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[quote][b]Digdug[/b] - @Eschaton V2.0: I was studying Pascal and Cobalt in the early 80's. First computer was a commodore 64 and like you in 93' was running a 3.1 with a telephone modem. Good times!!

I was doing the same and I'm much much much much much much much much younger than y'all! Tongue

My dad has always been an internet junkie.

posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 - 15:01

Bye Bye Athens Talks. Serenity says bye as well.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:53

Funny, I kinda stopped reading after I got frustrated with the way ABH was handling things. So I didn't even see @keepitsimple: 's post about the FB page. I got joined anyway. Smile Thanks @melmarino: Laughing out loud

posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 16:43

@arches: I have a friend who had two sisters die at St Mary's maternity ward...both cases proven to be the doctors goof up. Doesn't leave much choice.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 20:50

Ooookkk...thought i had another comment on here....musta gotten pulled. Ah well.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 23:48

[quote][b]Crusader[/b] - @GroversMill: Even your knee will bow someday.


Lindsey is awesome.

posted @ Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 18:57

It wasn't at 230. I got to work at one and the police were there informing us of what happened down the road and telling us to be on the lookout. Tongue Couldn't have been later than 1230 when it happened.

posted @ Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 11:28

Maaaaannnn....I work with one of those more like 'worked' now.....

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 18:43

[quote][b]lawq[/b] - Why call the police if you are not going to tell them anything?

He probably didn't. Hospitals report gunshot wounds.

posted @ Monday, December 9, 2013 - 13:19

[quote][b]Ravenbear[/b] -
Thanks for asking...
He is doing good..

Yeah, I see him all the tiime at work. He's looked better imho. Seemed a lliil depressed last couple of tims. Maybe it was so just me tho.

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 11:26

[quote][b]dahreese[/b] - You lump all people in need as sitting on their butts, not wanting to work, all wanting to live off of your blessing.

Their circumstances of how they got into their lousy situation makes no difference to conservatives.[/quote]

100% false. We think people with legitimate needs should be helped. It's just that we think many are abusing it. Not even trying to get to a better place. They'd rather get it for free than work for it.

Obviously this isn't everyone on welfare. But it's many more than you seem to want to admit.

A person loses their job thru no fault of their own then they should get unemployment, for a time, and if needed should get help with education to improve their prospects.

A disabled person should be able to get healthcare and living assistance,


We just think that there should be more accountability to the service. More thorough checks to verify actual need. And that there should be stricter limits on many of the services to prevent fraud and overuse.

posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 12:01

[quote][b]catman[/b] - Just bandits, pirates, and warlords[/quote]

You just described government.

posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 09:21

@Ravenbear: I agree with most of that. I never said that they deserved the pay increase. I just argue with calling it nothing but a kids job. You make it sound like the jobs are free of any actual work. When half of the people on here dissing the jobs wouldnt make it three months.

By the way, I know plenty of people who work fast food 40 hours a week and make more than $10 an hour. Not what many would call a living wage. But its doable. You just have to be willing to do the work and put up with being treated like an inferior being.

I definitely agree that military deserves more. I guess the consolation there for single personnel is that there are usually free or low cost living arrangements available. Which technically makes their pay higher. Doesn't do much tho for those who want to live off base with their families tho.

posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 00:36

[quote][b]Ravenbear[/b] - Work a kids job get paid a kids wage[/quote]

And this is something that typically is only said by people who either have never worked fast food or only spent a small amount of time doing so. I've worked construction, manufacturing, grocery, other retail, and fast food. Fast food was at least as physical of work as the others.

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 20:21

[quote][b]hjfedrick[/b] - You know that many employees who work in fast-foods are part-time, which means that they do not get paid for 40 hours.[/quote]

Yes, but neither do most places have all there employees working at once. If they had 9 when he was there, then they probably have anywhere from 14-19 total, possibly more. The math can't be perfect without knowing the exact details, but having managed fast food restaurants for nearly 8 years, I can tell you his math is pretty close.

[quote][b]hjfedrick[/b] - These same companies have been raising their prices for years, but employee benefits have not risen with those prices. [/quote]

When I started in fast food in 2000 minimum wage was I think $5.15. Now it's $7.25. There's part of your price increase. That's basically a 30% increase. Payroll is only part of the expenses. But that would still increase prices 10-15%.

In 2000 gas prices were like $1.30 a gallon. You've probably seen the recent prices. Increased gas prices mean that delivery services charge more. And that increase is pretty proportionate. A 250% increase in gas prices means that the delivery service increases their price by 250%. It also means that the cost of moving goods from the original producer, say the chicken farmer, to the manufacturer, say Pilgrims Pride, increases, meaning that the cost of goods increases along with the delivery charges. Depending on the product, that 250% increase means a 60-200% increase in the cost of the good. More increase in the final price.

When I left Chick-fil-A in 2003 the price of the sandwich was $2.39. but the material cost alone was $1.49. That left a gross profit of $.90. From which we had to pay labor, rent (At the time I believe the mall was charging $2700 a month), and utilities, etc. The corporation got 10% off the top of the total gross, before any costs were deducted, then 50% of the final profit after everything was paid. The owner operator made about 50% of what that left. My boss was making around $42k. That left no room for doubling peoples pay. And yet we all still got 10-50 cent raises every six months. Granted most successful restaurants do better than a lil mall Chick-fil-A.

[quote][b]hjfedrick[/b] - are part-time, which means that they do not get paid for 40 hours.[/quote]

The fact is that fast food places are the easiest to get 40 hours at, since most don't offer any benefits no matter how many hours you get. (And as you can see from my above breakdown, the restaurants can barely afford to pay a portion of the benefits, much less double pay rates, and the employees don't make enough to pay for the whole benefits, which is why most chains offer very little if anything.) All you have to do is show that you WILL work. I got overtime most weeks just because I came when asked, rarely asked to leave early or called out sick. Then you have the job hoppers, the ones who don't stay at one place for more than a few months. They switch jobs because another one is offering 2 more hours a week or 10 cents more pay. Then when those hours get ct for various reasons they go on to the next job. They don't stay at one place long enough to get the higher pay rates or even qualify for the benefits that are offered. And those people represent more than half of the fast food work force.

[quote][b]hjfedrick[/b] - These businesses have reported record profits each year even when the economy went south. And we see how they continue to open new stores. [/quote]

Those record profits are based off of two factors. Increase in costs, and the fact that more and more people can only afford fast food. The new stores are simple supply and demand. More people need them so they open more.

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 19:59

[quote][b]Save our Republic[/b] - After a certain amount of points, @JimThompson: buys you dinner!
That'll do it!

That will get me posting a lot again!! Wink

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 18:40

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] -
You must be joking, do you honestly think the entire police force of a major city and the state's attorney and their investigators went into a smoke filled room and decided that, yes the guy is a rapist but that the college football program (which they have no connection to) is more important therefore they should cover up a rape?
There was no evidence of a crime. If there was they would have let a grand jury look over the evidence and determine if there was enough to indict.

A: It doesn't have to be the whole force, just the decision makers, the ones who are often placed in power with the help of rich alumni and powerful school leaders. Which would give THEM at least the connection to the program.

B: I never said that he was guilty, just that I would feel better if some outside party made the call.

C: If there was a cover up, then we would never have heard about any real evidence, now would we have? You weren't there, you don't know whether there was evidence or not. All you or any of us know is what they told us.

Don't get me wrong, it probably was consensual. Just knowing the local college girls around here it doesn't surprise me at all if she got drunk and did something she later regretted. That's her fault. It wouldn't even surprise me if she thought she cold get a payday from this.

I'm merely pointing out that government is corrupt, that economically the team doing good is good for the state, and that it would be far from the first time such a thing has happened. Nor will it be the last.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 18:39

[quote][b]keepitsimple[/b] - Personally I check in to see if there's anything really interesting...then leave when I find out there's not.

Same here. Smile

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 18:30

[quote][b]melmarino[/b] -
I thought that was CharlesB. They both love the conspiracy nut stuff.

Nah, Abbe may actually be dead tho...he was old.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 18:29

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] -
Two intoxicated people having consensual sexual intercourse is not illegal, there was no evidence of a crime to even present to a grand jury.
The cops did their investigation and found no evidence of a crime, the state attorney did an investigation and found no evidence of a crime.

I agree with the first line. And he may be innocent. But it would be far from the first time a football player has had a crime swept under the rug. Id feel much better if the investigators in question didn't possibly have money riding on his success.

Rape is not something to be covered up like that.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 16:05

And this is why I don't like high school and college sports. If you're first string you get away with stuff like this. They should have the local investigators from a rival teams town to investigate it and see what comes up. And then if they find against the kid this prosecutor should be fired and charged with obstruction at the very least. Personally I would also throw in accessory after the fact.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:58

[quote][b]HankRearden[/b] -
Do you still put cookies out for Santa?

Of course he does. What else is he supposed to snack on while getting Christmas ready.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:47

[quote][b]HankRearden[/b] -
Do you still put cookies out for Santa?

Of course he does. What else is he supposed to snack on while getting Christmas ready.

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:46

Good grief there's a lot of teens dying like this lately.

posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 15:55

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - @guitar picker: My impression is that I've read more police reports about criminal activitities inside Walmart than inside the Mall. I can't even recall the last police report which involved a Mall shopper. Evidently it's a teen hangout on the weekend nights, but everybody has to be out by ten o'clock, even earlier if they are riding the bus and making a transfer..

I worked there for 8 years, trust me, there's lots of crime. Just none of it makes it to the paper.

posted @ Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 15:54

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