabama-town-accidentally-invi<BR>tes-black-drag-queens-perform-christma<BR>s-parade-video/ </link> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:40:55 EST Freedom of Speech (OMG!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56051922 Well, it seems we are going to have more to talk about freedom of speech. I was perusing the net and I saw this. I almost fell from my chair. Did she really say that? Is she really a PR person? Now I wonder if there will be petitions and pages in the internet defending her "Freedom of speech" to say such a stupid thing.... <BR> <BR> A public relations executive for an Internet company drew outrage online after a post from her Twitter account said: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:38:18 EST Quack, quack!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56033605 It seems that reality tv has again mad a quasi-celebrity of someone without the brains to know when to "shut the he!! up!" <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/19/ph<BR>il-robertson-black-people_n_4473474.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:51:00 EST Whoever wrote this anonymous note is a jerk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56023698 <link>www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/10<BR>012497822359/christmas-decorations-cau<BR>se-controversy/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs. <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> <BR> You are of course free worship as you believe, celebrate as you please, and free to have bad taste, but please have the good sense to do these things in the privacy of your own home. Sincerely, your neighbors.” <BR... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:10:52 EST The very definition of "Cognitive Dissonance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x56000423 Cognitive dissonance -- The state of holding two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas and/or values in your mind simultaneously. <BR> <BR> Background checks for gun purchases are pointless because only 42 people were prosecuted for violations in the last year. <BR> <link>www.politifact.com/punditfact/statem<BR>ents/2013/dec/15/larry-pratt/gun-suppo<BR>rter-says-few-prosecutions-show-backgroun/ </link> <BR> <BR> But expensive, disenfranchising voter ID laws are absolutely necessary, eve... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:27:04 EST This is getting interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55911298 Maybe Oklahoma will have a satanic monument in its capitol.... I can't wait! LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>news.msn.com/us/satanists-seek-spot-<BR>on-oklahoma-statehouse-steps </link> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:49:12 EST The reason we spend so much on healthcare. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55910580 Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/his-first-4-sentenc<BR>es-are-interesting-the-5th-blew-my-min<BR>d-and-made-me-a-little-sick-2?c=reccon1 </link> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:24:24 EST Hypocrisy and Greed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55896378 I think it is really amusing that here the night clubs have a time to close (in fact, having a time that is not allowed to buy/sell alcohol is even more amusing than that) so, here in Tampa Bay we have a curious situation. On this side of the bridge (Clearwater/St Pete) the clubs close at 2 am while in the other side (Tampa), they close at 3 am. Yes, there is a very interesting migration on the bridge around 2 am. <BR> Now, claiming that closing at 3 am causes disturbance and problems to the... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:16:17 EST I am getting so tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55866866 Will America EVER learn that "religious believes" do not give you a free card to discriminate people? Will this ever end? Or we will just keep going jumping from this group to that group forever? Can a baker refuse a cake to a black couple? A fat couple? A disabled couple? are we going to need a specific law for every single group of different people? Boy, this is so old... <BR> <BR> <link>news.msn.com/crime-justice/court-hea<BR>rs-discrimination-case-over-wedding-cake </link> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:27:07 EST Freeloader! Get a job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55863121 <link>www.kctv5.com/story/23950898/prairie<BR>-village-man-with-muscular-dystrophy-f<BR>ights-to-keep-247-care </link> <BR> <BR> Prairie Village man with muscular dystrophy fights to keep 24/7 care <BR> <BR> A Prairie Village father is taking his fight for medical care to the top. He says it's a matter of life and death because KanCare cuts will take away his lifesaving assistance. <BR> ------------- <BR> Well, it's a good thing private charity is stepping right up to take care of peopl... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:58:54 EST How to freak out a diver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55861291 <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-2520<BR>5914 </link> <BR> <BR> Diver recovering bodies from a sunken ship gets a big surprise. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 08:37:02 EST Like I needed more reasons to avoid Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55850871 <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/02/texas<BR>-cops-handcuff-and-take-13-year-old-wh<BR>ite-girl-from-black-guardians/ </link> <BR> <BR> Texas cops handcuff and take 13-year-old white girl from black guardians <BR> <BR> Houston Police have refused to explain why they took a 13-year-old white girl from her two black guardians over the weekend and placed her in the custody of Child Protective Services. <BR> <BR> Landry Thompson’s mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:07:55 EST I'll have to stop flying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55728514 I love traveling, but I hate flying. No, I am not afraid of flying, I just can barely stand annoying people that do not know how to behave in public. And seems that on addition to the ever crying parentless kids, now everybody will be able to yap on their phones during the flight. I really do not know if I will be able to take that.... <BR> <BR> <link>money.msn.com/business-news/article.<BR>aspx?feed=AP&date=20131122&id=17136029 </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:31:24 EST Catholic Bishop plans gay marriage exorcism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55720027 (CNN) - "According to a Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, Satan was behind his state's recent legalization of same-sex marriage." <BR> <BR> "We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church," (Bishop) Paprocki said." <BR> <BR> <link>religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/15/il<BR>linois-bishop-plans-gay-marriage-exorc<BR>ism/comment-page-28/ </link> <BR> <BR> Penetrated??? What do you think he has on his mind? <BR> <BR> While the Pope has take... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:14:10 EST The fallout. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55717511 So what do you think the fallout will be when/if the Senate pulls the Nuclear Option?" <BR> <BR> <link>www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics<BR>/2013/11/21/harry-reid-nuclear-senate/<BR>3662445/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:37:31 EST Treat gays the same? OK, rights for no one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55716429 <link>thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/11/19/29<BR>70531/oklahoma-national-guard/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act means that servicemembers with same-sex spouses are now eligible for federal benefits. " <BR> ---... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:03:02 EST 50 Novembers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55699218 <BR> Living in the Dallas metroplex, this past year has been a historical look at JFKs life and assassination on most of the local news stations. Some interesting personal accounts that I've not previously heard. <BR> <BR> Curious what folks in Soap think ... do you believe Oswald acted alone? <BR> <BR> Have you ever been to visited the grassy knoll or School Book Depository building? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:17:52 EST Pre-Soapbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55698564 <BR> Pre-Soapbox ... <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8<BR>sX10_4 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:33:07 EST Naughty or Nice List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55695119 <BR> Oh the debate, add this link to the Speechless post? The Funny post? Or heck, just give it it's own post ... <BR> <BR> Will these fellas make Santa's nice or naughty list? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PVh<BR>IMr4ScI </link> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:21:18 EST I'm speechless! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55683206 So Wal-Mart thinks it is OK to do food drive for employees? Where are we going? <BR> <BR> <link>t.money.msn.com/now/wal-mart-holds-f<BR>ood-drive-for-its-own-employees </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:58:47 EST Why investigate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55683190 I do not see why the police officers are under investigation. people have to be accountable for what they do, and this woman should go to jail for at least a couple of decades.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>news.msn.com/crime-justice/in-traffi<BR>c-stop-chaos-nm-officer-fires-at-van </link> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:57:17 EST Funny ...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55640959 <BR> Presented as autocorrect text messages ... do you find them funny? <BR> <link>http://rats-funnybone.com/25-funny-a<BR>uto-correct-fails/ </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:59:46 EST I told you so ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55622816 I know that those of you who are across the universe from me politically are concerned that I rely so much on Fox news. However, Fox is not the only place I look. I look at the Huff & Puff news, ABC, NBC, CBS and others. <BR> <BR> A long time ago, I came in virulent opposition to the OBAMA Plan for Healthcare. I believe, if we could go back and look at that thread, that there was one or two of you who questioned my ..... sympathy, empathy and concern for those poor, pitiable Americans who ha... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:52:06 EST Does This Surprise You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55622268 <BR> White guy runs for election, misleads Houston voters to think he is black; wins the election ousting the black guy who held the position for 24 years. <BR> <BR> "Every time a politician talks, he's out there deceiving voters," Wilson said. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wfaa.com/home/White-guy-wins-Hou<BR>ston-election-after-leading-voters-to-<BR>believe-hes-black-231316841.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm surprised there is not a bigger uproar; and I'm surprised he admitted he used photos that h... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:49:31 EST No Filter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55521182 Sometimes I have to wonder what people are thinking. A woman dressed up for Halloween as an injured Boston Marathon runner...complete with blood. She lost her job over this, but if you look at the picture, it was taken in an office and posted online. No filter or just plain insensitive? Some of the backlash (if it's true) was over the top, but she really brought the firestorm to her own door. <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/woman<BR>-s-boston-marathon-bombing-costume--wh<BR>... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 03:18:02 EST Want a Good Laugh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55455529 Somebody stole a two year old's pumpkin...Mom's response: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/st<BR>olen-pumpkin-sign-dc-_n_4171369.html?u<BR>tm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:32 EST Good Christian values on display in Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55435962 You-know-who lives in Kansas, doesn't he? You don't suppose... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2<BR>013/10/25/christian-couple-refuse-tip-<BR>gay-waiter-leave-hateful-note-instead </link> <BR> <BR> After providing excellent service to a couple who dined in his section, a 20-year-old gay waiter at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Overland Park, Kan., found a hateful message left for him in lieu of a tip: <BR> "“Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:15:37 EST It's the true second coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55428637 Conservative Christians - bow down before your Messiah - Ted Cruz <BR> <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/28/gop-e<BR>vent-hails-superhero-ted-cruz-as-right<BR>-wing-jesus/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, it's true. The people who denigrate anyone who voted for Obama as believing him to be their true lord and savior has found one of their own. <BR> <BR> "Cruz (R-TX) was hailed as someone willing to be “crucified for their belief system” by conservative activist Steve Scheffler, speaking at the Io... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:29:24 EST "A Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55176750 Worse than a federal government shutdown, this is the grenade the Tea Party has pulled the pin on this week: <BR> <link>www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10<BR>-07/a-u-s-default-seen-as-catastrophe-<BR>dwarfing-lehman-s-fall.html </link> <BR> <BR> A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall <BR> <BR> Failure by the world’s largest borrower to pay its debt -- unprecedented in modern history -- will devastate stock markets from Brazil to Zurich, halt a $5 trillion lending me... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:33:14 EST Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55148356 I have to confess I do not know the case in details, but really? A woman tried to get to the white house and do not stop when the police tells her to. And now her sisters are questioning the police actions. Really? What next? Are they going to sue the police for money? <BR> <BR> <link>news.msn.com/us/sisters-question-pol<BR>ice-actions-in-deadly-dc-chase </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 08:53:41 EST Shirley asked about the shutdown and ACA.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55112357 Re the shutdown? I want a new broom to clean House with. Re the ACA ? I refuse to call it ObamaCare..it is the Affordable Care Act, and was voted in by both the House and the Senate, signed into law in 2010, and it's constitutionality was upheld by the supreme court. in 2012. This is grandstanding nonsense, pure and simple. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:49:57 EST Changes at Disney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55061899 WE have already discussed this issue here, but it seems that the abuse of the system (and the dissatisfaction of the costumers) is causing to change its policy regarding handicapped people's access to the rides. It is not the change I would like to see, but it is definitely an improvement in the system in place at the moment. <BR> <BR> <link>usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/23/<BR>20663334-disney-disabled-will-no-longe<BR>r-skip-the-line?lite </link> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:28:50 EST Just to make you smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55056710 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/17<BR>-reasons-why-the-kids-dont-like-facebo<BR>ok-anymore_n_3825165.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:49:35 EST Obama-care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x55002786 With the House's 42nd attempt to block funding of the Affordable Health Care Act and the continuing uproar from Conservatives I'm wondering just exactly how it's inactment has affected your life. Your medical care, your taxes, your employment, etc. <BR> <BR> I keep hearing people complain about it but I haven't seen proof that it has actually hurt them, it only seems to affect them on "principle." <BR> <BR> I'll go first. <BR> <BR> I've always supported Universal Healthcare. So when "Oba... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:31:12 EST How long until conservative start dying of thirst? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54888911 <link>www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mich<BR>elle-obama-wants-people-to-drink-up-as<BR>-in-more-plain-old-fashioned-calorie-f<BR>ree-water/2013/09/12/3b686e8c-1b93-11e<BR>3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Michelle Obama encourages Americans to drink water; environmentalists say tap should be focus <BR> <BR> First lady Michelle Obama led Wisconsin high school students in a toast to “the best drink in town” Thursday as she launched a campaign to encourage people to dr... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:12:12 EST Obituary of an abusive Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54885772 The adult children of an abusive mother wrote her obituary. <BR> <BR> <link>xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-na<BR>tional/20130913/US--Mothers.Scathing.O<BR>bit/ </link> <BR> <BR> Question 1. Is this the appropriate forum for them to publicize the plight of abused children? <BR> <BR> Question 2. Does the mother's passing really give them "peace." Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:52:13 EST Can Florida be forced to seceed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54784151 Sorry, Willam. I know there are probably many nice, sensible people like you in the state, but seriously? <BR> <BR> <link>videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/f<BR>lorida-man-cites-bush-doctrine-after-p<BR>re-em </link> <BR> <BR> "Florida Man Cites 'Bush Doctrine' After Pre-emptive Killing of Neighbors at Labor Day Cookout <BR> <BR> Lawyers for a Florida man this week cited President George W. Bush's pre-emptive war in Iraq and the "Bush Doctrine" as a defense after their client killed t... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 21:04:13 EST Non-Christian = Rasied by wolves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54778819 The following editorial was syndicated in a host of weekly midwestern newspapers. <BR> <BR> <link>www.buglenewspapers.com/opinion/arti<BR>cle_e8c66640-14dd-11e3-9619-0019bb30f3<BR>1a.html#user-comment-area </link> <BR> <BR> "Imagine for a moment two baby atheists shipwrecked on either side of an island. Up the middle of the island is an impassable mountain range that keeps both sides separate. One of the atheists is rescued by a group of Christian monks who raise him with morality deriv... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:02:39 EST Syria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54736862 Yes or no? Opibnions sought, now that I am back among the living and trying to regroup. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:53:46 EST Shock! Skip vaccines, kids get sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54665162 Antivaccine Megachurch Linked to Texas Measles Outbreak <BR> <BR> <link>www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/20<BR>13/08/26/antivax_communities_get_measl<BR>es_outbreaks_linked_to_denial_of_vacci<BR>nes.html </link> <BR> <BR> "In Texas, a (most likely now formerly) antivaccine mega-church is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that so far has infected 20 people. <BR> <BR> The Eagle Mountain International Church is led by Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons, daughter of televangelist Kenneth Co... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:58:59 EST I'm so bored... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54592665 When I think nothing can shock me anymore, something comes along to prove me wrong... So, three teens are bored. What do they do? Kill somebody.... and there are still question if they will be trial as adults.... <BR> <BR> <link>usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/20/<BR>20102447-bored-teenagers-gun-down-coll<BR>ege-ballplayer-oklahoma-cops-say?lite </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:16:32 EST Rape culture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54508069 I don't even have the words to express how stupid people are. <BR> <BR> Ohio rape case sparks social-media responsibility effort in W.Va <BR> <link>www.wvgazette.com/News/201308080007 </link> <BR> <BR> "CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The rape of a 16-year-old girl by two football players in eastern Ohio-- a case brought to light by social media -- is being used by a federal prosecutor to educate athletes in West Virginia about being responsible when texting and making posts on the Internet. <BR>... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:50:17 EST But, it's not a sign from God or anything... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54493040 <link>www.sacbee.com/2013/08/10/5640150/re<BR>ligious-family-abandons-us-gets.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Religious family survives being lost at sea <BR> <BR> A northern Arizona family has survived being lost at sea for weeks after an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion. <BR> Hannah Gastonguay and her family will fly back home Sunday after taking their two small children and her father-in-law and setting sail from San Diego for the... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:51:49 EST Hey kids! Shut up for the rest of your lives! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54417968 <link>www.theguardian.com/environment/2013<BR>/aug/05/children-ban-talking-about-fra<BR>cking </link> <BR> <BR> "Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives under a gag order imposed under a settlement reached by their parents with a leading oil and gas company." <BR> <BR> ------ <BR> Yup. Range Resources Corp can legally go after a 7 and 10 year old for THE REST OF THEIR LIVES if they even so much as discuss fracking as an indus... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:08:57 EST Intangible http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54380492 Every time I see something like this in the papers I wonder. How does a judicial system work when based on intangible matters? <BR> <BR> There is the classic and very famous issue that to get residency in the US, a foreigner does not have only to marry an American citizen/resident, they have to prove that their marriage is based on “true love”. How one is supposed to prove such a thing? Most of countries all it takes is a marriage. The legal prove that two people got united by the law. ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:17:27 EST Gisele http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54366838 It has always fascinated me (and it still does) how in America people protest and contest EVERYTHING, and sometimes it is about really silly stuff. <BR> <BR> So, Gisele Bundchen (the Brazilian Top Model, the best paid in the world), took a picture of her 8 month old daughter wearing earrings.... There, the commotion is caused and the pic is being discussed everywhere.... <BR> <BR> To protest something it is necessary to have at least a bit of knowledge about the subject. and having a daug... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:13:16 EST I'm getting my reading list from Fox News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54325663 I was listening to Terry Gross in the car a couple of weeks ago, and I heard her interview an author about his book which was an historical examination of Jesus in the context of the time in which he lived. When I got home, I put my name on the waiting list to check it out from the library. <BR> <BR> Then this came along: <BR> <link>www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013<BR>/07/28/video_fox_news_lauren_green_ask<BR>s_reza_aslan_why_muslim_would_be_inter<BR>ested.html </link> <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:10:15 EST Anthony Weiner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54274503 <link>politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/0<BR>7/25/weiner-estimates-he-sexted-three-<BR>women-after-resigning/?hpt=hp_inthenews </link> <BR> <BR> It's not that he sent pictures of his junk over Twitter. <BR> It's not that he tried to lie about it the first time. <BR> It's not that he didn't stop. <BR> <BR> It's that he KNEW he hadn't stopped; knew he had a high likelihood of being caught; and STILL acts surprised when he runs for office again and it comes out. <BR> <BR> He's too stupid,... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:29:25 EST Crime against humanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54223920 To keep her Widdle Diddums out of jail, this bright light torched a Picasso, a Monet, and a Gaugin. <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/eur<BR>ope/romanians-tale-has-art-world-feari<BR>ng-worst.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> 'No matter, she said, that the works — seven in all — were signed by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, Lucian Freud and Meyer de Haan. Her son had just been arrested on suspicion of orchestrating the art robbery of the century: stealing masterpiece... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:56:44 EST How about parenting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54196642 IN April, In Tampa, Fl, a girl named Ireland was run over by her father in a lawn mower. It's a quite famous case around here and there is a huge campaign to help the parents to pay for the (several) prosthetics legs she will need during her life (she lost both feet). I though the case very bizarre, but it seems it is becoming very common, since two days ago, another one happened. <BR> <BR> <link>www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/a<BR>ccidents/hardee-county-girl-accidental<BR>ly-run-ove... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 06:23:44 EST Stupid Republicans Really Pisz Me Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54166411 I know, that sounds like it should be the title of a thread on "Proud Blue Liberals". <BR> <BR> I didn't find this on the Huff Post or anywhere liberal, but on a (supposedly) Conservative web site. <BR> <BR> "Separate but (un)Equal" was ruled Unconstitutional back in my young teen days of the '60s. Can anyone tell me why this Alabama plan isn't the same thing? <BR> <BR> Having different standards for different ethnic groups can only lead to more divisiveness in our country. When these chil... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:27:31 EST Death and contribution to society http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54164719 <link>www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2<BR>013/07/16/cory-monteith-overdosed-on-h<BR>eroin-alcohol/2522581/ </link> <BR> On another message board I frequent, discussion of the death of Glee star Cory Montieth elicited the following comment: <BR> <BR> -------- <BR> "I don't feel bad about his death. I don't feel anything. He was just a guy on a tv show. Not sure why anyone who didn't personally know this guy would take it so hard. If he had been my neighbor, or cousin, or someone I went... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:12:28 EST Racial Profiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54154179 We all know about Zimmerman's Hispanic roots, but the MSM continued to lie and call him white. <BR> <BR> Now there is this to indicate he wouldn't have been racially profiling. <BR> <BR> <link>cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/n<BR>ews/article.html/content/news/articles<BR>/cfn/2012/5/10/george_zimmerman_law.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a local television station and not some unbelievable right wing blog. <BR> <BR> So, if Zimmerman's great grandfather was Black and he married a His... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:17:29 EST Money/success = lying, cheating, stealing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54147454 <link>www.upworthy.com/take-two-normal-peo<BR>ple-add-money-to-just-one-of-them-and-<BR>watch-what-happens-next </link> <BR> <BR> Watch the whole thing. <BR> <BR> What I found most telling was the Monopoly experiment - participants were randomly chosen to be given a significant advantage in the game. It was rigged so they couldn't lose, and yet, afterwards, they reported less compassionate answers on surveys and were more likely to say they "deserved" to win - even though the winner and ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:19:25 EST Zimmerman - Guilty or Innocent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54113645 I'm posting this before the jury has reached a verdict in the Zimmerman trial. <BR> <BR> I've watched the trial off and on, and it has been a quite a great boxing match between the two lead attorneys, both having delivered some very solid blows to the others argument. <BR> <BR> How do y'all see this winding up? Guilty? Not Guilty? Partially Guilty (Manslaughter)? Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:13:02 EST Vewy intewesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54094483 This would never appear in any MSM Spews, but just because it doesn't appear doesn't mean it's not there. <BR> <BR> Please, it does no good to attack the messenger. <BR> <BR> <link>conservativevideos.com/2013/07/man-r<BR>aised-by-two-lesbians-speaks-out-again<BR>st-gay-marriage/ </link> <BR> <BR> Puts paid to some accounts. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:37:18 EST Pull up your pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x54011357 I do think that the so called sagging pants are vulgar and tacky (So is Kim Kardashian, and she is on TV), but I also think that is a waste of time and resources to make and enforce laws to prevent it. If a guy wants to look ridiculous walking around with his ass out, it is his problem, not mine. what is your take on it? <BR> <BR> <link>www.nbcnews.com/id/52399862 </link> <BR> <BR> They should worry more about making wearing crocs a felony. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:01:02 EST Cronut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53943684 Have you heard of the last trend? It is called cronut and started in New Jersey (if I am not mistaken). Now, this week, a bakery in Tampa started doing it also. It is half croissant, half donut. The most amazing thing is that people wait hours in line for one. In fact, I read an article saying that there are scalpers that deliver you a cronut for 150 USD! Americans are such a fascinating people..... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:44:27 EST Paula Deen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53943663 What are your take on the Paula Deen controversy? I have some reserves regarding the thing, but I do know it has to do with cultural backgrounds (One? I can grasp the need for intensive public display of remorse). The thing seems to be growing week by week. what do you think guys? Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:42:04 EST Congrats to SCOTUS.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53906451 DOMA and Prop 8 RIP. IMHO a human rights victory. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:40:58 EST I will ask again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53856303 I might be jumping the gun, since the article does not provide much info (and I was too lazy to look for it), but who in hell go camping in Pakistan? <BR> <BR> <link>worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/<BR>23/19095714-one-american-among-9-forei<BR>gn-tourists-2-others-shot-to-death-at-<BR>camp-in-northern-pakistan?lite </link> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:48:29 EST Bill Cosby - Altzheimers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53742903 I have enjoyed Bill Cosby's entertaining ways since I was a teen. My parent approved of him because he told funny stories and never (to my knowledge) uttered any of the "banned words" on television. Not only that, he was known as a "clean comedian" in his stand-up routines and his recordings. <BR> <BR> When he announced he was going back to school to get his Masters degree I thought that while entertainment was losing one of the greats, education would greatly appreciate the benefits of this... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:58:29 EST Lazy bum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53726360 <link>www.upworthy.com/there-s-a-very-spec<BR>ial-relationship-between-these-billion<BR>aires-and-these-food-stamp-recipients?c=ufb1 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm so sick and tired of these people living off my dime and not taking care of their own responsibilities! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To be clear, I'm talking about Mike Duke, not Ms. Lopez. Sitting on his a$$ collecting a bigger paycheck every year while his employees are living on Medicaid and food stamps. That's not a "job creator." T... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:18:35 EST Wow! It is non-stop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53657943 It seems that the "accidents" with guns and mass shooting are picking up in speed. and Are there people that still think that we do not need some regulation regarding guns? <BR> <BR> A 4 yo killed his father: <BR> <BR> <link>usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/07/<BR>18834096-4-year-old-in-arizona-acciden<BR>tally-shoots-kills-father?lite </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another shooting rampage: <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/?ocid=OIE8HP&PC=B8MC </link> <BR> <BR> A brother accidentally kil... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:56:44 EST Armor Wearing Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53635921 If we do this...what's next? Arm the kids? <BR> <BR> <link>www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2<BR>012/12/19/sandy-hook-newtown-armored-b<BR>ackpacks-sales-children/1780701/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amendment2.com/shop/ballistic-ba<BR>ckpack/ </link> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 18:51:51 EST Being racist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53628495 I saw this in the Brazilian newspaper that I read almost daily (Who Am I kidding? LOL). The whole thing is bizarre, but in the end something called my attention. Where is the national commotion for a racial slur being used? Is racism in the US a one way street? Not that I am surprised, but it always makes me think a bit…. oh! the thing comes at 1:32.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/05/<BR>wild-vid-woman-appears-to-attack-tv-cr<BR>ew-with-rocks-baseball-bat-and-her-d... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:17:56 EST The YUK Factor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53625464 Gross ingredients in popular foods..... <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/dailyshot/gross-myst<BR>ery-ingredients-in-popular-foods-14170<BR>0944.html;_ylt=AmWOSEYBZE28yEfx3sa8NiB<BR>ZbqU5;_ylu=X3oDMTViMzE5aGJnBGNjb2RlA2N<BR>0LmMEbWl0A1A1MDBLIE1vc3QgUG9wdWxhciBTd<BR>G9yaWVzIE5ldwRwa2cDMDQxNWRlMTUtYjc2OS0<BR>zY2UwLWE1MTgtODIwODcyMDQxNDM1BHBvcwMxM<BR>ARzZWMDTWVkaWFCTGlzdE1peGVkTW9zdFBvcHV<BR>sYXJDQVRlbXAEdmVyA2JiMGRmYmQzLWNlNDQtM<BR>TFlMi1hZTliLTAxNmZmMzZiZDhlYQ--;_ylg=X<BR>3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhb... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:19:35 EST HEADS UP!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53585284 This is Jon Stewart's last week before he goes on hiatus to direct his first film <BR> <BR> So for us Stewart groupies, it's time to get our final fix! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:54:19 EST A reason to be a vegetarian... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53580625 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/lu<BR>iz-antonio-vegetarian-where-meat-comes<BR>-from_n_3366242.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:37:48 EST Megyn Kelly lays the smack on her male colleagues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53560814 <link>www.upworthy.com/wow-fox-newswoman-l<BR>ays-epic-smackdown-on-fox-newsmen-for-<BR>obvious-and-blatant-misogyny?c=ufb1 </link> <BR> <BR> Not everyone at Fox has drowned in the Kool-aid. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:54:35 EST You have to be kidding me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53558494 I wonder, how many blocks can I go "exercising" like this in the streets before people start throwing stones at me... LOL <BR> <BR> <link>fox13now.com/2013/05/31/viral-video-<BR>prancercising/ </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:26:43 EST It's not news for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53546913 I am a big Disney fan. In my first years in the US I went to Disney in Orlando multiple time (2003 the best, I went there 14 times!) and it always bugged me that the people in wheelchair would cut the (sometimes monstrous) lines. Also, it always called my attention the disproportional number of handicapped people in the parks.... Now, finally, somebody took to figure it out.. <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/news/undercover-disney<BR>-deplorable-scheme-skip-lines-6C10131266 </link> <BR> ... Fri, 31 May 2013 10:16:50 EST Abercrombie & Fitch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53523208 So, I am quite surprise with the national commotion about A&F. I am sure all of you have heard something about it, right? They do not want fat or uncool people wearing their clothes. So what? People, buy other brands. The fact that so many people are protesting just shows, IMO, that they want to be part of the cool crowd. I don’t think that I have ever had a piece of clothing from them. What next? Sue Channel because the brand do not cater for men? <BR> <BR> Two things really call my... Wed, 29 May 2013 13:09:59 EST The antidote to right wing nutbags http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53521457 The squeaky wheels are all over the media: <BR> Pat Robertson <BR> Tony Perkins <BR> Bryan Fischer <BR> Michelle Bachmann <BR> Linda Harvey <BR> Mark Driscoll <BR> <BR> Their venom and hate is enough to make a person forget what Chrstianity is actually about. As a resonable, intelligent, caring Christian, listening to them pushes me further and further from Jesus. I can't see myself embracing anything associated with this people. They represent the absolute worst of what religion can be. <BR... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:36:13 EST So Michelle Bachmann.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53519712 will not be running for re-election. Surprise, surprise ,surprise..bwahahahaha.. Wed, 29 May 2013 08:37:32 EST The Arctic Ice "Death Spiral" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53510008 <link>www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/20<BR>13/05/28/arctic_sea_ice_global_warming<BR>_is_melting_more_ice_every_year.html </link> <BR> <BR> "So what’s the real loss of ice we’re experience every year? <BR> <BR> The answer is: a lot. A whole lot." <BR> -------- <BR> Click the link and read the graph. <BR> <BR> I guess the polar ice caps are in the can for liberals now, too. How dare they melt as predicted. <BR> <BR> I'm with Phil on this one. "Stopping the deniers may be as hard as s... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:46:19 EST Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful and... FABULOUS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53508884 <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/boy-sc<BR>outs-to-admit-openly-gay-youths-as-mem<BR>bers.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> It's a step in the right direction. It's not perfect, but at least boys who have found a place with Scouts and have worked hard to achieve success will not be suddenly cast out because they realize as they mature that they are gay. Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:36 EST "You are all going to die" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53507624 <link>newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2013/0<BR>5/26/whedoncommencement/ </link> <BR> <BR> I never get to go to graduations with speakers like Joss Whedon. <BR> <BR> "Let’s just say, hypothetically, that two roads diverged in the woods and you took the path less traveled. Part of you is just going, “Look at that path! Over there, it’s much better. Everyone is traveling on it. It’s paved, and there’s like a Starbucks every 40 yards. This is wrong. In this one, there’s nettles and Robert Fro... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:14:27 EST Ted Nugent's brother says yes to backround checks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53413788 I am for backround checks for owning firearms. I think Jeffrey Nugent has it right...not everyone should own a gun. <BR> <BR> "I agree with Ted that our constitutional right to bear arms should not be undermined. I want all those who are qualified to purchase a gun to be able to do so," he wrote. "But -- and here is where I part ways with my brother -- not everyone is qualified to own a gun, so expanded background checks should be a legislative priority." <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/te... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:28:40 EST My Beef http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53411263 This is my beef. Many of you may have seen this kind of thing in action. <BR> <BR> I'm always surprised by the thoughtless actions (or inaction as the case may be) of young parents with small children. This is at a health club. An older gentleman with some disabilities was trying to get of the warm pool, walking up the stairs to his walker. Several small children were playing on the steps. Their parents, sitting right there could not be bothered to get their children out from under his... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:59:06 EST My Next Big Serious Discussion: The New Star Trek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53410404 Yep, you read it right--Star Trek! (I'm doing this partly because my first topic here was so serious and I wanted folks here to know that I'm really not all that serious in real life! Plus, I actually am a Star Trek fan!) <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm over 50, so I'm "old school". This means I liked the old Star Trek best and am not very pleased with the new version--although I did like this latest second movie best, as it did seem to try harder to honor the original characters a bit (And yes, I real... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:48:46 EST How much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53368061 It's incredible what people do for money. So, this guy comes with these flash news that Michael Jackson was a pedophile. Really? Nobody knew that right? And he waited 16 years to say something? Does he realize he can be sued for perjury? <BR> <BR> I just wonder how much money he will sue Jackson's heirs for.. <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/entertainment/wade-rob<BR>son-pedophile-michael-jackson-abused-m<BR>e-7-years-1C9948163 </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:34:20 EST Keynesian economics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53343105 <em>2</em> <BR> http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/347<BR>219/why-we-are-not-all-keynesian-now <BR> <BR> It seems that with each new citizen--birthed or enrolled before working age--the economy needs more money. Originally, the Federal Congress has that responsibility, controlling cash flow in the nation through printing money and then, sometimes, taxing it back into Federal control. This regulates inflation and keeps a nation internally solvent. <BR> <BR> So, each new baby would get... Tue, 14 May 2013 12:55:41 EST Minnesota marriage equality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53341508 <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/minnes<BR>ota-senate-clears-way-for-same-sex-mar<BR>riage.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> #12. <BR> <BR> My own state of Colorado legalized same sex civil unions last month - which is a step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> We are nearing the tipping point. Tue, 14 May 2013 10:49:29 EST Not enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53339956 Form the article: "The New Jersey father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor has been arrested, accused of having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children, officials said." <BR> <BR> While I think it is a start to make parents responsible when kids have "accidents" with guns. But I truly believe he should be charged with murder. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nbcnews.com/id/51872915 </link> Tue, 14 May 2013 09:07:07 EST Another reason to love Jon Stewart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53270825 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/jo<BR>n-stewart-three-legged-dog_n_3230737.html </link> Wed, 8 May 2013 17:13:12 EST Flame War Prevention: So Glad To Find This Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53269309 Hi! I'm new here, and I'm so glad to find this group! What an excellent idea to have a group where opinions are discussed and debated in peaceful way. Why doesn't every website that has groups require that such a group as this exist? Just imagine the "flame wars" that would be prevented if we felt free to discuss any topic in one certain group! <BR> <BR> I recently tried to share some of my views in one of my groups. I realized it was "off topic", but you know how it is when you've been in ... Wed, 8 May 2013 14:29:58 EST The Boston Marathon hoax http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53254857 <link>petersantilli.com/2013/04/30/episode<BR>-407-legislator-exposes-fbi-boston-mar<BR>athon-cover-up-nh-rep-stella-tremblay/ </link> <BR> New Hampshire nitwit, Senator Stella Tremblay, has decided that Jeff Bauman didn't appear to be in enough pain after having his legs blown off by Tamerlan Tsarnaev's bomb. <BR> <BR> "Then, my first gut reaction seeing the horror of that person that has their legs blown off," Tremblay said. "You know, the bone sticking out? He was not in shock. I looke... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:53:21 EST Say what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53191845 The case has lots to be talked (I do think the parents should be tried for homicide, but this is a point for another time)), but my main question is: In what planet 5 year old kids get guns for B-day present? Are people just losing any trace of common sense? <BR> <BR> <link>articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-<BR>01/news/sns-rt-us-usa-kentucky-shootin<BR>gbre9400ow-20130501_1_five-year-old-bo<BR>y-rifle-birthday-gift </link> Thu, 2 May 2013 10:58:42 EST Why people go there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53190204 I really do not understand why people go to countries that are hostile to them. Some time ago we had that case of Americans trekking on the border of IRan and Iraq. Now another American is convicted in North Korea. Why people go to those places? What is wrong with ROme or Athens? <BR> It would be like gay people going to Uganda. it is just stupid. <BR> <BR> <link>worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/<BR>02/18014886-american-gets-15-years-of-<BR>hard-labor-in-north-korea-for-hostile-<BR... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:09:40 EST The Conservative Bill of Rights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53116098 <link>www.upworthy.com/its-official-fox-ne<BR>ws-just-hit-rock-bottom-hard-and-repea<BR>tedly-3?c=cp1 </link> <BR> <BR> Amendment 1: GOD and JESUS! Love it or leave it. None of this Allah or Vishnu crap. It's GOD! Plus some liberal BS about reporters and stuff. But -- GOD! <BR> Amendment 2: GUNS! <BR> Amendment 3: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 4: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 5: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 6: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 7: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 8: Liberal BS <BR> Amendment 9: Fre... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:54:01 EST Will this change Congress' mind's? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53066297 It appears that the Marathon Bombers didn't have gun licenses to own the guns that they killed 1 police officer while putting another in critical condition. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/bo<BR>ston-bombing-gun_n_3131363.html </link> <BR> <BR> Would it make a difference in the minds of those Senators that wouldn't even allow the legislation concerning background checks to reach the floor of the Senate for discussion? <BR> <BR> This was a horrible tragedy. Would it b... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:20:21 EST Make No Mistake. ...Glenn Beck makes promises. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53047206 Glenn Beck inserts himself into the Boston bombing and promises to reveal the secret to his madness....on Monday. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndEj4JEjz0g </link> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:08:45 EST Vaginas and Children First! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x53002830 Can we guess without reading the story what political party this particular New Hampsire penis belongs to? <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/pe<BR>ter-hansen-new-hampshire-vaginas_n_309<BR>5135.html </link> <BR> <BR> Quote: <BR> "What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina's of course. While the tales relate the actions of a solitary male the outcome cannot relate to si... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:06:30 EST Kid President tells it straight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52834228 Cute Kid...with a message..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o </link> <BR> <BR> with an April Fools joke..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o </link> <BR> <BR> the story behind Kid President.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcZVGjG6LWM </link> <BR> <BR> Makes you feel like anything is possible. If this kid can be as positive as he is....we can't help but pass it along. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:19:25 EST Women's Rights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52831534 I missed this when it first reared it's ugly head in the middle of last year, but the discussion is still running hot and heavy. The last two comments had been entered 4 seconds and 5 seconds prior to my finishing the article. <BR> <BR> So this is the Liberal contribution to Women's Rights? <BR> <BR> Sorry. Bloomberg doesn't actually live in this universe now, does he? <BR> <BR> Make a note and put it on your calendar for later perusal. Bob referenced a current (April 4th) article from the... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 19:37:53 EST And the wingnuts go crazy in 3...2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52795292 <link>vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/02/<BR>17565983-white-house-pitches-brain-map<BR>ping-project </link> <BR> "White House pitches brain mapping project" <BR> --------- <BR> We totally need an emoticon of a chicken running around without a head, because I can imagine that's what every crazy right winger will do at the sight of that headline. <BR> <BR> OHS NOS! Communist mind controls! Teh teknolugie - it BURNS! <BR> ----- Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:52:32 EST I'd Call This Murder - How About You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52790683 I'm admitting, up front, that we have very strong, and differing, opinions about abortion. My opinion on late term abortion is even more intense. <BR> <BR> Pro-abortion advocates claim a fetus is a non-person until 'it' exits the birth canal. Even if I agreed with those advocates, if a fetus survives an attempted murder and is born live, how does the doctor justify ignoring her/his Hippocratic oath and murder the baby? <BR> <BR> The child is alive, but the carrier didn't want it - does that... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 01:25:51 EST Shop charging "just looking" fee. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52714186 A shop in Brisbane, Australia, has started charging people a $5 looking fee if they just want to browse. <BR> <BR> <link>gawker.com/5992350/store-charges-fiv<BR>e+dollar-just-looking-fee-to-prevent-p<BR>eople-from-browsing-without-buying </link> <BR> <BR> "As of the first of February," reads a sign posted on the door, "this store will be charging people a $5 fee per person for 'just looking.' The $5 fee will be deducted when goods are purchased." <BR> <BR> ------ <BR> <BR> I don't th... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:32:46 EST Reality TV encounters real reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52714109 French 'Survivor' season canceled following death of contestant in Cambodia <BR> <BR> <link>tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=7979<BR>81 </link> <BR> <BR> "The Hollywood Reporter -- Production of the French "Survivor" adaptation "Koh-Lanta" has been stopped and the series canceled for the 2013 season following the death of a contestant during filming in Cambodia. <BR> <BR> Channel TF1 and production company Adventure Line Productions (ALP) jointly made the decision to cancel the season. ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:27:56 EST Cyprus to tax bank deposits up to 40% http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52714077 <link>www.washingtonpost.com/business/cypr<BR>us-readies-capital-controls-ahead-of-b<BR>anks-reopening-to-prevent-run/2013/03/<BR>27/759ae474-96d0-11e2-a976-7eb906f9ed9<BR>b_story.html </link> <BR> <BR> I still couldn't even find Cyprus on a map, but it sure is in the news a lot lately. <BR> <BR> Before the financial crisis, the country tried to become the Caymen Islands of Europe to people like the Russian mafia. Then they took those huge cash deposits and invested them in Greece. <BR> ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:25:33 EST Amanda Knox acquittal overturned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52713706 <link>worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/<BR>26/17468473-italy-court-amanda-knox-to<BR>-be-retried-for-meredith-kercher-murder?lite </link> <BR> <BR> This one blows me away. The prosecution's argument for a new trial wasn't based on any kind of new evidence uncovered, or a procedural failure, or charge of any kind of misconduct on the part of Ms. Knox or her attorney - it was, in essence "but she's guilty." <BR> <BR> Apparently, in Italy, double jeopardy is a reality. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:58:25 EST Same Sex Marriage before SCOTUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52713675 Wow, it is dead around here, and with so many interesting things going on. <BR> <BR> Let's stir the pot, shall we? <BR> <BR> <link>www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/politics/same<BR>-sex-marriage-court/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:56:12 EST Lying, Cheating sale on Craigslist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52601536 <link>www.nydailynews.com/news/world/wife-<BR>sells-husband-possessions-cheating-art<BR>icle-1.1288755?localLinksEnabled=false </link> <BR> <BR> Canadian woman holds 'lying cheating sale,' and advertises it on Craigslist, while husband is away with his mistress <BR> <BR> A woman in White Rock, British Columbia, wrote in a feisty ad that she was getting revenge on her unfaithful husband by selling off all of his stuff, while he was away with his “floozie.” She advertised the sale would o... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:21:40 EST Applause for the Senate and the House.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52328198 for passing the Violence Against women Act in it's inclusive entirety. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:38:15 EST Sheriff Joe hires child sex offender school guard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52122338 <link>www.salon.com/2013/02/13/joe_arpaio_<BR>hired_a_convicted_child_sex_criminal_f<BR>or_armed_school_%E2%80%9Cposse%E2%80%9D/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, that's right. Perpetual Arizona nutbag Joe Arpaio hired a CONVICTED CHILD SEX OFFENDER AS AN ARMED SCHOOL GUARD. <BR> <BR> When told that schools might not want his armed posse of criminals patrolling outside their schools, Good Old Joe said: <BR> "It doesn't matter whether they like it or don't," he said. "I'm still going to do it. I can... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:07:10 EST Geniune 2nd Amendment question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52076745 "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." <BR> ------------ <BR> What part of that law prevents Congress from passing laws as to the types of guns, ammunition and accessories that can be bought, sold, manufactured or imported in the US? <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about passing laws about what people are allowed to own. No law that touches individual ownership of a weapon. To my reading, the... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:18:04 EST Gay= No purpose and No Prom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x52076357 <link>mywabashvalley.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=<BR>292862 </link> <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> Diana Medley is a special education teacher in town. She doesn't believe anyone is born gay. <BR> <BR> "I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal," said Medley. <BR> <BR> "Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them. It's the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts eve... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:52:29 EST George W is back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51973274 He must be. <BR> <BR> I filled up my car this morning for $2.659 per gallon. <BR> <BR> Since we all know that Obama gas is $4/gallon, it must be something W did, right? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:33:40 EST Don't say gay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51925704 Unless a student confides in a teacher or counselor, then they're obligated to out the student to their parents. <BR> <BR> <link>thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/30/15<BR>14051/dont-say-gay-tennessee/?mobile=nc </link> <BR> <BR> The Tennessee "Don't say gay" bill is back, reintroduced by the bill's original author. <BR> <BR> Now, in addition to the prohibitions on speech imposed on teachers and counselors in Tennessee schools, it includes an obligation for any teacher approached by a stu... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:12:39 EST It's All Pavlov's Fault http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51917997 Old doc Pavlov proved his Behavior Theory by working with "dumb" animals. <BR> <BR> Our government is trying to Disprove that theory with people. I personally don't think they are getting the scientific evidence to support their outlook. <BR> <BR> I was going to post this with Irony in the title, but I didn't want anyone to get confused - even though there absolutely is irony here. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Food Stamp program is administered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly r... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:15:09 EST Isn't it ironic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51866931 To steal a line from Alanis Morissette. <BR> <BR> Republican's are finally waking up to the fact "old, white guys" only have so much time left on this earth. After losing the last election and losing the Hispanic vote due to conservative intolerance they now want to tackle illegal immigration Which will include a path to citizenship. <BR> <BR> I wonder how many generations it will take for Hispanics to "forgive and forget?" <BR> <BR> It was just a few months ago that the RNC drafted thei... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:44:36 EST Virginia Congressional Redistricting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51803424 It wasn't enough that Republican majority held states did everything they could to dilute the Democratic vote by limiting access to early voting, purging voter rolls and requiring unrealistic voter id, now it seems they are using trickery to redraw districts to further dilute Democratic held districts. <BR> <BR> Virginia state congress is equally divided 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. ON Monday one of the congressional democrats attended the inaugural in Washington on the official federal... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:42:42 EST Hillary Clinton for President http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51801896 I've always been a Hillary fan. Bill was a good President but Hillary is the strength in that marriage. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent most of the day in my car so I was able to listen to the Benghazi hearing. <BR> <BR> Her testimony yesterday justifies my belief that she would make a great President. She showed strength, knowledge, grace and backbone. She made her attackers look small and childish, uninformed of the facts and their lack of understanding of the difference between classified... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:55:08 EST Women in combat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51789555 <link>www.washingtonpost.com/world/nationa<BR>l-security/panetta-removes-military-ba<BR>n-on-women-serving-in-combat/2013/01/2<BR>3/d2ad4d40-6599-11e2-889b-f23c246aa446_story.html </link> <BR> <BR> AP sources: Panetta removes military ban on women serving in combat <BR> <BR> Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after mor... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:03:59 EST Lip Sync http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51787197 It seems that the biggest issue in our country since Monday is the doubt if Beyonce did or did not lip sync to the anthem on Obama’s inauguration. Is it really this important? Don’t we have anything more serious to discuss? Obama made big statements about equality and the only think the media can worry about is Beyonce performance? <BR> <BR> Maybe I am being easy on her because I do like Beyonce (for several reasons), but lip sync is vastly used for different reasons and situations and in... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:38:32 EST CAUTION: A Conservative Look at Hypocracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51664999 This video puts the hammer down on the hypocrisy of the Eastern paper that that published the name of gun owners with Concealed Carry Permits. <BR> <BR> So much private security, so many police calls, so many slammed doors and so many refusals to put a sign in their yard or on their outer door. <BR> <BR> A big Conservative Laugh! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>freedomoutpost.com/2013/01/watch-jou<BR>rnalists-politicians-squirm-at-declari<BR>ng-their-homes-as-gun-free-zones/ </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:47:28 EST Are you having trouble.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51544293 ..typing into SP? <BR> <BR> I'm not having a problem anywhere else. <BR> <BR> abcdeghjmpqrstuvwxyz1234567890 <BR> <BR> that's me typing the alphabet. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:09:23 EST "Someone Needs to Be Accountable" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51540434 <BR> "Someone Needs to Be Accountable" <BR> The title of this thread is a quote from the news story. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=<BR>4477524217303&set=vb.1265930607&type=2<BR>&theater </link> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:37:39 EST New Year's goals or resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51435526 A slightly fluffy topic for early January: <BR> <BR> Do you make goals or resolutions for the new year? <BR> <BR> Do you have a long list of things to work on, or just one or two? <BR> <BR> How do you plan to follow-through? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:18:12 EST Senate Privacy Bill Passed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51337635 Back in November, Democrat Senator Leahy proposed a bill that would eliminate the ability of law enforcement officials in gathering information via email. That bill went into a Senate committee and came back out, but it now allowed More government agencies to gather information from your email without a warrant. Senator Leahy has now disavowed any connection to the revised bill. In my opinion, warrantless access of my email information on the Internet, on any server or anywhere else, is a vio... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:10:22 EST Happy Solstice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51288834 Looking forward to the lengthening days... <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:23:24 EST The Facebook Afterlife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51285565 This September, one of my best friends from high school was killed in a car accident. We were (are) Facebook friends and chatted occasionally about her life. <BR> <BR> Her Facebook profile is still active. <BR> <BR> I don't mean the page has been archived instead of deleted. I mean "active." She regularly "likes" new things, plays FB games, posts pictures and shares links. <BR> <BR> Am I the only one thinking this is taking memorializing someone too far? I can see keeping the profile activ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:36:32 EST SNL Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51267928 <link>adage.com/article/the-media-guy/watc<BR>h-snl-s-tribute-newtown-school-shootin<BR>g-victims/238804/ </link> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:33:45 EST The Root of Evil ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51255707 <BR> What do you believe is the root of evil in a person's heart/life? <BR> <BR> I thought this would be an interesting discussion since as a group we believe differently on so many topics. And for this discussion, I'm not focusing on the school shooting and question of evil vs. mental illness. Just evil itself and the cause. <BR> <BR> I believe the root of evil is the absence of God. I also believe that even one that knows and loves God is capable of evil, when they choose to veer from Hi... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:25:30 EST Westboro Baptist - Too Big of a Bite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51247989 Well, it looks like the members of Westboro Baptist have pist of someone who has already started to take action against the Westboro organization. <BR> <BR> The group "Anonymous" (a group of computer hackers) posted the names, addresses, telephone numbers, professions and known relationships and email addresses of every single member of the Westboro organization. <BR> <BR> That's right, they were All OUTED. <BR> <BR> "Anonymous" also told Westboro they would destroy the whole Westboro orga... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:24:57 EST Violence Without Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51210179 My heart is heavy with sorrow for the young lives lost and the horrific pain of the families involved in the shooting incident at a school in Connecticut. Prayers for all. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:22:30 EST Manifesting Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51196855 Today at 4:08 there is a new moon with an eclipse. <BR> <BR> For those that believe in the Law of Attraction today is an important day. <BR> <BR> Spend a few minutes picturing yourself living the life you want. Picture what you look like and what that feels like. Whether that be about health, prosperity, happiness, etc... <BR> <BR> Here is to all of you realizing your life's desires! <em>408</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:12:44 EST Food restrictions and entertaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51185209 As a host, how far do you go to accomodate the food sensitivities or dietary restrictions or your guests? <BR> <BR> Does a host have an obligation to cater to their guests in opposition to their own tastes? <BR> <BR> (This question was sparked by an online debate I saw recently about a vegetarian couple who were planning a vegetarian wedding, and some of their meat-loving guests were apparently super-offended by the thought of skipping meat for one meal.) Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:33:09 EST What's Up With Michiganders? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51179509 Wow. Insults? Irrational Behavior? Assaults? And that was just counting one out of control idiot. <BR> <BR> The babbling, the brutality, the brooking? Just because the people in your state didn't agree they should be forced into a Union if they wanted a job. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_F3oev06i0 </link> <BR> <BR> If they don't believe in YOUR speech, they Have NO free speech, right? <BR> <BR> The funny thing about this video is that it reminds me so much of the "gang" on... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:42:21 EST The Sun Rises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51179399 The sun rises in the east. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:16:08 EST Just Another Example of Stupidity in Government http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51174202 I have railed against stupidity in government for years. Both my favorite (Democrats) and my preferred party (Republicans), individually are bad enough. But when you combine the two, you have a disaster waiting to happen. <BR> <BR> Our dysfunctional government would rather give Medicaid coverage to illegal aliens then to cover a legal American with a very legitimate major health problem. I wouldn't wish this man's critical health problems on anyone, however I can't help but to see the irony ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:58:17 EST Public Buses Recording Passenger Conversations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51172496 <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/12/p<BR>ublic-bus-audio-surveillance </link> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:01:26 EST A second Senator Obama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51170241 <link>www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012<BR>/12/06/michelle_obama_illinois_senator<BR>.html?wpisrc=obnetwork </link> <BR> <BR> And maybe someday a second President Obama? Yes, please. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:23:34 EST Quips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51161838 <BR> There is nothing funny about being laid off from work. <BR> <BR> But these smart alec quips are. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb<BR>id=221184288016051&set=a.1424951358849<BR>67.28733.141145602686587&type=1&theater </link> <BR> <BR> I don't subscribe to the page that posted this; never heard of it before today. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:27:35 EST $61,000 a Year With No Taxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51136025 There’s a new report out by the Senate Budget Committee that calculates that “the amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about ‘$168 per day for every household in poverty.’” <BR> <BR> Here’s the math: $168 per day x 365 days = $61, 320. <BR> <BR> If someone gave you $61,320 per year with no federal, state, or Social Security taxes taken out, could your family live on that amount? Most likely nearly every family in America could if they chose a mo... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 16:19:17 EST The War on Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51124954 I could not resist.. He is funny and very, very smart. (have I ever mentioned that I think he is hot too?) <BR> <BR> JOn Stewart takes a go on the so called "war on Christmas". It is simply hilarious! <BR> <BR> <link>aattp.org/jon-stewart-destroys-the-f<BR>ox-lies-about-their-manufactured-war-o<BR>n-christmas/ </link> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:25:18 EST That's it. Congress has finally jumped the shark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51108983 <link>www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-decem<BR>ber-5-2012/please-tell-me-this-is-rock<BR>-bottom </link> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:34:35 EST Memorial Service Streamed Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51035253 <BR> As you probably have heard, Zig Ziglar passed away this week. I had the pleasure to meet him several times beginning in the late 80s when he spoke at a work conference. We met again in the 90s when my friend who worked for him invited me to their company picnic - at South Fork Ranch (Ewing Ranch - Dallas show). And again in the 2000s when a friend visiting from London wanted to attend his Sunday school class and meet him. He was consistently kind, gracious, and inspiring. Funny too. <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:49:30 EST Sharing ideas for locl holiday gifts.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51031323 Disclaimer: The term "holiday" gifts being used n this case solely for practical reasons, cuz many of us have Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Athiest and Agnostic and Christian friends we love equally and wish to remember. <BR> <BR> From local businesses and artisans here we can get: <BR> <BR> Locally made wines <BR> Specialty foods <BR> Handmade soaps and bath products <BR> Gift Certiicates for local restaurants <BR> Theater tickets for local productions <BR> Gift certificates for spa services ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:25:51 EST Lucille Baller http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x51003955 <BR> Can't make this stuff up ... <BR> <link>http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Dalla<BR>s-police-Lieutenants-rap-video-raises-<BR>questions-181073711.html </link> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:55:36 EST The war on Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50986085 *To be sung to the tune of "The Christmas Walz"* <BR> <BR> It's that time of year <BR> When the news goes insane <BR> Every day you hear <BR> One more whine <BR> About Christmas <BR> <BR> ------ <BR> On the one hand, we have Fox Nation and their 24x7 coverage of stores that dare to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" and towns that have "Winter Parades" - SHOCKING! <BR> <BR> And on the other hand, we have the FFRF and American Atheists filing lawsuits to keep nativity scenes ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:48:45 EST Taxes and the "Financial Cliff" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50954724 I have been reading a great deal about the coming "financial cliff" and have taken special note of what the OMB has said or supported. <BR> <BR> Call it irony, poetic justice or just plain stupidity on the part of Obama supporters, but the top five states that will receive the biggest tax increases as a percentage of income are states that voted solid "blue" for Obama’s re-election. New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will all be experiencing between 5.8% and 6... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 02:05:26 EST Russell Brand interviews Westboro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50916913 Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/ru<BR>ssell-brand-westboro-baptist-church-vi<BR>deo_n_2166670.html </link> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:59:53 EST Life is easy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50904736 Two articles called my attention today.... It seems that people have a hard time facing the consequences of their attitudes. <BR> <BR> Ohio State is asking the President to Pardon their team so the team can play..... <BR> <BR> FAMU Students started a "Free the 100 campaign". <BR> <BR> I wonder, do those people realize the crimes that lead to the punishments? Do they understand that people died? <BR> <BR> It seems to me that in our over entitled society, people care less and less for wh... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:11:35 EST It is Obama's fault http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50903648 It is fantastic what people want to believe…. Last night was the end of a local high profile trial. In 2010 Trevor Dooley (an Afro-American) killed david James (a Caucasian) over a ridiculous discussion on a basketball court (link below for those that want to take a look). Dooley tried to claim the “stand your ground” law. It did not fly (his story simply did not add up) and he was convicted (he will be sentenced in Jan 10th). <BR> <BR> This morning I had to hear a man explaining to m... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:21:40 EST Black Friday creep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50851136 <link>www.cnn.com/2012/11/15/living/black-<BR>friday-thanksgiving/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think as a shopper, you either love Black Friday or you hate it. <BR> <BR> Personally, I used to love it. I'd get out and get 90% of my Christmas shopping done and out of the way in one day. That was back when opening at 6:00am was early. I'm always up and going by that time, anyway, so it was perfect for me. I've never been one to stand in line for the real door-busters. Just one of those pe... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:24:57 EST Violation of Free Speech and Right to Petition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50831657 Uber ignorance. <BR> <BR> The signers, so far, must not know the Bill of Rights - or don't care. <BR> <BR> <link>https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet<BR>ition/strip-citizenship-everyone-who-s<BR>igned-petition-secede-and-exile-them/ZbMjcwPf </link> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:02:12 EST Republicans: "Stop being the stupid party." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50823708 <link>www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/8<BR>3743.html?hp=f3 </link> <BR> <BR> Sure, he doesn't have a problem calling creationism "science" and he's anti-choice, but at least he's also anti-stupid, which is a step in the right direction. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:35:09 EST Too much to Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50813532 I am reading some on-line sites that purport to be "conservative" and came across this "piece". <BR> <BR> Just to see if it was as stupid as I thought, I googled and found absolutely nothing to support it. <BR> <BR> I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Idiots like this "writer", who apparently made this up out of whole cloth, need to start writing fiction Naw - that's an insult to all fiction writers. He just need to get a real job. <BR> <BR> . <link>dailycurrant.com/2012/11/13/obama-t... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:09:33 EST First Step ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50758337 Reuters, Tuesday, November 8, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> “Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. <BR> <BR> U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:06:40 EST Florida can't get it right..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50757024 Carl Hiaasen explains the incompetence.... <BR> <BR> <BR> "The presidential race in Florida is too close to call again, but unlike in 2000, the outcome does not decide who wins. Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the Florida vote." <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5013<BR>4828n </link> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:27:23 EST Myrea the futurist - checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50745498 Guess what I found? The predictions I made in April 2009 for the state of the USA as of October 2012. <BR> <BR> Checking back in only a little bit late. Here are the predictions I made: <BR> ------------- <BR> Imagine -- It's October 2012. The next major election is right around the corner: <BR> <BR> *The world has not ended and there are still 50 states in the US. <BR> *America's economy is on the upswing. <BR> *Americans are getting fatter and are following a new diet fad. <BR> *Fat pe... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 14:21:28 EST Now that the election has been decided... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50733400 ...and the fiscal cliff looms large. What do you think would be a fair compromise? <BR> <BR> I'll go first. <BR> <BR> 1. Raise taxes on the top 1% <BR> 2. Raise the taxable threshhold for paying into Social Security <BR> 3 Raise the retirement age to 67 <BR> 4. Make a one time offer at the time of retirement of a lump sum payment in lieu of monthly <BR> Social Security checks at a percentage of the persons contribution. <BR> 5. Means testing for Medicare <BR> 6. Cut govt sp... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 16:51:41 EST One for the cons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50726363 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:58:52 EST Trick or Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50635201 Tonight is Halloween. As a gay couple that feel the need to protect ourselves from straight people, we are not part of it. today, just before dusk, we closed our curtains, turned off all the lights in the from of the house (including the yard accent lights) and finally put our trash cans on the path to our porch. we are still getting people ringing our doorbell. kids with their parents. <BR> <BR> As a foreigner, I learnt that no lights means move on. What is going on with the basic knowle... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:45:58 EST Hurricane Sandy conspiracy theories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50630508 So, I've heard that the Obama administration engineered this storm to influence or delay the election; that it's a punishment from God for gay marriage; and that it was due to US policies towards Israel (God again). <BR> <BR> Do we need to improve the quality of the tinfoil produced in the United States, so the people who come up with this "stuff" are better-protected? <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:41:40 EST Listen to this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50630464 “Yesterday my husband got a call from a friend ranting and raving that one of his employees had made some calls and emails on behalf of Democrats <BR> <BR> He castigated her and threatened to fire her if he could find legal grounds, in front of the entire office. Mind you he's done the same thing but on behalf of Republicans. <BR> <BR> He then went to the local Republican campaign headquarters and got a dozen or so Romney signs and then hung them all over the office while telling everyone... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:36:35 EST Let's get real about abortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50613147 <link>www.cnn.com/2012/10/29/opinion/frum-<BR>abortion-reality/index.html?iid=articl<BR>e_sidebar </link> <BR> <BR> "(CNN) -- When Richard Mourdock delivered his notorious answer about rape and abortion, I was sorry that the debate moderator failed to follow up with the next question: <BR> <BR> "OK, Mr. Mourdock, you say your principles require a raped woman to carry the rapist's child to term. That's a heavy burden to impose on someone. What would you do for her in return? Would you pay... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:02:01 EST Chicago Tribune Endorses Obama Re-Election http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50600696 <link>articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-<BR>26/news/chi-obama-endorsement-chicago-<BR>tribune-20121026_1_president-obama-bar<BR>ack-obama-tax-cuts </link> <BR> <BR> And the NY Times........ <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/s<BR>unday/barack-obama-for-president.html?<BR>pagewanted=3&_r=0&emc=eta1 </link> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:29:48 EST Obama wins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50498465 At least for seventeen seconds Friday afternoon, the election was finally over. <BR> <BR> <link>dailycaller.com/2012/10/21/cbs-news-<BR>affiliate-calls-2012-presidential-race<BR>-for-barack-obama-weeks-ahead-of-election/ </link> <BR> <BR> Arizona station KPHO apparantly made a boo-boo while testing election graphics Friday afternoon, now the tinfoil hats are out in force. "It's rigged! America is dead! Ahhhhh! The sky is falling." <BR> <BR> It's a good thing the Daily Caller is there t... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:36:44 EST Who Knew?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50489241 <BR> In this election, The Undecideds just may be The Deciders. <BR> <BR> <BR> More fun, in case you missed them: <BR> <BR> Two videos in this link: <BR> <link>http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics<BR>/2012/10/best-jokes-from-the-obama-vs-<BR>romney-stand-up-comedy-duel/ </link> <BR> <BR> and the results of the First Lady Debate: <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EohGm<BR>G-QUhA </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:05:36 EST Any comments re .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50481474 Tagg Romney's investment in voting machines? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:18:05 EST Two Weeks and One Week ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50479795 <BR> IN TWO WEEKS ... <BR> The presidential election is about two weeks away. I have several diff observations; feel free to share yours. <BR> <BR> One - this close to the election, I still have not seen a single commercial, for either candidate, here in the Dallas metroplex. It seems only the swing states matter. <BR> <BR> I see ads for O online, but do not recall seeing any for R. I still give O's team kudos for understanding the value and power of social media. <BR> <BR> I keep hearin... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:37:10 EST Bain Capitol is Still Shippin Jobs to China http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50450058 Alternet - October 16, 2012 <BR> <BR> ************* "On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will close the doors of a factory in Freeport, Illinois, and ship 170 good, high-tech jobs to China. <BR> <BR> The employees of Sensata Technologies were forced to train their Chinese replacements, and the American flag that long flew over the factory was reportedly removed while the Chinese engine... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:23:16 EST Deductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50430436 Did you all notice how Romney let the cat out of the bag when he wouldn't say that the middle class could keep the deductions that help us most (mortgage interest, etc.)? BUT, he did say that we'd all be able to keep TAX FREE, all of that income that we get from dividend, interest AND CAPITOL GAINS! <BR> <BR> WHY? <BR> <BR> BECAUSE MOST OF THAT KIND OF INCOME BELONGS TO THE RICH!!!!! <BR> <BR> Oh we just get the BUCKET METHOD...yada yada yada. Put it all in the bucket and pick which ones y... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:15:19 EST Washington Summarized in One Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50430258 <BR> American Politics Summarized in One Photo (it's number 7 of 86, you may have to click through if it does not automatically load): <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1<BR>0/16/who-won-the-debate-_n_1967415.htm<BR>l#slide=1649626 </link> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:59:23 EST New Account, Old Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x5082x50429891 Sorry to be confusing but I am rejoining the team with my new spark account and new user name. <BR> <BR> Woot! I love this team. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:29:36 EST The R/R Tax Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50418938 <BR> For all the liberals who've been whining for the R/Rs to present their detailed tax plan, here you go (click the red button for more): <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.romneytaxplan.com </link> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:24:41 EST Teach ... your children well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50404354 <BR> Sweet story of some special kids: <BR> <link>http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/tarra<BR>nt/Little-girls-donate-Justin-Bieber-t<BR>ickets-to-ailing-stranger-174130591.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It does seem odd to me that kids that young are on Facebook; I kept thinking somewhere it would say they learned of Emma by way of a prayer page or something. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:56:46 EST Can a person change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50358154 <BR> Can a person change? <BR> <BR> When a person has been convicted of a horrendous crime and served their prison time, can they truly change and be allowed to be around the 'community' they once victimized? <BR> <BR> NFL superstar Michael Vick was convicted of horrific cruelty to dogs via his illegal dog fighting ring. In dog fighting, the dogs fight to the death while people cheer them on. <BR> <BR> " <BR> The men tested the dogs in fights, then shot, electrocuted, or hung dogs who d... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:24:49 EST Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50356221 <BR> During the VP debate Ryan tried to paint Republicans as hungering for bi-partisan cooperation even though they've done no compromising and no cooperating for the last four years! Biden zinged Ryan when he brought up Jack Kennedy...... <BR> <BR> ******** "Ryan also claimed that bipartisanship could make his ticket's vague proposed tax plan work. <BR> <BR> "Different than this administration, we actually want to have big, bipartisan agreements," Ryan said, suggesting cooperation could l... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:23:56 EST I had to walk away.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50352132 from the television as Ryan was giving his closing speech at tonight's Vice Presidential debate. <BR> As he so carefully panned his head over to Camera One and sincerely batted his eyes to impress his seriously empathetic aura onto the "audience" I could only think of "The Power of Positive Speaking" and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. <BR> <BR> The Guru of the Cult of sincere and spiritual speaking. His methods were panned as form of group hypnosis. He most famously opposed the election of John F... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:06:53 EST Wealth Fluff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50338452 <BR> This link has a list of Dallas' top 100 most expensive homes. The least expensive to make the list is reported at almost $7.5 million. <BR> <BR> Two of the things I find interesting about these lists of the wealthy is how people make/lose big money and the ones that make it as a first generation American. (Note, I do NOT necessarily agree with how they make their money, I just find business, in general, interesting.) <BR> <BR> <link>http://www3.dmagazine.com/content/10<BR>0-Most-Ex... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:31:45 EST How do you define unemployment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50331954 How do you definite unemployment? Is it the same as the BSL's definition used to calculate their monthly report? Or something else? My definition of employed/unemployed is different. How does your definition line up? <BR> <BR> I researched BSL after reading this opinion piece by Jack Welch. Yes, it's written by Welch. Yes, it' an opinion piece on the WSJ. But if you want to take an open-minded look at the unemployment rate/report, here are some links. <BR> <BR> <BR> Welch quotes: <BR> " <... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:40:26 EST Those "generous" conservatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50327759 Conservatives have been making a big deal over the amounts people give to charity, saying that tax records prove liberals are stingy, waiting for big government to take care of people while conservatives are generous, caring, giving people. Of course, they never do state how much of that "generosity" goes directly to a church, which is as likely to use the funds to intall a new sound system as it is to feed the hungry, but let's assume their money is going to a good use. <BR> <BR> I spent th... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:24:29 EST Bless The Little Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50289235 Written by an eight year old from Alabama: <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Dear Mitt Romney, <BR> <BR> I saw you on the debate last night and you said you would cut off PBS kids with Sesame Street on it. It is my favorite show on earth...When I grow up, I’m going to get married and I want my kids to watch it so do not cut it off. <BR> <BR> You find something else to cut off! Don’t hurt little kids. They need Sesame Street where they can learn from it. Save Big Bird and his friends. ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:29:34 EST So wrong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50282644 This is so wrong in so many levels. Mr. Paul Broun, a physician and legislator, that says such stupidity based in his faith. if this is the kind of people we have making our laws, the only thing going to hell is the country. Other than being deeply stupid, this kind of remarks shows that he does not have any sense of ridiculous. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/06/pa<BR>ul-broun-evolution-big-bang_n_1944808.<BR>html </link> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:30:44 EST Vaccine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50279544 I was reading the paper today when i saw a article about the epidemic of whooping cough in the washington State because parents are refusing to vaccinate their kids. I was just wondering.... Shouldn't those people from the anti-vaccine movement be held responsible for the spread of a disease that can affect the whole country? Is it a personal right to choose not to protect one self against a preventable disease while at the same time contaminating other people? There are laws about know... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:43:59 EST Romney Flip Flops again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50253829 <link>thinkprogress.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down to the story given Think Progress from a Romney surrogate. <BR> <BR> Anyone who listened to the debate knows that. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:43:28 EST 7.8% http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50253759 The latest jobs numbers came out this morning. Conservatives' heads are exploding all over the country. Accusing the President of cooking the books. <BR> <BR> Heaven forbid they admit that things are looking up for the country because that would mean they had to acknowledge that Obama's policies are working. Although be it slower than anyone would like. <BR> <BR> <link>www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-ra<BR>te-falls-to-78-lowest-since-2009-2012-<BR>10-05?link=MW_latest_news </link> ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:39:19 EST HAS OBAMA MORPHED INTO BUSH? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50253637 <BR> Since becoming president, Barack Obama has: <BR> <BR> Signed NDAA into law, making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o charge or trial. <BR> Initiated, and personally oversees a 'Secret Kill List'. <BR> Waged war on Libya without congressional approval. <BR> Started a covert, drone war in Yemen. <BR> Escalated the proxy war in Somalia. <BR> Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan. <BR> Maintained a presence in Iraq even after "ending" the war. <BR> ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:31:35 EST For life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50251204 This is why I do not like or believe in life sentences... It rarely is for life... <BR> <link>usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/04/<BR>14228451-former-manson-follower-recomm<BR>ended-for-parole-after-40-years?lite </link> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:04:21 EST Hearthrob Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50246268 Believe it or not, the Princess Bride came out 25 years ago. Directed by Rob Reiner, stars included Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patikin, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Wallace Shawn and Chris Sarandon The cast has been doing interviews and there is talk of a reunion. Below is a link to an interview with Cary Elwes.....still a dreamboat! <BR> <BR> <link>www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/showbiz/movie<BR>s/princess-bride-reunion/index.html?hp<BR>t=hp_c2 </link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:49:18 EST Awkward/Un flattering Hillary Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50242855 Awkward/Unflattering Hillary Photo: <BR> <link>http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/<BR>10/04/article-2212621-1555E4D7000005DC<BR>-645_634x544.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Although the news report has several other photos of these two women, the one above is the lead photo. It seems the one of both of them looking and smiling at the camera, is more flattering of both, and would have been a better choice. <BR> <BR> Ever notice how the media tends to use a flattering or unflattering photo of... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:57:13 EST Because KKK jokes are so funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50242768 <BR> " <BR> Philly Student Told to Lose Romney T-Shirt or Get Out <BR> " <BR> <BR> " <BR> "She told me to take off my shirt and said that she has another one if I need one. And then the teacher asked me… 'are your parents Republican?' I said, 'I don't know.' She said that's like her wearing a KKK shirt." <BR> " <BR> <BR> .... <BR> <BR> " <BR> They requested a meeting with the principal and the teacher. The teacher apologized to Samantha and her parents saying that the statement was meant ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:48:10 EST Health Care Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50242416 I'm still of the mind that competition is good for any business including health care. Which is one of the reasons for my concern of a single payor plan. <BR> <BR> And I will emphasize once again that I believe in affordable health care for all. This isn't about whether we should or should not have health care for all. It's a look at what is actually best for a national scale health care program. <BR> <BR> We have too many examples in several areas that support how competition/diversity/c... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:13:58 EST Interesting Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50224876 <BR> I support affordable health care for all. And believe it should be a right for all Americans (actually, I wish it for all people worldwide). And I don't like the middle-man role insurance plays. But this is a very interesting assessment of the new plan and I believe the reason people reject it. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdnY8<BR>r7_fLw </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:19:28 EST All set for the debates? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50219879 The first one is tonight, nd I wouldn't miss it for the world! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 07:12:24 EST Wheel of Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50149834 Sharing in case you think this is as cool as I do. <BR> <BR> Have you seen any of the Cirque Du Soleil shows? We try to catch them when they come through Dallas. I saw a recent interview with the troupe's founder - very inspiring story! <BR> <BR> We saw Kooza last night; it was typical Cirque wonderment! The skill and physique of the Cirque athletes is impressive. I found this video of one of the Kooza performances called Wheel of Death which is one that made the strongest impression on m... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:40:22 EST Modern Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50125558 <BR> Do you watch the tv show Modern Family? <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:26:48 EST Corporations = people. Teachers = not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50115430 <link>blog.pfaw.org/content/romney-says-te<BR>achers-unions-shouldn-t-be-able-contri<BR>bute-campaigns-corporations-ok </link> <BR> 'Romney said. "I think we have to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns. It's the wrong way for us to go. We've got to separate that.' <BR> <BR> ---------- <BR> It just keeps getting better and better. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:17:18 EST Mitt is wondering..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50115354 why airplane windows don't' roll down...... <BR> <BR> ******** "After his wife's plane was forced to make an emergency landing this weekend, Romney told the Los Angeles Times, he was worried for her safety. The candidate then continued on a bizarre tangent that showed just how little the Republican nominee understands about flight. <BR> <BR> “I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney told the paper.... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:13:45 EST Boy Band Romney Parody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50088269 A little risque but, funny just the same. <BR> <BR> <link>front.moveon.org/five-guys-took-a-bo<BR>y-band-anthem-and-created-one-of-the-b<BR>est-romney-parodies-hands-down/ </link> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:17:40 EST POTUS The Two Candidates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x50072094 <BR> I think the excerpts from the article link below sum up my current feelings on the two candidates: <BR> <BR> " <BR> These gaffes have been seen as evidence of the insensitivity of a man who inhabits a parallel world, rather than manifestations of ineptitude disqualifying him from high office. He undoubtedly has the managerial competence for that. For all the demonisation of Mitt's venture capital company, Bain, he showed he could chart a future for dying companies and create a thriving... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:10:24 EST Turns out, I'm not even middle income http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49934020 I thought I was doing well. <BR> <BR> I thought our family income and prospects placed us firmly in the upper half of the middle class. <BR> <BR> It turns out, I was fooled by all those facts, graphs and damnable numbers saying we were in the top 10%. <BR> <BR> Nope. We're poor, according to Romney. He's out there to help the middle class, right? That's what he always says in his speeches. <BR> <BR> I guess he's right, from a certain point of view. That is, the point of view that "middle ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:37:30 EST Cosmetology class shut down - student "looked gay" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49929066 <link>theexaminer.com/stories/news/sexuali<BR>ty-deciding-factor-program%E2%80%99s-c<BR>losure </link> <BR> <BR> "Sexuality the deciding factor in program’s closure <BR> <BR> After more than a decade, the Adult Cosmetology class offered through Beaumont Independent School District’s Taylor Career and Technology Center is closing. The reason, instructor Cequada Clark says, is that Principal Thomas Amons would rather close the program than admit a man Amons thought was gay after a brief en... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:19:10 EST Archaic Evolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49924652 <BR> Archaic Evolution (meaning incomplete evolution) Chart <BR> <BR> Scroll down to see the evolution image: <BR> <link>http://mashable.com/2012/09/13/dr-pe<BR>pper-facebook-controversy/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Incomplete evolution because it stops with fit Post- Pepper; wouldn't actual Post-Pepper have a rotund belly from all the sugar drinks? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:31:28 EST Ryan isn't just lying about Medicare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49910942 <BR> Paul Ryan fudges the truth about running a marathon in less than three hours. <BR> <BR> *******"When Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said during an August radio interview that he once ran a marathon in less than three hours, North Carolina runner Bill Walker was impressed, but wanted more details." <BR> <BR> "I just wanted to know," Walker said in an interview posted Wednesday on LetsRun.com. "If he had really run a marathon in that range, I would be impressed because... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:19:22 EST Sure, you built it all by yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49901950 A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received. <BR> - Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. <BR> - Winston Chu... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:38:49 EST Romney make a bad situtation worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49900577 Romney's comments concerning the attacks and murders at the US consulate in Libya: <BR> <BR> "I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker [sic] in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." <BR> <BR> <BR> President Obama's actual comments: <BR> <BR> "I strongly co... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:14:31 EST President Obama, Just Do What You Said You'd Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49883897 Please! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0AOZ38UNMw&<BR>feature=autoplay&list=PL9F44863A5F7D44<BR>5C&playnext=2 </link> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:01:01 EST How do you justify.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49876246 ...ignoring your own intelligence concerning the very real prospect(and ultimately the carrying out) of a terrorist attack on the United States. <BR> <BR> ...giving full credence to a questionable source's "intel" that Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Resulting in a war that killed over 4000 American troops, wounding of 10 x more and the deaths of over 100k Iraqi citizens. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/t<BR>he-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-w<BR>ar... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:11:15 EST Who approved this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49819896 <BR> WTF ... not the best acronym for the national re-election campaign. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.whitehouse.gov/winning-th<BR>e-future </link> <BR> <BR> For anyone that does not know the popular slang, google "wtf" <BR> (Warning, it has a curse word). Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:17:42 EST Inappropriate browsing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49814045 Well, I had to tell you guys this one…. I am not sure it is a discussion point, but it is a very interesting view of how things work in the US. <BR> I work for a nationwide organization (which I will not mention the name for obvious reasons) which the owners are Mormons. <BR> Yesterday, slow day, I am bored, so I decided to check my facebook page (what is completely OK). About 15 minutes into it we got a call from Corporate office to talk to the general manager. <BR> Well, they were reportin... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 11:53:05 EST 16 trillion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49812989 Republicans made a big deal of the fact that the national debt reached 16 trillion dollars. Of course they did, since it is convenient for them. But how much of it is Obama’s responsibility? Did Obama raise the debt just because it was fun? Or because he did not try to reduce it? Not really, a quick search in the net shows that, although the debt increased more during Obama’s term than during Bush’s 2 terms, there are factors that cannot be pinned on Obama’s approach to the problem. But ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:43:09 EST Better off than four years ago? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49812297 <link>www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2<BR>012/09/06/better_off_than_four_years_a<BR>go_id_say_so.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign zinger is back in 2012. <BR> <BR> Let's see. Four years ago ... four years ago. That was September 2008. Oh yes, I remember it well. <BR> <BR> It was a time of white-knuckled panic that a new Great Depression was upon us. The banks were teetering, then insurance companies, then ot... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:03:40 EST And Breastfeeding is bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49798176 Some people are just unbelievable! We all know all the issue with breastfeeding in public, right? Now, how about potty training? Is that OK? <BR> <BR> "It happened at the Thanksgiving Point Deli in Utah. The mom in question brought her family's potty to the restaurant, placed it on a chair and let each of her two children sit on it. While eating. At a table. In the middle of the dining room." <BR> <BR> And there is a picture!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:30:42 EST God and the DNC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49787431 <BR> I noticed quite a few references to God last night during the DNC speeches. <BR> <BR> At times, I felt the GOP and DNC sounded pretty similar; not just on the faith issues. <BR> <BR> But things are getting more interesting with today's vote on God and Jerusalem ... <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature<BR>=player_embedded&v=cncbOEoQbOg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's your take on the vote and the addendum changes voted in today? <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:49:08 EST The Politics of Philanthropy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49785631 I found this mildly interesting and amusing. <BR> <BR> Any comments? <BR> <BR> <link>philanthropy.com/article/The-Politic<BR>s-of-Giving/133609/ </link> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:36:31 EST Tuna, pasta, and rusted out cars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49781757 <BR> <BR> Because you know, they've struggled just like us ... <BR> <BR> <link>http://conservativebyte.com/2012/09/<BR>fact-check-first-ladys-false-fairy-tal<BR>e-of-struggle </link> <BR> <BR> I don't question whether the Romney's or Obama's struggled in their early years; but they definitely had it a little easier than so many others. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:12:57 EST American Airlines goes the way of Chik-Fil-A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49777427 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/be<BR>de-vanderhorst-teen-down-syndrome-firs<BR>t-class_n_1856026.html </link> <BR> <BR> Chik-Fil-A, Walmart and now American Airlines. I won't miss you. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 07:41:33 EST HYPERBOLE AT COMMERICIAL TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49773139 I'm watching the Democratic convention and what do I see but, a commercial for the movie "2016". High Drama, Hyperbolic Pretense, Tension, Passion and a whole lot of BS. I hope they paid through the nose to get the airtime. <em>20</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:46:12 EST Cantor: Workers, you didn't build that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49764184 <link>www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/rep<BR>-eric-cantor-falsely-claims-labor-day-<BR>honors-business-owners </link> <BR> <BR> If there was every any doubt that the Republican Party of 2012 is out of touch with average Americans, and cares only about increasing wealth for the wealthy, Eric Cantor goes out and seals the deal. <BR> <BR> Rep. Cantor said in a statement: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.” <BR> <BR... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:34:32 EST Politically (In)correct Words Defined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49758797 Liberals like to style themselves as "progressive" During this electoral cycle, they have proceeded to "progressively" change the meaning of certain words. You will not find these definitions in any Dictionary, including this years update by Merriam-Webster. <BR> <BR> I nearly fell out of my chair while trying to follow the twisted loops and swirls that attained. <BR> <BR> If you dare to allow yourself to suspend your prejudices for a few moments and follow the link I've provided below, and... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:51:14 EST More ballot shenanigans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49739893 I'll say it again - if you have to lie, cheat and steal to get votes, maybe it's time to stop playing political games and check your message. <BR> <BR> <link>www.examiner.com/article/johnson-cam<BR>paign-has-had-enough-of-republican-bal<BR>lot-shenanigans </link> <BR> <BR> "With word Friday that a challenge has been lodged in Ohio to try to remove Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson's name from the November ballot in Ohio, a senior adviso... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 18:25:40 EST Another good one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49738926 I just saw this one in (you got it!) youtube. it is from a movie, but boy, doesn't it summarize things properly. And Yes Popeye, this one is aiming to a political group (are they even that?) so, feel free to jump in! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>front.moveon.org/what-we-already-kne<BR>w-about-the-tea-party-and-the-newsroom<BR>-finally-said-out-loud/#.UEO-PsXEjFh.facebook </link> <BR> <BR> Edit because I forgot to spell check..... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 16:44:40 EST Boy, this is scary. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49726187 Not only the ignorance beyond believe, but the hate. Seeing all that stupid people it is easy to understand why America cannot get out of recession.... <BR> <BR> <link>samuel-warde.com/2012/09/mininformat<BR>ion-lies-fear-about-obama/ </link> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:37:57 EST A little clearer now ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49715657 We listened to part of the GOP convention last night on an hour drive home. A lot of Clint's speech was lost on us since we couldn't see the empty chair. Today, it seems no one wants to take credit for his speech, Mrs. R is sad the family video wasn't shown in prime time, and reports are that he went on long after his allotted 5 minutes in spite of the red 'stop now' light flashing.. And Clint, well, a lot of people are talking about him today. And, oh by the way. He has a new movie coming ou... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:09:01 EST Speech Series 1: Ann Romney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49711696 For lack of time I could not see live the speeches on the RNC, so I am catching up… And if I have time and patience I plan on making a series of posting on the speeches… I wanted to start with Ann Romney Speech. <BR> It was very well written, although it does not fit her. <BR> Does she really know what struggle is? A person that was born rich, lived rich, married rich? Really? Has she ever had one night awake worried how to pay for her bills? I do not think so. <BR> She loves women? And ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:39:36 EST What? Is Soros Hedging His Bets Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49709423 "President Barack Obama used the online springboard provided by Reddit to dive into the media crush at the GOP convention, with a skillfully executed call for a constitutional amendment to curb the free-speech of wealthier people and corporations. <BR> <BR> “I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United. … Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure fo... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:02:19 EST MItt vs Mitt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49709123 I promised it and here it is <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9njHHyRI7g </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> ETA this clip was a part of the dvd sent out by our union it included a history of labor in America and how Unions evolved. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:31:27 EST Democrats Bend Truth Too. America Deserves More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49708991 <BR> <BR> Headline: <BR> "Both Republicans AND Democrats Are Distorting the Truth About Medicare: FactCheck.org" <BR> <BR> The article addresses distortions from BOTH political parities. NEITHER party is innocent. I'm only posting the excerpt about the DEMS because there are already other threads covering the lies of the other party. <BR> <BR> " <BR> And how about the Democrats? How are they doing with respect to dishonesty this year? <BR> <BR> The Democrats are bending the truth about M... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:17:04 EST Karma's a bit--! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49707828 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/eb<BR>ola-phone-theft-steals-infected-patien<BR>t_n_1832927.html </link> <BR> A man stole a cell phone from an isolation ward in Uganda two weeks ago, but realized he had more than the police to worry about when he began showing symptoms of Ebola, the Daily Monitor reports. <BR> <BR> --------- <BR> DUDE! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:33:03 EST The GOP Platform http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49704787 When GOP convenes every four years to officially nominate a candidate that was predetermined months prior the only true news that comes out is the party's platform. It appears that the GOP has "double-downed" on their attacks on women, gays, the middle class, gun regulation, etc. <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/gop-oks-platform-barr<BR>ing-abortions-gay-marriage-204947742.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is what the country would look like if the GOP gets it's way. <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:17:07 EST The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49695871 <link>www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106730/ryan-m<BR>ost-dishonest-convention-speech-five-l<BR>ies-gm-medicare-deficit-medicaid </link> <BR> The Five Big Misrepresentations of Paul Ryan's Convention Speech <BR> 1) About the GM plant in Janesville. <BR> It’s true: The plant shut down. But it shut down in 2008—before Obama became president. <BR> 2) About Medicare. <BR> Ryan has no standing whatsoever to make this attack, because his own budget called for taking the same amount of money f... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:38:38 EST Workers Accused of Encouraging Toddlers’ Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49687547 <BR> "Day Care Workers Accused of Encouraging Toddlers’ Screaming, Crying Fight" <BR> <BR> <link>http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline<BR>s/2012/08/day-care-workers-accused-of-<BR>encouraging-toddlers-screaming-crying-fight/ </link> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:26:59 EST Getting on My Nerves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49687516 <BR> <BR> Annoyed Wife Turns In Husband to Police for ‘Getting on My Nerves’ <BR> <BR> <link> <BR> http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/20<BR>12/08/annoyed-wife-turns-in-husband-to<BR>-police-for-getting-on-my-nerves </link> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:22:45 EST The many faces http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49687480 <BR> I've seen several references to 'the many faces of R&R' lately here on Soap. Would anyone care to elaborate how the reports of 'the many faces of R&R' are different from other politicians? Someone recently said that one of their beefs with Dems is when they play to re-election; it's the same thing. We vote for them on platform, then they change with the winds of polls. <BR> <BR> Time magazine referred to O as an enigma in 2008; it's the same term being used to describe R in 2012. <... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:18:51 EST Liar, liar - Pants on Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49648503 Four days ago,Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie "Pinocchio" Cutter, appeared on MSNBC and claimed that “over the past, you know, 27 months we’ve created 4.5 million private-sector jobs. That’s more jobs than in the Bush recovery (or) in the Reagan recovery.” <BR> <BR> She puts out crapp like that and expects no one in the great unwashed, gullible American public to cross examine her ridiculous claim. <BR> <BR> It's very easy, all you have to do is go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:09:37 EST Conservatives are more generous..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49635177 ......philanthropically that is, at least according to Mitt Romney. <BR> <BR> In response to an interview query on tithing in Parade Magazine Mitt said, "I think you'll find that conservatives are more generous philanthropically than people who are not conservative." <BR> <BR> You just can't make this stuff up...this is the way this man thinks. Elitist much? Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:39:33 EST $700 million http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49613317 <BR> Can you imagine being young, launching a business, and 17 months later, receiving a buyout offer of about $1 billion/$700 million? <BR> <BR> <link>http://mashable.com/2012/08/22/faceb<BR>ook-instagram-deal-ftc </link> <BR> <BR> And it only took them a few weeks to create the app! And the creator is only 29! <BR> <link>http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/te<BR>chnology/instagram-founders-were-helpe<BR>d-by-bay-area-connections.html?pagewanted=all </link> <BR> <BR> " <BR> The extrao... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:39:09 EST The Hope and The Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49613055 <BR> And another documentary ... The Hope and The Change: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm<BR>ent/2012/08/24/hope-and-the-change-han<BR>nity </link> <BR> <BR> I just find it surprising to see two documentaries about a sitting POTUS. <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:10:38 EST Tax code http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49577577 <BR> Do you use the tax code to your fiscal advantage? Do you claim every discount legally possible? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:56:25 EST Things we ignore ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49577393 Promises to invest in clean energy and American jobs ... anyone remember those promises from 2008? We just assumed the investment would be IN America, right? <BR> <BR> A lot of discussion here on Soap about bad guy R and his Bain jobs, and all the other ways R is trying to get richer on the backs of Americans ... but when O gives a $529 million federal government loan to a Finnish auto maker along with 500 jobs, it is met with silence. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone here on Soap that can afford ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:41:06 EST Have you.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49541438 ...been skinny dipping? Did you do it as government representative at a Holy site? <BR> <BR> <link>www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/7<BR>9865.html?hp=t1 </link> <BR> <BR> If not, then someone did! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:31:16 EST Gardening Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49541169 A few of us found ourselves discussing our experience with gardening on another thread(you know how the original intent of the thread can get lost.) <BR> <BR> Since it appears that many of us garden, some for a long time and some as newbies, I thought trading tips, experiences and advice would benefit everyone. <BR> <BR> If you have something to offer I'm sure we'd all appreciate it or if you have a funny story concerning your experience this is the place to do it. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:15:54 EST Unbelievable.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49531761 Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri states that legitimate rape seldom results in pregnancy. Braindead much? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:41:40 EST Ann Romney defends NO MORE TAX RETURNS stance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49503388 "Ann Romney fiercely defends decision to withhold more tax returns" <BR> <BR> ****** “We have been transparent to what’s legally required of us,” Romney said. “But the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questions, the more we get pushed. We have done what’s legally required, and there’s going to be no more tax releases given. And there’s a reason for that. And that’s because of … what happens as soon as we release anything. Mitt’s financial disclosures when he was gov... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:13:12 EST LGBT volunteer shoots conservative group's guard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49478022 <BR> LGBT volunteer shoots Christian lobbyist group's guard <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-<BR>57493780/cops-lgbt-volunteer-shoots-co<BR>nservative-groups-guard/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:43:06 EST Universal Healthcare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49472993 There are a variety of reasons I support Universal Healthcare or a single-payer system. <BR> <BR> One reason has recently come to mind. <BR> <BR> In the last 12mos my husband and I have had major surgeries. Each were performed by a lead surgeon and hospital on our Participating Provider list. After the surgery we rec'd bills for anesthesiologist. Each time provided by the same company. What I've found out is that BCBS does not have an anesthesiologist in the Houston area on their Partic... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:43:34 EST Fraud prevention or voter suppression? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49471921 <link>www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-augus<BR>t-8-2012/wizards-of-i-d----jessica-wil<BR>liams---voter-i-d--laws </link> <BR> <BR> It sure is important to get those voter ID laws passed to prevent the remote possibility of the less than 1 in-person voter fraud per state per year found in the last ten years. <BR> <BR> Oh, and what liberal commie think tank came up with the numbers? Republican National Lawyers Association says there have been approximately 375 cases of in-person voter fraud... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:21:44 EST Recession ... ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49458807 <BR> I see the news stories and know there is a recession. But lately, our experiences trying to hire help doesn't feel like it. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> We are renovating two homes and hiring labor to help with some projects. People bid the jobs and often never show up once hired. Or they work a day and then do not return (we're not standing over them watching, the two homes we're renovating are unoccupied in two diff cities); we stop in occasionally to see how they are coming along, only to find... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:55:48 EST Do Republicans not realize the snow job? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49454156 Do Republicans not realize the snow job they've been sold by the ultra-welathy leaders of their party? <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> <link>money.cnn.com/2012/08/01/news/econom<BR>y/romney-tax-plan/index.htm?iid=EL </link> <BR> <BR> "Romney refuses to say which tax breaks he plans to eliminate -- but the Tax Policy Center report indicates the plan would force the tax burden to shift toward lower and middle-class Americans. <BR> <BR> "A revenue-neutral individual income tax change... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:53:55 EST Getting to Know Paul Ryan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49426822 Paul Ryan is Mitt's pick for VP....... <BR> <BR> "Paul Ryan economics: 5 things to know" <BR> <BR> <link>money.cnn.com/2012/08/12/news/econom<BR>y/paul-ryan-economy/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ryan is the youngest of 4 children. When he was 16 Ryan's father, an attorney, died at of a heart attack, at age 55. Ryan collected Social Security benefits which helped provide the means for his secondary education at Miami U in Ohio. <BR> <BR> Ryan interned for Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin and... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:14:02 EST Political Chuckles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49403915 <BR> As the 2012 campaign heats up, the ridiculous get more silly. I thought it might be fun to have a thread to catalog some chuckles that are making the rounds in social media. Here's the first; add any you see. <BR> <BR> People always pick the most amusing photos; R looks like he has gas. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb<BR>id=10151034862822054&set=a.28354310205<BR>3.145252.676992053&type=1&theater </link> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:17:38 EST Christian Dark Ages Part II? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49385134 It seems that the American States are moving very fast to take us back to the Dark Ages... I am getting scared... <BR> <BR> <link>thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/09<BR>/662851/missouri-right-to-pray-amendme<BR>nt-will-allow-creationists-to-refuse-t<BR>o-study-evolution/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>vacantmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/07<BR>/13/tennessee-senate-bans-exclusive-te<BR>aching-of-gravity-in-schools-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am afraid that it became very, very easy to spread igno... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:29:53 EST Pregnant girls ousted from Louisiana School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49368574 The old fashioned part of me likes the idea of pregnant girls being sent to a separate school, but this goes too far for me, especially since when these things happen, it's always the girls who are ostracized and punished, not the boys who the girls wouldn't be able to get pregnant without. <BR> <BR> <link>www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/pre<BR>gnant-no-school-you-louisiana-charter </link> <BR> <BR> Pregnant? No School for You in This Louisiana Public Charter <BR> By Kate Sheppard <BR> ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:17:10 EST I Wish It Were Not So http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49354558 The attack on the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI looks to be the work of a white supremacist who for years spoke of the coming "racial holy war". He was a former Army psychological operations specialist who was "discharged from the military in 1998 after showing up drunk" according to a man who served with the gunman. <BR> <BR> "Wade Michael Page, the man identified as the gunman in Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., was eyed by federal investigators "more than once" becaus... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:09:53 EST 2016 the movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49338261 <BR> I heard a radio ad for this movie today; have you heard about it? <BR> <BR> Do you think it will have any impact in the election? <BR> <BR> <link>http://2016themovie.com/ </link> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:24:51 EST Federal funding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49323595 This article breaks down by state and per capita the amount of federal funds the state receives "net" of income taxes. It also discusses the type of funding the individual states receive. <BR> <BR> <link>247wallst.com/2012/08/03/states-that<BR>-get-the-most-federal-money/ </link> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:08:02 EST For the Heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49304717 <BR> A beautiful moment ... a beautiful love! <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101<BR>51117932056054&set=a.73142561053.99302<BR>.49934926053&type=1&theater </link> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:37:48 EST Female - Always the subject of criticism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49280714 <BR> No matter how talented, how brilliant, how accomplished, how kind, how compassionate, how athletic - we can never get away from criticism or comments about our looks: <BR> <link> http://shine.yahoo.com/team-mom/defense-ga<BR>bby-douglas-hair-191700322.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 20:24:13 EST First they came for your marriage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49279041 <link>socialitelife.com/matt-bomer-simon-h<BR>alls-enjoy-a-day-with-the-kids-in-new-<BR>york-city-photos-08-2012 </link> <BR> <BR> There it is, folks - the greatest threat to our nation today: Matt Bomer and Simon Halls holding their kids' hands, hoisting them on their shoulders, walking around the city OPENLY. <BR> <BR> How, oh how can our nation survive such atrocity? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:25:41 EST Angry crowd after suspect shot in Dallas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49267625 Did this make your local news? <BR> Recently, Dallas police shot and killed a young man. It started with a person calling and making a false report to police. Police reports are that he fought with the police officer and was shot. It resulted a near riot that occupied all news channels with live coverage as it was unfolding with hundreds of angry people converging on the crime scene. Gang units and a police wall kept people at bay. This 6 block community is very high crime and kill; they beli... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 00:18:47 EST The Irony of the Things We Overlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49257123 <BR> The ironic thing about the Chik Fil A position on marriage debate is the nutritional value, or lack there of, of the actual fast food they serve. As example, a Chicken Biscuit is 440 calories and 20 grams of fat - and many of the ingredients do not sound appealing. <link> http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Detai<BR>l/ChickfilA-Chicken-Biscuit#?details=n<BR>utrition </link> Since we, Christians, consider the body to be the temple of Holy Spirit, shouldn't we avoid fast food? <BR> <... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:38:07 EST Cheney Blames Obama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49221829 Cheney Blames President Obama for the current Middle East unrest yet, ignores the failures during the Bush years and his participation in the decisions that helped create these conflicts. <BR> <BR> Of course, he also takes credit for the "groundwork" he says, was laid in regards to the capture of Bin Laden. As far as I am concerned, Cheney is still taking out of both side of his orifice.....guess which one? <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/blogs/newsmakers/dick<BR>-cheney-on-his-heart-pump-... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:38:11 EST Back on Spark, Found this Team ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x5082x49179941 Was so happy to find this team again. I've been on and off spark, now back mostly to use their recipe site as I have more time to cook at home these days, hence this new user name. But I always enjoyed the teams and this one has always interested moi so happy that I found it again. Woot! Hello. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:57:06 EST Yup, it's about life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49137755 Not at ALL about demeaning women and taking away their power over their own bodies. Not one bit. <BR> <BR> <link>jezebel.com/5928672/teen-cancer-pati<BR>ent-cant-get-chemo-because-shes-nine-w<BR>eeks-pregnant-++-but-she-cant-get-an-a<BR>bortion-either </link> <BR> "Teen Cancer Patient Can’t Get Chemo Because She’s Nine Weeks Pregnant — But She Can’t Get an Abortion, Either" <BR> <BR> If the anti-abortion movement was really about preserving life, this young girl would be allowed to choo... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:02:02 EST Penn State http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49136816 So today the punishment for Penn State was made public.... What you guys think? Too much? not enough? you don't care? Of course I do not ask for the interest in sports (which I do not have), it is just because of the scope of the whole thing.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.usatoday.com/sports/college/foot<BR>ball/bigten/story/2012-07-23/ncaa-penn<BR>-state-punishment-sanctions/56427630/1 </link> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:43:57 EST 6 Crime-fighting techniques that don't work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49131430 <link>www.cracked.com/article_19937_the-6-<BR>most-popular-crime-fighting-tactics-th<BR>at-dont-work.html </link> <BR> <BR> #6. Drug Dogs Are Inaccurate ... and Racist <BR> <BR> #5. Car Chases Are More Dangerous Than Criminals <BR> <BR> #4. Drug-Free Zones Keep Dealers Close to Schools <BR> <BR> #3. Red Light Cameras Are Killing People <BR> <BR> #2. "Dry County" Laws Increase Drunk Driving <BR> <BR> #1. Capital Punishment Does Nothing to Reduce Violent Crime <BR> ------------- <BR> ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:36:44 EST NUTS! And Pucky (Bull Shyte) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49105977 On another post, CoachPenny said the day last week in Aurora, CO was a sad day. She's right. Other words like tragedy have been spoken by others, and they are right, too. IMO, none of those words really comes close to describing the Hell on earth that was unleashed by that "alleged" insane "alleged" criminal. <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20<BR>/louie-gohmert-aurora-shootings_n_1689<BR>099.html <BR> <BR> I, unlike some of the media and too-quick on the draw Republicans and... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:35:07 EST Another Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49072686 This is so sad and senseless..........A mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater showing "The Dark Night" leaves 12 people dead and scores injured. My heart breaks for the innocents seeking a night of escape and entertainment only to find real mayhem by watching a movie. <BR> <BR> <link>gma.yahoo.com/mass-shooting-colo-mov<BR>ie-theater-14-people-dead-085940786--a<BR>bc-news-topstories.html </link> <BR> <BR> We see so much bad that it can color our view of humanity. I saw this article... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:56:10 EST Not dipping my toe in politics today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49072253 <link>www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colorado-t<BR>heater-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 </link> <BR> <BR> This theater is a block from my husband's office. One of his colleagues was among the injured, several were at the theater when it happened. <BR> <BR> I don't care about the shooter's politics or his religion. No matter what he says he believes, he is nothing more than a psycho who needs to spend the rest of his life in chains. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:24:39 EST Born that way - via natural selection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49055915 One of the top arguments of the homophobic right wing is that "If homosexuality were genetic, it would die out because gays don't breed." <BR> <BR> I've seen many arguments to try and refute that, which mostly center around the idea that a lot of gay people DO breed, because of societal pressures, and more recently have been able to reproduce with scientific assistance. <BR> <BR> However, a recently published paper suggest that the "gay gene" not only exists, but has survived in the human r... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:17:02 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49046716 <BR> "Barack Obama and his campaign have been making Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital one of their premiere mantras that have over and over backfired in their faces. They decided to attack the fact that Bain outsourced jobs during the restructuring of the companies they acquired. So what does Obama have to do with it? During the time he points to, 1999-2002, the executives of Bain donated to Obama for his campaign. No doubt at that time Barack Obama was not at all upset about jobs being ou... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:05:31 EST Another reason to pass on fast food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49045967 <BR> Another reason to pass on fast food ... food handling protocol: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/burger<BR>-king-scrambling-after-feet-lettuce-ph<BR>oto-hits-web-141976 <BR> </link> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:16:23 EST Romney and Bain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x49007596 OK, either Mitt had input in Bain's deals from Feb 1999 until sometime in 2002 or he didn't. I don't know. <BR> <BR> Is it possible he was only a figurehead after he left for the SLC Olympics? Sure. It's possible. It happens all the time that the guy whose name is at the top of the letterhead doesn't actually DO anything to run the company. Even if he accepted a paycheck, that doesnt' mean he necessarily made the decisions. The SLC Olympics were a big deal. He had a lot on his plate. <BR> <... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:09:52 EST "Put Me In Charge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x48952056 <BR> I did not write this; it's attributed to a 21 year old girl posted in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX , Nov 18, 2011 <BR> <BR> I do not know if that is true or not. That's less important to me, just curious to see which points folks agree or disagree with and why. I don't like the snarky tone it's written in, but if we can overlook the snark for the sake of discussion and just focus on the points, I think we can have a better conversation. <BR> <BR> PUT ME IN CHARGE . . . <BR> <B... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:51:48 EST Salmon poisoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x48946657 Who knew? <BR> <BR> Cats and dogs can eat raw chicken and pork. <BR> Cats, dogs and humans can eat raw beef. <BR> Cats and humans can eat raw salmon. <BR> <BR> Dogs can NOT eat raw salmon. It can KILL THEM!!! <BR> <BR> I cooked salmon Sunday night. Normally, I feed the scraps to Merlin, our Balinese. This time, he was beaten to it by the German Shepherd who defied everything to jump up and steal it off his plate from the counter, and then stole another piece out of the trash. Now, I have t... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:32:56 EST How are the haters gonna search now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x48917614 Google Legalize Love Initiative: <BR> <link>www.google.com/diversity/legalise-lo<BR>ve.html </link> <BR> "LGBT Rights Are Human Rights" <BR> <BR> They can't use Bing: <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/21/mi<BR>crosoft-gay-marriage_n_1220800.html </link> <BR> (Or Internet Explorer. Or Windows.) <BR> <BR> That's OK. They can use Safari on their iPads. <BR> D'oh! Nope. Not that either: <BR> <link>latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/<BR>2008/10/apple-against-t.html </link> <B... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:33:13 EST SO LEAVE THEM ALONE ALREADY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x48915122 One of the headlines on the MSN front page shows a picture of a smiling Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes from better times along with the headline: <BR> "Settlement Highlights Cruise-Holmes Privacy Wishes" <BR> <BR> If ever a headline were its own oxymoron, it's that one. <BR> <BR> Seriously people, can you just leave them alone? Their divorce settlement is, above all NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> OK, I'm through ranting. Back to your regularly scheduled political ra... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:50:42 EST Morgan Freeman says ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5082x48908846 Barack Obama is not a Real Black President <BR> July 9, 2012 by Gary DeMar <BR> <BR> I didn't say it. Morgan Freeman said it. In an interview with NPR to promote his latest film, 'The Magic of Belle Isle', the popular Oscar-winning actor said that people “conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:16:27 EST