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  1. Caroll Spinney, AKA Big Bird from Sesame Street, has passed.
  2. Yeah, it’s not something I feel bad about for the reasons you mention. I just have a self-awareness of the irony.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If I’m a Minneapolis baker, I’m retiring on the sales of Impeach pie.
  8. Looks like Rudy thinks the State Department asked him to step in, but they seem to have claimed otherwise. Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night that his recent dealings with Ukraine were initiated by the State Department. "The State Department called me and said would I take a call from Mr. [Andriy] Yermak, who's No. 2 or three to the president-elect who is now the president," said Giuliani, one of President Trump's personal attorneys. Giuliani said he then spoke with Yermak and that he then passed along the "enormously important facts" to the State Department. When reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson said, "Mr. Giuliani is a private citizen and acts in a personal capacity as a lawyer for President Trump. He does not speak on behalf of the U.S. Government."
  9. I’m curious why Trump asked Ukraine to meet with his personal attorney (Rudy) rather than the state department. That seems a little odd. Why is his personal attorney getting involved in international affairs?
  10. Pelosi has always been very measured on impeachment looking at the larger picture, so for her to move forward is a big step. I hope you are right.
  11. I despise Trump with every fiber of my being, but with no transcripts and not having seen the complaint, unless the dems have more evidence, this seems pre-mature. If I’m a TV District Attorney, I’d be like “This isn’t good enough - we need more”. I actually thought they had a better case with obstruction on the Russia investigation. Mueller set it up for them on a tee, and the dems kept swinging and missing.
  12. I love that she changed her Twitter bio - ""A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future." Trolling the troll...
  13. ""I am from Sweden, a small country. And there, it is the same argument. 'Why should we do anything, just look at the U.S.,' they say. So, just so you know, that is being used against you as well." - Greta Thunberg
  14. For those of you that don't believe in climate change, I'm curious what part of the argument you dispute? Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere creates a Greenhouse effect, impacting the temperature of the planet Some Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is good for humans, as it actually keeps the planet comfortably habitable Too much Carbon Dioxide is bad for humans, as it heats up the planet Scientists are able to determine historical Carbon Dioxide levels by probing ice cores For the last 800,000 years, Carbon Dioxide levels were below 300 parts per million Since 1880 (the start of the industrial revolution), we have seen an increase in Carbon Dioxide levels Since 1950 (the last 70 years), Carbon Dioxide levels have increased by over 30% - to over 400ppm The levels of Carbon Dioxide are expected to increase in the coming decades Automobiles, airplanes and factories, which weren't around just 100 years ago, emit Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere
  15. Maybe if we surround the White House with homeless, the current tenant will want to leave too. Dear DNC, I have an idea.....
  16. I can’t even... I mean...I don’t understand how... Nevermind. {sigh}
  17. They are obviously looking for some WR depth/help. From the news blog: Free-agent QB Mike White (Cowboys), WR Deontay Burnett (Jets), WR Amara Darboh (Seahawks), WR Spencer Schnell (Buccaneers) and WR Anthony Johnson (Buccaneers) worked out for the New England Patriots Friday, Sept. 6.
  18. Or, as in my case, the vas deferens was not readily accessible via the incision they made so they dug around in my scrotum to pull the cord out - creating unbearable pain. They completed the procedure only to find out via testing that it didn't take, so they had to perform the procedure again - thankfully the 2nd time was under general anesthesia - slept like a baby. But hey - I'm sure you'll be fine. #nocondoms
  19. Maybe a nuclear winter will offset global warming. Climate change solved!
  20. I’ve now seen several interviews and read enough about him. Love this guy. I’m in. Pete 2020.
  21. I wouldn’t say I don’t drink at all, because I love a good Lava Flow or Pina Colada when on a cruise ship or in Hawaii (yeah, I know they are girly drinks), but most people are surprised I don’t drink when I go out. Its not that I don’t enjoy the feeling because I can pound cannabis edibles like nobody’s business (legal where I am), and I’m the furthest thing from religious you can get. Beer simply doesn’t taste good to me, and given the choice I’d frankly prefer a coke or tea. Whether I psycho-analyze that it was because my dad drank beer and wasn’t a nice drunk, maybe that has something to do with it, but when it comes down to it, I just don’t like the taste. And after many people offering me drinks of theirs (“you’ll like THIS one”), I haven’t found anything. Wine is a little better, but the taste of the tannins make it very metallic for me. Even the weak Rieslings are just kind of meh. Again, simply prefer the taste of a soda. Hard liquor is probably the best of the three for me, but it is a little medicine tasting. I like the dessert type taste of most things with Baileys (I.e. White Russians) but the calories in those add up quickly. If I’m sick, I’ll take a shot of Tequila. But the mixed smell of Tequila and chicken Marsala is stained in my memory after my wife had a few too many and coated the upholstery of my car with that regurgitated blend. But if I have the choice of a tea, soda or alcohol - I probably won’t take the alcohol.