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  1. I work with someone that is from Iran, and just became an American citizen. She still has family in Iran that she spoke with over the weekend. She told me that most people in Iran believed Soleimani was a bad guy and are glad he is gone. She also said that the mourners were likely paid off or threatened. She said that most people in Iran would be in favor of a regime change, but they have concerns about who would come in to replace them - a choice of the devil you know vs the devil you don’t. The saddest thing for me to hear is that this is the first time her family was legitimately afraid of a war with the US and Iranian civilian casualties. just anecdotal hearsay, but she certainly had a perspective I hadn’t heard.
  2. I came into this thread thinking Krista4 found a way to lose weight eating ribs. I could have signed up for that plan. Back to the drawing board...
  3. Played this thousands of times, but I am old and we had to come up with ways to entertain ourselves before the internet and video games. I also used to tie June bugs onto string and fly them around like a kite. We also rode helmet-less on our bikes miles away from our homes when we were 10 years old, down to the liquor store, where we bought candy and Mountain Dew. Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose...
  4. Some pop stuff: I didn’t care for the music, but Samantha Fox got me through puberty. Wet Wet Wet was a pop band that was really good, but never really made it in the US. The Jo Boxers did one of my favorite feel-good songs, which I occasionally hear in grocery stores Just got lucky The Pasadenas had one sort-of hit in the US with Tribute
  5. Caroll Spinney, AKA Big Bird from Sesame Street, has passed.
  6. Yeah, it’s not something I feel bad about for the reasons you mention. I just have a self-awareness of the irony.
  7. Celebrating a holiday based on a faith in which I don’t prescribe to feels a little hypocritical to me. The ideals of peace, love, joy, happiness and friendship are enough for me to celebrate the season.
  8. Would you get a Jewish or Atheist friend a gift? disclaimer: I’m a hypocritical atheist who loves giving and receiving gifts at Christmas, has a Christmas tree and lights on my house.
  9. If people's actual goal is to save the PSF, then perhaps the discussion should pivot to discussing concrete steps for saving it. I would recommend establishing some very simple ground rules for discussion (MT's list is a great place to start), and then sticky them to the top of this forum. If we need more, we'll add more - like amending the constitution.
  10. I don't post frequently, but I lurk here daily. I think it would be a shame to lose this forum - but it's also a shame that some folks aren't able to discuss topics without targeting others. And frankly, that is a reflection of where we are as a society. We need to be better, and has been called out already - debate the issue, not the person. It's Joe's website - he can do whatever he wants with it. I just think it is sad that there are so few places on this vast internet that allow for a discussion across political spectrums. If we want echo chambers, then we would go to the Democratic Underground or Free Republics of the internet. I think that even with media frequently choosing one side or another (FOX vs. MSNBC), the benefits of having a forum that is open to everyone's ideas and opinions - and even spirited debate - is exactly what our country needs right now. Do I expect Joe and his football website to be the protectors of our democracy? Of course not. But we need all the small wins we can get.
  11. If I’m a Minneapolis baker, I’m retiring on the sales of Impeach pie.