What a wonderful editorial. No, there's seldom a wrong time for laughter. I'm sure her dad appreciated his humorous and successful daughter regardless of her party or political affiliation. I wish more families were like that.
I'm one who always checks "Caucasian" on census forms; couldn't pass for anything else. When my mother was dying, we had a hospice nurse from Jamaica who stayed in the care facility my mother was in. One night, maybe a day and a half before the end, when my mother's mind was no longer strong, she woke up to see the nurse and myself looking over her from either side of her bed. She looked from one side to the other, then asked, in all seriousness, "Are you twins?" In unison we replied, "yes".
It was something that bound us through the long few days ahead.
Looks too real to be funny.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 13:08
It isn't at all funny for those who have spent a fortune on their lawns, but when I first read the headline, I thought, "no kidding!". I more hope that many didn't lose rooms in their homes due to broken trees, broken pipes and the like. My outdoor spigots are STILL wrapped; I may wait until June, the way this weather has been going.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 13:07
Saw this on the news. An uncle, I believe, tried to go into the house and get him, but the flames were too great. The man was heartbroken. Scenes like that are hard to watch, and I can't imagine having to live through them.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 13:04
[quote][b]dahreese[/b] - Stossel. What a waste of ink.
Sorry, I just downrated you when I meant to +1. I remember when Stossel was on 20/20, and I had to stop watching that show because of him (or at least not watch his segment). That man is not particularly intelligent, and for him to lecture on economics is a joke.
So did the Civil War, but I still see the Confederate flag all over Georgia. Now they want to put it on a license plate.
If we can tolerate one, we can tolerate the other.
Well, there goes that parole! As for the previous comments, I totally agree. She'll probably not even press charges, although it won't matter in this case.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 14:04
"Standard" time arrives later each fall, and earlier each winter. Why don't they just standardize the time and be done with it? The old reasons for the time change don't really apply any longer.posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 14:01
[quote][b]yeti[/b] - “I don’t know if the jury didn’t understand the law,"..............that is a pretty safe bet. If you have ever been called for jury duty, you will never be surprised by a verdict. Some of our "peers" are not very impressive individuals. Not hard to load the jury with idiots. [/quote]
They rarely look for a jury of our "peers". I think they look for the least inquisitive people. I know that during many voire dires (please forgive my spelling) I've been on, an answer you give can disqualify you. I was once a prospective juror in a libel case, where a man lost a lot of business due to the words of another. The prosecution asked if we would be willing to grant the injured party a million dollars for each year his business suffered. I asked if we would get any proof that he had made a million a year prior to the alleged libel. The answer was "no"!! Needless to say, I wasn't chosen for that jury.
I was also on a panel for a rape trial. The defendant was African-American. Of course, the jury pool was made up of all races, and both males and females. Well, the defense struck down the women, and the prosecution struck down the African-Americans, resulting in a jury of 12 white men. Not exactly his "peers".
While I'm generally wary of libertarian ideas (too much Ayn Rand, I think), this one sounds like a smart one.
I often wonder about those who complain about a living wage, and then howl about food stamps. If a living wage were paid, we could do away with food stamps, for the most part. Also, rising wages allow people to spend money, which helps local businesses.
Hey, what about frogs; you forgot the frogs!!
cyou299, you are right about the fracking. There's starting to be a lot of evidence between fracking and earthquakes. It makes sense, since liquid is pumped in at high volume.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 13:37
Why not a removable ramp that can be installed just for graduation? I can't see a ramp at the arch year round, but since it IS a graduation tradition, could that be managed?posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 13:34
Nope, true; "Global Warming isn't Gravity". Gravity isn't going to destroy life as we know it on this planet.posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 14:39
[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - @Used2baFreeCountry: why, you could say the same about 'the deficit'...but it doesn't get us closer to solutions. [/quote]
Bingo!posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 14:34
You've got to give it to him...he's creative!posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 14:31
"Clearly, conservative Christian values are under assault in today’s culture. "
Really, Cal? With states passing bill after bill against abortion, for posting the 10 Commandments, with others that were ready to copy Arizona's bill until they realized the business they would lose?
What about Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and other minorities? Aren't they really the ones under assault as wave after wave of new laws are proposed that protect the "Christian" way of life?
Read the Constitution, then read the other writings of Adams, Jefferson and the other founding fathers. They wanted no part of a Christian country, and in fact, worked tirelessly to make sure we didn't get one.
Sorry, Cal, but I can't feel sorry about the assault you're under. If that truly comes to pass, then perhaps it's that time has passed you by, and fewer and fewer follow your narrow way to the truth.
I'm glad that you incorporated mercy in your column, though. This lapsed Jew tries to follow it every day, but many conservative Christians make it harder and harder.
Great comic, and accurate as well. The problem started when Congressmen realized that it would be great for their districts to have parts of systems built in their area. That way, all states would be involved in the production of one of these giant systems, and no state would vote to diminish or discontinue a specific project. We've now wound up with stuff that no branch of the military has asked for, wants, or is going to use, all mothballed in hangars that also cost money.
Now there's gnashing of teeth because the size of the military is to be scaled down. It seems to me that there is less need for "boots on the ground" since much of the "fighting" is done by drone strikes. Unless we start foolish wars again, like Iraq, I think our status of forces will be more than adequate. Lord knows our ordnance is.
Mr. NeSmith, I feel for you. I started working, in Houston, for AT&T in 1975, went through the changes when it became Southwestern Bell, and then back to AT&T. I never rose higher than first level management, and as such, never had to move from place to place, and I did my fair share of complaining when I worked there, but I can look back in retirement now, and realize that, in terms of benefits and pension, they are a generous company. Of course, the 25 years I worked to get to that point nearly drove me to the insane asylum as they were also an exacting and capricious "master", but I imagine all corporations can be. It also entailed me remaining in Houston for all that time, since I got "stuck" once the breakup into Southwestern Bell happened. Well, it was Houston, or other areas that I didn't want to tear up posts and move to. It wasn't until retirement that the good old AT&T reappeared.posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 14:16
Poor guy! If he's rich, I'd take a go at it!!posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 14:08
Isn't that rather anti-climactic after the Grand Canyon?posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 14:06
Everyone here already knows all the answers, so there is no need for science, whether it be meteorology, climatology, or any specific area dealing with a changing planet. How nice it must be to sit in one's little area of the world and pontificate about how "it's all happened before" without a clue as to time frames, rates of temperature acceleration, or the resulting damage all this is causing. Nope, as long as we can drive our cars, laugh about new light bulbs, curse anything that is proposed by the communist Kenyan, life is good. Some of the best information I've been getting is from a retired geology professor who has no dog in the hunt, is getting no grant money, has written no books on the subject, but worries about what his beloved planet will look like in 50 years. I mentioned he has no dog in the hunt - he's 70 years old and won't be around to see the end result, but cares enough to feel he needs to be involved. Me? I'm not perfect. I drive a 2001 Volvo wagon that has horrible gas mileage, but I don't drive much. I try to make up for it in what I do or do not purchase, how much I recycle, and the like. I figure that even if (and I doubt it) we've all been hoodwinked, I've cut way back on my buying and I think twice when it comes to driving vs. walking or biking.
Sure, there have always been temperature variations, and YES, we even had SNOW this winter, but in other parts of the planet, they haven't been as lucky, as the temperatures keep rising and the rain stays away.
[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - Cutting the military: all part of Obama's plan to weaken America. He's already said he doesn't think we're any more exceptional than say, Turkey. It's too bad we elected one.
Perhaps we'll now have to actually USE all of the planes and other ordnance that are brand new and mothballed because the military had no use for them. They were voted in by Congress to help their districts. Slimming down and cutting out waste can't be all bad. We'll still have the largest army in the world, so you won't have to hide under the bed.posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 - 16:41
Why did I know that, once reading the headline, this article would have the most comments? Stay classy, folks.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 13:28
Aren't there approved places for prayer? Churches, homes, etc? Why are our legislators trying to re-legislate what was struck down years ago? Students can even pray in school; privately and silently. It doesn't have to be in the face of others who might not share their beliefs.posted @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 19:36
I'm guessing the snake wasn't a believer...posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 13:28
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more