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  1. 30 points
    Wait, you want to invite adults to sit through a kid's birthday party and NOT provide them booze? If so, don't invite the parents. Just baby sit their kids for the afternoon.
  2. 29 points
    first of all, are you a cop? you have to tell me if you are or it's entrapment.
  3. 25 points
    I'm not proud of it, but I cheated on my wife. We were playing Monopoly, and I was the banker. First off, I'm always the racecar. Always. She picked the dog and my youngest kid picked the racecar. I was stuck with the thimble. They basically made me do it. I paid myself $400 every time I passed Go. The Free Parking money? That was all mine. I won, but the shame sticks with me, like owning those cheapass Baltic and Mediterranean properties.
  4. 22 points
    I would never cheat on my amazing, incredibly beautiful, smart wife who sometimes reads this board
  5. 15 points
    Chapter Six The aftermath and “Where Are They Now?” EG – Had to go to work drunk/hungover on Monday. Got billed $500 for the broken painting and took a month to get remuneration from Jer-Mac. Otherwise unscathed. Now posts drinking stories in the FFA. Sports a genius-level IQ and a magnificent penis that all of you would kill your own mothers to have been born with. Kev – Also had to go to work hungover on Monday. Emerged unscathed. Continues to drink absurd amounts of beer. Now 47 and lives in Hoboken, still unmarried as multiple girlfriends have gotten annoyed at his life-long pattern of choosing to get hammered with his friends over maintaining relationships with women. Destined to die a bachelor with a keg of Budweiser hooked up to him through an IV. Works for a major brokerage firm in Manhattan. Chad – Slept all day Monday. Curtailed his drinking somewhat after this event and another one shortly afterwards where he kicked a wall in a fit of drunken pique and broke his foot in 3 places, then left the party he was at and drove blind drunk and woke up the next morning in Kev's older brother's driveway. That one was a wake-up call as he didn't remember getting there and was awakened by Kev's menacing older brother pounding on his hood telling him to get the f--- out of his driveway so he could go to work. He came to and drove straight to the hospital, where they put a cast on him for 6 weeks. No longer drinks and drives and is now a successful executive with a Big Pharma company and lives in a huge house on a golf course in PA. Married to Kev’s younger sister (that courtship was fun for us) and has a 10-year old son. Jer-Mac – Haven’t seen him in years. He got married not too long after this weekend, but his wife ultimately took off because he was so annoying (she literally said these exact words to me.) He made a ton of money working nearly around the clock for almost a year after 9/11 when the NYPD was giving unlimited overtime and now owns a house in North Jersey and a cabin in Vermont. He spends a lot of time up there snowboarding and is not on social media, so I very rarely hear from him anymore. Emerged unscathed except for the phone he lost and the $500 he had to give me for breaking the painting. Beef- also emerged unscathed. Is now married with 3 kids and living in Philly, where he is a renowned surgeon and one of the leading proponents of cutting-edge technology in his field. He’s the one I see the most out of everyone from that trip as he usually flies down to FL once or twice a year to spend time with my brothers and me. We’ve now known one another for 35 years and he has been designated the honorary “4th brother” of our family. We still say “You’re the one that fell” and “F—k the Governor and f—k you!” to one another every single time we hang out together, without fail. Rose – did not emerge unscathed. He faced a judge that Monday and was arraigned on multiple charges – indecency, assault, etc. He got himself a good lawyer and got a lot of the charges dropped, but still had to pay a hefty fine and serve probation for public intoxication and criminal mischief (or something to that effect) but no jail time other than the 2 days he spent in the Baltimore City lockup. I only saw him a handful of times again in my life after this, and not since I moved to Salt Lake about a year after this weekend. He probably wouldn’t even remember my name today if you spoke it to him. He’d remember this weekend though, that I can assure you. Whereabouts unknown to me. Dan-O – aside from being down a pair of suit pants, he got through the weekend fairly intact. Some of the pictures taken that weekend while he was passed out made the rounds and he was subjected to a fair amount of ridicule for years after this. I would have given almost anything for photos from inside the women’s room stall, but no one had a camera with them. Here are a couple of photos taken while he was awake: Dan-O in his broken sunglasses, visibly plastered, while Beef chugs next to him. This was taken before noon. Dan-O, drunk already and awake after passing out while Beef catches up Dan-O at night in his “suit.” The top of this suit became his pants after he s—t the bottom of it: Dan-O on the train in his "suit." Unfortunately, Dan-O is no longer with us. A few years ago, he suffered traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident in Tahoe and passed away after spending about a week in a medically-induced coma. I miss his crazy ### every day. Faz took it on the chin for this weekend worse than anyone. If only I hadn’t jokingly suggested making that one last stop, he would have come out of it none the worse for wear. He was ultimately convicted of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing justice, even though (or maybe because) several of us showed up at his trial extremely baked and carrying hand painted picket signs that said “Amnesty for Faz!” (not kidding.) He spent a little bit of time in the hoosegow as a result of that night. Not too long after this, Faz quit his job with TWIB and traveled around the country for a few years playing bars (he was a singer/guitar player) to earn beer money. One night, he was in Virginia after a gig and went to sleep and never woke up. Apparently, his body just finally gave up and quit working. Here is the Almighty Faz at my wedding, doing what he loved most, drinking beer: Faz - The Great and Powerful I miss that crazy SOB every day too. In fact, part of the reason I wanted to really dig in and write this story is so that I could spend a few hours with my old friends, both the ones I still see and the ones I never will again. Part of the reason it took so long to do so is because this is possibly the last time I’ll ever tell/write the story of this weekend. Now I feel like Richard Dreyfuss at the end of “Stand By Me.” Next time you have a drink, tip out a sip for Faz and Dan-O – they may be gone, but hopefully their spirit lives on through my keyboard. Godspeed, gentlemen. - THE END -
  6. 13 points
    In this thread, we are going to attempt to understand how the Obama Deep State worked with the DoJ, FBI, DNC, NSA, foreign governments, US and foreign press, to take down Trump. This will be a work in progress. I will update and edit this post as more information becomes available (i.e. to keep the story straight). ============== Cast: Red team: DJT: our stories hero Paul Manafort: DJT's campaign manager. Originally hired to help secure delegate votes at the convention, as he had done this once before (36 years ago). Also, long history of working with Russian puppets, mostly in Ukraine. Michael Cohen: Trumps long time personal lawyer Fox News: Fair and Balanced. Jeff Sessions. probably not an elf. Mike Pence: doesn't like gays. Carter Page: Foreign Policy extraordinaire., especially anything to do with Russia. George Papadopoulos: another foreign Policy extraordinaire. Not the same Papadopoulos as Webster. Originally on Ben Carsons team. Sam Clovis - description TBD Steve Bannon - description TBD Don Trump Jr. Presidents son, obviously. Blue Team: Barrack Obama: former POTUS. Hero of the Main Steam Media, Still head of the Deep State. Jim Comey: really tall director of FBI. Despite being a life-long republican, Comey is a Deep State. Appointed by GWB to be AG, SDNY and deputy AG. turned Deep State when appointed by Obama to head the FBI. Bob Mueller. appointed by Ron Reagan to be US attorney, GHWB to be US assistant AG, GWB to be deputy AG, and head of FBI. Was never appointed by a democrat to do anything so it's not clear when he turned Deep State. CNN/MSNBC/NY Times/Washington Post: Totally Fake Main Steam Media (MSM) Hillary Clinton: probably the devil. James Clapper - a perjurer and war criminal. Also, named director of defense intelligence agency by GHWB, director of National Geospatial intelligence agency by GWB. Turned Deep State when named undersecretary of defense for intelligence and then DNI by Obama. John Podesta - description TBD Alexander Downer: Australian diplomat and probably a Clinton Foundation donor. fusion GPS: law firm hired by HRC to dig up dirt on DJT. John Brennan: named director of national counterterrorism center by GWB. turned Deep State when named homeland Security Advisor and director of CIA by Obama. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page: Deep State FBI plants and immoral adulterers who steered the Mueller Investigation towards a baseless anti-Trump direction, and whose snarky texts exposed the entire witch hunt for what it is. Loretta Lynch: Obama's attorney General. Involved with Hillary e-mail scandal (not DNC hacked one, the other email scandal). Stefan Halper: Foreign policy scholar, CIA insider. Long history with Bushes. Ran spying operation for Ron Reagan campaign in 1980. Others - Allegiance unknown: Joseph Mifsud - Maltese professor with connections to Putin. May be the FBI's mole. Cozy Bear/Fancy Bear: allegedly Russian State hackers but maybe not. Vladimir Putin - leader of Russia. doing a tremendous job. You can tell by how often he is re-elected, by large margins, in totally legitimate elections. Julian Assange - WikiLeaks guy. Holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy, hiding from extradition. Cambridge Analytica: Rob Goldstone - Russian music agent. ties to Trump from Ms Universe pagents. Natalia Veselnitskaya - Russian Agent Christopher Steele: may or may not be James Bond. He probably can't say either way. Hired by Fusion GPS. John McCain: American Hero. Anthony Weiner - description TBD =============== timeline: (much better timeline than mine here) 2015: Natalia Veselnitskaya first granted special entry visa at the request of Loretta Lynches justice department. ?/2015:DNC hacked by "Cozy Bear". 6/2015: Trump announces election bid. 9/16/2015: Strzok calls Trump and Sanders Idiots. 10/2015: Conservative media company hires Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on DJT. 12/2015: Victoria Nuland, Assistant SoS, briefed on hacking of DNC, told "intrusion had hallmarks of a Russian Operation." 12/28/2015: Strzok/Page text: "you get all our cocnus lures approved?" obviously probably indicating the FBI was beginning the operation to take down candidate Trump. 2/1/2016: first primary 2/2016: Veselnitskaya again granted special entry visa at the request of Loretta Lynches justice department. 3/4/2016: Strzok and Page debate if trump or Cruz would be worse. Also, "God, Hillary should win 100,000,000 – 0" 3/14/2016: Mifsud first meets Papadopoulos. 3/21/2016: Trump formally names Papadopoulos and Page to his foreign policy team. Loretta Lynch/Andy McCabe/James Comey take note, informal start to Trump investigation. 4/2016: DNC hacked by "Fancy Bear" 4/2016: Clinton Campaign hires Fusion GPS for opposition research. 4/26/2016: Mifsud tells Papadopoulos that Putin has dirt on Hillary in the form of thousands of emails. 5/4/2016: Trump becomes presumptive nominee. 5/2016: Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear expelled from DNC server, ending hacking operation. 5/2016: Papadopoulos tells Downer about emails in a London bar. 6/2016: fusion GPS hires Steele. 6/9/2016: DJT Jr meets with Goldstone and Veselnitskaya Re: Magitnisky act and dirt on Hillary. 6/20/2016: Trump hires Manafort to run his campaign. 7/2016: FBG Bob Magaw is so concerned with Trumps Russian connections, he starts a thread in the FFA on it. 7/8/2016: Carter Page travels to Moscow for business reasons, completely unrelated to campaign. 7/2016: Steele approached FBI, concerned that Trump was being blackmailed by Russia. 7/2016: Carter Page returns from Russia, meets with Stefan Halper, noted CIA mole. 7/19/2016: Trump secures nomination 7/22: DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks 7/26: Stefan Halper paid nearly $130k by DoD. 7/27: Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” 7/31: Operation Crossfire Hurricane formally begins. 7-8/2016: Downer goes to FBI, rats on Papadopoulos. Trump investigation officially starts. 8/2016: FBI does not reveal investigation into Trump's Russia connections. 8/17/2016: Trump receives first intelligence briefing. Trump was "briefed and warned" at the session about potential espionage threats from Russia. 8/2016: Strzok and Page texting: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it." 9/2016: FBI does not reveal investigation into Trump's Russia connections. 9/2016: US intelligence officials investigate Carter Pages contacts with sanctioned Russian Companies. Page steps down from campaign. 9/2016: Halper meets with Papadopoulos, 9/15: Strzok texts Page: "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office that there's no way Trump gets elected—but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40 ... " 9/27/2016: Halper paid ~$280k by DoD 10/2016: FBI does not reveal investigation into Trump's Russia connections. 10/7/2016: "Grab 'em by the #####" 10/2016: FISC warrant issued to surveil former staffer Carter Page. 10/28/2016: Clinton e-mail investigation 're-opened based on Weiners laptop. 11/2016: FBI does not reveal investigation into Trump's Russia connections. 11/6/2016: FBI closed Clinton e-mail investigation. 11/8/2016: FBI does not reveal investigation into Trump's Russia connections. 11/9/2016: Trump wins election. 11/2016: Steele's dossier completed 11/18/2016: dossier revealed to McCain 12/2016: additional memo added to dossier 12/9/2016: Dossier handed to John McCain. 1/9/2017: FBG thread disappears under suspicious circumstances. Whoknew starts another one. ============ Operating Theory (to be updated as the theory develops): 5/17/2018: Misfud, the professor linked to Putin, was also actually working with MI6. He told Papadopoulos about the hacked e-mails. (the DNC was probably hacked by the a 400 lb guy in his moms basement in New Jersey, not Russia). Misfud then arranged for Papadopoulos to travel to London and got Papadopoulos liquored up in the same bar as Downer, who he blabbed to. Downer, being a Clinton acolyte, took that info to the FBI eventually, which sparked the investigation. Stefan Halper, while working for the CIA, met with Page, Papadopoulos, - he was spying on the campaign purely for political purposes. This is, at the same time, the biggest political scandal of all time, but also meaningless because Papadopoulos and Page were basically coffee boys. The whole point of the entire operation was to mask the fact that the Deep State was spying on the Trump campaign. As a secondary objective, the operation could be used to sabotage the Trump presidency in the unlikely event that Trump won. It's especially ingenious in that the operation began well before Trump secured the nomination. The DNC hacking may have even happened before Trump announced his candidacy, but in truth, the DNC email trap would have been sprung on which ever RNC candidate won. =============== Change Log: 5/17/2018: ORIGINAL RELEASE 5/17/2018: added description for Clapper and Brennan, added Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and texts, Loretta Lynch. Misfud works with MI6, not CIA. 5/19: fleshed out Stefan Halpers involvement. Updates in blue. 5/22: added Trump naming Papadopoulos/Page, Lynch takes note, Crossffire Hurricane begins. 5/30: added Trump first intelligence briefing, which included warning about Russia. 6/6/2018: added "oconus lures" text, added date of first primary. 6/14/2018: added Strzok/page text about stopping president trumps campaign. Also added FBI not revealing Trump/Russia investigation. 6/20: added Clinton e-mail scandal dates. 6/25: added Nuland being briefed on Russian hacking, 12/2015.
  7. 13 points
    Hey @MikeIke. You probably don't really know me, since I've never ventured much into the FFA. Joe linked me to this thread, though, and I wanted to come by and offer my perspective, too. When I was 13 and my brother was 15, my mom used to get her nails professionally done. Mostly because my mom is a hyper-sociable person, and professional nail appointments are professional chat appointments. (You gotta do something while the lacquer dries, right?) Her favorite nail tech at the time, we'll call her "Sharon", was around 26 and had a 12-year-old daughter, we'll call her "Mary". Sharon kept telling my mom about how she just couldn't handle Mary, she was doing the best she could but she was a single mother who had dropped out of high school, she didn't have any money, she didn't have any career prospects, she didn't have any parental role models, and she just didn't know what to do. So my mom and dad-- amazing, awe-inspiring people that they are-- took in Mary and raised her as their own. It was really weird, and hard. That part about how your kids would probably wind up fooling around with Padme? Well, my brother and Mary had already had several hot-and-heavy makeout sessions (they didn't realize she was going to become our "sister" at the time), and I had a huge crush on her for like the first year she lived with us. (I was 13. She was hot.) Eventually, things got to the point where the very thought of fooling around with Mary became super-weird. And I was really, really, really glad by that point that I *hadn't* fooled around with her. Because suuuuuuuuuuper-weird. But had there been an opportunity before we reached that point, oh hell yeah, it'd have happened. Throwing a pair of non-Westermarcked mixed-gender kids in the middle of puberty together under the same roof is dangerous. Take precautions. The early going with Mary living with us was really rough. I'm not going to compare it to what you're going through, but she rebelled early and hard. She'd basically been raising herself for a few years and she chafed at any restrictions whatsoever. She repeatedly stole money from everyone in the house and lied about it. She frequently disappeared without warning, sometimes overnight. She lied, played one family member against another, etc. Basically just causing chaos however she could. As others have opined, this was because of her life experience. Kids are phenomenally good at learning. That's their whole reason for existence, really. And what Mary had learned was that when things got tough, people got rid of her. After seeing how easily that lesson sank in on her second family with Mary, I shudder to think how well Padme has internalized it by her fifth family. Anyway, Mary figured sooner or later we were going to abandon her, so unconsciously she wouldn't allow herself to get close to us. She kept trying to push us away, to make us abandon her and prove her right. That was basically life for us for a year. And after about a year of it, she realized that we weren't going anywhere and gave it up. There was never any formal cessation of hostilities or anything, she just wound down. Actually, "wound down" gives the wrong impression. Things got much, much worse... and then they sort of stopped. And after that, things were pretty good. There was drama, but mostly of the "she's a 13-year-old girl" variety. If I had to hazard a guess based on the (very, very) limited information I have, I'd hypothesize that Padme's behavior best fits this model. It explains why she's so loving to her sister: her sister is the one person she can count on not to abandon her, who doesn't demand anything of her or judge her. It also means if you give up on her, it just "proves" to her that her mental model is correct, and everyone really *will* abandon her when things get hard. Which is a really ####ty situation for you to find yourself in, essentially held emotional hostage to this girl's needs. If I'm right, if there's no underlying mental disorder, then this is not exactly good news. Mental disorders are, in many ways, preferable. (Coming from someone with major family history of mental disorders ranging from depression to bipolar to dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality, you name it.) Once there's a diagnosis, there's usually some sort of plan of action. Things are hard, but the path is basically known. Defense mechanisms don't lend themselves to a plan of action. Basically, the "plan of action" is "put up with as much #### as you humanly can". With no idea whether "as much #### as you humanly can" is as much #### as she's prepared to dish out. With no guidance on when the #### will eventually end, or even if it ever will. She might be irreparably broken, (think: your interaction with her biological father). She might be repairable but beyond your ability. You're a good man, but good intentions are a poor substitute for expertise, and your obligations will always be potential stumbling blocks. We were able to weather Mary's ####. But it easily could have gone differently. Had she brought hard drugs into our house, or introduced my brother or I to them, that probably would have been a red line. Had my brother and I started hanging out with acquaintances of hers with gang affiliations, that would, too. Had she exacerbated my family's existing mental conditions in a dangerous way, the health and safety of my family would have taken precedence over her rehabilitation. We were incredibly lucky that she never crossed any lines that there was no coming back from. I offer no judgment for anyone in a situation where those lines *are* crossed. One final coda. You might think my family is a success story, and in many ways we were. But also, in many ways, we weren't. Mary remained close with Sharon. Sharon was her mother. Closer, in fact; now that Sharon was freed from the obligations of parenthood, she was free to be Mary's best friend. They shared clothes, went shopping together, gossipped about boys. Sharon gabbed about the single lifestyle she was finally able to lead, and Mary considered it so glamorous and enviable. My dad got a promotion that required us to move out of state. We discussed it with Mary and told her how much we wanted her to come with. She wanted to come, too. We had a house built and Mary would get a bedroom with her very own bathroom for the first time in her life. We promised to fly her back for holidays and summers so she could still see her mom plenty. Everyone was excited. Except for Sharon, who decided that having a daughter was actually so much fun (now that she didn't have to do anything) and who didn't want to lose her bestie. Sharon waged a covert war for Mary's affections, persuading Mary to choose her instead of us. My parents refused to play dirty, because who wants to try to convince a kid not to love and trust her mother? Sharon eventually won, convincing Mary that life with her would be a non-stop slumber party. We moved. Mary stayed. A while later, we found out that Mary had gone to visit extended family in California, and when she'd returned, Sharon had moved without telling her where. Mary crashed on friends' couches until eventually they kicked her out. Then she moved in with her boyfriend, who was 4 or 5 years older. She dropped out of high school, moved to California, and had kids really young. We lost touch, and I have no idea where she is today or what she's up to. You could say that all of our time and effort was for nothing, but that's not really true. I mean, Mary still had us in her life for two years, and they were good years. My family learned a lot about sacrifice, and love, and also about how some problems don't really have solutions, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth trying to solve anyway. Because of this amazing thing my parents did, I know a lot more today about the meaning and shape of selflessness. They set an example for me to strive to live up to. I have two little boys, age 5 and 1. Knowing what I know, would I take in a Mary of my own? Certainly not now. I don't have the energy or resources to commit to that kind of project right now. A decade from now? Who knows. Honestly, I'd probably be more likely to donate a kidney anonymously. Organ donation is quick and easy by comparison. It has a clearly-defined beginning, middle, and end-point. But maybe. As you're seeing, there's a lot of bad that can (and inevitably will) arise from that choice. But sometimes there's a lot of good, too. Sometimes the good manages to outweigh the bad. And sometimes it doesn't, but at least you can go to bed at night and tell yourself that just because a problem doesn't have a solution doesn't mean you didn't try to solve it, anyway, and there's value in that, too.
  8. 13 points
    I would love to see civil and criminal liability attached to gun owners as well as shooters. If your gun is used in the commission of a crime, you're responsible unless you can show that the gun was obtained from you by criminal act. I don't see why this would be a problem for the NRA and responsible gun owners, after all part of being a responsible gun owner is doing everything you can to ensure your gun is under your control or safely stored at all times.
  9. 13 points
    Mostly just to neighbors and friends. Someone will ask me about making a dinig room table, or picnic table, a bowl, etc. Nice thing is that I actually make most of it while I am working my real job - don't tell the boss man I have access to cool ### machines and a full on wood/metal/digital shop. I am not the best maker in the world, by any stretch. Hav too little patience - but I am also probably just a little hard on myself. Few examples of random stuff I have made for peope Coffee Table Lego Table (made for my kiddos) Outdoor low sitting table
  10. 13 points
    No booze? I hope your kid gets a drum set and a wood burning kit.
  11. 13 points
    I thought you started the New Hampshire investigation right after the election...that'd be over a year and a half. Any updates?
  12. 12 points
    For years my BIL and I cleaned gutters in the fall. We had around 150 customers within a 10 mile radius of where we lived, charged an average of $75/house depending on difficulty. Some took 5 min (walk around roof w leaf blower) others took an hour. Hustled on weekends for a month and made 6-7K each. Gave a few grand to our wives to pay for Christmas and the rest went in the sock drawer to fund nonsense for the next 12 months.
  13. 12 points
    First of all, this is the first chance I've had to respond to the plethora of responses last night. I will not get to each individual post, and I apologize for that. But these two stuck out in my mind as needing a response first. I'm not ready to give up on Padme. Not yet. My wife? Maybe, I don't know. Her words Yesterday were so emotion-driven that I'm not sure how much stock to put in them. Today I met individually with the floor counselor and the psychiatrist. Unfortunately, the counselor is not the same one who was in the room last night with my wife and Padme, so all she had to go on was the notes that the prior counselor had written. "Clinician observed a marked change in patient's temperament." That's it. That's all she had to say about Padme tearing my wife a new a hole. The psychiatrist told me "that means [Padme] got mad," but I felt it was my duty to tell her what actually happened and how my wife was attacked verbally. I repeated the same narrative with the counselor a few hours later, just to stress how mean Padme had been to my wife. Tonight we had a family session with me, my wife, Padme, and the counselor. It went - not great, not OK, but not horribly. Padme had an attitude the entire time and the counselor was surprised, because she had talked with her earlier and seen a completely different girl than what she was seeing now. So in a nutshell, today wasn't great but it also wasn't terrible. It was better than yesterday. This girl has a lot of problems and the psych ward she's in just isn't designed to cure or even diagnose them. It's a crisis ward - they want to make sure she's not going to try to kill herself and when they're assured of that, they're done. She needs more than that. Sorry to anyone who wanted closure, but at this point there's none to give. Thank you to everyone that took the time to read and reply. It means a lot to me to have a place where I can vent and get differing opinions from otherwise uninterested onlookers.
  14. 11 points
    Breaking news like that thread have historically been no problem here, and pretty well policed of politics by the posters.
  15. 11 points
    Thanks! I'm running Pocono Marathon this weekend. I'm at the point where I want to just PR (3:18:55). I haven't mentally been into my runs since Boston. Not sure how it will go. Was hoping to run with the 3:15 pacer but, alas, he dropped so there is no 3:15 pace group. Course is downhill with a bunch of rolling hills. I've heard a few of the downhills are steep. I won't drive the course prior so I'm going in sight unseen. Weather looks warm and muggy. The 7 a.m. start will hopefully allow me to run in decent conditions before it gets bad. Looks like no tracking (small race of 650 marathoners) so hopefully I'll have a report noonish (as I need to take the bus back to the start after the race.)
  16. 11 points
    If you see that a bunch of kids got killed in a school shooting and you think to yourself "this is a great opportunity to throw shade at a survivor of another recent school shooting!" you probably need to take a little time for self-reflection.
  17. 11 points
    I know this is just an honest thought from you, but I couldn't disagree more. Mike has done more than what 99% of the people in the world would ever have done for Padme. And he's still fighting.
  18. 10 points
    Fine I will take over, but I have a few demands. First, I know nothing about crypto, Getzlaf will handle all the record keeping. Second, chet will handle all the transactions Third the thread will be turned over to Capella, he will do all the thread updates, from changing the title of the thread, to booting people out that question my authority. This leads me into my next demand. Four, hagmania will enforce all my commands with posts like final, and arbitrary Five, I will randomly guess which coin we will invest in, there will be no strategy, I may simply like the name of the coin or the colors on their website and this strategy is fool proof, do not question me. Six, All shares on the spreadsheet will be posted in pink and purple why? because it is my favorite colors.GM will have to pick a new color for his half share or just deal with it. Seven, FC42 will be denied access to the thread if he is going to make fun of any of my picks. Why? because I will be in charge Eight, if this gets turned around it is because I did it, no one else. If we lose even more money then it is everyone else's fault and you should give me... I mean the fund more money so I can get lucky and.. I mean save your asses. Now if you will all sign on the dotted line below and email me a copy, along with s.s. numbers, photo copy of a drivers license, your 2016 and 17 tax returns, plus any pet names, maiden names, best friend's name in kindergarten we can get started making me.. I mean us some money. ^ This is where you sign incase this was confusing.
  19. 9 points
    I don't think Elizabeth is dead inside or has been gross this year. She has been fiercely loyal and committed to her country and job, but it has emotionally taken a toll on her. The writers purposely have been showing the toll it has taken all season. At the beginning of this past episode, Philip told her they believed in something so big, but basically the Center has been using them, and that he and E are the ones that do everything, and not the Center, and that is on he and E. All of it. She was angry at his betrayal regarding Oleg, but she was absorbing what he was saying, and she took to heart when she felt Philip implied she wasn't a human being. Her human side surfaced several times in this episode. Elizabeth had a respect for Erica, and felt a connection to her paintings. When she killed her, it was a mercy killing. She struggled to burn Erica's painting, but she knew she can't keep things like that. Elizabeth didn't kill Jackson, which she would have done in the past. She also didn't kill the negotiator, because she listened to that tape and learned he wasn't doing anything bad. When she questioned Claudia about why he needed to be killed, she learned that Claudia has been manipulating her. That is a tougher pill to swallow than the one hanging from her necklace.
  20. 9 points
  21. 9 points
    Wtf you’d have a party at you house and not serve alcohol? no thanks
  22. 8 points
    Not sure how to make it any more clear for you, either. At this point, you're being willfully obtuse, I can't believe you can't understand the question and are just sidestepping it out of ignorance instead of deliberately.
  23. 8 points
    I don't know why you people bother engaging with Stealthy on these issues. Anyone who makes the impossibly stupid cars/guns analogy is never going to budge. Even if you give in to the stupid analogy and said sure, let's regulate guns exactly like we regulate cars- numbers on file, easy to use and trace universal registration system including paperwork for all sales and transfers on file with the state, require a license to operate that can only be obtained after completing a course and passing written and field testing, limited number of state-authorized commercial retailers, require insurance to operate priced on a variety of risk factors, etc- they'll simply reverse themselves and suddenly explain why guns and cars are actually different. Save your energy for the open-minded.
  24. 8 points
    This is just a joke FC42. Stop sending me PM's.
  25. 8 points
    One of the granddaddy driving songs of all time: Deep Purple - "Highway Star"
  26. 8 points
    I assumed the suit was to be buried in. No schtick.
  27. 8 points
    Thank you, @Joe Bryant, for reading and replying in my thread. And most of what you say is true - I want to stick this out because I promised Padme (and the judge) that I would. I don't want to go back on my word. Other posters have made comments like "if this were your biological child, what would you do?" That's a legitimate question. The obvious answer is, "I would do everything I possibly could to keep this child safe, happy, and healthy." The question for me is, do I feel that way about Padme? Honest answer - I just don't know. Part of me wants to be done with her, but another pet of me wants to fight with every part of my being. Just like I would for my two biological sons
  28. 8 points
    How much you want to continue to fight for this girl is entirely up to you and your wife. Regardless of your decision, I hope you don't feel guilty about it.
  29. 7 points
  30. 7 points
    You can erase this one if you would like. I left out all details out of respect, and man there were quite a few. I post on this board to pass time, read other life stories, joke, and sometimes engage in serious discussion. This post is to discuss a life story. Crazy story as the other guy: Early 20's, I stopped in a dive bar close to my house, I had only moved into the neighborhood maybe 6 months prior - I was pretty pissed, as my ex & I had just broken up... I slammed a few back, there was a really cute milf sitting at the corner of the bar near the wall, I was more towards the middle. She came over and started a conversation with me, she was Israeli and had a sexy accent. Anyways, a few hours later yada yada yada... We saw each other for almost 2 years, her husband was a gynecologist and was doing a residency at a hospital close by, they lived in the neighborhood. She had two little kids as well. She also happened to get breast implants during our time together - her marriage was way off and her husband was cheating too. He couldn't be oblivious to her cheating either, we would go out on weeknights and she wouldn't leave my apartment until like 3-4am. I can't tell any of the stories here, but wow, some wild stuff... Anyways, after 2 years of seeing her, her husband got a new job in Los Angeles and they headed west, I assumed never to be seen again. We texted from time to time, but within a year, our communication had ended. Shortly after, I met my wife and we started dating. Fast forward 5 years later, I'm in Aruba at the airport on my honeymoon, getting ready to go back to NYC after 2 weeks on the island. Aruba's airport sucks, endless lines and a long wait typically. We're standing on one of the customs/border patrol lines, I turn around, and there she is a few people back with her husband and kids. She saw me too... As the line progressed it turns into one of those roped back and forth type lines - we walked past each other maybe 8 times. Friendly smiles, friendly brief stares, but man my heart was beating so fast. Small world.
  31. 7 points
    Anyone who mentions Planned Parenthood in this discussion, as a comparison to the NRA, deserves nothing but contempt and scorn.
  32. 7 points
  33. 7 points
    Let's all just start discussing scripture so that Joe can have the community he's dreaming of.
  34. 7 points
    Halloween is gonna suck this year...
  35. 7 points
    I hate myself for saying this, but if Lloris joined MLS and went to LA, he'd be the Gardien of the Galaxy.
  36. 7 points
    Proud to say I have nothing to contribute to this thread, but I look forward to reading everyone else's train wrecks.
  37. 7 points
    real goals for a liberal should be universal healthcare and for minimum wage to go way up. Make it so a family can survive on two minimum wage jobs. Then wages will go up. We can survive doing whatever or make you money if u want to pay more.
  38. 7 points
  39. 7 points
    And then he posts these two in a row in the Obama conspiracy thread: - Gateway Pundit (extreme right site) - LegalInsurrection.com (extreme right site) Can't even call this "trolling", really, because there's obviously a sincere belief that every link that challenges his alternate reality is "extreme", yet he's also 100% convinced that his own links aren't biased. I'm having a hard time coming up with an accurate phrase to describe what's going on here. I'd call it "cognitive bias", but that alone doesn't do it justice. Is there a phrase that combines "cognitive bias" with a generous sprinkling of ignorance, a dash of obstinacy, and an underlying current of anti-intelligence?
  40. 7 points
    You sound like a really fun dude
  41. 7 points
    You know, considering there were busloads of illegal voters brought in I'm starting to think @HellToupee is kind of halfassing this whole investigation.
  42. 7 points
    Introducing my 13 yr old daughter to the MCU and we just started Captain America the First Avenger.
  43. 7 points
    On some level it doesn’t matter. That kind of rhetoric (“The enemy are animals!”) has a place in office lunch rooms and around kitchen tables. It has no place on camera in the Oval Office. About anyone.
  44. 7 points
    crypto's me too moment
  45. 7 points
    Followed by Rudi saying, “Actually Michael Cohen did send Donald money, but it wasn’t for political favors, it was for immigrant hookers. And since the Adminstration takes the legal position they aren’t people, they’re animals, the worst they can get him on would be, what, beastiality... Or worst case sodomy...” Hannity, “Cut to commercial!!!!!!”
  46. 7 points
    Have to admit, this is not how I expected the money to get stolen.
  47. 6 points
    The NRA opposes ALL gun control. All of it. Read their legislative action page. They're against limiting guns to felons. They're against limiting guns to stalkers and domestic violence abusers. They're against mental health checks. They're against expanded background checks. They're against age restrictions. They're against restricting magazine capacity. They have no solutions other than more guns. And they're being funded by Russia.
  48. 6 points
    Just want to reiterate how amazing it is to me that you are a full-time graphic designer, given your side hustle obviously means you are blind and deaf.
  49. 6 points
    Never have, never will..... but I have represented a fairly large number of men who did. I've never had one of them say it was worth it.
  50. 6 points
    I'm crazy busy, and it has gotten in the way, but I've done a little murder mystery dinner theater acting. Pretty fun. Hope to get back into it.